CAS-ology 83 and SUO 90: Punch Art Girl with Up, Up and Away

I enjoy taking part in challenges as they frequently push me outside my comfort zone and “challenge” me to try new techniques and styles.    The Cue Word at CAS-ology this week is “jump;”   that captured my attention and got my wheels turning.  I remembered that the Stampin’ Up Only Challenge was punch art; so, I decided to combine the two.  While I use punches on a regular basis, I had never designed my own “punch art” card before; now was my chance.  I did a Google Image search for “jumping cartoons” and found this cute little girl who served as the inspiration for my card.  Creating this card gave me a new appreciation for those people in the stamping community who produce such realistic punch art pieces – it’s truly a challenge!


CAS WEEK 83 2014.02.19

STAMPIN UP INK: Basic Black, Pink Piroruette, Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, Melon Mambo
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Gingham Garden DSP
ACCESSORIES: Dauber, blender pen, Sale-a-Bration string, two rhinestones, white gel pen
PUNCHES: 1-3/4” oval punch (mask for shadow on the ground); small heart punch (cut in half for shoes); 1” square (pants); petite pennants builder punch (shirt); owl punch (heart on shirt); word window (sleeves); 1-1/4” circle punch (face); punch pack (ears)

Week 83 - Jump CAS-OLOGY

My Stampin Up Website is down for a day or two

It appears someone is enjoying a trip to France compliments of my credit card (sigh).   Due to fraudulent activity on my card and the need to obtain new cards and reactivate accounts, my Stampin Up website is presently down.  If you’d like to place an order during the time that my store is down, please email me and I’ll be happy to directly place your order for you!  If you need to know the dates of my upcoming classes, please drop me a line and I’ll be happy to give you the details.  I apologize for the inconvenience and will let you know when access to my store is up and running again.

Have a wonderful day!

JAI #202 and Retrosketches #102: Flower Shop Bundle and Perfect Punches

I used this week’s Retrosketch for the layout of this card. I wanted something a bit different for the top corner, so I did a Herringbone paper piecing pattern which used 4 different sheets of DSP from the new Watercolor Wonder set; I do believe that’s my all-time favorite DSP (at least for this week)! After piecing the paper together, I ran it through the Big Shot using the Elegant Bouquet EF. Next I punched out one of the embossed flowers and replaced it with a stamped pansy from the new Flower Shop bundle (stamps and punch sold together). I wanted a little more dimension to the card, so I embossed the front with the Stripes EF before mounting the corner piece. Just Add Ink’s challenge this week was to “just add stripes,” so the stripes qualified the card for a second challenge. A couple of rhinestones added the finishing pop after securing the greeting.

2014.02.18 Retro and Just Add Ink

STAMPIN UP STAMPS: Flower Shop and Perfect Punches
STAMPIN UP INK: Versamark, Tangerine Tango
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Watercolor Wonder DSP
ACCESSORIES: Tangerine Tango ribbon, rhinestones, Elegant Bouquet and Stripes Embossing Folders, 2” oval punch, pansy punch, white embossing powder, heat tool, Big Shot, dimensionals

RS102 2014.02.16

CQC #228: Perfectly Penned Quilt Card

I’m venturing out this week and entering several new challenges.  When I saw the color palette for ColourQ’s Challenge, I did indeed feel challenged.  After much consideration, I finally decided to make another quilt card and was able to implement all the colors (Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point, Whisper White) other than Soft Sky.  Adding a Soft Sky star behind the Coastal Cabana star, next to the greeting, not only incorporated the final color, it also added the perfect finishing touch!  This card will be going out in this week’s mail to a friend of a friend who is in a nursing home.   My girlfriend posted on FB that her friend loves to receive mail, even from total strangers (such as myself)!  So, I’m hoping this card might add a ray of sunshine to her day!

