Friday, May 31, 2013

CCMC254 - Color Challenge

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Great colors don't you think? I wanted to make these Chevron strips for a while and these colors inspired me to do just that. They really are simple and if you need directions just scroll back a few days to my Tutorial Tuesday for Chevron strips. Have fun with it!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nacho Average Challenge #48


Cool winter colors caused me some minor distress. However, I persevered. I made a card using the same layout that I used earlier this week. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

DD#54-Light Blue and Navy

This is a new blog challenge for me. I am not sure how I stumbled upon it but I am telling you that these challenges keep my mind moving and coming up with new ideas. This one is a case from the new catalog from page 98. It was quick and easy!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

PPA159 - A Sketch Challenge

The Sketch

I am playing with yet another sketch this week. I just can't seem to stop! This one is so fun because I love the vintage look and feel of things. Maybe it is because I am now a vintage person! This little bike from the SAB stamps is just fun and I love the Remember When sentiment. I am going to miss this set and all of its great words. Click here to see all of the other cards/projects submitted for this challenge.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Challenge #147 - LeAnne's Sketch

Another great sketch to play with and since it is a long holiday weekend I have a little more time to play! I am again using the Baja Breeze with the Floral District paper, I never seem to be in a rush to use my DSP until it is retiring and then I am always going, "Ach, I should have used it already!" The sentiment is from a sneak peek from the new catalog called Trust God. Great words to live by!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

CCMC253 - Sketch Challenge

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What a great challenge layout. You can see the challenge here. I love the little banners/flags. So, I figured I should play with this sketch. Actually, I am late posting today but at least I got it done! I am using the retiring Baja Breeze and the pretty Floral District DSP for my card. the sentiment is a sneak peek from the new catty!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Same Layout, Different Look

I used the same layout as I showed yesterday to make this card and the colors and image make it completely feminine! What a difference the focal point can make to a basic layout.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Nice Masculine Card

I made this little card with my main man, my dear husband in mind. We love to travel and our lifetime dream/goal is to learn to sail and then circumnavigate the globe. Ambitious, I know. But you might as well dream BIG! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Paper Players Challenge #146

My card is very CAS and masculine. I used The Open Sea for this card and some retired DSP. Living on the sea is my passionate desire for retirement so this is right up my ally. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Nacho Average Challenge #47


This is the challenge for the week with the NAC.

It was easy, peasy for me this week. I saw a card I had used the pinwheels on and decided to use those for the focal points on the circles! A fun, bright birthday card.

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  • Each month you’ll receive a unique, surprise kit with a project – cards,  journals, décor, and more!  Everything is color coordinated and cut just for you!
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories – everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape!
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Technique Tuesday – Piercing Pattern

Technique Tuesday – Piercing Pattern


Are you a fan of our paper-piercing tools? I know I am. I love that the templates are a quick and accurate way to add a bit of pattern and texture, and that they are designed to coordinate with so many of our punches and Framelits Dies.
The Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack has all of the basics. I used the template with the straight lines and the scallops to make my project, but I didn’t want just straight lines or scallops. I wanted the background of my card to be circles. 

I could have used the template with the circles on it, but that would have been tedious and a bit more difficult getting the same circle lined up over and over again. Instead, I used the biggest scallop to make my circles.
Here’s how I did it:

  1. Draw a line down the center of your cardstock with a pencil, then line up the holes at the tips of the scallop along the line and pierce the scallop.

 2. Rotate your paper 180 degrees and line up the scallop on the template with the pierced scallop on your paper. Pierce the scallop to complete the circles.

 3. Line up the pierced holes with the template as shown above and pierce the scallop to start the next row of circles. Rotate your paper 180 degrees again and line up the template as shown in step 2. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’ve filled the entire piece of cardstock with pierced circles.

4. Your cardstock should look like this when you’re done. Erase your pencil line and attach it to a card base; embellish your project as desired.
Have you created any other patterns with the piercing templates? Share a link to your projects. I’d love to see what you’ve been creating!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 264 (TSSC264)

This is the sketch and the challenge for this week with the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.

Here is my card for the challenge. I need a baby shower card for this Saturday!

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

CCMC252 - Color Challenge

As you can see the challenge for this week with Connie and Mary is a color challenge. I was stumped at first then I got my new catalog and started sorting my stamp sets and forgot to pull Artistic Etching (sniff, sniff). Well, not to miss a chance to use such a fun stamp set I set about using these colors to make a vintage looking card. Click here to see the challenge and all the cards the creative team and others have made.

