Sunday, September 30, 2007

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe!

Here's another one of the darling reindeerettes from C.C. Designs. You can find the set at All That Scraps. All the images are from the set Reindeer Games. We have a busy day today, so I'll skip all the blah, blah, blah and just provide the supply list for you! Have a great Sunday! :)

Stamps: Reindeer Games (C.C. Designs); Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White (SU!); Paper: Infuse (BasicGrey); Ink: Chocolate Chip, White Craft (SU!); Other: Corner Rounder, Word Window Punch, Chocolate Chip marker, grosgrain ribbon, stamping sponge, stampin' dimensionals (all SU!), Prismacolor Pencils, Turpenoid, blending stumps

Friday, September 28, 2007

Halloween Stamps with a Twist!

Today's Limited Supplies Challege is to use Halloween stamps for something other than Halloween. This idea immediately came to mind. If you knew what kind of week it's been around here, you'd understand... :)

I used this adorable Bitzy Bugz Witchy stamp from C.C. Designs. You can find it at All That Scraps. It's in the Halloween Set, and it's also sold individually. I stamped her with Basic Black ink and colored her with a blender pen and color from the ink pad lids. The sentiment is computer generated. Nothing too complicated here -- just a fun card with a simple layout and embellishments, perfect for a limited supplies challenge!

I probably should give this to Chris, huh?? ;) Have a great day -- thanks for visiting!!

Stamp: C.C. Designs; Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Old Olive, Whisper White (SU!); Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Close to Cocoa, More Mustard, Certainly Celery (SU!); Other: blender pen, ticket corner punch, scalloped circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1/8" handheld punch, stamping sponge, stampin' dimensionals (all SU!), Cuttlebug and Spots & Dots embossing folder (ProvoCraft), ribbon (May Arts), black gel pen (Marvy), computer

Thursday, September 27, 2007

New C.C.Designs Stamps!

Hello!! I hope your week is going well so far -- it's almost Friday! :) I received my stamps from Christine at C.C. Designs so I could begin my Design Team work! Here is a card I created with her newest release, a set called Reindeer Games. You can find it at All That Scraps. The set includes several lady reindeer, ready for some winter fun, and a great variety of sentiments, too! I just HAD to use this particular reindeer and sentiment first. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is one of my favorite holiday songs. It's just so flirty and fun -- and this reindeer looks pretty flirty herself, all wrapped up in her garland!

I used Stampin' Up! cardstock -- Sahara Sand, Real Red, Old Olive, and Whisper White. The paper is from the BasicGrey Infuse 6x6 pack. I machine stitched down the sides of the paper with brown thread. I stamped the deer and sentiment in SU! Chocolate Chip ink. I colored her with Prismacolor Pencils blended with Turpenoid. I drew in the ground line then highlighted around the image and under the ground line with a blender pen and Sahara Sand ink. I then sponged around the card base and image panel with Sahara Sand. For the final touches, I put SU! Dazzling Diamonds glitter on her garland and the snow, I added three Old Olive brads, then I pierced along the bottom of the card base.

I just love how she turned out! Stop back -- I'll be making more cards with these cute reindeerettes!! Have a great day! :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Two Challenges in One!

Good morning! I was hoping to get this posted last night, but the computer was occupied for quite a while by Chris and the kids. Are work and homework really more important than my blog? ;) This is the card I created for the Color Challenge at SCS and for Jen70's blog challenge to make a Christmas card. Cardstock is Old Olive, More Mustard, and Whisper White, and the paper is from last year's Holiday Mini Catalog. Images are from Season of Joy, and the sentiment is from Gina K. Designs. I needed something small to fit on the snowflake, and it worked perfectly! Ink is Old Olive, Bashful Blue, White Craft, and More Mustard & Chocolate Chip markers (for the star and tree trunk).

The stamping is pretty straightforward, but I wanted to show you the fold I used on this card. I created a "hinge" for it by scoring the front of the card 3/4" to the right of the fold. I used my Snail Adhesive to attach the 3/4" area to the back of the card, so the card opens at the "new" fold. (see photo above). To embellish the hinge, I punched circles out of the holiday paper with a 3/4" circle punch and inserted More Mustard Brads through them.
To embellish the card, I added piercing and sponging with Bashful Blue around the tree, glitter glue (Sulyn Industries) on the tree and snowflake, spiral clip (Creative Impressions) and Bashful Blue ribbon. I used the 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches for the snowflake circle.
I like these non-traditional colors on this Christmas card. I still haven't decided what card I'm making for Christmas -- I need to get that figured out soon! Thanks for stopping by! :)
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Monday, September 24, 2007

Welcome, Fall!

