Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hippity Hopping on Monday!

Good monday morning everyone!  We are heading into a hectic time of year getting ready for the holidays,  but I hope you will still be able to stop by and relax for a few minutes while I share some creations with you.  It is time for another Hippity Hop Monday with Ippity... and today I am sharing a card with one of my favorite sets from the recent new release - Farm Fresh.

Isn't this rooster a great image?  I decided to go with the good morning sunshine theme throughout the card, using the inverted circles nesties and the Rays embossing folder from Tim Holtz to create the rising sun.  I used dew drop ink pads to rub across the embossed image to add color to the sun's rays.  I finished it off with some red gingham ribbon for an additional country touch.  A quick and easy, yet cheerful card.  You can purchase this and all other Ippity sets on my SALES BLOG.  All are in stock and ready to ship.

Thanks for stopping by today, and have fun on the next stop on the hop - it's time to visit Lynn to see what she has created for us today.  If you haven't started the hop yet, you can find the complete list of sites on the Ippity Blog HERE.  Have a great Monday, and happy stamping!

Joan Signature

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ippity New Release Blog Hop!!!!

Happy Thursday everyone... and welcome to the Ippity New Release Blog Hop! The new kits are here, and all ready for you to purchase on my sales blog:)  The set I decided to use for today's post is a fun birthday set called Party Hat Wishes - I know this is going to be one of my "go to" sets for bday cards!

I've been having lots of fun with tags lately, so decided to make some birthday tags using this fun set and our new paper pad from Cosmo Cricket - Circa 1934.  I thought the letter and number papers coordinated perfectly with the adorable eye chart in this set. 

Hope you all like these new stamps as much as I do... and don't forget to check out the other blogs on the hop for more inspiration.  You will find the list on the ippity blog... have fun and happy stamping!

Joan Signature

Monday, September 6, 2010

It's Time for another Hippity Hop Monday!

I am so happy to be able to take part in a Hippity Hop Monday - it's been a long time!  And with all the cute sets in the new release, I've been itchin to do some stamping.  The list of all the blogs in today's hop can be found HERE - check out all the wonderful Ippity creations!

My card for today uses a set from the most recent release called Quotes A La Happy - I can't help smiling whenever I see this set, and with the dreary labor day weekend weather we've had here in the Northwest, I thought it was time to brighten up the day with a sunny card:

I love these little birdies and the sun from this set - and thought they matched up with the Earth Love paper from Cosmo Cricket perfectly.  I cut out the sun with the inverted scallop circle nestie, and ended up with a card that brightened up my day, and I hope yours too! 

Visit my sales blog HERE to see all the Ippity sets in this and the previous releases... all in stock and ready to ship... and have a bright sunshiny day!

Joan Signature

Monday, May 17, 2010

H{Ippity} Hop Monday

Happy Monday everyone!  It's time for the Ippity Blog Hop, and a chance for me to play some more with the stamps from the Spring Release.  I have been itching to try out Season of Joy with my nestabilities, so I decided it was time!
It is so cool that this set coordinates with nestabilities labels 10 and 13.  I used Labels 10 for this card. And while the set comes with many very nice Christmas sentiments, the you can of course mix this set with any sentiment for any occasion - I love it!  I used PIT white cardstock for the base card, and ran it through the Big Shot using the Sizzix snowflake folder.  I love the sizzix embossing folders for this because they are large enough to emboss the whole base of the card.  Although you can't see it well in the picture, I added some shimmer by applying Smooch Spritz to the base, and the snowflake is coated with both Crystal Effects and stickles.  Don't forget you can get this set and all the other Ippity sets on my Ippity Sales Blog HERE.  They are all in stock and ready to ship.  And make sure you check out the other great blogs on the hop today.  You will find the list on the Ippity Blog - don't miss out on the great creations!
Happy Stamping!
Joan Signature

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

{Ippity} Hopping into the Spring Release!

I am so excited to be taking part in the {Ippity} Spring Release Blog Hop!  These sets are so fun, I've been dieing to share them, and finally the time is here!  And to celebrate the release, I am offering free shipping on all orders placed today - so check out all the new sets HERE.

