Monday, October 27, 2014

I Love You Floral Bouquet

It's time for another Stampin' Celebration inspiration challenge (SC90).  This challenge was a nice change from the autumn and Christmas hues I am currently working with to prepare for the holidays.  While this is my favorite time of year, I also like the change in pace!

For this challenge the aqua jars and delicate flowers stood out at me.  I immediately wanted to create this scene.  My friend and I were looking at pinterest and have fallen in love with the aqua mason jars.  She may be getting married and would love a country wedding using these jars as vases for the tables.  So when I saw the inspiration challenge I was excited to make this scene!

To make the mason jar I decided to use the apothecary accents framelits to make the jar.  It was the closest shape to the actual mason jar.  I used pool party ink and sponged vellum cardstock to get the aqua color.  Then I handcut the apothecary accent image to get the vase shape.

The flowers are from the Stippled Blossom stamp set.  I used the smaller rose images and stamped with pink pirouette and blushing bride and crisp cantaloupe and calypso coral.  To reduce the effect of the darker colors I stamped off the ink before stamping onto the light background.  It certainly helped make the lighter color show through.

The leaves are pear pizzazz and garden green.

All of the flowers and leaves were fussy cut and adhered to the card front with glue and dimensionals.  

I just hand drew the stems of the flowers.

The greeting is from Good Greetings, a special stamp set being offered through the end of October to any hostess with a $300 order.  I love this set!  Such great greetings and I love the handwritten effect.  My handwriting is like chicken scratch so I love taking advantage of others beautiful writing skills.

Can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Winter Wonderland

A two-for today with a really quick post today.  I stayed up late playing last night and decided to make a card using the retro sketches sketch challenge #137.

I loved this design and decided to try it with a winter design.  I just received the Hello December Project Life stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Supplement catalog.  Worked perfect for this card!

The "snow" is from the Snowflake Card Thinlit Die and the background paper is from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Pack.  Both of these products are in the 2014 Holiday Catalog.  A few sequins from the Frosted Sequins adds a little shine!

Have a great day, off to a girls overnighter!

Hugs & Kisses

My BFF from high school loves squirrels so I couldn't wait to make her a card with the Stampin' Up! hostess stamp set, Nuts about You.

This was a pretty simple card to make.  I did fussy cut the tree trunk to get the 2 different colors for the tree. I guess I could have used markers, but decided to stamp and cut instead.  I also fussy cut the squirrel so I could mount it using dimensionals.

Colors used were Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Early Espresso on Whisper White.

I used the Starburst Framelits and Circle Framelits to cut the circles and the greeting is from the Good Greetings stamp set, a special free hostess gift which can be earned up until the end of this month!  

Like I said, a pretty simple card and my BFF really loved it!

Hope you have a great day!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wine Tag - Congrats

Yesterday I posted a card I made for my colleague who is giving her dissertation tomorrow.  We decided to give her a bottle of champagne to celebrate so I just had to make a tag for the champagne!

Since I used stars for the card I decided to go with the same theme and create a matching tag.  I used the star framelits and the small star punch from the punch bundle.  Colors used include Hello Honey, Pool Party, Islad Indigo and Baked Brown Suger with Whisper White as the base for the flag.  I love the twirly pieces I made from the baked brown sugar cardstock!  I had thought about putting smaller version in the shaker card I made but completely forgot about that when I made the shaker card.  So when I remembered I decided to use it on the tag!  

Here is a picture with the tag on the champagne bottle.  I love how it turned out!  I hot glued the star to a piece of Baked Brown Sugar thick bakers twine and then added a 1-3/8" circle (hello honey) to the back of the hello honey star to cover the glue!  Worked perfectly!

Here is the card and tag together!

I am really excited about how these turned out!  I can't wait to give them to her, and see the dissertation!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

You Did It!

A friend from work has been working on her PhD and will be giving her oral dissertation this weekend!  I am so proud of her.  A few of us will be attending the dissertation to cheer her on!  Of course, I had to make a card for her!

I decided on a shaker card, I just love making these cards!  I used the star framelits and cut the stars in Hello Honey, Island Indigo and Pool Party.  The smaller stars are from the mini punches and punched in Baked Brown Sugar.

I also used the gorgeous grunge stamp set to add some imagery behind the stars.  

Inside the shaker I used the star sequins, silver sequins from the Frosted Sequins (2014 Holiday Catalog) and then punched a few small stars in island indigo and crushed curry using the Confetti Star Punch.

The greeting is from the Bravo Photopolymer stamp set.

I love the way this turned out and can't wait to give her the card!

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Woodland Creatures

I found a picture on Pinterest and I was immediately intrigued!  

