Friday, June 29, 2012

Flowers For You

Hello there!  Today's card is made especially for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  I have never entered a card over there yet, even though I love the sketches and even made one of my artisan cards from one.  Check out this fabulous sketch:

I loved this sketch a soon as I saw it, and thought that this would be a great card to showcase a new technique that I saw on Dawn Olchefske's blog.  I made my own layers sized to fit this card.  I love this simple continuous image technique.  You size your base pieces and put one on top of each other and just stamp.  Then you add your layers for a nice seamless look.  The images from the stamp set Papaya Collage were just perfect for this technique.  An additional butterfly was fussy cut and popped up with stampin dimensionals.  Some basic pearls finish it off.

Do you see that frame on the soft suede base?  It is also from the stamp set Papaya Collage.  It was too wide for what I wanted, so I got out my markers and my stamp-a-ma-jig, and by eliminating the center swirl on the top and bottom, I pieced a new frame together.  I sized my main images from there.

I love flags, they are huge now in the crafting world.  I cut these with my new bitty banners framelits.  I tried out the staple effect, and I think I like it.  A brand new vintage faceted button was painstakingly threaded with pool party seam binding ribbon, and attached on a bow.

Let's talk color choice and paper.  The new catalog has these great color combos, they even go as far as printing the blocks of color that they used for a great reference.  This color choice is on page 35, the colors are pool party, summer starfruit, soft suede and old olive.

The paper choice is a mixture of three DSP packs, Comfort Cafe, Patio Party, and the retired Attic Boutique.  Even though they are different in color and patterns, you can still mix and match for a very cohesive look.

A simple sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set and cut with the bitty banners framelits.  I used my stampin markers for the two toned look.

There you have it, a pretty card with summer's most popular colors! Oh how I wish I had a sewing machine to add some sewing, the one I borrowed from my SIL Amber had to go back home. Is there anyone out there that has a newer machine that is willing to barter for some retired SU products?  I would be willing to take that offer!

All of these products and more can be found anytime at my ONLINE STORE, so hop on over there and take a look, you won't be disappointed.  Thank you for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Papaya Collage, Itty Bitty Banners, French Foliage
Paper:  Comfort Cafe, Patio Party, & Attic Boutique DSP, soft suede, pool party, whisper white card stock
Ink:  Summer starfruit, pool party, soft suede
Tools:  big shot, bitty banners framelits, vintage faceted buttons, seam binding ribbon, basic pearls

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Birthday Candy

Hello there!  Today's Stampin' Royalty challenge is a picture challenge.  Take a look at this fun picture, grab your supplies and head over to Stampin' Royalty to show us your take on this SWEET picture.

As soon as I saw this picture, I went straight to my favorite color palette.  I love pinks and greens together so I choose melon mambo and wild wasabi.

I am not sure if these "wrapped candies" would actually be identified as candy without the explanation!  I was trying to come up with my own variety, and it is a bit candyish.  I started with the Circle Circus stamp set for the centers.  I heat embossed with both melon mambo and wild wasabi embossing powders on whisper white card stock.  The "wrapper" is the Mixed Bunch stamp set and the matching Blossom punch.  I used the vanilla scented clear embossing powder for a sweet smell.  I snipped two petals for each side, curled them a bit and glued them on to the layered circle.

A bit of pretty in pink was flag cut to break it up.  Some wild wasabi was cut using the new finishing touches edgelits and bordered the pink just perfectly.  A happy birthday sentiment from the Create a Cupcake stamp set was heat embossed with melon mambo embossing powder and punched with the word window punch.  A wild wasabi modern label punch and a new vintage faceted button dresses it up.  I can't forget my new favorite embossing folder, the chevron folder is so new and hip.

My card today is made using the scallop square bigz die.  I simply cut two pieces, scored one at the top about a half inch down and glued the top pieces together.  Fold the score and your card will open.  This is a great trick when making a shaped card, it works great.

So what do you think, do they look like candy?  I hope so, either way this will be a fun, cute birthday card for someone to enjoy.  All these supplies and more can be found anytime at my ONLINE STORE.  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Circle Circus, Mixed Bunch, Create a Cupcake
Paper:  Melon mambo, wild wasabi, pretty in pink, whisper white
Ink:  Versamark
Tools:  Circle punches, blossom punch, word window punch, modern label punch, vintage faceted buttons, bakers twine, finishing touches edgelits, scallop square bigz die, big shot, chevron embossing folder, melon mambo, wild wasabi, vanilla scented clear embossing powders, heat tool

Saturday, June 23, 2012

2012 Artisan Award Finalist

The title says it all!  I was notified on Thursday night that I made the top 20 finalists for the 2012 Artisan Awards design team.  I have to say, that I told the nice lady from Stampin' Up (I don't even remember her name) that I needed a moment to sit down.  It is an amazing feeling to realize that your work is admired by such a great company.

