Sunday, October 31, 2010

Petal Punch Treat Holders

I have seen these treat holders everywhere and I'm not sure where the idea originated from but I had to try to make them. I'm sure mine are similar to some that are already out there but these are my versions. Everything I used from paper to punches is from Stampin' Up except for the Frankenstein hair which was created using the Martha Stewart icicle border punch.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Naturals White, Basic Black, Green Galore, Pumpkin Pie, Eggplant Envy, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive; Ink: Black, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red; Stamps: Autumn Harvest; Punches Used: Petal Card, Large Oval, Word Window, Scallop Oval, Two-Step Owl, 1/4" Circle, 1/2" Circle, 1" Circle, Crop-a-Dile, MS Icicle Border; Other: Silver Brads, White Gel Pen, Tombow Glue

Friday, October 29, 2010

Button Ornaments

This card came together very quickly. The ornament hangers and the sentiment were stamped using versa mark ink and embossed with silver embossing powder. The buttons were threaded with silver cord and adhered with mini glue dots. The stamped panel was mounted to a piece of night of navy card stock that was embossed with silver embossing powder around the edges. Of course you could achieve a similar effect by adhering the night of navy panel to a piece of brushed silver card stock. With some minor changes this card could easily be mass produced. For mass production I would eliminate the embossing and stamp the ornament hangers and sentiment with black ink. Instead of buttons you could punch out circles of decorative paper for the ornaments.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Festive Finery DSP; Ink: Versa Mark; Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Scenic Season; Other: Buttons, Silver Cord, Silver Embossing Powder, Mini Glue Dots

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Friendly Monsters

This card was inspired by the card I saw here. I changed some things from the original idea but to me the point of CASing something is to make it your own. My little monsters all have noses and none of them have fangs. With the exception of the ribbon and the googlie eyes, everything is from Stampin' Up. This was very easy to create and took hardly any time at all to put together. This will be for my grandson for Halloween. He is 2 1/2 and I didn't want to give him something that was too scary and these monsters seem friendly.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Creepy Crawly DSP; Ink: Black; Other: 2 Step Owl Punch, Large Star Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Work Window Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, Googlie Eyes, Black Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Sticky Strip Tape, Tombow Glue, Crystal Effects

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pink & Girly

I can't believe the challenges will be over in a few days. Don't worry though you can enter until November 7, 2010 to be eligible for prizes and support a great cause. This is the card I made for the "All About Girls in Pink" challenge. I knew that I wanted to paper piece this dress and when I found my DCWV glittery card stock I knew this dress would look great. I stamped the dress and the shoes onto the pink glittered card stock and cut them out. The dress image was stamped onto white card stock in versa mark ink and embossed with black embossing powder and the shoes were stamped with black ink onto white card stock. I adhered the dress and shoe cutout pieces onto the stamped images using tombow glue. I inked the embossing folder with pink pirouette and embossed a piece of white card stock cut at 4"x 5 1/4" and assembled the card.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, DCWV Glitter Stack; Ink: Versa Mark, Black, Pink Pirouette; Stamps: Haute Couture; Other: Black Embossing Powder, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Heart Block Embossing Folder, MS Pink Seam Binding, Heart Charm, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


This is another challenge card and the challenge was to incorporate sewing/stitching with friendship. I didn't really want to set my sewing machine up so I opted to add a little faux stitching to this card. I also think the grid design on the green paper looks like stitching and I didn't have to do anything to it. This card came together fairly quickly. It took me longer to paper pierce and highlight with my white gel pen than it did to stamp and color my image. I wish I would have used my blender pen with the blush blossom ink since the skin looks a little blotchy. You don't notice it so much in person but apparently the camera picks up every little mistake.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Barely Banana, Always Artichoke, Spring Flowers DSP; Ink: Black, Various SU Markers; Stamps: Pocket Fun, Edgy Eloquence; Other: Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, White Gel Pen, Always Artichoke Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

Monday, October 25, 2010


This is another card for the challenges I been participating in on Splitcoast. This challenge was called 3...2...1... and the challenge was to use 3 design papers, 2 embellishments and 1 ribbon. The embellishments had to be things like brads, eyelets, buttons and not glitter, glimmer mist, sparkly fluff, etc. Of course I have 3 design papers and I even paper pieced the dress with one of them, my embellishments are wire and dew drops and 1 ribbon. I had a hard time deciding what embellishments to use and chose to "highlight" the steam from the coffee mug with wire and add the 3 dew drops to the upper left corner.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, DCWV Stack; Ink: Black, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel; Stamps: Hot Stuff (My Favorite Things); Other: Camelia Pink MS Seam Binding, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Dew Drops, Wire

