Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Arte y Pico Award

Exciting news! LeAnne over at Wee Inklings has nominated me for the Arte y Pico Award. What an honor! Apparently, this is an award for creativity and design, among other things. Here's the scoop:

1. You pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.

2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.

4. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of
Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

There are so many people out there whose work I simply adore, but here are my five picks

1. Michelle Wooderson at
Mish Mash
2. Lauren Meader at My Time, My Creations, My Stampendence
3. Amy Sheffer at Pickled Paper Designs
4. Nancy Riley at
5. Becky Carafa at
The Lakeshore Stamper

Monday, April 28, 2008

Altered Card Container

This project is for my upcoming Alter It class. This set is an altered lunch box containing six dividers for card categories, and six cards, one for each category. I hope the gals coming to my class like it. I think it would make a great gift for Mother's Day.
This lunch tin is from Provo Craft. I covered it with SU!'s Afternoon Tea DSP, using my Xyron machine to adhere it. Below you can see the container in it's open position. On the lid is a pocket I created with a trimmed 3x3 envelope to hold postage stamps. The six dividers each have a strip of DSP on the top and I used a round tab punch for the tabs. I created the category names on my computer and printed them out on return address labels, trimmed, and adhered them to the tabs.
Below you can see the entire set of cards. I used the Live Your Dream stamp set that matches the paper for the main images on all of the cards. I pulled sentiments from various other sets. The color palette comes directly from the Afternoon Tea DSP: Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White.
I borrowed the layout below from this card by Krystie Lee.
I cased myself for the sympathy card from here and just reversed the layout.
For this Mother's Day card, I modified this card by Laura Brown. This card can be filed behind the Holidays tab, or it can be used to give this gift to mom. The card below is a direct CASE of this card by pixegirl - Shelley Hopps.{Altered Tin & Cards Recipe}
All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.
Paper: Afternoon Tea DSP, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White, and PTI's Stamper's Select White.
Ink: Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi and Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Live Your Dream, Letterpress Alphabet, All Holidays, Sincere Salutations, It's Your Birthday, Warmest Regards
Accessories: double-stitched ribbon in Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, and Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, Chocolate Chip Twill, silver brads, slit punch, round tab punch, scallop punch, three for you flower punch, circle punches, Xyron machine, Spellbinders' nestabilities, and lunch tin by Provo Craft, computer and labels.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

What's in the bag?

Yesterday was Administrative Assistants' Day (read: Secretaries' Day). The two secretaries at the school where I teach are just wonderful, and I wanted to do something special for them. So, I created two identical little gift sets. When I had my Technique Class the other night, someone asked "What's in the bag?" so I thought it would be fun to post the contents here. Plus, let's face it! It's really hard to give away those cute gifts I worked so hard on. At least I'll have the photos to remember that I actually created something original.

The color inspiration, by the way, came from two pieces of coordinating patterned paper by Pebbles, Inc. that I had in my unused stash. I love the color scheme: cool caribbean, tempting turquoise and close to cocoa. It also goes with Kristina's Color Inspiration #4 . Too bad I didn't make this sooner so I could have played along.

Anyway, here's what everyone at class saw. I used two white lunch bags I had on hand already. I decorated the front of the bag using. The horizontal strip of paper is clear embossed using the wheel from SU!'s Spring Solitude hostess set. The main piece is stamped with images from the same set. I used my nestabilities for the scallop and my coluzzle for the matting. The bags are secured with a piece of chocolate chip taffeta ribbon.

Inside the each bag is a gift set of 10 regular sized cards, a cello bag of m&m's topped with matching patterned paper, and a small 3x3 notecard with a message of thanks inside. I packaged each set of cards inside Papertrey Ink's clear plastic boxes. The sentiment on the notecard is from A Little Birthday Cheer (SU!).

Here's a close-up of the cards in the clear box. I made a belly band to wrap around the box and covered the gap with a scalloped monogram, using PTI's Circle Borders & Corners set and the Trajan Monogram Alphabet set.
Here's a close up of the little notecard. Simple, yet perfectly matched!
The entire ensemble is pictured below. Each gift set contained two of each card design.The first card here uses the little bird and small flower cluster from SU!'s Live Your Dream set. The Sentiment is PTI's Mixed Messages. I love the tiny little sentiments in that set!
I think both the bird and swirl branch/leaf images are Inkadinkadoo. The sentiment is from PTI's special one year anniversary set, Simple Little Things. Ribbon is from my LSS.
This main image is Hero Arts, I believe. Ribbon from my LSS. Sentiment from SU!'s Closer than a Memory. Two get the two toned effect on the tree, I inked up the whole stamp with cool caribbean, then used my close to cocoa marker to make the leaves and branches.
This card uses the images from Spring Solitude. Ribbon from one of SU!'s designer packages, from two winter mini's ago. It matches taken with teal.
Here's the bird from one of my current favorite SU! sets, Always. Just love this little one. Greeting from PTI's Simple Little Things.
Well, that's it! This is how I spent most of my weekend, and it's the reason why I'm behind on samples for the May classes. I guess I should go stamp now!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

April Stamp Club Cards

These are the cards we made at April's stamp club. They are all pretty quick and easy. I think this first one would make a good card for Mother's Day.

