Thursday, September 23, 2010

One Stamp - Two Looks

Today I am happy to welcome guest stamper Lisa Flanagan. Lisa and I had lots of fun playing with the Greeting Card Kids stamp set. It is amazing how many different looks you can achieve with one stamp. Just change the paper, color scheme, and accessories and presto, a completely different card.

My Card
 I went with an Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry color scheme. I used Old Olive designer paper from the brights paper pack and accented with Rich Razzleberry accessories. I also chose to use Stampin' Write Markers and a blender pen for a water color effect.

  • Stamp Set:  Greeting Card Kids (120633 clear or 119887 wood)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock: Rich Razzleberry (115316), Old Olive (100702)
  • Accessories:  Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon (retired), Rich Razzleberry Button - Brights Asst.  (119747)
  • Stampin' Write Markes:  Rich Razzleberry (120970), Old Olive (100079), Chocolate Chip (100071)
Lisa's Card
Lisa went with Very Vanilla and Real Red for her color scheme, using a sheet of retired Merry Moments designer paper. She also used Stampin' Pastels to color in the image. Stampin' Pastels can be used with a dry applicator for a subtle effect like the one Lisa achieved or for more vibrant color they can be used with a Blender Pen.

  • Stamp Set: Greeting Card Kids (120633 clear or 119887 wood), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
  • Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock: Real Red (102482), Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Punches:  Word Window (119857), Modern Label (119849)
  • Accessories:  Stampin' Pastels (120962)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thanksgiving MOJO and ColorQ

Today's card is another combination challenge.  There are just so many challenges and so little time to play that I find myself having to combine.  This card was inspired from the MOJO Monday Sketch Challenge (MOJO 157) and the colorQ challenge (cQc51).

I love the color combination for this challenge.  The colors are great for Autumn but also bright and cheery enough for spring! For the sketch part of this challenge I took the MOJO sketch and turned it on it's side.  My card just didn't work vertically.

  • Stamp Sets:  Grateful Greetings (116511), Every Little Bit (120558)
  • Ink:  Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad (119670)
  • Card Stock:  Whisper White (100730), Poppy Parade (119793), Peach Parfait (119794), Old Olive (100702), So Saffron (105118)
  • Punches:  Scallop Edge Border (119882), 1" circle (119868), 1 1/4" circle (119861), 1 3/8" circle (119860), 1 3/4" scallop circle (119854)
  • Accessories:  Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (109054), Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight Buttons (119747 - brights asst)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm a colourQueen Courtier!

Yeah! I was chosen as one of this week's colourQueen Courtiers.  To play the new challenge head on over to the colourQ blog.

Fall Treat Bags

After a busy swim meet weekend and a day to catch up on laundry and housework.  I'm back with a fall treat for you. While shopping at target last week I picked up a bag of  the fall Hershey's Kisses.  As I was pouring the candy into the the candy dish I noticed that the wrappers are almost a perfect match for Poppy Parade and More Mustard. I grabbed a handful, put it into one of our small cello bags and created a cute fall topper. Wouldn't these be a great decorative and yummy accent to your Thanksgiving table? I'm picturing one at each place setting!

Directions for Topper:
  1. Cut More Mustard card stock to 3" x 4"
  2. Fold over top of cello bag and staple (folded dimensions will be 3" x 2")
  3. Embellish with a strip of Poppy Parade punched with the scallop border punch.
  4. Tie Early Espresso 5/8" satin ribbon around topper (I used chocolate chip ribbon, but it has been replaced with with Early Espresso)
  5. Stamp the leaf (Every Little Bit stamp set) and the greeting (Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set) with Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock.
  6. Punch out leaf with 1" circle punch on mount on 1 1/4" Poppy Parade and attach to card.
  7. Punch out greeting with 1 3/8" x 5/8" oval punch and mount on 1 3/4" x 7/8" Poppy Parade to create tag. Punch hole in tag with 1/16" hole punch and insert a piece of linen thread. Attach tag to bag.