I've decided that, even though it's STILL 90 degrees here, I will celebrate the coming of autumn! :) I used a sketch from Jen del Muro (genie1314). You can find it here on her blog. The stamps I used are Pumpkin Patch and Happy Harvest, both from Gina K. Designs. The cardstock is Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla, and the paper is from Daisy D.'s French Market Swatches. I purchased the paper and the gorgeous May Arts satin ribbon from Jacksonbelle Embellishments.

The card base is 5.25" square and was stamped with Weathered in Always Artichoke ink. The pumpkins were stamped in Basic Brown ink, then watercolored with my Aquapainter and inks -- Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, and Always Artichoke. I outlined the pumpkins and watercolored the ground with Creamy Caramel. The sentiment was stamped in Chocolate Chip ink, and the end was punched with the Word Window Punch. I sponged Pumpkin Pie around the sentiment and Always Artichoke around the pumpkin panel. I machine stitched around both panels. I added Rich Regals Brads to the image panel and mounted it on Stampin' Dimensionals.

This is my official welcome to fall -- I'm hoping it starts to feel like it around here soon! Thanks for visiting! :)

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File Folder Card

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was a good one! Kyle's 15th birthday was Saturday, so we did some celebrating with him. He got to choose dinner and his cake -- he picked Abuelo's and a Dairy Queen Reese Cup Blizzard cake -- YUM!! :)

I was able to get some stamping in last night. I took a look at the Featured Stamper at SCS -- starofmay -- and saw this File Folder Tag Card in her gallery. How cool! I decided to create one myself, so I changed the colors, papers and embellishments. I used the template she provided on her blog (and a great blog it is, too!). Everything is pretty straightforward, so I'll just provide you with the supplies. This card was fun to make -- I'd never done one before, but I'll be doing more! It will be perfect for my kids to give to Grandma -- one tag for each of them to personalize!

Check out starofmay's gallery -- she's a terrific stamper with a clean, fresh style! Thanks for stopping by -- have a great day! :)

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Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Whisper White Paper: Cutie Pie double-sided paper Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron Stamps: Simply Said, Warm Words, Polka Dots & Paisley Other: Earth Elements brad, Wild Wasabi double-stitched grosgrain, Crafter's Tool Kit, Corner Rounder, Round Tab Punch, Scalloped Circle Punch, Large & Small Oval Punches, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle Punches, silver eyelets, white gel pen (Marvy), manilla file folder (Smead)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Happy Mail!

Look what came in the mail today! I won the drawing after playing Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #19 -- and here's what she sent me! There are 12 6x6 pieces of Notations paper, 3 sheets of Little Reminders, and a card made by Beate! Thanks so much, Beate -- you totally made my day! :)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Limited Supplies Challenge and a Tutorial

Today's Limited Supplies Challenge at SCS was Limited Layers. We were to use only 3 or 4 layers and minimal embellishments. For this card, I used the Make a Wish set from Gina K. Designs. It is the second of her Stamps for a Cause, and $7 of each set goes to the Make a Wish Foundation. The technique I used is Poppin' Pastels, and I have a tutorial to show you how it's done!

You will need your stamp, Versamark, pastels, and a sponge dauber (a regular sponge will work, too).

Stamp your image in Versamark on your cardstock.

Using your dauber, sponge pastel color onto the stamped image. It will "stick" to the Versamark. On this image, I used Barely Banana, More Mustard, Rose Red, and Old Olive. Sponge the color around the image as well to create a halo effect.

Add a sentiment or other elements to your panel. Here I stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Chip, sponged the edges with Old Olive ink, and added a bit of glitter glue. Mount the panel onto your card and finish any way you want! :)

I love the softness that this technique gives to an image, and it was perfect for this sympathy card I needed to make. Thanks for stopping to look today -- have a great weekend! :)

Stamps: Make a Wish (Gina K. Designs), En Francais (SU!) Cardstock: Barely Banana, Rose Red, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: Stella Ruby (BasicGrey) Ink: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive (SU!) Other: Stampin' Pastels, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain, Earth Elements brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Photo Corners Punch, Stampin' Sponge, Sponge Daubers (all SU!), glitter glue (Sulyn Industries)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A Sketch Challenge and New Papertrey Ink!

