Thursday, October 31, 2013

Greensburg Crop: More Creating!! blog series

Hi Stampers!

Happy Halloween!!   Ha ha, no, I don't have a Halloween card today.  I actually only made one, and I did that at the Butler crop and already blogged it :)

I DO have another birthday card though!  This one uses some of the Birthday Basics DSP.  I thought I'd wrap it up with a little bit of Raspberry Ripple ribbon and colored in the sentiment from Bring on the Cake.  After I colored, I brushed each letter with a little Dazzling Details for some sparkle.

 
Happy stampin'!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Greensburg Crop: More Creating!! blog series

Hi Stampers!

This card is a cute little birthday card which I partially CASEd from one on Split Coast Stampers.  Do you recognize those shapes I used for the candle "flames"?  Yup, it's the wing from the Bird Builder punch!  Cool, huh?!

I was stumped on what to add to it for some color.  Originally, it was just the candles and the sentiment.  Then I had the bright idea to punch out some colored circles and scatter them on the card.  A bit like confetti, don't you think?
 
Anyway, this is a nice bright card that I think would cheer someone up on their birthday!  Speaking of which, today would've been my Daddy Joe's 88th birthday . . . happy birthday, Dad!  I know you're watching over me!!
 
Happy stampin'!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Greensburg Crop: More Creating!! blog series

Hi Stampers!

Here's a fall card for your viewing pleasure :)  My friends already know that fall is my favorite season.  I love the rich colors, the chill in the air, and being able to take my sweaters out of storage.  When the weather is just chilly enough to start brewing a pot of tea and put on a cozy sweatshirt, that's how I like it best.

I was always the weird kid who was happy to go back to school in the fall :)  I think mostly because of back-to-school shopping because it meant time to get into some richer colors.

The card below uses some of the Regals group, Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry, and Elegant Egglplant.  I added a little twine and a button for some texture and backed it with Crushed Curry and Elegant Eggplant cardstock.  I like it!

 
Let me know what you think!  What's your favorite season?  Drop me a comment!
 
Happy stampin'!

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Greensburg Crop: More Creating!! blog series

Hi Stampers!

Back to work today <yawn>.  Sometimes I'm annoyed at Mondays :)  Oh well.

Let's get to today's card:

 
How fun is this?  I used the Tape It stamp set, stamped in several different colors, the acorn from Gently Falling, which I blinged up with Dazzling Details on the cap, and then shined up the acorn itself with Crystal Effects (a little hard to see), then used a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes.
 
I got the idea for THIS card on my online friend Mindy's blog, Bada Bing Paper Crafting .  I haven't gotten around to ordering any actual washi tape yet (still a little intimidated by the technique), but I do love the Tape It stamp set, since I can make my "washi tape" any color I want!  Cute, huh?
 
Come back tomorrow for another fall-themed card!
 
Happy stampin'!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Greensburg Crop: More Creating!! blog series

Hi Stampers!

This has been a busy weekend :)  I had my Calendar Girls over on Friday evening, and just finished up a sampler class/make up class.  Perfect way to spend a nice fall few days - stamping with friends!

Ready for some more of the Greensburg crop creativity?  Here's another Christmas card:

 
This design was featured in our SU! Stampin' Success magazine for Nov/Dec.  I just changed one thing on the card in the mag - instead of the "pinking" edge used, I substituted the scalloped edge.  After I made the card, I remembered that I DO have that pinking edge lol!!  Oh well.  It looks nice either way!
 
Happy stampin'!

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Greensburg Crop: More Creating!! blog series

Hi Stampers!

More from the Greensburg Crop.  I worked a lot on Christmas cards again - these crops are a great opportunity for me to do that since I have lots of time and don't have to stop to go to work or do housework (yes, I do that occasionally, ha ha!).

I get tons of inspiration from the gallery at Split Coast Stampers.  My SIL Susan recommended the site to me way back when I first got involved with papercrafting and I'm really glad she did!  If you're looking for ideas, layouts, color schemes - whatever - I suggest you add their site to your "favorites".

