Saturday, February 24, 2007

{ Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday! }

So today was the day for the Mass Shoebox Swap I put together through SCS. It was so much fun! Other than a stamp camp I went to over a year ago back in California it was the first stamping thing I did outside of stamping on my own at home. I got to meet some fun new people too, which was really awesome since I don't really know anyone out here! There were a lot of great creations, I made an SCS album with everything we did. Along with all the really great cards I came home with so many new ideas and a list of toys I now have to have!

A couple of us made two projects since we had so many last minute cancellations. I brought my Hoppy for You card that I posted yesterday (I had no intention of bringing it when I posted it, otherwise I would have waited). Here is the other card I brought.

This is the open version of this card:

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And here is the closed version of this card:

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Stamps: SU Polka Dots & Petals, Polka Dots & Paisley, Print Pattern, Tall Tales Alphabet
Paper: SU So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: SU So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, Cameo Coral
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: SU Round Tab Punch, Kraft Edgers Scallop Scissors

Friday, February 23, 2007

{ Best Fishes }

I really liked how my last card turned out I decided to do another, just a little different though. The background was made by running my paper through my Cuttlebug with the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder. Then I inked up my brayer and lightly ran it over the embossed paper. Aside from a change of colors and stamps I also popped the Saffron layer up with dimensionals. Well, I think that is about all I can say about this one. Enjoy.

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Stamps: SU Very Punny
Paper: SU Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Tempting Turquoise, Craft Basic Black, Close to Cocoa
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Misc Staples
Other: Cuttlebug, Brayer, SU Round Tab Punch, Write Markers, Dimensionals, Joann's Clear Embossing Powder, EK Success Round Punches (2 & 1 1/2 in)
Techniques: Heat Embossing, Dry Embossing, Doodling

{ Hoppy For You! }

Just playing around a little today. I really need to cut all the paper for the Shoebox Swap I'm doing tomorrow... but I'm a procrastinator, so here is what I did instead. Oh and the ribbon was added for the SCS LSC104 challenge. Enjoy!

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Stamps: SU Very Punny
Paper: SU Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Ink: SU Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Misc Staple
Other: SU Write Markers, Dimensionals, Crystal Effects, Round Tab Punch, Brayer, EK Success Circle Punches (2in & 1 1/2in), Cuttlebug
Techniques: Sponging, Cuttlebug Dry Embossing & Die Cutting, Doodling (is that a technique?)

{ Candles Galore }

Well the candles I was making for my brother's wedding are finally done and in the mail! Sorry for the not so great picture, I took the pictures then mailed the candles before finding out my pictures were that great. This was the best of the bunch, oh and yes, that is a cat sitting in a basket in the background. I thought that was pretty funny!

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Last Friday my Upline came over and helped me heat the vellum onto the candles. Yeah, vellum! I couldn't use tissue paper because I needed to run it through the printer, there was no way I could have stamped the wording onto the candles... not for nearly 150 candles that is! You can't see the vellum but it is a little harder to heat onto the candle, so I would only use it again if it were for these reasons.

Monday and Tuesday night my Aunt and I sat in front of the TV to watch General Hospital while we bagged all the candles. We used two layers of ribbon to tie them closed. The first one is a wide, shimmery organdy ribbon and the second, tied in a bow, is a narrow satin ribbon. Then we added a tag and they were done!

In the end I think there were 10-12 hours spent on them between three people. Defiantly not bad... and they only cost about $60 to make. Since they are working on a strict budget I was more than happy to help my brother and future sister-in-law out by making these as a gift for them. When Heather saw the samples she said they were gorgeous and just her style, so I'm sure she will be pleased when she sees the final product.

