Friday, December 21, 2007

12/21 Tweet Little Cutie

Isn't this card just the most darling non-gender baby card ever??? I really didn't hold back ordering sets from the Spring/Summer 2008 Preview Brochure. It's such a great perk to be able to play with all the NEW TOYS almost as soon as they are debuted. Thank You, Stampin'Up . . . you make my life so FUN! The colors in the photo show the panel with the ribbon on as blue . . . but it is actually a light purple. These are the colors on the card . . . Gable Green, So Saffron, Almost Amethyst, and Not Quite Navy with Whisper White. Don't you just love that combination of colors???

I am doing a workshop for one of my customers in early January and I thought this card would be so much fun. They will get to use the new star punch, a background stamp, a jumbo wheel with the wheel guide, ribbon, and the stamp positioner to get the moon and cutie just right. Their wish lists will be a mile long! hee hee!

Here are the supplies I used:

Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Nursery Letters Jumbo Wheel, Canvas Background Stamp Paper: Gable Green, So Saffron, Almost Amethyst, Whisper White Ink: Night of Navy, Gable Green, So Saffron, Accessories: ribbon, marker, positioner, wheel guide

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

12/19 Happy Day Duo

I fell in love with this cute Happy Heart Day set the moment I saw it in the Preview Catalog. I really loved the color combination that they used in the sample in the Preview so I took my inspiration from that. I noticed that the red ribbon on the elephant card sort of disappeared so I tried to "fix" that by layering some pink ribbon beneath it. I'm quite sure that my efforts were not terribly successful, but I wanted to keep it quick. I am almost ready to start cooking meatballs for supper tonight and I don't have time to fuss!
The mouse was stamped on watercolor paper and colored with an aquapainter off the lid of the ink pad. I colored the elephant the same way except he is stamped on Naturals White paper. The heart flowers and grass were colored in with markers.
Supplies I used for these cards:
Stamps: Happy Heart Day, Flannel Background
Paper: Bashful Blue, Real Red, Watercolor Paper, Naturals White
Ink: StazOn Black, Regal Rose, Going Gray, Bashful Blue, Real Red
Accessories: Brad, Staples, Aquapainter, Foam Tape, Corner Rounder, Markers, Ribbon

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12/19 SWISH!

My husband is the coach for the girls' basketball team grades 5 & 6. His assistant coaches play on our local high school varsity team. I wanted to come up with a card for the assistant coaches. When Steve travels out of town or has something unexpected come up, they are step in and fill his shoes. They are dependable and wonderful role models for the girls. So, I bought this set called Just Basketball. But, guess what . . . it's been sitting on my shelf since September! I just couldn't get inspired to make a card with it . . . until TODAY!

I started my morning as I usually do with a cruise to SCS to see what the daily challenge was. Wednesdays are Sketch Challenge days and as soon as I saw the five circles, basketballs came to mind. I jumped right up and grabbed my Just Basketball set off the shelf. The inspiration I needed to put this set to use had arrived!

The net is cut out and taped over the accent paper strip. The basketballs are popped up on foam tape as is the sentiment. I used Creepy Crawly paper because this particular sheet reminds me of the texture of basketballs. The two white circles are actually punched from Confetti Cream card stock. White seemed to stark. I stamped the basketballs onto Whisper White and then accented the lines with my black marker. All the circles are cut out with my 1 1/4" punch from SU. People always comment on my awesome paper piercing. Well, I hate to break it to you, but that is faux paper piercing. I just stick the fine tip of a Stampin'Up marker through the holes of the paper piercing template!

Supplies for this card:

Stamps: Just Basketball Paper: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Confetti Cream, Creepy Crawly DP Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie Accessories: Corner Punch, Corner Rounder, Paper Piercer Template, Marker, 1 1/4" Circle Punch

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

12/18 Embraced

Today I woke up at 4am and could not get back to sleep. I've got a list a mile long of all the things I need to do before we start celebrating Christmas this weekend so the list was on my mind. I was also pondering my new sets that I pre-ordered - they hadn't seen too much ink time since I've been quite busy this past week working on other projects. I decided to get up and play - sometimes you have to make time to do the things that are important to you . . . even if it means getting up a bit earlier than usual!
I turned the computer on and cruised over to SCS to see what the color challenge was for the week. YEAH - I would get to use my wide and wonderful saffron ribbon. Wasn't sure HOW I was going to use it, but I knew that somehow I would work it into my card. The challenge colors are: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi or Garden Green and Elegant Eggplant.
I decided to see what new set I could use that would work with these colors - ahhhh, Embrace Life - PERFECT! I stamped the bamboo-like leaves in Wild Wasabi onto a panel of So Saffron. I sponged Elegant Eggplant onto the edges of the panel and mounted it to a card base of Wild Wasabi. Now, to use that ribbon. I decided I would layer it onto a panel of Elegant Eggplant so that it would be a bit more noticeable and then I mounted it to the lower third of my card. From that point on, the card started to take off and before I knew it, I was done. But, even though the flower had been cut out and popped up over a second flower, it still seemed like it needed something. Dazzling Diamonds to the rescue! The glitter gave this card just that little bit of pop that I was looking for. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!
Card Ingredients:
Stamp Set: Embrace Life
Paper: Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Confetti White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, StazOn Black
Accessories: Brads from the Earth Elements Collection, Ribbon from Sherbet Ribbon Originals, Ticket Corner Punch, Mat Pack and Elegant Eggplant Marker, Sponge, Dazzling Diamonds

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

12/12/ Bali Bird

My preview stamps arrived!!!! THIS is just ONE of the many reasons why I LOVE being a SU consultant!! I LOVE getting the latest new STUFF! This birdie set was in the preview catty and I fell in love with it immediately. Not only is the birdie cute but there are just so many cute sayings to go with the birdie . . . things that you don't always see like, "you got a promotion", "you're getting married', and "you're under the weather." I picked the birthday saying to put with this card because I'm so low on birthday cards and I'm trying to get a few stocked up.
The color combination was suggested over at SCS. We were challenged to use Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery and Rose Red. Well, guess what . . . the new paper that you can also find in our Preview brochure had all of these wonderful colors. It's called Bali Breeze and it's sooooo gorgeous! The design of this card is from a SCS sketch challenge.
I put the "it's your birthday" sentiment onto a little easel. At least, I hope that is what it looks like. That's the look I was going for anyway, lol! I made it by folding a strip of paper over into a "V" and trimming the ends. The bird is paper pieced. I stamped the bird onto the whisper white paper, then I stamped him on some of the orange Bali Breeze paper, cut him out and pieced the orange piece onto the whisper white. I got crazy decorating with brads and made some cute flowers with my Three for You Punch, and it all looks pretty neat if I say so myself! lol! Thanks for stopping by!
Card Ingredients:
Stamps: A Little Birdie Told Me, Three for You PunchBox
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Bali Breeze, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Going Gray, Rose Red, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Ribbon, Brads, Three for You Punch, Foam Tape, Aquapainter

