Monday, March 30, 2009

Butterflies and Buttons

A quick card today, using more scraps on the table! Floral Sera Sera designer paper is from K & Company. Ripe avocado cardstock and green dot paper is from Papertreyink. Buttons are from Papertreyink. I am loving stacking and playing with buttons these days. Something about all the colors and rummaging through them as I look at all the shapes and sizes fascinates me! As my husband remarks, and I quote, "It doesn't take much!"
I decided to use more scraps on the inside card. Scallop border and butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart. Added gems to butterflies add interest. All in all, a pretty simple card leaving me wanting spring! The sun is shining at least, but it is cold! I hope the sun is shining on you today! Happy Monday and take good care!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thank EWE!

This lamb button has set on my work table for almost a year now! When I saw the Splitcoast Limited Supplies challenge yesterday, I was determined to get it on a card! SU cardstock and Basic Grey Ambrosia designer papers are utilized, and without planning it, by george this qualifies for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge! WooHoo! Other supplies used are Flower Soft, Kaiser adhesive pearls, Prima flower, button from my stash and black hemp. I used Colorbox Frost White and StazOn Jet black inks. Stamp sets are Papertreyink's My Punny Valentine and my JustRite 50pt. BRAYTON font using a Harmony 1 3/8 x 3 1/2 Rectangular wooden block. It is the coolest to be able to customize a sentiment to go along with the stamped image! It makes it, well, Just Right!
Hope you are having a great weekend so far! THANKS so much for stopping by! Take good Care!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Stamp Simply, Ribbon Tabs!

For Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply challenge this week, it's about bits of ribbon! Sharon challenges us to use a ribbon tab or tabs to adorn our card instead of our card wrapped with ribbon or bows. Well, it's a good thing that anything goes with Sharon's challenges, because as much as I tried to use JUST a ribbon tab, I could not get it to work with this card idea I had started! So, there are two ribbon tabs resulting in ribbon being wrapped around the card front, held by Bazzill black brads. Not what I had first envisioned, but it works! And that is what I adore about Sharon's challenges, the most important rule is to HAVE FUN!
I decided to try out my new Nestabilities, Large Pinking Circles. Using all Papertreyink cardstock, I layered three for the card inside. Two are attached to the ribbon strip, along with the Nestie circle cut stamped image. Copic Marker colors used for the image are in photo. Kaiser adhesive pearls used for flower centers.
I am loving this new 2" JustRite wood circle stamper. New JustRite products have been posted at the JustRite online store! Be sure to check them out HERE! You will find all ordering information there too!
There is no time limit to play Sharon's Stamp Simply challenge and upload your project at Splitcoast and/or your Blog, anytime at all! You can play as many times as you like!!! REMEMBER to use keyword ssnotime79 when you upload. The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!
For my card I chose to create my own sentiment that is revealed when the card front is opened. Using JustRite's NEW lower case Trompe Script 95pt font, made it a cinch, using my 1 5/8" round wood stamper. I trimmed in on the letter i to get a tighter letter fit. A Kaiser adhesive gem dots the i. The inside card photo gives you an idea of the card front backside, and the inside sentiment panel.
This photo gives a great look into the set's endless possibilities. I have another creations coming soon using this bonus center! Can't wait to show you! Stay tuned!
Check out the Stamp Simply Challenge creations today on the blogs of these Stamp Simply designers: Barb, March Guest Designer (that's me!) Dee Tammy Janine AJ Jennifer Julie Becky

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Best Wishes!

