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Friday, October 24, 2014

Birthday Sunflowers

I've been trying to get back into my creative mode and this past weekend was pretty successful.  I stamped and worked a little on my Project Life album.

I thought I'd be tired of sunflowers after doing the wedding invitations and then the wedding itself, but no-it's the first one I pulled out to work with when I was stamping.  Of course I went straight for my sketches as well :-)

For this card I used the current Retro Sketches challenge.

Hope to see you all around here more frequently!
Card details:
Stamps: Simply Sunflower from Papertrey Ink and Poppy Birthday from Verve Stamps
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Confetti White, The Pier by Crate Paper
Inks: So Saffron, Close to Cocoa and Wild Wasabi, Archival
Embellishments: Notebook punch, Memory Box jewel stickers

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SDC170: Spooky Time

My good friend, Kristen is our hostess this week over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and she's asking you to get your spook on:

Calling all Pumpkins, Ghosts, Dragons, and Witches too, we’ve got a SPOOKY time planned just for you!!!!!!!!
I completely LOVE Halloween, and any chance I get to make a spooky project, I will. This week I am challenging you to create a project inspired by Halloween.  Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Any of you who know me, I'm very clean & simple and so this card I was inspired by Laurie Willison's card and the design of it here.

Hope you will join us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge for your chance to win a $30 gift card for Stampotique stamps.
Card details:
Stamps: 6184 Circles Cubed, 8984 Ghouls Just want to have fun, 6110 Halloween Cube 2, 6099 Halloween Cube 1 by Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Basic Black, Going Grey, Confetti White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SDC169: Black, Pink and Purple

Apologies for the crummy photo that doesn't show my purple well.  Carol Fox is our hostess this week over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and here's what she challenge us with:

"I love strong colours that really pop on the page, so I ask you this week to feature Black, Pink and Purple on your make for the challenge this week."

I have been pretty lazy with my stamping lately but had a lot of fun with this challenge and even got a few more cards created while I was in stamping mode.

I combined this challenge with the FTL310 sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping.

Hope you will join us over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.
Card details:
Stamps: 6109 Daniel's Hearts, 12011 Love with Your Whole Heart from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Basic Black, Confetti White, Pink Pirroute
Inks: Basic Black
Embellishments: Sequins

Monday, October 6, 2014

Wedding Invites

Well, the wedding is over and I'm writing this up before we attended but I'm going to say we had a blast :-)

I've been quite quiet on the blog for many reasons.  First of all my full time job change last year has me on the go a lot more and when I'm home I rarely am hanging out in my office anymore (which is also my stamp studio).  I need to change that as I'm missing my crafting a bit.

The other reason is I was creating 100+ wedding invitations for my brother-in-law and new sister-in-law.  They are having a rustic wedding and we went through a few trial ones before settling on a final...and can you believe I didn't have one for myself?

It's sunflower themed and the first pic is what our final one was, with the ribbon being colored a bit better.  It was a long tedious process with lots of tweaking along the way.  It may be the first and last time I do invitations like this (who am I kidding, I'm sure I'll be doing something similar for graduation in a few years).

The final invitation and reply card above.

The beginning of die cutting and stamping 100+ sunflowers.

Assembly line set up going on.

Sewing the ribbon on-my Janome got a work out.

Stacks of 20 to keep count of how many I did...and you see I even distressed all 4 sides-thank God for my little handy Zutter tool!

Creation of invites complete and now addressing invites and labeling.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the creation of the invitations!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SDC167: Masculine

Happy Hump Day!

I'm so excited to host the challenge this week as it's one I'm always struggling with.  In a home where the males outweigh the females, you wouldn't think it wouldn't take much to create a masculine card, but it's something I have a hard time doing every time I sit down to make one.  I challenge you to show me your best masculine cards this week-are they ones that come naturally to you or do you draw a blank when you need to create one as well?

Can't wait to see all the possibilities you come up with this week!

This was one I created for my 15 yr olds birthday-I still struggled with creating it even though I love masculine colors-it's the images and design I struggle with, but I like how it turned out.
Card details:
Stamps: 10018 Typewriter Alpha, 9005 Happy B-day, 4013 Wolfie King by Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Teresa Collins Far & Away, Basic Black, Rustic White
Inks: Archival Ink by Ranger
Embellishments: Crystal Lacquer, Scattered Straw Distress stickles, stapler

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ATC Swap

I decided to jump back into stamping this month by participating in the ATC swap hosted by Nikki Woodward on the Stampotique facebook page.

I of course grabbed some of my favorite go-to stamps from Stampotique and went to work.  It's been awhile since I've created something that small, but I had fun and that's what matters.

For the bee, I stamped it twice on white cardstock, cut out one and just the body of the other.  I think stamped it on vellum and cut the wings out so that they would pop from the body a bit.  I embellished it with a sentiment I typed on my label maker and then adhered with a candy dot.

The cute little envelopes were in my stash and fit the ATC perfectly-thought the Barcode was perfect for it.

Thanks for stopping over and checking out my ATC and maybe you'll join Nikki's swap if you have some Stampotique stamps.
Card details:
Stamps: Barcode 10019, Medium Bee 3000, Big Bee 3008, and Honeycomb Background 8116 by Stampotique Originals.
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Vellum
Inks: Archival Ink-jet black
Embellishments: black candy dot, black twine

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SDC162: Under the Sea

Looky, looky, 2 weeks in a row!  Shocking myself a little.

No, in all seriousness, I normally sit down and stamp my challenge cards in batches so I have them done so was thrilled with myself to get this done...it was a challenge for me.

I colored my background and sun with some watercolor paints and once they dried I stamped over the water to give it some more swirls.  I colored Mermaid in with my copics and then drew her scales in and clear embossed over top to give her a shiny look.

Hope you will join us over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge for your chance to win $30 gift certificate.
Card details:
Stamps: Ocean 12008 and Ocean Text 12009 by Stampotique Originals 
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Confetti White
Inks: So Saffron, Really Rust, Soft Sky
Embellishments: Clear EP, Stapler

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