Sunday, March 29, 2015

One Layer Please

Hello, and happy  Sunday to you! Today starts another challenge at Sunday Stamps!  This week we are playing with a one layer sketch.  Here's challenge #98:

And here's what I made:

I started with a white piece of cardstock in which I stamped all the images in Versamark ink and embossed with White embossing powder.  I then sponged Bermuda Bay ink onto the cardstock starting at the bottom. When I was finished sponging the panel, I colored the flowers using my discontinued Blendabilities.  To finish it off, I added rhinestones and ribbon.


So now you have seen my one layer card.  Lets see what you create.  Head on over to Sunday Stamps! and join in the fun!  :)   Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Love is Kindness

Hello, crafty friends.  Today I am sharing a card  I made using the "Love is Kindness" single stamp from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I was trying to make a clean and simple card with a lot of white space.  Here's what I came up with:

Stampin' UP! ink colors are: Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Gumball Green (retired) and Tempting Turquoise.  
Here's how I created it:  I sponged the colors onto a piece of white cardstock. I then spritzed it with a water bottle and dried it with my heat tool.  When it was completely dry, I stamped the image and added some "spots" from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  The paper was kinda curled from the water and subsequent drying, so I layered another piece of paper behind it to help it lay flat. :)

I added a little piece of "mock stitching" from a retired embossing folder and a Scalloped Edge Border in Tempting Turquoise. Will that punch ever get old? :)

The main panel is stamped using the Dictionary background stamp with Smoky Slate ink. I then used the Dots and Stripes Mask  to sponge in the circles.   I am submitting this card into the AAA cards #35 Bare Naked CAS.  Here is their challenge:

The challenge is to "go very white, with a layer or two....and clean and simple". 

Here's the products I used:
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Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

SSC#97: Color Challenge

Good morning crafty friends! Today I am sharing a card I made for Sunday Stamps!challenge #97. Here's the challenge:

Isn't this inspirational picture cute?  I love Mr. Fox sticking his head out of the tree.  So darn cute! Unfortunately, I don't have ANY fox image stamps. Go figure?!  So, trying to follow the challenge the best I could, I was left with the tree and the colors.  The ink colors I used were: So Saffron, Black, White and Cajun Craze (to match the fox).  Remember: you can use any shade of colors that ou have on hand that are similar to the photo.

Here's what I came up with:

For the background, I watercolored with So Saffron and Cajun Craze ink refills and added circles using my white craft pad following the Bokeh technique from the Splitcoast Stampers website.   I then stamped images from the Butterfly Basics stamp set in Black and Cajun Craze. The sentiment is from the Hostess Set called Bloom with Hope and the small butterflies are from Papillion Potpourri.  I also inked up the Hardwood background stamp set in Basic Black and stamped that onto a piece of Cajun Craze. 

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Now it's your turn to head over to Sunday Stamps! and play along!  Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Colour Me!... Green Baby!

Hello, crafty friends.  What a beautiful Saturday we are having here in MN.  I hope you are enjoying great weather too. Today, I am sharing a fun card I made following the Colour Me!...challenge blog. Here's the challenge:
The challenge is to use Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz and a neutral.  I chose white as my neutral.
Here's what I made:

Super fun to make.  Hope you enjoy it!  Happy Stamping!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SAB: For Being You and Blendabilities

Yesterday, Stampin' UP! announced that they would no longer be selling Blendabilities.  This is due to the manufacturer being unable to meet Stampin' UP!s high quality testing requirements prior to shipping. As a result, and to prevent further disappointment in the markers, they have been discontinued.

I was so hoping (as I am sure all of you were) that they would be able to fix the quality issues. I know that many of you have these markers, as I do.  I will continue to use mine even though they are discontinued and I encourage you to use yours since you have invested in them as well.  Chris Smith (my upline) has a post HERE sharing what she has done to her "dry" Blendabilities.  I encourage you to check it out and see if this helps your markers down the road, if needed.

With that being said, I did make a few cards (before knowing this revelation) using the new SAB set called "For Being You". In a previous post HERE, I talked about how you don't have to use Memento black ink as your base every time you color.  For example, for this first card, I stamped the "thanks" in Lost Lagoon ink, and colored it in using my Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.

For my second card, I stamped "thanks" in Coastal Cabana ink and colored it in with my Calypso Coral Blendabilities.

