Thursday, July 30, 2009

August workshop cards...

You are gonna wish that you had booked a workshop for the month of August after you have seen what I have for you. Check them out...
What do you think? Maybe you should call me and book a workshop.

If you can't I understand and since I am in a kind mood I will give you a quick run down on how each one is done. The first card uses the new stamp Medallion. This stamp caught my eye first thing. I think you will be seeing a lot of it, because I really, really like all the things you can do with it. The card base on this is made out of confetti cream. I then stamped the medallion stamp on it using a Versamark stamp pad. I then used sponge dauber to apply pastel chalks. On a scrap I did the same thing of just the center of the medallion then punched it out with a 1 3/4" circle punch, added a little bling with a fire circle rhinestone brad then attached the circle to the center of the medallion with foam dimensionals. Added a couple of strips of basic grey and sage shadow card stock, a little apricot appeal narrow grosgrain ribbon to finish it up.

On the second card I used another favorite set. This one isn't brand new but I haven't demoed it much yet so I pulled it out to use. I inked the tree stamp using markers so that I could get the color where I wanted it. Stamped the tree on confetti card stock, sponged the edges with chocolate chip ink, then layered it on chocolate chip card stock. Ran the old olive card base through the big shot using the new finial press embossing folder. Added a strip of soft suede card stock and a bit of old olive wide grosgrain ribbon to finish is off

Thursday, July 23, 2009

my last Elzybell sneak peak

Yeah, today is new release day for the Elzybell summer line. Make sure you hop over to the Elzybell store and check out all the new goodies. I know I will be just as soon as I finish up this blog post. Gotta order sunflower girl and the surfer girl and boy for myself. Elizabeth has really out done herself. The Elzy girl has matured a bit, she looks a little more grown up but she is just too cute. I struggled a little bit with todays card, knew what I wanted it to look like but didn't quite manage it. That is why my post is a little late today, needed to let it sit for a while. I guess it will do. Just wanted it to be fabulous since it is my last project for Elizabeth. Like I mentioned earlier this week I am grateful for the experience because it was a great ride...What I used:
Elzybell Art Stamps
soft suede, riding hood red, kraft and whisper white card stock
basic black stamp pad
prismacolor pencils, OMS and blending stump
soft suede polka dot grosgrain ribbon

Make sure you check out what Elizabeth and the rest of the team have done then dash over to the store and check out all the goodies.
and Elizabeth has awesome blog candy so go check it out...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

a longing for the beach...

Are you ready for one more sneak peek? Tomorrow is new release day for the latest Elzybell Art Stamps so I will have one last sneak to show you tomorrow morning. Todays projects has given me a longing for the beach. Every winter I visit my girlfriends beach house with a group of fabulous friends. It is a week that I look forward to every year. The greeting on this card should have been "I wish I was there" but since it isn't I will save this little card to send to which ever one of my friends doesn't manage to make it on the trip this year, though I, of course, hope that all of them can make it. I also combined challenges this morning using the SplitCoastStampers sketch challenge and the Color Throwdown color challenge.
What I used:
Elzybell Art Stamps
chocolate chip, certainly celery, perfect plum and whisper white card stock
my mind's eye designer paper
basic black stamp pad
prisma colored pencils, OMS and blending stump
fisker border punch
celery grosgrain ribbon

Make sure you check out what Elizabeth and the rest of the design team have done, and make sure you check back tomorrow for the last of the July sneak peeks.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

a little mojo please...

Usually when it is sneak peek time for Elzybell Art Stamps I am never lacking for mojo because lets face it, is there anything more motivating then new stamps? This release is slightly colored by sadness, though. This is my last new release for Elizabeth, our one year agreement is up and it is time for me to move on. The Elzybell team is my first design team and I have had a wonderful year working with some super talented ladies. I would like to thank Elizabeth for giving me, a complete unknown, the opportunity and the team the for the wonderful companionship on this journey. Okay, enough sappy stuff...

So what do you do when you lack mojo? I find that the best cure is to do a challenge or two. In this case, since I was lacking mojo, where else does a girl turn but to Julee Tilman's Mojo Monday Sketch challenge. What I used:
Elzybell Art Stamps, mini messages at the beach
dusty durango, whisper white, kraft card stock
My Minds Eye designer paper
basic black, baja breeze classic stamp pad
old olive marker
scallop circle nestie
white taffeta ribbon

Make sure you check out what Elizabeth and the rest of the team have done then stop by again tomorrow to see what else I have done with this set.

Monday, July 20, 2009

paper addiction and a new sneak peek...

