Saturday, May 31, 2008

Shades of September

Every month Stampin' Up! sends a magazine to all the demonstrators called Stampin' Success. Each month, there is a contest with three or four categories including a "Wow" category for those cards that don't fit into any of the other categories. In the June issue, one of the categories is called, "Shades of September," for cards using fall colors. My hubby and son have encouraged me to finally enter the monthly contest. If I ever win, I'll let you know!!! LOL!

The image is stamped on Water Color Paper with Stazon Black and water colored with Earth Elements color family of Water Color Wonder Crayons using the Aquapainter. The main panel is matted on Basic Black, raised up on Dimensionals, and adhered to the Ruby Red base card. The sentiment was stamped on Very Vanilla with Stazon Black and mounted with Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware (HPH). There's a swirl clip from the same HPH attached to the upper left corner, and a knot of Mellow Moss Grosgrain Ribbon is attached. The sentiment from the Morning Soft set is stamped in the inside which is lined with Very Vanilla.

  • Stamps: Morning Soft, Short & Sweet
  • Papers: Water Color Paper, Basic Black, Ruby Red, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Black Stazon
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Antique Brass HPH, Mellow Moss GG Ribbon, WCW Crayons (Earth Elements), Aquapainter

Thanks for visiting my blog, and wish me luck!!!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Thank Ewe! (LSC170)

The Limited Supplies Challenge today was to make three different cards with the same papers, stamps, and embellishments. I blew it, though. We were supposed to use hardware since we couldn't use any last week, but I forgot to add the hardware. Oh well; they'll be cheaper to mail this way! Thanks for stopping by!!!
  • Stamps: Pun Fun
  • Papers: Naturals White, Green Galore, Pixie Pink, Non-SU! DP
  • Ink: Black Stazon; Marker: Pretty In Pink (Sheep's heart)
  • Accessories: Non-SU! Pink and Green Ribbon, Small Corner Rounder Punch, Tag Corner Punch

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Pierced Father's Day Card

I did this Father's Day card while I was gone. I was hoping to demo this one at my next Hostess Workshop which has been postponed. I love this set for a Father's Day card. A friend of mine came by this evening to borrow it to make a card to send to her father-in-law. This is a simple card except for the water coloring. I did some paper piercing in opposing corners. Thanks for visiting my blog!!!
  • Stamps: Thinking of Father
  • Papers: Kraft, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Black Stazon
  • Accessories: WCW Crayons, Aquapainter, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack

Belated Birthday Card

This card was inspired by a baby card I saw in a magazine recently. Since I was up at our cabin, I didn't have all the supplies I needed to CASE the card in the magazine, so I made faux buttons and faux stitching. I also didn't have the colors of card stock I would need, so I used some designer papers I had brought. This set is a Level 3 Hostess set that was given to my by Patti from our Ladies' Night Out Club. Wasn't that sweet?!!!! She knew I liked this set and, even though I make tons of cards, I'm often late in sending them! Thanks again for stopping by and THANK YOU PATTI!!!
  • Stamps: Older & Wiser (Level 3 Hostess Set)
  • Papers: Naturals White, Tempting Turquoise Prints DSP
  • Ink: Black Stazon; Markers: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery
  • Accessories: 1/2" Circle Punch, Paper Piercer, Thread

Life's A Beach! (WT168)

Today's Ways To Use It Challenge was called, "Get Packing." We could use packing materials on a card or just use any kind of travel theme. I chose to illustrate a trip to the beach. The base card is Naturals White, the "sand" is Naturals Ivory. The waves were made by tearing Tempting Turquois Prints Designer Paper (DSP). I used the "wave" pieces to sponge the sky with clouds. I used my own "Faux Wood" technique for the sign, and stamped and cut out the beach ball and bucket. Thanks for visiting my blog!!!
  • Stamps: Life's A Breeze
  • Papers: Naturals White, Naturals Ivory, Tempting Turquoise Prints DSP
  • Ink: Close To Cocoa, Black Stazon, Tempting Turquoise; Markers: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Yoyo Yellow
  • Accessories: Sponge

I might use this one for our 1st Thursday Club! Ladies, let me know if you like the idea!

