Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Two for One Tuesday - Bouquet Bunches

On Tuesdays, I post two projects that are linked somehow (stamp set, design, colours, etc.) but are different in some way as well.

***Don't forget that today is the last day to order from the Summer Mini! Quite a few of my favourite items have carried over into the current Idea Book & Catalogue, but others will be gone tonight at midnight. You can check out all the Summer Mini items by clicking here, and if you'd like to order, just log in and type in my name (Liz Goldhawk) - if you don't have a demonstrator yet - as the Demonstrator to get the best prices.

For today's Two for One Tuesday, I'm showing you two cards I created with one stamp set from the Summer Mini - Bouquet Bunches. It's got fun images that are quick and easy to colour in. Let me know which one you like better!
On this card, I stamped the different pieces to create a little scene, and coloured it in with a Sponge Dauber (sky and leaves) and a Blender Pen with inks. I'm so happy that the Itty Bitty Shapes punches are still available in the new catalogue... I love the little flower with the Basic Pearl as an accent. After I put the image panel onto the card, I realized I didn't want to add a sentiment, so I'll add a sentiment to the inside when I send it.

This card has a much different look from the first one. I've had these pieces coloured and punched out for a couple months now, but never found a card layout I was happy with. I was inspired today by a grouping of photos I saw online (all different frames, but grouped together on a wall to make one display) and thought I'd try it out on this card. Two of the images are stamped on Vellum Cardstock and coloured with markers on the back. The third image is stamped on Whisper White and coloured with Watercolour Pencils which I blended with a Blender Pen. I added a sentiment to the Scallop Rectangle Clearlit with Fabulous Phrases. The Square Lattice Die (yes, I'm glad it's staying too) added some texture and grounded the different shapes.

Card One Supplies
Stamps: Bouquet Bunches
Inks: StazOn Jet Black, Cajun Craze, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizazz, Soft Suede, Marina Mist
Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Naturals White, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake
Other: Itty Bitty Shapes flower punch, Basic Pearl, Blender Pen, Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch

Card Two Supplies
Stamps: Bouquet Bunches, Fabulous Phrases
Inks: StazOn Jet Black, Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive (textured), Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Vellum Cardstock
Punches: 2 3/8" Scallop Circle, 1 3/4" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 2 x 1 3/8" Oval, Itty Bitty Shapes flower
Big Shot: Circles #2, Lots of Tags, Scallop Rectangle Clearlit, Square Lattice Textured Impressions folder

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mini Monday - Motorcycle

This will be the last Mini Monday using Summer Mini products... next week I'll be using Holiday Mini goodies! Make sure you've ordered all the fun products you want from the Summer Mini by tomorrow, because they could be gone forever after August 31st. The A la Carte stamps from the Summer Mini were some of my favourites, and I'll really miss them. I decided to use the Motorcycle stamp on this card today (design is based on a card sketch challenge by Alex on Stampin' Connection).
I embossed the Motorcycle stamp with Silver Stamin' Emboss powder on Marina Mist cardstock, and then used my Blender Pen and Pacific Point and Basic Grey ink to add a little colour. I also used the Silver cardstock. I really like how this masculine card turned out.

Stamps: Motorcycle, On Your Birthday
Inks: VersaMark, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Basic Grey
Cardstock: Silver, Basic Grey, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Whisper White

Punches: Lg Oval, Designer Label
Other: Brights DSP (Old Olive)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sketchy Sunday #94

It's Sunday, so I'm here with another Card Sketch! My goal is to do a scrapbook sketch for next Sunday, so I'd better get scrapping. Here's the sketch for you this week:

I created this card for a Canadian Demonstrator swap on Stampin' Connection. The theme was new catalogue stuff, so this card features quite a few of my favourite things from the new catalogue. I used the Just Believe stamp set (I embossed the image with Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder, which looks better IRL), the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch, the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Folder, Basic Pearls and new colours (Early Expresso, Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler). I got the colour combination from the new Colour Coach... another of my favourite products from the new catalogue.

