Friday, August 27, 2010

Simply Colorful ...

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TGIF hoarding card-makers and welcome to the weekend! And, since it's finally another Friday, it's time for another "Stamp Simply" challenge!

This week, Sharon has a color challenge for us. These colors are rich and so pretty together as we transition from summer into autumn. And autumn comes earlier to some of us than other ... and some of us never have autumn :(

Today's color are turquoise and orange, with white or ivory as your neutral and you may add black for a little 'pop.' Here's a photo of an inviting boy's room to get your colorful and creative juices flowing:

Orange and turquoise has long been one of my very favorite color combinations so this challenge was especially fun for me. I did, however, take the 'autumn' concept one teensy step further:

To play along in this week's challenge ... and we hope you do! ... simply create a paper project using the inspiration photo, above, for your color palette. Then, upload it to your blog or online photo gallery and visit Sharon's blog, located HERE to link up your project in Mr. Linky, located HERE.

When uploading to an online gallery, such as Splitcoast Stampers, SNR, or Paper Craft Planet, please use keyword: "ssnotime154" so that we can find your project.

Need more inspiration? Don't miss the fabulously colorful projects created by the rest of the "Stamp Simply" team:

Sharon, Our Fearless Leader:No Time to Stamp?;

AJ: The Willow Garden; (AJ is enjoying a vacation this week ... see you next week, AJ!)

Barb: Explore. Dream. Discover.; (Barb is also enjoying a vacation this week ... see you next week, Barb!)

Barbara: Paper Pursuits;

Deb: Dream in Color;

Janine: 2 B Krafty;

Jenny: One Krafty Kat; and, our fabulous Guest Designer for August,

Charlene: Paper and Ink Playground.

If you'd like, you can view all of the Splitcoast Stampers gallery submissions, HERE.

We can't wait to see your colorful creations!

Thanks so much for spending part of your very busy day with me ... hope you have a fabulous weekend!

~Hugs,


I'm Entering This Card in These Challenges:

Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock: "Basic Black" Card Stock by Stampin' Up!
  • Designer Paper: Turquoise DP from "Blush" Collection by BasicGrey; Orange DP from "Reflections - Fall in Love" Collection (No Longer Available) by Daisy D's
  • Other Paper: Die-Cut from "Reflections - Fall in Love" Collection by Daisy D's
  • Stamp: Sentiment Stamp by PTI
  • Ink: "Vintage Photo" Dye Ink by Ranger; "Basic Black" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up!
  • Accessories: Black Satin Ribbon by PTI; Black Flat-Back Pearls by Mark Richards
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Leaf Die by Spellbinders; Stampin' Dimensionals and SNAIL Adhesive by Stampin' Up!
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (Side-Folded)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Simply Pleated ...

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TGIF hoarding card-makers and welcome to the weekend! And, since it's finally another Friday, it's time for another "Stamp Simply" challenge!

Pleated ribbon seems to be all the rage of late, so today Sharon is challenging us to make creations with pleated ribbon. You may use purchased pleated ribbon or you may pleat your own by hand or on a sewing machine or with tape. Whatever you can dream up -- show us some fun pleats! And for the purpose of this challenge, we will equate 'gathers' to pleats -- either/or is fine!

For those of you who'd like a l'il guidance, click HERE for a simple pleat mini-tutorial by Michelle Woerner.

Since Hallowe'en is just around the corner, and since I send out dozens of Hallowe'en cards, I decided to create a Hallowe'en card. This card is a CASE of a project featured in last year's Holiday Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up:

TIP: I created the 'cemetery' background using a jumbo wheel stamp from Stampin' Up ... but I don't own a jumbo wheel handle. So, should you fall in love with a jumbo wheel stamp but don't want to invest in a handle and several ink cartridges, do like I do: Unmount the stamp from the wheel, and remount it on your preferred mounting system, (I use Original HALOS or cling-foam).

The biggest benefit to un-mounting your wheeled stamps is that you can stamp your image(s) in any color ink you have in your collection. And they store perfectly in a Clear-Mount Stamp Case by Stampin' Up. Give it a try!

To play along in this week's challenge ... and we hope you do! ... simply embellish your paper creation with pleated ribbon, upload it to your blog or online photo gallery, then visit Sharon's blog, located HERE to link up your project in Mr. Linky, located HERE.

When uploading to an online gallery, such as Splitcoast Stampers, SNR, or Paper Craft Planet, please use keyword: "ssnotime153" so that we can find your project.

Need more inspiration? Don't miss the fabulous "pleated" projects created by the rest of the "Stamp Simply" team:

Sharon, Our Fearless Leader: No Time to Stamp?;

AJ: The Willow Garden;

Barb: Explore. Dream. Discover.;

Barbara: Paper Pursuits;

Deb: Dream in Color;

Janine: 2 B Krafty;

Jenny: One Krafty Kat; and our talented Guest Designer for August,

Charlene: Paper and Ink Playground.

