Wednesday, February 18, 2009

All Natural Leaves

Made this card a long time ago, when I used to take turns going over to Carol's house. I used to take all day looking through magazines of cards and trying to pick out which ones I could duplicate using my stuff and substituting with my stamps. Getting organized was kind of a challenge. I had to make sure I had everything that I could possibly need to make those cards (usually brought 5 projects) or hope that Carol had it in case I forgot something, and she was new at Stampin' Up! too. I remember lugging that BIG case (thank God it was on wheels) up to her house and unloading it on the table. I would hog half the kitchen table and then some. Donny's booster chair came in handy too.

Card Stock: Always Artichoke, Whisper White.
Stamp Set: All Natural.
Ink: Always Artichoke, So Saffron.
Accessories: Kitchen sponge cut to size times 2, ribbon, twine.

Bloom with Joy

Again I cased this from Stampin' Up! but I think it was from an old Mini catalogue this time. I really like that this is a very simple card but with something going for it. The saying: "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." - William Shakespeare. Isn't that true?

Card Stock: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White.
Stamp Set: Bloomin' Beautiful, Touch of Nature, Fundamental Phrases.
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Close to Cocoa.
Accessories: Curly cue, word punch, piercing tool.

Time with Friends

This one of the first cards that I made once I bought most of the Fall 2007 from Stampin' Up! This was the hostess set and I just cased right from the catalogue since I didn't know any better back then. A year and a half ago seems like such a long time. I just sold this stamp set but now that I see this card, I kinda wished I hadn't but I'll get over it.

Card Stock: More Mustard, Blue Bayou, Old Olive, Whisper White.
Stamp Set: Time Well Spent.
Ink: Basic Black, SU! markers-Rose Red, Old Olive, Ballet Blue.
Accessories: Ribbon, scallop scissors, brads, piercing tool, dimensionals, circle scallop.

Passion Pink Sunset

This has to be my most FAVOURITE card ever. Love doing the sunset effect, here I used Cameo Coral and Pretty in Pink. And Inspired by Nature silhouetted... Need I say more. We used this technique for the February Club Night card but I used Certainly Celery and Old Olive instead. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT.

Card Stock: Basic BLack, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Glossy White.
Stamp Set: Inspired by Nature.
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On, Versamark.
Accessories: Rectangle punches, brayer.

February Club Night

These are the things that we made for my Stampin' Up! Club. I tryto make cards one month ahead of any holiday and make scrapbook pages one month behind. Since this is February, St Patrick's Day is the next holiday. I normally would have made 3 cards using that theme but how many of you actually hand out St Patrick's Day cards... So I made one card and a paper craft for the holiday. The other 2 cards used the colour green. Don't you just love the Inspired By Nature and Upsy Daisy stamp sets. I especially love making them as silhouettes. The scrapbook page had a winter theme. One month behind means January but I had no New Year's pictures so I used winter ones.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Old Cameo Caramel Group

And this is the group's cards. The other ladies have flipped their cards. Why didn't I think of that? Afraid to to be different, I guess, but it's funny how all 3 ladies did it. There's 1 of Carol's, 2 from Dawn-Marie, and 1 from Lorna. I'm glad they participate. I think it's a great way to challenge yourself and to showcase your ideas that are totally different. This was Splitcoaststampers challenges, SC214 and CC204A. Check it out if you want to play along too. An let me see what you come up with.

Old Cameo Caramel Organic

And last but not least, the third colour, Creamy Caramel, was used for the background. Carol says she can see the colour fine on her computer but I see the cards very shadowed looking, so I hope you can see them properly. At first I liked the way I overlapped the 2 flower stamps but now as I looked at it some more, I should have redirected the "dill" flower to angle towards the right instead of the left.

Card Stock: Creamy Caramel, Old Olive, Cameo Coral, Whisper White, Bali Breeze DSP.
Stamp Set: Organic Grace.
Ink: SU! markers- Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Creamy Caramel.
Accessories: Creamy Caramel buttons, Raffia (becauseI still haven't bought twine).

Old Cameo Caramel Coneflower

This is the second card that I 've produced for the Splitcoaststampers challenge this week. Last one was the "bird" on Cameo Coral background. Now I'm using the Old Olive as the background colour. I love this stamp set, I must have used it 4 times this week alone. I coloured the conflower with SU! markers and then highlighted the petals. So pretty!

Card Stock: Old Olive, Cameo, Coral, Creamy Caramel, Haiku DSP.
Stamp Set: Inspired by Nature.
Ink: Old Olive, SU markers- Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Creamy Caramel.
Accessories: Sponge dauber.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Old Cameo Caramel Bird

Cameo Coral is up there with Groovy Guava, weird! But a touch of it in the right place... Can't say anything more about it. I just got this beautiful flower background stamp from Scrapbooker's Paradise and I had to use it right away.

Card Stock: Cameo Coral, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White, Fall Flowers DSP.
Stamp Set: Touch of Nature, Best Yet.
Ink: Cameo Coral, Creamy Caramel.
Accessories: Sponge dauber.

