SC205 CC225 Happy Botanical Nights

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  • Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Stampendous Everything Happy
  • Paper: Kraft, So Saffron, Night of Navy, cream
  • Ink: Basic Black, So Saffron, Night of Navy
  • Accessories: ribbon, twine
  • Technique: 2-Step Stamping

Ahhhhh… another masculine card – yay!  I usually find them to be difficult to cardSept7of2009bmake but I’ve turned out several lately!  This card is another Labor Day creation in which I combined Sketch Challenge #205 (SC205) and Color Challenge #225 (CC225), both challenges from a ways back that I had filed away for future inspiration!

I had purchased the Botanical Blooms set off of eBay earlier this summer and hadn’t used it yet (shameful, I know!), but it was the first set that came to mind when planning this card.  I was a little leery about being able to get it to work with this color challenge (which specified using Kraft, So Saffron, and Night of Navy), but I like how it turned out… an unexpected way to showcase flowers!

I wasn’t too sure what to do with all the blank space on the left-hand side of cardSept7of2009cthe card so I chose to run the sentiment vertically alongside the main image, and fill the rest of the area with a “no frills” ribbon arrangement.

Thanks for stopping by today and please be sure to leave a comment with a link back to your online gallery or blog so that I may come and see what you’ve created lately!

Blessings,

WSC94 Fluffles Garland

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  • Stamps: Fluffles Garland by Stampendous, Crosshatch by Stampin Up, Basic Shapes by Clear Dollar Stamps
  • Paper: White, Garden Green, Basic Black, Real Red
  • Ink: Garden Green, Real Red
  • Accessories: Versamarker, black embossing powder, SU markers, corner punch, light bulb punch, gold leafing pen, and red, green, and gold glitter glue
  • Technique: embossing

Time for another Christmas card! I got my hands on a 50% off coupon for Michael’s and crossed my fingers that they just might have their Christmas stamps out already. They did and they had one of the Fluffles stamps that has been on cardAug22of20091bmy wish list! I guess it was meant to be! :0) And speaking of meant to be, the stamp fit perfectly in Beate’s Sketch Challenge #94 (WSC94) for this weekend.

I embossed the Fluffles image in black embossing powder and colored with Stampin’ Write Markers in Creamy Caramel, Real Red, and Garden Green. I accented appropriate areas with a gold leafing pen and coordinating colors of glitter glue. I then punched out a few light bulbs, and covered them in glitter as well before attaching them to the garland string.

The background on the Garden Green panel was created with my trusty Clear Dollar Stamps Basic Shapes set and also a random pair of paw stamps. The background on the Real Red panel is Crosshatch from Stampin’ Up. I really wished I had a word window punch for the sentiment to peek through the green panel but I didn’t so this will have to do! :0)cardAug22of20091c

Thanks for stopping by and please take a moment to let me know what you think by leaving a comment for me! If you leave a link back to your online gallery or blog I’d love to see your work also!

Blessings,

SK071809 Birthday Foxy

  • Stamps: Snag’em by Imaginisce “Foxy,” Stampendous “Everything Happy,” Clear Dollar Stamps “Argyle Factory”  SK071709 Birthday Foxy
  • Paper: Taken with Teal, More Mustard, white, chocolate brown
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Taken With Teal ink pads & markers
  • Accessories: sponge, notched corner punch, colored pencils, blending stump, baby oil, craft knife, dimensionals, Fastenator
  • Technique: sponging, “Gamsol Magic,” 3-dimensional

I came across this adorable fox stamp at a scrapbooking store in a town about an hour away from here a few weeks ago. At 99 cents, I HAD to have him, and I knew he would be perfect for Gamsol! Last week I registered over at Paper Craft Planet and came across an awesome sketch challenge on Saturday. When I saw it, the first stamp that came to mind was “Foxy!”  Also, I was lucky to score the Stampendous set with my 50% off at Michael’s coupon last week.  I love deals!

I had a different sort of inspiration for the color combination I chose for this card. At the horse show on Saturday (see post below for more info on that), one lady that I competed against in Trail had the most GORGEOUS Hawaiian-type floral top, which was a mix of warm chocolate, bold teal, and tropical mustard. It looked AWESOME, especially with the color of horse she was riding!

Once I had my colors in mind and sketch in hand, I sat down to start creating and things just evolved from there.

One thing I wanted to incorporate into this card was making Foxy as three-dimensional as possible to make him really come to life.  To do this, I stamped SK071809 Birthday Foxyhim three times in chocolate chip ink and used the gamsol magic technique (I use plain ol’ Crayola colored pencils and generic Baby Oil rather than the hard-to-find and rather pricey Gamsol and special colored pencils) to color each image.  Then, I cut out each piece with a craft knife, cutting the second layer by leaving out the tail and the third layer by leaving out the ears and the hind legs.  The result makes him really pop off of the card at you, and I’m please with how it turned out!  For the circle that Foxy is mounted on, I sponged More Mustard ink on plain white cardstock.  That by itself didn’t seem to stand out enough off of the chocolate panel, so I added another layer of white cardstock behind it.

