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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