Showing posts from April, 2008

4/30 A Tall, Tall Card!

This is the sketch challenge today over at SCS. I took one look and almost didn't do the challenge! lol! I was almost at a loss because making tall cards can be pretty challenging. But . . . they don't call it a challenge for nothing, right? I decided to combine it with the GSG Color Challenge of So Saffron, Regal Rose and Certainly Celery. That defined my starting point.

The card is actually much prettier IRL . . . I don't know what was going on with my lighting today . . . but I couldn't get that Regal Rose to show up like Regal Rose. It looks Cameo Coral to me. Hopefully your computer will be kinder to you than mine is being to me.

After I put flipped over the fold of the card so that the inside is showing on the right, I attached my panels. I used So Saffron and Certainly Celery Designer Prints paper. I can't tell you how many times these designer prints save the day for me. I love that there are so many lovely designs to choose from in each pack. It really mak…

4/29 Heartfelt Happiness Always!

There's a new blog that I just discovered and it is called Great Swaps Girls. This blog is going to be issuing challenges on a regular basis and I soooo want to be in on them!! This is the first one for me to participate it . . . a sketch challenge. I combined it with the color challenge at SCS today which was Basic Grey, Soft Sky and Purely Pomegranate. I came up with a card that uses three different stamp sets: Heartfelt Thanks, Always and Warm Words. I even used a flower from my Flower Fusion kit . . . so pretty! Thanks for looking!

Supplies I used:Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks, Always, Warm Words Paper: Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White Ink: Basic Gray Accessories: 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Corner Round, Double Stitched Soft Sky, White Gel Pen

4/28 Two Fold Get Well

This card is made for the Technique Lover's Challenge at SCS. You can find the most excellent instructions for making this Two Fold card HERE. I have been thinking about my Little Birdie set from Stampin'Up all week and have been waiting for something to inspire me so that I could get it out. All it took was this challenge as they are just the perfect size for a 4.5" square card. I love how easy it is to paper piece these birds and all the different sayings are awesome. With temperatures in the 30's today, I needed a little Bali Breeze and that's what started me off in this direction for colors. But, you should know that although the base of the card, accented with dots from my SU white gel pen, looks black . . . it is actually Night of Navy. It truly makes the papers from Bali Breeze POP!

Now that you've admired the front of the card, you open the first fold over and see the next part of the card. Isn't it just the cutest? My sentiment is punched with the …

4/27 Rodeo Ride

I love anything to do with the West . . . every time our family takes a vacation, we almost always go West. I have family in South Dakota and my nephew and godson, Jack, loves watching rodeos. He reminds me so much of my brother when my brother was a little kid so I have a bit of a soft spot for him even when I hear about his shenanigans! And he has had more than a few in his eight years! lol!

This card was made with Jack in mind. It is also a Featured Stamper card. The FS at SCS today was Sf9erfan. The card I chose to case from her gallery can be found HERE. I changed the stamp sets, the colors and my layers are a little simpler. I was in the mood for "quick" and this card fit the bill! I chose to make my card base from Sage Shadow because I could see just a touch of sage in the designer paper that I used. This image is stamped with Timber Brown StazOn directly onto a coordinating piece of designer paper. TFL!


Stamps: Bronc Buster
Paper: Sage Shadow, Close to Cocoa, r…

4/26 Safari Birthday

I love getting inspiration from lots of different sources when I sit down to make cards. Each Saturday at SCS, an inspiration challenge is posted. Today the inspiration challenge was to make a card inspired by a Safari Birthday Kit. The kit is pictured at the bottom of today's post.

As soon as I saw the kit I knew I wanted to use my two by two animals stamp from an old retired set called Noah and Company. My daughter, Kari, wanted this set for her birthday when she was five. She had learned all about Noah's Ark in Sunday School that fall so as soon as she saw this set in my catalog, she was just all over it! I can still picture her with green eyes sparkling as she awkwardly held up the catalog to show me the set.

