Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My Little Pony Birthday

Whenever I get the opportunity to create for a little girl I must say I get a little giddy LOL.  The options and colors seem endless after the trucks and tractors I deal with on a daily basis! 

I couldn't decide what I wanted to create when I began this card.  I tried a few different ideas but quickly cast them aside for future use when the idea of My Little Pony popped into my head.  I decided on 'Twilight Sparkle' (don't you just love their names??) and got down to work with my punches in tow.  Here's how I did it:


Stamp sets: Create a Cupcake
Cardstock: Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Basic Black, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limenade, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Specialty Sweet Shop DSP (retired)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Lucky Limenade, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black
Markers: Always Artichoke, Island Indigo, Basic Black, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: Build a Cupcake punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, 1/2" circle punch,
1 1/4" circle punch, small oval punch, large oval punch, white gel pen, sponges, brayer, Tombow multi purpose liquid adhesive, snail adhesive, Stampin' dimensionals

Body: large oval punch (Wisteria Wonder)
Legs: Word Window punch, trimmed to shape (Wisteria Wonder)
Neck: small oval punch (Wisteria Wonder)
Head: 1 1/4" circle punch (Wisteria Wonder)
Ears: small oval punch, trimmed (Wisteria Wonder)
Eyes: 1/2" circle punch, trimmed. (Whisper White) Center of eye is the largest circle from the owl punch (Rich Razzleberry)
Horn: small oval punch trimmed to shape (Wisteria Wonder)
Mane on top of head: Large oval punch, trimmed to shape (Island Indigo)
Neck mane: body of owl punch (Island Indigo)
Tail: Large oval punch trimmed (Island Indigo)
Stripes on mane were cut free hand to fit in Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry
Before assembling, use a sponge and co-ordinating ink to highlight the edges of each piece to add dimension.  After assembling, highlight areas such as eyes and mane with a white gel pen and co-ordinating markers.

Cupcake was created with the Build a Cupcake punch.  The tree trunk was drawn freehand; tree top is the top of the cupcake from the Build a Cupcake punch, with cherries added in Cherry Cobbler from the same punch.

Background was created by first tearing post it notes and masking the bottom of the cardstock.  Sky was brayered with Tempting Turquoise then Island Indigo.  Mask was then moved randomly across the bottom of the cardstock while sponging with Lucky Limenade and Wild Wasabi to create the hills.

See you soon!  Thanks so much for looking!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

She's All That

Hi Everyone!  I finally have a post to share with you after what feels like forever!  My 10 month old is on the verge of walking and has decided naps are really not his "thing" as of the moment.  Simply put: Mommy is busy and the stamping is neglected. :(

Today's card is what we like to call a hybrid in the stamping world.  I was searching through the My Digital Studio catalogue and came across a set of stamps called She's All That.  I fell in love with the 4 fabulous women featured in the set and new I just had to download them and incorporate them into my cards.  Plus, I wanted to try them out in my recently upgraded My Digital Studio to My Digital Studio 2!  The new features are fantastic and I was able to put some of them to good use in this card.

If you haven't tried out My Digital Studio 2 yet, what are you waiting for??  You can give the software a whirl FREE for 30 days!!  Just click on the link on my sidebar to be redirected to download MDS2 today!


Stamp sets: She's All That (MDS)
Cardstock: Glossy White cardstock, Lucky Limenade, Raspberry Ripple, Specialty Sweet Shop DSP (retired)
Ink: none
Accessories: Framelits Labels Collection, Lacy Brocade textured impressions folder, Pool Party 1/2" seam binding ribbon, basic pearls, snail adhesive, sticky strip

Just one of the great new features in MDS2 is the ability to "color" stamped images.  The image I used is completely black when you begin but I was able to color; in Stampin' Up! colors; the cake, her shoes, hair tie, and necklace with just the click of a mouse.  How cool is that??  After I was done editing, I printed the image on glossy white cardstock.  The main reason for doing this was to ensure my image printed as beautifully as it looked on the screen - printing on plain cardstock (for me anyway) makes my images appear grainy and the color washed out.