If you'd like, you can see all of the Splitcoast Stampers gallery submissions, HERE.

We can't wait to see your pleated ribbon creation!

Thanks so much for spending part of your very busy day with me ... have a fabulous weekend!

~Hugs,


My Card Also Qualifies for These Challenges:

Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock: "Basic Black," "Tangerine Tango," and "Whisper White" Card Stock by Stampin' Up
  • Stamps: "Haunting Hill" Jumbo Wheel Stamp by Stampin' Up; "Twick or Tweet" Stamp Set (Retired) by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: "Basic Black" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Color Medium: Copic Markers
  • Accessories: Orange Gingham Ribbon; Metal Typewriter Key Word by K&Company
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Corner Chomper by WRMK'ers; Labels One Die by Spellbinders; 1/4" Double-Sided Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals and SNAIL Adhesive by Stampin' Up
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Time's Up! Back to School ...

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Happy Thursday, crafty stampers!

Yup, it's me ... I crawled outta my Iron Lung long enough to post a card on my deserted blog. Between battling the never-ending case of pneumonia and my gone-missin' Mojo, stamping has been the last thing I've wanted to do.

That said, I did manage to regain consciousness long enough to create this l'il card for the new challenge blog, "Sketches, Challenges, Blog Hops, (Oh My!)'s "Back to School" challenge:

The cute l'il bookworm stamp, from Our Craft Lounge, is from one of the three stamp sets I won on the recent Color Throwdown Celebrating 100 Challenges challenge. For the rest of the a-mazing product info, check out the Card Recipe, below.

And thanks so much for all of your emails and phone calls checkin' up on me ... I really appreciate it!

It was so nice of you to stop by today ... I'll be back tomorrow with this week's edition of the "Stamp Simply" challenge!

~Hugs,


This Card Also Qualifies for These Challenges:

Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock: "Basic Black" and "Very Vanilla" Card Stock by Stampin' Up
  • Designer Paper: "Report Card" Collection by October Afternoon
  • Other Paper: Library Circulation Card
  • Stamp: Bookworm from "Bookworm" Stamp Set by Our Craft Lounge
  • Ink: "Basic Black" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: Vintage Seam Binding Tape; Vintage Alphabet Tiles; Ghost Clock by Heidi Swapp; Clock Hands, Eyelet, and Brad Pitt from Stash
  • Tools: Tag Punches by Stampin' Up; Ticket Corner Punch by Stampin' Up; Crop-a-Dile by WRMK'ers; SNAIL Adhesive by Stampin' Up
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (Top-Folded)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Stamp Simply: One-Layer Cards

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TGIF hoarding card-makers and welcome to the weekend! And, since it's finally another Friday, it's time for another "Stamp Simply" challenge!

This week, our challenge is brought to us by team member Barbara Anders. Barbara is challenging everyone to create a one-layer card. That means only the card base ... not the card base + one other layer ... NO layers allowed.

Embellish your card however you'd like ... ribbon, buttons, bling, scoring, anything goes but no layers! C'mon, give it a try: OLC's are fast and fun!

Here's my one-layer card:

I used a Nestabilities die to create a debossed frame in the card stock, then stamped my image inside the frame using Versamark embossing ink. I heat embossed the focal image using black embossing powder, stamped my sentiment, and tied a satin ribbon around the front of the card and into a bow. Quick and easy!

To play along ... and we hope you do! ... simply create a one-layer card, upload it to your blog or online photo gallery, then visit Sharon's blog, located HERE to link up your project in Mr. Linky, located HERE.

When uploading to an online gallery, such as Splitcoast Stampers, SNR, or Paper Craft Planet, please use keyword: "ssnotime151" so that we can find your project.

Need more inspiration? Don't miss the fabulous projects created by the rest of the "Stamp Simply" team:

Sharon, Our Fearless Leader: No Time to Stamp?;

AJ: The Willow Garden;

Barb: Explore. Dream. Discover.;

Barbara: Paper Pursuits;

Deb: Dream in Color;

Janine: 2 B Krafty;

Jenny: One Krafty Kat; and, our fabulous Guest Designer for August,

Charlene: Paper and Ink Playground.

If you'd like, you can see all of the Splitcoast Stampers gallery submissions HERE.

We can't wait to see your one-layer card!

Sooooooooooo yesterday, Sheila and I took a trip to Michaels to oohhhhh and ahhhhh over stamps, and punches, and patterned paper. You know, the usual attractions.

As we wandered aimlessly around the store, Sheila spotted a familiar face. Being the one-woman Welcome Wagon that she is, Sheila dragged me over to say hello.

"You look like Helen Brown!" Sheila exclaimed.