I'm Back, again!

Here's our cabin at Eagle Lake. That's where we've been for seven days. It rained the whole time, but we still enjoyed getting away for a while. I got a bunch of 6 X 6 scrap book layouts done for the swap I'm in for Convention! I just never seem to want to get away from stamping!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Convention Swap (LSC169)

The Limited Supplies Challenge for today was to use stamps in place of hardware. I used the small flower from "Enjoy Every Moment", stamped with Brilliant Blue on Naturals White, and punched with 1/2" Circle Punch. I made tag pockets with Brilliant Blue Prints Designer Paper. The tags have 1-3/8" circles, folded in half, at the top. I haven't decided whether to use hemp twine or ribbon to pull through eyelets to pull the tags out. The SU! 6 X 6 album opens at the top, so the journaling tags will pull out easily.

I'll be gone until next Thursday on a trip to our cabin. I won't have access to a computer. I should be back online Thursday night with two cards for my next Hostess Workshop. Have a great holiday weekend, everyone!!! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment
  • Papers: Brilliant Blue, Naturals White, Brilliant Blue DSP
  • Ink: Brilliant Blue
  • Accessories: 1/2" Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Tag Corner Punch, Dimensionals

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Free and the Brave (WT167, TLC168)

Today's Ways To Use It Challenge was to make a masculine card. Lots of people are making Father's Day cards or masculine birthday cards. I made mine for my great-nephew in Iraq. I think he'll like receiving this one.

The base card is Old Olive. I embossed another piece of Old Olive with the Cuttlebug Distressed Lines embossing folder and matted that on Basic Black. The image was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder, then it was water colored with Water Color Wonder Crayons and the Aquapainter. That was done for TLC168 - Embossed Water Color. I had some red, white, and blue plastic stars (the white is like clear rhinestone) which I can't remember where I got them, but I used one on this card for a final touch.
  • Stamps: The Free and the Brave
  • Papers: Old Olive, Basic Black, GP White
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Accessories: Black EP, WCW Crayons, Aquapainter, Cuttlebug Distressed Lines EF, Plastic star

Faux Wood Technique

I've been asked to describe how I do my faux wood technique. It really is very simple! The photo at right shows the supplies you need:
  • Card Stock: Creamy Caramel
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Chip Marker
  • Accessories: Sponge

With the Chocolate Chip Marker, lightly draw lines across the card stock, skipping here and there and making a swirl now and then for knot holes.

Continue drawing lines and swirls (knot holes) until the whole piece is covered.

Sponge the edges and knot holes with Chocolate Chip ink.

If you want the wood to look like a piece of a wall or a sign, cut the ends jagged and the other sides uneven so that there are no straight edges.

Draw the lines for the wood grain and swirls for knot holes as before. Sponge as before, too.
One example I have on my blog in an earlier post may be found here. It was a Featured Stamper Challenge card that I did a while back. The most recent one I have done can be found in this post and it is Project #4. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Bird-day (SC177)

Today's Sketch Challenge called for offset rectangles on either side of the main image panel. Mine are scraps of Brushed Silver (You don't throw ANY of that away!). The base card is Pretty In Pink with a white panel that was embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. For the birdie, I inked the stamp with Versamark, then with Pretty In Pink, embossed with Clear embossing powder, and colored with markers. I had a couple of tiny scraps of the Brushed Silver card stock, so I punched out flowers with the Three For You (3-4-U) Punch. I embossed one and added the pink Rhinestone. Thanks for stopping by!
  • Stamps: Pun Fun
  • Papers: Pretty In Pink, GP White, Brushed Silver
  • Ink: Versamark, Pretty In Pink; Markers: Pretty In Pink, Barely Banana, Almost Amethyst
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF, Clear EP, Embossing Stylus, 3-4-U Punch, Pink Rhinestone, Pretty In Pink Taffeta Ribbon

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

You're So Nice! (CC167)

Well, I seem to be getting the hang of my new Canon Power Shot digital camera AND transferring photos to my laptop. I really think that's an accomplishment!

