Monday, January 29, 2007

Unphotogenic Card

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Stamps: SU Simply Said, Small Script
Paper: SU Brocade Blue, Close to Cocoa, Mellow Moss
Ink: SU Mellow Moss, Craft Pale Plum, Craft Perfect Plum
Embellishments: SU Ribbon

Well... I tried scanning the card and I took about 10 pictures of it in many different areas with different lighting but I couldn't get a nice picture. The scan looks horrible as well, but better than any of the pictures. In real life this card is really pretty. I almost didn't post it at all because of the pictures, but I love the flowers so much I wanted to share them. The card is pretty simple and straight forward so no need for any explanation. So, enjoy.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Stamping Sunday

I've been busy today, I started off by cleaning and re-organizing my entire stamping area, something I desperately needed to do... everything was starting to flow off my shelves and onto the floor. After that was done I made a few cards.

Unfortunately the pictures don't do any justice to these cards and none of them turned out the way I envisioned. Fortunately I'm extremely happy with all three of them.

It's hard to tell in the picture, but I stamped the blossoms on the background and popped the top layer up with dimensionals. There is also some doodling on the cocoa bordering the vanilla layer. I still don't have that darn ticket punch so I used my scallop punch on the corners.

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Stamps: SU Buds & Blossoms, Small Script
Paper: SU Pixie Pink, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Craft Pixie Pink, Craft Perfect Plum, Craft Always Artichoke
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: Dimensionals

I normally don't use pastels that often, but I guess I was in the mood when I started this card. I sponged on pastels to the top layer and water colored the flowers. The plum and vanilla layer is popped up with dimensionals.

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Stamps: SU Sweet Shapes, All Year Cheer II
Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Craft Chocolate Chip, Rose Red
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Snaps
Other: SU Write Marker, Dimensionals

Last card of the night. I love this color combo! I popped the flowers with dimensionals, guess I'm addicted to that today! I stitched a row of thread across three of the layers and pierced holes below that then added the ribbon, I really like the way it looks. The dots on the scallops were done with my marker. Enjoy.

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Stamps: SU Good Things Grow, Print Pattern, Looks Like Spring
Paper: SU Sage Shadow, Close to Cocoa, Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Craft Perfect Plum, Craft Sage Shadow
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: SU Write Marker, Thread, Dimensionals

Saturday, January 27, 2007

A Sweet Hello

A total CASE of Jeanne S's beautiful card. This card is pretty straight forward. I distressed most of the layers and the ribbon. I didn't like the bright red, so it was an attempt to calm it down. I'm extremely happy with how this turned out. Enjoy.
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Stamps: SU Print Pattern, Sweet Shapes
Paper: SU Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Real Red, Bravo Burgundy, Craft Pumpkin Pie, Craft So Saffron, Craft Bravo Burgundy
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: Dimensionals

A Very Simple Card

A quick and simple card inspired by many I've seen in the SCS galleries in this format lately.

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Stamps: SU Best Blossoms, Misc Flower & BG Stamp
Paper: Misc Textured White
Ink: SU Craft Regal Rose, Craft Basic Black
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, MM Mini Snaps
Other: Pop Dots

Friday, January 26, 2007

A Wonderful Comment

I got the greatest comment the other day on one of my cards (My Wild Pile) in my SCS gallery.

"Lindsi, you have the most beautiful style of creating cards I have EVER seen. Thanks so much for sharing with us!
Southern Stamper"

I'm in shock right now! I love my work and I know that other people like my work, but this was just so incredibly nice. It's means so much to me that someone would feel this way about my work!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Nothing Fancy, Just A Thank You

I have worked on this card for the past 5 days.... it was one of those, sit down, get distracted, 5 hours later go back, two minutes later the phone rings, etc. I think in the end I only worked on it for about 15 to 20 minutes. Very quick and easy, nothing special to report. The only thing different I did here was change up my card size, this one is 3 5/8 x 6 1/2.