"Well," the woman snapped back, "you don't look so great in blue, either!"

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me ... hope you have a fabulous weekend!

~Hugs,


Today's Challenges:

Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock: White Card Stock by PTI
  • Stamps: "Floral Tile" Stamp by Stampendous; Sentiment by PTI
  • Ink: Versamark Watermark Ink; "Basic Black" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up!
  • Accessories: Black Satin Ribbon; Super-Fine Detail Embossing Powder by Ranger
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Rectangle Die by Spellbinders; Heat Gun
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (Top-Folded)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hittin' the Designer Paper Stash, Week 2

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Happy Thursday, paper hoarders ... hope you're havin' a fabulous week!

Today's card project is No. 2 in my terrifying courageous plan to actually use some of the beautiful designer paper I already own. I'm saving some money, slowly reclaiming a l'il storage space, and remembering why I had to have these papers in the first place. Why not join me? It only hurts for a minute ...

This week, I'm bravely cutting into designer paper from DCWV's stunning "La Creme" collection:

That wasn't so bad ...

For the ginormous view of my card, clicky on the photo ... for the rest of the exciting product info, check out the Card Recipe, below.

Sooooooo yesterday, Sheila was helping out her neighbor, Jennifer, by watching her toddler while she went on a job interview. Naturally, she called me to come over and 'help.'

"And bring your bike; we're gonna take the l'il one out for a bike ride. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking ... but it was actually Jennifer's idea. She brought over her bike with a baby seat and the cutest l'il helmet you've ever seen!" Oh, joy.

By the time I arrived, bike and all, Sheila already had the baby sun-screened, helmeted, and strapped into the baby seat.

But, we weren't quite ready to leave: Sheila had to go through a tedious 12-point safety check of her equipment, double-check the baby seat lock and straps, re-adjust the baby's helmet, and squeeze the tires.

Finally, we were ready to ride! Sheila cautiously wheeled the bike to the end of her driveway, paused and carefully looked both ways for traffic. Then, she swung her leg up and over the crossbar ... and kicked the baby right in the face.

Thanks so much for spending part of your very busy day with me!

~Hugs,


Today's Challenges:

Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock: "Basic Black" and "Very Vanilla" Card Stock by Stampin' Up!
  • Designer Paper: "La Creme" Collection by DCWV
  • Other: Digital File
  • Stamps: All Stamps from "Tiny Tags" Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
  • Ink: "Basic Black" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up!; Distress Inks by Ranger
  • Accessories: Vintage Seam Binding Tape; Eyelet; Jump Ring
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Tiny Tags Die; Stampin' Dimensionals and SNAIL Adhesive by Stampin' Up!
  • Finished Size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" (Top-Folded)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

CASE'ing the CAS-tastic Design Team ...

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Happy Stump Day, hampers ... and welcome to another fantastic CAS-tastic Wednesday challenge!

This week, we're challenging you to CASE a CAS-tastic Wednesday Design Team member. Simply create a project inspired by one of the Design Team members' cards. You can find links to each blog below or you can see all of the cards in one place by visiting the CAS-tastic Wednesday Challenge blog, located HERE.

Here's the card I created for you to CASE ... should you decide you'd like to:

This card is super-simple to recreate ... and don't feel that you have to duplicate the handmade vintage dressmaker's tissue pattern paper flower. Say that 5 times fast ...

Feel free to use any type or kind of flower; the choice is yours. For the ginormous view of my card, clicky on the photo ... and for all of the heart-pounding product info, check out the Card Recipe, below.

Upload your completed project to your blog or online gallery and link your post to the CAS-tastic Wednesday Challenge blog, located HERE, by 9:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. Please mention that you're playing in the CAS-tastic Wednesday challenge on your blog post. One random winner will win his or her choice of four fabulous images and a package of handmade buttons (15 buttons in assorted colors), from this week's fantastic CAS-tastic sponsor, "Jane's Doodle for Squigglefly."

Be sure to submit your link to the "Simply Linked" widget on the CAS-tastic Wednesday blog. If you upload your project to an online gallery such as Splitcoast Stampers, SNR, or Paper Craft Planet, please be sure to use Keyword: CWC015.

Choose your Design Team member to CASE from this list:

Agata: Under Construction;

Angie: Angie Cortes Designs;

Deb: Paper, Ink, Scissors, & Stamps (You Are Here!)

Karen: The Bald Dragonfly;

Maylee: Maylee's Creative Corner; and,

Regina: Regina's Scrap Creations.

We can't wait to find out who you're CASE'ing and see your clean and simple "CASE-a-Design-Team-Member" card!

As always, thanks so much for spending part of your very busy day with me!

