April 23, 2008

Stampin' Goodness

First off, I don't know how some bloggers make up the cool titles for the posts....that's why I usually just leave mine blank! LOL Love the idea, but can't ever think of anything clever! Maybe it's because I'm always about ready to fall asleep on the keyboard! Hmmm....

Back to the card:

The scan isn't very good...but you get the idea, right? I started out wanting to copy the card sample on pg. 23 of the Spring/Summer 2008 Catty. So I grabbed a Chocolate Chip base that I stashed in my "card base" drawer and there it sat for a little bit (this is me debating if I really want to copy this card or do something else with it) with nothing on it. Then I remembered the sketch from my Stampin' Up! Magazine (Stampin' Success) and without much thought I punch a 1 3/8" Square through the top center of my card. GASP! I did something permanent before I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do. All is good though, it turned out just fine! Okay I'll get back to the card again.

I used my Punches plus CB (Classy Brass) Template (pg. 187) to pierce the holes in the paper. Since I couldn't really just glue this to the inside of the card and have it be the focal image on the front and on the inside I had to put a More Mustard piece behind the flower. I stamped the flower in Not Quite Navy and onto Very Vanilla Cardstock, cut it out (which I love to do) and popped it up on the More Mustard Square. I then stamped the "sentiment" from the same set in Chocolate Chip just below the squared flower (didn't know what else to call it). Then tied some ribbon underneath the sentiment. And it's done....and I really like how it turned out.

So I went from wanting to copy the card on pg. 23 to have as a sample to actually just using the stamp set that has never been touched! Other than to cut it out of course. Hope you liked it! And thank you so much for stopping by!


Stamp Club

I had my stamp club this weekend (I have it every third Saturday). I had a lot of fun (like always)!! I just love my "group". Everybody did a wonderful job at their Challenge!! I should have kept them and posted them (if they wanted me to), but oh well....maybe next time.

That reminds me I need to think of something for this months challenge. Maybe I'll do another card sample (like we did last month) I got the most "response" out of that challenge. Hmm...I'll think of something...maybe I'll post a Poll on my side bar. Okay...thinking out loud. LOL!

I have one project done (well sorta....just waiting for my paper to show up so I can finish it) for next month, but I don't know what I'm going to really do for my technique. Hmm.... For those that are reading this, What techniques do you/your friends/customers seem to like the most? Thanks in advance!

Hopefully, I will have something to post (card wise) soon! I haven't done any stamping TODAY and I'm going through withdrawls already!

Take care and have a wonderful week (if I don't post sooner)!

April 8, 2008

Stamp Club Challenge

I had some old scraps (just the pieces you put on the base) from a workshop I did so I made them into kits. Instead of using the normal base color (Old Olive) I changed it to Sahara Sand and you know what? I think I like it this way better. I gave these to my Stamp Club members as a challenge to see what they could come up with keeping all the cardstock the same size. I cut extras for me that way I could give them some extra ideas. These are the ones I came up with. It was fun!

Supplies all Stampin' Up! Unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Carte Postale & Fundamental Phrases & Leaves a la Carte Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive and Very Vanilla
Ink: Purely Pomegranate and So Saffron
Accessories: Old Olive Polytwill (Occasions Mini), 3/16" Corner Rounder (for Scallop edge) and Stampin' Dimensionals.

This is the first one I did and I didn't like it too much, so I did my 2nd one:

Stamps: Same as the first card
Paper: Same as the first card
Ink: Same as the first card
Accessories: Same as the first card

I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig (yes I finally got one!) to line up the "CELEBRATE".

This next one is my favorite! I Love this stamp set!

Supplies: All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Embrace Life
Paper: same as cards above
Ink: VersaMark, Old Olive and Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Stampin' Pastels (So Saffron), DS (double Stitched) Purely Pomegranate Ribbon (threads removed) and Crafters Tool Kit (Paper Piercing).

I used VersaMark to stamp the big flower on the Sahara Sand base. Then I stamped the "leaves" in Purely Pomegranate on Pomegranate for a tone on tone affect. I adhered the So Saffron to the Pomegranate and paper pierced it. Then I cut the ribbon to size and removed the thread and tied it around the cardstock. For the Focal image I stamped the "flower cluster" in old olive and colored in the petals with so saffron pastels and stamped the sentiment underneath it in Purely Pomegranate.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed these cards!

April 4, 2008

I made this card about a week ago. Playing with some new stamps I got. This is the Together Forever Stamp Set. I mainly bought this set for this flower! I LOVE this flower, I think it's the "shading" on it....I don't know! I just think it's really pretty and I still haven't scrapbooked my wedding pictures (4 years now) so I can use this set! Hehehe....But anyways...back to the card.

I started with Always Artichoke, one because it's my favorite color and two because I wanted to make a card out of some old 6x6 pieces I had laying around from a workshop I did. It's hard to see but I stamped/rolled the Forever Flowers Wheel on the background just about half way down. I grabbed some Rose Red from my scrap stash and stamped the circle images repeatedly on the cardstock in Rose Red ink. I then added some Regal Rose ribbon.

Next, I stamped the flower images in Basic Black and colored it in with my markers; Always Artichoke (for the leaf), Regal Rose, So Saffron (which you can't see because of the brads I added later) and Rose Red. After I was done coloring I matted it with So Saffron and adhered it to the card with dimensionals. I then stamped "Happy Mother's Day" (from All Holidays) at the bottom of the card in Chocolate Chip (it might be Basic Black, I can't remember for sure off the bat and don't have the card in front of me).

Supplies: All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Together Forever and All Holidays
Ink: chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Regal Rose and So Saffron
Paper: So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Rose Red and Very Vanilla
Accessories: Brads (Fresh Favorites), Regal Rose Wide Grosgrain

Thanks for stopping by! Will be posting more later....