Friday, February 29, 2008

Scalloped Thank You (LSC157)

The Limited Supplies Challenge was called, "Just One." We could only use one flower stamp, no background stamps, no designer paper, and no Cuttlebug. We could use any embellishments, and nothing was said about tools. I've had this flower stamped and in the stamp set box for months, so I decided to use it. It's from "Heartfelt Thanks", and it's a 2-step stamp. I hope that counts as one flower! LOL! I matted the main image panel on Purely Pomegranate and then on Basic Black that was punched with the Square Step Corner Punch (retired). The base card is Pomegranate, scalloped on the side with Jumbo Scallop Scissors, and punched with the 1/8" Circle Punch. There's a black strip on the inside of the card. The sentiment is stamped with Basic Black, punched with the Small Oval Punch, and adhered to the inside of a silver Hodgepodge Hardware Oval that was colored around the edges with a black Sharpie. This card really didn't take very long to make. Thanks for stopping by!
  • Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks, Short and Sweet
  • Papers: Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black
  • Accessories: Jumbo Scallop Scissors, 1/8" Circle Punch, Small Oval Punch, Silver HPH, Square Step Corner Punch (retired)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Friend (WW040)

The Workshop Wows Demonstrator Challenge this week was to use Rub-ons. I love those things! I'm so glad Stampin' Up! has included them in the catalogs! I used the "Love and Happiness" Rub-ons from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. This one is the Chocolate Chip which goes so well on Groovy Guava. The striped DSP is the new "Afternoon Tea" in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I added just a strip of Soft Sky and some Whisper White grosgrain ribbon. The flower was punched with the Boho Blossoms Punch and 1/8" Circle Punch and layered. The leaves were free hand cut from Wild Wasabi. This card was really quick and easy to make.
  • Papers: Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Afternoon Tea DSP
  • Accessories: Love & Happiness Rub-ons (SAB), Boho Blossoms Punch, 1/8" Circle Punch, Whisper White 1/4" GG Ribbon, Paper Snips

Spring Song (WT155)

The name of the stamp set here is, "Spring Song." Thus, the title for the card; however, I've already named another card for a sketch challenge "Spring Song"!!! I'll have to be more careful about naming cards the same name as the stamp set I use! LOL!

This card is for the Thursday Ways to Use It Challenge. We were to use music in our creations. You could use musical notes, instruments, etc., or you could just base the theme of your card on a particular song. I did both. The base card is Chocolate Chip. The Soft Sky piece is embossed with the new "Allegra" Cuttlebug folder. The main image is stamped with Stazon Black on Whisper White and water colored with WCW Crayons and an Aquapainter. I used the 3/16" Corner Rounder Punch on the rounded corners and finished off with chocolate satin ribbon and a blue satin rose (from my OLD stash). My song for this card is "Zippity Doo Dah"!!! Here are the lyrics:

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my what a wonderful day!
Plenty of sunshine heading my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

Mister Bluebird on my shoulder
It's the truth, it's actch'll
Ev'rything is satisfactch'll
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!

Here's the recipe:
  • Stamps: Spring Song
  • Papers: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Whisper White
  • Ink: Stazon Black
  • Accessories: WCW Crayons, Aquapainter, 3/16" Corner Rounder, Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Blue Satin Rose, Cuttlebut Allegra EF

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Call! (SC165)

Wednesday is Sketch Challenge day. I think it's my favorite challenge. We get a layout to use, and then we use our own creativity to come up with a design the fits that layout. It really makes me think! The "It's A Sign" set from Stampin' Up! is pretty much overlooked in my opinion. I use it a lot for scrap booking as well as cards. My son recently went on a road trip with my hubby, and he took lots of photos which we have been scrap booking. When we get it all done, I will post the pages on this blog. Anyway, the base card here is Basic Black with a layer of Yoyo Yellow. The red piece is embossed with the Cuttlebug "Traffic Jam" folder and matted on black. The blue sign was embossed with white embossing powder, trimmed, matted on white, and then matted on black. The "You're #1" stamp was inked with markers and stamped on Whisper White, then it was matted on WW as well. I doodled with a black journaling marker on the yellow piece and punched all the corners with the 3/16" Corner Rounder Punch.
  • Stamps: It's A Sign
  • Papers: Basic Black, Yoyo Yellow, Real Red, Whisper White, Brilliant Blue
  • Ink: Versamark, Black Journaling Marker, Markers: Real Red, Brilliant Blue
  • Accessories: White EP, CB Traffic Jam EF, 3/16" Corner Rounder Punch, Paper Snips

I thought I'd include the actual sketch as shown on SCS. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Vertical Pocket (LSC156)

