Thursday, June 30, 2011

Another Ship card

Hey friends! I have another ship card for your today. It is so similar to one I posted earlier in June that I almost decided to not post at all. But I really liked the sketch of this card so I thought I'd share. I also was trying out the camera on my new phone so my picture isn't my usual quality. On top of it, I gave the card to my Father-in Law & didn't get another shot. Anyway enough it is. I hope you like it!
I have lots to post over the weekend as I my holiday plans include almost nothing but stamping. Yahoo!! Have a great Thursday!
Supplies: please follow link to previous card

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Bright Birthday

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you had a great weekend. I did but it sure did go fast. I'm voting for another day, how about you?
My card was made using the FTL146 challenge layout seen below.There's still plenty of time to play, so head over!

I need a few new birthday cards & I had received a sample of the bright and fun Stampin' Up designer paper. I like these colors and design for a birthday card. It works for just about anyone- young or old, male or female. At least in my humble opinion. {wink, wink}

Have a great week! Hugs,
Supplies- All Stampin' Up
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Pacific Point, Real Red, White, DP- Celebrations
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Large Star punch, Piercing tool (EK Success)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dog Gone It

Hello friends! How's your week going? So far, I'm off to a fab start. This past Friday night and Saturday night, I stamped & cropped with friends. I was pretty proud of myself as I got eight scrapbook pages done or near done. I usually do more visiting than I do creating, but I was pretty prepared with all my pictures sorted and all my supplies. I have to add a few titles (needed my Cricut for that) and a little journaling, but the pictures, embellishments and layouts are done. I'll post when I get the set done. 

So today I made the card above for two challenges. The Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge (SC328) to use Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and a neutral. The other challenge was the Clean & Simple Fall to Layout (FTL145) to use the sketch below. Don't you just love both?! After I got my card underway, I thought what a great color combo for holiday cards.  Have you made any holiday cards yet? I've been thinking about it...oh well, tomorrow is another day!

Hope you have a great rest of your week. Thanks for stopping & see ya soon! 

Image: Dog Gone It (The Digi Shack)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Night Of Navy, Crumb Cake (SU), White (Neenah)
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa (SU retired), Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, So Saffron (SU)
Accessories: Square Lattice embossing folder (SU), 1-1/4"Night of Navy striped grosgrain

Friday, June 17, 2011

Delight Yourself

Happy Friday! I hope you have a nice week; I know I have. And I'm really looking forward to the weekend. Tonight I will be meeting a girlfriend at our Archivers for Scrap Night. My bag is all packed~ a scrap-booking project and a card project. Then on Saturday, it is another monthly crafty girlfriend get together. Two evenings in a row of papercrafting with friends...I am so lucky! Then Sunday is our Father's Day celebration where we will be taking lunch to my FIL and step-MIL's home. They are in their 80's so every family celebration is truly a blessing. I hope you will have time to honor those special men in your lives.

This card was made for two challenges. The Ways to Use IT challenge (WT327) on Splitcoaststampers to use vellum. I used silver vellum. The second challenge is Mojo Monday sketch (MOJO195). Below is the sketch
I love this sketch. I hope you like my version! Since my weekend is busy, I may not be back to blog-land until Sunday night, so...have a fabulous one!
 Hugs,  Marilyn 

Stamps: Psalm 37:4 (Verve)
Paper: Basic Black (SU), Solar White (Neenah), Silver Vellum-scored (Michael's), DP- Meadow Lark (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Black
Accessories: Scallop circle punches (Marvy), Black bling Swirls (want2scrap), black hem tape (Wrights), white pen(Uniball) 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wedding Bells

Here is a card I created for our nephew & his bride for their wedding this past Saturday. The stamp is part of a really old Stampin' Up set called Lifetime of Happiness, but despite it's age, I still love it. The image seems classical to me~ not outdated. What do you think? This set was the only wedding stamps I had for the longest time (besides hearts). Here's what is somewhat comical to me~ about six months ago, I purchased another wedding/love acrylic set, but totally forgot I had it. I used one of my 40% off coupons at the local craft store as I knew I needed a refreshing, new wedding set. Geez!! {Big eye roll at self}! Have you ever done that~ bought something and totally forgot you had it? Or what about buying the same thing for the second time because you like it so much? Been there, done that with single stamps and rolls of ribbon.