I really like today's Color Challenge! We were to use Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, and Blue Bayou. The base card here is Certainly Celery with a layer of Blue Bayou and then Soft Sky Prints designer paper that has been partially embossed. I left the bottom part flat for stamping the sentiment. The horizontal strip is a different pattern but the same DSP. I colored in the flower centers with the Celery Marker. The main image was stamped with Blue Bayou, but I went over the stems with the Celery Marker. I matted with all three colors and added the ribbon tab, then popped it up with foam dots.
  • Stamps: Sweet Dreams (Hostess)
  • Papers: Certainly Celery, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, GP White, Soft Sky Prints DSP
  • Ink: Blue Bayou; Marker: Certainly Celery
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Bloom Dots EF, Celery Brads, Celery 5/8" GG Ribbon

Double Pocket Bag (TLC169)

Computers!!! Mine crashed yesterday morning! I'm using my laptop now until I can get my main computer fixed. I did get the Technique Lover's Challenge done yesterday before spending the day running errands and keeping appointments. I just couldn't upload until I figured out how to connect my new camera I got for Mother's Day to my laptop and transfer the photos. I had some issues uploading to SCS as well, but I finally figured out that my photo got saved as a BMP file instead of a jpeg file. That made it impossible to upload. Once I figure that out, I saved the photo with the correct file extension, and got it uploaded!

A tutorial for making this Double Pocket Bag may be found here. It's really pretty easy to make. I used a sheet of designer paper that I bought at the Dollar Tree a few years ago. That's all it takes: One sheet of designer paper and a few scraps! Thanks for stopping by!
  • Stamps: Embrace Life
  • Papers: Elizabeth's DSP, GP White, Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate
  • Ink: Purely Pomegranate
  • Accessories: Punches: 5-Petal, Spring Bouquet Flower, Horizontal Slot; Pomegranate DS Ribbon, Vintage Brads

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Glitter, Glitter Everywhere! (IC128, ssnotime35)

For today's Inspiration Challenge, we had a choice of three candle holders to inspire us: One was yellow, one was green, and the last was lavender. I chose the lavender one.

My card is also my submission to Sharon's (notimetostamp) weekend challenge which was to use a trio of panels. It didn't really matter what the configuration was. We just had to used three panels in some way.

The base card is Lavender Lace, and the three panels are also Lavender Lace matted on Basic Black. I used the new (sneak peek) "Fresh Cut" which will be in the next Idea Book & Catalog. There's a special on this set for June: Buy the set and get Fresh Cut Die Cut Notes for only $5.00. I'll have to make something from one of the note cards; they're really pretty.

I put Dazzling Diamonds on all the petals and got it everywhere! LOL! The most difficult thing about this card was attaching the Basic Black grosgrain ribbon. Here's how I did it: After matting each panel, apply adhesive to the tops of each panel. Place each panel in position with bottoms loose. Apply adhesive to one end of the ribbon; insert the ribbon under the right panel and press to adhere. Run the ribbon straight across the card, and apply adhesive to the other end. Turn the card over and adhere the ribbon to the other end. With the card turned face down, apply adhesive to the bottoms of the panels. Make sure each panel is straight before pressing down to adhere. I cut another small piece of ribbon, ran it through the jump clip on the "Thank You" charm, and tied a knot around the horizontal ribbon, leaving the charm dangling beneath. Thanks for stopping by!!!

