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Monday, August 3, 2015

Paper Players......Happy Birthday


Happy Monday peeps!!!

Today I am sharing a card I made using the challenge this week at The Paper Players.


I love to make a square card. 
My finished size on this one is 5 by 5.

I often get emails asking if all my cards are always so pretty?
 Definitely NOT!!
Some will say that I make it look easy and ask how do I always hit it out of the park every time? 

While I do not agree that I "hit it out of the park" all that often I do know that practice helps, I stamp most every day, you do not see all that goes in the trash pile, I am such a card stock waster, I generally need to see colors and DSP together to see if I like it. So much of my paper gets cut and laid together to see if it is pleasing to my eye, and if I don't like, I put it aside and try something else.

This card is CASE IN POINT.

I like the finished product here, but I spent over 3 hours at my craft table when I sat down to make to make a card with this challenge.
I started out with a completely different stamp set than what I ended up with here and a totally different color combo.
Yesterday when I was creating had been a stressful day and I was hot and tired and really just not feeling the best and I think all that added to the fact that I could not get anything to work.

My card ended up fairly clean and simple. 
Which was about all I could muster up after making several failed attempts at other cards.

I feel like I get stuck in the flower rut too much, people say I can do flower type cards like no other and sometimes it makes me feel bad. Like I am a one trick pony. I guess I just tend to stay withing my comfort zone. LOL!


My card uses the Watercolor Wings stamp set and the sentiment is from the Cottage Greetings stamp set.
I used white, Crumb Cake and Calypso Coral card stock. The butterfly is stamped with Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride inks.
I added silver sequins and silver ribon and thread for my embellishments,

Thanks for stopping by and for listening to my ramblings.

HAPPY STAMPING!!!!

Vicki



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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sweet Sunday....Sympathy and Prayers


Happy Sunday Peeps!!!

Time for a new sketch challenge at the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge Bllog.

Here is our Sweet Sketch this week:



I started out with one of the new in colors, Watermelon Wonder.
Don't you love this new color?

The next layer is also Watermelon Wonder that I embossed with the Elegant Dots EF.

My main image is from the Wild about Flowers stamp set.

I stamped the stem/leaves part of the stamp onto some whisper white card stock using Old Olive ink and then I stamped the flower heads onto some scrap whisper white with Watermelon Wonder ink.
I then fussy cut them out and added them to the main piece using some dimensionals.



I matted this main piece with some Basic Black card stock and added it to the base with more dimensionals.
The black striped piece is from the Neutrals pack and I used just a bit of glimmer paper and my small banner punch for the flag element on the sketch.
I was in the need of a sympathy card this week so I pulled out the Petite Pairs stamp set for my sentiment. 
I added a few small basic pearls to the flower centers to finish up the card.

Be sure an hop over to the Sweet Sunday Blog to see what the rest of the girls did with this sketch!


Thanks for stopping by today 

Vicki




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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Crazy 4 Challenges.......Happy


Happy Saturday peeps!!

Time for a new challenge at Crazy 4 Cahllenges.

It is a new month and we have a new challenge Hostess, The fantastic Frances Byrne from StampOwl's Studiois this month's hostess.

Each month we have a new Guest Designer to play along with us and this month our Guest Designer is Anna Wight from Sassy & Sweet Blog.  

This week our challenge is a fun and easy one:

According to the holiday insights web site which list special days for the month, this month is Admit You're Happy Month. To kick start our month of challenges let’s create a card that includes the word 'Happy' on it.

I pulled out my favorite stamp set, the hostess set called Best Thoughts.
I stamped the image with black stazon and colored with my aqua painter, I used Cherry Cobbler ink on the flower and Old Olive on the leaves, I then fussy cut it out flower and added it to my circle die cut with a few dimensionals.



The base of the card is Basic Black card stock and then the next layer is more Basic Black that I embossed with the Elegant Dots EF.
Next up is layer of Silver Foil and then the pretty Black striped paper is from the Naturals pack.
Next is another piece of silver foil. I cut these all to make my flag banners.
I added a bot of silver thread behind my main image and added it all to the base with dimensionals.

The Happy Birthday sentiments comes from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set.

Be sure and head over to the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog to see what the rest of the ladies did with this "happy" challenge!

Thanks for stopping by today!

HAPPY STAMPING!!

Vicki

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Curvy Keepsake Box Challenge


Happy Friday Peeps!!

Today I have a couple of Curvy Keepsake Boxes to share with you. 

As you know my friend Wendy at WeeBeeStampin4Fun 
and I do an occasional challenge, 
where one of us pick the challenge, and this time it was my turn,
I made it easy, use the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die.

I decide to embrace two of the upcoming Fall/Winter Holidays, my two favorites, Halloween and Christmas.

My first box for Halloween is made using Elegant Eggplant card stock. I used the star stamp from the Be the hero stamp set. I stamped with Elegant Eggplant ink directly onto the cardstock before putting the box together.



I then created my "tag" starting with the half moon shape. I used my circle punch and then slipped the circle back into the punch to make the crescent shape moon. I used a piece of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and the Tree Builder Punch to make my puffy, glimmery cloud. I did hand cut the cloud down a bit after punching it out to make it a bit smaller.
I then used the Tags 4 You stamp set to stamp my Trick or Treat piece. I stamped first with black and then with Old Olive and then pumpkin Pie. I cut out the words and glued them to the black piece. I fussy cut this out myself cos I couldn't find my Label Bracket Punch at the time (I have since found it right under my nose BTW).
I then added a punched out bat using the retired SU bat punch.
These pieces are all glued together to make my tag. I then tied it onto the box with a bit of silver 1/8 inch ribbon.




