Friday, October 31, 2008

10/31 Such a Cute Romper!

I've never made a baby romper card, but when I saw this one that Cindy Malone made . . . I just had to try it! Thank you, Cindy! I started out trying to explain how I did everything and then I gave up . . . got the camera out and made this mini tutorial. A picture is worth a 1,000 words, right?

First I punched out three 1 1/4" holes from three scraps of Bella Rose DSP. The punched out holes I discarded.

Then, I flipped my Scallop Circle Punch upside down and going back over the punched out hole in my Bella Rose scrap I centered the Scallop Circle evenly over the punched hole opening.

When punched out, I was left with a perfectly even scallop circles with holes in them that I will use for the collar and the leg openings.

I used dots of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the circles onto my card as shown. I started the shape by measuring down 1 1/2" down for each sleeve and made a pencil line towards the center on each side for 3/4 of an inch. I did not make the long pencil line to define the shape until after I punched out the collar and the leg openings.

To punch out the opening, I just went back in with my 1 1/4" Circle Punch flipped upside down and punched out the three openings.

Here's another picture showing how I went back in over the scallop circle ring to punch out the collar opening.

The next step is to trim off the overhang off the scalloped rings.

Then I took my ruler and drew in the lines that defined the shape of my card. Once this long triangle is cut out, you have your romper! To make the sleeves, I just used the Scallop Edge Punch on the Bella Rose DSP and cut it down to size.

Supplies I used to create this card:
Stamps: Punches Three (level one hostess)
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Bella Rose DSP
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Ruby Red Marker to define the scallop edges, Wide Oval Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Earth Elements Brads, Ruler

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

10/28 Christmas Dazzle!

This is a card I created for my clubs to do so that I could demonstrate the Dazzling Diamond Dust technique. It uses a stamp set that one of my customers (Hi Maureen!) borrowed to me called A Wish for Peace. I also used it as one of my swap cards for a demo only swappers group that I belong to.

This is how I did the Dazzling Diamond Dust that you see on this card. First I stamped and colored the image on Whisper White paper. I used my old stand by: an Aqua Painter and ink squished onto the lid of the ink pad. Then, cover the whole panel with VersaMark. Just flip your pad over and squish it all over your image panel. Give it a generous coat of Heat and Stick powder and shoot it with your heat gun until it turns just glossy - - - and very sticky! Then dunk it into your Dazzling Diamonds and give it one more shot of the heat gun to set the diamonds into the Heat and Stick. This second shot will seal up the Heat and Stick powder so it bonds with the glitter. That's it! It takes longer to explain that to do!!

This card is accented with a Sizzlet's Snowflake Die Cut. I have found that cutting the snowflakes can be a bit of a pain as they like to stick INSIDE the die after they are cut. My solution to this is to use a tool from Creative Memories called a Multi-Purpose Tool. It has a spatula at one end of the tool that slips right under the die cut and makes pulling it up pretty easy. (At least easier than some of the other methods I've tried!!) If you have a method that works well for you - please share!

Supplies I used on this card:

Stamps: A Wish for Peace, Holidays & Wishes Paper: Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Ski Slope DSP Ink: VersaMark, Chocolate Chip, StazOn Black, Old Olive, Real Red, Creamy Caramel Accessories: Snowflakes Set #2, Big Shot Machine, Heat and Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Vintage Brad

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Monday, October 27, 2008

10/27 Santa's Stamp-a-Stack!

I've been busy stamping and planning out all the details for my 2nd Annual Stanta Stamp-a-Stack! A few of the cards were ones that I came across on the internet and they were so perfect that I pretty much "cased" them exactly!! I will provide the link to the original creators. A few of the cards I came up with all by myself! (I'll be sure to point those out, too! - heehee!)

So . . . how does my Santa Stamp-a-Stack work? Well . . . it's pretty easy. Just pick any combination of your favorites for a total of 12 cards. All materials will be provided, including a beverage and a snack. Just bring yourself and you will leave with fabulous hand crafted holiday cards. You pick the day and time that work the best for you. If you wish, you can make samples for reference, stamp all your card stock and then assemble the cards at home. The price for 12 cards is $15. Here are the dates and times:

Friday, November 21 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Monday, November 24 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Tuesday, November 25 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm

RSVP your card selections by 11/13

Monday, December 1 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Tuesday, December 2 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm
RSVP your card selections by 11/20

If you want to make all of your holiday cards at my house . . . you are welcome to attend several Stamp-a-Stacks!! Santa will be so proud of you! Here are a few more price breakdowns if you are interested in making more than 12.

