Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone had a great Halloween evening! I had fun handing out candy to all of the kids who came to my door, from the mute toddlers to the red M&M (who was also very quiet). Even the teens old enough to need to shave! Okay, it was just the one kid... and oddly enough he was dressed as a cheerleader. I had to giggle at that one... must have spent too much time putting on the blond wig and forgot to pull out the razor, or maybe that was the point? Hmmm.... could be.

On to the card I made after the Trick or Treating was done. I pulled out the Wishing You Cheer stamp set that will be available for 20% off until November 3rd. Then I pulled out some of my favorite Wintergreen Designer Series paper, which coincidently will also be part of a Stampin' Up! special in November. Oh, you want to know what the special is? Here you go: Buy 3 packs of Designer paper and receive a 4th one for free.

Quick notes: card base is a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Naturals White cardstock folded in half. Wintergreen Designer Series paper was paper pierced and then adhered to a 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" piece of Sage Shadow which was glued to the card base. The Merry Christmas sentiment from Holidays & Wishes stamp set was inked in Black StazOn and stamped on a 1" x 5 1/4" piece of Bordering Blue cardstock which was then paper pierced and layered on a 1 1/4" x 5 1/4" piece of Always Artichoke. A crystal brad was added and then the piece was adhered to the card base.

The tree from Wishing You Cheer was stamped in Black StazOn on Whisper White cardstock and then colored with markers. Dazzling Diamonds Glitter was applied to the tree trimmings, star and snow to add more glitz. The tree was then layered on a piece of Sage Shadow cardstock and then paper pierced. More crystal brads and some ribbon scraps were added and the piece was affixed to the card with Stampin' dimensionals. Finally, the upper left corner looked a little bare so I punched a couple of pieces of cardstock with the Photo Corner Punch. The smaller Blue Bayou photo corner was layered on a larger Bordering Blue one and then paper pierced. I trimmed the Bordering Blue photo corner just a tad and then adhered to the card with Stampin' dimensionals.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Wishing You Cheer stamp set; Holidays & Wishes stamp set; Naturals White, Sage Shadow, Bordering Blue, Blue Bayou, Always Artichoke and Whisper White cardstock; Wintergreen Designer Series paper; Black StazOn; Sage Shadow, Brocade Blue, Close to Cocoa and Apricot Appeal markers; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Clear Crystal Brads; Soft Sky and Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon; Stampin' Dimensionals. Tools used: Photo Corner Punch; paper piercer and mat pack.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pink Flowers

I had some leftover flowers that I had stamped earlier while making the Z-Fold card that needed to be used. This time I colored them in shades of Rose Red and Old Olive and added a touch of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to highlight the flowers.

I kept the layout of this card simple so that the flowers would not be overwhelmed. Notice something a little different about this card? I didn't stamp a sentiment on the front of the card! Yup, keeping it blank so that I can use it for any occasion. :) The card base is a 4 1/4 by 8 1/2 piece of Old Olive folded in half. The designer paper is Brenda Walton Peppermint Twist by K & Co..

P.S. No sponges were harmed in the making of this card and my paper piercer was allowed to take a much needed vacation. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Doodle This stamp set; Old Olive and Rose Red cardstock; watercolor paper; K & Co. Designer paper; Black StazOn; Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Stampin' dimensionals; Purely Pomegranate double-stitched ribbon. Tools used: Ticket corner punch.

Monday, October 29, 2007

SC147: For the long haul...

Seems like most of the stamp sets I have been purchasing the last couple of months are all Holiday sets. Which is great when you are in the mood for making Christmas cards. But when you want to make non-Holiday, non-winter cards they don't necessarily work so well... how weird is that?! :) So I have been pulling sets from the bottom of my stacks and using those for the last few cards that I have made. One of those sets is Loads of Love... I just had to have it when it was first released but have not used it in a really really long time. And I do mean a REALLY long time.

This card was inspired by the SplitCoastStampers sketch challenge #147.

Now that the layout was decided and I knew I was going to use the Loads of Love stamp set the next decision was what color should I watercolor the truck. I choose to use Brocade Blue for the the body, Basic Gray for the rims and trim and Basic Black for the tires. Quite realistic don't you think? :) As far as mediums go I used an AquaPainter and Watercolor Wonder Crayons.