Anyway about my card...For my background, I dry embossed the DP using my D'vine Swirls embossing folder from Cuttlebug, then I lightly sanded the raised swirls with a white sanding block. This prepped the paper for easy uptake of my Encore silver ink which I lightly tapped & swept the pad across the paper. For the most part, the silver was only picked up on the raised swirls. If I had wanted to be precise about the silver ink placement, I would have inked up the swirls directly on the embossing folder & then ran it through my Big Shot. Depending upon your design & style, this precision can be important especially if you're using a contrasting color but my direct to paper technique worked here and made the clean-up faster than washing the embossing folder.

My ticket corners were created with a 1/2 circle punch. I have an old style SU! punch (the black one with the finger lever). If you have this kind, turn the punch over & look into the hole punch. Mine has two nice perpendicular lines that divide the circle into quarters or four 90 degree angles. I line up my corner with these lines for the ticket corners. I haven't seen other brands of punches to know if they are the same. Ever since I learned this trick, I haven't felt the need to purchase a ticket corner punch. you're seeing the frugal me...not I will spend my stamping money on embellishments or paper. LOL! 

Enough gibber-gabber from me. Thanks for stopping! Hugs,
Stamps: Lifetime of Happiness (SU)
Paper: Basic Gray (SU), White (Neenah), DP-Cornflower (We R Memory Keepers)
Ink: Silver (Encore)
Accessories: D'vine embossing folder (ProvoCraft-Cuttlebug), 1/2 inch circle punch (SU) used for ticket corners-see above description, silver brads (Michaels)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sew Happy

Hello friends! If you've seen some of my previous postings or my Splitcoaststampers gallery, you know that I really like sewing themed cards. I have a few sewing stamps, however when this set came out in the SU! Occasions Mini catalog, it didn't take much to convince me to purchase it. And I am very happy that I did as I don't think it showed up in the new 2011-2012 SU! catalog and therefore it is no longer available.

One of the reasons, I love sewing themed cards is (& I may have mentioned this before) that both of my grandmothers were seamstresses; one of them helped feed her family during the Depression by mending and making clothes. Until I was in middle school, my mom made all my school dresses (yes- I'm old & had to wear dresses to school! LOL!) My sister is a fabulous seamstress, but I find that it makes me nervous to make clothes. I can do small craft projects & Halloween costumes because they don't have to be perfect & only need to last a night. (LOL!) But despite the fact that I didn't inherit the family "sewing gene" I did inherit several sewing treasures from past generations including my mom's sewing cabinet which my dad made & my maternal grandmother's treadle sewing machine. Anyway...all supplies are SU!

This card works for the Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger. Here's the inspiration photo entitled: Rainbow Bright.


I made fourteen of these cards for my stamp club girlfriends. I think that you can tell that this week I have a pretty literal interpretation of the inspirational photo with the spools of turquoise and orange thread. I just wish the sewing themed trend in cards would continue forever!

This also works for the Moxie Fab "Sew Excited" challenge where we are to make sewing themed cards  in honor of the May/June issue of PaperCrafts magazine. I love this publication, don't you? There are so many ideas and styles that it really gets my mojo going. I sure hope it's "legal" that I entered the same card for two Moxie Fab challenges.

Have a great one!


Supplies: All SU!
Stamps: Sew Suite
Paper: White,Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, DSP-Pumpkin Pie (retired)
Ink: Black, Real Red; Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: 1/2 circle punch used to ticket punch corners, scallop punch

Monday, June 13, 2011

Cajun Seas

Here's another card using the Stampin' Up Summer Catalog's "The Open Sea" stamp set. I am having so much fun with this set. And since Father's Day and several male family members birthdays are coming up, this set came at the perfect time for me! I made this card for several challenges. First, the Color Dare 104 (CD104) to use Cajun Craze, Baja Breeze, and Not Quite Navy. When I saw these challenge colors, I knew right away which stamp set I'd be using.

