Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Belli Challenge #2

Have you played with your rub ons yet? I dare you to try Chrissy's Belli Challenge #2 this week. Pull out your rub ons and create a card. This card here shows you just how easy it is. There is absolutely NO stamping on this card at all!

Yup, you read right - NO stamping. That is all paper, ribbons, and rub ons!

I created this card using the sketch (TSSC2) found at Technostamper's Blog. Now, since I'm not a foo foo girl, I broke it down and simplified it for my own style. I free-handed the 1/4 circle out of Lilac designer paper, and I noticed that this particular flower rub on matched the paper pretty well. I just cut out a circle big enough for the flower, rubbed it onto the Lilac cs with the popsicle stick (provided with the sheets of rub ons), and peeled off the top paper very carefully. I had to do a little squeal of excitement - it looks so purrrrrrty! Then I thought, hmm, it needs a little sentiment, so I looked on the sheet of black rub ons and found the "just because." Perfect. (With this set of rub ons, you get 4 sheets - white, black, chocolate chip, and old olive.) I just added the little Lilac dots around the circle for a little extra pop, and that's it. Clean and simple!

So what are you waiting for? Go rub!! :-)

Stamps - NONE!!!
Ink - Lovely Lilac marker (for the dots in the corners)
CS - Lovely Lilac, Shimmery White, Basic Gray, Lovely Lilac DP
Other - Love & Happiness Rub Ons (new SAB freebie starting on Friday!!), Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon

Happy Valentine's Day!

This card is for Chrissy's Belli Challenge #2. This week we challenge you to create a card using rub ons! They are so much fun, and so easy too. For this card, I cut part of a long strip of rub ons, so it would fit.

All I had to do from then on was use the popsicle stick to rub all over the image, peel the top layer off very carefully, and ta-da! The white rub ons really pop out against a darker color of cardstock.

Stamp: Happy Heart Day
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip
CS: Chocolate Chip, Real Red DP (from the Level 1 hostess package of paper), Whisper White
Other: Eastern Elegance Rub Ons, Wide Red grosgrain ribbon, Red gingham ribbon, hole punch, Small and Large tag punches

Monday, January 28, 2008

Saffron Dahlia

There is a technique challenge over on SCS, and today's challenge was to create something with a dahlia fold. Basically you fold circles of paper, arrange them together, and they look like a dahlia flower. Here is my first try, and I kept it clean and simple.

The background stamp is Pretty Pattern Backgrounder, and the "thanks" comes from the Scripty Words set from Cornish Heritage Farms. I found my retired velvet Teal ribbon (from SU) and paired it with a Teal rhinestone brad (also SU) just to have a little pop of color.

You don't want to use a heavy cardstock to make this dahlia flower - it would be very hard to make those tiny little folds. Use a doublesided paper for maximum effect, lightest weight possible for easier folding.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Morning Glory Basket

Don't you just love this new Morning Glory stamp? I printed the template for this basket from my friend's website. Click HERE to go to Debby's blog to get the template. She has an awesome basket posted on her site as well - beautiful!!

It's easy to just copy the template on the paper, and cut it out. I just colored this with watercolor crayons and an aquapainter, and then folded the parts and glued them together. Cut a strip for the handle, punch a hole on either side, and attach with some bling brads. Easy peasy!

I gave this to my grandparents today as a special little thank you for something sweet they did for us earlier this week. I filled it with some purple shredded paper and some chocolate candies. Gramma loved it, and I love it when I can make them smile. :-)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Pomegranate Glitter Flower

I had some leftover cardstock from my stamp camp today, and thought I'd play around with it to create something new. Don't you just love the new Berry Bliss papers? They are just yummy.

I looked around for a sentiment that would fit the pre-cut pink cardstock, and stumbled on this from PaperTrey Ink. Since it would not fit onto the whole piece of cardstock, I decided to have it broken up with ribbon in the middle. It worked out rather well.

To accent the Blessings sentiment, I adhered one of the sticky flowers from Martha Stewart's double sided flora sticker roll, and covered it with a new Stampin Up glitter. This glitter is a deep and rich berry color that matches very closely with the Pomegranate cardstock and ink.

This is a quick and simple card that is totally different from what we made this morning, and I had fun. It's always fun to challenge yourself to create something different using the same materials you already used on another card. Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Belli Challenge #1

Chrissy D has asked me to be part of her new Wednesday Belli Challenge Design Team. Every week, she will have a challenge featuring an embellishment or a special technique. This week she has issued a Belli BEAD Challenge. The easiest way to use beads on a card is to put them in the center of a flower, as I have done on this card here.

You can adhere beads either with a clear drying glue (Tombow Mono Multi is great), or with a very strong double sided tape. I used a small leftover piece of Terrifically Tacky Tape and punched a small circle out of it, placed it on the brown flower, and dumped some pink microbeads onto it. I like to smush the beads into the tape to make sure they are stuck in there really good.

Your challenge is to make a card with beads. Don't forget to leave a comment on Chrissy's blog HERE with your link to your card. You could win a fantastic prize!!! Go check it out!

Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate, Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Berry Bliss dp
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink
Stamps: Big Pieces, So Many Scallops (new SAB set!!!), Friendship Blooms (another new SAB set!!!)
Other: Pink taffeta ribbon, SU scallop punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Boho Blossoms punch, pink microbeads, 1/2" circle punch

V neck card

This is also called a criss cross card. It's much easier than it looks, and lots of fun to put together. For this card, I stamped the large flower from Embrace Life onto white cardstock, then watercolored it with Groovy Guava ink. The lines got a little faded during the watercoloring, so I went back over them with a Cameo Coral marker to define it better. All the supplies listed below are from Stampin Up!:

Cardstock: Groovy Guava, Whisper White, River Rock, Ginger Blossom designer paper
Ink: Groovy Guava, Cameo Coral, Rust
Stamps: Embrace Life
Other: Gold brads, 1/4" hole punch (tiny Ginger Blossom paper circle under the gold brad on the River Rock flower at the top), Rounded Tab Punch, Boho Blossoms (3 flowers) punch

If I would have had some Guava ribbon, I would have put that around the band that goes around the card. Another item for my growing Stampin Up "to buy" list! LOL

Monday, January 21, 2008

Five Minute Card

I decided to challenge myself to see if I could make a card in 5 minutes. It's very plain and very simple, but I did it.

The paper is from my stash of unknowns - it's gorgeous. I wish I knew who made that paper. Cardstock is Rose Red, ribbon is Kraft Taffeta (gorgeous!), and the ink is Palette Noir. The sentiment comes from Cornish Heritage Farms - it is part of their Thomas Kinkade line. It is called Always on my Mind.

I challenge YOU to make a card in 5 minutes! I know you can do it! Get ready, get set, GO!!!!!! :-)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Heart Tins

I found these red heart tins in the dollar bins at Michaels, and scooped up 4 of them. This is the first tin I have finished. I actually finished it BEFORE the holiday it is intended for! LOL

I took the lid off and traced it on scratch paper. Then I cut that out, and traced it onto Chocolate Chip cardstock. I had to keep cutting a little extra off so that it would be slightly smaller than the lid.

The red hearts are just stamped with Real Red ink onto Whisper White cardstock and cut out. I glued them down onto the chocolate cardstock, and then stamped "be mine" with Whisper White Craft ink in the little space between the hearts. After that dried, I edged the chocolate heart with the White Craft ink pad, and then glued it down onto the lid.

For the candy, I stamped the circles onto diskette labels, stamped the little tiny XOXO in the middle with Chocolate Chip ink, and then punched them out with the 1" circle punch. I wanted to use labels so that I could just peel and stick them onto the candies. I didn't want to glue anything down on top of the candies permanently, because then no one would be able to get the wrapper off. These labels are a very light "stick" - they will easily come off the candy wrappers.

Stamps are by PaperTrey Ink - Sweet Love and Limitless Labels. The candy is mini Reese's PB cups. The ruffled chocolate ribbon is a retired SU ribbon.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Rub Ons!!!!!!!

Did you know that Stampin Up has rub ons in the new catalog? These are so cool! You can put them on just about anything. I thought I would try it on a tin that was in my stocking. This was so much fun.

All I did was cut out the rub ons I wanted to use, placed them on the lid, and used the popsicle stick to rub the image onto the lid. I used the yummy new Ginger Blossom paper around the bottom of the tin, as well as around the candy inside the tin. Then I just tied a simple bow with Celery grosgrain ribbon around the lid. Easy but so cute!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Stained Glass Butterfly

I got this butterfly in the mail today, and thought I'd try some stamping to get my mind off my pain (oral surgery).

I used a special embossing powder called Lapis Lazuli, and it has flecks of blue, copper, and either bronze or silver? in it. It's a very cool looking EP. I used it for the stained glass, the butterfly image, and the "smile" sentiment.

After embossing the stained glass image, I picked out some blue and some copper colors of H2O's. Here are the colors I used: Sapphire on Ice, True Blue, Blue Flame, Bronze Medallion, and Copper Penny. I used the same colors to color in the butterfly and flower.

All images are from Cornish Heritage Farms :

--Stained Glass backgrounder
--Stamp of the Month - January 2008
--Scripty Words

Other items I used - ticket corner punch and some coppery/blue-ish sheer ribbon. This ribbon was a complete surprise. It's so fun when the ribbon just happens to match exactly with what you just finished creating!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Cameo Daisies

I received my latest order from CHF today, and I just had to ink up my new stamps and play tonight. This is a quick and easy card. The longest part was the watercoloring.

All the stamps on here are from Cornish Heritage Farms - just click to go to their website. These include the Dotted Diamond backgrounder, Wishing you a Beautiful Day, and Daisy Jar. I wanted a nice bright spring-y color, so I picked Cameo Coral for the card base and the color of the flowers. Then to tone down the brightness, I added the Olive cardstock with some olive colored Dew Drops on the sides.

I watercolored the image using my ink pads (put a drop of reinker in the lids of each color) and my aquapainter. The shading at the bottom wasn't gray enough for me, so I went back over it with my Cool Gray Copic Marker just along the edge of the jar.

Here's wishing you a beautiful day!