Saturday, September 29, 2012

Cherry Cobbler and Your Choice of Color

Welcome back for another challenge at Dynamic Duos!  Your monochromatic cards last week were awesome, as usual.  You never let us down with your creativity!  This week at DD we are naming one color, Cherry Cobbler, and you get to choose the second color!

I chose to pair Daffodil Delight with Cherry Cobbler this week.  Here is the result:

See the 3D butterfly in Cherry Cobbler and black?  Can you also see the transparency behind it?  there's a little bit of glare in the upper right corner. Well I've had a package of these Colorbok Transparencies for the longest time and finally decided to give one a try.  This one is about a three inch square and is printed with the black butterflies and dots. I attached it to the Top Note piece with glue dots and then covered those up with the Cheery Lynn Designs butterfly.  I couldn't resist and had to add some rhinestones to all the butterfly bodies!  To finish off the card ! ruffled some CC ribbon down the right side.

My plan was to make cards using the other transparencies in the package,  There are four or five more, all different designs, but then I got distracted with...who knows what!  So I'll make and post cards with those sometime later.

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Season of Beauty

{{{ Today is Tuesday, so it's Triple Delight at She Who Must Stamp!  You'll want to scroll down to see my posts for Shopping Our Stash and Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges.  Then join me in one, two, or all three challenges!  Thanks for looking! }}}

Take a look at the gorgeous photo for this week at {PIN}spirational Challenges!  Love the colorful tree and would you look at the beautiful sky!  I can hear the crunch as I walk through the fallen leaves.  I just love Fall!


So I thought the sentiment says it all for this time of year- or any season!  The stamp is from Serendipity Stamps.  The image I used is from this week's sponsor Stitchy Bear and is called: Butterfly Frame.  The fussy cut frame is colored with Copics and is popped up with dimensionals.  I used some DSP from SU and a scrap of Taken With Teal card stock as a backdrop for this pretty image.

Fall is my favorite season, so I am looking forward to seeing your fall creations this week.  Check out the {PIN} blog to see what the rest of the team created this week for your inspiration and to learn more about our sponsor.

Off to stamp some more!

Warm Fuzzies

!!!  This is my second post for today. To see my post for Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges, please scroll down.  !!!

On to this week's challenge at Shopping Our Stash!  Our theme this week is: "Furry or Feathered Friends" - anything that features furry or feathered friends (any animal, bird or animal/bird print paper -No Insects!)

For my card this week I used a new item in my stash.  The raccoon and sentiment are from The Stamps of Life set called: "Raccoon 2Love".  I've had this set for about a month and this is the first time it has seen ink!  I colored the image with Copics and did some sponging around the Labels Three piece.  The sentiment was stamped with Espresso Truffle ink and embellished with some fall leaf brads.  The Early Espresso background piece was embossed with a wood grain folder.   The natural twill ribbon was gathered with a wood-look brad.

Wishing you warm fuzzies today and always!

Off to stamp some more!

Pocket Elf

Welcome to new challenge at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges.   Our challenge this week is brought to you by Judy.  She's asking for us to make tags for our Christmas packages.  Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo, one of my favorite online digi companies!

I used their image called "Pocket Elf" and did some paper piecing on this cute little guy. I used some DSP from SU: Jersey Shore and Darling Doodles, both sporting some festive spots!  The rest of the image was colored with Copics and the two bells with a Spica glitter pen in gold.

The elf is mounted onto a Sizzix Super Crescent Tag cut from Real Red card stock.  In keeping with the spots and dots, the tag was embossed with a polka dot folder.  A pair of smaller tags were punched in white and Real Red and hung from the elf's fingers with some ribbon.

To finish off the tag I added two kinds of ribbon and some gold metallic floss at the top.

Thanks for looking and please stop by the HJ Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team created this week.  We enjoyed your beautiful sentiment cards last week and are looking forward to seeing your tags this week.

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Always and Certainly

 Wow!  There were so many awesome creations last week for the Dynamic Duos Challenge!  What fun we had looking at all the beautiful entries!  We're looking forward to seeing what you create this week with these monochromatic colors:

For my card this week I started with a card sketch I saw in a cards magazine (Dec. 2009).  Then I pulled out all of my DSP that was Always Artichoke and Certainly Celery.  I narrowed my meager choices down to two patterns, one from "Autumn Traditions" and one from "Juntos", both from SU.
The main tools I used on this card were the Top Note die, scallop border punch and Swiss Dots embossing folder.

