Tuesday, March 30, 2010

3/30 UDI Baby Card


Earlier this week, I was cleaning off my desk and as I was about to put away some Basic Gray and Bashful Blue paper, I noticed how nice they looked together. I decided that they would be a great pair on a baby card so off I went to find a sketch challenge. I found one at UDI. Obviously, I took the liberty of turning the sketch on its side . . . but isn't it lovely? I am really happy with the way this card turned out . . . and it was very quick to make, too. Have a great day and thanks so much for dropping by my blog today.

Stamps: Fox & Friends Clear Mount (118565), Nursery Necessities (113506)
Paper: Bashful Blue (105120), Basic Gray (108692), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Bashful Blue (105209)
Tools: Clear Mount Block B (117147), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (104401), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403), Word Window Punch (105090), Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Heart to Heart Punch (113694)
Accessories: 1" Double Stitched Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon (111848), Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (109064)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots to adhere the small hearts (103683)

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

3/28 Planning Ahead!


Every year I like to throw a party for my hostesses . . . but with so many hostesses . . . I think I need to start doing this every six months!! I always do a fun gift for each hostess and now that I've seen the Summer Mini (sneak peak perks are one of the coolest benefits of being a demonstrator!) I've got ALL KINDS of ideas rolling around in my head! Anyway . . . here is one of the ideas . . . a ribbon jar made from a Starbuck's Coffee Frappuccino drink. This cute little gift goes together very quickly with a strip of paper around the middle, a ribbon, some linen thread, a couple of cute tags from the Tiny Tags set, a little bit of decoration on the cover  . . . .  fill it up with ribbon and ta da - a gift that is sure to please!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you enjoyed the 3-D idea. Here are the supplies to make this project:

Stamps: Tiny Tags Clear Mount (118592)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper (113976)
Tools: Clear Mount Block A (118487), 1 3/4" Circle Punch for a punch that covers the lid perfectly! (112004), Medium Jewelry Tag Punch (117190), Big Shot Machine (113439), Baskets & Blooms Die (113484), Extended Cutting Pads (113478)
Accessories: Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon for wrapping the sides of the lid (108025), Tempting Turquoise 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109038), Linen Thread (104199), Pretties Kit for the half-back pearl (109114)
Adhesives: Sticky Strip Tape (104294), Mini Glue Dots (103683)

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

3/27 First Time with Le Jardin Botanique


I received this stamp set as one of my free sets from last year's Sale-a-bration Demonstrator Rewards program. It's a beautiful set . . . that until today had never seen ink! Le Jardin Botanique was one of those sets that I KNEW I had to have and that I knew once I had it, I would never get rid of it . . . not even if it retires because I love it so much. So why in the world haven't I used it? No idea. One of those great stampin' mysteries that may never be solved! lol!

But, today was the day. I was inspired by the color challenge this week over at Stamping 411. Basic Black, Old Olive, Rose Red and Regal Rose . . . those are some colors with promise! I knew I could make something pretty and I think I succeeded.

The main image panel is the fabulous cold press watercolor paper from Stampin' Up. I used markers to color the stamp and then I spritzed it with a fine mist of water before stamping it onto the watercolor paper. It gives the image a softer look. All of the wonderful Rose Red smudges at the base of the flower comes from the tree that is a part of this set. The light smudges all over the background are also from the tree image, just stamped off several times before stamping it over the image panel. Then it was just a matter of layering and punching and oh, I don't know . . . just letting the card have its way. That's the joy of stamping - each creation takes you somewhere that you've never been before. I guess that is the nature of art.

Supplies:

Stamps: Le Jardin Botanique (113232)
Paper: Confetti Cream (102835), Basic Black (102851), Old Olive (100702), Regal Rose (105130), Rose Red (102544), Watercolor Paper (105019)
Ink: Rose Red (101778), Basic Black (101179), Old Olive for the tone on tone stamping on the strip of green (102277), Regal Rose (105211)
Tools: Scallop Trim Punch free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-bration (118402), Medium Jewelry Tag Punch (117190), Paper Piercer to make the holes for the brads (116631), Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the sentiment placed just right (101049)
Accessories: 1/4" Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon (111366), Earth Elements Brads (106955), Rich Regals Brads (106953)
Adhesives: SNAIL adhesive to lay down the ribbon (104322), Mini Glue Dot to adhere the bow (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755)

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

3/25 A Tweet Thank You


I've been busy and not all of it has to do with stamping!! Run, run, run, run . . . you get the idea? Three teenagers and need I say more? Anyway, tonight's the night to play and since I was feeling the sweet taste of freedom (if just for an hour or two), I looked for a color challenge. . . I didn't want to be constrained by a sketch tonight! It wasn't long before I found something soft and sweet over at Diva Coffee Break Designs. Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and Close to Cocoa . . . calm, soothing colors and exactly what I felt like working with.

