Mar 19 2014

Look Up to Father

I just recently purchased Stampin' Up!'s stamp set, Look Up to Father, and couldn't wait to use it!  I'm fortunate to have both my father and my father-in-law still with us.  I'll be using this set for my Father's Day cards this year.  I used the sketch from this week's Technostampers Lunchtime Sketch Challenge!  I haven't played along in SOOOO long!

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Here's my take on the sketch.  I purposely kept it simple and without embellishments.  I had debated on a button, but thought it looked more masculine without and I didn't want to cover up any of the Designer Paper.

 

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  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Soft Suede folded in half.
  2. I added a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Pistachio Pudding Venetian Romance Designer Paper to the front.
  3. I first inked up the Look up to Father image with Pistachio Pudding ink.  I colored the tree trunk with the Early Espresso Marker and then used Wild Wasabi, Garden Green and Always Artichoke Markers and the Thumping Technique to get the variety of colors on the leaves and grass, then stamped it on a 3 x 4 piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.
  4. I layered the Very Vanilla on a 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 piece of Wild Wasabi and placed on the front.
  5. Across it, I used the Soft Suede pattern in Venetian Romance DSP package in a 3 7/8 x 1" size.
  6. I stamped the words again from Look Up to Father with Soft Suede ink on a strip of Wild Wasabi cardstock, then cut flag ends.
  7. At the last minute, I punched some Soft Suede chevrons with the Chevron Punch and added them at the top…I thought it balanced the Soft Suede color on the front.

So…what do you think?  I love how it turned out…just like what was in my head!  lol!

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Mar 17 2014

Eggstra Spectacular again

Each week I say I want to play along with The Paper Players and Freshly Made Sketches and each week time gets away from me and I don't get the challenges done.  This week I'm able to combine both of the challenges into one. 

 

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Here's my card combining both challenges and using Stampin' Up! Eggstra Spectacular stamp set.  This little lamb is SOOO cute!

 

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The details:

  1. The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Whisper White, folded in half.
  2. I added a 5 1/4 x 4 layer of Smoky Slate on top.
  3. I cut a 1 3/4 x 3 1/2 layer of Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper per the sketch.
  4. I cut a 1 1/2 x 3 piece of Whisper White and stamped the lamb with Black Stazon.  I watercolored it with Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Summer Starfruit and Smoky Slate makers and AquaPainter.
  5. I cut a 1 x 1 1/2 piece of Pistachio Pudding cardstock, then used the Fringe Scissors along the bottom.
  6. I tied the Summer Starfruit Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack Twine around three times and tied a bow.

See, I told you…super simple, but very SWEET!  I love it!

 

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Feb 01 2014

Week 2 Spring Collection Challenge

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It's the end of Week 2 of the Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection and we've had fun showing off the Sale-A-Bration products this week in our project tutorials.  Now it is time for our Saturday Challenge.  We have a fun color challenge this week!  Love the soft colors and hope they put you in the mind of Spring!

 

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Here's my card using You're Lovely in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  I also used the beautiful Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper that is another option for Sale-A-Bration!

 

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Here are the details:

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Sahara Sand, folded in half.
  2. I added a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Pistachio Pudding cardstock.
  3. On it, I added 1 3/4 x 3 1/4 pieces of Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper, rounding the two corners on each piece.
  4. Over those, I added a 1 3/4 x 4 3/4 piece of coordinating Sweet Sorbet DSP and rounded all four corners.
  5. I stamped the floral image with Black Stazon, then watercolored with Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe markers and my AquaPainter.  I added the Live Happy greeting in Black Stazon, too.
  6. That was cut with the Deco Label Framelit.  Then I matted it by cutting two more Framelits the same size, cutting one in half lengthwise and one in half vertically, then spaced them so it created a mat.
  7. My final touch was to add Sahara Sand Candy Dots on the horizonal pieces.