I also sponged the brown and Taken with Teal panels in matching ink.  I do that to a lot of my cards, but I think it is an important step for a lot of cards to make them look more finished.  Granted, it doesn’t look great on EVERY cardSK071809 Birthday Foxy but I find it works well for many of the cards I create!  The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock  and I used a notched corner punch to take the semi-circle off of the edge to add interest.  I also used our Fastenator for the first time to add the two silver embellishments on the lower edge of the teal/mustard panel.  When I originally “finished” this card yesterday I had left it at that.  However, when I came back later to photograph it, it looked like something was just missing, and I couldn’t think of what that was.  This morning I remembered my fun “Argyle Factory” set I purchased from Clear Dollar Stamps several years ago and haven’t had the opportunity to use much.  PERFECT!  I got a little goofy with my spacing when I stamped it the 2nd time so I tried to repeat that mistake with the 3rd stamping to make it look intentional.  Hopefully it doesn’t look too sloppy!

Thanks so much for looking and please take a minute to let me know what you thought of my card and this post!

Blessings,

SC202 Bearing Gifts

  • Stamps: Stampendous “Wise Siamese,” SU Crosshatch
  • Paper: Bashful Blue, Garden Green, Ruby Red

    SCS202 Bearing Gifts

    SCS202 Bearing Gifts

  • Ink: Bliss Blue, Garden Green, Ruby Red, Versamark, SU! Markers
  • Accessories: White ribbon, black embossing powder, sponge
  • Technique: embossing, sponging, sewing

I created this yesterday for last Wednesday’s Sketch Challenge (SC202) over on Splitcoast Stampers.  I tweaked it just a bit by rotating the middle square to sit on one of its corners.

Cats and sentiment are embossed with black embossing powder and then colored with various Stampin’ Up Markers.  I borrowed this stamp from a good friend of the family who is heavily into stamping also.  She’s got quite the collection and is SO generous to let me borrow from her “stash” if there is ever something I need. THANK YOU JEAN!!!  To get a matching ribbon, I sponged Ruby Red ink onto white satin ribbon.  Also sewed across the upper portion of the bashful blue panel as I hadn’t used our sewing machine in a LONG time and told myself to make use of it yesterday.  Not sure if it really goes with the rest of the card but it’s on there anyway! :0)

Thanks for looking and make sure to let me know what you think!

Blessings,

SC200 Fluffles Crazy Christmas

  • Stamps: Fluffles Sweater (Stampendous), Crosshatch, Tres Chic
  • Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Garden Green, White

    SC200 Fluffles Crazy Christmas

    SC200 Fluffles Crazy Christmas

  • Ink: Real Red & Garden Green pads and markers, Creamy Caramel marker, Versamark
  • Accessories: Black embossing powder, red & green glitter, square punches
  • Technique: embossing

Ok, a little late again on this challenge, but at least I got it done before this week’s sketch challenge is posted!  This was done for Sketch Challenge 200 (SC200) on Splitcoast Stampers. I picked this cute little stamp up at Michael’s from their 40% off rubber stamp sale this weekend.  I saw him a month or so ago there and wanted him but was patient enough to wait for a sale!  Now I want a whole collection of “Fluffles the Cat” stamps – I see there are several!!! SO cute!

Thanks for looking!

Bethlehem Window Christmas

Stamps: Bethehem Window (Stampendous), Itty Bitty Backgrounds

Paper: Always Artichoke, So Saffron, non-SU burgandy, cream, and sand

Ink: Basic Black, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Folk Star punch, Hemp twine

Technique: tearing

We borrowed this stamp from a good friend of my mom’s after taking a look at the adorable Christmas card she made for us last year with it.  I thought it would be a perfect one to use to make simple yet elegant Christmas cards that we could easily make a LOT of.  We’ve got about 38 or 39 Christmas cards made so far and since we send out over a hundred total, we’ve got a ways to go yet! (We usually just buy cards for the amount we don’t have made and send those to whomever we think wouldn’t really appreciate one of our handmade cards anyway.

I’ve got the pieces together and ready to assemble for 15 of these cards, so that will up our card count considerably!  I got so many done in the very limited amount of time I had last night that once I finish them all tonight I may just make another 15… we’ll see!  This card is a loose “CASE” of the card she made us in that I “stole” the idea using the punch-out star and placing the torn cardstock where I did.

Thanks Jean for loaning us this stamp! :0)