Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Didn't get as much done as I wanted to!

Quick post as I am headed out the door to play Bunko with my daughter. I had some errands to run so I only got 3 cards finished today. Here they are.

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Have a great evening!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Better Late than Never

I am really late today. Sorry about that but I was busy working on these. This is one of the projects I am working on and I am not sure about these first creations. It is really hard creating without all your supplies/tools/embellishments to choose from.

I began with a One Sheet Wonder I stamped with the In Full Bloom set. To create a one sheet wonder you take a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Then using a stamp set you stamp randomly all over the sheet. Then you use a specific cutting pattern to cut the paper apart. You then use the shapes you cut to create a number of cards. I chose to use the colors Garden Green, Rose Red, and So Saffron to stamp my images. Here is the cutting pattern I used.

From this cutting pattern I was able to create 4 cards today (the cutting pattern will give me 10 cards). Here are the first 4 cards I created. The first 2 cards were made using the piece in the upper left. You started with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 " that you cut in half diagonally.

Card 1

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Card 2
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Card 3 - used the 3 cards in the upper middle portion. They were 1 3/4" square.
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Card 4 - I realized after I took this picture that I had not decorated the inside of this card. I will decorate it later.
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: In Full Bloom Paper: Garden Green, Rose Red, So Saffron, Very Vanilla Ink: Garden Green, Rose Red, So Saffron Accessories: Basic Black marker, Garden Green - So Saffron grosgrain, 1" circle - Boho Blossoms - designer label punches, silver brads, sponges
Hope you enjoyed today's cards. I will be working on the other cards to the set and sharing them tomorrow. Thanks for looking and have a wonderful evening!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The last of the workshop cards

Today Michaela and I are going shopping. I need some new jeans, a new winter coat, and an insulated vest. Wish me luck as I usually don't have good luck with clothes.

I am sharing the last of my workshop cards today. These are the last of the workshop cards I made on Thursday night. Hope you like them.
This card was the first time I had used this set. I didn't realize you had to stamp the image more than once on the card as well as I should have moved it a little higher. It would have avoided all the white space at the top. You were also supposed to match the stamping on the panel to the background. I think if I had stamped the background higher it would have been easier to match up.

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first card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Paper: Very Vanilla, Sending Love Specialty DS Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, scallop eyelet border punch, red & pink grosgrain ribbon
second card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Paper: Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Brushed Silver, Only Orange, Real Red, Whisper White Ink: Bashful Blue Accessories: Snowflake - 3/4" circle - ornament - word window - Heart to Heart - 1 1/4" square - ticket corner - scallop border punches, Basic Black marker, Crop-a-dile, Dazzling Diamonds, Tombow adhesive
third card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Flight of the Butterfly, On Your Birthday Paper: Pretty in Pink, Naturals White Ink: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Staz-on white Accessories: large butterfly punch, word window sheet, linen thread
I am taking tomorrow off to spend with my daughter. See you on Monday! Thanks for looking and have a Great Weekend!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Some Workshop Cards

I had a great time last night. I went to another demos workshop. We had 5 designs and made 3 of each for a total of 15 cards. There were 8 of us there and we were able to complete all the cards. Here are 2 of the cards we made.

The first card is pretty self explanatory. You punch the hearts twice then put the designer series paper behind. The second card was created by brayering ink on the flat side of the embossing folder inserting you paper and then running it through the Big Shot. Isn't it cool how the roses are white and the rest of the paper is Melon Mambo? Then you need to scallop the top and attach to card.

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Stampin' Up Supplies
first card
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Sending Love Specialty DS Ink: Very Vanilla Craft Accessories: Heart to Heart & Scallop Trim Border punches, corduroy buttons, Linen Thread
second card
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral Paper: Melon Mambo, Whisper White Ink: Melon Mambo Accessories: Melon Mambo polka dot ribbon, Manhattan Flower embossing folder, scallop border punch
I will share the other 3 cards we made tomorrow. Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Working on a project

I am so excited. I have another demo friend I met the last time I was visiting my daughter in New York. She is having a workshop tonight and I am going. It will be fun to create cards someone else has designed as well as see how another demo runs her workshops.

I wanted to share a picture with you today. I have 3 pages that I have stamped that I will use to create 3 projects. I am working on them now and will have them finished early next week. Make sure you check back to see what I did with them. Here are the 3 sheets.

Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Christmas Punch, In Full Bloom, Time Well Spent Paper: Apricot Appeal, So Saffron, white Ink: Almost Amethyst, Bordering Blue, Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green, Pale Plum, Rose Red,So Saffron
Thanks for looking and have a Great Day!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Traveling to New York

Good Morning Ladies!

I am so sorry. I had hoped to make a card yesterday to post today but I had so much to do that I didn't get one done. I am traveling to my daughter's to spend some time with her. I have taken a ton of my craft supplies so I will be able to make some projects/cards to share with you while I am there.

