Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's "Time" for another {PIN}spirational Challenge!

 It's Tuesday, so that means this is my second post for today!  To see my card for Shopping Our Stash, please continues scrolling down!

Above is the photo for this week's challenge at {PIN}spirational Challenges.  If you've been entering your cards each week, thank you so much and I hope you continue to do so.  If you haven't joined in yet, check out the inspiration created by the Design Team and then please join us!

 Let me tell you about my card from the base on up.  I started with an ivory card base and then added a layer of Cajun Craze.  Next up is another layer of ivory.  And now it gets interesting, finally!  To mimic the weathered wood in the photo, I embossed a piece of Basic Gray with a Cuttlebug EF called "Distressed Stripes".  To represent the bricks, I embossed a Riding Hood Red piece with a Sizzix "Gridlock" EF.  Natural twill ribbon hides the seam of these two pieces.

The image panel is a square of black card stock, then Cajun Craze, and ending with the image piece of ivory.  The image, from Inkadinkado, was stamped in Basic Gray.  A swirl clip tied with a snippet of ribbon embellishes the card.

Thanks for looking and I hope to see your creation linked up at {PIN}spirational Challenges.

Off to stamp some more!

SOS: What Was I Thinking?!

 Shopping Our Stash Challenge #62 is called:  "What Was I Thinking?!"   "Use something you bought, maybe because everyone else was buying it, but it's sooo not "you".

 Maybe if I knew more about plants, flowers in particular.  And maybe if I had a talent for flower arranging.  Then the purchase of the stamp set "Build a Blossom" and the matching "Blossom Petals Builder " punch would have been a better fit for me!

But as it is, since I possess a very minute knowledge of real flowers, I went whimsical with this card.  I can do whimsical!  Yep, totally made up this bloom and it didn't require a green thumb, which I don't possess either!  I was originally just going to use the one fat petal, but I had to keep adding petals to use up the space created by the circular punch!  (Use a smaller circle punch - doh!)  Oh, yes, this deceptively simple card was quite the challenge for me, from start to finish!  What was I thinking?

Here's a list of what was used:

Stamps:  SU: Build a Blossom, Fun Filled (sentiment)
Paper:  white, Baha Breeze, Garden Green, Primrose Petals, So Saffron
Ink:  Garden Green, Primrose Petals
Misc:  Baker's Twine, safety pin, 2 1/2 circle punch, Floral Screen embossing folder, Scallop Border punch, Blossom Petals Builder punch, Bird Builder punch, Paper Piecing punch

Off to stamp some more!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Flower Power

Here is another card made using an image from a SU set (Embrace Life) that I recently unmounted.  Although I love the entire set, this stem is my favorite.  On this card I kept it simple and added some flower brads to the ends of the stems and leaves, which were stamped with Garden Green ink.  I matted the image with Pumpkin Pie and Garden Green card stock.  I dug through my ribbon bin and found this striped piece in Pumpkin Pie.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches, the "Sentiment Sampler" collection.  Two orange "dew drops" embellish the birthday greeting.

Thank you for looking and stay tuned for more of my long-forgotten favorites.

Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Reverse Prints

I've been spending quite a bit of time lately unmounting my wood mount SU sets.  I now have all of my flower sets unmounted and stored in SU's DVD boxes.  (And no, I'm not going to tell you how many I have unmounted!)  I can't unmount any more sets until I replenish my supply of boxes.  If you know of a cheap source of clear DVD boxes like the ones SU sells, please leave a comment below with the information - thanks!

Anyway, while unmounting stamp sets, I was rediscovered some favorites that I had forgotten about.  So I put some of these favorite sets off to the side to use before placing them back on the shelves.  "Reverse Prints" is one of the sets I wanted to play with again.

On ivory card stock I stamped the image with Elegant Eggplant ink and matted the image with the same color card stock.  I used EE for the card base as well and layered on some "Autumn Traditons" DSP.  A row of paper piercing can be found just under the striped DSP panel.  The sentiment is from the set "Happy Harmony" and was stamped with black ink. An EE punched oval was folded over the DSP layer and is held in place with a brad.

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dynamic Duos #13: Crumb Cake and Early Espresso

It's a monochromatic color combo this week at Dynamic Duos!  Use Early Espresso and Crumb Cake on your creations.

I made two cards for the challenge this week.  You'll see why I made this second card to use for the challenge!  This card is a CASE of a card I saw on Pinterest.  I began with a TAC image from a set called" "Branches in Bloom".  I love how delicate the images are.  In order to get good coverage so all the little images would show up well,  I inked the stamp with VersaMark first and then again with Early Espresso before stamping onto the Crumb Cake card stock.  I did the same with the sentiment.  The sentiment is from a SU set called "Silhouette Sentiments" and looks perfect with this image.  The ivory panel in the background was embossed with a wood grain folder from The Paper Studio.  The border was punched with SU's Eyelet border punch.  Linen thread was wrapped around the image panel and through a button and tied into a bow.

