Friday, November 27, 2009

Wild Thing...

About a month ago (yes, it took me sooo long!), my friend Andrea challenged me to make a card inspired by Where the Wild Things Are. We found all sorts of cute inspirations at this site. I love it! Here is my card- the idea came from their blog header:


Paper: cardstock by Stampin' Up! and Bazzill
Ink: Basic Black by Stampin' Up!
Accessories: Letter stickers by October Afternoon

Everything is hand cut on this card for a more silhouetted look. I traced half of a circle on the back of the black cardstock so my wild thing's head would have a good, round shape. Then I just cut fur in different directions. I was trying to think of a fun sentiment for this guy- a quote from the book or something- but ended up keeping it simple so I could use letter stickers I already owned...

Thanks for the challenge Andrea!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thank You Cards

At my last workshop, the hostess asked specifically for thank yous as our make and takes so that is exactly what we did! Here they are:

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Stamps: Friends 24-7 set, En Francais background stamp
Ink: Soft Suede, Bashful Blue, Dusty Durango, Always Artichoke classic inks; Versamark
Paper: Soft Suede, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Dusty Durango cardstock
Accessories: Whisper White organza ribbon, Clear embossing powder, Scallop Edge punch, Aqua Painter, Dazzling Diamonds

I wrote in the sentiment after the card was finished because I couldn't decide where to put it with out taking away from the emboss resist background.

Here is the second card we made:

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Stamps: Season of Friendship set, Thank You Kindly set, Christmas Punch hostess set
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede classic inks; Versamark
Paper: Kraft, Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, Sage Shadow cardstock
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, White Signo gel pen, paper piercer, Scallop Edge punch, half-back pearls from Pretties Kit, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals

I had to use my favorite stamp set, hee!! I added the snow with the White gel pen and then added glitter to it for a special touch.

Today I'm catching up on cleaning up my stamp space... the mess has become out of hand and with people coming to visit tomorrow, I better get it picked up! Does cleaning inspire you? It sure inspires me- I think seeing all my stuff as I'm putting it away makes me want to use it. It's always nice to start with a clean pallet, too!

OK! Have a great day and if you are travelling, be safe!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmas Ornaments in Brown...

Look at Me! I'm blogging again! Hee! I've been busy lately- it started with a girls weekend away and before I even got to unpack I was hit with a week with a workshop and two classes planned, project deadlines, friends coming home from overseas, buying a new car, and now Thanksgiving holiday! Hee! The holiday really feels like sort of a vacation after that last week!

I thought I'd share a card I made recently. I got the idea from the famously clever Jan Tink who has been taking pictures of fun store bought cards and using them for inspiration at home. While I was shopping for some odds and ends at Walmart, I hit the card isle just in case and inspirations struck! Sorry for the crappy cell phone picture:

And here is my homemade version:

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Stamps: Tree Trimmings set; Christmas Greetings set; Baroque Motifs set
Ink: Soft Suede, Basic Black Classic inks; Versamark
Paper: Soft Suede and Kraft cardstock; Christmas Cocoa DSP
Accessories: Kraft Taffeta ribbon; Clear Embossing powder; White Signo gel pen, paper piercer, Scallop Edge punch, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Dimensionals

For the ornaments, I started by painting the Soft Suede cardstock with a thin coat of Champagne Mist shimmer paint. Next, I inked up my ornament stamps with Versamark and then Soft Suede ink and stamped them onto the shimmery paper. I embossed them with clear embossing powder and cut them out. I love how all of these elements worked together!

Well, I hope all of you out in blog land are having a wonderful Thanksgiving week! I am enjoying the quietness this week... nothing going on but cooking in the kitchen and visiting with my friends and family! I love that!


Friday, November 6, 2009

Autumn Leaves Card


Hope you are all gearing up for a fun and relaxing weekend! We are here, too- I'll be hanging out at my favorite lss tomorrow all day! Hee! I've been really inspired lately so maybe I'll have lots of cards to share next week! Here is one for today...

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Goodies: Autumn Splendor set, Holiday Best (hostess)set
Ink: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Taken with Teal, Dusty Durango classic inks
Paper: Kraft, Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, Taken with Teal cardstock
Accessories: paper piercer, Scallop Edge punch, Dimensionals, DMC thread, corner rounder punch

I stamped each of the leaves with black ink onto different colored cardstock and cut them out. Next, I distressed them by sponging coordinating ink on them and then Soft Suede ink over all of them. I actually hand sewed real stiches around the edge, too- rather then the faux stitching I usually do! I really like the simplicity of this card and the pretty color scheme.

OK! Enjoy your weekend! Hopefully I'll be scrappin' up a storm down at Scrapdoodles! Hee!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Give Thanks


I woke up in the best mood today! It could be because of the sunshine outside or the fact that the only thing I have on my to do list today is stamping some cards for an upcoming project! My girls have been good and we played movie theater, picked out one of their favorite movies and made popcorn to snack on! While they watched, I stamped! Hee!! Here is what I made:

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Stamps: Holiday Best set (hostess)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Rust, Soft Suede
Paper: Taken With Teal, Chocolate Chip cardstock; Autumn Meadows DSP
Accessories: On Board So Tweet chipboard, Valet ribbon originals (retired), Top Note die, Sanding Block, paper piercer, 1 3/4" Circle punch

I finally bought the Autumn Meadows DSP... I've been staring at it and all the great creations made with it on the internet for a couple of months now! Hee! I really don't know how I held out so long- it is beautifully done and I love every sheet in this pack! I have a feeling I'll be playing with it a lot this week!! I also finally used one of these little owl chipboard pieces that I've been hording... I bought them to make Christmas ornaments with for the Wise side of our family- we all love little hooty owls!

Hope you are all enjoying your day! This week is going by really fast- I can't believe that it's already Thursday!! Gee- better get crackin' on those cards... they are due Saturday! Yikes!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by today!!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Make Merry!

Good Morning!

I thought I'd share a card I did yesterday with just the scraps on my desk left over from other recent projects...

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Stamps: Berry Christmas set
Ink: Soft suede, Bermuda Bay classic inks, Versamark
Paper: Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Real Red cardstock; Christmas Cocoa DSP
Accessories: Real Red 3/4" polka-dot grosgrain ribbon; Crystal Effects, Clear embossing powder, Dimensionals

This little set has been one of my favorites since coming out in the Holiday Mini! Even the sentiment has grown on me...

I'm keeping it short today! Lots to do here!


Monday, November 2, 2009

Pretty Paper...


I've been hoarding the Christmas Cocoa DSP pack since I got it and finally I decided to take advantage of the pretty paper! Here is a super fast card I made in just minutes:

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Stamps: Four the Holidays set
Ink: Soft Suede classic ink; Versamark
Paper: Soft Suede cardstock; Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons, Real Red 3/4" Polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, Clear embossing powder

I trimmed the patterned paper to fit on my card base and inked around the edges with Soft Suede ink. Next, I stamped the sentiment with Soft Suede and Versamark and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. Layering the Versamark and the classic inks on your stamp lets you emboss it! I love that trick...

OK! Hope you are all enjoying your afternoon! I've been on a Christmas card kick so hopefully I'll have lots to share this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

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