Friday, November 27, 2009

Vicky Gould was the hostess for this week's Stampin'B's DT Blog Challenge. She forced me to make one last Thanksgiving card – and it’s a pretty simple one.

The image is from a clear dollar stamp I found at Joanne, stamped in Palette Burnt Umber and quickly clear-embossed. I used a corner rounder to match the line border around the sentiment. To add a little more color to the basically monochromatic color scheme, I sponged around the edges with Palette Landscape. The card base is Really Rust, as is the punched layer around the sentiment. I used a Martha Stewart Around the Corner Punch to “fancy” it up a bit. The patterned paper is from Debbie Mumm’s Harvest & Holiday DP pad from last year. A little ribbon and one of the punched-out leaves, which I sponged, from the corner punch were added for a bit of an accent.

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.
Stamp - Dollar stamp from Joann
Paper - Really Rust, GP White, Debbie Mumm Harvest & Holiday DP
Ink - Palette Burnt Umber and Landscape
Accessories - MS leaf border and corner punches, Ribbon, Sponge dauber, Corner rounder
Don't forget, starting next week the Stampin'B's blog challenge will be on Thursdays.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Featured Stamper Challenge

Today's Featured Stamper on SCS is Biggan (a/k/a Birgit), who happens to live in Sweden but is a regular contributor on SCS. This is the card from her gallery that I chose to CASE.

I used Birgit's theme of Christmas, sheet music and angel but made the following changes:

* A square card instead of A2
* Different colors
* Different stamps
* A circle instead of a rectangle

The square card base is Mark’s Finest Papers Momma’s Favorite Purple. After stamping the sheet music from Flourishes Christmas Music set onto Snow Storm Smooth, I tore the edges and then sponged Palette Cognac all the way around. The angel is colored with Prismacolor and Copic markers, and then I went over the wings with a clear Sakura Stardust gel pen. She is cut out with Nestabilties, the last layer with the Inverted Scallop Circle, which is also sponged with Cognac.

I ran the ribbon all the way around the front panel of the card and tied the bow, adding the sentiment, which was punched out with the SU Key Tag punch.

All cardstock, images, ribbon, and inks are available at Mark’s Finest Papers.

Stamps – Flourishes Christmas Music and Rejoice
Paper – Mark’s Finest Papers Momma’s Favorite Purple and Snow Storm Smooth
Ink – Palette Noir Black and Cognac
Accessories – Prismacolor and Copic markers, Sakura Stardust gel pen, Ribbon, Nestabilities, Sponge dauber, Key Tag punch

Friday, November 20, 2009

Artful Inkables New Moon Blog Hop

Welcome to our Customer and Design TeamTwilight Artful INKables blog hop! Make sure you start at the Artful INKables Blog, so you don't miss a single thing! To celebrate the release of NEW MOON today, we're highlighting the Artful INKables Twilight inspired sets: Into the Moonlight and Fictionally Inspired. Artful INKables also has a set of Vampire Romance Themed Charms available! Artful INKables is also sponsoring Twilight Tuesday’s Hop that include Twilight Prizes, so be sure to check them out today as well!

When I bought the Nestabilities Labels Seven, it was because it looked just like an open book; and it worked perfectly for this card. I printed the New Moon poster and sized it to fit.

I stamped the pages with several of the stamps from Artful Inkables’ Fictionally Inspired set. As you will notice, Jacob is on one side and Edward is on the other – just like in the books!

Stamps – Fictionally Inspired by Artful Inkables
Ink – Palette Noir Black
Paper – Real Red, Basic Black, GP White, Deja Views Wallflowers DP
Accessories – Labels Seven and Petite Ovals Nestabilities
The next stop on the Twilight Tuesday hop is -- April D. –

The next stop on the Artful Inkables hop is Michele Lourenco

In case you get lost along the way, here’s the order of the hop

Kristin Soboloski
Margie Cortina
Alison Heikkile
Jen Shults
Lois Bak
Michele Lourenco
Jodi Collins
Jennifer Olauson
Jen Pahoulis
Juanita Gillen http://stampintwilghtmom.blogspot/
Donna Wardle
Joy Stagg
Cathy Cunningham
Sherry Campbell
Michelle Woerner
Crystal Irwin
Kathy Jones
Dani Chapman
Tamara Bennett
Tonya Klar
Jackie Rakoski
Holly Endress

Make sure to leave a comment on each blog along the way for your chance to win your choice of 2 AI sets! Please leave your comments by Midnight, November 23rd!
Oh, and by the way, just for the record: I AM TEAM JACOB!

Stampin'B's Challenge #33 - Red/White/Black & A Moon

Today is the day for which we’ve waited a long time – “New Moon” is released. I bought my ticket two weeks ago! It’s hard to believe that so many “non-teenagers” are all so gaga over a book which was written as a teenage love story. It must be something about the vampires! As the hostess for this week’s Stampin’B’s DT challenge, I couldn’t let the date pass without a New Moon-related challenge: a color challenge (red, white, and black) with a twist (must have a moon).