Quick Notes: The main image was stamped on watercolor paper with Black StazOn and colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons. The sentiment was stamped on Bashful Blue cardstock with Black StazOn, punched out with the 1 1/4" circle punch and mounted on a 1 3/8" circle of Night of Navy cardstock. A Bordering Blue piece of cardstock was stamped with the Sanded Background in Basic Gray. The edges were sponged with more Basic Gray Classic ink. This piece was then layered onto a Basic Gray mat. Added some brads and White grosgrain ribbon and assembled the card.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Loads of Love stamp set; Loads of Accessories stamp set; Sanded background; Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, Bordering Blue, Basic Black and Night of Navy cardstock; watercolor paper; Basic Gray classic ink; Black StazOn; Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Vintage Brads; White grosgrain ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, sponge.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

A little Rose in my Flowers

I pulled out some of my new Infuse paper by Basic Grey and let it inspire me; using the colors in the paper to decide the ink and cardstock to use on this card. After that I just had to decide the layout and which stamps to use.

Quick notes: The card base is 3 1/4" x 6 1/4" in Chocolate Chip. The flower from Baroque Motifs was inked with Regal Rose and then the edges were inked with Bravo Burgundy using the Rock and Roll technique. Two of the flowers were punched out with the Scallop Circle punch and the other two were trimmed with paper snips. Crystal clear brads were added to the centers of the flowers. I paper pierced the edges of the Infuse Designer paper by Basic Grey and then added faux stitching with a white Gel Pen.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Baroque Motifs stamp set; So Many Sayings hostess stamp set; Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink and Naturals White cardstock; Infuse Designer paper by Basic Grey; Rose Red and Bravo Burgundy Classic ink; Clear Crystal Brads from the Pretties Kit; Rose Grosgrain ribbon (retired); White Gel Pen; Stampin' dimensionals; Tools used: mat pack, paper piercer and scallop circle punch.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Z-Fold Card

Beate at Fresh & Fun posted a really fun Weekend Sketch Callenge yesterday: a Z-Fold Card that I just had to make. Beate's has some great directions on her blog for cutting and scoring the card base.

Quick Notes: Card base is an 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock scored at 5 1/2" and 8 1/4". I stamped two of the smaller flowers from Doodle This on watercolor paper and colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an AquaPainter. I then cut the flowers out with paper snips. I stamped Thinking of You from the Sincere Salutations stamp set on Naturals White cardstock, ticked two of the corners with the ticket corner punch and paper pierced the edges. Added a little ribbon and a few brads and mounted the sentiment on a piece of the retired Marigold Morning cardstock (I so wish SU! still carried this color).

I mounted one of the trimmed flowers on a 1 3/8" square of Old Olive cardstock and adhered to the Pumpkin Pie card base with Scotch foam mounting tape (could also use dimensionals). The trick is to just adhere the one side so you can tuck the front panel under it when the card is closed.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Doodle This stamp set; Sincere Salutations stamp set; Pumpkin Pie, Marigold Morning (retired), Old Olive and Naturals White cardstock; watercolor paper; Certainly Celery Prints Designer Series paper; Old Olive Classic ink; Black StazOn; Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Old Olive and Garden Green); Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon; Rich Regals brads; Stampin' Dimensionals; Scotch Foam mounting tape. Tools used: AquaPainter, ticket corner punch, mat pack, paper piercer and 1 3/8" square punch;

Joy Mini Book Tutorial

The joy mini book tutorial is here! I've broken it down into a couple sections. The first of which is the tool/supply listing and cutting dimensions. The second part is step by step photos of assembling the folders; aka the pages of the book.

Tools:

Bind-it-All
3/4" silver O-wire
1 1/4" circle punch
1 3/8" circle punch
Paper Piercer and Mat Pack
Sponge
Soft Sky and Blue Bayou Classic ink
Black StazOn
Sticky Strip

Inside folders (pages):

(4) 8 1/2" x 3 1/4" in Always Artichoke, score at 4 1/4"
(8) 3 5/8" x 3" in Soft Sky
(4) 3 3/8" x 2 3/4" in Blue Bayou

Front cover:
(1) 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" chipboard
(1) 3 1/2" x 4" Wintergreen Designer Paper, Color A (cover)
(1) 3 1/2" x 3/4" Wintergreen Designer Paper, Color B (cover binding)
(1) 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" Wintergreen Designer Paper, Color B (inside of cover)

Back cover:
(1) 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" chipboard
(1) 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" Wintergreen Designer Paper, Color A (cover)
(1) 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" Wintergreen Designer Paper, Color B (inside of cover)

The directions:

Step 1.) Fold a piece of 8 1/2" by 3 1/4" Always Artichoke in half along the score line and using the Bind-it-All punch the binding holes.







