Thursday, October 30, 2014

Watercooler Challenge

Someone left a comment on my blog inviting me to join a new blog challenge: Watercooler Challenges. Well, I'm always up for a new challenge, so I hopped right over there to see what was happenin'! 

The current Watercooler Challenge is to CASE (copy and steal everything) one of our favorite pins on Pinterest. Well, the Stampin' Up! artisans had so many wonderful creations and I pinned one that had so many textures and layers, yet was so clean and simple. This card just spoke to me.

My hairdresser is up and leaving (me) and moving to Florida. She's always wanted to live on the beach and she's made the decision to go there before winter hits here on the East Coast. I say, "Good for her!" (even though it's going to be bad for my hair!) I wanted to make a special card for her to wish her all the best on her new adventure. I was happy to CASE this beautiful card to send her on her way!

(Stamp Sets: Really Good Greetings, Choose Happiness, Gorgeous Grunge; Inks: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar; Card Stock: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake; Accessories: Burlap Ribbon, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim, Linen Thread, Ovals Framelits Collection, Basic Pearls)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Part Three: Christmas in October

This is one of my favorite designs--evah! There's something about it that just calls to me. I think because it's clean and simple and because the colors are so calming. It's stunning in its simplicity!

(Stamp Set: Wondrous Wreath; Ink: Smoky Slate; Card Stock: Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White; DSP: All Is Calm Specialty Series Paper; Accessories: On Point Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Banners Framelits, 1/8" Silver Ribbon)
I love how the sentiment from "Wondrous Wreath" fits into the Apothecary Accent Framelit.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Christmas in October Part Deux

Today's card is a lesson in adaptation. I had designed a card for the October session of the Christmas card-making class. It was a real cutie. I got out my "Trim the Tree" DSP pack, grabbed the Real Red card stock and was ready to prep 64 cards only to realize that the "Trim the Tree" DSP is Cherry Cobbler not Real Red. Doh! 

I had to think fast and figure out what I could make with the supplies I had on hand. I had pinned this card on Pinterest as something I might want to do for the Christmas card-making class. I figured it would look good in red and gold--which is what I had available. Pinterest to the rescue!

Here's my version of the card. Love the "sparkle" sentiment!!

(Stamp Sets: Mosaic Madness, Good Greetings (Hostess), Gorgeous Grunge; Ink: Real Red; Card Stock: Real Red, Whisper White; DSP: Gold and Red Glimmer Paper; Accessories: Mosaic Punch, Hexagon Punch (to make flag ends), Basic Rhinestones, Red Sharpie)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Christmas in October Part One

I just held my third Christmas card-making class and it was a great experience. Good friends, good food, good times! We worked hard to make 12 cards in 4 hours--some of the stampers are speed demons and got finished in only 2 hours! 

I designed two cards and my BFF, Lynn, designed one. I think our stampers really liked our designs--at least they said so! I'm looking forward to our last session in November. I've already got some designs in mind.

Today I'm showing the first card, designed by Lynn. She always comes up with awesome designs. I think you'll agree. Here's Lynn's card. I know she'd love to see your comments. Please leave Lynn some love!

(Stamp Set: Ornamental Pine; Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark; Card Stock: Soft Sky, Whisper White; Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Basic Rhinestones)
Stay tuned tomorrow for another Christmas in October card!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Stamp Etching (Thanks, Lydia!)

During this past summer's #InspireCreateShare2014 Stampin' Up! convention, I met the fabulously talented (and wickedly funny) Lydia Fiedler. During one of the presentations (Stampin' Up! invites real life demonstrators onto the stage to do demonstrations!) Lydia showed a technique that she called "stamp etching." She's also got a tutorial over on her blog, Understand Blue. You should subscribe to her entertaining and so many good ideas!!

Well, I thought I'd give it a try. And I thought I knew how to do it. And I thought my card turned out pretty well, but, um, well, I guess I didn't follow the instructions. But I think Lydia would be just fine with that because art is art and has no instructions.

So here's my stamped etched card for this week's Nacho Average color challenge.

(Stamp Sets: Blended Bloom, Good Greetings (Hostess); Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Card Stock: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Crushed Curry; DSP: Flowerpot; Accessories: Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Birthday Flowers

The last couple of days I've shown you some fall cards. I'm trying not to get into a rut, so I chose some bright and cheery, any time of the year colors for my entry into this week's Freshly Made Sketch challenge.

One of the first designer series papers that I bought was the "Back to Black" set. I love, love, love black and white! I originally thought about doing this card in Basic Black and Whisper White, with a splash of Real Red, but the Pacific Point ink pad was calling me: "Here I am! Over here! I feel neglected. It's been such a long time." So I swapped out the Basic Black mat from behind the "Back in Black" DSP and added a Real Red mat. Once I'd added my flowers to the vase, I remembered that I had a bunch of Pacific Point Candy Dots! Yay! They were just the right element to finish off the card.

(Stamp Sets: Pictogram Punches, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks: Pacific Point, Real Red; Card Stock: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Real Red; DSP: Back to Black; Accessories: Zig Zag Embossing Folder, Circles and Banners Framelit Collections, 2-1/4" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Pacific Point Candy Dots)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hello (Again) Fall!

There's a color challenge over on the Fab Friday challenge blog. The combo would make a great Halloween card. But I think I've mentioned before that I don't really "do" Halloween and I've already "done" 3 Halloween cards. So I thought I'd go for a fall card--particularly since the "For All Things" stamp set was still on my stamping desk!

I saw a tree with beautiful, big, yellow leaves outlined perfectly in rust. It was like someone colored the outline on them. Unfortunately, I was too far away and in my car, so I couldn't get a good picture of them. But those leaves have been on my mind all day. Originally, I thought I'd recreate those leaves for this challenge. Stamp the oak leaf in Tangelo Tango and then do the rock-and-roll technique and outline the leaf in Blackberry Bliss. Well, that was an epic fail. But the corollary adage to yesterday's "There are no stamping mistakes; only stamping opportunities" is "There are two sides to the paper. So I turned it over and started again. Instead of edging the leaves with Blackberry Bliss, I used the dotted stamp from the "Gorgeous Grunge" set (also still out on my desk). Not what I envisioned, but kinda least I think so.

(Stamp Sets: For All Things, Gorgeous Grunge; Inks: Tangelo Tango, Blackberry Bliss; Card Stock: Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Very Vanilla; Accessories: Tangelo Tango Stitched Satin Ribbon, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Banner Framelit from Snowflake Thinlits Collection)

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