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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Hump Day!

Good Wednesday morning to you!
Today I'm sharing a couple of all-occasion cards you could make that won't take much time at all.  The first card uses the Treat Cups.  I haven't filled mine yet, but some blue & green M&Ms would be perfect.  I created a little door for the back of the cup so you can get the candy out without destroying the card.
I love the inside of the card, with the balloon basket floating away!

I used the Thoughts and Prayers set for the tree tops, and a scallop circle punch for the clouds.  You just lay that punch on your card front, and sponge with a swooshing motion up from your mask onto the card. Then move the scallop around to get as many clouds as you like.
I attempted to fill my cup with glitter, but I don't think that's such a good idea.  I like candy, buttons, tiny pieces of crimped paper, confetti--the ideas are endless.

My next project is very simple, and can be used for almost any occasion.  I used some retired printed vellum (Night & Day paper on the clearance rack!) but you can get the same effect by stamping on a piece of vellum or using the dots embossing folder.
I stamped on a piece of Whisper White CS with the stripes a la carte stamp, and punching with the largest scallop circle punch.  Mr. Owl is stamped with last year's SAB set, but you can build him with the owl punch if you don't have that set.  Add some rhinestones for eye-bling, strip of  old olive CS, white grosgrain ribbon, and you're done!
Hope you enjoyed these projects.  Make sure you make time today to go out and 

~ be creative ~

Monday, October 24, 2011

More details

I didn't put as many details in my blog hop post as I probably should have. So I wanted to take a moment to mention a few things that I didn't yesterday.

For the card, it's a 5 1/2 inch square card, layered with Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and Very Vanilla CS. The vanilla was cut using the large clear square scallop die on the Big Shot machine.  I stamped the tree in Garden Green twice, without reinking between stamps.  The house was stamped in Early Espresso, and colored with a blender pen and Cherry Cobbler ink.  You can't tell in the photos, but I colored the snow on the roof and part of the ground with the Moonlight Smooch Pearlized Ink  This stuff is handy, because it comes with a built in tiny paint brush, and you can get into the tiny spaces.  It really adds shine to the snow, without drawing too much attention.
The bow is made with the Cherry Cobbler bakers twine.  I used a needle to get the twine through the mini bells so they would hang from the bow.
Here's a picture to remind you of my project.  Scroll down to the Blog Hop post to see more pictures of this card.

The second project I did was that sweet little box.  I told you most of the major details about which paper I used, etc. in the original post.  I didn't talk much about the lollie on top.  It was easier I think, to use 2 scallop circles punched and scored between each scallop, than trying to use a strip of DSP scored--I still can't get that right :-)
The center is a piece of the same paper punched with a circle punch and is simply the reverse side of the paper.  I layered it with a felt snowflake (retired) and topped with a Vintage Brad.  I taped down a couple of pieces of Marina Mist taffeta ribbon to the box, then hot glued the lollie on top.
The little tag on the front was made using the Designer Label punch.  I colored the stamp with Marina Mist & Garden Green markers, then stamped on Whisper White. I punched it out, and also punched a piece of Marina Mist CS. The Marina Mist punch was cut in half in the center, so I could spread it out behind the white, and layer it, so you could see the edges.  I put another piece of white behind the label, thinking that I was going to hang it off the box somehow.  If it was hanging, you would see that blue paper in the back and I didn't want that---plus the extra white would provide a place to write your TO & FROM info.  But I changed my mind, and glued it to the front of the box instead.
If you notice, the bird image also has some words below them "to you and yours".  This was taken from the largest stamp in the set, with the swirls and the great big Happy Holidays.  You will notice this phrase under that Happy Holidays, which completes the saying on the whole sentiment.  I used my Marina Mist marker to color only that phrase and stamped it on the image.  I tried my luck and didn't use the Stamp-ama-jig to place those words, and I have to tell ya--that was some awesome stampin'!  :-)  Then, I just dotted the Dazzling glitter onto the image randomly.

I hope that clarifies any details I didn't mention about these projects.  Feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions.
Here's the picture of the stamp I used for the words on the bird tag.

~ be creative! ~

Sunday, October 23, 2011

First Ever NC Demo Blog Hop

As a member of an awesome group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators, specifically for North Carolina residents, I am thrilled to be a part of our inaugural Blog Hop!
I chose to use the Christmas Lodge stamp set for my projects.
I don't usually make square cards, but this set seems to beg for one.  I have also had the mini jingle bells for a while, and have been itching to use them on a project.

