Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Birthday Blossom (SC174)

Today's Sketch Challenge was to make a long card with about 3/4" of the right side folded over and an oval placed over that. Cindy (MotherMark) made scallops down the side before folding with a Slit Punch. I think she put brads in her scallops. I CASEd that idea, but I used a 1/8" Circle Punch to punch holes in each scallop. I lined the insde of the card with white so the scallops really show up. I used Fine Cosmo Glitter on the lilac and the leaves. The ribbon is Whisper White Taffeta, and the sentiment is from "Elegant Cheer". Thanks for stopping by!!!
  • Stamps: Blossoms Abound, Elegant Cheer
  • Papers: Almost Amethyst, Whisper White
  • Ink: Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace, Mellow Moss, Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum (sentiment)
  • Accessories: Coluzzle, Slit Punch, 1/8" Circle Punch, Fiskars Scallop Scissors, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, 2-way Glue Pen, Fine Cosmo Glitter (Purple & Green)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Pomegranate Morning Glory (CC164)

Today's Color Challenge was to use Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate, and Soft Sky. I used a Blender Pen and ink pads to color the image, and, originally, I had Soft Sky leaves, but it just didn't look right, so I got out my Certainly Celery Marker and added a bit more green. Most people color Morning Glories with purples and blues, but they do come in pinks, fushias, and even red. I got this photo (below) online because I was driven to research Morning Glory colors!

I'm glad you visited my blog!
  • Stamps: Morning Soft
  • Papers: Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black, Soft Sky, Whisper White
  • Ink: Stazon Black, Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky; Markers: Certainly Celery, Basic Black
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Mat Pack, Piercer, Double Rectangle Punch, Black GG Ribbon, Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, Blender Pen, Glitter Glue (flower centers)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Flowery Thanks (TLC166)

I couldn't wait to find out what today's Technique Lover's Challenge was; it's an easy one this time --perfect for me! It's called a Two-Way Open Card. My card is 5-3/8" X 5-3/8" and fits into the Medium Square envelopes from SU! (5-1/2" X 5-1/2" envelope). The base card is Pretty in Pink Textured CS. The next layer is Berry Bliss DSP. I didn't cut the triangle off; I just folded it to the inside and glued it down. The layer that opens upward is Whisper White card stock on which I used the Stylized Flowers Cuttlebug embossing folder. I made a belly band that measures 1" X 12" from the same Berry Bliss DSP. The flowers were punched with the Five Petal punch and then the white centers were punched with the Spring Bouquet Flower Punch (retired). The beads in the centers are the Pink Glass Mix from the Pink Duo. The ribbons are Whisper White Taffeta. Here's all the dimensions:

5-3/8" X 5-3/8" base card stock
4-7/8" X 9-3/4" designer paper (folding the extra triangle to the inside)
4-1/4" X 4-1/4" card stock for inside top folded piece
1" X 12" designer paper for belly band
Here's what the card looks like when it's open. The belly band is slid off, the DSP trangle opens to the left, and the Cuttlebugged panel opens up.
  • Stamps: All Holidays
  • Papers: Pretty In Pink Textured CS, Whisper White, Berry Bliss DSP
  • Ink: Purely Pomegranate
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers EF, Five Petal Punch, Spring Bouquet Flower Punch (retired), Pink Glass Mix bead from the Pink Duo Pack, WW Taffeta Ribbon

I'm Back!

I'm Back! I'm sure glad to be home! My son, Eddie, went with me to the Nevada State PTA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. He's 13. I'm the secretary, so I had to do the minutes of all the meetings and sessions, and that's a lot of work! However, we did have time to visit with friends and go to the "Mad Science" workshop for kids. We made slime! LOL! Eddie took a few photos, so I'll upload a couple as soon as I get a chance. Eddie was a great volunteer! He had a special badge/name tag and they gave him a purple volunteer shirt! He even wants to help out at the next convention in Reno next year! Well, I'm glad to be back, and I've already made a card to post! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Party Birdie (CC163)

The Color Challenge for this week was Certainly Celery, Pretty In Pink, and Chocolate Chip. Now, this card is actually a CASE of a CASE because I copied a card I did for a Featured Stamper Challenge, and that card can be found here. I think this card has nine layers, and it includes a Cuttlebug layer, background stamped layers, Levi tag, coloring with markers and Blender pen, Fine Cosmo Glitter (on the hat), and I finally got to use my pink and green ribbon!

