Friday, February 27, 2009

Trendy Trees and Upsy Daisy Card Sets

I had a blast creating these card sets from Trendy Trees and Upsy Daisy. If you resist cutting into your designer papers, this is a great way to use just a little bit, but get a big bang for your buck. Each of the sets only uses one 4"x 12" piece of designer series paper, so you still have a huge piece left for scrapping or other projects.

This first one uses the very fun Trendy Trees stamp set which is a great bargain. You get several tree images ans well as 2 greetings for only $17.95. And the spiral image can be used as a non-tree. LOVE IT!
To make this set, I used one piece of each of the following: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss and Barely Banana and a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock. I embellished with paper piercing, hemp and punched out birdies, which are on the other side of the Good Morning Sunshine designer series paper. Now that I see the cards in the daylight, I see that I went a little heavier on the sponging than I like. But, you can easily manage that on your own set.

This second set uses the Upsy Daisy stamp set and features the Urban Oasis designer series paper.

The cardstock is one piece each of Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze, and a 3" x 11" strip of Very Vanilla. I embellished with Flower Fusion Too, Gold Brads and Twill Tape.

I'm still working on writing the instructions for these. If you want a copy of them, please send me an email or leave a comment (I LOVE comments -- they make me feel like someone actually reads my blog). It'll be a few days before I get the instructions done, because my weekend will be spent at a swim meet (as usual!). In the meantime, you can check out the one I did in December. That one has cutting instructions.

Cheers,

Sharon

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another Use for Vellum

Happy Snow Day from Bellevue! While the kids were out playing in the rapidly melting snow, this is what I did.
Actually, using a Texturz plate and paper piercing was my original plan when I came up with the Vellum Challenge for the Three Amigas Weekly Challenge. I just couldn't get past the vellum and figure out where to go after that. Then, thanks to a wonderful DVD from my upline's demo meeting, I got this idea. I think it was Britiney's layout, but I'll have to watch it again to see.
The leaves and flower were also cut out using my Big Shot. The flower is one of the Embosslits, which cuts and dry embosses all in one step. I sponged a little Perfect Plum to give it more dimension.
Cheers,
Sharon

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Consume More Greens

I've been reading a lot about healthy eating and how leafy greens should be at the base of the food pyramid. However, I'm pretty sure that the images on this card are not what the authors had in mind :-) This is what happens when I'm lying awake at 3 am thinking about stamping.

This was for today's sketch challenge on SCS. You can check it out here. I used Cheers to You, the designer paper is from the Hostess Paper Pack, and the shamrock is from the heart punch.

In all seriousness, instead of giving up something for Lent, I'm adding more greens to my diet in the form of salads and green smoothies. Anyone want to commit to adding more healthy greens to their diet with me and help keep me accountable?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Three Amigas Weekly Challenge -- Vellum

This week's Three Amigas challenge was to use vellum. You can do a ton of techniques with it and these are just a couple of them.


On this first card, I used my So Swirly wheel in Classic Regal Rose ink and them embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. Yep, you read that correctly, I embossed on classic ink. Because vellum isn't very porous, classic ink dries much slower than on regular cardstock, so you can emboss with it. I used vellum cardstock, which is sturdier and didn't curl like vellum paper would. It's hard to see the embossing, but if you cross your eyes just right, you can make out some sparkles.

You'll notice that I also used my new eyelet border punch and the new white Organza ribbon. That ribbon is so soft and easy to work with. It's just lovely. I also broke out the Pretties kit on this baby.

On the second card, I did a faux stained glass technique. I stamped the front side of the vellum with Basic Black ink using the rose from Fifth Avenue Floral. After it dried, I turned it over and colored with my markers and then used my blender pen to blend the colors together. Again, because the vellum doesn't absorb the ink, you can blend your markers very easily. You can see the little flower sticking out from the ribbon. That's another flower from the Pretties Kit that I colored with the same marker colors. And, of course, I had to run a layer of cardstock through my Big Shot using a Texturz plate.

Vellum also looks really classy when you dry emboss or use a Texturz plate on it. I'm currently working on a sample so hope to have that posted soon too.

If you want to schedule a class that features vellum, please let me know.

Cheers,

Sharon


Friday, February 20, 2009

What do Olympic Athletes Do in Their Spare Time?

