Friday, February 27, 2009

A Friday Prettie Peek

I am SOOO excited. We have a new Cooper in town, and he is adorable! I mean, look at this little guy all ready to give you a great big hug! He will be released at Sunday's Stamping In Your Jammies party over at Paper Pretties, along with Bunny Hop Sophia. just might get a peek at the April Sophia Stamp of the Month too! (Don't forget, to get Ballerina Sophia during the month of March, you need to sign up for the Stamp of the Month club today or tomorrow!!
I hadn't made a tall card in quite some time, so I felt it would work well with this little guy. I used some Riding Hood Red for the card base, then some new SU! DSP called Rockability. I thought the cherries worked well with the second half of the sentiment! (BTW: That is the phrase my mother uttered to my little girl last week "a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck"- I just KNOW she's going to love this set!!)
I stamped Cooper on watercolor paper with basic black craft ink and let it dry for a while. Then, I colored him in with my aquapainter and ink pads (just kiwi kiss, old olive, riding hood red, blush blossom and a touch of pretty in pink for his cheeks.)

Wanna see more Prettie Peeks? Well check out these Prettie blogs

Jackie P
Jackie R

I hope to chat with you at the party on Sunday! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Stamps: by Paper Pretties

CS: watercolor, riding hood red, rockability DSP

Ink: Basic Black Craft
, old olive, kiwi kiss, riding hood red, blush blossom, pretty in pink
Acc: aquapainter, SU! ribbon.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Prettie Wednesday Challenge of 1's

So, here it Challenge of 1's card. 1 image, check. 1 sentiment, check. 1 layer, check. 1 embellishment, check. This one fits the bill.

As some of you may remember, this is one of my most favorite Cooper's out there, Beach Bum! (Altho I may have a new favorite soon!!) I love his chunky little belly, especially now since my little guy's belly is even BIGGER. I stamped him with basic black craft ink onto a fabrianno card...then let him dry for a while. I colored him wtih prismacolor pencils, OMS and blending stumps...but must say the craft ink didn't hold up to the OMS too well. Oh well, guess I better stick to my Palette or Memento inks for them. I also added a little "glow" around our little guy here, so it looks like he really is in the sun! I just went around it with my barely banana marker, then used my aquapainter to soften the edges of the line a little. Almost like having Copics! LOL!!

I can't wait until Friday, when I can share with you all a prettie peek of the new stamps we're releasing on Sunday. I am SOOO in love with one of our newest'll know why immediately. The best thing was my mom actually used one of the phrases when talking to her on the phone this last week...that's how perfect this set is for me...and I know you all will love it too!

In case you've forgotten...our Stamping in your Jammies night is Sunday, March 1st starting at 5pm PST (8pm EST) and will include all kinds of fun like hourly challenges, prizes, and of course, new stamps! have until Saturday (2/28) at 5pm PST to submit your card for the Cutie Pie contest to win all of this month's releases. Just be sure to upload it to the Pretties Gallery to be considered, and good luck!

Stamps: Beach Bum by Paper Pretties

CS: Fabrianno Card

Ink: Basic Black Craft

Acc: Prismacolor Pencils, OMS, blending stumps, SU! ribbon.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Prettie Wednesday reject...

So for Wednesday I have to have a 1-layer card using only 1 image stamp, one greeting stamp, and one embellishment. Overall, not too hard for me since I love simple, and 1-layer, cards (unlike a lot of the other Pretties who've all been moanin' and groanin'!! ;-) So, I set to work on this card last week deciding to make it into an anniversary card for my parents. Tomorrow is their 47th wedding anniversary. WOW! And they were together for about 5 years before getting married since they were high school sweethearts!

So, I stamped the main image from Sealed With A Kiss (recently re-released in RUBBAH!) then masked over an area and stamped some hearts to create an outer border...and that is where I messed up! 2 image stampes!! Oh no!! Well...guess I have to redo my card for Wednesday, but I can post this one today! :-) I outlines the masked area with my black pen, and then covered the unmasked area with versamark and embossed with irridescent ice ep for some sparkle. Then, I colored in Luke and Lexi (AKA Jack and Sue!) stamped my greeting, then added some ribbon. Voila! Hope you like it mom and will be in the mail soon!

