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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Christmas in July

Yes... I'm already making Christmas cards! :) I found out recently that they are selling on the bay... I sold left overs from last year (3 sets). So now I'm making new ones.

Happy Holidays Kitty

This is such a fun sketch challenge for small images! I was ready for any size image needed. I knew I was in for a long wait at DS's appt, so I brought 2 boxes of Copics and a clamshell full of stamped images with me. I was quite the entertainment for awhile in that small crowded waiting room. LOL! And I had an image just perfect for the sketch. Sweet!

The image was received through the PIF image thread in the swap forum. Kittie's Santa hat is fluffed up with liquid applique.

Stamps: Meowy Christmas - High Hopes, Mini Mates - SU
Paper: white, real red, real red & cetainly celery DSP, basic black
Ink: black
Accessories: Copic markers for coloring, SU markers for dots, eyelets, ribbon, circle punches, liquid applique
Challenge: SC185

Santa Riley

This was made for the PIF challenge this weekend. I was inspired by this adorable card from LMcAree.

Stamps: Santa Riley - Hannah Stamps, Short & Sweet
Paper: white, riding hood red, basic black, CM DP
Ink: black, riding hood red
Accessories: Copics, SU black marker, liquid applique, twill
Challenge: PIF05

Friday, July 18, 2008

101 Dalmations

I love that movie! :)

The first card is quite simple, but I think it makes a good guy card with the colors and simplicity even with the ribbons. The Dalmation ribbon is from Offray.

Stamps: Dalmation - Rubber Stampede, sentiment - Hero Arts
Paper: sahara sand, basic black, whisper white
Ink: black, sahara sand
Accessories: ribbon, markers

The second Dalmation card was inspired by StamperTammy - Featured stamper #36. I used the same layout. I changed the colors and instead of masking a row of giraffe, I used Dalmations. Here's Tammy's adorable card.

Stamps: Dalmation - Rubber Stampede, sentiment - Short & Sweet (SU)
Paper: whisper white, basic black, real red
Ink: black
Accessories: ribbon, markers
Techniques: masking

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Each week, I am choosing a card of my own to redo. I'm choosing one or two different elements to change. The rest of the card will stay the same or close to it. Please play along and remake one of your own cards! 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: BAC05.


I chose this card because I love the summer image and the layout. I wanted to soften the colors while adding some detail. My biggest obstacle was the background... I traded Shapes & Shadows a long time ago. So I had to figure out what I had that would suit the main image.


I chose to use Stitched BG because I thought the flowers were similar in shape to the ones on the beach chair. I changed the colors to soft earthy colors that remind me of a relaxing beach at Mackinaw City. (People don't actually swim there, but it's great for sight-seeing!) I hadn't intended on changing the sentiment, but "happy summer" was too big for what I had planned when adding details.

Stamps: Sparkling Summer & Stitched - SU, sentiment - MFT
Paper: bashful blue, white, chocolate chip
Ink: brown stazon, bashful blue
Accessories: Copic & SU markers, ribbon, eyelet, brad, small oval punch, dimensionals

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Happiness is...

Happiness is Pacific Blue!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this new in-color. I have secretly been missing this color since switching from Creative memories to Stampin' Up! I already know that I will be stocking up on this color come next summer.

Like all the cards in this post, this card uses the new level 3 hostess set, Happiness Always. I used craft white on the edges to soften the celery. I don't know where I got the brads, but they match this marvelous blue! :)

Stamps: Happiness Always, Stitched BG
Paper: pacific blue, certainly celery, white
Ink: same
Accessories: taffeta ribbon, brads, paper piercer & mat stack, diemsnionals
Techniques: sponging, 2-step stamping

Happiness is a fabulous color challenge!

I had seen Dawn's card in the gallery and was so excited to see it as the sample for tonight's color challenge posted by Emily. (Congrats Dawn and Emily on being the newest Dirty Dozen girls!)

On this card, I also used craft white to soften the bottom mat (almost amethyst). I also sponged so saffron for some sunshine. I'm not sure I like the double ribbon. Curvy Verses get well sentiment is stamped on the bottom right. This layout is from Taylored Expressions cupcake challenge #23 from a couple of weeks ago.

Stamps: Happiness Always, Curvy Verses, One of a Kind
Paper: almost amethyst, wild wasabi DSP, white
Ink: almost amethyst, wid wasabi, so saffron, craft white
Accessories: circle punch, ribbon, dimensionals
Techniques: sponging, 2-step stamping

Happiness is Butterfly Dreams!

When I first saw the leaves in this set, I wasn't sure what I would do with them.... They are so big compared to the flowers. LOL! But some gallery viewing showed me that I didn't have to use them with the flowers. Boy am I thankful for SCS! :)

Stamps: Happiness Always, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Paper: wild wasabi, basic balck, very vanilla
Ink: wild wasabi, black, groovy guava
Accessories: ribbon, brads, paper piercer & mat stack
Techniques: sponging, 2-step stamping

Monday, July 14, 2008

Riding Hood Red - I love it!

My In-colors arrived! I ordered riding hood red, pacific blue, and pink pirouette. I LOVE them all. I don't remember being this excited over in-colors before. I can already see myself needing to stock up next summer before they retire. LOL! Riding hood red is not as bright as real red, darker than ruby red or cranberry crisp, but not quite barouque brugundy.

I made this card for the featured stamper challenge on SCS.

Featured Stamper: Stephanie.Hargis

I used the same layout & rub-on sentiment. I used similar silk flowers. And I kept it a non-stamping card!

I changed the colors, DP style, and used a button instead of a gem brad.

Here's Stephanie's beautiful card.

Thanks Leigh Anne for the gorgeous ribbon!

Paper: riding hood red, white, DCWV retro mat stack
Accessories: Heidi Swapp flowers, clear button & thread, SAB rub-ons, American Crafts ribbon