Saturday, June 27, 2009

Clear Dollar Stamps Guest Designer Challenge!

Did you see the Clear Dollar Stamps Guest Designer Challenge for this month?  It's a sketch challenge, and you know how much I like sketch challenges even when I'm not playing for the prize!

Since Lori said that we could use any shapes for the three panels in the sketch, I played around a little.  I wanted to use the Thankful for You set again.  I just love this set!  It's perfect for everyday notes... you know, the ones you write "just because".

I paper pieced the vase and two of the flowers, using the colors from this weekend's Clear Dollar Stamp Color Challenge and then I added shading with copics (R22, R29, YG03, YG63, G99, Y17, YR07, C1, E55).  After I cut and embossed with my Classic Large Rectangle Nesties, I sponged the edges with Memento Desert Sand and SU Cocoa ink while the image was still in the die.  If you click on the picture you may be able to see that I used my SU Canvas Background stamp very lightly over the image and tab to enhance the vintage look.

Thanks for stopping by - now go quick and enter the guest designer challenge!  I promise you'll have *so* much fun if you win!!!!


Stamps:  CDS "Thankful for You", SU Canvas BG
Ink:  Palette Noir, Close to Cocoa, Memento Desert Sand
CS:  Confetti White, Summer Sun, Bazzill Dark Brown
DP:  K&Co Bailey
Tools:  Lace Doily Punch, Sewing Machine, Jumbo Sponge Dauber, Quickie Glue Pen, Tab Punch, Copics (Colors Above)
Accessories:  Vintage Button, Twine

One Layer Daisy

Wow!  This is two one-layer cards in a short time period!  Can you believe it??  Actually I won this Gina K set called Flowers for Daisy with my last one layer card, so it seemed appropriate to make another! :-)

I stamped the daisy on my kraft cardstock, masked it, and then stamped the greenery to make leaves.  I colored the image with prismacolors & oms, but it got lost on the card, so I sponged in some white chalk ink to highlight it.  Halfway through stitching around the card, my bobbin ran out, and since I knew that I'd never be able to match the holes if I tried again, I just left it and decided to give it a shabby look.  I sponged the background with cocoa ink and a jumbo sponge dauber and then stamped the card very lightly with SU's old Canvas background stamp.  I love that stamp!  I'm so sorry they discontinued it.

As a final touch I added a PaperTrey Vintage button with some twine, attached it with a glue dot and called it good.

Thanks for looking!



Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hooray for the Red, White & Blue!

It's PaperTrey Blog Hop night! Yay!! Tonight the theme is "Summertime". One of the highest spots of our summer is the week of the 4th of July.  Our little town goes all out... parade, carnival, fireworks, fireworks and more fireworks.  People come from miles around for the parade.  People line the streets for blocks and blocks.  Children come prepared with brown bags to carry all their candy home... Ok.  So maybe I do too!  Flags are everywhere... even in the flower boxes.  And everyone still stands when the Veterans present the Colors.  I'm getting a lump in my throat just thinking about it!!  Because of that, it's no wonder that my card uses the new Vintage Picnic set, complete with a 4th of July theme, and inspired by my flower box.

 I stamped my basket on a piece of K&Co red dp, added some shadows with my W5 and R59 Copics, and then filled in the little dots with my white gel pen.  The "filler" for the basket was stamped on Ivory cs and colored with Copics (R22, R29, R59, BG72, BG09, BG10, E37, E51, Y21, Y17, E31).  When I got everything colored, I decided to make some "fireworks".  I used the snowflake from the set, inked it in a color, then in VersaMark and then embossed it with Iridescent Ice ep.  It's so pretty and sparkly in person!  After cutting it out with Nestibilities and sponging it while it was still in the die, I matted it on a piece of red dp, then popped it up on my background which was stamped tone on tone with the flag and stars stamp.  A little bit of gold cord and TaDa - a clean and simple 4th of July card.  (If you click on the picture below you can see the "sparklies" better!)

Thanks for visiting!  Have fun on the hop!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wishing you Comfort

A wish for you today.  Have a blessed day & stop by Thursday night for my take on the Papertrey Blog Hop.  See you then!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Forget Me Not!

