Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dontcha just love .....

Bunting .... or as they are sometimes know as those cute little flags that hang in the for parties and the circus and the used car lot ....

I have whipped up a few cards using bunting ... well okay, my interpretation of bunting as of this minute ... after all, I am bound to change my interpretation on a whim!

 These are very very easy cards to make ... and very inexpensive as well.  I have stuck to a basic design, and used paper scraps to make the little flags.  I then topped off each card with a bit of ribbon and stamped a sentiment.

See those little yellow ink splatters?  those are no accident.  I used the stamp that comes with the very first Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin Up.  This is a fabulous and totally versatile stamp ... i would say it is one of my faves ... i know i said that about the Pleasant Poppies stamp last week, but this one is just totally useful and fun ... so it is a fave!!!

Haven't heard about Paper Pumpkin???  It is SU's monthly kit designed for someone who is starting paper crafting or who has limited time ... check it out here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Peace Love and Paper!!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Dear Prudence ...

Remember that song?   ...  here .... let me remind you ...

Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play
Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence won't you come out to play...

So this is my Dear Prudence inspired layout ...

an ancient picture of my dear girl

Most of the SU supplies used were from the Spring Catalogue, which you can find on my site (just look for the button on the side bar)

This layout took no time at all, just die cut the bunting from scraps of paper, added a couple of doilies as an extra mat around the photos and attached a few bird clips (love those!!!)
Stamped the title on the new coffee filter paper ... slightly transparent and very light!  great for stamping and dyeing ....

Thanks so much for stopping by, your comments mean the world to me!
Peace, love and paper!!!

oh .... and crank that music up and get  your sunny skies on with Dear Prudence ...

Friday, April 19, 2013

With one stamp ... final!

Well, this is the 4th and final instalment on my little love affair with the Pleasant Poppies stamp. (well at least for this week)!

This time around, I made a little "folio" album ... or at least that's my name for it!  Just a tiny bit of an album. This we album was cased from pinterest.  This gave me a chance to use the full height and width of the Pleasant Poppies stamp.  I stamped with versamark and then heat embossed with SU white embossing powder.  I die cut a label, and again heat embossed the flowers.  I then coloured the flowers in using Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  I left space to put in a greeting or title.

 When the folio is opened, we see this ...

 two pages, both with little shallow envelopes.  One has a blank tag inserted and another is empty.

 You can then open those two pages, and you have a two more little "envelopes" and plenty of room for photos.  I imagine someone giving this to Grandma as a gift ... filled with a couple of pictures from the grandslittles, maybe a gift card or two ... the kids can make art on the backs of the tags or colour them in ... wouldn't that be sweet!!!!
 Or how about a gift to your bestie ... pictures of the last time you went out, maybe the ticket stubs, and a gift card for a pedi .... of a teacher, at the end of the year, filled with class photos !!!
 I have made 3 tags to go with this little folio, but you can make more .... or less ... depending on how you want to use it ...
 If you use this for a mini album... the little tags are perfect for journalling and attaching tiny mementos.
I hope you have enjoyed these last 4 segments on  using this fabulous stamp.  Everything that I have used is available in the Stampin' Up! catalogue and through my online shop.  Just click on the Stampin' Up! products button on the sidebar to enter my online shop, or local gals, feel free to contact me for a folio or card class!

Peace love and paper!

this segment was brought to you buy:
Crumb Cake Cardstock 120953
Crumb Cake Ink 126975
Versamark Ink 102283
White Embossing Powder 109132
Crumb Cake Seam Binding 122332
Natural Ribbon 129287
Fancy Fan embossing folder 127751

Thursday, April 18, 2013

With 1 stamp ... part 3

Thanks so much for stopping in today ...

lookie what I made!!!

 okay, so this is where I cheated a bit and used 2 stamps .... I also love the En Francais background stamp ... i use it constantly.   This time, when I used the Pleasant Poppies stamp, I used just a small portion of the stamp.  I masked off a portion of the stamp so that it was not inked and that allowed me, to stamp this small little grouping of poppies.

