Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Stay tuned....grand opening fun & games to begin Thursday!!!
Speaking of talent, the second part of the inspiration came from Cami Turnbow (the famous Cami, who just happens to be part of my up, up, upline, right here in town...and she's every bit as sweet and nice as she is talented, just incase you ever wondered!). I'm sure you've already been there, but incase you haven't, you must hop over to her blog HERE, it's one of the best out there! I cruised through her blog last night and saw that she, like me, is river rock challenged! Made me feel so much better! Except, she's not challenged anymore, because her river rock cards are gorgeous! So, I decide that I really need to get over it and work with river rock again (I like a good challenge), plus I just got the new Holiday Harmony DP (out of the Holiday Mini) and it has some really pretty river rock papers. I don't know what happened, but this card just came together quickly and easily (probably because I was casing an already perfectly wonderful card). BUT...then, I can't get this card to photograph well, no matter what I do. The river rock just doesn't look as pretty as it does irl...So, river rock has found a new way to challenge me...I'm not surprised! Thanks Chat & Cami for the inspiration...you guys ROCK!!!
Supplies for this card
Stamp: Perfect Presentation (hostess set)
Paper: holiday harmony dp, artichoke, pomegranate, vanilla
Ink: artichoke, pomegranate
Accessories: ticket corner punch, word window punch, double stitched rr ribbbon, silver cord, silver brads, silver glitter, dimensionals, 3/4 & 1" circle punches
Monday, October 29, 2007
Supplies for this card:
Stamps: Perfect Presentation (hostess)
Paper: Holiday Harmony DP, Pomegranate, Artichoke, Shimmery White, non-su silver
Ink: Pomegranate & Artichoke
Accessories: Silver glitter with 2-way glue pen, rhinestone & silver brads, paper piercer, silver cord, double stitched pomegranate ribbon, mellow moss 1/4" gg ribbon, dimensionals
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Now for the tag...I supposed to tell you
1. I have a wonderful family, including my husband & 2 daughters, both in college. What can I say, they are the best! Couldn't ask for a better husband or kids...they bless my sox off = ) !!!! This picture is of the 4 of us (I'm on the right) and it was taken at my daughter's wedding last New Year's eve.
2. I love Smiles. They're free, but worth a million bucks! I spent the first part of my adult life caught up in a very "busy" lifestyle. I had the opportunity about a year and a half ago to make some changes and I absolutely love what I'm doing now. I used to just pass by people, in a hurry to get somewhere. Now, I take the time to look around me, whereever I am, and I try to be the first to smile. It's a little intimidating at first, but once you try it...it's kind of fun! You'll be amazed at how many people smile right back. And it just feels good to acknowledge those around you in a positive way. We live in a "fast food world" and there's just something really powerful about a genuine smile!!
3. I'm a certified scuba diver. I don't get to dive as often as I'd like, but I LOVE diving in tropical waters.
4. I play piano...at church and assisted living facilities. Both are very kind and gracious audiences = )
5. I'm a punch-a-holic! It's nearly impossible for me to make a card without using a punch.
6. I became a Stampin Up Demonstrator in Feb 07 after attending a workshop at my friend Kim's house. I did some stamping before that, but BOY-O-BOY, everything got so much easier once I discovered Stampin Up and Splitcoast!! It's not only allowed me to grow in my stamping abilities, but opened up so many opportunities to meet new friends and get re-aquainted with old friends. It's just been soooooo much fun = )
7. I live in a small town on the Oregon Coast. I graduated from the same high school that my parents and children graduated from. North Bend High School, home of the Bulldogs!! How's that for small town?
TAG, YOU'RE IT!! I can't wait to hear 7 random things about you
p.s. I'd love to tag Nancy Littrell, but she doesn't have a blog yet (hint, hint!!)
Supplies for the card
Stamps: Priceless (swirl), In the Spotlight (flower), Perfect Presentation (peace)
Paper: Black, Pomegranate, White, DP Holiday Harmony, non-su reflective silver
Ink: Black Stazon, Pomegranate
Accessories: Satin Pomegranate ribbon, Pink Rhinestone brads, Dimensionals
Oh...speaking of VERY talented stampers, I've been tagged, by Nancy Riley (http://stampinat6213.blogspot.com/) to tell you 7 random things about myself. I'm giving that a little thought...I know you're on the edge of your seat (lol!).... I will be posting 7 random things about myself in the next day or two and tagging a few of my friends too. Stay tuned = )
Supplies for this card:
Stamps: A Winter song (Elzybells/Amuse), sentiment from Vases in Vogue, snowflake from perfect presentation
Ink: Basic Black & Versamark
Paper: Winter brights sbk, Bashful blue, Wasabi, Whisper White
Accessories: Silver & Bashful blue brads, paper piercing tool, dazzling diamonds with 2-way glue pen, silver cord, 1 1/4" circle punch, photo corner punch, white embossing powder & heat gun, SU markers, dimensionals
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Stamp set: Hugs & Wishes and In the Spotlight
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Step 1: You can either start with a 3 x 3 inch piece of cardstock or a 6 x 3 inch piece that's been scrored at 3 inches to make a 3 x 3 inch love note size. You'll be working with a 3 inch square. First, you slide the round tab punch in as far as it will go from the side...while centering it on your square, then squeeze to punch.
Next, turn your paper & push the punch as far in as you can go again. Make sure you're centered on the 3 inch square. It should look like this:
Squeeze to punch. Whaa-laa! you should have a 2 inch circle punched out!! Isn't that cool?