Unfortunately, the sweet animal images are a bit small and I didn't want a lot of color to over-power them so I decided to go with a brushed gold metallic card stock as the base and then layer a panel of gold-toned wallpaper over the top of that. I used a lot of Vin…

4/23 A Floral Moment

When you do a sketch challenge at SCS, you are given a card sketch and the idea is to follow it so that when your card is completed, you can easily see the sketch on your card. Below is a picture of the sketch challenge for April 23.
This is the card I came up with for today's sketch challenge. I was having a Floral Moment!! This card uses the Floral Background stamp from Stampin'Up. I inked it up in River Rock and then pressed an Old Olive ink pad over the stamp randomly before stamping it onto Sahara Sand card stock. I also used the Floral Background image to stamp tone on tone on pieces of Bashful Blue and Orchid Opulence. The main image is a Penny Black sticker that I purchased ages ago at my one of the local stamping stores in my area. I wanted to beef up the layers to give this card some more interest. Is eleven layers interesting enough? lol! . Supplies: . Stamps: Floral Background Paper: non SU paper similar to Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue, Orchid…

4/22 Beate's Inspiration Flowers

This is the picture that Beate posted on her blog called Fresh & Fun to inspire us. The minute I saw this, I thought about the flowers in the Stampin'Up Pretties Kit. I also loved the background and knew that I could create something similar with re-inkers.

This is the card I created based on the inspiration piece. First of all, I made a small long card to fit into the small long envelope from Stampin'Up. To make my background, I squirted Tempting Turquise, More Mustard and River Rock re-inker onto the image sheet that came with my Stamp-a-ma-jig. Then I just flipped it over and rubbed it over a piece of glossy white card stock. This worked very well. To give the edges some additional definition, I sponged a little Tempting Turquoise onto the panel. Then, I dyed the six-petal flowers with an Aqua Painter and More Mustard re-inker. I also used the fine tip of my More Mustard Marker to draw into some lines in the center of the flower to make it a little more life-like. The f…

4/21 Basketball and Amazing!

Do you like my basketball card?? I made 50 of these to swap at Regionals in Milwaukee this past weekend. What a blast! There's just nothing like being surrounded by positive, enthusiastic and incredibly creative people. Hi Laurie, Jody, Ashley, Chris and Sandy! I rode down with 5 ladies on Friday night - many thanks to Chris, Sandy and Jody for driving. We arrived pretty late due to rain and road construction and even though I was so excited . . . I fell asleep quickly.

The next morning, we registered, got in line and started swapping. I received 50 beautiful cards in return. What a great experience. I can't wait to share all of my new ideas with my customers. I learned A TON! Even learned some new TECHNIQUES!

I am going to use this basketball card for a Make It Manly Class that I will be having in May. Not every guy gets into nature . . . so I wanted to have some non-nature cards at my class. The basketball is popped up onto a dimensional . . . looks a lot more cool IRL!


4/18 Butterfly Thanks

Oh, what a pretty card I made!! This card is an A-6 size card . . . let's see, that would be about 4.5 x 6" or so. I used a Carousel Note that I embossed and paper pierced with the Pick a Petal Brass Template. The flowers are stamped on vellum with a very juicy StazOn Black pad . . . I wanted them to be very vibrant. Sharon Johnson has been making a lot of cards on her blog called No Time to Stamp with the Martha Stewart butterfly punch . . . so she inspired me to use my ages old McGill butterfly punch. And, wouldn't you know it . . . my card qualifies for her stamp simply challenge to use black accents. (I do black accents pretty often!!) In addition to the black accents, I love the combination of colors - Wild Wasabi, Sky Blue, Groovy Guava. Even though I've been using these IN colors like crazy since September, they still look so FRESH to me. Of course, the Afternoon Tea designer paper helps pull all these colors together, too.

