Monday, June 29, 2009

As promised, here is another card showcasing the same Late Night Stampers Group sketch for challenge #25 this week.
This was such a fun sketch to work with and, as I have said before, having a good sketch to work with makes the card creation go so much smoother ~ for me anyway. The designer paper used in this card is Sweet Slumber. It is textured cardstock and is so pretty. I hate that it is retiring! I am going to miss it!

Stamps: Nursery Necessities
Ink: Baja Breeze, Ridinghood Red, So Saffron
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Ridinghood Red, Vanilla, Sweet Slumber textured DSP
Accessories: Word Window punch

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

In my last post, I showed a sketch challenge that we are working with this week on Late Night Stampers Group. I have made two more cards with this sketch. Here is one... I didn't even use any stamps! This was made completely with cardstock and DSP.

Stamps: None
Ink: None
Cardstock: So Saffron, Ridinghood Red, Washington Apple DSP

I will be back tomorrow with another card utilizing this same layout.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Another B-Day Card

A quick post to show another handmade birthday card that I received. This from my good friend, Tena. (Hi Tena!) The lighting in this picture just doesn't do the card justice, so for that I apologize.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It is Wednesday again! Boy, the weeks go fast! The Divas had a sketch challenge this week to play with. Looks pretty simple, right? Not! It is my own fault, though. I didn't get a chance to work on this challenge early and so it was last minute. As a result, I am not really happy with my color scheme. I guess I pictured it a lot different in my mind than how it came out. That will teach me. But, for the sake of time and all, I am posting it and will try to work on another card using this sketch this afternoon.
Stamps: Friends 24/7
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Cameo Coral marker, Old Olive marker, Rose Red marker
Cardstock: Old Olive, Cameo coral, Rose Red, Whisper White, Raspberry Tart DSP
Accessories: 1-3/8" and 1-1/4" square punches, dimensionals

Why don't YOU play along with us? Each week the Diva Coffee Break Design Team has another challenge to play with. Some are sketches, some are color challenges, and some are using the Big Shot. All of the challenges can be found on the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog each Wednesday. After you complete the challenge, you simply upload your creation to the blog using Mr. Linky. It is easy and it is fun! Sometimes there is even blog candy! You can access links to the other design team members' creations from the Diva blog as well. Give it a try!

Late Night Stampers have a sketch challenge too!

The Late Night Stampers Group Design Team challenge this week is a sketch challenge. This sketch was created by Mary Jo Albright, a very talented fellow design team member.
It is hard to see, but the little stars and swirls that are around the rocket in the main image are also stamped in Summer Sun on the Summer Sun layer so it didn't look quite as plain. The "friend to friend" sentiment came from Pocket Silhouettes stamp set.

Stamps: Pun Fun, Pocket Silhouettes
Ink: Jet Black Stazon
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Summer Sun, Whisper White
Accessories: Star brads, Paper Piercer, Tangerine Tango grosgrain ribbon, watercolor pencils, blender pen

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Still in my effort to get caught up, I needed another graduation card. While blog surfing a few days ago, I came across this adorable card by Barb Mullikin and just about completely CASE'd it. The sentiment is from the retired SAB set Congrats. It was very quick and easy. The Old Olive layer was made using the Scallop Edge punch on a 2-3/4" square piece of cardstock.

Stamps: So Swirly Jumbo Wheel, Pocket Silhouettes, Congrats (retired)
Ink: Rose Red, White Craft ink
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Whisper White, Rose Red
Accessories: Rose Red grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Square Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Dimensionals

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Monday, June 22, 2009

My birthday was this past weekend. I received this beautiful card from Tammy Fite. It was such a surprise! Thank you, Tammy! You made my day!

The beautiful dress was made out of the circle scallop, using designer series paper. I have not actually made one of these dresses yet, but I look forward to!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Diva Mojo!

