Thursday, September 29, 2011

Creative Sketches Challenge Card

Hey Everyone - It's Thursday and that means it's time for this week's Creative Sketches Challenge!  I have no work today and it's late start at the high school - yeah! I hope you can play along, here's the LINK for you to upload your challenge card.  Below is the sketch we are using this week:

And here is my card.  I like how it turned out and I love how the color combo, Pool Party and More Mustard look together!  I embossed the tree from Lovely as a Tree on a piece of Early Edition DP using white EP.  I then sponged Pool Party and More Mustard around the tree and on the paper.  I distressed the edges and sponged some Soft Suede around the edges.  I ran a piece of Pool Party c/s through my Big Shot using the Vintage Wall Paper EF and then ripped, folded, distressed and sponged the c/s.  I dyed a piece of white baker's twine using Soft Suede ink and a sponge.  I also sponged some Soft Suede on the card front, added some More Mustard brads and also distressed and sponged the strip of Spice Cake dp I added for the background.  Thanks for stopping by - hope you are blessed with an awesome Thursday!

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, You're a Gem
Inks: More Mustard, Soft Suede, Pool Party
Papers: Pool Party, More Mustard, Spice Cake DP
Accessories: Big Shot, Vintage Wall Paper EF, More Mustard Brads, Vanilla Button, White Baker's Twine, Oval Punch, White EP, Heat Gun, Distressing Tool, Dimensionals, Mini-Glue Dots, Sponges

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Creative Sketches Challenge Card

This week's Creative Sketches Challenge (you can see the blog HERE) is to make a Fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving card using the sketch below:

I used the retired set, Haunting Halloween for my card.  Isn't the cat cute?  I watercolored in the images using Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive, More Mustard and So Saffron.  The designer paper I used is retired and I am not sure what the name of it is.  Below is my card - thanks for stopping by - hope you can play along with us this week!  It's simply, yet fun Halloween card!

Stamps: Haunting Halloween
Inks: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive, More Mustard, So Saffron
Papers: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder, DP
Accessories: Big Shot, Spider Web EF, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Watercolor Brush, Black Brads, Deckled Scissors, Sponge, Dimensionals, Paper Piercing Tool

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lovely as a Tree Christmas Card

This weekend I am having a stamp camp and we will making Christmas projects.  This is one of the cards we will making.  I used the Snow Burst embossing folder on a piece of Crumb Cake c/s, ripped and distressed it, and then folded it at the bottom securing with sticky strip tape.  The tree was embossed on a piece of First Edition Specialty designer paper using white embossing powder and then sponged with Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler ink around the image.  I distressed the edges and added some Chocolate Chip brads.  Added an Old Olive button with neutral twine threaded through the button holes.  Here's the details:

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Warmest Regards
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip
Papers: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Holly Berry Bouquet DP, First Edition Specialty DP
Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Burst EF, Old Olive Button, Neutral Twine, Chocolate Chip Brads, Heat Gun, White EP, Sponges, Modern Label Punch, Distressing Tool, Sticky Strip Tape, Dimensionals, Mini-Glue Dots

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Scrappin' STARS Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog, and the Scrappin' Stars Blog Hop!  You have just hopped over from Holly's awesome blog and if you need to go back and check out her fab projects, you can just click HERE.  This month's blog hop is featuring projects made with SU's incredible digital software program, MDS.  I have to admit that I am a newbie at digital scrapbooking, but I am inspired to more projects after creating the pages below.  It is so easy and I can't wait to have more time to play and catch up on my scrapbooking!

For my first project I thought I would try a summer theme page.  These pics were taken a few years ago and as you can see, my daughter loves to relax and read while floating on my raft and the guys like to mix it up on the larger raft.
(Images © Stampin' Up!)
Chelsie graduated from high school in May, and I created this picture.  I'm telling you, MDS is awesome to use for newbies like me and digital scrapbooking pros!

(Images © Stampin' Up!)
This is a page that created in honor of my mom who passed away 5 years ago from lung cancer.  She was an incredible woman and she was my hero.  I can't wait to be together with her in heaven for an eternity!