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Stamps: SU Little Pieces, Beyond the Basics, Seeing Spots
Paper: SU Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Taken with Teal
Ink: SU Regal Rose, Taken with Teal
Embellishments: SU Ribbon & eyelets
Other: Dimensionals

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Bunchs of Blossoms

Oh how fun this was to make! I tried something new here with the glitter window, I really love the way it turned out... I will definitely be doing that more in with future cards! The flowers were a lot of fun too. I heat embossed them all then added different embellishments so they would each have a unique look. I'm extremely happy with this card, hope you enjoy!

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Stamps: SU Buds & Blossoms, It's Your Birthday
Paper: SU Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant, Pixie Pink, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Craft Taken with Teal, Craft Elegant Eggplant, Craft Pixie Pink
Embellishments: Misc Eyelets, Fibers, Cream Embroidery Floss, Melted Rhinestones, Snaps, Clear Buttons, Glitter, Brad
Other: Joann's Embossing Powder, Packing Tape


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Stamps: SU Beyond the Basics, It's Your Birthday
Paper: Misc Textured White, SU Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: SU Craft Pink Passion, Craft Temping Turquoise, Tempting Turquoise
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Misc Ribbon, Brads, Black Embroidery Floss
Other: Joann's Clear Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

Inspiration from Sponge Bob! All the stamped images on this card are heat embossed.

I couldn't find a technique that I liked to make the "water" background so I made my own, or at least one that I haven't seen anywhere. In a plastic container I dropped a few drops of my regular Tempting Turquoise reinker and my Craft Tempting Turquoise reinker. Then I used wadded up saran wrap and blotted my cardstock with the ink mixture. I then poured clear embossing powder on top and heated it up.

It is hard to see the detail of the ribbon in this picture because of the colors. I used a ribbon slit punch and wove the ribbon through it tied it in knots. I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Covered Notepaper Holder

I found these great little note paper holders at Staples on clearance for $2.50 (normally $10). So I bought a bunch of them to cover and give as gifts. I'm really happy with the way this one turned out. You can't really tell, but there are two different ribbons tied together around the box and the flowers are popped up with dimensionals. It would have been nice to stamp each of the pieces of notepaper to match, but there are 250 sheets so I decided not to.

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Stamps: SU Simply Said
Paper: SU Perfect Plum, Bordering Blue, Misc patterned paper
Ink: SU Bordering Blue, Night of Navy
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Misc Ribbon, Paperclip
Other: Dimensionals

Last Night Was Awesome!!

I know this has nothing to do with stamping and card making, but last night was soooooo incredibly awesome I just have to share!

My husband and I are both born and raised in the Sacramento area, so we are both loyal Sacramento Kings fans. When we lived in Sacramento we would see the kings play at least 3 times a year. Normally we would save up and go to the really good games. Since we moved to Massachusetts we don't have the luxury of picking what games to go to, we have the chance to see them 1 time a year against the Celtics. So for a Christmas/Anniversary gift we bought tickets to the Kings vs. Celtics game this year. Since we only have one chance to see them we chose to go all out and get really good tickets. We bought tickets first row right behind the Sacramento bench!!! How great is that!?!?!!

So the game was last night and oh boy was it fun! We arrived over an hour early hoping to get a chance to get some autographs, what a good decision that was! The two Kings players that were out early both stopped signing autographs for the Celtics fans to sign my visor! So I have Kevin Martin & John Salmons autographs on my purple visor. As it would have been even more awesome to get Bibby's autograph, I can't complain about the one's I did get! I can see why they say King's fans are the best in the NBA. Anyone who has been to a King's game at Arco knows what a sea of purple and black there is and is fully aware of how loud everyone cheers. I couldn't believe the lack of team support the Celtics had! Most people at the game weren't wearing any Celtics gear, or even the colors.... then on top of that they hardly cheered their team on! Todd & I were so loud cheering our team on that one guy sitting behind us said "keep cheering loud, you'll give them a handicap by making them deaf!" My husband and I ignored the guy and chuckled to ourselves thinking, "they're use to it!" The cheering toward the end of the game was fun though. It was really any one's game so the crowd started to get into cheering for the Celtics a little more.... however whenever the Kings did something good there was silence, minus my husband and I jumping to our feet screaming at the top of our lungs! Quite a few times we got some warm glances and smiles from the King's players on the bench. The Celtic's fans would "boo" the Kings when they were at the line for a foul shot and of course when the Kings made it we would cheer, which would in turn make everyone within ear shot start laughing. It was great! The more we cheered, the more they laughed and the better time we had! The Kings ended up beating the Celtics! Woohoo!! And as they left the court we were so close a few of the Kings slapped my hubby's hand on the way out! Through-out the game there were quite a few members of the Kings crew (trainers, water boys, etc) that would walk by and say "Thanks for supporting the team." It was great! So God willing you know where we'll be next year!