  • Stamps: Fresh Cut (New)

  • Papers: Lavender Lace, Basic Black

  • Ink: Stazon Black

  • Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds (Glitter), 2-Way Glue Pen, Basic Black 1/4" GG Ribbon, "Thank You" charm

Friday, May 16, 2008

Gratitude (LSC168)

I usually don't make two cards for one challenge, but I had two ideas and had to use them both today! The focus is supposed to be on the alphabet stamp, so I didn't even add any other embellishments. The Cuttlebug "Thanks" embossing folder did most of the work! Thanks again for visiting my blog!
  • Stamps: Define Your Life, Defining Alphabet
  • Papers: Brilliant Blue, GP White
  • Ink: Ballet Blue, Brilliant Blue
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Thanks EF

Jumbled Grad (LSC168, TLC165)

I made a graduation card with the local high school colors earlier, but I think my friend who had asked for graduation card ideas was a bit disappointed because that card was not a gift card holder which I had mentioned. Today's Limited Supplies Challenge was to use alphabet stamps as a focal point on a card. That gave me the opportunity to make another graduation card that IS a gift card holder! This has the "g-r-a-d" from the Big Deal Alphabet set; however, you could use any image that is appropriate for the card. I stamped the letters, trimmed, and matted on black. The white panel is embossed with the Cuttlebug "Congrats" embossing folder and adhered to the Only Orange base card.
Since it's my birthday tomorrow, I've already received some gifts. The designer paper on the inside of this card is from a jumbo pad of 200 sheets of designer paper from WalMart. It's only one-sided and thinner than SU! papers, but it will be great for scrap booking, and it worked very well for this gift card holder.
I'll be gone tomorrow and most of Sunday since hubby is taking me to Reno for lunch, dinner, a comedy show, and a night at a hotel to celebrate my birthday. Thanks for stopping by!
  • Stamps: Big Deal Alphabet, All Year Cheer II (retired)
  • Papers: Only Orange, GP White, Basic Black, Vibrant DP
  • Ink: Stazon Black
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Congrats EF, Word Window Punch, Small Oval Punch, Scoring Tools (embossing stylus and paper trimmer)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Inchies Birthday (WT166)

The Ways To Use It Challenge today was to use "inchies". Now, I really had no idea what "inchies" were, but I think I did OK on the challenge! LOL! I used some white mat board (thicker than card stock), punched 1" squares, and stamped them with small images from "Short & Sweet." I colored with markers and matted on Certainly Celery. The base card on this one is Whisper White, then there's a layer of Pale Plum, and finally a layer of some unknown designer paper. Before adhering the squares, I attached ribbon "tabs" to each one, then I stamped sentiment next to the final squares directly on the DP. Thanks for stopping by!!!

  • Stamps: Short & Sweet
  • Papers: Whisper White, Pale Plum, unknown DP, Certainly Celery, White Mat Board
  • Ink: Balck Stazon; Markers: Pretty In Pink, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum
  • Accessories: 1" and 1-1/4" Square Punches, 5/8" Certainly Cellery GG Ribbon

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Welcome Little One (SC176)

I really loved today's Sketch Challenge. I'll probably use this sketch again! This is certainly a non-traditional baby card. I decided to use some things from my stash. I did do stamping before I ever heard of Stampin' Up! I also did a lot of scrap booking which I should get back into. Anyway, I used a non-SU! stamp, fibers, and designer paper on this card. I have no idea where I got the Mother & Baby Elephant stamp. I stamped it with Basic Gray and used Water Color Wonder Crayons and an Aquapainter to water color it. The fern patterned paper is about 11 or 12 years old. It was 8-1/2" X 11" because that's the size I used to use for scrap booking. The fibers came from the big scrap booking kit I got for Christmas from my Secret Sister at church. The rest of the supplies are from Stampin' Up! I sponged the Whisper White panels with Garden Green to match the base card, and I matted both panels with Basic Black.
  • Stamps: Non-SU! Mother & Baby Elephant
  • Papers: Garden Green, Whisper White, Basic Black, Non-SU! DP
  • Ink: Basic Gray, Black Printer Ink (Computer generated sentiment)
  • Accessories: Portifolia fibers, Sponge, Computer/Printer, Mat Pack, Piercer, WCW Crayons, Aquapainter

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Color Challenge Thanks (CC166)

