heartfelt love

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Nov 282011

It’s hard to believe this is my last week as a member of the Fall 2011 Splitcoaststampers CAS Design Team. Thank you to my fellow DT members Jen, Denise, Taylor, and Cibele for making it a wonderful experience, and a big hug of thanks to everyone who has given me support and encouragement through comments left on my cards.

This week’s challenge is to follow the layout of one of Denise’s cards.  Because I’ll be sending this card to Operation Write Home as part of their Archway Special Mission, I wanted to keep it easy to mail.  So I opted not to use a dangling element for the sentiment.  Instead of piercing around the focal panel, I drew dots with a gel pen.  That way one of our heroes stationed overseas will be able to write on the inside front of the card if he or she chooses.

All supplies were purchased from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks, Three Little Words
Cardstock: Blush Blossom, Whisper White, Afternoon Tea designer paper
Ink: Blush Blossom, Mellow Moss, Groovy Guava
Other: corner rounder punch, Groovy Guava ribbon; Signo gel pen (Uniball)

marshmallow world

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Nov 212011

Hello again!  This week’s Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers is to create a Christmas or winter themed card.  Since the deadline for sending Christmas cards to Operation Write Home is long past, I decided to make a winter card that can be included in my next shipment.

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do.  I eventually decided on a cute card that one of our heroes overseas can send to his or her child.  I’ve always thought this marshmallow image was darling, and it was nice to finally figure out a card to use it on.  I sponged the edges of the blue-grey panel with white ink, which reminded me of the powdered sugar dusting you sometimes get from a bag of fresh marshmallows.  I fussy cut the marshmallow and attached it over the twine with dimensional adhesive.

Stamps: Warmest Wishes (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Real Red, Bordering Blue (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Whisper White craft (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon); dimensionals (SU); sponge


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Nov 072011

It’s been a whirlwind week of creating for me.  I decided to try to create a card for each of the 33 Splitcoaststampers.com Hope You Can Cling To challenges.  At the time I decided to try this, I had only completed 12 of them.   But I managed to get them all done and uploaded before the challenge deadline today.  I’ll be honest – some of them are not really my best work.  I mean, they’re not so cruddy that I wouldn’t send them to any of my friends or family.  And I know the people at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas will appreciate them.  But all 33 cards aren’t likely to appear here.  I’ve already shared a few of them, and you’ll be seeing more throughout the month of November.

Today’s card is one I created for the challenge to use purple, in honor of cancer survivors.  I paired it with this week’s CAS challenge, which was to follow the layout of one of Taylor‘s cards.  I pulled out a stamp set that hasn’t seen much love lately and paired it with some Prima blossoms and half pearls.

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Just Vine, Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Orchid Opulence, Very Vanilla
Ink: Mellow Moss, Orchid Opulence
Other: flowers (Prima); pearls (KaiserCraft); sponge

That’s the yummy color combination for this week’s Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple challenge!  I think it’s a wonderful, classic combo and if I wasn’t busy trying to catch up on the Hope You Can Cling To challenges, I’d probably make several more cards with it this week.   I’ve already made two, LOL!

The first card is a wintry version of the flap card I made for a Paper Therapy challenge a couple months ago.  I used a marker to draw in the snow line.  The bird was stamped on a scrap of cardstock, cut out, and adhered to the card with dimensional adhesive.  (Remember what I said in my hello, deerie post about trimming dimensionals to fit into skinny little places?  Does this bird have a narrow tail?  Do you think I learned my lesson yet?  🙄 )

I wanted to differentiate the sky from the rest of the card, so I very lightly sponged some very light blue ink behind the tree.  I don’t know if that’s cheating on the challenge requirements or not, so that’s why I made the second card.  I used this week’s Stars & Stamps sketch challenge for the layout.  This one uses an adorable image from K ‘n K Designs created especially for Operation Write Home.  Proceeds from the sale of this set, and a few other special sets, will be donated to OWH to help them with their holiday season shipping costs.  You can get all the details on the K ‘n K Designs blog.  I just found out about this a few days ago and I’m glad I got in on this offer while I could – these images are only available until November 1, 2011!

So there… one challenge, two cards that will be donated to Operation Write Home!  Today is the deadline for shippers to receive Christmas cards, so I’ll be shifting my focus to valentines, “love you” cards and general occasion themes.

