Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It's A Pink and Brown Kind of Day

Hello blogland, hope all is well with you. Today I have a card that I made using this week's sketch from Friday Sketchers. My friend Claudia who is the owner of this sketch challenge is looking for a guest designer who will create cards with the future sketches from the team and also be able to come up with a sketch of your own. Click HERE to participate.
Here is my try at the sketch challenge this week. I also wanted to show you these new and cute image from Stampavie. This stamp comes from the Rachelle Anne Miller Collection of Animals. I love these little guys. As a reminder, you still have time to participate in the Stampavie color challenge. All you need to do is create a card with pink and brown in it as well as a Stampavie stamp.
I colored them with my copics, and managed to find matching buttons and flowers to keep it all the same colors. I was very pleased to see all the pink it there... love pink! =)
Card Details:
Stamp: Stampavie, sentiment from Stampin' Up
Paper: Neenah White CS, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Basic Grey Bittersweet DSP
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Prima flowers, Buttons, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon
My next card is made with a digital image from In Style Stamps. I never thought that I would love the individual mug, but I really like it. This mug can be used for so many different celebrations such as Christmas, Thanksgiving and birthdays.
I had to use pink and brown on this card too. I felt that it had to match the first card I did. LOL! I think I will give this card to a friend along with some coffee or hot chocolate. These are sweet colors. =)
Today is the last day for the sale at In Style Stamps. Be sure to add my name in the comment section on the checkout page to get the discount. Happy Shoppin'!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments!
Card Detials:
Stamps: Digital Image Cup
Paper: SU DSP, Close to Cocoa CS, Regal Rose CS, and Neenah CS
Inks: Copics
Accessories: Tool kit

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Red, White and Blue

Good morning everyone! First I would like to say Thank You so much for all of your emails and comments on wishing me a quick recovery from this bad cold that I have. I truly appreciate it all. I must say that only now I feel a little bit of a relief. It's a short post for me today.
Today is flutterby day and that would mean, it's Wednesday!! Yay! I can't wait for the weekend, depending how I feel I need to do something fun!! This week Danni has us creating cards with using only red, white and blue. This was a challenge for me because I am not used to creating with these colors unless it's close to the 4th of July.
So, I decided to use my butterfly punch from Martha Stewart and added some pearls to the centers of each butterfly to represent the body. Then kept the bottom middle circle open for the sentiment of thanks.
Here is a side view of the card to show you that I popped it up with some dimensionals but only added it to the center of the butterfly to have the wings flap.
Stamp: SU Circle of Friendship
Paper: Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White CS, Washington Apple DSP
Ink: Memento Black
Accessories: Pearls, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, SU scallop border punch, SU Circle
SU Circle Punches
This cute card was made for me by my friend Michelle. She and I were paired up in the one card swap that my other friend Teri started. Isn't it great that we are all friends and we all love Hello Kitty too!! She made hello kitty into a shaker card, see all the beads. I love shaker cards, they are so fun to make. Thanks Michelle, I love my card!!
Tomorrow I will be showing you my swap card for Michelle. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Shop, shop shop!

Hi everyone, there's blog candy to be given away at Stampavie! How would you like to win all 10 of these new images from the Leere Aldrich Collection? Sound good? Well, all you have to do is
sign up for the newsletter that will be released on May 1st, and one random winner will be chosen .
The newsletter is free and will contain ideas, tutorials, and so much more.
Here is my sample card. I just had to create something using that unlimited credit card stamp. Imagine if that were real!
Well, it's another short post today as I am still under the weather. But before I go, I must say hello to Linda, Kyoko and Dawne!! We ran into each other yesterday at J's during our lunch hour. So glad to finally meet all of you outside of our blogs!! We have all got to get together and stamp! Happy crafting!! Check out Gracie's blog candy too!
Here are the card details:
Stamps: Stampavie Leere Aldrich Collection
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, and Going Gray CS, Neenah CS
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Nestabilities, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Cuttlebug Folder, Prima Flowers

