Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Punches Three Baby Girl Cards

Here are two of three baby girl cards I made yesterday with the Hostess Set - Punches Three. These were really quick and easy with my Cuttlebug. The third card is very close to the second, so I didn't post it.
I love how the buttons turned out with the scallops on the first card. If I do this again, I will cut the scallops first and then score and fold the card as the front ends up quite a bit shorter than the back if you don't. The first card also uses the shimmery white cardstock from SU!
The second card is pretty self explanatory. I think I'll be making some more of these to have on hand. I probably make some in blue and some in neutral colors.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mojo 55 Inspired by Nature

I've been so anxious to give this set a try and finally got to it tonight. I haven't played Julee's Mojo Monday at http://www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com/ for quite a while, so I decided to give it a go today with my new Inspired by Nature set.

I've been accumulating the Watercolor Wonder Crayons over the last few months, but I haven't been using them. This stamp set is perfect for coloring right on the stamp and then misting and stamping. I love the way the image turned out. I know I'll be using this technique with this set again....maybe even for the card trade I'm in next month.

Paper: Chocolate Chip, True Thyme, More Mustard and Whisper White

Ink: Chocolate chip and More Mustard on the tag only; True Thyme (barely seen on the 2nd layer)

Accesories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons (More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Chocolate chip and a little bit of Really Rust just around the edges of the flowers), Jumbo Eyelets, water mister

I made a few other cards today also, but I'll have to wait until tomorrow to upload them. They are all Cuttlebugged, so it is better to photograph in daylight to get the dimension of the embossing to show up.

Blessings - Stacy

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Birthday Card for 2 year old

Today's card if for my nephew James' 2nd birthday. Wow, how times flies! I decided to give SCS's sketch challenge this week a try as it looked very appealing and easy to use up some DP I had sitting here. I also pulled out my first pieces of the new In Colors! The stamp set used is by Inque Boutique which I had never used before.

We're looking forward to another beautiful day here in South Dakota. I probably should go outside and do something, but my new stamps have been calling my name for the last few days! We'll see how things go. For now we just need to focus on getting homework done and things in order for school tomorrow.

Blessings! Stacy

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Happy Harmony Thanks

Today's card was for the FS81 at Splitcoaststampers. The challenge was to case something from this gallery Kokirose. What a beautiful gallery of things to case. I also wanted to try and fit in the Limited Supplies Challenge from this Friday - Oldies But Goodies. I found this card Kokirose Case that Kokirose posted back in February. I immediately fell in love with it and knew that I wanted to case it. It uses Happy Harmony with is a set I have had for quite a while and I have only used the sentiment from the set, so I thought that would qualify as an "Oldie but Goodie". The paper is also my Glossy White which I haven't used in quite a while. Unfortunately, River Rock will soon be disappearing from my stash and will turn into an "Oldie But Goodie".

I started by taking a piece of glossy white cardstock and wiped it down with the Embossing Buddy and randomly stamped the floral image from Happy Harmony all over with Versamark, then applied clear embossing powder and heat set it. I used my brayer to apply Elegant Eggplant ink all over the paper going over it several times and moving in different directions. I let this set a bit to dry and then wiped it with a tissue to make sure any excess ink was off before I proceeded.

From here, I cut my square panel and the smaller rectangular panel. I mounted the two pieces on some River Rock cardstock and pierced around the edges. I "stitched" (connected the dots) with a white gel pen on the smaller piece. Then I moved on to the main image which I simply stamped in Elegant Eggplant on Sahara Sand paper. Cut with Scalloped Nestability, then sponged the edges, mounted on a larged scalloped oval which was also sponged. Added the pierced dots and the gel pen dots. I adhered everything with brads and tape, adding the ribbon and the hodgepodge hardware. A fun, relatively simple card with a bit of sheen because of the glossy cardstock. I hope you like it. I'ppy to have a beautiful thank you card for the next time I need one.
Happy Sunday to everyone!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Cocktails Anyone?

Grrrrr....I just had this all typed up real nice and then I hit something that deleted it all, so here I go again!

This morning I challenged myself to use some of the things I have been accumulating over the summer. I love a lot of the weathered looking papers; however, when I go to use them, they don't seem to match up with the stamps I have. Well, today I think I found a combination that works. I think I'll use this as a birthday card once I find an appropriate, witty sentiment!

Here are the products I have been collecting and finally broke open for this project:

  • Cocktails? stamp from Inkadinkado

  • Cosmo Cricket paper - Gretel: Gingerbread

  • Itty Bitty Backgrounds - I have this for YEARS and NEVER used it!

  • Petal Pushers in Yellow and Brown by Bazzill- These are the flowers.

  • Fab Brads in Honeycomb by Bazzill

  • Rain Dots in copper by Cloud 9 Design

  • Tim Holtz Distressing Powder in Old Paper (used with IBB to create sand look the roosters are standing on)

  • WWC - I had been borrowing these and using them constantly. Finally I returned them and have been buying 1 color group each month. Well, since I have bought them, I haven't even opened the packages.

  • Zots 3-D - I had seen a friend use these with some flowers and HAD to have them. I got them 6 months ago and hadn't used them yet!

Other products:

  • Inks: Creamy Caramel, Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip (also used to distress edges)

  • SU Distressing tool

  • Really Rust and Very Vanilla Paper

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

First Color Throwdown Challenge

For my niece's baby shower this weekend. She is having a baby in August and its supposed to be a girl. Hope the dr's right as she is getting a lot of pink things!
The color inspriration comes from my blog friend LeAnne's (WeeInklings) new color challenge found here
I thought the colors would be perfect for a baby shower. Pretty simple card. I hope she likes it.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Birthday Chick

Here's a fun card for my niece's birthday. I found the stamp at my LSS's rummage sale this spring. When I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for my niece's birthday, which is today. We always celebrate on the 4th though. I combined Julee's Mojo Monday sketch, the new Verve challenge - VSCSTAR on SCS and todays Ways to Use it challenge on SCS.

