Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SUO112 Christmas Wishes- Bow and Stars

Hi Stampers! 

This card was created for the new SUO112 “Merry and Happy” Challenge along with the AW31 Photo Inspiration Challenge.

I hope you will find the time to check the rest of the Design Team projects at both sites as well as the gallery submissions- great inspiration from all!

To create this card:

Stamp the large star from Bright & Beautiful with Mossy Meadow Classic Ink and stamp the medium star using Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock.

Using the Big Shot™ with the appropriate size Star Collections Framelits™,  cut out each star.  

Emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, trim and mount onto a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, trim and mount onto the Mossy Meadow card base.

Attach ½ of a White Tea Lace Paper Doily to the card base, adhere both the large and medium star using Stampin’ Dimensionals® ( large star overlapping the top of the doily a bit and medium star on an angle).

Use the new Bow Builder Punch to create a bow from Cherry Cobbler cardstock and adhere to the top of the Cherry Cobbler star.

Stamp the sentiment from Ornamental Pine with Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock, trim and create the banner points using the Hexagon Punch.

Use a Bone Folder to curve the sentiment and add to the card front over the two stars.

Adhere the Pearls to the edges of the sentiment and center of the Cherry Cobbler star to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Bright & Beautiful, Ornamental Pine
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow
Paper/Cardstock:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow
Accessories:  Big Shot™, Star Collection Framelits™,  Beautiful Baroque Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, Punches- Bow Builder and Hexagon, Pearls, ½ White Tea Lace Doily

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by – I hope that you will join in on in on the fun with your Stampin’ Up! Only creations and create your own “Merry and Happy” project!

SC93 Contempo Christmas Banners and Snowflakes :-)

Hi Stampers! 

I wanted to create a few masculine Christmas cards and decided to use some retired Designer Series Paper along with the Stampin’ Celebration SC93 Sketch Challenge :-)

Again, if you have not already visited the Stampin’ Celebration site, I hope you will find the time to do so- great Design Team samples! 

To create this Clean and Layered (CAL) card:

Cut strips from the retired Candlelight Christmas Designer Series Paper and use the Hexagon Punch to create the banner points. 

Adhere a square panel of Very Vanilla cardstock to a piece of Early Espresso cardstock.  Add the three banners to the panel along with the 5/8” Triple Early Espresso Satin Ribbon bow.

Stamp the sentiment from the retired Contempo Christmas set using Early Espresso Classic Ink onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Trim the panel and mount onto the Early Espresso card front.

Add the banner panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals® to the card front.

Add the punched Early Espresso and Very Vanilla snowflakes along with the Pearls to finish off the card

Stamp Sets: Contempo Christmas

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, retired Candlelight Christmas DSP

Accessories: Hexagon Punch, Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart), 5/8” Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Pearls


Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you have a terrific Tuesday and stop by again soon for the new SU-Only Challenge!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

CQC271 You're Absolutely Fabulous- Fun with the New Bow Builder Punch

Hi Stampers! 

I wanted to play around with some of my new toys from the upcoming Occasions Mini and decided to create a card using the bright colors from this week’s CQC271 ColourQ Challenge. 

Again, if you have not already visited the ColourQ site, I hope you will find the time to do so- wonderful Design Team samples as well as the gallery of entries! 

To create this Clean and Simple (CAS) card:

Using various washi tapes in the challenge colors, arrange the strips of tape onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, trim the panel and mount onto a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock.

Ink the large splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge using Bermuda Bay Classic Ink and stamp onto the card front.

Ink the sentiment from the retired set, Absolutely Fabulous using Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink and stamp at the bottom of the card front.

Using the new Bow Builder Punch, punch out bows from Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler and Hello Honey cardstock and assemble the bows (I love this new punch- the bows are so cute!!) :-) 

Mount the washi tape panel onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, trim and mount onto the Cherry Cobbler card base.

Add the paper bows to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Absolutely Fabulous, Gorgeous Grunge

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Bermuda Bay

Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Hello Honey

Accessories: Bow Builder Punch, Washi Tape (Season of Style, Color Me Autumn, misc from my stash)


Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you have a fantastic Sunday!!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Clean and Layered- A Color, Theme and Sketch Challenge!




