Friday, August 31, 2012

M5D Sunflower



It's release day (with a freebie!) at McMahon Five Designs and I made a card using the new "Sunflower" image - link below.  I've been on a kraft kick lately and used it for both the image and card base.  I colored two images with Copics and then fussy cut one and part of another.  Parts from the second image were popped up with dimensionals over the first image.  I matted this on black card stock and more kraft.  The background layer is More Mustard, which was embossed with a Swiss Dots folder.  directly behind the image panel  I ran three strips of Washi Tape to bring out the green in the image.  Ribbon with a bow finishes off the bottom of the card.




Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Simple Autumn Wishes








I made this simple card using a Cheery Lynn Designs die called "Lacey Pumpkin Corner Flourish" cut from black card stock for the main element.  I mounted it onto Cajun Craze that was layered onto more black cs.  The card base is kraft from Gina K.  In the upper corner is a die cut from Ribbon Banners, a Spellbinders die set.   The sentiment from Endless Creations was stamped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold.  More of the same ink was sponged onto the edges of the banner.  This piece was popped up with dimensionals.  A quick and simple card!


Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mermaid Punch Art

~*~ This is my third post for today!  Please scroll down to see my cards for Shopping Our Stash and Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges! ~*~  Thank You!




 Isn't this photo sweet?  It's the inspiration photo this week for {PIN}spirational Challenges.






For my card I wanted to give punch art a try.  Except for the card base all other layers and pieces were from scraps, mostly retired SU colors. 

The SU punches I used were: 

Hair: scallop circle punch - 2 times, cute one circle in half
Head: 1 1/4 circle punch
Upper Body: 1 3/4 circle punch
Lower Body: wide oval punch - 2 times and then used scalloped circle punch to make scallops
Tail: 5 petal flower punch
Blossoms: Boho Blossom punch

The face is a stamp from Azadi Earles.  The background is the "Tiny Bubbles" embossing folder.  Fish brads for embellishment.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the photo inspires you!  Please link your card to the {PIN}spirational Challenges blog!


Off to stamp some more!

My Favorite Things at Shopping Our Stash

~~* This is my second post for today.  Scroll down for the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge post and stay tuned for the {PIN}spirational Challenges post coming up soon! *~~  Thank You!



Challenge 66 at Shopping Our Stash is called:  My Favorite Things.  Make a card that features your favorite things. It could be brads, pretty paper, ribbon, a certain shape, stickers, rub-ons ... anything you love to put on a card.

Here are a few of My Favorite Things:





 I've been on a Fall/Halloween kick lately so continued that with my challenge card this week.  Many of my favorite things can be found on this card, namely:  patterned paper, brads, fun stickers/embellishments, and I can't forget ribbon.  I often like to get a bit of sparkle on my cards, this time the pumpkins, spider, and brads are glittery.  Except for the white card base all the bits and pieces came from my scrap bin and leftovers from last Halloween.  It feels so good to use the stash!

The card sketch inspiration came from this card here!

What are your favorite things to use when making cards?  Link up your creations at the Shopping Our Stash challenge blog!


Off to stamp some more!

Holly Jolly: Santa's Reindeer

 The challenge theme at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges this week is "Santa's Reindeer" hosted by Judy.   Check it out and join in on the reindeer games!




I used some retired SU DSP on this card (I think all of my DSP is of the retired variety!) called "Holiday Lounge".  I chose three patterns to fit the sketch from Try Stamping on Tuesday.  Rhinestones were scattered on both top pieces of patterned paper.  The card base is Sahara Sand with layers in Taken With Teal and white.

Moving on to the image.  It's called "Dasher" and is a retired image (imagine that!) from SU.  I stamped Dasher with Crumb Cake ink and embellished the majestic antlers with the teeniest pearls and tiniest rhinestones in my collection!  The image and it's layers were cut using Nestibilities.  Crumb Cake taffeta ribbon completes the card.

Now it's your turn to unleash the reindeer in your collection and join the challenge!  Link it up at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges!  See ya there!



Off to stamp some more!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Card A Day Torn Paper

I've missed a few challenges in my Yahoo group, Card A Day, so tried really hard to get the current one, Torn Paper, completed.





