Friday, November 30, 2012

Creative Crew challenges for December!



This month, the Splitcoast Creative Crew holiday focus is on comfort packaging!  Anything to do with gifting sweet treats to friends and family, including the craft boxes and Sizzix dies found in the catty.  The above "gift wrapped" box is one of the kraft boxes offered on p. 161 of the catty.  The card below can also be used as a gift enclosure. The background paper was made by color embossing the flat side of the Petals A Plenty embossing folder with Marina Mist ink, then running it through the Big Shot.


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Gift Box:

Stamps:  Creatively Yours, Ornament Keepsakes

Paper:  Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Be of Good Cheer dsp

Ink:  Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories:  Kraft boxes, Big Shot, Holiday Ornaments framelits, Labels framelits, Punch Pack, buttons, Linen thread, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Cherry Cobbler tulle ribbon, ultrafine galaxy glitter


Snow Much Fun card:

Stamps:  Snow Much Fun, Creatively Yours

Paper:  Rose Red, White, Marina Mist

Ink:  Black, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals, Pink Pirouette, Gumball Green, Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink, Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral

Accessories:  Big Shot, Petals A Plenty embossing folder, Labels framelits, Rhinestone jewels, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Rose Red seam binding, Baja Breeze pleated satin ribbon

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November issue of the Paper Crafter Sampler!




The holiday issue of the Sampler is here.  Time to get your winter crafting underway.  The "Merry & Bright" issue contains an aray of winter projects.  Find creative gift wraps, Religious luminaries, ornaments and of course, holiday greetings.  Free with this month's subscription is the template for a gorgeous yule log box!

Below you can see a preview of my card for this month's Sampler.  I hope that you like it!



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Christmas Lodge



Here is another card for this month's Creative Crew Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  Once again, I'm doing the glitter, glam and glitz focus using the silver glimmer paper (sponged around the edges with Midnight Muse) and loads of Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the roof if the house, the yard and on the evergreen garland to the upper left.

Eileen B. asked for instructions over at SC, so here they go!  A fyi word: I use liquid glue (Aleen's) for just about everything but ribbon.  My cards are heavy and they just fall apart using Tombo or any other tape runner.  I also don't measure anything, so you'll have to work off your eye...

1) Central image:  Stamp the house on white cs with Basic Black ink.  Watercolor the image starting with Riding Hood Red on all parts of the clapboard siding.  Look at your image and decide where the light would hit the house and add shadows with Cherry Cobbler and Chocolate Chip. Add warm light in the windows with Daffodil Delight and add shadows to the windows where appropriate with More Mustard.  Using a white gel pen, carefully accent the window trim and highlights to the siding.  Remember where you decided that the light would hit the house when you do this!  Add shadows to the roof, the porch railings and to the trellis work beneath the porch with Crumb Cake.  Watercolor the trees with Lucky Limeade and Garden Green and the porch steps with Crumb Cake, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip.   Add Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the roof and ground with a ballpoint-tip glue pen.  Sponge the edges very lightly with Midnight Muse ink.

Cut central layer out by using a sticky note to position the third smallest Label framelit around the watercolored image and run through the Big Shot.

2)  Garland: Watercolor the greenery with Lucky Limeade, Garden Green with touches of Close to Cocoa.  Watercolor the birds, starting by using Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa.  Highlight the breast with a touch of Rose Red and the wings/tailfeathers with Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy.  Add glitter and cut out.

3)  Layer the central image:  Cut out two more Labels framelits from Midnight Muse using the same third smallest die.  Cut one label in half horizontally and the the in half vertically (make two cuts, cutting out the top and bottom points).  Carefully glue the layers to the back of your central image, creating a neat and even layer.  Use binder clips to hold the pieces in place until the glue dries.

4)  Add the garland to the upper left corner of your central image with liquid glue.  Use a few little cut pieces of Dimensionals to "hold up" the outer edge of the garland.

5)  Silver Glimmer paper:  Cut out a rectangle of silver glimmer paper to float the central image on.  If I'm forced to measure, the glimmer paper is about 4 1/4" x 3". Lightly sponge Midnight Muse ink around the edges of the silver glimmer paper. Layer the glimmer paper on Midnight Muse.  Add four aged copper brads to the corners.

