Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Not what I had pictured

Have you ever had an idea for a card and basically had a picture of what it should look like in your head. Well today's card is one of those. I started out with an idea of what my card should look like when it was completed but the final product is not anything like I pictured.

I started with Gretchen's Weekend Sketch challenge. I had wanted to use the technique where you stamp on black with craft white ink. You let it dry (or use a heat tool) and then using pencils color the stamped image. I chose the Upsy Daisy stamp set as I thought it would be a good one. I colored it in with the Pure Color Pencils (retired). The finished product just didn't pop like I wanted it to. Here is the sketch and my creation.






inside of card
Stampin' Up images
Stamps: Upsy Daisy Paper: Basic Black, Summer Sun, white, Welcome Neighbor DS Ink: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White Craft Accessories: Bermuda Bay polka dot ribbon, large & scallop oval, dimensionals
For those who are wondering, my papillon had knee surgery yesterday. I get to pick her up this afternoon. I am hoping this takes care of the problem as she loves to run and zoom and she hasn't been able to do that.
As I finished this post I realized that the cards I have seen that I liked all used a white gel pen to highlight the image. I will do that tomorrow and take another photo and post so you can see the difference. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Robbie

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Simple Sympathy

As you read this I am on my way to the Vet Surgeon. My papillon has knee problems and one of her knees keeps popping out and she won't put weight on it. Normally they just pop right back in but one of hers doesn't go back in easily and is starting to cause her some discomfort so we are going to check it out and see if she needs surgery. Wish me luck!

A quick post to share my card since I have to be out of here early. I combined 3 challenges on this card. I used the color challenge from Just Add Ink blog. The colors were Blush Blossom, Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, and Kraft. I used the Kraft as my card base. I then used the sketch challenge from the Stamping 411 blog. The final challenge was to create a sympathy card and it was listed on the Late Night Stampers yahoo group blog. Here is the sketch and my creation.






inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Curvy Verses, Vintage Vogue Paper: Blush Blossom, Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Kraft, white Ink: Basic Black, Blush Blossom, Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa Accessories: Forever Flowers wheel, Blush Blossom - Cameo Coral - Certainly Celery - Close to Cocoa markers, Close to Cocoa brad, eyelet border punch, Zots
Hope you enjoyed today's card. Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!
Robbie

Monday, March 29, 2010

Great Sketch for a Large Stamp

Second post, scroll down for the first!


Tracy at Eat Sleep Stamp said she kept the sketch simple this week. I decided to keep my card simple also. I used the colors Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, and Real Red from the Cards & Things blog in creating my card. I used some designer series paper and paired it with the large flower image from the Petal Pizzazz set. I often don't use my larger images as I'm not always sure how to work them in a card. This sketch was perfect for it. I added lots of ribbon and I love how it turned out. Here is the sketch and my creation.


inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Petal Pizzazz Paper: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Real Red, white, Prints Pack DS
Ink: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy Accessories: Real Red marker, 1 1/4" & 1/2" circle punches, Bashful Blue - Night of Navy - Real Red grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed my cards today. Thanks for looking and have great afternoon!
Robbie

Pink Celery Cocoa Friendship

Wow the wind last night was unbelievable. I was wondering if the gusts were going to take my furniture of the back deck. Today we have rain so I will be working on more cards.

My card today was made for a color challenge at Diva Coffee Break Designs blog. The colors were Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, and Pretty in Pink. I wanted to try embossing only a portion of the card as I have seen lots of cards with this technique so I decided to give it a try on this card. I used my Perfect Details embossing folder to emboss the bottom portion of the card. It was then just a matter of stamping and putting the pieces together. Here is my creation.


inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Wings of Friendship, Vintage Labels Paper: Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, white Ink: Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink Accessories: Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, Curly Label punch, Perfect Details Texturz plate, dimensionals
I have another card I will post later today when I get back from the vets so check back. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!
Robbie

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Another Workshop Card

I needed another workshop card and decided to use a color and sketch challenge for my creation. This one also can be used as a Mother's Day card or an all occasion card.

I used the color challenge from the Stampin' B's Design Team blog. Their challenge was to use purple, green, and yellow. I chose Almost Amethyst, Old Olive, and So Saffron. I found a good sketch at the Belli Challenge blog. There was a twist with the sketch. You had to also use a clip. I used to clip to attach my sentiment. Here is the sketch and my creation.





























