Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pink Polka Dot Cutie

Well the rain continues today.  They are predicting a lot of flooding so it could be an interesting trip to Baltimore for the regionals tomorrow.  I hope it does not get cancelled but with the amount of rain they are predicting it will be interesting to see what they do.

My card today is for the inspiration challenge at The Paper Players.

When I saw this little cutie I just knew I would play along.  I went with the polka dots and the big bow.  I punched out Regal Rose circles using the 3/4" punch and glued them down on the black cardstock.  I then added a large pink grosgrain bow.  I used the Lots of Tags Sizzlets to cut the sentiment paper.  I then used the Matchbox Messages set to stamp the sentiment inside.  For the inside I cut another one of the Sizzlet shapes and placed it on top of the sentiment I had stamped.  I then used a sponge dauber to push ink away from the shape.  Here is my finished creation.

inside of card

Hope you enjoyed my creation today.  Thanks for looking and have a Great Day!


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Another Workshop Card

My card today was an inspiration from Connie at Constantly Stamping.  She posted this great bag and I fell in love with.      


I used that to design my last card for my workshop in October.  I began with a rectangle of Very Vanilla and stamped my leaves in black.  I then used markers to color them in.  I stamped an extra leaf, colored it in, and cut it out.  I then used the spritzer and added some Chocolate Chip splatters.  I added some raffia ribbon and layered the card.  I second generation stamped the leaf on vanilla and then added the sentiment.  I punched it out using the Designer Label punch and added some circle layers behind and added to the card with dimensionals.  With the cut out leaf, I popped it up with dimensionals and added it over the raffia.  Here is my interpretation of Connie's bag.

Hope you liked today's card.  Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wicked Cool Tuesday

Well we have a rainy Tuesday here.  They kept saying we were going to get rain but it never happened and finally last night it started raining.  We need rain bad I just hope it doesn't rain hard all day as then it will just run off instead of soaking into the ground.

I needed another card for my workshop next month so I decided to do another Halloween card.  I love the Wicked Cool stamp set.  It is such a fun set.  I used the sketch challenge at Stamping 411

and here is what I came up with.

inside of card

I got the idea for the spider web from someone's blog.  After I embossed it I took the 2 way glue pen and highlighted all the raised portion.  Then I sprinkled glitter on it.  It is really sparkly and looks like a web in the dew in the morning.

Well I am off to clean my bathroom.  I hope you have some plans to stamp today.  Make sure you let me know what you think of my card!  Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, September 27, 2010

A Treat Box for you

Happy Monday!
Well I did okay at the fair.  I got first place for my needlepoint, first place for my card, and honorable mention for my scrapbook.  I would have preferred some feedback on my scrapbook but there wasn't any.  I am headed to the Calvert County Fair to enter my things there.  They have more categories so I will enter more.  I will know how I did there next week.

At Late Night Stampers this week the challenge is to create a treat holder.  I had no idea what I was going to do and yesterday morning I remembered I had bought a bunch of favor boxes I found on clearance in the store.  I thought it would be fun to take one of those and some paper and see what I could do.

I have a lot of retired Halloween paper so I pulled it out and went to work.  I really like the way it turned out and would be perfect for some candy or cookies.  Hmmmm, maybe I need to make some peanut butter cookies to put in here.  Let me know what you think.

what I used for the box

back of box

one side of box

other side of box

So, what do you think of my little box?  It was fun making and since I have a lot of these boxes I may just have to design one for Christmas to do in my workshop.  Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!


Friday, September 24, 2010

Faux Plaid Technique with Paisley Prints


Last week I tried to do the faux plaid technique with Paisley Prints and could not get it to work.  Those of you who know me that when something work like I think it should work, I will continue to work at it until I can get it.  I was also the one growing up when told I couldn't do something would work at it to prove them wrong.  Well that was the case with this technique.

I saw this great color challenge at Picture Perfect Creations.  I knew this would be a challenge for me so I decided to try the faux plaid technique with the Paisley Prints set again.

I had to play with it the colors quite a bit but I think I got it worked out.  I combined it with the sketch challenge at The Paper Players.

For some reason when I saw this sketch and thought of the Paisley Prints leaf I wondered what it would look like cut into 3 sections.  So I set about to see what I could do.  Here is what I came up with.

