Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Your Presents Christmas Card

Just some Christmas card inspiration, in case you need an idea for a card. 

This stamp set, called "Your Presents" was designed to be used with the KISS-ing technique, which is where you ink up the patterned stamp, and then you take the large solid stamp and "KISS" them together, or rather, press them together carefully. This way the design from the one stamp is transferred to the large solid area of the other stamp. I used this technique on the striped ornament and the ornament with the little tree pattern on it. The red ornament is the large solid stamp and I just inked it up like you would regularly do with my Cherry Cobbler ink pad.

All Supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamp set: Your Presents
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Hello Honey
Accessories: Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Project Life Journaling Pens, Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges

I know that this is a really busy time of year for a lot of us, so I appreciate you stopping by to take a look at my work! If you want to order any Stampin' Up! supplies to create this card (or anything else from Stampin' Up!) and you live in the United States, just leave me a comment and I will get right back to you!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

#tgifc30 - White Christmas

So, I saw that the theme for the current challenge over at TGIF Challenges Blog was "White Christmas, and I just happened to have made this card recently, so I thought, "Perfect! Until I went to write this post and realized that the "Bright and Beautiful" stamp set was retired last year! (What!!?) Oh well.  I still think it turned out really pretty.

So the challenge is themed "White Christmas". I think it fits. Here it is:

All supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamp set: Bright and Beautiful (retired)
Cardstock: Whisper White Thick
Ink: VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
Accessories: Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Big Shot, Stars Framelits Dies, Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Whisper White 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

It embossed up nicely, don't you think?

Here is the badge for the challenge theme (#tgifc30):

Check out the design team inspiration pieces and the other entries, and maybe play along too!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Another Thank You" Card

Back in July I attended Stampin' Up!'s North American convention. As always, it was amazing, and inspiring. One of the classes I attended was a panel of three successful demonstrators who showed us many wonderful projects and fun ideas. One of the demonstrators was Erica Cerwin, and I was so inspired by a project she shared. She had taken a piece of Stampin' Up! Window Sheet and had cut a "wave" from one side to the other. Kind of like a tilda "~", only bigger of course. Then you use your sponge dauber to rub your ink across the split window sheet opening. You move you window sheet up and align it so that you can make a new wave in a lighter color. I used some washi tape to hold it in place as I rubbed my dauber over my cardstock. Her cards were beautiful.

After convention was over and everyone was back home, I was sitting at my desk, cruising the internet for something to create. I came across a challenge that was from TGIFChallenges blog. It was a throw down challenge, but I had never done one before, so I did it wrong, and used supplies that were not part of the challenge. Since I had not done it correctly, I could not enter it into the challenge, but I still loved the card anyway. I was inspired by Erica to create these "waves" of color across the card front. It makes me think of ocean waves and a sunset. Erica did such a beautiful job, and I hope my card does her credit!

Here is my card:

All supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamp set: Another Thank You
Ink: Pool Party, Hello Honey, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper, Pearls Basic Jewels, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Window Sheets, Sponge Daubers, Tomboy Mono Liquid Glue

I had some problems with my computer about a month ago and had to "erase and re-install" the operating system software. I lost some of my programs that I had used when I would create blog posts, so that is why I have not blogged recently, but I wanted to share this card with you anyway. I am still learning about the new software, but I will keep trying to understand and post for you.

Thanks for checking out my card!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

#TGIFC18 August Remix FAIL!- Kinda Eclectic

OMGosh! Two posts in one week! I don't believe it! I was trying to get my post done and  downloaded to the TGIF Challenge blog, but I didn't make it in time.  So much to do, so little time! Oh well, I guess I can still post it here and hopefully you can still enjoy it.

So here is my card:

All Supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamp set: Kinda Eclectic
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Basic Gray, VersaMark Embossing Ink
Card Stock: Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories: Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Stampin' Emboss Powder: Clear, Stampin' Sponges, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Tombow Liquid Glue

As you can see I embossed the sunburst image! I love heat embossing! Then I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the stamp with the Pool Party dots all the way down the same piece of card stock. I didn't want the dots to cover the sunburst, and that is why I embossed it first. It is a technique called "Emboss Resist". I also stamped off some of the Pool Party ink each time I stamped it on the bottom layer so that they got lighter and lighter as it went from the bottom of the piece to the top. I wanted it to look like it was fading out.

