Thursday, September 30, 2010

Christmas Swaps for Regional!

Tomorrow morning I'm on my way to the Stampin' Up! regionals in Baltimore, MD! I'm excited to spend the day with lots of people who are just as excited about stamping as I am! Hee! Of course, with all those stampers gathering, we bring lots of swaps! Here is what I created for mine:

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I did the faux letterpress design on the background piece by brayering Whisper White craft ink onto one side of my Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and then running it through my machine with Crumb Cake cardstock. It is really pretty and adds a whole new dimension to the texture.

Well, hope you are enjoying your evening! I'm off to gather all my goodies together for tomorrow...


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

First Christmas Card of the Season...

I decided to break out the Christmas goodies finally... I've been looking at them for months now, and even though it's a hot 70 something degrees outside, I felt like making something for the holidays. I seriously think fall is going to skip us this year!

My inspiration for this card comes from the most recent Just Add Ink sketch challenge. Isn't it a great one? Here is the card I made:

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I realized with this card that I don't have any nice sized snowflake stamps. I've added them to my wishlist- it would have been nice to have a few different sized flakes going on with this card.

OK! Off to make something yummy for dinner! Hope you are having a great day!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Simple Apple Blossom Card


Today I'm sharing another card using the Apple Blossom hostess set. I just love it! It has become my favorite go-to stamp set of the moment and it's easy to see why! Pretty focal point stamps; great background stamps; and heartfelt sentiments, too! What more could a girl want out of a stamp set. :)

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I opted for a simple look with this card and only added the patterned paper at the bottom when I stamped my first attempt at a sentiment lopsided... hee! Thank goodness for happy mistakes, right?

I hope you are enjoying your day!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Fall Card

Hi! I made this card awhile ago but thought I'd share it today- I was waiting for more fall like weather but where I live it's still 90 degrees outside! Now, I'm not complaining... I'm not looking forward to winter being here yet but it does seem a little weird being so nice outside!

Anyways, here is my nice, fall-like card:

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This one was a lot of fun to make! I stamped the leaves onto Crumb Cake cardstock and heat embossed them with white powder. Next, I watercolored the entire background with my favorite fall colors. I love how it looks!

Well, I hope you are all enjoying Autumn wherever you live! Thanks for stopping by today!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Little Witch Card

Good Morning!

Today is Zoey's 3rd day of kindergarten and she is loving it! I am still getting used to the new routine... and Natalie is still getting used to not having her big sister around all the time! Hopefully by next week it will be a little easier for us. :)

With school starting, I've been thinking about fall (ha! the weather here is a little behind- it's been in the 90s still!) and Halloween, too! I made this cute card over the weekend:

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Stamps: Greeting Card Kids, Tiny Tags, Paisley Party Wheel
Ink: Pear Pizazz, Rich Razzleberry, Peach Parfait, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Basic Black, Basic Grey, Blush Blossom, Blushing Bride classic inks; Jet Black Staz On
Paper: Confetti White, Rich Razzleberry, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake cardstock; Blushing Bride textured cardstock
Accessories: Decor Elements Applicator tool, Scallop Edge punch, Jewelery Punch, Linen Thread, Aqua Painter, Blender pens

This little cutie is painted using my Blender pens and residual inks from my ink pads. I tried to use my aqua painter first and some spots were so tiny, it was much easier for me to just use the pens. I traded for my painter though in some of the larger areas.

Also, I want to point out that if you haven't used your Decor Elements Applicator tool in your card making, try it! I used it on this card to curl up the edges of my background strips. I love how soft it makes them! You could probably use your bone folder to get the same effect as well!

Well, I hope your week is going well! I am thankful mine is going by fast and that the weekend is almost here! I've got some stamping planned for Saturday night and I can't wait!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, September 3, 2010

Cowboy Card

Good morning! I am so excited that today is Friday! My hubby has an extra-long long weekend, too so I can't wait to relax!

Today's card was inspired by the cross country trip we took over the summer- Wyoming and South Dakota, in particular... These were two of my favorite states that we visited. The scenery was amazing- painted deserts, beautiful mountains, prairies... and in some spots, it still felt like the wild west. The archeologist/ historian in me would love to live there but, being married to a guy who loves the city, I know it will never happen! Hee! So, when I got home and put in my giant SU! order, I had to add this cowboy to my list:

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Stamps: Out West, Style Beautiful
Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Going Grey classic inks; Jet Black Staz On; Versamark
Paper: Dusty Durango, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Confetti White cardstock; Newsprint DSP
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, Hemp Twine, Aqua Painter

I used one of the stamps from the Style Beautiful set in the background- they kind of remind me of the west, too... maybe a belt buckle or something? I watercolored the main image using residual ink from my stamp pads and an aqua painter. I also pulled apart the strip of Early Espresso to give it that soft suedey look- have you tried that yet? Such a fun way to make texture for your card!

I love the simplicity of this card and now, I can't wait to make more using this set! I may have to order the In Wilderness set next... I found a new love for buffalo, too while driving through Yellowstone!

Thanks for visiting today!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Glittery Paper!

I always love Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini Catalog... and this years is the best yet! I seriously want everything inside it! Hee! One of my favorite things is the variety of patterned paper they are offering. I couldn't resist and ordered two of them already! Today's cards are made with the Candy Cane Christmas DSP pack- it is a specialty DSP so there is beautiful red glitter added to some of the designs! Here are my cards so you can take a peek:

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Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Sock Monkey
Ink: Crumb Cake, Real Red classic inks; Jet Black Staz On
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze cardstock; Garden Green textured cardstock; Candy Cane Christmas DSP
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, paper piercer, Candy Cane big designer buttons, DMC thread

Can you tell I'm not in a Christmas mood yet? I thought these papers could work for a variety of occasions- not just Christmas! I love the look of this paper pieced little monkey! Also, can you tell how big those buttons are?? They are big and hearty!

The next card is a mini card using a new set out of the mini- Paisley Prints:

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Stamps: Paisley Prints
Ink: Blushing Bride classic ink; Versamark
Paper: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi cardstock; Garden Green textured cardstock; Candy Cane Christmas DSP
Accessories: Clear Circle Rhinestone brads, Clear embossing powder, Scallop Edge punch, Decorative Label punch

I had lots of fun playing with these new goodies! I think the buttons and the new Decorative Label punch are going to be my favorites this season...

If you haven't taken a peek yet, sneak over to the Stampin' Up! website to check out this years holiday mini! I'm sure you'll love everything in it just as much as I did!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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