Monday, August 8, 2016

Less is More Color Challenge

Blue and brown - one of my favorite color combinations, and it's the theme for this week's color challenge at Less is More!  I used Crumb Cake, Early Espresso & Tempting Turquoise.

To see the rest of the amazing CAS submissions to the challenge, visit the Less is More blog.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Craft Project Central Sketch Challenge 61.2

Again, I rotated and flipped the sketch, mostly because I don't have any sentiments that read vertically and having the sentiment go the "wrong" way, well, it seemed wrong!  This card feels like something is missing.  Does it need an embellishment of some sort or maybe I shouldn't have used Cajun Craze ink on the middle stamp from Carte Postale?   Layered stamped backgrounds with images from French Foliage; Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla CS; Soft Suede striped grosgrain ribbon; ink is Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Sahara Sand & Creamy Caramel.  Shapes from Banner Thinlets, 1" square punch and postage stamp punch.

Click HERE to see the other submissions for the challenge!

Craft Project Central Sketch Challenge 61.1

Well, I followed the rules about the cards being all Stampin' Up!, but I'd be really surprised if anything other than some of the basic colors are still current. I'm really out of practice, but here goes...

I flipped the sketch and rotated it 90 degrees. I was inspired by the DSP from one of the many mini-stacks I have.  Those things are addictive - just $7 for SO many gorgeous patterns! I liked the colors and the splotches reminded me of bubbles, so I thought it would make a nice baby card with the duck from Every Little Bit stamped in Basic Gray and a sentiment from Delightful Dozen.  Love how the silver cardstock ((layered with circle punches) and embossing powder look together, and the Lost Lagoon / Hello Honey in the DSP go well with the Baja Breeze ribbon and So Saffron DSP from an ancient Simply Scrappin' kit I still have bits from.  Love how even tho colors retire, new colors still coordinate with old ones!

Looking at the "finished" card, I'm wondering, should I add a little yellow to those ducks?  What do you think?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Madness Blog Hop

Cool new ideas from some of my favorite Stampin' Up! demonstrators is my idea of some March Madness to get truly excited about!!  If you got here from Heidi's blog, I'm sure you agree.

My first contribution is inspired by the soon-to-be unavailable Sheer Perfection printed vellum.  I accidentally used retired Midnight Muse instead of current color Night of Navy, but I think you'll get the idea!!  I like the toile effect I got from stamping the Everything Eleanor flowers all over a sheet of vellum cardstock.  Since I adhered the vellum to the back of the card, there's no worries about it showing through - nice!  The sentiment from Lacy & Lovely is heat-embossed in white and one side of the punched oval is adhered to the card base with dimensionals.  The other side of the oval has no adhesive, it just overlaps the vellum flap to keep it closed.

Next, I tried rotating the card, and adding a little color to the back of the vellum with Stampin' Write markers.  I think I like this one a little better, how about you?

Finally, a thank you card for my son's Den to give to the Pack Committee Chair and Pack Master at their Blue and Gold Crossover banquet, created with the soon-to-be unavailable My Digital Studio software.  Farewell Cub Scouts, and farewell MDS!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Creative Blog Hop - WCC17

I'm very excited to have my turn in the Creative Blog Hop!  I was nominated by the lovely Deb Smart of Stamp and Create.  I've met many kind and talented people online during my stints as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, and I'm glad she's one of them.  My contribution is what my friend Buffy likes to call a $400 card; not for beginners, because they haven't been collecting papercrafting supplies for years!  I feel very lucky to have such variety at my fingertips now.

A Vintage Valentine

Stamps:  Chalk Talk, Chalk Lines, Petal Potpourri
Ink:  Basic Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Kraft, Primrose Petals, Cherry Cobbler, Vellum
Gear:  Adorning Accents embossing folder, Chalk Talk die, Spellbinders Pendant die
Other:  Cherry Cobbler embossing powder, Theater Originals ribbon

The Questions:
1.  What are you working on now?  I have a couple of papercraft-based home decor items I'm working on as a housewarming present for my wonderful mother-in-law.

2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?  I don't think I'm all that original!!  So many people make greeting cards, and I often draw inspiration from others.

3.  Why do you create what you do?  I enjoy crafting & creating because it's relaxing for me; I think cards are the things I make most often because they are pretty, yet practical and don't take weeks to complete!  

4. How does your creative process work?  It depends whether I'm creating for a specific person, or to have cards on hand.  This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest; it used the Chalk Talk label with a butterfly in the center and a horizontal element across the card under the label.   It had bright colors and a springy, contemporary feel.  I knew I loved the sketch, but I thought maybe I could put a heart in the center instead of a butterfly, and I've always liked the combination of black, vanilla and red in vintage cards, which I thought would work well if the Chalk Talk label was the focal point of the card.  From there it was just a matter of finding what I had that I felt would work together.

I'm also posting this card to the Watercooler Valentine Challenge.   At the moment, I haven't found anyone to follow me in the Creative Blog Hop next week, since it seems like every blogger I know has already participated.  Hoping a volunteer will come along soon... let me know in the comments if you're interested!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Watercooler Challenge 15

Well, I'm lucky to have lots of new Stampin' Up! toys to play with, and less lucky that my camera is being uncooperative at the moment, so this image is from my scanner.  Anyway, here is my contribution to the "new" theme for the current Watercooler Challenge:

Stamps:  *Petal Potpourri, Lacy & Lovey (sentiment)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pear Pizazz, Almost Apricot (retired)
Ink: Blushing Bride, Almost Apricot, Always Artichoke
Other:  *Flower Medallion Punch, *Spring Flowers Embossing folder, Banners Framelits

To see all the wonderful contributions there, click HERE.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hacking your Clear Block Storage Case!

Make it easy to see immediately which block you need!  Since the Stampin' Up! clear blocks have the letters printed on the sides, it isn't easy to remember which is which when they're all neatly tucked away in their case, but I found a great solution to that as I was unpacking my last few new blocks.

Use the 1" circle punch on the letters from the packaging of each block.  I like the look of circles within circles, but if you've tossed the packaging or would prefer a different style, you could always stamp or print out the letters A to I and use any small punch you like.  

I ran all the little circles thru my Xyron to make them into stickers - now my entire case is labeled - EZ-PZ!  Since the blocks are clear, you can see the labels when the blocks are in place.  I love the case for traveling to crops and such - if all the spaces are filled, then I have everything I came with!

I also used My Digital Studio software to make a label to prettify and personalize the outside of my case.   The vinyl flower sticker is from the retired Definitely Decorative line.  Xyron machine to the rescue again in making this adhere so smoothly and completely.  It's been so long since this was put together, I'd love your suggestions for a new outside decor for the case... what do you think?