To make up for no card I thought I would share some of the blogs I enjoy visiting. There is some great eye candy on these so enjoy!






Let me know what you think of these. Have a Wonderful Wednesday and make sure you come back tomorrow!


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Blog Candy Winner

We have a winner!

I used random generator and here is what it came up with.

True Random Number Generator Min: Max: Result: 6 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

And the winner is:

KAREN said...

I just came across your blog and love your cards! I really like how you take the time to EXPLAIN how you make them, rather than just listing supplies or nothing at all! You have a really great sense of color.

Karen if you will e-mail me you address (inkedx2@gmail.com) I will send out your goodies.

Thanks for all the comments and the people who visited my blog. I love creating cards for you to look at and case if the urge hits you. Please continue to visit and let me know what you think of my creations!

Have a great afternoon!


Experimenting with Zindorf's Brayering Techniques

I wanted to do the color challenge at the Colour Create/ blog. It was to use blue, kraft, and white. I also wanted to do the challenge at Stampin' B's Design Team blog. For their challenge you were to make a fun winter card. I started looking through my catalog and ran across the Loads of Love set and realized I hadn't used the truck recently. I thought it would be fun to make a snow scene with the truck and have snowballs in the back. So I went with that idea.

I wanted to try Michelle Zindorf's/ brayering techniques on this card so I checked out her blog to see how to she does it. I began by brayering on Bashful Blue going down the card to about the middle. Next I brayered on Ballet Blue but stopped so that I didn't cover up all the Bashful Blue. Next I tore a strip of sticky note to form the ground. I then stamped the trees with Chocolate Chip making sure that the ground portion of the stamp was on the sticky note. I then turned the sticky note upside down and sponged on Bashful Blue to form the hills of snow (this may need some readjusting of the sticky note to make sure the trunks are not in the air). I then tore another sticky note to make the road for the truck. To finish the scene I sponged more Ballet Blue in the upper corners to add some interest.

Next I stamped the truck with Chocolate Chip on Kraft. To give it some dimension I used Sahara Sand to outline the lines then used a blender pen to blend it in. I used a Going Gray marker to color the tires and added some Stardust gel pen on the bumpers and hubcaps. I cut out the truck and cut out the windshields since it was stamped on Kraft.

To make it a fun card I wanted to add snowballs to the back of the truck. I used a circle punch to punch my snowballs and then sponged the edges with Bordering Blue. I used mono to layer then in the back of the truck and then added some sticky tape to the back to ensure they stayed in place. Since the snowballs are so big, I decided they would be used for a snowman rather than a snowball fight. I added a snowflake brad in the upper corner and then put the layers together.

After I got the layers put on the card, it needed something and I couldn't figure out what it was. I went back to Michelle's blog and checked out some of her cards. After looking at her cards I decided to try photo corners. I punched out 2 in black and laid them on the card. It was what I needed but decided to add some brads for interest. My card was finally finished. Let me know what you think of all my experimenting. Here is my creation.

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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Loads of Love, Lovely as a Tree, Serene Snowflakes Paper: Basic Black, Ballet Blue, Kraft Ink: Ballet Blue, Bashful Blue, Bordering Blue, Chocolate Chip Accessories: Going Gray & Sahara Sand markers, 1/2" circle & photo corner punches, blender pen, brayer, sponge dauber, sponge, silver brads

Hope you liked my fun card. Thanks for looking and have Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, January 18, 2010

A Chocolate Valentine

My blog candy ends today. Make sure you visit the post below to be entered to win!

Today's card was based on an inspiration challenge. The Pals Paper Arts blog posted what looks like a chocolate covered cherry candy to use as your inspiration. I saw the chocolate and white but also liked the red background. So I went with chocolate, red, and white. I used the sketch challenge from Our Creative Corner/ blog. This is a new project they are doing with a sketch challenge every Thursday. I flipped the sketch to make it work for me. Here is the sketch and my creation.

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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: All Holidays, Embrace Life, Hello Again Paper: Chocolate Chip, Real Red Ink: Basic Black, Real Red Accessories: Bravo Burgundy - Chocolate Chip - Real Red markers
Wasn't sure about this card while I was making it but loved it when it was done. Hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A square card for a change

Well I was a complete bum yesterday. I didn't get any stamping done. I spent a lot of my day rolling and organizing my huge ribbon order I got about a month ago. Today I am going to attempt to stamp some full sheets of cardstock that I can use for one sheet wonder cards. I also would like to finish up the ribbon (especially since I have another order coming in this week).

