Saturday, July 24, 2010

Circle Circus Case

Happy Saturday everyone.  I hope you are enjoying your day.  It is a hot one here in VA.  My husband and I opted for a movie today, so we could stay cool.  I came home and had the "fidgets" to make something.  I really didn't want to try a new sketch because my brain wasn't just into it, so I decided to case a card I've had in my stash of things to make.  It was nice not having to use the old brain, well sort of, you know what I mean!  Here is my card:
I saw this card in the Stampin' Success Magazine, May 2010.  The original card was made by Lisa Nichols who won a 2009 Artisan Award for her version of this card.    There are only a few small things I changed. Not much.  It is almost identical.  Like I said, I really didn't want to overuse the old brain housing group today.  Here is the recipe:
         Stamps:  Circle Circus, Wow Flowers
     Paper:   Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, So Saffron
     Ink:     Early Espresso
     Other:   Circle punches, Sizzix flowers Daisies #2
I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoy it.  Thank you to Lisa for her inspiration. 

I think the reason I didn't want to overuse my brain is that I have been a bit under the weather.  I have an under ative thyroid and my medicine hasn't been working too well lately.  Thus, no imagination, no muse, no creativity.  I've realized that the past few cards I have come up with on my own, just aren't up to what I feel is my best.  So, until I'm feeling better, I've decided to case a few cards that I have been holding onto and just love the look of them.

That's it for me today.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, July 23, 2010

The 70's Show, cQc#42

Do you remember that show?  It's still running in syndication and I loved watching it then and I still catch a few episodes now and again. I bet it would have something to do with the fact that I was about that age in the 70's.  Definitely brought back memories.  So, when I saw the colors for the Color Q Challenge, my mind went geometric and 70's.
I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself.  Are you seeing the 70's all over again??
Here is my recipe:
           Stamps:  Itty Bitty Buds
             Ink:        Chocolate Chip
             Paper:    Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight,
                           Chocolate Chip and white
           Other:  Square lattice EF folder Flowers Daisies #2 die,
                         circle punches, square punches
Go ahead, get out your bell bottoms, platform shoes, and tinted sunglasses.  We'll all dance together!  LOL!

I hope you have a great weekend!



Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mojo 148 Revisited w/Masking Technique

Hello everyone!  After my fiasco first attempt at Mojo 148, I knew I had to attempt it again.  Today, I think I succeeded, YAY!  Tell me what you think!  I also have a technique for you (more on that below). (Click on any photo to see a larger view)
Here is my recipe:  (All items Stampin' Up)
             Stamps:   Morning Cup , Favorite Thoughts
              Paper:      Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight
              Ink:          Night of Navy, various SU markers, Black Stazon
              Other:      Sizzix buttons #5 die, Vintage wallpaper EF, 
                              Polka Dots EF, circle punches
I used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder on the yellow squares and I used the Polka Dot embossing folder on the blue strip.  I used Night of navy to stamp the tea bags for my background paper.

On this card, I used the Masking Technique for the tea cup and tea bag.  It is a great and easy technique to learn.  Let's take a look.
Step 1.  Stamp your image on the paper you will be putting on your card.  
Step 2.  Restamp image on scrap paper and cut out.  (Teacup sitting on dark paper is my mask)

Step 3.  Take your cut out image, use some Dotto Repositionable Tape on it and tack it down onto your original image.
Step 4.  Take your stamp and stamp where you would like the second image to appear.  (I left the stamp off the clear block so you could have a better view of stamp placement.)  That is the great thing about clear mount stamps.  It's so easy to see exactly where you want to put your image!  I LOVE THEM!

Step 5.  You're through.  Now color and place! You can see how it looks like the tea bag is being placed in the cup.  You have no lines running over each other.  Eazy peazy!  Here is mine up close.
Now you know how to mask, try it out; get stamping!