It was Mojo Monday time again yesterday and I got brave and tackled one of the picnic baskets in my PaperTrey Vintage Picnic set.  I paper pieced the basket and highlighted it with Copics.  What a pretty look!  I pulled a little blue and red into the flowers since the dp had those colors in it.  So maybe they're forget-me-nots instead of daisies??? :-)

I used my Verve Circular Sayings for the sentiment, and matted it with my Blue Marvy Scalloped punch.  DP is by K&Co.

Thanks for stopping!


Saturday, June 20, 2009

New Toys!

I had *so* much fun playing with some of my new PaperTrey stamps. :-)  I followed the Viva La Verve sketch (VLVJun04) and the circle in the middle makes me feel like the sun is rising over the flowers.  I popped up a few of the tulips and stamped the napkin on a piece of dp like Mish did yesterday.  Cute look!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Beautiful Day

It's definitely a beautiful day at my house.  Guess what came???  My Papertrey box!! :-)  Yippee!  Do you see some of the gorgeous vintage buttons and twine on the card up there??  The card is actually for the Clear Dollar Stamps Weekend Color Challenge, which was a hard one for me.  Red, Chocolate, Teal and Lilac.  Are you kidding???  I'm *not* a Bold Brights kind of girl!!!  But... I had this sweet CDS set that I hadn't gotten to play with (Thankful for You) and it was *perfect* for those colors... especially cuz I could use my new buttons!!

Have a beautiful day!!  And let me know if you play along with the CDS challenge.  I'd love to see what you create! 

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Learn Something New...

Today's card tip...  Copics don't blend the greatest on Creamy Caramel cardstock.  Not horrible, mind you, just not great.  I made this card for Stamp TV's embossing with nestibilities challenge.  Since I used a different color cardstock than white, I sponged the background and inside the die to help the embossing stand out a little more.  Hey - this can go in the Copic Creations challenge for this week, too! :-)  I love it when that happens!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Vera Birthday Inspiration

If there is something I love almost as much as stamping, it is my Vera Bradley bags.  I saw my first one about 2 1/2 years ago and just fell in love.  In fact I drove from Wisconsin to Oklahoma over Spring Break two years ago with the express intent of buying one.  (OK, so they were at a *huge* cross stitch store there... and I bought a little more than a VB bag!!)

Anyway - the Color Challenge at Stamp TV is to make a card inspired by this VB bag.  How could I resist???  I decided to go very simple.  I took a piece of tan dp from my K&Co Bailey pack and stamped 3 flowers from Framed Fun and colored them with Copics.  I layered that on brown dp and stitched them to a layer of blue dp on light brown Bazzill cardstock.  After attaching it to a cream card base, I stamped and cut out my saying (from How Sweet it Is) with the Nesties Tags.  I sponged it with Soft Sky and Memento Desert Sand before removing it from the die, and I attached it with 2 of my last sparkly brown brads.  Must.find.these.  (I got them in a Secret Sister package and have loved them!!)

Thanks for looking!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Polished Stone Prettiness

I don't know about you, but there are certain techniques... most, in fact!... that I shy away from.  My strength seems to lie in coloring, which is hysterical, cuz it terrifies me.  I have a horrible time coloring things that can be any color... Magnolia Tildas, for example.  I like things that "should" be a certain color... roses=red, dogs=brown, etc.  But I digress!

Polished stone is not one of my favorite techniques.  In all honesty mine has usually turned out very muddy.  BUT... it was the challenge over at Stamp TV, so I decided to give it a try. :-)  Here's my version...

I took my almost dry Encore Metallic Gold pad and lightly applied it directly to my glossy cardstock.  Then I put a little alcohol on a cotton ball and 2 drops of mustard reinker and applied it.  Then again with Cocoa.  Then again with Orange.

I stamped and embossed the pumpkin from GKD Whimsical Autumn on my background and cut it out with my circle Nesties.  Then I cut a circle out of a rust cs - the next size up - and layered them over the empty circle that I had cut out.  The "friend" is from GKD My Cuppa Joe.

I think the key for me was to use colors that I love and to let each layer dry before applying the next.  Maybe it had something to do with how wet the cotton ball was???

Thanks for stopping by.  Let me know if you try a polished stone background.  I'd love to come see it!! :-)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Digital Mojo!

Double Click to Enlarge Picture!