Yeah this is how close we were! Unfortunately all I had was my camera phone which doesn't take great pictures. This was probably the best of the bunch.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


I just signed up to be an SU demonstrator today! I'm so excited!!

I Love This Frog!

I just recently mounted this set, oh boy, did I just admit that? I just had to have this set when it was in the mini last year but I was in the middle of a huge move across the country and we were completely remodeling our new place, so he got stuck in a box for a while.... but now he's out to play! Anyway, I saw today's SCS color challenge (CC97) and since I have a huge infatuation with sage shadow right now I decided to play... even though I had a ton of stuff to do.

The base of the card is perfect plum and I heat embossed the little pieces on the first layer. Had to pull out the Cuttlebug again, I sure love that thing! Of course I also had to use my new punches! Yup, I broke down and got two of them the other day. I used them on another card the day I bought them, but I haven't uploaded it here yet so the person who I sent it to doesn't get a "sneak peak." The sage punch is popped up with dimensionals as well as the frog. Yes, I did cut the frog out by hand with scissors, other than that this card was incredibly quick and simple. Enjoy!

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Stamps: SU Unfrogettable, Little Pieces
Paper: SU Close to Cocoa, Sage Shadow, Perfect Plum
Ink: SU Craft Sage Shadow, Versamark
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Misc Googly Eyes, Jumpers

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Stampin Tip - Make Your Edges Sharpe!

You know how you get those fuzzy and rough edges when you cut your paper? Use your sanding block to file them down and make them look sharpe! Only takes seconds to do, but makes your cards and pages look much nicer!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Oh No... I'm in Trouble!

I'm in sooooooooooo much trouble! I just got a peak at the new SU Spring Mini. How can I seriously want almost everything in it??!?!! IMO- This is the BEST Mini yet. Fortunatly for my New Year's Resolution I got a peak at it this early, maybe when I actually comes out and I can order from it I will not want so much. Let's see how that goes, here is my current wish list:

* I know I will still want it come March 1st
** I can probably live with out it, but I would love to have it!
*** I don't really want, but the SCS galleries are changing my mind!

Crab & Company *
Sandy Shells **
Polka Dots & Paisley ***
Polka Dots & Petals **
That's Nice **
Best Bar Codes **
Office Accountrement *
Notations Paper **
Round Tab Punch *
Spiral Punch *
Doodle This *
Doodle That *
Doodle Alphabet ** - I really don't need more alphabets, but it's too cute!
Doodle Numbers ** - Ditto not on the alphabets
Big Blooms **
Au Chocolat *
Bundle of Joy *
Off the Chart **

Really, there is stuff in the mini not on my list.... stuff that was in old minis and a couple sets.

That Weird Noise....

I finally figured out what that really weird noise I keep waking up it is. It's not a scary so I never got out of bed to figure out what it is. Well tonight I'm awake and it started. Here's what I found....
I guess my cat doesn't think my husband cleans his hair well enough! She did this for about 15 minutes.

I Fell Into the Craze!

