Thursday, January 31, 2008

Workshop SAB Demo Card (2/2/08)

I just found out that two of the ladies that will be attending the workshop on February 2nd will also be attending the other hostess' workshop on the 16th! Back to the drawing board!! I can't do the same cards for both workshops! This is the card we will make on February 2nd, focusing on the Sale-A-Bration set, "So Many Scallops." It's a horizontal pocket card (great for sending recipes). The base card is Lavender Lace with Cutie Pie DSP. The insert is Whisper White with a Bashful Blue tab that is stamped with the "Three For You" punch box flower. On the bottom of the insert, "Thank You" from "Short & Sweet" is stamped near the bottom. The flower is stamped with Bashful Blue on Whisper White, punched with the Scallop Circle Punch, and a "Three For You" punched flower is added with a Certainly Celery Brad. On the flap of the pocket, there's 1/4" Bashful Blue Grossgrain Ribbon. Now, I just have to design the second card for the OTHER workshop! LOL!
  • Stamps: So Many Scallops, 3-4-U Punch Box Flower, Short & Sweet (insert)
  • Papers: Lavender Lace, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Cutie Pie DSP
  • Ink: Bashful Blue
  • Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, 3-4-U Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Soft Subtles Brad, Round Tab Punch, Bashful Blue 1/4" GG Ribbon, Embossing Stylus (for flower)

Stuck On You! (WT151)

Here's a Valentine for hubby! The Ways To Use It Challenge for this week was to use staples on a card. I just happened to have some colored staples! I used red staples on the porcupine for some of his/her quills, and I also adhered the sentiment to the card with staples. This card has a Real Red base card with designer paper from My Mind's Eye Magnolia Collection (purchased at CostCo). The main image was stamped with Stazon Timber Brown on Whisper White and so was the sentiment, "Stuck on you." Both panels were matted on Chocolate Chip. All corners (except on the sentiment) were punched with the Ticket Corner Punch. The hearts were stamped with Real Red on WW and cut out (except on the main image panel). The wide Chocolate satin ribbon was tied in a knot before adhering it to the designer paper. It's representative of our having "Tied the knot" almost twenty years ago!
  • Stamps: Moose You
  • Papers: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, MME DP
  • Ink: Stazon Timber Brown, Real Red
  • Accessories: CM Red Staples, Ticket Corner Punch, 15/16" Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, Glue Dots (for hearts)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Best Wishes (SC161)

The Wednesday Card Sketch Challenge - Ya gotta love it!!! I like this sketch; it's clean and simple. I started this card with a Naturals White base card and added the So Saffron card front. Then, I matted a piece of Saffron Prints DSP (from Pallet o' Prints) on Elegant Eggplant. I also colored in the flower centers on the DSP with an Eggplant marker. The strip is So Saffron that was embossed using the Cuttlebug Bloom Dots embossing folder, then it's matted on Elegant Eggplant. The large Prima flower (Christmas gift) has a Jumbo Brad in the center.
  • Stamps: Short & Sweet (sentiment and tiny flower)
  • Papers: Naturals White, So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant, Pallet o' Prints Saffron with Daisies
  • Ink: Elegant Eggplant
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Bloom Dots EF, Large Prima, Jumbo Brad, Eggplant marker

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Crack Up! (CC151)

This week's Color Challenge was to use Basic Gray, Going Gray, and Yoyo Yellow. I don't mind working with the bright colors at all. What I have trouble with are the grays! I used Basic Gray for the base card here, then Going Gray that was Cuttlebugged with the "Spots n' Dots" embossing folder. I used the chick from "A Good Egg", stamping it on Whisper White with Black Stazon. I colored the chick with the Yoyo Yellow and Only Orange markers. The main panel was matted on Going Gray, Yoyo Yellow, and finally, Basic Gray. All corners were Ticket Corner Punched. The sentiment, "You crack me up!", was stamped with Black Stazon on WW and matted on Yoyo Yellow using the Large and Small Oval Punches. The flowers were punched with the Boho Blossoms Punch and yellow brads were added in the flower centers and on all four corners of the card.
  • Stamps: A Good Egg
  • Papers: Basic Gray, Going Gray, Yoyo Yellow, Whisper White
  • Ink: Black Stazon, Markers: Yoyo Yellow, Only Orange
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Large and Small Oval Punches, Boho Blossoms Punch, Cuttlebug Spots n' Dots EF, non-SU! Yellow satin ribbon, yellow brads

Workshop Demo Card (2/2/08)

