Sunday, May 31, 2015

ON THE RECEIVING END...

It's birthday time again here in our country & I am absolutely loving the hand stamped cards that are showing up in my mailbox. 

Have I ever said how blessed I am to have a mother & sisters & sisters-in-law who love to create & stamp? I do. I am so lucky. And then I get their creations to enjoy that brings a new inspiration to my own work. 

These cards are so beautiful... 



This one just is so vibrant & fresh & fun like summer! 

Thank-you sister dear!



Saturday, May 30, 2015

MY PAPER PUMPKIN BIRTHDAY BUNDLE...




This birthday bundle paper pumpkin kit has been a fun one! I do say that about most of them though. If you look closely at the balloon strings... and then at the tails coming from the happy birthday sentiment... yes, they are the same stamp! 

What I did:
 1. I cut the card in half & trimmed the striped side down to 3 1/2"x4 1/4" and mounted it on the Island Indigo side & then onto a white card base.

2. I flipped the patterned paper around & stamped the sentiment on the white side. I liked keeping the accents on this card to Island Indigo & white. 

3. I stamped & heat embossed the balloons & tails with white embossing powder. My Island Indigo fine tip marker did a nice job of accenting those balloons. 



Now because there wasn't room for the curl after birthday... I got to make another card...



 Here you can see it that swirl in full glory... 

I heat embossed the happy birthday first with white embossing powder, then repeated with the swirls. I had an easier time lining it up that way. Then a little bermuda bay ink & a sponge to add the definition... and a little larger circle in daffodil delight to frame the white one that came with the kit.... 

I've got some more ideas to show what I've all made with this kit... They will be coming up shortly! (and while you wait... check out this Paper Pumpkin Challenge Blog by clicking on the blog button below...)



But please don't forget... the Paper Pumpkin deal (50% off for the first 2 months!) only last until June 10th
You can sign up for your own kit right HERE!
Be sure to enter this promo code: SAVE50 to get 50% off!

Friday, May 29, 2015

CHALLENGE SPARK! + NEW CATALOGUE PRODUCT!



It's almost the end of May... and only 4 days until you can order from the new catalog! That is worth celebrating!

The CHALLENGE SPARK! for this week is focused on new catalog product. But really,  new product isn't really a challenge by itself. Not in my books anyways. Who finds it a challenge to use something new you just got?!! So I've added the challenge of a single color. That's right. Single color on the card... well, its okay to include a neutral as a second color. Now how is that for a challenge!

Don't forget to check out Grace's blog:  Create It Because You Can & Tara at her blog: Country Girl {Creates} to see what they have created with this theme. We have so much fun & we love it if you share your comments!

I've also used only 1 stamp set for this challenge! (This is sure stretching the limit on single items today... I'll have to create something with everything to make up for it!) Now getting back to the topic: this stamp set is called You've Got This. This stamp set is available in wood-mount ($48) or clear-mount ($34).  It has this beautiful image for coloring in & some fun font sentiments...




This card is super easy. I stamped the flower image in Versa Mark ink then embossed with white embossing powder & cut them out. That cutting out is likely the hardest part...

Then I took another layer of Watermelon Wonder card stock, Watermelon ink pad  (new color!) & a sponge and by dabbing the sponge onto the ink pad & swirling it onto the card stock I added a darker center to the flowers as well as to the card stock layer. This adds an easy depth to single color cards!

And then just before I assembled, I pulled all stops & just rubbed the Versa mark ink pad over the edges of the card stock layer & heat embossed with white embossing powder. This was a little scary because who knows how it will look? It's not easy to control... but I was quite happy with the border it created as well as a more relaxed look.

Enjoy!
Jane



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

BRIGHT & BOLD BUTTERFLIES



I started with a bold black & white background & brayered Melon Mambo from dark fading to light.

I then added melon mambo & basic black butterflies & a few pearls finished the card. Simple is so beautiful, really. 



Now the next card is another variation for you! This time it's Lucky Limeade ink. 

(The lucky limeade ink & the So Happy For You sentiment are no longer available. But that doesn't mean they are  no good... I'm always grateful that stamps & ink do not spoil like the food in my fridge...)