I hope you like this sketch... if you create something using it, I'd love to see it! Link me up in the comments...

Step it up Saturday - Merry Crittermas

Today I'm showing you two different versions of the same card. One is more basic, and the second one is stepped up a bit by adding a few extra products. This is also a sneak peek from the Holiday Mini (coming September 1st) and a card we'll be making tomorrow at my Team Meeting & Info night.

For the first card, I stamped the beaver from  Merry Crittermas on Watercolour Paper and coloured it using a Blender Pen and inks. I punched it out using the new 2 1/2" Circle punch, and mounted it on a Wild Wasabi Scalloped Square (the larger one from the Scallop Square Duos die) with Dimensionals. I created a background with stripes of paper from the Candy Cane Christmas DSP pack (do you see the glittery striped paper?). The sentiment was stamped on Blushing Bride and punched out with the Modern Label punch.

My stepped up card uses the same products as the first card, plus a torn fabric knot (Candy Cane Christmas fabric), red Glimmer Brads from the Glimmer Brights pack and a silver brad on the sentiment label (also popped up with Dimensionals). I watercoloured the image with my Aqua Painter and Stampin' Write markers. I also used the Smooch Illuminate Top Coat to create 'snow' under the beaver, and I used Two Way Glue around the edge of the circle to add some Dazzling Diamonds.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fast & Fun Friday!

On Fridays, I'll be sharing something quick & easy to make (the goal is under 15 minutes).

This bookmark definitely falls into that category... I folded a piece of Wild Wasabi cardstock in half, then used the Two Tags die for the Big Shot to cut the bookmark (I kept the fold about 1/4" down from edge of the die so it didn't get cut). The 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch fits perfectly at the bottom of the bookmark, and I stamped it with the A to Z stamp and Marina Mist ink.

I love the owl punch! He's made from Early Expresso cardstock and his vest was made with Greenhouse Gala DSP. Gluing him together took a couple minutes, but I was still well under 15 minutes to complete the bookmark.

Try it Thursday!

On Try it Thursdays, sometimes I'll be sharing a new technique or product for you to try, sometimes I'll be trying a new technique for the first time, and sometimes I'll be trying a challenge I've found on another blog or website.

Today, I'm trying a new technique (and challenging you to try too) that I saw on Stampin' Addicts, and I'm trying a challenge from Splitcoast Stampers and combining them in one card. The technique challenge from Stampin' Addicts is to stamp with your clear block. Just ink it up like you would ink a stamp, and press it onto your cardstock... easy peasy and I love the effect (it really grounds the rest of my stamping)! The Clean & Simple challenge from Splitcoast is to use the colours Crumb Cake, Turquoise and White on a card. Here is the result:

Are you up for the challenge? You don't have to do both challenges on one card, but I hope you'll try at least one out! Please link me up so I can see what you created!

Stamps: Just Believe, Silhouette Sentiments
Inks: Crumb Cake, Tempting Turquoise
Cardstock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake
Other: Stampin' Up Clear C block, Basic Pearls, Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Whatever Wednesday!

On Wednesdays, I'll be sharing whatever is inspiring me!

Today, my pre-order goodies from the soon to be released Holiday Mini are inspiring me, so I thought I'd share a peek. This card shows two stamp sets (Paisley Prints & Seasonal Sentiments), the new Spider Web Textured Impressions folder, and two new punches (2 1/2" Circle punch and Decorative Label punch).

If you'd like to make this card, you're invited to my Gold Stars, Ink. meeting and Sneak Peek night this Sunday the 29th @ 7:00pm. We'll also be making a Christmas card using Holiday Mini products and I'll be showing the Re-Inker Spread technique again.

Stamps: Paisley Prints, Seasonal Sentiments
Inks: Whisper White Craft, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizazz
Cardstock: Naturals White, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry (textured)
Punches: Decorative Label, 2 1/2" Circle, Curly Label
Other: Spider Web Textured Impressions folder, Pear Pizazz poly-twill ribbon, Blender pen

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Two for One Tuesday!

