Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 2012 Club Project #2

I've been so busy lately helping my adult children with their taxes that I got behind and didn't have anything for my next card makers meeting. I went to other blogs for inspiration. This card was inspired by Deb Currier's "Vintage Postage" card. I actually found it on SCS and then went to her blog for more details. I used Naturals White, Whisper White, Pool Party, and Early Espresso card stocks along with Everyday Enchantment DSP from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. The only changes I made were using Pool Party ribbon instead of Vanilla, Pool Party card stock for the vertical punched panel, punched little flowers from Pool Party card stock using a Punch Pack Punch and embossing them, using tiny pearls in the flower centers instead of mini brads, and I used a retired set, "Elegant Cheer" for the sentiment because I thought "Just a Note" ties in with the stamped images so well. Thank you, Deb, for the inspiration! Everything used to make this card came from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

January 2012 Club Project #1

Christena Bagne is a Stampin' Up! demo who is also a member of a Yahoo group that I'm in. She posted a card to the group, and I was so impressed that I went to her blog to get more details and CASE it. Her blog is "Gettin' Crafty". The only changes I made were the sentiment and the center of the flower beneath the button. My sentiment is from "Sincere Salutations", and I made that center piece by punching with the Triple Layer Blossom Punch. The base card is Naturals White, the flower is punched with the new Blossom Punch from the Occasions mini from Whisper White, and the center piece was punched from Naturals Ivory. The flowers are stamped using "Mixed Bunch" and Daffodil Delight Classic Ink. Very simple yet effective. Everything is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bear-ied in Paperwork (TSC0127)

I had my Stamp Camp yesterday, so I was really busy, but I managed to make my card this morning for the Twisted Sistahs Challenge. wannabcre8tive was our presenter this week. Shirley gave us a theme, "It's all about paper." She said we could interpret that however we like. Well, I got this image from Shirley for my birthday a couple of years ago. It's called, "Bear-ied in Paperwork". I also used some Newsprint DSP from Stampin' Up! The background is recycled packing paper that we get with our Stampin' Up! orders. I cut a piece to size and embossed it with the Stripes Impressions Folder from SU! It's all matted on Basic Black, and the base card is also Basic Black. The image was stamped on Very Vanilla and colored with SU! Markers. I added three black brads to finish it off. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

2012 January Stamp Camp

Here's what I've been doing the past few days. I've been designing my Stamp Camp cards. Now, all I have to do is cut, score, die cut and punch everything!

Project #1 is a simple Valentine card. We'll use a Sale-A-Bration set and Real Red Ink, base card and Satin Ribbon. The Whisper White layer is punched with the Scallop Border Punch.

Project #2 is another Valentine using the embedding and embossing technique. The hearts were punched with the Heart to Heart Punch using Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink and Melon Mambo card stocks. Then, the punched hearts were adhered to the Whisper White panel and the whole thing was embossed with the Square Lattice folder. The sentiment is from a Sale-A-Bration set.

Project #3 is a birthday card using a Sale-A-Bration set. I thought this could be for a male or female. The colors are Lucky Limeade and Basic Black card stocks plus DSP. The stamp set coordinates with the Curly Label Punch.

Project #4 is a simple sympathy card using "Apothecary Art" and Labels Framelits. The colors are Pool Party and Whisper White. The flowers were colored with Pool Party, Lucky Limeade and Calypso Coral Markers. The ribbon is the coordinating Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon.

Project #5 is the card I made on Monday. I thought everyone would enjoy trying that technique where we use a brayer to ink up the embossing folder and then emboss. More details about this card may be found here.

Everything used to make all five cards is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Love & Sympathy (CAS154, TLC361)

Happy Chinese New Year, everyone!! It is now the year of the Dragon! I sent my son and daughter-in-law my Asian card that I made a week or so ago. My daughter-in-law is Chinese. Anyway, back to the challenges!!