I'm really getting into Fall and Halloween ideas lately, so decided to go with a fall themed card for this challenge.  I began with card stock colors in Kraft and ivory (Gina K)  and Cajun Craze (SU).

The CC piece was embossed with the "Cracked" embossing folder from Sizzix.  I used a scalloped border punch on the ivory mat.  Three patterns of Washi Tape were torn at one end and added to three strips of ivory card stock, also torn at one end, for contrast.  Ribbon was wrapped around this central panel and tied into a knot.

The image is from the SU set "Autumn Leaf Prints" and was stamped in CC on ivory with one of the new SU ink pads.  (Oh my, I am loving these new ink pads!)  I fussy cut the leaf and popped it up with dimensionals over the ribbon and tape.  The sentiment is from Endless Creations and was also stamped with CC ink.

When was the last time you used torn paper on your card design?


Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Card Candy and Mini Scrapbooks

 When I first started stamping so many years ago, I was big into participating in card swaps.  Then as I got busier with my kids activities, I got away from them for a long time.  Now my kids are all grown up and I'm ready join in swaps once in awhile again.  Two recent swaps I joined are to make 16 identical items for Fall and Halloween.  So in the month of October the 16 participants will have a small surprise to open every other day.
This is the card candy made for the Halloween swap:






I used the SU Owl builder punch to make the three in the bottom row.  I also used the bat punch for the one on the end.  I used scraps of card stock and patterned paper for these.

The middle one on the top row is a MS punch.  I used a paper bag for the treat bag and punched two for each.  Sandwiched between the bags is some black mirror card stock - again using all scraps.

The cat and jack 'o lantern are from Sizzix dies (green) and were made from felt and card stock scraps.

All the candies have large glue dots on the back, ready to be used by the recipients.

For the Fall swap, I made mini friendship scrapbooks:






This is the front.  The mini scrapbooks were an after Christmas clearance purchase from Wal Mart several years ago.  They were marked down to ten cents each, and I bought most, if not all of them!  So it was about time I put some to use!

The image is from D.O.T.S. I loved the sentiment!  It was stamped on kraft card stock and colored with markers.  I trimmed the edges with deckle scissors and mounted onto black card stock. A bow from mustard ribbon was tied at the top.

Keeping with the friendship theme, this is what the first page of the scrapbook looks like:






The sentiment is from Hook's Lines and Inkers.  The metallic veined leaf is a sticker.  The tiny golden charm reads "made with love".  The other pages were left blank so the recipient can use it as they wish.

Part of the fun of swaps is sharing what you make with others and hope it puts a smile on their face and the other part of the fun is the arrival of your return package and the surprises inside!

Do you join swaps?  If so, what kinds of swaps do you like to join?

Pssst!  There are still a couple of slots open in the two swaps I posted about. The items aren't due until Sept 21st, so if you are interested check out the details here!


Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush



As this is the fourth week of the month, the dynamic duos is a monochromatic color combo for your inspiration.  The "Dynamo" design team has created wonderful projects to inspire you, check them out here.









 Here is my card for this week:





For my card I used some Floral Accent dies cuts (Spellbinders) in Concord Crush and Wisteria Wonder to embellish.  The center accent piece was trimmed down in order to fit into the space better.  Pearls were added to embellish the die cut flowers.  The stamped images in Wisteria Wonder are from the SU set called "Timeworn Trims".  A corner round was used on opposite corners on the four image panels.  Layered behind is Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush card stock on a white base.

Link up your monochromatic creations at the Dynamic Duos challenge blog.  We love to see what you create each week!  


Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

More Designed 2 Delight

 I hope you enjoyed the cards I showed you here on Monday for the D2D blog hop.  As promised in Monday's post, here are some additional cards I created using images from Designed 2 Delight previously released (links included on image title).


