Dec 31, 2007

Lovely Twist

Try a New Technique #149
I have never done the split negative technique before, so today I got a chance to work on this challenge. The challenge is to do two different colored paper (not black and white). I chose River Rock and Blue Bayou and I used basic Gray for my main panel. I confined my split negative in a circle just to create a different point of view and I think it worked out okay.
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, All Holidays
Paper: River Rock, Blue Bayou, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Brocade BG DSP
Ink: White Craft, Basic Gray
Accessories: Tafetta Gray, Silver Brads, Photo Corner Metal
Tools: Photo Corner punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Non SU Circle Punch,Detail White EP, Heat Gun

Dec 30, 2007

Beautiful Thing

Featured Stamper #47
I was inspired by Danielle's work that I could not pass the opportunity to cased one of her cards.
Click here for the card I cased. I have to create samples for this set, so I changed the stamps but kept the same layout. The flowers came out really nice except there was quite a bit of work involved. I used circle punches and popped dimensionals to give it a 3-D look. I have to changed the sentiment too, because I have straight lines and it needed some dimension.
Stamps: A Beautiful Thing
Paper: Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, Ginger Blossom DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, White Gel Pen
Accessories: DS Ribbon, Rhinestone brads, Stickles
Tools: Tool kit for piercing, Scallop Punch, 1/2" 3/4"13/8" Circle Punches, Non SU circle punch1/16 Punch

Dec 28, 2007

Bali Breeze

Limited Supply Challenge # 148
This set is a favorite of mine and you will probably see me using it a lot. The sentiment is from Celebrate Everything, another versatile stamp that will grow on you. For today's challenge, using 1 stamped image, 1 sentiment, 2-3 DSP, 1 embellishment and only white paper.
I used Whisper White, allowed to do sponging but no major tools, One of the DSP I used to stamped the flower. I maximize the use of the ribbon to embellish my card.
Stamps: Embrace Life, Celebrate Everything
Paper: Whisper White, DSP Bali Breeze
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Grossgrain Ribbon
Tools: Sponge

Dec 27, 2007

Staz-On Life

Ways to Use It #146
Here is a challenge that you might want to consider doing-Using Staz-ON with your projects. I made this card using 2 ideas for Staz-On. The main panel was done using Staz-On White on transparency. It really creates a nice look to it. I used Staz-On Black to stamp the flowers on Shrink Plastic. That was a fun thing to do.
Stamps: Embrace Life
Paper: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Very Vanilla,DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Staz-ON Black and White,Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Tafetta Gray and Pink, Black Brads, Beads, Transparency, Shrink Plastic
Tools: Photo Corners, Tool Kit,Heat Gun, Aqua Painter

Dec 26, 2007

A Beautiful Thing

Sketch Card #156
Color Challenge #146
Finally, I got the chance to do a little stamping after not doing any posting the past few days. I decided to combine yesterday's and today's challenges. The color challenge yesterday-Green Galore, Real Red and Glorious Green, not really my favorite combo, but I decided to play around it. I used this DSP since it compliments this new stamp set from the preview. I have a new toy-the Nestebilities and thought I'd use it for this challenge.
Stamps: A Beautiful Thing
Paper: Green Galore, Real Red, Glorious Green, Whisper White, DSP
Ink: Real Red, Green Galore
Accessories: 5/8 Grossgrain Red Ribbon, Brad, Stickles
Tools: Tool Kit, Nestebilities, Horizontal Punch, Stamp-a Majig

Dec 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!!!

Wishing everyone a very blessed Christmas !!! and a spirit-filled New Year!!!

I hope all your Christmas wishes came true !!!

Dec 18, 2007

It's Here !!!

Spring-Summer 2008 Catalog
No more waiting for me - the new catalog is here...finally!!!
I had been sick the last couple of days and guess who kept me company- yep! my new catty.
The front cover is awesome and I just love the new design. Wait till you see what's inside!!!
So, if you have not ordered it yet, please call me to order your new Spring-Summer 2008 catty.
By January 2, 2008 you can start ordering from it.

