Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I had some fun this morning creating this whimsical card with this week's Color Throwdown. The base of the card is made from Baja Breeze and the top flap is punched with the Eyelet Border Punch. It l00ks really neat when you open it up, but I tacked it shut in order to get a better picture.
To give the butterfly some dimension I inked the rubber up with Pink Pirouette and then, using a sponge dauber, I edged the wings and the antennae tips with Baja Breeze. The butterfly panel is popped up with dimensionals. I love the texture of the extra wide Pink Pirouette Grosgrain Ribbon . . . pretty, pretty, pretty! This is a very quick and easy card to create so I am going to get off the computer now and create a few more. I'm still working on filling up my depleted card boxes after a successful sales run at our Spring Ballet Performance of Candyland. Have a great day!
Stamps: Garden Whimsy (113502)
Paper: Baja Breeze (retiring), Pink Pirouette (retiring), Kraft (102125), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Pink Pirouette (retiring), Baja Breeze (retiring)
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Sponge Daubers (102892), Dimensionals (104430), 1 1/4" Pink Pirouette Ribbon (retiring)
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I broke my 1/2" Circle Punch making this card this morning. NOT good, but lesson learned. You cannot punch through a layer of watercolor paper and a layer of SU cardstock at the same time. I think I learned that lesson once before and today was reminded that I needed to learn it again. humph.
I am really excited about the ribbon. I love how well the new In Color Crushed Curry ribbon goes so well with Summer Sun. It's great to have this color join the ribbon lineup. Have you heard about my Perfect Ribbon Share? You can get two yards of Crushed Curry along with two yards of every new In Color ribbon for just $10! Check out the details HERE.
Here are the details of this card:
Stamps: Bloomin Beautiful (111490)
Paper: Textured Pacific Point (retired), Textured Tangerine Tango (retired), Summer Sun (103124), Watercolor Paper (105019), Tangerine Tango DSP (retired)
Ink: StazOn Black (101406), Summer Sun (100537), Garden Green (102272), Tangerine Tango (retired)
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch (112091), Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon (debuting on July 1), Basic Jumbo Grommets (114348), Dimensionals (104430), Aqua-Painter (103954)
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Monday, June 22, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Isn't this an awesome color combination? I was inspired to try it when I was blog hopping and saw that the Diva Coffee Break Designs Blog was hosting a color challenge. I love the rich regalness of these colors and I don't know that I would have thought of pairing these colors with Bashful Blue . . . but isn't that a lovely touch?
I used one of my freebie reward sets that I recently received. This one is called Friends 24-7. Can you believe that it has been on my wish list since January? I've seen so many beautiful cards made with this set . . . but then it's scary to get it because you wonder if you can make anything even half so good . . . like all of the ideas for it have been sucked up already. But, I guess I did OK. I like how the image panel is long like the card. This will be an easy one to mail . . . even though I did you some dimensionals. Just can't resist that little bit of "pop!"
Stamps: Friends 24-7 (113218)
Paper: Night of Navy (100867), Always Artichoke (105119), Kraft (102125), Naturals Ivory (101849), Bashful Blue (105120)
Ink: Night of Navy (102977)
Accessories: Photo Corner Punch (109042), Ticket Corner Punch (107214), Sponge Daubers (102892), Linen Thread (104199), Dimensionals (104430)
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I made this card totally flat . . . not a single dimensional on it. I challenge myself to do that once in a while just to prove that you can make your cards "pop" on color and layers alone. Plus, it makes mailing it off just so much easier. One of my favorite features of this card is the flower. It comes from the set called One of a Kind and I punched it out with the BoHo Blossom punch. This punch will also work with a stamp set soon to debut - except instead of flowers, you will be punching a trio of snowflakes! How fun is that?
The monkey is aqua painted, yes, I 'm sure you wonder if I ever use another coloring technique. Not too often! I feel like I can do almost anything with an aqua painter - love that tool! The monkey is also paper pieced. That is where you stamp the image a second time onto patterned paper and then cut out just the portion that you want to layer. Notice the wonderful yellow on my banana? The new In Color called Crushed Curry makes a marvelous looking banana!
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Stamps: Sock Monkey (111552), One of a Kind (113624)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Debuting on July 1: Dusty Durango in plain and textured, Crushed Curry in textured, Soft Taupe, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Debuting on July 1: Crushed Curry, Soft Taupe
Accessories: Large Oval Punch (107305), Small Oval Punch (107304), BoHo Blossoms Punch (110711), Aqua Painter (103954)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I made some time for the Mojo Challenge this week. I am loving my new soon to be retired set called "It's a Sign". I also inked up the 24-7 sentiment from the stamp set called Friends 24-7. Although it's a totally different style from the larger sentiment on this card, the whole funkiness of it all makes it work. The Tangerine Tango Prints Paper paired with black and a print from Urban Oasis DSP helps it all come together. I made this card so quickly, I made three more. How fun is that? I need to fill up my card boxes again . . . they are really low since sales from the Spring Ballet Performance.
Stamps: It's a Sign (114994), Friends 24-7 (113218)
Paper: Basic Black (102851), Whisper White (100730), Tangerine Tango Prints DSP (112153), Urban Oasis DSP (113978)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Accessories: 1/4" Black Grosgrain Ribbon (109027) adhered with Snail Adhesive (104332), Large Oval Punch (107305), Scallop Oval Punch (114889), Dimensionals (104430)
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Have you heard? I'm doing a Perfect Paper/Perfect Ribbon Share!
