Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Inky Divas Challenge - Week of September 28

This week's challenge was to create a card or project using leaves.  There was nothing stating that only current Stampin' Up! products had to be used so I pulled out my retired Autumn Leaves die for the Big Shot as well as the retired Four You stamp set.

I sponged a piece of Delightful Dijon card stock with Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon and Always Artichoke.  After cutting off the strip for the greeting I cut out the leaf shape. I crumpled up the leaf and straightened it out a bit, stamped the greeting onto the strip of card stock and then coated them both with VersaMark.  Once well coated I sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heat embossed both pieces.

I probably should have used Delightful Dijon cardstock for the middle layer rather than the Cajun Craze.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Four You (retired)
Ink - Cajun Craze; Always Artichoke, Delightful Dijon; Memento Black
Card Stock - Basic Black; Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze
Other - Autumn Leaves die for the Big Shot (retired), Candy Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Clear Embossing Powder

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sleigh Ride Edgelits

I have started playing with some of my new stuff from the 2015 Holiday Catalogue.  This card uses the Sleigh Ride edgelits.  The set includes three edeglits - the houses, some trees and a horse drawn sleigh.

For this card I used Watercolour Paper for the background.  I used the Midnight Muse reinker (retired) as I couldn't find my Night of Navy.  I used an aquapainter to pick up the colour and just painted it onto the page that I had already spritzed with water.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Lots of Joy; Holiday Home (retired)
Ink - Midnight Muse (retired)
Card Stock - Whisper White; Watercolour Paper; Whisper White; Midnight Muse (retired)
Other - Sleigh Ride Edgeelits; Rhinestones; Frosted Sequins Embellishments (retired)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sleigh Ride

I hope you can see the little horse drawn sleigh on this card - I think I should have used a darker green for the trees.  This is the second card I have made using the Sleigh Ride Edgelits.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Lovely as a Tree; nonSU stamp for HO HO HO
Ink - Old Olive; Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock - Old Olive; Cherry Cobbler; Whisper White; Merry Moments DSP
Other - Circle Card Framelits; 7/8" circle punch (nonSU); 1" circle punch; 2 1/2" circle punch; Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker's Twine; Frosted Sequins Embellishments (retired); Stampin' Dimensionals; Rhinestones

Friday, September 25, 2015

Go Wild Birthday - Sister

While I had the Go Wild DSP out I found THIS card posted on Pinterest - I loved the pink and black.  I don't make many square cards and initially was going to adapt it to a standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card until I remembered that I had a small supply of square envelopes.

My card is pretty much identical to the original, however I don't have the silver thread that was used and the card was going to be for my sister rather than a friend.  I used one of the Iced Rhinestone embellishments from the 2015 Holiday catalogue for the centre of the large flower.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Happy Birthday Everyone; Flower Shop; Family Reunion (retired)
Ink - Versamark
Card Stock - Whisper White; Melon Mambo; Cardstock Vellum; Go Wild DSP; Wild Wasabi
Other - White Embossing Powder; Black Embossing Powder; 2 Step Bird Punch; Pansy Punch; Petite Petals Punch; Rhinestones; Iced Rhinestones; Stampin' Dimensionals; Mini Glue Dots

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Go Wild Birthday - Masculine

I was looking on Pinterest for cards using the Go Wild Designer Series Paper.  I was in need of a birthday card for my brother in law and when I saw THIS one I knew it would be perfect for him.   To make the banner piece I cut my card stock to the width I wanted, punched it with the Triple Banner punch making to sure to save all of the pieces.  I stamped the sentiment and placed that panel on the card - trimming to fit.  I then added added the "waste" piece from the punch.

Rather than try to line up all my panels on the card base I cut a piece of Crumb Cake to 4" x 5 1/4", added my elements and then adhered it to the Crumb Cake base.


Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Endless Birthday Wishes
Ink - Memento Black
Card Stock - Crumb Cake; Whisper White; Go Wild DSP
Other - Triple Banner Punch; Candy Dots - Neutrals

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Inky Divas Challenge - Week of September 21

Julie's challenge this week was to create a Thanksgiving project.  Her sample was a treat box that could be used as a table favour so I decided that is what I would do.  I had seen a project on Becky Robert's website detailing how to made a little favour using the Envelope Punch Board - you can her project HERE.  I had also seen a cute project on Pinterest that looked about the same size and didn't require any DSP.  You can see that project HERE.  I decided to combine the two projects and this is what I ended up with:

I also made one using SU's Linen Thread in place of the ribbon.  Here is a photo of both styles side by side - I like them both.

