Saturday, May 21, 2011

Flowers in a Mason Jar

Okay, I officially LOVE this new set from the Summer Mini, On the Grow!  This flower image is so classic, just a bunch of flowers stuck in a Mason jar.  It totally speaks to me of summer mornings.  Because of the Elegant Soiree color scheme, this card fulfills both the Splitcoast Creative Crew challenges for color focus, as well as the challenge for distressing.

Stamps:  On the Grow

Paper:  Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, White, Elegant Soiree dsp

Ink:  Black, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Peach Parfait, Cajun Craze, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Close to Cocoa

Accessories:  Scallop punch, Ticket-Corner punch, 1/16" round punch, Basic Pearl Jewels, Baja Breeze seam binding, Early Espresso 3/8" tafetta ribbon, Vintage brads, Dimensionals, Aquapainter, sponges

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Shabby Scooter

Another card from my new favorite set!  I was experimenting with a very Lilly Pulitzer-esque design from the Beyond the Garden dsp -- I was trying to peel some wallpaper and distress it up a bit.  I think that I'm pretty happy with the results!  Because of the distressing, this card fits in with one of the Splitcoast Creative Crew challenges for May -- distressing.  For the paper rose, I used Melanie Schulenberg's video tutorial!

Stamps:  On The Grow

Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Peach Parfait, White, Beyond the Garden dsp

Ink:  Black, Bashful Blue, Going Gray, Basic Gray, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Peach Parfait, Cajun Craze, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green

Accessories:  White gel pen, Dimensionals, sponges, Aquapainter, Vintage brads, Scallop punch, 1/16" round punch, Peach Parfait stitched poly ribbon, Certainly Celery 1/4" taffeta ribbon, Big Shot,   Birds & Blossoms Flower Pieces sizzlit

Hello Baby!

This is just a quick baby card that I made for a friend.  I meant to stick with a light yellow and green palette, but the Poppy Parade just seemed to sneak in!  The frame around the sentiment was stamped once in Poppy Parade, then stamped again in Versamark, then heat embossed with clear ep.  The rose was made using Melanie Shulenberg's paper roses tutorial.

Stamps:  Four Frames, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Poppy Parade, White, Sunny Garden dsp

Ink:  Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi, Versamark

Accessories:  Big Shot, Top Note die, Little Leaves sizzlit, Birds & Blooms Flower Pieces sizzlit, clear ep, Poppy Parade stitched twill, Daffodil Delight 1/8" taffeta ribbon, brads, sponges, Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge 203

Many thanks to the Operators over at Stamping 411 for selecting this card for their Stampers Showcase this week!

This is my entry for this weeks' Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge.  It's not exactly what I was going for -- I really wanted to do the double embossing technique from this months' Stampin' Success, but I couldn't get the colors right.  It came out too dark, as well.  However, I love the sketch that the Operator's came up with this week!  

The joy of this card is that it also fulfills the requirements for the Splitcoast Stamper's Creative Crew color challenge, using the Elegant Soiree dsp.

The background is color embossed with Chocolate Chip on a sheet from the Elegant Soiree dsp.  The butterfly from Strength & Hope is stamped in Baja Breeze, then clear embossed to make it stand out more.

Stamps:  Strength & Hope

Paper:  Early Espresso, Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Elegant Soiree dsp

Ink:  Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip

Accessories:  Big Shot, Finial Press Textured Impressions folder, Scallop border punches, Tiny Tags punch, Ticket-Corner punch, Basic Pearls, clear ep, Trinket Key, Early Espresso 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Baja Breeze seam binding, Early Espresso 3/8 taffeta ribbon, sponges, Dimensionals

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge 201


I had good intentions, but I missed last weeks' Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch challenge.  But that's okay, because I love this sketch, too!  Go and over to Stamping 411 and see what the Operators came up with this week.  The joy of this card is that it also fits the bill for one of the Creative Crew challenges for May -- Catalog Focus/Distressing.  I went to an upline meeting on Saturday and it really got my creative juices flowing!

I took a few liberties with the sketch, but think that it still came out balanced.  What you can't really see in this scan is that I cut out the sails and popped them up for some nice depth!  A white gel pen adds highlights to the sails and the water.

Stamps:  The Open Sea, In a Word

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Vanilla, Nautical Expedition dsp

Ink:  Black, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories:  Metallic brads, Early Espresso 5/8" satin ribbon, Real Red 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Decorative Label punch, sponges, Aquapainter, Log Cabin Smooch Spray