Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Brilliant Star

  I'm in between stamp club sessions today and was trying to clean up my computer a bit and found this project that we did way back in July I think!  This card is a "way to go" or "congrats" type of card but with a quick change of colors and sentiment it could easily turn into a Christmas card don't you think?

 The large center star is cut out from the Whisper White panel and a piece of Moonlight DSP is behind it letting the pattern show through.

  The large star cut out also has paper piercing all the way around for added detail.

  Think I might need to go make that Christmas card now!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Be the Star

Ink: Hello Honey, Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon

Paper: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Moonlight DSP

Accessories: Star framelits, Eclectic Paper Piercing pack, Hello Honey stitched satin ribbon, dimensionals

Monday, September 29, 2014

Flower Frenzy Birthday

  Hope you all had a nice weekend!  We were busy busy so I didn't get much stamping done and I've got to tidy up the house today for stamp club tomorrow so probably no stamping today either....boo!  But I've got a card I made a week or 2 ago to share.  I think it was for a challenge but I missed the entry deadline and now I can't even remember which one it was.


  I had some fun with the Flower Frenzy die and some background stamps.  I used Hardwood to stamp the flower layers and Backgrounds Rule for the leaves.  The flower layers are popped with dimensionals with an Antique brad in the center.

  The sentiment strip is pierced and then stamped with And Many More.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hardwood, Backgrounds Rule, And Many More

Ink: Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Typeset DSP, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow

Accessories: Flower Frenzy DSP, scallop edge punch, Antique Brad, paper piercer

Friday, September 26, 2014

Textured Leaf - Fab Friday 51

Happy Friday!  Today Fab Friday is coming at you with a fun sketch.  I had so many ideas for this one it was hard to sit down and narrow my focus.  Did I want to make a birthday card? Christmas? A fall card perhaps?  That star with the banners could be just about anything don't you think?

  Here is the sketch we are using for Fab Friday Challenge 51:

  In the end I decided to go with a fall theme thinking of you card since I needed one to put in the mail and it's always nice to check 2 things off the to do list!

  After using so much gold on our last challenge I surprised myself by using a bit more on this project as well!  

  The maple leaf is cut out of the Kraft cardstock using the Autumn Accents Bigz die.  I crumpled it up a few times for some texture.  I stamped with the chevron stamp from Work of Art after stamping off once with Soft Suede ink.  I also used the splotch stamp from Gorgeous Grunge with gold ink but it's hard to see in the photo.

  The background layer is embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder, edges rough up with the distressing tool and then sponged with gold ink.

  The sentiment "thinking of you" is from For the Birds and was just the right size for stamping on one of my banners.

 We hope you'll join us in this challenge at Fab Friday!  Head over there to check out the rest of the Design Team!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Work of Art, Gorgeous Grunge, For the Birds

Ink: Soft Suede, Gold, Early Espresso

Paper: Early Espresso, Kraft cardstock,  Flashback DSP, Confetti Celebration DSP, Trim the Tree DSP stack

Accessories: Autumn Accents Bigz die, gold linen thread, Large Polka Dot e.f., distressing tool

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bold Star Thank You

It is a cloudy, cool and damp day here in Glen Allen.  I say it's the perfect conditions for stamping!  I'm in the midst of designing my stamp club project for next week but first I want to share a thank you card.

  Two fun things to note on this card.  First is the "shadow" behind the Crushed Curry star.  I just cut a second star out of Basic Black and offset the top star a bit and popped it with dimensionals.  This little step really makes the top star stand out.

  The second thing is that I kind of made myself some custom DSP to use with this card.  The original pattern is just the Bermuda Bay and Whisper White.  I just grabbed my matching markers and filled in some of the half circles in a random pattern.  I thought it was a fun way to use this pattern.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Be the Star, Lots of Thanks 

Ink: Crushed Curry, Black  Markers: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Confetti Celebration DSP, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Accessories: Star framelits, candy dots

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hardwood Autumn

  I saw a card on Pinterest last week that didn't use Stampin' Up! products but had some great elements that I knew I could replicate using only Stampin' Up!  Here is my version:

  The base is Crumb Cake, then a layer of Soft Suede.  The next layer is Crumb Cake again and it is stamped with the Hardwood background in Soft Suede ink.  The edges of the Hardwood panel are sponged a bit with Soft Suede ink.

