Friday, December 31, 2010

Thank you

Boy did I have a scare!  I went to get a tissue and when I came back my monitor was off and it wouldn't come back on!  I wiggled all the cables and right now it's working.  I hope I can finish this post!

This card is for the Clean&Simple FTL121.  This is the layout.....

I flipped it!

I used the colors from the SCS CC303; Night of Navy, Old Olive & Daffodil Delight.  I love that color combination!

The bird was stamped, then smacked with VersaMark and clear embossed.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Because I Care, Punch Potpourri
Ink:  Night of Navy,  VersaMark
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Extra Large 2-step Bird Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Clear EP, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Basic Pearl

Thank you for your friendship and encouragement during the past year. I feel like I've made some good friends through this blog and I treasure all the comments you've left as well as the creativity that you share on your own blogs.

Wishing you many blessings in the New Year.

Occasions Mini Preview

Wow, I can't believe it's the last day of 2010!  My but this year has flown by.  Seems like each year flies faster than the one before!

I made this card for the One Layer Wednesday challenge hosted by Jennifer at Styles Ink.  This time Jennifer wanted us to use one image and we could use a sentiment and no more than 2 colors. Thanks for a good challenge Jennifer!

I ordered this set during the Demonstrator pre-order.  It's called Nature Walk and when I saw it, I knew I had to have it!

I used markers (Rich Razzleberry & Always Artichoke) to ink the flower and also inked the sentiment in Artichoke.  These images are perfect for one layer cards.  And if you make a mistake you can cut it out and make a 2 layer card.  I can tell you that from experience!  LOL, the sentiments will get me every time even with clear stamps and a Stamp-a-ma-jig!  Maybe I should resolve to master getting thing stamped straight in the next year!

Care Recipe
Stamps:  Nature Walk, Curly Cute
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Always Artichoke SU Markers
Paper:  Naturals White

I'm going to drop this off at Jennifer's Blog and come back with another card.

See you later,

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Combining Challenges

Hello Stampin' Friends.  Sorry I'm at this so late.  Seems like I've been burning up the phone lines today.  But it's always nice to have a chat with a friend or brother.

I'd like your opinion.  Which photo do you like the best?  This one......

or this one......

I tend to like the white background but I do so admire the photos with the colored backdrop.

This card uses the colors from the Color Challenge on SCS to use Night of Navy, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight.  I also used the sketch challenge on SCS today.

I decided to keep the white space but used different textures for the sections.

I inked the Very Vintage Large Wheel with Daffodil Delight and wheeled over the flower sections.  It gave it a very subtle pattern.

I used some faux flower soft in the center of the flower.  MrsBoz on SCS gave me the recipe.  Just rub 2 styrofoam balls together into a plastic bag and put a drop of re-inker in to color it.  Thanks for the tip Carroll Ann.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Short & Sweet,Very Vintage Wheel
Ink:  Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Birds & Blooms Sizzlit, Word Window Punch, Faux Flower Soft

Don't forget to let me know if I should start using color in my backdrop.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Forever Birthday Wishes

Hello again Stampin' Friends.

Did you see the Holiday Forever stamps this year?  I think they are wonderful stamps for any time, not just Christmas.  We bought a lot and sent a lot of Chirstmas cards.  What to do with that piece that's left on the sheet?

This week's CAS challenge over at SCS is to use Wild Wasabi, Kraft (Crumb Cake), Chocolate Chip & White.  This leftover from the stamps has all those colors but the Crumb Cake!  I cut out the pine cone a bit.  It was a way to cut the writing off and I like the way the pine cone hangs off the design.  I was able to mat it with scraps of Wild Wasabi & Chocolate Chip.

I inked the Sanded Background stamp with Crumb Cake and stamped on the Crumb Cake card base, stamped the sentiment and quickly had another card for one of the guys in my life.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sanded, Sincere Salutations
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi
Accessories:  Paper Snips

By the way, I just went over to Just Add Ink to link my Emmy card.  The link has closed!  I keep forgetting that it's tomorrow over there!


For Sweet Emmy

I wanted to do a card for the Just Add Ink #48 challenge.  Fortunately the challenge was extended until Wednesday of this week.

I'm trying to make cards for a particular person or holiday so that I don't end up with hundreds of cards to find homes for.  I'm also going to make it a goal to make cards that can be mailed without adding extra postage.  The postage isn't as bad as having to stand in line at the Post Office.  That's time I can use for making cards!

