Saturday, August 23, 2008

Fall Upsy Daisy Mums

The OCC Challenge today is a color challenge: Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and an optional Chocolate Chip, which are wonderful colors together. The first card I made (the one on the right here), I affectionately titled "Step Away from the Chocolate Chip". This card evolved and spun a little out of control ... lol. Once I added the faux stitching in Chocolate Chip, I thought I'd sponge the corners of the orange Cuttlebugged (is that even a word??) layer, but then the other part of that layer looked too "clean" in comparison. So I sponged everything, including the ribbon. Definitely not my normal style, but it was kind of fun to stretch a little.

The 2nd card is a cleaner and more finished card because I didn't use Chocolate Chip at all and I added the sentiment, which I love. I'm originally from Maryland, but since I'm living in the South I will probably always make cards in the fall with this fun sentiment.

Thanks for a great challenge, Dawn. I definitely miss Fall because it's mostly pine trees around here, so if I want to see foilage I have to either drive West or North for a few hours. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

August Projects

Here are the cards that we made at my hostess club last night. The card on the left is a CASE from a card that Mary Polcin (million dollar Mary as I call her) demonstrated at Convention. Everyone loved the mix of colors. You simply stamp the entire image in Pink Pirouette and then use daubers to put a little Tango Tangerine and a little Riding Hood Red on the flowers. I thought it was a great idea to fold a punched circle and add a button with linen thread.

The card on the right is based on a Convention make and take. I changed up the colors a bit and used the new Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon. The colors were put on with daubers too. I showed a bag we made at Convention that had a similar color scheme to remind everyone how easy it is to make everything coordinate. Oh and we made a matching envelope.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Friends to the End

I made this card for the Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS (FS80). Today's stamper is Jessie aka Knightrone. And what a talented stamper she is ... in fact, I had a hard time deciding which card to case. Here's the one I chose:

I love this little doggy stamp from Elzybells, it's so cute. I kept the layout pretty much the same as Jessie's card. Since my ribbon was so wide, I only used 1 type of ribbon. I also used buttons instead of brads and of course the image is different.

It's a cloudy day here in NC, so I had trouble getting a decent picture. I will probably try to take a better one tomorrow if it's sunny.

Supplies: Dog from Elzybells (the UK version, which are a little larger than the US Elzy's), sentiment is from PTI's Mixed Messages, Banbury DSP, Close to Cocoa & Pink Pirouette CS, Pink Pirouette Striped Grosgrain ribbon, the center button is from Button Bouquet, the other 2 are from the Neutrals button, Marvy scallop punch and Word Window & 1 1/4 Circle punch from SU.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Crazy for Cupcakes

I am SO excited about all the new cupcake images in the Stampin Up Fall Winter Idea Book & Catalog. This image is actually called Simple Birthday Thanks. I had so much fun making it into a festive little gift bag. I plan to demo it on Tuesday at my hostess club and it will be part of a Crazy for Cupcakes stamp camp I am planning.

Lots of paper piecing on this baby. I used the faux dazzling diamonds technique for the cherry and I also colored the sprinkles with markers, then used my Versamark pen and clear EP to give them a little umph. Love how it turned out.

Supplies: Simple Birthday Thanks, Banbury DSP, Chocolate Chip Patterns DSP, Whisper White, Real Red and Old Olive cardstock, Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain, IIEP, Clear EP and a gift sack all from Stampin Up