Friday, March 27, 2009

Sketch #51

I have a card sketch this week, but it could easily be a layout too... definitely a simple layout, but I like those. ;)

Here's my card...
This is the second card we did last week at my monthly Stampin' Technique class. I was featuring the Stampin' Pastels, and I used the chalkboard technique (stamped on black cardstock with Whisper White Craft Ink, then used the Sponge Daubers and Stampin' Pastels to add colour to the script stamp). I also used Blender Pens and Stampin' Pastels to colour the flower image... I have better luck with this on smaller images, so this flower was perfect!
supplies (all SU!): cardstock (Basic Black, Whisper White, Kraft); Delicate Dots (SAB) DSP--on the inside of the card; stamps (Dear Friend, Rustic Rooster); inks (Whisper White Craft, Chocolate Chip, black Stazon); Stampin' Pastels

Link me up if you make a card!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge #1

I'm late, but here's my card for Dawn's Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge #1:

supplies (all SU!): cardstock (Tangerine Tango, Pink Passion, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White), Stamps (Fifth Avenue Floral, Oval All - Occasions Mini), inks (Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango--rubbed on the texture plate before embossing the Apricot Appeal cs), Blender Pen, Pink Passion Stampin' Write Marker, Scallop Oval Punch (Occasions Mini - available April 1st), 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon.

This was the inspiration:
Hopefully I'll be on time next week... this was really fun!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

One week left for Sale-a-Bration!

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If you would like any of these stamps (four to choose from), paper pack or ribbon bundle for FREE you have one week left before they're gone forever! If you're Canadian, you can go to my website, click Shop Now and order $60 worth of Stampin' Up! products. They you'll get to choose your free Sale-a-Bration product!!! Your stamping or scrapbooking goodies will be shipped right to your door! Sale-a-Bration ends March 31st, so if you want freebies, get your order in before then.

Here are some cards I've made using the Sale-a-Bration freebies... this one (a CASE of a card in the SAB mini) uses Polka Dot punches and Delicate Dots paper. I used the Poppin' Pastels technique to create the soft background and coloured the stamped images with Stampin' Pastels and cotton swabs. The sentiment is from Fresh Cuts stamp set. This set is fun because all of the images co-ordinate with a punch (I used the 1 1/4" circle punch, 5 petal flower punch and the Scallop Circle punch)

This one is a CASE of Maryalsostamps' card and uses FOUR Sale-a-Bration Freebies! Delicate Dots paper, Botanical Blooms stamp set, Congrats stamp set and the Certainly Celery poly-twill ribbon from the Ribbon bundle. I also used my Big Shot Tope Note die and the Poppin' Pastels technique again. This was one of the cards we did Sunday night for my Technique Club. I showcased four techniques using the Stampin' Pastels...

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sketch #50

How about a two-page 12x12 sketch today?

and my layout:

supplies (all SU!): Petal Party Simply Scrappin' Kit; Spiral Punch, Contempo Alphabet stamps; Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamps; Old Olive inkpad

Link me up if you're inspired to create! I'd love to see your layouts!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Soft Summer Projects from London Regionals

Soft Summer is a stamp set coming in the Occasions Mini (Available April 1st) and we used it for three projects at Regionals! I think all of these are very pretty, and they were easy too!

Let me know what you think of this set! The bottom project holds a bag filled with treats, and also uses the Simple Flower Embosslit and the yummy new corduroy brad.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Regional Swap cards

Here are the rest of the cards I made to swap at Regionals!

supplies (all SU!): cardstock (kraft, kiwi kiss, textured basic grey, textured baha breeze); ink (baja breeze, basic grey, kiwi kiss); stamps (Friends 24-7); oval punches (large oval, scalloped oval, eyelet border).

supplies (all SU!): cardstock (Pacific Point, Rose Red, Kraft, Whisper White, textured Chocolate Chip); Stamps (Fifth Avenue Floral, Upsy Daisy); inks (Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip); Tools (Mat Pack, Aqua Painter, Scallop Square Punch, Big Shot tag die, Dazzling Diamonds glitter)

This is the one I had to "fix" a few of and came up with the card for my sketch challenge... I didn't get the owl stamped right, and had to cover it up (after stamping more stems in other colours).

Supplies (all SU!): Cardstock (Pirouette Pink, Whisper White); ink (chocolate Chip); Stampin' Write Markers (Ruby Red, Pink Passion, Close to Cocoa, More Mustard); Tools (Top Note Big Shot die, Scallop Oval punch - Occasions mini); Stamps (Very Versatile - Occasions Mini), Owl Together Now.

I'll be posting the projects we did at Regionals over the next few days! It was a lot of fun, and I won a stamp set (Matchbox Messages from the Occasions Mini)! I was at the back helping someone with the Big Shot, and didn't even see my name at first...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sketch #49

Tomorrow (err... today) is the Stampin' Up! Regionals in London (yay for the hometown advantage) and ever the procrastinator I'm finishing up my swaps... so I decided to work the sketch into one of my cards. I'll share the rest of my swap cards next week... I'm not one for making them all the same, and some evolved from boo-boos. I ended up with 30 cards in four designs. Anyway, here's the sketch:

and here is my card (adapted from the layout sketch):

This card evolved from a botched stamping job (I'll show you what I messed up next week). So I covered it up with the Very Vanilla panel and mounted it all on a Pacific Point card base.
supplies (all SU!): Cardstock (Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Pacific Point); Bold Brights Stampin' Write Markers; Very Versatile stamp set (coming in April--Occasions Mini); Curly Label Punch; Top Note Big Shot die

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sketch #48

Friday's don't seem to be working out so well for sketches lately... I'll keep trying, but may switch the day if I can't do it. Here's the latest sketch:

I did a layout and a card with this sketch. The card was inspired by Kristina Werner's Colour Inspiration #44 (Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and Close to Cocoa) and is a card for a swap with Anne (sorry it's not sent yet!). I used the Big Shot to make the scalloped oval frame and the butterfly, and then used the Texturz Plate to add the embossed dots to the butterfly. I gently rubbed the inkpad over the embossing to highlight it. I used the Central Park stamp set for the clear embossed flower and the tone on tone background stamping.
I used the March MSS kit for my layout, and added some Prima flowers, some butterflies (fabric and felt) cut with my Big Shot, assorted brads and buttons and some stamped butterflies. This layout was also for Leigh's 'Pile it On' challenge at the MSS crop this weekend. Anyone who is familiar with my usual pages will know what a stretch all these embellishments are!

Anyway, I love this sketch and hope it inspires you! Please add a link if you create something!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

March Kit @ MSS!

This kit is called "Eight Days a Week" and has so much to love in it!

I created the layout in the post below, as well as these two layouts... I still have lots of stuff left, and have at least another layout and a card or two in the planning stages, so you might see those in upcoming posts! The owl stamp Marcy designed is super cute, and I had fun paper piecing it for my "Finding Balance" layout and colouring it for my "Razzle Dazzle" layout (named for the cupcake store the cupcakes came from... highly recommended!). Those sparkly alpha stickers from KI Memories might be my new favourite alpha! I didn't even run out of Z's! Anyway, on to the layouts:

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sketch #47

Here's the latest sketch:

and my layout (using the March Red Star Kit):

I hope you like it!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Occasions Mini Sneak Peek!

The Occasions Mini catalogue is coming out April 1st, and because Easter is at the beginning of April, Stampin' Up! has a Customer Sneak Peek at the Easter Sets coming in the mini. You can order these stamps now! If you click here, you can view the pdf file of all the sets. You can also click on the image above to see it larger.