My card today is a little different. I ended up making a square card as the sketch just lent itself to a square. I used Tracy's sketch from her blog Eat Sleep Stamp. I combined it with the color challenge at Diva Coffee Break Designs blog. You were to use Basic Black, Whisper White, and Basic Gray or Going Gray. I opted for Basic Gray. I have to admit I wasn't sure what I was going to do and then it hit me - what about a play with opposites. I thought it would be fun to use black and stamp white, gray and stamp black and white and stamp black. Next I needed to find an image that would look good stamped in black with no other colors. I ended up using the bird from Fun & Fast Notes. I used Baroque Motifs and stamped the swirl on the black and embossed with white. I then used a marker and colored the flower in the bird's mouth and stamped it all over the gray piece. I stamped the bird using Basic Black. All I had to do then was put my layers together and add some embellishments. I decided to use the black gingham ribbon since it fit my color scheme. Here is the sketch and my creation.

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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Fun & Fast Notes Paper: Basic Black, Going Gray Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White craft Accessories: black gingham ribbon, silver brad, white embossing powder, mat pack

Hope you enjoyed today's card. Plan something fun today. Thanks for looking and have a Sensational Sunday!


Saturday, January 16, 2010

A real color challenge but I did it

The past 2 days we have had gorgeous weather. It has been around 50 and sunny. I was even able to walk. It is supposed to start raining tonight and rain all day tomorrow. They are saying we will get quite a bit of rain. Hopefully we won't be dealing with flooding.

Today's card uses the color challenge from a new blog Colour Q I found. I combined it with a sketch challenge from the 2 Sketches 4 You blog. When I saw the color challenge of Barely Banana, Basic Gray, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, and white I was so unsure of what to do. I knew I could use flowers but was unsure how to work in the Basic Gray. I pulled out my catalog and ran across the truck in Loads of Love and when I saw the bunch of flowers in the set I knew I could make this work. Once I had the image panel completed I then had to tackle the element below the panel. All of a sudden it hit me to have punches flowers hanging from the panel. Here is the sketch and my creation.

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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Loads of Love, Friend for you Paper: Barely Banana, Basic Gray, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, white, Certainly Celery DS Ink: Basic Black Accessories: Barely Banana - Basic Black - Certainly Celery - Going Gray - Pumpkin Pie markers, Trio Flowers punch, silver brads, mat pack
Hope you enjoyed today's card. I am going to play with some One Sheet Wonder ideas this weekend so I have some cards to post in case I go to visit my daughter next week. I will have another card tomorrow. Thanks for looking and have a Super Saturday!

Friday, January 15, 2010

It's not as difficult as it seems

It's Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know you are going to think that this card was very difficult to make. But in reality it wasn't as bad as you would think. I began with the sketch challenge from the Caardvarks blog. I then decided to use the color challenge from the Color Dare blog. I used a Barely Banana layer and punched the edge with the eyelet border punch. Then using the flower stamp from Boho Backgrounds, I used markers to color the flowers and stamped on Barely Banana paper. I used the 1/2" punch to punch the flowers. I layered them on a 5/8" punched Garden Green. The using dimensionals I placed the layered circles on the scalloped border. The rest is just a matter of stamping and cutting out. For the sentiment layer, I cut the Garden Green layer then the Barely Banana. I then used the Garden Green layer as a pattern to cut down the Barely Banana layer. Here is the sketch and my creation.

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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Boho Backgrounds, One of a Kind, Simply Said, Upsy Daisy Paper: Barely Banana, Garden Green, Melon Mambo Ink: Garden Green, Melon Mambo Accessories: Garden Green & Melon Mambo markers, Eyelet Corner - 1/2" & 5/8" circle - Tag punches

Hope you enjoyed my card. Check back tomorrow for another creation. Thanks for looking and have a Fantastic Friday!


Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Day Ahead of Myself

I think I was a day ahead of myself yesterday. Not trying to wish the days away. I guess I had a brain cramp yesterday (it was all day for me!).

Today's card is a very pretty feminine card. I used the sketch from the Stamping 411 blog. I stamped the background with a retired background stamp called Petite Print. I then stamped the image and to get the highlighting I used a marker and traces the outside of the lines of the image. I then used an aqua painter and the "ink in the lid" to paint in the other colors and to blend in the marker lines. The heart is stamped and then the sentiment is stamped inside the heart. I fussy cut the heart and the layers under it. I love using Pretty in Pink and Mellow Moss together. I think they look so good together. Here is the sketch and my creation.

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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: All Holidays, Asian Artistry, More the Merrier, Petite Print Paper: Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink Ink: Basic Black, Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink
I am going to have to visit the craft room today to make some cards to post over the weekend. Need to check out the challenges to see what moves me. Hope you enjoyed today's card. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Some great blog candy

Second post scroll down for the first!

I ran across some great blog candy on another blog I read. It is for a light box and lights. I would love to win this myself as I need it to take better photos but wanted to let all of you know about it.

