Wednesday, December 31, 2008

SASI Year of Sweets I

Hi everyone! It's time for the next Taylored Expressions release!! Sneak peeks from the DT are being shown today and tomorrow. Everything will be available for purchase on Friday at midnight Eastern time!

Taylor has some awesome new calendar products along with this release and today I'm showing you the perpetual calendar to keep track of all those birthdays through the year. The pictures at the top of this post are pretty small, but you can click on any of them to see a larger view.

All four months that I'm showing today feature the new Year of Sweets I stamp set, papers and ribbon from the new Valentine's Key Ingredients, and some new Choice CS that Taylor is introducing. See the supply lists below for details. The new CS is 100 lb CS and works great with Copics, the stamps are the same deeply-etched quality we all love, and the colors/patterns in the new Key Ingredients are fantastic in real vibrant and fun! I love it all!

Stamps: SASI Year of Sweets I
Paper: White Choice CS (TE), Intense Teal Prism Paper and MME DP (Valentine's Key Ingredients)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Sky
Copics: BG15 Aqua, BG49 Duck Blue, R17 Lipstick Orange, E08 Brown, E33 Sand, E35 Chamois
Accessories: Ribbon and Starfire Glitter (Valentine's Key Ingredients), Rectangle and Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, AIG Dries Clear Adhesive, Dimensionals
Details: Soft Sky ink was sponged around the edges. The snowflakes from the cuppie image were stamped randomly around the entire calendar in Soft Sky. A second cuppie was stamped, colored, cut out and popped up on Dimensionals. The teal scallop rectangle is also popped up on Dimensionals.

Stamps: SASI Year of Sweets I
Paper: White Choice CS (TE), Classic Red Prism Paper and MME DP (Valentine's Key Ingredients)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ruby Red, Groovy Guava
Copics: 0 Colorless Blender, C1 Cool Gray, E33 Sand, E35 Chamois, RV42 Salmon Pink, R17 Lipstick Orange, E08 Brown, Y28 Lionet Gold, YG91 Putty
Accessories: Ribbon and Starfire Glitter (Valentine's Key Ingredients), Creative Memories Heart Punches, Dimensionals, Rectangle and Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities
Details: All edges were sponged with Groovy Guava. The hearts from the cuppie image were stamped randomly all over the bottom portion of the calendar in Ruby Red ink. A second cupcake couple was stamped, colored, cut out, and popped up on Dimensionals. The red scallop rectangle is up on Dimensionals, so are the punched hearts at the bottom of the calendar.

Stamps: Year of Sweets I
Paper: White Choice CS (TE), Intense Teal Prism Paper and MME DP (Valentine's Key Ingredients), SU Basic Black
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Glorious Green
Copics: C1 Cool Gray, O Colorless Blender, ,C5 Cool Gray, E33 Sand, E35 Chamois, Y08 Acid Yellow Y38 Honey, YR15 Pumpkin Yellow, G21 Lime Green, YG03 Yellow Green, YG67 Moss, B95 Light Grayish Cobalt, R46 Strong Red
Accessories: Starfire Glitter (Valentine's Key Ingredients), AIG Pumpkin Glitter, AIG Pot O' Gold Glitter, Gold Metallic String, PTI Gold Ribbon, Rectangle and Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, AIG Dries Clear Adhesive
Details: A second pot of gold was stamped, colored, cut out, glued to the bottom of the calendar, and then some glitter was added. The black scallop rectangle mat is up on Dimensionals.

