Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Diva Coffee Break Challenge #158

Hi Ladies,

Boy I have not been a very good blogger as of late, I really do not know where the time goes each and every day.  Maybe it has to do with the 7 1/2, 6, 3 and 1 year old little critters I have running around the house and pulling me in all sorts of directions. 

This weeks challenge was a really pretty color combination.  DCBD158I would have never put all 4 of these colors on one card together but they were so pretty when I pulled out all of the colors looking for inspiration.  Here is what I came up with:

dcbd157 It is a fairly simple card that took about 6 minutes to make once I had the colors pulled out.  I cannot wait to get the time to try out more with this color combination.  I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season and a Merry Christmas!

Stamps: Thank You Kindly

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall DSP

Accessories:  Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, Rich Razzleberry polka- dotted grosgrain

Tools:  Scallop circle punch, crop-a-dile

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Diva Coffee Break Challenge #155

Wow, three days in a row of Diva challenges!  This challenge was supposed to be posted on the day before Thanksgiving.  I left out of town the Friday before and had the card already to go and then that was when I was having computer trouble.  Anyways that week’s challenge was a great sketch.DCBD155

I was so excited the Happy Together stamp set arrived in the mail the day that I sat down to make this card.  I just love trading stamp sets (especially retired ones that I don't seem to use anymore for current ones!).  I made this card for a swap that I was working on at the time for Thank you cards.  I really like the way that this one turned out.

dcbd155 Ok, so here is my Stampin’ Up! plug…. I just love how the stamp sets have so many images that coordinate together.  Each different colored panel has a different image from the stamp set and they all look so good together.  I just love how Stampin’ Up sets work like that verses buying individual stamps at the store. 

Stamps:  Happy Together, Thank You Kindly

Ink: Cameo Coral, So Saffron, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black

Paper:  Whisper White, Cameo Coral, SO Saffron, Bermuda Bay, and Sahara Sand

Accessories:  Vintage Brads, Stampin Dimensionals

Tools:  Paper Piercer and Mat Pack

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Diva Coffee Break Challenge #157

Well it is Wednesday so it is the acutal day for the Diva Coffe Break challenge.  This time around it was a sketch.


I kept to the basic sketch but swapped the two rectangles for different shapes and sizes and moved my bow to the opposite side.


My 2 year old is completely infatuated with Tinkerbell.  Everything she wants has to do with Tinkerbell.  So of for her upcoming birthday we are going to have a Tinkerbell party.  Since her birthday was so close to Christmas I was just going to buy invitations instead of making them, but so far neither one of us likes any of the invites we have seen in the store.  So here is attempt #1 for an invite.  It was fairly simple to make but I dont know if I am completely sold on it yet.  Hannah loves all of the pixie dust (shimmer paint) on the purple and pink layers, it is her favorite part. 

Don't forget to head over to the Diva Blog and check out the other samples and play along, the ones I have seen so far are great and there is also a sneak peak of new product on one of the cards! 

Stamps:  Mark the Date

Ink: Lovely Lilac

Paper:  Green Galore, Blush Blossom, Yoyo Yellow, Lovely Lilac, Whisper White, Pink Passion, Vellum paper

Accessories: Champagne Shimmer Paint, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon,

Tools: Big Shot and SU! Backgrounds texturz plates, 5 Petal Flower, Scallop Border, 3/4 inch circle, 1 inch circle, 1 1/4 inch circle, word window and scallop circle punches

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Diva Coffee Break Challenge #156

Ok, so I am a bad diva.  I do have a good excuse for being late , technical issues with the computer.  I actually had this challenge that was supposed to be posted last Wednesday done a week before Thanksgiving but couldn't get the card reader to talk to my card and the computer so I couldn't get the pictures from my camera to my blog.  But this is still the challenge for this week (well until tomorrow), so you can still head over to the diva blog and play.  Here is the color combo we had to play with:


This was a pretty color combo and great for the wintery season.  Here is my quick card.  I am still working on the theme of fast and easy to mass produce Christmas cards.   Even though we purchased the photo Christmas cards from Costco I still like to send homemade cards in with them.  So here is this weeks card:

dcbd#156 copyI used the platinum shimmer paint spray on this card and of course the camera couldn't pick up the sparkle that I wanted to show, it just made it look gray.  So the white panel that the image is stamped on is actually whisper white cardstock and is pretty and sparkly in real life.  I still have one more challenge to post from Thanksgiving week when I was out of town but that will probably be on Thursday when I schedule that one to go up, as tomorrow there is another challenge.  So head on over to the Diva Blog to check out the samples from this color challenge today and don't forget to stop back by tomorrow for the new sketch challenge and more fabulous ideas.  I am off to go stamp for the first time since November 19th and I am so excited! 

