Saturday, June 30, 2007

Wish-RAK card contest

This is a quick card I made for the Wish-RAK June Card Contest at SCS. This is for Category #1, a square card with a beach theme. It also has to include images or other items received through the Wish-RAK group. This is the first time I have participated, and it has been a lot of fun. It has given me the motivation to use all these wonderful images I have received, rather than just collecting them.

Supplies by Stampin' Up unless noted-
Stamps: Summer by the Sea, Canvas Backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms, "explore" sentiment from TAC
Paper: Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Kraft - unknown, pattern paper - unknown
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Bordering Blue, Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Summer Sun
Accessories: Making Memories eyelets

Friday, June 29, 2007

Catty Fever!!!!

New catty time is always so exciting for us Stampin' Up nuts! As a customer, I enjoyed seeing the new catalog, but now as a demo the anticipation has increased tenfold! The last month has been agonizing.... I guess us Stampin' Up junkies need a fix. Scary, but true... LOL! My wait finally ended today, and I must say this catalog is FANTASTIC!! Well worth the wait, in my opinion. Here is a picture of my stamping desk, with my new reading material front and center. Now I'm working on my wish list, but I haven't figured out how to fund it yet. :) Maybe it's time to have a garage sale...

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Fluffles swap

Here is the card I came up with for the Fluffles swap I joined. I may tweak it a bit before I have to send them off, but I'm pretty happy with it. This is a 3x3 card...they make great gift tags. The background is stamped with a circle from Simply Circles in Cool Carribean ink, stamped off once to tone it down a bit. I made the scallops on the Almost Amethyst strip with my corner rounder. I love that little trick! I highlighted the scallops with my Signo gel pen. I watercolored the Fluffles image, but the Almost Amethyst ink didn't match the paper to my liking, so I decided to paper piece the flowers. I stamped the image on Almost Amethyst Palette O' Prints paper, cut out the flowers, then glued them on the main image. I used the Signo gel pen again to color the centers of the flowers. Much better!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Pink Passion

I'm home from my mini vacation. We all had a wonderful time, especially the kids! The weather was beautiful, and we had a blast riding in the dune buggy, and going tubing and waterskiing on the lake. Boy, am I sore!! I can tell I'm not 18 anymore...

I am working on some cards for a swap I'm in, but I don't have pictures yet. I will share in a day or so. But check out the picture of the goodies I got from my secret color friend in the Color Me Happy exchange I was in recently. She totally spoiled me! Look at all the wonderful pink treasures Sandi*S sent me. The altered clipboard she made is absolutely beautiful ~ it is prominently displayed in my stamping area right now, and I will be using it often! This exchange was so much fun, so I've already signed up for the next one.

I will post some new cards soon...

Have a great day!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Headed up north!

Just a quick note to let you know I'll be gone until Tuesday, June 26. Steve and I and the kids are headed up to a cottage on Silver Lake with some friends. I am SO looking forward to some time to relax. Well, as much as one CAN relax while on vacation with four kids!! LOL
Maybe when I get back my new Stampin' Up catty will be here! I can't wait to get my hands on it. I just love to page through it over and over, and write and re-write my wish list. Only a few more days....
Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Sweet Magnolia

I just finished up this card featuring the very sweet Gardenbella. I received the image from a generous fellow stamper through the Wish-RAK forum. The pattern paper is the Magnolia line by My Mind's Eye. I just picked up this paper stack at Hobby Lobby with my 40% coupon. I really like the designs in this stack, so I think it was an excellent value!
The image was colored in with my Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits. I seem to be favoring this technique lately. I don't quite have the hang of shading, but hopefully it will get better with practice.
This color combo is out of the norm for me, but I really like it. It is nice to try something different, since the same old thing gets boring after a while.
Stamps: Gardenbella by Stamping Bella, Itty Bitty Backgrounds by SU, sentiment by TAC
Paper: Pumpkin Pie cardstock - SU, Magnolia pattern paper by My Mind's Eye
Ink: Taken with Teal, Old Olive, Creamy Caramel -all SU
Other: Prismacolor pencils, Word Window Punch - SU, ribbon from Michael's, copper eyelets (unknown)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Let the stamping resume!

