Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Too Kind!

 This week's Clean & Simple challenge on Splitcoast is to use kraft (Crumb Cake) and bright colors.  This may not look very clean but it is only one full layer, and it was pretty simple thanks to fun and easy tools like the Big Shot and punches!  Here's another view: 
I have used the Movers & Shapers die before a number of times, but rarely the way it's intended- to cut a window somewhere you wouldn't otherwise be able to.  Well today I did!  And it was almost an afterthought.  First I embossed the Crumb Cake card base with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder.  Then I ran it through the Big Shot again, this time with the Movers & Shapers die that matches the Curly Label punch which I did the white piece with. 

Did you notice the stamp also matches the punch and the die?!  Love that about Stampin' Up! products!  The stamp set that I made the frame with is called Vintage Labels and is retired.  The sentiment is from another retired set called Whimsical Words (both of these were Sale-a-Bration sets that I earned for FREE during SU's big annual promotion!). 

Anyway, the punches I used for the flowers are the NEW Triple Layer Blossom Bouquet punch and one of the bitty punches from the Itty Bitty three pack.  Wondering about the butterfly?  It was super easy with the Beautiful Wings embosslit and Big Shot!  I added some pearls for a finishing touch then stopped while I was ahead.  So what do you think?  Does it qualify for the CAS challenge?  If it doesn't that's OK too. 

Thanks for stopping by and thanks to Lisa Henke for virtual stamping with me today... maybe I'll have more for you tomorrow or Friday! 
Have a great day!

SUO Supplies
Stamps: Vintage Labels, Whimsical Words
Colors: Crumb cake, Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Poppy Parade
Accessories:  Big Shot, Movers & Shapers die, Elegant Bouquet textured impressions embossing folder, Itty Bitty punch, pearls, Beautiful Wings embosslit, curly label punch

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Clean & Simple

I'm back today with a fabulous clean & simple challenge from the Clean & Simple blog plus the Color Q color challenge they've teamed up with.  Fortunately for me I love them BOTH!  So I mixed and matched some old stuff with ...well, most of what I used is old and retired other than the sentiment from Fabulous Phrases.  My buttons are a variety, from a Summer Sun corduroy to a clear button backed with some Thoroughly Modern DSP.  Hope you like it! 

Here's a peek at the inside. 
Thanks for stopping by today!

SUO Supplies
Stamps:  Fabulous Phrases
Colors:  Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Summer Sun, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Accessories:  Dotted scalloped ribbon border punch, corduroy buttons, clear button, linen thread

Thursday, August 25, 2011

True Friend

I found a few spare minutes to play today now that my kids are back in school- woo hoo!  Of course I'm a bit rusty so had to start out with not one but two different challenges to get going.  Don't complain, you're lucky I didn't do more.  LOL! 

The sketch I used is from this week's sketch challenge on Splitcoast:  SC347.  Love it!  I also decided to "Soften the edges" per Pals Paper Art's PPA108.  I rounded one corner of the card then decided that wasn't quite enough and since the other edges were all glued down I  distressed the rest of the edges instead. 

Here's the inside as well.   Hope you like it.  I'm thrilled with the results!  Even used my new Simply Scrappin' Kit from the Summer Mini Catalog called Playful Polka Dots (page 15) and the new twisted Baker's Twine in Cherry Cobbler.  Finally I added a few rhinestones for a finishing touch.  

Let me know what you think!  Thanks for stopping by.

Ooh, almost forgot... Tiffany Bauer honored me by featuring THIS card of mine as one of her weekly picks on Aug. 14th.  Sorry it's taken so long to acknowledge it Tiffany, and thank you for the honor! 

SUO Supplies
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Punch Bunch (SAB)
Colors:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Playful Polka Dots Simply Scrappin' Kit, rhinestones, Cherry Cobbler baker's twine, corner rounder, Big Shot, Dotted embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals, distressing tool

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Get Whale Soon

Been wanting to play with my new pennant punch and needed a "Get Well" card.  So here you go...

