Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!!

Hope everyone has been having a great Halloween and have some yummy leftover munchies to snack on. :)

All images copyright Stamps By Judith. Stamps: What's Brewing?, Cauldron. Paper: Gable Green, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Georgia Pacific White, Spooked Stripes and Night Light Dotted Corn designer paper (My Mind's Eye). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers. Other: Black buttons, Scalloped Edge punch, dimensionals, ribbon (Taylored Expresssions).

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pretties Thursday: And Sneak Peek #1

Are you ready for some fun Thursday stuff (just a wee bit late in the day)?

First off is the card I made for this week's challenge in the Paper Pretties forum: PWC26 - Show Me Your Bossy Side. The challenge is to add some dry embossing to your card. Using a Cuttlebug embossing folder counts too!

Quick notes: main image was colored with Copic markers (a lot of them) and accented with clear, gold and pink Spica Glitter pens. Also for the fur lining on the one cape I used a Glistening Snow Writer from DecoArt. For the embossing I used the Snowflakes Cuttlebug folder by ProvoCraft.

Notice anything else about the card? How about that is uses one of the soon-to-be-released Paper Pretties stamp sets: Worship Him? Yes, there will be a party and everything on Saturday in the Paper Pretties forum celebrating the release and of course another Cutie Pie will be announced! What is a cutie pie and when is the party? Keep on reading!

Cutie Pie Contest!
How would you like to be Paper Pretties Cutie Pie? I thought you would!! All you have to do is make a card using your Paper Pretties stamps and upload it to the Cutie Pie Contest gallery on the Paper Pretties forum, and Christie will chose a winner from the entries. Besides being able to call yourself a Cutie Pie, you will also win the entire release!! You have until October 31st at 8pmCST to get your entries in!! Good luck!!

When's the Party?

On Saturday, November 1st, Paper Pretties will be having their monthly Stampin In Your Jammies party!! The party starts at 7pm CST and will last until 10. We will be issuing a challenge every hour so be sure to come and play along!! Besides the challenges, chatter, and all around fun, we will also be releasing 4 new sets and the Angel Wings Sophia stamp. Hope to see you there!!

All images copyright Paper Pretties. Stamps: Worship Him, Adore Him (sentiment). Paper: Chocolate Chip, PaperTrey Ink Select white, Brocade Blue, Pacific Point, Be Merry Trim the Tree designer (My Mind's Eye). Ink: black, Copic markers, Copic Spica pens (gold, clear, pink), Chocolate Chip classic. Other: Glistening Snow Writer (DecoArt), spong, 1/4" circle punch, gold brads, Very Vanilla/Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, dimensionals, Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder (ProvoCraft).

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pretties Wednesday:

Two weeks ago Prettie Girl Jackie R. challenged the Prettie Girls to use their brayers! What a challenge - this one definitely stumped me for a bit!

Finally I went simple and decided to just brayer some different shades of orange (Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard and Apricot Appeal) onto glossy cardstock. To do so I ripped a piece of scrap copy paper and used it as a mask. First applying the darkest color and then revealing more of the glossy paper and applying the second color (overlapping the darker color). I repeated this two more times until the paper was totally covered. Turns out Tangerine Tango and Pumpkin Pie dry to about the same color so it is difficult to see them both in the picture.

For the main image I watercolored the body of the beaters with Pearlescent Watercolors (an orange shade) and an AquaPainter. The metal beaters themselves were colored with a Copic marker and theh shadow around the image was also done with another Copic marker. Other than the brayered background and the main image I think I kept the card rather simple. :)

Curious to see what the rest of the Prettie Girls did? Well take a look-see at their wonderful blogs: Charmaine Ikach, Jackie Pedro, Jackie Rakoski, Jessica Rone, Jillian Winters, Jodi Collins and Julie Masse.

