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

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Brimming with Love

Today's card uses an adorable kitty stamp that Vicki brought along with her for a visit last weekend.  I couldn't resist making a card with this cute fella peeking over the brim!  It is a Penny Black stamp - Brimming with Love.... Ain't it cute?  I like this one because it makes a good valentine, but also just a  great everyday card too.  I used my new Basic Grey Sugar Rush paper on this one, along with SU Pretty in Pink cardstock.  The sentiment is from my Gel-A-Tins Coffee Break set, and I added some prima flowers and Amuse polka dot sheer ribbon to finish it off.  Hope this little guy brings a smile to you today just like he did for me:)

Happy Stamping!
Joan Signature

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Cheers

Is it really February already?  It's been awhile since I posted, and actually it's been awhile since I've stamped!  It was a sad week last week, as we said goodbye to one of our kitties - Tabbytha.  She was a good kitty, and we will miss her.  On a brighter note though, my stamping buddy came up for a visit this last weekend, and we had lots of stamping fun!  So, I thought I'd share some of the cards we made with you all this week.  Here is one we'll be making at my card club this Saturday:

I recieved a birthday card using this image from an SCS friend last year, and fell in love with this little cheerleader turtle!  So, next time I ordered from Stamping Bella, this stamp was the first on my list. 

The paper is from the SU Sweet Pea paper stack.  I colored the turtle with SU old olive ink and a blender pen, added red rose using the SU marker... and of course had to add some bling with stickles!  A nestie classic scallop circle cut out of Taken with Teal and SU Saffron ribbon finished it off.  I think we'll have fun making this one on Saturday!

I'll be back with more cards to show you later this week... so stay tuned! 
Happy Stamping!
Joan Signature