Sunday, April 29, 2012

Outlawz CAS Challenge - Household Item!

Good morning, everyone!

I'm back with an Outlawz CAS challenge for the 3rd week of April!


Your challenge this week.....
is to create ANY project that uses a household item and is Clean And Simple! 

I absolutely love this new set from PTI!  The way the words flow out from the star is just genius!

A view from the side so you can see the chipboard-type embellishment made from.......

A box of BACON!!!!  LOL

I simply used my wafer-thin PTI Seeing Stars die to cut out some stars.  Then I stacked and glued 3 of them, ending with a piece of patterned paper on top.

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):
Super Stars stamp set
Seeing Stars dies
 Hero Arts cardstock - Carnation
a*muse studio ink - Shell
Classic Kraft dye ink
Glossy Accents
1/2" Corner Rounder punch
Cardboard


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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Shaped Card using the Silhouette Cameo and Welding!

Good Morning, everyone!!!

Here's another "A Cut Above" online class card!
We are in the 2nd part of the class which focuses on using the Silhouette Cameo machine.  Mike got me this machine for Christmas and I just love it; but, being my very first electronic cutter, I really have to learn a lot.  This 2nd part of class with the Cameo being the focus has been amazingggggggggggg!  I'm learning so much!

So, Part 2 - Day 2's technique was to create another shaped card.  Using the Cameo software, I used the "welding" technique shown to us by Jennifer McGuire.  She is so amazing when she teaches!  Love these classes because of her teaching style.

Anyway, when welding, you basically take one shape, duplicate it and line it up against the original along a straight side and merge the two images together so it will fold.  I chose to use a wine glass and have the card open from bottom to top.

I made two of these cards for 2 very special friends and fellow teachers that are retiring this year.  They are part of my "wine" group (I've mentioned them in several posts...lol).  Anyway, this will be their retirement card.

Welded shaped card!
This turned out better than I had ever expected.  I covered the entire front of the wine glass with Diamond Glaze.  I also purposely let some of the little bubbles dry as such.....perfect for the wine!  The inside is stamped with "on your retirement."

I just wanted you to see how glossy the glass actually turned out.  This picture still does not do the card justice, but you might get a better idea.

 One of the tips Jennifer gave us is to fill an entire sheet of cardstock with images and just keep the extras.  Since I was making 2 of these cards, the glasses, hearts and sentiment did fill it up pretty good, but I added a few more hearts and some fluffy clouds, too.
I hope you can see all that I squeezed on to this one piece of cardstock!





I'm so, so happy that I'm taking this class!



Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Silhouette Online Store - 4 Hearts
Silhouette Online Store - Wine Glasses & Bottle
Ali Edwards - Free Framed Sentiments for class
Congrats All Ways stamp set (inside sentiment)
In the Meado die (to curve the wine in the glass)
Basic Grey patterned paper - Kissing Booth
Neenah Solar White cardstock
True Black dye ink
Tim Holtz distress ink - Aged Mahogany and Wild Honey
Diamond Glaze




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Missing a Special Soldier!

Good Morning, everyone!!!

I received my Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for May and I just love the colors........red/pink and teal!

When looking through the patterned papers included in the kit, I found a lot of travel type patterns.  Mike and I don't travel much and we don't have many relatives outside the US so I was not going to be able to use them for us.

BUT..........

I do have a friend and fellow teacher who posted a very sentimental post to her brother who is serving in Afghanistan.  She and her family miss him so much and when I saw the mapped patterned paper below, I knew I had to make her a card to send to her brother.


I hope this lifts his spirits.



Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Simon Says Stamp - You Can Do Anything stamp set
Basic Grey
patterned paper - What's Up Collection
Basic Grey die cuts and overlays - What's Up Collection
Basic Grey -
Konnichiwa designer chipboard stickers
Heart 2 Heart #3 die
American Crafts cardstock - Robin's Egg Blue
Ocean Tides cardstock
Dark Chocolate dye ink






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Friday, April 27, 2012

Good Morning, everyone!!!

Here is a super quick post with a super easy card!  

This quick card was made using Basic Grey's chipboard stickers and patterned paper from the Konnichiwa collection.  Super fast and super fun!  I'm thinking it will be perfect for a card following an evening on our patio w/ friends.

Don't worry........I won't stop stamping to use dimensional stickers.  But, I have to admit, they throw a beautiful card together in just a few minutes!



