Saturday, April 12, 2014

DD98 Cross of Hope- Happy Easter!

Hi Stampers! 

Time for the new DD98 Dynamic Duos “Subtly Yours”  and I decided to turn to My Digital Studio (MDS) along with traditional card making techniques to create my Easter card for this project :-)

I hope you will have the time to visit and check out the rest of the fantastic Design Team projects as well as create your own and share with us!!



To create this project:
Using MDS, open a blank 8.5x11 document and insert the floral cross from Crosses of Hope and enlarge a bit.   Also insert the “Easter” sentiment from Well Scripted, the “Happy” sentiment from Fabulous Phrases (reducing the size of the word Happy and inserting above Easter) and print out onto Whisper White cardstock.
Using Stampin’ Write markers in So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder and Sahara Sand to color the cross image and carefully cut out.  
Punch out the sentiment using the 1 ¾” Circle Punch and mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock (also punched with the 1 ¾” Circle Punch).
Use the Big Shot™ with the retired Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of So Saffron cardstock and the retired Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder to emboss a strip of Wisteria Wonder Designer Series Paper (DSP).   
Mount the Wisteria Wonder strip to a piece of Basic Black cardstock and lightly sand with the Sanding Block to expose the white core.  Adhere the sentiment behind the layer and mount onto the So Saffron embossed background.
Adhere the entire panel to the Basic Black card base and add the cross using Stampin’ Dimensionals®. 
Create the rolled flowers using Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder and So Saffron cardstock and the 1 3/4” and 1 ¼” Scallop Circle Punches (punch out the scallops, hand “scrunch” the cardstock to loosen the fibers in the paper, cut a wavy spiral from the outside toward the center and roll up). 
Add the flowers with the Basic Black leaves (from the Bird Builder Punch) and Pearls to finish off the card.
Stamp Sets: Crosses of Hope, Fabulous Phrases, Well Scripted (MDS version)
Ink: Printer Ink- Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder, Sahara Sand
Paper/Cardstock:  So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder, Basic Black, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder DSP
Accessories: Big Shot™, retired Elegant Bouquet and Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders, Punches: 1 ¾” and 1 1/4” Scallop Circle, Bird Builder, 1 ¾” Circle; Pearls

Thanks again for visiting - I hope you have a chance to join in on our “DD98 Subtly Yours” Challenge!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

World Map Swap Card :-)

Hi Stampers! 

I wanted to share the card that I created for our recent swap at my upline’s quarterly meeting.  I decided to create another card using the World Map – I just love this map image for masculine or feminine cards! 

To create this card:

In My Digital Studio (MDS), open a blank 8.5 x 11 custom page and insert the World Map image along with the sentiment from Pedaling Past- I re-sized both images a bit …
Print out onto Whisper White cardstock and color the map using the AquaPainter™ with Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Gumball Green Classic Ink.  Outline the continents using a Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write marker.

Cut the map image into three strips and mount onto a piece of Early Espresso cardstock.  
Stamp the various grid and splatter stamps from Gorgeous Grunge using Baked Brown Sugar onto a piece of Pool Party cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Early Espresso cardstock.

Mount the map image onto the Pool Party background overlapping the center panel over the edges of the two side panels.   Trim the sentiment and add the banner points using the Hexagon Punch, layer onto a piece of Early Espresso cardstock and add the Antique Brad.  Adhere the sentiment across the map allowing a slight curve from the cardbase (I used Hot Glue to adhere this layer).

Using the Banner Punch, punch out several banners from the Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper (DSP). Add a bit of distressing with the Gorgeous Grunge splatter stamp using Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink. 

Wrap a few strands of Natural Linen Thread and knot both end, add the banners to the thread “line” using a Hot Glue Gun and adhere the knotted ends to the top corner of the card front to finish off the card.
  
Stamp Sets:  World Map, Pedaling Past (both MDS versions)

Ink: Printer Ink- Black, Classic Ink- Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Pool Party ; Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write Marker

Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Epic Day This and That DSP

Accessories: AquaPainter™, Punches- Banner, Hexagon; Naturals Linen Thread, Antique Brad


Thanks again for stopping by- have a wonderful week!!

Butterfly Get Well

Hi Stampers!

