Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fancy Favor Basket

Happy Tuesday to everyone. Believe it or not, 25 years ago today, I married my husband and best friend, Dave. I would say the two strongest things about our relationship has always been sharing the same faith in God and having very good communication skills. From the time we first liked each other conversation has always been so easy. Well, I wanted to make something for him as a gift.

Do you love it when people come up with a new idea using a certain tool. Well, I do. I wanted to think outside of the box and come up with and idea using the fancy favor box die. Instead of the box being shaped like a rectangle, I made it into a square. It is very easy to change. I cut the DSP to cover just the first main section (front) of the box. You have to have some of the side cut with it too. You use the little bit of the side to adhere it to the other pieces of the fronts. You need to cut 4 of the front pieces. Once I glued them all together I cut a square to adhere to the bottom. The normal bottom tabs are not long enough to attach them altogether.

I wanted to show you two different views in order for you to get the whole idea of what it looks like. I filled it with a whole bag of nuggets. No, I do not want to make my husband gain weight. I just know that he likes them. More than likely I will eat some of them too!! :-)

Now it is your turn to try this out. If you have any problems you can email or comment me and ask. I will try and help you out.
Recipe for this box. All items are current Stampin' Up! products.
DSP: Autumn Meadows (mini catalog)
Stamp set: Autumn Harvest
Cardstock: really rust, naturals ivory, and chocolate chip
Ink: really rust and chocolate chip
Tools: Big Shot, fancy favor box die, watercolor crayons, and blender pens
Accessories: vintage brads
If you like this out of the box idea, please leave a comment and tell me what you think. Now I want to see you take this idea and use it for yourself. It is very easy to do.
Now go-n-stamp!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Autumn Harvest Anniversary Card

I wanted to do Gretchen Barron's weekend sketch challenge #103 this week. You can find her sketch by clicking here. I needed to make my husband an anniversary card. It will be 25 years on the 29th. Yep, I still love him. He has been very good to me.

It took me quite a bit of time to make this one. I love how it turned out in the end. I hope it looks manly. I think what makes me question it is putting the holes in the scallops. Men can have some frills too though, right?

I am also going to add this into the StampinUpLNStampers challenge for this week too. We are supposed to make a card using chalks. I broke out my stampin pastels and colored in my images and then used blender pens to enhance the chalks. I am very pleased. In fact, I can't wait to show my husband, but I have to wait a few days. :-(

These are the supplies I used to make this card. Everything is SU!. DSP: Autumn Meadows; Cardstock: really rust, more mustard, taken with teal, natural ivory, and chocolate chip; Ink: chocolate chip and really rust; Tools: big shot, circles #2, circles scallop #2, modern label punch, word window punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, crop-o-dile, paper piercer, and straight edge scallop punch; Accessories: 5/8" very vanilla grosgrain ribbon and dazzling diamonds.

I am sure Gretchen would love to have more participants in her sketch challenge. I hope that my card gives you the inspiration to do it. If so, make sure you sign up under the Mr. Linky on her blog this way other bloggers can see your card too.

Please tell me what you think. Thanks for looking at my blog and come back again real soon.

Now go-n-stamp!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fall Card Class

I have the fall cards done for the class I am having next week. I needed to make sure I kept the promise I made in my post that is just below this one. I used the Autumn Meadows DSP from the mini catalog to create these cards. The nice thing about choosing a DSP it makes it much easier to choose your cardstock. They always have the colors listed with the DSP preview pictures in the catalogs. They didn't used to do this, but it is great that SU! does this now. It makes life easier.
I need to give some credit where it is due right now. I did not come up with the acorn made from punches, on the card above, on my own. There is another very talented lady that came up with this idea. You can get the directions on how to make one of these from her blog. She has a tutorial showing how she made it. Look at the other things she has made using SU! punches.

I try to keep my cards for the classes more simple. My customers are happier when I keep them that way and even tell me to. It makes it so the class runs smoother and faster.

I decided not to put a specific saying on any of these cards. This way they can be used for more than one occasion.
If you have an extra minute or so, I would love to hear what you think about the cards. Please leave a comment where it says "comment" at the bottom of this post. As always, thanks so much for taking the time to look. I also hope you have been inspired to create a card too! It isn't hard. I always say, "If you can color, you can stamp!"

Now go-n-stamp!!

Be watching!

I just wanted to let everyone know, that I am working on some cards. I will be posting at least two of them sometime today.
Pray for me!! I have an interview today. We will see how it goes.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Sherrill Graff's Blog Candy

ATTENTION BLOGGERS , Sherrill Graff is offering some free things on her blogs. Read the information below to see what you need to do for a chance to win.

