Monday, July 30, 2007

Double your fun!

I did something different with this card and used the main image twice! And lots of different ribbon... yummy (I can't help drooling over ribbon... it's an addiction)! Of course the new designer paper is also delicious and the punch is a must-have. If only I had more time to stamp! However my dad is visiting and we are doing some work on the landscaping, so I'm busy with that, although I can sneak in a few minutes to stamp here and there :). If that isn't enough to keep me busy, I still haven't seen the latest Harry Potter movie or read the final book. I've had the book over a week and have not read a single page. That is so bad of me, but I know once I start reading I will not be able to put the book down so I have to wait until I have a big chunk of free time. Maybe in a week or two :). Or who knows, it might pour rain this weekend and I won't be able to weed (oh, what a loss that would be!).

Quick notes: The Blue Bayou background layer, both Soft Sky scalloped circles and the linen tape were all sponged with Blue Bayou ink. I used two layers of foam dimensionals when adhering the right side of the scalloped circles to compensate for the thickness of the ribbon and the fact that the Blue Bayou background layer had also been adhered with dimensionals. Other than that it was actually a very simple card. Enjoy!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Figures of Speech stamp set; River Rock, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and whisper white cardstock; Porcelain Prints designer series paper; Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, River Rock and Black StazOn ink pads; Blender Pens; Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware; Blue Bayou double-stitched grosgrain ribbon; Sherbet Ribbon Originals; Linen Tape; Scallop Edged Circle Punch; 1 3/8" Circle Punch.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Smooshing Technique & A Simple Layout Card

Sometimes simple can be better as in this card layout. Not much to it... a card base, sentiment, a little ribbon and an accent flower. Okay, I did up the "wow" factor on the flower using the smooshing technique and glitter.

Ummm... So what is the the "smooshing" technique? It's actually pretty simple but does require a couple of items:
  • Clear plastic report cover (one of those cheap plastic ones that are kind of floppy)
  • Two different ink pad colors
  • Brayer
  • Glossy white cardstock
So here goes: Take the clear report cover and open it up. Smoosh your color A ink pad on one side and color B on the other side (in this case "A" is Pumpkin Pie and "B" is Rose Red). Close the report cover and run your brayer over the closed report cover, mixing the two colors together. Open the report cover again and place two pieces of back-to-back glossy cardstock inside the report cover (this way you can color two pieces at once). Close and brayer again. Remove the glossy cardstock and allow to dry. That's it... you've created an interesting background or accent cardstock! In my example I stamped a flower in Black StazOn on the glossy cardstock and cut it out. After which I added a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter using the 2-Way glue pen.

Quick card notes: Pumpkin Pie ink was sponged onto the edges of the Blush Blossum cardstock. I also added a little more color to the center of the stamped flower image with a Regal Rose marker.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Doodle This stamp set; It's Your Birthday stamp set; Rose Red, Blush Blossum and glossy white cardstock; Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red and Black StazOn ink pads; Regal Rose marker; Dazzling Diamonds glitter and 2-Way Glue Pen; Lt. Pink Gingham and Narrow White Organdy (retired) ribbons; plastic report cover and brayer.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Psychedelic Zebra

I had a lot of fun coloring this zebra from Zoofari, obviously I didn't stick with a natural look but he turned out really cute... so cute that I had to force myself to give him up! :) He is now making his home with Jessica and she'll take good care of him... if not, I'll pull a repo and steal him away... he he he.

Quick notes: I wheeled the card base with the Spot On wheel using Blue Bayou ink. The zebra was watercolored using blender pens and ink from the Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Pretty in Pink and Purely Pomegranate ink pads. I then coated the zebra with Crystal Effects and trimmed the image after it completed drying. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of Soft Sky cardstock, sponging the edges with Blue Bayou ink. After which I used the paper piercer and mat pack paper piercing guide to poke seven holes. I placed vintage brads in every other hole to complete the look.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Zoofari stamp set; It's Your Birthday stamp set; Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White cardstock; Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky, Pretty in Pink and Black StazOn ink pads; Soft Sky Prints Designer Series paper; Sherbet ribbon originals; mat pack and paper piercer; vintage brads; 1 3/8" square punch; Crystal Effects; Stampin' sponges and dimensionals.

