Thursday, March 31, 2011

Roses, Roses (WT316)

The Ways To Use It Challenge is called "Flower Frenzy". This is actually a "quickie" card that I made for the challenge. I just used Naturals Ivory for a base card, layered that with Springtime Vintage DSP, stamped, punched and matted the "Four Frames" image (promo stamp set from next catalog), made a bow from Rose Red Ribbon Seam Binding and added the Vanilla Ribbon Rosette. The main panel is popped up with Dimensionals. Everything used to make this card is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Being a Friend (CC316, SC326)

The Color Challenge on SCS is to use Marina Mist, Certainly Celery and Baja Breeze with a dessert option to use a bird or birds. This is also for the Sketch Challenge. The original card had a ribbon down the left side, but I had no room because I used a Paper Daisy sponged with Baja Breeze with a Glimmer Brad in the center. I used that flower because, when punching with the MS "Punch Around the Page" set (Corner and Border Punches), I goofed up in one corner, so I covered that up with the flower. Everything used to make this card is from Stampin' Up! except for the punches. I used Marina Mist and Certainly Celery card stocks with Whisper White for the main panel and the birds. I used retired DSP which is Certainly Celery for the larger layer and Baja Breeze for the vertical panel. The quote is from "The Nicest Things" set. Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

April Fools!!!

Don't go away!!! Let me explain!! Fran aka philsmom contacted most of the Tea Potters and asked us to join in on an April Fool's prank for Cindy aka Mothermark. Our cards for this tea party were to be ugly, messed up, gaudy, etc. Then, we are to post our REAL cards that will be sent to Ashley who lost all of her stamping stuff in a flood. This is my ugly card!! You wouldn't believe what nice comments I received on this! LOL! I think some people knew what was going on, but others were just being polite. Cindy said we should bring lots of ribbons to this party and to make a girly card that was fancy enough to take to a ball. I went with the "ball" idea and stamped that soccer ball and sentiment from "Just Soccer."
Now, this is more like it! This is the card I'm sending (Well, the next one with the bling on it) along with a box with ribbons and other supplies. This card is also for the Dirty Dozen Sketch Challenge and goes with the theme for March which is "Black Tie." This is also for the "More is More" Challenge.
This is my "More" card for the "More is More" challenge. I only added the bling, but I think it did the trick. The base card is Basic Black with a layer of DCWV Glitter Stack card stock. The white layer is embossed and matted on black. The left edge extends out so that I could punch it with the MS Doily Lace Punch. The sentiment is Verve's Psalm 46:1. I used Nesties to cut out the sentiment and the lacy mat. The ribbon is SU!'s Whisper White Satin Ribbon and the rhinestones are from SU!, too. The rose is from Michael's. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Birthday Giraffe (CAS112, LNS114)

The Clean and Simple Challenge is to "Cut Up Sentiments" and my Yahoo Group's Challenge is to use an animal. I used the giraffe from "Animal Stories" and stamped with Daffodil Delight on Naturals Ivory. I used the Early Espresso Marker to make the dots on the giraffe and the same color ink to stamp the sentiment from "So Happy for You" (SAB). After stamping the sentiment, I cut it apart and then popped both words up on Dimensionals. The bottom of the Early Espresso mat is punched with the Scallop Border Punch and the base card is Daffodil Delight. This will go to my grandson (one of five) in Virginia for his 3rd birthday. Everything used to make this card is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

CASEing Elaine (FS216)

This week's Featured Stamper is Quixotic. Although I have never been in her gallery, I sure enjoyed looking through all her various albums. Elaine has divided her gallery into several albums sorted by stamp manufacturers. One of her albums is "Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps" and that's where I found "Love is a Fruit". I changed the stamp, colors, papers and dies but kept her layout and focus on the sentiment. The dp determined my colors. I used Bordering Blue for the base card, Early Espresso for the next layer, mat and swirls, MME dp and Very Vanilla. I used Early Espresso ink and sponged the vanilla panel. The Nestie is the Labels Four without the points on the ends. I had a scrap of vanilla that was just barely the right size, but it moved and cut off one point, so I just cut off the other one! Everything is from Stampin' Up! except for the Nestie and dp. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Eternity (ODBDSLC54)

