Thursday, December 31, 2009

Vintage Vogue Card

I took this picture this morning and I think it shows the layering better. Happy New Year!

This week's LNS Challenge was to make a card using a brad. I pre-ordered this set, Vintage Vogue, from the upcoming new Occasions Mini-Catalog and thought I would use it for this challenge. This mini-catalog offers stamps in either the traditional wood blocks - or - in clear mount. I also ordered the clear-mount block set and really like using them! The sides are grooved for easy gripping and stamping. The leaves in back of the flower were made using the new Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch from the mini-catalog. The border on the right-hand side was made from the new Scallop Trim Border Punch available from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration event starting on January 5th! For ever $50.00 you spend in product, you receive a FREE set from the SAB catalog - or - any of the sets listed in the back of the SAB brochure. Below is what I used for this card - Happy New Year's everyone!

Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Inks: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Clear Mount Blocks, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Mistletoe Old Olive Ribbon, Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch, Circle Ice Rhinestone Brad, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini-Glue Dots, Scissors, Sponge

Love the new punches! They punch nice and smooth, and love how they "fold" up when you're done!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Out of the Box Christmas Card

This week's LNS challenge was to come up with a Christmas card using non-traditional colors, and this is what I came up with. I stamped the ornaments twice using a Rich Razzleberry inkpad, punched them out using the ornament punch, and folded one of the ornaments in-half. I then mounted one ornament on top of the other using mini-glue dots. The ornament and bird are from the Merry Details Die from the Holiday Mini Catalog. I had a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock left over that I used to cut a Top Note Die from and mounted the designer paper underneath the cut out image. Here's the details:

Stamp Sets: Delightful Decorations
Inks: Rich Razzleberry
Papers: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Razzleberry Lemonade DP
Accessories: Silver Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Crushed Curry Ribbon, Silver Cording, Merry Details Die, Big Shot, White Gel Pen, Ornament Punch, Mini Glue Dots, Adhesive, Dimensionals, Scissors

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mug Card

I needed something fast to make for a gift card for one of Ben's teacher and came up with this mug card. I had some Starbuck's drink holders and one of them would make a cute base for the the mug. Like I said, I had to come up with something fast!

Stamp Sets: Delightful Decorations, Serene Snowflakes, Season of Joy
Inks: Glorious Green, Real Red, Ballet Blue
Papers: Whisper White
Accessories: Ornament Punch, Scissors, Sponge, Silver Cording

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Post It Note Holders

I have been busy this week making post-it-note holders (out of coasters) for my co-workers at school. I am making 10 and it is taking a little bit longer than I thought, but I like how they are turning out. I didn't go with a holiday theme because I wanted them to be able to use them all year long. I did one with a Rose Red background and one with a Regal Rose background. I decided to go with the Rose Red background because I liked the way it looked. The buttons are from my button stash. I am going to put them in a cell-o bag and tie a red ribbon at the top; I'll take a picture when I am done. I still have to go to the store and buy some post-it-notes! I got the original layout from a card I saw in the January issue of Stampin' Success; which is a monthly magazine Stampin' Up! sends to all it's demonstrators. Well I need to keep working - thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Inks: Going Grey, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Old Olive
Papers: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, SAB Delicate Dots DP (retired)
Accessories: Certainly Celery Ribbon, Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch, Watercolor Brush, Stapler, Coasters, Post-it-Notes, Buttons, Adhesive

Friday, December 11, 2009

Caroling Card

Yesterday's SCS challenge was to make some type of card that relates to caroling. The set, Song in Your Heart, was one of the first SU sets I bought, and I think is perfect for this challenge! Hope you like how it turned out, it took me a while to color and lay out. For this card, I used:

Stamp Sets: Song in Your Heart, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Papers: Whisper White, Apricot Appeal, Real Red
Inks: Basic Black, Apricot Appeal, Real Red, Garden Green, Brocade Blue, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Bordering Blue, Close to Cocoa, Only Orange, Going Gray
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Apricot Appeal Ribbon, Petals-a-Plenty Folder, Watercolor Brush, Scissors, Sponge, Mini-Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Another SCS Challenge Card

