Monday, May 31, 2010

Neopolitan Birthday Card IS possible to link everything to ice cream! :) I thought this was an appropriate name for this card because it features one of my favorite color combinations: pink, white and brown. (Otherwise known as strawberry, vanilla and chocolate. YUM!)
I was inspired by fellow design team member Jo Ann to use my sentiment as a background stamp. She used this technique on a graduation card recently and I knew I wanted to try it. I created my card based from chocolate brown cardstock. I stamped the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from THIS set repeatedly over my card front using Versamark watermark ink. I then cut a square window in the lower right corner of my card. For the cupcake image, I stamped the Cupcake Tower on white cardstock and colored with Bic Mark-It pens. I matted this image with pink cardstock and adhered it to the inside of my card, lining it up with the window. Finally, I finished the card with ribbon and a button. All supplies are courtesy of DeNami Design.
Still have some unpacking to do from this weekend's camping trip, plus I have a couple of finishing touches to add to projects. Busy afternoon, but I hope to relax tonight and watch Avatar!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

You're a Tweetie!

I love this little stamp from DeNami Design-who could resist these cute little chickies and a fun sentiment? Even better, it is all one stamp (image + sentiment) so you don't have to stress about lining everything up. It's also versatile because it could be used for Valentine's Day or just as a little "thank you" to someone.
I am submitting this card to the Cards Blog challenge this week. The challenge was to make a card with "punny" sentiment. I am also hoping to make a card using the cute little sea creatures on my new "Create a Critter" cricut cartridge. (Try saying that one five times fast!) The Imaginisce blog asked readers to come up with some cute sayings to go along with their new line featuring sea creatures and the results were incredible! You crafty girls are so creative! You can see all of the ideas HERE.
All of the supplies used on this card are courtesy of DeNami Design.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Baskets of Friendship

Here's another card that I made with that same 12 x 12 Perfect Page kit that I talked about yesterday. I love this one! The kit comes with this beautiful 8 x 8 die-cut paper. I trimmed off one side, then folded it in half for my card base. I cut a circle from teal cardstock, added the flower basket sticker and some gems. For my sentiment, I just added a sticker from the kit, punched a hole through the card front using my Crop-o-dile, then knotted a scrap of ribbon through the hole. So easy-but I think it's my favorite card of the week so far.
This card, along with "Sending You Sunshine" from yesterday's post, have already made it into the Momenta Designer Gallery on the website. Step-by-step directions for each will be available on the site soon, too. (I was very excited to see one of my cards showcased on Facebook! If you haven't joined the Momenta group on Facebook, you should head on over! Lots of giveaways and special deals being posted all month long!)
Ribbon by SEI; all other supplies by Momenta.
Thanks for popping by today. I will have lots of projects to share with you in the next few days, so be sure to keep checking back!

Monday, May 24, 2010

More Momenta...

Please note: This is my second post today. Please scroll down or click HERE to see my first card of the day.
Here is another card that I made using the same 12 x 12 Simply Perfect Page kit. I used the same colors of cardstock and patterned paper, but just changed it up a bit by matting the flower pot sticker, trimming the card front, and adding a simple punched border.
Cardstock: Momenta, The Paper Company; Patterned Paper, Stickers: Momenta; Border Punch: Fiskars (Thanks, Lesa!)

New goodies from Momenta...

I am so excited that my new goodies from Momenta have arrived! I had fun playing this weekend with everything. There are literally stacks of cardstock, paper, stickers, rub-ons, and chipboard everywhere in my scraproom. (No, this is not unusual-but this is NEW stuff, LOL)
I didn't really know where to start. I have to admit, it was a little overwhelming. So I started out small. I opened this adorable 12 x 12 Simply Perfect Page Kit and started playing. So far, I have made three cards with it and I haven't even made a dent in the contents! Still have tons of patterned paper, die cuts and stickers to use.
Remember, there is still one week left to receive 20% off your entire Momenta order! Just use the coupon code 20offinmay when you checkout.
Cardstock: Momenta, The Paper Company; Patterned Paper, Stickers, Gems: Momenta; Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Get Sketchy #39

Today's card is my take on the latest sketch from Get Sketchy. I really loved Bree's sketch this week-it featured a focal point image or embellishment, plus a spot for a border or trim.
That being said, I took a lot of liberties with the sketch because of the technique that I wanted to try with paper from this week's sponsor, The Robin's Nest. The patterned paper featured a dusty blue background with a glittery grid-like design. To make the design pop, I used a craft knife to carefully trim around the design in the paper. I was so happy-it looks like the lace paper that some companies produce.
I popped this paper up on my teal card front using tiny foam squares, then attached a cardstock "frame" over the top. Because I wanted quite a bit of my "lace paper" to show,I moved the center image down. My sentiment is a clear sticker applied to white cardstock, then trimmed and mounted on a deep teal Hero Arts flower. I attached this over the border created with punched cardstock and leaf ribbon.
I'm glad you stopped by today-hopefully I've inspired you to create your own lace paper. If you try this technique, please let me know! I love to see what you all have come up with.
Don't forget to check out the rest of the Get Sketchy DT's cards. We'd love to see your cards featuring this week's sketch-and you could win a prize pack from The Robin's Nest!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

DeNami Sketch Challenge #2

I love to work with sketches for both cards and layouts-sometimes it's just the springboard that I need to jump-start my creativity. Sometimes I see a sketch and immediately know which products that I'm going to use with it. That's what happened when I saw this month's sketch for the DeNami Design Sketch Challenge. I just love these little Safari Animals and knew that the three of them would be perfect with this sketch.
I started with a kraft card base, then added a fun banner cut from American Crafts patterned paper. I popped this up using foam squares. Then, I stamped, colored, and flocked the Safari Animals, matting them with lime, navy, and orange cardstock. I also attached these with foam squares. Finally, I stamped my sentiment across the bottom using the All Occasions stamp set.
I hope you can all play along with this week's Sketch Challenge! As always, there are some fun DeNami products to be won! Please check out the DeNami blog for details and to see all of the fun cards created by the other DT members.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Graduation Owl

Today's card features this cute little Graduation Owl from DeNami Design. (You all know how much I love owls!) He's the perfect little guy to embellish a simple graduation card.