6)  Framed Tulips layer:  Place a piece of white cs in the Framed Tulips folder and run it through the Big Shot.  Trim to the outer edges and layer with Midnight Muse.

7)  Midnight Muse pattern from the In-Color Print Pack:  Rough measurements 6 1/8" x 4 7/8".  (Again, I cut my cs by what looks good when I work up a card -- my cards are rarely a standard size.  I mark where I want to cut with a pencil, then cut it.  I adhere to the layering piece, then cut around it to create the layer.)    Layer with Midnight Muse and add copper brads to all four corners.

8)  Put layers together:   Adhere the Framed Tulips layer to the center of the dsp layer.  Add the glimmer paper layer to that.  Set aside.

Take about an 8" piece of Cherry Cobbler waffled satin ribbon and run your Tombo down it.  Taking a piece of Midnight Muse stitch satin ribbon, adhere it so that just a little edge shows above the Cherry cobbler ribbon, layering it.  Add another strip of Tombo down the back and add another piece of Midnight Muse, this time making sure that the Cherry Cobbler has a layer of Midnight Muse showing above and below the Cherry Cobbler ribbon.  Adhere across the center of your layers and adhere the ends around the back.

Back the central image with Dimensionals and float that image above the glimmer paper layer AND above the layered ribbons.  Add strips of pearls along the center of the ribbons.  Be sure to use a thin line of liquid glue before you add the pearls -- the mini glue dots on the back of the pearls won't hold.

Believe it or not, you're almost done!!

9)  Taking a whole sheet of Cherry Cobbler, fold it in half top-to-bottom.  Decide how much of the Cherry Cobbler cs you want to show and adhere your finished work below the fold.  Secure with binder clips until the glue dries and trim to your finished card size.

See?  A total piece of cake!!!

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All products used are SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps:  Christmas Lodge

Paper:  White, Cherry Cobbler, Midnight Muse, In-Color Print pack dsp

Ink:  Black, Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Rose Red, Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, Creamy Caramel, Crumb Cake, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Garden Green

Accessories:  Big Shot, Labels framelits, Framed Tulips folder, brads, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon, Cherry Cobbler waffle satin ribbon, Pearl Jewels, sponges, Aquapainter, Dimensionals, white gel pen

Furry Friends



I made this up as a birthday card for one of my daughters' friends.  I really miss this Everyday Enchantment dsp!  It's one of my all time favorites.


All products are SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps:  Furry Friends, Itty Bitty Banners 

Paper:  Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment dsp

Ink:  Black, Creamy Caramel, Soft Suede, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green

Accessories:  Bigt Shot, Labels framelits, Bitty Banner framelits, brads, Ticket-Corner punch,  Photo-Corner punch, Rhinestone jewels, Soft Suede 3/8" taffeta ribbon, Calypso Coral 1/8" organdy ribbon, Certainly Celery seam binding, Dimensionals, sponges, aquapainter

Friday, November 2, 2012

Watercolor Winter!




Here is another sample that I worked up for the SCS November Creative Crew challenges.  Once again, predictably, I totally went for the challenge that involved glitz, glitter and glamour.  You can't see it from this photo, but there is Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the pine needles and pine cones.  It's much prettier IRL, generally, than it appears in this photo.


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Stamps: Watercolor Winter, Greetings of the Season

Paper:  Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Festival of Prints dsp

Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Creamy Caramel, Early Espresso

Accessories:  Big Shot, Apothecary Accents framelits, Ticket-Corner punch, Photo-Corner punch, brads, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Early Espresso satin waffle ribbon, Cherry Cobbler satin waffle ribbon, Dimensionals, sponges, Basic Pearl Jewels

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ornament Keepsakes



This month, the Creative Crew challenges were all about glittery, glitz and the holidays!  I used the Ornament Keepsakes set and the Holiday Ornaments framelits to make these cute 3D embellishments for my card.  The sentiment is from Snowflake Soiree.


