Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cherish Friendship

I used the chair image from the Stampin' Up set Cherish Friendship colored in Copic markers. Domestic Goddess papers and Poppy Parade dp with white taffeta ribbon.

Christmas Cupcake Ornament

I'll be the first to admit (after my husband, that is) that I am a little carried away with decorating for Christmas. I have a kitchen tree that is all food/cookie/cupcake/gingerbread ornaments so this will go there.
I made the cupcake using a styrofoam ball that I covered in Snowtex (Michael's), sprinkled with SU beads, the "cherry" is from the floral department from Christmas merchandise, red baker's twine to hang, sentiment from retired Sweetest Holiday Wishes by Stampin' Up secured with Brights red brads.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Christmas In July

This is my box of completed cards going out to the troops for Operation Write Home today. All of them are one of a kind except for this batch that I completed this morning, I wanted to hit the 200 mark. 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Button Buddies~ Flowers

I sure am enjoying this new set from Stampin' Up, so versatile for year- round use! This is the flower image from Button Buddies, stamped off once in Tempting Turquoise, glitter brad in center, and popped up on dimensionals. The black strip on the bottom was white embossed with the Elegance wheel and embellished with half pearls and Chantilly lace trim. Everything is SU except for scallop Nestabilities frame.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Button Buddies Cherries

New Button Buddies set, cherry stamped using markers in Red, olive, and suede. SU Sizzix scallop circle die cut and layered circles inside embossed with Swiss Dots folder. SU button with an acrylic leaf (by Impress). Sentiment from Sweets for the Sweet.

Button Buddies

I used the new Button Buddies snail stamp in Old Olive with a Subtles button. The card base is Pink Pirouette, the ribbon is vanilla taffeta with the leaves stamped in olive. I cut apart the Jumbo Stitches wheel into individual strips and mounted them on foam cushion to work with my acrylic blocks. I love them this way! Sentiment is from the Happiest Birthday Wishes set. Card is for mocjen's Featured Stamper.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Witchy Pumpkins

Another possible use for the hot air balloon stamp from the Up, Up and Away set is pumpkins and gourds. I dressed a couple up as witches using my new pennant punch and the small oval. Season of Friendship tree with the Eat, Drink, and Be Scary set. This is the only Halloween set I could find since my craft room renovation. Face from a non SU foam set.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Doilies Everywhere!

Today's SCS challenge honores my Paper Dolls blogging buddy Julia Aston. I cased one of Julia's cards changing the stamps to the new Stampin' Up ones.
Hello Doily in Cherry, Delicate Doilies in Night Of Navy and Crumb Cake. Metal brad in center, sentiment from My Friend set (French version). Scallop circles die cuts are non SU.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Balloon Ornaments

Using the hot air balloon in the Up, Up, and Away set, I stamped them upside down and made them Christmas ornaments instead. This looks so cool in real life with the hanging "icicles" whih I made from this image using the new My Friend set. Embossed it in silver and then used Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds, it looks like a glass bubble. Hard to get a picture here today with no sunshine.
For the hanger and line I embossed the bottom of the balloon basket and drew a straight line up with my Versamark pen, embossed in gold.
Lovely As A Tree in Olive and Artichoke, sentiment in Cherry Cobbler is from Christmas Greetings.
Ornaments stamped in Eggplant, Cherry Cobbler, Wisteria WOnder, and Poppy Parade.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Color Challenge

This is for Tuesday's color challenge at SCS. I didn't have any Pool Party left so I had to use Baja with the Chocolate Chip and Wild Wasabi. My dessert option is embossing. Sketch layout is for the Mojo Moday 200th challenge.
Kiwi Kiss ribbon and bold brights brad with Square Lattice and Sizzix border embossing strip (non SU).

Watermelon Pennants

For the CAS inspiration challenge (pictured above) I used the Pennant Parade set to look like watermelon slices. Stamped the bkack dot one on Regal Rose, layered in white cut by hand, and then punched the scalloped Celery one. Ants and watermelon stamp is an old one that I love by Anita's. The sentiment is from part of the new Sweets for the Sweet in Melon and retired Season by Season Summer stamp in Regal Rose.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Up, Up and Away

I wanted to do something a little bit different with this set so I used the hot air balloon image to make my flower. The stem is from Sweets For The Sweet (the lollipop stick). All supplies are Stampin' Up. Inks are Turquoise, Poppy and Olive.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Beau Chateau Doily

This card is in honor of today's SCS Queen for the Day, my friend Karen!
All supplies are new Stampin' Up:
Hello Doily stamped in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla, shaded in chalk pastels and then sprayed with silver Smooch Spritz. Tag from new hostess selection, paper is Beau Chateau with antique brad and vanilla taffeta ribbon.

Sweet Treat Window

I used a Sweet Treat Cup filled with SU glitter and the bird on the snowball image from Snow Much Fun. The snowman was stamped on the Baja Breeze cardstock and then again on white which was colored and cut out, then paper pieced onto card front. Frame is from new Pennants die (Stampin' Up Sizzix). Various snowflakes in craft white are retired SU. Red baker's twine around treat window.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Happy Bastille Day!