All images copyright Paper Pretties. Stamps: Sweets for the Sweet. Paper: River Rock, Old Olive, Glossy White, PTI Select white. Ink: Tangerine Tango Classic, Pumpkin Pie Classic, More Mustard Classic, Apricot Appeal Classic, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers. Other: Pearlescent Watercolors, AquaPainter, Scalloped Edge Punch, Tangerine Tango striped ribbon, gold brads, mat pack, paper piercer, dimensionals, brayer.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

BIC29: Breezy and Beautiful

It's another Tuesday and another sweet Inspiration Challenge from Beate! This week the piece is a comfy bedroom arrangement from Pottery Barn. Very pretty and look at that rug - simple and neat. I need a rug. I put in hardwood flooring in my bedroom. It's now winter and the mornings are a bit chilly. I do not wear socks to bed... that floor is c-o-l-d on the bare toes! Brrrr!!!

Enough about my cold toes and on to the challenge! I picked the colors: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla and Kraft from the inspiration piece. I decided to mimic the breezy feel of the bedding scene by keeping my card simple... very simple!

To see more fabulous takes on this challenge check out the blogs of the rest of the Inspiration Team: Jennifer, Susan, Silke, Dawn and Charmaine. Make sure to visit Beate's blog for the full details and to see sample!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes. Paper: Naturals Ivory, Kraft, Very Vanilla. Ink: Black StazOn, Baja Breeze Classic, Kiwi Kiss Classic. Other: mat pack, paper piercer, dimensionals, Kiwi Kiss striped ribbon.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Twiggy Tree

Okay, I did it. I broke down and ordered a bunch of ribbon from PaperTrey Ink (and some white paper and a stamp set). Sigh, I just cannot resist ribbon. :) I whipped up this card using the Dark Chocolate Swiss Dot Sating ribbon... yummy!

Quick notes: Main image was stamped in Rich Cocoa and colored with Copic markers. A line of white Liquid Applique was drawn across the bottom and dusted with Dazzling Diamonds glitter before heating until it puffed. More glitter was applied to the glass ornaments hanging from the tree. The sentiment is a rubon from the Chit Chat set by Stampin' Up!.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Mr. Twigster. Paper: Chocolate Chip, PaperTrey Select white, Mellow 6" x 6" designer pad (Basic Grey). Ink: Memento Brown, Copic markers (YG06, YG63, Y17, B21, R27). Other: Dark Chocolate Swiss Dots Satin (PaperTrey Ink), Chit Chat rubons, White Liquid Applique, heat tool, Dazzling Diamonds, Heat Tool, Top Note BigZ die, dimensionals.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Snowman Sunday

I've been checking out the weather forecast for tomorrow and it is calling for s-n-o-w. Yuck! On occasion I do like a good snowfall, however I'm just not ready for the white stuff. I'd like another month or so of Fall first please. :) So I'm crossing my fingers and hoping the forecast is off.

However the idea of snow reminded me that I should start working on some Christmas card ideas. This is the first one that I came up with - quite colorful don't ya think?

All supplies are from SU! except I used PaperTrey white cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Copic markers for the snowman head. Stamps: Big On Christmas, Gratuitous Background. Paper: Baja Breeze, Taken with Teal, Riding Hood Red, PaperTrey Select White, Bella Rose designer. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze Classic, Taken With Teal Classic, Whisper White Craft, Copic markers (YG95, BG10, BG72, R46, YR07, 0). Other: mat pack, paper piercer, heat tool, silver brads, dimensionals, Riding Hood Red/Very Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon. Finished card size is 5" x 5".

Friday, October 24, 2008

Candy... Me Want Candy!

Only one more week until Halloween - when our front porches will be invaded by scary monsters, dashing Draculas, sweet Princesses and super cute toodlers that can barely walk in puppy dog costumes. There always seems to be a puppy or cat and sometimes a bunny. :) Too cute and not to be resisted. The teenagers talking on their cell phones however... let's just say I give them the candy bar I don't like! He he he.

In the Halloween spirit here is one of my latest cards. Using yet another set of Halloween stamp sets I bought... I seriously need an intervention. These not-so-cute cuties are from Starving Artistamps. They crack me up... I can picture them in zombie voices saying "Candy... Candy... me want Candy!" as they shuffle up my driveway (past the maple tree) and huddle around my doorway with arms outstretched waiting for the deposit of candy into their plastic orange pumpkins, pillow cases and shopping bags (Trick or Treat style).