Supplies for the tree card:
Stamps: Season of Friendship, Trendy Trees (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Soft Sky (SU)
Other: Chocolate Chip marker, dimensionals (SU); magnets (Basic Grey); sponge

Supplies for the cat card:
Digital Images: Patriotic Pickles image and sentiment (K ‘n K Designs)
Stamps: Background Basics (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red (SU)
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip (SU); printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); sponge

CAS sketch - love you

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Oct 242011

This week’s Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers is a sketch challenge – and it’s based off of one of my cards!  My original card can be found here.  This time, I’ve used a heart instead of the tag.  The heart is made of chipboard covered with designer paper.  I chose the heart shape so I could tie this card into one of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges, which required using at least one heart on your card.

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up.

Stamp: Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, Raspberry Tart designer paper
Ink: Rose Red
Other: chipboard, sponge

Cupcakes!  Just about everybody likes them.  I definitely do.  😳  Cupcakes are this week’s Clean and Simple Challenge theme at Splitcoaststampers.

I’ve been trying to complete some of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges, too.  My friend Lee is hosting an inspiration challenge with a photo of some, shall we say, very embellished cupcakes.  Remember how last week I said that photo inspiration challenges tend to stump me?  I’d been having a really hard time figuring out what to do for Lee’s challenge when I finally decided to use the colors from the photo for my cupcake-themed CAS card.  And then it all came together pretty easily – except for one glitch.  I pulled out my Shimmerz paints to color the icing on the cupcakes, and when I opened the jar, I found a shimmery substance about the consistency of toothpaste.  UH OH.  But thanks to my friend Sheila and a quick search at SCS, I learned I could add a little water to the paint to thin it.  That worked!

If you haven’t yet joined in on the CAS or the HYCCT challenges, I hope you’ll jump in and share your creations!

Supplies for today’s card:
Stamps: Bitty Basics (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Sayings (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Poppy Parade, Cameo Coral, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Opal paint (Shimmerz); ribbon (Michael’s); markers (Copic)

This week’s Splitcoaststampers CAS challenge is to use the photo at the following link as inspiration: cinnamon buns with apple and coffee

I have to confess that I have a very, very difficult time with photo inspiration challenges.  As a result, I usually don’t like the cards I make for them.  Today’s is no exception.

I used the color scheme in the photo for my card and decided to go with the apple idea. I distressed the edges of the apple panel to try to resemble the randomness of the drippy icing on the cinnamon buns. It’s hard to tell in my photo, but I used the Sanded background stamp on the card base to try to pick up some of the visual texture that’s on the table in the inspiration piece. The top of the mat is rolled in a not-so-great attempt to replicate the cinnamon stick idea.

Stamps: Sanded (Stampin’ Up); Simply Sweet (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Creamy Caramel (SU); Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

a CAS sketch

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Oct 032011

Hi everyone!  Monday means it’s time for a new Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  This week we have a sketch/layout to follow.  I liked the clean look of it and made two cards.

First I’ll share the birthday card I made.  It’s pretty simple and straightforward.  I did a really quick coloring job on the cake using the Magic Colored Pencil technique.  The cake is adhered with dimensional adhesive.

The next card combines the CAS challenge with one of this year’s Splitcoaststampers Hope to Cling To challenges, to add bling to your card.  I don’t use bling often but I did pull out some self-adhesive rhinestones for this one.  I also worked this card into two of the World Cardmaking Day challenges at Paper Therapy – to not use designer paper, and to make a holiday card using colors that aren’t normally associated with that holiday.

I hope you’ll join in the fun of these challenges – whether you decide to do the Splitcoaststampers or Paper Therapy challenges!

Supplies for the birthday card:
Stamps: Vintage Birthday (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Confetti White, So Saffron (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: Corner rounder punch, dimensionals, button (SU); twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon); Labels Four Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); Premier colored pencils (Prismascolor); odorless mineral spirits (Houston Arts)

Supplies for the Christmas card:
Stamps: Build-a-Bauble (Lizzie Anne Designs); Seasonal Sayings (Gina K Designs)
Cardstock: Luxury White (GKD); Rich Razzleberry (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Pretty in Pink (SU); silver (Colorbox)
Other: rhinestone jewels (SU); Labels Four Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

winter bunny

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Sep 262011

It’s been a busy few days around here but last night I made time to create a card for this week’s Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  This time we’re doing paper piecing.

