Friday, June 27, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #53: Simply Irrestible!

Actually, it should be "Simply Resistible!" because the challenge for this week was to incorporate any resist technique. One of my tried and true favorites is rubber cement resist! All you need is some glossy paper and some rubber cement. (Which is a cheap technique...$1.78 at my Walmart...needed to buy a new bottle...I've had my first one for over 5 years!)

Take your piece of glossy cardstock and put it on a scratch piece of paper (important as you will want to be able to move it from your work area to dry.) Drizzle the rubber cement all over the cardstock. You can try patterns or just at random. Once the rubber has dried, stamp or brayer color over the cement. Then, use a paper towel to remove excess ink from the surface of the rubber. Then, peel the rubber cement away. Now, when I was a kid, we used a glue similiar to this and referred to these rubber cement remaining pieces as call them what you like!

I used Certainly Celery ribbon, cardstock and ink. The alligator is stamped onto Shimmery White (a favorite of mine!) The text was a little too large for the Word Window punch, so after I stamped the words, I trimmed the piece to 3/8 of an inch and fed it into the Word Window punch to make it fit.

Be sure to check out the other Blogger Challenge members...that's what I'm going to do next! Thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Color Inspiration #13

Lots of color contained in this challenge by Kristina Werner Here's the challenge inspiration:

I also used a layout by Kimberly at Stamping by the Sea to inspire me today.

Here's what I came up with:

Thanks for looking and have a GREAT day!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Color Inspiration #12

I know that you bright ones out there have realized that I missed 11...I was out of town last weekend celebrating with my MIL and FIL and their 50th wedding anniversary. So, I opted to wait until challenge #12 to participate again.

The colors for this challenge were Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White. I loved them together! Almost Green Bay Packer colors, you know!

Here are the two cards I came up with.

The first uses Big Deal Alphabet and the Dotted Jumbo wheel...a favorite of mine! I used my paper crimper to achieve the texture on the sahara sand chunk. It's hard to see the sponging I also added to that piece. I embossed the word and the dots on the Wild Wasabi piece using Winter White embossing powder.

The second card was inspired by a couple of fellow Bloggers challenge players who used circular stamps to create a background. I used this stamp from the Priceless set. The words are from the One of a Kind set.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #52: A Manly Challenge!

Our challenge was to come up with a manly-themed card. I think that although I chose a satin finish ribbon, this is manly enough for a real man!

Lots of things going on with Stampin' Up! 1. The retired list hit the public last Sunday...Wow!! 2. A new product line called Decor Elements was announced! But more on those a little later!!! I'm such a tease!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #51: Color Challenge

Okay, I admit it...this was a challenge for me. I am truly missing a bit of my mojo...couldn't be too much summer, could it? We're off to celebrate my in-laws anniversary so maybe some time away will reenergize my mojo!

Our challenge was to use Turquoise, Pink and Green Galore. I chose Pixie Pink for my pink and Tempting Turquoise is our only turquoise so that's what I used. I stamped the image with Staz-on onto our AWESOME watercolor paper. Then, using my marker, I carefully added just a bit of color to each portion of the image. Then, used my Aquapainter to blend the color.

I think that the background could be considered color blocking but I just added cardstock til I thought that it looked right! Finished off with piercing a few accent holes and added some brads and white grosgrain ribbon!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #50! Woo Hoo! Black and White!


Yes, today marks the 50th Blogger's Challenge! A special thank you to BC Mom, Lisa Somerville. She is one remarkable woman.

On to the challenge. I needed some anniversary cards. Everyone on Steve's side of the family (except Steve and I) were married in June! So I needed three cards. I think this one will go to Scott and Marj. I used the Baroque Motifs stamp set and black ink and black and white cardstock. I rounded the corners on the bottoms and the black layer under the black and white gingham ribbon!

Thanks for looking and see what the other BC members were up to this week!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Color Inspiration #10


Guess what happened on Friday? Yep! The LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! My summer has started! One goal for me this summer is to participate in Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration challenge. The above picture is our color combo!

Here's what I came up with:

I used several stamp sets: Sweet Shapes, Trimtastic, and All in a Row. The word came from the Rub-On kit called "A Perfect Day" which can be found in the mini catalog...still available til June 30!!!

Thanks for looking!

Fresh Cuts Promo!!!!

Today is the day! The new Fresh Cut stamp set and notecards (shown at top) is a coordinating set of gorgeous, die-cut floral stamps and notecards that will be part of Stampin' Up!'s new Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog, to be released August 11, 2008. However from June 1-June 30, you can purchase your very own Fresh Cut set two months early for $21.95 and get the die-cut, coordinating Fresh Cut Notes for just $5 (regularly $8.95).
The 4 x 4 die-cut Fresh-Cut note card set includes 15 laser-cut note cards and 15 whisper white envelopes. These note cards make great hand-delivered thank you cards or gift cards.
Hostesses: Place a Stampin' Up! product order of $400 or more in June and you will receive the Fresh Cut stamp set and coordinating FreshCut Notes FREE. This is a $30.95 retail value in addition to regular hostess benefits.
Email me to schedule a workshop or place your order!