Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Autumn Harvest for Mojo and PPA

For the Mojo Monday sketch and the PPA Inspirational Challenge, I chose the new stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog, Gifts of the Earth. Old Olive and More Mustard cardstock pulled out the colors for PPA and worked well with the images. I stamped the pumpkin in Basic Brown and used my aqua painter on my stamp pads to bring out the colors, then cut her out and popped her up with some dimentionals. I stamped the large image in Basic Brown as well. You can barely see, but I spritzed both squares with a little Old Olive too! With a few Earth Element brads and some Old Olive ribbon and a strip of retired DSP, this card came together in a simple design. It feels like fall here in the southwest part of Ohio! Bring out the sweatshirts and lets take a trip to the pumpkin farm!!!
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Up Up and Away!

I just love the different ways you can use this "Sweet Centers" stamp set! I havn't even worked on the Halloween set...that is next! but for Our Creative Corner challenge I needed to use pink, white and brown. I stamped the base of the hot air balloon in Basic Brown on Whisper White cardstock, then punched out the circle with the new 1 3/4 inch punch. I then punched out a pink polka dot and brown polka dot circle. I mounted the balloon base on my Chocolate Chip cardstock. Folding the pink and brown circles in half, I glued them together and created the dimention to the balloon. They got glued down and after adding some Pretty in Pink brads I adhered the entire balloon image. Embellished with a little circle punch and some scallop edging, I think this card is going to "blow" someone away when they receive it!
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Monday, September 21, 2009

Mojo Monday #105 -Thanksgiving

This stamp called "Gobble, Gobble," from the holiday mini catalog, is a steal at $6.95 and becomes the centerpiece for this Mojo Monday sketch! I used markers to color the stamp itself, pulling out the More Mustard, Ruby Red, and Close to Cocoa and after "huffing" on the stamp, layed it down on Very Vanilla. The base of this card is More Mustard cardstock. I cut out the circles with my 1 1/4 inch punch from my favorite paper right now, "Autumn Meadows." The brown background is some retired DSP! The scallop edge punch gave me some more Ruby Red accent and another strip of my "AM's"pulled my color scheme together. The sentiment "give thanks" reminds me I need to be thankful each day for so many blessings. Today I will be thankful for my wonderful husband!

p.s. the first card is my "redo"....I added the brown strip to make the card "flow" better into the scallops...I knew something was missing when I uploaded!!!
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Masculine Cards

Masculine cards can be difficult, but not with the new "Autumn Meadows" designer paper from the Holiday Mini! My brother and brother-in-law both have birthdays this week...on the same day! So I brought out my retired "Winds of Grace" stamp set. The lighthouse was stamped on the designer paper which was already shaded in beautifully! Just layering some strips of this paper created the masculine background I was looking for. The sailboat was stamped on Very Vanilla which I had stamped up with the background stamp, "Sanded." I also used "Sanded" on the sentiment and sponged on a bit more Bermuda Bay. The sailboat is colored with the aqua painter with some Bermuda Bay from the lid of my stamp pad. A few brads, and a sentiment created a fast and easy solution for the men in my life! Love the colors and variety of more rustic designs on this paper!
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

K.I.S.S. Paper Pal Arts Challenge

The challenge: "Keep it simple sweetie!" So this card, which I made at the Cincinnat Regionals just seemed to fit that bill. Using the stamp set "Berry Christmas" I stamped the modern wreath image with Certainly Celery and the little bird in Close to Cocoa. A strip of Close to Cocoa cardstock and another wider strip of Certainly Celery balance the card and the bit of 3/4 inch polka dot Real Red grograin ( using the plain side) peaks out at the bottom of this sweet little card. I stamped the berries in Real Red, punched them out with the 3/4 inch circle punch and mounted them with dimentionals. A little peak of the envelope shows I stamped the wreath again because I love a stamped envelope!
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Christmas Tags

Aren't these adorable? This is one of the most inexpensive Christmas stamps in the catalogue! A little layering, a rivet, some wonderful striped ribbon and you have one of the cutest Christmas tags ever! Another swap from the Cincinnati Regional...
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sweet Centers...an edible card!

