Monday, November 30, 2009

I Survived!

Good Monday morning!

Did everyone have a nice weekend? We had gorgeous weather on Sunday. I cut my grass (hopefully for the last time), killed some weeds, and cut down some bushes. Hopefully this will be the last time for all of this until next Spring.


The stamp-a-stack I planned for my cousin went really well. We had several ladies who were new to stamping. They did a great job and we were able to make 200 cards - 100 adult cards and 100 kids cards. We did 25 of 8 different designs. Her church will using them to send to a woman's shelter they have adopted. We will do this again in January for Valentine's Day and Easter cards. I took a few pictures and here they are.









































I took some time yesterday to make a card for today. I am busy working on my projects for the craft fair. Still have a few things to do so I will be busy this week.

Today's card uses the color challenge from the Color Dare blog. You were to use Real Red, So Saffron, and Soft Suede. I combined it with the sketch challenge at Tracy's Eat Sleep Stamp blog. I decided to pull out some of my stamps that I haven't used in quite a while. They are not Stampin' Up but they are some of my favorite stamps so I will be using them this week. I may throw in a Stampin' Up stamp every once in a while. So here is my first creation based on this sketch. I used a Penny Black stamp.




































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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Patterned Pines, Holiday Tag Team (retired) Paper: Real Red, So Saffron, Soft Suede
Ink: Whisper White craft Accessories: Blush Blossom - Old Olive - Real Red - So Saffron - Soft Suede markers, 3/4" & 1 " circle punches

Hope you enjoyed today's card. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Countdown Begins - 27 days

Good Morning!

Well you have only 27 days until Christmas so make your cards and get your shopping done!

I have a cute card to share with you today. I used the sketch from the Card Positioning Systems blog and color challenge at the Colour Create blog - that's 3 cards for this challenge! I flipped the sketch as I wanted to use this stamp. As usual, I used my trusty stardust gel pen to add glitter to the snowflakes and the words. Not going to chat much, lots to do. Here is the sketch and my creation.





inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Big on Christmas Paper: Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Patterns Pack III Ink: Basic Black Accessories: Snowflake punch, Always Artichoke - Mellow Moss - Rose Red - Summer Sun markers, Rose Red grosgrain, sponge dauber
I am not going to post this weekend. I need to work on my craft fair items. I will be back on Monday with a new card. Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!
Robbie

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Loving My Snowflakes!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Today's card is for the sketch challenge at the Card Patterns blog. I looked at this sketch in the morning and thought about how to design my card all day. I would decide to do one thing then picture it in my mind and then didn't like the look so I changed it. I don't think the final design was decided on until the card was put together. lol

I am still playing with the snowflake punch and loving it. I decided to use the Simple Snowflake stamp from the back of the catalog and see how hard it would be to stamp it and then punch it. It really is not bad and I like the look of my snowflakes for a change from just the punched ones. I also added clear gel stardust pen over the 2 blue snowflakes (the white ones are from Shimmery White cardstock) to make them super sparkly! Here is the sketch and my creation.








inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Simple Snowflake, Snow Swirled Paper: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Brushed Silver, Shimmery White Ink: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Encore Silver Accessories: Snowflake punch, sponge dauber
I also completed my Artistic Trading Cards for this month. I used card as my inspiration and redesigned it into this trading card. I like how it turned out.
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Dasher, Priceless Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla Ink: Close to Cocoa, Encore Gold Accessories: eyelet border punch
Hope you had a great day with lots of good things to eat. Thanks for looking and Happy Thanksgiving!
Robbie

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Christmas is almost here, do you have your cards made yet?




Well only one more day until Turkey Day. Have any of you started cooking yet? I haven't as I am keeping it simple this year. Don't want a ton of leftovers that I have to eat for the next week! :)






Today's card is for the sketch challenge at Stamping 411 blog. It technically fits into the color challenge at the Colour Create blog also. I overstamped the trees with versamark and Iridescent Ice embossing powder so they are sparkly. Here is the sketch and my creation.





















inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Christmas Greetings, Canvas Background (retired) Paper: Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Patterns Pack III Ink: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Rose Red, Encore Gold, Versamark Accessories: Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Oval punch (used to round the ends of the sentiment), sponge dauber
Not much chatting as I am headed for bed. Hope you enjoyed today's card. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Robbie

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Productive Monday!

I spent a lot of time creating yesterday. It was a very productive day. I painted all my clothespins for the craft show, completed 4 challenges, as well as 2 cards for my stamp-a-stack this weekend.

I have 2 cards to share with you today. The first card was for a color challenge at the Colour Create blog. You were to use green, red, and white. I chose Mellow Moss, Real Red, and white. I combined it with the sketch challenge at Gretchen's blog Inspiration in Action. I used the real red marker to draw the doodle lines on the scallops. I also used a large oval punch to mask the scallop oval and sponge color on the scallops. Here is the sketch and my creation.





