The Limited Supplies Challenge last Friday was to use your own handwriting on a card. I made two other cards for this challenge, but I didn't like either of them very much. Well, I got my pre-order of the Wild Wasabi Special. It will be available March 1st. You get 16 pieces of Wild Wasabi Textured Card Stock that is pre-cut and pre-scored for $3.95! I think that's a great deal! It's wider and longer than you need for a standard A2 envelope, so I trimmed mine. I stamped the flourish with Whisper White Craft, then I folded the flap down and covered it with Celery Prints paper. I used the 3/16" Corner Rounder on the flap and the back of the card. Before adhering the flap down, I added Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon with the new Silver Hodgepodge Hardware Ribbon Slider. I used the 5-Petal Punch to make the white flowers, layered with Wasabi flowers punched with the Boho Blossoms Punch, and finished with a white dot punched with the 1/8" Circle Punch. Stamped on Naturals White with Wasabi using "Totally Tabs", then I punched that out with the Round Tab Punch. The inside piece has the Boho flowers from the "One of a Kind" set stamped with Wasabi.
  • Stamps: Doodle This, Totally Tabs, One of a Kind (inside)
  • Papers: Wild Wasabi CS Special, Wild Wasabi CS, Naturals White CS, Celery DSP
  • Ink: WW Craft, Wild Wasabi, Signo White Gel Pen, Certainly Celery Marker (sentiment)
  • Accessories: 3/16" Corner Rounder, Round Tab Punch, 5-Petal Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, 1/8" Circle Punch, Wasabi DS Ribbon, Silver HPH Ribbon Slider

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Baby Girl Onesie

I got the idea for this on the "Stampers Showcase" which is on the Demonstrators' side of the Stampin' Up! website. A lady named Kristine Memmott submitted her version of this. There was no pattern or template available with it, so I just had to work at it to figure it out. I love the end result! The base card is Chocolate Chip. I used a 1-3/8" Circle Punch for the neck and a 1-1/4" Circle Punch for the arm and leg holes. I used the same punches to punch the Pretty in Pink card stock and then the Scallop Circle Punch to punch around the hole to make the scalloped trim. Once I got the leg holes and arm holes punched, I cut up the sides and out for the underarm. I used the Three For You Punch Box Dot for the polka dots with Whisper White Craft ink. I stamped the "Sweet One" from So Many Scallops SAB set with Chocolate Chip on Pretty in Pink and cut that out with the Scallop Circle Punch. I adhered the ribbon to the card before adding the scalloped circle. and I put a bow at the neck. I added an extra strip of the brown at the bottom with two brown snaps (Just like a reall onsie, right?!). Thanks so much for visiting my blog!!!
  • Stamps: So Many Scallops, 3-4-U Dot
  • Papers: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
  • Ink: Whisper White Craft, Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Pretty in Pink 1/4" GG Ribbon, Brown Snaps

The One And Only (CC155)

I think I like the photograph of this card better than I like the card! Doesn't that black background look great?! The card just appears to float out there. Anyway, this is for the Color Challenge which was to use River Rock, Basic Black, and Whisper White. I stamped the "Bronc Buster" with Basic Black on the River Rock base card. I stamped the 'Genuine' on Whisper White, colored in the main word with River Rock and a Blender Pen, sponged with River Rock, and distressed the edges. It's matted on Basic Black card stock. At the bottom, I used black grosgrain ribbon and two silver brads. This card was really quick and easy to make. I think I'll send this to my oldest son for his birthday next week. Thanks for stopping by!
  • Stamps: Bronc Buster
  • Papers: River Rock, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink: Basic Black, River Rock
  • Accessories: Blender Pen, Sponge, Black GG Ribbon, Silver Brads

Monday, February 25, 2008

Busy Bunny (TLC157)

It's Monday! That's Technique Lovers Challenge day! LOL! This challenge was called, "All Mixed Up." We were to mix up our designer papers, using two (or more) different dp's and mixing stripes with prints, etc. I've had quite a few 8-1/2" X 11" papers in my stash for 10 years or more. Years ago, I did a lot of scrap booking with that size scrap book. I don't know the brand of these papers, but I do know I did not purchase them at the same time. The one with the Easter eggs was purchased to do Easter pages, of course, but the diagonal striped one was purchased later on to do baby pages for my son (who is 13 now!). I'm not sure where I got the pink card stock either, but I've had that for a long time, too. I did use some Stampin' Up! supplies though! The base card is Bashful Blue, the sentiment is from "A Good Egg" set, I used SU! Markers and Blender Pen, the sentiment panels were punched with the Small and Large Oval Punches, and the ribbon is Pretty in Pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. Thanks for stopping by!
  • Stamps: A Good Egg (sentiment), Rubber Stampede Bunny
  • Papers: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, non-SU! pink, unknown dp's
  • Ink: Stazon Black, SU! Markers with Blender Pen
  • Accessories: Blender Pen, 1/4" GG Ribbon, Small and Large Oval Punches

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Thanks Mary Jo (FS55)