This is one of the cards I will be demonstrating at an upcoming hostess workshop. This is a CASE (again!) of a card on the Wild Rose Inspiration Sheet. I changed the colors and simplified it a bit, but it still makes a lovely card. You can't see the sentiment very well in this photo, but it says, "Love You" and is tone on tone using the "Short & Sweet" set. To turn this into a Valentine, I have some charms that can be added to the ribbon before adhering the ribbon to the card stock.
  • Stamps: Wild Rose, Short & Sweet
  • Papers: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Regal Rose, Always Artichoke, Rose Red (sentiment)
  • Accessories: Always Artichoke GG Ribbon (Heart charms may be added)

Catalog CASE

Page 21 of the 2008 Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog has this beautiful Level 1 Hostess background stamp. On the same page is a card that was made with this stamp. That card is done with Groovy Guava and has a strip of Kraft card stock on it. I changed the colors and eliminated the Kraft piece. This is such a beautiful background stamp on its own, but it can be colored with Water Color Wonder Crayons or colored pencils. To earn this Level 1 stamp, all you have to do is hostess a workshop with only $150 in gross sales! That's easy!!
  • Stamps: From the Garden (Hostess BG)
  • Papers: Naturals White, Rose Red Prints DSP
  • Ink: Purely Pomegranate
  • Accessories: Pomegranate DS Ribbon, Boho Blossoms Punch, Silver Brad, Corner Rounder Punch

Monday, January 28, 2008

Dahlia Folded Flower (TLC153)

The Technique Lovers Challenge this week was to make a dahlia folded flower. I've done the dahlia fold before, except the flower was smaller (smaller punch). I used the Cuttlebug Textiles embossing folder on the Rose Red base card. I used the 1-3/8" Circle Punch to punch 9 circles, folded each one in the dahlia fold, adhered them to a smaller punched circle, added the Boho Blossoms punched flower and rhinestone brad. I adhered the whole assembled flower to a Naturals White square, Ticket Corner punched it, and adhered it to the card. I added shear dotted ribbon and bow to the bottom. There's no stamping on this card.

  • Papers: Rose Red, Naturals White, Rose Red Prints DSP
  • Accessories: 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Rhinestone Brad (Medium Circle; Fire), Dotted Organdy Ribbon

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Thy Word CASE (FS51)

This week's Featured Stamper is StamperPam. She has so many beautiful cards in her gallery that it was really hard to choose a card to CASE! I really liked her card using "A Light Unto My Path", (shown above). I used the same stamp set but made several changes. 1) I changed the orientation of the card from square to vertical rectangle, 2) I eliminated the photo corner and ribbon but added brads, 3) I changed the colors and DSP, 4) I changed the sentiment layout, and 5) I distressed both panels.
  • Stamps: A Light Unto My Path
  • Papers: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Soft Sky Prints DSP
  • Inks: Blue Bayou
  • Accessories: Sponge, Silver Brads

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Wishing You Love (ssnotime19 & WSC32)

Sharon's (notimetostamp) challenge this weekend was to use scallops for at least one edge of a card. Beate's challenge actually had a square with the sentiment panel overlapping. Mine didn't work out that way. It's the basic sketch, though. The base card is Whisper white, and all stamping was done on WW as well. Both panels are matted on Real Red and Ticket Corner punched. The upper right corner is paper pierced, the bottom edge is scalloped with medium scallop scissors and punched in each scallop with a 1/16" hole punch, and the dotted Swiss organdy ribbon was added near the bottom. That heart stamp is a Dollar Store find which I've never used before, and I'm surprised that I really like it! Thanks for visiting my blog!!!
  • Stamps: For A Friend (hostess set), Dollar Store heart stamp
  • Papers: Whisper White, Real Red
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Medium Scallop Scissors, 1/16" hole punch, Red Dotted Swiss Ribbon, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer

Friends (SC160, WT150)

Would you believe it?!!! I forgot to upload my Sketch Challenge card! Actually, it's a combined challenge. The Ways To Use It Challenge was to use paint on a card. My soda can pop top slider is spray painted white! Is that cheating? They didn't say the paint had to be ON the card actually! Anyway, the Cutie Pie Double Sided Designer Paper (DSP) is what actually determined the colors for this card. The flowers and the stripes on the DSP are Rose Red, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, and Certainly Celery, so my base card is Bashful Blue, I matted with Rose Red and So Saffron, and I used Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon. The ribbon slider is a pop top!
  • Stamps: Time Well Spent (Level 3 Hostess set)
  • Papers: Bashful Blue, Rose Red, So Saffron, Whisper White, Cutie Pie DSP
  • Ink: Rose Red, Markers: Rose Red, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
  • Accessories: 5/8" Celery GG Ribbon, Soda Can Pop Top, White Spray Paint