  • Card Stock:  More Mustard (100946), Poppy Parade(119793), Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Stamp Sets:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370) and Every Little Bit (120558-clear or 117096-wood)
  • Ink:  Early Espresso
  • Punches:  1" circle (119868), 1 1/4" circle (119861), 1 3/8" x 5/8" oval (119863), 1 3/4" x 7/8" oval (119855), Scallop Edge Border (119882), 1/16" hole punch (101227)
  • Accessories:  Early Espresso 5/8" Satin Ribbon (119753), Linen Thread (104199), Small Cello Bag (103104)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Halloween - PPA Style

The theme for this weeks Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA60) is Halloween. What a great challenge theme! I love Halloween. It's such a fun, stress free holiday.  My card for this challenge focuses on the Bitty Bat Punch.  I really like this punch. Not only is it great for Halloween, but for those of you who have children swimming on the Bardmoor Aquatic Team (BAT), can't you just imagine the possibilities!

  • Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock:  Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Whisper White
  • Designer Paper:  Old Olive from the Brights paper pack (117155)
  • Punches:  Bitty Bat (119279), 1 3/8" circle (119860), Word Window (119857), Modern Label (119849)
  • Ribbon:  5/8" Basic Black Satin (117285)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A New Challenge - ColorQ & Sweet Sunday

While blog surfing yesterday I came across a couple of new challenges.  The one that I am playing today is the ColorQ challenge.  It combines Cherry Cobbler, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizazz and Early Espresso, which are some of Stampin' Up!'s newest colors. I like this color combo so much that I couldn't stop at just one card so I made two. For the first card I combined the ColorQ challenge #50 with the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #85.


  • Stamp Set:  Cute by the Inch (Level 2 Hostess Set)
  • Ink:  Early Espresso (119670)
  • Paper:  Jolly Holiday (117159)
  • Card Stock:  Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
  • Ribbon:  Early Espresso 5/8" Satin Ribbon

  • Stamp Set:  Tiny Tags (118091 - wood, 118592 - clear)
  • Ink:  Early Espresso (119670)
  • Paper:  Jolly Holiday (117159)
  • Card Stock:  Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
  • Punches: XL Flower punch (118073), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (119860), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (119861), 1" Circle Punch (119868)
  • Ribbon:  Early Espresso 5/8" Satin Ribbon

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CAS84 - Inspired by a Birthday Wreath

I created today's card for the Clean and Simple challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. The challenge for this week (CAS84) was to create a clean and simple card inspired by this photo of a birthday wreath from The first thing I noticed about the wreath were the colors. So I grabbed a few pieces of card stock. Since the wreath is made of balloons, the next thing I thought of were circles. So I grabbed some circle punches. But what stamp set to use? As a surveyed by stacks of stamps my eyes came to rest upon my poor, lonely, still unmounted Itty Bitty Bits set. I decided it was the perfect set for this card. So I set about mounting it and that got the stamping under way. 

  • Stamp Sets:  Itty Bitty Bits (117056), Party Hearty (111532)
  • Ink: Basic Black (101179), Pumpkin Pie (105216), Real Red (103133), Melon Mambo (115656), Daffodil Delight (119667), Pacific Point (111837), Tempting Turquoise (100814)
  • Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point
  • Accessories:  1/4" Black grosgrain ribbon (109027), Daffodil Delight Buttons from Brights Asst (119747), 1/2" circle punch (119869), 3/4" circle punch (119873) 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hello MoJo

It's Mojo Monday time again. I had my package of Woodland Walk designer paper out on my desk trying to think of something to do with it. In my attempt to procrastinate, I went out blog browsing. As soon as I saw the sketch on the MOJO Monday blog, I knew what to do with my paper!  Because all of the patterns in the pack coordinate with each other, it was perfectly suited for this challenge.

  • Designer Paper:  Woodland Walk (117389)
  • Card Stock:  Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla
  • Stamp Set:  Hello Again (113780)
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad (100908)
  • Accessories:  Very Vanilla 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (109071), 1/2" circle punch (119869), Garden Green brad from Regals Asst.(119737)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Halloween Art

Did you know stamping is not just for cards? Stamp an image, put it in a frame and voila, you have a piece of art! Pretty sweet don't you think?

Today I was putting up my Fall/Halloween decorations and realized I needed some wall art. I headed for the shower thinking I would take a trip to Kirkland's or Marshall's to see what they had. While I was in the shower it hit me. (I always seem to get my best ideas in the shower) I had purchased a bunch of frames on clearance at Michael's a while back and they were sitting in a corner of my craft room. I bet could make some artwork.  And that's just what I did.

