Bookmark & Coordinating Card

Papercrafting is definitely my #1 hobby! My very first love. But there are other things I enjoy as well. One of them is reading. I was recently looking at my bookmark, a beat up note my husband left for me when he went to a four day conference two years age. It has seen better days! I decided it was time for me to make myself a bookmark, of course I'll save my note from Doug, but it is definitely time for something new.
I thought the the Artistic Etchings stamp set was perfect for my project. For me, books are an escape from reality, they take you to places unknown...kind of like this stamp set.

I started with a 2 x 5 3/4 piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I placed a small strip of First Edition dsp on the bottom and then did some collage stamping using Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler & Crumb Cake ink. Next, I punched (2) 1 3/8 circles of First Edition dsp & (2) Cherry Cobbler Scallop Circles. Using Soft Suede ink, I sponged all edges of the bookmark and adhered the 2 scallops to the bookmark. I matted the bookmark on a piece of 2 1/4 x 6 inch piece of Basic Black card stock. I finished it off with some ribbon & pearls and attached a trimmed & distressed key.

Once I finished the bookmark I thought I'd make a card to go along with it! Although I actually made the bookmark for myself, I thought this would make a great set to give along with a book for a friend who is traveling, a student studying abroad or an avid reader!

I hope you liked this little set & feel inspired to go and create your own set!

All supplies SU!

Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Soft Suede
Paper: Very Vanilla & Basic Black, First Edition dsp
Accessories: Basic Pearls, 1 1/4 & scallop circle punches, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Sponges

Amour Card
Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Soft Suede
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler & First Edition dsp
Accessories: Basic Pearls, oval & oval scallop punches, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Sponges


I have a cute little one layer card for you today. I was inspired by the Featured Stamper (FS233) and the Clean & Simple (CAS128) challenges this week at SCS! It's been a while since I used my Aviary stamp set. Funny how I NEEDED it, yet I have inked it up only a few times! This is a pretty straight forward card, not much to tell you here. It literally came together within a matter of minutes! The toughest part was getting the birds all lined up. To do this I used a ruler and butted up the bottom of my stamps with it. I think this is a perfect little card to cheer someone up, don't you think :)

All supplies SU!
Stamps: Aviary, Tiny Tags
Ink: Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo
Paper: Whisper White
Accessories: Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Jewelry Tag Punch

Color My World!

I've been on a Color Blocking kick lately, I am loving the clean and graphic look! Today I am sharing a scrapbook layout I made with color blocking in mind. With only a few supplies, this came together quite quickly.
This layout is also my sample for the newest challenge at StampNation, which is to make a card, project or layout using, you, you guessed it... Color Blocking. I have two other samples posted there, along with some sketches. Why don't you join us?!!!

Beyond the Garden Monogram

I hope you've been enjoying your weekend! Today I have an Outlawz CAS Challenge for you...use bright orange & bright yellow to make a happy card :) I have to admit, I was a bit frighten by this one. Orange is probably my least favorite color to paper craft with! Luckily I had some of the beautiful SU! Beyond the Garden dsp!!! That made putting this card together a snap.

I started with a 3 1/2 x 5 inch card base. I added the dsp to the left side & a 1/4 inch strip of Daffodil Delight along the edge of the dsp. Then I punched my circles & scallop. I stamped an image from Artistic Etchings to the center of my smallest circle and added the "M" for a cute little monogram card. I think it turned out to be a fun & happy little card :)

I hope you'll join us!!!

Stamp: Artistic Etchings
Ink: Daffodil Delight & Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Beyond the Garden dsp
Accessories: 1 1/4, 1 3/8 & Scallop Circle punches, paper piercing tool

More Christmas in July

I'm so excited that my Christmas card stash is growing, maybe this year I'll actually send them out on time :) I made this card for the Ippity Challenge: Paper Piecing. I stamped those cute little trees on some Old Olive dsp and topped them off with some little Basic Rhinestones. Aren't they adorable!?!

Have you made any Christmas cards yet? Only 154 days left, better get cracking :)

Hope your day is wonderful! Maureen

Non-traditional Holidays!

