Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Language of Friendship

I've been participating in the challenges at SCS this week and enjoying every one of them.   This card is for today's sketch challenge: SC374.  I used four pieces of DSP  to layer onto a Soft Suede background and a Crumb Cake base.  For the main images I stamped the bird, branch and flowers from the set "Language of Friendship" onto more scraps and used coordinating punches to punch out the pieces.   The bird's eye was made a little brighter by dotting it with a black glaze pen.  The flowers and leaves are popped up with dimensionals and extend beyond the edge of the Nestibilities ovals.

Off to stamp some more!


One of the members of my SCS blogging group Stamp Addicts (Hey Darlene!) thought it would be fun to start giving the group members a technique challenge each month.  And...Try a Technique Challenge #1 is the Reflection Technique!

I used an image from SU's "Summer By The Sea" and stamped it once on card stock and then stamped it again the plastic piece of the stamp-a-ma-jig.  Then I "stamped" this image onto the card stock to get the reflection.  You can find more detailed instructions for this technique here

The images were colored with Copics.  I used lighter shades on the reflection part of the image and added a light wash of a blue Copic.  The left edge of the image was trimmed closely and then mounted onto a black card stock layer.  The sentiment is from the same set and after stamping I punched it  with the smaller tag punch from SU.  I chose some coordinating blue striped ribbon to tie down the left side of the card to lighten it up the black layer and attached the tag to the ribbon with linen thread.  If you'd like to see what the others from our group did with this technique, you will find a Stamp Addicts blog list on the left sidebar of my blog.  Please stop by and leave them some kudos, I'm sure they'll appreciate your visit.

Off to stamp some more!

Creative Belli: Sketch Challenge

It's time for the next challenge at Creative Belli!  This time around we have a sketch for you to follow.  You can see it on the Creative Belli Challenge Blog!

I kept my card to a simple color combo this time:  Crumb Cake, black, and white. I decided on this color combo when I came across the three epoxy embellishments as I was rooting through a basket looking for something else.  I pulled them out and decided to use them up!  The two narrow panels of Crumb Cake were embossed using the Square Lattice embossing folder.  The image and sentiment are from the SU set "Upsy Daisy" and are stamped in black.  The image was outlined with a Copic marker to give a subtle shadow.

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Better Than Gold

The color challenge today (CC364) at SCS is to use Lucky Limeade, River Rock, and Garden Green, aka, Lucky Rock Garden.  The "dessert" option was to make it a St. Patrick's Day theme or use an Irish sentiment.

Here are the details for this card:

Stamps:  Printworks
Paper:  Lucky Limeade, River Rock, Garden Green
Ink:  black
Misc:  Sizzix Bigz Scallop Square die, Square Lattice embossing folder, Baker's Twine, buttons, pressed 4-leaf clover stickers

Well a very dear blogging friend suggested that I join the challenge over at  the SweetStamps Blog for their current challenge, so I guess I will!  Thanks Shelly!
Off to stamp some more!

Shopping Our Stash: Sentiments

 It's time for some "Shopping Our Stash"!  We are on Challenge #41 this week and asking you to:

             "Include a sentiment on your project and you may use a Bugaboo image!"

I couldn't resist using a Stella image (Bug a Boo) for my card.  The sentiment fits me  perfectly.  In fact, artificial plants fear me!

Copics were used to color the image and then I used a cloud template and some Bashful Blue ink for the cloudy background.  Except for the card base, all other papers were from the overflowing scrap piles found here and there in my stamp room. (Cherry Cobbler, Going Gray, DSP: Walk In The Park)  The flocked flowers from Maya Road have been  in  my  stash  forever!  It felt good to be able to put three of these on one card!  Black brads were placed in the flower centers and  oh my gosh  I am running low on this color!  See, using your stash gives you an excuse to shop!

Off to stamp some more!

Party Time Tuesday: Anything Goes

It's "Anything Goes" this week at Party Time Tuesdays!  Come and join us for one of your favorite challenges.  Our sponsors for Challenge #57 are :

Paper Pretties
Crafty Sentiments
Zva Creative

I'm using an image provided by Paper Pretties that I colored in with Copics to coordinate with the DSP.  I made a 3x3 card to fit inside this tea holder that holds tea bags on one side and a sweet treat, like a cookie, tucked in the middle.  I followed this great tutorial here:

Try it!  They are fun and easy to make!

I think I'll be making these to share with a couple of special friends for the next time we get together to stamp.  Won't they be pleased and surprised!

Image:  Paper Pretties
Paper:  white, Bashful Blue, Blush Blossom, Chocolate Chip, DSP
Ink:  Copics, Chocolate Chip
Misc:  flowers from Zva, spellbinders die, dimensionals, ribbon

Off to stamp some more!

