Sunday, May 30, 2010

Time to relax

This argyle background was really fun to make. It was my very first time using the set, so it's not perfect, but I was pretty happy with the results. I'm excited to experiment with all the possibilities!

I am also in love with this couch set - it makes such great focal images. Although the "worn" spot on the couch was unintentional, I love how it adds a homey look to it, so I left it. :)

I wish I had a wider ribbon for the bottom - but in all my ribbon stash, this was the only black I had! I must remedy that!!! ;)

So there you go - a little bit of imprecise stamping that came out pretty cute!

Stamps: A Little Argyle, On My Couch (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Fresh Snow (PTI); Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!); black (Versafine)
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI); Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Kraft (SU)
Accessories: Couch die (PTI); Small oval punch, black grosgrain ribbon (SU)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Gift Card Holder

I was able to find the time to make a gift card holder for the Starbucks gift card to go with the end of year gift for my daughter's preschool teacher. I wanted to use the same color scheme (see Monday's post), but couldn't find any DSP that used both Cameo Coral and Old Olive. The closest I could find was Kiwi Kiss instead....good enough. :) I used Kristina Werner's awesome gift card holder template from a couple Christmases ago - VERY easy!

Here's what it looks like inside:

Stamps: Tiny Treats: Valentine (Papertrey Ink); Family Phrases (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: black (Versamark)
Paper: Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Kiwi Kiss, Raspberry Tart DSP (SU)
Accessories: white taffeta ribbon, scallop circle and circle punches, gold eyelets, dimensionals, Old Olive and Regal Rose markers (SU); T1 Copic

Monday, May 24, 2010

Teacher thank you gift

My older daughter's last day of preschool is this week. This was her first year and she absolutely LOVED going! Her teacher was awesome, and she really adored her. As an "end of year" thank you gift, I put a bag of wildflower seeds into a flower pot and added a pretty homemade tag. On the back of the tag I wrote, "Thank you for helping me grow this year!" Pretty cute, huh? :) Oh, and there's also a Starbucks gift card stuck in there as a special treat. I'm hoping that I find the time to make a gift card holder this week - I'll post it if I do.

Stamps: Everyday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: black (Versamark); Old Olive, Cameo Coral (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive (SU)
Accessories: circle and scallop circle punches (Marvy); Melon Berry buttons, Rustic twine (PTI)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge 152

Stamping 411 is celebrating their one year anniversary! Congratulations on an awesome, successful website, ladies! Here's this week's sketch:

And here's my card:

It took me several tries to come up with something for this layout...not sure why. But I do love what I ultimately came up with! :)

Stamps: Fox and Friends, Family Phrases (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: black (Versamark); So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie (SU)
Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP (SU)
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border punch, Old Olive marker, Basic Black marker, dimensionals, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon (SU); rustic twine, Raspberry Fizz button (Papertrey Ink)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Birthday Tag

Now that my first daughter is at the age where she is getting invited to birthday parties, I have been making these birthday tags like crazy. The kids are only 3, so they don't even look at the cards, and I don't bother slaving over one that's just going to get tossed immediately. But these fun tags hang off the gifts for everyone to see and are very fun and SUPER quick to make. I seriously just made this in about 5 minutes - dashed upstairs while one daughter watched tv and the other slept in her swing, and they didn't even miss me. :) Here is the back of the tag:

The funny thing is that this stamp set is actually a Valentine's set. I'm just waiting and waiting for PTI to release a birthday version!

Stamps: Tiny Treats: Valentine; Birthday Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: Melon Mambo marker (SU); T1 Copic; circle and scallop circle punches (Marvy); rustic twine (PTI)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge 150

Here's the latest sketch from Stamping 411:

And here's my take:

I loved how this sketch was ever-so-slightly off center. It was a fun one!

~Supplies~ (All by Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Trendy Trees
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry, Old Olive
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Cottage Wall DSP
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Dusty Durango Polka Dot ribbon

Monday, May 3, 2010

Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge 149

Here's the latest sketch from Stamping 411:

I still needed a few more baby-themed thank you notes, and I wanted to try out this awesome layered ribbon ruffle technique from Ashely Cannon Newell. I LOVE how it came out! I changed the size of the sketch to a 4.25 x 4.25 square.

~Supplies~ (All by Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Little Hellos, Lots of Thoughts
Ink: Black
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White, Sweet Pea Designer Paper Pack
Accessories: Pretty In Pink Satin Ribbon, Sticky Tape, Small Oval Punch, Markers (So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Pretty In Pink), dimensionals