24 for $30 *** 36 for $45 *** 48 for $60

60 for $75 *** 72 for $90 *** 84 for $105

Each card includes an envelope that can be stamped to match. Each card is priced at $1.25. A minimum order of 12 cards is required in order to participate in this event. If you choose to place a SU catalog order of at least $50 in advance of or during this event, your cards will be discounted to just $1 each! Club orders will count towards this discounted rate ;) !!

In order to ensure that I have enough material for everyone at these events, I do need you to RSVP as indicated. Thank YOU, so much! In conjunction with my Stamp-a-Stacks, I will be collecting donations for our local food shelf. You will get to select a hand-crafted card from my card collection as a thank you for your contribution.

If you are interested in creating these cards at home, I will mail you your pre-cut card stock, any embellishments, punched and die-cut items. No stamps or stamped items are included in your order but you will receive an e-mail with a full color instruction sheet for each card style ordered. Priority shipping costs will be added to your order. This will be $4.80 for 12 - 25 cards, or $9.80 for 26 or more cards which will need to be shipped in a flat-rate box. Please allow up to 2 weeks for me to prepare your order for shipping.

If you wish to purchase any of the stamp sets and/or inks used on these cards, you may do that through my Stampin'Up website. When you get there, click on the Shop Now in the upper right hand corner. Or, if you prefer, you can contact me by e-mail ( too, and I can place the order for you. Remember, a $50 Stampin'Up order qualifies you for the discounted card rate!

CARD # 1 - Frosty

From the lady who turned "Frankie" into an overnight sensation . . . Dawn Griffith now brings us "Frosty!" Isn't he the CUTEST?? Oh, my gosh, the second I saw him I knew he would have to be part of my Santa Stamp-a-Stack! I didn't change a lot on him . . . except I used the Large Star punch to create the nose. I thought that made it look a bit more like a carrot!

Stamps: All Holidays (contains the Christmas sentiment stamped on the inside of the card) Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red Ink: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black (used for the sentiment on the inside) Accessories: Sponge Dauber, White Gel Pen, Two-Way Glue Pen, Trio Flower Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Large Star Punch

CARD # 2 - Formal Scandinavian

I love how Lauri Hamden used white accents on her Scandinavian Season card that you can see on her blog called Paperville. I was so inspired by that card that I had to create my own version for my Santa Stamp-a-Stack. Isn't it awesome?? I just love how it looks like a Black Tie Christmas event!

Stamps: All Holidays (contains the Christmas sentiment stamped on the inside of the card), Scandiavian Season Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red Ink: Basic Black (also used for the sentiment on the inside) Accessories: White Gel Pen, Pretties Kit Rhinestone Brad, 1/4" Red Grosgrain Ribbon

CARD # 3 - Cardinal Christmas

Whoo Hoo! This card is my own design!! I was trying to come up with a card that featured the stamp set called A Cardinal Christmas, but did not have to be watercolored thus making it easier to mass produce. I think it turned out so beautifully!

Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas Paper: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Ski Slope DSP Ink: Riding Hood Red, Night of Navy (both colors are also used for stamping the sentiment and the decoration on the inside) Accessories: Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

CARD # 4 - A Merry Season

All the credit for this card goes to Traci Gentry, a SU demonstrator who has a knack for making beautiful yet easy to create cards. I really didn't change a thing except I used felt ribbon instead of grosgrain. It is one of my favorite cards of the season - so easy to make and absolutely beautiful!!

Stamps: Season of Friendship, Best Yet (level one hostess set for the sentiment) Paper: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Alpine Ribbon Originals in felt

CARD # 5 - Swirly Christmas

Kristen Moore gets the credit for this beauty. I changed just a few things but you can see that I pretty much "cased" her!! Case means to "Copy And Share Everything!" Thank goodness for demonstrators who share their great talents on their blogs. It's a way we all help each other out . . . even though we may live 100's of miles away from each other!

