Wednesday, October 7, 2009

20 years and counting......

Good Morning Everyone!

Today my husband and I celebrate 20 years of wedded bliss, so of course, I had to create a card for my sweetie! It took me awhile to decide what I wanted to do, so I decided to keep it simple, and I'm pretty pleased with the results.

I chose Taken with Teal for my color because that was our wedding color. For the front of my card, I stamped a sentiment from the Happy Everything stamp set along the bottom of a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock. For the top portion, I added texture to a 2 1/2" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock with my Big Shot and Perfect Details Texturz plate. I then layered this onto the first piece. I adhered a 3/4" strip of Taken with Teal cardstock across the center so that color would show through my ribbon. Then I tied a piece of White Organza ribbon around this entire layered piece and adhered it to my card front. After I did that I decided it still needed "a little something", so I stamped two hearts from the Priceless stamp set on Whisper White scraps and cut them out. These are popped up on dimensionals. For the inside of my card, I printed out a computer-generated sentiment on Whisper White cardstock and adhered it in place. I hope my hubby likes it!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Sparkling Dasher

Happy Tuesday!

Today I have a card to share that I made with the beautiful Dasher stamp! I just love this stamp! This card has some extra sparkle created with Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder that just makes it extra special!

I began by stamping the Dasher image on Whisper White cardstock with Soft Suede ink. I then covered this piece with Versamark and Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder and carefully heat set it. The whole piece is very sparkly and pretty. Then I matted this on Soft Suede and Real Red, added a couple of silver brads, and set it aside.

I used Holiday Lounge DSP for the background of this card. Taken with Teal is one of my favorite colors, so I love this DSP! I matted two pieces of DSP on a Soft Suede rectangle and added Real Red ribbon to hide the seam. The ribbon is wrapped to the back of the Soft Suede piece and adhered. I then chose where to place my completed Dasher piece and adhered it in place.

I punched two snowflakes from Real Red and Whisper White using the new Jumbo Snowflake punch. I covered the Whisper White snowflake with Versamark and Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder and heat set it. I then layered the two snowflakes together and pierced a hole in the center with my Paper Piercing Tool. I decided where on my card front I would like to place the snowflake and pierced a hole through the DSP and Soft Suede panel. I then attached the layered snowflakes using a silver brad. The final step was to adhere this entire decorated panel to my Real Red card front.

On the inside of this card, I have attached a Whisper White panel stamped with a sentiment from Many Merry Messages. Along the bottom of this panel, I have attached a strip of the Taken with Teal DSP to dress it up a bit.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!


Monday, October 5, 2009

Halloween Smiles

Good Morning!

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing weekend! Today I created a Halloween card for the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge.

I used the Pumpkin Patch stamp set to make this card. I just love these happy little guys! My colors are Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant (sounds like a menu, doesn't it?), and Whisper White.

I began by stamping my pumpkins on scraps of Whisper White and cutting them out. I stamped the grass along the bottom of my 2 1/2" square and decided where I would place my pumpkins, then I used a Stamp-a-majig to correctly place the little curly-cues near the stems. The larger pumpkin is adhered directly to the square, while the round pumpkin is popped up on dimensionals. I matted this entire piece on Pumpkin Pie (2 3/4" square) and Elegant Eggplant (2 7/8" square).

For the strip across the card I started with the Pumpkin Pie piece. I cut it at 2" x 5 1/2" and used my Scallop Border punch along one long edge. Using this border punch cuts off 1/4" from the original piece, so I cut my Designer Series Paper strip at 1 3/8" x 5 1/2", so there would be an orange border along both the top and bottom. To tie in the Elegant Eggplant from my focal piece, I added the narrow strip along the top. I added 3 Old Olive brads to one end of this piece. I stamped my card front with the Sanded background stamp to give it a little texture and then adhered these finished pieces to my cardfront.

My sentiment was stamped with Black Staz-On ink and punched out with the large oval punch. I then punch out two scalloped ovals in Pumpkin Pie and Elegant Eggplant and played around with these pieces a bit. Using only one of the colors didn't work for me - it just looked like it was missing something. Creating an Elegant Eggplant border around the whole thing, like I did on my focal point, made it too heavy. So I finally settled on just offsetting the Elegant Eggplant behind the Pumpkin Pie. I like how it ties the color scheme together and kind of looks like a shadow below the sentiment. This piece is popped up on dimensionals.

On the inside of my card, I attached a piece of Whisper White cardstock to make a nice writing surface. I added a third little pumpkin down in the left-hand corner.

Thanks for stopping by! Go out and make today a great day!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Think Pink!

Good Morning!

As we all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The search for a cure is ongoing and hopefully we will see one in our lifetime. While you may not have personally had to deal with the challenge of fighting breast cancer, you probably have a friend or relative who has, and you know how devastating it can be. Pictured at right are some of the many products Stampin' Up! sells that are either tied to Breast Cancer or come in one of our many pink colors. For the entire month of October, I will donate 10% of the purchase price of these products to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. It is a win win for all of us. You get great Stampin' Up! products, and together we fight Breast Cancer. To place an order contact me by phone or email or shop on my website.

To view the products included in this promotion, please click here.

Stay tuned for some upcoming classes that I will be offering related to this promotion!

Make today a great day!



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