Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vintage Amour

One of the great things about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is receiving the Stampin' Success Magazine mailed monthly to all demonstrators for free.  It has articles and beautiful photos of ideas as well as tips on running your business.  This is my version of a card seen in the August 2011 issue.

I love the vintage look.  This card really appealed to me because of the Eiffel Tower from one of my favorite sets, and the Vintage Trinkets, which I had never used before (those tiny buttons are really brads!)  I also liked the use of the First Edition DSP, which is so popular right now.

To get the halo around the Eiffel Tower, I stamped the image on a scrap piece of paper and cut it out, leaving a border, to cover the one stamped on the Rose Red.  I then stamped the En Francais stamp over the "mask" in Rose Red ink.  The polka dot strip was sanded on the edges to give it a worn look and then daubed in spots along the edges.

Stamps:  Artistic Etchings (118517 [W]; 120573 [C] ), En Francais (109521)
Ink:  Rose Red, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Old Olive
Paper:  Early Espresso, Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Subtles Patterns DSP Stack (117152), First Edition Specialty DSP (121878)
Accessories:  Rose Red 1/2" Seam Binding (121884), Vintage Trinkets (118764), Dimensionals (104430)
Tools:  2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (118874), 1-3/4" Circle Punch (119850), Designer Sanding Blocks (124304), Sponge Dauber (102892)

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Take some time today to create something fun!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's The Little Things - Mojo208

For this week's Mojo Monday, I decided to do a little 3 x 3 "love note" card - perfect to add to a gift, or to tuck in a spot to be found later by it's recipient.

This sentiment says it perfectly, "it's the little things" that give us joy.  My daughter came home from school and saw this card sitting out.  She exclaimed, "Oh, this is cute!" Now, that just made my day!  She is a sweetheart.

Stamps:  You're a Gem (122268 [W]; 122270 [C] )
Ink:  Concord Crush
Paper:  Concord Crush, Bashful Blue, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Cheerful Treat DSP (hostess item)
Accessories:  Basic Rhinestones (119246), Dimensionals (104430)
Tools:  Floral Fusion Sizzlits Die (115969), 1" Square Punch (124094), 1-3/8" Square Punch (119877), Bird Builder Punch (117191)

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Take time to create something fun!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Sounding Joy Ornaments - PPA112

The latest challenge at PPA is all about elements of style.  The challenge was to include lace, any kind of lace, with your project.

I have been wanting to try the glossy white card stock from Stampin' Up!  See how the ornaments shine when they catch the light just right?

I stamped with Versamark on 2 circles punched out of the glossy card stock, then sprinkled gold embossing powder, and watched the magic happen as I put the heat tool to it.  After that, the brayer inked up in Blushing Bride was rolled across each ornament to give it a little color.  I used Stampin' Write Markers to color in the bell ornament.  The background is stamped using Versamark once again.  Versamark makes a wonderful background especially on darker colors of card stock.  The top of each ornament has a 3/4" circle folded in half and a 1/8" hole punched out using my handy dandy Crop-A-Dile.

Stamps:  Bells & Boughs (120821 [W]; 121142 [C] ), The Sounding Joy (Holiday Mini Catalog 121967 [W]; 121979 [C] )
Ink:  Versamark (102283), Blushing Bride, Always Artichoke Marker, Cherry Cobbler Marker, Daffodil Delight Marker
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Glossy White card stock (102599)
Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder (109129), Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim (118480), Dimensionals (104430)
Tools:  2-1/2" Circle Punch (120906), 3/4" Circle Punch (119873), Crop-A-Dile (108362), Heat Tool (100005), Brayer (102395)

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Make today your day to create something fun!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Birthday - Mojo107

Mojo Monday is back with another sketch challenge...

Well, this was a bit of a challenge.  I went with a masculine birthday card with layers.  This DSP (Designer Series Paper) has been on my shelf since June, and it was time to break it out.