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

12/9 Friends & Flowers

Stampin'Up sent all active demonstrators a Christmas present! I was so excited to find a Level Three Hostess Set in my package! It has flowers and two wonderful sayings. This is the saying that I chose to use today and itsn't it so true? I found it very easy to color in the flowers and the word Friends with the small tips of the SU markers that I used. I got my idea for the layout from the Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS. If you go to my gallery there, you will find this card and there you will find the link to the card that inspired me. Charlene is a wonderful artist but most especially she is a wonderful friend.

Here are the ingredients I used to make this card:

Stamps: Time Well Spent
Paper: Garden Green, Basic Black, Whisper White and Fall Flowers Designer Paper
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Black Gingham Ribbon, Black Brads, Foam Tape

As most of you know, my youngest daughter, Kasey, is an ardent piano student and today we are going as a family to the Lorie Line Concert in downtown Mpls. My hubby is even forgoing his afternoon basketball coaching duties so he can go with us. We are going to get all dressed up and I know we will have such a good time. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

12/8 Pretty Presentation

Isn't this a Pretty Presentation? hehee! The stamp is from the Level Two SU Hostess Set called Perfect Presentation. I love how pretty this tree looks in Pink Passion. Who would have ever thought of Pink Passion and Always Artichoke as being perfect together??? I took my cue from the patterned paper. This patterned paper comes from a SLAB that I got at Mike's a year ago. It had loads of Christmas papers with every color in the rainbow. Of course, I'm quite attracted to pink because I've just always loved it and I have three daughters who also just love it! I popped it all with a most wonderful color called Tempting Turquoise - oh, how I love that color. Goes so great with pink, too!

Here are the ingredients I used to put this card together:

Stamps: Perfect Presentation
Paper: Always Artichoke, non SU patterned paper, Tempting Turquoise, PinkPassion, Whisper White
Ink: Pink Passion
Accessories: Sheer Hot Pink Organdy Ribbon source unknown, Always Artichoke Marker to make the stitches, Ticket Corner Punch, Foam Tape

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Friday, December 7, 2007

12/7 Western Wishes

Here's a quickie card! It's just 3x3". The Limited Supply Challenge today at SCS was to make a quick 3x3" card. I don't know that this card qualifies as "quick" because I took a fair amount of time fiddling with my embellishment. I finally decided to use one of my jumbo eyelets - brand new to my house, along with a ribbon accent. I just couldn't get it to look right without the ribbon. We were supposed to use only one embellishment and I used two . . . there I go, breaking the rules again!

My "quick" tools were the 1"punch to punch out my sentiment, my crop-a-dial to punch the hole and adhere the eyelet, and my paper piercer and mat for a quick border around the main image.
My main image is also new to me - the horse is from Wanted and the dust is from Bronc Buster. I wanted these sets the instant I saw them, but my wish list was so long at the time I really couldn't afford to get them until recently. I have three nephews that live in South Dakota and whenever I see these sets, it reminds me of them.

The supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Bronc Buster, Wanted, Riveting (retired), Antique Cracking Background (retired)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Timber Brown StazOn, Chocolate Chip for the dust
Accessories: 1" circle punch, Crop-a-dial, Paper Piercer, ribbon, jumbo eyelet, foam tape

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

12/6 Welcome, Tae!

My brother and sister in law are just back from Korea with baby Tae! We are all so excited and happy for them. I can't wait to meet Tae in person. (Note . . . Tae rhymes with Kay!) In the meantime, I made a card and I'm winging it down their way today along with many prayers and a Target gift card - both of which will be very handy as everyone adjusts to a new life.

I made this card with soon to be retiring set called, "I'm Here!" It is one of my most favorite baby sets ever from SU ever! I love those sweet little hands . . . the set also has sweet little feet, too! I started with a card base of Bashful Blue that I stamped my background on in with Ballet Blue. The background stamp comes from a long retired set called Elegant Embroidery. Then, I sponged around the outside of the card base with Ballet Blue ink to add a bit of depth.

I used blue gingham patterned paper and some other light blue patterned paper that I found in my stash . . . who knows where that came from or how long I've had it - lol - but today was the day for me to use it. The little hands are stamped with Ballet Blue ink onto Whisper White card stock and cut out. The ABC's are also from the I'm Here set and they are stamped onto the very light blue patterned paper in Ballet Blue also. The ribbon is another something out of my stash . . . probably came from a thrift store somewhere along the way.

The design of this card comes from a SCS Sketch Challenge #153. I really enjoyed putting this card together as it gave me a chance to relax and pray little Tae. My heart is bursting with joy. Thanks for stopping by.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

12/04 Fun Birthday!

I always seem to be running out of birthday cards - my clients buy so many of them that I have to scramble when I need one to send one out myself! Kid cards are especially hard to keep on hand so I decided to focus on a cute kids' card for today's color challenge at SCS. The colors in the challenge today were: Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Summer Sun. Sad to say, this picture is not a true representation of the colors on my card. Notice how the prima looks a bit orange? IRL, it matches the yellows in the card and on the ric rak perfectly. Not sure why I couldn't get that to show up right with my camera! Even editing wasn't helping! But . . . imagine it matching, because it really does! lol!

The main image on this card is from a retired stamp set called Frolicking Frogs. On the inside of the card it says, "Oh, hoppy day!" Isn't that just so cute??? I got a huge roll of that wide yellow ric rak from my favorite thrift store for just 50 cents! I just love good deals like that. One of my favorite aspects to this card is the trellis background that I used on the panel behind the froggie. It is from Looks Like Spring, a soon to be retiring set.

