Friday, April 30, 2010

Vintage Geese - CHF



This gorgeous Vintage Geese stamp is the new Stamp of the Month for May over at Cornish Heritage Farms. They released this stamp today, a day early, and it is a wonderful old-timey image. It reminds me of those old Victorian toile images.

I wanted a vintage, distressed, aged look for my card, so I used a lot of sponging on all the layers here. To offset all the feminine touches on this card, I used the Fine Lines backgrounder behind the Vintage Geese image. You can see some more wonderful samples in the gallery here.

The Stamp of the Month is on sale for the entire month, so you can save 20% when you purchase this stamp before the end of May. Head on over to Cornish Heritage Farms to start your shopping.

Stamps:
Vintage Geese (May 2010 SOTM) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Fine Lines backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
Timber Brown Stazon (Tsukineko)
Tea Dye distress (Ranger)

Paper:
Simply Smooth Vanilla from Cornish Heritage Farms
patterned paper (Making Memories)

Other:
sponge
flowers (Prima)
vintage button
twine (May Arts)
Dotted Scallop Edge Punch (EK Success)
rectangle and scallop rectangle dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Pinwheel Mother's Day



Have you got your Mother's Day cards done yet? Here's a quick and easy idea for you. Make a quick little pinwheel, add a button to the front, and stick it down on a card. Add the sentiment and you've got a cute and fun card to give to a lucky lady.

I used this Happy Mother's Day sentiment from QKR Stampede, which can be found as part of this Happy Birthday set. I didn't want to cover up the stem from the pinwheel, so I cut the words apart and loosely arranged them to one side.

I can just hear you asking "how did you make the pinwheel???" LOL Easy peasy.

Get yourself a piece of paper that has a pretty pattern on both sides. Cut it down to 3" x 3". (You can do any size square - 3x3 is just what I happened to use here.)

Now draw a line from one diagonal end to the other so you have an X lightly drawn on the paper.

Cut those diagonal lines about an inch or so - DO NOT cut all the way across.

Pull one of the points down to the center and adhere. Pull every other point down and adhere to the center until you have four points adhered in the center. You can cover this with a button, a brad, a sticker, anything.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or email me. I hope this inspires you to get your Mother's Day cards done. :-)

Stamps:
sentiment from Happy Birthday set - QKR Stampede

Ink:
Melon Mambo

Paper:
Kraft
Melon Mambo
Razzleberry Lemonade

Other:
button (PTI)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Belli Challenge #90 - Birthday Theme

This week's Belli Challenge is all about birthdays. Instead of an actual embellishment, we decided to go with a Birthday Celebration theme. This coincides perfectly with our sponsor, Creative Cuts and More. They have sent all the Belli Girls some die cuts and accessories from their Birthday Kits for us to play with. I had so much fun playing with the die cuts and papers and stickers and rub-ons that are included in the kit.

For this purple tag card, I added my own ribbon, leaves, and pink flowers. The big brad inside the flower came from the Birthday Girl Card Kit as well as the paper and the "party girl" rub-on.



Here is the inside of this tag. I used one of the rub-ons from the kit as well as some of the same patterned paper from the front.



For this yellow tag card, everything is from the Birthday Girl Card Kit except for the chipboard cupcakes and the ribbon that I used. These papers are great for a birthday card and I just had to add the two chipboard cupcakes so they would coordinate with the cupcake paper. How fun!



Here's some more exciting news: Creative Cuts and More is giving away a FREE Boy Birthday Card Kit to one lucky winner. To enter this drawing, create a birthday card and enter it into the Mr. Linky widget on the Belli Challenge blog. Good luck!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

MOJO #135 - Lemonade Flower



Don't rub your eyes! Yes, this is Holly's blog and yes, she created this wild and crazy card. LOL

I had some leftover flower pieces from when I did the Layered Flowers tutorial over on the CHF blog, so I put them to use on this card for this week's Mojo sketch. I didn't have room for a sentiment or that button/ribbon tag on the upper left side, so I just left those off.

I wanted some bold and bright colors to go with the hot pink color I used on my flower, so I pulled out my Basic Grey Lemonade papers and started mixing and matching to see what would look good. I wanted the chipboard butterfly to stand out, so I used some bright turquoise colored crackle paint on that. I had fun putting this wild card together.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Stamps:
Daisy Chain Scrapblock from Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
Watermelon Adirondack dye (Ranger)

Paper:
Simply Smooth White from Cornish Heritage Farms
Simply Heavy Black from Cornish Heritage Farms
Lemonade (Basic Grey)

Other:
ribbon (Dots, Dashes, and Checks)
button
chipboard butterfly (Maya Road)
Broken China distress crackle paint (Ranger)
scallop punch (EK Success)
Blossoms die (Spellbinders)

Friday, April 23, 2010

CHF release - A Fond Farewell



Cornish Heritage Farms has released the newest B&O Railroad stamp set today, and it is called A Fond Farewell. This is a beautiful set with sentiments and a gorgeous image that looks like an old fashioned wood-cut scene. I love those rolling hills, and you can see the train moving along down in the valley.