Today's card was such fun!  I combined the blue/brown/bling challenge from Digital Tuesday with the Mojo Monday sketch and came up with this fun card.  I don't think I've ever made a card this size before... one that will fit in a business size envelope.

I colored my Party Squirrel image from Digital Stamp Oasis with Copics and cut it out with Nestibilities.  If you click on the picture, you'll see that I added dots to some of the balloons and glitter to another.  Gotta have that bling! :-)  The sentiment is a Studio G wood-mounted stamp inside of the oval frame of Verve's Sweet on You set.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

One More!

Today we have Tilda with tulips for last week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge.  I used my ScorPal to make the square look embossed.  Kind of a neat effect, and so easy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Same, but Different

Here's the same Tilda as yesterday, just different colors.  I'm enjoying the sweet little Verve set Circular Sayings.  It's perfect for the Scalloped Punch from SU!  My sketch this time was ... I don't remember! :-)  Thanks for stopping.  I hope you have a restful Sunday and take time to worship the Lord Jesus today!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Tired of them yet??

Here's another little lady - this time for the Magnolia-licious Highlites sketch challenge.  Nothing too out of the ordinary... stamping, stitching, copics, nesties... the normal. :)

Did you see the PaperTrey sneak peeks today??  I love the basket set and sentiments.  
Just love it!!!   And I even have a little money saved up.  :-)  Can't wait til the release party!!!  See you there!

Friday, June 12, 2009

More Magnolia Fun

I was supposed to make 4 Magnolia cards today... but I'm not doing too well!! LOL!  I started with the Red, Rose & Blue color challenge, but I wanted to use this luscious K&Co dp that I got, so I hope this will still count!

Tilda is colored with Copics and cut and embossed with Oval Nestibilities.  The buttons are from the SU Button Bouquet - I wonder if they are out of those yet.  I love them!!  The sentiment is Verve.   Not the greatest pictures today, sorry, but thanks for stopping by!

Magnolia Fun

The DT on our Magnolia-licious Yahoo group recently had a blog hop and challenged us to make a post-it note holder and box.  I hadn't done one of these in years, but it was so much fun!  The paper is by K&Co and the buttons are from SU's Button Bouquet.  Words & Swirls by TAC... and of course, Tilda in Hat by Magnolia!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Birthday Popcorn

Hi, everyone!  I have been making a lot of birthday cards lately.  :)   I received this image yesterday as a Wish RAK, and just had to color it right away!!   It ended up working out for the Clean and Simple challenge over at Splitcoast.    The image is colored with Copics.  I love coloring with our Copic markers!!  :)

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

For my DH

The project for the Verve Project Parade this month is to make something for one of the men in your life.  Luckily for me, along with June being Father's Day, it's also my anniversary, so I was able to make something for my dear husband.  We'll be celebrating our 22nd anniversary in just a few days.  It's been *such* a wonderful journey!!

Along with his main gift & getting to "run away" for a few days together, I picked up a Toblerone candy bar for him.  It has a very unique triangular shape, so it was easy to score some cardstock and make a quick wrap for it.  I used the "I love you" from the "I love you to pieces" stamp in the Sweet on You set for the tag.

I used the Viva La Verve Sketch as my jumping off point for my card and pulled out some of my new K&Co dp for the background.  I used lots of sets for my words... Because of you, Sweet on You (the word "MY"), and World's Best.  You can see the obvious embellishments, but if you look *very* closely (double click on the picture) you can see that I scored around the edges to "finish it off".

Thanks for stopping by!!


Monday, June 08, 2009

Clean & Simple Squirrel-y Thanks

Have you made a Clean & Simple card lately??  I love this SCS challenge!  I get to make quick, cute cards and not feel guilty that they aren't more elaborate.

My card today has Sammy Squirrel from Digital Stamp Oasis colored with Copics and matted on Kraft cardstock.  I popped up the image layer with dimensionals and mounted him on a Coral base layered with some K&Co designer paper.  I punched a tiny hole in the fold of the card and wrapped the card with some gold cording & finished it off with a couple of gold brads and a sweet sentiment from Verve.  Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

May SU Club Card

Most of the papers and embellishments for this card came in my May SU Hostess Club order.  All I had to add was the stamp (from SU's A Flower for all Seasons - which I colored with Copics), the sentiment (from PaperTrey), and the yellow flower.  I also added Stickles, did some sponging and CuttleBugged the Saffron piece.

