Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fun & Girly Journal

So I tried something new.. I decorated the cover of a notebook! I started looking in the catalogs and blogs for ideas, when some just hit me, so here it is:

Ok, so I pieced it together on a piece of white paper cut to the shape of the cover. All the pieces are from the Sweet & Sour dsp except the green, which is Certainly Celery. My favorite part is the bottom corner. Here's an upclose:

After cutting the background dsp, I stamped flowers from the Build-a-Roo set in Pumpkin Pie. I used the "masking" technique laid out by Lee Conrey. It worked well and looks good. Then I stamped and cut out butterflies and popped out their wings. Of course it wasn't complete without rhinestones and pearls.
Another part I really enjoyed seeing come together was the big bow! This is the best bow I've ever tied! It took a lot of maneuvering, but...

Tah-dah! Also, underneath the bow, the middle section is made of Pumpkin Pie paper with sheet music stamped in Pumpkin Pie, then embossed with the Elegant Lines embossing folder. I thought that would be kind of interesting.
Finally, I made one more little piece of art on my cover:

The piece is Certainly Celery; I stamped a tree in Certainly Celery from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set, then punched out flowers with the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack out of Sweet and Sour dsp. I finished each off with a rhinestone or pearl center!
This was a fun project that only took a few hours (I take a loong time on each project) and turned out quite nicely!

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Elegant, Yet Manly Birthday

So I needed another birthday card for a family member, this time for a guy. I used a sketch from Stampin' Royalty (their site is

I actually heard about this site on Julie's blog, and jumped at the oppurtunity to join another sketch challenge! So here's my card:

I used papers from the Elegant Soiree DSP. The first layer is a Crumb Cake base card (I love this color), followed by Early Espresso bordering the designer paper. The focal image is a 2-1/4" square of Espresso, followed by a 2" Crumb Cake square, then a 1-3/4" circle of designer paper with a 1-7/16" circle of Vanilla with a stamped Happy Birthday in Espresso. The string tied across is actually dark brown hemp twine, tied around a dark brown button. I improvised... Here's the button detail:

What's funny is when I started this blog a few days ago, I was taking pictures with my iPod. That's why they aren't very good. However, my mom has a high quality Canon camera, so I took these pictures and figured out how to get them on my blog. It worked!

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sweet & Sour Birthday

I was looking through older sketch challenges and decided to play around with #203. Here's the sketch:

Again, I had to use the Sweet and Sour specialty papers because they're the only good coordinating papers I have right now.. and they're cute. I also needed to make a birthday card because I'm going to a family reunion, and several family members have birthdays in July! Here's my card:

And here's an upclose of the details (I added pearls!):

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

My First Sketch Challenge

Here's my first attempt at the Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge!
I used this week's Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge:

I used the Sweet & Sour Specialty papers from Stampin' Up, with a Pumpkin Pie base for the card. The stamps are also Stampin' Up, and I couldn't help but put rhinestones in the centers of the flowers :)
I was inspired to try this out by my demonstrator, Julie Beltramo. Her blog is, and it is a great place for ideas and Stampin' Up info.
The Sketch Challenge was created by Kerin and can be found on her blog It is also extremely helpful in finding ideas and sharing them with others!

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