Life happens — isn’t that a true statement?! My life has certainly taken many twists and turns over the past year; I’m so thankful the Lord is in complete control and I can rest peacefully in that assurance! While my blog entries have been non-existent and my crafting moments have been limited; I’m still enjoying opportunities to spend time in my studio. This past weekend, I had opportunity to create this card to celebrate the fact that LIFE HAPPENS! My dear coworker just welcomed her first child into the world and this card will be finding its way to her mailbox very soon. I used the Pals Paper Arts Sketch, coupled with the Stampin’ Up Only challenge featuring the soon-to-retire Cherry on Top DSP.
The baby actually appears on the inside of the card, with the shaker frame popped up on the front (it was difficult to photograph the card’s dimension, as the flash kept “bouncing off” the window.)
The new foam adhesive strips (currently available for demonstrator’s on pre-order) are absolutely amazing for shaker cards!
I hope you all are doing well, my friends!
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!
For those of you who follow my blog, it’s no secret that I love the adorable hedgehog stamps. A couple of weeks ago my good friend, Jodi McKinney of Life In Between, showed up at my studio with a surprise package for me – what could it be?! I pulled the tissue paper out of the bag and discovered … my very own hedgehog! He’s now residing in my display window with a front row seat to watch the antics of my living, breathing front yard groundhog “friends.” (BTW: did you know our infamous Punxy Phil became the mascot for Groundhog’ Day, because he is the U.S. animal bearing the closest resemblance to the hedgehog; the hedgehog is actually the original weather forecaster!)
I wanted to let Jodi know how much I appreciated having my own personal hedgehog, so, I naturally had to make her an appropriate hedgehog thank you card! I chose this retired Holiday Hedgehog stamp and simply used my SU Early Espresso marker to ink the hedgehogs, without the candy cane. I filled in the hands and feet, where necessary, with the fine tip point of the marker and then fussy cut each of the hedgehogs.
My background is simply a few pieces of Lullaby DSP matted with Coastal Cabana and mounted onto Hello Honey, then run through the Tiny Triangles EF for texture. With the hedgehog’s hands outstretched, I felt they should be holding something – the heart from the owl punch worked beautifully. The tiny scallop circles with the Coastal Cabana rhinestones were as a result of an “uh-oh” glue spot on the ribbon. I quite like the way they add a sparkly finishing touch to this card.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Holiday Hedgehogs, Bring on the Cake
STAMPIN UP INK: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Hello Honey, Medium Coastal Cabana Blendabilities
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Hello Honey, Coastal Cabana, Lullaby DSP
ACCESSORIES: Owl punch, Itty Bitty Scallop punch, rhinestones, Tiny Triangles EF, Big Shot, Soft Suede ribbon, Large Oval punch, oval die, blender pen, glue dots, dimensionals
It’s been a beautiful autumn; hasn’t it?! I love the rich fall colors and never tire of using them in my designs. This week’s SUO challenge is titled “The Treats the Thing.” I decided to make a favor that could couple as a place card setting for a Thanksgiving dinner table. I happened across a tutorial by Julie Davison for this little card box with a drawer design and decided it would work beautifully for the favor I was envisioning. I used a piece of 3” x 12” Old Olive as my base and ran my Speckled Jumbo Wheel across the flat base with Early Espresso ink. The base was scored at 3”, 4”, 7”, 8” and 11.” I stamped my greeting on the interior flap and then simply folded the score lines to form the container for the drawer; a single strip of red line on the end tab holds the box together.
The drawer was formed from a 2-1/4” square piece which was scored at one inch on each side and then assembled. The drawer holds 6 Hershey nuggets.
For the image I stamped the flowers from Just Believe with Versamark onto a piece of Very Vanilla and then used clear embossing powder to emboss the image. When stamping, I was careful to leave an open space so that a name could be written onto the favor and used as a place card at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Next, I simply inked up three sponges with Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze and sponged the colors in a circular motion across the image. To add a finishing touch to the drawer; I punched a 1-1/4″ circle and mounted it onto the drawer with adhesive, then added a Cajun Craze candy dot to serve as a mock drawer handle.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Just Believe, Speckled Jumbo Wheel
STAMPIN UP INK: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Old Olive,Versamark
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: Clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponges, Old Olive ribbon, candy dot brad, Cajun Craze candy dot, 1-1/4” circle punch
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