Accessories: Piercing tools, dotted Soft Suede grosgrain, corner rounder, versamark, white EP, Dazzling Diamonds
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Accessories: Piercing tools, dotted Soft Suede grosgrain, corner rounder, versamark, white EP, Dazzling Diamonds
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
By the way, this color scheme is from today's Color Challenge on Splitcoast! To use Pretty In Pink, Going Gray and Sage Shadow. Also, the rope cording I used here is a retired SU product that I just got at a GREAT price because SU offered some serious discounts to us demos on retired stuff! (Hey, that sounds like a recruiting statement!) One more thing about the main image (a TIP), the dove is colored in with the white Watercolor Pencil in SU's set and to get the flowers Rose Red I first inked the entire thing with Basic Gray, then removed the ink on those flowers with a Blender Pen (yes this works great!) then added the Rose Red ink with my marker. Hope that helps!
Other item I lent out was my Top Note die thinking I've got so many new Big Shot items that I can play with I surely won't miss it. Well, it's like a member of my family is gone. I did manage this card without it... but my DCBD card for tomorrow... well, it just won't be the same. Maybe I've got a spare one cut out that I can trace. Yeah right!
Thanks for stopping by! I swear I am trying to work up some season appropriate fall cards and stop skipping an entire season, but my newest "stuff" is all Christmasy, or mostly. I think this is the last of my new stamp sets so I'll try to move on.
Have a great day,
Monday, September 28, 2009
It's pretty simple- the main image is stamped in Artichoke then the center tree was cut out and raised on dimensionals. The sponging on the edges, the Medallion and the sentiment are all done with Blush Blossom ink. The build-a-brad was done with the corner stamp in this set colored with the marker to omit the other parts.
I hope you like it and consider playing along with these challenges!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Here's a spread of the snowy December day. Here I've used the Serene Snowflakes, that same snowflake die and black striped ribbon as well as the 12x12 textured Melon Mambo paper! My title is bugging me and I'm so tempted to redo it. The alphabet is the Big Deal set and I'm ashamed to admit I've used the 'T' several times including here, pondered why on earth the tail goes the wrong way, and FINALLY realized that I switched the 'F' and 'T' when I mounted them! Seriously! I've had this set for a long time and have always been irritated by that dumb 'T'!! Anyway, that title is done with the Silver Shimmer Paint from the Holiday Mini ctalog. I basically just made an inkpad out of a barely damp paper towel folded over several times. Then dabbed some shimmer paint onto the inkpad and smeared it around with a sponge. It isn't perfect here but wait until you see the next page- it worked much better!
These pages are going in two different albums so it's OK to use the same title (in case you were wondering). That snowflake and the title were both stamped with the Shimmer Paint! Isn't that sharp on the black?! I was at a loss how to work with all these white pictures and not many great shots but I like how this turned out considering.
I'll show you my last layout another day- it isn't photo'd yet.
Thanks for stopping by! 'Night.
PS- I've noticed that my double page spreads cannot be clicked on for a closer view and I'm not sure why. I did take photos of each page individually. What do you think, should I post those as well or instead of the 2 page spreads??
Friday, September 25, 2009
Anyway, colors are Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulance and Going Gray with some Whisper White in there. Have you used your crimper lately?? I think I say that everytime I use mine!
Guess what I did tonight (typing this late Friday night)!! I did FIVE pages in my scrapbooks! YES I DID- finally. I've had a table set up for weeks and just kept putting it off. Man it was fun- I wish I didn't get so tired. It helped that I used the same event and pictures for three different albums. I can't wait to show them to you- they use lots of new SU supplies that I just got TODAY!!
Thanks for stopping by! See ya'll soon!
Anyway, it is pretty easy. You just cut a rectangle piece of green cardstock (approx. 2.5" by 5" or so). Stamp or wheel on it if you don't want it plain like mine. Then score it the entire length by alternating between 1/2" and 1/4" (I took no notes at Regionals so this is just my experiment, but it worked for me). Then fold, decorate and attach. I adhered it with Mono Multi glue at each ridge that touches the paper and you wouldn't believe how strong this is!
My tree skirt is punched from the flocked DSP in the Christmas Cocoa pack- so it feels fuzzy on the white areas! The sentiment and packages are from Punch Pals and yes it is still current!! I just punched the sentiment with the Modern label punch then cut out the presents and glued them to the top. Nothing spectacular but at least you are seeing a fun new technique!
Hope you like it and will try it sometime! OMG, my barking puppies are driving me crazy! I'm so ready for them to find new homes!!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I used the Delightful Decorations stamp set as well as the coordinating Ornament punch to make very quick and simple note cards and some gift tags to easily add to gifts this holiday season. Each note card has a coordinating stamped envelope too! The Designer Series Paper used is from the Holiday Mini called Christmas Cocoa. I also added a bit of elastic gold cord and also some Real Red grosgrain ribbon. The band of paper that is around the little box is 8.5" long by 1.5" wide.