If using the treat holder as a table favour it could work as a place card as well - just write in the names on the back tab of the folder.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Wetlands; Tags 4 You (retired)
Ink - Cajun Craze; Baked Brown Sugar (retired)
Card Stock - Very Vanilla
Other - Baked Brown Sugar Ruffled Ribbon (retired); Stampin' Dimensionals; Envelope Punch Board; Label Bracket Punch; Linen Thread; Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares

Monday, September 21, 2015

Halloween Window

For this card I used my Silhouette Cameo eCutter to create the window.  I love that I can resize the windows and decided to go pretty big on this one.  Although not much of the card base shows I embossed it with the Brick Wall embossing folder.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Fall Fest (retired); Holiday Home (retired)
Ink - Memento Black; Pumpkin Pie; Early Espresso
Card Stock - Whisper White; Basic Black; Basic Grey; Crushed Curry
Other - eCutter; Fun Fall Framelits (retired); Bitty Banners Framelits; Brick Wall Embossing Folder; Google Eyes; 2" Circle Punch; Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Celebrate Today

I have almost depleted my supply of the Bohemian DSP.  This card was perfect to use up some of the small scraps I have been hoarding.  The original was posted by Mary Brown (aka stampercamper) HERE.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Celebrate Today
Ink - Bermuda Bay; Blackberry Bliss; Hello Honey
Card Stock - Whisper White; So Saffron; Bohemian DSP
Other - Ballons Framelits; Stampin' Dimensionals; Rhinestones; InColor Sequins (retired); Mini Glue Dots

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches 204

This morning I decided to participate in the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for this week.  This is the sketch posted on the website HERE.

I had some scraps on my table from a couple of recent projects so I thought I could use some of them to create a card.

I had a little piece of the vellum I had stamped with silver snowflakes left over from yesterday's card and a scrap of Night of Navy cardstock from the stairstep card I posted earlier today.  I also had a scrap of Shimmery White on the table along with the Endless Wishes stamp set.

I wanted a "mailable" card so rather than add a layer stamped with the snowflakes I masked the card base and stamped the snowflakes directly onto it.  I trimmed the Night of Navy and vellum pieces to the size I wanted and used the scrap of Shimmery White to die cut the sleigh.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Teeny Tiny Wishes; Jingle all the Way; Endless Wishes (retired)
Ink - Night of Navy; Encore Silver Metallic (retired)
Card Stock - Whisper White (thick); Night of Navy; Vellum
Other - Sleigh Ride Edgelits; Stampin' Dimensionals; Mini Glue Dots; Rhinestones

Stairstep Card

During the summer I had been browsing on Pinterest and was quite intrigued to find a link to purchase cutting dies coordinating with the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!.  I knew I had to have them as well as the dies to coordinate with Ornamental Pine.  After thinking about it for a couple of days I ordered them and they arrived last week.

I saw THIS card on Pinterest and followed the link to the stamper's website.  I have never done this style of stairstep card before so I decided I was going to give it a try.  The trees on the original card were hand cut - I was so happy to be able to use my new dies.

I'm not sure about the sentiment stamped directly on the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.

Here's a look from the side -

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Lovely as a Tree; Gorgeous Grunge; Many Merry Messages (retired)
Ink - Versamark; Midnight Muse (retired)
Card Stock - Whisper White; Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper; Midnight Muse (retired); Brushed Silver (retired)
Other - Heat Tool; Stampin' Dimensionals; White Embossing Powder; nonSU Framelits

Friday, September 18, 2015

Merry Everything

Today's card is a CASE of a card I saw this morning on my upline Josée Smuck's blog.  You can see her card HERE.

Josée used the Holiday Foil Designer Vellum available in the 2015 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue for her background.  I don't have that but wanted to make this card right away.  I used vellum cardstock and stamped the snowflakes and stars with Encore Silver Metallic ink.  The snowflake stamp and silver ink are both retired items.  The little stars are included in the Jingle all the Way stamp set.  I adhered the vellum panel to the card stock layer with glue dots and then added the rhinestones to the snowflakes to hide the glue dots.

