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Monday, March 30, 2009


You know the feeling when you just have to have something that you don't actually need. That's how I felt when I first saw the star punch from Stampin' Up! I had to have it. Well, I finally used it after a year of the poor thing just sitting around collecting dust. Selene Kempton had posted a card on our Late Night Stampers group that used the punch, and this is a pretty close version to her card.

The papers are from the Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer papers. What nice paper. SU calls it cover-weight textured paper. I Also used some textured Baja Breeze along with Chocolate Chip. Such a pretty color combination. After making the card and tying the ribbons on, I decided it needed one more star in the corner. Do you realize how hard it is to cut out a hand drawn star and make it look at least semi-even?
Thanks for stopping in,

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Upsy Daisy in Pink

Here's another stamp set I picked up at the garage sale. I had seen a lot of beautiful cards done with this set, so I was quite happy to find it. I stamped the image and verse with Pink Pirouette onto Whisper White and added some iridescent ice for some sparkle on the flowers. I cut out the Pretty in Pink border. Yes, cut it out with scissors, I don't have the die. The Eyelet edge punch was used for the sides of the card. Everything was mounted together then I created my flowers.

Aren't they beautiful!! You can see another project that I made using my technique, here.
Thanks for stopping by today,

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Blooming With Love

Here's another stamp set that I was lucky enough to find at Violette's yard sale. These potted plants are part of the Blooming With Love set. I stamped the three images onto Whisper White and colored them in with my markers. I also stamped the images onto Designer Paper and cut out the pots, which were popped up on dimensionals before putting them in place. I matted the images with Certainly Celery and Pretty in Pink. Two of the panels were knotted with Bashful Blue ribbon. The three panels were added onto more Designer paper using more dimensionals. I used Stampin' Up!'s new eyelet punch on the bottom of the Certainly Celery piece then mounted it onto Bashful Blue that was embossed with the small dotted Background plate.

Then it was all mounted onto So Saffron. I liked the way this came out so much that I made four of them. :-) I hope you like it too.
Here's a picture that will put a smile on your face. This is my pup, Liyah, busily licking her nose.
What a long tongue she has!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Toot, Toot

Ok, I need to toot my own horn for a moment..Toot Toot! Would you look at this card, holy smokes is it gorgeous!! Ok, I'm done tooting.
I just got this stamp today at a garage sale held by my local scrapping store. Shout out to Violette's. Woot woot. They had rented out tables to ladies who brought their crafting supplies to sell. This particular stamp I purchased from my good friend Betty who was in great spirits even though she is having a mastectomy done on Tuesday. Prayers would be nice.
I had earlier been interested in trying out the new product called Flower Soft and thought this stamp would be fantastic for first try.

I still need to get some pink Flower Soft, but I was so excited by how beautiful the card came out that I just needed to share!
I used my Stampin' Up! markers and water color pencils to do the coloring. The stamp is called Cafe' fleurs from Embossing Arts Co. (sorry SU) The corner punch is from EK, brads from SU and card stock from SU.
Let me know what you think!

Friday, March 20, 2009

I'm a Daffodil! :-)

Hello All!
Went blog hopping and came across this hyperlink that I posted to the left. Go ahead and see what type of flower you are. It is quite interesting to see the types of questions that are asked. But the outcome is fun. When I finished it said that I am a Daffodil.
'You have a sunny disposition and are normally one of the first to show up for the party. You don't need too much attention from the host once you get there as you are more than capable of making yourself seen and heard.'
Is that me or what!!
Take the test yourself and then I'd love to hear what kind of flower you are.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hello There

Can you count how many layers are on this thing!? Ten !! holy smokes! This is one of the many cards that I have created for my up-upline, Sherrill Graff whose upline is nun-other than the incredible Shelli !!! She has hired a few of us to create cards for her to use as samples and to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. I've been hired as a Creative Designer to create cards samples for her. These samples will be shown at her upcoming events and shows and then donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Las Vegas. How cool is that???
The following talented demonstrators have also been hired to create cards and projects for the month of March. Be sure to stop by their blogs and see their creative ideas!
Susan Shields
If you are interested in joining a "GREAT" group of talented folks, come and check out our Yahoo group called "latenightstampersconvention2008". You won't be disappointed!.