Monday, July 19, 2010

Mojo Monday 148

Happy Monday everyone.   I hope you had a great weekend.  I was eager to get started on this Monday's Mojo because I knew which stamp I wanted to use.  However....... and there is usually a however.  The stamp I used is too big for the sketch, so I had to leave out a couple of layers.  And that is so not like me. I love my layers!  Plus, this didn't turn out like I thought it would.  Yes, it is one of those.  It looked better in my head.  Oh well.  Here it is: (Click on any image to see it larger.)
Here is the recipe:  (All items Stampin' Up)
              Stamps:   Happiness Shared
               Paper:     Old Olive, Early Espresso, River Rock
               Ink:         Early Espresso, SU Markers:  Old Olive, Blush Blossom
               Other:     Vintage Wallpaper EF, Gold Embossing Powder,
                              Versamark,  Old Olive Satin Ribbon
I embossed the flower in gold embossing powder and cut it out.  I actually made two of them and stacked them on top of each other with dimensionals.
I colored the flower with Stampin' Markers Old Olive, Blush Blossom, and Early Espresso. Here is a close up:
It looks so much better in person.  Oh well.  This is going to be one of those cards.  I really, really like this stamp set and am trying different ways to use it.  You got to try, right?

I think I will have to attempt this sketch again using a smaller focal piece so I can get all those layers in!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

F4A Snowflakes

Hi everyone.  This week, I have been digging around SplitCoast Stampers Challenges and spotted the Free for All category and decided to do the most current one which is Snowflakes and Pearls.  I think there's never a bad time to be making Christmas cards.  Here is my submission:

Here is my recipe: (All items Stampin' Up except the punch) A2 size
             Stamps:   Serene Snowflakes, Perfect Punches (NEW!)
               Ink:         Marina Mist
               Paper:     Marina Mist, white
               Other:     Pearls, dimensionals Daisy Dot punch (MS)
A few quick notes.  On the sentiment, I used dimensionals. On a few of the snowflake centers, I used a little glitter pen.  That doesn't really show up very well.  The punched out edges have been placed slightly above and below the card margins. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope everyone is having a great weekend.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Happiness Shared

Happy Friday everyone!  I am so excited.  Yesterday, I got my new order from Stampin' Up!  Woohoo!  It had soooo many goodies in it, I didn't know where to begin.  I eventually got it all put away, but I still have some organizing to do! 

I actually started on this card yesterday morning, and just didn't seem to get anywhere.  Then, when my new goodies arrived, it was easy to finish.  When I started this card, I knew I wanted to use two different challenges, Techno Stamper's Monday Lunch Challenge (TSSC130) and Splitcoast Stamper's Ways to Use It (WT278) where you had to use the color yellow.   That was easy.  I love using yellow.  Then, Pals Paper Arts' challenge was to do something for a wedding.  I thought I might could incorporate that in this card and get three challenges in one.  However, I'm not quite sure I succeeded in this looking like a wedding card.  What do you think?
Here is my recipe:  This card is a 5x7
            Stamps:     Happiness Shared (flower)
                             Wedding Sweet (sentiment)
              Paper:     Greenhouse Gala DP, Daffodil Delight, basic B&W
              Ink:          SU Marker More Mustard, Black StazOn
              Other:       Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, 1/8" Taffetta ribbon
                               in Daffodil Delight and Black
I only added a dash of color to the flower.  I didn't want to add any color that would take away from the monochromatic feel of it.  Thus, yellow only, or rather More Mustard.  I liked the way this color made it look a little darker and more dramatic.  I was really pleased with the way the card turned out. 

If you haven't seen any of the new products, check them out HERE!  and get creative!

Blessings to you all!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mojo 147

Hello everyone!  As promised, I have finally completed my card for THIS WEEK'S MOJO  YAY!  I didn't get a chance to work on it at all yesterday.  I had more errands to run and then last night my stamper's club met at my upline's and I was there until 9:30.  I came home exhausted and went to bed.  So, this morning, I took the images I had in my brain and set them to stamp and paper.  Everything turned out mostly like I wanted it too.  The only thing I wasn't crazy about was my sentiment.  But, due to my stamp sizes and my matting (have you come to the conclusion that I love, love, love to mat??? :) it gave me less space for the half circle.  (I really wanted to mat it too!) Here is my card:
Here is the recipe:
         Stamps:    D is for Dog
           Paper:     Night & Day DSP, Real Red, black and white
           Other:     Square Punches, ribbon
 I have really been wanting to use this stamp set since I got.  I am happy with the way this card turned out.  Of course, I had to use black and red being from Georgia and all.  The University of GA's colors are black and red and we are the bulldogs!  So appropo!



