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Saturday, June 28, 2008

At the Bakery

I guess yesterday's sweet tooth wasn't satisfied, yet! :)

This card is a double challenge card!

I used the colors from today's SCS inspiration challenge. And I made an awning card using Taylored Expressions cupcake sketch challenge.

For more great challenges this week around the web, you can find links here.

For my tutorial on blending & coloring with Copics, click here.

Stamps: Baking Riley - Hannah Stamps, sentiment - SU's Eat Cake
Paper: bashful blue, chocolate chip, white, real red DSP, Apple Cider DP
Ink: brown stazon
Accessories: Copic markers, slit & circle punches, chocolate ribbon

All supplies are from Stampin' Up unless noted differently.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Sweet Tooth!

I definitely have a sweet tooth! I was so excited to get MFT's new set, Here's the Scoop. I made this first card for today's Limited Supply Challenge... the only embellishment we could use were brads. And it had to be incorporated into the image. So, I used a red brad for the cherry as well as a few extra brown brads. It was so hard not to use ribbon, but I survived once I added the circle sentiment.

For more great weekly challenges on the web, click here.

Stamps: Here's the Scoop - MFT, Polka Dots & Paisley (BG) - Stampin' Up!
Paper: chocolate chip, close to cocoa, white, real red, real red DSP, bashful blue DSP
Ink: black, brown stazon, chocolate chip
Accessories: Copic markers, chocolate chip marker, non-SU red & brown brads, circle punches, dimensionals
Techniques: sponging

The cards in this posting measure 4.25 square. I use A Muse 4.5 square envelopes.

I had fun making this cupcake birthday card. I love brown & pink together. I found the cute little cupcake in the dollar bin at Michael's.

Stamps: cupcake - Michael's $1 stamp, Polka Dots & Paisley and Favorite Teddy Bear (sentiment) - Stampin' Up!
Paper: regal rose, close to cocoa, white
Ink: brown stazon, close to cocoa, regal rose
Accessories: SU markers, spiral clip, non-SU ribbon, white EP, Marvy scallop punch

This cute flowering cupcake card was made using a sketch created by mytime (Lauren). I combined a lot of stamps to create this scene.

Stamps: Bugs & Kisses, Short & Sweet, Flower Filled, Because of You - Stampin' Up, Bee - Art Impressions
Paper: certainly celery, pumpkin pie, basic black, white
Ink: black, pumpkin pie, real red, certainly celery, so s affron
Accessories: SU markers, gingham ribbon

All supplies are from Stampin' Up unless noted differently.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Before & After Challenge #2

Welcome to the new Before & After Challenge!

Each week, I'll have you choose a card of your own to redo. Each week there will be a different element to change. The rest of the card should stay the same or close to it. For fun, tell us why you chose the card you did! Post it back to this thread for everyone to see. If you use SCS, please use the keyword: BAC02.

This week the change is with the LAYOUT. Yikes... this poor card needs a make-over. I made this card a couple of years ago when I first discovered designer paper was not just for scrapbooking! LOL! And well... the layout is dull and just not right with the dark DP.

My new card obviously has a new layout. I used today's sketch challenge on SCS. I used the same doggy image from Rubber Stampede, but I colored him with Copics. I used the same DP but combined it with a coordinating DP. I made a slight change in color to lighten it up... groovy guava instead of cameo coral. It's a perfect color match, but of course it didn't exist back then. I added some faux stitching and sponging... and voila... new card!

This card measures 4.25 square. I use A Muse 4.5 square envelopes.

Challenges: SC182, BAC2
Stamps: Fred - Rubber Stampede
Paper: groovy guava, chocolate chip, white, DCWV retro mat stack
Ink: black, chocolate chip
Accessories: ribbon, Copic markers, paper piercer & mat stack
Techniques: sponging, faux stitching

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I've been tagged!

Angel (Angel's Creative World) tagged me. Thanks Angel!

1. I'm strange... I watch Walker, Texas Ranger several times a week on the Hallmark Channel.

2. I'm not much of a movie watcher, but I do like mini series type movies that would be shown on televsion: Anne of Green Gables, Sarah Plain & Tall, North & South.

