Thursday, July 30, 2009

7/30 Totally Cheerful!


I call this card Totally Cheerful . . . just looking at it makes me smile! I created this card based on the Mojo Sketch Challenge for this week. I made a big, cheerful flower for the circle element. The set is called Pick a Petal . . . what fun to stamp it on designer series paper. The DSP I used is called Storybook Specialty. It's extra thick and has an awesome texture to it. The center of the flower was stamped into the same paper, cut out and embellished with a clear rhinestone brad.

The other rhinestone brads on this card get a little more bling because they are inserted into the centers of the small grommets. Sooooo cute!! It's the little cute extras that totally make the card, don't you think?

My banner sentiment is stamped with words from A Little Birthday Cheer and the inside of my card is stamped with a Curvy Verses sentiment. I used reverse scallops on a strip of black paper to layer over the orange DSP from the Razzleberry Lemonade pack. You can create reverse scallops with the Slit Punch.
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Stamps: Pick a Petal (115042), A Little Birthday Cheer (115018), Curvy Verses (114948)
Paper: Basic Black (102851), Bermuda Bay (115317), Whisper White (100730), Razzleberry Lemonade DSP (115675), Storybook Specialty (115679)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Accessories: Slit Punch (104388), Basic Small Grommets (114349), Clear Rhinestone Brads (113144), Pop Up Glue Dot (104183) to attach flower which was built on a 1 3/4" Circle Punch (112004), Dimensional (104430) to attach the flag end of the sentiment, Photo Corner Punch (109042)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

7/29 Refuge & Strength Card


This card combines a couple of blog challenges. . . Stacy's Stamping Stage is featuring a Color Inspiration Challenge and The Sweetest Thing has a Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. This is the card I came up with in order to combine the two challenges. I modified the sketch challenge a bit so that I could fit it onto a standard A-2 sized card. The colors are Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White.
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The pillows featured in Stacey's Color Inspiration reminded me of
the stamp set called Pocket Silhouettes. I got this set with hostess credit quite a while back, but never quite got around to using it. Then, I decided to use my 1 3/4" Circle Punch to create the biggest circle, but I needed something to put in it. . . so I started looking at sentiment stamps and came across one in my Refuge and Strength stamp set that fit perfectly. To give it a little more pop, I used my Circle Scissors to make a circle matting in Night of Navy and then used dimensionals to attach it to a large pretties kit flower. I had to use two layers of dimensionals, otherwise the flower looked too flat on the card. The flower itself is attached to the card with glue dots.
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Stamps: Refuge & Stregnth (115056), Pocket Silhouettes (111672)
Paper: Night of Navy (100867), Not Quite Navy (101722), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Night of Navy (102977), Not Quite Navy (103008)
Accessories: Pretties Kit (109114), Circle Scissors (112530), 1 3/4" Circle Punch (112004), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (104401), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403), 3/4" Circle Punch (107217), 5/8" Satin Ribbon (114616)

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

9/26 Can we put the Bots away now?

The bots have gone home . . . finally! They've been sitting on my desk for the last four days and every time I find a sketch challenge . . . there they are - waiting to be used again!! lol! Well, at least they are versatile!

This card is a Birthday Bot card. I turned the sketch from Stamping 411 on its side so that I could use one of the tall bots. Coloring a bot is so easy. Gray works well if your not sure! I used my Aqua-Painter and some ink from the lid of my Basic Gray ink pad. The balloon and gift bag are colored in with In Color Markers. Brushed Silver card stock forms the base of my card and the dark gray DSP accents are from the pack called Nouvau Chic . . . one of my new favorites from this year's catalog.

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Stamps: Lots of Bots (115293)
Paper: Brushed Silver (100712), Whisper White (100730), Nouvau Chic DSP (115670)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Basic Gray (109120)
Accessories: Aqua Painter (103954), Corner Rounder (109047), Vintage Brads (109109), Dimensionals (104430)





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Saturday, July 25, 2009

7/25 RAK Alert!!


This monkey has it made . . . on the beach, nice sunny day, drinking his favorite coffee cooler. (You KNOW it's a cooler . . . see the straw??) My friend, Debra Tack, surprised me at my mailbox once again! Thank you, Debra! I LOVE sweet sock monkey cards . . . and you do know my taste for Caribou coffee! I about fell over when I saw the gift card - thank you, thank you, thank you!! Cheers my friend!

