Tuesday, October 28, 2008

What do you do....

When life gets in the way? You stamp, of course! Or at least try to.... LOL. I joined a swap last month. The theme is monochromatics. As soon as I saw that, the wheels started turning, and I just had to choose white! I'm a little reluctant to post this picture because I don't want to spoil the surprise for those involved in the swap, so I'm only posting it here and not to my SCS gallery, yet; but I figure, not too many people read my blog, anyway, so the chances of it being seen by someone in the swap are slim to none! Anyway, the base of the card front is Whisper White, and it is topped with a layer of Shimmery White, which I stamped snowflakes on from "Snow Swirled" in VersaMark. I stamped the greeting on the same layer in Encore Silver and stamped the tree in Encore Silver on another layer of Shimmery White, backed with Brushed Silver and popped up on dimensionals. I tied white taffeta ribbon around the Shimmery White layer, and added Silver Elastic Cord to the knot. The snowflakes, tree and greeting are all embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I finished by adding the small snowflake from the same set stamped in silver and embossed with II EP, punched out with the 1/2" circle punch and a clear brad from the Pretties Kit stuck through it. I don't know how well you can see the shimmer in the photo. You should see it in real life. It is beautiful; at least I think so!

Monday, October 6, 2008

It's Been a While....

But finally I'm starting to get back into the swing of things.... We had a death in the family a couple of weeks ago, and my oldest injured his knee. I took him for an MRI last week, and we found out he's got a torn meniscus, a torn ACL, and a popliteal cyst. I have to take him to the orthopedist on Thursday. Can you say, "surgery?" Oy! Anyway, I made a few of this card to send to my aunt and to a couple of other people. The base of the card is Tangerine Tango card stock, with layers of Pacific Point and Whisper White card stocks. I sponged Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, and Pacific Point inks onto the Whisper White layer (I love that gradient sky look) and stamped the daisies and the sentiment in Basic Brown ink. I punched out the sentiment with the large oval punch and layered it onto Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango card stocks which were punched out with the designer label punch and the 1-3/8" circle punch. I finished it off by tying a Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon around the Pacific Point layer and popping up the layered sentiment on dimensionals. I think my aunt will like this card. What do you think?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sept. 12 Class Projects

This is the card we made at my September 12 class. I used a base of Pink Pirrouette card stock and layers of Riding Hood Red card stock and Stampin' Up!'s new Bella Rose Designer Series Paper. I stamped the butterflies from "Dreams du Jour" in Riding Hood Red ink on Whisper White card stock and punched them out with the 1-1/4" square punch and mounted them on squares of Kiwi Kiss card stock that I also punched out with the 1-3/8" square punch. I tied some white taffeta ribbon around the Riding Hood Red/Bella Rose layer and mounted my butterflies on top of that layer. The sentiment is from "Heard from the Heart" and was stamped in Riding Hood Red ink. My ladies really loved this card. I really like it too. At first, I was really unsure about Kiwi Kiss, but I'm really starting to warm up to it. The next project we did was Jackie Topa's Gift Card Purse. She is an extremely talented and creative lady, and very generously shares her projects. I used Kiwi Kiss card stock, with Jackie's Faux Alligator Skin technique on the front. For the inside of the purse, I used Pacific Point card stock accented with Tangerine Tango card stock, which I punched out with the small tag punch (I don't have any oval punches). I also did Jackie's Faux Suede technique for accents on the front of the purse. I finished it off with a wire handle (26 guage silver wire from the retired Wire Works) and some Ice Rhinestone Brads. The green ones match the Kiwi Kiss card stock perfectly! I absolutely love the way it looks! I know I don't have a picture posted, but I can't seem to get my computer to upload pictures off of my camera. As soon as I figure out what the problem is (I suspect it is a software problem), I will upload the picture. Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Monday, September 15, 2008

My Soldier Returns!!!

