Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Swap: Cards in the Mail


Sept/Oct 2014 Round 1 Group 1


Sept/Oct 2014 Round 1 Group 2

Things are starting up a little slow and things may end up out of order since I'm still hoping to finish up a summer post. Thank you for your patience. 

If you would like to see the other cards for this swap, visit my Cards in the Mail Swap Group Board on Pinterest or search "Swaps" here on my blog.

Please Pin away! I've set up everyone's cards with their names so that they get proper credit.

Featured Stamp Sets: Holiday Home, Freaky Friends, For All Things, Bright and Beautiful

Any other questions, just ask and I'll do my best to help you out.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Blog Hop: Holiday Catalog

It's October! My favorite time of the year has begun and I cross my fingers every time that the snow stays away. I'm not a big fan of  going from summer to winter overnight. That being said, I chose to make my post about fall things. No Halloween just yet but technically the pumpkin could work for both and it would look great with a face on it.

I found the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies (135853) to be quite the temptation and as you can see it is very cute. I searched the internet for inspiration and found a post by Amy Koenders. I do realize that our blog posts appear to be very similar but Stampin' Up! is great in that we can both make similar items and it's encouraged. I hope you enjoy my version too. I honestly had this in my head too.

We'll start with this adorable pumpkin. I used the technique that AmyK shares for shading. It works quite well. For the leaves I used the Little Leaves Sizzlit TM. It turns out that this item is actually retired and I didn't realize until I started the post. You could easily substitute the leaves from the Bird Builder Punch or the Flower Frenzy BigZ Die. I curled the leaves with my bone folder.

Same situation with the leaves. Oops! So we'll talk about the image. I stamped in Only Orange, wiped off a few of the fern like leaves and used the dauber to add some Old Olive on them and on the "thanks". Then I sponged the edges of the stamp with Early Espresso, huffed it and stamped it. The edges of the card and leaves are also sponged with Early Espresso. 

Now jump on over to Julie. She always has something fun to share. Just click on the pointy finger: 

SUPPLY LIST: 
  • Stamp Sets: Seasonally Scattered
  • Colors: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
  • Big Shot: Curvy Keepsakes Box Thinlits TM, Ovals Collection Framelits TM, Little Leaves (Oops! Little Leaves is retired but you could use the Bird Builder Punch or the Flower Frenzy BigZ Die and get the same results).
  • Embellishments: Linen Thread

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Class: Lovely as a Tree in Fall

This is the card we made last week at my 2nd Thursday of the month class. I made this up the night before and it turned out to be a little more complicated to teach than I expected so I'm going to number the instructions.

1. Ink up the trees with Early Espresso.
2. Dab off just a little bit of the ink from the branches.
 Don't stamp yet. 
2. Tap your markers (paint brush tip) directly onto the branches of the trees on the stamp. (Colors are listed below).
3. Stamp the trees on your card.
4. Use your Aquapainter TM to blend the colors on the branches and grass (You can add some green).
5. Apply Soft Sky ink to 3/4 of your Clear Block E and lay it over the trees. (You can swirl it a little with a sponge dauber before you stamp it)
6. Stamp "Give Thanks" below the trees.
7. Tie your Linen Thread around the Whisper White card.
8. Mount the Whisper White card to the folded Early Espresso card.

Everyone's card will turn out a little bit different and that is what makes this so fun. I hope you like my creation and give it a try for yourself.

SUPPLY LIST:
  • Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Holiday Invitation (Holiday Catalog)
  • Colors: Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Whisper White
  • Embellishments: Linen Thread
  • Other: Clear Block E, Aquapainter, Paper Towel

Monday, September 15, 2014

Swap: Cards in the Mail


July/Aug 2014 round 3/4

We are still running behind and but excitement of the new group we should have lots to share pretty soon. 

If you would like to see the other cards for this swap, visit my Cards in the Mail Swap Group Board on Pinterest or search "Swaps" here on my blog.

Please Pin away! I've set up everyone's cards with their names so that they get proper credit.

Featured Stamp Sets: Map it Out, Work of Art, Something for Baby

Any other questions, just ask and I'll do my best to help you out.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Class: Fall Tag

Thursday night I held my monthly class and we made this fun bag tag and a card (to appear later). There is a lot going on for such a small project. Take a look at the supply list and see if you can identify where everything was used. It was so worth it though and of course you would put more than 11 candy corns in the bag.

Inspired by: Rachel Tessman

SUPPLY LIST:
  • Stamp Sets: Amazing Birthday (including striped tag stamp)
  • Colors: Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White
  • Punches: Petite Petals, Small Oval
  • Embellishments: Fan Fair Textured Impression TM Folder (inked), Linen Thread, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Standard Clothespin, Retrofresh Washi Tape, 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon
  • Big Shot: Chalk Talk Framelits TM