March 19, 2009

My Cute Stamps/Spring Inspiration Station

Whew, just sent my Josey girl off with some friends for a fun 3 day weekend trip to a hotel with a water park and a trip to a big mall. She was so excited to go! Jordan is not so excited because she has to stay home....but we have some new art supplies and her quilt to work on so once we get started, she'll be in heaven. I've been having a little fun of my own this Spring Break. Just take a look at all these creations below: Knowing we have the whole week to just hang out, I went *shopping* in my stamp room for my Spring Inspiration Station goodies. My first inspiration came from the adorable patterned paper called Girl Friday from Cosmo Cricket. I dug out colors from Papertrey that matched perfectly, including Vintage Buttons and ribbons and cardstock in Kraft, Sweet Blush, Melon Berry, Aqua Mist and Spring Moss.
Don't you just want to swim in these papers??????? No bikini required!!
And take a look at these luscious ribbons and Vintage Buttons. Bliss, pure bliss. (Have I ever told you that I always tell my husband on our anniversary something like *15 years of wedded bliss*. I just found out recently that he thought bliss meant something like torture or hell. Pfft, men!)
I digress but I know you like my stories. I set out to make some homemade embellishments for my projects. Have you seen the price of those little packages of cute embellishments lately? You pay $5 bucks or more for a little pack of 5-6 thingies to stick on your projects. Crikey, that's a lotta bucks to shell out for just a few baubles. So I made my own.
These are some ribbon strips that I made by stamping a sentiment (I'll get to the stamps in a bit) onto white cardstock and then adhering them to ribbon strips. The *hello* flags are made by stamping onto cardstock and then notching out one end.
These are delicious little morslets of goodness I created, and I am in LOVE with them. More bliss. The little ribbonlet embellishments at the top are snippets of elastic ribbons(Archiver's) that have buttons sewn on with Martha Stewart twine (available at Ellen Hutson's store). The circle button baubles were made using a Martha Stewart scalloped circle punch, some Papertrey Melon Berry ribbon, Papertrey New Leaf Vintage Buttons and more Martha twine. I also stamped polka dots on the circles. These will attach to my projects with pop dots. LOVE!!
And these are little Cuttlebug flowers. Jordan wanted to join in on the fun so she cut......and cut, cut, and cut til I told her to stop!.........I topped the flowers with Melon Berry Vintage Buttons and some ribbon and twine (Stampin' Up!).
And here are my finished cards. I'm using some adorably cute stamps from My Cute Stamps....acrylic stamps that have the cutest little images. For all of my cards, I used a Papertrey Kraft base with Fresh Snow polka dots. And then I just went to town with all fun embellishments and paper. These are some cute owls.
And here's some fun flowers and birds.
I just kept my little stash of goodies nearby....each card has one of these morslets of cuteness on it somewhere.
Here's some flowers and birds. Be sure to zoom in to see my paper pieced mushrooms and worm.
And I even made a sympathy card for a friend. I thought the cheery flowers would be nice this time of year.

Ohhhhh, I've so much fun! You'll be seeing more from my Inspiration goodies this month for sure. I've been working on some Lockhart projects and more so stay tuned. Wanna see some other fun projects using My Cute Stamps. You're in luck because my friend Pine(Heather) and Kendra have some projects today too. Be sure to check out their blogs today. Thanks for stopping by!

37 comments:

Expressions of a Creative Mind said...

I know I've liked her stuff too for a little bit. I have the candy set & the little owl set

MaGoooo said...

This is SPRING INSPIRATION!

I love how you make a bunch of ribbon tags and others! SMART girl!! Then they are ready when you need/want them!

KATY826 said...

Just saw Pine's blog. Those are some cute stamps. I'm going to have to try you embellishment idea! You're right, they do get expensive!

Kendra said...

WOW! These look fabulous Mish! Loved doing this challenge with you.

Holly Jones said...

Great samples. I love all the embellishments.

Dottie K. said...

Ooohhh so many cute embellishments. Love all the cards and can't wait to see whatelse you create with all those yummy papers. :)

Cindy Major said...

I am so in love with all of your cards! They scream spring and fun! The colors are fresh and gorgeous, and I love how you've combined the snippets of ribbons and the buttons on your cards!

Cindy

Wanda50 said...

Mish,
Oh Girlfriend you have truly outdone yourself this time. I have so many little pieces of ribbon and DP paper scraps I can now sit with my feet up and make some of these beautiful embellishments for my cards too. You are so right about them and the price on some are outrageous. I love your work and your blog. Thanks for the inspiration. Be blessed and continue being a blessing!!

sarahw said...