Friday, January 25, 2008

Hostess Gift (2/2/08)

This hostess gift is for a workshop next week. It will be during Sale-A-Bration time, so I used the Rub-ons from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. I used a Starbucks bottle that I washed and cleaned off the labels, then I spray painted the lid gold. I added Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon and a tag that's attached with silver cord around the knot on the ribbon. I filled the bottle with Valentine M&M's and added the framed flower Rub-on with the sentiment, "For You." I thought this would be a good way to give the hostess a gift and showcase the SAB Rub-ons at the same time.
  • Stamps: Tag Punch Box (01/06) "Yum Yum"
  • Papers: Pretty in Pink, Naturals White
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Accessories: Pretty in Pink GG Ribbon, Silver Cord, Large and Small Tag Punches, 1/8" hole punch, SAB Rub-ons, Bottle, Gold spray paint

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Susie's Party (2/16/08)

This is one of the cards we will make at Susie's party in February. She asked me to demonstrate one of the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) sets. This set is called "Birthday Whimsy", and it cannot be purchased. It can only be earned as a FREE set by making an order of at least $50. There are several sets from which to choose in the SAB brochure. I really like this one because you can make adult or juvenile birthday cards with it. It has five stamps: a cake (shown here), a balloon, a present, the "happy birthday" sentiment (shown here), and another sentiment that says, "...and many more!" For this card, a Pretty in Pink base card was used. The cake was stamped with Pretty in Pink on Naturals White, and the candles and plate were colored in with markers. Then, I stamped the cake again, cut it out and popped it up on dimensionals. I matted the main image panel on Certainly Celery and punched the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch. The sentiment was stamped on Naturals White with Celery, and the words were cut out and adhered to the card near the top. The flowers were punched with the Boho Blossoms Punch, and a pink brad was inserted in the center. I punched near the bottom right with the Double Rectangle Punch, pulled ribbon through, and tied a bow. The flower was attached right above the bow with a medium glue dot. I think even stamping novices will enjoy making this card!
  • Stamps: Birthday Whimsy
  • Papers: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Naturals White
  • Inks: Pretty in Pink, Markers: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Summer Sun
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Double Rectangle (pig nose) Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Gingham Ribbon

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Genuine (The One & Only) (CC150)

This Color Challenge was to use Real Red, Soft Sky, and Bayou Blue. If you look in Stampin' Up!'s Spring/Summer, 2008, catalog on page 107, you will find the card I CASEd here. I just used the challenge colors, Itty Bitty Backgrounds instead of the wheel, and Hemp Twine instead of Linen Thread. Unfortunately, the Soft Sky ink on Naturals White card stock doesn't show up that well in the photo. I wish you could tell these things BEFORE you upload them!!!

  • Stamps: Bronc Buster, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
  • Papers: Bayou Blue, Real Red, Naturals White
  • Ink: Bayou Blue, Real Red, Soft Sky
  • Accessories: Hemp Twine, Silver Brad

Hershey Pouch (TLC152)

This Technique Lover's Challenge was to make these pouches. Crafters made pouches of all sizes to hold hot cocoa mix, pixie sticks, pens and pencils, drink mix, and all sorts of candy. Mine holds a Hershey bar. I used a 6 X 6 piece of double sided designer paper for this. My seam is in the back. I cut each side 1-1/4" and folded down the flap. I used a corner rounder punch for the top corners and the flap. I stamped "Wishing You Love" from the "For A Friend" hostess set in Stazon Black on Whisper White card stock and trimmed with scalloped scissors. I colored in the letters with Rose Red and Regal Rose markers. The flower consists of a prima flower (from a Christmas gift), a punched flower, and a fancy brad (also from my scrap book gift set). We will make something similar for our non-card item for my 1st Thursday Club in a couple of weeks. Thanks for visiting my blog!!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Valentine Cards

