Saturday, August 27

BEAUTIFUL CARD WITH NO STAMPING!! (REALLY??? - YES REALLY)

MOJO MONDAY  CHALLENGE:  (http://www.mojomonday.blogspot.com/

I KNOW, IT SEEMS AMAZING, BUT I ACTUALLY MADE A CARD THAT IS BE)AUTIFUL AND INCLUDED NO STAMPING.  Now I did NOT say no INK or no Designer Paper, and I did NOT say no punches or ribbon.  ha

Here it is - what do you think?  It is the beee-u-ti-ful NEW DESIGNER PAPER called SPICE CAKE.  The colors in this pretty paper are pool party, soft suede, more mustard, pear pizzazz, and river rock.  I chose a few of those colors to highlight this amazing paper.  First I used pool party as my card base.  Then I layered more mustard under soft suede.  I used my fancy flower punch and punched out the patterned flowers from the paper, used snail to put it on the soft suede layer and then ran it through the big shot with the petals a plenty embossing folder.  This makes it look like a piece of an old quilt from grandma, doesn't it?

Now, I hear some of you murmuring to me saying, "hey, I recognize that patterned flower.  I think you stamped it with the NEW TRIPLE TREAT FLOWER SINGLE STAMP."  To you I say, NO I DID NOT, BUT IT DOES PERFECTLY MATCH THAT SINGLE STAMP.  How cool is that?  You could use the DSP and the stamp together on one card, not to mention the fancy flower punch with it!!

Don't you just LOVE how everything coordinates here at Stamin' Up!  I sure do!!  I LOVE this company.  Ok, back to my card, I digress...



For the middle I flipped the DSP over and it is a more mustard pattern which I punched out with the fancy flower punch BEFORE I did the embossing in the bigshot.  That ended up being the bottom layer of my 3-D flower in the middle.  I added two layers of punched pool party card stock, which I bent the petals a bit to go under, and I rubbed the middle to make it cup a bit.  Oh, and I also used a sponge and pool party ink to edge the flower.  Then I fussy cut (with scissors) the flower pattern and rubbed the center to make it cup also.  Then I used Stampin' Dimensionals in the middle to layer the flower all together to make it 3-D and more mustard card stock cut in slices thinly is the stamen.  You like??

I LOVE the new Pool Party ruffled ribbon.  I added a knotted tie at the bottom of the card and VOILA - a pretty NON STAMPED card made all with SU supplies.

Please consider leaving me a comment - I enjoy hearing your thoughts or questons.  Happy Saturday to you all.

p.s. Did  tell you that today it is 109 degrees here in my part of Texas??!!  They say the hurricane on the east coast is causing it to be hotter than normal.  I believe we set a record for this high of heat.  I am inside stamping and my hubby - he is outside working on the lawn!!  Stubborn man would not wait until this evening when it got down below 100 degrees.  I have been taking him glasses of water every 30 minutes so I won't find him passed out in the grass.  Love him and am grateful for all his hard work.

Inky fingers y'all.

Friday, August 19

TWO CHALLENGES, TWO CARDS - FRIDAY MASHUP #20 AND STAMPING ROYALTY #59

HERE IS MY FIRST CARD FROM THE CUTE SUMMER SUITE STAMP SET FOR THE FRIDAY MASHUP CHALLENGE (http://fridaymashup.com/).  I HAD SO HOPED FOR THIS SET TO BE IN THIS CURRENT CATALOG.  MAYBE IT WILL BE IN NEXT YEARS?  ANYWAYS, I USED BUTTONS IN TANGERINE TANGO, MELON MAMBO AND DAFFODIL DELIGHT ON THE BUTTON CARD THAT WAS STAMPED FROM THE SET.  I MADE A TAPE MEASURER WITH YELLOW CARD STOCK AND THE STAMP, AND BROKE DOWN THE FIBERS SO I COULD MAKE IT BE UP AND DOWN ALONG THE CARD BY USING GLUE DOTS UNDERNEATH CERTAIN PORTIONS OF THE TAPE.  I PUT A REAL NEEDLE IN THE SPOOL OF THREAD.

I USED TANGERINE TANGO CARD STOCK AND PRINTED PAPER FOR THE CARD ITSELF.  YELLOW SCALLOP OVAL BEHIND THE STAMPED SPOOL.  MELON MAMBE BEHIND THE BUTTON CARD. 

I LOVE BUTTONS!! 

MY STAMPING ROYALTY CHALLENGE (http://stampinroyalty.blogspot.com/) ENTRY IS THE FOLLOWING CARD:
I USED CAJUN CRAZE LAYER ON THE BASE.  ON THE I USED AN UNUSUAL TEXTURED WALL PAPER SAMPLE THAT SEEMS LIKE IT IS BAMBOO OR STRAW.  I LIKED THE TEXTURE AND THE COLORS MATCHED MY CARD.  I STAMPED MY ONE LARGE IMAGE USING MY MARKERS TO COLOR IT WITH OLD OLIVE, GARDEN GREEN, DAFFODIL DELIGHT, AND CAJUN CRAZE.  I LIKE HOW THE DIFFERENT COLORS ALL WENT SO WELL TOGETHER AND GAVE IT A MUCH MORE DECORATIVE FEEL.  I USED 3 BRADS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAMPED IMAGE IN THE ORANGE, GREEN AND YELLOW COLOR.