Stamps: Delightful decoration, Baroque Motifs

Ink:  Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo

Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Gray

Accessories:  Platinum shimmer paint, silver elastic cord

Tools:  Paper Piercer

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Holiday Exchange #8

The final project we were given was to create something of our choice.  I have seen a couple of these trees floating around over the years  and thought that it would be fun to create.  

Holiday Exchange #8

I used my Circle Scissors Plus to cut out a 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 inch circle.  Each circle was folded into eighths and I sponged the edges of each circle to give it more depth.  Then I poked them down on a chopstick.  The star on the top is 4 or 5 ( I don’t remember exactly, I see 4 in the picture but there might be a 5th hiding) large star punches folded in half and glued together.  In this picture I used the baskets and blooms die to create a pot for it to sit in but I could not get it stable and to stand up straight.  I decided to change it and stuck the chopstick in a chunk of green floral foam stuff and cover it in Really Rust paper.  (To make sure that the layers didn't fall down I tipped the whole tree upside down and applied some crystal effects right around the chopstick where the paper was.  It made a little ring type stopper.)

Ink: Garden Green

Paper: Summer Sun, Really Rust, and Merry Moments DSP

Accessories:  Crystal Effects

Tools: Stampin Sponge, Circle Scissor Plus and Glass mat,  Big Shot and Baskets and Bloom die

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Exchange Assignment #7


Day 7 of the Holiday Exchange was to pick something off of our that was a non-card item that she would like a sample of.  In a few places my partner mention that she liked framed pieces of stamped art and for another question regarding her favorite color she said “I truly love all SU! colors.”  This project was a challenge for me I started 3 different things and never liked the way that they were going so I ended trashing the idea ( but not the cardstock, I carefully took apart the layers to reuse at another time!).  Then all of the sudden while doing dishes the light bulb in my head went off.  A while back I saw a framed art, I believe on SplitCoast, where the lady used all of the colors that she had on one frame with the quote “I never met a color I didn't like.”    I knew that this would be great if I could get it to work.  Boy it was a struggle to get all of the circles in a straight line and evenly spaced but I eventually did it.  I love the way that it turned out and think that it is pretty enough to have out on display and also would be perfect to take to a workshop or a function to display all 48 of the core colors.  Anyway enough jibbering, here is the finished project!

Holiday EX #7

Paper:  All 48 colors from the 4 core color groups, whisper white and basic black

Tools: 1/2 inch circle punch

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Holiday Exchange Assignment #5

The next assignment we had was to create an ornament for our partners.  I love the glittered ball ornaments but I didn't quite know how to make one.  I researched it and found several different ways to make them but I didn’t know which way was best so I went with something that seemed a little less daunting to me, an ornament made completely out of paper. 

Holiday EX #5 I used the Merry Moments DSP from the current Stampin’ Up! catalog.  I painted the inside of each cone with shimmer paint as well as the red scallop in the middle of the ornament.  This is a simple project but a little time consuming.  It was fun to make and I will definitely be making more of these soon!  I found the idea from Katie Renz.

Paper:  Merry Moments DSP

Accessories:  Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Champagne Shimmer Paint

Tools: Crop-a-dile, 1 inch circle punch, scallop circle punch, circle scissor plus with glass mat

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Diva Coffee Break Design Challenge #154

Good Morning, it is Wednesday so it is time for another Diva Coffee Break Design challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  


I really liked this color combination and thought it would make for a pretty Christmas card, but when I sat down last week to work on it I was not in the Christmas card mood.  I decided to go for an Anniversary card instead.  I am on the fence about this card, I am not sure if I will actually send it or make something totally different.  I was planning on coming back to this challenge to try again with a Christmas card but time did not allow.  So here is my card for the challenge.

