It was SO nice to be back enjoying some leisure time in my studio. A dear friend has a birthday this week and I wanted to make her an extra special card. I was inspired by the CQC 280 Color Challenge (though, I admit the Wisteria Wonder was causing me some difficulties – but, a simple candy dot on the flower, allowed me to incorporate the color) and decided some paper quilting was in order to blend these beautiful colors. I didn’t have any Blackberry Bliss DSP, so I selected a Delicate Doily stamp and proceeded to make my own DSP. One inch squares punched from the center of each Blackberry Bliss doily gave me a complimentary DSP to the Birthday Basics Raspberry Ripple I had selected. I cut each one inch square into triangles and proceeded with my layout, which is this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. For the greeting, a stamped a Flowering Flourish, then heat embossed a black greeting on top of the flourish. Time to get the card in the mail and then off to work I go – have a wonderful Monday everyone!
A good friend of mine has been on my heart recently; so, I wanted to make a thinking of you card to send her way. My goal was to design a non-Halloween-ish card using this week’s Pals Paper Arts colors of Tangelo Twist, Basic Black and Very Vanilla. I wanted a light, cheery feel to the card, so I selected the open patterned polka dot DSP from Modern Medley and then focused on keeping Very Vanilla as the primary color. A few rhinestone enhanced sequins added a nice clean accent to the card. Then to balance the image, I placed a simple heart in the bottom corner and accented it, also, with a rhinestone. To pull everything together, I added the adorable little bird from For the Birds to the envelope and colored the heart with Tangelo Twist.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Hello There, For the Birds (envelope)
STAMPIN UP INK: Versamark, Tangelo Twist marker, Memento Black
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Basic Black, Tangelo Twist, Very Vanilla, Modern Medley DSP
ACCESSORIES: black embossing powder, heat tool, gold sequins, rhinestones, 3/8 stitched satin Tangelo Twist ribbon, hear punch, oval framelits
There’s something about a thematic gift box that makes a little unexpected gift even more special. When I saw Pootles’ tutorial on how to make a nail polish holder box, I thought how cute it would be to decorate the box with a punch art bottle of nail polish. I’d remembered seeing Michele Zindorf use the owl punch for a nail polish bottle, so I thought I’d give it a try.
This week’s Colour Q Challenge commemorating breast cancer awareness, seemed to be an excellent challenge to showcase my project. This adorable little box will hold two bottles of nail polish (or SU reinkers!). I’ll definitely have some of these boxes prepared for my Christmas Open House; they’ll be “donning” Real Red “bottles of polish.”
It’s hard to tell from the picture; but, the “For You’ was stamped with Versamark, then embossed with silver embossing powder.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): A Round Array and Tiny Tags
STAMPIN UP INK: Versamark, Pretty in Pink
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Back to Black DSP
ACCESSORIES: owl punch, modern label punch, 7/8″ scallop circle punch, 1/8” black ribbon, ¼” sticky strip, medium rhinestone, silver embossing powder, heat tool, dimensional, white gel pen
I walked into my studio last night and decided I was going to just play and do whatever struck my fancy. I’d been wanting to make an autumn card using the Grateful for You stamp from the Merry Everything set; so, choosing my image was easy. Next stop was my DSP file; I leafed through the paper until I heard a couple of sheets “calling my name!” I really like the way these two pieces from the Color Me Autumn set complement one another. But, hmmm, the Retrosketch I had chosen for my layout seemed to lend itself to 3 different DSPs. After a couple of seconds, I realized I could use the same DSP on the right, simply by changing the direction of the pattern; the top piece has the diamonds going horizontally, while the bottom piece has the diamonds in a vertical direction. Okay, so I had my image and my paper chosen; but, none of the ribbon on my shelf seemed to work. So, I reached for my ribbon jar. Yes, I have a ribbon jar! All my scrap pieces of ribbon look beautiful in my apothecary styled jar! But, I digress. As I fingered through the ribbon scraps I saw a glimmer of gold – “Ahh, perfect!” The ribbon selection then led me to the new gold metal buttons. A loose shimmery strand from the gold baker’s twine was lying on my desk and seemed to say, “Use me, use me!” Sooo, all my decisions were made; now for the fun of putting it all together! I used the glowing technique once again and was quite pleased with the effect it gave to this stamp. Once I had the card assembled, I felt it needed just a little something more. I remembered my old Creative Memories leaf punch and decided that would offer the festive finishing touch I desired!
