Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Back to School Fun

Hello there!  Today's post is my Stampin' Royalty challenge for this week.  The challenge is anything Back to School.  So head on over to Stampin' Royalty and show us what you have come up with!

Mackie likes to customize her binders for school, click HERE to see her binder's from last year.  This year, we decided to utilize the new MDS2 to make actual 12 x 12 pages that we then had SU print out. 

Isn't this a fun idea?  Her binders this year are plain black and they have the clear pocket on the front.  When we receive these pages, we will trim just a bit of the sides and slide them in.  I opted for the heavy duty paper so they would stand up to all of the wear and tear of the year.

Here is the second one that we did.  Mackie wanted to keep them simple, so I resisted adding too many elements.

I did use the new recolor tool to recolor the howlstooth & scaringbone paper that is used in both pages.  I really love the new added features that MDS2 offers.

You can try the new MDS2 for free for 30 days, the item number is 130910, you can go to my ONLINE STORE to get your free trial today, you will not be disappointed!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Altered Convention Make & Takes

Hello there!  I have been taking a bit of a blogging break since we have been super busy the past week or so getting ready for Back to School time, I have some pictures to share with you below after you check out these great cards.

I did find some time to stamp with my sister in law Amber which is always fun.  I waited to do my convention make and takes until she was able come over and do some as well.  Most of the projects we did just as planned, but the Affection Collection M&T's we made a bit different.  Anne Marie Hile inspired us with her post HERE, Anne Marie also made the "planned" card for comparison.

Amber's card is the primrose petals card on the left, and Mine is the midnight muse on the right.

Amber used the planned colors but changed up the border punch and used the new lacy brocade embossing folder.  She also embossed a square of midnight muse for behind the friend sentiment panel to break up the colors a bit.  A very cute vintage look.

Here is my card.  I wanted to take out the yellow colors and give mine some added sparkle.  I used the new early espresso embossing powder for the main Affection Collection stamp.  I also used the french foliage stamp set for some vintage inspired distressing.  Some new champagne glimmer paper adds some sparkle.

Here are the cards again side by side, see how much you can change up a basic layout using different colors and supplies.  Both are beautiful, but have different looks.

OK, now on to what has been keeping us very busy over the last past two weeks:

Mackie cheered her very first high school football game. Notice the little photo bomber in the right hand corner.

Tate met a new friend at the game, and had a fun time finding rocks
Tate ready to take sissy to school, he had to grab a pack-pack too.

Modeling the new back to school pack-packs (yes, I will make a card using Mackie's cool new backpack as inspiration)

I have a picture of Mackie standing by the front door on her first day of school every year since kindergarten.  I am going to have to do a scrapbook layout of all of these pictures once I get them all together.

My husband had a birthday, and Amber's little girl, my sweet niece Josie turned one.  We have been going non stop, but now that Mac's back in school, Tate and I have a little better schedule, so look for more frequent posts from me.

I hope you enjoyed all of the sharing today, I know that I have a great project planned for my Wednesday's Stampin' Royalty challenge, so come back then for a look.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hello Fabric Flags

Welcome to this week's Stampin' Royalty Challenge.  This week's challenge is to use fabric.  Since I love to use fabric in my projects, it was a fun challenge.  Head on over to Stampin' Royalty and link your creation to play along, I can't wait to see what you come up with.

I added fabric flag cut banners to my card this week.  The Comfort Cafe fabric was die cut using the petal cone bigz L die.  Not only does that die cut a great favor holder it also has a wonderful banner that you can use with other projects.  I sewed right down the middle of my fabric and card stock, and frayed the fabric edges a bit.

This is the brand new Friendship Preserves Bundle which comes with both the stamp set Friendship Preserves and the window frames framelits, and at a savings too!  This bundle can be found at my ONLINE STORE in both clear mount or wood mount stamps.

I pulled my colors midnight muse, pool party, soft suede, and summer starfruit straight from my fabric.  I love how all of the products coordinate together.  Do you also notice the new woodgrain embossing folder?  I love it.  I love how you can create with so much texture.

I had all kinds of layers and some comfort cafe dsp planned for this card, but when I started to lay it all out, I liked the simple flag cut banners and letting the fabric receive all of the attention.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Friendship Preserves
Paper:  Midnight Muse, summer starfruit, pool party, soft suede
Ink:  Midnight Muse
Tools:  Big shot, petal cone die, bitty banners framelits, window frames framelits, woodgrain embossing folder, comfort cafe fabric

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop-Day 10

Hello there!  I finally got my computer up and running again, and I would still like to share with you my last project since it was my very favorite of the bunch.

This is an altered book box.  When I had the idea to do a book, I started looking around and they are everywhere.  I wanted one with a spine that was somewhat flat if I decided to cover it with paper.