Monday, February 27, 2012


 We're under a Winter Storm Warning for Tuesday into Wednesday, so I went ahead and made a Spring card to get my mind off the cold and snow that will soon be on its way.  Actually I did this card for the technique challenge at SCS today, which is to use a banner on your card.  I followed the current sketch from Sketch N Stash.  Except for the card base all other parts are from scraps and items from my stamp and embellishment stash. 

My banner was made using a border punch on some DSP and then cutting the scalloped portions apart for individual banners; an idea I saw recently on Pinterest. 

Here are some other details about the card:

Stamps:  Serene Spring
Paper:  Blush Blossom, Chocolate Chip, white, DSP: Petal Patch
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Misc:  punches, Baker's Twine, Flower Soft, epoxy brad, dimensionals

Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Simply Serene

Good Morning!  The card I'm sharing with you today uses two of my favorite, but retired, SU colors: Pale Plum and Sage Shadow.  I paired them with some "Enchanted" DSP, which is also retired (as is the majority of my DSP stash!).  The sweet little image is from the SU set "Simply Summer" (also retired) and the sentiment is from "Serene Spring" (yep, retired!)  Well gee, let me just state the obvious that the majority of my stamps/papers/supplies are from SU and are retired!  What does that say about me?
  I ♥ SU, I buy what I like and I keep it forever!

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Totally Sweet

Thanks!  You're "Totally Sweet" for visiting my blog!  I dug into another old SU Stampin' and Scrappin' kit from my stash to make this card.  I'm sure you'll be seeing more cards from the U R Sweet SS kit in the near future!

I decided to pair some Thickers with some of the kit's papers and stickers to create a thank you card.  A few brads give the flower centers some dimension.  I even decorated the inside!

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

An Inpsiration Challenge at SOS!

Challenge 40 at Shopping Our Stash is an Inspiration challenge - use the picture below as your inspiration.  It may be the colors, images, or mood that strikes your fancy.

Here is my 5" square card.  I went with similar images and colors.

Let's start with the card base and work upward.  I have a PTI white card base.  Next is some SU DSP from the "Flirtatious Specialty" package.  Using some more PTI white card stock I die cut a beaded square (Spellbinders) and backed it with a piece of So Saffron.  Popped up on that piece is another Spellbinder die cut; a "Fleur De Lis" pendant.  A Hero Arts image was stamped onto this piece and colored with Copics.

For embellishments I used a two part die set for the butterfly and cut this with Pretty In   Pink and Pink Pirouette card stock.  The butterfly and it's trail is embellished with a rhinestone flourish.

Now it's your turn to create something from the inspiration picture and link it up on the SOS Challenge Blog.  See ya there!

Off to stamp some more!

Party Time Tuesday: A Color/Picture Inspiration Challenge

Challenge 56 at Party Time Tuesday is a color/picture inspiration.  The suggested colors are: red, black, khaki or cream.

Our sponsors this week include:

Zva Creative
Digital Delights and
Crafty Pad

My card for this week's challenge uses an image from Digital Delights and a fun ticket sentiment from Crafty Pad!  I colored the main image with Copics and sponged the ticket with SU Crumb Cake ink.  I trimmed out a portion of the image, an idea I saw on Pinterest.  I added rhinestones (provided by Zva) to the sentiment and the lower corner of the card.  The DSP is from SU; "Rockabilly", which seemed to go with the theme of the image quite well!

So now it's your turn to create a card based on the picture/color combo.  Be sure to link it up to the PTT Challenge Blog so we can all enjoy it!

Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Friends & Flowers Continued

Good afternoon my blogging friends!   I have another set of three cards to show you today using the SU Stamping and Scrapping kit "Friends & Flowers" (retired).   Counting the two sets of three cards each yesterday, that is twelve cards from this kit so far this weekend!

And just like my earlier post this morning, I'll make mention of a few interesting details on each card.

On the top card I embossed the background DSP with a plaid embossing folder.  The very large bloom was also embossed with a polka dot folder.  The sentiment is a rub on - so happy to be putting these to use!

The middle card was inspired by a card seen on Pinterest.  I was able to use some scraps for the vertical strips.  Just like the top card, the sentiment on this one is a rub on.

For the last card in this series I used the negative image from the letter "F" in the kit. I backed the opening with some textured Chocolate Chip card stock.  The remaining letters are rub ons.

I have twelve unique cards from this one kit and have enough of the patterned paper to make two or three more cards, and lots of the stickers left - but that's for another day!

Off to stamp some more!

Three More!