I made 12 of these Valentines. Since I sent New Years cards to my 3rd Thursday Club ladies, I thought I'd send Valentines to my 1st Thursday ladies. The base card is Pink Passion. The printed card stock is from a DCWV Pocket Full of Posies Mat Stack I got for Christmas from my SCS elf. I stamped the main image with Stazon Black on Whisper White, water colored, and matted on pink and then white. The flowers were punched with Spring Bouquet Flower Punch and embossed. Peel and stick rhinestones were adhered to the flower centers. The sentiment was stamped with Pink Passion and punched with the Large Oval Punch. These were fun and quick to make.
  • Stamps: Happy Heart Day
  • Papers: Pink Passion, Whisper White, DCWV Mat Stack (Pocket Full of Posies)
  • Ink: Stazon Black, Pink Passion
  • Accessories: WCW Crayons, Aquapainter, Spring Bouquet Flower Punch, Large Oval Punch, Stylus (for embossing flowers), Ribbon, Peel & Stick Rhinestones, Glue dots

Magic Gumball Machine

My daughter's best friend, Sam (Samantha), is going to be 17. My daughter asked me to make her a Magic Card. The instructions I used to make this card are in the Resources section on SCS. I'd have to create a whole new tutorial in order to go into it here! The photo on the left shows the card in the normal position, and the one on the right shows it with the panel pulled out. It's magic!!!

  • Stamps: Treat Yourself (retired), All Year Cheer II (retired)
  • Papers: Real Red, Naturals White, non-SU! dark blue
  • Ink: Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Glorious Green, Only Orange, Summer Sun, Stazon Black
  • Accessories: Coluzzle, Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch, Acetate

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Faux Wood Thank You (FS50)

This week's Featured Stamper was KathyC. What an extensive gallery she has!!! The card I chose to CASE is above, and my card is on the right. Here are the changes I made: 1) I stamped the tree and did not use any additional colors on it. 2) I changed the colors of the card stock, ink, and ribbon. 3) I changed the sentiment. 4) My faux wood technique is a bit different.

  • Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Short & Sweet, All Night Media Wood BG
  • Papers: Always Artichoke, Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White
  • Ink: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Marker: Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware Spiral Clip, Night of Navy GG Ribbon, Sponge

The wood grain stamp I used doesn't cover the whole card like the SU! BG stamps do, but that's what I used for my faux wood. I stamped it with Chocolate Chip on Creamy Caramel, then I sponged with Chocolate Chip on the edges and on certain areas (like knotholes). I used the Chocolate Chip marker to add more lines with the fine end, then I used the thick end to draw a line so that it would look like the separation between the boards. Thanks for checking out my blog!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Easter Blessings (ssnotime18 & WSC31)

Some of the people that are SCS members are also bloggers and create challenges, too. Sharon (notimetostamp) and Beate both have challenges every weekend. I've participated in Sharon's challenges before, but this is the first time I've tried Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. The sketch was actually horizontal, and I made mine vertical. I didn't even realize it until I got back to my computer. Sharon's challenge was to use tearing. I will try more of both of these challenges! This card has a Naturals White base card. The main image is stamped on Whisper White, matted on Pretty in Pink and Purely Pomegranate, torn, and punched. I used the Pomegranate wide satin ribbon along with Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon. The sentiment is stamped on white with Pomegranate ink, matted on pink, and popped up on dimensionals. This one was really just for fun, and, no, it's not too early to make Easter cards! Thanks for stopping by!!!
  • Stamps: Never Ending Joy
  • Papers: Naturals White, Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink, WW
  • Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Always Artichoke, Pretty in Pink
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Pomegranate 15/16" Satin Ribbon, Pretty in Pink GG Ribbon

Good Earth Seed Co. (IC111)

The inspiration piece for this Inspiration Challenge is shown above, and the card I came up with is on the right. I had some old 8-1/2 X 11 scrap booking paper that had several of these "seed packets" on it. Some had plain colored ovals that you were supposed to cut out and adhere a photo behind. I cut out one of those from the paper and cut out the oval. Then, I matted it on Whisper White and then Basic Black card stock. I stamped the tiny flowers and leaves from "Time Well Spent" directly on the white. I stamped the small flowers from "Delight in Life" on Real Red with Basic Black ink, cut them out, and used a Signo White Gel Pen for the centers. I used the white gel pen for the handwritten sentiment, too. I used eyelets from a scrap booking kit I got for Christmas and Black Hemp Twine at the top.
  • Stamps: Time Well Spent, Delight in Life
  • Papers: Kraft, WW, BB, Real Red, non-SU! SB paper
  • Ink: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Markers: Real Red, Garden Green
  • Accessories: Signo White Gel Pen, Black Hemp Twine, non-SU! brads

Friday, January 18, 2008

Lavender Roses (LSC151)

The Limited Supplies Challenge was to follow a list. It really was quite limited which really did make it a good challenge. See the list below, and thank you for visiting my blog!

