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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