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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lunchtime Challenge #102

Well I have to admit that MaryJo's sketch this week had me wondering what to do.....that is, until I turned it on its side. Then all of a sudden, the light bulb went on! This morning is the first chance I've had to play in my stamp room.

You can see MJ's original sketch (and see who has participated as well) here. As usual, I used the sketch as a guideline and didn't stick to it entirely. But, I think this sample works....don't you?!!
This card showcases some of the DSP from last year's Sale-A-Bration. I think I had 3 packages of it and the supply is finally dwindling.....but, the patterns are so fabulous and versatile, going with so many colors. Also retired from the line is the large corner rounder used here....I love the large soft corners this creates, but it's a bit tough to use without getting all those little edges. I added in one of those cotton, crocheted flowers.....the first I've used. I'm in love! This is layered with a silk flower from one of my many jars....remember when we had to have them ALL? Fortunately, I don't have them in every color, but I still have a lot on my shelf! Then this is all topped off with a Build-a-Brad....haven't used one of them in a long while, either! The image in the brad is from Always.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by! Not sure if I'll have a chance to participate in the Bloggers' Challenge this week...perhaps late. It's been a hectic week....I seem to be making up for all I couldn't do the last 2 Christmas seasons! I'm expecting house guests later this afternoon....they are staying for 3 or 4 days. I think this coming Sunday will be the first quiet day we'll have in over 3 weeks. Although I've loved all the activity, visiting, hosting, and parties, I'm actually kind of looking forward to just a quiet day!
Stamps: Thank You Kindly, Always
Inks: Basic Gray, More Mustard
CS: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, So Saffron, Gable Green, So Saffron
Misc: DSP*, Corner Rounder*, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Build-a-Brad, Fleurettes III, Modern Label Punch, Movers & Shakers Die, 1/2" Round Punch, Celery Twill*
Please note: All materials listed above are from SU. Just the green silk flower is non-SU.
*Retired

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy Holidays!....and TWO Challenges

WHEW! Can you believe we've made it through Christmas? I hope you had a wonderful, fabulous day and spent it with those you love. Of course the holidays are not over, but once Christmas is behind us, it's a bit quieter and more relaxing....at least for me! You see, I've been working retail this past season....and even though retail-wise, it wasn't the best year, I still needed to put in some hours. Then, of course, preparing for Christmas......and yesterday, I had most of my family over. We had 23 in all! Now, I don't have a very large house....far from it! So, it was quite chaotic......but, it was the first Christmas my Mom spent with all of us in a long, long time! She loved it!
Last year I never had the opportunity to send out my Christmas cards, so I had them left for this year....but was short about 25. OK....that was doable! So, last Sunday, I came up with this little card. BUT, I really have to admit that the stamps are not SU. I found them discounted recently when I stopped in to my local stamp/scrapbook store...."local" is 35 minutes away. They are by Penny Black; and this card was inspired by one the store had on display.....I fell in love with it and time was at a premium! The papers and accessories ARE all SU!
Stamps: Joyous (Penny Black)
Inks: Chalk Inks (retired from SU line)
CS: Very Vanilla, Kraft, Old Olive
Misc: Real Red Narrow Grosgrain, Corner Rounder (retired), Perfect Impressions Texturz Plate, Big Shot
This second sample is for MaryJo's Challenge from last Monday! I just haven't had the time to participate in so long and really wanted to play with this new set, which I think is just perfect for this sketch! The set is called Vintage Vogue and will be available for purchase on January 5.....AND you can purchase it on either wooden blocks like always.....OR unmounted so you can use it with acrylic blocks and save tons of storage room! How great is that?!! Silly me, I forgot that when I ordered the set and purchased it in the traditional wooden block form....but you can bet that I'll definitely be purchasing some unmounted sets as well! As for MJ's sketch, you can see it here; and you'll also see that I've taken some liberties with the sketch. But, I like the way it worked out.....AND I just LOVE this set! It's a little like one of my other favorite sets, Charming!*
Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Inks: Melon Mambo, Basic Gray
CS: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray
Misc: Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Scallop Trim Border Punch (SAB....available for YOU to earn, January 5-March 31, 2010)
Please note: ALL materials used to create this sample are from SU!
*GREAT NEWS: Charming, which has been featured in the Holiday Mini, will continue to be available until the end of April....I think it will work nicely with this new set, don't you?!!
Thanks for stopping by today.....and enjoy the remainder of your holiday season. Be safe.....be happy!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Just a Quick Thank You

Yes, I know we're in the middle of the Christmas season, but that means that Thank You cards are going to be needed soon! Actually, I already need some, which is why this beauty has been created.
If you have visited this blog before, you know that one of my very favorite stamp sets from the Holiday Mini is Charming, and I'm so very sad to say good by to this set. I probably will hang onto it because it creates the most lovely cards....and then hopefully, it will be available again in the new catalog this summer!
This is a simple layout that features the new border punch, Scallop Trim Border, which you can soon earn during Sale-a-Bration, which begins on January 5. I love how it adds just a bit of softness to the Bordering Blue and Night of Navy.
Well, that's it for now. Have to run and complete my entry for Mary Jo's Challenge.....haven't participated in so long! Thanks for stopping by and visiting.
Stamps: Charming, Thank you Kindly
Inks: Silver Metallic, Bordering Blue, Night of Navy
CS: Whisper White, Bordering Blue, Night of Navy
Misc: White Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch
Please note: ALL materials used to create this sample are from SU.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Gifts


