Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Color Challenge snow flakes

I can't believe I forgot to post this.  It was for a color challenge last week.  The colors were Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz and Marina Mist with bonus points for making it a Christmas/winter card.  This makes yellow snow look mild.

I used the inlaid embossing technique where you glue your punched/die cut images to the larger piece and then run them all through the Big Shot with an embossing folder. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sponged Glimmer Paper

I loved the look of the faux mother-of-pearl card that I did, but wanted to make a simpler card with similar bling.  So, the layout is the same, but the process is way easier. 
I punched an ornament out of the silver glimmer paper and then sponged it with Not Quite Navy.  It worked great and wasn't too messy.  The only tip I have is to not keep dipping your sponge in your ink pad or the pad will get glitter bits in it.  Instead of a die cut piece for the sentiment, I used the Decorative Label punch and sponged around the edges.  The two lines across the bottom were made with my Simply Scored. 


Monday, November 21, 2011

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza



Wow!  Super savings just in time for the holidays.  Click here to see a list of everything that's on sale.  PLUS, today only, there are select items on sale for 20% off.

Call or email me with your order today.  Or, shop online and identify me as your demonstrator.  If you go to the online store, you'll notice that the sale prices don't show up until you put the item into your cart.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mica Flakes Faux Mother of Pearl

The mica flakes in the Holiday Mini catalog are so much fun.  I saw Sharon Field's great idea for using them to create a faux mother of pearl look and had to try it.
Sharon has directions on her blog, so I won't repeat them here.  The one thing I changed was to sponge my ornament with Not Quite Navy ink instead of Soft Suede. 


I have to admit that this technique makes a mess.   I had escaped mica flakes everywhere, including in the cat's fur.  Since Stampin' Up! doesn't sell the silver cord any more and I didn't have any other ribbon that would work, I cut a sliver of Silver shimmer paper and made my own ornament hanger.  It worked great.

I really like the clean look of this card.  The layers of different textured Whisper White cardstock adds to the elegance of it.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Doily snowflake

The white "snowflake" on this card was made using a cut out from a doily sheet in the Flirtatious specialty designer series paper.  On one side the doilies are either Melon Mambo or Peach Parfait, but on the back they're white.  So fun!

The red rosette was made by scoring a strip of designer paper on my Simply Scored.  The silver layer was punched out.  You can see a close-up in the next photo.

My son thought this needed even more bling and suggested a red rhinestone in the center of the silver.  SU doesn't sell red rhinestones, but they're easy to make with a clear rhinestone and a red permanent marker. 

This card was fun to make, but would probably get crushed in the mail. Definitely a hand-deliver kind of card.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Spice Cake ribbon

I made this with a few odds and ends that were cluttering up my craft table. The card base was torn on the edge to remove the part that got dunked in an ink pad, the strip of dsp on the inside was left over from a previous stamp club project, and the Spice Cake fabric "ribbon" was from another failed experiment.  I like the way the layered tag turned out.  I forget that layers don't always have to be the same shape. 

Sorry the photo quality isn't the greatest. My son is using the camera for a school project so this was taken with my phone.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kraft Gift Box

These little boxes from Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini catalog are so stinkin' cute and fun to decorate.
I used Holly Berry designer series paper to decorate the top and sides.  Love the Real Red satin ribbon which adds a classy touch. 

The wreath topper is an adaptation of my previous posts that were flowers.  The sparkly snow flake is from the silver glimmer paper which I die cut with the Big Shot.  These little boxes are 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" and are perfect for little gifts.  They're even food safe! You get 4 boxes for $2.95. If I knew how to make fancy cupcakes, I'd punch a circle opening in the top and cover it with a window sheet so you could see my cupcake creation.  Unfortunately, I'm frosting impaired.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cuddles Saves the Day!


Last week there was a loud crash as my cat, Cuddles, knocked a box off the guest room bed.  I found Elements of Style and a couple other stamp sets mixed in with discontinued items.  Seems like I must have gotten my piles of current and retired stamps confused.  Yikes!  So, Cuddles, this makes up for all the times you stole my stamping sponges, knocked projects into the recyling box, and walked across the drying Crystal Effects.  It does not make up for the time you used a box of new items for your litter box, however. 

