Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cheers to You!

Today I wanted to share a special card I made for my husband for our anniversay.  This card has lots of shimmer and shine (which Aidan loved).  I used Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder and the Big Shot to add texture to the Basic Black card stock.  I used the champagne glasses from the Cheers to You stamp set and stamped it on shimmer paper.  I colored the drinks in with a So Saffron Stampin' Write marker before adding Crystal Effects to make the drink look wet and shinny.  Then I added dazzling diamonds at the top of the glasses.  This piece was matted on a piece of Gold cardstock and then I wrapped a piece of Whisper White Organza ribbon around the paper and knotted it.

Next I used the Oval punch to cut a window out of the cardfront and adhered a piece of Whisper White cardstock on the inside before stamping the greeting (from Teeny Tiny Wishes, as you know one of my favorite greeting sets) so you can see it through the window.

This card is awesome!!!  I hope you enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed making it.

Have a great day and happy stamping,

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sketch Challenge - The Open Sea

 Good evening!  So I must admit while I'm enjoying the break in the thunderstorms we've been having I'm not ready for the humidity this early in the season (at 6:00 AM this morning when I was walking there was 96% humidity, ugh!) but considering the weather in other parts of the country I'll deal with the rain and humidity.  For this weeks Stamping 411 challenge, I wanted to make a masculine card, perfect for father's day.  

This card uses The Open Sea stamp set and  
the Nautical Expedition DSP.  This card is pretty straight forward but has lots of layers and textures, love it!  Now check out the sketch we were provided.

Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

Happy Stamping,

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Happy Golfer!

Good morning!  Today I wanted to share one of the projects we made in class yesterday.  This card uses the On the Green stamp set and is lots of fun. 
I used the stamp-a-maj to stamp this image three times side by side (for the middle image I inked the stamp with Stampin' Write Markers so I could make the golfer black while the rest of the words were Always Artichoke).  Then there are lots of layers of Always Artichoke and Basic Black with Black Satin ribbon tied in a knot.

To make the golf balls I used a 1 1/4" circle punch and punched out three pieces and then ran them through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  I flipped the circles over so the polka dots were indented instead of raised to mimic a golf ball (the top golf ball is popped up with a dimensional (check it out!)

The final step to stamp the father's day greeting with the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

I love how great this card turned out, very masculine.

Have a great day!

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Friday, May 20, 2011

May Stamp-a-Stack

Good evening!  Just a quick note to show you some of the fun projects for this months stamp-a-stack.  Definately a card for every occasion.  Class is this Sunday and there's still space so please let me know by noon tomorrow if you're interested.

Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather we're supposed to have tomorrow!

Happy stamping,

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sketch Challenge - Elegant Thanks

Good evening. I hope you all enjoyed your mother's day, I had a nice relaxing day with my boys. For this weeks Stamping 411 challenge I some muted spring colors as inspiration.  I started with the Elegant Lines Embossing folder and inked the folder with Crumb Cake classic ink.  Then I added a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot.  The result was adding the ink to the unembossed parts of the design and the embossed image stayed vanilla.  The embossed image is matted with a piece of Basic Grey on top of the Baja Breeze card based. 

Next I added a piece of Elegant Soiree DSP and then a piece of 1/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon.  The stamped greeting is from the Afterthoughts hostess set (I love things you get for free!) and is punched out with the large oval punch, sponged with crumb cake ink and then matted on a piece of Soft Suede cardstock punched out with the Decorative Label punch.  This piece was adhered to the card with dimensionals.  The final touch was adding some butterflies that were cut out with the Beautiful Butterflies Embosslit.

I love how this card turned out, very nice and I love all the textures.  Now check out the sketch we were provided as inspiration.  Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

Happy stamping,


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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Love to Mom's

Good evening!  What a great weekend.  I had the opportunity to attend my first crop weekend with a great group of ladies and had a blast.  While we got a lot done and had fun I have to admit that I'm still recovering from the lack of sleep.  While I was unpacking I decided to whip up a quick card for this weeks Stampin 411 challenge and new it would be perfect for Mother's day.

I started by running my Marina Mist card base through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder.  Then I used of DSP from the Greenhouse Gala DSP and matted on Early Espresso cardstock. I used the "mom" stamp from the Messages for Mom stamp set and stamped it with Early Espresso ink on Pear Pizzaz cardstock before matting it with Early Espresso cardstock.  I used dimensionals to pop up the Mom layer to add some dimension.

Next I added three Rhinestones and a bow tied with the Pear Pizzaz Seam Binding ribbon (so glad this color is carrying over from the last mini catalog).  Lots of sparkle and ribbon that mom is sure to love.  Finally "happy mother's day" is stamped at the bottom (I actually stamped it before running it through the Big Shot since I find it's easier.

Easy peasy and sure to please.  Now check out the sketch we were provided.  I love how versatile this layout is, I'll definately have to use it again.

Have a great week and for all you mom's Happy Mother's Day!

Happy stamping,

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