Saturday, April 19, 2014

Santa - Easter?

Yes, I know it's the day before Easter but I liked the color challenge of the Merry Monday Challenge #104.  I also used The Challenge Sketch Challenge #4.  Check back tomorrow for the Easter card I made for my sweet little granddaughter.

For the card base I used Smoky Slate card stock.  A piece of Watercolor Wonder designer paper was then added to the card front.  The image from the retired Santa's List stamp set was heat embossed on Whisper White card stock using VersaMark and Smoky Slate embossing powder.  I attached it
to a piece of Smoky Slate card stock.  I punched
out three small banners from Crumb Cake card stock using the retired Banner Punch and attached them to the back of the image layer.  The layer was then added to the card.  The sentiment from the More Merry Messages stamp set was also heat embossed the same as the image.  It was punched out with the Modern Label Punch and attached to a piece of Crumb Cake card stock that was punched out with the Large Oval PunchDimensionals were used to attach it to the card.  Whisper White Candy Dots were the finishing touches that I added to the little banners.  This was definitely a challenge for me because I love using color for Christmas cards, but I'm satisfied with how it turned out.  Have a great evening.  Stop back tomorrow as I celebrate Easter.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Sets:  More Merry Messages (w-#126400/c-#126402); Santa's List (retired)
Ink:  VersaMark (#102283)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Smoky Sate Card Stock (#131202); Whisper White Card Stock (#100730); Crumb Cake Card Stock (#120953); Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper (#132994)
Tools:  Heat Tool (#129053); Large Oval Punch (#119855); Modern Label Punch (#119849); Banner Punch (retired S-A-B 2014)
The Finishing Touches:  Smoky Slate Stampin' Emboss Powder (#129396); Neutrals Candy Dots (#130934); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
  


Friday, April 18, 2014

Retired List & Free Shipping


If you're like me, the words "free shipping" bring a smile to your face.  On April 21, the list of items retiring from the 2013-2014 catalog will be released.  And to sweeten the pot, Stampin' Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING on everything from April 21 - 25.  Excluded from this offer is expedited shipping.  So, check out the list on April 21 and if there is something you just have to have before it goes away, take advantage of this great offer.  Visit my on-line store here to place an order.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail me (see the side bar).  Enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Treat Holders


         



Today I have two treat holders I cased from Connie Stewart here.  She used cupcakes in the bag.  I decided to make some sugar cookies and use them instead.  Listed below are the punches and card stock I used to make both.

Rabbit:  Top Note Bigz Die - head - Soft Suede card stock; Extra Large Oval Punch - ears - Soft Suede card stock; Large Oval Punch - inside ear - Early Espresso card stock; Small Heart Punch - teeth - Whisper White card stock; 1-3/8" Circle Punch - cheeks - Soft Suede card stock; 3/4" Circle Punch - eyes - Whisper White card stock; Circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes punches - eye pupil - Basic Black card stock; 1/2" Circle Punch - nose - Blushing Bride card stock

Peep:  Top Note Bigz Die - head - Daffodil Delight card stock; 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch - top of head and wings - Daffodil Delight card stock; Small Oval Punch - eye - Whisper White card stock; 1" Square Punch - beak - Pumpkin Pie card stock scored in half; 1/2" Circle Punch - eye pupil - Basic Black card stock

All pieces were sponged with the corresponding ink color except on the peep.  I used Pumpkin Pie on the Daffodil Delight card stock.  A white gel pen was used on the eyes to give them some expression.  After the bags were assembled I added Crystal Effects to all the eyes for some dimension.  Sticky Strip was used to hold the cellophane bag to the head.  The finishing touch was the sentiment from the Delightful Dozen stamp set that was stamped on a strip of Whisper White card stock with StazOn ink.  One end was curled and the other was snipped for a banner effect.  It was attached using Glue Dots.  These were made for the little kids class at my church and for two little girls in our family.  They look complicated because of all the punches but really are easily assembled.  Enjoy the rest of  your day.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Set:  Delightful Dozen (w-#122650/c-#122652)
Ink:  Early Espresso (#119670); Soft Suede (#115657); Pumpkin Pie (#105216); Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad (#101406); uni-ball Signo Gel Pen (#105021)
Card Stock:  Soft Suede (#115318); Early Espresso (#119686); Daffodil Delight (#119683); Pumpkin Pie (#105117); Whisper White (#100730); Blushing Bride (#131198); Basic Black (#121045)
Tools:  Top Note Bigz Die (#113463); Large Oval Punch (#119855); Extra-Large Oval Punch (#119859); Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (#118309); 3/4" Circle Punch (#119873); 1-3/8" Circle Punch (#119860); Small Heart Punch (#117193); 1/2" Circle Punch (#119869); 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (#119854); Small Oval Punch (#120908); 1" Square Punch (#124094); Stamping Sponges (#101610)
The Finishing Touches:  Crystal Effects (#101055); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755); 4"x6" Cellophane Bags (#102757); Sticky Strip (#104294); Glue Dots (#103683) 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