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  Oh wait, I almost forgot the great news... I've been selected as one of Pals Paper Arts Atist Pick Winners for PPA105 with THIS card.  So glad I'm back to stamping!


SUO Supplies
Stamps: Pun Fun
Colors:  Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Whisper White
Accessories:  Big Shot, Dotted embossing folder, Old Olive grosgrain, aquapainter, Pennant Punch, Silver brads, scallop circles die

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Flower Garden sympathy

Just had to try out my new Flower Garden embossing folder today!  There have been some complaints about the embossing being on the right side instead of the left side where it is pictured in the catalog, but I must say that doesn't bother me a bit.  I think it is beautiful. 

Here I embossed it first then rubbed over it very gently with a sponge and some Champagne Mist shimmer paint.  I intentionally let the swipe marks show and I like it that way.  Kind of an artistic look I'm hoping for.   
On the inside I used the butterfly stamp from Watercolor Trio as well as a sentiment from Thoughts & Prayers. 

Thanks for stopping by!  That's all I've got for now but hope to be back to stamping again soon. 

SUO Supplies
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Watercolor Trio, Thought & Prayers
Colors: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories:  Champagne Mist shimmer paint, Big Shot, Flower Garden embossing folder, Decorative Label Punch

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fun with punches!

Had a blast today playing with my new Blossom Bouquet triple layer punch!  I had pictured this card in my head and can't believe it came out even remotely as nice as I had hoped.  You just never know if an idea will come to fruition or not.  Thanks to a variety of SU's punches, it wasn't hard at all.  In addition to that new Blossom Bouquet punch I also used:  Spring Flower Bouquet punch (retired) and the Itty Bitty punches.  I layered these plus a few pearls and the narrow Daffodil Delight ribbon on top of a partial Top Note and called it complete! 

The color scheme here is from this week's Pals Paper Arts challenge (I'm beyond exstatic to be back to stamping and enjoying fabulous challenges) to use Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade.  I also used many "itty bitty flowers" which is just what is on tap for the Splitcoast Ways to Use it challenge for Friday. 

I hope you'll enjoy the inside as well.  I'm on a roll completing both outside and insides! 

Thanks for stopping by again!  Be sure to visit again tomorrow for yet another card this time featuring a certain new embossing folder.  ;) 


SUO Supplies
Stamps:  In My Thoughts (retired)
Colors: Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo and Whisper White
Accessories:  punches- Blossom Bouquet triple layer, Spring Flowers, Itty Bitty punch pack; Basic pearls, Top Note die, Big Shot, Narrow Daffodil Delight ribbon

Friday, August 5, 2011

Heartfelt gratitude from me

Before I type a word about this card, my first since May I believe, I'd like to first extend my heartfelt gratitude to you, my on-line friends, who have left the most endearing messages regarding the loss of my mom.  I can honestly tell you I've read them many times and each time they brought me comfort.  I'm so very touched, so THANK YOU! 

Thanks to some of the beautiful handmade cards I received from people like Angie Tieman and Lisa Henke, I am finally inspired to stamp again.  I spent most of my day at my "creative station" enjoying some of my new SU goodies that I've had for some time but never opened.   For this card I used the sentiment from my new stamp set Faith in Nature as well as the retired Sale-a-Bration set called Bliss.  My color combo is Soft Suede, Concord Crush with the new In Color Wisteria Wonder and a touch of Calypso Coral on the butterfly. 

Extra details include Basic Pearls, the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Log Cabin Smooch Spritz and some Dazzling Diamonds. 

For the inside I used the stamp set Vintage Labels and the sentiment is from Silhouette Sentiments (retired hostess set).  My layout came from the Clean & Simple blog sketch #152.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed stamping again! 

Be sure to stop back tomorrow and the next day as I've got MORE to show you!  Thanks for visiting today!


SUO Supplies
Stamps: Faith in Nature, Bliss (retired), Silhouette Sentiments (retired), Vintage Labels (retired)
Colors:  Soft Suede, Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Basic Pearls, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Curly Label punch