Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Pretty Color Combination

Second post, scroll down for the first!

I ran across a pretty color combination on the Colour Q blog. You were to use Apricot Appeal, Green Galore, Melon Mambo, and Regal Rose. I thought they were great colors so I decided to use them.

I was checking out some new blogs and ran across 2 blogs with some fabulous flower ideas. While looking at some gorgeous flower ideas I ran across Valita's Make Your Own Designer Background video. I loved this idea and thought it would be fun to give it a try. I did not have the scoring tool she had so decided to modify it and just use my Scor-Pal and scoring lines. Once I had the background scored, I had a hard time with sponging the right diamonds (3 tries and still did not have it right). I decided to modify the idea and stamp in the diamonds to create my version. After I had the flowers stamped in Regal Rose and Melon Mambo it needed something so I decided to use the leaf on the vine in Vintage Vogue to add some green. This was a fun technique and I will be working on the sponging as well as getting one of those scoring tools from my local fabric store so I can create one similar to Valita's. I did not use a sketch to do this one so this is my own layout. Here is my creation.



inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: A Beautiful Thing, Petal Pizzazz Paper: Apricot Appeal, Green Galore, Melon Mambo, Regal Rose Ink: Apricot Appeal, Green Galore, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie
Hope you enjoyed my extra card. Thanks for looking and have a great evening!
Robbie

Thoughtful pink

Well I will be working on my taxes today so think of me as you are having fun making cards. I do have a card to share with you today.

I am going to make this quick. I used the color challenge at the Color Throwdown blog. You were to use brown, pink, and olive. I chose Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, and Old Olive. I looked through my Sweet Pea Designer Series paper and found a nick pink striped paper with brown and olive in it and went with that. I then used the sketch challenge from Gretchen's Inspiration in Action blog. Here is the sketch and my creation.






inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Whimsical Words Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Sweet Pea DS Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink Accessories: 1/2" & 1 3/4" circle punches, Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, Chocolate Chip - Old Olive - Pretty in Pink brads
Hope you liked today's card. Thanks for looking and have a Sensational Sunday!
Robbie

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Simple card for you

While waiting for the sun to come out so I could photograph my cards I worked on my taxes this morning. I have all my info ready to input and will probably begin doing that tonight. Wish me luck as I am using a new program.

I created a lot of cards for you yesterday. I find if I have a busy week if I spend the weekend making cards to post during the week it is less stressful for me (yes - I do worry if I don't have a card for you). My card today uses the color challenge from the Colour Create blog. You were to use Basic Black, Real Red, and either white or off white. I opted for Very Vanilla. I combined this with a new challenge blog I ran across. The Hand Stamped Sentiments blog had a sketch challenge and I decided to give it a try. Here is the sketch and my creation.






inside of card
Stampin Up Supplies
Stamps: Dreams du Jour, Vintage Vogue Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Very Vanilla Accessories: Basic Black - Green Galore - Real Red markers, Perfect Details texture plate, word window punch, Big Shot, crimper

Well I am off to make some more cards. Thanks for looking and have a Super Saturday!

Robbie

Friday, February 26, 2010

The last I Dream of Stamping Challenge

Well I did it. I did all 5 challenges at The I Dream of Stamping blog. This last challenge was a curling challenge. You were to use something curled on your card.

I thought it would be fun to take skinny strips of paper and curl them and use them on the card. I cut my strips about 1/8" wide. Then I sprayed them with water and wrapped them around a pencil. I lightly taped them in place so the ends would stay on the pencil while they dried. It turned out great. I have also been on a punch kick lately and remembered I I haven't used sizzlets lately so I pulled them out to use on the card. After I punched the flowers and leaves I felt it needed a little texture so I used the Fine Flourish stamp to add some. I also used the Sweetest Stem as the leaves for a break from the Little Leaves sizzlet.

I combined this challenge with the color challenge on the Late Night Stampers yahoo group. You had to use only Soft Subtle colors. I chose to use Apricot Appeal, Blush Blossom, Mellow Moss, and Pale Plum. I also combined it with the sketch challenge at Cards & Things. I have to admit that I took a little liberty with my interpretation of the sketch and was a little loose with the exact elements, so let me know what you think. Here is the sketch and my creation.








inside of card
Stampin' Up images
Stamps: Petal Pizzazz Paper: Apricot Appeal, Blush Blossom, Mellow Moss, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum Ink: Apricot Appeal, Mellow Moss, Pale Plum Accessories: Flower Blossom Sizzlet, Cherry Blossom - Simple Flower - Sweetest Stem embosslets, Apricot Appeal & Pale Plum brads, crimper, sticky tape
Hope you enjoyed my creation. I will be working on some other challenges so I have cards to post so check back tomorrow. Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!
Robbie

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A 10 minute card that almost did me in

Second post scroll down for the first.