Once again, I am using my favourite colour palette of Whisper white, crumb cake, tempting turquoise and calypso coral ... and of course my favourite ribbon ... but i promise, this is the last you will see of this colour pallet for a while  ;)

The Pleasant Poppies stamp comes in both the clear and wood mounted variety.  Which is best?  well I guess it depends on how you intend to use the stamp and personal preference.

When it comes to large background stamps, I prefer a wood stamp.  I feel that the unmounted clear stamp is a bit to heavy on the acrylic block and does not always stay firmly attached (you can see that mine slipped when I was making the turquoise card).  With the wood mounted stamp, you never have to worry about the stamp slipping or loosening from the acrylic block.

This stamp is fabulous both as it is, and masked off in this perfect little grouping of 3 flowers.  If you get the acrylic stamp, you have the option of cutting this little grouping away from the main stamp and ending up with 2 smaller stamps.  The acrylic stamp also allows for a better visual sense when placing the stamp... So again ... it's all about how you want to use the stamp and your personal preference ... both mounting options are perfect for certain uses.

I hope I have given you something to think about when looking at this stamp ... I will be back again tomorrow with one final example, only this time, a slightly different colour palette ;)

Peace love and paper!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

With 1 stamp ... part 2

Hi there!

Back again with another couple of cards from using the Pleasant Poppies stamp ... and yes, i do love this stamp to bits!!!

Here's what I did today ...

Today, i am using most of the stamp ... i simply moved the stamp over and intentionally left about 1/3rd of my white space unstamped.  I just kind of love the unused space as a balance of a stamped image, especially when i am not matting the stamped image.  I used the same colour palette as yesterday, which is whisper white, crumb cake, calypso coral and tempting turquoise.  I used a bit of the old olive to paint the stems.

 I didn't paint the stems all of the way down, or the centres of the flowers ... i liked the whitespace there as well.  And yup, I am using the seam binding again ... this is truly my favourite ribbon from Stampin Up ... and it comes in several great colours ...

I hope you all get some time to dig into your stash of papers and inks and stamps and get a chance to play today ... its the perfect day to play ... just because!!!

peace, love and paper!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

With 1 stamp ... part 1

That's right ...1 stamp! (okay, maybe 2) ...
I am absolutely mad about the Pleasant Poppies stamp from Stampin Up!  It is gorgeous, it is large and you can do so many different projects with it!  So everyday this week I am going to bring you a new project featuring this stamp ... I hope you enjoy this stamp as much as I do.

Todays Projects ....

This is a standard sized card ... I used the Pleasant Poppies stamp as my foreground ... stamping directly over First Edition Specialty paper.  I then used a water pen and "painted" the flowers with my ink pads.  So much fun and easy to do!  I then stacked a bit of ribbon, topped it with a pearl and added it to the card for a bit of texture.

This card is a little 4 x 4 card.  this time I used the stamp as a background stamp.  I inked the stamp then picked up ink from the stamp by randomly daubing it with paper towel to absorb some of the ink.  I took most of the ink off on the centre of the image and left more ink on the upper flowers.  I topped it off with a little double bow made of SU seam binding ribbon.

so ... background and foreground ... two uses for this one amazing stamp.  I will be back tomorrow with another example!

Peace, love and paper!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

let's just say ...

that yesterday was a great day ....

after a fabulous walk with my constant companion in the warmth of a sunny day, I felt a burst of creativity

got my fingers nice and inky .... actually if you know me the inky mess kinda stopped at my elbow ...

 was totally inspired by the brilliant spring colours of the day

 and went on a creative binge ....

still a work in progress ... (i hate drying time) but so much fun was had !!!

Hope you are all getting some spring weather ... the cherry blossoms are out, but today the skies have turned back to their usual grey .... which isnt so bad, as long as we get the sun back....

peace love & paper