Mojo Monday 317: Warmth and Wonder

2013.10.28 MOJO MONDAY without border.jpgHaving been stamping for just under a year, I still feel somewhat like a “newbie” and have been trying to broaden my horizons by employing techniques and approaches I haven’t done before.  The circles in this week’s Mojo Monday Sketch 317  seemed to lend itself for the perfect format to make my first shaker card.  I was going to use some Christmas glitter as the filler; but, I quickly found out glitter was not the proper filler (it sticks to the image and doesn’t “float” when you shake it).  I ended up snipping some flocked floral accent pieces that offered the illusion of snow in the shaker cup.  I was pleasantly surprised how easy these shaker cups are to use!


STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK & DSP:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Modern Medley DSP

STAMP:  Warmth and Wonder

INK:  SU Markers:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Early Espresso, Basic Black

SUPPLIES & EMBELLISHMENTS:  1” Cherry Cobbler stitched edge grosgrain ribbon, small pearls, a piece of plastic to cover the shaker portion (I used a discarded SU product bag — but, if you want to spend the money, you could buy a window sheet :-))

TOOLS:  Circle cutter, 2-1/2 inch punch, Essentials paper piercing pack, paper piercer, Polka Dot EF, Sizzix EF, Big Shot

ADHESIVES:  Red line tape, Tombo glue, dimensionals, medium glue dots



PPA 177: A Very Merry Christmas to You

I loved the layers in this week’s Pals Paper Arts Sketch 177.    Currently all of my Christmas paper is laid out on a table in my studio, so I can see it all at a glance; selecting the DSP and coordinating colors was a breeze.  The focal image, on the other hand, ranged from hedgehogs to these presents under the tree.  My mind was scurrying with ideas!   While the card is basically quite straightforward, I did happen upon an exciting discovery.   As I was creating the card, I was picturing the presents under a Christmas tree.  I wanted to visually communicate that; so, I decided to experiment with  my Lovely as a Tree single stamp.    I discovered,  if I turned the stamp sideways and only inked half the tree,  it offered the effect of a Christmas tree branch hanging over the presents. Woo hoo!   I suspended a few Christmas ornaments (SU rhinestones) from the boughs as the card’s finishing touch.

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SU STAMPS:  Merry Little Christmas, Wishing You, Gorgeous Grunge, Lovely as a Tree, Best Yet (retired)

SU CARDSTOCK:   Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheet, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler

SU DSP:  Season of Style

TOOLS:  Perfect Polka Dots SU EF, heat tool, corner rounder

SUPPLIES & EMBELLISHMENTS:  Clear embossing powder, small, medium and large rhinestone, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Season of Style washi tape

ADHESIVES:  SU Dimensionals, double sided tape, red line tape

SU INK & MARKERS:  Versamark, Old Olive, Gold, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Silver


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Paper Players #169 and Dynamic Duo’s #76 Thinking of You

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This card features Paper Players #169 Sketch and Dynamic Duo’s #76 color challenge of  Wisteria Wonder and Perfect Plum.  Once again, I was faced with using colors I rarely ever use.  Hmmm, how to combine the two colors proved to be a mental challenge!  I wanted something to make the colors pop and finally decided to go with black.  Okay, one decision was made.  As I sat continuing to ponder, I placed the two purple ink pads in front of me and focused on the colors.   Then, an “Aha” moment struck; I grabbed my spritzer bottle of water and my markers and started coloring on my acrylic block.  Next, I lightly misted the inks before applying the [colored] block to my watercolor paper.  I was quite pleased with the mottled effect the two colors created when they blended with one another.  I was thinking of an evening sky when I created this background and decided a perched bird against the evening sky would be the perfect accent.  The bird’s colors were CASEd from one of Michele Zindorf’s cards.   A few candy dots, the greeting and three strips of DSP completed the card.

SU STAMPS:  Sweet Essentials

SU CARDSTOCK  & PAPER:  Perfect Plum, Basic Black, watercolor paper, Perfect Plum Regals DSP

SU INK:  Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Versamark

SU SUPPLIES & EMBELLISHMENTS:  Perfect Plum 3/8” taffeta ribbon, three Wisteria Wonder candy dots, white embossing powder, blender pen, spritzer bottle with water, acrylic block E

TOOLS:  Bird Punch

ADHESIVES:  Red line tape, double sided tape, SU dimensionals

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SU Joyful Christmas

2013.10.25 FREEBIE FRIDAY RMTRMy new holiday products have been sitting patiently in a basket for quite some time; they’ve been waiting for me to come and play.  Now that my fall classes are over, I’ve finally allowed myself to jump in and have started playing!   This is my first Christmas card for 2013.



