Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

This week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday has another fun challenge for you!  It's easy to play along!  When you have created your project based on the sketch below, you then simply load your wonderful card HERE.

I pulled out a set I haven't used in a while, Bordering on Romance, for my card.  I stamped the flower image twice, once on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla and then on a 2-1/4" x 3" piece of VV.  I watercolored just the flowers on the scrap piece of VV using Calypso Coral, and then cut them out.  Here's the details:

Stamps: Bordering on Romance, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black
Papers: Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Tea for Two DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accent Dies, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Pearls, Border Punch, Corner Punch, CAD, Watercolor Brush, Dimensionals, Mini-Glue Dots, Scissors

Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday's Technostamper Lunch Challenge!

It's Monday and spring break, and it's lightly snowing!  Spring still hasn't come to the Chicago land area yet, and I can't wait for it start warming up!

We have another fun Technostamper Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge for you!  You can find the sketch below.  When you are finished crafting your work of art, you can download it HERE

I have two card views for this challenge.  After I created my first card (bottom card), I felt it was too plain and needed a little something extra.  I used the Bitty Butterfly Punch from the current Occasions Catalog to punch out 3 butterflies from the Tea for Two DSP (also from the Occasions Catalog).

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Calypso Coral
Papers: Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Tea for Two DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF, Bitty Banner Framelits, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Blossom Punch, Pearls, Neutral Button, Calypso Coral Ribbon, Sponges, Sewing Machine/Thread, Dimensionals, Mini-Glue Dots

3D LNS Challenge

Good morning; it's Monday, spring break and it's snowing.  I can't wait for warmer weather and to not have to wear my winter coat anymore!!

We have a really fun challenge for you this week, and that is to create a 3D project - treat holder, basket, candy bar wrapper, candles, etc.!  Lots of possibilities for this great challenge, and we can't wait to see what you create.  You can load your project on the LNS blog, and you can find the link: HERE.

I saw an absolutely adorable bunny on the Stampin' Up! visitors site made using the Oval Framelits.  Since I don't have these framelits and I thought I would improvise and use the oval punches that I have instead.  The bunny was pretty easy to make, and I think my little guy turned out cute!  This is how I made my version of the bunny from the SU site:

- I used the extra-large oval punch for the body.
- The used the large oval punch for the ears.
- I used the small oval punch for the inside of the ears, hands and feet and the egg (which I then trimmed more).
- The eyes and heart were made using the owl punch.

Here's the rest of the details:

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Island Indigo
Papers: Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, So Saffron, Basic Black, Tea for Two DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Honey Comb EF, Bitty Banner Framelits, Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die, Extra-large, large and small Oval Punches, Owl Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch, Pool Party Baker's Twine, Calypso Coral Ribbon, CAD, Dimensionals, Mini-Glue Dots, Sticky Strip Tape

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

Below is this week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch.  My son, Ben, had back surgery yesterday and I wasn't able to get my project done since I a lot of things to do before his surgery.  I would put a post up about the challenge sketch for those who would like to participate.  When you are finished with your project, you can download it HERE.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Combo Challenge Post

Good morning everyone!  I have a combined challenge post using the same stamp set for you this Monday morning......Technostamper Monday Lunchtime Challenge and this week's Late Night Stamper Challenge.  This week's LNS challenge is to use your favorite SAB set.  For me it's the stamp set, Feeling Sentimental.  It's definitely a set I will keep for years to come, and feel it's a great set to use for guy cards.