Here's today's card:

 
How cute is this??  I saw lots of "Mrs. Santa" dresses on SCS using the Dress Up Framelits.  Just HAD to try one for myself.  I also used the retired ornament punch from Stampin' Up! along with our Silver Glimmer Paper.  What I did was cut two dresses - one from Real Red and one from Whisper White.  Then I trimmed the white freehand to make the trim on the dress, and freehand cut the belt from Basic Black and the buckle from a scrap of the silver.  Loving the Oval Framelits set for backgrounds!
 
What do you think?  Is this a fun card?
 
Happy stampin'!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Greensburg Crop: More Creating!! blog series

Hi Stampers!

Another quick post :)

Working on Christmas cards again for my Calendar Girls.  This will be one of the cards we do next month at club.  This is another CASE of a Split Coast card:

 
I'm just LOVING that Ornament punch!  I was sad when the Snowflake embossing folder retired.  It's such a nice background to this card.
 
Happy stampin'!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Greensburg Crop: More Creating!! blog series

Hi Stampers!

More creating coming your way - just a quick post today because I thought I had more posts set up to "auto play" than I actually did!

Here's a cute birthday card I came up with using Tape It and Bring on the Cake.  This card idea came from Split Coast Stampers and I added some punched out circles for color & fun.  The candle "flames" are the wing from the Bird punch - isn't that cute??


Happy stampin'!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Greensburg Crop: More Creating!! blog series

Hi Stampers!!

Ready for some more sunburst cards?  I'll tell you a secret - many times when I'm designing a card or deciding on a color scheme, I think of my mom :)  She LOVES shades of aqua and turquoise (I do too.)

So, the pretty cards I have to show you today use some of my mom's favorite blues in a Stampin' Up!  version -  Coastal Cabana, along with the gorgeous Modern Medley DSP.  Alas, I used up 4 of my only remaining 6 Very Vanilla Resin Roses from the Springtime Vintage suite of a couple years ago.  I still have some left in Rose Red and Baja Breeze, but I loved the VV ones the best and have been HOARDING them  <pauses a moment to shed a quiet tear>.  I keep hoping and hoping they'll show up again sometime . . . .

OK (sigh).  OH.  Guess you're waiting to see the cards:

 
Nice, huh?  I was much more pleased with the way these turned out, as far as fitting all the "puzzle pieces" together.
 
Happy stampin!

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Greensburg Crop: More Creating!!! blog series

Hi Stampers!!

Well, back from the Greensburg crop weekend, and that's the end of crop weekends til spring.  I am so TIRED!!!!!


Got lots of cards made, though!!  I have so much fun getting together with my crafty friends.  We are a motley crew - the youngest around 21 and the oldest in her 70s.  There's a dull roar in the room while everyone talks, laughs, jokes, admires each other's work, and just generally have one big hen party.

I've been wanting to try a "sunburst" card, but I am just terrible at math and don't have the patience to make a template.  Well, my online friend Lyssa recently had a tutorial on her blog showing a super-easy way to do this pretty technique.  Here's my CASE of her lovely cards:

 
I only made two because I messed up the other two.  Had a bit of trouble figuring the pieces out, but I worked on more this past weekend, so come back tomorrow and see some more sunburst cards (they came out a WHOLE lot nicer!).
 
I think I just might offer this as a class sometime - it was so much fun once I actually mastered it!
 
Happy stampin'!

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Butler Crop: Creating Til I Dropped blog series

Hi Stampers!

Well, last card and that's the end of this blog series.  How did you come through?  I hope you've enjoyed it and I've inspired you a little.  Today's card is one of my favorites.  I love using my Stamp a Ma Jig to line things up and here's something a bit different:


Every once in a while, I do try to force myself out of my usual color scheme.  Gorgeous Grunge in Wisteria Wonder, Crushed Curry, and Soft Sky on a Whisper White background, with a little Stazon Black and a little bling.  If that's not "unusual", I'm not sure what is :)

Since I didn't have any Soft Sky cardstock, I subbed in some Pool Party on Basic Black to "pull" some of the top layer color in.  The sentiment is from From My Heart - which is quickly becoming a "go to" set for sentiments!  This was also a CASE from Split Coast Stampers.

