Monday, May 28, 2012

Birthday Wishes (PCC052812)

Isn't this a cute image? It's a digi image from Paper Cupcakes, and it's called "Birthday Wishes". I used it for the challenge over at "There's Magic in the Air" which is called "3 In a Row".
You pick any three items in a row, across, up and down or diagonally, and make a card accordingly. I went diagonally and used Punches, Brads and Bling. I used a punch for the balloons, there are three pink brads on the main image panel, and the bling is on the card stock I used for the second layer. It comes embossed with lots of glitter on it. All that glitter is enough bling, I think! The card stock is from DCWV's Nana's Kids stack. The base card is Wisteria Wonder. The lavender, pink, yellow, green and white card stocks are all from Stampin' Up! as well. I used "Teeny Tiny Wishes" for the sentiment and die cut that little banner with the new Framelits Bitty Banners. This card was fun to make and it will go to one of my grandchildren for their birthday. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Masculine Thanks #3 (LNS174)

Whew! Finally, I've completed the last masculine thank you for today!! For this one, I used "The Open Sea" which was in last year's Summer Mini. It has been brought back and is in the new Idea Book and Catalog. I think the "Nautical Expedition" DSP was from that mini as well, but I don't see it coming back. I used Cherry Cobbler card stock and ink. There's is something about that ink and me! I love Cherry Cobbler, but I seem to get it all over the place! LOL! I used lots of little pieces of Dimensionals for this. I stamped the anchor and cut it out and then popped it up on a 1-1/4" circle that is matted on a 1-3/8" circle (Cherry Cobbler). I popped up the main image panel and the Bitty Banner sentiment panel, too. Another simple card making use of some retired DSP. Everything is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Masculine Thanks #2 (LNS174)

This is the second of the masculine Thank You cards I'm making today. I used "Plane & Simple" for the plane and "Teeny Tiny Wishes" for the sentiment. I also used Framelits - Bitty Banners for the sentiment and Framelits - Apothecary Accents for the main image panel. I die cut the Crumb Cake piece and then traced around the Framelit onto Not Quite Navy and then cut it out by hand for the mat. Again, I used Well Worn DSP. I don't know what I'll do without that DSP! I haven't used eyelets in some time now, but I thought it was a nice masculine embellishment. Everything is from Stampin' Up! Thanks again for stopping by!!

Masculine Thanks (LNS174)

Stampin' Up! Late Night Stampers Yahoo Group has had a challenge this past week to do masculine cards. I'm making three today for the men who cooked at our church Mother's Day Breakfast which we had here. They not only cooked, but they sure did a great job of cleaning up afterward! I think they left my kitchen cleaner than it was to begin with! LOL! I used Not Quite Navy along with Well Worn DSP to create this one. The stamp is a single stamp, "Sail Away". I won't be getting rid of this one any time soon!! Everything is from Stampin' Up!
Above is a photo of the three men doing their magic in the kitchen. They are Bill, Ike and Steve. Wonderful Guys!! Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

One-Layer Card (C4C138)

Over at Crazy 4 Challenges, the challenge is to make a one-layer card. I made mine with heavy white card stock, Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder and a diffuser. I sponged inside the oval and stamped the flowers from "Bordering on Romance". The sentiment is from "Teeny Tiny Wishes" which has become my "Go To" set for sentiments lately. Everything except the card stock came from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

Honoring Queen Dawn (QFTD114)

Our Queen this week is TreasureOiler. I have always admired Dawn's talent. I chose to CASE her "Thanks so Much" card which she uploaded three years ago, almost to the day. I didn't want to change a thing, so my changes are very subtle. I used different DSP. Mine is Beau Chateau. I also changed the colors very slightly. I used Crumb Cake (Kraft) for the base card and Chocolate Chip for all of the matting. The stamps used are "Pocket Silhouettes" (retiring June 1, 2012) and "Teeny Tiny Wishes" for the sentiment. Everything is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Birthday Froggy (TSC0525)

