Monday, August 27, 2012

You're Out of This World

Sad news to hear about Neil Armstrong this weekend, but we all know the quiet, brave hero had an amazing life and is someone the world will always remember.  In his honor, I'm posting this card I made using this Paper Trey Ink Boy Basics stamp set, "Out of this World."

The rocket & ignition flames were hand cut and I popped up the rocket on some dimensional adhesives for a little more interest.  Tiny stars that are included in this set make it easy to create a random star pattern for the sky. 

Oh, and sorry, friends. Some robo-spam comments have forced me to add the verification feature back to my comments link... hopefully it'll be temporary, just bare with me.
Take care, friends.  Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wonderfall Trends

Hi, friends!
As it's Trendy Tuesday at the blog on Paper Crafter's Library, I decided to post something I made inspired by this week's theme.  See the torn paper layer?  It's rustic and easy to create for an interesting addition to a fall card.

I used some trendy burlap on the card above, too.  The burlap I bought came in a pretty big section, so if you want some, let me know!  Using it in bits & pieces of maybe 2 x 4 inch sections means I'll have a LOT of this fragrant fabric around for awhile.  I pulled off a string to tie through the wooden button embellishment (or perhaps I should admit a burlap string fell off... easy once you start trimming that stuff).

Stampin' Up!'s new stamp set, Wonderfall, is a favorite set for me now, so I have to share a couple more cards I made using my new stamp toys (all cards shown also use a bit of SU! Orchard Harvest DSP).

I like the pops of bright colors combined with traditional fall colors in the patterned paper I used.  Island Indigo, the blue color shown, really stands out as a surprising, vibrant addition to a fall card.

Considering most of the corn around our drought stricken area here in Missouri is completely dead and a sad yellow/brown, it's more cheerful to see some bright colors for the corn pattern paper... oh how I can at least wish it will be a happy harvest for some of you out there...

What's your favorite new fall stamp set?
Sometimes it's hard to pick just one... I know I have many favorites.
Well, enjoy these cards & happy stamping!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Junk Mail Inspiration

Inspiration can come from anywhere... and this week it came in the mail! 

Fall for New Color
Crate & Barrel inspiration photo

When I saw the colors in my latest Crate & Barrel catalog, I instantly wanted to stamp something using the same colors.  Maybe other stampers get that feeling, too, some times...?? 
I wanted to make something clean and modern and came up with this:

I used Summer Starfruit and Basic Gray Stampin' Up! inks and SU! stamps, the sentiment from Pursuit of Happiness and Chamomile wheel.  Short on other gray SU! supplies, I used Paper Trey Ink Smokey Shadow cardstock and ribbon, along with SU!'s Summer Starfruit & Whisper White cardstock.

How will you be inspired this week?  If you are low on mojo, don't forget to check your mail!
Happy stamping everyone.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ghoulish Googlies!


YES, I'm posting something Halloween-y!  I know that the new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog attracts a lot of attention for all the cool Christmas things, but before I can complete Christmas crafts, I love to make things for our work place's annual Halloween Bake Sale and auction.  I'm trying to plan early this year, and this is where the new Ghoulish Googlies bundle will come in very handy.

The mummy stamp is so cute, it was easy to CASE that right from the mini catalog, PLUS the benefit of using the mummy stamp is that the little self adhesive googly eyes will last that much longer (only 1 eye needed, instead of 2 that is!).

Here's a view of what's included in the bundle (stamp set, bags, tags, eyes & twine):
Ghoulish Googlies Clear-Mount Bundle

I created a little "tombstone" base for the little glassine bags that come in the bundle.  Using some black cardstock & the Spider Web embossing folder, Oval Accent Bigz Clear die cut shapes were embossed then trimmed to fit the bottom of the bags.  I sponged Classic black ink on some flat kitchen toothpicks to adhere my little stamped bats, just to step up the bags a bit with a "custom embellishment."

 Happy Stamping!

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!