FREE Stampin up stamps, FREE Big Shot, please enter my contest, Blog candy


Each and every month we Give a way FREE Stamps!
Each year Stampin Up Demonstrators Get a chance to win FREE stamps at our Late Night Stamper pre convention activities!
I also have Blog Candy winners each quarter. Everyone can enter this contest!
To get in on the contest all you have to do is post a nice comment on one of my blogs.


You can even leave a comment on all 3 if you wish to increase your odds.
Or join this group for stampers and participate in our contests and challenges there.
It's FREE as well.

(This group is wonderful! Lots of inspiration and help can be found here.)

Others of you get a chance to work for stamps by making samples for my display boards.
Here is a list of some of our August and September lucky winners! Congratulations to all of you. Enjoy your free products. Many of you won more then once!!!!
I invite each of you winners to tell us what you like best about our LateNightStamper group.
Brenda Van Middlekoop, Denise Kasanda, Kelly Mayou, Kerrie Snyder, Yavonne Brannen, Carolyn Nownes, Kimberly Johnson, Susan Barron, Linda Steinke, Nancy Legate, Joyce Hinse, Michelle Ryder, Sue Haron, Martie Shea, Sandy Haynes, Kelly Mayou, Kathleen Ines, Yavonne Brannen, Linda Fedyna, Joyce Hinse, Selene Ferguson, Nancy Legate, Jeanna Bohanon, Jennifer Taylor, Sue Dickey, Mary Haden, Sharon Fisher, Kimberly Johnson, Kimberly Stallcup, Dana Keith, Martie Shea, Jennifer Dimmer, Maria Carrillo, Barbara Kempton, Marjie Browning, Shannon Griebe, Penny Silva, Kristi Kelley, Annie Coffman, Rochelle Thornton, Phyllis Garner, Kimberly Stallcup, Sue Stratton, Maria Daubert, Olive Barnes, Heather Arsenault, Susan Renick, Teri Wells, Denise Jorgensen, Zada Hall, Anita Hays, Karen Reid, Lynn Creech, Kris KilKenny, Janell Swango, Denise Kasanda, Valerie Aguirre, Melissa Barnett, and so many more....
If I missed listing YOU please let us know when you leave your comment. We want everyone to know YOU won!

May God bless you and your family,Sherrill Graff istmpnv@aol.com
Blog: http://latenightstamper1.blogspot.com/

Sherrill is a very giving person. Make sure you check this out and do it!!
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Inspiration in Action 101

Sorry that I haven't posted any sooner. I am trying to find a job outside of my home. I have not worked in 19 years. Of course, I would love to just continue to stay at home, but we could really use an extra income right now. So please pray I can find something soon.

I decided to try Gretchen Barron's sketch. You can find it here. I really liked the sketch she came up with. I am also going to use it for the StampinUpLNStampers challenge #36 too. Like I had said before, I am going to try to do some kind of a sketch at least once a week. It is good for me to do. It keeps me motivated and I can always use cards that are finished and ready to be sent for some occasion.

I wanted to use the lovely flowers DSP for this project. I used the card stock that coordinates with it (rich razzleberry, crushed curry, old olive, and melon mambo). I used the #2 scallop circles die and the flower layers die in my Big Shot. The punches used on here are the 5 petal flower, 1/16" circle, and the scallop edge punches. I did a little bit of paper piercing too. For accessories I used 1/4" old olive grosgrain ribbon, ice circle (yellow) rhinestone, and earth elements (old olive) brads. I finished up with the white gel pen, crystal effects, and dazzling diamonds.

So what do you think? You can leave a comment below. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope you will want to keep coming back for inspiration.

Have a great day and.......
Now go-n-stamp!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lovely as a Tree Manly Card

Do you ever have those days when you try to make a card and your aren't really in the mood for it? That is how I was yesterday. I made my image using stamps and was not happy with it. Guess what I did? Yep, I threw it away.

After I gave up trying to make a card, yesterday, I put some thought into what I wanted to do. I had made a manly card once before using these colors. I decided I wanted to use those same colors again, just with a different stamp set and design.

This card will be going to my son-in-law for his 21st birthday. I will have to get it into the mail very quickly because it has to travel to Wyoming by Tuesday.

You can't really tell in this picture, but I cut the middle tree out and added dimensionals behind it to make it stand out. I am pleased with how this card turned out. What do you think? You can leave me a comment at the bottom of this post.

Recipe for this card: Stampin' Up! supplies
Stamp sets: lovely as a tree and teeny tiny wishes
Ink: bravo burgundy, really rust, and chocolate chip
Cardstock: bordering blue, bravo burgundy, mellow moss, really rust, and very vanilla
Tools: word window and modern label punches, stamping sponge, and crop-o-dile
Accessories: 5/8" bravo burgundy grosgrain ribbon and jumbo eyelets antique brass

I hope you are inspired by seeing this card to get your stamps out and create something also.
Now go-n-stamp!!