Monday, August 29, 2011

Lollie Christmas Lodge

Lollie Christmas Lodge
Just two more days until the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog starts and I am so excited!  So many beautiful stamp sets, cute papers and the Simply Scored!  I pulled my new Simply Scored out to make the lollie for this card.  Love the way it scores so easily.  Ladies coming to my card buffet tonight will have a chance to use it themselves.
For this card I chose to enter three challenges.  The first for the sketch was The Friday Mashup FM#21 and the challenge was:
So here is how we are "MASHING IT UP" this week
Create a project using the provided "Sketch". or Create a project that has a "Dry Embossing on it". or "Mash it Up!" and create a card using the "Sketch with Dry Embossing".  So I chose to "Mash it Up!" using the Sketch and the new Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
 The next challenge I am entering is Cas-ual Fridays CFC #17 Their challenge this week is to use stickers(rub-ons are fine too if you don't have stickers) in your clean and simple design.  I chose to use the Season's Greetings from the Retired SU Chit Chat Rub-ons.

And the final challenge that I am entering this week is a color challenge over at In{k}spire Me Challenge #7
My free color I chose was Cherry Cobbler(my favorite).  The paper I used to make my lollie with is our new Frostwood Lodge in the new Holiday Mini.  This is my new favorite paper and I will be using it a lot in the coming months.   
I was just notified that I won runner up for this card and now I have a new badge:
Stamp:  Christmas Lodge
Ink: Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Garden Green, Certainly Celery and Whisper White Card Stock, Frostwood Lodge DSP, Regals Collection Patterns DSP Stack
Accessories:  Big Shot, Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Chit Chat Rub-ons(Retired), 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Simply Scored

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wedding Flirtatious Specialty

Wedding Flirtatious Specialty
I have been enjoying myself the last two days just making cards to help my Mojo.  This card I combined two challenges to compose it.  The first is a {Mojo} Monday #205 and their sketch is as follows:
The second I chose for the fantastic colors and also for the addition of a handmade flower which I made by rolling satin ribbon to make the rose.  This is the first time that I have entered one of their challenges here: The Shabby Tea Room - Sweet Days of Summer and here is their inspiration photo:
When I saw the pinks and peaches I thought of our Flirtatious Specialty DSP and also of the beautiful doilies that come with the paper.  I cut two of the doilies out and thought they made a great flower on their own, then I added the rolled ribbon rose to the center.  Roses always make me think of weddings, so I chose a sentiment from our new stamp set Petite Pairs, this set is great because it gives you the outside as well as the inside sentiments for your card.
Stamp:  Petite Pairs
Paper:  Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red and Peach Parfait Card Stock and Flirtatious Specialty DSP
Ink:  Rose Red Classic
Accessories:  1 1/4" Circle Punch, Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Small Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Pinking Hearts Corner Punch, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fabulous Florets

Fabulous Florets Watercolor Re-inker  Technique
Today I designed a card for my technique class for September.  I am also entering it in two challenges.  The first is The Play Date Cafe where the challenge was to use Navy, Bubblegum pink and Leaf Green.
Also I am participating in the Card Patterns Sketch #129 and the Sketch looks like this:

Stamp: Fabulous Florets
Ink: Wild Wasabi and Pretty in Pink Re-inker
Paper:  Night of Navy, Regal Rose, Whisper White and Shimmery White Card Stock, Beyond the Garden DSP
Accessories:  Big Shot, Melon Mambo Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, 3/16" Corner Punch, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, Stripes Embossing Folder, 3 1/2" Circle Originals Die, 3" Circle Originals Die, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I'm here for you Sunflower!

CR84FN I'm here for You Sunflower
My card that I created today for my upcoming Card Buffet on August 29th is made with my new favorite stamp, Sunflower, which is a background stamp.  I made this card for two different challenges.  First for So Shelli, Shelli Gardner is a co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up! and her challenge was Thinking of You Creative Challenge. 
Then the second challenge was for CR84FN Color Challenge :
Stamps:  Sunflower, En Francais, Petite Pairs, Tagtastic(Hostess)
So Saffron, More Mustard, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight
So Saffron and Very Vanilla Card stock 
Dimensionals, Curly Label Punch, Stamping Sponges

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Soul Scrap Quest # 9 - Eastern Delights WITH A TWIST!!!!

Sometimes I have trouble with the MOJO!  So I joined this great group of ladies over at Soul Scrappers.
They have wonderful challenges that really get my creative juices flowing.  One of my favorite challenges is Soul Scrap Quest, here it is in their words:
What is Soul Scrap Quest?