My name is Debi and I am a paper addict. I managed to stay clean, for 47 days but I once again fell off the wagon today and bought more. Designer paper is my drug of choice, card stock will do it for me as well but I don't get the same high. For a long time I was doing really well when my only sources were Stampin' Up! and my local big box craft stores. I won't let myself put in a SU order more then once a quarter and I would actually sometimes even use up it up and then my local stores for months and months had the same old tired designer paper that I had already bought. But the big stores got smart, they figured out how to get me, they email me coupons and put those giant stacks of designer paper on sale for $9.99 and they keep getting in NEW STUFF!!! What is a girl to do but buy more of it??? I walk in the store with my little coupon in hand, I'm going to buy something, just one something and it ISN'T GOING TO BE PAPER.... Or at least that is my intention, then I start to hear the whispers, "look at me, I'm pretty and I perfectly match your new card stock, you don't have anything like me". So I flip through a couple of them and I hear "come on you know you want me, you know you need me, buy me...." Then the next thing I know I am walking out of the store with a bag full of paper in my hand and my hubby is laughing his butt off at me. I am a sick woman. I need help but you know what? That paper was right because it does perfectly match my new card stock.

So what do you think about the new soon to be released Elzybell Art Stamps? Isn't she pretty? And she looks so nice with my new crack, er paper and card stock, don't ya think? If you like her make sure you pop in tomorrow to see more sneak peeks of the July releases.

What I used:
Elzybell Art Stamps
bermuda bay, crushed curry, whisper white card stock
Cloud 9, Cocoa Mint designer paper
basic black classic stamp pad
Lyra colored pencils, OMS and a blending stump
bermuda bay polka dot grosgrain ribbon

Make sure you hop on over to see what Elizabeth and the rest of the design team have done.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

yet another Elzybell design team challenge...

Good morning all. I was rather rudely awakened this morning by a giant clap of thunder, so much for sleeping in. So I toddled down stairs to the computer to get my blog post done a little earlier then usual. Now that the storm is past it is really quiet in here. Anyway, down to business. The card I have to show you today is one I made for todays fortnightly Elzybell challenge. For all the details, pop over to Elizabeth's blog. Todays challenge is a sketch challenge
and I love sketch challenges even more then I love color challenges. With a sketch challenge all the work is done for you. You just pick an image that will fit the sketch or you do like I did and make the image fit the sketch. I did this by adding the words "for you" and "friend" to the truly tiny daisy image, to make it work in a longer box. I also tweeked the sketch a bit by making my card square. This card is 4x4.
So why don't you play along and make sure you comment on Elizabeth's blog and link you card and you just might win a prize! You never know!

Make sure you check out what Elizabeth and the rest of the design team have done with the challenge today:
What I used:
Elzybell Art Stamps
bashful blue, wild wasabi, whisper white card stock
My Mind's Eye designer paper
basic black stamp pad
Lyra colored pencils, OMS and blending stump
white ribbon and brads
sewing machine

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Stampin' Up! new catalog open house projects...

I am really excited about the new Stampin' Up! catalog and I am having an open house tomorrow night. Below are the three projects that all my stamping friends are going to do. I used the 4 new stamp sets that I pre-ordered (Teeny Tiny Wishes, Razzle Dazzle, Lots of Bots and Autumn Days), 4 of the 6 new InColors (Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango and Soft Suede), 2 new ribbons and the InColor markers. Everyone is gonna have a lot of fun making these 3 cards, winning doorprizes and eating desert. If you are in the area why don't you drop by...

Friday, July 3, 2009

artisan award losing entries...

If you read my blog at all this winter you know that I spent a ton of hours working on my entries for Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Award contest. Well I didn't win, obviously and since I am mostly done sulking about it I thought that I would take the time to share the 3 scrapbook pages that I did for it. The scrapbook pages feature my three youngest children Manny, Ellie and Jessika. I won't get into the details of what I used since most of it is now retired but I needed to do a little showing off. Sorry about the quality of the pictures, they were taken poolside at my girlfriends beach house where I put the finishing touches on my entries.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

elzybell design team challenge...

It is time for the fortnightly challenge. And this time the whole team was challenged to make a card using the colors in their countries flag. Turns out that even though we have several different countries represented all the colors are Red, White and Blue or just red and white for my neighbors to the north. Broke out my sewing machine (all your fault Paula) because the card needed a little something. The main image is colored with colored pencils and paper pieced. The clouds are sponged onto the navy background.

What I used:
Elzybell Art Stamps
Night of Navy, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White card stock
designer paper of unknown origin, has been in my stash for eternity
basic black classic ink pad, whisper white craft pad
Lyra colored pencils, blending stump and OMS
star brad (SU)
wide navy organdy ribbon

Make sure you check out what the rest of the design team and Elizabeth have done: