Tuesday, March 31, 2009

DCBD #121

I really love the card sketch we were given this week. It was a very fun one to do. Yes, there was lots of detail to this one, but it is well worth it. I hope a lot of you will try this one out also. Let us know on the DCBD blog that you did it and posted it on your blog too. I really try to comment everyone if you do post it.

I do not have any Easter stamp sets. I really wanted to make an Easter card for this challenge though. Below is what I came up with. There is not a whole lot of rubber stamping in this. There is more cutting and die cuts in this instead. I really wanted a saying and knew that I didn't have any stamps that said anything about Easter. I remembered last evening that I had rub-ons and thought maybe it had an Easter saying in it. Yes, it did! I used it to finish up this card. I hope you like it.

Recipe for this card:

Stamps: Itty Bitty Buds (hostess stamp set)

Ink: so saffron, pretty in pink, almost amethyst, and certainly celery

Tools: stamping sponge, paper piercing tool, sizzix birds and blooms scallop circle, sizzix swirls scribbles, ticket corner punch, matchbox die label, boho blossoms punch, and scallop oval punch

Accessories: soft subtle brads, 1/4" pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon, and chit chat rub-ons

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Get Well Card Class

I am going to be having my themed card class once again. This time it is Get Well cards. I used the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, along with Sincere Salutations, and Fun and Fast Notes. Everyone that comes to my class will be making 8 card (2 each of 4 different designs).

I have spent all afternoon and evening working on these cards. It is a great accomplishment though, usually I spend 3 to 4 hours on 1 card. I am very happy that it didn't take me that long.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

DCBD #120

It is color challenge time again. Another week that has flown by again.

Above is the colors we were given to work with. To be quite honest I didn't like them, once again. I got my inspiration from Stampin' Ups! urban oasis designer series paper. I thought that if I used the stamp set Fifth Avenue Floral, I could make this work. Below is what I came up with. I do like the finished look.

Make sure you check out the Diva's Design Team Blog. Comment us with what you think of our cards. Then take it upon yourself and give it a shot yourself. Make sure you sign in so we can see your creations too. Remember, it doesn't have to be a card, it could be a scrapbook page, or a 3D item, the ideas are endless.

These are the things I used to make this card.

Stamp set: Fifth Avenue Floral and One of a Kind

Cardstock: going gray, rose red, bashful blue, and whisper white

Ink pads: bashful blue, rose red, and basic gray, and used a going gray marker

Tools: eyelet border punch, scallop oval punch, large oval, piercing tool, and cool spritzer tool

Accessories: whisper white organza ribbon and 1/4" grosgrain bashful blue ribbon

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Big Shot Bigz xl Dies

I finally took the time to play today. I have been wanting to do this. I bought this die to use to make favors for my daughter's baby shower, which will be here before you know it. I was curious to see how quickly they went together. Just to let you know, they are very fast and easy to do. It should be fun to make up a bunch of these.

I purchased this matchbox die just in case I didn't like the bag w/scallops die. I had seen a few demonstrators make little drawers out of this die. They were so cute they had me sold on getting it pretty fast. Sometimes you may not like the looks of something in the catalog, but when you see how someone else uses it, it can totally change your opinion. If I want I can use this along with the other die for shower favors.

Now that I have told you why I bought these I have a few questions for you. What would you suggest I put in them for a baby shower? Also, do you like the bag, the box, or both better? I will use your suggestions to help me decide what to choose.

