Thursday, August 29, 2013

Holiday Catalog Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!  I'm excited about today's post since it is a BLOG HOP with a couple of Stampin' Up! groups the Red Hot Stampers and Inking With Frenchie.  Either you're starting here at my blog or you came over from Sara Lincoln's blog...Mrs. Lincoln's Inkin'.  Weren't her projects great!  At the bottom of my post I will link you to the next blog so don't forget to check it out!  In all of our blogs you will be seeing cards and projects made using different sets and supplies from the Holiday Catalog.  This is a great way to see how you can use the sets and accessories.  My post features the set O Holy Night.  I knew as soon as I saw it in the catalog that I wanted to use it for my Christmas cards.  Not because it stood out, but because of the words on the stamp. :)  I figured I'd come up with three different cards to give myself an idea of what I'd like to make.  I don't know if I'll use one of these or not, but at least I have some ideas now and so do you. :)  

This is a picture of the three cards and three ornaments I made.  Since I love the color Pool Party I decided to use it for all the cards and ornaments with a touch of Island Indigo in there too.

This is the first card I came up with and the simplest one to make...and I do like simple when I'm making around 90 cards!

For my second card I wanted to add a little more detail than I did to the first card and add a little more color - Island Indigo.  I also wanted a little twist to this card by incorporating a cross so it would tell a continuation of the story from Christmas to Easter.  

My third card takes the most work since I do some embossing and sponging using the emboss resist technique.  I guess you could just emboss on Pool Party card stock, but I wanted the look of the ink on it instead. 

I also wanted to make a few ornaments using this set.  I highlighted a few words here and there in Island Indigo so they would stand out.  I also used the silver glimmer paper to add a little sparkle.  Plus it was easier to cut out two of those so I didn't have to stamp and highlight four ornament pieces for each ornament. :)

Here's the next blog you need to hop over fellow stamper and friend Christi at Christi's Creative Crew.  Just click HERE to check out what she made.

Thanks for looking and have a great day! 

Stamp Set:  O Holy Night
Card Stock:  Pool Party & Very Vanilla
Glimmer Paper:  Silver
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Pool Party & Island Indigo
Versa Mark
Ribbon:  1/2" Seam Binding in Pool Party
Embossing Folders:  Modern Mosaic,
Fancy Fan & Stripes
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  White
Punch:  Decorative Label
Candy Dots:  Subtles
Framelits:  Holiday Ornaments
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Open Sea

Today's card is inspired by another challenge from Try Stampin' on Tuesday.  I needed a masculine card and thought their sketch was a great fit for what I needed, and it went together very quickly! :)  I even managed to stamp a little on the inside of my card too. 

I'd also like to let you know I'll a part of a blog hop tomorrow with my upline's group...the Red Hot Stampers and with her friend France along with her group...Inking with Frenchie.  Everyone in the blog hop will be making cards and projects using supplies in the Holiday Catalog.  So don't forget to stop by and do a little blog hopping for some great inspiration!  See you again tomorrow...

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  The Open Sea & Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  Basic Black, Basic Gray & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Basic Black
StazOn:  Black
Punches:  1 1/4" Cirlce & 1 3/8" Circle
Bakers Twine:  White

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pretty Postage Due

As soon as I saw the Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge I knew what set I was going to use to make my card.  At first I was going to just stamp the set in black making the whole card red, white and black.  That was just a little too plain for me so I used the stampin' write markers to fill in the flower.  Just the extra touch it needed to highlight that corner for the challenge. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Postage Due
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black & Whisper White
StazOn:  Black
Stampin' Write Markers:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black,
Always Artichoke & So Saffron
Punch:  1" Square & 1 1/4" Square
Framelits:  Square Collection 
Ribbon:  Seam Binding in 3/8" Cherry Cobbler
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Triple Floral Fusion

