Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Pizzazz in Elements

What a nice surprise I got on Sunday night when Betty who hosts the color challenge on Tuesday's over at Splitcoaststampers asked me to help out and make a sample using the challenge colors for this week.  I almost said no because I haven't gotten my new in colors yet.  But since you can substitute colors that are fairly close I went ahead and did it.  It couldn't be posted until after 11pm last night so needless to say, I'm a little tired today. 

The colors for this challenge CC281 are all new Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight and Concord Crush.  The neutral I picked was white.  The only color I have at the moment, is Daffodil Delight.  I colored white taffeta in it  by taking a sponge dauber and putting the ribbon under it on the pad and dragging it along.  Then I just let it dry.  The background piece is actually Eggplant Envy that I ran through the big shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder which I had covered with versamark.  Then I embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I really like the effect, it made it come out darker like Concord Crush and it looks like ceramic.  Elements of style was the set I used and  last but not least the dessert this week was to use dew drops.  I do have some of those and if you look closely they are on a few leaves.  Hope you like and don't forget to leave a comment and get your name in the draw for some free SU toys.

Card Recipe
Stamp Set Elements of Style
Card stock Certainly Celery, Eggplant Envy, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White
Ink Basic Black, Eggplant Envy, Certainly Celery, Daffodil Delight
Accessories, White Taffeta Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and dew drops which are not carried by SU.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Gift Card Holder

At Marie's workshop last night, kindly hosted by Jodi we made a gift card holder that Marie wanted to make.  She also requested the bird punch so I incorporated the two and came up with this. 

Here are the instructions I promised everyone.  Cut your card stock 4 1/4 x 11", score 3" in from each end and also in the middle at 5 1/2".  Fold this so that you end up having a "W" shape and then you will see where you need to put your double sided tape or glue and where you will need to cut the opening for the gift card.  Remember to put your adhesive on the edges so you can still slide the gift card in.  Punch or cut slot large enough to fit the gift card.  In this case I used the word window punch and the circle punch.  After you have created the card you can design the front however you like.  Just remember that the ribbon to hold it together should be put on before you adhere your layer or images.

Oh and if you really want to have fun.........cut out the circle but not the slot, then put the gift card in the other end and watch the recipient try to get it out!  I can't remember who said that last night but it would be fun to watch.

Card Recipe
Card stock  Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Confetti White
Ink Marina Mist, to sponge the bird and Basic Grey
Accessories, Bird Punch, Word Window Punch and 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Oval Punch and Scalloped oval were used on this one. Marina Mist Grograin Ribbon, Dimensionals and a pearl for the eye.

Hope you enjoyed this one.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I really do believe in Angels.

I really do believe in Angels.  So when I saw this sentiment in the new set from Stampin' Up, Just Believe, I knew I had to have it.  This idea for this card has been in my head for a few days and today I finally put it together.  First I embossed her and the sentiment in gold ep.I pulled out my pearl-ex and Lumiere to color her wings and dress she is really pretty up close.  This angel is from an old hostess set On Angels Wings. 
I mounted it on apricot appeal and then on old olive which along with regal rose.  The colors for the challenge today were regal rose, old olive and peach parfait.  I didn't have peach parfait so apricot appeal had to do.  The regal rose is the pink pearl-ex color.

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Flip the Bird

Fun challenge over at Splitcoaststampers today.  It was to make a tilt card.  For anyone who has made a spinner card it's very similar except you don't make the cut long just a square.  So the bird bobs his head up and down.

Card Recipe
Stamps Sentiment from Because I Care Hostess level 1
Wheel friends
Cardstock Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White
Ink Black, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist
Accessories Dimensional, 2 pennies oval punch, lattice embossing folder, paper piercer black brad and retired Baja ribbon.


Here's the link to the tutorial.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Masculine card!

I used the same sketch for this card only I made a masculine card using a new set called  Uncharted Territory.  I really like this set because most of the men in my family aren't big into sports or hunting.  That makes it hard to make cards for them.  This set just works.  My brother in law loves sailing and the other image is a sailboat.  Needless to say this was on my must have list.   I will just stamp the inside with a sentiment when I know what or who it's for.
Card Recipe
Stamp Set Uncharted Territory
Ink Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Soft Suede.
Cardstock Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler and Confetti White
Designer Paper from retired hostess pack
Accessories Color Spritzer tool, Large brads

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pulled out an old favorite today.

Friendships Journey was one of the very first sets I purchased even before I was a demonstrator.  I loved the look of this lady.  As with many of my older sets they just don't get used enough.  Last night I was lying in bed listing to the rain.  I stared thinking about what I was going to stamp next and this image popped into my head.  Vintage is back and although I have the new set Artistic Etchings, I felt the need to use this one.  Last night my first new order from the catty came.  Yahoo......finally, I really should have expedited it.  Anyway, I digress.  Vintage brads were in the order.  So, when I saw the sketch challenge over at splitcoast I couldn't resist using this image and my new brads.  Although you can't see it in the picture, I did use the medallion from Artistic Etching on the Cherry Cobbler background in Soft Suede and sponged all around both base and the vanilla image piece.  I also used my aqua painter and Cobbler for her dress and lips. The lace isn't SU.........but mine came last night so I can unravel it anytime.  Smooch Spritz finished it off.  Hope you like.

Card Recipe
Stamps Friendship Journey retired SU and Artistic Etchings.
Cardstock Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler (my new favorite red)
Ink Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede
Accessories Sponge, lace Antique Brads, Smooch Spritz

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Another Challenge!