This picture was on the Stampin' Up! Facebook page last Friday, I couldn't believe that I saw my entries in the picture.  I have drawn an arrow on the picture, but it is so itty bitty that it is hard to see.  All of the top 20 finalists will have their work on display at the annual convention in July that takes place in Salt Lake City.   To be able to attend this convention is a great learning opportunity, and one that I will cherish for years to come.

Stampin' Up! will announce the ten winners on awards night, Thursday, July 19.  I am hopeful that I will be one of the ten, but if not, I count myself blessed just to be chosen as a finalist.  It's going to be an amazing time.

Here is the list of amazing finalists, so if you recognize any, make sure you congratulate them, it is a great honor to be chosen as a finalist.

  • Amy Bollman
  • Amy O'Neill
  • Amy Rogers
  • Cindy Beach
  • Connie Collins
  • Erica Cerwin
  • Heather Summers
  • Heidi King
  • Holly VanDyne
  • Jane Lee
  • Jeanna Bohanon
  • Marisa E Gunn
  • Mary Haugen
  • Melissa Stout
  • Mercedes Weber
  • Mindy E Bingamon
  • Sandra Conner
  • Sarah Sagert
  • Tara (Murphy) Bourgoin
  • Wendy Weixler

  • Have a great day!

    Friday, June 22, 2012

    Framelits 101

    Hello there! Today I am going to show you some ways to manipulate your framelit die cuts. The new framelits come in a bunch of sizes and sometimes those sizes are a bit big for what you are needing. Take a look at the pictures to see how to do it. I am sorry about the quality of the pictures, I took these pictures in my craft room and the lighting is not ideal for picture taking.

    All framelits need to go on your closed cutting platform, then a cutting pad, paper, framelit (I put my cutting side down) and then another cutting pad.

    Let's start with the largest image from the Apothecary Accents framelits, this picture here is the shortened version.

    Stamp your image first (or you can use a stamp-a-ma-jig on your finished die cut) and line up the die to one side. Try to get the main image centered. Use painters tape to hold your framelit down. This is the most important tip since you do not want the framelit to move around. Run it through your machine.

    Move your framelit over to the other side and center your image up, hold it down with tape and run it through.

    Here is what you end up with, a shortened version of the label. Now I think that I will perfect this shortened version and make some sharpie marks on my framelit so I can recreate it fast.

    The same can be done with the Labels Collection framelits, stamp first, line up where you want your cut, and run it through.

    Line it up again and run it back through your big shot, keep in mind to make sure that both sides look even, and the humps are in pretty much the same place.

    Here is the finished die cut, it is on another apothecary accents framelit that was cut down the same way.

    So what if you want to make something longer?  That is easy as well.  Here is the small banner from bitty banners framelits, lets see how to make it longer:

    Simply slightly fold a piece of card stock and set your framelit on top of it.  Make sure that the fold is not touching a cutting edge (right hand side).  I make sure that the paper is folded evenly on both sides for a straight result.  I make sure to tape it good so it will not move.  You will have a fold in the middle of your finished die cut, but you can use your bone folder to minimize it.

    Do you like the layered look?  I cut two additional labels (3 total)  to make a border.  Cut the side pieces off of one a little down from the curve.  Cut the top and bottom one in half longways and then take off the end round pieces like the picture above.

    You can use your snail or multi-purpose glue to attach the sides one at a time, here are two ways you can do it.

    Here is the thanks framelit, on a scallop oval, on the piece we just did.  An easy way to layer.  The possibilities are endless.

    Now, you can use the exact same technique to the bigz die.  Take a look at what I did with the new Oval Accents Bigz Clear die:

    Cut a whole die cut first, and reposition however you might like, tape down and run it thorough.

    Here are two different ones that I did, I like how the pool party one turned out better than the soft suede one (that one side looks a bit wonky), but I did see that they are different sizes, and could be used to layer.  You get the idea, play around with scrap paper to see what works best, you can always make marks on your dies to line everything up for a perfect cut every time.

    I hope you enjoyed the Framelit 101 class, all these supplies and more can be found 24/7 at my ONLINE STORE.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to drop me a line, but make sure your email address is on it so I can respond.  Have a great day!