My Dear Friend Birthday

WOW! Absolutely love this card. I used purple, can you believe it? I amaze myself everyday. It was Carol's birthday yesterday and one of her fav colours is purple. I had seen a similar card on Splitcoaststampers and right away I thought it could be done in purple. This is a Hostess stamp set and I adore it, definitely will be using this one a lot, hopefully. I first stamped the images on Whisper White in different colour shades but then I noticed it was a little too "harsh" (I don't know if that's really the right word to describe it, but something was off). I've been meaning to use vellum on a card for the longest time (I bought some like 4 months ago), and this seemed like the perfect time because it kinda "muted" the colour down a bit without taking away the effect I was going for. I added the sentiment on the vellum and then sponge daubbed the edges a bit.

Card Stock: Perfect Plum, Ballet Blue, Whisper White, Vellum.
Stamp Set: Echoes of Kindness, All Holidays.
Ink: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Ballet Blue.
Accessories: Sponge daubber.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Fresh Cuts Sympathy

I've had this Fresh Cuts set for a while now and I've only used it a couple of times. I have so many cards in my shoe boxes but I don't have too many sympathy ones (like 2). Maybe that's a good sign but I thought I should make another. And you'll never believe it, I used PURPLE. Anybody who knows me, knows that I'm not a purple fan and that's putting it mildly. I find it very difficult to like any cards with purple as the main colour but I did it anyway. Still not a fan but I do somewhat like this card. Now could I have made it in any other colour, sure the original was done in "regal, burgundy kiss". I definitely like mine better.

Card Stock: Lovely Lilac, Ballet Blue, Mellow Moss, Whisper White.
Stamp Set: Fresh Cuts, Close As a Memory.
Ink: Mellow Moss, Ballet Blue, SU! markers: Lovely Lace, Perfect Plum.
Accessories: Corner rounder punch, flower pop up.

Baja, Navy and Kraft

Wonderful Splitcoast Challenge! What would I do without them? I should start publishing on there too. Sorry that I cut off the tops of "me ladies" cards. Did I mention my camera sucks? Or is it just me???? I love that the ladies in my group love making the challenges too and there not afraid of "show & tell", especially since I post this online. I didn't really have fun with this one, I only love the "Blast off" one. The one above that is just a colour challenge and not the sketch challenge. I seen it on Splitcoast Here and I just HAD to case it.

Sunset Birthday Daisy

I LOOOOVVVVe this card. I'm so glad I learned how to make a "sunset" on glossy paper with a brayer; although you can see that I didn't blend so great on this card. I've made a few more cards similar to this one in different colours. Can you say GORGEOUS? Sorry about the glare too.

Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Glossy White, Whisper White.
Stamp Set: Upsy Daisy.
Ink: Brown Staz-On, Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal.
Accessories: Brayer, large oval punch, designer label punch, ribbon.

Love You More

Isn't this just a gorgeous card. Really wish I would have put a different sentiment since there's not too many people I can give this to.

Card Stock: Always Artichoke, Real Red, Whisper White.
Stamp Set: Wonderful you, Sassy Sayings 1.
Ink: Always Artichoke, Real Red, Basic Black.
Accessories: Black brads.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Group Regal Burgundy Kiss

This is what my Ladies group produced when facing the challenge (from Splitcoaststampers) of using certain colour and a specific lay-out. We get some fantastic stuff. I helped alter one of the cards fora lady but I should have left it alone. Now seeing it posted, I don't think right, it's too busy that the stamped image gets lost. Sorry, next time I mind my own business.

Wishes Upon a Tree

I made this card with John's grand-daughter Corisa in Ontario in October 2008. I had to come up with something quick for her father's birthday, and so I searched Splitcoaststampers till this one jumped out at me. Since I was in Ontario, I had limited resources (I couldn't fit everything I own for stamping in 2 suit cases, I tried).

I remember trying to pack for that trip. I had prepared certain projects that I wanted to do with my niece and nephews as well as John's grand-daughter. There were Halloween cards and Christmas cards, so I definitley had to pack all the bits to make those. But that wasn't enough since my sister said she scrapbooked. Well, that's when the suit cases got heavy. Funny, I kept get on the scale with the suit cases to make sure I didn't go over the 50 lbs limit. Thank God you're allowed 2 check-ins and 2 carry-ons. And yep, they were full and to maximum weight. Won't be doing that again though, I'll only bring what I need for the projects I prepare.

Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage DSP.
Stamp Set: Lovely as a Tree, Heard from the Heart.
Ink: Chocolate Chip.
Accessories: brads.

Cracked Watercolour Trees

I made this card in Val's Stampin' Up! group last year. I've since had requests to make it twice more. Very simple, many layers, and masculine. I will never sell my "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set, ever; it's too versatile and pretty. I've used many times in different ways and techniques. This one uses watercolour paper to give a shadowy effect to the trees. I first stamp trees using Brown Staz-On, then you restamp offset a bit for "shadow" in Always Artichoke. I forget if we spritz the stamp image first then stamped on the paper or if we spritz the paper then stamp image on wet paper to give the blurred shadow. Well, guess I'll have to try it later and let you know.