Scallops...

Ohhh... I got my scallop punch finally (it was on backorder)! As soon as I got home I ripped open the box and started punching. well, a few times... I tried to control the urge to punch every scrap of paper in sight. There may be a few extra scallops littering my desk at the moment... he he he.

Quick notes on the card: I stamped the flowers on Almost Amethyst and colored with a Lavender Lace marker. Then I punched out the image with the scallop circle punch. After that I used the paper piercer to poke a little hole in each scallop. The vase and single flowers were stamped on Naturals white cardstock, colored with markers and then cut out with scissors. The egeds of the Lavender Lace and Certainly Celery prints designer paper were sponged with Always Artichoke ink.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Vases in Vogue hostess stamp set; Curvy Verses stamp set; Certainly Celery, Lavender Lace, Always Artichoke, Almost Amethyst and Naturals white cardstock; Certainly Celery prints designer paper; Black StazOn and Always Artichoke stamp pads; Almost Amethyst, Lavendar Lace and Always Artichoke markers; Ticket corner punch; scallop circle punch; blender pens; paper piercer; sponges; narrow white organdy ribbon (retired).

Monday, July 23, 2007

Lots of layers...

I actually made this card before I went on vacation a couple of weeks ago... but I forgot to post it! Oh the neglect that is poor little card has suffered! But luckily I realized my mistake while going through my trip pictures. As I type this post my final batch of pictures is uploading to Shutterfly. I managed to pare the list down to 101 pictures... guess I'm going to have a lot of scrapbooking to do! Oh and I have a coupon for a free 11" x 14" print. I just have to decide which picture I will want to hang on my wall. I'm thinking one of the scenic Lisbon pictures I took will look really nice.

But back to the important stuff... the card details! Quick notes: the flowers were stamped in white craft ink and then heat set. After that I added a little bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter to highlight some of the flowers. The edge of the Wild Wasabi "charm" focal point was sponged with Blue Bayou ink. The Soft Sky, Blue Bayou and Wild Wasabi layers were also sponged with Blue Bayou ink.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!: Supplies used: Garden Silhouettes hostess stamp set; Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and Blue Bayou cardstock; Soft Sky Prints designer paper; White craft ink; Black ink pad; 2-Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Ticket corner, 1/8" handheld and 1 3/8" circle punches; white narrow organdy ribbon (retired).

Sunday, July 22, 2007

The stew is cooking...

and the brownies are baking, so whatever shall I do? Post more cards to my blog! Yea! The following two cards use the new Event Full hostess set.

The first card has a stocking colored with watercolor wonder crayons and accented with dazzling diamonds. I took a closeup of the stocking so you can see the glitter and coloring in detail.

Quick notes: the Barely Banana scalloped edge is actually six 1/2" circles which were adhered to the Certainly Celery Prints designer paper. After that the paper piercer was used to poke a hole in each circle. The Coluzzle cutting system was used to cut out the Brocade Blue oval. Card dimensions are 6.5" x 3.25".

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Event Full hostess stamp set; Fundamental Phrases stamp set; Flannel background stamp; River Rock, Brocade Blue, Barely Banana and Whisper White cardstock; Certainly Celery Prints designer paper; Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Brocade Blue and Black StazOn ink pads; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter; Vintage Brads; Stampin' Dimensionals; Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon; paper piercer.

The second card continues my use of WWCs and Dazzling Diamonds glitter (gotta come up with an acronym for that too!).

Quick notes: card dimensions are 3" x 3". This size makes a nice gift card.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Event Full stamp set; Naturals Cream, True Thyme (retired), Bashful Blue and River Rock cardstock; WWCs, Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; mat pack and paper piercer; Sherbet Ribbon Originals.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Pretties...