This is for the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge which is to "frame it". I used the ODBD "Eternity" set and stamped the frame on Naturals Ivory with Versamark and embossed with Gold EP. I used the ODBD Nestie to cut it out; then, I used a craft knife to cut out the inside of the frame. I stamped the quote on Very Vanilla with Stazon Timber Brown and then cut around that so that it wouldn't show beneath the frame. I popped up the frame with foam tape. I added the rose I got at Mike's, the gold half pearls and the pink sheer ribbon from Mark's Finest Papers. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Queen Karen (QFTD53, SPRINGSC11)

Our 53rd Queen is kdunbrook. Karen is one of the best clean and simple card makers around. She also notifies everyone who gets a mention on the CAS Favorites Forum on Sundays. What a trooper! I chose to CASE Karen's "The Royal Garden" card. I just changed the stamps and embossing folders and the first embossed layer almost covers the whole card front, but I just embossed the top part in keeping with Karen's layout. My circle is a little smaller because I just used the 2-1/2" circle punch instead of any other kind of circle cutter. My butterfly isn't punched, but I used the Beautiful Wings Embosslit and used the smallest butterfly to fit with my image. The image is from "Easter Blossoms" and the sentiment is from "Upsy Daisy". Everything used to make this card is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Daffodils (SPRINGSC11, SNTODBD31, TSC0325)

I covered three challenges with this card: The Spotted Canary Challenge which is for a spring card, the Stamping In Time Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs which is to use something new or at least new to you, and I used the Daffodil Corner Stamp and Daffodil Tag Set, and the Twister Sistahs Challenge which was presented by patsmethers who asked us to use a sketch (Sketch SC06). I used Daffodil Delight and Whisper White card stocks. I heat embossed all the stamping with Gold EP. I used an SU! embossing folder for the dots and a CB Borders folder for the horizontal strip. The ribbon is Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, and I made my own version of a punch art Daffodil.
This photo shows the card when the tag is removed. I think those stamps really look nice when embossed in gold. Everything is from Stampin' Up! except for the stamps and the CB Borders EF. Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

See Ya Later (SC325)

Well, I said I'd be back with my Sketch Challenge card, and here it is! It's an interesting sketch this week with those two triangles, but I like it. I used Basic Black for the base card and mats. I used Garden Green for the embossed triangles (CB Tiny Mosaics), and I used Sweet Pea DSP (retired). The main image was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White that had been embossed with a Texturz Plate, but then it was smashed between other scraps so that the embossing is just barely visible. I thought it would give a little texture to the alligator. I water colored the alligator with Water Color Wonder Crayons and an Aqua Painter. Everything except the CB folder is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Stamp Camp Projects for March 2011

Project #1 is the only masculine card for this Stamp Camp. I originally made it for the Featured Stamper challenge. When I made it, I was thinking of my Stamp Camp as well as CASEing a card from Mary Beth's gallery. More details about this card may be found in this post.
Project #2 was originally made for the Ways To Use It Challenge. I changed the sentiment and the center of the flower. This flower is in the Sale-A-Bration brochure. The Stamp Camp participants will be making this card in Melon Mambo AND Daffodil Delight. When they make the yellow card, the flower center will be a large button. Details for the original card may be found in my "Smile!" post.Project #3 is a CASE of a card that I saw in my Late Night Stampers Yahoo Group email shares by Tammy Fite. To make it a little simpler, I eliminated the pearls, one layer of matting and the fancy way she did the ribbon. My people make two of each card and the last card is complicated, so I'm trying to keep the others pretty easy.
Project #4 was originally last week's Sketch Challenge card. To keep it Stampin' Up! Only, I eliminated the Dollar Store butterfly sticker and die cut a butterfly with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit. I added a Basic Pearl for the head and sponged it a little. More details on the rest of the card are in my "I Cheated!" post.
Project #5 will be our only punch art design. The original post was called "Here Comes Peter Cottontail". This punch art bunny was done following instructions I purchased at Kim Score's blog. A link to her blog is in my original post.