I got my Big Shot Machine out ( . . . OK, so it is never actually 'put away!') and I cut a Lattice from Certainly Celery card stock. Then I cut a Whisper White Scallop Oval Frame. Close to Cocoa really made the lattice pop so that color was a natural choice for my backdrop. Flowers from the Flower Trio Punch topped with white half back pearls from my Pretties Kit and I was starting to make some progress! Yeah!

I punched a sentiment from the Tiny Tags stamp set with the Medium Jewelry Punch and tucked it under the center flower with a Mini Glue Dot. I put the oval onto a pink card base and realized that I needed to "anchor" the card. So, I pulled out a strip of Certainly Celery card stock and used the Scallop Border Punch on it. I tucked it under my oval and still thought the card "needed" something. Hmmmm . . . how about a bird? I grabbed the Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch and that was it . . . I found the missing piece. My card was done!

Thanks for stopping by to visit today! If you would like to create this card, you will need the following supplies:

Stamps: Tiny Tags Clear Mount (118592)
Paper: Pretty in Pink (100459), Certainly Celery (105125), Close to Cocoa (101341), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (103139)
Tools: Clear Block A (118487), Big Shot Machine (113439), Scallop Oval Frame (114521), Lattice (115958), Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch (117191), Flower Trio Punch (109183), Scallop Border Punch (112091)
Accessories: Pretties Kit (109114)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals to lift the bird (104430), Mini Glue Dots to adhere the flowers, the pearls and the tiny tag (103683)

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

3/21 Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge


I've got a thing lately for Garden Green, Bermuda Bay and So Saffron! Here is another card using these great colors. Again, the image is from my "relaxing" time that I spent coloring at Caribou. (ahhhh . . . just the thought relaxes me!) The sketch is from the Saturday Sketch Challenge at Stamping 411. I modified it a bit so that my bow is below instead of above . . . but other than that, I stayed true!

The designer paper is from Pawsitively Prints. I love that gingham print - so springy! The sentiment if from All Holidays and the main image is from the Occasions Mini set called Abundant Hope. I made the bow by folding the ribbon and securing it with Mini Glue Dots. The large half-back pearl is from the Pretties Kit. A pretty card that went together very quickly.

Thanks so much for dropping by to visit! Here are the supplies you need to create this card:

Stamps: All Holidays (114916), Abundant Hope Clear Mount (118547)
Paper: Garden Green (102584), Bermuda Bay (115317), Whisper White (100730), Pawsitively Prints DSP (118060)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Bermuda Bay (115655)
Tools: Blender Pen (102845), Clear Block E (118484), Clear Block C (118486)
Accessories: Stampin' Pastels (105542), Bermuda Bay Polka Dot ribbon (115610), Pretties Kit (109114)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), SNAIL adhesive to adhere the strip of ribbon (104332), Mini Glue Dots to create the bow and adhere the pearl (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

3/20 Pretty Easter Blessings


I found another sketch challenge that I thought might be fun to play. It is by Mary Jo Price-Williams who had a blog called Techno Stamper. She creates a Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge. Is it really Saturday, already? I've had the print out of the sketch on my desk for almost a week!! YIKES - time flies!

Anyway . . . onto the card! I used the stamp set called Abundant Hope. I had colored a bunch of these images a couple of weeks ago at my local Caribou with pastels and a blender pen on Whisper White paper and it's fun to use them here and there. I've never colored images in advance before without a clue of how I would eventually use them, but I have to admit that having images pre-colored and ready to go is kinda handy!