I'm leaving tonight to go to the Nevada State PTA Convention in Las Vegas, so I won't be posting anything for about a week. When I get back, I'll probably be going through withdrawals!! LOL!

Thanks for visiting my blog; I'll see you in a week!
  • Stamps: Pun Fun, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
  • Papers: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White
  • Ink: Stazon Black; Markers: Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Spots n' Dots EF, Ticket Corner Punch, Fine Cosmo Glitter (Celery), Pink & Green Ribbon

Monday, April 21, 2008

Wedding Love (TLC165)

A couple of ladies have asked when we could do wedding cards, so for the Technique Lovers Challenge, I made it a wedding card just for practice!

This is actually a gift card holder. The inside is done with Soft Sky Designer Paper. This is a different kind of gift card holder, and I really like the design.

I left the inside plain, but we will do some more embossing and add an appropriate sentiment or poem inside. I just wanted to get this done and show how the gift card fits into the slot.

The outside of the card is Whisper White, and the front has been embossed with the Cuttlebug "Birds n' Swirls" embossing folder. The wedding cake and sentiment from Fun and Fast notes were embossed with silver embossing powder, and I went over the flowers with a Blender Pen and Soft Sky ink. The ribbon is Basic Gray Taffeta. The main image panel is matted on Brushed Silver card stock. The "Love" charm came from WalMart's wedding section.
  • Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes
  • Papers: Whisper White, Brushed Silver, Soft Sky Prints DSP (inside)
  • Ink: Versamark, Soft Sky
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Birds n' Swirls EF, Silver EP, Taffeta Ribbon, Love Charm, Word Window Punch, Small Oval Punch

Sunday, April 20, 2008

1st Thursday May Projects

I won't be in town next week so I'm getting things ready for my Club on May 1st now. Project #1 will include a chipboard star. SU!'s promotion for May is discounts on chipboard. This is a very simple card, but I think it would be great for a teenager. The base card is Real Red. The Brilliant Blue panel is crimped. The star was colored with a Yoyo Yellow Marker, and then a large star rub-on (from Anchored) was added. The small stars were punched from Yoyo Yellow, and the sentiment was stamped on Yoyo Yellow with Basic Black, then it was matted on Basic Black card stock.

  • Stamps: So Cool
  • Papers: Real Red, Brillian Blue, Yoyo Yellow
  • Ink: Basic Black; Yoyo Yellow Marker
  • Accessories: Simon Upper Chipboard Star, Small Star Punch, Crimper, Anchored Rub-on

Project #2 will be this Double Pocket Card. Each person will get a different piece of designer paper from several different sets. This one is from Summer Picnic, and it is coordinated with Bashful Blue and Old Olive card stock. I left my tags blank to show that we could make this a Mother's Day card, Thank You card, Birthday card, or anything you want just by changing the stamps used. We won't be doing a non-card item since this card will take some time to complete.

  • Stamps: Any
  • Papers: Summer Picnic DSP, Bashful Blue & Old Olive CS
  • Ink: Any coordinating ink
  • Accessories: 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/8" Circle Punch, White Eyelets, 1/8" Blue Satin Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Inspired By Silke (FS63)

The Featured Stamper this week is Sparklegirl. Her real name is Silke; isn't that a pretty name?! Today was the first time I've really gone through her beautiful gallery.

I chose to CASE this card ---->

Now, you need to understand that her card was in answer to a Ways To Use It Challenge where we were challenged to use designer paper for EVERYTHING on the card except the base card. Look at what a great job she did! When I saw this card, I remembered some little square motifs I've had in a baggie in my stash for years! Isn't that interesting!!!

