Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The one on the left was made using punched out circles of Bold Brights cardstock and the one on the right used Bold Brights ink and a flower stamp from the hostess set, Make it Count. They are both more geared for kids. We have a birthday party this weekend that we're going to, so I may use one of these or who knows, I may make another one.
The neat part about this challenge was that it made me try something new. That's what challenges are all about right, challenging ourselves to try. I hope you'll give something new a try today too. Have a great day, happy stamping! :)
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This is the card I made using a layout, which I CASEd from my SBS sister Lynn, of LW Designs. Check out her blog, she makes gorgeous things! I don't have a lot of manly stamps, so I went with my For Father set. Perfect for daddy!
These are the cards the kids made. I helped with the assembly of course but they chose the stamps and did the coloring. My son, who's four, made the rocket ship card. This is probably one of the best coloring jobs he's ever done. He really took his time. My daughter, who's two, made the purple card. She loves to use her crayons. My little stampers in the making! :)
Have a great Tuesday, happy stamping!! :)
Monday, April 28, 2008
So, we're having a rainy day here, the perfect kind of day for stamping!
Recently, my SBS3 sister Cindy, asked me to help with samples for her monthly blog challenge. She posts a new challenge on the last Tuesday of each month and this month's challenge is to use a color that you rarely or even never use.
I'm posting my card early so that Cindy can have the link to it. Cindy's challenge will be posted in the morning tomorrow.
I chose Taken with Teal as my challenge color. I don't think I have ever used this color cardstock on a card and so I didn't want to make the entire card Teal, I only used it as an accent. I think it really pops against the Night of Navy and those felt flowers. I just might be tempted to use it again sometime.
I hope you'll take a look at Cindy's blog and participate in the challenge. Have fun and happy stamping!! :)
Recipe: Stamps: Pun Fun, All Holidays Cardstock: Taken with Teal, Night of Navy, Watercolor paper Ink: Basic Gray, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red Accessories: Brads, Felt Flowers, Paper Piercing, Ribbon.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Last night was my monthly stamp club and so I thought I would share the projects we made. We had a great time stamping, it's always more fun stamping with others. Thanks again to the ladies who attended. :)
We made this first card using Tart & Tangy and the Summer Picnic DSP. I just can't get enough of this set and everyone at club seemed to enjoy it as well. We also made a matching sour cream container filled with Skittles, but my husband has since opened the one I made. So you'll need to use your imagination! :)
For this next project we used the stamp set Unfrogettable to create a slider style card. This was fun to make and everyone chose to stamp something different on the front image and the slider. So we all had unique cards!
We did a single slider instead of the double and I think I like this better. It was easier and it seems to work better too. I'll be making more of these!
For the last projects, we created a card with a matching gift card holder using the stamps from Pun Fun. The card layout was taken from an old sketch challenge from Beate's blog, Fresh and Fun.
The gift card holder is super easy to make. Here are the details for that...
One piece of cardstock 4 1/4" X 11" scored at 3", 5 1/2", and 8", Coordinating cardstock for the front of the gift card holder to embellish as desired, Word Window punch and a Circle Punch, ribbon for the closure, and adhesive.
1. Fold your cardstock along the score lines accordion style.
2. On the back side of the cardstock, run adhesive along what will be the bottom and two sides of the pocket (between the 5 1/2" score and the 3" score). Leave the 5 1/2" score line free of adhesive.
3. Fold your gift card holder again on the scores to adhere the pocket together. Now open the card. You will need to use your Word Window punch to cut an opening for your gift card holder. I started at one end of the 5 1/2" score line, punched and then punched again right next to the first punch. Be sure to leave about a half inch on each end. Check for proper fit using your gift card.
4. Next, use the Circle Punch to make a half circle or smaller notch in the middle of your punched area. This will make removing the gift card a bit easier.
5. Embellish the front as desired and use ribbon to tie the card holder closed.
Thanks for looking, have a great day. Happy Stamping!! :)
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
That means time to commit rubber-dultery! It's great fun using my stash of images. A little while back my friend, Jo, sent me a card folder filled with Sugar Nellie images, so today I took those out. They are super sweet!
This first card was colored with watercolor wonder crayons and an aquapainter. The cardstock Jo stamped these images on is fabulous for watercoloring. Everything blends so well. I'll have to ask her where she gets it and then I'll share that info with you. I used Brocade Blue and Pretty in Pink for my card colors. For embellishments, I used some brads and ribbon with paper piercing. Simple and sweet!
This next card was also colored with watercolor wonder crayons and an aquapainter. I chose this image to complete the Cute Card Thursday challenge, "anything cute with wings..." from last week. She's holding this cute little bird so I think this works. I used the same color combo as the card above. I also added brads and ribbon with paper piercing for the embellishments. To make this card a bit different, I made a scalloped edge with my corner rounder punch.
