Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fabulous Flowers meets Baroque Motifs

Hi my fellow bloggers,
I hope everyone is having a great week. We are doing well, here. My hubby has been busy studying for some work thingy and poor Abbi has been sick, and had to have a visit at the vets tonight. But all in all, everything is pretty normal around here.

Here's a pic of a card I made with a set that I can't decide if I really like it or not. I loved it when I got it, then I find I don't use it much, maybe I'm using the wrong colors with it. Guess I'll have to do some experimenting with it!

The set I used is by Stamping Up & is Fantastic Flowers. I never have a "manly" card when I need it and thought maybe if I used darker colors it might be suitable to call it masculine. What do you think?

On Ruby Red Card Stock, I stamped the flower four times in Black Stazon and then embossed each one with clear embossing powder then cut them out. I love the shiny crisp look it gives! I used Chocolate Chip for this A-2 size card base, and then used a layer of real red with just a light sponging of Chocolate Chip Ink around the edges. I then layered a piece of Retired 2007 Chocolate Chip Patterned Paper. I made a "belly band" going right across the middle front of the card in Chocolate Chip. Then layered again, the ruby red card stock, after I stamped the large swirl from Baroque Motifs in chocolate chip ink, sponging with chocolate chip around the edges of the layer. I added a strip of 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. I gathered all the flower layers in order then put a large black brad in the center of the flower, placing it on the left of the card. I was pleased with the results and think I will use it for the next masculine card I need.

Well Everyone, thanks so much for dropping in! I always love it when you stop in, your comments make my day!! After all, you are the reason I blog, with the hopes of inspiring you to stamp and have some inky fun!!

Take care & Happy Stampin,

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wanted Birthday Card for My Nephew

Hi Everyone, please don't faint, it's really ME!!! I trust I'm not the only person
with the February blahs. I am so looking forward to SPRINGGG!!! It will come none to early for me!! Having said that, I must thank you for your patience and I promise I will be posting more regularly.

I needed a masculine card for my adopted nephew, Robert's, 22nd birthday. I have no idea where the time has gone, hard to believe he's 22!! I decided to use Stampin Up's "Wanted" stamp set. For some reason, the base card looks like it's light, light blue, but it's not. I used Very Vanilla for the base. I then used a layer of Chocolate Chip Card Stock, followed by Chocolate Chip DSP. For the scallop circles I used Kraft and Chocolate Chip. To get the "worn" look on the smaller Chocolate Chip piece, I simply wadded it up into a ball, and then smoothed it out and layered it over the DSP and circle scallops, holding it there with 6 antique small brads. I stamped "wanted" onto Very Vanilla and added some paper peircing to it. I then added the stamped horse that I cut out and used dimensionals on it to for the 3-D effect. I added some Natural Hemp Twine for the "lasso" and put a greeting inside.

I hope you like how the card turned out. Thanks so much for dropping by, I do hope that the snow melts for everyone and that Spring is just around the corner for us all. Ahhhhhh, what a wonderful thought!!!

Happy Stampin and take care,

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Thank you, Nancy!!

What a surprise when I received this wonderful "One Lovely Blog Award" from Nancy over at her artwork blog, Inkblocks. How nice of you Nancy, thanks so much!

I would like to direct your attention to the following Stampers blogs. Their art is as beautiful as they are!

Pam at Stampin for the Soul
Barb at Stampelicioius
Beth at Nana's Memories and More
Cheryl at Never Enough Stamps
Vicki at Stamped Smiles
Catherine at Inksomnia
Amy Sheffer at Pickled Paper Designs

Thanks everyone for stopping by!
Stampin hugs,