Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fifth Avenue Gets Beaded

CherylQuilts is our Featured Stamper on Splitcoaststampers today, and I could spend forever in her beautiful gallery. So much beautiful eye candy! I chose her Christmas Rose for BeckyTE (another fabulous stamper and good friend of Cheryl's) to case.

Things I changed:

1. colors
2. stamps
3. less layers
4. no sentiment
5. slight change in ribbon treatment (only because I forgot to put the ribbon on my image panel before I adhered the images---ugh!)

I watercolored the images with a combination of reinkers, blender pen, and watercolor brush.  I have all the supplies I used to make this card in my Splitcoaststampers' gallery, if interested.

CONGRATULATIONS, Cheryl! Enjoy your day/week of well-deserved honor!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Queens for the Day

Here are a couple cards I made in honor of terrific stampers chosen as Queen for the Day on Splitcoaststampers.

Linda, aka Morningsun47, was chosen last week.  Linda is such a sweetheart and has a fabulous gallery! You should check it out, if you haven't already.  I fell in love with Linda's beautiful Vintage Vogue card.

And here's the one I made in her honor:

Hilda, aka Broom, has been chosen as Queen this week. I've had the good fortune to meet Hilda when I traveled to our Upper Peninsula for a Michigan stamping event last year. She is very sweet and a talented stamper to boot! She also is gifted with the ability to write amazing poems that she mostly shares with us in the Teapot Tuesday challenges.

I love, love, LOVE this darling CornFlower card she made with candy corn stickers and ribbon.

Here's my version as I was inspired by hers:

I immediately thought of my cute candy corn stamps by Rubbernecker. I cut them out and popped them up on dimensionals. Instead of ribbon, I used this checkered dp for my stem and leaves.

HUGE CONGRATS to both of these wonderful ladies!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

CAS Fifth Avenue

Sorry I haven't been around much.  Work has been really crazy and demanding for several months now, and I think that has been wearing me down. I find I haven't been feeling the stamping mojo lately. I hope it's just a passing phase.

On a happier note, Terry and I were gone on vacation to beautiful Sevierville, Tennessee with his sister and her husband.  We had a lot of fun seeing the Smoky Mountains, shopping in Gatlinburg, eating way too much delicious Southern cooking, and just doing touristy things.   We went to the aquarium one day, and I got to see my beloved penguins at play!  They are so adorable and funny to watch. 

Shirley challenged the CCEE team to make a clean and simple card this week.  I love CAS cards, but I do find them difficult to make---thus, a challenge!  I watercolored Baja Breeze onto my Fifth Avenue Floral flowers, adding shading by drying my brush out a bit and dipping it back into the reinker.  The sentiment is from Simple Sayings II; I always use my stamp-a-ma-jig to line up sentiments when I stamp them directly onto cardstock.  I used Very Vanilla cardstock.

Please stop by our CCEE blog and see the fab creations my team mates Shirley, Cindy, Frances, Joanne, and Tosha made, as well as check out the details for playing along with us.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Remember the old commercial "Ruuffffles have rrrrrridges!"  for Ruffles potato chips?  Shirley has challenged the CCEE team to make a design with some kind of ruffle on it.  We could use ribbon, paper, or any kind of material.   I don't own a sewing machine, so I tried to ruffle some ribbon with sticky strip tape....no workie for me.  I tried to ruffle some paper....no workie for me.  I thought about buying some Ruffle potato chips and gluing some to my card.....no workie for recipient, I'm sure.  Finally, I pulled out my paper crimper and ruffled the ridges on my cardstock and used my wavy punch for a ruffled edge......workie for me!!!  Do you think Shirt will accuse me of cheating?  heh-heh.

Isn't this image adorable?  She's called Sweet Thing by Penny Black, and I colored her with Copic markers.  The buttons are by Basic Grey and the designer paper is Welcome Neighbor by Stampin' Up.

Stop by our CCEE blog, if you get a chance, and check out the ruffly designs my friends, Shirley, Cindy, Frances, Tosha, and Joanne made.  We'd love it if you played along with us, too!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Faux Wood

Shirley Quarry is the October CCEE challenge hostess, and this week she has us incorporating wood into our designs whether it be faux wood, embossed wood, stamped wood, real wood, etc.  I kept my design simple, and I chose to use the faux wood technique.  To create this look, I dragged my Going Gray, Creamy Caramel, and Whisper White ink pads over kraft cardstock.  I then scored the wood panels on my ScorPal and filled in the scoring with a brown marker and topped it off with my picket fence border punch.

We'd love to see what you can do to incorporate wood into your design.  You can get all the challenge details on our CCEE blog, as well as view the beautiful projects Shirley, Tosha, Frances, Cindy, and Joanne made.

Here are the supplies I used in my design:
Stamps:  Oval All
Cardstock:  Kraft, Chocolate Chip, pink dp
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Going Gray, Whisper White
Accessories:  prima flowers, brown brads, picket fence border punch, oval scalloped punch, dimensionals, marker, sponge

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fall Filtered Flower

Shirley (wannabcre8tive) is our October CCEE challenge hostess, and she's kicked off the month of October with a fabulous challenge to make our own flowers (ribbon, material, or paper). 

I used the frosted filter technique for my flower.  I dropped various colors of reinkers onto a coffee filter, crumpled it up, and let it dry.  I then took my three smallest scalloped circle Nestabilities for the layers of my flower.  The center of the flower is a boho blossoms punch out of More Mustard and topped off with a Ruby Red brad.  I used a toothpick to slightly roll the edges of my flower, and I separated each layer with thin dimensionals.  My leaves were hand cut, crimped, and scored down the center with Old Olive cardstock sponged with Always Artichoke ink on the edges.  My designer paper is from the Amber Autumn fall stack collection (matstack by DCWV).  I used a checkerboard embossing folder for the burgundy colored dp.  The sentiment is by Rubbernecker.

You can check out the magnificent designs my friends Joanne, Tosh, Shirley, Frances, and Cindy made, as well as check out the challenge guidelines to play along with us, if you'd like, by going to our CCEE blog.  We'd love it if you joined us!

Happy Fall!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Wintry Cards

I guess I was in the mood to make winter/Christmas cards tonight.  I made one for the Clean & Simple challenges to do the faux lettering technique on our card, and the other one I made for the Technique challenge to split our images.

I used Bashful Blue for my "Peace, Hope, Love..." background and Buckaroo Blue for the little snowman embossing folder. I love how fast this simple card came together!

My Snowy Night scene was white embossed on Night of Navy cardstock. Dazzling diamonds were added to the tree limbs. I sprayed the champagne shimmer mist over the entire navy panel. I wove the silver ribbon through my panels.