Stamps: Year of Sweets I
Paper: White Choice CS (TE); Classic Red Prism Paper, Vibrant Teal Prism Paper, and MME DP (Valentine's Key Ingredients)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Riding Hood Red
Copics: W7 Warm Gray, Y08 Acid Yellow, YR15 Pumpkin Yellow, E33 Sand, E35 Chamois, E08 Brown, YG03 Lime Green, YG67 Moss, BG49 Duck Blue, R1 Lipstick Orange
Accessories: Ribbon (Valentine's Key Ingredients), Clear Dew Drops, Dimensionals, Rectangle and Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Crystal Effects, Baby Blue AIG Glitter
Details: A second umbrella was stamped, colored, cut out and popped up on Dimensionals. The scallop rectangle mat is also up on Dimensionals. Crystal Effects were used to glue down the Dew Drops. More raindrops were stamped at the bottom of the calendar and then I added more blue glitter.

Be sure to check out more sneak peeks from the Baker's Dozen: Taylor, Jami, Jen, Laurie, Carol, Monika, Steph, Terri, Donna, Ana, Sharon, and Charmaine....and I'll be back tomorrow to show you more stuff! {smile}

Have a safe and fun New Year's Eve!!

SASI Favor Boxes

Wanna see more?? Check it out over on the Stamp a Sweet Impression blog!...I just love teasing you all, LOL!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

TSG Welcome Home

Here's a card I made with one of the brand spankin' new sets from There She Goes. This one is called Welcome Home and it'll be available for purchase this Thursday, January 1st! Jessica has been showing a bunch of great sneak peeks on her blog over the past few days. Click HERE and check them out if you get a chance!

I knew I wanted to make a card with the topiary from the Welcome Home set and I wanted to use the vanilla ribbon and CS, but I hadn't decided what other colors to pair with it. I was chatting with my buds Janice and Lori last night and asked them to give me a color that they thought would go well with vanilla and an outdoor-style image. Janice picked artichoke and Lori picked Hunter....well, whadda ya know they're both in the Regals family so I said, "Why not put all three colors on the card." So anyway, that was a long way about telling you that my friends helped me plan out the colors for this card. {smile} Thanks Janice! Thanks Lori!

The layout is Amy Rysavy's Sketch #7. This one is from a while ago, but I just discovered all her sketches on her blog. I love your sketches, Amy!

Except for the Hunter panel, everything is up on Dimensionals.

Yesterday when I was checking out the weekly Mojo Sketch on Julee's blog, I saw she did the little sponging trick on the main image with the Spellbinders die still in place and I wanted to try it out. Awesome idea, Julee! Thanks for the inspiration!

Stamps: Welcome Home (There She Goes)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Handsome Hunter, Always Artichoke
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Always Artichoke
Copics: E33 Sand, E35 Chamois, E08 Brown, YR15 Pumpkin Yellow, Y38 Honey, G21 Lime Green, G94 Grayish Olive, BG96 Bush
Accessories: PTI Vintage Cream Ribbon, Green Swarovski Crystals, Dimensionals, Spellbinders Curved Mega Rectangle, Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities, Hat Pin and Beads from SU Pretties Kit
Technique: Sponging

Don't forget to check out all the sneak peeks on Jessica's blog!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sarah Kay Sunday

Hey, I like how that sounds! ... Sarah Kay Sunday. Maybe I'll do that again next week. What do you think?

I'm supposed to be tackling laundry and putting all the Christmas gifts away...BUT these stamps were just calling my name! Well, when I finish writing this post, I WILL be getting right back to the housework. My house is so neglected and there are gift boxes EVERYwhere!

Anyway, the image on this first card is called First Kiss and it's part of the new Sarah Kay Collection's one of my VERY favorites! It's stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah 80 lb Solar White CS and colored with the Copics noted in the supply list below. The dark brown mat panel behind the main image is up on Dimensionals. The flowers are also up on Dimensionals. I stamped some hearts from the SU Short & Sweet set on the inside of the card (pictured below) in Regal Rose ink. I also added some Pink Stickles to the girl's hat (center seam and ribbon at the top) and to her hair bow. The layout is Jen del Muro's SFYTT sketch.

The First Kiss stamp, Urban Prairie DP, Suede Brown Dark Prism CS, Brown/Pink May Arts Ribbon, Pink Stickles, and Kaiser Pearls are ALL available at Stamper's Dream! stop shopping!

