Thursday, August 28, 2008

Owl together now...

I needed a birthday card for my dad and you know how hard it is to come up with a birthday card for a guy. When I was at the Stampin' Up! convention this year I saw the cutest swap card that used the Owl Together Now stamp set. I don't have the actual swap, just filed it away in my memory so I can't give credit to who I got the idea from, sorry.
I colored the owl with colored pencils, because that is what was sitting out on my desk at the time. Cut him out and popped him up on a dimensional. The not quite navy ribbon is actually white taffeta ribbon that I dragged across an ink pad to get it the color I wanted.

What I used:
Owl Together Now stamp set
Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White card stock
Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy classic ink pad
Prismacolor pencils
wide Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon
white taffeta ribbon
word window punch

Eskimo Gifts...

I suppose that Lilac is not really a Christmas color but evidently in my world it is. I love this cute little eskimo girl and penquin. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and blended the colors with a paper stump (Wendy a stump is a blending tool made out of rolled paper) and odorless mineral spirits. I added some glittery accents, rather hard to see in the picture, with a Sakura glitter pen. The background was made with a Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder.

What I used:
Elzybell Eskimo Gifts
Lovely Lilac, Whisper White, Basic Black card stock
Basic Black classis ink pad
Prismacolor Pencils, stump, odorless mineral spirits
Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder
making memories ribbon
sakura glitter pen

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

flower fancy...

It was love at first site for me with this stamp set, Flower Fancy, from the new Fall/Winter Stampin' Up! catalog. I love any two step stamp set anyway but the big happy flowers in this set just thrill me. I am sure you will be seeing a lot more of this stamp set from me in the future. My desk still had yesterdays scraps left out on it so most of the same supplies were used for todays card.

What I used:
Flower Fancy and Heard from the Heart stamp sets
Paisley background stamp
Basic Black, Kraft, Rose Red, Whisper White card stock
Basic Black, Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss classic stamp pads
basic black narrow grosgrain ribbon
mat pack and piercing tool

road test...

Yesterday I received my design team package from Elizabeth at Elzybell Art Stamps. This cute little guy in a car was one of the stamps I chose. My oldest son is finally taking his drivers road test next week so I made this good luck card for him. Poor guy has been driving for 3 years (not on his own) but we wouldn't let him get his license because of how much our insurance would go up. Finally worked it out with our insurance company so that we could afford for him to drive. He is so looking forward to the freedom of the road.

What I used:
Elzybell boy in car, SU itty, bitty background
Basic Grey, Basic Black, Baja Breeze, Whisper White card stock
DCWV Rockstar designer paper
Basic Grey, Basic Black classic ink pads
various re-inkers and aquapainter for watercoloring
black brads

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"What's Moo?" with you?

In the beginning of August I announced that I had been chosen to be a member of the Elzybell design team. I have been waiting ever so patiently for my stamps to arrive from across the pond but in the meantime, one of my fellow design team 'belles Jeanne stamped some images for me so that I could play while I wait. This adorable image is from the "What's Moo?" clear stamp set from Elzybell Art Stamps. Isn't it adorable? I colored the image with colored pencils and blended the colors with mineral spirits and a stump.

What I used:
Elzybells "What's Moo?"
Stampin' Up! Paisley and Canvas backgrounds
Basic Black, Kraft, Rose Red, Whisper White card stock
Basic Black, Rose Red, Versamark
prismacolor colored pencils, stump, mineral spirits
black gingham ribbon
white eyelets (SU retired)

OH MY GOODNESS!!! My son just walked in with the mail and guess what is in it?!?!?! A package from the UK from Elizabeth of Elzybell Art Stamps. Gotta go open it and drool on my new rubber!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

ya gotta love cupcakes...

Everybody loves cupcakes right? Well the frosting anyway...

When I saw this cupcake stamp in the new catalog I knew I had to have it. Not my usual style but I do have 5 kids so there for they are invited to about a million birthday parties every year. This stamp set is intended to be a thank you card and I am sure I will use it that way sooner or late but today I put masking tape over the words when I inked the stamp then removed it when I stamped so that I could omit the words. The cupcake is paper pieced. I stamped the cupcake (or parts of it anyway) 2 times. Once on blush blossom, once on close to cocoa and one on ruby red. After I cut out the bottom of the cupcake I ran it through my rarely used (but very handy) paper crimper, I then sponged a little close to cocoa over the ridges to make them stand out a little more. The frosting part of the cupcake has dots on it that I highlighted with a ruby red marker, then a versamark pen then added iridescent ice embossing powder to give it some sparkle. I added iridescent ice embossing powder to the cherry the same way. The tag was punched out with the new large oval punch then slit punched to add a little bit of ribbon. The ribbon is held together with a ruby red brad and the edges of the tag are sponged with close to cocoa ink.

