Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
You can see Brandy's card on her blog, Brandy's Stamp and Share. Check out her card, and blog, and give her a congrats for winning this week!
GCA#7 will be posted on Sunday. Come on over and play with us!!!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Hello everyone!! For the GCA this week, we are using bedding to help motivate us to create! I saw this bedding in the Ginny's catalog I received last week. My own bedroom is done in these colors and I love it!
For this challenge you can take any element in the photo to create your card or project. Use the colors, lines on the bedding or the overall feeling the bedding invokes. You can go the bedding section of Ginny's for more photos of this bedding, or choose a different set entirely. If you use another bedding set, make sure you mention the name of the set.
On my card I took the lines of the comforter and built up from there. As I knew I needed to make a sympathy card, I had to use calm patterned paper and stamp set. I went to my standard sympathy stamp set, Close as a Memory, and used one of the "calmer" sides of the Bashful Blue dsp.
For the effect on my flowers I first colored them with different blue SU! markers, lightly spritzed my watercolor paper and stamped. This gives your image a wet watercolored look. I also used my ticket corner punch to mimic the pillow shams.
Again, using straight clean lines I created my sentiment panel. An oval clip from the retired Aged Copper HPH with a piece of chocolate chip gg and my Martha Stewart butterfly punch, I was done. Now I did use the "busier" side of the Bashful Blue dsp for the butterfly, but this piece is smaller and doesn't overwhelm the card.
To be entered in the challenge drawing, make a card/project using the bedding for your motivation , upload it either to your blog, or to an online gallery and post a link to your card to this blog entry as a comment by August 29, 2008 at 12 midnight. I will choose the winner through a random number generator and post the next day. Even if you can't make the drawing deadline, PLEASE feel free to participate in the challenge and upload your creations at any time. I would love to see it!
If you upload your card on SCS, please put GCA6 (NO SPACE IN BETWEEN GCA AND 6) in the keyword section. That way everyone can look at all of the creations at once!If you've been waiting to join in the fun, jump on in and have some fun!! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
I am thrilled that Elaine was able to join the GCA this week. Her card is simply beautiful and perfect for "Minimum Materials"! And I just love what she did with her ribbon!!! So head on over to SCS and give Elaine some good cheer!
GCA#6 will be posted shortly!! I hope you can join us for another fun challenge this week!!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The first card showcases the "Friends & Lattes" set which will be available on September 5th. I just love this coffee set, probably because I love coffee so much, but this set is just so fun to stamp with!!! This card is also for Ashley's Brainwave Wednesday Challenge (BWC19) found here. I love the combo of pink and brown and put coffee with it, what an awesome combo!! I also took some of my design from the picture Ashley posted, like the crib bed ruffle and they have a scalloped feel to them.
I went a little crazy with the coffee cup as I paper pieced every part of it and did paper tole on it!!! The coffee cup is raised up from the saucer. Not sure what I was thinking when I decided to piece all these spots on the cup, but I do like the way it turned out!
And what about the steam? My intent was to just cut around the outside edges and put it on, but as I was cutting I wound up cutting more than I first anticipated, but the final result was worth it! It looks like the steam is actually coming right out of the cup!!
And you can't have coffee without a snack so how about a cupcake? I put crystal effects on the cherry and on the "coffee" in the cup. If you love coffee as much as I do, you HAVE to order this set on September 5th!! The creations with this set are endless!
My next card uses one of the new Halloween sets "Creepy Crawly". This set has the most adorable Halloween images! I'm not into the scary, gory images, but cute and crazy ones I can go for.
I used CC179 and SC189 on SCS for my colors and layout. The colors were Taken with Teal, Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant. I think these colors lend themselves to Halloween very nicely, so that's what I went with. I did a technique here I learned from Technique Junkies called the Bandanna technique. It's very fun and easy to do. If your a junkie you know all about this, if not click on the TJ logo on the right and find out what your missing!!
I stamped my images in black staz on and colored the spider with my SU! markers in Perfect Plum and Pale Plum. The sentiment is in Elegant Eggplant. I used my distressor tool on the 2 inside panel edges.
My third card uses the new "Happy Fall Y'all", now available. This set has wonderful fall images of pumpkins, leaves and a farmhouse. I was having a low mojo day when I created this card, and while I like how it turned out, I feel like it needs something more.
I used my Pumpkin Patch spectrum pad to stamp the pumpkins in and to edge the torn piece on the scarecrow. He is colored in with my SU! markers.
And I used these adorable white button brads I have on his jacket!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The first two are from my Divine Secret Sister (DSS) over on SCS, Amanda M. I know her name because the last round just finished up. Each round goes for 3 months and the group I am in, Ultimate Unos, requires each "sis" to send at least one card every month and a $10 gift by the end of the round. I usually spend more than I'm supposed to, but it's so much fun!!! Both of Amanda's cards use the Life's A Breeze set from SU!
The next RAK comes from Stephanie S., AKA SmilynStef on SCS. Stephanie is the hostess of the Inspiration Challenge each Saturday on SCS. This was the her sample card for IC135. I just love it! Thanks Steph!
RAK's are wonderful gift to send someone and if you have an extra card, think about sending it to someone who could use a "Happy Mail Day!"
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Can you believe this is the 5th week for the GCA??? Time sure flies when your having fun!!! I know I'm having a ball bringing these challenges to you every week, as they help me grow as a stamper as I hope they help you!
This week we are working with Minimum Materials! What are minimum materials you ask? This is where we contain the amount of materials used on our creations, such as; cardstock, embellishments or even the type of card we make.
This week for minimum materials I want you to have NO MORE than:
* 3 layers (and this includes your base layer)
* 2 different types of embellishments
* you must have 1 dimensional portion to your card
* your card can be any theme
My sample for you this week was inspired by a swap I received at convention this year. I'll post a pic of that swap tomorrow after my camera batteries charge!