Image: Oak Wreath

Paper:  Kraft, Really Rust, SU DSP: Autumn Traditions

Ink: Copics: BG96, E08, E39, E44, R27, RV99, YR24

Misc: brads, linen thread, piercing tool, Nestibilities 











Image:  Autumn Harvest

Paper:  Kraft, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, SU DSP: Apple Cider

Ink:  0, E44, E47, E49, E74, G82, G94, YR14, YR15, YR18, YR21, YR24, W3

Misc:  Nestibilities Labels One, copper nailheads, corner rounder
                                                                     



Image:  Joy Snowman

Paper:  white, Always Artichoke

Ink:  B97, BG000, BG96, R29, YR18, YR24

Misc:  ribbon, Stickles










Image: Whimsical Cardinals

Paper:  black, white

Ink:  Copics: BG000, G28, R17, R29

Misc: ribbon, Baker's Twine, snowflake embossing folder












Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

So Proud

 *~~~This is my third post for today!  Scroll down to see my posts for Shopping Our Stash and Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges!  thank you! ~~~*



 Welcome to another challenge at {PIN}spirational Challenges!  Here is our inspiration photo for this week:




It's back to school time ,or soon will be for many, so this theme is perfect timing.  I have to tell you, after teaching for 35 years, I still love the smell of a new box of crayons and sharpened pencils.  I love all the bright colors of new school supplies.   Even though I am retired from teaching, I can't resist going down the "Back to School' aisles in stores these days and think I always will!  Well that's enough about that!  On to my card:





Our sponsor at {PIN}spirational Challenges this week is Shelly's Images and there will be a prize for one lucky winner!  My card uses one of her images, that I colored with Copics.  All the patterned and layering papers came from a retired SU Simply Scrappin' Kit called: U R Sweet.  I thought the school lined paper and letter patterned were perfect for this image and challenge!

The sentiment is from CHF: Making The Grade and is held onto the card with a spring clip.

Copics used for this card: BG000, E42, E43, E44, E47, R14, and YR24.  Silver and white gel pens were also used on the image on the eyes and pencil.

Punches used were: Large Tag punch and Spiral Border punch.



Off to stamp some more!

Upsy Daisy!

*~~~This is my second post for today!  Please scroll down to see my card for the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge!~~~*  Thank you!


This week at Shopping Our Stash, our challenge for you is a Sketch Challenge, with a twist!    ***Use any sketch you can link to- it can be an old one you never got around to doing, or a current one!  Just link to it in the post!***

The sketch I used is from Sketch Frenzy Friday and can be found here.  Let's take a look at my card and then I'll explain.







I chose the sketch as it was the perfect excuse for using some of my stash of Washi Tape rather than just collecting it!  So I chose the tape I wanted to use first, then went in search of an image that I could use.  I went with SU's "Upsy Daisy" and used the Drop Shadow technique that I watched on StampTV here.

The card base is Crumb Cake with a layer of Cajun Craze.  The image was stamped first in VersaMark onto Crumb Cake card stock and then stamped a second time a little to the side of the first image with Cajun Craze ink.

I ended up putting some ribbon across the card as I had an ink smudge that needed to be covered up! (I'm still wondering how the heck it got there!)  The image panel is popped up with dimensionals.

I'm looking forward to seeing some awesome sketches and the cards they inspired!


Off to stamp some more!

Ever Green

***This is my first post for today, return a bit later to see my posts for Shopping Our Stash and {PIN}spirational Challenges!  Thank you!


This week at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge we are going monochromatic!  You may use any color when making your Christmas card, just keep it in shades of the same color.

Digging through my stash of Christmas papers I found this patterned paper in a holiday green from SU.  Next I went to the drawer of Christmas stamps and pulled out this oldie, but goodie, from Magenta.  Here is my finished card for this week's challenge:




This five inch square card began with a white card base and then a layer of Garden Green card stock.  Patterned paper was placed next.  The image panel consists of three layers; white, Garden Green, and the image stamped in GG on white.

Some bling in the form of tiny rhinestones was added to the stars on the image panel.  The solid layers are garden green to coordinate with the patterned paper.  Stitched ribbon in a coordinating color was added for interest.

The Design Team created beautiful cards for your inspiration this week, so be sure to check out the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge blog!  Link up your monochromatic card so we can leave you some love!


Off to stamp some more!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Designed 2 Delight Blog Hop


 Welcome to my blog!  Today I have several cards to share with you featuring some new digital images just released from Designed 2 Delight!  On Wednesday I'll be sharing some additional cards using fall and winter images previously released from Designed 2 Delight, so be sure to come back!