The trees are stamped in Palette Noir Black on GP White. I used my Stamp-a-ma-Jig to line up the horizon line and stamped it twice so that the trees would spread all the way across the white panel. Then I stamped the Stampscapes moon and stippled the sky. Granted, it’s a full moon not a new moon, but I’m thinking it still counts! I stamped the moon again, cut it out, and popped it up. The sentiment is from Artful Inkables Twilight-related set Fictionally Inspired, and I layered the panel with three Petite Ovals Nestabilities. It is stamped with Palette Noir Black and clear embossed.
Stamps – Winter Woods by Rubber Stampede, Full Moon by Stampscapes, Fictionally Inspired by Artful Inkables
Ink – Palette Noir Black
Paper – Basic Black, GP White, Real Red DSP
Accessories – Clear ep, Ribbon, Petite Oval Nestabilities, Stipple brush

Don't forget -- starting in December, the Stampin'B's DT Blog will be posted on THURSDAYS.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #32 - Anything But a Card

NancyRuth was hostess for this week's Stampin'B's DT Blog Challenge. For her challenge of "anything but a card" I was trying to do something a little different for me. As I was scrounging around in my attic trying to organize the stuff in there, I came across this little stationery set that I think my mom bought in a dollar store several years ago. I thought it might look cute dressed up a little bit.

I covered each piece with the daisy paper from a jumbo DP stack from DCWV called the Photo Stack 2. I ran the paper for the Journal, Address Book, and Note pad through my Xyron machine with the laminating cartridge in it so that the DP would be protected from handprints. I stamped the Gerbera Daisies from Flourishes on white cardstock and colored them with Prismacolor and Copic markers. I stippled a little color around the images so that the background wouldn't be quite so stark white. The words were printed from the computer. After taking the picture frame/storage unit apart, I also covered each piece with the daisy paper and then reassembled it.

Here are all the pieces separately so you can see how they look. That little cutie in the picture frame is my one-year old grandson William.
Stamps - Gerbera Daisies from Flourishes
Paper - Flourishes Classic White, SU Chocolate Chip
Ink - Palette Noir Black & Moulin Rouge
Accessories - Prismacolor & Copic markers, $1 Store Stationery Set, Computer for sentiments, Petite Oval Nestabilities, Stiple brush, Photograph, Xyron & Laminating cartridge


Don't forget that, beginning in December, the Stampin'B's DT Blog Challenge will be on Thursdays.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Christmas Cards

Here are a couple of more Christmas cards I made this week.

While at a workshop this past weekend, I saw an all-white Christmas card that was really pretty. So I decided I wanted to try one. The base layer is embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder; the next layer is a Cuttlebug snowflake layer, and the round piece is also a Sizzix embossing folder. I used a Sakura clear gel pen to highlight the embossed parts and added a punched out snowflake.

This is my card for Sketch Challenge #254 on Splitcoaststampers. The card base is Spring Leaf from Mark's Finest Papers. All the rest of the paper is from Basic Grey's Wassail DP pad. The ornament is colored with Copic markers. I added a few Basic Grey half-pearls for a little interest on the corners.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Stampin'B's Challenge #31 - Holiday/Christmas

Faith (a/k/a Markie's Mom) was the hostess for this week's Stampin'B's DT Blog challenge. Her Christmas/Holiday card challenge gave me an opportunity to use my new Santa from Flourishes.

For my first card using this set I decided to start out simple with him – stamping with Palette Cognac on Flourishes Classic White and adding just a little color using Spica glitter pens on his glasses and the holly leaves. The holly berries are half-pearls. Colored cardstock is Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke and Basic Grey Wassail DP. The sentiment is stamped with Always Artichoke, cut out with a Petite Oval nestie, sponged with Creamy Caramel while still in the nestie die, and matted in Always Artichoke.
Stamps - Santa I Believe by Flourishes
Paper - SU Bravo Burgundy and Always Artichoke, Flourishes Classic White, Basic Grey Wassail DP
Ink - Palette Cognac, Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel
Accessories - Petite Oval Nestabilities, Spica glitter pens, Red half pearls
Starting in December, the Stampin'B's Challenge is moving to Thursdays.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

What a Fun Weekend!

I just got back from Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in north Florida. Faith (Markie's Mom on Spitcoaststampers) holds a stamping retreat twice a year there. All I'm showing you today are some of my stamping buddies (both old and new ones) and a few of the many projects we created during our almost non-stop stamping marathon. It was so much fun meeting many of the people you "talk" to on the computer.

This is NancyRuth (an SCSer) and my very dear friend Rosemary. I had met NancyRuth in March at another of Faith's retreats. It was good to see her again. NancyRuth and I are both part of the StampinB's, as is Faith.

Here's my friend Rosemary again with Vicki (vducher on SCS), a new stamping friend. I had never met Vicki before, but we almost felt like we knew each other well. After seeing each other's avatars on SCS, we recognized each other right away. It was like seeing an old friend again.

And here are Robbie (inkyfingers on SCS) and Peggy (pegmac71 on SCS). Rosemary, Robbie, Peggy, and I made our way together through the many tables of projects for two days.
Here are some of the almost 45 projects we completed during our marathon. Faith prepared around 20 projects for us, and we each brought a shoebox swap to share.

Unfortunely, there were a few of the shoebox swaps that I was unable to complete Saturday night. I did grab most of the unfinished projects and brought them home to complete. Of course, I had to use different stamp sets for these projects. And I think I did miss one of them completely.

I must admit I didn't get much sleep between the stamping and the visiting. I will definitely sleep well this week! Of course, I have a busy stamping weekend scheduled on Friday and Saturday of this week too! Rosemary and I have our monthly "girls day out" on Friday, and Saturday is a Christmas Stamp-a-Stack. But I'm not complaining!!!