Thursday, May 31, 2012

Baby Boy Birthday!


Good morning, everyone!

Birthday cards for kids are a bit tough for me because I don't have a set of stamps for those youngins......lol  So, I used a cute little bee on the front of this one for a request for a little guy turning 1.



You can't see it very well in the picture, but the wings are slightly glittery.

I'm very happy with the way the inside of the card came out.



Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Baby Button Bits stamp set
Honey Bees Sentiments stamp set
Big Birthday Wishes stamp set (inside sentiments)
The Paper Studio patterned paper - Four Seasons
New Leaf & Stampers' Select White cardstock
True Black dye ink
Pure Poppy Grosgrain ribbon



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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer Care Package for My Students!


Good morning, everyone!

Today I'm traveling off my beaten path to show you what I make my students at the end of the year.  It's not as crafty as a homemade card, but it's a cute idea for any teachers out there.

It's nothing special......in fact, I believe I got the idea on the internet.  I started these a few years back and I just love the message they send over the summer, so I've continued.



Take a look!
If you click to enlarge this picture,  I believe it will be large enough to read.

Here they are all together, ready for Thursday and the students' last day!



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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

SSD #130 Inspiration Photo Challenge

Good Morning, everyone!!!


Welcome to SSD's Inspiration Challenge 130!
You are in the right place, but SSD does not have a sketch for you this week.  Instead we are mixing it up with an inspiration photo.  You can see it at the end of my post!

I just wanted to thank Heide Van Laar for being our sketch artist for May!  Also, Taylor Usry and  Jen Rzasa have just done an amazing job all month working with the DT.  Thanks, ladies, for all of your inspiration this month! 

Truly a CAS card featuring a lemontini  that would make anyone smile!

One final time, Skipping Stones Designs is partnering with The Twinery!  We were each sent a wonderful assortment of twine and get to use it for projects during the entire month of May!  You are definitely going to want a bunch of it for yourself.  Make sure to check out the DTs projects this week.  You're going to get some twinery eye candy! ;-)

Here's your inspiration photo for this week's challenge!  


Are you ready to get inky?
Are you ready to create something for the challenge?


I can't wait to see what you come up with using the colors, inspiration photo......and.....if you have it, TWINE!


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Skipping Stones Design - Grapeful stamp set
 Skipping Stones Design - Chic Martini stamp set (the little umbrella)
Hero Arts layering paper - Pool & Sea
Stampers' Select White cardstock
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
The Twinery twine- Lemondrop
Copic markers - Y11/13/15/17



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Monday, May 28, 2012

For the Graduate!


Good morning, everyone!

The graduation parties have begun!!!  And, yesterday was the first that my husband and I had attended!  What a gorgeous day for such a celebration!


I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the shaped card and then a graduation stamp set for the inside sentiment!

For a Bishop McCort graduate here at home!

I love how the inside turned out!


Congratulations, Billy!  
You are going to do great things!



Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
For the Graduate stamp set
Silhouette Online Store - Graduation card
Summer Sunrise & Stampers' Select White cardstock
Bazzill cardstock - Crimson
True Black dye ink
VersaFine ink - Crimson Red



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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Outlawz CAS Challenge - Something You Love!

Good morning, everyone!

I'm back with an Outlawz CAS challenge for the 3rd
Sunday of May!


Your challenge this week.....
May is a very popular month for weddings here in the US.  Let's all celebrate love by creating a Clean And Simple style card focusing on something you love.  The something can be a paper line, a stamp company, a specific product or color combination, it can even be for a certain someone that you love...whatever your loving heart desires!!!  It can be any theme that you want.


At this time of year, the thing I love the most is camping!  So, a camping card it is!



Please join us at the Outlawz for this fun challenge.
You can also find other challenges for EVERY day of the week.  I'd be glad to help anyone who joins the forum and needs some help.

When you submit each of your entries with the Inlinkz tab, at the end of every month there are huge prizes to be won!!!
Go check it out!!!


I can't wait to see your cards!!!



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Market Street Stamps - Gone Campin' stamp set
American Crafts - Trailer stamp set
Simply Chartreuse and Stampers' Select White cardstock
Dark Chocolate dye ink
Copic markers - E35/57, YR07/15, Y15, G93


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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Bridal Shower Card!


Good morning, everyone!

I am so excited over this bridal shower card.  It came as a request for a fellow teacher whose daughter has an upcoming wedding.  I had a copy of the bridal shower invitation and this was the inspiration for the card that I made. 


Bridal Shower!

