Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Two Challenges - One Card

The Inky Divas Weekly Creative Challenge for the week of July 29 was to create a card using Marina Mist, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake.  I decided to remake a card I had done a while ago - see it HERE.

I used this card for another challenge group I belong to - Simply My Digital Studio Challenges - hosted by Heather Summers and Kimberly Vandiepen.  The challenge this week was a technique called Text on a Path using the freeform tool within the MDS program.  On my card the phrase Time to Celebrate was created using a circle line and a text box.  Once the text was sized and coloured and the circle line was the size I wanted I attached the text to the shape and voila my text was now curved.

My Digital Studio - 
Clockworks Stamp Brush Set
Colours - Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist. Basic Black
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Other - White Photo Paper (matte), Candy Dot (neutral), Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, July 26, 2013

Christmas in July!!!

A couple of days ago I visited Jackie Topa's blog (Addicted to Stamping) and saw her card with a punch art gingerbread man.  She is so clever - she used the Pansy punch to create him.  See Jackie's creation HERE.

I really liked the card and although I do have the punch, I decided to pull out my Holiday Collection Framelits (now retired) and use the gingerbread man for my card.  Jackie's card features all current Stampin' Up! product, but there are quite a few retired items on mine.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamp - More Merry Messages
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock - Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Garden Green, Be of Good Cheer DSP (retired)
Other - Red Glimmer Paper, Rhinestones (coloured with a Sharpie marker), Real Red Grosgrain 1/4" ribbon (retired), Signo White Gel Pen, Holiday Framelits

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Inky Divas Weekly Challenge - Week of July 22

This week's challenge was to create a birthday card using the chalkboard technique.  In addition the "rules" of the challenge were to use a current birthday stamp set as well as a framelit or punch.  So here is my attempt:

It's pretty plain, but I didn't want to add too many extras -  I think I'm happy with it.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Hearts a Flutter, Chalk Talk
Ink - Whisper White (craft), Strawberry Slush
Card Stock - Basic Black, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Other - Chalk Talk Framelit, White Watercolour Pencil, Sponge, Rhinestone, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Washi Tape

A while back while visiting Pinterest I came across a pretty card posted by Kristina Werner - you can see her card HERE.  I really liked it and wanted to recreate it using Stampin' Up! products.

Although the background is looking pale pink in the photo it is really Whisper White.  Kristina's card used a gingham pattern on the bottom.  I did not have any stamps or paper to duplicate that, but I did receive the Gingham Garden Washi Tape I had ordered.  I think it worked out really well.  I used a little bit of Crystal Effects to highlight the cherry on the cupcake.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Banner Greetings (Hostess set); Create a Cupcake
Ink - Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Early Espresso, Real Red
Card Stock - Whisper White, retired Designer Series Paper
Other - Gingham Garden Washi Tape, Create a Cupcake punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Crystal Effects.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Chalk Talk and Gorgeous Grunge

In spite of promising myself that I would not buy everything in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue, I am well on my way.  I could not resist getting the Chalk Talk bundle - it includes the stamp set as well as the coordinating framelits.  I also loved the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.

I don't go on Pinterest very much, but I did notice a card posted by Amy O'Neill that uses both of these stamp sets.  You can see Amy's card HERE.

At first I was thinking there was too much "splatter" but I love the look of the card!  Amy hand cut the layered heart, I didn't.  I used the small heart punch - it's a little smaller than the stamped image, but I am good with how it turned out.

Stamps - Gorgeous Grunge, Chalk Talk
Ink - Summer Starfruit, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Primrose Petals
Card Stock - Whisper White, Smoky Slate
Other - Chalk Talk Framelits, Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone, Baker's Twine, Small Heart Punch

Friday, July 19, 2013

Masculine Card # 6

This card is one I saw on Diana Gibbs' blog several weeks ago.  You can see it HERE.  When the stamp set The Open Sea was introduced a few years ago in a mini catalogue I bought it right away knowing I would be able to used it over and over for great masculine cards.

Stamps - The Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Card Stock - Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Other - Woodgrain Embossing folder, Circle punches, Clip (retired), Essentials Paper Piercing pack

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Inky Divas Weekly Creative Challenge - Week of July 15

This week's challenge was a sketch.

Here is my card.

I turned the sketch on it's side and rather than the rectangular layer I used a paper doily.  The flower was created using white tissue paper punched with the blossom and pansy punches.  The blossom cutouts were coloured Melon Mambo and the pansies were coloured Daffodil Delight.  See the video below showing how the punched pieces were coloured using a brayer.

Supplies -
Stamps - A Dozen Thoughts
Ink - Melon Mambo; Daffodil Delight
Card Stock -  Melon Mambo; Daffodil Delight; Whisper White; Pear Pizzazz; Polka Dot Parade DSP
Punches - Blossom, Pansy and Two Step Bird (leaves)
Other - Fan Fair embossing folder; Itty Bitty Banners Framelit; Gingham Garden Washi Tape; white tissue paper; non SU paper doily; Rhinestone Brad (retired); Stampin' Dimensionals; brayer

Monday, July 15, 2013

Masculine Card # 5

I made this card weeks ago and forgot to take down the information for the inspiration card I had seen.

This card uses a retired stamp set, retired DSP and retired circles Bigz Die.  

Stamps - Sense of Time (retired), Distressed Dots
Ink - Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Card Stock - Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Neutrals DSP (retired)
Other - Clip (retired)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Masculine Card # 4

The Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalogue (IBC) is just that.  It is crammed full of wonderful stamping supplies, but is also full of ideas for making cards and other paper crafts.

My card today is one I saw on page 101 of the current IBC.  I used a different stamp set for the sentiment and used a framelit from the Chalk Talk set rather than the Windows Collection framelit used in the sample.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - The Open Sea, Happiest Birthday Wishes (retired)
Ink - Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Naturals White
Other - Colour Spritzer (retired), Crumb Cake Marker, Chalk Talk Framelits, Antique Brad

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Inky Divas Weekly Creative Challenge - Week of July 8

This week the challenge was to create a card that makes you think of summer and use colours from the Stampin' Up! Brights collection.  We were also to use stamps for the current Stampin' Catalogue.

My card is a birthday card and it does make me think of summer.  There are a lot of summer birthdays in my family and extended family.

CASEd from Marelle Taylor

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Gorgeous Grunge, Tag It!
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry
Card Stock - Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry (Textured), Whisper White
Other - Decorative Label punch, 1/2" Circle punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Inky Diva's Creative Challenge - Week of July 1

The challenge for the week of July 1 was to use only the base card and one additional layer!  It turned out to be a little harder than you would think.  I finally came up with this card using the Summer Silhouettes stamp set.

I used a little bit of Dazzling Details (glitter glue) on the flowers.

Stampin's Supplies
Stamps - Summer Silhouettes, Sweet Essentials
Ink - Early Espresso, Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding
Card Stock - Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Other - Dazzling Details

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Masculine Card 3

This is another card posted by Angela McKay

I don't have all of the supplies Angela used so I used what I had on hand

Stamp Set - Delightful Dozen
Ink - Night of Navy, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight markers
Card Stock - Whisper White, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Regals DSP (retired), Brights DSP (retired), Polka Dot Parade DSP, Brads (retired), Large Star punch (retired).

Monday, July 1, 2013


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