  I used the Fun Fall Framelits to cut out 3 of the leaf shapes in the top panel and backed the cut outs with my colored pieces of cardstock: Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow.  This is a fun way to use up some smaller pieces of scraps.  This easy technique would also work well with DSP scraps.

  Next I wrapped a piece of Mossy Meadow stitched satin ribbon around the top layer and adhered it a bit so it would stay put while I tied a linen thread bow on one side.  

  The sentiment is stamped under the ribbon in Early Espresso to make it a bit darker to show up better.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Hardwood, Good Greetings

Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso

Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow

Accessories: Fun Fall Framelits, Stitched Satin ribbon, linen thread

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Flower Birthday

  I was out doing some errands last week and stopped in at Home Goods to try to find what I was looking for.  One of the displays had a group of arm chairs and one of them caught my eye.  It was a chevron patterned fabric with the colors of Soft Sky, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and Early Espresso.

  Is that a great color combo for fall or what?  I snapped a photo so I wouldn't forget once I got to the stamp room.  I was going to go with chevrons too but then came across this sketch at CAS(s) this Sketch and decided to go the clean and simple route.  A fall birthday card is always needed and the Flower Patch stamp set with it's bold designs would be a perfect focal point.

  A simple card but some details to note:

  The rhinestones are colored with the lightest Coastal Cabana Blendabilities marker and they match the Soft Sky wonderfully.

  The flower is popped up for dimension so the clean and simple design doesn't look so flat.

  I used the Festive Piercing Pack template that coordinates with the Window frame framelits to make the frame design behind the flower.  It's an easy way to add detail without adding more layers.  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Flower Patch, And Many More

Ink: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Old Olive  Markers: Light Coastal Cabana Blendabilities

Paper: Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Whisper White

Accessories: Flower Fair framelits, rhinestones, dimensionals, corner rounder, Festive Piercing pack


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Go Dukes!

  Maybe if I had been a little quicker this card might have helped JMU win their game on Saturday!  Well, probably not but sending good vibes can't hurt right?  I finished it on Friday night and it was already too dark to take photos.  Maybe it will help them for their game this coming Saturday instead.  Starting the cheers early!

  I used the soon to be ending challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches.  They have such a talented group of designers that I never fail to be inspired by their sketches and samples.


 The card colors are the school colors of course (purple and gold/dark yellow) which translated into Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey with some football Chocolate Chip.  Sahara Sand was tossed in since it made a nice backdrop with the grid paper.

  The DSP is from the Moonlight stack and has so many great patterns for all kinds of cards.  

  The football is a bit of punch art and super simple.  Maybe if I get my act together I can do a quick photo tutorial but it's basically a large circle punch and a small circle punch and some snipping with 
the paper snips.

  The sentiment is spelled out with the Calling All Heroes alphabet and stamped in Chocolate Chip to tie in with the football.

  Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Simply Sports, Calling All Heroes

Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Chocolate Chip

Paper: Hello Honey, Moonlight DSP, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: corner rounder, large circle punch, small circle punch, dimensionals

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bright Hexie Get Well

  We have had quite the busy day starting with our local Glen Allen day parade followed by 2 soccer games in the very warm sunshine.  The boys played well and had a good time but I think we are all tired out from the full day of activity!

  You never know when you'll need a Get Well card so I like to have a few on hand; it makes it so much easier to get one in the mail in a timely fashion when you hear of someone in need of some good wishes for their health.

  This card uses the bright, bold colors from the current ColourQ challenge.  I balanced out the pops of color with a lot of white and still it's a pretty busy card.  I hadn't used my hexagons in a while so I thought they would work here.

 I inked up the Just Sayin' word bubble with the Blackberry Bliss marker omitting the sentiment inside.  After stamping the word bubble on Whisper White I stamped the "happy healing" sentiment from And Many More inside of it and cut it out with the matching framelits.  It's popped up with dimensionals over the hexagons.

  A Calypso Coral button with a bakers twine bow finished this card.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Six-Sided Sampler, Just Sayin', And Many More

Ink: Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Summer Starfruit, Blackberry Bliss  Marker: Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White

Accessories: Perfect Polka Dot e.f., hexagon punch, Word Bubbles framelits, dimensionals, baker's twine, button, corner rounder