This was the sketch to use for the challenge....

I flipped it and didn't use the big scallops.  I wanted a more feminine border since it's for my only granddaughter.

Hmmm,  I may go  back and add some pearls since it will be handed with the gift.  Maybe not, she might think it's candy and try to eat it.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Punch Potpourri, Lovely Letters Alphabet
Ink:  Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Regal Rose, Whisper White
Accessories:  Daffodil Delight, Regal Rose & Pear Pizzazz SU Markers, Eyelet Border, Corner Rounder & Boho Blossoms Punches


Monday, December 27, 2010

Love Promotion

From now until January 24th, you can get a free package of  Bitty Buttons with the purchase of a Filled with Love Bundle.

See the paper and more details on my Stampin' Up! Website.


White Christmas (1 Day Late)

The view from our front yard yesterday and this morning.

And a view of our backyard.  See the little Junco shivering on the branch?

I know some of you got the worst of this storm and are trying to dig out.  I'm thankful that we didn't have any inconvenience and that we got that glorious view!


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Back to Stampin'

It's been a while since I've been able to do any challenges.  Actually it's only been a couple of weeks, but it seems like a long time!

I checked out some of my favorite challenges and made this card this afternoon.  It will go to my brother-in-law for his birthday.

The sentiment is from the Hostess Level 1 set, Afterthoughts.  I cut off the little afterthoughts and went for the BIG MESSAGE.

The Burgundy base card is 4 1/2" square.  The Mustard piece is 4 1/4" square and stamped with the Sanded background stamp with More Mustard.

The burgundy square is 3 1/4" square and the vanilla embossed piece is 3 1/8" square.

The sentiment was stamped with Burgundy and punched with the Curly Label punch and mounted on a Burgundy punch with the Movers & Shapers Die on the Big Shot.

I debated about putting the brads in the corners because of mailing concerns.  However, I can put the card in a bigger envelope and line it so that the card doesn't shift. I think it will make it through the mail ok.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sanded, Afterthoughts
Ink:  More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy
Paper:  Bravo Burgundy, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Movers & Shapers, Curly Label Punch, Gold Brads

I used the colors from the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge #8 to use Bravo Burgundy, More Mustard & Very Vanilla and dry embossing. The vanilla panel is embossed with my favorite Square Lattice Embossing Folder.

I used the sketch from Stamping 411's Saturday Sketch #183. This is my first time participating in this challenge.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Wishes

As we celebrate His birth,

may the love

He brought to the world

draw us closer

to Him

and to one another.

Merry Christmas


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Creative Friends

I still haven't made a card.  It makes me question my sanity!

But, my friends have been making and sending handmade cards.  So I'm going to share them with you.

This first one is from Peggy.   It has been gracing my handmade Nativity.  I love all the stars making the angel sparkle!

This next one is from Gayle.  Did you notice the bling in Dasher's antlers?  He's embossed and just lovely!

And Nell's card is so elegant with the burgundy trees and corner punching! (It says be merry not berry. I didn't do a great job on the photo.)

I'm not sure if Karen made this herself or not!  It's handmade and I know that she can make beautiful cards.

Barb made this one.  She's new to card making and I love her simple and elegant style.  I can't wait to see what she does in the coming year!

The last card is a joint project.  My DD Jenny asked for some Christmas cards for her birthday that she could add the children's picture to.  She gave me some ideas and this is what we came up with.

I save all my handmade cards from year to year and some that I see a possibility of repurposing.  It's very confusing when someone goes through the basket though.  My husband couldn't figure out why one daughter had sent so many cards!

Tomorrow I am going to finish a card that I started months ago.  It was going to be my Christmas card this year.  Then I got sidetracked.  I'm going to finish this one just for you.

See you tomorrow.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Since I haven't had much time to stamp, I thought I would share some of the beautiful Christmas cards I have received.

This one was a total surprise from one of my blogger friends.  I would love to meet her in person one day.  She has a clean and uncluttered style that I always enjoy.

You can check out her blog yourself by going to The Stamping Tower.  You'll be glad you did.

I am really enjoying this card and have it on an easel next to a cross stitched Nativity scene.  It is the perfect compliment.

Thanks so much Doris.  And thank you for your friendship.