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Elf Anya

This weekend we had out of town guests (my hubby's friend and his wife) come for a week and visit friends and family. Unfortunately, I was not able to hang out with them because of this horrible cold that I am trying to get rid of. Maybe I will see them before they leave on Wednesday for a short while. The good thing is that they visit a few times in the year. I sure hope to feel better real soon, being sick is never fun. Well, it's another wonderful sketch made by Maria!! You guessed it, it's time for another Christmas card with Christmas Stampin' All Year Long!
I decided that for my card, I would bring out Elf Anya since I purchased her after the holidays. Isn't she cute! I have not seen her for sale after the holidays, maybe she will be as it gets closer to Christmas. So if I make my Christmas card now I know for sure that I used her. I actually was not sure if I would be able to participate in the challenge this week because I was in bed the entire weekend, but decided to at least color my image first and then I still had a little energy left to finish the sketch part. I'm so glad that I did complete it because it looks like the perfect sketch for this image.
I had the opportunity to use some copics colors that I have not been able to until today and was happy to see that they turned out the way I wanted it to, especially to match the papers that I planned for it. Speaking of copics, I have had many requests for copic tutorials and that is exactly what I will do. I will be coming up with tutorials on how to color some things such as hair, clothes, and various objects. If there are tutorials that you would like to see, please leave your suggestions in a post or an email~I'd love to know.
Before I go here are the card details:
Paper: Real Red and Always Artichoke CS, Neenah CS, Basic Grey Wassail DSP
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Ridinghood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Gold Stickles, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Thanks for starting your week off with me, hope to see you back tomorrow!
Have a Happy Monday!

Friday, April 24, 2009

InSyle Stamps Blog Hop!

It's a late posting for me today, I woke up with a sore throat, headache and a runny nose. What a way to wake up in the morning. Anyhoo, it's my first blog hop with In Style Stamps that starts today and ends on Saturday at midnight. A winner will be chosen on Sunday.
Here is how it will go:
1. First, prizes will be given out throughout the blog hop thread in the forum, so click HERE and then to the forum.

2. Check out the ISS blog to see all the projects from the DT members and vote for your favorite one. The designer with the most votes will win a prize!! (Hint, hint..)

3. After you vote, be sure to leave a comment on that blog post in order to be in the running for the grand prize!! (YOU can win too!)

What the designers had to do was base their project around the theme of "contain yourself" . So I decided to use a simple container that you can buy in the store (glad ware) and dress it up. In this case I filled it up with some puppy treats and used this cute doggie from InStyle and made a belly band to decorate. Along with that I created a card to match.
Here is a side view of the container and the belly band that I used to wrap around it. Since the treats are for a puppy I decorated the belly band and made it look like a collar. So to create that effect, I got my crop-a-dile, punched some holes, then added the silver eyelets to make that collar look. Then I added my image of the dog as a topper. Isn't he cute!! He's got a treat tied to his tail!
Since the treats will be going to our family dog who lives with my parents, I made a card that will be written to her from my little puppy that lives with my hubby and I. Just something fun! =)
Here is what they both look like side by side. I love making sets of things that match. For the card, I have also made a band to go across and have added eyelets to it too. This time instead of using silver eyelets, I opted to use black eyelets and in a smaller version to match the size of the card. I also found a sentiment from a stampin' up set and added it in the center.
I have a feeling this may be the simplest project made by the DT and hope that it's not a bad thing.
Don't forget that In Style Stamps is also having a huge sale of 20% off until April 30th!! This does exclude copics pens. When checking out, please be sure to place my name Jodi-Ann in the comment box so you can get the discount and use the code ISSA 20009.
Happy blog hopping and many thanks for stopping byand sharing your Friday with me!!
I will be checking your blogs out throughout the day since I will have to rest and fight off this cold. The links to the rest of the DT Members are at the end of this post.
Here are the project details:
Card:
Stamps: In Style Stamps, Stampin' Up Sentiment
Paper: Real Red CS, Basic Black CS, Neenah CS, and Basic Grey Bittersweet
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Nestabilities, SU Oval Punches, Crop-A-Dile, Eyelets
Container:
Stamps: In Style Stamps
Paper: Real Red and Basic Black CS, Neenah CS
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Nestabilities, Crop-A-Dile, Eyelets, Plastic container

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Gear Up!