I'm loving the Pretties kit. This is the second card that I made using a Pretties flower and I dyed it Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi ink. It is very oh-la-la. :)

Quick notes: card dimensions are 6.5" x 3.25". Used the corner rounder (with the guard removed) to create the scalloped edge on the Soft Sky designer paper. Also the flower is actually mounted with a brad onto a small circle of cardstock. I then adhered the circle pied onto the card base using Stampin' dimensionals.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Fundamental Phrases stamp set; Wild Wasabi and Blue Bayou cardstock; Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky and Black StazOn ink pads; Soft Sky designer paper; Blue Bayou double stitched grosgrain ribbon; Pretties kit; Corner rounder and Stampin' dimensionals.

I had to fiddle with this second card a lot. It took a while before I was happy with the look. Add this, remove that... oops put that back... but in the end I think it works.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Hugs & Wishes stamp set; Holiday Blitz stamp set; Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, River Rock and Whisper White cardstock; Black Stazon and Bashful Blue ink pads; Cupcake is colored with Summer Sun and Barely Banana markers; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds; Rectangle handheld punch; 1", 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches; Tag corner punch; Vintage brads (new style) and blue grosgrain ribbon.

Friday, July 20, 2007

After my nap...

Okay, I don't usually take naps but I was very tired... so I took a quick snooze, made a bite to eat and then got busy stamping. I made four (that's not a typo!) cards tonight with my new stamps, ribbons and pretties kit. That is some serious stamping for me. I know you want to see all of them but I'm only going to post two of them tonight. Yeah, I am being evil and making you wait to see the rest of them until this weekend. Heh heh heh.

The first card is a cat card... I could not resist ordering the new Here Kitty stamp set and after using it tonight I have no regrets making it one of first new catalog purchases.

Quick notes: the cat was stamped with Black StazOn on Naturals Ivory cardstock and then watercolored using Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip watercolor wonder crayons and a blender pen (WWCs for future reference). I then stamped the hat and mouse on Whisper White cardstock and used Taken With Teal, Garden Green, Cameo Coral and More Mustard WWCs to color the images. The hat was cut out with paper snips and the mouse was punched out with the 3/4" circle punch. They were then adhered to the cat using Stampin' dimensionals. Next the sentiment "happy birthday from the cat" was stamped repeatedly on a piece of Purely Pomegranate cardstock in Close to Cocoa.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Here Kitty stamp set; Purely Pomegranate, Blue Bayou, Close to Cocoa, Naturals Ivory and Whisper White cardstock; Black StazOn and Close to Cocoa stamp pads; Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal, Garden Green, Cameo Coral and More Mustard WWCs; Blender Pen; 3/4" circle punch; Purely Pomegranate double stitched grosgrain ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals.

The second card used one of the flowers from the new Pretties Kit which includes flowers, beads, hat pins, rhinestone brads... it is great. I'm actually amazed that I used pieces from it instead of hoarding them forever, unwilling to part with them. It took me months before I could use more than the brads from my hodgepodge hardware.

I "dyed" the flower using Cameo Coral and Purely Pomegranate inks. By dyed, I mean that I squashed the white flower against the stamp pad to soak up color. A little messy but I like the results and it gets easier with practice (hint... guess what you will see more of tomorrow!).

Quick Notes: you may not see it, but I added a little glitter to parts of the Baroque Motifs flourish using a Sakura Quickie Glue pen. There is also sponging on the edges of the Pretty in Pink cardstock (Cameo Coral ink) and paper piercing on two of the corners. The card dimensions are 4.25" x 4.25".

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Baroque Motifs stamp set; Fundamental Phrases stamp set; Cameo Coral, Purely Pomegranate and Pretty in Pink cardstock; Purely Pomegranate, Cameo Coral and Black StazOn stamp pads; Pretties Kit; Sakura Quickie Glue pen (purchased at Michael's) and Dazzling Diamonds glitter; Sherbet Ribbon Originals; Paper pierce and mat pack.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

More Mustard?

