Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cravin' a little Mojo!!!

Hey Ladies!

So it's been quite a while since participated in one of the Mojo Monday challenges but I shut the door to my stamp room last night so I could focus (gotta love it when your 4 year old loves to explore all your stamp supplies!)

This weeks Mojo Monday challenge was a lot of fun and a great way to celebrate the Mojo's 100 celebration. For my entry I decided to use the Very Thankful stamp set and the Kaleidoscope DSP (this paper is a bit out of my comfort zone since I don't normally use all these different Bold Bright colors but it's very sunny and fun and fits the images for this stamp set). The cardbase is Tempting Turquoise and has a panel of Green Galore and the Kaleidoscope stripe paper. Then I used the Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon and cut the flag tails (love the ribbon scissors!)

The insert is another piece of Kaleidoscope DSP matted on to Summer Sun cardstock. The stamped image uses the turtle from the Very Thankful stamp set and is stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Basic Black ink. Then I took my Blender pen and Stampin' Pastels to color in the image. I cut out the image with the 1 3/8" circle punch. Then I used the Circle Cutter to cut a mat circle out of Temping Turquoise.

What a little cutie!
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Great Friend Butterflies, oh my!

Welcome Tiffany to the Stamping 411 operators, I love your creations and look forward to seeing your future challenge creations. I really liked this weeks sketch and had to play along since it’s one of my favorite layouts. For this weeks Stamping 411 challenge I used the Great Friend and Matchbox Messages stamp sets and thought they would work great with the new Cottage Wall DSP (I loved this DSP when it first came out but this was the first time I used it). The card base uses Old Olive cardstock and has two pieces of Cottage Wall DSP. The ribbon is Rich Razzleberry which I flipped over so you only see the polka dots on the tails.

The main image border is uses the Matchbox Messages border stamp with Old Olive Ink and the butterflies are from the Great Friend set. Since the Rich Razzleberry ink is very bold the top butterfly was stamped after I stamped off the image once and the bottom butterfly was stamped without reinking the stamp (so it was stamped off twice). You can’t tell from the picture but I added a little strip of Dazzling Diamonds to the center of the butterflies. The image was matted with a piece of Old Olive cardstock before attaching it to the card.

The greeting is on Old Olive cardstock and was cut out with my Matchbox Big Shot die (I always cut the little pieces from that die when I make a box and then keep them in a little drawer (the set of three matchbox boxes we made at Big Shot class in June) so I always have fun shapes for greetings. The words are stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink and then I used my white gel pen to drawing faux stitching around the end.

I really like this card, very simple but pretty and I do love the new DSP, can’t wait to use it again.
Thanks and have a great day!
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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Holiday Mini Sneak Peak

Happy Sunday!

What a hectic weekend. After being out of town all week for work I returned home to help host the neighborhood Fantasy Football draft party that my husbands involved in on Saturday. It was great to see all our friends but it means today we've all been exhausted and just kind of chillin'. I did at least have some time to create this weeks entry in the Stamping 411 challenge. For this weeks challenge I had to play with some of the great new stamps sets and accessories from the upcoming holiday mini catalog (I love that one of the perks of being a demonstrator is that we get to preorder items from the new catalogs before they are officially released. Let me know if this is something you want to take advantage of as well!

This card starts with a base of Real Red Cardstock and the Merry Moments DSP. The main image is from the new Yuletide Greetings stamp set. I stamped the wreath with Old Olive ink on Very Vanilla cardstock. I used my Real Red marker to highlight the berries around the wreath. Then I used the stamp-a-majig to line up the stocking stamp in the center of the wreath with Chocolate Chip ink. Then I used my markers to color in the stocking (love the little teddy bear and rocking horse!). I distressed the edges of the cardstock with Old Olive ink and the Stampin' Sponge. The image was then matted on a piece of Not Quite Navy Cardstock.

The sentiment is from the Four Holidays stamp set (also from the new mini catalog) and once again I used the stamp-a-majig to line up the greating around the sides of the main image. The accent was created using the Big Shot and the Birds and Blooms Sizzlets die with Real Red and Garden Green cardstock. I layered it to create kind of a poinsetta and finished it off with a Red Fire Circle Crystal Brad.

This is definately a cool card and I really like the classic look to this stamp set, even if it does take a while to color in all the images, it's definately worth it.
Hope you enjoy and have a great week!
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Stamp-a-Stack Projects

What a crazy week! After a fun time a stamp-a-stack on Sunday I left town for the week for work. While I'm not going to be able to create anything new I thought I would post some quick pictures of some of the project we made this weekend.

This card uses the new Circle Circus Stamp set and the new Bermuda Bay and Rich Razzleberry In Colors (love the random circles).

This card uses the new Very Thankful Stamp set. This is this years Ronald McDonald set and Stampin' Up! donates $2 from the sales of each set to Ronald McDonald House.

This card uses the Crazy for Cupcakes and Melon Mambo. Can you see the crystal effects on the cherries (love to use it as a little accent!)

This card uses the Two Cool Dudes Stamp set as well as the Big Shot Textures Plates which we brayered with ink before running the Whisper White Cardstock through the machine (this feels great in person). I also attached the greating so it has a kind of ripple in it, thought I would change things up!

I did receive my Holiday mini preorder before I left and I was able to use a few of the great new items so that I can make some swap cards in the hotel....stay tuned because I know you'll love the new new mini catalog so many great new things.

Hope you enjoy!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Gotta Love Baby Animals!

I spent the majority of my weekend, and part of last weeks Stay-cation working on our family christmas cards (yes, I'm proud to say they are done, with the exception of our family photo so one less thing to worry about during the holidays). I've also starting planning new classes for the fall and making samples, any excuse to play with new toys. After all this I decided I needed to participate in this weeks Stamping 411 challenge, especially since the layout was a little challenging for me. The circle element was the toughest part for me, especially since I decided I wanted to use the new Big Shot Lattice die that I'd been wanting to use. I cut the lattice out of Rose Red cardstock and cut around the corners to make it into a circle. I turned out pretty good and I'll be definately using this die a lot. Behind the circle is a piece of Tall Tales DSP on top of the So Saffron card base.

The main stamped image is from the new Animal Stories stamp set (I love those cute little guys). I inked the image in So Saffron and then took my Rose Red Marker and highlighted the mane and tail. The image is layered on a piece of Old Olive cardstock so it really stands out.

Next, I took a piece of 5/8" So Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon (part of this years SAB ribbon bundle) and stamped the sentiment with Old Olive ink directly on the ribbon. This was the first time I've stamped directly on the ribbon and it looks kind of cool, definately more experimenting will be needed. The final touch was a Rose Red Button from the Fresh Favorites II Colored Buttons.

Hope you enjoy this weeks card and for all those convention goers have a great time!

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

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