Hi, everyone! I hope your week is going well! I want to thank everyone so much for your kind words after my last post. I am just so excited about the direction my life is taking, and I'm so fortunate to do something every day that I LOVE! :)
Now to the card...

I received my new Papertrey Ink sets Tuesday, and I knew this Santa from the Believe set would be perfect for yesterday's Sketch Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. The card base is retired Cranberry Crisp cardstock, and I stamped the Paisley background on it with Cranberry Crisp ink. The designer paper is Recollections, also retired, and it is matted on Mellow Moss cardstock. The narrow strip is Mellow Moss, and I stamped the flourish from Season of Joy on it to go with the swirls in the paper. The panels were distressed with the Cutter Kit. For the focal image, I stamped Santa in Basic Black ink on Very Vanilla cardstock. I colored him with my Prismacolor Pencils blended with Turpenoid. I used 2-Way Glue to apply Dazzling Diamonds glitter to his beard and trim. Soft Sky ink and a Blender Pen were used to create the highlight around the image. The garland between his hands was stamped in Basic Black, colored with the Prismas, cut out, and popped up on a Dimensional. The image panel and Cranberry Crisp mat were distressed and mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment was stamped in Basic Black and punched with the Small Oval Punch. I matted it on a Large Oval punched from Cranberry Crisp. I added stitched grosgrain and a Vintage Brad, then I mounted it on Dimensionals. To finish the card, I added a photo anchor from Making Memories and some faux stitching using a paper piercer and a Baroque Burgundy marker.

I love the vintage look of this Santa and the paper, and I think they work together well! I'm happy with the result! Thanks for visiting today! :)
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I Have BIG NEWS!!!

Hi, everyone! I have such exciting news to tell you! I applied and was chosen for the Design Team for All That Scraps!!!! See Amy Rysavy's announcement on her blog, Prairie Paper & Ink. I still can't believe it! What a dream come true! :)

Have a great night, everyone! I'll have more stamping tomorrow!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Jenn Box

Today's Technique Challenge at SCS was to make a 2-5-7-10 box, also known as a "Jenn Box," because it was made popular by Jenn Balcer. I had been wanting to make one for quite a while, so I was happy to play along! They are so easy to make and are great little gift boxes! The tutorial can be found here. I used Really Rust and Very Vanilla cardstock, and the scalloped circle was punched from Apple Cider paper. The stamps are from Priceless, True Friend, and It's Your Birthday. Ink is Really Rust, Wild Wasabi, and Chocolate Chip Craft. The "HB" was stamped with the craft ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I then punched it out with the 1 1/4" circle punch and matted it with the scalloped circle. The hearts were stamped, cut out and sponged. I pierced along the sides of the fold-over and also on the scalloped circle. I created the scallops along the edge of the fold-over with the retired Corner Rounder (I need to get the new, smaller-sized Corner Rounder!). The scalloped circle and hearts are on Stampin' Dimensionals, and the box is tied with Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon.

There are several September and October birthdays coming up in our family -- I think I'll be making some more of these boxes! They'll be perfect for holiday gift giving, too! Try one yourself -- thanks for stopping by! :)

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Beate's Weekend Challenge #19

Happy Monday! I hope it was a great weekend! We had some gorgeous, cool, fall-like days here! We were busy with Megan's Volleyfest tournament, Kyle's Freshman Regional Soccer Tournament, and a fundraiser at school. It was a good weekend, but I have nowhere I have to go today -- I guess it's a good day to stamp! :)

Here's a card I made last night, after the kids (and Chris) had gone to bed. It's for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #19. I love to check out her challenges -- she's truly one of my stamping heroes! :) For this card, I inked up an image and sentiment from Stem Silhouettes. I used Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White cardstock, and the background paper is BasicGrey Infuse. I used Sanded on the sentiment panel, stamped with Sahara Sand ink. The sentiment and flower image are stamped with Chocolate Chip ink. I did the cracked glass technique over the focal image, after I sponged the edges of the panel with Regal Rose ink. To give the card a more aged look, I sponged Ranger Walnut Distress Ink around the other panels and over the cracked glass. I added some faux stitching in the corner, Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, and a Jumbo Blossom and antique copper brad (both from Making Memories). The image panel and blossom are on Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by to visit -- I hope to have more to share later! :)