Well, I hope you liked my card. Thanks for stopping in and looking!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

#TGIFCTD03 - Flower Patch Card

I like to do stamping challenges, but I don't always have them done in time, or they aren't quite what the challenge was supposed to be about, or whatever. Anyway, today I actually got one of the challenges time...and it meets all the qualifications posted by those who are issuing the challenge. And I like it! So here it is:

Supplies: All supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamp Sets: Flower Patch
Inks: Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black (Archival)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party
Accessories: White Tea Lace Paper Doily, Baker's Twine White, Stampin' Sponge, Paper Snips,  Dimensionals, Tombow Liquid Glue

Here is the challenge. You choose at least 4 of the following:

And these are the items you can use if you want, but no other supplies. You know, the basic stuff you keep in your pantry:

I really enjoyed doing this challenge. It made me stretch my imagination to make it look how I wanted. Here are a couple other views. 
 As you can see, I  used the baker's twine, knotted up several times, to create the center of the flower. I really like the dimension that it adds to the flower.
This is a different kind of fold on the card. The Pool Party base is just a single layer of 
5-1/2" x 4-1/4". Then there is another layer of Whisper White that I sponged with the Pear Pizzazz ink to create a mat for the final top Whisper White layer. This is the layer that is folded (on the side) that you open up to write your greeting. I know that there is a bit of fussy cutting, but we were not supposed to use the Big Shot dies to cut out the flowers and leaves.

So, there you have it. My card for the TGIF Challenge blog: #TGIFCTD03

Hope you like it!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

By the Tide: Bokeh Technique

At last I have finally posted my other Bokeh card. (I'm not slow. Really, I'm not.) But I also have some good news. I finally got a new camera, and I have been learning how to use it. I wanted to take the best pictures I could to share with you! (Hopefully more often!) So here goes!

This card makes me think of swimming in the shallow water of the sea. The bokeh technique gives the impression of the water sparkling off the water under the surface. I really like this bokeh technique. This one truly does look like it is underwater! I hope you like it as much as I do!

All supplies are from Stampin' Up!, unless otherwise specified:
Stamps: By the Tide, Perfect Pennants
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana (retired), Pistachio Pudding (retired), Whisper White
Inks: Coastal Cabana (retired), Pistachio Pudding (retired) Whisper White - CRAFT, Lost Lagoon
Accessories: Big Shot, Big Shot Magnetic Platform, Banners Framelits Dies, Gold Sequin Trim, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

I hope you like this card. I made it but forgot to post it before the Coastal Cabana and Pistachio Pudding In-Colors retired, but I decided to show it to you anyway. 

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Bokeh Birthday Card

Okay, okay...I know it has been a while...again. I seriously need to get a new camera so it doesn't take me so long to get pictures for this blog.

Well, I have a pretty card to show you today. I recently learned a new technique called "Bokeh". Bokeh is defined as the out of focus area in a photograph esp. as rendered by a particular lens. It is a wonderful technique to use for a background, but I bet you could use it for other shapes or die-cuts as well.

I participate with a small group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that meet about every other month and we do a themed card swap. Earlier this year we met with the intent of sharing "Birthday" cards. This was my card that I shared with my friends.

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!:
Stamp Set - Remembering Your Birthday
Paper - Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Whisper White; White Vellum Cardstock
Inks - Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey, Whisper White Craft Ink, VersaMark
Accessories - Punches: Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly, 2" Circle, 3/4" Circle; White Embossing Powder; Heat Tool; Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon; Big Shot; Oval Collection Framelits; Window Sheets; Circles Collection Framelits; Sponge Daubers; Stamping Sponges; Stampin' Dimensionals; Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I looked on YouTube at several videos on how to do the Bokeh Technique. Just search "Bokeh card technique" and I am sure several will show up.

I hope you like my card!


P.S. I have another card to show you using this same technique. I hope I can remember to post it sooner than later! (Giggle!)


Thursday, February 19, 2015

I Bet You Thought I Fell Off the Earth!

I started out this year with such high hopes of posting more often on my blog. Well, it's February, and here is my first post of the new year. I guess I am not doing so well on that goal so far. I still have the rest of the year, though, to try and improve on my objective.

I decided to try one of the challenge blogs to try and help me get going on making a card. I chose 's color challenge to inspire my creation. Here is their color inspiration:

I was also inspired by a video by Dawn Olchefske on her YouTube channel, about Triple Time Stamping. I know that this technique has been around for a while, but I just watched the video the other day, and was inspired when I saw the color challenge from Fab Friday.

So here is my card. Remember, my camera has died and has not been replaced as of yet, so my image is not the best, because a scanner does not work very well on something that has any sort of dimension on it. Please use your imagination to see how pretty this card really is.

All supplies are by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.
Stamp sets: Choose Happiness, Everything Eleanor
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe
Ink: Real Red, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories: Calypso Coral Baker's Twin (retired color), Designer Vintage Faceted Buttons, Dimensionals

I hope you like my card, and come back to visit again soon (because I will try to post more consistently than once every three months! LOL!).

Thanks again for visiting!