The post card in the back was the bridal shower invitation.  The bride's wedding colors are coral and brown, so this is what I came up with as a card for the bride from her mom. 

Here's the inside sentiment.



Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Beautiful Blooms I stamp set
Love & Marraige stamp set
Half & Half stamp set
Melon Berry and Stampers' Select White cardstock
Smokey Shadow & Classic Kraft dye ink
VersaFine ink - Vintage Sepia
Melon Berry saddle stitch ribbon
Michael's - Sheer white ribbon
Filigree embossing powder - Clear




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Friday, May 25, 2012

Feel Better Soon


Good morning, everyone!

Another request for a get well card!  I loved using these fun, fresh colors! 


Feel Better Soon!

All of these fun patterns worked so well together!





I used the Sketch for You to Try May Challenge to get the mojo flowin' for this card!  I love, love, love Jen's uncomplicated sketches!




Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Tree Tops stamp set
Healing Touch stamp set
My Mind's Eye patterned paper - On the Bright Side: TWO
Simply Chartreuse patterned paper pack
Stampers' Select White & Simply Chartreuse cardstock
Classic Kraft, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold, Canyon Clay and Dark Chocolate dye ink
Summer Sunrise ribbon




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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SSD #129 Sketch Challenge

Good Morning, everyone!!!


Welcome to SSD's Sketch Challenge 129!
We are so excited to share with you our newest release.............Grapeful!!!

Today is the 2nd day of our Blog Hop with the Twinery DT!  If you arrived here from Jen Carter's blog you are in the right spot!

There are several prizes to be won!  The Twinery will be giving away a chance to win "Colorful Bunch Sampler Pack" to those who visit each blog on the hop and leave a comment.  Skipping Stones Designs will be giving away the new Grapeful set along with a surprise set (both sets to one winner).



Wining with friends!
To make the twine flower, I used a scrap piece of cardstock about 1.5" wide to wrap my twine around.  Then I laid it on a little piece of twine the same color and tied it in the center.  I flattened it out and shaped it into a perfect flower.



Here's the sketch for this week!  


Are you ready to get inky?
Are you ready to create something for the challenge?  Then head on over to Katarina Damm-Blomberg's blog and continue commenting so you have a chance to win a prize!


I can't wait to see what you come up with using Heide's sketch......and.....if you have it, TWINE!


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Skipping Stones Design - Grapeful stamp set
Mat Stack #5 die
Canvas/Linen Impression Plate
Authentique patterned paper - Free Bird Series-Delight
Spring Moss and Scarlet Jewel cardstock
Chai Tea dye ink
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
 Copic markers - R89 and T1
The Twinery twine - Honeydew
Scarlet Jewel button



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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Paper & Such Father's Day Challenge!!!

Good morning, everyone!

Are you ready for another Paper and Such challenge?

We host the challenges on the blog every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.
You will have from 12:01am Tuesday, May 22nd until 11:59pm Monday, May 28th to participate!


This week's challenge is a Father's Day Challenge!
This is an easy one!  Simply create a card for Father's Day.   Although using PAS stamps is not required, we would love it if you did!

I decided to make a window card using Nesties.  I'm so happy with how it turned out.

You might have to click to enlarge this, but I used Copics to color in a stream and grass.

I can't wait to see what you create for Dear Ole Dad! 

 Good Luck!



Materials Used (All PTI materials, unless otherwise noted):
Paper and Such - Deer Dad stamp set
Double Ended Banner die
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Standard Circles: Large & Small
My Mind's Eye patterned paper - Kraft Funday Everday Fun
Fine Linen and Simply Chartreuse cardstock
Dark Chocolate dye ink & buttons
Memento ink - Rich Cocoa
 Copic markers - YG97 and B45
Twine



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Monday, May 21, 2012

Congrats!!!


Good morning, everyone!

I had a request for 2 congratulations cards.  I just loved the color combination of the CR84FN color challenge and decided to use that as some inspiration for these cards.


Congrats!

I love stamping backgrounds on patterned paper.  Using some flourishes over the stripes, really made the background a bit more feminine.

Same layout/design, just a different message!



I used the CR84FN #54 Color Challenge to get the mojo flowin' for this card!  I just loved this color combination!




Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Celebrations stamp set & die
Congrats All Ways stamp set
Hero Arts background stamp - Flower Dot Pattern
Aqua Mist patterned paper pack
Aqua Mist, Blueberry Sky and Stampers' Select White cardstock
Aqua Mist, Blueberry Sky and True Black dye ink
Blueberry Sky Classic Grosgrain ribbon
Misc. White Organdy ribbon



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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Outlawz CAS Challenge - Spring Colors!