I liked this so I decided to try it with the leaf as a complete image.  I am considering using it as one of my Regional swaps.  Which one do you like the best - the one with the image split in the above photo or the one with the image whole in the photo below.

Let me know your preference so I can get going on them.

I have the first phase of my Christmas Stamp-a-stack tomorrow and Sunday so I will not post either day.  I also will be working on my swaps since I need them for next weekend.  Hope you have a great weekend and I will be back on Monday with a new creation for you.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Our September Project

I saw this great idea on Erica's blog Pink Buckaroo.  I thought this would be a fun project for this month so I used her directions to make this cute soap holder.  I did use retired Halloween paper as I have a ton.  I went to Bath & Body Works to buy the soap and they only had a few bottles of 1 scent left.  I bought what I thought I might need as there was no guarantee they would have what I needed once the day came.  So would you like to see what we are going to make next Thursday?  Here it is.

holder opened

So don't you want to come and make one of these cute gift ideas?  Let me know and I will plan for you to play with us.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tried the 10 minute challenge

It has been a while since I have played with Carole' Anne and Sandi's 10 Minute Challenge.  This week there was a sketch challenge

They also had the requirement that you had to use 2 different pieces of designer series paper.  Since I have a lot of the paper we got free at convention I decided to use it.  My original plan was to use the stamp set Peaceful Season and the sentiment "Season's Greetings" for the center image.  When I pulled out the sentiment, it was too wide to work as I wanted to put it in an oval and back it with Cherry Cobbler so I had to rethink my saying.  I decided to use the set Christmas Greeting instead.

Even though the sketch is fairly simple, it still took me 20 minutes.  The majority of the time was spent playing with the decorative label punch piecing the pieces together to make a similar one for the layer.  It also took me little bit of extra time adding the silver tinsel to the ribbon and tying the knot.  Here is what I created.

 inside of card

Hope you have some plans to stamp today.  I have to go enter my items in the fair, then go to work, and finally I have class tonight so I will be busy running around.  Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It's Fair Time!

I have a busy week again so I spent some time in my craft room on Sunday.  I worked on my regional swaps but I also made a couple cards.

It is fair time here and I have a few things to enter.  Usually on the advertisements for our County Fair they have sunflowers.  So I thought it would be fun to use the Daisy die to create a sunflower.  I ran across a great sketch at the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog that I thought would be great for my card.

This is a simple design and I love how it turned out.  I am considering using this one for my another of my October workshop cards.  Let me know what you think.

inside of card

Did you see how I used the part of the top note die that I cut off on the inside of the card.  I think this is a great way to use those pieces (unless you use it to make another card).  :)  Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Playing with Punches

Good Monday Morning to you!

The challenge at Late Night Stampers  this week is a fall theme.  I have seen all kinds of pumpkins made out of punches.  The ones I had liked used the wide oval punch which I don't have.  I saw a video made by Gwen Mangelson's husband (great video so check it out) where he used other punches besides the wide oval so I decided to give it a try.   

The sketch challenge at Stamping 411 was my inspiration for making the pumpkins.     

I thought it would be fun to have the pumpkin be the large oval shape.

I made 2 punched pumpkins.  The first used the large oval.  While it turned out okay, I wanted a fat pumpkin so I decided to try to make one using the 1 3/4" circle punch.  I love how it turned out so I decided to use that one on the outside and the oval one on the inside.  When it was done I thought it would be fun to use the Scribble Swirls sizzlet to create vines on the side of the pumpkin.  I also used the Little Leaves sizzlet to make the leaf and stem at the top of both pumpkins.  I cut the one leaf to be the stem and used Chocolate Chip marker to color it.  I like the way this card turned out so I think I will use it in my workshop next month.  Here is my creation.

inside of card

I highly recommend you watch the video.  You will learn some great tips to create all kinds of pumpkins.  Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

A card I didn't want to make

I got sad news yesterday.  My daughter sent me a message that her brother-in-law finally passed away.  He was involved in a serious motorcycle accident over a year ago and has suffered quite a bit since then.  I wanted to make a card for his parents so that was my motive for today's card.

