Friday, November 5, 2010

DeNami Fall Color Challenge

Hey everyone!

It's fall -- my favorite season! Crisp air, pumpkin patches, cozy sweaters, cute boots, soups and stews.... I love the food, I love the colors, and so I also love the latest color challenge at DeNami Design!

Sparkling Autumn Wreath Card Supplies
DeNami Design stamps: G133 Flower Vine SwirlG140 Leafy Vine, M52 Leafy Wreath, PF29 Everyday Greetings stamp set
Cardstocks: Brown Kraft, Olive, Chocolate Satin, Cream
Vintage Sepia Versafine
Orange grosgrain ribbon
Sparklets Glitters: Bronze, Champagne, Desert Orange, and Gamma Green
Quickie Glue Pen
2½" Scallop Circle Punch


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

DeNami Christmas Challenge!

YAY! Christmas!! No, it's not too early to talk about it! I love Christmas and I always will. Having young children of my own has just increased the joy of Christmas for me. I love Christmas shopping, Christmas music (any time of the year, so there!), Christmas cookies (or any holiday-related food!), Christmas parties.... and best of all, the time we remember the birth of Jesus, our Savior. For me it's so important to take time to remember the reason we have life, since life keeps me so busy most of the time I barely have time to think!

ANYWAY, it's challenge time again at the DeNami Blog! Let me tell you, it really was a challenge for me this time. It was almost impossible to simply narrow down which Christmas stamps I wanted to use. If you've ever browsed the huge Christmas stamp collection DeNami has to offer, you know what I'm talking about! In the end, I picked some versatile background stamps and paired them with the extremely beautiful Holly Cluster. I confess I picked it mostly because I wanted to make ruby red rhinestone holly berries. *Happy sigh*

I hope this helps inspire you to join the challenge and maybe even to start your Christmas shopping early!


Christmas Holly Card Supplies
DeNami Design Stamps: Solid Holly Leaves, Holly Cluster, Decorative Flourish, Medium Merry Christmas Circle, Three Line Border
Cardstocks: Hunter Green, Red, White, Leaf Green
Ink Pads: Spanish Moss, Olympia Green, and Onyx Black Versafine
Red Glitter Ribbon
Red Rhinestones
Sparklets Glitters: Gamma Green and Ruby Red
Quickie Glue Pen
Paper Punches: 2½" Scallop Circle, 3" Scallop Circle

Markers: leaf green
scallop border punch

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

DeNami October Featured Product - Cornstalks

Hi friends!

What do you think of when you see cornstalks? Corn mazes and pumpkin patches? The scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz ? (If so, check out DeNami's super cute new scarecrow stamp!) Pilgrims, Indians, and the first Thanksgiving? I think of my grandpa's garden patch. He's 95 and still tends his garden, which includes a little pumpkin patch for the great-grandkids to visit and pick out a pumpkin each year for Halloween.

Why, you ask, am I rambling about cornstalks? Well, the October Featured Product at the DeNami Blog is one of our newest stamps, J137 Cornstalks. When I first tried it out, I wasn't sure how I would use them. But I was pleasantly surprise to find myself using this pretty stamp on a lot of cards. The beautiful lines of the stamp are so fun to color, and make both a great centerpiece stamp and and elegant background stamp. I hope you'll discover the hidden beauty of this stamp along with me and the rest of the DeNami Design Team as we bring you October's Featured Product!

For this card, I used a few different harvest themed stamps from DeNami Design. I love love love using the Citrone glitter on both the pumpkins and the corn (sorry it doesn't show up too well on the scan, but just imagine all the golden sparkly goodness). I also used a ribbon ruffle technique. (Easy stuff: just use your favorite double-stick adhesive tape and pinch and pleat your ribbon as desired. Visit the DeNami YouTube page to see a similar technique.)

I hope you all enjoy the bountiful harvest of creative ideas!