On Tuesdays, I'll be showing you two cards that are connected somehow--design, colour, stamp set, etc.-- but that show you how changing one thing can make a difference. Today, I'm showing you my August Thank You cards (I put one in with each order placed with me in August).

These cards are exactly the same, except for their colour schemes. I got both colour schemes from the Colour Coach, and I love both versions! These cards are very quick and easy, and I love this single stamp (Elizabeth) combined with Teeny Tiny Wishes, or in this case, Just Believe. The little flower from the Itty Bitty Punch pack is the perfect accent! I used the Stamp-a-ma-Jig to stamp my sentiment perfectly inside the Elizabeth image. Which do you prefer?

Stamps: Elizabeth, Just Believe
Cardstock: Blushing Bride (left card), Pear Pizazz (left card), Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze (right card), Cajun Craze (right card)
Inks: Blushing Bride (left card), Pear Pizazz (left card),  Baja Breeze (right card), Cajun Craze (right card)Early Expresso
Other: Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Itty Bitty Punch pack, Silver Brads

Monday, August 23, 2010

Mini Monday!

Since there is always a Mini Catalogue now, I thought I could show a card each week using products from the current Mini Catalogue. There's only eight days left to order from the Summer Mini Catalogue, and this set (First Day) is perfect for school layouts and cards. I'm hoping Morgan's teacher enjoys this card for the first day of school.

I loved the little row of apples in this set, and used the bigger apple from Tart & Tangy to create my background. I found the colour combination (Pear Pizazz, More Mustard and Cajun Craze) in the Colour Coach, and thought it was perfect for a fall card. I added the 'happy' from Fabulous Phrases to the 'first day of school' sentiment that comes in the First Day stamp set. I love that the Dotted Scallop Ribbon border can be used in more than one way... it's the perfect accent peeking out from behind the stamped panel.

Stamps: First Day, Tart & Tangy, Fabulous Phrases
Inls: Pear Pizazz, Cajun Craze
Cardstock: Pear Pizazz, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze
Other: Scallop Ribbon Border punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sketchy Sunday (#93)

On Sundays, the plan is to post a sketch and hopefully a card or layout to go with it. This is sketch # 93 for my blog, and I want to make it a more regular thing again. So this week, I have a card sketch. It's a sneak peek at the sketch for Stampin' Connection (a demonstrator message board & gallery) card sketch challenge tomorrow.

And here's my card:

I used different papers from the Woodland Walk DSP pack and the Growing Green stamp set which co-ordinates with the papers. I stamped the leaf image on Very Vanilla with Jet Black StazOn ink, then coloured it using my Blender Pen and Certainly Celery & Wild Wasabi inks. The flower was stamped on Watercolour Paper, then coloured using my Aqua Painter & Perfect Plum marker. The sentiment is from Fabulous Phrases... I love the font, and I'm having fun coming up with different sentiments using all the words.

I'd love to see any cards you create inspired by the sketch... leave me a link in the comments and I'll come visit you!

Stamps: Growing Green, Fabulous Phrases
Inks: Jet Black StazOn, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery
Cardstock: Pear Pizazz, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Watercolour paper
Other: Aqua Painter, Blender Pen, Corner Rounder Punch, Woodland Walk DSP, Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Step it Up! Saturday

I've decided to do some themed posts here on my blog, and Step it Up! Saturday is the first theme. Each Saturday, I'm hoping to post a clean & simple card, and then a stepped up version using the same supplies as the first, but just adding a couple extra touches. For my first Step it Up! Saturday, I CASE'd a card right out of the Idea Book & Catalogue (page 40).

Here's the first card:

This card uses two ink pads (VersaMark and Early Expresso), three cardstocks (Crumb Cake, Naturals White & Chocolate Chip), one stamp set (Snow Swirled) and Silver Stampin' Emboss powder. I also used Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (sneak peek from the upcoming Holiday Mini) and Rhinestones. I tore both of the cardstocks layered on the card, and all the layers are glued to the card base. You could simplify this card even more by just stamping the tree in a green ink instead of embossing it.