3. I'm allergic to cats... but I have two. Zyrtec is a good thing! :)

4. I've become an avid PIFfer on SCS. What is that you say? New threads are formed frequently... for stamped images. It's sort of like a swap. But this concept is "Pay It Forward". You can snag an image you've been wanting, but can't afford to buy the stamp, from the current list. If you're first... several copies get sent to you. Then you put up a list of stamps you have. The first person who snags will PM their address. You stamp copies and send them off. Now I warn you.... It's addicting. And there is a lot of chatting and making friends. :) You will find this in the Swap forum on SCS under the Everything Else section.

5. I spend way too much time stamping or on the computer when I'm at home. I really should be doing housework right now. (wink) Please don't come over unannounced if you're a neat freak!

6. I hate driving in traffic, especially turning left into traffic without a stop light. So, I'll plan my trip ahead of time to try and avoid the situation.

7. I started getting gray hair in my early 30s. I color my hair... I'm way too young for it.... And it is too expensive. But I'm not going all natural like my Grandma did. :)

Wow... It's so hard to tag people... I visit soooo many blogs. I'll try and find some that haven't been tagged recently.

1. The Stamper's Touch - Studbo
2. Stamp Your Heart Out - Jenn D
3. Dawn... A New Day - DawnL
4. Inky Paws - Jeanne S
5. It's All About Stamping - Wendy Janson
6. Paper and Such - hobbywoman
7. Scrapnextras

I found... Fourth of July Blog Candy!

What a cute package Deborah has put together on her blog, Beadn & Stampn. To enter all you have to do is tell your findest 4th of July memory. If you would be so kind, please mention that Miss Boo sent you. (I'll get an extra entry!)

Wild Wasabi, Taken with Teal, & White

This was the color challenge on SCS, today. I decided to try two very different looks: cutesy and elegant.

Shore Do Love You

Challenges: CC172, TLC174, Mojo40
Stamps: Changito Pool Guy - Stampendous, starfish & sentiment - SU Crab & Company
Paper: wild wasabi DSP, taken with teal, white
Ink: black
Accessories: wasabi & teal reinkers, teal marker, wasabi striped ribbon, circle & slit punches, CM custom cutting system, Marvy scallop punch, white gel pen

Nature's Smile

The sentiment is from Vases in Vogue. I added the dots and lightly sponged the edges with teal.

Challenges: CC172, TLC174
Stamps: Oh, So Lovely, Vases in Vogue
Paper: wild wasabi, taken with teal, white
Ink: black, taken with teal
Accessories: reinkers, ribbon, oval punches, black marker

For more weekly challenges from around the web, click here.

All supplies used were from Stampin' Up unless noted differently.

Monday, June 23, 2008

All A Buzz......

.... over Happy Bees and Mojo sketches! :)

I have fallen in love with the Happy Bee collection from Stampendous. I've been fortunate enough to get some images from friends as well as purchase some. But I'm too cheap to spend a lot on sentiments. I'm glad I like my handwriting! LOL! All the sentiments on these cards were handwritten.

Queen for A Day

Challenge: Mojo43
Stamps: Bee Queen - Stampendous
Paper: pretty in pink, pretty in pink DSP, white, so saffron
Ink: black
Accessories: SU markers, CM scallop scissors, CM custom cutting system, Marvy scallop punch, ribbon, dimensionals

Watermelon Bee

I don't use these colors until summer... and then I love them!

Challenge: Mojo37
Stamps: Watermelon Bee - Stampendous, Boho Backgrounds - Stampin' Up
Paper: white, green galore, pixie pink, pink passion
Ink: black, pink passion
Accessories: Copic markers for coloring, green galore marker for doodling, Offray ribbon, eyelets, dimensionals

Bee Free

I love patriotic cards! I never know enough people to send them too, but I love making them! Too bad Independence Day wasn't a Hallmark holiday. LOL!

Challenge: Mojo25
Stamps: Biker Bee - Stampendous
Paper: real red, real red DSP, brilliant blue, white
Ink: black
Accessories: Copic markers for coloring, brilliant blue marker for sentiment, ribbon, oval punches, white gel pen

For more great challenges around the web, click here for links!