Over the last week I have been trying to do the challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  Not only do I find it fun to participate but it makes me create cards that are not my normal style.  Also you find out that sometimes the cards you don't think are nice others like.  This is one that I didn't particularly like.  Yet, it was a favorited  great comments.  Come join the challenges they can be really fun.  This one was a color challenge.  The colors were Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi.  Wild Wasabi was an old in color that is now part of the core group of colors the other two are new.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Occasional Quotes (hostess 3)
Ink and More Mustard, Basic Black
Card stock Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist and Whisper White
Accessories Scallop punch, white taffeta ribbon dyed with Marina Mist Marker

Monday, July 12, 2010

Extreme Embossing!

Now this was fun.........you have to try it.  This is from today's technique lovers challenge.  Essentially what you do is heat emboss and then send your embossed piece through your big shot.  Alana keeps asking me to make more extreme guitar cards.  Guess my others aren't cool enough for her friends birthdays.  I took my Classic Stars wheel and inked it up with versamark then ran it over whisper white cardstock.  Embossed that in black and then did the same with the Extreme Guitar image.  I then ran it though a Happy Birthday embossing folder.  After that I stamped the rock star image from the retired set A little Somethin.  Embossed that, and then punched it out with my big star punch.  Popped it up with dimensional and last but not least added some black brads.  You have to try it.  It's really a fun technique.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Yesterday's challenge over at Splitcoaststampers was to make a card using something you have that's new that you haven't used yet.  Well for me it was Nature Silhouettes.  I have liked it for sometime and think it's a great set for masculine cards.  I embossed the tree and then the wolf on glossy in black.  Then I took my 1" circle punch and cut out a circle from a post it note.  I used that to mask the moon and then I sponged around it.  Howl we had a good time was a sentiment I made up and printed out.  Hope you like.

Card Recipe
Stamps Natures Silhouettes
Paper Night of Navy, Black, Old Olive and glossy the designer paper was from an old hostess pack.
Accessories, sponge, black ep old olive brads and sizzix die, oval punch
Ink Night of Navy and versamark

Friday, July 9, 2010

Etchings in the middle of the night.

I'm usually one for stampin' in the middle of the night..........but with this heat wave we're having, my stamp cave is the coolest place in the house.  Actually it's always the coolest place, but in this instance I mean temperature wise.  I am waiting for my July order of new toys from Stampin' up, they are due to arrive on Tuesday.  I can't wait.  In the order I have Victorian Lace and Antique Brads among many other things.  If I had these at 3:00 in the morning, this card would have look very differnent.
Card Recipe
Stamps Artistic Etchings
Card Stock Crumb Cake, Confetti Cream and Chocolate Chip
Ink Cajan Craze, Garden Green and Chocolate chip
Accessories old buttons and old crocet lace I had laying around.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Watercolor Trio fun

Watercolor Trio is one of my favoite sets from the Summer Mini.  I combined it here with the butterflies from the embosslit.   I used the happiness stamp from the retired warm words.  The white is actually from a big box store and I just cut it in a circle and trimed to make it work with the sketch challenge.   I have been stampin up a storm this week.  The weather is just to hot to be outside playing.

.Card Recipe
Stamps Watercolor Trio Warm Words
Cardstock Non SU White Wild Wasabi So Safron and Rose Red
Ink Basic Black Rose Red and Wild Wasabi
Punches and Dies Embosslit Butterflies, Scallop Trim and Border
Accessories Pearls and Satin Ribbon

Christmas in July

This card is for the sketch challenge over at splitcoaststampers.  I am finding inspiration from Stampin' Up's new color coach.  I absolutely love it.  It is so much easier to work with than the old one.  I randomly picked these colors, More Mustard, Baja Breeze and Cherry....yummy....Cobler.  Then I thought, well these don't look like summer colors to me.  So this is what I came up with.

Card Recipe
Stamps Winter Post, sentiment retired To you and yours.
Ink More Mustard, Baja Breeze and Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock the same but add whisper white.
Accessories, Snowflake Punch, Circle punch and cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Sister

Because I Care was a free set for demo's if we ordered the new colors during our preorder.  So I have it in my hands now and couldn't resist trying it out for my sister's birthday card.  I did use retired organdy ribbon on this card but I just thought it was the right ribbon for the job.  The new color coach was the inspiration for the color combination.  Perfect Plum, So Saffron and Wild Wasabi.
Card Recipe
Stamps Because I care, Occasional Quotes
Ink Wild Wasabi and Perfect Plum
Accessories, 1.25 circle punch, oval punch and square lattice embossing folder.  White organdy ribbon SU retired.

Happy 61st Anniversary Mom and Dad

Phew........... is it hot outside.  Perfect reason to be down in my stamp cave!  Another reason is Mom and Dad's anniversary is on the 16th.  I love the new catalog and since I don't have the new stamp set Just Believe yet, I used the same layout but embossed the flowers from Elements of Style and the sentiment is from the level 3 hostess set Occasional Quotes.

Card Recipe
Stamp Sets Elements of Style, Occasional Quotes
Cardstock, Wild Wasabi, Confetti White
Ribbon Very Vanilla Satin
Ink Wild Wasabi and versamark, Espresso marker
Technique Embossing and tearing spritzer tool.

2010-11 Stampin' Up Catalog

The new Stampin' Up catalog is here and I have your copy waiting for you.  It's full of great idea's not to mention all the wonderful new goodies to see.  I love the new set Just Believe and now that Stampin' up is offering clear mounts as an option, there is an even more economical choice.   Don't forget you can always go to my web site and see the new catalog on line at http://www.heathergerus.stampinup.net/