Sunday, December 30, 2012

Outlawz CAS Challenge - Happiness & New Beginnings!

Good morning, everyone!

I absolutely can NOT believe that this is my last post of 2012 with the Outlawz!
I'm betting that means 2013 is going to go just as fast, so I better get to the challenge!  ;-)


The Challenge this week is.............
a "CHEERS" Challenge!
  Cheers!!! Happy New Year! 
This weeks challenge is to create a CAS card featuring HAPPINESS! New beginnings, new year, new adventures!



Please join us at the Outlawz for this fun challenge.
You can also find other challenges for EVERY day of the week.  I'd be glad to help anyone who joins the forum and needs some help.

I'm entering my card in the Simon Says Stamps "Anything Goes" challenge.



Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Quilled Elegance stamp set
Harvest Gold and Stamper's Select White cardstock
Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest and Harvest Gold dye ink 
Martha Stewart Glitter marker - Curry
Memento marker - Tangelo


Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Brrrrrrrrrthday w/ Skipping Stones

Good morning, everyone!

Yesterday we had the biggest snowstorm!  It was awesome because they were advising everyone to stay inside and not to travel.  That allowed me to get out some Skipping Stones Designs stamp sets and get my wintery mojo flowin'!


Have you seen the cute SSD set called "Brrrrrthday?"  It's absolutely perfect for those January birthdays you have coming up.

Using the snowflake stamps in this set, I created a background on the card base.  Those snowflakes are so detailed.  I absolutely love how they turned out!

I absolutely love layering patterned paper with a cardstock panel behind it.  It makes the image and the patterned paper shapes stand out just a little bit more.  For the panel with the penguin, I ran the PTI-Mat Stack #1 die through my Vagabond to get the light gray panel that I stamped and colored on; but then, I traced and hand cut it on the gray so I could have a layered look.  Easy to do when you don't have graduated sized die cuts.

I'm entering this card in the Freshly Made Sketch #66 Challenge.  I haven't entered a challenge in MONTHS!  This really helped me get the mojo flowin' and I'm so glad it came back so quickly!
 


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
 Skipping Stones Designs stamps - Brrrthday
Mat Stack #1 die
We R Memory Keepers patterned paper - Winter Frost
Simply Chartreuse, Smokey Shadow and Soft Stone cardstock
Soft Stone and True Black dye ink
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
Copic markers - BG000, C1/3/5, YR12/16


Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Outlawz CAS Challenge - Wrap It Up

Good morning, everyone!

It's almost Christmas!  Our first guests of the holiday were here last night and it was so fun so visit with them.  I love a full house of friends and family!



Since it's Sunday, that must mean that I have an Outlawz challenge for you!

The Challenge this week is.............
a "WRAP IT UP" Challenge!
  In a frenzy many of us are scrambling to get the last of those packages wrapped.  This week's challenge is to wrap up your CAS card or project by adding ribbon with a bow.

Tim Holtz diffusers really change the look to the front of cards.  I love having an unembossed portion for which to stamp.

Please join us at the Outlawz for this fun challenge.
You can also find other challenges for EVERY day of the week.  I'd be glad to help anyone who joins the forum and needs some help.


Materials Used:
 Stamps of Life stamps - hearts2diefor
Sizzix embossing folder - Four Petal Flower
Tim Holtz embossing diffusers
PTI cardstock - Stamper's Select White
Hero Arts Shadow ink - Royal Red
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Celebrate It ribbon - Holiday
We R Memory Keepers 1/4" Corner Rounder


Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Outlawz CAS Challenge - Shop Til You Drop

Good morning, everyone!

It's Sunday, so it must be time for a CAS Outlawz challenge!


Here is your challenge this week.....
"SHOP TIL YOU DROP" Challenge:  Many of us are busy with all of the festivities that go along with the hustle and bustle this time of year brings.  We challenge you to create a CAS card or project that has a present/gift on it.  Remember, you can give presents/gifts for numerous occasions, which means your theme can be one of many!

