Monday, March 31, 2008

Technique Monday

After a busy weekend at the dance competition, doing laundry, cooking, cleaning and stamping a challenge card here and there. It is finally Monday, and everyone is out of the house and I can get my cards posted.

Today's challenge technique is paper tole... where the same image is stacked to provide dimension to the key features. The catch with today's challenge is NO FLOWERS allowed. Stamp the main image 3 times and cut out detail areas and use dimensional adhesive to pop up.

I took the bashful blue ink pad and rubbed it over the paper to create a washed-looking background, I then stamped the entire image onto the paper. I stamped the images two more times on scrap white paper and colored all the images in using SU! markers (Going Gray (tires), Mellow Moss (truck), Brocade Blue, Regal Rose, So Saffron). I cut out one entire image and mounted it with dimensional adhesive on top of the first stamped image, then cut out several features from the 3rdstamped image to add extra dimension. I chose the fender, the window, the lady, and 3 of the gifts. This was so much fun, I love to cut and this was my stamping therapy for the day!

Stamps: Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories
Paper: Mellow Moss, Brocade Blue, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue,
Accessories: SU! Markers, Paper Snips, Dimensional Adhesive, Rounded Tab Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, 1/16" Hole Punch, Silver Brads, Staple, Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!

Saturday Inspiration Challenge

Home Inspired Inspiration
The challenge is to make a card inspired by something in your home. I used a pillow from a chair in my master bedroom retreat area. Here is the pillow and the card that I designed for this challenge.

Stamps: Live Your Dream
Paper: Perfect Plum, Pal ePlum, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Old Olive
Accessories: Soft Subtles Buttons, Glue Dots, 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensional Adhesive

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Why Did I Buy That?

Friday's Limited Supplies Challenge
We were to use something that we bought or was given and didn't know why we bought it. This is the perfect example of that. I loved the crystal brads that I found at a LSS and bought every color. Only to find that the SU! Rhinestone brads colors are better, the ones I bought got lost in my embellishments drawer. So I dug them out to add to this card.

Stamps: Ginormous Flowers, Stem Sayings
Paper: Real Red, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Soft Sky
Accessories: 5 Petal Flower Punch, 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Non SU! Crystal brads, Dimensional Adhesive, 1/8" Hole Punch

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Spray It on!

Ways to Use it Challenge Thursday.

The challenge today was find Ways to Spray It, using Glimmer Mist, water misting, color spritzer ...or whatever else you can think up...have fun spraying!
Here is the card I designed for today's challenge. I just received this new set from the SU! Ocassions Mini catalog. I love to cut out images, so I cut out the three stars on the main panel and popped them up off the paper. I used Silver Spray Glitter on all the Confetti White pieces.
The finished card size is 5-1/2" square.
Stamps: In the Stars
Paper: Ballet Blue, Night of Navy, Purely Pomegranate, Confetti White
Ink: Night of Navy, Purely Pomegranate, Ballet Blue
Accessories: Silver Spray Glitter, Silver Brads, 1-1/6" Hole Punch, Dimensional Adhesive, Purely Pomegranate & Navy Ribbon.

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Three Days of Challenges

I can't believe it is Thursday already, I have 3 days worth of challenges to share. I managed to get the cards stamped but didn't have time to add them here on my blog until today. So please forgive me for being late with these, but I hope you enjoy looking at them.

Wednesday's Sketch Challenge

I designed this card for the sketch challenge over at SCS. I used the Priceless Stamp Set, which I have been neglecting lately. I love the swirls in this set. The tall narrow panel is popped up using dimensional adhesive.
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Pink Passion, White
Ink: SU! Pink Passion, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Silver Brads, 1/16" Hole Punch, Soft Sky Ribbon, Dimensional Adhesive

Color Challenge Tuesday

I designed this card using the challenge colors Soft Sky, Basic Gray, Whisper White.
Stamp Set: Always
Ink: Basic Gray, Soft Sky
Accessories: Silver Brads, Distressing Tool, Circle Punches, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensional Adhesive

Monday's Try a New Technique Challenge.