You could use any black & white patterned paper to ink. 
(Mine comes from the March Paper Pumpkin kit... ) 

And if you do not own a brayer you could also use sponges or a spritzer. (A brayer is like a rubber rolling pin... the rubber does a nice smooth job of applying the ink to paper) 

Enjoy!
Jane

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

CHALLENGE SPARK! + BRIDAL


IT'S TIME FOR A CHALLENGE SPARK! AGAIN. This week Grace chose the theme Bridal. I was glad for this chance. Seems like to me that in spring & summer I can never have too many bridal shower, congrats & wedding cards in my stash.

 Please do stop over at Grace's blog:  Create It Because You Can & Tara at her blog: Country Girl {Creates} to see what they have created with this theme. We have so much fun & we love it if you share your comments!




That LOVE stamp? It's from the Paper Pumpkin kit that came in April. I love how the repeated stamping with Whisper White Craft ink on vellum looks! A butterfly in Pink Pirouette, a little doily a strip of dazzling diamonds glimmer paper & it looks so elegant!

Here is another version since I can't make just one style!





You are so very welcome. I knew you wanted more than one design!

And because it's so much fun playing with Paper Pumpkin, I played along again with My Pumpkin Challenge!


Now if you are wishing for your own Paper Pumpkin kit...  and I know you are (because who wouldn't?) you can sign up for your own kit right HERE! You are wishing for it at just the right time... There is a half price deal for your first 2 months for new subscribers!
Be sure to enter this promo code: SAVE50 to get 50% off! This offer is good until June 10th.



And next week I'm showing off some new product from the catalog that comes out on June 2nd!!!

Jane



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SHOWING OFF THE APRIL PAPER PUMPKIN KIT

 



Just loving the bold fun style of these!


I sent the envelopes through the Big Shot to emboss the lower portion before assembling.


I love the ombre look of stamping off. Just keep stamping without re-inking!



this happy birthday sentiment is from the March Paper Pumpkin kit.



DAD on the envelope is stamped with Baked Brown Sugar ink


I had so much fun I didn't do anything different with the kit this time. Most of them I turned into birthday cards. A few Father's day cards. For the ones I need to mail I will just pop them into a standard invitation envelope (4 1/2 x 6").


I also shared it here at My Pumpkin Challenge. Do be sure to click on the link to see what other fabulousness has been created with this kit. These ladies are genius!

And when I was done.... I turned around & used this stamp set for this week's Challenge Spark! blog for Thursday. (This week the challenge is showing on Thursday...) So be sure to come back & see how I used this stamp set to make something very feminine & bridal. 

I won't even apologize for all the Paper Pumpkin that's showing up in this blog. It's so easy. It's so complete. And then you still have the ink & stamps to make more beautiful cards.

And you know what?! You can do it too! Each month this kit comes with instructions, 1 ink or 2, a set of stamps & even a clear block for you in the first kit! 

You can sign up for your own kit right HERE! You are wishing for it at just the right time... There is a half price deal for your first 2 months for new subscribers!

Be sure to enter this promo code: SAVE50 to get 50% off! This offer is good until June 10th.

I'm off to play with my next Paper Pumpkin kit!
Jane



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Friday, May 15, 2015

CHALLENGE SPARK! + OMBRE


I look forward to this CHALLENGE SPARK! blog posting every Friday. 

Tara was the lucky one this week to choose the challenge of ombre. There is something so eye catching about color shades from dark to light. 

Please do stop over at Grace's blog:  Create It Because You Can & Tara at her blog: Country Girl {Creates}. We have so much fun & we love it if you share your comments!

The black patterned paper along with the white quote bubble on the top of the card are from the March 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit.  The original color was black & white. You can see my first card here. And I've used this kit in a Challenge Spark! post before... must be a good one... you can see that one here!



I used a single ink pad & brayered right over the black pattern. Cut out the 'hello' from matching cardstock. I used the retiring 'Baby, We've Grown' stamp set for the BABY. And last but not least the Baby's First Framelits for the li'l ducky. Isn't he ever cute!! 

The inspiration for this card came from my friend who always liked the bright, bold & cheerful for her babies. So, here you friend! 

Colors: (from left to right in the line-up) Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade (long retired, but I'm hanging on) & Blackberry Bliss.



