Saturday, September 29, 2012

Reflected Statement - You've gotta try this technique!

So many crafty ideas and techniques to try this week, I'm not sure I'll get them all finished over the weekend along with the rest of my household chores, but I'll check one off this morning.  Here's a card I just finished showing off the fun & easy "Reflective Statement" technique shared this week at Make It Monday for Paper Trey Ink.  I've taken a close up so you can better see what this is referring to...

  Check out the video on the site for instructions on this technique.   It's really quite simple... stamp your phrase on your cardstock, then stamp it again (or in my case stamp just the word you want to highlight again) on a piece of clear acetate (a/k/a window sheet).  Then flip the acetate over lining it up directly under the other word and press it down to "stamp the word" below the phrase, creating a word reflection below...  Easy & fun!

I chose to stamp my reflected statement in a lighter color (PTI Aqua Mist) than the original dark blue ink (SU! Not Quite Navy), as I thought it made it look even more "other worldly" for a spacey effect to my Rocket Ship card.

The stamp set I used here is from Paper Trey Ink, Boy Basics "Out of this World."  I paper pieced a few silver elements on my rocket ship before I realized I could also add some silver accents with Stampin' Up's Platinum shimmer paint, but at least I remembered that for the top of the ship!

Well, gotta get movin' on... or else my chores will last to infinity and beyond!!!

Have to add a new photo of my craft buddy... He's been so happy playing with a "forgotten" squeaky toy today... Love to see the dog smile on his face!

Happy Weekend everyone!

Nuts! I forgot!

Oh my, this week I was a bit stressed... Got sick, then got distracted by a bunch of things & I FORGOT to mail a very important card!!!  Darn it!  Well, that at least inspired me to pull out this fun stamp set from Kitchen Sink Stamps.  The Autumn Squirrel and all the sayings are so cute!  Surely this will help grant me a little forgiveness...

The image from this set was "triple stamped."  There are layers of stamps that help create the image (in this case 3 layers).  The first layer is stamped in a light color, then the other layers are stamped in increasingly darker ink colors. Following the color recipes for most KSS sets is pretty easy, and it's also pretty easy to substitute for what you have on hand.  For my squirrel I used SU! River Rock, Soft Suede and Early Espresso inks.  Then I used similar cardstock colors for the rest of my card.  I used an SU! woodgrain stamp and embossing folder as well, and a little twine to embellish the tag & acorn.

Well, better get on my way to keeping on track with everything else that I need to do!
Enjoy your weekend everyone & happy stamping!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Celebrate Today!

I know my fellow bloggers can appreciate the joy in knowing a project you posted gets a little recognition.  I'm so proud to be among the week's royalty court over at Freshly Made Sketches.  Thank you, Rita, for the compliment...I regard it very highly.

See more info for my card, Mainspring of Happiness, from my last post.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mainspring of Happiness FMS53

Ah, apparently it's "Use Your Scraps" day, and scraps are something I have no shortage of.  Why on earth should I just hoard my favorite patterned papers when if I truly like them, I should just use them and use them a lot??  Lucky for me, this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches is perfect for using my scrap papers.  Here's a look at the fun sketch for this week:

I again used my latest fav DSP, Orchard Harvest. I snipped and curled a few of the edges on the strips of paper and wanted to add a little texture, so added a few Argyle embossed thin strips of Rose Red cardstock.  Oh, yeah, the strip of More Mustard cardstock in the center was stamped with a woodgrain I did do a little stamping, other than the sentiment that is. 

Here's a little close up so maybe you can see the details better...

Hope you find time to do a little crafting today!  Enjoy and happy stamping!

Get Well Soon!

Well, I'm feeling under the weather, so what did I do?  I made MYSELF a get well card!  Silly, I know, but therapeutic nonetheless.  Reminds me that when I feel better I should make a few of these to have on hand... it will be flu season soon, if we're not already there, right?

Riley & Co also has a challenge going on, so my "Sick Riley" stamp came in handy combining my desire to feel better & post a challenge card.  This is a "scrapling" card, my card is only about 2.25" x 4" in size, using some Stampin' Up! Orchard Harvest DSP scraps.  Since I am "Copic-ally Challenged," my coloring skills are far from superior, I did the next best thing & paper pieced my Riley image.  That means I stamped my image several times on different papers, then hand cut the pieces and reassembled them to create the finished image. 

 I also stamped a woodgrain pattern on the footboard of the bed, and popped up Riley's congested head on a dimensional, maybe you can see that better on this close up...

Time to head back to bed & rest now, just like Riley's doing here...
Take care, friends & don't forget to get your flu shot!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Birthday Elephant

Something about this circus elephant from Stampin' Up!'s set, You're Amazing, just makes me smile... I'm not sure why, I guess it's the hat...??

Anyway, in the card I made above, which I expect to use for a birthday card, although it could be used for any type of celebration, I also used some of the Festival of Prints DSP you can find in the SU! Holiday catalog.  Island Indigo and Raspberry Ripple are the main colors I used.  It think the colors seem so bright & cheerful.  A bit of Island Indigo bakers twine was fun to use, too.  

Holiday papers don't have to be used just for Christmas!  Gotta love that... Here's a peek at the papers and stamps included in the SU! items I used.  Hope they inspire you today!

Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack

You're Amazing Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Happy stamping, friends!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Freshly Made

Freshly Made Sketches is having a One Year Anniversary celebration so I decided to play along.  If you haven't been by this site before, it's a terrific place for inspiration and a fantastic place to find some very clean and simple sketches.

I chose Sketch #12 for my weekend crafting fun.  Here's a look at the original sketch:

Orchard Harvest DSP is my latest favorite patterned paper, so I grabbed it first and then chose my stamps & colors from there.  I stamped my sentiment and punched it out with the Curly Label punch to tuck it under the layer. The leaf, from Stampin' Up!'s set "Wonderfall," I stamped in More Mustard then rolled the edges in Cajun Craze ink.  I handcut the leaf & popped it up on dimensionals. 

I love this time of year (it's almost fall, hooray)!  Enjoy and happy stamping, everyone!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Angelic Christmas

Oh my insomnia got the best of me the other night... but I made use of my restless night and got out of bed to work on Christmas cards!

I think the angel from this retired Stampin' Up! set, "Angelic Joy," is very serene.  Although her image didn't lull me back to sleep, I enjoyed creating the card.  I added some champagne shimmer paint to her halo and wings.  Since it was very dark outside (3am-ish), I had to make due with indoor photos, so sorry they are not the best.  The close up views below at least catch a bit of the glimmer. 

I used patterned paper from the new SU! DSP, Festival of Prints, and stamped sentiments, both on inside & outside of the card, from a current SU! set call More Merry Messages.
 Here's a view of all the images included with the More Merry Messages set:
More Merry Messages Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Lots of holiday sentiments to use on the outside & inside for greetings help make a variety of "ready to sign" cards. A tip for you- if you stamp the interior sentiment FIRST, before you adhere a card front or decorate the front of the card, you'll have a chance to "re-do" if the inside stamped poorly.  For me, that was an issue stamping at 3am...when I wasn't pleased with my first stamped inside greeting, I just turned the card over & stamped on the other side & hid my boo-boo with pasting my card front on top of my first try. 

Happy Stamping everyone!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Vintage Saint Nick

I struggle with finding "my style" of stamping.  For example, I'm often torn between making "old-tyme-y," vintage look Christmas cards and clean, modern cards.  In my indecision, I just make a variety and keep experimenting.  How about you?  What's your style, and how did you find it?

For my latest take on a vintage Christmas card, I found this very cool stamp from Stampendous, Saint Nick.  The image is fairly large, so it's easy to stamp and use as the focal point for a card. For the card above, I stamped my image in SU!'s Always Artichoke (dark green) ink, and then cut it out with a Labels Framelits shape.  I sponged the paper and edges to give the paper an aged appearance. 

The sentiment is from SU! Bells & Boughs (a great set for making classic Christmas cards).  I also used SU! background stamp, Netting, on my green layer.  That is my "go-to" background stamp to add texture to an otherwise plain piece of cardstock.

Well, only a few months away to Christmas, so I'll keep plugging along.  I've got another card to share later this week, so check back soon.  What a fun break from Halloween crafts, but I guess I better start working on those, too!  Happy stamping, friends!

Saturday, September 8, 2012


EEEK!  The sentiment here is perfect for me today 'cuz I almost got caught stamping when I should have been doing more productive household chores!! Yes, EEK!  I just HAD to play along this week with the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge, PPA142.  I think my fellow stampers can understand what that is like, right?

I was not alone in the PPA crowd to be inspired to pull out the new SU! Googly Ghouls stamp set for this color scheme. I also used the Spider Web embossing folder from Stampin' Up!, and a Martha Stewart Crafts sentiment on my card. After I stamped my image & sentiment on white, I thought the card was just was a little too "bright" for my taste, so I sponged a bit of Elegant Eggplant all over the card & images, then a little orange sponging on the white, too... then had to curl some corners... I just couldn't stop tweaking it. 

For a better look at the silly googly-eyes, here's a close up.

Well, thankfully, I got my chores done, too, so I'm rewarding myself with this "me time" post.
Hope you had a chance to play a little this weekend, too.  Enjoy & happy stamping!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Blue Heart of Christmas

A friend is looking for a little Christmas card inspiration, so today, this post is for you, Barb!

Non-traditional Christmas colors are fun to play with when making holiday cards.  Blue and brown work very nicely together.  The little red hearts aren't totally throwing off my non-traditional color vibe, are they?

I used the Heart of Christmas stamp from Stampin' Up! along with some paper from their Festival of Prints DSP package found in the SU! Holiday Mini Catalog. These two items combine to make it easy and inexpensive to create a lot of lovely Christmas cards.  And thank you SU! for making a paper pack of smaller sized DSP that is so easy to use on cards.  With a big variety of patterns in the pack, I'm gonna feel like I can make a lot of different cards without using up a favorite pattern, too.

(FYI, I embossed the Framelits Label shape with a retired SU! snowflake embossing folder, but there are many other lovely textures out there to choose from if you're interested in CASE-ing.)

I'll share a more traditionally colored card for you next week.  Don't forget, Christmas is only a few short months away!  You better get stamping!  :)

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!