I actually just painted the whole thing an off white color both to cover what was existing and to match my Beau Chateau DSP.

I have seen these beautiful book page wreath's all over the web, so I thought that I would make a small one for my book box.  I cut a lot of small rectangles, I think they were 3/4x1 inch pieces, of first edition DSP, curled them into a cone, glued with tombo and sponged them with soft suede ink.  I punched a large circle and just started gluing them outside towards the inside.  A circle punch of the butterfly from the First Editions DSP was hand colored for the center.

I wish that I could have fit the whole word Cherish on the box, but the box was just not big enough.  Most of you that are familiar with this paper know that it is supposed to be "Cherish".

I just played around with the Beau Chateau DSP until I liked the way it was all going together, added some chickens down at the bottom, curled the edges, stamped some water spots, crinkled some ribbon, punched some flowers, and added a vintage brad and some pearls.

Stampin' Up! has some beautiful ribbon, and I used a lot on this project.  The retired wide striped grosgrain ribbon was the perfect choice to use as a closure to the box.  Victoria crochet trim and the blushing bride pleated satin ribbon was a must.

The adorning accents edgelits die fit the design of the paper perfectly, and helped to showcase the underlying paper.

The inside was a bit simple, I really could of done a whole separate project for the inside, but I wanted to follow the rules, so instead I just had a bunch of cherished family photos printed out and just wrapped a bow around them.

Here is the side and back view of the box.  We had to label our projects with all of the products used, so I thought this would be a great way to use this piece of DSP, it already had the lines and everything!

Thank you so much for sticking with us non-winners for the whole duration of the hop.  We all gave a lot of hard work and effort into these projects, and everyone wants to win.  So being able to showcase our projects to you in this format was wonderful.  If you are still hopping, head on over to Amy Roger's blog at Amy's Stampin Creations to see her last project.

Please leave a comment to all of these talented wonderful women below to let them know how much you appreciate them sharing their work with you, a little sweet comment goes a long way.

I am going to take a few days off from blogging, but will be back on Wednesday with my design team post for Stampin Royalty.  I am excited that the Fall season is right around the corner, it is by far my favorite time of year, so look forward to some great projects that I have planned.  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

5. Sandie Conner YOU ARE HERE

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Oh No, computer problems....

I know you all are expecting to see my last project, but I am having computer problems.  I am typing this at my neighbor's house to let you all know.  I will post my last project ASAP, so check back soon.

In the mean time, head on over to Amy Roger's blog at Amy's Stampin Creations to see her last wonderful project!  Here is the hop line up if you get lost:

5. Sandie Conner YOU ARE HERE

Friday, August 17, 2012

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop-Day 9

Hello there!  We are winding down our blog hop, today I am sharing project number nine!  Thanks so much for sticking with us this far.  Today's project is my last card, and tomorrow I will share with you my other 3-D item.  Thanks to Amy O'Neill for sending y'all here.

Again, I am sorry for my wonky picture.  I took all of my pictures together right before sending them in, so by that time I was ready to be finished.

This card started out as a PPA design team card for the color challenge of calypso coral, baja breeze, and whisper white.  After I was finished with it, I loved how it turned out so I saved this one for my entries and made another design team card.

So have you guessed yet which stamp set this dress is from?  Grab your Rue Des Fleurs and take a look.  The corset, is of course the corset stamp, but the skirt is the umbrella with the handle cut off.  Some hand coloring, pearls and ribbons add some flirty flare to the dress.

Every special dress needs a beautiful background to show it off, and this is no exception.  The whisper white was spritzed with vanilla shimmer smooch spritz, then embossed twice, once with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder, then with the oval frame embossing folder.

The card base was made with a bunch of dotted scallop ribbon border punches that were curled on the edges, and everyday enchantment ribbon was attached to the center of each border punch.

I was playing around with the sentiment and trying to make it stand out.  I found that the blossom punch fit this border stamp from Creative Elements.  A scallop oval punch split in two adds nice interest on the top and bottom.

Here is the inside of the card, all nice and fancy.  Just perfect for a feminine birthday.  I can see this card recreated with melon mambo and basic black, wouldn't that be pretty?

Thanks so much from hopping over to see me.  I can't wait to show you my last project, it is by far my favorite, I look forward to seeing you then.  Hop on over to Amy Roger's blog at Amy's Stampin Creations to see the nifty project that she is sharing with you today.  I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

5. Sandie Conner YOU ARE HERE

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop-Day 8

Hello there!  Welcome to day 8 of our blog hop.  We are on the home stretch, I have two cards and my last 3-D item to share with you still, so keep coming back to see the rest of the projects.  Did you hop on over from Amy O'Neill?  Welcome to you!  Sit back and enjoy the rest of the blog hop.