I have heard so many wonderful comments about how cute these Lily at the Beach stamps from Pink Cat Studio are and how you just need to have them... today is your lucky day as these stamps are now available for you to purchase!! This is my last sneak peek for the set.
This is Lily with her snorkel gear. She is definitely ready to hit the water and check out all the fish and other ocean life! For this card, I have also used crystal effects to bring out the goggles on her head and her fins.
Here is a better pic of the areas I used the crystal effects on. These are one of my favorite color combinations for the summer, lately I am loving orange with other colors. I never used to care for it that much.=)
Here is the long awaited photo of the stamps available in the set. They really are soooo cute!! My most favorite is Lily on the Turtle! Click HERE to order your set today!!

How many of you have heard of In Style Stamps? If not, you must see what cuties they are!
From now until April 30th, you will receive 20% off your entire order for mentioning my name in the comments of your check out and use this code: ISSA20009
Be sure that you use 3 zeros and not 2!!
Today I am featuring a new image from In Style Stamps , and his name is Stan. Stan is the newest Retro stamp and can be used for any occassion, especially when making cards for guys or Father's Day!
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave me your comments, I truly appreciate it!! Here are the card details:
Card#1:
Paper: Only Orange CS, Bashful Blue CS, Washington Apple DSP, Neenah White
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Blue Grosgrain ribbon, SU Border Punch, SU Oval Punches, Crystal Effects
Card #2:
Paper: Certainly Celery CS, Saffron DSP, Neenah CS
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Vintage Brads, SU Neutral Buttons

A Little Mermaid

Good morning! Here we are on the second day for the new Pink Cat Studio stamps and my next card is Lily the mermaid. As soon as I saw this stamp, I immediately thought of the little mermaid.
This was another fun and cute image of Lily. As soon as I saw her, I had to color her just like Ariel the Little Mermaid. Instead of using my airbrush system I decided to try and make the sky by coloring it with just the copic pen. It turned out ok, but I would much rather have the airbrushed way.
As I made the card I decided to add another tail in the water since it would match the sentiment. In this set, there are some womderful sentiments to match these images and can be used interchangably with each other.
It's also Flutterby Wednesday! This week there is no theme, I was so happy to find out that Danni has chosen me to be the featured stamper this week! Thanks Danni!
This is my card for the week. I just LOVE butterflies! I am so loving these cute stamps and can't wait to use the others! For those of you who are interested in getting these images, click on over to Alota Rubberstamps. Hope all of you are having a great day! I will be back to post the card details. I will see you on you your blogs! Thank you visiting me!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Lily at the Beach: Sneak Peek Day #1

It's sneak peek time with Pink Cat Studio!! This time Lily is headed for the beach! These images are absolutely adorable and I'm sure you'll agree when you see them. My first card is of Lily sitting on a turtle. I had so much fun making this card and being able to use bold colors for the Summer. My card is based off of a sketch from Mojo Monday a couple of weeks back. As I was making this card and piecing it together, I decided to create a 3D layer for the turtle's shell. So, I stamped him twice and cut the top of his shell, and popped it higher. I also popped up his head and feet for another added effect.
After I added the embellishments, it still seemed unfinished so I added some crystal effects to the shell of the turtle and made it look shiny as if he were glistening in the sun or shall I say sun bathing in the sun.
My next image is of Lily with an Inner Tube. She is ready to jump in the water for some fun in the sun!! Don't these stamps make you want to plan your next summer vacation? To create the background of Lily, I used my copic airbrush system that you can get over at 7 kids college fund. I used yellow for the background of the sky and brown for the bottom where the sand would be. I have also purchased my copic sketch pens from 7 kids college fund too.
I think lately I have been in the mood to pop images off the card, I really do love the 3 dimensional look but just had to make a little extra time to cut it out and mount it. It really does not take that long, but one of the things that could be time consuming is cutting very small objects. This photo shows that I have cut and mounted the inner tube around Lily's waist and I have added crystal effects to this as well for that plastic appeal.
Stay tuned for another sneak peek as well as the release day for these stamps on Thursday.
For a chance to win a FREE set please click HERE.
This month our Guest Designer is Tori Wild and you can see her creations HERE.
I will leave you with the details for these cards, and wish you a wonderful Tuesday! Thanks so much for sharing your day with me and for your thoughtful comments!!
Card#1:
Paper: Riding hood Red CS, SU Washington Apple DSP, Neenah CS
Ink: Copics
Accessories: SU Tangerine striped grosgrain ribbon, Crystal Effects and Prima Flowers, corner
rounder punch
Card #2:
Paper: Taken with Teal CS, SU Rainbow Sherbet DSP, Only Orange CS, Neenah CS
Accessories: Crystal Effects, SU Circle Punches, Dew Drops, SU Vanilla grosgrain, nestabilities

BLOG CANDY WINNER!!

