Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mother Nature


Today I had the urge to do something a little bit different with my blog pictures and card.  With the weather so beautiful I decided to enhance my card with a little of mother nature from my garden.

This particular embossing folder from Marianne Design and the Butterfly Die Cut from Cherry Lynn Designs are something that I picked up at  Scrapbook Fest last week.  I was most anxious to get started creating another card with them.  What could be better than another birthday card?

First... I embossed my Marianne Die Cut all in white.  I then took  my light lavender paper and embossed it a second time in lavender. Lastly... I cut around the outside of the  lavender paper center and popped it up with pop dots to help it stand out  from the all white back round. I used the dark purple paper for the boarder and the dark purple also shows off nicely in the cut out area of the embossed center.   I then added a little bit of bling with my Iridescent Ranger Stickles to the butterfly as shown below.  It sparkles oooh sooo pretty in the sunlight!

Since the top picture is a little small I took another picture in my light box to let you
see it with out any leaves surrounding it.

My very best to you today and hope you'll leave me a message before leaving?
I love hearing from you.....


Supplies Used:


Stamps: None!  The Birthday Verse Is Computer Generated
Ink: None
Paper:  Whisper White, Light Lavender, Dark Purple from Michael's
Punches:  Martha Stewart Pine Punch
Embossing Folder:  Marianne Designables DS0908
Die Cut:  Cherry Lynn Design Exotic Butterfly Small #2  DL113, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fancy Tags
Accessories:  Prima Roses, Ranger Iridescent Stickles

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

In Marriage...Or is it an Anniversary?


No ~ this is not a wedding card but an anniversary card. I wanted a little something pretty for my niece's anniversary. So I started with the beautiful heart verse that I've had for some time and hoping to use on a card at some point. I colored the stamp with my Tom Bow ink pens. I then cut it out and popped it up with my stamping dots to add more dimension and used my pretty Marianne Design Die Cut again for the back round. Hoping it looked like a ~ anniversary card?


think the beautiful verse was versatile for either a wedding or an anniversary? Because the verse was so pretty I didn't have to put a computer generated verse inside as I usually would do. Instead I simply stamped "Happy Anniversary" inside. Sometimes less...is more!


Adding pearls to the heart's flowers and iridescent Ranger Stickles to the inside of the flowers that surround the heart, helped add a touch of wedding elegance as a reminder of how weddings feel so feminine and pretty. I also used my Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch and added my own tiny lavender flowers giving it a it a bit more of dimension to a few of the hearts flowers. Lastly, I added the organza flower which added a another look of soft elegance.


Happy to have you stop by today.

Thanks for peeking.

\\\\\!!!!!/////
( @ @ )
--oOOo---(_)----oOOo-

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Hampton Art Stamp
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Black
Punches: Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace
Die Cuts: Marianne Design Leaf & Flowers LR0156
Embossing Folder: Marianne Design Creatables LR0117 (Frame & Flolourishes)
Accessories: Pearls, Ranger Stickles, Organza Flower

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Orlando Scrapbook Expo with Kittie Kraft

This weekend I had the pleasure of a quick get away weekend to Orlando, Fl. to attend the "Scrapbook Expo" in Orlando.  I arrived early on Saturday morning to begin my journey through the rows of booths with many vendors.  But before I did, I made sure to find the 'Rubbernecker Stamping Booth' immediately before the crowds became unbearable.  I was tipped off from my dear friend (Peggy) that Kitte Caracciolo known as "Kittie Kraft" ....just may be there for the show and to demo?  So I set out on my own personal quest to find her.  What could be a better opportunity?




