Wednesday, August 24, 2011

PPA 107...late, but worth the wait

so.... I tried to get my PPA card done in time, but I just kept waiting for some of my Holiday mini catalog products to arrive and ended up missing the deadline.  (If I could just get the UPS man to deliver my packages earlier in the day!)  We'll be making this card at my card club this Saturday.  I'm really happy with the way that it turned out and I think it was worth waiting on the UPS man.  I used the Pretty Postage stamp set and coordinating punch from the summer mini and the new 1" square punch from the upcoming holiday mini.  I also used the new houndstooth embossing folder and I brayered it with perfect plum for more contrast.  I just bought a brayer for that one purpose and I love the effect.  Without further ado...

(special thanks to Ann Schach of The Stampin' Schach for the video tutorial on the bow)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pals Blog Hop- 3-D items

Welcome to the August Pals Hop! This month, we're featuring fun and creative 3-dimensional projects! Enjoy the hop and the amazing creations that the Pals have come up with. 

You've likely hopped over from Rae Harper at, I'm stop number 13 on the Pals Hop and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for 3-D paper projects from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you'll be back on track!
2. Nicole Watt at
3. Barbara Chatzkel at
4. Jason Casper at
5. Melanie Collins at
10. Leah O'Brien at
17. Martha Stewart at

I love to make 3-D projects.  There's just something that makes me warm and fuzzy inside when I look at something I made.  Here are a few of my recent projects.  We made this at a recent workshop.  It's the onboard journal from the new catalog.  It features a lot of new products- the pennant parade stamp set, pennant builder punch, chocolate chip polka dot ribbon and the just add cake designer series paper.

This is a mobile that I made for Saige's room (it's a Pottery Barn knock off- I just couldn't stomach paying the amount they were asking when I knew I could just make it myself).  I used the butterfly sizzix regular die and the colors blushing bride, sahara sand and whisper white.  I'm still trying to share my stampin' space with Saige.  The room was already gray and pink so it worked out perfectly that we had a little girl.  I lucked out and found the rings as a mobile in the clearance section at hobby lobby.  I cut off the existing mobile pieces and tied up my own.

And, I figured most of you would want to see some more of her bedroom.  Here's her bed.  My mom made the bedding and she did such an amazing job.  I wasn't finding the black and white bedding that I wanted so I asked my mom and she came through with flying colors!  If you're looking for custom bedding send me a message and maybe my mom can create something for you too.  Thanks mom!

Hop along for more inspiring ideas from Pam Giudici at, stop number 14 on the July PALS HOP! Thanks for "hopping" by!

Monday, August 8, 2011

PPA 105- Color challenge

My hubby and I love to watch HGTV's design star.  Sometimes I feel like PPA is my "design star".  Saige took an extra long nap yesterday (and by extra long I mean 2 1/2 hours- her normal is only 40 minutes!) so I was able to sit down and pull together a quick card.  The colors are all pretty and bright on their own so I knew I needed to add in a good neutral.  I wanted to play around with my new embossing folder from the summer mini.  I embossed it with the folder and then swiped versamark over the raised part and sprinkled with white embossing powder.  I had to use a small paint brush to get lots of excess powder off so I don't think we'll be making this at an upcoming card club :).  I kept the card really simple so it would highlight the embossed part.  I couldn't decide on a sentiment so I left it blank.  I think the new Occasions Alphabet will fit perfectly in the space on the bottom left and I'll just stamp it with whatever sentiment I need at the time.  Super easy!
That daffodil delight is quite bright.  Here's my little summer sunshine...