This little Flower set is so fun to work with.  It colors up beautifully and quickly - and this layout (an older Mojo Monday one, I think) is perfect to show it off.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, June 06, 2009

Weekend Color Challenge

This week's color challenge over at Clear Dollar Stamps is grey, and pink, with black and/or white.  I decided to use one of my absolute favorite sets from Clear Dollar - Genuine Love.  I really, really, really love the font that the verses are in and hope that there will be another set of verses in this font sometime!!!

I made a little wreath out of the frond and stamped flowers on it, punched it with my super jumbo circle punch and matted it with my mega scalloped circle punch.  The buttons are from SU's Button Bouquet.  Other than that it's a pretty straightforward card.

Thanks for visiting!  I still have a gob of cardmaking to catch up on, so I'll probably have another post or two for you this weekend.

Be a blessing to someone today!


Friday, June 05, 2009

Must. Stamp. Something.

Hi gals,

No time to stamp at the moment... I'm doing an inventory for GraceWorks.  Yikes!!  I did find some yummy blog candy on Jacque's blog, though!!   Check it out!!

I'll be back tonight or tomorrow, I hope!!


Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Viva La Verve - June

One more Verve card - this time a very feminine one.  I used the Viva La Verve Sketch VLVJun01, and tried to follow the rules...

3 sets - Circular Sayings, Meditations & Because of You
3 Colors - Pink, Blue, Yellow
3 types of embellishments - flower, ribbon, button

but then I messed up...

It *needed* something in the lower left corner so I added some brads... which I really like, but now I have an extra type of embellishment.  SHHHHHHH!!!!!  Maybe they won't notice!!! :-)

Thanks for stopping by!!!


Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Verve for Dad

Hmmm... I wonder if my Dad reads my blog????  If so, he just saw his Father's Day card! {smile}

This card was *so* much fun to make.  I started with the Mojo Monday sketch for this week - It's a contest, btw!  Hurry and enter!!
- anyway - I knew I wanted to use the tree and these woodsy colors.  I stamped the tree on Creamy Caramel cardstock and used my Prismacolors and OMS to color it.  I stamped the Scalloped Oval and inner dots from "Sweet on You" on an old scrap of SU dp that went with the Office Accoutrement set... I don't even know its name!  I sponged in some clouds with NQ Navy ink and cut it out.  The cream piece with lines is from the same dp collection.  I stamped words from "Because of You" in NQ Navy ink on River Rock cardstock and cut them to fit.  The "Dad" stamp is from "World's Best" and is stamped in Cocoa.  When I had the card all put together it seemed like it was missing something, so I sponged in some hills with River Rock ink and made an extra set of hills that I popped up for dimension.

I love how all Julee's stamps can coordinate, don't you?  And it's a good thing, because the Viva La Verve challenge has a twist of combining three sets...  maybe I'll work on that one next! :)



New Verve!!

I was so blessed to win a couple of sets at the Verve release a week or so ago, but I've been too busy to even play with them until today!  I wanted to make a "just because" card for my dh, so I used the "World's Best" set and the set I got to buy - "Because of you" to put together this 
Clean & Simple card which just happens to fit the colors in the inspiration challenge this week!   I love it when that happens!!  

I stamped the cool flowers with Versamark, covered them with clear embossing powder and heat set it before I sponged over it with Memento Desert Sand and SU Not Quite Navy.  I set eyelets with my Cropadile and mounted the layer with dimensionals to my base.  Simple and pretty, but masculine, too.  I hope he likes it!!

Monday, June 01, 2009

CPS118 - Puppy Love

I needed a jumpstart to my cardmaking, since I hadn't done any over the weekend, so I stopped by the Card Positioning System blog to check out the sketch of the week.  My card features a digistamp from Digital Stamp Oasis, some words from Clear Dollar Stamps and some Basic Grey fibers.  I never know what to do with fibers, but they're kind of ... umm... messsy.  Something little boys seem to like!

I have a pile of stamps here to play with, so hopefully my creative juices will start flowing and I'll be able to make a few cards.  Father's Day ones in particular!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Tricia