Thursday, September 30, 2010

Owl Altered Can

I altered a nut can with some retired SU paper that I already had out from yesterday's project. For the owl head I used the scallop border punch and folded it on the scored folds that I made between each scallop. Made my own face with a triangle and circle punches, mask behind eyes was free hand.
Owl Be There set for main image is by Mark's Finest Papers on a Nestabilities frame in Very Vanilla.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tote Bag

This is from Leigh O'Brien's tutorial and template in the Resources section over at Splitcoast Stampers today. Thanks Leigh!
I used Our Daily Bread Design's Brocade background stamp embossed in silver on Baja Breeze cardstock with SU flowers and brads.

Vintage Vogue

For this card I used all Stampin' Up, retired dp (don't know the name of this~ Brocade something or other) with the Vintage Vogue set and antique brads. Card base is early Espresso with Very Vanilla. Ink is Soft Suede, Olive, and Eggplant.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A card of many challenges

I combined today's color challenge of Daffodil (don't have it so I used Apricot), Rose Red, and Basic Gray. Old retired SU Paper Pack dp, I made a paper rose and added a purchased paer rose to the center. Tissue paper technique stamping for the TLC challenge. Behind the Mark's Finest Paper's Autumn Fun images is a SU Just Believe silhouette. Also for the CAS sketch challenge.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Elements Of Style Christmas

I used the Elements of Style with the new Deck The Halls dp, Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler cardstock and ribbon. Butterfly is from the Sizzlits die with rhinestones for body. This was inspired by Sallie (Hobbydujour) on SCS.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rainbow Christmas Collage

I used the new SU background stamp Christmas Collage and my old Colorbox option pad inks for the rainbow effect and then embossed the whole thing with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. It is so sparkly and shimmery in real life but I couldn't capture that with the photo. Finished with some white organdy ribbon and used Bermuda Bay and Ruby Red card base.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Day Of Gratitude

All supplies are Stampin' Up!
Baja Breeze, Really Rust, Whisper White cardstocks with some retired Christmas dp on bottom. For the top I rolled the Belle wheel diagonally in rust across the Baja. Added some Chantilly lace and lots of piercing. For the medallion (and sentiment) I used the Day Of Gratitude set colored in the coordinating colors of the card.

Cupcake Birthday

This is for today's sweet sketch on SCS. I really like this layout and would probably use it again. I used Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstocks, Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Crafty Secrets dp, Mark's Finest Papers stamp set called Cupcake Birthday. Colored cherries in Copic markers.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Notably Ornate

I combined a few French themed sets from Stampin' Up fpr this card~ En Francais background in Kraft, Notably Ormate set in Riding Hood Red and Soft Suede, bird was Kraft with kissed Soft Suede, Artistic Etchings sentiment. Added brown ribbon and red buttons.
Two challenges~ CAS85 colors of Kraft, red, brown, and vanilla and Mojo 157 sketch.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Christmas Gift Tags

A super quick project, I used the new Candy Cane Christmas paper by Stampin' Up with some Pretty In Pink cardstock to make some really quick gift tags. I made a holder out of a re-purposed bread crumbs container for the assortment of holiday tags that I will be filling it with.

French Fresh Cuts

I combined a few Stampin' Up sets for this card. The background is En Francais embossed in clear on Blushing Bride. Tag image is Fresh Cuts with Artistic Etchings for the Eiffel Tower and Post Card sentiment from Winter Post. Shaded areas with the chalk pastels. All supplies used are Stampin' Up.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Operation Write Home

This week at Speedy's Friends we are working on a very special project called Operation Write Home. The picture here is my collection that I have put together to ship to OWH this week. Please check out the above links for all of the details, it is a wonderful project for our troops! Thanks to everyone involved for all that you do in making this a success. And a huge thank you to our troops for all that you do for us! You are in our thoughts and prayers always.
We would love for you all to join in our special challenge this week, all cards are loved and appreciated! Thank you :)

Friday, September 17, 2010


Su's owl punch and Greenhouse Gala paper with sentiment from Mark's Finest Papers called Owl Be There.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Balloon Wreath Inspiration

I love inspiration challenges, they are my absolute favorite. You can find inspiration everywhere you look so there is always a reason to stamp!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Candy Cane Christmas paper

I am not sure how I ended up with a Christmas card from the sponged lace background, I guess I was just looking to match the color of the ink I used. (Colorbox chalk inks retired SU). I thought this color was a great match for the new Candy Cane Christmas paper so went from there. Sizzix Santa with a Liquid Applique mustache, hat band of Martha Stewart snow mixed with Dazzling Diamonds and the Ho sentiment from Glad Tidings. Card Patterns Sketch #80 was used for the layout.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Just Believe Embellished Silhouette

Just Believe, Elegance wheel, by Stampin' Up with Pink Pirouette, Celery, Black and White cardstocks. Elegant Lines embossing folder, Pretty In Pink taffeta ribbon. I embellished the silhouette by shadow stamping in Celery and adding pearls, paper roses by Recollections, and Martha Stewart butterflies.
this was inspired by today's Featured Stamper challenge on SCS.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Jump In!

This weeks Speedy's Friends challenge is to use fall colors on your card. Easy!
I used the new Autumn Fun set and made a little slit in the bushel of leaves for the cut out squirrel. Squirrels just wanna have fu-un! Colored everything with Copic markers.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Bells & Boughs and ODBD

The first card used Stampin' Up's new goodies from the Holiday mini~ the Bells & Boughs set with the Deck The Halls designer paper.