2014.02.17 QUILT














STAMPIN UP STAMPS:    Perfectly Penned

STAMPIN UP INK:  Versamark

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP:  Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Eastern Elegance DSP, Summer Smooches DSP (retired)

ACCESSORIES:  White embossing powder and heat tool; 2 candy dots, vintage brad, Provo Craft Swirls EF, mini star punch, 1 inch square punch


FMS #123: There’s Only One You

This week’s Freshly Made Sketch offered so many possibilities!  I decided to go with a more masculine card and therefore chose less “frilly” colors.  While the sketch challenge depicted eight circles; I chose to eliminate one in order to accent the emphasis of the greeting.  Along with offering a pop of color to the card, the Island Indigo circle is also pop dotted to stand out from all the others.

2014.02.17 ONLY ONE YOU















STAMPIN UP STAMPS: Mixed Bunch; Vintage Verses
STAMPIN UP INK: Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, Basic Black
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Island Indigo, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
ACCESSORIES: Island Indigo Baker’s Twine, candy dots, dimensional


Stampin Royalty #214 and LNS #242: Stippled Blossoms; Hello, Doily

This is my first Stampin Royalty challenge; I loved the picture inspiration that was the basis for this week’s challenge.  The doilies on the table caught my eye first; prompting me to grab my new Hello, Doily stamp.  I scored my card base and stamped the doily half on the front and half on the back of the card with Versamark.  After embossing with white embossing powder,  I fussy cut the front half of the doily and popped it up with dimensionals onto an attached piece of Rose Red CS.  The Stippled Blossoms accented with mini pearls, mounted over a piece of Rose Red seam binding, were the elegant floral touch needed to further capture the beauty of the challenge picture.  Finally, I used the oval Designer Frame and embossed a raised frame to highlight the greeting.

I’m combining this challenge with the Late Night Stampers’ Challenge to wet or dry emboss; I’ve used both embossing methods with this card.

If you haven’t already done so, please stop by and like my Facebook page, Studio Designers. Each Friday in February, I’m having a Freebie Friday for my Facebook fans, with one lucky winner each week!

ROYALTY 2014.02.17












STAMPIN UP STAMPS: Hello Doily; Stippled Blossoms; Wetlands
STAMPIN UP INK: Versamark, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green
ACCESSORIES: White embossing powder, heat tool, mini pearls, Designer Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Rose Red ½” seam binding



DD #90 Mixed Bunch and Netting Quilt Card with Boho Blossoms Punch

A Pittsburgh girl couldn’t ask for a better combination of colors than this week’s Dynamic Duos offered:  Basic Black and Daffodil Delight (that’s close enough to Black and Gold for me!)

I’ve been itching to make a quilt card and decided today was the day.  As I leafed through my DSP though, I wasn’t finding anything that “felt right” for what I had envisioned.  So, it was time to design my own DSP!  I used the retired Netting Background stamp for my corner pieces and the lacy flower from Mixed Bunch for the quilt design and center flower.  The quilt is comprised of nine 1-inch squares; four squares were cut in half diagonally and four squares were cut in half horizontally (or vertically, whichever way you choose to hold your square 😉  The middle square remained whole.   I used a 3 x 3 inch square of Daffodil Delight for the quilt base and built the card from there!

TIP: If you don’t have adhesive paper (which I do not), it’s easiest to apply double sided tape to your entire 3×3 base and then assemble your pieces on top of the sticky base, as opposed to trying to apply adhesive to each individual piece.

Any questions?  Please feel free to ask!

DD90 2014.02.15 QUILT
















STAMPIN UP STAMPS: Mixed Bunch, Background Netting (retired)
STAMPIN UP INK: Classic Black
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Brights DSP Daffodil Delight Polka Dots, Epic Day (Mixed Bunch is stamped onto Epic Day Daffodil Delight, so that the papers were the same weight.), Daffodil Delight CS, Basic Black CS, Whisper White CS
ACCESSORIES: 1 inch square punch, Boho Blossoms punch, candy dot and brad, Darice EF

DD#90 2014.02.15