Sunday, July 17, 2011

Summertime and the Livin' Is Easy with the Pals

Two posts in one day doesn't happen very often but I decided to whip out another card after drawing inspiration from the photo posted at Pals Paper Arts  this week.  The challenge is to create a card or papercraft project that reminds you of livin' easy in the summer.  The Pals provided this photo to get our imaginations rolling: 

The photo also brought back memories of spending time with my grandparents during the summer on their farm - falling asleep with the windows open and hearing the cool, night breeze whispering through the curtains.  And waking the next morning to birds chirping in the trees.  The Pals photo and Botanical Gazette DSP gave me just enough inspiration to get the ball rolling for this challenge.  I also wanted to try a new card style so I decided to make my first gate fold card!

The gate fold card is quite easy, just requires some special scoring for the folds.   The Crumb Cake card base stock measures 4 1/4" by 8 1/2".   The base is scored at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8".   Add DSP and other accessories to the panels and finally a stamp a focal image piece for the middle of the card.  I am going through a vintage phase right now so I usually ink the edges of my cardstock and this card was no exception.  I also added some basic pearls and got out my spritzer tool to complete the card. 

Card Ingredients

CS:  Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip(textured), Marina Mist
DSP:  Botanical Gazette
Ink:  Early Espresso (marker), Walnut Stain (Distressing Ink)
Stamp Set:  All Holidays (retired)
Accessories:  sponge, basic pearsl, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, modern label punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, spritzer tool, dimensionals, mono adhesive, birds and swirls embossing folder, antique brad, scoring tool

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great week!

~ Angie


The Paper Players Challenge # 55

Good afternoon everyone!  Today I made a card for The Paper Players Challenge #55.  It's a color challenge using Poppy Parade, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, and Baja Breeze.   The easy part was picking a stamp set to use - Strength and Hope.  But I had a little bit of trouble trying to use both Crumb Cake and Basic Gray together so I chose to use Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake as my focal colors and Basic Gray was used on the background stamp underneath the Poppy Parade butterfly, which of course I had to pop off the page with dimensionals!  I love how it turned out! What do you think? 

Card Ingredients:

CS: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, Poppy Parade
Stamp Set:  Strength and Hope
Accessories:  basic pearls, sponges, dimensionals, mono adhesive, paper snips, Stamp-a-ma-jig

If you'd like to play along with The Paper Players, there's still time to create your own project and upload it to their website.   The link will close on Friday, July 22nd at midnight.  As a side note, if you purchase the stamp set, Strength and Hope (Wood Mount # 118100), from Stampin' Up's Summer Mini catalog, Stampin' Up! will donate $2 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  The campaign ends August 31st.  Click here to order from my website 24/7.

Have a great Sunday!

~ Angie

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Stampin' Royalty Challenge #79

This week's Stampin' Royalty challenge is a colour challenge using Pink Pirouette, Pacific Point, and Pear Pizzazz.   This was a very simple card to put together.  I found some DSP with Pacific Point and Pear Pizzazz - it's from the Celebrations collection.   The piece of DSP also had a partial Real Red circle on it so I covered it with a  partial Pink Pirouette circle.  I love using dimensionals so I popped some additional circles off the DSP, including a textured scallop circle.  The marina mist button tied with a white floss bow was the final element to complete the card. 

Card Ingredients:

CS:  Pear Pizzazz, Bashful Blue, Pink Pirouette
DSP:  Celebrations (retired)
Stamp Set:  So Happy For You
Ink:  Pacific Point
Accessories:  Marina Mist button, dimensionals, snail adhesive, scallop circle punch, 3/4" punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, embroidery floss, Perfect Polkadots textured impressions embossing folder, and Crystal Effects. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

~ Angie

Buttons and A New Baby Girl!

I made today's card for two reasons:  1) for a coworker that just had a baby girl, and 2) for the Hand Stamped Sentiments Button Theme Challenge 74.    I finally had some time to dig in to the new DSP, Cheerful Treat, and thought it would make a perfect card for a new baby!   The card design is loosely based on the template found on page 30 of the July Stampin' Success.  