 

Please join us at the Outlawz for this fun challenge.
You can also find other challenges for EVERY day of the week.  I'd be glad to help anyone who joins the forum and needs some help.

When you submit each of your entries with the Inlinkz tab, at the end of every month there are huge prizes to be won!!!
Go check it out!!!

I can't wait to see your cards!!!



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Holiday Button Bits stamp set
Hero Arts - Very Merry Christmas stamp set
Bazzill Basics patterned paper - Believe
Holiday Flourishes and Swirls patterned paper
Fine Linen cardstock
Hero Arts Shadow Ink - Red Royal
VersaFine ink - Olympia Green
Pine Feather button
Twine
We R Memory Keepers - 1/8" Corner Chomper 




Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Outlawz CAS Challenge - Numbers

Good morning, everyone!

It's Sunday, so it must be time for a CAS Outlawz challenge!


Here is your challenge this week.....
It's a "Numbers" Challenge:  Did you know that December 10th is Dewey Decimal System Day?  I remember looking up these numbers religiously for book reports back in middle and high school.  This week, we challenge you to create a CAS card featuring numbers.  Use them on a background panel or as a focal point.....It should be as easy as 1, 2, 3!
 

Please join us at the Outlawz for this fun challenge.
You can also find other challenges for EVERY day of the week.  I'd be glad to help anyone who joins the forum and needs some help.

When you submit each of your entries with the Inlinkz tab, at the end of every month there are huge prizes to be won!!!
Go check it out!!!

I can't wait to see your cards!!!



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
2012 Birthday Tags stamp set
By the Numbers impression plate
Limitless Layers: 2 1/2" Ovals dies
Scarlet Jewel, Ripe Avocado and Rustic Ivory cardstock
Scarlet Jewel ink
Scarlet Jewel ribbon
We R Memory Keepers - 3/8" Corner Chomper 




Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Skipping Stones Blog Hop and Victorian Christmas

Good Morning, everyone!!!


Today SkippingStones Design is excited to be releasing another beautiful stamp set!  It is called Victorian Christmas and it is a must have!!

  If you came from the Ivanka's blog you are already on track!  If not, you may want to hop on back to Skipping Stones Designs to join in on ALL the fun! 

Don't forget to leave comments!  Skipping Stones Design will be giving away one stamp set to a lucky winner!



Victorian Christmas!



If you're following the blog order you are now heading off to Karen's to see what gorgeous creation she has made for the hop.  Remember to leave some blog love so that you have more chances to win this set!


Now it's YOUR turn!  Join in the sketch challenge this week by creating a card using the featured sketch below.  Link up to the Skipping Stones site for your chance to win FREE stamps!  You don't have to use Skipping Stones Stamps, but we love it when you do!  


Here is your sketch for this week! 

Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise mentioned):
Skipping Stones Design - Victorian Christmas stamp set
Tag Sale #1 die
Echo Park patterned paper - Season's Greetings
Lime Ice & Ripe Avocado cardstock
a*muse ink - Grass
Recollections dimensional sticker
Liquid Pearls
Filigree embossing powder - Clear



Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Skipping Stones Designer Showcase - Victorian Christmas

Good Morning, everyone!!!

Welcome to SSD's Designer Showcase!


Today is a day dedicated to the newest stamp set for the release. It's actually a little sneak before the blog hop tomorrow.  You are going to LOVE this new set!  It's perfect timing for the holiday.


Introducing Victorian Christmas!!!  There are so many lovely images in this set that will be perfect for your holiday cards.



Victorian Christmas!
This tree is so beautiful, that stamping it and adding some pearls was easy to make it catch your eye!  If you click to enlarge the photo, you may be able to see some of the snowflake stamps that also come in this set on the background.

I had to try my new Tim Holtz Rock Candy glitter on the snowflake.  Isn't it just yummy!


Be sure to check back tomorrow for the blog hop & sketch challenge where you will have a chance to win this new set! 