My card uses the Big Shot and the small dots from Texturz Backgrounds 1 on the Garden Green panel. This is something that is definitely prettier in person! The Bermuda Bay layer is rolled with Bermuda Bay ink and the jumbo wheel called Very Vintage. Then I darkened it up by rubbing my ink pad directly over my panel. Then, thinking the panel was still too plain, I went to my In Color Scrap Box and found an end portion from the Top Note Die that seemed to pull the whole card together. My image is layered to a panel of So Saffron and then raised up on Stampin' Dimensionals. The sweet ribbon is from the Ribbon Originals set called Elementary.

The inside of my card features a sentiment from Abundant Hope. The right side of the card was masked off and then I rolled the Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel is rolled repeatedly on the left edge. I used a strip of So Saffron paper to finish it off.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Here are the supplies you need:

Stamps: Abundant Hope Clear Mount (118547), Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel (117693)
Paper: Chocolate Chip (102128), Garden Green (102584), Bermuda Bay (115317), So Saffron (105118), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Bermuda Bay (115655)
Tools: Clear Block C (118486), Clear Block E (118484), Clear Block G (118489), Big Shot Machine (113439), Texturz Backgrounds 1 (114512), Standard Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber (114615), Top Note Die (113463), Paper Piercer to make holes for the brads (116631), Jumbo Wheel Handle (103661)
Accessories: Elementary Ribbon Originals (116231), Soft Subtles Brads (106954)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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Friday, March 19, 2010

3/19 Very Thankful with Baroque


This card came together so quickly! Seems like I just started it a half hour ago and now I'm posting it already. I love it when that happens. Stamping 411 issues a Color Challenge every Thursday. Patti does an awesome job selecting colors every week and this week our colors were Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive and So Saffron. 

I started with a sheet of Very Vanilla paper and tore off the bottom part and used a sponge dauber to darken up the edge with Elegant Eggplant ink. I used some Designer Series Paper from Cast a Spell to enhance the bottom, which also decorates the bottom edge of the inside panel at the same time. I stamped the swirl from Baroque Motifs onto my card with the Elegant Eggplant ink. The ribbon is 1/4" Apricot Appeal Grosgrain. (It's close enough to So Saffron to count!)

The sentiment and the two stamped circle images are from the stamp set called Very Thankful. It's this year's Ronald McDonald house set. I like it a lot and every time a Stampin'Up demonstrator sells one of these sets, Stampin'Up donates $2 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The sentiment was punched out with the Modern Label Punch and layered onto our Designer Label Punch, which was then layered onto our 1 3/8" Circle Punch. I just LOVE the way our punches layer into so many different and interesting combinations.

Here is a picture of the inside of my card . . . nothing particularly special, but the little circle motifs and the DSP carry the theme through to the inside panel. Lots of room to write your thank you note.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by my blog today. You can recreate this card with the following supplies:

Stamps: Very Thankful (115338), Baroque Motifs (113490)
Paper: Very Vanilla (101650), Old Olive (100702), Elegant Eggplant (105126), So Saffron (105118)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant (105210), Old Olive (102277)
Tools: 1/2" Circle Punch (104390), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (104401), Designer Label Punch (107590), Modern Label Punch (116630), Sponge Dauber (102892)
Accessories: 1/4" Apricot Appeal Grosgrain Ribbon (109040)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755)

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

3/18 Daisy Inspiration from UDI


How do you like this card?? Isn't it gorgeous? This will be one of the projects that my customers get to do at my Big Shot Class later this month. I love inspiration challenges where you are given a picture and told to "go from there". It doesn't always come together as quickly as a sketch challenge . . . but the freedom and creativity that it brings on is wonderful!!

The inspiration picture from Utah Divas International, is a bunch of daisies wild and free on a black background. I immediately grabbed some black textured card stock for the base of my card. Then, since I am prepping for an upcoming Big Shot Class, I looked at my dies to see what I had that might work for the challenge & my upcoming class . . . well of course - Daisies #2!! I ran the die through my machine with Whisper White paper twice giving me six flowers. I used a sponge dauber to enhance the edges with Crushed Curry ink to three of the daisies . . . one of each size and then staggered them. I love the hints of yellow this daisy has. The center is a Summer Sun Corduroy Brad.

