Monday, September 15, 2014

Monkey Trouble Thank You

  I am a firm believer in thank you notes so I think that's probably the kind of card that I make most often.  I wanted to make a card for Alex's teacher just to let her know that we appreciate all that she does for the students.  She has her room decorated in a monkey theme because really, what is more appropriate for a room full of 21 first graders right?  So I went with some cute little monkeys for her card.

  The sketch is from CAS(e) this Sketch which gives very cool simple layouts to design with.  Sometimes it's hard to keep it clean and simple but I did it this time!

  Nothing complicated in this card, just some fussy cutting for the monkeys and then the paper pierced banner which is hard to see in the photo.  The monkeys and banners are popped up with dimensionals.

  Here's a better view of the monkeys and paper piercing;

  Have a great Monday!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Zoo Babies,  Lots of Thanks

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla, Retro Fresh DSP (retired)

Accessories: banner punch, Coastal Cabana twine, paper piercer, dimensionals

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Modern Fall Wreath

  This weekend has brought some cooler weather for us here in central Virginia.  It was rainy yesterday but still cooler than the 80s it was during part of the week.  We had a fun day yesterday with the boys both having soccer games; the rain didn't slow the kids down one bit.  It's always more fun to play in the rain than to watch in the rain I'm beginning to understand as I remember loving rainy soccer games.  I'm sure my parents didn't though!  Then we went up to Harrisonburg to watch JMU win their home opener football game.  Today is certainly a much needed "at home" day.

  I saw 2 challenges last week out in stamping land and decided to combine them to make another fall card.  The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches and the color combo is from ColourQ.

  I think I might be the only Stampin' Up! demonstrator who didn't order Wonderous Wreath from the Holiday catalog.  I think it may be the only stamp set I didn't get!  I've been seeing all these adorable wreath cards for fall and Christmas using that set.  When lacking supplies you just have to get a little but more creative though right?  I used the Fall Fest and matching framelits, Fun Fall to make my own wreath.

  I will admit that cutting out all the leaf shapes took a little bit of time but nothing that isn't manageable!  I lined up the 3 leaf stamps that I wanted to use and then stamped them all at once across some strips of Whisper White.  Then I could cut out each leaf at the same time with the coordinating framelits.  I think I did each color 2 times and then added a few more to fill in where needed once I began to make the wreath.

  To get my circle shape I used the circle framelits to cut out a donut shape to be the guide for the wreath.  I just used Tombow two way glue to adhere the leaves all around the donut shape.  I hung up my wreath with a bit of Smoky Slate 1/8" ribbon (and some dimensionals) against a panel of Whisper White embossed with the  Woodgrain embossing folder.  

  I strip of Blackberry Bliss ribbon goes across the bottom of the card to anchor the "Give Thanks" sentiment punched with the Decorative label punch.  

  The final details are the small cluster of pearls placed around the wreath and then the 3 pearls on the right side of the ribbon.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Fall Fest, And Many More

Ink: Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate

Accessories: circle framelits, Fun Fall framelits, ribbon, Woodgrain embossing folder, corner rounder,  Decorative label punch, pearls, dimensionals


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Spooky Boo!

 Just a little Halloween fun this morning!   I have been getting quite a bit of time to stamp lately and the new items from the Holiday catalog have really inspired me.

  Not the best photo but it's a pretty straight forward card.  The ghost shape was cut out with the Fun Fall framelits and backed with a piece of Whisper White.  The mouth is hand drawn with a black marker and the eye are googlie eyes that retired a few years ago but any from the craft store would do.  And check out that fun black and white baker's twine at the top!

  The sentiment was embossed (yes, again!!) in white on Basic Black and punched out.  I added a rhinestone just because.  There is also a little bit more sparkle in the small strip of silver glimmer paper.

  The spooky faces are stamped on the Blackberry Bliss card front in Blackberry Bliss ink.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Fall Fest, Good Greetings

Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Versamark  Marker: black

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: oval punch, rhinestone, baker's twine, Fun Fall framelits, googlie eye

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fab Gold Snowflakes - Fab Friday 50

Holy cow!  We are having our 50th challenge at Fab Friday!  How did that happen?  I guess it's true about fun and time flying!  The crew at Fab Friday are celebrating this milestone by having a Gold and white color combo challenge.  How fun is that?

  With all the fun gold accessories in the catalogs there are sure to be some stunners shared with us!  

  Here is my sample:

  My base is Brushed Gold cardstock and the front is embossed with clear snowflakes.  I've been on an embossing roll lately haven't I?  The clear is beautiful against the gold, subtle but still shimmery.  

  I punched a Whisper White tag with the scallop tag topper punch and then stamped it with the Hardwood background stamp in gold ink.  I think I may need to re-ink this pad but I ended up liking the light subtle look of it so I went with it.

  Over the top of the Hardwood stamp I stamped the snowflakes from Endless Wishes in Baked Brown Sugar.  While it's a brown ink BBS goes well with this brushed gold.  I highlighted the center of each snowflake with an adhesive pearl.

  On a narrow strip of gold cardstock I embossed the sentiment in white and added a few of the snowflakes from the Frosted Sequins (in the Holiday catalog).

