Friday, May 29, 2009
I hope that you will give these sheep a try - they're easy and sooooo much fun. Enjoy!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Now on to my post. Two stamp sets have recently become two of my favorites. Bloomin' Beautiful and Embrace Life are both used for the flowers on this card. Beautiful Borders was used along the left side to add some interest. The bee was printed on WC paper and cut out, I cut around the antenae, but not the legs! LOL Both of these sets are available in the current catalog. The "thank you" is from Short & Sweet, a very economical, but versaitle stamp set. I used Regal Rose and Always Artichoke markers to stamp the flowers and filled in with Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery with my aqua painter. The water washes out some of the lines and gives it a real watercolor look. I love tearing paper and WC paper tears so well and then a simple roll at the top to give dimension. Dampen the corner of the paper before you roll and it's so much easier and dries into a tight roll. The card is Pretty in Pink with Kiwi Kiss as the second layer. Always Artichoke is used for the sentiment. Easy and elegant - Enjoy!
Have a great Memorial Day and see you again soon!
Friday, May 15, 2009
My first project is a 6 x6 scrapbook page. I chose In Color textured papers for the base and a picture of my mom celebrating her 99th birthday - what could fit "Embrace Life." more than her 99 years. I haven't added the journaling yet, but I used our small and large tag punch for future writing. The flowers were stamped on watercolor paper using markers so I could get the two colors and then using my aqua painter I softened the lines and added a little pretty in pink to the petals. The outline is regal rose and again I softened the lines with the aqua brush. For a 6x6 I got in a lot of goodies! Everything used is available in the current Idea Book & Catalog.
My second project is a card and it's actually pretty simple. I did use the Big Shot and the Little Leaves sizzlet, but only two layers of paper, Mellow Moss and Whisper White. I used the leaves stamp from the Embrace Life set to do the background on the whisper white paper. I inked the stamp, stamped it off on scrap paper to lighten the shade. I used shimmery white paper for the flower and watercolored the flower using Pretty in Pink reinker and my aqua brush. I used Rose Red Craft Ink and embossed the flower with clear embossing powder. The leaves and the scallop oval are Always Artichoke. The ticket corner punch was the final touch. I think this is a fun and elegant card, but very easy to make.
My last project is an adorable Top Note Tote decorated with the single flower stamp from "Embrace Life" . I used the Parisian Breeze specialty Designer Series paper (DSP) which is a textured, cover weight card stock . It is double sided like the other DSP papers and compliments Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Kraft papers and embellishments. I used Whisper White for my flowers. Embossed them with Baja Breeze, VersaMark and clear embossing powder. I spritzed them with water, let it soak in and then dry to change the texture of the paper and allow me to curl the edges for dimension. The front and back are the top note die and the box is made with the Sizzix box #2. Normally I would cut off the top and the side flaps, but because of the great paper, I folded the flaps down, put my ribbon on the inside and a rhinestone brad - Square Ice on the outside. I've given pictures of the end with the rhinestone, inside so you can see how the bottom looks inside and the bottom so you see the finished look. This box is awesome - it folds together and uses one small piece of adhesive to hold it together. These make wonderful little gift bags - almost as important to the recipent as the gift inside! LOL Actually they are perfect for a gift card, a small piece of jewelry or the best gift of all a rubber stamp!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
You will find me back up and running on Friday with the Blog Tour! Right now I'm working on those wonderful new projects that will be featured on Friday and Saturday on the tour. Be sure to check the information on the right sidebar and bookmark this page so you can jump on the tour early Friday!
See you in a couple of days - remember you can shop 24/7 on my website www.bevvictory.com. This easy link will take you right to my Stampin' Up! website.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
If you've been keeping up with my blog you know I did a flower pot card for her with die cut flowers, but it's been fondled to the point of no return! Everyone wanted to see it, touch it, pull out the card etc. so I thought she deserved a new one - so here it is. Don't you love this verse? I can't think of anything better than finding that I'm turning into my mother.
Wow surprised you didn't I? You weren't expecting watercolor roses were you? LOL Yes, one more flower pot card and more watercolored roses and flowers from the Fifth Avenue Floral set (pg. 106 - $24.95). Ok, I am obsessed with this stamp set and this technique. I tried another color for the embossing - black this time - and I like it. Hope you do to!
Hope your day is blessed and look forward to seeing you tomorrow! I promise it won't be a rose really, I promise!
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
I had so much fun today - my friend Konnie came over and we stamped and talked and stamped some more. We haven't had a chance to do this for several weeks and so it was nice to get out our stuff and just work - bouncing ideas off of each other and sharing our lives as we worked on our own projects. I am preparing for the blog tour May 15th & 16th (see side bar for more information) and so obviously I can't show those projects until next week - so Konnie let me photograph one of the cards she did and it is my feature card for today! Interestingly she was using Organic Grace (a hostess set from the Fall Winter Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalog - one I couldn't wait to get and haven't used at all. I hate when I do that, but I think her cards inspired me to get out my set and use it! I love how she did the dragonflies.
Don't know if you're keeping track, but so far I'm keeping up with my daily goal. Keep me honest!
Stamp with a friend and find new inspiration - see you tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Now it's your turn - take this layout/sketch and make a card of your own. You know you pick all the colors, stamps etc. - Make it your own and most of all have fun!
See you tomorrow.
But now, I'm happy to say that I will be a part of the newest tour. As they say April Showers bring May flowers, but if you join us on May 15th and 16th, you'll see more than lovely blooms! Pack your bags 'cause you're going on a trip! Take a tour of 20 beautiful blogs, and you will see creations that will amaze and delight you. But it's only a two-day trip! It begins at 8:00 a.m. EDT on May 15th and ends May 16th at midnight!
Some of you know that May 15 is my birthday - but for those of you who don't - let me tell you that this is the best birthday gift ever! I am honored that I've been invited to be a part of this tour and hope that you will check it out on the 15th and 16th. Stay tuned for more details.
Monday, May 04, 2009
I can't believe it's already here. I love May - the flowers, the warm days and my birthday! What's not to love about that?
My goal for May was (you note I say was) to blog every day - that means not just saying hello, but having a new card, technique, project etc. and posting it before I went to bed - well, it's barely still May 4 and this is my first post of the month! So, I guess my goal is to blog everyday for the rest of May - lol! Hold me to it and we'll see if I really get it done - I'll do my best!
It's not that I haven't been stamping - I've been stamping like a fool - trying all sorts of new techniques, but I just have lots of little bits and pieces. Then today I actually began to put some of them together and have two cards to post. The first one really is made from some of the bits - I've been experimenting with watercoloring using reinkers, watercolor crayons, markers and different types of paper. The flowers on this first card is done with watercolor crayons and reinkers on watercolor paper. I then cut the flower out so it becomes more dimensional. You'll see more of the variations as the month progresses.
This second card was cased from one we did at Sally Upton's club a number of months ago. I pulled it out of my favorite samples. The orginal used the wide chocolate chip ribbon and had a big knot so I decided Ineeded to change it up for mailing . I chose a layering paper from Parisian Breeze - the dark brown side to make up for the lack of the rubons we originally used, but as I started to add the ribbon and saw the polka dot side of the paper I quicklly flipped it over and changed the entire look. Here is the one I made today on the left and the original that I cased on the right. so you can see how easy it is to take a great idea and change it into your own design. Sometimes a sample is so perfect you don 't want to change a thing, but most of the time you will find that just like me today I didn't have all of the same embellishments and so changes were made and the end result is a totally different card.