  • 1) One or two background stamps, a main image stamp, and a sentiment stamp
  • 2) Two colors plus a neutral color (no designer paper)
  • 3) Any quick tools, but no Cuttlebug
  • 4) Simple embellishments

I kept it simple and followed the list. Here's what I used:

  • Stamps: Floral BG, Wild Rose, Short & Sweet
  • Papers: Naturals White, Wild Wasabi, Lavender Lace
  • Ink: Lavender Lace, Wild Wasabi
  • Accessories: Large and Small Oval Punches, Peel and Stick Rhinestones

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wanted (WT149)

The Ways To Use It Challenge this week was to use embossing powder. I used silver embossing powder (EP) on the "tin star" and black EP on the horse. I just used Basic Black ink for the "Wanted" because I wanted it to look like a torn piece of a wanted poster still hanging on by one nail. Now, if you were wishing those bad ol' horse thieves would bring back Black Beauty, that horse might be pretty shiny in your mind, so I did emboss the horse. Now that picture of the horse is just hanging there by one nail, too. There's an ol' lasso hanging there on the stable wall. This piece of the stable must have rotted and got busted out because the edges of the boards are all jagged. I stamped a piece of Creamy Caramel with a wood grain stamp from All Night Media with Chocolate Chip ink. I wasn't too happy with the outcome, so I added more lines with my Chocolate marker including a couple of thicker lines to make it look like boards. I cut the edges zig zagged to give it that busted or rotted look, then I sponged with Chocolate Chip. I sponged all the edges with Chocolate Chip, in fact. I did a little distressing, too. I hope you like it!
  • Stamps: Wanted, Wood Grain (All Night Media)
  • Papers: Naturals Ivory, Creamy Caramel
  • Ink: Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
  • Accessories: Silver EP, Black EP, Sponge, Vintage Brads, Hemp Twine

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Light Unto My Path (SC159)

This week's Sketch Challenge was posted early, so I got mine done and can work on my 3rd Thursday Club projects. This one came easy for some reason. I'm so glad I bought this set! It just seems to do all the work for you!. I stamped the image with Night of Navy on River Rock, distressed it, and matted it on Night of Navy card stock. I used the Cuttlebug Mesh embossing folder to emboss the River Rock piece. The base card is Naturals Ivory, and I pierced the upper right corner. Finally I added a starfish bead to hemp twine into which I had tied several knots. I stamped the inside with the Psalms 119:105 verse that comes with this set. I'll have to use this one for one of my clubs!
  • Stamps: A Light Unto My Path
  • Papers: Naturals Ivory, River Rock, Night of Navy
  • Ink: Night of Navy
  • Accessories: Sponge, Cuttlebug Mesh EF, Mat Pack, Piercing tool, Hemp twine, Starfish bead

Thoughts (CC149)

The Color Challenge this week was to use Rose Red, Apricot Appeal, and Sage Shadow. The base card here is Sage. The image from "Thoughts of Father" is stamped on water color paper with Stazon Black and water colored with Water Color Wonder Crayons and an Aquapainter. The main image panel is matted tightly on Apricot and then on Rose Red with one corner punched with the Stair Step Corner Punch (I don't know why, but they retired that punch). The base card is scored twice at the top, 1/4" apart and the same at the bottom. There's a row of paper piercing between the bottom scored lines. The ribbon is Apricot with a rose prima flower that has a fancy brad center. The sentiment was stamped with Sage ink.
  • Stamps: Thoughts of Father, Sincere Salutations
  • Papers: Sage Shadow, Rose Red, Apricot Appeal, Water Color paper
  • Ink: Sage Shadow, Stazon Black
  • Accessories: Stylus (for scoring), WCW Crayons, Aquapainter, Square Step Corner Punch, Apricot GG Ribbon, Prima flower, Fancy brad (Christmas gift set)

X's and O's (TLC151)

I don't do many Technique Lovers Challenges. Often, I don't have the right supplies, and, more often, I just chicken out! For this one, though, we could download a template for the Pocket Heart. I used a Ruby Red base card and Cuttlebugged with the Textiles embossing folder. I had printed the template to some card stock, cut it out, and traced it to Ginger Blossoms Double Sided Designer Paper. When folded, I added a Large Circle Rhinestone Brad (Fire). I stamped the X's and O's from Pictograms with Ruby Red on River Rock card stock and punched it out with the Large Oval Punch. I used the Mini Envelopes Template to make a tiny envelope out of pink vellum, filled it with embossed flowers that were punched with the Three for You Punch, and tucked the envelope in the pocket. This one was really easy and I might use this design for my 1st Thursday Club!
  • Stamps: Pictograms (Dormant - not in catalog, but still available)
  • Papers: Ruby Red, River Rock, Ginger Blossoms DSP, Pink Vellum, Real Red & Pretty In Pink (for the flowers)
  • Ink: Ruby Red
  • Accessories: CB Textiles EF, Large Oval Punch, 3-4-U Punch

