Thursday, September 29, 2011

Card Patterns... Sketch #134

Today I have a card to share with you that I made for this week's Card Patterns sketch.

I changed the sketch a little bit and flipped the sketch from horizontal to vertical.  The heart stamp I used came from one of my favorite {ippity} stamp sets,  How YOU Doin'.  I stamped each image on watercolor paper and colored the images with watercolor paints.  A strip of aqua paper  highlighted the border punch and  black twill ribbon completed  the card.

Don't forget to check back on the 5th to see the newest releases from {ippity}.  Thanks so much for  taking a look and have a great day!


Stamps:  {ippity} - How YOU Doin'
Ink:  Palette ink - noir
Paper:  Memory Box, watercolor paper, Papertrey Ink
Misc:  Spellbinders dies, ribbon

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Little {ippity} and Clean and Simple

When I saw this week's Clean and Simple sketch I immediately thought  of  the {ippity} stamp set,  Make Your Mark.  I love the images in this set and thought the little flowers in this set would work well with this sketch.  Let me first show you the sketch...

and here is the card I created using this set.

I wanted to do a multi colored card so I stamped each flower in a different color of chalk ink.  I was then lucky enough to find the perfect size punch to cut out the flowers.  I attached the stamped image to a flower base with a pop dot for a 3D effect.  The Gypsy paper from Basic Grey coordinated nicely with the colors I picked out.   The sentiment I used came from my go to stamp set when I need a simple sentiment, How YOU Doin'.

 In other {ippity} news, here are two new sneak peeks of stamp sets being released October 5th.

I like both sets, but my favorite is the small set,  Thanks For All Things and the best part is it's less then $6.00!

If you'd like to add to your {ippity} collection, the new sketch blog goes live on October 1st.  We will have a four day blog hop to launch the new blog, so I hope you can join us. Each week an {ippity} chick will sponsor a new sketch and will give away a stamp set.  All you have to do is make a project using {ippity} stamps and post it to the sketch blog.  One lucky person will be chosen to receive a free stamp set!  How fun is that?   If you want to view the entire {ippity} collection you can check it out here.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Moxie Fab World: The Square Sketch Challenge

Today is the last day to enter the Moxie Fab World Sketch Challenges, so today I made a last minute  card for the  Square Card Challenge.  Here is the sketch,

and here is the card I created based on this sketch.

I thought this flower was so pretty and unique so I stamped it slightly off center and used watercolor paints in the colors of orange, red and yellow.  I then used a  vine stamp to highlight the sentiment.  A red mat, small tag and a bit of ribbon finished off the card.

Thanks so much for looking and enjoy the rest of your day!


Stamps:  Ornamental Beauty - Cornish Heritage Farms
Card stock:  Memory Box and Hero Arts
Ink:  Palette Ink- Noir
Misc:  Spellbinder dies - squares, tags

Friday, September 16, 2011

Friends With Flair

Good morning everyone!  The days and months seem to be whizzing by and the holidays will be here before we know it!  With the feeling of Fall in the air , I made a Fall themed card for today's Friends With Flair  hop as well as for the Ippity challenge which also happens to be a Fall themed challenge.

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I used the {ippity} stamp set Fall for You  for this card. Watercolor paints were used  to color the leaves and since I didn't have any Fall sentiments in my stamp sets, I found a Fall quote I liked and used that. 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop.


Stamps:  {ippity}  - Fall for You
Ink:  Palette Ink - Noir
Card stock:  Memory Box - purple, lavender
Misc: watercolor paints, button, Rangers distress ink - tea dye

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Moxie Fab World The Horizontal Sketch Challenge

Welcome! I know it's only September, but I thought I'd  make a Christmas card based on this sketch challenge  for the  Moxie Fab World Horizontal Sketch Challenge.  Thanks to this sketch, I have an  early start on my holiday card making.   Here is the sketch,

and here is the card I created.

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When I saw this sketch, I thought it would work well with the Spellbinders Postage Stamps dies I just bought, along with the new {ippity} stamp set, Gingham Christmas Greetings. I love this die and stamp set and the fun little stamps you can create with it!  I tried to keep the country feel of the stamp set by using kraft card stock for the card base and distressing the edges. I then added some red and white twine, a glitter snowflake and a tiny rhinestone star to complete the card. 

