Thursday, October 23, 2014

Christmas Candles

Welcome to another challenge from the Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog. I am excited to share today's card with you because it is one of those concepts that floated around in my head for a while but I wasn't sure how it would translate to a card.
The challenge colors worked well for my card but they could easily be changed to other colors as well.
My first step in creating the card was to figure out how to stamp the pine needles from without the branch. I masked the bottom part of the card with a sticky notes. Then I stamped the pine branch from Ornamental Pine a few times to get the look I wanted. When I removed the sticky notes I had clean white space below the greens.

The candles are embossed card stock - Lost Lagoon and Brushed Silver. I trimmed them to the width I wanted and then I used the Bird Builder punch to make the curve in each candle and to make the flames. The silver candle and flame are attached with dimensionals. 

Once I had my candles in place I adhered the sentiment with dimensionals and glued on some silver sequins and a silver bow. 

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Ornamental Pine
Card Stock: Brushed Silver, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow
Ink: Mossy Meadow
Other: dimensionals, Bird Builder punch, Big Shot, Stylish Stripes embossing folder, Delicate Designs embossing folder, 1/8" silver ribbon, Frosted Sequins

Now it's your turn! Just go to the Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog and link up your card. Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created too! 

Thanks for stopping.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Garden Party Fall Flowers

I have another card from the archives, meaning a card that I made and photographed way back when but never posted. 

This is made with the Garden Party stamp set which I love because it makes great clean and simple cards.

To make this card I used a layer of paper from the Flowerpot series. It coordinates with the Garden Party stamp set. Love that! For the main panel I stamped some flowers and leaves directly on the card stock. Then I stamped some speckles by using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the sentiment from Hey You. My final step was to stamp a daisy like flower on Crushed Curry card stock and one on Pumpkin Pie card stock. I cut them out and adhered them right onto the card front. Super easy! 

All supplies are Stampin' Up! Click on any image to go to my Online Store.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Kinda Eclectic Naturally

I have had this card in my blog post "drafts" for a long time. Actually, I have quite a few hanging out there. It's time to get them posted don't you think?! Especially the autumn cards!
The base of this card is Naturals Ivory. I absolutely love this card stock especially for autumn cards. It has little flecks throughout and is darker than Very Vanilla.

To make my card, I stamped the leaves, border, and sentiment - all from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set. Then I added the strip of Burlap Ribbon that I cut in half (width wise). I have found that the Multi Purpose Glue works best to keep this ribbon in place. The butterflies went on last. I chose to keep them simple with no embellishments making this a very mailable card.

I had a last minute thought to sponge the edges and I am glad I did.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! Images take you to my Online Store.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kinda Eclectic Stampin' Up! CCMC325

I am happy to share with you, another great sketch from Create with Connie and Mary.
It's a square sketch but feel free to make it a rectangle. Have fun with it! I sure did!
My card base is Crumb Cake that I ran through the Big Shot with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder. Then I added the circle, tag, and butterflies. The leaf is stamped first with Pumpkin Pie ink. Then I used a Dark Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities and added some darker color to the base of each leaf. I also took a Daffodil Delight Blendabilities and added some yellow color. Yes, this totally works because some of the Classic ink pads can be used with the alcohol based Blendabilities markers! Pumpkin Pie is one of the ink pads. I always love when a product can be use in many ways. 

The tag is adhered with dimensionals and the butterflies are added with Mini Glue Dots. The pearls on the butterflies were colored with a Blendabilites marker.

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake
Blendabilities: Pumpkin Pie (dark), Daffodil Delight (medium), Crumb Cake (light)
Other: Linen Thread, Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Big Shot, Stylish Stripes embossing folder, Circle framelits, Basic Pearls, dimensonals, mini glue dots

For even more inspiration, go to the challenge blog at Create with Connie and Mary found here. And we sure hope you will join us this week with your own creation!

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bootiful Cat

I'm not really a Halloween person - I prefer Thanksgiving but that doesn't mean I don't like to create fun Halloween cards.
All I did for this fun card is stamp the boot from Bootiful Occasions stamp set twice: on the card front and on a scrap of Silver Glimmer paper. Then I used a Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities to color the circles on the main boot. Next I used the You Little Furball stamp set and stamped the cat's body twice - once on the card front and once on a scrap of Whisper White card stock. I used that scrap piece for the tail which I cut out. I also cut out just the band of the boot from the Silver Glimmer paper. And I stamped the cat's heard on scrap and cut it out. 

To assemble everything, I adhered the Silver Glimmer to the boot. Then I added the cat's tail and using a dimensional I added the cat's head last. Some little Basic Rhinestones added to the cat's collar gave it some bling. 

