Friday, December 17, 2010

CTMH Love Birds meets Basic Grey's Max and Whiskers

Do you ever have one of those cards that you REALLY like the way it turned out and want to recreate it using completely different papers, stamp sets, and embellies?  Well I do and I sat down today to re-create it using the SUPER CUTE papers from Max and Whiskers by Basic Grey.

Because I kept the sketch and the placement of the embellies the same as my other card, this card took me NO time at all to put together.  I just LOVE it when that happens!  Without further ado......

As you can tell from the picture, I used Clear Detail Embossing Powder with Versa Mark over the image stamped in Cocoa.  I just like the subtle dimension that using the embossing powder gives the image.  Another thing I did to create dimension was to stamp the birdies on Creme Brulee CS, cut them out and pop dot them to the cage.

Supplies used: 
Paper: Basic Grey Max and Whiskers, CTMH Cocoa CS, Colonial White CS and Sunset CS 
Stamp Set: CTMH Love Birds
Inks: Cocoa for distressing and stamping, Sunset marker for coloring in.
Embellishments: Lagoon Ribbon and Brads from the Mini Medley, and  Just Blooms Spring Blossom
My card base came from the CTMH 50 Cards and Envelopes for just $14.95 (awesome deal!)

Thanks SO much for stopping by today!!

I hope that this has inspired you to re-create some of YOUR favorite cards from the past!!  Don't forget that if you want to see any of the images up close all you have to do is click on it and it SUPER SIZES it for you for FREE!!  lol

Happy Scrapping and Stamping!!


Monday, December 6, 2010

I forgot how much I LOVE Basic Grey paper!

Happy Monday All!!!  A few weeks ago I was over at Archiver's checking out all the fun new papers and embellishments that are out right now.  I don't remember the last time I bought anything other than CTMH products to "play" with.  So when I saw these SUPER cute papers from Basic Grey, I just HAD to have them!

 I don't know about you all.......BUT sometimes a card will take ME a few days to complete.  You know......choosing the paper......deciding on just the right embellishments........picking out the perfect stamp set that speaks to you and the paper that you choose........THEN finding a sketch to follow.  Once I have all that down, I start playing.  There are times that I cut, then re-cut a different color of CS or a different pattern of paper.....adhere paper then immediately take it off, trying to reposition it and NOT to tear the paper below!  lol  I have had to walk away from a card and go back to it the next day with a fresh outlook........

BUT this card took me NO time at all to create!  That is not saying that I did not have to stamp and color the image 2 times or change out one patterned paper for another........take time to find JUST the right button size and color.  It just took LESS time doing all of that than normal.

The bear is stamped in Cocoa then stamped again in VersaMark and embossed with Clear Detail Embossing Powder.  I stamped him on Watercolor Paper that I purchased from Hobby Lobby a while back.  I then used my Blending Pen and CTMH markers to color him in and found that the blending pen worked a bit better using the watercolor paper versus cardstock.  The cardstock started to break down when I used the blending pen where the watercolor paper is meant for just that.....getting it wet.  Clear as mud??  LOL

Supplies Used: CTMH (unless noted)
Paper: Basic Grey Pyrus 6x6 paper pad, Colonial White CS, Cocoa CS and Watercolor Paper
Stamp Set: Beary Busy
Inks: VersaMark, Cocoa Ink (distressing and stamping) and Autumn Terracotta, Goldrush, Twilight, Garden Green Markers
Embellishments: Cocoa Buttons, White Hemp, Clear Detail Embossing Powder
Tools: Wishes Card Program, Heat Gun

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!

I hope that this has inspired you to break out of your paper rut and try something new!  

Happy Scrapping and Stamping!!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

SUPER CUTE Gingerbread Man and Snowman Boxes!

Happy Thursday All!!  One more day till the weekend!!  WOOT WOOT  Yes, I have finished my first cup of coffee for the day and starting on my  Life would not be as much fun if my morning coffee was taken away from me.

I, like many of you, am always on the hunt for fun paper projects and techniques.  Well, Vicki W. posted this SUPER CUTE snowman box that she found Lisa Young's blog.  After seeing Vicki's snowman, I hopped on over the the blog that she found her inspiration and found a few MORE SUPER CUTE boxes!  Lisa created a Gingerbread Man, Santa, Penguin, Reindeer and a Snowman made from punches and the Fancy Favor Box die cut.

So, after seeing Lisa's and Vicki's boxes, I decided to scraplift and make the 2 that I had the supplies for!  As soon as my SU!  order comes, I will be making one of those super cute Penguin's too.  But for now, here are my Snowman and my Gingerbread Man.......

For my snowman nose, I cut apart a paper flower and sponged it with Sunset Ink.  I adhered it with a pop dot in the round end of the nose for dimension.

The gingerbread man uses Brown Bag CS and is inked with Chocolate Ink.  I think it gives a great contrast and makes it look like the Gingerbread Man was cooked just right with nicely browned edges.

If you do not have the Fancy Favor Box die from SU!, Vicki W. as SO VERY KINDLY posted dimensions to create the box without having to purchase the die.  The box is super easy to put together.....I know, I created 10 snowmen and 10 gingerbread men!

The directions for each of these little guys can be found in the links above on Lisa's blog.

Supplies used:
Paper: White Daisy CS, Brown Bag CS, Baby Pink CS, Colonial White CS, Black CS and Cranberry CS
Inks: Chocolate, Baby Pink, Black and Cranberry.  Black Marker was used for smile and White Gel Pen used for eyes.
Enbellishments: Cranberry Ribbon, Colonial White Ric Rac, Outdoor Denim Ribbon, Colonial White Bigger Brads, Cranberry Buttons, Big Pinks Just Blooms and White Hemp.
Tools: 1/2 in. punch, 1 inch punch, Circle Nestabilities

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!

I hope that this has inspired you to make a few of these super cute boxes!  I plan on putting some candy in bags to put inside the boxes and giving them to my son's teachers and the office staff at the school.

Happy Scrapping and Stamping!!