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Almost no stamping on this card but lots of punch art. The sunflowers were created using the 5 petal flower punch (4 for each flower) with summer sun card stock, the 1" circle punch for the flower centers with chocolate chip card stock and the 2 step bird punch wing for the leaves with old olive card stock. After punching out all the elements I used the square lattice embossing folder for the petals, the dot embossing folder for the flower centers and the herringbone embossing folder for the leaves. The grass was created using the MS icicle border punch. The flowers were assembled with mini glue dots and the flowers, stems and leaves were attached to the card front with tombow glue.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive; Ink: Chocolate Chip; Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes; Other: 5 Petal Flower Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 2 Step Bird Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Large Oval Punch, Embossing Folders, Antique Brass Brads, Dimensionals

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dance and Sing

This card is so bright you might need sunglasses to look at it. Normally I wouldn't put pink and orange together but when I found this paper in my stash I just had to use it. Since I was only stamping the sentiment for this card it doesn't compete with the background paper. The scallop border around the sentiment was achieved using the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch and cutting the scallops apart to fit around the oval. I punched 2 scallop circles to have enough scallops to go around the oval. This is a 5" square card and the scalloped oval extends about 1/4" over the top so it will still fit in SU's square envelopes.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Only Orange, Pink Passion, Sassy DSP; Ink: Black; Stamps: Dance Sketches; Other: Oval Cutter, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Dew Drops, Ribbon (Michael's), Dimensionals

Friday, October 22, 2010

Happiness by the Sea

I'm trying to improve my water coloring abilities and this stamp lends itself very nicely to water coloring. This turned out better than I thought it would since this is only my 2nd time water coloring. The image was stamped onto watercolor paper with black staz-on ink and I used watercolor pencils and an aqua painter to color the image with. I'm not sure the background paper really goes with the image but I wanted something fun and colorful. The paper was purchased at Jo Ann's so I don't know what company this is from. The paper was embossed with the floral fantasy embossing folder and the images on the paper are similar to the images on the embossing folder.

Supplies Used: Paper: Watercolor Paper, Pink Passion, Early Espresso, Background Paper (unknown); Ink: Black Staz-on, Early Espresso; Stamps: Summer By the Sea; Other: Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter, Satin Ribbon, Floral Fantasy Embossing Folder

Vintage Victorian

Here is another card for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges on Splitcoast Stampers. The challenge was to create a vintage looking card and if you used pink, even better. I think these ornaments look very vintage Victorian. The smaller ornaments were inked with regal rose and then off stamped to achieve a softer color. The large center ornament was stamped with pretty in pink and spritzed with frost white shimmer mist to give it a soft glow and then added to the panel with dimensionals. The pink rhinestone on the small ornament was centered on the flower image and I think it brings some balance to the panel since it helps to keeps the eye moving instead of focusing on the ribbon and lace. I love the look of the lace over the gathered ribbon.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose; Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Early Espresso; Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Holidays & Wishes; Other: Fairy Tale Ribbon Originals, Lace Trim, Pink Rhinestone Brad, Frost White Shimmer Mist, Textile Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Let's Go Skiing

I pulled this stamp set out and was determined to make a card using it. I really like all the images in this set but the background paper was about skiing and snowboarding so I stamped the ice skates and just trimmed the blades off. Now they are ski or snowboard boots. This is another card for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges. The challenge was to have the image popped up off of the paper and both the boots and the circle are popped up with dimensionals.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Real Red DSP, DCWV Christmas Pack; Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip; Stamps: Bundle Up, Darcies "Happy Freezin' Season"; Other: Circle Cutter, Swirls and Snowflakes Embossing Folders, Kraft Grosgrain Ribbon, Felt Snowflake, Rhinestone Brad, Dimensionals

Monday, October 18, 2010

Quilt Patches

This stamp set is probably over 10 years old and when I was going through my Christmas stamp sets I decided to bring this out and work with it. The images are very country quilt looking to me. Each image was stamped twice so that I could cut out the main image and attach it with dimensionals to the squares. The squares were cut out and attached to a scallop square and then the cut out image was attached with dimensionals. The buttons were threaded with linen thread and attached with mini glue dots. Once all the coloring and piecing was completed this card came together fairly quickly with the help of a sketch challenge from Splitcoast Stampers (SC285).