Here are the ingredients I used to make this card:

Stamps: Frolicking Frogs, It's Your Birthday, Looks Like Spring
Paper: Certainly Celery Designer Prints, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Summer Sun
Accessories: Ric Rak, Ticket Corner Punch, Sponge, Primas, Brad, Foam Tape, AquaPainter

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Monday, December 3, 2007

12/3 Tile Blossoms

I was debating what to give the teachers in my life for Christmas and quicker than I could have ever gotten in the car and driven to Target, I made a set of four tile coasters! I LOVE how they turned out and my dilemma is solved!

I brayered Creamy Caramel onto my Flannel Plaid background stamp and then pressed the tile into the stamp for a wonderful warm, Tuscan-looking background. Then, I took the base stamp of the lilac flower from the SU set called Blossoms Abound and stamped it in Brocade Blue. Over the top, I stamped the flower accents with Elegant Eggplant. The stems are stamped with Always Artichoke and the leaves are stamped with Certainly Celery. I used just regular old dye ink that comes with the Stampin'Up Classic Ink pads. Then I followed it up by spraying on a matte acrylic finish. However, I have found in the past, that color can bleed through the matte finish, so my second light coat was a glossy acrylic finish - nothing seeps through that! But, because I like the matte look better, I went back and with my third coast of finish, I used the matte again. The reason I start with the matte and not with the glossy is that sometimes the colors run a bit if I use glossy first. For some reason, I have a hard time with the getting the glossy on evenly and lightly. It's easier for me to go even and light with the matte finish starting out - that kind of sets the color so it's ready for the next coat. Aren't they wonderful??? I'm just a skippin', I'm so happy with how they turned out!!

Below is a close-up of one of the tiles.

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

12/1 Spring Flower

We just picked up 6 inches of snow and what an I doing? I'm stamping a Spring Flower card! Stampin'Up put out it's Fall/Winter 2007 Retirement List today and Looks Like Spring was one of the sets that bit the dust. I've really enjoyed using that set and I was inspired to use it again tonight when I spied this card in Rose Ann's gallery. I love that big daisy die-cut, too, but I felt the big daisy in Looks Like Spring would be a nice substitute.

Did you know that if you mail a square card in a square envelope that you have to pay extra postage? Yup, 17 cents more, if I recall correctly! This square card fits into a regular A-2 sized envelope, though. So, 41 cents is all it will cost ya. It is 4.25 inches square. That's kind of a fun size to work with. You should try it sometime!

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Looks Like Spring (Retiring Dec. 31), Small Sayings (Retired) Paper: Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery Ink: Certainly Celery, Barely Banana Accessories: Spring Flower Bouquet Punch, Half-Back Pearl from the Pretties Kit, non SU ribbon, Foam Tape, Glue Dots

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Monday, November 19, 2007

11/19 Thank You Notes

I am working on a project to make some quick and easy thank you cards for my daughter's piano teacher. She needs 55 of them! I took this idea from the 2007 Fall/Winter Catalog. If you go to page 134 you can see how I changed it up a bit. The size of this card is 3.5x5" . . . fits perfectly into a note-card sized envelopes. It's very quick to make and quite elegant.

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Elegant Notes, flower from Blossoms Abound Ink: StazOn Black, Wild Wasabi Paper: Wild Wasabi, Ivory Naturals, Basic Black Accessories: Marvy Circle Punch, Sheer Ivory Ribbon

Here is another option I came up with. I don't like it quite as well, maybe because the paper is Mellow Moss. I think the Wild Wasabi has so much more "pop." This card is also 3.5x5". Here are the card ingredients for this one:

Stamps: Elegant Notes Ink: Basic Black Paper: Mellow Moss, Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla Accessories: Key Tag Punch, Corner Rounder

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Friday, November 16, 2007

11/16 Christmas Heart

It was one of those days where I woke up and said to myself, "If I have time to stamp today, I am going to stamp with current Stampin'Up sets only." For years I stamped willy-nilly with whatever I happened to grab - SU or NOT. But, now that I am a demonstrator, I have to churn out current set cards on a regular basis. I try to do a few cards a week that use only current sets. Then, I'll do a few more that use whatever - retired or not, SU or not. I want to keep having fun following my muse. Afterall, life isn't all about business, right?

So, as usual, I logged onto SCS to see what the daily challenge was. ROADBLOCK! The challenge was to use a heart image! I went through my current sets - yikes! NOT ONE heart image!! What to do, what to do? Well, hmmm, I have this Elegant Notes set that has yet to see an ink pad . . . could I, would I? YES! I can and I did! I took the bass clef, stamped it once with Real Red onto Whisper White cardstock. Then I stamped it again with Real Red onto an imaging sheet that I use with stamp positioner. Flipped it over, lined it up and pressed it on. Yeah, I had my heart! That is called the Reflection Technique.

Now, I needed to design a card around this image. Since I didn't have time to do the Sketch Challenge on Wednesday, I decided to go that route with my card design. Many layers later, I felt like I had the perfect card for today's Limited Supply Challenge. I used 2-3 stamps, I used a heart image, I used a tool (my ticket corner punch), I limited my layers . . . oops . . . NOT. Sorry, Jen, guess I missed that. I know exactly how, too . . . it was when I picked up the sketch challenge. Never could walk and chew gum at the same time! lol! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Everyday Flexible Phrases, Elegant Notes Ink: Real Red, Basic Black Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Imaging Sheet Technique: Reflection Technique

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

11/15 Peaceful

I have quite a lot of patterned paper that I've purchased here, there and everywhere. You, too? Ah, yes, once we start down that paper buying street it can quickly turn into a frenzy! Knowing that I have four more packs of paper winging their way to me . . . I kinda started feeling guilty about not using all the paper that I already have! I recently talked to one of my clients who is interested in ordering around 30 Christmas cards. I am trying to design one that could use a variety of papers in the background. I think this one works well. I can switch out the patterned paper to whatever suits my fancy and possibly use up some of that stash!

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Peaceful Wishes, Linen Ink: Always Artichoke, Vanilla Craft, River Rock Paper: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, and a scrap of Sublime Basic Grey Accessories: Fiber, Corner Rounder Punch, Red Marker

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11/15 Birthday Butterflies

Oh, my goodness, back to stamping whatever, whenever, and wherever and does it feel good!!! I needed a starting point so I jumped onto SCS to see what the daily challenge was. Thursday is Way to Use it Challenge Day. Today the challenge was to use unique brads in your card. Well, sad to say, I don't have much in the way of unique brads. I just ordered the jumbo brads from SU last night, I don't have the build-a-brad kit and the unique brads I do have were not seeing a lot of use . . . not because I was hoarding them, but because I just don't like them. They were purchased here and there and don't have quite the brightness of color that I like when I am working with my Stampin'Up supplies. This card was designed entirely around these sad, tired little flower brads that just hadn't made the trip to the thrift store, yet!