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I really like how the ribbon turned out.  I took my Sage Shadow marker and colored the center strip of the organza ribbon, then I took my Night of Navy marker and colored the thin lines on the edges.  (Oh and the ribbon tails are really the same size the top on is just sticking out towards the camera when I took the picture so it looks really short!) 

Don't forget to head over to the Diva Coffee Break Design Blog to check out the other wonderful creations that have been made with this color combo.  And of course you can play along too and submit your art to be chosen as the featured stamper.

Stamps: Fifth Ave Floral, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:  Real Red, Sage Shadow, Bordering Blue, Night of Navy

Paper: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Sage Shadow, Bordering Blue, Night of Navy

Accessories:  Real Red Brads, Organza Ribbon, Dimensionals

Tools: Corner Rounder, Modern Label, Designer Label and 1 3/8th inch circle punches

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Holiday Exchange Assignment #4

Our fourth assignment was to create something that can be an organizational help.  My partner had indicated that she really liked the color Bermuda Bay and I had not used it yet so I knew that I wanted to use it for this project.  I make myself a Christmas planner every year for the holidays to help keep myself organized so I thought I would share it with her. 

Holiday Ex #4 -1Here is what it looks like on the inside.  I know it is hard to see but there is a pocket on the inside where I keep my receipt envelope.  (The pocket has the snowflakes on it.)  I also use the round tab punch to create tabs (which I stored in the envelope for my partner if she wanted to use different ones that I usually do) to separate the notepad in to the categories I need.  Holliday Ex #4-2

The instructions I used did not have an author on it and I have no idea where it came from to give someone credit, but there are several versions of these out there.  And to top things off I cannot find my original template ( I might have sent it to my partner), but I remember how to make these.   So when I sit down to make mine I will type up instructions and share it with you.  If you would like a copy when I have it done please leave me a comment or send me an email so I can get it to you.

Stamps: Sparkly and Bright, Calendar Alphabet and Numbers

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Summer Sun, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black:

Paper: Shimmery White, Summer Sun, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay

Accessories:  Real Red Wide Grosgrain Ribbon

Tools: Round Tab Punch

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Mystery Solved!

I am here to interrupt the Holiday Exchange assignments again because I had the creator of the super cute punchy snowman contact me.  The creator is Richelle Hopkinson and her blog is here!  I love being able to give credit to the fabulous people who come up with these wonderful creations and I am very grateful for her sharing her talents on her blog with us.  Anyways, I love the snowman so much that I have made a few other cards with him.  This is a card that I made for a swap and since they have all received their cards I can post it here now.Oct CCSIsn't the snowman cute?

Stamps:  Sparkly and Bright

Ink: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Basic black marker

Paper:  Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, Only Orange, Shimmery White, Pawsitively Prints DSP

Accessories:  Real Red Brad, Real Red Grosgrain, dimensionals

Tools:  Crop a dile, Big Shot, Scallop Square Clear Die,  Corner rounder, Word Window, 1 3/8 inch Square, Heart to Heart, 1/2 inch circle, and Wide Oval punches, sponge

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Holiday Exchange Assignment #3

The third assignment we had for the exchange was “a technique or a pattern”.  My partner said that she liked to see the ways that our supplies are used in ways other than stamping or scrapbooking.  Since she has boys in the house I saw the cutest little red wagon, designed by Sue Berker,  that I knew I wanted to duplicate for her.  Holiday Ex #3

Isn't just too cute!  I need to make one for me to have on my desk, even though I would be the only one to ever see it.  I created a mini little Stampin’ Up! box out of Kraft cardstock and used a stamp from my stamp prize stash.  The logo stamp is one that I had purchased right after becoming a demonstrator a long time ago.  I may have even gotten it before I actually received my starter kit. 

Stamps: SU! logo stamp

Ink:  Basic Black

Paper:  Real Red, Kraft, Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories:  Antique Brass jumbo Brads, Wide Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, a stamp

Tools:  3/4 inch circle, 1 inch circle, Horizontal Slot, and Word Window Punches, crop-a-dile

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Holiday Exchange Assignment #2

Now back to the partner exchange box from Monday.  The second assignment we had was to create a card with pink in it.  This assignment was given in October and was in celebration/honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   I was really struggling with a pink card because everything I was creating looked like spring and it is definitely not spring time.   assignment #2

As you can see, I picked Rose Red as my color.  Although its name may be red I think of it as a pink color.  I used the Bella Toile Background stamp and embossed the image with iridescent ice embossing powder.  I purposely left this card with out a greeting so that my partner would be able to use it for any occasion.  I really like the way that this card turned out and it would be so easy to mass produce or use in a class.