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Skipping Stones Design - Victorian Christmas stamp set
Tag Sale #3 die
MFT - Let It Snowflake die-namic
Aqua Mist patterned paper pack
Hawaiian Shores and Stamper's Select White cardstock
 Hawaiian Shores and New Leaf dye ink
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Tim Holtz Stickles Dry Glitter - Rock Candy
Want to Scrap rhinestones



Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Outlawz CAS Challenge - For the Birds!

Good morning, everyone!

It's Sunday, so it must be time for a CAS Outlawz challenge!


Here is your challenge this week.....
Turkey Day is right around the corner.  This week, your challenge is to create a Clean And Simple card that features a turkey or any other feathered friend.

 
The air-brushed birds were a bit more difficult to color than I thought.

Please join us at the Outlawz for this fun challenge.
You can also find other challenges for EVERY day of the week.  I'd be glad to help anyone who joins the forum and needs some help.

When you submit each of your entries with the Inlinkz tab, at the end of every month there are huge prizes to be won!!!
Go check it out!!!

I can't wait to see your cards!!!



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Paper and Such stamp set - Song in my heart
In the Meadow stamp set
Basic Grey patterned paper - Eskimo Kisses and Nordic Holiday
Echo Park patterned paper - Dots & Stripes
Stamper's Select White cardstock
VersaFine ink - Tuxedo Black
We R Memory Keepers - 3/8" Corner Chomper 
Smooch - Illuminate
Copic markers - E55/59, BG05, R32/35/37, Y38, G28
Copic Air-Brush system



Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tips & Tricks: Mass Producing Christmas cards

Hi, everyone!
Are you beginning to panic because you haven't started your Christmas cards, yet?

I have a great way for you to use up some of your Christmas patterned paper and get started on those holiday cards!

If you are like me, you store all of your scraps of the same paper pad, right in the paper pad itself.
I want you to take out all of those out and slice them down into all kinds of shapes......squares, rectangles, strips.....ALL kinds!
You'll also need to gather several Christmas sentiments. I pulled out all of my SSD Christmas sets (or previews of sets....that's how I catalog them) so that I could pick my favorites.
Find some scrap strips of paper of all different sizes for your sentiments.
Stamp various sentiments on the strips.
Gather all of your Christmas embellishments and have them surrounding your work area so they are at your finger tips. You'll also notice in the photo below that I trimmed down all of those sentiments (on the right side of the picture) so that they had flagtail ends.
You may also want to cut several card bases of various orientations so they are ready to go, too!

Now you are ready to start assembling!
I started reaching for 3 of my patterned paper blocks and just placed them where I thought they would look nice and balanced.
Next, I wanted to add some embellishments and my sentiment.
After everything was laid out, I glued everything down and added some foam dimensionals under the sentiment and some bling in the corner because the card seemed to need something a little bit more.

First card done and many more to go!
After you get into your groove, you'll be mixing and matching before you know it.


Here are the others that I got finished in this same crafty session.






Seven cards and 2 hours later, I have started my Christmas stash! And, the best part......I'm using up that patterned paper that I just had sitting in a drawer!


I hope you try this little technique and jump start your holiday card making!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Skipping Stones Designs - Sketch Challenge #154

Good Morning, everyone!!!

Welcome to SSD's Challenge 154!
We have some awesome sketches coming at you this month with sketch artist Kelly Schirmer


 We also have 2 wonderful guest designers joining us this month! Jennie Harper and Ivanka Lentle are working their magic and I can't wait for you to see what they created using this week's sketch. 


This month we have 2 feature sets and I wanted to showcase the new to me.......
Feature set - Wise Men!

I love the hand drawn speckled images in this set.  It's so rustic and old world.  Perfect for the sentiments in this set, too!


Here's your sketch for this week! 


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Skipping Stones Design  - Wise Men stamp set 
Limitless Layers: 2 1/2" Circle dies 
Echo Park patterned paper - Season's Greetings
Ripe Avocado and Vintage Cream cardstock
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black and Vintage Sepia



Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Outlawz CAS Challenge - Thankful Card

Good morning, everyone!