My flower brads were orange and pink so the colors were decided. I grabbed my brayer, some whisper white paper, my Pixie Pink ink pad and my Only Orange ink pad and brayered away. Flowers make me think of butterflies, so out came Wonderful Wings, a long-retired SU set that I just love. I stamped a couple of butterflies with StazOn Black with the intent of cutting them out. But, I liked the way they looked so much that I decided to use the panel just the way it was. (And, that saved me some cutting!) To perk up my brads, I grabbed my black sharpie and put some dots in the center. I layered the butterfly panel in black and added some ribbon accents. Foam tape, a birthday sentiment, another layer or two and the card was done. Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek!

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Wonderful Wings, Stem Sayings Ink: Only Orange, Pixie Pink, StazOn Black Paper: Basic Black, Only Orange, Whisper White Accessories: Brayer, Brads, Black Sharpie, Ribbon, Foam Tape, AquaPainter to paint in the wings just a bit with the coordinating colors.

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Monday, November 5, 2007

11/5 Christmas Blessings

I wanted to make a Christmas card today using my newest set called Star- Studded Season. It's a set with lots of wonderful Christmas sentiments and a great star shape that you can use for lots of things. . . like Fourth of July stars come to mind immediately! Since I used a sentiment front and center on this card, I was looking for a way to really draw the eye into it. I pulled out Carte Postale and used the fabulous florish stamped twice on each side of my sentiment panel. Perfect!! Love it when that happens! I finished the card off with some faux brads and layered ribbon.

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Star-Studded Season, Carte Postale
Ink: StazOn Timber Brown, Always Artichoke
Paper: River Rock, Holiday Harmony DP, Soft Sky DP, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Crop-a-Dial, Tag Corner Punch, Sponge, 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain, River Rock double stitched ribbon, Foam Tape

Here is another Christmas card that I had time to do today. As you know, I like to make flat cards once in a while and at SCS this past Friday, that was the challenge - make a flat card. This card seems a bit boring to me . . . I think I should have jazzed it up with punches or something - but oh well, not every card can be a masterpiece, right? lol! I do really like the Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon running down the left side of the card and I think the Aida Background looks cool. Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Sidekick Sayings, Aida Cloth Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Creamy Caramel Paper: Creamy Caramel, Real Red, Very Vanilla Accessories: Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon, Aqua Painter, Markers

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

10/31 Peace Love Joy

This is a flat card . . . no extra embellishments, no extra postage required. I try to remember that flat cards are fun to make, too. Less decisions for me and it seems like my clients love them. They also seem more "do-able" for the beginning stamper.
I followed today's sketch challenge at SCS for this card. My base is River Rock and the two-toned paper over the top of my base is from the Holiday Harmony Designer Prints collection. I carried the swirls into my center panel by using a stamp set called Baroque Motifs . . . most definitely one of my all-time favorite stamp sets from Stampin'Up. Then, I noticed that the Peace Joy Love stamp from All Holidays had some lovely swirls on as well so I used that just because it all seemed to tie in. I bordered my center panel with Always Artichoke, but it seemed to fade away into the top part of the card as the colors were so similar . . . what to do, what to do and then a light bulb moment! I noticed that there were dots in the patterned paper so I decided to put dots on the Always Artichoke border. I grabbed my Gold Painty Pen and many dots later, I was happy to see that my idea worked. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Here are the supplies I used:
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, All Holidays
Ink: Always Artichoke
Paper: River Rock, Holiday Harmony DP, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Gold Painty Pen

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

10/30 Hedgie Fun

Here's my SCS Color Challenge card for the day. We were to use Real Red, So Saffron and Tempting Turquoise. I am not so sure about the So Saffron . . . but I guess its all right. What I do like about this card is the Hedgie building a Hedgie Snowman! Isn't that just one of the sweetest and cutest images ever? I can't help but love this set. It's called Holiday Hedgehogs. It's a set of nine stamps that debuted in 2001. It's long retired, but I'm still quite partial to its sweetness. This is the time of year I get it out and enjoy it.

Another thing I love about this card is that the image panel is really, really sparkly! After I stamped and colored my hedgies, I covered the whole panel with VersaMark ink and then embossed it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I did this a couple of times. My backgrounds are stamped with Snow Flurries and the sentiment is from a retired SU set called Merry.

Did you notice the FIVE brads? That was an accident. I meant to poke holes for three brads but then I just started poking and the next thing I knew . . . I had four holes poked! Oops! The only way to correct that little blunder was to poke another hole . . . heaven forbid an even number of brads as my accent - odd, however, is most acceptable.

My Supplies:

Stamps: Holiday Hedgehogs, Snow Flurries, Merry Paper: Real Red, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White Ink: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Close to Cocoa, Basic Black Accessories: Foam Tape, Iridescent Ice EP, Gingham Ribbon, Brads, Heat Gun, Blender Pen, Orange Marker for the carrot nose, Corner Rounder

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Monday, October 29, 2007

10/29 Autumn Prayers in Cracked Glass

One technique that I've always enjoyed is called Cracked Glass. I made a Cracked Glass card today because that was the Technique Lovers Challenge today at SCS. I also discovered that my So Many Sayings set punches out perfectly with the word window punch. How about that!!! I'm sure that it was made to work that way . . . but it took me a bit to figure that out! lol!
Pound, pound, pound, pound. We are getting a new roof today to replace the one that was damaged by a hailstorm. It's such a beautiful day, though, I'm very glad it is getting done. Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog . . . and a special hi to the ladies I met on Saturday at the Centennial Band Boosters Craft event!
Supplies I used to make this card:
Stamps: So Many Sayings, Autumn Fest, Aida Cloth
Paper: River Rock, Brocade Designer Paper, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pumpkin Patch Spectrum, Old Olive, River Rock
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Gold Cording, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Sponge and my freezer!

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Friday, October 26, 2007

10/26 Thrifty 25th!