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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Messages for Mom Paper: Almost Amethyst, Old Olive, So Saffron, white, Sweet Pea DS Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive Accessories: Old Olive ribbon, Perfect Details texturz plate, dimensionals


Hope you enjoyed my creation today. Thanks for looking and have a Sensational Sunday!
Robbie

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A few congratulations cards

Good Afternoon!

I hope you are having a great day!

I needed some Congratulations cards so I went about creating them today. My son in law just got assigned to Marine 1. This is an application process and he was chosen so I wanted to send him a card telling him how proud I was of him. The best part is he and my daughter will be coming back home after being gone about 7 years. I wanted to use the colors of the marine uniform and so I went with Creamy Caramel as the shirt for the card base. The pants are blue with a red strip so I put a strip of Night of Navy with a Real Red strip down the side. I then had to stamp the Congratulations star and mount it. I added the helicopter eyelet at the top and one on the inside. Here is my creation.






inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes Paper: Creamy Caramel, Night of Navy, Real Red, white Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red Accessories: dimensionals
I also needed 2 congratulations cards for twin boys who got their Eagle Scout badges. I used the same set and created a similar card but added ribbon instead of the helicopter eyelet. Here are those cards.
inside of cards
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes Paper: Night of Navy, Real Red, white Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red Accessories: dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed my cards today. I am off to work on some color and sketch challenges. Thanks for looking and have a Super Saturday afternoon!
Robbie

Friday, March 26, 2010

Pink Thoughts

Happy Friday Everyone!

I hope you have some plans to stamp today. It is supposed to rain here today so I am going to try and finish some Mother's Day cards for my Etsy shop.

Thought I would share this card I made last night. I used the color challenge from the Color Dare blog. The colors were Basic Black, Green Galore, and Pretty in Pink. I wanted to do something a little different and not use flowers as I have used them a lot lately and I think I achieved that with today's card. I thought pink with black paisley would make a good background. I then wanted a strip down the side so I pulled out my Boho Blossoms and used the flowers to create my own paper. I colored the leaves with the green and the flowers with the pink. Then I traced the swirly stems with my glitter pen. Once I got the card together I thought it would be too much to add a stamped image so I went with a sentiment. I like how this turned out and other than the flower background it was a quick easy card. Here is my creation.



inside of card
Stampin' Up images
Stamps: Boho Backgrounds, Wanted, Whimsical Words Paper: Basic Black, Green Galore, Pretty in Pink, white Ink: Basic Black Accessories: Green Galore & Pretty in Pink markers, dimensionals
If I get time I will be making some cards to post, if not I will have a card posted on Monday. Hope you have a wonderful weekend planned. Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!
Robbie

Thursday, March 25, 2010

March ATC

I am back with my post I told you about.
I am in a monthly ATC swap and thought I would share it with you. As it turns out it fits into 2 challenges both for anything but a card. The first blog that had this challenge was the Late Night Stampers yahoo group. If you are not familiar with this group you need to check them out. You do not have to be a demo to join them. There is a lot of sharing of cards/projects and if you have a question they can help. It promotes the use of Stampin' Up so if you are looking for a card idea this is the place to go.

This also fits the Anything But a Card challenge at Pals Paper Arts. This is a great challenge site as they really mix up the kinds of challenges they post. Here is my ATC creation. I made this like a criss-cross card. I used glitter pen on the hedgehog to make it sparkly.


Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes Paper: Chocolate Chip, white, Perfect Plum DS Ink: Staz-On Timber Brown Accessories: Chocolate Chip - Pretty in Pink - Perfect Plum - Pale Plum markers, Chocolate Chip & Perfect Plum brads, sticky tape
Thanks for looking and have a wonderful evening!
Robbie

Elegant With Love

I am still working on my cards for my workshop. I saw a sketch challenge on the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog that I thought would be a good one to use. I combined it with the color challenge at Picture Perfect Creations blog. The chosen colors were







Speaking of Picture Perfect Creations, anyone can do their color challenges. They use Stampin' Up colors so it is easy to choose your colors. They also have a design team call right now if any of you wonderfully creative stampers would be so inclined to give it a try. Check them out.