On Sunday March 1st, Paper Pretties will be having their monthly Stampin In Your Jammies party!! The party starts at 4pm PST and will last until 7pm. We will be issuing a challenge every hour so be sure to come and play along!! Besides the challenges, chatter, and all around fun, we will also be releasing Bunny Hop Sopia to the public as well as a new stamp set!! Sneak peeks will start on Friday, February 27th - here and on all the Prettie blogs!! Hope to see you there!!

And, since Paper Pretties is having a release that means it is time for another CUTIE PIE CONTEST!!! All you have to do to enter is upload a card you have made using Paper Pretties stamps to the Cutie Pie Contest gallery over at the Paper Pretties website. Entries must be in by no later than 8pm CST on February 28th to be considered for the prize. Besides getting to call yourself a CutiePie, you will also receive all the new stamps that are released on the 1st!! Good luck!!

I also wanted to add on a note about my coffee with Jackie P. week before last (OMG has it been that long already??) It was so much fun to meet her in person, she is such a wonderful sweet individual! Here's a photo of Jackie holding Jack - gives you some perspective on just how huge this little guy is already!! He's for sure a big ole' Chunk - makes Jackie look even tinier than she is!! Thanks for meeting us Jackie...can't wait to see you again!

Supplies: (all supplies from SU! unless noted)
Stamps: Sealed With A Kiss by Paper Pretties

CS: Pure Luxury White CS

Ink: Brilliance black
, versamark
Acc: Prismacolor Pencils, OMS, blending stumps, irridescent ice ep, SU! ribbon.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Prettie Wednesday Color Challenge

I have to admit...when I saw Jessie's color challenge to use Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss and Cameo Coral together I thought she was nuts!!! I mean, coral with rose red?? That's just crazy talk. And even when I first pulled out the cardstock I still thought she must be insane...but as I started playing more I decided it wasn't as big a stretch as I initially thought.

I decided a beach theme would be fun, especially since that's what I'm dreaming of with this nasty cold rain we've been getting. I stamped the palm tree from Soakin' Up the Sun into the Kiwi Kiss ink first, then used a marker to color the trunk chocolate chip. After stamping, I took a blender pen and pulled some color in to color the leaves and trunk, but still leave a dark outline. Next, I cut out a mask of the tree (not easy, let me tell you!!!) and made one for the horizon line and then sponged on some color. I first added the cameo coral near the horizon line, then some rose red moving upwards. For the water I used Pacific Point, then added a little Night of Navy near the top to make it darker further away. Lastly, I used Creamy Caramel for the sand after moving the mask to leave a little white foam at the edge of the waterline.

Since this card was for a Jessie challenge--the layer and embellishment QUEEN--I had to really step it up from my usual simple cards. I have 3 layers (including the patterned paper from the Bella Rose pack which I've almost finished off!!) Then I added the Groovy Guava stitched ribbon because I thought it matched the coral pretty well. The main image is popped up over the ribbon, then I added the photo corners. I stamped a greeting from the set with black ink so it would stand out on the dsp. Lastly, I added the hardware with a little Kiwi satin ribbon because it was a very Jessie thing to do! :-)

After all that, I really like this card! It's something i can be proud to send along to my fellow Prettie Girl Danielle (who's much colder than I being in Michigan and all poor thing!) Have a very Prettie Wednesday everyone, and be sure to check out all the other Prettie blogs to see their creations.

Supplies: (all supplies from SU! unless noted)
Stamps: Soakin' Up the Sun
by Paper Pretties
CS: Pure Luxury White,
Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red, Cameo Coral, SU! Bella Rose DSP
Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red, Cameo Coral, chocolate chip, creamy caramel, pacific point, night of navy, palette noir
Acc: ribbon, photo corner punch, hph, sponge


Monday, February 16, 2009

A quickie Prettie Monday

It's almost 10pm Sunday night...and Jack is NOT happy! Not sure if he's over-tired or what...but this will be a quick post! ;-)

Here's a card I made back in December...and sent one to each of the Prettie Girls as their Christmas card. I so love this Gliding By Sophia...she's one of my favorites!! I colored her with SU! markers and an aquapainter...the cheaters watercoloring method. I then added some liquid applique to her earmuffs and muff, and of course some glitter to her line in the ice. The cardstock all came from the Pretties Boutique...LOVE it!!