Would you like to see more samples with this beautiful set? Check out the gallery here. I'd love to know what color you would stamp this with. Would you try pink? Green? Rainbow colors? :-)


Stamps:
A Fond Farewell (B&O Railroad) from Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
Rich Cocoa Memento (Tsukineko)

Paper:
Simply Smooth White from Cornish Heritage Farms
Bazzill Canvas
Basic Grey

Other:
flowers (Prima)
pearls (Kaiser)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

QKR Girl in the tub



Here is another ragdoll stamp from QKR Stampede. Every time I look at these ragdoll images, I am reminded of the old Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls that my cousin had when we were growing up. I loved those dolls, and I love these ragdoll stamps.

I chose this Bubble Bath ragdoll stamp so I could play with my Stickles again. I stamped the image with Memento black ink, colored it in with Copic markers, and then used my favorite Star Dust Stickles to fill in the bubbles. I pulled out some old retired Stampin Up designer paper to use for my background and I paired it with some Prima flowers. Some yellow grosgrain ribbon is the last finishing touch.

Head on over to QKR Stampede to see what other ragdoll stamps they have. One of these days, I'll probably have every single one in my studio. :-)

Stamps:
Bubble Bath from QKR Stampede

Ink:
Pitch Black Memento

Paper:
Turquoise
White
retired Stampin Up designer paper

Other:
yellow grosgrain ribbon
Prima flowers
yellow dew drops
Copic markers
Star Dust stickles
Circle and Scallop Circle dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fence Critters



Cornish Heritage Farms released their newest ATC set called Country Charm Textures yesterday. This set has three mini-backgrounders that are perfectly scaled for doing small projects like ATC's, cards, mini-notecards, and tags. For this card, I stamped the little woodgrain stamp from Country Charm Textures on the fence. You can see how this size is PERFECT for small scale things like little fences.

Wanna see more fabulous samples with this set? Click here to go to the gallery - lots of great ideas to jump-start your imagination. CHF is also offering a great special: buy 3 or more sets and you get all your stamps cut out for free! This ends on Thursday (tomorrow) so get your shopping done now. :-)


Stamps:
Country Charm Textures (ATC) from Cornish Heritage Farms
The Birds and the Bees (Kim Hughes) from Cornish Heritage Farms
On the Farm (Kim Hughes) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Spring Trees (Kim Hughes) from Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
Rich Cocoa Memento (Tsukineko)
Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko)

Paper:
Simply Smooth White from Cornish Heritage Farms
Simply Kraft from Cornish Heritage Farms
Bazzill Smoothies
Origins (Basic Grey)
Farm Fresh (October Afternoon)

Other:
rhinestones (Kaiser)
flowers (Prima)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Asian Inchies



There is a sketch challenge over on the Inchie Inklings blog, and it looked so fun and easy, I just had to give it a shot. I used the little floral image from the Asian Portraits set from Cornish Heritage Farms for my inchies. Because it is so tiny, I didn't bother with shading and highlighting anything. I just colored directly with my Memento markers.

The sentiment is from the Ornamental Beauty set, also from Cornish Heritage Farms, and the gorgeous patterned papers are from Memory Box. The ribbon is some pale green twill that I picked up at Michaels in the Martha Stewart aisle.

I actually have some inchies somewhere, but darned if I can find them. So I just cut some white cardstock into 1" squares before I stamped the floral image on them. Do you want to come over and help me clean up this crazy studio?? :-)


Stamps:
Asian Portraits (Saturday Evening Post) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Ornamental Beauty (Rummage Bin) from Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
Timber Brown Stazon

Memento Markers:
Angel Pink - Girls Night Out collection
Rosebud - Girls Night Out collection
New Sprout - Greenhouse collection
Desert Sand - Arizona Canyons collection
Rich Cocoa - Arizona Canyons collection

Paper:
Simply Smooth White from Cornish Heritage Farms
Simply Heavy Chocolate from Cornish Heritage Farms
Gossamer (Memory Box)

Other:
Scallop Diamond Edger punch (EK Success)
twill ribbon (Martha Stewart Crafts)

Monday, April 19, 2010

CC&M Beige flourish purse



Today I have a cute little Flourish purse to show you. I got this Mini Purse Bag from Creative Cuts and More in an Almond Cream Bazzill Smoothies color. I stamped some flourishes around the purse to mimic flower stems and vines and then added a couple of punched butterflies to the scene. The crumpled flower is created by punching out four layers of a scallop circle, stacking them on each other, and then crumpling them up in my hand.

This is such a quick and easy project when you need a little something to give to a sister or a girlfriend who might need a little cheering up. Stick a few little pieces of chocolate inside the purse or maybe a couple tubes of a favorite lipstick for the perfect little pick-me-up!

Die Cuts:
Mini Purse Bag - Almond Cream Bazzill Smoothies cardstock

Stamps:
Fancy Flourishes (PTI)

Ink:
Always Artichoke

Other:
butterfly punch (Martha Stewart Crafts)
pearls
K & Company designer paper for the flower
scallop circle punch (Stampin Up)
aged copper brad (inside the crumpled flower center)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

CHF New Scrapblock release and Facebook news!!



Have you seen the newest Scrapblock released over at Cornish Heritage Farms? It is called Life, and it is gorgeous. There's so many different words on this 6" x 6" stamp. You can see lots of wonderful samples in the gallery - click here.

For this card, I used the little Versamagic dew drop inkpad to ink up just the word "believe" on the scrapblock. I didn't ink up the entire stamp - just that one word and the butterfly. To get a soft impression of the butterflies on the green paper and on the French Script image, I stamped the butterflies once on scrap paper to take away most of the ink before stamping the final impression.

Have you heard the exciting news?? Cornish Heritage Farms is on Facebook now! To join their Fan Page, click HERE and join the fun!


Stamps:
Life Scrapblock from Cornish Heritage Farms
French Script backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms
Vintage Butterflies (Saturday Evening Post) from Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
Tea Dye distress (Ranger)
Niagara Mist Versamagic (Tsukineko)

Paper:
Simply Smooth Vanilla from Cornish Heritage Farms
My Mind's Eye sage green paper

Other:
sponge
twill ribbon (Martha Stewart)
Oval and Scallop Oval dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Gramma's Birthday Card



I am giving this birthday card to my Gramma today. Pink is her favorite color and this challenge from Stampavie was perfect for creating this card. We have to have 5 flowers, 2 different ribbons, at least one die cut (I have 5!), and use either pink or blue colors on the card.

I stamped this gorgeous Bernadette admiring the Spring Flowers image with black Stazon ink onto watercolor paper. I pulled out all kinds of ink pads and had a blast coloring this sweet scene. The hair is colored with Close to Cocoa ink, which has a reddish undertone to it. I wanted the hair to be sort of strawberry-blonde-ish, so I didn't add any darker browns to it.

Stamps:
Bernadette admiring the Spring Flowers from Stampavie (I bought mine at Stampers Dream)
Sentiments 1 from Stampavie (I bought mine at Stampers Dream)

Ink:
Jet Black Stazon
Close to Cocoa
Blush Blossom
Basic Gray
Pretty in Pink
Bundled Safe
Faded Jeans
Spun Sugar

Paper:
Pretty in Pink
Sage Shadow
watercolor paper
Gossamer patterned paper (Memory Box)

Other:
aquapainter
sponge
flowers (Prima)
buttons (Rusty Pickle)
linen thread
Labels 10 nestability
Petite Ovals nestabilities
SU large oval punch, scallop oval punch
Flirty ribbon (retired SU)
pink tafetta ribbon

Friday, April 16, 2010

QKR - True Friend




Did you read that sentiment? I mean REALLY read it? ROFL!!! That sentiment cracks me up! When I saw this in the QKR Stampede store, I just knew I had to make a pretty and girly card for this sentiment and see if anyone really READS it.

I tend to get caught up in looking at the pretty colors and papers and details and sometimes I skip over the sentiments on cards. Do you do that too? This is my way of forcing y'all to do a double-take and look at the sentiment again. LOL

Here's hoping you enjoy your weekend. Hubby and I have plans to see my grandparents and then buy some flowers to put in the planters by the front door. I'm actually trying to avoid housework by doing things that keep me out of the house. LOL (Furballs everywhere from our two puppies........)


Stamps:
True Friends from QKR Stampede

Ink:
Close to Cocoa

Paper:
Close to Cocoa
Very Vanilla
patterned paper from My Mind's Eye

Other:
Nestabilities (Oval and Labels 10)
chocolate pearls
flower punch (Martha Stewart)
vanilla tafetta ribbon
sponge

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Belli Challenge #89 - die cut shapes

I'm glad you stopped by to see what I created for Belli Challenge #89. This week we are focusing on die cut shapes - pull out your Nesties or Quik Cuts or Sizzix dies and start cranking out some die cuts. Sweet N Sassy Stamps is the sponsor this week, and I chose to work with the yummy-licious cupcake image today. That cupcake is making my mouth water!



This sketch is from The Sweet Stop (SSS51) and I used some Labels 1 Nestabilities die cuts for the two chocolate "squares" on my card. I printed out the cupcake on white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. The pink designer paper is actually some retired Stampin Up paper - love using these Belli Challenges to use up some of my retired stash, ya know? ;-)

Head on over to the Belli blog to see what the other gals have created today. You might just see a few more cupcakes while you're looking at the eye candy. Mmmmm..... now I gotta go find some chocolate!


Stamps:
Chocoholic from Sweet N Sassy Stamps

Paper:
Chocolate Chip
Pretty in Pink designer paper
Sweet designer paper (DCWV)
Whisper White

Other:
Copic markers
buttons (PTI)
ribbon (May Arts)
Labels 1 Nestability die
linen thread
corner rounder punch (Martha Stewart)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Things to check out today

Happy Monday! I wanted to pop in and let you know about a couple of things you should check out today. One is the Creative Cuts and More blog hop - lots of great eye candy to drool over. They are doing a Mother's Day theme, so go see what those great gals have created for you. (I've been sick for two weeks, and haven't had a chance to work on anything for this hop.)

The other thing you need to see is the Alcohol Ink and Flower Soft tutorial over on the Cornish Heritage Farms blog. Maybe this will inspire you to make your own colored Flower Soft?? Leave a comment over there and you could win a free stamp set! Here is a little sneak peak of what you will see in this tutorial:



Hope you have a great week!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

QKR Blog Hop - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Welcome to the next stop on the QKR Stampede blog hop. Wasn't Sarah's project great? If you didn't arrive here from Sarah's blog, you don't want to miss what our designers have in store for you! The QKR Stampede Blog Hop starts at www.qkrstampede.blogspot.com, so be sure to start your hopping there.

For my project, I used this adorable Summer Treat stamp with some ice cream designer paper. I wanted this to have a vintage-y sort of feel, so I sponged the edges with some brown ink. The image is watercolored with some reinkers and a water brush.



Since this is our "ribbon cutting ceremony," I did something a little different with the ribbon. Instead of just tying a knot, I folded one end over and over, and then I simply cut a decorative tail on the other end. This is something that I just played around with and somehow it just came together. I rather like this neat effect, and you will most likely see me using this again.

QKR Stampede is giving away a generous $30 gift certificate to one lucky commenter on this blog hop. Be sure to leave a comment at each blog along the way for a chance to win this awesome shopping spree!

Your next stop is Desiree's blog. Have fun hopping along and seeing all the wonderful projects created with QKR Stampede images.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Back in Stock at CC&M!!




Remember this super popular Holiday Treats Apron Kit from Creative Cuts and More last year?



Terry has it back in stock in the store now, yay! But it won't last long - she sold out so quickly before and we know she will sell out of these just as quickly. So go get yours now while you can. :-) Just click here and start shopping.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

New April SOTM from CHF



Cornish Heritage Farms released their new April Stamp of the Month today, and it is a gorgeous image called Fawn in the Grove. In case you are new to Cornish Heritage Farms stamps, each month a new Stamp of the Month (SOTM) is released and offered for 20% off. When the month is over, it is no longer 20% off, so you definitely want to grab this one at the cheaper price.

The fawn image is stamped on watercolor paper and then colored with a water brush and Memento markers (from the Cornish Heritage Farms store). I simply scribbled the markers onto a plastic surface and picked up the ink with a water brush and painted the image. It's a quick and easy way to color without dragging out all my reinkers or watercolor pencils or crayons or other coloring mediums.

Would you like to see more artwork with this fawn stamp? Check out the gallery HERE for more inspiration. To purchase the stamp, click here - you can buy this either mounted on a wood block or cling mounted.

Have a great day!


Stamps:
Fawn in the Grove (April 2010 Stamp of the Month) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Friendly Kritters Scripture (Mona Lisa Moments) from Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
Timber Brown Stazon (Tsukineko)
Vintage Photo distress (Ranger)

Memento markers (from CHF store):
Rich Cocoa - Arizona Canyons collection
Bamboo Leaves - Greenhouse collection
Dandelion - Campfire collection
Desert Sand - Arizona Canyons collection

Paper:
watercolor paper
Bazzill Basics
Origins designer paper (Basic Grey)

Other:
sponge
water brush
ribbon (May Arts)