So are you looking forward to Halloween too or just the candy? Or will you be like my mother and turn off all the lights and not answer the door? It makes me laugh, but yes after many years of giving out candy she has just recently begun to do this! And she is so going to kill me for telling all of you her little dark secret! :)

Stamps: DoodleFactory Halloween, Doodlebug Trick or Treat Sentiments (Starving Artistamps). Paper: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Neenah Classic White, "Night Lite" Dotted Corn designer (My Mind's Eye). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Close to Cocoa Classic, Copic markers. Other: black polka dot brads, Kiwi Kiss striped ribbon, dimensionals, sponge.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pretties Thursday Challenge: What's in Your Sewing Box?

This week's Paper Pretties' challenge is to make a card or other project that uses something that might be found in a sewing basket! Hmm... stumped for ideas? Here are a couple to start you off: use a scrap piece of fabric as a background (just like you would designer paper), add some stitching or sew on your card or add a button or two!

How does the Paper Pretties' challenge work?
Make a card, scrapbook page, altered item or so forth using Paper Pretties stamps if you have them using the sketch provided. If you don't have Paper Pretties' stamps, still feel free to join in the fun... the more the merrier! :) Then visit the Paper Pretties' gallery and upload a picture of your project to the Weekly Challenges category (also use the keyword PWC25 - aids in searching). You have until the following Thursday to upload your picture to the gallery to be entered into the contest to earn a little something something from the Paper Pretties' Boutique.

For my sample card I used a lot of items from my sewing box (otherwise known as the various plastic containers scattered in my craft room): a button, some white thread and a sewing machine to add stitching and a scrap of fabric to create a blue flower thing. He he... not sure what that thing is actually called but all I did was stitch a piece of thread through one side of a 1 1/4" wide strip of fabric, pull the fabric tight on the thread to cause gathers and knot the ends of the thread. To finish I stitched a big green button onto the finished flower with linen thread.

Stamps: Trim the Tree Sophia (November SOTMC stamp). Paper: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Neenah Classic White, Be Merry Twas the Night Before Christmas and Be Merry Oh Christmas Tree designer papers (My Mind's Eye). Ink: black, Copic markers. Other: white thread, sewing machine, scrap fabric, green button, green Self-Stick gems (Darice), Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, linen thread, white brads (not sure where I got them), dimensionals, linen thread, Chit Chat rubons.

*Edited: Okay, I just had to fix the title of this post "You Sewing Box" - What was I thinking?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pretties Wednesday: Glitter, Glitter and More Glitter!

Two weeks ago Jessie challenged the Prettie Girls to make a glittery card! Yay... I do so love a bit of glitter! :)

For my card I used some glittery embossed paper from My Mind's Eye and a piece of chipboard that I colored with Regal Rose Craft ink and then added Dazzling Diamonds glitter (via Heat 'n Stick Powder). I also added a bit of glitter to the mug and the sentiment tag. Think I used enought glitter??? :)

I could not figure out where to fit the sentiment on my card so I did a little pull tag on the upper left side. The tag base is a 1 3/4" x 4" strip of Pink Pirouette cardstock folded in half. I used the Word Window punch to cut a slit through the Riding Hood Red mat under the main image. Through this slit I adhered the ends of the tag together with a dimensional. This way the tag will not fall out and can only be pulled so far.

P.S. I drew the tea bag string onto the mug image so it would tie in with the "What's brewing?" sentiment a bit better. :)

Stamps: Look Who's Perky. Paper: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Georgia Pacific White, designer (My Mind's Eye). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Regal Rose Craft, black pen. Other: chipboard shape, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Heat N' Stick powder, mat pack, paper piercer, Word Window punch, 1 1/4" square punch, 1 3/8" square punch, 1/4" circle punch, ribbon (We R Memory Makers), silver brads, dimensionals, 2-Way Glue Pen.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

BIC28: Black and Orange

It's another Tuesday and another neato Inspiration Challenge from Beate! This week the piece is this fun contemporary room arrangement.

What do you think of the colors? The Tangerine Tango, Black and Gray are perfect for a Halloween card, so of course I had to make one that wasn't! Instead I used the color combo to make a sweet friend card!


