Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Scrapbook Page

I have to admit, I'm not very adept in doing scrapbook pages. They have kept me running for higher ground now, going on nearly 20 years. Why, you ask? I knew that "once hooked" I'd own the store, literally!
I've dabbled in every sort of craft imaginable, and those things have served me well all these years. There was never a lack of ideas for all the cub scout projects and girl scout projects we were faced with.
And now, here I am stuck with a challenge that made me face my worst fears.....a challenge that called for scrapbooking! Yikes! I am not very good at this, but I can see it could easily lead me down a whole new road! Only problem is....I have thousands of pictures! Where does one put all the scrapbooks that would hold all those pictures???

Challenge 33 calls for creative ideas for a Fall themed scrapbook page!
Don't laugh too hard! It's my first attempt!

How do you like my fence??? Can you tell where it came from?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Let's Celebrate!

From time to time, I get together with friends and reconnect! Usually we sit at a Starbucks sipping something marvelous, and talk for hours! How is it, that women can do that??? Perhaps its because we really listen to each other, encourage each other, and can just unload! I know that I'm "safe" with such great friends, and that our visits, though few and far in-between, are much needed therapy!

Today's card is inspired by these get-togethers! I CASED my idea from Becky Roberts, one of my favorite stampers! You can check her creations out here.


Stamps: Pun Fun and sentiment from On Your Birthday
Ink: Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White and Cottage Wall DSP
Embellishments: Big Shot Texturz Plate, Top Note Bigz Die, and Movers and Shapers Pieces Die, Modern Label Punch and 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Rich Razzleberry.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Best Wishes!

Hi Stampers!
Here is a darling card that would be fitting for an anniversary or wedding.
Change your colors and papers, and it could be used for any occasion!
I love using Stampin'Up's Designer Series Papers (DSP) because they coordinate so well together!


Stamps: Short & Sweet
Ink: Soft Suede
Paper: Kraft cardstock and Bella Bleu DSP
Embellishments: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Button from Latte pack and linen thread.

Countdown: 15 days and I'll be rocking my precious little granddaughter! I can hardly wait!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Creative Thanks!

Today, I was sad because I don't have the new Medallion background stamp and everyone is making such amazing cards with it. So, I sat here just drooling and oogling all these great cards. Then it occurred to me that I might be able to improvise that awesome look!

With the help of my trusty little post-it notes, I was able to create a similar look using the Bella Toile background stamp. Here is my card.

Again, I am loving those little button flowers so I had to incorporate those into this card. I punched the circles from cardstock and dsp, crumpled them up really good, and then roughed up the edges a bit more and inked them with little sponge daubers. I sewed the button on, using linen thread and a large darning needle.


Stamps: Bella Toile and sentiment from Fresh Cuts
Ink: Crushed Curry and Dusty Durango
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry and Dusty Durango, plus small circle of dsp
Embellishments: 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Dusty Durango, Button from Latte bunch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, Modern Label punch and matching Movers and Shapers Die piece, distressing tool and linen thread.

On a personal note:
We had the most amazing storm late last night, bringing rain, lightning, and a whole lot of thunder! It was still going strong when I got up, though the rain had mostly let up. My yard needed that drink badly as my sprinkler system is down once again. Hopefully, I'll have it back up and running this weekend!
And hurray for the weekend! I've survived my first week of work as an elementary school nurse's assistant! Sure is a change from the high school, but I am loving it alot!!!
Have a great weekend and come on back! I'll have more posts!!! :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Friends, 24-7 again

I loved yesterday's color combo so much, I had to play with it again!

Today, I was inspired by the card on page 100 of our current SU catalog! I made some small changes, like the colors, and I used distressing alot on edges. What do you think?


Stamps: Friends 24-7
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, and Mellow Moss (+small piece of dsp)
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Very Vanilla
Embellishments: Hat pin and beads from the Pretties Kit, Button from Latte package, 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Melon Mambo, Linen thread, Distressing Tool, 1" circle punch.

I learned about the little button embellishment from a super amazing stamper, MICHELLE WOODERSON. You can find out more about her here!

I really love these vintage looking colors together and might have to use them again tomorrow. Stay tuned!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

There's No One Like You

Hi Stampers!
This week's challenge on StampinUpLNStampers group is to CASE a card from the current Stampin'Up catalog, but you must change at least two things about that card, AND make it kid friendly!

