Sunday, June 27, 2010
Since it's been so stormy, I thought today would be a good day to share a card that seems very serene. This should combat all that wildness outside! Does the card look familiar? It should because it's showcased on the front cover of the Summer Mini. My Hostess Club ladies wanted to recreate the card, so we did our best to come up with something similar. They all were very happy with the results and are actually going to make more of them!
Stamps: Elements of Style, Charming
Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, and Presto Patterns Specialty Designer Paper
Ink: Sahara Sand, Basic Brown (retired), Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Mostly Vintage Stencil, Sponge quarter, Vanilla Hodge Podge Hardware, Pretties Kit (retired), Small Oval Punch, Butterfly Punch, Distressing Tool, Log Cabin and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritzes, Bashful Blue Mini Brads, Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon, white crochet cotton, and Dimensionals.
hmmm... I think I remembered all the tools and accessories we used to make this card. Seems like we had a huge pile of 'stuff' on the table when we were finished. But it really did turn out lovely, so it was worth all the time and effort that went into it! The stencil sponged on the background is what really pulls it all together. It's just a soft filler, but how cool.
And did you notice where the Charming set was used? It's that little piece of cardstock tucked in behind the ripped edge on the top. I couldn't figure out what was actually used on the original, so we improvised a bit. Some of the ladies also took a sliver of those words and tucked it under the torn bottom corner too. By that time I had already stopped working on my card, but they were on a roll and continued playing with it til they were happy. That's what I call real dedication! Or maybe it's really obsessiveness!! Either way, we all had fun making this card.
Hope you enjoy it and find time to create (or recreate!) something today too!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Her card was so totally opposite from the card I shared earlier from Phyllis which was much softer and feminine. Shannon's card is bold and precise, yet fun and sort of whimsical. Can you see what I mean?
Stamps: For All You Do
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White, and Melon Mambo
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: 1 3/8" Square Punch, Paper Snips, Clear Rhinestone Brads, and Dimensionals
I have to admit here that Shannon's original looked better than mine. I'm not sure why I was having such a hard time getting a really solid black look to my images, but for the life of me they all turned out a bit splotchy. Some I turned over and tried again, but the result was the same. I guess I need to work on my stamping techniques! LOL
And while I'm confessing here, she didn't use a Dimensional under her flowers either. I just have this need to add some dimension to my cards. Sorry Shannon, I just couldn't help myself! LOL There you have it. Now you know that I just can't leave someone else's design alone! It's a mad compulsion with me and I don't think there's a cure. Woe is me!! hmmmm.... Or maybe not - maybe this is just a part of my fascination with stamping. It's so easy to add your own little tweak to someone else's great idea! Thus it's easy for anyone to feel creative and add their own bit of spice.
So, go out and spice up your world today! Find an idea you really like from someone and sprinkle just a bit of spice to it (or maybe a whole lot!) and have some fun!!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Stamps: Friends Never Fade and Thank You Kindly
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, and Whisper White
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Marina Mist, and Basic Black
Accesssories: Scallop Border Punch, Scallop Square Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon and Dimensionals
I'm really happy with this color combination and layout. Hope the ladies enjoy making their cards. It really isn't very hard to make, but I like the simpler look myself.
Well, I've worked hard today trying to sort out all my old retired stamps and get my cardstock organized. I can't believe how hard it is trying to remember which color family the different colors belong in. Yikes! How many months before I get it down right?! And don't get me started about where I stashed those mini catalog sets that are now in the catalog! I know they're around here somewhere!! Oh well, keep at it and I'll get done sooner or later. And I'll have to keep reminding myself what is current and which color is what color family - or something like that!
Hope you've got some wonderful plans for the weekend. Me, after the shoebox swap, I've got more organizing to do - all the ink pads, markers, ribbons, and other accessories!! Oh My Goodness!! Should keep me busy for quite awhile.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Stamps: Kind & Caring Thoughts, Inspired by Nature, and
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Old Olive, Basic Black, and Real Red
Ink: Basic Black, Mellow Moss and Old Olive ink pads, Basic Black marker
Accessories: punches- Wide Oval, Large Oval, Boho Blossom, Trio Flower, 1 3/4" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 3/4" Circle, 1/2" Circle, 1/4" Circle, Heart to Heart, and Modern Label
I can't believe how many punches were used to make this little guy! When he was finished, almost half of my many punches were sitting on the work table! How crazy is that! But he was worth it though, wasn't he?
If I ever make another one of these, I think I'll use some really big googly eyes instead of the black and white cardstock. That would make him just too cute! Can you just imagine opening an envelope and pulling him out with those huge eyes wiggling around? Instant giggles for sure. Think I need to run out to the store to pick some up now that I've been thinking about it. It's making me laugh just thinking about it!!!
Hope you are having a wonderful week. Don't forget Father's Day is coming up this Sunday. Hope it's a nice day for a BBQ. I'm off to get some work done (or anything done for that matter) after babysitting today.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Stamps: Punched Posies
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Old Olive
Accessories: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, Bitty Buttons, Big Shot with Scallop Square Die, Scallop Circle Punch, contraband narrow organdy ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, and Dimensionals
Somehow, no matter how I shifted the components around, I just wasn't happy with the looks. I'm not sure what exactly I'm not happy with, but it just bugs me for some reason. Any input here would be greatly appreciated...
Since I couldn't get the other one the way I wanted, I just started all over again. Kind of the same layout, but the background color changed
and a few more embellishments were used.
Stamps: Punched Posies
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, and Crushed Curry
Ink: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Accessories: Big Shot with Scallop Square Die and Perfect Pindot Embossing Folder, Scallop Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch, Fire Round Rhinestone Brads (pink), Silver Mini Brads, and Dimensionals
I'm much happier with this version. Looking at the two of them together, I think I tend to appreciate the softer, brighter colors instead of the darker. It just looks friendlier to me. Does that make sense?? Even just the addition of lighter flower centers makes it look better. Either way, this stamp set is going to need a little more playtime to come up with something I really like. But that's not going to be today. I have to get back to planning cards for classes next week. Hope that goes better than these card!! lol
Take care and find something to stamp today. Sometimes it's frustrating, but most times it's very inspiring and rewarding. The trick is to keep it the latter and not the former.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Anyway, I thought you'd like to get an idea of the type of card we made last night. This one used a designer paper from way back when. I've got stashes of retired papers that haven't seen the light of day in a few (make that lots of) years. So instead of purchasing more new to use, I figured it was time to start utilizing what I already owned. Just using up my stash would probably take a full two years at least. Oh heavens!! Did I really admit to that??? Shhh - don't tell anybody. ok? Anyway.....
Stamps: For A Friend (retired)
Cardstock: More Mustard, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla, and an un-named designer series paper that retired more than 7 years ago
Ink: Basic Black, More Mustard, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Aqua Painter, More Mustard Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, and Dimensionals
It's a very straight-forward card to make. Nothing spectacular, but nice enough I hope. By the way, it's funny how hard it is to work with color combos and papers that you haven't used in quite awhile. The colors just seemed odd together since they weren't current. Isn't it interesting how certain color combos go in and out of style? Seems to me if you like them, you'd use them always instead of packing them away for the future. So that's what I'm doing. I'm bringing color combos and retired designer papers back into the light of day. (and doing a little 'spring cleaning' on my paper stash while I'm at it!)
Have a wonderful week. Have you stamped today?