Thursday, November 29, 2007

More Good News!!

I have been chosen as a new member of the Stamplajolla Design Team. I received some of their stamps this week so look for some posts soon using these awesome stamps. Visit them here to check out their latest and greatest!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Bridal Shower

I made this card for a friend at work that is going to a bridal shower on Saturday. She wanted the colors to be bright pink, black and white and the only instructions she gave me were to make it sassy. I hope I achieved that effect. I did emboss the heart from Time Well Spent with Iridescent Ice embossing powder and used several dimensionals throughout the main image. The small black panel underneath the main image has been punched with half of the 1/2" circle punch on each end and then the organdy ribbon wrapped around it. I think I did OK with the ribbon after getting instructions from the ribbon tying queen, Nancy Riley. Go check out her blog and you'll see all her beautiful ribbon tying, along with some beautiful cards, first hand. TFL!!
Stamps: Time Well Spent, Polka Dots and Paisley; Paper: Pink Passion, Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink: Basic Black, Versamark; Accessories: Brads, Organdy Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Basic Black Marker, Punches - Word Window, 1/2" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, 1/4" Circle, Marvy Giga Scallop Circle, Coluzzle Cutting System, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Season of "Woodsy" Joy

This card reminds me of the woods. I'm assuming it's the colors I used, non-traditional Christmas colors.
I've been wanting to try the "Cracked Glass Technique" and I can't believe how easy it was. I used Glassy Glaze Enamel for the embossing. I took the image, inked with VersaMark, added the glassy glaze enamel, and heated. I did this 3 times, waiting 3 - 5 minutes in between each layer. After I was finished embossing the paper was curled up quite a bit. I put it in the freezer for 3 minutes then took it out and bent it in several directions until I got the amount of cracking that I wanted. Once I cracked the image it laid flat then. I love the way it turned out. TFL!!
Stamps: Season of Joy, So Many Sayings, In the Spotlight, So Swirly Jumbo Wheel; Paper: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, White, Holiday Harmony Designer; Ink: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, Versamark; Accessories: 5-Petal Flower Punch, Rhinestone Brad, Organdy Ribbon, Glassy Glaze Enamel, Markers in Summer Sun and Chocolate Chip, Cutter's Tool Kit, Jumbo Wheel Handle, Dimensionals.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Beautiful Flower

Isn't this flower from Starving Artistamps gorgeous? I've had it for a week or so and I couldn't wait to get some ink on it. Very pretty in my opinion. This is a pretty simple card but I like the way it turned out. Don't forget to visit Starving Artistamps if you like this stamp!! TFL!!
Stamps: Flower (P18.02), Leaves on flower stem (part of Pansy set P20.04), Fern Leaf Tooled Leather Background - all from Starving Artistamps, Sentiment - SunSpirit Studio, distributed by Starving Artistamps; Paper: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, White; Ink: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: Brads, Wide Organdy Ribbon, Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, Ticket Corner Punch, Photo Corner Punch.

Lacy Time

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!
I LOVE the way this card came together. It took me forever it seemed to pull it together but it's probably my favorite card right now. It's got a "frilly" look that I am loving. I used some of the smaller flowers and stamped them in white on the vellum to create a soft background. This set, that Stampin' Up! gave me for free, is absolutely wonderful. I can't wait to keep using it. It has so much potential. TFL!!
Stamps: Time Well Spent; Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava, Vellum, White; Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Wile Wasabi, Basic Black, White Craft; Accessories: Groovy Guava Ribbon, Slit Punch, White Gel Pen, Brads, Giga Scallop Circle Punch (Marvy Uchida), Markers in Rose Red, Regal Rose, Green Galore, Pretty in Pink, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (on Butterfly), Glassy Glaze Enamel (on Flower).

Friday, November 23, 2007

Hello Friend

Here are more of my stamps from Starving Artistamps. I like the way this one turned out, very "outdoorsy" looking. Please visit Starving Artistamps' website for more of their awesome line of stamps. TFL!!
Stamps: Cat Tails (KSAI-204 designed by Artful Inkables, distributed by Starving Artistamps), Tight Weave Background (P24.02), Moth (P5.8), and Sentiment (46.15) all by Starving Artistamps; Paper: Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, Choc. Chip, Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Creamy Caramel, Mellow Moss, White; Ink: Mellow Moss, Choc. Chip, Brown Timber Stazon; Accessories: Various Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Linen Thread, Brads, Crafter's Tool Kit, Spritzer Tool.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Doodle Gus

This little critter is named Gus and he is made by Doodle Factory and distributed by Starving Artistamps. I have several of these Doodle Factory animals and I could not wait to use one of them.