I'm at that age where some of my friends are celebrating their 25th Wedding Anniversaries. (I've got a ways to go thanks to my merry party ways back in the day!) But, when I came across these gorgeous foils at my local thrift store I snatched them up thinking surely I could make a card with them and today - ta da - I have!

The challenge at SCS today was Limited Supplies. We were limited to using only a number on the front of our cards. We could use any stamps, embellishments etc . . . but no sentiment - numbers only please. That got me to thinking about those silver foils and the rest is history.

I started by using Silver Encore ink on my Fine Lace Background. I stamped this onto Night of Navy cardstock and embossed with silver embossing powder. Then I ribboned it up and attached it to my Night of Navy card base. The foil circle is actually called mirror paper that I picked up ages and ages ago an art supply store. I used my CM cutting system to get the circles. I ran the 25th anniversary emblem through my Xyron machine to turn it into a sticker and popped it onto a circle of navy. That is popped up with foam tape. It looks really cool. I have enough foil emblems to make three more cards - which I surely will do!

My Supply List:

Stamps: Fine Lace Background Paper: Night of Navy, Mirror Paper Ink: Silver Encore Accessories: Ribbon, Silver Cording, 25th Anniversary Emblems, CM cutting system

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

10/25 City of David

My upline borrowed me the City of David stamp set. I shouldn't have even played around with it . . . because now I think I "need" it! lol! Well, what's one more stamp set, right??? Anyway . . . the Ways to Use It Challenge at SCS today was to incorporate masking in your card or object. This layout is going to work great for a Santa Stamp-a-Stack card. It goes together fairly quickly and no bulky embellishments, it will be easy to mail. Here are the supplies I used to make this card:
Stamps: City of David
Paper: Confetti White, Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Tag Corner Punch, Stipple Brush

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10/25 Within Us

My daughter used to be crazy over horses. She still is, but not quite like she was when she was eight! One year for her birthday, I gave her the SU set Equestrian Dream. It has long since retired from Stampin'Up, but this set will always find a home in my house. This free running trio of horses is my favorite image in the set. The sentiment is from Penny Black. I like to send "encouragement" cards and this sentiment can fit for so many situations.

The base of the card is made from paper in my stash that looks kind of like putty. I have no idea where it is from. The gorgeous mottled green and tan paper on the left of the card is wallpaper. I picked up a discontinued book of wallpaper for free and every once in a while I stick some of it onto my cards. The ric-rac is a thrift store find - four yards for 35 cents! Can't hardly beat that, eh?

Here are the supplies I used in my card:
Stamps: Equestrian Dream, sentiment from Penny Black
Paper: non Su card base, wallpaper, Confetti Cream
Ink: Always Artichoke
Accessories: ric-rac, foam tape, sponge, tag corner punch

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

10/24 Joseph's Coat Snowfall

I played with the Joseph's Coat Technique this morning and cut it into a panel that would work with the Sketch Challenge over at SCS. Winter is on the way. I know, because I've been clicking on the fireplace in the morning to heat up the living room and kitchen. I really don't mind winter and oddly enough, it is a season of color in my mind . . . if not naturally, at least artificially! I live in Minnesota and we have a whole closet of winter coats and they are in every bright and fresh color you can imagine. Purple and pink dominate with four of the five of us being girly girls. We also have quite a bit of blue . . . bright and dark. This card is in tribute to that bright and white season soon to be upon us.

The Joseph's coat is made by brayering or swiping various colors of ink onto glossy white cardstock. Then, I stamped the snowflakes in Versamark and embossed them in clear. Lastly, I used my brayer with Night of Navy ink. The snowflakes pop with all their gorgeousness from that dark background.

Supplies to make this card:

Stamps: Snowfall, Snow Flurries, Season by Season Paper: White Glossy, Confetti White, Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion, Orchid Opulence Ink: Versamark, Orchid Opulence, Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion, Night of Navy Reinkers to Make Background with Baby Wipes on Glossy: Brilliant Blue, Orchid Opulence, Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise Accessories: Brayer, Silver Cording, Silver Brads, Ticket Corner Punch, Sponges, Baby Wipes for Glossy Background, Foam Tape, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

10/23 First Oh So Lovely

This is my first card with my newest hostess set called "Oh, So Lovely." I went to SCS to see what the Color Challenge was because I had determined that no matter what the color challenge was, I would use this set. It turned out that one of the colors in the challenge was Purely Pomegranate . . . well that was a good fit with the snow berries stamp. (I really don't even know if there is such a thing as a "snow berry", but it is what I think of then when I see this stamp.)
The color challenge was to use Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky and Basic Gray. Of course, neutrals are allowed as well so I chose Confetti White and some white vellum. I had a lot of fun with this card because I used my ticket corner punch all over the place and I raised up the main image with foam tape three times. The vellum is supposed to mimic snow drifts. I'm not sure if that is really happening here, but it goes with the whole snow berry theme that was going on in my head at the time.
Here are the supplies I used to make this card. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Stamps: Oh, So Lovely; Garden Silhouettes for the sentiment
Ink: Basic Gray, Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, Confetti White, White Vellum
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Foam Tape

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

10/17 It's a SU Snowfall!

I am playing with a brand new stamp set today! I made a couple of cards as I wait for my hubby to arrive home from Italy. He is still at the airport . . . delayed because luggage was lost - not his, but one of his co-workers. I guess they are filling out paper work right now. So, maybe in an hour or two he will be here. We have his favorites waiting . . . Potato Soup (his family's famous recipe that has been passed down for generations) and Lemon Meringue Pie.
This card uses scraps. I had just a little square of shiny blue paper and believe it or not, my camera actually picked up this detail!! I managed to frame my snowflake and get a Snow Blossom punch out of it. I was quite reluctant to purchase this set because I was such a fan of Snowflakes, a recently retired SU set. But, now that I am a demo . . . I have to keep up with the times and I didn't own a single current snowflake set! So I studied my catty and finally decided on Snowfall. I am so glad I did because it works absolutely BEAUTIFULLY with the new Snow Blossom punch. (Which I also wasn't so sure I would like until I started using it and now I LOVE it!!!!) I paid special attention to the center of the snowflake. I used a snowflake brad in the center of my punch and I popped it all up on foam tape.
The other paper that I used in my layering is from a retired SU designer paper called Tickles. I loved the loose little wiggly white lines. It seemed to go well with how I wanted this card to "feel." (It's not always about how a card looks . . . sometimes it's about how a card "feels!")
Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Snowfall Ink: Brilliant Blue, White Craft Paper: Brilliant Blue base, Tickles Designer Paper, Shiny Blue Paper, non SU designer paper Accessories: Snow Blossom Punch, Snowflake Brad, non SU white satin ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch

Then, I decided to make another Snowfall card using all current SU products. I love the way this card turned out . . . it has a quilted look to it, don't you think? I used a positioner to line up the snowflakes perfectly. I stayed with the In Colors so I didn't even have to think about what colors would and would not work as the In Colors all coordinate together perfectly! Had I had Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Ribbon, I might have tried that in place of the Soft Sky ribbon. But, I do like the look of the Soft Sky . . . a bit more subtle.