So, on to the card.  This was for SCS's color challenge of Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo and Baja Breeze.  I added Lucky Limeade for the leaves, 'cuz I felt lucky that I still have this stamp set. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Spice Cake Challenge Cards

These are for a couple of challenges on SCS.  Both cards use the beautiful Spice Cake designer series paper.
This card was for today's Clean and Simple sketch challenge. Instead of having my paper strips straight across, I varied their height.  There's no way I could get them all straight across!  The focal point is left over from stamp club projects last week.  The Island Indigo layer was made with the Big Shot and Pennant die; the Suede layer is the Lace Ribbon Border punch that I crimped and then shaped into a circle. 

This card is for last week's Free For All Friday challenge.  The fold is called a Triangle Flap Fold and it's much easier than it looks. I finally used the fabric that coordinates with Spice Cake paper.  I actually cut it on my table top paper trimmer, which worked perfectly.

This is how the card looks open. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Stocking Gift Card Holder

This festive gift card holder was made using the Holiday Stocking Bigz die for the Big Shot.
The stocking is a double layer which was glued together around the sides and bottom, leaving the top Cherry Cobbler section unglued.  The top designer series paper layer opens up to reveal the gift card.  Who wouldn't love to receive a card like this, especially with a gift card in it.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Funky Fold Christmas Card

I made this fun card for a swap and fortunately took a picture before I mailed it, since I haven't made another one yet.  Unfortunately, I let my son take the pictures, and there a bit blurry.  Anyway, I adapted this fold from Lynn Pratt.  Instead of having the swing out part standing completely vertical, mine is at an angle as you can see from the picture below.

You can also see how the Christmas tree sticks out too.  I used the Pennant Punch and Pennant Parade stamp set to make the tree.  The "ornaments" are punched from red and silver glimmer paper.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Gently Falling do over

I used some of the leftover precut cardstock from stamp club to make this card.  Stamping the leaf veins on colored cardstock and then adding some sponging makes beautiful leaves.  It's easy too! 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Half Sheet Wonder meets Gently Falling

You've probably heard of one-sheet wonders where you stamp an entire sheet and slice and dice to make a set of cards.  This is a mini version using a half sheet of whisper white cardstock and Gently Falling.  I was able to make four cards, but if I'd felt like thinking harder, I could have made more.  Colors are Chocolate chip, Poppy Parade, More Mustard and Lucky Limeade.  All of the sentiments were supposed to be from Sincere Salutations.  I forgot my self-imposed rule and used Curly Cute on one of them. 

This is a close up of the showing another way to use the new Simply Scored tool.  It's great for adding details like this border and the one below.  Cool, huh!?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Origami Cupcake Card

I saw this great fold on Wendy's website and just had to try it.  It's a very fun fold and not nearly as complicated as it looks.  The new Simply Scored was the perfect tool for this job.



The only change that I made was to use a 12x12 piece of designer series paper instead of 11x11.  I tweaked the measurements a bit to go along with my changes. The designer paper is from the Brights pack and the stamp set is Create a Cupcake.  Doesn't the silver glimmer paper work perfectly as a cupcake paper?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cello treats

Love these long skinny cello treat bags in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini catalog. I made these for my stamp club members.  Did you know that there are way more orange candies in a bag of Reese's Pieces? 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Stamp Club projects

These are the projects we made at this month's stamp clubs. 

One of my goals is to have a masculine card to make each month.  This fit the bill perfectly.  The bonus is that it doesn't require extra postage.  Stamp set is Gently Falling for the leaf and the awesome hostess set, Happiest Birthday Wishes, for the text. 

This is the first easel card that I've made.  Yes, I'm a little behind the curve!  Stamp set is Delicate Doilies and the colors are Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade.  Lots of bling on this baby!