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Merry Everything, Wood Grain background stamp (for the veins in the leaf)
STAMPIN UP INK: Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Color Me Autumn DSP
ACCESSORIES: Corner rounder, gold strands from the gold baker’s twine, gold metal button (holiday catalog), scrap gold ribbon, Creative Memories leaf punch, dimensionals
Do you ever hit a “block” with your creativity? You know, a time where you sit down to make a card or a scrapbook page and absolutely nothing you do “works?!” I hit one of those blocks this weekend, as I was trying to complete my fall colored entry for SUO’s challenge. Despite the great ideas in my mind; nothing, but, nothing, was coming together on paper. Finally, I pulled up my Inspiration File and started scrolling through the various ideas I’ve saved for just such a time. In my quest for inspiration, I once again watched Susan Campfield’s tutorial on a “glowing” Magnificent Maple. After watching the video I decided to give it a try. Inking up the image was fun; but, then I was faced with how I wanted to mount the image and once again my creative juices would not flow. I turned the lights off and left my studio, determined a good night’s rest would help. Early the next morning, I revisited the card and decided to gold emboss a Magnificent Maple leaf and attach it in such a way that it looked like it was drifting to the ground. Ahhh, I was finally pleased enough to declare the card “finished!” So, what do you do when you face a creativity block? I’d love to hear from you.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Magnificent Maple, En Francais
STAMPIN UP INK: Versamark, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Cherry Cobble, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso
ACCESSORIES: Gold embossing powder, heat tool, sponges, mini pearls, paper piercer
While I was away at the beach my new SU order arrived, which meant my Bootiful Occasions stamp set was waiting for me when I returned home. Since discovering the bandana technique earlier this month, I’ve been eager to get my hands on the Bootiful Occasions cowboy boot and see how I could use the boot with the technique. This week’s Retrosketch Challenge provided me with the layout and from there the card just flowed together — I love when everything falls smoothly into place! The Hardwood background stamp inked with Soft Suede and stamped onto Crumb Cake offered a rustic background to showcase the images. Once again I used Daydream Medallions and Madison Avenue for the bandana effect and then just doodled with a white gel pen around the black images. The boot was colored with the Skin Tone Blendabilities and highlighted with Soft Suede. A few loops of linen thread added a cowboy-ish finishing touch! This was honestly a very quick and easy card!
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Bootiful Occasions, Hardwood, Daydream Medallions, Madison Avenue
STAMPIN UP INK: Early Espresso, Memento Black, Skin Tone Blendabilities, Soft Suede
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Real Red, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: Linen thread, white gel pen, mini pearls, dimensional
The calendar page has turned to September; wow, summer flew by SO quickly! With the fall months arriving and my new DSP In hand, I decided it was time to design a new quilt card. I selected one of my favorite layouts and 3 different patterns from the Flashback DSP pack. This week’s SUO challenge is to highlight at least one of SU’s wonderful embellishments. I chose one of the Vintage brads as my featured embellishment.
To make the card, I punched 1” squares from the DSPpaper. Then I cut a piece of 4×4 Very Vanilla which I proceeded to cover with double sided tape. Next, I laid out the squares (which were cut in half diagonally to form triangles) onto the adhesive, and then embossed the fully mounted piece with the Baroque EF. After mounting the image onto the various mattes, I poked a hole with the paper piercer into the middle of the “quilt” and also into the corners and then inserted the brads.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Good Greetings
STAMPIN UP INK: Memento Black
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Flashback DSP, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: Vintage Brad, Neutral Brads, Modern Label punch, glue dot, double sided adhesive, 1 inch punch