Showing posts from May, 2008

5/30 Get Packing Challenge

With this being ballet performance weekend for my girls, I am about to put my stamps, ink and papers away for the weekend. But, before I do, I wanted to post a 6x6 scrapbook page and a card that I did for the Get Packing Challenge at SCS. This Ways to Use It Challenge encouraged us to use packing or shipping materials such as tags, string, tape etc. or stamps with a vacation theme.

I have a USA stamp from Rubber Stampede that I picked up at Michael's or JoAnn's years ago and the kids use it. They stamp the states out on index cards for as many days as we will be gone and then they color the states in as they see them on license plates. It gives them something to do on those long car rides. I personally have never used this stamp up until yesterday! I decided to get it out for the challenge and use it on a 6x6 scrapbook page to announce my upcoming trip to SU Convention this year! I love how it turned out!

Supplies I used to create this 6x6 page:

Stamps: Rubber Stampede
Paper: Mor…

5/28 A Trio of Challenge Cards!

A Featured Stamper at the Great Swaps Girls Blog this week is Jimmi Mayo. I've long enjoyed Jimmi's work so it didn't take long for me to find a card to case. I picked THIS ONE. I kept the layout very much the same with a layer or two less just because I'm lazy! (or is that speedy? heehee!) This card uses all Stampin'Up products. I always find it kind of fun to case a card that doesn't use SU and turn it into all SU. I only used Lovely Lilac ink on my flower panel. To get the flowers just a shade lighter, I stamped off once before stamping onto my Whisper White. The smaller flower is stamped at full strength.

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Priceless Paper: Almost Amethyst, Basic Black, Whisper White, Almost Amethyst Designer Prints Ink: Lovely Lilac, StazOn Black Accessories: White Taffeta, Pretties Kit, Dimensionals
This second challenge card takes us to Beate's Blog. Sh…

5/27 GSG Challenge & 12x12 Paper Storage

Lisa Henke, one of the GSG, has a great gallery over at SCS. You can see it HERE. Since she was recently featured as a Featured Stamper, I wanted to case one of her cards. I picked this one. I changed the colors, images and switched the thanks from right to left. I was inspired by the branch she used, which inspired me to get out my Spring Solitude hostess set. I used Jersey Shore designer paper and added a blue bird. I also added a little bit of faux piercing in a couple of corners.

Supplies I used for this card:

Stamps: Spring Solitude, Make It Count (both are S/S 2008 hostess sets)
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Jersey Shore DP
Ink: Brilliant Blue
Accessories: Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Brilliant Blue Markers, Double Stitched Wild Wasabi Ribbon, Dimensionals, Mat Pack

Since posting information about how I store my 48 colors of SU card stock on May 21 (see original post HERE) I've had a few e-mails asking me how I store my 12x12 paper. So, here it is!As you can…

5/22 Color Challenge & I'm a GSG!

I am so excited to share some awesome news - I've been invited to be a Great Swaps Girl!! I will be in Group Two. (Doing the happy dance!) Well, to celebrate, I decided to go straight to the GSG site and do a color challenge. And, this was challenging! The colors to use were Kraft, Cameo Coral and Certainly Celery. Now Kraft and Certainly Celery I use often, but hmmmm, how to combine Cameo Coral into the mix? Turns out, I have a great supply of Cameo Coral paper (since I hardly ever use it!) so I decided to make my card base Cameo Coral and then proceeded to cover most of it up with panels of Certainly Celery and and designer paper from the Ginger Blossom pack. But, as the card evolved, I started getting excited about it and now I'm just thrilled with it!! Yes, this is why I stamp . . . it's a high! Kind of hard to explain to someone who isn't a stamper, but I'm sure that most of you reading this can relate!