When I saw the flower stamp in the catalog, I couldn't figure out why they'd call it "Triple Threat."  As it turns out, it's really "Triple Treat," without the extra "h" that I saw.  It's called Triple Treat because it matches up with three of our punches so you can easily punch out and layer it.  Much fun.  The light blue on this is Pool Party and the darker is Island Indigo.  Designer Series Paper is from the Spice Cake pack in the holiday mini. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Perfectly Penned

This is one of the new sentiment stamp sets that I had to have.  It's versatile and a very different font than my other sets. 
The words are highlighted inside a beautiful frame from the Textured Impressions embossing folder for the Big Shot.  The designer paper is from the Mocha Morning pack.  Many of the sheets, including this one, have a gold shimmer to them. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Easy Events Cupcake



This is another card using Easy Events.  The doily looking piece under the focal point is from one of the new Big Shot dies called Perfect Pennants.  The new polka dot scalloped ribbon is really fun and it comes in all kinds of colors.  Colors are Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Black and Confetti white and the designer paper is from the Eat Cake pack.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Easy Events

The new set Easy Events covers all your basic card making situations.  It's cute and allows you to color in images if you want. 
 At this point in my life, I rarely need baby cards, but this image would work for boy, girl, or TBD.  The background paper on both of these cards is from the Eat Cake designer series package.

The new Lace Ribbon Border Punch (p. 211), adds an elegant touch to any creation, without adding weight.  One of my challenges is to figure out how to make interesting cards without needing extra postage. 

That's it for today.  Now I'm back to making pickles. I'm using a natural fermentation type, so I don't have to boil water -- yay!  If you care, I'm working from these two recipes with a little more seasoning thrown in 

Cheers,
Sharon

Monday, August 29, 2011

My Pennants for Not Posting

Sorry for the horrible pun after my long absence.  It's been a BUSY BUSY summer with multiple swim and water polo teams.  We traveled to California for water polo and Mexico for a swim meet.   But, this weekend, I finally got a chance to play with my new stamps, so you'll see some posts for the next few days at least. 

The stamp set for this card is Pennant Parade, which is a new one in the brand new Idea Book & Catalog.  The pennants were punched out with a pennant punch.  I love it when they make matching punches and stamp sets.  The designer paper is Eat Cake. 

Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fabulous Florets

This was one of the cards that we made in stamp club last month.  It uses one of my favorite mini sets, Fabulous Florets.

The flower is embossed with the new Tangerine Tango and Wild Wasabi embossing powders.

My cat would like to encourage all of you cat owners to buy a roll of Mini Glue dots, take it out of the box and leave on your stamping table.  It seems that they're very fun to bat around and unroll all the way. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch

Wow, when I said I wasn't going to post again, I was joking.  However, life has gotten seriously busy so I'm finally posting projects that I made many weeks ago. 
This card features the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch from the Summer Mini catalog.  It's so much fun!  When I come up for air and actually get to stamp again, I'll show you some other ways to use this versatile punch.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Scoring and Cutting diagram

Wow, the response to yesterday's card was overwhelming!  Maybe I should stop posting so I can end on a high note.

Here is a diagram of how I cut and folded the card.  If it doesn't make sense, let me know.

If you know the name of this fold, please let me know.  Thanks again for all your comments!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Science meets stamping

This is another card using the watercoloring with re-inkers technique that I showed in the previous post.  The cool thing is that this time the colors in the re-inker separated.
I used Daffodil Delight for the center of the flowers and Concord Crush for the rest of the petals.  I love how the Concord separated into blue, pink and purple.  For anyone who cares, that's called chromatography.

I found that Tangerine Tango separates a little bit too, but so far none of the others have. This summer, you and your kids can do experiments with the various re-inkers and see which ones separate.  That way you get to stamp and your kids get to learn something. Win-win!

The flowers are done on Shimmery White cardstock.  If you look at the close-up, you can kind of see the sparkle. 

I'd been wanting to make this style of card for a while.  Every one that I'd seen used a 12x4 piece, so I adapted it to fit on an 11 x 4.25" piece.  The stamp set is Fabulous Florets again, with the sentiment from Curly Cute. The dsp is from the hostess pack.

EDIT:
I don't have a tutorial on this technique but the amazing Gretchen Barron does.  Check out her blog at http://gretchenbarron.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/05/more-fabulous-flowers-with-fabulous-florets.html

I'll make a sketch of the cutting and folding for the card base and post that later today or tomorrow.

Cheers,
Sharon

Monday, May 9, 2011

Fabulous Florets

LOVE this new stamp set from the Summer Mini catalog. Fabulous Florets lives up to its name. 

