Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Embellish Magazine Blog Hop

Hi! Thanks for stopping by today! I'm participating in a blog hop for one of my favorite sources of inspiration- Embellish Magazine! Embellish is an online magazine with weekly challenges, great tips, and tons of creativity. Their first online publication was launched recently and we are celebrating!

For all of the blog hop info, please head to the Embellish Magazine blog.

I made two cards with the issue's challenge in mind: use Kraft, Red, Turquoise, and Brown together in a project incorporating twine into your design. I love this color scheme and could probably create with it for days...

Here is my first card:

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Stamps: Party Hearty
Ink: Soft Suede classic ink and stampin' write marker; Versamark
Paper: Kraft, Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede cardstock
Accessories: Hemp Twine, Perfect Polkadot texturz plate, Dimensionals

I know the banner thing has been done before but not by me! Hee! I saw the party hats stamp from the Party Hearty set and thought they'd make perfect little banner flags...

Here is the second card I made:

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Stamps: Chic Boutique, Tiny Tags, Vintage Vogue, I {Heart} Hearts, En Francais
Ink: Basic Black, Going Grey, Soft Suede, Real Red, Bermuda Bay classic inks; Versamark
Paper: Kraft, Confetti White, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Real Red cardstock; Thoroughly Modern DSP
Accessories: Top Note Die, Hemp Twine, Aqua Painter, Signo White gel pen

For this one, I wanted a vintage feel... wouldn't some of Ashley's homemade crinkle ribbon look cute on this card? I had fun giving each dress form a different look. I gave the red one some polkadots by stamping the polkadot heart from the I {Heart} Hearts set with red ink.

Blog Hop Info

Embellish Magazine is offering four prizes for 10 lucky winners who will be randomly selected from each of the blog hop participant blogs. A comment left on each of the blog hop participant's web site will give you an entry to win one of the prizes, which include Lawn Fawn stamps, May Arts twine, Subscription to Embellish Magazine, and A New Design crinkly stained ribbon. So, be sure to leave comments on all the participants blog posts!

Here is a list of all the great participants...

Embellish Blog
Ryann Salamon
Tessa Wise (me)
Charlene Austin
Renee Van Stralen
Lori Roop
Julie Campbell
Sara Martina Parker
Tammy Fite
Heather Pulvirenti
Regan D'Agostino
Emily Niehaus
Maile Belles
Tiffany Johnson
Anya Schrier
Leigh Ann Baird
Amy Rohl
Mariana Grigsby
Kelly Marie Alvarez
Michelle Woerner
Tina Fussell
Maureen Plut
Brenda Weaver
Julie Lacey
Ashley Cannon Newell

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Monday, May 24, 2010

Well, I guess they liked my stuff...

Because I was chosen as an Artisan Award winner!!! Yahoo! I got the call from Brent at Stampin' Up! last week- I've been trying to keep quiet but it is sooo hard! I saw someone else posted their good news so I think I will too! Hee!!

I'm SOOO excited about this opportunity!! I can't wait to see who else won!!

Thanks to all of your encouraging words this past year- they really inspired me to enter and I'm so glad that I did!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bright Blooms Card

We've had a few rainy days here in the DC area so I've been cleaning up my scrap area a bit... I refound some goodies I haven't played with in awhile- the Eastern Blooms set and the brass embossing template that matches it. Here is what I made:

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Stamps: Eastern Blooms, A Little Birthday Cheer
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie classic inks
Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie cardstock; Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Accessories: Melon Mambo polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, paper piercer, Floral Frenzy Classy Brass Template, Dimensionals

I was a big time dry embosser a few years back so it was fun to use this technique again... I use a light box and stylus but I know a foam sheet sandwich can be made to use in the Big Shot with these templates to get the same effect- anyone try this yet?

Anyways, today the sun is out so I'm going to keep this short and take my girls to the park- they have way too much energy from being inside the last few days! Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Kinda Manly?

I am awful with man cards... anyone else feel the same way? Every time I sit down and try to make a masculine card, I end up wanting to add flowers, ribbon, or something girly to it until it's just too girly to work for a man. This time I sat down with the Pendant Park set and a simple idea in mind and went with it- and accidentally made a manish card... hee! There are a few little flowers but I don't think a guy would notice!

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Stamps: Pendant Park set
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Soft Suede classic inks
Paper: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue cardstock; Maine Blueberry DSP
Accessories: paper piercer, Dimensionals

Notice my Accessories list isn't long on this one! Ha Ha!

I wasn't setting out to make a masculine card and maybe that why it came so easy this time. At least I'll have one now when I need it!

Hope you are enjoying your day! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, May 17, 2010

More Vintage Awash with Flowers Cards

I had so much fun making the last bunch of cards with the Awash with Flowers set, I pulled it out again to create a couple more with the same vintagy feeling...

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Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Vintage Vogue, Warm Words, Well Scripted sets
Ink: Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette, Perfect Plum, Old Olive, So Saffron, Rose Red, and Basic Black Classic Inks; Versamark
Paper: Kraft, Confetti White, Rose Red cardstock; The Write Stuff DSP
Accessories: Hemp Twine, Scallop Edge Punch, Pretty in Pink 1/2" satin ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Paper Piercer, Stampin' Dimensionals

After I made these two, I was checking out what other people have done with this set online and figured out that I've been using the largest flower backwards... oh well! I think it adds a little whimsy this way! Hee!

Enjoy your week!


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Saying goodbye to one of my favorites...

Hi! Hope you are enjoying your Saturday morning... my hubby just got back from Starbucks with our favorite Saturday morning treat and now we are set to read the paper together before we start our day. I love Saturdays!

With Stampin' Up!s upcoming Color Renovation, 30 of the current colors will be retired. It seems like a lot but with the additions of some of the great past and current In Colors, plus the addition of 5 new core colors, we will still have plenty to choose from. In fact, I feel my creativity blooming more because of the changes. I am all for it!

That said, I am very sad to have to say goodbye to some old favorites... Ruby Red will probably be the most missed out of all of them. I've got a little stock pile of cardstock incase I need it but I try to work SUO (Stampin' Up Only) when I work with my SU! stuff so who knows how often I'll actually pull it out... Anyways, this card's for you Ruby Red!

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Stamps: Always set, Tiny Tags set
Ink: Ruby Red, Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron classic inks
Paper: Confetti White, Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Kraft cardstock; Ruby Red textured cardstock
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, Paper piercer, Scallop Edge punch, Scallop Circle punch, Jewelery Tag punch, Dimensionals

This card is also for this weeks Just Add Ink color challenge! Hee! I had so much fun playing along- I might even make some more cards with this pallet... If you have time, check out their great challenge blog and play along!

OK! I'm off to enjoy the weekend! Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Vintage Mothers Day Card


I wanted to pop on and share a mother's day card I made for my mom over the weekend... Can you believe that mother's day is this Sunday?? I feel like it really snuck up on me this year! Here is the card:

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Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Well Scripted
Ink: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Bashful Blue classic inks; Versamark
Paper: Kraft, Confetti White, Rose Red, Soft Suede cardstock
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, Scallop Edge punch, Pretty in Pink 1/2" satin ribbon, half back pearls from the pretties kit, Fine Supernova stampin' glitter, Dimensionals, paper piercer

I had fun playing with the vintage look again. This time I added a little sparkle with the pretty Supernova glitter- I love these but always forget I have them! The flowers are heat embossed with clear powder and then layered to give them a little more pizazz.

Anyways, hope you are ready for mother's day! Hee! I'm off to enjoy a little sunshine with my girls and then I'll get going on the other 2 mother's day cards I need to make...

Thanks for stopping by!

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