They do papercrafting, of course! No, I'm not talking about myself although my kids say I'd qualify in Nagging if it were an Olympic event. I bought this fantastic card at a swim meet a few weeks ago. It was made by Megan (Quann) Jendrick, who is a two-time Olympic swimmer with several medals under her belt, or rather, around her neck. I bought this for our friend, Gillian, who is a huge Megan Jendrick fan. Fortunately, Megan is an amazing role model.

Anyway, here's the card. I know it's not Stampin' Up! supplies, but we'll ignore that for now. I have been studying the cardstock and have some ideas about how to duplicate it with SU supplies, though. The water and black line in the middle of the lane would be easy. The lane lines (the dividers between the lanes) are a bit trickier. But, I digress.
I love the Eleanor Roosevelt quote on the front. The stars are metallic, but didn't scan well.
And, just to prove that it's authentic, here's the back with her autograph.

Here's a pop quiz about Megan.

1. How old was she when she started swimming?

a. 5

b. 2

c. 9

2. How old was she when she went to her first Olympics?

a. 16

b. 19

c. 22

3. What high school did she go to?

a. Puyallup

b. Rogers

c. Emerald Ridge

1.Answer: 9. When she started on a swim team at age 9, she could barely dog paddle.

2. Answer: 16 -- she went to the Sydney Olympics in 2000

3. Answer: Unfortunately she went to Emerald Ridge rather than Rogers (my alma mater). All of these high schools are in Puyallup, WA.

Megan is an amazing role model because she is super positive, very down to earth, and I'd be shocked if she ever lost corporate sponsorship due to her non-swimming activities (was that diplomatic enough?). My kids have been to several of her swim camps and she was very inspirational. Her husband, Nathan, also gave talks on nutrition, which got my younger son to insist that we eat brown rice, whole grains, organic, etc.

She's also got a book out called Get Wet, Get Fit, which she co-authored with Nathan. If you are a swimmer or a swim parent, this book contains lots of valuable information about stroke technique, dryland exercises, and nutrition, which was the most helpful section for me.

Alright, enough rambling for today. Have a fantastic weekend!

Cheers,

--Sharon

Monday, February 16, 2009

Three Amigas Weekly Challenge -- Fun Layout

Julie posted this week's challenge and it was to use this layout in a card. I played around with a couple of different ideas. One was to use my Big Shot and the big scallop circle. On this I used the SAB set, Botanical Blooms. If you look closely at the Mellow Moss layer, you can see that I used a Texturz plate on it and then sponged lightly with Mellow Moss ink.


For the second card, I used the Dahlia Fold technique, which takes a bit of practice. As you can see, I'm still perfecting the technique :-) Directions are on SCS. I used the scallop circle punch instead of the plain circle punch. All of the Designer papers are from the SAB Delicate Dots package. I love free stuff! I sponged around the edges in Cameo Coral to help the central image pop a bit. And the new flower brads that I used are just adorable.

If you want to join in the fun, post your card on SCS with the word TAWC in the Keywords section. Or post it on your blog and send me the link.


Cheers,


Sharon

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Glitterific Flowers

One of the accesories in the Spring/Summer catalog that I was super excited about was the Sticky Cuts Sweet which are like the Sticky Cuts Letters, but in shapes like flowers, butterflies, hearts and treeas instead of letters. They're so fun to use and as their name implies, they're super sticky. In this sample, I used the red and champagne glitters from the new Galaxy Glitter stack. The designer paper is from the Urban Oasis pack. So, without further ado, here's the card ...
As with all glittered projects, it's much sparklier in person.

I had every intention of posting this along with some other Sticky Cut projects, but those are taking more time than I'd hoped (something about a leaking dishwasher that ruined the hardwood in the kitchen, suddenly remembering that I need to make my son's Valentines, etc.) So, instead of waiting for the opportunity to be perfect, I settled for "good enough." Remember my post on January 25th?

For more information on how to use the Sticky Cuts, look on p. 150 of your catalog. OR, better yet, schedule a workshop or private lesson with me.


Cheers,
--Sharon

Monday, February 9, 2009

Three Amigas Weekly Challenge -- A Riddle

Joanne posed this week's challenge as a riddle: "What's black and white and red all over?" Our challenge, of course. We were to use primarily black and white with a touch of red for some pop. I did a couple cards. You'll notice that one of them is the same layout as last week's challenge. I needed a chance to redeem myself, because last week's card was kind of a dud. I like this one WAAAAY better.