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Tunnel Card

While commenting on other cards for the Featured Stamper Challenge, I commented on a card by DawnL, and it was a tunnel card. I sent her a message that I would like instructions for the card. She's so nice; she got back to me with a link to the instructions. I really wasn't too concerned about CASEing Veronica's (Featured Stamper) card or Dawn's card. What I really wanted to do was learn how to make that card! I would make several changes to my card, but let's just call it a prototype. I'm sure the next one will be better since I will know what I'm doing!

This is like making two different cards. The outside (shown above) is a K&Company card pack card with "Happy Harmony" flowers stamped on an oval cut from So Saffron. I inked the stamp with markers. The ribbon is a Rose Red organdy ribbon. The inside (shown on the right) is stamped with Not Quite Navy on the reverse side of the K&Co. card. The part with the oval is Petals & Paisley Double Sided Designer paper with So Saffron inside the oval. The Harmony flowers were stamped on white and cut out. 1/8" blue ribbon was added before adhering the two pieces together.
  • Stamps: Happy Harmony
  • Papers: K&Company Card Pack, So Saffron, Petals & Paisley DSP
  • Ink: Not Quite Navy, SU! Markers: Almost Artichoke, Rose Red, Not Quite Navy
  • Accessories: Coluzzle, Ribbons, Sponge

Occasions CASE (FS49)

Featured Stamper #49 was I'mVeronica. She has a whole lot of talent! This is her birthday card using the Level 3 "All About Occasions" Bundle (hostess set). I haven't used that set since my first workshop last July! I only changed two things when I CASE'd (Copy And Show Elsewhere) this card. I changed the colors, and instead of stamping and cutting out the stars, I punched them with one being smaller than the other and the smaller one adhered to the center of the larger one.

I used primary colors for my card. The base card is Yoyo Yellow, the horizontal strip is Real Red on Brilliant Blue, the stamped candles are on Whisper White, and the white is matted on Green Galore. Markers were used on the candles to stamp in different colors, and then they were touched up with the same markers. I used the Occasions Jumbo Birthday wheel with Real Red ink on the red strip. The red photo corners have faux stitching with a Signo White Gel Pen. The large star is punched from non-SU! Neon Yellow, and the small one is Real Red. My son's birthday is January 17th, so this is great timing!
  • Stamps: All About Occasions Bundle (Hostess Set)
  • Papers: Yoyo Yellow, Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Green Galore, Whisper White, Non-SU! Neon Yellow
  • Ink: Real Red Jumbo Cartridge, SU! Markers: Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Green Galore, Yoyo Yellow
  • Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, Large and Small Star Punches, Signo White Gel Pen

Embrace (ssnotime17)

Sharon's (aka notimetostamp) challenge this Friday was to make a card that is tall and thin, in other words a long vertical card. I missed her challenge last week which was to make a card that was long and low. This one is a Bashful Blue base card. The main image is on water color paper and matted on Almost Amethyst. It was water colored with Water Color Wonder Crayons and sponged with Bashful Blue. A Bashful Blue ribbon was added before adhering the main image panel to the card. The main image panel is also punched with the Ticket Corner Punch. The sentiment is stamped on Very Vanilla with Bashful Blue ink, punched with the Small Oval Punch, and then adhered to an Almost Amethyst piece that was punched with the Large Oval Punch. Bashful Blue brads were added before adhering the sentiment piece with dimensionals.
  • Stamps: Embrace Life, Short & Sweet
  • Papers: Bashful Blue, Almost Amethyst, Water Color Paper
  • Ink: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue
  • Accessories: Small and Larch Oval punches, Ticket Corner Punch, Bashful Blue GG Ribbon, Brads, Sponge, WCW Crayons, Aquapainter

Saturday, January 12, 2008

3rd Thursday Club January Projects

I know, I know, I posted cards with the sponged sunsets before, TWICE!!! One was a color challenge, and one was in the gift set I made for my daughter. This time, it's a workshop card. I thought it's about time I showed some of my ladies how do make one of these. Besides, I love the "Lovely As A Tree" set!!! This one has a Naturals White base card. The trees are stamped on Naturals White with Black Stazon and then sponged with several colors of ink (listed below). The main image is matted on So Saffron and both layers are punched with the Ticket Corner Punch. Three yellow brads were added.