A couple of weeks ago, I met with the ladies in my Stamp Club and gave them each a little package of goodies that I created. This first photo shows the box that contained everything. These gable boxes were once sold by SU, so of course, I have a few remaining in my stash! The greeting is from Many Merry Messages....I'm in love with this stamp....it's probably the reason I purchased the set a couple of years ago! The bird in the corner is NOT an SU stamp, but one I couldn't resist last year when visiting a stamp store. The wide ribbon is also from last year's collection, although is currently available in various other colors.
While on a trip to the Christmas Tree Shoppe, I found this cute little frame in the bargain bin. It is just the cutest! And the color works perfectly with last year's In Color, Riding Hood Red. So, just a bit of DSP from the Merry Moments collection, a bit of Riding Hood Red CS, and a stamped image (non SU....rec'd it at CHA last summer from the Hero Arts booth) and it came together nicely! I used my Chocolate Chip and my Garden Green markers to "ink" up the image and then the Blender Pen to "color" in the pine cone. Then I stamped over the image again in Versamark and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder, which gave it a rich and polished look. (If you click on the image, you can view the detail.) Although this image is not from the SU line, this technique can easily be used for many images in the SU line!
This next gift is first shown without the wrapping.....it started out as a simple glass holder purchased off of the clearance rack in Ikea a few months back. I'm almost embarassed to tell you how much I bought them for....but, I'll share anyway: $.25! Can you believe it?!! I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them, but I bought a bunch and knew that one day they would be made into something spectacluar. So, with some etching cream, a punch, and a gold pen, this simple glass holder was transformed into a votive holder.

I have to admit that the punch is from Martha Stewart, but I purchased it because it closely resembles the Jumbo Snowflake Punch in the SU collection, which unfortunately, was way too big for this project. I simply punched a few snowflakes out of computer paper and used a bit of glue from the Anywhere Glue Stick to adhere them. Then I glopped on the etching cream. I've etched glass before and always followed the directions with various results. This time around my little glass projects came out much better and more evenly.....I left the etching cream on for about 30-40 minutes. Then I washed off the etching cream and glued on paper. The only issue was that the rim around the top wasn't as even as I had hoped, but the Ziggy Gold Paint Pen (retired) did the trick! Add in a sparkly red votive from the Christmas Tree Shoppe and the project was done.

Below are all the gifts together and how they looked when placed inside the gable box. The little tin was wrapped with some retired DSP and I added in some home-made toffee. Check out this post for more info on this gift.

With a bit of creativity, some time, and just a few dollars, I think the gifts came out pretty well....and I'm pretty certain my ladies liked them!



Getting Ready for Christmas


Hi.....it's been awhile, hasn't it?!! Life just kind of took over and there just wasn't enough time for everything! Sorry I haven't posted in so long. With my Mom just getting settled, a new job....in retail!....and getting ready for Christmas....well, life has been hectic! Although I haven't posted in some time, I have not forgotten you!

So, here we are, just 5 days away from the big day....are YOU ready? I am almost there! House is decorated, tree is up, gifts are purchased, wrapped and under the tree......baking is done. Now, I just need to get ready for the clan to come on Christmas day....not sure how many are coming. It will likely be somewhere between 18-25 people! Always chaotic, but oh, so much fun! And you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way! I just LOVE having my family all together for the holidays. My siblings (most of them) will be here with their spouses and kids and Mom will be here for the festivities as well. Can't wait.
In the last few weeks, I've also been making some Christmas items. The first I want to share are some ornaments. Now, this idea has been around for the last few years, but I only just tried them myself recently. They are so pretty....if I may say so!....so sparkly and glittery. You KNOW I'm not really a glitter gal, but I happen to have some in my stash....most has retired, so this was a fabulous way to use a bit of it and really show it off!
Don't you just LOVE them? I used clear glass ornaments purchased last year at one of the craft stores around here.....but I couldn't find the same ones again this year. Probably looked too late! Anyway, these two are my favorites of all I made.
The blue ornament has one of our rub ons....from the Icicles collection. They are just so pretty....and perfect for embellishing and creating your own ornaments! The blue glitter is kind of iridescent...but sadly, this glitter has retired. The red ornament showcases the Flurry collection from the SU Home Decor line. These images are much more bold than the rub ons and look fabulous against the glittered glass ball....but many of them are really LARGE....too large for the balls I had!
OK, so by now you are probably wondering HOW to create these...right?!! These are so much less tedious and much quicker than I expected....which is why it took me so long to try them! You'll need the following:
-a clear glass "ball" These come in various shapes, so, any shape you choose...round is easiest to work with.
-re-inker
-glitter
-funnel or scrap cardstock
-rubber glove, if you don't want to wear your ink!
-a disposable cup
While making these I learned that if you closely match the re-inker to your glitter, you'll end up with a richer color. If you contrast it, you can "muddy" the glitter color, but it will still come out. For instance, I used gold glitter, but used Pretty in Pink re-inker....this seemed to tame the gold and give it a softer, slightly pinkish cast. Pretty. On another, I used Sahara Sand re-inker and gold glitter.....(don't know what I was thinking!), and the end result was kind of a garish gold. It still worked, but I like the softer gold so much better!
OK, what you'll want to do, is remove the topper from the ball....you know the part that has the loop for the hanger....and set aside. Now pour about 15 drops of re-inker into your clear ball. Carefully, swirl around until the entire inside is covered with color....you may need to add a couple more drops of ink. Then carefully add in up to 1/2 tsp of glitter....it's best to add just a bit at a time, because you cannot reuse the extra glitter from these projects. The easiest way to add the glitter is with a funnel.....I didn't have one that was small enough to fit into the opening, so I used some scrap cardstock to create my own funnel.....Very Vanilla or Whisper White are the easiest to work with for this! Place a finger over the opening and gently shake until all surfaces are coated with glitter....add a bit more glitter as needed.
Here's the important part.....although you are technically done, you need to let the inside of the ball dry. So you need to place it upside down in a disposable cup, so that any extra ink doesn't puddle and settle at the bottom of your ball. Let dry overnight and decorate as desired. Although it doesn't seem possible that the glitter will stay put as the ink dries, it does! I was given a glitter ball 2 years ago by my upline and it is still lovely and perfect as it was the day I received it!
Have fun making your ornaments! And thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Techno Lunchtime Challenge #96