Gotta run. I may update the details a bit more later. All the colors and names of cardstock on on my SCS gallery.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Birthday Penguins

Here are two more cards I created for Birthday parties my kids were invited to. The first one (boy penguin) I made quick on Thursday morning for a party my son was going to. It was supposed to be at the pool, so I thought it would be perfect; however, weather got in the way and the party ended up being indoors. Oh well, the kids thought it was a cute card (and so did I)! Then, on Friday my daughter was heading to a birthday party and she really wanted to have the same card. Little did she know that I had a GIRL penguin. She was really happy with the resulting card and she got to help. I never would have come up with this color combo without Splitcoast's challenges. These colors worked great for a fun summer card. OH, and I got to use my new Nestabilities. What fun! Enjoy!

Finally, I have a trade done!

It's been months since I have been able to participate in trades with my card club. I was determined to work something up this month since I've been borrowin my demo's WWC's for a few months now and haven't "given" her anything in return (although I have posted several cards).

The card I created was a case from a fellow SCS stamper Lisa S. You can view her card http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/959409

OK, so when I start cards for a trade, I always just make one first and then I worry about if I have enough stuff to make 10 cards. I know, I know. My mom did teach me when cooking you always need to make sure you have all the ingredients on hand before you start. Well, I'm a bit impatient and I like to dive into things. So, I came up with this card I thought would be nice and I loved the colors. Then when I saw I had 1 1/2 sheets of True Thyme, I figured, that'll be PLENTY. Well, it's NOT! Of course, I decided, you don't need to make the middle square since no one can see that anyway. Hmmmm, still not enough. Ok, so I can cut 2 squares in half and just make sure the center piece will cover the missing half of the 4 center squares. Yeah, great plan, let's proceed. Getting down to the last few cards. Uh oh, I STILL don't have enough. OK, well I had some scraps of True Thyme, maybe I can dig those back out of the trash and just make those 1/2 squares. That got me a few more, but I am still short. Gosh, what other colors can I substitute, let me look in my folders. By golly, I have 3 more sheets of True Thyme! All that stressing and skimping and I didn't need to after all!
Stamps - Touch of Nature, Baroque Motifs
Paper -
Base - 5 1/4 x 5 1/4
River Rock - 5 x 5
True Thyme Squares - 1 1/2" (use 6 squares - cut 2 in half for middle pieces)
Baroque Backgrounds DP squares - 1 1/4"
Basic Black - 3 1/4" sq (use left over from base)
Very Vanilla - 3 1/8" sq
Ink - True Tyme & Black Stazon
Other - Yellow and Orange WWC & blender pen

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Masculine Birthday

It's been a few days since I've posted. Lots of busy-ness around here. I really liked SCS's Color Challenge yesterday and the Sketch Challenge today. Since time is short, I just combined them into one card. My brother-in-law has a birthday in July and this will be perfect for him.

I finally used my jumbo eyelets though that I got SEVERAL months ago for a really specific reason that I cannot for the life of me remember now! For the thread, I put the jumbo eyelet in and set it just a little bit and then strung the thread and finished setting the eyelets. It worked pretty slick.

I'm loving the WWC Crayons that my demo loaned me. I suppose I should get them back to her. I did order one set of the crayons this month. Wish I could order them all at once!

I'm off to Boston tomorrow, so it'll be a while until I post again. Thanks for stopping by....Stacy

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Cheery Get Well

Monday came and went and I didn't get any stamping done, but I did get 1/4 of the garage cleaned and some things gathered for the consignment stores and Goodwill.

Before heading out today, I thought I'd give Splitscoast's Color Challenge a try. What a challenge today!?! I never would have put these colors together without the challenge. The colors are Regal Rose, Real Red and So Saffron. I think my final card is rather cheery. I was trying to decide on the sentiment when my husband called to fill me in on how my SIL's surgery went this morning. Very well, thankfully. Anyway, I decided that a Get Well card for her would be just right and these cheery colors would be just what she needs as she recovers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Dot On Chef

The title for this post is a play on one of the sayings from my favorite show - Hell's Kitchen. Chef Ramsey is always saying "Spot On" to the chefs....along with a many other expletives that I won't share here!

This card was created today for my step-mom's 50th birthday which was June 3. We are having a big celebration tonight. She is a catering chef, so I think she will enjoy this saying. Voila is one of my favorite sets to go to for fun birthdays and dinner parties.

I decided to give SCS's Sketch Challenge this week another go and I am glad I did. The dots were a last minute addition. I was really scared when I started them as I don't have time to ruin this card today! But, the end result I really like.
The saying was computer generated. It says "Sick and tired of all those sarcastic cards you've been getting that joke about your 50th birthday...." On the inside it says, "Frankly, that's not surprising. The sense of humor is the first to go." I love finding fun sayings to put on my cards!

Thanks for visiting today! Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

My first card upload

Here is a card that I made on Tuesday. I had such fun playing with my SU! demos WWC! I'm going to have to get me a set of these!

As I continue to post, I will begin adding more details to my posts, but for now, I'm just trying to get up and running and experimenting with the things I can do on my blog. Thanks for stopping in to check my blog out. Leave me a comment so I know you were here!

My first post

I'm just giving this a try and am so excited to start blogging. I hope you'll come back later to see how far I've taken this new adventure!