Today's Color Challenge was REALLY a challenge for me! I don't know if I'll ever use Pumpkin Pie with Soft Sky again! LOL! The flowers I got for Christmas in a huge scrap booking kit matched the Ruby Red perfectly, so I'm happy about that. I used the Three For You (3-4-U) Punch with Pumpkin Pie card stock for the flower centers with Ruby Red brads. I only embossed the lower portion of the designer paper and then separated it with the Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon. I stamped the sentiment with Ruby Red ink on a scrap of the DSP and then matted it on Ruby Red, using the oval punches. I just couldn't get my head into this color combo, and I'm really not very happy with this card. You win some; you lose some! Thanks for visiting!
  • Stamps: Short & Sweet
  • Papers: Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky Prints DSP
  • Ink: Ruby Red
  • Accessories: Prima flowers, Earth Elements Brads, 3-4-U Punch, Small and Large Oval Punches, Pumpkin Pie GG Ribbon, Cuttlebug Bloom Dots EF

Monday, May 12, 2008

Best Wishes (TLC168)

The Technique Lover's Challenge for today was called "Embossed Water Color" which means that we were supposed to heat emboss an image and then water color it. I chose the poppy from "Bloomin' Beautiful". I embossed with black EP and then water colored with Water Color Wonder Crayons and an Aquapainter. I got a smudge on the card stock, so I cut out the flower and adhered it to Pink Passion card stock with 2-Way Glue pen. I matted that on Basic Black. I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder on the large panel and adhered that to a Basic Black base card. The sentiment is on a smaller rectangle of Pink Passion and also matted on Basic Black.
  • Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful, Short & Sweet
  • Papers: Basic Black, Pink Passion
  • Ink: Versamark, Stazon Black
  • Accessories: Black EP, WCW Crayons, Aquapainter, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF, Black GG Ribbon, 2-way Glue Pen

High School Graduation

A friend of mine emailed me this morning asking if I would come up with an idea for a graduation card and put it on my blog. Well, when my husband and I were driving to an appointment, he told me that one of the girls he used to coach on our Desert Valley Girls Softball Association team had asked if he'd come to her graduation. Our local high school's colors are orange and black, so I used that for the main color combo for this card. I added some silver foil wrapping paper between the black and orange mats. The white panel is embossed with the Cuttlebug "Congrats" embossing folder. I added black grosgrain ribbon and a Silver Hodgepodge Hardware ribbon slider to finish it off.
  • Stamps: Year After Year
  • Papers: Only Orange, GP White, Basic Black, Silver Foil Wrapping Paper
  • Ink: Black Stazon
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Congrats EF, Ticket Corner Punch, 3/8" Black GG Ribbon, Silver HPH Ribbon Slider

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Spring Fling Stamp Camp Projects

Project #1 for the "Spring Fling" Stamp Camp on May 22nd is this card which was CASEd from the 2008 Spring-Summer Catalog. The only changes I made were the designer paper and the layered flower. For my flower, both layers are punched and there is a white brad in the center.
  • Stamps: From the Garden (Level 1 Hostess)
  • Papers: Naturals White, Ginger Blossom DSP
  • Ink: Groovy Guava
  • Accessories: Guava DS Ribbon, Boho Blossoms Punch, White Brad
Project #2 is a very simple card, but I have had requests to use more Cuttlebug panels. The base card and matting are Pretty In Pink. The GP White panel is embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The flowers from "Embrace Life" were stamped with Black Stazon and colored with Pretty In Pink Marker. The ribbon is Pretty In Pink Taffeta Ribbon.
  • Stamps: Embrace Life
  • Papers: Pretty In Pink, GP White
  • Ink: Stazon Black; Marker: Pretty In Pink
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF, Pretty In Pink Taffeta Ribbon

Project #3 is also a Featured Stamper Challenge card. On the original card, the embossed panel was done with the "Snowflakes" folder, and, instead of the berries, the letters "J", "O", "Y", were on the squares. Switching to the strawberries made it a perfect spring card!

