Friday, May 22, 2015

Patriotic Shimmers

Hello Stampers!

Well the dentist went well.  I have no cavities again.  I am always glad to hear that when I go.  The older you get the more teeth issues can have so I always am afraid I will need a crown or root canal.  So for the next 6 months things are fine.

The Paper Plunge is celebrating Memorial Day.  Our challenge this week is to create a patriotic project.  I borrowed a set from my friend that I knew I could use for this card.  I had an idea in my mind that I wanted to use.  After I did the Shimmer Block technique a few days ago I decided I wanted to see if I could use it on my card today.  I wanted to see if I could create a flag background using the technique.  I inked up my block and spritzed it.  I then laid my paper onto the block and pressed down.  I lifted the paper and was quite surprised.  My image was backwards!  I totally forgot that you have to reverse the image when you color it.  I also realized that my colors kinda bled so instead of a white background I had a pink one.  I cleaned my block and recolored the blue square on the right hand side this time.  Then I added my red lines.  I spritzed it with the shimmer spray and set my paper on top.  This time I did not press but lifted the paper off the block.  Much better.  I had one spot where the ink did not transfer to the paper.  So I took my block and turned it over and stamped it on the paper.  The ink transferred this time.  I had a great flag that was sparkly.  Here is my creation.

  




















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Stampin' supplies to make my card.

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Make sure you check out the other patriotic creations over at The Paper Plunge.   There are some great ideas there if you need a card.  We would love to see how you show your patriotic side.  Link up your creation to the blog.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Do you have some fun plans for the weekend?  I am going to spend time in my craft room and plan out my June classes.  Have a Fabulous Friday!

Robbie

  

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Another New Technique

Hello Ladies!

Well Candice and I got all the projects we wanted to get done completed.  We have a few things left to do that we will do one day next week and then we are done.  On Friday we will do the shopping and hopefully we will be able to set up for Saturday.  I am looking forward to Saturday.

The SUDSOL group had another technique challenge this week.  The other technique that I wanted to give a try was Re-inkers and Acrylic block watercolors.  Basically you take the large acrylic block and spritz it with water.  Then you take re-inkers and drop drips randomly around the block.  You then take watercolor paper and place it on top of the block.  Take the paper off and you have a background.  You can repeat this up to 3 times and still get a background.

Since I wanted to use this technique, I decided to see if I could find a color challenge for my colors.  I found one that I liked the colors they wanted you to use at Colour Me...!  This week they wanted you to Colour Me... subtles!
















Some things I learned ~ The first time I did it I moved the paper around.  While this creates a beautiful background it is not the look you should achieve.  Use only a few drops of each color.  The first time I used a lot of drops and I did not have much white space.  I also found the more water on the block the better the colors bled into the paper.

Here are pictures of the papers I created.





















































Here is the card I created using one of the papers.














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Stampin' Up supplies used on my card

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I could not think of what to use to decorate the inside of my card or my envelope.  I remembered the Work of Art stamp set.  I wondered how I could get a similar watercolor look as the background.  I then thought about what I might do to get the look.  I decided to try the same technique as was used for the background.  I think I used too many drops of re-inker but it will be something I try at a later date.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I enjoyed this technique and made several other papers that I will use in the next few weeks to create some cards.  Have a Great Day!

Robbie

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Shimmer Blocks

Good Morning Everyone!

Well Candice and I will be putting together goodie bags and making some surprises for the ladies coming to the My Creative Escape.  I am so excited about this event.  Our plans are coming to a close and the event next weekend will be so much fun for the attendees.  I will take some pictures to post after the event.

Our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop is today.  Amanda found a great fun color combo for us this week.













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Aren't these colors fun?  They just scream party.  I am a member of a demo group and this week they had 2 fun challenges.  One of the challenges is called Shimmer Blocks.  The description sounded like so much fun that I had to give it a try.  You take your marker and ink up your acrylic block.  In my case I used Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, and Tangelo Twist.  I colored my block using my markers in a block pattern.  After I had my block colored I spritzed it with Shimmer Spray.  You then lay your card stock on top and run your fingers over it to press it onto the block.  Then lift your paper off and set it aside to dry.  Since the Shimmer Spray has alcohol in it, it dries fairly quickly.  Once it is dry you can then stamp on it and make your card.  I did learn a few things along the way.  When you are spraying your block you want to make sure you have enough Shimmer Spray so that your colors are smooth and not splotching.  This helps the colors to blend better.  Here is my creation using the colors for this week's hop and the technique.



























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Stampin' Up supplies used on my card

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Are you ready to see what the other ladies created with these colors?  Hop on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate  to see what she came up with using these colors.  

