UDI sketch challenge


Happy Saturday, Divas! This is my submission for our weekly sketch challenge at UDI.
I decided to make a valentine's day card that I could use for my hubby. Therefor, no bling or shiny stuff today! (Yes, it was a real challenge - I seem to be using a lot of that stuff lately!)
The card base is bashful blue, with a triangle of basic gray on the right/bottom. Not Quite Navy creates a base for ruby red letters cut with our billboard sizzix alphabet die. (I love this die, you get the whole alphabet - upper & lower - on one die! And they are the perfect size for cards!)
The chipboard heart is painted with ruby red craft ink and on it perches a cute nq navy bird from our Best Wishes & More stamp set.
I hope you enjoy the card. Stop by tomorrow for a card share from my weekly class. Thanks for stopping in!

UDI Sketch Challenge Stampin' Up! Petal Pizzazz


Good Morning! Happy Saturday and welcome to another UDI sketch challenge. I really enjoyed making this card. The layout calls for the center to be the "eye-catching" portion of the card without any distraction around it. So, here's what I did :

I stamped the large flower from our Petal Pizzazz set with versamark, heat set some heat & stick powder and poured on the clear chunky glitter. What a shiny, fun flower! I mounted the flower onto the old olive circle, then ran wide olive and narrow light blue grosgrain through notches cut out with my horizontal slot punch.

When I put it down over the tangerine tango and riding hood red card, I felt like it still needed something. The center was just begging me for attention. So I removed a rhinestone from a "ice" brad and used a glue dot to adhere it to the center of a large silver brad (from our hodgepodge kit.) Although it doesn't look centered in the photo, it is in real life....

Although the layout didn't call for it, I wanted to add a sentiment, so I used a portion of one of the stamps from our Smarty Pants set. "Be Yourself" - a good suggestion and a good reminder to self... think I'll leave this one on my desk for a while!

Hope you enjoyed the card! If you would like to play along with the challenge, please take a picture and share it with us. Link to it in a comment here, or if you are loading it onto scs the keyword is DivaSC14. Thanks for stopping by.

Stampin' Up! Just Buzzin By Technique class


OH, it's so nice. We made it through another week! Tomorrow morning I get to stay in my warm bed a little longer and take a little longer to enjoy my coffee... I can't wait......

But TODAY is still here, so let's do something with it! Here's a card shared with my Friday ladies. In case you don't know, we get together and work on different layouts for cards each week. This week we worked on this one and again used a new SU! set "Just Buzzin' By".

For this class we worked with a technique that uses colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits. Click HERE for technique info. One of the best things about this technique is that you can blend the colors in, add shading and blend some more - all without having the paper "pill" or tear. Even on Whisper White cardstock. Great, huh?

I'll see you tomorrow with the weekly UDI sketch challenge!

Stampin' Up! How to use Bella Background


Hello again! Here's another card from my recent stamp-a-stack. This card is actually a copy of one in our SU! demo magazine, but it was simple and lovely so I decided to case it!

One reason I decided to share here is based on a conversation I had with one of my stampers. She was telling me that she has a lot of background stamps, but doesn't use them often because they don't give her a clear image. Or, to get a better image, she has to put her paper on the floor and then step on the stamp - yikes! So let me share something that will help you use your large stamps without squishing them or getting frustrated.

To ink the stamp, turn it stamp side up and press your ink pad onto it - moving the ink pad around and sorta smushing the pad onto the stamp.

Once it is inked up, leave your stamp where it is and place your cardstock on top of it.

Place a scrap piece of paper over the whole thing and then run your hands over the scrap paper.

Now check out your cardstock - you'll see that the entire image has stamped and you didn't even have to get out of your chair :)

I hope that this has helped someone out there in stampin'-land. It was not the first time I'd heard someone complain about them and their difficulty in using them. Maybe this will turn things around. I love the background stamps and the depth they can give our projects - dust them off and give them a try !

