Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tour-de-Freaks: It's My Party!!!

Welcome to the February 2011 Blog Tour. If you've just arrived from Barb Mullikin's blog, you've come to the right place! Weren't her projects great! But don't worry, if you have started here, it will be possible to go completely to the end and arrive back here after going to the beginning of the tour!(If you are viewing this before the 20th, all the links may not be working so be sure to stop back again on the 20th).

This month's theme is It's My Party - Birthday cards and projects. I decided to do a birthday ensemble. I've seen lots of these types of things on the internet so I wanted to do my own using My Digital Studio. I had a lot of fun doing this. Obviously, if this was for a real party, the set up wouldn't look so small, lol! I would certainly have many more cookies and cupcakes! Anyway, on to the details. I used the Celebrations Digital Kit for most of the pieces, along with the Owl Punch. For the straws, I made the owls, printed them on white cardstock, and then punched them out. I adhered them to scallop circles using the Celebrations DSP. Then I just taped them to the straws. I then used the labels and added "cake", "cookies", and "candy" using the Just Perfect font. Then I used the pennant from the Celebrations stamp set and added different words to each one. I then stuck these into the cupcakes. How cute!

So whats a birthday ensemble without an invitation or card! Again, I used the Celebrations kit and owl punch for the invite. My cousin's son is turning 1 on April 2nd, so I used him for my sample :) Maybe they will want to use all of these for their party! For the invite, I used the polka dot paper for the background but just changed the opacity so it wasn't so bright. Then I added the fun little banner in the corner and the owl in the other corner.

Lastly, is the birthday card. This is pretty much a CASE of a card by Teneale Williams. I used the Celebrations DSP, the scallop square, the owl punch, Bashful Blue ribbon, red buttons and the Party This Way stamp set. Super cute right! I just love this little owl. Now if only I had my own kids to make all this fun stuff! Someday!!!

Thanks for checking out my projects. I hope you are enjoying the tour. Next up is Debbie Couier, with some great projects!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Penquin Birthday!

Hi! I hope everyone had a nice weekend and Valentine's day. My Valentine's day was just like any other day but we made a nice dinner on Sunday night so we had a early Valentine's. The casino was good although we weren't big winners. We came home almost even so for a full night there with dinner that isn't bad. My brother and his fiance were also there and they happened to be the big winners of the evening. My brother's fiance won $1000 on the slot machine. So that was pretty exciting. Anyway, on to my card for today. I saw this super cute penquin card on Teneale William's blog. I just had to CASE it. I changed the colors around a little bit but overall, I liked the bright colors that she used so I kept that. I used some textured Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzaz and a strip of DSP from the Sweet Pea collection (retired). The ribbon is not SU only because I didn't have any pumpkin pie ribbon otherwise that's what I would have used. The bottom of the balloons and the top of his party hat all use the "feet" from the owl punch. Is that not cute! I am totally in love with this little penquin. I think I'm going to have to do some more cards with him. I guess I will just have to keep the owl punch out on my desk a little longer. If you come back on Sunday for the ControlFreaks Blog Tour, the super cute owl might make an appearance ;). I have a fun post planned for the tour so be sure to stop on by. Have a nice day!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sweet Summer

Hello! I hope everyone's weekend is off to a nice start. Surprisingly I actually had a little bit of time to sneak in a card this morning. My husband ran out this morning so in between several loads of laundry I decided to make a quick card. I saw a card (second card) on Maile Belle's blog this morning and I thought it was so cute. I decided to use the same design but use all Stampin Up stamps instead. I used the Sweet Summer stamp set. The colors used were Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie and Pear Pizazz. I colored everything in with markers, cut out the flower tops and added Old Olive ribbon. I think this looks like a nice bright summery card. Today I think we are headed to the Sands casino in PA this afternoon. We just gathered up a ton of change that we had lying around so we figure that could be some gambling money. Lets hope it turns into a LOT! I doubt it though, the few times we've been to the Sands we haven't been lucky at all. We seem to do better in AC but since Sands is closer we'll stick with that and at least try to get a nice dinner there. Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Rest of the Party Invites

Happy Friday! Today I have the other 3 bachelorette party invites that I designed. These last 3 are all pretty similar in design just using different background paper. They all use the new top note die download. The first one uses the Night and Day paper along with some Melon Mambo ribbon. The second one uses the Basic Gray polka dot background with Melon Mambo ribbon again. And the third one uses one of the Blushing Bride designer papers with some Chocolate Chip ribbon. I also added a little flourish to the invite. I hope you like these. Maybe it will inspire you to try out MDS for any invites you may have to do. It was a lot of fun designing these. Have a nice day!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

More butterflies!