Supplies I used:

Stamps: You Make Me Happy (retired)

5/21 Grad Day & Paper Organization

I wanted to make a few more grad cards today and since today is sketch challenge day over at SCS, it seemed like a great place to start. I have a great little grad background stamp from Inky Antics that I purchased at a garage sale and it was just begging me to get it out and ink it up. I had a feeling that the grad background stamp would be cute on that main panel. I was right!! It's super cute! (At least to me!) My sentiments are from Hero Arts and they compliment the mail panel perfectly. Those black crystal accents are something I picked up recently at Archivers while shopping with my SCS friend Beth. (Hi Beth!!!) They are made by Mark Richards and they are called Crystal Stickers. I am always and forever running out of black brads so I decided to pick some of these up. They are kind of fun and I'm glad I got them. . Supplies I used on my grad cards: . Stamps: Inky Antics, Hero Arts Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White Ink: Real Red, Basic Black Accessories: Crystal Stick…

5/19 Double Pocket Bag

I've had such a busy morning already - getting my oldest daughter off on a 2 day eighth grade class trip, car pooling, deliveries from Apple Valley to Fridley, a stop at the post office, grocery shopping at Sam's Club and finally a chance to sit down and look at today's Technique Lover Challenge - Double Pocket Bags. Too fun! . I learned how to make Double Pocket Bags at Regionals last month in Milwaukee. Today at SCS, we learned from a formal tutorial how to make these versatile bags. You can easily adjust the measurements to suit your fancy. See the tutorial HERE. . This bag will round out my Make It Manly Class that I am having for my customers on Thursday night. I think it is perfect for holding some tickets to the ball game, or a couple of gift cards. What a cute tote for dad on Father's Day. . Here are the supplies I used: . Stamps: Dad's Day Paper: Jersey Shore, Whisper White, Basic Black Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi Accessories: Jersey Ribbon Originals, Black Grosgr…

5/18 A Couple of Featured Stampers!

I think I am finally caught up with the challenges issued by the Great Swaps Girls. The last challenge was featured stamper Lori Tecler. Lori, aka ltecler on SCS, has a great gallery that you can get to by clicking HERE. I was moved by this card HERE because I loved the colors and the design. I opted to use my Print Pattern inked up with White Craft ink to create my background on Basic Gray paper. Then, I pulled out my Live My Dream set. I inked it up in Basic Gray and stamped it on Soft Sky. I wanted to create a sort of halo around the flower and I attempted to do that by sponging on some Soft Sky. The brads working their way up the lower left are Vintage Brads in Pewter.

Supplies I used to create this card:

Stamps: Live Your Dream, Print Pattern
Paper: Soft Sky, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Soft Sky, White Craft
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Photo Corner Punch

And, since it is Sunday, it is the Featured Stamper Challenge over at SCS. To…

5/17 Inspiration All Over!

This candle and matching gift box was one of the Inspiration Pieces that I gazed at this morning over at SCS. The color reminded me of Almost Amethyst so I used that as my starting point. I wanted to play with one of my newer background stamps called Riot of Petals. The frosted candle holder reminded me of vellum so that became the starting point for this card. The base of the card is black and I used a panel of Almost Amethyst to attach my layer of vellum stamped with Riot of Petals in StazOn Black Ink.

This card is simple, but the black corner accents give it some extra pop. The longest part of putting this card together was coloring the flowers with my Almost Amethyst marker . . . and really that probably didn't take more than 10 minutes . . . so I'd say this card was a true 15 minute card. Another thing I like about this card is that it is completely flat so it is very mailable! My card purchasing clients really like that.

Supplies I used to create my Amethyst Riot:


Everything Always

At the Great Swaps Girls Challenge Blog, the very first Featured Stamper was Jackie Pedro. She has a fabulous blog which you can see HERE. I decided to case this card linked HERE. I don't think mine turned out nearly so well as Jackie's . . . I was trying to do something different, but similar. (My first instinct was to copy Jackie's card exactly . . . but then that kind of ruins the spirit of the challenge! lol!) I don't have those wonderful nestabilities, but I do have the SU corner rounder punch, so a few scallops made it into my card. I changed the colors, the stamp sets but aimed to keep the layout similar. I took a fine tip black marker and outlined the bird as best I could. If you stand far enough away, it looks pretty good! lol! . Supplies I used: . Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Always Paper: Basic Black, Soft Sky, Soft Sky Designer Prints, Whisper White Ink: Basic Black, Soft Sky Accessories: 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Soft Sky DS Ribbon, Corner …