Here's yet another card I made using them.

The only stamping done on this one is the background stamp.  Loving that Hero Arts stamp!


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Hero Arts background stamp - Leaf & Floral
Basic Grey - Konnichiwa patterned paper
Basic Grey - Konnichiwa designer chipboard stickers
Berry Sorbet & Ocean Tides cardstock
Berry Sorbet dye ink



Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Shaped Card for "A Cut Above" Online Class

Good Morning, everyone!!!

Here's another "A Cut Above" online class card!

Day 3's technique was to create a shaped card.  I've made shaped cards before, but I wanted to use something I hadn't before........PTI's Mega Mat Stacks were a perfect choice.


Cute shaped card!

I haven't used any of my Mega Mat Stacks for shaped cards, but #4 was perfect.

I love 6"x6" patterned paper, but when it comes to pages like this, I'm at a loss.  So for this card, I fussy cut the flowers on the bottom with the panel and popped it up on dimensionals toward the bottom of my card.  It fits in an A2 envelope and matches perfectly!






Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Think Big Favorites #2 stamp set
Mega Mat Stack #4 die
Basic Grey patterned paper - Plumeria
Stampers' Select White cardstock
Smokey Shadow dye ink
Want2Scrap - Teal pearls




Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Heart to Heart Birthday!

Good Morning, everyone!!!

I had a blast creating this next card.  It sure did take a lot of thinking on my part, but I used some fabulous techniques that I learned via the "A Cut Above" online class!

This will fit 2 of the days techniques.  Day 5's technique was to create die cuts using materials other than cardstock or patterned paper.  Day 5a (a bonus day) was to use the negative space in some way.


How about some ribbon die cuts???
The top heart is a piece of scrap paper covered in Scor tape and then a mixture of ribbon scraps.  I used a PTI heart die (a wafer-thin die) to put over top and a metal shim to cut it out.  It didn't cut the whole way through, but the easy shape allowed me to cut it cleanly with scissors.

I didn't have any neat "thin" designs to put under the bottom heart, but I did have this whimsical tree......LOL  I just cut off the point so it wouldn't stick out and then turned the panel over and use dimensionals to prop it up.


I'm totally loving this class!  I mainly took it for the Silhouette Cameo portion coming up, but I have learned a few new tricks!



I made today's card using CAS-ual Friday's #49 Sketch Challenge!  It took a bit to figure out how to tie this in with the "A Cut Above" class, but I love how this all worked out!





Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Think Big Favorites #14 stamp set
Heart Prints die
Memory Box die - Winterland Tree
Raspberry Fizz, Soft Stone and Stampers' Select White cardstock
Scrap ribbon pieces




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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

SSD #125 Sketch Challenge

Good Morning, everyone!!!

This is my 2nd post and challenge for today!  If you are looking for the Paper and Such challenge post, please click HERE!



Welcome to SSD's Sketch Challenge 125!
Are you ready to for a new SSD sketch?

Dina Kowal is back with her last sketch for April!  I have to say that I just loved working with each and every one of her designs.  Annette Allen and Veronica Zallis have also been just wonderful as our 2 very talented guest designers.  Be sure to check their blogs to see what they have come up for their last April challenge!


Oh, how I love PURPLE! 
Can you tell?  ;-)


I finally got my hands on the Dandelion Dreams stamp set and I couldn't wait to use it with this card.  The patterned papers drove my color palette and I just love all those purples, golds and aquas swimming together for this one.




Here's the sketch for this week!  


Are you ready to get inky?
Are you ready to create something for the challenge?


I can't wait to see what you come up with using Dina's sketch!


Materials Used:
Skipping Stones Design - Dandelion Dreams stamp set
 Skipping Stones Design - Beautiful Bottanicals stamp set
Basic Grey patterned paper - Plumeria
PTI - Winter Wisteria and Stampers' Select White cardstock
Memento ink - Grape Jelly
PTI dye ink - Ocean Tides, Winter Wisteria, Fine Linen and Classic Kraft
Martha Stewart rhinestones


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

PAS Mother's Day Challenge



Good morning, everyone!

Are you ready for another Paper and Such challenge?

We host the challenges on the blog every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.
You will have from 12:01am Tuesday, April 24th until 11:59pm Monday, April 30th to participate!