Stamps:  Bella Toile BG

Ink:  Versamark

Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red

Accessories:  Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Pretties Kit (white flower and rhinestone brad), Flower Fusion Felt Flowers, Pumpkin Grosgrain ribbon

Tools:  Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

DCBD Challenge #153

I cannot believe it is already Wednesday again.  I do not know where all of the time went (well I know a lot of it was spent in waiting rooms but where did the rest go?)  Time for another fabulous sketch challenge from the Diva Coffee Break Design team blog.  Here is this weeks sketch.

DCBD153 This was a fun sketch for me.  I had just pulled out my Circle Scissors Plus from Stampin’ Up! again recently after putting it in the back of the closet so I was excited to get to use it some more.  It is a fun tool to use.  I wanted to work on a few more fall-ish themed items before I went full speed ahead into Christmas so I pulled out Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry and went to work.  This is what I ended up with.


I really like Kraft cardstock and definitely do not use it enough.   I masked off a few of the trees to give it the overlapping look.  The ground, even though you really can’t see it in this picture, was made using close to cocoa and chocolate chip chalks and a sponge dauber.  Now that I am taking another look at this card I think that the colors were actually from a previous DCBD color challenge.  It must have really stuck with me.   Remember to stop on by the Diva Coffee Break Blog to check out what the other Diva’s have created and then play along and link your creation to the blog so we call all see!

Stamps:  Trendy Trees, Thank you Kindly

Ink: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, Garden Green

Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Garden Green

Accessories: Dusty Durango Polka Dot Grosgrain, dimensionals, Stampin Pastels

Tools:  1 inch circle and 1 1/4 inch circle punches, Circle Scissors Plus, Glass Mat,

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Holiday Exchange Partner Box

I think that I had previously mentioned that I was participating in a Holiday Partner Exchange on the  SUDemoOnly group.  She received her box last week so I can share some of the projects with you.  The first assignment was to create a friendship card and actually mail it out to her.  I chose a stamp set that I thought she had and made her a cute girly card since I figured she deserved one being in a house of boys. 


I stamped the cute build a bear girl on some Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper and colored it with markers and an aqua painter.  My favorite part of this card is her shoes.  You cannot tell in the picture but I coated the shoes in crystal effects to give her the look of some brand new shiny Mary Jane's. 

Stamps:  Beary Best Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Staz On Black; Regal Rose, Basic Black, Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel markers, Certainly Celery

Paper:  Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Pawsitively Prints DSP

Accessories:  Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, Crystal Effects

Tools:  Modern Label and Scallop Edge Punches, Crop-a-Dile

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Completing the Thanksgiving Trio

Yesterday I showed you the last box that I made in my Thanksgiving box tutorial.  Today I will show you the first two.  The turkey and the pilgrim are cased from Tammy, I also based my own Indian off her basic design. 


topnote pilgram

Isn’t is wonderful all of the different ways you can use current Stampin’ Up! punches and products!topnote turkey Here is the completed trio that I have up on my fireplace mantle for Thanksgiving.thanksgiving trio 

* Off Topic ~ Thanks for all of the well wishes for my little girl.  We were able to get her into the surgeon on Friday and she is back to herself as of yesterday, minus 2 teeth.  She is still learning how to eat and it is fun to watch.  Her 6 year old brother is so jealous that the tooth fairy visited her before him. 

