Wednesday, December 22, 2010

One more Christmas card and another easel card. Card stock used was Whisper White for the Santa image, Cherry Cobbler, and River Rock for the base. The patterned paper is from my stash. Santa was colored with blender pens and ink. I used Smooch Accent Ink on his beard, moustache, eyebrows and the white on his cap. I also added a little Dazzling Diamonds on the fur of his cap. The scallop circle and bookplate holding the greeting were cut with Sizzix dies in my Big Shot. Two gold brads hold the bookplate in place.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

My sisters and I get together to stamp once a month and usually have a challenge of some kind. This month's challenge was to make a card from the SCS sketch below. Here is my sister Lauren's card using the Jolly Old St Nick and Teeny Tiny Wishes sets.
My sister Sarah used a retired set to create the poinsettias on the card below. She also chose the retired set So Many Sayings and the Modern Label punch for the sentiment.
I also used a retired set, Basket Full of Fun, for my card below. Card stock used is Wild Wasabi, Brushed Gold, Whisper White, and Cherry Cobbler for the card base. The patterned paper is from my stash. The ornaments in the basket were embossed using Gold Encore ink and Gold embossing powder.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Another card using the Northern Flurry embossing folder. I was inspired by a card posted to SCS by bon2stamp. Basic Gray and Shimmer White card stock, basic pearls, and retired ribbon and sentiment stamp all from Stampin Up.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I like how this card turned out. (Although the scan is a little crooked, the card isn't.) I stamped the snowman from Jolly Old St Nick on Whisper White and colored him with Stampin Write markers and stamped the sentiment in Marina Mist with a stamp from a retired hostess set called So Many Sayings. Then I embossed it in the Northern Flurry embossing folder, spritzed a little Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz on it, added Dazzling Diamonds glitter where the stamped imagine indicated snow and adhered it to a Marina Mist card base.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

In addition to stamping and scrapbooking I enjoy spending time with our dogs. We have three American Eskimos so when I saw this stamp, I had to have it. The sky was sponged with Night of Navy and Dazzling Diamonds glitter was used on the snow. The card base is Handsome Hunter (retired) and the trees are from Lovely as a Tree.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

When I saw this tutorial on SplitCoastStampers for a paper doll made with oragami paper, I had to try it. Here's my first attempt on a birthday card for my sister in law. The images from Embrace Life and In Wilderness are stamped in Wild Wasabi on Shimmer card stock. The card base is Blushing Bride.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Here's another card using the toilet paper technique to create the red and gold background. This card was cased from Joyce Pacer who taught me the technique. A Cardinal Christmas stamp set was used on Whisper White, and Basic Black card stock. The image was colored with a blender pen and watercolor pencils.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hope you enjoyed the SU-STARS blog hop last weekend. There were so many pretty cards and projects! I made note of several that I plan on copying so you may see them, or a variation of them, here in the next few weeks. These cards were made with the builder wheel from the Holiday mini catalog. I really like the builder wheels! So many combinations and ways to use them. For these, I left the center slot empty so I could use ribbon there. This one was colored with Stampin' Pastels and has retired DSP and ribbon in Old Olive and Real Red. This one also has retired DSP and ribbon and a corduroy brad in Real Red. It was colored with a blender pen and ink.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Welcome to the SU-STARS November blog hop! This month we are featuring holiday and Winter themed projects. If you are hopping along in order, you arrived here from the SU-STARS' home page where you saw some amazing art work by Loni Holt. Should you get lost, a list of links to all the participating blogs can be found there. My project is a quick and easy card using the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It is embossed on Whisper White card stock and the sentiment from A Cardinal Christmas is stamped in Real Red Classic ink. The ornament is punched from a scrap of flocked paper from the retired Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series. It is attached to the Whisper White card stock with Stampin' Dimensionals over Real Red satin ribbon then adhered to the Real Red card stock base. Card design by Joyce Pacer. There are more than 20 creative bloggers showcasing their work for you this weekend so have a great time hopping along and enjoying all the fantastic projects along the way. The next stop is Sassy Shirley's blog. I know she has a terrific project waiting there for you!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I learned a new technique this week. It's called the toilet paper technique and makes a gorgeous background for cards and other projects. Dasher was stamped in Encore! silver metallic ink on Whisper White card stock, embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder then layered on Night of Navy card stock. The card base is also Night of Navy.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I love the Greeting Card Kids stamp set! It reminds me of images from my childhood. This card is copied from the one in the SU Idea Book and Catalog. The card base is one of the In Colors, Blushing Bride, and snowflakes from the Serene Snowflakes set was stamped in Champagne VersaMark Dazzle watermark ink to create a subtle background. The music background stamp from my stash is stamped in Basic Black on Very Vanilla card stock. The sentiment from A Cardinal Christmas is stamped in Crumb Cake on Very Vanilla card stock but before I stamped the sentiment, I lightly sprayed the card stock with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz. It is punched with the Modern Label punch. The little girl is stamped in Black StazOn on water color paper and colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons. Moonlight Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink was used to color the trim on her coat and hat and Taffy Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink was used to color the tree ornaments. Snowflakes were also stamped around her in the Champagne VersaMark ink. Other accessories used were Very Vanilla satin ribbon, Silver Glass Glitter, and Victoria Crochet Trim.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A layout about our youngest dog, Breezie. DSP from a Pet Stack in my stash. The perfectly coordinated brad was made with the iTop Brad maker my sisters got me for Christmas last year.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It's been a while since I've had time to stamp so I spent several hours in my studio this weekend making up for lost time! Here's a Thanksgiving easel card that was easy and fun to make. The pumpkins and leaf are from the Autumn Harvest set and stamped on Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard and Old Olive card stock. The turkey is the single Gobble, Gobble stamp on River Rock heat embossed in Early Espresso and mounted on a scalloped circle cut from a Sizzix die in my Big Shot. The sentiment from Gobble Gobble is stamped in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake card stock, punched with the Word Window punch, and mounted on Early Espresso punched with the Modern Label punch. The card base is also Early Espresso and the DSP is retired Apple Cider. Linen thread is tied on an retired Sage Shadow button.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Another birthday card CASEd from one by Lorri Heiling that I found on SCS. The only difference between her card and the one below is that I used Crumb Cake ink and card stock for the card base and she used black. The cupcakes were stamped with the Cupcake wheel and colored with watercolor pencils and a blender pen. I hope you can see the Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the frosting. The cardstock colors used for the stripes are Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana (retired), Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, and Pale Plum (retired).