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Stamps: SU Simply Said, Misc Sentiment
Paper: SU Taken With Teal, Rose Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Craft Rose Red
Other: SU Write Marker, Watercolor Wonder Crayon
Embellishments: MM snaps, Misc Fibers, Glitter Glue

When I first started seeing people use the different scalloped punches from Marvy I wasn't too into them... at least I didn't get what all the hype was about them. However I have now broken down and bought two of my own. Anyone who knows me pretty well would know that I'm not very patient when I decide I want something so ordering things online isn't normally my thing. I've never seen them in a store before, but I also haven't looked so I wasn't sure which stores carried them. So I went craft store hopping from Michael's, to Joann's to AC Moore and was able to pick up two of them! All I could find was the square, which was fine, I didn' t have a preference for which shape I would end up with. I just wanted two different sizes in the same shape so I could layer them.

My mission today was to make a special card for a friend who going through some things I've been going through lately. I wanted to send some love and encouragement her way. I think I succeeded because I think the finished product is absolutely beautiful! In the picture it looks like I layered a vanilla punch on a teal punch, but actually what I did was punch out a window from the rose and vanilla layers and put a vanilla punch on the card base. I wanted to do a glitter window on this one, but I couldn't seem to find the packing tape. So instead I framed the punch with glitter glue, an idea I actually got from the person I'm sending a card to! I used quite a few snaps on this because I hoard them like crazy! I should post a picture of my eyelet/snap/brad container. I keep buying, buying, buying, but I never use, use, use! So in order to keep up with one of my stamping resolutions I must start to use, use, use. I think the snaps were a great touch to add to this card, especially because the color of the Making Memories snaps matched my Stampin' Up! cardstock perfectly! When I found this out today I thought to myself, "I should buy more." Yes, I did stop myself from that thought since it goes against my resolution! Anyway, last but not least I needed more space to write something inside. Since the back of the card front would be waaaaaaaaaaay to bumpy to write on and I don't want to ruin the beautiful dry embossing with pen imprints I decided to add a extra sheet of cardstock to write on. Well, enjoy!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Satie, My Stamping Kitty...

She was just as excited for my new Stampin' Up Stuff to arrive as I was.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

One Last Card for the Night

Last one today, hubby's ready for bed. He can tolerate me watching TV and playing on the computer while he's trying to sleep, but it's a little too much to stamp since my desk is in the bedroom.
A copy from a previous card I made, but definitely not as good. I went with the bold colors because I planned on using a crab stamp instead of this cat. I should have looked at the stamp before starting because it was way to big! If I had planned to use the cat I would have gone with softer or richer colors. Still looks good, but not exactly what I wanted. I also have to say, I LOVE this ribbon! I found it at AC Moore on sale %50 off in many different colors, I hope it's an item they stock regularly because I've been going through it quickly!
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Stamps: SU Little Pieces, Simply Circles, Rubber Soul Animal Love
Paper: Misc.
Ink: SU Tempting Turquoise, Yo-Yo Yellow, Real Red, Gable Green, Craft Basic Black
Embellishments: Misc Ribbon, Crystal Brads
Other: Joann's Clear Embossing Powder

Flourishes, Swirls & Tags

I think I'm getting better at my "layer-less" cards. I'm actually able to think something up and make it pretty easily.
This one was pretty time consuming. Everything is heat embossed and all the dots were done by hand.
I love how the SU stamp from Too Terrific Tags matches the Flourishes from Autumn Leaves, it's like they were made for each other.
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Stamps: SU Too Terrific Tags, Simply Said & Autumn Leaves Flourishes
Paper: Misc Confetti White, SU Elegant Eggplant
Ink: SU Craft Rose Red, Craft Elegant Eggplant
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Misc Ribbon, Snaps, Eyelets, Crystal Brads
Other: SU Write Marker

Flowery Flourishes

Oh how fun this card was to make! It didn't turn out exactly how I envisioned it, but it turned out beautiful anyway. The sentiment is layered on Elegant Eggplant cardstock which I popped up with pop dots. I wanted the sentiment to be stamped directly onto the card base, but it wasn't visible enough so I had to come up with something new. There are rhinestones glued to the inside of the card that, when closed, show through the punched holes on the lower corners of the card. Oh what fun I've had with my new stamps!
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Stamps: SU Simply Said, Best Blossoms, Sweet Shapes, Autumn Leaves Flourishes
Paper: SU Elegant Eggplant, Misc confetti white
Ink: SU Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant, Craft Chocolate Chip, Craft Take with Teal, Craft Rose Red, Craft Elegant Eggplant
Other: SU Write Markers, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Joann's Clear Embossing Powers
Embellishments: Rhinestones, SU Ribbon, Misc Ribbon

Thursday, January 11, 2007

I have to vent...