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Thursday, November 5, 2009


Sorry about that last post that went live this morning incomplete.  I was typing it up last night when my 2 1/2 year old was playing and fell into the piano bench and left the computer with everything as is and so this morning it went ahead and posted what I had started at 7 am like it should have.  After spending the day in dentist's offices (yes multiple ones) we found out at 5:30 tonight that she is going to have to see an oral surgeon and have 2 teeth extracted.  Unfortunately all of the surgeons were closed so we don't know when we will be able to get in for an appointment, but hopefully some time on Friday so she doesn't have to go through the weekend in so much pain.  I am just so drained from the last 24 hours that I know that I will not be able to post anything tonight or for tomorrow because hopefully they can squeeze us in at the surgeon's.  Here's to hoping for something on Saturday otherwise I promise I will have things to show you on Monday. Pin It Now!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Diva Coffee Break Designs Challenge #152

I cannot believe it has been a whole week since I have posted.  Sorry, life just got in the way of my well made plans and I feel like I have been doing alot of apologizing.  With busy schedules and typical seasonal illness, I just do not have enough time in the day anymore.  I do have a few things to show you and hope to get a few extra posts scheduled to go out in the upcoming days to prevent this lack of blogging.  Anyways here is this weeks color challenge.


It was another beautiful fall color combination.   Last week I had my little class.  I love this little class of mine it really keeps me going.  We made some top note boxes.  I just absolutely love the top note die by Stampin’ Up!  It has been used for so many different things.  I cased all 4 boxes but as I was teaching the ladies I knew I had to come up with one of my own.  I knew I needed an Indian to go with the set.  This color combo was perfect for it!  It is a super simple easy to duplicate little Indian. 

dcbd #152

Don’t forget to check out the Diva Coffee Break Design Blog here to check out what the other diva’s have made and to play along too.  You too can be featured on the blog!   Come back tomorrow to see the other two boxes in my set.

Ink:  Creamy Caramel ink pad and marker

Paper:  Creamy Caramel. Always Artichoke, Ruby Red, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories: Dimensionals

Tools:  Big Shot, Top Note Die, Perfect Details Texture Plate, 1 inch circle punch, 3/4 inch circle punch, 1/2 inch circle punch, Round tab punch, Large Oval punch

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Its Diva Coffee Break Design Team Challenge Day!

It’s Wednesday so it is time for another challenge.  Sorry for the lack of blogging the last few days.  Life has been busy here, we had a 6th birthday party for my son over the weekend, I have been painting 27 shoe boxes black for a school party (and I thought it would be so easy, not!), and I have been working on a partner exchange and some swaps.  So I do have some things to show you I just have to wait until they are received before I can post them here.  Anyways, so back to the challenge.  This week it was a sketch.  DCBD151I ended up taking a really loose interpretation of the sketch.  I had it all set up to go almost exactly as the sketch is laid out in the picture but then I started messing around to get something I liked a little bit better and this is what I ended up with. 

DCBD 151I saw this cute little snowman on someone’s blog recently so I saved a copy of the picture on my computer to case it.  I didn’t bother to write down the name or the blog because the watermark on the picture had the info.  The only problem is that I saved it as a tiny little thumbnail and when I try to make it bigger to read the watermark it gets all blurry.   I think that it is made by someone names Rachelle or Rochelle but that is all that I can get out of it.  So if it is you let me know because I would love to give you the proper credit for this adorable little snowman.  Isn’t he just the cutest!?

Stamps:  Serene Snowflake, Sparkly and Bright

Ink:  Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Basic Black Marker

Paper: Shimmery White, Whisper White, Real Red, Night of Navy, Only Orange, Basic Black, Pawsitivly Prints DSP

Accessories: Real Red Grosgrain, Dimensionals, White Gel Pen

Tools:  Eyelet Border Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, 3/4 inch circle Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Word Window, 1 1/4 Square Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, and Ornament Punch

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Another Pastel Christmas

After making my cards for my stamp a stack, during the same sitting,  I really liked the pastel colored one so I decided to use some of the same colors again.  This is another simple, easy to mass produce for Christmas cards.

shimmery serene Sorry, for the poor lighting again,  I am pre-posting and it is really still Monday here and rainy.  The small snowflakes are stamped in Champagne Shimmer paint.  They are much more subtle in real life.   I also sprayed the background paper with shimmer paint mist again.  Can you tell I love this stuff?!  Here is some of the shimmer on the card.shimmery serene close up

The peaceful wishes tag is created using the scallop square punch, by punching one square first and then reinserting the square in the punch to cut it into a rectangle.  It just looked better that way with the greeting that way.

