Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Mixed Up Silhouettes

So I actually got to do a Color Challenge today. I love these colors. I think one of my boys would live in brown and blues if he had his way. I used the cutter tool to rough up the edges. I used the mat pack and piercing tool to do the piercing along the bottom. I wanted more to the ribbon so I added the Chateau Bella Rub-ons (the same one I put on my glasses) to the center of the ribbon. I figured since I had randomly stamped the flowers that I should carry that over to the sentiment. Have a great day, off to take the kids to the dentist!

Stamps: Pocket Silhouette, Hugs & Wishes
Paper: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Cutter Kit, Wide Oval Punch, Key Tag Punch, Baja Breeze Double Stitched Ribbon

Monday, September 29, 2008

Fall Sky

Well, busy-ness worked to my advantage today! I had planned on getting up and making this card for someone for their birthday this week. This is one of their favorite sets and the trees outside are looking wonderful so I had this all planned. So something came up this morning that pushed my stamp time back until after lunch which was perfect because in that time UPS came with my Top Note Die for my Big Shot. I think it made this card so much easier. I used my brayer for the sky and grass. I did a lot of sponging to get more colors where I wanted. I also used the aqua pens (on sale starting Wednesday) to accent the grass line under the trees. Off to unpack my new toys and start planning my Christmas Cards....

Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Short & Sweet, So Swirly Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss
Ink: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Small Oval, Large Oval, Brayer

Friday, September 26, 2008

Bella Border

I bought the Bella Wheel a while back and have not yet found a card to use it on. Well, today that was my own personal challenge. I rolled the wheel and then scalloped the edge. I then did the cracked glass technique. The bow is actually 4 pieces. The long piece goes around the white Cardstock top. I then made the bow loop and wrapped another piece around it. The tail is just folded in half and glued to the back. Well, I hope you have a nice weekend. Off to do those pesky household chores!

Stamps: Short & Sweet, Bella's Border Wheel, Fresh Cuts
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Real Red, Not Quite Navy Print Pack DSP
Ink: Real Red, Not Quite Navy, VersaMark
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Glassy Glaze Embossing Powder, Real Read Wide Grosgrain, White Gel Pen, Spiral Punch
Techniques: Cracked Glass

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Happy Journey

So toady I went and grabbed another Sketch Challenge. Thankfully I just had to go back to yesterday. :) I was blog surfing this morning before I got my lazy bones out of bed...I ran across this color combo and just had to apply it today.

I have numerous times changed the whole color of an element but I saw on a site somewhere that you can just change certain areas of the element. So I dabbed the brad in the So Saffron Craft ink and wiped off the raised areas. It stayed, no problems, in the indented sections. Usually the easy way to do the words in two colors would be to use the markers. Since the In Colors do not come in markers I just eyed it up on the pad and only inked the sections I wanted that color.

To do the multi-color image I stamped it in So Saffron first (I put the lightest color in the center for this reason) and then did each edge in the other color pads. I could not help myself....I sponged around the edges of everything with Chocolate Chip.

Stamps: Happiness is a Journey, Sanded Background, Think Happy Thoughts
Paper: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron
Accessories: Designer Circle Brads, Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Designer Label Punch, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle Punches

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Get Well Monkey

So today I needed to make a Get Well card for a young lady who had surgery on her ankle. She is not a "girly girl" so I thought the Sock Monkey would be a good choice of sets. I decided to make a cast for the little monkey's leg. I just cut out the leg like usual and traced it just a smidge bigger. I drew lines on it and sponged around the edge of the cast. I of course had to use the Big shot and the Naturally Serif Alphabet Die to make the Get Well.

Stamps: Sock Monkey, Twill Background
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand
Ink: Choloate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Basic Gray
Accessories:Big Shot, Naturally Serif Alphabet Die, Photo Corner Punch, 1" Chocolate Chip Double Stitch Grosgrain, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My Glasses

Well, since today we have numerous doctor appointments I thought I would share with you what I have done to my glasses. I have had these for over year now and loved them when I first got them but I started getting bored with them a few month ago. I started by putting some small rub-ons from the last catalog. Of course I have to keep current :) (plus I am rough on them and after a few months they started wearing off) so I decided to go a little bolder. I got so many complements on them. So many people asked me if I got new glasses and how much they liked them. So I thought I would share with you another way to use the rub-ons!

Project Details:
Chateau Bella Rub-Ons

Monday, September 22, 2008

T-Rex Thank You

So for today's card I went and randomly grabbed a Sketch challenge number. Since I had 2 sons have birthday's last week I have lots of Thank you cards to make. This is the first card in a very long time that I am happy with. When I went to layer the pterodactyl the circle punch I grabbed was too big. So I decided to trim it down by running it through the Big Shot, nope I could not go a day without using it.... I am loving the new In Colors, especially the Kiwi Kiss and the Tangerine Tango. No, I did not step out and use a non-Stampin' Up product to do the Scallop Rectangles. I've seen people attaching a few of the squares together and making the size they wanted so I decided to do this. Each of the dino rectangles are 2" x 3" so I ened up using 6 Scallop squares for each. Boy did my Stamp-a-ma-jig come in handy for this card!

Stamps: Prehistoric Pals, Think Happy Thoughts
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard
Accessories: Big Shot, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle Pinches, Scallop Square Punch

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Monochromatic Silhouettes

So today I needed to do an anniversary card. I am still playing catch up so this one will also go out late. I do have my Christmas cards designed but have not started yet. So at this rate I may be sending them out sometime in February. :) So today I decided to check out some of the challenges I may of missed over the past couple of months. I showed the page of challenges to my sons and let them each pick a challenge and a number. For the Ways to Use it Challenge it was to use a Silhouette. I have found that even stamping helps with my spelling. I struggled with that word but now that I use that set quite a bit I am getting better at spelling it. :) Another of my boys chose a Color Challenge. The Challenge for that was to do a monochromatic card. I love those! So that is how this card came about today.