But, before we get to that one, for this first one I used the SAB set Botanical Blooms which is winning the poll at this moment. I also used my brand new butterfly die for the big shot and stamped it with a stamp from Itty Bitty Backgrounds.

This one is my "please redeem me" card. Don't you think it's much better? You can't really tell, but the white layer that's inside the card has some raised dots at the bottom. I did those with one of the new Texturz Plates for the Big Shot. In addition to giving the card a little bit more interest, it reminds the person writing in the card that they shouldn't write all the way to the bottom.

As always, if you want to play along, please do. Just send me the url for your card and I'll link to it. You'll be famous LOL

Other challenge entries

Joanne's

Julie's

Mudmaven's (sorry, I'm not sure of her real name)

Cheers,
Sharon

Friday, February 6, 2009

Always Have a Designated Driver

Stampin' Up!'s new Hit the Road stamp set is so fun. Although no one is sure why there's a dog driving a Jeep, it allows for lots of creativity and combining with other stamp sets to make demented cards.

I wasn't sure what sentiment to put on this one. It was either "Party Hearty" or "Celebrate." But, I didn't want you to think I was a lush, so I added "responsibly" on the computer LOL.


Remember to vote for you favorite SAB item!

Have a great weekend and don't let your dog drive your vehicles!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Unique Trendy Trees

I think this card speaks for itself...I used my brand new Trendy Trees and my beloved Smarty Pants stamp sets. This card reminds me of a funny thing that happened at my kids' school a couple years ago (oh, no, Sharon, not a long, drawn out boring story!). Every week there's a Thought for the Week. Well, one week it was something like, "You're a unique individual, just like everyone else." Am I the only one who sees the irony in that statement?

That's it for now. Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Branch Out

My first order from the new Spring/Summer Stampin' Up! catalog came today. There are so many fantastic new stamps and accessories. After fondling the designer papers that I'd ordered, I tested out the new Texture Plates for the Big Shot. They are freakin' COOL! It even made Kraft cardstock look good, and you know how I feel about Kraft cardstock.

Then after piano lessons, I inked up a brand new stamp set called Branch Out. It's going to be a lot of fun using this set. It's super versatile, and makes quick cards that look complicated. That's my favorite kind of card. Anyway, here's the card. Enjoy!

I copied Julie's card for the sponging of the sky and grass. Thanks for the inspiration, Jules! If you look closely, you can see the diamond shapes on the Kraft cardstock. That's one of the texture plates. Yay! Another idea for making masculine cards.

If you want to order any of these items, let me know. I'm always willing to be an enabler, at least with paper-crafting :-)

Sketch Challenge card -- No stamping involved

This is the card that I made for this week's sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers.com. You can find the challenge here. This is the sketch:


Isn't it a great sketch? I'll definitely be using it again for other cards. This is my card:

There was no stamping on my card. I used the Big Shot for the focal point flower and the Three in a Row punch for the flowers on the right. I sponged around the edges of the flowers with Summer Sun and Cameo Coral to give them extra color and interest. The designer paper is the Delicate Dots DSP from the sale-a-bration catalog and you can get it FREE with a $50 order through March 31.

Have a fantastic day! The UPS man is supposed to bring me a big box of goodies today, so hopefully I'll find some time to play. Keep watching for the results :-)
Cheers,
--Sharon


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Three Amigas Weekly Challenge -- "Go To" Layout

This week's Three Amigas challenge was to share one of our "go to" layouts. You know, the layouts that you tend to gravitate towards? I have a few and this is one of them. It's the "three in a row" layout. It works great with small images and can be horizontal (landscape) like this one, or vertical (portrait). To finish off the card, I always have some kind of greeting or ribbon across the bottom.


This card features the Polka Dot Punches sale-a-bration stamp set and Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper which is also a sale-a-bration item. You could get either of these free with a $50 order.

To be honest, I don't totally love the colors I chose for this card, but you get the idea for the layout. Have I mentioned that I'm in a bit of a creative slump lately? Sigh... I have a big order coming tomorrow, so maybe that will help me get out of my slump.

If you'd like to share your Go To layout, please post a comment with a link to your card. If you post it on SCS, put TAWC in the keywords section.

Links to other submissions

Joanne

Julie

Cheers!