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Punches Three (level one hostess set for the sentiment) Paper: Basic Gray, Rose Red Prints DSP, Naturals White Ink: Rose Red Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Dimensionals

CARD # 6 - 4-Square Christmas

Another awesome stamper is Gina Rallo who created this card that I cased and modified just a bit. I love the sketch and whenever you can use punches in your creation . . . it makes for faster stamping! My card has one less layer of dimensionals to make for easier mailing.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Punches Three (level one hostess set for the sentiment) Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Night of Navy, Rose Red, Glossy White, Bella Rose DSP Ink: Rose Red, Night of Navy Accessories: Scallop Square Punch, Dimensionals, 1/4" Night of Navy Grosgrain

Card #7 - Nature's Winter Post

Yeah - let's hear it for me! lol! A card I came up with all by myself!! One of my most favorite stamp sets this holiday season is Winter Post that is featured as one of Shelli's favorites in the Holiday Mini. It has all of my favorite things: nature, vintage syle, a beautiful snowflake, and a postal feel. So, so cool!!

Stamps: Winter Post, Heard from the Heart (sentiment), All Holidays (inside sentiment) Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Real Red Ink: Whisper White Craft, Chocolate Chip Accessories: Snowflakes Set #2 Sizzlets Die Four Pack, Big Shot Machine, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Photo Corner Punch, BoHo Blossoms Punch (to make the heart from), Dimensional cut down to attach the heart

Card #8 - Christmas Skaters

Another card I designed without any help!! Sometimes I get on a roll and it's easy to do so with this set - my favorite - Winter Post.

Stamps: Winter Post, Sanded, Heard from the Heart (sentiment on the inside) Paper: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Naturals White Ink: Whisper White Craft, Chocolate Chip Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Alpine Ribbon Originals - striped, 1" Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Chocolate Chip, Dimensionals

Card #9 - Merry & Bright

Back to Kristen Moore's blog for another cased creation. I put my own twist on it by changing the stamp set, adding a ribbon and using only one circle scallop. The minute I saw her card, I just went "Aaahhh." One of those moments when something is so cute . . . you just can't help sighing and saying Aaahhh!

Stamps: Merry & Bright, Snow Jumbo Wheel, Sincere Salutations (sentiment on the inside) Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White Craft, Basic Gray (to color the hat), Baja Breeze (to color the hat) Accessories: White Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Top Note Die, Big Shot Machine, Dimensionals, sponge, Blender Pen for coloring the hat and scarf

Card #10 - Cozy Holiday Home
Deb Kemp gave me the idea to put a strip of designer series paper onto the paper that you plan to use in your Big Shot. I love how this turned out!! My card was inspired by her card as you can surely see, but mine turned into a full sized A-2 card.

Stamps: To You & Yours Paper: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Natural White, Ski Slope DSP Ink: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White Craft Accessories: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Wide Oval Punch, Top Note Die, Big Shot Machine, Dimensionals, sponge

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Friday, October 24, 2008

10/24 I've been RAK'ed with a Caribou!!

How lucky can a girl get?? One of my fellow demonstrators got in a big of a squish . . . her Big Shot was in, her Top Note wasn't and she needed Top Notes for an upcoming Stamp-a-Stack. All I did was help her out and then lookie what came in the mail today!! I've been blessed with another Caribou card!! I truly have the bestest of friends!! Thank you so much, Katie Christenson!! And my eleven year old daughter, Kasey, thanks you too. Katie paid Kasey for cutting all the Top Notes for her.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

10/23 Summer Slips Away

I can't believe how fast time goes. It seems like I was just making this card for a Great Swaps Group that I belong to. Was it June? I don't remember. All I know is that I didn't want to post it until the swaps were mailed out. Then, it got put on the back burner. You know how that goes! I completely forgot about it!! lol!

Anyway, in the midst of all the Halloween and Christmas cards I am working with these days, this card reminds me how quickly time goes by. I love this set called Summer by the Sea. It's been in our product line for quite a while. I keep thinking it will be retired, but it seems to stay around via the dormant list. That's fine with me. The images are timeless.