I am trying to get back into the swing of posting as much as possible again. I was lucky enough today to come up with double the mojo. Diva Mojo! The Diva Coffee Break Design Team Challenge this week is to create something using the colors of Kraft, Always Artichoke, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and then add in some Whisper White or Very Vanilla.
Okay, so as I write this, I see I forgot to add some Bashful Blue. I was feeling so good about my card, too! LOL! Oh well! That will just be our little secret! ;) So, I had my colors and now needed a layout. I printed off Julee's mojomonday91 sketch. She has beautiful sketches! This sketch seemed a little different, but not complicated. The next step was to choose a stamp set. Since I don't have any designer series paper with these darker colors of Night of Navy and Almost Artichoke, I knew I would have to create some sort of background on the plain cardstock. You really can't see it in this picture, but I used the same main image and stamped it in Versamark on the Night of Navy so that it wasn't quite so plain. Once again, I reverted back to the Fresh Cuts stamp set for this adorable sentiment. It fits so nicely in the small oval punch!

Stamps: Friends 24/7, Fresh Cuts
Ink: Versamark, Almost Artichoke
Cardstock: Kraft, Night of Navy, Almost Artichoke, Whisper White
Accessories: Small Oval, Large Oval and Wide Oval punches, Scallop Oval punch, Kraft cordoroy brad, Kraft taffeta ribbon, dimensionals

What do you think? Why don't you play along with us? These are gorgeous colors to work with and uploading your creation is sooooo easy using Mr. Linky! Make a quick stop over to the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog and see what the other Diva Design Team members have created for your inspiration.

Have a wonderful hump day!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I have been trying to give some ink to the sets I have that are retiring, feeling guilty that they have not gotten all of the attention they have needed and deserved. Garden Greetings was, again, the chosen set to go with the endless scrap pieces sitting on my desk. Can you tell I haven't cleaned my desk in a while...? I did make some headway tonight, though, and can at least see portions of the top. Baby steps.

I saw this layout somewhere out there in blogland, though with a completely different set, and it stuck with me so I figured I would give it a try. With the exception of cutting out the three flowers, everything else came together quick and easy. The base of the card is Kiwi Kiss, but the main part of the card is Ridinghood Red and layered on top of the Kiwi Kiss. I simply punched a circle using the 1-3/4" punch through the top layer of the Ridinghood Red. On the inside, I layered a piece of Whisper White and stamped the sentiment on the white so it would show through the punched hole. The DSP is from Ridinghood Red DSP package.

Stamps: Garden Greetings
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Ridinghood Red
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Ridinghood Red, Whisper White, Ridinghood Red DSP
Accessories: Ridinghood Red ribbon, 1-3/4" circle punch, snips

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Our Late Night Stampers design team challenge this week is to make things pertaining to kids. Anything kids. So, I had some scraps on my desk and had just printed off the Splitcoast sketch layout challenge for last week (SC232)....and away I went. Not a whole lot of stamping here so it went pretty fast.

Why don't you play along with us? You can upload your creation to the Late Night Stampers yahoo groups page before midnight Sunday (June 21st............a VERY important day because it is my birthday!!) and a winner will be chosen next Monday by the design team. It doesn't have to be a card. It could be an altered item, scrapbook page, etc.

Stamps: Choo Choo, Right on Track wheel
Ink: Basic Black, Ridinghood Red, Baja Breeze
Cardstock: Ridinghood Red, Basic Black, Baja Breeze, Baja Breeze DSP, Ridinghood Red DSP, Whisper White
Accessories: paper piercer

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Garden Greetings

We made this Garden Greetings card at one of my classes last week. Fairly quick and easy. This set is so cute, but unfortunately is retiring at the end of the month and won't be in the new catalog. :( I did copy this card from another demonstrator (who I think used Mellow Moss and Pink Pirouette - with the pink as the base), but for the life of me I can't find the blog I saw it on. So, I apologize and if this is your card, please let me know and I will edit this post to give you the proper credit. The designer papers come from Ridinghood Red DSP. I also made another one - exactly the same except instead of the "thank you", I put "Birthday Wishes" on the bottom right-hand corner of the DSP in Basic Black.