Next up is made with some non SU paper, you all know how crazy I am about this vintage looking sheet music paper and I knew I had to try a box made with it. It is not doubles sided paper and is very thin so I cut out some Basic Black cardstock with my die and used it to back the paper.




I then used some retired Cherry Cobbler Chevron ribbon to tie up my box and made a pretty bow.
I then used a couple of my favorite rusty jungle bells to embellish the bow.
The tag comes from the Tags 4 You stamp set, (the same as the Halloween tag) and is stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink. I punched a small hole in the tag and tied it onto the bow with a bit of linen thread.


Be sure and head over to Wendy's Blog to see her take on this creative challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Vicki


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches......hello


Happy Thursday Peeps!!!
Today I am sharing a card I made using the sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches.


I started of my card with a base of Pool Party cardstock, this is such an awesome color it is sooooo sooooo pretty!! Why don't I use it more, it is almost like I had forgot how pretty it is.
I paired it with the "Crazy About You" stamp set and when I stamped the flower from that set with Daffodil Delight and laid it with the Pool Party....BINGO!!! Love that combo!

The next layer is another piece of Pool Party that I embossed with the Dtylish Stripes EF.
I then used a piece of DSP from the Neutrals Pack in Basic Black
I wrapped the piece up and over the top of the embossed piece.
I had cut the flag look into the DSP. I have that Banner Punch on my wish list but haven't gotten it yet. 


I stamped three of the flower with Daffodil ink and then cut them out and layered them up using a dimensional between each layer.
I stamped two of the leaves from this same st using Wild Wasabi ink and fussy cut them out.
I arranged the leaves and the flower on my die cut circle and added the piece to the base with more dimensionals.
I die cut the hello using the Greeting Thinlits and some Basic Black cardstock.
I added this piece to my card using some pieces of dimensionals and some glue.
I finished it up with just one Basic Pearl in the center of the flower.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Vicki







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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Congratulations


Happy Hump Day Peeps!!

Today I am sharing a card I made yesterday.

I wanted to use some of the papers from the Stampin Up Go Wild paper pack. I bought this pack on my very first order from the new catalog and I had not used it. I have ogled it, and caressed it and loved it but had not yet put it on a card or project. 

I think for me it will be used for some fun boxes and bags, as I have a hard time getting it to work here. I do adore the prints in this pack, but you all know I am more of a flowery card maker. 

Do you like this card? Does it work?


It is a bit of an odd size, well not really but it is just 4-1/4 by 5.
I had a piece of Tip Top Taupe already cut to this size in my cut pile so I decided to use it.
I attached the base to a folded piece of out new Heavy Whisper White card stock.
 I love this new heavier card stock.

The elephant from the Zoo Babies stamp set as is the Congratulations sentiment.
I stamped the elephant in Tip Top Taupe twice. I cut out the ear on the second one and added over the first with some dimensional. 
I decide to add the sentiment down the side along with the other flags. I also used some of the gold strung sequins. I used a staple to add the sentiment.
After I finished it up I decided to add the bird image for a bit of color and whimsy.
I stamped the bird on separate piece of scrap whisper white. The legs are Daffodil delight and the beak is Pumpkin Pie. I fussy cut him out and added him on the elephant's back.

Well, that is all from me today!

Be sure and come back by on Friday because my friend Wendy and I have another creative challenge to share with you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Vicki


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

You Will Be Missed


Hello Peeps!!

Today I am sharing a card I made to go along with the gift I showed you yesterday that was for a friend and coworker.
I had to use my favorite stamp set, Stampin Up Good Thoughts, I have said before I love this flower and I am sure you will be seeing it more and more. Hope you don't mind!
I stamped the image onto some Naturals card stock and then again on some scrap naturals, I colored using Melon Mambo and Garden Green inks, I fussy cut out the top of the flower and set it aside.
I used the retired French Foliage stamp set to 'grunge" up my BG around my flower a bit. I used Crumb Cake ink for that and stamped off once before stamping around the flower. I didn't worry to much about getting it on my flower as I knew I would be adding the blossom piece of the flower over the top of the bottom image.


The sentiment on here comes from the Wild about Flowers stamp set. I stamped it twice onto some scrap paper and used my Label Bracket punch. I trimmed off the bottom portion of the punched piece to make it straight across the bottom. I sponged the edges with Crumb cake and added a staple on each side and stacked the two together with some dimensionals. No need to stamp the sentiment twice as I did cos the bottom doesn't show but I was not thinking about that at the time, I just knew I wanted to stack the sentiment to make it stand out a bit more. 
The base of the card is Crumb Cake card stock and then a layer of the Naturals card stock. The DSP is from the Neutrals pack/ The black striped piece comes from the Neutrals pack as well.

We had a little going away party for Lynn at a local restaurant on Sunday and I gave her the framed piece, a small matching Faith pin and this card. She seemed to like them very much and that made me happy. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

HAPPY STAMPING!!!

Vicki