I also shared a little tip of mine with the gals at the workshop. While playing around with my ornament punch I decided it would be neat to make little tags that open. This one is done with a small piece of whisper white paper folded in half. Just line the top of the ornament barely beyond the fold of the paper and punch.
Now, I must say that even our whisper white is a bit too heavy for the punch to do 2 layers. It did work, but I don't think I'd do it many times. So, I showed them how to use plain typing paper that is much thinner, fold it in half and punch then just add a stamped/punched layer from the heavier Whisper White right on top for reinforcement. It's always fun to play around and experiment with these types of things.
The other way to get this tag look with the ornament shape is to use the new Holiday Windows dies that work with the magnetic Movers & Shapers die and Big Shot. This die set includes this very same ornament shape but in a slightly bigger size for easy layering with the punch. Dies can easily go through 2 or more pieces of paper (most, not all- please ask your demonstrator about which might not).
Please stop back tomorrow- I've got a fun fold technique that I learned at Stampin' Up!'s regional event!
Thanks for stoppin' in to say hello today!
***TUTORIAL HERE: http://sunshinesmilesstamps.blogspot.com/2009/10/tutorial-scallop-envelope-die-note-card.html
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Stamps: Autumn Days, sentiment from Of the Earth hostess set
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Well, I'm through apologizing though because I just LOVE how this turned out. I was busy designing yesterday for a workshop I have tonight (Hi Cara!!) and really wanted to work in my favorite background stamp Medallion. At some point the thought occured to me that Dasher might look nice paired with Medallion. Funny thing is I almost gave up on this one after having stamped the background a few different ways and just not getting what I was after when all of a sudden it just happened!
I didn't plan for the Dasher tag to be on an angle until I realized how neat that button might look at the center of the Medallion! I'd call this a bit of country and a bit of fancy. The roughed up and sponged edges were done primarily to cover up an oops- a stray smudge of red ink right on the top edge just after it was done. Grrr- I hate it when that happens!!
Unfortunately for Cara and her guests this card made the chopping block for the workshop- I realized too late that I only have 1 red Playground button left and I just didn't think substituting a kraft corduroy button would be quite as special. Keep tuned though and I'll be sure to post what did make the cut for tonight, as well as the fun hostess gifts I've designed!
Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
This time I embossed the ornament in Real Red then watercolored in the swirls with some Old olive so it would match the fabulous new ribbon called Sleighbells (also from the Holiday Mini). The flourishes from Baroque Motif are embossed in gold on a vanilla card base. The bottom strip of DSP is from the new pack called Christmas Cocoa. Finally, I finished it off with some gold elastic cord (also in the Holiday Mini).
Do you like this layout? It is from another Fall-to-Layout on the Clean & Simple blog that I mentioned yesterday.
Have a great day!
Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Baroque Motifs
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I started out just doing one snowflake on glossy white paper then kept going and then decided to cut it out with the Top Note die and Big Shot. I intended to daub on some Bermuda Bay, Sage Shadow and Soft Sky but turns out I really only needed the Bermuda Bay. I used a sponge dauber and just added the deepest color first and as the ink ran out I kept swirling and daubing (not an exact science obviously!) Ooh, did I mention that the snowflakes are embossed in white?? I guess that would help!
Initially I had the sentiment embossed in white on a piece of Bermuda cardstock which looks lovely, but covered up too many of my snowflakes so I decided to switch to vellum so nothing is covered. So glad I did!
I hope you like it and maybe try this technique out yourself!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Are you sick of seeing Berry Christmas yet?? Well too bad- LOL! Today I decided to play around with the sketch challenge on Clean & Simple as well as the color challenge on the Color Throwdown. Look how versatile this stamp set is! In any color scheme you can make a fun non-holiday card using the bird and the flower as well as the branch for a stem. It only took a tiny bit of selective coloring on the branch with a marker- not hard at all!
The sketch is a bit simpler than my card but I using the bird was an afterthought and I just couldn't make myself leave him off. I'm pretty sure I'm using this card for my swap that is uh... supposed to be due tomorrow. Yikes! We all agreed we could just get them mailed by tomorrow- thank goodness. Especially since I've got to walk my little waterboy and coach husband across the football field tonight for parent's night.
Have a great evening and be sure to stop back tomorrow- I've got a card I'm so excited about using Serene Snowflakes!