My second project uses the kraft boxes that are new this year's catalog.  These are perfect for neighbor gifts st Christmas!  I used the Frost Lodge Designer Series Paper to cover the sides and for the lollie.  I used 2 scallops punched from the same pattern.  They are scored between each scallop, using the Simply Scoring Tool.   I find that hot glue is the best way to adhere these lollies to your projects.  
The tag on the front is a stamp I completely missed from the Christmas Lodge stamp set--I didn't even know it was there until I made this project!  It was like a Christmas surprise!  :-)  I used the dazzling diamonds glitter (found in the Holiday mini) to accent the branch and the snowflake on top.  
I hope you enjoyed these projects and you will be inspired to ~ be creative! ~

~ be creative! ~

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Prize for my Book Club

I am a member of an awesome online book club,
I have been a member for about 4 years now (wow!) and decided it was time to update my member name.  I joined when I first discovered Twilight, and have since grown in my taste for all Paranormal Romance.  This great group of ladies (and a few guys) have shown me the light--no more YA for this lover of way.  Now I have new favorite authors, including Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress Series), JR Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood) and Karen Marie Moning (Immortal Highlanders).

So I promised the person who helped me choose my name, or offered something that inspired my new name, would get a prize from me.  Olivia C. won that honor, and this is what I sent to her. I sure hope she likes them. I had a ball making them!

~ be creative ~

Thanksgiving Card

This is the next card I've gotten from my Monday Mailer partner, Sharon M.  She sent a lovely Thanksgiving card using one of the Hostess sets from the catalog.
Love that Espresso quilted ribbon!
She also used some delicious Spice Cake DSP (thanks to Regina A. for my falling in love with that paper)

Stay tuned for some more cards we did for our stamp class this past weekend.
~ be creative ~

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Creativity for Halloween

I am a member of an awesome Yahoo group for North Carolina Demonstrators.  We have a program called Monday Mailers, where we are assigned to send a card each Monday to our designated partner for the month.  This month, I get to receive cards from Sharon Maranich, the program coordinator.  Boy was I excited!  And she didn't disappoint (not that I expected otherwise).  She shows some awesome creativity with this card...take a peek

This stamp set, Wicked Cool, has these witch feet as one of the images.  I love how she made these into the Ruby slippers, and appears to be under Dorothy's house--how wickedly clever!  The house is done with the Stripes embossing folder, and she highlighted underneath the stripes to give it depth and look like siding.

I can't wait to see what she does this week!

I also wanted to show you what I came up with for our October Club card project.  I really enjoyed making this card, and using the delicious Spice Cake DSP.  I also used the French Foliage stamp set and some pretty Crochet trim. 

Look closely at the leaves--I used the Rock-n-Roll technique, and sponged the edges of the crochet ribbon, to make it appear a bit more vintage.

Happy Fall!  It is my mission this month to take some pictures in a pumpkin patch.  Wish me luck.
Now, go off and
~ be creative ~

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happy Birthday!

This card is one we created in my stamp club.  I didn't have enough chocolate corduroy buttons left for them to use those (you can find some on the Clearance Rack on my SU website--click on the Shop Now link on the right side), but the rest of the card was essentially the same.  I added the rhinestones to the flame after the class because I wanted more blingy stuff on it.
This is a great way to use those small pieces of DSP (designer series paper) that you can't bear to throw away.   Those little pieces make excellent candles!
The candle flame is the wing portion of the XL Bird punch (there is also a leaf/vine shape on that punch).  The candle flames were sponged with Pumpkin pie ink, and the CS (card stock) is More Mustard.

The card base and the largest panel is Poppy Parade and Bashful Blue.  The brown layer is a piece of retired DSP.  We colored the Wish Big stamp with matching markers, and added a rhinestone.  The ribbon is Old Olive grosgrain ribbon.  (and just to give a little FYI, that's pronounced GROW-grain)

Here's this lovely creation:

Here is another birthday card I made using the gorgeous The Open Sea stamp set.  This set is still available from Stampin' Up! as a write-in.  That means even though it's not in the big catalog or the current mini, you can still order it!  This set was originally available in the Summer 2011 Mini.
Let me know if you would like to order this set--it's really beautiful and makes beautiful masculine cards.