Here is the stepped up card:

I used the same supplies that I used for the first card and added a Silver Mini Brad, Daffodil Delight ink to add the star to the top of the tree and the Scallop Border punch for the Chocolate Chip layer. I also used Sticky Strip to attach the ribbon to the bottom of the focal panel. I folded the ribbon onto itself as I stuck it to the Sticky Strip to create the ruffles, and added the silver brad as an accent. The whole focal panel is up on Stampin' Dimensionals as well. I also created a two-toned sentiment with Crumb Cake and Early Expresso markers.

Which version do you prefer?

Friday, August 20, 2010

August Technique - Burnishing (Card 2)

This is the second card we made in last weekend's Technique Class. I featured the Burnishing Technique, which we used to colour in the images from Growing Green. We ran the coloured piece through the Big Shot in the Square Lattice Textured Impressions folder and then attached it to the rest of the card. My card was inspired by this card by Tina. I love this colour combination from the new Colour Coach too!

Stamps: Growing Green, Just Believe
Inks: So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi
Cardstock: So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Naturals White
Punches: Word Window, Modern Label, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border
Other: Basic Rhinestones, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder, Sponge Daubers, Woodland Walk DSP

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Happy Anniversary

This is a quick and easy card using my favourite stamp set from the Summer Mini - Watercolor Trio. I stamped the middle image first (with VersaMark ink), and embossed it with White Stampin' Emboss powder. Then, I stamped the two other stems with Pear Pizazz ink. I coloured the White Taffeta Ribbon with my Crumb Cake marker and tied it over the Cajun Craze cardstock (stamped with the Sanded Background and Early Expresso ink). The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes (my most used stamp set). If you like this set and don't have it yet, make sure you pick it up before August 31st!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Flutter Friend

This card was inspired by a sketch created by Carole'Anne as a challenge to other Stampin' Up! Demonstrators on the Stampin' Connection website (a gallery and message board for demonstrators). All a Flutter is a single stamp from the Summer Mini, and it's only available until the end of August.

I stamped the butterfly on Shimmery White cardstock with VersaMark ink, and heat embossed with Black Stampin' Emboss powder. I added the Melon Mambo ink with my Aqua Painter and hand cut the image so I could pop it out as an accent.

Stamps: All a Flutter, Full of Life
Inks: Melon Mambo, VersaMark, Peach Pizazz
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla, Shimmery White
Other: Sweet & Sour DSP, Black Stampin' Emboss Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

August Technique Class - Burnishing

This is one of the cards we'll be making in my Technique Class this weekend. I'll be showing the Burnishing technique (seen on JanTink's blog) and we'll make a sample for the technique reference card and two projects. I still have a few spots available ($5.00 or free with a $25.00 purchase), so let me know if you'd like to come and join us. I have three class times available:
Friday, Aug 13th @ 7:00pm
Sunday, Aug 15th @ 1:00pm
Sunday, Aug 15th @ 7:00pm

Stamps: Oval All, Awash with Flowers
Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Grey, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, So Saffron
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie
Other: Top Note Big Shot die, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval punch, Sponge Daubers, Sweet & Sour DSP

Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy Thoughts

I love this bright colour combination (inspired by the Colour Coach again) and the bright, cheery message in the sentiment as well. I used two Hostess stamp sets for this card (Punch Potpourri for the background and Apple Blossoms for the main image and sentiment). If you would like to host a party or private class and earn either of these sets for free, please contact me! The design of this card was based on a sketch by Alex Hobson for a Stampin' Connection challenge (private message board for demonstrators).

Stamps: Apple Blossoms, Punch Potpourri

Inks: Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry (textured)
Other: Beautiful Wings embosslit, Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch, Basic Pearls

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Fabulous Butterfly Prints

This is the second card we made at my private class last weekend. If you'd like to book your own private class for you and your friends, please contact me! I found this colour combo on the fabulous new Colour Coach... I love green and purple together, but never would have thought of adding the yellow. It's a fun and fresh colour combination.

