Jul 01 2011

Stamping 411 – Snow Much Fun

Time for another great sketch challenge from the Operators of Stamping 411.  AND, I have a sad announcement to make.  I've come to a hard decision to give up my Stamping 411 Design Operator position.  I've really enjoyed working with the other operators on Stamping 411…a truly class act of women with enormous talent!  Don't worry, I'll still be playing along with the challenges as much as I can, but just not as a designer.  I know I'll miss it, but also know that it is the best thing for me right now!  I wish the team the BEST!



But…on to my last card as a Stamping 411 Operator!   I LOVE this new set from Stampin' Up!, Snow Much Fun!  I flipped the direction of the sketch only because my snowman was facing the other way.



Last year my Christmas cards were done in these colors, so I thought I'd recreate them for this card!  I started with a base of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, then layered on Whisper White.  I added another layer of Crumb Cake that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder.  I stamped the snowman on Crumb Cake cardstock with Black Stazon.  Then I used some White Craft Ink Refill and my AquaPainter to color him a whitewash color.  I added Basic Gray and Cherry Cobbler to his scarf, hat and boots.  That was layered onto more Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler Cardstocks.


I used the Tasteful Trim XL Die to make the "snow" along the bottom and stamped the greeting in Black Stazon.  It is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals on the front of the card.  I added Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon tied across the front.  And I also added a trio of White Naturals Designer Buttons with Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine tied inside for my "snowballs".  lol!


I had SO much fun making this card for Stamping 411!  I hope you enjoy it, too!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Design Operators did this week!


Jun 24 2011

Stamping 411 – Sunny Fun

Time again for another Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge!  I had a LOT of fun with this one…it came together pretty quickly!  Here is the sketch, we'd love for you to play along!




And my card uses a couple of my favorite products in the Summer Mini.  I used the Designer Paper from the Scrappin Kit, Playful Polka Dots (I had a LOT of this left over from a project!)  I also used a portion of the Sunny Fun Stamp Set with the little kids on inner tubes! 



I started with a base of Old Olive and layered on Daffodil Delight.  Then I used the three different Designer Papers in Playful Polka Dots.  I inked up just the two kid images from Sunny Fun Stamp Set with Black Stazon on Whisper White and used my Stampin' Write Markers to color them.  I punched it with the 2 3/8 Circle punch and layered on Old Olive 2 1/2" Circle.  I stamped "On Your Birthday" from that stamp set (retiring!) in Black Stazon on Pumpkin Pie and punched with the Modern Label Punch.  I added three rhinestones in the upper right corner.  I made a bow from Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon and added a Pumpkin Pie Flower Brad with another Rhinestone Jewel in the center.  It is adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to the card.


Make sure to check out the rest of the Stamping 411 Design Operators to see what they did with the sketch this week! 




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Jun 17 2011

Stamping 411 – Strength & Hope

Time for another sketch from the gals at Stamping 411!  This was was a little different…or maybe I just had a different view of it.  I tried NOT to use butterflies…but it was just perfect for my design!  lol!  I'm anxious to see what the other Design Operators did with this sketch!



And here is my interpretation using Stampin' Up!'s Strength & Hope stamp set.  Did you know that Stampin' Up! donates $2 from each set sold to support breast cancer research!  I'm SO happy that they embraced this worthy cause!



I wanted to use some cheerful colors, so I pulled out Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry to use with my Whisper White.  The base of the card is Melon Mambo.  I layered on Whisper White that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder.  Then I used the Finial Press Impressions Folder with more Whisper White cardstock and layered that on another layer of Melon Mambo.  In the bar of the H, I placed three small pearls and also in the centers of the Lattice Die piece.


I cut the Melon Mambo Lattice Die in half and placed it in the center of my rectangle.  In the middle I stamped Hope in Rich Razzleberry and punched with the Postage Stamp Punch, then layered it on a 1 1/4 Square punch piece of Rich Razzleberry.  It is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  In the center I placed a trio of Pearls and also in the centers of the Lattice Die.  I tied a double bow and wrapped the ends around to the back of the Whisper White layer to secure.  Finally, I stamped the butterfly in Rich Razzleberry and cut it out, placing more Pearls on her body.


I love the crisp white look to this card and think it would give anyone hope when they saw it!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Stamping 411 Operators this week!

Jun 10 2011

Stamping 411 – Summer Splash

Time for another sketch challenge from Stamping 411!  This week it is a fun one, hope you join us by playing along!



I'm trying to use up my Designer Paper before the NEW catalog comes out and I want to buy more!  My card uses the designs from Blueberry Crisp…I thought they had a nice tropical feel to them that went along with the Summer Splash stamp set.



