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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

For You

Trying another challenge found at Splitcoaststampers. Once again, I worked on the Limited Supplies Challenge that issued every Friday. This time the Challenge was to use limited layers, supplies, and the colors represented in one of the rooms in your home. You can find the link to this Challenge here.

This card reflects the colors of my living room. I live in a log there are lots of browns. As accents, I have some white and burgundy. I put some stickles in the dots at the top part of the card. Not sure I like that, but I was trying something new. I also used a little radiant pearls over my colored in flowers. It adds a little shimmer.

Stamps: For You, Stampin Up. Flowers, Studio G
Misc.: stickles, quickcutz nesting flowers, circle stamp, colored pencils, radiant pearls, ribbon

Thank you for taking a look. Have a great rest of your week.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Almost Graduation Time

I got a chance to do some stamping last night. This one is for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge over at Taylored Expressions. You can find more details on the challenge and the sketch here. This sketch was excellent. There are so many ways you can interpret it. This card I have made for my Nephew's Graduation that will be coming up next month. I knew I wanted it simple, clean, and appropriate for a guy. No flowers, hearts, or swirls could land on this card. The school where my nephew is graduating from has a mascot of an eagle. My husband reminded me of this. After looking through my stamps I realized I had an eagle that was part of a collage type stamp. The stamp had symbols representing freedom and the USA....the kind of stamp perfect for Fourth of July. Well, I had to figure out a way to block off the rest of the stamp but get in the eagle. I cut the image where the eagle stopped and then used the red cardstock at the bottom of my panel to cover up the image of the Capitol Building. Also, my nephew's school colors are red and white. So, I knew I wanted to stick with those. Thanks to Taylor's sketch, I had the perfect jumping off point. I am very happy with the results. It's simple and no flowers made there way to the card. :) The details are below.
Stamps: Freedom Collage, Stampourri ( I think this is the name of the company, the name was smeared on the wooden block.) Congratulations, Stampendous.
Inks: Ranger's Adirondak Cranberry, Black Pigment by Colorbox
Miscellaneous: White, Red cardstock. Paper Frills by DoodleBug Design, Black Brads, Clear embossing powder, Corner Rounder Punch

Thursday, April 16, 2009

My First SCS Challenge

This is my first challenge I have tried on SCS. Triple play...hmmm, found it tough. This is part of their Limited Supply Challenges that are posted every Friday. Here is the description from the forum on SCS about this challenge: Here’s is how it works. Everything we are doing today is in “triplicate”. First, your creation must have THREE layers (I cheated a little here and have decided to allow y’all three layers on TOP of the card base). This is harder than it sounds, as we are all SOOO good at matting things (and be sure to count those patterned papers as a layer, too, if ya use 'em!)!Second, you are required to use three colors . . . no more, no less (though you ARE allowed to use either white, vanilla, black or chocolate as a neutral in addition to the three colors you choose . . . please make sure that your neutral is one of the colors listed!). This is also very tricky for those of us who LOVE color!Third, your card needs to have three elements, or focal points. For example, that could be three separate panels with an image stamped on each one; or a stamped image, a sentiment and an embellishment is another way you could interpret it (which is what I did for my sample) . . . it is really a triple combo of whatever you choose, but you are limited to only three (in keeping with our “triple play” theme).
You can find the thread for this challenge here.
I tried to keep to the rules the best I could. I used a hero arts fish stamp I have had for years. I used the colors of a tealish, yellow and black, with white as my neutral. I kept it very simple and though I am pretty happy with the card, it still feels like it needs something more. I created the scalloped edge with my Martha Stewart punch. Thanks for looking.
Cardstock: White, yellow, teal, black
Inks: Ranger's Adirondak Pitch Black and Stream
Stamp: Hero Arts.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Time for some challenges-Part 2