Here's another fun sketch by MJ this week. For my version, I turned it on its side and used the Scallop Edge Punch instead of the Ticket Punch for the corners. When I looked on my shelf at the stamp sets I own, it seemed like Season of Joy would work perfectly for this layout. Layered against the Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder, I believe I was right, don't you?

As you can see, my embossed background is two-toned.....first I brayered the embossing folder with White Craft ink and ran it thought the Big Shot. I'm just loving this look....and it's so simple to do!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. You can see MaryJo's sketch and the other participants by clicking here.

Stamps: Season of Joy
Inks: White Craft, Old Olive
CS: Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red
Misc: Big Shot, Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder, 3/4" round Punch, Gold Mini Brads, Paper Piercer, Scallop Edge Punch, Brayer, Wide Old Olive Grosgrain
Please note: ALL materials used to create this sample are from SU and are currently available.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Blog Challenge #s 125 & 126....Kind of!

Well, I tried to combine the last two Challenges into one sample....not sure if this really qualifies for either one! You see, last week (Challenge #125) we were to choose a technique and create. After looking over some ideas, I decided to use the Faux Cloisonne technique. BUT my hubby had just recycled all my magazines and those that I had kept aside for this very purpose have disappeared as well. So, I turned to my DSP scrap pile....there seems to be PLENTY of that in my stamp room! I chose this blue print DSP, which has been retired for at least 4 or 5 years. It's such a pretty print, but honestly, the DSP from SU has certainly come a long, long way! This is so much thinner than what I've become accustomed to using. However, for this purpose, it really worked well,
For the Faux Cloisonne look, you simply emboss an open type image onto a magazine page and cut out. The glossy page showing through is what gives it that unique enamel look. Well, on my leaves, the print shows through and gives it a really interesting look, but it doesn't have that shiny look that a magazine page would have given. It's the technique, but different. Does it work? Hmmm.....not sure.....I think it does, but it's not really a true representation of that technique. Using a larger piece of matching DSP in the background helped pull it all together. Oh, and since I photographed this sample against a couple of sheets of Basic Black CS, you really cannot see that the card base of this sample is layered onto Night of Navy, which works well with the DSP....it gives an extra richness to the overall look!
That brings us to the second Challenge, Number 126, which is to create a Fall look. Do shades of blue count? There's leaves and the greeting, but blue? Again, not so sure. But this is what I made to share. If nothing else, it is different! I'm happy with the clean and uncluttered look achieved with this card. So even if I didn't quite meet the Challenges, hopefully you still enjoyed stopping by today!
Stamps: Lovely Leaves (Holiday Mini), Holiday Best (Hostess Level 1)
Inks: Night of Navy, Gold Encore
CS: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Brocade Blue
Misc: Gold Emboss Powder, Gold Cord (retired type), Key Punch (retired), DSP (retired)
Please note: ALL materials used to create this card are from SU!, although some items have retired.




Saturday, November 14, 2009

Monday Lunchtime Challenge #95


Yes, I realize it's now late Saturday night.....and this was due days ago! Ahh....life does have a way of taking over my stamp life sometimes! Yes, I disappeared on you again.....if you have been reading this blog for the last year, you may remember that my Dad passed away some months back and that I've been working on having Mom move back here to New Jersey from Florida. Well, today she arrived! It's been a very long 10 months....and loads and loads of work, tons of phone calls and coordinating, but she sold her house and arrived today! My siblings and I have found a wonderful, beautiful senior community with a very active senior life! AND it's only about 1/2 hour away from most of us.....Tuesday, the moving van should arrive from Florida and she'll be moving in. I am so excited for her....perhaps more excited than she is!
Anyway, achieving everything to this point seems to have taken over my life! And that left me with not a lot of time for stamping and/or blogging. I truly have a new respect for those that have walked in those shoes before me.......and if you are one of them, you KNOW the enormity of what has been achieved so far and the countless hours it has taken. Hopefully, the transition into her new home will go smoothly and life will be a bit easier around here....and for her as well! I'm happy to have her nearby to celebrate the upcoming holiday season with us all!
So....onto my card for you! After all, isn't that really why you stopped by?!! This is my take on MaryJo's sketch #95 from this past Monday. I really am very happy with the way this came out, but when I looked back at the sketch (I didn't print it...DUH!!), only then did I realize that it isn't exactly the same as the sketch. BUT, regardless, this is my take on it! You can see MJ's original sketch here.
This sample features all SU materials that can currently be purchased in the catalog or the fabulous Holiday Mini. Don't you just love that DSP?.....it's from the Merry Moments collection. Now, I have to admit that it took me a bit of time to warm up to Chocolate Chip being used for the Christmas season....but, I have finally come out of my red & green Christmas comfort zone! If you've been in any of your local stores, you'll see that most are already decked out for the holidays....and the new trend this year is BROWNS!
For the color combo on this sample, I took my cue from the DSP.....so the greeting was stamped onto Very Vanilla CS, with just a smidgen of Rose Red showing and layered onto Certainly Celery CS. Finished off with the wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon....well, what can I say?!! I'm in love with these colors!
Thanks so much for your continued patience with me....AND for stopping by and visiting! Hope you'll stop by again soon.
Stamps: Four the Holidays
Inks: Chocolate Chip
CS: Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Rose Red
Misc: Merry Moments DSP, Wide Chocolate Chip DSP, Scallop Edge Punch
PLEASE NOTE: ALL materials used to create this card are from SU!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thinking of Christmas


