Jun 18 2010

Stamping 411 – Tropical Party

Stamping 411 has a cool sketch this week!  I can't wait to see what the Design Operators over on Stamping 411 did with it (I know…I say that every week!)  But, I'm always surprised at how each of us intrepret the sketches.  I don't know how Selene keeps coming up with these neat sketches!

I wanted a tropical feel to my card, so I pulled out Tropical Party!  I started by stamping a few leaves along the bottom of the center Whisper White diamond piece with Old Olive Classic Ink.  I stamped the Coconut Drink on scrap White and cut it out, then placed it on the leaves.  I layered the Whisper White on Pumpkin Pie. 

 

 

I used a base card of Tempting Turquoise, then added the stripe pattern from Island Oasis, layered on Old Olive.  After I placed the diamond element, I stamped So Saffron, Rose Red and Pumpkin Pie flowers on scrap Whisper White, cut them out and secured on the front.  I added Mini Brads to the centers of the flowers.  I also stamped one of the leaves and cut it out to place under the flowers.  Finally, I stamped Cheers to You (from the set of that name) on Whisper White, punched with the Large Oval Punch, then layered on the Scallop Oval cut from Old Olive cardstock.  I colored the unbrella and straw with various Stampin' Write Markers.

 

So…cheers to my son and new daughter-in-law who just got married!!!! 

 

Make sure to check out the rest of the Operators on Stamping 411 to see their fabulous creations!


May 24 2010

Remember…

Good morning!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was nice and relaxing…just how I like it!  I actually was able to spend some time sorting thru my HUGE pile of cardstock scraps and get them organized by color.  Now, just need to put them in the sleeves of my binder and I'll be good to go!  Such a big job, and one I always put off.  You'd think I'd learn just to sort them as soon as I finish the project!  lol!

             

Pals Paper Arts has a Memorial Week theme challenge (PPA43) going on and I finally got a minute to make up a card to thank those men and women who serve or have served our country.  I also combined their challenge with Technostampers Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge (TSSC123)…loved her sketch!

Over on Create with Connie and Mary this week we are featuring the Stampin' Up! Summer Mini stamp sets July Fourth, King of the Grill and Sweet Scoops.  I purchased July Fourth because I felt it would be good for all the patriotic holidays that occur during the summer and service projects for the troops.

 

For this card, I used the large star image in July Fourth and stamped it in Real Red Classic Ink and Brilliant Blue Classic Ink.  I punched them out with the Large Star Punch, along with a Whisper White star.  (Isn't it great that the star fits perfectly in the Large Star Punch?)  I adhered the stars with Stampin' Dimensionals on a 2 1/2 Circle made with the Circle Scissors Tool and Sahara Sand Cardstock.  I ran the Whisper White layer thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder and scalloped the bottom edge.  I placed the rectangles of Real Red and Brilliant Blue Cardstock over the Whisper White.  I wrapped the Real Red 1/4 Grosgrain Ribbon around to the back to secure, then added a bow on the front, adhered with a Mini Glue Dot.  I adhered the Whisper White to the Brilliant Blue layer, then to the base card of Real Red.  FInally, I stamped Remember from Stampin' Up!'s In A Word stamp set in Basic Black in the lower right corner.  I added a Real Red circle punched with the Itty Bitt Shape circle punch and a circle Bitty Button to the Whisper White star.

 

We are starting on our last week over on the Create with Connie and Mary subscribers site, but remember the site stays up long after the session is done, so you can refer back to all the projects.  We have been featuring the Summer Mini stamp sets and products.  There is a new project posted every day and several fabulous tutorials each and every week. You are welcome to use our ideas and projects in your classes and camps, we just ask that you do not submit our ideas to magazines, publications or contests, including Stampin' Up!'s challenges and So Shelli creative challenge.  For more information and to see a few samples, check out our Preview Week projects at Create with Connie and Mary!


May 22 2010

Create with Connie and Mary Sketch Challenge

It's time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Challenge (CCMC4)!  I designed the sketch for this week's challenge and  I am amazed at the how different each Designer interpreted this sketch!  I know I had fun with it…hope they did, too!  This week on Create with Connie and Mary, we've been focusing on Watercolor Trio, Bouque Bunch and A Little Bit of Magic from the Summer Mini Catalog.  It's not too late to join!  We are starting our last week, but you still have access to all the previous posts and tutorials long after the sesson is over!