All products used are SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes, Snowflake Soiree

Paper:  Gumball Green, White, Real Red, Early Espresso, Champagne Glimmer paper, Candlelight Christmas dsp

Ink:  Real Red, Gumball Green, Early Espresso

Accessories:  Big Shot, Holiday Ornaments framelits, Apothecary Accents framelits, brads, Basic Pearl jewels, Basic Rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals, Ticket-Corner punch, Photo-Corner punch, gold ultra-fine Galaxy glitter

Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini 3D ornament tutorial





I wanted to make this ornament off the cover of the SU! Holiday Mini the first time I saw it.  I looked around for a tutorial, but didn't find one that worked for me so I made my own.  I hope that you enjoy it!  The SU! ornament looks like it's one-sided, but I wanted something that was 3D all the way around so that I could hang it without a backside.

Okay, to start with you need: 


30 of the large Lucky Limeade ornaments -- 6 per ornament; 5 assembled ornaments
30 of the small Cherry Cobbler ornaments -- 3 per ornament; 10 assembled ornaments
10 6" lengths of linen thread 
20 3" pieces of Cherry Cobbler tulle
2 2" strips from the Candlelight Christmas dsp
2 large "crystal" buttons
2 jumbo pearls
liquid glue
hot glue gun
silicon craft mat
Lucky Limeade and Cherry Cobbler ink
Ornament Framelits
Ornament Keepsakes set
Vanilla cs and Candlelight Christmas dsp



Assemble all 5 of the Lucky Limeade ornaments and all 10 of the Cherry Cobbler, using liquid glue.  Sorry, but I didn't take photos of the finished ornaments before I started gluing my fingers together with hot glue.  The Lucky Limeade ornaments are 360 3D; the Cherry Cobbler ones are 180 3D, i.e. they lay flat on your work surface.With hot glue, attach the 5 Lucky Limeade ornaments together by their ends.






Taking the pieces of tulle, fold them in half so that the scalloped edges 
are together, then softly roll the tulle into a cone. Hot glue each cone into the "side" compartments of each ornament (the front compartment will be empty).










Put a dot of hot glue on the silicon pad.  Take one 6" piece of linen thread, wrap it so that it forms 2 loops, then press the ends of the loops (with the cut ends) into the hot glue.  Repeat with the other pieces.  Peel each set of loops off the silicon and glue into each of the open compartments.









Taking your 2" strip of dsp, run it through the Big Shot using the Rosette die on the picket fence side.  Trim it so that it's 1" wide.  Fold on the score lines and turn into a rosette.  It helped to put a big dot of hot glue on the silicon mat and press the rosette into it until it cools/holds.









Add the large cut crystal button and the jumbo pearl to the top of the rosette, then adhere the rosette to the ornament body.










Put hot glue all over the end of each Cherry Cobbler ornament and insert between the Lucky Limeade ornaments, but under the rosette.  Rinse/repeat for the other side.  Add another double loop of linen thread for a hanger.

Snowy Owl




Here is an adorable little owl for one of this months' Creative Crew challenges!  This month glitter, glam and glitz holidays are the theme.  Anything that sparkles goes!

I punched out the various pieces of the owl using the Owl punch.  His little shirt-front and heart were punched from Silver and Red Glimmer paper and his wings, punched out using the 3/4" Circle punch and cut in half, have Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the edges.  The white background was run through the Big Shot using the Northern Flurry folder, then picked out with more Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Mr. Owl's hat and bunch of holly was from the Owl Occasions set.  I cut tiny pieces of Silver Glimmer paper to fit the trim on the hat to add extra bling.


All products used were SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps:  Owl Occasions

Paper:  White, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Early Espresso, Black, Calypso Coral, Snow Festival dsp, Red & Silver Glimmer paper

Ink:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Gumball Green

Accessories:  Big Shot, Northern Flurry Textured Impressions folder, Window Frames framelits, Owl punch, Ticket-Corner punch, Modern Label punch, brads, Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon, Cherry Cobbler waffle satin ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Googlie Eyes, sponges, Dimensionals

Peace on Earth!




