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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 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! 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?'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 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'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 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 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


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