Stamps: Garden Greetings
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Ridinghood Red
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Ridinghood Red, Ridinghood Red DSP
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss ribbon, Button Bouquet, natural hemp

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Thoughts and Prayers

Unfortunately, we sometimes have to deal with sad occasions and a sympathy card is needed. We lost someone very dear to our family last week and this was the card I made to send to comfort my aunt as she goes through this difficult time. This card was almost completely inspired by Joanne Travis with her card here. Her card just really caught my eye and I just added a few layers / embellishments. This card has a "Z fold". The Mellow Moss layer was simply folded like a regular A2 card and then the top half was folded back on itself again. Both of the images on the inside were embossed with clear embossing powder. The tree was stamped in Versamark and the "Praying For You" was stamped in Rose Red Craft ink. The images on the front of the card were colored with Mellow Moss and Rose Red markers before stamping on the Whisper White cardstock. The three brads and the ribbon embellishment came from the Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware set. I did add some Stardust Stickles glitter / glue to the middle of the flowers on the front to give them a little sparkle. These do take quite some time to dry so make sure you do that step last whenever using Stickles. Learned that the hard way!! LOL! The designer paper on front comes from the (retiring) Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin' Kit.

Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers
Ink: Mellow Moss and Rose Red markers, Versamark, Rose Red Craft ink
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Rose Red, Whisper White, Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin' Kit DSP
Accessories: Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, white grosgrain ribbon, clear embossing powder, heat tool

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Crazy for Cupcakes? I know I am! I love my sweets just a little too much! This card showcased one of the ways to use the watercolor pencils to my Club members. The image was stamped in Jet Black Stazon, colored in a little and then softened with a blender pen. Pretty simple and straightforward card.

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Ink: Jet Black Stazon
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Good Morning Sunshine DSP, Whisper White
Accessories: Circle ice rhinestone brads (3), Pacific Point grosgrain ribbon, watercolor pencils, blender pen, dimensionals

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Love You Much Divas!

The Divas had another sketch challenge this week. A pretty simple sketch, but I seemed to have the hardest time making my idea for this sketch work. So, I had to improvise and adjust. It was a little frustrating, though, as I knew what I wanted and couldn't quite make it work for this size card. I will have to try it again with a larger, square sized card and see what I can do. But, this is what I came up with in the meantime.

Stamps: Love You Much
Ink: Not Quite Navy Craft, Not Quite Navy Classic, Kiwi Kiss Classic
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss, Ridinghood Red DSP, Whisper White
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss grosgrain ribbon, Kiwi Kiss cordoroy brads, Heart to Heart punch, Ruby Red / Earth Elements brads, clear embossing powder, heat tool, blender pen

Take a quick trip to the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog and see what the other Divas have come up with for inspiration for this sketch. Then, you give it a try and upload your creation using Mr. Linky. It isn't hard at all! If you need some help, simply contact me and I will be happy to assist ( You know you want to play!!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009


For our monthly Stamper's Club Project Night, one of the projects I try to do is a 6x6 scrapbook page. This was the page we did this month. Real simple and quick, though a little bit of cutting! The tracks were wheeled across the bottom in black and then the train cars and smoke puffs were stamped on white in various colors and then cut out and applied with dimensionals.

Stamps: Choo Choo, Right on Track wheel
Ink: Basic Black, Ridinghood Red, Yo Yo Yellow, Glorious Green
Cardstock: Pacific Point textured, Ridinghood Red DSP, Whisper White
Accessories: Dimensionals, Dauber (to sponge edges of white)

These 6x6 pages can be left at this size, or easily transformed into an 8-1/2x11 or 12x12 size scrapbook page ~ all depending on the individual scrapper and her needs.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

You're a Super Star!