The leaves are off of the trees....or at least mostly. There's definitely a chill in the air....it's certainly feeling a lot more wintery.....and you know what that means, don't you? Christmas will soon be here! In anticipation of the upcoming season, I recently participated in a Christmas/Holiday swap. This first card was what I almost submitted. I liked it, but something was just a little off....not to mention that it was a LOT of work and I needed to make 28 of these....quickly! By the time, I finally came up with this, time was limited.
So, I reworked the card and tweaked away and this is what I submitted. Truthfully, I am much happier with it! I really wasn't sure about a brown ornament....but you know what? They are everywhere! Who would have thought that brown ornaments would be so popular this year?!!
Here's the info:
Version #1
Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Warm Words
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Glorious Green, Certainly Celery, Real Red
CS: Whisper White, Real Red, Certainly Celery
Misc: 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Silver Cord, Ornament Punch, Modern Label Punch, Big Shot, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Scallop Square Die
Version #2
Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Warm Words
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery
CS: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Silver Metallic
Punches: Ornament, Modern Label, 3/4" Circle, 1" Circle
Misc: 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Big Shot, Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder, Scallop Square Die, Movers & Shakers Die, Mistletoe Originals Ribbon
PLEASE NOTE: ALL materials used to create both of these samples are from SU!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please come back and visit soon!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Lunchtime Challenge #94


I love MaryJo's sketch this week! It actually is one of those tried and true, basic layouts that I seem to go back to time and time again. So, I guess you could say that this week was an easy challenge! You can see MJ's sketch here.

For my sample this week, I used Kraft...it is just so perfect for Fall-themed cards, although it looks great all through the year! As you can see, that's the basic in this card. It has been paired with Not Quite Navy and Dusty Durango cardstock. Maybe not quite your traditional Fall colors, but don't you think that the Not Quite Navy gives the leaves and card a special little "punch" of color?

The leaves were simply stamped in Soft Suede and sponged in More Mustard, highlighted with some Dusty Durango and just a bit of Not Quite Navy. They have both been curled and manipulated to more closely resemble real leaves and then popped up on Dimensionals. Oh, and that Not Quite Navy panel has been textured in the Big Shot....not sure you can tell!

Thanks for stopping by today....hope you enjoyed your visit!

Stamps: Autumn Splendor, Full of Life
Inks: Soft Suede, More Mustard, Dusty Durango, Not Quite Navy
CS: Kraft, Dusty Durango, Not Quite Navy
Misc: Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Paper Piercer & Template, Copper Mini Brads (retired formerly from the Vintage Collection), Cutter Kit (for distressing), Big Shot, Texturz Plate (Kit #4)

Please note: All materials used to create this sample are from SU!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fall is Here!



Hope you had a fun and safe Halloween....and received lots of chocolate! Now that holiday is behind us, it's time to look forward to the next one....Thanksgiving! Not sure about you, but this really is my very favorite time of the year. In fact, my hubby and I take an annual trip to see the leaves....they are so gorgeous in this area in the Fall. Today is the day....we'll be leaving soon and although the day is kind of dreary, and the foliage really is past its prime, I'm still hoping that it will be worth the trip. If nothing else, it will be nice to just have a few hours away from all the everyday stresses!
So, in honor of the season, and because you just may not want to pack up those pumpkins just yet, here's a sample for the season! This is actually very much inspired by one of my stamping "buddies," Margaret. She made these punched pumpkins....which I just love, don't you?!! You can see her original version here. Margaret used a different die for her leaves and vines, but since I don't have that one, I used what I have around....little bits of the Tulipe die and a punch, which is actually not from SU, but a discontinued Martha Stewart punch. Unlike Margaret's sample, I've used cardstock for the Top Note die and stamped with the Sanded background stamp.....and added a layer of ribbon. One thing that is so very important to the pumpkins is that the edges of each circle or oval must be sponged....it gives it definition and adds so much to them!
What do you think? Isn't this fun?!! Be sure to check out Margaret's sample...and take a look around her blog while you are there....she's a very talented, and creative lady! Thanks for stopping by today.
Stamps: Sanded, All Holidays
Inks: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie
CS: Natural Ivory, Old Olive, Kraft, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip
Misc: Sponge Dauber, Stitched Wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Tulipe Die, Big Shot, Martha Stewart punch

Friday, October 30, 2009

Blog Challenge #123 -- It's Time for Halloween!