Stamps: SU Doodle This, Delight in Life, In Full Bloom
Paper: Misc Shimmery Vellum (Tag), Clear Vellum (Candle)
Ink: SU Craft Bravo Burgundy
Other: Misc Ribbon, Clear Bags, Heat Tool, SU Small Tag Punch

Thursday, February 22, 2007

{ Polka Dots, Petals & A Nice Thank You }

Well... this started off as a card I wanted to use for a shoebox swap, but it ended up being way to intricate and time consuming. Even though I'm a little strapped for time to finish my swap card I figured I better finish it, otherwise it may sit unfinished for a long time... if it ever got finished that is.

I tried a different fold compared to my other cards. I'm really happy with the way it turned out, so I'm sure you will see more of them from me in the future. This picture is the closed view.

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This picture is a somewhat open view of my card. Unfortunately it is a pretty difficult card to get a good open picture of, even so I think the picture is good enough to figure out how it opens.

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Hmmmm... where to start. To stamp the "U" I inked it up with Craft Sage Shadow ink, then stamped the flowers on it in Craft Perfect Plum. I then masked the flower using a piece of SU cardstock. Because it is much thicker than the scrap paper I normally use it left the nice boarder. I did this to draw a little more focus to the flowers instead of the "U." I sponged the brown background and a little Sage onto the the images on the left side of the card and a little Plum on the right side. I think today's SCS challenge was something to do with sponging. Does it qualify for a challenge card if I had no intentions of it being one? Anyway, now all I have to do is figure out who to give this too! Enjoy... and let me know what you think!


Stamps: SU Polka Dots & Paisley, Polka Dots & Petals, All About U
Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, Perfect Plum, Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip, Perfect Plum, Sage Shadow, Craft Chocolate Chip, Craft Perfect Plum, Craft Sage Shadow
Techniques: Sponging, Kissing, 2 Step Stamping, Masking
Other: SU Round Tab Punch, SU Ticket Punch, Kraft Edger’s Scallop Scissors

Saturday, February 17, 2007

{ Au Chocolat }

Oh how I love SU's new designer paper in the Spring Mini!! I haven't been too fond of their designer paper so far, but I absolutely love all three designs in the Spring Mini. Au Chocolat is defiantly my favorite of the three. These two cards were designed around the beautiful paper. I don't think much explanation is needed for these cards as there isn't anything out of the ordinary that I did here, just a lot of layers and a lot of punches! I used two different sized punches to create the squares under the vellum and I used my ticket punch on the larger squares under the designer paper. All the paper I used, except the designer paper was from my scrap bin, so I got rid of quite a bit of it. Same with the ribbon, all scraps. Well, I think that is all I have to say about these cards, so enjoy.

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Stamps: SU Doodle This
Paper: SU Au Chocolat (Designer Paper), Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Regal Rose
Ink: SU Craft Chocolate Chip
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Misc Eyelets
Other: Joann's Clear Embossing Powder, Ticket Punch, EK Success 1 & 1 1/8 Inch Square Punches

Techniques: Heat Embossing

{ Spring Birthday }

I should be working on a swap I'm participating in, but since I have no inspiration to work on what I need for my swap I've decided to play a little with my new stamps and paper. This is a little busy for my taste, but I really love the way it turned out. I love the colors and a few of the elements, like the eyelets, the round tab punch w/the flower on it, the large heart in the background and the small heart with the ribbon and flower. Well, I think that about covers everything on the card. I hope you like it as much as I do!

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All the flowers are stamped with craft ink, then I colored them in with SU Write Markers, other than the one on the tab punch they are cut out and popped up with dimensionals. Both the hearts were cut out by hand; I stamped them then pierced the edges. Everything else should be pretty self explanatory. Enjoy.

Stamps: SU Polka Dots & Petals, It's Your Birthday
Paper: SU Rebbecca (Designer Paper), Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Sage Shadow
Ink: SU Craft Close to Cocoa, So Saffron
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Sage Shadow Eyelets, Misc Staple
Other: SU Write Markers, Dimensionals, Ticket Punch, Round Tab Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Paper Crimper; Fiskars Scallop Scissors, Stapler

{ A Treat for Todd }

My husband has been really stressed over the past few weeks. Mostly because he's been extremely busy with work and has a rough school schedule this semester, plus it doesn't help that I've been pretty stressed out over other things. I'm sure that wears on him as well. He has been trying to cut back on working a little so he has more time for school, but like normal, he's out working on a Saturday again. When he gets home this afternoon he'll have a bunch of school work he needs to start working on, so I thought I'd make a little treat for him.

