Thursday, November 29, 2012

CCEE Embrace Life

I've been thankful to our November CCEE Stampers' challenge hostess, Vicky Gould, for the terrific challenges she gave us. For this last Thursday in November of 2012, Vicky challenged us to lace or thread ribbon into our design. I hope you'll play along with us!

I don't have any ribbon threading dies or punches, so I used by double rectangle punch, punching twice to get the length I needed to thread my kraft gingham ribbon.

I stamped my flower image with Memento Tuxedo Black and then water colored the image with Regal Rose, Bravo Burgundy, and Always Artichoke reinkers.  I then added dots of white acrylic paint and topped them off with Glossy Accents for some added shine.

Embrace life....that's what it's all about, isn't it? That we should embrace every living moment we have.

 Supplies I used:
Stamps:  Embrace Life by Stampin' Up
Paper:  Kraft, Bravo Burgundy
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Bravo Burgundy, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke
Accessories:  A2 Polkadots Card Creator, water color brush, double rectangle punch, sponge dauber, Glossy Accents, kraft gingham ribbon, white acrylic paint

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Downhill Racers

I love this adorable Downhill Racers image by Rubbernecker! So fun to make a scene with them. Today's color challenge over at Splitcoaststampers is to use red, green, and gray. 

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My stamping process:
Stamped my downhill racers, masked them, lightly sponged outlines for my hills/snowy ground with sponge dauber and Going Gray ink, stamped my trees in Wild Wasabi, sponged my sky with Going Gray and a light touch of Bashful Blue, colored the downhill racers with Copic markers, painted green stickles on the trees, added twine.

Stamping supplies I used:
Stamps: Downhill Racers and Kittie Kits trees by Rubbernecker
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Going Gray, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Copic markers, green Stickles, cloud template, twine, liquid applique, sponge dauber

Friday, November 23, 2012

Glittery Candy Cane

Are you out shopping on this Black Friday?  Not me.  Nope.  Haven't done it in years and don't miss the stress of it either.  Rather, I've spent a little time in my stamp room which is way more relaxing to me.

I made my Glittery Candy Cane Christmas card in honor of Mrs. Noofy, who has been chosen as Queen for the Day at Splitcoaststampers! I cased her cute Bring on the Winter card.  The Free for All challenge is to add glitter.  I used red glitter on the candy cane and green glitter on the center of the bow.

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Supplies I used:
Stamps:  Cute Converse
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Wild Wasabi 
Ink:  Versafine Black, White Craft
Accessories:  Sizzix Candy Cane and Bow die, polkadotted embossing folder, poinsettia frame embossing folder, 1" circle punch, lacey circle Nestability, glitter glues, red brad, sponge dauber  

Have a terrific day!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends and family in the USA! I  hope you've had a blessed day enjoying time with your loved ones.

Vicky Gould continues on this month as the CCEE Stampers' challenge hostess. This week she gave us a color challenge to use orange, yellow, and brown, as well as using designer paper.

I used Stampin' Up colors in More Mustard (yellow), Pumpkin Pie (orange), and Chocolate Chip (brown), and my striped designer paper is from Stampin' Up's Regals collection.

I stamped my sunflowers from Heartfelt Creations Aztec Gold Sunflowers set with Versamark and heat embossed with chocolate brown embossing powder.  I water colored them with the challenge colors, finishing off the center with brown glitter glue.  I have the coordinating Blossom Two die cuts to cut the flowers, but I haven't quite mastered how to line the image and die up.  If you have any pointers, I sure would appreciate it!

Please visit our CCEE Stampers' blog to see what the other members designed and to get the challenge details, if you'd like to play along in our challenge.

Here's a complete list of supplies I used today:
Stamps:  Aztec Gold Sunflowers by Heartfelt Creations; Itty Bitty Banners (sentiment) by Stampin' Up
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, white, Regals collection dp
Ink:  Versafine Black; Stampin' Up More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, and Chocolate Chip reinkers
Accessories:  chocolate brown glitter glue, Blossoms Two Nestabilities, corduroy brad, Itty Bitty Banner Framelits, square lattice embossing folder, corner rounder, A2 Card Creator Polkadots


Monday, November 19, 2012

Lavendar Skies

The Splitcoaststampers' CAS challenge today is to use the colors plum, lavendar, tan, and gray. I immediately thought of a water colored sky using the plum, lavendar, and gray.

I heat embossed the log house with black embossing powder. I masked it and stamped the trees, also heat embossed with black embossing powder. I used Crumb Cake for my log home with a gray roof.

Supplies I used:
Stamps: Kittie Kits Cause a Scene by Rubbernecker
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Black, Watercolor
Ink: Pale Plum, Lavendar Lace, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray
Accessories: Petite Oval Nestabilities, watercolor brushes, black embossing powder, Versamark, heat tool 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

CCEE Fall Leaves

Vicky gave the CCEE Stampers another terrific challenge this week to make a Fall- or Thanksgiving-themed card.

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I love combining the polished stone technique with my leaf stamp by Rubbernecker. For those of you who may not know what this technique is, I applied a few drops of various inks (I used Ranger Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey, and Rusty Hinge) onto a piece of felt attached to my blending tool.  I added a sparing amount of Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution and then dabbed this all over a piece of glossy card stock.  I even added a few extra drops of the Crushed Olive directly to my card stock and then added a few more drops of the Blending Solution.  It really is a beautiful way to color fall leaves.  Obviously, I then fussy cut the leaves so I could adhere them to the corner of my More Mustard card stock.  I used a fern background stamp, also by Rubbernecker, on my More Mustard base.  I used a Long Rectangle Nestability to cut the frame out of the More Mustard base.  I wanted to use Cajun Craze card stock to mat my frame, but I wouldn't have had enough room for my sentiment.  Therefore, I sponged  Rusty Hinge Distress Ink around the frame opening.  I the adhered the white sentiment panel to the back of the More Mustard panel with dimensionals to give it depth.  The brown wrinkle ribbon is from Sharon's Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Please visit the CCEE Stampers' blog to see what my teammates created and to get the details on how to join our challenge!