This is for two challenges: The Technique Lovers Challenge is for us to be inspired by Belleek pottery. The way in which we were to do that was to choose and embossing folder with negative spaces, ink it up and emboss. I used the Vintage Wallpaper folder and my brayer, using Sahara Sand ink to ink up the folder. It turned out pretty cool, I think. The Clean and Simple Challenge was a color challenge. We were to use Pink, White and Certainly Celery. I used the "Love & Sympathy" set, colored the flower image with Pretty In Pink and Certainly Celery Markers and stamped. Then, I stamped over it with the sentiment in Black Stazon. I used Labels Framelits for the Whisper White panel and then traced around the same one with pencil on Pretty In Pink to create the mat. The base card is also Pretty In Pink. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

CASEing Kim (FS259)

This week's Featured Stamper is Luv Flowers. Kim and I have exchanged comments on each others cards for some time, and I've always admired her talent. I chose to CASE her SUO Peach Set card. I changed the colors, DSP, stamp set for the main image, sentiment, and I added three tiny flowers on the main image panel. I used "Simply Soft" (hostess) set for the main image. It's a two-step stamping set, and I don't do well with those unless they're wood mounted, but I tried. I stamped my image too low on the panel, so I added those three punched/embossed flowers. I used "Sincere Salutations" for the sentiment which Kim used also, but I used a different stamp. The colors are Melon Mambo and Whisper White. The DSP is from the "Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper Pad". (retired) Everything here is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Little Things (TSC0120)

This one is for the Twisted Sistahs Challenge. Marleygo presented the challenge this week. Lesley asked us to make a card with a floral background for our BFF. I don't really have just one BFF. I have several online friends that mean as much to me as anyone. I have a few friends from church whose friendships I really cherish. This card will go to one of them. I used Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush, Poppy Parade and Whisper White card stocks along with Cheerful Treat DSP (hostess). The sentiment is from "Full of Life" and I colored the stamp with Concord Crush, Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz Markers before huffing and stamping. I used the Flower Trio Punch (retired), Bird Builder Punch and a 1/4" Circle Punch to make the flowers and leaves. Everything is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

Got Love? (F4A100, QFTD96)

I was kind of busy yesterday, so I'm posting my Friday Challenge cards today and hope to have time to do a Saturday challenge later. This is for two challenges. First, the Free 4 All Challenge is called, "Have a Heart", and we were to have at least two hearts on our projects. The other challenge is the Queen For The Day challenge. Our queen this week is Lisa Lara. I have admired her work for some time. I chose to CASE her "Got Cake?" card. She was CASEing Roxie, but she changed the layout a bit and the image. I changed the sentiment, colors and used punched hearts. Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Year of.... (CCEE1203, CC358, WT358)

This card covers three challenges. First, the CCEE Stampers Challenge is celebrating Chinese New Year, and we were to use either a dragon (because this is the year of the dragon) or use the Chinese Zodiac sign for the year we were born. I was born in the year of the pig, but I don't have any pig images, so I found one online. Piglet!! He's a cutie! I thought the "Thinking of You" sentiment from "Teeny Tiny Wishes" went so well with his look! The Ways to Use It Challenge is called, "Sew Beautiful", and we were to either use stitching, faux stitching or images having to do with sewing. I got out my sewing machine and stitched on this card. This is something I usually don't do. This is also another card for this week's Color Challenge, using Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink and Rose Red. Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Blossom Butterfly (SC368)

This is for this week's Sketch Challenge on SCS. I've been wanting to try to make one of those butterflies with the new Blossom Punch and "Mixed Bunch" stamp set. The color combo came from the "Twitterpated" DSP. I used Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Whisper White and the Twitterpated DSP. The sentiment is from "Loving Thoughts" stamp set and the ribbon is Lucky Limeade and is part of the SAB Ribbon and Brad Bundle. I added a Basic Jewels Rhinestone to the butterfly before adhering it to the card with a piece of a Dimensional. Everything here is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Inspire (CC358)