And if you are wishing for your own Paper Pumpkin kit... You can sign up for your own kit right HERE! You are wishing for it at just the right time... There is a half price deal for your first 2 months for new subscribers!

Be sure to enter this promo code: SAVE50 to get 50% off! This offer is good until June 10th.


Wishing you a great long weekend!
Jane

(Psst. Next week's challenge is bridal...) 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PAPER PUMPKIN PROMOTION FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS!

 

Hello!

Are you dreaming of trying Paper Pumpkin? It's a fun little kit that comes with projects & stamps & ink. Every kit comes with picture instructions on how to assemble the cards or projects. The first kit even comes with a clear block so you are set & ready!

Even better they are giving new subscribers (those who have never got it before) 2 kits at 50% off! Isn't that a fabulous deal!

A lot of the time the kit contains cute cards! But there are some neat gift projects that come as well! Check out Paper Pumpkin on Pinterest right here!

You can sign up for your own kit right HERE!

When it opens up in a new tab, choose the subscribe button. It will take you to a page where it says the kit is 24.95 with shipping. There is a place to enter a promo or prepaid code. In this box enter SAVE50. This will ensure you get it for 50% off!

I have a few more details on Paper Pumpkin right here. 

Have a great day!
Jane



Friday, May 8, 2015

CHALLENGE SPARK! + RETIRED PRODUCT


Here we go for another challenge!

I chose this challenge. Which I'm not sure if it really is a challenge to use a stamp set that I love that is no longer going to be for sale. I loved this Baby, We've Grown set. 

And I just noticed this new challenge going & it got me all inspired...



And it didn't take me but a few minutes & I had this card made! #tgifc02 Celebrating fun & easy I am!


And I've used only 1 stamp set! See! Maybe I'll have to use that as a challenge sometime...

Please do stop over at Grace's blog:  Create It Because You Can & Tara at her blog: Country Girl {Creates}. We have so much fun & we love it if you share your comments!

Paper: Lost Lagoon (not retired until next year) Pool Party, Naturals White (retiring) & that kraft & white stripe is the wrapping paper from the Holiday Catalog. You may be able to get it from the Clearance Rack if you hurry.

Ink: Lost Lagoon (not retired until next year) Baked Brown Sugar (retiring & no longer available. Big sad face here) White Chalk Marker

I used the Chalk marker to add the white to the dear li'l bunny. Then my Water Pen & Baked Brown Sugar ink filled in the rest!

Next week we have the challenge of doing ombre! I think it will be a fun one if I can clean the dirt off my fingernails in time to make a card! (It's spring, the beautiful time when it's hard to make time for all the things I love...)

Smiles!
Jane


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

CELEBRATING GIRLFRIENDS!



I used this In This Together stamp set in the Challenge Spark for a seldom used stamp set.  You can see it here. 

Here is another way I like to use this stamp set. It seems a girl can never have too many girly cards on hand. They keep getting sent away!


Colors: Blackberry Bliss & Smoky Slate.

I used my water pen & was pretty careful in the small details but I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

CHALLENGE SPARK! + TROPICAL WITH YELLOW, CORAL & GREEN

Here I am for another round of THE CHALLENGE SPARK! 
Grace chose this challenge of creating something tropical with yellow, coral & green. She nearly threatened to specify which colors... but thankfully she was merciful on that point!
Be sure to hop on over to Grace's blog:  Create It Because You Can.  And do visit Tara at her blog: Country Girl {Creates}. It is so much fun doing this whole challenge thing with these girls!

Here is my card:


Yes, the main image is a retired stamp. But the palm tree? That is the fern stamp from Butterfly Basics! I wished I had a photopolymer stamp that would have worked for the palm trunk... because I could bend it to the shape I wanted... so you will need to use your imagination in that area!

I used my water pen on Watercolor paper to color the background & the image. Just makes me wish I had a beach where I could sit in the sun. I guess I'll use my front step for now!

Colors: Mellow Moss, Calypso Coral, Crisp Canteloupe, Daffodil Delight, Lost Lagoon & Crumb Cake.

Come back next week to see what we have created with something that is due to retire at the end of the month...
Jane