Archive for January, 2009:
Hmmm, take 2! I had my whole post written, went to Save Draft and LOST the entire post! Don’t know WHAT happened, but here I am trying again!
Today’s Bloggers Challenge was to create a birthday theme card. I pulled out my brand new, Goody Goody Gumdrops stamp set. Of course, it needed to be mounted first. I love the Sundae image. I started by stamping the little cherry in Basic Black randomly over a strip of Pretty in Pink cardstock and coloring in the image with Real Red. I layered that over Real Red and added the Eyelet Border punch with a strip of Whisper White. I stamped the Sundae in Basic Black on Whisper White and colored it with Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink and Real Red markers, then added some Dazzling Diamonds to the ice cream and Crystal Effects to the cherry. Layered it to Basic Black and Real Red cardstock. I added some piercing to the top corners, added the greeting and it is ready to go. A fairly simple card with lots of FUN elements. Oh…and did you notice the new Organza ribbon…it is sheer with a satin stripe…YUM! Love it!
We are continuing with COLD weather here…I am so DONE with winter! Come on SPRING!!! I think I’ll head to my studio today and make up some spring cards to help warm me up! Have a great weekend!
Set: Goody Goody Gumdrop
C/S: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue
Inks: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Real Red markers
Other: Eyelet Border Punch, Organza Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Piercing tool and mat
I held my Love You Much Stamp Camp last Sunday. These were the projects that we made. The little test tube stand was actually the favor for everyone. I was going to finish them and have them sitting at everyone’s place, but then decided they would enjoy learning how to put it together, too.
So, aren’t you sorry you missed it? I am offering this Stamp Camp as a Kit just until the end of January! When you purchase the Love You Much Bundle from me (you will need it to complete the projects), you will get the materials and detailed instructions to make all five of these projects (excluding candy) for only $10 plus $2 shipping! You will stamp and complete all the projects yourself. Don’t need the Bundle? Purchase the Stamp Camp Kit only for $20 plus $2 shipping.
The Kit contains supplies for three different cards (anniversary/wedding card, birthday card and friendship card), a hanging heart pouch with cello bag for filling with candy and the test tube holder with empty test tube…fill it with Nerds or other small candies.
Remember, the Love You Much Bundle is only available until the end of January at the 20% off price of $41.48 plus tax and shipping. You get the Love You Much stamp set, package of Candy Lane designer paper and Heart to Heart punch included in that price. It is useful for so much more than Valentine’s Day! After January, the pieces are available in the catalog individually for full price.
AND…HINT…if you attend my Punch Classes…you are DEFINITELY going to want this punch!
I want to thank my fellow demos for the inspiration for some of these projects!
Today’s Diva Coffee Break Designers’ Challenge was the color combo of Pink Passion, Lovely Lilac, Bashful Blue and Baja Breeze. I was ok until she added Baja Breeze! Whoa! I don’t know why color challenges are more difficult for me. I love the sketch ones…guess I have more to think about when using specific colors.
This card actually came out softer than I thought it would. The Bashful Blue seemed to soften the Lovely Lilac and Pink Passion colors. I’m giving you a sneak peak of the Sale-A-Bration set, Polka Dot Punches…isn’t it cute? It has 4 stamps and each line up perfectly with our punches! (The other two stamps fit the new Heart Punch and the Scallop Circle punch.
I started with a base of Lovely Lilac and layered with Bashful Blue. I stamped the upper portion with the circle flower in Bashful Blue for a tone-on-tone look. I added a strip of Baja Breeze designer paper on top of Pink Passion. I stamped the 5-petal flower in Pink Passion twice on Whisper White and punched with the 5-petal punch. Then I added the large star punch out of Pink Passion in between the two 5-petal punches for a unique look. the center of the 5-petal punch I also stamped in Lovely Lilac and punched with 1/2 circle punch…then placed a pink Rhinestone brad in the center of the entire piece, layered it onto the 1 3/4 circle punch out of Lovely Lilac. The side flower was stamped in Lovely Lilac on Whisper White and punched with 1 1/4 circle punch, then layered on 1 3/8 circle of Lovely Lilac…then cut in half. Again I stamped the flower in Pink Passion, punched with the 1/2 circle and layered that onto the flower (cut in half first). Finally, I stamped Good For You from Really Retro stamp set and punched with the Word Window punch, added a Bashful Blue mini brad to the side. Pretty simple card…just LOTS of punches!
Make sure to check out the rest of the Diva Coffee Break Designers today!