 

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Jul 01 2013

Summer Silhouettes

I'm chuckling at this card today.  Our friend has a 4th of July birthday, so I always try to make her a red/white/blue birthday card.  For this one, the design could be either a sparkler or a birthday candle!  And…I love the greeting in Yippee Skippie stamp set, "Carbs…schmarbs…Eat the Cake!"  This is just SO her and part of the reason I purchased this stamp set! 

 

I combined two challenges for this card.  The SCS "Try a New Technique" (TLC436) is Twisted Traditions 2…using traditional colors for a non-traditional card.  In my example, I'm using Red/White/Blue for a birthday card instead of a patriotic card!  And as a bonus, I used a flower set in a non-traditional way!   I also am following Technostamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch (TCCS270).

 

 

 

Here are the details:

  1. The 4 1/4 x 11 Real Red cardstock is folded in half to form the base card.
  2. I embossed a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Whisper White with the Mosaic Folder.
  3. I cut a 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 piece of Silver Glimmer Paper and adhered to the left side.
  4. I added a 1 x 4 piece of Island Indigo cardstock across the front, cut with a flag end.
  5. I used the Summer Silhouette's image and my Real Red and Island Indigo Markers to ink up the image and stamped on 1 1/2 x 5 Whisper White.  I used the top of the flower and Crushed Curry Marker for the flame/sparkler.  I layered that on Real Red cardstock and placed on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  There is also a Rhinestone Jewel just under the flame/sparkler.
  6. I stamped the greeting from Stampin' Up!'s Yippee Skippee with Real Red on a 1/2 x 3" piece of Whisper White, cut a flag end and added it on top of the Island Indigo strip.

Lots of fun, lots of sparkle…and I know she'll love it!!!

 

 

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Jun 08 2013

Blooming with Kindness

I've had this card for Technostamper's Monday Lunchtime Challenge TSSC266 done since Tuesday, but just getting the opportunity to photograph and upload it here on my blog!  I didn't want to miss the deadline!  Some weeks, where does the time go?

 

And here is my card using Stampin' Up!'s Blooming with Kindness and one of the new In Colors…Strawberry Slush!  I love it paired with Pink Pirouette!

 

Here are the details:

  1. The base card is 4 1/4 x 11 Strawberry Slush, folded in half.
  2. I added a layer of 4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White.
  3. I cut a strip of 2 x 4 3/4 Quatrefancy Designer Paper and placed along the left side.
  4. On a piece of 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 Whisper White, I stamped the image by inking up the flower with Pink Pirouette first, then used markers to add Strawberry Slush and Always Artichoke accents.  I stamped Thank You in Always Artichoke.
  5. This was layered in 2 3/4 x 4 Always Artichoke cardstock.
  6. I punched a strip of Pink Pirouette cardstock with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch and tucked half of it under the left side.
  7. I added a 1/2 x 1 strip of the Quatrefancy DSP in the corner, cut with a flag end, then a large Rhinestone jewel on top!

 

I love the soft colors on this beautiful flower image!

 

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Apr 15 2013

TSSC259 Swallowtail

Today's Technostamper Lunchtime Sketch Challenge is just too fun not to try!  Now, I did take a little creative license with the sketch…and you'll see what I mean.  I let the Swallowtail stamp be the focus.  I held classes this past weekend with this Swallowtail stamp…they got the stamp FREE when they signed up!  So, here is one more idea for them to use with their stamp!

 

 

So, instead of the little element on the front, I cut out a portion of the Swallowtail and had that be the element.  And, I knew right away I wanted to use Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede for my color scheme.  When we were at Niagara Falls, we went to the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory…I have never seen such gorgeous butterflies!  Did you know it is considered good luck when they land on you?  We had several land on our hair, shoulders…it was funny!