Sparkle Sizzlit


Hello! Today's card is one from last weekend's stamp-a-stack. This card has a few steps to putting it together, but nothing difficult - I promise! The main element is a die cut called "sparkle" made by Sizzix (run through the big shot machine). The bauble on top is from Bella, but everything else is SU!

The "happy birthday" message is one of our jumbo wheels. To get it to show in the spots only, I created a mask with inexpensive printer paper.  To get this look, cut a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 piece and punch out various different sized circles. Lay it over your card stock ( I used sahara sand) and wheel over it. (See the 2nd picture below. Note: you want to use printer paper for the template; cardstock is too thick and will not allow the roller to stamp onto the cardstock underneath.)

To make them stand out a bit, I moved the template over just a bit and traced the circles with my white gel pen. This card stock was then cut at an angle and laid over my card base (sage shadow with a strip of bravo burgundy at the bottom). I can't seem to make a card without ribbon - looks naked without it! - so a piece of white grosgrain dresses up the side of the card and helps to tie in the white circles.
I hope you enjoy this "different" card! I'll be back to share more tomorrow :)

Stampin' Up! Crazy for Cupcakes Birthday card


Here's a fun birthday card I made with my Friday ladies at Hope Lutheran. We were working on this layout (and they made some beeeeeutiful cards!) with another stamp set, but I thought it might work nicely with our cupcakes, too. (These cakes are in our Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set. I'm one of the lucky few who won a set a convention. Yay, me!) Once I got it home, I added some stickles for the frosting to jazz it up a little and now I love it! I've gotta make some more for all the January birthdays. Maybe I'll change the frosting colors a little so that I can send them to the guys on my list, too. Here's a closeup of the little cakes so you can see them shine!

Now on the card (above) you'll notice the rounded edge of the whisper white cardstock... I used a coluzzle to cut it and usually have success with that product. However, after very little discussion it became apparent to me that I'm one of the few of the group who enjoy using it. But I have great news to share! I got a peek at our new catalog and we have a new circle cutter in there! Max (leader of UDI and all-round great lady) got a chance to try it out at Leadership and gave it her vote of approval. BTW - she voiced some of the same frustrations with the coluzzle that others have mentioned before. Of course, it was fun to listen to her say it cuz she has the coolest British accent... *smile* Anyway - just another reason to look forward to the goodies that will soon be available! Hope you enjoyed the project today - thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Up! Owl Together Now


This is a card I made for the UDI weekly sketch challenge with Alicia. I should have posted this yesterday morning, but forgot to set it up before leaving for regionals yesterday. So now you get two postings today - whoo hoo! (That probably won't happen again, lol.)

So here are our little owls from Owl Together Now"- a set introduced in our current Fall & Winter Idea Book and Catalog. There's another stamp in this set that says "Whoo loves ya"; that's the one I was planning on using, but then I started thinking about the winking owl and couldn't resist this one instead. Even my husband laughed at it. (I shoulda saved it for Valentine's day, huh?) The heart behind the phrase is one of the hearts in our new trio heart punch. It's part of the Valentines bundle.

I hope you enjoy the card. And if it inspires you to join in the challenge, please link us to it either in a comment here or at the UDI site. We'd love to see it!

other supplies not mentioned: cardstock in chocolate chip, very vanilla, kiwi kiss, pumpkin pie, Bella Rose DSP
ink: brown stazon, markers in close to cocoa, so saffron, only orange, barely banana
other: stampin' dimensionals, crystal effects for the eyes & ribbon (from the dollar bin at target)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Up! Scallop Circle Punch Bra


Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Life has been very busy, but now I'm back and ready to roll...er... stamp!

Today's project is a card that I've cased from a Canadian demo, Caroline. She made a card like this months ago and I've been saving it for just the right occasion. My stamp club met for our last meeting and I really wanted to thank them for keeping me excited about my "job" and for keeping me in business ;) So here's what I made for them:

Yes, it really does say "Thanks for your support!"