Hi Stampers! 

I wanted to create another Christmas card this weekend and decided to play along with the Pals Paper Arts PPA230 Color Challenge and The Fusion {Merry Christmas} Challenge.

This card was also created for the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club December 2014 SCSCCDEC14 Christmas Card Challenge (not a Fan Club Member yet?  Check out the details here)...

Again, if you have not already visited the above sites, I hope you will find the time to do so- they both have fabulous Design Teams as well as inspirational galleries! 

I used quite a few of my scraps to create this Clean and Layered (CAL) card:

Ink the sentiment from Merry Little Christmas using Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink and stamp onto Very Vanilla cardstock. 

Use the Big Shot™ with the Banner Collection Framelits™ to cut the banner and cut another banner (the same size) from a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  Mount the Cherry Cobbler banner behind the sentiment allowing a bit of the Cherry Cobbler to show at the bottom.

Adhere a piece of Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper (DSP) to the top of the embossed Very Vanilla panel (I found this embossed piece in my scraps) and sponged a bit of Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink over the white plaid to tone it down a bit :-)

Mount the sentiment banner to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals® and adhere the layered background panel onto a piece of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock.

Trim the panel and add the 1” Cherry Cobbler Stitched Edge Grosgrain Double Ribbon Bow.   

Mount the entire card front onto the Cherry Cobbler card base.

Stamp the gingerbread men from Scentsational Season using Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock and cut each gingerbread man out using the Holiday Collection Framelits™.

Adhere the gingerbread men to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

Using the Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blendabilities™ marker, color the Pearls and once dried, add to the gingerbread to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Merry Little Christmas, Scentsational Season (both retired)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar; Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blendabilities™ Marker

Paper: Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler, Trim the Tree DSP

Accessories: Big Shot™, retired Snowflake Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, Banner Collection and Holiday Collection Framelits™, Pearls, 1” Cherry Cobbler Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon


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

Friday, December 5, 2014

Flaky Friends- Three Challenges in One!



Hi Again Stampers!

Here is the second card that I created using the CQC270 ColourQ Challenge along with The Card Concept #24 Snowman Tag (or Winter) Challenge and the Splitcoaststampers SC517 Sketch.   

This card is a mixed media card that I believe qualifies for the "Shabby Chic" style and I just love this retired sentiment (since I know a few of my friends probably think I am bit of a “flake” lately- lol!!)

Again, I hope you will find time to visit the challenge sites- wonderful designs and inspiration from all!

To create this card:

Ink the snowman image from the retired set, Holiday Woodcuts using Early Espresso Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  Color the image using Stampin’ Write Markers-  Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pistachio Pudding and retired Blush Blossom. 

Cut the snowman to approx. 1 ¾” and create the tag using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Add the punched border at the bottom (I used a previously punched strip in my stash using the retired Lace Ribbon Border Punch).

Apply Ranger® Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Stain to the paper to “antique” the white and once dried, use a paint brush to apply Soft White Acrylic Paint to the snowman to lighten the snow area and small snowflakes over the entire tag.

Apply Ranger® Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Stain to the 3/8” Calypso Coral Seam Binding Ribbon to “antique” as well :-)

Once the ribbon strips are dry, apply a strip at the bottom of the tag to hide the seam of the punched border and to the top of the tag (tying with Natural Linen Thread and fraying the edges).

Add a knotted piece of Natural Linen Thread over the Calypso Coral ribbon strip at the bottom of the tag and adhere the Calypso Coral and Island Indigo snowflakes to the sides.

Ink the mittens from the retired set, Flaky Friends using Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink and stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  

Color the mittens using Stampin’ Write Markers-  Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pistachio Pudding and Blush Blossom (retired), add the snowflakes using the Blush Blossom marker as “ink” to the stamp and apply  Ranger® Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Stain to distress the paper.  

Add additional distressing using the large splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge using Island Indigo Classic Ink. 

Distress a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Ranger® Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Stain, trim and mount onto a piece of Island Indigo cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Calypso Coral.

