Thursday, April 30, 2009
When I saw this Penny Black stamp (Chicks night out), I knew it was just perfect for the card!!
Stamps - Penny Black Chicks night out, SU! Congrats (SAB set)
Cardstock & Paper - Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, So SAffron, Old Olive textured, Chocolate Chip. Haiku DP (love this pattern!)
Inks - Stazon Black, SU! markers in LOTS of colors
Accessories - Scallop edge punch, Tangerine Tango ribbon, Dimensionals, Crystal effects (on wine glasses) and gold pen.
The floor was done by coloring with a marker (Creamy Caramel I think) and then using a Chocolate Chip marker to draw in floorboards.
I am a Sophie/Riley (Hanna stamps) addict and adore Spa Sophie. Since my sister loves a little Spa pampering, I made this card for my girls to send to their favorite Auntie!
Stamps - Spa Sophie (Hanna stamps), SU! Absolutely Fabulous
Cardstock & DP- Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue. Delicate Dots DP
Inks - Brown Stazon, Chocolate Chip, SU! markers
Accessories - Blue fun flock (for bathrobe and towel), Prima Flowers, Pastel brads, SU! Scallop edge punch, Scallop circle punch, circle punch, crystal effects (on foot spa)
While it is fun to make things that appeal only to me, one of the things I love most about making cards is that I can usually find stamps etc. that "fit" with a person. For example, this Super Moose Riley card I made for a friend of Anwyn's who turns 4 this weekend. He is having a Superhero party and I know this will make him smile.
Then we have the super-girlie cards made using Stamping Bella Chichiboulie fairies for some friends of Rhiannon. They are twins who turned 6 a few weeks ago and they are real girlie-girls (notice the use of my favorite Tea Party DP in the first card. I will be stocking up on this whether it is retiring or not!).
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
First is the idea I had for the matchbox die. My daughter will turn 6 in July and just loves arts & crafts. My neighbor makes fused glass items and so we have booked her to come and do Rhiannon's party (BTW, her stuff is just gorgeous so check out her website if you have a chance, www.artisanglasscreations.com). Each guest will make two items and then my neighbor will take them home, fire them, and return them to me a week later to hand out. I have decided that it would be cool to put the pendants they make into the matchboxes. I had already planned to make "purse" invitations using the top note die (thanks Buffy!!) and will use the Tea Party DP. I want to make scallop bags accented with the same DP for each guest as a favor bag and these little matchboxes will be made to match. What I want to do is use textured cardstock for the base in Almost Amethyst, So Saffron etc. and then make the lids using Vellum. I want to stamp and emboss one of the flowers from the Playful Petals set onto the Vellum where the top will be and then color using markers to give a stained glass effect. I am really hoping that the reality looks as good as the idea does in my head - not always a given!!
I have also decided, after seeing all the wonderful projects by my fellow demos and folks on SCS, to try my hand at scrapbooking. I am going to start small by doing a book of baby photos for each of my girls and see how I like them. This will be an ideal chance to use more of my huge stash of patterned paper.
Hope to be back tomorrow with some prototypes!!
Friday, April 24, 2009
We did a make and take, swapped cards and then chatted. Nancy had everyone introduce themselves for my benefit and then we talked about the mini-convention they plan in August evey year. That sounds like a lot of fun and I am thrilled to be able to take part.
I just wanted to share some of the wonderful cards from the evening. The first was the make & take and the others were swaps. I still haven't learned everyone's name and so I can't remember which card was made by each person to give them full credit. Hope you love them as much as I do!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Cardstock - Sahara Sand, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink - Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze. River Rock for sponging sea bed and Baja Breeze sponged background
Accessories - Pewter brads, word window punch, top note die, Texturz plate, Dazzling Diamonds
This second card was my first made with Great Friend from the mini. I embossed the butterfly in silver onto basic grey card and it looks pretty cool but I don't think you can really see it in the photo.
Cardstock & DP - Going Grey, Basic Grey, Baja Breeze. DP - Urban garden
Ink - Baja Breeze, Basic Grey, Versamark
Accessories - Basic Grey taffeta ribbon, Silver embossing powder, Dimensionals
This third card was another first time play with a set from the mini, Soft Summer. I am so glad I finally got the hang of my stamp-a-ma-jig!
The last card was made with another new set from the mini, Just Beachy. I love the combo of this set with the Sweet Slumber DP.
I really want to use this set in making invitations for my daughter's 4th birthday party in June. I would love to make a bucket with a pull-out spade card (kind of like the flower pot card idea I learned at Nancy's stamp camp). Need to give that some more thought.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Tonight though, I got a couple of cards finished up using the Pun Fun set. The first is for my daughter, Rhiannon, who is having her tonsils and adenoids removed tomorrow. She has moved out of the pink phase and into purple, hence the lilac whale!! Hopefully it will cheer her up a little.