Unfortunately I did not think I would have to participate in the sympathy theme challenge at Just Add Ink so I did not try.  Since I needed a card I was able to participate in that challenge.

I needed to choose some colors so I used the color challenge at Picture Perfect Creations

and combined it with the sketch challenge at Don't Waste Your Thursday

Here is what I created.

I hope you have some fun plans for today.  Thanks for looking and have a Sensational Sunday!


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Working on my Regional Swaps

Stampin' Up has regionals scheduled throughout the country.  This year we are lucky that they are having a regional in Baltimore on October 1 and 2.  Regionals are only 1 day so I am going on October 1.  Regionals are very similar to convention so there is swapping involved.  Since it is 2 weeks away I knew I needed to get busy with my swaps. 

I ran across some cards this week that were my inspiration for my cards.  My first card was inspired by a card created by Peggy Finney.  I ran across the color challenge at Color Throwdown  

I used those colors and Peggy's card to create my version below.

My next card was inspired by a card from Pat Adam.  She had a spotlight card on her blog and I thought it would be fun to do one for convention.  Here is what I came up with.


My last card was inspired by a card Sharon Field created.  I took her layout and created this card.  I may add some glitter to the edge of the Cherry cardstock around the tree.           

So what do you think of my swaps so far?  Let me know.  I have one more to do but I need to get the set from a friend as I don't have it.  Thanks for looking and have a Super Saturday!


Friday, September 17, 2010

Not sure about this one!

Well I saw something on a blog (sorry can't find it now) that I wanted to try for our 1 layer challenge.  The lady used Stampin' Up supplies to create the grunge technique that Tim Holz is famous for.  I read how she did it so I decided to give it a try also.

What Tim does is he applies ink to a craft mat and sprays it with water.  This lady applied ink from the ink pad and sprayed it with water.  You then lay your cardstock in the ink.  This is what I did.  I did this on all 4 sides using Pear Pizzazz ink.  Next you use white acrylic paint and a squeegee to smear it around on the card.  I tried it first with the Frost White shimmer paint.  When it dried  I did not like it as it looked gray.  I pulled out my white acrylic paint and smeared that on using a cardboard credit card you get in the mail.  I still wanted a shimmer look so I mixed some shimmer paint in with the acrylic paint and scraped in over the card.  I then let it dry.  When it dried I felt it needed something else so I pulled out my embossing folder and a wooden picture frame with an oval cut out.  I ran this through my Big Shot and embossed it around the edges.

Next I stamped my image.  It is interesting to use our ink on the paint as it beaded up so I had to use the marker to color it in.  Next I stamped the stem.  It still needed something and since this is a 1 layer card I stamped the sentiment.  Here is my final creation.

inside of card

close up so you can see the shimmer a little

Since this card is way out of my style, I could really use some feedback.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Faux Plaid Technique

I am planning for my technique class next week and thought it would be fun to use the faux plaid technique on some leaves.  I tried it first with the Paisley Prints set but did not like the look so I pulled out the Autumn Splendor set and love how they turned out.

I used the color challenge from The Paper Players.  You were to use

                            Old Olive, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, and Early Espresso

I thought I would use the More Mustard as the base and then add the stripes using Old Olive and Cajun Craze.  When I did this it just did not work.  So I decided to use More Mustard as the base and make the stripes with Cajun Craze and Early Espresso.  In doing this technique, I did realize that if the stripes are closer together it looks better.  I really liked the way it turned out let me know what you think.  Here is my creation.

inside of card


So do you want to come to my class next week?  Just let me know and I will gladly add you to the list.  Hope you enjoyed my creation today.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cherry Happy Holidays

Happy Wednesday!

I played on Sunday and made this card so I would be ahead of the game.  I had class last night and time was short yesterday so I worked ahead.  I do not have any plans for today so I will play today with a card for tomorrow.

I ran across a blog that I loved the artists work and she had a card that I liked the layout of.  I decided I wanted to use the layout for my card so I needed to find an image that would work.

I wanted to do the the color challenge that Carole' Anne and Sandi had.  You were to use Certainly Celery, Cherry Cobbler, and Chocolate Chip.  I thought of Christmas when I saw these colors so I went looking in the catalog and ran across the Big On Christmas set and knew the Happy Holidays image would work for the challenge and the layout.

