Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Color Q Challenge 38 - A crazy quilt

I love the colors in this weeks ColorQ Challenge ( bordering blue, kiwi kiss, pumpkin pie, riding hood red) Since I have put away my retired colors, I substituted Marina Mist and Old Olive. I have had the idea of a colorful quilt running around in my head so I thought I would apply it to this challenge. Keeping with the textile theme, I accented the card with a striped ribbon and a few buttons.  I am very happy with the crazy, bright quilt card.

Stamps - Elelments of Style, Friends 24-7, Artistic Etchings, Vintage Labels
Inks - pumpkin pie, marina mist, riding hood red, old olive, basic black
Paper - whisper white and pumpkin pie card stock
Accessories - matt pack, white thread, square tag, pumpkin pie striped ribbon, dimensionals

Monday, June 21, 2010

No Stamping and a lot of dust on Father's Day.

making a low catch 

Megan and her personal water boy

We spent this last weekend at Megan's All Star Softball Tournament in Sylmar. It was a long dusty weekend with the girls finishing their final game at 4:00 on Sunday afternoon. They took 2nd place in the tournament and we were very proud of the way they played. Megan usually plays catcher but also took her spot at first base. After a long weekend she was ready to get home, relax and stare at her trophy. I am very proud of my beautiful All-Star ( and the water boy too)

We made it home in time to take dad out for a nice Father's Day dinner so he could relax after all the pacing over the weekend:)

Friday, June 18, 2010

PPA47 Summer Time Challenge

This week's PPA challenge is a summer theme. I love the new Greenhouse Gala DSP and paired it with some Sweet Pea DSP for a summer color theme. I love the combination of the blue and yellow. And what can be more summery than flowers and butterflies?

Paper - Greenhouse Gala, Sweet Pea DSP, whisper white, certainly celery card stock
Stamps - Bella's Bloom ( LAST CHANCE ITEM)
Ink - daffodil delight, old olive, baja breeze
Accessories - Beautiful Wings embosslit die, whisper white satin ribbon, scallop trim border punch, button, dimensionals, glue dots

Gift Card Holder - Sneak Peek

Here is a gift card holder I created using the new Artistic Etchings stamp se along with the new Newsprint Designer Series Papers. The gift card is sandwiched between 2 of the black card stock pieces. 

Paper - Newsprint DSP, basic black, cajun craze card stock
Stamps - Artistic Etchings, All a Flutter, Chic Boutique
Ink - cherry cobbler, basic black
Accessories - corner punch, birds and blooms die, dimensionals, black satin ribbon

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Stamp a Stack - Gifts for Teachers

Ok I liked the layout of the previous card so well, I decided to use it for a stamp a stack. These are end of the year teacher's gifts that will be given along with some gift cards. All the cards are put in a little shopper that coordinates with the cards.

Color Combos ( Ink and Paper Colors)
- kraft, certainly celery, peach parfait, baja breeze, so saffron, old olive ( love this one)
- kraft, espresso, cherry cobbler, marina mist, basic gray, baja breeze
- kraft, bashful blue, real red, old olive, marina mist, so safron

Stamps - Four Square, Wow Flowers, A Flower for Every Season
Accessories - Baja Breeze Corduroy Buttons, 1 1/4" Punch, 1 3/8" punch, dimensionals, old olive brads

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Old Meets New

A fond farewell to the Four Square stamp set featured on this card and a very Happy Hello! to early espresso, cherry cobbler and marina mist. I have combined the Last Chance List stamp set Four Square with the new colors that I am so excited about.

The layout of the card was CASE'd from Kim Sinclair. What a great layout that is perfect for color blocking.

Paper - not quite navy, whisper white, early espresso, cherry cobbler, marina mist, basic gray card stock
Stamps - Four Square
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Accessories - 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" square punches, dimensionals

Boys to Men Card Class

This is a card we will be making this weekend for our Boy's to Men class which focuses on masculine cards. I CASE'd this card from Tanis Giesbrecht's design in Papercrafts Magazine and adapted SU products. I love the simplicity of the design.

Paper - Island Oasis DSP, basic gray, black, kraft, baja breeze, whisper white card stock
Ink - basic black
Stamps - Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories - Stars #2 sizzix die, star designer brads, dimensionals, staple gun

Last Chance for Humor in High Heels

This is a card I made for a belated birthday wish stamped with Humor in High Heels. This is one of my favorite stamp sets for belated birthdays and it is on the Last Chance List. Also on the Last Chance List is the Trio Flower Punch which the flowers were created with. You have until June 30th to order items for The Last Chance List.

I wanted to keep the card simple, like a perfect simple summer dress.