**To make these cards all Stampin' Up! you could use the set If the Halo Fits from the Spring/Summer Collection.
Hope you have a great Thursday! Happy Stamping!! :)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I made the image piece using the Acetate and Tissue technique on SCS. I was looking for something new to try. I like the technique, just not sure that I like the colors I used. Have any of you ever tried this technique? What color ink did you choose?
To complete this card card I used the direct to paper technique to create a background on the Soft Sky piece and then I paper pierced faux stitching along the edges. I'd love to hear your opinions about this acetate and tissue card. Thanks for looking, have a great night. Happy Stamping!! :)
Monday, April 14, 2008
Hope everyone had a good weekend. It was nice again here, actually got to go outside and do some yard work. The snow is almost all melted away. Hope the weather is nice where you live.
I just recently learned a new stamping technique called Direct To Paper. I'd never heard this phrase until visiting Desiree, on Stamp with Desiree. She made a beautiful card with this technique.
Direct to paper actually just means putting your ink pad right to the paper. This is probably the easiest technique for creating a background for your card. You can use either the edge of the pad or the corner or even the entire ink surface. Each way will create a different effect.
For the top right card, I used the very edge of my ink pad to create a random "line" effect as the background. I stamped Sahara Sand ink on Sahara Sand cardstock. I was going for a masculine card style, I never make masculine cards, but I have a couple birthday's coming up for which I'll need these cards.For the bottom left card, I used the entire ink pad surface to create a weathered appearance. I stamped Night of Navy ink on to the Night of Navy cardstock. I don't have a lot of background stamps so this technique will come in handy!
Hope you have a chance to give this a try sometime. Happy Stamping!! :)
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
This first card was made using a Tilda image I received from Jo or Annie. Sorry girls, I don't remember who, as I've put all my Magnolias together. If you like Tilda, check out both of these ladies' blogs! They always have super cute Tilda cards and ATCs posted.
The cardstock and paper are all Stampin' Up! colors; Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, and Summer Picnic DSP. I just love these "summery" colors and this image works perfectly with them. I colored the image with my Stampin' Write Markers. The grass was doodled with a black journal marker. I stamped the sentiment from Warm Words and used my oval punches. The final touch was to add Stickles to Tilda's wings.
This next card is my first ever ATC (artist trading card) that I made for the challenge on Tilda and Friends ATC challenge blog. The challenge was "Cooking it Up!" You needed to follow the recipe using a Magnolia image and 1 bow, 2 flowers, 3 colors, and 4 brads or gems.
I chose this image because of the flowers that Tilda is holding, I know there are more than 2 but it was all I had with flowers. Then I added 3 blue brads, and 1 bow with a rhinestone brad. The colors are Bashful Blue and Summer Picnic DSP. I colored Tilda with my markers again and added Stickles to her wings. Her toes are a touch green as she was standing in grass, but I had to cut it off to make it fit the ATC size. Oops! This image was also one I received from Jo or Annie.
Hope you all have a great Friday. Happy Stamping!! :)
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I have stamp club tonight and I need to have some fresh project ideas to share with my members. So, I decided to do some blog hopping to get the creative juices flowing. I was inspired to take out my watercolor wonder crayons, which I'll be honest, I haven't used in quite a while, but after a visit to Kerin's blog, I knew they were the perfect product to use for club tonight. She posted an absolutely gorgeous flower project using these crayons. Check out her blog, HERE. These really are fabulous crayons, if you don't own them, you should consider getting some.
This first card is basically a CASE of one I saw in the SCS gallery. So sorry, but I don't remember who the original artist is to give credit to. I used Brocade Blue and Night of Navy cardstock with watercolor paper. The circles were punched out of Brocade paper to create a faux embossing. I then adhered ribbon and a strip of sticky tape to the card and covered the tape with beads and microbeads for some texture. The whale was stamped with Jet Black Staz-On ink and then colored with the watercolor crayons and an aquapainter. It's a very simple card, but fun too.
This next card uses more Rich Regal colors. I chose So Saffron, Regal Rose, and Rose Red and then Very Vanilla for the neutral. I used Pun Fun and the Sweet Stars wheel for the Stampin' Up! Free Wheelin' promo. I do love this stamp set, it's too cute and very versatile. The image here was stamped with Timber Brown Staz-On ink and colored with the watercolor crayons and an aquapainter. I paper pierced the border and added some photo corners and a felt flower for finishing touches.
Now I'm off to figure out what else to show my club members tonight. Thanks for looking, hope you all have a terrific Thursday. Happy Stamping!! :)
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
The challenge this week is embossing. Make a card or project using either dry embossing or heat embossing with EP or a combination of both. Sorry that I don't have a card posted, I promise to post later today. I've got a busy morning to get started and grocery shopping, oh so fun!!
Have fun with this challenge, can't wait to see the different ideas for embossing. Remember to be entered for a chance to win a little something from me - take part in the challenge, post a comment with a link to your work here, and finish by 9am next Tuesday morning. I'll draw the winner at random and post the winning project on my blog that day.
Happy Stamping!! :)
edited to add photos:
Each of these cards was made using the new Summer Picnic DSP from the Stampin' Up!Occasions Mini Catalog. I have embossed the fruit on each card with clear EP.