(Images © Stampin' Up!)
For my last project, I actually printed off the sailboat from the Open Sea download on to a piece of 8-1/2" x 11" Natural cardstock.  I then watercolored in the boat and the sails with various inks.  I then cut out the sails and mounted them using dimensionals.  I then threaded some black thread over the sails to give the picture more dimension.  It was pretty easy to do, and it probably took me about an hour from start to finish.  I now need to find a shadow box to put it in, but this simply frame will do for now!

(Images © Stampin' Up!)

And one last project, I had to make sure I did a page for my son, Ben.  He was in 8th grade and played with the Mundelein Jr. Football League at the time.  This is a simple and fun page that I created.

(Images © Stampin' Up!)
Your next stop on the hop is Nancy's blog and you can click HERE to hop on over to see her awesome projects!  Thanks for stopping by; I hope you liked my projects!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Creative Sketches Challenge Card

Welcome to this week's Creative Sketches Challenge!  This week it's all about flowers and lace, as you can see in the sketch below.  Fun challenge - come play along!  You can view the Creative Sketches blog HERE, and all the instructions to download your challenge card are on the site.

I combined the 2 stamps sets, Nature Walk (saying and bee) and Field Flowers (flower and stem), for my card.  I used the retired designer paper, Botanical Gazette for the background.  I used a barely wet watercolor brush to pick up the color on the large flower image after I stamped it on a piece of Very Vanilla c/s using a Cherry Cobbler IP.  Distressed the edges of the dp with my distress tool and added some Cherry Cobbler brads.  I like how the card turned out; can't wait to see what you come up with!  Thanks for stopping; here's the details on my card:

Stamps: Nature Walk, Field Flowers
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Papers: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Botanical Gazette DP
Accessories: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Watercolor Brush, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Brads, Distressing Tool, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Round Tab Punch, Scissors, Sponge, Dimensionals, Paper Piercing Tool

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New In-Color LNS Challenge

This week's LNS challenge was to use 2 of the new In-Colors in your project.  I thought I would try pairing Lucky Limeade and Wisteria Wonder, and I love how these colors look together!  Very soft and complimentary.  I don't have any Lucky Limeade ribbon, so I dyed a piece of the Whisper White Organza ribbon and love how it turned out as well!  To soften the look of the flower, I stamped off twice when I stamped the bottom flower image using Wisteria Wonder.  Otherwise it was just too dark and the top image looked muddy.  I used the Four Frames set for the frame and used my SAMJ to place the saying.  Added some pearls, distressed the edges, and of course had to use my Big Shot and an EF to add some dimension!  Thanks for stopping by, hope you're having a great day!  Here's the details:

Stamps: Field Flowers, Four Frames
Inks: Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder
Papers: Very Vanilla, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper EF, SAMJ, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Pearls, Decorative Label Punch, Distressing Tool, Sponge, Scissors, Dimensionals, Mini-Glue Dots

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering...........LNS Challenge

This week's LNS challenge was to make a card remembering 9/11.  I will always remember what I was doing the exact time the second plane went into the tower.  I was on the phone with my mom and we watched everything unfold together.  Neither one of us wanted to hang up, and we cried together as we watched these awful events play out.........

Unfortunately for this challenge I do not have any stamp sets that are military/symbolic in nature, so I went with a saying from MDS, "for all you do".  I printed the saying on Whisper White c/s and then cut it 5" x 3-3/4" in size.  I then stamped the flower using a StazOn IP and colored in using Poppy Parade and Not Quite Navy IP.  I drew the border with a Basic Black marker, added some ribbon and pearls, and distressed the edges a bit.  Here's the rest of the details.

Stamps: Simply Soft, For All You Saying from MDS
Inks: Black StazOn, Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy, Basic Black Marker
Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade
Accessories: Poppy Parade Ribbon, Pearls, Distressing Tool, Watercolor Brush, Mini-Glue Dots

Saturday, September 10, 2011

New Blog Hop for Hopping Just for the Fun of it Cards!