I had a few minutes after work to play along with today's SCS Sketch Challenge. I used a very old (retired) set called Gingerbread House. I haven't watercolored in a long time and it felt good to sit and "color"! I used a 2-way Glue Pen along the edges of the house and then added some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Here's a list of the supplies:

Sets: Gingerbread House
Inks: Basic Black, Glorious Green, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Red Red, Brilliant Blue
Papers: Whisper White, Creamy Caramel, Real Red, Merry Moments DP
Accessories: Red & Chocolate Chip Ribbons, Eyelet Border Punch, Watercolor Brush, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Scissors, Dimensionals, Sponge

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

SCS & LNS Challenge

I combined 2 challenges for this card - SCS color challenge and this week's LNS challenge. The colors for the SCS challenge were Barely Banana, Always Artichoke and Rich Razzleberry. I didn't have any Artichoke ribbon and dyed some Whisper White Organza Ribbon that color. It's hard to see, but I lightly used one of the images from Itty Bitty Backgrounds in Barely Banana in the open white spaces. Thanks for stopping by - here's the recipe:

Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Markers: Barely Banana, Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry
Papers: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Barely Banana, Razzleberry Lemonade DP
Accessories: Always Artichoke Brads, Piercing Tool, Large Oval Punch, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Sponge, Dimensionals

Monday, December 7, 2009

Dasher SCS Card

I had a little bit of time today to play along with today's SCS Clean & Simple Challenge before I left for work, and this is what I came up with. It's hard to tell, but I added some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint on the border after I colored in the center of the flowers with a Real Red Marker. Love the Shimmer Paint and definitely need to order more before the Winter Mini expires on January 4th! Have a great day everyone - here's the recipe:

Stamp Sets: Dasher, Delightful Decorations, So Many Scallops (retired)
Inkpads & Markers: Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Papers: Whisper White, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, Petals-a-Plenty EF, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Designer Label Punch, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Sponge Dauber, Red Gingham Ribbon, Dimensionals, Mini-Glue Dots

Friday, December 4, 2009

Dasher with Shimmer Paint

I wanted to apply the concept of using a raised piece of chip board (I used 2 oval matted picture frames) on top of an embossing folder and then running it through your Big Shot. I learned this technique from Patty Bennett's blog ( After I ran my cardstock through my Big Shot, I used a sponge dauber to lightly sponge color on the flowers (Old Olive on one, Glorious Green on the other). I then sponged some Frost White Misting Paint on the flowers with a sponge dauber. I then colored in the center of the flowers with a Real Red marker. Stamped the deer from Dasher in the middle and added a bow on his neck with a Mini-Glue Dot. Hope you like the cards - I am off to school and have to admit I am not looking forward to standing out in the cold and snow for 2 hours!! Have a good day!

The colors used in this card are Glorious Green and Real Red

Colors used in this card are Old Olive, Real Red and Whisper White.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Window Card

I saw a really cute card on SCS done by Julie Freysinger and this is my version. You can find her card on here: I changed a few things around; I used a 1-1/4" Square Punch instead of the 1-3/8" punch Julie used and added the little Christmas trees from the Merry Details Embosslit. Here's the supplies I used:

Stamps: Sweet Season
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Real Red Marker
Papers: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip DP
Accessories: 1-1/4" Square Punch, Merry Details Embosslit, Big Shot, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Real Red 1/2" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Mini Silver Library Clip, Mini-Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Tree Card & Shimmer Paint

Patty Bennett has a wonderful project on her blog ( that shows step-by-step how to do a Christmas tree using the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder. I thought I would give it a try and this is the card I came up with. The tree was pretty easy to make. I cut out a tree pattern on a coaster, cut out 2 other coasters to match and glued them together. You then layer the tree ON TOP of the embossing folder, and layer your cardstock inside the folder. Put a clear cutting pad on top and run it through your Big Shot using Tab 2 underneath. Very cool concept that you can apply with a lot of other items - frames, etc. It's hard to see, but after I sponged some Old Olive on the embossed tree I took a dauber duo and sponged some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint on the tree. Next I sponged shimmer paint on one of the Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp and stamped along side of the tree. I love, love the shimmer paint! Here's the recipe:
Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Warm Words
Inks: Old Olive, Real Red Marker
Papers: Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White, Retired Holiday Thyme DP (star)
Accessories: Gold Brad, Real Red Eyelet, CAD, Big Shot, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, Paper Piercing Tool, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Sponge Dauber, Gold Cording, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, November 23, 2009