I had the honor of being able to design one of our Make –n-Takes for my upline, Cindy Fodor’s recent quarterly demonstrator meeting and wanted to share the instructions for those in attendance and for anyone else that may be interested :-)


To create this card:

Use a brayer with Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink to ink the interior of the Woodgrain Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder and emboss a piece of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock with the Big Shot™.
 Trim the embossed panel, adhere to a piece of Midnight Muse cardstock and mount onto the Naturals White card base. 

Use the Fringe Scissors to fringe a piece of Midnight Muse cardstock, mount a piece of Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper (DSP) over the fringe and adhere to the card front.

Cut a 2” wide x 4 ¼” long  piece of Naturals White cardstock , round the corners on one end using the Envelope Punch Board and use the Scallop Tag Punch to create the tag top.

Using Midnight Muse Classic Ink, stamp off the Notable Notions script stamp once on scrap paper and stamp repeatedly onto the tag, and repeatedly stamp the floral stem from the Springtime Hello using Coastal Cabana Classic Ink.  Add the distressing with the large splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge using Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink and using a Sponge Dauber, apply Coastal Cabana over the edges.   

Stamp the three butterflies from Papillon Potpourri using Midnight Muse Classic Ink onto Coastal Cabana cardstock and punch out using the Elegant Butterfly Punch. 

Mount the tag to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals® and add the three butterflies using Mini Glue Dots™.
 

Stamp the sentiment using Midnight Muse Classic Ink onto Naturals White cardstock, punch out the sentiment using the Word Window Punch, create the banner point using the Hexagon Punch, sponge a bit of Coastal Cabana Classic Ink over the edges and stamp with the Gorgeous Grunge splatter image using Baked Brown Sugar.   Mount onto a piece of Midnight Muse cardstock (also punched with the Word Window Punch and Hexagon Punch). 

Add to the card front with a Stampin’ Dimensional® on the banner edge and add a Rhinestone to the corner of the sentiment.  Add the ½” Midnight Muse Stitched Satin ribbon to the top of the tag to finish off the card. 

Stamp Sets: Papillon Potpourri, Springtime Hello, Gorgeous Grunge, Notable Notions, Express Yourself

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Midnight Muse, Coastal Cabana

Paper: Naturals White, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Midnight Muse, Fresh Prints DSP

Accessories: Big Shot™, Woodgrain Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders, Brayer, Punches- Hexagon, Elegant Butterfly, Word Window, Fringe Scissors, Rhinestones, ½” Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon


Thanks for stopping by- I hope you have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Easter- A Layered Floral Cross

Hi Stampers! 

Time for the new SUO94 SUO-Only Challenge is “Easter Time” and I decided create a multiple layered card for the JustAdd Ink JAI209 Just Add Layers Challenge

I hope you will have the time to visit and check out the rest of the fantastic Design Team projects at both sites, and if you have a chance, join in on the fun!

To create this project:
Using My Digital Studio (MDS), open a blank 8.5x11 document and insert the floral branch and the sentiment from from Easter Blossoms and enlarge both a bit.  Print out onto Whisper White cardstock and use the X-Large Oval Punch to punch out the sentiment.
Color the blossoms using the Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write marker, the stem using Sahara Sand and carefully fussy cut out the branch image. 
Using Basic Black Classic Ink, stamp the Trefoil cross image onto a 1 7/8” strip of Soft Sky cardstock and color the cross using the Stampin’ Write Soft Sky marker.  Round the corners using the Envelope Punch Board and use the Scallop Tag Punch to create the tag top.  Using Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink and the splatter Gorgeous Grunge stamp to apply a bit of distressing to the cross image.  Carefully cut around the cross image up to the top edge of the cross and mount the tag onto a 2” tag created from Basic Black cardstock. 
Using the Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink, stamp the Off the Grid background stamp along with the Gorgeous Grunge splatter stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Trim the panel and adhere a piece of embossed Pink Pirouette cardstock to the lower part of the panel (embossed with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder). 
Mount the panel to a piece of Basic Black cardstock, then layer onto a piece of Soft Sky cardstock and add the 1 ¼” Burlap Ribbon to cover the seam of the Pink Pirouette layer.
Carefully lift the lower part of the cross image from the tag and layer the fussy-cut branches behind the cross (adhering with Mini Glue Dots™). 
Mount the tag and layered sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals® and adhere the remaining branches with Mini Glue Dots™.   
Create the small paper bow using the Large Oval and Hexagon Punch (from scraps of embossed Pink Pirouette cardstock using the Square Lattice Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder).  Add the Antique Brad to the center and adhere the bow to the top of the tag.
Add a few pearls to the flower centers, tag and corner to finish off the card.
Stamp Sets: Trefoil Cross, Gorgeous Grunge, Easter Blossoms (MDS version)
Ink: Printer Ink- Black, Stampin’ Write Markers- Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand
Paper/Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky
Accessories: Big Shot™, Square Lattice Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders, Punches: XL Oval, Hexagon, Scallop Tag;  Antique Brad, 1 ¼” Burlap Ribbon, Envelope Punch Board, Pearls
Thanks again for visiting - I hope you have a chance to join in on our “Easter Time” SU-Only Challenge!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