Are you also curious as to what the rest of the Inspiration Team made? I thought so! Here are some links to their fabulous blogs: Jennifer, Susan, Silke, Dawn and Charmaine. Make sure to visit Beate's blog for the full details and to see her awesome take on the challenge!

Quick notes: I created a pocket from black cardstock and decorated with some scallop edging, ribbon, and the So swirly Jumbo Wheel. I then made an insert for the pocket, added a pull tab to the tob and a bit of stamping to the bottom for decoration. To finish I mounted the pocket onto a decorated 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of black cardstock.

Stamps: Best Wishes & More, So Swirly jumbo wheel. Paper: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Bali Breeze Designer. Ink: Black StazOn, Tangerine Tango. Other: Tangerine Tango striped ribbon, silver brads, Pumpkin Pie grosgrain, Scallop Edged punch, coluzzle and circle template, Round Tab punch, mat pack, paper piercer, dimensionals.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Haunting up some Fun

Hello everyone! How has your weekend been going? I've been having a good one visiting with my mom and shopping! Lots and lots of shopping. I should have never gone in that shoe store! :) But hey, I have some cute shoes to wear now!

Although I didn't buy very many crafty things. Especially since I seem to have a large pile of stamps and other items that I haven't even used, including this cute Halloween set called Monster Squad from MFT Stamps!

Quick notes: The house image was stamped several times on different papers (Pumpkin Pie, patterened, Close to Cocoa and Whisper White). The siding was cut from the designer paper, the roof from Pumpking Pie (some distressing was added with Pumpkin Pie Classic ink and a sponge), and the doors/windows from the Whisper White (colored with Copic markers). All pieces were adhered to a house base cutout from a piece of Close to Cocoa cardstock. The top of the roof piece was glued directly to the CC cardstock and then the bottom of the roof was tacked in place with dimensionals. The doors and windows were also adhered with dimensionals. For the background of the house, a piece of cardstock that I had heat embossed several bats on was used.

Stamps: Monster Squad (MFT Stamps), Halloween Frights. Paper: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa (base on which house pieces are adhered), Whisper White (doors and windows), Night Light Dotted Corn designer (My Mind's Eye). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Pumpkin Pie Classic, VersaMark. Other: Tangerine Tango striped ribbon, black brads, Basic Black embossing powder, dimensionals.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Jessie!

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday dear Jessica!!! :) Hope your day is great and the coming year is awesome (with lots of fun stamping of course).

To celebrate the Prettie Girls are throwing a virtual party for Jessie and we are each bringing some fun party stuff. Me? I'm bringing some presents. Cute ones wrapped in gift wrap from Hallmark - look at those polka dots and pink ribbon!

Stamps: Howdy Girlfriend (Paper Pretties), A Little Birthday Cheer. Paper: River Rock, Riding Hood Red, Pretty in Pink, Neenah Classic white, Delightful "Sweet Baby Girl" Isn't She Lovely/Little Lady Paper (My Mind's Eye). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers (R20, R27, R32, E00, E33, E57, W2, YG91). Other: 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop punch, mat pack, paper piercer, Pink Pirouette striped ribbon, dimensionals, distressing tool, Bold Bright brads.

If you want to check out what the other Prettie girls brought to the party, be sure to visit their blogs:

Charmaine
Christie
Jackie P
Jackie R
Jessica D
Jillian
Joni
Jules

Make sure to visit Jessie's blog and wish her a Happy Birthday!!

PWC24: Pretties Thursday on a Friday

Yay... my camera battery is charged again. I know - not a huge deal but it is when you don't realize it until the last moment and you have to scoot to go shopping with your mom! So my card is a day late, but it is so pretty I'm sure you don't mind. :)

I made this card for the PWC24 Challenge this week and used November's SOTMC stamp: Trim the Tree Sophia.

A few quick notes: To make the ornament sparkly I colored it and then applied a small glue dot over the image (perfect fit!) and added Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The main image and the layer below it are the same size. Each layer was stitched with my sewing machine (oh yeah - I'm sewing again!).