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Friday, July 24, 2009

7/24 Another Bot Card




I've been stalking a blog by Makeesha Byl and this week I decided to try one of her Inkspiration Challenges. I picked out a few colors to work with: Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, So Saffron and Whisper White. I still had my Lots of Bots stamp set sitting out on my desk from a couple of days ago so I decided to make another Bots Card.
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This card is 4 1/4" Square. I don't make this size very often, but it is a fun size to work with and you can mail it in a regular A-2 envelope for no additional charge. You can see the inside of the card below. One of the unique things about this card is that I trimmed one inch off the left hand side of the front panel to allow the designer paper on the inside peek through to the outside.


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Stamps: Lots of Bots (115293)
Paper: Soft Suede (115318), Whisper White (100730), Thoroughly Modern DSP (115673), Tall Tales DSP (115678)
Ink: Basic Brown (104315)
Accessories: Stampin' Up Markers in So Saffron (105114), Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay (116329), Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon (115612), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (104401), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), Dimensionals (104430)

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

7/23 Clean & Simple Attempt



I found another sketch challenge that I can play. It is from the blog called Clean & Simple Stamping. Now, I know that Clean & Simple Stamping can be very challenging - especially for someone like me! And, as you can see, I had to layer it up once or twice. I always think that I don't have a "style" to call my own, until I try to follow someone else's style and then come to find out I can't! But, that's what makes sketch challenges so much fun. How many twists can you get away with before you've gone too far and the sketch is no longer recognizable? Fortunately, that did not happen this time!! lol!

I used the frame from my Top Note Die Cut to begin my card. I layered it over Dusty Durango and then once again over Crushed Curry. The base of the card is made from Soft Suede card stock and I ran the jumbo wheel called Whimsy with Chocolate Chip ink over the top of my card base for some added interest. The ribbon is 1" Double Stitched Chocolate Chip grosgrain. All in all a pretty simple card . . . that's got some interesting things going on.
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Stamps: Garden Whimsy (113502), Jumbo Whimsy Wheel (109688)
Paper: Soft Suede (115318), Crushed Curry(115319), Dusty Durango(115321), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908)
Accessories: Big Shot Machine (113439), Top Note Die (113463), 1 3/4" Circle Punch (112004), 1 " Double Stitched Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon (111849), Dimensionals (104430)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

7/22 First Bots Card

I decided to try another sketch today . . . this one from Diva Coffee Break Designs. As you will notice, I took a little liberty with the sketch but I do so love the way it turned out. I used my newest stamp set called Lots of Bots to make this card. The little four year old boy that we babysit was talking about "Chicken Bots" one day at dinner and I had no idea what he was talking about . . . some new happy meal at McDonalds or what and he said, "No, Chicken ROBOTS." Like I was the most un-happening person he'd ever met! Ok, then! So, when I saw these "bots" I knew I had to get them. I'm a little sorry that there isn't a chicken bot in the bunch . . . but oh well, such is life!
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I think this set is worth getting just to get the nuts and bolts! Talk about having fun making my own background! And, won't it go great with the Totally Tool set? I just love it! I used Bermuda Bay paper for the base of my card and threw in some Basic Gray and Brushed Silver . . . you know . . . robot colors! I used a combination of markers and a blender pen with ink from my ink pads to color the little guy. Those dots that you see on the brushed silver band are from my handy-dandy hole puncher. They are 1/4" Circles. The panel corners are accented with small photo corners from our Photo Corner Punch. I popped the panel up on dimensionals for a little extra umph.
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Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Lots of Bots (115293)
Paper: Bermuda Bay (115317), Brushed Silver (100712), Basic Gray (108692), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: StazOn Black (101406), Going Gray (103274), Basic Gray (109120), Bermuda Bay (115655), Real Red (102482)
Accessories: Blender Pen (102845), Assorted Stampin'Up Markers, Photo Corner Punch (109042), Dimensionals (104430), Standard Hole Punch (non-SU)
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

7/21 An "Eastern Owl"

