Monday, August 31, 2009

Punchy Flower

I haven’t stamped since Thursday and it is driving me crazy.  When things get stressful I love to sit down and stamp for a few minutes, but I am still trying to find a place for everything that was in our office/craft room so we can turn it into a kids bedroom.  I cannot believe how much stuff we actually had in there.  I am having a hard time finding something to do with all of my stamping stuff. 

Luckily I took pictures of all of the cards that I made for my last card class so I do have something to show you.  I saw this card somewhere and when I sat down to finish the class I decided I needed to add one more card and this one came immediately to mind.  I am not sure who exactly created this card but I know that there have been lots of versions of this flower floating around out there. 

oval flower

Have a great day, I am off to go get rid of more stuff.

Stamps: Curvy Verses

Ink: Creamy Caramel, Basic Black Marker, Basic Black

Paper:  Baja Breeze, Barely Banana, Creamy Caramel, Gable Green

Tools:  Large Oval Punch, Paper Crimper, Sponge

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Medallion Birthday

Last night I had a little mini card class and this is one of the birthday cards we made.  It is so simple but was the favorite card.  Birthday Medallion

I also had a little helper last night.  My 9 month old would not go to bed, for some reason she felt like she had to be up with the “big girls” last night and since my husband was not home she played on the floor around the table.  When doing these classes I keep all of the supplies in plastic tubs/boxes and I place them on the floor as soon as we have completed that card.  Well I forgot that she is crawling now, and she had fun playing with the supplies.  I could not resist getting a picture.

class helper She has the perfect little innocent, I’m not doing anything wrong face.

Stamps:  Medallion, Upsy Daisy

Ink: Melon Mambo

Paper:  Whisper White, Mellon Mambo textured cardstock

Accessories: Glue Dot, Melon Mambo polka dot ribbon

Tools: Eyelet Border punch

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Super Simple and Sweet

I have forgotten how much I love Stampin’ Up!’s kraft cardstock and have not used it in many months.  Today I found a scrap of it misfiled in my scraps drawer and decided to pull it back out to play.  I also wanted to try the chalkboard technique.  So here is what I came up withchalkboard The image is stamped with white craft in and then has some pastels added.  It is pretty much the same as the poppin pastels technique, just using craft ink instead of versamark.  Don't look too closely because the pastels are not super pretty.  I am in the process of loosing my stamping area (so sad about that but we are changing our office/homework/computer/craft room into a bedroom for our oldest since we are having bedtime issues with the younger girls so it was time to separate them)  and yesterday I packed my sponge daubers in a box to be moved out of the room and I cannot locate them now.  So I had to make do with a regular old cotton ball.  It took a lot more work to do it with the cotton ball and it was also less accurate and precise than what I can do with a sponge dauber. 

I got a wonderful birthday present in the mail today from a sweet friend, I am going to have to find time to use it tonight and tell you all about it tomorrow.

Stamps: Inspired By Nature

Ink: White Craft

Paper: Kraft

Accessories:  Stampin’ Pastels (old olive and summer sun) , Whisper White taffeta ribbon

Tools: Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Cotton Ball (but please try with a sponge dauber you will be much happier)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

DCBD #142

The kids are back in school, yippee!  This is great but my 2 1/2 year old doesn't want to be by herself at all now and she thinks that the house is too quite.  Hopefully she will adjust quickly so I can get caught up on many things. 

This weeks DCBD challenge is a color challenge.  As soon as I saw the colors I knew that I wanted to use a tulip image.  DCBD142 DCBD 142 I love when I find alternate ways to use something.  I had left my paper piercing template out on my desk after piercing the chocolate chip piece and somehow I managed to get a slight impression on a piece of computer paper and the light bulb went off.  I took my empressor and used the plastic template like a classy brass template and love the results.  I then just masked the edges and stamped in the recessed part.  To create the coloring on the tulips I first inked up the flower with regal rose and then I took my rose red marker and highlighted/colored all of the whimsy lines and dots.  I really like the way it turned out.

Stamps: Garden Whimsy

Ink: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip

Paper": Whisper White, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip

Accessories:  Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon

Tools:  Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Corner Rounder Punch, Sponge

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Enjoy a Merry Moment with Dasher!