This week's challenge has a Mother's Day theme!


I knew for this challenge that I wanted to use flowers so went right for the Paper and Such Daisies stamp set.  I think I could color these all day long!  I paired it with a sentiment from their Simple Sentiments stamp set and it's ready to go off to mom!  Love how this turned out!

After stamping and coloring the image, adding the Stampin' Up Square Lattice embossing was the perfect touch!

Once you have your project completed be sure to go back to the Paper and Such blog and enter it for a chance to win  a Paper and Such stamp set of your choice!


I've also entered this card into a few challenges.  The colors were inspired by CR84FN's #52 Color Challenge.  I just love pinks and browns together!  I also used Jen Del Muro's i{heart}sketches April Challenge.  Her sketches are always so fun to work with and this one was no exception.





Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Paper and Such - Daisies & Simple Sentiments stamp sets
Mega Mat Stack #3 die
Stampin' Up - Square Lattice embossing folder
Stampin' Up patterned paper - Sending Love (retired)
Vintage Cream and Fine Linen cardstock
Memento ink - Rich Cocoa
Dark Chocolate dye ink
Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients -Pink Swirly ribbon
Copic markers - R81/83/85 and G43/94


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Anniversary Tickets!

Good Morning, everyone!!!

I had a request to make an anniversary card and I knew I wanted to use my Just the Ticket stamp set.  I got this set such a long time ago and have not inked it up, so it was about time!


I just love all of the tickets!

You have to stamp the border around each ticket.  Then the sentiment and the little decorative oval.  I did some with hearts and some with stars so that it would match the star borders.

For the inside, I made 3 different tickets and the person giving this away will be able to circle the month on the center one and add the date of their marriage!  Love that little detail!


I made today's card using The Sweet Stop's #155 Any Sketch Challenge!  For their challenge this week, you got to pick ANY of their past sketches to use for the challenge because they are having their 3rd Birthday Celebration!  I chose to use Sketch #78 for my card because I needed something to go with the ticket theme!




Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Just the Ticket stamp set and border die
Fillable Frames #1 stamp set and die
Happy Day stamp set
Beautiful Butterflies stamp set (inside sentiment)
Mat Stack #4 die
Authentique patterned paper - Genuine
Kraft cardstock
Tim Holtz distress ink - Chipped Sapphire
Enchanted Evening dye ink
Misc. brads




Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Oulawz CAS Challenge - Anything Goes

Good morning, everyone!

I'm back with an Outlawz CAS challenge for the 3rd week of April!


Your challenge this week.....
is to create ANY project that is Clean And Simple! 


The real "star" of this show is the patterned paper!  Love all of those beautiful flowers and butterflies!

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
Limitless Layers: 2 1/4" Ovals dies
 Kaiser Kraft patterned paper - Tigerlily
Autumn Rose, Sweet Blush and Stampers' Select White cardstock
Autumn Rose dye ink


Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, April 20, 2012

SSD - Feature Friday

Good morning, everyone!

It's time for Skipping Stones Design's Feature Friday!

This month we have been featuring 2 very popular stamp sets..........

Heartsong & Heartsong 2!



Here's another card made using Heartsong 2.
Love this color palette!

I knew that I wanted to surround the bird stamp in flowers and the best way to achieve that was patterned paper.  Using Basic Grey's Konnichiwa, I was able to add all of the roses in the background.  

For the stamping, I did 2nd generational stamping by stamping off the ink first on a piece of scrap paper and then stamping onto the white panel.  I did the same thing one more time, but turned the stamp ever so slightly.  I didn't want the leaves to be as dark as the bird.  Finally, I stamped the bird.  Originally, I thought I would be coloring the bird, so I used Memento ink, but then I liked it exactly as it was.  

Before adhering all of the pieces, I used Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress inks to sponge all of the edges.  I already had the cute little flower made from an online class I'm taking now, so that was just a bonus.

I hope you enjoyed another Heartsong 2 feature!


Materials Used:
Skipping Stones Designs - Heartsong 2
Basic Grey patterned paper - Konnichiwa
Nesties - Classic Ovals: Small
PTI cardstock - Ocean Tides and Stampers' Select White
PTI dye ink - Simply Chartreuse and True Black
Memento ink - Rich Cocoa
Tim Holtz distress ink - Tea Dye
Martha Stewart rhinestone



Thanks for stopping by today!


