Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July 27, 2011

Playing with the new In Colors for the challenge over at ColorQ this week.

Stamp Sets: Punched Posies, Garden Greetings
Ink: Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Paper: Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Pool Party
Tools: Fancy Flower punch, 1" Circle punch, 3/4" Circle punch, dimensionals
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (on Sticky Strip)

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Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25, 2011

Stamp Sets: Fresh Cuts, Bliss
Ink: Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Elegant Eggplant, Elegant Soiree DSP
Tools: Decorative Label punch (or possibly a label from the Matchbox die?? It was just in my stash!), Triple Flower punch, Scallop Edge punch, Modern Label punch, Big Shot, Elegant Lines EF
Embellishments: Antique Brad

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July 24, 2011

This is a double post! First is the card I made (better late than never) for Pals Paper Arts Challenge 102. I just did not have time to make it until now - I envisioned it right away looking at the inspiration picture. :)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Vellum, Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum
Tools: Big Shot, Stripes EF, Little Leave Sizzlit, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Boho Blossoms punch, 1/8" hole punch
Embellishments: 1/2" Poly Twill Blushing Bride ribbon


Next, for the sketch challenge from Paper Players this week, I made this card.

Stamp Sets: Upsy Daisy, Bring on the Cake
Ink: Night of Navy
Tools: Big Shot, Texturz Plates, Ovals Die, Wide Oval punch
Embellishments: Basic Pearls, Glimmer Brads Neutrals, Flower Fusion 2 (retired)

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

July 23, 2011

Well, this is my first attempt at "Taking it to the Top" as demonstrated on Stamping 411. I think this is a great idea to incorporate at a workshop. For me, at this stage in my card-creativity, it is difficult to start with a simple card. I'm usually hitting that intermediate area. I will try another time with the simply adding more layers or embellishments to a basic card. But, for now, this will do - it keeps that center-focus flower and the Thank You at the top, but each card is a bit different and more involved than the last.
These all use the colors Calypso Coral, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla; they all use the Stamp Set Curly Cute and the Triple Treat Flower.

This card is layered using the Baja Breeze base, Chocolate Chip then Very Vanilla. I refrained form using any embellishment and I only used a small (aka cheaper!) punch - the 1/2" Circle.

Next (which was actually the first card I made in this set) I have used the Big Shot and one Embossing Folder, Stripes. Also I used 3 punches: 1/2" Circle again, 5 Petal Flower and Scallop Trim Border. I have the 5 Petal flower up on Dimensionals. I added ribbon as well.

Last, for my most involved card, I took away some tools and added others. I did not use the 1/2" Circle punch, but I used a Jumbo Brad in the flower center. I added use of the Fancy Flower Punch, the Modern Label punch and the Large Oval punch. I did not use the Stripes EF but, instead, used the Perfect Polka Dots. And I doubled up on the Chocolate Chip Scalloped Polka Dot ribbon and moved it to the sides.

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July 22, 2011

I decided to make a "view-finder" card for a swap I'm participating in next Saturday. I've only made one other in the past, but I wanted to try again and improve on my previous efforts! I used the Make a Monster set as it provided the needed variety for the openings. As you can see, I had 4 different faces on my circle to "change" the monster.

I snapped just a few pictures from my process. You can refer to the tutorial on SplitcoastStampers for more instruction. I used Dotto a 1" circle punched from scrap paper so that I could line up where I wanted to punch the side openings. I also punched a 3/4" circle from scrap paper, again with Dotto, to put in the center of my cut out monsters so that I punched the circle exactly where I wanted it. There was little room for error on those bellies! I did also use Dotto to put the monster on a scrap piece of paper when punching - it's impossible to hold that monster in a punch!

Here is a view of the back of the top layer. The brad goes all the way through - 4 layers! I used my needle-nose plyers (from my SU! tool kit) to bend the prongs so that there was a bit of room for ease of spinning.

I also used a template that matched the green circle - this was how I pierced my hole through the green circle, the Crumb Cake layer and the Daffodil half circle on the front. (I simply used the 1/16" hole punch to pierce the layered ovals with the words.)

This (sort of) shows how it is layered - I used dimensionals on all four corners of the Crumb Cake piece, allowing room for spinning.

Stamp Sets: Bring on the Cake, Make a Monster
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade
Tools: 3/4" Circle punch, 1" Circle punch, 1/8" Hole punch, 1/16" Hole punch, Big Shot, Stripes EF, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Coluzzle Cutting System (3rd largest circle), Large and Wide Oval punches
Embellishments: Baker's Twine Early Espresso, 1/2" Scalloped Polka Dot Ribbon Tangerine Tango, Silver Brad

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

July 20, 2011

Good thing I had 2 weeks to make something for this challenge! Collection closes tomorrow night for The Paper Players current challenge. Here is my CAS (clean and simple) submission.

Stamp Set: A Slice of Life
Ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake
Paper: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla
Tools: Square Lattice EF, Ovals die, Big Shot, Wide Oval punch
Embellishments: Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Hemp Twine, Designer Buttons Neutrals Basic Gray

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

July 10, 2011

I wanted to make another card with the Fabulous Florets. I chose a few colors from my "ring of color swatches" and pulled down the stamp set -- this is what I made:

Stamp Sets: Fabulous Florets, Kind & Caring Thoughts
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Rich Razzleberry, VersaMark
Paper: Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Tools: White EP, heat tool, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Scallop Edge punch
Embellishments: 3/8" Rich Razzleberry Taffeta Ribbon

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July 9, 2011

Saturday - my husband is working on an outdoor project that involves piles of dirt, therefore my 3.5 year old boy is also outside! So, I took time to straighten up the basement. My work station happens to be in the basement, so I reorganized and cleaned that up, too! Now, if only I can keep it that way. :) Anyway, here is the card I made on my currently clean desk!

Stamp Set: Just Believe
Ink: Pear Pizzazz
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Marina Mist
Tools: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Eyelet Border punch, Wide Oval punch
Embellishments: Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, Designer Buttons Neutrals Basic Gray, 1/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon

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Friday, July 8, 2011

July 5, 2011

This is a fun, for-anyone (any age, gender, whatever!) birthday card. Colors compliments of the challenge this week over at ColorQ.

Stamp Set: A Word for You
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango, Brushed Silver
Tools: 3/4", 1" and 1 1/4" Circle punches, Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Silver EP, heat tool
Embellishments: 1/4" Whisper White Grosgrain ribbon, Tempting Turquoise brads

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Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4, 2011

I was able to whip out a card before our 4th of July festivities get underway. This is for last weeks challenge over at The Paper Players. And for this week "favorite technique" challenge at Pals Paper Arts. I like doing the Faux Metal technique - VersaMark onto Brushed Silver paper, Silver embossing powder - 3 layers. While the 3rd layer is still wet/melty take your VersaMarked stamp and push it into the layers of EP. The image I used is from Punch Pals - True Friend, Genuine Article, Accept No Substitutes.

Stamp Sets: Punch Pals, Swirls & Curls Verses
Ink: VersaMark, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo
Paper: Pacific Point, Ice Cream Parlor DSP (SAB), Whisper White, Melon Mambo
Tools: heat tool, 1" Circle punch
Embellishments: Adhesive Die Cut from Ice Cream Parlor DSP (SAB), Designer Button Brights Pumpkin Pie, Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon (SAB)

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