Unfortunately, I've needed a few wishing you well cards recently. I always vow to make more than I need at the time to get some in stock, but it never seems to happen! I must get better at stockpiling cards! These two particular cards will be sent to men, so I wanted to keep them toned down a bit. I know there is a bow and a few adhesive pearls, but we'll just tell them they're stickers. The above card used all Papertreyink Cardstock along with Bitty Dot Basics Designer papers. Ribbon is also Papertreyink. Nestability Labels Two and small circle dies were utilized and a ticket corner punch.
Do you notice I have a center stamped area, and TWO borders surrounding the center? That's right folks, you have the ability to place two outer rings on this 2" stamper! I chose a decorative center, another decorative ring and then chose to spell words for my outer ring. The center and closest outer ring are from the set, Special Occasion Deluxe Kit and can be seen HERE. This versatility enables me to create precisely what I need to say. Gotta love that! Other notables of this card are the paper piercing, hemp twine and the adhesive pearl placement. Martha Stewart border punches for edges. Same focal point center as card above but with a whole different feel and look to it! Let's take a look at the set with the 2" round block. I chose my center and the first outer ring from this set, Special Occasion Deluxe Kit. Stamping them in different ink colors allows me to pick up the same colors in the designer papers I chose.
You get a bonus with this Wood Stamper 2" set, a 15pt font set and center image. I have stamped the flower vase center for another project, you're gonna love it! Here is my block, set up with what I stamped. Below on the left you can see a close up of the stamped piece. The ideas and possibilities are endless with JustRite Stampers. New products have been added to the JustRite website store. You can see all the new images by clicking this link. New products are available for pre-order, check out all the ordering info on the JustRite website., you'll be glad you did!
TAKE GOOD CARE and thank you for sharing a moment here at Explore.Dream.Discover! I so appreciate you stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with another Sharon Johnson Stamp Simply Challenge creation for you!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

With sympathy

Butterfly Card
This is my creation for the sketch challenge over on Splitcoaststampers today! Utilizing my K & Company Madeline designer paper, I cut one of the butterflys out to adorn the bow. Cardstock and ribbon is from SU. A Martha Stewart edge punch is used for the pink panel border trim.
Kaiser adhesive gems are used on Papertreyink buttons as well as on the butterfly. I stacked two buttons, adhering together with glue dots. The sentiment is from Papertreyink's set, Mixed Messages and punched using a SU word window punch. Flowers are from Making Memories. Hope you are having a super week so far! And enjoying some spring weather! Take good care and thanks so much for visiting here are Explore.Dream.Discover.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Stamp Simply Butterfly


Today we are matting, or framing, in white for a fresh, clean and springy look. You MAY use multiple mats on a panel if you like, but at least ONE of them MUST be white. That's it -- anything else goes for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply challenge! For my creation, K & Company BW Madeline designer paper is utilized along with Papertreyink Ripe Avocado and Stampers Select white cardstock papers. I cut my white panel first, then ran it through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. The circle frame is first punched with an EK success 1 3/4" circle punch, punched around that opening using a Marvy Uchida (purple) scallop circle punch. The buttons are Papertrey ink, I added adhesive pearls for the centers. Stamped tag image is from Papertreyink's Paper Tray set. 3/4" and 1" circle punches are used to punch the sentiment and designer paper circles. The tag is attached using a fine silver thread from my local fabric store. The scallop frame is lifted using foam pop ups, as is the butterfly. In this pack of Madeline DP, there is one entire page of butterflies. I cut this particular one out to use on my card. Can you see the light pink FLOWER SOFT? Lightly dabbing with a glue pen, and pressing on the flower soft adds more dimension to the butterfly! Flower Soft is not just for flowers! LOL Three adhesive pearls down the center of this butterfly adds the finishing touch!

I hope you get a chance to play along with Sharon's Stamp Simply challenge! There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload your project at Splitcoast and/or your Blog, anytime. You can play as many times as you like, just remember to use the keyword, ssnotime78! The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun! Hope you play along! Check out Sharon's blog for more info.
Be sure to check out her talented team to see their awesome creations! Barb, March Guest Designer (That's ME!) Dee Tammy Janine AJ Jennifer Julie Becky Sharon

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sweet Cupcakes!

And more JustRite birthday wishes!
Two more cards utilizing this JustRite stamp set! Check previous posts to see JustRite product and block set up. Cardstock is from Papertreyink and designer papers are SeraSera from K & Company. This cupcake is Copic colored and velvet ribbon is from Michaels. Ball head straight pin from dollar store with an earring back used for the stopper. Buttons and ribbon are from Papertreyink! This cupcake is paper pieced. Love the colors in this designer paper! So festive. I am finally done with the cupcakes, for the time being anyway!!! LOL I am having so much fun discovering the versatility of the JustRite stampers, same block set up with so many different looks! Gotta love that!