I started with a Groovy Guava base card. The designer paper on the right is "Afternoon Tea" (available from the Occasions Mini Catalog). I matted my three little motifs on Chocolate Chip. I also matted a piece of "Ginger Blossom" designer paper on Chocolate Chip, then I adhered the motifs to that panel with pop dots. I eliminated the tab, but I did use a sentiment. I punched a flower with the Boho Blossoms Punch, stamped "Hugs & Kisses" from All Holidays with Chocolate Chip ink, then I mounted that on a 1" circle punched out of Chocolate Chip card stock. I punched at the top of that with the 1/16" Circle Punch and threaded nylon coated beading wire through it to attach the tag to the ribbon.
  • Stamps: All Holidays
  • Papers: Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Afternoon Tea DSP, Ginger Blossoms DSP, Square Motifs (unknown origin)
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Chocolate Chip Wide Satin Ribbon, White Brads, Pop Dots, Nylon Coated Beading Wire, Boho Blossoms Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1/16" Circle Punch

Thanks for visiting my blog!!! I'll be posting more later today.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

April Workshop Projects

Since Stampin' Up!'s latest promotion is discounted chipboard during the month of May, and Clarissa's workshop won't close until May 1st, I just had to make a card using chipboard! I just squished the heart into the Versamark pad and embossed with silver embossing powder. The Prints Pack (Hostess, Level 1) designer paper is matted on Brushed Silver, and the heart is raised up on a pop dot on that. I used the Horizontal Slot Punch in the lower right side of the panel, pulled the ribbon through, and tied it in a bow. The base card is Whisper White, the stamping is done in Real Red, and I paper pierced the upper right corner of the card.
  • Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks
  • Papers: Whisper White, Brushed Silver, Prints Pack Real Red (Hostess, Level 1)
  • Ink: Real Red, Versamark
  • Accessories: Chipboard Heart, Silver EP, Real Red GG Ribbon, Horizontal Slot Punch, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer

Project #2 will be this Mother's Day card. There's lots of pink here! The base card is Pretty In Pink and the Floral background is stamped in the same color. The sentiment is also Pretty In Pink on white, matted on pink, matted on white again. The corners are Ticket Corner Punched. For the rose, I used Pretty In Pink, stamping off for the first step, using the same ink without stamping off for the second step. The leaves are stamped with Certainly Celery and Mellow Moss. The flower and leaves are raised up on pop dots and there's Dazzling Diamonds Glitter in the flower center.

  • Stamps: Floral Background. Wild Rose, All Holidays
  • Papers: Pretty In Pink, Whisper White
  • Ink: Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss
  • Accessories: Whisper White GG Ribbon, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Ticket Corner Punch

Hostess Gift

This is the hostess gift for my next workshop. It's a jelly jar! I washed it and removed the glue from the label with rubbing alcohol. I used rub-ons from the demo bulk order which I think is the same as the "Anchored" set of rub-ons. I used three black flowers. I think you can still see them, even with the candy in the jar. I filled the jar with Hershey's Miniatures. You can't see the decoration on the top from this angle, but there's a layered flower with a flower brad in the center that is adhered to a punched scalloped circle of Pink Passion card stock. The "Yum Yum" stamp came from a Tag Punch Box (2003) which had the large tag punch and several tag stamps and a few stampin' spots. I punched the white stamped piece with the small tag punch and Pink Passion with the large tag punch. I adhered the finished tag to the bow with silver cord.

I'm glad you stopped by!
  • Stamps: Yum Yum Tag Stamp (retired)
  • Papers: Pink Passion, White
  • Ink: Pink Passion
  • Accessories: Large and Small Tag Punches, Scallop Circle Punch, Prima Flower, Punched Flower (Spring Bouquet Flower Punch), Flower Brad, Rub-on Flowers, Ribbon, Silver Cord, Jelly Jar, Candy

Paisley (IC124 & ssnotime31)

I finally got around to doing an Inspiration Challenge! My card is based on the Freshcut Prints pattern on the right. This is a combined challenge card because Sharon's (notimetostamp) Challenge #31 was to use black accents.

The base card is Soft Sky and is embossed with the Cuttlebug Paisley embossing folder. I stamped paislies from Polka Dots & Paislies set and the Wanted set in Old Olive and Always Artichoke. I also stamped the small circle designs from the Wanted set. These were stamped on Naturals Ivory and matted on Basic Black. The horse was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder. I added black grosgrain ribbon with a pewter buckle.