DD97 Butterfly Birthday - Three Challenges in One!



Hi Stampers! 

Time for the new DD97 “Bold and Sassy” Challenge- Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise and I decided to use a Butterfly Theme for The CardConcept #7 Challenge as well as added Pearls to this birthday card for the Seize the Birthday Challenge.  The Card Concept encourages you to try different styles and I believe this would be the Elegant Style since it has all of the pearls :-)



If you have not already taken the time to visit each of the challenge sites, I hope that you will find the time to do so – the Design Team projects at all three sites are fabulous as well as the rest of the entries!

To create this card:

Ink the En Francais background stamp using Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink and stamp onto a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  Add the scrap piece of lace from the Artisan Embellishment kit to the lower right along with a piece of 5/8” Basic Black Satin Ribbon and mount the panel onto the Basic Black card base.

Add the embossed Melon Mambo panel (from my scraps- previously embossed with the retired Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder and mounted onto Basic Black cardstock).
  
Add another scrap piece of lace and satin ribbon to the Melon Mambo panel and adhere to the card front.  Add the strands of Pearls to the top and bottom edge of the ribbon.
Adhere the DSP panel to a piece of Basic Black cardstock and mount onto the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals®. 

Stamp the sentiment using Basic Black Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock and color with the Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Write marker.  Ink the Off the Grid stamp using Crumb Cake Classic Ink and stamp over the sentiment.  Using a Sponge Dauber apply Crumb Cake Classic Ink to “antique” the paper  :-)

“Huff” onto the En Francais background stamp to re-moisten the Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink and lightly rub onto the sentiment layer, trim the sentiment and round the corners using the 1 ¼” Circle Punch.  Layer the sentiment onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock, trim and round the corners to match the sentiment using the 1 ¼” Circle Punch.
Mount the sentiment to the front of the card and add the Pearls to the sentiment and corners to finish off the card.
   
Stamp Sets:  En Francais, Botanical Tea (Graphic45- Hampton Arts)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Marker- Tempting Turquoise
Paper/Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise,  Basic Black, Graphic45 Botanical Tea
Accessories: Big Shot™, retired Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, 1 ¼” Circle Punch, Sponge Dauber, retired Artisans Embellishment lace, retired 5/8” Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Pearls

I hope that you can create a project of your own using this week’s DD97 colors - we would love to have you join us!!


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- have a wonderful weekend

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

PPA197 Go in the Direction of Your Dreams

Hi Stampers!

I hope all of you are having a great week so far!  I have been busy preparing for an upcoming Demo meeting with my upline and fellow Demonstrators so I have not been able to share any creations yet but decided to create a quick card using the Pals Paper Arts PPA197 Sketch along with Designer Series Paper (DSP) along with another homemade map from My Digital Studio (MDS).

I hope you have the time to stop by the Pals Paper Arts site- great inspiration from the Design Team as well as the other entries!

To create this card:

Using My Digital Studio (MDS), position the images onto an 8.5x11 blank page and print out.  I used the World Map stamp brush image (I reduced the size) as well as the sentiment from Word Play stamp brush set.  One thing that I love about MDS for cards- the images may be retired in the rubber stamp catalog but are still current in MDS :-)

Color the map using AquaPainter™ and Pool Party Classic Ink for the water, Gumball Green and Crumb Cake Classic Ink for the land masses.  Trim and mount onto a piece of Early Espresso cardstock.

Add a piece of Soho Subway DSP onto the Early Espresso card base.  

Adhere a piece of Epic Day This and That DSP onto Early Espresso cardstock for the second diagonal layer on the card front and add the Naturals Button with Natural Linen Thread.  Mount this onto the card front on an angle per the sketch. 
  
