Tuesday, February 26, 2008


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The a muse weekly challenge is to create a card that says something about you. I wanted to have fun with this card (cuz I'm a fun gal!) and the margarita stamp was the first thing to pop in my head.

I absolutely love our vacations on the mayan riviera in mexico. the white sandy beaches, the palapas, the clear blue ocean...all of it is amazing. I highly recommend an inclusive resort if you ever make it over there.

The memory box beach collection is perfect for this card. The kraft paper reminds me of sand, the flip flop dp is adorable and I love the beach umbrellas. I used su summer sun behind my margarita and 'salted' the rim with dazzling diamonds.

I hope we can make it back to mexico next year...meanwhile I'll sip on my margarita and think of the good times

paper - paper accents kraft paper, summer sun, memory box beach collection; stamps - margarita, a muse sentiment; ink - brilliance graphite black; accessories - prisma markers, martha stewart ribbon, dazzling diamonds, su scallop punch, marvy punches

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Elzybells ATC Swap

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Here's an atc I did for a splitcoast elzybells swap. These stamps are so cutie -- I love and want 'em all!

I wanted to make something fresh and bright and found this great dp in my stockpile...I may need more! I added a bit of sparkle to the flower in her hair with a spica glitter pen and a micro twinkle dot.

I'm off to bed...have a great week!

paper - mellow moss, shimmer white, foof a la savannah filigreen; stamps - elzybells 'gossip girl', a muse sentiment, mft heart; ink - chocolate chip, ruby red; accessories - prisma markers, copic marker, spica glitter pen, a muse micro twinkle dot, su scallop punch, ribbon

Friday, February 22, 2008

Another Stampin' Up! Swap

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Here's another su swap for a stamp workshop tomorrow. I'm not sure how much I like this card but knew I wanted to do something 'springy'.

I used the A2 card size...I'm not fond of this size but needed room to fit the pretties flower (after I finished I realized I could have used my standard 4 1/4 square...c'est la vie). I love how these flowers absorb the ink instantly! I used certainly celery and so saffron reinkers to match the layer and designer paper. I really like the look of the spiral punch...I may have to use this punch more. I tried to make the card visually interesting by angling the image and adding the pearls. The final touch is white opal liquid pearls to the flower centers. This was also my first time using su markers...I like how everything matches.

At least I accomplished 'springy'!

paper - bashful blue, certainly celery, whisper white, so saffron designer series; stamps - a little bit of happiness; ink - chocolate chip, certainly celery, so saffron; accessories - pretties kit, su markers, spiral punch, white opal liquid pearls

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sale-a-Bration Swap

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This is a card I created for a sale-a-bration swap. Of course I had to use all stampin' up supplies...why is this always so hard for me?! I added a couple non-su items to finish the card--stickles and a clear spica glitter pen (my new fav item).

The theme of the swap was to use something from the sale-a-bration brochure. I instantly liked this set when I saw it. I had the celery designer paper on hand (got this with the palette o' prints promotion a loonngg time ago) and used textured cardstock...I love that stuff, so many fun colors.

I'll be posting another swap item this week for a stamp camp I'm going to on Saturday.

paper - whisper white, textured chocolate chip, textured soft sky, certainly celery designer series paper; stamps - birthday whimsy; ink - chocolate chip; accessories - stickles, clear spica glitter pen, marvy punches, white grosgrain ribbon, rhinestone ice circles

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Market Spice Tea

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My good friend is visiting from Eugene (Oregon) and I wanted to give her a little 'welcome to seattle' gift. I've been really into tea lately and thought Market Spice Tea would be a perfect little gift. Market Tea Shop has been in Pike Place Market for about 90 years and is known for it's signature tea. It's a mix of orange, cinnamon, and other spices. It's like no other tea I've ever had...very delicious!

I used the tea flavors as my inspiration for this card. The basic grey 'mellow' dp remind me of the spiciness of the tea. Of course, I used the cutie teacup from a muse for the image of the card.