I used the round tab punch to make the 2" circle that Gus is showing through. You take a 3" x 3" square piece of paper, push the tab punch in as far as it will go (make sure it is centered in the square) and punch out a tab. Turn the 3" x 3" square one turn and punch in the center again and you get this 2" circle. Pretty cool, huh?

It's hard to tell in the picture but the pomegranate piece is stamped with the Ornate Tooled Leather Background stamp from Starving Artistamps with pomegranate ink. I then used SA's faux stitch stamp to do the border on the small matted piece.

Gus made me happy while I was making this card because he is so cute. TFL and check back for more Doodle Factory animals!!

Stamps: Gus - Doodle Factory Animals, Ornate Tooled Leather Background, Medium Stitch Set (faux stitching), Sentiments (All Stamps distributed by Starving Artistamps); Paper: Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, White (All Paper by Stampin' Up!); Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Always Artichoke, Going Gray, Choc. Chip (All Ink by Stampin' Up!); Accessories: Brads, Round Tab Punch, Photo Corner Punch, Cutter's Tool Kit, Wild Wasabi Ribbon (All Accessories by Stampin' Up!)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Time Well Spent, I Love You

This is my Level 3 Hostess Set from the new catalog that is coming out in January. Stampin' Up! sent it to all demonstrators as a free gift. I LOVE IT!! I saw pictures of it before I got it but I had no idea how pretty it was until I saw it in person. This designer paper is a new for me also. I got it in today and it's called Le Jardin. I wasn't sure I would like it until I got it on this card. Isn't it scrumptious? I got a little carried away with the dimensionals on this card but it gave it a nice look. I put them on the designer paper piece, the main image matted piece, and both cut out flowers. I also roughed the edges. TFL!!
Stamps: Time Well Spent; Paper: River Rock, Bordering Blue, Very Vanilla, Le Jardin Designer; Ink: Choc. Chip, Timber Brown Stazon; Accessories: Non SU Organdy Ribbon, Cutter's Tool Kit, Dimensionals.

Stamp-a-Stack #2

Here's my second card for the Stamp-a-Stack I am doing on Monday. I like this one much better than my first. Patterned paper makes a world of difference to me in how a card turns out. Yes, they look good without it but I'm hung up on using the designer paper right now. I hope my girls like this card #2. TFL!!
Stamps: Perfect Presentation, Jumbo Whimsy Wheel; Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, White, Holiday Harmony Designer; Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Versamark; Accessories: Purely Pomegranate Ribbon, Dimensionals.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Stamp-a-Stack #1

OK, I'm back to Stampin' Up! for a little bit. This is one of the cards that I am doing for a Stamp-a-Stack on Monday. Everyone that knows me knows how hard it is for me to do "simple" on a card. I like to add too much bling. This card took me forever because I kept putting stuff on it then taking it off, putting something else on it then taking it off. Wow, what pressure. I hope my girls like it. We are going to do 15 cards, 5 each of 3 different designs. Now, on to the next card. TFL!!
Stamps: Season of Joy; Paper: Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, Rose Red, Regal Rose, White; Ink: Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black; Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, Brad.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Wedding Bouquet

OK, I have never made a card like this before but I really like how it turned out. These silhouette stamps from Starving Artistamps are BEAUTIFUL!! They have 2 Milestones pages of stamps that are all silhouettes. I happened to get several of them and you have seen all of them I have now except for one. Another great stamp design Kristen.
The stitching around the outside edge of the card is done with the Medium Stitch Set of stamps. It comes with 2 different "faux" stitch stamps. Check them out here. The stamps are also 6 inches long which is longer than your normal sized card. All you stampers do know how great that is, right? If you're stamping across the card where it is 5-1/2 inches you DO NOT have to ink the stamp again and try to line it up. Yeah!!! TFL!!
Stamps: Bride and Groom (KSAI-902), Bouquet (KSAI-903) designed by Artful Inkables, distributed by Starving Artistamps, Medium Stitch Set (faux stitching) by Starving Artistamps, Sentiment by Sun Spirit Studio, distributed by Starving Artistamps; Paper: Black, White; Ink: Black, White Craft; Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Dotted Organdy Ribbon.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Wedding Season