Angel Card

The very talented Sandi MacIver made an adorable angel card ( and I thought it would fun to try and make it as well. Sandi has details on how she created her adorable card on her blog. My card didn't turn out nearly as cute as hers, but was fun to stamp and create! Here's the recipe:

Stamp Sets: Season of Joy, Delightful Ornaments, Scrip Background Stamp
Inks: VersaMark Pad, Real Red, Black Marker
Papers: Velumn Cardstock, Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Gold, So Saffron, Very Vanilla (for face)
Accessories: Big Shot, Petals-a-Plenty Textured Plate, White Ribbon, Mistletoe Ribbon (from winter mini), Gold EP, Heat Gun, Ornament Punch, Circle Punches: 3/4", 1", & 1-1/4", Craft Knife, Pink Chalk, Q-Tip, Gold Cording, Sponge, Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Santa Made From Punches

I saw this cute little guy on Gretchen Barron's blog and knew I wanted to give it a try and make him! If you haven't seen Gretchen's blog, here is the link for it - she is one awesomely talented stamper!! If you would like to make this little guy for yourself, please come to my Holiday Stamp Camp on Sunday, December 4th at 2:00 p.m. The cost is only $25.00, and we'll be making some fun holiday projects!

This project is done using punches and the Top Note Die. I used the large image stamp from Baroque Motifs; inked it up with Blush Blossom and then stamped in on a white piece of cardstock that I had cut using the Top Note Die. I used this for the beard and at the top of the face. You can see that I used the Scallop Edge Punch to make the edge of the hat. The face and hat were also made using this die. I used the 1" circle punch for the eyes and lid, and a 3/4" punch to make the pupils and nose. I then sponged Pretty in Pink around this cheeks and feathered the edges of the eyelids and beard.

Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set: Baroque Motif
Inks: Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom, Basic Black marker
Papers: Whisper White, Blush Blossom, Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Scallop Edge Punch, 1"& 3/4" Circle Punches, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Cotton Ball, Sponge

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Another Thanksgiving Card

I thought I would try to take the Thanksgiving card I made a couple of days ago to the next level and this is what I came up with. I added some vintage brads and sewed a zig-zag line down the middle; unfortunately the thread bunched up at the top of the card. You can find the recipe for this card below on the Thanksgiving cards I made on Thursday. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Football Card

Ben has a birthday party to go to this evening and I made this card. It's not very fancy, but I really don't think that a teenage boy is going to care what the card looks like! Anyway, I made the football from a template I found online (don't know the name of the site, I just googled football template) out of Creamy Caramel cardstock. I used a white gel pen to made the stitching and lines and a Basic Black for the other lines. I then ran it through my Big Shot using the Small Dots Textured Plates. I then "roughed" it up a bit using a sponge and a Chocolate Chip inkpad. Drew some lines on the Really Red cardstock and used the white gel pen to make the numbers. Easy, peasy!

Stamps: None :)
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Basic Black marker
Papers: Creamy Caramel, Real Red
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Ruler, Big Shot, Small Dots Plate, Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanksgiving MIT Card

The Mom's-in-Touch group at Ben's school asked me if I could make cards to go along with the treats they are bringing into school next Monday. This is the card I came up with. It felt good to dust off the 'ol stamp pads, ink up a stamp and watercolor! I have to make a birthday card for a party Ben is going to later on today; I'll try to post it after I am done. Enjoy the day - it looks like it's going to be a beauty!

Stamp Sets: Give Thanks, Small Script, Linen Background (all are retired)
Inks: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip
Papers: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Autumn Vine DP (retired)
Accessories: Distressing Tool, Blue SU Ribbon (retired), Watercolor Brush, Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Challenge Card

Wow - I actually was able to stamp today! I have missed stamping - I had a huge printing project for school that I recently finished and my back then went out. So between all of that and football I have been MIA! This card is for the weekly LateNightStampers challenge. We were given a layout and you had to create a card from it. I love the detail you get from the new Textured Impressions Folder - Petals-A-Plenty! This great folder is in the new winter mini-catalog. I also used the new ribbon from the mini called Mistletoe. Off to Antioch for Ben's game - have a great weekend!