Along with the tea, I gave her a little beehouse teapot to allow her to brew other new loose leaf favorites.

paper - very vanilla, really rust, garden green, basic grey 'mellow', ; stamps - a muse cup & saucer, sentiment by a muse; ink - chocolate chip; accessories - prisma markers, spica glitter pen, scallop punch, marvy punches, ribbon

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

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Happy Valentine's Day Hubbyfella!

paper - a muse notecards 'french roast', pretty in pink, chocolate chip, basic grey two scoops, papertrey white cs; stamps - loveybella by stamping bella; ink - versafine onyx black; accessories - prisma markers, copic marker, silver ice stickles, ribbon, heart charm, spica glitter pens

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Birthday Wishes pt 2

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Here's another one for the challenge...I thought this one up while eating dinner. Geesh, I must be OBSESSED!

paper - a muse notecards cottage blue argyle band, papertrey white cs; stamps - cupcake, little bird, happy bird-day; ink - versafine onyx black; accessories - prisma markers, ribbon, metal tags, circle punch, twinkle dots, dimensionals

A Muse Weekly Challenge ~ Birthday Wishes

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This week's weekly challenge on amuseaddicts is to create a birthday card, gift card, or tag. Since I just bought some a muse argyle notecards, I chose to do a card using the 'cake with flowers' stamp.

I used prisma markers to make a chocolate raspberry cake (one of my favorites *yummers*). To give the frosting a fondant look, I added 3-d crystal lacquer to the top layer. Also added crystal lacquer to the platter to give it a glassy look. I colored white grosgrain ribbon with the markers used for the raspberry filling and the frosting...what a great technique!

Another sparkly touch (unfortunately, you can't tell by the pic)...I added iridescent embossing powder to 'happy birthday'.

now I should go workout and mmmm...cake

paper - a muse notecards cottage green argyle band, certainly celery, blush blossom, papertrey white cs; stamps - cake with flowers, happy birthday (both by a muse); ink - versafine onyx black; accessories - prisma markers, ribbon, marvy punches, iridescent emboss powder, crystal lacquer, spica glitter pens, gold liquid pearls

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Birthday Bella Wishes

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This is another ATC I made for the bella swap. I used fresh, spring colors to make the bella 'pop'.

The dp is basic grey's two scoops on half of the cards and gypsy on the other half. Since she is holding a cake, I thought a birthday wish would be muy bueno with this card. The sentiment is from a muse art stamps and fits perfectly on the petite oval.

On to my next atc swap...elzybells by a muse!

paper - night of navy, regal rose, papertrey white cs, basic grey two scoops, basic grey gypsy; stamps - cakeabella by stamping bella, sentiment by amuse art stamps; ink - stazon black, versafine onyx black; accessories - prisma markers and pencil, spica glitter pen, copic marker, nestabilities, brads, stickles

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Hula Girl Valentine

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The a muse sketch challenges are so fun and helps the creative juices to flow! The challenge this week is to use unconventional stamps or colors for a valentine's card. Hula girl was sitting on my table so I chose her for the challenge.

I used the 'aloha' and 'my valentine' sentiments for the tag on the side. Of course, I had to use a twinkle heart for the 'o' in 'aloha'. For sparkle (always need sparkle), dazzling diamonds was added to her flower and top. A clear spica pen was used on the skirt.

okay...I guess I'll go back to watching the superbowl...

paper - a muse notecard (french roast), chocolate chip, papertrey white cs, cloud 9 'so in love'; stamps - hula girl, aloha, my valentine; ink - versafine onyx black, chocolate chip; accessories - a muse twinkle stickers, nestabilities, su ticket punch, dazzling diamonds, prisma markers, copic marker

Saturday, February 2, 2008

My First Artist Trading Card

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Recently, I was feeling in a bit of a stamping funk and decided to explore splitcoast and anything else I could find on the internet for inspiration. I took my search to Barnes and Noble, and came upon this book 'Rubber Stamping Artist Trading Cards' by Jill Haglund. I started flipping through it and instantly my head was full of ideas!

ATCs are an awesome way to play with different techniques, unused stamps, colors, etc. The possibilities are endless!

My stamp collection is definitely a work in progress so I wanted to swap with something I already had. I found the Bella swap on scs and thought Vinobella would be a perfect first swap.

The requirements are 2 layers plus cardstock, and anything else I want to add. I used wine type colors for Vinobella and added sparkle with stickles and a spica glitter pen. I like how the background looks like wine rings on a table.

I'm looking forward to receiving my bella atcs! hmmm...what should I make next!?

update: I changed the ribbon on the card for a different look. I love how these bellas came out!

atc title - vinobella celebrates; paper - bravo burgundy, chocolate chip, shimmer white, basic grey periphery; stamps - vinobella by stamping bella, sentiment by lizzieanne designs; ink - stazon jet black, brilliance graphic black; accessories - ribbon, prisma markers, copic marker, stickles, spica glitter pen, sakura gelly roll pen