Sunday, August 31, 2008
I've been singing that song (by the Beastie Boys-I think) since Tuesday when I read what the color combo challenge at SCS was-Kraft Black Roses. On Friday I finally got to it. Since I joined in on all the Unity Hip Hop fun (and placed a small order. bad, bad, me-I know!) I felt inspired to pull out the Grove and piece those trees with some Kraft and Rose Red dsp. I grounded the trees with a strip of rose red polka dot paper (retired prints pack from last catty) punched with the scallop edge punch. I tied up some black and rose red grosgrain to glam it up and add some texture. The Birthday sentiment is from On Your Birthday! If you love kraft, you should try this combo. Hey, even if you think you don't like Kraft, give it a go. You may just surprise yourself! Hugs,
Friday, August 29, 2008
I got to it today. Can you believe that? I needed a birthday card for Ryan to take to a friend's birthday party tomorrow. I love making cards for my kids to take to their friend's parties, BUT I like to keep them super simple. I know they just get trashed in the aftermath and what 5 yr. old ever pays attention to the card? I used the Party Hearty set (hey, I posted last Friday with that set too) and used the same color combo again. I think Pacific Point, Kiwi, and Tangerine make a great fun, festive color combo. As you can see this card is pretty plain jane, but it is still cute! This is a large card, 8 1/2 x 4 1/4. It will fit in a business size envelope! Stop by Beate's blog to see the sketch. Happy Friday! Hugs,
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
So the Unity stamp company is all about this Hip Hop thing. The DT does the Hip Hop (basically a blog hop) on Thursdays with lots of prizes given away but the gung-ho Unity groupies ( I say that in the most affectionately way) wanted to start their own blog Hip Hop on Wednesday. So today there was a challenge posted-CASE a DT member. I chose to case this card from Amber. My card is pretty basic, I changed the color combo to match the Haiku dsp. I flipped my scalloped edge added ribbon and put my sentiment in the wide oval punch and accented that with a prima flower and a brad I found in my stash. It was from the Target $1 bin last year and I thought the acorn matched the acorns on the branch. Here is the thread in the Unity forum if you are interested in reading about today's challenge! Hugs,
I got this award again, and I really feel special now! Thanks so much for nominating me, Kris! Check out her amazing blog! Like I said before, please feel free to pass this on to someone who you think in worthy. There are so many amazing blogs out there-I think everyone should have this award. I am just blessed by the love I feel from everyone in this community. I truly think some of the nicest, most generous people out there are stampers! Hopefully I'll be back later with some new stuff I get to work on during nap time this afternoon. Happy Hump Day!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Remember this post about the contest I entered to become a guest designer on the Stamp Something blog? I didn't win, but that's okay because I (along with the other entries) was asked to be a Guest Designer for this weeks challenge while the regular DT gets a week off. It's a nice easy, and fun theme this week-Birthdays! Iknew what I wanted to do with this challenge as soon as Denise emailed me about it, but I had to wait for my order to come in. I was starting to sweat it, but as you know it arrived just in the nick of time. So right after I tore into my boxes and ran two die through the Big Shot, I had to run downstairs and put this card together. I was praying it would go together just like I had it in my head and sure enough it did! So you look at the outside of the card and think, okay, cute but nothing special, well it is the inside of the card that packs the punch! We saw the cutest card demo'd like this at Convention and everyone just Ooo'd and Ahhh'd! I had to give it a go and let me tell you it is so easy to do. The spirals are just circles that are fist punched out and then you cut around the circle till you have no more cs left to cut (you are cutting an outline so-to-speak of the circle.) If I get a chance I'll try to get a quick little tutorial up just so you can see (I'm a visual learner) how it is done. Then you just stamp and cut out little images to stick to different parts of the spiral you created. I used my new Party Hearty stamp set for this along with the vibrant and fun Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss and Tangerine Tango color combo.
ETA: oops, I am a day early. Guess you get a sneak peek at tomorrow's Stamp Something Challenge. Just shows how excited I really am about this!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I couldn't stand it, I just had to post this cute little card. It literally came together in 7 minutes. I didn't have much time (although, looks like I get a few more minutes now since the two younger ones are both still asleep) because I had to take Joshua to his Open House at school. I'll keep this brief since this is the second post for today!
I just love these little guys! I paired them up with the Haiku paper (I've been dreaming about that title for a week now) and some new Tangerine Tango ribbon. The scallop strip and square are two of our new punches. I love that the 1 1/4 inch. plain square punch fits nicely inside the scallop square showing just enough scallops. Thanks for looking! I've got exciting news to share tomorrow, check back! Hugs,
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
And here are the first cuts I made with the Big Shot. I used the Bigz Dies (Top Note and Scalloped envelope) to create these two fun elements. I seriously was like a little kid and was excitedly looking around for something to cut. I used a piece of cardboard from the packaging of the die(did you know the Big Shot can cut through 50-some different types of material?). It is like chipboard, so I thought, why not?!
I then grabbed a piece of scrap dsp I had near by (I've been working on a little gift for someone using the retired, Linen prints dsp) and I cut out that cute little scalloped envelope. I just love it. By the time I finished opening the boxes and putting the Big Shot to use my fun had to end. Tim came home with the boys (they were at the pool) and the baby woke up from his nap. I put my stamps together (and I can't tell you how HAPPY I am with the new sets all being die cut-yippee!!! such a time saver) last night while watching some of the Olympics. We were actually watching recorded events from the night before. Anyone else think the tie-breaking rule for gymnastics is ridiculous? Poor Nastia, she deserved that GOLD, too!
Enjoy your day! I hope to be back later with a little eye candy of a project or two.