Stamps: Serene Snow Flakes

Ink:  Bashful Blue, Lavender Lace

Paper: Shimmery White, Lavender Lace, Bashful Blue

Accessories: Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon, Champagne Shimmer Paint, Chit Chat Rub-ons, stampin’ dimensionals

Tools:  Big Shot, Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die, Scallop Square Punch and Corner Rounder Punch

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Pastel Christmas

This is the last card that we did at my Christmas Stamp A Stack.  I really wanted to use the hostess stamp set Patterned Pines, and for some reason it was screaming at me for pastel colors.  (Yes, late at night my stamps do talk!)  I really like the pretty soft card that this made.

patterned pinesSince the trees are all on one stamp I used a marker to color the different trees, you could also use stampin’ spots if that's what you have.   Since I love sparkle so much the white paper is actually shimmery white and the background of the card has been sprayed with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and platinum shimmer paint. 

Stamps: Patterned Pines, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Sage Shadow, Bashful Blue, Lavender Lace

Paper: Sage Shadow, Lavender Lace, Shimmery White

Accessories:  Bashful Blue Grosgrain, Platinum Shimmer Paint

Tools:  Big Shot, Scallop Square Die

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Thursday, October 22, 2009


This is another card from my Christmas stamp a stack class.  I love navy blue with a crisp white contrast and the Serene Snowflakes stamp set makes for a beautiful card.   While you cannot tell from this picture, the snowflakes are stamped with white craft ink and the embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder.  The snowflakes sparkle and shimmer and are really pretty.  I also wanted to go slightly non traditional with the saying.


Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Warm Words

Ink:  Whisper White Craft ink

Paper:  Shimmery White, Night of Navy

Accessories:  Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Sliver Cord, White Organza Ribbon

Tools:  Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy (really a must have for embossing!)

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

DCBD Color Challenge #150!

Boy these Diva Coffee Break color challenges have really been that for me, a challenge.  I saw these colors and honestly my first thought was, “Eewww, do I really have to do that?”    I have since changed my mind and I am not so repulsed by the colors, I love the card that I ended up with but it was a toughie getting there.   Here are the colors:
While I love Old Olive and Certainly Celery, I don’t think I have used them together before now, really rust is not a color I tend to use and basic gray is just that, basically gray.  But lookie, lookie  at my fabulous card!
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I had pulled out the 4 colors of cardstock and ink pads and stared at them for a while (probably for a half hour) before I even had the inkling of an idea.  I took the liberty of adding in Vanilla to to color scheme and when I added the Vanilla I had to check and make sure that I had Really Rust and not Pumpkin Pie.  That is when I decided to make a pumpkin and the card fell into place.  This is a 3x6 card to fit in an open ended envelope.  I love, love, love the new shimmer paint.  I used the shimmer paint/ alcohol mix on the pumpkin.  Here is a close up that gives you about 1/4 of the real life shimmer of the pumpkin.  dcbd 150-1 I hope you all enjoy the card as much as I do!  Remember to check out the Diva’s entries on the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog and play along, I cannot wait to see what you come up with!
Stamps:  Baroque Motifs, Holiday Best (Hostess)
Ink:  Basic Gray, Really Rust ink pad and marker, Old Olive ink pad and marker
Paper: Basic Gray, Really Rust, Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Champagne Shimmer paint, blender pen (to remove ink from stamp to color leaves different color)
Tools: Wide Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch (to make the pumpkin stem), Scallop Edge Punch, SpongePin It Now!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Easy Peasy Christmas Card

This was the first card that we did at my stamp a stack last Wednesday.  It was a fun class where we made 3 different cards and then some tags for Christmas gifts.   As I was walking the ladies out the door, the power went out (from the storm that we had been having).  I am so glad that it waited until we were all done stamping and they had gathered up their things.  Anyways, here is the first card that we made together.


Now of course with the rainy day light you cannot see the shimmer paint spray that gives the card it’s true beauty.  I took several drops of champagne mist shimmer paint and added it to a spray of rubbing alcohol and sprayed the ornament and the whisper white layer. 