Monday, December 13, 2010

.....Boughs of Holly

I love this stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog.

I stamped it on Shimmery White with StazOn and colored with markers and a blender pen.

Then I stepped it up a bit with some sponging.

I used an oval mask from cutting an oval with the Big Shot and sponged around the edges.  I sponged the edges of the base card a bit lighter.

The Technique Lover's Challenge on SCS today is to use sponging.  I'm going over there to leave this off.

Card Recipe
Stamp:  Bells & Boughs
Ink:  Black StazOn, Garden Green
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green
Accessories:  SU Markers (Garden Green, Real Red, Soft Suede, Early Expresso, Real Red grosgrain ribbon

It's really cold here.  Good weather for stamping but I really need to get my Christmas cards out!


Friday, December 10, 2010

More Snow (I wish)

I know my Northern friends & family can't believe how much I love snow!  But here in NC it doesn't last too long.

We did this card in a Workshop a while back.  Everyone did a great job on their cards and seemed to love the design.

Then I went home and stepped it up a notch to this......

All I did was add some Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding and a couple more Basic Rhinestones.  It really warmed it up!  No shoveling needed!

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Northern hearts, Sincere Salutations
Ink:  Whisper White, Night of Navy
Paper:  Whisper White, Night of Navy
Accessories:  Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Basic Rhinestones

My Dad's on the move so I'd better stop now.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Poppy Red Cardinal

One day I saw a Cardinal in the back yard and I thought "Poppy Red".

I had stamped this Cardinal and tried to watercolor it.  I didn't do a very good job!

Stamping it with Basic Black on Poppy Red was a big improvement!

I've seen some of these Cardinals watercolored and I wish I could do that well.  Until then, I'll take the short cut.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  A Cardinal Christmas
Ink:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Soft Suede & Cherry Cobbler SU Markers
Paper:  Poppy Red, Naturals White, Garden Green
Accessories:  Ticket Corner & Modern Label Punches, Big Shot, Movers & Shapers, Watercolor  Pencil (for beak), White Gel Pen (for eye)


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cookie Snow

Hello Stampin' Friends.  I'm sorry I haven't been blogging lately.  Life has become so crazy with preparations for Christmas, my Dad's extended visit and an upcoming Craft Show.  Tis the season for family and we have had several family gatherings which I love.  It doesn't leave much time for blogging or card making though.

We had Cookie Day last Saturday.  It's a day when all 3 of my girls and their children get together at my house and make cookies & candy all day.  This year we had a very special treat.  IT SNOWED!!! 

This is what it looked like from my front door.  Isn't it pretty?

Now I'm going to boor you with pictures of my grandkids in the snow.  If you're looking for a card and don't like pictures of kids, check back tomorrow and I'll try to get a card in.

Thomas loves it.  He had snowballs going everywhere!

Sweet Emmie's not sure what to make of it.

Gavin wouldn't come off the porch. He just likes to look.

Luke was very puzzled about what all the excitement was about.  It was COLD!

It was a fun day filled with fun, laughter, good smells and lots of calories! 

I'll try to sneak a few minutes tomorrow to share a card.

Meanwhile, I hope you are warm and cozy.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Hanukkah

I did this card for my sister-in-law and her family who celebrate Hanukkah.

This is pretty simple and straight forward.  I stamped the menorah with Encore Silver on Whisper White and embossed it with  Silver Embossing Powder.  I matted the design on Night of Navy and placed it on a Brushed Silver card.  Some scoring around the design and the edge of the card finished it off.

Hope she likes it.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Shalom Sayings (111686: $15.95 still available)
Ink:  Encore Silver
Paper:  Brushed Silver, Whisper White
Accessories:  Silver EP

Thanks for the visit.  I hope you'll be back soon.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Catching Up

I didn't get to stamp at all yesterday.   Other things seemed to keep interfering with my fun.  I did get some Christmas decorating done.  My goal is to have it done by Saturday when my girls all come to bake cookies.  I think it's our favorite time of the year!

My card today is for the Color Challenge at SCS this week to use River Rock, Old Olive, Real Red and Neutrals of Choice.

I stamped the whole design in River Rock, then I used the blender pen dipped in the Whisper White ink pad for the berries.  I did use a little Garden Green with a blender pen on the leaves so I guess this is not completely within the challenge.

So, here's another card for this challenge and the CAS95 challenge at SCS to use flower accents.