The Twisted Sistahs Challenge for this week was presented by 101Airborne. Kathy (aka, Cuz) asked us to make a card with an animal image and sentiment on the front. We were also to use a die or punch and dry or heat embossing. I did all of the above. The instructions for Froggy are a part of one of Kim Score's tutorials called "In the Garden". I've been using those lately. You can purchase the whole collection on her blog, Paper Punch Addition. I used Baja Breeze for the base card with a layer of DSP that was embossed with Retro Circles (Tim Holtz/Sizzix). The lily pad is die cut using the Clear Circle Die and Garden Green card stock. Several SU! Punches were used to make the frog out of Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Blushing Bride, Whisper White and Basic Black. The water lily flower was made using Pretty In Pink and Shimmery White card stocks. The sentiment is from "Teeny Tiny Wishes" and was die cut using the Bitty Banner Framelits. I used Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder and heat embossed the sentiment. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mojo with Da Man (Mojo242)

I haven't done a Mojo Monday Sketch in a long time. I decided to do this week's sketch using what we lovingly call "Da Man". This guy from the Wild Wild West set is so popular! I stamped him on some retired DSP with Black Stazon. The base card is Basic Black with a layer of Sahara Sand that has been embossed with the Stripes Impressions Folder. The horizontal strip was made with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch and I added a Vintage Brad. There's also some branches that I thought looked kind of like sage brush. Those were punched with a Martha Steward Punch. Everything is from Stampin' Up! except for the MS Punch. Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Thanks for Your Friendship (CAS171)

The Clean and Simple Challenge for this week is to follow a sketch by Tilly. This is VERY CAS. I used Naturals White for the base card which is 4-1/4" square when finished. The sentiment came from "Upsy Daisy" which is retiring. The flower from "Fabulous Florets" (my favorite set) was stamped twice with the new in-color, Primrose Petals. I cut one whole flower out and popped it up, then, I cut just the center petals and popped those up one the whole flower. I added Dazzling Details to the very center. Everything is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

CASEing Candace (FS276, WT375)

The Featured Stamper this week is candylou. Candace is incredibly talented, and I'm amazed that I'm so unfamiliar with her work. I really enjoyed browsing through her gallery. I chose to CASE her "See Beyond" card. I changed colors, stamps, papers and the leaf embellishment. I also moved the sentiment to the circle and forgot to sponge the circle. I used Chocolate Chip Textured Card Stock, Pumpkin Pie card stock, Bashful Blue card stock, Naturals Ivory card stock and dp from DCWV. The ribbon is Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon and the leaves are from Michael's. This is also for the Ways To Use It challenge which was to use complimentary colors. I used blue and orange. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Friday Card Makers Projects

Project #1 is a very simple masculine card using Well Worn DSP and the "Need for Speed" set. I used Naturals Ivory for the base card and main image panel and Early Espresso for the mat and photo corners. I also used Early Espresso ink for stamping and sponging. Everything used for this card is from Stampin' Up!
The first project was super simple because Project #2 is so complicated. I bought Kim Score's tutorial, "In the Garden", and followed her instructions to make the bee. The DSP has been retired for a long time, and the Summer Sun card stock has been retired for a year. The pleated Pear Pizzazz Ribbon is no longer available either. That cute little bee takes time to put together, but it's worth it. Everything used to make this card came from Stampin' Up! too.
This view is the inside of the bee card. I stamped a sentiment and the honey pot from "Just Buzzin' By" and colored the honey pot. I also added a birthday sentiment from "On Your Birthday" because this card will go to one of my grand daughters. This was really a fun card to make. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

May Flowers (SC385, WT375)

It's been quite a week so far. I haven't been able to stamp because my mom has been taking quite a bit of my time. We've got appointments just about every day this week as well. Today is my birthday, so I set aside some time this morning to stamp. I got a package for my birthday from my friend, Greenie (irishgreensue). There were stamps, rub-ons and a cool calendar book for my purse. The stamp set is Fiskars "Rockpile". I used one of the flower stamps from the set. This is for the Sketch Challenge and the Ways To Use It Challenge which is to use complementary colors. I chose red and green. My DSP is not quite as long as it should be according to the sketch, but it was scraps, so the length was predetermined. I used Real Red Satin Ribbon and a Square Fire Brad. The sentiment is a Verve single stamp. The base card is 120# Smooth White card stock. Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sending Cheer