  The final touches are the gold sequin trim through the tag top, the white baker's twin bow holding it together and then a few loose sequins at the bottom.  The tag is popped up on dimensionals.

  I hope you'll play along with us for our 50th challenge celebration.  Need some inspiration to get started?  Check out the rest of the design team samples at Fab Friday and bust out your gold and get to work!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Endless Wishes (Holiday catalog)

Ink: Gold, Versamark, Baked Brown Sugar

Paper: Brushed Gold, Whisper White

Accessories: white & clear embossing powder, Frosted Sequins (Holiday catalog), gold sequin trim, pearls, baker's twine, dimensionals, scallop edge punch

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Halloween Squared

How cute is this little guy??  I had such a good time making this card and it came together quickly.  I smiled every time I looked at the jack o' lantern's big toothy grin.

  I don't generally send out Halloween cards but I might this year as I'm building up quite a stock pile of them because it's hard to resist using this Fall Fest set from the Holiday Catalog.

  The face and sentiment are both embossed in black for some added texture.  The Typeset DSP is a great subtle backdrop for the bright Pumpkin Pie (ha!) color of the jack o' lantern.

  The square shaped card is a fun change of pace and allows for the sentiment banner to hang off the edge a little bit and still fit in the envelope.

  I used the sketch over at Retro Sketches for this card.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Fall Fest, Good Greetings

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Typeset DSP, Very Vanilla

Accessories: black embossing powder, scallop circle punch, Fun Fall framelits, candy dots

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Trio of Trees

  I'm continuing to have fun with Holiday catalog items!  As I try out some of the stamps and accessories I'm thinking more and more of Christmas.  I need to start getting some designs figured out to start on my Christmas cards.  I'm determined not to be a last minute stamper this year and to have my cards complete well before Christmas.  We'll see how that works out!  Best laid plans and all....

  I made this card using the Friday Mashup Challenge which is to use this sketch and incorporate the emboss resist technique.

  My emboss resist is minimal and probably doesn't show well in the photo but I embossed the trees with white embossing powder onto white cardstock and then sponged the colors over the top before punch them out.

  I used the Festival of Trees and Endless Wishes stamp sets.  The DSP is from the Watercolor Wonder DSP from the Spring catalog so it's no longer available but the All is Calm DSP in the Holiday catalog is a perfect current pack to use....I just didn't get it....yet!  

  The oval behind the trees is pierced with the oval piercing guides, the star on the tree is the new silver glimmer paper and the Lost Lagoon strip is from the All is Calm Washi tape.

  Have a great Tuesday!  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Festival of Trees, Endless Wishes

Ink: Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Lost Lagoon, Versamark

Paper: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer paper, Watercolor Wonder DSP (retired)

Accessories: Tree punch, white embossing powder, oval framelits, oval piercing guide, All is Calm Washi tape, dimensionals

Monday, September 8, 2014

Black & White Baby Zebra

  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  We started our fall soccer season on Saturday though you wouldn't have known it from the weather as the temperature was 90 or so....totally not my idea of fall!  The kids did a great job and enjoyed themselves in spite of the heat.  We are also working on re-doing our spare bedroom so we worked in there putting up crown molding.  I did manage to squeeze in some stamping too!

  I used 2 challenges for this card; Stampin' Royalty and CAS(E) This Sketch.  I don't know how successful I was at either challenge but it was fun to stamp anyway!  The Stampin' Royalty challenge is black & white with a pop of color.  I hope the ladies there are OK with Very Vanilla in lieu of white.  I wanted to use this pattern from the Flashback DSP and it was Vanilla and and not white.

 The Very Vanilla panel is embossed with the new Lucky Stars embossing folder and pierced around the edges.

  The sweet zebra is embossed with black embossing powder and cutout with the oval framelits.  The sentiment is embossed in white.  Definitely don't forget to use your Embossing Buddy to keep those stray flecks away!

  My pop of color for the challenge comes by way of 3 candy dots adhered to silver sequins from the Holiday catalog.

 Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Zoo Babies, And Many More

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Flashback DSP

Accessories: Lucky Stars e.f., oval framelits, white & black embossing powder, paper piercer, dimensionals, Frosted Sequins, candy dots (Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sweet Row of Homes

 I am having a lot of fun with the new products from the holiday catalog.  The other day I sat down to make a card using a sketch challenge for my layout but the more I played around the card took on a life of it's own.  It didn't end up resembling the challenge at all.

  The colors are right from the Color Coach: Soft Sky, Old Olive and Blackberry Bliss.

  I used the new Holiday Home stamp set along with the coordinating framelits Homemade Holidays.  I just stamped the houses in my 3 ink colors then cut them out.  I mounted them on a piece of Old Olive embossed with the woodgrain embossing folder.  There is a strip of Blackberry Bliss ribbon running behind the houses.

  This set is photopolymer so it's a snap to line up images and do 2 step stamping.  The set has a bunch of smaller accessory type stamps to decorate the houses; tree, leaves, lamp pole, and holiday decorations.  The sentiment is actually in a straight line but I curved it on my clear block when I stamped it and then cut it out to fit over the button.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Holiday Home

Ink: Soft Sky, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Soft Sky, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White

Accessories: Homemade Holidays framelits, button, baker's twine, Woodgrain embossing folder, dimensionals, Blackberry Bliss ribbon