So, that's the end of my blog series!  Hopefully I'll have some new creations and papercrafts for you since I just got back from the Greensburg crop weekend.  Until next time . . .

Happy stampin'!

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Butler Crop: Creating Til I Dropped blog series

Hi Stampers!

Ready for another card?  Today's uses the Circle Card Thinlits and some of the yummy new Crisp Canteloupe paper and Ruffle Stretch Trim.  Quickie post today as this is actually being pre-blogged and set up and I'm rapidly losing my blogging mojo :)


 
There's that teapot stamp from From My Heart again - can you tell it's one of my new favorites??  I've used some DSP from Venetian Romance and a bit of the specialty Natural Composition DSP for texture.  I think Baked Brown Sugar goes with it nicely.  My Mosaic punch made quick work of the cut outs, set off by some Basic Pearl embellishments.  At the time I made this, I couldn't decide what I wanted to put on the inside circle, so into my card box it went until something hits me.  To get the longer "flap", I extended my cardstock outside the die and voila - a place to write a message.
 
What do you think?
 
Happy stampin'!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Butler Crop: Creating Til I Dropped blog series

Hi Stampers!

I've about lost track of the day count at this point :)  Anyway, the remaining cards will be fall or general cards.  I just lost my Christmas mojo after a while!

As this posts, I'm currently in the midst of day two with the other crop group I hang out with fall and spring, at the Bishop Connare Center in Greensburg.  I've set up posts while I'm gone for your crafting enjoyment, but as you read this, I'm most likely in a sugar and caffeine haze and either designing more cards for my Calendar Club girls or possibly scrapbooking.  At the time I was writing this, I didn't have a set plan in mind.

Today's card is a pretty fall themed CASE from one I found on Split Coast Stampers.  I really need to start keeping track of these so I can give proper credit.  Gently Falling, once again, but the 2 Step Stampin' technique gives way to just using the outline stamp and coordinating ink and cardstock for a more monochromatic look:

 
Colors used here are Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, and Daffodil Delight.  The sentiment is from From My Heart.  I sponged the colored areas with ink to give a little bit of a shabby look to the leaves.
 
Fall is my favorite season - I know you already know that - and this card is just perfect.  Falling leaves, passing time . . . the crisp air and spicy treats of autumn.   MMMMMM.  I think I hear some pumpkin muffins calling me.  Time to check the treat table :)
 
Happy stampin'!


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

SUPER SALE! Thank You Thursday!

Hi Stampers!!

Today is Stampin' Up! Thank You Thursday, and it's a great one!  Select punches 25% off!!  While you're shopping, be sure to check out this week's Weekly Specials too.  WOOO!  Head over to my store, but don't wait - the Thank You Thursday punch special is TODAY ONLY!


 
Happy stampin'!

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Butler Crop: Creating Til I Dropped blog series

Hi Stampers!

Here we are, Day 14 of the series.  Are you ready for another Christmas card?

Today's card is actually the last Christmas card I did.  After a while, I just couldn't come up with any more ideas and switched to fall and general cards :)

 
 
Pretty simple, but still elegant.  That Scalloped Tulle ribbon was one of my faves, retired now, but you can still get it on the Clearance Rack, along with that great Lacy Brocade embossing folder.  I'm getting a lot of use out of the Christmas Collectible set.  It's just perfect with embossing powder for some glint and texture.  Modern Medley DSP and Very Vanilla add richness.  You could tone down the tulle a little if you wanted a more mailable card, or "fluff" it up like I did here for a hand delivered one.
 
Stop by tomorrow for another card!  I hope you're enjoying the series this month.
 
Happy stampin'!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Getting Ready for Another Crop Weekend!

Hi Stampers!

Well, I'm trying to get packed up for the Greensburg crop and I'm a little overwhelmed :)  Wonder if I can just pack my whole studio up somehow?

Found this funny picture today:


Not that I think I'm a "professional crafter", by any means, but this made me laugh :)

Alright, back to packing!  Check out my FB page to see what I'm up to this weekend!

Happy stampin'!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Butler Crop: Creating Til I Dropped blog series

Hi Stampers!

