Friday, February 29, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #36: Layout Challenge

Our challenge this week was to be inspired by the layout on page 44, The Deepest Sympathy card. Usually, layout challenges are my favorite but it was really hard for me this week. This is inspite of the fact that I really like this layout! Wierd!

I wanted to try out a very simple technique called "Chalkboard." You are supposed to use black cardstock and the example I saw used brown. So what did I do? Used Bravo Burgundy! I stamped the cross and floral images from Refuge and Strength in Whisper White Craft Ink and used Q-tips and cotton balls to add color from my Stampin' Pastels. I layered this piece onto Ballet Blue and then onto Always Artichoke cardstock. I tied a piece of 5/8" Brocade Blue Grosgrain Ribbon onto the Antique Brass Hodgepodge piece and attached that to my main piece. I wasn't quite sure if this looked finished yet so at the risk of ruining what I had just done, I pulled out my Crafter's Tool Kit and using the Paper Piercer, Pad and Template, added a few "stitch" holes in three of the corners. I liked it!

I made my own decorative cardstock by stamping off in Ballet Blue and Bravo Burgundy onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. I added the phrase with my Bravo Burgundy classic ink pad and adhered the focal image with Stampin' Dimensionals. Boy! I've been using Stampin' Dimensionals on EVERYTHING lately! I love them!

Thanks for taking time to check out my Blogger's Challenge and remember to click on the link on the sidebar to see what the other BC members were up to this week!


Friday, February 22, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #35: Color Challenge!

The color combo for this challenge was Purely Pomegranete, Old Olive and Brilliant Blue...Whoa! That IS a challenge. But, once I sat down, my card came together quite quickly!

I used a set called Bugs and Kisses...I LOVE this set! I stamped three of the bugs in the three colors and punched them out with my 1 1/4 inch square punch, added a little ink around the edges with a sponge dauber and layered them on their respective cardstock colors and punched that out with the 1 3/8 inch square punch. I made a "faux filmstrip" from Brilliant Blue by punching the edge with my Spiral punch. On the background, I used the phrase Cute as a Bug in Old Olive on the Old Olive card and positioned it with my Stamp a Majig. My intent was to do the whole background but I stopped and decided I liked this "strip" look! I added Olive 5/8" ribbon and Double Stitched Purely Pomegranete ribbon and finished off the card by stamping the phrase just one more time with Basic Black. My Brilliant Blue is showing up a little purple. Maybe I can try to take a better pic later today!

Thanks for looking and be sure to check out the link to the other challenges!

Also, Sale a Bration continues! Did you get your Mini Occasions catty from me, yet? IT'S AWESOME!!! Starts March 1st!


Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Current Weather conditions in Crookston, MN as of 4:15 pm:

Air temp: -17 degrees F
Windchill: -48 degrees F


Here's a card to warm you up:

It uses a folding technique called "Shadow Box." If you'd like me to come to your home and show you how to make a card like this with a couple of your friends...and we take a few orders and get you some free stuff at the same time...LMK!!!

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, February 17, 2008

Your Word is a Light...

I made this card for my friend Lisa S. She's also my upline. God really guided me in the right direction for that decision! I signed up with Lisa...we had never met, just emailed back and forth. She had to be patient, too! I drug her along from March til I finally signed up in August!!!

This card uses the Brayered Sky tech from SCS. Block off a portion of your cardstock with post its and use a brayer with three shades of one color. I chose Barely Banana, Summer Sun and More Mustard. I also used my Christmas present from Lisa...A Light Unto My Path I removed the post its and stamped the Bible verse. Thanks for looking!


Friday, February 15, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #34: Layout Challenge!

LOVED this challenge! Layout challenges usually end up being a favorite for me!

We were to use the Happy Birthday card on page 32 of the Spring-Summer Collection from Stampin' Up!

My color combo came from a color challenge on SCS. The stamp set I finally decided on (that was the real challenge for me, this week) was Nursery Necessities. I used Kraft, Tempting Turquoise, and Green Galore, colors I wouldn't have thought to put together but I like how they work together. For my star, I used the Rock N Roll technique and used regular White Grosgrain Ribbon and added a little extra to match my card! To make the scallops, I used the corner rounder punch with the guard removed and added white dots with my Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen. I stamped the phrase with White Embossing powder.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today, this is the card that I am giving to my dh. I found the pattern on one of the other blogs I read. Email me if you want me to send you the pattern, too!

I used Blush Blossom cardstock and Bali Breeze DSP and River Rock double-stitched ribbon.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Just So You Know

I had a great question at my workshop the other night...Do I need to wait for a workshop or party or open house to place an order?

You can place an order ANYTIME!

Here's the scoop: You can place a Customer Direct Order at any time from me. The only difference is shipping. Shipping is $3.95 for all orders less than $39.50. After that amount, the shipping charge is the same as it is for a workshop: 10%!

So, all of you who are considering a SAB (Sale-a-Bration) order and don't want to wait for a workshop, I can take your individual orders anytime!

But, if you talk to your friends and get the total above $150, it will count as a workshop and you would get HOSTESS BENNIES!!!

So contact me anytime with your orders and I'll be glad to take care of it for you!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #33: Color Challenge!

Our challenge this week was to use the color combination of Taken With Teal, Rose Red, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. It wasnt' until this morning that it dawned on me that this was almost the same colors I used for a project for my workshop last night! I used Purely Pomegranete on that one and simply switched our Rose Red cardstock in its place! I "CASED" the idea from Heather Summers. Here's a link to her original project. I think you'll see the similarities!

I used Bali Breeze DSP. This piece has all four colors. The old olive is just on the paper but I used the other three colors when I added elements. The DSP actually has Purely Pomegranete but Rose Red looks GREAT, too!!!

I started my CD case with a piece of 10 by 6 inch dsp. I scored the long way at 1/2" and then folded it in half. From the middle fold mark to the end, I cut away a portion of the scored piece and left the other half to add the adhesive.

The stamp sets used were Short and Sweet and All in the Family. I had to use my StampaMajig to get the placement of the girls head as you can mix and match the people in this stamp set. I used my Watercolor Wonder Crayons and my Aquapainter to add color before punching it out with the 1 1/4" circle punch. I layered that onto P Pie cardstock and punched with the 1 3/8" circle punch. I layered yet again onto Taken with Teal Cardstock and used my (new) scallop punch. The message is punched with our two sizes of Oval punches. The last bit of punching came when I used the circle punch to make a place to pull the CD out of the envelope.

This would be a GREAT project for making a mix CD for your Valentine or putting a group of digital photos for a loved one!

Thanks for looking!