To make this card, I started with a red card. To that, I added a piece of black cardstock (attached with white micro brads) to "anchor" the center panel. The center panel is kraft cardstock which I stamped using the Diploma stamp and Versamark ink. To slightly define each of the diplomas, I lightly colored them with a white colored pencil. I finished them by applying a little bit of red Sparklets glitter to the ties. then I simply stamped and colored the owl, cut him out, and adhered him to the card front. A punched border on each side and a stamped sentiment (Small Congratulations) make for a super-cute, and super-simple, graduation card.

thanks for looking today, and don't forget to check out the DeNami Design blog for more cute cards from the DT using the Graduation Owl stamp!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Happy 40th Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

May 14th is always a big day in our family because we celebrate two things on that day. First of all, it is my dad's birthday. He turned 79 this year! His health has deteriorated greatly over the past few months, so this birthday is especially important to us. We also celebrated my parents' 40th wedding anniversary.

This is the card that I made for their anniversary. First, I made my card base using magenta cardstock. Nest, I stamped the Spring Flower Block on white cardstock, trimmed it, and accented it with Sparklets Glitter. I mounted the image on black cardstock using foam squares. The white block is punched with the Deco Scallop edger punch and corner punch from EK Success. For my sentiment, I chose the Small Congratulations Stamp and stamped one of the flowers from the Elegant Spring Flowers set. (This set is one of my favorites!) I finished off my card with a knotted black ribbon and pearls. All products (except the pearls) are by DeNami Design.

The design of this card is from the Repeat Impressions blog.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Teacher Thank You

This week's Get Sketchy challenge allowed me to play with a fun new product-Chalkboard Tag Stickers by DecoBugs! The stickers are black vinyl and made especially for chalk or even gel pens (like I used.) The best part: if you misspell a word or it's not straight, you can just wipe it off with a damp cloth and start again! (I did think I did this about four times with my sticker-I just couldn't seem to write in a straight line!)

When I saw the chalkboard stickers, I immediately thought about a school-themed card. I had some of this cute patterned paper from Imaginisce, so I used both sides to make a cute little thank you for a teacher. I also used a white gel pen to write my sentiment.

Hope you can join us for our challenge this week over at Get Sketchy! The prize is a fun Chalkboard Sticker prize pack from DecoBugs!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Get Sketchy #37

This week's challenge over at Get Sketchy was so much fun! Our sponsor, Sunshine Stamps, provided us with these crazy little digi stamps-so perfect for my car-loving husband! As soon as I saw them, I knew they would be perfect for a Father's Day card.

These stamps come as a black outline or colored in, which is perfect for those of us who aren't confident in our coloring. I printed one of the colored in images on white cardstock, then just trimmed it and added it to my card front. So easy! The sketch showed a row of circle embellishments across the top of the image. I decided to use my QuicKutz gears die and silver metallic cardstock. I attached the gears with lots of brads-made a tiny dent in my stash!

Finally, I added a "#1 Dad" blue ribbon to the card front. This is absolutely perfect for Donny. As many of you know, he builds and restores classic and antique cars, many of which have won trophies and awards at car shows. So this ribbon stamp (from Studio G) was the perfect companion for the '57 Buick digi stamp.

Please check out the Get Sketchy blog to see all of the other great cards by our designers! Hope you all have a chance to play along with this week's sketch!

DeNami Color Challenge #2

Beka chose some fun colors for this challenge! I had no problem coming up with a design that worked well. My biggest challenge was deciding which stamps to use! I decided to use the Rosebud Trio stamp for my focal point. Instead of coloring the blossoms, I sewed pink buttons from Sweetheart Boutique Buttons to the card front. I topped each button with a clear gem.
The rest of this card design is simple, so the button flowers really shine. I matted my image with PINK cardstock, added some glitter brads from the Fairest of Them All collection by Imaginisce. A strip of lime cardstock, a punched border strip, and a pretty pink ribbon bow finish it off.
Hope you can all play along with our color challenge over at the DeNami blog!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

WOO HOO! Big News from Momenta!

The new Momenta Design Team was officially announced today on Facebook. I was so excited! I've been keeping it a "secret" for about a week now, which was kind of hard to do since two of the girls that I work with on other teams were also selected! :)

For those of you who have attended my classes before, you know that I love Momenta products (formerly American Traditionals.) We did tons of projects using their collections!

I can't wait to make some new projects using their new lines. And I can't wait for you to make some projects using their goodies, too! In honor of National Scrapbook Day, Momenta is offering a 20% coupon to everyone good for the entire month of May! This is good online only, at

Scrap Street is also offering 30% off purchases today only in honor of NSD. Head on over and check out the blog hop happening there today, too! Lots of fun projects from the designers.

Thanks for stopping by to share my excitement!