The card I am sharing today uses 2 of the new mini kits included in this release Books a' Flutter and A Bit of Burlap.   Be sure to check out the entire release and the rest of the wonderful creations on the blog hop!  You'll find the list on the Ippity Blog.  

And don't forget to check back as I'll be sharing more creations using these wonderful new sets!

Happy Stamping!

Joan Signature


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sparkling Butterfly

Today I'd like to share another sparkling card.  This is made with another Peddlers Pack background stamp - the Butterfly Background.  Have I mentioned I love these background stamps?  There are so many ways to use them.  For this card, I decided to highlight the beautiful butterfly:

I began by using my new fav ink - Palette Burnt Umber - to stamp the background on SU Barely Banana paper.  I am so sad that this color is being discontinued by SU - it is one of my go to colors for springy cards, so I'll be stocking up!  I then stamped the background again and cut out the butterfly.  I used copics to color in the butterfly, then added glitter highlight on the inner portions of the wings.  The body and other highlights are coated with crystal effects to give them some shine.  After a bit of drying time, I simply attached the colored butterfly over the stamped one in the background by using a glue dot in the center.  The crystal effects give the wings just enough stiffness so that I could bend them a bit and have them keep their shape.  This card can be used for so many occasions... I am thinking I'm going to have to make some more with different color combos... purples, pinks... so many possibilities!  Thanks for stopping by to check out my creation... and happy stamping! 

Joan Signature

Friday, April 23, 2010

My April new supply challenge

Wow - I didn't realize how long it has been since I posted!  It's been a busy few weeks - did a little traveling during spring break, and some stamping last weekend!  A friend and I have discovered a wonderful store in Beaverton, Oregon called Peddlers Pack.  They not only have their own wonderful stamps, but a store filled with all kinds of fun goodies.  I am totally in love with their background stamps, and thanks to some samples posted in their store, had the opportunity to use some of them with a new technique.  I have been wanting to try stamping with acetate for quite awhile, so I couldn't wait to make these cards:

 This first card uses the Peddlers Pack Dragonfly Background stamp.  It is first stamped on acetate using Stazon black ink.  The dragonflies are done in blue and aqua art glitter.  This affect is achieved by applying glue and glitter to the back of the acetate, working one colors section at a time and allowing drying time in between colors.  I allowed this to dry overnight, then the next day stamped the image again on white cardstock and colored the background with copics.  I then just lined up the acetate over the stamped image and attached with glue dots in the corners. 

The second card uses Peddlers Pack Dazzling Daisies background.  Using the same technique as with the dragonflies, I applied yellow glitter tot he flower centers, green glitter to the stems and white glitter for the daisy petals.  The acetate is then attached to yellow Pearl Paper using glue dots.  The really cool thing with the Pearl Paper is that is subtly changes colors as the light hits at different angles... very pretty affect!  You can check out all the cool colors on the manufacturer's website:    I think it makes the perfect background for these truly "dazzling" daisies!  

The third card uses the Peddlers Pack Koi background stamp.  I used the same technique with the glitter, using black on the fish as well.  For some reason I couldn't seem to get a good photo showing how sparkly they are, but you can use your imagination!  It is again mounted on Pearl Paper, but a lighter color that shows shades of greens and purples when the light hits... you really have to see this one in person to get the full effect.  One word of warning if you try this technique... you will get glitter everywhere!  But I really think the final result makes it all worthwhile:) 
I'll be sharing some more cards made with my new goodies soon - so check back... and Happy Stamping!
Joan Signature

Monday, March 29, 2010

H{Ippity} Hop Monday! 3/29/10

It's monday and time for another Ippity Blog Hop.  Check out all the great Ippity inspiration on all the blogs - the list is HERE.  For today's card I decided it was time to use the one set I haven't played with yet from the last releas - Love in Return.  This is a great set for cardmaking, scrapbooking and lots of other projects too! 