Step 2.) Use the 1 3/8" circle punch to punch half a circle from the top of the 3 5/8" by 3" Soft Sky cardstock.






Step 3.) Using the Soft Sky that you already punch as a guide, use the 1 1/4" circle punch to punch half a circle from the top of the Always Artichoke folder.

Step 4.) Repeat steps two and three for the other side of the folder.


Step 5.) Decorate the Soft Sky pieces and adhere to the Always Artichoke folder. For my book I wheeled the Soft Sky with the So Swirly Jumbo Wheel in Soft Sky Classic ink. Stamped a definition from Define Your Life on each page with Black StazOn. Sponged the edges with more Classic ink and then paper pierced all edges except the punched out circle.

Step 6.) Apply sticky strip to the bottom edge and adhere the folder closed. Tuck one of the Blue Bayou cardstock pieces into the folder. You can decorate the insert with pictures, journaling, etc. Repeat steps 1 thru 6 for the remaining three folders.

Step 7.) Adhere Designer Paper to the chip board covers. I used two pieces for the front of the book to create a faux binding. The inside of both the front cover and both sides of the back cover were each covered with a single piece of paper. Punch the binding with the Bind-it-All and decorate covers as desired. I used the Season of Joy and Big Deal Alphabet stamp sets.

Step 8.) OPTIONAL: sand the edges of the cover to remove any extra paper.

Step 9.) Assemble the book and crimp the binding. I used a 3/4" silver O-wire.

Step 10.) Tie a couple pieces of ribbon to the wire binding.

The book is complete! Now, if you are like me you need to find the willpower to actually give it away to someone else instead of adding it to your secret stash of paper crafting goodies that you have been hoarding.

I'm thinking this would be perfect for my niece when school photos come out... she can put the little wallet sized pictures that kids swap on the folder inserts. Although I might have to make her a bigger one with more folders!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Joy Mini Photo Book

What have I been up to the last few days? Well, making a bunch of cute little photo books (love 'em!) for a swap that I joined.

I learned a couple of things during the process of making my swaps... I paper pierce way too much and I sponge edges way too much! When did this light bulb turn on? Not until I was paper piercing the edges of the 13th piece of cardstock and realized I still have 19 more to go! And that doesn't even include the pieces I cut to decorate the cover the books!! Wowza... I think my paper piercier is ready to go on strike :). But will this cure my addiction? Probably not! :)

Now that you have seen the cover... here are the inner pages. There are four little folders that I made from Always Artichoke cardstock. I was originally going to use envelopes cut in half but they were not quite big enough so I did these instead. See the paper piercing on the Soft Sky cardstock? I did that on eight pieces for each mini book! And I sponged the edges of each one too! CRAZY!!

Inside each pocket is a Blue Bayou piece of cardstock that you can glue a picture to each side of. Here is one with a picture of my mom. As usual she is trying to hide from the camera. Heh heh. :)

But now that you have seen the book you are probably wondering how I made it. Well, stay tuned... 'cause over the weekend I will be posting some step-by-step instructions and pictures for your viewing pleasure.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Season of Joy stamp set; Define Your Life stamp set; So Swirly Jumbo wheel; Soft Sky, Always Artichoke, Blue Bayou and Whisper White cardstock; Wintergreen Designer Series paper; chipboard; Soft Sky and Blue Bayou Classic ink; Black StazOn; Stampin' dimensionals; Soft Sky and Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon; 3/4" silver O-wires. Tools used: Bind-it-All; 1 3/8" circle punch; 1 1/4" circle punch; ticket corner punch; mat pack; paper piercer; sponge.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Cold Twigs

Beate of Fresh & Fun posted a great weekend sketch challenge that I just had to participate in, especially since I missed the last couple of challenges. I decided to use my much neglected It's Snow Time stamp set... and after making this card I can't believe that I left these poor snowmen sitting and collecting dust for so long!

Quick notes: I stamped the snowman from It's Snow Time on watercolor paper with Black StazOn ink; I then masked the snowman and stamped the trees. Another tree, the present and the bird were stamped on scrap pieces of watercolor paper and then cut out. I colored the trees, snowman, gift and bird with Watercolor Wonder Crayons (WWCs) and a blender pen. Using an Aqua Painter and the Brocade Blue WWC I added a light wash of color to the sky around the main image. The "Cold twigs-warm hearts!" sentiment was stamped on Mellow Moss and punched out with the 1 1/4" circle punch. I then free-hand paper pierced the circle and matted on a 1 3/8" Always Artichoke circle. Then added a bit more paper piercing, ribbon and brads to complete the card.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: It's Snow Time stamp set; Sanded background stamp; Mellow Moss, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue and Always Artichoke cardstock; watercolor paper; Bashful Blue Classic Ink; Black StazOn; Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Stampin' Dimensionals; Chocolate Chip Wide Satin Ribbon; Vintage brads. Tools used: 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, mat pack and paper piercer.

