Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Anything But a Card!

Over the past few days I have been working on a set of cards for a swap using the Fan Fair product suite.  I worked in a color palette that is not typical for me, but I love it.  For today I am sharing a SWEET heart basket that is the most gorgeous party favor ever!  I have made this for the "Anything But a Card" Party Favor challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments #129.  I hope you will all click over and take a look at all the fun stuff.  Do you have a party favor?  You do?  Then go ahead and post it on their site!

Top view and without any goodies
To make this fabulous project you will need to cut six hearts and fold them in half.  First, glue three folded hearts together to form a cone.  Second, repeat with the remaining three hearts to make a second cone.  Then glue to two cones together.  Add a strip of card stock or DSP to form a handle and glue in place.  Then decorate to your hearts content.

Back view

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Coast Hwy.

It's time for a theme challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments and it's a fun one!  It's all about the ocean, beach and coast.  I love all the beaches down the California coast especially the southern ones like Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and San Clemente Pier.  Another great thing I like about the beach are woody wagons.  So that is why I have used the wood grain paper from the Natural Composition DSP.  The "CB" stands for Capistrano Beach which is my ultimate favorite beach and where we live for a month out of the year.  October can't come soon enough!

Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Saturday, July 21, 2012


I am so diggin' Baja Breeze and Calyso Coral together.  The colors remind me of the beach and warm days sitting under an umbrella, sippin' a Coke, and watching the waves roll in and out.  For the very last Saturday challenge at the New Catalog Edition of Create with Connie and Mary we are having a sketch challenge--my very favorite.  I love sketch challenges because the direct and motivate me more so than theme and color challenges.
For this card I busted out my brand new Flowering Flourishes stamp set.  I stamped the flourish with Versamark ink for a subtle look on my card.  To follow the layout I layered a Paper Daisy on a Whisper White Apothecary Accent Framelit Label.  The pattern paper is Floral District and the scallop trim is Lucky Limeade.  My greeting comes from the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set and was detail cut using the Bitty Banners Framelits.  The last few touches include a Vintage Faceted Button, Basic Rhinestones, and a sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Diamond Dusting

Check out this super cool technique.  It's called Diamond Dusting and it's simple to do, but the effects are AWESOME. Check out a bunch more samples featuring this technique over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I have included the "diamond dust" on the Tangerine Tango label and the Very Vanilla Trick or Treat greeting.

Don't you just love the paper?  It's new in the Holiday Seasons Catalog, coming soon to a stamp room near you --August 1st!

Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Foxy Loxy - CCMC NE4

This Saturday is a great day.  It's a day for a color challenge over at the Subscription New Catalog Edition of Connie and Mary AND it also means two days before leaving for Stampin' Up! Convention-wahoo!  I am so not ready.  I have not started a single thing and I have two swaps I have joined.  I'll get it done!

The colors for the challenge are so yummy.  They just seem so fresh and warm.  You can see what the designers have created by hopping over to Create With Connie and Mary.  Enjoy!

For my card I have used the Storybook Friends and the Itty Bitty Banners stamp sets along with the Storytime DSP.

Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sweet Storybook Friends

I am branching out and venturing into working with stamp sets that are not my typical style or sets that I would not usually gravitate towards.  This set is totally adorable and absolutely perfect for creating sweet-classic-traditional children's projects.  This week the projects featured in the Create with Connie and Mary New Catalog Edition have showcased new stamp sets in the "Growing Up" section of the catalog.  If you want to see full color tutorials for these projects, make that all 30 of the projects, click on the "join us" button below.  
How about a color challenge?  This great summer color combination challenge is being hosted by Create with Connie and Mary.  Click over and see all the inspiring samples and then join along in the stampin' fun!

