Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Little Black Will Do

Well, it looks like I'm on a roll today!! It's about time. The more it came together, the more I wanted to add to it. I hope I didn't take away from it's simplicity. I really like that style.

If I had had some red flocking, I'd have used it on the Damask design. I could just "feel" it, can't you? Dawn McVey did an outstanding job in designing that set...thanks Dawn!! Because of the Damask, I thought it lent itself to a more sophisticated look. After pulling the red and white together, I felt that a splash of black was what it needed to make it pop. The little butterflies have tiny Kaiser pearls on them and then their wings pulled away so as to look like they are in flight. Hope you enjoy this. Thanks for looking!!

Stamps: PTI Damask Designs, SU Friendship Flowers
Paper: White, Real Red, Black
Ink: Real Red Craft & Classic
Accessories: Wide red grosgrain ribbon, MS triple Butterfly punch (my favorite!!), Kaiser pearls, liquid glue, 3M foam tape
I ran across one of Darlene's cards she uploaded today and loved the simplicity of it so I decided to case it. Her card can be found here. I loved everything about it. I changed the embossing folder, image, sentiment and ribbon style. In being so closely related, I want to be sure to give her the credit she deserves!

I wished I had stamped off the Creamy Caramel "shadow" once before laying it down but maybe it just looks like the sun is really shining. Yeah, that's it, it is noon here!! I love this sketch and will probably use it again and again. This was simply done, therefore very fast. Thanks for looking! And, thanks, Darlene!!

Stamps: Verve's Beauty in Nature, SU's Essence of Love (sentiment)
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip scrap (for butterfly)
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Textile EF, Grosgrain Ribbon (that sooo closely matches Creamy Caramel), MS triple Butterfly punch

A Couple of Challenges

I haven't done a challenge in a while and two of them kinda fell into my lap's interest. That is, they were fast and simple! This card fit both challenges.

I cut and embossed the oval piece after I'd stamped the image. The Afternoon Tea and Groovey Guava pieces were edged with Chocolate Chip ink. The Groovy Guava piece was also embossed using the CB Textile EF. The varied shades of Primas were centered with clear Dew Drops.

The SSNOTIME 105 Challenge was to use only black or brown ink for stamping. Here are the details. The layout is for the C4-C3 Challenge seen here. I hope you enjoy this...thanks for looking!

Stamps: Verve's Beauty in Nature
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: White, SU's retired Afternoon Tea DSP and Groovy Guava
Accessories: Oval Nesties, Textile embossing folder, Chocolate Ribbon (retired SU), MS triple Butterfly punch, small Primas, clear Dew Drops, 3M foam tape

Friday, September 18, 2009

I really enjoyed making this fall card. Using navy, pumpkin and ivory colors made it feel warm and inviting.

Stamps: PTI Fall Elegance and Damask Designs
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Versamark, Creamy Caramel for sponging
Accessories: Square Nesties (even the small ones in the corner), clear and orange rhinestones, 3M foam tape

After cutting out the squares, I embossed them followed by distressing the edges with my scissors. I've tried different distressing tools and techniques but always come back to the ole faithful scissors. They give me the look I want every time. The blue strip is a NQN remnant that I distressed and wrapped around the Pumpkin Pie square. The NQN background was stamped with one of the Damask Designs in Versamark to give it a subtle look without taking away from the image. When I finished stamping I thought it needed a "pop" so I found and added the clear rhinestones to the cute little pumpkins. Initially, I was going to put brads on the bottom right, but just couldn't get it to "feel" right. Then I found the smallest square from my Nesties and tried it (then embossed it). They worked like I wanted. Adding the golden rhinestones gave it the look I was searching for. I hope you like it. Thank you for looking!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

This first card is done with SU's retired Blossoms Abound. The two-step sets make such a nice finished product. This is the prettiest set and many different colors can be used for the blooms.

Stamps: SU! Blossoms Abound, Inspired by Nature (sentiment)
Paper: Rebecca DSP, Mellow Moss, white
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Pink Taffeta ribbon

The next one uses one of PTI's sets. I'm in love with their stamps...oh, yeah, I've already said that...well, I do! Now, I just need hours and hours and hours to spend using all of the sets I've recently purchased. Couldn't help myself...and I want more! Guess I'm an addict, oh well, could be worse, huh?

Stamps: PTI Mailbox Greetings
Paper: Naturals Ivory
Ink: Chocolate Chip, various SU markers
Accessories: Brown checkered ribbon, Nut Brown Flower Soft, dimensionals

Hope you enjoy these. Your comments are always welcomed. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Boy, is it getting busy. Seems like we have something all the time now. Fall is our most favorite time of the year. It is a time that running races are "hot" (for lack of a better word), ha! So our weekends are quite busy along with the week days of getting out to run and train. Now with all of that said, I know you've notice that I haven't posted any new cards lately. It won't be long and I'll have some up and posted. Thanks so much for your patience! See you soon.