Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ippity Blossoms Project # 2

Today  I wanted to give you a some details on the Ippity Blossom's projects I created for today.  For both the card and coordinating ornament I used the Season of Joy stamp set.

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I used K&Co. paper for all of today's projects.  It might be a little hard to see, but instead of machine stitching around the center square of the card I used a square template to pierce holes around the paper then connected the holes with a black glaze pen to give the effect of stitching.  This is great way to  add the look of stitching without breaking out your sewing machine.  My only regret is that I wish the faux stitching would have been a little bit darker.  The loopy border in the middle of the card is a large Martha Stewart punch.  The little rhinestones in the middle of the snowflake are from Michale's dollar bin and the leaf pins are from Maya Road.  My next project was the ornament.

I really like this ornament because it is so sturdy.  I found this project in the December issue of Better Homes and Gardens.
In the magazine, it was used as a package topper, but I think it works much better as an ornament if only because, after all the time it takes to make, I would hate to have someone throw it away!  Here are the instructions:
         1.   Start with a piece of 4"x12" double sided paper.
         2.  Mark the paper in 1/2 inch increments and cut
               each strip with a paper cutter.
         3.  Loop each strip in half and attach the ends with a
               glue dot. 
         4.   Attach each loop to the next loop with another
               glue dot.  Just keep attaching one loop to another
               with a glue dot until your circle is complete.
         5.  For the center of the ornament, I stamped the
               snowflake with red ink and heat embossed it with
               red metallic embossing powder.  For even more
               sparkle  I added  red and green rhinestones.
         6.  The stamped snowflake was then matted onto red
              glitter paper with double sided tape.

The next card I made is fairly straight forward.

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I used the Cherish Your Dreams stamp set on this card. First I stamped the floral border twice, which  I think is so pretty.  Then I lightly colored the flowers with pink and blue  copic markers.  After stamping the sentiment, I lightly colored the butterfly with the same markers and matted it on brown polka dot paper with distressed edges.  Pink, blue and brown twine  and a blue button finished off the card.

I hope you enjoyed my {ippity} projects.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and enjoy your weekend.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ippity Blossom Project

Good morning!  This is such a busy time of the year. I haven't had time to do much of any crafting lately, but I wanted to share with you a few tips on on the projects I made for Ippity Blossoms.  I love the birthday set Party Hat Wishes.  My favorite stamp in this set is the happy birthday eye chart.  I made a 4x4 mini card using this stamp.

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The frame that surrounds the sentiment was made from the Inverted Scalloped Square die from Spellbinders.  I thought the party hat needed a pompom so I made one using a strip of crepe paper and fringe scissors.  The little stars were also cut from Spellbinder's dies.  My next project used plain white memo cubes that I stamped on to make party favors.

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I don't remember where I first saw this idea, but I thought the little background stamps from {ippity} would work well with this project.  I used Dots For Sure and Book It as well as Rangers Distress ink to stamp on the cubes.  I found the trick to stamping on paper cubes is to wrap an elastic around the cube before you stamp so the cube stays together when you press down with the stamp.  To avoid an imprint from the elastics, I wrapped a band of paper around the cube first, then wrapped the elastic around the paper.  I thought the stamps made a really good impression.  Each side of the cube was stamped in a different color ink,  then ribbon and a coordinating tag were added.  I really like these  cubes and I was so pleased with how they turned out.  The memo cubes are so easy to personalize for special occasions.  Both my sons are graduating in the spring and I thought the cubes stamped in their school colors would make nice little mementos for their graduation parties.

Check back on Saturday, when I'll explain my next Ippity Blossoms project.  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Ippity Hop - Smile

I love the new Cosmo Cricket paper Circa 1932.  Yesterday I used it to make a mini card  in my post below, and today I used the paper again to make a simple little card using  the How You Doin stamp set.

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I really like how all the papers in this collection coordinate so nicely together.  After I stamped the flowers and cut them out, I used a pop dot to separate the layers and to give the flowers some dimension.  I then added some red stickles and a black pearl to the center of each flower.  A red ribbon and a  vintage button finished off the card.

