Sunday, May 31, 2009

Stampin Addicts Color Challenge

I have not taken photos of my newest creations so I am showing a card I made a few weeks ago. This was a color challenge (Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip) on Stampin' Addicts several weeks ago and although not my usual colors I do like it. Summer Sun is my favorite yellow! Yo Yo Yellow is just a little too intense. The butterfly was cut with the Big Shot from a piece of Texturzed card stock. The stamp set is from the Occasions mini. I almost didn't buy this stamp set and I only bought it because of the butterfly. Sometimes I just get so excited about a stamp set and can hardly wait to get it and then use it once and that's it. Other times I buy a stamp set hesitantly and like it better and better the more I use it. This was one of those sets. The more I use this set the more I like it. I sure hope it is in the new catalog!

This card measures 3" x 6" and the base is textured Chocolate Chip card stock. The brad is a flower brad with a rhinestone in the middle.

I am impatiently waiting for the sneak preview of the new catalog. Demonstrators get to see it in the next couple of days. I especially want to see the new In Colors! I am stalking the Stampin' Up! web site hoping it gets posted early!

We finally had a couple of warm days here in Kansas City. My garden was looking a little stunted! I was so proud of myself this year for planting in May rather than June, however, the weather has been rather cool here and I don't think my plants have grown at all. Oh well, it will get warm and they will grow eventually!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Colored Ribbon with Stampin' Pastels

Three cheers for Jerry at! My computer is fixed and better than ever!!! Luckily it was the power supply and not something terrible like the hard drive. While my computer was in the shop I had some memory added! It is running faster than ever-not too bad for a four-year-old computer!

The inspiration for this card came here from Carrie at Carrie Stamps. I changed the colors but the idea and layout are basically the same.

I have been trying different ways to color ribbon. This is the white taffeta which has been colored with Stampin' Pastels using a dauber. The color is not as intense as using a marker but it is easy and you don't have to wait for the ribbon to dry. The background is a piece of solid Not Quite Navy DSP from the hostess pack. I texturzed it with the Big Shot and then sanded it.

I did discover something new. Sanding blocks can be washed!! Yep! My sanding block was stained with Not Quite Navy after making this card so I put it under running water, added a little Palmolive dish soap and Tah Dah! A clean sanding block!!! It does take quite some time to dry, probably a day or so!
The card base is Sage Shadow.The flowers were some silk flowers I had that I also colored with Apricot Appeal Stampin' Pastels and a dauber. The sentiment is from a retired SU set.

Off to make some swaps that are due tomorrow night!! I am going to ride the roller coasters tomorrow at Worlds of Fun. The weather is supposed to be beautiful!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My computer is sick!

My computer is sick!! (Insert sad face photo here!). I took it in to have more memory put in and now it won't turn on! I am taking it to the computer doctor tomorrow and hopefully it will be up and running quickly!!! My DS thinks it is just the power supply which is apparently an easy fix. In the mean time I am using my very old (Windows 98) computer. So no photos!!! I am writing in blue because that is how I feel without my computer!!! The good news is I finally saved something useful!!! (this old computer)
I have several new creations to post! Hopefully by this weekend!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Puns From the Past Cards & Folio

This is a set of 4 cards I made with a matching folio. I was inspired by a set of cards I saw on Christine's Creations some time ago. I loved the color combination of Riding Hood Red, Kraft, and Chocolate Chip. I must admit that this was my favorite new set out of this catalog but I think I have only used it twice. I just love the images and the sayings are a hoot!!
The flowers on the front of the folio are punched with the 5-Petal flower punch and layered with a felt flower and a rhinestone brad. I don't have a small alphabet set so I just hand wrote "cards".

The folio is very easy to make. Cut a piece of card stock (I used textured card stock) 10 1/4" by 9" and score it at 5" and 5 1/4" (or 5" from each side giving you a 1/4" spine) along the 10 1/4" width. Then score the 9" side at 3" to make the pockets. Fold up the bottom where you scored at 3" and cut out the little strip in the middle. A picture is worth a thousand words so . . . Here is a photo of the inside of another folio I made. I make my folio with a spine so cards with embellishments will fit.

If the rain holds off I am going to plant at least some of my garden. Right now it is really muddy and I think I would sink to my knees!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

SCS Sisters Challenge #3

This is the card I made for the SCS Sisters challenge #3. (I am one week behind-this week is challenge #4 but at least I am only one week behind) The challenge was to make something that fell under one of the three SU Contest Challenges. I chose "Orange you Glad" which was to make something that included any of the SU oranges. I decided to use Tangerine Tango because even though I like orange I do not use it often and even then I usually grab Pumpkin Pie. I borrowed this stamp set from Trisha and it just happened to be sitting on my desk. I do love this stamp set called Priceless and I should just buy my own but every time I start to buy it I think "Trisha does own this" . . . The antennae are flower stamens that also came from Trisha . Now that I look at it I should have straightened the antennae before I took the photo. The butterfly is texturzed with the SU Texturz plates and cut with the SU Butterfly Sizzix die. The middle of the butterfly is a scrap of Pacific Point Blue that happened to be on my stamping table. The sentiment is a rubon.
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