I'll be back tomorrow with my card for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply challenge. Her team is so talented and I am thrilled to be a guest this month! Until then, take good care!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Paper Pieced Sweet Cupcake!

JustRite Birthday Wish!
A whole different look with the Wood 2 3/8" stamped JustRite cupcake image! K & Company SeraSera Designer paper pieced cupcake and 25 pt. font sentiment create an easy peasy stamped image. Machine stitching, new Papertreyink buttons, and adhesive pearl add the perfect finishing touches to this sweet birthday greeting.
Same stamp set up as previous post, stamped three times, once in New Leaf ink, once on two different patterned designer papers. The frosting piece is adhered with pop up foam dimensionals. Check out all the new JustRite products that have been posted on their online store! I will post two more cards tomorrow, more variations using this bonus cupcake image! Gotta love the versatility of these stampers, they are just right!!!

Hope you are having a great week so far! I've been creating Easter creations! Can't wait to share what I have been working on with you! Take good care and thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A Sweet Cupcake Birthday Wish!

JustRite for YOU!
What to do when you want to make a flower with your stamped center and do not have any flowers large enough? Use cupcakes liners of course! Perfect for a sweet cupcake birthday! Ink, ribbon and cardstock are Papertreyink product. Cardstock colors: Berry Sorbet, Stampers Select White, Ripe Avocado. Berry Sorbet ribbon, New Leaf and Berry Sorbet inks. The machine stitching on the card coordinates with the stitched ribbon and that adorable button is from Papertreyink as well.
NEW JustRite stamps are in the house! New products have been added to the JustRite website. You can see all the new images by clicking this link. New products are available for pre-order, check out all the ordering info on the JustRite website. My cupcake card utilizes this set. I fell in love with the bonus cupcake stamp! The image is perfect for coloring in any color you choose!

Here is my 2 3/8" wood stamper complete with sentiment and cupcake center, ready for stamping. How fun is this? I love the ability to spell out any sentiment with my fonts! Just right, every time! I stamped my block once with berry sorbet and once with new leaf ink.

You get a better look at the cupcake liners and the Copic coloring in this photo. I wiped the white liners over the berry sorbet ink pad a few times to add color! This really adds to the dimension of the flower. The berry sorbet cardstock center is scalloped using a purple Marvy Uchida punch, white stamped circle is cut out using my circle Nestabilities with the edges daubed with berry sorbet ink. The adhesive pearl covers the buttonholes and adds a bit interest. Here are the Copic colors used. I was pleased how well R22, Light Prawn matched the berry sorbet color. Be sure to check out the JustRite website for all the new products!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Take good care and thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Heat It Up! Stamp Simply Challenge

Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply #77 challenge is to pull out those heat guns and heat emboss an image that will create a card conveying SIMPLE ELEGANCE!!! I chose to emboss and repurpose a gold jewelry box, making it perfect for a gift card.
Alternate Emboss: For those of you who may not own a heat gun, you may play using a dry embossed image achieved either by hand embossing or with a folder and Cuttlebug, etc.
Keyword is ssnotime77 - There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload your project at Splitcoast and/or your Blog, anytime. You can play as many times as you like, just remember to use the keyword! The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun! Hope you play along!
For the gold embossed images I used the stamp sets, Polka Dot Basics, and Tags for Spring along with Versamark ink and SU gold embossing powder. Stamp sets, all paper and ribbon is from Papertreyink. I LOVE how the polka dots look on the box bottom! Corner tabs are made with SU word window punch and punched a second time on one end to shorten.
The monogram "s" is a JustRite preinked lower case letter! They are on sale right now for $5.00. That's right, for the entire set! What a deal! Go check it out, I love the crisp, clean letter you get EVERY time!
A quick, simple box, jazzed up with a bit of embossing, makes for a perfect gift card container.
I cannot thank Sharon enough for the opportunity to be the March Guest Designer for her Stamp Simply challenges! What an awesome team with extraordinary talent! Thank YOU, Sharon! Check out these creations from the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these designers: Barb, March Guest Designer (That's ME!) Dee Tammy Janine AJ Jennifer Julie Becky