Thanks for visiting me today.  What plans do you have for today?  I hope they are fun.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Patriotic Thanks

Hello Ladies!

Yesterday was a quiet day for me.  I was able to work on my cards for my Retirement Village ladies today.  I also finished up the last of my design team commitment for Stamp Academy.  Now I just need to write up the tutorial for the cards for Sending Kisses.  I am hoping to work on that this afternoon as I have to work for the college this evening.

The Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge is today.  We have a sketch challenge this time.

















I wasn't sure what I was going to do for this sketch.  I did not want to use a flower for that element so I decided to look and see what I could use instead.  I realized the star framelits would be work.  After that I had to decide what direction to take with my card.  I thought it would be perfect to use a patriotic theme.  Once I had that decided the rest just fell into place.  I used patterned paper for the star and the rectangles.  I cut the circle out of card stock and embossed "Thank" in gold.  I then cut out the word "you" in white.  All I had to do was assemble it.  Here is what I created using this sketch.



























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Stampin' Up supplies used on my card

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We would love to have you show us what you can do with our sketch.  Head on over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog to see the other design team members work of art.  Then join us and create your version of our sketch.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you have some time to be creative today.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Robbie   

Monday, May 18, 2015

Technostamper - Moon Lake

Happy Monday Ladies!

Wow this past weekend was very busy!  I am tired so I hope this week is a little quieter.  I don't have any thing scheduled for today.  Tomorrow I have the Retirement Village Ladies in the morning and in the late afternoon I have to work an Open House in Calvert County.  I am hoping to be able to catch up on some things this week.
        
Today is the sketch challenge at Technostamper.  Mary Jo always does a great job of coming up with different sketches.  This week was no different.




I had a request for some Father's Day cards so I thought I would use this sketch for one of the cards.  The lady wanted a card with the Moon Lake set and specifically the boat image.  I decided to try my hand at watercoloring.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Staz-on ink.  I then used a tutorial by Julia Davison to do the coloring.  After it was colored I mounted it on black and to address the vertical strip I decided to use the Hardwood background.  Here is what I came up with for the sketch.

        

























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Stampin' Up supplies used on my card

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This is a great sketch.  We would love to see what you would do with it.  Grab your supplies and join us at Technostamper.  We love seeing all the different interpretations of our sketch.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you have some fun plans for today.  Have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Step It Up Sunday - Striking Mambo II

Good Morning Everyone!

Well the yard sale was somewhat successful.  I sold some things but I still have a lot left.  I am going to make a list by price and sell them as I really want to get them out of my house.  A lot of my stuff is several years old.  I will list them in several places to see if I can sell it.

Today is Step It Up Sunday.  Yesterday I shared with you a simple card.  I am taking that card and stepping it up today.  I again used the Weekend Sketch Challenge at Stampin' Gals Gone Wild a Facebook group I am in.

Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Weekend Challenge - May 15, 2015 - join us at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com


I also used the Colour Me... Striking challenge.

      















I thought about what I could do to step up my card.  I knew I could use a white card base and add a melon layer.  I wanted to do some other things so I decided to emboss the melon layer as well as the pear strip.  I knew I could use the large polka dot embossing folder for the melon layer.  I then wanted to add embossing to pear strip so I pulled out my chevron embossing folder for it.  When it was finished it needed some bling to me so I added some sequins.  Here is my stepped up version.






















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Stampin' Up supplies used on my card

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Thanks for visiting me today.  We have a baby shower today and I need to work on  a few things.  Busy day ahead.  Have a Super Saturday!


Robbie

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Striking Mambo

Hello Stampers!

Well this morning I am at a yard sale.  I am selling my retired stamps and paper as well some sewing things.  I have about 12 large bins and at least that many smaller bins.  I sure hope I bring home some empty ones!  If not I will be listing my stamps on here as I have to get rid of stuff as 2 years I will be moving.

My card today fits 2 challenges.  The first one it fits is the weekend sketch challenge at Stampin' Gals Gone Wild.  This is a Facebook group that I am a part of and each weekend they do a sketch challenge.

Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Weekend Challenge - May 15, 2015 - join us at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

The other challenge my card fits is the Colour Me ...! challenge.  This week the challenge is a Striking color challenge.

    














I worked on this card after we packed up the truck last night so it took me about 10 minutes to do this.  I just pulled a few sets that I wanted to use and started creating.  Here is what I came up with for these challenges.























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Stampin' Up supplies used on my card


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Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope the heat holds out until after we are finished with the yard sale.  Have a Super Saturday!

Robbie

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Paper Plunge - So Long, Farewell!

Happy Friday Stampers!