Corn and Pumpkin Patch Card Supplies
DeNami Design Stamps: Give Thanks Circle, Cornstalks, Pumpkin Patch Border, Autumn Stamp set
Cardstocks: Brown Kraft, White, Chocolate Brown, Golden Tangerine
Vintage Sepia Versafine
Lime grosgrain ribbon
Sparklets Glitters: Citrone
Quickie Glue Pen
Paper Punches: 1½" Scallop Circle, 2" Scallop Circle
rounded corner punch
Markers: Lime, green, yellow, yellow-orange, orange

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

DeNami Cuddly Critters Blog Hop


Welcome to the 2nd DeNami Blog Hop! The last one was super fun, and this one is even more special as we opened it up to YOU! That's right, several of our dear DeNami followers are joining us on this super cute Cuddly Critters Blog Hop, and you won't want to miss a single stop! (Most of you probably came from Angela's blog.) Don't forget to leave comments everywhere you go for a chance to win a prize!

For my submission, I was inspired by my toddler's favorite lovey: Lambie. Jolee takes her lambie wherever she goes. It was one of her first words (usually said with passion: "LamMIE!"). Her middle name, Rachel, means "little lamb." So I am very, very fond of the Sideview Sheep stamp from DeNami, especially when paired with the Fun Fluff. This little lamb is definitely a cuddly critter (and so is my toddler, by the way! She loves snuggles!).

NEXT STOP on the BLOG HOP: The beautiful, the radiant, the incredibly sweet and talented.... PAULINA!

Have fun hoppin'! (And don't worry, if you get lost along the way, you can always go back to the DeNami Blog and start at the beginning again!)


Little Lamb Baby Card Supplies
Mini Polka Dot, Small Side-view Sheep, Lord is my Shepherd, Baby Circle
Pink and aqua cardstocks
DeNami cardstocks: white, sky blue, chocolate brown
Inks: Vintage Sepia Versafine, Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance, Pearlescent Sky Blue Brilliance
Crystal Lacquer
Fun Fluff
Punches: 1" Circle, 1½" Scallop Circle, 2" Scallop Circle

DeNami September Featured Product - Halloween Stamp Set

Hey everyone!

It's that time again.... time for a new Featured Product at the DeNami Blog! I think it's so fun to see all the different ways our fabulous design team uses the same stamp. It's just another great example of how incredible versatile and inspirational the DeNami Design stamp collection really is. :-)

This month's Featured Product is the super cute (and never) scary Halloween Petit Fours stamp set. This set is a part of our FIRST EVER Halloween stamp collection. In keeping with the whimsy and charm that you've come to expect from DeNami Design, these stamps are just plain ADORABLE. Seriously, I am not big into Halloween, but these stamps are super cute.

This card uses some simple stamping and layering, but I hope it shows off the incredible cuteness of the stamps. Enjoy!


Halloween Card Supplies

Jack O'Lantern Trio, Halloween stamp set
Cardstocks: White, Golden Tangerine, Lime, Brown Kraft, Chocolate Brown
Vintage Sepia ink pad
Halloween Boutique Buttons
1/4-in Chocolate Brown sheer ribbon
Quickie Glue Pen, Citrone Sparklets Glitter
3-in Scallop Oval Border

Thursday, September 2, 2010

DeNami Color Challenge #4!

Hi friends!

I was really inspired by Michele's Color Challenge this time around at the DeNami Blog. The bold colors were so satisfying to work with, and I used one of my favorite go-to stamps, the Decorative Crest. Onyx and magenta glitters paired with hot pink rhinestones made this a bling-tastic card! You could easily customize with your favorite trio of colors, but for now, I hope you all will try your hand at the beautiful Color Challenge going on now at the DeNami Blog. This time there's a really great prize... a pack of Boutique Buttons and a sampling of our new stamps from the (first ever) Halloween collection! No scary stuff here, just charming, whimsical stamps to make you smile.

(If you love the new Halloween stamps, you have to check out a brand new product by DeNami Design, the Halloween Card Kit. It includes enough pre-cut supplies and select embellishments to create ten cards in five different designs. Check it out! And we plan to offer more kits in the future, so stay tuned!)


Color Challenge Card Supplies

DeNami Design Stamps: Decorative Crest, Decorative Flourish, Three Line Border
Cardstocks: Magenta, Black, White
Onyx Black Versafine ink pad
Quickie Glue Pen, Onyx and Magenta Sparklets Glitters, Hot Pink Rhinestones
Black grosgrain ribbon

Friday, August 20, 2010

DeNami Blog Birthday Challenge

Hi everyone! Happy birthday to you, whenever that special day is! The new challenge at the DeNami Blog is all about birthdays, which is super fun because I LOVE getting my friends and family birthday presents, or taking them out for their birthday, or doing something special for them. You can never have too many birthday cards, right?

