Thursday, January 31, 2013

CCEE Make It Hot

Make it a hot theme is what Joanne, the CCEE Stampers' challenge hostess for January, has challenged us to use in our card designs this week. 

My godmother passed away this week, so I used our hot theme to make a simple, one-layer sympathy card for her family.

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I've always been inspired by the beautiful works of Theresa Momber and Michelle Zindorf and have them to thank for the inspiration behind my creation.

I stamped the Inspired by Nature weeds with Black Soot Distress Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I made a mask for my sun using a 1" circle punch and then sponged my various colors.  I used Adirondack Lemonade yellow for the very center of the sun.  I then blended Summer Sun (Stampin Up) Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, and Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Inks).  At the bottom of the card, I used Vintage Photo a little heavier and then I blended Adirondack inks in Lettuce and Pesto for a tinge of darker green for the ground.

If you'd like to play in our challenge this week and/or see the creations my teammates made, please visit our CCEE Stampers' blog.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Challenge Cards

Just a quick post to share a couple designs I made this week.

My first card is a Valentine/thank you card for a kind friend who has one of the biggest hearts I know.  Her name is Cindy, and some of you may know of her as Mothermark on Splitcoaststampers (SCS).  Cindy started a Teapot Tuesday challenge a few years ago.  There are weekly tea parties wherein the tea partiers attend, bringing their inspired creations and munching on the cookies.  You can read more about Teapot Tuesday here, if you're interested and here's the link to the specific challenge for Cindy this week.  Cindy is well known for her love of polkadots, especially black and white ones!

I used heart Nestabilities for my polkadotted hearts, as well as the die cut heart for the sentiment.  I used Stampin' Up's scalloped border die and embossing folder for the three tiers of scallops.

I made the next card for the color challenge on SCS to use Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, and Daffodil Delight, which are Stampin' Up colors.  I don't have Island Indigo or Lucky Limeade, so I substituted Pacific Point and Wild Wasabi for those two colors.  I used a yellow button for the center of my flower, which is close to the color Daffodil Delight.

I stamped the base Very Vanilla card stock with Stampin' Up's Floral background stamp with Pacific Point.  I water colored the blue panel using Gelatos, and I water colored the Heartfelt Thanks flower with reinkers and water color brush.
 Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the CCEE Stampers' challenge!

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Did you know that there's a day called Punch the Clock Day? Yep. It is January 27. This tidbit of information is brought to you by my friend Joanne, who is this week's CCEE Stampers' challenge hostess. She challenged us to make a masculine card with some connection to time.

 I had this designer paper that shows various clocks in my stash. I dry embossed it with a Happy Birthday embossing folder and then lightly sponged gray ink over the raised portions. I die cut one of the smaller clocks for my circular sentiment panel. I distressed the edges of the various card stock layers. The sentiment and mouse/camera image are from Clear Art Stamps called Mouse Party.  I colored the mouse with Copic markers.  I turned back opposing corners of the designer paper and adhered in place with silver brads.

 Check the CCEE Stampers blog if you'd like to play along in our challenge or see what the other team members created.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sari Inspired

Stef, the Inspiration challenge hostess at Splitcoaststampers, gave us a wonderful website from which to be inspired this week called Sana Designer Wear. I was so drawn to the bold, rich colors in this beautiful dress.
Obviously, I used the turquoise/teal/gold colors for my design.

 I stamped the paisley image with Versamark onto Tempting Turquoise card stock and heat embossed the images with gold embossing powder.  I stamped the center flowers with Not Quite Navy ink and then gold embossed with the corresponding outline image.  I sponged Not Quite Navy ink on the outer edges to imitate the shading in the dress.

Supplies I Used:
Stamps:  Polkadots & Paisley by Stampin Up
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories:  gold embossing powder, Versamark, heat tool, gold brads and ribbon, sponge daubers


Thursday, January 17, 2013

CCEE CAS Sympathy

My good friend, Joanne, our January CCEE Stampers' challenge hostess, has challenged the team to make a Clean and Simple (CAS)Sympathy card this week. I love CAS cards, especially for mailing!!