No cheating on this one!  I had a piece of Real Red that I had embossed with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  I punched three 5 Petal Flowers out of it.  (I cut down the one I used on top.)  Then I cut two flowers out of Old Olive for the leaves.

There's Dazzling Diamonds on the lattice and around the sentiment.  It doesn't show up very well in the photo but it sparkles IRL.

Card Recipe (Mistletoe)
Stamps:  A Cardinal Christmas
Ink:  River Rock, Whisper White, Garden Green, Real Red
Paper:  Whisper White, Old Olive
Accessories:  Blender Pen, Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon

Card Recipe (Poinsettia)
Stamps:  Many Merry Messages
Ink:  Real Red
Paper:  River Rock, Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories:  Big Shot, Lattice die, Square Lattice EF, 5 Petal Flower Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, Basic Pearls

Now to get a few more things out to decorate for Christmas.

Thanks for the visit.  I hope you will come back soon.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Get Well Flowers

Hello Stampin' Friends.  I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Sorry that I've been away so long.  Our Thanksgiving was delayed for an extra day until we could get my Dad here.  We had a very special day together.  Our girls hadn't seen him in 2 years and he got reacquainted with the older grandchildren and met our darling Emmie for the first time.

Today I made a card is for the OLW30 challenge over at Jennifer Styles' blog.  I used this card for inspiration.

I've been bumped from my stamping room and brought my card table to the study.  It took about 12 trips to get everything I needed to make my card.  Then I had to put everything back.  LOL, maybe I can lose some weight!

This is what I came up with.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Thoughts & Prayers
Ink:  Basic Black
Paper:  Daffodil Delight
Accessories:  Big Shot, Petals-a-Plenty EF, Boho Blossoms Punch, Black Gingham Ribbon 
Hopefully, I can continue to make a few cards and get them posted daily.  If I can't, please forgive and don't give up on me.  I'll be back at it as soon as I can.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Shades of Green

The Just Add Ink Challenge last week was to use River Rock, Wild Wasabi & Chocolate Chip.  I'm getting this in just under the wire.  The River Rock and Wild Wasabi together had me stumped.
After I had put my box of Decorative Paper up on the top shelf of the closet, I had an eureka moment.  I knew that inside that box was some old DSP with River Rock & Wild Wasabi.

I love this piece of Wild W. with the butterflies.  To keep with the butterfly theme, I used the Punch Potpourri and stamped on Whisper White with River Rock and punched it out.  I sponged a bit of Wild Wasabi around the edges, freehanded a butterfly body, and added some Basic Pearls.

I added a piece of 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain and laid a piece of River Rock ribbon over that.  (Both of these ribbons, as well as the paper are retired. Sorry I'm using old stuff, but it needs to be used)

After stamping the sentiment with Chocolate Chip, I added the butterfly with glue dots in the center.

All this was matted on a piece of Chocolate Chip, then mounted on a white card.  Oh, I did round the bottom corners in keeping with the rounded butterfly wings.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Punch Potpourri, Baroque Motifs
Ink:  River Rock, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi DSP
Accessories:  Butterfly & Corner Rounder Punches, Chocolate Chip Chip & River Rock Ribbons, Basic Pearls

Still waiting for my Dad.  I will be so thankful when I see him! 

Just took an apple pie out of the oven and the house smells yummy!


I'm a Week Behind

I'm a week behind with this post.  I made this card for last weeks {Made by Me} Wednesday and never got it loaded in.

Sorry Sarah, I hope it will be enjoyed this week.

I stamped the flowers, from the Silhouette Sentiments Level 1 Hostess set, on a scrap of Whisper White.  Scalloped one corner and rounded the others with punches.  Matted on Rich Razzleberry, More Mustard DSP, and whisper white.  Then put it on a Razzleberry card base.

Some of the Tiny Butterflies from the extra pieces box fit really well in this garden.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Silhouette Sentiments
Ink:  Pumplin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, More Mustard DSP
Accessories:  More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry Butterflies, Scallop Trim Corner & Corner Rounder punches

Happy Thanksgiving.

May your blessings be many and may you enjoy all your blessings.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vintage Skaters

When I saw the ColorQ60 challenge this morning, with those beautiful handmade mittens, I knew I had to pull some stuff back out and do a card.

With Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Early Espresso & Vanilla as the colors, this skating pair was perfect.  Usually, when I see a card this vividly in my head, it turns out to be a big disappointment.  But this time, everything went together just as I visualized.

I stamped the pair with Early Espresso on a scrap of Very Vanilla and painted using SU markers and a blender pen.  A scrap of Early Espresso cut 1/8" larger than the design piece made the mat.  I found this piece of Vanilla already embossed in my stash and thought it was perfect for the vintage feeling I was looking for.

I used Early Espresso & Cherry Cobbler markers to ink the sentiment then punched it out with the Wide Oval punch.  The oval mat for the sentiment is 2 ovals punched from Early Espresso and overlapped a bit.

All this is on a Cherry Cobbler card base.  A piece of Very Vanilla on the inside of the card, with the snowflake from this set inked with More Mustard, stamped off twice and stamped over the sentiment finishes it off.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Winter Post, Bells & Boughs
Ink:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Soft Suede & Early Espresso SU Markers
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Wide Oval Punch

I hope you like this card as much as I do.

My Dad has still not arrived.  He had a bit of a problem with getting lost yesterday.  He is determined to make it down here though.  Tonight he is safe in a motel and hopefully will make it the rest of the way tomorrow.   I think it's more nerve wracking for all of us than it is for him!  I guess it's probably his last great adventure and I can't begrudge him that!

Stay safe and I hope I will be able to post something tomorrow.  If not, I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and time to truly count your blessings.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Sponging the Trimmings

Happy Monday stampin' friends.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and today was a good start to the holiday week.

This card was done for the CAS challenge over at SCS today to use sponging.

I stamped this lovely ornament with Cherry Cobbler ink, smacked it with VersaMark & clear embossed it.  It's one of my favorite techniques for ornaments because it gives them a sheen like glass ornaments.  I cut it out and adhered it to a 3 3/8" x 4" scrap of Whisper White.

I laid the large oval from the Bigz Ovals die over the ornament and sponged with Pear Pizzazz around the oval, then used the Color Spritzer Tool & the Cherry Cobbler marker to spritz some red speckles.

The design piece was mounted on a piece of Cherry Cobbler cut 1/8" larger and adhered to the embossed piece with dimensionals after wrapping and tying the ribbon.  All this was mounted on a Cherry Cobbler card base.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Tree Trimmings
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, VersaMark, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Color Spritzer Tool, Cherry Cobbler Marker, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Basic Rhinestone

I don't know how much stamping I'll get done this week. My Dad is on his way to spend the week with us. He'll be getting here tomorrow, Lord willing. (He's 89 years young and insists on driving the 800-900 miles.) We're praying hard that he makes it without any "incidents".

He'll be staying in my stamping room so the only stamping I will be doing is what I can get to easily after everything is packed up. Besides, I want to spend as much time with him as possible. We may not have many more opportunities.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will come back soon.  I have some cards that haven't been posted that I'll be bringing out this week. 


Online Spectacular

Start your Christmas shopping early!

  Between now and November 30 you can take advantage of some Stampin' Up! special pricing on select items.

Plus you get free shipping on orders of $150.00 or more!  Plus with a $150.00 order you get to choose a Level 1 Hostess set & free merchandise!

You can download the PDF here to see the items on sale.

You can order directly from my website here.

And while your at my website, check out the other specials on bundles & Demonstrator starter kits!

It's a great time to shop Stampin' Up!

Happy Shoppin',

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Dove of Peace

I have a few minutes before my class so I'll try to sneak a blog in!

This is another card that I did with the W.I.S.H. or smoosh technique earlier in the week.  I was inspired by a card by Sandi MacIver.   She used a different background technique. (I would like to try that one too.)

The colors of re-inker used for the background were Baja Breeze & Pear Pizzazz with a little Frost White Shimmer paint dropped on there for good measure.

The dove was stamped with VersaMark and embossed with White Embossing Powder & cut out.

I stamped the word with VersaMark and embossed with silver Embossing Powder.  I dragged the edges over the VersaMark pad and also embossed with silver.  (It works best to do this one long & one short side at a time.)

The branch in the bird's mouth is from the Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch with 3 of the smallest rhinestones.  I used a piece of last year's silver elastic cord (wish they had brought that back!) knotted 3 times and taped to the back.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Peaceful Season, Wonderful Words (Sorry, it's a retired stamp set)
Ink:  VersaMark
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Scrap of Garden Green
Accessories:  White & Silver Embossing Powder, Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Silver Elastic Cord

Hope you have a peaceful weekend.