Are YOU ready for your trick or treaters tomorrow? Around here the festivities always begin with a "parade" for all the younger children that starts at about 4:30, and end at the local firehouse with cider and donuts. THEN they are ready to go door to door. So, even though Halloween may be on a Saturday, I'm not really expecting any little visitors much before 6:00. Oh, but when they come, they come! You see, I live in a small suburban town in the older section....we have side walks and street lights and the houses are relatively close together, making this area just ideal for those seeking treats. You know sometimes, I think they bus them in!! But, it's all in fun and I love it even if my own children are now too old to trick or treat!
Well, since I have too many come to my door to count, these little treat holders simply aren't practical for me (I'd probably need to make somewhere around 300). But wouldn't they be fun for school treats or party treats, etc.? Just a little disclaimer here: These are NOT my original ideas, but have been CASEd!
First, there's Frankie....he's made with the Top Note Die for the front and back, a few punches, a little "artistic" drawings.....LOL! Notice the mouth and stitched cheeks! The holder itself has been created using an envelope. He's fun to make and just as fun to fill!
CS: Gable Green, Basic Black, Whisper White, Lovely Lilac
Misc: A-2 Envelope, Top Note Die, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch, White Gel Pen, Big Shot, Basic Black Marker
Hint: Make a pattern for the stitching by first using a pencil and then going over top with the marker.
Next is that adorable little spider! He's hiding a York Peppermint Pattie and has been created solely with punches.
CS: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red, Gable Green
Punches: Scallop Round Punch, 1/2" Round Punch, 1/4" Round Punch, Photo Corner Punch
Misc: White Gel Pen
Hint: Use Sticky Strip to adhere the front and back to the candy.
Then there's that adorable little "pumpkin." Again, no stamping! The black cardstock is simply folded with a small accordion type fold inside to leave room for the M&Ms and held in place with a ribbon. The DSP is what gives the punch of color (but this pattern has retired), and of course, a few punches.
CS: Basic Black, Whisper White
Punches: 1" Circle, 1/2" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, Double Rectangle
Misc: Pumpkin Pie Narrow Grosgrain, White Gel Pen, DSP
Hint: A touch of Sticky Strip will keep that candy in place.
And last...but certainly, not least, is that cute little match book style candy cover.....which is probably the easiest of the bunch. The Old Olive cardstock was simply folded like a matchbook cover, complete with staple at the bottom....this holds the front flap in place when tucked beneath. AND, did you notice? This one actually does have some stamping!!
Stamps: Background Basics, Batty for You
Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
CS: Old Olive, Whisper White, Basic Black
Punches: Round Scallop, 1 3/8" Round
Misc: Basic Black Marker, Staple
Hint: Adhere the candy inside with a bit of Sticky Strip.
Please note: ALL materials used to create these samples are from SU; some items are retired.
Well, that's it for today.....thanks for stopping by and visiting. Be safe and enjoy your day tomorrow with all those kiddies!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lunchtime Challenge

Well, it's no longer Monday (when this was due), but this one actually had me stumped for a bit! You know sometimes sketches just kind of "speak to me" and I know exactly what to do when I see them.....and sometimes, like for this one, they really are a challenge! So, you see, I've been working on this butterfly version for a few days, but it just wasn't coming together for me! Maybe it was too light and Spring-like? I love the butterfly idea, but....hmmm, the rest of it?!! This card has been ripped apart and repositioned so many times, I'm actually kind of surprised that it is holding together! Just this morning, I put the corner punches on and it seemed to help tremendously, by giving the card some life. It was just way too light and airy looking without those darker corners. Still, I'm not really happy with it, but it's OK.

Stamps: All the Best, For All You Do
Inks: Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze
CS: Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Baja Breeze
Misc: Large Oval Punch, Photo Corner Punch, Paper Piercer, So Saffron Mini Brads, Apricot Appeal Narrow Grosgrain, Dimensionals, Butterfly Die, Big Shot, Walk in the Park DSP
Please note: ALL materials used to create this sample are from SU!, some items have retired.

Then, last night while lying in bed, I envisioned this second version.....which I like so much better! It's actually a much simpler version of the sketch, so much less busy, and uses some of our new In colors for this year. Of course, the Big Shot was also used....maybe that made the difference? By adding a bit of texture on the Dusty Durango (orange-ish) panel, and creating the "window" for the tree with the Mover & Shaker die, it really all came together, don't you think?
Oh, by the way, the leaves on the tree were created by first inking with Crushed Curry ink and then before stamping, I added in a touch of Dusty Durango and Old Olive markers. The final touch? Lightly sponging over top of the finished tree with a Sponge Dauber in Crushed Curry!
Stamps: Trendy Trees
Inks: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango
CS: Natural White, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Old Olive
Markers: Dusty Durango, Old Olive
Punches: Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Curley Label
Misc: White Gel Pen, Dimensionals, Soft Suede Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (used up-side-down), Sponge Dauber, Big Shot, Textuz Plate--Kit #4, Mover & Shaker Die, Paper Piercer & Template
Please note: ALL materials used to create this sample are from SU!


So, there you have it....which one do YOU like best? (My vote is for the second one....the one with the tree!) Thanks for stopping by today! You can check out MaryJo's original sketch and see who has participated this week, by clicking here.



Sunday, October 25, 2009

It's That Scary Time of Year!

One day about a month ago, I was playing with this adorable Halloween set trying to come up with something spectacular. Well, truthfully, I don't think this is a sample that would stand out in the crowd, but it IS cute! I actually had hesitated to share because it is SO simple, but after looking at it for awhile, I figured, "why not?!!" After all, sometimes posts should be an idea that is easy to duplicate, right?

So, here you go! The base of the card is Whisper White, with Rich Razzelberry layered on top with just a bit of Old Olive peaking through. The RR layer was first stamped with Sanded in Versamark, so it is very subtle and then the Frankenstein image is stamped over top in RR.....it's been awhile since I've used this double stamped background technique....but I still love the effect!

To achieve the scallop circle layers, the Frankenstein stamp was stamped 2 times...first in Old Olive on Whisper White and then a second time in White Craft onto Rich Razzelberry.....then each was punched out with circle punches and layered onto the scallop background. The finishing touch is that luscious Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon! See....not too scary!!