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Merry Moments DSP; Ink: Black, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Creamy Caramel; Stamps: Winter Patches; Other: Buttons, Linen Thread, Chocolate Chip Felt Ribbon, 1 1/4" Square Scallop Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Paper Piercing Tool w/Mat, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Eskimo Girl

I tried completing this card yesterday but no matter what I did nothing seemed to work. I thought about leaving it with no extra embellishments but it just didn't seem finished. I tried to add narrow ribbon, wide ribbon, felt snowflakes, corduroy buttons, etc and nothing seemed to work so I set it aside and came back to it today. I added the rhinestones to her coat and 3 dew drops and decided I was happy with the results.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Baha Breeze, Old Olive, K & Co DSP; Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baha Breeze, Regal Rose; Stamps: Polar Pals; Other: Dot Embossing Folder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Dew Drops, Rhinestones, 2-Way Glue Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals

Saturday, October 16, 2010

All About The Ribbon

I've had this decorative paper for years now and as I've stated in many of my posts "I really want to use the supplies I already have". Of course that will take years! Can you believe a card with no stamping?! I really like how this card turned out and what a great way to use decorative paper. The hardest part is getting all the scallops lined up and spaced about the same. Each layer is adhered with dimensionals. But to me the star of the card is the ribbon, snowflakes and button. Just by changing the paper and embellishments this card could be used for almost any occasion.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Cerise DSP; Other: Scallop Border Punch, Rhinestones, Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Button, Acetate Snowflake, Little Felt Flurries, Narrow Red Ribbon, Dimensionals

Friday, October 15, 2010

Old Fashioned Christmas Card

I really like the distressed look of this card. It kind of looks like something that has been around for years maybe even antique and even the ribbon looks aged and worn. The main image was stamped onto white card stock and cut out using an oval cutter. All of the edges of the card stock and designer paper were sponged using crumb cake ink. Once the main image was colored dazzling diamonds glitter was added using the 2 way glue pen. The organdy ribbon was heated using the heat gun to get the distressed look. You only need to heat it for a very short period of time and keep the heat gun moving to avoid creating holes and melting the ribbon.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Pear Pizazz, Real Red DSP, Bella Rose DSP; Ink: Black, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Pear Pizazz, Real Red, Crumb Cake; Stamps: Greeting Card Kids; Other: Oval Cutter, Oval Scallop Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Two-Way Glue Pen, Pink Organdy Ribbon, Dimensionals

Ornament Window

It was so hard trying to get a picture of this card since the acetate is so reflective. To make the ornament I folded a piece of white card stock that measured 5 1/2" x 11" in half and cut out a 5" circle leaving about an inch on the top edge of the fold. The card front was embossed using the snowflake embossing folder and then a 3 1/4" circle was cut out using a circle cutter. For the frame cut a circle at 3 3/4" with the center circle of 3 1/4" removed. Cut a piece of acetate at 3 3/4" and stamp snowflakes with white staz-on ink, allow to dry before attaching to the frame piece. Stamp the main image centered on the inside of card, attach acetate piece to frame and then the framed piece to care front. Add sentiment and attach with dimensionals. To create the ornament top cut a piece of brushed silver card stock at 1 1/4" x 2 1/2" and punch edges using the eyelet border punch, attach to top of card. I also cut the bottom edge flat so that it can stand opened.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Handsome Hunter, Brushed Silver, Acetate; Ink: Handsome Hunter, White Staz-on; Stamps: Scenic Season, Merry & Bright; Other: Circle Cutter, Snowflake Embossing Folder, Eyelet Border Punch, Dew Drops, Crystal Effects, Frost White Shimmer Mist, Dimensionals

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cupcake Treat

Another birthday card but this time with paper piecing. This image was very easy to paper piece, actually most of the images from this stamp set would work great with paper piecing. The one thing to remember when paper piecing small images is to make sure that the patterned paper doesn't have images that are too large. This is also a great way to use up scraps of your DSP. The ribbon was attached using sticky strip and ruffled until I had it attached to my liking.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, DCWV Background Paper; Ink: Black, Chocolate Chip; Stamps: Wagon Full of Fun; Other: Tangerine Tango Striped Ribbon, Gold Brads, Sticky Strip, Sakura Glitter Pen, Paper Piercing Tool, Dimensionals