This was my very last project that I made.  I wanted to do an over the top 5x5 square card with a ton of layers and sewing.  I looked around for a sketch and found a Sweet Sunday sketch that looked like it would work.  For some reason, I didn't take too many pictures of this card, so I will show you what I have.

Summer Smooches DSP had just come out, and I wanted to use new fresh paper, so even though I had a scrapbook page with this paper already, I thought it would still be ok.

Flags a plenty decorate this card, in bright vibrant colors.  I love incorporating sewing onto my cards, and I love how the stitching adds another layer of texture.

Since there was so much going on in the background, I felt a nice simple main panel would be the best for this card.  Nice crisp white with pops of color just fit the bill.  Some fussy cutting on the vase and brights buttons make nice flowers.

Sorry for the blurry picture!  The whisper white ribbon helps to break up some of the patterns, and adds more crisp white.

I finished off the inside with pieces of DSP that were not used on the front.  This is a great way to use up your scraps, since they are right there before you clean up.

That is all of the pictures that I have of this card, sorry!  Hop on over to Amy Roger's blog at  Amy's Stampin Creations to continue on with the Hop.  Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

5. Sandie Conner YOU ARE HERE

Booooo To You!

Time for some PPA fun! Grab your crafting supplies and this great sketch - an original Moody - and play along! Imagine all the possibilities!  Head on over to Pals Paper Arts to check out some great inspiration from the fabulous design team and post your own entry.

I am so excited to share this card with you for a few reasons.  The first being that there are some great new products available in the new Holiday Mini catalog, second, this is my first Halloween card of the season, and I LOVE Halloween, and third, because I feel that I got a bit of my lost mojo back when I was making this card.

Look at this cute little tag!  This is part of the Ghoulish Googlies designer kit, which can come in a bundle with stamps!!  Can you believe it??  When you order the bundle you get 15% off, you gotta love savings, I know I do.

I partook in the bundle savings, and got the clear mount bundle (129853) which includes the above tags, bags, googly eyes, pumpkin pie bakers twine and the Googly Ghouls stamp set.  I love it!

I stamped both the little bat and the BOOOOOO in versamark then heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I love a little shine.  I used the new finishing touches edgelits to make a spooky flag.  You don't have to be perfect for Halloween cards, a bit off, is perfect!

The black mat behind the bat tag was made using the new delicate doilies sizzlits.  It has a slightly torn edge look that fit just perfectly behind my bat.

Since most Halloween cards are fun and quirky, I thought that I would tie my ribbon in knots, why just lay it flat?  Quirkiness fits perfect here!  I really loved how it turned out.  You can also see my quirky sewing, and that was not on purpose, my machine was acting up on me, but I think it will work out great on this card.

So back to the best thing of all about this card, is this fun,and quirky new Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP.  Look at the fabulous prints, colors, and textures that are included in the pack of paper.  I love it, it is one of my favorite Halloween papers.
This is a 5x5 card that will fit in a square envelope, and should mail pretty easily.  I might have to make more of them, I just love it.
Thank you for stopping by, please drop me a line and let me know what you think.  I really do enjoy reading all of your comments.   I hope I inspired you today to get out your Halloween supplies and start your own new favorite card, enjoy!

Stamps: Googly Ghouls
Ink:  Versamark
Paper: Howlstooth and scaringbone DSP, Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit, basic gray, basic black card stock
Tools:  big shot, finishing touched edgelits, delicate doilies sizzlits, basic gray stitched ribbon, black embossing powder, heat tool

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop-Day 7

Hello there!  Welcome to everyone on this seventh day of our blog hop.  Did you hop over from Amy O'Neill's blog?  I just love her projects, thank you for hoping on over and joining me here!

Today I am going to share with you my last scrap book page.  This is my 12x12 page, and it is a hybrid page. The main page was made in MDS, and I had it printed out by Stampin' Up, then I added a few traditional accents like ribbon and punches.

A cute little punch and brad combo.

Some crocheted ribbon and a cutie little bow

Some cute little paper beads attached with a safety pin and some baker's twine.

So, are you asking yourself how did I pack everything up?  I saved the cardboard packaging that the printed MDS pages were shipped to me in, I wrapped each page separately with hand stamped tissue paper, and bundled it up with a ribbon and a cute little tag that said "enjoy".  After all, I think it would be like Christmas for the Stampin' Up employees that get to open all of those boxes, how fun would that be?  Each project of mine was individually wrapped this way, then covered with bubble wrap.  After all of the hard work, I wanted to make sure it arrived safely.

Thank you for stopping by today, hop on over to the next blog, Amy's Stampin Creations to see the next great project.  I hope you were inspired today, enjoy!
5. Sandie Conner YOU ARE HERE
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