Stamps: Batty for You, Sanded
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, White Craft
CS: Whisper White, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Misc: 1 1/4"+ 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Wide Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals



Thursday, October 22, 2009

One Layer Challenge

A card with one layer....sounds easy enough.....NOT! After quite a bit of trial and error, I finally succeeded to make something that is good enough to post. Not a favorite, to be sure, BUT, not too bad.....hopefully, you'll agree!
This is simply a half sheet of Almost Amethyst cardstock folded in half and has NO layers, as challenged. The images used here are from that fun new set I've been playing with, Charming....which was used to create the background and the floral border. There is so much you can do with this set, and so many looks to create!
Since I couldn't add layers, details were important......as you may have noticed, the bottom corners are rounded, the flowers and frame are highlighted with my White Gel Pen, which really helped the images to kind of "jump off the page!" To align everything perfectly, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig....this look really couldn't have been achieved without it! BUT, I wouldn't want to make too many of these cards!
Thanks for stopping by! Can't wait to see what the others have come up with. Here's the info:
Stamps: Charming, Wee Wishes, Framed with Love
Inks: Almost Amethyst, Lovely Lilac
CS: Almost Amethyst
Misc: White Gel Pen, White Taffeta Ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig
PLEASE NOTE: ALL materials used to create this sample are from SU!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Isn't it "Charming?"

About a month ago (I may have mentioned this), I went to a large stamp gathering with my sidelines and uplines. It was a fun-filled day of stamping, learning new things, and seeing how new products can be used. We also had the opportunity to do Make & Takes throughout the day....just like you do in a workshop! We also had 2 guests.....the amazingly talented Michele Zindorff and equally talented Karen Barber.. Both are part of my sideline, a few times removed, maybe, but they are definitely a part of our group!

Anyway, this is the card that each attendee made with Karen. She came up with one of her outstanding creations and taught us that fabulous technique, Black Magic. Karen is definitely the master (and possibly even the creator, but I'm not sure about that!) of this technique! You can view her blog and creations here. Her creations are ALWAYS gorgeous, but sadly, she doesn't post on her blog too frequently.

So, although this is Karen's brain child, I stamped it and really wanted to share. As you can see, the background on this card is created with Charming. The Oval Die was used to create the main focal ovals, oval punches were used for the greeting. For the Black Magic technique, you simply stamp an image in White Craft ink onto a dark color cardstock....in this case, Basic Black. Allow the ink to dry and then color over top with Watercolor Pencils. The finishing touch was all those little dots with the White Gel Pen, which just sets everything off!

Oh, did I mention that I won this set, Charming? (Sorry...I think I already did, but I'm still so excited because I usually don't win!!) It was my table prize and I went home with it that day! It was a GOOD day that day! Tanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Charming, Short & Sweet
Inks: Rose Red, White Craft, Basic Black
CS: Rose Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
Misc: Big Shot, Oval Dies, Small & Large Oval punches, White Satin Ribbon, Flat Pearls from the Pretties Kit, Mini Glue Dots (for adhering the pearls), Dimensionals, Watercolor Pencils, White Gel Pen
Please note: ALL materials used to create this sample are from SU!





Monday, October 19, 2009

Monday Lunchtime Challenge


I'm finally able to participate in MaryJo's weekly Challenge....it's been a LONG time since I've played along.


This is a really simple version of MJs sketch.....I think that I was really supposed to use a punched image where my main image is and smaller punched images or embellishments below. But, I just couldn't seem to work them into the sketch without it looking overdone. So, as I said before, I simplified it....but take note that I did add a punch where the saying is! Doesn't that count?!!


This combines my very favorite image from Friends 24-7 and that lovely round medallion-type image is from Charming, one of the fabulous sets in the Holiday Mini......as you can see it was used below the main image, but also created the background on the Elegant Eggplant cardstock layer. I seem to be on a purple kick lately, so here I've used Elegant Eggplant.....you know it's one of those lovely colors that I just don't ever seem to use! Here it's used with Certainly Celery, and I'm loving that combination! To dress up this card, and what your computer screen just cannot capture is the little bits of glitter highlighting portions of the images. This is very subtle since I used a glitter pen (not SU).


Thanks for stopping by today......and don't forget to check out what MaryJo has been up to.


Stamps: Friends 24-7, Charming, Warm Words

Inks: Elegant Eggplant

CS: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery

Misc: Wide Certainly Celery Grosgrain, Modern Label Punch and matching Mover & Shaker Die, Big Shot, Antique Brass Mini Brads (Vintage Collection), Paper Piercer, Glitter Pen


Please note: ALL materials used to create this sample are from SU, unless otherwise noted.




Sunday, October 18, 2009

It's a Cupcake Kind of Day


I LOVE this card! OK, well, I don't really toot my own horn very often, but I just couldn't help it! Maybe it's the bright cheerful colors.....one of my favorite color combos has always been bright pink and bright orange.....and usually I pair them up with Whisper White. However, in this case, Very Vanilla was used instead, and as you can see, it toned it down just a wee bit...so it works!

This is actually a sample from my workshop last month. You see the ladies that attended have been customers for almost 10 years and they want to see what they can do with stamps AND they want to see new accessories.


Well, this card features the Big Shot.....obviously, the Top Note die has been used, but what you cannot see unless you look very closely, is that once run through the die, that orange piece (Pumpkin Pie, actually) has been run through the Big Shot once again with a Texturz Plate.....I used one from the Backgrounds 2 set. It's the one with the little flowers and the dotted curly things.


