Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Three Amigas Weekly Challenge -- Demented Card

OK, I admit that this card is just sick and wrong, but I had to do it. This week's Three Amigas Challenge was to make a demented card. I also have to admit that it was my turn to choose the challenge. You know I have a penchant for demented cards :-)


For this card I used Hit the Road, Forest Friends (which will be available in the Occasions Mini catalog), and the saying is from Fifth Avenue Floral. As a demonstrator, I was able to pre-order from the Occasions mini and the ONLY reason I got Forest Friends was to make demented cards. It would be cute for other purposes too, but... It's up to you to interpret what the saying is referring to.

There are a few more demented ideas in my little pea brain, so you may see more in the near future.

Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the making of this card.

Other TAWC demented cards

Joanne's

Cheers,

Sharon

Monday, March 16, 2009

Wagon Full of Fun is Awesome!

The Wagon Full of Fun stamp set in the Occasions mini is, well, fun! It's easy to color and the images are really cute. My favorites are the cupcake and flower, at least for right now. Although the mini catalog isn't out yet, this is one of the sets that customers can order now.

On the first card, I also used Itty Bitty Backgrounds and the new Oval All stamp set that is in the Occasions mini. There is also a new Scallop Oval punch in the mini that coordinates with that stamp set. Today was the first time I'd used it, but it definitely won't be the last. It layers so nicely with the other oval punches. I had a bit of the designer paper that I'd used my eyelet border punch on, still sitting on my stamping table, so I used that as a cute topper. On the cupcake card, I also used the Happy Everything stamp set. After I stamped "Happy," I used one of the Big Shot texture plates on the Barely Banana layer. I kind of wish I'd had another black layer between the banana and rose base, but it's too late now. The frosting of the cupcake has a thin layer of Crystal Effects, so it's really glossy. Crystal Effects is also an adhesive, so the pink beads are stuck on tight. I may do something like this as my swap at the Seattle Regionals. What do you think?


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Introducing Java: Why My Posts are Less Frequent

We have a new addition to our family: a black lab named Java. She's 8 weeks old and completely adorable, which is good considering how many times she's peed in the house, bit our hands, woken us up, etc.
Photographing a completely black dog is kind of difficult. Our joke name for her is Java the Mutt. Starwars fans appreciate the humor. When she's not in her crate, we have to watch her 100% of the time so she doesn't get into things she shouldn't or use the carpet as her fire hydrant. Since I'm the one who is home during the day, I get to do the lion's share of the watching (and rushing her outside). Needless to say, my stamping time has been seriously curtailed.

Cheers,
Sharon

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Three Amigas Weekly Challenge -- Something Old, Something New

Nope, it doesn't continue how you think it does. This week's Three Amigas Challenge was two-fold: we had to use an accessory that was new to the 2009 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog, and one that had been in the last catalog (but is still in this one), PLUS we had to use an element on a card and on a scrapbook page.

I chose an Easter theme using the Wagon Full of Fun stamp set that is in the Occasions 2009 mini. Although not everything is available for purchase now, SU decided to let customers purchase the sets that had an Easter component now.

My something new is the flower brad and my something old is the white grosgrain ribbon. Other pertinent info: the designer paper is from the Good Morning Sunshine paper pack. Cardstock colors are Whisper White, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, and Almost Amethyst. The fantastically wonderful Eyelet Border Punch was used to create that beautiful layer of white. I also used the Ticket Corner and Photo Corner punches.

You can see that I carried the Easter egg focal point over to the scrapbook page. I also used the same strip of designer paper layered on colored cardstock. The ribbon and brad are there too. I also used the Eyelet Border Punch liberally on the scrapbook pages as well as the card.
The top white section is for the page title, and I think the photo and journaling spots are pretty self explanatory.






Of course the scrapbook page is a bit more detailed than the card, but you can see how easy it is to use the same ideas on both. So, if you're comfortable making cards, I challenge you to branch out into scrapbooking and vice versa.

Tomorrow I'll post pictures of our new puppy, so check back.

Cheers,

Sharon

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Pearls and Swirls

Today's sample uses Stampin' Up!'s hostess set Echos of Kindness. The layout is from SCS's card sketch challenge. My layout is a bit more off-center than the sketch intended. As much as I'd like to say it was artistic license, it was really because the sketch got buried on my stamping table and I did it from memory. The designer paper is from the Raspberry Tart pack. In addition, I used Whisper White, Pretty in Pink and Rose Red. The swirls are cut with my Big Shot and Gable Green paper. If I were to do this card again, I'd cut off part of the top swirl because it's a little to heavy and detracts from the focal point. I'd also clean off my scanner so there's not the weird mark above the flower.

I just realized today that this set has a sweet pea stamp. I'll have to make a set of these cards for a friend who is totally into sweet peas. I'm not sure if it will make up for not having sent their Christmas presents yet. It's a long story.

You can get this stamp set free by hosting a workshop that totals $300+. If you want to have a crafty girls' night with your friends, I'm happy to help out. If you live long distance from me and want to do a "Craft night in a box," I'm happy to help with that too :-)

Cheers,
Sharon

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Buckets of Chocolate

What could be better than a bucket of chocolate? How about two buckets of chocolate?! We made these at a recent Mom & Me stamping event at my house in Bellevue, WA. I adapted this idea from Laura Brown (she's such a genius!). The kids could make either a Garden of Chocolate or a Galaxy of Chocolate, and some chose to mix and match. I'm pretty sure there are butterflies in outer space; we just haven't discovered them yet.
Here are shots of each individual bucket and then one from the side so you can see how the chocolate fits into the die cuts.





The kids really enjoyed using the Big Shot and punches to make their flowers, butterflies, stars and planets. I think they also enjoyed sampling the chocolate LOL. For me the most difficult part was getting rid of the left-over chocolate. The eating part was fine; the getting it off my butt is a bit more challenging. Note to self: give away all the chocolate at the end of the event!
The Method to My Madness:
After punching out the various shapes, wrap a big glue dot around the flat end of a bamboo skewer. Stick one die cut to the front and the candy to the back. Put a small glue dot on the other side of the candy and attach another die cut.
There is florist foam in the bottom of the buckets for the skewers to go it. Then the top is shred.
This is a super easy project for kids of all ages to do and you could do it for any holiday. You can often get buckets like these at the Target Dollar Spot, Michaels or a dollar store. If you wanted to make the project more elaborate, you could punch holes in the bucket with your Crop-A-Dile and weave ribbon through it, or put brads in, or whatever you can come up with.
If you do one of these bucket projects, please shoot me an email. I'd love to see other ideas.
Cheers,
Sharon

Monday, March 2, 2009

Three Amigas Challenge -- Masculine card

Our Three Amigas Weekly Challenge is to make a card for a boy or man with any shades of the colors brown and blue. It can be for any occasion you choose. I combined this with this week's technique challenge on Splitcoast which was to make a crimped envelope pocket card and came up with this.

This is how it opens and what is inside. You could attach a gift card to the insert if you want. Cool project, huh!?!
I used a Kraft envelope and sponged around the edge with Not Quite Navy and then decorated the front with the cupcake die set for the Big Shot. Inside I used the Party Hearty stamp set. Don't you love the jumbo brad that's holding the ribbon closed? It looks like a piece of chocolate.
If you want to know how to make these crimped envelope cards, let me know. I'll be happy to help :-)
Cheers,
Sharon