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I have a bunch of these boxes I received from a special SU was having last year. If you ordered a certain amount of stuff you got a free gift bag of overstock and retired products. I haven't touched them yet, so I thought this would be a great time to pull them out.

To make the circle I punched out a piece of scrap paper and traced it on the inside of the box then cut it out with paper snips. I then taped a piece of plastic to the inside of the box. The picture makes the circle look a little distorted, but in real life it actually is a nice smooth circle.

The stamp work is pretty self explanatory. Once that was done I taped up the box and rubbed ink heavily on the edges and lightly over the surface. All the tags came from the same SU box sheet. I used craft ink on one of the larger pieces, stamped the little phrases and cut them out. I then tied them all together and tied it to the box through small holes I punched on the top. As you can tell I punched holes on the top and tied the box shut. I really like this box, too bad SU no longer carries it, fortunately thought I have bunch of them right now, so you may see more from me in the near future!

Stamps: SU Polka Dots & Petals, Fancy Flexible Phrases
Paper: SU Confetti Box Kit
Ink: SU Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip, Craft Brocade Blue, Craft Night of Navy
Embellishments: SU Cord
Other: Hershey Kisses, Terrifically Tacky Tape

Friday, February 16, 2007

{ For The Bride }

I love the swirl and flourish images from Autumn Leaves so much that when SU came out with Doodle This I knew I just had to have it! Of course I couldn't just buy Doodle This, I also had to buy Doodle That. I'm trying to talk myself out of the Doodle Alphabet & Number sets since I don't use alphabet sets all that often, but knowing myself I'll probably break down and buy them just before the Spring mini ends. Oh boy.

Anyway, I finally finished all the thank you cards I was making for my future sister-in-law and finished the candles for the wedding, well almost. I still have to put them in the bags, tie the ribbon and put the tags on, but that's the easy part. I have plans with my Aunt on Monday to finish the candles so I have the whole weekend free to stamp!

The bridal shower for Heather is on the 24th so I had to make her a card, of course I grabbed my new sets and this is what I came up with.

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The card is sized to fit in a #10 envelope. This is the first time I made a card this size. I wanted to use a lot of the swirl stamps from SU's Doodle This so it worked perfectly. The color scheme is extremely simple, just two colors of card stock and two colors of ribbon. After taking the picture I realized I didn't like the flower on the tag so much, so I pulled it off and embossed the image so it pop's a little more now. I used pastels on the edges and over the swirls. After stamping a bunch of flowers on the card base I masked them off and stamped more, then used pastels over them, similar to what I did with the pastels over the swirls. I like the affect the pastels gave the flowers here. It seems to tone down the ink on the flowers so they weren't a focal point. Enjoy!

Stamps: SU Doodle This, Doodle That, Fancy Flexible Phrases
Paper: SU Rose Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Rose Red, Craft Rose Red
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Misc Fastener
Other: SU Pastels, Dimensionals, Ticket Punch
Technique: Heat Embossing

{ They're Almost Done! }

I'm surprised how quickly we got done with the candles. It took two of use two hours to make 150 candles. Not bad at all! They still have to be bagged and the bows & tags added, but that will be much easier than heating the image onto the candle. I feel so good that we got them all done! I'll post some pictures when they are completed early next week.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