This week's Featured Stamper was mary jo albright who is such a talented stamper. I chose to CASE the very last upload in her gallery which was her version of last Wednesday's Sketch Challenge (SC164). She flipped the sketch from vertical to horizontal and changed the panel sizes to fit her image and the horizontal orientation. I really liked the colors she used, so I kept them the same. I even tried to get them in the same order and used the same patterned paper. I used the same stamp set, "Fun and Fast Notes," but I changed the stamp from the wedding cake to the thank you birdie. My scallops are larger because I used jumbo scalloped scissors instead of the punch, and my ribbon is 1/4" Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon instead of the wide satin ribbon. I didn't use the hat pin either. Instead, I used a "Thank You" charm, attaching it with silver cord to the knot on the ribbon. Also, Mary Jo sponged hers and I did not. My card is shown on the top and Mary Jo's is beneath it. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!
  • Stamps: Fun and Fast Notes
  • Papers: Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa, Glossy White, Soft Sky Prints DSP
  • Ink: Black Stazon, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Markers: Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal
  • Accessories: Rhinestone Brad, 1/4" Night of Navy GG Ribbon, Silver Cord, Charm, Jumbo Scalloped Scissors

Saturday, February 23, 2008

1st Thursday March Projects

I've got a lot going on in March, so I'm trying to get a headstart on it. I've got six events for Stampin' Up! in March!!! Yikes! This is Project #1 for my 1st Thursday Club. Easter is in March, so this card has Easter Egg colors! The base card is Yoyo Yellow. The next layer is Pink Passion and is embossed with the Cuttlebug "Spots n' Dots" embossing folder and then Ticket Corner Punched. The main image is stamped with Black Stazon on Whisper White, colored with markers, and matted on Tempting Turquoise. Both layers are Ticket Corner Punched. The flower is punched with the Boho Blossoms Punch and has a yellow brad in the center. The sentiment, "You crack me up!" is stamped with Black Stazon on Yoyo Yellow and punched out with the Small Oval Punch, then it's matted on white that is punched with the Large Oval Punch. I finished it off with yellow satin ribbon.
  • Stamps: A Good Egg
  • Papers: Yoyo Yellow, Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
  • Inks: Black Stazon, Markers: Yoyo Yellow, Only Orange
  • Accessories: CB Spots n' Dots EF, Ticket Corner Punch, Large and Small Oval Punches, Boho Blossoms Punch, Yellow Brad, Yellow Satin Ribbon

Products in the Occasions Mini Catalog will be available after March 1st, so I decided to make our Project #2 from the new "Bloomin' Beautiful" set. This design is inspired by the example in the Mini Catalog. The base card is Kraft, then there's a layer of Bashful Blue that is torn, distressed, and sponged. The main image is stamped with Black Stazon on Whisper White and water colored. I added Crystal Effects to the vase for shine and texture. The definition of blossom is stamped with Black Stazon, and the "Bloom" sentiment is stamped over that with the same ink. A silver "S" Clip with a knot of blue gingham is added to the upper left corner. I also sponged the main image panel with Bashful Blue. I think they'll like this one.

  • Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful
  • Papers: Kraft, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
  • Ink: Stazon Black, Bashful Blue
  • Accessories: Sponge, "S" Clip, Gingham Ribbon
Project #3 will be our non-card item. I used the idea from TLC156 to make an Envelope Pouch. These are so quick and easy, and they really turn out cute! For this one, I used an A2 size plain white envelope and punched out the sides with the standard size Tag Punch. I stamped the flowers from "A Good Egg" with Only Orange all over the pouch. The image is stamped on Whisper White with Black Stazon and colored with markers. It's actually an incentive stamp that I had planned on using for a prize, but it works out so well here! I think I'll keep it! LOL! I punched out the image with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch. I used the Scallop Circle Punch to punch the Only Orange piece, and I adhered the main image piece to the center. I made a bow with orange satin ribbon and adhered it to the pouch with a small glue dot. I added some Easter celophane grass from last year. The ladies can fill these with whatever they choose. They make great favors or gifts for kids of all ages! Thanks for visiting my blog!!!
  • Stamps: A Good Egg, Incentive Stamp (Merry Mix)
  • Papers: White envelope, Whisper White, Only Orange
  • Ink: Only Orange, Black Stazon, Markers: Yoyo Yellow, Only Orange, Real Red
  • Accessories: 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Orange Satin Ribbon

Other Things (IC116) (WT156)

The Inspiration Challenge had this lime green refrigerator as a focal point in a magazine layout. I like to look at the inspiration piece and then my card because I always find it interesting to see what sparked my imagination. I was inspired by the bright colors of the various items in the layout. In the lower left, there's three round boxes. The top one is bright yellow. I started there with my yellow base card. That basket of flowers is what inspired the floral background piece. The green afghan on the bench is what inspired the embossed panel. The patterns on the pillows are what inspired the flourish on my card. The tag on the refrigerator appears to be on a clothespin magnet, so I used a tiny clothespin from Christmas of 2006, to attach my tag with the handwritten "Thank You." The refrigerator has rounded corners which is what inspired the shape of my card. I think I covered just about everything that tickled my fancy!! LOL! Thanks for visiting my blog; please stop in again!