It's Sunday so that means it's time for another Red Hot Stampers' sketch challenge card.  We have a pretty clean and simple sketch today and I really like it.  I need to learn to simplify my cards at times and this sketch helps me do the trick.  Don't forget to check out what the other Red Hot Stampers made HERE!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Sweet Essentials
Card Stock:  Crisp Cantaloupe & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Crisp Cantaloupe
Embossing Folder:  Fancy Fan
Sizzlit:  Floral Fusion
Jewels:  Basic Pearls
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

Saturday, August 24, 2013

By the Tide Birthday

 Since I have a couple of stamp a stacks coming up next week I figured I'd better get busy planning my cards!  Of course I love to use sketch and color challenges for them, and that's never been more true than this week!  Since I need a couple of masculine cards I thought the colors over at the Colour Q challenge and the sketch at Try Stampin' on Tuesday would be perfect to use with my By the Tide set.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  By the Tide & Express Yourself (hostess)
Card Stock:  Early Espresso & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Island Indigo, Pacific Point & Pear Pizzazz
Embossing Folder:  Square Lattice
Framelits:  Ovals Collection

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hello My Friend

Today's card is a clean and simple one-layer card for this week's Paper Players challenge, and let me tell you a one-layer card is definitely a challenge for me!  I had no idea what to do so I pulled out a set that I haven't played with for a while...My Friend.  It turned out better than I thought it would, and I was happy when I only had to color everything in one time! :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  My Friend
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
Stampin' Write Markers:  Elegant Eggplant, Pacific Point
& Always Artichoke
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

Sunday, August 18, 2013

RHSSC - Too Kind

I have a quick and simple card for today's Red Hot Stampers' sketch challenge.  After I decided I wanted to use the set Too Kind I picked a color combo that I haven't used in a while...Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive.  I also made the banner horizontal instead of vertical because it covered up too much of my flowers and looked funny that way. ;)   Don't forget to check out the other great cards made by the Red Hot Stampers HERE.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Too Kind & Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Rich Razzleberry & Old Olive
Punch:  1/2" Circle
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Clean and Simple Floral Fusion

Today's card is going to be a quick post since I decided at the LAST minute to enter a couple of sketch challenges and one is closing soon! lol  I chose the Paper Craft Crew for my sketch and the Paper Players for my colors.  I wanted to keep it pretty clean and simple when I saw what the colors were and knew I could do it with this sketch.  However I know my daughter is going to tell me it's too white when I show it to her the next time she visits. ;)  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Card Stock:  Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Strawberry Slush,
Crisp Cantaloupe & Pear Pizzazz
Embossing Folder:  Modern Mosaic
Framelites:  Window Frames
Sizzlits:  Floral Fusion & Little Leaves
Jewels:  Basic Pearls
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

Sunday, August 11, 2013

RHSSC - Serene Silhouettes

It's Sunday so for those of you who follow me regularly you know I'm going to show you my take on this week's Red Hot Stampers' sketch challenge.  Not sure what I think of this card, but the rest of my family seems to like it. :)  It was hard to get a decent picture of it though since it has shimmer.  Yup, I found another way to add shimmer without it costing too much.  I mix the vanilla shimmer smooch spritz with rubbing alcohol just like I did with the champagne mist shimmer paint.  It doesn't go as far as the shimmer paint since you don't get as much in the bottle as the shimmer paint, but it goes a lot farther than the small spritzer of smooch spritz.  Plus when I mix it with the alcohol and put it in a different spritzer it doesn't blob on the card like the smooch spritz does.  Yup, I'm happy since I can make things shimmery again without using a retired product. :)  Don't forget to head over to the Red Hot Stampers blog HERE to check out what the other ladies made using this week's sketch.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Serene Silhouettes & Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay,
Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Garden Green & Island Indigo
Versa Mark
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  Clear
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

 To make the background I started with very vanilla card stock and sponged about one inch circles all over it with the colors I have listed (except Night of Navy).  I made sure they were nice and dark and filled in everywhere.  Let the card stock sit for a few minutes, then rub it all over with the embossing buddy (the background piece needs to be dry so your embossing powder only sticks where you stamp).  Then I used the VersaMark pad to stamp my design all over it (from Everything Eleanor).  Use clear embossing powder over the VersaMark and heat it making sure it is melted and shiny.  The last step is to sponge over the whole piece with Night of Navy, then wipe down with a kleenex or rag to get the color off your embossed design.  This color is dark enough that it covers all the colors you sponged on earlier except where you put your clear embossing powder.  I did spritz it with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz mixed with rubbing alcohol, but that is optional.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sponged Field Flowers x 2

