Friday, October 30, 2009

This card has been formulating in my brain for 2 days!

Happy Friday everyone!

Well we all made it to the end of the week. Things are getting so busy around here. I guess everyone is gearing up for Christmas and getting just as busy as I am. It is important to take some time each day to do something you love to help with the stress.

Since I love stamping, I took some time yesterday to make this card. I used the challenge from the Colour Create blog. You were to make a white card with the only color being on the image. I decided to combine it with the challenge on Stampin' Up Late Night Stampers which was to use the colors from your favorite candy to create a card.

When I saw the challenge on Colour Create I had another idea in my mind but couldn't get it to work with my colors for my favorite candy. Since my favorite candy is Reece's Pieces I was limited to brown, orange, and yellow. These colors reminded me of fall leaves so I decided to rethink my card. I played with several ideas but decided I would mask off a rectangle on the front of the card and stamp my leaves inside. Since I could not add any other colors, I needed a way to add some interest to the card. I decided to add some embossed lines around the image to frame it. Here is my creation.






inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Falling Leaves Paper: Whisper White Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun Accessories: bone folder, paper cutter
Hope you enjoyed my card today. Have a great weekend and stay warm and dry!
Robbie

Thursday, October 29, 2009

This card turned out better than I thought!

Yeah, it's Thursday! I have so much going on right now that sometimes I wonder where my day went.

I made this card last night so I would have something to post today. I have to admit I was tired yesterday and had a hard time getting motivated to go to the craft room. I finally got up and headed in there after I had found my color and sketch challenge to use for my card.

I found an interesting sketch at Cards & Things so I went looking for a color challenge to use. I checked out a couple of blogs and then checked out the color challenge on Splitcoast and decided to go with that one. This is an all Stampin' Up card except for the glitter pen. Here is the sketch and my creation.



inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, The More the Merrier Paper: Basic Black, Kraft, Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla Ink: Melon Mambo, Sahara Sand Accessories: 1 1/4" - 1 3/8" - 1 1/2" circle punches, Melon Mambo polka dot ribbon
Hope you enjoyed today's card! I have 2 things I am working on for tomorrow hopefully I will get them done in time to post them. Have a Terrific Tuesday!
Robbie

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Blast from the Past

When I saw the colors for this challenge I did not think of Christmas. The Taken With Teal is not a color I would have used for Christmas, but it works on this card.

I used the color challenge at Color Throwdown which was to use Certainly Celery, Purely Pomegranate, and Taken With Teal. I had the Big on Christmas set on my table from a previous card so I thought I could use the Teal on the Christmas ball. Since I did not have a Purely Pomegranate marker, I use a blender pen and ink in the lid.

I combined the color challenge with the sketch challenge at Card Patterns. I wanted to try a different technique with my ribbon so I attached the ribbon on the back of the layer then using my stapler I folded the ribbon back on itself and stapled it in place. Then folding the ribbon back across the card, I repeated the process at intervals across the entire layer. I like the looks as it is a little different. Here is the sketch and my creation.






inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Big on Christmas, Loads of Love, Warm Words Paper: Certainly Celery, Purely Pomegranate, Taken With Teal Ink: Certainly Celery, Purely Pomegranate, Taken With Teal Accessories: Basic Black - Certainly Celery - Taken With Teal markers, 1" - 1 1/4" - 1 3/8" - 1 1/2" circle punches, Purely Pomegranate stitched ribbon, blender pen

Hope you find some time today to stamp. Start working on your Christmas cards as it will be here before you know it. Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The other 2 New Towne Village projects

Second post, scroll down for the first!
Well I dropped off the samples of the projects the ladies at the retirement home will have the opportunity to make. The manager loved them and felt the ladies would like them also.
The first picture is an idea I got from Julia at Julia Bettencourt the blog. I t was just too cute to pass on and such a great idea for someone who reads. It is a bookmark using the butterfly die cut, patterned paper scraps, and ribbon.

The next idea is one I have seen in the past. Not sure who came up with the first one but again this was inexpensive and the ladies will enjoy making it. It is a big clothespin that is painted and covered with patterned paper that can be used as a photo holder, note keeper, or recipe holder just to mention a few. Here is the picture.

Hope you enjoyed today's projects. I will let you know how the ladies liked the projects.

Have a great afternoon!

Robbie

My first winter card

Today's card did not start out to be a winter card. I saw Tracy's sketch at the Eat Sleep Stamp blog. When I read her description she mentioned how she liked the bottom piece peeking out from behind the strip down the card. When I read this I thought it would cute to have something really peeking out from behind the strip. I knew I didn't have any sets that had a person in it. So I pulled out my catalog and started looking at the sets I had to see what would work. That is when I spied the snowman in Big on Christmas. So I did some thinking about how I could pull it off.