Monday, October 22, 2007

See You Later Alligator

... After while crocodile! Every time I see this alligator stamp I think of that farewell saying. It was a favorite of mine when I was a little kid, and well... I still say it once in a while even now! :)

So, how do I take pictures of cards when I want good lighting? Heh heh! For this picture I ended up sitting on the floor in front of my patio door, kind of bent to the side with the camera about a foot off the floor. All the while trying to fend off my cats, cause of course my sitting on the floor means play time to them! I use a piece of white foam core board that I folded in half (after cutting most of the way through it with an Exacto knife) for the backdrop. I move this backdrop around to various locations looking for good lighting depending on the time of the day. If it is dark out I set it up in my craft room with an Ott-Lite lamp and that does a decent job. As of yet I haven't found a perfect solution but this works for now!

Quick notes: cut five 3/4" x 3" strips of Cutie Pie Designer Series Paper and adhere to 4" x 5.25" Bashful Blue cardstock piece, leaving about an 1/8" space between strips. Stamp the Alligator from Wild About You in Wild Wasabi Classic ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Stamp the bird in Purely Pomegranate Classic ink. I masked the alligator's snout with a sticky note and then stamped the flower in Bashful Blue Classic ink (how else is an alligator to carry a flower?). I then used a Black Marker to color the center of the flower and the eyes of the critters. I also added a touch of glitter to the flower center with the Sakura Stardust Clear Glitter pen. Add a little ribbon and a sentiment and the card is finished.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Wild About You stamp set; It's Your Birthday stamp set; Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue and Whisper White cardstock; Cutie Pie Designer Series Paper; Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate and Bashful Blue Classic Ink; Black StazOn; Basic Black Marker; Sakura Stardust Clear Glitter Pen; Black Gingham Ribbon; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

A Little Hellos

Whew! Saturday was a crazy but fun day! I had nine ladies over for a huge stamp camp. They made 12 different cards and a genie bag. Yup, I made them slave away all afternoon but now they have a bunch of cards all ready for the Holidays. :)

After the party was over and the cleaning was done (well most of it... I still have to vacuum up all of the little hexagon papers from the Stampin' dimensionals) I sat done for a little while and got creative and made a couple of cards. The first of which is a Little Hello card made with the Vases in Vogue hostess stamp set.

I started with this sketch challenge from SplitCoastStampers but altered it slightly since my main image was a little long. That and I only vaguely recalled what the sketch looked like when I went to make the card... Oops! Guess I'll have to take a closer look next time. :) But close enough for me!

Quick Notes: Start with a 4.25" x 11" piece of Mellow Moss cardstock folded in half. Stamp the Sanded background on it in Soft Sky Classic ink. Sponge around the edges with more Soft Sky ink. For the main image stamp one of the vases from Vases in Vogue on watercolor paper. Cover the vase with a sticky note, lining it up with the top of the vase, and then stamp the rose flowers. This way the stems do not overlap onto the vase. Next is used a Blender Pen and markers (Bravo Burgundy, Handsome Hunter, Mellow Moss and Bordering Blue) to color the image. The markers themselves were a little too intense in color for the affect that I wanted on this card. So I would scribble a little marker on a plastic stamp case and then pick up that color with the Blender pen and then do the actual watercoloring. After that I added just a touch of sparkle to the center of the flowers and dots on the vase with the Sakura Stardust Clear Glitter Pen. The sentiments was stamped on Soft Sky and then punched out with a 1 3/8" circle punch and tucked under the main image. This is the first time ever that I have added a sentiment this way!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Vases in Vogue hostess stamp set; Sanded background stamp; Mellow Moss, Handsome Hunter, Soft Sky and Basic Gray cardstock; Watercolor paper; Wintergreen Designers Series Paper; Soft Sky Classic ink; Black StazOn; Sherbet Ribbon Originals; Silver brads. Tools used: Ticket corner punch; 1 3/8" circle punch; sponge.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A little spring in the fall

Now that it is finally fall I decided to switch from the Holiday cards I have been making and instead make a soft Spring card. I know... I am so out of sync with the seasons!

