Friday, May 30, 2008

Stamp Something Friday

Today is Friday, so that means it's time for another Stamp Something Challenge! This week's was a sketch challenge, and it was HARD!!! But here it is anyway! Don't forget to check out the other samples as well as link your own (there are prizes)!

The guava petals on the main flower are the leftover pieces from the Fresh Cuts notes that are available to order June 1st. They were originally white, but I dragged them through the guava ink pad to color them up.

stamps - Fresh Cuts
paper - choc chip, soft sky, ww, groovy guava, afternoon tea dsp
ink - wasabai, guava, choc, sky
acc - fresh cuts notes, dimensionals, pretties kit, SAB rub-ons, wasabi gg, circle nesties

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Little Apple

I love this little apple from Tart & Tangy! Really, I love the whole set. This was almost a swap card, but it was a little trickier than I wanted to repeat multiple times, and you will also notice it is sentiment-less and sans embellishment. I tried to put words on, but it just wasn't working, so I took them off. Thanks to Krystie for her advice!
The circles were all cut with nestabilities, and the outer red circle as well as the body of the apple are popped up on dimensionals. I just love these colors, I could sit and stare at them all day, heehee!
Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Tart & Tangy
paper - chocolate chip, ww, summer picnic dsp
ink - real red, olive and choc markers
acc - circle nesties, dimensionals, 1-3/8" and 1-1/2" circle punches

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Some BRAKs, Awards, and a Tag

After I posted last, I remembered I had been given some awards and a tag. Plus I haven't shown all my BRAKs yet. So here goes:

Lynn Mercurio

Darlene (akronstamperdpk)

Jimmi Mayo

Tanja tagged me awhile ago, and I am just now catching up. So here we go, 7 more random things about me:
1. I loved the movie Ironman.
2. One of my other favorite movies is Out of Time.
3. I just painted my kitchen orange, it looks great!
4. My house was built in 1929, and we are still discovering lots of interesting things about it!
5. I love white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.
6. I do not like coffee.
7. I stamp to the sounds of Food Network most of the time.
If you want to play along, consider yourself tagged!


This one was given to me by Denise, one of the Stamp Something Design Team Coordinators, and Jo, one of my fellow dt members. Thanks so much girls!

I would like to pass this one on to Stephanie, Sara, and Michelle.

The Kreativ Blogger award was given to me by Jackie Pedro, who has become a good friend of mine. Thanks Jackie!

I pass this one on to Nicole, Kay, and Ashley.

And Kim gave me the Arte y Pico award. Consider it yours also if you haven't gotten it yet!

And lastly, I was featured on the Queen Kat Design Blog a few days ago. I had a
date, and they were running behind, so I got pushed back and just now remembered to check it out. Sure enough, I missed it! Oh well.

ETA: Sorry about blogger's inability to leave my posts as I type them. Anyone know how to get around the funky editing?

Monday, May 26, 2008

All Caught Up . . .

. . . for now! Probably in 10 seconds I'll be behind again on something, lol! I made life easy on myself by killing 3 challenges with 2 cards. The GreatSwapsGirls blog posts challenges weekly, and here I have done the last two featured swappers and the last color challenge. This first card was cased from FS Lisa Henke. She makes such cute stuff, and she is so nice too! I cannot wait to meet you in SLC, Lisa! Here is the card I cased: polka dots and birthdays. I actually have this card in my possession, so it was super easy to case! And here is my version: I kept the layout, but used dsp instead of stamping a background, changed the colors and stamps, but kept the ghost shape.

This next card is for FS Jimmi Mayo and the color challenge (kraft, celery, and coral). I found this card of Jimmi's to case: sassy window. Here is my version:
I kept it a window card, but eliminated the scallops and changed the stamps/punches/colors.
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!
Lisa case
stamps - It's Your Birthday
paper - teal, olive, ww, Bali Breeze dsp
ink - pomegranate
acc - ghost heart (Heidi Swapp), pomegranate ribbon, word window punch
Jimmi case/color challenge
stamps - Classic Backgrounds, It's Your Birthday
paper - kraft, coral, celery, acetate
ink - celery, coral craft
acc - circle nesties, large and small star punches, celery gg, page pebble, ss brad, stickles

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Swap Card

Well, I finished all my swap cards (approx. 40) yesterday, and thought I'd show you one today. This uses the new Petals and Stems from Verve, and I just love this set!
The middle flower is popped up on dimensionals and has a page pebble in the center, and the butterfly has CE added. I hand drew the trail (betcha didn't know I was such a good draw-er, didya?).
Have a great day tomorrow remembering our fallen heroes and their ultimate sacrifice so we can live as we do.

Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Petals and Stems (Verve)
paper - celery, black, lilac, amethyst
ink - violette (Palette), black, celery
acc - page pebbles, dimensionals, olive gg, swiss dots CB folder, CE

Friday, May 23, 2008

Stamp Something Friday

Today's Stamp Something Challenge was Faux Anything. So I chose faux metal. It's about the only technique I do, I am NOT a technique junkie! Be sure to check out what the rest of the team made, and post yours when you play! There are prizes each week, woohoo!

I layered some strips of dsp on a white textured card base (4 x 4 is the finished size), added some brads and ribbon and a sentiment. For the faux metal flower, I just dumped a pile of silver embossing powder on a piece of white scrap paper and heated it from UNDERNEATH (very important, lol!). While it was still hot, I immediately stamped the flower in it. Since I got it on the first try (yay!), all I had to do was cut it out carefully to avoid cracking the massive pile of melted metal, add a rhinestone brad in the center, and layer it on a wasabi circle with a dimensional. If you try this technique, and you don't succeed on the first try, just remelt your metal and try again! Also, you will not ruin your stamps doing faux metal.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

stamps - Fundamental Phrases, A Beautiful Thing
paper - white textured, wasabi, bashful blue, wasabi and pretty in pink dsp (from hostess pack, level 1)
ink - wasabi
acc - silver brads, bashful taffeta, silver EP, 1-1/2" circle punch, dimensional, fire rhinestone brad

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Just Because

I'm busy working on swap cards, so here is a card I made awhile ago with pieces/parts/leftovers on my craft table.
Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - sentiment (I'll have to go check)
paper - blue bayou, soft sky, whisper white
ink - blue bayou
acc - dew drops, flower fusion, polka dot brad (Joanns)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Featured Stamper Catch Up

As you can see from my title, today is catch-up day for Featured Stampers. Up first is Lori Tecler, who was featured on the GSG blog last week. I cased this card from her.

Next up is Amy Sheffer, another GSGer, who was featured on SCS weeks and weeks ago. I chose this card to case.

And last but not least is Dawn McVey, yesterday's featured stamper on SCS. I cased this card from her. Dawn is such a sweetie, and has been such an encouragement to me these last few months. I am excited to see where she goes next in the stamping world. Congrats girlie, and enjoy your trip to Europe!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lori's card
stamps - Stemming From, Birthday Basics (PTI)
paper - sky, chocolate, wasabi, ww
ink - sky, choc, wasabi
acc - distressed stripes CB folder, photo corner punch, word window punch, dew drops colored with dark bark copic, chocolate taffeta, chocolate brad

Amy's card
stamps - Pond Life (PTI)
paper - Jersey Shore dsp, not quite navy, ww, soft sky dsp
ink - not quite navy
acc - mat pack & piercer, RR and EE brads, olive twill, corner rounder, large and small star punches

Dawn's card stamps - Happy Thoughts (Verve) paper - confetti, olive ink - olive acc - red striped gg, die cut blooms, sugar dust

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Yep, I Did It

I jumped on the Copic bandwagon. And let me tell you, it's the best bandwagon I've been on in awhile! They are as terrific as everyone has said, and I am having so much fun with them. I got them a couple days ago, and just today had a chance to sit and play with them a bit.