Good morning, everyone!

I'm back with an Outlawz CAS challenge for the 3rd
Sunday of May!


Your challenge this week.....
is to create ANY project that has a Clean And Simple SPRING theme using PINK, GREEN and YELLOW




Please join us at the Outlawz for this fun challenge.
You can also find other challenges for EVERY day of the week.  I'd be glad to help anyone who joins the forum and needs some help.

When you submit each of your entries with the Inlinkz tab, at the end of every month there are huge prizes to be won!!!
Go check it out!!!


I can't wait to see your cards!!!



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Hero Arts - Pom Pom Flower stamp
Simple Sentiments stamp set
My Mind's Eye patterned paper - Dolled Up
My Mind's Eye patterned paper - On the Bright Side: Two
Sweet Blush and Stampers' Select White cardstock
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Studio 8 rhinestones


Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Paper and Such - FIRST Anniversary Challenge!


Hello, everyone!
I hope you have been enjoying all of the challenges to celebrate the first anniversary of Paper and Such stamps!

For this challenge, you are to use

Sentiments ONLY! 
That's right!  No images!
So, get out your favorite patterned paper and a sentiment from one of your Paper and Such sets!



Let's see what ya got!
This card features the Just Sayin' stamp set! 

This card features the Simple Sentiments stamp set!

I ended up making two cards because I stacked both patterned papers on top of one another and cut the dimensions to fit the large panel.  Once I cut that in 2 pieces I had opposite patterns and didn't want to throw the patterned paper into my scrap bin.  Since they matched in size, I decided to make the second card using the patterned paper in opposite positions.


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Paper and Such  - Just Sayin' stamp set
Paper and Such - Simple Sentiments stamp set
Rustic Cream cardstock
Michael's Kraft cardstock
Dark Chocolate dye ink
Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients misc. ribbon

Friday, May 18, 2012

Bridal Shower Card!


Good morning, everyone!

I'm so, so excited about the card I am sharing with you today.

I had a request to make a bridal shower card and needed some inspiration, so off to Pinterest I went!  I was so excited to see THIS amazing card from 2011!  I knew I wanted to make the wedding gown, and started folding.  After about 45 minutes, this is what I came up with.

Beautiful Bridal Shower card!

Carli told me the colors were a light green with gold/tan accents.  I loved the soft green cardstock in the Hero Arts Foliage pack.  It was perfect with the gold.

When I went back to the original post to give credit to Angie, I clicked her "Home" button to see if she still had an active blog and guess what I found???  A tutorial for making the gown (which can be found HERE: http://paperpaws.blogspot.com/2012/05/doily-dress-folds-tutorial.html  )......lol  It was about 4 hours too late, but I'm glad I have it now.  You have to check it out!

For the inside, I just pulled the same green for the image and then stamped the sentiments.  There should be plenty of room for all of the bridesmaids to sign this one.


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Love & Marriage stamp set
Half & Half stamp set (inside sentiment)
Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card background stamp - Damask
4" and 5" paper doilies
Hero Arts layering cardstock - Foliage
Stampers' Select White cardstock
Staz-On ink - Jet Black
Memento ink - New Sprout
My Mind's Eye - Stella & Rose Hattie "Happy" Brads
Misc. Gold ribbon
Versamark ink - Clear
Filigree embossing powder - Clear
VersaMagic ink - Tea Leaves



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Thursday, May 17, 2012

SSD - Tips & Tricks Thursday!

Good morning, everyone!
Welcome to Skipping Stones Design's Tips & Tricks Thursday!


Today I'm sharing some cardstock and patterned paper organization tips. 

We all have it!
We all hoard it!
We all need it organized, so we can USE it!

I started organizing my patterned paper, cardstock and cardstock scraps about a year ago when I found myself digging through a plastic bin trying to find a piece of cardstock that I knew I had in a certain color.  I probably spent more time looking for that darned piece of cardstock than I did making my card.  I really had to get organized, but I wanted to do it with things I already had in my home and not buy something (so I could spend my $$$ on the fun stuff like.......more patterned paper!!!).

In talking to a lot of other stampers, I came to realize that we usually stick with one company for our cardstock (ie, Papertrey Ink, Stampin' Up, Bazzill, Hero Arts, etc.).  That being said, if you use many different companies, this will still work for you as long as you keep your cardstock organized by color groups.


Cardstock Storage

This is what I found to organize my cardstock.  It's simply a metal file folder that sits right under my cutting table.  As you can see, I do have each color in a tabbed folder so that I can find the color I'm looking for easily.  This is ONLY for my whole 8.5"x11" cardstock pieces.