Grateful Blossom

Even though this flower is very dimensional, it can be flattened out to mail. It will probably require extra postage and a padded envelope but as the saying goes..."when you care enough to send the very best". The flower was created using the 1 3/4" scallop punch (4) and the 2 3/8" scallop punch (1). The scallop circles are crumpled and distressed enough to be able to peel them apart and have 8 small and 2 large felted scallop circles . The small circles are each folded into quarters and adhered in the center of the large felted circles at the center points. I actually sewed them on using embroidery floss but you may be able to use sticky strip or tombow glue. The corduroy brad helps to cover the floss and also creates the flower center. The flower was attached using tombow glue.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry DSP; Ink: Black, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive; Stamps: Sidekick Sayings; Other: Scallop Circle Punches, Little Leaves Sizzlet, Summer Sun Corduroy Brad, Tombow Adhesive, Rhinestone Brad, Embroidery Floss

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Season of Friendship

I don't normally make square cards probably because I'm just so used to the standard A2 cards but it is nice to change things up a bit. The base of the card is crumb cake sponged around the edges with chocolate chip ink and the DSP is from summer picnic (now discontinued) and it was also sponged with chocolate chip ink. I stamped the tree and leaves onto very vanilla and cut that into a 3 1/2" circle followed by a red circle cut at 3 3/4". The edges of the very vanilla and real red were distressed and then sponged with chocolate chip ink. The crumb cake scallops were created using the fancy flower punch. I used 3 flowers and sponged the edges with chocolate chip ink and snipped them apart and attached them to the real red circle. Additional leaves were stamped onto a scrap piece of very vanilla card stock, cut out and attached to the main image with dimensionals. Red twine was attached to the buttons and adhered with mini glue dots. Red gingham ribbon was tied to the main card base and the main image was then attached with dimensionals.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Summer Picnic DSP; Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive; Stamps: Season of Friendship; Other: Circle Cutter, Fancy Flower Punch, Red Gingham Ribbon, Red Twine, Buttons, Dimensionals

All Buttoned Up

The inspiration for this card came from Andrea Walford. I signed up to receive her 12 weeks of Christmas newsletter and this was the first idea. You can sign up to receive the emails on her blog here. I changed a few of the things but kept the same basic layout and color combinations. I LOVE this card. It looks fantastic in real life.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Real Red; Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Versa Mark; Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Other: Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Ornament Punch, SU Buttons, Silver Glass Glitter, Rhinestone, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Red Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Shimmery Snowflakes

This card is a 5" square card and the snowflake images each measure 1 1/2" square. The embossed snowflake background, snowflake images and sentiment were spritzed with frost white shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol. It is a great way to get the effect of shimmery white card stock without the cost. I'm trying to use some of the supplies that SU has discontinued and the pink passion card stock isn't an easy color for me to use. Now that I've made this card I think I'll have several more to make just so I can use this card stock.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Pink Passion; Ink: Cotton Candy Kaleidacolor; Stamps: Patterned Pines, Sparkling Season; Other: Snowflake Embossing Folder, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Rhinestone Brads, Dimensionals

Embrace Life

Since I've been making cards for the "Hope You Can Cling To" challenges on SCS it has made me realize just how lucky I am. I think most people can say that cancer has touched their lives in some way and I am no different. I lost both parents to cancer and a sister so these cards have a very special meaning to me. The sentiment on this card says it all.....Embrace Life! No matter what your circumstances are be grateful for the little things in your life and embrace that.

Now for the card. I highlighted the stems and leaves on the DSP using a Sakura glitter pen and I also used them on the stems and flower centers of the stamped image. The flowers were colored using various SU markers and then using my mat pack and paper piercing tool I pierced around the entire edge of the main image. This is a very simple card but sometimes they have the most impact.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Raspberry Tart DSP; Ink: Basic Brown, Regal Rose, Rose Red, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip; Stamps: Sweet Stems, Embrace Life; Other: Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch, Gold Brads, Sakura Glitter Pen, Piercing Tool, Dimensionals

Monday, October 11, 2010

Friendship Flowers

I only used one stamp on this card but because the background paper is so bright and bold it doesn't need more than one stamped image. I got my inspiration from this card but I didn't use as many elements or layers.
This is another card for the "Hope You Can Cling To" challenges on Splitcoast. One of the challenges was to create a card using one or more of the colors from the Cancer Ribbon Awareness chart. You can view that here. I chose yellow and orange because those 2 colors bring awareness to 4 different cancers. Yellow brings awareness to bladder and sarcoma/bone cancer and orange brings awareness to kidney cancer and leukemia. I hope you get the chance to participate in some of the challenges.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Greenhouse Gala DSP; Ink: Pumpkin Pie; Stamps: Friends Never Fade; Other: Scallop Trim Border Punch, White Taffeta Ribbon, Sun Sparkle Glitter, Two-way Glue Pen, Dimensionals

Pink Owl?