I stamped the coneflower in Palette Noir ink and heat set it. I colored the flower with my Copic Ciaos, rounded the corners, popped it up on dimensionals on a mat of ruby and coral. I added chocolate brads in the corners, a small coneflower medallion stamped in craft white, chocolate ribbon, a sentiment, and a few more brads to balance out the layout a bit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: stamps - small and large coneflower (Morningstar), Paper Tray (PTI) paper - wasabi, coral, and ruby textured; whisper white ink - Palette Noir, chocolate, white craft acc - chocolate brads, chocolate grosgrain, 1" circle punch, copics (dark brown, dark bark, coral, strong red, lime green, pea green)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Thanks a Bunch

Today is another challenge over at Stamp Something, and this week's theme is A Little Something to Say Thank You. I hope you get a chance to play along! If you do, be sure to leave a link so we can check out your work. Don't forget to see what the other design team members have created. Here is my sample: I stamped a bunch of stems from PTI's Green Thumb on whisper white cs using Palette Landscape ink. I stamped a bunch of flowers in Palette Moulin Rouge and Orangerie on a white scrap and cut them out. After putting black brads in the centers, I attached them (not so) randomly on top of the stems and added a bow. The flower layer was matted on a black layer and attached to an olive textured card base (5 x 5). I white-embossed the sentiment on a black piece and rounded the corners. It's hard to see in the picture, but I added some piercing to the sentiment piece. A row of three black brads finishes off the card.

This is kind of random, but I think often about what I wish Stampin' Up! would carry. Here are some of them: 1. textured cardstock in single color packs in both sizes 2. hybrid ink 3. chocolate and white brads (actually, brads in all colors in single color packages so I'm not stuck with whole sections of brilliant blue and green galore!) 4. more punches of any size and shape or that coordinate with existing ones

I would love to hear what's on your wishlist!

Thanks for stopping by, have a fabulous weekend!

stamps - Green Thumb and Beautiful Blooms (PTI), sentiment (Penny Black)
paper - ww, black, olive textured (all SU)
ink - Palette Landscape, Moulin Rouge, Orangerie; versamark
acc - white EP, white/black gingham, corner rounder, black brads, mat pack & piercer (all SU)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Two Challenge Cards

I managed to get caught up on the Great Swaps Girls challenges finally! This first card was for the last featured swapper challenge. My friend Denise was the FS! Denise and I "met" when she was one of the first to join Great Swaps. She is so nice and funny! Her blog is hilarious and her stamping style is beautiful! I chose to case this card of hers, changing the colors slightly and using die-cut blooms instead of stamping the flower.
stamps - Short Order Numbers
paper - sky, pumpkin, real red, ww, summer picnic dsp
ink - versamark
acc - white EP, die-cut blooms, mat pack & piercer, circle punches and nesties, dimensionals, olive twill, small corner rounder, rub-ons

This second card was for this week's challenge hosted by Maren. It was kind of tough! It was a Survivor Challenge: you could choose only 1 stamp set, two colors of ink/paper (unlimited neutrals), 1 type of tool, and 1 embellishment. I used A Beautiful Thing, sky and wasabi with black and white, punches, and white ribbon. I SO wanted to use a black brad in the center of the flower, but I stayed true to the challenge and resisted that second embellishment! The window piece is attached with dimensionals, and the flower is popped up on two layers of dimensionals.
stamps - A Beautiful Thing
paper - white textured, wasabi, sky prints, black
ink - black, sky, wasabi
acc - white taffeta ribbon, circle punches, dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

I thought I had two Mother's Day cards already made, but when I went downstairs to get them last night, I found that one of them was actually a birthday card. So I had to make another one at 10:30 last night!

I started with a Lemon Tart card base, and layered a piece of Summer Sunrise stamped with Canvas on it. I tied an olive ribbon around the card. The branches and leaves were stamped with Landscape palette ink on a white rectangle, and the flowers were stamped in Lemon Tart and Summer Sunrise. I cut them out, put a chocolate brad in the centers, and popped them up with dimensionals on the branches. I matted the flower/branch layer on chocolate and attached to the card base with dimensionals. I cut a piece of olive paper, rounded the corners, stamped the words, and added a row of piercing and a small flower. If I had to do it again, I would add another chocolate layer underneath the Canvas-stamped Summer Sunrise.