I needed to work some Garden Green into my card. I considered cutting some leaves, but when I looked at the inspiration picture, I noticed that the daisies were pretty stemmy. That made me remember that I had a texturz plate called Perfect Details that had some stemmy/viney looking images. I brayered Garden Green over it to make the embossing a bit more distinct. I love how the inked and then embossed panel turned out and it really grounded my daisy! Now I had a logical place to put my sentiment from the stamp set called "Wow Flowers" and I used the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die to add three Crushed Curry butterflies for the perfect finishing touch.

The inside of my card features the largest butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die which is enhanced with Crushed Curry and a sponge dauber. then I used the Oval Scallop Die to create a pretty writing space.

Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies you will need to create this card:

Stamps: Wow Flowers which can be free as part of Sale-a-bration (111714)
Paper: Basic Black Textured (108693), Garden Green (102584), Crushed Curry (115319), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Crushed Curry (115659), Garden Green (102272)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Standard Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber (114615),  Texturz Plate Perfect Details (115962), Daisies #2 Die (114520), Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (118138), Oval Scallop Die (114521), Scallop Oval Punch (114889), Large Oval Punch (107305), Sponge Dauber (102892)
Accessories: Summer Sun Corduroy Buttons (114343)

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

3/17 Another Sneak Peak at AWF!

I had just a little time to play today with my new flower set called Awash with Flowers. I love these flowers paired up with this year's In Colors, don't you?  My card is based on the sketch challenge over at Diva Coffee Break Design. I really want to focus on challenges for a while and I think this one is a good one to follow because it is very oriented to Stampin'Up. Maybe you will be inspired, too! Once you have the idea for your layout, your card can go together very quickly.

Notice the sweet little rhinestones on this card? It comes from our Eggcellent Eggs Kit in the Occasions Mini, page 23. In this kit, there is a sheet of adhesive-backed rhinestones in several different sizes. I had to have this kit JUST for the rhinestones!!! I just LOVE those itty bitty ones. They fit perfectly on the ends of the poppy flower. You can use them individually as I did here, or in a sparkly row. I've got my fingers and toes crossed that something like this will come out in our next catalog - I can already feel the excitement building! lol!

Supplies for this card:

Stamps: Awash with Flowers (available on April 1), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Paper: Melon Mambo (115320), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Whisper White (100730), Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper (115675)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Melon Mambo (115656), Crushed Curry (115659), Pumpkin Pie (105216), Old Olive (102277)
Tools: Photo Corner Punch (109042)
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109030), Rhinestones from Eggcellent Eggs Kit (117179)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

3/16 Sneak Peak at Awash with Flowers!

I am so excited to share with you a "sneak peak!" A two-step stamp set called Awash with Flowers that will be part of the 2010/11 Idea Book and Catalog! Isn't it BEAUTIFUL? Customers will be able to purchase this set in April AND there will even be a way for hostesses to get it for FREE during April. Let me know if you would like to book a workshop for April . . . I'd be up for it! Truly, once your guests try out this stamp set, they will want to order it! Two-step stamping is quick and easy and the results as you can see are GORGEOUS!!

I made this card first off to play with my newest set, but also because I am going to enter it in the Late Night Stamper's Birthday Card Challenge. My sentiment is from the stamp set called Well Scripted and it is featured in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I LOVE that the whimsical feel to the words match the mood of the flowers.

On the inside of the card, I stamped the flowers again, just to carry the theme through and then I used a sentiment from Curvy Verses. This font also has a whimsical feel to it. Spring in the time for whimsy, don't you think? Bring on the tulips!!

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

Supplies:

Stamps: Well-Scripted Clear Mount (118601), Curvy Verses (114948), Awash with Flowers Clear Mount (available to purchase in April)
Paper: Old Olive (100702), Basic Black (102851), Crushed Curry (115319), Melon Mambo (115320), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Crushed Curry (115659), Melon Mambo (115656), Old Olive (102277)
Tools: Scallop Trim Border Punch (FREE with a $50 order through the end of March as part of "Sale-a-bration")
Accessories: Linen Thread (104199)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755)

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Monday, March 15, 2010

3/15 Stamping 411 Challenges!


I love the way black makes bright colors even brighter! Do you have your shades on? I spent some time today playing with the 411 Sketch Challenge and Color Challenge. My sketch card features textured card stock with various Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. The fabulous bold ribbon isn't just for Christmas!! I think it is working out great here on this graduation card. The clear button has a skinny strip of paper acting as faux thread and it is adhered to a square of Glorious Green card stock with a couple of mini glue dots. My images are stamped with StazOn Jet Black ink onto Shimmery White card stock.

