Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back to School for Friday Mashup

This week at The Friday Mashup Cindy is our hostess and she is taking us back to school! She wants to see school inspired projects, and she'd also like us to use our school colors.

Here in southcentral Alaska school started back yesterday (Thurs). I've got a sophomore and junior this year, pretty exciting! In my town the schools are small and our middle school and high school are right next to each other. I work at the middle school and since the colors for both schools are the same I used them on my card, red and black.

As I was thinking about what to do for this card my eyes fell on the Holiday Home stamp set. This set will be available in the holiday catalog coming out in a few short weeks and I love it! One of the houses reminded me of a schoolhouse so I grabbed it and started working from there.

Now, when I think of back to school I think of crisp fall air and beautiful fall colors. I grabbed the tree stamp from White Christmas, another set coming out in the holiday catalog, and used the leaves from Holiday Home to stamp different colors on the trees, to give it a nice fall look. I die cut the house I colored and popped that up with dimensionals in between the trees and then cut the scene out with a circle framelit. My cardstock base is Real Red and I stamped the Hardwood background stamp on it with Versamark. I then added a strip of Basic Black DSP across the middle. I added a small sentiment in the corner, also from the Holiday Home set, and then called it good! I really love the fall feel to this card!

I hope you'll come by The Friday Mashup to see what the rest of the design team came up with, and then play along with us!

Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  • Create a project with " a School theme". 
  • Create a project with "Your School Colors".
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "School themed project with your school's colors". 


Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Holiday Home, White Christmas, Hardwood
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black DSP(retired)
Ink: Blendabilities- Cherry Cobbler, Memento Ink Tuxedo Black, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelits, sponge, dimensionals

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Black and White for 'Tis The Season

This week at 'Tis The Season we have an inspiration photo for you and I think I went pretty literal when making a card based off it. I stuck with the black and white color scheme and also with the banners, creating a simple strip of banners that says "Merry", with the word Christmas stamped below them. I had embossed part of the background with the Stylish Stripes EF and then scored lines across the end of those areas to enhance the spot where the banners are. I was going to add some sequins to the card but those seemed to take away from the simplicity of this card. The picture doesn't do it justice, in person its quite elegant looking!

We hope you'll come by 'Tis The Season and play along with us!


Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Brushstroke Alphabet-Lower (retired), Bright Christmas (retired)
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn
Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes TIEF, Silver Stretch Cord

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Watermelon Poppies for Friday Mashup

Wait, what? Watermelon poppies? No, I haven't lost my mind, I promise! That's just part of the challenge Lynda has for us this week at The Friday Mashup, the colors of a watermelon......Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black and Whisper White.

As you can see I decided to use the Pleasant Poppies set. I colored the flowers with Melon Mambo and the stems were colored with Wild Wasabi. From the Bitty Banner set I stamped the birthday sentiment in Black StazOn and used the matching framelit to cut the banner out. The DSP is from last years color stacks and I used Basic Black with the pop of Melon Mambo in the middle. The layout was inspired by a Try Stamping on Tuesday sketch I saw on Pinterest (I believe its #96).

Lynda also wants us to use a wooden element on our card but I do not own any, so that's why my card doesn't have one, sorry Lynda!

I hope you'll come by The Friday Mashup blog to see all the great projects from the rest of the DT, and then play along with us!

- Use the following colors: Melon Mambo, Wild wasabi, Basic Black & Whisper White (watermelon theme) 
- Use a wood element on your card
- Or mash it up and create a card with the above colors and also use a wood element on your card


Supplies used (all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, Itty Bitty Banners
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Basic Black DSP, Melon Mambo DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, dimensionals

Christmas Home

It's no secret that I love Christmas, and every year I look forward to seeing what new sets Stampin' Up! has come up with for the holidays. This year in the holiday catalog they have 2 sets that I am totally in love with....one is called Holiday Home and the other is White Christmas.

I love house stamps and Holiday Home has 3 different houses, plus all kinds of other stamps you can use to create different scenes for the entire year! Halloween, Thanksgiving, new home...the possibilities are endless! Even better, you can get framelits that match the houses,making it easy to cut them out. I love it!

White Christmas has trees, a polar bear, a deer, a banner, a car, different sayings...again, another great set!

I wanted to break these sets in so bad (I just got them yesterday afternoon but since I work nights I had no time to play with them yesterday before leaving for work) so I checked out the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and sat down to play this afternoon (in between taking one kid to a student govt meeting, another kid to football practice, making dinner....oy vey!).