Stamp Set: Christmas Punch (Hostess Level 2 set)
Colors: Real Red, Whisper White
Inks: Real Red
Accessories: Big Shot, Petals-a-Plenty Impressions Folder,Merry Details Sizzlits, Gold Brads, Scallop Oval Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Mistletoe Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sewing Machine, White Thread

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Another LNS Challenge Card

This is my 2nd LNS Challenge entry for this week. I cased the "better get better" card on page 85 of the catalog. It was fun being back in my stamping room today. Now that school is starting again, I hope I'll be able to have more time to do what I love to do - stamp!! I glued a piece of Razzleberry Lemonade DP to a coaster and used the Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die to make the large scallop circle. I used Melon Mambo ink instead of Rich Razzleberry (which coordinates with this paper). Thanks for looking - hope you're having a great weekend!

Stamps: Pun Fun
Inks: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black
Papers: Razzleberry Lemonade DP, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die, SU Hearts & Brackets Die, Eyelet Texturz Plate, Melon Mambo & Crushed Curry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbons, Eyelet Border Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Silver Eyelet, CAD, Water Color Brush, Coaster, Stampin' Dimensionals, White Thread

Friday, August 14, 2009

Candy Bar Wrapper

Stampin' Up! is currently running a special called "Celebrate Kids" through the end of September. Information can be found on my SU website: The LNS challenge for this week was to case any project out of the current catalog and make it "kid friendly". You also had to change 2 things on your case. I choose to do the candy bar wrapper on page 90, and changed the stamp set and added the colors Brocade Blue and So Saffron. I lightly colored in the bear with Close to Cocoa chalk, and then water colored using the same color. Thanks for stopping by today - hope you have a great weekend!

Stamp Set: Under the Stars
Inks: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Basic Black, Brocade Blue, Going Grey
Papers: Brocade Blue, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip (c/s & dp), So Saffron (c/s & dp)
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Big Dots Texturz Plate, Big Shot, Water Color Brush, Crystal Effects, Scissors, Stampin' Dimensionals, Candy Bar

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Georgie's Flower Pot Card

I threw out a challenge to my club members to make a flower pot card. One of my club member's, Georgie, took on the challenge and emailed me this awesome card! Love the colors she used and the layout! What an awesome job! You won a FREE pack of designer paper with our next club order - congrats!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Flower Pot

I have been wanting to try to make a flower pot card for the longest time and finally made one! I love how easy they are to make, and I like how my first attempt turned out. I used the new Cottage Wall DP for the flowers and the base of the pot. Love, love this paper and how rich the colors are. I didn't have any Rich Razzleberry ribbon, so I made my own using the Whisper White Ribbon, a sponge and a Rich Razzleberry ink pad. I punched the leaves out using the scallop oval punch, scored them down the middle and then ran them through my crimper on a slant.
Stephanie Luman has a wonderful tutorial you can find the instructions on SCS here:
Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set: Curvy Verses
Inks: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry (for sponging)
Papers: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Cottage Wall DP
Accessories: Crimper, Big Shot, Flowers Layer #3 Sizzix Die, 1/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Eyelet Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

The inside of the flower pot card.....

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Christmas in July

This week's LNS challenge is Christmas in July. I used the new level 3 Hostess set, The More the Merrier for this card. I drew the border around the snowmen with Basic Black and Melon Mambo markers. I also love the new Melon Mambo ribbon! It's hard to see, but I used the dotted Texturz Plates on the large piece of white card stock. Here's the details:
Stamp Set: The More the Merrier
Inks: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Brocade Blue, Only Orange, Soft Suede, Green Galore
Card stock: Melon Mambo, Brocade Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Dotted Texturz Plate, Word Window Punch, Watercolor Brush, Melon Mambo Ribbon, Brocade Blue Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 2-Way Glue Pen, Scissors, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, July 24, 2009