Here is what I used to make this card. The design is based on a card that was in the Occassions Catalog.

Stamps: Summer by the Sea, Canvas
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Certainly Celery Prints DSP, Confetti White
Ink: Soft Sky, Bordering Blue, More Mustard, Blush Blossom, Orchid Opulance, Certainly Celery, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Pewter Hardware, Dimensionals, Soft Sky DS Ribbon, Horizontal Slot Punch

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

10/22 RAK's that Made My Day!!

My bloggin friend, Nancy Riley, surprised mw with this sweet card. I have it propped up by my computer and I'm not sure I'll ever get tired of looking at it!! Thank YOU, Nancy . . . you are something sweet and I'm so glad we stampin' friends! Nancy has a wonderful blog . . . hop on over and check it out. She is so talented and I am always checking out her creations for ideas.

Isn't this the cutest pumpkin? My customer and friend, CindySue Eastenson, created this sweet treat box for me filled with candy corn and roasted peanuts. My kids gobbled it up in no time. She told me that she cut this template at a scrapbooking store. How fun! Thanks, CindySue!
And then, if the pumpkin wasn't enough, CindySue pulled another surprise out of her craftin' tote! And, this one I didn't share quite as willingly with my kiddos!! lol! 16 fabulous mints, beautifully displayed in an acrylic box. She told me she used Martha Stewart Halloween stickers to decorate each mint. You are seriously spoilin' me, CindySue!! Thank YOU!!
And, being the thrifty, crafty person that I am, I saved all of those little stickers off the top of my mints and made 14 super cute Halloween cards!! Two stickers got lost along the way . . . so sad. Look at the second life they could have had!!
Supplies I used to create my thrifty Halloween cards:
Stamps: All Holidays
Paper: Glorious Green, Basic Black, retired DSP called Jersy Shore
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Martha Stewart stickers, 1 3/4" Circle Punch

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

10/15 A Cardinal Thanksgiving!!

I have learned lessons through the years when it comes to buying stamps. Remember the set called Christmas Cardinal that debuted a couple of years ago in the Holiday Mini? Not this set called A Cardinal Christmas . . . but the other one called Christmas Cardinal! lol! Well, I didn't buy it . . . even though I really wanted it. But, it seemed like it was very popular so I was counting on it to come out in the big catalog - only it didn't. So I made the rounds trying to find it and never could or if I could . . . it was priced way out of my price range. (Well, not really but out of the range of Common Sense and thus I never purchased it.) When I saw this cardinal in our current Holiday Mini . . . I didn't hesitate for a second. If I really love something in a mini - I just get it. Lesson learned!

And now - - - about my card. Isn't it gorgeous?? It looks like I'm a wonderful water colorist. But I'm so not. ANYONE can do this when you own an aqua painter and stamp your image with StazOn Black. SU stamps have such wonderful detail with texture and depth that even though the watercoloring looks good . . . it's really just kind of slopped on. The stamp detail does all the work. REALLY, I'm NOT kidding! I did blend More Mustard with Close to Cocoa for the beak and the feet. The rest is just straight Real Red, Old Olive and Baja Breeze. And there you go - eazy peazy!! Have a happy day!

Supplies for my card:

Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas, Holidays and Wishes (sentiment)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White and our LOVELY Ski Slope DSP
Ink: Close to Cocoa, More Mustard, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Real Red, StazOn Black
Accessories: Aqua Painter,

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

10/14 Autumn in the Country

I grew up on a farm in south central Minnesota so I am always drawn to stamp sets that remind me of my youth. This is one such set, long retired, called Country Pleasures. I recently felt like playing with it . . . one of those days where I was following my muse. I stamped and colored my image first and then I started figuring out how to create my card. I wanted to carry the hills into my card so I stamped Canvas texture with Chocolate Chip onto a piece of Close to Cocoa card stock, tore it into a "hill" and sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip. I adhered it to a base of Ruby Red. Then, I needed something to tone down the hill. It was looking huge! So I started going through my ribbon and found this wonderful thrift store treasure. Yards and yards of it for just 25 cents! Perfect! Now . . . what to do for a sentiment? Out came the Big Shot and the Sizzix die called Leaves #2. I sponged the edges of it and used a sentiment from another retired stamp set called Happy Harmony.
Supplies I used on this card:
Stamps: Country Pleasures, Canvas, Happy Harmony
Paper: Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Basic Black
Accessories: non SU Ribbon, Big Shot Machine, Sizzix Die Leaves #2, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