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I had a great time making this card - first . . . I'm back to stamping . . .hopefully regularly! My kids are DONE with their 4-H projects. In fact, they are at the fair right now and I am all by myself in my house. A very nice feeling after many busy days. And secondly, it was my first time to use one of my new catalog sets called Animal Stories. I adore this chubby owl. My mother loved owls . . . and the color of Olive (or was it Avocado?) green. So, I had a nice time creating this card while I thought about my mother. She's been in heaven a long time already, but we are still very close. Love knows no boundaries.
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The sketch came from the Mojo Monday Blog. I wanted to put my owl on something . . . with folded wings, I can't have him just hovering in space! lol! So, I started going through my sets trying to find branch or something to set him on. I found one and it worked perfectly with the designer paper I picked out. The branch is from the set called Eastern Blooms that I got as a gift from Stampin' Up for attending Convention last summer. The designer series paper if from a new pack called Tall Tales with images that coordinate with the Animal Stories stamp set.
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The scalloped circle is from Circle Scallop Die #2, the inner portion of the circle was created with my Circle Scissors. I inked the branch with Close to Cocoa ink and then took off the color from the flowers with a blender pen and then colored in the flowers using an Old Olive marker. The jumbo brads gave me just the accent I was looking for. This card is 5 1/4" square.
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Stamps: Animal Stories (116716), Eastern Blooms (111626)
Paper: Very Vanilla (101650), Old Olive (100702), Tall Tales DSP (115678)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (103139), Old Olive (102277)
Accessories: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon (109054), 1/4" Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon (109026), Big Shot Machine (113439), Scallop Circles #2 Die (113469), Circle Scissors (112530), 5/8" Jumbo Brads (112533), Dimensionals (104430)
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

4/18 Cute as a Bug




Hi! I found another Saturday Sketch Challenge at Stamping 411 and had to give it a go. Just because the sketch is simple, doesn't mean that you can't be creative with it. In fact, the less defined it is . . . the more creative you can be!
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I decided to get my Bugs & Kisses set out and play with our new In Color called Bermuda Bay. Isn't the caterpillar cute? And of course the little lady bug had to be Real Red. Love the way those two colors compliment each other.
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Since there is so much white space in this card, I decided to get out my Shimmery White paper . . . it has lovely white shimmers in it that just do not show up on a picture no matter how hard I tried. But, in real life . . . it's awesome - trust me! lol! After I stamped the bugs, I was trying to decide how to work the sentiment into the sketch and it occurred to me that I could cut apart the words for something cute and different. I started by stamping the sentiment three times in three different colors, then cut out the words I wanted from each color. I glued them on and perfection. Well . . . not quite. My bugs and words were all off center. How did I not notice this before?? What to do . . . what to do . . . hmmm.
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Ribbon to the rescue! It added some balance to my off balance bugs! I used all three colors in my ribbon treatment and I love how it turned out. The whole panel is attached to the card with dimensionals to give it just a little extra pop.
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Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I really appreciate it when you take time to comment. It's gratifying to know that people enjoy looking at my work. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend - we are up to our ears in 4-H projects . . . weekend before the county fair and all is a bustle!
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Stamps: Bugs & Kisses (116580)
Paper: Bermuda Bay (115317), Basic Black (108692), Shimmery White (101910)
Ink: Bermuda Bay (115655), Real Red (102482), Basic Black (101179)
Accessories: Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Ribbon (115610), Real Red Gingham Ribbon (104827), Basic Black Gingham Ribbon (104832), Dimensionals (104430)

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

7/16 Prayers for You


This is the Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge for the past week. I decided to play along . . . I've been just a little (no a LOT) busy lately as you may have noticed by my lack of posts in July. I wish I could say I've been busy in a stamping way . . . but that hasn't been the case so now I'm easing back into the stampin' groove with a simple card inspired by this sketch.

The background paper is from the new paper pack called The Write Stuff. The Dusty Durango is embossed with a heat gun so it positively pops off the paper. How do you do that? Easy Peasy . . . ink your stamp up with VersaMark first, then ink it with your dye ink of choice, in this case one of Stampin'Up's new "In Colors," and then stamp it. Pour clear embossing powder over it and heat emboss it.

I cut a leaf using the Big Shot machine and the Leaves #2 Die. I inked up the edges of the leaf using sponge daubers with Dusty Durango and Basic Black to give the die cut some subtle dimension. Then, I stamped the sentiment with the help of a Stamp-a-ma-jig. The ribbon gets some pop with a strip of black paper layered behind it. I added a little more interest to the basic sketch with a torn edge to the top of my patterned paper edged with a dauber in Dusty Durango and a row of three black brads.