I used my much neglected Simply Said stamp set to make the card. It turned out so pretty and soft looking... totally unlike the frog that I had to rescue from my cats tonight. Yup... the little critter squeezed its way into the garage via the garage door and my cats were hunting it down. More accurately, just sitting there staring at it waiting for it to jump. My cats are a bit lazy; they prefer that the prey come to them. Happily the frog is now safe and sound back outside, and yes I washed my hands afterwards!

Notes: I stamped the flowers from the Simply Said stamp set twice on Whisper White cardstock. The flowers were colored with Apricot Appeal, Tempting Turquoise and Certainly Celery markers. It is difficult to see but Dazzling Diamonds Glitter was applied to the flowers using a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen. I then matted the image on Apricot Appeal and adhered a piece of Soft Sky double-stitched ribbon to the bottom.

Next I used the photo corner punch on Certainly Celery to punch a couple of photo corners, paper piercing the smaller of the two. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Party Punch hostess stamp set on Soft Sky cardstock in Black StazOn and punched it out with the Designer Label Punch. I matted this on a 1 3/8" circle punched from Tempting Turquoise cardstock. Both of these accents were adhered to the main image with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Then I cut a piece of 4" x 4.75" piece of Soft Sky cardstock. This was supposed to be 4" x 5.25" but I made a boo boo! But I liked this size better so decided to use it and trim the card base to 4.25" x 5". I then inked up the Everyday Blossoms Jumbo Wheel with Soft Sky and wheeled the cardstock. I have to apologize... apparently this wheel is retired. I didn't realize until just now when writing up the recipe! Guess I will have to "invest" in a new wheel... heh heh. After the wheeling was done I sponged the edges with Soft Sky Classic in and then paper pierced along all of the edges. I still felt that this layer was a little naked so I added some Soft Sky double-stitched ribbon to the upper left corner.

Finally I adhered all of the layers together (Stampin' dimensionals for the Apricot Appeal mat and Glue Dots for the Soft Sky mat) and the card was finished.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Simply Said stamp set; Party Punch hostess stamp set; Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Apricot Appeal, Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White cardstock; Soft Sky Classic ink; Black StazOn; Apricot Appeal, Tempting Turquoise and Certainly Celery markers; Soft Sky double-stitched ribbon; Dazzling Diamonds; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: mat pack and paper piercer; Photo Corner punch; 1 3/8" circle punch; Designer Label punch.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Purple Pick A Petal

The cutting of cardstock continues! I'm more than halfway there... so I decided to take a break and make a new card (yeah!). Actually I made two cards but you will just have to wait until tomorrow for the second card . :)

For this card I pulled out my much neglected Pick A Petal stamp set (I've been obsessed with Holiday cards lately) and a couple shades of purple cardstock: Lavender Lace and Elegant Eggplant. I then picked out a piece of River Rock cardstock and stamped various petal parts with the purple inks. The Gratitude definition is from Define Your Life and stamped on Whisper White with Black StazOn. I stamped over the definition with the small flower from Pick A Petal in Lavender Lace (stamped off once on scrap paper to soften the color). I then stamped the Thanks So Much from So Many Sayings along the edge of the Lavender Lace mat three times. I did use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to get perfect placement. After that I sponged all the edges with Elegant Eggplant Classic ink. Finally I assembled the card and added some silver brads and Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon. Ohh.. and I used the Ticket Corner punch to notch two corners of the River Rock cardstock.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supples used: Pick A Petal stamp set; Define Your Life stamp set; So Many Sayings hostess stamp set; Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace, River Rock and Whisper White cardstock; Elegant Eggplant and Lavender Lace Classic Ink; Black StazOn; Silver Brads; Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: Ticket Corner Punch; sponge; Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Simple & Easy

I'm posting a super quick and easy card tonight. Haven't had a lot of time to stamp since I've been cutting and scoring piles of cardstock for my stamp camp this weekend. I think my paper cutter is about to go on strike! :)

Super quick notes: A 4" x 4" piece of Blue Bayou Prints designer series paper was matted onto a Blue Bayou card base (measures 4.25" x 4.25"). I used a paper crimper on a scrap piece of Blue Bayou cardstock. The flower from Holiday Blitz was stamped four times on Whisper White cardstock and then punched out using the 3/4" circle punch. The flowers were adhered to the crimped piece with Stampin' dimensionals. I used sticky strip to glue the crimped piece to the base card. Stamped the Happy Birthday in Black StazOn.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Holiday Blitz stamp set; It's Your Birthday stamp set; Blue Bayou and Whisper White cardstock; Soft Sky Prints Designer Series Paper; Purely Pomegranate Classic ink; Black StazOn; Stampin' Dimensionals. Tools used: paper crimper, 3/4" circle punch.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

So Thankful

I've had a question or two about the Holiday File Folder project I posted a couple of weeks ago. I used a letter sized manila folder that can be purchased at any store that sells office supplies. In particular I used one that has a tab on the upper third of the folder (not the middle or bottom. If you have any other questions about the project just let me know and I'll try to answer them!