  • Stamp Set:  Greeting Card Kids (120633 - clear or 119887 wood)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock:  Basic Black, Old Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
  • Designer Paper:  Old Olive from the Brights paper pack (117155)
  • Stampin' Write Markers:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Soft Suede
  • Blender Pen  (102845)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Double Challenge (MOJO155 & PPA59)

The house is quiet! Katie is at school, Aubrey's homeschool co-op started today, and my hubby is sleeping like a baby. Finally, the house to myself.  So after doing some laundry, making a pasta salad, cleaning the kitchen and vacuuming and mopping the floors, I had a little time on my hands. I thought about cleaning the bathrooms but instead I decided to play along with both the MOJO Monday challenge (MOJO155) and the Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA59). Since one is a sketch challenge and the other is a color challenge it worked out perfectly to incorporate them both into one card.

  • Stamp Set: Morning Cup (120489 - Clear, 116988 - Wood)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock:  Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Old Olive
  • Designer Paper:  Tempting Turquoise from the Brights paper pack (117155)
  • Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers, Circle Scissors Plus, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Halloween Nerd?

Are you Nerdy?  Well this Halloween project is.  It's a Halloween treat box that holds not one, but two little boxes of nerds. Wouldn't these make the perfect treat for your child's halloween party?

I made these nerd boxes last Valentines and posted the instructions and they were so popular that I thought I should post them again:
  • Cut card stock to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". (You will be able to make 4 boxes from one 8.5 x 11" piece of card stock)
  • Score the long way 3/4" in on both sides then score the short way at 3/4", 2 1/2", 3 1/4" and 5".
  • Using the template for reference, cut in from the edge to the first score where indicated. Cut and remove the areas that are shaded in gray.
  • Cut and attach designer paper.
    • TOP: 1 5/8" x 2 5/8"
    • SIDES: (2) 5/8" x 1 5/8 and (2) 5/8" x 2 5/8"
  • Fold and glue decorated card stock to create box.
  • Fill with 2 boxes of Nerds and embellish as desired.
  • Card Stock:  Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
  • Designer Paper:  Pumpkin Pie from the Brights Collection Paper Pack
  • Punch:  Bitty Bat
  • Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lollipop Trick or Treat Card

Here is another Halloween treat idea.  This card holds a cute decorated lollipop.  My youngest can't wait to give these out to her friends.

  • To make the lollipop decoration, punch out a 1 3/4" Scallop, 1 3/8" Circle, the Bitty Bat and assemble and attach to the lollipop.
  • Cut Paper
    • Black card base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
    • Old Olive mat: 5 1/4" x 4"
    • Pumpkin Pie mat: 5" x 3 3/4"
    • Pumpkin Pie designer paper: 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
  • Attach designer paper to Pumpkin Pie mat.
  • Punch two holes about 1" apart along one side. (as far in as the hole punch allows)
  • Attach ribbon
  • Attach this to Old Olive Mat (use sticky strips) the lollipop needs the extra strength of that adhesive
  • Now attach that entire piece to the card base.
  • Slide the lollipop through the holes
  • To make the greeting
    • Stamp with basic black on pumpkin pie
    • Punch out with the 1 3/8" square punch
    • Attach to a 1 5/8" square of basic black.
  • Add greeting to card
  • Card Stock:  Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
  • Designer Paper:  Pumpkin Pie from the Brights Collection paper pack (117155)
  • Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings (116511)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Ribbon:  Pumpkin Pie 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain (115616)
  • Punches:  Bitty Bat (119279), 1 3/4" Scallop Circle (119854), 1 3/8" Circle (119860), 1 3/8 " Square (119877)

To purchase supplies to make this card CLICK HERE

To purchase the card already completed visit my ETSY SHOP.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Halloween Party Favors

Here is a quick and easy Halloween idea.  These decorated lollipops make great party favors, cupcake toppers or card candy. They are super easy to make.  Just stamp an image from the Batty for You stamp set. Punch it out with the 1 1/4" circle punch, and mount it on a punched out 1 3/8" circle, mount that on a 1 3/4" scallop circle and attach the whole thing to a flat lollipop.  I made these last year in a slightly different color scheme and they were a big hit.