Again this is one that can be used for Mother's Day or another occasion depending on the sentiment stamped inside. Here is the sketch and my creation.





























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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, One of a Kind, Yummy (retired) Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron Accessories: small - large - scallop oval punches, sticky tape, dimensionals
I have to take a picture of my ATC for my monthly swap after my observations today. I will be posting it late this afternoon so if you get a chance this evening you will want to come back and check it out. It is sooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for looking and have a Great Day!
Robbie

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pink & Red Wishes

It is a beautiful day outside. I just got back from walking my puppy and wanted to get this posted before I start doing my chores.

I need to make my cards for my workshop next week so I decided to use some sketches for a couple of the cards. I thought we would do Mother's Day cards but not everyone needs one and some may need more than one. I decided to design these cards so that my ladies could choose to use the Mother's Day stamp or another one. Since I do not need a card, my samples will show the card with the alternate sentiment. The first one uses the sketch form Tracy's Eat Sleep Stamp blog. I combined it with some of the Sending Love DS paper I had left. This paper retires at the end of the month so if you want some get it now. Here is the sketch and my creation.







inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Great Friend Paper: Real Red, Very Vanilla, Sending Love DS Ink: Pretty in Pink, Real Red Accessories: sponge dauber, sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed today's card. I will be posting another one tomorrow so check back. I am off to clean my bathroom! Thanks for looking and have a great afternoon!
Robbie

Lacey Yellow and Black Daisies

Yeah, it's hump day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love, love, love today's card. I love daisies and I used the flower from Fifth Avenue Floral that looks like a daisy to make this card. The picture doesn't show it but it is very sparkly as I used my clear Stardust gel pen on the flower. There was a challenge at the Caardvarks blog to use lace on your card. I had ordered a couple of different kinds of lace and this one was perfect for this card. I combined it with the sketch challenge at the Stamping 411 blog. Here is the sketch and my creation.







inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral Paper: Basic Black, Yoyo Yellow, white Ink: Basic Black Accessories: scallop trip border punch
Hope you liked the card as much as I do. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Robbie

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fun & Fast Mint Chocolate

Second Post scroll down for the first.


The second card today was another simple one. Can't believe I have been on a simple kick lately. Maybe I needed a break from my elegant girlie ones. :) This card uses the Fun & Fast stamp set. I hadn't used this cute little bird in a while so I thought he would be cute on this card. I used a color challenge from the Colour Create blog. I combined it with the sketch from the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog. Here is the sketch and my creation.




inside of card

Stampin' Up Supplies

Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes Paper: Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Sweet Peas DS Ink: Staz-On Timber Brown Accessories: Certainly Celery - Chocolate Chip - Only Orange markers, Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, sponge dauber, dimensionals

Enjoy the rest of your of your day! Thanks for looking and have a great afternoon!

Robbie

Baroque One of a Kind

Are you ready for Easter? The time is quickly approaching. I have my Easter cards done as I had to make them for my workshop and for the ladies at the retirement village so I am feeling pretty good about things.

My card today uses a color challenge from the Color Dare blog. You were to use Certainly Celery, More Mustard, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise. I combined it with the sketch challenge at the Just Add Ink blog. Simple card so if you have questions, just contact me. Here is the sketch and my creation.


















inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, One of a Kind Paper: More Mustard, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, white Ink: Certainly Celery, More Mustard, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise Accessories: Boho Blosssoms punch, Tempting Turquoise brads, sponge dauber, dimensionals
Hope you have good weather you can enjoy. Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!
Robbie

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sweet Pea Striped Happy Moments

Good Monday Morning to you!

I had a very productive day yesterday. I was able to make 4 cards for my blog and 4 Mother's Day cards for my Etsy shop. I will be posting the blog cards throughout the next few days. I will not put my Etsy shop cards in my shop until I finish a few more. That should happen within this week.