Here is another card that fulfills the Holiday glitter, glam or glitz challenge for this months' Creative Crew --  I think that this is one of the most fun and festive cards that I've ever made!  When I saw that you could color silver Glimmer paper, I knew that I wanted to use the little skater kid from Wonderful Winterland and make her a "skating pond".  I cut out her "pond" from silver Glimmer paper, cut it with the Large Oval punch, then sponged the edges with Marina Mist. Also, you can't see it, but the trees from Evergreen are heavily dusted with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

The sky was sponged using Bashful Blue, Marina Mist and Wisteria Wonder and a single star cut from the gold Glimmer paper is hung there.


All products used are SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps:  Evergreen, Wonderful Winterland

Paper:  Wisteria Wonder, White, Marina Mist, Silver & Gold Glimmer paper

Ink:  Black, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight

Accessories:  Basic Pearl Jewels, sponges, Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

Friday, October 19, 2012

October issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler!!



Spook up some paper delights with the October issue of the Paper 
Crafters Sampler.  You'll find Boo-tiful banners, cooking cauldrons
and clever candy containers in the Halloween Hoopla.
The exclusive Paper Crafters Sampler template for the month is the
 Ghouls Hangout.
Sneak peeks from the design team 
can be found on the main PCS website.




Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Trick or Treat!







Have I mentioned lately that I love Crafty Secrets stamps?  I love the retro feel of their images!  Yes, I'm a Stampin' Up! gal, but sometimes you have to play outside the sandbox a little.


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Stamps:  Halloween Fun (Crafty Secrets)

Paper:  Vanilla, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Nightfall dsp (Memory Box)

Ink:  Black, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard

Accessories:  Big Shot, Labels framelits, Pumpkin Pie 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Gray striped satin ribbon, Black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Black 5/8 satin ribbon, Rhinestone jewels, Aquapainter, Fine Galaxy Brilliants glitter, Dimensionals, white gel pen, Tangerine Tango embossing powder

Friday, October 5, 2012

French Foliage





I'm sure that there is a name for this technique, but I don't know what it is!  I started by sponging Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight onto Vanilla card stock, taking care to get a good saturation of color.  Then I stamped En Francais and the spatter stamp from Itty Bitty Backgrounds in Soft Suede, then sponged the edges with Early Espresso.  I stamped the leaf images from French Foliage in Soft Suede, then painted the same images with gold Smooch paint then, using a Stamp-a-ma-Jig, stamped over the Soft Suede images.  After everything was dry, I sprayed the entire piece with gold Smooch Spritz.


All products used are SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps:  French Foliage, Hand-Penned Holidays, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, En Francais

Paper:  Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Early Espresso

Accessories:  Gold brads, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Cherry Cobbler waffle satin ribbon, Early Espresso waffle sating ribbon, Ticket-Corner punch, Dimensionals, gold Smooch spray, gold Smooch paint

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Creative Crew label challenge!





Here is another step-it-up challenge from the Creative Crew!  This particular challenge involves stepping-up labels, tags or ATC's.  The catalog focus will be the Occasions Stamps (pp.32-57 in annual catalog). Choose any stamp set to create a simple tag or Artist Trading Card (ATC) then make a stepped up version of your tag/ATC.

I went for the basic Happy Birthday tag and glammed it up -- a bunch! -- by adding a layer of Champagne Glimmer Paper behind the tag and behind the sentiment button.  I also added another Dahlia and more ribbon at the top.  



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Stamps:  Blue Ribbon

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Vanilla, World Spectacular dsp, Champagne Glimmer Paper

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo

Accessories:  Big Shot, Apothecary Accents framelits, Dahlias, 1 1/4" circle punch,  1 3/8" circle punch, Ribbon Slides, Cherry Cobbler polka-dot scallop ribbon, Island Indigo ruffled ribbon, Daffodil Delight 1/4" taffeta ribbon, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" taffeta ribbon, Early Espresso 1/4" taffeta ribbon, Only Orange 1/4" grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Perfectly Preserved, stepped up!


Here is another Color focus for this months' Creative Crew challenge -- to use the Orchard Harvest dsp or a combination of Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade or Raspberry Ripple.  Then to make one card, then step it up and make a better card!

