Saturday, October 29, 2011

Snow Much Fun - Mojo212

The week has gotten away from me, but I did manage to get my Mojo going and create this fun snowy card for Mojo Monday.  

If you look closely, you might be able to see the sparkle on the tree ornaments, snow drifts, tag and even on the three little snowflakes in a row.  I simply dabbed on a little Dazzling Details (Holiday Mini 124117) to finish it off.

Stamps:  Snow Much Fun (122560 [W]; 122562 [C]), Pennant Parade (122740 [W]; 122742 [C] )
Ink:  Garden Green, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Real Red Marker
Paper:  Pool Party, Garden Green, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Accessories:  Dazzling Details (124117), Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine (123125), Dimensionals (104430)
Tools:  Snow Burst Embossing Folder (124096), Big Shot (113439), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Large Tag Punch (119876), Extra Large Tag Punch (119866), Crop-a-Dile (108362), Itty Bitty Punch Pack (118309), 1/2" Circle Punch (119869), Blender Pens (102845)

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Creative Elements Friend - PP69

If you need inspiration for a new card, it is often helpful to play along with a challenge to get the creative juices going.

Here is this week's sketch challenge at The Paper Players.

Here is the basic design:

This was a quick and easy card to make.  The cutting out took the most patience, but it went pretty quick too.

Stamps:  Creative Elements (122645 [W]; 122647 [C]), You're a Gem (122268 [W]; 122270 [C])
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Peach Parfait
Paper:  Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Peach Parfait, Whisper White
Accessories:  Basic Pearls (119247), Dimensionals (104430)
Tools:  Mat Pack (105826), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275), Small Oval Punch (Retired)

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Pines & Poinsettias Christmas - PP68

Red & Green.  Clean & Simple.  I have been mulling over the Paper Players challenge for a few days in between teaching a couple stamping classes (which I loved) and dealing with the flood coming from inside my pantry wall at 3 a.m. (which I didn't love.  Yes, it has been quite a week!).  I can do red & green, but what is Clean & Simple really?  I tried to think "Clean & Simple" as I was arranging and rearranging pieces, but my card was crying out for more.  I like layers.  I like details.  I like the little extras.

So, here is my Red and Green card, which depending on your definition may or may not be Clean & Simple.

The picture I took here is not the greatest.  I didn't realize until I uploaded it that you can't really see the 3 tiny pearls in the middle of the poinsettia, and because I used markers to color the stamp, it is not as brilliant of an image as usual.  I just adore the buttons from the Holly Berry Bouquet Buttons in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

Stamps:  Pines & Poinsettias (Holiday Mini 123762 [C]; 123764 [W]), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Ink:  Real Red & Wild Wasabi Markers, Wild Wasabi pad
Paper:  Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP (Holiday Mini 124004)
Accessories:  Holly Berry Bouquet Buttons (Holiday Mini 125636), White Bakers Twine (124262), Basic Pearls (119247), Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683)
Tools:  Big Shot, Scallop Circle #2 Die (113469), 3" Circle Die (122125), 2-1/2" Circle Punch (120906), Modern Label Punch (119849), Word Window Punch (119857), Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402)

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Give Thanks Foliage - PPA115

Fall is in the air!  This week's challenge at Pals Paper Arts is to use Fall or Thanksgiving as the theme for a card.

French Foliage is one of my favorite stamp sets, so I just had to make my fall card with it.  And the button? It's made out of card stock.  Whenever you need a button to coordinate with a project, you can easily make one with circle punches.  I punched a 1/2" circle out of a small piece of Early Espresso card stock, then over/around that 1/2" hole, I punched a bigger circle with a 3/4" punch.  I was left with a doughnut, which became the top edge of the button.  I then punched 3 more 3/4" circles and glued them all together with the doughnut on top.  On the back, I traced the holes of a real button and used the 1/8" hole punch on the crop-a-dile to make my button holes.  If you want your button to have a glossy look, you can use Crystal Effects.

