Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer Afternoon

I asked my stamping buddy (Hi, Chris!) to stamp some images from the special Stampin' Up! hostess set called Summer Afternoon, and here are five cards I came up with using them.  As you can see, I need a lot more practice using colored and watercolor pencils -- but I gotta start somewhere!  

This first card gave me fits until I thought to duplicate the Poppy Parade color of the planter in the quote's mat.  Wish I had remembered to add some twine in the button holes!

On the card below, I used some Sweet Pea Flower Soft on the flowers in the basket.  Too cute!

My least favorite of the five... too plain.  And the buttons really need twine...

This is where I finally thought to pull out some baker's twine.  Isn't the tiny scallop circle punch adorable?

And finally, my personal favorite:

I'm not real sure what my next project will be -- because I have so many cool new stamps and "toys" to play with out on my worktable.  I'm itching to try Gelatos and some Textural Accents (my birthday present to myself), and I also have a brand new large Martha Stewart butterfly punch.  And then there's my new Floral Oval nestabilities that I want to try embossing now that I have the needed tan embossing mats.  And my new autumn leaves die that coordinates with the Wonderfall stamp set in the Holiday mini.  And some WAY cool Halloween projects.  And some In Color stitched satin ribbon.  And...  well, I guess I better get to work!!

Joyce Spear (a.k.a StamperJoyce)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Blooming with Kindness for Birthday

Here's the birthday card I made for my friend Chris for her birthday earlier this week.  I used the Blooming with Kindness stamp set from Stampin' Up! with the colors Gumball Green, Marina Mist, and Regal Rose.

(Click on each picture to see it larger.)

Joyce Spear (a.k.a. StamperJoyce)