The final step was to add a strip of Sweet Taffy designer series paper down the left side. 

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ornamental Pines

I am enjoying the Autumn weather so much it is hard to believe that the Christmas holidays are right around the corner. The colors for today's challenge from Create with Connie and Mary are a great reminder that yes indeed, it is time to begin those Christmas cards. Many of you already have because you are thinking ahead. Nice! But you don't have to create a Christmas card!

I think pine cones and pine branches make beautiful Christmas/Winter cards so I did my best with my card for the color challenge. 

The stamp set is Ornamental Pines from the Holiday Mini catalog. This card is very easy to create if you need to make multiples.

I stamped my pine branch first. To get the branch part of the image to be Baked Brown Sugar, I just wiped off the Garden Green ink from that part of the image. I found that a damp paper towel worked best. Then I used the Baked Brown Sugar marker on the branch that I just cleaned. 

The banner was cut with the Banner Framelits and then I stamped the sentiment, "May the peace…" and the pine cones. Because Baked Brown Sugar is not a deep brown I took the fine point of the marker and added some highlights to the darkest pine cone. Before I adhered the banner on my card I placed it where I wanted it to go and made a teeny tiny pencil mark marking the left side so I would know where I needed to stamp "Christmas Wishes". Then I set the banner aside and stamped "Christmas Wishes". It worked beautifully so I hope the explanation makes sense.

My last step was to add the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon that I tied into a small bow. Mini Glue dots work great for attaching bows.

All edges were sponged with Baked Brown Sugar ink.

Supplies - Stampin' Up!

Stamp: Ornamental Pines
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Garden Green
Ink: Garden Green, Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, sponge, Big Shot, Banner Framelits, Mini Glue Dot

I hope you will be inspired by these colors and again - you can create a card for any occasion - it doesn't have to be Christmas. I personally love out of the box cards! And it is all happening at Create with Connie and Mary, a Stampin' Up! only challenge blog.

Thanks for stopping.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Work of Art Edition

Welcome to another Blog Hop with the Stamp Review Crew! We are featuring the stamp set, Work of Art. All Crew members will be showing you a new way to use these fun stamps!

Remember: this Blog Hop officially begins Monday, October 6th. We post early to get the kinks out of the links so you may need to come back.

If you arrived at my blog from the ever so creative, Ann Schach's blog,  then you are in the right spot. If this is your first stop, don't worry as the Blog Hop goes full circle - just follow the links.

Before I began stamping, I used the Spiral Punch and a piece of Typeset designer paper to make a piece of "notebook paper". I also punched a piece of Smoky Slate card stock as a mat. Once my paper was ready I used 3 of the stamps from Work of Art for a collage background. Because this Anniversary card is a personal one, I used a die cut heart as the base for my sentiment. I love that I can create different themes just by mixing up the words that come with this set! 

My final step was to add the Happy Anniversary sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes. I also added some Sequins and Silver Baker's Twine.

All supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Work of Art, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Typeset specialty paper
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Smoky Slate, Pool Party
Ink: Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Real Red, Black Memento
Other: Spiral Punch, Silver Baker's Twine, Frosted Sequins, Big Shot, Heart Framelits

Onward now to the next stop which happens to be the talented Dawn Tidd's blog. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Flower Patch CCMC323

Hello to you, my stamper friends! I have a sketch this week from Create with Connie and Mary . If you ever look at cards on Pinterest you may have noticed a trend to use layers that are a little "off kilter" as I call it. Today's sketch incorporates such a layer and I had fun with it - hope you do to!
I went with a floral card using some beautiful fall colors from the Park Lane designer paper series.

The focal point of my card is a flower that I stamped with the Flower Patch stamp set and cut with its coordinating framelits. Then I sponged the edges with soft suede. Once I had it to my liking I layered it on a frame that I embossed with one of the new Fun Frames embossing folders. I had to cut it by hand but it was easy to cut. Before I adhered it I looped some Crushed Curry Baker's Twine behind the flower. 

I thought I would struggle with this sketch because I tend to like things to line up straight and even, but this card came together easily. I love when that happens!

Here are the supplies. All Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Flower Patch
Paper: Park Lane series
Card Stock: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Calypso Coral
Ink: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Calypso Coral
Other: Big Shot, Fun Frames embossing folder, Flower Fair framelits, Crushed Curry Baker's Twine, Basic Pearls, sponge, dimensionals, Itty Bitty Accent Punch pack

Won't you join us this week at Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog?  We love to see how others use the sketch! 

Thanks for stopping.
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