Layer the 1 ¼” Burlap Ribbon onto the card front overlapping the diagonal layer with the button at the bottom.  Add a few pieces of Natural Linen Thread knotted on the one side over the burlap ribbon.

Add the map image to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

Adhere the sentiment to a piece of Early Espresso cardstock, trim and stamp with Off the Grid using Crumb Cake Classic Ink.  Use a Sponge Dauber to add additional Crumb Cake Classic Ink to tone down the white of the paper and adhere the knotted Natural Linen Thread to the corners and add to the front of the map/burlap using Stampin’ Dimensionals® to finish off the card. 

Stamp Sets:  World Map, Word Play (both MDS versions), Off the Grid

Ink: Printer Ink- Black, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Pool Party Classic Ink

Paper:  Whisper White, Early Espresso, Epic Day This and That DSP, Soho Subway DSP

Accessories:  AquaPainter™, Natural Linen Thread, 1 ¼” Burlap Ribbon, Naturals Button, Sponge Dauber


Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you have a wonderful week!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

World Map Thank You - Three Challenges in One!




Hi Stampers!  


Another week has gone by and time for the Dynamic Duos DD96 “Your Choice” Week- Gumball Green with your choice of color – I decided to use Pool Party as the second color and create a fun “Thank You” card using the Mojo Monday Mojo338 Sketch and a watercolor technique for the FM153 Friday Mashup! Watercolor Wonders Challenge.
 
Again, I hope that you will find the time to stop by and check out the rest of the fabulous Dynamic Duos Design Team projects and create a project of your own using this week’s colors - we would love to have you join us!!



To create this card:

I decided to use My Digitial Studio (MDS) to print out the World Map stamp brudh image (reduced in size) onto Whisper White cardstock (but you could easily stamp the background stamp onto Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Classic Ink or StazOn™).

Using an AquaPainter,  apply Pool Party Classic Ink onto the ocean and sea areas, Crumb Cake and Gumball Green Classic Ink onto the land areas of the map. 
  
Hand tear the paper into a loose circle shape for the MoJo338 sketch and apply Crumb Cake Classic Ink to the edges using a Sponge Dauber as well as a bit of distressing with the splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.

Use the Big Shot™ with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper (DSP), trim and adhere to a Basic Black cardstock layer.

Adhere a the piece of Gumball Green/Pool Party DSP to a Basic Black card base and add the embossed layer at an angle per the sketch. 

Mount the map to the embossed panel and add the banners (created from the same DSP as the embossed layer using the Banner Punch and mounted onto scraps of Basic Black cardstock- I used pieces that had been previously embossed with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder) using Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

Add the sentiment banner and Candy Dots to finish off the card. 

Stamp Sets:  World Map, Wetlands, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Gumball Green, Pool Party, Crumb Cake
Paper/Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Epic Day This and That DSP
Accessories: Big Shot™, Woodgrain and Square Lattice Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders, Banner Punch, AquaPainter™, Candy Dots

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- I hope you can join in the fun with our DD96 Dynamic Duos“Your Choice” Challenge!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SUO93 Scallop Tag Treat Box

Hi Stampers! 

Time for another SUO-Only Challenge and the SUO93 Challenge is“Boxes, Bags and Baskets” and 3-D is definitely another challenge for me!  I decided to use the new Scallop Tag Punch versus a Big Shot™ die and had a great time!!

If I had this one to do again, I would stamp the cardstock prior to creating the box (trust me, it would have been easier :-))!

I hope you will have the time to visit and check out the rest of the fantastic Design Team projects as well as create your own and share with us
To create this project:
Using the Scallop Tag Punch, punch out two tags 5 ¼” long by 2” wide from So Saffron cardstock, score each tag along the straight edge using the Simply Scored™ Tool at 1 ¼” .
Create the center box with a piece of So Saffron cardstock – this is the part that I had to create the dimensions based off the tag (I neglected to write them down- I believe it was a 4 ¼” x 4 ¼” piece of cardstock, scored at 1 1/8”, 3 1/8” , flip and score again to create a small box for the treat).    If I have the time, I will create another and write down all of the dimensions
Ink the Ex Libris background stamp using Baked Brown Sugar and stamp all of the pieces prior to adhering the box together. 
Hidden Treat of Chocolate- Every Girl's Favorite :-)
Add the rolled flower along with the banner sentiment and ribbon to finish off the project.
Stamp Sets: Ex Libris, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Stampin’ Write Markers- Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper/Cardstock:  So Saffron, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Punches: Hexagon, 1 ¾” Scallop Circle, Bird Builder, Scalloped Tag, 3/8” So Saffron Taffeta Ribbon, Simply Scored™ Tool

Thanks again for visiting - I hope you have a chance to join in on our “Boxes, Bags and Baskets” SU-OnlyChallenge!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

DD95 Sending Love and Sympathy

Hi Stampers! 

