Sunday, January 25, 2009

Nuggets of Pink

I think we'd all like to find nuggets of gold and nuggets of wisdom. Would you settle for some nuggets of chocolate wrapped in pink? I found these adorable stamps specially made for making nugget wrappers. Hershey's nuggets, that is. These stamps from Clear Dollar Stamps are called "You're So Sweet." As you can see, I need a little work getting the stamp lined up with the label (just plain address labels, the 30 to a page type). Last year I stamped out a bunch of hearts and put them on scalloped circles made with a cuttlebug die. This came in very handy for topping this little box of chocolates! This would make a super Valentine's gift.

One Sweet Cookie

I made this card for a challenge on Splitcoaststampers in the Gina K. Designs Forum. The stamps used are called "Have a Cookie" and are available at Gina K. Designs. I had fun coloring these images, then making them "pop up" using dimensional foam stickers. This set is so versatile. I'm hoping to make many more cards using this set. In the picture of the whole card, it is hard to see the dimension of the shapes. I've added a 2nd picture with more detail to show how these look. Sorry the 2nd picture is a bit blurry.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Quacking Up!

This is a Duck of a Different color. Linda B. (hearthcricket on SCS) is hosting a color challenge for Clear Dollar Stamps on Papercraft Planet here:

The colors for the challenge are Pretty in Pink, Apricot appeal and Saraha Sand, plus white, or any similar non-SU colors. AND you must use Clear Dollar Stamps. I have several sets of CD stamps, but they are things like animals, Bible Verses, and even Texas stamps. That was my first challenge. Next, of those colors, I own: Pretty in Pink ink and marker, and Apricot Appeal ink. No paper in any of the colors (but white), NOTHING in Sahara Sand, and not even truly good substitutes from my stash. I did manage to find some that seemed to work so-so.

This set is called "Cute Critters." I colored the beak and feet with pretty in pink, and I used a blender pen and my Apricot ink to color the duck. I sponged apricot around the edges of the oval. I stamped the words, "You Quack Me Up" on the tag using Apricot Appeal, so it is very light & a bit hard to see. I outlined it with a light pink (I managed to put my pretty in pink marker somewhere other than my marker box!).

The closest to Sahara Sand I have is this bit of paper from Christmas cards a few years ago. I think the color was "Camel". I'm thinking since there are camels in the Sahara Desert, then it's gotta count as a close enough match! LOL!

The ribbon was in my drawer from a Target $ spot package. The colors aren't exact, but they sort of go with it. Making Memories pink eyelets (or eyelids as my girls used to call them) came in handy.

I wanted to post some Valentine's ideas, but haven't gone that far yet. I've got a nasty cold or something, so just sat on the couch & colored then made this card today. Gotta get those uploaded!

Friday, January 23, 2009

An Inaugural Tribute---to the Dress!

On Tuesday, on Splitcoast Stampers on the Travelin' Dork Sisters thread, we didn't talk politics. However, I dared to bring up the TRULY hot topic of the day: Michelle Obama's dresses! LOL! It started when my niece posted on her blog that she was totally impressed with "Mrs. President's" choice of dress (the day dress). I had not been home that day so hadn't seen the dress prior to that. I thought the dress itself was pretty, but I didn't quite understand the green gloves and teal shoes. It appears that I am just an old fuddy-duddy who doesn't "get" fashion, and that is not new news! After all, I was in my "hay day" when Laura Ashley & all things floral ruled the fashion world.

So, I issued a challenge to the dork sisters to create a card based on one of Mrs. Obama's dresses. Then another dork shared this link (I hope this works): where you can see inaugural gowns from several former first ladies in addition to the current one. I don't think the dorks thought I was serious, but here it is! I have a plan for the evening gown as well.

For the record, I have decided I do like the light yellow/gold with the olive green, but I still don't like teal in the mix. Yeah, I know, fuddy duddy!

I thought the Textile CB plate was PERFECT for the brocade look. I would have preferred to add tiny pearls somewhere since the brocade looked a bit pearly to me on her dress. I didn't have any so it's stickles instead. I don't have the nesties labels, so I made a template & cut my own!

Go ahead & try making a card using an inaugural gown as your inspiration! It's really fun!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Daisy, Daisy

This card is for MIL's birthday. She is 73 years young! The stamp set with the daisies is called Flowers for Daisy. It was created by Asela Hopkins in honor of her dear friend Daisy who has cancer, but always has a cheerful attitude. The set is sold at Gina K. Designs. The words are from a set at Clear Dollar Stamps called Cute Critters. I love the look of the Textured flowers embossing folder from Cuttlebug! Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Monograms & More!

I've finished some cards to give my mother in law for her birthday. She is an avid Texas A&M fan, so I think the cranberry (MAROON) cards will be perfect. These use Imperial Monograms from Clear Dollar Stamps.

The Texas cards and Bluebonnet cards use another Clear Dollar Stamp set called Texas on My Mind. I can't wait to use this to make more cards with the rest of the stamps in the set!

These last cards were made using the monogram set and a $1 bin stamp from Michael's. The cards were part of a "Make a card" kit in the $ section at Target. I've had it a couple of years & thought I'd use elements of it at some point. The ribbons, buttons and stickers were in the kit, but the stamped images I made.

Hope you've enjoyed these! I will be making some Valentine's gifts and cards next week so stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sympathy & Monogram

A sweet friend of mine lost her dad just a week after Christmas. This card is for her, sent with prayers that the Lord will continue to wrap His arms around this lady and her family.

The stamps on here are made by Kitchen Sink Stamps:

Isn't this pretty? It looks like am a real ARTIST! They have 3 & 4 step stamps with which you stamp a layer at a time, and when you finish, the images look so realistic! This is my only set of Kitchen Sink Stamps so far, but I hope to get more one day! I used my new Crop-o-Dile to put in the eyelets, and used my "Big Kick" and cuttlebug folders for the embossing. The paper is some I only have a bit left of from a precious friend who saw it & knew it "had Lori written all over it!" I cut out a rose and raised it up with pop-dots.

This card is my very first attempt at a monogrammed card. It is very basic. I didn't even realize I hadn't taken a picture of one I did with a background circle behind the monogram til I downloaded the pictures. I'll get shots of that another day.

These monogram stamps are from Clear Dollar Stamps: I LOVE their stamps! I will be playing with this soon. I want to try some with my mom's & mom-in-law's initials, too.

Christmas Cards

Just wanted to post some of the cards I've made for last Christmas (that have yet to be mailed! oops!). Will have to add details later!