Card # 4 and I'm almost there. These cards for Starving Artistamps have really been fun to make. This type of card is way out of the box for me. I'm not used to making elegant cards. Did I get it? Is it elegant enough for a wedding? This is another stamp that was designed by Kristen of Artful Inkables . Doesn't she do a great job? Starving Artistamps distributes these stamps. Visit them to check out the Artful Inkable stamps and the other great lines they carry.
For all of you Stampin' Up! fans I will be getting back to doing some cards with SU products sometime this coming week. I have an obligation to Starving Artistamps to get some cards done for them to show at the StampScrapArtTour next weekend. It has really been fun fulfilling this obligation, I just wish more of my obligations were like this.
I used glossy paper for the main bride and groom image. I stamped it with Night of Navy craft ink and embossed it with Iridescent Ice. It is so shiny IRL. The bird is stamped with Bashful Blue craft ink and embossed with Iridescent Ice. I used scalloped scissors on the double-layered matted piece underneath the ribbon. I then used the Cracked Grout Mosaic stamp from SA for the background on the night of navy cardstock. The sentiment is stamped with Versamark and embossed with White Embossing Powder. TFL!!
Stamps: Bride and Groom (KSAI-901), Sentiment (KSAI-906), Bird (KSAI-706), Cracked Grout Mosaic Background (P22.05) - All Stamps © Starving Artistamps; Paper: Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Bravo Burgandy, Glossy White - All Stampin' Up!; Ink: Night of Navy (Classic and Craft), Brocade Blue Craft, Versamark - All Stampin' Up! ; Accessories: White Gel Pen, Scallop Circle Punch, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder - Stampin' Up!, Non SU White Organdy Ribbon and Non SU Scallop Scissors.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Starving Artistamps Wedding Card

This is my first card using my new stamps from Starving Artistamps. I was so thrilled with the quality of the stamps when I received them today. The rubber is very deeply etched and they stamp crystal clear. I know that all my fellow "stamping addicts" know how important that is.
I stamped the main image first in Versamark ink. I then stamped it again in Whisper White but a little offset. It gives the image a "shadow" effect.
Please visit Starving Artistamps to check out their full line of stamps. The main image on this card is one of their newly released stamps. Check out their section labeled "What's New" to view all their new releases. TFL!!
Stamps: Bride and Groom (KSAI-902), Cracked Grout Mosaic (P22.05), Sentiment (KSAI-906) (All Stamps by Starving Artistamps); Paper: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, White (All Stampin' Up!); Ink: Whisper White, Versamark, Perfect Plum, Basic Black (All Stampin' Up!); Accessories: Wide White Grosgrain, Silver Brads, Paper Piercer.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Enjoy Every Moment

This stamp set called "Enjoy Every Moment" will not be available for purchase from SU until January 2008 in the Spring/Summer Idea Book & Catalog. I received it FREE when I attended the Regional Meeting in Louisville, KY. If you placed an order within 2 weeks of the Meeting for $400 or more then you were eligible to get this set free. I love it. I'm having a lot of fun using it. It has a lot of good sayings in it. TFL!!
Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment, Perfect Presentation; Paper: Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, White, Linen Prints Designer; Ink: Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal, Old Olive; Accessories: Rhinestone Brads, Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, 5-Petal Flower Punch.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Bella Baby Card

I made this card for Katy for the baby shower we had for her at work. I had this Stamping Bella image that I had colored several months ago but had not put on a card. I thought this was the perfect occasion. TFL!
Stamps: Stamping Bella, All in a Row, Warmest Regards (Sentiment); Paper: Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral, Lovely Lilac, Soft Sky, Soft Sky Designer; Ink: Basic Black, Black Stazon; Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1" Punch, Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, White Gel Pen, Non SU Coral Ribbon.