He's home!!! My oldest son, Brad, returned home after graduating from Army Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in the wee hours of Saturday morning. I missed him so much! It has been such a busy few days that I haven't even had time to breathe, let alone post anything... I don't have any new stamping to share just yet (although I did have a class Friday night -- I will post pics of projects tomorrow or Wednesday), but I do have a really nice photo of my son in his Class A uniform (dress uniform). Doesn't he look sharp?! I am so proud of him!
I apologize for not posting anything stamping related, but I just had to shout this from the rooftops! Anyway, Saturday and Sunday were spent getting him ready to start his senior year in high school. This morning at 5:30 we were awakened to the sound of one of the maple trees in front of our house (township property, thank God) crashing down on the power lines across the street and onto my neighbor's roof. Yikes! Needless to say, we were without power. The tree snapped the power line and took out two transformers. There were police cars, fire trucks, and utility trucks lining my street all day. Our power was finally restored at about 4 p.m. My hubby took lots of pictures. He couldn't help himself! What an interesting day!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

For My Soldier

I made this card for my oldest son, who graduates Army Basic Combat Training on September 12. He is in Fort Jackson, SC, right now. My husband is driving down to SC for his graduation, and then bringing him home. I miss him so much, and I can't wait to see him! Anyway, for this card, I used a base of Riding Hood Red card stock, which I stamped with my "Weathered" background stamp in the same color ink. For the main image, I used two of the stamps from "Land That I Love." I stamped the Statue of Liberty on Very Vanilla card stock in River Rock ink, and then masked it off, and stamped the flag in VersaMark ink, and used my pastels to bring out the image. I then overstamped the image with my "Weathered" stamp in River Rock ink (stamped off once), distressed the edges using my cutter kit, and layered it onto Blue Bayou card stock, with the edges also distressed. The sentiment and the stars are also from "Land That I Love." The sentiment is stamped in Blue Bayou ink on vanilla card stock (distressed) and layered onto Blue Bayou card stock (also distressed). The stars are stamped in VersaMark and then embossed with Vanilla embossing powder. I then punched them out with the star punch. I popped up the sentiment and the stars on dimensionals and finished off the front of the card with Blue Bayou ribbon. The inside of the card is pretty cool, too. It's a spring card. I made the spring with Blue Bayou card stock, and then glued on some stamped and punched out stars (Riding Hood Red stamped on vanilla card stock). Unfortunately, I can't scan the inside of the card without ruining it, and I'm having trouble uploading pictures from my digital camera. I will try to upload the picture of the inside later. My husband will bring this down to my son on the 11th (Thursday). I know he is going to love it and appreciate it, and I'm hoping he will know that I am so proud of him and am there with him in spirit....

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy....

That's what this card is.... busy. At least I had fun doing it! Again, I was trying to come up with another color combo using Kiwi Kiss that I didn't hate... I thought it would be fun to try a spinner card, so I created this one. The card base is Yoyo Yellow card stock, and I added strips of Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango and Riding Hood Red card stocks, all cut freehand using that neat little Cutter Kit from Stampin' Up! Boy, is that thing sharp! I added a layer of Basic Black card stock which I used the ticker corner punch on the corners and a small layer of Whisper White card stock. I then cut a layer of Yoyo Yellow card stock and used my word window punch to get the channel for the spinner. I added a strip of Tangerine Tango card stock and tied some black gingham ribbon around it. I then added the spinner ~ two pennies attached together with a dimensional (one penny on either side of the card stock). To that I added a medallion. I stamped the flower from "Wow Flowers" in Yoyo Yellow on Whisper White card stock and added the sentiment (from "All Holidays") in Basic Black ink. I punched it out with a 1" circle punch and layered it onto a 1-1/4" circle punched from Basic Black card stock. I attached it to the pennies with a dimensional. I then corner punched the top two corners of the Yoyo Yellow card stock and attached the whole layer to the card with dimensionals. Wow, when you write it down, it seems like a lot of steps.... It really wasn't that difficult, I promise!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Playing With More New Toys...

I did some more playing around yesterday, trying to come up with a color combo using the new Kiwi Kiss that I didn't hate. I'm actually pretty pleased with this card, and I think the colors work really well together. I used Blush Blossom card stock for the actual card, mounted on 1/4 sheet of Close to Cocoa card stock. The other card stocks used are Cameo Coral and Kiwi Kiss. All of the images are from the stamp set, "Dreams du Jour," which is in Stampin' Up!'s new 2008 Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalog. The inks I used are Cameo Coral, Kiwi Kiss, and Whisper White craft. I used the craft ink for the medallion on the left side of the card. I stamped it and added Heat & Stick powder, melted it, and added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the entire image (an image in glitter -- what could be better than that?!) I also added some glitter to the butterflies that I stamped in Kiwi Kiss ink. I used my new scallop edge punch on the bottom of the card, and finished off the card by adding some white taffeta ribbon behind the medallion and popping it up on dimensionals. I made a second one for my mom, which my hubby will give her tomorrow. I think my mom is going to love it!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New Stamps and New Colors!