Hello. I have some more butterflies to share today. I also have a couple more bachelorette party invites to share but I'll do those tomorrow. Today's card is pretty much a CASE of a card I saw in the Stampin Success magazine. I used butterflies instead of the flowers and slightly changed the colors. I used Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Regal Rose, Pear Pizazz and Crumb Cake. I also added some Early Espresso satin ribbon. The sentiment is from With All My Heart. This was a pretty quick and easy card. I just love the bright spring/summer colors. Hopefully soon spring will be here! Have a nice day!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Bachelorette Party Invites

Happy Sunday! Today I have a couple of the samples of the bachelorette party invites I designed. I'll come back tomorrow with the rest. My future sister-in-law is part of the bridal party for a friend of hers so she wanted some invites for the bachelorette party. So I decided to try some out in MDS. First I browsed Wedding Paper Divas and Etsy looking for some ideas. I found a ton of ideas so I tried to narrow it down. I ended up making 7 samples. They actually took no time at all to design. The first one uses Blushing Bride DSP and the swirl image from Baroque Motifs. The second one uses Basic Black polka dot DSP and some Melon Mambo scallops. The third one uses the Night and Day DSP. To get the large scallops I just added 3 large circles on top of each other until I got the look I wanted. And the fourth one uses the Baja Breeze striped DSP along with the Top Note die. The size of these is 4.25 x 5.5 so I will be able to get 4 out of one sheet. I'll let you know which one she decides to go with.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Blissful Butterflies

Hi, I'm back! I have another card today. I actually had some free time this morning so I was getting crafty. I was making up some bachelorette party invites using MDS for my future sister-in-law. I was having so much fun doing that so the juices were flowing and I decided to make a card using some new goodies. I will post a couple of the invite samples tomorrow. As for today's card I used the SAB set Bliss. Oh how I love those butterflies! They make any card look nice! I stamped and cut 3 butterflies in Rich Razzleberry (added some pearls to one of them). I stamped the damask image on Crumb Cake in Early Espresso. I used the First Edition DSP along with the Greenhouse Gala DSP. I added a strip of Rich Razzleberry striped grosgrain and some kraft tafetta ribbon. I punched a little tag with the word love from You're a Gem and then added a Rich Razzleberry button. I hope you like it!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Welcome Baby!

Hi! Today's card is a baby card that I did for my cousin who is expecting. She is due the 15th so she could go at any day now. She doesn't know what she is having so I thought I kind of made this gender neutral but now I think it's more boyish. Well if she has a boy, then I'm all set if not, I'll just make another one with some pinks and purples. This card came together pretty quick. I actually don't have the Nursery Necessities Set. I'm not sure why I never bought it, it's such a cute set. However, it is in MDS, so that was good enough for me. I just set up a new file, added the 3 elephants in Poppy Parade, Pear Pizazz and Baja Breeze and printed them on white shimmer cardstock. In the close up photo you can see the shimmer. I also printed the sentiment too in Early Espresso. Once it was printed, I just cut out the elephants and punched the sentiment. I added them to the top note die and then added some yellow buttons I had. I forgot what the buttons are called. I think they are retired now. So that really took no time at all. Maybe I will just make a girl version of this card, just to have on hand. I'm sure I will use it at some point. It's baby fever at my job, so I'm sure I could use it for someone here! We've had 4 women at work give birth all within a weeks time. And 2 more are ready to go any minute. Something must be in the water over here! Anyway, I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sweet Summer

Hello everyone! It's been a while. We have been clobbered with snow here in the east coast! I have certainly had enough for the year however, it looks like we have another storm in the forecast for this weekend. I don't know any details about it, i'm choosing not to listen to the weather right now and pray that it just goes away! :) Anyway, I finally got back into stamping yesterday. I've been in a bit of a slump. I guess it's the weather. Today's card was for the sketch challenge on splitcoast. I just got my SAB stamps so I decided to play. I stamped the flowers on watercolor paper and colored them in with blender pens and the following colors: Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride, Regal Rose and Sahara Sand (for some shading). Its hard to see in the photo but I stamped the damask image from Bliss in versamark on the Not Quite Navy cardstock. For the finishing touch I added some Baja Breeze seam binding. I'm hoping they come out with some more colors in the new catalog because I really like this ribbon. That's it for me today. I hope to be back in a day or 2 with some more cards. Have a nice day!!