This card also features Watercolor Paper, which is key when coloring with SU Markers and the Aqua Brush.....simply outline the image with the marker and "pull" the color out with the Aqua Brush. The candle, flame, and sprinkles were colored directly with the markers, full strength.


So, there you have it....I'm showing off one of my favorite stamp sets in a favorite color combination. It also has that big wide stripped ribbon, another favorite.....AND a touch of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. What's not to love?!!


Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes

Inks: Jet Black StazOn

CS: Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Pixie Pink, Watercolor Paper

Markers: Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, YoYo Yellow, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black

Misc: 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (sprinkles and flame), Big Shot, Top Note Die, Textuz Plate (Backgrounds 2), 1 1/4" Wide Stripped Grosgrain Ribbon in Pumpkin Pie

PLEASE NOTE: ALL materials used to create this card are from SU!




Friday, October 16, 2009

Bloggers's Challenge -- Alter It

Hello! Remember me? I'm sorry it's been so long, but it's good to be back! You see my computer completely died and I needed a new one. I had a laptop that was close to six years old still with the original battery.......I rarely used it without electric. Well that battery had far outlived its life expectancy and it seems that it was the cause of all my computer woes! So, it took time to purchase another computer and have all my data transferred over to the new one.......AND to become accustomed to this newer unit. But, I'm progressing.....as with all new things, there is definitely a learning curve! It seems my fabulous computer guy saved most everything except the almost completed online scrapbook that I had been working on from my trip to New Orleans last month. So, it's back to the drawing board on that one! I'm also discovering some little things that are gone....more of an inconveniece, nothing major.
So, while I was trying to work out all my 'puter issues, I was working on.....and completed....75 Save the Date cards and envelopes for my son's upcoming wedding. Now, I have a bit of time to play! There are a number of things that I hope to share with you shortly, so please come back and visit.

But for today, I have this cute altered mirror to share. I was inspired by a sample that I saw this past summer when visiting CHA in Orlando and then re-created the idea for my Stamp Club ladies....who, by the way, loved it! They really enjoyed making their own and are thrilled to have a new Halloween decoration for their homes.

This is really an altered black wood framed mirror from Ikea that retails for $3.99. They are nice enough in a plain sort of way, but what do you think of it now? Isn't this fun?!! That's a rub on on the mirror and beneath the bow from our Halloween rub-on collection, Spooky Treats. The only stamping on this whole project is that cute little skeleton in the upper corner of the mirror from Scary Skeleton.....he's embossed in Winter White and then cut out. The purple bottom is none other than Lovely Lilac CS. The background paper is not SU....you see I needed all 7 frames to match! (These ladies just love to create and have a Mom's night out.) Then the final touch is that fabulous striped grosgrain ribbon, which is stapled on the back. Oh, and take a look at all the faux stitching....really sets everything off!

Stamps: Scary Skeleton
Inks: Winter White Craft
CS: Lovely Lilac, Basic Black
Misc: Non-SU scrapbook paper, Basic Black Marker, Spooky Treats Rub Ons, 1 1/4" Wide Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Pumpkin Pie, Winter White Embossing Powder, SU Glue Stick , Non-SU DSP
Please note: Some supplies are SU.

Thanks for stopping by today!

(Check out my new signature below....created with my new program, My Digital Studio! Fun, fun, fun!!!)





PS....I haven't quite mastered the "new" photo program, so when you click on the photo, it is really, really LARGE! As I had on my old computer, I am using Micorosoft Photo Editor, but this time around there are some differences. If you have ANY suggestions, or know how to reduce the size.....you know, how to reduce the size of the file......please, please, let me know!!! Before I just could compress the file and it would work....now I can't find anything like that!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lovely Medallion

When was the last time you used your Chalk Pastels? I know it's been a really looooonnnnng time for me! So, recently, I was playing with this new stamp, Medallion, and thought it would look really wonderful stamped in Versamark and partially highlighted with the chalks.....I think I was right, don't you?
The technique used here is an oldie, but a goodie....Poppin' Pastels.....and it's as fun as it ever was! Medallion is the number one selling new stamp in this year's new catalog, and I can see why. It's elegant and it's fun to use in so many ways.
Here it is paired up with the greeting from Kind & Caring Thoughts, which is a Hostess Level 3 set....one which, as a demonstrator, I was able to pre-purchase before the release of the catalog in July. I fell in love with it because I just adore the font used for all the greeting stamps.
So, there you have it.....a quick, easy, and fun to make card! Thanks for looking....here's the deets:
Stamps: Medallion, Kind & Caring Thoughts
Inks: Versamark, Night of Navy
CS: Natural Ivory, Kraft, Brocade Blue
Misc: Photo Corner Punch (to create the "V" on the greeting tag), Brocade Blue Chalk Pastel, Kraft Corduroy Button, Linen Thread, Pop Up Glue Dot (to adhere the button), Cutter Kit (to distress the Brocade Blue CS layer)
Please note: All materials used to create this card are from the current SU! catalog.

New Header Design

Check out my new blog header design. I've been wanting something more than that plain old name header that I've had since I started this blog. Now that I'm beginning to get a handle on my new program, My Digital Studio, I've designed my own! It's actually a pretty simple design, but for now....or until I learn more....I'm pretty happy with it! There's so much you can do with this fabulous program.....can't wait to share more with you!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Bloggers' Challenge -- Designer Series Paper



It just so happens that this card was made last week at a recent workshop I gave....featuring (among other things)....Designer Series Paper! Or, as we so fondly like to call it....DSP. This was definitely inspired by this lovely card created by the amazing Mary Brown, one of my many stamping heroes.....I have never seen a card posted by Mary that I didn't absolutely adore! So, here it is, finally.....the card was ready, but I needed to find time to post.