 

Yes, I used Stampin' Up!'s Watercolor Trio again.  I can't stop using it…and I love this color combination with it!  I stamped the flower and leaves images in Old Olive, Ruby Red and So Saffron Classic Ink on Whisper White cardstock and layered it on So Saffron Cardstock.  I wrapped the Old Olive Satin Ribbon around it and tied.  I added three 1 1/4" circles punched from Ruby Red along the left side. 

 

 

For the greeting element, I stamped Thanks So Much with Ruby Red on Whisper White and punched with the 1 1/4 Circle Punch.  I layered it on…can you GUESS????  Yes!  The larger cog of the new Double Cog punch!  I punched the Cog once in Old Olive and once in Ruby Red, then layered it on a 1 3/4 circle of So Saffron.  This was popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I added a So Saffron butterfly on the edge of the greeting, too!

 

I hope you check out the rest of the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team to see what they did this week.  As I mentioned earlier, each card was SO different, yet completely intrepreted from the sketch!

 

Mary Brown

Kerin Sylvester

Monika Davis

 

Supplies:

Set:  Watercolor Trio

Classic Inks:  Ruby Red, So Saffron, Old Olive

Cardstock:  Ruby Red, So Saffron, Old Olive, Whisper White

Accessories:  Double Cog Punch, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, 1" Circle Punch

 

If you haven't checked out the Create with Connie and Mary site yet, now is the time to do it!  We feature new Summer Mini products every week.  There is a new project posted every day and there will be a minimum of two fabulous tutorials each and every week. We like to have lots of fun so we have challenges and prizes for our subscribers. Our sites stay up long after the session is done, so you will always have access to the site and the tutorials. For more information and to see our Preview Week projects please visit at Create with Connie and Mary!


May 21 2010

Bloggers Sketch Challenge

Today's Bloggers Challenge is a sketch!  As you know, I LOVE sketches!  This card came together pretty quickly using it.  I used Watercolor Trio again as it is one of the three sets we are featuring this week over on Create with Connie and MaryWatercolor Trio, Bouquet Bunch and A Little Bit of Magic from Stampin' Up!'s Summer Mini.

 

I decided to turn the sketch on its side so my flowers would fit a little better.  I started with a base of Certainly Celery cardstock and layered on Cameo Coral, one of the retiring colors!  I used a strip of the Sahara Sand Polka Dot pattern from Thoroughly Modern Designer Paper in the background.  On the Very Vanilla cardstock, I stamped the three flower/leaves images randomly in Certainly Celery, Sahara Sand and Cameo Coral Classic Inks.

 

 

I wrapped some Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon around and tied a bow.  In the lower right corner, I used three 1/2" circles in Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla and Certainly Celery for the accents.  I stamped Birthday Wishes from Watercolor Trio on Sahara Sand and punched with the Large Oval Punch, then layered on a Certainly Celery Scallop Oval punched piece.  It was popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals!  I love this color combo…will be sad to see that pretty Cameo Coral go away.

 

It certainly is not too late to join Create with Connie and Mary Summer Edition!  At $24.95, it is certainly a bargain for all the ideas you'll get to make gifts or host stamp camps or classes for your customers.  There is a new project posted every day and we have a minimum of two fabulous tutorials each and every week.  Our site stays up long after the session is done, so you will plenty of time to access the site and refer back to the tutorials. For more information and to see our Preview Week projects please visit at Create with Connie and Mary!


May 14 2010

Stamping 411 – All Holidays

Time again for another Stamping 411 Sketch…#151…wow…the weeks just FLY by, don't they?  This week's sketch challenge was fun.  I actually did it TWICE!  Long story…lol!  Good thing next week's sketch looks similar to this one! 

 

As you can see from my card, my shape is a rectangle instead of an oval.  I wanted to use the Happy Father's Day greeting from Stampin' Up!'s All Holidays.  This set is one of my favorite greeting sets!  I will keep it in my stash even after it retires (whenever it does…no, I don't know anything!)

 

I started with a base card of Not Quite Navy.  Then I used the Travel Journal Designer Paper…I cut it so that it looks like two different patterns are on the one background piece.  Gives it a little interest.  I wrapped the 1 1/4" Striped Pumpkin Pie Ribbon around the middle and secured it in the back.  Since my greeting was a little plain, I stamped it once with Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink on Very Vanilla, then stamped it again with Not Quite Navy and cut it out, layering it over the Pumpkin Pie piece.  I left room at the top for a couple Not Quite Navy brads.

 

My Cog Punch just came in my order yesterday.  Have you ever SWORN that you bought something, then looked all over for it and couldn't find it?  I just knew I had purchased it on my preorder last month.  But, then remembered, that we couldn't preorder.  So now it is finally in my possession!  I punched three of the large cogs from Not Quite Navy and placed them along the side of the greeting. 

 

Really, it is a pretty simple card!  I just love the Travel Journal Designer Paper in the background!  I can't wait to see what the rest of the Stamping 411 Operators have come up with this week!  I'm always amazed at how different each of our cards are…even using some of the same elements!  I hope you take time to make up a card of your own with the sketch and post a link over on Mr. Linky at the Stamping 411 blog!  Have a great weekend!


May 11 2010

Sentimental Journey Again

Did you know we announced the winners of the Flip Flop Notepads Blog Candy over on Create with Connie and Mary?  Make sure to check it out prior to Friday, May 14th at Noon or we will choose another winner!

 

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The Clean and SImple Challenge over on Stampin' Connection calls for a non-standard sized card and my card fits.  I also haven't played Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge in a LONG time!  I liked her sketch today and decided it would work perfectly with Stampin' Up!'s Sentimental Journey stamp set and Travel Journey Designer Paper!  I wanted to keep this as a simple, demonstratable card.  And one that didn't use the collage elements that this set is perfect for.  I think each of the stamps in this set could easily be substituted for the little car stamp that I used.

 

 

 

I started with a base of 6×6 Night of Navy cardstock, folded in half for the base 3 x 6 card.  I added the diagonal stripe pattern from Stampin' Up!'s Travel Journey Designer Paper and layered it on Garden Green cardstock.  I wrapped the 1" Double Stitched Bashful Blue Ribbon around from the back, knotted it with Linen Thread and secured to the front.  I stamped Dear Dad from Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Blitz Stamp Set in the lower right cover of the Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  I added three 1/4 circles in Garden Green, Night of Navy and Bashful Blue cardstock. 

 

Finally, I stamped the car from Sentimental Journey in Night of Navy Classic Ink on Whisper White and punched with the 1 3/4 Circle Punch.  I added a Bashful Blue 2" Circle cut with the Circle #2 Die and Big Shot behind it.  I think it made a great masculine card!

 

If you haven't checked out the Create with Connie and Mary site yet, now is the time to do it!  We feature new Summer Mini products every week.  This week we are featuring Sentimental Journey Stamp Set and Travel Journey Designer Paper.  There is a new project posted every day and there will be a minimum of two fabulous tutorials each and every week. We like to have lots of fun so we have challenges and prizes for our subscribers. Our site stays up long after the session is done, so you will always have access to the site and the tutorials. For more information and to see our Preview Week projects please visit at Create with Connie and Mary!


May 10 2010

Sentimental Journey

I wanted to use Stampin' Up!'s new Sentimental Journey stamp set in a more feminine set of colors!  I've only used it in the masculine colors that go along with the Travel Journal Designer Paper!  So, I chose Technostamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge (TSSC121) to come up with a layout for my set. 

 

Well…you know how something gets stuck in your head!  I wanted to use the luggage image in different colors, so I tried "forcing" it into the sketch.  Hmmm…not so much!  But, I thought I'd show you my first try, and show you how I worked it out!  I'd love for you to leave me a comment and tell me which card you like better when I'm finished!

 

 

OK…the first one.  I had the Scallop Circle #2 cut from Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Paper already in my scrap pile.  I layered it on Pretty In Pink that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder.  I layered that on Whisper White and then Crushed Curry.  I wrapped the White Satin Ribbon around (to tone down the colors) and added the Miss You Already greeting from Really Retro (sorry…this was in my current stamp set storage…I didn't realize it had retired!)  and punched with the Large Oval, then the Scallop Oval from Crushed Curry.  I added the suitcases stamped in Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry Classic Inks.  Everything was placed on the Melon Mambo base card. 