 

 

OK…here are the details:

  1. The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 of Crumb Cake cardstock, folded in half.
  2. I cut a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Very Vanilla, then stamped on it with the Swallowtail.  I inked up the butterfly with Summer Starfruit Ink, then added Soft Suede around the edges and center just by touching the pad onto the rubber.
  3. I carefully cut out the left side of the butterfly, if you look closely you can see where I stopped.  I left that piece of Very Vanilla attached, but added the 2 x 4 piece of Comfort Cafe Designer Paper along the left side.
  4. I punched a piece of Soft Suede cardstock with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch and placed along the edge of the Designer Paper.
  5. I used a couple Stampin' Dimensionals to lift up the left side of the wing on top of the DSP.
  6. I added a couple pearls in the upper right corner.
  7. Then I stamped Thank You with Soft Suede ink on Soft Suede cardstock with the Bitty Banners stamp and cut with the Bitty Banners Framelits.

 

This is a really easy card, but love the pop of yellow and how the wing pops off the card!  But it is still flat enough to mail (the Pearls will add extra postage…substitute a couple 1/4" circles instead!)

 

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Apr 05 2013

For the Birds

Wow!  I'm sure you've all heard the NEWS by now!  New COLOR REFRESH and FREE SHIPPING on ANYTHING in the main and Spring catalogs from April 6-8, 2013!  Make sure you order the RETIRING colors before they go away…cardstock, ink refills, and any accessories are while supplies last!  You can email me (I'll have orders going in each day), or order online yourself! 


 

But, I am excited that some of our "older" In Colors are coming back into the regular line!  AND…we are finally getting a new light shade of gray to replace Going Grey that went away several years ago!  Seeing these fresh new colors makes me anxious to see the NEW In colors!  Only a couple more weeks!

 

 

 

Today I'm sharing a card I actually did a while ago for one of the Create with Connie and Mary Sketch Challenges…but I switched it out to another card with a holiday theme and never used this one!  For the Birds is one of the stamp sets that I featured in the new Card "Create"tions for All Occasions!  So, this is like a BONUS card for you if you've joined already!  If not…why not???  See all the details of what you'll get below!

 

I think this is PERFECT for spring…the birds are certainly chirping around here…and those mama robins are SOOOO fat!  lol!  Today's CASology Card Challenge is the keyword UP!  I think the message here is uplifting support, don't you?

 

 

Here are the details:

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Lucky Limeade cardstock, folded in half (and I'm sad they didn't keep this fun color…sniff, sniff)
  2. I added a 4 x 5 1/4 Daffodil Delight cardstock, run thru the Big Shot with the Houndstooth folder.
  3. I cut a 1 1/2 x 5 piece of Floral District Designer Paper and layered it on a 1 3/4 x 5 piece of Lucky Limeade cardstock.  I slanted it across the front of the Daffodil Delight layer and trimmed off the excess on the sides.
  4. I wrapped the White Taffeta Ribbon around on the front and tied a bow, then adhered that element to the front of the card base.
  5. I stamped the For the Birds image with Black Stazon on Whisper White, then cut with the Labels Framelits.  I watercolored with my AquaPainter and Stampin' Write Markers in Bashful Blue, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, and Lucky Limeade.
  6. I layered this Label on another Label Framelit of Tangerine Tango cardstock and placed on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  7. Finally, I punched the Boho Blossom Punch with Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White, layered the sizes together and added a Lucky Limeade Polka Dot Brad to the center and attached to the front of the card.

 

I love it…so cheerful and uplifting!  Would definitely cheer someone UP to receive this in the mail, right?

 

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* Runs daily March 31 – April 20
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Mar 11 2013

CAS211 Ears to You

Splitcoaststampers has a fun CAS (Clean & Simple) CAS211 sketch challenge today so I thought I'd play along.  I was able to use up some of the "starts" on my desk…you know…those little pieces of projects that you started, but didn't end up making the cut on the card you were making earlier!  The little bunny is one of them.  My Easter cards (you'll see later this week), used only 2 of the bunnies, so I had a few of these left over.  You will see another card using one tomorrow!  lol!  I also had the two scraps of Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP and the Pink Pirouette already cut to size!  Made this card come together REALLY quickly!  So…here is the sketch.

