Thursday, November 29, 2007

Colour Challenge #142

This past Tuesday, I took a look at what the colour challenge was on Splitcoaststampers. I finally completed the cards last night. Yes, I made two using the Season of Joy stamp set. When I was stamping the main image panel, I decided to do two right away just in case I made a mistake and had to trash the one. Takes less time in the end - for me anyways. But it worked out and I was able to get two cards out of it.

So, the colour challenge was bashful blue, certainly celery and basic grey. I don't have the grey, so I used silver card stock instead. I love these colours together. And I really like the samples that used the basic grey. Maybe have to get some of that card stock in the new year.

On this first card, I first inked the main image stamp in Bashful Blue and then wiped the ink off the words "CELEBRATE the SEASON" with my finger. Yeah, I know, very professional. But hey, you gotta do whatever works for you. I then used my Versamarker and coloured the same words with it and the Christmas tree with a Certainly Celery marker. I embossed it with silver embossing powder. Finally, I inked the edges with Bashful Blue ink and dauber, then layered onto Silver and Bashful Blue card stock.

On the Certainly Celery card stock, I stamped the "swirl" in Certainly Celery ink, added three rhinestone brads and tied a ribbon around it. Oh, I also sponged the edges with Celery ink. I taped all the pieces together and used dimesionals behind the main image.


Stamps: Season of Joy
Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Brushed Silver
Ink: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Versamarker, Certainly Celery Marker

Accessories: Ribbon (Michael's), Silver Embossing Powder, Gemstone Brads (the Paper Studio), Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

4.25 x 5.5 card

On this second card I used Designer Paper that I received from Alli Miles last week. I noticed that it had the challenge colours in it. Sorry, I don't know which company the dp comes from. On the Bashful Blue card stock, I used one of the Itty Bitty Background stamps with Versamark ink. I also used Olive Satin Ribbon. I made the main image in the same way as the previous card, although sponged with celery ink and added an Olive layer behind the Silver card stock. This card came together very quickly.


Stamps: Season of Joy, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Brushed Silver, Designer Paper (unknown)
Ink: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Versamarker, Versamark, Celery Marker
Accessories: Sponge Daubers, Olive Satin Ribbon (Gale's), Silver Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

4.25 x 5.5 card
Well, that's all for now. I'm off to arrange a play date for Zachary tomorrow. There is no school again tomorrow. My third Friday this month where my "alone" time has been "taken away". Oh, well.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Time Well Spent

On Friday I received a free stamp set, Time Well Spent, from Stampin' Up! This set is a Level Three Hostess Set from the new catalogue coming out in January. When I first saw this set I was not that excited about it. But when I started playing around with it I realized that there are quite a lot of possibilities. So yesterday I inked it up and this is what I came up with.

Here are the dimensions along with the supplies I used to make this card. (I usually don't record the dimensions, but I think I might want to make this card again. I sent it off to someone already so I don't have the original.)

5.5"x 4.25" - Card base in Old Olive
5.25"x 4" - Celery Designer Series Paper. I inked the edges with Old Olive ink.
4.25"x 3.25" - Certainly Celery. Edges are inked in Old Olive.
4" x 4" - Whisper White. Edges are inked in Certainly Celery.
.75"x 3" - Pretty in Pink strip. Stamped with smallest flower of set in Pretty in Pink ink. Edges are also inked lightly in Old Olive.

I used a blender pen to colour in the outlined/smaller portions of the large flower. For the large area in the middle of the flower I used an aqua painter. This is the first time I have used it. Wow! I love it. It gives such a nice water colour quality. I know I need some practice but I liked how it turned out for my first try. It is very subtle. I'm ready to try it again.


Stamps: Time Well Spent
Paper: Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Celery Designer Series Paper, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Old Olive, Black Stazon, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Olive Satin Ribbon, Sponge Dauber, Celery Brad, 1/16 Hand Held Punch, Dimensional, 3/4" Circle Punch

Thursday, November 22, 2007

I won??!!??

Last week when I went on Alli Miles blog, Card Metaphors, she had a post saying that the first two people who email her will be mailed some of her designer paper. Well, since her blog is one of the first blogs I check in the morning, around 7am, I noticed I was the second person to post a comment. And later that day I got an email saying that I would receive some of her designer paper. Yippee!! Yesterday I got the package in the mail. There are some beautiful pieces of designer paper in the envelope. I mostly get my paper from Michael's or Stampin' Up! because it is so convenient. After seeing this paper, I realized that I need to make the effort to go to the local scrapbooking stores.

