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)

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Going Dimensional for Friday Mashup

    Normally I show my 18 yr old daughter all of my projects to get her opinion on them but this one has to stay hidden for a few more weeks. She has been asked by a family friend to help them open a coffee stand in North Dakota so my little girl is moving to the Lower 48 :( In Oct/Nov she'll be moving to AZ to live with her best friend and start a new life there. She hasn't even left yet and I miss her already....sigh.....

    Needless to say Sara's challenge for us at The Friday Mashup came at the perfect time, as I will be sticking this card in my daughters luggage to read when she gets to the Lower 48. So whats the challenge? Sara wants us to use a background stamp and to also have a 3D item on our project.

    I used the stamp World Map for my background and although its hard to tell, I used 3 different colors to ink it up......Mossy Meadow, Island Indigo and Soft Suede. I took the globe from the Traveler set and inked that up with the exact same colors and stamped it on some Whisper White and cut that with the Window Frame Framelits. I stamped the image on a scrap piece of paper and cut out the globe portion. I took the stylus from the Simply Scored Tool and moved it around in circles on the back of the globe. This puffs up the globe and makes it pop off the page (I know, you cant really tell in the photo but I promise the globe does puff out off the card!). I layered the Whisper White piece on a piece of Mossy Meadow also cut with the Window Frames Framelits and popped the whole thing up with dimensionals. To finish it off I added a sentiment from Just Sayin', one that fits the way my heart feels!

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

    Here's your Mashup Challenge:
    • Create a project using a "Background Stamp".
    • Create a project with "something 3-D on it".
    • or Mash it Up! and create a "project with a 3-D element and a Background Stamp".

    Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
    Stamps: World Map, Traveler, Just Sayin'
    Paper: Island Indigo, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White
    Ink: Mossy Meadow, Island Indigo, Soft Suede
    Accessories: Big Shot, Window Frame Framelits, Word Bubbles Framelits, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer,dimensionals

    Preserving Thank You's

    A friend of mine asked me to make 2 thank you cards for her, and she wanted me to use a bell jar if possible. I texted her a picture of the Perfectly Preserved (retired) set and she was very happy to see the jar in it! With her happy about the image I sat down to get to work on the cards.

    I love sketches because the layout is always the hardest part for me when making a card, so I love going to a challenge site and seeing a great sketch. This is what happened the other day when I checked over at Stampin' Celebration....I knew it was a sketch that I'd like to try and today's thank you cards were the perfect opportunity.

    My friend loves blue and green bell jars so I stuck with those 2 colors for my cards and just chose matching colors.....Daffodil Delight on one and Island Indigo on the other. Bright and summery, which is also something she asked for.

    These were super easy to put together and when I texted her photos of the finished cards she was super happy, which makes me happy!

    Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
    Stamps: Perfectly Preserved(retired), Starburst Sayings, Gorgeous Grunge
    Paper: Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Gingham Garden DSP(retired)
    Ink: Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, White Craft Ink
    Accessories: Big Shot, Starburst Framelits, Cannery Set Framelits(retired), Island Indigo Ribbon(retired), Pear Pizzazz Ribbon(retired),Whisper White Candy Dots,  dimensionals

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Gold and Green for Tis The Season

    It's time for another challenge at 'Tis The Season and this time we have a color challenge for you! The colors are Very Vanilla, Pistachio Pudding and Gold.

    Now I admit, these colors gave me pause and I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I grabbed the Bright Hopes set and things just came together from there!

    I stamped the tree image in Pistachio Pudding on a Nestabilities Lacey Circle. I then placed the circle on a Pistachio Pudding piece that had been embossed with the Pretty Print TIEF.. This piece was then adhered to a Very Vanilla base.

    The gold really had me stumped. After staring at my Gold Glitter paper for a while I pushed it aside and decided to use some gold elastic cord and wrapped it around the cord to separate the top of the card from the area I stamped the sentiment on. The sentiment was stamped in Pistachio Pudding also.

    You may have noticed I didn't do the optional trimming of stencils....I don't have any, I haven't jumped on that craze!

    Come by the 'Tis The Season and play along with us, we'd love to see how you use these colors!

    Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
    Stamps: Bright Hopes(retired), Greetings of the Season
    Paper: Very Vanilla, Pistachio Pudding
    Ink: Pistachio Pudding
    Accessories: Big Shot, Nestabilities Lacey Circles, Pretty Print TIEF (retired), Gold Elastic Cord

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Summer Colors for Friday Mashup

    It's my turn to host the challenge over at The Friday Mashup and I've got a color challenge along with a theme of "summer fun". Stampin' Up! released the 2014-2016 In Colors last month and I chose to work with 3 colors from the group.....Hello Honey, Blue Lagoon and Mossy Meadow. Looking at the ink pads next to each other I could just picture summer fun with those colors.