Monday, October 18, 2010

A fall birthday card made with punches. DSP from one of the hostess print/pattern packs and card base is Soft Suede card stock.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Busy weekend ahead so this post will be quick! Another great fall card CASEd from someone on SCS but don't remember who.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

This is one of my favorite Halloween cards made with the retired set, Hauntingly Halloween. It is not my original design but I cannot remember whose work I copied so I can give proper credit. If you know, or if it is yours, please let me know. Begin by punching a circle for the moon out of scrap card stock. Lay the scrap of card stock with the hole from your punch on a piece of white card stock. Sponge So Saffron ink inside to create the moon. When the ink is dry, use a temporary adhesive, such as Dotto, to stick the punched circle over the sponged moon. Sponge on ink on for the sky beginning near the moon and working toward the edge of the paper. I used Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, and a tiny bit of Basic Black. Using Basic Black and Whisper White ink, stamp the trees from Lovely as a Tree set along the bottom of the paper. Remove the circle, stamp and color the image. A white gel pen was used for coloring the stars and to make the streaks. Mat on So Saffron card stock and an Elegant Eggplant card base.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

This fall card was CASEd from ones posted by Cathy Rose and ladybug_stamper on SCS. Cardstock used was Early Espresso and Really Rust DSP from Pattern Pack III. The pheasant was stamped in Early Espresso and the sun in More Mustard ink onto a Very Vanilla oval cut with the Big Shot and the Scalloped Oval Frame die. The sponging was done with Cajun Craze, More Mustard, and Old Olive inks. The wheat was stamped in More Mustard.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Welcome to the 8th stop on the inaugural blog hop of the SU STARS! I am delighted to participate in this hop and be a member of this group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators who "love what we do and share what we love" with each other. If you are hopping along in order, you arrived here from Carolyn Sharkas' blog. A list of all blogs participating on the hop this weekend can be found on the SU STARS blog.

My project features the Autumn Harvest stamp set. Card stock colors used were Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso for the card base, Pumpkin Pie for the pumpkins, Old Olive and More Mustard for the leaves. The Crumb Cake piece was cut with the Top Note die, embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder, and spritzed with the Log Cabin Smooch Spritz. The stamped images were embossed, cut out, and Stampin' Pastels were used to shade the More Mustard leaf. The Jack-o-lantern was adhered to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals and the remaining cut out images were adhered with glue dots. The sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes was stamped on a scrap of Crumb Cake card stock, punched with the large oval punch and mounted on More Mustard card stock punched with the scalloped oval punch. A few pieces of raffia tied around the Top Note die cut finish the card.

Your next stop is Diane Clark-Sutton's blog. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I'm not much of a punch artist. Oh, I've done a few very simple punch art pieces for cards but nothing like my friend Ellen does over at Blinkin Thinkin & Inkin. She and the Inspiration Fairy seem to be able to create anything! But, one thing I can do fairly well is CASE someone else's work, especially when they give clear instructions like Ellen does. Here's her bookworm and stack of books on a bookmark.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I know some of you are wondering about the new Big Shot Letterpress Plates in the Holiday Mini catalog. What are they? How are these different from the embossing folders we like so much? Well, here's a video demonstration that I hope will answer many of your questions.

I had so many August birthday cards to make that I was beginning to miss scrapbooking. So when I had a little play time recently, I worked on a few pages. I think page sketches and challenges can be fun so decided to use this one I found on Scrappin Mojo as inspiration:
All the paper is from my stash except the Brilliant Blue (retired SU color) for the photo mat and scalloped trim on the journaling.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A clean and simple (CAS) card I made for a co-worker's birthday. The base is Whisper White card stock and opens from the top. The bottom edge of the front was punched with the eyelet border punch and layered over Old Olive card stock. The flower image is from Awash with Flowers colored with watercolor pencils. The sentiment is from the On Your Birthday set and stamped in Basic Gray Classic ink. A piece of Old Olive ribbon was tied near the fold at the top to finish the card.