Every once in a while I challenge myself to use a color that isn't, let's just say, my favorite. In this case it is More Mustard, which I paired with Lovely Lilac, Barely Banana and Elegant Egglant. I like how the card turned out, but it hasn't changed my mind about More Mustard. :)

Quick notes: all edges have been sponged with More Mustard, except for the flowers which were sponged with Elegant Eggplant. And the card layout was inspired by a sample on page 19 of the new Fall~Winter Collection.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Double Line Doodles stamp set; More Mustard, Lovely Lilac, Barely Banana and Naturals White cardstock; More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant and VersaMark stamp sets; Large and Small Tag punches; Wide organdy ribbon in white (retired); Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon; gold brads; Stampin' dimensionals.

In other news I got new stamps tonight (and some ribbon and a Pretties kit)... my new catalog order arrived! Woo hoo! No, I haven't stamped anything with them yet... I had to trim and mount them (ouchy fingers), so tomorrow I get to play and make some new cards. :) And now I need to go and drool over my new goodies. Anybody got a bib I could borrow?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Madrid Wild Plant Pic

While staying in Madrid we took a trip to the botanical garden that was just across the street from our hotel. I didn't take too many pictures because I'm not a huge fan of plant life. However I HAD to take one of this plant (it's a good five feet tall!). It reminded me of the quote "Feed me Seymour, feed me now!". And for the life of me I cannot remember the name of the play/movie where the alien plant says that line (it's a carnivorous plant by the way). So if you know the name of the play, please leave a comment. And don't forget to include the play name. It is driving me crazy... sort of like when you get a song stuck in your head.

P.S. The sign at the garden said the name of the plant is: Agave Americana, located in Mejico. Sorry I don't know the English translation of that (other than it is from Mexico).

Monday, July 16, 2007

Artisan Award Submission #5: Shaker card

I got a little fancy with this submission and created a shaker card.

So how do you create a shaker card? First off start with a base layer that has a focal image stamped on it (in this case a pink flower). Next create a barrier/wall around the image using foam mounting tape or the long edge pieces from your Stampin' dimensionals, making sure there are no gaps or your beads will leak out. Then pour some beads into your foam enclosure (be careful if using micro beads since they have a tendency to try to escape). Then add a layer of acetate or a piece of cellophane on top of that which will enclose your beads and allow the base image to be viewed. Finally add a layer of cardstock with a circle or square punched out of it (this hides the foam walls and creates a window). This completes the shaker box which can now be adhered to a card, scrapbook page or other craft project. Have fun!

Just a note... if using larger beads (bigger than micro beads) you might need to use two layers of foam tape. I found with only one layer my non-micro beads would stick and quit shaking... sticky beads are a total bummer!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Polka Dots & Paisley Stamp Set; Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Mellow Moss, Whisper White and Naturals Ivory Cardstock; Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss and Regal Rose Classic Stampin’ Pads; Pretty in Pink, Yoyo Yellow and Mellow Moss Markers; Stampin’ Dimensionals; 1 3/8” Circle, 1 ¼” Circle and 1/16” Handheld Circle Punches; Rich Regals Brads, Micro Beads and Moss Gingham Ribbon; cellophane bag.


Sunday, July 15, 2007

I'm back!

And I have been playing with my stamps! Had a bit of a creative slump at first... two weeks without stamping was almost too long. I almost forgot how to make a card, but then I got my groove back. So here are my results:
The first card: I didn't really like the first card I made today, so I redid it and came up with this one instead (something a little off in the original colors I used).

Quick tips on this card: It uses the Joy Fold Card Pattern which you can check out a tutorial for on Beate's blog. I also used sponge daubers dabbed onto ink pads to color the centers of the flowers.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Double Line Doodles stamp set; Hugs and Wishes stamp set; Mellow Moss, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Always Artichoke and Naturals white cardstock; Black StazOn, Apricot Appeal, Mellow Moss, Blue Bayou and Soft Sky stamp pads; Soft Sky Print designer series paper; Sponge Daubers; Vintage brads (old style) and white narrow organdy ribbon (retired).


The second card: This was a really quick card using the new Baroque Motifs stamp set. It went quite a bit faster than the first card (especially since I did not redo it!).

