Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hey Chick!

Good morning! What a bright, sunny day here in Houston (aka a total crime to be inside at work:)'. The storm that blew through yesterday took all the humidity and clouds with it so we have some nice spring weather for a bit longer before the heat and yuck sets in. Have to figure out a way to sneak some moments outside in the middle of my work day to enjoy it!

I have another card to share made with a stamp designed by Janet Kline that I won from Stampotique and the Catered Crop. In addition to her flower girls, she has some other super whimsical images, including this funky bird. I colored several versions of him before I settled on the yellow, black and red which just happened to fit with this week's Color Throwdown challenge- don't you love when that happens?!

 I used simple layers of paper from SU's "Love Letters" collection, paired with Basic Black and Kraft card stock. The image had a bit too much white space for my taste, so I hand drew some lines with squiggles since I didn't feel like changing the thread in my sewing machine to black;)' A computer generated greeting, some brads and pearls and black stitched grosgrain ribbon finish it off.

I repeated the patterned paper on the inside but left it blank so I can commit to a greeting later- I want to keep my options open on who I send this to and when-lol!

That's it for today- hope your day is going well!


Stamps: "Bird Legs"- Stampotique
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, "Love Letters"-SU
Accessories: SU: Black pearls, silver brads, dimensionals, Modern Label Punch; stitched grosgrain ribbon, Copic markers, Copic multiliner pen

Monday, April 4, 2011

You grow girl!

Morning everyone! Hard to believe it's Monday already- what a fast weekend. We had a pretty relaxing couple of days in our house (probably the last one for awhile with swim meets restarting, etc)- playdates, friends over for dinner and a crafting date with one of my buds- lots of fun! It was a rough one getting out of bed this morning, though- I was looking for one more snooze button cycle-lol!

OK, onto the card to share with you today. In February I won the weekly challenge over at Catered Crop for my Happy Heart Day card and won a $30 gift certificate to Stampotique-yay, more stamps! Their site has stamps from a variety of artists, but I really fell in love with these flower girls by Janet Klein and picked up several super cute stamps.

I started with my favorite, called "Grow Girl" and matched her to papers with colors that remind me of the sunflowers growing in the fields in Provence. After working primarily with digi images over the past few weeks, it felt really funny to actually stamp again (took a few takes to get it perfect, too-lol!). I stitched around the edges, but kept the layers pretty simple so the focus would be on my little sunflower girl. Some brown taffeta grosgrain ribbon and a yellow twine-tied button balance out the large image.

I used some of the patterned papers on the inside, but left it blank so I can stamp a greeting later when I decide what to use it for (if I actually mail it:)

That's it for today- hope your week is off to a good start!


Stamps: "Grow Girl" Stampotique
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, K&Co "Wild Saffron"
Accessories: SU: Corner rounder punch, bronze brads, dimensionals, Big designer buttons, hemp twine; scallop edge punch, brown taffeta grosgrain ribbon, Copic markers