Friday, May 30, 2008

Blogger's Challenge - week 48

48?? wow! This week's theme was animals. I was so into my Wild About You set after the baby gift set I made a few posts back...that I used it for this challenge. Today's card is super simple! I have a stamp camp tonight that I have been getting ready for, so this card needed to be quick and fun.

The card base is it! (wonder why I don't use it more????) The lion was stamped three times onto very vanilla. Once on the main image panel and twice on scrap card stock - once in more mustard and once in really rust. I cut those out to layer the lion's head on stampin' dimensionals. It was sponged and layered onto chocolate chip. The really rust panel was stamped with flannel plaid background in really rust. I stamped the edges of the more mustard panels and the really rust panel with the argyle stamp from All in a Row. I gotta tell you...that one stamp is worth the price of admission for that entire stamp set...i love it! The chocolate chip accent was punched with the word window punch in chocolate chip. Both that and the sentiment panel is adorned with aged copper hodgepodge hardware. (which will be retiring at the end of this catalog..... :( )

That about does it for today....I have another male child card stocked up! Yay me!!!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

challenge met...i think!

I am doing this challenge for a contest over at Renee's place.

We were to creat a card using a shape as our main's mine!

Tart & Tangy coming this Friday to a Stamp Camp near you!

This is the week! Are you Tart or Tangy is this Friday! So I thought I would share some goodies that you can recreate with your own Tart & Tangy stamp set that you will be taking home the night of the camp!
Can you see the juiciness of the lemon and orange slices on the sentiment panel? oooo.....good enough to eat! It's amazing that a bit of Dazzling Diamonds and two way glue pen can transform an inked up lemon to a wet, juicy, delicious looking lemon! I can see this card being so many things....a margarita party (uummm......), a summer party, a summer birthday, a girls night out invite...the list goes on.... If I would have just ordered the today's special value the other day on was a Magaritaville machine...did any of you see it??? It looked like so much fun!!!!!

stamps: tart and tangy, celebrate everything
ink: yo yo yellow, pumpkin pie, green galore
card stock: green galore, basic black, whisper white
accessories: black gingham ribbon, 1/8th inch handheld punch, dazzling diamonds, two way glue pen, stampin' dimensionals, stamp a ma jig

Friday, May 23, 2008

Blogger's Challenge - week 47 and more of week 46!

HI all!

I have two things to share today...first my blogger's challenge from this week as well as the projects I made for my Mom...I couldn't post them in the Mother's Day blogger's challenge since she is a reader and so many of you said you couldn't wait to see what I made her when you saw the other stuff so I am showing it to you today....hope you don't mind.

This week's blogger's challenge was to make a card using red white and blue. Fitting since it is Memorial Day weekend, huh? But I wanted to take my patriotic color scheme in a different direction......

This isn't where I was planning on ending sort of happened. The blue....sort of evolved, lol!

Here it is:

Have a look at all of the dimension:

My flowers are made from the die cut blooms from the current Occasions mini catalog. I love these!!! I rounded up all the petals on the flowers for dimension. See the white flower centers???? I told you I keep a jar of punched flowers from card stock scraps...that is where these came from. It makes me feel so good every time I pull this flower jar out to know that they were scraps that would have ended up in the trash...wasted money....everyone knows I wouldn't want to waste my stampin' money! LOL! Do you see the other scrap? That's ribbon scrap jar came to the rescue with a piece of red striped grosgrain ribbon. This is actually a scrap of a scrap family tree! Oh my....where will it end????

I scalloped my circle with none other than my 3/16th inch corner rounder with a circle cut from an odd ring number of the template on the to do this! And my brad 'em!

I'll just cut to the recipe....

card stock: real red, whisper white, brilliant blue
ink: bashful blue, real red, brilliant blue stampin' write markers
stamps: all holidays
accessories: red brads, silver brads, stampin' dimensionals, corner rounder, 1/8th handheld punch, 1/4 circle punch, colluzzle, die cut blooms, summer picnic ds, three for you punch, boho blossoms punch, mat pack and piercer, white grosgrain ribbon, red striped grosgrain ribbon

Now for my Mom's homemade portion of her gift:

close ups of each flower panel:

matching card:

I love to watercolor...can you tell?

There is glitter in the flower centers...but you can't tell that from these pictures...and the flowers on the card are on stampin dimensionals as well as the single flower fron petal in the framed piece.

She is a stamper as I gave her stamps and designer series paper as she has to get stampin'! lol

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Peaceful tree and I won again!!!!!

WHooooooHHOOOOOO!!!!! Can I get "whoop! whoop!"? I won another blog candy...this one from the talented Lisa Sommerville. She made this bracelet.....and I won it....can you believe it???? I was super excited when she posted that i had won...but when I received it in the mail....oh is much prettier than this picture makes it! I could not get a decent picture of it to save my life today...but trust's a beauty! Wanna see it?