Stamps: Sarah Kay First Kiss, SU Short & Sweet
Paper: Neenah 80 lb Solar White, Prism Suede Brown Dark, Urban Prairie DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Cranberry Crisp
Copics: B32 Pale Blue, B45 Smoky Blue, C1 C5 & C7 Cool Cray, RV21 Light Pink, RV23 Pure Pink, RV34 Dark Pink, E02 Fruit Pink, E33 Sand, E35 Chamois, E51 Milky White, E57 Light Walnut, E77 Maroon
Accessories: Pink/Brown May Arts Ribbon, Kaiser Pearls, Pink Stickles, SU Pretties Kit Flowers (dyed with Cramberry Crisp ink), Dimensionals, Hemp Twine, Ticket Corner Punch
Card Size: 5.25" Square

My super talented and sweet friend Cindy (one happy stamper) stamped me some of these My Sweet Lili images and I couldn't wait to color her up. Thanks so much, Cindy!!

The image is stamped with Black StazOn ink on SU Watercolor paper and then watercolored with reinkers. I made a boo-boo on how I colored the bear's dress and bloomers (didn't like the colors I chose) so I colored those pieces again on a second image with some Copic markers, cut them out, and paper pieced them onto the watercolored panel...problem solved! Paper piecing is great for that! LOL!

The Celery mat behind the main image is up on Dimensionals. The urban prairie DP strip and main panels are faux stitched with my paper piercing tool, the SU mat pack, and a Chocolate Chip marker. The large flower is from the SU Pretties kit and I dyed it with Cranberry Crisp ink. The sentiment is sponged with Regal Rose ink and the flag end was done with a square punch on an angle. I added some white gel pen along the bottom of her dress and the buttons on her back. The layout is Taylor's TECC48 Sketch.

My Sweet Lili and the Urban Prarie DP are both available at Stamper's Dream.

Stamps: Sarah Kay My Sweet Lili, SU Warm Words
Paper: Certainly Celery, Urban Prarie DP, Making Memories Cosmopolitan DP (the solid brown)
Ink: Black StazOn, Cranberry Crisp, Soft Sky, Basic Brown, Blush Blossom, Really Rust, Marigold Morning, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose
Copics: YG03 Yellow Green, E47 Dark Brown
Accessories: SU Pretties Flower (dyed with Cranberry Crisp), Green Button, Hemp Twine, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Dimensionals, Square Punch, White Gel Pen
Technique: Watercoloring, Faux Stitching, Paper Piecing

Okay, now it's really time for me to get back to work. Enjoy what's left of the weekend! {smile}

Saturday, December 27, 2008

OCC Clear Challenge

Today's OCC challenge is to make a card/project with something clear... clear buttons, acetate, clear embossing powder...something clear.

...I tried like you wouldn't believe to incorporate clear buttons on the card, then I tried clear acetate flowers that I punched, I tried a Heidi Swapp ghost flower.....they all gave me fits and nothing I gave up and just left the clear swarovski crystals and I used clear embossing powder on the sentiment.

I'm not super happy with how my card turned out, but I DO like the Cecily Cinnamonsticks image that my friend Dawn Easton (thanks, Dawn!!) was sweet enough to stamp for me! I think the image is adorable and it was really fun to color.

The pink circle and green scallop circles are up on separate layers of dimensionals. Angel Wings Shimmerz were added to her wings along with Diamond Stickles. Liquid Pearls were added to the neckline and wrists of her shirt as well as along the scalloped apron. The layout is Taylor's TECC47 Sketch.