This is the card I made as a Thank you to her. The horizontal strip of designer paper is a piece from the stash she sent me. Thanks, Alli. (The Rose Red scalloped circle is actually a perfect match to the dark pink in the patterned paper. I tried a number of pictures to try to get the colour to match, but it didn't work out.)


Stamps: Bird from Nature Stamps by Rhonda Farrer (Autumn Leaves), Much Appreciated (SU)
Paper: Designer Paper (unknown from Alli Miles), Green Scroll (NRN Designs), Whisper White, Rose Red,
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, Old Olive, So Saffron Marker
Accessories: Sponge Dauber, Two-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Olive Satin Ribbon, Giga & Mega Marvy Scalloped Circle Punches, Gemstones (the Paper Studio & Darico)

4.75 x 4.75 card

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Happiness Always

Fargo was so much fun!! Ang and I have decided that we are going to go again next year. I guess I had better start saving my money now! LOL. I have a secret.....We shopped for ten hours on Saturday.....Crazy!!! And sooo much fun!!!

I had a bit of time to stamp today. Here's the card:


Stamps: Happy Harmony, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Naturals White, Boho Chic Funky Fix from the Urban Window Series Designer Paper (We R Memory Keepers)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Accessories: Sponge Dauber, Brad, Prima Flower, Corner Rounder Punch, Scalloped Scissors, Olive Organdy Ribbon, Oval Coluzzle

4.25 x 5.5 card

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Another Stamp Class Card

This is another card I have done in a number of stamp classes. This card uses acetate (or transparencies). I've done it two different ways. In the card shown, I stamped French Script in Close to Cocoa on the strip of Very Vanilla card stock. I then stamped the flower in Brown Stazon on the acetate, flipped it over and used blender pens to colour in the flower. I flipped it back over and very carefully and precisely placed the acetate on the Very Vanilla card stock and held it steady while I punched in a hole and placed a brad. The ink comes off the acetate so I wanted to make sure it came off in the exact place I wanted it - directly behind the outline of the flowers. Kind of tricky. So for another stamp class, I did the opposite: Stamped the flower and coloured in with blender pens on the card stock, and stamped the French Script in Stazon on the acetate. Much easier. Both work, but the look is a bit different. Sorry, I don't have a picture to show you of the second card.

I've done this card in three stamp classes/worshops. And I've noticed that everyone has different tastes. Some people like the photo corners on the card, and others don't and just use four brads instead. Interesting.


Stamps: Oh, So Lovely, French Script Background, Warmest Regards, Rough Edges Wheel
Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Perfect Plum, Acetate
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Timber Brown Stazon
Accessories: Antique Copper Brads (makingmemories), Photo Corner Punch, Dimensional, Hand Held 1/16" Punch

4.25 x 5.5 card

Well, I am off to Fargo, ND this weekend with my friend Ang to do some Christmas shopping and have some fun and relaxation. Actually, shopping is fun and relaxing for me! LOL. I am looking forward to it very much....lots of fun and hopefully some good deals. :) I hope to get ALL my Christmas shopping done.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Belated Weekend Sketch Challenge #27

I finally got around to the Weekend Sketch Challenge this last Tuesday. And I didn't have a chance to up load the card. Better late than never.


Stamps: Happy Harmony, Looks Like Spring, In the Spotlight
Paper: Bohemia Series Designer Paper (My Mind's Eye), Vellum Dots Designer Paper (Paper Pizazz),Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, White Vellum Card Stock
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Accessories: White Ribbon (Michael's), Crystal Brads (makingmemories), Circle Coluzzle, Glue Dots, Cutter Kit (distresser), Ticket Corner Punch

4.75 x 4.75 card

Sunday, November 11, 2007

It's Been A Long Time....

...since I last made a post. These last two weeks have been crazy. Along with the regular activities of life, the last two weeks have been filled with two bouts of the flu and a couple of stamp classes. So tonight I am going to make a short post before I continue preparing for the next stamp class. Three more in November. It's been fun so far.

This is one of the cards that has been made at the stamp classes. I know I got the idea from someone on Splitcoaststampers, but I just don't know who it was. I've been through my entire "Favorites" but can't find the card there. So sorry I can't give the person credit for my "inspiration".

It is a simple card to make and looking at the supplies in the "recipe" it is fairly self-explanitory. If not, I'd be happy to answer any questions.


Stamps: Paisley Background, Simply Said, Warm Words
Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, So Saffron,
Ink: Craft Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery, Markers in Pretty in Pink, So Saffron & Certainly Celery,
Accessories: Sponge Dauber, Two-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamons Glitter, Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon

4.74 x 5.5 card

OK, it's back to more cutting card stock. I hope to post again this week. Keep your fingers crossed that no one else will get the flu.