I honestly do enjoy paper piecing – well, most of the time.  But I had a hard time figuring out what to do for this challenge.  Finally I decided to add to my stash of winter cards for Operation Write Home and came up with a snowy scene.   I pieced together the sky and snow for the background.  I partially inked the sledding bunny stamp to get the image of the sled on the snow.  I used a brush pen to color in the parts of the sled that attach the seat to the runners. I stamped the rest of the image parts on scraps of designer paper and cut them out, and then assembled the seat of the sled, the bunny, and the bunny’s scarf.  Then I added the sentiment and a simple black mat before adhering the scene to the card base.

I hope you’ll join the rest of the CAS Design Team and me and participate in this challenge!  I’d love to see what you can create with your paper piecing skills!

Stamps: Winter Bunny, Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Plum Pudding (Papertrey Ink); Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); scraps from various 6″ x 6″ designer paper pads (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: multiliner brush pen (Copic); Cutterbee scissors

leafy thinking of you

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Sep 192011

This week’s Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers is all about leaves.  Stamped or die-cut, however you want to use them on a CAS card is up to you.

I haven’t had much free time for stamping this weekend, so this is what I came up with pretty quickly Sunday evening.  Coloring the leaf and cutting it out were the time-consuming parts of this card.  But the whole process still took me less than 30 minutes.

And now I have another card for the box I’m planning to ship to Operation Write Home in October.

Stamps: Au Naturale (Lizzie Anne Designs); sentiment (Studio G)
Cardstock: Confetti White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismascolor); sponge

Sep 122011

Good Monday morning!  I hope you had a fun weekend.  If you’re looking for my OWH Virtual Card Making Party challenge, please click here -> Think O-W-H!

Today I’m sharing a card I made for several challenges.  This week’s CAS challenge at Splitcoaststampers is to make a card based off of this sketch used by Jenny C.  I’ve had this Lawn Fawn set here for a while and it was begging to be inked up.  So I decided to combine the CAS challenge with the OWH VCMP “Garanimals” challenge, to use an animal on a card created for a child.  I know it’s unusual for me to use sparkly bling, but I wanted to highlight the embossed snowflakes.  I’m glad I did because I had a hard time getting the snowflakes to show up in the photo.

This card also fits into the current Lawnscaping challenge…

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll join in some of these challenges!

Supplies for this card:
Stamps: Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky (SU); Pure White Pure Luxury (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: rhinestones (SU); piercing tool (Making Memories); Snowflake embossing folder (QuicKutz); markers (Copic)

sole mate - and some happy news

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Sep 052011

Happy Labor Day!  I’m thrilled to announce that some of the labors of my stamping have paid off because I was chosen for the Splitcoaststampers.com Clean and Simple Design Team for Fall 2011!  I’ve tried out for it a few times before and was chosen for a couple guest designer spots, but this time I finally made it through to the full-fledged design team.  I’m super excited!  🙂

I have to confess that my excitement was dashed a bit when I received the assignment for my first challenge as a DT member.  It’s a theme challenge – shoes.  I have exactly two stamps – both tiny ones –  that would work for that theme:  the boots from Stampin’ Up’s Branch Out set (and I’m still not sure why they put those in there), and a flip flops stamp.  It wasn’t too hard to choose the flip flops.  After a lot of thought, I finally came up with a sentiment that would be nicely suitable for Operation Write Home.  Like a lot of the sentiments I use, it’s a pun.  Then I hesitated on using it because it looks like I misspelled a word in it.  Finally I decided to go with it anyway, because the pun becomes pretty apparent when you see the flip flops.

Then I got to thinking that “sole” could also be interpreted as “only”… so maybe it’s another way of saying “You’re my one and only.”  I suppose it’s all up to the hero who chooses it to send home to his or her loved one, and what the recipient reads into it.

I discovered something pretty cool when I was adding a bit of color to the flip flops. Coloring Apricot Appeal marker over Pretty in Pink marker results in a color very very similar to Groovy Guava (at least on Naturals Ivory cardstock). That’s what I used for the tiny flowers on the flip flops. My Bliss Blue marker (yes, most of my SU markers are THAT old) turned out to be a really close match to Soft Sky.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you get to enjoy a day of rest and relaxation.

Supplies for this card:
Stamps: A Little Love (Stampin’ Up); computer generated sentiment
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Afternoon Tea designer paper (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU); printer ink
Other: Bliss Blue, Pretty in Pink, Apricot Appeal, and Chocolate Chip markers, dimensionals (SU); standard circle and big scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); white Signo gel pen (Uniball); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

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