Cardstock and DP - Whisper White, Lovely Lilac, Tempting Turquoise. Flowers for You DP (retired)
Ink - Stazon Black. Image colored with SU! markers.
Accessories - Non-SU ribbon, punches (Marvy), Silver eyelets (done with Crop-a-dile)
Stamp Set - Pun Fun, Cute and Curly, On your birthday, Serif numbers
Cardstock and DP - Whisper White, Pacific Point, Summer Sun. Good Morning Sunshine DP
Ink - Stazon Black, Tangerine Tango, Brilliant Blue, Summer Sun. Image colored with SU! markers.
Accesories - Non-SU! ribbon, punches (Marvy), Curly label punch, dimensionals, Dazzling diamonds on the number 1.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
All cards used A Flower For All Seasons, images were stamped with Stazon black ink and all coloring was done with Stampin' Up! markers. A scallop square punch (marvy) and ticket corner punch (SU!) were used on all cards.
Cardstock, DP & Ribbon - Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Flowers for you DP. Ribbon - Certainly Celery
Cardstock, DP & Ribbon - Whisper White, Mellow Moss, Bashful Blue DP (from hostess pack). Ribbon non-SU!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I did manage to squeeze in another card using Bird on a Branch. Ginger Blossom is one of my favorite DPs and, even though it is retired, I love using it wherever I can.
I do have a question for my fellow stampers. Do you have a set that you bought thinking it would be wonderful only to find that you get some kind of mental block when you try to use it? My "problem" set is Cheers to you. Whenever I try to use it, the cards are just truly boring. I browse the SCS gallery but still can't seem to translate the ideas I get into anything great.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Heard from the Heart
Thoughts and Prayers
Bella's border wheel
I kept one pack of the Bold Bright card but I'm not a huge fan of most of those colors so swapped out the other pack and most of the ink pads for those I was still missing from the other color families. I can't wait to get playing. Best of all, my first demo order arrives next week with my Big Shot (and about a billion other things....). I took full advantage of the 30% off!
No cards this evening but, just for Diane, a special segment about the pup!
Introducing The Nutty Pup - Dougal
Dougal (aka Northwinds Magic Roundabout) is an almost 6 month old tri-color belton English Setter. He is completely crazy and thinks that everything is for eating (typical male). I am very biased but I think he is truly gorgeous and am more than happy to share a few pics of him and blame Diane!
This is one of the cutest pics ever - Dougal at 8 weeks old. He nows weighs around 40lbs and will hit around 70 when fully grown!!
Dougal with his biggest fans, my girls Rhiannon and Anwyn.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Stamp set - Trendy Trees
Cardstock - Whisper White, Night of Navy
DP - Prestwick
Inks - Garden Green, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Night of Navy ribbon, square punches
Stamp Set - Trendy Trees
Cardstock - Not quite Navy, Barely Banana (plain and textured), Whisper White
Inks - Ruby Red, Not quite Navy, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Dimensionals, Ribbon (not SU!), paper piercing done using mat pack
Stamp Set - Trendy Trees
Cardstock - Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Summer Sun
DP - Good Morning Sunshine
Inks - Kiwi Kiss, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Curly label punch (love this!), corner rounder punch
Before my use of Trendy Trees bordered on addiction, I made a couple of other cards with something different!
Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Kraft, close to Cocoa
Inks - Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla (craft)
Accessories - self adhesive pearls - I added these and wished I hadn't as they don't add anything at all.
This last one was made for my Nephew's first birthday which is coming up in May.
Cardstock - Whisper White, Rose Red, Bashful Blue (textured), Certainly Celery
DP - Cutie Pie (retired)
Inks - Rose Red, Basic Black. Image colored with SU! markers
Accessories - Certainly Celery ribbon, Star punch, Dimensionals
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Stamp set - Crazy for cupcakes
Cardstock - Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red
Patterned Paper - Bella Rose
Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, watercolor paper
Patterned Paper - Cutie pie
Accessories - Certainly celery and So Saffron ribbons, cuttlebug embossing folder, ticket corner punch
Sunday, April 5, 2009
This was made for my first swap using the Upsy Daisy set (SU)
Stampendous Bee Happy collection
Embrace Life set (SU)
Gardening Riley Moose (Hanna stamps)
Pirate Riley (Hanna Stamps)
Unfrogettable with some added extras for Christmas (SU)
House Mouse "Dear Santa I ate your cookies"
Moose You, again with some added extras (SU)
I dream of Hanna set (Hanna stamps)
Another Riley Moose (Hanna Stamps)