The card ingredients are as follows:

Stamps: Snowfall, All Holidays Paper: Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White, Soft Sky Designer Paper Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky Accessories: Foam Tape, Positioner, Soft Sky Double Stitched Ribbon, Tag Corner Punch

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

10/16 Sidekick Set

What to make that's pink for the month of October? Pink was the color challenge today at SCS. And, we were to make a card and something that wasn't a card. Well, I hadn't used my latest hostess set yet, Sidekick Sayings, so I pulled it out to see what I could do with it.
I made my card first. I decided to make the base of my card Gable Green. I needed something to set off the pink - to make it look even pinker if you will! The Sidekick Saying is stamped on some Gypsy pink paper by Basic Grey. This is then layered onto more Gypsy paper that has a lovely flowery pattern on it. To really give this card some pink punch, I layered the again onto Pink Passion cardstock. I used a ticket corner punch on the corners (one of my very most favorite tools!) and I found some pink fiber that I thought looked kinda good with everything I had going on. The flower was colored in with an AquaPainter and reinker. I used Passion Pink and Green Galore inks to highlight the flower.
Now, I had to figure out what to make that wasn't a card. I had some Post-It Notes laying around so I decided to make a Post-It Note Holder. This is the first time I've ever made a Post-It Note Holder, but I had gotten one in a swap a long, long time ago so I wasn't completely in the dark about how to make one. It's really just a matter of scoring it in the right places for a good fit. I did all the same type of layering as I did on the card, but when I stamped the Sidekick Saying, I masked out the lower half of the stamp so the Post-It Note Holder only reads: "Let us be grateful to people who us happpy." I'm actually quite pleased with how it came out. It was nice that the words formed a natural break so that I could take the theme from the card to the Post-It Note Holder with no trouble.
Ingredients for Card and Post-It Note Holder
Stamps: Sidekick Sayings
Ink: Basic Black, Green Galore, Pink Passion
Paper: 6x6 paper pad from Basic Grey called "Gypsy", Gable Green, Pink Passion
Accessories: Pink Fibers, Foam Tape, Ticket Corner Punch, Post-It Notes
Thank you so much for stopping my blog. I just LOVE Stamping to Share!!
My stint as a single mom for the last ten days is drawing to a close. My dear, sweet hubby comes home from Italy tomorrow. We are all so excited to see him again. My heart goes out to all the wives whose hubbies are away for military reasons for much, much longer than 10 days. That is quite a burden to bear alone. (((((Hugs to YOU)))))

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10/16 Feather Card

This card is the result of a challenge that Sharon Johnson issued from her blog called No Time to Stamp? The challenge was to use one simple image with one gorgeous ribbon. I know that it looks like I used several images in this card, but I really didn't. My Soft as a Feather set (from Stampin'Up, but now retired) is unmounted. So, I took all the feathers, put them on one acrylic block and used it like a large background stamp. OK . . . so this might not really count . . . but when have I ever been good at following directions? lol!
Here are the card ingredients:
Stamps: Soft as a Feather
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: All sorts of scraps - none of which is from SU
Accessories: That wonderful, luscious 5/8" grosgrain from Stampin'Up in Chocolate Chip

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

10/14 Sympathy

Isn't this card beautiful? Yes, I'm patting myself on the back and then THUNK . . . what am I thinking? No way can I take credit for this card!!! It is another CASE of our Featured Stamper at SCS! This is the card that StamperTammy made, and all I did was take her idea and put my own twist on it!

Here are the ingredients you would need to make this card:

Stamps: Flowers by Endless Creations, Sentiment by Anna Griffin from All Night Media Ink: StazOn Black, Pumpkin Patch Spectrum Pad from Stampin'Up Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Glossy White from Stampin'Up, Patterned Paper - unknown, but it looks like something from K & Company Accessories: Ribbon, Foam Tape and Stylized Flowers, a Cuttlebug background embossing folder.

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10/14 FS36 Happy Day

It's always a Happy Day when I can "case a card with a twist!" I love how all the thinking has been done for me and all I have to do is put a twist or two onto the card and ta da . . . it's done! The Featured Stamper at SCS is stampertammy. She has quite an extensive gallery so browsing it was a lot of fun. I found a beautiful Noble Deer card that really tugged at my heart strings. I was tempted to case it exactly, but that would not be making it my own . . . so I took that wonderful design and twisted, tweaked and created a cute Happy Day card that I can call my own. I kept true to the design, but shrunk it so that it would fit onto an A2 sized card. I used a few more brads and totally changed up the colors and the stamp sets. It's hard to see in the photo, but I used quite a bit of foam tape to raise my layers. Here are the card ingredients:

Stamps: Polka Dots and Paisley, Silly Sealife Ink: StazOn Black, Blue Bayou, Sage Shadow, Cameo Coral Paper: Basic Gray, Sage Shadow, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Cameo Coral Accessories: Silver Brads, Ticket Corner Punch, Foam Tape, Aqua Painter

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

10/13 Sun & Moon in the Sea

Today's challenge at SCS is to create a card based on an inspiration piece. The picture above was our inspiration piece and the card below is what I made based on that idea. I love challenges like this because it really makes me think outside the box. I didn't have a sun stamp, but I did have a star fish and the sun is a star, right? I thought the sea horse would make a nice moon and that's how this card got its start. I used lots of circle in this card based on the shape of the inspiration piece and because bubbles are round.

Card Ingredients:

Stamps: Fishy Friends from SU (retired); letters from Hero Arts Ink: StazOn Black Paper: Summer Sun, Brilliant Blue, Glorious Green, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper Accessories: Cuttlebug Bubble Background, 1/2" punch from SU, Ticket Corner Punch from SU, Circle Cutter from CM, Aqua Painter, Markers, Ribbon and Glue Dots to adhere the punched letters.