Now...for today's online sketch challenge. I was in the mood to "do masculine" today...even though I need to get two baby girl cards done soon!!! What is wrong with me??? Why can't I focus on what needs done rather than what I feel like doing????

So here it my card for the was a short lunch break and I am working on my next camp idea after my tart and tangy camp...oooo wait till you see it! Any way...for the task at hand...see how I get off track??? LOL!

My card base is close to cocoa with faux wood technique. (as well as the tag and center of the build a brad) My center panel is the pine tree from Lovely as a Tree stamped in basic brown classic ink onto very vanilla. I used my aquapainter and watercolor wonder crayons to color it in. I matted that onto night of navy. The two said panels are always artichoke stamped with the small pine branch, also from Lovely as a Tree. I matted that with chocolate chip. Both of those panels were sponged with chocolate chip.

Like the tag? I stamped the sentiment from the retired level one hostess set Riveting. I would have used Circle of Friendship, which is current, but to be honest...I couldn't reach studio space is a disaster! ( I would rather stamp in it than clean it...but the time is nearing very son that I will have to get organized!....LOL!) So there is my confession for the day! I fit the center of the punched circle with a build a brad filled with a circle of faux wood. I used a hanger thingy from the antique brass hodgepodge hardware to hold my ribbon. (I am really technical, huh?) I have no idea where this ribbon came from, it was in my stash and it matched perfectly! I tied it with linen thread. Adhesive and stampin dimensionals later...a card!

Guess what????? Stampin Up! has notified the demonstrators that the finishes in the current catalog would be retiring. Meaning antique brass, aged copper and pewter. booohooo!!!!! So if you have a fondness for any of those sets....stock up!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Welcome babies!!!!

I went to a baby shower for a friend of mine this past weekend and a friend of the family had her first little boy about a month ago so these were the gifts that were delivered to them....
Both used retired stampin' up ds paper...but I used two different stamp sets for each of them. For both I used Taffy that alphabet set!!!!

Here is one gift made with Nursery Necessities:
Want to see some close ups?

Here is a gift set made with Wild About You:

Some close ups:

Here is a close up of the card...this card wasn't my original design...they are swarming all over the internet right now...but it originated with the very talented Lauren.

I sure hope the new mommies enjoyed these! I had lots of fun putting them together!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Make a Wish!

I made this card last week, actually. I try to post the card/project soon after I make them, but I can't always do that. This card was for my Aunt's birthday and she lives in I had to give it time to get there and make sure she got it before I posted it....yadda yadda yadda. So it is:

The card base is soft sky ( I sure will miss this color...I have to do some major stocking up!). I stamped the butterfly from Live Your Dream in one random diagonal pattern off the top of the card in soft sky. My two patterned paper layers are from the super gorgeous paper pack, Afternoon Tea. (love it!) I matted both of those with chocolate chip. (Do you see a pattern of "my favorite things...?" hehehe!) I inked up the flower from Live Your Dream with wild wasabi stems, soft sky flowers and chocolate chip centers. before I stamped that...I had a thought...maybe that would be to "flat" looking. hmmm..... So I took my blue bayou sponge dauber...inked it up and daubed around the edges of the flowers...gave that flower stamp a huff...and stamped it onto whisper white card stock. oooo...just what I was looking for! I cut out the entire flower stamp with my hobby blade and had another needed bling! ooooo..... aaaahhhhh..... So dazzling diamonds it is, applied with my 2 way glue pen. Wanna see a close up of that flower???? If you don't...scroll down real fast! lol!

OK....I needed a sentiment....I want it to fit into the 1 3/8 inch circle punch....hhmmm...... I pull out my trusty Big Bold Birthday. "There are no circle sentiments in there, Regina..." I know, I know..... I stamped the "make a wish" stamp word by word to make it tall rather than you love it? I then took that butterfly and stamped on the sentiment, punched it out...voila! I matted that onto a scallop circle in chocolate chip. I adorned that with chocolate chip twill ribbon and a ribbon slide from styled silver hodge podge set in the spring mini catalog.

I layed down my flower to find my desired position on the card...and you know what...putting the entire thing up on stampin' dimensionals wasn't going to work for me. The flower wasn't laying on the same plane throughout the entire card. You know I am too obsessive to allow that! So wanna know what I came up with? I put stampin' dimensionals under the flowers only and adhered the stems to the patterned paper with tombo mono multi glue. oooo...just what I was looking for! see?

See that bling???? ooooo.......delish!

Wait to you see what I will show you later in the week.....I have two baby gifts that I gave this weekend....I loved them...hopefully the Moms did too...and hopefully you will too! stay tuned... :)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

New Stamp Camp Coming Your Way!