I used Shimmery White cardstock to cut the trees and houses using the Sleigh Ride edgelits.  The house layer is adhered with stampin' dimensionals.  The greeting is stamped with Memento Black ink and is from the Jingle all the Way stamp set.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Jingle all the Way; Endless Wishes (retired)
Ink - Memento Black; Encore Silver Metallic (retired)
Card Stock - Whisper White (thick); Pacific Point; Shimmery White; Vellum
Other - Sleigh Ride Edgelits; Rhinestones; Stampin' Dimensionals; Mini Glue Dots

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Christmas in Summer 12

This is another card I saw on Pinterest last year.  The original has some stitching and a bit of sponging on the edges but I didn't do that for my card.  I wish I had as it really added a lot to the look of the card.  You can see the original HERE (you will have to scroll down a bit).

The patterned paper is from the retired Trim the Tree Paper Stack.  I may have to go back to the card and perhaps do a little faux stitching - I just don't see me pulling out my sewing machine to stitch on a card.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Festival of Threes
Ink - Garden Green; Memento Black
Card Stock - Crumb Cake; Crushed Curry; Chocolate Chip (scrap); Trim the Tree Paper Stack
Other - Linen Thread; Tree Punch; Itty Bitty Punch Pack; Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Inky Divas Challenge - Week of September 13

This week's challenge was to create a fall themed card using brayer and/or sponging techniques.  It's been a while since I picked up my brayer so this was definitely a challenge for me.  I don't know how many backgrounds I discarded during the process.  In the end I am pretty happy with my card.  No falling leaves but I think the colours at least meet the fall theme.

The sky was brayered using So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Cajun Craze.  I sponged the hills with Chocolate Chip.  The sand was sponged with Sahara Sand and Soft Suede.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Wetlands; Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink - So Saffron; Calypso Coral; Cajun Craze; Chocolate Chip; Sahara Sand; Soft Suede; Memento Black
Card Stock - Whisper White; Chocolate Chip; Cajun Craze
Other - Brayer; Sponges; Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Christmas in Summer 11

I decided to duplicate a card I had made earlier (HERE) but used a different die from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits set.  I really like the simplicity of the design and a bonus is that it won't need extra postage to mail it.

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps - Festival of Trees
Ink - Old Olive
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler; Whisper White; Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper; Under The Tree Specialty DSP (retired)
Other - Wonderful Wreath Framelits; Tree Punch; Rhinestones; Frosted Sequins Embellishments (retired)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Halloween 3

This is another super cute Halloween card I saw last year posted by Mary Fish HERE.  It was really quick to put together - cut a couple 3 1/4" squares of designer series paper, adhere the ghost and a bit of linen thread and the sentiment and you are done!

Stampin' Suppplies
Stamps - Good Greetings (retired); Fall Fest (retired)
Ink - Memento Black
Card Stock - Whisper White; Motley Monsters DSP (retired)
Other - Fun Fall Framelits (retired); Linen Thread; Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Snow Place

On Thursday I went over to Judy's and after lunch we sat down and stamped!  It's been a while since we stamped together and it felt good.  Judy had bought the Snow Place stamp set and coordinating Snow Friends framelits from the Holiday catalogue so we had decided that we were going to make a couple of cards using it.  A few weeks back we had seen a card posted by Anne Granger using that set and decided we wanted to CASE it.   Anne had followed a layout posted by Kimberly Van Diepen.  I had also made a few card using that same layout.

Here are the links
Anne's Card
Kimberly's Card
My Cards - Card 1; Card 2; Card 3

When recreating Anne's card we used the same colours but added a bit of texture by using the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing folder for the layer behind the focal image.  We considered several different folders but decided on that one because it reminded us of an igloo.  Rather than using a piece of ribbon we used the striped stamp from Lots of Joy to create the little bit of horizontal interest.

The card base and embossed panel use the thicker Whisper White card stock now available from Stampin' Up!.

Don't you just love the little penguin?

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Snow Place; Lots of Joy
Ink - Bermuda Bay; Smoky Slate; Memento Black; Tangelo Twist Marker
Card Stock - Whisper White; Bermuda Bay
Other - Snow Friends Framelits; Rhinestone; Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, September 11, 2015

Holiday Catalogue CASE

Every time there is a new Stampin' Up! catalogue - Annual, Holiday or Occasions - I immediately start my Wish List and then start to edit it.  When I received the 2015 Holiday Catalogue there was so much I wanted.  As I started to look at my list of "must haves" I realized that I really needed to whittle it down.  I had seen a Halloween card on page 39 and decided I needed to buy all of the elements for that card.  That meant an embossing folder, a stamp set, a set of framelits, ribbon, Designer Series Paper and spider web doilies.

When I started thinking about it I realized that I could make a very similar card using supplies already in my craft room!  I had ordered the Spider Web Doilies but that was all I purchased for this card.

To make the background I opened My Digital Studio and pulled up the Motley Monsters DSP download.  I imported the tree pattern into a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" photobox, changed it to black and white and then changed the opacity.  I had some halloween downloads and found a couple of ravens so added them to my background and then printed onto Smoky Slate cardstock - I was a happy girl - it was better than I thought it would be!  So now I had my background.  I layered on the doily and trimmed off the excess.  I found some Rich Razzleberry Satin ribbon (retired) and some retired Washi tape and added them to the card.

Next I needed the word BOO!  There is a set of framelits that include the word BOO! (page 49) and although tempted I didn't get it.  I have an eCutter so I opened the design page and created the word and sized it as closely as I could to what I thought the framelit would produce.  Cut it out of whisper white card stock, tied a bit of Black baker's twine and applied it to the card.  Happy! Happy!

Next was the circle in order to finish the card.  Back to My Digital Studio.  The stamp used on the sample in the catalogue coordinates with the 2" circle punch.  In MDS I added a circle punch and colour filled it with Pumpkin Pie  The next step was to create a text box and type in the word spooky. I found a font that I thought would work, adjusted the size, coloured it white and layered it onto the circle punch.  Next I found a stamp with the eyes.  I changed the colour to white and then positioned it below the word spooky.  I printed it out onto matte photo paper (the colour is better than printing to Whisper White), punched it out and adhered it to the card with dimensionals.  The last step was to adhere the completed panel to a base of Basic Grey.  Happy! Happy! Happy!

So after all that here is the card!

Stampin' Supplies
Card Stock - Basic Grey; Smoky Slate; Whisper White
Other - My Digital Studio (retired); Spider Web Doilies; Stampin' Dimensionals; eCutter; Rich Razzleberry Satin Ribbon (retired); Washi Tape (retired - I can't remember the name); Basic Black Baker's Twine

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Inky Divas Challenge - Week of September 7

I made a second card for this week's challenge to create a Fall themed card.  I have had the Festive Fireplace stamp set and coordinating Festive Fireside Framelits sitting on my shelf for several weeks so I decided it was time to get them out.

I hand cut the fireplace and mantel

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Festive Fireplace; Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink - StazOn Black; Tangerine Tango; Early Espresso; So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze and Chocolate Chip Markers
Card Stock - Whisper White; Basic Black; Hello Honey; Tangerine Tango; Chocolate Chip; Old Olive; Basic Grey; Farmer's Market DSP
Other - Stampin' Dimensionals; Mini Glue Dots; Circle Punches - 1/2", 3/4" and 1"; Spider Web Doilies; Festive Fireside Framelits; Bird Builder Punch; Fine Tip Glue Pen; Blender Pens

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Halloween 2

Sounds like a scary movie!

This is another of the Halloween cards Judy and I are making this year.  One version uses the "face" stamp from Fall Fest (retired) and the other uses googly eyes.  This card is a CASE of one we saw on Mary Fish's blog last year (click HERE).