    Now, I'm not a summer fan. It's my least favorite season and if I could skip right over it I would. Thankfully this summer has been a good one, lots of rain and clouds with only a few days of warm temps. As long as the temp stays around 70 degrees I'm a happy camper. The one thing I love about summer (ok, all seasons) is the wildlife and that's why I chose to use the moose from the set Walk in the Wild. Bull moose start to grow their antlers back in the spring and the summer is spent eating as much food as possibly to help fuel the growth of the antlers. Cow moose actually pick their mates based on antler size! For summer in Alaska moose are the perfect image to use :) I sneaked in a neutral by using Baked Brown Sugar for my moose.

    Also, keen observers will notice that this card was inspired by a card in the Stampin' Up! catalog, page 119.

    I hope you'll play along with us at The Friday Mashup, I'd love to see what summer means to you!

    1.Use the colors Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow
    2. Create a "summer fun" themed project
    3. or mash it up and created a "summer fun" themed project with the colors Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow

    Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
    Stamps: Walk in the Wild
    Paper: Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Watercolor Paper
    Ink: Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow
    Accessories: Big Shot. On Film Framelits, Baked Brown Sugar Ribbon (retired), dimensionals

    Getting Old with Jingle Belles

    This week over at Jingle Belles they are doing a cross challenge with Shopping Our Stash and they want us to use an item in our stash that is older than a year. I grabbed the bin I keep older misc. stamps in and started going through it to see what I could use. I finally grabbed this night church scene stamp. Its got to be at least 15 years old, if not more, and I honestly don't think I have ever used it before. No better time than the present!

    I stamped the image in Night of Navy on Whisper White card stock and then I colored in the holly in the corners, the wreaths on the doors , the stained glass window and the windows. This image really reminds me of growing up in New England and the lovely old churches you could find in towns throughout the area.

    To finish it up I added some SU Dazzlin Diamonds glitter to the trees, the roof of the church and the snowy path. I also used SU Dazzling Details in Cherry Cobbler for the berries on the holly. I mounted the scene of a piece of Whisper White that was embossed with the CB Swiss Dots EF.

    It's been raining here for a few days so its dark both outside in the house, making it hard to get a good photo. Trust me, this card is so pretty in person, I just love it!.

    Make sure you head over to both Jingle Belles and Shopping Our Stash to play along!

    1. Make a holiday card that uses something from your stash 
    which is at least a year old.
    2. Post the card on your blog or gallery, and be sure 
    to tell us what your older stash item is.
    3. Link your card at the bottom of this ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ post 
    and also at this Shopping Our Stash post.
    4. Check back at both blogs on July 17th to see if you've won 
    one of the lovely prizes! (More on that in a minute!)
    Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
    Stamps: Comotion Stamps #2428
    Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White
    Ink: Night of Navy, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight
    Accessories: Cuttlebug, CB Swiss Dots EF, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, dimensionals

    Whole Lot of Wonderful

    Here in Alaska Denali National Park holds a road lottery every year. For 4 days in Sept. 400 vehicles are allowed to drive into the park, and if the weather allows you can drive the entire 92 miles of the road. This is the only road into the park and during the summer private vehicles are only allowed to drive to mile 15. After that you must take one of the parks buses, ride a bike or hike in. The lottery draws thousands of applicants and its very hard to win a pass. In the years we've been here we have never won the lottery before, which has always bummed us out. We didn't win this year either but a friend of ours did and she is giving her pass to us! We are so excited and thankful for her kindness that I wanted to make sure I gave her a thank you card letting her know how much she means to us. She serves on city council with my husband so he is going to give her the card tonight, otherwise I would have waited until the sun came back out to get a better picture.

    Freshly Made Sketches was the perfect jumping point for this card. I skimmed over the sets and finally decided on Vivid Vases. Our friend loves flowers and has a very vibrant personality so I wanted to do something that reflected her personality. I've got WAYYYY too much DSP so I'm trying to use some of the retired I grabbed Sycamore Street. I really love the colors and designs in this DSP.

    I stamped the 3 middle vases in Black StazOn on Whisper White and then I stamped the images again on various DSP from the pack. I cut it out and paper pieced the bases and then used markers to color in the flowers.

    To finish the card I stamped the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry and cut the strip into a banner and popped it up with dimensionals. I then took a Sycamore Street Designer Button and threaded some gold elastic cord through it and attached it to the card. I'm not a big button person but I think it goes nicely with this card.

