Happy Heart Day

Today I'm sharing another attempt at a manly/boyish card. This time it's for Valentines day or maybe even an anniversary.

I kept away from having a mushy mushy greeting and created my "Happy <3 Day" with the "Crazy About You" Bundle. I love how this bundle coordinates!

I pulled my colour combo from the Specialty DSP: Birthday Bash. Tangerine Tango (which I just discovered is actually Tangelo Twist in the DSP), Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White and Gold, which you can see in the heart punch out.

My background is created with the Sale-A-Bration specialty DSP: Irresistibly Yours. I spritzed it with a Night of Navy ink and rubbing alcohol mixture.

To finish my card off I added some random gold hearts that were punched out with the Confetti Hearts Border Punch.

Have a great day and happy creating as always!

Celebrate Today... Again!

... and the balloon is back!!! Lol, I'm sorry but I've had a lot of fun creating with this bundle.

Today's card is one I created for a birthday stamp-a-stack a while back. For this SAS, I tried to design for gender and age. ie: woman, man, girl and boy... This was my manly card design. I find manly cards a challenge but I think this works.

I pulled my colour combo of Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango and Gold from the specialty DSP: Birthday Bash. Love this DSP, I just wish there was more of the specialty sheets!

I created my Crushed Curry background by stamping "Celebrate" in Crushed Curry ink.

I know that men don't usually care for 'bling'y stuff, but a birthday card just isn't allowed to be plain ;) so I added some gold cardstock accents and gold ink. I think gold bling on a man's card is acceptable... What do yo think?

Thanks for stopping in! Happy Creating!

Stamp Review Crew: Wondrous Wreath!

Hello and welcome to the 3rd monday of the month! Which means.... Blog hop time with the Stamp Review Crew! This week you'll hop through our blogs featuring projects we made with the Wondrous Wreath stamp set!

At first I wasn't really sure on what I was going to create... I thought about doing Christmas... but I'm all Christmas'd out. I thought about doing a Valentine wreath... but It's after Valentine's Day... So I challenged myself to do something springy, and... not a wreath. 

So... what do you think?
It's a pretty clean and simple card, I'll admit, but I think it's simplicity adds to it's charm.

I used Cantaloupe Crisp, So Saffron, Pistachio Pudding and Soft Suede Ink. I added the flower stems in with my Pistachio Pudding marker.

Do you like my greeting? Did you know that it's all from the stamp set!?! It took a bit of some fancy masking, but I was able to extract this greeting from the greetings provided in the stamp set!

To finish my card off, I added pearls to my flowers and tied it off with some Pistachio Pudding, Thick Baker's Twine. 

Thanks for stopping in and enjoy the rest of your hop. Next up is the talented Deb Currier or if you're hopping the other way the talented Heidi Baks.

Valentine School Treats

Happy Valentines Day! Well... day before Valentines... But if your like me and have school age children, then you probably sent your kids off to school today with their valentine treats in tow.

Today I'm sharing what I made for my son's class.

A while back a friend of mine came over for a stamp date and she brought along her stamp set: Hey Valentine! She was gracious enough to allow me to stamp out a whole bunch of the cute little bird images to make my son's valentines.

I wanted my son's treats to be gender neutral, so I kept to good, old, traditional red.
I coloured Mr. Birdie in with the Smokey Slate blendabilities, his heart: Cherry Cobbler blendabilities, his boots: Daffodil Delight blendabilities (the light shade), his beak: Pumpkin Pie blendabilities (the light shade), and the hearts on the back: Cherry Cobbler blendabilities (the light shade)
I cut the pennant image out by hand and then matted it with the pennant framelit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.

To attach them to my 1" X 8" treat bags, I cut a slit in the center of the pennant. I then fed the treat bag through the slit and tied it shut with Basic Grey Baker's Twine.

Thankfully I started early and had all 25 of them ready to go this morning, and without rushing at the last minute. My son liked them and I hope all the kids did too.

Thanks for stopping in and Happy Creating!

Mini Treat Bag

So... I'm starting to wonder if you're getting sick of seeing this balloon on my blog? I know I've been using it a lot... I'm sorry, well... not really! Lol! It's just so fun and versatile to create with!

