Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Blog Design

Hello everyone!  Just was playing around and wanted to update my blog design.  I picket this template from The Cutest Blog On The Block website.  I wanted a clean, fresh look to my blog and thought this would be perfect.  Being computer-challenged, it took me all day to figure out how to change my buttons and add custom lettering to my header.  In the end, I am happy with the results.  Hope you enjoy the new layout.  Also, I made myself a custom signature for the bottom of my posts.  I had blog envy of all of the blogs that contained those special siggys and thought I would try to make my own.

Ta-Ta for now!



Signature

Lucky #7

Hello everyone!  Hope your week is going well so far!  I just wanted to share with you a card I made for my little cousin.  She turned "7" and I just wanted to make a little card for her to highlight the event.  I love this new color SU! has come out with, I think it will be one of my favorites.  It is called Calypso Coral and is one of the new IN COLORS. Hope you like it.

 This is one of my tiny cards again!  I love the 3x3 size.  I think for being so small they pack a lot of personality.  Anyway, I am off for the day, hope you have a great Wednesday!

Thanks for stopping by, come back again for another project.

Amy

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Dot, Dot, Dot, PTI: Tiny Tags
Ink:  Calypso Coral
Paper: Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Tools:  Big Shot, PTI: By The Numbers Die, Medium Jewel Tag Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch
Accessories:  Basic Rhinestone, Stampin' Dimensionals, Baker's Twine, non SU!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Pretty Packaging

Hello everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  My weekend was filled with birthday parties for little ones.  I also had a birthday party last weekend and now I am officially "Caked Out!"  They were a lot of fun, but as you well know, wrapping presents and embellishing the packaging can really add up, especially when you have multiple parties to attend.  While I lucked out on the wrapping paper (Dollar Tree) I wasn't so lucky on the bow end of things.  I had NO bows in my stash and decided to make one from a tutorial I got from Splitcoaststampers last year that I filed away in my "Things I want to try" file but never got around to making one.  Boy was I sorry!  Once I made the first one I thought I will never buy another pre-made bow again!   You can see the tutorial here.  I did not use any special paper, just some colorful cardstock I had from my pre SU! days.  These are so great because you can totally customize the bow to coordinate with whatever wrapping paper you want.  You can use solid or double sided DSP and the results will look totally different.  Hope you enjoy it!


 To make the bow look "grounded" on the gift, I added a couple of ribbon tails by simply cutting two strips of 1"x7" strips of cardstock and cut out a "V" at the bottom to finish it off.  Once I was done with that I thought it was missing something and needed a "POP" of color since it looked kind of flat since I didn't use DSP.  To remedy that situation I simply punched out little party hats in coordinating colors with a punch I had and tucked them inside the bow with mini glue dots.

Hope you have a great week ahead of you.  Thanks for stopping by!

Amy


Supplies Used:
Paper: Cardstock from my stash
Tools: Party Hat Punch: Paper Shapers
Accessories:  Mini Glue Dots

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thank You

Hello Friends!  Happy Friday to you all!  Just wanted to share with you an elegant card.  The stamp I used was from an Anna Griffin stamp set my mother purchased a couple of years ago.  I don't know what the name of the set was so I apologize for that but I hope you enjoy it just the same.


Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Amy

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Anna Griffin, Short & Sweet, Clearly For You
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Tools:  Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One, Medium Jewel Tag Punch, Framed Tulip Embossing Folder, Color Spritzer
Accessories:  Antique Brad, Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Linen Thread

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

For The Grad!

Hello Friends!  Hope your week is going well so far.  Just wanted to share a graduation card I recently made.  It was a lot of fun to make.  Hope you like it!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Amy

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Word Play, Glitz Distressing Stamps, Papertrey Ink: Simple Alphabet
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip DSP
Tools:  Big Shot, Corner Round Punch, Spiral Notebook Punch, Papertrey Ink: By The Numbers Collection
Accessories: Clips Assortment

Monday, July 18, 2011

Circle Happy!

Hello friends!  How was your weekend?  Mine was great, the weather was perfect and we spent a lot of time outdoors with our neighbors.  Such a fun time!  Today's card is a simple card I came up with that was really fun to make.  I wanted the contrast of the Calypso Coral and Whisper White to really stand out and I think that I accomplished just that.  It is such a fresh, clean card that was achieved with just a variety of circle punches.  Hope you enjoy it!

 Hope you all have a wonderful week!  Please stop back again for another project!