But back to my latest project. The main image was stamped in Black StazOn and colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and a blender pen. After which a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter was applied with the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen. All layers were sponged with Chocolate Chip classic ink on the edges.

Here is an up close shot of the main image focal point. And you can see the detail of the wide satin ribbon (it is sooooo luscious... I just love it!).

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Thoroughly Thankful stamp set; Short and Sweet stamp set; Chocolate Chip, More Mustard and Natural Ivory cardstock; Black StazOn; Chocolate Chip Classic ink; Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Dazzling Diamonds; Chocolate Chip wide satin ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: paper piercer and mat pack; Blender Pen.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Double feature

My mom has been visiting this weekend which means a lot of shopping (what fun) and eating out (yum). But, wow, were my feet sore yesterday after a good eight hours of mall-walking. However they are happy now because I bought them a new pair of shoes! :)

I did manage to sneak in a couple hours of stamping this evening... once my mom decided that she was done using my craft room. Yup, she took it over to make a couple of the coaster boxes, while I was left to clean. The horrors!

So without further ado here are the cards that I made. The first uses the Snow Burst stamp set and Holiday Harmony Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Mini Collection. I stamped two of the snowflakes from the set on Naturals White cardstock. The first in Bravo Burgundy Classic ink and the second in Purely Pomegrante ink. I trimmed the second snowflake and layered it over the first. I then used the Crop-a-dile to punch a hole through both layers and set an Antique Brass jumbo eyelet. I sponged the edges of the cardstock with Bravo Burgundy Classic ink and then used the Distresser Tool to rough up the edges. I mounted this image on a Bravo Burgundy mat using Stampin' Dimensionals. The Wishing You Joy sentiment is a $1 stamp by Kolette Hall purchased from Michael's. Yes, that was one of my purchases this weekend. :)

Some images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Snow Burst stamp set; Joy stamp by Kolette Hall; Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy and Naturals White cardstock; Holiday Harmony Designer Series Paper; Bravo Burgundy, Purely Pomegrante Classic ink; Black StazOn; Wild Wasabi double-stitched ribbon; Antique Brass Jumbo Eyeletes; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: Crop-A-Dile and Ticket Corner Punch; distressing tool.

The second card is what I like to refer to as a scrap card: basically I grab whatever scraps I have lying around and get crafty. I had stamped the main image a couple weeks ago and finally decided to use it tonight. I then grabbed a 6.25" x 3.25" cardbase that I had cut and scored for another card but decided not to use because it was too much red for the card, but it was perfect for this one! I then found a ribbon scrap and some Always Artichoke scraps and my card was all set. I also added some watercoloring using Watercolor Wonder Crayons to the tree and did a little paper piercing on the bottom.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Sidekick Sayings hostess stamp set; Real Red, Always Artichoke and Whisper White cardstock; Black StazOn; Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, Chocolate Chip); Mellow Moss stitched ribbon (retired); Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: paper piercer and mat pack.

Friday, October 12, 2007

I really tried!

Whew! It has been a hectic week at work. I was finally able to sit down and stamp tonight for the first time since Sunday! I was seriously going through withdrawals! :)

I decided to try my hand at the sketch challenge posted to SplitCoastStampers this week. I really tried to stick with the sketch but I ended up changing the layout a bit since I couldn't get the overhang to work for me.


I added ribbon, I removed ribbon. I added brads, I removed brads. I added cardstock here and there. But finally I had to admit that this card was not meant to follow the rules. So here is what I did instead... and I like it as it is. Maybe tomorrow my muse will cooperate and I will have a rule-following card to post! ;)

Quick notes: card base is 5.5" x 7.5", folded at 4.25". This makes the front flap only 3.25" wide so that the back of the card is visible when the card is closed. Edges of all cardstock are sponged with Tempting Turquoise ink. On the Soft Sky Prints Designer Series Paper the small corner rounder was used to create a scallop edge on one side. I also added paper piercing to all edges including the scalloped one. Paper piercing was also added to the Groovy Guava mat. The main image was stamped with Black StazOn on Whisper White cardstock. I outlined the hearts with a Tempting Turquoise marking and then used a blender pen to blend the ink and fully color the hearts. With the blender pen I picked up some Groovy Guava ink directly from the ink pad and outlined the hanger (sadly there is no Groovy Guava marker).