Supplies:

Stamps: Four Square (111632), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Paper: Textured Black (108693), Textured Red, Textured Yo Yo Yellow, Textured Glorious Green are all from the Bold Brights Texture Pack (108698), Shimmery White (101910)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn (101406)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113469), Finial Press Embossing Folder (115963), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335), Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder (116824), Word Window Punch (105090), Scallop Square Punch (112081)
Accessories: Real Red Polka Dot Ribbon (115608), Clear Buttons (105447)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), SAIL to adhere the ribbon (104332)


I LOVE how this card turned out for the color challenge. The Real Red and Green Galore have so much POP! I love pop! The oval comes from the center part of the Scalloped Oval die. I stamped the images from the Level Two Hostess set called Asian Artistry in Versa Mark ink and then embossed it with Black Embossing powder. So simple . . . but so striking! The Green Galore paper is texturized with the Perfect Details plate. The brads are pushed through 1/4" Real Red circles (the same size as a regular office hole puncher) and then inserted through the Green Galore. I love the way that little detail adds to the overall look of the card.

Supplies:

Stamps: Asian Artistry Level II Hostess Set (114399)
Paper: Textured Basic Black (108693), Real Red (102482), Green Galore (101768)
Ink: Versa Mark (102283)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113469), Scalloped Oval Die (114521), Perfect Details Texturz Plate (115962), Standard Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber (114615), Paper Piercer to make the holes for the brads (116631),
Accessories: Real Red Polka Dot Ribbon (115608), Clear Buttons (105447)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), SAIL to adhere the ribbon (104332)

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

3/14 Easter Blessings


This is the card my customers will make at my Christian Inspiration class coming up. I used pastels and a blender pen to color the daffodils. That is not my typical go-to technique . . . but I thought I should give it another shot. For some reason, it seemed to work better this time. Maybe because I was coloring these flowers while I sipped a coffee at my local Caribou store. It was a peaceful moment of "me" time! I added a little bit of sparkle to the flowers with my 2-way glue pen and some dazzling diamonds. Thanks for dropping by today!

Supplies to create this card:

Stamps: Abundant Hope Clear Mount (118547)
Paper: Garden Green (102584), So Saffron (105118), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Tools: Clear Block E (118484), Clear Block G (118489), Big Shot Machine (113439) Curly Label Die (114506), Magnetic Movers & Shapers (115953), Extended Cutting Pads (113478), Modern Label Punch (116630), Finial Press Embossing Folder (115963), Ticket Corner Punch (107214), Blender Pen (102845)
Accessories: Stampin' Pastels (105542)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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Friday, March 12, 2010

3/12 Mini Easter Treat Boxes



This is the cute little 3-D project that I had my clubs do this month. I used the new Mini Milk Carton Die found in the Occasions Mini Catalog on page 23. These little milk cartons are the perfect size for some sweet Easter treats. The little bunny is just precious, isn't he? That image is from the stamp set called Forest Friends. It's one of the "free" sets that you can earn when you place a $50 Stampin'Up product order during Sale-a-bration. The tag features a sentiment from the stamp set called All Holidays. The tiny butterfly is from the Embosslit Die called Beautiful Wings on page 24 of the Occasions Mini.

Supplies you will need to create this project: 
Stamps: All Holidays (114916), Forest Friends (120232)
Paper: Pretty in Pink (100459), Chocolate Chip (102128), Whisper White (100730), Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (117153)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Mini Milk Carton die (117310), Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die (118138), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (104401), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403), Tag Punch (105934), Small Tag Punch (108264) 
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

3/10 Bling for Boys


The Late Night Stamper challenge this week was to make a card with bling. Well, bling is pretty easy for me so I decided to take the challenge up a notch and do some bling for boys! My go to bling for boys is brads or jumbo eyelets. Glitter . . . not so much! BUT, I did put some sparkle on this card. You will have to look close and my husband MAY not even notice it . . . but adding it to this card made me happy!! (And, isn't that what really counts? ha ha!)