It's Sunday, so it must be time for a CAS Outlawz challenge!


Here is your challenge this week.....
We are headed into the season of giving and a season of thanks.  This week's challenge is to create a Clean And Simple card that shows gratitude or thanks.  You can never have enough of these cards on hand.

 
Using Tim Holtz's diffusers, I was able to make the focal point of the flowers on a flat surface while the area around it is dry embossed.  I just love this effect!

 
Please join us at the Outlawz for this fun challenge.
You can also find other challenges for EVERY day of the week.  I'd be glad to help anyone who joins the forum and needs some help.

When you submit each of your entries with the Inlinkz tab, at the end of every month there are huge prizes to be won!!!
Go check it out!!!

I can't wait to see your cards!!!



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Think Big Favorites #2 stamp set
Mega Gracious Vases stamp set
Sending You stamp set
Stampin' Up embossing folder - Square Lattice
Tim Holtz diffusers
Aqua Mist and Stamper's Select White cardstock
Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, Hibiscus Burst, Autumn Rose and True Black dye ink



Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Peace on Earth Christmas Cards

Good morning, everyone!

I'm back with another card that I made by being inspired by the Christmas Card Workshop!

I have to be honest and say that this is a total CASE except for the sentiment used on the card in the class.  They were so amazingly gorgeous, I just had to.
I just love the little bit of glitter along the right side of the houses and trees in the die cut.  It shows you which way the wind is blowing.....lol

Using non-traditional colors once again for the holiday.  I'm sort of liking these color combinations instead of just red and green!
  
For this technique you used more masks, but on the base of the card.  Once masked off, you take two colors that you like and color half way on each side until they meet.  You remove the mask and you have a strip of color down the left side.  The only thing I did differently from the original was to change out the background colors for 6 of them.  The original card was the purple and pink one.  I thought an orange-ish, blue sunset would be pretty also.



Thanks for stopping by today and come back soon because I have more Christmas cards scheduled!



Here are the materials I used:
PTI - Signature Christmas
Memory Box die - Country Landscape
Eclipse tape (for masking)
 Tim Holtz distress inks - Spiced Marmalade and Broken China (1st pic.)
Tim Holtz distress inks - Concord and Worn Lipstick(2nd pic.)
PTI cardstock - Stamper's Select White
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Elements Elements - Crystal rhinestones



Monday, November 5, 2012

Snowflake Christmas!

Good morning, everyone!

I'm back with more Christmas cards featuring SNOWFLAKES!

You may recognize this layout in a set of cards that I featured HERE.   I changed it up and added snowflakes for a different look.  Jennifer McGuire did make a snowflake card in the class tutorial, and I knew I wanted to do one also......but, with slightly different colors.

Again I used one of Nichole's color palette's that she featured on her blog for the October Blog Hop. I also used my Copic Air-Brush system to do the shading around the sentiment and snowflakes rather than blending in distress ink.  I love how they all turned out!

I think this is my favorite sentiment out of all of them!

Although, sending "holiday hugs" is cute, too.

This one will be good for anyone to send.

Perfect cozy sentiment!

Snowflakes are "magic", aren't they?


Another dozen cards finished!  And there are so many lessons of cards that I haven't even finished yet!  Yayyyyyyyy for fresh ideas and this wonderful class!

Thanks for stopping by today and come back soon because I have more Christmas cards scheduled!



Here are the materials I used:
PTI - Snowflake Medley stamp set
PTI - Snowfall stamp set
PTI - Tree Trimming Trio stamp set (sentiment)
PTI - Love Lives Here: Holiday stamp set (sentiment)
PTI - Heart-2-Heart #3 stamp set (heart)
PTI - Love & Marraige stamp set (heart)
PTI - Trendy Trees stamp set (heart)
Eclipse tape (for masking)
PTI cardstock - Ocean Tides and Stamper's Select White
VersaFine ink - Satin Red & Onyx Black
PTI dye ink - Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Soft Stone and Smokey Shadow
Copic marker - G00 (with air-brush system)



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