Stamps: Stampingbella Cecily Cinnamonsticks
Paper: White, Pink Passion, Green Galore, Doodlebug DP (from Taylored Expressions Birthday Girls Key Ingredients)
Ink: Pink Passion, Green Galore, Real Red, Only Orange, Blush Blossom, Perm Black, Marigold Morning, Basic Brown, C1 Copic, C5 Copic, 0 Colorless Blender, Craft Black
Accessories: White Opal Liquid Pearls, Angel Wings Shimmerz, Diamond Stickles, Primas, Clear Swarovski Crystals, Green Flower Brad, Clear Embossing Powder (on the sentiment), Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Dimensionals
Technique: Watercoloring, Heat Embossing

Friday, December 26, 2008

Lilac Stems and Butterflies

My sweet friend Lori (LMcAree) sent me some lilac Flower Soft for Christmas and I wanted to try it out. Thanks, Lori! Fun stuff!!

The stamps are from my Butterfly Happiness set from There She Goes. I like how the stem silhouette matches up with the Creative Memories DP...that I've had in my stash forEVER!

The stem was stamped in Perfect Plum ink onto white CS, then I added the lilac Flower Soft to the buds. The butterflies were stamped in Perfect Plum ink onto white CS, punched out with a 1-1/4" circle punch, and matted against 1-3/8" Perfect Plum Circles. The butterflies were then stamped again in Perfect Plum onto Pale Plum CS, cut out, and popped up on Dimensionals over the ones stamped on the white circles. The Perfect Plum circles with the butterflies are also up on Dimensionals.

The punched circles on the inside of the card are glued down flat and the butterfly is up on Dimensionals.

The layout is from Jen Del Muro and you can see the sketch HERE. I love her awesome layouts!

Stamps: Butterfly Happiness (There She Goes)
Paper: Textured Perfect Plum, Textured and Smooth Pale Plum, White, Creative Memories Perfect Fit Purple DP
Ink: Perfect Plum
Accessories: Lilac Flower Soft, Flower Soft Glue, Purple/Green Ribbon, Purple Swarovski Crystals, Ticket Corner Punch, 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Martha Stewart Border Punch, Dimensionals

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Sarah Kay Christmas Magic

Merry Christmas, everyone!! I hope you have an amazing day with your families and Santa is very good to you!! {smile}

I got this beautiful Christmas Magic stamp as a gift from my SUPER sweet friend Jodi (kharmagirl on SCS) and I couldn't wait to make a card with it. I thought it'd be an appropriate card to post on Christmas Day. Aren't their little faces just the cutest?!!

Thanks soooooo much, Jodi! What an absolute sweetheart you are! {{Huge hugs!!}}

Stamps: Sarah Kay Christmas Magic (Christmas Collection)
Paper: SU Old Olive, SU Chocolate Chip, SU *I Wish* Simply Scrappin' DP
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Ruby Red, Pink Pirouette, Blush Blossom, Mellow Moss, Wild Wasabi, Kiwi Kiss, Marigold Morning, Blue Bayou, Basic Brown
Accessories: Eucalyptus Stickles, Gold Stickles, Pink Stickles, Diamond Stickles, Burgundy Velvet May Arts Ribbon
Technique: Watercoloring with Reinkers and a damp watercolor brush

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Bayou Snowman

to my
I saw
a card

where she made a Blue Bayou and White card and I loved how it looked, so that's where I got the inspiration for these colors. Thanks for the inspiration, Rose Ann!

The cute snowman (my favorite cuppie!) is from Taylored Expressions, the Home Sweet Home set. It's a real simple card. The image is watercolored and I dry embossed the snowflakes partially along the top edge. Oh, and I added some Angel Wings Shimmerz to the embossed snowflakes.

Stamps: SASI Home Sweet Home (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Blue Bayou, PTI Select White
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, Basic Brown, Pink Pirouette, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Cuttlebug Snowflakes Embossing Folder, Blue Bayou Double Stitched Ribbon, Silver PTI Ribbon, Angel Wings Shimmerz Paint
Technique: Watercoloring, Dry Embossing

...and just in case you missed Jami's post on the Stamp a Sweet Impression blog last week, the new SASI release is coming REEEEEAL SOON! Sneak peeks will begin next Wednesday, December 31st...New Year's Eve! You're going to love the new stuff!