A Special Invitation
If you order the Spring-Summer 2008 catalog from me along with a minimum of $25.00 net order, I will give free shipping in the U.S (till January 31, 2008).

I would love to hear from you.


Color Challenge #145
I love doing the Color Challenge. The CC today are Wild Wasabi, Elegant Eggplant, and So Saffron. I used the set Embrace Life which is my most favorite in the new Spring-Summer 2008 catalog. I thought it would be hard to incorporate Wild Wasabi but with a little touch of it, it blend in perfectly. The main Flower was trim and popped in dimensionals. I love how it looks with the fern behind.
Stamps: Embrace Life
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Brads, Stickles
Tools: Tool Kit for piercing, Slit Punch, 1/16' Punch, Dimensionals

Dec 17, 2007

Framed Trees

Try a New Technique #147
Here's a nice way to add dazzle to your cards.
For today's TLC- use Dazzling Diamond Dust to your card. I cut an oval frame using my Oval Cutter. Using another paper, center the oval frame and do sponging. I ran my Brayer sponge about 2-3 times for this to get an even color distribution. I then stamped the trees using mellow Moss. The big tree was stamped in Always Artichoke. After that, placed your cut oval frame again and using Versamark pad, go around the frame making sure that you covered evey area. I sprinkled the DD shortly after.
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, All Holidays
Paper: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Whisper White, DSP
Ink: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss,Versamark
Accessories: Wide Organdy Ribbon, Metal Corners, Silver Cord
Tools: Dazzling Diamonds, Oval Cutter, Sponge Brayer

Dec 16, 2007

A Little Bird Told Me...

Featured Stamper #45
I am feeling better today ( a bit under the weather) and not too sick to stamp. Finally, I got to used this stamp set from the preview. A Little Bird Told Me... is such a cute stamp set; not much coloring but certainly has a lot of potentials. This is my card that I cased from LZappa, the FS for today. She has an awesome gallery.
The main image is popped with dimensionals. I used the silk flower (sent by my mystery Elf) and put my circle tag sentiment.
Stamps: A Little Bird Told Me
Paper: Apricot Appeal, Temptin Turquoise, Soft Sky,Very Vanilla, DSP
Ink: Staz-ON,Temting Turquoise,Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Aprcicot Grossgrain Ribbon, Primas, Rhinetone Brad, Anchor and Brad
Tools: Aqua Painter, 11/4",13/8" Circle Punches, 1/16" Punch

Dec 14, 2007

JOY Wreath

Limited Supply Challenge #146
I rarely do White Based cards, which is what the LSC challenge is. You can use colors but the white card basically should be your main color. I wanted to do a wreath which I really don't have any. The Heartfelt Thanks stamps set is the stamp I used to create this wreath. I stamped the solid stamp first in Old Olive and then stamp it again (stamp off) so the colors are not too dark. I added the red dots shortly after. I used Encore Gold Embossing for the outline stamp and did a little embossing. The Tres Chic was stamped thereafter. Since I do not have enough room for a sentiment, I cut the inside of the wreath and added the Joy sentiment.
Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks, Small Script, Tres Chic
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red. Old Olive
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Mellow Moss
Accessories: 5/8 red Grossgrain Ribbon, Brads, Stickles
Tools: Slit Punch, 1/16 Punch, CB

Dec 13, 2007

Fantastic Gifts

Who's on your List ?
There's still time to fill up those stockings and give fantastic gifts for under $25.00.
Click here to see a larger version of this flyer.
Please contact me with your order.

Going Away...

Stampin' UP Retired List

Click here for a larger version of this flyer.
These stamp sets will no longer be available on January 2, 2008. So there is still time to order.
Contact me with your order.