My layout for this card was motivated by scraps in my card stock pile and a recent sketch challenge from Connie and Mary.  Once the card was finished I realized this is a hand deliver type card, or it will cost lots of extra pennies to mail as it has many layers.
  • Stamps: Storybook Friends
  • Inks: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party, Old Olive
  • Paper: Old Olive, Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, and Ivory Naturals Card Stock, Storytime DSP
  • Accessories: Top Note Bigz Die, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Paper Daisies, Brights Designer Buttons, Aqua Painter, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding
Happy craftin, Elizabeth

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fruit on the Bottom

It's that time for a theme challenge hosted by Hand Stamped Sentiments.  You can use any colors, any sketch, any elements you want, but you have to include fruit.  I came up with a strawberry card which I put together in a less conventional color palette for strawberries.  I would typically go to red of some sort, but instead I let the expertise of Stampin' Up! direct me in selecting Calypso Coral for my main berry color.  The DSP is called Berry Blossom and is now retired (I had an extra few pieces lingering on my stamp table).  The stamp set is in the new catalog and is AWESOME!  It has bold fruit and floral images--I love it.  It's called Fruit and Flowers!


  • Stamps: Fruit and Flowers, Tiny tags
  • Inks: Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade Stampin' Write Markers, Gumball Green Pad
  • Papers: Berry Blossoms DSP, Whisper White and Lucky Limeade Card Stock
  • Accessories: Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Calypso Coral Bakers Twine, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch


Saturday, July 7, 2012

A Big Shot Kiss

Big Shot ideas come in tiny packages!  This intsy wintsy present perfectly envelops a Hershey's Kiss.  How cute is that?  Using the second largest piece from the Apothecary Accent Framelits you can make the most adorable tri-fold wrap.  Just score 1" from each straight edge, adhere a Kiss to the center, then bring up the ends and tie with a small ribbon. 

This past week all of the projects and tutorials at Create with Connie and Mary New Catalog Edition Series have featured the Simply Scrappin' Kits.  I'll tell you a secret, I used the Pinwheels on Parade Kit and I put together the sweetest party buffet display.  And guess what, you cannot nor will not see it on Pinterest!  It's only on Create with Connie and Mary ;0)  If you want to get your hands on these amazing project ideas it's not too late.  Click on the "join us" button below for details.


Stamps - Itty Bitty Banners
Inks - Riding Hood Red
Papers - Pinwheels on Parade Simply Scrappin' Kit
Accessories - Bitty Banners Framelits, Boho Blossoms Punch, Midnight Muse Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Natural Composition

Of all the types of challenges in which I like to participate, sketch challenges are my most favorite.  This fun and cool sketch is being hosted by Create with Connie and Mary.  You will want to hop over to their site and see all the gorgeousness that have been created by the designers, get inspired, and then make your very own card using this sketch.

For the base of my card I used the Natural Composition DSP.  This collection of paper is FABULASTIC!  It's rich and thick and embossed with clear patterns.  And you know what?  It should not be called a DSP but a DSCS--Designer Series Card Stock!

All supplies are from Stampin' Up!

Stamps - Postage Due
Inks - Midnight Muse, Pool Party, and Summer Starfruit
Papers - Very Vanilla, Pool Party, and Summer Starfruit Card Stocks, Natural Composition and Comfort Cafe DSP
Accessories - Basic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Delighful Calypso Breeze

Wow, I tell you this is the best color combo for a happy summer-time card.  When I inked up the birthday cake image and then stamped it on the Whisper White Card Stock I actually squealed with delight (and I am not an oo aw squealing kind of girl).  It's because the colors are so awesome and fresh--try them out you'll love them.  Now it's time to click over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and see more designs featuring this color palette.


Stamps - Pattered Party, Word Play
Inks - Calypso Coral, Baja Breeze, and Delightful Daffodil Stampin' Write Markers
Papers - Whisper White, Baja Breeze, and Delightful Daffodil Card Stocks, Floral District DSP
Accessories - Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Ribbon, Faceted Buttons, Basic Rhinestones, Boho Blossoms Punch, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Happy Stampin' Elizabeth