Thursday, February 28, 2008

Hippo Better get Better

I made this get well card for a teenager that has just finished up 2 years of cancer treatments. She now has a flu virus and ear infection from her immune system being low. I am hoping this cheers her up. Her Mom and I are on a group together for stamping. I sure hope her daughter likes this. It is also another card for Chrissy's Belli Challenge, if you haven't checked it out already check out Chrissy's blog and take the challenge. Link your card to her blog and have a chance to win a prize.
Supplies Needed:

Silver Card stock- I didn't have any gray but this turned out so shinny and cute with the silver I am glad I used it.
White and Pretty in Pink and scraps of black card stock
Mauve Mist and Basic Black Ink Pads
Sizzix Bookplates die cut also done in the silver
Two pink eyelets
1" circle punch
1/2" circle punch
1/4" circle punch
word punch
large oval punch cut two
corner rounder with tab on sides removed

Stamp main card in Mauve mist with a small background stamp. Mine has mini butterflies on it.
Stamp Pretty in Pink card stock with stamp and ink. These are cut at 2 1/8 square for behind the hippo and one is cut at 4 1/4" x 1 3/8"
Cut 2 1/4 square of silver for behind the hippo.
Cut a 1" x 4 1/4" strip of silver and use your corner rounder to make the scallops on the side. Mount this on the main card and then the larger pink piece near that leaving a little of the scalloped edge showing.
On WW stamp your word Better get Better and cut out place your bookplate over this and put in eyelets. Add glue dots and stick to card in lower right hand corner.
Make your Hippo by following the sample. Pop dot him to the pink stamped card stock piece and then to the silver and mount to the main card just off of the Pink strip.

Hope you enjoyed today's project.
Angel Hugs

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Chrissy's Punch Belli Challenge

Chrissy is doing another Belli Challenge and this week it is Punches. There is so many punches and so many uses for them. She made the Punchy Leprechaun for her sample to share today. I so loved making him see post here for the Leprechaun. And check out yesterday's post for more bunny punchy projects. I am also having a challenge going on that post.
So for the challenge I made my own Egg shape and made another bunny for the egg. This bunny is holding a heart in his paws. I will share the pattern for the egg I drew also, so you can make your own card.

Supplies needed:
White, Pretty in Pink, Black Card stock
Designer Paper
Saying stamp
White Gel Pen
Black marker for making the little marking coming down for his mouth.
Black Ink Pad

Punches needed:
Large Oval and Small Oval (SU)
1" circle
1/4" circle
1 3/4" heart shaped
1/2 circle, cut in half for paws

Cut card stock at in half so you have a piece of 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 fold in half. Place egg pattern on fold slightly over the left hand side so the egg will open when cut. You can make this part about 1 1/2" long for the fold. Trace around and cut out. Add designer paper approx. the size of the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 by gluing on, turn over and trim out. Set aside while you make the bunny.


Punch out of white 2 large ovals, 1 - 1/2" circle and 1-1" circle for ears, head and paws
Punch out 2- small ovals and 1 - 1/4" circle in Pink for ears and nose
Punch out 2 - 1/4" circles in black for eyes
And finally punch out 1 - 1 3/4" heart in Pink
Follow sample when putting him together, put a few pop-dots on the back so he will stand out from the card.

Stamp Happy Easter in Black on White card stock and layer on Pretty in Pink. Add to card on the bottom center. Next add your pop-dotted bunny so he is centered over the top of the Happy Easter.
Thanks for stopping bye and I really hope you take on my challenge below and Chrissy's challenge today. Soon you will be already for your Easter. Remember Easter is early this year March 23rd. So get creating.
Angel Hugs

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Easter Egg Baskets Challenge

I have a real treat for you today. I found these while searching the net looking for a basket to make for a Easter project. I found this and fell in love! What a cute and easy idea. The pattern is on the site. I will share the site in a few seconds here. But, if your wanting to get things going for Easter this is the real treat to make.
If you are demo for stamping and doing stamp camps this project is so easy and quick to to. Or if you making something cute for your table or say a place setting for guest this is really cute. I am going to challenge all my readers to make a basket and share it. You can share by posting on your own blog and linking it here or by loading to SCS and giving a link here in the comments area of this message only. When posting to SCS put in EBC1 in the keywords.