  • Stamps: Friendship Blooms (SAB)
  • Papers: Yoyo Yellow, Green Galore, Whisper White, Mat Stack (DCWV)
  • Ink: Bashful Blue (flourish), Burgandy Gel Pen (sentiment)
  • Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Tiny Clothespin (recycled from Christmas tags), Yellow Ribbon

Blessings (LSC156)

The Limited Supplies Challenge was to use your own handwriting on a card with limited layers and embellishments. I tried one with an embossed, handwritten sentiment, but I need to take that card apart and do parts of it over. Since I felt that one was such a flop, I decided to do another one. This one has no stamping; just the handwritten sentiment, "Blessings." This card is so simple, it's almost ridiculous! The base card is Groovy Guava (My favorite color lately) with the new "Afternoon Tea" DSP (available March 1st). There's also a strip of Chocolate Chip that was scalloped with Fiskars "Sunflower" scissors, then it was doodled with the Signo White Gel Pen. There's double stitched ribbon separating the Chocolate Chip card stock from the designer paper. There's a silver Hodgepodge Hardware ribbon slider on the ribbon (also available March 1st). The bottom corners are punched with the Corner Rounder Punch, and I doodled around the edges with Chocolate Chip Marker. I used the same marker for the handwritten sentiment. Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Warm Wishes (WT154)

The Thursday Ways To Use It Challenge was to use a window on a card. In other words, make a "Window Card." What this means is that you punch out or cut out a "window" from the front of the card so that you can see a stamped image on the inside of the card. Your window can be any shape and framed or unframed, just so long as you can look through it to see the image that's stamped on the inside. I used "Window On The World" (retired set) to create my window. I used a craft knife to cut out the window portion of the stamped image, then I marked on the card where to cut and used the craft knife on that too. On the stamped image, I used snips to cut the bottom portion of the curtain. The flowers are stamped on the inside of the card and water colored. The window frame on the front of the card was also water colored. On the inside, I stamped "Happy Birthday...and many more!" from the Birthday Whimsy SAB set. I will send this to my daughter. I'm afraid it's late because I had the flu and didn't have a card made for her in time. Thanks for stopping by!!!
  • Stamps: Window On The World (retired), Birthday Whimsy (inside)
  • Papers: Groovy Guava, Very Vanilla, WW (inside)
  • Ink: Stazon Black, Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Craft Knife, Snips, WCW Crayons, Aquapainter, Martha Stewart Craft Seam Binding, Silver HPH (available March 1st)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Die Cut Bloom (CC154)

I already posted the Sketch Challenge card for Wednesday, but I was fooling around with the Die Cut Blooms I got recently in a Demo Pre-Order. These will be available March 1st in the Occasions Mini Catalog. There will be four pages of die cuts made from textured card stock; one page each of Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Real Red, and Pumpkin Pie. The Pumpkin Pie die cut worked perfectly for this color challenge! I created the flower center with the Boho Blossoms Punch and the 1/2" Circle Punch. I used the Signo White Gel Pen to do the doodle dots, and I just cut out the stem and leaves from Certainly Celery CS. The sentiment and bee are from "Bloomin' Beautiful", which is a set I've used for my last three cards! It's also available March 1st. I finished this off with 5/8" Celery grosgrain ribbon. Even my daughter liked this card!! LOL! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful
  • Papers: Orchid Opulence, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie Die Cut Bloom
  • Ink: Orchid Opulence, Signo White Gel Pen
  • Accessories: Boho Blossoms Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Snips, Celery 5/8" GG Ribbon

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Bloomin' (SC164)

The Wednesday Sketch Challenge was posted early, so I went ahead and got mine done so that I can concentrate on getting ready for Thursday night's Club Workshop. I've also got some minutes to type, so I might get that done as well! The base card here is Very Vanilla. I used the "Bloomin' Beautiful" set for the color challenge, and I decided to use the single flower from the same set for this sketch. I stamped with Stazon Black on Water Color Paper and colored with Water Color Wonder Crayons and the Aquapainter. I matted on a scrap piece of Cranberry Crisp. That was an "In Color" last year. The green layer is Always Artichoke and also is matted on Cranberry Crisp. The Pale Plum layer is embossed with the Cuttlebug "Tiny Mosaics" embossing folder (EF), and the Artichoke layer is embossed with the D'Vine Swirls EF. All layers were punched with the Ticket Corner Punch. The ribbon and brad are both from the Portfolia Scrapbooking Kit I got for Christmas.
  • Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful
  • Papers: Very Vanilla, Pale Plum, Cranberry Crisp, Always Artichoke, Water Color Paper
  • Ink: Stazon Black
  • Accessories: WCW Crayons, Aquapainter, Ticket Corner Punch, Portfolia Ribbon and Brad