Thanks for visiting my blog!
  • Stamps: Wanted, Polka Dots & Paisley
  • Papers: Soft Sky, Naturals Ivory, Basic Black
  • Ink: Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Versamark
  • Accessories: Black EP, Cuttlebug Paisley EF, Ticket Corner Punch, Black GG Ribbon, Pewter Buckle

Friday, April 18, 2008

Enjoy Strawberries! (LSC164)

The Friday Limited Supplies Challenge was to make a long, tall card using NO designer paper and limited embellishments. In lieu of designer paper, I made a border of strawberries from the "Tart & Tangy" set (available throught May 31st from the Occasions Mini Catalog. The main image was borrowed from a friend. I think it's a Beatrix Potter stamp; I know it's not House Mouse. My embellishments are just a bit of ribbon at the top of the border strip and 3 faux eyelets (I got from my Elf at Christmas). When I stamped "enjoy", I pressed too hard and got a dot in the center of the "o". I was going to cover it up with something, but thought that would make too many embellishments, so I just left it. It kind of looks like it belongs there! LOL! Thanks for stopping by!!!
  • Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment, Tart & Tangy, Beatrix Potter (not sure about this one)
  • Papers: Real Red, Glorious Green, White
  • Ink: Stazon Black, Glorious Green; Markers: Glorious Green, Real Red
  • Accessories: Water Color Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter, Ticket Corner Punch, Red Dotted Swiss Ribbon, Faux Eyelets

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Riot In The Spotlight (WT162)

I guess I'm making up for lost time! I did another card for the Ways To Use It Challenge, to use acrylics. My acrylics on this one are the dew drops in the upper right corner. I used the spotlighting technique on this. Maybe someday I'll actually color the whole thing! This technique saves a LOT of time!!!
  • Stamps: Riot of Petals Background Stamp
  • Papers: Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Ink: Stazon Black; Markers: Real Red, Always Artichoke, So Saffron
  • Accessories: Coluzzle, Acrylic Dew Drops, Black GG Ribbon

House Mouse Thanks (WT162)

The Ways To Use It Challenge was to use acrylics. I have a package of acrylic bubbles that have Thank You sentiments or flowers in them. There are two sizes: large as shown and small which is about 3/8" diameter. They are from JoAnn Crafts. I'm not sure if I got them as a gift or a prize, but they are in my stash. The colors on this one looked like Cellery and Chocolate Chip, so that's what I used for this 5-3/8" X 5-3/8" square card. The House Mouse image is a borrowed stamp. I have a friend who loans me some of hers from time to time. I tried out the "Water Coloring with Markers" technique on this. I think I need more practice!!! Thanks for visiting my blog!
  • Stamps: House Mouse "Gone Fishin' (Mudpie) 2000
  • Papers: Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Naturals White
  • Ink: Stazon Black, SU! Markers
  • Accessories: Acrylic Peel-n-stick Sentiment Bubble, Chocolate Chip Wide Satin Ribbon

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Pink Delight (SC172)

This is my second card for today's Sketch Challenge. The one in the post below is done with the original orientation, and this one is flipped. I love Pretty In Pink! I'm having a pink day I guess. I also love that Prints Pack, Level 1 Hostess Benefit. It has some colors that you can't get in the regular DSP sets, and you only have to have a $150 workshop to earn it!
  • Stamps: Define Your Life, Defining Alphabet
  • Papers: Naturals White, Pretty In Pink, Prints Pack (Hostess)
  • Ink: Pretty In Pink, Pink Passion
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Whisper White GG Ribbon

One Of A Kind Wish (SC172)

I really liked the Sketch Challenge this week with a narrow panel on the left and a wider panel on the right of two different papers or colors, a horizontal band across the middle of paper or ribbon, and a rectangle for the main panel to top it off. I tried to keep the clean lines of the sketch and only added the oval sentiment panel. Thanks for stopping by!!!
  • Stamps: One Of A Kind, Short & Sweet
  • Papers: Pretty In Pink, Close To Cocoa, Whisper White, Berry Bliss DSP
  • Ink: Stazon Timber Brown, Pretty In Pink Marker
  • Accessories: Large and Small Oval Punches, Chocolate Chip Wide Satin Ribbon

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mouse Mom (CC162)

The Color Challenge today was to use Basic Gray, Blush Blossom, and Groovy Guava. I meant to do some Cuttlebugging and, also, have more of the Blush Blossom showing, but this is how my card turned out. I normally don't do square cards, but I thought I should try it, so I bought some Medium Square Envelopes from SU! to force myself. It takes more card stock than a regular A2 size card, but it's nice for something special like Mother's Day.

