Friday, January 23, 2015

Double Inspiration Challenge

The Free4All challenge on Splitcoaststampers and the challenge on Our Daily Bread Designs blog were both Inspiration Challenges this week -- and both used the color pink -- so I combined them for my card today.

I had a small piece of this pretty designer paper, which has a couple of shades of pink on it.  So I was able to use two different shades of pink for my card base and embellishments.  I used the word "Celebrate" on the pennant swag and figured I could put the appropriate sentiment on the inside when the occasion arises.

Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs - Christmas Pennant Swag
Ink:  Rose Red
Paper:  MFP Stamp Shop Precious Pink, Razmataz Berry; Sandylion DP
Accessories:  ODBD Pennant Swag die, Spellbinders Aster Flower Topper die, Brads

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CCEE1504 - Silhouettes

Silhouette images are some of my favorites, and that's what Vicky asked the CCEE Stampers to use this week.  I decided to make a masculine birthday card this week because I can always use a spare one in my stash.

Pull out those silhouette stamps because we'd love for you to play along with us.  Go over to the CCEE Stampers blog, see what the rest of the team has created, and link up your card.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CardMaker Blog - Starburst Background

Today is my first post on the CardMaker blog, in which I showed how I made this card:

If you'd like to see how I put this together, pop over to the CardMaker blog.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Butterflies, Butterflies, Butterflies

Today's Technique Lovers Challenge over on Splitcoaststampers is a favorite of mine -- Triple Stamping.  I pulled out one of my butterfly stamps for this one.  I usually use a slightly smaller image for this particular technique, but I saw a card using this Stampin' Up butterfly the other day and decided to use it here.

After stamping the butterfly over the three layers of white cardstock with Versafine Onxy Black ink, I clear embossed it and then colored it with three different Copic markers (Y06, YR09, YR27).  I added the shadow behind the butterfly using three other markers (E50, E51, E53).  Then I put the orange mat behind the two top layers and attached the whole panel to the card base, popping up the sentiment with a foam pop dot.

I also made a card for the Clean and Simple Challenge on Splitcoaststampers today.  That challenge was all about New Year's Resolutions.  I'm not a big resolutions maker/keeper, but I am going to try to do one thing -- when I put a card into My Favorites album on SCS, I should CASE it quickly.  I had seen this beautiful card made by Harriet Skelly on Saturday and popped it into My Favorites right away.    I even bought the same embossing folder she used later that day at Joann.  Here's my version of Harriet's card:

I recently bought a set of four Spellbinders butterflies call Les Papillions Two, called that because it actually makes just two butterflies because two of the dies are shadows which you place behind the more intricate one.  The larger butterfly on my card was made with that set.  The middle one actually was a bit harder to make.  I cut the orange one out first.  When I cut the black "shadow" one, I had to be careful when I took the cardstock out of the die because I didn't want to lose the little pieces.  Then I just put some Scotch tape behind the butterfly to keep the small pieces in place.  The top smallest butterfly was made with a punch.

Card #1
Stamps:  Stampin' Up Swallowtail, Hero Arts Little Happy Birthday
Ink:  Versamark Onyx Black
Paper:  MFP Stamp Shop Bright Orange, Snow Storm Smooth
Accessories:  Copic markers, Circle punches, Foam pop dots

Card #2
Paper:  Georgia Pacific White, MFP Stamp Shop Bright Orange, Recollections Orange/White polka dots
Accessories:  Spellbinders Les Papillions Two dies, Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterfly die, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Darice Butterfly Swirl embossing folder, Pearls

Thursday, January 15, 2015

CCEE1503 - Stamp Etching

Vicky gave the CCEE Stampers a technique challenge this week -- Stamp Etching.  You can find the Splitcoaststampers tutorial here.  If you've never tried this technique, give it a try.  It's pretty easy and gives a wonderful outcome.  I think I've only done this once before, and it may have been with the same MFP Stamp Shop image.

Please stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog and see how the rest of the team used this technique.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Color and Sketch Challenges

The current Our Daily Bread Designs challenge is a Color Challenge, using one of my favorite colors PURPLE as well as a pink and a cream.  I decided to use the Sketch Challenge on Splitcoaststampers as my layout.

I found two different designer papers in my drawer, one of which also had some pink in it.  I wanted the pretty star to be the focal point of my card so I cut it out with a die and popped it up on foam pop dots.

Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs Shine On
Ink:  Memento Elderberry, Grape Jelly, Lulu Lavender; Ranger Distress Spun Sugar
Paper:  Recollections Heavyweight Cream, SU Elegant Eggplant; various DP
Accessories:  Our Daily Bread Designs Sparkling Stars die

Monday, January 12, 2015


White-on-white cards always catch my eye because they're so elegant.  Today's Technique Challenge on Splitcoaststampers was to make an all-white card, and the Clean and Simple Challenge was to make the sentiment the focal point.  I combined these two challenges to make this card:

While it's not very elegant, it is definitely white-on-white.  After embossing the bottom panel and popping it onto the card base, I punched out three balloons, added some fishing line for strings, and attached them to the card with big pop dots.  I tied the strings together, glued them down with a glue dot, and popped on a little white bow.  The birthday sentiment is from a set of Sizzix dies.  I cut out the words and popped them on with very small foam dots.  Pretty simple!  No stamping required!

Paper:  MFP Stamp Shop Snow Storm Smooth
Accessories:  Sizzix dies, MS punch, Fishing line, Ribbon, Darice embossing folder