Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
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.
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
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
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
Thursday, October 25, 2007
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
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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!")
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
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
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.
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
Saturday, October 13, 2007
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.
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!
Monday, October 8, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
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.
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