The Color Challenge for this week is to use Pretty In Pink, Pink Pirouette and Rose Red. I used Pink Pirouette for the base card, Whisper White for the punched border and the main panel, and Pretty In Pink for the sentiment strip. I colored with markers and used Rose Red in the flower centers. I messed up on my stamping, so I colored a few more flowers from the bad piece, cut it out and added to the side of the panel. I used Rhinestone Brads at the top and bottom. That die cut main panel was popped up on Dimensionals. I love the Edgelits and Framelits dies! I embossed the bottom with the new Impressions Folder that coordinates with the Edgelit that I used. Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Twined (CAS153, TLC360)

This is for two challenges. The Clean and Simple Challenge was a sketch by Loll Thompson. Her card was called "Fall Colors". The Technique Lovers Challenge was called "Twine It". I Twined it! Imagine a rectangular planter box with rope around it. That's the look I was going for! LOL! The card stocks are Always Artichoke, Naturals White and Not Quite Navy. The inks are More Mustard, Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke. Instead of sponging all three blocks, the bottom one is card stock with the Naturals Hemp Twine wrapped around it several times. The stamp set is "Just Believe". Everything here is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happiness (FS258)

Our Featured Stamper this week is Holstein. I feel like I know Linda because she always participates in the Teapot Tuesday Challenge, and we comment on each other's cards. I chose to CASE her "Bling" card. I used different ribbon (Hers was gorgeous, by the way!), I eliminated a layer or two, I used different stamps, and I punched the hearts because I don't have a stamp like hers. Also, I didn't put hearts on the sentiment panel, but I did put some on the inside. Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Just Stickers! (WT357)

The Ways To Use It Challenge is actually presented on Thursdays, but I'm sure it's OK if I'm a couple of days late. They say there's no time limit for the challenges on SCS. This challenge, "Stuck On Me", was to use stickers. This is the type of card I used to make before I started using stamps and then got into Stampin' Up! products. This is just a 4.25" square card which is Pretty In Pink with a scored frame. That Simply Scored tool is so wonderful! Anyway, I had these stickers from 2005 from the Dollar Store. I was worried they'd be difficult to peel off the sheet since they're so old, but I didn't have any trouble. I adhered each one to Whisper White and then cut it out. I popped them up with Dimensionals. Quick and easy! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Warm heart, cold skin (F4A99)

There's a challenge on SCS called, "Free 4 All". It's on Fridays. I've done a few cards for that challenge but haven't for a long time. I felt the theme of today's challenge was kind of cute, so I just had to try it. It's called "Fickle Valentine." We were to make a Valentine with something warm and something cold on it. Well, have you ever touched a frog? They're cold and slippery! LOL! I bet they're all warm inside when they're in love though! Everything is from Stampin' Up! except for the main image. I used Melon Mambo and Whisper White with Cheerful Treat DSP. I colored her with SU! Markers: Lucky Limeade, Bashful Blue and Melon Mambo. The sentiment is from "Teeny Tiny Wishes" and is stamped with Concord Crush. These colors are all on the DSP. Thanks for stopping by!!

Honoring Queen Judy (QFTD95)

This week's Queen For The Day is jaydekay. Judy is a fantastic stamper. In fact, I think I have one of her cards because I was "tickled" by a teapotter, and she drew me!! I chose to CASE her tea party card, "Non Blue Bird!" I changed the colors and papers, and I die cut the rooster instead of stamping. I also used Hemp Twine instead of Linen Thread but wish I hadn't. Hers looks so much better! I was going to give my son a different card for his birthday next week, but I think I'll give him this one!! The papers are Chocolate Chip, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Naturals Ivory and unknown paper from 2001. The rooster was done with scraps. I think the legs and beak are Summer Sun and the red parts are Real Red. Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

China Doll (CCEE1202, TSC0113)

The CCEE Stampers Challenge for this week is a sketch challenge. The Twisted Sistahs Challenge for this week was presented by Brat Cards, and Terri asked us to either make an Asian themed card or one with inchies. Either one was OK. As you can see, I went with the Asian theme, using the CCEE Stampers sketch. I will send this to my son and daughter-in-law for Chinese New Year. She is Chinese. Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Life (SC367)