Thank you to everyone who has participated in my blog candy giveaway! Don't feel discouraged if you were not chosen, I have many more opportunities for you to win all kinds of yummy stuff!My blogaversary is coming up in June, my birthday in July, Christmas in July and so much more.
I hope to see you back then. =)
The winner was chosen by random and that person is Sassy of Sassysecrets Congratulations!! Please email me with your mailing information within the next 24 hours, so I can mail your package out to you. Otherwise another winner will be chosen.
Again, thanks so much for playing!!

Thanks to You!!

BLOG CANDY IS NOW CLOSED!!
WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED APRIL 20TH!!
I am giving this prize because my blog had recently hit the 20,000 mark!! This prize will go to one lucky person. This will run from April 7th until April 19th and the winner to be announced on Monday April 20th. Here is what you need to do to qualify.
Leave a comment to this post, mention it on your blog, become a follower of my blog and tell me what you'd like to see more of on my blog. I will ship anywhere. Good luck!!
Here is what the prizes are:
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch,
Stickles, a variety of Prima flowers,
3 alota stamps (donated by Helene), Sugar Nellie stamp (Daisy), Whiff of Joy stamp(Willow Baking Cookies), High Hopes stamp (Wagon Full of Blessings), Jolee's stickers, CC Designs Rubber Duckie stamp set, $10 Gift card to Roses On Paper, 5 Magnolia stamps (3 Tildas, 2 Accessory stamps) 2 stamp sets from Stampin' Up.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Spring Has Sprung

Hope all of you are having a great weekend so far. Today I have a card of a sweet little donkey from Alota Rubberstamps. These are one of my most favorite stamps because he's just so cute! I had lots of fun making this card! I think because I really wanted to get the correct shade for coloring--gotta love a challenge!
After having colored my image, I realized that I had not chosen the paper. When I make a project or card, I find it tons easier to choose the paper first.=) It took soooo long for me to find what I wanted to use..LOL!. Well, this card measures at 5 1/2" all around.
Anyway, I was so lucky to receive this award again and received it from Andrea!! Thank you Andrea!! I love awards!
Here are the card details.
Stamps: Alota Rubber stamps
Paper: Neenah White CS, Bazzill yellow, Summer Picnic ( SU DSP)
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Dew Drops,
Thank you so much for stoppin by and I wish you a happy Saturday!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Love Is In The Air

It's finally Friday!! That took forever, LOL! I know all of you are happy about that too! =)
Here is another new image from In Style Stamps. It's a great image to have especially around Valentine's Day, Wedding or Anniversary. Actually with the hearts on the wings, it could be used for all kinds of occassions.
I wanted to create a card with several layers just because I really have not made one in a while. If you have not been to In Style Stamps before, click HERE. There are all kinds of great images to be used at anytime! Versatility in stamps are what most of us are looking for these days and you can find it here.
In this photo, I show you a close up of the image, and that I added some crystal lacquer to the windows of the plane just so it "could" look real. It was fun to color it!
Here is a RAK I received from a new blogging sistah Linda. You are so sweet Linda, thank you so much, I love it all!! =) She knew that I adore Hello Kitty!
Remember this cute award? Well, I must tell you that I have been blessed again ! Oh Linda, you spoil me, LOL! =) The great thing is you can share this with as many people you'd like. Head on over to her blog and send her some love!!
In no particular order, here are a few of the blogs that make me smile!!
Card:
Stamps: In Style Stamps
Paper: Real Red CS, Neenah White CS, Main Blueberry DSP
Ink:Accessories: nestabilities, dew drops
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Up For A Challenge?