This card is pretty versatile and could work for a number of different occasions by simply changing the word stamp (DeNami offers a lot of great circle word stamps) or customize by changing the color scheme. This is one of my favorite go-to card layouts for that very reason.

It's hard to see in the image but I used a hot pink rhinestone for the cherry on top of the stamped cupcake. Yum!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Birthday Wishes Cupcake Card Supplies
Cardstock: White, Magenta, Emerald, Strawberry Freeze
other paper: iridescent light green paper
Ink pads: Pearlescent Orchid and Lime Brilliance, Cherry Pink Impress, Vintage Sepia Versafine
Markers: Lime, pink, magenta
Punches: 2", 2½", and 3" Scallop Circles

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

DeNami August Featured Product - Apple Basket

Hi everyone!

Did you have as much fun as I did doing the DeNami Polka Dot Blog Hop? (Is it just me, or does that sound a little like a 1950's high school dance?) I LOVED "hopping" from blog to blog, seeing all the cute polka-dot cards and reading ALL the sweet comments! Congratulations to the winners; I am looking forward to the next hop in September!

There's always something cool and new at the DeNami Blog, and right on the heels of the blog hop is this month's featured product (and one of my personal favorites): the Apple Basket! This super cute stamp was one of the first stamps I used in the new collection and I had a hard time putting it down. So it wasn't much of a challenge to convince me to pick it back up for this month's featured product. I love coloring and glittering the apples soooo much!

I was very inspired by (read: "totally copied") Paulina's genius glitter technique using the Three Line Border in a criss-cross pattern to create your own sparkling plaid background. Stamp it, glitter with your glue pen and Sparklets glitter, and voila! So pretty. I used our rich Bronze Sparklets Glitter for the background. The easy-to-use Polka Dot Background is another go-to stamp for a cute and quick background. I used the Citrone Sparklets Glitter on the yellow and green apples, and the Magenta Sparklets Glitter on the red apples.

Hope you enjoy the card, the stamp, and all the other ideas by our fabulous design team at the DeNami blog!

P.S. For more ideas using this yummy stamp, go here!


Apple Basket Card Supplies

DeNami Design stamps: Apple Basket, Three Line Border, Polka Dot Background
Cardstocks: Leaf Green, Chocolate Brown, Brown Kraft, Red, White
Vintage Sepia Versafine ink pad
Red grosgrain ribbon
Quickie Glue Pen
Sparklets Glitters: Citrone, Magenta, Bronze
3" Oval Scallop punch, scallop border punch, and 1/8 hole punch
Markers: light yellow, golden yellow, lime green, grass green, leaf green, red

Sunday, August 15, 2010

DeNami Design Polka Dot Blog Hop!

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the first ever DeNami Design Blog Hop! Our super fun Polka Dot Blog Hop kicks off today, and I hope you all get to visit all the blogs on the hop! And be sure to leave a comment on every blog, because there are THREE HIDDEN GIVEAWAYS somewhere in the blog hop!! To inspire you further, check out this polka dot card (and all the other beautiful cards in the blog hop!)

NEXT STOP: Special Guest Sarah Martina Parker!!

Have fun "hopping!"


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

DeNami Product Challenge - Sparkling Pears Card

Hi Everyone! 

The new DeNami stamps have been out for about a month now, so I hope everyone has been able to browse the new collection. When I first got to try out all the new stamps, this sweet pear stamp was the FIRST one I reached for. I love fruit-themed stamps and papers, and this pear is a perfect size and shape for so many cute card designs. (For more cards with this beautiful stamp, go here or here or here.) I could have colored and glittered these pears all day, and I just love using the Citrone Sparklets Glitter with these pears now. I'm not usually into yellow, but these golden pears are just perfect.

Hope you all are having a "sweet" summer!