And here's the fun part...the scallop circle punch fits perfectly inside. So you can use your square to create a 3-dimensional frame or you can create a little 3 dimensional love note....like the one at the top of the post or this 4 1/4 inch card ~
So...get that Round Tab punch out and try! I haven't even figured out everything I can do with this trick yet, but it's going to be fun to find out!! If you don't have a Round Tab punch and would like one...just click on my SU link and I'd be happy to help you out ... it's a GREAT punch. Also...I'd love to see what you do with this trick...be sure to leave me a comment and a link to your card or project!
Supplies used for these cards (lots of punches....LOVE those punches!!!):
Stamp set: Merry & Bright (it's my favorite!)
Paper: Winter Bright DP/Scrapbook kit, real red, bashful blue, wild wasabi, pretty in pink, whisper white
Ink: basic black, real red
Punches: Round Tab, Scallop, photo corner, small & large oval, 1" circle
Accessories: Winter Bright Scrapbook kit self adhesive dye-cuts, red brads & non-su brad, Dazzling Diamonds glitter with 2-way glue pen, bashful blue 1/4" gg ribbon, red gingham ribbon, markers
Monday, October 22, 2007
This first card (hers) was made for Friday's SCS Limited Supply challenge (LSC138...http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=294405). The challenge was to use:
quick tools: punches, sponges, cuttlebug, paper piercer
paper: pattern or plain
So...this is what I came up with! The whole idea was to keep it quick & simple...yet make the end result elegant. I think what challenged me the most was the limited layering. Without several layers, it looked really plain. One of the things I love about these challenges is that is forces me to think outside the box, so to speak. I tried several layouts with this card using the usual, expected, traditional 1/4 & 1/8 inch matted layers and I just kept getting stuck. At one point, I literally pushed all those layers aside and just re-looked at my main image piece...then I grabbed a couple of scraps & tucked them behind my main image, and this was the result...and the whole card came together. Adding my new Satin Pomegranate ribbon was the finishing touch (love, love, love that ribbon!!). So, the next time you get stuck...try something entirely different from what you'd planned. Turn the card, move the image piece around, take some little scrap pieces and try using those for layers. The best part about stamping, is that it's just paper & ink and you have all the pieces in front of you...just mix 'em up a bit and see what you come up with!!
paper: basic black, purely pomegranate & very vanilla
ink: black stazon & pomegrante
stamps: baroque motifs & garden silhouettes
accessories: satin pomegrante ribbon, black stickles, dimensionals
The second card (His)...is just a variation of the first one. I needed to make a thank you card for my nephew, Mike, who helped us out at the Portland Regionals, by giving us a ride from downtown Portland back to our hotel (such a nice young man!). He is one classy guy & I wanted the card to be very simple, yet classy (elegant sounds too girly). So I just changed a few things from the challenge card to make it masculine, substituted brads for the ribbon and added some dry embossing on the lower left side (it's hard to see in the picture). I love being able to dry emboss with the cropadile (see previous posting..."embossing with the cropadile" for a quick tutorial on how to). I also used my basic gray paper for the first time. I really appreciated Jen's challenge for simplicity...cards really don't have to be complicated to be nice. Lesson learned...thanks Jen = ) !!!
paper: basic black, basic gray, bravo burgundy & very vanilla
ink: stazon black & burgundy
stamps: garden silhouette, so much
accessories: cropadile for embossing, paper piercing tool & mat pack for guide, photo corner punch, black brads, black stickles
Okay...I better get these cards in the mail...that's my favorite part of making cards...putting them in the mailbox and knowing they're on their way to someone special = )
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive, DP from the Petals & Paisley collection
Stamp set: (hostess) Perfect Presentation & All in a row
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red
Accessories: Red gingham ribbon, rhinestone & silver brads, non-su red brads, circle punches, piercing tool, cropadile for dry embossing, Old Olive marker, dimensionals
Friday, October 19, 2007
WELCOME to my very first posting on my brand spankin' new Blog! This should be fun...I'm looking forward to sharing lots of fun projects and ideas. So...here we go!!!
I'm still learning about how this whole blog thing works, so this site is very much "under construction", so don't forget your hardhat = ) !
Aren't these little boxes just the cutest things ever? I got this fun little stamp set this week, "Merry & Bright" & it's my new favorite...it's absolutely adorable! I made these as a thank you gift for a workshop hostess this week. They actually stack right up on top of each other (that's why there's a little extra stretchy silver cord going around the little one, it actually holds them all together). The largest one is 3 1/2" square and is filled with 3" coordinating mini notes. The medium is 3" square and is filled with coordinating gift tags and the smallest is filled with hershey's nuggets wrapped in the same designer papers. I used the Designer Papers from Winter Bright Scrapbook Kit along with the textured cardstock. The colors in that kit are so fun together...pretty in pink, bashful blue, real red & wild wasabi. And, I added a little dazzling diamonds on all 3 images....I just love that stuff, it's easy to apply & really adds a spectacular little shimmer & shine!! = )
Paper: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Shimmery White. DP from the Winter Bright Scrapbook kit
Ink: Basic Black & Wild Wasabi Stamp pads, Real Red Marker
Stamps: Merry & Bright (from the holiday mini)
Accessories: Scallop, 1 1/4 & 1 3/8" circle punches, paper piercing tool, silver & rhinestone brads, dazzling diamonds glitter with 2-way glue pen, silver cord ,dimensionals