{Bloom recipe}
Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful
Ink: bayou blue, soft sky, wild wasabi, basic black, going gray, basic gray
Paper: confetti cream, wild wasabi, spring silhouettes DSP
Accessories: soft sky ribbon, liquid pearls

The main image is stamped in basic black and watercolored with ink and blender pens. The pot is watercolored with going gray, and the blossom definition is stamped in going gray also. Bloom is stamped with basic gray. Liquid pearls to the centers of the flowers add shimmer and dimension.

{Welcome, Little One recipe}
Stamps: Nursery Necessities
Ink: pretty in pink, bashful blue, certainly celery, sahara sand

Paper: kraft, pretty in pink, bashful blue, certainly celery, apricot appeal prints DSP
Accessories: white taffeta ribbon, big star punch

I think I'm going to give this card to a friend of mine at her baby shower next month. She and her husband chose to wait until the birth to find out if they're having a boy or a girl, so I think this card would be perfect.

{Embrace Life recipe}
Stamps: Embrace Life
Inks: groovy guava, regal rose, real red, basic black
Paper: ginger blossom DSP
Accessories: groovy guava ribbon

I love the simplicity of this card. I cased this card by gbedwright from SCS. I changed the ribbon because the red seemed to overpower my card, probably because I didn't use they exact same patterns for my squares.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

HOO loves you???

There are several things to celebrate here. For starters, this is my own design. When does that ever happen?! Also, I created my own embellishments with chipboard and SU!'s new colored glitter. If you look closely, you can see little pink bling on the patterned paper. Plus, I colored her with my Copic Markers. I haven't had much chance to play with those yet, so this was really fun. Last, I am in LOVE with this little owl. It's from the SU!'s Just Celebrate set in the Occasions Mini-Catalog. Did you notice that she is a girl? That's right, a girl! I added eyelashes to the images to create a girly owl.

{Who Loves You recipe}
Stamps: owl image from SU!'s Just Celebrate, sentiment from A Muse
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: PaperTrey's Stamper's Select white cardstock, rose red, pumpkin pie, Bali Breeze DSP
Accessories: old olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Copic markers, silver brad, pink gemstones by Hero Arts

April Inspiration - Garden Whimsy

This card is my simplified version of this card by Mary Jo Albright.

{Best Friends recipe}
Stamps: Garden Whimsy Ink: groovy guava, rose red, bayou blue, basic black Paper: blue bayou, whisper white, basaic black, groovy guava prints DSP, rose red prints DSP Accessories: 1 1/4 square punch, 1 3/8 square punch

I actually designed this one on my own. I just LOVE this Summer Picnic paper from SU!

{Have a Great Day recipe}
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Lots of Thoughts Ink: real red, wild wasabi, basic black Paper: bashful blue, real red, whisper white, Summer Picnic DSP Accessories: red striped grosgrain ribbon, word window punch, real red and basic black markers

This is my version of this card by Jace.

{Celebrate You recipe}
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, A Little Birthday Cheer Ink: old olive, taken with teal Paper: so saffron, whisper white, retired SU! DSP Accessories: old olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, pretties kit

I borrowed this card from justcrazy. I changed and relocated the sentiment and omitted the set of three brads.

{You're Fabulous recipe}
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Amazing to Zany Ink: real red Paper: real red, real red prints DSP, basic black, whisper white Accessories: black grosgrain ribbon, black brad, spiral punch, small oval punch, 1 1/4 square punch, 1 3/8 square punch, paper piercer

I copied this card by LateBlossom. I loved the sentiment she used, but I don't have it. I also prefered the orange brads, but again, I went with what I had on hand.

{For You recipe}
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, All Holidays Ink: pumpkin pie, wild wasabi, basic black Paper: pumpkin pie, wild wasabi, basic black, whisper white Accessories: silver brads, paper piercer

I was trying to copy this card by Yvette. I really like her version better, but I was too lazy to add the wire and bling.

{Thanks recipe}
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Cause for Celebration (hostess set) Ink: pretty in pink, certainly celery, versamark Paper: regal rose, certainly celery, whisper white, certainly celery prints DSP Accessories: mini library clip, winter white embossing powder, two way glue, dazzling diamonds, pretty in pink taffeta ribbon

April Technique Class

We will be making three cards using different glitter techniques.

{Thanks recipe}
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Absolutely Fabulous Paper: tempting turquoise, basic black, whisper White, certainly celery, rose red prints DSP Ink: basic black Accessories: gingham ribbon, versamarker, heat and stick powder, dazzling diamonds, markers in tempting turquoise, rose red, certainly celery, and basic black

This design came from this card by Beate.

Here's a closer shot so you can see how sparkly it is.

{Hello recipe}

Stamps: Sweet Shapes, Three for You Paper: so saffron, Uptown DSP Ink: so saffron, lovely lilac Accessories: wild wasabi double-stitched ribbon, sticky cuts, ultra-fine glitter

{Amazing recipe}
Pretty Amazing Paper: sahara sand, blue bayou Ink: blue bayou, perfect plum, purely pomegranate, basic black Accessories: purely pomegranate double-stitched ribbon, slit punch, iridescent ice embossing powder, sahara sand marker

Sunday, April 6, 2008

April Classes To Be Posted...

I completed all of my samples for my April classes last weekend, but I've been so busy I haven't posted them. I finally took pictures before we left for our visit to DH's parents' house this weekend. I promise to post them as soon as we get home. Check back Wednesday to see this month's Technique Class and Inspiration Class. I will also post our Stamp Club projects.