This is my submission for the challenge over at Paper Cupcakes - There's Magic in the Air. It's a sketch challenge, and I think it's a great sketch, too. I'm designing for Paper Cupcakes now, at least for the next couple of months. Nina May creates all her own images which you can download from Paper Cupcakes. This one is called, "Sending Cheer Your Way". It's a cute design for spring. I used orange because I think it's bright and cheerful. See the sketch below.
Join the gang at Paper Cupcakes by using this sketch to make your card.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

CASEing Tracy (FS275)

The Featured Stamper this week is TracyMac. Tracy has an awesome gallery, and she is extremely talented. I chose to CASE her "You Can't Catch Me!" card. I changed the stamps and papers but kept her layout. I used Hemp Twine instead of Baker's Twine, Metallic Ribbon instead of the blue ribbon and Vintage Brads instead of buttons. The dp I used is similar and was Christmas dp from SU! a year or two ago. It reminds me of the wallpaper you might find in a wild west saloon. The image is from the Wild Wild West set that many of us would like SU! to bring back. I colored the image with Copics which I need more practice with. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Proverbs 31:30 (TSC0511)

The Twisted Sistahs Challenge was presented by Marleygo. Lesley asked us to make a card with one of our favorite scriptures on it, use embossing powder and at least one Nestie. We were also to give the card to someone who needs encouragement. This card goes to my mother. It's Mother's Day, and I haven't given her a card yet. This verse is all about my mom. She's brought more people to Christ than most pastors. She's 97 and has only been out of the hospital for about a week now, and she sits in her chair watching TV but moans and groans due to some pain she's been having in her back. I've offered her medication for it, but she won't take it. She's not much on pills except vitamins. I'm hoping when the bed sore heals, she'll be back to normal, at least what's normal for her at 97. I made some of the "Rolled Roses" according to some instructions by Blooms in a Box. The larger roses were made a little differently. Instead of cutting a "teardrop" out of the center of the scalloped circle, I kept on cutting a spiral and then rolled up the whole thing. I also used two different Scallop Circle Punches from Stampin' Up!. The stamp and Nestie are from Our Daily Bread Designs. The flowers were made from Pink Pirouette and sponged with Regal Rose. I used the Versamarker Pen to "color" the edges of the flowers and then embossed with Iridescent Ice EP. I also sewed on this card. My mom used to sew a lot when I was growing up. The lace came to me in a "Tickle a Teapotter" card from Ksnurse (aka Shari). Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Been a bit busy!

I had the Mother's Day breakfast here this morning for our church. Three of the men from church came and cooked. This is one of the tables that I had set.
On each plate, there's a cellophane bag with a topper. Inside each bag is a checkbook cover. They could also use these to store coupons. I had ordered the plastic covers a while back and I just cut SU! DSP to fit and inserted it. The little center pieces are tiny clay flower pots with floral foam and pink Easter grass. I added a couple of sprigs of ivy that I got at the dollar store. I stamped flowers using the "Mixed Bunch" set and punched them out with the Blossom Punch. I curled the petals with a bone folder. I adhered each flower with Mini Glue Dots to a Tootsie Roll Pop. The suckers were inserted into the floral foam. Each pot was sitting on a paper doily. Each lady was able to take home a "flower pop" and a checkbook cover. We all had a great time. It's back to card making tomorrow!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May, 2012 Card Makers Projects

Project #1 for our Thursday night card makers will be this simple one-layer card. I used Sahara Sand for the card base and stamped with Whisper White Craft. The image is from "Just Believe". Over the white craft ink, I sponged on Stampin' Pastels and then sponged off the excess. It makes it look like you're looking at it through frosted glass, in my opinion. The sentiment is from "Word Play" and is stamped with Black Stazon. I think I got the ribbon from Mark's Finest Papers before the company was sold. I love sheer ribbon because it makes such luscious bows.
Project #2 is also a simple card (we like to chat a lot). I used heavy white card stock for the base and added a strip of Daffodil Delight DSP. I stamped the flower from "Mixed Bunch" with Daffodil Delight ink and punched it out with the Blossom Punch. I used the Blossom Builder Punch to punch the leaves from Lucky Limeade card stock and used Lucky Limeade ink for the sentiment from "Just Believe". I think they'll enjoy these very simple cards. Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Chic Handbag (CAS169)