Bloom (CC154)

I've got the flu, but I had to get up and see what the Color Challenge had in store today. I just had to try the Celery, Pumpkin, and Orchid color combo! I used the new "Bloomin' Beautiful" set that will be available March 1st from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I used Water Color Wonder Crayons and my Aquapainter to color the main image after stamping with Stazon Black on water color paper. I stamped the sentiment with Stazon on Very Vanilla. I used the Ticket Corner Punch on all the layers, and I added two purple brads on the sentiment panel. This is pretty simple; just a lot of layers. I think theses colors really pop!
  • Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful
  • Papers: Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla, Water Color Paper
  • Ink: Stazon Black
  • Accessories: WCW Crayons, Aquapainter, Ticket Corner Punch, Brads

Thanks so much for stopping by!!! Now, I'm going back to bed.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Happy Hellos (TLC156)

Monday's Technique Lovers Challenge was to make an Envelope Pouch. What a quick and easy little pouch to make! I think I'll use this idea for one of my Clubs! All you need is an envelope that has been sealed. Punch with a Tag Punch on each side, stamp decorative images, and decorate with ribbons and/or other embellishments! Complete instructions may be found Here. I used a pink envelope stamped with the outline flowers from "Heartfelt Thanks". I also used a sentiment from "Lots of Thoughts" Sale-A-Bration set which was stamped on white and punched out with a 1-3/8" Circle Punch. For a mat, I used the Scallop Circle punch to punch out the Rose Red piece. I wrapped the dotted swiss ribbon over the handle and down the back, and I added the bow. I used shreadded copy paper for filler, and I will add candy or a small gift later. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Hello (DC039)

The Monday Demo Challenge (Demonstratable Cards) was to make a card using the "spotlighting" technique. I didn't do mine the way it was shown in the tutorial. I stamped the image only once with Stazon Black on Whisper White. I trimmed to within about 1/8" from the image. I used a 1" Square Punch to punch out a square from Perfect Plum. Then, I used a 1-1/4" Square punch over the hole to create a frame. I laid the frame over the image to determine where I was going to color. I colored that part of the image with markers. The white panel was adhered to a piece of vellum that was torn at the top and bottom. The frame was then adhered to the image. The vellum was adhered to Pale Plum which was distressed, and then the whole thing was adhered to the Perfect Plum base card. There's a row of paper piercing beneath the strip and Very Vanilla ribbon as added at the bottom with a silver Hodgepodge Hardware Ribbon Slider. The silver HPH will be available from the Occasions Mini Catalog March 1st through May 31st.
  • Stamps: A Little Bit of Happiness (Level 1 Hostess Set)
  • Papers: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Vellum, Whisper White
  • Ink: Stazon Black, Markers: Certainly Celery, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum
  • Accessories: Very Vanilla 1/4" GG Ribbon, Silver HPH Ribbon Slider

Sunday, February 17, 2008

3rd Thursday Projects February

This is Project #1 for my 3rd Thursday Club. The base card is Soft Sky card stock. The scalloped oval is Soft Sky Double Sided Designer Paper (DSP). This piece was cut, using the Coluzzle, from the DSP that is on the inside of the card. The white oval was also cut from a piece of card stock that is on the inside. The bird and branch are from the Spring Solitude Bundle (Level 2 Hostess set). They are stamped with Soft Sky and Blue Bayou, and the ovals are sponged with Blue Bayou. I think we will sponge the white oval with Soft Sky and the scalloped oval with Blue Bayou when we do this for Club. The Double Rectangle Punch was used on the lower left to insert the Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon. The other end is wrapped around the edge of the card.

You can hardly see the outlined flowers stamped on the inside (seen through the oval) because they are tone-on-tone. We will stamp with the darker Blue Bayou when we do this for Club. You can, however, see the "Thank You" stamped in Blue Bayou. Now you can see where the ovals came from that are on the front of the card! The main part of this is made with Soft Sky Prints DSP with a white inner oval frame. Three flowers were stamped on white with Soft Sky and Blue Bayou. They were cut out and adhered to the upper part of the oval frame. This is called a "Tunnel Card"

  • Stamps: Spring Solitude (Level 2 Hostess)
  • Papers: Soft Sky, WW, Soft Sky Prints DSP
  • Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou
  • Accessories: Coluzzle, Snips, DS GG Ribbon
This card was posted last week in a post called "Friendship" (CC153). It was my card for last week's Color Challenge. I wanted to demo a Sale-A-Bration set, and I really liked this color combo, so this will be Project #2 for Club! There's more cutting on this card, but it's worth it!!! The center layers of the flowers are punched, so that makes it a bit easier. Besides, Susie liked this card, and it's still her party this Thursday! LOL! Because our first project requires some cutting and so does this one, I've made the non-card item really EASY!!!