    Supplies:  Big shot & framelits:  label collection, apothecary accents, bitty banners, oval accents bigz clear die

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

    Thank You Circles

    It's time to for another fun and fresh challenge over at Pals Paper Arts! This week, we're playing with a sketch by Margaret Moody. What kind of fun things can you create with these circles?! Get out your crafting goodies and get started!  The challenge goes live on Thursday, June 21st. Be there, or be square! (Get it? Cause we're playing with circles...?)

    This is a sneak peek at the new 2 step stamp set Reason to Smile that will be available in July for only $5.00 with your $50 purchase.  How great is that?!  A $5.00 stamp set is ALWAYS a reason to smile!  I punched the flowers out with my large circle punch, then used my circle cutter to make a little larger circle.  The scallop circles die 2 was used for the scallop circle and then embossed with the chevron embossing folder.

    I love all of the circles on this card, they are everywhere, from the Summer Smooches DSP, to the main circle, and the sentiment circle stamped from Pretty Postage.  I decided that just the lucky limeade and island indigo worked well together.

    A bit of whisper white satin ribbon provides both the element on the sketch and breaks up the blue and green.  This is a CAS card, but jeez, it took me a long time to do, I just kept trying different elements and colors to see what worked the best.  It is funny how sometimes the simplest looking cards take the longest! 

    Now, I can think of a few things to add to this card, like using the new paper piercing mats to outline my large circle, or say add three mini brads to the top of the left hand corner, but nooooo when I was making this card I had a total mind blank and since I was under a time crunch, I called it done.

    I have been working on a tutorial for you, and should have it posted tomorrow, its called "Framelits 101", I will have some tips and tricks for you using the new framelits.  So stop back by to take a look.

    Here are some pictures looking out my craft room window, it is so inspiring just to sit a bit and look.  We have all kinds of animals at any given time.  Birds are by far the most prevalent, but today I also saw a humming bird on the butterfly bush.  We get bunnys, chipmunks, squirrels, birds, and have fish in the pond, we even had a snake that was squatting by the pond.  Chris caught it and relocated it to the neighborhood pond since Tate is always playing around the pond.  It was just a garter snake, but still I did not want him to get bit.

    The pond is in the bottom right hand corner, I will have to get more pictures of it later.  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really hope you were inspired!

    Stamps:  Reason to Smile, Pretty Postage
    Paper:  Summer Smooches, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade
    Ink:  Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade stampin write markers
    Tools:  Big shot, chevron embossing folder, circle punches, whisper white satin ribbon, scallop circle bigz die

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    Vintage For You

    Hello there!  Today's Stampin Royalty Challenge is a color challenge, check out the colors and grab your supplies and head over to Stampin' Royalty to show us what you have created.

    Today's card has a ton of new products from the new catalog.  I really love the new stamp set/framelits combos.  This stamp set is Layered Labels and the framelits are the apothecary accents framelits dies.  The sentiment is stamped twice in more mustard and old olive, punched out with the oval punch and popped up on the more mustard framelit.  Two basic pearls anchor the sentiment. 

    This new set Papaya Collage has some great images, this frame, bird, leaves and rose all work together well.  The bird was stamped first in pool party, and rolled in old olive for the two toned look.  This card has a bit of vintage to it, some spritzing, sponging, and curled edges do the trick.  The inside of the frame was embossed with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder for a bit of definition.

    This is some retired spice cake DSP, the rose is stamped in island indigo to break up the print.  Another apothecary accent die was used for this shape.  A pool party seam binding ribbon bow was crinkled up and rolled into a ball to get just the right vintage look.

    I really love how all of these colors work together so well, the vintage look is fun to do, I should try it more!  What do you think of these colors, let me know, I love to read your comments.  Remember, you can shop in your Pj's 24/7 at my ONLINE STORE.  Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired!

    Stamps:  Layered Labels, Papaya Collage
    Paper:  Spice Cake DSP, island indigo, naturals ivory
    Ink:  Island indigo, more mustard, old olive, pool party
    Tools:  big shot, apothecary accents framelits, vintage wallpaper embossing folder, oval punch, basic pearls, pool party seam binding ribbon

    Monday, June 18, 2012

    In the Cat Bird Seat

    Hello there!  I was a bit stumped when it came to making my husband his Father's Day card this year.  Last year I did a card with hops on it, and I want to make another special card this year.

    This is not actually a card.  It's a bit of an art piece that I am going to have framed for his poker room.  The story behind this, is that as most of you know, my husband Chris works on the Sprint Cup race team, Stewart-Haas Racing.  We watch the races every Sunday, and quite a few times this year, we heard the commentator Darrell Waltrip talk about "sittin' in the cat bird seat", so every time Chris heard that, he would say that he wanted a cat bird seat and where can he get one?  So I made him one to put on the wall.