I stamped the image with Staz-On Timber Brown.  I then pulled out my markers and colored the tree and the word.  I decided to pop the tree so I stamped another one to cut out.  After I had the image colored I layered it and then had to do the pierced layer.  I decided to do 2 layers as it looked better to me.  Finally I needed a strip of patterned paper down the left side.  I layered it and added some ribbon.  After that I just needed to attach all my layers.  Here is my creation.

inside of card

So I have another Christmas card to add to my stash.  How about you, how many do you have?  Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Just Believe

Good Morning Everyone!

I played on Sunday as I had a meeting on campus yesterday and knew I wouldn't have time to get a card made.  Trying to work ahead when I can.

I began with the color challenge at The Color Dare.

Color Dare #75
Very Vanilla
Pretty in Pink
Cherry Cobbler
Garden Green

 I combined it with the sketch challenge at Sketch Frenzy Friday.

When I saw this sketch I immediately thought of the Just Believe stamp set.  I saw the tall image as the side panel and the center image as the scalloped sentiment image.  I then knew the middle panel could be one of the other images.

I began by coloring the tall image with markers and stamping on Very Vanilla.  Then I determined my layers and repeated the process with the middle image.  Next I used the markers to color in the scalloped sentiment image and stamped it.  I cut it out and layered it on a piece of Cherry Cobbler.  I then cut the Cherry in the same shape by following the outline.  All that was left was to attach my pieces to my Vanilla card.  Here is my creation.

inside of card

I love this color combo.  How about you?  Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, September 13, 2010

One Layer Challenge

Good Monday Morning Everyone!

I suggested a one layer challenge at Late Night Stampers.  I thought it would be fun to try this.  All last week I was working on my layout in my head.  On Saturday I played a little to see what I could come up with.

I began with the sketch challenge at Cards and Things.

I decided to stamp my image in the center.  I then punched out a circle from a post-it note to put over top the image.  Next I wanted to mimic a scallop layer so I took a piece of paper and punched out the edge with the scallop trim edge punch.  I applied a small amount of snail to the back and stuck it to the card.  My thought was I could brayer on the color I wanted the layer to be.  I had wanted to use Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight to mimic card layers.  I stuck my punched scallop mask down and brayered on my Cherry Cobbler.  When I finished and carefully pulled off the mask, it pulled some of my cardstock also.  It was then I realized I had not embossed my background.  So now I had to begin again.

I stamped my center image again and then pulled out my Versamark and used clear embossing powder to emboss the starburst.  To mimic brads, I punched out 1/4" circles from post-it notes and added them in the upper left hand corner.  I used my mask on my image and applied tape to the center of the scallop mask (this was stuck to the mask on the center image so it would not pull up my cardstock again.  I did not like how the brayering looked so I decided to sponge on the color.  This worked much better.  I did the Cherry layer first as I figured the Daffodil would be easier to do last.  Before I sponged on the Daffodil I added a butterfly and embossed it with clear also.  Now I was ready to sponge on the Daffodil.  The only thing left is to use my gold gel pen on the brad circles to give it a little bling.  Here is what I created.

a flat view so you can see it is only 1 layer

I ran across an idea on another blog that I wanted to play with.  It will also be a 1 layer card for our challenge this week.  I am hoping it turns out like I think it will.  Be looking for it at the end of the week.

Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cheery Thanks

Happy Sunday Ladies!

Sorry I did not post yesterday.  I had every intention of making a card on Friday evening but I was so tired I was in bed and asleep by 10:30.  Last week was crazy busy and this week will be better.

My card today uses the color challenge at Picture Perfect Creations

I don't use Peach Parfait much.  Don't think of it when I go choosing my colors.  May need to use it more as it is a nice color.  I combined the colors and used the sketch at Stamping 411

When I saw these colors I went looking through my catalog to find a stamp set.  When I saw the cute bird in Fun and Fast notes I knew it would be perfect for the colors.  I used my aqua painters and ink in the lid to watercolor the image.  When it was dry I used the markers to trace the skinny lines around the images in the same color to give it a pop.  Here is what I created.


inside of card

Hope you get some time to play today.  Thanks for looking and have a Sensational Sunday!