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Christmas Berries

I had a chance to play with more of my new goodies! This time I used Stem Silhouettes and Season of Joy. I pulled the colors off the paper from the Winter Bright Simply Scrappin' Kit -- I love the cheery, wintery color combination! The cardstock is Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, and Whisper White. The Wild Wasabi panel was dry embossed with my ProvoCraft Cuttlebug and Spots & Dots embossing folder. I used White Craft Ink, applied from the pad directly to the paper (a technique called DTP), to highlight the embossing. The focal image from Stem Silhouettes was inked using Basic Black and Real Red markers. I added red glitter glue (Sulyn Industries) to the berries and sponged Wild Wasabi ink around the edges of the panel. I punched two 1/8" holes and tied Wild Wasabi stitched grosgrain around the stems. I added red eyelets (Making Memories) and stamped the sentiment from Season of Joy in Basic Black ink. The image panel is mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals. I really like the way it turned out! :)

We have a busy weekend ahead -- Kyle is playing in the Freshman Regional Soccer Tournament, and Megan has her Volleyfest Tournament too! Hopefully I'll get time for more stamping! Thanks for visiting -- have a great weekend!

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Anna just left for Kindergarten, so I'm off to stamp -- I'll have more to share with you later! :)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

New Stuff!

I received my Stampin' Up! order yesterday, so I HAD to find a way to use my new stuff! I combined Yesterday's Sketch Challenge and today's Ways to Use It Challenge, and I used my new True Friend stamp set and Apple Cider paper. The card base is River Rock cardstock, and I stamped Linen in River Rock for the background. I used the designer paper and Chocolate Chip cardstock for the sketch panels. For the image panel, I first inked the medallion from True Friend in River Rock and Really Rust, misted the stamp with water, then stamped on Watercolor Paper. When it was dry, I stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Chip Craft Ink, then I heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. I sponged the edges with Really Rust ink. I distressed all the panels with the Cutter Kit, then I used the Spiral Punch on the narrow panel. I finished the card by adding Vintage Brads and some gorgeous May Arts ribbon from Jacksonbelle Embellishments. I used the Horizontal Slot Punch to create the opening, then I tied the ribbon with Natural Hemp. The image panel is on Stampin' Dimensionals.
I can't wait to use some more of my new sets -- maybe tomorrow!! :) Thanks for visiting!
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Bold Flowers

I'm finally getting yesterday's Color Challenge card posted this morning. I wasn't able to sit down to stamp until about 9:00 pm, since there were several things going on yesterday. Caroline had her first day of preschool -- she loved it and can't wait to go back tomorrow! At the same time that was going on here in Kentucky, my 6-month-old nephew was having open heart surgery in Charlotte, NC. He has a heart defect that requires a series of surgeries: this one was the second of three. This surgery went just as planned, and so far he's recovering as well as they hoped. The afternoon was filled with homework, soccer practice, and work (I tutor two evenings a week). I was definitely in need of a little sanity break last night! Unfortunately, the colors for the challenge (Taken With Teal, Purely Pomegranate, and Always Artichoke) only made me crazier!! :) I know it's a color challenge, but I just couldn't get my mojo to flow on this one. I decided, since it's a bold color combination, that I'd pull out some bold flowers, and I chose Papertrey Ink's Green Thumb set.

Cardstock used is Purely Pomegranate, Always Artichoke, Taken With Teal, and Whisper White. Ink used is Purely Pomegranate, Always Artichoke, and Taken With Teal. I used the flower images from the set for the center panel and the backgrounds. I also used Polka Dot on the artichoke panel. For the main image, I wanted to create some depth in the flowers without using another color ink. So, I stamped off once, then rock-n-rolled the flower in the same color ink before stamping. That gave just the variation in color that I wanted. The sentiment was stamped in Always Artichoke, then punched out with the Large Oval Punch. I sponged Purely Pomegranate around the image panel and the oval, then I distressed the panels with my Cutter Kit. I matted the oval on a 1 1/4" Circle and a Scalloped Circle. For added detail I pierced the scallops and added faux stitching & dots with a Marvy white gel pen. I finished it off with Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Ribbon and mounted the image panel and scalloped circle on Stampin' Dimensionals.