I hope you have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Precious Moments

Sarah Kay stamps right now. I love them!

This one is called Precious Moments and it's from Collection 1. Michelle was a sweetheart and not only stamped some for me but stamped them on watercolor paper and heat embossed them too. Thanks, Michelle!!

I colored the image with reinkers and a damp watercolor brush. The fun layout is Amy Rysavy's Sketch #41. The pink horizontal panel behind the main image was cut with my curved rectangle nestabilities. I added another pink panel to the inside of the card too.

The Razzleberry and Twilight Prism CS, Pop Fashion DP, Precious Moments stamp, pink blingy flowers, and brown/pink May Arts ribbon are all available at Stamper's Dream.

Stamps: Sarah Kay Precious Moments
Paper: Watercolor, Razzleberry Light Prism CS, Twilight Light Prism CS, Pop Fashion DP
Ink: Black, Soft Sky, Buckaroo Blue, Riding Hood Red, Pink Priouette, Marigold Morning, Blush Blossom, Wild Wasabi, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Hero Arts Sparkle Clear Happy Greetings Bling, Clear Embossing Powder, Pink/Brown May Arts Ribbon, Hemp Twine, Curved Rectangle Nestabilities, White Gel Pen
Technique: Heat Embossing, Watercoloring

Saturday, December 20, 2008

OCC Lovey Challenge

This week Julee challenged everyone to make lovey dovey cards......pssst!'s her anniversary!! Happy anniversary, Julee!!

I chose this Sarah Kay Kiss for Chloe stamp and paired it with my Urban Prairie DP. The layout is from Wednesday's SCS Sketch Challenge SC207. The card measures 5.25" Square. I added some Pink Stickles to Chloe's hair bow and the one polka-dotted knee patch. The oval sentiment is up on Dimensionals.

Note: If you're looking for this stamp, it's temporarily out of stock at Stamper's Dream BUT more will be in real SOON!!

Stamps: Sarah Kay Kiss for Chloe, SU Short & Sweet (sentiment)
Paper: SU Basic Black, Canson 120 lb Watercolor Paper, Urban Prairie DP
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Baja Breeze, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Blush Blossom, Basic Brown
Accessories: SU Black Gingham Ribbon, SU Small and Large Oval Punches, Pink Stickles
Technique: Watercoloring

Be sure to check out what the OCC girls have done this week: Amy, Cindy, Dawn, Jennifer, Julee, Laurie, Lynda, and our special guest designer is Jackie Pedro!!

Have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Holiday Muslin Bag

I made
for my
with Star-
bucks Chai Truffles.

The whole bag was assembled very quickly, so it fits in with today's Ways To Use It Challenge WT197.

The tag is from the Year Round Sentiments set from There She Goes. It's stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. You can also get the Muslin bag in Jessica's store! I stamped the "Enjoy" sentiment from Let's Get Together all over the bag in Black StazOn.

The pretty May Arts Ribbon is from my awesome Secret Santa. Thanks, Santa!! It's gorgeous!

Stamps: TSG Let's Get Together, TSG Year Round Sentiments
Paper: Vanilla, Basic Black
Ink: Versamark, Black StazOn
Accessories: Muslin Bag, May Arts Ribbon, Gold Metallic String, Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
Technique: Heat Embossing

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Stamper's Dream SALE

ALL holiday stamps are marked down! No coupon code is needed. The price you see in the store is the sale price. Also marked down are Fancy Pants paper pads, Cuttlebug seasonal embossing folders, and all Doodlebug Designs products (glitter, brads, paper, paper frills, and Fancy That adhesive)!

If you still need a gift for a special friend, Stamper's Dream Gift Certificates are available too!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sarah Kay Puppy Love

Hi everyone!

