Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sneak Peekers

You know how you make something that's just so darn cute, you don't know what to do? 
Well, I did that today, but the pictures, well...they're kinda 'eh' looking.  I wish I could show you just how cute this is.

I used some of the upcoming items from the Holiday catalogue coming out soon...Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP (126906), Toxic Treats stamp set (127901), and pretty pretty gray and black Stripped Satin Ribbon, 1/2" (127837).  I have to say, from everything coming out, I LOVE the Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP - this is perfect for all fall, not just Halloween...this could make some real cute Thanksgiving name cards, favors, etc.  And if you don't celebrate Halloween, how cute would this be for a Harvest Festival...a few dried leaves, some little fake apples, so cute and the perfect colors.

I used an old wooden thread spool I found at the Sacramento Antiques Faire (big ole' bag of 'em for $5), some of the fuzzy black 'scatter' they have for Halloween tablescapes (candle store), a bit of glitter I got in the dollar bin at Michael's last season, a few bits of the silver star celebration wires (dollar tree in the birthday section). 
I try to save the light cardboard type papers that come sometimes with my orders, and I punched out the two labels using both the DSP and the light cardboard, to make it a bit more stable, and glued them to each other with Stampin Up! Liquid Glass - can I just say, that stuff ROCKS!  It glues clear, doesn't make raised sections on the paper when it dries, and you can make things look versatile. can figure most of it out yourself.
I saw something like this in an old 'Home & Heart' crafting magazine for a garden tea, was looking for some of the green moss, and I immediately thought of my new DSP and the fuzzy black moss from my Halloween candlescape (yes, I said 
It's funny sometimes where your mind takes you when you're trying to create - so different from the inspiration, but you never would have thought about it without that inspiration. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mojo 251

So, as promised...not too many days between posts and projects. 

This morning when I went to rinse my face in the fresh dew I'd collected (lol, it's like 103 outside, bear with me as I pretend I'm in my cool forest dwelling...), a pretty little watch was sitting out.  I don't wear watches (this is the forest after all, who's going to care?), but I've never been able to get rid of this one:
The colors are so pretty to me, and very lush in person - pinks, deep greens, a spot of red or two, and that lovely old copper surrounding it all. 

Yes, that had a purpose...when I went to the Mojo Monday website to see the card layout for the week, I thought of my watch. 

I picked up the pretty Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green papers, a bit of scrap from yesterday's baby card, some Gumball Green ribbon (126848), Fabulous Florets Stamp Set (123027), the Vintage Wallpaper Texture Folder (120175), my large circle Nestabilities set, and a bit of very soft sandpaper.

I've never used sandpaper on my cards before, unless I was trying to smooth edges when attaching paper to coasters or such. But I really wanted the Vintage Wallpaper to stand out a bit, as it's the same Raspberry color as the background paper.  So, I gently rubbed the sandpaper along the raised bits of 'wallpaper' and voila! the slight difference in the colors stood out exactly like I wanted (you should see it in person!).
And, again...don't forget the inside...the 'floral' outline stamp from the set, along with the leaf outline, make a lovely addition stamped along one side (make sure you have enough room to write!).

I never would have thought of the card without the help of the Mojo Ladies...thank you to all of you wherever you are for creative designs.  I think this is one of my favorite so far.

I think someone, somewhere, should start a Handwritten, Handcrafted Card swap...a little note to say hello, a handmade card just for that person...who doesn't like to get mail?

Monday, July 23, 2012


It's been a while since I've done a baby card.
I used some of the new colors and papers...hope you like.
 I'm really liking the pink and green colors together.
I wasn't too happy with this at first, but it grew on me.

Hope you like it...I'll try to remember to post this week. 
I was on vacation last week, did a little fishing and sitting around staring at the sky, but I'm back (mostly) and I'll try to add a few cards.  Just before vacation I received a few stamp sets i was avidly looking forward to getting, and I'm all ready to play with them.  Hopefully I'll post some lovely cards for you!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sneak Peak and Feathers

I was feeling much more inspired today to create cards. box arrived yesterday and I've been pawing through my new toys!

The card was made with Fine Feathers (126517) and One in a Million (126382), the new In Colors Midnight Muse and Gumball Green (inks and papers), a fancy little Blender Pen, some 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon in Midnight Muse and Gumball Green (126847 & 126848 respectively), the Square Lattice Textured Impressions folder (119976) and, for those looking closely, a sneak peak item....the soon-to-be-out-in-the-Holiday-catalogue Ribbon Slides Designer Round (127834).  
It was the perfect finishing touch for this card.  And I love how the feathers really go with the 'above & beyond' sentiment...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Quick Card

I just haven't felt very creative lately...I'm eagerly awaiting my most recent order from Stampin' Up!, filled with lots of goodies from the current catalogue and a few from the upcoming Holiday catalogue (I love being a demonstrator!), and just can't seem to find the umph! needed to get a card right.  I have lots of pieces and half-finished cards lying around, it looks like a gremlin got into my stamp room and played...only one little card out of the whole mess!
However, it's an important's my friends birthday tomorrow, and I'm mailing it today (thank goodness she doesn't live far).  I really hope she likes it!

I used the Patio Party DSP, Make a Cake stamp set, and my Nestibilities Labels set for the cut outs.  The paper?  I'm still waiting for my current In Color paper to match the Patio Party colors exactly, but I think the pink I picked out is pretty close to the new Raspberry Ripple color (which is coming later today...).  I don't know if you can see the sparkle from the glitter, but its there!  And the pretty label area, I used the thick double sided tape to 'pop' it up.

Any thoughts?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Stampin' Up! In Color Ribbon Shares!

Lots of demonstrators have these, so I thought I'd throw it out there on my blog. 
I've had a couple requests and filled a few spots for a ribbon share from the new Stampin' Up! Catalogue.  Now I can only do this with US people, sorry, but policy forbids shipping current items across country lines for demonstrators.
3/8" Ruffled RibbonIn Color 2011-2013, 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon Share, $12
2 yards each of the following colors:  Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, and Wisteria Wonder.

3/8" Stitched Satin RibbonIn Color 2012-2014, 3/8" Stiched Satin Ribbon Share, $12
2 yards each of the following colors:  Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit.

If you're anything like me, you love ribbon.  You may not always use it, you may hoarde it so you don't run out, you may piece it out in small precious bits on cards so you always have a little, or you may only need a small piece to go with your current color obsession.  Me, I tend to hoarde and grudginly add it small bit by bit to cards.  So, in the interest of saving your pocket book, because the ribbons themselves can cost almost $50 for each color grouping if you buy all the colors, here is my offer:

Shares run $12 each and include basic shipping, and 2 yards of each color listed, wrapped around a piece of cardboard to keep nice and neat.  If you want both shares, the price will be $22, you save $2!  If you want Priority Mail, you'll need to let me know and we'll bump the price up by and extra $5.00 ( Priority mail: 1 share-$15.00, both shares-$25).

Send me an email to if you are interested, and I can invoice you via paypal.

As soon as I have 5 interested parties, who have paid, I will order the ribbon, cut/wrap it, and ship it out asap.  If more than 5 people respond, I'll be happy to start a new share.