  • Stamps: Lovely As A Tree
  • Papers: Naturals White, So Saffron
  • Ink: Stazon Black, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, More Mustard, Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink, Rose Red
  • Accessories: Sponge, Ticket Corner Punch, Soft Subtles Yellow Brads
Project #2 is a Valentine card or it could be a friendship card. The sentiment on it says, "To an unforgettable friend." I'm into white cards, I guess! This one is a Whisper White base card with the image stamped on white and matted on Pretty in Pink. There are score lines above and below the ribbon as well as near the bottom of the card. I don't have a ScorePal, so I use my embossing stylus and paper trimmer for scoring. The image is water colored with Water Color Wonder Crayons and an Aquapainter. The main image and mat are Ticket Corner punched. The ribbon is Pretty in Pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.
  • Stamps: Happy Heart Day
  • Papers: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
  • Ink: Stazon Black
  • Accessories: WCW Crayons, Aquapainter, Ticket Corner Punch, GG Ribbon, Embossing Stylus

Project #3 is our non-card item. My sample here is with a plastic bag, but my cello bags should be here Tuesday. We will use 3" X 5" cello bags for this and fill them with Valentine colored M&M's. Then, we will make a simple topper. The heart hides the staple and is cut from Rose Red Prints Double Sided Designer Paper. The heart stamp is from "Time Well Spent." The "love and kisses" or X's and O's is from "Pictograms." The white flower was punched with the Three For You Punch and then embossed. I used a rose gel pen for the center. I used Pretty In Pink card stock, but I think it would look better with white. I really am on a white trend, aren't I!!

  • Stamps: Time Well Spent, Pictograms
  • Papers: Pretty In Pink, Whisper White, Rose Prints DSP
  • Ink: Stazon Black, Rose Red
  • Accessories: 3-4-U Punch, Gel Pen, 3" X 5" bag, Stapler

Cowgirl (IC110)

These fabric swatches by Amy Butler were the inspiration for the challenge today. I was inspired by the one that is brown with pick polka dots. I immediately thought of the designer paper I have from My Mind's Eye Magnolia Collection. It has the reverse colors; pink with brown polka dots.

Here's a close-up of the swatch that inspired me.

It always amazes me that we can be so inspired by something like a piece of fabric and turn that inspiration into a card. It's the challenge that gets us going though. There's so many beautiful cards in the gallery today!

I used a Chocolate Chip base card and added my designer paper. I stamped the "Bronc Buster" on Naturals Ivory with Chocolate Chip ink. I matted the Ivory pieces on Chocolate Chip and used the Ticket Corner Punch on all the layers. I did a bit of paper piercing on the main image panel and added a "rope" made of Hemp Twine. The layer with the horseshoe and star is popped up.
  • Stamps: Bronc Buster
  • Papers: Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory, My Mind's Eye Magnolia Collection DP
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Mat Pack, Piercer, Hemp Twine, Dimensionals

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Flowes n' Leather (WT147, WT148)

Last week's Ways to Use It Challenge was to use flowers. This week's WT Challenge was to use leather. Since I haven't done any challenges for about a week, I combined the two. I started out by stamping the Blue Bayou base card with the Linen background stamp, using Blue Bayou ink. (I think this BG stamp was just retired.) I also stamped some scrap pieces with the same BG stamp. I used Basic Black to stamp the pocket on one of the pre-stamped scraps and cut it out. I used the Word Window Punch to make the belt loops which I faux stitched around the edges. I made a Levi tag with a scrap piece of Rose Red card stock and wrote, "Love" with my black journaling marker. To make the belt, I cut a piece of Chocolate Chip, spritzed it, and ran it through my Cuttlebug machine using Fiskars leather texture plate. The flowers are Primas with punched out centers and yellow brads. Silver brads are on the pocket corners.
  • Stamps: Pocket Fun, Linen
  • Papers: Blue Bayou, Rose Red, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow
  • Ink: Blue Bayou, Basic Black
  • Spring Bouquet Flower Punch, Word Window Punch, Fiskars Leather Texture Plate, Cuttlebug machine, Prima Flowers, Yellow brads, Silver brads, Black Journaling Marker