This next card is quite simple, and I'm sure I got my inspiration from a blog and some one's creation, but I can't tell you where--I just don't remember.  So if you recognize your work, thanks for the inspiration!
I made a reverse mask to create the setting sun.
How to:  Get a piece of copy paper, cut it so it's larger than the area you want to sponge and punch a hole with a circle punch (I used the 1 3/8" circle punch).  Place the mask (the piece with the hole missing) on your Whisper White CS where you would like your sun to be, and sponge on the Daffodil Delight ink.  Swirl the ink rather than dabbing, and you'll get a smoother image.
Next, swirl-sponge on the pumpkin pie ink.  Remove the mask and admire your beautiful sponging!

Now, stamp your ship using Basic Black ink so it appears to be just below the sun (the sun is still just above the horizon; if it was below the horizon, it wouldn't appear to be perfectly round).  Add some pumpkin pie ribbon, layer top image panel with Pool Party CS, stamp the sentiment, and attach to the card front with dimensionals. 

Thanks for stopping in today.  Make sure you go out and
~ Be Creative~

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Boss's Day

Next Monday is Boss's Day.  I am quite fortunate to work for a great man.  He's not only a great manager, he's also a great person.  Which, in my opinion, you can't be a great manager without being a great person.  So our team (all 4 of us) decided that we'd like to do something special for him.  We talked about taking him out for lunch, or decorating his office. 
The office decorations won.  So we're doing star-themed decorations, in honor of the STAR award our corporate office does, for which he was nominated by us, but he didn't win it.  We were quite disappointed by that. So we'll make him our star anyway.
I would like to share the card I made.  I had a ball making this oversized card.  I figured we would need more room to write something poigniant and sappy, rather than just our signatures. 

I used Brilliant Blue (retired) cardstock, and some retired DSP I had that I thought would be perfect.  I printed the sentiment in Word, and used the font called Jokewood.  Stamped on the bottom section of the DSP with the stars from Extreme Elements.  That's also where the big blotch came from.  I embossed that in clear.
Punched some stars from coordinating paper, and use a chipboard star for the focal point.  I covered the star with Pacific Point ink, then painted the whole thing with Smooch paint, Pearlized Top Coat.  I glued an orange star behind the opening, and topped it off with a large star brad (I think those are still on the Clearance Rack on my SU website).
Take a look at the close up:

Then I searched the internet for something nice and appreciative-sounding, without being corny.  Granted, my manager appreciates corny--he is a Star Trek fan, afterall.  But I thought something nice would be better.  I'll save corny for the birthday card  :-)

Here's a look on the inside
I even stamped my initials with the Hand stamped seal on the back, and wheeled a couple of times with the Stars wheel.  I also used the wheel on the corners on the right side, and on the bottom on the left side.
Hope you enjoyed today's post.
~ be creative! ~

Monday, October 3, 2011

October is already here!

I can't believe that October is already upon us.  This week, the weather is gloriously cool (cold if you ask some folks around this house) and I love it!  When the weather turns cold, it makes me think about fall, pumpkins, Halloween, Halloween CANDY, chocolate, warm soup, cozy socks, hot chocolate, and of course Thanksgiving and Christmas (and all those lovely theme chocolates.  Are you noticing a pattern?)

I finally got around to taking some pictures of cards that have been given to me this summer or those we've made in class. 
This gorgeous card was made by my friend Wendy D.  She's been in my stamp club almost as long as I've been a demonstrator.  She's a fantastic artist!  Here, she used the Beautiful Wings embosslit, and the Elegant Bouquet folder (both used with the Big Shot).  Then she stamped the greeting on a cute banner. I love this!

These next cards are made by my dearest friend, Leah H.  This woman is a stampin' machine.  She can crank out the most beautiful cards and record time. And sometimes I'm lucky enough to get to pick one!  they are always so pretty, I find it hard to give them away.   Notice the lovely technique she used on this card- it's called bargello (see the tutorial here).  I love the way the black butterflies pop off this card!  And the ribbon is so yummy.  I wish SU! still had this gorgeous ribbon.

Make sure you look closely at the purple card above.  Leah stamped on the background of the card base, and embossed in clear on the top note die layer.  Then she finished off with some glitter on the focal image.

I am so impressed with the ladies in my stamp clubs.  I will make sure to take more pictures of their work and show you here.  I am blessed to call all of these ladies my friends. 

Here is a card I made, and we made this one for class, although slightly different.
The candle flame is made from the bird punch--it's his little wing! Everthing is sponged and there are several rhinestones to add a bit of sparkle.  And that makes everyone happy. 

I'll end this post with a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mom and Mema.  I hope they have a wonderful day!  Love you!
~ be creative today~