It’s that time again!  Time for the DD95 “Triple Threat” Dynamic Duo Challenge- that’s right, three colors instead of two!  

I decided to pull out the retired Color Spritzer Tool and create a fun background for this quick, easy card :-)

I hope that you will find the time to stop by and check out the rest of the fabulous Dynamic Duos Design Team projects and create a project of your own using this week’s colors - we would love to have you join us!!


To create this card:

Use the retired Color Spritzer Tool with Stampin’ Write markers in Soft Sky, Pale Plum (retired) and Rich Razzleberry and spritz the color onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock at a diagonal, masking the paper and each layer as you create the background.
Ink the flower stem and petals from Summer Silhouettes with Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink and stamp over the background. 

Trim the panel and layer onto Soft Sky cardstock.  Add the Rich Razzleberry cardstock “half” layers along with the Pale Plum cardstock (retired) to finish off the focal image panel.

Mount a piece of Whisper White cardstock onto a layer of Rich Razzleberry cardstock and adhere to the Soft Sky card base.

Stamp the sentiment using Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock and punch out with the Large Oval Punch.  Layer onto two ovals punched from Rich Razzleberry cardstock (adhered together but overlapping a bit to create the frame for the sentiment). 

Add the double Rich Razzleberry 5/8” Satin Ribbon bow to the focal panel and adhere the Whisper White button to the center.

Mount the focal panel to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals™ and add the sentiment to the upper corner to finish off the card.

 Stamp Sets:  Summer Silhouettes, Love and Sympathy
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Stampin’ Write Markers- Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky, retired Pale Plum
Paper/Cardstock:  Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky, retired Pale Plum
Accessories: Color Spritzer Tool, 5/8” Rich Razzleberry Satin Ribbon, Whisper White button

Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you can join in the fun with our DD95 Dynamic Duos“Triple Threat” Challenge!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Clean and Layered- Banners for Three Challenges :-)

Hi Again Stampers!!

I was able to create another card this weekend and decided to go Clean and Layered (CAL) this time (a very difficult style for me :-)).

When looking for inspiration for this card, I used The Card Concept Challenge #5 Colors along with the Fusion #6 Inspiration and the FMS127 Sketch at FreshlyMade Sketches—again, I hope you will have a chance to stop by to visit all of the challenge sites to see the wonderful Design Team samples and entries!

To create this card:

Using Gumball Green Classic Ink, stamp the “Hi” and Polka Dot stamps from Banner Blast onto Whisper White cardstock and use the Banner Punch to cut out the banners.  

Repeatedly stamp the circle stamp from Lacy and Lovely using Gumball Green Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock, cut two small banners with the Banner Punch and create the longer banner using the 1 ¼” Square Punch. 

Layer the long banner onto a piece of Early Espresso cardstock, creating the banner points using the 1 ¼” Square Punch as well and add a few scrap pieces of Gumball Green cardstock. 

Use the Big Shot™ with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Early Espresso cardstock.   

Layer a piece of Whisper White cardstock onto Gumball Green cardstock and again onto the Early Espresso card base.  Add the Woodgrain embossed panel and the large banner per the sketch.

Punch a banner using the Banner Punch from Early Espresso Designer Series Paper (DSP) and using a Hot Glue Gun, adhere the banners to a piece of retired Hemp Twine (knotted on the ends), adhere to the front of the card.

Add the button from the retired Neutrals Collection to the upper corner of the banner per the sketch (I used a small strip of Gumball Green cardstock to the center to mimic thread) and the Rhinestone to dot the “i” on “hi” to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Banner Blast, Lacy and Lovely

Ink: Gumball Green

Paper: Whisper White, Gumball Green, Early Espresso, Early Espresso DSP

Accessories: Big Shot™, Woodgrain Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, Punches- Banner Punch, 1 ¼” Square, Rhinestone, retired Hemp Twine, retired Neutrals Collection button


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- I hope all of you have a great week!
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