Getting into the Christmas spirit in July isn't always easy. So before I jumped in using traditional Reds & Greens, I went with some of the new SU! In Colors: Pool Party (my favorite) & Island Indigo. I love this little set. It reminds me of A Charlie Brown's Christmas!

What you can't see here are my stamping "mistakes". I shared this card on StampNation along with my mistakes & how I fixed them. A few of the other members jumped in and added ideas on how they fix their mistakes. That's what I love about StampNation, it's a supportive community full of inspiration where we all learn and grow!! To learn more & join, click here.
I hope to see you there :)

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamp: Holiday Happiness
Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo & Early Espresso
Paper: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Oval & Oval Scallop Punch, Top Note Die, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Basic Rhinestones

Use those stamps!

Here I go again...challenging myself. This time I wanted to see how many stamp sets I could use on one card, 4!! I used: Fabulous Florets, Fabulous Phrases, Four Frames and Strength & Hope, all on this very CAS card, woohoo!!!!
I love how the bright colors pop off of this black & white card.

Want to join me? See how many stamp sets you can use on one card. Link it in my comments, I'd love to see it!

All supplies SU!
Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Fabulous Phrases, Four Frames and Strength & Hope
Ink: Stazon Black, Versmark
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Heat tool, Decorative Label Punch, Basic Rhinestones

CAS Pink Hurricane

Hi there! I hope you've had a great start to your week! Today is catch-up day for, laundry, appt's...seems I need to set some time aside for these things while the kiddos are home for the summer!
This card was inspired by this weeks Clean and Simple Challenge at SCS (CAS127). I used my new Ippity set "The Simple Things" that I won from the Ippity blog, woohoo :)

Keeping it short and sweet today. Enjoy!

Wedding Recipe

Hello! Thanks for stopping in on this beautiful Sunday morning! I have just posted the newest Clean & Simple challenge on The Outlawz. In celebration of wedding season, the challenge is to make a card using the following recipe:

Something old
Something new
Something blue

I used an old stamp (the chandelier), a new-to-me stamp (Tiny Tags - background & sentiment) and my favorite new in color, Pool Party!!!

Why don't you head over & join us. The rest of the DT made fabulous samples that are sure to get your mojo flowing this morning!

See you there!

Color Blocking at StampNation

At StampNation I've just added a new thread on Color Blocking. Color Blocking is a technique that involves placing colored blocks next to each other to make a cohesive design. It's a great way to use up your scraps or to highlight a line of patterned papers.

This is one of the samples I provided:

A Clean & Graphic masculine card! I love this simple layout, especially for a man! I added two silver brads to embellish a black button and I think it kind of looks like a tire, doesn't it?

For another sample and two sketches specifically designed for Color Blocking, join us at StampNation where you will find a wealth of information, ideas and motivation in a community designed exclusively for passionate papercrafters world-wide! Hope to see you there!

All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamp: Grunge Rock
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Basic Gray
Accessories: Neutral Buttons, brads

The Outlawz Color Challenge

Today I have a card for The Outlawz Color Challenge. I'm part of the CAS team, but I like to play along in the other challenges as well. Since there is a new challenge post daily, it's easy to find inspiration there!

The colors: Green, Coral & Kraft with a gold accent. It reminded me of an island wedding, so I made a wedding card! I paired a piece of Paisley Petals dsp with some Old Olive cardstock & ribbon (retired-I haven't updated my ribbon selection yet). Then, using Crumb Cake Ink, I stamped the frame from the Four Frames set and punched it out using my Decorative Label Punch. Next I stamped my sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched that out using the Modern Label Punch. I layered the two together and added some gold brads! I'm loving this layout, change up the papers & sentiment and it can be used for any occasion!

Here's a simple sketch based on my card, in case you'd like to use it too!

I'll be using it again. I foresee simple and elegant Christmas cards getting done in a snap using this sketch!

Have a great day!