Isn't this image adorable?? I love it! It's from the new Sarah Kay Collection II, and it's available at Stamper's Dream! So is the Urban Prairie DP and the gold adhesive-backed gemstones.

I also added some Candle Light Shimmerz paint to the yellow bows and the key in the puppy's mouth.

Stamps: Sarah Kay Puppy Love
Paper: Blue Bayou, Canson 120 lb Watercolor Paper, Urban Prairie DP, Cryogen White Shimmer CS (on inside of card)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Blue Bayou, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Basic Brown, Blush Blossom, Apricot Appeal, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky
Accessories: Hero Arts Summer Mixed Gems, Candle Light Shimmerz Paint, PTI Summer Sunrise Satin Ribbon
Technique: Watercoloring with Reinkers and a damp watercolor brush

Here's a pic of the inside of the card.

That's it for today. Short and sweet, right? {smile}

Monday, December 15, 2008

Pop Fashion Margaux

one! I
to see

on SCS
She has
an awesome style in card I've admired for a long time....and she's such a sweet person too!! CONGRATULATIONS, America!

I chose to CASE this card here. I love the layout, the fun dots in the DP, and the use of the SU hardware. I kept those things the same...I just made mine a square card, changed the stamps and colors, and added two rows of ribbon.

I used my Sarah Kay Margaux is Painting stamp that I just LOVE! I also paired it with this great Pop Fashion DP....I think the colors are so fun and yummy!! I matched it up to Prism Twilight Light and Prism Spring Willow Medium CS. The DP, Prism CS, and the Margaux stamp are all available at Stamper's Dream!

Oh, and I added December Sky Shimmerz all over Margaux's a pair of jeans (or two, hehe!) my 4-year-old has.

Stamps: Sarah Kay Margaux is Painting, MFT Essential Sentiments
Paper: Pink Paislee Pop Fashion DP, Twilight Light Prism CS, Spring Willow Medium Prism CS, Canson 120 lb Watercolor Paper
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Regal Rose, Blush Blossom, Old Olive, Marigold Morning, Soft Sky, Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Basic Brown
Accessories: American Crafts Shimmery Satin Boutique Rouge Ribbon, SU Antique Hardware, Piercing Tool & Mat Pack, December Sky Shimmerz
Technique: Watercoloring with Reinkers and a damp watercolor brush
Card Size: 5.25" x 5.25" Square

Well, that's it for today. We have out-of-state guests coming over for dinner tonight so I'd better get a move on and get everything done. {smile}

Don't forget, today the new Dirty Dozen gallery opens....and THIS month, the gallery is open to EVERYONE. That's right, even if you're not a Fan Club member on SCS, you'll be able to view the gallery and see what it's all about. The two newest Dirty Girls are Dawn Lusk and Amber cool is that??!!...a mother/daughter team!! CONGRATULATIONS, Dawn and Amber. I'm a fan to both of you and can't wait to see what you do over the next six months!!

Later all!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

OCC Gift Card Challenge

It's the
Time for

This week
us to
gift card
Friends of ours just had a baby boy, so this was the perfect challenge since I bought them a Babies R Us gift card.

I made mine following the pop-up gift card holder tutorial that was posted on SCS a couple weeks ago. OMG, these are soooooo easy to make...and fun! I'll definitely be using this again for a couple Christmas gift cards!

...and of course whenever I make anything baby-related, THIS Whipper Snapper Squeaky Clean stamp is THE first stamp I think of. It's my absolute favorite for baby cards (or gift card holders, hehe!). It's watercolored with reinkers and I added some December Sky Shimmerz paint to the water and bubbles. The Mellow Moss mat behind the main image is up on foam dots.

The inside left cover has a stamped sentiment and some baby pins in the lower corners. This is where I'll write our little congratulations note to them. For the back cover, I printed out all the birth info (name, date, time,weight, and then at the bottom it says "...and cute as a button") from the computer onto white CS.