The card I chose to case is from page 126. The things I did differently to my card are: texturized the base card, changed the colors, added brads to the flowers, distressed the edges of my focal piece, and changed the greeting!

This card will be given to a special young lady! I know she will love it since I used her favorite colors!

Speaking of colors, my card also meets the current Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #14 found here.


Stamps: Tart and Tangy, No One Like You from the Simply Sent Card Kit
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Lavender Lace
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Lavender Lace and Very Vanilla
Embellishments: 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Melon Mambo, Rhinestone Brads, Distressing Tool, 1" and 3/4" circle punches, and a Big Shot Texturz plate.

It's Back To School week for us! We've had another amazing summer and once again, I am reminded of how blessed I am! I do enjoy working for the school district, so I can enjoy a summer off with my family! We had so much fun, but it's time to get back to work and dream about our next adventure! (It's coming up very soon! We are going to visit that new little girl in our lives.....precious little Clare Marie! Can't wait!)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Celebrate YOU!

I am so inspired by many wonderful stampers that I just can't help myself sometimes to CASE their work!
Today's card is CASED primarily from one such amazing stamper, JENN. You can view her awesome creations HERE.

I love the colors she chose in her creation! They are so bright and vibrant! I began with Crushed Curry card stock, one of our new In Colors.
I ran this thru the Big Shot and one of the fun texturz plates.
For the main focal point, I layered Rich Razzleberry with Melon Mambo and DSP Razzleberry Lemonade. I wrapped that with the 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Crushed Curry, and fed the "knot" thru a white jumbo grommet. You won't be able to punch the grommet thru all those layers, so I used two medium size glue dots under the knot to hold everything in place.
My next layer is Rich Razzleberry with Melon Mambo. I stamped the Celebrate You from "Party Hearty" stamp set and punched that out with our scallop circle punch. I layered a 1" circle of Melon Mambo and a 3/4" circle of Very Vanilla, which I had stamped and colored the little cupcake from "Crazy For Cupcakes".
My sentiment is from the "Party Hearty" set, punched out with our Modern Label Punch and layered on matching Movers and Shapers Die Piece.

While I really LOVED Jenn's creation, I equally love my card too! Thanks Jenn, for allowing me to share your card alongside mine!!! You are amazing!

And thank YOU for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

You Take The Cake!

My third card for this week's challenge for cards using a Monochromatic look, is this birthday card.

I started with Rich Razzleberry card stock, one of our new In Colors. I paired it up with Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper.

I stamped my main image, a cupcake from "Crazy For Cupcakes" stamp set, on Orchid Opulence and a striped paper from Cottage Wall DSP.

Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon was layered over a strip of the same color card stock which I punched with the Eyelet Border Punch.

My sentiment was punched out using our new Modern Label Punch and coordinating Mover's and Shaper's Die piece.

Lastly, I added Dazzling Diamonds to the "sprinkles" and candle, using small drops of Crystal Effects.

Tomorrow I'll be posting a "totally cased card" from an amazing stamper!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thinking of You!

Here is another card made using the Monochromic technique. I really love how it turned out! This would make a wonderful encouragement card!

I started with our new In Color Soft Suede and paired it up with Kraft. I thought it needed more depth, so I rummaged thru my DSP and located my Bella Bleu papers. This really made the card look more delicate.

I used the Eyelet Border Punch to create the back of the focal piece, layered with kraft that I ran thru my crimper.
For my sentiment, I used stamps from the Simply Sent Card Kit called No One Like You, inked in Soft Suede, and stamped on Shimmery White card stock. I also used versa mark and embossed in clear embossing powder for a very soft glisten.

I finished off the card with Kraft Taffeta Ribbon and a beaded hat pin from the Pretties Kit.

I hope you are enjoying this weeks Challenge and my takes on Monochromatic cards!

Monday, August 3, 2009

A New Week and A New Challenge

This week's challenge on StampinUpLNStampers is to make a card using one color, also known as Monochromic or Monochromatic.

mon·o·chrome n (mn-krm)
a. A picture, especially a painting, done in different
shades of a single color.
b. The art or technique of
executing such a picture.
2. The state of being in a single color.
3. A black-and-white image,
as in photography or on television.

This week, I will be sharing several
different ideas with you , including this one.


Stamps: Inspired By Nature
Ink: Basic Black and Crushed Curry
Paper: Basic Black, Crushed Curry and Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Embellishments: 1/2" Polka Dot Crushed Curry Grosgrain Ribbon and Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

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