I have always wanted to do the fabulous shadowing that I have seen used with so many of the silhouette cards so this was my chance. The colors photographed weird on this card. The designer paper is the exact colors that as used in the rest of the card, Always Artichoke and Mellow Moss. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig and marker to do the Happy Anniversary on the Photo Corner Punch.

The card base is done in a regular size Always Artichoke. I scalloped the edge with the scallop edge punch and did the same to the card front. I cut a small strip to go inside the card to give it more of a layered look (after thought- I think I should of left the corners alone...but it is already in the mail).

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Hugs & Wishes
Paper: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Pattern Pack DSP
Ink: Whisper White, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Photo Corner Punch, Always Artichoke Brads

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Baroque Haiku

So today I took the time to do the Sketch Challenge. I knew the second I saw the sketch what Designer Paper I wanted to use. I love that the new catalog shows what colors match what paper. What a great idea that was! I stamped the flourish and then sponged around the edges.

To do the flower I stamped in the So Saffron, used the Old Olive marker to color the center and then rolled the edge in the Tangerine tango Pad.

Card details to be posted very soon!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Antique Train

Wow, two days in a row I have had time to stamp! This one is for my nephew who turned 14 last weekend. So it won't be too late...

Today's goal was to do a fairly simple card. I was going to do the split image but after I embossed the train I wanted to keep it all black. The Happy Birthday is also embossed. The photo corner punch is popped up with a glue dot. I sponged around the outside with Basic gray because I did not want it as bold as black.

For those of you who have been asking about my heath: Things are improving. They have changed my daily meds again as the last stuff made my blood pressure raise too high. I have only been on this current stuff for just about a week now and I am still adjusting. She said to give it 2-3 weeks to get into my system. I still am getting migraines every night but at least it is not every day all day. So I schedule my busy times in the day time. I periodically loose the use of my left arm (such as today) and it bugs me as it really limits how fast I can get things done or what I can do. I appreciate all the well wishes cards and prayers! God is in control!

Stamps: Happiness is a Journey, Sanded Background, Mark the Date
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Craft-Basic Black, Whisper White; Classic-Basic Gray
Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, Small Oval, Large Oval, Black Brads, Winter White Embossing Powder, Basic Black Embossing Powder, Black Twine

Monday, September 15, 2008

Print Pattern Floral

So I guess one of the reasons I am drawn to this set is that I am not a floral person. This is a floral like set without being flowery, if you see what I mean. I am also thinking (trying to do that more:) ) that one of the reasons I seem so stamping stumped lately is that I have too many new things and want to use them all. That would make one big card! So this morning I decided to close my eyes and grab a set. I tried limiting myself to a few things and still went beyond that. Oh, well....I was not going to use the big shot and no more than two punches. I guess I am just not a person who can be limited.

The flowers in the back ground are just plain stamped, but the center flower is embossed. Since we do not have the In Colors in craft ink I just stamped with the classic and then used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp over it with Versamark. I then embossed with Clear embossing powder. I sponged around quite a few of the edges.

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Mark the Date
Paper: Riding Hood Red , Print Pattern DSP, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1" Dbl Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Filigree Brads, Punches- Small Oval, Large Oval, Wide Oval, Big Shot-Circles Scallops #2

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Happy Birthday Julie

Oh, I am so far behind. September is a busy month for birthdays in this family. I am just getting around to making cards for September and I am already at least 5 behind. So this one is for my good friend Julie. (Sorry Julie it is late!)

I stamped the stamp in the Pink Pirouette and then did each edge in the Chocolate Chip and in the Bravo Burgundy. I used the Scallop Square Punch for the background. I sponged around the edge of the designer paper.

I love the fact that I can color the Filigree brads any color. I just dip them in the Craft Ink and heat dry. I may have to do it a few times to times to get the color depth I want. When it is still hot I dip it in the Clear Embossing powder to seal. I also used White Craft ink to stamp on the Ribbon.
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Four Square
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip, Parisian Summer DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White Craft (to die the brad-Craft-Bravo Burgundy, Pretty in Pink) Whisper White Craft Ink on Ribbon
Accessories: Filigree Brad Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Chocolate Chip 1" Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

Friday, September 05, 2008

More Die Cuts

Well, as many of you know we are doing some facelifts to our house. My Kitchen has always been black and white, or ever since we rebuilt after our fire 7 yrs ago. I collect Panda Bears so this is my Panda kitchen. I found a wonderful tile to go on the floor and wall that was black and white.(not grouted yet). I went shopping yesterday after my neurologist appointment and was looking for some fun black and white vases or super large coffee cups. I could not find any I was willing to spend the amount they were asking.... I found this fun little black vase at the Dollar Tree. My son had just called and said UPS just dropped off a package from Stamping UP!, Oh, more Die cuts! I had ordered this one to go on the back windows of my SUV but thought it would also look great in White on the vase. It is just what this vase needed, now if we only carried Black rolls of vinyl to do the white vases I bought, but I do have new Rub-Ons coming next week....:)

Here is a sample of the rolls of vinyl I have bought so far from Stampin Up!. We also carry a dark gray which I'm sure will fall on one of my next orders.

Big Shot, White Vinyl & Swirly Die Cut

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