Here is my Flap Fold Card, open and closed, I designed for the Try a New Technique Challenge.
The paper is cut to 3-1/2" x 11" and scored at 4-1/4" & 8-1/2". Round the left side of the panel using a Coluzzle circle cutter. Fold and stamp as desired.
Stamps: Ginormous Flowers, Absolutely Fabulous
Paper: Certainly Celery, Cutie Pie DSP, So Saffron, Rose Red
Ink: Rose Red, Basic Black
Accessories: So Saffron Brads, 1/16" hole punch, Rhinestone Circle Brad, Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, 5 Petal Flower Punch, Dimensional Adhesive

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Stamping goes with everything!
I have been busy over the past couple of days getting everything ready for today. I am making dinner for 12 today, mostly family and a couple adoptees. I always have extras when their is homemade dinner, lol.
Basket Tag for my son's Easter basket.
I used the On Board Simon Upper chipboard, covered it with Certainly Celery Prints DSP, used my SU! craft & hobby blade to trim paper, used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole. I also punched 3 stars, using my large star SU! punch, from Celery cardstock, punched holes in each and strung pieces on Celery grosgrain ribbon. I added my own handwriting to each.

Basket Tag for my daughter's Easter basket.
The same as my son's except I covered the chipboard letter with Flowers For You DSP, punched out 3 flowers using my SU! 5 Petal Flower Punch, and strung it on Pretty in Pink Grograin Ribbon. I added my own handwriting to each flower.

I made these cute little treat holders (inspired from Beate's tutorial on SCS) for each place setting at the dinner table.

Stamps: A Good Egg
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Lavender Lave, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Regal Rose, Basic Black
Accessories: Scalloped Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Slit Punch, Celery Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Dimensional Adhesive, Velcro

Cupcake Topper made using the Good Egg Set and added some Stickles for sparkle. This is the centerpiece for the food serving table!! But you have to eat dinner first, then you can have a cupcake!!

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Inspiration Saturday

Seaside Blooms

Today is Inspiration Challenge over at SCS. My favorite of all the challenges they host. The inspiration piece is this beautiful seaside bracelet.

Here is the card I designed for the challenge. I love the soft blues and green hues that are in the bracelet. I stamped the images in Basic Gray, and used the Aqua Painter to watercolor the flowers with Soft Sky and Blue Bayou. I used the silver brads to bring in the silver from the bracelet. I have been wanting to use this new set and today was the day. Finished size of card is 4-1/2" square.

Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful
Paper: Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou
Accessories: Silver Brads, Paper Piercing Kit, Wild Wasabi Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensional Adhesive

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Challenges To Share

Today's challenge was a Limited Supplies Challenge. We were to make multiple cards using the same stamps(3-4), cardstock(2-3), & one sheet of DSP. Here are my 2 cards:

Stamps: A Beautiful Thing, Sweet Serendipity
Paper: Groovy Guava, River Rock, Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Ginger Blossoms DSP
Ink: Rose Red, Groovy Guava, River Rock
Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool & Mat Kit, Ribbon, Rose Red Brads & Button, Linen Thread, Dimensional Adhesive

Yesterday's challenge was to make a card featuring a tag. So here is a card I designed for my downline meeting swap last week, the swap was for tag cards. It fits the challenge perfectly.

Stamps: Live Your Dream
Paper: Bashful Blue, Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, White
Ink: Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue,
Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Gold Brads

Here is the card I designed for the Ways to Use It challenge.