Click here to continue along the blog hop and visit Jens blog which is next.  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ippity Mini Card

This week's {ippity} challenge was to make a mini card.
Using a 4 by 4 card base, here is the card I created.

I was originally going to use red and white Christmas paper for this card, but then I glanced at my Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934  paper pad sitting on my desk and I said to myself," forget the Christmas paper, this is better".  So that's what I did.  I really like this paper and it works  well for a Christmas card.  To begin the card I stamped the background for the sentiment in a pale yellow using the Bit of Burlap stamp. The sentiment that  was stamped with Palette ink in black noir came from the Season of Joy stamp set and the tree came from the Kissmas and Mistletoe stamp set.  I used the square scalloped nestabilities die for the frame and a circle nestability to cut out the middle of the frame.  I used pop dots to lift the frame off the paper.  The tree was stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder.  A little rhinestone and ribbon finished off the tree.

Have a great day,

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ippity New Release Fall 2010... WOW

Good morning!  Welcome to new release day.  Isn't this a wonderful release?  I can't decide which set I like the best...I truly like them all! I made two cards to share with you today.  The first card I made uses Party Hat Wishes. Here is the stamp set

and here is the card I made.

 This is such a fun set!  I love the banner and the eye chart which I think is brilliant! I used Making Memories paper and some blue rhinestones to add a little sparkle to the card.

The second card I made uses How You Doin' and the Gurnsey Gingham background stamp.  Here are the stamp sets I used

and here is the card I created.

For this card I used K & Co. paper.  I thought the cute little stamps in this set were perfect for smaller cards so I cut the card base out of Nestabilites dies.  It's hard to tell from the photo but I layered the flower and added some cotton candy stickles to the center of the flower along with a green pearl.

Here is a glimpse of the whole collection which is available HERE. I also have a limited supply of the Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 paper.

To continue along the hop click HERE. I can't wait to see what the other chicks have created.  Enjoy the rest of the hop and have a wonderful day.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Ippity Stamps Blog Hop - Seasons of Joy

Good morning!  It's {ippity} hop Monday and also  new release week!  I think you'll really love the new sets that are coming out, so check back on Thursday for another {ippity} hop showcasing them.  The card I have to share with you today uses the Season of Joy stamp set.   Here is the set,

and here is the card I created.

I made this card for a card swap at work.  I needed to create seven cards that were exactly the same.  Once I decided on my design, it was a fairly easy card to mass produce.  First I stamped the sentiment with  Palette ink by Unity in Moulin Rogue and then cut it out using a nestability die. Next,  I cut out the holly and ric rac using Cricut cartridges.  All I  had left  was to  put all the elements together. I used Basic Grey paper for both the background and holly.  I finished off the card by rounding off the edges and adding a small rhinestone to the holly berries.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of the hop.  Click HERE for the full list of participants.  Don't forget to check back on Thursday for more cards using stamps from the new release.

Enjoy you day,

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ippity Hop - Bitty Pixie Paisley

It's Monday, which means it's time for another {ippity} hop! The card I am sharing with you today uses the Bitty Pixie Paisley stamp set. Here is the stamp set,

and here is the card I created. 

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I like this little stamp set. It's perfect for making a quick thank you card. I stamped the floral image  three times with black noir Palette ink from Unity to create a pretty floral pattern. Little buttons were added to the center of the flowers and polka dot paper was used to mat the stamped image.  

Remember {ippity} is giving away a stamp set. All you have to do is leave a comment on  each blog. The more comments you leave, the greater your chances are of winning.  Good luck and enjoy the rest of the hop. For a complete list of blog participants, click HERE.

Have a wonderful day,

Friday, November 5, 2010

Unity FWF

Good morning!  The card I have to share with you today uses two of Unity's Cosmo Cricket sets, Togetherness Icons and Garden Variety.  I also snuck in an {ippity} stamp - Book It. The colors and idea for this card came from this week's inspiration photo for this weeks challenge at the Shabby Tea Room.

Using the colors and designs in this photo, here is the card I created.