Sparkling Pears Card Supplies
DeNami Design stamps: Small Pear, Three Line Border, Polka Dot Background
Cardstocks: White, Lime, Chocolate Brown
Inks: Vintage Sepia Versafine, Lime Versacolor
Marigold ribbon
Lime Boutique Buttons
Markers: Lime, Yellow, Golden Orange
Quickie Glue Pen, Citrone Glitter
Punches: 1-1/8" Circle and 1½" Scallop Circle Punch

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

DeNami Featured Product - You're A Hoot Owl Card

WHO doesn't love these feathered friends? I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed stamping with these super cute owl stamps. The PF32 Owls stamp set is the featured product over at DeNami Design's blog -- go check out all the amazingly adorable ideas by our design team! So, which owl is YOUR favorite? (Mine is the girl owl... or the owl with the spectacles... it's hard to choose!)


Owl Card Supplies
Cardstock: White, Sky Blue, Chocolate Brown, Brown Kraft, White
Markers: Pale Yellow, Glacier Blue, Orchid, Tan, Golden Orange
Punches: 1" and 1-1/8" circle punches

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

DeNami Sketch Challenge - Sweet Cherries Card

Hi friends,

I hope your summer is going well! In keeping with summer, I thought I'd use some of my favorite cherry stamps for the latest challenge at DeNami! Sketch challenges really are my favorite, and Jenny did a great job with this one. Easy yet elegant, you can keep it simple or dress it up! For this card, I just really, really wanted to use buttons on the Small Cherries stamp, and the rest of it just came together (especially with that cute striped paper to coordinate with).



Sweet Cherries Card Supplies
Stamps: Mini Cherries, Teeny Swiss Dot, Small Cherries, Sending You Love
Paper: Watermelon Stripes & Watermelon Polka Dots paper
Cardstocks: Emerald, Lime, Magenta, White cardstock
Sheer Hot Pink/White polka dot ribbon
Inks: Onyx Black Versafine, Lime and Fresh Green Versacolor
Magenta Sparklets Glitter
Watermelon Boutique Buttons
Markers: Magenta, Cherry Red, Lime, Green
Punches: 1/8" Circle, 1½" Scallop Circle, 2" Scallop Circle

Sunday, June 27, 2010

DeNami Sneak Peeks!!!!

Hey everyone!

Have you seen all the exciting sneak peeks going on at the DeNami Blog right now? The countdown continues to July 1, when all 50+ new stamp designs will be released! Let me tell you, this new collection is OUTSTANDING. 

Here are some cards that highlight just a few of the FABULOUS new stamps. Enjoy!

I. Love. These. Pears. The pears were the first stamps I used from the new collection, and I had to force myself to put them away and move on to other (equally beautiful) stamps. Pairing the stamp with yummy colors and glitter just makes me so happy!
Oh, the apples. Talk about delicious. The apple basket is such a beautiful image and it fits so perfectly with all the great circle word stamps from DeNami. I could have stamped and colored the apple orchard background all day.
So, I'm really a cat person, but these Playful Puppies are truly adorable and you can't help but smile when you see all four of these furry friends in the set.

There are tons more cute ideas at the DeNami blog and more to come, so be sure to check it out and DON'T MISS our July 1 release of the entire collection for Fall/Winter 2010. I really can't wait for everyone to see it!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer Card and Summer Plans!

Hey there everyone,

Hope yours is shaping up to be a great summer! We're about to kick ours off with an annual trip to the Oregon Coast. Beautiful! It's become one of my favorite yearly traditions, and I'm super excited to get away. Later in July I'll be going to middle school camp for Young Life (YAY!) followed by a family campout, which brings all the relatives together in the great outdoors. What a great summer!

With that in mind, this summer-themed card is particularly appropriate, since what you see is pretty much what I can't wait to do: relax in the sun! This card was self-indulgent in other ways, too. I love coloring on my cards, so I just picked out some really fun stamps to color: flip flops, tropical drinks, etc, and of course DeNami's stylish cover girl, Mimi! (I want her job!) And don't miss the little bit of bling on my flip flops in the way of two hot pink rhinestones. Yum!

There is a fabulous summer card challenge going on now at the DeNami blog. There's no limits or restrictions -- just make a fun summer card and submit for chance to be in the Fab 3 Spotlight!


