Sunday, July 29, 2012

July 29, 2012

I think the challenge at The Paper Players this week is totally fun! A tic tac toe/bingo type format that allows you to choose your own combination so long as they are connected/in a line. What a great idea - be sure to go check it out! First, check out my cards for the challenge.

I was inspired by this card by Kim Badelt when I saw it last week. I knew I would use the idea somehow and was mulling it over for a few days. I decided to go for a masculine card and leave out all the white. So, for the PP106 challenge I chose the column with favorite color, masculine, punches. I know, I used more than one color. What can I say? I like COLOR period, and can't choose just one!

Stamp Sets: Thank You Kindly, Extreme Elements
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky LimeAde, Island Indigo
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso textured, Whisper White
Tools: Corner Rounder punch (so ... I only used one punch! To be fair, I was thinking I would use a square punch, but it didn't work out with the size of the image)
Embellishments: Naturals Button, Baker's Twine Early Espresso

My second card was also inspired by someone else's creation... Jennifer Timko put together this fun card. When I saw it, I decided to "pin it" for later. :) Again, I decided to pass on the white background! (Nothing against white...) This matches up with the L-R diagonal on the PP106 challenge board: Circles, Dry Embossing, Punches.

No Stamps
Paper: Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Pocketful of Posies DSP, Poppy Parade
Tools: Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, various Circle punches 3/4" - 2 1/2"
Embellishments: crochet thread, Designer Button Brights Rich Razzleberry

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

July 28, 2012

Love the inspiration photo from Just Add Ink this week; hop on over there to see it! Here is my creation for the challenge:
Stamp Sets: Punched Posies, Trust God
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Whisper White, Pear Pizzaz
Tools: 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch
Embellishments: Tangerine Tango Dotted Scallop Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, SAB 2011 button, Designer Button Brights Daffodil Delight

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

July 26, 2012

For the Stampin' Royalty challenge this week - which is "Buttons!" - I made this card. It is a Sympathy card, but the sentiment is inside the card (from the As Close as a Memory set). The picture is not of the best quality as I took it quickly with my phone before sealing the card up and heading out the door yesterday!

Stamp Set: Serene Silhouettes
Ink: Garden Green
Paper: Night of Navy, Garden Green, Basic Gray, Confetti White
Tools: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Apothecary Framelits, Ovals die, Paper Piercing Pack/piercer
Embellishments: hemp twine, Designer Buttons Regals Garden Green and Night of Navy, Corduroy Button Basic Gray

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July 25, 2012

Love the colors from the Color Throwdown Challenge this week! However, I had very little card stock of Bermuda Bay left - just scraps, in fact. So, using all that I had left, I made this card.

Stamp Set:  Blessings from Heaven
Ink: Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay
Paper: Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla
Tools: Big Shot, Floral Fusion Sizzlit, Apothecary Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Scallop Circle Punches
Embellishments: Designer Buttons Brights Rich Razzleberry, crochet thread

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July 18, 2012

This card makes me happy. :) It was fun to create - I started out just wanting to use the tree silhouette. Then I decided to sponge a "scene" and picked the sentiment stamp. Chose the colors, cut the [free-hand] clouds and got to masking! I am submitting it to the Stampin' Royalty challenge.

Stamp Sets: Serene Silhouettes, Pursuit of Happiness
Ink: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Tools: Large Oval, Big Shot, the label shape is from the Matchbox die, sponge, 1" Circle punch, sponge dauber
Embellishments: Designer Buttons Regals Garden Green, 1/8" Taffeta ribbon Early Espresso, crochet thread

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July 17, 2012

This week from ColorQ the inspiration image is a clean and simple art print. So, I decided to use that same CAS style, as you can see. I was inspired to make two! The second lends a more masculine feel.

Stamp Sets: Fabulous Florets, Kind & Caring Thoughts, Serene Silhouettes
Ink: Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black
Paper: Crumb Cake
Tools: Scoring Tool, hole punch
Embellishments: Basic Pearl, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon Real Red

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

July 15, 2012

I love the  challenge from The Paper Players this week! "Wordsmith" - make words the focal point. This is perfect for the cards I tend to make for one particular elmDesigns customer; a significant portion of the cards I make for her tend to be that very style. In fact I purchased the Blessings from Heaven set and the Trust God set (that one is new to the 2012-2013 catalog) with her in mind. I made two cards for the challenge as you can see below:

Stamp Set: Trust God
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Basic Gray
Paper: Blushing Bride, Basic Gray, Bravo Burgundy, Pocketful of Posies DSP, Very Vanilla
Tools: Big Shot, Apothecary Framelits, Finial Press EF, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch
Embellishments: Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Basic Gray Corduroy Button, Blushing Bride Twill Ribbon, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz

Stamp Set: Trust God
Ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
Paper: Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Urban Oasis DSP, Whisper White
Tools: Big Shot Apothecary Framelits
Embellishments: Designer Buttons Neutrals Basic Black Designer Buttons Naturals, Basic Gray Corduroy Button, 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon Basic Black

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

July 14, 2012

I did find the time today to make a third card with this set! No challenges to link up to for this one... Just wanted to use the third image in Summer Afternoon I'm sure one of my elmDesigns customers will be happy to use it. :)

Stamp Sets: Summer Afternoon, TPC Studio Card Crafting Hellos
Ink: StazOn Black, multiple SU! colors for watercoloring, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper
Tools: Big Shot, Top Note die, Wide Oval punch, Blender Pen
Embellishments: Chantilly crochet trim, Antique Brad

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July 13, 2012

Made my second card with the Summer Afternoon Hostess set. (Hope to make a third today with the wheelbarrow and puppy!) Can you believe that I've been a demonstrator for 5 years and I just bought Watercolor Paper for the first time! I felt this set warranted the purchase. :) This card was made using the colors from Pals Paper Arts last week - but I was a little over a day late to link it. But the sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches, which has 2 days left before the deadline!

Stamp Set: Summer Afternoon
Ink: StazOn, Early  Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Pocketful of Posies, Early Espresso, Watercolor Paper
Tools: Big Shot, Flower Garden EF, Blender Pen
Embellishments: 3/8" Taffeta ribbon in Early Espresso and Daffodil Delight, Designer Buttons Regals Cherry Cobbler, crochet thread

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012

Today is my grandmother's 80th birthday! I've been lucky to get hours at work and was actually working today; otherwise, I would have loved to spend the day making her birthday special. At least my mom got to be with her!
Anyway, that has nothing to do with the card I'm about to post! I made this for the Stampin' Royalty challenge this week. I just got this set and have been anxious to put it to use!

Stamp Sets: Summer Afternoon, Simply Said
Ink: StazOn Black, Pool Party, Basic Gray, Wild Wasabi, Calypso Coral, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Pool Party Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper
Tools: Blender Pen, Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing, Big Shot, Apothecary Framelits, Ovals die, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch
Embellishments: SAB 2012 Brad, Victoria Crochet Trim

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Some for the Guys

I like the challenge of making cards that guys wouldn't mind receiving. When I make "variety packs" of  greeting cards, I strive to make at least 1/3rd of them masculine. These 3 were part of my last customer order.

Stamp Set: Wellness Wishes
Ink: StazOn Black, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Urban Oasis DSP, Watercolor Paper
Tools: Blender Pen, 2.5" Circle punch, Big Shot, Ovals die
Embellishments: 1/4" Grosgrain Basic Black ribbon, Naturals Buttons, Designer Buttons Neutrals Basic Black, Gray Corduroy buttons

Stamp Sets: Serene Silhouettes, Blessing From Heaven
Ink: Midnight Muse, Basic Gray
Paper: Bashful Blue, Midnight Muse, Basic Gray, Marina Mist
Tools: Paper Piercing Pack and Paper Piercer, Big Shot, Apothecary Framelits, Ovals die, Square Lattice RF
Embellishments: Silver Brads, 1/4" Grosgrain Bashful Blue ribbon

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations, Extreme Elements
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Well Worn, River Rock
Tools: 2.5" Circle punch
Embellishments: Silver Brads


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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July 11, 2012

For the lovely color challenge from ColorQ this week. A customer requested some sympathy cards be included in her order of elmDesigns cards, this is one that I made for her. The "sympathy" sentiment is inside.

Stamp Set: Serene Silhouettes
Ink: Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard, Whisper White
Tools: Big Shot, Apothecary Framelits, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Sponge, 1" Circle punch
Embellishments: Pear Pizzazz pleated ribbon, Antique Brad

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

July 8, 2012

This is too late to enter into the challenge, but the sketch is credited to the challenge from Pals Paper Arts on June 21st. I did, however, turn the sketch. :)

Stamp Set: Garden Greetings
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Early Espresso, Pocket Full of Posies DSP, Poppy Parade, Whisper White
Tools: 1 2/4" and 1 3/8" Circle punches, 2 1/2" Circle punch, Big Shot, Scalloped Circle dies, Square Lattice EF
Embellishments: Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Designer Buttons Naturals, SAB 2012 Brad

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