  • Stamps: Tart & Tangy (Occasions Mini Catalog)
  • Papers: Real Red, GP White
  • Ink: Markers: Real Red, Glorious Green
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers EF, 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" Square Punches, Real Red Striped Ribbon

Project #4 is the Father's Day card, and this one will take a little time. Not only is it a "Big Buckle" card, but it includes the "Faux Wood" technique. We used this technique at the last Stamp Camp but just on a small panel. We will also be sponging and distressing the main image panel.

When the card is open, you can see that it is a Father's Day card with the sentiment from "All Holidays."
  • Stamps: Noble Deer, All Holidays
  • Papers: Creamy Caramel, Naturals Ivory
  • Ink: Stazon Timber Brown, Chocolate Chip; Marker: Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Large and Small Oval Punches, Small Corner Rounder, Sponge

Project #5 is the wedding card that I promised. It is very hard to photograph white cards! There are two flourishes that are heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. You can see the one at the top but not the one at the bottom in this photo. The hearts were embossed with Kaleidescope Embossing Powder, but I think we will use the Clear EP on those as well. I just don't like the little speckles in the other EP. The embellishments are sheer ribbon and silver rings. The ribbon is tied in a knot instead of a bow, symbolic of marriage.

  • Stamps: Priceless, Non-SU! Heart
  • Papers: Whisper White, GP White inside
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Accessories: Clear EP, Kaleidescope EP, Sheer Ribbon, Silver Wedding Rings, Snips

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Glittery Flowers (IC127)

This sun catcher was the inspiration piece for the Inspiration Challenge this week. We had the option to go to the web site for these sun catchers and choose another one for our inspiration, but I chose to stay with this one.

I took the "Summer Sunflower" set out of my "For Sale" pile to use on this card. I stamped directly on the GP White base card with Pretty In Pink, then I stamped the flower center with Pale Plum. I used Pretty in Pink marker to define the petals a bit and dotted the center with Perfect Plum marker. I added purple Fine Cosmo Glitter. I stamped more flowers in the same way and cut them out.
I also stamped leaves in Green Galore and Wild Wasabi and cut them out. I adhered some flowers with Pop-up Glue Dots and the leaves and the other flowers were adhered with medium glue dots. I sponged all around the card with Pale Plum, then I stamped the butterfly with Perfect Plum, cut it out, added glitter, and adhered to the card with 2-Way Glue Pen.

  • Stamps: Summer Sunflower
  • Papers: GP White
  • Ink: Pretty in Pink, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Green Galore, Wild Wasabi; Markers: Pretty in Pink, Perfect Plum
  • Accessories: Snips, Fine Cosmo Glitter (purple), Sponge

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, May 9, 2008

For Shelby (WT165, LSC167)

I have been busy getting things ready for our Mother's Day Breakfast for the ladies from our church. I also worked on cutting card stock for two clubs next week, so I combined yesterday's Ways To Use It Challenge with today's Limited Supplies Challenge. For the WT Challenge, we were to use chipboard, and for the LS Challenge, we were NOT to use any stamping. I made this card for my granddaughter, Shelby. She likes these colors.

The base card is Pretty In Pink and is embossed with the Cuttlebug "Birds n' Swirls" embossing folder. The "S" is from Creative Memories. I won a stack of alphabet letters including this one at a recent Scrap-a-thon. The flowers were punched from "Summer Picnic" Double Sided Designer Paper (DSP) and Georgia Pacific White. A button from Fresh Favorites I was added to the centers. The card is finished off with sheer, white ribbon.
  • Papers: Pretty In Pink, GP White, Summer Picnic DSP
  • Accessories: Chip Board Letter, Five Petal Punch, Spring Bouquet Flower Punch, Fresh Favorites I Buttons, Sheer White Ribbon, Cuttlebug Birds N' Swirls EF

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

May Projects - 2nd Tuesday & LNO

I have two clubs starting anew this month: 2nd Tuesday and Ladies' Night Out. I plan to make the same projects for both clubs. One of the ladies in the LNO Club requested an Origami Shirt card, and I promised we'd do one for Father's Day.