I so love the under $10 stamps section in the catalog and Dasher is my favorite.  He always seems to be in my hands when I go get something to stamp.  I am working on trying to design my Christmas cards for this year.  I have come up with several ideas but they are all way too labor intensive to mass produce.  This is one that I like, but am not super thrilled with, just feels like it is missing something, but it is a good card for a class or a camp. 


mcdasherSorry for the DSP background.  I was having lighting issues and the white backdrop was blending in with the card.  I hope it is not too distracting.

Maybe I will figure out what the something is that I feel like is missing and fall in love with the design and give it a go.

Stamps: Dasher, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:  Soft Suede, Real Red

Paper:  Merry Moments DSP, Whisper White, Soft Suede Textured CS

Accessories:  Real Red Ribbon, Bold Brights Brads

Tools: Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Edge Punch

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Scrapbook photo shoot

I really was not liking the main picture of the scrapbook from my post on Friday.  I tried and took close to 50 pictures trying to get a better picture but the lighting and everything was not cooperating.  Finally it occurred to me to just lay it down and not take an upright picture, duh!  And viola a decent picture of it.  This shows the book a lot better. 


Sorry, I don't know why I didn't think of photographing it this way sooner.  I hope this helps you get a better idea of what it looks like.  Here is the link to the original post with the details.

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Sweet Blog Candy ~ Sorry not mine

Today for the first time in a long time I had a little time to spend looking at blogs and I came across some wonderful blog candy to share.  Hop on over the the “Where’d all my money go” blog over here and enter to win a gift card of your choice!  Now if you go over there don't forget to come back.  I don't know about you, but I am definitely crossing my fingers on this one. 

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Layered, Staggered, Flipping Scrapbook Album

I am not exactly sure what this style of Scrapbook is called but it was sure easy and fun to create.  I received one as a gift from a friend and she was even kind enough to send me the directions which I filed away so I could make one on my own.  Well I did not file it where I should have and now I cannot find it.  So I just took my measurements off of the gift that was sent to me.


The base of the book is 4 sheets of 4 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock each folded in a different spot.  As the book flips there are areas for pictures and plenty of space for journaling.flipsb2I love how easy it was to throw together with SU! Tall Tales DSP.  The papers all coordinate so it didnt take any brain work to make it look fabulous.  Next time I need to remember to add the brads before I attach the tabs becuase those prongs that are showing are driving me nuts! 

Have a great weekend, school starts on Monday!!!!

Paper: Tall Tales DSP, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Old Olive, Rose Red

Accessories:  Clear and Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads

Tools:  Paper Piercer, Round Tab Punch

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Altered Embellishments

I love all of our accessories and embellishments, especially the way that you can change them up to suit your needs.  I created 2 cards with altered embellishments using the DCBD #141 sketch challenge.  One is an exact interpretation on the sketch and the second is a little variation but the basic sketch is still there.

DCBD141 (2) DCBD 141-1For this card I used the whisper white taffeta ribbon and ran it through my summer sun ink pad to dye it the perfect shade of yellow.

Stamps:  Medallion Stamp Set, Dreams du Jour

Ink:  Rose Red, Summer Sun, Not Quite Navy

Paper:  Whisper White, Summer Sun, Not Quite Navy, Rose Red

Accessories: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon

Tools: Sponge Dauber

For the second card I decided that it needed a little bling after I had it put all the way together.  I wanted to use a rhinestone brad but do not like it when you can see the prongs on the inside of the card.  So I deconstructed the brad.  If you pull the prongs apart you can see two smaller prongs holding the rhinestone into the brad.  Just be careful when you are pulling the prongs away because that silver backing is part of the rhinestone and scratches will show up on the front.  Here is the empty brad casing.


dcbd 141-2

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Holiday Best

Ink: Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Basic Black

Paper: Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Basic Black, Cast a Spell DSP

Accessories: Clear Rhinestone Brad

Tools:  1 1/4 inch square punch, 1 3/8 inch square punch

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Card for Daddy

The kids have seen me put notes in Scott’s lunch box and they asked if they could do it too.  Usually this means that they want to use my stuff to make their own card but surprisingly this time they wanted me to make it.  They picked the stamp set and the papers ( I laid out 7 colors that would work together and they each picked one color) and we collaborated together.  I already had a sketch out on my desk and the card came together quickly.  They have each picked out the spot on the inside that they are going to write their message.


