Friday, August 28, 2009

I love the new Cottage Wall designer series paper. These colors and patterns are so me! Today's card follows a challenge to "Get Punchy!" and use our Stampin' Up! punches. This challenge was issued by the Late Night Stampers Group design team. I have lots of ideas, but just have had a crazy week and have not had a chance to sit down and create yet. I do use our punches a lot, though, and I love to create animals / themes with our punches too.

Stamps: One of a Kind
Ink: Jet Black StazOn
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Cottage Wall DSP
Accessories: Silver brads, Rich Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon, Boho Blossoms punch

This card uses the Boho Blossoms punch. There is a stamp in the One of a Kind stamp set that, after stamping, can easily be punches out with this punch too. I love the way our products work together!

I am off to pack (as I write this post). Two of my children and I are leaving on a road trip to visit some relatives on the East Coast in the morning. Keep your fingers crossed that I get up in time! LOL! I will be back with a post on Monday morning. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Diva Color Challenge

Good Morning! The Divas have a color challenge this week. This was a tough color group for me to work with and so I am not real pleased with my card. So, I may try to make another card later today if I have some time. Today my baby turns 6! So, we have a busy day!!

I used the Flower Fancy stamp set and colored it in with some ink and my blender pen on the main image. Be sure that when you use this technique, you stamp your image in Jet Black StazOn first so that the black ink doesn't bleed or run when you go to color it in.

Stamps: Flower Fancy
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Sage Shadow
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Whisper White
Accessories: Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon

Take a quick trip over to the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog and see what the other design team members have come up with for your inspiration with this color challenge. You won't be disappointed. Then, play along with us! You can simply upload your creation using Mr. Linky and we will get to see your creation and leave you some loving comments!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Another quick and simple card. This one was completely inspired by Melissa Riker. The main image was simply randomly stamped in Dusty Durango on Whisper White before being layered onto a piece of Dusty Durango and the card base of Whisper White.
Stamps: Razzle Dazzle, Fresh Cuts (sentiment)
Ink: Dusty Durango
Cardstock: Whisper White, Dusty Durango
Accessories: Dursty Durango grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Monday, August 24, 2009

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Jenn Dierks offered complete inspiration for this card. I needed an anniversary card too, so it was perfect timing! LOL! Very simple and quick! the Medallion image is stamped in Soft Suede onto Very Vanilla. A half-pearl from the Pretties Kit was adhered with a glue dot to the middle of the Medallion. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny wishes and punched out with the Modern Label punch. Loving that punch!!

Stamps: Medallion, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Soft Sueded, edges sponged with Dusty Durango
Cardstock: Vanilla, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango
Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Pretties Kit, Dusty Durango grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Christmas again! This was the third card made in our August Holiday Card Class. Inspiration for this card came from Gretchen Barron, though I did change up a few things.

Stamps: Big on Christmas
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, White Craft ink
Cardstock: Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Snowflake #2, Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Antique Brads, Blender Pen, Burgundy watercolor crayon

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My daughter wanted one of her sketch pads covered so I played with it while she swam. I simply unraveled the coil and recovered the existing cover with a sheet of Basic Black. All layers were adhered with Sticky Strip so I didn't have to worry about them loosening. Next came a layer of Old Olive and finally a layer of Cast-A-Spell double-sided Designer Series Paper. The main skull image is from the Just Jawing stamp set. This was stamped on Whisper White with Jet Black Stazon and layered on Old Olive as well as Basic Black. The same with the "you rock" wording. Two layers of ribbon were adhered to a strip of Basic Black cardstock with Sticky Tape as well ~ 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain and 1/4" Basic Black grosgrain. I then repunched the holes and inserted the coil again. A quick and easy way to personalize a notebook!

Stamps: Just Jawing
Ink: Jet Black Stazon
Cardstock: Basic Black, Old Olive, Cast-A-Spell DSP, Whisper White
Accessories: Basic Black grosgrain ribbon, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Here is the second of the 3 holiday cards we made at the Holiday Card Class last week. Pretty simple and straightforward. The ornament is a circle cut from the Merry Moments DSP.

Stamps: Many Merry Messages
Ink: Real Red
Cardstock: Real Red, Shimmery Gold, Vanilla, Merry Moments DSP
Accessories: Gold brad, circle cutter, gold cord, Round Tab punch

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

Each year, I like to begin in August hosting a monthly Holiday Card Class where we make some holiday cards, usually 3-4 of 3-4 designs. We get together one night each month for 4 months and by the end of November, have plenty of holiday cards to send out!

This card utilizes the Level 1 Hostess set, Holiday Best and Merry Moments double-sided DSP.

Stamps: Holiday Best
Ink: Garden Green, Chocolate Chip and Real Red markers, Chocolate Chip ink
Cardstock: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, Garden Green, Merry Moments DSP
Accessories: Gold brads, Wide Oval punch, Modern Label punch, dimensionals

If you would like to join us for our next Holiday Card Class, just let me know!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Diva Challenge 141

Good Wednesday Morning! Our DIVA challenge this week is a sketch challenge. Wanna play? Come on, you know you do. It's fun! This is the sketch we have to work with this week. Remember~ you can flip or turn the sketch if you want to. You can interpret the sketch any way you see fit.
Here is my card featuring the Razzle Dazzle stamp set.

