Monday, September 26, 2011

Soul Scrappers - SENSE-ational Summer contest # 1 - the SMELLS of SUMMER

The Sweet Smell of Honeysuckle
I belong to Soul Scrappers, a fun bunch of ladies who like to scrapbook.  They have several challenges for us each month, by the way, you don't have to be a demonstrator to join, just click on my link on the right for Soul Scrappers and tell them I invited you and you can be a part of the fun over there.
This challenge is about the SENSE-ational Summer contest # 1 - the SMELLS of SUMMER.  I'll be honest with you, living in HOT So. Illinois with all of my allergies to everything outside, including GRASS, there aren't too many smells that I really enjoy.  My journal tag says it all:  I love to walk around the corner of my house and be blown away by the sweet and bold scent of the honeysuckle growing on my back fence.  The bees, butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy it also.  If you want to see the page closer, just click on the photo.
One of the challenge requirements was that there be sewing on the page.  Last time my daughter was home, I pulled out my 25 year old sewing machine and we tried to get it working, but it is destined for the trash.  Last week I decided to check out Joanne's online sewing machines and found one that I thought might fit my needs and it was 1/3 off and free shipping.  Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!(LOL you can tell I watch too much Drive-Ins, Dinners and Dives).  Sewing is not a craft that I have ever enjoyed, but I have been intrigued by the sewing I have seen on cards and scrapbook pages.  So when my machine got here, it sat in the box for FOUR days until I got the taxes sent off to the IRS! YEA!  Then, I allowed myself time to actually READ the directions(something that I do rarely) for the new sewing machine.  It is supposed to do 59 different stitches, but I only see a possibility of 25.  Luella, my daughter, is coming for a visit tonight and maybe she can help me find the other 34 stitches. LOL!!!  But, I was proud of myself that I figured out how to use the leaf stitch around the boarder of my page.  I also attempted to make my own honeysuckle flower out of paper.
I placed yellow ribbon(SU retired) behind the punched Lace Ribbon Border and it really made it pop off of the page.  I used DSP(SU retired) for the title and glued it to a cereal box before cutting it out with the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Dies.  If you try this at home, crank the die through the big shot three times to get it to cut through this thicker material.  Just crank until you see the die go past, stop, crank the other direction, etc.  If you let it get too far through before reversing, static electricity will move your paper and ruin your image.
Paper: Retired SU cardstock and DSP, More Mustard, Whisper White and So Saffron Card Stock
Ink:  Old Olive
Stamp:  French Foliage
Accessories:  Big Shot, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Die, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Crop-a-Dile, Stampin' Write Journal, Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Retired SU Ribbon, Brother Sewing Machine, Smashed Pop Bottle Cap

Friday, September 23, 2011

I Rocked the Mashup!

I can't tell you how excited I was to receive this email this morning that I was one of two "Rock Stars" over at The Friday Mashup!  Thank you ladies for the great inspiration challenge.  My class had fun making this one also.  So here is my card that won:
Autumn Splendor Shaker Card
And this is the winning badge for my blog:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Three for Two Technique Class

Tomorrow night at technique class we will be learning not two, but three new techniques!  The first technique I read about on Gretchen Barron's Blog and it is Faux Torn Vellum Technique.  I am also entering this card:
Upsy Daisy Faux Torn Vellum Technique
 in two different challenges.  The first is the Stamping 411 challenge as follows:
And the second is the Utah Divas Color Challenge #53 as follows:

The second card we will be making has two techniques on it.  The first was used to make the leaves on this card and it is called Watercolor Re-inker Technique and the other is a Shaker Frame. 
Autumn Splendor Shaker Card
The shaker was made using Stampin' Up!'s new Shaker Frames in the Holiday Mini Catalog, Window Sheets and Champaign Glass Glitter.  Here is a close up of the shaker frame:
I made this card for three different challenges:  First, Hand Stamped Sentiments #84 they have a Fall Theme Challenge:
The second challenge is over at Friday Mashup Challenge #24 I decided to "Mash it Up" and create an "Autumn project using shades of Yellow and Orange":
And the third, but not last challenge is over at Unscripted Sketches #124 that I used for my sketch:
I hope that my ladies enjoy making these as much as I did designing them.  So here are the recipes for the two cards:
Upsy Daisy Faux Torn Vellum Technique
Stamp:  Upsy Daisy
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Marina Mist
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Old Olive and Whisper White Card Stock
Accessories:  Big Shot, Daisy #2 Die, Decorative Label Punch, Glimmer Brad, Dimensionals, Stamping Sponges, Post-it Notes

Autumn Splendor Shaker Card
Stamp:  Autumn Splendor, Day of Gratitude and Baroque Motifs
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  Peach Parfait, More Mustard, Cajun Craze and Shimmery White Card Stock and Spice Cake DSP
Accessories:  Daffodil Delight, More Mustard and Cajun Craze Re-inker, Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Aqua Painter, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Window Sheets, Shaker Frames

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Do the Llama Hop!

I am so honored to be with a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators who love Stampin' Up! as much as I do.  We enjoyed each others sense of humor so much that we formed our own group the Watercooler Llamas.  Please join us for our first hop, "Do the Llama Hop!".  See the link below of our blog for a list of all the participating talented ladies and join us for our first hop.
Spice Cake Lollie Wreath
Lollie wreaths have been popping up all over the internet and when Stampin' Up! brought out the Holiday Mini Catalog showing one on page 6, I had to make one for one of our classes.  After seeing so many made with Spice Cake DSP, I decided to make one also.  Don't you just love the fall colors in this paper?  Using our Simply Scored scoring tool made these lollies a breeze to make.  Using low-temp glue gun helped a lot also(I blistered two finger tips before turning it from high to low. LOL)

Don't you just love the script on the banner?  That is our new Hand-Penned Holidays stamp set, also in the new Holiday Mini Catalog.  Don't have a copy, check out the down-loadable copy on the right bar of my blog.
Stamps:  Hand-Penned Holidays
 Paper: Pool Party, Soft Suede and More Mustard Card Stock and Spice Cake Designer Series Paper
 Ink:  Early Espresso
Accessories:  Big Shot, Simply Scored, Leaves #2 Originals Die, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch,  3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, In Color Designed Printed Brad, Brights Designer Buttons, 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Spice Cake Designer Buttons, Crystal Effects

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Now off to see the other Llamas gorgeous work!