Good Sunday morning my blogging friends!   I'm continuing my card making adventures with the long retired SU Stamping and Scrapping kit called "Friends & Flowers".  This is a long retired and, for me, a long neglected kit.  But I am determined to use it up this weekend.  I'm not concerned about how many cards I can get out of the kit, but rather to use as much of the contents as possible before I wave the white card stock flag in defeat. If you didn't stop by my blog yesterday, I posted two sets of three cards in the morning and afternoon using this "Friends & Flowers" kit.  Go check them out!

I just have a few interesting details to point out for each card.  Beginning with the top card, I turned the negative piece from the "n" upside down to make a "u".  A rub on "thank" helps to make this a thank you card.

For the card in the middle I used Chocolate Chip ink to stamp a stem image from the SU set "Embrace Life".  The leaves were colored with a Certainly Celery marker.  Some of the flower stickers from the kit were added to the stamped image.  The two larger blooms have fabric covered brads in the centers.

The bottom card was inspired from a card seen on Pinterest.  After embossing with the Swiss Dots embossing folder, I punched out three circles and placed some of the patterned paper behind this panel.  Then I took my last three posies from the kit and placed them inside the cutouts with dimensionals.

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

More Friends & Flowers

 After posting three cards made from the SU SS kit "Friends & Flowers" this morning, I returned to my stamp room and made three more cards using papers and stickers from the same SS kit!  For these three cards I also added some rub ons from my stash.  I am determined to use up as much of this old kit as I can this weekend, so you may be seeing more cards later today or for sure tomorrow.

Thanks for looking and I hope I have inspired you to use those older goodies from your stash

Off to stamp some more!

Friends & Flowers

 Good Saturday Morning Blogging Friends!  I have three cards to show you today!  All three were made with the patterned papers and stickers from the SU Stamping and Scrapping kit called "Friends & Flowers".  I've had this kit and several others in my stash and I thought it was about time that I either use them or get rid of them!  So this weekend I am dedicating my time to putting these kits to use for cards since I'm not into scrapbooking.

For this first card I added Baker's Twine, dimensionals ribbon and some rhinestones to embellish the main pieces of the kit.  The card base is PTI white.  I rounded the bottom corners of the card base and patterned paper.

This second card measures 3" x 6" and has a So Saffron card base.  The main ingredients were also embellished with Baker's Twine, dimensionals, rhinestones, and brads.  The sentiment is from the SU set "Best Yet"

 The third and last card is also 3" x 6" in size.  The card base is PTI white with an embossed Certainly Celery layer.  There is a Cool Caribbean square layer behind the kit ingredients.  I added Stickles to the flower center.  The sentiment is from the SU set "Warm Words".

Off to stamp some more!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Melon Mambo

My two cards today are Pinterest inspired.  When I'm not stamping I'm most likely on Pinterest looking at pinning recipes, crafts and card ideas!

Here are the deets for the two cards:

friend to friend:
Stamps:  Pocket Silhouettes
Paper:  White, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray
Ink:  Basic Gray
Misc:  Nestibilities, Oval punches, small tag punch, Sizzix "Cracked" embossing folder, ribbon

Stamps:  Mixed Bunch, With All My Heart
Paper:  White, Melon Mambo, DSP: Sweet & Sour
Ink:  Black, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie
Misc:  circle punches, blossom punch, Swiss Dots embossing folder, pompom trim, brad

Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Now Where Did They Go?

I saw a couple of challenges the other day that I thought I would combine into one creation, but not I can't locate the sites!  Well that's okay, at least I have a card to share with you today!   I remember one of the challenges was a color combo: red/pink/ and kraft - check!   Another challenge was to use something with wings, hence the butterfly.  And the third challenge was to bling up the card - well I love doing that!  If I find the challenge sites yet today I'll link this up, otherwise it is what it is!

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Creative Belli Challenge: A 1, 2, 3, 4 Recipe

The challenge we have for you at Creative Belli is a recipe of sorts.  When making your card to join in we challenge you to use:

1 ribbon
2 patterned papers
3 colors and
4 germs or pearls

Let's see how I covered that in my first card.  I see one ribbon, 2 DSPs used on the frames, three colors: black, Cherry Cobbler, and Old Olive, and four black gems - I did it!  Except for the card base, all other papers used were from the scrap piles!

Here are a couple of details about the card.  The frames were made with Spellbinders dies, one of the labels sets, three, I think.  The large flower was created with two SU punches: Modern Label and Blossom Punch.  The red petals were punched from a piece of scrap card stock that was embossed with the distressed lines embossing folder.  Three of them fit on the punched blossom flower perfectly.  The lower panel of the card was embossed with the polka dots embossing folder.

The card below also follows the recipe.  I originally was going to use it as my challenge card, but I couldn't get a good photo (even after my attempts to edit) of the card.   But I added here because...I could!

Off to stamp some more!


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