For this card I used the new Melon Mambo embossing powder to stamp the outline image on Shimmery White cardstock and then watercolored it with Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight ink. The leaves are Wild Wasabi.  The dry embossed flowers on the white are from the new Flower Garden embossing folder.

Cheers,
Sharon

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

THE OPEN SEA

Another new set from the Summer Mini catalog is called Open Sea.  It's a wonderful masculine set and there's coordinating designer series paper to go along with it.

One of the other new products in the mini catalog is Baker's Twine, which is super soft and easy to work with.  It's a steal at $2.95 for 25 yards, and comes in white, early espresso/white (shown here), and cherry cobbler/white.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

SUNNY FUN

Wow, it's been over a month since I posted.  Chalk it up to Spring Break, camera issues and all around busy-ness.  I've barely stamped in the last few weeks either, and I feel weak and shaky from ink-withdrawal. 

The Occasions Mini is over, but we have a fabulous new Summer Mini catalog full of new stamps, punches and other goodies.  This is one of the first (and only) cards I made with my new toys.

This fun new stamp set is called Sunny Fun.  It has these frozen treats, flip-flops, cute kids playing in the water, and a couple fun sentiments.  It's super cute.  



Check back tomorrow for another card from the Summer Mini. 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Three Amigas Challenge

The Three Amigas are at it again.
Joanne's challenge was to make an Easter treat holder and tag.  I actually made two, but didn't do the tag.  The bunnies are made with various Stampin' Up! punches.  The square holder is from the square scallop die and the "carrot" holder is the biggest scallop circle die.  I didn't put treats in them because it's too close to bathing suit season and I have no will power. 

My challenge was to make a quilt card.  They're lots of fun and a great way to use scraps of designer paper.  I discovered that my paper quilting is as lame as my fabric quilting.  My fabric corners never meet, nor do my paper ones.  Oh well.  It was fun anyway, and I'll be doing more of these.  I debated whether to add embellishments and/or a sentiment, but decided to let the quilt stand on its own.

Julie's challenge was: something old (a product that's been around for a while but that we haven't used recently), something new (something that we have but haven't used yet), with bonus points for something borrowed (an idea, sketch, etc) and something blue.  I've had the Lovely Letters alphabet set for a couple years and my intent was to make monogram cards.  My something new was the Vintage Flower Adornment. You can figure out the blue. 
 If you haven't visited the other Amiga's blogs, go do it right now.   You won't be disappointed!

Cheers,
Sharon

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Musical Flowers

This elegant card was actually pretty quick to make. 


The flower is from the Fun Flowers die in the Occasions Mini catalog.  I sponged the edges of the petals with So Saffron and the centers with Pretty in Pink.  An Antique Brad is the center of the flower. The music is from the Newsprint Designer Series Paper collection.  The stamp is from Tiny Tags.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Clean and Simple Button Flowers

These adorable flower shaped buttons are free during Sale-a-Bration with a $50 purchase.  I saw a card where someone made them into flowers and had to copy the idea.
The card base is 4x4, so a little smaller than traditional cards.  It's made with textured white cardstock, which is wonderful for clean and simple cards.  The sentiment is from Trendy Trees.   The stems are from Baby Blossoms. The "thread" on the buttons is actually super skinny strips of cardstock.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Botanical Gazette Ensemble

Here's another set of cards made with the Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper.  Since I don't have the coordinating stamp set, I had to stretch myself.  This set of cards is made with two 6x6 pieces of the dsp, along with cardstock and embellishments.
This is the whole set, or should I say "flock" of cards. 

In addition to the dsp, I punched a bird out of chocolate chip and ran his wing through the big shot using the Elegant Lines embossing folder.  I sponged a little Very Vanilla ink on the wing and belly for some added dimension. The dsp and Crumb Cake layer were also embossed with that folder.  No actual birds or their wings were punched in the making of this card :-) 

I have to admit that I cheated on this one.  The bird is cut out from the same designer series paper, so I guess I did use more than two 6x6 pieces. 

The flower is from the Fun Flowers die in the Occasions Mini catalog.  I sponged the centers of the flowers with Marina Mist and the edges with Crumb Cake.

Same bird punch as before.  The sentiment is from Bring on the Cake.  Crumb Cake seam binding that I ruffled by pulling on some of the center threads. 

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