The base card for this one is Close to Cocoa with a white layer that has been embossed with the Cuttlebug "Diamonds in the Rough" embossing folder. That one always reminds me of tire tread for some reason. The shirt has two button brads. I will give them the option of making it with a tie or a bolo tie. We'll use the brads until I run out!
  • Stamps: All Year Cheer II (retired)
  • Papers: Close to Cocoa, GP White, My Mind's Eye DP
  • Ink: Close to Cocoa
  • Accessories: Button Brads, Small Corner Rounder, Cuttlebug Diamonds in the Rough EF

One of ladies in the 2nd Tuesday Club needs to make wedding invitations, and I was requested to include a wedding card in our projects. I made one that was shown in an earlier post with silver foil. This one is white on white. You be the judge. Which one do you like best? The other card may be found here. This is a gate-fold card like the other one, but I used a different wedding cake stamp on this one. I also used a "Love" charm instead of the rings. The silver matting is SU!'s Brushed Silver card stock. Be sure and let me know what you think!

  • Stamps: Year After Year
  • Papers: Whisper White, Brushed Silver
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls EF, Silver EP, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Love Charm

Fans (SC175)

When I saw today's Sketch Challenge, I immediately thought of fans. I went with an Asian theme, and the "Embrace Life" set works so well with that.

The base card is Basic Black with a Real Red layer that has been embossed with the Cuttlebug Distressed Lines embossing folder. The black circle is approximately 3-1/2" in diameter and cut in half. The vellum was approximately 1-1/2" X 5", stamped with flowers, and fan folded (about 1/8" folds). The top layer was stamped, scored, and matted on black. I used several layers of foam pop-ups to get the top panel at the right level over the fans. I finished it off with Vintage Brads. My daughter-in-law is Chinese, so I will probably send it to her next Chinese New Year. Thanks for visiting my blog!!
  • Stamps: Embrace Life
  • Papers: Basic Black, Real Red, Vellum
  • Ink: Black Stazon
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Distressed Lines EF, Vintage Brads

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Another Morning Glory! (CC165)

I didn't even realize it until after I posted my card that I used the same "Morning Soft" set last week for the color challenge! I really like this set, though, and it really looks good with today's color challenge of Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, and Lovely Lilac. The base card is lilac with a layer of white which has been embossed using the Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" embossing folder. The main image is stamped with Black Stazon on White card stock. It's colored with markers and a blender pen. I used the "Out-of-the-box" technique, so some parts of the flowers and leaves seem to hang over te edge. The main image is matted on Celery, then Pretty In Pink, and finally the Lovely Lilac. The ribbon looks darker in real life and really matches the lilac lots better than this photo would indicate. Thanks so much for stopping by!!!
  • Stamps: Morning Soft
  • Papers: Lovely Lilac, GP White, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
  • Ink: Black Stazon; Markers: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF, Lilac GG Ribbon, Blender Pen

Mother's Day Mints

We're having our church women's group's Mother's Day Breakfast on Saturday, and I'm in charge of decorations. I made these candy pouches filled with pastel mints for each lady. I'm providing center pieces and table cloths as well. These are fun and quick to make. I made labels for the back which have a carnation off to one side and say:

Daughters of Faith
Mother's Day Breakfast
May 10, 2008
  • Stamps: All Holidays
  • Papers: Whisper White
  • Ink: Pixie Pink
  • Accessories: 3-4-U Punch, Spring Bouquet Flower Punch, Peel & Stick Rhinestones, Small cellophane bags, stapler, computer generated printed labels

Thanks for visiting my blog!!!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Gate-fold Wedding Card

I have had several requests to make wedding cards for workshops and my next Stamp Camp, so I decided to practice a bit. I really had a tough time getting a photo of this one! I think there was a spray can of bathroom foo-foo that was orange and reflected in the right side of the card! LOL!