Even though the colors definitely challenged me, I'm happy with how the card came out! I hope to get time to do the sketch challenge today, so be watching for that one! If you think about it, please say a prayer for my nephew, my brother, and sister-in-law. Thanks! And thanks for stopping by! :)

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Sympathy in Blue

Friday the Limited Supplies Challenge at SCS was to make a sympathy card. But, being that it is a limited supplies challenge, there were a few rules: the main image is a flower, one background stamp, one sentiment stamp, NO Cuttlebug or designer paper (gasp!), and fewer embellishments that we would usually have. Jen70, the LSC hostess, also had a Saturday Challenge on her blog to use Bashful Blue. So, I decided to combine the two challenges!

For this card, I used Bashful Blue as the card base. The background stamp is En Francais, stamped in Old Olive ink. I sponged the ink onto the stamp instead of inking it on the pad -- it gave it a lighter, more uneven background. I also used Old Olive to sponge around the edges of the card base. The horizontal panel is Old Olive, and the image is stamped on Whisper White and matted on Old Olive and Chocolate Chip. For the main image, I used Old Olive, Bashful Blue, and Chocolate Chip markers on the stamp ("Blush", by Penny Black). I misted the stamp with water before stamping. I sponged around the panel with Bashful Blue ink. A Ticket Corner punch was used on all the panels. Since I had to "limit" the embellishments I would normally use, I went with Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon (I just *love* that stuff!). My paper piercer gets a workout on most of my cards, so I restrained myself and did faux piercing with a Chocolate Chip marker instead (that counts, right??). The sentiment is from last year's hostess set, Warmest Regards, and it is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.

I really like this color combination -- soft and subtle, and perfect for the occasion. I don't like making sympathy cards, but this one will be nice to have if I need it. Thanks for visiting today -- have a great Monday! :)
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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Altered Frames

I've had the urge to redecorate lately -- so of course I decided to make my own accessories! I purchased several unfinished frames at Michael's for $2 each, and I got to work altering them!

On this frame, I first painted the edges with Accent Acrylic Paint (Antique White). I used Brocade Backgrounds paper, adhering it to the frame and to the chipboard label frame from On Board Accents. I sanded all the edges, then sponged them with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink. I used the flourish and sentiment from Priceless. The flourish is stamped several times onto the paper with Stazon Timber Brown, and the sentiment is stamped onto River Rock Cardstock with Chocolate Chip. I added Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon and Antique Copper brads (Making Memories). For the three brads at the top, I clipped off the prongs and attached them with Glue Dots. The label frame is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals. The photo is of the kids in Myrtle Beach during Spring Break this year. I had planned to give this frame to Chris for his office, but I love it so much that I just might keep it at the house! :)

The second frame is for Megan's room. She is planning to change her colors to pink and green, and this gorgeous paper from K & Company seemed perfect. The paper is double-sided, and I used both sides of the same paper. I painted the edges with the same acrylic paint, then I adhered the paper to the frame. I sanded the edges and inked them with Close to Cocoa Classic Ink. There's no stamping on this one -- I simply adhered the Kelly Panacci Rub-On, Making Memories Jumbo Blossoms, and some rhinestones. Then I tied on some Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon. The photo is of Megan and her friends, taken at her 13th birthday party.

Let's see... what other rooms need a new frame? ;)

Thanks for taking a look -- enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

A Little Trick-or-Treater

I was in a Halloween mood today -- I think the promise of cooler temps this weekend has me thinking about fall! I have been playing around with this layout and thought it would be a good one for designer papers. I used Halloween Night papers (from last years SU! Holiday Mini Catalog) for the background and Basic Black cardstock for the image mat. For the card base and image panel I used Papertrey Ink's Stamper's Select White Cardstock. Lemme tell you -- I love that stuff! It's much sturdier than SU!'s Whisper White. I love SU!'s cardstock, but the white just isn't firm enough for a card base.