Embrace LIFE

Ways to Use It #144
I was so excited last night when my long awaited order from the Spring-Summer preview arrived. Of course, I have to sample the new stamp sets. I chose the Embrace Life set. I love the feel of Asian theme in this set. The challenge on SCS is to make Monochromatic cards. These cards are so fun to make. My color choices are Groovy Guava and Really Rust and using the DSP Ginger Blossoms, the background speaks for itself. I popped the 2 flowers in the main image for a 3-D look. The flowers were colored with Aqua Painter using Groovy Guava with color diluted first and went over with a darker color. I ran my Blush Blossom marker for a shadowed look on the flowers then I added the Stickles last.
Stamps: Embrace Life, Canvas BG
Paper: Groovy Guava, Really Rust, DSP Ginger Blossoms, Very Vanilla
Ink: Groovy Guava, Really Rust, Blush Blossom
Accessories: DS Ribbon, Copper eyelets,Copper Cord, Stickles
Tools: Crop-a-dile, Aqua Painter

Dec 12, 2007

Bonjour Friend

Sketch Challenge #154
I was a little sad that some really nice Stampin'UP DSP are being discontinued. This is one of them ( Brocade Background). I was inspired to used this for the SC and the stamp Carte Postale.
For the main image, I used the X-acto knife to cut an X on paper, scored to create this frame, then added the brads from the Antique HPH.
I keep forgetting to use my Pretties so I thought I'd used it for this card.
Stamps: Carte Postale
Paper: Always Artichoke, River Rock, Chocolate Chip,Very Vanilla
Ink: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, River Rock
Accessories: Pretties, Antique Brass HPH, Satin Ribbon
Tools: X-acto knife, Ticket Punch, Tool Kit, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Dec 11, 2007

For You

Color Challenge #144
I wanted to do a quick card for todays challenge before I go to bed, without even thinking that these colors are more challengeing than I thought. I finally settled for this card.
The colors for today's color challenge-Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, and Certainly Celery. I combined 2 backgrounds-Canvas stamped in Pumpkin Pie first followed by the Tres Chic stamped in Vanilla Craft ink. The Certainly Celey panel was stamped in Floral BG.I used Garden Silhouettes for my main image stamped in Pumpkin Pie and Rose Red. I used the Antique HPH and the silk Pomegranate ribbon.
Stamps: Garden Silhouettes, Tres Chic, Canvas, Floral, Happy Everything
Paper: Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Vanilla Craft
Accessories: Ribbon,Antique Brass HPH
Tools: Tool Kit, Corner rounder

Dec 9, 2007

Glittery Snowflake

Featured Stamper # 44
Todays FS is a very talented stamper. Her (Charlene) gallery has wonderful collections of cards that you can feast your eyes on. Here is the card I chose to cased. I used the CB embossing for the main BG. I stamped snowflakes for the BG panel in colors of Night of Navy and Soft Sky.
The focal image is stamped in Night of Navy. The snowflake punch was punched twice with my main colors and mounted with brads and dimensional. I added ribbons and brads for my finishing touches. See Tutorial below on how to do the Glittery Window.
Stamps: The Snowflake Spot,Flexible Phrases
Paper: Night of navy, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: Night Of Navy, Soft Sky
Accessories: Organdy Ribbon, DS Ribbon, Brads, Rhinestone brad, DD, silver cord
Tools: Corner Star Punch, Snowflake Punch, Cuttlebug/folder,1/16' Punch, Circle Cutter,
Laminating sheet, Dimensionals

Glittery Snowflake

Glittery Window Tutorial

(Pic. 1) Stamp snowflake on white paper. Use a Circle Cutter for your circle frame. Stamp image on the circle frame. Trim laminating sheet so it will cover your circle frame. The laminating sheet (back part) has the grid lines.

(Pic. 2) The laminating sheet (front part) has the shiny side.

