Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pals Blog Hop March 2012 - Spring Theme Ideas - Mixed Bunches and Lots of Punches

Spring has sprung and it's time for Pals Blog Hop! Today the Stampin' Pretty Pals are sharing some fabulous Spring themed cards and projects that we think you'll enjoy! You've probably hopped over from Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap with Susan, I'm stop number 15 on the Pals Hop and I'm glad you hopped in!

I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for spring themed paper projects from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you'll be back on track

Here is the first card (5x5) using several punches along with the stamp set Mixed Bunches and DSP called Everyday Enchantment which is still available through the Sale-A-Bration catalog until March 31st.
For the midle cardstock, Pear Pizzaz was used (1 1/2" x 5") along with Poppy Parade 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon and a Basic Pearl on each side.
For the vase, I used the Wide Extra Large Oval punch and trimed one end straight and used the Small Oval Punch for the other end creating the opening of a vase. Also used a sponge dauber to distress around the Whisper White cardstock using Soft Suede ink.

For the stem, I cut a strip of Pear Pizzaz cardstock and than added the 2 leaves using the Blossom Petals punch and matching stamp set called: Build A Blossom.
Here I used the Butterfly Wings Embosslit Die using More Mustard cardstock along with some tiny Basic Pearls in the center.

For the flower, I stamped it using Poppy Parade and Pool Party ink along with using the matching punch, but since I wanted to create an even bigger flower, I punched out 2 more mixed bunch flowers using Poppy Parade and cut each petal.  Hint:(use stampin dimensionals between the layer of flowers for a pop up look).

Later, I placed each petal underneath the Pool Party flower giving the illusion of  a bigger flower. I used a total of 9 petals altogether. Now onto the second card below........

Since I was playing with punches, I figured why not try another card so I came up with this below for another spring theme idea:
Colors for the mat background from top to bottom (Pool Party - Wisteria Wonder - Pear Pizzaz) along with Scallop Border Punch in So Saffron 

Here I used the Bird Punch for the bottom and than took a marker and added some lines to show more detail to the leaves with the idea of grass at the bottom.

For the clouds, I used the Cupcake Punch and used a spong dauber along with Marina Mist ink.

Here is my favorite part - the center focus which used the Triple Layer Blossom Punch for the flowers, Bird Punch for the stems and the Blossom Petals Punch for the leaves. At the end, I added 3/8" Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon.

For the middle focus mat, I used the color Regal Rose, for the flowers Pool Party and Regal Rose, for the leaves Pear Pizzaz along with the help of the stamp set: Build A Blossom

Stampin Dimensionals were used under each Blossom Punch flower and under this section. Last but not least added some Basic Pearls in the middle of each flower. Hope you Enjoyed!!!

Now hop along for more inspiring ideas from Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards, stop number 16 on the Spring Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for "hopping" by!
  1. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  2. Kim Luithle at Kim's Stampin Stuff
  3. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  4. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  5. Sue Bendinsky at My Color Creations
  6. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin' Affair!
  7. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  8. Marian Kay at All Aboard the Crafting Train
  9. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee
  10. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  11. Jennifer Takacs at My Stampin' Blog
  12. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  13. Linda Fisher at Linda's Stampin Loft
  14. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap with Susan
  15. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikki's Creative Corner
  16. Maggie Mata at MaggieMadeCards
  17. Leslie Davis at Ellalicious Elements
  18. Leah O'Brien at Leah's Stampin' Corner
  19. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!
  20. Emily Steggell at Stamping With Emily
  21. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin' Space
  22. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  23. Angie Blake at Angie's Musings

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

PPA130 & PP85 - Color & Spring Theme Challenges with Punches

For this card, I decided to try a combo of two of my favorite challenges, one over at the Pals Paper Arts, which is having a color challenge with a twist this week (PPA130) and over at the The Paper Players with a Spring Theme Challenge by Jaydee.

I wish I had more time to play this week, but I'm still not over this cold and neither is the baby, so most of my time is taking medicine for myself while making sure my little one gets better. He is so young (still under 6 months) and sounds like an adult coughing, so the challenge at home is keeping him upright at all times, even through the night while I battle this cold as well. Hoping for the best....anyways onto the card!!!

For the color challenge, I used Always Artichoke as my base, Lucky Limeade for the base of the flower, stems and leaves, and Melon Mambo for the top of the flower as my color choice, which I think works very well together.

Also used the DSP called Cheerful Treat which gives it a spring feel to it along with 3/8" Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon. 

Yes, I did use the new Framelit on this card and sponged it with Marina Mist ink to add a little more color to this........I was thinking about the sky when I started.

To create the flower, use the Owl punch (cut his little feet off first), than add a Small Oval punch on top (center of flower). For the base of the flower, punch out top half of Owl punch (Lucky Limeade) and adhere to the bottom (turn around and trim according to the roundness of the bottom). Last but not least, use the Bird Punch (for the stem and leaves). 

The circles were also from the Owl Punch. Almost forgot, Stampin Dimensionals were used under the flower to pop it up more. Hope you Enjoy!!

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