He Is Not Here

It's been almost a week without posting but I have been working on some treat holders I'll need next week.  I'll share them when I'm done.  The card was created to get me away from the other project.  Three challenges were used for inspiration (what would I do without challenges!!):  Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #162, Stampin' Up! Only Challenge #94 - Easter, and Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #298.

As you can see, I rotated the sketch 90 degrees in order to use the sentiment I did.  Very Vanilla card stock was used for the base.  On the edge of a piece of Gumball Green card stock I used the cross stitch from the Needlepoint Border embossing folders rather than ribbon or card stock.  To this I added a piece of Watercolor Wonder designer paper.  When I do a color challenge I check to see if any of my designer papers has
any of the colors from the challenge.  This paper had a sheet with a mix of Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango.  Perfect.  The designer paper layer was then added to the card.  The sentiment from the retired Glorious Gift stamp set was heat embossed on Very Vanilla card stock with VersaMark and Gumball Green Embossing Powder.  This is one of those stamp sets that I won't part with because it truly expresses what Easter is about.  I cut the sentiment out with one of the Labels Framelits as well as a piece of Tangerine Tango card stock using the Big Shot Magnetic Platform.  The Tangerine Tango was cut in half and used as a mat on each side of the sentiment.  It was added to the card with Dimensionals.  I stamped a couple of flowers using the Petite Petals stamp set on a piece of scrap from the designer paper with Gumball Green ink and punched them out with the Petite Petals Punch.  Another was punched out of Tangerine Tango card stock.  The small scalloped circles were punched out of Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and Gumball Green card stocks with one of the Itty Bitty Shapes punches.  After attaching one to each of the larger flowers with Glue Dots, I pressed in the center of all using the Simply Scored Stylus.  This leaves an indentation that gives the flowers some dimension.  After adding them to the card with Dimensionals and Glue Dots, I added the finishing touches of Pearls in the center of each.  I enjoyed creating this card and making the challenges work together.  We have a beautiful day here today; I hope you're enjoying the same.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Sets:  Petite Petals (w-#133152/c-#133155); Glorious Gift (retired)
Ink:Gumball Green Classic Stampin' Pad (#126861); VersaMark (#102283)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Very Vanilla Card Stock (#101650); Gumball Green Card Stock (#126840); Tangerine Tango Card Stock (#111349); Daffodil Delight Card Stock (#119683); Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper (#132994)
Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Heat Tool (#129053); Labels Collection Framelits Dies (#125598); Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders (#129383); Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (#118309); Simply Scored Stylus (#125624)
The Finishing Touches:  Gumball Green Stampin' Emboss Powder (#128981); Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430); Glue Dots (#103683)
       

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring is in the Air

Well, I think spring has finally sprung here in New York.  The sun is shining and the temps have warmed up.  Looking forward to everything turning green and some flowers growing.  I used three challenges for my card today:  Pals Paper Arts Challenge #198; Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #161; The Card Concept Challenge #7.  For the Card Concept Challenge I consider my card a clean and layered style.

I chose Very Vanilla card stock for the base.  A piece of Old Olive card stock was embossed using the Big Shot and the Fancy Fan embossing folder.  I matted a piece of Birthday Basics designer paper with Pool Party card stock and added it to the embossed layer.  Summer Starfruit ribbon was added and
added and the layer attached to the card front.  I sponged Old Olive ink on a piece of Natural Composition designer paper.  After sponging it, I wiped it with a paper towel and the embossed area of the paper shows through.  I rounded the corners and attached it to a piece of Pool Party card stock whose corners were also rounded.  
This layer was attached with Dimensionals.  Butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set was stamped on Very Vanilla card stock using Pool Party and Summer Starfruit inks and punched out with the Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches.  I attached them to the card with Glue DotsPearls were added to the butterflies as the finishing touches.  I don't expect to see any butterflies yet but they'll be around before we know it.  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed your weekend and the sun was shining where you were.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Set:  Papillon Potpourri (w-#132058/c-#123759)
Ink:  Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad (#102277); Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad (#126982); Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin' Pad (#126991)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Very Vanilla Card Stock (#101650); Old Olive Card Stock (#100702); Pool Party Card Stock (#122924); Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper (#126917); Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper (#130145)
Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Bitty Butterfly Punch (#129406); Elegant Butterfly Punch (#127526); 3/16" Corner Punch (#119867); Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (#127751); Stamping Sponges (#101610)
The Finishing Touches:  Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (#126846); Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247); Glue Dots (#103683); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Easter & Spring

Snow in my last post and Easter/spring today.  Getting a lot of rain but at least it doesn't pile up on the ground.  I used the Craft Project Central Sketch Challenge #33 for inspiration.  So, here is my breath of spring for you today.

