Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Catching up on Paper Pumpkin!

Hey everyone! This weekend I went south to Wasilla to play in a co-ed roller derby bout with a whole bunch of my favorite people! It was a fantastic experience! After playing roller derby for 6 years (!!!!) it's a nice change to play with the boys! I like the challenge that playing with men bring. It was a really good time! I was also awarded MVP Jammer! Wahoo!

This card was made for the wonderful parents of a teammate who let a bunch of us crash at their house! It was so nice of them to let all of us stay with them, not to mention save some money instead of forking out for hotel rooms.

Do you subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up!? I was skeptical at first, but I love everything I've gotten so far!!! This kit is called Layers Of Gratitude and it is just stinkin' adorable! The great thing about Paper Pumpkin is that the projects are relatively simple, depending on your stamping/crafting experience. It took me 10 minutes to make this (I was on a mission, as the gal I drove with texted me on the way to my house needing a card) The stripes and offset diamonds are one single line, so that one required multiple steps to build them up to how they are, but thats it! I love how it turned out!

If you are a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber, you can purchase extra kits that they have overstock on. (That's how I got this one)

Pinterest also has creative ideas for these kits as well, and how to use the negative space for other projects!

Supplies: ALL SU.
Kit: Layers of Gratitude Feb 2015 kit. (comes with papers, embellishments, ink spots in Daffodil Delight and Pool Party, stamps, etc)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Floral Frenzy for FM226!

Good afternoon! This morning while surfing Facebook I came across the Friday Mashup layout for the week and had to give it a try! I've seen so many cool things done with inlaid embossing!

If you aren't familiar with inlaid embossing, there's a great video link on the challenge page. Pretty much, it's using those cute little dies, but instead of layering them, you cut them to fit like a puzzle!

I decided to CASE the card on page 77 in the 2015 SU Idea Book and Catalog. Which may have been a bit much for the first attempt, I've been dying to use that set and I thought today was just the day to give it a whirl.

I am in love with this technique because it keeps the bulky layers at bay that you would typically get if they were stacked. Once everything was assembled, I decided to run it through with an embossing folder because I was NOT a fan of the framelet outlines. Now, it's a bit busier so they aren't noticed quite as much. 

Here's the challenge:

Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  • Create a project with the Sketch.
  • Create a project with Inlaid Die Cutting. (Video Here
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project with the Sketch and inlaid die cutting.
The Challenge will close on Wednesday Sept. 23rd @ 6pm EST. Be sure to read the guidelines above under "about the FM" if you are new to our Challenge and Welcome. We can't wait to see what you create with this fun Mash' Up!   

All in all, it was fun! I still think I should've done something a tad but simpler. It definitely got me out of my comfort zone. But, go big or go home, right? 

Supplies: (All SU unless otherwise noted)
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso. 
Stamps: Flower Patch
Supplies: Pearl Accents, 1/8" Certainly Celery ribbon, Flower Fair Framelits, Decorative Dots embossing folder.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a stamptastic day! 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cool Christmas for TTS51

Good morning!

Ever have one of those weeks where you are a day or two ahead? That was me! I *almost* posted this yesterday and it would've ruined the surprise. Good thing I didn't!

This week at Tis The Season we have a cool color challenge for you! I realized when I sat down to make my card I had only ONE of the colors listed. So, I chose the colors that I had that was the closest to the ones listed. That is the great thing about the challenges, if you don't have something, improvise!

Here is my card:

I had to make it extra big so you could see the silver trim :)
This was a CASE of a card I found on Pinterest. It took me a little bit to figure out how I wanted the circles to be arranged, but I finally settled on this. The business of the the patterns were messing with my brain! I'm trying to not be so simple in my cards and finding myself embellishing a little more. (Ha, you say! This is still VERY simple.)

Anyway. Want to play along with us? Of course you do!
Here's the deets:
* Marina, Sky and Slate*

We do have a few challenge guidelines* we'd like to ask you to follow:

  • Your project must be a new Christmas project created for this challenge.
  • You may use any brand of product that you have in your stash. 
  • If you combine challenges please limit it to no more then 4 including ours.
  • Please provide a link back to our challenge or use the challenge graphic within your post.
  • Have fun!!! 
The Challenge is open until Sept. 29th  @ 12pm EST. Check out what the Design Team created below to get you started... We can't wait to see what you create!

Supplies: (All SU Unless otherwise noted) 
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Nordic Noel DSP (ret)
Ink: Basic Grey
Stamps: Four the Holidays (ret), Layers of Gratitude Photopolymer (Paper Pumpkin)
Accessories: Circles framelets dies, Silver cording trim, Pearl accents, Merry Details sizzlet. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a stamptastic day!!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Tripling the fun for fall!

Hey everyone!

Fall is in FULL swing here in Alaska! With the colors quickly changing, I had it in me to make one a card using one of my favorite techniques. The triple layer card! I'm always skeptical when I start if it will come out, but it NEVER disappoints!