~Hugs,


Today's Challenges:

Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock: "Crumb Cake" Card Stock by Stampin' Up!
  • Patterned Paper: Digital File, Unknown
  • Other Paper: Vintage Dressmaker's Pattern Paper
  • Stamps: Sentiment by PTI
  • Ink: "Chocolate Chip" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up!
  • Accessories: Pebble Brad by Making Memories; Twill Tape by Stampin' Up!
  • Tools: Corner Rounder Punch by Stampin' Up!; Stampin' Dimensionals and SNAIL Adhesive by Stampin' Up!
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (Top-Folded)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The 60's Called; They Want Their Peace Sign Back ...

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Happy Tuesday, hoarding card-makers ... hope you're having a great day!

Today's card project was created for the "Signs of Peace Challenge" in the Moxie Fab World. For all of the peaceful yet challenging deets, clicky HERE ... and there's still lots of time for you to join in!

Here's my take on the challenge:

For the ginormous view of my card, clicky on the photo ... and for all of the mind-blowin' product info, check out the Card Recipe, below.

Sooooooo, yesterday Sheila, her crazy sister, Jill, and I decided to do a l'il mall shopping. Because she never offers, Sheila insisted that Jill drive ... in her car.

"Ya know, and pay for the gas this time?" Sheila explained.

So off we go to the Wellington mall, Jill at the wheel, driving her very own car, using her very own gas ... a major coup! Our first stop, though, was a self-service gas station because Jill "forgot" to get gas.

We waited in the car while Jill filled the tank. After filling up, we were off once again.

"Hmmmm ..., I wonder?" Jill mused aloud.

"You wonder what, Einstein?" Sheila asked.

"I'm not sure if I put the gas cap back on the car ... I know I took it off."

"Well, of course you took it off you yo-yo, otherwise you wouldn't have had to pay for the gas you didn't put in the tank."

"Are you trying to confuse me?" Jill asked.

"Well, that's no challenge. Look, just pull over and get out of the car and check to see if you've got your gas cap." Sheila said.

Sure enough, Jill had forgotten to put the gas cap back on ... she was capless!

"Now what do I do?" Jill whined.

So off we go back to the gas station to see if she left the cap there. She hadn't.

"Well, it must have fallen off your car. So, park the car and you can start walking back down the road to look for it." Sheila said. "Deb and I will look on this side of the road."

Since we were in no rush to play in traffic, we were just climbing out of the car when we saw Jill running back, gas cap in hand.

"I found it, I found it! Yippee, I found it!" Jill enthused as she skipped around to the back of the car and put the gas cap back on. We all climbed back into the car and off we went ... again.

"You know, you're awfully lucky to have found your gas cap so quickly." I commented.

"Oh, no, that wasn't my gas cap ... this one was much better." Jill replied.

"Really? How is it 'better?'" Sheila asked.

"It's better 'cuz this one locks!"

Thanks so much for spending part of your very busy day with me!

~Hugs,


Today's Challenges:

Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock: Various, Most by Stampin' Up!
  • Stamps: Sentiment by Stamps of Life; Peace Sign by Rubber Stampede
  • Ink: "Basic Black" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: Vintage Bakery Twine; DMC Embroidery Floss
  • Tools: 1/16", 1 1/4", 1 1/2" Circle Punches; Corner Rounder Punch; Stampin' Dimensionals by Stampin' Up!
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (Side-Folded)

Monday, August 2, 2010

This Old Thing?!?

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Happy Monday, crafty-chicks ... hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Today's card project was created for the current Etsy Inspired and Frosted Designs challenges ... among others.

I created my multi-challenge card using a v-e-r-y old original Bingo card and vintage wooden Bingo markers, all circa 1950:

The striped background paper I used is a digital file and the arrow was cut using a die. For the ginormous view of my card, clicky on the photo ... and for all of the heart-pounding product info, check out the Card Recipe, below.

Sooooooo, Sheila's certifiably insane wacky sister, Jill, stopped over yesterday to say hello.

"So, what did you do last night?" Jill asked.

"Me? I'm married ... I stayed home."

"Oh, well, that's nice. Know what I did?"

"I'm almost afraid to ask." I replied.

"I went to the thirtieth reunion of my preschool class. And I'll be honest, Deb, I really didn't want to go, because I've put on like a hundred pounds."

Thanks so much for spending part of your very busy day with me!

~Hugs,


Today's Challenges:

Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock: All Card Stock by Stampin' Up!
  • Patterned Paper: Digital File, Unknown
  • Other Paper: Vintage Chipboard Bingo Card
  • Stamp: Sentiment Stamp by Papertrey Ink
  • Accessories: Red Twill Tape; Typewriter Key-Style Word Tile by K&Company; Vintage Bingo Markers
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Arrow Die; Label Die; Corner Rounder Punch by Stampin' Up!; Stampin' Dimensionals and SNAIL Adhesive by Stampin' Up!
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (Top-Folded)