Wednesday, July 29, 2009

DCBD #138

I want to be honest. I get tired of always starting each new post with the same thing. I really want to try and be a little different each time in what I say.

As most of you know July has a saying. If you haven't figured it out by looking at my creation, I guess I will have to just tell you. Well, it is, "Christmas in July!" I thought it would be fun to try out the new SU! fancy favor bag #115965 that I purchased to one day make favors for my younger daughter's wedding day. Since this weeks challenge was to use any SU! die with the Big Shot I thought this was a great time to try it.
After I made the fancy favor bag, I decided to make a 3 x 3 card to go along with it. I was going to attach a tag to the handle of the bag, but it would have covered up the front too much.

Please take the time to see what all of the other Diva's have come up with for this challenge. You can just click on this web address and it will take you right there.

Some of you may think the price of this die is way too much to buy. Here are some uses that I know it could be used for: baby showers, wedding showers, birthday parties, gift cards, teacher gifts, and for someone in the hospital. I am sure there are more, but these are ones that I could think of fairly quickly. Because of all of the uses, I believe it is worth the investment.
Here are the supplies used for these items. Fancy Favor Bag: night of navy, whisper white textured cardstock, and ballet blue cardstock; Ink: whisper white craft; Tools: big shot, fancy favor die, and snowflake #2 die; Accessories: clear rhinestone brads, and iridescent ice embossing powder; stamp sets: snow swirled and Christmas punch
3 x 3 card: night of navy, whisper white, ballet blue, and whisper white textured cardstock; Stamp set: Christmas punch; Ink: night of navy classic, and whisper white craft; Tools: wide oval punch; Accessories: iridescent ice embossing powder
Ok! Now it is your turn to do this challenge. I want to see what you can come up with. Once again thanks for looking.
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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Upsy Daisy Thank You Class

I finally was able to get my cards made for my upcoming Thank You card class. I ended up using the Upsy Daisy stamp set. This set is wonderful and very easy to use. I could have added a lot more than just using the ink on the flowers. I try to keep them simple because of time. Usually when I have an eight card class, they average out to be about 3 hours long. If I added embossing it would be even longer. I am going to talk about this with my customers though. If they would like to do embossing on the cards too, I will start doing that.

I posted these in the order of how I made them. The first card was made with elegant eggplant, perfect plum (textured), basic black, and whisper white cardstock.

Card number 2 is made with mellow moss, always artichoke, bashful blue, sahara sand, and confetti white cardstock.

Card number 3 was made with blush blossom, cameo coral, ruby red, and very vanilla cardstock.

The last card I made with so saffron, handsome hunter, really rust, and confetti white cardstock. Yes, I do have a favorite, or maybe I should say, I have 2 favorites. Can you guess which ones they are?
In case you wonder, I go through the Stampin' Up! catalog and pick my favorite color combos. I print the recipes with the pictures and have them added into my catalog. Once I have my favorites picked out, I go to the recipe section and put asteriks beside the one's that were my favorites. It helps me come up with my colors for the classes I have. I also refer back to the older catalogs for color combos too. In other words, don't throw away your older catalogs. They aren't only a catalog, they are an idea book too!!
For the last card I got my colors from watching a television show. In it the man was wearing a so saffron shirt, something that was hunter green on top of it, and a jacket that was really rust. We can get inspiration from lots of things. When was the last time you looked into the sky at all of the beautiful colors the Lord mixes together? Anyways, enough said.
Thanks for looking and tell me what you think.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

DCBD #137

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is Diva Coffee Break Designs sketch challenge time, once again. In case you are wondering, a new challenge comes out every Wednesday. If you go to the DCBD blog you can get the challenge from there. You can participate along with us by adding your name and blog with the Mr. Linky widget on the DCBD blog home page. We need new people to join in with us. I know it is summer, but I am sure you are still creating cards anyhow.

This sketch is a simple one. You can make it like it is or think outside of the box a little bit. I decided to make a manly card again. My husband every once in a while will tell me I should make another manly card. It is too easy to overlook the men and make feminine cards all of the time. Well, the men in our lives need to know they are appreciated by us too. They like getting cards just like we do. Right men?
I am curious to see if any men respond to this. I have never had a comment from a man on my blog yet. Have any of you other women out there had any?

You can comment and tell me what you think of this card I created at the bottom of this post. Thanks again for looking at my blog.

Stamp sets: lovely as a tree and teeny tiny wishes; Cardstock: more mustard, garden green, bordering blue, and confetti white; Ink: chocolate chip, garden green, and more mustard; Tools: modern label punch, photo corners punch, 1/16" circle handheld punch, and the word window punch; Accessories: earth elements more mustard brads, 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wedding Shower Card

As you can probably already figure out, I had a wedding shower to go to recently. The bride-to- be chose basic black and regal rose for her colors.

I decided to use the Manhattan flower embossing folder. I cut it out and used a stamping sponge to add color. The Fifth Avenue Floral rose stamp was colored by spraying with water, using the aqua painter, and reinkers. Many demonstrators have shown how to do this technique on their blogs. Patty Bennett and Sandi MacIver are a couple of them.

