Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Heartfelt Thanks

SU's Heartfelt Thanks is my most favorite stamp set. I fell in love with it a while back, and sadly discovered it buried beneath all my new stamps. It just had to come out and stamp with me today. Someone mentioned using Groovy Guava and Purely Pomegranate I decided to give it a try. I like it, what about you?

CS: Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, and Very Vanilla
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery, and Old Olive
Embellishments: Groovy Guava Double-stitched Ribbon, and Iris Ice.

Thank you for looking,

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Double Dog Dare Ya!!!

Well, I do hope that this gets YOUR attention!!! And excites you too! Why??? Well, I know I'm new to this blogging thing, but I can see you have stopped by. But, what troubles me is that you didn't post a comment. Now to be very honest......I thrive on comments! Really! It motivates me as well as encourages me! So.....I'm going to make you an offer you can't resist!!! What do you have to do??? Leave me a comment!!! For those of you who have already left a comment, you are already included in my offer.
For you "lurkers", just come back by and drop me a line or two. Tell me what you nice, though, because I'm sensitive!!!
What's in it for you, you ask???
BLOG CANDY!!! Yep, you read that right. I may be new, but I know we all like "FREEBIES"! I'm even willing to send it out of country.......(yikes!) should you win. And I'll be fair.....
So.....leave your comments! When I collect 100 comments, I'm going to draw a name and that lucky winner is going to get something(s) really good!!! (See future posts...I'll add a photo.)
No fair leaving 99 comments....Your name will only be entered into my contest, once per each of my posts!!!

On your mark,
Get set,

Thank you for commenting!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

SU Altered Art

Just a short post tonight! This is just a little something I made for FUN! The plaque came from M's in the discount bin. I purchased several for a whopping .50 cents each! It's pretty self explanatory, as you can embellish it any way you choose! Thought it would be an encouragement for those projects that challenge us!

Thank you for looking,

Friday, April 25, 2008

SU Convention, HERE WE COME!

I just found out that I am going to convention!!! Can anyone hear me shouting or see me doing my happy dance???
I will be able to meet new stamping friends and be a part of the bigger picture! I am so excited!!! Best part too is that my best friend is going with me!!! SLC look out!

Quilt Card

I have wanted to make a quilt card from the moment I saw one. I have an upcoming occasion and thought it would be a great time to try my hand at one. The recipient loves earth tone colors, so I chose to use some yummy DP paper I had on hand called "Outlaw". (Oops, I apologize, but this paper is no longer available, but any other DP would work well!)
I didn't have instructions but remembered somewhat of what I saw someone else do.
I first cut a 1 1/2" square out of Chocolate Chip CS. This square is what I used for the center of my quilt. Next I chose three different double sided papers and cut 1/2" strips. I then cut each 1/2" strip into 4" lengths. I chose Creamy Caramel for the base of my card, cutting it the usual 5 1/2" by 8 1/2" and folding it in half. I used a ruler to lightly mark pencil lines from corner to corner to determine the center of my card. This is where I adhered my choc. square. As you can see from my card, you lay each design side-by-side working outward. When you finish, you will have to trim your card as there will be pieces of overhang all the way around. I just put it on my paper trimmer and cut it all down to the size of my card.
I used Chocolate Chip ink to sponge all the edges and give a slightly "aged" look to my quilt.
Next I decided to use the square flower from the Carte Postale set as my focal point. I stamped this on Creamy Caramel CS using my stamp-a-ma-jig, quickly cleaned my stamp, re-inked it using Versamark, and re stamped it over my first image. Next I poured clear Embossing Powder over it and heat set it, to make the design "POP". I used my 1 3/8" square punch to cut this out, added a pewter brad to the center and adhered it to the Choc. brown square using double sided tape.
For the sentiment I used Memories from the Define Your Life set. I stamped that in Chocolate Chip ink, again using my stamp-a-ma-jig, cleaning my stamp, re inking it with versamark, and stamping over the first image. I used the EP, heat set it, then layered the sentiment on Creamy Caramel and again on Chocolate Chip CS. I used dimensionals to pop it up. At this point my card seemed off balance and it needed something in the upper left hand corner. After going thru all my embellishment options, I thought I'd use my sewing machine to create a "corner line".....sewing? quilt? They just go together. If you have any questions, drop me a comment. Hope this is clearer than mud! LOL

Edited to add: I was asked how many strips I used for this card. I cut 2 strips, each 1/2" X 12" from each print. I then cut those strips down to 4" long. I hope I answered your question!