Like all demonstrators, I had the opportunity to pre-order some new stamp sets and the brand new 2008 In Colors. Yesterday, I finally had the opportunity to play around with some of my new goodies. I used the new "Wow Flowers" stamp set for the flowers on the card, which I stamped onto Whisper White card stock in Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, and Kiwi Kiss. I sponged on a little Baja Breeze ink to soften it up, and then cut that piece of card stock into the two sizes I needed. I used Baja Breeze for the card base, and then I took a couple of 1" strips of Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango and punched the edges of them using my new scallop edge punch. I layered them onto the top and bottom of the card. I then used a layer of Kiwi Kiss card stock in the center of the card and mounted my stamped piece of white card stock, after I punched the corners of it with my ticket corner punch. I stamped the sentiment from "Sincere Salutations" onto my smaller piece of stamped card stock, punched the corners, and mounted that onto Pacific Point card stock and mounted that one onto Tangerine Tango card stock. I then added a strip of white taffeta ribbon, which I dyed using the Tangerine Tango ink pad and a sponge. I finished the card by adding the sentiment layer to the card with some dimensionals. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I like the new Kiwi Kiss, but overall, I'm pretty happy with the way the card turned out, considering I was just playing around!

Back to Stamp Another Day...

It seems like forever since I last posted something. A lot has happened since my last post. Sadly, I really haven't gotten much stamping done; although I do have a couple of new things to post. I made this card a couple of weeks ago for my son's Early Intervention service coordinator, Angela, who is having a baby boy later this month. I just had to use this set... it seemed perfect! All of the images are from the now retired set, "Unfrogettable." I used Soft Sky card stock for the card base, and a layer of Whisper White card stock, on which I did all of the stamping. I colored the images with all of the now retired 2007 In Colors ink pads (Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava, River Rock, Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate and Soft Sky) using a blender pen (yeah, I know my froggie got a little messed up). I sponged a little Wild Wasabi ink on the bottom of the white card stock and a little Soft Sky ink over the rest of the white card stock. I cut a frame out of Blue Bayou card stock and mounted it to the card with dimensionals. I added some dazzling diamonds glitter with my 2-way glue pen and popped the cut out mushroom up on a dimensional. I finished it off by adding the sentiment, which I printed off my computer using RGB codes for Wild Wasabi (cool, huh?). I mounted it onto a strip of Wild Wasabi card stock and added a couple of Soft Subtles brads to each end. I then punched out a little photo corner with my photo corners punch and mounted it to the top of the card. I had a meeting with Angela on July 30, and I gave this to her then. She absolutely loved this card!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

For My Mom

I made this card the other day for my mom. I really miss her. My hubby is going down to her house on Friday for a few weeks to do some work there, so I'm sending this card with him. I got the idea for this card from a demonstrator technique challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. The technique used is "reverse spotlighting," and it's the first time I've ever done it. Beate Johns has a great tutorial about how to do this. I used the same set she used, "A Beautiful Thing." The actual card is a 4" x 8" piece of Blush Blossom card stock, which I folded to make a 4" x 4" square. On top of that is a layer of Rose Red card stock, which I stamped on with Basic Black ink and punched holes in over three of the main images with my 1-1/4" hole punch. I then used the 2-step flower from "A Beautiful Thing" to stamp three other flowers onto Whisper White card stock using Soft Sky and Rose Red inks. I cut out the flowers and lined them up and mounted them behind the punched-out circles, and mounted the layer onto the front of the card. I then mounted the card on a 1/4 sheet of Pixie Pink card stock and stamped the sentiment on it in Rose Red ink. I finished the card by adding some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the flowers and tying a piece of Purely Pomegranate double stitched grosgrain ribbon around the card. My mom is going to love this card. I'm going down to see her a week after my hubby goes down. I can't wait to see her!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I'm Not Done Yet....