The basic card on the left, shows the basic design.  The mason jar with three flowers in it, with a pear leaning up beside the jar.  The edges of the Raspberry Ripple dsp is sponged with Raspberry Ripple, then layered with RR.
The stepped up version on the right, shows that the central flower and pear are popped-up on Dimensionals.  There are Not Quite Navy brads added to the corners of the Raspberry Ripple layer and a double-bow of Island Indigo ruffled ribbon adds a touch of softness.  What you can't see is that the centers of each floret is dotted with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Very pretty, IRL!
All products are SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps:  Perfectly Perserved

Paper:  Island Indigo, Raspberry Ripple, Vanilla, Orchard Harvest dsp

Ink:  Black, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Primrose Petal, Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard

Accessories:  Big Shot, Cannery Set framelits, Ticket-Corner punch, Island Indigo ruffled ribbon, brads, Dimensionals, Aquapainter, Dazzling Diamonds

Monday, October 1, 2012

Shameless brag....

This was taken last week at the Kentucky Horse Park!



Creative Crew Challenge!




Here is another step-it-up challenge from the Creative Crew.  The Catalog Focus involves stepping-up labels, tags or ATC's using any of the sets from the Occasions part of the catty.  I didn't use any of the Occasions sets for this tag, but used one from the Holiday Mini.

I think that the first tag is really pretty as it is, but for the second, stepped-up tag, I added some peeled wallpaper to the outer portion of the tag, as well as some brads.  Then I distressed the central layer with the spatter stamp from my old fav, Itty Bitty Backgrounds in Crumb Cake and Close to Cocoa.  So is the second tag stepped-up or stepped-down??


All products are SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps:  Affection Collection, Gently Falling, Itty Bitty Backgrounds

Paper:  Vanilla, Early Espresso, First Edition dsp, Printed Patterns dsp/In Colors

Ink:  Early Espresso, Close to Cocoa, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Riding Hood Red, Gumball Green

Accessories:  Big Shot, Floral Frames, Riding Hood Red 3/8" taffeta ribbon, sponges, linen thread, Designer Brushed Bronze buttons, brads

Creative Crew October Challenges!




This months Creative Crew challenges are all about stepping it up.  Make one card good; make the second card better!  

These two cards reflect the color focus (CCREW1012CF).  This focus is all about the colors found in the Orchard Harvest dsp -- Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade and Raspberry Ripple.

The basic card is made using Early Espresso, Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade and Vanilla.  I used my Big Shot and the Fancy Fan embossing folder on the Vanilla layer and lightly sponged the edges with Close to Cocoa.  I used the Ticket-Corner punch on the corners and layered it with Raspberry Ripple.  

The Lucky Limeade layer is stamped with the medium-sized medallion from Daydream Medallions in Lucky Limeade.  Again the corners are shaped with the Ticket-Corner punch and layered with Raspberry Ripple.

The central image is from Everything Eleanor and is watercolored using Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and Raspberry Ripple.  Highlights are added with a white gel pen and the image is punched out using the 1 3/4" circle punch and is, again, layered with Raspberry Ripple.  

To step up this basic card, add Raspberry Ripple stitched satin ribbon across the center of the card, under the Lucky Limeade layer, as well as a cute double bow.  Add brads to each of the four corners of the Vanilla layer and adhere medium-sized Pearl Jewels to the medallion.


All products are SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps:  Daydream Medallions, Everything Eleanor

Paper:  Early Espresso, Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade, Vanilla

Ink:  Black, Lucky Limeade, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Raspberry Ripple, Close to Cocoa

Accessories:  Big Shot, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Ticket-Corner punch, 1 3/4" Circle punch, Raspberry Ripple stitched satin ribbon, Basic Pearl Jewels, brads, sponges, Aquapainter, Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Acorn Pocket Blog Hop!



It's time for another Paper Crafter Sampler Blog Hop!  This hop is all about the darling Acorn Pocket that you see above, available exclusively in the September issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler, Autumn Amidst.  This cute little pocket is perfect to hide little treats for anyone that you'd like to surprise with your thoughtfulness!

If you've arrived at my blog, then you must've just visited Melanie's blog, Pockets of Inspiration and her beautiful version of the Acorn Pocket.  To see what's next on the Hop, please go to Regina's blog, Stamps Alot, to see her fabulous pocket!