In just an hour and a half or so I wi…

4/17 Delicate Blooms and Bold Blooms

I really enjoy doing the Ways to Use it Challenges at SCS and this week, our Ways to Use It Challenge was to use acrylics. Hmmmmmm . . . . Luckily, Julia gave us some suggestions and I took the first one she offered - Dew Drops. I've had these Dew Drops in Gold and Pearl for a long, long time. I had strolled into a local stamp store one morning with some time to kill, but I really didn't know what to buy as I didn't "need" anything. But, the owner was so pleasant, pointing out new products, asking me what I've been working on etc, that I just didn't want to walk out without buying anything! So, I made a "polite purchase" . . . a little jar of dew drops. Actually, I don't know if they are the official dew drops or not because the container they came in doesn't call them dew drops at all . . . the name on the container is Golden Berries. But, I'm guessing it's pretty much the same thing and they are acrylic so it works.
I used a r…

I got a Blog Award!

Silke Ludlow presented me with my very first blog award!! Silke aka as sparklegirl at SCS has a delightful blog that I often cruise through. You can cruise it, too, by clicking HERE. I would like to bestow this award on the following:

And, maybe they've already received this award . . . but that's ok . . . it's double the fun to get an award twice over, right?

Susan Thomas aka Rainy over SCS. You can check out her awesome blog HERE.
Julie from Julie's Inkspot in London. Her cards are just delightful. Check it out HERE.
Silli from Germany. I have to be one of her biggest fans!!! Check it out HERE.

Today I am babysitting - maybe during naptime I will have time to stamp.
Have a great day, eveyone!!

4/15 Groovy Dancer

I wanted to create a dance card that had a little magic in it . . . and the easiest way to get magic into a card is to use GLITTER!! I made this card for the Color Challenge at SCS. The colors for today were Basic Gray, Blush Blossom and Groovy Guava.
I needed a "stage" for my dancing girl so I got out an old retired set called By Design. The dress on the dancer is paper pieced. The "magic" was created by stamping the swirls from the set called Priceless. I stamped them in Blush Blossom and then I used a glue pen to add the glitter.
Tonight is the first night of golf league. Even though the thermometer says it's 70 degrees, the wind is blowing so hard it makes it feel quite a bit cooler so I am going to dress warm! Wish me luck . . . I haven't swung a club since September! A week ago, we had snow on the ground! (Still do in the shady places!)
Supplies I used to make this card:
Stamps:Retired Stamping Ups Sets: By Design, Dance Sketches, Small Script Curren…

4/14 Double Pocket Card with Tags

This is a Double Pocket card and the directions to make it are HERE. Judy, who has a blog called Joy In a Jar, made step by step tutorial to explain how to create a double pocket card. What a great job she did - thanks, Judy!!

The fun thing about pocket cards is that you can put tags in the pockets that can later be used as bookmarks or gift tags. The picture below shows the tags I created for this pocket card. The circle tag was made by cutting two circles with the Coluzzle. Then, I used my Stampin' Up corner rounder to make the scallops all the way around the outside circle. (Be sure to remove the corner guide from your punch first.)

Did you notice how the flower tag is grounded? I stamped the flower first, then I noticed that it looked sort of "floaty" and that wasn't exactly very cool looking. Once I added the smallest dab of torn paper to the bottom edge, the whole tag just came to life. It's amazing what the smallest detail will do to accentuate your art.


4/13 Delightful Summer

Steve is at the cabin this weekend so the girls and I went to church last evening and that left me with a FREE morning to STAMP!! The challenge at SCS on Sunday is called Featured Stamper. Each week, a SCS member has her gallery showcased in this challenge and participants select a card to "case." I chose THIS CARD by Jodi aka Kharmagirl. She used the set called Time for You in the Occasions Mini catalog. Looking at her card made me think of summer and the only bike image that I own is in my Simply Summer set, a retired SU set that debuted back in 2000. After I got the set out, I noticed the lemonade image and I knew I had to go with it . . . it's one of my favorite images because it always brings back memories of my grandma. My grandma went to Florida every winter and when she came home to MN she always came home with a box of lemons - homemade lemonade was one of her specialties . . . along with lemon meringue pie!! . I really liked the paper piercing that Jodi did on he…