Here is the first card I have created in my new stamping area. The picture isn't the best because lighting is still an issue. I bought a desktop halogen work lamp today, and that has helped greatly. My DH has promised to install some overhead track lighting soon.

I bought this retired stamp set, Garden Collage, off the Buy/Sell/Trade forum on Splitcoaststampers recently. It is a great place to find deals. I really need to cut back on my spending, but with the new Stampin' Up catalog coming, that will be difficult for me, if not impossible!

I used two Backgrounders stamps on this card. You can find them at Cornish Heritage Farms. The two I used are Canvas Backgrounder and Textured Harlequin Backgrounder by Sonlight Impressions. I purchased them unmounted for $7.99 each. They have a large selection, and you can't beat the price!

The main image was watercolored using Watercolor Wonder Crayons in Rich Regals. They are fun and easy to use, with beautiful results! I colored directly on the image with the crayons, and then used my Aquapainter to "paint" the image. I distressed the edges of the panel with scissors, and curled the corners in.

All supplies by Stampin' Up unless noted:

Stamps: Garden Collage, Friendly Phrases by Stampendous, Textured Harlequin Backgrounder and Canvas Backgrounder by SonLight Impressions.
Cardstock: So Saffron, Ballet Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, So Saffron, Ballet Blue, Jet Black Staz-On
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Hodgepodge Hardware, Twill tape by Provo Craft

New stamping space!

I have been busy the last couple days moving my stamping area to our downstairs family room. Up until now, I had taken over a corner of our dining area, but it just could not contain all of the stamps and supplies I have accumulated! My poor family hasn't been able to eat at the dining room table for weeks! (Not that it has actually bothered them, but it DID bother me. My stamping supplies had taken up permanent residence on our table.)

Our family room has been a giant toy room for the last 5 years. We have four kids, and mountains of toys! The room was in a constant state of disarray, to the point that the kids didn't even really play there. So I finally decided to streamline the toys; get rid of some, put more in their individual bedrooms, and keep a few favorites in the family room. And now I'm taking over a big portion of the room. I can't tell you how excited I am! I don't know why I didn't do this sooner! My DH built shelves for the toys, so I have lots of room to grow. I will have to post pictures once I am done organizing. The funny thing is, it doesn't even compare to pictures of some of the stamp rooms I've seen, but it's like paradise to me! LOL

I will post some of my amazing creations soon! :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

An oldie, but a goodie...

I don't have a new card to show you today, so I pulled this old favorite out of my gallery. I *love* this card! I live right by Lake Michigan, and I love going to the beach. The sand in my toes, the warm sun shining down on me, splashing in the waves, building sandcastles with my kids... brings so much joy... for some reason this stamp evokes all those wonderful feelings in me!
This is a 4 1/4" square card, a favorite size for me. I love square cards in general. This fits in a regular A2 envelope, with some room leftover. Remember, if you send a square envelope, it costs extra postage because it has to be hand cancelled.
The stamp is from PSX, I believe. I stamped it with Chocolate Chip ink, then watercolored the image. The edges of the white panel were distressed using my fingernail. Aren't they the best tools around!? I crumpled the Close to Cocoa layer, flattened it out and adhered with Tombow Mono Multi. I love that glue! My cards never fall apart when I use it. I made a tab with the Word Window Punch and added some Hodgepodge Hardware.
I'm going to try to fit in some stamping time tomorrow, so I hope to share something new soon!
Bye for now!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Little Lamb

I needed a quick baby card today. This is what I came up with. I think it turned out pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself. The lamb is from a set called Everyday Celebrations. I have been keeping an eye on this set for over a year on ebay, and I finally broke down and got it. I also broke out my double sided designer paper, Petals and Paisley. I thought the greens and yellows in it worked great for a gender neutral baby card. The lamb was covered in liquid applique, then heated with my embossing gun, which makes it puff up. I actually bought the liquid applique a few months ago to use with my Like It A Latte set, but never got around to using it. I'll have to make some cards with that set once cooler weather rolls around, but for now, the liquid applique works perfectly with this little lamb. And the finishing touch on the card is more of my favorite celery, polka-dot, grosgrain ribbon. I seem to reach for that all the time. I've got to break out of my rut!
All supplies from Stampin Up unless noted...
Stamps: Everyday Celebrations
Paper: Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, Petals and Paisley designer paper
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Accessories: Marvy Giga scallop punch, markers, celery ribbon (Michael's)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Sketch Challenges

I love using sketches when I am creating a card. It gives me a starting place when I am having a creative block, or even if I'm just short on time. I feel like I waste much less time when using a sketch. There are several places to find sketches. Every Wednesday, there is a sketch challenge posted on Splitcoaststampers. There are over a hundred to choose from now. Another place I find sketches is Beate's blog, Fresh & Fun. She posts a new sketch challenge every Friday. Between the two, I have loads of inspiration. This card was created using one of Beate's recent sketches. It is a 4 1/4" square card. The stamp set is Very Punny from Stampin' Up. It was only available in January and February during Sellabration. I used Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock, as well as Sassy designer paper. I did some paper piercing around the image and on the red strip to add some interest. The black circles on the left side were punched out with a small circle punch, then attached with black brads. The sentiment is stamped on a little tag which is adhered under the red layer. Simple and cute!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, June 8, 2007

School's out for summer!

My kids had their last day of school today. They are pretty excited! We have lots of summer activities planned, and we don't have much of a break. Swimming lessons start on Monday, and then gymnastics the following week. The alternative is extremely bored children who fight constantly, so if I can avoid that, I don't mind all the driving around. With all the kids home, I really hope I can squeeze some stamping time in somewhere. Otherwise I might go into withdrawal!

I made this card last week when I stamped with my sister. I think this stamp set, Hedgehog Happiness, is the first one she bought when I finally got her addicted to stamping. LOL These hedgies are so cute, so I wanted to use the set while I had access to it. Certainly Celery seems to be the color I use the most lately. So I was thrilled that it was in the Palette O' Prints paper pack. As you can see, it is showcased on this card. I colored the hedgie image with Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits. The ribbon I used only has the polka-dots on one side, and of course I wanted them to show. I adhered a strip of the ribbon to the card, then I made the bows separately. I had to twist the ends into place so the polka-dots were not hidden. Then I used glue dots to attach the bows to the strip of ribbon. The card still needed a little something, so I added the photo corners. To make them, I cut two small squares of celery cardstock, then punched the center out with a small 1/4" square punch. Then I cut each square in half diagonally. That gave me 4 photo corners, which I glued onto the card. I think it definitely added a little character to the card, don't you?

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Teacher gifts

I've been busy stamping teacher gifts the last few days. I'm terrible about leaving things until the last minute. The last day of school is Friday, so I think I'll make it. I am making a set of monogram notecards for each teacher. I was inspired by ladyofleisure on SCS. Each card is a little different. I love this color combo, it is Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant, and Cool Caribbean. The stamps are Big Pieces and Little Pieces from Stampin' Up, and "Just Boring" Foam Alpha Stamps from the Paper Studio by Stampabilities. I love alphabet stamps, but I hate spending a ton of money on them. I got this set for $4.oo at Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Check out that tongue! (oh, and a card)

Whew, what a day... I'm exhausted! DH and I took the kids to the zoo today ~ we had a wonderful time. I got lots of cute pictures, and all the walking was great exercise. My favorite part was seeing the giraffes, because you can get up close and personal. We fed them special crackers, and they just stick that long tongue out and grab them. Check out that photo! Steve says the giraffe is the "Gene Simmons" of the wild kingdom. LOL!

Unfortunately, I haven't stamped any new cards or projects in a few days. I made this card a while back, but I haven't posted it here before. This card style was created by Cambria Turnbow. You can find an excellent tutorial for Cami's Trifold Card here. I love trying unique card folds, and I especially love the window on this card with that cute little Fluffles peeking through.

That's it for now... Enjoy the rest of your weekend!