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Basic Grey Butterfly Birthday!

Good Morning, everyone!!!

This is another super quick post with a super easy card!  

I mentioned the other day that on my first trip out to our river lot over Easter, I stopped at a craft shop in Altoona.  I loved these chipboard stickers that went with one of the Basic Grey patterned paper packs that I already had at home.

Don't worry........I won't stop stamping to use dimensional stickers.  But, I have to admit, they throw a beautiful card together in just a few minutes!

Here's another card I made using them.


I made today's card using Clean and Simple's #186 Sketch Challenge!



Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Pretty Peonies stamp set

Basic Grey - Plumeria patterned paper
Basic Grey - Plumeria designer chipboard stickers
Smokey Shadow cardstock & dye ink




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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Cut Above Online Class - Layered Die Cut Flowers

Good Morning, everyone!!!

I have a card for another online class called: A Cut Above!  The class is 3 weeks long and will focus on traditional die cuts with metal dies for 1.5 weeks and then switch over to the Silhouette Cameo for 1.5 weeks.  I am loving all of these Cameo classes popping up.  At least I'm getting a lot of use out of my Christmas present from Mike!

For Day 1's video, I knew most of the techniques that were shown, but I love creating a card with a purpose and a goal......which was to make layered flowers.  Mix that with a sketch challenge and you have a winner!

Love the colors and the little added bling!  ;-)

I just wanted to show you how awesome the dimension is on these flowers.  I used 3 die cuts stacked on top of one another.



I made today's card using Card Pattern's #161 Sketch Challenge!  I was a bit stumped at first and then I went looking to my new stuff that I bought over Easter.  I decided to use flowers in that center circle and am so happy with how they turned out.


Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Round & Round stamp set
Hero Arts background stamp - Leaf & Floral
Flower Fusion #2 die
Nesties - Standard Circles and Scalloped Circles: Large
Basic Grey - Konnichiwa patterned paper
Simply Chartreuse & Stampers' Select White cardstock
Elements Elements Crystal Stickers
1" Circle punch (to make the leaves)
Canvas Corp. Clothespins
Uniball Signo gel pen - white
a*muse studio ink - Shell
True Black dye ink
Copic marker - YG97 (to color clothespin)



Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

SSD #124 Sketch Challenge

Good Morning, everyone!!!

Welcome to SSD's Sketch Challenge 124!
Are you ready to for a new SSD sketch?

Dina Kowal is back as our sketch artist for the month of April!  Joining her again this week are 2 very talented guest designers: Annette Allen and  Veronica Zallis.  Be sure to check their blogs to see what they have come up with using Heartsong #1!


The original Heartsong has always been a favorite!
I wanted to add a pop of color for the sentiment, so that's why I chose the chartreuse layer.  Love that combined with the purples and yellow.


Here's the sketch for this week!  


Are you ready to get inky?
Are you ready to create something for the challenge?


I can't wait to see what you come up with using Dina's sketch!


Materials Used:
Skipping Stones Design - Heartsong stamp set
MFT - Decorative Doily die
MFT - Fishtail Flag Stax dies
Gina K. patterned paper - Wisteria Lane
PTI - Lemon Tart, Simply Chartreuse and Stampers' Select White cardstock
VersaFine ink - Imperial Purple
PTI - Harvest Gold dye ink
Martha Stewart punch
Twinery bakers twine
Misc. button


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thinking of Beautiful Birds

Hey, everyone!

I've got a simple little card for you, today!

I'm just loving the Paper and Such Song in My Heart stamp set.  I just think they are so fun to color and I love how real the stamped image looks.

The fence background panels were just perfect for this card.

A Scarlet Tanager for which I was trying to make my birds look like.



I made this using the Deconstructed Sketch No. 47.   I loved the panels behind the main image and once I colored my birds, I knew I would use My Mind's Eye patterned paper.  Love these new packs!






Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Paper and Such - Song in My Heart stamp set
Paper and Such - Tenderhearted stamp set (sentiment)
Silhouette Cameo Online Store - 4 Tag Set
Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients - Red cardstock
True Black and Stampers' Select White cardstock
My Mind's Eye patterned paper - Dilly Dally
Michael's Black satin ribbon
Tim Holtz distress ink - Pumice Stone
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Copic markers - R05/27/29, E08/81/87, C7/9



Thanks for stopping by today!


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