I finally got the chance to use this stamp set. This set is called "Aviary" and when I first saw it in the catalog I knew that I would end up buying it. The background paper used is probably 6 or 7 years old! This is a very simple card and just by changing the colors it would look very different. The birdcage was inked with basic gray ink and then off stamped to achieve a lighter color. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the owl perfectly inside the cage and then stamped the owl twice using pretty in pink ink to get a darker image.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Apricot Appeal, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Candy Paper DSP; Ink: Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink; Stamps: Aviary, Short & Sweet; Other: Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Oval Punches, Scallop Oval Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Dew Drops, Dimensionals

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Simply Oak Leaves

This is a very simple card but the leaf elements stand out which is the effect I wanted. I love the look embossing gives a card and I use it frequently in my cards. This card incorporates two of my favorite embossing folders and neither one competes with the other. The leave image was stamped twice using the Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves ink onto very vanilla card stock and then cut out. Both the leaves and the card base were spritzed with gold pearl ex powder mixed with hairspray. The leaves were mounted on the panel with dimensionals which was wrapped with twine and then the panel was mounted to the card front using dimensionals.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip; Ink: Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves, Chocolate Chip; Stamps: Autumn Leaf Prints, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Other: Square Lattice and Script Embossing Folders, Word Window Punch, Gold Pearl Ex Spritz, Twine, Dimensionals

Googlie Eyed Spider

I'm trying to get my Halloween cards completed and this one will be sent to someone very special. I was inspired by a card I saw on someones blog but can't remember where I saw it. I loved how they had incorporated several of the images from this stamp set onto their card. There are several extra little touches on this card that gives it a "WOW" factor. The witch hat was stamped in black onto white card stock, cut out and the stars were colored in with a Spica orange glitter pen. The tag was stamped in black pigment ink, embossed with clear embossing powder and the ribbon was attached with a staple. The spider was stamped in black and glitter was adhered using a glue pen and the googlie eyes were attached with crystal effects. The tag, witch hat and panel were attached to the card base using dimensionals. I think this has to be one of my favorite Halloween cards. I hope you like it too!

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Four Seasons DSP; Ink: Black, Black Pigment; Stamps: Eat, Drink & Be Scary; Other: Scallop Border Punch, Tag Punches, Black Brads, Dew Drops, Clear Embossing Powder, Black Glitter, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, Staple, Googlie Eyes, Dimensionals

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Posy Pieces

Two posts in one day! This card incorporates 2 challenges, HYCCT (no sentiment on card front) and a Color Challenge (baha, razzleberry, saffron) with the dessert option of grids. I'm not sure if I would every have put these colors together on my own but I guess that's why they call it a challenge. The flowers are mounted in a grid pattern and the white card stock was scored with a diamond grid. It's hard to see the grid pattern on the white card stock but if you look closely you can see it. The flowers were stamped in versa mark ink and embossed with black embossing powder and the flower centers were stamped with black pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The card has lots of depth and dimension to it since most of the elements were attached to each other with dimensionals.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Baha Breeze, So Saffron; Ink: Versa Mark, Black Pigment; Stamps: Punched Posies, Little Pieces; Other: Round Scallop Punch, 1/2" Round Punch, Black Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Black Organdy Ribbon, Dimensionals

Brown in Vogue

I'm really enjoying the "Hope You Can Cling To" challenges on SCS. This challenge was to "bring in the brown" so I decided to use 2 shades of brown, crumb cake and soft suede. These 2 shades coordinate together so well but I also wanted to bring in color so I chose mambo melon and crushed curry. I wanted the flowers to be a little softer in color so the images were off-stamped before stamping onto the very vanilla oval. Of course when I off-stamped the crushed curry it must have picked up some of the melon mambo ink hence the orange hue on the flower.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry; Ink: Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry; Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Sincere Salutations; Other: Oval Cutter, Scallop Border Punch, Soft Suede Grosgrain Ribbon, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Tombow Adhesive, Dimensionals