I also have another treat in store for you. I made a bunny to go on my basket made out of SU Punches. And yes you can do this he is real easy to do and turns out so darn cute. So dig out those punches and card stock and lets play.

Ok starting with the Egg Basket you will need Heavy Designer Paper or Card stock.

Now you can't print this pattern from the website and get the correct size so download to your computer and when you print it out do it in landscape. Then you will get the correct size for making this Easter Egg Basket. With that said go to Art 4 Crafts and get the pattern downloaded and printed out. Trace and cut out your pattern. Putting the basket together is pretty self explanatory. Then I did a strip about 3/4 inch wide and about 10 inches long for the handle made out of the same print. Set aside and dig out supplies for the bunny.

Punched Bunny Supplies Needed:

1 3/4" Round Punch

1/2" circle punch

1/4" circle punch

Large and small Oval Punches

White Gel Pen to highlight eyes and nose

Card stock of color choices, I used Choc. Chip, Pretty in Pink, Black, White and craft.

Marker to make dots for Whiskers

Pop dot cut in half.

Punch out 1 3/4" out of Choc. Chip

Punch out 2 of the Large Oval in Choc. Chip for ears

Punch out 2 of the Small Oval in Pretty in Pink for ears

Punch out 2-- 1/2 circles in craft for cheeks

Punch out 2--1/4" black for eyes and one in Pretty in Pink for nose

With a tiny piece of white card stock cut two small pieces for teeth.

Follow my sample for placement. Then bend one ear down, use a small piece of pop dot for hold his ear down and give him some dimension. With marker add little dots to his cheeks for whiskers.
Add highlights with gel pen to eyes and nose. Let dry a bit so it don't smear. With pop dots add to basket. Now my ribbon refused to stay on when I put him on the basket so try some crystal effects and maybe it will stay. I need to do that to my basket yet. Or he really looks just fine without the ribbon.
Hope you enjoyed and I will be looking for all your baskets.
Angel Hugs

Monday, February 25, 2008

Blue bird Birthday

I made a really simple sketch for tomorrows challenge on the groups I am on. My drawing needs a little to be desired. But I tried anyway.

Supplies needed:
Whisper White, Night of Navy Card stock
Night of Navy Ink Pad
Stamp set of Choice.
Itty Bitty Background stamp set for background
Scalloped punch
sm. corner punch

Cut card stock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 will end up being 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 when folded
Stamp with NON Ink and dotted background stamp on this. Kind of looks like the dotted Swiss material don't it?
Next with WW cut a piece that measures 2 3/4 x 5 1/2, Stamp Happy Birthday on the Right side centered. I know mine is off but I tired. With a small corner rounder take off the little case around it and start punching your scallop all the way across the bottom.
Cut NON card stock at 3 x 5 1/2, mount this to the main dotted card.
Layer the white scalloped piece on the NON.
Stamp your image on a circle to go inside your scalloped circle, with image of choice and color in.
Punch out of NON card stock the scalloped circle. Layer your stamped image on this and then onto the card.
This card is so simple to make and I think it looks pretty good for being a simple design.
Hope you enjoyed today's project.
Angel Hugs

P.S. Stay tune to tomorrow for a really neat Easter basket.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Script Heart

This is Julee's Sketch Challenge for the week on her blog. Check it out. She does awesome work.
I know this is the same image as yesterday but it worked so well for this sketch I think.
Supplies Needed

Pixie Pink, Glossy White, Black Card stock
Black Ink, Garden Green Ink, Pixie Pink Ink
Cuttlebug embossing folder called Swirls
Designer Paper retired from SU
Markers and Blender Pen
Pretty simple just follow the sketch.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Post it Notes!