I stamped the butterfly 'body' onto the So Saffron Curly Label, then stamped the butterfly onto Whisper White cardstock and added the body using the Stamp-a-ma-Jig. Then I punched out the butterfly with the Butterfly Punch, and lined up the body on the butterfly with the body I stamped on the label. This saved me having to cut around the body, and I think it turned out very well.

Stamps: Butterfly Prints, Punch Potpourri, Fabulous Phrases, Itty Bitty Bits
Inks: Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Punches: Curly Label, Butterfly, Boho Blossoms, Itty Bitty Shapes
Other: Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Folder, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Basic Pearls

Friday, August 6, 2010

Curly Cute Aviary

This is a card I made for a private class last weekend. It was the first card we made, so I wanted to keep it fairly simple, but there are a  few details that I think make it special.

I used the Presto Patterns DSP and rubbed So Saffron & Poppy Parade inks on with a Stampin'Sponge. The Early Expresso Taffeta Ribbon creates a soft band beside the Scallop Trim Edge. The Basic Rhinestone adds a little bling to the top of the cage. I used the Stamp-a-ma-Jig to get accurate placement of my birds and the cage. I love the sentiments in Curly Cute. There's a nice variety and they look so pretty! I found this colour combination on my Colour Coach. This is a fabulous tool and I love it already... I never would have tried these colours together, and I really like how this card turned out. I'm giving them away as a gift to anyone who joins my team by September 30th. You can see the colour combination on the Colour Coach below:

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Stamps: Aviary, Curly Cute
Inks: Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, So Saffron
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Other: Presto Patterns DSP, Scallop Trim Border punch, Early Expresso Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, August 5, 2010

How to Use Stampin' Up!'s New Punches

All of the punches are now in this new style, which lock shut for easier storage. They can also punch larger pieces, and punch/emboss at the same time. You can punch them with the heel of your hand while they are sitting on the table, instead of your fingers/thumbs too. This video is full of great information. I hope you find it helpful!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August Scrapbook Class

This is the layout that we'll be making in my August Scrapbook Class this Sunday, August 8th @ 7:00pm. It features Woodland Walk DSP and the co-ordinating stamp set (Growing Green). I'm also showcasing chipboard and the Crop-a-Dile this month. If you'd like to make this layout, the class is only $5.00. You'll also get a sketch to make page two of this layout on your own if you'd like. You can also choose the Scrapbook Club option to get six free scrapbook classes (on the second Sunday of each month), a 2010/11 Idea Book & Catalogue as well as a Level 1 hostess set and $20.00 in SU! product of your choice. Your commitment is six $35.00 product orders (1 per month at the classes). Please let me know if you'd like more information!

Stamps: Woodgrain, Growing Green, Jumble Alphabet, Calendar Alphabet
Inks: Very Vanilla Craft, Early Expresso, Wild Wasabi
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizazz, Wild Wasabi
Other: Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Pewter Jumbo Eyelet, Pear Pizazz Stitched Poly Twill ribbon, Two Tags Big Shot Die, Billboard Sizzlit Strip die, Woodland Walk DSP

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sketch #92

Another card sketch to inspire you this week... this is the same one I posted at Stampin' Connection (SCCSC26) this week for any demonstrator friends.

I didn't follow the sketch exactly because I wanted to use this line up of teacups I stamped a couple weeks ago... it's been sitting lonely on my desk, and I thought it would be perfect! Here's my card:

I used my Stamp-a-ma-Jig to carefully stamp the teacups in a row with each of the new In Colours (stamped on Shimmery White c/s). Then, I layered the Scallop Trim borders (Wild Wasabi & Pear Pizazz) and put them on top of a new paper from the Woodland Walk DSP pack. I also love the new Pear Pizazz Stitched Poly Ribbon and since it matched, I had to use it!

Stamp: Tiny Teacup
Inks: Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizazz, Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride
Cardstock: Pear Pizazz, Wild Wasabi, Shimmery White, Crumb Cake
Other: Scallop Trim border punch, Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Woodland Walk DSP