Saturday, October 31, 2009

Autumn Thanks

Happy 'fall back' day to those of you who live in the central time zone. Not only is tonight Halloween night but we turn out clocks back one hour. I made this card for two SCS challenges; the first was Friday's Limited Supply Challenge where we made a card to exemplify our weather. It has been dreary and rainy until yesterday afternoon when the sun finally showed up. Our trees here are just vibrant~ full of color and also beginning to fall; so I chose these DPs from SU! plus when viewing the IC challenge website last evening, I saw this 'Golden Leaf and Acorn" tray. I knew exactly what to do. I just love when things come together like that!

One of the tricks I learned a bit ago was how to quickly use two or more colors on a stamp like my sentiment without having to use markers for every area. Ink up your stamp with the predominant color (or in some cases it is best to ink up with the lightest color); then take a blender pen and 'erase' the ink where you want to add another color. Then use your markers and re-color the erased area. On my card here, I inked my 'Give Thanks' stamp using my close to cocoa stamp pad, erased the cocoa on the leaf area using my blender pen, then recolored the leaves with my Ruby Red marker. Huff, puff & stamp~ Viola! I have dedicated an older blender pen for this use. It is really fast!

Happy Halloween!

Recipe: Everything is SU! except the leaf brads.
Stamp: Holiday Best
Paper: Ruby Red, Elegant Eggplant, Soft Suede, More Mustard, DSP- Autumn Traditions (SU!)
Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Leaf Brads (Target) & Scor-Pal

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Blue B-day

Here's the result of a little break from making Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards. It was fun to use the colors from the Basic Grey color challenge and the Paper Craft Planet sketch challenge. Additionally, by choosing a birthday theme, it qualitifes for the PCP birthday challenge in honor of Susanna Boyd. {There are prizes for the PCP b-day challenge so be sure to check it out before Sunday at midnight}.

Have a great Sunday!

Stamps: Birthday Whimsy (SU!)
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, WW (SU!); DP- Cool from the Euphoria collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Modern Label punch (SU!), Scallop Rectangular Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Button brads (Eyelet Outlet); White embroidery thread.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Saturday! I am happy to be home. I had a quick business trip this week~ a 24 hour trip from here in St. Lou to New Jersey & back. My team got some great info, so it was worth it. But I have missed my stamping!

Today I combined the sketch challenge from Wednesday with today's Inspirational Challenge.
I chose this Bustling Avenue dress from Anthropologie for my inspiration.

This card might be considered retro ('out of style' is a bit negative, don't you think?). I used a very old stamp from a SU! set called Tricky Treats. It was a 2001 set that I purchased inexpensively from the bay about three years ago when I had a very small stamp collection. That said, I still love it. I send Halloween cards to family and friends who aren't aware of stamping trends, old paper colors or last year's design paper. They usually love my cards and are very happy to receive them. Good thing they are not stamping enlightened because I also used last year's in color Tangerine Tango and last Christmas' DP from SU! called Frosty Days. And then, eyelets to boot.

Despite all the old products, I like how the card turned out. I especially liked this sketch from Roxie; but then I always like her choice in sketches. I like the little bats brads too, but my frugal nature is really showing through as these were part of a kit with the black eyelets that I purchased from an discount store that carries discontinued items.

Here in St. Louis, the trees are at their peak fall colors; they are just gorgeous. I hope to get out for a ride & see the natural splendor. I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Stamps: Tricky Treats (SU!); Happy Halloween (Studio G)
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Black, White, DSP-Frosty Days (SU!)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun (SU!)
Accessories: Bat brads & Black Eyelets (source unknown); Orange Embroidery thread (stash)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Best Witches

A double SCS challenge card for me today. FS141 and IC202.

The Featured Stamper on SCS this week is Dancer Riley. Her blog is awesome; if you haven't already checked it out, you'd better hop over there. I chose this card to case:;ppuser=113092.