So anyway, back to the card. That's why you're visiting, right? My card is a take off from a card I saw done by Mary Fish. ~cool site if you get the chance~. The designer paper is all from SU's Raspberry Tart, I am loving this DP too! The flowers are made from the Five Petal Flower punch, Boho Blossoms punch and then one of the sizzlets dies Buttons #5. Cute huh?
thanks for popping in,

Another one of THOSE folds

I decided I needed to make one more card using this fold, since my daughter liked my last one so much, she took it with her back to her dorm. For this one I wanted to start out with the Stampin' Up! Tea Party designer paper. I Love this paper! No matter how I use it, my projects always come out beautiful.

I also wanted to try my hand at drawing my own 'stamp' again. Another butterfly, isn't it cute!? The cute little flowers are from the Playful Petals stamp set.

Here's what the card looks like when opened up so you can get an idea of how it's made.
I hope you are having a fabulous day, and thanks for taking the time to stop in and see me.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Stampin Up Starter

Stampin' Up! has come up with a nifty payment plan for their Starter Kit.
The Three Easy Payments option allows you to make a partial initial Starter Kit payment and still receive the Starter Kit right away. To qualify for the Easy Payments option on the discounted Sale-A-Bration Starter Kit price of $169, (valued at more than $335) the Starter Kit paperwork and an accompanying forms must be received by Stampin' Up! (not postmarked) on or before March 31, 2009. Paperwork received after this time will be processed for the regular Starter Kit price of $199.
Let me know if you're interested in learning what is included in this fabulous offer. Gosh I sound like an 'as seen on TV' advertisement.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bella Butterfly

I seem to be slowing down on my projects. I remember when I was making a card a day, now it is taking me...too long! Could it be that old age is starting to catch up with me, gosh I hope not!
This card is made with the beautiful Bella Rose Designer Paper from Stampin' Up!

This angle shows you how I made the card. I'm sure the card fold has a name, but I have no idea what it is.

Now I bet you're wondering about that butterfly. All the butterflies stamps that I have are too small for what I wanted, so I drew my own. Yup, drew my own! Can you believe how 'stamped' it looks. It was quite easy. I drew it with a pencil, then outlined it with a marker, colored it in, added crystal effects and some iridescent ice. ta do! Isn't that the coolest?!

I'll definitely be trying out more 'stamp' drawings in the future. Give it a'll be amazed at what you can do.
I hope you have had a good weekend,

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Weekend Challenge #71

Here is my take on Weekend Challenge #71 hosted by Sharon.
I really wanted to make a card using the SU scallop circle punch with the center punched out and the ribbon tie in the middle. So that was my starting off point. From there, I turned the sketch to the side and then everything just flowed. I used Rose Red, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White card stock. The printed designer paper is from the Parisian Breeze Specialty series. It's printed on textured heavy weight card stock...Gorgeous!! The ribbons I used are from the Ribbon Originals... Gorgeous again! Stampin' Up! has come out with some really nice stuff!

I also used the scallop punch, the eyelet punch, pearls from the Pretties kit and my paper piercer. and ta da! A beautiful card.

thanks for popping in!

Blog Candy alert

I wish I could say it is from me but I can't. Kim is giving away a whole-lotta goodies on her blog . Kim's blog is nothing short of amazing. Her ability to paper tole and add colour is extremely creative. Her blog has had 100,000 hits and now she wants to share the love. Congratulations Kim and here's to 100 more.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

just one more

I am loving this beautiful Playful Petals stamp set and Tea Party designer paper from SU. It is so colorful and has the feel of the 60's...all flower powerish :-)
Todays card is my take on Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. It’s #70 and they have changed things up a bit. It's no longer called Beate's challenge...just Weekend Sketch Challenge. This week's sketch is courtesy of Lori... thanks!

Doncha just luv it!

Playful Petals

This weekend I jumped back onto the card making band wagon. And very easily too, with the help of the gorgeous Tea Party designer paper from Stampin' Up! Don't you love it!! The cool thing is that the paper matches the fun Playful Petals stamp set. I used only the colors found in the designer paper, to color in the image. So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink and Almost Amethyst. I also used the new Eyelet Punch from Stampin' Up! I'm so glad they finally came out with one and it's fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend,
Michelle Bowley