This is for the Sketch Challenge on SCS. I like it because it's so clean. That's my style, I guess. I used Island Indigo for the base card with a layer of Whisper White that was embossed with the Tulip Frame folder. The DSP is "Twitterpated", and I used "Full of Life" and "Pocket Silhouettes" stamp sets. The ink is Island Indigo and Black Stazon. I used Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon and two tiny Paper Daisies with Basic Jewels Rhinestones in the center. I guess that's it. Everything is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Simply Soft (CC357, SUO36)

This is for two challenges. First, the Color Challenge on SCS is to use Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red and Baja Breeze. I wasn't sure how I was going to get the red in there, so I used it for the base card. I sure do like the Blushing Bride and Baja Breeze together! This is also for the SUO Challenge. Their challenge was to use a technique that we don't ordinarily use. I hardly ever do paper piercing anymore, so I did that, and I don't do much two-step stamping. I'm not good at it with the clear stamps. When I use the wood mounted stamps with the Stamp-a-ma-jig, I'm much more successful. I'll have to remember to buy all two-step stamps sets in wood! The set I used for this was "Simply Soft" which is a hostess set that I really like. I added Baja Breeze Ribbon Seam Binding with a Rhinestone Brad made into a "Mary Brown" bow! I also added Dazzling Details on the tips of the flowers. Everything I used to make this card came from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Love You (CAS152)

This week's Clean and Simple Challenge is a "Ways to use It" type challenge, and we are to use die cuts. I used the Scallop Heart Embosslit and the Hearts Collection Framelits. The Real Red heart was made with the Embosslit. The other two were stamped with "Take It To Heart" stamp set and die cut with the two smallest Heart Framelits. They were also popped up with Dimensionals. The sentiment is from "Short & Sweet" which is my all time favorite little sentiment set. I also used my Simply Scored Scoring Board to emboss two lines to form a frame of sorts. The base card is Real Read and I used Whisper White for the main panel. This one was really quick to make, too. Everything used here is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

CASEing Pam (FS257)

It seems like all I've been doing lately is CASEing! This week's Featured Stamper is pamshobby. Pam has a wonderfully inspiring gallery with lots of Stampin' Up! products being used. I chose to CASE her "Thinking of You" card. I changed it from Perfect Plum to Bashful Blue, changed the shape of the sentiment panel and added punched/embossed flowers with pearl centers. Thanks for stopping by!!

Honoring Queen Wendy #2 (QFTD94)

I did another CASE of one of Wendy's cards. This one was inspired by her Stars & Stripes for Dan. The main change I made was to shrink it down to a 4.25" square card. That meant that I used a smaller punch for the sentiment and didn't use the big stars with the button and baker's twine. I also used different colors and DSP. I used Pacific Point, Real Red, Crumb Cake and Whisper White card stocks. The DSP's came from my scrap pile. Everything is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Honoring Queen Wendy (QFTD94)

This week's Queen for the Day is Wendybell. Wendy is very talented. I was able to meet her in person when I went to the Stampin' Up! Convention in 2008. In fact, several of us had dinner at her house, and I was able to go downstairs to see her fabulous craft room that has been featured in Stampin' Success magazine. I chose to CASE **Wendy's Favorite**. I have everything she used to make that card, so I was tempted to CASE it exactly like hers, but the rules are generally that you have to change at least two things. I changed the colors, designer paper, ribbon, flower center, stamps, and I stamped and punched the flower instead of die cutting. The stamp set is "Mixed Bunch" and I used the coordinating Blossom Punch. These are in the new Occasions Mini. The brad in the center is from the SAB Ribbon and Brads Bundle. The DSP is "Cheerful Treat" which is a hostess item. The colors I used are Concord Crush, Lucky Limeade and Whisper White. The sentiment is from "Tagtastic" which is also a hostess item. I used the "Stripes" Impressions Folder on the Lucky Limeade layer and the Scallop Trim Border Punch on Whisper White. The ribbon is Concord Crush. Everything used here is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

New Babies (TSC0106)