Have a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: stamps - Canvas, Beautiful Blooms (PTI), Green Thumb (PTI), Happy Thoughts (Verve) paper - Lemon Tart (PTI), Summer Sunrise (PTI), olive, ww, chocolate ink - lemon tart, summer sunrise, and landscape palette; chocolate chip acc - chocolate brads (Darice), olive gg, dimensionals, small corner rounder, mat pack & piercer

Friday, May 9, 2008

Stamp Something Challenge

Happy Friday! Today is the first challenge of Stamp Something, and the challenge is "Firsts". So I chose to make a 1st Birthday card. Here is my sample:
I started with a kraft base and added a notched-corner striped layer and a dotted layer. I added different colored brads to each corner. I tied an olive ribbon around the car and added two turquoise pieces of ribbon through the knot. The cupcake was stamped in palette noir on a white circle cut with nesties, the holder was pieced, and the frosting was colored using my aquapainter and saffron and marigold inks. It was layered on a kraft mat, also cut with nesties. I attached it to the card front with dimensionals, and added the 1 "candle" and flame. The 1 is from the SU numbers wheel, and the flame is actually a leaf from PTI's Beautiful Blooms. I outlined the 1 with my glitter pen, and put stickles on the flame for a little sparkle. I white embossed the sentiment on pomegranate cs, punched it out with the word window punch, and attached it to the card.
I hope you will find time to play along with us today, make sure to leave a comment and a link so we can check it out! Also, see the samples the rest of the team made. Thanks for stopping by!
stamps - Birthday Cupcake (Inkadinkado), Birthday Basics (PTI), Beautiful Blooms (PTI), Take a Number (SU)
paper - kraft, ww, pomegranate, olive, marigold (SU); Rainbow Stripes, Rainbow Spots (DCWV)
ink - saffron, marigold, black marker (SU); palette noir; versamark
acc - word window and ticket corner punches, olive and turquoise gg, white EP, brads (SU); circle nestabilities

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Exciting News!

Well, the exciting news I alluded to yesterday is that I am now a design team member for Stamp Something, a new challenge blog! The inagural challenge will be posted this Friday, May 9. You are invited to play along! Also, there is blog candy, so head on over and check it out!

Stamp Something (I tried to put the button here, but blogger doesn't like the html, check out the sidebar for the whole design team!)

Mother's Day is coming up, so here is one of the cards I made a while ago:

I started with a black base, and added a pierced olive strip, a plain white strip, and a swiss dots embossed rose red strip. The frame was cut and embossed with the rectangle nestabilities and popped up with slivers of dimensionals. I used 3 flowers from Flower Fusion (I really hope we get more colors of these in the next catalog) and hooked them together with a Fire rhinestone brad and attached in the center of the frame with a pop up glue dot and some mono multi. I stamped the sentiment (Verve) in black and tied a pumpkin ribbon around the whole card.

I have another mother's day card to show you, but blogger all of a sudden won't let me upload pictures.

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

stamps - Happy Thoughts (Verve)
paper - black, olive, ww, rose red
ink - black
acc - rectangle nesties, flower fusion, fire rhinestone brads, dimensionals, pumpkin gg, pop up glue dot, swiss dots embossing folder, mat pack & piercer

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

GSG Inspiration Challenge and BRAKs

Woohoo! I am all registered for convention! This will be the first time I have gone, and probably will be the only time, so I'm glad it's the 20th Anniversary Convention. It's going to be such fun! I am really looking forward to meeting many of my swap group friends and other online friends!

This first card is for the GSG blog Inspiration Challenge. I was inspired by the stripes and dots of the inspiration piece.I started with a white panel and added celery cardstock stripes. I mounted it on a ballet blue piece and tied a pomegranate ribbon around it. This whole layer was mounted on a white card base. I attached a wasabi circle on top, stamped and punched out a ballet blue polka dot heart, stamped and cut out the sentiment, attached the sentiment to the star with a brad, and attached the star over the wasabi circle with dimensionals. And there you have it!

Supplies: stamps - Classic Backgrounds, Fundamental Phrases paper - ww, ballet blue, celery, wasabi ink - ballet blue, wasabi acc - pomegranate ribbon, RR brads, large star punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, dimensionals

Now on to a few BRAKs: First of all, I had a great birthday. Thanks to everyone for the wishes! My DH's friend from college was visiting over the weekend, so we went to see Ironman. It was GREAT! I already want to see it again, lol. Then Saturday night we had dinner with family and a bunch of friends. My DH and MIL planned it all out, and everyone contributed to the "Send Becky to Utah Fund". It was a surprise, and very fun! My parents contributed a large amount, and my MIL and FIL wrote me an IOU for the remainder of the financial expense of going to convention. I still almost cry when I think about it. Many of you are aware of the medical situation my DH and I dealt with the past couple months, and he and my in-laws decided in the midst of all that I WAS going to convention. Very touching and humbling. Thank you, Moms and Dads! I am very excited to go!!!!