My daughter, Kari, is doing a Science Fair project about bubbles and she wrote to a professor at the University of Nebraska about her project. This professor has done extensive research on the science of bubbles. Well, much to our surprise, he wrote back and enclosed a 17 page article about bubbles for additional research and two DVD's about Bubble Science! This will be our thank you card to him for all of his time and help. I know her project is going to turn out just great thanks to all of his help! How nice of him to take the time to help a 12 year old girl in MN with her science project!

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Monday, October 8, 2007

10/8 Thanksgiving 2007

This card will be the Thanksgiving card I mail to the families I won't be seeing at Thanksgiving. I just LOVE the way the "wind" is blowing the leaf along. The wind comes from the SU background called French Flair. It was also a popular card at my World Card Making Day festivities. Here are the ingredients that you would need to make this card. All supplies are from Stampin'Up.

Supplies for this card:
Stamps: Autumn Fest, French Flair, Holidays & Wishes
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Patch Spectrum
Paper: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Hemp, Foam Tape, Scissors, Sponge

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

10/04 Booglie Cards!

I love this "All Wrapped Up in Halloween" card that I made with my new Booglie set. I used a white gel pen to color the gauze strips on my stamped image. I also used my cheesecloth background stamp to give enhance the gauze-like look. I found some spooky music background paper, too. Perfect for the piano teacher . . . and that is just where is card is going to go! The white ribbon is cut off of a blouse that I recently purchased. You are supposed to use these straps for hanging it up, but I find them always in my way and I just cut them off. I used to throw them away until my friend, Susan, mentioned on one of her uploads at SCS that she saves these ribbon straps and uses them on her cards! Alright then, now I do, too!!

This is a well-fed bat!!! Now that is spooky!!! The red lips and dripping blood seemed the perfect way to accent this card. The Happy Halloween ribbon that I used on this card and on the card above came from Michael's a couple of years ago. (I knew I'd get around to using it eventually! lol!) The candy corn paper is just an oddball piece that I had in my scrap pile.

This is one of the cards that my customers will make at my World Card Making Day event. I used the Creepy Crawly designer paper from Stampin'Up. It makes a perfect frame for my Booglie Eyed spider. I'm not a big fan of spiders. In fact, this might be the first spider card that I have ever made! The sentiment is from All Holidays. On the inside it says Boo to You, part of the sentiment that comes with the Booglie Eyes set.

Thanks for checking out my blog!

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

9/29 Casing with a Twist

I cased this card from SCS. One of my favorite things to do when I am pressed for time or lacking in ideas is to browse the SCS galleries. I even like to browse the galleries of stamp sets that I don't own . . . as in this case. You can see the original card HERE in Genie1314's SCS gallery.

I liked so many things about the card that Jen created that I had a hard time changing much about it! I did, though. Whenever I case with a twist I try to make it my own. First of all, I used a different stamp set - SU's Doodle This. I substituted Tempting Turquoise for the green that Jen used and I oriented the card differently. Ok, I didn't change as many things as I normally do when I "case with a twist" but what can I say . . . the card I cased was pretty much PERFECT!

My papers on this card were Basic Black, Pink Passion, Naturals White, and Tempting Turquoise. I used Tempting Turquoise Ink, Pink Passion, White Craft, and Basic Black. I also used a gel pen and the SU mat pack for the dots. The sentiment is stamped with White Craft and dried with a heat gun. It is from Warm Words. Isn't this card just the cutest??? Thanks Genie1314 (Jen)!

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9/29 Inspired Butterfly Journal

Saturdays are usually not stamping days for me . . . but today was different and I found myself over at SCS checking out what the Saturday Inspiration Challenge was. You can read all about it HERE. The pillow inspiration piece can be found HERE.

I decided to cover a journal. I need a really pretty book just for me. I seem to make lots of cute things and then give them away. NOT THIS ONE!!! I was going to use it for a mileage log, but it might be too pretty for that so I think I will keep it on my nightstand to jot notes and ramblings before I go to sleep. I'm always fumbling around looking for a paper and pen just after climbing into bed because that's when I seem to think of things that I need to remember for the next day. I've learned from mistakes past that if I don't write it down, I'll forget. Or worse yet, I'll keep waking up during the night with it on my mind trying not to forget it!

I started with a dollar store notebook and covered it with 6x6 Blush paper from Basic Gray. As soon as I saw the inspiration piece I thought of the Blush paper pack that is almost too pretty to use. The SU spiral punch worked like a dream. I adhered the paper with modge podge and a sponge applicator. The little bit of edge that showed up to the left of the spirals I markered in with a brown sharpie.

The butterflies on the pillow inspired me to use SU Touch of Nature. I used Timber Brown StazOn to ink the butterfly. I find that StazOn shows up really, really well on colored paper. Then I stamped the fern around the butterfly in Creamy Caramel. The edges are sponges with Chocolate Chip. My main panel didn't seem to need a border so I left it as it was.

The designer paper that I used caused me to reach for one of my vintage sets. A retired SU set called Gentler Times. I stamped the scroll work in Very Vanilla Craft ink and dried it with a heat gun. I used Creamy Caramel paper to make the Chocolate paper pop off the background.

My ribbon is one of those tiny spools that I got at Michael's. It is pink on one side and brown on the other. Too perfect, huh? Yeah, it was just all coming together for me! LOVE it when that happens. I LOVE being in the Zone! So here is my pretty piece . . . a gift to me from me!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

9/27 Stretching a challenge??

Hmmm . . . the challenge at SCS today for Ways to Use It (Link HERE) was Food, Glorious Food! Well, at our house, venison is a staple. With all the hunters in my family, we are well supplied and we eat venison weekly - venison steaks, venison roasts, ground venison, venison chops . . . I think you get the idea. I really hadn't used my Noble Deer set just too often, and this challenge seemed to be calling me to get it out. This is the card I made. Of course, I couldn't just say Happy Trails, see you in the Frying Pan! So, I made it into a manly wishing you well card. heehee! I usually send a "Good Luck Hunting" card every season to both my dad and my brother and I decided this one would pass! TFL!