Anyway, back to the card... I cut a panel of paper just slightly smaller than the card base and adhered it to the front. I cut a 3" circle out of the other pattern , adhered it to the corner, and trimmed off the excess. I then sponged around the front of the card with Old Olive ink. For the image panel, I stamped the ghost from Booglie Eyes in Basic Black. I colored him with my Prisamacolor Pencils and sponged around the edge of the panel with Old Olive. I used my Photo Corners Punch to make a photo corner out of the paper, and I put a few faux stitches on the bottom. I glued on some wiggle eyes (Westrim Crafts) and put some Earth Elements brads on the photo corner. For the final touches, I added some Martha Stewart ribbon, more Earth Elements brads, and a black bat. The bat is an image from Papertrey Ink's Spooky Sweets set. I stamped it in Versamark on Basic Black cardstock, then I heat embossed it with Black Embossing Powder. I mounted it on Stampin' Dimensionals. I didn't add a sentiment -- I let the ribbon do the talking! :)

I think this little guy is cute, but not scary. That's the way I like Halloween! Thanks for visiting -- have a great day!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Color Challenge: Groovy Artichokes

When I saw today's Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, I wasn't sure I wanted to tackle it. It seems like forever since I've done a color challenge, and today's colors (Groovy Guava and Always Artichoke) just weren't doing it for me. Along came my BasicGrey Stella Ruby paper to the rescue!!! One of the "unpatterned" sheets is a muted background which has shades of those two colors in it -- a perfect way to pull everything together. The set I used is Priceless.

On the card base, I stamped the image repeatedly with Versamark and then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. On the vertical side panel, I stamped the small flower and small dotted circle directly on the Stella Ruby paper with Always Artichoke ink. I layered that on Groovy Guava cardstock. For the image panel, I first stamped the flourish and sentiment with Always Artichoke ink. I inked the flower in Groovy Guava, used my Always Artichoke marker on the dots, then stamped and cut out the image. It is attached to the panel with a Rich Regals brad. I sponged the Whisper White panel and the flower with Groovy Guava and added piercing on the corner. I also pierced down both sides of the side panel. I distressed the cardstock panels with my Cutter Kit and punched an opening for the ribbon with my Horizontal Slot Punch. The ribbon is a sage organdy from Horizon Fabrics. The image panel is mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals.

I'm glad I decided to tackle this color challenge -- I'm happy with the result! Thanks for visiting -- have a great day! :)

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge

I didn't think I'd get any more time to stamp this weekend, but I was able to sneak in a card for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I used Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White Cardstock, and the paper is from We R Memory Keepers. I used Papertrey Ink's Green Thumb set for the main image, and the sentiment is from Happy Everything. The background is Polka Dot. Inks used were Regal Rose, Rose Red, So Saffron, More Mustard, Certainly Celery, and Soft Sky.

I inked the flower pot with So Saffron, then I rock-n-rolled it in More Mustard before stamping. The stems and leaves were stamped in Certainly Celery, and the flowers are Regal Rose rock-n-rolled in Rose Red. The sentiment is stamped in Regal Rose. The background is stamped in Certainly Celery. The half circles were cut with a Fiskars Circle Cutter, and the ovals were made with the Small and Large Oval Punches. I used Soft Sky to highlight the pot and to sponge around the circle and small oval. The pot's shadow was done with So Saffron and a Blender Pen. Faux stitching was done with the Crafter's Tool Kit and a Chocolate Chip marker. All panels are distressed with the Cutter Kit. I added Rich Regals Brads and Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, and mounted the half circle and oval with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thanks for taking a look -- have a great day and a great holiday! :)

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Saturday, September 1, 2007

A New Driver!

I made this card for our friends' son, who got his drivers license last week. I don't have a lot of masculine stamps or papers, but the ones I do have worked perfectly for what I needed! The stamps used are Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories, a sentiment from A Muse, and the Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel. I used Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla cardstock, and the paper is from My Mind's Eye.

I rolled the Rough Texture wheel on the card base with the Jumbo Handle and Mellow Moss ink cartridge. The images and sentiment were stamped with Chocolate Chip ink. I colored the images with Prismacolor Pencils blended with Turpenoid (Weber) and blending stumps (Loew-Cornell). I watercolored a shadow under the truck with my Aquapainter and Soft Sky ink. The panels and paper were sponged with Chocolate Chip ink and then distressed with the Cutter Kit. I used the Word Window Punch on the sentiment and used the Spiral Punch along the top of the image panel. With my sewing machine, I zig zag stiched around the paper and then freehand stitched the "road" under the truck. To finish the card, I added a Karen Foster Mini Screw Brad to the sentiment and tied twill around the paper panel. The image panel was mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals.

This is the Ways to Use It Challenge card I had intended to make Thursday, but I opted to blow bubbles with Caroline instead! I think I'll put a gift card inside, so our friend can go to the "Drive-thru" for some nourishment after football practice! :)

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I hope my American friends enjoy the Labor Day holiday! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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