Embellishments are buttons tied with white Scrapper's Floss and a natural colr twine.

The sentiment is from the SU set "Happy Harmony".

Off to stamp some more!

Friday, September 21, 2012

ATCs in Brown

I've been working on some ATCs (artist trading cards) for a swap I'm in on SCS.   At first I just signed up for one spot, but they were so much fun (and quick) to make, I signed up for four more spots!

The 3.5 x 2.5 size is a fun size for creating,  and the great thing about these cards is they can then be incorporated onto a full size card.

Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Designed 2 Delight September Reveal Blog Hop!

It's time for a blog hop at Designed 2 Delight!  First I'll show you all the cards I made using the new images for this release and then at the end of this post there will be links to the other Designers creations.

So ready or not, here we go!

Image:  Autumn Flower Jar

The card base is kraft, with patterned paper layers from Basic Grey "Origins".  the bottom of the card has a row of buttons embellished with rhinestones.  The image was colored with Copics and popped up with dimensionals over a Labels Ten die cut.  Hemp cord was wrapped around the layers several times and tied into a bow.

Copics used:  BG10, E18, E25, E34, E37, E49, E79, G99, Y02, Y15, Y19, TG91, YG97, W1

Image used: Pumpkins and Cat

This one also has a kraft card base and patterned paper from Basic Grey "Origins".
The die cut layers are from using two sizes of SU Framelits.  Ribbon, felt flowers and leaves embellish the card.  The image was colored with Copics.

Copics used:  E34, G82, G85, G99, N1, N4, N7, Y26, YR14, YR18, W3

Image used: Snowman Skier

The card base is Bashful Blue with a layer of SU patterned paper: Frosty Day.  Snowflake brads and ribbon embellish the card.  The image was layered onto Bashful Blue and Marina Mist card stock and colored with the following colors of Copics:

B21, BG10, C1, R08, YG91, YG97, YR18

Image used:  Moonlight Snowman

Snowflake buttons embellish this card along with some ribbon.  On the white card base is a layer of Wintergreen patterned paper (SU).  The image is layered onto Sage Shadow and Always Artichoke card stock.  Stickles was added to the moon and the snowdrift.  Copics were used to color the image.

Copics used: BG10, BG93, BG96, C1, E25, R46, Y00, YR18,

Image used:  Snowman's Stocking

Ski Slope patterned paper (SU) was layered onto a white card base and behind the image.  Snowflake brads and ribbon are the embellishments.  The image was colored with the following Copics:

B21 mixed with BG93 to match the blue on the patterned paper.  BG10, BG96, C1, R46, YR18

Image used:  O Christmas Tree

This card begins with a white card base and layer of Soft Suede card stock.  Next is a layer of patterned paper from Christmas Cocoa (SU).  The image is layered onto several die cuts from Nestibilities ovals in white, Soft Suede, and Real Red, then popped up over some velvet ribbon.  The image was colored with Copics and Stickles was added to the star and tree. Small red rads were added to the ornaments.  Below the tree is the sentiment on several punched pieces(SU).  Glitter brads are on either side of the sentiment.

Copics used: BG96, E44, R29, Y21

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

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

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Smile...Spread Happiness

 ***This is my third post for today, so please scroll down to see my cards for Shopping Our Stash and Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges.***  Thank you!

Here is the inspiration photo for you this week at {PIN}spirational Challenges.  In this photo you can find color, images, and words to jump start your creativity this week.

 Here is my card using the image "Ella and Doll" from Digi Garden, our sponsor this week.

I did some paper piecing on Ella and her favorite doll and also colored them both with Copics.  The patterned paper is from SU called "Georgia Peach".  The base card is white and the solid yellow card stock is So Saffron.  Nestibilities were used to cut the ovals. Tiny bows were added to Ella's hair and a tiny knot of floss was added to her doll's hair.  Smile!

Copic colors used:
Hair: E13, E25, E27
Stockings: B91
Face: E11, E13, R20

Now it's your turn to create some happiness and link it to the {PIN} challenge blog.  Let the smiles begin!

Off to stamp some more!

Dry Embossed for SOS

***This is my second post for today. Scroll down the page to see my card for Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges!***

The challenge this week at Shopping Our Stash is: Embossing -  either dry or heat.