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday Monday! I know I'll enjoy having dh home to help out after tonight, I'm anticipating a long one.

Supplies: (all supplies from SU! unless noted)
Stamps: Gliding By by Paper Pretties

CS: Watercolor paper, Bazzill cs

Ink: Brilliance black

Acc: SU! markers, aquapainter, liquid applique, sakura glitter pen, dimensionals, slot punch, ribbon.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Loving Prettie Wednesday

Guess what I"m doing this morning?? I'm FINALLY going to meet fellow Prettie Girl and San Jose resident Jackie P!!! I can't believe I've been living in San Jose for 6 months and we still haven't managed to meet up in person yet - shame on me! But today, we finally will! Guess I ought to bring my camera, huh? I suppose a Barista will be happy to take our photo! ;-)

On to this week's project. 2 weeks ago Jillian challenged us all to make a project that we love. We've changed things up a bit with our prettie challenge creations, and now some of them get sent to other prettie girls, some get sent to charities seeking cards, and others we get to keep for our own use. Since this was a week we get to keep for our own use, I decided to use this as an opportunity to get working on Julia's valentine.

I'll start off by telling you that my mom used to stay up all hours of the night before Valentine's day making valentines for myself, brother, sister and dad. She would use posterboard (like 11 by 14 or so sometimes!) and then cut things out of magazines and using construction paper and doilies etc. make these amazing Valentine's for us. They were truly works of heart...and I so wish I still had one of them today. Unfortunately, I wasn't as sentimental (or pack ratty) back then. But I do know how much I loved getting those Valentines.

Today, I have far more resources paper crafting wise than my mom had 30 or so years ago (OMG - 30! did I really say that?!?!) I started with this Colorbok (you'd think I would have figured out the keystroke for an oomlot by now but NOOooo, I'm too lazy!) heart shaped chipboard book from Mike's 1$ bins (I only bought 5 of them...wasn't I good?!) I covered it with paper from the Bella Rose collection (yup, still hooked on that paper!) sanding the edges and then sponging them with Bravo Burgundy ink. Next, I stamped flutter by Sophia onto some white cardstock and colored her in with my SU! markers. I stamped her again on the opposite side of the dsp used to cover the heart and paper pieced her dress. After coloring the flower and her jewelry with my Spica glitter pens, I cut her out and adhered her to the heart. Then, I stamped the word LOVE from an old retired SU! set, and hand wrote the rest to read "Things I LOVE about you!"

Now, on all the pages to follow I will include different things that I love about my little girl. I have managed to finish one of them, and it says "you make me smile" and includes a photo of me smiling. Now to finish the rest of the pages before Saturday...hmmm...I see a few late nights coming up myself!

Be sure to check out the amazing creations of the other Prettie Girls, and then go make something special for the people that YOU love!

Supplies: (all supplies from SU! unless noted)
Stamps: Flutter By by Paper Pretties
, retired SU! sets
CS: Pure Luxury White, SU! Bella Rose DSP
, Bravo Burgundy
Black, Bravo Burgundy, SU! markers
Acc: chipboard book, nesties, ribbon, spica glitter pens


Monday, February 09, 2009

Prettie Challenged Monday

Happy Monday everyone! We had a good, but busy weekend. It seems there is never quite enough time to finish everything that needs to be finished...especially when one of us is always holding Jackson.

I did get some time to finish a card on Friday however - he napped for 30 minutes in the bed! WOOHOO!!! I wanted to use this great sketch by Danielle for this week's Paper Pretties Weekly Challenge (#38) Danielle comes up with these awesome challenges every week, and for those of you who want to play along from home, you can win a $5 gift certificate to the Prettie Boutique, how awesome is that??