I got this idea from my friend Chrissy, you can see hers on her blog. I love having my post it notes handy and also decorated cute for my purse or computer stand. These make cute quick gifts when needed.

These turn out so cute and are quick and easy to make. Think I will be making more of these.

Supplies Needed:

Post it Notes

Card stock cut to 8"x 3 3/4" then layered how you wish.

Scored at 3 3/4" x 4 1/4"

Ribbon cut to the size you can make a bow with that is easy workable for you.

I used the stamp set which is retired but still beautiful Script Heart. The heart in this stamp set is so pretty and elegant.

I colored my image in with blender pens and markers. The roses are really the same color as the card stock but it isn't showing that way. Did I ever mention I don't like my scanner?

On the Burgundy Card stock I used versamark and added a smaller heart that is in the set to add tone on tone to the base of the holder.

I added my ribbon by using small zots clear adhesive dots. They are really tiny and work well with narrow ribbon.

I scribbled marker colors of choice on a piece of acetate and took my blender pen, picked up color and colored in my images. This was stamped on Glossy White Card stock. Then when it was all colored in I trimmed around the heart with my scissors and added several pop dots to the back and centered in the middle of the post it holder.

Add your post it notes to the inside, tie the ribbon in a bow and your done.

How cute and useful is that!

Angel Hugs

Friday, February 22, 2008

Anniversary Wishes

Anniversary wishes are for a great set of friends we have who are celebrating 24 years of marriage. Yeah! Congrats on the many years Mark and Lu and hope you have many more happy years together.
Supplies Needed:

Heaven Scent, Flower Garden Stamp sets

Garden Green, Black and White Glossy CS

Black Ink Pad and White Craft Ink

Chalks and blender pen to color in

Black Organdy Ribbon

I first cut the Garden Green card stock at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded in half, then took my dotted background stamp and stamp with white craft ink to make it look like baby's breathe on the green.

Next I cut White Glossy cs at 3 1/2 x4 3/4 and one at 2 x 3 1/8, stamped on the large piece with Roses in Black ink, colored in with chalks and blender pen. Mounted this on black cs cut 1/4 inch larger to give a highlighted edge on it. Then stamped the single rose on a stamp in black and colored in with black ink and mounted this to black like the first part. 1/4 inch larger for a highlighted edge. Really makes it stand out.

Then I added my black ribbon to the larger piece, tied a bow put a small adhesive dot behind the knot so hold in place. Mounted this to the green base card and then mounted the smaller one to that.

I think it turned out rather well and really hope our friend enjoy their Anniversary card.

Thanks for stopping by

Angel hugs

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Pearl Ex Birthday

I got another Birthday card in the mail today and had to share. I think this is so pretty and it came from my friend in TX, Sharron Wood. Thanks Sharron for thinking of me.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Honey Bunny

Another sketch challenge. I think this one is one of PoeticArtistry's sketches but not positive. If not someone please correct me so I can give proper credit.
I changed some of the sketch as I didn't have any oval scalloped punches. So I did my own thing.
Once again my scanner has a mind of it's own when it comes to the colors it shows. Real color combo is below.
Supplies needed:
Whisper White, Pixie Pink cs
Designer Paper, don't remember the name of this one it is retired.
A New Little Someone (retired SU)
Retired background stamp
Pop Dots
Word Punch
With WW cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, and one at 2 x 5 1/4
Designer Paper is cut at 1 3/4 x 5 1/4
Pixie Pink is cut at 5 1/4 x 4
Punch two word punch pieces out of WW

Stamp bunny on WW and color in with chalks or desired coloring method. Cut out and add pop dots to back.
Stamp Pixie Pink with Versamark and little background stamp of choice.
Fold word punch pieces in half and add to card as shown. Add brads.
Mount the PP on the WW main card.
Layer the designer paper on the smaller WW piece and layer onto PP in the center.
Add bunny, by removing pop dots.
And your card is finished. Really fun and easy to do and so bright, it can be used as a Birthday Card for a child, Baby Announcement, Easter Card or Baby Card.
Hope you enjoy today's project.
Angel Hugs

Monday, February 18, 2008

Punchy Leprechaun

On SCS I seen a card I had to make. My Mom is full blooded Irish and I had to make this card for her. Wish I would of had a smaller circle punch for his nose but he looks ok. Anyway, Emmy, sent me this link to get the directions for the Leprechaun, she had also made one and shared on SCS. Jodie Vasbinder, is the creator of this Leprechaun and did a wonderful job. While you are checking out the directions for this card take a look at Jodie's other creations.