When I figured out how I could do it, I thought it would cool to have the background behind the snowman embossed with the Cuttlebug snowflakes embossing folder. After that the rest of the card was simple. I used Sahara Sand to stamp the snowflake on the Kraft layer. If you look at the inside of the card below, you can see all the sparkle from the glitter pen I used. Here is the sketch and my creation.



inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Big on Christmas, Serene Snowflakes Paper: Bashful Blue, Kraft, Night of Navy, Whisper white Ink: Basic Black, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Whisper White Craft Accessories: Bravo Burgundy - Green Galore - Only Orange - Real Red markers, grosgrain ribbon
Check back later for my other 2 New Towne Village projects. I need to get the photos and write the post. Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!
Robbie

Monday, October 26, 2009

Some New Towne Village Projects

Second Post, scroll down for the first!

The manager at New Towne village asked if I had any ideas that the ladies could make for inexpensive Christmas gifts. I told her I would see what I could come up with. Over the last few weeks I have been keeping my eye open for some ideas. Today I am going to share 2 of the projects I will be making with them.

The first is one that I have seen on several blogs lately. It is a candle that has a stamped image embedded in it. You begin by stamping your image on tissue paper and when finished you use your heat tool to melt the wax and seal the tissue paper to the candle. I have searched everywhere for inexpensive white candles (the ladies are all on a fixed income so I really tried to keep the cost at a minimum. I found a tall candle but it was not white. Since I needed to at least make a sample to show the ladies, I decided to give it a try. When you see my picture you will see that you really need a white candle, so I am on the hunt for some white candles. If anybody out there knows where I can get them, please let me know. Here is my sample.

























The next project they will be making is a decorated notebook. These are simple and easy and I am sure the ladies will be making these for gifts for all their grandkids. Here is an example for them.

Both of these were created for my daughter so I used yellow and blue her current favorite colors. The ladies will have the option of using different colors and images so they are able to personalize them.
So what do you think of these projects? I think the ladies will be excited. I just hope I have enough supplies for the number they want to make. If not I will be doing some last minute shopping.
I am working on the last two projects that I will post tomorrow. Thanks for looking today and enjoy your afternoon!
Robbie

Trying an Easel Card

Good Morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was very productive. I helped my friend move on Saturday as well as put together some photo albums for a craft show I have coming up. On Sunday I made a few cards to post this week as well as worked on a project for the ladies at New Towne Village.

My card today uses a new technique. On Splitcoast Stampers there was a challenge to make an easel card. I thought it would be fun to try something new and Penny Wessenauer posted a great template here. I did modify my size to be a 4 1/2" square card. I combined it with the color challenge at the Color Dare blog. Here is my creation.






card opened
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Heard from the Heart Paper: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Going Gray, Perfect Plum, Tempting Turquoise Ink: Going Gray, Perfect Plum Accessories: Tempting Turquoise marker, gold brads
Hope you enjoyed my card. I am working on getting the pictures for 2 of my New Towne Village projects posted. Check back later to see what the ladies will be working on. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!
Robbie

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Last Minute Card

This will be a quick post. Very busy day and weekend. Not sure if I will post this weekend or not.

Today's card was made for 2 challenges. I used the sketch challenge from Gretchen at Inspiration in Action and combined it with a Fall/Thanksgiving card with a leaf at the Creative Belli blog. This is an all Stampin' Up card. Here is the sketch and my creation.




inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Falling Leaves, Wandering Words Paper: Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla Ink: Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Soft Suede Accessories: Crushed Curry - Dusty Durango - Soft Suede markers, 1" - 1 1/4" - 1 3/8" - 1 1/2" circle punches, Crushed Curry - Dusty Durango - Soft Suede ribbon, sponge daubers, dimensionals
Hope you like it. Thanks for looking an if I don't get a chance to post again, have a Great Weekend!
Robbie

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Masculine Card for a change

I saw the sketch at Card Patterns and spent some time thinking about what I could do. I decided I wanted to use the Wanted set as it has been forever since I have used it for a card. I had to take my dog for a walk to while I was walking I planned out my card (I seem to do a lot of planning while I walk). When I came back I went into my craft room and came up with this card.