Stamps: Razzle Dazzle, Kind & Caring Thoughts
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Accessories: Bermuda Bay grosgrain ribbon, 1/4" square punch

This was a fun card to make. Give it a try and play along! Simply create your card and upload a picture of it using Mr. Linky.
You can also check out what the rest of the Diva Design Team has come up with for your inspiration. Simply click here.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Our Late Night Stampers challenge this week is to CASE a card from the catalog and make it a kid's card - making sure we changed 2 things in our version of the CASE. I started out attempting to case the card on the bottom of page 72, but it didn't go well and I ended up changing it altogether. Oh well. Sometimes it just doesn't go as planned. So, I changed the colors, the stamps and the layout. It WAS a springboard for inspiration, though, and I am happy with how it came out.

Stamps: Animal Stories
Ink: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Tall Tales DSP, Melon Mambo, So Saffron,
Whisper White
Accessories: Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

This will make a cute little girl's birthday card. Thanks for checking it out!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Good Morning! I have been working on some baby shower favors for a shower my sister is giving a friend. These use the scallop bag die with the Big Shot and a dear friend helped me put them together.

Unfortunately, the printed papers were not purchased through Stampin' Up! but all of
the supplies used are SU! the bootie image comes from A New Little Someone stamp set from 2003, which is now
retired. They were stamped in Jet Black Stazon, cut out and then colored with SU!'s chalks and a Q-Tip.

Once the die is run through the Big Shot and cut, there are 3 pieces: the main piece and 2 side pieces. These are held together with Sticky Strip.
Stamps: A New Little Someone (retired), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Regal Rose
Cardstock: Whisper White, non-SU! printed paper
Accessories: Modern Label punch, Pretty in Pink brads, scallop circle punch, dimensionals
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day.

DIVA Color Challenge

I am very excited as the Divas have asked me to stay on the Design Team for another term! We have a color challenge this week for the Diva Coffee Break Design Team. Why don't you try to play along with us? You know you want to...It'll be fun! Simply make your creation using the above colors in the color challenge. You can make a card, scrapbook page, 3-D item - any paper craft! Then upload it to the blog using Mr. Linky. We would love to see what you create!
This card is my take on the color challenge. Very spring-like colors!

Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Fresh Cuts (love that sentiment)
Ink: Garden Green, Orchid Opulence, So Saffron, Regal Rose
Cardstock: Garden Green, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Whisper White
Accessories: Circle rhinestone brads, grosgrain ribbon, Modern Label punch, dimensionals, daubers (sponging)

Of course, don't forget the inside of the card...don't leave it naked!

Thanks for checking my creation out!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I am in a CASing mood again. This time, I took the layout from Sandi MacIver. I wasn't sure if I was going to like how this one came out - lots of yellow in there....but I am pleased with the end result. I did, again, use the Perfect Detals Texturz Plate and Big Shot to get the embossed "lattice" affect. The butterflies are simply punched with the butterfly punch out of the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP. They each have a silver brad in the middle with some natural hemp wrapped around it.

Stamps: Fresh Cuts
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Accessories: Large oval punch, Modern Label punch, Butterfly punch, Crushed Curry grosgrain ribbon, Eyelet edge punch, silver brads, natural hemp, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Big Shot

Monday, August 10, 2009

CASing Silke

I have shamelessly CASE'd again! Silke Ledlow made this card and it just struck me as so elegant and beautiful, yet simple, that I had to make one of my own!

Stamps: Friends 24/7
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss
Cardstock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Bashful blue DSP
Accessories: 1-3/8" circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, silver brads blender pen, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Big Shot

I seem to be into the square cards lately! Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Monochromatic Card

Our challenge this week for Late Night Stampers Group is to make a monochromatic card ~ varying shades of just one color, mixed with a neutral such as white or vanilla or kraft cardstock. This type of card is hard for me because I keep thinking I need to add something else. But, I tried to keep it simple and this is what I came up with.

Stamps: Medallion, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Razzleberry Lemonade
Accessories: Modern Label punch, Rich Razzleberry polkadotted grosgrain ribbon

I do not yet have the good fortune to own the Movers and Shapers Big Shot die to make a Modern Label background punchout.
So, I simply punched the Modern Label in Rich Razzleberry and cut it in half, mounting the Whisper White punch so that just a little bit of the Razzleberry hung out behind the White on each end. I hope that makes sense. And, of course, I tried to carry the same theme on the inside of the card.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Good Morning! It is a dreary morning here after a night of storms. Hopefully it will clear up a bit. My Diva Challenge this week is a sketch challenge. As soon as I saw it I knew what stamp I wanted to use, so that made it easy! I haven't used this set in a while.

Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Dusty Durango, Old Olive, Crushed Curry
Cardstock: Dusty Durango, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Accessories: Gold brads, Dusty Durango polkadotted grosgrain ribbon, blender pen

Hop on over to the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog and see what the rest of the design team has come up with for your inspiration using this sketch. Their creations are always awesome so I am sure you won't be disappointed!

You should play along with us! Just follow the sketch and then upload your creation using Mr. Linky. You can find directions on the Diva blog and I promise that they are super easy!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Christmas in July!

How about a little Christmas in July? The Late Night Stamper design team challenge this week was to work on Christmas in July. I saw the most striking card by Julee Tillman (Verve Stamps) and tried to somewhat recreate it using all Stampin' Up!. It was kind of nice to be working on something different for a change.

Stamps: Dasher, Many Merry Messages (inside), Teeny Tiny Messages, Snow Swirled
Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Craft White
Cardstock: Vanilla, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Accessories: Soft Suede grosgrain ribbon, Vintage brads, Modern Label punch, Scallops 2 die, Big Shot

The inside greeting came from Many Merry Messages - which I received FREE from Stampin' Up! Yeah! I LOVE free stamps!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend!

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