Stamps:  Perfect Punches (107022 [W]; 120516 [C] ), Party This Way (118744 [W]; 120609 [C] )
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Just Add Cake DSP
Accessories:  White Baker's Twine (124262), Dimensionals (104430), Staple
Tools:  Designer Frames Embossing Folders Set (123130), Big Shot

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Take time today to create something fun!  You will be glad you did.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Baby chicks!

It's been almost two weeks now since our baby chicks hatched!  Meet Lady Ambrosia and Penelope.  It is so incredible to see a chick wriggle out of it's shell.  Believe me, it looks like hard work.  My daughter's New Hampshire Red bantam went all "broody" on us, so we got 2 surrogate eggs from the 4-H leader for her to sit on; one a Buttercup and the other a Black Sumatra.  This picture was taken at 6 days old.  What a fun experience to see mama hen take care of her chicks and show them what's what.  I feel like I live on a farm! (Part of me wishes I did.)

Take time to enjoy something fun today!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Halloween Witch - PPA111

It felt great to be back at my desk creating something new.  This sweet little witch is ready for Halloween!

I used this week's sketch challenge at Pals Paper Arts for the layout.

Stamps:  Greeting Card Kids (119887 [W]; 120633 [C] ), Tiny Tags (118091 [W]; 118592 [C] )
Ink:  Stazon Black, Concord Crush, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Garden Green, Concord Crush, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Accessories:  1/4" Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon (109030), Linen Thread (104199)
Tools:  Blender Pens (102845), Lace Ribbon Border Punch (122362), Jewelry Tag Punch (117190), 1/16 Circle Punch (101227), Texturz Plates Backgrounds 1 (114512), Big Shot

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Take time for yourself today and create something fun!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Butterfly Easel Love Note

These butterfly easel cards have been floating around the internet.  A stamping friend saw one and requested it as a project for a class.  I think it turned out darling, and they were a hit with everyone who attended my class!

It may look a bit tricky to put together, but basically the back & bottom butterflies are a made from a piece of card stock, folded and run through the big shot, except the fold sits just below the top edge of the wing tips, so that the two butterflies remain attached.  Another full butterfly of the same size is attached to the front at the base (lower wings folded under) so that the front one is free to sit up.  A smaller butterfly is layered on top after embossing both front butterflies with the Finial Press embossing folder.

Stamps:  Tiny Tags (118091 [W]; 118592 [C] )
Ink:  Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder
Paper:  Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Accessories:  Baker's Twine
Tools:  Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die (114507), Finial Press Embossing Folder (115963), Jewelry Tag (117190), 1/16" Circle Punch (101227)

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Take time for yourself and create something fun today!


Friday, September 9, 2011

Wicked Cool Matchbox - PPA110

I have been glued to the TV watching the U.S. Open (tennis, of course!) whenever I can these past couple weeks, so my stamping room has been rather lonely without me, but I did manage to squeeze in a Halloween project.  (Pals Paper Arts is having a Halloween challenge this week.)

Halloween means treats!  So, here are my matchboxes waiting to be filled with something good to eat.

If you look closely, you will hopefully be able to see the sparkle on her bewitching socks.  One of Stampin' Up!'s new products in the Holiday Mini Catalog is Dazzling Details (124117; $2.50).  Making a matchbox is a snap when you run the Matchbox Die thru the Big Shot.

Stamps:  Wicked Cool (118738 $19.95 [W]; 120600 $14.95 [C])
Ink:  Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi marker
Paper:  Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Basic Black 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (115615), Dazzling Details (124117), Dimensionals (104430)
Tools:  Matchbox Die (114890), Big Shot (113439), 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (118874), 1-3/4" Circle Punch (119850), Sponge Dauber (102892), Bone Folder (102300)

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Take time for yourself and create something fun!


Friday, September 2, 2011

The New Holiday Mini Catalog is here!

There are so many new, exciting goodies in the Holiday Mini.

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My favorite new tool is the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  It makes scoring anything from cards, boxes or even an assortment of paper lollies a cinch!  It comes with a stylus and place markers to make scoring your projects easier.  $29.95 (122334)

With all the project ideas in the Holiday Mini, it's easy to get inspired to start your projects and cards for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas or however you celebrate!

Take time for yourself today and create something fun!