See you soon with another creation!  Thanks so much for looking!
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Campfire Birthday

I'm slowly working on a few new ideas in my card room today but thought I would share a few highlights of my son's 3rd birthday party in the meantime.  I created the invites using My Digital Studio using the stamp set Under the Stars and Big Bold Birthday.  After I printed the invitations I added some color with my Stampin' Write markers.  Super simple and so fast to make using MDS!

Of course no campfire would be complete without a yummy S'more!  I made up goody bags with all the fixings to make a S'more at home, printed instructions in MDS, and added the S'more from the Under the Stars stamp set to finish it off.  I added glow sticks and flashlights to the goody bags so the kids could light up the night when it got dark. :)

I found the idea for this cake on Pinterest and knew I had to make it simply because it fit so well with the campfire theme.  The cake itself was Chocolate Fudge with marshmallow filling and chocolate butter cream icing.  The fire 'logs' are hazelnut rolled wafers and the 'flames' are melted red, yellow, and orange life savers that I broke into flame shapes when cool.  Rock candy scattered around the base and 'roasting' marshmallows on skewers finishes it all off!

I just had to throw this picture in - all the men cooking! LOL 

Overall we had a great time with perfect weather and wonderful friends and family to share it with!  We are truly blessed and can't wait to do it all again next year!!

Thanks so much for looking!
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Owl Love

We just wrapped up a great August long weekend in our house!  Three nights of bonfires in a row really tuckers you out...but we had a great time with family and friends and can't wait for the next one!!

In amongst party going and party planning I managed to get one lonely card done this past week - an anniversary card for Ryan.  We celebrated 6 years on Sunday; the same day we celebrated Griffin's 3rd birthday!  I've seen many cards similar to this and really like the simple concept; I was just waiting for the right opportunity to use it.  I've actually started a notebook to jot ideas into so I can remember all the card ideas I want to use!  Now if I could find a way to glue myself to my chair to get them made I'd really be in business LOL.


Stamp sets: Take Care
Cardstock: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Birds of a Feather DSP
Ink: Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Accessories: Owl punch, Heart to Heart punch (retired), 1 3/4" circle punch, Adoring Accents Edgelits, white gel pen, sponges, brayer

I began by masking off the moon with a 1 3/4" circle punch from a post it note on Whisper White cardstock.  Brayered over entirely with Perfect Plum, then just the bottom corner on an angle with Elegant Eggplant.  Removed post it and sponged Daffodil Delight inside the moon.  I then stamped the branch from the Take Care set in Basic Black.  I added two owl's punched from Basic Black cardstock to the branch and randomly adhered hearts from the owl punch and the Heart to Heart punch around the owls.  I finished by adding stars with a white gel pen.

Thanks so much for looking!
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Scooby Doo Birthday!

Wow! I can't believe its August 1st already!  It always means summer is on the home stretch (sigh)...however, it also means that there is a new Holiday Mini Catalogue that starts today!  Check out the link to the catalogue on my sidebar to get your peek into exciting new products only available until January 2013!  Now onto today's card...

My oldest son turns the big 3 this upcoming weekend and absolutely LOVES Scooby Doo.  So, I pulled out my trusty punches again and came up with my version of Scooby in a celebratory party hat.  Pretty sure it will be a hit!


Stamp sets: none
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke, Lucky Limenade, Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Summer Smooches DSP
Ink: Early Espresso
Punches: large oval, small oval, 1 3/8" square, 1/2" circle, owl punch, heart to heart punch (retired), triple blossom punch (retired)
Accessories: Basic Black marker, Naturally Serif alphabet (retired), Stampin dimensionals, Tombow adhesive, Argyle embossing folder, sponges

I will post a detailed assembly of Scooby Doo in a later post when I get a few extra minutes, I promise!  Now I'm off to make dinner and get some veggies picked and in the freezer!

Thanks so much for looking!
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