Monday, September 24, 2012

Autumn Amidst!




The Fall issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler is all about Autumn.  This month's Sampler highlights the rich, earthy colors of the upcoming fall landscape.

The Autumn Amidst September 2012 Sampler projects includ beautifully colored cards, fall centerpiece and table setting accessories in addition to an natural family frame photo project.

This must exclusive template is the 'Pocket Acorn'.  The template was designed to be used for several upcoming holiday projects.  Stuff treats inside for adults, children or simply use it to decorate your home.

Here's a sneak peak of my project:





Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Harvest Blessings



This is another sample for the Splitcoast Stampers Creative Crew challenges.  The focuses of this particular card are the Catalog focus (sewing) and the Holiday focus (autumn).  I went ahead and bought the Orchard Harvest dsp on a whim and I'm glad I did -- there are some really nice shabby designs!


All products are SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps:  Harvest Blessings

Paper:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Vanilla, Orchard Harvest dsp

Ink:  Black, Cajun Craze, Riding Hood Red, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Going Gray, Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Lucky Limeade, Always Artichoke, More Mustard

Accessories:  Big Shot, Labels framelits, Ticket-Corner punch, brads, sponges, Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Not Quite Navy 3/8" taffeta ribbon, Riding Hood Red 3/8" taffeta ribbon, Dahlias, Festive paper-piercing pack, white gel pen

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Winter Memories


I worked this up for the Catalog Focus (sewing) for this months' Splitcoast Stampers' Creative Crew challenges.  In keeping with the sewing theme, I used the Festive paper-piercing pack on the main image.  I was inspired to use Winter Memories after seeing it being used on my friend, Kathy Wayson, Facebook page -- Kathy's Stampaholics.  Thanks for the inspiration, Kathy!!


All products are SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps:  Winter Memories

Paper:  Gumball Green, White, Early Espresso, Candlelight Christmas dsp

Ink:  Black, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Primrose Petal, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Basic Grey

Accessories:  Big Shot, Labels framelits, Ticket-Corner punch, Festive paper-piercing pack, Dazzling Diamonds, Chocolate Chip 5/8" satin ribbon, Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon, crochet trim, brads, sponges, brads

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hoop La La


Yay for being back on the Creative Crew! This sample is for both the color focus and the catalog focus challenges.

What you might not be able to see: The larger Window Frame framelit is embossed with the Square Lattice folder. The smaller Window Frame layer is outlined with the coordinating paper-piercing pattern from the Festive Paper-Piercing pack. 


All products are SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps: Hoop La La

Paper: Vanilla, Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze, Comfort Cafe dsp

Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Going Gray

Accessories: Big Shot, Window Frame framelits, Square Lattice folder, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack, Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon, Riding Hood Red 3/8" taffeta ribbon, Ticket-Corner punch, brads, Dimensionals


Greeting Card Kids


Here is a card using this months' Splitcoast Creative Crew color focus: Cajun Craze, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla and Summer Starfruit.


All products are SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps: Greeting Card Kids

Paper: Vanilla, Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze, Comfort Cafe dsp

Ink: Black, Coral Calypso, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Riding Hood Red, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Big Shot, Window Frames framelits, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Ticket-Corner punch, brads, Riding Hood Red 3/8" taffeta Ribbon, white gel pen, Dimensionals, Aquapainter

Full of Blessings


This is for the September 2012 Creative Crew Holiday focus -- anything to do with autumn -- and pumpkins are all about autumn!!  Remember to head on over to Splitcoast and search the gallery for creativecrew to play along.


All products are SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps: Full of Blessings, Itty Bitty Backgrounds

Paper: Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Old Olive

Ink: Black, Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Bashful Blue, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Always Artichoke

Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, Woodgrain embossing folder, Apothecary Accents, Photo-Corner punch, Ticket-Corner punch, brads, Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Riding Hood Red 3/8" taffeta ribbon, Old Olive 1/8" taffeta ribbon

Creative Crew!!