The Designer Series Paper on this card is from the paper pack called "To the Nines." It's quite manly and the first pack of paper I tend to grab when I want to make a guy card. The main image on this card is from the stamp set called Totally Tool. The sentiment at the bottom of the card is from a stamp set called Wonderful Favorites. One of my "free" sets from Last Year's Sale-a-bration Demonstrator Rewards.

To add the sparkle, I used Frost White Shimmer Paint mixed with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spritzed my image after it was already stamped and colored. Can you see the shimmer? I also added it to my punched out Chocolate Chip heart that accents the sentiment.


Supplies to create this card:
Stamps: Totally Tool (113256), Wonderful Favorites (115114)
Paper: Chocolate Chip (102128), Sahara Sand (105328), Naturals White (102316), To the Nines DSP (114038)
Ink: Basic Brown (104315)
Tools: Paper Piercing Tool to make holes for inserting the brads (116631), Mat Pack to assist in spacing and creating the holes for inserting the brads (105826), Heart to Heart Punch (113694)
Accessories: Vintage Brads (109109), Frost White Shimmer Paint (116854), Neutral Market Set (109126), Chocolate Chip Marker (100071), Blender Pen (102845)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Mini Glue Dot to adhere the heart (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

3/6 Stamping 411 Challenge Cards


This card is for the Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge for this week. I admit that it is a bit on the simple side . . . but that makes it easy to recreate, right? I used our In Colors Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry to make this card. My white gel pen puts a nice accent on the flowers, but my favorite accent on this card is the Summer Sun Corduroy button embellishment. I can't stand to see a "naked" button hole so I always use linen thread or in this case faux Bermuda Bay thread to dress it up. You make faux thread by slicing off just a sliver of coordinating paper and then threading it though the button. If you break the fibers down a bit before running it though the button, you will get enough flex going that you can actually tie the "thread" once over without it breaking off.

Here are the supplies to create this card:

Stamps: Simply Said (115066)
Paper: Textured Bermuda Bay (115719), Bermuda Bay (115317), Crushed Curry (115319)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Tools: Corner Rounder (109047)
Accessories: Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon (115614), Summer Sun Corduroy Button (114343), White Gel Pen (105021)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

This next card is my "WOW" card. I really, really love how it turned out. I've been collecting the Extreme stamps since we can get them for free during Sale-a-bration with a $50 order and now I have the Extreme Elements stamp set in my collection, too. So, I was thrilled to see the Stamping 411 Color Challenge because it was manly and rugged and just perfect for what I had in mind.

This card uses a LOT of elements, stamp sets, colors, and an awesome technique called Shadow Dancing. I'll do my best to walk you through what I did. First, I went to my scrap box and picked out some cool elements . . . like the negative image from the Swirly Strip Die, the oval from the Ovals die, the Kraft half tag from the Lots of Tags Sizzlits pack, and the 1 3/4" Old Olive Circle Punch. I should really show you how I organize my punch and die-cut scraps. They come in so handy . . . I didn't even have to get my Big Shot out for this card!

I used More Mustard to make the base of my card. I stamped various images on it from the Extreme Elements stamp set and then I used a sponge to put tone on tone color on the edges. I also took my More Mustard pad and just rubbed it directly to the paper to give it even more color. My next step was to stamp a strip of Close to Cocoa paper with the Woodgrain background stamp. Again I sponged the edges up and use the stamp pad directly on the paper to distress it. Then I stamped the dots from Extreme Elements onto my Old Olive Swirly strip. I skipped the sponging on this one but went heavy on the direct to paper technique. (That's ink pad to paper.) I stamped the same dot image on my Old Olive Circle and sponged the edges. My half-piece tag is distressed with the Close to Cocoa ink pad and I used a sponge to add a bit of Not Quite Navy color to the edges. The sentiment is from Picture This, a level one hostess set in our Occasions Mini catalog.

Now, on to the oval. The technique I used to make the Skate Boarder look 3-D is called Shadow Dancing. First, I stamped the Skate Boarder in Whisper White Craft Ink. I let that dry thoroughly and then I stamped it again, but offset the image just a bit with Not Quite Navy ink. I sponged the edges and adhered it with Stamin' Dimensionals.    
                                                                                        
The inside of the card is decorated with the Big Splash from the Extreme Elements set. Again . . . tone on tone stamping. And, off to the left, I have another strip from the Swirly die using the negative image. Love that look!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!! I appreciate you so much and hope I gave you an idea that you can use!