First Up - The Technostamper Challenge Card

Here is the sketch, and you can click HERE to play along:

For my card, I stamped the phone booth image 3 times, twice using Calypso Coral ink and once using Early Espresso ink onto Very Vanilla c/s.  For the Calypso Coral images, I cut just the doors out on one image and then the whole phone image on the other.  I then layered the phone booth and then the doors over the early Espresso image, and used my Early Espresso inkpad to swipe the edges of the cut out pieces.  I used a piece of Tea for Two DSP for the background, and wanted to grunge it up a bit.  I crumpled up the DSP and then swiped the Early Espresso inkpad over it.  I think it gives it an interesting effect to the paper.  I then added some Very Vanilla Brads and Early Espresso ribbon, and a saying from the set, Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Here's the rest of the details:

Stamps: SAB Feeling Sentimental, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Calypso Coral, Early Espresso
Papers: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Tea for Two DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accent Dies, Bitty Banner Framelits, Very Vanilla Brads, Early Espresso Ribbon, Sponges, Scissors, Dimensionals

Late Night Stamper Challenge - Saying Goodbye to SAB!

It's hard to believe that this is the last week for this year's SAB - another great selection of FREE stamps and embellishments!  You can download your project HERE.

Once again I went with my favorite set, Feeling Sentimental, for my challenge card.  I love how you can create motion with the bike image, and thought I would go with this look again for my card.  I used the Stamp-a-ma-Jig to help place the bike.  I inked the image up with Soft Suede ink and then just kept stamping the image until the image was very faint.  I then used the Honeycomb EF on only half of the Very Vanilla c/s and then added a strip of First Edition DSP for the background.  I used distressing tool on the edges and then swiped the edges with the Soft Suede inkpad.  Here's more of the details:

Stamps: Feeling Sentimental SAB, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Soft Suede
Papers: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, First Edition DSP
Accessories:  Big Shot, Honeycomb EF, Bitty Banner Framelits, 1-3/8" Square Punch, Soft Suede Brads and Ribbon, Vintage Trinkets, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Distressing Tool, Paper Piercing Tool, Dimensionals

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch

You ready for a another great Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch?  If so, here it is!

When you are done creating your project, you can simply load your sketch on the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog; which you can find: HERE

For my project I used the stamp set, Betsy's Blossoms and used the SAB Sycamore Street DSP for the background papers.  I stamped the bird image twice using Rich Razzleberry and cut out one of the birds and then just the wing on the other image.  The image behind the bird was stamped with Summer Starfruit, and the I used Calypso Coral, Island Indigo and Rich Razzleberry for the flowers.  Here's a list of what I used:

Stamps: Betsy's Blossom, Essentials
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Corral, Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party
Papers: Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accent Die, Modern Label Punch, Ticket Window Punch, Island Indigo Ribbon, CAD, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, Scissors

Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday Lunchtime Sketch/LNS Challenge

I have 2 great challenges for you today over at Late Nigh Stampers and Monday Lunchtime Sketch!  So grab your stamps, inks and embellishments and play along!

Monday Lunchtime Sketch:

We have another great sketch for you this Monday, and here it is:

Don't you just love this sketch?  When you are finished creating your project, you can simply load it on the Techno Stamper blog and you can find the link: HERE.

For my project I used the stamp set, Blooming with Kindness.  I went with more of a mono-chromatic look and used the color, Calypso Coral.  I stamped the flower twice and swiped Calypso Coral ink over the edges after I cut out the flowers.  I lightly pressed the 3 Vanilla flowers  into the Calypso Coral inkpad to add just a hint of color to the flowers.  The sayings was stamped onto a 1" strip of Very Vanilla c/s.  I punched the butterfly out of the Tea for Two DSP using the Bitty Butterfly punch, and then added some pearls.  Here's the details:

Stamps: Blooming with Kindness
Inks: Calypso Coral
Papers: Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Tea for Two DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Finial Press EF, Tea Lace Paper Dollie, Bitty Butterfly Punch, 5/8" Vanilla Flower Trim Ribbon, Pearls, 1-3/8" Square Punch, Dimensionals, Scissors

Late Night Stampers Challenge:

We all need guy cards, and they seem to be the hardest to make.  So this week's challenge is to a guy card and we have some great samples to get your started.  Here's the link to upload your favorite guy card when you're done: LNS Blog

I saw a card on PI that the incredibly talented Michelle Zindorf crafted and I knew I wanted to try my hand at the direct to paper technique as well.  Michelle's has a wonderful tutorial on her blog on how she created her card; which you can find HERE.