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New Color Charts

Happy Tuesday everyone.  As promised, I am showing you the charts we made for all the new colors . Here is the chart we made for the new standard colors:
My upline, Monica, got these templates from Patty Bennett's Blog.  You can find the pdf file HERE.   Monica gave us these templates blank and we got to punch out all the circles (3/4" fits perfectly) and stick them to each page.  She had strips of each color all nicely separated  and marked by group in cellophane bags. I am so going to be using this!  This is what we made for the in colors:

The grass and sentiment stamps are from Inspired By Nature.  I'm not sure about the butterflies. 

These templates are also from Patty Bennett. The template for the left image is on the same page as the above color charts.  The template for the right image is HERE  on Split Coast Stampers.  The link for the bookmark sleeves is HERE.  This site is Creative Images Rubber Stamps.  It is a different website than Patty's.  On Creative Images site, you can buy individual bookmarks.  On the other website, you have to buy a minimum of 100.  Hmmm, don't think I'll be doing that.  Also, you will see various sizes of bookmarks, as well as clear checkbook covers.  

Whew!  I think that is all I have for today.  I still haven't started on my Mojo. But I have my card all mapped out in my head.  Hopefully, all will go well when I make it.  We know how in our mind, it all works out much better than on paper, lol!

Have a wonderful evening.



Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Birthday Case

Happy Saturday everyone.  Can you believe it?  I am actually posting on the weekend!  This is a first for me.  We finally got some rain today, YAY, so we stayed home and I worked on this card.  My husband's birthday was July 1, and he received a cute birthday card from his brother.  I attempted to case it. For those of you who may be new to card making, CASE stands for copy and share everything.  Of course, it being a store bought card, the only thing I had that resembled it was the colors of the card, lol!  Here is the card they sent:

Here is my card, outside and inside:

As I said, the only thing that is the same is the colors!  I tried really hard to make it as close to the original as possible.  I even traced the stars on the original card and used a gold pen to make the swirls, etc.  Needless to say, it was not going well.  So I gave up and went in another direction.  I think it turned out alright.  Here's the recipe:

          Stamps:  Bitty Birthday, Little Flowers, Well Scripted
          Paper:     Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Kiwi Kiss (Ret'd)
          Ink:         SU Markers: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight,
                          Pear Pizzaz (I didn't have a Kiwi Kiss marker)
          Other:     Star punch, small, dimensionals

I think this card classifies as a Clean and Simple card (CAS).  This is probably the first one of those I have ever made too!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend, what's left of it!



Friday, July 9, 2010

A Case for Friday

Happy Friday everyone.  Did you notice the change in my website?  I actually have someone maintaining it for me. YAY!  I didn't have a clue about how to do much more than what I was already doing, so this is nice having someone take care of it for me!  We're working on a new banner, etc. But for now, this is it. Today, I decided to case Joanne Grzelak a.ka. Jojot on SCS.  This is also a  Mojo sketch, No. 142. 

Here is a link to Joanne's card.  I changed a few things.  The color scheme is still pretty close to being the same.  Here is my recipe: (All items are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted)

                 Stamps:   All A Fluttter,  
                                 Scripture Collections 1 (From Our Daily Bread Designs)
                 Paper:     Pacific Point, Regal Rose, black, white
                 Ink:         Stazon Black, SU Markers: pacific point, regal rose
                 Other:      Vintage Wallpaper EF, Brads, Gingham ribbon

I love, love, love the new Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  It is so beautiful!  I think my next card is going to feature this EF and be the main focal point (if that's possible). In other words, there won't be much else on the card, lol!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and try to stay cool!



Thursday, July 8, 2010

TSSC 129

Happy Thursday everyone!  I woke up this morning with no headache!  YAY!  So naturally, I am feeling better.  I hope it continues to improve!