Amy

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Curly Cute
Ink: Calypso Coral
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Tools:  Circle Punches: 1-3/8", 1-1/4", 1", 3/4", Corner Round, Itty Bitty Punch Pack
Accessories:  Basic Rhinestones, Stampin Dimensionals 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Back From Vacation

Hello everyone!  I did not fall off of the face of the earth. My family and I just got back from a little vacation to visit my aunt and uncle in South Carolina.  We had a nice visit with them and we were also able to visit my cousin and his lovely wife for a bit.  While we were down there my uncle gave me some computer lessons! Yipee!  He showed me all sorts of goodies, like how to download and where to find what I downloaded and how to get it to do what I want it to do.  Sounds pretty simple to some people but I am computer challenged to say the least!  He also helped me with some new software and I thought I would play around with it and show you what I came up with.  Now, keep in mind, I have NO idea what I am doing.  I was just played with some buttons and tried to give this photo a different look.  I see such great photography and lighting on other blogs and have no idea how they do it so I thought I would give it a shot.  I wanted this photo to look bright and grainy so I messed with saturation, brightness and some other stuff!  Real technical huh?

Here is the original photo:
 Now this is the stepped up version:

Now keep in mind this picture was taken with Mike's iPhone so it may not have been the best quality but I think it turned out okay.  Emma loved the beach.  She could have stayed all day and collected seashells all day.

Please come back again soon, I will have a project for you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Amy

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ticket To Celebrate!

Hope you are having a great week so far.  Here is a masculine birthday card that I made recently.  I always have a tough time coming up with masculine cards but I figured I couldn't go wrong with Basic Black, Real Red & my fave....Crumb Cake!  I also had a chance to play with some new stamping toys!  Hope you like it!




This card used a lot of fun products.  Hope you stop back again for another project!
Thanks for visiting!
Amy

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Just the Ticket, Glitz: Distressing stamp 
Ink:  Basic Black
Paper: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Basic Black
Tools: Big Shot, Stars #2 Die, Star Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Ticket Border Die from Papertrey Ink
Accessories:  Button, Linen Thread, Stampin Dimensionals

Monday, July 4, 2011

Fresh Baked!

Happy Fourth of July!  Hope you had a great weekend.  I recently baked some banana bread for my neighbors.  They have been very helpful these past few weeks and I wanted to show them my appreciation.  I have to say it looked delicious and the house smelled wonderful, I just hope it tasted as good as it looked!



I used the top note die to cut some Very Vanilla cardstock and some heavy kraft cardstock I had on hand.  I distressed the Very Vanilla after cutting along the perforation and inked with some Vintage Photo distress ink.  I colored the image using my Stampin' Write markers and stamped it onto the Very Vanilla cardstock.  I adhered the two top notes together and punched some holes on the sides.  The bread was wrapped in parchment paper and I used some twine to tie the label to the package.  It is hard to see in the picture but I used some Dazzling Diamonds on the crust of the pie to give it a little bling.  I stamped my name with the Simple Alphabet set from Papertrey Ink.  The pie image is from an Anna Griffin stamp set my mother purchased a couple of years ago.

Thanks for stopping by, come back soon for another project!

Amy

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Anna Griffin: In The Kitchen; Papertrey Ink:  Simple Alphabet
Paper: Very Vanilla, Kraft Cardstock
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Tools:  Big Shot Machine, Top Note Die, Hole Punch
Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds, Jute Twine

Friday, July 1, 2011

Masculine Graduation Card

Hope you had a great week!  Can't believe it is July already.  Time is just flying right by....before you know it the kids will be back in school!  Speaking of school with all of the graduation parties going on right now I thought I would share with you one of the cards I made.  This is a perfect sentiment for a graduation but also for any kind of new endeavor such as .....a new job...retirement....or really any type of encouragement.  Hope you like it!




This is another one of my favorite size cards to make, the 4x4 card!  I love the square look and it fits great in an A2 size envelope.  I also used my Color Coach to come up with the color scheme for this card.  I knew I wanted to use the Basic Gray but wasn't sure which color I wanted to use to contrast the gray but my Color Coach saved the day!  I went with Cajun Craze and I love the way it turned out. This is a simple and clean card with NO SPONGING!  I stamped the image in Basic Gray ink on the cardstock and then stamped the image again in Cajun Craze on a piece of scrap Whisper White cardstock and cut out the arrow and popped it up with dimensionals.  It added an extra pop of color and dimension.  The silver brads add a cool touch of shine without being too blingy, if that is even a word! 

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Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Amy

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Word Play
Ink:  Basic Gray, Cajun Craze
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Cajun Craze
Tools: Ticket Punch, Mat Stack & Paper Piercer
Accessories:  Stampin Dimensionals, Silver Brads