Stamps: Trim the Tree Sophia (Paper Pretties). Paper: Baja Breeze, Kraft, Georgia Pacific White, Jolly & Bright/Mini Dots designer (Heidi Grace), Be Merry Twas the Night Before Christmas designer (My Mind's Eye). Ink: black, Copic markers (R27, R32, R83, W2, B00, E00, Y21, Yr21). Other: Polka dot ribbon (American Crafts), Soft Sky double-stitched ribbon, brads (not sure of the maker - just some random ones I've had forevah!), sewing machine, white trhread, dimensionals.

How does the Paper Pretties' challenge work? Make a card, scrapbook page, altered item or so forth using Paper Pretties stamps if you have them using the sketch provided. If you don't have Paper Pretties' stamps, still feel free to join in the fun... the more the merrier! :) Then visit the Paper Pretties' gallery and upload a picture of your project to the Weekly Challenges category (also use the keyword PWC24 - aids in searching). You have until the following Thursday to upload your picture to the gallery to be entered into the contest to earn a little something something from the Paper Pretties' Boutique.

P.S. Have you heard that a certain pretty girl is celebrating her birthday today??? Well, I'll be back in a little bit with another card to share because of the special occasion. :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pretties Wednesday: Color Combo Style

Two weeks ago Jodi challenged the Prettie Girls to make a card using the following color combo: Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose and Chocolate Chip. Oh boy, this was not the easiest challenge for me... but I did it and I actually like it! :)

Stamps: Whiskers (Paper Pretties), Gratitude Background. Paper: Naturals Ivory, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip Patterns designer. Ink: black, Copic markers, Regal Rose Classic. Other: Prima flowers, clear crystal brads, mat pack, paper piercer, Top Note BigZ die, Regal Rose brads, Tangerine Tango stitched ribbon, distressing tool, dimensionals.

P.S. I am still stuck on Halloween cards... I even have a couple more to share over the next few days!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

BIC27: Frightfully Purple

It's another Tuesday and another fabulous Inspiration Challenge from Beate! This week the piece is this absolutely gorgeous scarf. P-r-e-t-t-y!

I went simple on my card this week and just used the colors as a jumping off point: purple and gray. Since I bought a bunch of Halloween stamps this year I decided I better use one of those sets. Yeah, I bought more than one Halloween set - whatever was I thinking???

Want to see more eye candy? Then check out what the rest of the team has created: Jennifer, Susan, Silke, Dawn and Charmaine. Make sure to visit Beate's blog for the full details and to see her awesome take on the challenge!

Quick card details: I used the Frightful Fence jumbo wheel and Halloween Frights stamp set. The fence was stamped in Perfect Plum on cardstock of the same color. Next I embossed several bats using VersaMark and black embossing powder. To finish the scene I stamped the cat in Basic Grey Classic ink on Whisper White and cut out. I redrew the whiskers using a white gel pen and then adhered to the Perfect Plum layer with dimensionals. Added paper piercing, matted on Basic Black and added three brads. The next layer is a piece of Kraft cardstock on which I adhered an Elegant Eggplant strip across the top before wrapping with ribbon (Black gingham and Basic Gray taffeta) and knotting. To the bottom of this layer I stamped a sentiment in Basic Black. This layer was adhered to a Basic Gray cardbase and then the main image was affixed with dimensionals.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Frightful Fence jumbo wheel and Halloween Frights. Paper: Basic Gray, Kraft, Basic Black, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White. Ink: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Perfect Plum, VersaMark. Other: Black gingham ribbon, Basic Gray taffeta ribbon, mat pack, paper piercer, white gel pen, dimensionals, black brads, black embossing powder.

Monday, October 13, 2008

TLC189: A Smart Box

Last Monday's Try a New Technique on Splitcoast was to make a Mini Pizza Box! Woo hoo... a perfect challenge for me since I love boxes and I love pizza! :) And why did I call mine a Smart Box in the title? 'Cause it's filled with Smarties... yum!

I decorated my box with stamps from the Bloomin' Beautiful stamp set and Maine Blueberry designer paper. As well as my favorite chocolate felt ribbon.

The main image was stamped in Black StazOn on Naturals Ivory cardstock and watercolored with an AquaPainter and Watercolor Wonder Crayons. I added a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the flower centers and then finished decorating the outside of the box.