Add the distressed mitten background panel onto a piece of Calypso Coral and mount the layered horizontal strip to the card front, trim and mount onto the Island Indigo card front.

Add the snowman tag to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals®. 

Ink the sentiment from Flaky Friends using Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink and stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Apply  Ranger® Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Stain to distress the paper, add a bit of Island Indigo using the Stampin’ Write markers around the snowflakes and add the white highlights using a Faber-Castell White Pitt Pen marker.

Use the 1 ¾” Circle Punch to punch out the sentiment- punch another circle from Calypso Coral and Island Indigo cardstock.  Split the Calypso Coral and Island Indigo circles in half and mount behind the sentiment. 

Mount the sentiment to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals® and add the Rhinestones to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Holiday Woodcuts, Flaky Friends, Gorgeous Grunge

Ink:  Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink, Island Indigo; Stampin’ Write Markers- Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pistachio Pudding, retired Blush Blossom; Faber-Castell Pitt Pen White Marker; Ranger® Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Stain; Soft White Acrylic Paint

Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo

Accessories: Punches- Scalloped Tag Topper, retired Lace Ribbon Border, 1 ¾” Circle, non-SU snowflake (Martha Stewart); 3/8” Calypso Coral Seam Binding Ribbon, Natural Linen Thread, Rhinestones


Thanks again for stopping by- I hope all of you have a fantastic weekend!

Merry Christmas- Garden Snowmen Fun!

Hi Stampers!

I had a chance to play in my craft area last night and pulled out a few of my favorite retired Stampin’ Up! snowmen sets to have some marker fun  :-)

The first card was created was a Clean and Simple card using the CQC270 ColourQ Challenge along with The Card Concept #24 Snowman (Make A Tag) Challenge and the Splitcoaststampers WT507 "Easy Does It" Challenge.
  
If you have not done so, I hope you will find time to visit all of the challenge sites- inspiration from all!

To create this card:

Ink the snowman image using Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink onto Whisper White cardstock.

Use Stampin’ Write Markers to color the image- Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pistachio Pudding and Blush Blossom (retired).  Use the Basic Black marker to color the buttons and branches.
Apply Two-Way Glue to apply Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the snowman and ground area.

Trim the panel and create the tag using the Scallop Topper Tag Punch.  Use the Project Life® 0.3” Corner Rounder to round the corners.   

Cut another tag a bit larger using Island Indigo cardstock, creating the tag topper and round the corners. 

Layer the focal image onto the Island Indigo tag, add the 3/8” Calypso Coral Seam Binding Ribbon and tie with Natural Linen Thread.   Fray the ends of the ribbon to mimic the scarf on the snowman :-)

Use the Big Shot™ to emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, trim and mount onto a piece of Island Indigo cardstock, trim and mount onto the Island Indigo card front.

Ink the sentiment in the corner using Calypso Coral Classic Ink and mount the focal image using Stampin’ Dimensionals® to finish off the card.

 Stamp Sets: Garden Snowmen,  Christmas Greetings  

Ink:  Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink, Calypso Coral; Stampin’ Write Markers- Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pistachio Pudding, retired Blush Blossom

Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo

Accessories: Big Shot™,  Northern Flurry Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder,  Scalloped Tag Topper and Project Life® .30” Corner Rounder Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, 3/8” Calypso Coral Seam Binding Ribbon, Natural Linen Thread


Thanks again for stopping by- I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Peace on Earth- Three Challenges in One!

Hi Stampers! 

I had a chance to relax and stamp last night and wanted to create a card using the PP224 Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge  (I chose Tree, Embossing and Glitter :-)) along with the CC507 Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge (dessert option of a Tree on your card)  and the SC92 Holiday Inspiration Photo Challenge

Again, if you have not visited the above sites, I hope you will do so- great inspiration from all!

To create this card:

Use a scrap piece of paper or a sticky note to mask the snow banks.  Use a Sponge Dauber with Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink onto the sky area and ink the retired stamp, Evergreen using Early Espresso Classic Ink and repeatedly stamp the trees in the background.

Use a Stampin’ Write Early Espresso marker to darken the trees and add highlights with a Faber-Castell White Pitt Pen.