The measurements for this card are as follows:
Card base (A2) 4 1/2 x 5 1/4"
Layer 1 (stamped) 4 x 5 1/4"
Layer 2 (solid) 3 1/4 x 4 1/2"
Layer 3 (stamped) 3 x 4 1/4"
Layer 4 (Solid) 2 1/4 x 3 1/2"
Layer 5 (Stamped) 2 x 3 1/4"

Cut all of your cardstock and layer to keep everything organized. Using an removable adhesive, layer and position the white stamping layer together and adhere so that they won't move around while you're stamping. Choose your images and stamp the layers. You'll notice that along the edges where the paper layers, the image won't stamp clearly and thats okay, don't try and fix it! Once all of your stamping is done, carefully pull detach the stamped layers and assemble with the solid pieces. Then, starting at the base, assemble upward. Remember, if you're adding embellishments, such as ribbon, to measure and position before you are completely adhered together.

And thats it! Such a beautiful and relatively easy card to make. I find that this style of card is good for  those sets that have lots of bitty stamps in them, that you might not necessarily know what you're going to do with.

**Note, when tying ribbons, it helps to have tiny fingers to hold the ribbon in place. :)

Supplies: (All SU Unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler.
Stamps: Day of Gratitude (Ret), You've got this.
Accessories: Dusty Durango polka dot grosgrain ribbon, rhinestones.

If you have any questions, feel free to find me on here on on my Facebook Page.

Thanks for stopping by and have a stamptastic day!!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Spooky cards for Swap and Friends

Hey everyone! Sorry I'm lagging a bit on the blog posts.

I'm part of a swap group that meets up in San Antonio and this month's theme is Halloween! I obviously can't make it to San Antonio, so mine get sent via the good 'ol USPS. I enjoy keeping them in business ;).

Here's what I came up with! I can't take credit as this was a card class from The Stamp Doc a really long time ago. But, still cute nonetheless!

The next day, my friend Savannah came over to do some crafting and I made this cute little card using the Spooky Bingo Bits again. Savannah was SO impressed by the Big Shot and all of it's awesomeness! I forget not all of my friends are stampers and how exciting it all can be.

All of those little squares are more difficult to line up than one would suspect! 

She also made a really cute safari baby card for a friend and we tried out the mirror imaging technique! It was a good day of stamping!

Savannah's Safari Card

Supplies (All SU unless otherwise noted)
Swap Card:
Stamps: Spooky Bingo Bits
Ink: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Cajun Craze
Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Basic Gray, Frightful Sight DSP
Accessories: 1" and 1 3/8" square punch, 1" and 1 1/4 circle punches, stitched black ribbon.

Halloween Frights Card:
Stamps: Spooky Bingo Bits
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Old Olive
Accessories: 1" square punch, black stitched ribbon, modern label punch, word window punch.

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a stamptastic day!!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Christmas Glow Inspiration for TTS50

Good morning!

This morning the Tis The Season crew are bringing another inspiration challenge! It gave me the feeling of my own Christmas growing up where there was lots of eclectic decorations collected from over the years. We had a big Victorian home to decorate! My style isn't quite so much now since my home is much smaller and I have to put away and store all of those decorations!

Here's my card!

I picked up this flip it framelit at Michael's the other day and what is pretty awesome are all the plates that come with it! It makes it super easy to layer the paper when all you have to do is die cut everything instead of trying to figure it out like other framelits I own. Plus, it comes with TONS of little dies! 

Here's the challenge:

We do have a few challenge guidelines* we'd like to ask you to follow:

  • Your project must be a new Christmas project created for this challenge.
  • You may use any brand of product that you have in your stash. 
  • If you combine challenges please limit it to no more then 4 including ours.
  • Please provide a link back to our challenge or use the challenge graphic within your post.
  • Have fun!!! 
The Challenge is open until Sept.15th  @ 12pm EST. Check out what the Design Team created below to get you started... We can't wait to see what you create!

Supplies (All SU unless otherwise noted)
Ink: Early Espresso, Wasabi, Real Red
Stamps: Petite Pairs, Fun with Christmas (ret) 
Paper: Real Red, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Candelite Christmas Specialty DSP (ret)
Accessories: Stephanie Barnard Framelit Flip it, rhinestones. 1/4" Striped Gingam ribbon. 

Have a stamptastic day!! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Feeling like Fall for TST232

Good morning everyone!!

It's definitely fall here in Alaska, even though it is still technically summer! We've had a good run of low 50's and frost warnings at night. Plus, we've had ALL of the rain. Thank goodness it's sunny today!!

Today's card is for Try Stamping on Tuesday's challenge #232. 

Here's my card:

Here's the sketch:

I FINALLY busted open the Sweater Weather DSP from a few years ago and it just all goes together so well with the Dusty Durango. I kept the rustic theme with the pump well. It reminds me of growing up on a farm :) I left off the sentiment and brads/candy dot embellishments because no matter what I tried, it didn't look right. It just didn't need it, I guess :)

Supplies (All SU unless otherwise noted)
Paper: Dusty Durango (Ret), Sweater Weather DSP (ret), Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate chip
Stamps: Countryside (ret)
Accessories: Linen thread

Thanks for stopping by! Have a stamptastic day!