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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Monday, September 17, 2007

9/17 A Box/Bag and a Tag

The Technique Lover's Challenge today over at SCS was to make a 2/5/7/10 box. You can find the directions to make this great little package HERE. I made this sweet fall kraft and leaves box for the challenge . . . though I think it's a bit like a bag.

I used a discontinued SU set called Lovely Leaves. The Thank You is from a discontinued SU set called Little Hellos. It just fit so perfectly in the right hand corner of the tag.

The leaves are stamped on Kraft paper in River Rock, Groovy Guava and Sahara Sand. This box was so quick and easy to make that I am going to include it as a BONUS project next week on September 25 when I do my Technique Class called A Box, A Bag and A Tag. If you haven't yet registered for this event, be sure to e-mail me or give me a call. Thanks for looking!

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Monday, September 10, 2007

9/10 Gamsol Magic

The technique challenge at SCS today was to make a card using the Gamsol Magic technique. No problem! I have colored pencils, I have gamsol and I have stubs. Ready, Set, GO!

I reached for my Flaky Friends set. The first thing I did was color my snowmen with colored pencils. Then, I took my stub, dipped it into the gamsol and colored over my pencil work. That's when something magical happens . . . all the pencil lines disappear and you are left with wonderful, rich, filled-in color.

This card really looks a lot better IRL. When I took the picture . . . everything that was purple looked blue. So I tried . . . somewhat successful . . . to digitally alter the color on my computer. I got the purple right, but as I did that, my red started to look washed out. It's much more vibrant when you see it up close and personal. My two oldest daughters, both of whom are digital wizards, are at school and can't help me. This is what I get when I bumble along... better than it was, but certainly not as good as it could get if I knew what I was doing! lol!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

9/4 Another Hunter Sky

I decided to make another card using Handsome Hunter and Soft Sky. This card is inspired by Jeanne's over at SCS. You can see her gorgeous card HERE.
I went to the MN State Fair yesterday. Oh my goodness . . . was it HOT! Low 90's, a touch humid, and not a whisper of a breeze. My girls were exhausted from staying 2 nights in the 4-H building . . . but they were happy and it sounds like they made a lot of good friends and memories. Food we ate: Pork Sandwiches, Cotton Candy, Cream Puffs and Lemonade.

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

9/2/7 Hunter Sky Friendship

I discovered a wonderful color combination - Soft Sky and Handsome Hunter. I used those two colors to make the card above and I just love how it turned out. This card uses a Stampin'Up set called True Friend. I think these colors give it a different look. So many of the cards I see using this set use fall colors . . .which also looks nice, but I wanted to take it in a different direction.

Kari got a blue ribbon on her digital picture that she took to the fair and Karel got a champion ribbon for her digital entry. They are having a great time at the fair and tonight they are going to a *4-H Dance!* My hubby and other daughter Kasey are celebrating my in-laws wedding anniversary. I guess they had a great time at the lake with lots of company.

My throat is still a mess. I hope that I will feel better by tomorrow so that I can go to the fair and look at all the 4-H projects. All I managed to stamp this weekend was two cards. Pathetic! I was so pumped to make a bunch. I am surely catching up on my sleep, though!

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9/2/7 Serene Sunflower

I was so excited to wake up on Saturday morning with the prospect of having the whole weekend almost all to myself. I could clean, stamp, eat dessert for breakfast and be accountable to no one but me! My hubby and daughters were all in different directions. Two at the lake and two at the state fair for a 2 day 4-H encampment. I could hardly wait to get started stampin'! Then, my throat started to hurt. My nose started to run. I started to sneeze. And suddenly, I didn't want to do anything but go back to bed! Which I did.

When I felt a bit better, I got up, drugged up, and created this card. It's my first one ever using my new set called Serene Sunflower. Isn't it pretty? The background is SU's new Basic Grey paper. Totally Yummy . . . and it looks so nice with Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie and Kraft. The brads are faux!!! DawnL from SCS told me how to make them. You adhere three pieces of paper together and punch them out. Easy peasy! I used my Crop-a-dile and it made the punching a breeze!

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