Pink & Black Purse

The LNS challenge this week was to make a project using pink and black. Chelsie received a card in the shape of a purse last year and I snagged it to use the template for this project. I didn't have any Pink Passion ribbon, so I used some white 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and went over it with a sponge dauber inked up with Pink Passion. Once I got the layout figured out, it was pretty simple to make. Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set: Baroque Motifs
Inks: Basic Black, Pink Passion (for ribbon)
Papers: Basic Black, Pink Passion
Accessories: Big Shot, Flowers Layers #3, Eyelet Border Punch, Trio Flower Punch, Pewter Jumbo Eyelet, CAD, Paper Piercing Tool, Basic Black and White 1/4" grosgrain ribbons, Stampin' Dimensionals, scissors, sponge dauber, mini-glue dots

Thursday, July 2, 2009

This is a poster that I made for our church's upcoming picnic. I loved using my Stampin' Up! punches to create the grill, burger and cupcake! The grill was cased from Connie Babbert's website: The ideas for the other items were found on Splitcoasters, under the punch section. Have a great 4th of July everyone - thanks for stopping by!

Isn't this little burger cool? Here's the items I used to make it:

Bun: Punched 3x using the Large Oval Punch and Creamy Caramel c/s. I then sponged the edges and dotted the top with a Creamy Caramel marker

Patties: Punched 2x using the Large Oval Punch and Chocolate Chip c/s

Lettuce: Glorious Green c/s and Oval Scallop Punch - cut in 1/2

Tomatoes: Real Red c/s; 1/2" Circle Punch

Cheese: 1-1/4" Square Punch and YoYo Yellow c/s - the squares are cut in half

B-Que Supplies:
Grill: 1-3/4" Circle Punch, cut in half; Real Red c/s; White Gel Pen
- Attach at the side and then place a Silver Brad
Legs/Wheels: Going Grey c/s, Word Window Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, White Gel Pen
Handle: I made the handle for a left over black flower I found, but you can use circle punches

The cupcake was made with the following items:

Base: Silver c/s and 1/2 of the Round Tab Punch
Topping: Pretty in Pink c/s and the Scallop Punch. I re-inserted the scallop c/s back into the scallop punch (turning it upside down so I could see where to line it up) to get the top of the cupcake.
Cherry: 1/2" Circle Punch, Real Red c/s, White Gel Pen

Monday, June 29, 2009

In-Colors B-Day Card

I made this quick card for my niece, and used the new In-Colors, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo for it. I love, love, love the new In-Colors ribbons and markers! I used the Crushed Curry ribbon on this card; I love how bright it is. I am thrilled that SU! now has In-Color markers, and I used them to ink up the flower image. Thanks for stopping by! Here's the details:
Stamp Sets: Heartfelt Thanks, Warmest Regards
Markers & Inks: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo
Papers: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Big Shot, Backgrounds 1 Texture Plates, Horizontal Slot Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Crushed Curry Ribbon, Paper Piercing Tool, Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Another Father's Day Card

This is the card I made for my FIL for Father's Day. It's similiar to the one I made for Richard (see recipe below); the only difference is I paper pierced it more and didn't add any tools. Thanks for stopping and hope you're enjoying your day!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Father's Day Card

Here is my Father's Day card for Richard. Very simple card to make, but I think it turned out "cute".
Stamp Sets: Eight Great Greetings
Inks: Blue Bayou, River Rock
Papers: Retired Western DP, Blue Bayou, River Rock, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Accessories: Blue Bayou Ribbon, Brads, Distressing Tool, Paper Piercing Tool, Scissors, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pun Fun Blast Off Card

Yeah, I finally got some time to stamp today! Love the LateNightStampers challenge for this week, and knew I wanted to "play along"! I thought I would use the last of my Rainbow Sherbet DP for this card; I love that paper! I also got out my sewing machine and did a zig zag around the borders. I did the stars by first punching out a small star on c/s, and then punched a larger star around the smaller image. Here's the recipe:

Stamp Set: Pun Fun
Inks: Apricot Appeal, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black
Paper: Rainbow Sherbet DP, Apricot Appeal, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Accessories: Large and Small Star Punches, Photo Corners Punch, Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal and Green Galore Brads, Apricot Appeal Ribbon, Watercolor Brush, Mini-Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scissors

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Good Times!