Thank you for looking,

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Susan's ASK Frame

One of the hardest things about creating and maintaining a blog is having ideas to put in it. Well, my room is running over with ideas, projects, creations and such, but until now, they used a variety of products from here, there and everywhere. I want, well need, to stick to SU. So, as I browsed thru my things, I found I was pretty limited. So, I put in another nice order and just got it! I supplied myself with lot's of cs, embellishments, designer papers, and bling to get crackin'.

In the meantime, I'll tell you about my ASK frame.

I started with a decorative frame I found at wallyworld. When I opened the back I realized it was a one piece backing that hinged out so you could change out the lovely store photo for one of your own. I liked that it was thick like chipboard. I used my exacto knife and cut the hinged back off, and used that as the base of my idea. Using a small foam brush, I applied a thin coat of modpodge to the backing and layed out my 2 pieces of Porceline Prints DP. Next, I used sticky tape and taped down a piece of coordinating Blue Bayou double stitched ribbon. After determining what size my three word boxes would be, I used the computer to print out the small print. Next I stamped the letters A, S, K using Well Worn Alphabet in Blue Bayou. I love the berries from our hostess set, Infinite Goodness, and randomly stamped them using Wild Wasabi. I came back and picked up Blue Bayou with my blender pen to color in the berries and sponge the edges. To finish these three boxes I used pewter brads and layered them on Wild Wasabi and Blue Bayou CS. There you have it!
Oh, and by the way, I'd like to give credit where credit is due! I found the source of my inspiration on Splitcoaststampers some time ago. I had to browse back until I found the original poster,
jsthek6. Didn't she do a wonderful job?

Thank you for looking,

Monday, April 21, 2008

SU Carousel Notes

I was finally able to work with the new Carousel Notes everyone has been talking about. They are listed in the Occasions Mini Collection 2008 catalog. I needed Mother's Day ideas, and also love the new Afternoon Tea DP listed in that catalog as well. Putting the two together worked well. What do you think?

I chose two different patterns of paper and cut a round circle from each one. I then cut those circles in half. Using one half circle from each pattern, I glued them onto the Carousel Note. I used Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon to hide the middle line, holding it down with sticky tape.
TIP: Take two separate pieces of ribbon and tie your bow, (as you would your shoe laces), you can trim the bow ends, glue the ribbon down, placing the bow where it looks best, and lastly glue down each end. This way you aren't struggling to tie a bow and getting it exactly where you want it!
For the sentiment, I used the Happy Mother's Day stamp from the All Holidays set in black. Using my blender pen, I picked up ink from Groovy Guava and Wild Wasabi ink pads to ink one flower from the Close As A Memory stamp set, stamping that over the top of my sentiment. I layered my sentiment onto Groovy Guava CS, and used Dimensionals to make it pop. Lastly, I added a small drop of stickles to the flower for a little "bling".
Thank you for looking,

Sunday, April 20, 2008

My first post!

GREETINGS! And welcome to my blog!
I am very nervous about this, but know I am not the only one to ever feel this way about starting! So, what the heck, I'm jumping in with both feet and getting my head wet!

So, here's my first card! Let me tell you from the start, this one really caught my eye. I cased it from Moonlight Inker . I didn't have the jumbo eyelets so I improvised with my ribbon.

Stamps: Embrace Life and All Holidays
Ink: Black StazOn, VersaMark, Groovy Guava and Ruby Red SU Marker
Paper: River Rock, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Ginger Blossom DP and Vellum
Extras: Gold EP, Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, and a Rhinestone Brad for bling!
I sponged groovy guava on all edges. I used my blender pen to color in the flowers with groovy guava and added shading with ruby red. I layered two flowers stamped on vellum, and colored in using a blender pen.

Thank you for looking,

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