Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Razzleberry Dahlia and Merci

I created this card based on another sketch from the Go To Sketches issue of Papercrafts.  To color this Dahlia I used my Rich Razzleberry ink pad and a blender pen.  That's it!  Hard to believe, huh?  But with my blender pen I was able to get all these different variations of color!  I love it!! 
I used Stickles in the center of my flower.  I also stamped the small dahlia in Pale Plum and more of the large dahlia in Rich Razzleberry.  The sentiment in Rich Razzleberry too. I used my two way glue pen and some Dazzling Diamonds to accent some of the petals on the larger dahlias in the background.  Although I think it might be too hard to make out the glitter in this picture.
My  second card today is based on yet another sketch from the Go To Sketches issue.  I used an Eiffle Tower Merci stamp from a set that was for demos only several years back.  I used black and Regal Rose for the alternating images.
The ribbon is PTI and the button is thread with PTI Rustic Twine.  The button's from my stash.   I also used Stickles to go over the small X's on the Eiffel Towers.  Simple, but I so love the simple!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Beautiful Dahlia

Here is my first Dahlia card.  I know it's a VERY girly kinda card, but I love this color combo.  The turquoise is a some of that bazzill pearl cardstock.  I stamped it with Robin's Egg ink by Colorbox. Perfect match!  It was just what I wanted - I thought Versamark alone would be too light, and clear embossed would be too dark.  I'm so pleased with this.
This is the first time I've colored with Copic markers.  I chose the Hibiscus Burst color trio by PTI to test my skills.  I like the way this turned out.  My next attempt will be to color the Dahlia with my blender pen and Rich Razzleberry ink.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Box and Fan Fold Flower

I found this wonderful Bo Bunny paper last week at the local scrapbook store.  Although I wish the pattern were on a smaller scale, I loved the flowers and the colors (I immediately knew the purple matched Rich Razzleberry).  I used Lauren Meader's Slip Cover Box and my new paper and Martha Stewart Butterfly punch.  I also used part of my Stampin' Up! sample sheet for Early Espresso and I have to say: I love this paper!  It's a beautiful rich brown - perfect match.  (I also love love love the Cherry Cobbler!)
This is the first time I've tried the fan fold flower and I learned a lot.  First, I had to use KI Memories liquid glue to get the thing to stay together.  Second, the scalloped edge gives the flower a nice look.  And third, the flower looks more open with a single strip of paper.  Fan Fold Tutorial  
Finally, I never post pictures of my family here, but I couldn't help this one.  Aren't these guys the cutest?!  These are my three little boys.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Color Q #28

I wasn't so sure about these colors at first.  I actually saw some paper at Michael's that included all these colors.  I had to resist the urge (I convinced myself I had too many other paper packs that I hardly touch) to buy them.  I'm glad I didn't - I like what I came up with on my own with supplies I already had. 
As I was using my Ruby Red I became sad at the idea that Stampin' Up! is retiring this color this summer.  I used just a touch of Pumpkin Pie because I didn't want it to overwhelm everything.  This seems to be a color palette best dabbled in small bits. 
I used some of my newest PTI stamps: Text Style and a sentiment from Delightful Dahlias.  I like that many of those sentiments fit inside my Modern Label Punch.  I also wanted a close up of the white button I have layered over my Hawaiian Shores button - aren't the swirls fabulous?!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Birthday Box

Another box for you guys.  This one is the Time for Take out template from Timeless Templates on PTI.  I used Bo Bunny paper and black with Pirouette Pink (I love this pink!!). 
I added Prima flowers with some pearls on the front and back flaps.  I stamped PTI polka dots II on the pink portion of the box. The top flower center I used a jeweled brad.
I added some Hibiscus Burst Bitty Dot Ribbon and some Black Swiss Dot Ribbon on the handle.
I filled the little box with some Dove chocolates.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Petal/Butterfly Box

I made this box for a friend yesterday.  I downloaded Lauren Meader's Pick of the Petals PDF from her online store: My Time Made Easy.  It wasn't that hard to put together.  I did make a mistake and affixed the tabs for the seams on the outside instead of the inside of the box.  This made the base a little larger than it was suppose to be and the lid a little tricky to put on.  But it worked! 
I cut the butterflies from my Sizzix die in Rich Razzleberry and Razzleberry Lemonade DSP.  Inside is a Fabreeze Brazilian Carnival candle.  It smelled SOOooo good!  I tied a simple white ribbon around the candle and cushioned it with a sheet of white tissue paper.
The label is by spellbinders and I inked inside the die with So Saffron.  I stamped the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry.  I used pearls and a yellow Prima flower for accent.  It was great!  I love making little boxes for people - so much fun to decorate!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mojo Monday #134

I truly enjoyed this weeks sketch.  I picked this wonderful paper - doesn't it remind you of 80's colors (turquoise, pink and black)?  I love it!  The ideas just flowed with this sketch.  I actually bought this paper about a year ago and I'm finally using it.
I don't know if you can see it or not, but I stamped some Diamond Backgrounds (PTI) in Pink Pirouette on the Pink Pirouette cardstock.  I also used PP to sponge my nestability label.  I used my swiss dots embossing folder on the Regal Rose cardstock.  I also stamped the sentiment in Rose Romance (aka Regal Rose).

Friday, April 9, 2010

Cinema Saturday and Go To Sketches

This is actually the first time I've played along with the Cinema Saturday.  I actually made another card inspired by the colors here, but I ended up not liking it much.  Funny how you can think how great something will look, but end up disliking the finished product.  So....  I decided to try again.
 Here it is - CAS (Clean And Simple).  It's a little tall (can ya tell?) at 4"x9".  I was actually inspired by two different sources - one was the new Go To Sketches from Papercrafts, the other was a card designed on the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator site as an example of the new Soft Subtles.  I used Rose Red and Pretty in Pink, So Saffron and an old In Color I think it was something Merigold, Mellow Moss and Certainly Celery, and Bashful Blue and another old In Color Buckaroo Blue.  Anyway, I searched through my button stash and found coordinating buttons to stitch to the centers.  I also used Versamark and stamped each scalloped circle with Polka Dots II from PTI.  The sentiment is in Rich Razzelberry.
I promised myself a couple of months ago that I wouldn't buy any more card making idea books.  I have a ton, and I've been more impressed with what I can find on SCS and other peoples' blogs.  But....  I have seen so many people raving about how great this issue was (and I'm a sucker for sketches - anything to make design a little easier).  I indulged yesterday and bought it.  I was inspired to make the above card from one sketch, and this card from another:

Another simple card - not a lot of fanfare.  But I loved the little houses and trees printed on the paper stack paper.  I also stamped polka dots from PTI in Pretty in Pink on my PinP cardstock.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Mojo Monday #132

Here's my take on the MM sketch. 
I used some Soft Sky ribbon.  I didn't  realize until later that the ribbon was suppose to go beneath the square.  Oops!  I guess that makes it my own, right?