Here is the card I was originally going to post for this challenge, but the more I looked at it, the less I liked it!  Below is the story behind the card.

Wild background, right?  My card took on a life of it's own as I was stamping and putting  all the parts together.  I began by following a tutorial on DOstamping with Dawn for her Triple Time Stamping technique.  But I'm thinking that my blossom in Early Espresso is just a little too bold and there may be too many of them!  I tried to soften the pattern by adding two delicate butterflies using only Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake.  Then I realized I forgot the sentiment!  So after adding that part into the mix, I now had this busy mess!  Ah, stamp, experiment, and learn!

I'm not giving up on this technique and will soon give it another go!

I used an interesting mix of companies on this card.  I used papers, ink, ribbon, and hardware from "Stampin' Up!"; dies from "Cheery Lynn Designs", and stamps from "Club Scrap". Oh, and I used one more product from SU, although it's so subtle it's difficult to see,  Smooch Spritz, on the wings of the butterflies.

Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Peek-a-Boo and Peek-a-Boo Again!


 and Peek-a-Boo again!

 It's a double Peek-a-Boo card!  (Check out the video tutorial here at Dawn's Stamping Studio.)

Many of you know how I love to make cards that move and this one is so fun and so easy!  I used my last piece of Calypso Coral card stock - gasp - for the base.  I also used some Whisper White and a strip of Floral District DSP.  The butterfly, stamped in Calypso Coral ink, is from the SU set "Bold Blossoms".  (if you look closely at the butterflies, you'll see I added some black rub ons for the flight trail and at the top of their antennae; a very delicate operation!  The two-part sentiment on the inside is from the SU set "Petite Pairs".  A scalloped border, ribbon and Baker's Twine finish off the card!

It's good-bye for now.   I have a game of Peek-a-Boo to play!

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Elephants On Parade!

 ***This is my second post for today!  To see my card for Shopping Our Stash , scroll down further - thanks!***

Above is the photo to inspire you this week at {PIN}spirational Challenges.   There's lots going on here to get your creative juices flowing!

Here's my card for this week:

I focused on the sweet calico elephant in the photo and used this adorable image from our sponsor this week, A Day For Daisies, for my card.   I printed the image off on a couple of different DSP prints from SU in Groovy Guava, a retired color.  Then I did some fussy cutting and paper piecing.  For the shadows under the elephant family I used an oval stamp from Impress Rubber Stamps and Sahara Sand ink from SU.

I left the card blank until I decide what occasion to use it for (ha!). 

The finished card measures 3.25 x 6

Off to stamp some more!

SOS: Something New

Challenge 61 for July 24th at Shopping Our Stash is: "Something New".  Use something you HAD to have but have not yet used.

The stamped images on my "You Color My World" card are from a company called The Stamps of Life.  Two sets were used: "crayons2stamp" and "words4crayons".

The ink colors (except for black) are some of the new In Colors from SU:  Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, and Primrose Petals. (renamed here using TSOL stamps: blueberry, strawberry, and spearmint!)

Baker's Twine wrapped and tied around a strip of Primrose Petals card stock embellishes the card.

I'm excited to see what's new in your stamping stash!

Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Frosty Mug...or Two...or Three

Let me try to explain today's card.  The first thing you should know is that my mojo has been playing "hide and seek" with me for the past month - mostly "hiding".  So I've been looking through blogs/galleries/and magazines for something to cause a spark of inspiration.  I saw that spark in this card here. ( Or maybe I was just extremely thirsty because it's been so hot and humid here for the longest time!)

I pulled out my "Cheers To You" stamp set from SU and stamped three frosty beer mugs down the left side of a Very Vanilla panel.  The cold, bubbly liquid was colored with Copic Y26 and then Crystal Effects was added for a glass-like shine.  I used a Viva Pearl Pen for the impressive head of each draft beer. On the right side of the card I adhered a coaster that was trimmed to fit the panel.  After it was dry I layered this onto Cajun Craze and then onto a Pacific Point card base.  The sentiment is a clear stamp from Paper Smooches (Sentiment Sampler), which I curved slightly onto the block before stamping.

Now I have a card all ready to use for when any of the men in my family graduate from college, get a promotion, or win the lottery!   Cheers!

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

As Promised More Designed 2 Delight

*** This is my second post for today.  For my Dynamic Duos card, please scroll down.  Thanks!***

 As promised I have the details on three more cards I made for Designed 2 Delight New Release.