5/15 Fun with Chipboard

I am not very experienced with Chip Board, but I figured I at least should figure out the basics . . . so, I am attempting to use it. (Of course, I have experience "buying" chip board, I only had to go to my "stash" and I was off and running.) (Well, not quite running!)
So, what do I do when I haven't the faintest idea of what to do? I go straight to SCS like every good stamper should! lol! I went to the gallery page and in the search box, I typed Chip Board. Oodles and oodles of samples . . . obviously other stampers have figured out what to do with it! I found THIS CARD by Christine aka She cased Sparklegirl . . . so here we have a case of a case! I used SU craft ink in Rose Red to color my chip board. My chip board is from the On Board Blossoms and Basics pack. This card is sized to fit an A6 envelope. It gave me a little more room to play so I was able to add some diamond chipboard pieces off to the side. I accented these pieces with rhines…

5/13 Inspiration Challenge

The picture above is Beate's Inspiration Challenge for this week. You can read about it on her blog called Fresh & Fun. I looked at those luscious colors and just had to grab my Soft Sky, Blue Bayou and Chocolate Chip papers. I designed my card in the same way as the pillow case, and then I added the ribbon layered over Chocolate Chip just like the way the turned down sheet is layered. Here is my card:

Since this is an "Inspiration" Challenge, I went to my new set called Define Your Life. (I earned it free with my SAB sales!) I picked the Inspire definition and then used my letter "I" from another new set (that I also earned FREE!) called Defining Alphabet. I kind of thought I needed a little something along the top so out came my Mat Pack and my Chocolate Chip marker to do some faux piercing. And, a flower from my Pretties Kit and I felt like it was done.

Stamps: Define Your Life, Defining Alphabet
Paper: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Blu…

5/12 Fun with Flower Fusion

The Technique Lover's Challenge at SCS today was Embossed Watercolor. That is simply embossing an image and then water coloring it. I really wanted to use my Flower Fusion Kit today, too, since I am in another challenge to use these lovely felt flowers. This card is the result.

The hummingbird was stamp on a piece of scrap Whisper White with Black Craft ink, embossed with Black Detail Embossing Powder and water colored with my Aqua-Painter and ink squeezed onto the lid of my ink pads . . . my absolute FAVORITE way to watercolor! Then, I cut the bird out, thinking I might pop him up on dimensionals, but as the card progressed, I nixed that idea and just glued him down. This card is 5 1/4" square and fits perfectly into SU's Whisper White Medium Square Envelopes.

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Pretty Amazing, All In a Row
Paper: Old Olive, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Rose Red, Black Craft
Accessories: Flower Fusion, Black Detail EP, Heat Gun, Aqua-Painter…

5/12 A Weekend Sketch Challenge

One of my favorite blogs is called Fresh and Fun. Beate is an incredible stamp artist and everything she posts is fresh and fun so her blog is aptly named! Well, once a week Beate posts a Weekend Sketch Challenge. This past weekend, I actually had some time to play and the card below is what I came up with.
I just love the way my card turned out . . . I love the way the vellum looks, it gives the card the division that the sketch was directing me towards, but it still shows off the whole image. I used two stamp sets to make this card. The loving couple image is from the stamp set called Summer by the Sea. It is on SU dormant list at the moment but is still available for ordering. The sentiment is from the set called A Beautiful Thing. I love how this sentiment goes so well with this couple. I think it would work so well for an Anniversary, Valentine or Just Because I Love You card. Tomorrow is my hubby's birthday and I'm tempted to give him this card . . . but I also love the…

5/11 Mother's Day Pic & a FS Card

Happy Mother's Day. Being with my girls has always been one of my greatest joys. Today we went to church and then Dad took us all out for breakfast . . . we went to Taste of Scandinavia in North Oaks - so yummy! My girls baked and decorated a cake for me and purchased my favorite kind of flowers (fake . . . as I always feel so sad when real ones die!) and best of all they wrote a poem for me. In the poem, I have "laughing green eyes!" (They must have forgot all the times those green eyes were shooting daggers at them! lol!)

