Archive for the ‘inspired by’ Category

Lately I don’t feel that I’m taking many really good photos but there’s been a few. Here is one from our recent trip to my hubby’s family in Northern Montana. They live on a lake, and yeah it’s as cool as it sounds. June in Montana it’s really not warm enough to be in the water, but the kiddies and I were bound and determined to get in the water. We did, it was cold, and we lasted about 30 mins!

Now, I admit this may not be anything special in the technical or artistic world of great photogs, but to me this shot defines Montana. Blue skies, big cumulus clouds (see, I remember one thing from meteorology class) and big rugged mountains. I think this shot shows why Montana is called “Big Sky” country.


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Along with the super cute cherry dress card I came up with 3 other cards. Here they are.

Sweet cupcake card, made with the SU Big Bold Cupcake die that I borrowed from a friend and now must have for my very own. I’m thinking I will try cutting some lightweight fabric with this die, how cute would it be to make cupcake patches for my little girl?

Polka Dot Birdie card, trying to use a nearly full pack of Tangerine Tango!

Great Friend card, cased from Julee Tilman. Hers used the Great Friend stamp set but I love my butterfly die (beats hand cutting!)

Specs: (all SU)

Cupcake card
-Washington Apple Designer Series Paper
-riding hood red and whisper white card stock
-Sweet little sentiments, hostess stamp set
-accessories: big shot, Big Bold Cupcake die, glue dots, silver brad

Polka Dot Birdie
-Good Friend Designer Series Paper
-tangerine tango, pacific point, and whisper white card stock
-tangerine tango and pacific point ink
-accessories: big shot, SU Texture Polka Dot texture plate, scallop punch, circle punches, and scallop border punch

Great Friend
-Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper
-baja blue and whisper white card stock
-baja blue and pink pirouette ink
-Great Friend stamp set
-accessories: big shot, butterfly die, top note die, basic gray taffeta ribbon

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Last night was my card club and since it was the last one with the current catalog I wanted to come up with some really fun cards. A while back I was browsing my favorite blogs on my google reader and found the cutest card on Craftin Caro’s blog. And while I’ve cased cards online before, I normally change it to make it my own. But this card was so cute I just had to copy to the ground! (okay, I changed a few details) I had seen other versions of this scallop dress card but loved this one the cherry paper! So here’s mine

Normally I ignore the inside but I had this cute stamp set that just seemed to fit with this card!

Now, while I’d seen several different versions of this in blogland I couldn’t find a good template so I made my own by counting the number of scallops on the top and bottom of dress, then experimented with the best lines to cut to get the shape.
Specs: (all Stampin Up!)
-Rockabilly Speciality Designer Series Paper
-card stock: kiwi kiss, riding hood red, whisper white
-accessories: Big shot, large scallop circle die, trio flower punch, silver brads, kiwi kiss satin ribbon
-stamp set Classy and Fabulous

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Next from the spring mini is the “Eight Great Greetings” set. A very fun, cute variety of stamps. My first thought when I saw this set was that it would be perfect for making a little set of cards for a gift. There are many wonderful ways to create a package for a set of cards, little pouches, purses, and boxes. I think about trying these but in my limited stamping time I have to carefully choose projects so I have yet to make many of these. But when I saw Mary Fish’s scallop note holder it looked like just the thing for my Greetings set. Disclaimer: I never exactly follow directions (in crafting and life:) so my end results tend to be a bit different. If you want really good directions, go to Mary’s site!
My cards ended up being a bit bulkier and I did 6 cards and envelopes so the folder isn’t quite big enough. I will be going back making a larger one to fit all my cards. But for now you can see how it turned out.

I kept the cards simple and used all of the new ribbons from the new spring SU catalog. Now before you gasp in awe of my ribbon collection I will tell you that I participated in my up-line’s ribbon sample this spring. I ended up with one yard of each of the new ribbons, placed them in a pretty glass jar and never used them! I like to “save” things for something special. Any one else like that? I know that if I really need more ribbon I can get more, I also know I probably won’t use all of this pretty ribbon up. But look at it isn’t it pretty in it’s big canister??

The candy jars next to it are also filled with misc. ribbons sorted by color: blue, black, pink, red, browns. I bought these at Big Lots 3 years ago for 2$ each and you’ll notice they are all full! I’m trying really hard to use more ribbon and not just collect it, but it’s so hard to make the first cut!
-card stock and ink: very vanilla, pink pirouette, chocolate chip, whisper white, so saffron
-Parisian Breeze DSP
-Assorted SU ribbons
-brads, twine, chocolate chip corduroy button
-Big Shot, cherry blossom embosslit

Thanks for looking!

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I recently purchased Kelly Rae Roberts’ book Taking Flight. I’ve had my eye on it for quite a while, and it is so worth getting! I am reading it in stages. The first stage was sitting in a quiet corner just thumbing thru the beautiful images. Next, I started to randomly flipping it open to the different tutorials and reading them. And now, I’m starting at the beginning of the book reading the words, soaking them up. So, if you read this just for the images, the tutorials, or the inspiring words– you will definitely find this a book worth getting!
And here’s my first piece inspired by the book. I’ve played on scraps with the techniques but this piece is just a fun little bit of whimsy to get some paints out.

From canvas

This is a small canvas, 4×5 inches. The starting point was the “wish” tickets. I bought a roll of these at a antique/thrift shop thinking they’d be fun to play with, eventually. The wings were left from a Autumn Leaves paper kit, the dress is cut from a scrap and the sweet little girl is all mine. It’s not really how I wanted it to be but when my girl saw that I’d made an angel picture of her, she was so happy! So, I hung it on the wall where she can see it.

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Inspired by….

In my last post I mentioned a few of the blogs that I regularly check and always enjoy. One in particular is always inspiring, Mary Fish and I’m always amazed at how prolific she is in her card making. Not only that she posts regularly so there is rarely a day that I can’t stop by for something new. And I always know that if there is something new from Stampin Up, she will have it and will work it into something terrific. I fell in love with the new DSP from SU, Raspberry Tart, how could I not with pinks, greens, florals, and a bit of paisley-type elements? So I ordered it and opened it up and just fell in love w/the paper! But hadn’t done anything w/it yet. Then I saw on Mary’s blog how she used it and the new Thank you stamp on this post. Love how she did the layers, which I’m not great at and she always does a supper job of. So I let her card inspire my invite to my new card club.

From 2009 cards

I like the way it turned out, but I kept it simple so it would mail easily. Then I saw Mary’s thank you cards using the new Thank You stamp and the Parisian Summer DSP . And while I didn’t have everything to replicate (which would be boring) I was inspired to use up those last few pieces of this same paper pack to make a few thank you’s to send out. Main colors were Bravo Burgundy, Pink Pirouette, and So Saffron.

From 2009 cards

The cards are all standard size except for the pink square because that was the size of scrap I had. And since I don’t have Bravo Burgundy for some crazy reason, I used Purely Pomegranate as a substitute!

This pack of paper was one of the 1st I bought from the new catalog last summer and I used nearly every bit of it up. I used this paper and the Puns from the Past stamp set to make my 100 card fronts for my first big card swap.

From cards

The colors for my swap were Bravo Burgundy and Pink Pirouette. I also used Chocolate Chip and Pink Pirouette. Got carried away with the ribbon, but who could resist?
Then I used it on a few baby cards as well, and I made 3 sets of notecards w/a cute box for baby gifts. Loved how these turned out!

From cards

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