Monday, January 26, 2015

MDSM99 Birthdays!

Cindy's MDS Monday sketch this week just begs for a celebration layout with lots of patterned papers.

Pancakes, chocolate and bike rides... what else could a girl want?

Here is this week's sketch -

MDS Elements: Sweet Details DSP, Party Animal - pennants, So Saffron Button Latte, Baker's Twine - White knot, hocolate - Simple Stitches zigzag; Font: The Skinny, Arial Narrow.

Friday, January 23, 2015

FM194 Fresh & Bright Baby

Tara has a color and baby challenge for us this week on the Friday Mashup.

For our Occasions & SAB downline meeting shoebox swap, I grabbed for One Tag Fits All.  Such a cute all-occasions set!

I used Retro Sketches #147 layout.  I love the pop of color on Whisper White card stock!

This week's Mashup Challenge is:
  • Create a project with a "Baby Theme". 
  • Create a project  with "Brown, Aqua & Tangerine". 
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Baby project with the above colors".
Stamps: One Tag Fits All; Paper: Whisper White, Best Year Ever DSP, Confetti Celebration DSP; Ink: Chocolate Chip, Blendabilities markers; Accessories: Best Year Ever accessories pack, Bermuda Bay sequin trim, Note Tag punch, Envelope Punch Board, Mini Stapler, Large Polka Dot EF, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

You Light Up My Life

We decided to do a Sale-a-Bration card front swap at our spring downline meeting.  I mixed and matched a bit of Sale-a-Bration and Occasions goodies.

I used Retro Sketches Challenge #148.  Quick, bright, fun... how could this not brighten up a gloomy winter day?

Stamps: You Brighten My Day, One Tag Fits All; Paper: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Best Year Ever DSP; Ink: Crushed Curry, Black Stazon, Smoky Slate Blendabilities; Accessories: Best Year Ever accessories pack, In Color Sequins, Sponge.

This week's Weekly Deals -

2013-2015 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
2013-2015 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
Price: $14.95 $11.21
2014-2016 In Color Printed Clothespins by Stampin' Up!
2014-2016 In Color Printed Clothespins
Price: $5.95 $4.46
2014-2016 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
2014-2016 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
Price: $14.95 $11.21
Basic Gray Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Basic Gray Baker's Twine
Price: $2.95 $2.21
Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine
Price: $2.95 $2.21
Box Of Chocolates Kit -- Digital Download
Box Of Chocolates Kit - Digital Download
Price: $9.95 $5.97
Crushed Curry Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Crushed Curry Baker's Twine
Price: $2.95 $2.21
Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Skin Tone Assortment by Stampin' Up!
Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Skin Tone Assortment
Price: $22.95 $17.21

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Monday, January 19, 2015

MDSM98 My Little Monster

Beth's challenge this week for MDS Monday is to fill punch shapes with photos.

I was short on time, so I whipped together this page.  I'm sure you can tell that Beth's page was a major inspiration for me.  I've never filled a punch partially with a photo, and I wanted to try filling a second punch with patterned paper, as described in the challenge.  Worked like a charm!  I did put both photos side-by-side in a separate photo-editing program before filling the punch.

It was fun to find gothic items in MDS to coordinate with my daughter's Monster High outfit.  Heehee!

Here is this week's sketch -

MDS Elements: Night and Day DSP, Timeless Taffeta Trimmings, Basic Pearls and Rhinestones; Font: Chiller.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Valentine Free For All!

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This time we are hopping along with any current Valentine-oriented images and supplies.  I love Valentine's... we get to dress up chocolates (yay!), and it also gives us something to look forward to during the cold month of January.  If you are hopping around in a circle, you have just come from Wendy Weixler's blog.  She is just so creative!

With Wonderous Wreath carrying over from the Holiday Catalog, I had a Valentine's wreath in mind.