I FINISHED IT OFF WITH TWO RIBBONS TIED INTO A KNOT AND GLUED ONTO THE WALL PAPER SAMPLE ON THE LEFT.

THANK YOU FOR LOOKING.

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Thursday, August 18

IT'S FINISHED, IT'S FINISHED, YIPPEE

I can't tell you how happy I am that I finally finished my grand daughter's graduation/off to college quilt.  If you look at my older posts, you will see that I started this several months ago.  I did not finish it for her grad party in June, but I knew I HAD to have it done this week because she is leaving for college on Friday.

I DID IT - IT IS DONE.  And the best part - SHE LOVES IT.  The fabrics, quilt pattern, etc. were a total surprise to her.  She just picked shades of purple for the colors and I did the rest.

I used the Pinwheel quilt pattern with some boarders around it.  It is an extended twin size for those dorm room long twin beds.

The only way I got it finished in time was that I hired my friend, Patty, who has a long arm quilting machine, to do the quilting part for me.  Then once it was quilted I applied the hand sewn border to finish it off.

Here are two photos of last night's going away party for Miranda:
 Here we are wrapped up in the quilt for the photo. 

Here is Miranda modeling the quilt for Grandpa taking the photo and for my son, in the background.

Grandpa took the photos with his cell phone, so the photos are not as good as they should be.  Once she gets her dorm room all set up and the quilt on the bed, her mom promises to get me a better photo.

We will miss seeing her regularly and look forward to family weekend in October to go see her at school.

Creativity is peace for my soul.  Whether it is with fabric, paper, wood, paint - I am happiest when I create.  And when I can create for those I LOVE, it makes it doubly wonderful.

What are you going to create next?  I am only an email away to help you with YOUR creative projects.

Inky Fingers y'all!!

Saturday, August 13

TAX FREE WEEKEND FOR CERTAIN SUPPLIES

NEXT WEEKEND IN TEXAS (AUG 19-21) IT IS TAX FREE WEEKEND FOR CERTAIN SUPPLIES FOR BACK TO SCHOOL.  THE FOLLOWING ITEMS FALL UNDER THE GUIDELINES.  WHY NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS CHANCE TO SAVE A LITTLE COIN AND GET SOME FUN THINGS?

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103305 Dotto® $12.95

100902 Dotto® Refill $ 6.50

103579 Paper Snips $ 9.95

103683 Mini Glue Dots $ 4.95

104045 2-pack Anywhere Glue Sticks $ 3.95

110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue $ 3.95

104294 Sticky Strip $ 6.95

104332 Snail® Adhesive Tape Runner $ 6.95

104331 Snail® Refill $ 4.50

104330 Stampin’ Dimensionals ® $ 3.95

102845 3-pack Blender Pens $ 9.95

105021 uni-ball® Signo Gel Pen $ 3.95

105394 Stampin’ Write Journaler (Basic Black) $ 3.50

119801 2010-12 In-Color Markers (5) $14.95

123002 2011-13 In-Color Markers (5) $14.95

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Friday, August 12

DEMO GROUP CARD SWAP LAST NIGHT

We had so much fun at our demo group card swap last night.  It was at Carolyn's home and she had the cutest card for us to make.  Have I mentioned before that I LOVE all the wonderful embossing folders for my BIG SHOT??   Well I do and Carolyn used the Framed Tulips embossing folder for the front of this beautiful card, along with the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set and some yummy satin ribbon.  Early espresso and crumb cake are some of my favorites for a clean and simple look.  Wonderful!!


Rhonda made this next card in fun bright poppy parade.  She used the Strength and Hope stamp set, DSP, and some little pearls.  She also used the poppy parade polyester ribbon to match.  She fussy cut the butterfly out and popped it up so it's wings could flap.  I love how she put the butterfly on the white circle and had it slightly askew off the page.  Great Job Rhonda.

This next card is mine.  I used the Season of Friendship set for my card, stamped on Sahara Sand.  The card base is crumb cake (see I told you it is one of my all time favorites).  I stamped each leaf image three times to get the different gradation of the leaf colors for some depth.  And for a fun touch, I heat embossed the tummy of each bird with tangerine tango.  The sentiment is from the same set and I finished it off with our bakers twine in chocolate chip.  What do you think?  I would love to hear your comments please.  I enjoy hearing from you.




This next card is so cute and bright.  I believe it is Susan's card.  She used her Fun Flowers die for the Big shot to make the bright flower, added glitter inside the center button of the flower, and used brads to hold her sentiment on the card.  She used a border punch for the green dsp and Pacific Point striped ribbon down the center ties it all together.  I love this paper and am still hoarding some of it from this year's Sale-a-bration.  Really cute card Susan!!

Pat used her new Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch for these flowers.  Such a bargain to get three different punches in one!  The leaves are stamped and then fussy cut individually and she added a border punch at the top.  Brads were used as the centers of the flowers.  Bright and fun.  Who wouldn't love to get this card in the mail?