All products used to make all five cards came from Stampin' Up! I have a busy day scheduled today, but I will try to get to this week's Sketch Challenge later. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pick-up for Kim (MMTPT138)

This is a terrible photo, but I have all my stamp camp stuff in the way, so I can't use my normal spot for picture taking. This goes to a man named Kim who is fighting for his life. His cancer has spread to his bones, but he is thankful that it hasn't affected his organs. He likes cars, trucks, gardening and cooking. I'm sending him a "little pickup". This was a quickie. I haven't used the "Loads of Love" set in a long time, but it seemed perfect for this challenge. I stamped the truck and then masked it so that I could stamp the trees. The trees were stamped with Versamark and Garden Green and then clear embossed so that I could do the sponging. I water colored the truck. The base card is More Mustard, the embossed panel is Daffodil Delight, the main image panel and sentiment panel are Very Vanilla and the matting is Pumpkin Pie. The hub caps, bumpers and door handle are colored with the Silver Zig Painty (retired). For the mat behind the Curly Label punched sentiment, I punched Pumpkin Pie twice, cut one lengthwise and the other width wise, trimmed off the points and adhered the four pieces behind the panel; then, the panel was popped up on a Dimensional. Everything used here is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Stamp Camp coming soon

With so much work to cut and prep for Stamp Camp this week, I didn't even make a card today. I will finish cutting and punching tomorrow and I'll post all five cards together in one post. All the cards have been challenge cards and have been posted here except for one. I got a lot done today. Lots of prep work, making meals, doing laundry, and running errands. I'm tired now and going to bed, but I'll be back at it tomorrow. I hope to post the Stamp Camp projects tomorrow, too. I'll be back!!! :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

CASEing Mary Beth (FS215)

This week's Featured Stamper is mbrcutie25. I've never seen Mary Beth's gallery, but I enjoyed seeing how she's changed over the past year. I chose to CASE her "Just Believe in Le Jardin Blues". I changed it from feminine to masculine by using a different stamp and colors. I changed the layout a bit and omitted the trim but added a tab with a brad. I also put my sentiment on the inside. I used Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White card stocks with Not Quite Navy Ink. I pressed too hard and made a small mark between the sun and the sail, so I used a marker and turned it into a bird!! Sometimes goofs turn out OK! Everything used here is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hedgehog Spring (QFTD52, SPRINGSC11)

Our Queen for the Day (actually for the week) is Stamp300. I enjoyed browsing through Connie's gallery and chose to CASE her Hedgehog Birthday card. I changed the layout some, used a Nestie instead of a square for the main image and changed the theme from birthday to spring, although her card fits the bill for a spring card as well. I also changed from an A2 size card to a 4.25" square card. I kept a hedgehog image, but mine is an old Stampin' Up! one from "Hedgehog Happiness". The sentiment is from "Easter Blossoms." I used Naturals White, Bashful Blue and Whisper White card stocks with an unknown DP. This is also for the Spotted Canary challenge to make a card that represents spring. Thanks for stopping by!!

Beauty of the Lord (C4C79, ODBDSLC53)

The Crazy for Challenges challenge is a color challenge. We are to use Kraft, Pink, Brown and Turquoise. The base card is Kraft. The ink for the verse and mat behind the verse are Early Espresso. The ink for the tulips and sponging and the card stock for the hand made tulip are Pretty In Pink, and the Dollar Store butterfly sticker is mostly turquoise. The Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge for this week is called, "New Life." Our creations are to symbolize new life such as Easter, Flowers, etc. I used the "Tulip Corner" stamp and the verse is from the "Tulip Tag Set." The Nestie is from ODBD, too. The card stock, ink, Dazzling Diamonds, Owl Punch, Circle Punch, Pearls and Top Note Die are all from Stampin' Up! The tulip that I made is Valita's design. See the "Spring Tulip" post below for a link to her blog. Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Tulip (SPRINGSC11)

I learned to make this tulip from Valita's Designs & Fresh Folds Blog. Valita is a former Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Australia. She has made several video tutorials showing how she makes her punch art flowers. I CASEd her card, too. I left off the DSP and the ribbon, but this is very much like her card. I used Lavender Lace (retired) card stock as well as Old Olive and Whisper White. She sponged with Concord Crush, but I used Rich Razzleberry. The tulip petals are made with the Owl Punch and the leaves are made with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch. Thanks for stopping by, and if you like punch art, visit Valita's blog.