Friday, October 8, 2010

Lacy, Racy, Lingerie

Another card for the "Hope You Can Cling To" challenges on SCS. The challenge was to be inspired by lingerie. I struggled with this one and decided to take this challenge literally. The corset was created using real red card stock measuring 4" x 6" and then folded like a "gate fold" card. With large oval punch create waist shape on folded sides, trim the top and bottom edges to complete corset shape. The corset was stamped with the victorian lace background stamp using versa mark ink and embossed in black. Evenly space eyelets along open sides and lace together with ribbon. Embellish corset using scallop border, lace, ribbon, etc. The corset is large enough to hold a gift card if desired.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black; Ink: Versa Mark; Stamps: Victorian Lace; Other: Black Embossing Powder, Black Eyelets, Red Ribbon, Scallop Border Punch, Textile Embossing Folder, Crop-a-Dile, Dimensionals

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Non-Stamped Craft

I made this for a co-worker to give to her pastor. The roses are made from Hershey Kisses. You can see step-by-step instructions here for how to make these roses. Each rose has a one dollar bill attached to it.

Pink Christmas

There is a month long card drive with challenges on SCS for October called "Hope You Can Cling To". The first challenge was to create a pink holiday card. The only holiday you couldn't choose was Valentine's Day. I chose to make a Christmas card and this will go in my stash for this year. The image was stamped in black and colored with various SU markers and a blender pen. The "fur" on the coat and hat was highlighted using a paint brush and frost white shimmer paint. The snowflake background was also spritzed with frost white shimmer paint mixed with alcohol.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Rebecca DSP; Ink: Black, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Baha Breeze; Stamps: Greeting Card Kids; Other: Circle Cutter, Scallop Punch, Pink Gingham Ribbon, Pink Seam Binding, Pretty in Pink Corduroy Brads, Little Felt Flurries, Acetate Snowflake, Snowflakes Embossing Folder, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Mat Pack, White Gel Pen, Dimensionals

Monday, October 4, 2010

Cone Flowers for Fall

This is for a co-workers birthday and she loves the earth tone colors. I wanted to try the chalkboard technique and this stamp was perfect for this technique as well as the colors that I wanted to use. The image was stamped using white craft ink onto the early espresso card stock that was cut using the top note die. While the ink was wet the image was colored using SU's pastels with sponge daubers. After I finished adding the pastel colors I wiped away the excess with a tissue. The pastels were sealed with a mixture of gold pearl-ex and liquid hairspray which also gives the image a shimmery effect. The early espresso card stock was mounted to a piece of pumpkin pie card stock that was also cut out using the top not die and then the entire piece was embossed with the square lattice embossing folder. The old olive card stock was embossed using the script embossing folder and the corners rounded on one side. I added the ribbon and then mounted this to another embossed piece of early espresso card stock. After adding the pumpkin pie corduroy brads the entire piece was mounted to the card base. The sentiment was stamped onto very vanilla card stock with pumpkin pie ink and punched out with the large oval punch. The sentiment was then attached to a piece of pumpkin pie card stock that was punched out using the scallop oval punch and then attached to the card front with dimensionals.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Old Olive; Ink: White Craft, Pumpkin Pie; Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Upsy Daisy; Other: SU's Pastels, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, Top Note Die, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Script Embossing Folder, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Gold Pearl-Ex Powder mixed w/Liquid Hairspray, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Give Thanks

Another SCS Free For All challenge card. I had another Top Note Die frame leftover and decided to make another card similar to the one I posted yesterday. I recently purchased the color spritzing tool and I had to try it. The next time I use it I'll probably be less exuberant with the ink than I was for this card. You can really get carried away with the spritzer but the effect is great. This card was colored in with various SU markers and a blender pen. The sentiment was punched out with the wide oval punch and then I punched out 2 more in early espresso and layered them all together. The frame and the sentiment were mounted with dimensionals.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso; Ink: Black, Early Espresso, Various SU Markers; Stamps: Season of Thanks; Other: Top Note Die, Wide Oval Punch, Color Spritzer, Dimensionals

Friday, October 1, 2010

Warm Fall Day

This is the card I made for the Free For All Challenge on SCS today. I was working on a card for a co-worker's birthday and I was using the top not die for that card and I thought the leftover frame would be perfect for this challenge. The grass was sponged with old olive ink and a sponge dauber and the fluffy clouds were sponged with bashful blue ink and a sponge dauber using a scalloped circle.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie; Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Black; Stamps: Branch Out, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Other: Top Note Die, Small Oval Punch, Foam Embellishments, Dimensionals