Once you open the box there are the yummy treats and where I put the sentiment (Celebrate the candy!). Seriously, Smarties are worth celebrating, especially when shared among friends! :) And I have one more tip: once you finish the box do NOT put it on the counter where chocolate was just sitting. Ugh! My cute little box has chocolate smears on the bottom! That is another reason Smarties are great - they don't stain cardstock!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful. Paper: Pacific Point, Basic Black, Creamy Caramel, Naturals Ivory, Maine Blueberry designer. Ink: Black StazOn, Close to Cocoa Classic. Other: AquaPainter, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, black brads, Alpine Ribbon Originals, mat pack, paper piercer, dimensionals, Coluzzle, Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pretties Thursday Challenge: Inspiring Lanterns

Well... it is a bit past Thursday but here is the challenge and my card anyways! This week's challenge is to make a card or project inspired by these pretty fillable lanterns from Pottery Barn.

How does the Paper Pretties' challenge work? Make a card, scrapbook page, altered item or so forth using Paper Pretties stamps if you have them. If you don't have Paper Pretties' stamps, still feel free to join in the fun... the more the merrier! :) Then visit the Paper Pretties' gallery and upload a picture of your project to the Weekly Challenges category (also use the keyword PWC23 - aids in searching). You have until the following Thursday to upload your picture to the gallery to be entered into the contest to earn a little something something from the Paper Pretties' Boutique. Feel free to stop by the challenge thread and chat with the other participants! :)

For my take on the challenge I decided to create my own "lantern", aka shaker box, and fill it with fun stuff. In this case a pretty Sophia and lots of little white beads to duplicate the look of snow. I also used quite a few of the colors from the picture: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Barely Banana, Vanilla, Kraft and White. I did add some touches of red for a more festive look.

To accessorize the project I added some Prima flowers and some fun ribbon (Alpine Ribbon Originals and Riding Hood Red taffeta from SU!). I set some jumbo eyelets through the centers of the flowers before adhering to the card with dimensionals.

Here is a closeup of Sophia. I added some glitter to her dress and the ornament with Copic Spica AtYou glitter pens. It shows up much clearer on the ornament.

For the sentiment I used one of the rubons from Stampin' Up!s Chit Chat set. As usual I also added a bit of paper piercing. :)

I will have to make sure to put this shaker card in a safe place. My cats found the last one I made and decided that it made a most excellent cat toy. Needless to say, that card has a bit of extra distressing!!!

Oh and that green paper - it is actually velvet cardstock from S.E.I.. It is so decadent, now that I have finally cut into a piece of it maybe I will use it more often! :)

Stamps: Trim the Tree Sophia (November SOTM). Paper: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Naturals Ivory, Kraft, Georgia Pacific White, Green velvet (S.E.I.). Ink: black, Copic markers, Copic Spica pens (melon, clear). Other: acetate, Alpine ribbon, Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon, Flowers (Prima), Antique brass jumbo eyelets, Chit Chat rubons, mat pack, paper piercer, foam mounting tape, white bead mix, dimensionals.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pretties Wednesday: Fancy That!

Two weeks ago I challenged the Prettie Girls to make a card using some kind of fancy fold or another. I chose to make one of the fun Free Standing Pop-up Cards. I had never made one of these cards before and it was surprisingly simple!

I was also have a brain dead moment and couldn't think of a color combo to use so I checked out the recent Color Combo challenges posted on SplitCoast and feel in love with this one (CC186): Really Rust, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze. And guess who posted it? Our very own Prettie Girl Jodi, aka Kharmagirl.

Since the colors reminded me of fall I just had to use Falling For You Sophia... one of my very favorites! Okay, they are all my favorites but I'm in a Fall mood so she has been topping the pile of my most frequently grabbed stamps. :)

The main sentiment was created using Thickers chipboard adhesive letters to spell out "happy" and the Chit Chat rubons from Stampin' Up! for the "so happy for you". On the pull tab I spelt out "pull" using the Rough Edges mini alphabet stamp set. Added some brads, Felt Fusion flowers and ribbon to accent the cards.