Well I am back with my second card like I promised.

I wanted to do the 10 minute challenge over at the I Dream of Stamping blog. I planned my card out in my head and set the timer and began. I was rolling along and went to emboss my white layer. That is where the trouble began. I could not get the sandwich correct in my Big Shot (I got it for Christmas as a present so I am just learning how to use it). So I thought I will switch to my Cuttlebug as I know that sandwich. Well wouldn't you know it, that sandwich didn't want to work for me either. I went back and forth between my 2 machines until I finally got a good impression. Needless to say I went way past the 10 minutes. If you take away the machine error (it was hard to crank through and I was afraid I would break my machines so I wouldn't force it), the card did take 10 minutes to make so I am going to say it works.

This is a simple card that should not need any explanation so I will post it and if you have any questions, please ask! Here is my creation!




inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: All Holidays, Petal Pizzazz Paper: Crushed Curry, Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, white
Ink: Crushed Curry, Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red Accessories: large flower & boho blossoms punches, Perfect Details texture plate, Elegant Eggplant brad, mat pack, glue dots
Hope you enjoyed this quick card. I will be working on the last Olympic challenge tomorrow to post so it will be later in the day when I post. Thanks for looking and have a great evening!
Robbie

My computer was very slow this morning

Sorry for the late post but my computer was very slow this morning. I think I need to clean it up. I know I need to delete my cookies, but I can't find them. Shows you how much I know about computers.

My cards today are cards I made the other day for my workshop next week. The first 2 cards were inspired by cards I had seen on blogs somewhere. Unfortunately I can't remember who created them. If any of you recognize the cards and know who did them, please let me know so I can edit and give them credit. The last card was inspired by a chick box that Jackie Topa created. I loved her box and thought it would make a cute card so I modified it. Here are 3 of my workshop cards for March.
This is a criss cross card with an insert.










insert
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: All Year Cheer Paper: Blush Blossom, Certainly Celery, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, white, Certainly Celery DS Ink: Garden Green, Pretty in Pink (for cheeks) Accessories: scallop circle - small tag - round tab - 5 petal flower - word window - 1/2" & 1/4" circle punches, gel pen, sponge dauber
inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, All Holidays Paper: Old Olive, Night of Navy, white, Sweet Pea DS Ink: Night of Navy Accessories: Little Leaves & Lots of Tags sizzlets, Top Note Die, Polka Dots impressions folder, So Saffron marker, dimensionals
inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: All Year Cheer Paper: Almost Amethyst, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, white, Tea Party DS Ink: Lovely Lilac, So Saffron Accessories: 1/4" & 1/8" circle - scalloped oval - scallop border punches, Almost Amethyst brad
So, are you coming to my workshop? Hope you loved my cards. I am going to work on a challenge this afternoon after I take my sister to the doctor. Check back this evening for another card. Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Robbie

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A second card for you today

Second post, scroll down for the first.
I had a little time yesterday after my observations and before my meeting to make a card. I was able to take a photo of it this afternoon after my observations so I decided to post it now.

For this card I used Gretchen's sketch at Inspiration in Action. Gretchen does a weekend sketch challenge and I have been participating for a couple of weeks so I wanted to continue. I did flip her sketch to use the image I had chosen. I also wanted to do another challenge at I Dream of Stamping blog. They have 5 challenges that need to be completed by February 28. This is my third completed challenge so I have 2 left. The third challenge was an ice challenge. You were to create a card using some "ice" in some form. I did not want to do a snow card as I have had enough of that for a while so I decided to create a card and include some Dazzling Diamonds glitter for lots of sparkle like snow. I know it is hard to see the sparkle but everyone has a hard time capturing sparkle in photographs. I pulled out my Herb Expressions set and began creating. I have used yellow, black, and red before and I always like this color combination and the finished product so I decided to use these colors on my card. I stamped my image and colored it in with markers. For my colors, I was inspired by a jigsaw puzzle of a flower I saw. The flower used the same colors I used for my flowers. My sentiments are from the same set. I just highlighted parts of the stamp with markers and stamped them. Here is the sketch and my gorgeous card.