Today's treat bag was created using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the Celebrate Today Bundle. I think I'm addicted to framelits and thinlits. Forget fussy cutting ;)

The bag, the banner, the stars and the "for you" is from the Mini Treat Bag thinlits. The balloon, the balloon dots, the balloon string and the "Happy Birthday" are from the Celebrate Today bundle.

I used Smokey Slate (cs & ink), Basic Grey (ink), Pool Party (cs), Pink Pirouette (cs) and Whisper White (ink) for my colour combo. I love how you can pair any colour up with grey and it just POPS!

Thanks for stopping in. Happy Creating!

Crazy About You!

Have you seen the new Butterfly dies in the Occasions catalogue? They are intricately beautiful!

I didn't think I needed them but after a friend brought hers over to play with... well, you know how it goes!

Today's card uses the smaller of the 2 detailed butterflies.

I paired my butterfly up with the "Crazy About You Bundle". I absolutely love how the fancy, scripty, die cut words have coordinating stamp words to make up a variety of sayings and greetings.

My DSP heart is actually the Sale-a-bration, Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP. This DSP is white with clear embossing patterns on it, allowing you to colour it as you like. I decided to stamp the leaf image from the "Crazy About You" stamp set on to the leaf pattern DSP.  I  really like the effect it created.

Thanks for stopping in and happy creating!

Stamp Review Crew: Celebrate Today!

Hello and welcome to the 1st monday of the month! Which means.... Blog hop time with the Stamp Review Crew! This week you'll hop through our blogs featuring projects we made with the Celebrate Today stamp set!

I kind of giggled when I saw what stamp set we were using... I've been creating like crazy with this stamp set... so I already have a bunch of samples to share. But in good ol' Martha fashion, I couldn't just keep it simple and share one of those... Nooo... I had to create something new.

Ever since I got the Celebrate Today Bundle, I have wanted to try and make a 3D hot air balloon... So what better time then for the Stamp Review Crew!

Here it is! My Hot Air Balloon, the one and ONLY one I'll ever make! It's cute and everything, but I'll be honest, It was a pain in the butt to create!

First off, it uses 30 balloon cut outs. Yes you read that right: THIRTY... Yikes! That is approximately a sheet and half of DSP. 
I folded each balloon in half and glued them all together with tombow.

Once I got them all glued together, I closed up the balloon by glueing the first one and last one together. To help keep it's shape, I used one of the straws from the June Paper Pumpkin Kit and inserted it down the centre of the balloon and trimmed.

The next problem I had to solve was how to hang a basket from it... So, I took two pieces of twine and criss-crossed them across the top of my balloon and brought them down between the flaps.

To keep them in place, nice and taut, I placed a little dot of Tombow in the crease at the bottom of the balloon. I pulled the linen Thread taut and let it dry.

After the thread dried in place, I took a little bit of fabric stiffener and coated the remaining thread. I wanted my basket to hang straight and not all loosey goosey... So I hung it and let it dry. This allowed my thread to stiffen and hang straight.

Once it was dry I trimmed each thread to the same length and glued them to the corners of my VERY tiny box. It's approx. 1/2" x 1/2" x 5/8". Now I don't usually stray from the standard paper crafting adhesives but for this project it was necessary! I used super glue: a suggestion from my hubby... I thought he was crazy but it worked perfectly! 

In fact... It worked like a charm for putting on the banners and bows. Once I had them where I wanted them, I was able to space out my balloon flaps and keep them in place with a little dab of super glue to the back of the banners.

You're probably thinking that I haven't really used the stamp set, but I have! I stamped the banners, bows and the bottom half of the baskets. I like stamping colour on colour. It blends nicely and hides if you didn't get your die lined up quite right ;)

Once everything was stuck on, I embellished my balloon with pearls for some added details!

So there you have it: A 3D hot air balloon created with the Celebrate Today Bundle. Thanks for stopping in. I hope it inspires you to try new things with your stamps. Next up is the talented Yapha.... or if your hopping the other way, the talented Rochelle