Project #3 just requires some punches and some scrap card stock and DSP. We will use the Spring Bouquet Flower Punch, Boho Blossoms Flower Punch, Five Petal Flower Punch, and the Three for You Punch to "Punch a Pile of Posies"!!! LOL! We will punch out flowers until we fill that little baggie or when we get tired of doing it, whichever comes first! These flowers are nice to keep on hand for scrapbooking and card making. You can emboss them, layer them, or just use them as is! I did say this project would be EASY!!!! Thanks so much for visiting my blog!!!

Blessings (FS54)

I did the Limited Supplies Challenge on Friday but didn't like the card at all, so it won't be posted here! On Saturday, I was busy most of the day with a hostess workshop, so I didn't even get to the Inspiration Challenge. I did see lots a great cards in the gallery though! That brings me to the Sunday Featured Stamper Challenge. The Featured Stamper this week is Betty (aka gbedwright), and she happens to be one of my online friends. We have sent each other numerous private messages through (SCS). I mailed her a certificate for completing my instructions for creating a colorful signature on SCS, and she sent me a beautiful card. The card she sent to me is shown above. I went through her gallery to find a card to CASE, there it was! The very card she sent me was in her beautiful gallery! I decided to CASE that one!!! How handy it is to have the card right there, in person!!! Now, I haven't made too many square cards because I haven't ordered envelopes to fit them, yet! The changes I made are:

  • 1. Instead of 5-3/8 inch square, I made a standard A2 card.
  • 2. I changed the colors but still used SU! Prints Double Sided Designer Paper (DSP).
  • 3. I used different stamps (I don't have 'Simply Said').
  • 4. No ticket corner punching on the main layers. (I was so anxious to put it together, I just forgot!)
  • 5. No brads. (Changing the size didn't leave much room.)

Instead of using the tulips that came with "Never Ending Joy", I used the smallest flower from "Time Well Spent" and colored in the outsides with the Perfect Plum marker. I also dotted the centers of the flowers with the Certainly Celery marker. I colored in the centers of the white daisies on the DSP with the Perfect Plum marker, too. I used the same Cuttlebug embossing folder for the top half of the DSP as Betty used. The ribbon loop is Martha Stewart Craft Seam Binding that was in my "Elf Pack" for Christmas.

  • Stamps: Never Ending Joy, Time Well Spent
  • Papers: Naturals White (base card), Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Celery Prints DSP
  • Ink: Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum, Markers: Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Bloom Dots EF, Martha Steward Craft Seam Binding

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Western Fashion (WT153)

The Thursday "Ways To Use It" Challenge was called, "The Height of Fashion", and we were to use fashion as our inspiration to create our projects. The folks on SCS made some really creative cards and other projects! I was going to make the 2-part bikini, but someone else beat me to it. I decided to make an Origami Shirt, Western style! The designer paper used for the shirt is from My Mind's Eye Magnolia Collection. I added an additional piece for the yoke, cut two "V's", and trimmed with red Hemp Twine to resemble cording. I used a fancy brad and black Hemp Twine for the bolo tie. The base card is Kraft, the stamped layer is Naturals Ivory, and the piece under the shirt is Ruby Red. The red piece is torn, sponged and distressed. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and if you would like more info on the Origami Shirt, just leave a comment with an email or SCS screen name so that I can send you a link.
  • Stamps: Bronc Buster
  • Papers: Kraft, Naturals Ivory, Ruby Red, MME DP (Magnolia Collection)
  • Ink: Close to Cocoa
  • Accessories: Sponge, Fancy Brad, Red and Black Hemp Twine

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Spring Song (SC163)

Shelly (aka Papermoon04) hosted the Sketch Challenge this week. The original sketch was square, but she gave us the option of making a standard A2 card which is what I chose to do. The main image is stamped with Basic Black on Naturals White and colored with Stampin' Up!'s Pure Color Pencils. The sentiment is also stamped with Basic Black. The designer paper is Petals and Paisley DSP. The main image, DSP, and sentiment panels are all matted tightly on Certainly Celery. The pink layer is not matted, but Celery brads were added. This was my first time using Pure Color Pencils, and I like how it turned out. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!!!
  • Stamps: Spring Song
  • Papers: Certainly Celery, Prettin In Pink, Naturals White
  • Ink: Basic Black
  • Accessories: Pure Color Pencils, Celery Brads

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Merci With Tea (DC038) (Susie's Party card #1)