The next challenge is Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA97) where you are to show your signature style. My natural style is along the lines of classical, but I do like to create vintage and CAS. Trying new things is one of my favorite parts of stamping so that includes branching outside my comfort zone. Anyway, I almost always use some sort of designer paper & most of my cards have several layers, but not usually more than 2-4 embellishments. I love ribbon and flowers but rarely use it on male cards; thus the reason you don't see them here.

The last challenge is for the Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C91) to make a masculine card. 

Everything is pretty self explanatory except the background, designer paper. I started with an indigo colored paisley DP by daisyd. I used the ledger stamp in Not Quite Navy and covered the background both horizontally & vertically & then a couple of random stamps for good measure. (LOL!) Then I used the anchor stamp inked up in Cajun Craze and stamped angled lines of the anchors. So in essence, I created my own DP. Well, that's it for me...

Thanks so much for stopping! Hugs,

Stamps:  The Open Sea (SU)
Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, Baja Breeze, Vanilla (SU); DP- Gypsy Paisley(DasiyD)
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze (SU!)
Accessories: Copper loop brads (Oriental Trading), Jute twine (local hardware store)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Another Sunday card~ Life is Sweet!

Hi again! I made another card today. It was a little reward to myself for my work today. I continued sorting & organizing in my studio & converting my wood stamps. Plus I have started an inventory of my stamps by stamping the images on a 4X6 cards according to categories. One of these days, I'll show you how I converted my stamps...I am so happy with it!

Anyway, my card is for the Fall To Layout challenge(FTL144) over on the Clean & Simple Stamping Blog to use the sketch below. Isn't this a great sketch! I know I will be using it frequently. 

In addition, I made this card for the ColorThrowdown challenge (CTD145) to use:

I just love Baja Breeze so, how could I not play?!  I did a micro imitation of Kittie's floral sprays and wreaths along the sides of my tag. If you haven't seen her work, you must check it out. She's so kind to put up tutorials & she even personally helped me find the correct punches. How sweet was that?!  Thanks for stopping by!



Stamps:Just Believe (SU), Sentiment (SU-unknown set)
Paper: Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, White, DSP- A Walk in the Park (retired)- all SU!
Ink: Craft White, Baja Breeze (SU)
Accessories: Winter White embossing powder (SU), branch and branch 1 punches (MS), trio flower punch (SU-retired), Fancy Tags die (Spellbinders), pearls (stash)

Father's Day card

Here's a simple card I made for my FIL for Father's Day & for the Splitcoaststamper's Featured Stamper challenge (FS227) where Mary, aka StamperCamper, was selected as the featured artist. I really enjoy Mary's blog and viewing her gallery; so, when the challenge was posted I made this quick card before heading to bed. I cased this card of Mary's.
I kept her boat theme and her sketch; I changed the stamp, colors and papers. I really wanted to more to this card, but kept it simple. It strikes me as too plain though, but I left it alone...We'll see what tomorrow brings. :)
Thanks for stopping! 
Supplies: All Stampin Up
Stamps: The Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Early Expresso, Vanilla, DSP- Outlaw (retired)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow
Accessories: Spritzer Tool

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Butterfly Birthday

Here's my take on the Splitcoaststampers' sketch challenge from Wednesday (SC336). I really love this sketch; it is one that I feel comfortable with making a CAS card, but it can also be dressed up. I made 12 of these cards for my stamp club card swap. They went together very quickly which was great since I needed to make two sets this month as I missed last month. 

We really enjoyed our anniversary trip, but it is nice to be home with our daughters, dog and stamps. I'm still working on the studio & there is more decorating to do in our bedroom. Plus with all the things that came back home with the girls, the house is still a bit chaotic but I love every minute of having the girls home!

Have a great day! I'll be back tomorrow and later this week with more creations, so please stop by again. I love seeing you!!



Supplies: All SU except where noted
Stamps: Something to Celebrate, French Script (retired)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, DSP- Springtime Vintage
Ink: Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Corner rounder punch, Butterfly punch, Felt butterfly from Michael's $1 spot (24/$1)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Beautiful Sedona

No cards from me today as my husband and I are on a little get away in Sedona Arizona celebrating our 30 year wedding anniversary. We are having a wonderful time seeing the red rocks from all angles, hiking a bit and enjoying the weather. I'll be back this upcoming weekend with some paper crafts. Until then...have a wonderful week!
Hugs, Marilyn