The base card is Blush Blossom with a layer of Groovy Guava. The main image was borrowed from a friend, and I used ink pads and a Blender Pen to color it. I kept with the challenge colors to do the coloring, and I added silver glitter glue and a rhinestone to decorate the front of the shoe. The main image panel was matted on Basic Gray, and all layers were Ticket Corner Punched. The sentiment is stamped with Basic Gray, and the ribbon is Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon. I think my mother-in-law will get this card. I hope she likes it.
  • Stamps: Beatrix Potter by Stampendous (1998), All Holidays (sentiment)
  • Papers: Blush Blossom, Groovy Guava, Basic Gray, Whisper White
  • Ink: Groovy Guava, Basic Gray, Blush Blossom
  • Accessories: Blender Pen, Ticket Corner Punch, Groovy Guava DS Ribbon, Silver Glitter Glue, Rhinestone


This week's Technique Lovers Challenge was to make a double pocket card. You need a piece of double sided designer paper that is 8-1/2" X 11". You also need some card stock for the tags, and I adhered the whole thing to a piece of card stock for extra strength. I used Certainly Celery Prints DSP for the main card and Celery with Vanilla for the tags. I used a bit more of the DSP for the tabs. I used Celery Fine Cosmo Glitter with a 2-way glue pen on a couple of the swirls to perk it up a bit. I may have my 1st Thursday Club do this one!
  • Stamps: Never Ending Joy (butterfly), All Year Cheer II (Sentiment)
  • Papers: Celery Prints DSP, Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla Card Stock
  • Ink: Certainly Celery
  • Accessories: Round Tab Punch, 3/16" Corner Rounder, 2-way glue pen, Fine Cosmo Glitter

I've included the photo above of the card with the tags out. I made the tags two different lengths so that they would overlap when inserted into the pockets. The shorter one has the sentiment, and the longer one is for the handwritten greeting and signature. This was a fun card to make!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!!

New Grandchild

On Friday, I had lots of things to do including going to the post office, the bank, taking my mother shopping at WalMart, and finally we were able to go visit my daughter and my new grandson.

Jett Johnson
8 lbs., 4 oz.
20 inches long
Born April 9, 2008

I bought him some onesies and a cute little outfit for church. I had to put together a card to go with the gifts in a bit of a hurry, and this is what I came up with.

  • Stamps: Year After Year, Short and Sweet
  • Papers: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Prints Pack Bashful Blue (Hostess Benefit, Level 1)
  • Ink: Bashful Blue; Markers: Bashful Blue, Pale Plum
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, WW GG Ribbon, Baby Feet Charm, Large and Small Oval Punches

Here's a photo of Jett soon after he was born. He looks like his mother and has a full head of black hair. Aren't babies just the most beautiful sight?!!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

3rd Thursday April Projects

Project #1 for this Thursday's Club will be this "Enjoy" card with the Pretty In Pink base card. I used the coordinating Daisy Dash Jumbo Wheel with Pretty In Pink ink cartridge on the bottom, and the "enjoy" is stamped with Old Olive on White. The daisy paper is Old Olive Prints DSP. I forgot I had Olive Twill Ribbon, so I used Mellow Moss on this one. I added a green button in the center of the "o" to finish it off. I will give the ladies the option of adding any of the rest of the sentiments from the Enjoy Every Moment set.

  • Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment, Daisy Dash Jumbo Wheel
  • Papers: Pretty In Pink, White, Old Olive Prints DSP
  • Ink: Old Olive, Pretty In Pink Jumbo cartridge
  • Accessories: Mellow Moss GG Ribbon, Green button

Project #2 will be this Mother's Day card. Of course they can use any sentiment they want, and it doesn't have to be for Mother's Day. The base card is Always Artichoke. The main image is a two-step stamping set that I just love! The lilacs are stamped on Very Vanilla that has been Ticket Corner Punched. The ribbon is Always Artichoke grossgrain ribbon. This is almost the same as the card I made for last Monday's Technique Lovers Challenge. I know my mother will like receiving this for Mother's Day!