Lots of different sets going on here. All are Stampin' Up: Very Vintage wheel, Artistic Etchings, Bliss, My Friend and Kindness Matters. Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon with antique brad.
Shaded with pastel chalks. Ink colors were River Rock, Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Pretty In Pink, Sahara Sand, and Soft Suede. You can't see it here but there is the medallion image from Artistic Etchings in clear embossing.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Flirtatious Field Flowers

Flirtatious paper with Field Flowers stamped in Daffodil, Tangerine, and Poppy. Olive stems. Shaded around flowers with chalk pastels.
All supplies are Stampin' Up.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Field Flowers

A new SU catalog selection, this is Field Flowers. Stamped in Cherry with Soft Suede center and Olive leaves. Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, and Not Quite Navy cardstocks with Nautical Expedition paper. I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch with a few tweaks. Ribbon is cherry taffeta with large silver brads to embellish.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Faith In Nature

This is one of the new hostess selections in the Stampin' Up catalog called Faith In Nature. I kept it simple, using the new Wisteria Wonder cardstock which is my favorite new In Color. Embossed with the Tulips frame folder on base and Square Lattice on the Very Vanilla. I popped up the main image panel on dimensionals that were doubled up to really make it stand out more.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Snow Much Fun

I used 3 curvy white strips as my snowdrifts. I stamped and colored the snowman, cut it out and inserted it in one of the drifts. Pool Party and Whisper White cardstocks, Snow Much Fun stamp set.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

My Friend

Another new catalog set, this is called My Friend. I chose the French version because I loved the elegance of this one word. Isn't it beautiful, mon amie?
All supplies are Stampin' Up: Pool Party, Soft Suede, and Whisper White cardstocks. Olive, Suede, and Marina Mist inks. Clean and simple card that is nice and flat for easy mailing.

Now You're Cookin'

This is the new Stampin' Up paper called Domestic Goddess and the Now You're Cookin' stamp. Sentiment is from the new set with the pinwheels. I took apart a popcorn holder and traced around it to make the template for this project and used the scallop edge punch at the top edge.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Kindness Matters

This is the new Kindness Matters set and Belle Chateau paper from SU. I cut out the butterflies and stamped the sentiment on the dp. Pink Pirouette and Soft Suede cardstocks. Frame tabs are from Spellbinders. The layout is from a card by Nancy Williams on SCS.

Hello Doily

New Stampin' Up order in the house! This big, beautiful doily background was my favorite new item in the catalog so I went with that first.
I embossed the doily in white on red textured cardstock. Layered with a white doily shape cut from Flirtatious specialty paper and then triple layer doily punch. Added matching red button.
Back down to my lair to make some more samples!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Delicate Doilies

I used a heavy cardstock weight vellum and embossed the doilies on it in white. Pool Party base and frame cut from new SU Pennants Sizzix die. Sentiment is from Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess set) punched with scallop circle. Taffeta ribbon in Whisper White with half pearls to complete.
I used the adhesive on the white stamped parts of the vellum to conceal the best I could. (All supplies are Stampin' Up)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Stamping Space

I have some more pictures of my stamping space to share with you in the next couple of days. I am still in the process of fine tuning everything, lots more goodies hiding under the desks that need to be sorted out :)

Flower Garden Florets

All supplies are Stampin' Up.
Beyond The Garden paper with Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral cardstocks. Embossed with Flower Garden folder. Four Frames and Occasional Quotes sets also used with Rose Red taffeta ribbon.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Simply Soft~ Thanks

Rich Razzleberry card base embossed with Tulips Frame folder, frame is the Nestabilities scallop oval.
Tangerine Tango (matting) and Melon Mambo both used to ink two step flower stamping. Sentiment is from Occasional Quotes.

Monday, July 4, 2011

OWH #13 Bears and Hearts

This Stars and Stamps challenge was to use a bear and heart.
I used all Stampin' Up supplies (except for red gingham ribbon). Ubder The Stars bear colored in Copics, three heart punch and red baker's twine. Cardstock is Creamy Caramel with matching ink swiped on for faux woodgrain look with some Craft White and Dusty Durango.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

OWH #6 Sail Away

OWH challenge #6 called for making a masculine card with a moon on it.
This was inspired by a sample in the new SU catalog. I changed the stamp set to Sail Away, added the sentiment from Pedaling Past. Cardstocks are Rich Razzleberry, Wisteria Wonder, and Marina Mist.

OWH #7 Childhood Summer Memories

This challenge from the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps blog this weekend is to create a card that reminds you of summer memories from your childhood. I certainly will never forget chasing down the Mr. Softee truck and getting a chocolate/vanilla mix cone. The sound of the ice cream truck to this day will still make me think of springing into action and grabbing some money so I don't miss him :)
All supplies for this are Stampin' Up.

OWH #1 Camouflage

This is for the first challenge at Operation Write Home's Stars and Stamps virtual cardmaking party this weekend. Cards will go to the troops.
This challenge called for camouflage. I made my own background with Adirondack alcohol inks on Glossy White cardstock. Used Fabulous Florets stamp set and matching designer paper with Soft Suede cardstocks and ink, and a layout from the Cardmakers Sketch Book.

OWH #12 Food or Fruit

This is for Operation Write Home's Stars and Stamps 12th challenge to use food or fruit on your card.
All supplies are current SU: Sahara Sand card base with Nautical Expedition paper, Cherish Friendship image, sentiment is from the Style Beautiful set where I just used the "Life Is" part of the sentiment above the bowl of cherries :)

OWH #11 Pinwheels

For this weekend's challenge going on at Operation Write Home's Stars and Stamps blog.
This first card is for pinwheels. All supplies are SU, some retired. Bold Blossom stem in Real Red and Pacific Point with older Celebrate Everything set

Friday, July 1, 2011

Weekend Project

I decided to re-cover my kitchen table chairs. They were looking so dirty and beat up in the white so I went with a really pretty tapestry fabric that I got on sale at Joann's for half price. The total cost for all 6 chairs was $40! Not bad for a makeover.
I've never upholstered anything in my life but I figured "how hard can it be"? It's really not that much different than covering a scrapbook album. Getting all of the corner edges tucked around smoothly is the trickiest part. Each one gets a little better after you practice a bit.