He was so much fun to make. I have been in a slump lately and not been stamping and when I seen this little guy I just had to give it a shot. So thanks Emmy and Jodie for bringing me out of my slump. So what do you all think of my Leprechaun?
Luck of the Irish to you.
Angel Hugs

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Birthday Cards I got

My Birthday was Feb. 16th. and thought I would share a couple of cards I got from friends.
First card is from Ms. Holly . Thank you Holly for the beautiful card. Check out Holly's blog when you get a chance.

Next is from my friend Chrissy she also sent me a beautiful card. I was so lucky to get so many pretty cards. Be sure and check out Chrissy's blog to when you get the chance. Thanks for the card Chrissy.

This is a card from Shelly another friend of mine. Aren't all these cards so pretty?
Thanks Shelly.

I also got a great card from my best friend in the cities LuJean and Mark. I have to scan that one yet. But, they have Alan Jackson on the front. He is my favorite singer. Love that card also.

I got some goodies too, my best friend got me the Big Bite Crop-a-dile and a angel stamp plus some scrap booking supplies. DH and kids got me some Nestabilities the Rectangular ones. And dd that works at the DQ got me a yummy DQ Cake.

Hope you all enjoy my cards.

Angel hugs

Friday, February 15, 2008

Shadow Box Valentine

I made this shadow box card for Lori for a Valentine Swap I was in on MNstampers group. I had forgotten to take photo's of the card before sending to Lori, but she was kind enough to share the photo with me so I could post to my blog and show you all just how easy Dawn's tutorial is.
Hope you enjoy, directions are in Dawn's tutorial below.

Stamp set used is retired SU but still love it as it has angels in it. This set is called Wings of Love.


Angel Hugs

Shadow Box Tutorial by Dawn

I know many of you go to Dawn's blog, she is such an excellent stamper. And has some of the greatest tutorials. Well here is one of her tutorials. Next I will share a card I made from this tutorial. This is the card I sent to Lori a few days ago, she remembered to scan it for me so I could add to my blog. Can't believe I forgot to take photo's of it before I sent it off. Anyway, enjoy the tutorial and thanks Dawn for letting me share. Dawn also has many more tutorials you may want to check out.

Angel Hugs

What color Rose are you?

This was fun. Check it out and see what kind of Rose you are.

You Are a Light Pink Rose

You represent sweetness and grace.

Your vibe: Kind and gentle

Falling in love with you: is like falling in love with a best friend

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Minnesota Poem

My BIL sent this to me and I thought it describes MN winters so well. LOL, hope you enjoy it as much as I did. This would work on some of those snowy pages no matter what state you are in that gets snow and freezing temps. I am saving this to go into one of my scrapbooks. Thinking one of the kids making a snowman maybe or snow angels.

It's winter in Minnesota
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At twenty-five below.
Oh, how I love Minnesota
When the snow's up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut.
Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I'll hang around
I could never leave Minnesota
'Cause I'm frozen to the ground!

Just had to share that, hope all you enjoyed my BIL's sense of humor!
Angel Hugs

I got an Award!!