Michelle, I was wondering if I can be you when I grow up. :) Thanks for always making me smile. Hugs, Sarah

2stampis2b said...

*quick breath in and cleansing winter exhale out (not that I don't love winter and snow, I really do, but...)*

I think I'm ready for spring now! Thanks for the inspiration!

Nicoleigh said...

I love the cards....especially the colors! I tried to order those vintage buttons, but they were out! :(

Judi M. said...

I just had to let you know what wonderful cards and creations you come up with. They always make me smile -- you're truly gifted. Thanks so much for sharing!

Debbie Olson said...

Mish, love, love your Spring-y post--you're so talented!

Jennette Warren said...

Thanks so much for sharing so much inspiration. I would love to swim in the paper and ribbons and buttons! LOL!

Thi P. said...

You are so awesome. Thanks for sharing your techniques. I am definately inspired now.

Judy H. said...

Mish, I wish I had as much creativity as you have! You are the very first blog I check out daily! You always do such cute stuff - I've learned so much from you! Thanks for a great blog! Judy H.

Judy H. said...

Mish, I wish I had as much creativity as you have! You are the very first blog I check out daily! You always do such cute stuff - I've learned so much from you! Thanks for a great blog! Judy H.

Eveline said...

You always make me go WOW, whenever I visit your blog. You're so talented, I really like the embellishments you made.
Eveline.

Jean said...

Loooove it! I just LOVE it when you do Inspiration Stations! They inspire ME, and they're not even mine! Seriously, the cards are cute beyond words, and it gets my creative juices flowing. Thanks so much for sharing your talents!!

Jackie said...

I love your Inspiration Station posts and especially what you did with the ribbon and buttons - just wonderful! I will be copying that idea soon.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

I DO love your stories! Thank you for sharing them and all your talent with us!

Have a GREAT spring break!

Maylee said...

O my word! those are cute. Your are one creative lady. TFS!

Melissa Bickford said...

Always LOVE your inspiration stations, Mish!! And your cards....well, you've done it again...all simply GORGEOUS!!!

Mixing-Katie said...

It's still kind of chilly here, but I know spring is just around the corner! Love the assortment of papers you picked out, they look awesome together!

Mimi M. said...

Where oh where did you find that luscious velvet rick-rack???
Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas. I look forward to checking out your blog. Always good stuff!!!

salusa63 said...

I love your inspiration stations. And your spring colors are so pretty. Thanks for sharing! Yours is my favorite blog! :)

resmith said...

Oh, these are great cards. Love all your ideas.

My lifes inky escape and more said...

This are darling! What pretty colors...I love them1

Kari D said...

HOW COOL are those little lovelies??!!! AND HOW great to have them ready to use whenever you need to quickly make up a card...though from the sounds of your blog, it seems that you ALWAYS have a stash of perfect cards on hand! You go, girl! Thanks for the inspiration!

Julie Ramos said...

Ohmigod, love those cards! Where do you get your cosmo cricket products? Our local craft stores don't carry them. Do you have a good website to purchase them from?

Cheryl (aka CherylQuilts) said...

There you go again, inspiring us! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Marcia said...

Ohhhhhhhhh - what gorgeous, wonderful, yummy, Springy, colors - ones I LOVE! The gobs of goodies are fab! Guess what I'll be doing this weekend instead of my taxes??? I have grandgirls who are the same ages as your girls and they want to come and stamp. Methinks they'll be making embellishments instead.... Thank you so much for all the peeks into your craft room. I DO want to take a swan dive in there!!!

wandykj said...

AWESOME IDEAS!!! Absolutely love all of your Inspiration Station ideas-keep 'em coming!

I've started my own "Inspiration Station" after seeing yours-I've just got to change it out for Spring now.

Keep up the GREAT work!!!

Wanda

scrapfancy said...

I love the embellishments you made. How much do you sell your cards for?? I may not have seen this before but would love to get an idea to help me. Thanks, Stephanie

Charlette said...

Mish, Your cards are just wonderful. The little morselets, well that's just what they are so very cute. What a great idea for scraps of everything, make them up, jar them and there you go. Thanks sooo much for the idea. You are the greatest! Wish I was your neighbor!

Martha said...

so pretty love them

Elaine said...

Holy guacamole! These are incredible! I'm so glad you share your idea, Mish!!

Related Posts with Thumbnails