My Doggie (CCEE1111)

The CCEE Stampers Challenge is to use a cutie patootie image wearing something green. I used this Chihuahua image for another challenge, and I think it was a coloring page. I don't even remember what that challenge was or where I found the image. I colored the image with Water Color Pencils and blended with a Blender Pen and baby oil. I gave him a green collar (with tiny gold half pearls) and a green sombrero. I used some retired card stock: Yoyo Yellow and Green Galore. The other piece was a scrap of Pumpkin Pie that I embossed with the CB Spots n' Dots folder. I colored him like my own Chihuahua dog, Pipsqueak.
Pip is a black and tan Deer Type Chihuahua. He has the deer head which has a longer snout than most Chihuahuas, and he has deer legs which are long and skinny, and that makes him taller than most Chihuahuas. He's still only 7 pounds and he's almost 6 months old. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sew Glad (TSC0318)

The Twisted Sistahs Challenge was presented by Tater. Phyllis asked us to make cards with something about sewing on them but no buttons and no pink. If anything looks pink, it's not, it's light red! I don't usually sew on cards because I'm not that good at it, and it's a lot of trouble to get out the sewing machine. I have no place to keep it set up anymore. The base card and sentiment mat are Ruby Red. The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White, and my "quilt" is sewn onto Whisper White as well. The quilt was made with various scraps of DSP and sewn together with red thread. The sewing machine from "Puns From the Past" was stamped on Whisper White with Basic Black ink, cut out and popped up with Dimensionals. Everything used to make this card came from Stampin' Up! although I'm not entirely sure about a couple of those scraps of DSP. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Smile! (WT314)

The Ways To Use It Challenge is called, "Miles of Smiles", and we are to use smiles on our projects, either the word "Smile" or a smiling face on an image. We could draw or write smiles, too. This is really a fast card to make. I used the XL Flower Folds Die and die cute the flowers in three sizes using three papers. I used a 1" Circle Punch for the flower center and drew the smiley face. The sentiment is from "Picnic Parade" (retired hostess set) and is punched with the small oval punch. I used Melon Mambo and Whisper White card stocks and Ice Cream Parlor DSP (SAB). Clean and simple, quick and easy! Everything used to make this card is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Here Comes Peter Cottontail! (SPRINGSC11)

The Spotted Canary Challenge is to make cards that represent spring. The Easter Bunny sure does! I purchased one of Kim Score's instruction sets from her blog. Her instructions called for using Close To Cocoa card stock and make a brown bunny, but I used Whisper White card stock and made a white rabbit. I sponged the white edges with Bashful Blue ink. The polka dotted DSP is from the Brights Collection and I used retired Sweet Pea DSP for the basket and old SAB DSP for the eggs. The ribbon is retired gingham ribbon. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. Everything used to make this card came from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

I Cheated! (SC324, SPRINGSC11)

Why do I say I cheated? Well, I could have used a butterfly die or embosslit, I could have stamped and punched a butterfly, I could have stamped, colored and cut out a butterfly, or I could have just punched a butterfly, but I chose to use a butterfly sticker from the Dollar Tree Store. I have two or three packages of these stickers for scrap booking, but I don't use them that often. They came seven to a package in various colors and each package had butterflies ranging in size from about 1-1/2" wide to almost 3" wide. This is an easy sketch, too. I like it. I used Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla card stocks along with Springtime Vintage DSP. The sentiment is from "Happiness Shared" stamp set. Everything is from Stampin' Up! except that butterfly sticker. Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Out West (CC314, MMTPT137)

This week's Color Challenge is to use Soft Suede, Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake with any neutrals. The dessert option is to make it glossy, glittery, flower soft, etc. I made it glossy by embossing the main image, the frame and the sentiment with Clear Embossing Powder. The frame is Soft Suede, but when you emboss it, it looks much darker. The Teapot Tuesday Challenge is to use a frame on the card. This goes to a little girl who is battling cancer. She loves art and horseback riding, and her favorite color is blue. It worked out to combine these two challenges. Everything used here is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Trellis Card (TLC316)