Today's card uses a sketch challenge from the Card Scraps blog. It was a simple sketch but one that you could do a lot with. I used my Sale-a-bration set Happy Moments which I had not used yet. I added in some Sweet Pea designer series paper. Here is the sketch and my creation.















inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Happy Moments Paper: Old Olive, Melon Mambo, white, Sweet Pea DS Ink: Basic Black Accessories: Crushed Curry - Melon Mambo - Old Olive - Pretty in Pink markers, Crushed Curry polka dot ribbon, scallop trim border punch, Zots, dimensionals
Well I am off to get my hair cut today. Due to circumstances I have not had my hair cut since December so I really need a hair cut. Hope you liked today's card. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!
Robbie

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tried a New Technique

There was a challenge at the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog which was a technique challenge. You were to use the Faux Metal technique. Basically you put Versmark on your cardstock and add either gold or silver embossing powder, heat your paper and while the melted powder is still hot, you pour on more embossing powder and heat again. You do this at least 3 times and when you have heated your last layer you ink your stamp with Versamark and press it in the hot melted powder. Leave your stamp there for several seconds and when you remove it you get your image in the silver or gold and it looks like metal.

I thought it would fun to try it with a butterfly and make it look like a charm. I chose the butterfly since I was doing this for my daughter and she loves butterflies. I also chose to use purple as this is her current favorite color. I must say this technique was a little difficult for me (my first try was a mess). There must be some hint that I am missing. The card turned out okay but not sure I will do this again. Maybe it would be better with a square or circle shaped image. Here is my creation.




inside of card
Stampin' Up images
Stamps: Priceless Paper: Lovely Lilac, white Ink: Lovely Lilac, Versamark Accessories: Silver embossing powder, large & scallop oval punches, Zots, sponge dauber, dimensionals
I am busy making other cards to have some for later this week. Thanks for looking and have a Sensational Sunday!
Robbie

Friday, March 19, 2010

A surprising color combination

Yeah, it's Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you all have great plans for the weekend? Our weather is supposed to be great. The weatherman says it will hit 70 this afternoon. I hope so as I have to cut my grass - can you believe I am starting that already!

Today's card was created for 2 challenges. The color challenge at the Colour Q blog had you using Apricot Appeal, Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral, Rich Razzleberry, and white. I had no problem with the colors until the Rick Razzleberry showed up. Maybe it is my pad but mine seems to be so harsh. When the color first came out I thought it was a pretty berry color. Now at times it almost appears dark brown. Is anybody else having this problem (could be me in my old age, hahaha)? I combined the color with the sketch challenge at the Cards & Things blog.

I hadn't used my Vintage Vogue set in a while so I decided it would be a good one since it has lots of coordinating pieces and there were quite a few colors in the color challenge. The Baja Breeze was one of last years In Colors and retired. After using it on this card I realize how much I missed this pretty blue. Here is the sketch and my creation.







inside of card



Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Vintage Vogue Paper: Apricot Appeal, Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral, white Ink: Apricot Appeal, Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral, Rich Razzleberry Accessories: Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon, eyelet border punch, silver brads, sponge dauber, dimensionals
Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!
Robbie

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Some Summer Colors

Well we are almost at the end of our week. The weather has been gorgeous here the past few days and it is supposed to continue with Friday and Saturday being absolutely beautiful. I hope you have some plans to get outside and enjoy it.

Today's card was rather interesting to create. I used the color challenge from the Our Creative Corner blog. The colors were green, pink, yellow, and brown. I chose to use Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Pink Passion, and Summer Sun. I then chose my sketch from the challenge on the Card Positioning System blog.

I thought it would be fairly easy to pull this together but I wasn't sure how it would look until it was finished. I chose to use the Herb Expressions set and I used markers to color the image. I stamped it in the middle and then stamped it again to the right. I colored the image again and stamped it on scrap paper then stamped it to the left of the main image. That made my main image panel that I layered with cardstock of the same colors. I pulled out some of my Chocolate Chip DS paper and layered it on the cardstock to create my bottom layer.

Next I had to create the sentiment layer for the bottom. I pulled out my tag punch (which I just found out is retired, bummer) and then I remembered seeing a card where they had used the vintage label to create a background and decided to use it for the tag punch. I stamped the sentiment in the center and then used the slit punch to create a ribbon slot at each end. I sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip. Now all I had to do was put the card together. Here is the sketch and my creation.

























inside of card



Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Herb Expressions, Vintage Labels Paper: Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Pink Passion, Summer Sun, white, Chocolate Chip DS Ink: Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Pink Passion Accessories: Garden Green - Pink Passion - Summer Sun markers, tag & slit punches, sponge dauber, dimensionals

Hope you enjoyed my summer card! Thanks for looking and have a Great Day!

Robbie