  • Stamps: Blossoms Abound, All Holidays
  • Papers: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Always Artichoke GG Ribbon
Project #3 is our non-card item and it has been posted a while back for a Demo 3-D Challenge. The main part that folds up is Summer Sun with three inside panels of Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, and Green Galore. I used six photos, but you can make this with just three and put the white journaling block on the opposite side of the inside panel from the photo. My journaling blocks are on the outside of the inside folders. You can see all three views in the earlier post.
  • Stamps: 3-4-U flower (on outside)
  • Papers: Summer Sun, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore
  • Ink: Real Red (on outside)
  • Accessories: Die Cut Blooms (on belly band that holds wallet closed)

Jodi's Poppy (FS62)

The Featured Stamper for this week is Kharmagirl. Jodi is so talented and her gallery has so many beautiful cards in it. Many of them are way above my skills!!! The card I chose was a Sketch Challenge card she did, and it happens to be one that I skipped. Basically, the only things I changed were the colors and the ribbon. One of the mat layers is Always Artichoke instead of Basic Black, the brads are Artichoke instead of the Black Vintage Brads, and I colored the flower with a blender pen using River Rock, Artichoke, and Groovy Guava inks. The ribbon is Guava Double Stitched ribbon instead of the velvet ribbon (which I don't have). I also changed the sentiment.
  • Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful, Short and Sweet
  • Papers: River Rock, Always Artichoke, Naturals White, Ginger Blossom DSP
  • Ink: Black Stazon, River Rock, Always Artichoke, Groovy Guava
  • Accessories: Rich Regals Brads, Groovy Guava DS Ribbon

Jodi's original card is shown at right. As you can see, I made very few changes. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

You're So Nice (CC161)

Today's Color Challenge was to use Night of Navy, Real Red, and Glorious Green. The base card here is Night of Navy with a 3" X 3" square of Real Red Prints DSP (from the Prints Pack, Level 1 Hostess Benefit). The stamp set is "Sweet Dreams" (Level 1 Hostess Set). The frame around the flowers is stamped on Very Vanilla with Navy, and the flowers were colored with the Red and Green SU! Markers and then stamped. The sentiment was stamped with Navy on Vanilla as well, and both panels were matted on the Green. Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon goes across the middle with a vinyl covered clip attached.
  • Stamps: Sweet Dreams (Level 1 Hostess)
  • Papers: Night of Navy, Glorious Green, Very Vanilla, Real Red Prints (Prints Pack Level 1 Hostess), White (on the inside)
  • Ink: Night of Navy, Markers: Real Red, Glorious Green
  • Accessories: Real Red GG Ribbon, Vinyl Clip, Fine Cosmo Glitter (Red)

Monday, April 7, 2008

My Friend (TLC163) (ssnotime30)

Today's Technique Lovers Challenge was to stack ribbons. I stacked 1/4" Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon over 5/8" Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon. The difficult thing was to get them both through the slider! I have no idea where I got that slider; I've had it in my stash for a long time. I used "Blossoms Abound" stamp set which is a two-step stamping set. I think I might use it for my 3rd Thursday Club on April 17th. We could make it into a Mother's Day card. For this card, I used Perfect Plum over Pale Plum for the lilacs and Certainly Celery over Always Artichoke for the leaves. I added some Fine Cosmo Glitter to give it some sparkle. I didn't trim the sentiment enough when I mounted it, so I doodled under it to hide my goof-up.

