Oct 28 2009

Branch Out – take 2

Here is another card using Stampin' Up!'s Branch Out stamp set and the Chalk Lines technique.  When I feature a technique in my class, I like to try to make up a couple more examples for them to see different ways the technique can be done.  This is almost the exact layout, I just changed up the chalk colors.

For this card, I used a base of Taken with Teal cardstock and added the Chalk Lines technique made with Taken with Teal, Ballet Blue and Lavender Lace Stampin' Chalks.  I layered it on Brushed Silver cardstock.  The tree was stamped with Chocolate Chip ink on Bashful Blue cardstock and then layered on Whisper White.  I stamped the snowflakes with Almost Amethyst Classic ink and Whisper Whtie Craft Ink for the tree "leaves".  I added the Ruby Red cardinal in the tree, then wrapped the White Taffeta Ribbon around that layer.  Finally, I punched a Whisper White snowflake with the Large Snowflake punch and added a Clear Rhinestone brad in the center.

I love this technique!  Very fun to make your own designer paper in the colors you want!

Still have company so I'm going to keep this short!  Have a great day!

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Oct 27 2009

Branch Out

Wow…sorry I've been missing in action for a few days!  I completely ran out of time before the stamping weekend retreat to get my posts up for Saturday's Stamping 411 Challenge (hope you stop by anyway) and Monday!  So, here is a fill in! 

This week's design challenge on SU Late Night Stampers is to use a candy wrapper as inspiration for your card!  Great timing with Halloween right around the corner.  Of course, I've not purchased my candy for Beggar's Night on Thursday…mainly because I don't want the temptation to eat it!

I took my inspiration from the Dove Chocolate Bar…a rich looking dark orange wrapper with yellow and a hint of green on the wrapper!  My card uses Stampin' Up!'s Branch Out stamp set (still available, just on the dormant list) and the Chalk Lines Technique from Technique Junkies!  Very fun technique!

I started with a base card of Dusty Durango and added the piece of Chalk Line Technique Paper I made with the Really Rust, Garden Green and More Mustard chalks.  I stamped the tree with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink and added Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry Classic Ink for leaves.  I also added a black crow and tire swing.  Grateful Greetings from the same set name is stamped with Chocolate Chip on Crushed Curry and made into a pennant.

I like this card!

 Well, I'm exhausted from the LONG weekend retreat!  The time goes by SO fast…even staying up until 1:30-2:00 AM each night!  Morning comes pretty quickly!  Time to get back into a routine, although I still have company here until Thursday!




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Aug 15 2009

Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge 112


It is Saturday and time for the Stamping 411 weekly sketch challenge!  I was really excited to try this sketch.  The layout appeals to me!  After working on it, I know it is one that I’ll keep to use again.  Hope you’ll take a minute and do the Stamping 411 challenge with us!  And check out what the other operators have done.

My card uses the stamp set, Branch Out.  It isn’t in the new catalog, but it IS still available to purchase because it is on the dormant list!  I’m glad.  I received it a couple months ago, but this was the first time I actually inked it up!  I know…bad!  I love the fall cards I’ve seen made with it, so I had to make my own.

I expanded the size of the insert panel in the sketch a little bit longer in order to use the entire tree image from Branch Out.  The tree base is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock with Soft Suede ink.  Then I added Crushed Curry and Dusty Durango ink "leaves" over the tree base.  I also added the little bird house in Soft Suede.  This panel was layered onto Dusty Durango and I used my Cutter Kit Distressing Tool around the edges.  I wrapped some Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon around this panel.  The base card is Soft Suede with a layer of Crushed Curry that I ran thru the Big Shot with my Texturz plate.  If you look closely, I also lightly rubbed my Dusty Durango ink pad over the highlights of the texture and used the Cutter Kit Distressing Tool, too!  On top of that I added the Soft Suede panel and stamped my Birthday Wishes greeting from On Your Birthday stamp set around the top stamped element in Basic Brown ink.  Finally, I used the Flower Fusion Sizzlet Die with Crushed Curry cardstock, sponged around the edges with Dusty Durango and added a Clear Rhinestone brad in the center.  It is popped up with dimensionals in the corner.

I’m pretty happy that my card turned out as I pictured it in my head!

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