Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Happy Birthday with Stephanie Ackerman and POD

Good morning!  I received a new package of rubber from Purple Onion Designs last week and I couldn't wait to ink up the new cupcake stamp set (designed by Stephanie Ackerman).  I paper pieced the center framed cupcake image and then cut a few extras to colour and add to the card.

The papers are from My Mind's Eye (6" x 6" pad).  I used my Bow Easy to tie a three layer Baker's twine bow and then added a small red button in the center.  I added just a touch of sparkle to the center cupcake and then popped it with some dimensional adhesive.


Supplies:
Stamps: Stephanie Ackerman's Cupcake Framed Doodle stamp set from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink
Papers:  My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Mabel 6 x 6" pad, Georgia Pacific cardstock (card base), Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Baker's twine from WRMK (Sew Easy thread), Fiskars Threading Water border punch, mini red button, Stickles, Copic markers

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Another baby card and a craft room update

Hello friends!  Today I'd like to share another baby card I made using the Purple Onion Designs Baby Noteblock set. 

When designing this card, I thought a bit outside the box:  typically I would tend to use this style of stamp on a rectangular card but I thought it might look cool to try it on a round card base. I stamped it in pink distress ink onto some white cardstock, matted it onto a scalloped rectangle and then lined up the top with the flat part of the scalloped card base (cut on the Cricut).  I embellished the card with pink ribbon and a flower.

So my tip for the day: Don't be afraid to mix and match shapes on your cards. Don't think that you are limited to using stamps such as the Noteblocks on square or rectangles...play around a bit and you'll be surprised how great it looks! 

A close up of the dimension:

Supplies:
Stamps:  Baby Noteblock from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Spun Sugar Distress Ink from Ranger
Papers:  The Girls Paperie, Georgia Pacific cardstock, Core'dinations cardstock
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, Cricut card base, Recollections flower, Spellbinders Nestabilities, clear embossing powder (large panel embossed with clear powder to make it look darker and a bit of shine)

And finally a quick crafting update.  We moved into our new house about 3 weeks ago now and I'm finally starting to unpack this giant pile of stuff (and yes I have A LOT of stuff!!): 


Into this lovely blank new craft space:

It's been a really SLOW process because I'm trying to sort out and organize as I fill the new space (I was lucky that I was able to pile all the stuff into our guest room and then move it into the empty craft room).  Stayed tuned for some after photos and lots of craftiness coming up!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A nice big (6 x 6) baby shower card

One of my friends recently asked me to create a baby shower card for one of her co-workers.  The catch is, it had to be big enough for about 40-50 to sign AND the gender of the baby is a secret so no pink or blue allowed (demanding huh?!?!).  So here's what I came up with---I made a 6" x 6" card base and on the inside I created some "pages" for the people to sign (so it's essentially like a mini album).

Since I didn't really have any gender neutral baby papers on hand, I created my own paper using my baby themed Noteblock stamp from Purple Onion Designs.  It's a bit hard to see in the photo but I added some clear embossing powder to the panel that has the scalloped background. The embossing gives the ink a slight bit of shine and adds a darker tone to the ink which makes it stand out nicely.

I added a paper pieced baby carriage (Quickutz die) and then created a white crepe paper ruffle along the bottom of the card.

I think this design would be great for a little mini album brag book for a shower gift.


Supplies:
Stamps:  Baby Noteblock from Purple Onion Designs
Papers:  White crepe paper, Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink (Sage)
Accessories:  Clear embossing powder (Stampendous), buttons, baby carriage die cut (Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz), Offray ribbon, MFT Dienamics scallop die cut, Spellbinders Nestabilities

Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday is one of My Favorite Things

Hello and Happy Friday!  We have officially moved into our new place (two weeks ago actually) and I'm starting to unpack my craft space now that the rest of the house is sort of in order.  I can't believe how much craft stuff I actually have once you see it all packed it all up in boxes!  I'll take a photo this weekend to show you the before and after photos.

In the mean time, I have a few cards I made a while back featuring some stamps from My Favorite Things to share.  The first card uses a die/stamp combo of a spinner.  I just love this set and can't wait to use it on scrapbook pages as well.  I have the original die/stamp set as well as the add on sentiment set so there are LOTS of different themes you can create--in this case I went with a Christmas countdown theme.  The spinner die also fits perfectly on one of the scalloped Nestabilities dies.

This second card uses one of the very first Pure Innocence stamps that I purchased.  I paper pieced the shower cap and the rest of the card was made using scraps.


Supplies:

Stamps/Die set: Die-namics Game Night Spinner Die & Stamp Set Duo by My Favorite Things Stamps, You Spin Me additions for game night stamps by MFT (sentiment and Christmas images)
Ink: Brilliance Rocket Red Pigment Ink
Papers: Georgia Pacific cardstock, Bazzill cardstock, American Crafts papers
Accessories: brad, SEI twine ribbon, Spellbinders die

Stamps: Pure Innocence Lather.Rinse.Repeat from My Favorite Things
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  October Afternoon, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Fiskars border punch, Copic markers, Stickles, button, embroidery thread