Karen gave me the E is for Excellent Award. How cool is that my first award! Thanks Karen never expected this at all. So my job is to award someone else in blogger land. So here is who I am passing the Excellent Award to.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentine's Card TOTM Swap

Sorry everyone that visits, the migraine are still hanging in there. I know it is the weather we have been having in MN. Anyone else get migraines? Or an major headaches like that? I have 5 different kinds that I have been diagnosed with and none of them are any fun.
Anyway, I did get one card done but forgot to scan it in to share so will ask Lori when she gets it to get a photo so I can share it. . I belong to a group of MN stampers and we had a Theme of the month swap. I got a card from Lori and will that with you today. Lori did a great job. Thanks Lori Auge-O'Hara for the beautiful Valentine's card.
Angel Hugs

Monday, February 11, 2008

Crop-a-dile Big Bite

Besides being sick all weekend with a migraine, my nephew had emergancy surgery for his appendix. So needless to say my blog was ignored because we was both sick.
My best friend sent me up my B'day present early. Her dh was coming through town so she sent it with him for me to enjoy early. Haven't been able to play with it much beings I have been sick with the migraine but wanted to share what I got. Here is a video telling you what it is and how to use it.
I wanted one of these so bad cause I also do scrapbooks, but they will also work for altered work. It can punch through almost anything just like the original crop-a-dile. Last year my oldest son got me the original crop-a-dile and I love it. How lucky can one person get to have both now.

Thanks LuJean for the wonderful present!
Angel Hugs

Friday, February 8, 2008

Blue & White Dahlia

My best friend in the cities wanted a Dahlia card. So today I sat down and made her one in blues as her favorite color is blue. Didn't have any pretty gemstone brads in blue so used a big silver brad which worked well with this one.
For supplies you need:

Designer paper of choice

Scalloped punch

Whisper White, Not Quiet Navy card stock

Little background stamp ( mine is little tiny butterflies) Retired SU

Not Quiet Navy Ink

Here once again is the directions for the Dahlia. These are so fun and easy to make. First one or two takes sometime until you get the folding technique down but other than that they go quickly.

Same directions as my Sassy Dahlia.

Hope you enjoy

Angel Hugs

Thursday, February 7, 2008

See it with the Heart

This is another SCS Sketch Challenge it is SC162. I got some designer 8.5x11 sheets from a friend who didn't want them anymore so I put one of those sheets to use. The stamp set I got a long time ago and decided it needed to be used again. Seemed perfect for this paper.
This one I used the following:
Stamp set: See with the Heart
CS: Whisper White, Brilliant Blue
Designer Paper Unknown where from
Ink Pad: Basic Black

Cut the WW cs at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 fold in half to make card
Cut BB at 2 1/2 x 4 and a long strip at 1 1/2x 5 1/2
Designer Paper is cut at 2 1/4 x 3 3/4 and the long strip is 1 x 5 1/2 Layer these pieces together and put on WW main card as shown in sample.
Cut BB at3 x 3 1/4 and one WW at 2 1/2 x 2 3/4 Stamp image on WW, color in and mount to BB. Mount this to the card as shown in the sample.
Really quick and easy card to make.
Thanks for stopping by
Angel Hugs

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Birds of Spring

I seen Beate's Sketch Challenge for the weekend and am really into the long card lately so I had to try it. I think it turned out rather well, even though things look crocked on it they are not. Just my scanner playing games on me. Also my friend Chrissy is having a challenge on her blog. So I combined the both of them in this card. So please check them both out.
Today was a beautiful day in Central MN, so this was the perfect day for making this card. I hope you like it as well as I do.
Supplies needed:
Bashful Blue cut at 8x9 and one cut at 1 1/2 x 6 1/4
Brilliant Blue cut at 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 and one cut at 1 3/4 x 6 1/2
Plaid Paper was cut at 2 1/4 x 8 1/4
Both SU Oval Punches punch one in Bashful Blue and one in Brilliant Blue
Brilliant Blue Ribbon
3 SU Bashful Blue Buttons
Any background stamp
Bashful Blue Ink Pad
Scalloped Square Punch
Glossy White Card Stock
Markers and Blender Pens
Seasonal Birds Stamp Set (Retired)