This is for the Technique Lover's Challenge which is to build a trellis. There's no stamping here. I decided to leave the sentiment for later, maybe just on the inside. The base card is Naturals White, but you can't see it. I covered the whole front with Springtime Vintage DSP. I used Spellbinders Labels Nesties for the cut-out and the frame. The Whisper White panel is embossed with the Square Lattice folder, and those "slats" are 1/8" wide Whisper White pieces. The flowers were actually in a jar and had been punched with the Flower Trio Punch. I embossed them and added gold Stickles to the centers. The leaves were die cut with the Little Leaves Sizzlit. Everything except the Nesties is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Fancy Flower (QFTD51)

This is for the Queen For The Day Challenge as well as the Spotted Canary Challenge. The QFTD challenge is actually a Friday challenge, but I never remember it on Friday. Usually, by Saturday, I see lots of cards in the galleries honoring the reigning queen, so I make a mental note to make a card for that one. This week's queen is Quillister. Jill has a fabulous gallery, so I had a hard time deciding which card to CASE. I finally settled on her Flower For You card. I used a die cut flower instead of a stamped one (Flower Folds XL Die), changed the stamped beetle to a die cut butterfly (Beautiful Wings Embosslit), used the sentiment from "Fresh Cuts", changed the base card from white to Daffodil Delight Textured Card Stock and changed the ribbon to Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon. Everything here is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

CASEing Bridget (FS214)

The Featured Stamper this week is bfinlay. Bridget was a great choice because she has so much talent, and it shows in her awesome gallery. I chose to CASE her "My Well Loved Friend" card. I changed stamps, ribbon and ribbon treatment, colors, papers and theme. The bunny image was sent to me by an online friend. I believe it's a retired SU! stamp. I colored it with SU! Markers, cut it out and popped it up. Instead of a plaid bunny, I have a plaid background. I used SU! punches and a sentiment from "A Good Egg." The ribbon is from Mark's Finest Papers. Everything else is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!

This Is The Day (ODBDSLC52)

The Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge is to use leather or pearls on a card. I used tiny gold pearls on the mat behind the verse. The verse is from "Daffodil Tag Set", and the Nestie is an ODBD exclusive Spellbinders die set. After cutting the Whisper White piece (already stamped with More Mustard), I used the same die and traced around it on Soft Suede and cut it out for the mat. The flower was made with the Flower, Daisies #2 Die from Stampin' Up! The leaves were hand cut, moistened and crumpled using Old Olive card stock. The base card is Soft Suede and the DSP is retired SAB paper from a couple of years ago. Everything is from Stampin' Up except for the ODBD verse. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friends (C4C78)

This week's Crazy 4 Challenges challenge is to have a tree on our cards. I used "Forest Friends", and used the tree, owl and bunny. My card is 4.25" square. I kept it simple. The card stocks I used are Crumb Cake, Garden Green and Whisper White. I masked the owl and stamped the tree over it a little. Everything was stamped with Crumb Cake, and then I went over it with Crumb Cake and Garden Green Markers. I masked a cloud and sponged the background with Bashful Blue. The sentiment from "Teeny Tiny Wishes" was stamped with Black Stazon. Everything here is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Rejoice! (CCEE1110, SNTODBD30, SPRINGSC11)

This is for the CCEE Stampers Challenge which is to create a monochromatic card with blues. I used Not Quite Navy for the base card, mats and ink, and I used some retired DSP that is mainly Baja Breeze. The ribbon is Baja Breeze Ribbon Seam Binding as well. The Our Daily Bread Designs Stamping In Time challenge is a theme: Glass/Crystal/Clear. We could use embellishments, a technique or verses that convey the theme. We were to use ODBD stamps, too. I used "He Will Rise" and "Tulip Tag Set" stamps. I also used SU!'s Basic Jewels in the corners for the theme. I used the new ODBD exclusive Spellbinders Nestie and Stampin' Up! punches. The Spotted Canary challenge is to make a card that represents spring. The Easter celebration certainly represents spring. Everything here is from Stampin' Up! except for the ODBD stamps. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring Birthday (SPRINGSC11, TSC0311, WT313)

This is another card for the Spotted Canary challenge which is to make a card that represents spring. My mother's birthday is in the spring. Next month, she will be 96 years old! The Twisted Sistahs Challenge is to "Think B's" as in Buttons, Bows, Borders and Brads. We were to have at least two of those items on our card. I have three; Brads, Borders and Bows. Finally, this is for the Ways To Use It Challenge which is to use felt. I have some "Accents and Elements" Felt Flowers from Stampin' Up! I layered the flowers and used a Glimmer Brad in the center. I used two Martha Stewart Border Punches: Doily Lace and Ribbon Slot. The Nesties are exclusive Our Daily Bread Designs dies from Spellbinders. The ribbon is the retired pink gingham from SU! and the stamp is from "Sincere Salutations". Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Psalm 7:4 (SC323, SPRINGSC11)

