June 30, 2010

Mariana *Day 3*

Here is our next delightful card by Mariana:

This card is so tasteful and elegant! I love the simple color scheme. And those pink pearls add the perfect, unexpected accent. The dragonflies look magical. Finally, I really like the look of the black border of the center panel against the bright aqua card base.
Here is my take: All Stamps Hero Arts (K5344, CL342, CG172)

June 29, 2010

Mariana *Day 2*

Here is another beautiful card by Mariana:

You can't help but feel happy when you look at this card! The colors are incredibly bright and spectacular. I love the mix of stamping and pp, too. They really compliment eachother. Finally, that deep navy ribbon adds just the right touch of elegance to this design.
Here is my take: Thanks for stopping by, my friend, and thanks, thanks, THANKS for all of your extra sweet comments. You ALWAYS make me smile!
Stamps: Tulips (Jane's Doodles for Squigglefly), Hero Arts (CL428, CL272)

June 28, 2010

Inspired by...Mariana!

I'm so glad you have stopped by today. This week I will be featuring one of my favorite cardmakers-- Mariana Grigsby!! I can't tell you how thrilled I am to share her work on my blog this week. Speaking of blogs, be sure to check out Mariana's BLOG and PHOTOSTREAM for lots and lots of inspiration. Here is our first card by Mariana:

This card is the perfect example of the professional and polished look of Mariana's creations! I love the color scheme on this card-so bold and regal. The flower is colored perfectly and looks wonderful on that panel of kraft cardstock. Finally, the button, twine, and punched border round out this stunner!
Here is my take:

Thanks for stopping by! I'll see you tomorrow with another of Mariana's awesome cards! :)
Stamps: Hero Arts (CL400, CL342), Splatter (All Night Media)

June 27, 2010

Still learning...

Hello, my friends! Just thought I would pop in and share a couple of cards I made using my new Copic markers. I am still learning, but I am having lots of fun!

All stamps Unity Stamp Co.

Stamps: Trees (Unity Stamp Co.), Sentiment (POD, available HERE)

See you tomorrow with the next "Inspired by..." stamper. She is one of my favorite cardmakers and I can't wait to share her work!!!

June 26, 2010

Inspired by...Purple Onion Designers

Welcome to another edition of inspiration by my fellow Purple Onion Designers (POD). Today's awesome cardmaker is Sharon Ong. Be sure to check out her amazing BLOG- it's chalk full of awesome creations! Here is Sharon's beautiful card for today:

This card is such a knock out! I love the gorgeous layers that Sharon adds to all of her creations. The white, kraft, and blue is such a fresh color scheme. Sharon never leaves out any details- I mean, check out those flower centers- how creative! Finally, I love the overall design of this card.
Here is my take:
I just can't tell you how much I loved working with THIS set (Stems and Grass) from POD to make this card. The grass is such a versatile image, I find myself reaching for it all the time. The sentiment on this card is from THIS set (Doodle Flower Sentiment).
Thanks for popping in! I hope you are having a great weekend. AND I hope you'll stop by tomorrow, I have a couple of cards to share...let's just say I can't put my new Copics down... :)

June 25, 2010

Sasya *Day 5*

Today is our last day of inspiration with Sasya. Be sure that add her BLOG to your favorites because she posts her beautiful creations frequently! Here is our last gorgeous Sasya card:

This red and white color combo is so striking! The distressed edges and light coat of paint around the edges give this a wonderful shabby chic style. The ribbon is a beautiful touch. And check out that pretty, sparkly butterfly. The pearl centers are gorgeous!
Here is my take:

Thanks so much to Sasya and Eva :) for playing along this week! It has been my pleasure to share your awesome style on my corner of blogland!
Hope to see you all tomorrow for some Purple Onion Designs inspiration! :) HUGS!
Stamps: Flourish Background (Purple Onion Designs), Hero Arts (E5388, K5344, CL272)

June 24, 2010

Sasya *Day 4*

Not much time to type but I have to share this fabulous, vellum creation by Sasya:And here is my humble take: All Stamps Hero Arts (K5344, CL272, CL428, CL374)

June 23, 2010

Sasya *Day 3*

Feast your eyes on this beautiful creation by Sasya:
Isn't this elegant? I love the rich background with the burgandy image and green distressing! The glitter adds such wonderful sparkle. And isn't that sentiment cute? Finally, I really like the touch of green and peach on the flower embellishments!
Here is my take. I decided to embellish with butterflies where Sasya used the flowers.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Wednesday!
Stamps: Butterflies (POD, available HERE), Hero Arts (K5344, CG102, CL272)

June 22, 2010


My friends, I have made a huge mistake. The card posted below is from Sasya's blog, but it is an ATC made for her by her friend Eva. I owe my deepest apologies to Eva and Sasya for my error. But, it did get me checking out Eva's awesome blog which you need to be sure to visit HERE!! In fact, Eva made an entire set of these ATC's which can be seen HERE.