Note: This post will remain at the top of the blog until the RSVP date so scroll down for newer posts. Thank You!

Are you Tart or Tangy?

Come and find out at the Tart & Tangy Stamp Camp!
Friday, May 30th
6:30 pm
Slippery Rock McDonald's Big Mac Board Room

We will be making 5 projects - you will not want to miss it!!!
*altered mailbox
*altered mini composition notebook
*a photo/recipe clip
*a regular card
*a candy surprise

You will receive the Tart & Tangy stamp set with your registration to the camp!!!!
All of these projects will also use the coordinating Summer Picnic DS Paper. This paper is sooooo yummy!!!!!

The fee for this camp is only $25. Space is very limited (I only have so many mailboxes) so register today! You can email me directly to register.
Registration deadline is May 16th.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Birthday Wishes...are they Tart & Tangy?

I made this card yesterday using the stamp set Tart and Tangy...which you will receive when you come to the tart and Tangy Stamp Camp...only 2 spots register today!

The card base is real red. The pumpkin pie layer was scalloped along the bottom with the 3/16th inch corner rounder. It still amazes me that I can scallop edges with a corner rounder??!?!??!?! I placed a panel of Summer Picnic designer series paper along the bottom edge. The ribbon around that panel is blue gingham ribbon with a scrap of real red 1/4 inch grosgrain tied in the knot. This is a great way to use up little ribbon scraps!!! hint...hint...hint... save those scraps! lol!

I stamped my sentiment from Holidays and Wishes with basic black.

Now for those delicious, juicy cherries.......
I inked the stamp with my real red and old olive stampin' write markers and stamped it onto whisper white card stock. I punched it with the 1 3/8th inch circle punch. I matted that with a scallop circle punched out of old olive accented with the white gel pen. I adhered that with stampin' dimensionals. Now for the juicy part.........
wanna see it up close....can you tell in the picture????

I put crystal effects on the cherries to 1. bring out the color, 2. make them appear wet, 3. give them dimension....yummmmm.........

I do love this stamp set, that is for sure! I need to get more things posted with it! (Wait until you see what I can do with that strawberry!) Oh My!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Want some sneak peeks???


Here are some sneak peeks of the projects we will be doing at the "Are You Tart or Tangy?" Stamp Camp. If you haven't so today....For that date, I only have 2 spots left!

These projects are super cute, in my opinion....

These are peeks of 4 out of 5 projects we are making!!!!!

Thanks for surfin' in today!

now, go stamp! lol!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Pure Bling! (and a blingin' tutorial)


I wanted to show you these two cards I made for two special people last month. I wanted them to have "nothin' but bling!" I have been wanting to use this flourish from Barouque Motifs since this fine cosmo glitter came out....can you believe it took me this long to stamp it out? I absolutely love this flourish and the cosmo glitter...well, it speaks for itself! What can I say about that glitter? LOVE IT!

The card base is elegant eggplant. The flourish was stamped with versamark ink and then embossed with heat and stick powder. (I will explain this at the end of this post) While the heat and stick powder is still hot, pour on the glitter and set with the heat tool again. OMGosh!!! Aren't these gaw-jus?!??!??!?!!!

The sentiments were from sincere salutations. If I could only have one stamp set for card front sentiments (please..don't make me pick just one.....) this would be is so versatile! I pierced the upper corner with my mat pack and piercer. The two ribbons that I used on the respective cards were white taffeta ribbon and 1/4 inch grosgrain in eggplant. Did you get a look at those envelopes??? Oh how I love to decorate the flap in the back!!!!

Want to see a close up of that sparkle??? Trust don't capture their sparkle in it's entirety!

Here is your tutorial that I promised:

Now...onto the heat and stick powder. I have a lot of people ask me how to use this.

Here is how I use it with glitter:

1. swipe your card stock with the embossing buddy

2. ink and stamp your image (a solid image) with versamark ink.

3.pour heat and stick powder on the image and tap off the excess onto a powder pal

4. heat with the heat tool....IMPORTANT....just until it starts to get shiny. If you over heat it, it will lose it's sticky-ness (hence the name..heat and!)

5.while it is still warm, pour your glitter over the image in another powder pal and tap off excess into powder pal.

6. heat with heat tool again, briefly to set the glitter.

7. pour remaining heat and stick powder and glitter into their respective containers.

Now...some questions I have been asked before:
1. can you just use a blow dryers don't come even close to how hot the heat tool gets.

2. do i have to use a solid image stamp? in theory, no but just remember that you will only get glitter where the stamp is.

3. why use heat and stick instead of a two way glue pen with the glitter? well...i use both a lot so here is when i use each:

heat and stick - when you want the entire stamped image to be glittered...the glitter will stick better to a big area
2 way glue pen - i use this when i want to accent an area with glitter

I hope that helps you with just two of the ways you can add bling to your projects.

