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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Petite Bazaar

I CASed this card from another blog I follow, Lisa's Stampin' Spot. If you look at Lisa's you will see a lot of differences, but I would not have come up with this idea by myself.
Supplies: - Stamp - Pretty Petites (SAB); Paper - Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Pacific Point, Whisper White, International Bazaar (DSP); Ink - Pacific Point; Ribbon - Pacific Point Grosgrain Stitched; Punch - Petite Curly Label (SAB); Jewels - Pearls

Sycamore Treasure

I CASed this card from another Stampin' Up! demonstor, Carol Power. I really like the effect of the rosette under the stamped image of the peacock.
Supplies: Stamp - World Treasures; Paper - Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP; Ink - Rich Razzelberry; Tool - Simply Scored

Monday, January 28, 2013

Clean and Simple Tree

I think this is a first for me. I made a card that can be entered into three different challenges. The challenge blogs are The Paper Players, Addicted to Stamps and More, and Black Tie Friday. The Paper Players' challenge is a sketch; Addicted to Stamps and More has a clean and simple challenge; and Black Tie Friday's challenge needs to have "black" in it, but no patterned paper. I put all these instructions together and came up with this:
Supplies: Stamps - Lovely As A Tree, Watercolor Winter; Paper - Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla; Ink - Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder; Ribbon - Basic Black Taffeta

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hope

The design team at Dynamic Duo has a wonderful color challenge. The colors they've chosen for this week make for a very rich combination - Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.
Supplies: Stamps - Blooming with Kindness; Paper - Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Ink - Soft Suede; Ribbon - Crumb Cake Taffeta; Punch - Extra Large Oval; Jewels - Pearls

Saturday, January 26, 2013

With Love

I made this card for my husband last year, but I didn't have my blog then so must post it now.
The colors are Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla.

Kindness Matters

I've accepted a couple of challenges this week. One challenge is from Color Throwdown, which is to utilize the colors in this card. The other is more of a personal challenge which will require me to give one of my cards as a Random Act of Kindness (RAK). The idea is to give the card to a complete stranger, just to let them know they are appreciated. I've decided this will be a card I carry with me until I give it to someone. I'll let you know the results.
Supplies: Stamps - Blooming with Kindness, Secret Garden; Paper - Certainly Celery, Garden Green, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder; Ink - Certainly Celery, Garden Green, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder; Punches - Decorative Label, Scallop Trim; Embossing - Iridescent Ice powder, Square Lattice folder; Jewels - Pearls, Rhinestones

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fresh Apples

These two stamp sets, Countryside and Lovely As A Tree, just seem to go together. I saw a similar card to this one by Stampin' Up! demonstrator Tracy Henry. I just love the way the truck is sitting, nestled in the trees. This project required some masking and daubing and blending, but I'm very happy with the results.
Supplies: Stamps - Countryside, Lovely As A Tree; Paper - Baja Breeze, Whisper White; Ink - Always Artichoke, Basic Gray, More Mustard, Real Red, (daubing was done with Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, River Rock); Ribbon - Natural Trim

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Secret Bazaar

The different patterns of the International Bazaar DSP are so fun to play with.
Supplies: Stamps - Secret Garden; Paper - Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry, International Bazaar DSP; Ink - Tangerine Tango; Brad - Everyday Enchantment (SAB-2012)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pinwheels

My great niece will be celebrating her 1st birthday this weekend, so I wanted to make her a birthday card. This is the first time I played with the Sizzlits Pinwheels and I was a little concerned at first by the size and location of the holes in each of the corners. I was afraid the brad would tear the hole too much and ruin the pinwheel. This was not a problem. I used the 3/16" brads (there is a smaller size) and it worked just fine - no do-overs!
Supplies: Stamps - Perfectly Preserved, Pretty Petites (SAB); Paper - Brights DSP, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi; Ink - Basic Black, Melon Mambo; Punch - Petite Curly Label (SAB); Sizzlit - Pinwheel; Ribbon - Melon Mambo Scallop Dots, Hemp Twine (ret.); Brads - Metallic 3/16"

Monday, January 21, 2013

Birthday by the Seashore

I've had this stamp set for a long time, but haven't ever used it. Today was the day!
Supplies: Stamps - Itty Bitty Banners, By the Seashore; Paper - Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White; Ink - Tempting Turquoise; Framelits - Bitty Banners: Punches - 1" and 1-1/4" Squares; Jewels - Pearls

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Lovely Tree

I wanted to make a card for a family friend who shattered his arm near his shoulder (yes, I said shattered). He had surgery and is recuperating but it will be about a year for full recovery. Isn't this a great, masculine card? I totally CASEd this card from a card I found at Stamp Up Your Craft. Aileen shares how she was inspired to create this card after traveling through Scottland. I had tried my hand at brayering previously, but this one convinced me to try it again. I'm so glad I did.
Supplies: Stamp - Lovely As A Tree; Paper - Always Artichoke, Early Espresso Core'dinations, Very Vanilla; Ink - Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder; Embossing Folder - Woodgrain

Love is in the Air

Can you feel it? Less than a month away 'til Valentine's Day! There is a great challenge at Dynamic Duos that fits right in - Red & Black with a Valentine Theme. I think I pulled it off.
Supplies: Paper - Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Mocha Morning (DSP-ret.), Berry Bouquet (DSP-ret.); Punch - Full Heart, Eyelet Border; Sizzlit - Large Paper Doily (that's it at the bottom); Ribbon - Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin; Jewel - Rhinestone

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A Grateful Heart

Another fun challenge. This one is from Stampin' Royalty.
Supplies: Stamp - Pursuit of Happiness; Paper - Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP; Punches - 1-3/4" Circle, Full Heart; Embossing Folders - Perfect Polka Dots, Square Lattice; Tool - Crimper

Fabulous Treasures

Today I decided to play with a color challenge at Color Throwdown. It's a mix of colors that I wouldn't typically put together. That is what makes it a challenge - pushing the limits of my own imagination.
Supplies: Stamps - Fabulous Florets, World Treasures; Paper - Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White; Ink - Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie; Framelits - Apothecary Accents; Punch - Scallop Trim; Jewels - Pearls, Rhinestones

Friday, January 18, 2013

Eleanor Has Bling

I wanted to play when I got home today, but I needed some inspiration. So, I went to the cards I have pinned on Pinterest. I found this beautifully, simple card by another Stampin' Up! demonstrator who had it posted on her blog Stamping to Share. I did change the flower and color, and added some bling, and once again made it my own.
Supplies: Stamps - Everything Eleanor; Paper - Basic Black, Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White; Ink - Basic Black, Raspberry Ripple; Ribbon - Satin Stitch Raspberry Ripple; Jewels - Rhinestones

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Secret Flower Garden

I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) this card from another SU! demonstrator, Barbara Anne Graham, who CASEd it from another demonstrator, Mary Brown. Obviously, I made some changes to make it my own, but I like to give credit when I am inspired by another demonstrator's work. I really like the look of the layering of the same colors. If you look closely, you might be able to see the dry embossing.

Supplies: Stamps - Secret Garden; Paper - Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder; Ink - Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder; Embossing Folder - Flower Garden; Ribbon - Whisper White Satin; Jewels - Pearls

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pacific Swallowtail

I play around with challenges because they help me think outside my very small box. They force me to look at things (stamps) differently. I look at others' blogs because they give me ideas of various ways to use stamps. I bought the Swallowtail stamp because of a card created by Catherine at Catherine Loves Stamps. I then created this card, based on Catherine's card, because of the challenge at The Paper Players, and then I was also able to submit it on the Addicted to CAS challenge site.
Supplies: Stamp - Swallowtail; Paper - Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight; Ink - Daffodil Delight, Pacific Pointt; Punch - Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border; Embossing Powder - Clear

Birthday Cheers!

I made a card similar to this one a few months ago. However, for this one I used the new Designer Series Paper (DSP) being offered for FREE during Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration (SAB) event which begins January 22nd. The Friday Mashup challenge has given me a great opportunity to play with this fun collection of DSP called Sycamore Street.
Supplies: Stamps - Happy Hour; Paper - Sycamore Street DSP, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White; Ink - Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango; Jewels - Pearls, Rhinestones

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Papillon Collage

I haven't made an easel card in a long time, so I decided today was the day. The layout for this card just screamed that it be able to stand on its own. The colors are from the Dynamic Duos challenge this week, "A Breath of Spring with Yellow and Green." The cute "hello" tag and coordinating punch is from the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) catalog available for just a limited time.

Closed View

 Standing Front View

 Standing Side View

Supplies: Stamps - Papillon Potpourri, Papaya Collage, Pretty Petites (SAB); Paper - Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Whisper White; Ink - Certainly Celery, So Saffron; Ribbon - Striped So Saffron, Certainly Celery; Punches - Scallop Trim, Elegant Butterfly, Petite Curly Label (SAB); Embossing Powder - White; Jewels - Rhinestones

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Time For Tea

I created this card for the Friday Mashup and The Paper Players challenges. It's been a while since I used my Tea Shoppe stamp set and this seemed to be the perfect opportunity.
For the tea cup I stamped Elegant Eggplant paper with Whisper White ink, then embossed it with Whisper White embossing powder. The "label" was created with Garden Green on Whisper White, punched with the Large Oval, then layered on top of Elegant Eggplant punched with the Scallop Oval. The hearts I created by pressing VersaMark on Whisper White, embossing it with Gold embossing powder, then punching the hearts with Full Heart and Small Heart punches.

One Sheet Wonder - Day #13

This is my final One Sheet Wonder post (for this series anyway).

The Crumb Cake layer was embossed with Finial Press. I left about 1" outside the embossing folder so I could stamp my Thank You. The DSP is layered on top of Cajun Craze, and the corners on both are punched with the Ticket Corner punch (I think that's the name). And, of course, the card is layered on top of Very Vanilla card stock, with a Summer Starfruit bow topping it off.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. It has been fun (and at time challenging) coming up with different layouts and ideas. I encourage anyone who has given this some thought to just go for it. If you original idea doesn't work the way you expect - adjust.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

One Sheet Wonder - Day #12

Almost complete. Although it might look like the blue with the DSP should be a flap, it is not. This does give me ideas for a future card fold.
I used the Adorning Edgelits to cut the inverted arched shape and the Fancy Fan embossing folder on the Cajun Craze layer. I never used to remember to use embossing folders, but have discovered that when a card just needs a little bit more, the embossing folders really help out. The bow, of course was created using the great bow-making tutorial found at youtube.com/watch?v=M2S69Sxz0KQ.

Remember to check back tomorrow for my final One Sheet Wonder card!

Monday, January 7, 2013

One Sheet Wonder - Day #11

For some reason this one was difficult to come up with a layout I liked. I just wasn't sure the direction or location of the triangle, or if I wanted the card to be portrait or landscape. Once I finally figured this one out, I'm happy with the results.
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I used the Modern Label punch for my Thank You, and the Scallop Trim boarder punch on the DSP. The ribbon is Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit Satin Stitched.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

One Sheet Wonder - Day #10

I used the Apothecary Accent Framelit as the main focal point,, with 3/16" metallic brads. The ribbon accent is Midnight Muse Satin Stitched layered on top of Very Vanilla Satin.


In case you missed it on Day #4, I am including the link to easily, equally divide a piece of paper into three or more sections - The Paper Place and "Easy Math for Artsies."

Saturday, January 5, 2013

One Sheet Wonder - Day #9

I was a bit delayed posting this today because I got to spend the day with my daughter. I hadn't seen her since Christmas, so it was fun just shopping and going to lunch.
This is a real simple layout with the corner piece of DSP and the frame around the sentiment. To add a little "something" I used the Scallop Trim edge punch and the satin stitched ribbon.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

One Sheet Wonder - Day #7

This is a first for me. One card every day for one week.

The bottom layer of this card is Soft Suede, but I just love the way the Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit work together.
In case you are wondering about my "perfect" bow, I found a great bow-making tutorial, check out this video youtube.com/watch?v=M2S69Sxz0KQ. It takes away all the guess-work, and no wasted ribbon.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

One Sheet Wonder - Day #6

So far, I think this is my favorite. I used the Square Lattice embossing folder on the Soft Suede background, then the Fancy Fan embossing on the Cajun Craze layer.

As you can see, I didn't include a Thank You on this one. Instead, I used some Hemp Twine (ret.) with a medium size Designer Naturals button.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

One Sheet Wonder - Day #5

Happy New Year! 

This card was super easy - just layering, no embellishments. Once again, I framed the Thank You the same way as card #3.

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