I hate making multiple cards all the same! I can stand doing about two or three the same, beyond that it's torture! I find it a chore to even do 6 or so cards for a swap, so probably not many more of those!

Last year's Christmas cards were all the same, 50 extremely difficult and time consuming cards, it was torture! Fortunately I was working in a call center at the time so I worked on them when I was on the phone (yes, against office rules, but my manager knew and didn't care. Plus I was about to quit). So since in a weird way I was "getting paid" for making them I didn't care that they took so long to make. However, after that Christmas I decided I would NEVER make multiple cards like that again. Didn't last very long though, not too long later my brother announced that he was getting married and what did I do? I told his fiance' I wanted to make all her thank you cards. Over a hundred! I started them in March of last year, then because I was moving they got shelved. Well the wedding is in two months, so I had to take them back out. I forgot how much torture it is to make so many like cards at once! I worked for them for two hours and I'm already sick of them. I hate feeling this way! They are beautiful and I'm very excited to give them to her, but making so many at one time is draining the joy of card making out of me! I hope to complete them by the end of the weekend. Then no more!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A Quick Little Something

Just a quick note card I made with my new stamps. I really like Autumn Leaves Swirls and Flourishes stamp sets, they are fun! I used my markers so I could use different colors for different parts of the image. I had a difficult time with circle, it didn't come out the way I wanted it to because I didn't have any stamps that matched the vision I had in my mind. Plus it was getting late and my husband wanted to go to bed (I stamp in the bedroom). So I kind of threw it together quickly just to get it done. I'll figure something better out next time. Maybe time to buy more stamps! lol- no I think I need to spend less money on new stamps and use the one's I have more often! I don't need every stamp out there... or do I?

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Stamps: SU Seeing Spots, AC Moore $ Stamp, Autumn Leaves Swirls, Flourishes
Paper: Confetti White, SU Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: SU Brocade Blue
Other: SU Write Markers
Embellisments: Rhinestones

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

My Heart Leaps For You

Just another little "layer-less" something I made.

I really wanted to play with my new stamps first thing, but I had this card half completed so I figured I needed to finish it before moving on. I think I have enough time to play with my new stamps tonite so off I go.

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Stamps: SU Little Pieces, Rubber Soul Animal Love
Paper: Spreckled White, SU Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Lovely Lilac
Ink: SU Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Certianly Celery, Barely Banana, Craft Basic Black
Embellishments: Misc Eyelets, Ribbon
Other: Joann's Clear EP

Monday, January 8, 2007

Look What I Got in the Mail Today...

I'm so excited! I've been wanting these sets for quite a while now since I saw some really awesome cards in the SCS gallery. I was finally able to find them on e-bay last week and they just arrived!

I don't have much experience with unmounted stamps, actually I have really disliked the unmounted stamps I have... but since I love the image as much as I do I think I can probably deal with them being unmounted.

I can't wait to play! Maybe tomorrow if I'm not so sick.

Stamping Tip - That's a "Bright" Idea!

Two easy ways to straighten the crease marks out of ribbon without having to pull out an iron:

1. Use a hair straightener.
2. Use a light bulb that has been on for a while.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Watercolor Thank You

Another attempt at at a "layer-less" card.
I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out. I tried something new today by directly painting my water colors onto the stamps. I think next time I'm going to try a less textured paper to get a clearer image. The large eyelets I found at AC Moore in sewing section, half the cost of most eyelets and they match SU colors perfectly!
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Stamps: SU Painted Posies, Print Pattern, Best Blossoms
Paper: Misc Textured White
Ink: SU Craft Not Quite Navy
Other: Water color wonder crayons, Clear Embossing Powder
Accessories: Large Eyelets, Ribbon