What I used:
Simple Birthday Thanks, Hugs & Wishes stamp sets, Polka Dot background
Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red and Blush Blossom card stock
Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, and Ruby Red classic ink
Ruby Red stampin' write marker, Versamark pen, iridescent ice embossing powder
wide oval punch, slit punch, sponge
Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, Earth Elements brad

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Simple is best...

Sometimes simple is just best. Like sugar cookies (my favorite, yummy), nap time, a sunset, a hug from your favorite someone, warm soup or a toddlers smacking kiss... I like simple, sometimes anyway. And today is all about simple, sort of. I had a lot of fun coloring the image for my card today (which is not simple) but when it came time to make it into a card anything but simple seem to distract from the main image. So I went with a very plain card body, simple greeting and minimal layers that just seem to make the image pop off the card. I created the main image using the Autumn Harvest stamp set which was originally in the Holiday mini, last fall, and made it into the new big catalog. Picture me doing my happy dance because I just love this set. I started out by making masks of both pumpkins and the leaf. On watercolor paper I stamp the small pumpkin first using Black Stazon ink. I placed a mask over the small pumpkin then stamped the larger pumpkin. I placed another mask over the large pumpkin then stamped the leaves below the pumpkins. I removed the masks then starting with the lightest colors, colored the pumpkins and the leaves with Stampin' Write markers in various different colors. I then used an aquapainter to blend the colors and lift off excess color. After it was dry I masked the pumpkins again and sponged in the sky using Baja Breeze classic ink. I removed the masks and blended the sky with my aquapainter as well.

What I used:
Autumn Harvest, God's Blessings
watercolor paper, Kraft, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango card stock
Black Stazon, Baja Breeze classic stamp pad
various Stampin' Write markers, aquapainter

Now speaking of simple. Isn't this sunset simply gorgeous? Last night as I was driving my oldest daughter home from cheerleading I decided to go the back way home and caught this sunset over the swamp behind and below our house. I quickly dropped her off home and ran back with my camera to catch it. I almost missed it, and the hubby thought I was a little nuts but later agreed that it was worth it, don't you agree?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

more inspired by nature...

I made this card using the second panel I made yesterday. It was made exactly the same way but I stamped this after yesterdays, without re-inking the stamp. I wanted the soft look so I also over stamped the image with canvas inked with close to cocoa (stamped off multiple times) and sponged the edges with close to cocoa.

What I used:
Inspired by Nature stamp set and Canvas background stamp
Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White card stock
Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip classic ink pads
Old Olive and Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Markers
Elegant Eggplant narrow grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

do ya wanna see some new stuff?

I have come up with every excuse know to man to not stamp since I got back from convention. No idea what my problem is, overwhelmed I guess. Updated my customer list, tweaked both my blog and my website, did a mailing, called a bunch of my customers, shopped for back to school supplies, everything but stamp. Heck I even cleaned the cat boxes today before I stamped and I had promised myself that I would except no more excuses, I would get back to it today! My sore throat from nasty allergies and my daughter's upset tummy seemed like good excuses to but no I had to do it. Thankfully todays color challenge on SplitCoastStampers was exactly the inspiration I needed. With todays colors I could finally make the card I had envisioned when I first saw this stamp set at convention. I may even make another one later today since when I stamped this I also did a similar panel of second generation stamping (stamped a second time without re-inking) identical to this one. It is very soft and pretty, not bold like this one. Maybe I will find time to play with it so I can show it to you later. This stamp set is brand new in the Fall/Winter catalog. I received this set at convention but you can order it now too.

