Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Scrapbooking.com publishing the Autumn Is ... design

Scrapbooking.com online magazine is publishing the "Autumn Is ..." design that I created for my dear Amy's housewarming gift. It will be published in the October issue. I had to remove the photo of it from here on my blog and on the other places where I had posted it. How exciting! This is actually they third time they have published something of mine - it's always such an honor! Jami Petersen, who is the Editor in Chief, always seems such a nice lady. I think she spends a lot of time looking for artwork to publish, because she has always found mine and approached me for publishing without my submitting it to her. I'm excited!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

An Ippity Weekend

Spent some time this weekend playing around with my new Ippity stamp sets that I got from Rona! I made 3 different cards.

This first one is my favorite. I love the way the flat-stamped images on the card base work with the stamped and cutout images on the different patterned papers. The flower and the houndstooth corner are from the new "You Deserve" set, and the sentiment is from the "So This Is Love" set.

I decided that houndstooth corner could be used to make a pleated flower, so I stamped and cut out 8 of them, glued them together, and added a Prima paper flower and a coiled rose I made on top, with a little lace on the bottom.

This was the first card I made Friday night. I was trying to get something together, but my brain just couldn't pull the idea together. It's an odd color combination, but I think it turned out okay - nothing to write home about, but a decent stab at something. I still want to come up with a better way to use those background trees - I love that stamp!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Feeling a Little Ippity (or not)

I got some new Ippity stamps this week, and have just been too busy and tired to play with them. Last night I really wanted to create something, but just couldn't come up with a design that I liked. I did finally come up with this card - it's a weird color combo and an odd design, but I guess it turned out okay.

I used stamps from 4 different Ippity sets to make this, along with some Scribble Scrabble papers that were left over from my "Autumn Is ..." layout, a couple of scalloped ovals that I cut with one of my punches, and some Ranger Distress Inks and Colorbox cat's eye ink.

Thanks for stopping by! Big hugs!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Autumn Is ...

Every Wednesday at Simply Scrapping Crafts (http://simplyscrapping.ning.com/) we have a Paper Scraps challenge. This week's challenge was to make a paper-pieced landscape. I had an idea in my mind to make a housewarming gift for my fellow design team angel Amy, who I also call my "Scrappy Daughter", and I started out to make a sort of "Home Sweet Home" sort of project, but somehow it morphed into this Autumn Is ... thing.

I especially like those round "leaves" I made from some leftover glitter cardstock - I used a small circle punch I purchased from Stampin' Up via Catherine Pooler (http://catherinepooler.com/), and that little mighty mite cut through that thick stuff like butter - I'm getting rid of all my other little holes punches - they wouldn't even scratch that thick cardstock!

I also used my favorite Ippity stamp that I got from Rona Mallard at (http://scraprona.blogspot.com/) - it's what I used to make those journaling banners. That is the best stamp EVER - I would use it on everything I make if I could figure out how to work it into the design.

All the patterned papers and cardstock are from my scrap drawer. I happened to see the new Spellbinders design for cloud-shaped Nestabilities, so I mimicked it for my clouds. The house is a couple of Maya Road chipboard shapes stacked on top of one another. The little bird is from the same Maya Road chipboard set. The tiny brown alphas are from Cosmo Cricket and the tiny orange ones are from My Little Shoebox - I love those tiny alphas. I have over 10 sets of them now in all kinds of colors - they are just so versatile, but I admit to loving the neutrals best. Those two pumpkins are made from oval scallops cut out on my Cricut, folded and glued together, with a couple of little pieces of vine ribbon stuck out the top. The larger chipboard alphas are all American Crafts, and those rubons are Pink Paislee.

Now I need to get this thing into a frame (Target sells those great 12x12 shadowbox frames fo4r $9.99) and into the mail to Amy!

We also had our Creative Corner weekly challenge, and the challenge is to use cardboard. Angie Blom (http://angiesscrappinspot.blogspot.com/) made an amazingly gorgeous and creative cardboard mini-album. I can't even hold a candle to that, but I made a cute little card with a piece of cardboard that just happened to be laying around.

Thanks for stopping by! Big hugs to everyone!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pretty Cards and Things!

I made this card for the Simply Scrapping Crafts August Week 2 Creative Corner challenge. The challenge was to make a pinwheel and use it in a card or layout. I made 3 pinwheels, but only used 2 of them on this card. I also got my Ippity groove on and used 4 of their stamps: 1 for the sentiment, 1 for the banners, 1 for the sheet music background, and 1 for the dotted background along the bottom. I just love all these new Ippity stamps I got - amazing quality and designs!

I used an Antique Linen distress ink for the background stamps to give them a subtle nature.

The pinwheels were fun to make - haven't done that in a zillion years!

After I made my "Sisters" layout last week, I used some of the scraps to make this card for the SSC August Week 2 Paper Scraps challenge. The challenge was to make rolled paper flowers - I made one medium-sized one and two small ones to add to this card. I also used an Ippity stamp for the sentiment, some additional Prima flowers, and a Stampin' Up little flower punch for some tiny flowers to accent the larger ones. I used gems and Liquid Pearls for their centers.

I was on another Ippity groove, and made this card with some more of my "Sisters" scraps. The bird and the diecut label are both cut from a Cricut cartridge. There's that gorgeous Ippity sheet music background stamp again - I think it looks really pretty on top of that Prima patterned paper. That stamp is in the same set with this sentiment stamp. And that fabulous soft blue ribbon was a gift from Rona when I purchased my Ippity stamps from her - check out her blog and Ippity stamps (an entire new fall stamp menagerie was just released yesterday) at http://scraprona.blogspot.com. Rona will take excellent care of you!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Friday!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sisters and Rob's Stash

Grace and Bernice are two beautiful ladies who I have known for quite a few years. They are sisters. Grace recently passed away, and I had this photo of them together, so I decided to make something for Bernice as a memorial gift. I put this layout together and put it in a shadow box frame (Target for $9.99), and I will give it to Bernice this week.

One of the young men I know is heading off to college next week, so I made him a container full of goodies. I used a shortbread tin, spray painted it, then covered it with cardstock in his new school colors with some inspirational quotes and rubons. I filled it with popcorn, cookies, candy bars, other snacks, and added a sewing kit, some gift cards for local restaurants, a roll of quarters, and some cash. I think he's really going to like this.

Thanks for stopping by to look. I've got to head out to deliver Rob's gift to him this afternoon.

Big hugs to everyone!