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!


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26 comments:

Lone Pine Designs said...

Great cards...love the flowers on the cross!

Joanne Gilch said...

love the Chocolate and cross card. the Easter one will fit perfectly in the SBS29 challenge hosted by Susan in April.

JenMarie said...

FABulous creations!

Rona said...

Wow the cross card is amazing!! I love spellbinders and have bought soooo many but I don't have either of the ones you used here. They are so perfect for that cross image. Maybe I need to stop hopping 'cause it always leads to more shopping!!!

Kelly Landers said...

Your first card is beautiful and I love how it fits inside the nestie! The second card is adorable how the chick is holding the flowers!!

Eva said...

Awwww...these are just gorgeous...love them!

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

This first card is gorgeous and the second so sweet!!!

lynn said...

i need to push myself to use my "new" things, too! love the layers on your first cards-very elegant look! the spring card is just adorable-love the grass!

Martha said...

wow, just amazing.

Susan Bouchard said...

Pretty cards! Love all the details on your first card!

Stephanie Zito said...

Wow Joan! Your cards are so beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a great day!

Robynccgirl said...

Great cards! That cross one is so elegant!

Gardner's Basket said...

Joan, beautiful cards. I really like the flowers on the cross.

Heather said...

Super beautiful creations!

Kim Dellow said...

Two lovely cards, so elegant! Lovely colours on both. Kim

♥ Audrey ♥ said...

Your cards are simply gorgeous... both so different yet so inspirational.

BonnieRose said...

ohhhhh beautiful.. I love your creations!

Cheryl said...

I am sorry if this is a duplicate. I think I flaked on typing the word verficiation.

Lovely cards. The first one is so elegant. Great job on both.

Eryn Hagen said...

LOVE these BOTH! Awesome!!

Sew-Ink said...

Both are fabulous! Great job!

dahlhousedesigns said...

these are GREAT!

lisa a.

Kathy said...

Two great cards! Love the fit of the image on that nestie in the first card, it looks like it was made to go together.

Kellie said...

Love both of the cards but the cross one really catches my eye. I just love how you did the whole card.

Lesley said...

I just love both the cards, the first one is gorgeous!

Cammy said...

Love the cards - but the first is just gorgeous! Love the regalness of the chocolate & punch details.

Michelle said...

hi joan!
im loving your cards...(took a peek back at posts ive missed..and think that all of your cards are beautiful...)
TFS!..and thanks for the wonderful inspiration!
mish