Hi everyone! Thanks for waiting! :) Here is our next card by Eva:First of all, I love, love, LOVE that colorful butterfly! It has such a rich, fun mixture of bright colors. The green background provides a neutral background that really shows off the butterfly and the pretty flower in the corner. Finally, Eva's stitching finishes off this beauty!Here is my take:
See you tomorrow! Hugs!
All Stamps Hero Arts: E5388, CL389, CL428

Running behind...

Sorry, my friends! I am running behind and will post day 2 with Sasya as soon as I can. I have family visiting from out of town so I've been spending lots of time with them. :) Thanks for your patience! Hugs, Jill

June 21, 2010

Inspired by...Sasya!

Hi and welcome to another week of "Inspired by..." creations. This week's featured artist has a beautiful style all her own...it's Sasya! I just know after you see Sasya's cards you will be running to her BLOG to see all of her lovely creations! Here is our first card by Sasya: Pure beauty; right?!! I love everything here! First of all, the beautiful red and gold background is so elegant. The white butterfly is so striking and really catches the eye. Finally, the way Sasya has attached her ribbon, button and string with eyelets is so unique!
Here is my take:Thanks for stopping by, my friends! See you tomorrow. :)
All Stamps Hero Arts: CL342, K5314

June 19, 2010

Inspired by...Purple Onion Designers!

Welcome to another special edition of "Inspired by..." where I will be featuring a fellow POD designer's work and my card inspired by them. Today's inspirational stamper is the super creative Jennifer Holmes. Make sure to check out her BLOG- it's loaded with inspiration! Here's Jennifer's inspiration card:I love Jennifer's clean and simple design! The pink butterfly really "pops" against the kraft background. The coloring effect is also so fun on the butterfly, showing off the details of this great image. The white outline does a nice job of spotlighting the center panel. Who wouldn't love receiving this birthday card?!!
Here is my take. I was especially inspired by Jennifer's bright pink butterfly and neutral background:
All stamps are Purple Onion Designs. The butterflies (Vintage Butterfly Set) are available HERE, the branch set (Hang in There) HERE, and the sentiment HERE. Thanks again for stopping by! And thanks, Jennifer, for playing along! :)

June 18, 2010

Vanessa *Day 5*

Here is our final inspiration card by the talented Vanessa:

This card is another example of Vanessa's perfectly elegant style! I love the rich green background with the bold fern. Using both the twine and ribbon adds an unexpected, creative twist to this card's embellishments. Finally, the color palette is so natural and appealing!

Here is my take. I was especially inspired by Vanessa's beautiful embossing and ribbon and twine embellishments. AND big thanks to Sue for my new stamp! :)

Thanks again to all of you who stop by and leave such wonderful, sweet comments. And BIG thanks to Vanessa for allowing me to share your work this week. Be sure to add Vanessa's BLOG and PHOTOSTREAM to your favs- I know you will want to check her work out all the time! And remember- I'll see you tomorrow with inspiration from one of my fellow Purple Onion Designers! :) HUGS!
All Stamps Hero Arts: CG125, CG187

June 17, 2010

Vanessa *Day 4*

Not much time to type today, but here is Vanessa's beautiful inspiration card:

And here is my take:Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll stop by tomorrow for our last card by Vanessa!
Stamps: Text (Hero Arts K5344), Ferns (Hero Arts S5154), Vintage Butterflies (Purple Onion Designs)

June 16, 2010

My first class!

Hi friends! I have a little announcement... I will be teaching my first stamping class at my LSS, Mementos, next month. Here's a peek at the cards we will be making. If any of you are in the Yuma, AZ area I would love to see you there! :) Class dates and times are as follows: Saturday, July 17th at 10 AM and Wednesday, August 4th at 2 PM. Contact Mementos for class registration.
And this last card is inspired by Jennifer McGuire's incredible card which can be seen HERE.
All stamps are Hero Arts. Image coloring and backgrounds done using distress inks and white gel pen. Thanks for looking!

Vanessa *Day 3*

Check out this fun butterfly card by Vanessa:Now if this isn't an eye-catching stunner, I don't know what is! I love, love, LOVE how Vanessa has stamped the background in so many warm tones of yellow, gold, and orange. It really adds movement to the background. Her bold butterfly is also colored to perfection and has great dimension!
Here is my take:Thanks for visiting!

June 15, 2010

Vanessa *Day 2*

Here is our next card by Vanessa:Okay, Vanessa's butterflies make my heart skip a beat!! Aren't they gorgeous?! Her coloring is beautiful and I love how she chose to use such a rich color of blue. The soft distressed text in the background is an elegant touch. Vanessa's overall grid design is very eye-catching as well. Finally, Vanessa always remembers the details, like the touch of twine and pretty button on this card.
Here is my take:See you tomorrow, my friends! Thanks for your sweet comments!
Stamps: Vintage Butterflies (Purple Onion Designs), Text (Hero Arts K5344)

June 14, 2010

Inspired by... Vanessa!