The last card here is Dee's card.  The two tone blues are so pretty together, aren't they?  She used a delicate DSP for her background and some layered punches for the flowers which have brads in the center.  Her Baja Breeze striped ribbon.  That is what is so wonderful about SU papers, inks and ribbons, as well as accessories - they all match perfectly.  I LOVE IT.

Sorry about the shadow on my photos at the bottom.  It is not my finger in the way, there is something inside the camera blocking my lens.  I can't get it out so will have to take it to a camera shop to see what I can do.

As always, I am just an email or phone call away.  I would be happy to help you in all your crafting projects, won't you drop me a line?  You can order anytime from your home, on line at my stampin up website.

Have a great day and inky fingers y'all!!





Thursday, August 4

Fun Card to Share With You for FRIDAY MASHUP CHALLENGE

Hey Y'all - you trying to keep cool in this oppressive heat?  It is awful here in Texas - with the humidity, the feels like temp for today was 112 degrees!!  OUCH.

Here is a cute card I made for a friend of mine.  She was without her mojo and needed a card to swap in her card group.  So I designed up one for her and I think it came out really cute.  It is an anniversary or a wedding card with congratulations stamped inside.  But this design can be used for other cards as well.

I used the First Edition DSP and aged it with my sponge with daffodil delight and some early espresso.  I ripped a few places and rolled it up a bit and sponged some extra on it.  It looks like an old newspaper that is torn and wearing away on the edges.  I used my big shot and the embossed hearts embosslet to cut and emboss two hearts - real red and black.  On the red heart I put the 1/8 inch taffeta black ribbon with the white stripes on the edges.  The black heart needs the red taffeta ribbon 1/8 inch but I don't have it.

I used the Artistic Etchings stamp set for the Amour on crumb cake card stock, using early espresso ink, then punched it out with the modern label punch and sponged the edges.  I used a cordory crumb cake button (from clearance rack) on the left of the label punched word.  My inside "congratulations was stamped with early espresso from the Swirls & Curls Verses hostess set (I think it is retired).

The base of the card is white with a black layer underneath the First Edition DSP.

Please let me know what you think of my original creation, won't you?  I really appreciate your comments.

Inky fingers y'all!!

Wednesday, August 3

AUGUST DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SPECIAL ---FREE, FREE, FREE

I LOVE FREE, DON'T YOU?  For the entire month of August, you get a FREE package of Designer Series Paper when you purchase 3 packages.  This is the regular designer series paper at $10.95 and not the speciality paper that is $12.95.

FREE, how cool is that??!!  Stock up now for all your projects or for a wonderful gift for someone for Christmas, etc.

Click on the link above to see which paper is on sale.

Let me know if there is anything I can help you with.  I am just an email away.

Inky fingers y'all!!

Monday, August 1

I'M BACK - DID YOU MISS ME??

HI Y'ALL, I am back from a mini vacation to go get some grandkids lovin'.  My daughter and family live in Utah and I don't get to see them enough.  So every chance I get, I JUMP ON IT.  It was so fun to spend time with them.  They are growing waaaay too fast.  9 and 11.

We even got some crafting time in at the end.  and GUESS WHAT??  My 11 yr old granddaughter taught me how to make jewelry!!  She is so talented and amazing.  I made some cute necklaces and some earrings (well, my daughter made the earrings for me - it was a bit harder and I wanted to watch how she twisted the wire).  Another thing to add to my list of FUN THINGS TO DO.  I can't wait to get to the store and get some more stones and beads and make MORE JEWELRY.  I will show you a few photos next time, ok?

This posting I wanted to share a scrapbooking workshop I held just a day or so before I left on my grands vacation. ha, get it? grands vs grand?  I know, kind of lame...

We made 6 x 6 flip and fold albums with the designer paper of their choice.  It was so fun to see their books come together and then they started having ideas about decorating them, etc.

Here they are working so diligently on their albums.  Each of their albums showed their own personality and special touch.  It was awesome.


 For the front of the album, we used my BIG SHOT and designer paper that matches their album to create a FUN FLOWER.  After cutting it out with the FUN FLOWER DIE, we crinkled and crumbled all the pieces up.  (Very hard for some of them!)  Then carefully unfolded them and using my mat pack and the "pokey tool" we put a hole in the middle of all layers to attach them together with a BRAD.

Here is one flower attached to the front of an album.  Cute, huh?
 My FAVORITE NEW DESIGNER PAPER is MOCHA MORNING.  It is very elegant and several sheets have velvety embossing.  LOVE IT.
One little SMARTIE ( I won't mention any names GRIN) figured out how to make all the pages inside to be the same pattern.  then as you open them up, they are again in matching different patterns.  I WAS VERY IMPRESSED!!

They PROMISED to show them to me once all the photos are attached.  I can't wait to see how cute they are all filled with memories.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A FLIP AND FOLD ALBUM with some yummy designer paper and card stock?  Email me and I can get a kit ready for you and mail it out.
Here is one of the albums nearly completed.  It is an album for a little one "LITTLE WONDER" is the stamp on the front.  Isn't it darling??!!  GREAT JOB EVERYONE.

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