Fan Fair Card 4th and Final

Last but not least is this great Fan Fair non-stamped card. Again, it has a definite masculine feel but with the little lace around the "c'est la vie" punch it could go either way. Got to love this paper. Again, what took me so long to use it???

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Fan Fair Card 3

Another quick and easy masculine card done without stamping from the Fan Fair DSP. Get this while you can because it will be gone when it is gone and retired items are selling out quickly. June 3rd is the absolute last day to order from the current catty. New one starts June 1st!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Nacho Average Challenge #46

Ooh, a color challenge and I am using the sketch from the CCMC 251 challenge to make this card. How fun is that? I love these bright colors, they just speak to my heart. Spring is here and I like to dress the part. The DSP is from SAB this year. Click here to get more ideas.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

SUO Challenge 70 – Butterflies Are So Much Fun!

Ok, the challenge for this blog is to make anything using butterflies. What a great challenge and the butterflies are flitting around here in May in Atlanta so inspiration is all around. This is a card I made with my stamper's club and I added the little butterflies to make it fit the challenge and to be more fun! The background is sponged to make it a very light colored Pool Party sky. See all the other cards here.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Nature Walk 'Exits the Scene' for Mojo Monday

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Now for my version. I played rather loosely with this sketch and used a retiring set that I will miss. I love the classic look of the bird from Nature Walk. Although this card is busy, I really like how it turned out. I used Early Expresso, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla for this card. Good bye to the stamp set as well as Baja Breeze and Sahara Sand. BTW, this card also works for the MOJO Monday challenge this week. One bird...2 stones. Enjoy! 

Oops, I forgot to post to CCMC...better luck with Mojo Monday!

Monday, May 13, 2013

From the Stampin' Up! Blog

Something New to Inspire


Mood boards are a great way to feel inspired. They offer a color combination, patterns, textures, and an overall look and feel. They’re a great starting point when you just need a little help to jumpstart your creativity.
Our Concept Art team has created another round of projects to share with you. From, we’ve chosen a spring-inspired board. We wanted to share what inspired us about this mood board.
1 - Here’s what Jen had to say:
I love black and white right now, especially when it’s added as an accent with bright colors. This mood board has a wonderful mix of color and texture. There are soft elements, but also bold patterns and colors. It was very inspiring to me.
Using Simply Scored, I created a gift bag using Designer Series Paper. This is such a great way to dress up a gift and make your recipient feel special.
To mimic the softness of the fluffy white rug and the dandelion seed head, I created an anemone flower using our Creped Filter Paper. I cut individual petals with a circle punch. Using my Paper Snips, I added a wavy edge to the outside of each petal. For the center petals, I used a smaller circle punch and spritzed the petals with Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill.
2 - Here’s what Melody had to say:
Here's what I love about this inspiration board: the checkerboard ottoman, the touches of gold, black, and bits of pink, and the adorable "love" sentiments. I mimicked the ottoman pattern by using strips of Tempting Turquoise Cardstock and Brushed Gold Cardstock on a 2-3/4" x 3-1/2" piece of Whisper White Cardstock. After I glued on the strips, I cut the whole piece into 1/2" strips and shifted the alignment of each strip to create a checkerboard look. I decided I wanted to use the Hello There MDS download for my sentiment since our current alphabet stamps just didn't hit the size and style I wanted. The bitty heart from the Owl Punch was perfect for adding in my bits of pink to finish the card. 
3 - Here’s what Arika had to say:
I love the color combination on this mood board! My favorites are the little pops of black and white. (I think adding little pops of black and white to my projects is one of my favorite things right now.) I made the black and white arrow stripe by punching out the corners of pieces of Whisper White Cardstock and Basic Black Cardstock using the 1- 3/8" Square Punch. Then I lined up my arrows on cardstock covered with Sticky Strip and trimmed off the jagged ends on each side. I love the “I (blank) you” stamp from the Dude, You’re Welcome kit.  I think it is the perfect touch for this card.
4 - Here’s what Chrissy had to say:
I have personally been in love with dip-dying and color blocking recently. So, no. 8 on our inspiration board really spoke to me. I decided to recreate that look on my card base by using Stampin’ Emboss Powders and sticky notes to mask where I wanted to position the color blocking. Once my area was masked with sticky notes, I inked the area withVersaMark ink using the direct-to-paper method; then I covered the area with embossing powder, removed the sticky notes, and applied heat using the Heat Tool. It was super-simple and surprisingly fast to accomplish the look I wanted.
We all really enjoyed using this mood board to create a project. We challenge you to create something of your own using this inspiration. Also, you are welcome to share your projects in the comments section.