Friday, September 30, 2011

Yes, it's all about the designer paper lately isn't it?

My card base is a standard A2 in Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie. I've chosen some Memory Box papers to work with today. For the Free For All challenge over at Splitcoast today - color blocking with designer papers. Works for me!

I played with different sizes of rectangles and squares until I liked the layout and just simply layered each piece of designer paper over a square or rectangle that's 1/8" larger. Then the "moon" was punched out and stamped with the sentiment. Another very easy card today!

Paper: Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Memory Box Blackbird
Ink: Versafine Onyyx Black
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Fabulous Phrases
Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch, adhesive, paper cutter, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!

Warm Wishes

Thursday, September 29, 2011

This card was made with the Mojo 208 sketch from Monday. We had options to do a square or a round shape and I thought round might be fun.

If you haven't made a round card before, one of the easiest ways to make it, is cut two of the same shapes. Score the back one straight across, about 1/4" down from the top and attach it to the top with some really strong adhesive. In this case, I've used Scor-tape.

Again today, I'm showcasing designer papers with very little stamping. The little black flower on the larger circle is stamped, as is the sentiment and that's it for stamping.

I played around with some different sized circles and rectangles until I found something pleasing to the eye. For some bling, a piece of Zva Creative self-adhesive crystals. I separated one large piece into several smaller pieces, laying the larger piece underneath the larger of the circles and then placing a few small pieces on top of it. I've also added two brads - one to the center of the flower and one to the center of the smaller circle.

Paper: Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Lost and Found Blush
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps: Flourishes and Inkadinkado
Accessories: , Big Shot Pro, Lacy Circle nesties and Large Circle nesties, a couple of retired brads from Stampin' Up!, paper piercer, Zva Creative self-adhesive crystals, circle punches, Scor-pal, Scor-tape, dimensionals

Hope you have a fantastic Thursday everyone!

Christmas Joy

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today, the sketch challenge. This is such a great layout as there are so many different shapes that could be stamped on, or, as I've done today, showcasing some beautiful designer papers.

This is made with a standard A2 card base. Next came a layer of designer paper, followed by a rectangle of solid paper layered with more designer paper. It was wrapped some seam binding that has been sponged with Stampin' Up! River Rock and edged with a R59 Copic marker. The holly image has been stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black, colored with Copics and sponged around the edges. Then I added a little sparkle with a Sakura Stardust pen, just to the holly berries.

Next comes some solid paper punched with a 2" circle punch, with yet another coordinating paper layered over top. I added a bow with the same dyed seam binding. Then added a punched star in the solid color with a small tag from the same series of papers. I also traced the word "Joy" with the same Sakura Stardust pen.


Paper: Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler, River Rock, Authentique Wonder and X-Press It Copic Blending Paper

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! River Rock

Stamp: Anna Griffin

Accessories: Snug Hug seam binding; sponges; Sakura Stardust pen; glue dots; dimensionals; star, 2" circle and 1 3/4" circle punches; Copics: leaves: YG91, YG95, YG97; holly berries: R43, R46, R59

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ah the fabulous 50's! Poodle skirts, bobby sox, sock hops...

This card pays homage to the 50's and is for two different challenges at Splitcoast today - the color challenge where we are to use Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Pool Party and the Teapotter's Challenge - poodle skirts and sock hops.

My card base is a standard A2. I'ved colored my digi image with Copics and added some sparkle with a Spica pen, and some highlights with a white gel pen. Then just simple layering and some Copic colored rhinestones.

Image: Jensdigistamps.com and the sentiment is computer generated
Ink: none - just my LaserJet ink
Paper: Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Pool Party, X-Press It Copic Blending paper and Basic Grey Out of Print
Accessories: Stampin' Up! Heart punch, Spica pen, white gel pen, Hero Arts Gemstones and Copics: skin: E00, E21; top, headband, eyeshadow, shadows: BG10, BG11, BG13; hair, dog's collar, dog's eyes: YR21, YR24, YR31; shoes, dog's nose, dog's eyes, poodle: T3 and 110 Special Black; skirt and dog's body: E000, E42, E43, E44; scarf, flower, belt, lipstick: R39, R59

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Anya with Holly Wings

Monday, September 26, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today it's the CAS challenge - paper piecing, and the Technique Lovers challenge - covering chipboard with designer paper.

Little Anya has been stamped and colored with Copics. Next her dress and bow were paper pieced. Then, I took some chipboard holly and covered it with co-ordinating designer paper. The edges were also inked with Copics. Next, I ripped the paper to add a little interest and stamped the sentiment over both pieces of paper.

Anya's halo has been highlighted with Stickles, I also added some Stickles to the hollyberries and the accent over the "Noel" sentiment.

Stamps: The Greeting Farm - Angel Anya and Wordsworth - Noel Script
Paper: X-press It Copic paper, Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake and Simple Stories 25 Day of Christmas designer paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Stampin' Up Crumb Cake
Accessories: Basic Grey Holiday Chipboard, Tombow Multi, Stickles - Golden Rod, paper snips, craft knife, Copics: skin - E00, E02, E51, E53; hair - E13, E15, E17; and YG91 and R59 for edging the chipboard pieces

Have a marvelous Monday everyone!

Gingerbread & Sugared Things

Friday, September 23, 2011

It's Queen for the Day time over at Splitcoast today. I'm honoring Liz with a gingerbread style card similar to one in her gallery.

The card base is a standard A2 and has been stamped around with edges with some words and little gingerbread men. Next is a piece of designer paper cut with a die and sponged around the edges.

The little buttons are die cut and I tied some hemp twine through the holes and popped them up on dimensionals. The little gingerbread man is a punch...cute huh? I stamped him with a background stamp, added some Stickles to his hands and feet as well as his bow tie. A white gel pen was used for the eyes and mouth.

Paper: Stampin' Up! Close to Cocoa, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Festive Treats designer paper from First Edition
Ink: Stampin' Up! Close to Cocoa
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Sweet Season and Deer Friends
Accessories: Gingerbread Man punch from EK Success, Big Shot Pro, Labels 23, Sizzix Buttons #5 Sizzlet, Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler marker, hemp twine, sponge, white gel pen, Christmas Red Stickles; Frayed Burlap Distress Stickles, dimensionals

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!

A Christmas Wish...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today is the Ways to Use It challenge - to use a paper bag in your design. I chose to use a Pottery Barn bag with the subtle striped pattern. It was used for the snowflake, the background for the reindeer and the sentiment. My layout is the MOJO 207 layout.

My card base is large again - 5" x 6.5", and was dry embossed. Next comes three simple layers of designer paper over top of some card stock. The reindeer is stamped in the same color as the card base. The sentiment was stamped in the same color and layered over another small strip of the same cardstock.

The snowflake is made with the Spellbinders Create A Flake 3 die. I chose three different layers from the set and again used the Pottery Barn bag. A small punched circle was added in the same color as the card base. All layers of the snowflake are popped up on dimensionals to create more interest.

Paper: Pottery Barn bag, Bo Bunny Blitzen, Stampin' Up! Early Espresso and Cajun Craze
Ink: Stampin' Up! Early Espresso
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Home for Christmas and Inkadinkado Brenda Walton 97032-K
Accessories: paper snips, Big Shot Pro, Create a Flake 3 die, small circle punch, dimensionals, Couture Creations Diamond Trellis embossing folder

Have a terrific Thursday everyone!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Well it's time to get crackin' with the Christmas cards so that's what I chose to do for the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast today.

My card base is 5" x 6.5" to allow for the three panels. I love to make my own designer paper and started out with a piece of white card stock that's slightly smaller than my card base. Step one was to stamp the little pine boughs randomly over the page. When I do this, I turn the stamp several different ways throughout the process and make sure that some of the stamping goes off the page. Each little image was loosely colored with Copics and I added some highlights with a white gel pen. Next, I stamped the little gold star image, again randomly, over the page. Then I spritzed the page with Glimmer Mist. And for the final step for the background, the "Joy" image was stamped randomly.

The three panels were all stamped, colored with Copics and also spritzed with Glimmer Mist. I added a little piece of gingham ribbon (thanks Kathy!) to the center panel and a little bit of red Copic on each of the other panels for a little pop. The panels were then layered on the same card stock that the card base is made from.

Stamps: Penny Black - Christmas Treasures
Paper: home made designer paper and Stampin' Up! Early Espresso
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: white gel pen, Glimmer Mist in Lemongrass, gingham ribbon and Copics: pineboughs - G21, G24, G28, E71, E74, E77, E79; lanterns - T1, T3, T5, Y11, Y13, Y15 and the touch of red is R29

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Music Expresses That Which Cannot Be Said

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A very simple, easy card today, thanks to a beautiful sentiment and wonderful die. I've used a 6 1/2 x 5 card base today in white.

After running it through the Big Shot Pro, I simply used a round sponge on the end of a ColorBox tool and highlighted the raised areas. Next came a strip of black card stock that was scored several times and the sentiment was simply stamped right over top of the embossed card.

A truly less than 5 minute card.

Paper: premade card base from a old package of cards and envelopes, Stampin' Up! Basic Black
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Music Expressions (retired)
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Cheery Lynn Designs die, ColorBox tool, Versafine Onyx Black ink, and Scor-Pal

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Fall Leaves

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hello everyone! Yes, it's been a while hasn't it? We had a wonderful holiday and now it's time to get back into our routines. One of which is regular posting to my blog!

Over at Splitcoast today the CAS challenge is all about leaves. Our leaves haven't started to turn yet but that's not too far off. I love leaves...the colors, the shapes - they are one of nature's true beauties.

My cardbase is a standard A2 size. I cut a strip of Early Espresso, dry embossed it and attached it to the base. Next I used a couple of different dies and papers to make the leaves. They've been popped up on dimensionals. Then I added the sentiment and done!

Paper: Stampin' Up River Rock, Early Espresso and Bo Bunny Forever Fall Collection
Stamps: Impression Obsession - Watch the Leaves
Ink: Stampin' Up Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot Pro, Cheery Lynn Designs Large Leaves #2 dies, Craft Concepts Gem Flourish embossing folder, and dimensionals.

Have a marvelous Monday everyone!

Ladybug Hello

Thursday, September 1, 2011

This sweet little bug image is from Tiddly Inks. Cute isn't it? I turned it into a ladybug by coloring it red and then adding some dots.

My card base is a standard A2. I've used Sketch Challenge 348 from Splitcoast for the layout. I've layered some designer papers underneath the colored image.

The little ladybug was colored in Copics and then I added some Stickles for a little bling. The sentiment has been simply stamped and layered with two punched pieces of paper.

Stamps: Tiddly Inks
Paper: Stampin' Up More Mustard, Basic Gray, retired designer papers and Basic Grey
Ink: Stampin' Up Basic Gray
Accessories: Stickles in Golden Rod and Star Dust; 1 3/8" circle punch and 1 1/4" circle punch; Copics: body - R43, R46, 110; hat/shoes - C5, C7, 110; skin - E000, E02, E93; hair - YR21, YR23, YR24 and BG10 for shadowing

Have a wonderful Thursday!