10/12 Boo Banner

How do you like my "Boo Banner?" So, so cute!!! At least I think so!! I used my Big Shot Machine and the Bigz XL Pennant Die to create the banner. The large pennant has a layer of Designer Series Paper from 2007. I layered the smaller pennant on top of it made from Whisper White cardstock with an overlay of red tulle. The letters are from Serif Essentials.

I learned how to make the dandling spider from SCS. It uses a combination of punches and he's just all the rage right now! I am always so amazed at how creative people can be with punches!! He's hanging from the pennant with a legnth of linen thread. It worked so perfectly.

Supplies I used to create this banner:
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Only Orange, Creepy Crawly DSP (retired)
Accessories: Big Shot Machine, Bigz XL Pennant Die, Tulle, Earth Elements Buttons, Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots, Scallop Circle Punch, Photo Corner Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, Linen Thread

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

10/9 Quick Anniversary Card

This is such a quick card to make . . . I'm always doing cards at the last minute it seems! My latest thing lately is to make backgrounds with wheels. On this card I used the Jumbo Wheel called Whimsy rolled in Pink Pirouette. The pink champagne was colored in with a blender pen from the lid of the ink pad. I sponged the edge of the punched out champagne glasses with Pink Pirouette. I'm always amazed at how much definition a little bit of sponging can add. Well, off I go - busy, busy, busy!! Have a happy day!
Supplies I used to create this card:
Stamps: Whimsy Jumbo Wheel, Cheers to You, Wonderful Words
Paper: Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Basic Black
Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Coluzzle, Big Shot Die Cut Machine, Pennant Bigz XL Die, Ticket Corner Punch, Pink Pirouette Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

10/8 Sweet Owl for WCMD

Here is my version of the cute punched owl that is all the rage these days. My customers REALLY enjoyed making him at my World Card Making Day Events. I just LOVE how sweet he turned out. On the inside I stamped, "I'm just so proud of you!" Won't that be perfect when my daughters bring home straight A report cards? I think so!
Here are the supplies I used to create this card:
Stamps: Warm Words, Canvas, Sweet Stars Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Naturals White, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Close to Cocoa to ink up the canvas background stamp, Chocolate Chip for sponging, Pumpkin Pie for sponging, Kiwi Kiss for rolling
Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, BoHo Blossoms Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 1/8" handheld punch, Large & Small Oval Punch, Sponges, Fine Tip Black Marker, Mat Pack - for using with the marker to make the eye.

My daughter turned 13 this weekend and this is the card Steve and I gave to her. She received a Claddagh ring from us. We got it at Irish on Grand in St. Paul. Kari loved her card because it matched the ring box!! She thought I did that on purpose . . . but it was truly coincidence!! We are still eating the cake . . . a HUGE carrot cake that I bought at Sam's Club. She had to solve 13 clues scavenger hunt style to find her cake which I'd hidden. We laughed a lot as she searched and solved and guessed and begged for help and then finally found her cake.

Supplies I used to create Kari's card:

Stamps: Favorite Teddy Bear for the sentiment, Blooming with Happiness Paper: Rose Red, Gable Green, Whisper White, non SU designer paper Ink: Basic Black, Gable Green, Rose Red, Orchid Opulence Accessories: Dimensionals, non SU ribbon, non SU brad, Summer Sun Marker

Have a happy day and thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

10/4 Happy WCMD!

Today is the kick off for celebrating World Card Making Day. The card above is one of the cards I designed for my WCMD Stamp-a-Stack that I am having on Monday and Tuesday. I just love the corner punch and ribbon accent on this card - it's the little things, right? If you are one of my customers (or a local reader of my blog) and you are kicking yourself for not signing up for my Stamp-a-Stack . . . I still have two opening left. Just give me a call!!