The details: The base of the card is made from Handsome Hunter cardstock and it is stamped with the pine bough also in Handsome Hunter. The deer scene is colored with markers and stamped onto Very Vanilla. I used the ticket corner punch for the corners and layered it onto a scrap of Chocolate Chip that I tore from one of the layers. This is layered onto Close to Cocoa stamped with Aida Cloth in Close to Cocoa. Then a layer of Brilliant Blue. This is then layered onto Chocolate Chip stamped with Flannel in Chocolate Chip and ticket corner punched. I kept is FLAT so that it would mail easily. TFL! (Oh, and the sentiment is from Summer by the Sea stamped with Brilliant Blue.)

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

9/26 Autumn Trio

This is an Autumn Trio of gift packaging that I explored with my customers this month. Quick gift packaging! The stamping was super easy when each leaf from the Stampin'Up With Gratitude set was paired with an ink pad. I used Real Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip for the leaves. Then, I took the speckle stamp from Itty Bitty Backgrounds and just speckled in with More Mustard. I used Real Red paper, Very Vanilla paper and just a strip of Chocolate Chip paper as a box closure.

This is the box that I made. It's the perfect size for 3x3" cards. Or any little gifty items that run a bit on the small side. I took my template off the Stampin'Up website.

The official name of this box is the 2/5/7/10 box. That's where you score it and you can find the directions to make this box right HERE. I promised that my customers would make a tag in my class and I just love the way the tag looks on this box - the perfect accent!

Here here is the bag. Isn't it great? I used the 5/8 inch Chocolate Chip grosgrain that is brand new with SU this year. The pattern for this tote came out of the March 2006 issue of Paper Crafts Magazine. SCS has a thread that has the pattern HERE. I've made a number of these bags when I need a gift bag - I just love how I can personalize it to the person or the season. Thanks for looking!

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9/26 Autumn Doodle with Lace

I've been ignoring my Doodle This set lately because I used it on so many summer cards that I was having a hard time thinking that it could be used for anything else. I've been very busy lately with kids, out of town company, scrap booking and some home remodeling issues that I haven't had a lot of time to stamp. (HATE THAT!!) But, today, I had a tiny bit of time so I seized the moment! I went right to SCS to see what the sketch challenge was for the week. Whoo Hoo . . . a great place to start. I grabbed that Doodle This set and I was absolutely determined to use it in a fall card. This is what I came up with. Do you like it? The lace is something I picked up at my local thrift store. I think it adds just the right touch.

Naturals White is my card base. I layered the papers as shown using the Apple Cider designer paper from SU. The stitches are drawn on with a white gel pen. The flower was stamped onto Naturals White with Basic Brown ink. I used the aqua painter to paint the flower with Really Rust and Wild Wasabi inks. I used my Old Olive marker to color in the dots and edge the flower after I had it cut out. The button is from SU Earth Elements collection and the ribbon is the caramel gingham from Stampin'Up.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

9/18 Kind of Simple!

Oh, what a change from last night! Everything I picked up this morning came together like magic! No effort at all!

The first thing I did was log onto Splitcoast to check out the Tuesday Color Combination Challenge. Today it was to use River Rock, Really Rust and Chocolate Chip. This card is going to a lovely little girl in Texas. Here is the link to the Color Challenge as well as the information about the girl named Victoria if you would like to send a card as well.

This card is 4 and 7/8 inches square. I had a couple of 5" square envelopes that I wanted to use up. Here are the directions to make it:

1. Make your card base from River Rock paper. Mine is 4 and 7/8 inches square in order to fit into a 5" square envelope.

2. Adhere a Really Rust paper panel to the top of the card. My panel is 4.5"x2.25".

3. Adhere a panel of Chocolate Chip paper to the card. My panel is 4.25"x2.5".

4. On a 3.5" square panel of Very Vanilla paper, stamp the dill from Garden Silhouettes with Really Rust ink onto the lower left corner. Then stamp the words lovely and charm off towards the right middle as shown. Adhere to card.

5. Cut a length of double stitched ribbon in River Rock and apply Stampin'Up Snail adhesive to the back of it. Put onto your card as shown.

6. Stamp the word Kind in the lower left corner of the card. This word is from the SU set called Baroque Motifs. You are done . . . isn't it lovely???

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9/18 Flower Friend

Last night I just couldn't get the creative juices flowing. I ditched so many starts that I almost stopped! lol! Finally something started to come together for me and this card was that result. I was trying to get my card to have a flower in a window box look. Not sure if I succeeded in that effort, but it definitely has a look! I realize now that my ribbon went a little crazy on me . . . but that feels good . . . I was in the mood for a bit of the more is more!! Thanks for looking.

Oh, and if you by any slim chance want to recreate this card . . . here is the recipe!

1. Make your card base with a half sheet of Wild Wasabi paper.
2. Cut Groovy Guava paper into a 4.25" square and stamp flower from True Friend randomly using Groovy Guava ink. Stamp the saying from True Friend in the lower right hand corner. I used StazOn Black so that the black would be really bold. Set aside - DO NOT ADHERE YET!
3. Cut a 2x3" panel from Whisper White and stamp larger flower from True Friend. I inked up the blossom with Groovy Guava Ink and the stem and leaves with Wild Wasabi ink.
4. Layer this single flower panel onto Purely Pomegrante Paper and onto Basic Black Paper. I hid cut the sides of the Basic Black even with the Purely Pomegranate so that the black only shows at the top and the bottom.
5. Using a ruler and a black fine tip marker, edge the panel with faux stitching. I also colored in the dots and teardrops around the edge of the flower.
6. Stamp the flower in a circle stamp from True Friend with Purely Pomegranate ink onto a scrap of Whisper White paper. Cut out the flower part. Color in the center dot with a black fine tip marker and mount with foam tape onto the flower panel.
7. Staple a legnth of Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon to the bottom of the panel and attach picture hanger on the upper right with a brad. This piece of hardware is from Stampin'Up's Hodgepodge Hardware set in pewter.
9. Now, pick up the square guava panel that you prepared and attach just the right side of your flower panel. Cut two legnths of black gingham ribbon, thread through the picture hanger. Keep one legnth together - your center piece and tail the other legnth into a V. Attatch on the back on the guava square with tape.
10. Now, the whole works that you have been working with can at last be attached to your Wild Wasabi card. Whew! You did it!

This is the first time I've ever written out directions . . . kind of a chore! Is it worth it? Let me know!

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