    Thanks for looking and make sure you check out Freshly Made Sketches and play along with them!

    Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
    Stamps: Vivid Vases
    Paper: Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Sycamore Street(retired)
    Ink: Black StazOn, Summer Starfruit(retired), Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Old Olive
    Accessories: Big Shot, Banners Framelits, Sycamore Street Designer Buttons(retired), Gold Stretch Cord, dimensionals

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

    Independence Freshly Made

    It's Saturday night here in Alaska and I hope all of my US readers are having a good 4th of July weekend! It is hot here in my neck of the woods, 80, and that's not normal for this area so my family and I have stayed inside all day avoiding the sun! We BBQ'd yesterday but that was the extent of our celebrations. We have too much daylight here to bother with fireworks so I watched the Macy's Day fireworks special on TV instead :)

    My craft area is in the master bedroom and it finally "cooled" down enough in there that I felt like doing some stamping. I saw the note that
    Freshly Made Sketches was still open for another day or so so I grabbed my supplies and went to work.

    Have I said lately how much I adore the set For Your Country? It is hands down my favorite set in the SU catalog(well,  Walk in the Wild is a VERY close second). I wasn't sure how to use it with this sketch but I just kind of sat there going over things in my mind and it just started coming together.

    For the strips under the circle portion I pulled out the set Tape It. It's actually the first time I've inked it up since I bought it last year! Next I inked up a sentiment and images from For Your Country and fussy cut them. I took the circle framelits and made a frame with them instead of using a whole circle. 2 of the banners are stamped right on the Naturals White paper, the red banner is adhered with tape and goes across the circle frame and then I adhered the sentiment banner down. The images of the boots and dog tags are popped up with dimensionals. The background was a bit stark to me so I used a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge to add a little something more. I was much happier with the card after doing that!

    Thanks for stopping by, and remember to be safe this weekend if you are out celebrating!

    Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
    Stamps: For Your Country, Tape It, Gorgeous Grunge
    Paper: Real Red, Naturals White, Night of Navy
    Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy
    Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelits, dimensionals

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    Simple Watercolor for Friday Mashup

    Happy 4th of July to everyone in the US! I hope you have a great holiday weekend and that you are safe out there!

    To kick off our Independence weekend Heidi is our hostess at The Friday Mashup and she wants us to use the watercolor wash technique and to create a CAS project, or one with very minimal layers.

    Watercolor wash seems to be pretty popular right now doesn't it? Stampin' Up! has several sets that would be great to use with this technique or you can do what I did and just grab the aquapainter, ink and be totally random and abstract about it!

    I took some watercolor paper and used the colors Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe to create my watercolor wash background. I then took a stamp from Serene Silhouettes and stamped that in Coastal Cabana across the top of the other colors. The sentiment is from the hostess set Hello Love and I stamped that in Lost Lagoon. I also did some ink splatter on the panel using Lost Lagoon. To finish it off I grabbed the paper piercer and just randomly went around the edge making holes. I didn't want to the lines to be perfect so yes, they are crooked and random :) If the general layout looks familiar to those with keen eyes I was inspired by the card on page 108 in the Stampin' Up! catalog.

    We hope you'll stop by The Friday Mashup blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us, we love to see your projects!

  • Create a Project with a "Watercolor Wash".
  • Create a "CAS project or one with Minimal Layers".
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "CAS project with a Watercolor Wash".

  • Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
    Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Hello Love
    Paper: Strawberry Slush, Watercolor Paper
    Ink: Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Lost Lagoon
    Accessories: Aquapainter, Paper Piercer

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Silent Night for Tis The Season

    This week at 'Tis The Season we have a beautiful inspiration photo! Don't you just love the white with just a touch of teal?

    As soon as I saw this photo I knew I wanted to use the set Evergreen. I love trees, and I especially love Christmas trees. I made my card base Bermuda Bay and embossed one of the trees in white in the middle of the base. I then took a panel of Whisper White, embossed it with the Stripes EF and cut out a window using the Window Labels Framelits. I created a frame around the window by using 2 of the dies next to each other in size. Next I grabbed a piece of vellum and stamped the lyrics tree in Lost Lagoon. I had originally used Bermuda Bay but the darker ink looked much better against the embossed image underneath. These lyrics forming the tree speak for themselves so I didn't want to fill the card with accessories that would take away from that, therefore I just added some Basic Pearls to finish off the card.

    We hope you'll come by 'Tis The Season and join in our Christmas fun!

    Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
    Stamps: Evergreen
    Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Vellum
    Ink: Bermuda Bay, Lost Lagoon, Versamark
    Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes TIEF, Window Frames Framelit Dies, Basic Pearls, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, sponge, dimensionals