The second challenge I got to try was this color challenge by K Werner on her blog that you can find here. These are always a challenge for me. I have very little Stampin Up! products and none of their cardstock. But, I try to find things in my stash that have the colors represented in each challenge. I hope I did pretty well. This will probably be the card I give my mother this Mother's Day. (This all depends on whether I come up with a better card I like before Mother's Day.)
Stamps: Sentiment, Stampendous. Swirly vine (that is my description of the stamp I used) and flowers, Prima Marketing (I think that is right.)
Ink: Color Box's Cat's Eyes fluid Chalk ink and Ranger's Adirondak Pitch Black
Miscellaneous: sponge for sponging the edges in green ( I did this because of my great affinity to smudge my card, which means, I have to cover or camouflage that). Black ribbon, White Safety pin, Chipboard button ( Making Memories.), tag punch, black embroidery thread.

Time for some challenges- Part 1

I got to play some today. Yeah! Just in time for some challenge deadlines. The first is a challenge by Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge. You can find it here. I only made one change. That is the addition of the tag with the sentiment on it. I did this because I had not stamped the sentiment on the white layer straight. That meant, find a way to cover it up. :) I colored in the ivy with green chalk ink using a blender pen. I got that idea from kwernerdesign blog and can be found here. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.
Cardstock: Green and White
Patterned paper: tan polka dot from my stash and green pp is from Basic Grey
Stamps: Ivy, Hero Arts. Sentiment, Studio G
Ink: Ranger's Archival Ink, Jet Black. Ranger's Adirondak Pitch Black. Green chalk ink by ColorBox.
Miscellaneous: Blender Ben, Gold ribbon, Green button, beige embossing thread.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you get a chance today to ponder the meaning of this holiday and spend some time with your family. I love spending time with my family. Yesterday, I got to do just that, spend some time with my mom. This is card is another of those....I don't like the way this is turning To try to salvage what I had done. I left the silver embossed line. Above it I added a paper frill by Doodlebug Design. The pp was from my stash. I guess this is an "ok" card. Anyway, have a blessed Easter.
Stamps: Embossed swirls, Art Warehouse. Happy, Stampendous. Easter, Magnetic Poetry

Friday, April 10, 2009

A mess up becomes a pretty card

Ok, so I started this off with a totally different beginning and just couldn't make it work. That meant, I had to find a way to salvage what I could. I ended up stamping the top with Currant ink by Ranger's Adirondak line using a stamp by Technique Tuesday. I just happened to have that lovely ribbon in my stash that coordinated beautifully. (See it pays to by ribbon just because it is pretty!) :) The ribbon covers the stamp I used on the original card that was embossed. I then added the Happy Easter using the same Ink. I love how it turned out, though it isn't anywhere near what I started out with.

Stamps: Technique Tuesday, Happy (Stampendous), Easter (Magnetic Poetry)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easter Egg

Ok, I have to say it. I believe this is the best card I have ever made. I love it! My husband has already said he loves it too and expects to receive it on Sunday. :) Below are the details.
Cuttlebug swirl folder to lower half of the card.
Fiskars border punch to patterned paper.
Martha Stewart punch to yellow cardstock then placed in crimper and placed around oval die cut. (Saw this on another blog and cased the technique. I don't remember the blog, but if you do place it in the comments to share with everyone.)
Oval die cut using Cricuit George cardridge.
Stamps: Egg, magenta. Happy, Stampendous. Easter, Magnetic Poetry
Ink: Ranger's Adirondak Pitch Black

Monday, April 6, 2009

Getting ready for easter

This is my take on Taylored Expressions sketch from this past Friday. I was off work today, so I finally had a chance to play. Though I didn't finish in time for the deadline. I am glad I made the time to try today. This is a card I am going to send one of my family members for Easter, just not sure which one yet! Anyway the details are listed below. Feel free to leave a comment about an Easter tradition you have with your family. In my family, we never had a tradition for Easter, but I would love to incorporate one into our give me some ideas. :)

Stamps: Hat by Vamp Stamp, Flowers with a line, Stampendous, Happy Easter, Studio G

All the stamps were stamped using Pitch Black from Ranger's Adirondak line.

Patterned paper from my stash, a yellow ribbon, white safety pen