The bra portion is made out of our scallop punch (with the top trimmed down); the straps are from our Word Window punch. A flower brad gives a nice touch (though a bow or button would look adorable, too.)
The tags (with the sentiment) were very easy to make. I printed the message out on very vanilla cardstock then trimmed them down to 1/2" tall. For the ends, I used a small square punch (turned to look like a diamond), slid the end of the tag in, and voila! A flag end for a cute banner-looking sentiment! I really like the look and really like that I've found yet another use for scraps. It will be great to use some of my sentiment stamps and really draw attention to them on my cards.  Here's a close up for a better look! Enjoy!

Stampin' Up! Ink Refills background technique


Good morning,

This is a card that I made a while back and have not been able to mail to anyone. I just love it and love the technique used to make it, too. To create this look:

Just take a disposable plastic plate (one of the waxy kind...) and put drops of 3 different colors of ink. I used my ink refills for my SU! classic inks (perfect plum, green galore and blush blossom), then lightly spritzed the plate with water causing the ink to spread just a little bit. Then I pressed a paper coffee filter down onto the plate and let it absorb the ink. I let it dry a bit then stamped it with this collage image loaned by my stampin' friend Judy. After trimming, I mounted it onto plum and then black cardstock.

It's certainly a little different from other cards I've made, but I just love it! I hadn't thought about this technique in a while.... maybe on Tuesday when the kids are back in school I'll pull out my inks and give it another go! Hope you are inspired to try it, too!

Stampin' Up! Just buzzin' by


I'm happy to share a preview of an upcoming Stampin' Up! stamp set. It's called Just Buzzin' By and it's due for release with our new catalog (1/19/09). Shown here are only 3 of the stamps, but there are 8 in the set and they are all so cute! The other phrase that comes with the set can be the continuation of the one shown here and it reads "have a honey of a day". Great for birthdays or really any day you want to share a smile.

On this card, I:

  • Heat embossed the images with black embossing powder and colored them in with my stampin' write markers. 
  • I used different shades of yellow to add a little bit of shading to the bee and a little bit of bashful blue to the amethyst flowers for their shading.
  • The sentiment is stamped in the same yellow across the top.
  • I couldn't resist so I added clear stickles for a little shimmer on the wings. I chose to make the bee a little tag so that she can swing a little on the card. (Need to make it into a spinner or tilt card!) 

Shoulda heard me sitting here giggling all by myself. Just so darn cute. Hope you enjoy the preview - check back for more!

UDI Challenge #11 Bella background


Happy Saturday! Thanks for stopping by to check my blog and for looking at my "take" on the UDI sketch challenge.

I really like this layout because it allowed me to use some of our great patterned paper (aka DSP) with out covering most of it. (You know... on some cards you only see a little of the edges poking out.) I think it shows nicely here but still lets your eye wander to the Bella background stamp (that's the one on the Pink Pirouette cardstock) and onto the main image as well. It didn't photograph as well as I'd hoped, but the main image was covered with versamark and iridescent ice embossing powder. It gives it a nice sparkle as well as dressing it up a little to go with the more elegant feel of the paper. A strip of artichoke card stock and moss taffeta ribbon finish off this card as well as balance the main image.

Thanks for stopping by! A

Stampin' Up! Simply Said Happy New Year!


Good Morning, all! Here's a card to share with you today. The fun colors remind you to do as the sentiment says and "enjoy your day" - a good message for every day ;)

stamps: simply said, enjoy every moment, dias felices
ink: green galore, tempting turquoise, apricot appeal
paper: Rainbow sherbet dsp, cs in the ink colors plus whisper white
tools: corner rounder, scallop circle, turquoise grosgrain. The pebble in the center is from bella.

Cheers to you for a year full of happy days. Don't forget to check in tomorrow for our weekly UDI layout challenge.

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