To make this card, I started with some paper out of the Basic Grey Wisteria paper pack, and matched it up with SU Basic Grey, Eggplant Envy and Lovely Lilac.  The Butterflies are cut using the Beautiful Wings Sizzlet, and I matted the circle using the inverted scallop nestability.  Some adhesive pearls finish it off.  Don't forget I have this set in stock and ready to ship along with all the other great unity kits on my Ippity Sales Blog HERE.  Thank you for stopping by to check out my card today... and don't forget to come by again!  Happy Stamping!

Joan Signature

Monday, March 22, 2010

H{Ippity} Hop Monday and My Monthly Challenge - 3/22/2010

Happy Monday!  It's time for the Ippity Blog Hop once again - don't forget to check out all the great Ippity inspiration on all the blogs listed HERE.

I have 2 cards to share with you today, both with a Spring/Easter theme, but very different cards as you will see! The first is using the gorgeous cross from the Ippity What Matters Most set:

I love how this cross fits in the Nestie Label 6 shape.  I cut both sizes out of white cardstock, and then used the larger nestie as a stencil to sponge the frame using Palette Burnt Umber ink.  I also used the Nestie Fancy Label set to cut out the brown scroll behind the cross.  The Martha Stewart Iron Gate punch was a perfect match, so I used it to add the detail at the top and bottom of the card, and topped it all off with three flowers punched out of yellow.  The patterned paper is from the SU Chocolate Chip Print Patterns.  This is a simple, yet elegant card to make, and the best part is I can make multiples to send out to friends and family for Easter very quickly!  (hey you friends and family who happen to be reading this... pretend you're surprised when you get this card, ok?)

My next card is one I made as part of a challenge I issued to myself earlier this year - once I month I pledged to get out a brand new supply or tool, something I "had to have" but has just been sitting here waiting for me to have time to use it.  So here is my challenge card for March:

The card uses 2 Ippity sets: Sweet Thoughts of Spring and What Matters Most .  The new supply I used on this card is Smooch Paint.  Now I have to admit, a large part of the reason I bought this paint was because it is just so darn cute in those little fingernail polish bottles...  what a way to make a buying decision, right?  But I'm sure glad I did , because I loved using it!  I used Taffy to color in the hearts on this cute little chick, and Taffy and Sugarplum on the flowers.  I also covered the body of the chick using moonlight to give the little guy an "all over" glow.  What I love about this paint is it is both shimmery and opaque - so even though I stamped the stem of the flowers using Burnt Umber, I was able to use Green Apple paint over it to turn the leaves shimmer green.  The brush applicators are great too - pointed tips so you can apply it to very small areas, and stiff enough that I could use the side to rub it across the chick very quickly.  I had loads of fun making this cute little springy card!  Other supplies:
Paper: SU Certainly Celery Cardstock and Print Patterns, SU Welcome Neighbor DP.  Ink: Palette Burnt Umber.  Other: Nesties and Martha Stewart grass punch, adhesive pearls.

Don't forget I have all Ippity sets in stock and ready to ship - just click on the Get Ippity Blinky or click HERE!  Happy Stamping Everyone!

Joan Signature

Monday, March 15, 2010

H{Ippity} Hopping towards St. Paddy's Day!

Well, it's Monday, we've lost an hour once again for daylight savings time... but it's time for another Ippity Blog Hop!  Totally makes it worthwhile if you ask me!  Don't forget to check out all the other blogs - you can find the list Here

The card I am sharing today is in celebration of St Patrick's day and that little bit of Irish that I think is in all of us this time of the year:) 

This card features my favorite butterfly from the Ippity set Devoted.  You can't really tell in this picture, but I embossed the butterfly in gold on green paper, then cut out the wings.  The wings are attached over a second embossed image on the white cardstock using a glue dot in the center.  I stamped the background using the Shamrock Background from Peddler's pack with Artichoke ink over Celery cardstock.  The blessing sentiment stamp is from Waltzing mouse - and is my toast to all of my family, friends and fellow crafters this year!  May the Luck O' the Irish be with you all!

Happy Stamping!

Joan Signature

Monday, March 8, 2010

It's Time to H{Ippity} Hop! 3/8/10

That's right, it's another H{Ippity} hop Monday!  And today, I wanted to share a quick and simple card using the Regal Greetings set from the new Winter 2010 release.  I made this card in 5 minutes - and I love that this could be used for many different occasions by simply changing the sentiment.

To make this card I first used my Martha Stewart Iron Gate border punch along the bottom of the white cardstock.  I then stamped the flourish from Regal Greetings on the top using Palette Noir ink and added a few self adhesive pearls.  I chose the sentiment I liked, and again stamped using Palette Noir, matted on black and attached using dimensionals.  And I was done!  Quick, easy and elegant.  You can see the entire Regal Greetings set here: Regal Greetings And you can purchase it as well as all the other great Ippity sets on my Ippity Blog through paypal:  Buy Ippity Here
And now... don't forget to check out all the other Ippity goodness on the rest of the blog hop - you will find a list with links to all the sites participating here:  H{Ippity} Blog Hop.

Thanks for stopping by today, and Happy Stamping!

Joan Signature

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Partner!

Growing up as the youngest of four children, and the only girl, I endured a lot of teasing from my big brothers.  Now that we are all "grown up" I can never pass up the chance at getting back just a little with birthday cards each year that gently (hehehehe) point out the fact that as we all get older, they will always be older then me;)  Two of my brothers have birthdays the first week of March, so this weekend was masculine birthday card time.  So today, I thought I would share one of them:

I saw this stamp by Art Impressions in a local store this past year and knew immediately that I had to have it for my youngest big brother - the John Wayne lover of the family.  I colored him in with my copics and grunged up the edges a bit by sponging on some ink.  I used the cuttlebug star embossing folder and an SU star brad to give it a sheriff feel, and framed the image using nesties labels 8.  And just in case my big bro missed the "old" cowboy look, I stamped the envelope with one of my favorite postmark stamps from inkadinkado...."Rush Delivery - Addressee is getting old fast!"  Luckily, everyone in my family has the same sense of humor, huh?  Other Supplies:  SU white, Night of Navy and Chocolate Chip cardstock, Moxie patterned paper, Palette Burnt Umber ink, SU designer label punch.   Have a great week and Happy Stamping!

Joan Signature

Monday, March 1, 2010

Time to H{Ippity} Hop! 3/1/10

It's Monday, which means it's time for another H{Ippity} Blog Hop!  And it was such a beautiful sunny day here yesterday, I was in the mood for a card with a spring feel.... and here it is:

I have loved this butterfly image since I first saw the new Ippity What Matters Most kit... and I love this sentiment too!  I think it really portrays the fresh energy of spring.  I used an aqua brush and SU classic ink to watercolor the butterflies and added a prima flower using a dimensional.  I decided to keep the bling to a minumum to keep the soft feel of the card, something that is very difficult for me to do!  The paper is from one of my all time favorite packs - Basic Grey Wisteria... so pretty isn't it?   Don't forget I am selling Ippity Kits, and I have them all in stock for immediate shipment!  Just click on the Ippity Blinky, the Buy Ippity tab on top of this blog, or here:  I Want Some Ippity!  And don't forget to check out all the other great projects on the rest of the blog hop.  You will find a full list of participating blogs on the Ippity blog here: Blog Hop .  Have fun and Happy Stamping!
Joan Signature

Monday, February 22, 2010

It's H{Ippity} Hop Monday! 2/22/10

It's Monday, and normally I hate mondays!  But today is different, because I am able to join the H{Ippity} Blog Hop for the first time!  I've been having lots of fun creating all week with my new Ippity kits, and today's project uses another kit from the Winter 2010 release - Regal Greetings.
I love the elegant look of this set, and decided to pair it with the gorgeous paper in the DCWV La Creme stack.  In order to get a really solid black to match the velvet pattern on the paper, I embossed the chandelier and the frame in black.  I then cut out the frame with nesties label 4.  I created the corner embellishment by stamping with the ornate square from the set, cutting out the square and then cutting diagonally to make the triangle.  I attached a prima flower with a black crystal in the center to finish it off.  Dimensionals pop up the sentiment and corner embellishment.  Other supplies:  SU black organdy ribbon, Palette Noir Hybrid ink, versamark ink and black detail embossing powder.

Here's the full kit - can't you just imagine creating all kinds of elegant cards from wedding to sympathy with these beautiful stamps?  Check out all the Ippity kits I have for sale HERE.  Hope you all have a wonderful monday, and be sure to check out all the other great projects on the rest of the H{Ippity}blog hop.  You can find the list of participating blogs on the Ippity blog HERE.  Happy Stamping!

Joan Signature

Sunday, February 21, 2010

{Ippity} Where you Should Be

Oh such a beautiful weekend here in the Pacific Northwest - lots of beautiful sunshine!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend - I enjoyed mine because I had a chance to play some more with my new Ippity!  Today I decided to play along with this week's sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers... you can find the challenge HERE if you'd like to play along too!

So, for my card I pulled out my new {Ippity} Where You Should Be kit. 

The beautiful leaves in this set reminded me of my DCWV Latte stack, so I pulled it out to find this fun leaf print paper.  I used my nestabilities labels 1 to cut the squares and then stamped the leaves using SU Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke ink.  The sentiment is stamped in Palette Burnt Umber and has some more leaves embossed in irredescent ice embossing powder in the background.  I usually make my cards A2 sized, but I just couldn't bring myself to lose any of this fun print, so this card is 5x7.  Other supplies: SU Celery wide grosgrain ribbon, dew drops

Here's a look at the whole set... isn't it fabulous!  Thanks for stopping by this weekend and hope everyone has a great week!  I will be joining in the  H{Ippity} Hop blog hop tomorrow, so I'll hope you'll stop by to check out another Ippity project then.  Happy Stamping! 

Joan Signature

Friday, February 19, 2010

{Ippity} Philosophy

It was a bright sunny day today here in the Northwest - a perfect Friday, and the bright sun put me in the mood for a bright and happy card.  And I had the perfect set - the new Ippity Fishy Pholosophy. 

I love the bright colors in the Basic Grey Lime Rickey collection, and I thought this circle pattern was perfect for a fun fishy card! I created the background for the sentiment by stamping the coral using versamark ink on SU Certainly Celery cardstock.  I also stamped the leaves to create the pattern on the bottom of card using SU Pumpkin Pie ink.  Then it was time to create the fishies - I wanted to make them look as if they were swimming across the card.  I started by stamping them with Palette Noir Hybrid ink and cutting them out.  I then coated them with crystal effects which not only gave them a shiney finish, but also stiffened them so that I could bend them for dimension. I atached them with some dimensionals, and finished the card off with some crystal brads.  This card makes me smile, and I hope it brings some sunshine into everyone's day!  Happy Stamping! 

Joan Signature

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Soft Suede Moon Beams... more new {Ippity}

Time to share some more new Ippity with everyone!  I was intrigued by the weekly color challenge on Splitcoaststampers this week, so decided it was time for me to participate.  The colors are Soft Suede, Perfect Plum and Pale Plum.  This combo really took me out of my color comfort zone, but it was fun to play with.... so here is the result:

I used 2 Ippity sets on this card - a new one from the Winter 2010 release called Moon Beam and Heart Strings, and the cow is from a set in the first release - Simply Home.  I've been wanting to use this cow since I got the set, but just haven't been able to come up with the right card.  He finally made his (oops, I guess that would be her) debut!  It's hard to tell in the picture, but the the stars and moons sparkle when you see it in person.  I stamped the image in clear versamark ink, then sprinkled on white embossing powder, followed by Irridescent Ice embossing powder for just a touch of sparkle, as if they are twinkling in the sky.  Other Supplies: Palette Burnt Umber ink, SU Soft Suede Ribbon and Earth Elements button, crimper

And here is a picture of the complete set - I love the versatility of all the sentiments in this one.  It can be used for everything from babies, to valentines, to congratulations cards.  Stay tuned for some more samples later this week... and happy stamping!

Joan Signature

Monday, February 15, 2010

It's a New Ippity Release!