Winnie at Winnie's Whims & My Crafts is offering this up. Make sure you visit her blog and check it out!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Masculine Card For You

Make sure you check out my blog candy post below!

Today's card is a little different. I don't make many masculine cards as I don't have a need for them. When I saw the colors (Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, and Regal Rose) st the Color Throwdown blog I thought they would be good colors to make a masculine card. I also hadn't used the Wanted set for a while so I decided it would be a good one for this color challenge. I combined the color challenge with the sketch challenge at Card Positioning Systems blog. Since I didn't have designer series paper in Dusty Durango, I decided to use the images to create some interest in the back three panels. Here is the sketch and my creation.

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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Wanted Paper: Dusty Durango, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla Ink: Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, Regal Rose Accessories: small star punch
Hope you enjoyed this masculine card. Make sure you view my blog candy post and make a comment to be entered in the drawing. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Blog Candy

Afternoon Ladies!
I am so excited I hit 10,000 hits! I promised you some blog candy and I was gathering some items to post it. I haven't finished gathering items but wanted to go ahead and post what I have so far.

To be eligible for the candy you need to leave a comment on this post only. Make a comment by next Monday January 18 and tell me what you like best about my cards. I am looking to see what I need to continue in my cards to make you happy. So, are you ready to see the candy? Here is some of it.

Good Luck!

Cute Valentine Card

Well did you survive the cold weather this weekend? I hope you were able to stay warm and stamp a little. I started pulling some goodies for my blog candy. I will take the picture later today and post it so be looking for it.

Today's card is very cute (IMO). I began with the image from the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog. I than started thinking about the sketch and pulling it apart to to see what I could come up with. I thought the panel on the bottom would be good to put a saying in. Then I just needed to choose my stamp sets for the other panels and I was set. I wanted to use the daisy looking flower in Fifth Avenue Floral so I decided to use a red, black, and white color scheme. I stamped the verse in black and layered it with red and black. I then stamped the flower in red on the image panel, cut it out, and filled in the center dots with gold gel pen. I also stamped the image in black on the red to pop on the top. I stamped the heart pile from Loads of Love and punched them out. I wanted the middle circle to stand out a little so I used the gold gel pen and traced over the hearts. Punched out a black circle to layer the hearts on. When I put the panels on the card it still needed something, so I stamped open dots in black for the background. I added ribbon in black and white polka dots and my card was done. Here is the sketch and my creation.

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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Curvy Verses, Fifth Avenue Floral, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Loads of Love Paper: Basic Black, Real Red Ink: Basic Black, Real Red Accessories: 1 3/8 & 1 1/2 circle punches
Hope you enjoyed this card. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Another Valentine Card

Happy Thursday!

I decided to make another Valentine card. I used the sketch from Tracy's blog Eat Sleep Stamp.

I used a retired corner punch for the 4 corners. I also saw several years ago how you can slip the guard off corner punches to use on a straight sheet of paper. Whoever started this used this with the corner rounder to make a scallop strip before we had our scallop border punches. I decided to use this idea to make the white strip underneath the large image panel. The only thing you have to punch the edge of your paper before you cut it so you have a reasonable amount of paper to attach to your panel. To make the heart, I stamped it with Pixie Pink then using the writing end of a Basic Black marker I traced over the dots and 1 of the lines around the heart. I also sponged the edge of the circle to highlight the flower. Here is the sketch and my creation.

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Stampin' Up Supplies

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Priceless, Wings of Friendship Paper: Basic Black, Pixie Pink Ink: Pixie Pink Accessories: Basic Black marker, scallop circle & 1 3/8" circle punches, square steps corner punch
Hope you enjoyed my card. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Playing with Tea Party DS Paper

It is the beginning of a new week. The weatherman says it is going to warm up a little this week. I for one am glad. Maybe I will get some walks in this week.

I spent a little time in my craft room yesterday. I wanted to do another sketch challenge. I wanted to do something with my Tea Party DS paper as I only have a little left and don't want the catalog to go out and have a lot left. I liked the sketch at Card Patterns blog so I decided to use it. After I had all the pieces placed on my card, it needed something so I added a crimped strip down the center of the card to add some interest. I had to change the direction of the tag as well as angle as I felt it looked better. Here is the sketch and my creation.

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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Embrace Life, One of a Kind Paper: Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron Ink: Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, More Mustard, Regal Rose Accessories: :Lovely Lilac - More Mustard- Regal Rose markers, black gingham ribbon, black eyelets

I looked at my blog and noticed I have hit 10,000 hits. I will be putting some blog candy together to give away to celebrate this milestone. I will post it either this afternoon or tomorrow so check back to enter in the drawing. Hope you enjoyed today's card. Thanks for looking and have a Sensational Sunday!