For this card I used my favorite new set Flirty Phrases. I added a little shading to the box with my one gray copic marker, then left it. The designer paper is from the Bella Rose set from SU!, and I used that and some basic black cardstock to make the brads on the right. I love simple cards!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful week...I'll be back on Wednesday for another Prettie Wednesday challenge (remember, Jillian challenged us all to make something we LOVE), and might even have something to post between now and then...who knows?!

Supplies: (all supplies from SU! unless noted)
Stamps: Flirty Fortunes by Paper Pretties

CS: Basic Black, Pure Luxury White, SU! Bella Rose DSP

Black, copic gray marker
Acc: build a brad


Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Prettie Wednesday with Texture!

Here it is, Wednesday already. Boy the time goes quickly when you can't put a baby down...NOT! Ok, I'll admit it, I'm exhausted. Just trying to finish this card up and take photos was a trial. Jackson is very much a mama's boy...he does NOT want to be with Daddy in the evenings, just because that's when daddy happens to be around. Remember Dinosaurs? THIS is what poor Phil feels like (altho the episodes where the baby is hitting him with the frying pan while screaming NOT THE MAMA are probably more appropriate! that I got my little rant's my Prettie Wednesday card. Danielle challenged us 2 weeks ago to add some texture to our card, and we couldn't use ribbon or primas. This was fun for me, since in Germany there are LOTS of different cut felt strips you can buy to decorate your table with. I purchased this strip of turquoise felt flowers for very little...and was excited to finally use it!
I used my Flutter By Sophia stamp since she goes so well with anything floral, and this favorite patterned paper of mine by SEI. I used GinaK's pure Luxury 120 pound paper for the base along wtih Tempting Turquoise and Pixie Pink for my colors. I colored Sohpia with my watercolor wonder crayons and aquapainter, then added some sparkle with my Spica Glitter pens. See that sparkle??I also stamped the inside of the card - and used the butterfly image from Rainy Day Friends since it matches so well...I even doodled the flight path! This card is going to Cards for a Cause, so I hope they'll like it.I hope you all have a wonderful day today...and I wish for you freedom to accomplish what you'd like, since I don't have much of that myself lately! (hmmm...maybe writing these posts at night after a long day isn't such a good idea!)

Ok...I feel like I need to include a cute photo of Jack I took earlier - if for no other reason than to show that he really is an adorable sweet little thing (all 15 pounds 14 ounces of him!)...and I'm just getting a little too tired! Recipe for the card is below Jack-Jack.Supplies: (all supplies from SU! unless noted)
Stamps: Flutter By and Rainy Day Friends by Paper Pretties

CS: Pure Luxury White, Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink, SEI Patterned Paper

Ink: Palette Noir

Acc: watercolor crayons, aquapainter , felt flower strip, nesties, spica glitter pens


Monday, February 02, 2009

Dancing with sketches

I am really loving this newest Sophia Ballerina. She is just so soft and sweet!! You can get her in March by joining the Stamp of the Month Club this month...otherwise you'll have to wait until April 1st to order her!!

During Taylor's 52nd Cupcake Challenge week, there were several sketches that I loved and had to try, and this one was created by our own Prettie Girl, Jackie Pedro! I decided the soft colors from Basic Gray's Two Scoops papers would work perfectly, and got to work.

The card base is GinaK's Pure Luxury 120 lb. white. I cut Sophia and the scalloped piece underneath with Nesties, and the sentiment was punched with my oval punches. I colored Sophia in with my SU! markers (not too bad, huh?) and added some sparkle to her skirt with my Spica clear glitter pen. I also included some more of these awesome sparkling heart brads Jackie R. sent to me in the upper right corner. Having the sketch made this a relatively quick card...and one I am really liking! I hope you enjoy her too!

Supplies: (all supplies from SU! unless noted)
Stamps: Sophia Ballerina by Paper Pretties

CS: Pink Pirouette, pureluxury white, basic grey two scoops

Ink: Palette Noir
, SU! markers
Acc: oval punches, ribbon, stickles, spica clear gitter pen, nesties, mm heart brads