Card Stock: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Watercolour.
Stamp Sets: Weathered, Lovely as a Tree.
Ink: Brown Staz-On, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa.
Accessories: brads, sponge daubers, distressing tool.

Asian Gift

I've had this card in my stash for a while now. I think it's too beautiful to give away but I will soon. This one of the reasons I've started a blog: to have a digital record of every card I've made. Other reasons: to showcase my cards, give away physical copies and save space (I have 2 shoe boxes full of cards, that's enough).

When I saw this stamp set in the catalogue, I had to have it. No, there isn't any Asian blood in me, that I know of, so I don't know why I feel drawn to the Asian theme. I have many other stamp sets, maybe even all of them from the Stampin' Up! catalogues, that are Asian themed.

Card Stock: Mellow Moss, Close to COcoa, River Rock, Pretty in Pink.
Stamp Set: Artfully Asian.
Ink: Basic Black, SU! markers, Versa Mark.
Accessories: Brads, paper crimper, ribbon, dimensionals.

Dazzling Get Well

You can't see thatthe colour is Chocolate Chip and the sentiment is "Get Well Soon". I really gotta get a handle on that camera; I'm starting to sound like a broken record. Anyway, this card is very simple yet elegant; not too much detail to distract your eye.

Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss.
Stamp Set: Embrace Life, Sincere Salutations.
Ink: Basic Black, Versa Mark.
Accessories: white ribbon, Glassy Glaze embossing powder, heat tool, piercing tool

Birthday by the Sea

I guess since I'm awake bright and early this morn that I'd play catch up with uploading my cards. This card uses my favourite stamp set; you betcha I used that one alot, not so much lately though since the new sets are GORGEOUS! I just sent this card to John's son in Ontario; his birthday is on Saturday.

Card Stock: Basic Black, Old Olive, Whisper White.
Stamp Set: Summer by the Sea, Sincere Salutations.
Ink: Basic Black, SU markers.
Accessories: ribbon, ticket corner punch, sponge dauber.

Bashful Sympathy

I, of course, cased this card a long time ago; I think it was from a Stampin' Up! mini catalogue. At that time Bashful Blue was one of my favourite colours. And it's a square card, huh, AGAIN.

Card Stock: Bashful Blue, Groovy Guava, Whisper White.
Stamp Set: Close as a Memory.
Ink: Basic Black, SU markers - Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Always Artichoke.
Accessories: Sheer white ribbon, piercing tool.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Choclate Chip, Mon Amie

I'm pretty sure I got this from a Stampin' up! idea. I used white Staz-on but it doesn't give the effect that I was going for. If the pic wasn't so shadowy you can see the details better. I don't make too many square cards becasue I never think to buy the right sized envelopes and it's easier to design a card using the same old dimensions.

Card Stock: Choclate Chip, Whisper White, Sage Shadow, Fall FLowers DSP.
Stamp Set: Carte Postale.
Ink: White Staz-On, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip.
Accessories: Scissors, brad, Chocolate Chip ribbon.

Wasabi So Sorry

I found this card in a magazine. I'm not sure which one and it was a long time ago but I'm trying to pay better attention so thatI can give credit to the master minds that I case. I'm almost done uploading my older cards (HA! I think), so that should happen soon. I don't know why I called it "Wasabi So Sorry" since the main colour is Certainly Celery, I just think I like the word WASABI.

Card Stock: Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Whisper White.
Stamp Sets: Artfully Asian, Fundamental Phrases.
Ink: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue.
Accessories: Staples, Wild WASABI ribbon.

Guava Birthday Blossom

Needed to use up some of the less used colours and came up with this. Groovy Guava, what a colour! I guess it takes the colour combos and the right card sketch for it to work for me. I like this one. I think I'm going to add some Crystal Effects on the flowers though to really pop it.

Card Stock: Groovy Guava, River Rock, Very Vanilla, Ginger Blossom DSP.

Stamp Sets: Embrace Life, Sincere Salutations.

Ink: Groovy Guava, Basic Brown.

Accessories: Sponge dauber, watercolour pencil, slit punch.

Natural Window Thank You

I made this card sometime last year with Val's Stampin' Up! group. I absolutely had to have this stamp set (sound familiar) and I've maybe only used it once. It uses a few different techniques too. That's "faux stitching" framing the blue card stock. Then there's shadowing, as I like to call it, around each image using a sponge dauber. And we coloured the images using watercolour pencils and a blender pen.

Card Stock: Always Artichoke, Bashful BLue, Very Vanilla.
Stamp Set: Touch of Nature, Short & Sweet.
Ink: Always Artichoke, Always Artichoke SU! marker (for stitching)
Accessories: Watercolour pencil, blender pen, brads, Chocolate chip ribbon, 1 3/8 square punch, large oval punch, ticket corner punch, piercing tool, mat pack, sponge daubers, dimensionals.