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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Herb Expressions Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, white, Welcome Neighbor DS Ink: Basic Black Accessories: Basic Black - Green Galore - Lovely Lilac - Real Red - Summer Sun markers, photo corner & slit punches, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, glue pen

Hope you enjoyed my second card today! Thanks for looking and have a great evening!

Robbie

Creating with my favorite flower!

Yeah, it's hump day!

Well I am sharing another lovely card I made on Sunday. This one uses my favorite flower the daisy (actually the flower that I used could be a number of different flowers but I see daisy when I look at it. I began with the heat embossed challenge at the I Dream Of Stamping blog. This is a new challenge blog that just started up and I did their first challenge using the Olympic colors. There are a few more challenges posted that I will work on and post also. I saw the sketch challenge at the Eat Sleep Stamp blog and when I saw the circle shape I knew I wanted to use daisies to create this shape. I have this great embossing powder called Black Diamonds that is very sparkly when you emboss with it. I thought it would be great to do my daisies with it. I also have some Ancient Gold embossing powder called Enchanted Gold that looks so good on Barely Banana (also very sparkly) that I wanted to use so I thought it would be fun to add a scalloped layer in Banana with butterflies embossed on it. It was then just a matter of adding the other layers. I chose a green for the vertical strip and stamped it with the vine from Vintage Vogue. For the horizontal strip at the bottom I used a piece of white and used the scallop trim border punch on one edge. I layered a yellow sparkly ribbon over top and I was done. Here is the sketch and my creation.







































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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Vintage Vogue, Hello Again Paper: Barely Banana, Basic Black, Green Galore, white Ink: Barely Banana, Basic Black craft, Green Galore Accessories: Barely Banana marker, scallop trim border punch

I am going to try and do another one of the challenges at this blog and post it later today so check back. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Love this color combination!

Happy Tuesday to you!

Our snow is melting rather quickly. Now we have soggy ground everywhere. At least it has been melting slowly to give it a chance to sink into the ground as much as it can.


Today's card was a lot of fun to make. I saw a sketch challenge at the Cards & Things blog that I wanted to do something a little different with. The color combination at the Color Dare blog was absolutely beautiful. You were to use Basic Black, Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, and Tempting Turquoise. When I saw the sketch I thought it would be fun to have the panel made out of flowers rather than paper. I set out punching flowers using my different punches. When I had the 2 big ones punched, it needed something so I stamped the paper with the Fine Flourish stamp and punched my shapes from it. When I started laying out my flowers it felt like it needed something so I added a panel of designer series paper (I love black and white paper and wish Stampin' Up had more of of it). I was then layering my panels on my card and the turquoise layer needed something also so I stamped it with my recently purchased retired Weathered background stamp. I love this stamp and found someone selling it in a yahoo group I am a member of and bought it. It adds just the right touch. Here is the sketch and my creation.







































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Stampin' Up Supplies:
Stamps: One of a kind, Fine Flourishes, Weathered Background Paper: Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, white, Night & Day DS Ink: Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise Accessories: black brads, large punched flower - 5 petal - boho blossoms punches


If I get time I will post one of the cards I made for our March workshop later today so check back. Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!


Robbie

Monday, February 22, 2010

A very productive weekend!

Well I had a productive weekend. I made 3 of my workshop cards for next month and 4 cards to post this week. I haven't stamped that much in a long time. I am so glad to finally have some energy back.

I am going to share 2 cards with you today. The first one uses a dimension challenge from the Just Add Ink blog. I usually have dimension on my cards so this was an easy one. The next challenge was to use butterflies or dragonflies from the Creative Belli Challenge blog. I had used butterflies last week and hadn't used dragonflies so I decided to go with those. The last challenge was a sketch challenge from the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog. I hadn't used the Asian Artistry set in a while so I pulled it out. To make my dragonflies, I did a second generation stamping with Bermuda Bay. I then cleaned my image and did a third generation stamping with Old Olive. I play with my image on scrap paper until I get the color combo I like. I find this technique gives me the blue-green color of dragonflies. After I stamped them I traced over them with a Stardust gelly roll pen in clear to give it some sparkle. I wanted to use some ribbon so I turned the Bermuda Bay polka dot ribbon to the back side so it would be solid. Here is the sketch and my creation.



















































