Monday, September 29, 2008

N.M.B.S. Challenge #15

Scallop Flowers
This week's NMBS blog challenge is hosted by Maggie. She posted a fantastic sketch challenge for us this week. Just like Maggie, I love sketch challenges.
Here is the card I created for the challenge. I used the Washington Apple DSP (in the new Fall/Winter Stampin' Up! catalog) and the coordinating colors of cardstock. I used the scalloped circle punch and my paper snips to create the flowers. Don't you just love how these cute flowers turned out?


Stamps: Little Flowers, Best Yet
Paper: Washington Apple DSP, Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red
Access: Jumbo Pewter Eyelets, Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensional Adhesive
Tools: Crop-A-Dile, 3/4" Circle Punch, Scalloped Circle Punch, Paper Snips

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Beate's Weekend Challenge

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge was perfect and so much fun. I am designing cards this weekend for my upcoming classes and for my swaps. My card uses the new Ghostly Greetings DSP from the F/W catalog, and a new set from the Holiday Mini.

Stamps: Eat, Drink & Be Scary, All Holidays
Paper: Ghostly Greetings DSP, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray
Access: Kiwi Kiss Striped and Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbons, White Gel Pen, Dimensional Adhesive, Library Clip
Tools: Curly Label Punch

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Domino Inspiration

I love the magazine "Domino" so much and today on SCS the inspiration challenge was to use a room from the Domino photo galleries for inspiration. It was very hard to choose from the 50 rooms but I chose to use this room for my inspiration. I love the crisp, clean look of the room.
Here is the card I created. I used an older, but still current, favorite set , Baroque Motifs. I stamped the large swirl background using Baja Breeze ink onto Baja Breeze cardstock to give that tone on tone look (notice the wall of the room, it has this behind the pictures). Then the other images are stamped and the baja breeze medallion is cut out and popped up using dimenisonals. The center image is stamped in basic black and punched out using the 1/2" circle punch and is popped up using dimensionals and has a sweet little rhinestone brad in the center.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Hugs & Wishes
Paper: Basic Black, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Baja Breeze
Access: White Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensional Adhesive, Lt. Blue Rhinestone Brad
Tools: 1/16" Hole Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Paper Snips

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Upsy Daisy Sketch

Today is Wednesday, and that means Sketch Challenge on SCS. I absolutely love this sketch with all the layers. I used fall colors even though the temperature today in Phoenix is 101 degrees.
I used the Upsy Daisy set, which is one of favorite new sets and the DSP Prints Tangerine Tango which I also think is fabulous.

Stamps: Upsy Daisy., Lovely Labels
Paper: Tangerine Tango DSP Prints, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango
Ink: Tangerine Tango
Access: Antique Brads, Dimensional Adhesive
Tools: 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" Circle Punches, 1/16" Hole Punch

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Breezy Vanilla Kisses

Color Challenge on SCS yesterday was this fabulous color combo - Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Kiwi Kiss. Here is the card I created using these colors. I also used my new hostess set from the Fall/Winter Stampin' Up! catalog. The sentiment is popped up with dimensionals.

Stamps: Live Like You Mean It, Hugs & Wishes
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip
Access: Baja Breeze Striped Ribbon, Antique Brass Brads, Dimensional Adhesive
Tools: 1/16" Hole Punch

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Starring You Swap Card

Swaps, Swaps and More Swaps.
This card was created for the NMBS New F/W set swap that I recently participated in. I used the Starring You set that I received as an award at convention.

Stamps: Starring You, See You Around Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Kraft, Pumpkin Pie, Not Quite Navy. Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
Access: Gold Brads, Dimensional Adhesive, Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Staple
Tools: Star Punch, Large Star Punch, 1/16" Hole Punch, Stapler, Tag Corner Punch

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Eastern Blooms Swap Card

Got Swaps? Yes I do. I participated in a recent NMBS New F/W set swap, and mailed them out last week. Here is the card I designed using the Eastern Blooms set and one of my favorite color combinations.

Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Canvas
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Regal Rose, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Access: Markers: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, 5/8" Regal Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensional Adhesive
Tools: 1/2" Circle Punch, Ticket Corner Punch

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N.M.B.S. Challenge #14

It was my weekend to host the challenge on the N.M.B.S. group blog. My challenge was to use paper piecing on your card. It is a great way to add interest to the stamped image. My sample uses Sweet Always DSP. This is a card I created for the last N.M.B.S. New F/W set swap.

Not sure how to do this? Paper Piecing 101: Stamp your image on the card stock first, then onto your DSP. Cut out the image you stamped to paper piece on the DSP on the outside of the stamped lines so you still see the lines. Apply adhesive to the back of the cut out images and place over the stamped image on your card stock. Complete your card, by coloring in additional images, and adding embellishments.

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Paper: Sweet Always DSP, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Brown
Accessories: Barely Banana Brad, Markers: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensional Adhesive
Tools: Scor-Pal (created scored grid backgound on Chocolate Chip layer), Three for you Punch, 1/16" hole punch, Key Tag Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, Paper Snips

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Love Your Blog!!

I received this award on Tuesday from Chat (aka nitestamper on SCS) and a special friend of mine. I am finally getting around to accepting this wonderful award from Chat.
You can check out her blog Me, My Stamps & I

Thanks Chat for giving me this wonderful award.

Now to keep with the rules of receiving this award:
1) The winner can put the logo on their blog
2) Link the person you received your award from
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Put links of those blogs on yours
5) Leave a message on the blogs of the blogs you’ve nominated.

I love looking at blogs of talented stampers and the following deserve to receive this award:

Karen - Karen's Kreations
Connie - Inkspired Treasures
Jessie - Can You Say...Addicted to Stamps?
Nancy - iStamp
Lorri - Confessions of a Stamping Addict
Toni - Ink, inc.
Diana - Di's Handmade Creations

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September Downline Meeting

We made 3 Make & Take projects last night. These were so much fun and what great ideas to show everyone. I just love to stamp doesn't it show!! Here are my completed make & take projects.

Bag in a Box - Provided by Pam Hegarty

Halloween Acetate Treat Box - Provided by Pam Hegarty

Double Folded Pocket Card with Tags - provided by Anita

I was lucky enough to win the door prize at our meeting. How exciting!!! Diane made this adorable stationery box. It is filled with stamped note cards & envelopes, stamps, address book, and much more. Now I will have to bring the door prize to the next meeting.

Stationery Box Closed

Here it is open:

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Swaps, Make & Takes & a Door Prize...

...all of this and more are a part of the downline meetings which are held the second Thursday of each month. Last night was our meeting for September. We made 3 make & take projects, had a short business meeting, a door prize drawing and the card swap. The swap is always a highlight of the meetings and this month was no exception. The swap theme was fall/Halloween card fronts.
Here are the swap cards we received:

Tammy's card

Sharon's card

Jean's card

Pam H.'s card

Grace's card

Anita's card

Michele's card

Chat's card

My card:

Autumn Harvest, Defining Alphabet, Define Your Life
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Access: Aqua Painter, Old Olive Brads, Dimensional Adhesive, Chocolate Chip Marker
Tools: 1/6" Hole Punch, Paper Snips

I hope you enjoyed looking at all the swap cards from my group. If you would like to join my group, please contact me and ask about becoming a demonstrator.

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Always "Using White Gel Pen"

Today's Ways to Use It Challenge over on SCS was to use the White Gel pen on your card. I love using the white gel pen. The card I created uses the White gel Pen to make dots all around the layers of the card.

Stamps: Always
Paper: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Regal Rose, Perfect Plum, Brocade Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Brocade Blue, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Perfet Plum, Regal Rose
Access: Silver Brad, So Saffron Poly-Twill Ribbon, Dimensional Adhesive
Tools: 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" Square Punches, 1/16" Hole Punch

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Combined Challenges

Today's Sketch Challenge combined with yesterday's Color Challenge is featured on the card that I created. I used the Fresh Cuts set and the colors Basic Gray, Riding Hood Red and Green Galore... I have never used this combo before and was a little concerned about the Green Galore. I think it turned out okay, what do you think?

Stamps: Fresh Cuts
Paper: Bella Rose DSP, Basic Gray, Green Galore, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Riding Hood Red, Green Galore
Access: Silver Brads, White Signo Gel Pen, Dimensional Adhesive
Tools: Scallop Edge Punch, 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Paper Piercing Tool

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

N.M.B.S. Challenge #12

Fall is my favorite season and this challenge seemed like it was just for me. Thanks Vonda for a super challenge this week to make a Fall/October themed single serving goody bag, box, container, whatever!

Here is the what I came up with. A Bag in a Box using Haiku Designer Series Paper.

Stamps: Sweet Serendipity
Paper: Haiku DSP, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Ink: Tangerine Tango
Access: Earth Elements Buttons, DMC Floss, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip, Old Olive 5/8" Ribbon
Tools: Scallop Edge Punch, Large and Wide Oval Punches, Rounded Tab Punch, Crop-A-Dile

You can check out our group blog here!

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Celebrating Denise as Featured Stamper

Congrats to Denise!!
Denise (aka card crazy) on SCS was selected as Featured Stamper today. The challenge is to go to her gallery and choose a card to CASE and change at least 2 things when you create your card.

So here is the card I created for the challenge today. It is a pocket card, measuring 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" finished. I took an 8-1/4" x 4-1/4" piece of cardstock and scored at 1-1/4", and 4" from the left side, then folded on the score lines and secured the ends with sticky strip and brads to form the pocket. I loved using some of my favorite colors for fall.

Stamps: Eastern Blooms, A Little Birthday Cheer
Paper: Always Artichoke, Really Rust, So Saffron, Mellow Moss
Ink: So Saffron, Really Rust, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip
Access: Gold Brads, Dimensional Adhesive, Sticky Strip
Tools: 1/2" Circle Punch, Small Oval Punch, 1/16" Hole Punch

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Friday night stamping

Thank you Karen (aka imastampin) for a wonderful evening of fun, friends and stamping. I was invited to Karen's home for dinner, and a shoebox swap with some of her stampin' friends. We had great food and then got down to stamping.

Here are a couple of group pics with names and (aka on SCS)

Front row: Me (aka barbara welch), Melissa (aka toknighton), Karen (imastampin)
Back row: Kathleen (aka defoe), Heather, Julee, Connie (aka cmc2stamp)

Front row: Wendy (aka wonniegirl), Melissa (aka toknighton), Karen (aka imastampin)
Back row: Kathleen (aka defoe), Heather, Julee, Connie (aka cmc2stamp)

I made these stampin' treats to give everyone. Karen put them at each place setting on the dinner table.
To make the topper I used the Big Shot, Top Note Die and 20th Anniv. Embossix Die. Other items used: Haiku DSP, Med. cello bag, Small & Large Oval punches, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive and Whisper White Cardstock.

Close-up of the Treat bag topper:

Here are the awesome projects we stamped:

Wendy's card - Snow Swirled Stamp Set

Melissa's Bag in a Box - Bella Rose DSP and Eastern Blooms Stamp Set

Kathleen's card - Big Flowers Stamp Set

Heather's card - Season of Joy Stamp Set

My card - Crazy for Cupcakes and Bashful Blue DSP Prints

Julee's card - A Flower for All Seasons Stamp Set and Bella Rose DSP

Karen's card - Flight of the Butterfly Stamp Set

Connie's card - Pocket Silhouette's Stamp Set

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!