(Pic. 3) Peel off the laminating sheet as shown in pic and lay
the back part of the laminating sheet with the grid line face down.
You want the shiny side so when you attached the sticky part of the sheet, it will not stick to the paper.
Glittery Window Tutorial Continued

(Pic. 4) This is how it should look once you lay the laminating sheet. Peel off the back part of the laminating sheet and add glitter.

( Pic. 5) This is the part where you attached the stamped Snowflake in the back of the circle frame. You can use a regular tape to do this, making sure that tha image is in the center.

(Pic. 6) Here is the finished Glittery window.

Dec 8, 2007

A Little Note

Inspiration Challenge #105
I had 2 Christmas Parties from my stamping group yesterday; that would explain the reason why no posting from me. It was a lot of fun but I am glad it is over. Next on the list I will be working on my Christmas cards for mailing.I did take some time to do the Saturday IC. Here is the inspiration. I used the Stem Silhouettes for my main image and used Blush Blossom for some shadowing effect. I added the stripes (DSP) and circles (Itty Bitty set)for the background. It needed something else in the bottom of my card, so I added the cute sentiment.
Stamps: Stem Silhouettes, Itty Bitty BG, In My Thoughts
Paper: Certainly Celery, Purely pomegranate, Wgisper White, Cutie Pie DSP
Ink: Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: DS Ribbon, Brads
Tools: Slit Punch, 1/2",1",11/4" Circle Punches, 1/16 Punch

Dec 6, 2007

Trees and Glitter

Ways to Use It #143
Sketch Challenge 153
I combined 2 challenges again, yesterday's Sketch and today's ways to use it -Tape of any kind. I really don't have any decorative tape, so I used my very reliable Mono Adhesive tape aka SNAIL. I ran it through the Not Quite Navy paper and poured Dazzling Diamonds. The main image is from the Tags for All. I stamped off the trees except the middle one with Always Artichoke, added the star brads. I used just a little sparkle on the trees and saying but it's hard to see it in the pic.
Stamps: Tags for All, All Year Cheer 1, Peaceful Wishes
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Mellow Moss, Basheful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Narrow Organdy Ribbon, Light Blue Gingham
Ribbon, Star and Round brads, Dazzling Diamonds
Tools: Slit Punch, Stamp-a- majig, 1/16 punch, Phot Corner Punch

Dec 4, 2007

Spent Time...

Color Challenge #143
Featured Stamper #43
Because of work, I missed some SCS challenges and trying to catch up with them. The FS last Sunday was RoseAnn, and I really wanted to cased her cards. For today's CC, I cased one of her cards (click here)using the color challenge-Old Olive, Certainly Celery, and Summer Sun. I used Time Well Spent which seems to be the appropriate set. I stayed with Old Olive and Summer Sun for my main colors, and only used Certainly Celery DSP for the background and Marker for coloring. I added Stickles last on my flowers.
Stamps: Time Well Spent
Paper: Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Summer Sun, Very Vanilla, Celery DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Summer Sun, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Grossgrain Ribbon, Brads, Stickles
Tools: Circle Punches ( 1",11/4. 13/8,1/4,1/2)1/16 Punch, Dimensionals

Dec 1, 2007

Flaky Friends

Inspiration Challenge # 104
It was defnitely raining and pouring from my side of town yesterday-non-stop!!!! If you live in Az, that is a big thing for us here. After doing this card for the IC, it was hard to find a good lighting. The background was stamped using the Itty Bitty Backgrounds, and Aida BG. I used a small strip of the Dashing DSP and added the tag from flaky friends tag and used marker instead to omit the To and From.
I used the sentiment from Cute Converse set.
Stamps: Flaky Friends, Cute Converse, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Real Red, Soft Sky, Dashing DSP
Ink: White Craft, Real Red, Not Quite Navy, Soft Sky
Accessories: Clothespin,DS Ribbon, Star Brads, Red Brads, Hemp
Tools: 1/16" Punch, Dimensionals
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