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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Snow Swirled Paper: Mellow Moss, Prints Pack DS Ink: Mellow Moss, Real Red Accessories: large & scalloped oval - scalloped edge punches, sponge dauber


My second card was for Tracy's sketch at the Eat Sleep Stamp blog. I flipped the sketch as I wanted to use the stamp from Big on Christmas. It also fits the challenge for the Late Night Stampers group where you were to create a card with a snow theme. I embossed the background with white then sponged the edges with Bashful Blue. It really makes the snowflakes pop. The card has a lot of sparkle but you can't tell from my photo. I used the clear Sakura gelly roll pen and the Spica microflake pen. Here is the sketch and my creation.






inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Big on Christmas, Patterned Pines Paper: Bashful Blue Ink: Whisper White Craft Accessories: Bashful Blue - Going Gray - Green Galore - Only Orange - Real Red markers, snowflake & Boho Blossoms punches, sponge dauber
So what do you think of my two cards? I have another one to share with you tomorrow so make sure you come back and check it out. I think you will like that one also. Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!
Robbie

Monday, November 23, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

Well the ladies had a great time at the stamp-a-stack. They got a good start on their Christmas cards. It was a lot of fun.

I am now in designing mode for my cousin's stamp-a-stack. She asked me to design 8 cards (4 adult and 4 children) that her church can give to a women's shelter they have adopted. Next Saturday several ladies are getting together and we will be assembling 200 cards. I have the 4 adult cards designed, cut, and ready to assemble. Now I have to do the 4 children's cards. I also have to get ready for the craft show so I have a lot going on.

With all that I have going on I still managed to make a card for today. I used the color challenge from the Color Throwdown blog. You were to used chocolate, olive, cream, and dark red. I combined it with the sketch challenge at the Pals Paper Arts blog. I used the colors to make a winter card. Here is the sketch and my creation.



































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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: More the Merrier, Serene Snowflakes Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Shimmery White Ink: Bordering Blue, Creamy Caramel, Night of Navy Accessories: Bashful Blue - Bravo Burgundy - Chocolate Chip - Old Olive - Only Orange markers, aqua painter

Hope you enjoyed today's card. I will be working on a card for tomorrow as well as some of my craft items. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie

Friday, November 20, 2009

Golden Swirls

It's Fridayyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!

Well my first session of the Christmas Stamp-a-stack is tonight. I am almost ready. I have to cut the ribbon for one more card and then all the supplies are ready. I will spend the rest of the time setting up.

I took a little time yesterday to make a card for you today. I found a great sketch at the Stamping411 blog. It had some combining of squares oriented in different directions that I thought would be fun to use. I did change the sketch and added a bow at the bottom rather than a sentiment. I like to put my sentiments inside so I can use the card for any occasion (force of habit since this one is a Christmas card and will be used for that).

I combined the sketch with the color challenge at the Diva Coffee Break/ blog. You were to use Bordering Blue, Night of Navy, Real Red, and Sage Shadow. It was an interesting color combination and I wasn't sure how I was going to do it, but I went looking for a Christmas set I could use. I realized I had not used my Fun & Fast notes in a while and thought I could use the Sage Shadow for the tree. I didn't want my tree to be too dark, so I pulled out my Aqua Painter and watercolored it. After I had my tree layers put together I decided to mount the tree image on a Bordering Blue card. When I put the squares on top, the card needed something so I pulled out my Baroque Motifs and added a swirl. I stamped the top half of the swirl at the top of the card first then cleaned the stamp and stamped the bottom swirls. I embossed each swirl with gold embossing powder. Added some hole punches in the top corner and I was done. Here is the sketch and my creation.





























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Stampin' Up Supplies

Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes, Baroque Motifs, Snow Swirled Paper: Bordering Blue, Night of Navy, Real Red Ink: Encore Gold, Basic Black Accessories: Bordering Blue - Creamy Caramel - Night of Navy - Real Red - Sage Shadow - Summer Sun markers, mat pack, sponge daubers

Hope you have a nice weekend planned! Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!

Robbie

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Green Chocolate Roses Sketch

Good Morning!

Sorry for the late post but my internet was down last night. I finally was told to reboot the modem and it worked. Have to remember that trick next time.

Today's card uses the color challenge at The Color Dare blog. You were to use Chocolate Chip, Green Galore, and Rose Red. When I read these colors I thought oh no, but when I put them together they were very nice. I needed some more Christmas cards so I thought of a Christmas tree using the green and it just came together from there. To make the rose red snowflake bursts, I stamped the snowflake then used the small pointed flower on the Boho Blossoms punch to punch it out. After I punches it, I cut the tips off using a curved cut from one side to the other (it is easier to understand once you punch them).

After I had my colors I decided to use the sketch challenge at the Techno Stamper blog. Mary-Jo does a Monday lunchtime sketch challenge each week. The photo corner is one I made myself since the stamp was too big for the punch. Here is the sketch and my creation.







































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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Snow Swirled, Patterned Pines Paper: Chocolate Chip, Green Galore, Rose Red, Confetti White, Chocolate Chip DS

Hope you enjoyed today's creation. Thanks for looking and have a Great Day!

Robbie

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bashful Blue Snowflakes

Yeah, it's hump day!

I am sooooo busy trying to get my paper cut for my stamp-a-stack this weekend. I have one card left than all the ribbon. Then I have 6 sets to stamp for ladies who are doing a distance stamp-a-stack. Wow, I have a lot to do.

Today's card was one that was inspired by two different cards by Lynn at Stamp-n-Design. I loved her 2 cards and decided to use her ideas to create my card. I used the sketch from Tracy at the Eat Sleep Stamp blog. I stamped my snowflakes on the blue with Whisper White Craft. I then embossed using a mixture of white and Iridescent Ice embossing powders. The mixture give the snowflakes a white pop as well as a little bit of sparkle. I also used the Martha Stewart snowflake punch on top of the Stampin' Up punch. My brads are also the 3 colors used on the card. This is another very pretty card for the wintertime. Here is the sketch and my creation.

























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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Serene Snowflakes Paper: Bashful Blue, Confetti White, Sahara Sand, Shimmery White Ink: Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, Whisper White Craft Accessories: Snowflake Punch, White and Iridescent Ice embossing powders, mat pack, sponge dauber
Let me know what you think of today's card. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Robbie

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

An Elegant Christmas Card

While looking at my challenge blogs, I ran across a challenge at the Creative Belli blog to use Christmas Themed embellishments on your card. I bought this ribbon because I thought it would be so pretty on a Christmas card. I also knew it would match our Bravo Burgundy. I also saw a themed challenge on the Pals Paper Arts blog where you were to create a project for Christmas Cheer. I felt this ribbon also fit this challenge.

Now that I had my theme and my ribbon I went searching for a sketch. I saw a great sketch at Gretchen's blog Inspiration in Action. All I had to do was create my card. When I saw the Dasher stamp in our catalog I thought it would be a beautiful Christmas card if you stamped the reindeer in Chocolate Chip and did his antlers in gold. I really wanted to try to gold emboss his antlers (and I still am going to try it) but I was tired and didn't want to have to recreate it so I used gold Stardust gelly roll pen on them. Here is the sketch and my creation.







































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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Dasher, Priceless Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Encore Gold Accessories: sponge dauber

I hope you enjoyed my card today. It is one I have been wanting to make for quite some time. Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!

Robbie

Monday, November 16, 2009

Not sure about this color combination!

Good Monday Morning to you!

I am busy getting ready for my Christmas stamp-a-stack this weekend. I took a little time out yesterday from cutting and scoring paper to create a card to post today. As you read this I am on my way to the airport to take my daughter to catch her flight back home. She has been here for a little over a week. It has been good to have her visit and I can't wait to go visit her in Hawaii at Christmas.

I saw the sketch challenge at the Card Positioning Systems blog. I combined it with the color challenge at Cards & Things which has you using Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red. It was quite a challenge to get the blue in there but I did. To me the card is okay but not the best.

I saw on someone's blog where they had used the scalloped oval punch to make a 3D pumpkin. I used that idea and made a 3D half pumpkin to attach to my card. After I punched my ovals I sponged the edges to give it a little depth. To make the stem I used 1/2 of the small photo corner punch and then added a thin strip of cardstock that I curled around a skewer. I added a strip of chocolate chip wide grosgrain as I felt it needed some contrast. I used the rock-n-roll technique for some of the leaves to create the 2 toned effect. This card was hard to photograph and the final colors are not the greatest as the blue does not look like Bashful Blue. My background paper is white and as you can see it looks blue. Here is the sketch and my card.





























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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Falling Leaves Paper: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Very Vanilla Ink: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red Accessories: scalloped oval & photo corner punches

If anyone can give me some hints on taking pictures I would gladly welcome them. I struggle with the backgrounds allowing me to take clear pictures. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Another Flag Photo Album

I promised you I would share the other flag photo album I did. I finally had a few minutes to post it. Here is the other one I made for my daughter for Christmas.







Both of these used the To The Nines DS paper. I have one more different type of photo album I will be making for her but I need to get pictures of her dog. I will share that one when I get it finished in a few weeks.
Hope your enjoyed today's post. Thanks for looking and have a Sensational Saturday!
Robbie

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Christmas Gift

The Late Night Stampers group has a challenge to create a holiday gift. I was able to create a few gifts over the past few days. Today I am going to share a gift I made for my daughter.







I saw this idea at Roxy's blog, Stamping with Roxy. She has the dimensions in her post as well as a great video. It is easy to make but looks like it would be difficult. I decided I needed to make a few of these for the pictures I took of Jessica's cats while she was living with me. I had wanted to scrapbook them for her and these little photo albums are too cute. Here are the pictures of the different pages.












































I have another one I did that I will upload later. It is late I need to get to bed. Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!


Robbie























Thursday, November 12, 2009

Still need a few more Thanksgiving cards!

Well I still need a few more Thanksgiving/Fall cards so I decided this color combination would work well.

I found this color combination - Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust - at the Color Dare blog. I combined it with the sketch challenge at the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog. I think the stamp set Baroque Motifs was a good one for both these challenges. Here is the sketch and my creation.




inside of card


Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Baroque Motifs Paper: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Very Vanilla Ink: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust

I worked on my gifts yesterday. I should be able to share them with you tomorrow so check back to see them. Hope you can stay dry today! Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Robbie