Sunday, March 31, 2013

Chalkboard Birthday

Happy Easter! Or day after Easter depending on when you're reading this. We had a wonderful Easter with lots of family and friends. And food...always good food!

I have a 2 cards to share with you all today, the second one will be on separate post later. I am not one to follow too many trends, but I've been seeing the chalkboard trend going round and thought I would give it a try since it looks really cool. 

My first card is going to be a birthday card for a dear friend. I stamped the sentiments with white pigment ink. According to most tutorials you're suppose to embossed with white embossing powder, etc...but (gasp) I do not own any embossing powders or a heat gun! Crazy I know, but I simply do not have room for it or all the bottles of cool powder that go with it.

So after I stamped my sentiments, I used a Q-tip (professional I know) and I slightly smudged my ink so it would give it that chalkboard effect.


I think I achieved the look, what do you think? A few scattered red rhinestones, some sweet punched butterflies and pearls always makes a card look pretty.

I am linking both of these cards to the following challenges:
Inspired by Stamping March Blog Hop Challenge- Chalkboard Technique
Simon says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon says Stamp and Show-Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by. Any comments left sure makes me happy!

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Card 1 Supplies:
Cardstock: Recollections
Stamps & Ink: Inspired by Stamping & Hampton Arts Ink
Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones & Pearls, Martha Stewart 3 Butterfly Punch, 
Regular Hole Punch
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Friday, March 15, 2013

Congratulations

Happy Friday! Hope this week was great and you have amazing plans for this weekend. We've got gardening, baking and relaxing on our schedule.

I've been working on baby cards lately, lots of new babies this year. This paper is fron Crate Papers Little Boy Blue. I just love Crate papers design, they are so awesome. You wouldn't know that I have a slighty large stash if it because I don't want to cut into it...


I faux stitched around the edges and add some buttons and twine. The sentiment is pieced together from Market Street Stamps Baby Basics set.



Here's a close up of the adorable graphics...very retro/vintage. I am linking this up My Craft Spot Monday Challenge #90-Sweet Baby.

Thanks for stopping by, have an amazing weekend.

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Paper: Crate Paper Little Boy Blue, Recollections Cardstock
Stamp & Ink: Market Street Stamp Baby Basics & Stampin Up Ink
Embellishments: The Twinery Twine, Recollections Buttons
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Shabby Chic Vintage Birthday

Happy Wednesday, goodness another week almost gone! Sophie and I spent the day at the Natural History Museum yesterday. I haven't been there since I was a teen and I have to say its pretty awesome. I loved it, Sophie wasn't too impressed. Eh, she's 3 1/2...she was looking for princesses is what she told me.

On to the card, a quick birthday card I made using the colors from the Inspired by Stamping Inspiration Challenge #49.



I love this paper....it's vintage, shabby chic. There's so much going on but everything works so well together. Here's a close up....



It says - Don't be afraid of how awesome you are. She believed she could, so she did. What makes you different makes you beautiful. Phrases we all should remember!  Here are the inspiration colors....


I used a piece of Bo Bunny paper and just added a few extra details like the stamped doilies, paper roses and pearls. This really didn't need much, the paper was gorgeous to begin with.

I'm also linking this up with the Simon Says Stamp and Show: Chic to be Shabby Challenge.

As always, thanks for stopping by! Have a great rest of the week.

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Paper: Recollections Cardstock, Bo Bunny Little Miss Collection
Stamp & Ink: Inspired by Stamping & Studio G Ink
Embellishments: Inspired by Stamping Paper Roses & Recollections Pearls
Adhesive: Scotch ATG

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Happy Day

Oh happy day...hope your weekend has been awesome. We've enjoyed lots of sun and some wind, but overall the weathers been gorgeous here in CA!


Here's a quick card using the Simple Stories Happy Day collection. I cut a few elements from a couple of the sheets (the little stars, date tag, party hat) and popped a few up with foam tape. 


The orange Cardstock is from DCWV and matches perfectly. A little birthday stamp, small pearls, buttons with twine  and some shiny yellow ribbon make this card one of the fastest I've ever created!

I'm linking this up with Simon Says Stamp and Show- By the Numbers....

Thanks for stopping by!

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Paper: Recollections Cardstock, DCWV, Simple Stories
Embellishments: Recollections Pearls & Buttons, The Twinery Twine, Ribbon from stash
Stamp & Ink: TPC Studio & Studio G
Adhesive: Scotch ATG & Recollections Pop Dots

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Spread the Love...

Hi ya'll....can you believe it's March already?! Spring is almost here, which is awesome! 

I've got a super sweet Spring card to share today and I've got a blog crush to tell you about. I'm participating in the Spread the Love Campaign which you can read about here.


Now I know it may seem like I'm trying to be "teacher's pet" and all, but I swear on a my stack of Harry Potter books (I'm a nerd like that) that I'm seriously crushing on Amber over at Damask Love. Yes...yes I know she organized the whole thing but seriously....I've been crushing and blog stalking for awhile now.

I don't remember how I found her blog (clicking thru who knows what one night) but I started following her because she had a cool way about her. Her cards and crafty projects were awesome....her pictures were gorgeous (sucker for eye candy) and she was funny. Then she
re-vamped her blog.

 Not only did her blog go from awesome to seriously awesome times a million, but you got to know her better and let me tell you she is funny and sweet and generous. She also created and put together one of the best fundraiser I've ever been a (small) part of. 

After the terrible shootings in Newtown, CT Amber came up with this amazing idea, 
Drawn Together. I can not tell you the relief I felt when I saw what she wanted to do....all I wanted to do was help those poor children and I was totally clueless as to how and where and she had the answer I was looking for.

Not only did she collect, organize, fundraise and box everything, she made a personal trip to Newtown to make sure the art bags went to those kids in need. She hosted a story time with crafts and even keep us all updated. A truly generous deed all around.

Okay so now that she's got a restraining order against me (I kid....right?!), here's my card for Amber. It's very spring and doesn't techniqually have to be an Easter card even though it has a bunny. Just my little way of saying thanks for blogging and sharing and creating. I totally love you and your blog Amber...you rock!


Sorry for the dark picture....you know night photography. funny part is Amber just did a blog series on taking photos, I'm still working on it though. One step on a time....oh and I used this color scheme...so gorgeous!



Thanks for stopping by....I do have more blog crushes, trust me I don't just stalk one blogger! I'm also linking this up with the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

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Paper: DCWV Nana's Nursery, Recollections Cardstock
Stamps & Ink: Papertrey Ink & Studio G Ink
Ribbon: Offray 
Punch: Martha Stewart 
Glitter Glue: Studio G
Adhesive: Scotch ATG & Recollections Pop Dots