 Paper Scraps Storage

Right above that file folder on my cutting table sits this DVD storage box that I had from Target.  It looks like  a mess, but I assure you that I can find many shapes of scraps for dies or borders in an instant.

I simply folded a piece of generic Walmart white cardstock in half and stapled it up the sides to create a pocket for all of the odd sized scraps in that color.  On the front I printed the name of the cardstock with a Sharpie.  It's not the neatest, but when I kept looking that huge box of scraps that I had to organize, I didn't want this project to take forever.  I wanted to stamp, not organize......LOL

When I reach for my full piece of cardstock, it's usually to create a card base.  Once I cut it in half for my 4.25"x5.5" card base, I put the other half BEHIND the pocket I created for that color.  This way, when I need a card base, I just go to my paper scrap box to see if I already have a base or if I have to cut a new one.



Patterned Paper Storage

I use the same DVD case storage for my 6"x6" patterned paper packs.  You may notice that I store the paper pads upside down.  I do this so that all the scraps that I cut from the paper can stay in the pad with the whole sheets.  I can still flip through them easily to see the front cover and look at the patterns in the pad.

Another DVD case is used for my cut down 12"x12" paper pads.  I am strictly a card maker and not a scrapbooker, so don't freak out when you hear that I don't have any 12"x12" paper packs.  I find the patterns are too large a scale and hardly use them.  When I first started making cards, I didn't realize this.......so, one Saturday afternoon, I cut all my 12"x12" pads down into 6"x6" squares and put it in here.

I created the same kind of pocket as I did for my scrap cardstock box to put the name of the paper pad and house all my little pieces of matching scrap papers.


I hope this gave you some inexpensive tips and ideas on how to store your papers, so that you can find and use them a little better.  I'm betting you have some kind of boxes or plastic bins laying around that you can start organizing your stash.  I'd love to see pictures once you get organized.....just leave your post link in the comments box so I can take a peek!


I hope you've enjoyed this week's Tips & Trick's Thursday!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Big Birthday for FIL!


Good morning, everyone!

My father-in-law's birthday is coming up on the 20th, and I just love making him cards.  He will sit and stare at them and ask me how I did this or that. 

This year, he turns 89!  He came over for an early "birthday dinner" this past weekend and said he thought he was only turning 81.  Then it hit him that he was 89!  I laughed when he said, "How did that happen?"  LOL  He's such an awesome man, I'm so glad that we still have him in our lives.


Birthday Wishes for FIL!

I thought the newspaper print and the plaid was just perfect for his card this year.

The inside took some selective stamping to work out, but I love the sentiment because it is so true!


I used the Clean & Simple #190 Sketch Challenge to get the mojo flowin' for this card!  I just love the way it turned out!




Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
2012 Birthday Tags stamp set
Big Birthday Wishes stamp set (inside sentiment)
Limitless Layers: 1 3/4" Circle dies
By the Numbers dies
Echo Park patterned paper - This & That: Charming
Hero Arts layering cardstock - Pool
Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Vintage Cream & Summer Sunrise cardstock
Dark Chocolate dye ink
VersaMagic ink - Tea Leaves



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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

SSD #128 Sketch Challenge

Good Morning, everyone!!!



 Heide Van Laar is at it again as our sketch artist for the 3rd Tuesday of May!  Joining her again this week are Taylor Usry and  Jen Rzasa.  These wonderful ladies will be adding their wonderful creations, along with the design team.  Be sure to check everyone's blogs so that you can see how we all used Heide's sketch!

I love this stamp set and don't use it enough!  Perfect fun for an adult birthday!

Love how cute this inside turned out!


Once again, Skipping Stones Designs is partnering with The Twinery!  We were each sent a wonderful assortment of twine and get to use it for projects during the entire month of May!  You are definitely going to want a bunch of it for yourself.  Make sure to check out the DTs projects this week.  You're going to get some twinery eye candy! ;-)

Here's the sketch for this week!  


Are you ready to get inky?
Are you ready to create something for the challenge?


I can't wait to see what you come up with using Heide's sketch......and.....if you have it, TWINE!


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Skipping Stones Design - Margarita Birthday stamp set
My Mind's Eye patterned paper - On the Bright Side: One
Simply Chartreuse & Stampers' Select White cardstock
Memento ink - Rich Cocoa
 Copic markers - YG23/25/67, G24/43, and T1
Sakura Gelly Roll pen - #553
The Twinery twine- Honeydew
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles - Clear Rock Candy



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