Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hello Fall, Nacho Style

This week's sketch on the Nacho Average Challenges blog is a clean and simple sketch. I LOVE a CAS challenge!! When I first saw the sketch, I thought I'd pull out my Simply Scored Scoring Board and make some vertical and horizontal score lines. But as I was cutting my base of Cajun Craze card stock, I saw some strips of "Color Me Autumn" DSP and got the idea to use that for my lines! I think it worked out nicely.

Here's this week's nacho sketch.

Here's my card.

(Stamp Set: For All Things; Ink: Mossy Meadow; Card Stock: Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry; DSP: Color Me Autumn; Accessories: Basic Gold Button, Gold Baker's Twine)
 I added a Basic Gold Button and Gold Baker's Twine for some added interest.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Halloweeny Card

I don't normally "do" Halloween cards. Halloween doesn't scream "card sending occasion." But there are some super cute sets in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog and simply everyone in the stamping blog-o-sphere is doing Halloween themed cards and colors. And I don't like to be left out.

The "Mingle All The Way" stamp set has stamps for all the Fall and Winter holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. I thought the Halloween stamp from this set would be perfect for this week's Paper Craft Crew Challenge Sketch.

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 111. #papercraftcrew #stampinup #cardsketch

I knew I had a piece of striped Tangerine Tango DSP from the "Flowerpot" pack hanging around and another sheet of large white dots on Blackberry Bliss DSP from the "Sweet Taffy" pack. I used my Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Tango, and Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers to color directly onto the stamp. Then I huffed on it to re-wet it and stamped the image onto a piece of Whisper White card stock. At first I wasn't too pleased with the sketchy image, but then I decided it was "ghostly" and "Halloweeny" and was perfect!

I added a couple of stickers from the September Paper Pumpkin kit (there were a bajillion in that kit!!) and a piece of Tangelo Tango ribbon and a little strip of Crushed Curry DSP that was the back of the Tangerine Tango piece for a little accent.

(Stamp Set: Mingle All The Way; Card Stock: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Tango; DSP: Flowerpot and Sweet Taffy; Accessories: Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Tango, Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers, Tangelo Tango Stitched Satin Ribbon, Paper Pumpkin Halloween Stickers)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Christmas in September (part three)

I'm so lucky to have an amazingly creative BFF who loves to stamp--and has taught me so much about stamping! For my Christmas card-making class on Saturday, the amazingly creative, Lynn Birus, designed this card. It's awesome!!

(Stamp Srt: Mingle All The Way; Inks: Black Stazon, Versamark; Card Stock: Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Very Vanilla; Accessories: Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Banners Framelit Collection, Flower Fair Framelit Collection (for the leaves), 1/4" Circle Punch, Real Red Ribbon, Gold Baker's Twine, Basic Gold Metal Buttons, Chalk Marker, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers)  

Lynn used Versamark on the embossed background to give some depth and interest. I love the little details in her design: the White Chalk Marker on the berries, the Mossy Meadow line on the holly leaves, and, of course, the coloring with the markers. So pretty. She's a design genius!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Celestial Stars

When I saw this week's Fab Friday sketch challenge I knew I wanted to use the constellation DSP from the Maritime pack. I really like this sheet--it stands out from the other "cutesy" sheets in the pack that coordinate with the "Sea Street" stamp set. I like that there are options in all of Stampin' Up's designer series papers.

Here's the Fab Friday sketch. 

And here's my card. I searched and searched my piles (and piles) of DSP for some silver glimmer paper, but couldn't find any. But the red glimmer paper for the star works just as well...if not better.

(Stamp Set: Pictogram Punches; Ink: Night of Navy; Card Stock: Whisper White, Real Red; DSP: Maritime; Real Red Glimmer Paper; Accessories: Stars Framelits Collection, Banners Framelits Collection, Itty Bitty Punch Pack)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hello Fall!

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! I love the crisp air and the changing leaves. (I also love snow, but let's not get ahead of ourselves!)

When I saw the "For All Things" stamp set in the Holiday mini, I knew it would become one of my favorites. I had to pace myself, though. I could have started using it in July, but I didn't want to rush the season. Now that's it's well and good into the fall season, I can bring out this stamp set. I love the watercolor feel to the stamps.

This week's Nacho Average Challenge is to use three of the newest in colors and these are perfect for a fall card!

My card is quick and easy, and kinda pretty, if I do say so myself (and I do). I stamped some of the leaves in full strength and some were stamped off once.

(Stamp Set: For All Things; Inks: Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow; Card Stock: Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Very Vanilla; Accessory: Tangelo Tango Stitched Satin Ribbon)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Masculine Fall Birthday

I'm playing along with The Paper Players challenge blog for the first time! This week's challenge is to make a clean and simple masculine birthday card.

I grabbed the oldest-but-still-current stamp set that I own: "Lovely As A Tree." I stamped the image in Old Olive onto Very Vanilla and layered it onto Cajun Craze and Old Olive. I had a piece of "Color Me Autumn" DSP right at hand and thought a strip would give just a pop of autumn color. I was going to add the sentiment directly onto the Hello Honey card base, but I as I was getting ready to stamp it, I thought it would be better on a little banner--so I added that. I like the way all the elements go together, but the card stayed clean and simple.
(Stamp Sets: Lovely As A Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks: Old Olive, Cajun Craze; Card Stock: Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Very Vanilla; DSP: Color Me Autumn; Accessory: Banners Framelits Collection)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Christmas in September (part deux)

When Stampin' Up debuted the "Wondrous Wreath" stamp set and matching framelits at the #InspireCreateShare2014, we were all wowed! The stamp set is adorable, of course, but they've added guides to the stamps AND the matching "Wonderful Wreath" framelits, so that you can line them up perfectly as you stamp the layers and then cut out the images. The stamps are photopolymer and you can see right through them. Awesome!

You can get the "Wondrous Wreath" PLUS "Wonderful Wreath" framelits in a bundle and save 15% (137624 $43.25)!

This card also uses a sentiment from the "Watercolor Winter Too" set, which I curved. I LOVE that the photopolymer sets are malleable like that. And the border on the bottom is from the "Mosaic Madness" set. 

I CASEd this card by Sharon Cheng--including the curved sentiment. Thanks for the inspiration Sharon!

(Stamp Sets:: Wondrous Wreath, Watercolor Winter Too, Mosaic Madness; Inks: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Real Red; Card Stock: Naturals, Real Red, Very Vanilla; Accessories: Wonderful Wreath Framelits)

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