{ What I've Been Up To }

I sure have been busy with my creations this week. Nothing much to show you yet though. I've been working on the favors for my brother's wedding. I'm making near 150 votive candles. I finally came up with the design earlier this week and my future sister-in-law, Heather, loved them so I've been hard a work to get them done on time. So far I've printed all wording on the vellum (had to use vellum over tissue because of all the wording). I've stamped the images on the vellum as well and cut it all out. Tomorrow my upline is coming over and we're going to apply/heat the vellum onto the candles. Hopefully we can get them all done! Then on Monday my Aunt and I are going to wrap them all up. I also have to finish all the thank you cards I promised Heather. They're soooooo close to being done, thank God! I've got a couple swaps due and my first workshop coming up, so I've got a ton to get done! Maybe I'll have a sleepless weekend so I can get a lot done! Just kidding of course, if I can't sleep I won't be able to function. We'll see how this goes.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

{ A Blossom & Doodles }

I guess I'm addicted to these layer less cards, or one layer cards as some call them. I'm not really sure what they actually are called. Layer less seems correct since all there is to the card is a card base, no layers on it. But a lot of people call them one layer cards. Either way, I think I'm addicted!

A while back I made a personal challenge to myself to only make layer less cards until I was comfortable with them. I think that lasted a few weeks and I must have succeeded because now even though I'm not set on making them anymore I sure do seem to make a lot of them!

I'm pretty happy with this one. The rose background was made by masking the card off with a piece of scrap paper. I punched two scalloped squares out of to make one long rectangle. I used pastels for the coloring. The center of the flower is a stamp from SU's Little Pieces which I put a circle of dots around then covered with a page pebble and cut out. The stem is a stamp from SU's Simply Circles, the one with three small circles, I only inked on of them and stamped my stem. I put a bunch of dots around the flower, stem and leaves and drew the frame by hand. I finished it off by added the hardware and ribbon, if you look closely there is a brad on one of the dots for the stem. This one was a lot of fun. Enjoy!

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Stamps: SU Island Blossoms, Little Pieces, Simply Circles
Paper: SU Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Craft Rose Red, Craft Always Artichoke
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware Swirl Clip & Brad, Misc Page Pebble
Other: SU Pastels, Write Marker, Marvy Giga Scallop Square Punch
Techniques: Masking, Doodling

{ Some Workshop Cards }

As you can probably tell from looking at most my cards, I'm not a simple card makers. Most all my cards have lots of detail and they all take a lot of time. Not all card making is this way, actually I've seen so many quick, simple, beautiful cards. It's just not my style.... actually I find it very difficult to stay simple. I always want to do more! Now that I've become an SU demo I do need to some up with some more simple cards using current SU sets. Yesterday I made three in under an hour and today I made one more in about fifteen minutes. I wasn't going to post them here, but I figured I should since everyone has a different style of stamping and I'm sure many of you ladies out there will love them, so they are worth sharing. All of these are just card fronts since they will just be used for examples for workshops I figured not reason to make a full card and waste cardstock.

I can't believe how much I like this set now. I really had no interest in owning it and if it wasn't free I wouldn't have it, but I love it now! The flowers and the sentiment are all done with SU Write Markers. I liked the more natural effect it gave the flowers. I did the sentiment the same way so it would match the flowers. I'm very happy with the way the stamp work turned out. All the background stamp work was done with Craft (Pigment) ink. I tend to use more Craft ink because I like the smooth matte finish. The down side to using Craft ink is it takes longer to dry, not a problem though, I dry it right up with my heat gun. I just bought the SU brand heat gun and I really like it over the other brand I had. It must be hotter because everything dries and embosses much quicker. I used my ticket punch on the corners of the Regal Rose layer but did not use it on layer just above that, I love this look! I first saw it on cards in Cindy Haffner's SCS Gallery. Worth taking a look at too, she is very talented! Anyway, I actually like this card a lot, I will probably make a few full size copies of this card.