What is really fun about this card is that it folds flat so you can easily mail it. Yay! Although I did add a bit of bulky ribbon so it will still require extra postage. But it is worth an extra stamp, right? :)

Stamps: Falling For You Sophia (Paper Pretties), Rough Edges Alphabet (retired). Paper: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Georgia Pacific white, vellum cardstock. Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Chocolate Chip, Copic markers. Other: Chit Chat rubons, Felt Fusion and Felt Fusion Too flowers, brown brads (Queen & Co.), Thickers chipboard letters (American Crafts), Aqua ribbon (American Crafts), dimensionals, round tab punch, mat pack, paper piercer.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

BIC 26: Soothing Blues

It is Tuesday which means it is time for another Inspiration Challenge courtesy of Beate! This weeks piece is a sofa setting from Pottery Barn.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the team has created: Jennifer, Susan, Silke, Dawn and Charmaine. Make sure to visit Beate's blog for the full details and to see her awesome take on the challenge!

Quick notes: I pulled these colors from the picture: Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Kraft, White and a touch of Bravo Burgundy. Of course I had to add some Bashful Blue too... it just fit! :)

I inked the large flower stamp from Eastern Blooms with Pacific Point Classic ink and then rocked the edges of the inked stamp on a Night of Navy classic ink bad to add some darker color to the edges of the flowers. I used Bravo Burgundy buttons for the flower centers. Adhering them to the flowers with glue dots and then looping silver elastic thead through the button holes and knotting on the underside of the flowers. I used my fingers to curl the petals a bit and then adhered to the Whisper White circle of cardstock with dimensionals. A sentiment was stamped in Night of Navy on Bashful Blue, punched out with the Word Window punch and then also adhered to the WW circle with more dimensionals.

I think the rest is self-explanatory but if now just shoot me a message and I'll add more details! :) Finished card size is 4 1/4" x 4 1/4".

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Fundamental Phrases. Paper: Kraft, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Maine Blueberry designer. Ink: Pacific Point, Night of Navy. Other: Rich Regal Buttons, silver brads, Pacific Point striped ribbon, corner rounder, silver elastic cord, glue dots, Word Window punch, Nestabilities Circle and Petite Scalloped circle dies, mat pack, paper piercer, dimensionals.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sweet Tweet

Ready for an easier card? Thought so! This one uses the new Season of Friendship stamp set from Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini catalog and just a couple different papers and inks. I made fourteen of these for a GSG swap. Rather simple, but by the time I was done I was questioning my sanity in designing a card that needed both paper piercing and a little tiny bird cut out! :)







Here is a closeup of the little birdie. I guess he was worth all the effort! Although sadly there were injuries in the making of this card... a couple of the little birdies lost a tail feather or beak in the trimming process. Needless to say I was going a little cross-eyed after the first couple... tiny little tweets!

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Season of Friendship. Paper: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Very Vanilla, Bella Rose designer. Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze. Other: silver brad, Whisper White taffeta, mat pack, paper piercer, dimensionals.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Paper Pretties Thursday Challenge

Are you ready for a challenge Prettie style? How about one that is sketchy too? This weeks challenge is to use the following sketch:

How does the Paper Pretties' challenge work? Make a card, scrapbook page, altered item or so forth using Paper Pretties stamps if you have them. If you don't have Paper Pretties' stamps, still feel free to join in the fun... the more the merrier! :) Then visit the Paper Pretties' gallery and upload a picture of your project to the Weekly Challenges category (also use the keyword PWC22 - aids in searching). You have until the following Thursday to upload your picture to the gallery to be entered into the contest to earn a little something something from the Paper Pretties' Boutique.

Here is the card that I made that inspired the sketch and it doubles as my card for the Halloween challenge at the Paper Pretties SIYJ party last night. I'm multitasking - I think that is a first for me when it comes to stamping! :)

The card uses the newly released Whiskers stamp from Paper Pretties - she's a real cutie and a fun addition to my stamp collection! Can't wait to ink her up again! :)

All images copyright Paper Pretties. Stamps: Whiskers. Paper: Always Artichoke, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Georgia Pacific White, Heidi Grace designer. Ink: Black, Copic markers, Tangerine Tango Classic. Other: black brads, 1/16" handheld hole punch, mat pack, paper piercer, various ribbon (May Arts), linen thread.