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Eventfull hostess stamp set; So Swirly Jumbo wheel; Fundamental Phrases stamp set; Groovy Guava, Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White cardstock; Soft Sky Prints Designer Series Paper; Groovy Guava and Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink; Black StazOn; Tempting Turquoise marker; Vintage Brads; Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon; Stampin' Dimensionals. Tools used: Small Corner Rounder; mat pack; paper piercer; blender pens.

I also wanted to share a picture of my cat Magoo... the inspiration behind my blog name (really he's not f-a-t, he's just a bit "fluffy"... heh heh). Here he is playing in some brown packing paper. Not only is a new box of stamps from Stampin' Up! fun for me it also includes one of Magoo's favorite toys... brown paper! He loves the stuff. It only takes him a few days to wear the paper out... and then of course I have to order more stamps just so he can have a new batch of brown paper to play with .

Hope you all have a happy Friday and a great weekend!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

SC144: Birthday Cupcakes

I haven't posted much this weekend but I have been working away. I have all of the projects for my upcoming class on the 20th finished. Woo hoo! However I did take a little time to create a card using the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge 144. The cupcakes turned out really yummy, although I'm not sure I would use purple frosting when decorating a real cupcake. :)

Quick notes: Stamp cupcake from Holiday Blitz in Not Quite Navy Classic ink on Whisper White cardstock. Color the frosting with the Lavender Lace marker and the flame with the So Saffron marker. Highlight the frosting and flame with a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and coat with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Use the 1" circle punch to punch the cupcake out. The Always Artichoke mat was stamped with the wish stamp from Define Your Life multiple times in Always Artichoke Classic, any open spaces were stamped with the cupcake from Short and Sweet. The cupcake was also stamped on the bottom of the Lavender Lace mat four times using Lavender Lace Classic ink.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Holiday Blitz stamp set; Define Your Life stamp set; Short and Sweet stamp set; Not Quite Navy, Lavender Lace, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke and Whisper White cardstock; Almost Amethyst Prints Designer Series paper; Not Quite Navy, Lavender Lace and Always Artichoke Classic ink; Black StazOn ink; So Saffron and Lavender Lace markers; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Rich Regals brads; Always Artichoke Grosgrain ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: 1" circle punch.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Oh So Merry and Bright

I have to admit that I really like this stamp set and when stamping I reach for it way too often. But the characters are just so much fun and terribly hard to resist. So here is yet another project using the Merry & Bright stamp set from the Holiday mini catalog and the gorgeous Cutie Pie Designer Series Paper (notice how perfectly it matches the polka dot ribbon from the Sherbet Ribbon Originals?).

Quick notes: I created the Photo Corners by punching out a 1 1/4" square and cutting it in half and then using the square punch a second time on each triangle to punch out the center. Happily I will soon have the actual Photo Corner punch and will not have to do this anymore. :) I then added paper piercing to the photo corners and sponged the edges with Wild Wasabi. For the main image I stamped the tree once and colored. I stamped the tree twice more on scrap paper, colored and then cut out and adhered to the main image with Stampin' Dimensionals. I redrew the tree trunks with a black marker for the popped up trees, cause trunk-less trees just look weird.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Merry & Bright stamp set; Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set; Fundamental Phrases stamp set; Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, River Rock and Whisper White cardstock; Cutie Pie Designer Series Paper; Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi Classic ink; Black StazOn ink; Wild Wasabi double-stitched ribbon; Sherbet Ribbon Originals; Vintage Brads; Stampin' Dimensionals; Black marker. Tools used: 1 1/4" square punch, mat pack, paper piercer.