I stamped the main card 8 x 9 with a little butterfly background stamp in the Bashful Blue ink. Layered my plaid on my largest piece of Brilliant Blue.
Punched out my 3 glossy white scalloped squares and stamped them with the Seasonal Birds stamp set in Black. Colored them in using blender pens and markers.
Layered them on my Bashful Blue piece that is 1 1/2 x 6 1/4. Leave an area on the bottom for adding ribbon. Add your ribbon on the bottom of the piece. I used some glue to hold it in place on the back so it was easier to tie. On the ribbon after I got my knot tied I weaved on the oval punches with the saying on it to the ribbon. Then finished my bow.
Now with the Brilliant Blue piece that is 1 3/4 x 6 1/2. Add to the main card. Add buttons and your done.
With the larger Brilliant Blue piece add the plaid paper. Layer this one the main card. Then layer the Imaged piece on the card follow the sketch. Then add your buttons.
And your card is done.
Hope you enjoy the card and sketch for today I know I sure did.
Angel Hugs

Monday, February 4, 2008

Spring has Sprung

How about another long card. These fit in the business envelope. I get kind of sick of always doing the same sized cards. I like something different once in awhile.
So for today's project you will need the following:
Seasonal Birds Stamp set (Retired)
Piece of designed paper this one is cut at 2 1/2 x 9"
Pixie Pink, Old Olive & Whisper White Card stock
Pixie Pink cut at 8 x 9"
Old Olive cut at 3 x 9"
Old Olive cut at 2 1/4 x 2 1/4"
Corner rounder Punch
Scalloped Circle Punch
Basic Black Ink
Pastels for coloring
Mauve Mist Ribbon (Retired)
Craft White Ink
Dot background stamp The sketch is one of Maria Bell's. It is an older one so not sure it is on her blog anymore but here is the link to her blog.
Fold the PP in half so it measures 4x9, stamp with the dots background stamp in White Craft Ink.
With the Old Olive piece 3x9, take the corner rounder, take off the guide and punch the edge of the card stock along the long end. This will give the scallops.
Lay your printed paper on this.
Cut little cuts in the Old Olive 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 piece for the ribbon to go through. Weave your ribbon through the cuts and tape down. Add this to the card.
With the WW scalloped Circle piece stamp image, color in and mount to the 2 1/4x 2 1/4 piece.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

More Tea bag folding

I tried another card with the tea bag folding. This one is called the kite fold. I also printed off the tag bag paper from the website. You can find the directions here for the kite fold. The pattern paper I used is here.
I used the same sketch I did for the other tea bag folding. Really like this sketch.
Supplies used on this one is"
Pink Glossy card stock
Pretty in Pink card stock
Basic Black card stock
Printed tea bag folding paper
Black Grossgrain Ribbon
Big Silver Eyelet
Directions are the same as the other tea bag folding card I did.
Hope you like my card.
Angels Hugs

Friday, February 1, 2008

SCS161 with Tea bag folding

I seen the sketch on SCS on Wed. and just had to do it. I had the picture in my head right away of what I wanted to do. I love the sketch challenges.
Here is my creation with the sketch.
Real Red, Basic Black CS
Cerise Designer Paper
Black Grossgrain Ribbon 1/4"
Red Gemstone Brad
Very Vanilla Craft Ink
Itty Bitty Background Stamp the dots one
1" circle punch

Main card done in Real Red it is 4 1/4x5 1/2
Stamped this with the Very Vanilla and the dots from Itty Bitty Background.
Cut Real Red strip at 1 1/2"x 5 1/2" also stamped that the same way as the main card. Then the Basic Black 1/4" bigger and attached the Real Red strip to the black. Set aside.
Cut Cerise DP at 4 14/16th x 5 1/2 Cut the Basic Black at 5x3 12/16th. Layer the Cerise DP to the Black and add to main card centering.
Wrap 1/4" wide ribbon to the narrow strip, tie on right hand side.
Next punch out 8 - 1" circles for the tea bag folded Dahlia. Again step by step directions for this is here. Once competed start adding your Dahlia to the left hand side if your card on the narrow strip. Poke a hole in the center of the Dahlia and added the Gemstone Brad. Attach the strip to the center of the card.
Just that simple. And it turns out so pretty.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed the project for today.
Angel Hugs