Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bunny So Funny…

…he wiggles his nose and hops away on the tips of his toes! 

Great!  Now I’ll be singing THAT little ditty all day!  I have my mom to thank for that one.  She always sang that every year around Easter time.  I don’t know where it originated…probably her mother.  Funny what we remember from our childhood.  On the other hand, I’ve become my mother!  I guess that isn’t so bad.

Anyway, here is what I have for you today.


Isn’t he just the cutest?  He was so quick and easy to make too.  The jar is from Ikea.  I can’t remember 100_0238how much but they came in a pack of four.  He uses one Scallop Circle, one small heart from Heart to Heart punch (nose), one Word Window (cut in half for the eyes), two 3/4” circles, two Large Ovals in Naturals White and two Small Ovals in Pretty in Pink (for the ears).  The tail is two large and one small flower from the Boho Blossoms punch.  I curled the edges slightly and place each one on a Dimensional.  A Pretty in Pink 1/4” grosgrain ribbon is around his ‘neck’.


Told you he was easy.  You could use all the same elements to create this cute little bunny on a card too.  I can’t take credit for this little guy, I originally saw him on this blog.  Thanks for hopping by today!  I hope you’ve been inspired to hop on to your craft table and punch out a few of these cute little fellas.



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Monday, March 29, 2010

Wonderful Mother Card

I know…it’s been almost two weeks since my last post.  I’m sorry.  Both my boys are playing sports this spring.  Of course, practices and games are the same day at opposite ends of the county.  We’ve just started and already I’m run ragged.  I love being a soccer/baseball mom!  I’m a sideline yeller (and I’m good at it)!  I have caught up on the inside house work and, now, with each beautiful day, I’ll be outside working in the flower beds and veggie garden.  Things will get back to an even pace…I hope I promise.

Today, I’m sharing this card with you…


I love how this turned out!  I showed it at a recent workshop.  The simple black and white card allows the simple focal image to pop at you. 

Here’s the deets…

I ran the Whisper White card base only partially through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots folder.  I then simply backed it out.  Love this technique of partially embossing your card stock…saves on layering and bulk!  Of course, my favorite black gingham ribbon wraps around the card at the place the embossing stops.  I created the Basic Black Scallop Trimmed rectangle using the Scallop Trim Corner and Scallop Trim Border punches.  Here’s a great tutorial on how this technique is accomplished, Scallop Trimmed.  A layer of Certainly Celery and then Whisper White.  The Little Leaves die is Garden Green.  The flowers are stamped in Crushed Curry with the trio of flowers in One of a Kind and then punched with the Boho Blossoms punch.  A single black Vintage Brad is in each center.  The ‘Wonderful Mother’ sentiment is from the Well Scripted set.  It is a perfect sentiment for Mother’s Day, mom’s birthday or just any day you want mom to know she’s loved and appreciated (which, for me, is everyday)! 

Thanks for stopping in today!  I hope you have been inspired.



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Friday, March 19, 2010

Mishap Corrected

Sometimes mishaps occur.  Let’s face it, accidents do happen.  Like you reached for the telephone and knocked your finished card off the easel and onto an inky, unclean stamp.  I’m sure that I’m not the only one that this has happened too. 

Here’s a look at the card after the mistake…


It is a bit difficult to see…you can click on the picture to enlarge it.  Normally, I would place a layered 100_0194sentiment or embellishment over top the mistake to hide it from view.  The location of the mistake on this card just doesn’t allow for that kind of creativity.  That’s right…there are no mistakes, only creative opportunities!  Well, I hated to scrap the card.  So, I decided to distress it to disguise the mistakes. 

100_0197To start, I used my finger nail to rough up the edge of the Whisper White layer only.




100_0198Then, I sponged the base card edges using Sahara Sand.




Here is the end result…


100_0204See?  The mistakes have been creatively corrected.  Oh, they are still there but the distressing sure does hide them nicely.

As for the details, the flourish from Baroque Motifs was stamped in Old Olive onto Whisper White.  I layered the panel on top that.  The image is, I believe, ginkgo from Kind & Caring Thoughts (a Hostess Level 3 set).  I stamped it with Old Olive Craft ink and then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  An extremely simple CAS card that could be used for any occasion. 

Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope that you’ll get creative with your next mishap.  Better yet, I hope that you’ll avoid the mishap to begin with (smile).



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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bold & Bright Thank You


I offered to make up some thank you notes for my mom and my aunt to send to those 100_9990who made my grandmother’s 100th Birthday Celebration possible.  Again, I choose bold and bright colors.  The very same colors as I used in grandma’s card.  You can see it here, Happy 100th Birthday!!!  I still had all the colors on my desk.  I just love the look of black and white and one bold bright!  I kept the layout simple and stamping easy.  I used the flourish from Baroque Motifs.  The back flap and lower front corner on the envelope is also stamped with the flourish.  The sentiment, from Kind & Caring Thoughts (Hostess Level 3 set), is heat embossed using Basic Black Craft ink and Clear Embossing Powder.   A simple knotted Whisper White Taffeta ribbon is wrapped around the strip of colored card stock.  100_9998

I packaged the set together in a large cellophane bag and tied it shut with some Whisper White Satin ribbon.  This is a great card to mass produce!  It would make a lovely thank you set in primary colors for teachers.  Hmm…I’ll show you when I get them done (smile)!

I realize my posts have been few and far between ever since February ended.  I’ve been playing catch up with the house.  And, soon, it will be time to head outdoors and play in the flower beds!  I can’t wait!

Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you’ve been inspired. 



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Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy 100th Birthday!!!


That’s right!  My grandma turns 100 years young today!  She is the sweetest grandma anyone could ask for.  She never met a stranger and I can only pray that I am half the kind, faithful, lovely woman that she is (along with a whole list of accolades).    So, such a special lady deserves a very special card. 

I toiled over this one.  I guess just because it is for my grandmother.  You see, grandma’s eyesight isn’t what it used to be.  She can see the sparkles and I’m hoping that the bold, bright colors will stand out for her.  There’s no better time to make an easel card!  This is the first I have made.  I followed these directions found on Splitcoast Stampers, Easel Card.  I made mine a 6” x 6”…simply because that is the largest envelope I have and I wanted this 100_9983card big.  Let’s face it, this is a BIG deal!    The sentiment is from the Sale-A-Bration set, Whimsical Words.  “The more candles the bigger the wish!”  I knew the first time I saw it that I had to use it on grandma’s card! The candles are each textured through the Big Shot.  I thought that if grandma couldn’t see it, she can feel it!  The flames are Summer Sun card stock, hand cut and colored with some Only Orange to add some depth.  I covered each one with 2-Way Glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter and then covered the entire flame with 100_9978Crystal Effects.  I think the CE makes the flames pop and the sparkles are, in a way, magnified.  Very cool effect! 

Of course, Basic Black and Whisper White look great along with the bright colors of Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Passion Pink, YoYo Yellow and the retired Pacific Point.  (Funny, I never used 100_9981that color when it was in the catalog.)  The Scallop Square is Sizzix BigZ Clear Large Scallop Sq. 

Here is a look at the inside.  There is plenty of room for a special note and signatures. 

Here’s to grandma!  Happy Birthday!  Yes, we are celebrating!  Gran would never go without cake and ice cream!  And the entire family will be there to help her enjoy it! (huge smile!)

Thanks for letting me share with you!  I hope you’ll be inspired to create a BIG, BOLD and BRIGHT card!



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