Thursday, April 10, 2014

Getting into shape for Friday Mashup

This week at The Friday Mashup Avery is our hostess and she wants us to get in shape....wait, what? Hahaha, I mean she wants us to make a shaped card! She also wants us to use to the color combo she provided.

I wont lie, the shaped card thing totally threw me and I have been fussing with stuff all week. Thursday I finally pulled out the Heart Framelits (because my daughter suggested using a heart) and went to work. I grabbed the Happy Watercolor set and let's just say that I had about 3 hearts cut out in Whisper White before I finally settled on the final product. I can neither confirm nor deny that some cussing went on during this time period :)

Avery mentioned that these colors are great for Easter projects but I don't celebrate Easter, so I just tried to go for a nice spring feel to the card. The flowers were fussy cut and popped up with dimenionals on the embossed heart.

I don't know if I'm thrilled with how it all turned out but I guess in crafting sometimes you win , sometimes you lose. I tried though!

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup to check out all the great projects from the rest of the design team(they are 100x better than mine, hahaha!) and then play along with us!

  1. Create a project using the Colors " Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder & Wild Wasabi".
  2. Create a " Shaped card".
  3. Or Mash it up and create a "Shaped Card using the above Colors".

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Happy Watercolor
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party
Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts Framelits, Bitty Banner Framelits, Decorative Dots EF, Occasions Piercing Pack, sponge, dimensionals

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Window Inspiration for 'Tis The Season

It's time for another challenge at 'Tis The Season and this week we have a great inspiration photo. I just love this photo! It really reminds me of growing up in New England and all the beautiful wreaths and such you would find on windows at Christmas. I've lived all over the US and I've never seen a region decorate  windows at Christmas like New England does.

Since an image of a wreath is the first thing that popped to mind when I saw this photo that's what I decided to do as the focus of my card. I used the Grand Madison Window die from Poppystamps and the wreath is a die/embossing set from Cuttlebug. The background is embossed with the Distressed Stripes folder from Cuttlebug to give it the look of a wood cabin or home.

I hope you'll come by 'Tis The Season and play along with us, we'd love to see your interpretation of this photo!

***We're also giving you the chance to win the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration exclusive set Banner Blast & the coordinating Punch. All you have to do is play along with both April challenges. You must live in the US to be eligible (sorry!). If you follow us  on FB or through Google Friend Connect then you get an additional chance to win.***

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: More Merry Messages (inside sentiment, not shown)
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Deck the Halls DSP (retired)
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Embossed Stripes EF, Wreath Die/EF, Grand Madison Window Die from Poppystamps, Silver Stretch Cord, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, sponge, dimensionals

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Going Vintage for Jingle Belles

For their current challenge the gals at Jingle Belles want us to go vintage. I have to admit, every time I hear "vintage" I panic a bit, as its not a look I feel I can pull off very well. However, I put my head down and went to work in my craft space, determined to get this challenge done!

Well, it took me a few days but I did finish it and I have to say, I am pretty happy with the way it turned out!  People interpret vintage so differently and for me I picture browns and reds and very subdued hues. I pulled out the SU retired stamp Christmas Collage and inked it up with the StazOz Timber Brown on some Crumb Cake. I then used my aquapainter to color in some leaves with Always Artichoke, and some berries with Cherry Cobbler. I then took the sentiment from the retired set Bells and Boughs, stamped it in Always Artichoke on Crumb Cake and then punched it out with the Decorative Label punch and sponged the edges with the StazOn brown. I stamped an image from Bells and Boughs, water colored it and then attached it to the sentiment panel, and popped the whole thing up on the card with dimensional's. Then I stamped the main image on some Crumb Cake again, this time coloring in the '25' with a Cherry Cobbler marker and the surrounding design with Always Artichoke. I punched it out with the 2 1/2" circle punch and popped it up on the panel with some dimensional's. I completed the card by placing some Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details on some of the berries.

Make sure you head over to the Jingle Belles blog and play along! It feels great to be so ahead on Christmas cards!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Christmas Collage (retired), Bells and Boughs (retired)
Paper: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake
Ink: StazOn Timber Brown, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, sponge, dimensionals

Patriotic Grunge

When I saw the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch I knew immediately that I wanted to use the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and do something patriotic. I pulled out the retired SU stamp Land of the Free to complete my card. Nice and simple!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Land of the Free (retired)
Paper: Pacific Point, Naturals White
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red
Accessories: Dimensionals

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Scattered Spring for Friday Mashup

Thank goodness it's Friday! It's been a busy and long week here and I am ready to unwind for the weekend!

Need some help unwinding? Tara is our hostess this week at
The Friday Mashup and she has a great challenge for us. She wants to see projects with a spring theme, and she'd also like us to try the scattered embossing technique.

I decided to use this great stamp, Vivid Vases. I just love everything about this stamp! The colors are pulled from the Gingham Garden DSP.

For the embossing I took the Square Lattice EF and put my card base in there. I then used the stylus from the scoring board to highlight the spots where I wanted embossing on my card. In the video that Tara provided the gal uses vellum for the technique but I wasn't keen on that, so hopefully I got the technique right by doing it the way I did. Either way its something I haven't tried before, so I can knock it off the list!

I hope you'll head over to
The Friday Mashup to see what the rest of the DT did, these ladies blow me away every week!

  1. Create a project using the "Scattered Embossing Technique".
  2. Create a project with "Spring Colors or a Theme".
  3. Or Mash it up and create a "Spring project with the Scattered Embossing Technique".

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Vivid Vases
Paper: Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Gingham Garden DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Stylus, dimensionals

Friday, March 28, 2014

Flowers for Friday Mashup

Oooops, I totally spaced getting my post up last night for today's Friday Mashup! Another sign that I need to spend this weekend sleeping and getting rid of the last of my jet lag!

Sara is our hostess this week and she wants use to the colors Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi and Perfect Plum. She'd also like us to watercolor or use our blender pen.

I grabbed the set Pleasant Poppies and used all 3 colors on the stamp, which was stamped on watercolor paper. I then used a blender pen and aquapainter on the lines to soften them and get the water colored look. The 'love' was cut out in Perfect Plum and adhered to the watercolor paper.

The pic doesn't do it justice, in person its really pretty!

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup to play along and to see what the rest of the DT came up with.

  1. Create a project using the colors "Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi & Perfect Plum".
  2. Create a project using "an Aqua Painter or a Blender Pen to create a Watercolor Effect".
  3. Or mash it up and create a project with the "Colors above & a Watercolor Effect".

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Coffee and Friends for Paper Players

I had some time today to play along with a challenge so I chose to join the current Paper Players challenge, which happens to be a sketch.

I decided to use the Perfect Blend set. I don't drink coffee myself but just about everyone else I know does! I've barely touched these stamps since getting so it was about time I took them out to play with!

I used the paper from the Retro Fresh DSP and pulled my colors from that. The card base is Baked Brown Sugar and then I made another layers using some of the DSP. I stamped the coffee cup in Baked Brown Sugar on some Naturals White and then once again used the DSP to created the band around the cup. Baked Brown Sugar embossed in the Square Lattice was used to create one of the circles, DSP was used for another 2 and then the sentiment was stamped in Tangerine Tango on Naturals White and punched out.

I'm not crazy about the way it photographed but the card is super cute in person!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Perfect Blend
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Naturals White, Retro Fresh DSP
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Nestabilities Standard Circles, Baked Brown Sugar Ribbon