I needed one more card with a Sale-A-Bration set for an example at that upcoming workshop (Susie's Party). Well, Susie saw this card online, and she asked me to make this one a demo card instead of just showing it as an example. Sooooo, we will make this one for the SAB card at her party. (We won't be making the pink card with the Birthday Whimsy SAB set) Also, the Demos' Demonstratable Cards Challenge was to water color or use blender pens. I started out thinking I was going to water color this, so I stamped with Basic Black on water color paper, but then I decided to use my seldom used Blender Pens. We will use Naturals White or Very Vanilla instead of the Water Color Paper at the workshop. The base card is Groovy Guava with a strip of Double Sided Designer Paper (DSP) from the new Spring Mini which will be out by March 1st. I matted the water color paper on Close to Cocoa and used the Ticket Corner Punch on both pieces. I added the olive ribbon for the final touch. Thanks for stopping by!
  • Stamps: Merci
  • Papers: Groovy Guava, Close to Cocoa, Water Color Paper, Afternoon Tea DSP
  • Ink: Basic Black, Groovy Guava, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Olive Green Ribbon

Friendship (CC153)

I didn't do Friday's Limited Supplies Challenge, Saturday's Inspiration Challenge, or Sunday's Featured Stamper Challenge. Why? I was gone to a State PTA meeting. Since I'm on the Executive Committee, they fly me from Reno to Las Vegas for the meetings. Occasionally, there's a meeting in Reno, but that doesn't happen very often. Anyway, I did do the technique from yesterday's Technique Lover's Challenge. I just have to make a card out of it!!! I did get to do today's Color Challenge though. I needed a card with this Sale-A-Bration set to show as an example for an upcoming workshop. The Color Challenge was to use Kraft, Green Galore, and Tempting Turquoise. The base card on this is Kraft, then there's a layer of Green Galore. The flowers on the left are stamped directly with Tempting Turquoise and doodled with a Signo White Gel Pen. There's a strip of Tempting Turquoise which is scalloped at both ends, and the sentiment is embossed with White Embossing Powder. The flowers and leaves were stamped on the green with turquoise ink. The turquoise and green flowers in the centers were punched with the Boho Blossoms Punch. There's additional doodling with the white gel pen on the flower centers, petals, and leaves. Thanks for stopping by!!!
  • Stamps: Friendship Blooms (SAB)
  • Papers: Kraft, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise
  • Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Versamark, Signo White Gel Pen
  • Accessories: Fiskars medium scallop scissors, White EP

Monday, February 11, 2008

Susie's Party (2/16/08) Card #2

I needed another card for the workshop coming up, so this is what I came up with. It's a simple card; easy for those first-timers, but I think it is really cute. They should all like this one! This has a Bashful Blue base card, then a long white panel that is scalloped at the bottom. The main image was stamped with Basic Black on Whisper White and colored with markers. All the corners except for the scalloped bottom are Ticket Corner Punched. There's a gold brad in the center of the flower, and the sentiment is stamped with Bashful Blue on the long panel. A double rectangle punch was used for the right end of the ribbon. The left end is adhered to the card under the panels.
  • Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes
  • Papers: Bashful Blue, Whisper White
  • Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Markers: Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Scallop Scissors, Double Rectangle Punch, Gold Brad, Bashful Blue GG Ribbon

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Dotty Easter (WT152)

The Ways To Use It Challenge was called, "Going Dotty." We were to use dots! We all have plenty of those!! I used polka dot designer paper, Cuttlebug "Spots n' Dots" embossing folder, dots (colored with markers) on the Easter egg, and 5/8" grosgrain ribbon with large and small dots. I love the pastel colors, so spring time is for me!!!
  • Stamps: A Good Egg
  • Papers: Barely Banana, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White, non-SU! polka dot dp
  • Ink: Basic Black, Lavender Lace, Markers: Lavender Lace, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, CB Spots n' Dots EF, Large and Small Oval Punches, Lavender Brads, 5/8" GG Ribbon with lavender dots

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Life Is Good! (SC162)

I enjoyed making this card for this week's Sketch Challenge! I felt like my mojo came back!!! LOL! A friend of mine from SCS sent me several stamped House Mouse images, and I just love them! I trimmed this one so fit the sketch and water colored it using Water Color Wonder Crayons and an Aquapainter. I used designer paper from My Mind's Eye (Magnolia Collection) for the next panel and rose colored card stock from Portfolia (Scrap book kit I got for Christmas). I used the Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder to emboss the two back panels and matted everything with Basic Black. I did some paper piercing in the upper right corner and stamped the sentiment from "Embrace Life" with Basic Black. I'm happy with how this one turned out!
  • Stamps: Embrace Life (sentiment), House Mouse
  • Papers: Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Whisper White, Portfolia Rose, MME dp
  • Ink: Stazon Black, Basic Black
  • Accessories: WCW Crayons, Aquapainter, CB Bubbles EF, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer

Two Tries (CC152)