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Ghoulish Greetings (retired); Fall Fest (retired)
Ink - Memento Black
Card Stock - Whisper White; Crumb Cake; Basic Black; Pumpkin Pie; Motley Monsters DSP (retired)
Other - Spider Web Embossing Folder (retired); Fun Fall Framelits (retired); Word Bubble Framelits; Rhinestone (coloured with a Black Sharpie); Stampin' Dimensionals; Googly Eyes

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Inky Divas Weekly Challenge

Julie's challenge for this week was to create a "Fall" themed card using only current Stampin' Products.  At first I didn't think I would participate because I don't have any current stamps that would fit the theme - I kept thinking falling leaves and the retired French Foliage stamp set.  Then I remembered I have the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and coordinating framelits that could be used with autumnal colours.  I had to create the banner greeting using MS Word as I didn't have a current to fit the theme.  The "wood" panel is a piece of DSP from the Farmers Market pack.  I only had one piece as part of the share I received from Sandi MacIver but I could have used the Hardwood Background stamp.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Wondrous Wreath
Ink - Crushed Curry; Cajun Craze; Always Artichoke; Elegant Eggplant
Card Stock - Crushed Curry; Cajun Craze; Always Artichoke; Very Vanilla; Farmer's Market DSP
Other - Gold Metallic Button; Linen Thread; Burlap Ribbon; MS Word

Monday, September 7, 2015

Christmas in Summer 10

Last year when the 2014 Holiday Catalogue was released, Kimberly Van Diepen posted a Christmas card that caught my attention and I saved it to Pinterest intending to make one.  That didn't happen for last Christmas but this year I remembered the card and decided I needed to give it a try.  You can see Kimberly's card HERE.

I used some of my retired stash so I am even happier with the card.  Judy had bought the On Point Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from last year's Holiday Catalogue and I had embossed a bunch of card fronts in a few different colours.  On this card I used one of the Cherry Cobbler panels.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Festival of Trees
Ink - Mossy Meadow; Cherry Cobbler; Hello Honey
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler; Whisper White; Silver Glimmer; Trim the Tree Paper Stack (retired)
Other - Itty Bitty Punch Pack; Natural Old Olive Two Tone Trim (retired); Handheld Stapler; Angle Tag Topper Punch (retired); On Point Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (retired)

Saturday, September 5, 2015


Judy and I are getting a start on our Halloween cards.  This first one was found on Pinterest - see it HERE (you'll have to scroll down a bit).  Although we liked the card we decided to use the retired Spider Web embossing folder as a background.  We loved it!

The words are stamps we found in My Digital Studio (retired) and we cut them out with the Word Bubble Framelits.  Before removing them from the framelits we did a narrow outline around the edge.  They are popped up with dimensionals.  We added various sizes of googly eyes to finish the card.

Stampin' Supplies
Card Stock - Basic Black; Whisper White
Other - Spider Web Embossing Folder (retired); My Digital Studio (retired); Stampin' Dimensionals; Mini Glue Dots; Googly Eyes

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Christmas in Summer 9

I have four cards to share today using the Wondrous Wreath stamp set.  I used a tutorial I found on the Create with Connie and Mary website.  If you click HERE you will get to the site and then just scroll down to see the list of free tutorials on the right hand side.

I'm still trying to use up some of my retired Designer Series Paper packs, one of them being the Trim the Tree Paper Stack from the 2014 catalogue that was featured in the instructions for these cards.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Wondrous Wreath; Good Greetings (retired Hostess set)
Ink - Pistachio Pudding (retired); Garden Green; Cherry Cobbler; Memento Black
Card Stock - Whisper White; Crumb Cake; Cherry Cobbler; Trim the Tree DSP Stack
Other - Wonderful Wreath Framelits; Metallic Buttons; Gold Baker's Twine; Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine (retired); Gold Sequin Trim; Rhinestones; Stampin' Dimensionals; Mini Glue Dots; Triple Banner Punch

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Christmas in Summer - 8

The Inky Divas challenge for the week of August 9 was to create a card using the "Faux Torn Edge" technique.  The sample card was beautiful and used the Wetlands stamp set - a perfect set for this technique.  Julie created a beach scene with her Faux Torn Edge.  You can see it HERE.

I am still trying to get as many Christmas cards completed as I can so I decided to use my Lovely as a Tree stamp set along with the torn edge technique to create a wintry scene.

Here's my card

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Lovely as a Tree; Good Greetings (retired Hostess set))
Ink - Garden Green; Pool Party; Soft Sky; Memento Black
Card Stock - Whisper White; Garden Green