For some fun, I also added Kool Aid drink mix (sugar free) to the clear EP before embossing to create a scratch and sniff effect on some of the fruit. If you want to try the scratch and sniff technique, just mix 1 1/2 parts EP to 1 part sugar free drink mix and emboss with your heat gun.
Recipes: Stamps: Tart & Tangy, Happy Everything, Pun Fun Paper: Summer Picnic DSP, Bashful Blue CS, White CS, Wild Wasabi CS Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Only Orange, Garden Green Accessories: Heat tool, clear embossing powder, Kool Aid Sugar Free drink mix, Versamarker, ribbons.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
This challenge was posted on Friday and of course I only just got the chance to take part today. There's already a new challenge posted. But last week's challenge states...
"So this week I'd like you to think small - not small cards, but small spaces of embellishment on regular sized cards."
I don't typically make cards with this style, so this was a perfect challenge for me to try. I chose to use Sahara Sand as the card base. I then layered a 5cm X 6cm piece of Mellow Moss under a 4.5cm X 5.5cm of Very Vanilla. My images are from the Stampin' Up! set Baroque Motifs. I stamped the vine image in Mellow Moss and the flowers in Soft Sky. I stamped the sentiment in Sahara Sand. The two layers are adhered to the Sahara piece with foam tape. Thanks for looking. Happy Stamping!! :)
I received this "You Make My Day" award from my bloggin' buddy Samantha of Fun with Paper. She's a super sweet blogging friend. Check out her blog for fun projects! Thanks Samantha, right back at you!
In order to display this "You Make My Day Award" proudly on your blog, you must present it to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration. Let them know through email or by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on too. Beware, you may get the award several times yourself, and if you do, consider yourself really, really loved.
It's so hard to pick just 10 bloggers that inspire me, there are so many many talented stampers out there. There are a few friends that always make my day, just by knowing them! Jo, Erin, Samantha, and Tina. And I have some my new blogging friends, Alex, Diane, and Lauren. I'd also like to share one other blog that I just found yesterday, Stampin Kub. I feel like I must live under a rock to not have known about this fabulous stamper. Check out his blog for some really amazing stuff! He's also got a link posted to a sneak peek of upcoming Stampin' Up! products for the next catalog, including the new In Colors! And lastly, but certainly not least, to anyone else that visits my blog and takes the time to comment, YOU make my day too!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Today is my day to play with non Stampin' Up! images. I have received so many great images from my blogging buddies, so I'm hoping to use some of them each week.
This first one is a Bella, not sure which one, but I know if I had a tub like that I'd be lounging in the bath all the time! Ahhh! I received this image from my friend Jo. This Bella is just so much fun, thanks Jo.
I used crystal effects, glitter, and dew drops to create my bubble bath. The colors for the cardstock are Bashful Blue, Soft Sky, and White. The ribbons are grosgrain Bashful and Celery.
This next card was made using my new Gina K stamp set, Just So Hippy. I love this giraffe, she's so cute. I chose to use this red, white, and black color combo because I wanted to use some new DSP and a piece of striped grosgrain ribbon which I received from a PIF blog candy. I don't typically use red, but I did here because of the heart shaped spots on the giraffe.
Hope you're all having a good week. Tomorrow is Friday, Yay! Happy Stamping! :)
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
It's challenge time! All month long, Stampin' Up! has a promotion for free Stampin' Wheels when you purchase select stamp sets. So, I thought this would be a perfect time to use my wheels.
The challenge this week is to use a wheel or background image on your card or project. Pretty easy, right! To enter for a chance to win a little something from me, participate in the challenge and post a link to your project in the comments on this post. You have until 9am next Tuesday to complete the challenge. The winner will be drawn at random. I'll then post the winning card on my blog that day.
I made this card using my new Pun Fun stamp set and Sweet Stars wheel, which are both part of this promotion. The colors are Groovy Guava, Basic Gray, Soft Sky, and White. The image was colored using re-inkers and a blender pen. The edges of the Sky and Gray layers have been sponged for added texture. I used Nestabilities, paper piercing, and the photo corners punch for accents and then embellished with a brad, felt flower, and a rain drop sticker. The sticker is on the center of the flower, kind of hard to see in this photo.
Thanks for looking, hope you take the challenge. Happy Stamping! :)
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Kathy, a fellow SBS sister, was the only one who took the challenge last week and this is her card. Thanks Kathy! I think it's beautiful. I love the color combo and layout. That image is very pretty too. Contact me with your address and I'll get something out to you. :)
I'll be posting a new challenge tomorrow morning for this week. To enter for a chance to win you must take part in the challenge and comment on my blog with the link to your project. If you don't have a blog you can always email me your card or post to an online gallery.
Both of these samples use Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and Real Red cardstock. I used some punches to make quick embellishments. The sentiment is from Pun Fun, it works great with this stamp set. For a little bling, I used stickles on the top of the strawberry and on the cherries.
Happy Stamping! :)