Monday, January 31, 2011

Clean and Simple Christmas

This card was made with this weeks sketch over at the Clean and Simple Stamping blog. I thought this was going to be an easy card but it actually took me a bit to figure out the colors and design I wanted to use together. I'm a sucker for Old Olive when it comes to Christmas cards and the Cherry Cobbler is a perfect addition.I inked the edges of the card with Old Olive and used Cherry Cobbler for the sentiment. I really like how the card came out.

 Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps-Many Merry Messages
Paper- Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink- Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories- Round Corner Punch, Sponge


Monday, January 24, 2011

Hello Birdie

With this card I am combining 2 challenges....the first one is from Friday Mashup and the theme is "birds". I love birds!! I have feeders all over my yard and love to watch the birds eat and interact. Here at my place I get a lot of black capped chickadees, nuthatches and hairy and downy woodpeckers. I could spend the entire day outside just watching the birds and taking photos of them, and I have, 'cause thats how I roll :P

The second challenge is a sketch challenge from the Stamping 411 blog. I love this sketch...simple, classic and easy to work with!

My stepmom loves birds and since my dad died I try and send her cards as often as I can. Shortly after my dads funeral she left to spend some time with her mom in FL and I just like to let her know that I love her and miss her, and that I appreciate everything she did for my dad. Taking care of a person with cancer day in and day out is a hard, tiring job but she was there for my dad everyday, and she needs to know how much that means to me, and how much she means to me! Therefore this card was made specifically with her in mind and will be in the mail for FL tomorrow!

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps- Cheep Talk
Paper- Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Ink- Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight
Accessories- Scallop border punch, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, CB Birds and Swirls Embossing Folder, dimensionals,sponge


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Christmas Carolers

No, its never too early to do Christmas cards! Splitcoast has a Christmas card challenge and I signed up for it again this yr. Because of everything that went on last yr I didnt do the challenge and when Christmas rolled around I was definitely wishing I had more cards.

For January's challenge I made 10 of these. This set is one of my all-time favorites, I just adore it! When I was back in Colorado I found the musical paper at one of the local stores and instantly thought of this stamp. I took Basic Black and Chocolate Chip and stamped/sponged the paper with it to get an older feel to it. I also did this to the Very Vanilla cardstock the images are stamped on, although I didnt do it as heavy on there. The image itself was stamped in Basic Brown. I didnt want the colored images to be too bright so I used watercolor crayons to get a softer look. When I took the picture the Very Vanilla came out looking brighter than it really is, so thats deceiving

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Christmas Carolers
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, PP by the Paper Studio
Ink: Basic Brown, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black
Accessories: SU Watercolor Crayons, Blender Pen, Watercolor Pencils


Birthday Rush

I do a card swap with some of my stamping buddies in WA and while I knew we had a swap this month I didnt realize it was today(Sun). Boy did I feel like a heel! The theme this month was birthdays or baby/wedding congrats and I went with birthday. I made 10 of these cards to get in the mail ASAP on Tues! I used this weeks sketch from the Clean and Simple blog, but turned the card and then brought the cardstock to the full length of the card. The scallop circle is popped up with dimensionals.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: So Many Scallops
Paper: Soft Suede, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Tea Party DSP
Ink: Regal Rose, Soft Sude, So Saffron
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Dimensionals, Scallop circle punch


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Good Friend

This week over at the Friday Mashup blog the challenge is a color challenge and boy, did this one make me pause for a bit.

I didnt have a problem with the Not Quite Navy or the Sahara Sand but that Poppy Parade really threw me for a loop. I'm not a big fan of the color, its a bit too bright for my taste but thats why we do challenges right, to help think outside the box?

I ended up using the set 'Good Friend'. The sentiment really spoke to me because in the yr that my dad fought cancer, and then when we lost him, I truly discovered who my good friends were and who was around for the good and bad.

Supplies Used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Good Friend
Paper: Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Sahara Sand DSP
Ink: Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy
Accessories; Brads, dimensionals

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mashup Valentine

I had told myself that starting with the new year I would stamp a card a week, get back to challenges and just get myself in gear. Welllll.....its the second week of January and I'm not quite there yet, but I'm trying!

Today I sat down to work on this weeks Friday Mashup Challenge, which is a sketch w/a twist. I love sketches so I was excited to see the challenge. The twist is to add some *bling* to the card, which is always hard for me, as I'm really not big on that sort of thing. Here is the sketch:
And here is my card I came up with.  The hearts were punched out with the Heart to Heart punch and then I used Versamark and heat and stick powder to apply Dazzling Diamonds. The sentiment is popped up with dimensionals.
Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Valentine Defined
Paper: Soft Suede, Rose Red, Thoroughly Modern DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Heart to Heart punch, dimensionals


Monday, January 3, 2011

Simply Masculine

I needed to make a masculine card for my father-in-law and wanted something simple, not overwhelming. I went with the Pendant Park set, which is one of my absolute favorites! I used Kraft for the card base and then stamped the tree with Old Olive and the bench with Chocolate Chip. The sentiment was also stamped in Chocolate Chip on a strip of Kraft and then cut out and adhered to the card. The bench is popped up with dimensionals. I pierced along the edges and did some faux stitching also.

Supplies(all supplies SU unless otherwise stated):
Stamps: Pendant Park
Paper: Kraft
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Paper Piercing set, dimensionals