Sunday, March 21, 2010

SA05 Inspiration Challenge

This week's challenge at Stamping Around was tricky for me. All I kept seeing were flowers, purple and yellow. I think I have 2 flower stamp sets in my entire collection, and I used one of them last week! Here is what I finally came up with:

I wanted to keep the flower in focus, but also pull in the plaid background from the photo. All papers were from my stash, the pattern is from DCWV.  Thank you was stamped with SU short and sweet.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Captain Rex

All my boys LOVE legos (including hubby).  And they love Star Wars. So, what happens when boy #2 decides that for his birthday he needs a lego Captain Rex birthday cake?...  Mom has to get creatively awesome! 

#2 was thrilled to have the "coolest cake ever Mom!!!"

I simply googled "captain rex lego" and found an image, then with ruler, pencil and a huge eraser, sketched an outline pattern.  I baked my cake, put on a thin crumb frosting and then the blue base frosting and put it in the freezer.  When it was frozen solid I placed my outline on the cake and with a sterilized quilting pin, pricked little holes through the paper into the frosting all along my lines. This created just enough guideline on the cake so I was able to then outline and fill in (using pastry bags and a small round tip) with my buttercream colors.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Daisy Days

Claire Brennan has created some of the most wonderful stamps out on the market. Unfortunately, I am not the proud owner of any... yet.  I just had to give this challenge a try, not only for the chance at getting my hands on some Waltzingmouse stamps, but to challenge myself to use some colors that I normally do not use... especially the sugar pink. 

I kept my card very simple, because I am trying to learn to use white space effectively.

Ink: PTI fresh snow, SU so saffron, mellow moss and regal rose
Paper: PTI kraft and SU so saffron.
Stamps: SU Definitely Decorative Daisy, PTI Damask Designs

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sensors, Bolts and Gears

I have so much fun creating with Lauren Meader's templates!  Unless I am making something specifically for me, girly things just don't fly in my testosterone-filled household. So, I create a lot of boy-geared projects. My four year old has claimed this one already! I had intended it for a gift card holder for an upcoming birthday party.... I guess I'll have to make another.

This little robot uses the In a Pinch template. I printed it out on SU Ballet Blue paper, and all his gears were created with Gable Green. I used various circle punches for all his gears and circuts.  A little wire on the front and top finished him off!

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Little shadow box cards are so much fun to make. I love creating them for more of a little seasonal decoration. This grouping came together so quickly for St. Patrick's Day! Plan on seeing more of these as the year progresses.



Patterned paper is from DCWV. White, and black and yellow cardstock are from my stash, from no particular company.  I stamped the letters with Stampin' Up's Big Deal Alphabet and embossed them with silver pearl ep from CTMH. Used my distressing tool on the edges of the squares, and put dimensionals between all layers.