Sets: Polka Dot Punches, Really Retro
C/S: Lovely Lilac, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Pink Passion, Baja Breeze DSP
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Bashful Blue, Pink Passion, Lovely Lilac
Other: Pink rhinestone brad, Bashful blue mini brad, Word Window punch, 1-1/4, 1-3/8, 1-3/4 circle punches, Large star punch, Dimensionals
OOPS!!!! If you are checking here for my DCDB Challenge, please check back tomorrow. I was a WHOLE DAY early in posting that card! lol! So, I pulled it and it will post again tomorrow morning. Sorry!
Instead, here is one of the gifts I sent my downline! She promoted to Supervisor last week, making me a MANAGER! WOOHOO! I am beyond excited! It seems like it took me forever to get here. I had the sales and recruits, just not the downline promotions. So for that I gave her one of the DSP samplers that I bought at Leadership (along with another present…she knows about!) The cello bag is filled with one of the Raspberry Fizz calculators we were able to buy at Leadership…she also earned that for having top sales last quarter. Congratulations, Jane! I’m SO proud of you! She is really working her business and doing GREAT!
I used Say it with Scallops along with the new Cheep Talk stamp set. for the cello bag topper in the colors of Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip. Then I duplicated the Say it With Scallops on the DSP sampler and punched with the scallop square punch. Say it with Scallops is the Ronald McDonald stamp set that donates $2 to your local chapter when you purchase this set. We try to volunteer every couple months downtown at the RMHC…they love to see us!
Well, we are going to get hit with a major snowstorm today…somewhere between 8-10 inches of snow! I was supposed to head up to Canton to do a couple classes today. I had to cancel because of the weather…I’m so disappointed! I love going up there to see my friends. Oh well…I’ve rescheduled for a couple weeks. Hopefully the weather will cooperate!
Sets: Say it with Scallops, Cheep Talk
C/S: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Inks: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun markers
Other: Top Note die, cello bag
OK…I think this is the end of my Game Night samples…at least so far. It was one of the cards I was thinking about doing for my Control Freaks swap, but changed my mind.
I started with a strip of Kiwi Kiss Patterns DSP and used the scallop edge punch along the bottom. I also added a small black strip across the top. Game pieces were stamped on Glossy White and punched with the 1 3/8 circle punch. Then I punched Pacific Point with the large oval punch and layered them together. The base is Pacific Point with a layer of Sahara Sand cardstock. I wrapped some Kiwi Kiss striped ribbon across the top. Finally, I stamped Game Night in Black on Glossy White and punched it with the Word Window punch and added two silver mini brads to secure it to the base.
I held my Love You Much Stamp Camp yesterday…it turned out to be only a small group because a couple couldn’t make it at the last minute. But, they are always a lot of fun! I know they enjoyed the projects we did…I’ll be sharing them here over the next few days.
I have a BUSY week…I’m doing two classes out of town and my regular Stamp Club meets this week! I’m going to try to set up some posts early to appear while I’m gone. Hoping for GOOD weather during my travels!
This card is the original thought I had when I purchased Game Night on my demo preorder. I thought it would make an awesome invitation for Bunco using the calendar with the date highlighted. I ended up not using it for my Control Freaks swap, but instead made up a few for a mini organized swap I did at Leadership.
I printed off some calendar pages, then stamped the flower from Short & Sweet over the date. I stamped Game Night in Basic Black on Real Red and punched it with the My Way punch. The die I stamped with Craft Real Red and Craft So Saffron, then embossed them with clear embossing powder to make them shiny. I punched with the 1 3/8 circle, then matted with the Scallop Circle punch in Basic Black and popped it up with dimensionals. I cut a strip of the dice designer paper from Jackpot and layered it onto Real Red. I covered the seam with the Red striped ribbon. Bunco was cut with my Big Shot using the Go Go Boots die…what a fun font!
Trivia for you…there are two correct ways to spell the name of this game…Bunco or Bunko. I was in several groups when I lived in Canton…unfortunately, I haven’t found a group down here in Dublin that plays regularly. It is a fun, mindless throwing dice game that allows you to talk and play at the same time. Loads of fun!
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Game Night, Short & Sweet
C/S: So Saffron, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Jackpot DSP
Inks: Basic Black, Craft Real Red, Craft So Saffron
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, 1 3/8 and Scallop Circle Punch, My Way punch, Go Go Boots Sizzix Die set, dimensionals
Today’s Bloggers’ Challenge was to use the colors of Kiwi Kiss, Red, Black and White. I went with Riding Hood Red, instead of the true Real Red. I also added just a touch of brown for my branch…sorry for the little cheat!
Yes, I expedited my order so I could get my NEW stuff yesterday. I sat last night and mounted almost everything…a record for me! This set, Cheep Talk, is one of my favorites in the new catalog AND it has some coordinating designer paper (Good Morning Sunshine) that I didn’t use because the colors were different than I needed.