When I was trying decide what to make for our SOS challenge, I remembered Leslie's card here and pulled out the cork!

I used StazOn ink in brown to stamp the large sunflower image (D.O.T.S.) onto cork and trimmed that out.  I punched a scallop oval and embossed with the Swiss Dots folder for the flower center.  The Old Olive leaves were cut with the the leaf die from Spellbinders Sunflower Set One.  I did some sponging with OO ink.  The background of the card was embossed with a plaid folder on Tangerine Tango card stock.  The card base is Marina Mist with a layer of Early Espresso.  I embellished the card with brown hemp cord and a wood ladybug.

Thanks for looking!  Now get your heat tool plugged in and/or your Big Shot/Cuttlebug/etc. cranked up and join us at SOS for some embossing fun!

Off to stamp some more!

Sentiment Only at Holly Jolly

The challenge this week at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges is to make a card using a sentiment only - no images.   I came across this card in blogland and decided to CASE it for my challenge card this week.

I used some of my favorite (and hoarded) Christmas DSP from SU called: "Christmas Cocoa", along with some Soft Suede and white card stock.  The sentiment is from an SU set called "Seasonal Sentiments".  It was stamped with Soft Suede ink and then cut with SU Framelits Labels.  A larger Labels die was used on another piece of DSP tp layer behind the sentiment.  Red satin ribbon for the bow and tails and then some pearls and beads from the SU "Pretties" kit. 

I hope you'll join the challenge and share your favorite holiday sentiments with us at Holly Jolly!

Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

What's for Dinner?

I've been joining a variety of swaps on SCS lately: ATCs, 3D items, and extras from my stash.  Several of the swaps have been for 6x6 recipe cards.  Here's what I have made to send in so far:

 I say "so far", as these 6x6 recipe cards are very fun to make and the swaps are addicting to join.  As an added bonus, I'm using up some nonSU card stock and some embellishments that have been in my stash for way too long. 

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ghostess with the Mostest

 Welcome to another Dynamic Duos challenge!  Here are the colors for this week, plus a dessert option!

 And here is my card for this challenge:

I saw this card sketch on Pinterest and wanted to use it for my challenge card.

Here's how I put the card together:  

A white card base.
A white layer matted onto black.  The white piece was embossed with a large spider web.  A jeweled spider sticker was added to the web.
A strip  of lime green paper doily ribbon.
A strip of SU Rockabilly Specitalty DSP, ends cut, edged with black ink.
Several scalloped and plain circles for layering in Lucky Limeade and Black.
The ghost image from SU's "Batty For You", stamped in LL and Stickles added.

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Autumn Trees

While I had some DSP, punches and linen thread out on my table, I made another card before putting some things away. (Sometimes it pays not to clean up after yourself right away!)

I used a CHF stamp set called Spring Trees to make these Autumn trees.  The tree tops were stamped onto some of the Autumn Vine DSP I had sitting out, and the trunks were stamped onto Early Espresso scraps. (I keep a small basket near me with scraps of cs, so I can grab a small piece when I need it, and also to test color combos.)  Then some fussy cutting and paper piecing occurred to make three sets of three trees.  I "grounded" the forest using the EK Success border punch that was in my way still on my table and some more of the DSP.  (Gee those 12 x 12 patterned paper packs last a long time, years even! Maybe I should think about going to 6 x 6 pads!)

For the sweetly layered sentiment (pinned from here) I used several SU punches: wide oval, scalloped oval and modern label.  A bow was tied with linen thread and attached with a glue dot.  The card base is Crumb Cake with a layer of Pacific Point.

Now it's time I put some of this overflowing "stuff" away and clear off a spot to create!

 Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Comfy Chair Kitty

***This is my second post for today.  To see my card and post for Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges, please scroll further down.***  Thank you!

So this week at {PIN}spirational Challenges we have a cute and colorful photo for your inspiration.  Check it out:

I love cats and this one has the sweetest face!   The cat on my card has been a little naughty.  See if you can find his mischief!

Our sponsor this week is Fresh Brewed Designs and I used their image called Comfy Chair Kitty.  I paired the image with a sentiment from SU stamped in black.  I printed the image twice, once on patterned paper and again on white card stock.  I fussy cut the chair- easy peasy, and also fussy cut the kitty - not as easy, and one other element - nothing close to easy about this piece!  Can you spot it?  This little guy has been sharpening his claws on the back of the chair!  Oops!  I added four tiny button brads to the chair and popped the piece up on a Basic Gray card base.