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a nice weekend! My summer break starts today (I'm a teacher) and I am so excited to have lots of time to stamp! :) WAHOO!
Okay, on to the fun stuff. This week's "Inspired by..." stamper is the queen of elegance---Vanessa! I have admired Vanessa's cards for a loooong time and am so glad she is allowing me to share some of her work. Be sure to check out Vanessa's BLOG and PHOTOSTREAM for tons of inspiration and eye candy. Here is today's card by Vanessa:Vanessa's paper piecing on this card is magnificent! I love the sweet polka dot paper on the flowers. How creative! The tone-on-tone stamping in the background provides great pattern and texture. Finally, Vanessa adds her signature elegant style to this card with the perfectly placed pearls.
Here is my take:Thanks for popping by! I hope your week is off to a great start. :)
All Stamps Hero Arts (CG146, S5362, CL351)

June 12, 2010

Inspired by...Purple Onion Designers!

Hi folks! Today is a special edition of "Inspired by..." Each weekend I plan to feature a fellow Purple Onion (POD) design team member's creation as my inspiration. I hope you enjoy. :) Today's featured artist is the ultra talented Joy Taylor. You can check out more of her awesome cards on her BLOG and PHOTOSTREAM. She even has one incredible technique video which can be seen HERE. So without further ado, here is Joy's inspiration card:

This card is the perfect example of Joy's timeless style! I love how she always pays such close attention to the details like the beautiful row of orange pearls and the impeccable coloring of the orange slice. And did you see the dimension on that orange slice!? So cool! Finally, the embossed background makes for a wonderful, textured back drop for the center panel.
Here is my take: Thanks so much for looking! I hope you enjoyed today's special edition of "Inspired by..." HUGS! -Jill

All Stamps Purple Onion Designs: Bare Tree, Blossom Sentiment (Seasonal Words), Leaves and Flowers (Hang in There), Grass (Stems and Grass Set)

June 11, 2010

Libby *Day 5*

This last photo of Courtney is sure to make you smile:And here's Libby's card inspired by Tinkerbell herself:
I love that Libby was able to find the perfect stamp to go with the Tinkerbell theme! The colors are perfect! And check out all of those awesome scallops! WOW! Finally, the embossing and sentiment banner finish out this happy, happy card!
Here is my take: Thanks again to everyone who stopped by this week. Special thanks to Libby and Courtney for playing along and allowing me to share your awesome creations! Be sure to continue to check out Libby's BLOG and PHOTOSTREAM for lots more inspiration from Courtney's closet. :)

See you all this tomorrow (for sure!) for a special Purple Onion designs post! HUGS!
Stamps: Vintage Butterfly (Purple Onion Designs)

June 10, 2010

Libby *Day 4*

Today we are going to do a little blog hoppin' for day 4 of inspiration with Libby. This weekend Libby sent me this fun picture of her daughter Courtney (seriously, how can this photo not bring a big smile to your face?!!) and we both created card inspired by her outfit:Don't you just love the pinks, and light yellows against the brown in Courtney's shirt? Here is my card inspired by that pretty color scheme: And to see Libby's card you'll have to hop over to her blog HERE. :)
Stamps: Butterfly (Hero Arts CG130), Sentiment (Hero Arts CL320), Grass (Stampin' Up)

June 9, 2010

Libby *Day 3*

Here's the dress that inspired Libby's next creation:

And here's Libby's card:

I love how Libby's card maintained the light and airy feel of this beautiful dress. Her layers of stamping to recreate the flowers is spot on! The small touch of light blue is gorgeous! Finally, Libby's perfectly tied bow is a great design element!
Here is my take:Thanks again for popping by and I hope to see you for an extra fun post tomorrow!
All Stamps Hero Arts (CL351, K5376)

June 8, 2010

Libby *Day 2*

Here is today's inspiration from Libby. We will begin with this fun picture of Libby's daughter: And here is Libby's card inspired by Courtney's cute outfit:
Is this not the BEST interpretation of Courtney's outfit??!! I LOVE Libby's caterpillar with all of those fun patterns! The polka dot backgrounds add to the whimsy of this design. Finally, the gingham lace and big flower finish off this bright, cheery card!
Here is my take:
Thanks again for visiting and for leaving such fun comments! See you tomorrow!
All Stamps Hero Arts (CL387, CG125, CG119)

June 7, 2010

Inspired by...Libby!

Hi everyone! I am so glad you all stopped by because I have a fun week of inspiration planned as this week my featured artist is Libby (Stampin Libby on flickr). Libby has the coolest BLOG where she creates cards inspired by her daughter Courtney's outfits. SOOO this week, I will be sharing not only Libby's beautiful cards, but also the inspiration photos of her cutie-pie daughter and her super fun outfits. :) So here we go. Check out this lovely photo of Courtney in her beautiful dress:
And here is Libby's card:

I just can't get enough of these purple roses! I love Libby's coloring and dimension. The pearls along the bottom of the scallop add to the elegant look. And that lucious purple ribbon- the perfect finishing touch!
Here is my take using Libby's awesome color combo:Thanks so much for stopping by! See you tomorrow with another of Courtney's fun pictures and Libby's awesome cards!
Stamps: Postgram (Purple Onion Designs), Vintage Butterfly Set (Purple Onion Designs), Text (Hero Arts K5344), Sentiment (Hero Arts CL342)