Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Fab Howl-o-Ween

#stampinup   I'm going to get a lot of use out of the "Howl-o-Ween Treat" stamp set this month. After all, it is the month of Halloween! I thought it would be a great set to use for this week's Fab Friday sketch challenge.

I love the Tangelo Twist and Basic Black color combination of the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper. I thought this would make a good focal point for one of the panels from the sketch. I cut a piece of Happy Haunting DSP and backed it with a Basic Black mat. Then I cut a smaller Very Vanilla panel and stamped the "trick or treat" sentiment from the "Howl-o-Ween" stamp set in Basic Black Archival Ink. I stamped the wee little spider in Basic Black as well and then used one of the Project Life Journaling Pens to draw a spider thread for him to hang on. 

I adhered these two elements together and then added a length of Basic Black Stitched Satin Ribbon. I think the ribbon really makes the design pop. I adhered all of this to a Tangelo Twist card base. Don't mind the crinkle at the top of the card. My filing "system" is to pile my cards on the floor as I finish them and someone stepped on this card. I think that just adds to the Halloween patina.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Pretty Little Pumpkins

#stampinup  I love the little pumpkins in the "Howl-o-Ween Treats" stamp set. They're mighty cute! I thought they'd be a great focal image for the sketch at this week's Retro Sketches Challenge.

I started by cutting two strips of Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper and adhering them to a Very Vanilla panel. Next, I stamped the pumpkin image in Tangelo Twist down the center of the panel, using my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to line them up.

I added a length of Basic Black Stitched Satin Ribbon around the panel before adhering it to a Tangelo Twist mat and then to a Basic Black card base, cut lengthwise.

Finally, I stamped the "happy halloween" sentiment from the "And Many More" stamp set in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Tangelo Twist scrap and punched it out with the Washi Label Punch. I cut one end of the sentiment straight, so that it aligns with the edge of the Tangelo Twist mat.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Daisy Chain Birthday

#stampinup   This week's sketch challenge at the Create with Connie and Mary blog threw me for a loop for a bit. It looked simple enough, but I had a little bit of a creative block. 

Fortunately, I spied a piece of Soft Suede card stock that I'd previously stamped in Soft Suede with the "Hardwood" background stamp. I love to pair Soft Suede with Blushing Bride and I had some Blushing Bride 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, so I wrapped this around the Soft Suede piece, as in the sketch.

I thought some daisies would look pretty strung on this wall, so I stamped three of the daisies from the "Petite Petals" stamp set in Soft Suede onto Blushing Bride card stock. I punched these out with the matching Petite Petals Punch.  I used my bone folder to curl the petals of the flowers before adhering them with Stampin' Dimensionals. I added the smallest Metal Rimmed Pearl to the center of each flower.

Finally, I stamped the "happy birthday" greeting from the "And Many More" stamp set in Soft Suede onto a Blushing Bride scrap and punched it out with the Oval Punch. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

You're a Manly Star

#stampinup   I guess I've entered a neutral phase. My last couple of cards have been less than colorful. Maybe it's because it's been rainy here in Maryland for two days. I'm not complaining. We need the rain. I actually like rain. Maybe I'm transitioning to fall colors.

Anyway, for this week's Freshly Made Sketches Challenge, I used a neutral pallet--and I like it. I started with a Crumb Cake card base and added a Lost Lagoon mat. Next, I stamped the "You're a Star" sentiment from the "Pictogram Punches" stamp set in Lost Lagoon onto a Very Vanilla panel. I used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to get the sentiment aligned.

I cut some stars in Crumb Cake and Lost Lagoon card stock with the Stars Framelits Collection. I used the fabulous Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere the open star. Love that stuff! I stamped one of the stars from the "Pictogram Punches" set onto a Lost Lagoon scrap and punched it with the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and adhered it with a Glue Dot.  All the stars, except the small Crumb Cake star are adhered directly to the Very Vanilla Panel.  I used a Stampin' Dimensional to adhere the small Crumb Cake star.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Neutral Thank You

#stampinup   The first card I made for this week's Nacho Average Challenge didn't turn out quite like I envisioned. I made and remade it several times before pitching it and starting on a different design.  The Nacho sketch is simple--it should be simple to make a card. Sometimes the sketches with the fewest design elements are the hardest--at least for me.

Anyway, I decided to use a set I haven't used in a long time, "Everything Eleanor." I like the elegant feel of this set and I thought it would be great with the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper. I stamped the label shape from the "Everything Eleanor" set in Sahara Sand on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. I fussy cut the shape. Next, I stamped a sentiment from the "One Big Meaning" stamp set in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Very Vanilla scrap. I used the Circles Framelits Collection to cut out the sentiment and the next larger framelit to cut out a Basic Black circle for a mat. I adhered these two together and then onto the fussy cut label.

Next, I added a Basic Black mat to a Sahara Sand card base and then a panel from one of the Timeless Elegance DSP papers. I wrapped a length of Basic Black Stitched Satin Ribbon around the DSP before adhering the label assembly to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. And that's it. Pretty simple, once I changed my design idea!


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