This card could be used for a wedding invitation, but the bride would have to pay extra for postage because of the rings. The embossed silver is actually silver foil wrapping paper. I think I will make another card like this that is white on white with some Brushed Silver card stock for one layer of matting. I embossed the cake with silver embossing powder and colored in the flowers on the cake with markers. I like the basic idea of this card, but I just don't know about all that silver. I'll be back with another version later, and you can comment and tell me which you like best.
  • Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes
  • Papers: Whisper White, Silver Foil Wrapping Paper
  • Ink: Versamark; Markers: Pretty In Pink, Sage Shadow
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls EF, Silver EP, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Rings

Bloomin' (FS65)

Kim (aka NUTSYMUHL) was the Featured Stamper today. I love her work. She must like the Cuttlebug machine as much as I do! She's got lots of stuff in her gallery where she uses various Cuttlebug embossing folders.

Kim's original card may be found here. I didn't change much because I just love her card just the way it is. The only changes I made were the colors and the stamp. I changed the Almost Amethyst to Bashful Blue, So Saffron to Barely Banana, and I don't have the Wasabi striped ribbon, so I used the Bashful Blue. The stamp I used is from Bloomin' Beautiful (available until June 30th from the Occasions Mini Catalog). Also, I don't have those Nestabilities thingies, so I used scallop scissors for the blue mat, and she colored her image with Copics, whereas I used Water Color Wonder Crayons and an Aquapainter.
  • Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful
  • Papers: Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, White
  • Ink: Black Stazon, WCW Crayons
  • Accessories: Aquapainter, Fiskars Medium Scallop Scissors, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF, Bashful Blue Striped Ribbon

Hostess Gift (May Workshop)

This hostess gift is a 2008-2009 Planner. I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock the same height as the original planner cover and about 1/4" larger for the width. I stamped with "Embrace Life" flowers and leaves, then I colored with Pretty In Pink and Sage Shadow markers. I added a pink satin ribbon for a book mark, adhered my stamped piece to the original cover, and it was complete! I think I'll make one for me!!! LOL!
  • Stamps: Embrace Life
  • Papers: Whisper White
  • Ink: Stazon Black; Markers: Pretty In Pink, Sage Shadow
  • Accessories: Planner (WalMart - $2.78 + Tax), Pink Satin Ribbon

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Quickie Holiday Card (CCC08-May)

I joined the Holiday Card Challenge in December. For January, I made 12 New Years cards. For February, I made 12 Valentine cards. For March, I made 24 Easter cards. Finally, in April I started doing my Christmas cards. I'm so busy lately that I had to make my submission for May this quickie card. The only things that took any time at all were tying the bows and getting the Fine Cosmo Glitter off of me!!!

Thanks for visiting my blog!
  • Stamps: Perfect Presentation (Hostess, retired)
  • Papers: Sage Shadow, Wintergreen DSP
  • Ink: Sage Shadow
  • Accessories: Silver Cord (retired), 2-Way Glue Pen, Fine Cosmo Glitter (Celery)

Swimmin' (IC126)

Today is National Scrapbooking Day! In honor of that, the Inspiration Challenge was to choose a page that inspires you, and make a card. I looked online last night, not thinking about going into the (SCS) scrapbooking gallery, and I just didn't find anything that inspired me to make a card. I found lots of pages that inspired me to do some scrapbooking though! LOL! Anyway, I resorted to looking into my Scrappin' Album in my own gallery on SCS. I really like a page I did of my grandson when he was on a swim team in California. That page may be found here.

For the page, I used Blue Bayou 12" X 12" Textured card stock and Soft Sky Prints Double Sided Designer Paper (DSP). I used "Fishy Friends" (retired) to make the fish and Crystal Effects for the bubbles.

For the card, I used Soft Sky for the base card with a layer of Blue Bayou. The trim is Soft Sky Prints DSP. I used the Acetate & Tissue technique with the dolphin from "Silly Sealife" (retired). The "bubbles" are dew drops, and the sentiment is popped up. Now, I should go do some scrapbooking! Thanks for stopping by!!!
  • Stamps: Silly Sealife (retired), Life's A Breeze
  • Papers: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Whisper White, Soft Sky Prints DSP
  • Ink: Stazon Black, Soft Sky Reinker
  • Accessories: Acetate, Tissue, Crystal Effects, Wavy Scissors, Pop Dots, Dew Drops