Off to stamp some more!

Tic Tac Toe

It's fun and games this week at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges.  We have a fun game of Tic Tac Toe for your inspiration.  Check out the challenge blog to see what the Jolly Elves created this week.










For my card I chose the middle vertical row: Santa, Glitter, and Red.  Check it out!

My card begins with a white base followed by Soft Suede and Real Red layers.  I used several patterns from the Christmas Cocoa DSP collection from SU.  In the upper left I placed a semi transparent acrylic tree sticker printed with winter words.  In the next space below is a satin snowflake.  Not sure where either of these two embellishments came from, but they were in my stash and fit perfectly.  In the bottom section are three large red brads.  If I can find some small letter stickers, I may add "ho, ho, ho" to the brads.  Moving back up to the top right section is the star of the show!  I made this jolly fellow using SU punches.  The red hat and white fur are from the wide oval punch.  The red piece was embossed and the white piece was covered with Stickles. A white pompom was added to define the hat.  The face of the Santa is the large oval punch with Blush Blossom card stock.  The eyes, nose, mouth are 1/4" punches.  The two pieces for the mustache are from using the bird builder punch.  The beard is the ornament punch.  This piece was also embossed and Stickles was dotted onto the centers of the snowflakes.  There you have it: Santa, Glitter, and Red!

Off to stamp some more!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Warm Thoughts

 For my card today I used a Sizzix/Hero Arts set called Butterfly and Flowers.  It's a stamp set that comes with matching dies.  I used two of the flower stamps/dies to make this card. 

The flowers were colored directly on the rubber with SU markers in Cajun Craze and More Mustard.   I huffed and I puffed and stamped onto white card stock.  Then the  dies were used to cut out the two flowers.  I rolled the petals of the flowers with a bone folder to give some dimension and layered them together.  A wide grommet (an oldie, but goodie found in the brown embellishment drawer!) was added to the center of the flower and then a rhinestone to fill in the middle.  The felt leaves are from a set of SU felt embellishments. (I don't recall the name, but I do have plenty in my stash!)  The sentiment is a Paper Smooches stamp from the Sentiment Sampler set.

When all the parts were ready to assemble, I started with a Crumb Cake base.  Next came a layer of Early Espresso.  The patterned paper is from the SU collection: Autumn Vine - this piece provided the color combo for my card.  More Mustard layered onto Early Espresso holds the sentiment, stamped in Early Espresso.

Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A 6 x 6 Recipe Card

I continue to join swaps on SCS, it's habit forming!  This swap is for recipes in a
6 x 6 size and decorated in a winter theme.  I found a recipe in my files for Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore, but it wouldn't fit nicely on the six inch page. So I went to my SCS friends for advice and a very dear friend (thanks Jeanette!) suggested using a pocket.  Well, a light bulb went off in my head and I went straight to some long neglected stash and pulled out a package of mini file folders.  (Now this is why I buy "stuff" and am perfectly happy to let it sit for just the right project!)  I typed up the recipe, trimmed it, scored it, and slipped it into the folder.  One side of the folder was sealed with a narrow strip of red liner tape to form a pocket, but the other side was left open for ease of removing and replacing the recipe.  A triangular clip holds everything in place and adds some color to the neutral folder.

The base of the 6 x 6 page is a medium blue.  I used some Frosty Day DSP on the background and a second pattern on the front of the folder.  Some vellum stickers decorate the folder as well.  Since the recipe was safely tucked away, and no one would know what it was, I typed up the title and cut it into a strip to layer across the folder.  I made 6 of these, one for my files, and the others to send off to the swap hostess to distribute among the players.

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Fall is in the Air

The colors this week at Dynamic Duos remind me of Fall, so that is the path my card took:

The colors used on this card are Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, and Always Artichoke, with a little black ink thrown in for the sentiment.
The quote is from Serendipity Stamps and the leaf image is from  The Stamp Pad Company.  Both stamps have been in my collection for many, many years.  The leaf border is an EK Success punch.  I wrapped some linen thread around the leaf border and tied it into a bow.  A CAS card to celebrate Autumn!

Off to stamp some more!


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