  • Stamp Set:  Batty For You (116576)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant
  • Punches:  1 1/4" Circle (119861), 1 3/8" Circle (119860), 1 3/4" Scallop Circle (119854)
If you would like to purchase completed lollipops visit my ETSY store.

If you would like to purchase supplies to make your own lollipops, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

PPA58 - With Sympathy

The Pals Paper Arts challenge this week is entitled "Pretty in Pearls" and challenges us to create a clean simple card using pearls.  I didn't have any of the Stampin' Up! 1/2 back Pearls on hand. (although they will be on my next order) What I did have were some wired pearls that are used for flower arrangements. So adapting what I had to the challenge; I trimmed them down to card size and affixed them to my card with some glue dots.  Then I added a black satin ribbon (what goes better with pearls than black satin?) and a pretty button from my stash.

One of my daughter's teachers had a death in her family this week and I thought this beautiful simple card would be perfect to express our condolences. So I stamped the "With Sympathy" greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

  • Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Marina Mist
  • Designer Paper: Night and Day Specialty (retired)
  • Punches:  1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval (119855), 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval (119863)
  • Ribbon:  5/8" Basic Black Satin (117285)
  • From my stash: Button and wired pearls

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Card Making Night - Re Cap

Last night's card making was a lot of fun!  We drank French Vanilla coffee. We ate brownies, chips and  pizza rolls. We talked up a storm. And oh yeah, we made some cards too. These are two of the cards that we made last night. I decided to go with a Halloween theme.  Be sure to join us on October 1st for our next card making night!  If you have a theme you would like to do, send me an email and I'll try to accommodate.

For this card we used the Greeting Card Kids stamp set.  It's so cute! We colored it in with Stampin' Write markers and a blender pen. 

Here are some tips when water coloring with the markers and blender pen.
  • Use watercolor paper.  I found that water color paper was much more forgiving than whisper white card stock. 
  • Stamp your image in basic black ink.  I like to heat set the image before coloring to make sure there is no smearing or bleeding.
  • Color the entire image with the blender pen before adding color.
  • Apply the marker first to areas that would naturally be the darkest and then use the blender pen to drag the color to the lighter areas.
  • Using the blender pen first also makes it easy to lift color that was applied by mistake.  Just take a clean blender pen and "erase" your boo boos.
  • Stamp Set:  Greeting Card Kids (wood - 119887) or (clear -120633)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Paper: Pumpkin Pie from the Brights Collection Paper Pack (117155)
  • Card Stock:  Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie.
  • Watercolor Paper:  (105019)
  • Stampin' Write Markers:  Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Basic Black, Blush Blossom, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede
  • Blender Pens:  (102845)
  • Ribbon:  Pumpkin Pie 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain (115616)

For the second card of the evening I decided to focus on punch art.  This was really a fun card.  The moon is made with the new 2 1/2" circle punch from the Holiday Mini Catalog. and the fence posts are made with the word window punch.  Although I could have punched out the owls eyes with the owl punch, I decided that I wanted to use googlie eyes for this little guy.

  • Punches:  Two Step Owl (118074), Bitty Bat (119279), 1 3/8" Square (119877), Word Window (119857), 2 1/2" Circle Punch (120906)
  • Paper:  Pumpkin Pie from the Brights Collection paper pack (117155)
  • Card Stock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip
  • Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings (116511)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Every Little Bit of a Jolly Holiday

Are you ready for Christmas? Don't panic. You still have time, 16 weeks or 114 days to be exact. But when it comes to homemade cards and gifts, you have to get a jump on things. You'd be suprised how fast  the time will go by.  

To get a jump on things myself, I started planning Christmas cards. These are the two I have come up with so far. Maybe we will be making them at this years Christmas Card Camp. What do you think? They both use the Every Little Bit stamp set and the Jolly Holiday designer paper. I love the Every Little Bit stamp set.  As I looked at it, I realized that it contains a stamp for just about every occasion I could think of.  But with 28 stamps how could it not?
  • Stamp Sets:  Every Little Bit (129558 - clear mount)
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (119669)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler
  • Designer Paper:  Jolly Holiday (117159)
  • Accessories:  5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon (109054)
  • Punches:  1" circle, 1 1/4" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 2 1/2" Circle