Thursday, February 28, 2013

Treat Me Like a Queen!


My first submission to Color Combos Galore!

Everything comes from Stampin' Up.
I love those rosettes (5/8" Flower Trim #126869).
They come in "Victoria" (off-white), but it's easy enough to add
color by pressing them into a stamp pad.

At the Dallas Regional, it was suggested to simply put
a rosette on an ink pad and it will slowly draw color up
but I really didn't want to wait!
Nor did I want to run the risk of my ink pad drying out.

This is the color combo challenge:
 and the inspirations to use were:

CABOCHONS

ABOUT OR FOR A FEMALE

PASTE OR PAINT

JOURNAL/SENTIMENT ON TAG

I think I covered all 4!

This was super fun and I love to get inspiration to try 
somethings outside of my creative box and comfort zone.

I love coral. I especially love SU's Calypso Coral
and I am going to sorely miss it when it retires May 31, 2013.
I'm looking forward to a new set of "In-Colors"
but I wish we could keep this one. And Pool Party. And Lucky Limeade.

The sentiment comes from Favorite Thoughts which is retired.
The stamped flowers are from Language of Friendship (#122752)


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fancy Graduation Card


Girls are so much more fun to design for!!

If you want to know which products I used, feel free to drop me a line.

This color combo has been sticking in my mind for over a week
and I'm glad I finally took the time to work it out.
I still need to play a bit as I'm not totally happy with the leaves.
But at least I got it out of my mind (!!) and onto a project.

This was the inspiration:
... from my other blog.

Monday, February 25, 2013

what the ...

... all the blog hop buttons are not working!


OK ... wow. I have a headache! For some bizarre reason when I copy and paste some of the button codes over on my "gadget" thing-a-ma-bob to the right, those that have the " (quote marks) that paste in italics do not work. o_O Finally figured out if I switched all the italic " in the html markup to non-italic " the buttons work fine.

I think I got them all working ... ie you can see the button AND if you click, it will take you to the blog associated with the button, not just another blank page of this blog.

Does that make sense?? LOL

Masculine Graduation


Making cards for the guys in our lives is not always easy.
We handcraft cards because we love to embellish ...
but dudes don't really care for embellishments.

But they do like texture.
And patterns, preferably geometric patterns.

Stampin' Up!® has this perfect geometric pattern in the Comfort Cafe
Designer Series Paper (DSP) package.
Cut a piece at 4" x 5.25" of the DSP and run through 
Big Shot with Square Lattice textured impressions embossing folder.
I love this embossing folder for its look of linen!

The stamp set is "Blue Ribbon" stamped in Midnight Muse
on Very Vanilla cardstock. 
The distressed look of this stamp set adds texture.
The center piece is stamped separately and punched with 1 3/8" circle punch.
I used glue dots to adhere the ribbon and a dimensional for the center.

You can step up the inside of the card with a pocket
for cash or gift card!

Fast and easy!

Ordering details:

Stamp set: Blue Ribbon - page 33 of current catalog (exp 5/31/2013)
Clear Mount: 125981 
Wood Mount: 125979

1-3/8" Circle Punch #119860 (page 184)
Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper #126898 (page 163)
Sahara Sand Card Stock #121043 (page 156)
Very Vanilla Card Stock #101650 (page 156)
Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976 (page 189)

and if you need:
Big Shot #115439 (page 186)


Monday, February 18, 2013

First Post!

I decided to sit and play today!
This card worked up fairly fast and easy
because I kept it simple using
just one stamp set and the 2012-2014 In Color card stock and inks.

The process (the following taken with phone camera)
I wanted to make my own Designer Paper
so I gathered the colors I wanted to use,
the Bloomin' Marvelous Stamp Set
and a sponge.

I first sponged Gumball Green, Midnight Muse
and Primrose Petals onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.
After getting the background the way I wanted
I started to stamp the cute little images in this set.
I did the birds first in Raspberry Ripple;
then the flowers in Midnight Muse;
and finally the leaves in Gumball Green.

Added the sentiment using the Decorative Label Punch
and stamping it in Midnight Muse.

I cut a strip of Primrose Petals and layered 
some Satin Stitched Ribbon in Midnight Blue on top.
Added the finished sentiment piece using dimensionals.

Fast and simple.

Of course, me being me, I had to take that last step 
of adding the butterfly complete with some rhinestones.

The products used complete with order numbers and prices:

126835 Card Stock and Pad Kit with 2012-2014 In Colors* $29.95
101650 Very Vanilla Card Stock $8.50
126847 Stitched Satin Ribbon - Midnight Muse** $8.95
120907 Decorative Label Punch $16.95
Total $64.35
129651 Bloomin' Marvelous Stamp Set in wood FREE
OR
Bloomin' Marvelous Stamp Set in clear*** FREE
* In Colors are: Midnight Muse
                                Primrose Petals
                                Gumball Green
                                 Raspberry Ripple
                                 Summer Starfruit
** Other Stitched Satin Ribbon Colors:
126848 Gumball Green
126844 Primrose Petals
126845 Raspberry Ripple
126846 Summer Starfruit
*** Clear Sets Require Mount:
117147 Block B (This size fits the entire stamp set) $5.95
STEP UP WITH BUTTERFLY:
129406 Bitty Butterfly Punch $15.95
127526 Elegant Butterfly Punch $15.95
119246 Rhinstones Basic Jewels $4.95