Welcome to my blog and the New Blog Hop for Hopping Just For the Fun Of It Cards!  You just arrived from RaissaStamp's Blog; great projects and I love the stockings she made!!  For my project I used a few of the new goodies I got the other day from the holiday mini.  I also love the way we can make "lollies" with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool!  Don't you think the new Stocking Builder Punch is awesome?  Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: None
Papers: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Frostwood Lodge DP
Inks: None
Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Burst EF, Stocking Builder Punch, Mini Jingle Bells, Winter Wishes Stitched Felt, Northern Frost Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die, Cherry Cobble Bakers Twine, Cherry Cobbler Quilted Ribbon, Dimensionals, Mini-Glue Dots, Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Your next stop on the tour is My Little Patch of Dirt, and you can see the awesome projects HERE!  You can also find the list of all the wonderful blogs on today's hop here:
00 start        Hopping Just for the Fun of it

1                  Bluegrass Stamper Studio 
2                  Life with a Wiener Dog
3                  Stamper Shirley
4                  The Creative Stamptuary
5                  Stampin' and Scrappin' News
6                  Stamin Ldyglfr62
7                  RaissaStamps
8                  Stampin' Fevre
9                  My Little Patch of Dirt
10                InkPaperStamps
11                Scrappy Stamps and Ink    
12                Stamping with Janice
13                Technostamper
14                My Creative Impressions                 
15                Pretty Inky                    
16                Artful Imagination        
17                The Love of Stamping 
two more add on blogs links here and added on thru my blog,
                     Stamping Trails        
                     A Touch of SOL

Friday, September 9, 2011

My First "Lollie"

Have you seen the newest craze - the "Lollies"?  You can make the cutest wreaths as shown in the new holiday mini on page 6 using Stampin' Up!'s new Simply Scored scoring tool.  The lollies also make really cute accents on cards, scrapbook pages, etc.  Below is my first "lollie"!  I found a wonderful tutorial by Heather Summers that you can see HERE.  These babies are easy and you can make them fairly quickly.  I used some retired designer paper for my first lollie and a Baja Breeze button in the middle.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thursday Creative Sketch Challenge!

Welcome to this Thursday's Creative Sketch Challenge!  The challenge this week was to make a card using Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler and Peach Parfait as show in the drawing below:

For my card I thought I would go with a "semi" masculine style card (semi because I added some butterflies). Thanks for stopping by - hope you give this great challenge a try and you can load your card HERE.  Here's the details on my card:

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Papers: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Peach Parfait
Inks: Peach Parfait, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Windows Punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Cherry Cobbler and Basic Gray Brads, Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon, Sponge, Dimensionals, Post-it-Note, Dimensionals

Friday, September 2, 2011

Field Flowers Birthday Card

Someone asked me to make a birthday card for someone at school and this is what I came up with.  Very quick and easy card, but also very elegant.  I inked up the Hello, Doily stamp with Crumb Cake, stamped off and then lightly stamped in on a piece of 5" x 4-3/4" Whisper White cardstock.  After stamping the flower image on the card using Old Olive for the stem and Rich Razzleberry for the flower, I distress and ripped the edges using a distressing tool, and then sponged some Crumb Cake on the edges.  Added some Crumb Cake brads and ribbon and there you have it!  Have a great weekend everyone - Ben's football team is playing way out in Prairie Ridge tonight and it should be a good game!  Go Mustangs!

Stamps: Field Flowers, Hello, Doily, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Watercolor Trio (saying)
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Old Olive
Papers: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Crumb Cake Ribbon and Brads, Distressing Tool, Sponge, Dimensionals, SAMJ

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Creative Sketches Challenge Card

I had such a crazy week last week and was unable to participate in the Creative Sketch Challenge.  I thought for this sketch I would pull out one of my favorite Halloween sets, A Haunting We Will Go.  I love the little cat from this set!  I colored in the pumpkin with Pumpkin Pie and then Tangerine Tango, and the little cat with Basic Gray.

Here's this week's sketch - hope you can play along!  You can the link for the Creative Sketches blog HERE.

And here is my card, along with the details:

Stamp Sets: A Haunting We Will Go, Just Flying By (spider)
Inks: Black StazOn, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Basic Gray, Basic Black
Papers: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Halloween Night DP
Accessories: Big Shot, Spider Web EF, Watercolor Brush, Decorative Label Punch, Luggage Tab Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Black Thread, Scissors, Dimensionals