I chose Naturals White card stock for the base.  On a piece of Sweet Sorbet designer paper I used one of the Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders on both ends.  I wasn't sure if this would work because I had to run it through twice in order to get the embossing on each side but to my relief I didn't flatten out the first embossing.  I then added a piece of Whisper White ribbon and attached the layer to the card.  A Tea Lace Doily was sponged with Pool Party ink and added to the card.  The sentiment from the retired Easter Blessings stamp was heat embossed on Naturals White card stock with VersaMark, Crisp Cantaloupe ink and clear embossing powder.  The sentiment as well as a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe card stock were both cut out using one of the Deco Labels dies.  I cut the cantaloupe piece in half, trimmed off the side points and used it to mat the sentiment.  I then attached it to the card with Dimensionals.  Butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set were stamped on Naturals White, Pool Party and Crisp Cantaloupe card stocks using Pool Party and Crisp Cantaloupe inks.  They were punched out with the Bitty Butterfly and Elegant Butterfly Punches.  The two small single ones were attached with Glue Dots.  I added some Dazzling Details down the center and added a Pearl.  The large butterflies were each layered with a smaller one and also attached with Glue DotsPearls were added to the center of both and under the sentiment for the finishing touches.  Even my husband said spring when he saw the card so I guess I was on the right track.  Enjoy your day.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Sets:  Papillon Potpourri (w-#132058/c-#123759); Easter Blessings (retired)
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin' Pad (#131176); Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad (#126982); VersaMark (#102283)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Naturals White Card Stock (#102316); Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock (#131298); Pool Party Card Stock (#122924); Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper (#133521 - SAB 2014)
Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658); Deco Labels Collection (#130102); Bitty Butterfly Punch (#129406); Elegant Butterfly Punch (#127526); Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders (#129383); Stamping Sponges (#101610)
The Finishing Touches:  Tea Lace Doilies (#129399); Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247); Dazzling Details (#124117); Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (#109070); Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109130); Glue Dots (#103683); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
  

Friday, March 28, 2014

Let It Snow - NOT

Hello all.  No I don't want it to snow anymore but by the time I use this card, I'll be looking forward to it again.  Today's card is for two challenges:  Merry Monday Challenge #101 and Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #129.

I'm not a big fan of square cards because I don't like to pay the extra postage.  For that reason when I make a square card, I cut it 4-1/4" x 8-1/2" and score at 4-1/2".  This will fit in the A2 size envelope perfectly.  Shimmery White card stock was used as the base.  On a piece of Real Red card stock, I heat embossed the snowflake from the Best of Snow stamp set using VersaMark and White embossing powder mixed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  Tough to see
in the photo but the snowflakes have a subtle sparkle.  This was attached to a piece of Winter Frost designer paper.  A strip of the white card stock was attached and over that a piece of Smoky Slate ribbon.  The layer was added to the card.  I heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set with VersaMark and Smoky Slate embossing powder on Shimmery White card stock.  I don't have the Label Bracket punch so I just punched it out with a circle punch.  It was matted with another circle of Real Red card stock.  I blinged up a scallop circle with a glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds, attached the sentiment to it and used Dimensionals to add it to the card.  For the finishing touch, I scattered some Rhinestones around the snowflakes and added one on the sentiment.  I probably should be making Easter cards but I couldn't resist the colors in the challenge.  Thank you for coming by.  Enjoy the weekend.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Set:  Best of Snow (#134387)
Ink:  VersaMark (#102283)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Shimmery White Card Stock (#101910); Real Red Card Stock (#102482); Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired)
Tools:  Heat Tool (#129053); 1-1/4" Circle Punch (#119861); 1-3/8" Circle Punch (#119860); 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (#119854)
The Finishing Touches:  Smoky Slate 3/4" Chevron Ribbon (#131152); Smoky Slate Stampin' Emboss Powder (#129396); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246); Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (#102023); White Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109132); Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss Powder (#101930); 2-Way Glue Pen (#100425); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)