What I used:
Inspired by Nature stamp set
Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White card stock
Elegant Eggplant, Taken with Teal, Close to Cocoa classic ink pads
Chocolate Chip and Old Olive markers
wide Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon
designer label punch, 1 3/8" circle punch

What I did:
This look would have been a lot easier if I owned all of the SU! makers but since I only own them in my favorite colors I had to improvise a little bit. I first inked up the petal portion of the coneflowers with the elegant eggplant stamp pad and wiped the ink off of where I didn't want it with a baby wipe and a q-tip. I then inked the center of the coneflower with a chocolate chip marker and the stems with an old olive marker. Because the color challenge called for taken with teal and because I thought it would make the stems interesting I brushed them with the taken with teal stamp pad. Huffed on the stamp then stamped. The grass stamp was inked old olive ink pad then also brushed with the taken with teal stamp pad. I stamped the grass several times without re-inking.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

convention pictures...

Thought I would share some of my pictures from convention with you. This is the convention center.
Me and my crazy roomies; Karen (imastampin) and KellyJean (kellyjg) waiting for opening session to begin.

Shelli Gardner...
Sweet Bev (bevmom) after winning free stuff!
Me and my roomies at the SplitCoastStampers dinner...
Stampin' Up! headquarters in Riverton, Utah.
Packing line were all of the lovely packages get shipped from.
Ronald McDonald excepting a check for $126,ooo for the Ronald McDonald house from Stampin' Up!
Crazy Challenge Chaser friends at convention. Annette, Amanda, Karen, Wendy, Bev in the back row. Melissa, Kelly H and KellyJean in the front row.
Some of the people at the stalkers and freaks gathering at Wendy's (Wendybell).
The men in Brown bring us free stamps!
Me with free stamps!

Monday, August 4, 2008

home again...

Just beginning to process all I have learned and seen at the Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City. Got in very late last night. Was very excited to find that a member of the founder's circle lives about 40 minutes north of me and we were on the same flight back to Syracuse, NY. We chatted briefly at the airport. I hope to get a chance to meet her again and pick her brain. I have over 600 pictures to sort through before I can post some for you. Will try to get that done tonight or tomorrow, unfortunately laundry needs to come first. Earlier I told you about some of the new stuff in the catalog so I thought I would share with you some of the up coming specials.
August 11th - September 30th
15% off 9 different NEW stamp sets!
Snow Swirled
It's a Stretch
Putt Putt
Eastern Blooms
Pocket Silhouettes
Upsy Daisy
Under the Stars
Heard from the Heart
Contempo Alphabet

Free Stamps
August 11th - October 11th
Purchase the standard Starter Kit (and become a demo) for $199 and receive a free stamp set from the Fall/Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog. (contact me if you are interested)

October 1st - November 30th
Host a qualifying workshop of $350 or more and choose any stamp set from the catalog sampler FREE! In addition to regular hostess benefits. (Book now, limited dates still available in October and November)

December 1st through January 18th
2o% off of any stamp set in the catalog sampler with a purchase of $20.

more info later, gotta play mama...

Saturday, August 2, 2008

still more convention swaps

Today is the last day of convention. I will be swapping these cards today. Very simple card but I love this color combination. The new Baja Breeze goes beautifully with Chocolate Chip!

What I used:
A Light unto My Path stamp set
Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze and Whisper White card stock
Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa classic ink pads
Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon

Friday, August 1, 2008

great news from convention...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Can you say BIG SHOT????? Because we got one!!!! Stampin' Up! has partnered with Sizzix to make a SU Big Shot diecut machine and our own exclusive dies! Can youn stand it? Gotta go, tell you more later.

even more swaps...

Tonight I am going to Wendy's (Wendybell) house to get together with a bunch of SplitCoastStamper's challenge chasers. I created these swaps to share with everyone there. I borrowed this set from a customer of mine (thanks Celia!) and I thought it would look fabulous with the wet water color technique. Since this is a two step set, after I stamped each layer I spritzed the card stock with water. After I had stamped both layers, I allowed the card stock to completely dry then lightly stamped it with the canvas background stamp, inked with close to cocoa, stamped off a couple of times first. The rose red background is stamped with canvas as well and the chocolate chip strip is stamped with sanded background. I also used the color spritzer tool and a chocolate chip marker to add another layer of distressing.

What I used:
Pretty Peony and Elegant Greetings stamp sets
Canvas and Sanded background stamps
Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Confetti White card stock
Rose Red, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip classic ink pads
color spritzer tool and Chocolate Chip stampin' write marker
water mister bottle
chocolate chip taffeta ribbon
designer label punch, 1 1/2" circle punch