This card also showcases the Rock-n-Roll Technique, which is why that lovely flourish has a 2-toned effect. Easy to do. I also reminded the ladies how to color their stamps in 2 colors (see the greeting) by coloring over with a darker marker.....it's always good to go back to basics!

This card uses a lot of accessories....punches, brads, ribbons, markers, and paper. See the following for details:

Stamps: Friends 24-7

Inks: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron

CS: Whisper White, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip

Misc: Chocolate Chip Marker, Ticket Corner Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Paper Piercer (for brad), Crystal Brad (Round-Pumpkin), 1" Dbl Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Chocolate Chip

Please note: ALL materials used to create this sample are from Stampin'Up! and are currently available in the catalog.

Thanks for stopping by today and making your visit a part of your day! Want to learn how to do this technique?....contact me today for your class or workshop!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Announcing........My Digital Studio!


Yes! SU has come out with a fabulous new software program, called My Digital Studio! Well, actually, right now it is only available to demonstrators, but in just a short time (October 1), it will be available for purchase to everyone!! Right now I'm just learning all the ins and outs of this program, but it is VERY user friendly! The beauty of this program is that the elements included in the software all match the SU line....and as time goes on, there will be downloads available so that we can add even more new elements!

When I arrived home from my trip to New Orleans this week, my package from SU was waiting for me and My Digital Studio was in it.....and I just couldn't wait to play!! If you have never scrapbooked....or even if you are an avid fan....I promise you will absolutely LOVE this!

I've completed a few pages, but this is my first one. As you can see, there are images added in using our stamp sets....and the size can be adjusted to suit your needs!! Check out the photo corners, brads, and the Hodgepodge Hardware! The background was added in....and, yes, it matches our DSP line!......and the stitching was also added.

With this program you can make cards, scrapbooks of various sizes, videos and so much more. For this first project, I'm putting together an 8"x8" album and starting from scratch....or, in other words.....I'm not using templates.

There is still a lot I need to learn about this program, but I'm pretty happy with my first attempt......what do YOU think?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lunchtime Challenge....Yes, This is Late, Too!

In one of my recent posts, I mentioned that I had just finished a wedding scrapbook for my niece. In it I used quite a bit of Sahara Sand CS, and have really fallen in love with this color. It's neutral, but seems to take on a different hue as you change the colors you pair it with.
Well, as you may have guessed, Sahara Sand has been used in this card.....I used it for the base. Here I matched it up with Mellow Moss and the new In Color, Rich Razzleberry. To be honest, I wasn't really sure how I felt about this new In Color, but I really love this color combo.
This is another of MaryJo's sketches. I think she actually created this sketch for a long card...you know, a business envelope sized card. But, I made it into a regular card size and it works really well. You can see MJ's sketch here. Here, I've featured the beautiful Hostess Level 3 set, Kind & Caring Thoughts. Although, it cannot be purchased, it can easily be earned for FREE. (Just contact me to find out how!)
The flower on this card is one stamp, but I achieved this look by coloring just the flower with the Rose Red marker and the stem with my Always Artichoke marker. Before stamping, I carefully edged the petals of the flower in the Rich Razzleberry ink pad and then stamped. After this, I glittered the petals with the 2-Way Glue Pen (just can't live with out it!) and of course, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. SU now carries markers in each of the new In Colors....one of these days, I really must add them to my collection!
Stamps: Kind & Caring Thoughts, Short & Sweet, Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel
Inks: Mellow Moss, Rich Razzleberry
CS: Sahara Sand, Mellow Moss, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Misc: Rose Red Marker, Always Artichoke Marker, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Eyelet Border Punch, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Mellow Moss Button*, Linen Thread, Cottage Wall DSP

Baby Blog Challenge -- Way, Way Late


This one was due a few weeks ago, and I just didn't have the time to get to it when or before it was due to be posted. So, I finally completed it just before I left for New Orleans (more on that soon), but didn't have the time to post. Well, I snapped a photo of the card, downloaded it, and took my laptop with me and had every intention of posting it for you all to see....BUT, I just couldn't seem to get an internet connection! Actually, if I went down the street to the coffee shop, I know I could have, but once I left the hotel, (to be honest) I really wasn't thinking of card samples.

So, finally, I'm back home....just arrived a short time ago. Unpacked....or more like I threw all the dirty clothes on the floor in front of the washing machine....it will wait till tomorrow......and then sat down to the computer.

This card was fun....but it really uses only a few SU items. You see, a couple of weeks ago, I attended a scrapbook expo and took a class while there. It was interesting to see how just scrapbook papers and rub ons were used....they used no stamping! The price of the class included a package of papers, and we used a bit during class and took the remainder home. I'm in love with all the dainty patterns in this paper....and the pinks.....perfect for a baby girl card, don't you think?
On my sample, I used a couple of stamped items, unlike the cards made in that class......the "baby" focal point is actually from the recently retired Lovely Labels.....you know, there's just some things I cannot part with! This was stamped, punched, and layered on the scallop circle punch out. The "welcome" is also a stamped addition, punched with the fun, new Modern Label Punch. See below for more info.....
Stamps: Lovely Labels, Warm Words
Inks: Pixie Pink, Rose Red
CS: Very Vanilla (base)
Misc: Scrapbook papers (Basic Grey), Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Narrow Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, Modern Label Punch, Round Scallop Punch, 1 3/8" Round Punch, Circle Scissor Plus, Basic Black Marker, Rose Red Marker
Please note: Stamped images are SU; all other items are SU, except as noted above.
As always, thanks for stopping by.

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