I haven't had much time to blog lately. Besides, I didn't like my Inspiration Challenge card from Saturday, and I posted my Featured Stamper Challenge card from Sunday on Monday. I didn't do the Technique Lover's Challenge from Monday, so now we're up to Tuesday's Color Challenge. I wasn't going to post this card with the "Loads of Love" truck and "It's A Sign" stop sign because I wasn't happy with it, so I made another one and didn't like that one either! I finally decided to post both of them! LOL! Not every creation we make is a gem, right? This challenge was to use Apricot Appeal, Real Red, and Ballet Blue. It sure was a challenge for me!!!
  • Stamps: Loads of Love, It's A Sign
  • Papers: Real Red, Ballet Blue, Whisper White, Going Gray
  • Ink: Basic Black, Real Red
  • Accessories: WCW Crayons, Aquapainter, Brass Screw Brads, CB Tiny Mosaic EF, Red DS Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch

The first card was predominently Ballet Blue, so I went with Apricot Appeal for the base card on this second attempt. I used the Solitude Wheel with Real Red ink cartridge to make the vertical floral border. I cut ovals from Whisper White and Ballet Blue with my Coluzzle. I stamped the branch and bird from Spring Solitude on the white oval and sponged with blue. I used Fiskars scallop scissors to cut around the blue oval, then dotted with white gel pen and then Real Red marker. I stamped one flower from the same set with Real Red and cut it out and adhered it to the bottom of the main image panel. I finished it off with red organdy dotted ribbon from Mike's. I think I should have done another one with a red base card, but I just ran out of time!

  • Stamps: Spring Solitude Bundle (Level 2 Hostess)
  • Papers: Apricot Appeal, Ballet Blue, Whisper White
  • Ink: Real Red, Basic Black, Ballet Blue, Signo White Gel Pen, Real Red Marker
  • Accessories: Non-SU! Ribbon, Fiskars medium scallop scissors

Monday, February 4, 2008

Sweet One (FS52)

Renee (aka prchvs) was the Featured Stamper this week. Here is her card that I CASEd -------------------->

The changes I made were: 1) Colors, 2) designer paper, 3) stamp set, 4) buttons instead of brads, 5) stitching instead of sponging.

I used Certainly Celery for the base card and Cutie Pie DSP matted on Bashful Blue. The Whisper White panel was embossed with the Cuttlebug Spots n' Dots embossing folder (same as the original card) and matted on Bashful Blue. I used "So Many Scallops" Sale-A-Bration (SAB) set with Bashful Blue ink on Whisper White, then punched out the image with the Scallop Circle Punch. I used the Coluzzle circle template to cut the circle that the scalloped piece is matted on. Instead of brads, I used three tiny baby blue buttons adhered with small glue dots. I used Bashful Blue 1/4" grosgrain ribbon to finish it off.

  • Stamps: So Many Scallops (SAB)
  • Papers: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
  • Ink: Bashful Blue
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug "Spots n' Dots" EF, Scallop Circle Punch, Coluzzle, Tiny Buttons, Glue Dots, 1/4" GG Ribbon, Sewing Machine

Saturday, February 2, 2008

1st Thursday February Projects

Our 1st Thursday Club is having an all Valentine night this week! What is Valentine's Day without chocolate?!!! This little pouch is made of a 6" X 6" piece of card stock with DSP adhered to the front and flap. A ribbon was added before gluing the flap down. The "For A Friend" hostess set was used to make the sentiment panel which could be colored in. Also, fancy scissors were used on the edges. When completed, it holds a Hershey bar!

  • Stamps: For A Friend
  • Papers: Non-SU! CS, Rose Red Prints DSP, Whisper White
  • Ink: Rose Red
  • Accessories: Fancy scissors, ribbon, Corner Rounder Punch

The second project is kind of a "Guy" card. No ribbons or frills. The base card is Ruby Red, the main image and sentiment are stamped on Naturals White and they are matted on Blue Bayou. Western Sky DSP was used for the striped strip. The main image panel, sentiment, and one of the hearts are all popped up on dimensionals.

  • Stamps: Moose You
  • Papers: Ruby Red, Naturals White, Blue Bayou, Western Sky DSP
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red
  • Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Large and Small Oval Punches, Silver Brads, Dimensionals

The third project for this week's club will have the "Pocket Heart" on it from a recent Technique Lover's Challenge. The base card here is River Rock, but the ladies will get to choose from River Rock, Groovy Guava, Ruby Red, or Cameo Coral. The front of the card is embossed with the Cuttlebug Textiles embossing folder. The heart pocket on all the cards will be made from Ginger Blossom DSP. The sentiment is stamped in Ruby Red on Naturals Ivory. A rhinestone brad is used to close the pocket, and a foil wrapped chocolate heart is inserted in the pocket. This is an easy card to make but lots of fun!

  • Stamps: Pictograms
  • Papers: River Rock, Naturals Ivory, Ginger Blossoms DSP
  • Ink: Ruby Red
  • Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Rhinestone Brad, CB Textiles EF