I used delicate dots DSP, certainly celery, so saffron, bashful blue, and whisper white cardstock. The cute and cuddly stamp set. The scallop square, scallop circle, and scallop oval punches. The large oval punch, small star punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, and the 1 3/8" circle punch. I also used an eyelet that is now discontinued. Everything is current Stampin' Up! products otherwise.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

DCBD #119

I just want to encourage everyone who takes a look at this week's challenge, that isn't on our design team, to try it yourself. Post it on your blog and let us know by going to this blog and putting your name and URL in the mister linky's magical widget.
I had fun with this sketch. I think some are just easier to really be creative with and think out of the box. It should be very exciting to look at all of the other Diva's cards. I know I have said before, but it is so cool just to see how everyone else creates their projects. God made us so differently in our ideas. I used to think someone else would do the same thing I did, but it has never happened yet, nor do I think it ever will. I know, dumb idea huh?
Along with this sketch challenge this week we were asked to use stamps and supplies out of the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog. I did end up using a saying from the regular catalog. I didn't buy or earn any of the sets that had the sayings that would have been appropriate. I hope it doesn't matter.
Here are the supplies used to make my card.
Stamp sets: polka dot punches and fresh cuts
Cardstock: so saffron, sahara sand, bashful blue, certainly celery, and delicate dots DSP
Ink: VersaMark pad, bordering blue, bashful blue, and mellow moss
Tools: sizzix scallop circles #2, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, 3/16" and 1/8" anywhere hole punch, and the large and wide oval punches
Accessories: soft subtle brad (certainly celery), so saffron and certainly celery ribbon from the sale-a-bration mini catalog

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

DCBD # 118

Ok, this is getting ridiculous! Another week has went by and the only thing I have been posting once again is Diva Design Challenges. I am really going to try and work on this problem of mine. I would like to post a couple of times a week. I think I need to make that a challenge too besides the Diva Design Challenges.

This weeks challenge was easy as long as you have a Big Shot and a die cut of some kind. I have a few, but not very many so far. I am working on getting more a little at a time. I just got the Scallop Bag Die. I am going to use that to make baby shower favors. Hopefully they will be fairly easy to make. If not, I have another die coming soon and it could be used instead, if necessary.

Anyway enough rambling on for now. I was actually making this card a horizontal card all along. At the last minute I turned the card the other way (vertical) and decided I liked it better that way instead. Tell me what you think of it. Once again check out the other diva's blogs to see how their cards or 3D projects turned out. Make sure you go to the DCBD blog. You will see some of our featured Divas on their. While I am at it, I dare you to do this challenge too. Make sure you tell us if you do. We want to comment you as well. Once again, thanks for looking at my blog. I hope it gives you inspiration, just as others have done for me. God bless!

Recipe for my card. Stampin' Up materials only.
Stamp Set: Priceless
Cardstock: pretty in pink, certainly celery, almost amethyst, so saffron, shimmery white, and DSP tea party
Ink Pads: certainly celery, pretty in pink, and lavender lace
Tools: eyelet border punch (I love it!), top note die cut (Big Shot), boho blossom punch, on board batch of blooms (chip board), and the paper piercing tool
Accessories: 1/4" grosgrain pretty in pink ribbon and soft subtle brads

I hope I didn't leave anything out. When finished, I had used a lot of different things!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

DCBD #117

Take a look at today's Diva Coffee Break Design challenge. I thought this sketch was a fun one to do. At first I was going to use a stamp set that had flowers, but then I thought the cute and cuddly set would be a good choice for this challenge. Thanks, Nicole, for purchasing it for me. This is my favorite baby set that Stampin' Up! is selling right now. I will be using it for making favors and other decorations for Nicole's baby shower, when she comes to visit us from Wyoming. It should be lots of fun!! Hopefully we will know what she is having by then too.

This is the recipe for making this card. All supplies are from Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set: cute and cuddly
Cardstock: pink pirouette, so saffron, chocolate chip, bordering blue, whisper white, and bella birds DSP
Ink Pads: chocolate chip
Tools: small tag punch and boho blossoms punch
Accessories: crystal effects, stampin' pastels, 1/4 " chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, whisper white taffeta ribbon, and 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon. and a white uni-ball Signo gel pen
Now it is your turn. Please try this sketch yourself. See what you can come up with. All of us would love to see what you can do too. Let us know by going to the DCBD blog. There is a place where you sign your name and put your blog address. So give it a try. Also check out all of the other diva's blogs to see what they came up with for this sketch challenge.

Thanks so much for looking. Please leave a comment of what you think of my card. :)