Paper - Sweet Pea DSP, daffodil delight, basic gray, whisper white card stock
Stamps - Humor in High Heels
Ink - basic black, going gray, daffodil delight
Accessories - Little Leaves die, trio flower punch, hole punch, dimensionals, pretties

Monday, June 7, 2010

Mojo Monday 142 - Sneak Peek New Greenhouse Gala DSP

I received my pre-order this weekend which included the new 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog and all I can say is WOW, WOW ,WOW! (with a few squeals of delight). The much anticipated Color Renovation is so fresh and fabulous. The new stamps, new colors, new accessories are all fantastic, but my favorite is all the new Designer Series Papers. The images...the colors.. OOOOOhhhh Aaaahhhh.

This week's Mojo Monday Sketch gave me the perfect opportunity to use this yummy new Designer Series Paper Greenhouse Gala. I can't say enough about how beautiful this paper is and all the colors are just delicious. I did use the more muted papers from this collection. Most of the items are very bright and just stunning. The flower is cut out from the paper.  I have had the papers out on my work surface just so I could glance at them every time I went by my craft closet. I would wallpaper my room with one of the papers if I could. I will definitely be incorporating this paper into my craft space since coordinates with my paint color perfectly. Mmmm, Mmm good.

Paper - Greenhouse Gala
Stamps - Full of Life
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Paper - Greenhouse Gala DSP, pear pizzazz, daffodil delight, chocolate chip, baja breeze whisper white card stock.
Accessories - Scallop border punch, baja breeze corduroy button ( clearance bin).

Curtain Call Color 32 - Get Sketchy Challenges

Here is a card I made combining the Curtain Call Color Challenge and this week's Get Sketchy Challenge. I made the scrunched flowers using the Birds and Blooms sizzix die. The larger flowers are held together with brads while the smaller ones are held together with a thread that had been knotted. This card reminds me of a gift wrapped package.

Stamps - Herbal Expressions
Ink - basic black
Paper - regal rose, summer sun, apricot appeal, rose red, whisper white card stock
Accessories - perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Birds and  Blooms die, dimensionals, brads, glue dots, thread.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

PPA45 - Inspiration Challenge


This weeks PPA challenge is an inspiration challenge from the picture above. I love these colors and the clean look of the floral pillow so I kept my design simple.

Paper - certainly celery, whisper white, pumpkin pie, kraft ( soon to be crumb cake), so saffron, black
Ink - basic black
Stamps - Hugs and Wishes
Accessories - tri flower punch ( Last Chance Item), little leaves sizzix die, hole punch, glue dots, dimensionals

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - OOOPS I need a card for an apology.

The Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge afforded me a great design for this card. I was a real bone head and need to make an apology. Since it is going to a gentlemen, I used somewhat masculine colors and the always versatile Trendy Trees. I think this design would work well for a sympathy card as well.

Paper - Sweet Pea DSP, chocolate chip, kraft, bashful blue, so saffron, whisper white card stock
Stamps - Trendy Trees, In a Word
Ink - So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - square lattice embossing folder, chocolate chip double stitched ribbon, button, linen thread, dimensionals, circle dies, corner rounder punch

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Join My Stampin' Up! Team

From June 1-30, 2010, you can become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and join my team for just $99 with the special Mini Starter Kit! You get all the wonderful benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator but now you can start for only $99
The Mini Starter Kit—valued at over $180—contains the items listed below; while all items are recommended, you can substitute a like item of equal or lesser value.
    *       Watercolor Trio stamp set (wood-mount)
    *       I {Heart} Hearts stamp set (clear-mount)
    *       Clear-Mount Block C
    *       Homemade single stamp*
    *       Whisper White card stock (8-1/2” x 11”)
    *       Brights Collection assorted card stock (8-1/2” x 11”)*
    *       Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad
    *       Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad*
    *       Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Pad
    *       Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad
    *       Basic Black 1/8” taffeta ribbon*
    *       Color Coach*
    *       SNAIL Adhesive
*Sneak peek items!
The Mini Starter Kit also includes the same business supplies that are in the standard Starter Kit. Plus, new demonstrator who join Stampin’ Up! in June, you will receive a free box of 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogs during the first part of July!

Contact me today for information on the rewarding experience of becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Last Chance Lists are Here!

Stampin' Up!'s new 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog will be released July 1st which means lots of new stamps and accessories. In order to make way for all the new items, Stampin' Up! must discontinue some of the current products. Now until June 30th you have ONE LAST CHANCE to purchase these items, some at a great discount. Due to the catalog release in combination with the new Color Renovation, there is an extraordinary number of products on the Last Chance list. Click here to shop now.

I have been very excited not only to see this list, but also to get a preview of some of the new Stampin' Up! items that will be released next month. I should receive my sneak peek pre-order in the next week or two so make sure you check my blog for samples using these new exciting stamps and accessories.

Click here for the LAST CHANCE ACCESSORIES list by catalog page number. Items with an asterisk are being reconfigured for future sale ( different packaging etc.) 

Image from Spring Song, one of the stamps on the Last Chance list.