Saturday, August 30, 2008

LCWC #6 The Twist? The Hop?

I'm back to participating in challenges! I have just either been too tired, or too busy with other things to even make a simple project. So, now that I have a little more time, and not too tired, I thought I would use this time to get back stamping and into the swing of creating each day.
This is Jen's #6 challenge, I thought that went by so quickly...how time flies!
Anyway, I chose to create a scene with my card that involves a couple dancing (not sure what dance this is... is it the twist?!?) I'd like to know what dance you think they are doing!! =)
To create this card, I made all my designing and embellishing based upon the stamp itself. I made a couple of records using my circle punches and sizzix circle dies. I also wanted to give the records a little more realism so I added a little white with my gel pen. I better post this soon, you know me I am always posting my challenge items so close to the deadline!
Here are the supplies used:
Baja Breeze, WW, Pacific Point, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black SU CS
Black Stazon Ink
Copic Pens
White Gel Pen
Sizzix Circle Dies
Circle Punches SU
Have a great day!!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

A 3 Day Weekend!!

The work week is nearly done, does anyone have plans to head out to the beach? It was a beautiful day yesterday, hopefully today is the same. On to the card. I wanted to make something with this stamp set and the new in colors from Stampin' Up!
I have the original stamp set called Stem Silhouettes, but wanted this set too. This was a pretty easy card to make, once you have it pieced together, or trying to set the right look etc.
I hope all of you in blog world, have a great 3 day weekend! Thanks for stopping by.
Supplies Used:
Pocket Silhouettes Stamp Set (SU)
Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze CS, DSP Urban Green ( all from SU)
Night of Navy, Sage Shadow Inks (SU)
Dimensionals
Scallop and Circle Punches
Tool Kit (SU)


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Trick or Treat?

It's getting closer to Halloween! I know it's only August, but September will sneak up on you. When I create my cards, I usually have some focus on a few colors to work with whether it be from designer paper, ribbon or inks, and sometimes it just depends on what kind of stamp I will be using. This time I made this card without a plan in mind. Maybe that's why it looks so busy. I kind of like it, it's okay.
I love this stamp from Penny Black, instead of a treat, you get a trick! The background stamps are from a TAC Halloween set (I forgot the name). I love making cards with stamps from different companies, makes it more challenging.
Have you started making halloween cards? Any other holiday cards? I'd love to see what holiday creations you have made for this year. Just leave a comment with a link to your creation, and I will post them on my blog to share! Hope you have great day! A 3 day weekend is on it's way!
Supplies Used:
Summer Sun, Basic Black, WW, and Old Olive SU CS
TAC Halloween, and Penny Black Stamps
SU Gingham Ribbon


So Sweet!

Good morning everyone! I want to share this card with you, it was created by my friend Jocelyn. She is a VERY talented gal, who loves to craft something all the time. Don't you think for someone who crafts that much, they should have a blog??? I tried pushing her to start one, but she doesn't have much time. That's ok, I'll be sharing what she makes on my blog, so Joce...keep making your stuff! =)
She made this thank you card for me a while back because I gave her this cute whipper snapper stamp. I loved how she used him in this card! (I just love pink!) Jocelyn has a lot of craft things too, some of which include her use of the nestibilities and the cuttlebug embossing folders. I know I took horrible photos of this card but I had no time to be real fancy about it this morning. Anyway, she used twinkling H2Os to color the cute puppy and added some glitter around the edges of the scallop circle. Last, to create the embossed lines going across the card she used her scor-pal. Hope she inspires you to create as much as she does for me! Have a great day! =)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

For Ella

Happy Tuesday everyone! It's a quick post today as I have a ton of things to take care of before work starts. Wanted to share this card with you that I made for my little niece. I know she is only a one year old, but when she gets older, she can read it and know the reason it was made just for her.
She is just a sweetheart! The biggest eyes and smile everywhere she goes. The little things she does from laughing to throwing kisses and tons more just melts my heart! I love you Ella!
Well, I can't remember the name of where this stamp came from, but I used the Happy Heart Day set from SU and retired DSP I think it's called Cerise. Used chocolate chip and vanilla cardstock. Also applied crystal lacquer to the heart for a different look. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Friends...

Hope all of you had a great weekend!! I had a very busy one, as usual... there is no time to relax. Made this card for a friend, she and I try really hard to keep in touch. The great thing is we are able to pick up from where we left off when we are able to talk story! One of the many great things about great friends. =)
It's a very easy, simple card. I have been making a lot of these easy, simple cards lately. I think it's not only a time saver, but it does turn out okay. This one here actually turned out better than I thought. By keeping things simple, it highlighted the focal point which is the girls. Have a happy monday and see you tomorrow!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Elzybell Christmas

I have finally got a chance to use a couple of my Elzybells stamps, I love this penguin. Now a few of you may say "wow, she's got a great start on her Christmas cards". Well, the only reason they were made now is because the stamps were sitting on my desk staring at me. Otherwise I would have moved onto something else.
This was a very easy card to create, not much coloring involved at all, just light paper cutting and the use of a punch. For those of you who want to make something quick, easy and fun this is what you may consider.
If you decide to make cards like this, they can be used to send individually or given as a set with matching envelopes to someone special.
Enjoy what's left of the weekend, and thanks for stopping by! Here are the supplies used:
Real Red, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss,WW and Baja Breeze SU CS
Holiday Treasure DSP from SU
Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon SU
Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss Striped Ribbon from SU
Wide Oval and Slot Punch from SU
Riding Hood Red, Going Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze Ink
Black Stazon
Stickles

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sizzix Bag

It's Friday!! Yay! We made it through the work week, now it's time to enjoy the weekend. I have just been so drained this week, so many things coming up and so little time to prepare for them. So, I decided to make something simple and fun. This little bag is one of the new Sizzix XL dies that is exclusive to Stampin' Up! It's definitely cute for favors.
If you're looking to make something easy and cute, this is the way to go. I love sizzix products. When I made this bag, initially I chose to use designer paper, and then made it with cardstock. The difference is the thickness of paper, and what you plan to use it for. When making favors, and using designer paper you are limited to filling it with things that don't weigh too much. Cardstock on the other hand will give you a few more options.
After cutting out the bag, I used my cuttlebug swiss dots folder to give it texture and design. I still felt it needed more (now I want to change it again) so I cut some flowers out from the Bella Rose DSP and mounted it to the bag. I thought it looked ok. Thanks for stopping by and have a great Friday!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Time Flies!

Would you believe it's almost time to celebrate Halloween again? The days just come and go so quickly. Well, due to wonderful inspiration by my sweet friend Curt I have put together a card for Halloween. This time I have decided to make a wiper card which I learned from Dawn. She is a super crafty lady, always coming up with great cards and projects.
This is a really fun card to make for any occassion! I can't wait to create more of these kinds of cards. Besides it featuring a pop up to stamp words such as I did here, you can also use characters, and it fits perfectly into an envelope to mail. How cool is that!! I had a hard time taking the photo and holding the card to show that the "BOO" is the one that will pop up when you pull the right and left side of the card--but the idea is there.

Here are the supplies used: Stamps are from penny black, rubber stampede, and SU. Only orange, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White CS, SU new halloween DSP (sorry I forgot the name), dimensionals and stickles. Thanks for looking and have a great day!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Coming Soon!!

I made this card for a close friend who is expecting her third child (it's boy!) . She is actually due at the end of September, or early October. I think it's late September. The funniest thing is that when we first met, and talked about having children, she clearly stated that she wants to have only boys and no girls. I on the other hand, would prefer either. Now that she is expecting her 3rd boy, she wants to have a girl. But she is really, truly happy to be having another boy. Of course when we found out that it was a boy, all I kept saying was be careful what you wish for... and we just laugh!!
Anyway, I used a stamp set from TAC, which includes the sentiment and the tiny little bottle of belly cream. I have also tried to show you in this picture that I used cinnamon stickles on her hat, blouse and heels. A little bit of stickles on her purse too! Love those stickles!! =)
Supplies Used:
Regal Rose, so saffron, and whisper white CS
Bella Rose DSP
SU Pens
Stickles
Mounting Tape
TAC Stamp Set, and Time well spent (SU-flowers in the background)
SU Gros Grain Ribbon
Hope you have a great day!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Jen's LCWC#4

Here's the new sketch for the challenge this week!


This is my entry for Jen's weekly challenge, I still have about 15 minutes to link this to her site. Somehow, I seem to post things just in the nick of time for these challenges, it's ok, the main thing is that I get it in before the clock strikes 12!! Anyway, this stamp was perfect for me, I need to have my coffee in the morning these days, and enjoy it with my co-worker.

This stamp is bought from Little C's and is called Anthony and Burt. I gave him and his buddy a light pink mug because that's the color of the one I drink out of, colored him and then used crystal lacquer to make him appear slimy like a frog. Instead of using ribbon for the center going across the card, I made my Faux Rick Rack! You can check out how to create this faux rick rack by clicking on Faux Rick Rack on the right side of my blog under tutorials. Thanks for looking and have a great Monday!!



Friday, August 15, 2008

Allison's Challenge #30

This week, Allison has us creating a card using felt. Here's my try at the challenge. I'm glad she said felt...it gave me a chance to use the felt flowers from Stampin' Up! that I never ever used since I bought it about 3 months ago.
I just love these colors together, it's a really great combination. Hope you all have a great Saturday!
Here are the supplies used to create this card:
Rose Red CS
Pumpkin Pie CS
Whisper White CS
Stazon Black Ink
Old Olive Classic Ink
Groovy Guava Classic Ink
Purely Pomegranate Classic Ink
Felt Flowers
Gold Brads
Pretty Amazing Stamp Set
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Folder


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Make your own Rick Rack!! (Faux Rick Rack)

I must share this with you!! I was trying to make a border using this punch, and instead of punching it all the way across, I decided to turn the paper and punch the opposite side too. Well, initially I came out with a boarder that looks like a beaded border, then I put that to the side . I punched out another scallop border and flipped the CS upside down again, and began punching just a 1/2 a scallop off, and created a border that looks just like rick rack!!! ok, there are probably tons of people out there thinking I'm crazy because they already knew it could be done.
For most of you who are waiting for your scallop punch to arrive, try this ASAP!!
Anyway, I was so proud of myself for discovering another way to use this punch!!! =)
So here's a tutorial on how I did this.
Get your scallop border punch and your choice of cardstock or designer paper.
Place your strip of cardstock in the punch and turn it upside down like the above picture. Begin creating a border like the one below.
This is the standard border used to make a decorative edge for cards and scrapbooks.
Here is where I have turned the cardstock upside down.
In the above photo, I have lined up the far edge of the silver imprint on punch, with the end of the punched scallop on the cardstock. ( contact me if you are not sure what I mean)
By doing that, you will end up creating a border that resembles beads.
In the above picture, I have lined up the far end of the silver imprint on punch, with 1/2 the scallop on the cardstock. (This will give a different border)
Begin punching all the way across.
The above photo will show you that you have created a border that looks like rick rack!!
I was sooo excited to show you how to use the rick rack and ended up using the card I created for the shaker card. I just removed the celery ribbon and replaced it with the faux rick rack border! I also added a black gingham bow to the shaker card. See how versatile things are with crafting?
I hope that this was a helpful and easy to understand tutorial on how to create the faux rick rack border. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this tutorial, or if you just want to talk story!! Have a great Wednesday!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Shaker Card Tutorial: Part 1

Many of you have asked for a Shaker Card Tutorial so, here it is. This is only one of the ways to create a shaker card. I have several more Tutorials that will follow. Let's begin!!
Here are the supplies you will be needing:
Stazon Ink
Printed Paper
Stamp (of a person, flower etc)
sticky strip (strong adhesive tape)
mounting tape
Acetate
White Cardstock
Pens (To color your stamped image)
Punch (to create window for shaker)
Beads (for shaker card)
Embellishments (to decorate card)



First, choose the stamp you want to show through the window of the shaker, then stamp it on your cardstock. I usually stamp in black stazon ink.

Color in your image.
Choose a cardstock or printed designer paper and a punch. The punch is used to create the window in which you will use to view your stamped image.

I have chosen to use my square scallop punch and punched it right in the center of the paper.
Turn your designer paper over to the side that you don't want to be seen, and place sticky strip, or a pretty strong tape around the square. Then cut a piece of acetate to measure about 1/4" to 1/2" larger than the punched square.
Now you will expose the tape that goes around the square, and adhere the acetate to the paper.
Now, you will need to place mounting tape in the shape of your square and place that down over the acetate. When placing the mounting tape, be sure that there is absolutely no spaces where beads can fall out of. All the corners need to be closed.
Now, remove the paper off the mounting tape.
Begin adding your beads, or whatever you want to add. Be sure not to get beads stuck onto the mounting tape. It will be hard to remove, and if you leave it there... and you close everything, there will be a small bump that can lead to beads eventually falling out.
Take your stamped and colored image, carefully place it over the mounting tape and press down in areas where mounting tape is. Fold the excess paper around the square and tape down.
You are now ready to use this on a card or project.
Get your sticky tape and place strips of tape around all the edges of the square. Remove the paper from the tape and adhere to your card.
Here is the completed shaker on a card! Embellish as you like it!!
I hope you found this to tutorial to be helpful and easy to learn from. I will be posting other ways of creating shaker cards. If you have questions regarding shaker cards, please email me. Thank you for looking, and creating with me, have a great day!!!

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