Stylish Summer card supplies
DeNami Design stamps: Mini Polka Dot, Sunglasses, Sending You Sunshine, Flip Flops, Mimi Lounging, Tropical Drinks stamp set
Cardstocks: White, Sky Blue, Magenta, Golden Tangerine
Ink pads: Cherry Pink Impress, Lime Versacolor, Sea Breeze Versamagic, Onyx Black Versafine
Quickie Glue Pen
Extra Fine Glitter
Hot pink rhinestones
Markers: yellow, yellow-orange, lime green, grass green, pale blue, magenta, brown

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Rosevine Heart Card

Hi all,

My inner purple lover finally came in with this card! I kind of forgot how much I really do love the color purple, and haven't stamped with it much lately. There was something very satisfying about the rich, saturated royal purple cardstock I used, and the bright pop of contrast with the lime was an unusual but fun choice for me.

I only used one ink and two stamps on this card, which is pretty minimal for me. I usually like to mix and match my stamps -- variety is the spice of life. A few simple layers and touches of magenta glitter on the flowers and amethyst glitter on the scallop border stamp gave it some glam, and the buttons made the rosevine heart more interesting, I think. I like the contrast of an elegant stamp with some funky colors.

If you like this stamp, you've got to pop on over to the DeNami Blog, because it's the Featured Product of the month and there are lots of great card ideas for you to check out!


Rosevine Heart Card Supplies
DeNami Design stamps: K57 Small Scallop Border, P83 Rosevine Heart
Cardstock: White, Lime, royal purple
Inks: Imperial Purple Versafine
Essential Glue Pad
Quickie Glue Pen
Amethyst and Magenta Sparklets glitters
Lime and lavender buttons
Lime Polka Dot ribbon
Markers: orchid, magenta, chartreuse, green, pale blue

Monday, June 14, 2010

Stamping in Stitches!

Hey friends!

DeNami Design is sponsoring the Wee Memories challenge "In Stitches", and lucky me, I just love the stitched stamps from DeNami! I use them often on my cards, especially baby cards. These stamps are especially good for me, because I can't sew to save my life. In fact, I dressed my girls in matching cherry dresses yesterday and was asked no less than three times if I made the dresses. I laughed every time (and so would my husband, who mends his own pants). There's a picture below (it's not the best quality but the cuteness shines through anyway).

But I digress. Not only is DeNami sponsoring this super fun challenge, but the prize, too: a $30 online gift certificate to! You can use real or not-so-real stitching (like me!) and I just have to say one of my favorite embellishments, buttons, sure would go great with all that stitching! So enjoy, and have a great week!


In Stitches Challenge Card Supplies
DeNami Design stamps: Small Stitched Circle, Stitched Border, Rosevine Flowers stamp set, All Occasion Sentiments stamp set
Cardstocks: White, Magenta, Chocolate Brown, iridescent Emerald, iridescent Aquamarine
Blue Paisley paper
Vintage Sepia Versafine
Quickie glue pen
Extra Fine glitter
Boutique Buttons: Aqua, Lime, Bubblegum

Monday, June 7, 2010

Our Little Herb Garden - Part 2

Hey there,
you may be wondering why a post about my little herb garden has a picture of a bowl of soup. Well, look closely, ladies and gentlemen. See those two little green leaves in the center of that steaming bowl of soup? Those are my very own basil leaves from my very own little herb garden. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, go here. I know. It's a miracle. I haven't killed those poor little plants yet.

This is the first of what I hope to be many guest appearances on this blog by my little herbs.  The soup is my first attempt at from-scratch Tomato-Basil-Garlic Soup and tonight's test subject (AKA husband) seemed to enjoy it. I personally don't care for canned tomato soup or tomatoes in general, but as tomato soups go, it wasn't too bad (if I do say so myself). I wish I could tell you I was able to use lots of fresh basil leaves from my garden. The sad truth is, though my herbs haven't died, the basil is not exactly flourishing under my care. The other herbs seem to have a stronger survival instinct. It's a little ironic, since the basil was the one herb I was most interested in cultivating. Oh, well. At least I have a garnish.

For anyone interested, I used this recipe for the soup. My only change was to add some minced garlic.

Publish Post

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Birthday Favor Box

Hey everyone,

Here is a cute favor box I made using a pre-printed template by DeNami Design. These are completely customizable and just happen to be the product challenge at the DeNami blog this week! Check it out along with all the cute ideas by our super amazing design team. You can download FREE templates using the coupon code. Usually each downloadable template is $5.00. So go ahead, try them out! And don't forget to play along with the challenge! There's a great prize this time, too!