Stamps: Whipper Snapper Squeaky Clean, SU Short & Sweet (sentiment and baby pins)
Paper: Textured Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss, Textured Barely Banana, White
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx, blush Blossom, Marigold Morning, Bashful Blue, Soft Sky, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: SU Moss Gingham Ribbon, Moss Button Brads (from Michael's), December Sky Shimmerz Paint, Pop Dots, Sticky Strip
Technique: Watercoloring, Pop-up Gift Card

Be sure to stop by the OCC blog to see the awesome gift cards the OCC girls have made for you. Our special guest this week is also Tori Wild and you won't want to miss what she made!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Stamper's Dream Monthly Challenge

Hi everyone! It's time for another monthly Stamper's Dream challenge! This month Tosh is challenging us all to make gray cards with a touch of bling and a splash of color...and to use a stamp from Stamper's Dream of course. {smile}

You're all welcome to play along! Just post a link to your project on Michelle's blog. If you upload to SCS, use SDDC3 in the keywords. Be sure to check out Michelle's blog too....she'll have a GIVEAWAY for one lucky participant!

My card is pretty straightforward....two shades of gray CS, Swarovski crystals and sparkly threads in the ribbon for the bling, touches of color with the green Swarovski crystals and in the embossed music note with Aegean Silver EP . The JudiKins Music Background and Stampendous Christmas Note stamps are both from Stamper's Dream, as is the white Neenah CS.

The layout is one of Jen del Muro's SFYTT sketches! Each of the Nestabilities circles and scallop rectangle are up on separate layers of Dimensionals. I stamped two more music notes on the inside of the card, down in the bottom left and bottom right corners by coloring right onto the stamp with a Black SU marker and then stamping on the CS. Those music notes also have the Aegean Silver embossing just like the one on the front.

Be sure to check out the gorgeous cards from the rest of the Stamper's Dream DT: Charmaine, Cindy, Carolyn, Kim, Laurie, Michelle, and Tosh.

Stamps: JudiKins Music Background, Stampendous Christmas Note
Paper: Textured Going Gray, Textured Basic Gray, Neenah 80lb White, Basic Black
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx, Versamark (marker)
Accessories: Green Swarovski Crystals, PTI Ribbon, Silver Cord, Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Dimensionals, JudiKins Aegean Silver EP
Technique: Heat Embossing, Direct-to-Rubber

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Wintergreen Tree

Here's a
card I

is Julee

The tree
and leaves
were stamped in Versamark onto Neenah White CS and then heat embossed with Malachite embossing powder. I added some Crystal Effects to the leaves and then sprinkled on some diamond dust glitter...chunky, shard-type clear glitter. Have you seen all the amazing snowflakes Anna Wight created with this stuff?? If you haven't, click HERE and check out her tutorial. I bought mine from ebay just like she suggested. After seeing all her awesome designs, I just had to have some! I also added some to the punched snowflakes.

Here's a close-up picture. It makes the card really shimmery, icy, and wintery looking!

The sentiment, which is also from the Branching Out set, was stamped in Black StazOn onto Vellum, I sponged Sage Shadow around the edges (just like I did on the main image and on the white DP panel), and cut the "flag" end with a square punch...another thing inspired by Anna Wight! I glued down just the left side behind the snowflake so the right "flag" end sorta lifts from the CS.

The inside just has the same white DP, matted with black, and then I did some piercing along the bottom with my Ornare piercing template.

Stamps: Branching Out (There She Goes)
Paper: Textured Sage Shadow, Basic Black, Neenah White (Stamper's Dream), Vellum, Wintergreen DP (retired Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black StazOn, Versamark, Sage Shadow
Accessories: Malachite Embossing Powder (Stamper's Dream), Striped Organdy Ribbon (Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts), Diamond Dust Glitter (ebay), Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, Clear Dew Drops, Square Punch, Crystal Effects
Technique: Heat Embossing, Sponging