For the background of the stamped images I used the Book It stamp from {ippity}.  The birds from the Cosmo Cricket set,  Togetherness Icons, were stamped and then  embossed with clear embossing powder.  The Large Labels dies from Spellbinders were used to cut out the images.  Lastly, the flowers and sentiment came from the other Cosmo Cricket set, Garden Variety. To finish off the card, I used  the Togetherness paper from Cosmo Cricket, the Apron Lace border punch from Fiskars, some gingham ribbon and a red button with blue twine.

To continue along the hop, click here.  Thanks so much for
stopping by today and have a great day.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Clean & Simple.....Many Thanks

When I saw this sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping, I immediately thought of the dogwood stamp from {ippity}.  I thought it would work well with this sketch.  So here is the sketch,

and here is the card I created.

After I stamped the flowers, I colored them  with pink and yellow copic markers.  I added a sentiment and finished off the card with the modern garland border punch from Martha Stewart.

Have a wonderful day,

Stamps:  Ippity - You deserve
                 Ippity- Bitty Pixie Paisley

Ink:        Palette - Black Noir

Monday, November 1, 2010

Ippity Stamps Blog Hop

Good morning everyone!  Did you have a good Halloween?  Ours was very quiet.  We had very few trick or treaters!  Of course my children are older,  as well most of the other children on our street so their trick or treat days are behind them.  For today's hop I have a window card to share with you.  This flower pot stamp from the So this is Love stamp set is one of my favorites.  I thought it would look pretty stamped on vellum, so here is the card I came up with.

To start the card, I cut a window in the middle of the card.
I then stamped and embossed the flower pot onto white vellum.  The stamped image was then centered  and framed in the middle of the window and  the pattern paper from Making Memories was added. To add a little color, I placed a piece of hot pink vellum behind the stamped image to give it a soft pink glow when the light shines through it.  I then added a sentiment from  the Just Wanted to  Say stamp set.  A scalloped edge, a  little ribbon and a flower button finished off the card.

To continue along the blog hop and view all  the wonderful projects created by  the participants, please click here.  Don't forget to leave comments for everyone so you can increase your chance at winning a prize today from Ippity! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wondeful day.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #52

Good morning and thanks for stopping by today.  Today's card was made for this weeks Play Date Cafe challenge.  The challenge this week was to create a card or project using any combination of the following colors orange, pink or yellow.  The card I am sharing with you today uses pink and yellow.
There was no theme for the challenge other than the color selections, but since the Play Date Cafe is celebrating its one year anniversary, I thought it would be fun to make a celebration card. Here is the inspiration photo:

and here is the card I created.

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To begin the card I stamped and embossed yellow dots onto pink card stock.  I thought a  banner would be fun on a celebration card  so I  stamped and embossed two banners and cut them out.  I overlapped the banners and anchored them with yellow pearls.   I then cut out a cupcake, added some glitter and topped off the candle with a small flower. 
If you'd like to play along with challenge, visit the Play Date Cafe.

Have a wonderful day,

Card stock :  Hero Arts, Papertrey Inc.
Pattern Paper:  K & Company, Cosmo Cricket
Stamps:  Togetherness Icons by Unity Stamp Co.   CHF
Misc:  embossing powder, Prima flower, Doodlecharms cartridge, pop dots, Color Box ink, doilies

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ippity Hop Monday - That's Creepy

With Halloween coming up next weekend, I thought I'd make one last Halloween card using Ippity's only Halloween set, That's Creepy.

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I think the spiders are more cute than creepy, but I like all the images in this set. My favorite however is the ornate pumpkin which can be used for not only Halloween but fall themed cards as well.

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Purple, yellow and black were the colors I chose for this card along with papers from the Matilda collection by Cosmo Cricket.  For ink, I used the Palette Hybrid inks sold by Unity in the colors of French Lilac, Black Noir, Raw Sienna and Haystack. I liked these inks so much, I decided to sell them in my {ippity} shop along with the stamps.  For the background of the stamped images I used my favorite background stamp A Bit of Burlap.   Did you notice the bow?  I thought it kind of emulated the spiders, you know 6 legs on the spider and 6 loops on the bow with the button in the middle. My new large circle punch from EK Success finished off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of the hop.  Click  here for the complete list of blog participants.