Like I said, I've been really busy.... I've got a few more cards to post, but I didn't want to make the previous post too long. This next card I made for my neighbor's daughter, who is getting married this Saturday. It's simple, but I really like the way it turned out. I'm not so happy about the way it scanned, though; it kept sliding around in my scanner when I shut the lid. Oh well, you can still see it... I used Brocade Blue card stock for the base of the card, and I used a layer of Brushed Silver card stock which I put some score lines into with my paper trimmer. I then used a small layer of Whisper White card stock which I stamped the large flower from "Embrace Life" and the sentiment from the now retired "All Year Cheer III" in Jet Black Staz-on ink. I water colored the flower using my Rich Regals Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an aqua painter. After it dried, I covered the whole thing with VersaMark ink and Iridescent Ice embossing powder, which I melted with my heat tool. I finished the card by tying some narrow white organdy ribbon and silver cord (both now retired) around the card. It's really sparkly and so much prettier in real life.

This next card I made yesterday and sent down to my son in Fort Jackson, SC. The layout is a first for me, but I got the idea from an old Splitcoast sketch challenge. It was a fun card to do, and I like the way it turned out. It scanned kind of dark, though, and I couldn't lighten it up without washing out the rest of the colors. Oh well... I used Soft Sky card stock for the card base, and using my Coluzzle, I cut out half ovals from Wild Wasabi card stock and designer paper from the now retired "Creative License Simply Scrappin' Kit" and circles from Blue Bayou card stock and the same designer paper (actually the other side). I stamped on the card base with the stars from "Background Basics" in Soft Sky ink and mounted the half ovals on the left side of the card. I then added a strip of Wild Wasabi double stitched grosgrain ribbon and then added the circles, which I popped up on dimensionals. To the center of the circles, I added a medallion, which I punched out of Pumpkin Pie card stock, and added punched layers of Wild Wasabi and Whisper White card stocks. I stamped the sentiment from "All Holidays" on the Whisper White card stock in Wild Wasabi ink. I finished off the card by adding a "faux bow" with the Wasabi ribbon. I like the way it turned out; although, my hubby said it's "weird." LOL

Where Has the Time Gone???

Oh my, I have been so busy the past few weeks, and have had so little time on the computer. Now that the kids are out of school, I have to fight to use my own computer... LOL. Anyway, I've had somewhat of a creative streak in the past couple of weeks. My oldest son left for Basic Training on June 29, so I made up a bunch of cards and handmade stationery so he could take them with him and write to his friends and family. This is one of the cards I made for him to take with him. I used Soft Sky card stock for the card base, and stamped it with Soft Sky ink using my soon-to-be-retired "Weathered" background stamp. I added strips of Blue Bayou and Pumpkin Pie card stocks and a medallion from "True Friend" stamped on Soft Sky card stock in Blue Bayou ink and layered onto Wild Wasabi card stock which was punched out with my Scallop Circle punch from Stampin' Up! The sentiment is from "Sincere Salutations" and was stamped in Blue Bayou ink. I finished the card by adding a Pumpkin Pie brad from the Earth Elements brads to the center of the medallion and popping it up on dimensionals. Easy peasy...

The 29th of June was also my son Brian's 8th birthday, so I made this card for him. I used Soft Sky card stock for the card base, and torn layers of Certainly Celery and Tempting Turquoise for the mountains and water. I stamped on the Turquoise layer with the Lily Pad wheel with Always Artichoke ink. I colored in the lily pads with a Mellow Moss marker and the flowers with a Regal Rose marker. I stamped the frog from soon-to-be-retired "Unfrogettable" in Always Artichoke ink on Whisper White card stock and colored him in with my Mellow Moss marker. I cut him out and added him to the card with a dimensional. I then stamped the sentiment from "Unfrogettable" in Always Artichoke ink, and I drew some water droplets with my Tempting Turquoise marker. I punched the sun out of Barely Banana card stock with my 1-inch circle punch and added it to the card. I finished the card by adding Dazzling Diamonds glitter to all the waves, flowers, and water droplets with my 2-way glue pen. I really like the way this card turned out, and I'm going to miss this stamp set when it retires next month. It's great for little boy cards, and I certainly have plenty of them...