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Delightful Decorations

Ink:  Glorious Green, Real Red

Paper: Glorious Green, Real Red, Whisper White

Accessories:  Dimensionals, Champagne Shimmer paint, rubbing alcohol, Gold Cord

Tools: Ornament Punch

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Monday, October 19, 2009

So easy a 7 1/2 year old can do it

Seriously the new My Digital Studio program from Stampin’ Up! is that easy.  As part of the certification program for demonstrators we are required to make a card and print it through their print vendor.  As I was working on my project I was interrupted and came back to the computer to find my daughter playing around with my card.  She didn't really know what she was doing but I figured I would let her explore her creativity and play around with it.  I sat behind her and directed her to the areas to find the changes that she wanted to make.  And she pretty much made a card all on her own, and a cute one at that.  I had already pulled out the kraft paper and the navy ribbon onto the screen and she took over from there.   I just had to print out her card too so show off her great work.  I was really happy with the quality of card that we received back from the printer and it even came with its own envelope as an added bonus!


Sorry for the lighting issues, it is raining yet again.  (But I did take a hint from Andrea Walford to use colored papers to help get better colors in your pictures and there was a big difference from the ones that I did with the usual white papers as compared to this one.)

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

DCBD #149

It is Wednesday and time for another Diva Coffee Break Design sketch.  This weeks sketch was pretty easy. 

DCBD149I started working on this challenge a little more than a week ago and have made several different cards with it.  But as this has been a busy week with a lot of things happening (including having at least one member of the house sick for the last 2 weeks) I sent all of the cards but one with out taking a picture. 

dcbd #149This one is really simple, but I just love that flower so it was my favorite one of the bunch.  Again I did a light mist of water to give it a softer look.  Don't forget to check out the other diva’s cards here and to play along with us and link your card! 

Stamps: Inspired By Nature

Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive

Paper:   Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive, Shimmery White, Cottage Wall Dsp

Accessories:  Mistletoe Ribbon (Old Olive Taffeta), Dimensionals

Tools: Scallop Edge Punch

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pirate Party Invites

My son decided that he wanted to have a pirate themed birthday party this year.  Unfortunately he did not decide this until the last minute other wise I would have ordered the wonderful Pirate Party kit from Stampin’ Up!  So we had to make our own.  Luckily I had purchased the Pirate time stamp set when the catalog was released, at my son’s request, so we could still go with the Pirate theme on the invites.  He really liked the invites in the kit so we made our own similar version of it. 

pirate partyWe did these cards in a post card style format, it is just a quarter sheet of cardstock, not the typical 1/2 sheet folded in half.  This is the card before we put all of the details on it.  All of the writing went in the more mustard space overlapping the sword.  The skull was embossed with whisper white embossing powder and the bandana was embossed with clear.   The sword was stamped using the new Champagne Shimmer paint.  It was really hard to get a picture of but here is a close up that shows a little of the shimmer.  It is so sparkly and (I would say pretty but my son would not like his cards called pretty) bling-y in real life, perfect pirate loot! pirate party swordStamps: Pirate Time

Ink: More Mustard, Basic Black, Versamark

Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, More Mustard, Tempting Turquoise, Sahara Sand

Accessories:  Champagne Shimmer Paint, Clear and Whisper White embossing powders, dimensionals

Tools:  Heat Tool

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Simple Sketch

I don't have a lot of time to spend every day looking at blogs so I subscribe to a few of my favorites though feedblitz so that I get their posts sent directly to my email.  Over the last few months I have just been deleting them unread because I have not had the time to even look at those few but there was one I received just a few days ago that I actually took a second to look at and one card stuck in my head.  It was this card by Silke Ledlow, I really like her clean and simple stamping, it is stunning!  Anyways here are two cards that I created from the card that she did during my middle of the night stamp session.


trick or treatStamps:  Smarty Pants, Holiday Best Hostess Set

Ink:  Basic Black; Old Olive,Pumpkin Pie and Perfect Plum markers

Paper: Cast a Spell DSP, Whisper White, Old Olive,  Pumpkin Pie, Perfect Plum

Accessories:  vintage Brads, Stampin Dimensionals

Tools:  Paper Piercer, Mat Pack

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

3-d ornament punch

My husband has been out of town so while I was laying in bed late one night wide awake I hopped up and decided to get some 2 am stamping done.  I actually cranked out quite a few items.  The first was an ornament with the ornament punch.  Last year there were tons of samples of ornaments with the scalloped circle punch and I kept meaning to do one but the holiday season came and went and I never got one made.  This year I was determined to get one done.  Well since I lost my craft room I have had to revert to storing my punches in one of those over the door shoe holders, unfortunately mine is not clear.  I reached in for what was supposed to be my scallop circle punch and went to go sit down and punch some out of the Christmas dsp.  Well I accidentally grabbed the Ornament punch, but I thought it would work the same.   And guess what, it did!  Here is the 3-d ornament.