This week's LateNightStampers Challenge is to do a card that has a summer theme. I saw the ducks from Wagon Full of Fun and thought the little guys would be fun to use for this card. I stamped the ducks 3 times, fully colored in 2 and only colored and cut the wing on one duck. I used a Hobby Blade to cut between the slats of the wagon. It's hard to see, but I used a Brilliant Blue brad to attach the handle of the wagon, and 2 Chocolate Chip brads for the wheels on the wagon. I sponged Kiwi Kiss along the bottom of the white Top Note cardstock, and used a water color brush to add some blades of grass. I then sponged YoYo Yellow at the top left-hand side for the sun, and then filled in with Bashful Blue for the sky using another sponge. Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a good one!

Stamp Sets: Wagon Full of Fun, Celebrate Everything (saying)
Inks: Basic Black, YoYo Yellow, Real Red, Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, Close to Cocoa, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black Marker
Papers: Bella Rose DP, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Brilliant Blue Brad, Real Red Brads, Chocolate Chip Brad, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Ticket Corner Punch, Window Punch, Water Color Brush, Hobby Blade, Paper Piercing Tool, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scissors

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Thank You In Ruby Red!

This week's LateNightStampers challenge was to make a card using the colors Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Kraft. These aren't colors that I normally gravitate towards, so it was fun to come up with a card using them. I inked up the flower image using a Ruby Red marker and then lightly touched the edges with a Chocolate Chip marker. The stems were inked with an Old Olive marker. I then stamped the image 3 times on a piece of white cardstock. The edges of the cardstock were distressed and then I added some color with a sponge. Here's the details:

Stamp Sets: Flowers in Silhouette, Warmest Regards
Inks: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Papers: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Whisper White
Accessories: Chocolate Chip and Old Olive Brads, Chocolate Chip Double-Stitched Ribbon, Eyelet Texturz Plate, Big Shot, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Spiral Punch, Photo Corners Punch, Distressing Tool, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Blog Tour Projects - Stayed Tune for Another Tour in July!

I hope you enjoyed the awesome blog tour that I was a part of for the past 48 hours! I had a wonderful time going from blog to blog; what an incredible group of artists! The links are gone for this tour, so I hope you bookmarked all your favorites. Our next tour will be July 27 and 28. It will coincide with the launch of our yearly catalog, so be sure to stop back here in July for updates!

The following were projects I did for the blog tour. I chose to show projects using the awesome Mat Pack and Paper Piercing technique. The paper piercing template in the Mat Pack is awesome to use not only as a guide for piercing paper, but for setting brads and eyelets. I try to incorporate some type of paper piercing in almost all of my projects. Other ideas for paper piercing would be: create borders, rain drops, scallops, creating motion - paper pierce the trial of a butterfly, bee or bird, or create stems for flowers. The possibilities are endless, and it's a great way to enhance your creative works of art!

The projects are posted below. I hope you like them!

The above card is one that I did for the LNS Challenge this week. I paper pierced around the edge on the Brocade Blue c/s and just at the corners on the Chocolate Chip c/s (sorry, it's a little hard to see). I lightly rubbed a sponge over the stamped image using Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue and Always Artichoke. The moon image was made by punching out a circle with a 1-1/4" circle punch on a post-it-note. I layered this on the card after I stamped the flowers on the bottom.

Stamp Set: Pocket Silhouettes, Oval All
Inks: Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
Papers: Whisper White, Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip DP & C/S
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Large Oval Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch Brocade Blue Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Hodgepodge Hardware, Sponges, Post-It Note, Mini-Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

We actually did this card at my last stamp camp and it was a lot of fun to make. In the finished card, I also paper pierced just the border on the left-hand side of the card, and the scallops on the Baja Breeze scallop oval. I cut the flower image a part and layered each piece separate. The butterflies where layered together using Mini-Glue Dots and silver cording. Here's the details:

Stamp Set: Soft Summer, Oval All, Great Friend (butterfly image)
Inks: Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black
Papers: Walk in the Park DP, Whisper White, So Saffron, Baja Breeze
Accessories: So Saffron Ribbon, Oval Scallop Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Silver Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Water Color Brush, Scissors, Silver Cording, Mini-Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

To create the swirl of the butterfly, I drew a pattern on a piece of vellum cardstock. I then paper pierced the swirl following the pattern.