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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Asian Artistry, Vintage Labels Paper: Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, white, Sweet Pea DS, Welcome Neighbor DS Ink: Bermuda Bay, Old Olive Accessories: Bermuda Bay & Old Olive markers, Bermuda Bay polka dot ribbon, word window punch



For my second card I used 2 challenges. I used the KISS (Keep It Simple, Sweetie) challenge at the Pals Paper Arts blog. This challenge was supposed to a clean simple design with lots of white space, minimum time to create, and limited layers and embellishments. I went really simple with this one. I noticed the sketch challenge at the Stamping 411 blog was a simple design so I decided to use this one. The sketch had criss-crossed ribbon which I did but I need to work on my ribbon as it does not lay flat at the bottom and I even used glue dots on the back side to hold them in place. This definitely fits the bill of lots of white space and out of the ordinary for me. Here is sketch and my creation.






























































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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Flight of the Butterflies Paper: Regal Rose, Rose Red, white Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red


I hope you enjoyed my cards today. I had fun making them. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!


Robbie

Friday, February 19, 2010

Celebrating the Olympics

Have you been watching the Olympics? I love to watch most sports shows so I could not wait for the games to begin. I have loved watching the games since I was a little girl and so I have seen many, many, many broadcasts. lol

I received an e-mail about a new challenge blog and when I checked it out they were doing a tribute to the Olympics so I could not pass it up. The I Dream of Stamping Challenges blog's first challenge was to make a card using the colors of your favorite country's flag or the Olympic logo colors. I decided to really challenge myself and use the 5 colors in the Olympic flag - Basic Black - Brilliant Blue - Green Galore - Real Red - Yoyo Yellow. I ran across another challenge on another new blog - Project Tuesday - where you needed to make joy fold cards. I thought it would be fun to use the 5 colors to make this card. I went looking through my patterned paper and found retired papers for 3 of the colors - didn't have Yoyo Yellow and not sure we have ever had patterned paper for that color. I also wanted to use black as my accent color. It was then just a matter of putting the card together. Here is my creation.















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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: A Beautiful Thing, Whimsical Words Paper: Basic Black, Brilliant Blue, Green Galore, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, white, Jersey Shore DS, Prints Pack, Rainbow Sherbet DS Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow Accessories: Brilliant Blue - Green Galore - Real Red - Yoyo Yellow markers
Hope you enjoyed my tribute to the Olympics. I will try and do a challenge or 2 this weekend and if I get time I will post them. Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!
Robbie

Thursday, February 18, 2010

On the run today!

Quick post as I have 3 observations to do today as well as get a card ready to post for tomorrow.


I used the sketch challenge at the Stamping 411 blog. I wanted to create a Spring card as I have had enough snow cards for this season. I had this paper from the Sweet Pea DS paper that I wanted to use so I matched it with Not Quite Navy and then needed a green for the leaves so I chose Old Olive. I wanted 2 different colored flower heads so I decided to use So Saffron for the other color. Here is the sketch and my creation.









































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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Herb Expressions Paper: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, So Saffron, white, Sweet Pea DS Accessories: Pinking Hearts border punch, Not Quite Navy - Old Olive - So Saffron markers, dimensionals

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

Robbie

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

2 cards for you today

This will be a quick post as it is really really really late. I am trying a new photo editing program and after 5 hours I finally got my first photo saved. The next 3 were much faster and I think I have the different options figured out. Now I just need to play with the Brightness and Contrast adjustments to get the colors right.
My first card uses Gretchen's Weekend sketch challenge from her Inspiration in Action blog. I did change the size of the panel and the placement of the ribbon. Here is her sketch and my creation.



















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Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes Paper: Apricot Appeal, Basic Black, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, white, Certainly Celery DS, Patterns Pack II Ink: Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery Acessories: Apricot Appeal - Cameo Coral - Certainly Celery markers, eyelet border punch, dimensionals


My second card uses Tracy's Thursday sketch from her blog Eat Sleep Stamp. Her sketch had 2 panels on the front and I decided to use the 2 panels to make a gate fold card. I also played with a different punched flower and I have to admit I like this one much better. I used the new large flower punch and punched 4 flowers. I then crumbled up each flower really tight. Next I uncrumpled the flowers and layered them on top of each other (I decided to use both sides of the designer series paper and alternate the layers. I also staggered the petals to give it some depth.). Using my mat pack and piercer to put a hole in the center of the stacked flowers and added a brad. I then fluffed my layers to make it look more realistic. This also fits the punch challenge at Late Night Stampers group. Here is Tracy's sketch and my creation.

