After I posted this, Sharon (notimetostamp) posted her weekly challenge. It was to use glitter on a project. I've added her challenge number here and on SCS. If I have time, I will make another card using glitter especially for her challenge! Thanks for stopping by today!
  • Stamps: Blossoms Abound
  • Papers: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, SU! Markers
  • Accessories: 1/4" Artichoke GG Ribbon, 5/8" Celery GG Ribbon, Slider, Fine Cosmo Glitter (purple)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Wedding Invitation for Vicki's Niece

Vicki's niece is getting married on May 17th (my birthday), and Vicki asked me to help her make the wedding invitations. The bride's colors are red and silver, and we managed to get both of those in there! The invitation doesn't open like a card. We printed four to a sheet of white card stock and, while we were in the program, we decided to print a clipart rose instead of stamping because we needed to save some time. After we cut them into the four pieces, we used scallop scissors on all four sides, then we paper pierced in each scallop. We punched at the top with a pig nose punch and tied the silver ribbon through the slots. Next, we mounted them on red card stock. Finally, we lined the envelopes with transluscent vellum that has a silver sheen to it. We still have to make R.S.V.P. post cards and address all the envelopes. These were really fun to make. I'm sure the bride will love them! She's in the military and should be coming home soon. I will address all the envelopes while Vicki cuts up my "make-and-takes" for my upcoming Stamp Camp! That's a pretty good trade, I think!!!

Western/Boho Stamp Camp

Of the five designs I've created for the Stamp Camp this week, this one is my son's favorite. Go figure; it's my least favorite! LOL! I guess he likes the "dirty" look of this and the faux wood. Who knows!

The base card is Ruby Red with the paisleys stamped along the side with Chocolate Chip ink. It's also sponged with the same ink. The faux wood is Creamy Caramel with the wood grain drawn with the fine tip of the Chocolate Chip Marker and sponged. The "Wanted" is stamped on Naturals White with Basic Black, torn, distressed, and then sponged. There's one "nail" (silver brad) holding what's left of the poster to the board. The star is stamped with Basic Black and punched out with the Small Star Punch.

  • Stamps: Wanted
  • Papers: Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, Naturals White
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip Marker
  • Accessories: Sponge, Silver Brad, Small Star Punch

For card #2, I finally used my Bronco Wheel! The base card is Close To Cocoa with a strip of Berry Bliss DSP that has been scalloped with Jumbo Scallop Scissors. The strip I used the wheel on is Naturals Ivory, and the ink cartridge is Chocolate Chip. The scallop circle was stamped with Chocolate Chip and then punched out. I used the 1/6" Punch to make the hole where the Hemp Twine could be threaded. Of course, the twine was looped around the stamped strip before adhering it to the card.

  • Stamps: Bronco Standard Wheel, True Friend
  • Papers: Close To Cocoa, Naturals Ivory, Berry Bliss DSP
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1/6" Circle Punch, Natural Hemp Twine
Card #3 is really a very simple card. The base card is Naturals Ivory stamped with Chocolate Chip using the Boho design. The horses were stamped on Very Vanilla three times without reinking, and the panel was sponged and matted on Chocolate Chip.

  • Stamps: Wanted
  • Papers: Naturals White, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Sponge

Card #4 is one of my favorites. The base card is Blue Bayou with a piece of Western Sky DSP. The images were stamped with Close To Cocoa on Naturals Ivory, sponged, and matted on River Rock. All panels were Ticket Corner Punched. I punched out a circle from a Post-It with the 1-1/4" Circle Punch and sponged around it before stamping the Bronc Buster image to make it look like a sun in the background. The "rope" is made with Natural Hemp Twine and adhered with a strong adhesive glue.

  • Stamps: Bronc Buster
  • Papers: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Naturals Ivory, Western Sky DSP
  • Ink: Close To Cocoa
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Sponge, Natural Hemp Twine

Card #5 is my favorite. I guess I'm really a girly girl! I just love ribbon! LOL! The base card is Pretty In Pink with a piece of Berry Bliss DSP and Purely Pomegranate Wide Satin Ribbon. The Boho Flower from the "One Of A Kind" set is three layers. The first layer is stamped with Black Stazon on Very Vanilla and is matted on Purely Pomegranate. The second layer is also stamped with Stazon on Very Vanilla, but it is colored with SU! Markers and then cut out. The third layer is the small Boho Flower from the same set stamped on Very Vanilla with Pink Passion and then punched out with a 1/2" Circle Punch. All three layers are popped up with Dimensionals.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Stamps: One Of A Kind
  • Papers: Pretty In Pink, Purely Pomegranate, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Black Stazon, Markers: Pretty In Pink, Pixie Pink, Pink Passion
  • Accessories: Pomegranate Wide Satin Ribbon, 1/2" Circle Punch

