Friday, October 30, 2009

Joanne (a/k/a Jojot) was the hostess for this week's Stampin'B's DT Blog Challenge. She wanted us to make a Thanksgiving/Autumn card, which is very timely. Fall weather has finally come to Florida, although it was cooler last week than this week.

While I was visiting my sister a few weeks ago, we focused our efforts on Fall cards. I had wanted to try using some metal sheets on a card, so I embossed a piece of copper using my sister’s Fiskars embossing system and glued it to the edge of the inside of the card. The front of the card is cut at 3 ¾ inches, allowing the copper piece to show. I stamped the sunflower with Palette Burnt Umber and colored it with Prismacolor and Copic markers. The sentiment, from TPC Studio’s Fabulous Fall set, is also stamped in Palette Burnt Umber. I embossed the River Rock background piece with Cuttlebug’s Script folder and matted it with Really Rust. I thought the variegated green ribbon went really well with the Always Artichoke base.
Stamps - Sunflower from The Stamping Place, sentiment from TPC Studio's Fabulous Fall
Paper - Always Artichoke, Really Rust, River Rock, GP White
Ink - Palette Burnt Umber
Accessories - Copper sheet, Fiskars embossing system, Prismacolor and Copic markers, Cuttlebug and Script folder, Ribbon

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Twilight Tuesday Sketch Challenge #14

This week's Twilight Tuesday inspiration challenge is a sketch. I must confess that my card has very little to do with Twilight today. I've been making Christmas cards, so that's where I went with the sketch.

I bought this pretty little dollar stamp with the sole purpose of being able to use it with my Spellbinders Labels One die. I thought this sketch would lend itself to the image. After stamping three times with Memento Cottage Ivy, I colored the holly berries with a Spica glitter pen. I had to wing it a little bit with the sentiment. Originally I had cut out an opening with the Word Window punch and stamped the sentiment in the white opening. However, I realized too late that the punch opening was crooked. So I had to layer another piece on top of the opening. I added two little punched-out holly leaves at one end.
Stamps - Studio G, Lizzie Anne Designs Many Merries
Paper - Real Red, GP White, Garden Green, Garden Green DSP, Paper Pizzazz Christmas Plaid
Ink - Memento Cottage Ivy
Accessories - Labels One die, Word Window punch, Spica glitter pen, Marker, Holly punch

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #29 - Diagonal Double Pocket

Nicole (ButterflyEars) was the hostess for this week's Stampin'B's DT Blog challenge. She had us make a diagonal double pocket card. I haven’t done one of these for a long time. Nicole’s challenge cured that! The tutorial in SCS’s Resource section was helpful in reminding me how to do it – much folding!

The gorgeous paper is from Basic Grey’s Wassail collection. I stamped the little nutcracker from Art Impressions’ Christmas Toy Shoppe with Palette Noir Black and colored him with Copic and Prismacolor markers. After cutting out the oval with a Nestabilities die, I sponged with More Mustard before removing the die; then matted with the Basic Grey DP, More Mustard, and white. The little sentiment on the front is part of a stamp from Lizzie Anne Designs called Many Merries. The stamp is a list of how you say Merry Christmas in seven different languages. I used a marker, colored just the right one, and then stamped and punched it out – matting it in More Mustard. The larger tag is stamped with an image from Flourishes’ All Wrapped Up, and the smaller one is from Lizzie Anne Designs’ Holiday Script.

I forgot how much fun this type of card was. Thanks, Nicole, for suggesting it.
Stamps - Art Impressions Christmas Toy Shoppe, Lizzie Anne Designs Many Merries and Holiday Script, Flourishes All Wrapped Up
Paper - Flourishes Classic White, SU More Mustard, Basic Grey Wassail DP
Ink - Palette Noir Black, More Mustard
Accessories - Copic and Prismacolor markers, Nestabilities, Tag Corner punch, Ribbon, Sponge dauber

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Featured Stamper & Team Spirit

This is for two challenges -- the Featured Stamper (RileyDancer) and also for a challenge put out there by Stacy (a/k/a Twinshappy) to make a card for your favorite NFL team.

When I was looking through Riley's gallery, I was keeping an eye out for something I could CASE for Stacy's challenge as well. I chose Riley's SOS? card. I kept her layout but changed everything else: stamps, colors, theme. I used my Just Rite Stamper and the small individual letters to spell out the Dolphins' name -- and also the Go Team sentiment. Using the Dolphins' colors of orange and teal, I cut out the circles and the ovals.
Stamps - Just Rite Stamper and alphabet, unknown football image
Paper - GP White, Only Orange, Taken With Teal, Teal mulberry paper
Ink - Taken With Teal, Only Orange
Accessories - Clear ep, Circle nesties, Oval punches

Friday, October 16, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #28 - Halloween

Vicky’s Halloween Challenge was so timely. I’m in the process of making about 90 Halloween cards for the residents of the assisted living facility where my mom lives. This one has somewhat non-traditional Halloween colors.