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Stampin' Up Supplies
Paper:
Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, white, Cottage Wall DS Accessories: large flower punch, gold brad, sticky tape

Hope you enjoyed today's cards. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Playing with the paper flowers

I have to admit I am not sure I like my results.

I saw on several blogs these paper flowers and thought I would give it a try. You begin with a 12" long piece of paper. You punch one of the long edges then cut the strip to 1" wide. Run the strip through your crimper 3 times to soften the paper. Cut a circle (I cut two 1 3/8" circles and one 1 3/4" circle using the punches) and apply sticky tape to one side - you can use sticky sheets but I decided to try and see if I can achieve the same look with sticky tape. Beginning on one edge start to stick down your paper going around the circle - I did some gathering as I went around but I am not sure you are supposed to do this. Continue wrapping your paper around the circle and forming layers as you go. When finished attach a button in the center - I had some button brads that I have had for several years and never used.

After I made my flowers, I realized that I needed to make a card. I went looking and decided that my flowers fit the make a red, white, and blue non patriotic card on the Stampin' B's Design Team blog. I combined it with the sketch challenge on the Card Patterns blog. Since I used the button brads that I had bought and not used it also fit the challenge on the Our Creative Corner blog. Here is the sketch and my creation.
















inside of card
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Petal Pizzazz Paper: white, Holiday Treasures DS & Bella Birds DS paper (both retired) Ink: Bordering Blue, Riding Hood Red Accessories: eyelet border - 1 3/8" & 1 3/4" circle punches
Let me know what you think of my paper flowers. Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!
Robbie

Monday, February 15, 2010

Easel Workshop card

Happy President's Day everyone! I hope you had a good Valentine's Day yesterday.

Sorry my post is late today but after I took my pictures yesterday my batteries died so I had to recharge them. Today's card is one I made for 2 challenges. I also needed another card for my workshop that got canceled due to the weather. I offered my ladies a card kit and I hope this one is not too difficult for a kit.

I used the color challenge from the Colour Create blog. You were to use brown (Chocolate Chip), pink (Pretty in Pink), red (Real Red), and white/off white (Very Vanilla). They had an extra challenge to use hearts and silver but I did not want to do a Valentine card since the day was passed so I didn't do that. I combined it with the sketch challenge at the Card Positioning Systems blog.

I wanted to do an easel card to show the ladies this new layout. When you open the card, you only see the partial panel in the back and not the Chocolate Chip background. I like this as it is something different. Here is the sketch and my creation.

card opened
Stampin' Up Supplies
Stamps: Vintage Vogue Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Very Vanilla Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Real Red Accessories: Very Vintage wheel, scallop trim border punch, dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed my card. The weather man says we are going to get snow/sleet/and rain today. I hope not much. I still have a 3 foot section of my sidewalk I am working on. It is a sheet of ice underneath so it is slow going. I do not need more ice to deal with. Check back tomorrow as I will have another card to share with you. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!
Robbie

Friday, February 12, 2010

The fun continues!

I am still trying to dig out from the snow storm. I am supposed to have a workshop on Saturday (it is the one I rescheduled from last Saturday) but I am not sure I will be able to have it. I have offered my ladies card kits as the month just keeps passing by.


Today's creation uses 2 challenges. I used the color challenge at the Color Dare blog, You were to use Brilliant Blue, Crushed Curry, Kiwi Kiss, and Kraft. I used the sketch from the Techno Stamper blog. I used a new clear mount set I got called Vintage Vogue as well as the new wheel that goes with the set. Once I got my card layers put together and had them laying on my card it needed something. That's when I decided to do some doodling around the outside and inside edges. It was just what the card needed. Here is the sketch and my creation.


































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Stampin' Up Supplies

Stamps: Vintage Vogue Paper: Brilliant Blue, Crushed Curry, Kiwi Kiss, Kraft, white Ink: Brilliant Blue, Crushed Curry, Kiwi Kiss Accessories: Brilliant Blue marker, Very Vintage wheel, scallop trim border punch


I am going to take the weekend off so I can shovel while the melting is taking place. I will see you on Monday with some more creations. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Weekend!


Robbie