I am so excited to share 8 new stamp sets with you from {Ippity} that are being released today!  I am in love with these sets and have had so much fun playing with them this weekend.  You can view all the sets here: NEW RELEASE.  I have all of these in stock and will be adding them to my Ippity Sale blog later today so you can purchase them through paypal.  Until then, if you are like me and just can't wait to get your hands on these, then just send me an email with what you want! I can send you an invoice and get your sets in the mail and into your hands ASAP!  I will be selling these for $15 and $18 and if you order today via an email, the shipping is FREE!

And now to share some of the fun I've had creating with these new sets this weekend!
                                                                                                                                                                    The first set I had to try out is called What Matters Most - I  fell in love with these images immediately!  I am a sucker for butterflies, birds, flowers, trees and sweet sentiments - and this set has them all!

To make this card I began by using my new Palette Burnt Umber ink so I could check out how it performs when I color with copic markers.  I am happy to report I had no issues with smearing at all!  I used my new Martha Stewart grass punch with some paper patterned papper from the SU Sweet Pea paper pack and popped it all up with some dimensionals for a 3D affect (no special glasses needed!)  And of course, I had to add a bit of bling on the butterflies using stickles for a finishing touch.  Other supplies used:  Nesties Labels 1, SU Barely Banana and Chocolate Chip cardstock, adhesive gem heart.

Those of you who know me IRL, know that I have been involved in music since I was a child.  So of course this next set is a perfect fit for me!  And with this adorable bird added for good measure, I couldn't resist it!

For this card, I decided to try out my brand new DCWV Cafe Mediterranean stack.  Love the bright cheerful colors in this paper!  I paper pieced the bird on top of the music script stamps with SU Apricot Appeal ink onto ivory paper. I love how this songbird turned out! Other supplies:  Pallete Noir ink, SU Apricot Appeal and Cool Carribean cardstock, SU apricot grosgrain ribbon.

The final set I'll share in this post is an adorable springtime set called Sweet Thoughts of Spring.  When I first saw this set I immediately considered it an cute Easter set, but after playing with it I realize it is much more versatile than just Easter.  It will make adorable invitations, baby cards and just thinking of you cards as well.

So with Spring in the air here in Seattle (our Rhodies are blooming already!) I pulled out my Basic Grey Urban Prairie paper.  It coordinates well with SU Pink Pirhouette, and I just think this bunnie with his cute little heart bellie button is a keeper!  I added just a bit of color to the bunnie using Pink Pirhouette ink and a blender pen, then sponged a bit more around the edges.  Other supplies: SU oval and scallop oval punches, SU scallop trim border punch, adhesive gem hearts.

Well, it is now time for me to go play some more with my new goodies!  I'll be back to share more of my creations with you later this week.  Happy Stamping!

Joan Signature

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A valentine and a challenge for me and you

I have decided on a New Year's stamping resolution (I know, I know... but better late than never, right?) Anway, I decided I'd better post it because then I will be much more likely to actually keep it, because my friends will be able to tell if I am!  So, as I organized my stamp room over the past year, I discovered so many things I have purchased but never had the time to really play with.... you know the things I mean... those things you just couldn't wait to get that then sit there on a shelf or in a drawer waiting patiently for us to find the time to figure them out.  So I have decided that at least once a month I will use one of these poor unloved products, and post my creation on my blog.  I will also post how to use the product with the hope that anyone else who has one sitting unloved will get it out and use it too!  If you do, please post it on your blogs and leave a comment so I can come check out your creation as well.... deal?

So, now on to my post for today.  The cover of the latest Take Ten magazine really caught my eye with the non-traditional color combination on some valentine cards.  So, I decided I would create some Valentines using the same colors.... Red, Turquoise and Black... and here they are!

Technically, these don't really qualify for my challenge of trying new things... but they almost do, so I'm going to count it!   The heart nesties were new and so was the Inkadinkado Lots of Love set (but both belong to a friend, not me!)  The EK success heart chain punch was brand new and mine, and even though I've used many border punches, I think I'll cheat just a bit and call this my January catch up challenge since the color combo was new too.  I promise to really use new stuff for the rest of the year!  I think this is a great color combo for a change from the "usual" valentine. 

Thanks for visiting today, and happy stamping!

Joan Signature