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


Stamps:  Gingham Christmas Greetings by {ippity}
Cardstock: kraft, white glitter paper
Ink:  Palette Ink- Mouline Rouge, Color Box- blue chalk ink
Dies:  Spellbinders -  Postage Stamps die and Double Ended Tags
Misc: twine, rhinestone star

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ippity Challenge Time

Good morning everyone! Did you know that {ippity} has a challenge blog?  To participate in the challenge  all you have to do is make a project using {ippity} stamps and post it to the challenge blog. One lucky participant will be selected to win a $20.00 gift certificate to be used with the {ippity} chick of your choice.   All skill levels are encouraged to play.  The theme for the new challenge is FAll.

For my challenge card I took a different take on the theme and used colors of Fall: brown, orange and teal. 

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I used two different stamp sets on this card.  The flowers are from Cherish Your Dreams  and  the sentiment is  from How You Doin'. The pattern papers are from the Mabel collection by  My Mind's Eye.  I love using my watercolor paints so I stamped the image with Burnt Umber Palette Ink onto watercolor paper. I then used the watercolor paints to color the flowers and background. 

I hope you'll all give this new challenge a try. It's always fun to enter a challenge and win a prize! To see the complete {ippity} collection please visit my {ippity}  store here. Ippity will also be launching a new sketch blog on October 1st.  As I receive more information, I'll pass it along to you.  There's so much fun going on at {ippity} I hope you'll join in!


Monday, September 5, 2011

Ippity New Release Day

Good morning!  It's release day at Ippity and I have two new stamp sets to share with you.  The first set celebrates the holidays with this adorable stamp set titled  Gingham Christmas  Greetings that sells for $16.75 and contains 9 rubber stamps.

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For the card I made, I used muted colors of blue, green and grey. I made a small frame from the sheet music stamp to frame the smallest of the two trees in the set.  Some ribbon and rhinestones finished off the card.

The next set, All Things Are Possible, is perfect for showing your support for a cause or sending encouragement and support to someone in need.

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This mini set contains 5 rubber stamps and sells for $5.75.
I used watercolor paints to color the image, then added some glitter to the ribbon and wings. I have to admit I didn't realize how many organizations use a  colored ribbon to bring awareness to their cause. Obviously the pink ribbon signifies breast cancer and the red ribbon signifies AIDS awareness  while the yellow ribbon  represents soldier support.  Yet there are so many more organizations that bring awareness to their cause with a colored ribbon.   Here is a comprehensive list of all the different colored ribbons and the causes they represent. I think this butterfly  is a simple, yet lovely image to use on a card to send a note of encouragement and support.

I have all the stamp sets in stock and ready for immediate shipment. If you'd like to check out the Ippity collection please visit my Ippity store HERE. From now until September 10th all domestic orders over $20.00 ship for free.

Thanks so much for looking and have a wonderful day!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Play Date Cafe PDCC97

Welcome!  The card I have to share with you today was made for the color splash challenge at The Play Date Cafe. The challenge this week was to use black and white with a splash of red.

Here is the card I created using this color palette.

Whenever I do these challenges it's always hard to know what is considered a splash of color.  Is it a splash, a drip or a hint of color?  How much color  is too much and how much color  is not enough?  So I just make a black and white card and add whatever color is needed to complete the design of  the card.
I like the effect of white embossing on vellum, so I used the little Ippity stamp set Thankful For You   which I thought would be perfect for this technique.  I began by cutting out a vellum sleeve to fit over the black card base.  I then stamped and embossed the images in white. I added a few red rhinestones and a red ribbon to complete the card.  

Before I go, here is a little hurricane update.  We received a tropical storm as opposed to hurricane winds.  We had a lot of rain and wind and fortunately we didn't loose any shrubs or trees.  I thought for sure my Rose of Sharon tree was going to fly out of the ground because it kept swirling around in circles, but luckily the tree stayed in the ground. We did loose electricity for six hours but we were able to leave the house and go up to New Hampshire where all the stores were open.  So we went out to lunch, did a little shopping and came back home when the electricity returned.  We were lucky not to have any flooding or damage.

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the long weekend. Oh and one more thing, new Ippity sets will be released on the 5th so check back then to view the two new sets.  


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