Nothing too terribly complicated.  Just a lot of layering, which is quick and easy with the Wonderous Wreath + framelits bundle.  I used Color Throwdown #323 color combo again, because I just love it, and Freshly Made Sketches #165 layout to help me out.  And I did add Crystal Effects to the Calypso Coral berries in the wreath.

Stamps: Wonderous Wreath, You Plus Me, Hardwood BG; Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla; Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar; Accessories: Confetti Heart border punch, Crystal Effects, Wonderful Wreath framelits, Big Shot, Thread.

Now make sure you check out the next stop to see what beauties Ann Schach has put together for us. 

 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop


Hello Everyone, Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop, which features amazing products from the new Occasions Catalog.  Sit back and enjoy some wonderful ideas using the newest stamping goodies!

If you have been following the blog hop in order, you have just come from Yapha's post featuring the fun alphabet set Sophisticated Serifs.  Yapha has some beautiful projects!  And today I will show you some projects using the set You Plus Me.

First up is a project I created (27 times) over Christmas for the Control Freaks swap group.

Sewing the layers together is a really slick way to assemble a shaker card, as long as the shaker items inside aren't bulky.  And the baker's twine is a pretty convenient way to attach the pompom trim.  Since I prefer the look of a stamped image, I stamped a circle image from Geometrical with Crisp Cantaloupe ink and punched a heart with the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.

Stamps: You Plus Me, Geometrical; Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Whisper White, Stacked with Love DSP, Vellum, Gold Foil; Ink: Real Red, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Versamark; Accessories: Gold Sequin trim, Basic Black baker's twine, Calypso Coral pompom trim, Stacked with Love washi tape, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Confetti Heart border punch, Gold EP, Hearts & Stars decorative mask, Sponge, Sewing machine, Thread.

The large ampersand image just begs for a fun background.  Watercoloring and bokeh effect are very big right now.

Did you notice the "You + Me" stamp image is actually open words with solid background?  To create dark lettering, I embossed with clear embossing powder, sponged the open area with black ink, and used the iron-off embossing technique to remove the melted embossing powder.  Neat trick!

Stamps: You Plus Me; Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Basic Black, Whisper White, Watercolor paper;  Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Real Red, Basic Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White craft, Versamark; Accessories: Clear EP, Sponge dauber, What's Up punch, Circle punches, Squares Collection framelits, Big Shot.

And hopefully you'll forgive me for making another Curvy Keepsake box; this one is for stamp club.  Such a busy month, I need to double up whenever possible!

The tiny hearts from "Be Mine" didn't look right in black ink, so I used my hot craft knife and cut my stamp.  Gasp!  I much prefer to ink stamps with pads rather than markers.  

Stamps: You Plus Me; Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Stacked with Love DSP; Ink: Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: White baker's twine, Pearl jewels, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Scallop Tag Topper punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Curvy Keepsake thinlit, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what Tina at Paper Art Garden put together using Hello Life. She made some amazing projects!
 
 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

FM193 Birthday Pine

Sara has challenged us to the triple-layer technique at the Friday Mashup.

Ok, clearly I have issues.  I never really liked the look of triple-layer stamping, because as my daughter would say when her father wears checked shirts, it's too square.  I have the same issue with cards that are perfectly centered.  It's a disease.  So I wanted to try something a little different with my card, but with pinterest searches and thinking, nothing was springing to mind.  Insert creative block and several days of inactivity here.

Then the light bulb goes off... combine triple-layer stamping and a clean&simple sketch, in this case, Sketch #313.

This week's Mashup Challenge is:
  • Create a project with the "Triple Layer Technique" Tutorial HERE.
  • Create a project that's "Floral". 
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Floral Triple Layer Project".
Ok, so I didn't get it mashed up with a floral element, but a nature element is close?  The fact I finally got a card done is a miracle in itself.

Stamps: Ornamental Pine, Express Yourself; Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White; Ink: Mossy Meadow, Baked Brown Sugar.
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