Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Jami Swap Cinderella Card

Happy Tuesday! Here is the card I made for Jami's SWAP a few weeks ago. All the other cards were so amazing, I get very intimidated when I participate with the "giants" of SU stampers. Thanks ladies for all the amazing creations. This set is called "Humor in High Heels." The requirements were to use the "bella" color combination of Chocolate Chip, Saffron, Riding Hood Red and Pink Piriouette. The Shoe and Pillow image is stamped on "shimmer white" from SU, then I added some "Dazzling Diamonds" on the pillow and Crystal Effects on the shoe. The chocolate chip base layer is "faux embossed" using a 1/2 inch circle punch. I also punched an oval in the top layer, then stamped the sentiment on the inside layer of saffron. The scalloped saffron layer is made with the slit punch, and some chocolate grosgrain and silver cord added as finishing touches. It looks like I need to go back and take a different picture using a lighter background! I'll get right on that! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Batty for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge!

Here is my entry for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge. I finished this on Friday, but it took me a while to upload. It was fun to get in some extended stamping time on Thursday and Friday. The little bat is from the SU Set "Batty For You" and the Happy Halloween Sentiment is from SU's All Year Cheer which is retired. There are 5 punches used on this card: 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Ticket/ Label punch, and scalloped square punch. (Marvy) I could not live without my punches!!! The paper is from Reminiscense on a base of Only Orange, and Green Galore, with some Eggplant too! Hope you had some stamping time this past weekend too!
And speaking of Taylor, my Just Rite Stamper set that I ordered from Taylored Expressions Store a few days ago arrived on my doorstep in record time, and I tore that box open even before I put my purse down, pulled out all the goodies, and started playing. These are for my daughter to use as thank you notes. She was so excited! Thanks Taylor for getting my new toys to me so quickly. Although I definitely didn't get much housework done this weekend!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The (Hollywood Bowl) Hills Are Live!

Oh my goodness, you won't believe what I did with my friend Vivian the other night. On Friday night, Vivian invited me to go to the Sound Of Music Sing-a-long with a few of her former co-workers. I love musicals, and Rogers and Hammerstein, so I thought it would be fun. I had no idea it would also be hysterical! Evidently, there is a whole "cult following" of people who attend this event every year, and we've been missing out! People arrived in costumes (nuns, Austrian folk dancers, "brown paper packages tied up with string," "musical notes" (Do-Re-Mi, etc.) and my favorite, the TREES full of LITTLE CHILDREN. People must spend all year watching the movie to get ideas.
Once the movie started, it was a full on "contact sport." People in the audience were instructed to not only sing along, but hold up various props, (which we received in goodie bags as we entered the bowl.) make noices, hoot and holler, scream at the bad guys, and even bark like a dog when the character "Rolf" appeared! Vivian and I were cracking up the whole time, because we had no idea what was happening. We LOST it when people whipped out their flashlights and started pointing them at the screen during the scene when the nazi's were searching for the Von Trapps in the graveyard. My favorite part? 15,000 people popping their "New Year's Eve Champaign Bottle Poppers" at the moment that Captain Von Trapp and Maria had their first kiss! Oh my goodness! Next time we'll be more prepared! Thanks Vivian for inviting me!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Over the Top

I needed a bunch of BOY cards for the young boys at church, and since I hadn't used these SU! images in quite a while, I thought they'd be a fun adventure. This the set called "Over the Top." Pretty cool to be able to stamp one image, (chocolate chip craft ink) sprinkle some clear embossing on it, mat it on some cardstock, and call it a day. The DP is from DCWV and the cardstock is Garden Green and Bashful Blue. The TAB is punched from SU and is stamped with the sentiment from PaperTreyInk. (Faux Ribbon Set). The brown tabs at the top and bottom are some leftover scraps I had on my desk from a previous project, and completed with "screw" brads. "Let 'er rip!"

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Wild Color Combo

I had this set "Fabulous Flowers" (SU!) out on my desk and had only been playing with the extra large bloom, so I wanted to challenge myself to do something with the smaller stamps in the set. Hanging on my bulletin board is an old post from Jenn Balcer about unique "bright" color combos, which is where I found this color combo: Groovy Guava, Blush Blossom, Pixie Pink, and Saffron. The base of the card is Blush Blossom, and the flowers are stamped on Vanilla cardstock. The sentiment "Thinking of You" is from the hostess set: "For A Friend." The scalloped piece across the middle is made with the Threading Water Stamp (Fiskars) in Blush. I think I should go back and add some sparkles to the centers of the flowers, and do something to the sentiment piece in the middle and maybe add some brads to the corners. Super Simple Card.
This next card is from the "Pun Fun" set. The kitty is colored with a "mustard" marker, and then matted onto mustard and chocolote chip cardstock. The patterned paper is from the DCWV Retro prints pack. Add some mustard ribbon, and the sentiment "Thank You" from Wonderful Words (SU!) across the bottom, and wa-la!
Well, Emily is back in school, and already has huge, heavy textbooks with homework I don't understand at all, and she's already been to the doctor for strep throat. Boy was she sick over the weekend! Antibiotics are amazing! Two days later, and she's a new person again. Next week is her audition for "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at Biola, so we need her healthy and whole! Looks like it's going to be another busy, busy year (with lots of me driving again, since she doesn't have her drivers license yet.) Phooey! Hope the beginning of the new school year has been great for you so far. Have a great week!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Fabulous Pink Flowers

Two cards this morning with the SU set "Fabulous Flowers" I have seen such gorgeous cards with this set and although I wasn't drawn to this set in the catalog, it was a swap card I received last year that sent me over the edge. The card above is Rose Red base, wheeled with the Baroque wheel in versemark ink, then layered with Pretty in Pink and a piece of the pretty in pink DP from last year's hostess awards. The flower is stamped 3 times, in Pretty in Pink, and then Regal Rose is brushed on the edges of some of the petals (before stamping) with a sponge dauber. There is a rhinestone brad in the center. The pink dots on the sides are just hole punches! The sentiment is from a favorite set from a few years ago, "Mixed Greetings."
The next card is also made with Fabulous Flowers, also stamped 3 times, but this time using Regal Rose ink, with Rose Red sponged on the edges. The base of the card is Regal Rose, and the 2 designs of DP are also from the same hostess pack used above. There is a brown strip of cardstock across the middle with 2 rows of paper piercing. The sentiment "Dare to be Fabulous" is stamped in Chocolate Craft ink, (SU) and then embossed with "Detail Clear Embossing Powder." I'm looking forward to playing with this flower set even more and getting a little more creative with it, as well as experimenting with various colors of ink. Thanks for looking. Have a great weekend! Now that all the political speeches are over for a while, it's time to get outside and get some work done around my house!