Oct 11 2010

Autumn Splendor

Well…we had some exciting news this weekend!  Our youngest son, Ross, just got engaged to his girlfriend, Allie!  We are SO happy to have Allie officially join our family.  She has been "around" for a long time, so we've gotten to know and love her already.  They knew each other in high school and started dating in college.  They are thinking next August for the wedding.  Yeah!  Here they are together!  Aren't they CUTE?



So…now on to one of the cards that my Technique Class did this month!  I pulled out one of my favorite looks…pastels over bleach!  Easy to do, although it does "smell" a little…even with floral scented bleach!  (Yeah, right!)  But, that soon goes away.  I just make sure to throw out my bleach paper towel as soon as I'm done.



I used Early Espresso for the background and it bleached to a nice Peach Pizzazz color!  Stampin' Up!'s Autumn Splendor leaves work perfectly with this technique.  Surprisingly enough, I tried Basic Black first, because that is what I normally use, and it only bleached it VERY slightly.  So…always check your cardstock to see what color it will bleach before you work on an entire project.  It can even change from package to package!  And…make sure you use fresh, new bleach.  I had just purchased a new jug.


The base of the card is Peach Parfait.  I layered the bleached Early Espresso on Pear Pizzazz.  I did the medallion treatment that Gretchen Barron did (I think) using the Designer Label Punch.  It is 3 of the punches layered on top of each other.  Then the middle oval from the Ovals Die and another Designer Label on top.  I stamped the greeting from Grateful Greeting in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla.  I stamped the acorns on Crumb Cake cardstock and cut them out.  I tied a knot in the Victorial Crochet Trim and added it on top of the acorns with a Mini Glue Dot.


This card is truly vibrant in real life!  It was a hit in class!


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Aug 30 2010

Dark & Dreary

Good morning!  (I can still say that although I'm pushing the envelope on how close it is to noon and getting this posted!)  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  They go by fast, don't they? 


On Sunday, I was joined by a great group of gals at our Convention Round Up Demo Meeting!  I always have fun at these and come away so inspired!  It is good to see everyone.  We also do a swap as part of our program and I came away with a lot of really awesome cards!  I'm glad I found the time to make some swaps!

Here is the card I made.  I went with a Halloween theme (of course!)  I used Dark & Dreary…one of the sets that is in the new Holiday Mini coming out on Wednesday!  I've been having a LOT of fun using it AND that new Spider Web Impressions Folder…what do you think about it?  OK, here are the deets!


The base card (cardfront since it was a swap), is Tangerine Tango.  I added a layer of Basic Black that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Spider Web Impressions Folder.  I then used my Sponge Dauber and highlighted parts of the web with Platinum Shimmer Paint to make it stand out.  On the right of the Tangerine Tango, I stamped Treat or Treat, Scary & Sweet from the Grateful Greetings Stamp set.  I love the variety of holiday greetings in this set!  Then I stamped the spider from Stampin' Up!'s Dark & Dreary set and filled in his body with Basic Black marker.  I also drew a line with the marker and a ruler from the top.  I stamped the crow from Dark & Dreary in Basic Black on Whisper White, cut him out and placed him with a Stampin' Dimensional.


For the focal piece, I stamped the candlelabra in Basic Gray on Whisper White and punched it with the new XL Decorative Label Punch (I'm going to ADORE that punch!), then layered it on Basic Black cardstock and then Basic Gray cardstock.   I colored the flames with Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker.  Then I stamped the Crow from Dark & Dreary in Basic Black on Whisper White and cut him out.  I placed him in front with a Stampin' Dimensional.  LOVE how that looks!


I was really happy with how my swap card turned out…even doing them LAST MINUTE before the meeting!  As I said, I was glad I found the time because I really did get some awesome swaps back!


I promised several people the template for the Bat Cone I made for the Tour de Freaks this month.  OK…here is the PDF for the Bat Cone treat favor!




Hope you have a wonderful day!

Oct 29 2009

Twick or Tweet

Tonight is Beggar's Night for us (Trick or Treat) and I can't wait to see all the little kids dressed up for Halloween!  They always have the cutest costumes!  I'm loaded up on candy…we ran out last year and I felt bad, but I had six bags and thought that would be plenty!

This is the Halloween card I mailed out this year.  I think I made about 16 of them.  I love the little chick in the set (of course, I love ALL the images in this Twick or Tweet set).  Stampin' Up! really did a great job designing it!

I started with a base of Confetti White cardstock and placed a layer of Basic Black on top.  I ran the Pumpkin Pie layer thru the Big Shot with the Perfect Details Texturz Plate for some subtle background texture.  I wrapped the 5/8" Black Grosgrain Ribbon around to the back and adhered, then placed the smaller Black Gingham Ribbon over top of it.  The label for the greeting is cut from the Matchbox XL die on Confetti White and stamped with Basic Black with Goblin Greetings from the Grateful Greetings set in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I sponged around the edges with Basic Black.

The chick from Twick or Tweet was stamped on Whisper White with Basic Black ink and colored with Stampin' Write markers in So Saffron, Summer Sun and Pumpkin Pie.  I punched it with the 1 1/4 circle, the a 1 3/8 circle of Pumpkin Pie and Scallop Circle of Summer Sun.

That's it!  My colorful Halloween card for this year!

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Set:  Grateful Greetings (116511), Twick or Tweet (116497)

Inks:  Basic Black Classic Ink, Stampin' Write markers:  Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, So Saffron

Cardstock:  Basic Black, Confetti White, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun

Accessories:  1 1/4, 1 3/8, Scallop Circle Punches, 5/8 Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Black Gingham Ribbon, Matchbox XL Bigs Die (label), Perfect Details Texturz Die, Big Shot

Oct 19 2009

Best Wishes and More


The Late Night Stampers Design Team assignment this week is to use the colors of Really Rust, Ruby Red and Old Olive.  These are favorite fall colors, of course, so I grabbed a universal set, Best Wishes & More, that I haven't used much at all this season.  It has a very pretty stylized leaf in it.










Of course, the first thing I looked for was Designer Paper that had those three colors in it…I didn't really see anything I wanted to use.  So, I made up my own "designer paper".  I stamped the leaf in the three colors, Really Rust, Ruby Red and Old Olive on Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then used the Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp to speckle on some additional Old Olive.  This was layered on Ruby Red cardstock.  I used "Thankful Thoughts of You" from Grateful Greetings in Old Olive on Very Vanilla and layered it on Really Rust cardstock.  Then I cut out three of the leaves from scrap Very Vanilla and mounted them on the greeting layer with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

The base card is Old Olive and I added a strip of Really Rust cardstock and a Scallop Edge of Very Vanilla.  I wrapped some of the gorgeous Mistletoe Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon around the Really Rust and tied a knot.  The other two layers were mounted on top.  As a final touch, I added a Neutral Button in the center of the leaf trio and used a thin strip of Really Rust cardstock to tie a knot in the button holes.

This starts a BUSY week for me!  I have my best buddies coming in for the weekend stamping retreat and I get to STAMP, STAMP, STAMP all day and all night for 3 1/2 days!  No meals to fix…nothing!  Yeah!  But…of course…I need to get everything ready before I go…AND my Stamp Clubs meet the night before I leave!  I need to prep for it yet!  Anyway, hope you have a great week!



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Sets:  Best Wishes & More, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Grateful Greetings

Inks:  Really Rust, Old Olive, Ruby Red

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Ruby Red, Really Rust, Old Olive

Accessories:  Scallop Edge Punch, Mistletoe Ribbon, Latte Buttons, Stampin' Dimensionals


Don't forget!  Tuesday, October 20th the Tour de Freaks begins at 8 AM!  Stop back to take the tour and gather some special Christmas holiday ideas!