All supplies SU!
Stamps: Four Frames & Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Crumb Cake
Paper: Kraft, Old Olive & Paisley Petals dsp
Accessories: Decorative & Modern Label Punches, Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon (retired), Paper Piercer & brads

Silhouette Stamps

If you are like me and you spend time crusing the internet and flipping through crafting magazines, you are sure to have seen a trend popping up again & again...Silhouettes! They seem to be everywhere lately. I went through my stash on a mission to make my own silhouette.

This is not my favorite card, however, it's the technique I want to share with you! I started with the leafy branch from Growing Green. I heat embossed it with black embossing powder & then used a black marker to color in the leaves!!! That's it! Easy Peasy!!

Now...I challenge you to go through your stash and see what you can come up with!!!

All supplies SU!
Stamps: Growing Green, Just Believe, Four Frames
Ink: Staz-on Black, Crumb Cake, versamark
Paper: Crumb Cake, First Edition dsp, Very Vanilla & Basic Black
Accessories: Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Antique Brads, Basic Rhinestones, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Decorative Label, Oval & Oval Scallop punches, sponges, black embossing powder & heat gun

Sympathy cards

Sympathy cards are by far the hardest to make. I like to make them every once in a while so that when or if I need one, I have it on hand. I try to keep it simple with bright colors, something to cheer the recipient!!! I used the new in colors, Wisteria Wonder & Lucky Limeade. Aren't they pretty together?! I'm not usually one to use shades of purple but I am loving Wisteria Wonder!

I did some simple stamping using Fabulous Florets & Teeny Tiny Wishes, added an embossed layer (Elegant Lines) on the bottom and added some ribbon & a pearl. Simple, yet elegant and special! TFL!

All supplies SU!
Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade
Paper: Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1/8th black Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Elegant Lines Embossing folder

Ippity Sentiments

This was the first Ippity stamp set I ever purchased. Not that I have a huge collection, but I do have a few from my friend & fellow Outlawz DT member (and Ippity Chick) Rona Mallard. I think the thing about Ippity that I always find so striking are the sentiments. They are so heartfelt, with fabulous fonts! This weeks Ippity challenge is to use your favorite Ippity sentiment and this is one of mine: "Make everyday the BEST". I was in a bit of a "mood" while I was making this card and as I stamped the sentiment, I started thinking about its meaning. It honestly helped lift me out of my funk!!! Love, LOVE, Ippity sentiments!

Thanks for the fun challenge :)

SCS CAS Holiday Challenges

There is a huge party going on in the CAS Challenges thread at Splitcoaststampers! DT members past and present put together challenges for the 4th of July, 2 every hour!!! Wow!!! I hosted challenge #16- "Things that Fly on the 4th of July" and co-hosted Challenge #20- "In honor of the 4th of July, use four of something on your card." The card above is my sample for Challenge #20. I used Delicate Doilies & Word Play to make this Americana themed card with 4 doilies & 4 pearls!

I hope to see some of your creations in the gallery! Have fun :)

Stamps: Delicate Doilies, Word Play
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy
Paper: No Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: corner rounder, dotted ribbon scallop punch, linen thread, Basic Pearls

Stars & Stripes

***This is my second post today, scroll down for my first Christmas in July post.

In honor of the 4th of July here in the USA, the CAS Challenge at The Outlawz is to use stars or stripes. I went patriotic on my card :) God Bless the USA, to those who faught for our independence and for those that protect us each and every day!!!

Christmas in July

Yup, you heard me right! It's Christmas in July here on my blog :) Many challenge sites will be celebrating Christmas in July so I thought I'd dust off some winter sets and jump in. Last year I swore that I'd only make Christmas cards for close family, but I think I say that every year. It is always more fun when you have months and months to get them done. No matter how early I start, I'm always running behind!!! I think my 2010 Christmas cards went out on New Year's Eve! No promises this year, I'm just going to have fun with it!!!

I'm joining in on the Ippity Challenge "to use bling". I made a super quick, clean & simple holiday card. Perfect for mailing with very little bulk. I could easily whip out a bunch of these in so many colors that would be perfect for the holidays!!! Hmmm....we'll see :)

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!