Monday, January 31, 2011

Ippity Hop Monday - Mini Cards

Good morning everyone!  Today I have two mini cards to share with you.  Both cards came about because of a Sizzix die I purchased a while ago. I bought this die online without seeing it in person and when it arrived it was much larger that I thought it was.  Since the die cut  was really too big to use on a card, I thought it would make a cute mini card.  Here is the first card I made. 



For this card I used the Sing a New Song stamp set from {ippity} pictured here:





I loved the little bird in this set as soon as I saw it, and I knew that no matter how it was used, it would make for a cute project.  As  far as the design of this card, I have to tell you a little secret.  I  stamped the sentiment upside down by mistake and it ended up on the left side of the card instead of on the right. I really liked the background paper  I used and since I didn't have enough  paper left to cut out another die cut I thought of  the Tim Gunn ( of Project Runway) quote   "Make it work."  So that's what I did. I actually kind of liked how it turned out.  Using the same Sizzix die for the card base, here is the second card I made.





For this card I used the House a Home stamp set from {ippity} pictured here:



Aren't these little houses cute?  I like the combinations of patterns that make up each house. I use Palette ink and Rangers ink to stamp the houses and sentiment with.  The papers I used on both cards are from the chelsea's place collection by Making Memories.

All of the stamp sets used in today's cards are available here. To continue along the blog hop click here.  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day.

Susan

Friday, January 28, 2011

Play Date Cafe and Card Patterns

Happy Friday!  If you live in the northeast, I hope you have been enjoying this snowy month of January! However, I think we've had enough snow for a while.  We now have a  wall of snow on both sides of the sidewalk that lead up to the front steps.  I kind of like walking between the walls, I just hope the walls don't get any higher!  Today I made one card for two challenges.  I used the card sketch from Card Patterns and the color palette from the Play Date Cafe to create this card.







The  challenge this week at the Play Date Cafe was to create a project using  to a splash of lilac/purple with black and white,




and here is this weeks sketch from Card Patterns





I used three stamp sets to create this card.  First I used Vintage Text from CHF ( too bad they went out of business) and Ornamental Beauty also from  CHF for the sentiment.  I then used the Classic Fabric Design stamp from Hero Arts.  I like the look of text under a design, so I stamped the Vintage Text once in black and then in lavender.  I stamped over the lavender text with the fabric design stamp with black Palette ink.  To separate the the fabric design from the black text, I added a thin strip of black paper. I then punched out the ornate border from the same lavender text.  To create the layered sentiment I began with a black lace circle cut from Spellbinder's eyelet lace die. I layered a small doily on top of that, then  added the sentiment.  Using lavender tulle I cut out two circles to layer underneath the Prima flower. 

Thanks so much for taking the time to take a peek  and let's hope we get a break from the snow!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Susan

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ippity Hop Monday - Challenge Cards

Today I have a couple of {ippity} challenge cards to share with you.  If you are new to {ippity}, here is the chart of the January challenges.  Feel free to play along and all you have to do is use {ippity} stamps.  You have until the end of the month to complete as many challenges as you would like for a chance to win  a wonderful prize of paper and stamps.  Click here for all the details.


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First off is the card I made  for the red, white and blue challenge.




The sweet framed flower stamp is from the Cherish Your Dreams stamp kit.  This  set is probably my favorite {ippity} stamp set because  of  all the beautiful images in this set.  The sentiment I used is from the How You Doin' stamp set.  Hero Arts supplies were used  for the blue papers and coordinating ink and markers. All the red paper is from October Afternoon. A few pearls, a button and ribbon finished off the card.

My next card was made for the photo challenge.  



I used a variety of pattern papers similar to the designs in the photo to create this card.  The black and white papers  are from My Mind's Eye and  the red toile paper is from Making Memories.   This heart and sentiment stamp is from one of the original {ippity} stamp sets, Because of You.   Some gingham ribbon, a border punch and some heart pins completed the card.

The next blog on the list is Rona's.  She has some lovely projects for you today.   If you are interested in any of the {ippity} stamp sets, please visit my sales blog.  And one more thing, if you want to see some of the new products being introduced at CHA, check out this blog. I  just love seeing all the new products!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Susan

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ippity Hop Monday

Good morning {ippity} friends!  It took me all week, but I finally put all my Christmas decorations away.  I didn't think I put out that many decorations this year, but apparently, I decorated more than I thought!  So now I can concentrate on card making once again.  For today's card, I used a sketch from Page Maps to create this card.







The paper I used on this card is from the October Afternoon collection, Modern Homemaker.  Don't you just love these papers?  I do! The sentiment on the card is from The Simple Things stamp set shown here,





and the flowers are from one of my favorite sets YOU deserve shown here.





I added pop dots to the back of the flowers to give them the 3D effect and I used an Anna Griffin punch for the leaves.  A few black pearls to the center of each flower finished off the card.  

To continue along the hop click here.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of the hop.

Susan  
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Ippity Sketch Challenge

I have a quick post for you tonight.  Ippity has started a new monthly challenge consisting of 4 challenges.  The first challenge is to create a card using this sketch.

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Here is the card I created based on this sketch.

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I started with a card base of pale yellow paper from Memory Box.  I then used  paper from the Queen Bee collection by Pink Paislee, which is one of my all time favorite paper collections.  The sweet sentiment came from  the Delightful Little Things stamp set.  Some paper punches, a few markers and ribbon finished off the card. 

You have all month to complete the challenges  which consist of a card sketch, a color challenge, a photo inspiration and a final twist.  The prize package consists of paper and stamps from {ippity}.  The only requirement is that you use {ippity} stamps.  Visit the ippity blog each Monday to view the challenges. 

I hope you decide to play along.  It looks like it's going to be a lot of fun!

Susan
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Monday, January 3, 2011

Ippity Hop Monday- How YOU Doin'

Good morning and Happy New Year everyone!  I had an achy back for a while, so I decided to just enjoy the holidays and take a break from crafting.  Now the holidays are over and my back is better so I'm ready to get back into the swing of things.  I made a Valentines card today using the  How YOU Doin' stamp set.  Here is the card I made,



and here is  the stamp set I used. 



I really like this set because it contains so many  cute images and sentiments.  The envelope image was stamped multiple times in Burt Umber Palette ink and then I colored in the hearts with  Hero Hues markers. My husband gave me a Vagabond machine for Christmas which I used  to cut out the Sizzlet die. This machine is so easy to use, and the best part is I don't have to put pressure on my back anymore when I cut out the dies.  I just love this machine!   K & Co. paper, a Martha Stewart border punch and some rhinestones and ribbon completed the card.

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

Susan
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Poppystamps Challenge - Bling

     Today I am playing along with the monthly  Poppystamps Challenge .  The challenge for this month is to using bling, such as sequins, gl...