Stamps: Just Like You
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, Celery Prints DSP
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Word Window Punch, 1/8" hole punch, Spellbinder's Scalloped Tag Die, Large Silver Eyelets, Dimensional Adhesive

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cutie Pie Sketch Challenge

It's Wednesday, and that means a new sketch challenge over at SCS. Here is the card I created using the sketch. I used SU!Cutie Pie DSP and made the stitching using the fine tip of my basic black marker. I also did paper piercing around the large flower image, but it is hard to see that in the photo, but it looks really good IRL.
Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment, Three For You
Paper: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White, Cutie Pie DSP
Ink: Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool, Basic Black Marker, Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Brad, Dimensional Adhesive

Note: The saffron flower in the center of the large flower was cut out from the DSP.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tuesday Color Challenge

This morning I designed a card that I want to share with you for the Color Challenge over at SCS. The colors for the challenge are Sage Shadow, Orchid Opulence & Kraft. A true challenge for me as I rarely use these colors when I design cards. I actually liked the color combo and will try to use it more often. I used this set from the Occasions Mini.
Stamps: Live Your Dream.
Paper: Sage Shadow, Orchid Opulence, Kraft, White
Ink: Sage Shadow, Orchid Opulence
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Gold Brads, 3/4" Circle Punch, Orchid Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensional Adhesive

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Technique Challenge

I have another card to share today, this one is for the Try a New Technique on SCS. I have been wanting to use my Cuttlebug and today was the perfect challenge. Use a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, and on the negative side, ink it up with whatever color or type of ink you want, then put your cardstock in and run it through the Cuttlebug. Viola, a great background is created. Here is my card I designed for today's challenge:
Stamps: Bitty Birthday, Short & Sweet
Paper: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, Whisper White
Ink: Cameo Coral, Basic Brown
Accessories: SU! Markers, 1/2" Circle Punch, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensional Adhesive, Cuttlebug Happy Birthday EB folder

Thanks for looking, Have a creative day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

I have so many things to share today. First off, here is a card I designed for the Inspiration Challenge on SCS last week and saved it to share today, as it is inspired from an Irish Quilt.

Stamps: Boho Backgrounds, Hugs & Wishes
Paper: Garden Green, Gable Green, Green Galore
Ink: Garden Green, River Rock
Accessories: 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Scalloped Circle Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, Dimensional Adhesive, Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, Staple

Second, I was so surprised when I saw one of my cards on Stamper's Showcase today. Here is the card I created and swapped at the regionals in Anaheim, CA in February. I put a sample of each of my swaps in the SU! basket for them to use and they did!

Stamp Set: Best Kind of Friend
Paper: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Really Rust, Naturals Ivory, Mellow Moss
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Scalloped Circle Punch, Gold Brad, Blue Bayou Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensional Adhesive

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sweet Serendipity Inspiration Challenge

I am so excited to be able to finally do a challenge on the day it is posted. Today over at SCS is the Inspiration Challenge. It is one of my favorite challenges each week. Here is the card I created for the challenge. I used one of the SAB set for the large flower. I used the Sweet Serendipity set to make my own background paper using the colors in the inspiration piece.

Stamps: Sweet Serendipity, Friendship Blooms
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Only Orange, Real Red, Green Galore, Whisper White
Ink: Brilliant Blue, Only Orange, Real Red, Green Galore, YoYo Yellow
Accessories: Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Photo Corners Punch, 1/2" Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, Rhinestone Brad, Dimensional Adhesive

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Friday, March 14, 2008

March Class Projects

After being sick for almost two weeks and then trying to catch up on everything, I was finally able to gather a great group of gals together for a Wednesday morning class. Here are three of the cards we made.
Stamps: Big Bold Birthday
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, East Coast Prep DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Paper Crimper, Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon, SU! Markers, Dimensional Adhesive

Note: I used the stamps for the cupcake as a pattern, stamping with Bashful Blue on the reverse side of the Whisper White and the DSP, cutting out the image and then used the other side for my card.

Stamps: A Good Egg
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Spring Fling DSP, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Scor-Pal, Oval Punches, 1/16" Hole Punch, Pink Brads, Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensional Adhesive

Note: I used the Scor-Pal to score a grid on the strip of DSP prior to mounting it on the front of the card.

Stamps: Wild About You, Short & Sweet
Paper: Bordering Blue, Barely Banana, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Bordering Blue, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Basic Black
Accessories: Spiral Binding Punch, Square Punches, Word Window Punch, SU! Markers, Black Gingham Ribbon, Dimensional Adhesive

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