Tell me what you think of it. Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my blog. I hope it leaves you inspired to create a card or other papercraft too. Brighten someones day by giving it away when you are finished.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

DCBD #136

Check out this week's color challenge. As soon as I seen the colors I thought, "Birthday!" As for the other divas and what they thought when they seen the colors, well, you will have to go to their blogs to see what they came up with. Click here to go to the DCBD blog and you will find their names and blogs from there.
This is your chance to show us what you can do too. Please join us! It is a lot of fun. It also helps you have some cards on hand when needed. Sign up with the Mr. Linky widget.

I just got this stamp set. I don't know what it is, but I just think he is the cutest stamp. I may even keep this one when it retires. It can be used for lots of things. As for this card, I have to say I love it! I love how it turned out when totally finished. I would like to know what you think though. Please comment, if you don't mind.

This is the recipe for this card.
Stamp Set: Voila'
Stamp pad: old olive, StazOn black
Stampin' write markers: old olive, crushed curry, melon mambo, tempting turquoise
Cardstock: basic black, whisper white, melon mambo, crushed curry, tempting turquoise, old olive
Tools: top not die cut, big shot die cut machine, 1 3/4" circle punch, boho blossoms punch, 1/16" circle punch, paper snips, 1/2" circle punch, crop-o-dile
Accessories: earth elements brads (old olive), dazzling diamonds glitter, fine cosmo celery glitter

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

DCBD # 135

I hope you all had a very nice 4th of July. We had a cookout with my daughter and her fiance' (she hates that word). Later in the afternoon we went to my niece's 16th birthday party.

Yep!! You guessed correctly. It is Diva Coffee Break Designs challenge time. I hope you will do this challenge along with us this week. It is an easy one. If you do, go here and click on the Mr. Linky widget to sign up.

You will have to tell me what you think of this card. I honestly think it is too plain. Maybe you could tell me what you think I could have done to improve it. We all have different ideas, so I would love to see what you would say. In case you wonder, the true friend is supposed to be tilted. That is how I wanted it.

Recipe for this card: Stamp set: flower lines (hostess level 3); Cardstock: melon mambo, rich razzleberry, crushed curry, whisper white, and DSP lovely flowers (hostess level 3); Ink: rich razzleberry, versamark, and stampin' marker melon mambo; Tools: paper piercing tool, 1 1/4" circle punch, and 1 3/8" circle punch; Accessories: whisper white taffeta ribbon (dyed rich razzleberry with ink pad) and iridescent ice EP.

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Altered Tin

I realize it is the 4th of July and this is not something for that occasion, but I have a birthday party to go to for my niece. She is turning "sweet 16" tomorrow, actually. I do hope you all have a wonderful 4th. Be safe and enjoy your families and friends.

Her gift is very simple, money. I had bought quite a few of these tins, which are really for gift cards, at Micheal's for really cheap a while back. I remembered I had them and decided to alter one to put her gift in. She may have another use for it once she takes her gift out.

Some of you may already know that I used mostly retired stuff on this. The DSP is parisian summer (retired), so saffron, and bravo burgundy CS; Ribbon: so saffron from the sale-a-bration (retired) catalog; Stamp pad: bravo burgundy; Stamp set: sincere salutations; Punches: snow blossom (retired), scallop circle, and scallop oval.
Tell me what you think. I always love getting comments. I know I could have dressed this up even more, but sometimes less is best.

I hope this has inspired you to papercraft too!!
Have a great 4th of July,

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Hello everyone! It is time to break out your die cutting machines. Stampin' Up! has the Big Shot. I love it! It takes all kinds of dies. Of course, there are exclusive dies made for Stampin' Up! only. You are going to get to see some of these in my card today. If you are interested in a Big Shot just let me know or any of the dies too.
As you can see below this is the Diva Coffee Break Designs challenge for the week. I used quite a few different ones for my card. We always try to encourage you to do this challenge with us. If you do go to the DCBD blog and sign up using the Mr. Linky widget. We would love to see what you can create also.
Here is what I came up with for this challenge. I kept debating on putting a sentiment on it. I decided not to. I still may when I go to give it to someone. I hope you will take the time to tell me what you think of it. Yes, there is a lot of detail, but remember the Big Shot cut everything out. I just had to arrange and layer it however I wanted to.

Ingredients for this card. Stamp set: none; Cardstock: confetti white, glorious green, close to cocoa, rich razzleberry, melon mambo, crushed curry, and DSP lovely flowers (hostess level 3);
Tools: top note die, scribbles swirls sizzlit, birds and blooms sizzlits, eyelet edge punch, stamping sponge, and sanding block; Accessories: chocolate chip taffeta ribbon, filigree brad, and silver brads; Ink pad: soft suede
I hope you enjoy my card and also take the time to visit the other Diva's blogs. Most of all we hope you join us in this week's challenge. As always thanks for looking.

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