The Clean and Simple Challenge is to be inspired by the word "Chic". When I think of chic, I think of fashion, but I don't have any of the fashionable stamps with the tall thin models, etc., so I had to get creative. I used a Sizzix Purse #1 Sizzlit to die cut the handbag, colored the rings on the purse with Zig Painty silver and added the jewels. The handbag is popped up above the Black heat embossed sentiment, and I scored a square frame around the whole thing. The base card is heavy white card stock, and the finished size is 4-1/4" square. Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

CASEing Heather (FS274)

Our Featured Stamper this week is Heather T. I really enjoyed looking through her gallery this morning. What an expert at sponging she is!! I chose her "Simply Spring" card to CASE. I changed the stamps and slightly changed the colors using the pink mat instead of grey. My main image panel is a little smaller, too. Using the reverse masking technique, I sponged with Blushing Bride and Always Artichoke. I colored the flower stamp with Always Artichoke and Pretty In Pink Markers. After stamping, I colored in the flowers with the Pretty In Pink and added a little Perfect Plum and White Gel Pen to the centers. I used the retired "Embrace Life" stamp set. Everything is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Honoring Queen Betty (QFTD111)

Our Queen For The Day is gbedwright. Betty is so very talented. It's not easy CASEing even her CAS cards! I chose to CASE her "Buttons and Fabric" card. I used DSP instead of fabric, changed the colors, stamps and size of the card. Also, she pinked the edge of her fabric and I made a scallop border on the DSP. I love every card this woman makes!! Everything here is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Stripes (TSC0504)

This is actually for four challenges. Brat Cards presented the Twisted Sistahs Challenge. Terri asked us to combine three challenges from SCS for the week. On Tuesdays, besides the Tea Party Challenge, there's a color challenge. This week's Color Challenge was to use Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie and Bashful Blue. There was also a dessert option which was to make the card a birthday card for a man or boy. On Wednesdays, there's a Sketch Challenge. I used this week's sketch for my layout. On Thursdays, there's the Ways To Use It Challenge. This week, we were to do some distressing. I distressed the main image panel and mat plus the sentiment panel and mat. I used heavy white card stock for the base card, main image panel and sentiment panel. There's a layer of retired Bashful Blue Prints DSP and then a layer of Pumpkin Pie DSP. The matting and the horizontal strip are Wild Wasabi. The horizontal strip was embossed with the Stripes Impressions Folder. All sponging was done with Pumpkin Pie Ink. Everything except the heavy white card stock is from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Dora for Eva (MMTPT196)

Yesterday, I had to take my son to his appointment and, since my daughter couldn't come to sit with my mom, I had to take my mom with us. She has been sick with the flu for several days and had a very bad rash which was painful and hard for her to sit in the car. When we got to the appointment, she started talking funny, and we thought she might be having another stroke, so we left there and took her to ER. Well, the intestinal issues that caused the rash also caused a urinary tract infection. This might be what caused the speech issues or she actually might have had a stroke. In any event, she's in the hospital on antibiotics, and a wound specialist is supposed to come and look at her today. She's 97, and her skin is tissue paper thin, so it doesn't take much to cause it to open up. I may be able to take her home this evening or possibly tomorrow. So, that's why I didn't get to the tea party yesterday. Since she's not here today, I'm catching up on laundry and card making. This card is for the tea party. We had to bring Dora the Explorer. The card will go to a little girl who has been extremely ill. She loves Dora, and her favorite colors are pink and purple. I think everyone had to go online to get their images, just as I did. I used a heavy white card stock for the base card, and I put a layer of Making Memories Gingham dp on it. I used Sizzix "Round-a-bout" alphabet Sizzlits for the letters and added punched and embossed flowers. I used Nesties for the main image panel and scalloped frame. In the title, "Dora the Explorer", the "the" is in a blue arrow. I used an SU! punch to punch out the arrow and then used a White Gel Pen to hand write "Eva", which is the little girl's name. I added the little purple bow just so it would have both of her favorite colors on the card. Thanks for stopping by!!