Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kindness Birds

Today's card is for Pals Paper Arts Inspiration Challenge. They want you to use this set of pictures to design your card. I chose to use the overall theme (birds) and combine the colors to get my color combo. I used Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Very Vanilla. I don't have any stamp sets with tree branches, so I had to make my own. The birds are from the Birds and Blooms Sizzlets Set for the Big Shot. I used MDS for the sentiment, it is Heard for the Heart, because I don't have this stamp set. I sponged around the edge of the Very Vanilla to soften it up so it didn't look so straight and edgy.

I think this card is missing something but I can't decide what that is.

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P.S. Be sure to stop by Pals Paper Arts to try the challenge for yourself.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Practicing Sponging

I have been practicing my sponging lately. I made a template for the clouds using my scallop circle punch and scallop border punch. I taped them together to form a random cloud shape and started sponging. I lightly sponged with Tempting Turquoise and then repositioned the template and sponged again. I did this until I got the sky the way I wanted it.

For the grass, I drew out some hills and cut them out. I used Glorious Green and lightly sponged, repositioned and repeated until I got the grass I wanted. The fence is just some word window punches lightly sponged with Chocolate Chip to give an aged look. The sunflowers were cut with the Birds and Blloms die and the Big Shot.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Mother's Day

It has been a couple of weeks since I did a PPA challenge. This one was a sketch challenge and a very easy one. The sketch is pretty basic but all the samples they have posted are extremely different. That is one of the things that I love about stamping and paper crafting. No matter what you start out with, no two people are going to finish with the same exact project.

For this card, I wanted to do all purple because my mom's favorite color is purple and I will most likely give this card to her. I really like the way it turned out. I don't have many embellishments because 1) I don't have them and 2) I like to believe that less is more.

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Stamp Set: All Holidays
Paper: Orchid Opulence, Very Vanilla, Shades of Spring DSP
Ink: Orchid Opulence
Accessories: Very Vanilla grossgrain ribbon, eyelet border punch

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Matchbook Valentines

My daughter's Valentine's class party if Friday and of course they have to exchange cards. When I was at the store a couple of weeks ago I thought I would go check out the cards they had this year. Of course I wasn't in love with any of them. I wanted my daughter's to stand out and not be lost in the crowd. So what did I do? You guessed it!! I decided to make them myself. I used the matchbook template from Splitcoaststampers. Here you can see all 22 of them.

This is what they look like from the side. And for the inside...
Hershey's Kisses!!! I was going to use the fun size M&Ms until I saw the package of these. I think they turned out great. Now I just have to decide what I am going to make the teacher.

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Stamp set: The More the Merrier
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Real Red, Sending Love DSP
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Word Window Punch

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My first rag purse

This is my first attempt at a rag purse. I have been seeing a lot of these lately. All of the ones I have seen have been made with the scallop square die for the Big Shot. I made mine with the top note die. I had to cut one solid piece for the bottom because the die cuts wouldn't match up. The next one I do will be better because I forgot some basic things while I was putting this purse together.

Here is the inside of the purse. I really like this fabric because it comes really close to matching some of Stampin' Up!s colors. I haven't decided what I am going to do with this rag purse, but I do know that I will be making some more. If I don't give them away or sell them, I will get more experience and hopefully get better at using the Big Shot for fabric and other materials.

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