Convention Swap #2

Greetings from our last day of Stampin’ Up’s annual convention (sniff, sniff).  I have another one of my swap cards to share with you today.  All of the stampers who made projects for the Convention display boards agreed to swap one of their cards with each other.  Talk about a fantastic swap!

I used the Kinda Eclectic set for this swap.  This card was a little “more involved” than I normally make, but I loved it and for some crazy reason I thought it wouldn’t be too hard to make 24 copies of it.  Ha!  Let’s just say I probably wouldn’t make that same decision again.  🙂

KE SwapI started by embossing the Positively Chevron background stamp on Soft Sky card stock with clear embossing powder.  I then stamped the Dictionary background stamp with Basic Gray ink, and stamped off once on scratch paper before stamping over the chevron stamped card stock.

I embossed the leaf images with gold embossing powder and cut them out.  The little scalloped edge between the Soft Sky card stock and the Lullaby dsp strip was punched from a Gold Foil Sheet.

KE Swap Close UpI cut a label using the Apothecary Accents framelits and then paper pierced an oval shape from the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack on the label.  I then added some fun ribbons — Soft Sky 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon, Venetian Crochet Trim, and Gold Sequin Trim.

The sentiment is from the sentiment set, And Many More, which I borrowed from a sweet friend.

Come back tomorrow evening for another Monday Montage blog hop.  I’ll be sharing the card I made to swap with that group of fabulous ladies.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Peaceful Blendabilities

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberHappy Mother’s Day!  We have another Monday Montage blog hop for you this evening.  There are ten of us participating, so just click on the tabs at the bottom of each post to navigate your way through all of the blogs.

I decided to play with the new Blendabilities markers that Stampin’ Up! will soon be selling (demonstrators were able to order them a month early).  Blendabilities are alcohol-based markers that come in sets of three shades (light, medium, and dark) of the same Stampin’ Up! color.  Now, I am definitely still quite a novice at using these, but I thought I’d share my first card using them.

Peaceful BlendabilitiesI started by cutting a card base of Daffodil Delight card stock.  I then cut a piece of Modern Medley dsp and stamped some splatters using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  Then I cut a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and stamped the Positively Chevron background stamp with Daffodil Delight ink.  I brushed some Gesso over it with a paint brush just to tone that down a bit and add some texture.

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Then I had some fun with the markers.  I love how easily the colors blend!  I stamped the flowers and leaves from the Peaceful Petals stamp set using Memento Black ink.   Then I used the Cherry Cobbler package and the Daffodil Delight package for the flowers, and the Old Olive package for the leaves.  I also used a Cherry Cobbler marker to color the rhinestones.

Well, you’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog to check out her amazing post.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can go visit Wendy Weixler’s awesome blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all ten posts.

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Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Hey There Tag

Hey There Tag

I decided to play around with some Gesso again today.   I used some Daffodil Delight ink with the Positively Chevron background stamp.  To tone it down a bit, I took a paint brush and applied a thin layer of Gesso over it, covering some areas a little more than others.  Not only does it tone down the bright color, but it also adds some cool texture.

Then I made the tag using some leftover card stock from the fabulous Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit.  The Melon Mambo flower is from the Petite Petals stamp set, punched out with the coordinating punch.  The sentiment was embossed and is from a My Paper Pumpkin kit.  I love the fonts used on this sentiment.  The Island Indigo flowers are punched using the Boho Blossoms punch.  I also used the Little Leaves Sizzlits die for the leaves again.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

I Love Pink and Gold — Monday Montage #6

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We have another Monday Montage Blog Hop in store for you this evening!  I hope you’ll follow along the blog hop trail and see what all of the designers have made.

I have made a new discovery — I love pink and gold together!  I made a couple of Christmas cards using these two colors together and I threw Coastal Cabana into the mix too for a nice contrast color.

Snowflake WishesI love the look of gold embossing, and used that on both of the snowflakes.  I also threw in some sequins.

Another discovery I made is that pink and gold do not photograph well together on my camera.  Here’s a picture of my other card.  Please forgive the terrible picture.  It looks so much better in real life.

pink and gold star card copyThe pink that I used on both cards is Blushing Bride — I love that pink!

Well, you’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s fantastic blog.  If you’d rather work your way backwards (you, rebel!) you can do that too and hop on over to Wendy Weixler’s amazing blog.  Either way, just work your way through the nine other blogs to see the treats they have in store for you.