ornament punch 2It was really simple to do.  I just punched out 8 shapes and folded them in half and glue them all together.  Before gluing the first and last one together I stuck the ribbon in the middle.  Here is a shot from more of an angle so you can get a better idea of the 3-d ishness . 

ornament with punch

This can be done with any object that is symmetrical along the vertical axis.  Pretty much if it is the same when you fold it in half it should work.

Paper:  Merry Moments DSP

Accessories: Very Vanilla grosgrain

Tools: Ornament Punch

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

DCBD #148

I am sorry for the lack of blogging lately.  Last week we worked on potty training my 2 year old and then she got sick, and has so lovingly shared it will all of the rest of us.  Luckily for my DH he has been out of town since Friday and was so super busy before that , he has not come down with it.  (knock on wood)  Anyways it is time for another DCBD challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.

DCBD148 I was pretty excited about this color challenge.  I have been on a Kraft kick lately so I was excited to be able to use it in this challenge.  Also, I do not think that I have ever used Dusty Durango so it was going to stretch me into using it.  I don't know why I had not used it yet, it really is a pretty color.

dcbd 148I knew I wanted to do something “fallish” but to my dismay all of my fall themed stamp sets are retired, so I decided to use inspired by nature.  This card pretty much put itself together.   For the flower image I colored the image with markers and then gave it a light mist with a spray bottle of water.  I just wanted a subtle watercolor look to it so I did the “Untamed Heart” spray.  (For those of you who have not seen the movie (and have but don't remember) in the beginning when Caroline is getting ready she put her perfume on by spraying it in the air and ducking under it.)  So I sprayed my water up in the air and then moved my stamp underneath to catch the light mist as it fell.  On the Garden Green layer I stamped the grassy image to give it texture.  This really is a simple card but I love the way it turned out. 

Stamps:  Inspired by Nature

Ink:  Garden Green, Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry

Paper:  Kraft, Garden Green, Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla

Accessories:  Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon (on backwards), stampin dimensionals

Tools:  Big Shot, Top Note Die

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

More of those Watercolor Roses!

Sorry just another quick post, so much to do and so little time.  This is a card that I was asked to make  over the weekend for a lady at our church.  I had made several extra wet water color roses the last time I made some, so I pulled them out and threw together a quick card.

wet watercolor bday

This card is actually a 5x7 card since it was being passed around for the ladies at church to all sign and add their wishes to.

Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral, Upsy Daisy

Ink:  Regal Rose, Rose Red, Barely Banana

Paper:  Shimmery White, Whisper White, Mellow Moss, Regal Rose, Versamark

Accessories:  Mellow Moss grosgrain,  Whisper White Embossing Powder, Stampin Dimensionals

Tools:  Big Shot, Little Leaves Sizzlit, SU! Perfect Details Embossing Plate, Heat Tool, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

DCBD # 147

Today is Wednesday, which means it is time for the Diva Coffee Break Design Team challenge.  This week is a sketch.  I usually really enjoy sketches but this one was a toughie for me. 

DCBD147 I ended up using my favorite dsp paper pack from the current catalog, Cottage Wall DSP.  I did not think that I even liked the color Orchid Opulence until this paper came around. 

dcbd 147The card seems a little plain but I still like it.  This was one of those cards that started out really elaborate and I had to keep removing and taking away elements to get it to my liking.  In the process I removed one of the layers that was suggested in the sketch but I figure that you don’t always need to take a literal interpretation of a sketch, right?  Don't forget to go to the DCBD team blog and check out the fabulous samples over there! 

Stamps: Smarty Pants

Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Paper:  Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Cottage Wall DSP

Accessories: Silver Elastic Cord, Old Olive Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Tools:  Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, SU! Backgrounds texturez plates, 1/2 inch circle punch

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