The Perfect Paper Share includes a 6x6" square of all of the NEW designer series paper in the new SU Idea Book and Catalog. (It does NOT include any paper that carried over from the last catalog.) There are 12 new debuting packages of paper excluding the Prints DSP. One of the paper packs is a mix of paper and die-cut journal boxes so from that pack, you will receive three sheets of paper and three die-cuts. In total, you will receive 69 pieces of 6x6" paper along with three die-cuts. And the price? Only $18.50, plus $5 if you need me to ship it to you.
The Perfect Ribbon Share includes 2 yards each of the 6 Polka Dot In Color Ribbons. This share will be only $10, plus $2 more if you need me to ship it to you.
Everyone is welcome to participate and I will take orders from now through my Catalog Kick Off Event on July 1. You can sign up for one or the other or both and place as many share orders as you wish. The best way to get on the list is to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not local, I will send you a link to my Pay Pal so that you can make your payment easily.
I will place the order on July 1 and as soon as it arrives, I will ship or have your shares available for pick up. My goal is to do this all on or before July 10. However, if something is back ordered, I will hold off on shipping until it can all go out at one time.
The Perfect Paper and Ribbon Share is available for US orders only.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I have an upline, Shanna McLaughlin, who creates cards with a beautiful clean and simple look. That is hard for me to do. I tend to add one more thing and layer and glitter and paint and play and play. But, Shanna is always blessing me with sweet beautiful cards and I try to learn from them. One of the best ways to learn from others is to "case" them. When I first started stamping I cased exactly and it helped me learn and grow. Now, I try to case with a twist . . . except in this case. I only changed out the ribbon and reduced some 0f the piercings. Shanna's card was just so perfect to begin with . . . I really couldn't "twist" it too much! lol! Thanks, Shanna, for all of your beautiful inspiration!
This is another card my customers will be making at my Last Chance 10 Card Class. It features the Ronald McDonald House set called "Say It with Scallops." For every set that is purchased, SU donates $2 to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Isn't that awesome? Some $800,000 have been donated since SU started this program. What a wonderful way to make a difference. Thank you, Stampin'Up.
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Items in RED will be discontinued as of June 30!
Stamps: Say It With Scallops (111678)
Paper: Riding Hood Red (111348), Textured Baha Breeze and Kiwi Kiss (111345), Chocolate Chip (102128), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Baja Breeze (111833), Kiwi Kiss (111835)
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon (111365), Scallop Square Punch (112081), 1/2" Circle Punch (104390), Spiral Edge Punch (108341), Mat Pack (105826), Paper Piercer
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I LOVE how this card turned out and it was so easy to create . . . yet it looks soooo elegant. I think the ticket corner punch can be so elegant, don't you? And, I love the Blush Blossom card stock paired up with the Basic Black. This card took its inspiration from a swap card I received from Kim McGrath at convention this past year. Of course, I changed it up a little to make it more my own . . . but I'd like to give Kim credit for the layout and the beautiful sparkles on the veil!
Ink: StazOn Black (101406), Blush Blossom (103318), Basic Black (101179), Close to Cocoa (103139)
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
For years, I struggled with wanting to join Stampin'Up . . . but not being able to because of my Creative Memories business. Then, one day, my husband was visiting with me in my office and said, "You know, I don't see one single thing in here that tells me you sell Creative Memories, but it sure does look like you sell Stampin'Up!" That was when the light bulb went off and I decided to follow my heart into Stampin'Up. I've been a SU demonstrator now for nearly two years and I love, love, love it!! But, I have almost completely given up scrapbooking. Oh, I shouldn't say completely . . . I do digital albums with my oldest daughter and we send them off to CM. Easy peasy . . .drop and drag . . . you're done.
But, my SU customers occasionally ask me if I ever scrapbook with SU products. I have to hang my head and say, "Not really." Oh, I've made the simple and sweet page or two here and there, but nothing consistently. That may be about to change!
I found a blog called Stamp & Scrap and they posted their very first challenge today. How wonderful for me! I've been dying to start working with the new IN Colors that I got in my Sneak Peak order. The challenge was to make a page with a summer theme, use at least two stamps and follow the sketch which I've posted above for you to see.
True to form . . . I'm terrible at following sketches. I just couldn't stand all that blank space off in the upper left hand part of the sketch so I filled it in with a journaling box. I also wanted to use my BIG Inspired by Nature flower stamp so I kind of blew the small doo-dad-like-dealy-wheely-thing on the upper right. But, who CARES?? It got me SCRAPPIN' again and I think that was the whole point of the challenge!! And, I LOVE it!! I especially love the swirls connecting my boxes across the top . . . I love the ribbon and how the middle picture is accented with the scallop edge punch. And, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED using my IN Colors!!Doesn't the Crushed Curry title show up awesomely on the Razzleberry Lemonade patterned paper? That ribbon is Crushed Curry, too. Love that color! I made the title with my Big Shot using the Naturally Serif Alphabet die. I find that the best way to apply these letters is with a glue pen. Stampin'Up sells a Two-Way glue pen, but I found that to be a little big. I had another glue pen by Sailor that worked like a charm. It really is like a ball-point pen! The best way to apply ribbon is to run a strip of SNAIL adhesive down the back of it and set it on, carefully, right where you want it. I put the faux brads on with little squares of Sticky Strip.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Stamps: A Little Birdie Told Me (115016)