You will be sent a pack of embellishments to use on your page. Everyone
receives the same items (color and size may vary). The concept is to
scrap a page using all or most of these items. You can add anything you
like but you must use all or most of your FREE STUFF!

By adding you name to the list you agree to use all or most of the FREE STUFF
supplied, make a card, layout, OTP, sewn item or a mixed media
item.......and then upload to the gallery using the code SSQ9 in the
title. This Quest allows you to create anything you want......

What makes this a QUEST unique..... is that until you open your
envelope you are really not going to know what is in it, and what you
are expected to use. Some of the embellies could be shop bought,
painted items, stickers, stamped images, polymer clay items, metal
items, hand pieced images, handmade flowers, sewn items, felt items
etc......... the list goes on!!

The only hint you will get is the theme, so for this challenge we will scrap to the theme 'Eastern Delights'
Now! I understand we are all not going to have Oriental/Asian photos in our, think outside the box IE, garden photos, water features, mountains, or don't even use a photo, instead paint or draw a scene.
Use a 'Confucious Quote' on your page :)

So the quote that I chose is: 
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.

I went to the Kumakura Garden at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL to take the pictures used on my pages.  This was such a fun challenge, join us over at Soul Scrappers and get challenged yourself.

Page 1 Kumakura Garden
Page 2 Kumakura Garden


Technique Class

On Tuesday night at our Technique Class, we learned two new techniques:

Open Sea Embedded Image
To do this technique you ink up your paper(after you have stamped your background design) with Versamark with the direct to paper technique.  Cover paper with clear embossing powder and heat with your Heat Tool.  While paper is hot cover with clear embossing powder again and heat again.  Let cool.  Rub with your Embossing Buddy (awesome product that keeps the static electricity from spreading your embossing powder where you don't want it).  Ink your stamp with Veramark and stamp.  Cover the image with a dark embossing powder and heat.  The black ink I used is melted into the clear embossing.  Very cool technique.
Naturals White and Crumb Cake Card stock,  Nautical Expedition DSP ( This paper qualifies for the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Promotion )
The Open Sea (only available until 8/31/11)
Big Shot, Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Black and Clear Embossing Powders, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Dimensionals

The next technique is a Baby Wipe Ink Pad.
Strength & Hope Butterfly Baby Wipe Technique
Fold a baby wipe in fourths and place on a plastic plate.  Starting with the darkest color of re-inker, start adding drops of it on the baby wipe in a shape similar to your stamp image.  With the second re-inker, add more drops to the wipe.  With the lightest colored re-inker, fill in all the white spaces left on the baby wipe.  Ink up the stamp using this makeshift inkpad.  I finished my demonstration and I thought, what could we do with the left over color on the inkpad?  I pulled out the glossy cardstock and we pulled the wipe over the cardstock and ended up with the above picture, too cool?
Naturals White and Glossy White Card stock
Cajun Craze,Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight Classic Re-inkers
Strength & Hope (Available until 8/31/11 only)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

VC Rocks! Blog Hop - Punches Galore

Welcome to the last VC Rocks! Hop of the summer.  Those of you who follow me know it has been a really long time since I posted.  I spent more than a week helping my daughter and her husband move, then picked up a virus that has kept me in bed for almost two weeks!  So I haven't had much energy to stamp lately, but picked two cards from our card buffet that I hadn't  blogged about yet that use punches.

Rosette Christmas
The first card pictured I have been so inspired by every one on the web making rosettes.  They are so fun and easy to make especially now that Stampin' Up! has introduced the "Simply Scored" Scoring tool starting September 1st.  It also has a very unique feature added to it and that is place markers.  You just place them on the lines you want to score, no more remembering every time!
The top layer was punched out with the 2 1/2 Circle punch, then it was layered onto the scalloped circle that is on the new Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die in the new catalog.

This next card I fell in love with - purses out of the Cupcake Builder punch - just so cute!  This card could be used for a Thank You, Get Well, Thinking of You... the possibilities are endless.  First you cut out three of the bottoms of the cupcake and turn them upside down.  Then punch three 1/2 circles from the 3/4" Circle Punch, this makes the flap of the purse(On our circle punches at the half-way point, the punch dips down).  Then reinsert the circle punch into the former punched area and punch a slice for the handles.  I attached a pearl and after gluing the entire purse together, used dimensionals to prop it up on the card.  Too cute and so easy to make.
The Perfect Little Purse Card

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