Sweet Roses Birthday Favor Box
DeNami Design Stamps: Teeny Heart, Small Happy Birthday, Rosebud Trio, Decorative Flourish
Gift Bag pre-printed template
Cardstock: Chocolate Brown, White
Ink pads: Sea Breeze Versamagic, Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance, Vintage Sepia Versafine
Chocolate Brown grosgrain ribbon, Sheer Hot Pink with white dots ribbon
Quickie Glue Pen
Magenta Sparklets Glitter

Friday, June 4, 2010

Aloha to a Tropical Birthday Card

Aloha everyone!

Another Friday night stamping, and another birthday card to share! I never realized until now that three of my very closest friends have birthdays within a month of each other. May and June are great months! Tomorrow I'll be heading to a luau-themed birthday party, so I thought I'd make a card to reflect that island spirit. (By the way, I could so go for a Hawaiian vacation about now!)

I haven't used the the Tropical Dreams stamps by DeNami in a long time, and it was fun to pull them back out and play around. I also played around with a color scheme I don't normally use, so this card was really a nice change of pace.

 I encourage you all to bring out some of YOUR "vintage" stamps and give them new life (or at least the light of day!). You never know what you may rediscover!


Island Birthday Card
DeNami Design stamps: Small Bold Hibiscus, Small Solid Hibiscus, Small Solid Bamboo Leaf, Medium Bold Hibiscus, Medium Birthday Circle
Cardstock: Chocolate Brown, Leaf Green, White, Brown Kraft
Ink Pads: Sahara Sand, Tea Leaves, and Mango Madness Versamagic; Toffee and Vintage Sepia Versafine
Chocolate Brown grosgrain ribbon (5/8-in width)
Tutti Fruitti Boutique Buttons
Quickie Glue Pen
Citrone Glitter
Markers: Pale Yellow and Tan

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Surprise Birthday!

For close to two months, I have been planning a surprise party for one of my dearest friends at the behest of her loving husband. This particular friend is very difficult to surprise, so it has been a huge undertaking with a lot of collaboration between other mutual friends. It involved a lot of secret text messages and emails, a fake "decoy" party, and a very elaborate plan to keep her away from the house but get her back at the right time. It's pretty much a miracle we pulled it off, but I'm so glad we did!

As part of the plan to bless her, a friend and I worked on a memory scrapbook with some photos and letters written by close friends and family. What a fun and rewarding project! It was such a joy to put it all together and see the lovely things people had to say about my sweet friend who has been so generous and thoughtful to everyone around her.

I didn't tell four-year-old Maddie about it until today (not trusting her abilities at discretion!) but then we each made a birthday card for the birthday girl and I thought I'd share them with you all! I'm really starting to dig this mommy/daughter crafting deal, but it only works when I'm not feeling pressed for time and when the littlest one isn't lurking about, trying to abscond with markers and glitter jars.

Here is what we made. Maddie made hers with very little help. I'll let you guess who made which card ;-).

Ok, for those of you who couldn't guess, the first one is mine ;-). But Maddie did pretty good, right? All I did for her was stamp the Birthday Wishes Circle and tie the bow (She's a girl after my own heart... the card just isn't complete without ribbon and button).

Have a fun and safe holiday weekend and remember why we celebrate... for those who have sacrificed to keep us safe and free!


Beka's Birthday Card Supplies
DeNami Design stamps: Mini Solid Flower, Teeny Swiss Dot, Birthday Wishes Circle, Flower Vine Swirl, Large Dot Swirls, Rosevine Flowers stamp set
Cardstocks: White, Black, Magenta, Sky Blue, Iridescent Emerald Green
Hot Pink grosgrain ribbon (3/8-in width)
Clear rhinestones
Ink pads: Cherry Pink Impress, Pearlescent Sky Blue Brilliance, Fresh Green Versacolor, Sea Breeze Versamagic
Markers: Magenta

Thursday, May 20, 2010

DeNami Sketch Challenge #2

Hi everyone! I know I just posted cards a little bit ago for the Featured Product at DeNami, but we now have a great new sketch challenge and I hope lots of people play along. It's easy; all the instructions are on the DeNami Blog.

So far I have really enjoyed all the challenges at the DeNami Blog, but I have to say sketch challenges are probably my favorite. I'm not very fast when it comes to creating cards. I have a hard time making up my mind what I want to do, and usually the finished card looks nothing like the idea I had in the first place! One of the biggest decisions for me is the basic layout, or "sketch," of the card. That's why I love sketch challenges! They help me make up my mind a lot faster so I can get on to the fun bits of stamping, coloring, and accessorizing my card!