Supplies I used:
Stamps:  Fern leaf bg,  Maple leaf, and sentiment by Rubbernecker
Paper:  More Mustard, Glossy White, White
Ink:  Versafine Black; Stampin' Up More Mustard; Ranger Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge
Accessories:  Long Classic Rectangle Nestability, blender tool, Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution, dimensionals, sponge dauber, brown wrinkled ribbon


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Cards

I'm a little behind on my blog posts.  Here are a few Christmas cards I made over the last few days.

My first one is for the color and sketch challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  I colored my snowman with a combination of Copic markers and glitter glues. I paper pieced his hat with some old SU dp. I used a clear Crystal glitter glue on his body. The snowflakes on the background panel are an individual stamp that I stamped randomly and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Supplies I used for the snowman card:
Stamps: Snowman and background snowflakes by Rubbernecker
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Black, striped dp for his hat
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, White Craft
Accessories: Copic markers, glitter glues, rectangle Nestabilities, turquoise ribbon, white embossing powder, heat tool

My next card was for the Clean and Simple sketch challenge, also at Splitcoaststampers on Monday. 

 Supplies I used for the Ornament card:
Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes by Stampin' Up
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, White
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Lettuce, Black
Accessories:  scallop border punch, 1" circle punch

For my last card I have to share with you today, I made it for the Technique challenge on Splitcoaststampers to make these cute folded trees.

Supplies I used for the folded Trees card:
Stamps:  All Year Cheer I by Stampin' Up (retired)
Paper:  Night of Navy, White, Debbie Mum Christmas dp
Ink:  White Craft
Accessories:  Memory Box Star of Wonder die, Pinking Circle Nestabilities, dotted swiss embossing folder, dimensional tape, white gel pen, white embossing powder, heat tool
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

CCEE Partial Embossing

This week Vicky challenged the CCEE stampers to use only a portion of an embossing folder. We could choose any theme we like, but she did remind us that Christmas is around the corner!!

I'm always up for making a Christmas card so I did go with that theme. My partial embossing is on the lower half of the white card stock on the base panel. I gold embossed the 10 Pt Ornament image (by Rubbernecker) behind the poinsettia, which is a Spellbinder die. I used a gold leafing pen to add a streak of gold to the poinsettia petals. After I did it, I wish I hadn't, but I was too short on time to die cut and shape another poinsettia. I love the richness of Stampin' Up's Cherry Cobbler ribbon!

Come play along with us, if you'd like. You can get all the details on our CCEE Stampers' blog!

Supplies I used:
Stamps:  10 Pt Ornament (Rubbernecker)
Paper:  White, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi
Ink:  none
Accessories:  Poinsettia Spellbinder die, Snowflake embossing folder, dimple corner punch, Cherry Cobbler ribbon, dimensionals, Versamark, gold embossing powder, heat tool, gold pearl, leaf punch


Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Wreath

I made this card for today's Clean and Simple challenge based upon a Pinterest inspiration photo and today's Technique challenge to layer scallops. Both of these challenges come from Splitcoaststampers.

Obviously, I went with the fall colors in the inspiration photo for my fall wreath. This wreath is a Cheery Lynn Christmas wreath die; I cut it out on Very Vanilla cardstock and then I colored it with Distress Inks in fall colors using a chalk tip applicator. The wreath is popped up with 3D foam squares. My scallops are the layered Big Scalloped Squares I used for the shape of my card.

Supplies I used today:
Stamps: Thanks sentiment in Rubbernecker's Box Word Set; maple leaf (on inside of card) also by Rubbernecker 
Ink: Stampin Up Early Espresso; Ranger Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, and Fired Brick 
Accessories: Big Scalloped Square Nestabilities, Stampin Up Itty Bitty Banner Framelet die, SU Delicate Designs Textured Impressions embossing folder, 3D Foam squares

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Abstract Trilogy

Artful Home is the website Judy gave us for the Inspiration challenge on Splitcoaststampers today. I love this beautiful acrylic painting by Joanie San Chirico.

 I heat embossed my images with white embossing powder on watercolor card stock. I then applied the various Gelato stick colors, spritzed with water, and rubbed the inks with my finger to blend them. I sponged on a little Adirondack Cranberry and Stampin' Up More Mustard. I really like how this turned out so I didn't want to cover it up with a bunch of layers. I simply added ribbon as an embellishment.

Stamps: Fall Trilogy by Rubbernecker 
Paper: Lavendar Lace, Watercolor, blue (unknown) 
Ink: Adirondack Cranberry; Stampin Up More Mustard 
Accessories: white embossing powder, versamark, heat tool, Gelatos, ribbon 


Thursday, November 1, 2012

CCEE Faux Pressed Poinsettias

Vicky Gould is our November CCEE Stampers' challenge hostess, and she's kicking off the month with a great challenge to use the faux pressed flowers technique in our design.  I used silk poinsettia flowers for my Christmas card today.  I added gold glitter centers to the flowers.  The three flowers on the bottom left are faux pressed with Stampin' Up's Fan Fold embossing folder.   I added the poinsettia on the sentiment tag for dimension.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Rubbernecker Stamps, and I heat embossed it with Stampin' Up's Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.  The background designer paper and Cherry Cobbler satin ribbon are also by Stampin' Up.

Please visit our CCEE Stampers' blog to see what the entire team designed for this challenge.  We also invite you to play along with us!