To start, I inked up the branch with Kiwi Kiss, then used my Blender Pen to remove the Kiwi Kiss from the stem (hint from Convention last year!) Then I added the Close to Cocoa color with my marker. The bird I colored with markers in Ruby Red, Summer Sun and Basic Black. I matted the Whisper White with Riding Hood Red and Basic Black. I used the polka dot print from Bella Rose Designer Paper and matted it with Basic Black. I also added two Ruby brads in the upper right corner. I stamped A Special Note of Thanks on the Riding Hood Red layer with Basic Black. I used my piercing tool and mat to run a line of punches across the bottom left.
I love this! I’m so happy it turned out exactly as I had planned in my head. I can’t wait to use this set some more…too bad I have to finish prepping for my Love You Much class this weekend! lol!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend…these weeks go by SO fast!
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Cheep Talk
C/S: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Bella Rose DSP
Inks: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss
Markers: Ruby Red, Summer Sun, Close to Cocoa, Basic Black
Other: Blender Pen, Ruby mini brads, piercing tool and mat, dimensionals
Sorry! I’ve been slacking and not getting my posts out first thing in the morning! Check back tomorrow morning, though…I’ll have my Bloggers’ Challenge up.
I think it is safe to post my Control Freaks Catalog Preorder Swap…everyone should have received their swaps back by now. This was my contribution. I signed up for this set that demos could preorder from the new catalog. Then we I got it, I drew a blank on what to do with all the small pieces! After trying several different alternatives, I ended up with this one. I used three different colored Patterns Designer Paper…Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point and Kiwi Kiss…those colors looked like game pieces to me! I mounted them on Basic Black to make them pop! Then I stamped the images onto Glossy cardstock…I like using Glossy with solid images, it makes them appear nice and bold. Then I punched them with the 1 3/8 circle and layered onto the Scallop Circles. Game Night I punched with the Word Window and then layered onto the Small Oval punch, adding two mini brads on the side. I just knotted the ribbon instead of tying a bow. Once I came up with the design, it didn’t take me long to put them together…it was good TV time.
Set: Game Night
C/S: Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point, Basic Black, Glossy White, Patterns DSP
Inks: Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
Other: Silver mini brads, 1 3/8 & Scallop Circle punches, Word Window Punch, Small Oval punch, Kiwi Stripe ribbon
Just a quick post tonight. I’ve been trying to find time all day to upload my DCBD Challenge card, but have been fighting a sinus headache all day. Today’s challenge was to use this sketch. I love sketch challenges…I find them much easier to do than color challenges for some reason.
This card uses the elements of the Love You Much Bundle…on sale 20% off thru the end of January only. Of course, the Heart to Heart punch is my favorite and this is a cute stamp set! I chose to paper piece the little birds…each in a different color Candy Lane designer paper. I cut them out and layered them over the second stamped image and used my coluzzle to cut out the circle. It is layered onto a third pattern in the Candy Lane Designer paper and the Close to Cocoa.
I wrapped Riding Hood Red striped ribbon around the Pink Pirouette cardstock and tied on the right. I stamped Enjoy (from Enjoy Every Moment) with Close to Cocoa craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The same with Every Moment on Riding Hood Red, then punched with the Word Window Punch. I used the Heart to Heart punch and placed one Riding Hood Red punch in the O of Enjoy and the other over the birds. Then layered a smaller heart from the stripe Candy Lane paper again. I thought it turned out cute and would make a nice anniversary card.
Well…I have a class coming in about 20 minutes. Better finish up and get this posted! Enjoy the other cards from the Bloggers’ Coffee Break Design Team!
I made these envelope mini scrapbooks from the Card Elements Kit, Flower Power to take with me to Leadership for my Roommates. They were very fun to make and I was able to get 3 of them out of one Kit. I kept them general, without headings, so they could pick and choose what pictures to put in them. For a mini scrapbook, they certainly will hold a lot of photos. Thanks to Patty Bennett for the inspiration.
Inside each envelope is another pullout for pictures on both sides. I covered 3 white Open End envelopes on both sides, then added two shorter pieces of textured cardstock between the envelopes. I used my Bind-it-All to put it all together. The only other things I used besides the Kit were Rhinestone brads, some Flower Fushion flowers inside and a sheet of 12×12 Textured More Mustard Cardstock. I used the Round Tab Punch for the inside pocket envelopes and the Scallop Circle punch to add behind some of the die cut adhesives.
Today I’m getting ready for the Punch Class tomorrow night. I have several CUTE cards for them to make! I also need to get ready for my Love You Much stamp camp on Sunday! Fun!
Have a great week!