I had a little time to stamp today and I made a Featured Stamper card. You can see the card I cased HERE. Jennifer aka lovestostamp6 has a great gallery over at SCS. You can see more of it HERE. My card uses Jersey Shore Designer Paper and the stamp set called Pun Fun. I kept the ribbon placement the same but my panel around the main image is larger. I did a little bit of paper piecing and a little bit of paper piercing, just as Jennifer did. I love m…

5/10 Raks and Ballet Cards

Debra Tack aka dtstampz sent me this gorgeous RAK. We've been card buddies for a couple of years now. She became a demonstrator for SU this past year, as I did, and we are excited to meet each other for the very first time at Convention 2008. Stamping is such a wonderful way to build friendships with people from all over the country. Debra is from the state of Washington . . . a place I would love to visit someday. Her card is stunning, the forward petal is raised up and there is a bit of glitter enhancing the flower. I have been on the fence about this set ever since I saw it. Not because I don't love it . . . I loved it immediately, but I have quite a few (ok, a lot!) of flower images already. I didn't think I "needed" another flower stamp set. Well, I got this card yesterday, and I ordered this set called Bloomin' Beautiful from the Occasions Mini Catalog today!
Then, my upline, Shanna McLaughlin, surprised me with a SU product gift along with this card m…

5/7 Monday Makeover Challenge

I know, I know . . . it's Wednesday! But, I read about this challenge called Monday Makeover on Andrea Walford's Blog. Andrea is a fantastically creative stamper and a very successful demonstrator. I am always inspired to create whenever I visit her blog. Anyway, the gist of the challenge is to select a card that uses mostly or no SU products and make it over with all SU products. I selected this card called Beautiful Daisy from Valerie Stangle's blog. I love the colors and the way the daisy just filled up the panels. Oh, and the way Valerie stamped the sentiment in black and just a touch of a swirl . . . ummmm, just so awesome!! So here is my card:

I made my card 5.25" square. The black panel under the squares is 5" square. The Whisper White squares are all cut at 2 5/16" of an inch. The square center panel has a black base that is cut at 2 1/2" square. I used a paper piercer to make holes in each corner and stuck a Vintage Black Brad into the holes for…

5/6 Pottery Barn Christmas

Can you believe it? The temperature has dropped 15 degrees in the past hour! That's Minnesota for you. We started the day so gorgeously. My daughter and I ate lunch on the deck, I pulled brats out of the freezer to grill for supper and now we are sitting at 59 degrees and dropping. Huh? I've got to golf in league this evening in a turtleneck . . . for the fourth Tuesday in a row!! Will I ever be able to put my turtlenecks away for the season??

The blog called Great Swaps Girls issued an Inspiration Challenge today. The picture above is from Pottery Barn Kids and it was to be our inspiration. I was immediately inspired by the dots that made me think of snow, the green that made me think of Wild Wasabi, and those big splashy spots on the back wall reminded me of a stamp that I have in SU's Little Pieces set.

Since my mind was on snow . . . I started thinking about Christmas. I need to get back on the ball with my Christmas cards so I decided to make a fairly easy Christmas car…

5/3 Musical Thanks

I needed a Thank You card for Kasey's music teacher and it had to be large enough to handle a lot of student signatures. I also wanted to make sure that it was sturdy enough to stand up to lots of handling so this is a flat card. But, there is a panel of torn vellum going from top left to bottom right and that is what gives this card a bit of elegance. Of course the Thank You with so many swirls is also quite elegant. The background paper is by DCWV and I purchased it at JoAnn's. The only musical background stamp that I own has the words, "We wish you a Merry Christmas . . . " so didn't think that would work so well!It's my ten minute card that anyone can stamp with minimal supplies. Thanks for stopping by!Supplies:Retired Stamps: Musical Manuscript, Elegant Greetings Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum, DCWV background paper Ink:StazOn Black

5/2 Circles of Love

There's a whole lot of circles going on in this card! I checked in to see what the Limited Supply Challenge was at SCS and our only limitation was to use circles in some way on my card . . . well, I certainly did! . I selected the stamp set called So Much because it has a couple of marvelous circles that I was able to incorporate into this card. Every bit of stamping was done with my Silver Encore pad and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. I made that wonderful shimmery background that you see in pink by brayering Pixie Pink over our Brushed Silver card stock. I learned how to do that at Regionals in Milwaukee. I just love how it shimmers IRL. The edges of most of the circles where sponged with Basic Gray to give them a little more depth. . I'll bet you are wondering how I would come to use the retired stamp set called Memory of the Heart as my focal point . . . good question. I have an "Inspiration Book" that I keep in my stamp room and in it are pictures that I…