4/12 My Daughter Kari

This is a 6x6 scrap book page featuring a picture of my daughter, Kari, taken about a year and a half ago when she was eleven. I am the official portrait photographer in the family since we got our Canon Digital Elph and a tri-pod. Taking pictures of my middle daughter can be quite a challenge though. Kari has a very dry sense of humor so it is hard to catch her smiling naturally. I usually have to take about 30 pictures of her to get one that we like. She just can't fake a smile and she doesn't think I'm particularly funny. My only consolation is that the people at Sears and Pro-Ex couldn't get her to smile either. But, I can truly say that my pictures have turned out better than theirs simply because I take oodles of shots . . . something they were not willing to do.
This is my first attempt at making a 6x6 scrapbook page with Stampin'Up products. I sold Creative Memories products for 10 years so putting a piece of hardware on a scrap book page was truly a trip f…

4/10 Tae turns ONE!

My nephew is turning one this month and since I will be at regionals next weekend, I needed to make his card at some point this week or weekend. I had a spare minute last night as I listened to the Minnesota Wild Hockey Game on the radio. They lost to Denver. I was sad . . . but then I drank a beer, calmed down, went to bed and today I'm over it. Another game on Friday and I know it will be a better day for us MN hockey fans!!

Can you believe it . . . this card uses FIVE different stamp sets! I don't know what category I will file it to when I load it into my gallery at SCS. Probably Birthday Whimsy since the balloon is pretty eye-catching. The challenge was to use an offset oval on your card. The sketch seemed to be pretty simplistic . . . but of course I kept adding to it. I wanted to make it super special for my godson because I know his mom will put this card in his scrapbook and even though he won't appreciate it when we celebrate on the 20th . . . someday he may! (An…

4/8 More Pun Fun & a Thank You

As I build my collection of Pun Fun cards, I've been having a ball strolling through the Pun Fun gallery at SCS. This stinkin' cute card was totally inspired by this card Monique Hawrelluk made. Monique is aka StampItForFun over at SCS. I just LOVE the way she did her corners on that card so I had to do my corners like that, too! I used a 1/2" Circle Punch to clip out the corners on my Soft Sky panel. That sweet little skunk is colored with watercolor pencils and an Aqua Painter. I also used the Aqua Painter to paint the flower and the little blue halo around him with ink I picked up from the lid of my ink pad.

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Pun Fun
Paper: Basic Black, Soft Sky, Soft Sky Designer Prints, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Soft Sky
Accessories: Black Grosgrain, 1/2" Circle Punch, Aqua Painter, Watercolor Pencils, SU Dimensionals

Oh, my goodness . . . what stamp set do you use when you are given these three colors: Glorious Green, Real Red and Night of Navy?? That…

4/7 Sweet Hippo & a River Rock Day

I made a very sweet Hippo card with Pun Fun and Cutie Pie paper. I found this sweet card by Joanne Basile aka basilefamily at SCS. I changed up a few things . . . but not too many. Joanne's card was just so perfect to begin with!
Supplies for my Sweet Hippo card:
Stamps: Pun Fun
Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Cutie Pie Paper
Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Buttons, fiber, dimensionals, Watercolor Pencils, Aqua-Painter

My next card I'm calling a River Rock Day. I paired River Rock with Old Olive and I love the combination. I think it is soooo cool how the In Colors work so beautifully with our regular line colors. Did you notice the layered ribbon? That's the technique challenge today over at SCS - layer your ribbon. Can't tell you how easy that was for me!! I'm crazy about ribbon and layering is something I do fairly often. In this card I used Old Olive Wide Grosgrain Ribbon and layered River Rock Do…

4/6 Amazing and Fabulous!

I loved doing the Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS. It's always so much fun to case a card in an awesome stamper's gallery. Today, our challenge was to case a card from mommyluvs2stamp. I chose this care HERE. Thanks for the inspiration, Kristi!

I chose to use Ginger Blossom paper because I just so LOVE it and whenever I make a card with it, I always feel so happy! Fabulous Flowers is one of my newer sets and I've been looking for an excuse to take it out. The sentiment from Pretty Amazing punched out perfectly with the Key Tag Punch.
To give the blossom its sparkle, I embossed it in Iridescent Ice embossing powder. There is a close up below. I don't have Ruby Red pigment ink, so I had to use my Ruby Red dye ink. To hold the embossing powder to the image, I had to over stamp my Ruby Red flower with VersaMark. Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig, this is a cinch!

Supplies I used to create this card: . Stamps: Fabulous Flowers, Pretty Amazing Paper: Ruby Red, Ginger Blossom Designer Pape…

4/6 Manly Confirmation

Confirmations are coming up and I needed a card for a young man. This was truly a challenge for me and I wasn't quite sure where to start. When I hit a mental roadblock like that, I just grab some scraps and start stamping.

I like to make 3x3" cards to get the creative juices flowing so after I stamped on a few scraps, I started playing around with them to see what I could come up with. The reason I went with River Rock as my card base is because my scrap pile for River Rock is HUGE! Of course, Very Vanilla is a natural with River Rock. Then, to give my card some contrast, I added corners of Basic Gray. But then the corners made the card look sort of harsh, so I needed to tone them down a bit, so I started playing with scraps of ribbon. This velvet ribbon from Ribbon Originals Sherbet collection was the perfect touch. Now, I just needed to incorporate all these ideas into a full-sized card.

Here is my full-sized card. Isn't it gorgeous and still pretty guy-like?? I never b…

4/5 Happy Saturday!

My niece/godchild is having a birthday next week and Pun Fun is PERFECT fare for a soon to be five year old! I made this card especially for Molly and I can't wait to give it to her. I babysat her twice a week from the time she was 3 months until this past fall so we share lots of crafting memories. I really enjoyed putting this color combination together. First of all, this card uses Cutie Pie Designer Paper so that was definitely my starting point . . . but then I wanted to put all those colors on a card base that would make everything pop. I ended up going with Handsome Hunter! Who'da thought??? Here are the supplies:
Stamps: Pun Fun, Little Pieces
Paper: Handsome Hunter, Cutie Pie Designer Paper, Whisper White, Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate
Ink: Basic Black, Summer Sun, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Aqua-Painter, Coluzzle, Marvy Scalloped Square Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Large Oval Punch, Designer Label Punch, …

4/4 Thinking About Dad

I used to participate quite a lot in the challenges over at SCS. Lately, however, I've been too busy to play. NOT fun . . . I am resolving to spend more time playing and less time working. (My IN box is taunting me this very minute! Looks like I'll have to tackle that here at some point whether I want to or not!) . Anyway, I did get on Splitcoast . . . my favorite stamping website in the whole world . . . and I did check out the challenge today. That was at 6:30 or so this morning. During the morning hours spent helping my kids with homework, cleaning the kitchen, the furnace room and tackling a mountain of laundry (where does it all come from??), I had the challenge in mind. This afternoon, I chased the kids outside assuring them that there would be plenty of time for homework on Sunday afternoon. The weather is fabulous . . . maybe our first 60 of the year! Then, I sat down to do the challenge - one color and white. . I decided to make my one color Really Rust because I was thin…

4/2 Blast Off!

I am having a blast with my newest set, "Pun Fun." This card got off the ground when I saw THIS CARD over at SCS. I was inspired by the Not Quite Navy card base and the Pumpkin Pie center. I changed the card up a little bit because I wanted stars on my card and in my background. This is a card that is great for a boy. With three girls, I don't make a lot of girl cards . . . but I know that a lot of my customers look for boy/teenage boy/ and masuline card ideas so here is my attempt at helping out with that!Card Supplies:Stamps: Pun Fun, Coordinating Jumbo Wheel called Sweet Stars (free with the purchase of Pun Fun through April 30) Paper: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie Designer Prints Ink: Not Quite Navy, Basic Black Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Star Punch, Large Star Punch, Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter