Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Faux metal attempt...

Considering I'm suppose to be packing and cleaning, I sure seem to be making lots of cards.
Oh well.  The card I have made today is an anniversary card and it is also a submission to the challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.   Today's challenge is a technique challenge and the technique is faux metal.  I didn't follow the instructions provided.  I decided to tweek the technique.  I'm suppose to cover a piece of cardstock with gold or silver emboss power and heat it up.  While it is warm, I'm suppose to press an image into embossing powder.  Instead, I dry embossed a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Big Shot.  I then applied silver emboss powder and heated it up.  This way the embossed imaged stood out.  It still looks like metal.  

Here is the card:
The faux metal isn't perfect.  You can still see white, but I think it adds to the card.  It gives it a rougher look.   For a little color I decided to add a So Saffron flower from Vintage Vogue.  

There you have it.  Definitely give it a try.  

Happy Stamping


All products are Stampin' Up!® unless otherwise stated:
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Basic Black cardstock
  • Not Quite Navy cardstock
  • So Saffron cardstock
  • So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad
  • So Saffron 1/2" Striped Grosgrain ribbon
  • Vintage brads
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Vintage Vogue stamp set clear mount

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Think Green

Since St. Patrick's Day is coming up, all the challenges seem to be GREEN themed.  I found it very difficult trying to work with just greens and neutrals, but I managed.  I decided to use the Green Challenge from Stampin' Royalty, the sketch challenge from Stamping 411, and the inspiration challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments to create this card.  The card is not necessarily for St. Patty's day but it is green and springy. 

The inspiration challenge had a beautiful picture of a summer patio.
Doesn't this picture inspire you to create a warm and beautiful card?
It sure inspired me.  I also think I might recreate this scene in my backyard.

Here is my card:

I know So Saffron isn't green, but its still related to St. Patty's day (think GOLD).  The Vintage Vogue stamp set really reminds me of warm weather and good friends, which St. Patty's day is all about  (maybe not warm weather, but warm atmosphere).  
What does St. Patty's day mean to you?

I'm off to make more warm cards, possibly Easter ones.  
Have a great day stamping.


All Stampin' Up!® unless otherwise stated:
  • Old Olive cardstock
  • Vintage Vogue Stamp set
  • Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad
  • So Saffron  1/2" grosgrain ribbon (discontinued)
  • Bella Bleu DSP
  • So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
  • DSP from 2009 SAB  (discontinued)
  • Hostess Set DP Level 3

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Crazy Color Combo

I was browsing through the different Color Challenges that I follow and I decided to try one out.  Diva Coffee Break Designs has a color combo that is a little crazy.  At least I would never have thought to put those four colors together.  At first glance, I didn't know how to put them together.  I decided to flip through some of their past sketch challenges and found one that I thought would be perfect for this color combo.  
Here is the Color Combo:
Can you understand my initial reaction?
Here is the sketch I used: 
 I used a few more layers on my card so the colors wouldn't over power each other.

Here it is:
With this color combo I was worried the Bermuda Bay would too bright and overwhelming, but with just a hint, it works perfectly.  
I love the Vintage Vogue set  (118598  Clear mount).  I just got it in the other day, but I love it.  I'm after I've finished moving, I will be able to sit down and make a whole pile of cards using this set.  

Until next time, happy stamping.



All Stampin' Up!® unless otherwise stated:
  • Soft Suede cardstock
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Bermuda Bay Cardstock
  • Cameo Coral Cardstock
  • Cameo Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Certainly Celery Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock
  • Vintage Vogue clear mount

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Petals and Flowers, Oh My

Right now I'm in the middle of packing my house in order to move.  One of the rooms that I packed up was my crafting room.  I didn't pack everything as I left out a few essentials so that I could continue stamping until I was completely moved.  I didn't think I would have time to sit down and do any major projects, but I was wrong.
Last night, I had a workshop in which we used the Petal Party Simply Scrappin' kit.  The idea was to make 2 6x6" scrapbook pages, but we made cards instead. As I only had two ladies attending, I had lot of supplies left over.  So this morning, I decided to make some cards.  I used just the cardstock, dsp, and self-adhesive die cuts, along with some ribbon.  
Here is what I came up with:

Thats 12 cards that are all unique.  I used the So Saffron and Pixie Pink cardstock, along with two sheets of the DSP.  With one Simply Scrappin' Kit you can make 32 cards or 8 12x12" pages, or 32 6x6" scrapbook pages.  I love these kits.