Today I have a couple of cards to show you, or should I say one card made with two different colors.  Does that even make sense? lol  Anyway, I started with this week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday's sketch challenge to make a sympathy card.  Since I also love the colors on this month's Stampin' Celebration challenge I figured I could combine them.  However when I was done with my card I thought it was just too dark for a sympathy card.  Don't get me wrong I LOVE the colors, just wasn't sure if they were right for that kind of card.  So I made it into a thank you card instead, and it's going to a fellow demo.  Hope she likes it. ;)  Since I still needed a sympathy card I figured I could just change up the colors to lighten it that's what I did.  You can see that one at the bottom of this post. :)  Not sure which one I like better...

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

First Card

Stamp Sets:  Fabulous Florets & Sweet Essentials
Card Stock:  Elegant Eggplant & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Elegant Eggplant, Pacific Point & Pear Pizzazz
Versa Mark
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  White
Bigz Die:  Scallop Circle
Framelits:  Circles Collection
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

Stamp Sets:  Fabulous Florets & Loving Thoughts
Card Stock:  Blushing Bride & Whisper White
Classic Stamin' Pads:  Blushing Bride, So Saffron & Pistachio Pudding
Versa Mark
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  White
Bigz Die:  Scallop Circle
Framelits:  Circles Collection
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

Monday, August 5, 2013

RHSSC - Postage Due

Since I had two ideas going through my head when I did the Red Hot Stampers' sketch challenge, and because it's our 100th challenge I thought I'd post a second card.  It didn't turn out exactly like I had imagined, but what card ever does?! lol  Remember we are giving away blog candy for our 100th challenge, so make sure you head over to the Red Hot Stampers HERE to see what it's all about. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Postage Due &  Dictionary
Card Stock:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White
StazOn:  Black
Punches:  1" Square & 1 1/4" Square (retired)
Framelits:  Squares Collection (smallest one)
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Simply Sketched Thank You

It's Sunday so that means it's time for another Red Hot Stampers' sketch challenge card...and it's our 100th challenge!  Since it's our 100th we're giving away blog candy!   Check out the Red Hot Stampers' blog HERE to see what everyone else designed and to see what we're giving away. :) 

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Simply Sketched
Card Stock:  Rose Red & Whisper White
Stampin' Write Markers:  Rose Red & Wild Wasabi
Blender Pen
Embossing Folder:  Delicate Designs
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer

Friday, August 2, 2013

Gorgeous Grunge Make and Take

Today I have another quick post for you.  I took another make and take and did a take and make making up something similiar, but not the same as the make and take that they gave us.  Did you get all of that?! lol  Yup, I'm just saying I changed things up again.  For some reason I like to do that, but that's what's so great about making can make them your own way. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Gorgeous Grunge & Sassy Salutations
Card Stock:  Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe & Whisper White
Glimmer Paper:  Silver
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe & Strawberry Slush
Punch:  2 1/2" Circle
Framelits:  Circles
Baker's Twine:  White
Buttons:  Designer Very Vintage 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Blooming with Kindness Birthday

First things first...the new Holiday Catalog is available to order from. :)  If you want to check it out click HERE, or you can click the picture of the catalog on the side bar of my blog.  

And now just a short post to show you some quick and easy note cards I made using the make and takes from convention.  I totally changed what they had on their note cards, but sometimes I just like to do that.  I think those of you who stamp do the same thing every now and then too! lol

And here is the package all wrapped up for you to give away once your note cards are all done.  Yes, I changed this up a bit too. who should I give these too? :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Blooming with Kindness
Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Coastal Cabanna, Pistachio Pudding,
Strawberry Slush & Crisp Cantaloupe
Smooch Spritz:  Vanilla Shimmer