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Baroque Motifs stamp set; Canvas backgrond stamp; Elegant Eggplant, Almost Amethyst, Sahara Sand and Wild Wasabi cardstock; Elegant Eggplant and Wild Wasabi stamp pads; 1 1/4" circle punch; 1 3/8" circle punch; 1/8" handheld punch; Linen thread, Vintage brads (old style) and white narrow organdy ribbon (retired).

The third card: I just love these little vases and flowers... they are so much fun to color!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Vases in Vogue hostess stamp set; Mellow Moss, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White cardstock; Black StazOn stamp pad; Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue; Barely Banana; Apricot Appeal; Pretty in Pink; Regal Rose; Blush Blossum, Pale Plum and Bordering Blue markers; Apricot Appeal Prints designer series paper; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I did... relaxing from the trip and playing with my stamps again!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Long time no post!

Sorry... but I haven't had internet access the last five days or so... so no posts! And the hotel I am staying at in Lisbon charges 5 Euros for an hour of internet access... can you believe that?! So, it will be a few more days before I post any pictures... but you know I will have some good ones we I get back home! Write at you later!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Mini Coaster Book #4: Like it a Latte

And for your viewing pleasure, another coaster book.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Like it a Latte stamp set; Close to cocoa, Cool Caribbean and Naturals White cardstock; Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Marigold Morning and Cool Caribbean stamp pads; Four Seasons double sided designer paper; 2 heavy weight coasters, 1/2" Black O-wire, Bind-it-All, Stampin' dimensionals and Close to Cocoa gingham ribbon.

Run... It's a Giant Wooly Mammoth

heh heh heh... had you going! It's just a large statue, but I had to have my picture taken with it... it was just too cool. The statue is located at the Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona and the picture was taken on the second. Can you tell that I'm a couple days behind in looking at the pictures I have taken? I've taken so many pictures that my first battery has died... doh! I'll have to be a little better with the second. :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Artisan Award Submission #4: Build-A-Deck Scrapbook Page

As part of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Award contest you needed to submit three scrapbook pages. Here is the first... the deck that my dad built for me (although I did come up with the layout and design... but he made it beautiful).

Quick notes: I colored the butterflies with markers and then coated with Crystal Effects to give them a shiny 3D look. The title "A New Deck" was stamped in Versamark and then coated with Whisper White embossing powder and heat embossed. Then I drew a butterfly trail with a white gel pen. I used one of Stampin' Up!'s fonts and then used my laser printer to print the paragraph at the bottom on whisper white cardstock.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Letterpress Alphabet stamp set; Rough Edges Alphabet stamp set; Itty Bitty Backgrounds Stamp Set; Natural Beauty Stamp Set; Everyday Blossoms Jumbo Wheel; Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White Cardstock and True Thyme Cardstock; Four Seasons Double-Sided Paper; Certainly Celery and VersaMark stamp pads; Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal and Barely Banana Markers; Journaling Fonts CD Vol II: SU Harry Paul; Stamping Sponges, White Signo Gel Pen, Crystal Effects, Winter White Embossing Powder and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Barcelona Note: A work in progress

One of the spots that we visited today is the unfinished Gaudi Temple de la Sagrada Familia that was started in 1882. One of those home improvement projects that goes on and on and on... and never seems to end. :) I know the feeling... he he he.

I'm in Barcelona, Spain!

I made it to Spain... after a 3 hour flight delay in Detroit AND a 12 (yes, I said twelve) hour delay in Philadelphia I made it to Barcelona... finally. But I made it, so all is well :) So hello everyone from Danielle in Barcelona! And coincidently I had a simple hello card to share with you.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Vases in Vogue Hostess stamp set; Soft Sky and whisper white cardstock; Blue Bayou stamp pad; Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink markers; blender pens, word window punch and pewter hodgepodge hardware.

P.S. I'm "borrowing" an internet connection at the moment so not sure how long I will have access. But if I can I will post a couple of pics that I have taken of Barcelona! Later gators!