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Enjoy your Sunday evening!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used on Card 1:
Stamps:  Festive Flurry, Joy to the World
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Embellishments:  Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Festive Flurry Framelits, Blushing Bride 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Subtles Designer Buttons, White Baker’s Twine

Supplies Used on Card 2:
Stamps:  Positively Chevron, Christmas Star, Wishing You
Ink:  Versamark, Coastal Cabana
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets
Embellishments:  Blushing Bride 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Basics 3/8″ glimmer brads

Four Square Butterflies — FabFri27

This time around, we have a sketch challenge for you at the Fab Friday site:

I always struggle with sketches like this.  I never know what to put in all of those little boxes.  I decided to pull out my butterfly punches because I’m starting to get wrapped up in Fall and Christmas themed projects, and I still have some Summer themed products that haven’t gotten enough love yet.

Four ButterfliesI used the Positively Chevron background stamp with clear embossing powder to make the card base.  I love this technique for making subtle, yet striking backgrounds.  I even pulled out my sewing machine to do some crazy stitching on the Hearts a Flutter pennants.  The butterflies are punched with Afternoon Picnic dsp and coordinating card stock.

I hope you’ll be able to join in this challenge at Fab Friday.  You should swing by and see what the other designers did with all of those squares on the sketch.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Positively Chevron, Lots of Thanks
Ink:  Versamark, Basic Gray
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana, Wisteria Wonder, Crushed Curry, Afternoon Picnic dsp
Embellishments:  Hearts a Flutter framelits, Bitty Butterfly punch, Elegant Butterfly punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Pearl Basic Jewels, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder


Saturday Strawberry Slush

Pink chevron dahliaWhile I had my Positively Chevron background stamp out I thought I’d use it again.  I embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I think it gives the card such a happy look with this color.  I stamped the dahlia and cut it out and adhered it to the bottom corner.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Positively Chevron, Regarding Dahlias
Ink:  Versamark, Strawberry Slush
Paper:  Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Embellishments:  Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, 5/8″ Organza Ribbon, Scallop Edge Border, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, Artisan Label punch


Chevrons and Hexagons

Which do you love more?  Hexagons or Chevrons?  Well, I have a card today for those of you who can’t decide.

chevrons and hexagonsI stamped the background with the Positively Chevron background stamp using Versamark ink.  I then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I love this look!

Enjoy your Thursday!  I’ll be back tomorrow with another Fab Friday card.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Positively Chevron, Lots of Thanks, Six-Sided Sampler
Ink:  Versamark, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Basic Gray, Whisper White, Eastern Elegance
Embellishments:  Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Hexagon punch, Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder


Artisan Swap

Every year Stampin’ Up! holds a contest for its demonstrators, the Artisan Design Team Contest,  in which demonstrators can enter ten different projects and Stampin’ Up! then judges the submitted projects and selects twenty finalists based on creativity, craftsmanship, etc…  Out of those twenty finalists, ten are selected to be on the Artisan Design Team for a one year term.  Those ten winners will be announced at Awards Night this evening.

I was blessed to have been selected as one of the twenty finalists again this year, and we were able to meet up yesterday and swap cards.  This is one talented group of ladies (and incredibly kind and lovely), let me tell you.  I think that designing cards for this swap is more stressful than creating the actual entries for the contest.  But it’s so worth it because I get beautiful cards in return and I get to meet some incredible stamping ladies.  This is the card I made for the swap:

Artisan Swap

I felt like this card is very true to my style, and I really hope they liked it.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Birthday Cake, Express Yourself, Positively Chevron
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Versamark
Paper:  So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, In Color DSP Stack
Embellishments:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Strawberry Slush 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim, Smoky Slate 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Dazzling Details

I’m not Afraid of Orange

Do you have any colors that strike fear in your crafting heart?  I’ve heard many people say that color is orange for them.  I have no problem with orange.  In fact, I really like it.  It’s the favorite color of my two girls.  They’ve even asked me if they could paint their rooms orange.  I haven’t quite allowed that yet, but I don’t mind orange pillows or other accents.

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I used some fun, new products on this card — the Positively Chevron background stamp, which I embossed with white embossing powder, and the Island Indigo 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon.  I also used some more of those sequins from my stash.

I do have a color that strikes fear into my heart, and that color is purple.  I think purple is a perfectly pretty color, but I rarely use it as I never know with what to pair it.  That’s why you don’t see many purple cards from me.

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hello, Lovely, Positively Chevron
Ink:  Island Indigo, Versamark
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Whisper White
Embellishments:  Island Indigo 3/4″ Chevron ribbon, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Pearl Basic Jewels, sequins (non-SU)