Add additional highlights with a paint brush and Soft White acrylic paint as well as applying highlights to the snow banks.

Use the Big Shot™ with the Ovals Collection Framelits™ to cut the image into an oval, cut another oval the same size from Early Espresso cardstock- split the Early Espresso oval in half and mount behind the masked image.

Use the Two-Way Glue Pen to apply glue onto the branches and add Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Use the Big Shot™ with the retired Holiday Frame Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock (ink the interior of the folder before embossing with Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink).  Carefully cut out the embossed panel.

Adhere a piece of Early Espresso cardstock to the end of a piece of Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Mount onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhere to the Early Espresso card base.

Add the embossed frame and oval image using Stampin Dimensionals® to the card front.

Stamp the sentiment from the retired Greetings of the Season stamp set using Early Espresso Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  Create the banner using the Hexagon Punch, mount onto Early Espresso cardstock (creating the banner with the Hexagon Punch as well). 

Add the sentiment to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

Add the green Satin Ribbon bow to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Evergreen, Greetings of the Season

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso; Faber-Castell White Pitt Pen, Soft White Acrylic Paint

Paper/Cardstock:  Whisper White, Early Espresso; Trim the Tree DSP

Accessories: Big Shot™, retired Holiday Frame Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, Oval Framelits™, Sponge Dauber, Dazzling Diamonds, Satin Ribbon (from my stash)


Thanks again for visiting- I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

SUO111 Merry Christmas- Season of Tags :-)

Hi Stampers! 

This card was created for the new SUO111 “Tag, You’re It” Challenge along with the Create with Connie and Mary CCMC331 Sketch Challenge.

Instead of one tag, I decided to create a card with three tags :-)

If you have not done so yet, I hope you will find the time to check the rest of the Design Team projects at SUO-Challenges as well as the wonderful samples at Create with Connie and Mary :-)

To create this card:
Using Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink, stamp the cardinal image from Beauty of the Season onto Whisper White cardstock.

Color the cardinal using Stampin’ Blendabilities™- Light, Medium and Dark Cherry Cobbler for the feathers and berries, Light Smoky Slate for the branches and Light Pumpkin Pie for the cardinal’s beak and legs.

Trim the panel to 4 ½” and cut into three strips 1 ½” wide.  Insert the strips into the Note Punch and punch the end with the angle, flip and re-insert to punch the other end (this gives you a longer tag than the original punch was designed to create).

Punch size regular size tags using the Note Punch from Basic Black cardstock.  Layer two tags behind each of the cardinal tags allowing a bit of the Basic Black to show.

Use the Big Shot™ with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock, trim to approx.  4” x 5 ¼”.

Adhere the left and right tags to the woodgrain panel, add the retired Silver cord to the card front and adhere the center tag using Stampin’ Dimensionals®.   

Mount the entire panel onto the Basic Black card base.  

Create a bow using the Silver Cord and add to the top of the card along with Basic Black button.

Stamp the sentiment from Endless Wishes using Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink onto Whisper White cardstock, trim and create the banner points using the Banner Punch, punch two banners from Basic Black cardstock and add to the ends of the sentiment.


Mount the sentiment to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals® to finish off the card.
Stamp Sets:  Beauty of the Season, Endless Wishes
Ink: Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink, Stampin’ Blendabilities™- Light, Medium, Dark Cherry Cobbler, Light Smoky Slate, Light Pumpkin Pie; White Gel Pen
Paper/Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories:  Big Shot™, Woodgrain Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder, Note Punch, Hexagon Punch, Neutral Button, retired Silver Cord

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by – I hope that you will join in on in on the fun with your Stampin’ Up! Only creations and create your own “Tag, You’re It!” project!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sending Love and Sympathy- Two Challenges in One!



Hi Again Stampers!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful Monday!  I was able to spend a few minutes in the craft room and decided to create a card using the Splitcoaststampers CC506 Color Challenge- Rose Red, Mossy Meadow and Basic Black (dessert option- ribbon) along with the PPA229 Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge.

Again, I hope you have the time to stop by both sites to check out the great inspiration from the Design Teams as well as the other entries!