Fellow design team member (and fellow DeNami class instructor -- woot woot!) Wendy came up with this sketch, and I love it. I like things in three's and DeNami Design has endless amounts of cute circle stamps and small stamps that work beautifully with this sketch. Check out the Petit Fours section for a sampling of sweet little stamp sets.

The first card was made with my good friend in mine who was expecting and has now had an adorable baby boy. I've gotten to see them twice now and I can't wait to visit again and hold that sweet little man!

My second card was made for another friend's little girl who just turned one (two weeks after my own little Jolee had HER first birthday). Confession: I made my challenge cards way in advance, forgot I made this one, and wound up making a different card for the little birthday girl! Oh, well, at least I have it for someone else's birthday now! Oh, and I just have to point out the perfect flower-shaped button I found to put on the bow. Super cute. DeNami Design Boutique Buttons are like stamping candy!

 Happy spring everyone! You can tell it's spring here in the Seattle area when you are driving with both your sunglasses and your windshield wipers on at the same time! Our weather is almost as indecisive as I am when making cards! ;-)


Baby Blue Button Card Supplies
DeNami Design Stamps: D123 Small Stitched Circle, F149 Small Congratulations, N128 Three Line Border, PF24 Baby stamp set
Cardstocks: Sky Blue, Navy Blue, White
Aqua Boutique Buttons
Baby Blue grosgrain ribbon (3/8 inch and 5/8 inch)
Ink pads: Majestic Blue Versafine, Sea Breeze Versamagic

Happy Birthday Flowers Card
DeNami Design Stamps: A93 Teeny Swiss Dot, PF27 Whimsical Flowers stamp set, TR16 All Occasion Sentiments stamp set
Cardstocks: Brown Kraft, Chocolate Brown, White
Flower decorative paper
Pastel Boutique Buttons
Chocolate Brown grosgrain ribbon (3/8 inch)
Ink pad: Vintage Sepia Versafine
Quickie Glue Pen
Extra Fine Sparklets Glitter

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Graduation Owl Cards

Hi all,

Earlier this month I made some cute (if I do say so myself) graduation cards for this month's Featured Product at DeNami Design. I didn't think I knew anyone graduating this year, but within the past two days I've gotten two announcements in the mail. Good thing we have all these great card ideas at the DeNami blog now!

I tried to make cards that would be good for guys as well, but it would be an easy thing to switch up the color scheme (funny though, both announcements I received were from girls!).

The first uses a bold striped paper with some simple layering.  I admit, the addition of ribbon, buttons, and glitter make it not as appropriate for a guy, but those could easily be left off. I'm sorry, I can't help it, I'm a compulsive card accessorizer.

The second card is a little more elegant, and even though it uses ribbon (no bow though!) and buttons, this time the accessories are a little more understated and a little less girly. I think.

So, congratulations to all the graduates out there, including a big shout-out to Allison M and Dani L! My oldest daughter is starting Kindergarten in the fall.  Time continues to fly by at a dizzying rate, and I'm sure she, too, will be graduating before I know it!


SUPPLIES - Blue & Green Striped Graduation Card
Stamps: A93 Teeny Swiss Dot, E128 Graduation Owl, F149 Small Congratulations, N119 Dot Border
Cardstock: White, Sky Blue, Iridescent Chocolate Satin, Iridescent Emerald Green
Striped patterned paper
Vintage Sepia Versafine
Essential Glue Pad
Quickie Glue Pen
Extra Fine Glitter
Aqua Boutique Buttons
Chocolate Brown Grosgrain ribbon (3/8-in width)
Markers: lime, aqua, pale yellow, tan

SUPPLIES - Golden Vines Graduation Card
Stamps: E128 Graduation Owl, I57 Congratulations Circle, M68 Large Double Circle, N128 Three Line Border
Cardstock: Black, Cream, Chocolate Brown
Leafy Vines paper 
Ink Pads: Vintage Sepia Versafine, Onyx Black Versafine
Espresso Boutique Buttons
Black Grosgrain ribbon (5/8-in width)
Markers: pale yellow, light brown, beige