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Stamps: SU Polka Dots & Paisley, It's Your Birthday
Paper: SU Taken With Teal, Rose Red, Regal Rose
Ink: SU Craft Taken With Teal, SU Craft Rose Red
Other: SU Write Markers, Ticket Punch
Embellishments: SU Ribbon

This card started off as a CASE from a Stampin' Success magazine, but in the end, it looks nothing like the card I was trying to CASE. It's pretty straight forward, well, except for the flower focal point. I used the same flower stamp that I used on the burgundy layer. I did the Rock & Roll technique on the flower with SU So Saffron & Bravo Burgundy then used my spring bouquet flower punch to punch out the flower and also punched out another flower in Bravo Burgundy. I then punched holes in all the layers (the top flower down to the first So Saffron layer) and secured them with a brad from SU's Hodgepodge Hardware. I also used the spiral clip from the hardware box with the ribbon attached to it. I've never really used So Saffron until the last few days, I really like it! Especially with these colors. Always Artichoke is one of my favorite colors and I think they work well together.

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Stamps: SU Seeing Spots, Print Pattern
Paper: SU Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Craft Always Artichoke, Craft Bravo Burgundy, Craft So Saffron
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware Spirl Clip & Brad
Other: SU Spring Bouquet Punch, Stamp-a-ma-Jig

This one is definitely a CASE from a Stampin' Success magazine (Oct. '06). I changed the colors and a little of the stamp work, oh and I didn't use a window sheet like theirs had. But overall it's pretty much the same. The placement of the ribbon was chosen because I smudged a little Craft ink with my finger... I love embellishments, great cover-ups! The row of flowers was done with the small flower from SU's Simply Said set. Then I used a SU Write Marker to make some dots around the flowers.

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Stamps: SU Simply Said
Paper: SU Brocade Blue, So Saffron, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Ink: SU Craft Regal Rose, Rose Red, Brocade Blue
Other: Staples, SU Ribbon, Write Marker
Techniques: 2 Step Stampin'

Well, my last card is definitely not my normal style! I wanted to do some thing a little different so all my example cards didn't look all the same! The flowers were colored in with SU Write Markers and I used the same SU Paisley background stamp on the Regal Rose layer as well as the well as for the main teal background. All three tags are popped up with dimensionals. Despite not being my normal style, this was fun and it was extremely quick and easy!

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Stamps: SU Paisley, Tag Time
Paper: SU Taken With Teal, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Taken With Teal, Regal Rose, Basic Black
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: SU Dimensionals, Paper Piercing Tool, Small Round Corner Punch, Rectangle Punch

Friday, February 9, 2007

{ The Best Is Yet To Be }

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I have been pretty busy stamping today, but this is the last for the night... I think. Guess it depends on how well I can sleep!

I was so excited to get this set the first time I saw it used. I ordered it right away when it became available and mounted it the minute it arrived, but have yet to use it... pretty much due to lack of inspiration with it. I finally broke it out today.

The edges of this card were done with pastels and all the other coloring was done with SU Write Markers. To make the small flowers I used a SU Write Marker on the flower from the smallest heart from SU's Love Matters set. I didn't plan on the flowers, but I needed a little cover up a pesky fingerprint... Shhhhh, don't tell!

Stamps: SU Love Matters
Paper: SU Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Craft Basic Black
Embellishments: Misc Ribbon
Other: SU Write Markers, Joann's Clear Embossing Powder

{ Quick Pile of Cards }

I finished all eight of these cards tonight while watching General Hospital. I Tivo'd it so after fast forwarding through commercials that leaves 40 minutes... can't beat a 5 minute card! These are all pretty straight forward. If you double click on the image you can see a bigger version with more detail. Some of the images have other images stamped behind them that you can't see on this smaller view.

While these weren't specifially CASED or inspired by anyone in particular I know I have seen simular cards in the SCS galleries.