And below is my card; I changed it up by added a strip of black ribbon and brads at the corner.  I am amazed at how incredibly simply this technique is and how stunning the results are!  My colors are a little more mutted than hers, but I still like the results.

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes

Inks: Basic Black, Old Olive, Pool Party, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, So Saffron
Papers: Whisper White, Old Olive, Basic Black, Marina Mist
Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron EF, Basic Black Ribbon and Brads, Square Corner Punch, Sponges, Dimensionals, SAMJ

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

LNS Challenge Card

I saw a card on PI and cased it to make a birthday card for my sister, Janet.   It also goes along with this week LNS challenge; which is to create a card using flowers.  You can see the card that I cased HERE on the awesome blog, Seeing Ink Spots.  Be sure to check out the wonderful works of art on this stamping blog!

Here's a list of what I used for my card:

Stamps: Hearts a Flutter
Inks: Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
Papers: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Needlepoint Border EF, Flower Punch, Tea Lace Paper Dollie, 1-1/4" Square Punch, Pearls, Pool Party Baker's Twine, Dimensionals

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

We have a fun challenge for you once again over at the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge Blog!  Here is this week's sketch:

When you have finished crafting your work of art, simply load your creation on the challenge blog - which  you can find: HERE

I pulled out one of my favorite retired sets, Garden From the Heart, to use for this challenge.  I stamped the images on Very Vanilla c/s using a Black Stazon IP, and the watercolored the images in using the colors listed below.  I used Tea for Two DSP from the current Spring Catalog for my background paper.  Here's a list of what I used and my card:

Stamps: Garden From the Heart
Papers: Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Tea for Two DSP
Inks: Black Stazon, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, So Saffron, Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Holiday Frame EF, Curly Label Punch, Crochet Trim Ribbon, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Pearls, Watercolor Brush, Blender Pen, Dimensionals, Scissors

Monday, March 4, 2013

LNS Spring is in the Air Challenge

This week's LNS challenge is to create a project with flowers in tribute to spring!  I wish spring was in the air here in Chicago; instead we are suppose to get a winter storm tomorrow!  I have to admit that I did a rush job on my card.  I ran all my errands to today (in case we really do get a big snow storm), and when I got home, I heard that one of the students from my son's high school was missing.  That really threw me for a loop since she was one of the football managers on my son's football team last year.  Hard to focus on stamping when you're praying like crazy that she is ok!  I am happy to report that she is has been found and is home safe and sound!

I created my card using the Artisan Embellishment Kit that is in the current Spring catalog.  I carefully sponged some Soft Suede on a doily and then rolled it to create a holder for the flowers.  I embossed a piece of 5-1/4" x 4" of Very Vanilla with the Lacy Brocade EF for the background.  Added the embellishments and ticket from the kit, and there you have it!  Easy, peasy!

Your turn!  When you're done with your tribute to spring, you can simply load your work of art HERE.

Here's the details on my card:

Stamps: Artisan Embellishment Kit
Papers: Very Vanilla
Accessories: Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF, Pearls, Mini-Glue Dots, Adhesive

Monday Lunchtime Sketch!

Below is the sketch for this week's Techno Stamper Monday Lunchtime Sketch.  Lots of possibilities for this fun CAS challenge!   We would love for you to play along this week!  Simply load your work of art using this LINK!

I was going through my stamp sets yesterday to find a set to use for this challenge and found this gem, Simply Soft.  I colored in the flower image using Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler markers, and then added some pearls in the middle.  The image was cut out using one of the Apothecary Accent Dies, and then I ran some Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon through the holes I punched at the top and bottom of the die using my CAD.  I am going to send this card to a customer that placed an online order, I hope she likes it! Here's the details:

Stamps: Simply Soft, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Papers: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Botanical Gazette DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accent Die, Bitty Banner Framelits, Bitty Butterfly Punch, CAD, Tea Lace Paper Dollie, Pearls, Lacy Brocade EF, Dimensionals