Friday, November 19, 2010

Greenhouse Garden Framed

I've been busy setting up for a class tomorrow but  wanted to do a quick post.

My wonderful, talented daughter made this and gave it to me a couple of weeks ago, just because.  I love unexpected surprises!

She recently discovered that she could create some new, inexpensive art for her home with her stamps (and some of mine too).  This is one of the flowers that she did.

I think the Saffron & Black are so elegant together.  Don't you?

Picture Recipe
Stamps:   Greenhouse Garden
Ink:  So Saffron, Basic Black
Paper:  Whisper White, So Saffron, Basic Black
Accessories: Picture Frame

I want to express my deepest thanks for all your kind comments.  It makes me happy to know that you are enjoying my creations and finding some inspiration here.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pink Wedding Cake

Today's card is for the One Layer Wednesday challenge that's over at the Simplicity blog this week.  Susan challenged us to be inspired by some beautiful wedding cakes.  You can see the choices at the Cake Wrecks site.  I was going to put a picture of the inspiration cake here, but either my server or theirs wouldn't let me.  It's the pink one, the 8th picture down.

I used Blushing Bride and the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, leaving a strip at the bottom without the embossing.

The sentiment is stamped with Whisper White and embossed with White.  It doesn't show up very well.  I think it needed some more smooth space!

I used the White Satin Ribbon and gave it a bit of a twist.  I gathered another piece of the ribbon to make a flower and topped it off with a pearl from the Pretties Kit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Kind & Caring Thoughts
Ink:  Whisper White
Paper:  Blushing Bride
Accessories:  White Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Elegant Lines EF, White EP, Pearl

I'm not totally satisfied with this card.  I'm going to try another one if I can find the time.

Thanks for the visit.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Peace, Love, Joy

Hello again, Stampin' Friends.  As promised, here's a card with this neat technique.  MariLynn at SCS calls it the W.I.S.H technique.    It is very similar to Catherine Pooler's Smoosh technique that I saw last winter.

Basically, since I don't remember where I hid the markers after Luke tried to change the color of my couch to green, I had to use the reinkers for my color.  I used Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz and some Frost White Shimmer paint.

In case you don't want to check the links, here's a quick rundown.  I used a sandwich bag and cut the sides.  I opened the bag up and put some drops of Baja & Pear re-inker on one side.  Then I caught a little Shimmer paint in the top of the bottle and dripped it with the re-inker.  I closed the bag and "smooshed" it around.  (Warning, it can get very messy!)  Then I opened the bag and layed a piece of Whisper White on one side, pressing it and smooshing the paper onto the ink.

It makes a very pretty background doesn't it?  You can't really see the shimmer paint in the picture, but it gives it a nice pearly glow.

The layout is for the CAS93 challenge at SCS.

The colors, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz & Perfect Plum are from the CC297 also at SCS.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  All Holidays
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black
Paper:  Whisper White, Perfect Plum
Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle & 2 1/2" Circle Punches, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads

It was really messy but well worth the effort.  By the way, I folded the bag up and smooshed again twice and had 3 backgrounds from one inking. 

I tried it later with the Perfect Plum and evidently got too much of the darker inks.  It was very muddy looking.

That's it for tonight.  Thank you so much for visiting.  I hope you will come back soon.


In the Queen's Court

Whoo hoo! ColorQ chose my Pocket Full of Colors card to be one of the Queen's Courtiers.

You can go see the Queen's card & the rest of the court by clicking here.

I am so honored! There were so many beautiful cards entered for that challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be back in a bit with a new card for you using a really neat technique!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Simply Amazing!

What do you call it when you get over $310 of stamping stuff for only$87.50?

You can call it an amazing deal, but we’re calling it an amazing opportunity!

From November 15-30, you can purchase either our

Standard or Digital+ Starter Kits at 50% off the

regular retail price of $175 (plus free shipping!),

and enjoy all the great benefits of

being a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator.

  • Earn additional income while sharing creativity.

 • Make new and lasting friendships.

• Enjoy access to nearly unlimited creative ideas.

• Receive a free subscription to an exclusive monthly magazine.

• Receive two free months subscription to your own business website.

• Opportunity to earn free products and incentive trips.