June 28, 2011

{SSSC123} Any Way You Slice It. . .

. . . time with you is SWEET!  ♥

Once again, my layout for today's card is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge, hosted by Karen Giron at The Sweetest Thing. 

I've used all DIGITAL images from Paper Fashions, Etc.
They were printed out on natural white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. The cherry on the left was cut out and adhered with glue dots.

The card measures 5-1/2 x 4-1/4" and the base is marina mist cardstock. The cute cherry designer paper is an oldie from my Stampin' Up stash. A little stitching around the edges and some red polka dot ribbon to tie it all together!
Cherry Delights Bundle
only $9.95 at Paper Fashions, Etc.

The inside of the card reads:
Wishing you a delicious day,
With a cherry on top!

Did you notice the "sweet" little tag tied onto the cherries?  Well, that is my clever way of covering up a coloring smudge. ;)

~ Quote for Today ~
Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. 
Coincidence? I think not! 

June 21, 2011

{SSSC122} Patriotic Paper Fashions

Believe it or not we are half way through June already and the 4th of July is just around the corner!  If you're looking for a patriotic stamp set, you'll love this new digital set by Paper Fashions, Etc.

Just look at all these great images!  All for only $7.95!

The layout I used for today's card is from Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  I'm not sure how she comes up with these terrific designs week after week, but she does!  Here it is if you want to try it too . . .

And a better view of the front of my card. . .

This is a standard 5-1/2 x 4-1/4" card using night of navy cardstock for the base.  I've layered on this collage americana designer paper by The Paper Studio.  The heart is a pre-colored digital image that I have printed on natural ivory cardstock.  The circle behind the heart is crumb cake stamped with a "weathered" background stamp and distressed.  The banner piece behind is cherry cobbler wrapped up with some brown and white bakers twine.   A little machine stitching all around and a star button to finish it off!   
the inside...finished to coordinate with the front.
The Happy 4th of July sentiment is a $1 M's stamp from my stash.

As I'm typing this post this evening, we are in a tornado warning and I'm downstairs listening to the radio and watching the radar on the computer.  With all the severe and devastating weather around the country this year, we are taking this much more serious than we usually do.  Hopefully, it won't amount to anything, but you never know.   I'm production coordinator for a steel company and we've started to see some Joplin, Mo rebuild projects coming through.   Our hearts really go out to that community...such a sad loss of lives and property!  

Now it sounds like all the rain is causing flash floods and that isn't good either.   Have you heard about the Missouri River flooding in Nebraska and Iowa?  And I guess it could be affecting other states as well.  I'm not sure.  The photos I've seen are unbelievable.

Ok, I'm rambling.  Back to my card... this was created for Paper Fashions, Etc.  Please stop by and check out all they have to offer.  Not only digital stamps, but other great paper elements too. For additional ideas and inspiration be sure to view the gallery while you're there! 

Thanks so much for blogging by.  Have a GREAT day!

Quote for Today ~

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood

June 14, 2011

Friendship Grows

Happy Hi, My Friends!  Today's card is my second as a design team member for Paper Fashions, EtcI've used the versatile Seed Packet digital set and printed the image on natural ivory cardstock.  I've done a little additional distressing around the edges and some coloring with Copic markers.  It was especially fun to embellish this image with crocheted flowers, buttons and bakers twine.

This is a standard 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card folded at the top.  The base is Not Quite Navy and it coordinates perfectly with this delightful designer paper by My Mind's Eye.  This is from a 6 x 6 pad of Hattie Papers called Stella and Rose.  You can purchase this online from Two Paper Divas for only $5.95!

Just look at all the banner sentiments
that coordinate with the Seed Packet!

Be sure to hop on over to Paper Fashions, Etc. and see all the digital stamps for sale, along with all the wonderful creative cards and projects to spark your creativity!   

Yikes!  Time really got away from me this evening and it's nearly midnight already!  I guess I won't have to schedule my post, it will just go *live* now!  :)    I didn't go into much detail about my card so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me.

I'm glad you stopped by today and hope you'll stop back again soon!  I've just finished making 20 more thank you cards for my daughter to use for baby shower gifts and I want to show you how cute they turned out.  (if I do say so myself...hee hee).  

Smiles . . . 

Quote for Today
Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. 
~Sicilian Proverb

June 07, 2011

Paper Fashions Design Team

If life is just a bowl of cherries. . .
Why aren't we eating pie all day long?

This FUN sentiment and bowl of cherries is from a wonderful NEW digital stamp company ~ Paper Fashions, Etc.   And I'm excited to tell you that I've been asked to be on their very first Design Team, along with these talented designers:

Amy Johnson ~ Amy's Creative Pursuits  
Andrea Budjack ~ Andrea's Creative Paper Trail  
Diane Noble   ~ Diane's Designs  
Gayla O'Dell  ~ Two Paper Divas    
Melissa Rodgers ~ Two Paper Divas    
Sarah Bigelow ~  Mustang Sarah's Creations   

In case you haven't heard of Paper Fashions, let me tell you a little about them.  The company opened their online doors in March of this year with a party that lasted a week!  The three owners ~ Diane Noble, Gayla O'Dell and Melissa Rodgers each have their own personal blogs and *years* of combined experience as paper crafters. They have all been Stampin' Up! demonstrators, so they are quite familiar with what paper crafters love to use on their projects. They have each taught crafting classes for many years too, so their tutorials have just the right blend of inspiration and instruction--making the projects easy for you to replicate.
Paper Fashions provides a growing line of printable, re-sizable digital elements that are affordable and versatile. The elements are high quality so you can shrink them or enlarge them to fit your needs. Every printable element comes with clear instructions on how to resize.
My first exposure to Paper Fashions was a couple months ago when I was blog surfing and came across one of Diane's fabulous project tutorials.  And then I saw her wonderful digital BINGO cards!  

The set I've used for my "debut" is one of my favorites ~ Cherry Delights Bundle
Cherry Delights Bundle
(click image to enlarge)

My card is a standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" using real red cardstock as the base.  I've layered on a couple "slices" of the retired SU "Summer Picnic" designer paper and stitched it all together with my Janome Sew Mini.  The bowl of cherries was colored with Copic markers and I've embellished with a little red button, a snippet of old olive twill ribbon and some brown and white baker's twine.

What I especially *love* about digital images is that you can print whatever size you need.  I wanted my bowl of cherries to be the focal point on the front with the sentiment small enough to fit on the 1-1/2" round tag.   Then on the inside, I printed the sentiment a little larger.   

Now I want to encourage all of you to hop on over to the Paper Fashions store and see all they have to offer in Digital Stamps, Project Tutorials and Printable Elements!   If you're like me, you may wonder about using digital stamps.  I started out stamping several years ago with Stampin' Up! wood block stamps and still use most of them...along with all my clear acrylic stamps, cling stamps, etc.  My love of paper crafting is why I'm adding digital stamps to my repertoire.

As always, I'm happy you stopped by and I hope you'll come back again soon.  I'm looking forward to sharing more projects using the Paper Fashions digi images!   

Quote for Today 
Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first. 
Ernestine Ulmer