 I used Stampin' Up's Thoughts and Prayers for my design today.  I stamped the tree image and sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I die cut the image with an oval Nestability, backed it with a lacy oval Nestability, and adhered to my Crumb Cake base.  Clean and Simple!!!

If you'd like to join us in our challenge and/or see the designs my teammates created, please visit our CCEE Stampers' blog!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

CCEE1302 Something New

As I indicated last Thursday, Joanne is our CCEE Stampers' hostess for January. This week she wants us to use some of our new stamping toys. I didn't have any new stamping toys on hand, so, woe is me, I had to go shopping to get something new!   I ventured out to Michael's  and purchased this Martha Stewart Flourish Lace Punch Around the Page punch with my 40% off coupon.

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I stamped the background leaves from Stampin' Up's Season of Friendship in Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede inks to create my own background designer paper.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's It's Your Birthday stamp set and reads "Someone like you should be celebrated every day."

I stamped the Penny Black Blush image twice in Rich Razzleberry ink, fussy cut them, adhered them together with dimensionals, and applied Glossy Accents over the flower.  Here's a closer view of the flower so you can see the dimension and a bit of the shine.

 Please visit our CCEE Stampers' blog to see what the other team members have created and get the challenge details in case you're interested in playing in the challenge!

Have a great day!

Supplies I used:
Stamps:  Season of Friendship and It's Your Birthday by Stampin' Up
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page punch, Glossy Accents, satin ivory ribbon, dimensionals, 1" circle punch, paper crimper, Embosslits Beautiful Wings

Friday, January 4, 2013

Pink Birthday Wishes

My great-niece's 5th birthday is coming up this month and ever since she was a wee toddler, it's all about the color pink for her.  I used this sweet Whipper Snapper image for her, too, because this little girl looks so much like Zoe.

 I colored Ainsely with Copic markers, adding some Glossy Accents to her birthday balloon.  I did a faux whip stitching around the various panels with my paper piercing tool and a Rose Red marker.

Supplies I used:
Stamps:  Ainsely by Whipper Snapper; Bring on the Cake by Stampin Up 
Paper:  White, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, pink dp  

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Versafine Black, Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Paper Piercing Pack Essentials, piercing tool, Copic markers, Glossy Accents, Rose Red marker, circle punches, brown satin ribbon, pink heart ribbon, dimensionals, sponge dauber


Thursday, January 3, 2013

CCEE Precious One

Happy New Year, everyone! Today kicks off the start of the CCEE Stampers' challenges for 2013, and our January hostess is my good friend, Joanne. Joanne challenged us to make a baby card in honor of the new year.

 I actually made my card back in December after learning that a former co-worker of mine had her first baby, a sweet little girl with the pretty name of Amelia.

 I used a template that I found at Splitcoaststampers, which is one of the benefits of being a Fan Club member!

I used Glossy Accents with a light sprinkle of silver glitter on the heart-punched faux buttons.  I used 1" and 3/4" punches to create the white collar.

Supplies I used:
Stamps:  Cute Converse (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, White, pink and white polkadotted designer paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  dress template, scalloped heart Nestability, white grosgrain ribbon, heart punch, 3/4" and 1" circle punches, square lattice embossing folder, Glossy Accents, white marker, white pearls, silver glitter, dimensionals

I made this second baby card in honor of a fellow tea potter from the Teapot Tuesday challenges, APandi (Marilynn), who just became a grandma to twins!  A boy and a girl.  I paper pieced the Bundle of Joy bears.

Stamps:  Bundle of Joy (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Barely Banana, American Crafts dp in pink and blue 
Ink:  Versafine Black
Accessories:  Stitch, Doodle, Dot piercing template, paper piercer, Itty Bitty Banners die, ribbons, Chevron embossing folder, buttons, dimensionals, Big Scalloped Squares Nestability