SU STAMPS:  Joyful Christmas, Greetings of the Season

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK:   Whisper White, Gold

TOOLS:  Petal A Plenty SU EF, heat tool

SU EMBELLISHMENTS:  Four mini gold brads, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Clear Embossing Powder, Gold Glitter; gold ribbon (non-SU)

ADHESIVES:  SU Dimensionals, Double Sided Tape

SU INK:  Garden Green, Old Olive, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Gold, Versamark; gold gel pen

Freshly Made Sketches 109: Christmas Quilt


I found myself leisurely strolling through my favorite scrapbook store this afternoon soaking in the inspiring displays.  I didn’t really need anything; but, was delighted when I happened across a ¾” square punch.  I love making quilt cards and I had desired a smaller square punch, so that I could keep the detail in my “quilts” without having a massive finished product.  While I was wandering, I also happened across a line of paper that I thought would make a beautiful Christmas “quilt.”  Before I knew it I was walking out the door with a bagful of goodies and heading straight to my studio!


I had a lot of fun punching the various papers with my new punch and then piecing them all together for this background quilt.  The finished product gives the appearance that it’s just a single sheet of patterned paper; but, it’s actually 20 squares pieced together.  I fussy cut the 1/8” border and used my faithful Xyron machine for applying the adhesive.  Once it was fully assembled, I pulled out a new embossing folder that I’d been itching to use on a quilt card and ran the quilt and the ivory background through the Big Shot. Four mini-gold brads in the corners and a few dabs of Dazzling Details on the berries added the finishing touches.



STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK:   Cherry Cobbler, Gold, Natural Ivory, Brushed Gold

KAISER CRAFT PATTERNED PAPER:  St. Nicholas Collection, Christmas Carol Collection

TOOLS:  EK 3/4” square punch, Big Shot, Darice Circle Interlock EF

EMBELLISHMENTS:  Mini gold brads, SU Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details

ADHESIVES:  SU Dimensionals, Xyron, Double Sided Tape


Paper Players #168 and Mojo Monday #316: SU Dapper Dad

2013.10.23 PAPER PLAYERS & MOJO MONDAYMasculine cards can be a challenge for me; but, a few months ago I saw a card by Michelle Zindorf that has been lingering in the back of my mind and proved to be my inspiration for Leanne’s Challenge — Paper Players #168 to create a masculine birthday card.  I coupled the Paper Players’ challenge with the Mojo Monday #316 Sketch Challenge.   To add some dimension to the card I used my score board and added a line at the top of the Crumb Cake base and two lines on the Early Espresso to frame the DSP.  To add a hint of color to the background circle, I inked my embossing folder and then embossed the CS.


SU CARDSTOCK:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Island Indigo


SU INK: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso Ink and Marker

SU EMBELLISHMENTS:  Island Indigo Ribbon; Chocolate Chip Candy Dots

SU SUPPLIES & TOOLS:  Dimensionals and Adhesives, Polka Dots EF, Score Board, Brayer, Clear Embossing Powder and Heat Tool, Circle Cutter

SU STAMPS:  Dapper Dad (Retired), Petite Pairs

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PPA #175 and Friday Mash Up #131: Stampin Up Best of Autumn

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I’m still getting “my feet wet” with design challenges.  I appreciate how they move me beyond my favorites and beyond my normal approach.  This week I decided to combine two challenges, Pals Paper Arts #175 using So Saffron, Always Artichoke and Cajun Craze along with the Friday Mash Up #131 sketch.  I have to confess, I’d never used Always Artichoke before and boy was it was evident when I inked my first stamp – I had super juicy Gorgeous Grunge!



STAMPS:  SU Gorgeous Grunge, SU Best of Autumn, SU Woodgrain

PAPER:  SU Cardstock: Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Basic Black

TOOLS:  Circle cutter, Big Shot, SU Chevron EF, SU Square Lattice EF, SU Autumn Accents Bigz, Creative Memories leaf punch, SU sponges, SU blender pen

SU INK: Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Staz-On Black


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