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Stamps: SU Very Punny, Sweet Shapes
Paper: SU Rose Red, Pixie Pink, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Ink: SU Craft Basic Black, Craft So Saffron, Craft Pixie Pink
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, MM Snaps
Other: SU Write Markers, Pastels, Joann's Embossing Powder
Techniques: Heat Embossing

{ My Brother's Birthday & LSC102 }

I finally sat down today to make my brothers birthday card, since it is 6 days away now! I made a little extra something, he loves Starburst candies so I filled a Frap bottle with Starburst and used SU colors to match. I hope it doesn't look to "kiddish" for a 24 year old, OMG he's 24! I was thinking it was 22 or something. I can't believe it! He's getting married next month too, this is getting weird!

I actually played along with a challenge from SCS, LSC102. I normally am not to into the challenges. I have soooooo many ideas in my mind that I feel restricted by them. So far I have not really suffered from "stamper's block" but I'm sure the challenges will help to get the juices flowing when that day comes.

Anyway, everything is pretty straight forward here. The top of the Frap bottle also has a Fish stamped on it. I frayed the ribbon on the fish tag so it would match the card. I'm pretty happy with it being that it was my first attempt at covering a Frap bottle. The tag in this would obviously be the fish with the frayed ribbon on it.

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Stamps: SU Very Punny
Paper: SU Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Green Galore
Ink: SU Tempting Turquoise, Craft Basic Black
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: Joann's Embossing Powder
Techniques: Heat Embossing

The card was fun, one big long tag for the focal point, wow, two challenges completed in one day! I normally don't use such bright & bold colors, they were chosen to match the Starburst wrappers. Overall, even though I'm not too thrilled with the colors, I am still very happy with the card itself.
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Stamps: SU Very Punny, Art's Hero "Enjoy Your Birthday"
Paper: SU Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Green Galore, Basic Black
Ink: SU Tempting Turquoise, Craft Basic Black
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: Joann's Embossing Powder
Techniques: Heat Embossing, Distressing

Thursday, February 8, 2007

{ Last One of the Day }

Not much to say, but here it is. Enjoy.

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Stamps: SU Delight in Life, It's Your Birthday
Paper: SU Rose Red, Ballet Blue, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Craft Rose Red
Embellishments: SU Ribbon, Misc Fastner
Other: SU Pastels, Dimensionals, Joann's Embossing Powder
Techniques: Masking, Heat Embossing

{ Birthday Blossoms }

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I have tons of inspiration to make cards, but none for the cards that I need to make.... hence the reason my brother's birthday card has not been completed yet.

This card was a lot of fun to do. To make the heart I cut a heart out of scrap paper and taped it down over the card stock. I then used pastels to make a pink background and stamped over that with the dots and small flower stamps from SU's Delight in Life set. The "happy birthday" is heat embossed and I edged the card with pastels. Really pretty IRL. Enjoy!


Stamps: SU Delight in Life, It's Your Birthday
Paper: SU Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Craft Rose Red
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: SU Pastels, Joann's Clear Embossing Powder
Techniques: Heat Embossing, Masking

Monday, February 5, 2007

{ Hubby Love }

I wanted to use SU's Letters of Love for my husband's Valentine and I had never attempted a quarter fold card, so I figured this was the perfect time to try it out. I really didn't have anything in mind when I started, other than I wanted to make it as masculine as possible. I don't think I succeeded. I did keep the color scheme good though, the only hit of pink is on the front of the envelope, I had to sneak that in there!

I wanted to keep the card as a whole uniform, which I did, each corner has a bg stamped on it, then a square die cut, stamp frame die cut then a smaller square die cut with the letter stamped on it. I changed it up by using all different bg stamps and techniques on each of the different layers. I stamped one, edged one with pastels, doodled on other, then in the end I added a different embellishment to each letter.... basically I just had fun! And I totally love the way this turned out!! I can't wait till Valentine's Day now to give it to my wonderful husband!

On the inside flaps I wrote a bunch of the cutsie nick names that I call him. I wrote them with my SU Write Marker in Night of Navy so they wouldn't stick out and be a focus point but be just a subtle addition to the card.

Anyway, I hope you like!