I am busy getting ready for a yard sale tomorrow.  I am hoping to sell some of my retired sets.  I became a demo over 10 years ago and have almost every set I ever bought.  I need to clean out as I am not taking it with me when I move in 2 years.  Wish me luck!

Today is our Paper Plunge challenge.  Our challenge this week is all about the retiring items.  We were to create a project using some of the retiring items.  I have several items that I was sad to see go.

When I saw this challenge I started thinking about which of my retiring items I could use.  I think the one I will miss the most will be the chevron background.  I love using the large background stamps to only stamp part on a background.  I took the stamp and using a sponge dauber and applied Smokey Slate ink.  By using a sponge dauber, you get a softer look than if you apply ink from the pad directly to the stamp.  I did not pay a lot of attention to making sure I got ink on evenly.  I was going to for a soft random appearance so I just sponged it on quickly.  I then stamped it onto my card stock.

I then started looking through my stamps to see what else I could use.  I saw my poppies stamp and knew I wanted to use it on my card.  I inked it up the small spray on the right side with Basic Gray ink and stamped it onto the left side of the card stock.  My friend who I make these for showed me a photo she had taken of her poppies blooming in her yard.  They were orange - I thought poppies were red.  I thought she would enjoy a card with poppies that were orange like the ones in her yard so I colored these with markers.

I then added some of the Tangelo Twist stitched satin ribbon to the bottom of my card.  I attached the layer to the card base.  I tied a bow and used glue dots to stick to my ribbon.  Here is my final creation.





















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Stampin' Up items used to make my card.


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So what retiring item will you miss?  Grab your supplies and play along with us at The Paper Plunge.  We would love to see what you will miss.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have a lot to get done today.  I am hoping I can get it all done as Jess was sick last night.  Have a Fabulous Friday!

Robbie

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I loved the inspiration photo!

Hello Everyone!

After the heat of Tuesday, yesterday was chilly.  The temperature was about 90 on Tuesday and yesterday it was in the 70's.  I was ready to pull out a sweatshirt and put on some socks.  It is supposed to be this temperature through the weekend so I may be readjusting my wardrobe for the next few days.

When I needed a card for today I was working with a limited time frame as I had about a half hour to work with.  I went looking at my sketch challenge blogs and when I saw the inspiration photo at Just Add Ink I fell in love with the leaves in the picture. 
















 After seeing this, I knew I wanted to use this idea for my card.  I went looking through my stamp sets as I have several that have a leaf spray in them.  I decided to use the one in Summer Silhouettes as it reminded me of the ones in the picture.

Next I needed to choose my colors.  When I looked at the picture I saw Coastal Cabana and Island Indigo.  I decided to use those.  I inked up my first stamping with the Coastal Cabana and then tapped Island Indigo ink to the edges of the stamp.  I cleaned my stamp and then inked it up with Island Indigo.  I off stamped the image and then stamped my image onto my card front.  The last stamping I inked the stamp with Coastal Cabana and off stamped it then inked the edges with Island Indigo.  I liked what I had so I stopped.  I was trying to decide on a ribbon but then decided to use some silver thread and make a multi loop bow.  All I needed was my sentiment and I was done.  Here is what I created.






















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I thought I would include an explanation of the process I used to create my card.  Did you like this?  Let me know and I will do it more often.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be working on some design commitments as well as my cards for our Sending Kisses kit today.  What plans do you have?  Have a Great Day!

Robbie
 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Sprinkles

Hello Stampers!

I cannot believe all the bad weather that is occurring all over the world right now.  Flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes, and so much more that I may not know about.  I hope your part of the world is calm and that you are able to be creative for some of the day.

 My card today is for a good friend who does fundraising for the Ronald McDonald house.  When I saw this set I knew I had to have it along with the punch that goes with it.  I am sure she is going to love this set.

I began with our color challenge that was chosen by














Stampin' Up colors that match the picture












I wanted to use a new set but this time use a different image from the set.  I love the cupcake in the Sprinkles of Life Ronald McDonald set.  The sayings in this set are so fun also.  The best part is that for every set sold $3 is donated to the Ronald McDonald Foundation.  Consider buying this set to support this fabulous organization.

I saw a sketch at Clean & Simple that I knew would be perfect for the cupcake.

    













I also ran across an embossing challenge at Just Us Girls that I realized my card could be used for also.











I decided to use Blackberry Bliss, Pink Pirouette, and Blushing Bride for the cupcake.  I stamped the wrapper by off-stamping the Blackberry Bliss.  I then used Blushing Bride to stamp the cupcake on Pink Pirouette.  I then used the punch and punched it out.  I then added the icing.  After that I added a layer of Whisper White that I embossed with the large polka dot embossing folder.  I added a Pink Pirouette ribbon and my sentiment and my card was completed.  Here is my card for our blog hop.





















