Sunday, January 31, 2010

LNS Challenge 55

This is my submission for Challenge 55 over at Late Night Stampers. This week's challenge was to do something "vintage". I love this stamp set and it certainly looks vintage to me! Here are the items I used to make this card:

Stamp set: Wings of Friendship

Ink: Basic Gray

Paper/cardstock: Sage Shadow, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Nouveau Chic DSP

Other: Big Shot, Top Note die, sponge, Apricot Appeal 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Apricot Appeal brad, Stampin' Dimensionals, Double Rectangle punch

All products made by Stampin' Up!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Is it spring yet????

I've seen so many of these Tri-Shutter cards that so many of you have made. They look SO difficult! But, let me tell you, if you haven't tried one...DO! They are really quite easy! I made this a week or so ago when it was so ugly cold here! It seemed as if it would never be warm again! The "sentiment" was made on the computer. I just had to make this bright and sunny since it had been so long since the sun had really come out here. Of course, it is a bit warmer now but the sun still doesn't really shine during the day. We have been plagued by fog way up into the morning hours and even after the fog it's still cloudy all day. Anyway, here are the items I used to make this card:

Paper/Cardstock: Kaleidoscipe DSP, Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion

Stamps: Pretty Petals background stamp

Other: Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies die, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Ticket Corner punch, Scor-Pal, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grosgrain ribbon

All products (except Scor-Pal) made by Stampin' Up!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Free Standing Pop-Up Card

This type of card is called a "Free Standing Pop-Up Card. I got the instructions for making it from Split Coast Stampers quite some time back. I've been going through some of the stuff I have printed off lately and I've been trying to either make the project and recycle the paper or just recycle the paper! As you can see from the two pictures it does fold flat so that you can mail it. All you do is gently hold onto the bottom part (in this case the Old Olive) and pull up on the ribbon. The Old Olive part is scored such that it folds out and makes almost a platform for the card to sit up on! Here is a list of the items I used to make this card:

Stamps: Asian Artistry, Weathered background stamp

Cardstock: Old Olive, More Mustard, Very Vanilla

Ink: Old Olive

Other: Stampin' Write markers in Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Basic Black, Only Orange, Creamy Caramel, Corner Rounder punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelet, Crop-A-Dile, Linen Thread, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Very Vanilla 5/8" ribbon

All products made by Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

LNS Challenge 51

This is my submission for this week's challenge over at Late Night Stampers. Now, unfortunately, I didn't save a picture of the "inspiration" for this week's challenge but it was one of those "designer" cakes. It is really pretty. It was pink and red and white. It had stripes in some places, tiny little flowers, these little round objects, diamonds, and I can't even remember what else it had other than around one of the layers was what looked like a yellow ribbon tied in a bow!!! Now, you can see what I "saw"! All of the other girls on the list saw the pink, red and white! My poor brain must be warped because all I saw was polka dots and the yellow ribbon!!!! OH....go look here - and you will see a picture of the cake! That is a link to Mary Jo Price Williams's blog! See all the pink and red? See that TINY bit of yellow? That TINY bit of yellow is what called out to me! My brain really is weird! Anyway, here is what I used to make this card:

Stamps: Circle Circus, Vintage Vogue

Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Whisper White

Ink: Crushed Curry, Old Olive

Other: Movers & Shapers die with the circle die, Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, 1" Circle punch, 3/4" Circle punch, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions folder, Big Shot, sponge, Crushed Curry Polka Dot ribbon

All products made by Stampin' Up!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

LNS Challenge 53

This week's challenge at Late Night Stampers was to make a Valentine's card and, if possible, make it masculine. I have seen LOTS of beautiful Valentine's cards using alot of our new stamp sets. I went "old school" for mine! This is the Valentine that I will give my husband next month. That's me driving the pickup truck (I LOVE pickup trucks) and that's a few of our dogs in the back of the truck! Here are the products I used to make this card:

Stamp sets: Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories, Grateful Greetings

Cardstock: Watercolor paper, Ruby Red, Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink: Staz-On Jet Black, Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Going Gray, Close To Cocoa, Ruby Red, Regal Rose, Creamy Caramel, Blush Blossom

Other: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Aqua Painter, Heart To Heart punch, white gel pen, sponge

All products made by Stampin' Up!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

LNS Challenge 52

This week's challenge over at the LNS Yahoo group was simply to use ribbon! I am a NUT about ribbon! I use it whenever possible! I also keep all my little "snippets" of ribbon! You know, when I've made a card using ribbon and I have to trim the ends of the ribbon? Anyway, I have this little clear paint can (the kind alot of crafters use to alter) and I put all my little "snippets" in it. I must admit, it really does add a little bit of color and interest to my craft table! Anyway, I've been wanting to try and find a way to use some of these little scraps of ribbon (I am now filling up my SECOND little paint can). Well, this week's challenge gave me that chance! So, here's a picture of what I made....

...and here's how I made these! The little flower pots came from some craft store some time in my distant past! Danged if I know just how long I've had these but it's been quite a while! I put a little bit of styrofoam in the bottom of each one. I added a little liquid glue just to be sure the styrofoam held in place. Then, I made the flowers. I used one of my favorite dies...the Flower Folds die! I used two different pieces of DSP from the Sweet Pea stack in the new mini catalog. Each flower also has two parts of the flower from cardstock. The yellow is So Saffron, the orange color is Pumpkin Pie and the red color is Rose Red. The centers of the flowers are some of our wonderful corduroy buttons. I used Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun and Kraft. So, I put the flowers together after die cutting them and then added the buttons. Next I wrapped the popsicle sticks (or craft sticks if you prefer) in Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon. I used sticky strip to attach the ribbon to the stick. Then, I attached the flower to the top of the stick. I also used sticky strip for that. Then I stuck the popsicle stick down into the styrofoam in the pot. I added some glue, added some ribbon scraps, more glue, more ribbon scraps, more glue, more ribbon get the picture....until the little pot was pretty much full. I added the glue only to make sure the little ribbon pieces stayed in there just in case I knocked one over! I would HATE to have to pick up all those little pieces of ribbon if I knocked one over! OH...I forgot....I also tied a piece of ribbon onto the popsicle stick behind the flower to make "leaves' on the stem. Here is a close up of the inside of the little pot showing all my little scraps of ribbon....

That's it....easy peasy!!!! A bigger terracotta pot with more than one flower in it would be cute too! OH....know what would be REALLY cute? Using a long rectangular "box" and putting three or more flowers in it! It would look something like a window box then! THAT would be cute!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Flower For All Seasons & LNS Challenge

This card fulfills two purposes actually! The first is the Late Night Stampers weekly challenge. The challenge this week was to make something using brads. The centers of the little flowers (which might be difficult to see because of the shadow) are brads. The other purpose is one of my New Year's Resolutions! I want to use EVERY stamp set I have to make a card or "something" this year. I have quite a few sets that I have that I have NEVER used! I also want to use all the tools I have. I have had this Movers and Shapers die since Stampin' Up! started selling it. I have NEVER used it to make a card! Well, I have now!!!! Here is a list of the items/products I used to make this card:

Stamp sets: A Flower For All Seasons, One Of A Kind

Cardstock/paper: Watercolor paper, Cameo Coral, Pink Flamingo DSP

Ink: Basic Black, StazOn Jet Black

Other: Big Shot, Movers and Shapers die with Holiday Windows die, AquaPainter with Cameo Coral, Garden Green and Going Gray inks, 1 3/8" square punch

All products made by Stampin' Up!