    This is actually a hybrid card, the cat and bird came from My Digital Studio, I just chose my colors and printed them out.  A bit of cutting and some mini brads, and done, nice and easy.

    This sentiment was also done in MDS, the Comfort Cafe DSP fit my colors, midnight muse, summer starfruit, early espresso, just perfect. The retired star bigz die added just the right shape.

    Look at all of this texture!  The new chevron embossing folder, and the new finishing touches edgelit are so fancy.  The square lattice embossing folder and the decorative label punch are back for another year, YAY!

    When I find a frame, I will probably mount this on another piece of card stock, to make it fit right.  I hope you see that you can make anything with your supplies, not just cards.  You can find these supplies and more at my ONLINE STORE.  I hope you were inspired today, enjoy!

    Stamps:  Have a Seat, MDS
    Paper:  Comfort Cafe DSP, midnight muse, summer starfruit, early espresso, naturals ivory
    Ink:  Early espresso
    tools: MDS, big shot, chevron and square lattice embossing folders, finishing touches edgelits, star bigz die, mini brads, decorative label punch

    Friday, June 15, 2012

    Last day for In Color Give-Away! Ribbon Share Update

    Look at all of the pretty ribbon, all wrapped up and ready to go!  I have three shares available now for immediate shipping, so first come first served!  I will continue this share all year long, so EMAIL ME if you are interested, here are the details and what info I need:

    The shares will be $8 for a one yard of each color share, $2.00 for shipping. The colors are; pacific point, rich razzleberry, early espresso, basic gray, whisper white, real red, daffodil delight, night of navy, wild wasabi, and pretty in pink.  You can order more than one share, shipping will increase by $1.00 for each additional share, if you would like both yards wrapped on one clothes pin, I will deduct $1.00 from the second share. I will need this info on your email:

    • Name, Address, and Email address
    • How many shares, and if you would like both shares on one wooden pin, or wrapped separately.
    • How you would like to pay, I will accept Paypal or money order.  If you are paying by paypal, I will need that email address to invoice you.
    That's it!  I am really loving this ribbon, and find that it is my new "goto" ribbon.  This is a great way to get all of the ribbon colors at a low price!

    Today is the last day to be qualified for my retired In Color give away.  All my 2010-2012 retired In Color collection will be given away to one lucky customer.  How do you qualify?  Simply place an order through me, or at my ONLINE STORE before midnight eastern time tonight, and receive an entry into my drawing.  I will draw the winner tomorrow and will notify the winner ASAP! 

    Here is what will be given away:
    • Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizazz ink pads
    • Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizazz cardstock
    • Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizazz markers
    • Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizazz 6x6 DSP pack
    • Pear Pizazz large buttons
    • Blushing Bride ribbon
    Wow, it is a lot of items!  Who will the lucky winner be?  Order now to have a chance!  Hope you all have a great Father's Day weekend!

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    Friendship Please!

    Welcome to today's Stampin' Royalty challenge #128.  This week's challenge is Clean and Simple.  I think this would qualify, for me, this is CAS!

    This is my first time using the new summer starfruit In Color.  I have to say that it is growing on me.  Its just so different, it might take me a bit to get used to.

    On Yesterday's post I mistakenly called this stamp the wrong name!  It is From MY Heart, and I love it.  This stamp didn't make an appearance in the card purse, so I thought that I would use it today.  The image was stamped first in midnight muse on crumb cake card stock.  I punched it out with my large circle punch, another image was stamped in summer starfruit and the friendship banner was fussy cut and popped up with dimensionals.

    Check out this new Comfort Cafe DSP!  There are great geometric designs as well as floral prints in this paper pack, just perfect for cards.  Soft suede is a great companion color, so I matted both pieces of DSP with it.  This new button is from the naturals designer buttons, there are two colors, the above color and a natural color.  Some baker's twine dresses it up a bit.

    I used the Mojo Monday sketch for today's card, having a "pre-made" sketch really helps get the ball rolling.

    There you have it a CAS card.  So what do you think about the new In Colors?  I think I have used them all except the gumball green, that's next on my list!  Thanks all so much for your sweet comments yesterday on my blog hop post, I really love all of your kindness, keep them coming!  As long as I have your return email, I will always answer all comments.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, I really hope you were inspired!

    Stamps:  From My Heart
    Paper:  Comfort Cafe, soft suede, summer starfruit, crumb cake
    Ink:  Midnight muse, summer starfruit
    Tools:  Large circle punch, paper snips, naturals designer buttons, baker's twine, corner rounder punch

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