Have  a great day,
Click here to shop with me for {ippity} stamps and ink

Friday, October 22, 2010

FWF- Pink Card

Good morning everyone!  The card I am sharing with you today was made for this weeks {ippity} challenge. The challenge was to make a project using pink.  Here is the card I created.

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There are two {ippity} Christmas stamp sets and I used both sets on this card.  The Peace sentiment came from the stamp set Kissmas and Mistletoe and the snowflakes came from the Seasons of Joy stamp set. For the background behind the sentiment I used the Thoughts From the Past stamp.  I like a little sparkle on holiday cards so I used holographic embossing powder on the stamped images.  Some hot pink ribbon and a few blue rhinestones finished off the card.

To continue along the blog hop click here. If you'd like to play along with the {ippity} challenge and create a project using pink, click here. Thanks so much for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of your day.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Ippity Hop Monday- Music of My Heart

Good morning {ippity} friends!  When I saw the Music of My Heart stamp set advertised on page 72 of the November/December issue of Paper Crafts magazine, I realized I had never used this set before.  I  don't know why, I just never broke it out of the package.  But after seeing so many wonderful Christmas cards made with music stamps I decided now was the time to finally open up the package.

Using the music background stamp from this set, here is the card I created:

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I stamped the image once on black paper with white ink and once again on white paper with black ink. I then punched out the black paper with a scallop punch. I found the tutorial for this crumbled flower here and decided to give it a try. It was actually quite a lot of fun to make.  The sentiment on the card came from the  Season of Joy  stamp set. Both stamp sets used on this card are shown here:

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All the red  paper I used on the card came from the Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly collection. A little paper pleating and small flourish finished off the card.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of the hop.  For the complete list of blog participants click here.

Have a great day,
Click here to shop with me for Ippity stamps

Friday, October 15, 2010

FWF - Pumpkin Patch

Good morning everyone!  Today I am sharing a card with you that I made for The Shabby Tea Room and this weeks Ippity challenge .  I thought both challenges complemented each other, so I made one card for both challenges. This weeks challenge at The Shabby Tea Room was to create a card or project using a pumpkin based on this picture:

This weeks Ippity challenge was to create a card using orange, black and kraft.   Here is the card I created for both challenges:

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I  began this card with my favorite  Cuttlebug folder - Harvest Patch.  The image was embossed onto kraft card stock.  To make it stand out, I used the dot stamp from {ippity} and stamped over the embossed image with white ink.  The body of the pumpkin was made from punched circles that were stamped with the same dot stamp. The leaves were stamped onto water color paper,  spritzed with a little water and cut out.  A few flowers spritzed with Glimmer Mist,  some ribbon and a little pumpkin tendril finished off the card. 

To continue along with the rest of the blog hop click HERE.  To visit The Shabby Tea Room and play along with the challenge for this week click HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend.


Stamps:  Ippity -  Dots For Sure (dot stamp)
                                 That's Creepy   (pumpkin stamp)
                                A Moment in Time (sentiment)
                                Fall for You (leaves)
Ink:           Rangers Distressed Ink- Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot,     
                  Fresh Ink- white, Color Box- orange
Misc:        Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist- sunshine, Cuttlebug embossing folder- Harvest
                  Patch, doily, ribbon

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Play Date Cafe Challenge 49

Good morning!  I have a card to share with you today that I made for The Play Date Cafe.  The challenge this week was to create a project using the colors of pink, turquoise, rusty orange and chocolate brown.  Here is the inspiration photo:

and here is the card I created:

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Using a chocolate brown background, I did some messy stitching around the block of squares.  To blend the colors, I stamped some of the colored squares with a french script in brown ink.  Coordinating butterflies were placed on the solid squares and a little bit of bling accented the butterflies and sentiment.  I never would have thought of using all these colors on one card, but now that I see this combination, I really like it and wouldn't hesitate to use it again! 

Thanks so much for the inspiration ladies!  This was a great challenge!