Here are some close up shots of the cards:

What can you make with just one kit?  I love to see what you come up with.

Have a great day stamping.


All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated:

Petal Party Simply Scrappin'                       113059
Old Olive   1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon             111368
So Saffron  1/2" Striped grosgrain ribbon   113699

Friday, March 5, 2010

Friendly Inspiration

I'm really into challenges this week.  I love how they inpsire you to do something you may not have thought of doing.  This week over at Stampin' Royalty, they are challenging us with a photo.

We are to use the photo as inpsiration to come up with a card, scrapbook page, or 3-D project.  I chose to do a CAS card  (after I posted this the first time Clean & Simple, put up a challenge using circles).  
Here it is:
I used the blackboard as inspiration for my base.  I then used the white room as inspiration for my background.  The colors are inspired by the flower pots and the image was inspired by the grass.  
At first, I thought this was going to be a difficult challenge. But soon parts of the photo grabbed my attention.  I used these parts as the inspiration.  The best part, was this card took me no more than 10 minutes to make.  Its perfect for thinking of you, thank you, or birthday cards.  I might have to make up a batch.

Thats all for today.  I encourage you to check out the various blogs that feature challenges. You might surprise yourself.

Have a  great day stamping.


All supplies used is Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted
  • Basic Black cardstock
  • Whisper White Cardstock
  • Real Red Cardstock
  • Old Olive cardstock
  • Brocade Blue cardstock
  • Dusty Durango cardstock
  • Crushed Curry cardstock
  • 1/4" Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon
  • Old Olive Classic Stampin' pad
  • Basic Black Classic Stampin' pad
  • Circle Punches:  1/2", 1", 1 3/8"
  • Pocket Silhouettes stamp set

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Double Double Challenge

Today I decided to tidy up my workspace.  If you know me, that means a big job.  Well I got it done and as a reward I decided to mess it up again.  I mean make a card.  I chose to do two challenges in one card.  It really wasn't that hard as one challenge was  a color combo and the other was a sketch challenge.
The other day I got an order in and I was excited to use all my new toys.  One of the stamp sets that I got was the Animal Stories  (120227).  This stamp set can be earned for free by spending $65 or more on products.  Call me today or visit my website.

The color challenge (from colourQ) was to use Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze (In Color 08), Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, and Whisper White.  This color combo screamed BABY.  And since I had the Animal Stories set I knew exactly what I was going to do.

The sketch challenge was from Diva Coffee Break Designs.  This sketch is super simply and quick.  I literally made this card in 10 minutes.  

Here is the card.
I stamped the whale image with Baja Breeze and kissed it with Night of Navy.  The Kissing technique is a great way to add more dimension to an image. 

Here's how:
  • Stamp you image (solid images work best) in a  light color.
  • Roll the edges of the image in a darker ink.  Do not ink the whole image.
  • Stamp on to paper.
Give it a try.

I used the Scallop circle to punch the image out.  I also used the Diamond Texturz plate to emboss the back layer.  To embellis the card I used Certainly Celery 1/2" ribbon and Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon.  The Certainly Celery ribbon was from last years SAB.  Unfortunately its not available any more.

To finish the card off, I had to add a sentiment.  I used the "Small Wonder"  from the Whimsical Words stamp set.  This stamp set you can also get for free during Sale-a-Bration.  Give me a call or visit my website to take advantage of this offer.  

What do you think?  Did I fully complete both challeges?

Enjoy the beautiful Spring Day.


Sale-A-Bration Reminder

Just a reminder that Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31.  Take advantage of some of the great products available today.  To see the full brochure click on the catalogue link on the sidebar. 
Three ways to earn these stamp sets:
  1. Spend $65 on any products from current catalogues
  2. Host a workshop totalling $395 or more
  3. Join Stampin' Up and receive 15% off the starter kit.
Visit my website to order or join.

Supplies used today:
  • Night of Navy cardstock 
  • Sahara Sand cardstock
  • Certainly Celery cardstock
  • Baja Breeze cardstock  (discontinued)
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Scallop Circle punch  (109043   $22.95)
  • Animal Stories  (120227  FREE SAB)
  • Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon  (109025  $7.50)
  • Certainly Celery 1/2" ribbon  (discontinued)
  • Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad  (discontinued)
  • Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad  (102977  $7.95)
  • Texturz Plates Stampin' Up! Backgrounds 1  (114512  $15.95)