The Twisted Sistahs Challenge for this week was presented by Pat Smethers. She asked us to create a card celebrating all things new. It's a free for all except we cannot use pink. My friend from church is having a baby shower on Sunday for her daughter who is expecting twin boys! My little 4-1/4" square card has two onesies in honor or those two new babies! The shirts and sentiment are from "Baby Bundle". I used Bashful Blue and Whisper White plus some retired DSP. Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hearts & Flowers in Teal (MMTPT179)

This is for the Teapot Tuesday challenge. The lady who will receive this card likes hearts, flowers, angels and the color teal. I used Island Indigo and Whisper White. The vertical panel is embossed with hearts, and I used water color pencils to color the flowers, blending with a Blender Pen and a bit of baby oil. This card was inspired by the card on the front of the new Occasions Mini. I simplified it a lot, but I still like the outcome. The side was die cut with an Edgelit and embossed with the coordinating Impressions Folder. I just love the look!! The main image is from Apothecary Art and the coordinating Framelit was used to die cut the piece. I also used an Edgelit to cut the scallop border on both sides of the white vertical panel. I'm loving all my new goodies from the new Mini!! Everything here is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Edgelits & Framelits Storage

I'm in the middle of making a card, but I received an email through one of my Yahoo Groups about storing Edgelits and Framelits. The lady who sent the email stores hers in the plastic stamp cases. That's a wonderful idea, but I like to utilize the pouch they came in. Here's what I've been using for my metal dies. You go to a hardware store such as Lowe's or Home Depot and buy a package of Magnetic Vent Covers. They come three to a package. I cut mine into 5" X 6" pieces to fit into the original vinyl package that the dies came in from Stampin' Up! You can get nine of these pieces from one package, so we can have lots more Framelits and Edgelits in the future! Anyway, the metal dies stick to the magnetic pieces. You could still use the stamp cases if you want (I'm not sure about the cutting size for those), but I sure like the vinyl pouch that we get from SU! when we order the dies. It's much thinner for easier storage. You will have three 2" X 5" pieces of the magnetic sheets left over. These would be good for making lightweight refrigerator magnets or something like that. Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Cup of Thanks (CAS151)

The Clean and Simple challenge for this week is called, "Beverages". I have an appointment and only had about an hour to make a card, photograph it, and get it online here and in the SCS Gallery. This card might be called "EXTREME CAS" because it's a one-layer card with the tea cup and sentiment from "Tea Shoppe". All I did was add ribbon and a bow! The base card is Naturals Ivory because that's what was on my cutting table. I used Rose Red ink and Ribbon plus a square rhinestone brad. That's it! Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Blessings of the Season (TSC1230)

Our Twisted Sistahs challenge for the week was presented by Tater. She asked us to make a card that represents the good things about winter. She said we'd get bonus points if we included a cardinal. I used up some Real Red scraps to make the little punch art cardinal. I also used some Basic Black and More Mustard. The card itself is Real Red and Whisper White with the white layer embossed with the Northern Flurry Impressions Folder. The sentiment is from "A Cardinal Christmas". This was a Clean & Simple card to make as well. The best part about winter is the snow; however, we've had none so far this winter. They say we'll get our first snowfall in two to three weeks. I can't wait!! Thanks for stopping by!

Happy New Year!

Well, I haven't posted anything on this blog for a week. I'm going to try to do better this year. Call it a New Year's Resolution! Our Christmas Dinner and family get-together was on Thursday, December 29th. It was a wonderful party! My daughter and her family came from California, my oldest son and his kids were here from Sparks, my daughter from Reno was here with her family, and my youngest daughter was here with her boyfriend (fiance'???) and my grand daughter that I babysit a lot. All together, there were 19 of us here!! We played games on the Wii and board games, too. My oldest daughter brought Dance 3 for the Wii and we all had a blast trying to keep up with the dance moves. We were able to dance four at a time. Even little Maddie danced to the music!! Anyway, I'm having a little trouble with my back and neck, so I'm not going to church today. I'm going to go make a couple of cards. I'll start the new year off right and post to my blog, too!! See ya later!!