This second project is actually a set of 3 little 3x3 notecards that all have a scalloped square with the bird stamped on them. So stinkin' simple and cute! They are in a cell bag (not sure of the official size) that is folded over and stapled closed with the tag and ribbon on the front. I chose not to use the Stamp-a-Majig to stack my birds (a personal challenge for myself I guess) then got a good laugh when they ended up looking like the leaning tower of birds.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I am so pleased with the projects SU had for us- they are creative and clever and very stylish. They were fairly easy too and something I could duplicate for a workshop or class in some cases.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
I would call this clean for sure, and really pretty simple if you already have in your head what it should look like. Just making decisions took me forever on this one (oh, plus the pile of rejected parts laying on my desk now).
Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Fancy Flexible Phrases (retired), Frames With a Flourish (retired)
Colors: Pink Pirouette (former In Color that I personally campaigned for), Basic Gray
Accessories: Flirty Ribbon Originals (retired), Small grommets, Square Fire Rhinestone brad, Parisian Summer DSP (retired)
Here are the fabulous projects we got to make with our new stamp set "Berry Christmas" which is in the current mini catalog! I'll show indivual shots of some of these over the next few days probably, but wanted to show you a picture of them all together. This is how nice projects look when they all coordinate in color, theme and even in stamps used!
Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great Monday and thanks for all the sweet comments while I was away. It was great to come up to some fun emails!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
I actually thought this would be easy as I love the colors together, but once I got started I realized getting the black in was going to be difficult. That's what led me to using the jumbo grommet under the ribbon.
The Paradise stamp set is a new one to the current SU catalog and I thought would be a great one to use with all sorts of other sets... but I just realized how neat the Little Leaves Sizzlet looks with it! I had fun using the Cheesecloth background that hasn't seen ink in a while.
For the Eggplant strip on the left side I wanted it to somewhat mimic the Top Note shape so I used the Lovely Label punch multiple times.
Thanks for all the sweet comments lately- I'm so glad you are stopping by to visit and love that you take the time to say hello! Have a great weekend!!
PS- OMG, this spacing thing is going to be the death of me!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Well I've got one for you sponsored by the Diva's Coffee Break Designs! This week we have these four luscious colors to work with and it was fun. I do have to apologize and admit that I ran off to our county fair yesterday, ended up with 6 kids to chase from ride to ride, and got home late (after a gigantic downpour!) and completely forgot about my Diva card- OOPS! So I whipped something out after 10pm last night and was able to put the finishing touch on this morning before getting it posted.
Hope you like it! This is the Branch Out set which I've been feeling bad about not using much lately, as well as a sentiment from Think Happy Thoughts. When it was all done I added the sponged shadow beneath the tree because it felt too stark, but now I'm not so sure I should have... what do you think? (It's OK to be honest- I'm a big girl).
Thanks for stopping by and visiting on this lovely Wednesday! Hope you have a fabulous day and have a chance to stamp something for yourself! Hey, while you're at it, why don't you go play along with our Diva challenge- I'd love to see it!
Monday, September 7, 2009
I had it entirely assembled when it dawned on me that this shimmery champagne colored paper (from the new Specialty Designer Series paper in SU's holiday mini, Christmas Cocoa) is probably a match to the Champagne Mist shimmer paint that is also available in the new mini. I hadn't used it yet so got it out just to see... Well, one thing led to another and I had some on my finger (oops) which I rubbed on a stamp from Itty Bitty backgrounds then though, what the heck, it just might look like snow. So that's how it ended up on the deer. What do you think?
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Have a great weekend!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Another one of those projects that really took a turn. I stamped the sentiment in Real Red craft ink (seriously!) then intended to emboss with clear so that this would be black & white with a pop of red... well, I accidentally used white EP and kept wondering when the red was going to melt through. DUH! Well, then I decided to sponge with my basic black ink pad and stick with the B&W color scheme. Of course I'd forgotten how frustrating the black ink pad can be- it is a perfect match to the Elegant Eggplant paper which I ended up HAVING to go with. Anyway, I still like the end result but it's a bit off from my first two plans!
So glad you stopped by to visit today! I'd love to hear from you.
Stamps: Of the Earth, Happy Harmony (retired)
Friday, September 4, 2009
Next I stamped and embossed the square bird image in black and punched it out with the square punch. Also punched a square in the front panel of this card which is raised on dimensionals so the bird is actually recessed. Stamped some flowers at the lower right (in Staz On)then added the ribbon which is from the old Ribbon Originals pack called Valet... Please tell me why I rarely use my Ribbon Originals until they are RETIRED and no longer available?!? It is a sickness I swear!
The ribbon is actually in one of the box bows, but is very hard to see. Here is a closeup of the bow which happens to also show how the square the bird is in is actually behind the front panel.
I could not decide on a sentiment and really didn't want to take the chance of screwing this card up since I really like it, so there's your reason why no sentiment. I'll place something nice on the inside when the time comes!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!