One of my swapping sisters from NMBS gave me an award yesterday. Thanks, Adela. I am grateful and honored for the award (love Adela's blog too.check it out!), but I am so bad about sending these things on. I also honestly think I could not narrow it down to 7. Seriously, I check at least 15-20 blogs daily, not to mention all the other side blurfs I do by clicking on a link here and there. Here are the rules: I have to pick 7 of my favorite blogs and…
- The winner can put the logo on their blog
- Link the person you received your award from
- Nominate at least 7 other blogs
- Put links of those blogs on yours.
- Leave a message on the blogs of the girls or boys you’ve nominated.
So if you are reading my blog, consider yourself nominated and go ahead and pass this wonderful award on to someone you love! I'll be back later with a picture of my goodies-Today is the day!!! and the good news for me is all of my boxes look to be arriving all together (they were supposed to be coming over the next three days!). I had to split my order into three different ones due to my contest winnings, my product bonus for signing another recruit (see membership pays!) and my own personal order. Today will be a great day and my DH is finally not working today (he has worked 8 out of the last 10 days and I feel like I haven't seen Tim in weeks). I hope we do something fun together as a family, as long as we are home by 2 for the UPS man. hehehe.
Monday, August 18, 2008
The colors are way off on this card, but I wanted to share it with you anyway. It is a cute little 3x3 card and I made a bunch of these using Kiwi, Riding Hood Red, and Tangerine Tango as the base. This one is the Kiwi card. All three are the same design with Choc. Chip. I will change the ribbon on the other two cards once I receive my order (It's on its way-next Tuesday and Wednesday will be happy mail day. I hope I don't freak out the UPS man as I attack him in the drive way, lol!). The sentiment is from Flight of the Butterfly. I thought these will be perfect little thank-you notes to include in orders this fall. So if you want one of these cards, place an order with me! This next one was again inspired by the Bella Rose dsp. I didn't order any of it but I love the colors in the pack. It is beautiful. The cool thing about this set is how well it coordinates with Embrace Life set. I love the sentiment in that set so I used it here. Other than that, this card is pretty straight forward. I added a little glitter to the center of the flowers (not sure you can tell from the photo) it was just the right touch to the card. As you can tell I was on a Riding Hood Red and Choc. chip kick so the third card uses those two colors along with Kiwi and Tangerine Tango. I thought it made for a nice fall color combo. I used markers on this card and since the In Colors aren't available in markers I used my Blender pen (note to self, get new blender pens. Mine are like 6 years old. They still work but man are they dirty and the tips are pretty worn). I just picked up the Riding Hood Red, Kiwi, and Tango colors and colored the flowers directly on the stamp, added choc. chip marker to the branch, huffed and stamped. Again, I used the Embrace Life sentiment. I can finally stop hoarding my narrow choc. chip grosgrain ribbon because Thankfully SU brought it back, along with a few new colors-yippee! Hope you liked this little trio. Can't wait to see what you do with it if you order it. It really is a pretty set! Have a wonderful day! Hugs,
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I spent the afternoon finishing a scrapbook page and then I made two quick cards for two challenges, one for each of my swap group blogs. This first one was posted by Kristin (kristin moore) for the GSG Blog. She challenged us to use metal in any form on our card. She made a beautiful Chocolate Chip and Copper card. I chose some more muted tones for mine. Yes, I used it again-Inspired by Nature. I love all the dsp in the catalog and as much as I would love to have it all it is just not in the budget. One way to achieve a similar look of the papers is to repeat the color combo. This one comes from the Green Tea dsp-Celery, Olive, and Baja blue. I created the layered look of the main panel very quickly by first inking up the grass stamp with baja ink and stamping off once before stamping. Next ink up the flower side and stamp. I then cleaned the stamps and used my versamark PEN to ink up the single larger cone flower. I stamped that and then embossed it with silver embossing powder. The main image is matted with olive cs and I rounded two of the corners. I added another metal element with the styled silver hph frame and used the Say it with Scallops greeting and punched that out with the 1 inch (fits this frame perfectly) to fit inside. I tied some olive twill ribbon through the top hole of the silver frame and secured it at the bottom with a brad. Thanks for the great challenge, Kristin!
The next one to show you is from the NMBS blog. Barbara gave us the challenge this week to create a card with the following elements : use a background stamp, use a punched piece as an accent, and then use any other ribbons or accessories you felt necessary. This color combo came from the Maine Blueberry dsp pack-Not quite Navy, Bashful Blue, and Old Olive. As you can see I used the polka dot background stamp on the olive piece of cs and I used the scallop circle ,1 1/4 and 1 3/8 circle punches as my accent piece. I love that little "hi" sentiment from the Say it With Scallops set! I also used my 1/4 inch circle punch to accent my not quite navy brads, just adds a little extra touch and helps tie together the colors. I love the CAS look of this card! I wasn't going to post today, but thought I'd share these with you anyway. Hope you all found time to do something you wanted to on such a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
This was the last of my frenzy of cards I made using this set. I think it is my favorite cards so far. I love my watercolor crayons, but truly only use them with an aqua painter. I brush the aqua painter directly onto the crayon to pick up the color and then I go to town coloring in line are stamps. This stamp is obviously not a line art stamps, so another cool technique with the crayons was used here. I misted the stamp with a little water first (I keep an empty Stampin' mist bottle filled with water) then colored directly on the stamp with the crayon. I mist again and then stamp onto watercolor paper. The colors blend so nicely and it creates this wonderful watercolored image. It really is a quick and easy technique to produces wonderful results. If you are a customer and reading this here is another sneak peek of a card we will do at my up coming Sept. 7 class! Hugs,