Birthday Pickup:

Image: Birthday Pickup

Paper: white, SU: Brilliant Blue, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, DSP: Jersey Shore

Ink: Copics: B28, B93, YG45, YR07

Misc: button, Baker's Twine, piercing tool, EK Success: chevron punch

Martini Chicks:

Image: Martini Chicks

Paper: white, black, SU: Old Olive, Real Red

Ink: Copics: BG000, B34, R29, YG99

Misc: punches, toothpick, embossing folder: Spots & Dots

Birdbath Chick:

Image: Birdbath Chick

Paper: white, Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, DSP: Holiday Happenings

Ink: Copics: BG000,BV0000, C00, C1, G0000, R0000, Y000, Y0000, YR0000, YR21

Misc: Spellbinders Fancy Tags 3

 Thanks for looking!

Off to stamp some more!

Dynamic Duos #12 with Dessert Option!

 It's so fun to see the amazing creations you come up with each week for the Dynamic Duos challenges!  You have inspired the Design Team so much week after week!  This week we have another fabulous color combo for you with the option of dessert: punches!  I know you are going to blow us away with your creativity during "Black Tie Week with a Dessert Option" too!

For my card this week I used the flower trio from SU's "Punch Potpourri" and the matching "Boho Blossoms" punch.  The flowers were stamped in Basic Black onto Poppy Parade card stock. White brads are in the centers and they are popped up with dimensionals.  Several branches punched from Basic Black card stock with the "Bird Builder" punch provide a backdrop for the flowers.

The bottom half of my card has a Basic Black panel embossed with the Swiss dots embossing folder (next to impossible to see in the photo).  Ribbon in Poppy Parade adds a nice shelf for two of the blossoms to rest on. 

A styled silver hodgepodge hardware frame holds the sentiment from SU's "All Holidays" stamp set and is attached to the Basic Black panel with matching brads.

It is my hope this card and the others from the Design Team has inspired you to join us  for "Black Tie " Week with a Dessert Option at Dynamic Duos!

Off to stamp some more!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Designed 2 Delight Blog Hop!

 I have three cards to share with you today that I made for the Designed 2 Delight Blog Hop.  Tomorrow I'll share the details on three additional cards, so please come back!

What's Up Chick :

Image: What's Up Chick

Paper: white, SU: Brilliant blue, Pumpkin Pie, DSP: Jersey Shore

Ink:  Copics: B21, YR18, YR21, YG45, E25

Misc:  Spellbinders: Fancy Tags

Bouquet Chick:

Image: Bouquet Chick

Paper: white, SU: Brocade Blue, DSP: Sweet Slumber Specialty

Ink: Copics: B93, E15, R29, Y23, YR18 

Misc: Spellbinders: Fancy Tags, rhinestones, glitter pen: Golden Star

Tropical Chick:

Image: Tropical Chick

Paper: white, black, SU: DSP: Designer Prints

Ink: SU: So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Barely Banana; Copics: E25, G82, G94, R29, Y11. Y15, Y17, YG99, YR21

Misc: XL Sizzlet: Grass Border, Gina K. video tutorial: Sunshine Background

Thanks so much for blog hoppin' with D2D! Remember, you can enter our Blog Hop Challenge for a chance to win some FREE Digis! Also, all New Release Digital Stamps will be on SALE until July 23. Details HERE.
For more inspiring ideas from this new release, please visit the other designers' blogs:

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Love and Laughter Forever After: a {PIN}spirational Challenge

***This is my second post for today.  Scroll down to see my card for the Shopping Our Stash challenge!***

                          Here's the new {PIN}spirational Challenge photo!    

And here is my card for this challenge.  After checking out the details, be sure to visit the challenge blog to see what the rest of the Design Team created!

 My card has a white base and then a layer of Sage Shadow card stock (oh how I miss this lovely color from SU!)  Circle dies from Spellbinders were used to cut the white and patterned paper (SU: Autumn Vine).  The sentiment is from the SU set called "Curvy Verses".

For the image I used a digi provide to the Design Team from our sponsor Crafty Sentiments.  Copics were used to color the image and then it was fussy cut and popped up with dimensionals onto the layered, scallop circle.  Pale blue-green pearls were added to the individual scallops to bling it up!
Off to stamp some more!

Shopping Our Stash Challenge: My Precious

It's Challenge #60 at Shopping Our Stash!  We're calling this challenge "My Precious". Use something you have hoarded that you never, ever, planned to actually use. Piece of pretty paper? Special embellishment? A piece of special ribbon or lace?

For my card I used a precious piece of card candy that I purchased over a year ago at a stamp workshop from a very talented and creative stamper.  It was difficult to do, but I am comforted to know I have three more pieces in the package which I can continue hoarding.