Sunflowers and Pumpkin


Image: Sunflowers and Pumpkin

Paper: Kraft, Cajun Craze, DSP: "Juntos"

Ink: Copics: E44,E47, E49,E74, G82, G94, YR14, YR15, YR18, YR21, YR24, N3, W3

Misc: ribbon, charm, paper piercing tool














Fall Mailbox with Bird

Image: Fall Mailbox with Bird and sentiment

Paper: Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Black

Copics:  B34, E35, E44, E47, E49, R29, YR14, YR15, YR18, YR24, N2, W3, 0

Misc: paper piercing tool















 Reach for the Stars


Image:  Reach for the Stars and sentiment

Paper:  Kraft, white, SU DSP: Holiday Lounge

Ink:  Copics: BG000, E44, R29, Y18, Y24

Misc: Button and Star brads, Stickles















                                                      Frozen Beehive

Image: Frozen Beehive

Paper:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler,  Nikki Sivils: "Willow Bee"

Ink: Copics: BG000, R59, Y21, YG99, YR24, N3, N8, 0

Misc: Baker's Twine, Stickles, Washi Tape













Thanks so much for blog hoppin' with D2D! Remember, all New Release Digital Stamps will be on SALE until August 23. Details HERE.

For more inspiring ideas from this new release, please visit the other designers' blogs:








Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

DD#16-River Rock and Black plus Dessert

 Happy Saturday Everyone!  It's time for another Dynamic Duo challenge!  Here are the colors we have for you this week...




...with a dessert option of using brads.



Here is my card for this week's challenge.  I left out the dessert this time around.




The images on my card are from two different Gina K sets: "Petals & Wings" and "Believe in Yourself".  I stamped them on River Rock card stock in VersaMark and heat embossed them with black embossing powder.  I added tiny dots of Stickles to the wings.  After fussy cutting them, the two butterflies were popped up with dimensionals onto a glossy textured black frame.  Inside the opening of the frame is a piece of DSP (SU: Ginger Blossom). The card base is River Rock.  The stitched and knotted ribbon is River Rock in color too, but the color looks off in this photo.


Off to stamp some more!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Scrap Happy




So what does this post title mean?  It means I literally used the last bits of scraps from this DSP collection.  It's from SU, but I don't recall the name.  Anyway, I had these last bits in a box and as I was looking for something else these fell out.  I was determined to use them or toss them!  I worked hard at getting a pleasing arrangement of sizes and shapes, doing a little trimming and snipping here and there.  But I like the final result...although the bit of Pumpkin Pie in the striped piece is kind of weird!

The apple/heart image is from Cornish Heritage Farms (CHF) called "Making The Grade".  This was colored with SU markers: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, and Old Olive.  The sentiment is also from CHF: "Mocha Chica" and was stamped in black ink.

The card has a white base, a layer of Old Olive, followed by a layer of Bashful Blue.  On the left end is a scalloped layer in Real Red.
Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Stamp Storage Cabinet

My DH loves to go to auctions.  He collects Red Wing Stoneware, as in crocks and jugs.  So he's always on the lookout for an auction near or far.  A week or so ago, he saw an auction advertising rubber stamps and other crafts and asked if I wanted to go.   Well duh, do stampers' hands get inky?!   There was one entire hay rack filled with crafty goodness, including several cartons filled with SU sets, many still unmounted.  Unfortunately I didn't win any of those bids.  But I did have the winning bid for this:

Here is the stamp storage cabinet closed:




 And here is the cabinet opened:






Sorry the photos aren't that good.  On this side of my stamp room it's dark on a sunny day and when I took this photo it was overcast.   As you can see I have several trays that still need to be filled up - no worries - I have plenty of stamps to do just that!  I still have four more trays to slide into the cabinet.  It holds 28 11" x 14" clear acrylic box trays and it came with 19.  I'm trying to locate a few more to fill it up!

Now just beyond the area where I took the photo, the floor is covered with everything that came in the cabinet from the auction.  Many stamps in all sizes and categories, tons of beads and beading supplies, misc tools and other assorted items.  I'm slowly getting that mess sorted and at the same time filling up the cabinet by stamp categories and companies!

Off to stamp some more!

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