How many of you were able to participate in the first challenge from Copic Creations? Well if you missed it, we've got more coming your way. Today starts challenge #2 and for the next 2 weeks, the challenge is jeans. So find your image, create a card using your copics and upload your creation to the current posting on the site.
Here is the card I created for the challenge and of course used my copics to color the image. I really felt that this card did not need to have many accessories on it just because the image is so full of detail. I love these adorable images. Both the copics and the Sarah Kay stamps can be found at the 7 kids college fund online store!!
Well, head on over to the challenge to see what the rest of the DT have created and to see what the prize is. These challenges for Copic Creations occur on the 1st and 15th of every month. Card details at the end of this post.
Today is also Flutterby Wednesday, time sure flies! This week Danni has challenged the team to create a card with punches. I used my martha stewart butterfly punch for the challenge and added it to be apart of the scene where Tilda is Chasing the Butterflies. To participate click on over to Flutterby Wednesdays and comment with your entry onto today's post.
I have also used this card to participate in a color challenge on Cute Card Thursday where the colors to use are pink and brown.
Because the background paper is detailed and the image and butterflies are "full" at the top of the card, I did not add any embellishments to the card. I thought that if I did that it would just look too busy. Check out the other cards from the Flutterby DT HERE.Well, I hope that you have a chance to participate in these challenges!! Be sure to check out 7 kids college fund for stamps featured in this post as well as designer papers and copic pens!
Card1:
Stamps: Sarah Kay
Paper: Basic Grey Marrachech, Chocolate Chip, Rust CS, Neenah white CS
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Dew Drops, S U corner rounder punch, grosgrain ribbon
Card2:
Paper: pink pirouette, chocolate chip, Neenah White CS and Basic Grey Bittersweet DP
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Stampin Up! tool kit, martha stewart butterfly punch
One more thing before I go, I'd like to thank Linda for giving this cute and sweet award! Thanks so much for thinking of me!! Now, I am going to share with a few ladies.
Wishing all of you a wonderful Wednesday... we are finally half way there to the weekend!!
See you tomorrow!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Card or Image Folder Tutorial

Good morning, today I finally got a chance to take some pictures to show you how I made my folder with the gorjuss girls for my friend Joy. I will do my best to show you step by step details. There are quite a bit of photos but thought that this would make it easier to follow.

1. The supplies that you will need include 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock, a pair of scissors, any ribbon of your choice, sticky tape, and a scoring tool (either a scor-pal or your paper trimmer and a scoring blade).

2. Turn your cardstock with the short side (8 1/2") at the top , just like the picture below. Score it at 5 1/2" all the way to the bottom.
3. You will turn your cardstock with the 11" going across the top like the photo below. Score it at the 5 1/2" mark. This will be the center fold of the folder.

4. Now, fold along all the scored lines that you have made in both directions.

5. The photo below shows you the pockets that you have just folded.


6. Now, take your scissors and cut on the flap that you folded up. You will be cutting directly in the middle of the 2 pockets.


7. Next, (see photo below) you will be taking your scissors and cutting a skinny triange on the inside of the pocket and on the outside. The pocket have angles tapering inward.

8. Next, (optional) you can fold a little flap over about 1/2" to 1" to give it a different effect.

9. To hold in the folded flap of the pocket and to adhere it to the folder, I have punched 2 holes for each pocket and placed brads to hold it all.
10. The photo below shows you what the folder will look like when it is closed. It comes out to a 5 1/2" square.

11. Take out your sticky tape and place a strip across the middle of the closed folder. You will apply sticky tape to both the front and back of your folder. This will be used to attach your ribbon for the closure.

12. Choose your paper which will then go over the ribbon. This will secure everything in place and will not show where you have the ribbon coming out of. Decorate as desired.
13. Here is the completed folder that you can either use for cards or for stamped images and give as a gift. I have also created folders that are smaller and larger depending on the type of cards I am making and the size of the images I am sharing.
This will finish as a 5 1/2" square and can easily be mailed.
I hope this tutorial was easy to follow and my directions were clear. If anyone tries this out, please email me your creation and I will post it here for all to see.
I have been getting lots of emails asking where you can purchase the Gorjuss Girls. Click HERE.
Scroll down on the right side of my blog for other tutorials.
Thank you for stopping by and waiting for this tutorial. Have a wonderful day!!
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