I was excited to get this stamp set called Sweet Centers! I also ordered the plastic cups and the 1 3/4 circle punch to make these fun cards! This particular card is for the Color Throwdown #60 using Bermuda Bay, Green Galore and Barely Banana. I put my Green Galore through my Big Shot using this embossing folder, then punched out my circle. I stamped my hot air baloon on some Very Vanilla with the Bermuda Bay inkpad. I added a strip of Bermuda Bay cardstock, textured Barely Banana, and my coordinating ribbon to create my color scheme. I found some Skittles in similar colors and added them to the little plastic cup. It has sticky on the back to adhere to my vanilla cardstock base. A few Green Galore brads and a "happiness" sentiment completes this fun little card I am anxious to send soon!
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Cincinnat Regional Swaps

I love this little treat card, envelope, treat container, party favor. It is simply a 4" by 4" envelope, with the 1 3/4 circle punch creating the window an window sheets covering the circle. She stamped the image from Sweet Centers stamp set, then punched out the center and used the inside for her layered circle tag. A touch of Pumpkin Pie 1/2 " striped grograin ribbon tops it off. This Sweet Centers set is ready to use for any season or celebration. Go to my website to order!!
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Cincinnati Regional Swaps!

Isn't this card great? I love how she used Rich Razzleberry and black using the Branch Out Stamp set! So simple. If you want a simple Halloween card this is it. Just add a sentiment. ( So sorry not to give credit to this wonderful stamper, but I had run out of swaps to trade with her, so I just took a picture!)
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cincinnati Regionals: A basket full of pencil swaps!

This demonstrator created some darling pencil swaps out of the Daisey Die! They were layed on the eraser of a pencil and simply thumbtacked to the eraser~ So cute and what a pretty basket they made! Stayed tuned, tomorrow I will start posting some of the beautiful swaps I received.
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Cincinnati Stampin Up! Regionals Pictures

This was my first ever Stampin Up! major event and about 500 were in attendance at the Duke Energy Center this past Saturday, Sept. 12
One of the first people we met was this man who had all his swaps in this apron! He was here with his wife, who was just enjoying talking with attendees as her husband swapped their cards! There were actually a couple men in attendance who were demonstrators.
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Monday, September 14, 2009

Cincinnati Stampin Up! Regional: Meeting Shelli!

I never expected Shelli Gardner, founder of Stampin Up! to be at our regional meeting...but voila, there she was standing around with a few people getting their pictures taken with her before it all began. So...I got in line too! It was a fun day with lots of stamping projects, business tips and technique demonstrations. Starting tomorrow I will show off some of the swaps I got and fun sights of this event I shared with about 500 other fellow Stampin Up! demonstrators.

Autumn Splendor

This card combines 2 challenges: Mojo Monday and Color Throwdown. My colors are Close to Cocoa, More Mustard and Ruby Red. The background paper, called Autumn Meadows, really is Close to Cocoa...but doesn't seen to photograph cocoa does it?! I just got my Autumn Splendor Stamp set and this beautiful coodinating designer paper. I stamped the leaves and little chestnuts in Versamark and embossed with a beautiful glitter embossing power I happened to have on hand. Love the autumn colors of this time of year, so rich and warm. Thanks for popping over to my blog. Have a joyful day~!
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Swaps for Cincinnati SU Regionals

I am busy making swaps for our Stampin Up! Regionals this Saturday in Cincinnati.l I wanted to make something simple so I chose the Pocket Silouettes Stamp set. Using So Saffron, Kraft and Always Artichoke cardstock, I stamped my images on Whisper White with the coordinating stamp pads. I bent the Artichoke strip a bit for a rougher look and added some linen thread for a simple embellishment. I need to work on getting my sentiments straight! My Stampamajig is often a mystery to me...still trying to use it correctly. Don't worry, I will get the 49 other swaps just right. Hope to see you at the Cinci Regionals!!!
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mojo Monday and PPA Challenges

This card uses the Mojo Monday sketch and Pals Paper Arts colors challenge. I decided to go for a little "vintage" feel. My sweet little robin becomes the focus, and the "merci" and flowers, and flourish, all come from the Friends 24-7 Stamp Set. I stamped my birdie and flowers in Close to Cocoa and then watercolored with my blender pens. A tad bit of Crushed Curry grograin ribbon provides a strip to pot up my two squares. Add a few brads and I am ready to send my "thank you" card. Thanks for visiting!
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A New Take on Christmas Colors!

This card combines the Color Throwdown Challenge and the My Creative Corner Sketch! Regal Rose, Almost Artichoke and Chocolate Chip were my color challenges to use with my new "Delightful Decorations" stamp set, punched out with my new Ornament Punch, both from the wonderful Holiday Mini Catalog. I added a little bling of course, with the Filigree Designer brad and some lovely rhinestones!
Some Regal Rose grograin ribbon and silver cord top off my first holiday card! Stay tuned for some more samples from the mini catalog in days ahead!
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