It might be hard to see the pierced squares, but here is the finished product!

Stamp Sets: Soft Flowers (Saying)

Papers: Bella Rose DP, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette DP & C/S

Inks: Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Pretty in Pink Brads, White Brad, CAD, Large Dots Texturz Plate, Daisies #2 Dies, Big Shot, Ticket Corner Punch, Window Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals

This is what the designer paper looked like after I was done "connecting the dots"!

To create the dots on the designer paper, I lined up the Mat Pack as shown and paper pierced a row at a time.

The final product! The rose was embossed with white ep and the watercolored in using Cameo Coral and Apricot Appeal reinkers and an Aqua Pen.

Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Dear Friend (Saying)
Inks: Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal
Papers: Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, Vellum c/s
Accessories: Manhattan Folder, Large Dots Texturz Plate, Little Leaves Die, Big Shot, Window Punch, White EP, Heat Gun, Water Color Brush, Aqua Painter, Whisper White Ribbon, Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Scissors, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

I lined up the template from the Mat Pack and pierced a border along the edge.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

SCS Challenge Card

I had a little bit of time to stamp today and came up with this card for today's SCS color challenge. The flowers were embossed with white ep and then I used the new watercolor technique; which I don't know the true name of! Sorry I have seen so many different names for this technique - if anyone out there knows the correct name - email me!! I found it easier to put a little bit of water on the image with my water color brush and then added the color with the Aqua Pen. I felt it gave me more control over the amount of water on the image. After I inked up one of the butterfly image with Summer Sun, I took a Only Orange marker and added some color along the edges. Here's the details:

Stamp Sets: Oval All, Soft Summer, Great Friend
Ink Pads & Reinkers: Kiwi Kiss, Only Orange, Summer Sun, Old Olive
Papers: Retired Summer Sun, Kiwi Kiss, Summer Sun, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Only Orange Eyelets & Ribbon, CAD, Silver Cording, Water Color Brush, Aqua Painter, White EP, Heat Gun, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Scissors, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini-Glue Dots

Monday, May 11, 2009

It All Started.....

with these 2 cards...... I was going through my stash of cards and found these - the first 2 cards I ever made. I can't even tell you the name of the sets, but thought it would be fun to share them! I love stamping, and got hooked when I hosted a workshop in 1998 for my good friend, Lisa and her sister, Suzie. I think I signed up to be a demonstrator under Lisa shortly after that, and here I am 10+ years later!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Shimmery Flowers

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you're having a great day. I have to admit, that I feeling a little sad today and really miss my mom. She passed away 3 years ago after an 11 month battle with lung cancer. She was and will forever by my hero! I can't wait until I will see her again, and spend the rest of eternity with her!

I finally got my shimmery white card stock and had some time to try this new watercolor technique - now I can't stop! To create the effect, you need to first emboss your image using a VersaMark inkpad and white embossing powder. I tried this with gold ep, and didn't like the look at all. I then lightly ran the Aqua Painter over the image to get it wet; you can spritz some water on the card stock as well. Then took some color from the Apricot Appeal reinker and went over the image with the Aqua Painter, and added the Cameo Coral color from the reinker with the Aqua Painter. I believe that I first saw this technique on Patty Bennett's blog http:// After the card stock drys, simply cut it out and create your own work of art! I found that this technique only works on the Shimmery card stock - I tried it on Whisper White and Glossy and it didn't work at all. I am thinking of doing this technique at my upcoming stamp camp on Sunday, May 24th. Here's the details:

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral
Reinkers: Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral
Papers: Shimmery White, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Accessories: Certainly Celery Ribbon, SU Little Leaves Die, Texturz Plate, Big Shot, VersaMark pad, White EP, Distressing Tool, Paper Piercing Tool, Mini-Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensional