Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I had every intention of stamping yesterday for the color challenge, but like many things in life, plans went awry!! So I was determined to stamp today with the sketch challenge and I combined the two to create the card you see.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
The Featured Stamper today on SCS is Cammie!!! She has an amazing gallery and wonderful creations to gain inspiration from. Check out the FS by clicking on the link in the side bar on the right.
For this card I chose colors right off the In Color combo that SU! put out for this years colors. I would not have thought Real Red would go with the rest of these colors, but I was pleasantly surprised.
My original idea was to use the large butterfly from Garden Whimsy, but he was just a tad too big for the the space I needed him to fit. So I went with the smaller one and I think it looks just fine. I stamped the butterfly in Real Red and used my Chocolate Chip marker to highlight certain spots and stamped on Confetti White. I used Crystal Effects over the entire image to bring even more focus onto it.
My Whimsy jumbo wheel was rolled in Soft Sky ink and used on the Confetti White panel and then rolled in Real Red and onto the red strip. I used my distressor tool on the edges of the Confetti White and Blue Bayou panels.
I used my piercer along the Choc. Chip panel edges and my white gel pen on the choc. chip scallop circle. I then used DTP on the white and blue bayou edges.
The scallop circle is up on thick foam squares and the butterfly is up on foam squares as well. I used a circle of the Soft Sky dp on the scallop circle to highlight the butterfly even more.
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out Cammie's gallery on SCS!!
Again, I love how this turned out and I have a very special person in mind to send this too! She really needs to have some "Happy Mail" flooding her mailbox and I hope this gives her a bit of sunshine.
Thanks for stopping by!
Fridays are the Limited Supplies Challenge (LSC) on SCS. The forum thread can be found in side bar on the right. The theme for this week was Oldies but Goodies. We were to use 1 or 2 stamp sets which have not seen ink in a looong time, and old sketch challenge, an old color combo and 1 -2 embellishments. The embellies were to be items that tend to get hoarded!! Since I seem to have my sleep cycle all backwards, I was up really late Thursday and actually made 2 cards for this challenge. My first I wasn't completely satisfied with, but it has grown on me.
This card was made using Blossoms Abound, Floral BG, Warm Words and Canvas. None of these sets have seen ink in quite some time!! The Floral BG was stamped with Pretty in Pink and then speckled lightly with Always Artichoke, CC #65. The sketch I chose was SC#48, and you were to use ovals in any manner you chose. I used my Fiskars oval templates for the main image panel and the oval from the Aged Copper HPH. To reduce the glare of the WW, I very lightly stamped Sahara Sand on both oval pieces and then stamped the main images. The rest of the HPH is all Aged Copper, and I do tend to hoard this! Not sure why because I can't sell this to my customers if I don't demo it's uses!!
Distressing was done on the Bravo Burgundy and WW panels and then DTP to the WW panel with Burgundy. Once I had the sentiment panel on, I needed something in the upper right corner but couldn't decide on what. So I went with a second ribbon treatment and a small piece of burgundy gg to tie all the colors in together.
Now I do use ribbon quite a bit, but I have been hoarding this new WW taffeta and it's gorgeous!! The Floral BG panel is up on dimensionals, the main oval image is also up on dimensionals and the oval HPH is up on thick foam squares.
My second card came together much quicker and I was much happier with the end result when I finished.
The image is House Mouse and I've only used him twice now!!! Isn't he just the cutest?? My sentiment came from Everyday Flexible Phrases which I also haven't used in a while. Again, I used more Aged Copper HPH to demo the uses to my customers. My customers look at it in the catalog, but they aren't sure what to do with all of it. So with these two cards, and with others I've done, I can keep with me at workshops and show just how to use some of the items.
I used CC#41 and SC05 for this card. The dp is textured and from K&Co. The small strip on the center panel is So Saffron dp. My ribbon choices are Burgundy gg and the new Very Vanilla taffeta. I brought the layered ribbon up through the double swirl clip and then tied together. More distressing on the So Saffron piece and the middle center panel. House Mouse is stamped in Timber Brown staz on and watercolored with my WWC. Paper piercing done around the Saffron edge and in the four corners of the scalloped square.
I hope these give you some ideas for using items you may tend hoard!! Don't hoard them!! Use them to create beautiful and unique creations!!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Good Afternoon everyone!!
For the Ways to Use It challenge today on SCS the challenge was to create a Halloween card! I have 4 already completed to send out to people, but one more wont hurt!! And, besides I received a delivery today from Mr. Brown and he brought me my neutrals textured cardstock!!! So I took my new Basic Grey and used that as my card base, and went from there. My patterned paper is from K&I Memories I found on clearance at one of my LSS. The colors are great for Halloween, but I've used this for non-Halloween cards as well. The rest of my supplies are all SU!, except for scallop square. I used the withch from Booglie Eyes, stamped in Black Staz-on and watercolored with my WCC. I love using those and I don't use them enough!! Once she was colored I used crystal effects to glue the googlie eyes on and then layered her on the Perfect Plum scallop square and then onto the Marigold Morning square, which I distressed with my cutter kit tool. The edges of the black strip are also distressed.
I used my Party Punch hostess set for the Happy Halloween stamp and then punched out with my Round Tab punch. What withch doesn't have a cat for her sidekick??
Too add a little bit of texture to my card I frayed two pieces of grosgrain; Elegant Eggplant and Pumpkin Pie. This is very easy to do. If you check out the New Techniques link on the side, you'll find a week that shows how this is done. This is a vertical cut/top fold style card.
Thanks for stopping by and get working on those Halloween cards!!!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Yesterday was the weekly color challenge on SCS. This week's colors are Soft Sky, Groovy Guava and a neutral. I used Whisper White on my card. Emily does a fantabulous job on coming up with some very interesting color combos for us! Some come together very easily and some are a bit more challenging, but they all make me think, and work, outside my comfort zone. And that really is what all the challenges on SCS are about.
On my card above I initially started to work on different layout, but for some reason I just wasn't able to make it work with these colors. I needed another, darker color, to offset the different layers. So as I was playing around with the images I had already cut, I came up with this layout. I really do like how this turned out. I used my Soft Sky and Groovy Guava designer paper that is delicious!! Oh, and did I mention the double stitched ribbon?? You have got to get some if you haven't already!! The stamp sets I used here are Oh, So Lovely and So Many Sayings. Both of these are Level 1 hostess sets. So Many sayings is a very versatile set and the word window punch works with each of the sayings in a single line. On my card I used the key tab punch to get both lines. I also used my cutter kit distressor tool and piercing tool. Direct To Paper (DTP) was used on most of the layers. The flower image panel is up on double thick foam squares and the sentiment is on dimensionals. The card is a vertical cut/top fold style.
I'm sending this off to special person from SCS for all the hard she does!! Hope she likes it!
I'm working on the Wednesday sketch challenge now and will post that as soon as I finish.
Happy Stamping and Thanks for stopping by!!!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
So, after all is said and done, I have thoroughly chastised myself regarding the upkeep of my blog. I many great cards I have created and not posted for all to see. But you can check out my SCS gallery, link on the right side toolbar, and take a look for yourself. And since tomorrow is Sunday, that means Featured Stamper day!! I love this challenge. Along with the Sketch Challenge each Wednesday, these two are my favorite. So I will be posting my card CASE sometime tomorrow.