Friday, April 4, 2008

Thank You Flowers (LSC162)

The Limited Supplies Challenge for today was to use only two colors: white and any other color. This one is a Bashful Blue base card with the floral print from the Prints Pack (Level 1 Hostess Benefit). We used the Prints Pack last night to make 6 X 6 pages, and everybody just loved it! They were looking through the catalog to find it! Well, you can't get it unless you hostess a workshop. The good thing is that you only have to have $150 in sales to get it!!! Such a deal! Anyway, this also has a strip of Whisper White that has scallops from the Fiskars "Sunflower" Scissors. The sentiment was stamped with Bashful Blue on Whisper White, punched with the Small Oval Punch, and then combined with the Silver Hodgepodge Hardware which is available from the Occasions Mini Catalog until May 31st. The Whisper White flowers were made with three punches: Five Petal, 1/2" Circle, and 1/8" Circle. Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon was added as a final touch. Thanks for stopping by today!!!
  • Stamps: Short & Sweet
  • Papers: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Prints Pack DSP
  • Ink: Bashful Blue
  • Accessories: Five Petal Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 1/8" Circle Punch, Small Oval Punch, Fiskars Sunflower Scissors, Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Whisper White GG Ribbon

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Priceless Memories (WT160)

Today's Ways To Use It Challenge was to use Rub-ons. I have NO problem with that! I love those Rub-ons! I decided to make another 6 X 6 page for an extra sample for tonight's club workshop. I matted the photo with Rose Red over Rose Red Prints DSP. I left the matting long to accomodate journaling and stamping. The stars and the arrow that says, "Memories begin with THIS", are available in the "Anchored" Rub-ons in the Spring/Summer 2008 Catalog. I had some that I bulk ordered from SU! for demo purposes. I also used the "Priceless" set for the flourish and the word, "Priceless". I used the Signo White Gel Pen to write my granddaughters' names and the date. Thanks for stopping by!!!
  • Stamps: Priceless
  • Papers: Rose Red, Rose Prints DSP
  • Ink: Whisper White Craft, Signo White Gel Pen
  • Accessories: Anchored Rub-Ons

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

For Andrew (SC170)

I thought I would have some trouble with today's Sketch Challenge because of the narrow vertical panel, but I found something to put there! I used all four stamps from the "Elementary Essentials" set. The elementary manuscript lines were stamped with Basic Black, the ruler with Real Red, the scissors with Brilliant Blue, and the pencil with Summer Sun. I used markers to finish off the pencil. I also added a slot head screw brad to the scissors. The base card is Yoyo Yellow and the two white panels were matted on Real Red. Andrew is my grandson. I'll give this to him for his birthday this summer. Thanks for visiting my blog!
  • Stamps: Elementary Essentials
  • Papers: Yoyo Yellow, Real Red, White
  • Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Summer Sun; Markers: Black, Going Gray, Ruby Red
  • Accessories: Snips, Brass Slot Head Screw Brad, Dimensionals

Totally Floral (CC160)

I missed most of the challenges last week due to a bout with the flu that's lasted two weeks. I finally went to the doctor yesterday and got some antibiotics. I hope to be "In the pink" very soon! In the meantime, I'm getting caught up on my card making. Yesterday's Color Challenge was to use Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Creamy Caramel, and Mellow Moss. This is the first four-color challenge I've ever done! I used Apricot Appeal for the base card and stamped the Floral background with Cameo Coral. I used Apricot Appeal and Creamy Caramel for the flowers and Mellow Moss for the leaves, stamping off for the first step. I matted the white panel on Creamy Caramel and then on Mellow Moss. One flower is popped up and both have gold glitter glue in the centers. I should be posting again later with a Sketch Challenge card.
  • Stamps: Wild Rose, Floral Background
  • Papers: Apricot Appeal, Mellow Moss, Creamy Caramel, White
  • Ink: Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal, Creamy Caramel, Mellow Moss
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Gold Glitter Glue, Mellow Moss GG Ribbon