Here's the recipe:

Stamps: SU Letters of Love, Love Matters, Looks Like Spring, French Script, Beyond the Basics, Delight in Life, Misc Love BG
Paper: SU Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Whisper White
Ink: SU Craft Night of Navy, Craft Whisper White
Embellishments: SU Cord, Ribbon, Misc Jumper, Wedding Set
Other: SU Dimensionals, Pastels, Write Marker, Misc

{ Kind of Funny }

I'm watching an old episode of Dirt right now, oh the joys of TIVO! The woman had lit herself on fire and her entire face is burned. The funny thing is they covered up her eyebrows to make them look like they were burned off, however, she still has beautiful eyelashes!

Reminds me about a movie I was watching the other day where a woman was on the phone. It's an old corded rotary telephone (anyone remember what those are?! LOL). She turns around and the next shot you see her get upset with the person on the phone and slams the receiver down. Well, I guess her phone magically got some great cordless technology because in that shot there was no cord. Anyway, just thought I'd share.

{ Look, It's Different! }

I said I'd do something different and that I did.... this one is nothing like the others I've done today. Was fun too. I edged all the layers using the regular ink pads. It's really hard to tell from the photo but on the first sage layer I started by using my linen stamp, then I stamped the paisley on top of it. On the top white layer after stamped the flowers I used a paint brush and splattered sage ink over it and masked off the flowers and also stamped my linen stamp over the top. I also used my linen stamp on the ribbon slider. I sure do love the seaside line of ribbon, as you can tell I used a bit of it here, everything that would match that is. I also inked up my white ribbon with sage ink to match the card. So much fun and different! Enjoy.

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Stamps: SU Polka Dots & Paisley, Warmest Wishes, Linen
Paper: SU Perfect Plum, Close to Cocoa, Sage Shadow, Whisper White
Ink: SU Craft Perfect Plum, Craft Sage Shadow, Craft Close to Cocoa, Perfect Plum, Close to Cocoa, Sage Shadow
Embellishments: SU Seaside Ribbon & Other SU Ribbon
Other: Dimensionals, Clear EP, Sage Shadow Re-inker
Techniques: Heat Embossing

Sunday, February 4, 2007

{ Just Different Enough }

I guess I don't have much inspiration to do anything different, since my last three cards are basically the same. I really like the look of the pastels on the edge of these layer-less cards. The flowers are heat embossed and colored in with watercolor crayons. It's hard to see on this card, but after I tied a knot with the ribbon I used some scrap to tie a second knot next to the first. Well, I think that's about all I can say about this card. Off to create some more, hopefully something different this time. Enjoy.
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Stamps: SU In Full Bloom, Warmest Regards
Paper: Misc
Ink: SU Craft Basic Black
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: SU Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Pastels
Techniques: Heat Embossing

{ This is What I Did During the Superbowl }

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I was suppose to go to my Aunt & Uncle's house today for a Superbowl party, but I haven't been feeling that great. So instead I'm at home stamping.

I've been trying some things I don't normally do today. This is my second card today with pastels and masking. I also used the kissing technique on the flowers and stems here. Hope you like.

Stamps: SU Best Blossoms
Paper: Misc
Ink: SU Craft Rose Red, Craft Regal Rose, Craft Perfect Plum, Craft Pale Plum, Craft Night of Navy, Craft Ballet Blue, Craft Certainly Celery, Craft Always Artichoke
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: SU Pastels
Techniques: Masking, Kissing

{ You'd Think I Liked This Set }

I've used this set quite a bit lately, you'd think I liked it! I'm still not thrilled with it, but it does make for some very pretty layer-less cards. I broke away from my normal supplies and worked a little with pastels on this card, I'm pretty happy with them so I may try to use them a little more.