The kids had fun trying to decided which body parts looked the most like them.  I love being able to spend fun times like this with my kids, and it is great to have a hobby that they can help me with.

Stamps: All in the Family

Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Pretty in Pink Marker and Basic Black marker

Paper:  Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Basic Black and Bermuda Bay

Accessories:  Basic Black Grosgrain, Ice Circle Rhinestone

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Build A Bear

Since it has been such a long time since I actually stamped my mojo is slow in coming. I decided to start simple with some of our new Build a Bear Workshop line. I am so excited about these new stamps. This is a simple, fast and fun card.

BAB#1I really like the details of the little skirt for the bear. I folded along the decorative – scoring lines in the skirt and popped it up on dimensionals. BAB#1skirtI had another shot to show better how the skirt was raised but as I was editing it I realized it was an up the skirt type of shot and didn't want to go there. The middle section of the skirt is popped up with 4 dimensionals stacked on top of each other.

Stamps: Beary Nice Wishes

Ink: So Saffron

Paper: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, So Saffron, Old Olive, Tall Tales DSP

Accessories: Pretties Kit, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Tools: 1 1/4 inch Square Punch, Stamp A Ma Jig

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

I’m Back in California!

Sorry for the blackout on the blog.  I was able to take a wonderful business trip/vacation to Chicago and Bloomington, Illinois with my husband and youngest.  I didn't want to post about it before hand because I have heard of people announcing vacations on their blogs and then getting robbed while they were gone, so I didn't want to risk anything.  I may be super paranoid, but everything was still here when we got home!

This is a card I made just before I left for the Diva Coffee Break Design challenge.  It was a tough color combo for me I don't use Orchid Opulence or Garden Green much so it was out of my comfort zone.  The challenge was based of a beautiful floral arrangement.  DCBD140 I really struggled with this, probably because my mind was on all of my packing and things that I needed to get done before my trip.  I ended up going with a floral theme as well.


Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Garden Green

Paper: Whisper White, Garden Green, So Saffron, Regal Rose, and Orchid Opulance

Tools:  Big Shot, SU! Little Leaves Sizzlit, SU! Floral Fusion Sizzlits Die, Scallop Edge Punch

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Look Who’s Turning!

I forgot about a card that I told a friend I would make for her.  So I quickly came up with this card for her.  She had specified the colors that she wanted and I added in one more color to brighten it up (curry). 

lookwhos2 Everything on the card is embossed, the ostrich, the happy birthday background, the look who’s turning label, the number 2 and the hats and confetti on the side.  This card it really texturally appealing and the camera doesn't catch it. 

Stamps: Look Who’s Turning

Ink: Versamark, Mellon Mambo

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry Textured cardstock

Accessories: Dimensionals, Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder, White Gel Pen

Tools:  Corner Rounder Punch, Heat Tool, Stamp a Ma Jig

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Retired Goodies

School starts 3 weeks from yesterday (20 days), but who’s counting? 

I have spent a lot of time over the past few days working with some of my favorite retired goodies, and I haven't taken pictures of most of it before giving it away.  There is one set that I remembered to photograph.  I have actually made this same set several times over for different people and they have all loved it.  It uses one of my (many) favorite retired DSP packs, I think it was called Jersey Shore but now all of the sudden I cannot remember.   I made this particular set for a friend who is a little bit of a tom-boy, which of course there is nothing wrong with.  Here are a few of the cards. 

retiredsampler2 retiredsampler1

I think that this set had 14 cards in it because that is all I could get out of the remaining pieces of paper.  None of the cards were exactly the same, colors or ribbons or sentiments were changed on each card.  This basic design is super simple and can be used with any of Stampin’ Up!’s fabulous dsp packs. 

Stamps: Defining Alphabet, Lots of Thoughts (retired)

Ink: Wild Wasabi (retired)

Paper:  Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Wild Wasabi(retired), Pumpkin Pie, Jersey Shore DSP(retired)

Accessories:  Pumpkin grosgrain, Pumpkin Pie and Wild Wasabie (retired) striped grosgrain

Tools:  Big Shot, Top Note Bigz die, Curly Label Punch

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