I actually started and finished this card last night.  I started feeling better around 6:00.  And, of course, what was the first thing I wanted to do?? Make a card. LOL!  I know my husband must think I'm crazy.  He just doesn't know, does he?   Here is my submission for Techno Stamper's Monday lunchtime challenge.

I don't have as many strips of patterned paper as Mary Jo does.  She must have made a 5x7 card to get as many layers as she did.  This is a standard card, 5 1/2 x 4 1/4.  Here is my recipe: (All items Stampin' Up unless other wise noted).

       Stamps:    Because I care (thank you image)  
                          Vintage Frames (butterfly) Ret'd   
       Paper:      Regal Rose, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette,
                         Georgia Peach DSP (Ret'd)
       Other:      Circle punch, Scalloped edge punch,
                         scalloped circle punches  (For the largest 
                         scalloped circle I had to use a Nestie). 

I have to tell you about the Retired Victorian Frames stamp.  I actually bought these second hand not too long ago.  They are from 1999!!  Can you believe it.  They are so pretty.   When I started using this paper, I knew I needed something "foofy", if you will.  As I was looking through my stamps,
      BTW:  Organizational Tip:  I make copies of my stamps and put them in a binder.  That way, when I am searching for a stamp, I just flip through my binder and don't have to go through all the stamp cases.  The stamps themselves are in alphabetical order.  I'm sure you are wondering how I make copies of the stamps.  For the wood stamps, I make a copy of the sheet of stickies that goes on the wood block.  If I have forgotten to do that, I just go to the catalog and make a copy from there.  For the Clear mount stamps, I make a copy using the insert in the front of the DVD case.  Eazy peazy!  In my binder, I also try to make a few categories, like Holidays, sentiments only, whatever helps me to make it as simple as possible to find things.

Now, where was I, oh yeah, looking through my binder, I saw this butterfly and knew it would look perfect on this page.  Actually, considering the colors, I thought something for a baby would be more appropriate, but I don't have anything for a baby.  Considering my age, I haven't had a need for anything like that.  However, I did remedy that by purchasing the two new baby stamps from SU's new catalog.  You can see one of them HERE
They are soooo cute, I couldn't help myself.  Maybe I might have a need for them one day!

Wow, sorry for the long blog today.  Guess I must be feeling better!  Everyone have a wonderful day.  Thank you so much for dropping by!



Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Simple Wednesday

Hello everyone.  Today is going to be short and sweet, just like my card.  I have a sinus infection along with the terrible headache that comes with it.  That is why I didn't post anything yesterday.  I started to work on the TechnoStamper sketch today and my brain just wasn't  functioning properly.  So here is my card, simple as it is:

Like I said, very simple.  Here is my recipe:
       Stamps:  Watercolor Trio
       Paper:     Greenhouse Gala, daffodil delight, black, white
       Ink:          Basic black
       Other:      Dimensionals
I used the Greenhouse Gala paper to cut out the flower on the right side.  It is being held up by dimensionals.   I flipped up some of the petals just a little to give it more of a three dimensional look.

Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate all of you!

Blessings to you all,


Monday, July 5, 2010

Mojo 146

Happy Monday everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July.  Ours was quiet.  We stayed at home and barbecued ribs.  Mmmm,mmm!  They were good.  Today, back on the diet!  It looks like we have lost our cooler weather.  It got hot yesterday and today it is supposed to be 98! Whew!  Stayin' inside and keeping cool. And of course, making cards.  Here's my submission for today's Mojo!

I have really been wanting to use the new Newsprint DSP.  When I saw today's sketch, I knew I could use it and everything just fell into place.  Here's my recipe:

       Stamps:  Chic Boutique (it's still in the current catalog)
       Paper:     Newsprint DSP, black, vanilla
       Ink:         Black
      Other:     Oval Nesties, Scalloped Nesties

I hope everyone has received their new Stampin' Up catalog.  If you haven't gotten one, email me and I will be glad to send you one.  I placed my order today.  It was a big one too!  I can't wait to get all the new goodies!  The catalog is on-line if you haven't seen it CLICK HERE

Have a wonderful day!