Monday, June 30, 2008

Butterfly Thanks

Hello my fellow stampers!!

On my card today I combined two challenges from SCS: Featured Stamper and Try a New Technique.

The FS this week is chelemom AKA Michelle! She is a fabulous stamper and scrapbooker and she is also on the design team with me for Treehouse Stamps!!! How cool is that? As I went through Michelle's gallery, I had a hard time picking just one card to case!! But I finally settled on this card here. I was drawn to the quiet simplicity of her card and I like butterflies!

My changes are:

* Stamp set and colors of cardstock

* Type of ribbon

* I incorporated TLC175 on my card

* I cuttlebugged the white panel with the Swiss Dots folder & rubbed chalks on it

* I changed the layout of the sentiment

* Instead of stitching, I used my jumbo wheel, Lots of Dots over the Blue Brocade panel

TLC175 is Chalk Pouncing, where you rub the chalks onto the BG first, stamp your image on using Versamark and then "pouncing" the chalks onto the versamarked image. You can see the complete instructions here. I then used a sealant to keep my chalks from getting rubbed off. I used Brocade Blue, Mellow Moss and More Mustard chalks, but it's difficult to see in the photo.

I hope everyone had has beautiful a Monday as we did here in southeast Michigan!! Perfect weather and sunny all day!!

Happy Stamping!!!


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Life is a Picnic

Hello all my fellow stampers!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday!! As you know, on Wednesday Ashley from Treehouse Stamps, has a Brainwave Wednesday Challenge. This week it is a sketch challenge. Check out her blog, Ashley's Creative Corner, for all the deets!!

On my card here I used the adorable Picnic set which includes ants, fruits, cakes and wonderful sayings perfect for a summer card, scrapbook page or whatever!!

I also used CC172, Taken with Teal, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White. My dsp is the Wild Wasabi paper from the Level 1 print pack.

The fruit images were colored directly onto the rubber with my SU! markers and the ant I stamped in black staz-on and colored in with my Creamy Caramel marker. I used my white gel pen for the highlights around the scallop.

My card is a 5" x 5" square and will fit into a medium square SU! envelope. I used my 1 3/8", 1 1/4" and scallop circle punches for the images and the photo corner punch for the corners. The 2 smaller circles are up on SU! dimensionals and the center scallop image is up on thick foam squares to put it just slightly higher than the other two. Some white ric-rak and a silver swirl clip and that's it!

I hope you get a chance to try out Ashley's BWC and see where it takes you!!

Happy Stamping!!


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Happy Mail Day!!

Hello everyone!!! Who wouldn't love to receive this adorable snail from Treehouse Stamps in their mailbox? Much better than receiving bills and junkmail, that's for sure!!

This card was created using Ashley's Brainwave Wednesday challenge she hosts on her blog, Ashley's Creative Corner, every Wednesday. This is for last week's challenge, BWC #11, which was a color combo with Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Taken with Teal and River Rock. I used white as my neutral.

I used Bravo Burgundy for my base and then decided to use my Diamond CB folder, I just had to have, and hadn't used yet for my next layer. Before I ran it through my CB, I inked up the folder on the negative side with River Rock, put my white layer in and than ran it through the CB. When your done, you have the ink on the non-embossed parts of the cardstock. You can check out this cool technique and others by clicking on the Technique Junkies logo on the left and see everything they have to offer.

I also used SC #180 for my layout. I put my olive layer on to mimic the snail in the grass. To color in the snail I used a blender pen and my River Rock and Taken with Teal ink pad lids for watercoloring. Once dry, I went over all the Teal parts with a clear glitter pen. Not sure how well this shows up in the photo.

The scallop sentiment is up on dimensionals, and I used SU!'s Old Olive polytwill for my ribbon.

That's all I have for tonight, but I'll have BWC#12 up tomorrow!! So be sure to check back here tomorrow and check out Ashley's blog for all the deets!!!

Happy Stamping!!


Monday, June 23, 2008

Here's what I've been up to!!!

WOW! I didn't realize how long it's been since I last posted!! I am so sorry to all of my loyal readers out there. Have you ever had a job where that job just kind of took over your life and you didn't know if you were coming or going?? Well, my most recent job was that way!! And you notice I said recent! Lately I seem to be having job issues, where some women have men issues! Oh well, I can roll with the times and adjust. Actually I am in training this week for a new job that appears to be promising. We'll see. But enough of my life, let me show you what I've been up to stamping wise!

This card was made for the Featured Stamper challenge on SCS - FS69. I used the Home Grown and Elegant Sentiments sets from Treehouse Stamps.

This card was created for IC131 on SCS. Again, I used my Treehouse Stamps sets of Home Grown and So Hoppy. My flowers on here are primas and others, some of which I dyed with my re-inkers.

On this card I used the newly released, Life is a Picnic set from Treehouse Stamps. I just absolutely adore this set with all the fruit, sayings and of course the cute little ants who always seem to invade any picnics!! This was Ashley's Brainwave Wednesday challenge #10. You can check out Ashley's blog here for the BWC each week. This challenge was a sketch challenge and what a challenge it was!! But I wracked my brain and this is what resulted. I really like how this turned out. I also used CC#170 from SCS on this card.

And my final card for you was a result of the leftover piece of dsp I used from my first card here!! Ever have one of those times where you look at a piece of dsp, and then look around at the scraps on your card table and the card practically builds itself? Well that is what happened on this card. I really like how this turned out, as I have a VERY hard time making simple, yet elegant, cards. I always keep wanting to add more and more stuff to them!! And the only stamping on here is the sentiment, which from the Elegant Sentiments set from Treehouse.

Well, that's all for right now. I am working on some other stuff and I have more pics of stuff I have completed to show you. And a lot sooner than a month from now, I promise!!

Happy Stamping!!!