Yes, it's been a busy summer and yes, I haven't posted very often -- but it's time to shine again with the Splitcoast Stampers Creative Crew!  For those of you who don't know, Splitcoast has a series of four challenges every month that everyone can play along with.  The DT has filled the gallery with samples and we're just waiting for more folks to play with us!  You can find the gallery here or you can search for the tags below.

This months' challenges include: 

1.  CCREW0912DF /DSP or Color Focus  - Comfort Cafe dsp or just use the colors (Cajun Craze, Pool Party, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede)

2.  CCREW0912CF/Catalog Focus - Anything to do with sewing!  Pull out your piercing packs, faux thread, fabric -- whatever!

3.  CCREW0912HF/Holiday Focus -- Anything to do with autumn

4.  CCREW0912SF/Scrapbook Focus -- An apple pie inspired recipe!  A round layer (traditional shape of a dumpling), Pacific Point (the pie plate), More Mustard (the crust), stitching (faux, digital, real), one photo and a tag or die-cut for your journaling.

The card that I did above satisfies more than one challenge -- the Color Focus and the Catalog Focus i.e. CCREW0912CF and CCREW0912CF.


All products are SU!, unless otherwise noted.


Stamps:  From My Heart, Parlor Prints

Paper:  White, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party

Ink:  Black, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede, Old Olive

Accessories:  Big Shot, Window Frames framelits, Festive paper-piercing pack, brads, sponges, Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit stitched satin ribbon

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Owl Occasions!



This is my first Owl card!  Yes, I know that it only took a couple of years and a good friend to get the Owl punch -- thanks Kathy!! -- but it finally happened.  I love this punch!  I teamed it up with Owl Occasions from the Holiday Mini and the Howlstooth & Scaringbone dsp to come up with this autumn owl.


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Stamps:  Owl Occasions

Paper:  Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Howlstooth & Scaringbone dsp

Ink:  Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Riding Hood Red

Accessories:  Owl punch, Photo-Corners punch, 3/4" Circle punch, brads, sponges, Early Espresso satin waffle ribbon, Dimensionals

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Core'dinations!

                         

Here is my first attempt with some of the new products from the Holiday Mini.  I really love the new Core'dinations card stock.  I run a piece of Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations through the Big Shot in the new Woodgrain folder, then sanded it -- the result was amazing!  There is enough heft to the cs that it holds up to the folder and the sanding really well.

I also used the new Window framelits.  I really like the look of twisting them around, rather than using them straight on top of each other!


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Stamps:  Full of Blessings

Paper:  Vanilla, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations

Ink:  Black, Close to Cocoa, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, Summer Starfruit, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive, Always Artichoke

Accessories:  Big Shot, Woodgrain folder, Square Lattice folder, Window framelits, Early Espresso tulle ribbon, Old Olive 5/8" satin ribbon, Cherry Cobbler satin waffle ribbon, small Oval punch, Ticket-Corner punch, brads, Aquapainter, Dimensionals

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Papaya Collage


Here's one I basically threw together this afternoon.  I'm really enjoying the Fancy Fan embossing folder!  Very cool, very Victorian.


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Stamps:  Papaya Collage, Itty Bitty Banners

Paper:  Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Fan Fair dsp

Ink:  Black, Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Always Artichoke

Accessories:  Big Shot, Apothecary Accents framelits, Bitty Banner framelits, brads, Ticket-Corner punch, Photo Corner punch, Always Artichoke seam binding, Chantilly crochet trim, 3/8" Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, sponges, Aquapainter, white gel pen

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The elephant in the room....



I love this You're Amazing set and the World Spectacular dsp!  The retro designs and the shabby paper really work for me.  There are a lot of embellishments on this card -- brads, rhinestone jewels, dahlias and four kinds of ribbon!


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Stamps:  You're Amazing, From My Heart

Paper: Calypso Coral, White, Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, World Spectacular dsp

Ink:  Black, Crumb Cake, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango, Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard

Accessories:  Big Shot, Scallop Circles #2 die, Bitty Banners framelits, Ticket-Corner punch, Rhinestone Jewels, Dahlias, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, Island Indigo ruffled ribbon, Real Red 1/8" taffeta ribbon, brads, sponges, Aquapainter, Dimensionals, white gel pen