The leaves were stamped in the base color, then I used the "rock and roll" technique, where the darker color is added to the edges after the whole stamp is inked in the lighter color.  By "rolling" the stamp edges, one side at a time, on the darker ink pad without putting the stamp flat on the ink pad. The rounder leaf is inked first in Pear Pizzaz, then rolled in More Mustard; the large leaf inked in Daffodil Delight then Cajun Craze; the small leaf in More Mustard then rolled in Cajun Craze.

Stamps:  French Foliage (120845 [W]; 121166 [C] ), Hand-Penned Holidays (from the Holiday Mini: 124310 [W]; 124312 [C] )
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzaz, More Mustard, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze
Paper:  Pear Pizzaz, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim (118480), Linen Thread (104199), Dimensionals (104430)
Tools:  1/2" Circle Punch (119869), 3/4" Circle Punch (119873), Crop-a-Dile (108362), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882)

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Thoughts and Prayers

Sympathy cards.  Something you need, but not something you want to need.  Although I made this a sympathy card, the sentiment could easily be changed to "Thinking of you".  I wanted it to be subtle, but comforting.

The Lace Ribbon Border Punch is quite a punch!  More than an inch wide, it is versatile as a background strip or as a focal point.

Stamps:  Thoughts and Prayers (113252)
Ink:  River Rock, Night of Navy
Paper:  Night of Navy, River Rock, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Accessories:  Metallic Brads (119741)
Tools:  Lace Ribbon Border Punch (122362), Boho Blossoms Punch (119858), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118109), Paper-Piercing Tool (116631), Square Lattice Embossing Folder (119976), Big Shot

TIP:  When using the tightly patterned embossing folders, such as above, cut the card stock 1/16" longer on the length to allow for shrinkage.   

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Joy at Christmas - Mojo209

Once there was a Snowman...and here he is showing off my Mojo Monday sketch.

Once again I'm using the new Snow Burst Embossing Folder.  This makes a great background for a variety of styles.  A fabulous addition to anyone's stamping and paper crafting supplies.

Stamps:  Snow Much Fun (122560 [W]; 122562 [C] ), Perfect Punches (117022 [W]; 120516 [C] )
Ink:  Basic Black, Real Red, Garden Green, Pool Party; Markers:  Real Red, Garden Green, Pool Party
Paper:  Garden Green, Whisper White, Pool Party, Real Red
Accessories:  1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals
Tools:  Snow Burst Embossing Folder (124096), Blender Pens (102845), 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (119854), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (119860), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882)

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Joy to the World

Don't you just love a good challenge?  The Paper Players have a Musical Theme Challenge going on that sounded like fun.  My many years of voice lessons, piano lessons, and even a little clarinet have instilled in me a love for music.  This theme actually was the push I needed to create a card I already had dancing around in my head.  I ended up making two cards, one vintage, and one clean and simple.

The man in brown brought me some new goodies last week. The new embossing folder, Snow Burst, and the 3/8" Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin Ribbon were among them.  These can both be found in the Holiday Mini Catalog, along with this stamp set.  See the shimmer that glistens all over the card from the Smooch Spritz I used?  Ooh yaah!

Stamps:  The Sounding Joy (121967 [W]; 121979 [C] ), Music Notes Wheel (120327)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  3/8" Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin Ribbon (124105), Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (118772), Basic Pearls (119247), Sponge Dauber (102892)
Tools: Snow Burst Embossing Folder (124096), Big Shot 

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Flower Fest - PPA113

The challenge at Pals Paper Arts this week is to make a project using heat embossing as the technique.  Coincidently, I used heat embossing on my project last week which you can see HERE, but since I love the look, I was happy to make a new, totally different card:

Melon Mambo and Wild Wasabi embossing powder outlines the flowers and leaves, and to get the soft color inside, I daubed with Stampin' Pastels.  The sentiment is also embossed in keeping with the theme.

I love how this card turned out, and can't wait to send it to my friend.  I know she is going to love it!

Stamps:  Flower Fest (122278 [W]; 122280 [C] ), Friendly Phrases (126149 [W]; 126151 [C] )
Ink:  VersaMark
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White
Accessories:  Melon Mambo & Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder (123223 & 123224), Dimensionals (104430), Basic Pearls (119247)
Tools:  Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402), Heat Tool (100005), Powder Pals (102197)

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