All cardstock and supplies from Stampin' Up unless noted differently.

Out of the Box Baby Cards

I've needed a few baby cards over the last few months. I wanted to make some that were not as common. I like traditional, too, but not this time!

The first card uses the paper tole technique. This technique creates layers of dimension as seen on the lion. The cameo mane is popped up with dimensionals. The the face is popped up again on more dimensionals. The elephant's ear and one of the leaves are also popped up once. I can't remember what set the leaves came from. Maybe Watercolor Minis?

Stamps: Wild About You, Mini Mates
Paper: white, cameo coral, apricot appeal DSP, apricot appeal, close to cocoa
Ink: same + mellow moss
Accessories: ribbon, circle & square punches, cameo marker, dimensionals
Techniques: paper tole

The second card uses an adorable image from Penny Black called Rainin' Daisies. I thought the "shower of flowers" with the cute teddy made a great baby shower card.

Stamps: Rainin' Daisies - Penny Black, sentiment - SU Mini Mates
Paper: certainly celery, bashful blue DSP, Cutie Pie DP, white
Ink: black, bashful blue, celery
Accessories: Copic markers, ribbon, oval punch

All supplies from Stampin' Up unless noted differently.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Look at those waves!

Riding the Waves

Surf's up for the star! Doesn't Riley look cool in his Bermuda trunks?! This card was made for one of the Hannah Stamps PJ party challenges to use stars. This poor card is the results of hiding many mistakes. LOL! Hopefully you can't notice them, now. Right click on the photo too get a bigger view. Find out what they are after the recipe. :)

Stamps: Surf Riley - Hannah Stamps, So Swirly jumbo wheel - SU
Paper: temtping turquoise, pumpkin pie, only orange, white
Ink: black, tempting turquoise, pumpkin pie
Accessories: Copic markers for coloring, SU markers for the dots, CM custom cutting system, dimensionals
Techniques: sponging

OK... Did you see the mistakes? 1) Do you like Riley off-centered? Well, he's like that because I goofed on the setting of my circle cutter. I stopped right away and tried to realign it. But he's not just off-center, the circle "over-lapped" meaning it didn't end at the right place. The stars were not supposed to be positioned quite like that. The bottom right ones are hiding the cutting blunder. 2) I punched the only orange stars to match the shorts. I was having trouble with the layout I thought I was going to use. I turned it over. One of the layers was too bright and out of place. But what if I had a subtle & mostly hidden one? I grabbed the nearest orange cs, only it was pumpkin pie! I did NOT notice the difference in oranges until I was taking the picture! So, back to the table. How do I tone down the only orange? I added pumpkin dots to the stars to go along with the other dot borders. Not enough. So, I got a dauber and sponged pumpkin pie ink in the middle of the stars..... and called it good. I'm sure the untrained recipient of this card will have no idea, but it's still bugging me. LOL! Boy am I exhausted!

Making Waves

What a talented skier Riley is! He can water ski one-handed and wave at his admirers! This card measures 4.25 square. I use 4.5 square A Muse envelopes. This card was also made the Hannah Stamps PJ party challenges. This time the challenge called for punches. I used square, circle, & photo corner punches. I was able to use all scraps of the DSP. I save all sizes of designer paper scraps!!!

Stamps: Riley - Hannah Stamps, sentiment - SU In the Spotlight
Paper: real red, brilliant blue, bashful blue, bashful blue DSP, white
Ink: black, bashful blue (sponging)
Accessories: Copic markers for coloring, gingham ribbon, square, circle, & photo corner punches, SU red marker for dots
Techniques: sponging

These fun challenges were found ion the Hannah Stamps forum at SCS. There were five in all to celebrate the release of new Riley stamps! Oh they are soooo cute! I wish I could have bought them all. These are the ones coming to my mailbox soon: School Riley, Sick Riley, Baking Riley, Santa Riley, Vampire Riley, Carrying a Tree Riley, & Pumpkin Patch Riley. You can see all the Riley stamps here. And as always, I had to get a couple new Copic markers. :) For my tutorial on blending & coloring with Copics, click here.

All cardstock and designer paper is from Stampin' Up!