You may have noticed a new addition to my photo over there... the little watermark in the lower right corner. Somebody spent a little time playing in Paint Shop Pro 8 and came up with this. :) Just a little reminder of where you found this picture just in case you forget. Which would be horrible... since I do want you to come back and see what else I have been working on! Oh, and I will try to always put the watermark in a spot where it doesn't detract from the card. Now I just need to do some more work on my blog header.... and maybe the colors of my blog... and maybe the layout a little... Well, you will just have to check back and see what I change! :) Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Thoroughly Thankful

Hello! I have a quick and easy to make Thanksgiving card to share today... and it only uses one stamp set. Too weird, I rarely use just one stamp set on a card! :)

Quick notes: card base is 4.25" x 8.5" piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock folded in half. The main image was colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Always Artichoke, Summer Sun, More Mustard and Old Olive) and a blender pen. The edges of all the layers were sponged with Not Quite Navy Classic ink.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Thoroughly Thankful stamp set; Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy and Naturals White cardstock; Not Quite Navy Classic ink; Noir Palette Hybrid ink; Watercolor Wonder Crayons; Wild Wasabi double-stitched ribbon; Vintage brads; Stampin' dimensionals. Tools used: ticket corner punch, sponge, blender pen.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Double Pocket Card

This must be my week for catching up on projects that I have had on my list for a while. The latest one is a Double Pocket Card, for which Beate from Fresh and Fun created an awesome tutorial... which you should check out.

I cut into a couple of pieces of the Cutie Pie Designer Series paper to make this card. The colors are so bright and cheerful and I wanted this Birthday card to be a fun one so it was perfect. For the pocket inserts and sentiment image I used Shimmery White cardstock cause it is so pretty.

When stamping the pocket inserts I stamped off once before stamping the images from Pick a Petal in Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate. I then outlined the images with my Sakura Stardust Glitter pen to add a little extra oomph. :) After that I stamped a couple Definitions from Define Your Life stamp set and matted them on Basic Black cardstock and added a couple of tabs with brads. Ohh... there is a little border stamp in the set that I inked up a part of to create the dotted line on the top of the tabs.

As far as decorating the rest of the card I tied a piece of Light Blue gingham ribbon around the pocket and adhered the pocket to a Wild Wasabi card base. I punched a scallop circle from Bashful Blue cardstock and sponged its edges with Bashful Blue Classic ink. I then used a black pen to add dots to each scallop. But that wasn't sparkly so I went over the dots with the Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen. I then glued a 1 3/8" circle of Wild Wasabi over top of the scallop. Finally I stamped a sentiment from Circle of Friendship on a scrap piece of Shimmery White cardstock and punched it out with the 1 1/4" circle punch. But it needed a little something so I added a jumbo eyelet to the center.


And here is what the pocket card looks like without the inserts... still quite cute I think. :)

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Circle of Friendship stamp set; Pick A Petal stamp set; Define Your Life stamp set; Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black and Shimmery White cardstock; Cutie Pie Designer Series Paper; Bashful Blue, Purely Pomegranate and Wild Wasabi Classic ink; Black StazOn ink; Sakura Stardust Clear Glitter Pen; Basic Black marker; Light Blue Gingham Ribbon; Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets; Vintage brads; Stampin' Dimensionals. Tools used: Crop-a-Dile, Sponge, 1/16" handheld circle punch, Round Tab punch; 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Three Little Snowmen

One of which is quite shy... see him peeking out from behind the ribbon? And isn't that just a purty little knot? The ends lay flat and the center is not all mushed up. How did I manage to accomplish this feat of crafting brilliance? Well... there is a trick to making the perfect knot and Kristina at kwernerdesign.com/blog has posted a video tutorial that you must check out: click here to see it. Not that my knots were terrible but they did need a little help. Now, if I can only find the instructions for making the perfect bow...

Quick notes: the card base is 4.25" x 8.5" piece of Brocade Blue cardstock folded in half. I used the second largest die from the QuicKutz Nesting Flowers die set to cut the scallop circle of Brilliant Blue. I then embossed it using the CuttleBug Snowflakes embossing folder. The edges of the Brilliant Blue scallop circle, Close to Cocoa mat and Chocolate Chip mat were all sponged with Close to Cocoa Classic ink. I matted the scallop circle on the Close to Cocoa piece and then knotted the Chocolate Chip Taffeta around both pieces. After that I adhered the three snowmen with Stampin' dimensionals, two on top of the ribbon and the third under the knot. Adhered this to the Chocolate Chip mat and then to the card base. Stamped the sentiment from So Many Sayings in Chocolate Chip Classic ink to finish the card.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Holiday Blitz stamp set; So Many Sayings hostess stamp set; Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Brilliant Blue and Whisper White cardstock; Brocade Blue, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip Classic ink; Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon; Stampin' dimensionals. Tool used: QuicKutz Nesting Flower dies; CuttleBug machine; CuttleBug Snowflakes embossing folder; sponge.