I stamped the Stampscape moon and clouds with Not Quite Navy onto white cardstock. Then I stamped the tree silhouette from SU Nature Silhouettes over it, sponging in some black at the bottom. The three small bats are from MFT’s Fright Night. After adding a little more grass with a small Rubber Stampede stamp, I sponged in some more Not Quite Navy at the bottom of the clouds down to the grass. I made the background DP by stamping a Michaels $1 stamp of bats onto the Bashful Blue. The sentiment is from the SU Grateful Greetings set from their Holiday Mini-Catalog and matted it in black.

Of course, this year I won’t be home for Halloween. I’ll be at Faith’s Stampin’ Retreat!
Stamps - Moon and Clouds by Stampscape, SU Nature Silhouettes and Grateful Greetings, MFT, Fright Night, Michaels $1 stamp, Rubber Stampede Wild Grass
Paper - Flourishes Classic White, Basic Black, Bashful Blue
Ink - Not Quite Navy, Memento Tuxedo Black

Friday, October 9, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #27 - Gatefold with Flowers

As hostess for the Stampin'B's Design Team Blog this week, my challenge was to do a fun fold that I like to do on occasion – a gatefold card. I decided to make a little bit of a twist, so I added the requirement of a flower. Last week, I had made a Thanksgiving card, so this week I’m making a Christmas card.

I cut the poinsettia out using a BossKut die and some really pretty suede paper from Marco Papers. I attached the cut-out poinsettia to a circle, cut with my nestabilities and attached it to the front of the card. The DP is from a big stack of Christmas paper I bought several years ago, and I added some velvet ribbon to one panel and three half-pearls to the other. It’s probably hard to see on the photo, but I put some stickles on the center brad – just for a bit of bling!

No stamping on the outside of this card, but I did put a sentiment (SU Many Merry Messages) on the inside, along with the small poinsettia from Flourishes’ Poinsettia & Boxwood, colored with Copic and Prismacolor markers.

I hope the rest of the team enjoyed this challenge as much as I did.
Stamps - Flourishes' Poinsettia & Boxwood, SU Many Merry Messages
Paper - Real Red, Garden Green, GP White, Provocraft Christmas Stack, Marco Papers Red Suede
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - BossKut Poinsettia dies, Nestabilities, Velvet Ribbon, Half Pearls, Prismacolor and Copic Markers, Brad, Stickles

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Twilight Tuesday #49 - At Home in Forks

It's been a while since I did a Twilight Tuesday card, and today's Inspiration Challenge (Home is Where the Heart Is) seemed like a good one to do. The challenge was to make a craft based on either a home discussed in the series or what means home to you.

I know that Charlie's house only has windows on the first floor in the front, but this Lizzie Anne Designs house looks pretty close. I masked the house when I stamped the trees. And, of course, there's Bella's truck in the yard. I didn't have a truck stamp that was the right size, so I printed a clip-art image from one of my graphic programs -- Printmaster from Broderbund. When I did the sky, I didn't want to do it in blue, because there are no blue skies in Forks, Washington. So I used Going Gray to make the cloudy sky. I added a little paper piercing on two sides and popped up the sentiment.
Stamps - Welcome Home by Lizzie Anne Designs, Winter Woods by Rubber Stampede
Paper - White cardbase, SU Basic Gray and Cranberry Crisp
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Going Gray
Accessories - Prismacolor and Copic markers, Spellbinders Double-ended Tags, Corner rounder, Gem brads, Scallop punch for cloud template, Sponge dauber, Pop dots

Friday, October 2, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #26 - Pumpkin

NancyRuth was the hostess for the Stampin'B's Design Team Blog challenge this week. She actually gave us an easy challenge -- to use a pumpkin on our card. I was making Thanksgiving cards a week or so ago with my sister, and what would a Thanksgiving card be without a pumpkin?!!

After stamping with Palette Noir Black ink on PTI White cardstock, I colored the image from SU’s Harvest Home set with Prismacolor and Copic markers. I used my sister’s Octagonal Nestabilities to cut out the image and the Really Rust mat. (I like those octagonal nesties – will have to put them on my wish list.) The background paper is from last year’s Debbie Mumm Harvest & Holiday DP pad, and the ribbon is from Michaels. The sentiment, stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and clear embossed, is from one of the SU All Year Cheer sets – not sure which one! This is a very simple card, but I like the way it turned out.
Stamps - SU Harvest Home, SU All Year Cheer
Ink - Palette Noir Black, Versafine Vintage Sepia
Paper - PTI White, SU Really Rust, Debbie Mumm Harvest & Holiday DP
Accessories - Clear ep, Prismacolor & Copic Markers, Spellbinders Octagonal Nestabilities, Ribbon