Have a wonderful day,

Stamps- Amuse, Hero Arts
Paper - Basic Grey
Card Stock- Memory Box
Misc:  Martha Stewart punch, rhinestones, square nestabilities, sewing machine

Monday, October 4, 2010

Ippity Hop Monday ... A Little Batty

Welcome to another {ippity} Hop Monday!  I have a fun Halloween card to share with you today.  Using the {ippity} stamp set, That's Creepy, I used the trick or treat stamp for my card.  Here is the stamp set I used:

and here is the card I created:

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I emphasized the bats in the sentiment by cutting bats from black glitter paper and situating the bats so they appear to be flying across the sky. The three dimensional bats add a fun touch to the card.  The sentiment was heat embossed with holographic embossing power to give it a little sparkle. I finished off the card with paper from the Matilda collection by Cosmo Cricket and a little self adhesive doily strip.

To  continue along the rest of the hop click HERE. Thanks so much for stopping by today and if your looking for little {ippity}, please visit my {ippity} blog HERE for a great selection of stamps.

Have a great day,

Friday, October 1, 2010

FWF Blog Hop

Good morning!  I can't believe it's October already!  It's so warm and muggy here it still feels like summer!  The card I want to share with you today uses  the Unity September store kit and the Fall for You stamp set from Ippity.

 This floral  and script stamp is so pretty I decided to use is at the focal point for the card.  To make the image stand out I stamped the image onto kraft card stock and dusted it with Blue Patina Perfect Pearls which gave the image a pretty sheen. Those beautiful leaves are from the Ippity Fall for You stamp set shown here:

A little button and some K & Company paper finished off the card.  I elected not to add a sentiment because I liked the simplicity of the card  and thought it would make a great all occasion card.

To continue along the rest of the hop click HERE. I think I'll have a while a cup of tea while I view all your blogs to see what all you talented ladies made for today's hop.  Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Play Date Cafe Challenge 48

Today I have a card to share with you that I made for this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge. The challenge this week was to use the colors of purple, green, gray or silver based on this photo:

 Because most of the kitchen was silver in this photo, I decided to use a soft gray for the background of the card and  use purple and green for the accent colors.  Here is the card I created based on this photo:

First let me say it was hard to get a good photograph of  this card because it is so gloomy outside; it's quite dark inside the house.  With no natural sunlight it was hard to photograph the colors correctly.  The frame is actually purple but it looks a little brown in the photo.  The background paper was stamped with my favorite Tim Holtz stamps:  Weathered Textiles.  The Lockheart  Rose of Sharon stamp  and green Biscotti paper from Memory Box were used for the center of the frame. The sentiment is from  the Oriental Beauty stamp set from CHF. A frame from Tattered Angels, some silver ribbon, a Prima flower and some machine stitching finished off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a look!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Ippity Hop Monday... Authentic Man and Perfect Pearls

Good Morning!  I'm so glad fall is here and the crisp, cool weather has finally arrived!  After such a hot summer, this cool air is just so refreshing and crafting is so much more enjoyable.  A few weeks ago I read a post about Perfect Pearls and after viewing  a few videos and seeing some examples, I decided to give this product a try.  In case you've never heard of Perfect Pearls, this article gives a good explanation of the product and how to use it.  So here is my first attempt at using Perfect  Pearls:

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The car and the blue circle are both dusted with Perfect Pearls. For this card I used this wonderful male oriented stamp set;  Authentic Man.   I don't know if you can tell from the pictures, but the stamped images have a sheen to them. Under a lamp or next to a sunny window, the dusted  images have a pretty reflective shine.   You can also mix the Perfect Pearls with water to paint with, or you can make a  mist and spray your stamped project  to give it a shimmery effect.  For the rest of the card I used a background stamp from CHF for the distressed grid background and  the map paper is from October Afternoon.  Here is close up of the stamp set used on this card:

If you've used Perfect Pearls before, let me know how you like it.  It seems like a fun product to give your projects a special effect.   To continue along the hop click HERE.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful week!


My Favorite Things Card Design Contest

Once again I am entering a card in the   My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar contest .  I am entering this card in the Clean and Simpl...