I kept the same design, the four brads, and a similar fall color scheme. I changed the specific colors, modified the sketch a bit by switching the wave layer with a smaller scallop strip, and I changed the image.

The second challenge was yesterday's Inspiration Challenge.
I chose the stringbeads tiles;cPath=1_14.
I was inspired to use the background DP and colors based upon the Xenia Taler tiles.

Nothing special about the techniques here; just plain old stamping. It was nice to have some time in the studio today. Have a good week!

Stamps: Best Witches (Hampton Arts for Studio G)

Paper: Wild Wasabi cs and textured cs, Really Rust,Very Vanilla (SU!); DP- Indian Summer (DCWV)
Basic Brown, Wild Wasabi, Really Rust, Summer Sun, Almost Amethyst (SU!)
Blender Pen, Scallop punch, Mat Pack (SU!); Paper Pick (Tim Holtz); Green Brads (Karen Foster)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

CC240, IC201 Thanksgiving

This card is for the SCS color challenge to use Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip and Apricot Appeal and for Inspirational Challenge. The IC201 challenge was to use TzaddiShop site as an inspiration. I chose this

The colors from the TzaddiShop's necklace & the color challenge reminded me of the new SU! DSP called Autumn Leaves (from the new Holiday mini catty). For the cutout leaves, I used my Bermuda Bay marker (I don't have the ink pad, but you could use that if you wish) and covered the entire stamp with Bermuda Bay marker. Next I took my Chocolate Chip marker and covered the edges and then thumped the center. It is a combination of thumping and rock 'n roll technique with markers. Here's a close up of the leaves.

Have a great evening!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall Leaves

Happy Sunday! I haven't had much time to stamp lately, so last night and today I took the opportunity to combine several challenges from the past week that interested me. When I don't create regularly, I get in a bit of a slump and have trouble with my creative juices and also cards take me a while to complete. So I humbly share this one with you.

It combines several challenges; first, the SCS LSC241 to not use embellishements and to make your stamped image the central theme. This was pretty challenging for me but when I added the scoring the card didn't seem too plain, but it is rather simple. The second challenge was the SC248 from last week, and last challenge was the IC200 challenge. I used the Chocolate Twist bag from Kir DeVires as my inspiration. The print on the bag reminded me of the DSP Autumn Leaves from SU.

One of things I did accomplish instead of stamping was to clean my studio. I had a very hectic summer and I quit putting away my supplies and papers after creating a card. Things just piled up; it was hard to find things and even harder for me to be creative in a messy area. In addition to needing to put things away, I had outgrown my organization and need to re-do my storage. A few weeks ago, my DH and I mounted rods for my punches and on Friday, I added corner shelves. I really love my studio, especially when it is clean and organized! This is my little haven away from stress and worry. I hope you have a special spot for just you!

Stamp: Tags & More
Paper: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Always Artichoke, DSP- Autumn Leaves (SU!)
Ink: CHocolate Chip craft
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Scor-Pal

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Holiday Card

This weekend we visited my youngest daughter who goes to college at Drake University in Des Moines. Our older daughter joined us, so we had a nice family weekend. My husband and I arrived home this afternoon and the first thing I wanted to do was make cards and play the Featured Stamper Challenge on Splitcoaststampers. It was really hard to act responsible but I did... and I unloaded, unpacked, and got ready for the week before starting cards. I finally got to play around 8:30p.m. Better late than never.

I made this card for the FS139 which honored Lois AKA "clownmom" on Splitcoast. Nothing tricky here; I think the DP makes a nice background for the ornaments. And knowing I had similar paper, I decided to case her "Joyful Ornaments" card.

Have a great week, friends!

Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Teeny Tiny Sentiment
Paper: Handsome Hunter, Soft Suede, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, DP- Christmas Stack (DCWV)
Handsome Hunter, Rose Red
Accessories: Gold Brads (SU!), Modern Label punch, Ornament punch (SU!), Gold ribbon (Offray)