So, for my next one, I decided to flip the sketch on it's side!  I used the Razzleberry Lemonade print in the background and layered it on Crushed Curry cardstock.  I brought the Pretty in Pink Scalllop #2 circle to the front.  I ran it thru the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder for some texture.  I wrapped the Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon and tied a knot, this added a little brightness to the darker colors.  I stamped the greeting again and punched with the Large Oval, then the Crushed Curry Scallop Oval.  I stamped the suitcases in Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry Classic Inks.  Finally, this was placed on a base card of Rich Razzleberry.

 

So…ok…leave a comment and tell me which one YOU like better and why!  I'd love to hear from you!

 

If you haven't checked out the Create with Connie and Mary site yet, now is the time to do it!  We feature new Summer Mini products every week.  There is a new project posted every day and there will be a minimum of two fabulous tutorials each and every week. We like to have lots of fun so we have challenges and prizes for our subscribers. Our site stays up long after the session is done, so you will always have access to the site and the tutorials. For more information and to see our Preview Week projects please visit at Create with Connie and Mary!


May 07 2010

Stamping 411 – Tropical Party

Well, I'm finishing out this week featuring Tropical Party.  I hope you got some great ideas using this set!  I think it is SO much fun.

 

Today's Stamping 411 sketch challenge was a lot of fun, too!  I hope you take  a minute and play along with the Design Operators.  Just link your creation to Mr. Linky over on the Stamping 411 blog.  We love to see what you do with the sketch!

 

For my card, I started with a base card of Rose Red cardstock.  I ran Whisper White thru the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder.  I found a strip of the striped pattern from Island Oasis Designer Paper laying on my desk, so I used it for the base along the Old Olive cardstock.  I stamped the large floral in Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive Classic Ink on Whisper White and cut them out.  The Old Olive I used for leaves behind the flowers.  I used Mini Brads for the centers and popped them up with Stampin' Dimensionals on the front.  I punched three 1/2 circles from Rose Red, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie and lined them up along the top.  Then I stamped Just For You in Basic Brown on So Saffron and punched it with the Designer Label Punch.  I tucked it under the top of the Old Olive layer.

 

I like how it turned out!  Make sure to check out what the other Design Operators did over on Stamping 411!  (And…did you catch Lee's ribbon tutorial over there this week?  AWESOME!)


May 05 2010

Tropical Party Again!

Yes, I'm still working with Stampin' Up!'s new Summer Edition stamp set, Tropical Party!  I combined a couple challenges to make this card.  First was the color challenge over on Colour Q.  Then I used the Sketch Challenge over on Stampin' Connection (a website for demos).

 

 

Now…from the sketch, you might assume that I'd use the flower in Tropical Party…however, I'm doing this challenge with my team mate, Mary Brown, and I just KNEW she'd do her trio of flowers!  So, I had to think of another way to use this sketch with the Tropical Flowers stamps.  I decided to use the palm tree and the technique Watercolor Wash for my background with Shimmery White cardstock.  I cheated just a little bit by using Chocolate Chip on the tree trunks (I couldn't use BLUE!), but I considered it a neutral.  lol!  I used my Stampin' Write Markers in Chocolate Chip and Certainly Celery for the palm trees and stamped it over the background.  I layered it on Brilliant Blue cardstock. 

 

To my base card of Tempting Turquoise, I added a strip of Certainly Celery that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder.  I wrapped Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon around it and tied with a knot.  I punched the Modern Label with Brilliant Blue and did the same technique on the Shimmer White for Thinking of You (Trendy Trees) and punched with the Word Window punch.  I stamped three small flowers in Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise and Crushed Curry, punched them out, added Mini Brads to the centers and placed them on Stampin' Dimensionals in the bottom corner.  I'm amazed…I really didn't think the colors will go well with this set, but I think I pulled it off! 

 

Don't forget, it's Kerin's turn to give away Blog Candy today!  Those little flip flops are SO cute…wouldn't you want one?  Leave a comment on her blog…ANYONE can win!

 

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TROPICAL BLOG CANDY!

 

This week on Create with Connie and Mary we are having a "Tropical Party"!  Every day during this week the team has created a project for our subscribers using the items that coordinate with the tropical set, die and paper!  Mary found the footnote flip flops at a local store and just KNEW they would be PERFECT for a special project!  And since we just HAD to do something with them…we are sharing them with YOU! 
 
ANYONE can leave a comment on the blogs below on the given day and be entered into the drawings to win one!  Each of us have two to give away.  Would you like some ADDITIONAL CHANCES TO WIN?  Well…I'm guessing YES!  SUBSCRIBE  to Create with Connie and Mary during THIS WEEK and be entered into ANOTHER drawing to win one of TWO that we are giving to just our NEW subscribers this week.  Already a subscriber and want another chance to win?  Participate in the sketch challenge that we posted this past Saturday and two lucky challenge participants will have the opportunity to WIN!  Here's the schedule…
 
Wednesday – Kerin Sylvester – Stamps, Paper, Glitter!
Thursday – Monika Davis – Stamping Together at Monika's Place
New Subscribers – May 3-7
Challenge participants – May 1-7

So…what are you waiting for?  Visit the blogs on the days above and leave a comment.  Go to the Create with Connie and Mary site and JOIN this week and be entered to win.  THEN…for all subscribers, participate in this week's challenge for still ANOTHER chance to win!  Easy as can be!  We hope we can send one of these cute flip flops to YOU!

 

 

Winners will be announced for everything on Saturday, May 8th.  To find out if you are a WINNER…you need to check the Create with Connie and Mary site no later than Friday, May 14th and send us your mailing address.  Good Luck!


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May 04 2010

Another Tropical Party and BLOG CANDY!

Yes, it's my turn to give away two of the CUTEST flip flop notepads that Mary made with the Island Floral Bigz Die in celebration of Tropical Party week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  ANYONE can leave a comment on THIS post for your chance to win one of two notepads.  Plus, see the other ways you can win at the bottom of this post!

 

I think I've mentioned that Stampin' Up!'s Tropical Party is one of my FAVORITE sets in the Summer Mini.  Not only is it great for cardmaking, it has LOTS of possibilities for scrapbooking, too!  I used Mary Jo's Technostamper Sketch Challenge today (TSSC120) as a basis for my card.  I decided to flip it on its side for my card.

 

I started with the base Old Olive cardstock.  I added the umbrella pattern from Island Oasis Designer Paper.  Then I used the Pumpkin Pie Polka Dot from the same package as the other layer.

 

 

For my main element, I inked up the Live, Laugh & Love Happy Birthday stamp from Stampin' Up!'s On Your Birthday stamp set with my Stampin' Write Markers in Chocolate Chip and Rose Red.  I stamped the palm leaves from Tropical Party in Old Olive in the corners.  The coconut I inked up with Chocolate Chip and used my Stampin' Write Markers to color the umbrella and straw.  I cut it out and popped it up on Stampin' Dimensionals.  I stamped and cut out three of the small flowers in Tropical Party in Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron, then placed them along the top with Stampin' Dimensionals again.   I love how this turned out!

 

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TROPICAL BLOG CANDY!

 

This week on Create with Connie and Mary we are having a "Tropical Party"!  Every day during this week the team has created a project for our subscribers using the items that coordinate with the tropical set, die and paper!  Mary found the footnote flip flops at a local store and just KNEW they would be PERFECT for a special project!  And since we just HAD to do something with them…we are sharing them with YOU! 
 
ANYONE can leave a comment on the blogs below on the given day and be entered into the drawings to win one!  Each of us have two to give away.  Would you like some ADDITIONAL CHANCES TO WIN?  Well…I'm guessing YES!  SUBSCRIBE  to Create with Connie and Mary during THIS WEEK and be entered into ANOTHER drawing to win one of TWO that we are giving to just our NEW subscribers this week.  Already a subscriber and want another chance to win?  Participate in the sketch challenge that we posted this past Saturday and two lucky challenge participants will have the opportunity to WIN!  Here's the schedule…
 
Tuesday – Connie Babbert – Inkspired Treasures
Wednesday – Kerin Slyvester – Stamps, Paper, Glitter!
Thursday – Monika Davis – Stamping Together at Monika's Place
New Subscribers – May 3-7
Challenge participants – May 1-7

So…what are you waiting for?  Visit the blogs on the days above and leave a comment.  Go to the Create with Connie and Mary site and JOIN this week and be entered to win.  THEN…for all subscribers, participate in this week's challenge for still ANOTHER chance to win!  Easy as can be!  We hope we can send one of these cute flip flops to YOU!

 

Winners will be announced for everything on Saturday, May 8th.  To find out if you are a WINNER…you need to check the Create with Connie and Mary site no later than Friday, May 14th and send us your mailing address.  Good Luck!