It hit while making the card that the sentiment from One of a Kind would be a good one to use on this card. After I stamped it I looked at the brackets at each end and it hit me that the round tab punch side would mimic the shape so I use it to punch each end of my saying layers. I wanted to include some twine but I didn't have any. I did have linen thread which would work. I used a piece of hodge podge hardware to loop the thread through and punched a slit on the opposite side to loop the thread through. Here is the sketch and my creation.







inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Wanted, One of a Kind Paper: Ballet Blue, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla Ink: Ballet Blue, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa Accessories: small star - round tab - slit punches, hodge podge hardware, linen thread, sponge daubers, dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed my card. Thanks for looking and have great day!
Robbie

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Trying my hand at creating a Chrysanthemum

When I saw the color combination at Late Night Stampers, the first thing came to mind was chrysanthemums. I decided I wanted to give it a try so I pulled out my punches and gave it a try. Make sure you let me know what you think.

I have wanted to participate in the challenges at Late Night Stampers and this week they had a color challenge. We were to use Old Olive, Really Rust, and Ruby Red. The Really Rust and Ruby Red are so close that it is hard to tell I have used both colors. I also added some Chocolate Chip to some contrast. I paired the colors up with the sketch at Stamping 411. Here is the sketch and my creation.

inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Baroque Motifs Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Very Vanilla Ink: Old Olive, Really Rust, Ruby Red Accessories: scalloped circle & boho blossoms punches, Really Rust & Ruby Red brads, Sizzlets Little Leaves die
I hope you can tell from the photo the amount of dimension on the flowers. I would really like another die that was in between the scalloped circle and the largest boho blossoms flower. It would make the chrysanthemum fuller. Hope you enjoyed the flowers. Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Robbie
















Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Despite the pictures this card really pops!

I had a hard time photographing this card. I am not sure why. Maybe it was the contrast between the pink and black. The pictures make the pink look harsh, but I used Pretty in Pink and it has a softer look.

I created this card using the color challenge from the Inkspirations blog. Mykeesha set the challenge to use Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, Basic Black, and Whisper White. I love pink and black together so I was on this challenge quickly. I paired the colors with the sketch from Tracy at Eat Sleep Stamp. I wanted to use the same shape as the sketch rather than change it so to get the all the pieces with the same shape I first cut 3 squares each 1/4" larger than the layer in front. Then I put all the edges on one side together and had the width staggered equally. I then cut the curved edge. I repeated this on the other 3 sides which then gave me 3 pieces of paper with the same shape in different sizes. Other than the glitter pen this is an all Stampin' Up current card.. Here is the sketch and my creation.



inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: A Beautiful Thing Paper: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White Ink: Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White Craft Accessories: Boho Blossom punch, white embossing powder, Pretty in Pink ribbon, black brads
So do you like this card? Leave me a comment and let me know. I am thinking I might make some of these as birthday cards. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Robbie

Monday, October 19, 2009

Interesting Color Combination

Good Morning, I hope everyone is ready to start a new week!


I played some more last night and created a card for you enjoyment. This was a challenging card due to the colors from the color challenge. I used the color challenge from Our Creative Corner. You were to use Blush Blossom, Handsome Hunter, Sage Shadow, and Soft Suede. I had no problem with the Blush Blossom, Sage Shadow, and Soft Suede. The Handsome Hunter really threw me for a loop. I was able to work it in with some creative thinking.

I combined the colors with the sketch challenge at the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog. I did modify the base of the card a little. In the sketch, you can see there is a layer at the bottom of the card. I did not like the patterned paper I had that matches Soft Suede, so I pulled out my Craft Whisper White ink and inked up the small flower from Eastern Blooms and stamped the lower half. I used my heat gun to set the ink then added some Soft Suede ribbon to give the appearance of another layer. I used markers to ink up the branch image. When I stamped it, you really couldn't see the Blush Blossom blooms. I decided to use the Sage Shadow marker and go around the outside edge of the flower and you can see the blooms now. Here is the sketch and my creation.


inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Embrace Life Paper: Blush Blossom, Handsome Hunter, Sage Shadow, Soft Suede Ink: Handsome Hunter, Craft Accessories: Blush Blossom - Sage Shadow - Soft Suede markers, Soft Suede polka dot ribbon, corner rounder
Hope you have some fun things planned for today. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!
Robbie

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My first winter card!

Second post, scroll down for the first!

Well I finally got the picture of the inside of this card. I just couldn't post it until you could see the inside! :)

This card uses the color challenge at the Color Throwdown blog. When I saw these colors I knew they would make a nice winter card. I then went looking for a sketch and found one that was perfect at Cards & Things. Once I had my colors and sketch I pulled out my catalog and looked in the holiday section to see what sets I had that would work. I saw Snow Swirled and the large snowflake in the set would work. I then created my card. When I had finished it I also realized it fit the 10 minutes or less challenge at Sandi MacIver's blog. Each week she and Carol Anne at Stampin Stress Away blog challenge you to create a card in 10 minutes or less. Since I had my colors and sketch already chosen this card was easy to complete in 10 minutes. Since it is a quick card that has that wow factor, I will mass producing this one for the Operation Write Home organization as well as my son-in-law's troop. Here is the sketch and my creation.






























inside of card



Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Snow Swirled Paper: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Sahara Sand Ink: Bermuda Bay, Sahara Sand, Versamark Accessories: Iridescent Ice Embossing powder

Hope you enjoyed today's cards. Have a great evening!

Robbie

Baroque Boho In Color Creation

Well it has finally stopped raining here. It has rained every day all day since Thursday. I was ready to build an ark. When you walk on the ground now it squishes. It will take days to dry out but at least it has stopped raining.

I spent some time in my craft room and made 2 cards using sketch and color challenges. I got the pictures taken for this one but my camera died before I could the inside of the other one. I am charging my battery as I type and should be able to post that one later today.

I used the color challenge from the Color Dare blog and the sketch from Pal Paper Arts. I didn't know how this one was going to turn out but once it was done I was pleased with the final product. I am trying to make just Stampin' Up cards. The problem comes with the ribbon and brads. Stampin' Up does not carry all the types and colors of ribbon I like. I am also using my catalog and the sketch to find stamp sets I have that fit the sketch and that I haven't used in a while. I like to give you guys some variety! Oh well enough chit chat, here is the sketch and my creation.



inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Boho Backgrounds Paper: Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo Ink: Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo
Hope you enjoyed this card and it has inspired you to do some stamping today. Thanks for looking and check back later for my other creation. Have a Super Sunday!
Robbie

Friday, October 16, 2009

An Interesting Fall Card

Second Post, scroll down for the first!

I have mixed feelings about this card. When I saw the sketch at Card Patterns I thought it would be fun to do the curve down the center of the card. I have to admit the curve was harder than I thought. I'm not sure I achieved the curve. It looks more like straight lines than a curve. Oh well I made an attempt.

Not going to chit chat as I am preparing to spend the day with my friend from Frederick. Here is the sketch and my creation.








inside of card

Stampin' Up Supplies

Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Fall Whimsy Paper: Always Artichoke, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Autumn Traditions DS Ink: Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Soft Suede, Versamark Accessories: slot punch, clear embossing powder

I may try and do some challenges to post this weekend but not sure. If I don't make it back I hope you all have a great weekend!

Robbie

A Beautiful Thing

It's Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today's card uses the sketch from the Sketch Saturday blog. When I looked at this sketch my first thought was to do a snow card and use snowflakes for the 2 round elements at the top. I just couldn't bring myself to do a winter card yet. So I went looking through the catalog. I ran across A Beautiful Thing and since I hadn't used it in a while I pulled it off my shelf and set to work.
I wanted to use a color I hadn't used in a while so I went looking at my color wheel. I realized I hadn't used Bravo Burgundy so I decided to see what I could come up with. When I looked at the color wheel I saw they had it paired with Mellow Moss. I liked this combination but felt it needed a pink, so I decided to use Pretty in Pink. Think the color combination made a great card. Here is the sketch and my creation.

inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: A Beautiful Think Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink Accessories: Bravo Burgundy - Mellow Moss - Pretty in Pink markers
Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!
Robbie

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Revisiting my Baroque Motifs

Second post scroll down for first.

I was able to create another card. I used another sketch challenge and this one was another quick card. This is another one I will be mass producing to ship to our troops overseas.

I used the sketch from the Card Positioning Systems blog. The sketch really lends itself to a quick card. I pulled out my Baroque Motifs and Matchbox Messages sets as I hadn't used them in a while. The card really turned out cute don't you think. Here is the sketch and my creation.






inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Hello Again, Matchbox Messages Paper: More Mustard, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Autumn Traditions DS Ink: Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, More Mustard, Soft Suede Accessories: eyelet border punch
Hope you enjoyed my second card. Thanks for looking and have a great afternoon!
Robbie

A quick card for you

I spent some time in my craft room yesterday. I was able to use another sketch to create this card. I went for a quick and easy as it just fell into place for that type of card.

I used the sketch from Our Creative Corner. This is another card I think I will copy to send to the Cards for Heros and my son-in-law. I colored the stamp with markers and then spritzed it with water. While I'm not certain it has a watercolor look I do like the fact that it softened the look of the markers. Here is the sketch and my creation.



inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Upsy Daisy Paper: Ruby Red, Soft Suede, Summer Sun, Very Vanilla, Patterns Pack III DS Ink: Ruby Red Accessories: Cameo Coral - Old Olive - Summer Sun markers, ticket corner punch
Hope you enjoyed this quick card. Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Robbie