Friday, February 29, 2008

Long NoteTrio

It's official, I've fallen in love with the long notes. I have not purchased any yet, but I love all the samples I see in our catalog and so I cut up my card stock to size and boy, are they fun to play with. If you feel stuck with the regular sized cards, you need to try a long note. I am showing all three of my designs here in one picture. If you have a favorite , please leave me a comment and I will draw 3 names and send them the card. My blog is not frequented much so your chances of winning are pretty high ! You probably noticed two of these don't have any sentiment. I really like the sentiment I used on the middle card (both the font and message seem perfect for this card) but it is from a retired set and I would like to make these for a swap at upcoming regionals in Tulsa. So I am still in search of the perfect sentiment or might leave them blank for people to add their own.

The middle card was made for a color combo challenge using River Rock, Basic Black and Whisper White. I did not have any Whisper White left (I know , the horror !) so I used Very Vanilla here and it worked. Both images are from Stampin' Up set Embrace Life and the designer paper is from DSP Prints series in River Rock.

Again, I hope you like them and remember to leave a comment if you have a favorite ;) Any suggestions for sentiment are welcome as well (current SU sets only, please).

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Glitter Window Christmas Carolers

Sorry for the lack of posts this past week, we had a lot going on. The challenge today was to make a window of any kind. I knew right away I wanted to make an outdoor scene and window frame to look out. Since I could not find my Lovely as a Tree for my original idea I ended up using the Christmas Carolers. Being February 21, I know it's way past Christmas but I really thought this set would be perfect for my vision. I wanted the window to be glittered as if it was actually snowing and frosty outside. I paired the layout with a color combination challenge - river rock, basic gray and basic black.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sketch Challenge 163

I tackled several challenges in this card - the sketch challenge, ways to use it polka dot challenge, trying to finish the card before my snail adhesive ran out and double it to work as a Valentine's card for hubby. My hubby is my best friend and has been for 10 years now so I felt the sentiment fit. Did I mention the 13 layers??

Stamp Set: Time Well Spent
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Groovy Guava, Apricot Appeal, Very Vanilla
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Accessories: SU markers, apricot ribbon, Prints DSP Close to Cocoa and Groovy Guava

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tuesday Color Challenge

I am getting my feet wet again with the Splitcoast challenges. Today's color combo was Taken with Teal, Green Galore and Kraft. I would have never though of this combination but it was fun to work with. The kraft softens the bold tones for a nice balanced look. I had a circle focal point in mind but could not find my coluzzle so I ended up cutting out a circle of whisper white and free hand layering it with kraft. I pierced both the edges as well as the taken with teal layer. I wish I had my sewing machine set up to add actual stitching. Tomorrow is a sketch challenge so watch for more uploads :)

Stamp Set: Blossoms Abound
Card Stock: Taken with Teal, Green Galore, Kraft, Whisper White
Ink: Taken with Teal, Soft Sky, Green Galore
Embellishments: white organdy ribbon, hodgepodge hardware, dimensionals

Friday, February 8, 2008

More Spinners !!

I finally got my hands on the Autumn Fest stamp set. I had it on my wish list ever since it came out in the Fall/Winter collection but I've never got around to buying it, even when it was on sale. I have to say I got it for a bargain price now that it's retired. I know it's not fall season but I just had to make at least one card with the set. And to go with the retired set I used retired Cranberry Crisp ink paired with Bravo Burgundy card stock. I knew I wanted to do one sheet wonder for the background so I stamped a large piece of very vanilla in colors that I randomly picked. I cut it into 4 pieces and layered with bravo burgundy, pumpkin pie and purely pomegranate.
Then I could not decide what to do next. Any other layer was covering up my pretty leaves and ruining my background effect. The spinner acorn was exactly what it needed and I am very happy with it. To top off my retired item "rebellion" (so tired of always thinking everything I make needs to be current) I used a long retired sentiment set that I absolutely love and will always keep. I think it gives the card the right amount of "jazz". So here you have it, a useless card that cannot be demonstrated, sent to SU! for submission or used for a swap, but I still love it. I am definitely stocked up on all my masculine birthdays come fall !!!

Stamp Set: Autumn Fest
Card Stock: Purely Pomegranate, Bravo Burgundy, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Only Orange, Cranberry Crisp, Bravo Burgundy, Rose Red
Accessories: Circle Punches and Spiral Punch

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

February Club Project - Spinner Card

It looks like spring is around the corner here in Oklahoma, my daffodils are peeking through the ground and the days are getting warmer - so I am going with soft spring colors and some critters this month at club. I could not decide between the butterfly and the snail for my spinner, so I will be giving my girls a choice - all the layers are the same except for the card base and that can be cut on "as needed" basis. My personal favorite is the snail but the butterfly card is bolder and probably more fun. I will be also giving them a choice of sentiment.

February Club Project - Aging

For February club meeting we will be distressing cardstock to make it look aged. This is a fun technique for vintage or masculine cards. I used the Wanted stamp set that I have been admiring since it first came out last year but I have not yet made anything with it. My boys liked the card so much that Remy now wants to have a cowboy party and use this as invitations. I will probably steer away from the black for kids birthday invite though !!

Stamp Set: Wanted
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, True Thyme, Close to Cocoa, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Circle punches, Scallop Punch, vintage brads

Monday, February 4, 2008

February Club Project - 3D

My club projects consist of 2 technique cards and a 3D item. My customers are limited in the stamping products that they own since most of them just got started in stamping so I try to demo items they already have and show them different ways to use it. This month we are making the 2-5-7-10 box in fresh spring colors, filled with chocolates or jelly beans (their choice).

Stamp Set: Heartfelt Thanks
Card Stock: Apricot Appeal, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Purely Pomegranate, Apricot Appeal
Embellishments: ribbon

Here Kitty Kitty

My friend and downline Heather challenged me to make a card using a set that has been sitting, well, I did better than that I used a set that had yet to see any ink. I bought it last year and it sat in my closet waiting to be used. Here is the card I made for Heather, I hope by now she has already received it so I won't spoil a surprise posting it.

Stamp Set: Here Kitty Kitty, Warm Words
Card Stock: Purely Pomegranate, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: ribbon