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Supplies:

Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers (113252)
Paper: Dusty Durango (115321), Basic Black (102851), The Write Stuff DSP (115674)
Ink: Dusty Durango (115654), Versa Mark (102283), Basic Black (101179)
Accessories: Big Shot Machine (113439), Leaves #2 Die (113459), Dusty Durango Polka Dot Ribbon (115609), Vintage Brads (109109), Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Heat Gun (100005), Sponge Daubers (102892), Dimensionals (104430), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)

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Monday, July 6, 2009

7/6 Mojo Leaves on a Monday

The more I work with the new In Colors, that more I think about fall! I decided they would be perfect on a fall card, so when I saw the Mojo Sketch Challenge for this week I decided to make a fall card with the new In Colors. But . . . I think I got a little too carried away painting the leaves. I wanted a lot of colors represented, but it's too much. Maybe it would have turned out better with just a couple of colors. . . next time, right?

One of my favorite things about this card is the clear button. I threaded a sliver a paper through the holes and tied it in a knot. I adhered it to the card with a mini glue dot. I think it gives this card just the right touch. I also LOVE the Crushed Curry ribbon. I think it shows up so well against the Dusty Durango.



Stampin'Up announced its Deal of the Week today . . . the Big Shot Doctors Bag!! OMG - save $20!! Now that is a DEAL! I have it . . . and use it not just for hauling around my Big Shot in, but also for overnight trips when I just need to bring a few things along. It's just soooo cute!! You can order it from my Stampin'Up website 24-7!
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Supplies for the Card:
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Stamps: Full of Life (111500), Lovely as a Tree (115026)
Paper: Dusty Durango (115321), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Razzleberry Lemonade DSP (115675)
Ink: Basic Brown (104315), Various Leaf Colors
Accessories: Crushed Curry Ribbon (115614), Clear Buttons (105447), Dimensionals (104430)


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Sunday, July 5, 2009

7/5 Golf Happy 12x12

Happy 4th of July Weekend!! Here it is, Sunday night and the weekend is almost over. Suddenly, it occurs to me that I missed the deadline for the Stamp & Scrap Challenge which was to create a scrapbook page featuring the outdoors. My most favorite outdoor activity is golfing. I taught my husband how to golf and all three of my girls. I LOVE it!! I'm even on a ladies golf league and you'll find me swinging those clubs every Tuesday afternoon all summer long.

As I created this page . . . I realized that I didn't have a single SU golf set! How can that be? I do have a random golf bag stamp that I've made a few Father's Day cards with . . . but wouldn't you know . . . it's at the cabin! (I keep a few supplies at the cabin so I can stamp while the rest of the family watches a scary movie - I hate scary movies! Or, I'll stamp while they are out snowmobiling . . . someone has to be home to make the hot chocolate, right? lol!)

I decided to dig out that long retired SU stamp set called Frolicking Frogs. Water hazards play a prominent role in golf . . . at least they have in my golf game . . . so this little froggy seemed appropriate for my golf page. I also used a quote from the Dreams du Jour stamp set. And, that little "happy" in the oval below my title? Well, that is from the stamp set called Full of Life. I just used a marker to highlight that one word. You might notice that this scrapbook page is very similar to the scrapbook page I created in this post. That's because this page is meant to go opposite of that page. I like my scrapbook pages to coordinate if possible. Just a thing with me. Below is a close up of the journaling box that I created for this page. The image is colored with an Aqua Painter from ink taking off the lids of the ink pads. Super easy and my favorite way to color.

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Stamps: Full of Life (111500), Dreams du Jour (111624), Retired Stamp Set called Frolicking Frogs
Paper: Crushed Curry (115319), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Razzleberry Lemonade DSP (115675), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Green Galore (102122), Gable Green (101673), Glorious Green (103040), Ballet Blue (100907), Crushed Curry (115659)
Accessories: Crushed Curry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115614), Scallop Edge Border Punch (112091), Large Oval Punch (107305), Small Oval Punch (107304), Big Shot Machine (113439), Serif Essentials Dies (113464), In Markers (116329)

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