This is for today's Sketch Challenge and for the Spotted Canary challenge. The more entries you have in the Spotted Canary challenge, the more chances you have to win $500 in EK Success products, so I'm entering as often as I can. We just have to make cards that represent spring. I used two of my new Our Daily Bread Designs stamp sets. The first one is the Tulip corner stamp. I stamped with Black Stazon and colored with Water Color Pencils and a Blender Pen with Baby Oil. The verse is from the Tulip Tag Set. I used the Cuttlebug Frills Border for the diagonal piece and SU!'s Framed Tulips EF for the Lavender Lace layer. The base card and matting are Basic Black. Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hen Party at the Roxbury (MMTPT136, SC208)

This week's Tea Party is at the Roxbury. We're all supposed to be movin' and groovin' in honor of Rox71. Roxie is our Sketch Challenge hostess. She has brought over 320 sketches to us to inspire us. This sketch is #208 from 2008. I guess the old hens came to do the "Funky Chicken". From left to right: Mothermark (Cindy), the leader of the pack and holding the biggest drink! Next is MrsBoz (me) blabbing. Then comes Rox71 wondering why SHE is in the spotlight! Finally, there's irishgreensue (Sue or Greenie) on her cell phone!! LOL! The base card and mats are Basic Black, there's a layer from DCWV's Glitter Pack, there's Lavender Lace on one tilted rectangle, and finally, there's the main image that was sent to me by Kokirose (Pat). I colored with SU! Markers, then with a Versamarker, and then I embossed with Clear EP. After that I did the sponging. Down in the lower right corner, under that purse, is a "208" which is the number of Roxie's sketch challenge that I used.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Springtime Smiles (SPRINGSC11, TLC315)

The Technique Lovers Challenge is to make a card in any shape except for square or rectangle. There's also a special challenge on SCS to make a card that represents spring. When you follow the directions and link to the thread, your name is included in a drawing for $500 in products from EK Success Brands. You can enter as many times as you like, and this will give you more chances to win. I'm going to make as many spring themed cards as I can for the challenge. I'd sure like to win those products! I used the Circle, Scallop Die from Stampin' Up! plus the Elegant Lines folder to make this card. The sentiment from "Easter Blossoms" was embossed with Heat & Stick Powder and the retired Stampin' Flock was added. I wanted to see how that flock works on a sentiment. It works fine, but SU! hasn't carried that product in years. My little flowers and leaves were pre-punched with the Flower Trio Punch and MS Leaf Punch. The bow is made from Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon. The butterfly was pre-cut as well using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit. I added a Basic Pearl for the butterfly's head. Everything is from Stampin' Up! except for the leaf punch. Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

What Mess??! (CAS109)

I was asked to be a Guest Designer for the Clean and Simple Challenge!! What an honor!!! Actually, I tried out for a spot on the CAS Spring Design Team and didn't make it, BUT I'm one of the Guest Designers, so I'm pretty proud! Now the very first CAS Challenge for spring is tomorrow, so I'm on. The theme is "Humor". The challenge is to make a clean and simple card that is humorous. Well, my card is kind of dirty and simple because this little doggie has been into some mischief. Inside is more sponging and more paw prints with a sentiment that reads, "What Mess??!" This card will go to my friend who loves her little doggie very much and he is on the mend from a back injury that was so severe that he was dragging his hind legs. She will love this. The doggie is a Rubber Stampede stamp that I bought several years ago at Michael's. In fact, one of the first cards I ever posted online was done with this little guy. The paw prints are from a Recollections set called "Woof" which I also got at Mike's but more recently. I water colored the dog, cut him out and popped him up on Naturals Ivory card stock, added a little sponging, and this card was done! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Let Me Do It Now (ODBDSLC51, CCEE1109)