I found the Rubbernecker booth and approaced it hoping Kittie would be there?  Well....SHE WAS!
I managed a few stolen minutes with Kittie to talk and introduce myself in person. Communicating through email is one thing, but meeting in person is sooo.... much nicer!  I have to say Kittie is one of the most genuine and down to earth person I have ever meet.  I was lucky that I was there early and no one was at the booth at that moment which gave me an extraordinary time to be able to talk with her in person.  After it became a bit busy Kittie got to work demonstrating her techniques and using some of her fabulous stamps she shares for sale with Rubbernecker Stamp Co.  It was so much fun watching her create!  Kittie always does such a bang up job! 




I also managed to take  a few minutes of  movies with my digitial camera of Kittie working.  (Maybe, later at some point, I can download it to my website for you to view?)  First I need to practice on downloading it?  Not sure if I'm quite that computer technical to figure it out?  LOL!

YEA!!! I was able to get it uploaded to my blog for you to see Kittie Caracciolo demonstrating her techniques at the stamp show in Orlando.

video

All for now stampers....My weekend was fabulus and I hope yours was as well? I plan on attending a couple more shows this year if all goes well?  Another one in Charlotte, N.C. in August?
Thanks so much for stopping by. 



Monday, May 14, 2012

~ Special Announcemnt ~



It is with sincere pleasure today to
"WELCOME YOU ALL"
to my blog if you've never stopped here before to visit. 

A few weeks back I was contacted by Kim Teasdale from "I Spy Sketches" and she was so sweet to ask if she could use my card and photo (above) for their inspiration sketch for their challenge blog this week.  I'm was tickled and felt extremely honored!  I hope that you will flip back to their blog to play along.  (Just click on the "I Spy Sketches" to return there.)

But first before you do.... I hope you will take a few minutes to peruse through my blog and visit awhile before leaving.  You can also see more of my work at my Splitcoast Stampers Gallery named... from Leanne.   Till then ladies....happy stamping and thanks for stopping. I will be checking in and spying a bit to see who wins the challenge next Friday.  Good luck everyone!

P.S.   I hope you will return here to visit with me again soon?  I loved having you.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Happy Mother's Day...


With Mother's Day right around the corner... it's with great pleasure to show  this one to you.  Doesn't this one look like something a mother would love?  Sadly, I lost my mother many years ago to cancer.  But... Mother's day doesn't pass without special memories that come flooding back of her, and extremely happy times that will be forever etched in my mind.  So... I made this lovely card front in memory of her and hoped to show it off to you. 


 
Since I do love this Anja Marianne Die Cut so much, I tried be creative with the die cut and doubled up with this cut for the bottom rather than just one solid die cut.  It was a bit tricky but I did managed to create the look I was hoping for.  I ran the die cut starting at the right side through my Big Kick and then stopped running it completely through.  I then again, put the die cut where I stopped running it through and ran it again the second time stopping it at the same place.  There is a slight over cut in the center where the two dies meet, but it still looks good.  If I had to do this again....I'm not so sure I'd be that lucky to stop and start my die cut in the exact place again.


I hoped by placing the card on its back it would help you see that it is one solid piece of paper and not two.  I know it may look like it, but it isn't two pieces, trust me.  If it was two pieces it would show at the top where the embossed flourish design is showing very lightly.  I then also ran my "Petals-A-Plenty" embossing folder from Stampin'-Up  to the very top of the paper for more embossed dimension.


To all mother's out there... I know it's not an easy job.  But our children are a gift
from the Lord and an absolute true blessing for each of us. 
I wish each of you mothers a very blessed and...

Happy Mother's Day!!!!



Supplies Used:


Stamps: None

Paper:  Reflections /Light Pink From Michael's, Whisper White, Reflections/Light Green,                   Reflections/ Green and Pink Plaid

Ink: None

Punches: Stampin'-Up Scallop Trim Boarder

Die Cuts:  Marianne Design Leaf and Flowers LR0156, Marianne Desing Creatable's LR0202

Embossing Folder: Stampin'-Up Petals-A-Plenty

Accessories:  Prima Flowers, Lace, Pearls, Recollections Metalic Natural Leaves from Michael's







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