SO cute!!! #birthday #cake #animal #woodland

I decided I must try to recreate these woodland creatures with paper!  I started with a 4x4 piece of coasterboard as a base.  I was thinking that they would make great magnets.  

I used the Gift Bow Bigz L Die as a starting point for the belly and the eyes.  I ended up having to trim the eyes to the right shapes, but the gift bow die really provided a great starting point!

Here are all 4 animals together.

For the eyes, I used the 3/4" circle punch and colored the white of the eye using the white gel pen.  The circle noses are from the owl punch!

The owl nose was handcut.

The tails are handcut as are the ears.

My favorite is the hedgehog!  I love how he turned out.  I used the banner punch for the fur.  So cute!

When I showed  my family these critters they suggested I make other animals. So I made a skunk.  She turned out really cute too!  I wanted to add a flower but decided to keep her as is (for now).

Hope you enjoyed the woodland creatures!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hello Fall

Today I have another fall card to share.  This is a card we made at a stamp camp in September.

Inspiration came from Freshly Made Sketches #155.  I just didn't have time to post at the time the challenge for this sketch was ongoing.

The colors for this card were Wild Wasabi (card base) with Garden Green, Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss and Tangelo Twist.  I think this is the first card I made using the the stapler, and I love it!  Now I just have to try to remember to incorporate the stapler more often into my projects.

Stamps: For All Things (Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog)
Colors: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist
Accessories: Autumn Wooden Elements, Hello Honey satin stitched ribbon, stapler

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Christmas Tags

I am getting ready for a few holiday events so I decided to post a few tags I made.  I was partly inspired by The Friday Mashup challenge #181, although I really do have to prepare for some Handmade Holiday events I am hosting in November and December.

I have had a great time with the 2014 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog!  Such great fun images and accessories!  I am loving the simplicity and versatility of the photopolymer stamps.  I am so glad that we have so many more choices!  It really makes the stamping process that much easier.

This first tag uses the confetti star punch.  One of my go to punches this year!  Great for accessorizing and for shaker cards!  I am also really happy that the Endless Wishes stamp set (photopolymer) is in the Holiday catalog.  I love the script font!!  I wish my handwriting was that neat!  Now this tag was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest!  The tag is Smoky Slate with kraft cardstock and silver foil cardstock for the stars.

The second tag uses the Wondrous Wreath photopolymer bundle.  In my normal haste I didn't pay attention to the helpful hints with this stamp set (lining up the tabs and all) so I will need to go back and pay attention. Nevertheless, I was still happy with the ease of this stamp and die combo!!  So cute!  Colors are Kraft cardstock with wild Wasabi, Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler.  I added a gold metal button with linen thread for some bling.

For the last tag I used the Little Letters dies to create a reverse image of the word "joy".  I love how it turned out.  The Trim the Tree designer series paper stack offers a plethora of choices for a tag of this sorts! 

I heard that there are only 10 more Fridays until Christmas!  Didn't count myself (in denial) but if so, I may start panicking!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Follow Your Heart

It's time again for a Stampin' Celebration Sketch Inspiration challenge (SC89). This sketch was designed by Lynda.

I took the opportunity to make a scarpbook page with the design.  I thought it would work well with a photo I took of my daughter recently.  She is growing up so fast!  She will be 12 in a few weeks.  I can't believe it.  She is my baby and yet her baby features are hard to find these days.

For this page I turned the sketch to a landscape orientation.  Such a simple picture and yet it took me a while to get the page design where I wanted it.  I was mostly stuck on the title.  I wanted the right sentiment.  I am happy where I ended.  A great sentiment for a pre-teen on the verge of growing up!

Hope you play along with the sketch, can't wait to see what others create!

My Digital Studio
Embellishments: Taffeta Trimmings - ripple basic gray; Mis-Stitched - white 3 (re-colored BASIC BLACK); Be Brave - follow your heart (re-colored BASIC GRAY)
Punches: Borders/flowers, Fill Color = ISLAND INDIGO 
Designer Series Paper: Eventful Year

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rev Up the Fun!

My son turned 16 in September and for this birthday I wanted to create a 3-D car for him with the understanding that it would be the only car he received from his loving parents on his 16th birthday!

I used My Digital Studio and the Rev up the Fun Brush Stamp Set and my Silhouette Cameo to make the car.  I kind of just figured things out as I went along so there is no real tutorial to give.  It took me a few days to make, although I only worked about an hour or so each day.  

The sides of the car were provided by the stamp set, but I had to improvise the car middle.  As you can see, I decided to forego the back window.  I think I got tired.

It's actually a box so he can lift the top off and hid things inside.  I filled it with Chewy Spree, one of his favorite candies.

Anyway, he really liked it.  It's sitting on a shelf in his room.  Which, for a 16 year old boy, I think is a big complement!