The challenge over at Our Daily Bread Designs Blog is a color challenge. We are to choose two colors from pink, blue, yellow or ivory. My two colors are blue and ivory. The challenge for this week at the CCEE Stampers Blog is to use swirls. The stamped image above the quote has swirls as well as the die cut pieces on either end of the main image panel. I just got my order of new stamps from ODBD. I used the "Eternity" set for this card. The base card is Naturals Ivory, and the DSP is Springtime Vintage from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I stamped the quote with Black Stazon. Then, I stamped the frame with Versamark and embossed with Silver EP. I stamped the scroll above the quote with Versamark and again embossed with Silver EP. The die cuts on the ends were cut from Not Quite Navy card stock with the Cuttlebug Ornamental Die which I received as a gift from Pat Smethers. I may have gone a little overboard with those silver pearls, but when I put three on each end, I had four left, so I just used them all! LOL! The little flowers were punched, sponged and embossed, and tiny silver pearls were added to the centers. The leaves were punched with a Martha Stewart Leaf Punch and sponged. The whole panel was popped up. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Just Chicken (QFTD50, TSC0304)

This is for the Queen for the Day Challenge which is to honor one of our stampers by CASEing one of her cards. This week's queen is Luv Flowers. I enjoyed browsing through Kim's gallery and decided to CASE her cute penguin card. My main image is die cut instead of stamped. I changed the colors, theme and sentiment. This is also for the Twisted Sistahs Challenge presented by wannabcre8ive. She asked us to use a chicken on our cards. The sentiment was given to me by an online friend. I used Ruby Red, Real Red and More Mustard for the die cut pieces and I used Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory and DCWV DP for the rest of the card. I embossed the top panel with the Tim Holtz Tree EF. Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March 2011 Club Projects

For this month's club, I'm featuring items from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure and the Occasions Mini Catalog. Project #1 is a CASE of a card in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. The one in the brochure is made with Melon Mambo instead of Pacific Point. My ladies will be doing either one, Melon Mambo or Pacific Point. The stamp set, ribbon and buttons are all items that are free with $50 purchases until March 31st.
Project #2 is from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I CASEd the card on page 14. I accidentally used Melon Mambo instead of Rose Red, but everyone else will be doing theirs with the Rose Red mat. The flowers were cut out from the Springtime Vintage DSP. The base card is Crumb Cake stamped with Always Artichoke leaves. The embossed panel is Baja Breeze. I used Certainly Celery Taffeta Ribbon instead of the Seam Binding they used in the catty. I stamped that shape that the ovals are on with the Baby Blossoms set on some of the same DSP as the flowers. I used the retired "Elegant Cheer" set for the sentiment, stamping it on Naturals Ivory and punching it out with the Scallop Oval punch. It's matted on Crumb Cake punched with the Wide Oval Punch. One of the roses is popped up on a Dimensional as well as the ovals. One of my ladies requested that we make this card. Everything used for both projects came from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Owl Punch Rose (CC312)

Two challenges in one day!! This is for the Color Challenge on SCS which is to use Marina Mist, Certainly Celery and Rose Red. I also used Whisper White. I forgot the dessert part which was to use a banner, but that's optional, I think. The rose petals are formed from the owl punch. I found this video tutorial on another blog which gives step-by-step instructions for making the rose. I used the Celery ink instead of card stock and stamped the 2-step leaves from "A Rose is a Rose" set (retired). I sponged the edges of the leaves with Celery and Rose Red inks. The ribbon is White Organza and the sentiment is from "Water Color Trio". Everything is from Stampin' Up! Thanks again for stopping by!!!

D-Fence! (MMTPT135)

I've missed the last two tea parties for one reason or another, but I was able to find time to do this week's challenge. We are to bring sports related cards which can be sent to a young man (age 19) who was badly burned over 65% of his body. He's making progress but still needs encouragement. He loves sports - all kinds. I don't really have much in the way of sports related stamps, so I went online and found a coloring page of a football player in his three-point stance. I printed the image on card stock, colored it with Water Color Pencils, blended with a Blender Pen and baby oil, and cut it out. The base card is Basic Black and the embossed layer is Glorious Green (retired). I used the Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder. The "D" was die cut using a Sizzix alphabet set (Round-a-bout), and the fence was punched with the Martha Stewart fence punch. I added Crystal Effects to the helmet to give it a shine. Thanks for stopping by!!!