 

 

And here is my take on it:

 

 

And here are the details:

  1. 4 1/4 x 11 of Pink Pirouette folded in half to make base card.
  2. 4 x 5 1/4 Very Vanilla layered on top.
  3. Two pieces of 1 1/8 x 3 1/2 Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Paper, cut with flag ends and adhered on top.
  4. 1 1/8 x 4 piece of Pink Pirouette c/s, cut with a flag end, stamped with Everybunny greeting in Basic Gray and adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. Punched Decorative Label from S&S DSP and placed on top of Pink Pirouette c/s.
  6. Cut out Pink Pirouette bunny from Ears to You placed with Stampin' Dimensional on top.
  7. I added two Itty Bitty flowers punched from Daffodil Delight cardstock.
  8. I placed Pearls in the centers of the flowers and on the bunny's eye!

 

So…what do you think?  CAS?  Fits the sketch?  I was pretty happy with it and used up some of my "starts", too!  Thanks for stopping by!


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Feb 27 2013

TSSC252 Everybunny

I haven't had the opportunity to play along with Mary Jo's Monday Technostamper's Lunchtime Challenge for a LONG time!  I loved her sketch this week, so I grabbed another Easter set, Everybunny, and played along!

 

 

Here's my take on her sketch.  I used the same Designer Paper and colors as my card on Monday!

 

 

Here are the details:

  1. The base card is 4 1/4 x 11 of Primrose Petals, folded in half.
  2. The Birds of a Feather pattern is 3 x 5 1/2 and adhered towards the left side.
  3. The balloon bunny from Everybunny was stamped with Black Stazon on Whisper White and watercolored with Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo, Primrose Petals, Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip Markers.  The bunny is Crumb Cake and the basket is Chocolate Chip.
  4. I used the Oval Framelits to cut the Whisper White and Summer Starfruit ovals, then pierced around the larger one.
  5. Happy Easter is stamped with Island Indigo on Whisper White and punched with the Modern Label punch, then layered on a 1 1/4" Circle of Island Indigo and the Crumb Cake Decorative Label punch.  I tucked it up partially under the Ovals and added two Itty Bitty flower punches with Pearls on the bottom right side.
  6. I added more Itty Bitty flower punches with Pearls from the bunnies hand floating thru the air…lol!

Again a really fun Easter card!  Hope you enjoy it!

 

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Feb 25 2013

Ears to You

Over on The Paper Players, they have a fun sketch this week that I wanted to use for one of my Easter cards.  I am just LOVING this little single stamp, Ears to You…only available until the end of March!  My Easter cards will be done using this set.  My Stamp Club made a version of this card for their club card earlier this month!  I switched things up so it followed the sketch.

 

 

The bright colors on this card gives me hope that spring will eventually get here.  Not this week as we are expected to get more ice and snow…boo!  I took my colors from the Birds of a Feather Designer Paper…who knew that the eggs would be perfect for Easter.  AND…there are some cute chicks on one of the patterns, too!

 

 

Here are the details:

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Primrose Petals cardstock, folded in half.  I embossed the front with the Perfect Polka Dots folder.
  2. I added a 2 x 5" strip of the egg pattern from Birds of a Feather DSP and then a 1" strip of the yellow polka dot pattern in the same package.  Plus, I used the SAB Island Indigo Ribbon as a little extra shimmer!
  3. I inked up the bunnies in Ears to You in Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo and Primrose Petals with my Stampin' Write Markers and stamped on Whisper White.
  4. I cut both the Whisper White and Crumb Cake with the Oval Framelits and pierced around the Crumb Cake one.
  5. I added a pearl to the center bunny's tail!
  6. Happy Easter was stamped with Island Indigo on Summer Starfruit and punched with the Modern Label Punch, then added across the bottom of the ovals.

Yep…I love it!  Such a cheerful card!  Perfect for Easter, don't you think?

 

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