Here are the supplies to recreate this card:

Stamps: Extreme Elements (115181), Extreme Skateboard (115179), Woodgrain (117100), Picture This Clear Mount (118538)
Paper: More Mustard (100946), Close to Cocoa (101341), Old Olive (100702), Not Quite Navy (101722), Kraft (102125)
Ink: Whisper White (101731), Not Quite Navy (103008), Old Olive (102277), More Mustard (103162), Close To Cocoa (103139)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Swirly Sizzlit Decorative Strip Die (113456), Ovals Die (114525), Lots of Tags Sizzlits Pack (114508), 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Clear Mount Block G (118489), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Adhesives: Tombow Mutli Purpose Adhesive (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

3/4 Tootsie Pop Flowers


The theme for the swap at my Stamping to Share Downline Meeting this month was "Anything Spring." I recently earned the Level One Stamp set called "Picture This" from the Occasions Mini Catalog and I wanted to feature it in my swap. Somewhere on line (and over the rainbow), I saw an idea that put lolly pops into flower centers. I have searched the world over (& thought I found true love) but turns out I can't find it!

Oh well, that's the way it goes once in a while (and sometimes more often!). I love how bright and colorful these flowers are. I used up a bunch of scraps, too! These flowers use all of the flowers from the Flower Folds Die with the exception of the largest flower. The base of each flower is done in Glorious Green and the center of each flower is YoYo Yellow. Did you notice that I ran the flower centers through the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder? Love that look! The flowers between the base and the center were meant to kind of coordinate with the color of the Tootsie Pop. I'm really quite pleased with the way the flowers turned out.

BUT, the crowning touch is the "BEE Happy" sentiment from the "Picture This" stamp set!! Isn't it just the CUTEST?? And sooooo easy peasy!! All I did was stamp the sentiment onto Whisper White card stock with Basic Black ink. I colored the bee in with a YoYo Yellow marker and then I punched it out with my Word Window Punch. How awesome is that? See, you really can't live without the Word Window Punch if you are a stamper!!

Are you wondering how I made the hole for the stick? Well, I considered using Jumbo Eyelets or something more professional looking, but it turns out that to make your flower stay on the stick, it needs to be a pretty tight fit. So, this is what I did. First, I used my Paper Piercing Tool to make a hole in the center of my flower. Then I simply used my Bone Folder to enlarge that hole. It works great because it leaves a nice tight fit and your flowers stay put. Just be sure not to make the hole too big. Better too small than too big!!
  

Supplies you will need to create Tootsie Pop Flowers:

Stamps: Picture This Clear Mount (118538) a Level One Hostess Set
Paper: Glorious Green (101697), Real Red (102482), Only Orange (102837), YoYo Yellow (102824), Tempting Turquoise (102067), Bashful Blue (105120), Lovely Lilac (100427)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Extended Cutting Pads (113478), Flower Folds Die (115970), Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder (117335), Word Window Punch (105090), Paper Piercing Tool (116631), Bone Folder (102300)

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

3/3 Designer Paper Challenge




Just today, I joined a Yahoo Group called Late Night Stampers. They have some neat challenges that I was interested in trying out. This card is for their Designer Paper Challenge. I used the paper pack from the Occasions Mini called Sweet Pea. With 24 different designs to choose from, it took me just a bit to decide what colors I should use. Finally, my eye landed on one of the flower images. I cut it out and let that image be my guide for this card.

This card is 4 1/4" square. It seemed like a nice size to show off that flower image that I chose to use on this card. The stamp set is called Fundamental Phrases. It was one of the FREE sets I got last year as a reward from Stampin'Up for having good sales during Sale-a-bration. That's one of the things I really like about being a Stampin'Up demonstrator . . . you are always recognized for a job well done. The sentiment is punched out with the Word Window Punch . . . an essential tool for every stamper! Talk about making your life easier!! It's so easy to stamp and punch! The flower is accented with one of our Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons.

This card came together so quickly . . . once I decided on a color combination. It can easily be put together by you, too! Here are the supplies you will need:

Stamps: Fundamental Phrases ()
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper (117161)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908)
Tools: Word Window Punch (105090), Paper Piercer to make hole for the brad button (116631)
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button (114339)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Glue (110755)

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