Sunday, April 24, 2011

Thanks Easter Bunny, cheep-cheep!

Do you remember that line from the old M&Ms commercial?  We're off to spend the afternoon hunting for eggs, enjoying the company of family and friends and munching on these adorable cake pop chickies!  I have to say, they turned out better than this photo illustrates...I built a light box for taking lovely photos and I'm not satisfied with the result.  I think I need to change the light bulbs for a truer white.  However, I think you get the idea of just how much fun Macy and her friend Sophia will have ogling these cuties before biting into them!  Hope YOUR Easter is as delightful...
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Polka Dots and Lemonade...

Wednesday is the first {card-o-logy} workshop and here's a sneak peek at one of the five cards we're making.  It uses the Lawn Fawn sets called Swimsuit Season and Say Cheese -- super fun and I can't wait to use them millions of times this summer!  I thought I'd test drive it now, see how it handles...FANTASTIC!  Smooth, clean lines come naturally to these Lawn Fawn stamps, which makes paper piecing a breeze!  I even dabbed a little Glossy Accents onto the glass of lemonade to give it a dose of reality.  Stop in to Paper Made Bakery and pick up a couple of these awesome sets for yourself!  We've got loads of new baker's twine in a rainbow of colors by The Twinery, too!  If you're in San Diego on Wednesday and want to get your creative groove on in our {card-o-logy} workshop, sign up NOW!  Break out the floaties -- summer's comin'!!
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Monday, April 11, 2011

May Arts Design Team Finalists Announced!

This is the week that May Arts announces its finalists for their Design Team! I've submitted an entry, so I'm eagerly waiting to see if my entry shows up on their blog sometime this week. They're showcasing several finalists per day all this week and asking viewers to leave comments for the project {Shannon's} YOU like best {Shannon's}.

Here's my's called Hello, Springtime!  I showcased it earlier in a post below, but I thought I'd bring it up top so you can see just how nifty the project is, especially since it uses all kinds of gorgeous May Arts ribbons.  So, please click HERE to check out the competition and look for my project {fingers crossed that I become a finalist} and then leave a positive comment on the post, if you're so inclined.
Hello, Springtime Banner

And, to make this competition REALLY fun, I'll randomly choose a winner from the comments who will receive a prize package filled with May Arts ribbons!!  Simply leave a comment on my May Arts Finalist post and then come back here and tell me that you left that comment at May Arts -- be sure to include your email address on your comment here so I can get in touch with you if you're the winner...
Thanks in advance for your support -- happy scrapping!
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Saturday, April 9, 2011

More Pink Persimmon...Possibilities

So, as promised, here's another version of a fun birthday card with the clear stamp set called Vintage Cupcake by Pink Persimmon.  This one is geared for the guys.

Obviously, I couldn't resist more paper piecing, but this time I used My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy-True Blue 6x6 paper pad.  I love the muted vibrancy of the color palette, and complemented it with cardstock by Bazzill in Apricot and SU in Crushed Curry.  I used Copic markers on the clown itself and for a little shadowing of the cupcake as well.  A swath of jute twine and a Tim Holtz tiny safety pin ties up the tiny tag stamped with just the inside of a pennant stamp image from the set.  Of course, there's a good dusting of glitter and some edging with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

I hope you grab that stamp set you tucked away on your shelf {or go buy a new set at Paper Made Bakery!} and create a variety of projects -- prove to yourself that set has awesome possibilities!
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Pink Persimmon...Possibilities

I'm really digging paper piecing, a technique that reminds me of paper dolls and adds so much texture, depth and color to stamped art.  Your "flat" image comes alive by adding patterned paper pieces, cut to fit exactly into the desired area of your stamped image, giving you lots of options to change up a single image into countless possibilities.

And speaking of possibilities, I picked up a stamp set from Pink Persimmon called Vintage Cupcake (how could I resist?!) and decided that I'd show you how versatile purchasing a clear stamp set can be, debunking the idea that once you use the "favorite" stamp from the set it gets left on your shelf.

Pink Persimmon specializes in vintage images and most are open lined making it easy to use the paper piecing technique.  Today's post is about using Vintage Cupcake for a girly card -- just like you'd probably expect the set to solely offer.  Yep, sparkly pink frosting, a fluffy ballerina with glittered crown, buttons and bows -- the whole enchilada!

I used Spellbinder Nestabilities Labels Four and Labels Eight dies, some My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy-Tickled Pink papers from the 6x6 pad, Aqua cardstock from Bazzill Basics and light pink from Core'dinations.  Touches of tulle, a bit of pink satin ribbon, a pretty pink button and Scrapper's Floss add the finishing touches to the Copic colored ballerina.  Oh yeah, and glitter!  I also machine stitched around the edge of the patterned background paper for more dimension and interest, and lightly edged the focal piece with a tad of Tea Dye Distress Ink.

Isn't it pretty?  Fit for a birthday girl, no doubt!  But, this is just one possibility.  Little birthday boys are going to love what comes next...
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