Friday, June 27, 2008

It's Working Again

Hooray! I was able to upload photos from my camera to my computer late last night, so here is the photo of my "color-challenge" card. I used Apricot Appeal for the card base, and added layers of Rose Red and Blush Blossom. I used my photo corners punch and scallop circle punch to add accents with Always Artichoke, Cameo Coral and Close to Cocoa. I did a little bit of stamping on the Apricot card stock using Close to Cocoa ink. In fact, all of the stamping, with the exception of the flower stem, was done with Close to Cocoa ink. I stamped the flower stem with Always Artichoke ink. I used my blender pen to color the flowers using Rose Red and Cameo Coral ink pads. I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the centers of the flowers and the dot over the "i" in "Good Thing" with my 2-way glue pen. The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals, and so is the flower on the lower right-hand corner of the card. I finished off the card with a bow I made with the Caramel gingham ribbon, and some flowers from the Accents and Elements Flower Fusion tin, which I added a Fire Rhinestone Brad to the center. This card looks much better in real life. You can't see all the dimension in the photo... I'd love to see what you all come up with using these same colors. Leave me a comment or shoot me an email with a link to your card, and I'll post the link here on my blog. Have a great day!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Little Color Challenge

Oh my gosh, it seems like forever since I last posted. What a hectic couple of weeks it has been! Today is my two middle boys' last day of school. My oldest two have been done with school for a week. My oldest leaves for Basic Training this afternoon. I can't believe the day is finally here... Anyway, I dressed my daughter in the sweetest outfit a few days ago. It was so girly, without being frilly. The colors are just so beautiful and complimentary, and there is a floral print on it that looks just like one of the flowers in the "Time Well Spent" stamp set. It really got my juices flowing. I challenged myself to use only the colors in her outfit. Most of them are colors I don't normally use, and two of them are colors I've never used at all. I've been a demo for five years and have been stamping for about eight years. Right after Stampin' Up! retired a few of their colors and replaced them with new ones (somewhere around four years ago), I ordered all new ink pads by color family -- all four of 'em. Anyway, I have several that I've never used, and two of the colors in my daughter's outfit are two of them; in fact, the ink pads were still shrink-wrapped! So..... the colors I used are as follows: Apricot Appeal, Blush Blossom (still shrink-wrapped), Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, and Cameo Coral (also still shrink-wrapped -- until yesterday, that is). I normally would not have put all of these colors together, but in my daughter's outfit, they looked beautiful; so I challenged myself to give it a try. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I'll post the picture later. For some reason, I'm having trouble uploading images from my camera to my computer. As soon as I figure out what the problem is, I'll post the photo. So.... how would you like to play along? Create something using the colors I listed before, and leave me a comment with either a gallery link or a link to the photo on your blog, and I'll post the link in a future post (near future). I'm not a techno-genious, but I'm not a techno-idiot, either, so I can probably figure out how to do it. LOL. Have a great day, and have fun creating!

Monday, June 16, 2008

My Birthday (Card) Bash

was on Friday night (6-13). We made five each of two different designs. I'd like to say that I designed both cards, but I did not. The layouts are from Andrea Walford's Bali Breeze class. The first card is almost exactly the same as Andrea's. The only thing different is the sentiment. On this card, I used a Whisper White base, and layers of Certainly Celery, Taken with Teal, Old Olive, and Whisper White card stocks, and Bali Breeze DSP. I used the flowers from Embrace Life, and the sentiment is from Sincere Salutations. Both are stamped in Jet Black Staz-on Ink. I used my blender pen to add color to the flowers with Old Olive ink for the stems, and Purely Pomegranate ink for the flowers. I tied double stitched grosgrain in Pomegranate around the card and popped the main image up on dimensionals. I finished it off by adding a little bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the centers of the little flowers.

The second card is a little bit different. I used a Whisper White base and layers of Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal, and Whisper White card stocks and Bali Breeze DSP. The little flowers are from A Beautiful Thing, and the sentiment is from Sincere Salutations. The flower petals are stamped with Rose Red ink, and the flower centers are stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink. The sentiment is stamped with Basic Black ink. I added felt flowers from the Accents and Elements Flower Fusion. There are over 130 flowers of all different shapes and sizes in this tin, in three different colors -- Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive; oh, and they all come with a tiny hole in the center so you can attach them together, which I did with a gold brad. I finished the card by tying double stitched grosgrain in Pomegranate around the Teal layers and adding a little bit of glitz with some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the centers of the flowers. I attached the little felt flower with a dimensional, and voila! What do you think?