Multi challenges went into making this second card. I chose the Arpella blue tablecloth for the Inspiration challenge on SCS, this will be a birthday card for Flower Soft's weekly challenge, Card Patterns Sketch #80, and the butterflies in the image are for the Teapot challenge this week.
Image and sentiment are from Our Daily Bread Designs, Razzberry Fizz Flower Soft on flowers, paper and buttons are Stampin' Up.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mark's Finest Paper Blog Hop Day 4

Today's featured set is Thankful Mums and Pumpkin. This is a very versatile set great for year round use.
I used the large mum and the sentiment from the set and colored it in Copic markers. For the card base I tried the crimped diamond technique that was featured this week on SCS. Very easy and worked perfectly with the new diamond Nesties.

I had to make another one, this time using the pumpkin image. I added little happy faces to the pumpkins with my Copic markers, paper is retired SU, lace is new Stampin' Up, drippy goo punch by Martha Stewart.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop Day 3

Today's featured set is called Stinky Situation. Too cute!

The first card uses the porcupine, sentiment and lovely birch trees from the set, cardstock and ribbon are Mark's Finest Papers also. The background on the card base was embossed using a Sizzix texture plate that was inked first with a pale gray ink.

The second card uses two of the skunks and the sentiment. I thought this would be great to use for love, anniversary, friendship, or a Valentine with that sentiment. The layout is from Paper Crafts Go To Sketches. Martha Stewart border punch and red satin ribbon from MFP.

Check here for more samples, links, and blog candy info!
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Broom Rides

For Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop Day 2 this set is called Broom Rides.
Halloween Treat Tag cards measure 2 3/4" x 4 1/4". You can get four of these from one sheet of cardstock. All images and sentiments are from the Broom Rides set with MFP cardstock.

The second card uses the cute sign and sentiment "Broom Rides" along with the tree. I dabbed on some leaves in various colors and embossed the bottom strip in black using the cute border stamp with the owl, pumpkin, tree and cat. Gold cording, ribbon and charm are available at MFP.

The third sample used the cat and pumpkin and Happy Halloween sentiment. I use some purple cardstock and some Halloween paper, maker unknown. Added rhinestones and black lace to embellish.

Check here for more info on today's links and blog hop info:
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Monday, September 6, 2010

Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop Day 1

This fun new set is called Autumn Fun and is perfect for this time of the year and nature~all occasion cards for every other day. For the first card I made a wreath out of the leaves in the set stamping them in olive, red, rust, yellow, and olive. The sentiment is stamped in cocoa, the designer paper is from Sandy Lion that I had in my stash of supplies along with the buttons. Gold leaves charm, ribbon and gold cording are from Mark's Finest Papers also.

The second card uses the squirrel, bushel of leaves and acorns from the set. Don't you just love that squirrel? The sketch is Mojo154, frame is the new Lacy Squares Nestabilities, designer paper SU.

Check here for some fabulous Autumn Fun samples, links, and blog hop info :
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Punch Potpourri

I love this level 1 hostess set by Stampin' Up called Punch Potpourri. All of the stamps coordinate with the punches they have. I colored the hearts in various colored markers and edges in Apricot Appeal ink. Build a Brad center with the flower only from the same heart image.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Just Believe

This is for the first Flower Soft challenge on SCS to use your favorite Flower Soft color. I used my favorite of Sweet Pea (pinks) along with some Citrus Crush ultrafine (yellows) on the Just Believe image from Stampin' Up. This was stamped in Olive and outlined with a Pitt sepia artist pen. Basic Grey paper, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Artichoke cardstocks (and brads). Pink gingham ribbon bow.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Artistic Etchings

This card is for today's Featured Stamper challenge at SCS honoring Emily, Stampingout.
All supplies are Stampin' Up: Cardstocks of Baja, Whisper White, Love Letter designer paper, vintage brads, rhinestone stick ons, Chantilly lace, Artistic Etchings embossed in silver.

Blended Pencils

There is a great tutorial on SCS this week for Blended Pencils. I used my long neglected Prismacolors for this along with sepia Pitt artist pens (superfine tip). This is my first attempt at outlining with these pens and it started off a bit shaky but got a bit neater toward the end. I guess that it is like with most things, the more you practice... You start by stamping an image in light ink and then coloring it in with your pencils, then outline. Easy!
I used Inspired By Nature and God's Beauty sets by Stampin' Up on Whisper White, Basic Black and Pretty In Pink cardstocks.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Broom Rides

This week's challenge at Speedy's Friends is to use 5 of anything on your card. I chose 5 batty bats! This is the upcoming set available next week called Broom Rides from Mark's Finest Papers. I used some bat brads and puffy silk bats along the bottom to embellish. Halloween paper from my stash of supplies. I think the black is Martha Stewart.
I have to add that the Count from Sesame Street was my son's very favorite muppet when he was young. Thanks for the cute comments :)

Happy Bird day

Fine Feathered Friend challenge on SCS was a fun one today. Almost everyone has a bird or owl image of some kind, I think.
The first card uses Stampin' Up supplies of Whisper White and Poppy Parade cardstocks, A Cardinal Christmas and Bells & Boughs stamp sets, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. Colored with Copic markers.

The second card uses stamp set Owl Be There by Mark's Finest Papers stamped in Soft Suede and colored with Copic markers. Cardstock is Dusty Durango and Autumn Spice dp with saffron grosgrain ribbon by Stampin' Up.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Medallion Day Of Gratitude

For this one layer card I combined the Medallion stamp in So Saffron and the new Day Of Gratitude stamp over top. This one was stamped using Ruby Red, Olive, Orange and Saffron. Sentiment stamped in Dusty Durango.