The daughter of one of my close friends has recently graduated high school and this is the card that I made for her. The card was not my original idea as it was heavily CASE'd from a card that a fellow demo, Dawn Griffith, made a while back. My congratulations sentiment came from the Congrats Sell-A-Bration set (2009) and it was stamped in white Craft ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder.

Stamps: Congrats (retired 2009 SAB)
Ink: White Craft
Cardstock: Basic Black, Kraft, Whisper White
Accessories: White grosgrain ribbon, Kraft taffeta ribbon, large star punch, small star punch, clear embossing powder

It was a fun card to make and super quick. All of the stars are popped up with dimensionals. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A little dry embossing....

This week on Late Night Stampers Group, our Design Team challenge was to make something using an embossing technique.  It could be dry embossing ~ which would utilize any of the Classy Brass Templates or the Big Shot with Texturz Plates or Embosslits Dies or embossing folders ~ or we could use heat embossing ~ which would require stamping an image in a pigment ink or Versamark and adding embossing powder and then setting with a heat tool.   I chose to use the Manhattan Flower Texturz Impressions folder.  I sure hope Stampin' Up! comes out with some more embossing folders in the new catalog on July 1st!  They are so fun to use!
I placed some DSP from the Good Morning Sunshine DSP pack in the folder and ran through the Big Shot to emboss.  Then, I lightly sanded the raised image with a sanding block to make it look white and pop.   You can't really tell in the photo, but the base of the card is actually Whisper White, so sanding the image brought out a little more white color.

Stamps:  None
Ink:  None
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Ridinghood Red, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Accessories:  Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Chocolate Chip cordoroy button, natural hemp

I left the card without a greeting on the outside so that when I need it, I can put the appropriate greeting on the inside and tailor it to my need at that time.

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Who Is A Big Shot?

I absolutely love my Big Shot!  So, in playing for this week's challenge ~ which was to create something using the Big Shot ~ I decided to have a go at making a "quilt card" since I have not tried one yet.  It really was fun and easy!

This quilt card uses the Top Note die.  Who would have thought you could do so much with the Top Note die?!?  I love this die!  In looking at the picture of my card on the screen as I write, I guess I didn't exactly center the die before it went through the Big Shot.....hmmmm....we will ignore that for now.  LOL!

Stamps:  Fresh Cuts
Ink:  Kiwi Kiss
Cardstock:  Summer Sun, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Accessories:  Pacific Point grosgrain ribbon, Kiwi Kiss cordoroy buttons / brads, scallop circle punch, white gel pen, 1-3/8" and 1-1/4" and 1" circle punches, 1-1/4" square punch

To make the "quilting", I simply punched 20 squares using the 1-1/4" square punch out of the designer paper and adhered them with some mono to a piece of cardstock (I just used Whisper White, but you don't see the cardstock).  I then (should have) centered the Top Note die and ran it through the Big Shot.  You want to make sure that the four corners of the squares have adhesive on them so they adhere nicely and the corners don't lift.  Then take your cut Top Note and layer / decorate as usual.

Pop on over to the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog and see what the other Diva Design Team members have created with their Big Shots!  While you are at it, why don't you play along?  Come know you want to!  You can simply upload your creation using Mr. Linky directly onto the blog.  

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Last Chance List is Here....and more!

The Last Chance List of retiring stamp sets and accessories is here!   You can check out the Last Chance List here.  But don't delay!  Once they are gone, they are gone for good!  This includes the current In-Colors.  Make sure you stock up on your current In-Color paper, ink, ribbon, reinkers and other accessories before they sell out.

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Here is another card made with the Bright Delights Rub-Ons.  They are just so quick and easy!  

Stamps:  Not a One!
Ink:  None
Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Bella Rose DSP, Vanilla
Accessories:  Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Bright Delights Rub-Ons

These Rub-Ons are really fun to work with!  Give them a try!