My daughter, Kari, turns 13 tomorrow. We start the celebration today by going to the mall for the long awaited ear piercing. A friend of her plans to have her ears pierced at the same time so they will create a special memory today, I'm sure. I'm trying to decide where to go for a "treat" afterwards. I'm thinking perhaps an ice-cream shop or maybe a coffee house . . . I will let the birthday girl decide. Have a happy day. Kari had a friend sleep over last night so I'm off to make the traditional sleep over breakfast of ham with a German pancake. So, so yummy!!

Supplies I used on this card:

Stamps: Eastern Blooms, sentiment from Upsy Daisy
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, 1/8" punch, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain

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Friday, October 3, 2008

10/03 Inspired by KWerner

Kristina Werner posted another Color Inspiration Challenge. This one challenged us to use Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss and Very Vanilla. The card I came up with is a little different from my normal style, but it was fun.

I decided to emboss the cone flowers from Inspired by Nature onto Pumpkin Pie Prints paper. I inked the stamp up with Very Vanilla Craft ink. . . but when I stamped it . . . there was very little of the ink that seemed to transfer. I embossed it with clear and watched the image completely disappear! Not what I had in mind. So I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the flowers again . . . a little more ink seemed to stick and I warmed it over with my heat gun. I had to do this two more times to get the flower to show up using the Very Vanilla Craft ink. It still didn't turn out quite like I wanted it to. But I decided to keep working with it.

I grabbed a brown sharpie and outlined all the edges of the flower to give it some contrast. That helped a lot! The card went together quickly after that. I did Crop-a-dial embossing along the edge of the Chocolate Chip panel. I made three dots on the photo corner with my brown sharpie and put a drop of Crystal Effects on them for a dew drop look. I used the Wide Oval Punch to create my sentiment panel and then used the Coluzzle to make a frame for it.

Thanks for dropping by! Here are the supplies I used to create this card:

Stamps: Inspired by Nature Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie Prints DSP Ink: Very Vanilla Craft, Chocolate Chip Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, Brown Sharpie, Crystal Effects, Wide Oval Punch, Coluzzle, Very Vanilla Taffeta, Crop-a-Dial, Dimensionals, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

10/02 Breezy Winter Day

It's a breeze to make a scallop circle card with the Big Shot! Below are a few pictures that show how you can hide the scallops that you have to cut off in order for the card to open. Pretty easy peasy!! I just LOVE this stamp set called Winter Post. I have a soft spot for anything vintage and this was the first stamp set I purchased from the Holiday Mini Catalog. The Ski Slope DSP is divine and I have to admit that my very favorite sheet is one with the decorative stripes. You can see just a tiny bit of it one this card . . . sometimes that's all you need to achieve perfection! lol! I put some dazzling diamonds on the dominate snowflake. The other snowflakes were stamped off once so that they barely show up. Hope you have a happy day and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Supplies I used on this card:

Stamps: Winter Post, Merry & Bright
Paper: Baja Breeze, Ski Slope DSP, Confetti White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Marker, Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Riding Hood Red Taffeta, Circle Die, Big Shot Machine, Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware, Glue Dots

The first photo shows how I placed the folded edge of my card base on the Circle Scallop Die. Then, I ran a piece of Baja Breeze through the Big Shot using the same die. This is attached to the card base. The bottom picture shows how the back of the card looks. . . you get a nice folded circle card, but the front stays completely round. Hope this helps you when you make circle cards, too.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

10/1 A Swap Card for GSG2

This is the card I made for a recent demonstrator swap. I really, really like this set called Say It with Scallops. It is this years exclusive set designed for Ronald McDonald House Charities. The set is only $17.95 and includes four stamps all compatible with the new Scallop Square Punch. For every stamp set that is sold, Stampin' Up donates $2 to RMHC. I love that!

I used Baroque Motifs to reflect the scrolls that are incorporated in the for you stamp. The circle behind the scallop square is from our newest circle punch. This punch is 1 3/4". The rhinestone is from the Pretties Kit. I just popped the rhinestone out of one of the rhinestone brads and used it on my card. Some of the rhinestones I used for the swap came from the Circle Fire rhinestone collection and they were pink . . . but I like the way the clear one looks, too.

Supplies I used on this card:

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Say It with Scallops
Paper: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Scallop Square Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals

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