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Mark's Birthday

Yesterday, we went to a birthday party for Mark, a man that my husband works with. He and his wife, Deana, are very nice people; and they have a son, Aiden, the same age as my son, Eric (2-1/2). Well, the two of them found a pretty good sized mud puddle. Boy, were they filthy!!! Eric got this huge blop of mud on his head, and it was dripping down his face. Normally, I don't let my children play in mud puddles. Good thing there was a tub nearby. Anyway, I needed a birthday card for Mark, so this is what I came up with. I CASEd the layout from Andrea Walford (she is amazing), but I used different stamp sets and different card stocks and DSPs. The card base is Tempting Turquoise, and I used layers of East Coast Prep DSP and Wild Wasabi card stock. I used my retired daisy punch to punch out a flower from each of Tempting Turquoise and Wild Wasabi. I attached them together with a gold brad. I finished the card by tying some Wild Wasabi stitched grosgrain around the Wild Wasabi layers and attached it to the card with dimensionals. I also attached the little flower to the card with a dimensional. I really like the way this card turned out. Hey, check it out ~ I finally figured out how to add a copyright to the image. Now if only I could figure out that cool watermark thingy....

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Yup, it's definitely one of those days...

Well, I didn't get to do any stamping today (not that I get the opportunity much, anyway...); between running after a 2-year old who figured out how to open doors and nursing my 4-month old daughter, I'm about spent. I did get to scan a couple of cards into my computer, though. DH's and my 20th wedding anniversary was on May 21 of this year. It was an insanely busy day, so I literally had to throw a quick card together. Considering I put it together in less than 5 minutes, I don't think it turned out all that bad... I used Mellow Moss for the card base, and layers of Almost Amethyst and Barely Banana underneath a layer of white vellum paper. I stamped images from True Friend in Encore Gold on the vellum and embossed with gold embossing powder. The sentiment is from one of the All-Year Cheer sets (can't remember which). I used my ticket corner punch on the Barely Banana layer and attached the vellum to the Almost Amethyst layer with gold brads.

The other card I managed to scan in is the Father's Day card I am sending out this year. I CASEd the layout from another blog I visited (sorry, I can't remember which one). I have the East Coast Prep DSP, and I thought it would be perfect for this. The trend over the past few years has been for more muted colors and earth tones. I had forgotten just how much fun brighter colors can be! The card base is Real Red, and I layered it with Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Confetti White, and a strip of the East Coast Prep DSP. I dry embossed the Tempting Turquoise layer using the Dots brass template. I finished off the card with that wonderful striped grosgrain in Real Red, and I popped the sentiment (from All Holidays, stamped in Real Red) up on dimensionals. I think the dads will really like this one! What do you think?

Ever have one of those days?

Well, I'm having one now, and it's only 7:10 a.m. All day yesterday I felt like I had a pumpkin over my head. Today, I can't even walk straight. My equilibrium is waaay off. I'm wondering if everything I stamp today will be cock-eyed... I'm kind of afraid to carry the baby around. I don't want to trip and fall with her in my arms. She is so sweet; and she doesn't care if her mom is a dizzy chick....

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

My most recent creation

All Stampin' Up! demonstrators received the Level 3 hostess set, "Time Well Spent," back in November or December (can't remember which). At first, I really didn't like it much; it's not really my style. However, I started playing with it, and the more I played with it the more I liked it. I created this card and actually sent it to Stampin' Up! for one of their monthly contests. I didn't win, though... :( Oh well, at least I had fun creating it! I used Purely Pomegranate card stock for the card base and 1/2" strips of Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, and Barely Banana card stocks for the background. I stamped the images on Whisper White card stock in Jet Black Stazon Ink and watercolored them using my Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an aqua painter. I finished the card by adding a rhinestone brad to the center of the flower, tying some Whisper White grosgrain ribbon around the card, and popping the images up on dimensionals. I also added a row of dots with Stampin' Up!'s white gel pen (the best on the market!). I'm somewhat watercolor-challenged, so forgive me if the image seems like it has no color. It really does, I promise. I did darken it up before I sent it to Stampin' Up!; I just forgot to take a picture of it after that...