Saturday, January 6, 2007

My Personal Challenge

I've had this fascination with "layer-less" cards lately, it think maybe it's because I feel that I can't make nice cards with-out any layers. Not that it can't be done, I just can't seem to do it. So I've decided to challenge myself for the next few weeks and make only "layer-less" cards. My heart window cards were done prior to this challenge and they were pretty much a case anyway so I feel I can't count those. So here is my first "layer-less" card designed by myself. This also happens to be the first card made with my Unfrogettable stamp set. Can you believe I bought it when it first came out and am just now starting to use it? Anyway, enjoy.

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Stamps: Unfroggetable, Simply Said
Paper: Paper crafters textured white
Ink: SU Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Bashful Blue, Bravo Burgundy, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: MM ribbon, Misc ribbon
Other: SU water color wonder crayons & write markers, micro beads, crystal effects

Monday, January 1, 2007

Last of the Bunch

Not much to say here other than I don't like these as much as the blue version... but I figured I'd share anyway. Enjoy.

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Stamps: SU Simply Said, Sweet Shapes
Paper: Paper Crafters Textured Pink
Ink: SU Regal Rose
Other: SU Watercolor Wonder Crayons & Write Marker in Regal Rose
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Misc Ribbon, Rhinestones

Two More in Blue

I loved my last card so much I tried again. This time I used a thick textured card stock. I think it made the "layer-less" card much nicer. I don't have much though so I guess I'll be going shopping soon! I traced the heart off a template I made and free-hand cut them out of the cardstock. These few cards I've made are the first "layer-less" cards that I have been happy with. I have one sheet of thick textured cardstock left... so I'll be back soon!

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Stamps: SU Simply Said, Sweet Shapes
Paper: Paper Crafters Textured Blue
Ink: SU Night of Navy
Other: SU Watercolor Wonder Crayon & Write Marker in Night of Navy
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Misc Hardware, Cord, Ribbon, Rhinestones

If Only....

.... you could see this card in real life. A picture does no justice to it at all! I can't believe I made a card with so few supplies. Half a sheet of cardstock & one color. Now I did use my ink pad, watercolor wonder crayon and a marker, but they were all rose red. I free hand cut the heart out, I'm surprised it looks so good. I guess I'm getting better at this right? I designed this card after Julie's card I found on SCS. I'm extremely happy with the way it turned out and I have a TON of ideas to make it better! Okay back to stamping! Enjoy.
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Stamps: SU Simply Said, Sweet Shapes
Paper: SU Whisper White
Ink: SU Rose Red
Other: SU Rose Red Watercolor Wonder Crayon& Write Marker
Embellishments: SU ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware, Misc Ribbon

A Late Night Creation

What a great way to spend New Year's Eve, stamping! I made three cards last night. Two of them are OK but I'm not too thrilled about. You can view them both in my SCS gallery, here is one and here is the other. I did really like the way this one turned out though.

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Stamps: SU Wild About You
Paper: SU Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Going Gray, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Craft Chocolate Chip
Embellishments: Embroidery Floss, MM brads

I couldn't get a really good picture of this one. I tried last night inside and you couldn't see anything. Today I went outside and got a much better picture, but still not that great. The card base is always artichoke which I heavily edged with my always artichoke in pad then distressed with my sanding block. For the chocolate chip layer I soaked each edge in water for a minute then distressed the edge with my utility knife and separated the layers. After I did each side and it dried I ran my craft chocolate chip pad along the edges and poured on the clear embossing powder, which of course I heated up with my heat gun. I love doing that to the edge of my layers, give such a nice look. After I stamped and cut out my animal images I ran the chocolate chip ink pad on the edges and lightly distressed them with my sanding block again. On to the stitching... that's pretty self explanatory, takes a little time, but I think WELL worth it! Added the "wild about you" stamped image and added some brads and walla! I've gotten so quick with the distressing that this card didn't take much time at all. Hope you enjoy!