Oldie Card

I have been so busy getting ready for my January Stamp Camp that I have not done any of the challenges on SCS for a week! Sharon (notimetostamp) inspired me with her blog entry called "Oldies But Goodies." She's been busy getting ready for her next workshop, so she posted one of her older cards that has never been posted to her blog. I'm doing the same here! Thanks to Sharon for this idea!! This card was made for a sketch challenge (SC148) and was uploaded to SCS on October 31, 2007. The stamp set was "Garden Silhouettes" which was a level 2 hostess set. I stamped the Soft Sky base card with one of the flowers in Whisper White Craft ink on the top half of the card, then I adhered Soft Sky Prints Double Sided Designer Paper (DSP) to the bottom half. I used white grosgrain ribbon to bring the two parts together. I stamped the main image with Soft Sky, and I used the Three For You Punch to punch out the flowers. I embossed each flower and used a white gel pen to make the centers. The main image panel was matted on Soft Sky and then Whisper White. All three layers were punched with the Ticket Corner Punch. I love making those little flowers!!!
  • Stamps: Garden Silhouettes
  • Papers: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Soft Sky Prints DSP
  • Ink: Whisper White Craft, Soft Sky
  • Accessories: 3-4-U Punch, Embossing Stylus, Mat, White Gel pen, White GG Ribbon

Sunday, January 6, 2008

January Stamp Camp

I'm having a stamp camp in a few days. We will make two each of five designs for a total of ten cards per person. This is card #1. It's a Valentine, obviously. The base card is Real Red. I used Cuttlebug Heart Blocks folder on Whisper White and then rounded the corners. A 1/4 inch red satin ribbon with a "Love" charm was added before adhering the white piece to the base card. The tag was stamped with "Happy Heart Day" tag stamp on Whisper White. This was punched out with the Small Tag Punch. Real Red was punched with the Tag Punch and used for a mat. After adhering the two together, the tag was punched with a 1/8" circle punch, and a 1/8 inch red satin ribbon was added. Then, the tag was adhered to the card.

Card #2 is another Valentine made with Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, and Basic Grey. The main image from the "Happy Heart Day" set is stamped on Whisper White with Stazon Black and water colored with WCW Crayons and an Aquapainter. The little flower is punched with the 3-4-U punch and embossed. The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White With Rose Red and then punched with the Large Oval Punch. The grey strip was scalloped with jumbo scallop scissors and punched with a 1/8" punch. A gingham ribbon was added before adhering the strip to the card.

Card #3 is a masculine birthday card. The oak tree was stamped on Whisper White with Sage Shadow ink. This panel was matted on Sage and then White, these two layers were sponged and distressed. The sentiment from "Sincere Salutations" was stamped on the Sage base card with Sage ink. There's also a small leaf stamped near the sentiment. Since we're making ten cards, they need to be kind of simple so that each card can be completed in approximately 20 minutes.

Card #4 is a feminine birthday card. The Barely Banana base card is embossed with a Cuttlebug Birthday mini embossing folder. The next layer is Petals & Paisleys designer paper (Saffron) on which a yellow gingham ribbon is added. The cake from "Fun & Fast Notes" was stamped on White with Banana ink. That panel is matted on a Square Step Corner punched Banana piece and then popped up on dimensionals. The cake was colored with Banana marker.

Card #5 is the only "Thank You" design. It's very simple, but I think it looks rather elegant. The main image from the "Embrace Life" set is stamped on Whisper White with Certainly Celery ink and colored in with a Celery marker. This panel is matted on White, Celery, and White again, and all three layers are Ticket Corner punched and then adhered to the Celery base card. The sentiment from "Short & Sweet" is stamped with Celery on White and punched out with the Small Oval punch. The mat was created by punching Celery CS with the Large Oval punch. These two pieces were adhered together and then to the lower right corner of the main image panel. All five of these designs should be simple enough to finish (two each) in the allotted time.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Flooding in Fernley, Nevada

When I started this blog, I wanted it to be just about card making and scrapbooking, and, other than my very first post, I've shown a card or a scrapbook page in every post except for one. That post has photos of a lady who exploded a glue bottle all over the place at one of my stamp camps. Well, I'm not including a paper craft of any kind here. This is about the flooding that reached within a few short blocks of my house here in Fernley, Nevada. We're so fortunate! Thank God we are on higher ground! We have a friend whose hubby is a volunteer fireman here, and he went out in his fishing boat and rescued some people from their homes this morning. I'm including a few photos they sent to me. Nothing more needs to be said.

NAS Fallon helicopter rescues people from their roof tops.

Off duty sheriff deputy's vehicle in driveway.

Roof of a car parked in the driveway.