Card Ingredients:

CS:  Concord Crush, Melon Mambo, Shimmery White, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake
DSP:  Cheerful Treat
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Concord Crush
Accessories:  Stampin' Up Buttons (from the Neutral, Brights, and Subtles Collections); embroidery floss, Crystal Effects, dimensionals, 5-Petal Flower Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Modern Label Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, sponge, and Snail Adhesive

I hope you enjoyed today's card - I love how it turned out! And if you'd like to play along with this week's challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments, you have until Monday at Noon to add your card to the collection.  Please email me at if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques that I use. 

Happy Stamping!!!

~ Angie

Monday, July 4, 2011

Christmas in July - The Paper Players Theme Challenge 54

I officially consider myself an addict........of decorating printer trays!   A couple of weeks ago I decided to decorate more trays with Christmas themes and plan on giving them as gifts this Christmas.   So yesterday morning I officially began work on my first vintage Christmas tray. The Paper Players challenge this week is Christmas in July so I will be able to enter my tray in a challenge this week!  Woo hoo! 

 Here are a couple more up-close pictures of the tray:

Tray Ingredients:

7 Gypies Tray
DSP:  Silent Night Collage and Vintage Letters (Karen Foster Design), Noel Dots and Noel Stripes (Bo Bunny)
Ink:  Distress Ink - Walnut Stain, Old Paper, Aged Mahogany, Forest Moss
Accessories:  Distress Stickles - Old Paper, Aged Mahogany, Forest Moss, Clear Rock Candy; Smooch Paint - Siren, Candy Apple, Iluminating Top Coat; Stampin' Up Buttons - Neutral, Regal, and Deck the Halls; Vintage Tag; On Board Essentials (stars) and On Board Simon Letters; Jim Holtz Seasonal Salvage Stickers; Chantilly Trim; Wood Flourishes (ornaments); Stampin' Up! Basic Pearls; Heat Tool; Bravo Burgundy and Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon; gold satin ribbon; Noel Candy brad; sponges; linen thread; Zots (small & medium); SU! Distressing Tool; Crystal Effects; and Scotch Quick Drying glue

Thanks for stopping by today and if you have any questions about the vintage Christmas tray, please email me at

~ Angie

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The New Idea Book & Catalog!

The new catalog has arrived and it is spectacular!

My first order from the catalog will be arriving in a couple of days and these are some of the things I ordered: 

Stamp Sets:

     Pennant Parade
     Button Buddies
     Best of Everything
     My Friend
     Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess Set)

Designer Series Paper:

     Well Worn
     Cheerful Treat (Hostess Set)

New Colors!

     Calypso Coral- ink, paper, and ruffled ribbon
     Island Indigo - ink, paper and ruffled ribbon
     Lucky Limeade - ink and paper
     Pool Party - ink, paper, and ruffled ribbon
     Wisteria Wonder - ink, paper, and ruffled ribbon


     Petite Pennants Builder

In a few days, I'll be happy as a camper playing with the new colors and my new stamp sets! 

~ Angie

Nature Walk Challenge Card

Today I whipped up a card for two challenges.  The first challenge is for Pals Paper Arts and their 100th challenge.  Not only can you showcase your favorite "Magnifique Technique" but each member of the design team is giving away some blog candy!   Who doesn't love blog candy?  I love to emboss and spritz so my card incorporates those techniques.  The bird image is embossed in black and I used the spritzer tool with a basic black marker to spritz the very vanilla cardstock after I had embossed and inked the images. 

The second challenge I am entering this card in is for Hand Stamped Sentiments Theme Challenge #73.  Your project needs to create a project using a charm(s).

Here is my submission for the challenges:

Card Ingredients:

Cardstock:  basic black, very vanilla
Ink:  basic black (marker), crumb cake, versamark
DSP:  Newsprint
Accessories: trinket key, black embossing powder, spritzer tool, heat tool, linen thread, Bo Bunny gray brad, paper daisy

Thanks for stopping by today!   I'm working on another printer tray this weekend and I should be ready to post it tomorrow.  This one features vintage Christmas images!  :)

~ Angie