I used the Batty For You Halloween set to make a simple, yet cute, Halloween card. I made a change from the swap card, and that is the addition of the one circle punched image on Whisper White and raised up with a dimensional.
As you can see, even with minimum materials you can still create a beautiful card!!
To be entered in the challenge drawing, make a card with the listed minimum materials, upload it either to your blog, or to an online gallery and post a link to your card to this blog entry as a comment by August 22, 2008 at 12 midnight. I will choose the winner through a random number generator and post the next day. Even if you can't make the drawing deadline, PLEASE feel free to participate in the challenge and upload your creations at any time. I would love to see it!If you upload your card on SCS, please put GCA5 (NO SPACE IN BETWEEN GCA AND 5) in the keyword section. That way everyone can look at all of the creations at once!
If you've been waiting to join in the fun, jump on in and have some fun!! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
Happy stamping and creating!!!!
You can see Cathy's projects here and Brandy's here. Please take a moment to check them out and leave them a comment. Each one will receive some stamping goodies from me to help them create more wonderful embossed projects!
Would you like to receive some stamping goodies from me? All you need to do is play along in my weekly challenge, post your creation either to your blog, SCS or both and place a link or comment back here so I can find it!!
Look for GCA#5 to be posted sometime tonight. I have alot of work to do for my annual SU! New Catalog Open House I am hosting next week.
Congrats again Brandy & Cathy!!!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I still love to heat emboss and do it frequently. Whether I am embossing only my sentiment, main image or several images on my card I always love the way it takes my card up just a notch!
My samples for you are an "oldie but goodie" and scrapbook page I submitted to SU! for Convention M&T helpers (I wasn't chosen : - ( )! My son borrowed my camera for the weekend so I am pulling from my files to use as my samples!!!
I had extras from M & T kits we could order after convention 2006 and have played around to use them up. This is actually a modified version of the card from convention. I used white craft on the flower and embossed in white ep, added another circle to the center image and stitched around it with the gel pen, and used Old Olive for the Circle of Friendship saying instead of black. The black from the original was too *out there* for me. And finally I added a sentiment at the bottom.
I really like using my chipboard and and the possibilities are endless as to what you can do with it!!! Embossing on chipboard makes your embossed image stand out even more!!! Please note: You DO NOT have to use chipboard on your creation!
On the sentiment panel, I stamped the sentiment first, then I overstamped the fern image in Versamark and used clear embossing powder. I like doing this just to give a highlight of an image without overwhelming the main image.
My favorite, and go to embossing powder, is Clear. You can do so much with one jar of clear embossing powder, Versamark and any color of ink!!! You do not need to have pigment or craft ink to emboss with. As long as you have a Versamark pad, you're good to go!!
Here's how it works:
1. Stamp your image in the dye ink of your choice.
2. Stamp immediately onto your Versamark pad - (Your pad will get messy doing this, but it DOES NOT impact the Versamark ink for future stamping!!!)
3. Stamp your image directly onto your cardstock.
4. Cover with clear embossing powder and heat!
How simple is that?!?!
So get busy with your ideas, get out your heat tool and CREATE!!!!
To be entered in the challenge drawing, make a card with the listed technique, upload it either to your blog, or to an online gallery and post a link to your card to this blog entry as a comment by August 15, 2008 at 12 midnight. I will choose the winner through a random number generator and post the next day. Even if you can't make the drawing deadline, PLEASE feel free to participate in the challenge and upload your creations at any time. I would love to see it!If you upload your card on SCS, please put GCA4 (NO SPACE IN BETWEEN GCA AND 4) in the keyword section. That way everyone can look at all of the creations at once!
Happy Stamping & Embossing!!!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
And the winners are Cathy and Brandy!!!!! Click on each of their names to check out their awesome cards posted on SCS!! And thank you for being so loyal to my new weekly challenge!
Come on ladies and join in the fun too!!! I know you want to! Check back either later tonight or tomorrow for the next weekly challenge!! I'm still trying to decide what to do!!!! LOL!!!
Congrats Cathy and Brandy!!!!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
And those lucky stampers are Cathy and Brandy!!! Congrats to both of you and your goodies will be in the mail by the end of the week.
Come on ladies and join the fun!!! Be sure to check out GCA3 in the post just below. And you can check out Cathy and Brandy's cards on SCS here.
Happy Stamping everyone!!
Hello everyone!! For the GCA this week we are focusing on color!
The color combo is
If you do not have Groovy Guava or Wild Wasabi you may substitute Cameo Coral and Old Olive.
My sample features 2 of the new sets I received at convention: Inspired by Nature and Flight of the Butterfly. You wilol be seeing much more of these sets soon, I promise!!
To be entered in the challenge drawing, make a card with the listed colors, upload it either to your blog, or to an online gallery and post a link to your card to this blog entry as a comment by August 8, 2008 at 12 midnight. I will choose the winner through a random number generator and post the next day. Even if you can't make the drawing deadline, PLEASE feel free to participate in the challenge and upload your creations at any time. I would love to see it!If you upload your card on SCS, please put GCA3 (NO SPACE IN BETWEEN GCA AND 3) in the keyword section. That way everyone can look at all of the creations at once!
Have fun and Happy Stamping!!!
Monday, August 4, 2008
I must say the new Fall-Winter catalog is filled with wonderful new products and I can't wait to show what they are! The stamp sets we received in our bag are just amazing and the Make & Takes we did were over the top. As soon as I unpack my camera I'll get pictures posted.
I also haven't forgotten about the Getting Creative with Ann challenge and will post #3 later tonight. I had very limited computer access while I was in SLC.
Happy Stamping everyone!!