To create this card:

Ink the floral stamp from Choose Happiness using Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink and stamp repeatedly onto Whisper White cardstock (re-inking for each stamping). 

Use the AquaPainter™ with Rose Red Classic Ink, create a color wash and apply to all of the blossoms.  Apply darker ink to create dimension to the petals and carefully cut out each blossom.

Ink the leaf stamp using Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink and stamp repeatedly onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock for the background panel. 

Color the leaves using the Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write marker. 

Use the AquaPainter™ with Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, create a color wash and apply over the entire background.   Using Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, stamp the lattice from Summer Silhouettes over the background and add a bit of distressing using the large splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.

Sporadically apply Ranger® Tim Holtz® Picket Fence Distress Stain over the entire background.  Mount the panel onto the Basic Black card front.

Adhere the flowers per the sketch and add the large flower in the upper left hand corner using Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

Stamp the sentiment using Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink onto Whisper White cardstock- create the banner points using the Hexagon Punch. Mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock (creating the points again with the Hexagon Punch).

Mount the sentiment onto the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals®- add a piece of one of the flowers to the edge of the sentiment. 

Use a Faber-Castelle White Pitt Pen to add highlights to the flower centers and adhere the larger Pearls to the corners and a few seed Pearls to the flower centers to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Choose Happiness, Love & Sympathy, Summer Silhouettes, Gorgeous Grunge

Ink: Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink, Mellow Moss, Rose Red; Stampin’ Write Marker- Mossy Meadow, Faber-Castelle White Pitt Pen, Ranger® Tim Holtz® Picket Fence Distress Stain

Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories:  AquaPainter™, Pearls


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

HYCCT1416 What Direction To Take

Hi Again Stampers!!

Here is another card that I created for the annual Hope You Can Cling To Challenge (HYCCT) Card Drive at Splitcoaststampers.  

This card was designed for HYCCT1416 mrslaird aks Paula “Stampless” Challenge - (see the gallery here and the details here).  I decided to incorporate a Gelli Arts® Print as my background for this card.

The basic steps to create this card:

Use the Big Shot™ with the Sizzix™ Tim Holtz® Textured Fades™ Compass Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock and set aside (for use in a few minutes).


Apply a few drops of silver acrylic paint onto the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate and use a Brayer to thinly spread the paint but make sure it is thick enough not to dry too quickly. 

Lay down a piece of Watercolor Paper over the printing plate (this card was created using a scrap piece of the Watercolor Paper), smooth with the brayer or your hand to cover the paper and carefully peel away from the plate.  Reapply the silver paint and continue with a few more prints.

Apply a few drops of Soft Black, Soft White and Midnight Blue Acrylic Paints and smooth with the brayer to mix the paint.  

Lay the embossed piece of Whisper White cardstock over the paint, smooth with your hand or a brayer, lift up and set aside for use again.

Lay the silver side of the Watercolor Paper onto the printing plate, smooth with your hand or brayer and lift up (the raised areas of the embossing piece should show against the silver paint).

Once the initial panels were finished and dry (you can use a Heat Tool to speed up the drying process), re-insert the printed piece back into the same embossing folder that was used as the “stencil” and re-emboss using the Big Shot™.

Apply another thin layer of silver paint onto the printing plate and roll the paint from the Brayer onto the original Whisper White embossed panel (the one that was used as the “stencil” and is now covered with blue/black paint) – this way you can use the original embossing panels as well as the print panels- nothing is wasted!

Using Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink, stamp the En Francais background stamp to randomly stamp around the background- once dry, gently rub the Silver Encore™ Pigment ink pad across the top of the embossing to give the panel even more of a metallic look. 

Trim the panel and adhere to a layer of Whisper White cardstock and again onto the Basic Black card base.

This is a fun technique- love using my Gelli® Arts Plate! 

Stamp Sets: En Francais

Ink: Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink, Midnight Muse, Encore® Silver, various Acrylic Paints

Paper: Watercolor, Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories: Gelli® Arts Plate, Big Shot™, non-Su! Embossing Folder (Compass)


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