Wednesday, May 5, 2010

SC279 Father's Day King of the Grill Fun

I am so thrilled to have been able to use the King of Grill stamp set from Stampin' Up's new Summer mini catalog in today's splitcoaststamper's sketch challenge. I just think this set is the cutest, and obviously perfect for Father's Day. I also love both the spot lighting technique, and the argyle DSP used in the background. I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Simply Sympathy Card

It was great to be able to participate in two splitcoaststamper challenges this week with one card. I needed a sympathy card for a co-worker, whose father passed away this week, and a thought the challenges were a great opportunity to come up with something. The challenges I participated in were:

Insipiration for the Inspiration Challenge:

The card features colors in black, white, and silver. The primary image was stamped on whisper white cardstock, and then spritzed with my silver smooch spray. Little pearls were adhered to the flowers. Some additional stylized silver hardware adds a special touch!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

New Baby Trains, IC220, SC267

I made this card for a good friend of mine, who is due with her second in May. Two other friends and I are throwing her a surprise baby shower when we go out to dinner on Monday evening. I had a lot of fun with this card, and it was really quite quick and easy. Even better, it qualifies for two splitcoaststamper challenges!

The card was super simple to make, I just stamped the train image from SU!'s Teddys and Trains stamp set in stazon ink. Then, I colored the image using a blender pen and my ink pads. A few simple punches and some layering of cardstock and DSP, and I've got one cute card!

SCS's challenges:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Warm Wishes

So, I'm truly trying to achieve a better work/life balance and get back into stamping again! I've finally scheduled some classes, and I dusted off my stamping supplies earlier this week. I decided not to do any challenges, and just come up with a card! Although, I do admit that this card was definitely "cased"/inspired by a couple of cards on splitcoaststampers! (Of course, I can't find the cards now to give the proper credit.)

I really love this stampin' up! retired set, and it's one I think I'll keep for a long time. I thought the DSP was great as it looks a little "retro kitchen" to me. A perfect compliment to the mug of warm wishes!

I created the card (and 5 more just like it) to send to my DH's aunts and uncles along with a photo of them from our wedding in October 2009. (Yes, I've been derelict in getting it out to them.) It was the first time in years that all of the siblings were in one place, so our photographer took the opportunity to take a group photo of them!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Baby Girl Thank You

This was my second card for today's SCS Inspiration Challenge (IC207). In my head the card started out square and WAY simpler, but this was where I landed. I really wanted to put together a sample card for a friend who asked me to make baby girl thank you cards, but I think this one is a little much to mass produce! I'll have to figure out how to make it a bit more simple!

I used my square and square scallop nestabilities for the main image, and ran them through my Big Shot. All of the creamy colored paper is SU! watercolor paper. I watercolored with my reinkers and blending pens in Pretty in Pink on the main image; I used my small star punch, my two-way glue pen, and dazzling diamonds on the star (as I'm sitting here...I'm COVERED in dazzling I then used some pink SU! taffeta ribbon and my oval punches to punch out the words. The stamp sets used in this card are Bundle of Joy and Short and Sweet.

Harvest Hi!

I wanted to make a Thanksgiving card for a friend of mine (and her family) who has been fairly ill lately. I love this stamp set, and I hope the cheerfulness of it brings a little extra comfort to her this Thanksgiving.

I participated in two SCS challenges with this card. First, I did today's Inspiration Challenge (IC207). My inspiration came from the photo below, and primarily it was the orange-Autumnal colors that were my inspiration. I also participated in this week's sketch challenge (SC255). It's kind of funny because I also cased one of my own cards in this design of this one (link below).

This card took me AWHILE to make...there was a lot of cutting and a lot of layering. I used the Loads of Love and the Loads of Love Accessories stamp sets my SU!. The main image was stamped in stazon ink and then water colored using reinkers and blender pens (my absolutely favorite technique). I hand-drew the stitching along the border, and sponged around the edge of the main image as well. The mesh in the background was created by using drywall tape that i smooshed into my copper stamp pad. I think the effect is super cute! What do you think?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Flaky Warm Wishes

This is my second card for Split Coast Stamper's Limited Supplies Challenge (LSC247). Both of my cards today were the smaller size (6 x 3.5), although I didn't plan it that way. For this card I started out with the larger size, and it just wasn't working out. As soon as I brought it down to the smaller scale, things came together!

The card was made with SU!'s current hostess set, The More the Merrier. I used my SU! markers to color in the snowmen details. I also used a Martha Stewart punch for the snowflakes, which I ran my two-way glue pen over, and finally covered with Irridescent Ice (which I think I will be wearing for days now). I'm quite please with the end result!