I will try to get some stamping done today if my little one takes a nap...those are getting few are far between. If I get to may get a double post today! :)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

I just want to wish all of you a Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Blogger's Challenge - week 46 MOTHER"S DAY!!!!

This week's blogger's challenge is to follow a theme....Mother's Day.

Well.....I have a Mother, a Step Mother, and two I have a lot to show you. If you are reading this Mom...your card is NOT on here! LOL!!!! I will post her stuff after I give it to her.

All of these goodies are truly a labor of Love....I enjoyed making everything I am about to show you!

I will start in the order I got the projects done.....
My Grandma: she has a small apartment that is decorated in predominantly blues.
close ups of the flower detail:

My Grandma: she has recently renovated her two living rooms with new walls and new carpet. Her walls are a very pale I thought some new artwork would be in order.

My step-Mother: I bought her some Bath and Body Works and took inspiration from the label to make her card.

My Mother.....well stay tuned! hehehehe!!!!!

There are too many details to go into with all of these projects....sorry no directions or recipes to share today. :(
I hope you enjoyed my stamped gifts today! I sure enjoyed making them! I hope all of you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Scrapping again!

Hi All!

I have a two page scrapbook layout to share with you today. Want some background on the pictures? They close ups of my daughter when she was under a year old. One night we were playing and she kept making different funny you know me...I grabbed my camera. Wanna see the pages?

The background pages are pixie pink. I stamped the background paper with the multiple flower stamp in Boho Backgrounds and used my white gel pen to accent the flower centers. Patterned paper is from DS Flowers for You. I scalloped the edges by punching circles with my 1 inch circle punch and adhering them to the edge of my patterned paper. They were lavender lace, by the way. The black and white flowers are rub ons from Sale a Bration....I rubbed them onto whisper white card stock and cut them out. Ribbon is black gingham ribbon -! "silly faces" title uses the Taffy Alphabet - I love this alphabet!!!

The left hand page:

The right hand page:

On the card making front - I have been busy designing the projects for the up coming stamp camp "Are you Tart or Tangy." You will not be disappointed in the projects and it is filling be sure to get registered.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Two other challenges met...and a second dose for your eyes!

Howdy! Again today.... :)

Want to know union finally stood up for me to have a lunch I got to stamp!!! I have been wanting to take part in Beate's inspiration challenge as well as Kristina Werner's inspiration challenge. Both are very different but I took them very literally.

Here's Kristina's inspiration challenge:

What is NOT TO LOVE about this picture?????? Here is my take on the challenge:

stamps: Baroque Background, Fundamental Phrases
ink: chocolate chip craft and classic
card stock" soft sky, close to cocoa, very vanilla
accessories: pretties kit, clear embossing powder, heat tool, 5/8th inch very vanilla grosgrain, mini glue dots

Now for Beate's challenge:
We were to take inspiration from a Kate Spade note card.
First of all this note card really intrigued me! I really like it, I must say!
Here is my take:

I had so much fun with this!!!! Wanna know a secret? I stamped the little multi colored dots with the end of a new pencil eraser. Now another thing to keep in my stash!!! Where does it end???? lol!

I had a smudge at the top corner...I was planning on adding a sentiment there was that day! lol!

stamps: baroque motifs, pencil eraser, live your dream (sentiment)
ink: black craft and classic ink, summer sun, certainly celery, tempting turquoise, regal rose
card stock: basic black, whisper white
accessories: clear embossing powder, heat tool

Wow...I didn't realize until now there are an awful lot of similarities in these cards....but they are totally different!!!!

I wanna thank each one of you for stopping by to see me...feel free to leave a little love in the comment section of this post (click on the little word "comments" I dare ya!)

We have a winner...Karen!

Poor Karen......she takes so much harassment for being the lucky winner of door prizes at a lot of stamp camps. She has won some really cool things...if I can say so myself. Well....Sunday's Scrapbook Purse Camp was no different. Wanna see what she won?????? I think it is the cutest!

A purse/tote made from two Carousel Notes (page 7 in the Occasions Mini Catalog) and one of their envelopes! I made a bag of punched shapes using the Afternoon Tea paper and some Hodgepodge Hardware in Antique Brass.

The Carousel Notes were stamped with my newest love...Twill soft sky. I stamped the large flower from the pretties kit with polka dot background in chocolate chip ink. The flower was held on with a build a 'em! The handles were the smooth and silky chocolate chip satin ribbon from theater originals ribbon. And the handle holes were adorned with jumbo eyelets! Can you imagine....tons of my favorites on one little project!!! whooohoooo!!!!1

Congratulations Karen!!!!!!

Wonder what will be the door prize at the Tart & Tangy will have to come and find out. :)