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Stamps: SU Delight in Life
Paper: Misc
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, Ballet Blue
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: SU Pastels

Saturday, February 3, 2007

{ So Very Loved }

Last one of the day. I tried a new technique today, kissing. I used craft rose red ink on the blossom and craft very vanilla on the paisley bg stamp to make the big blossom. The "SO" circle is popped with dimensionals. The rest is pretty straight forward. Enjoy.

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Stamps: SU Big Blossom, So Very, Paisley
Paper: SU Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Craft Rose Red, Craft Very Vanilla, Craft Taken with Teal
Other: SU Write Markers, Dimensionals
Technique: Kissing

Friday, February 2, 2007

{ Sometimes it's Hard to "Delight in Life" }

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I guess I'm just having a bad week. Today was horrible, just one thing after another. However it did start off good, I went to UPS and picked up a package from UPS full of a ton of fun stuff! Eleven new stamp sets, woohoo! I spent a few hours in front of the t.v. mounting them all. Normally I don't mind mounting stamps, but I got Fancy Flexible Phrases. OMG! That was horrible! I watched two sitcoms and an hour drama on the tivo, so it was a little under two hours to mount them. I hope they are worth it!

Anyway, the first set I had any inspiration to play with was Delight in Life, which considering my week I found kind of ironic. I am extremely happy with this card. I'm not too fond of this set, but I really love this card. It will probably grow on me with time. I chose the color scheme based off the Seaside ribbon. I was kind of iffy about using brown for the bigger flowers, but I think in the end they look great. I also had fun using my new ticket punch. I finally got it! I've been using a scalloped scissor on previous cards, but the end result with the ticket punch is much nicer... and a whole lot easier to use!

My husband actually had a lot more to say about this card than just "cool." He loves the flowers. He thought it was done with one stamp so I had to explain what two step stamping is. Well, I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do.

Stamps: SU Delight in Life
Paper: SU Very Vanilla, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip
Ink: SU Craft Chocolate Chip, Craft Sage Shadow, Craft Ballet Blue, Craft Bashful Blue
Embellishments: SU Seaside Ribbon, Eyelets
Other: Dimensionals

Thursday, February 1, 2007

{ Okay, I Think I LOVE This Set Now! }

When I first saw this set being used in the SCS galleries I really disliked it! I had no intentions of ever wasting my money on it... but free, okay, I'll take that. It was a bonus I got when I signed up as an SU demo. Now I will admit it has grown on me since the first time I saw it so when I got it yesterday I was a little anxious to mount the stamps and use it... I think most of it was the thrill of just having a new set though. I liked the first card I made with it earlier tonight (see my previous post), but I love this card! So quick and simple to make. I think it only took me 20 minutes to make... it probably would have been quicker, but I was talking on the phone at the same time. So anyway, enjoy.

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Stamps: SU Polka Dots & Paisley
Paper: SU Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: SU Craft Taken with Teal, Craft Regal Rose, Craft Rose Red
Embellishments: SU Ribbon

{ A Good Card, Despite the Bad Day... }

Today was horrible... actually, it was yesterday that started it. I had such a bad afternoon and evening that it flowed into today. Even though my morning started off by ordering some fun new stuff to play with and purchasing really good Keith Urban concert tickets the crud from yesterday still managed to affect my entire day today. Then it was just one thing after another today topped off with having to do laundry! Yuck! Fortunately I had a little motivation to stamp tonight. Probably only because I just got a couple new sets in the mail yesterday which I couldn't pull myself to play with then. I can't believe I was able to make anything decent today, but I actually did. I love the background the paisley stamp makes and these flowers are very pretty. The base of the flower is in Regal Rose and the over lay is in Rose Red, much more beautiful in real life. The vanilla layer is popped up with dimensionals and I cut a small slit in the crease so I could tie the ribbon around the front of the card. Well, I think that's it, enjoy.

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Stamps: SU Polka Dots & Paisley
Paper: SU Brocade Blue, Rose Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: SU Craft Rose Red, Craft Always Artichoke, Craft Regal Rose
Embellishments: SU Ribbon
Other: Dimensionals