I hope Jen M. can still see her sketch on my card. I didn't get a big left margin like she has in the sketch but I do have that layer around the main image panel. I wanted to get the sentiment on the front of the card so I used the same DSP that I used for the panel going down the left side of the Sahara Sand base and created a break, finishing it off with a scalloped piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. It's really hard to see in the photo but I added Dazzling Diamonds to the tree branches and to the hills in the yard. It's very sparkly and pretty in person! The house and the string of lights along its roof are from Holiday Home and the trees are from White Christmas.


Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Holiday Home, White Christmas
Paper: Sahara Sand, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Trim the Tree DSP Pack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Smoke Slate, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Island Indigo,   Blendabilities- Cherry Cobbler, Skin Tone
Accessories: Scallop Edge Border Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Getting Punchy for Friday Mashup

It's Friday, woohooo! It's my last Friday working days this summer, I go back to nights on Monday and I am so happy. It will mean less crafting time but I am sooooo not a morning person, I much prefer going to bed at 4am and sleeping during the day. This also means fall is just around the corner, another reason to be excited!

Friday Mashup challenges also get me excited and this week is no different. I love to see what my fellow DT members come up with and a lot of the time its something I've never tried before and I like that they make me think outside of the box. Avery is our hostess for this challenge and she wants to see some punch art mixed with pom poms! What a fun way to mix things up!

Now, I will admit that I was a bit stumped by the punch art simply because its not something I do. I surfed the net (ok, mainly Pinterest) for ideas and finally decided to do a tab punch dress. It reminds me of my daughter as she is very girly girl and loves her dresses.....the complete opposite of me! I used Real Red to punch the top of the dress out and then used a scallop punch for the bottom half. The edges were sponged on both pieces for a bit more definition. I used some Real Red ribbon to create a belt and I added a single small black pom pom as an accent, along with some pearls along the neckline.

My card base is Crumb Cake and I created another panel in Crumb Cake and embossed it with the Modern Mosaic folder. I sponged it with Crumb Cake for added dimension again. The banners are cut from Fresh Prints DSP and Whisper White.

My layout came from the current challenge at The Paper Players. As soon as I saw the sketch I knew the dress would work perfectly!

Make sure you head over to both The Friday Mashup and The Paper Players to check out both challenges!

  • Create a project with "Pom Poms". 
  • Create a project with "Punch Art:.
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Punch Art project with Pom Poms on it". 



Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Create a Cupcake (retired)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP(retired)
Ink: Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Tab Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Real Red Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Small Pearls, Big Shot, Modern Mosaic EF, dimensionals, sponge

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dasher for Tis The Season

It's time for another challenge at 'Tis The Season and this week we have a great sketch for you! I love the tilted square, it's an element I normally wouldnt work with.

I grabbed my Dasher stamp to create a CAS card. I stamped the reindeer on some Very Vanilla and cut it with the circle framelits. Below that I added a banner of Early Espresso with another banner in Very Vanilla that has the sentiment on it. The polka dot square on a base on Crumb Cake finishes off the card.

I hope you'll come by 'Tis The Season and join us....only 146 days until Christmas (as of Thurs!).


Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Dasher (retired), To You and Yours (retired)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla,Festival of Prints (retired)
Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelits, dimensionals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

World Map for Friday Mashup

Thank goodness for Friday's! I started back to work this week after having most of the summer off(I work for the school district) and I am wiped out! I'll be able to relax on Saturday, we're taking 3 of the 4 kids to the big air show at the base in Anchorage. Its held every 2 yrs and we go to each one, its the highlight of the summer for us!

What's another great way to relax? Why, playing along with us at The Friday Mashup of course :) This week Tara is our hostess and she has a great sketch, plus a technique to try....the Deft Tile Technique. If you are like me and aren't familiar with this technique you can go HERE to see a tutorial.

I originally pulled out Pleasant Poppies to try the technique with and let me just say that was a big fat fail! The lines from the stamp kept going where they shouldn't have, I had a horrible time trying to sponge around the tiles and finally I just threw that piece away and started brand new with World Map.

Now, this card is pretty darn similar to the card I made for The Friday Mashup last week LOL. What can I say, I really like using this stamp with certain colors. Here I used Baked Brown Sugar, Island Indigo and Pear Pizzazz. I again had some issues with sponging around the tiles but just went with it and in person it looks pretty good. I turned the sketch and used a stamp from Starburst Sayings for my sentiment , which is popped up above a  strip of Pear Pizzazz  going across the card along with the Baked Brown Sugar ribbon.

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup and see all the great projects from the rest of the design team, and I hope you'll play along with us!

  • Create a project using the "Sketch".
  • Create a project using the "Delft Tile Technique".
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project using the "Sketch & Delft Tile Technique".


  • Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
    Stamps: World Map, Starburst Sayings
    Paper: Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
    Ink: Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar, Pear Pizzazz
    Accessories: Big Shot, Starburst Framelits, Scalloped Edge Border Punch, Baked Brown Sugar Ribbon(retired)