And for my third card, I did stamp the image with Memento Black ink, and colored it in using Pink Pirouette and the Blush color from the Skin Tone Assortment.

These are just a few simple and different ways I wanted to show you how to use your Blendabilities.  So even though they have been discontinued- enjoy the one's you have.  Perhaps, SU will surprise us and find a new quality alcohol marker for us to use in the future. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

200th Anniversary!

The Friday Mashup challenge blog is celebrating their 200th challenge! I just had to play along!  You can choose 1 element from 2 different past challenges, or mash it up and use both elements from the 2 different past challenges.  I choose challenge sketch #21, and the "create a kid themed project" from challenge #9.

And here's what I made:

I used my retired and timeless Button Bear stamp set and combined him with the balloons from the Birthday Bash stamp set, and the awesome Confetti Stars Border punch.  Colors are: Soft Suede, Island Indigo and Real Red. I have the perfect little someone (my nephew) to give this to. :)

Head on over to the Friday Mashup and join their 200th challenge celebration!  Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 6, 2015

FMS 176: Happiest Birthday Wishes

Hello!  Happy Friday!  It's been a very long week for me over here as I have had a nasty head cold and finally decided to go to the doctor today.  I hope the medicine kicks in asap and that I wake up tomorrow feeling somewhat closer to normal.  Getting sick is one of the drawbacks for being a substitute teacher- but I love the kids I get to spend time with. :)  Today I have a money holder birthday card to share.  It follows the challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches. Here is the sketch challenge:
And here's what I made:
And here's the inside:

 Colors are: Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, and Pumpkin Pie.  I used the Crazy About You stamp set with the Hello You Thinlits Bundle and the matching Medallion punch. The designer series paper is Flowerpot from the annual catalog.  Basic Rhinestones were colored with my Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities.  Ribbon is the Tangelo Twist 3/8" Stitched Satin.  

Product Links:
Crazy about You Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Hello You Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up! Flower Medallion Punch Flower Pot Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

A very fun card to make!  Hope you like it!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Just Add Ink #252: HB

Hello, crafty friends! Here is a card I made following the sketch layout over at Just Add Ink. I have never made a card with an angel, so decided I needed to give it a try.  My color pallet came from the Best Year Ever DSP from the Sale-a-bration catalog. Colors are: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry and Coastal Cabana.  Don't these colors look awesome together?!  And notice the "HB"?  after stamping the image with Soft Suede ink, I colored it with my Coastal Cabana Blendabilities.  Notice that the ink didn't smear? Yep, you can use several Stampin' UP! inks as your base instead of Memento Black ink.  Below is a list provided by Stampin' UP! indicating which ink pads work with Blendabilities. Look at all the ink pads you can use----29 to be exact!

Here's the list: Always Artichoke, Baked Brown Sugar, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crips Cantaloupe, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Hello Honey, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie,  Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Soft Sky Tangelo Twist, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder.

Here's Just Add Ink's sketch I followed:

And here are the products I used to make this card:

Balloon Bash Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Something To Say Wood-Mount Stamp Set Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack Circles Collection Framelits Die Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments Twine Baker's Early Espresso

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Petal Potpourri meets All Abloom DSP

Hello, stampers, its time for another new challenge over at Sunday Stamps!  This week we have a fun sketch for you.  Here it is:

And here's what I created using the Petal Potpourri stamp set and matching Medallion flower punch from the Occasions mini catalog:

I stamped the beautiful flower image twice in Island Indigo and punched them out. I then paper snipped around the petals and pinched the petals together to give them some dimension.  I also stamped the flower image with Mossy Meadow ink and paper snipped 2 of the petals out to make the leaves.  My color pallet used to make this fun card came from the All Abloom paper stack which can be found on page 185 of the annual catalog.  Colors are: Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow and a splash of Pistachio Pudding (sequins and Thick Bakers Twine).

Product Links:
Petal Potpourri Clear Bundle by Stampin' Up! All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack by Stampin' Up! 7/8 Circle Scallop Punch 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment by Stampin' Up! Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!

So now its your turn to play along.  Head on over to Sunday Stamps! and join the fun! Can't wait to see what you decide to create.  Happy Sunday, and Happy Stamping!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Happy Birthday, Zachary!

Today, our youngest becomes a teenager!  Oh my, time goes by so fast!  So thankful to be a mom to three great kids.  Here's a shaker card I made for his special day:
Hope you are having a great weekend!  Happy stamping!