So, I started with the striped dots in the Blueberry Crisp Designer Paper package.  I felt they had a "bubbles" type feeling to them that went along with my beach theme.  I layered on another Not Quite Navy pattern in the same package using the Tasteful Trim Die to make my scallops look like waves.  I wrapped around the Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon and made a BIG bow…using the Daffodil Delight button in the center, tied with Bakers Twine.  The DSP is layered on Not Quite Navy cardstock and then a base card of Sahara Sand.


For the focal element, I stamped the sand bucket and shovel with Not Quite Navy on Very Vanilla and another one stamped with Daffodil Delight and cut out the shovel to adhere over the Not Quite Navy one.  I stamped Wish Big from Warm Wishes in Not Quite Navy under it for the greeting.  I punched out the Very Vanilla with the 1 3/4 Circle Punch, then layered it on a 2 3/8 Scallop Circle from Daffodil Delight.  I added a little Rhinestone Jewel to the bucket for some bling.  It is popped up on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals!


Make sure to check out what the rest of the Design Operators did this week over on Stamping 411.  See you there!

Jun 08 2011

Owl Fancy Favor Boxes

Hi everyone!

It's my turn to do my Thrifty 3D Wednesday over on Stamping 411.  This month I decided to create some little owls!  Made with the Fancy Favor XL Bigz Die, they are VERY easy to assemble!  Wouldn't they look cute holding a graduation or Father's Day gift?  Or…party favors for the person who loves owls?  Or…even for packaging up some yummies as a teacher thank you!  Lots of ideas for them!

I have a full step-by-step picture tutorial on how to make these over on Stamping 411 today!  Stop by and take a look.  Let me know if you decide to make some of your own….I'd love to see them!



The body is the Fancy Favor XL Bigz Die in either Basic Black or Whisper White.  The top is a 3 1/4" square scored diagonally.  I added eyes with punched circles of Daffodil Delight and Basic Black and the beak in Daffodil Delight or Basic Black.  The box is held closed with Mini Brads in Black or White, then the tip on the back is held with temporary adhesive or velcro dot to keep it flat.



Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

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Jun 03 2011

Stamping 411

Time again for another Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge!  It's an easy one for you this week!



I decided to use my Love & Care stamp set again today and made my own "designer paper" with the flowers and made the greeting from Word Play the focus of the card!



I started with a base of Poppy Parade cardstock and layered on the small dotted print from Sunny Garden DSP.  To coordinate with the DSP, I stamped the large flower from Love & Care with Peach Parfait on Whisper White and used the Poppy Parade Stampin' Write Marker to color in the center before I stamped it.  I did this several times randomly.  Then I went back and filled in with the small flower in Daffodil Delight, again using the Poppy Parade marker in the centers.  Finally, I added Pear Pizzazz leaves randomly around the flowers.  I layered the Whisper White on Pear Pizzazz and placed on the front of the card.


Next I stamped the greeting from Word Play, inked up with the Poppy Parade and Peach Parfait Stampin' Write Markers on Whisper White.  I used the large flower stamp again with Peach Parfait in two of the corners and rounded the top corners with the Corner Rounder punch.  I layered the Whisper White on Poppy Parade cardstock that I also rounded the corners.  It was placed on front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Finally, I added White Bakers Twine to the center of the Designer Button and placed it with Mini Glue Dots in the corner of the greeting…happily landing in the center of the flower there!


Make sure to check out what the rest of the Stamping 411 Design Team did with this sketch…then come play along!

May 27 2011

Stamping 411 – Touch of Kindness

Here is another sketch challenge from Stamping 411 this week!  We hope you give it a try.  I must admit, I find the "trios" of images a little more challenging!  I'm sure I'll be slapping my head saying, why didn't I think of that! when I see what the Stamping 411 Operators did this week!



Here is my card using Stampin' Up!'s Touch of Kindness stamp set that is in the Summer Mini.  I love the darling little images, especially the cat!  I colored her to look like my little Bleach kitty!



This is nice and bright and SUMMERY looking, I think.  I started with a base of Rose Red cardstock.  I layered on Whisper White (which is almost completely covered except for the bottom, then added the polka dot and stripe patterns from the Simply Scrappin' Kit, Playful Polka Dots.  I LOVE that designer paper!  I had a ton of it left from a project, so am using it on my cards now!  I added a strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock that I punched with the Pinking Hearts Border Punch along the bottom.


I stamped the kitty with Black Stazon on Whisper White, then colored it with my AquaPainter and Basic Gray and Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Markers.  I used Daffodil Delight on the butterfly and Pumpkin Pie for her collar.  There is a tiny Rhinestone Jewel on her tag, but it is hard to see in this photo.  I stamped the scallop circle with Daffodil Delight in the corner so it looked like the sun and stamped hello in the center with Rose Red ink.  I used the fun Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch in Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie to make the flowers on each side of the stamped panel.  I added a Rose Red button in the center, tied with White Bakers Twine.


Very fun, isn't it?  Check out what the rest of the Stamping 411 Design Operators have done this week!  Then upload your creation following the sketch over there, too!  We love to see your designs!


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May 20 2011

Stamping 411 – The Open Seas

This week on Stamping 411, we have another fun sketch for you to try!  Make sure to upload your creation over on Stamping 411…we love to see what you make!



 My card uses Stampin' Up!'s The Open Sea stamp set again this week.  This one came together pretty quickly and I love the clean lines of it.



I started with a base of Early Espresso cardstock.  I layered on Crumb Cake cardstock that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder.  At the bottom, I placed a strip of Nautical Expedition Designer Paper, covering the seam with some Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon that is wrapped around to the back and adhered.


I stamped the globe image from The Open Seas stamp set in Early Espresso ink on Whisper White, then layered it on Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  That is placed on top of the anchor print from Nautical Expedition.  I stamped the compass from with Early Espresso on Crumb Cake, then punched with the 1 1/4 Circle Punch and layered on the 1 3/8" circle of Cherry Cobbler.  I placed an Antique Brad in the center.  I stamped Happy Father's Day from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake and punched with the Decorative Label punch, cut it in half, and placed it under the Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon.


Make sure to check out what the rest of the Stamping 411 Design Operators did this week!  They are all fabulous, I'm sure!


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May 13 2011

Stamping 411 – The Open Seas

Yes, another very cool sketch from Stamping 411 for you to try this week!  I'm sure it will be very popular! 



I knew immediately when I saw the sketch this week what I was going to do.  I used Stampin' Up's awesome masculine set, The Open Seas, available in the Summer Mini  This is a technique I used in my Technique Class this month…I called it Faux Parchment.



The base of the card is Soft Suede.  I distressed the edges of the Crumb Cake layer and added the map print from Newsprint Designer Paper, sponging around all the edges with Soft Suede Classic Ink…and on the map DSP itself.  I wrapped around the Basic Black 1 1/4 Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon, then tied on the Jewelry Tag with Linen Thread.  It is stamped with 4 You from Tiny Tags Stamp Set in Soft Suede.  I added two of the brads from Vintage Trinkets in the upper left corner and the safety pin above the Jewelry Tag.


I cut the larger Scallop Square from the Square Duo Die in Soft Suede and crumbled it up, then used Soft Suede ink around the edges.  I added the Faux Parchment Technique square, embossed with The Open Seas ship over top.  The ledger is stamped in the background, too.  I love how real the "parchment" looks!  Again, the edges were distressed with the Distressing Tool and sponged with Soft Suede!  My Technique Class really loved this card!


I love the masculine look and feel to this card!  Make sure to check out what the rest of the Stamping 411 Design Operators did this week!  I'm sure you will be amazed!

May 06 2011

Stamping 411 – Flower Fest

Yep…what else!  Stampin' Up!'s Flower Fest is still out on my desk and I couldn't resist using it again on Stamping 411's sketch challenge this week!  It's a fun one this week!  Hope you play along! 



So, you can see why Flower Fest was perfect for the sketch, right?  Here is my card:



I used the textured cardstock and designer paper from Playful Polka Dots Scrappin' Kit that I had left over from another project to make this card.  I LOVE the patterns in the kit!  The base of the card is Old Olive.  I layered on textured Daffodil Delight that I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch along the bottom.  I also added small Rhinestone Jewels in between each scallop.  Love that bling!  On top of the Daffodil Delight I used the Polka Dot DSP.  Then, for the accent piece on the sketch, I used some of the stripe paper in that kit.  Aren't those colors great?


I stamped the large flower from Flower Fest in Rose Red on the Textured Rose Red cardstock and used the Fancy Flower Punch.  I used a Pumpkin Pie large designer button in the center and tied a bow with the White Bakers Twine.  I stamped the 5 Petal flower with Pumpkin Pie on Daffodil Delight and used the 5 petal punch.  I added an Old Olive flower button tied with Bakers Twine in the center.  Then I stamped the leaves with Old Olive on the textured Old Olive and cut it out.  The large flower is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.


For my greeting, I stamped Just For You from Oval All Stamp Set in Pumpkin Pie on Whisper White and punched with the Large Oval.  Then I stamped it again on Pumpkin Pie and punched with the Scallop Oval punch.  I layered the White on top and added a couple more Rhinestone Jewels.


Make sure to check out what the rest of the fabulous Operators did this time over on Stamping 411!  I can't wait to see their cards each week!