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Are you ready to see some other creations?  Head on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate  to see her project.  Make sure you leave her some love too!

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am hoping to work on a few projects today as well as work on one of the baby blankets I need for the baby shower this weekend.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie     

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

You've Got This!

Hello Everyone!

Well I have signed up for several swaps at Convention as well as hosting a few of my own.  I am trying some different kinds of swaps.  I am hosting the Black and White with a pop of color and the Card Candy swap.  I have signed up for a washi tape swap, a Project Life swap, and waiting to see if I can work out something with a Paper Pumpkin swap.  I also contacted someone about a 3 x 3 swap who usually does it but has not posted it yet.  That will be all I do as that is enough.

I wanted to play with some more new items.  There was a sketch at I Love Card Sketches that I thought would be perfect for the stamp set I wanted to use.

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I just new this sketch would be a perfect one to use the new set You've Got This.  I also used some of the new color markers as well as some of the envelope paper in the new In Colors.  I love this paper for layering like patterned paper.  It is a smaller amount than the pad of paper which I often have tons left when the colors retire.  It is thinner than the patterned paper but for layering it is perfect.  Here is what I created for this challenge. 






















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Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you are enjoying all of the new items I have been sharing with you.  What are you looking forward to getting when the catalog goes live?  Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Robbie

Monday, May 11, 2015

Some more new items!

Happy Monday!

Well we start a new week and I hope you have a relaxing one ahead.  This week is up and down for me - hectic one day calmer the next.  I have some things I need to get done this week so I will be playing a lot in my craft room.

My card today uses the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches     

 
 
I thought this would be the perfect sketch to use the new Ronald McDonald stamp set that will be available next month.  It also has a matching punch.  I love this set!  It is so cute and the sentiments in it are perfect!  I also used some new patterned paper for the strips.  Here is what I created.

















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Isn't that tree the cutest!  I love it.  And there are 3 images that can be used with the punch - leaves for tree, clouds or scoop of ice cream, and a bunch of flowers.  This set is very similar to The Sheltering Tree but in a smaller version.  It is perfect for all kinds of cards.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have a hair appointment later today then I will play in my craft room.  Have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Step It Up Sunday - new items

Hello Stampers!

I spent some time yesterday sewing up some baby blankets.  We have been invited to a baby shower next weekend.  Now I need to add the edging and they are done and ready to be given to the mom-to -be.  I also managed to play with some of my new items.  Look for cards later this week using these items.

Today is my "Step It Up Sunday".  I take the card I created yesterday and add some items to "step it up".  I again used the sketch at Paper Craft Crew Challenges    

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To step up my card I decided to add some layers.  I added a white layer then made the card base the Mint Macaron.  I also added some rhinestones to the flowers.  Not a lot done to the original card but it does "step it up"!  Here is my version for today.






















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I am tired this evening so I am going to cut this short.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be using more new items on my card tomorrow so come back to see what I have to share this time.  Have a Sensational Sunday!


Robbie

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Simple Saturday - new items

Hello Everyone!

I GOT MY PREORDER!  I was so excited as the UPS man deliver my box of new goodies.  The new catalog goes live in 1 month so as a demonstrator I can a few select items before the catalog goes live.  I was so excited when my box arrived.  I couldn't wait to open it and check out all the new goodies.  I was babysitting the girls while Jess had her hair done but when she got home I jumped in the card and took my catalog down to Staples and had them spiral bind it for me.  Last night I took my time and looked through it.  Today I will go through it again and make what I already have as well as tab the items I want to eventually get.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  The weather is supposed to be nice.  Tomorrow is Mother's Day and unfortunately Chris has to work.  Jess and I talked about going to lunch and doing some shopping.  I think a lot will depend on how much we both feel like going out.

Today is my Simple Saturday card share.  I take a card and make it then tomorrow I will "step it up".  I decided to play along with the sketch challenge at Paper Craft Crew Challenges    

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I wasn't going to do this sketch as it was a challenge for me.  I then decided that I needed to challenge myself.  I wanted to use some new items as I can show you projects I have made with them but not the actual packages.  For my card today I used a new stamp set to make my flowers on the card, 3 of the new in colors, as well as some new washi tape.  Here is what I created using the sketch and the new in colors.























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I will not be including and labels or supplies I used since other than the embossing folder - zig zag embossing folder - and the sentiment - A Dozen Thoughts - the rest is new items.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Are you excited about the new catalog? Let me know what you think will be your first item to order.  Have a Super Saturday!

Robbie