This card starts out with a white card base, then a layer in black.  Next up are two Pink Passion panels which were stamped with a sentiment from a TAC set called "Just A Cat" and then embossed with a Swiss Dots embossing folder.

So now it's your turn!  Take a deep breath and use something precious from your stash!  I'm looking forward to seeing your treasure on a card!

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Dynamic Duo #11: Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette

What a pretty color combo the Dynamos have for you this week!  Use Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze on your creation this week.

My card uses one of my all time favorite SU sets called "All the Best", along with a sentiment from the Paper Smooches "Word Salad" collection.  I stamped the flower in PP and BB onto white card stock and then sent the image through the Big Shot with a Herringbone embossing folder.  What fun  and interesting texture this gave to the simple flower!  Some PP ribbon was stretched down the left side of the card front and a snippet of the same ribbon forms a tab between the layers of the image panel.

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

CASology, a New Challenge!

I'm playing in a new challenge called CASology.  You can read all about it here.  CAS cards have always been a challenge for me, so I thought, well why not try this one!

My card features a mosaic styled image that I paired with the Tiny Mosaic Tile embossing folder from Cuttlebug.  I colored the image from Rubber Stampede with Summer Sun (it has seen better days, but the color is retired, so it is what it is!) and Night of Navy markers, oh, and a little bit of More Mustard too!  The sentiment is from SU called "Season by Season" and was stamped with Night of Navy ink onto white card stock and then cut with a Spellbinders Ribbon Banner die and trimmed way down.  A second banner was cut from Night of Navy card stock and was layered behind the white piece.  The banner was then popped up with dimensionals.

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Make a Wish

***This is my second post today.  Scroll down further to see the post with my card for the challenge at Shopping Our Stash.***

When I saw the inspiration photo (above) for Challenge #15 this week at {PIN}spirational Challenges, I knew right away I wanted to use one of my "A Day For Daisies" images.  This one is called "Hello Fairy".  Isn't she the sweetest?

 I colored her with Copics, but failed to make note of the colors I used.  I will try to remember to do that from now on for those of you who would like to know.  I took colors from the SU DSP: Bella Rose for my palette and used coordinating card stock in Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red.  On the edge of the DSP is some green crushed velvet ric rac.  The image and mat were cut using Labels Ten from Spellbinders and are popped up with dimensionals.  I lightly sponged with Bashful Blue for the sky and Certainly Celery for the grassy area.  My fairy's wings are lightly streaked using a clear glitter pen.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches, although I"m not remembering which collection!

I'm excited to see how the challenge photo inspires you this week!

Off to stamp some more!

Shopping Our Stash: Pleated Paper

 We are on Challenge #59 at Shopping Our Stash and we are asking you to make a card using "More than One Fold or Pleating".  I wanted to give pleating a try and found a great tutorial on this technique on Splitcoaststampers.  You can find the tutorial here.

All papers, ink, and stamps used on this card are from SU.  I dug into my ever-increasing stash of DSP and came up with "Elegant Soiree" which features the colors Baja Breeze, Soft Suede and Ivory.  The stamp set used for this card is called "Bliss".

After pleating the patterned paper, I placed some crocheted trim across and tucked the ends behind.  Next I added a string of adhesive backed pearls to the trim.  Some individual pearls were also added to the stamped image and sentiment, which were stamped with Soft Suede ink and then cut out using oval Nestibilities and punches.

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Razzleberry Tulip

Welcome back to another Dynamic Duos Challenge!  Each week we will have two colors for you to use to create a card, scrapbook page, craft or digital project.  Only the two colors, otherwise known as "The Dynamic Duo", may be used for your project.  Neutrals such as black, white, vanilla, skin colors and kraft are also welcome.  

 This week we have two Bold and Sassy colors for you to create with!  See my card below and then check out the challenge blog to see what the other talented DT members came up with too.

 I'm patting myself on my back for using this Bigz die for the first time!  I purchased it quite a long while ago from the Clearance Rack at Stampin' Up! and then it sat unused.  Shameful, I know!  I ran the die through the Big Shot two times; once with Rich Razzleberry card stock and the second time with Old Olive card stock.  After sponging each piece, no matter how big or small, with their respective ink colors, I used one of the negative frames to help arrange the parts onto a white card stock panel.  I used some Copic markers that closely matched RR and OO to color some clear rhinestones and arranged them in two corners.  The card still seemed to be missing something, so I placed some narrow RR ribbon across the front of the tulip panel and under the "leaves" and then added a small bow.  This entire piece was then adhered to a RR card base.

Thanks for looking and hope to see your entry this week at the Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog!

 Off to stamp some more!


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