Anyway, this first BRAK is my favoritest:My DH made it!!!! He got up early on my birthday, went downstairs and used my stuff. I went down later and couldn't even tell he'd been down there, lol! I was pretty impressed. This is only the second card he's ever made me, the first one was on our wedding day 6-1/2 years ago. I mean, he cut out the vase, put the flower on the stem, stamped words on it (pretty straight too!) and embellished it. Isn't it beautiful? Thanks, babe! I love it!

<Vera Tammy>

Well, thanks for sticking around, I have more BRAKs, swap cards, and some exciting news coming up for you this week!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Swap Card

Thanks for all your kind comments and birthday wishes, I had a great day! I'll share more later this week, along with some BRAKs I received.
My friend Kristie and I ended up being the only two to sign up for a Kids Card swap, so this is what I made to send her.
I started with a wasabi base and sponged and distressed the edges. I cut a bayou strip and sponged the edges, then crumpled it up, flattened it out slightly, and stamped the canvas background on it randomly. I cut a strip from Jersey Shore dsp, crumpled it up and smoothed it out slightly. I attached both these strips to the base. I tied one sky ribbon around the card front, adding a HPH ribbon slider. I stamped the sentiment in pumpkin, punched it out with the word window punch, and sponged it. I punched a hole in the end of the tab, threaded some crochet thread through and knotted it to form a loop. I then put the end of the sky ribbon through the loop and then tied a second knot in the sky ribbon. Are you confused yet? I stamped the crocodile/alligator and bird on a white piece and distressed the edges. I attached it to a wasabi piece that was sponged and distressed. I added a photo holder thingy in the corner, attached it to the card using dimensionals, and put two dots of CE on the croc/gator's eyes. For the finishing touch, I opened the card up, making sure the scallop punch was centered over the fold and the sides, and punched out a bite!

Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Wild About You, Canvas
paper - wasabi, bayou, ww, Jersey Shore dsp
ink - wasabi, bayou, pumpkin
acc - sky gg, HPH, crochet thread, word window punch, scallop punch, dimensionals, CE, sponges, distressing tool

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Number 21 was Sandyh50 who said:

Congrats on your hits. I enjoy your cards. Thanks for the chance to win some neat blog candy.

Congratulations Sandy! Please contact me by Tuesday with your snail mail address so I can get your goodies to you. My email address is under the About Me section on the left blogbar. Thanks everyone for your nice comments, I hope you'll keep visiting!

Friday, May 2, 2008

My Last 20's Post

It just feels so weird to NEVER be able to say I'm in my twenties EVER AGAIN!!! I'm not sure how I feel about this, but life goes on, so I hear! Thanks for all your kind comments on my last few posts, you still have a chance to enter to win blog candy HERE! It's my birthday, but you get the present.

I made this card for someone who shares my birthday. I think it turned out really cute, I hope she likes it. The card base is pomegranate, with an olive layer and Distressed Dots dsp from Colorbok. The scallop and circles are cut out with nestabilities, and I stamped the cupcake in palette noir, pieced the "cup", and watercolored the frosting. I stamped the words on the top and the bottom. Now the cool thing about these words is that it is a straight line acrylic stamp. So how, you may ask, did I get them to curve so wonderfully? Well, I recently purchased a clear acrylic block that not only has gridlines, but wavy lines and a half circle etched on it! Very cool! I did have to play with it just a bit as the etched circle on the block wasn't quite the shape here. I punched a 1/2" circle out of pomegranate and sugar dusted it using a beadable embossing sheet. The "cherry" is popped up on a dimensional.

Thanks for stopping by, have a terrific weekend!

stamps - Cupcake Birthday (Inkadinkado), Birthday Basics (PTI)
paper - pomegranate, olive, ww, distressed dots (colorbok)
ink - palette noir, pomegranate
acc - white brads, ticket corner punch, circle nesties, sugar dust, beadable embossing tape sheet, white satin ribbon, dimensionals