Not exactly "12 Days of Christmas", but here we are once again!  Are you tired of Christmas cards yet?  You are?  Well, let's take a break and check out a little fall card I came up with.  This was CASEd from my upline, Kim.  See what you think:

 
Gently Falling is also a fave set of mine.  Love the 2 Step Stampin' method!  Sassy Salutations shows up here again, along with two embossing folders, Houndstooth and Square Lattice for some great autumn-y texture.  Colors POP with Raspberry Ripple, Pumpkin Pie, and Gumball Green.  I added a few Perfect Plum buttons from the retired Regals set (on the Clearance Rack now) and embellished them with Basic Pearls.
 
Makes me want to go take a walk down a country road in a nice cozy sweater or go visit a pumpkin farm :)
 
Happy stampin'!

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Butler Crop: Creating Til I Dropped blog series

Hi Stampers!

Number 13 in this blog series, and <cue up the spooky music here>, let's take another break from Christmas cards and serve up one more Kittie Kraft inspired Halloween card.  Now, this post is a bit of a spoiler (ssssshhhhhhh), because one of my beloved-est, best-est, dearest, most AMAZE-BALLS friends is a real "Halloweenie", and this is going to be the birthday card they get this year :)  But hey - NO telling if you've figured out who that lucky Halloween fan is gonna be ;)  I don't think they read this blog, so we just might pull this off.

For an extra coolness factor, didn't I stop over at Hand Stamped Sentiments today, and can you believe their color challenge highlights the very colors I used on this card??  What fun!!

The Tim Holtz Brick Wall embossing folder is even more awesome than I ever thought it would be paired with the Poppy Stamps Madison Window, Shutter, and Flower Box dies and the Martha Stewart Branch punch.

Elegant Eggplant, Tangerine Tango, Garden Green and Basic Black take the stage here with a couple retired stamps from my Halloween stash.  See what you think:



(Inside, I stamped the Happy Birthday from Sassy Salutations.  The font just seemed to fit.)

Well, not long before the ghoulies and ghosties and things that go bump in the night invade our neighborhoods!  I love sitting on my porch and passing out candy to the little goblins, how about you?

BOO!  How about a little Monster Mash?


Happy stampin'!

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Butler Crop: Creating Til I Dropped blog series

Hi stampers!

Here we are at Day 12!  How are you holding up?  I hope some of my creations have inspired you to go craft some of your own Christmas cards!

Today's card is kind of an "offshoot" of my embossing powder flop from a few days ago :)

I went with a black and white theme, added a little bling, and used Tape It again with Sassy Salutations for a little fun.

 
You can't go wrong with clean and simple black and white.  I think this one will be another Calendar Club project.  Whaddaya think?
 
If you've been working on Christmas cards, shoot me a comment and let me know what it is that you're creating!
 
Happy stampin'!

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Butler Crop: Creating Til I Dropped blog series

Hi Stampers!

Well, we've made it to Day 11!  How about something a little different than my usual Stampin' Up! only creations?

Kittie Caracciolo is a papercrafter who I am just completely in awe of.  Her absolutely AMAZING creations never fail to delight and inspire me.  Please take a moment and visit her Kittie Kraft blog.  I guarantee you'll love her work!  Doesn't she look like the sweetest, friendliest person?  Kittie's definitely on my list of "online friends" I'd like to meet someday in person!

Anyway, Kittie works a lot with dies.  Because of what I've seen on her blog, I've purchased several dies from Poppy Stamps and tried my hand at duplicating Kittie's work.  I've also been absolutely DYING to get this Tim Holtz embossing folder, and since we got 20% off coupons from the scrapbook store in Butler the weekend of our crop, I FINALLY bought it!!  Let's face it, Stampin' Up! will forever and always be my first love for my papercrafting supplies, but I do enjoy a beautiful die and embossing folder combination.

Here's one of my humble attempts to replicate Kittie's lovely artwork:

 
I was really flattered by the attention this card got at the crop.  Several ladies exclaimed over it, and one just begged me to send her one - she insisted on giving me her address :)  Of course, I plan to do just that - how great is it when other scrapbookers and papercrafters admire your work that much??  Have I mentioned already how much I just LOVE attending these weekend crops?  Believe me, nobody "gets" your work like another crafter :)
 
I hope you enjoy today's creation!  Like I said, not my usual "SU! only" work, but of course, the paper, ink, stamp, and embellishment is SU!
 