Dishin' up some Ghosts and Ghouls

Are you ready for a sneak peek at a super cute Halloween stamp soon to be released at Paper Pretties? I thought so! The new set is Pick a Patch starring Cooper in a little pumpkin costume!!

I made this card for the technique challenge Charmaine issued at the SIYJ party last night. The challenge was to use a technique that you have never done before! I decided to try my hand at wet embossing, which I bought the supplies to do months ago and then never used!

The technique I used is similar to this one on SCS: Pasty Razzle Dazzle. The only difference is that I colored the image with pastels after I applied a white embossing paste and let it dry. I then applied a bit of glitter glue for extra zing! Once everything had finished drying I cut the pumpkin out and adhered to the card with dimensionals.

Here is a closeup so you can see the sparkle of the glitter. What is really neat is where the emossing paste was applied the image is raised - lots of texture!

Other notes: the designer paper is by Heidi Grace and the black ribbons are by May Arts. The green ribbon is by Stampin' Up! as is the cardstock. I also accented the card with some scallop edging (Scallop Edge Punch from SU!), a silver spiral clip (not sure where I bought that) and some paper piercing or course! I think those are all the details - any questions just let me know!

And I couldn't resist doing a closeup of Cooper - he is just too cute in that costome. Btw - Christie is anticipating that she will have these stamps in sometime next week. As soon as they are available I'll let you know!

All images copyright Paper Pretties. Stamps: Pick of the Patch. Paper: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Georgia Pacific White, Heidi Grace designer. Ink: Black, Copic Markers, Kiwi Kiss Classic. Other: Pumpkin Stencil (Dreamweaver Stencils), White Embossing Paste, glitter glue and Non-Smear pastels (The Stencil Collection), mat pack, paper piercer, silver spiral clip, Very Vanilla/Kiwi Kiss ribbon, Black/Silver ribbon (May Arts), Black Velvet ribbon (May Arts), dimensionals.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pretties Wednesday: Pick Your Own Inspiration

Two weeks ago Jessie challenged the Prettie Girls to make a card using an inspiration piece... but with a twist: you had to pick your own inspiration picture! So I did a bit a on-line window shopping and found these oh-so-pretty stockings from Pottery Barn. Makes me wish I had a fire place in my house to hang them from!

I decided to use the clean soothing colors from the picture form my inspiration. In specific: Saffron, Kiwi Kiss, Always Artichoke, Vanilla, White and a bit of Gold. I also liked the quilting on the stockings so I incorporated that into my card also by using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder on a piece of So Saffron cardstock.

For the main image I used the November SOTMC stamp: Trim the Tree Sophia. She is beyond sweet and definitely a must have! She will be released to club members in November, otherwise you will have to wait 'til December to purchase her from the Paper Pretties Boutique.

Speaking of Paper Pretties, did you know that there is going to be a Stampin' In Your Pajamas party tonight? Sure enough, everyone will be gathering in the Paper Pretties' forum and chatting away the night. Party starts at 8PM (Eastern) and there will be challenges, prizes and a sneak peek or two at upcoming releases!

But back to the card! Even though Sophia is super cute all on her own I had to add a bit of gold bling by using the Gold Spica pen from Copic.

For the "joy" I inked chipboard letters with an Gold Encore ink pad, coated with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set. Has anyone else ever had the problem of Encore mettalic ink never seeming to completely dry? I feel like it is always rubbing off on everything, thus I coat it with the embossing powder to seal it in place.

To finish I used a bit of Very Vanilla/Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon and half pearls from the Stampin' Up! Pretties Kit to accent the card.

All images copyright Paper Pretties. Stamps: Trim the Tree Sophia. Paper: Naturals Ivory, Kiwi Kiss, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Georgia Pacific White. Ink: Black, Copic markers, Gold Spica AtYou pen (Copic). Other: Very Vanilla/Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, On Board Loads of Letters, Pretties Kit, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Clear embossing powder, dimensionals.