Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Color Challenge

The Color Challenge is always one that is really difficult for me. I usually can't figure out a way to use all of the colors to come up with a decent card. Well, this stamp was perfect for today's colors - Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, and Old Olive.
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Essence of Love
Ink: None
Cardstock: White, Perfect Plum
Other Supplies: SU Markers, Punches, Piercing Tool, Nestibilities, Ribbon, Big Shot, Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Cut-it Out Technique

Well....I was too excited to concentrate on the Cut-It Out technique on Monday because of the Spellbinders announcement, but wanted to give it a try today. I found this wonderful Designer paper in a tablet by K & Company, and thought it would be perfect for this challenge. Nothing fancy, just cutting, piercing, punching, and a tiny bit of stamping.
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Ink: True Thyme
Cardstock: True Thyme, River Rock
Other Supplies: K & Company DP, Punches, Dimensionals


Oh, my goodness. I haven't been this excited about anything in MANY years. I submitted several items to Spellbinders for their Design Team 2009 contest and found out that I was fortunate enough to be included in the top 24! The official announcement can be found Here. We will all need to complete and submit one more project with items that Spellbinders sends for the final round. Oh, the suspense!

Sundays 4th Card!

I couldn't resist making at least one card with a Valentine's Day theme with one of my favorite color combinations, pink and brown. Since I dug out all sorts of embellishments for my friends to choose from, these metal clips were just screaming to be added to this card. The polka dot ribbon goes great with the Polka Dot background stamp.
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Polka Dot, Mon Ami
Ink: Basic Brown
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
Other Supplies: Punches, Metal Clips, Ribbon, Dimensionals

Sunday's 3rd Card!

I was on a roll Sunday with the cardmaking with my friends, which was very fun. I REALLY love the Inspired By Nature stamp set, but wanted a little different look for it. Tent-topper cards are pretty new to me, but I'm really happy with how this turned out. I also inked up the embossing folder to get the darker background with the embossing.
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Inspired By Nature
Ink: Brocade Blue
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Watercolor Paper, More Mustard
Other Supplies: SU markers, Big Shot, Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Ribbon

Sunday's Second Card!

This is the second card I made with my friends on Sunday. A person can never have enough Birthday cards on hand, so this will be great to build my stash of cards backup. I used the "kissing" technique for the "B" image with the Aida Cloth Stamp, which I inked up for the first time! I really love the look especially on the larger solid stamps that are difficult to get evenly inked.
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Just B, Aida Cloth
Ink: Brocade Blue, Apricot Appeal
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, White
Other Supplies: Ribbon, Piercing Tool, Dimensionals

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cards & Friends!

A couple of friends came over on Sunday for a fun day of stamping! It's so much more fun to stamp with other people so you they can ooh and aah over each and every card. When people come over to stamp, I usually don't up making anything because I'm bringing supplies to them and helping them with their cards. It was a great day to be able to make 4 cards that I LIKE!

The first card I worked on, I actually stamped and colored the image months ago, but never finished it. It worked wonderfully for the Featured Stamper card that day!
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stipple Rose, Gratuitous Graffiti
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Always Artichoke, Stazon Black
Other Supplies: Ribbon, Charm, Dimensionals, Distressing Tool

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sunglasses Needed!

Oh my! These colors are WAY out of my comfort zone, but it's good to stretch now and then! This is my card for tomorrow's Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. I am normally drawn to soft colors, but there was something about this designer paper that really caught my eye. This is definitely a "Wild Thang" for me!
Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Inspired By Nature (SU)
Ink: Stazon Azure
Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Certainly Celery
Other Supplies: Ribbon, Buttons, Fabric Sentiment, Dimensionals, Paper Piercing Tool

Monday, February 2, 2009

Lovin' Monochromatic

When I first saw this "Poinsettia & Boxwood" stamp set from Flourishes, I got the idea for this card. Every time I would go to their site, though, this set was sold out. FINALLY, I got my set and made this card. I thought it would be a wonderful wedding or anniversary card. I love monochromatic cards and really like the texture and dimension of this one.
I used an embossing folder for the base, then layered the same paper and hand-embossed the word "love" with a brass stencil and stylus. I stamped the poinsettia twice with versamark and clear embossing powder and cut it out. I added ribbon, pearls, and string pearls to add the finishing touches.
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Poinsettia & Boxwood by Flourishes
Cardstock: Textured Ivory
Ink: Versamark
Other Supplies: Textile Texture Embossing Folder; Big Shot, Ribbon, Pearl Stickers, String pearls, Dimensionals, Brass Stencil, Stylus, Light Table.

New Look

I've been wanting to update my blog for a long time, but didn't know where to get the beautiful backgrounds I see on other people's blogs. Well, I stumbled across this site in the upper left corner and couldn't resist the update. I LOVE the new look!