Have a great Sunday, and happy stampin'!

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Butler Crop: Creating Til I Dropped blog series

Hi Stampers!

Number 10 in this series!  Are you still with me?  Today's card is a bit of a CASE, once again, from Split Coast Stampers.  I can't find the card in that gallery that originally inspired me, but if this design looks familiar to its creator, please comment below and I'd be happy to give you the credit for the layout!

 
Crumb Cake, as you all know, is my favorite neutral.  I've used it here with some Cherry Cobbler and Chocolate Chip, as well as a few scraps from the Regals DSP stack; again, Cherry Cobbler, along with Always Artichoke.  I inked up my stamp (from Christmas Messages) with my Stampin' Write markers to get a multi-color effect, used the Pretty Print embossing folder from the Holiday Catalog and a strip of Champagne Glimmer Paper for some texture, and finished it off with a button from the retired Regals pack (still available on the Clearance Rack!!).
 
A nice little card for my Calendar Girls, no?  I hope you'll continue to follow this blog series.  Leave me a comment or two - it really makes my day :)
 
Happy stampin'!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Butler Crop: Creating Til I Dropped blog series

Hi Stampers!

Welcome to Day 9 :)  Hey, I told you I "created til I dropped" - hopefully, you haven't dropped out of reading my blog yet.

This is another card I wasn't altogether thrilled about once I finished it!  Why do I show you these, you ask?  To be honest, I think whether you're an advanced papercrafter or a beginner, sometimes it's helpful to know that not every creation is a winner ;)  . . . and by no means do I consider MYSELF advanced, for that matter!

 
Anyway, I do mostly like this, but I think I'll simplify it a bit for my Calendar Girls by eliminating the embossing.  To get a little glimmer on the ornaments and the decorative strip across my scallops, I once again dipped my cutouts in Versamark and for this card, used Iridescent Ice EP.  It's very pretty but a little time consuming :)  I used the stamp sets Mosaic Madness, Christmas Collectibles, and Perfectly Penned - just inked up the "Celebrate" from "Celebrate Today" and punched it out with the large oval punch.  Perfect Polka Dots was the perfect embossing folder to add some texture to the background and Rich Razzleberry is nice, different color here.
 
How are you liking the cards so far?  Leave me a little comment and let me know!
 
Happy stampin'!

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Butler Crop: Creating Til I Dropped blog series

Hi Stampers!

Day 7 of the Butler Crop blog series!  Have I gotten you into a Christmas card making mood yet?

Here's a fun card.  I hope you like it:

 
 
One of the new In Colors, Coastal Cabana, gives a fresh clean look to this one.  I've used that yummy Stretch Ruffle Trim, some paper from the In Color DSP stack, the Mosaic Madness stamp set to make the "ornaments", heat embossed a sentiment from the retired Many Merry Messages set, and added a few Basic Rhinestones and some snippets of retired ribbon.  Bermuda Bay ink adds just enough contrast to Coastal Cabana while keeping the coolness of this color scheme.
 
Another winner for the Calendar Club!
 
Happy stampin'!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Butler Crop: Creating Til I Dropped blog series

Hi Stampers!

Day 6 of my Butler Crop blog series!  Hopefully you're not tired of seeing all my cards yet :)

Today I wanted to show you what I think was kind of a flop, as cards go.  I never realized embossing powder can apparently "go bad"!  I was going for a white on white card, but it ended up being vanilla on vanilla when I heat embossed with my white EP and got an "off" color:

 
I punched out the snowflake with my retired snowflake punch, dipped it in Versamark & then the embossing powder . . . and to my surprise, it came out Very Vanilla instead of Whisper White!!  Stamp sets used were Tape It and the retired Many Merry Messages.
 
I mean, I still kinda like it, but . . . . ??  Clean and simple for sure, but I guess I'm gonna have to break down & buy some new white EP :)
 
Oh well.  Somehow I'll revamp this a bit and it will be a Calendar Club card.  Back to the drawing, er - embossing - board!
 
Happy stampin'!

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