Friday, September 28, 2012

Easy but Elegant

I'm super busy lately with all the things I'm making for my upcoming craft fairs this fall but wanted to get another quick post in.  As I've said in earlier posts I have a ton of September birthdays to celebrate.  These cards were for my Grandma and my friend Stacey.
These were really quick to make.  The Designer Paper is from the Comfort Cafe series.  It is the front and back of one double sided sheet.  I love how they are different and yet coordinate so wonderfully.    The base is Very Vanilla and so is the label that has Birthday Wishes on it.  I embossed it using the designer frames folders and then cut that piece out with one of the Labels framelits.  After that, I sponged the edges.It took me about 10 minutes to make both cards.  Quick and simple!
I hope they both had wonderful days and my cards were a bright spot in them! Pin It Now!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Mom

This is the card I made my wonderful mom for her birthday this year.  Blue is her favorite color so I thought this perfect for a September birthday.  

The paper is the Comfort Cafe DSP (yes - all three patterns in one pack!)

This was for a sketch challenge on the Demonstrator site.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Comfort Cafe DSP
Ink: Midnight Muse
Accessories: Big Shot, Delicate Doilies Sizzlet L, Beuatiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Basic Jewels Pearls, Word Window Punch Pin It Now!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tuscan Rise

Good Monday Morning!  Here is another card for the Color Me Beautiful Challenge.

This was an absolutely beautiful color scheme.  Makes me want to visit the desert.  Hmmm, I do have some family in Arizona....

September is a busy birthday month in my family so this is going to another family member.  Here is my take on "Tuscan Rise".

I wanted to use blocks of color and I thought this was a good color combo for that..  I just used to Scallop Dotted Ribbon punch to do the accents.  I wanted to use ribbon but didn't have any in these colors.  However, I really like how it turned out.  Hope you do too!

Stamp sets: Just Believe, On Your Birthday (retired)
Paper: Basic Gray, More Mustard, Perfect Plum, Cajun Craze, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Scallop Dotted Ribbon Punch Pin It Now!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Challenge: Aubergine Dream

This is another Color Me Beautiful Challenge.  I knew the stamp set that I wanted to use right away - Everything Eleanor.  

There were no special techniques used - just relaxing stamping and cutting.  I'm not sure who this one is going to yet - maybe just in with my others for the craft fairs I'm doing this fall.

Stamp Sets: Everything Eleanor, Curly Cute
Ink: Basic Gray, Markers: Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade
Paper: Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
Accessories: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Dazzling Details, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

AM Inspiration

Good Rainy Saturday morning!  I just want to share with you today a card I made for a Color Me Beautiful Challenge.

These were the colors we are to use and to make any creation we want.  I needed to make a card for my niece's 13th birthday and didn't have any ideas yet so I thought this could be my inspiration.

This never happens to me but I must have been thinking on it when I was sleeping because I woke up and knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Here is my finished product...nice and simple.  I wish I had put the flower a little higher but, oh well.  I used Calyso Coral as my base with a layer of More Mustard and then Very Vanilla.  The Birthday Wishes is stamped in Always Artichoke  using the stamp set Bring on the Cake.  The leaves for the flower were die cut using the Big Shot and the Little Leaves sizzlet.
Now for some more details about the actual flower:
The three colors I used were Raspberry Ripple, Calypso Coral, and More Mustard.  I wanted something really soft and pretty so I decided to have the petals be sueded.  I punched out two 2 3/8" scalloped circles in Raspberry Ripple.  Then I used the regular scalloped circle punch to punch out two in Calypso Coral and one in More Mustard.  I then ran each scalloped circle through my crimper to get the paper nice and soft.  After that, you peel each circle into two pieces.

 Once they are separated, I used 3 pieces of the Rasperry Ripple, two pieces of Calypso Coral and one piece of More Mustard.  I spritzed them with a mixture of Champagne Shimmer Paint and alcohol to make them sparkly.  Then layer them on top of each other, put a brad in the center and starting with the top piece, smush them together.  Once it is dry (a few minutes) you can slightly unfold it.

After that, attach to your card!  This isn't a card that easily fits in an envelope so I'm going to hand deliver this one.  Here's one last photo - I tried to capture the sparkly on the flower.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Summer Afternoon

The end of summer is nearing and we are already in the back to school swing of things.  This card reminds me to the lazy days of sitting on the porch swing instead of pouring over the mounds of home work with my children.  

I got the color combination from the color coach. Love that little tool!  The buttons are from the Natural Designer buttons new in the main catalog.  Do you notice the chevron pattern?  Also a new embossing folder for the Big Shot this year.  And finally, I love coloring with the blender pens.  Its so easy to get such depth and variation of a hue.

Stamps: Summer Afternoon
Inks: Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Bashful Blue, Always Artichoke
Paper: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: Natural Designer Series Buttons, Labels Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder Pin It Now!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September Special

Stampin' Up has a great offer for September - FREE RIBBON!!!  For every $40.00 that you spend you get to choose one of the new 2012-2014 In Color 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Please visit my website to order -

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