Thursday, September 29, 2011

Falling Leaves

Hi Everyone! As promised I am back today with a quick post, and a little SU goodness. :) I am getting a head start on my October workshop cards, and I think the sample I have to share today, is going to be one of them. I used a set from the main catalog that I have had for many years, but rarely use. I tend to forget these sets, but this year I am determined to show them a lot more love. :) OK, so on to the card -


The Sketch I used is from the PaperCrafts magazine Go to Sketches. I stamped my leaves in More Mustard, Cajun Craze, and Early Espresso. Then punched them out with my 1" circle punch. I arranged them to look as if the leaves were falling, and then attached the punched circles onto a panel of Soft Suede stock stamped with Woodgrain. I added a scrap of Cajun Craze punched with the scallop border punch for detail, then finished it off with the Scrumptious Early Espresso Quilted ribbon from the Holiday Mini Catalog, and a sentiment. Easy Peasy! Have a great day everyone, and thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! :) Details below -

Heather :)

Stamps - Falling Leaves, Woodgrain, Just Believe ( sentiment )
Paper - Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Soft Suede
Ink - Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Early Espresso
Accessories - 1" circle punch, scallop border punch, Early Espresso quilted ribbon, dimensional dots

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

For the Bride and Groom

Hi Everyone! I want to let all of you know right off the bat that the sample I am sharing with you today, does not, I repeat, does not contain all SU images. I am a die hard SU fan, but sometimes you gotta do what ya gotta do, and I felt inspired by an old stamp (circa 2007) that found it's way into my stash by happenstance. REALLY!! :)
My husband and I are invited to a 50th Anniversary luncheon this upcoming weekend, and I need to make an Anniversary card, and I wanted to keep it simple, but stated. So here is my card made with contraband -


All I can say is that you can find this image at your LSS. I stamped the image in black Stazon on Naturals White, and water colored the image with reinkers ad an Aqua painter. Once I was done coloring the image, I went over the brides dress, veil, and the grooms shirt with a some Encore Gold ink. I think you can see a little of the sparkle. Here is another picture to get a better look -




While the paper was still wet from coloring, I traced the inside of the outline of the brides dress using a stylus, then flipped the image over, and burnished the inside of the traced lines to stretch the paper a little, and give the dress a little form. This technique is also known as Pergamano. I added a little gold framing to the embossed panel, by dragging the edges of the paper over the Gold Encore ink pad. I like the way it turned out, and I am sure the happy couple will like it too. Thank you for hanging in there with me all the way to the end of this post using contraband. I promise I WILL be back with some SU goodness Soon. Have a great day, and thanks for taking a peek! Details below -



Heather :)

Stamps - Stampendous, All Holidays
Paper - Black, Naturals White
Ink - Black Stazon, Black, So Saffron, Encore Gold, Soft Suede, blush Blossom
Accessories - Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Aqua painter, Dimensional dots, Stylus

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Stitched stockings & Pool Party

Hi Everyone! I have a quick card to show you today. I played along in the color challenge today on Split coast, and was really inspired by the colors for this week. The colors for this weeks challenge are Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, and Pool Party. I said the same thing....Pool Party? Such a "cool" color with such deep tones?? Well guess what? They are AWESOME together! Here is my card - 


See I told you!!! I used the set Stitched Stockings, and the new Frostwood Lodge DSP that is from the Holiday mini! LOVE IT!! I hope you find these colors as inspiring as I did! OK, that's it for me, thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -


Heather :)


Stamps - Stitched Stockings, Family Re-union
Paper - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Pool Party, FrostWood Lodge DSP, Early Espresso
Ink - Pool Party, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron
Accessories - Big Shot, Perfect Polka dot EF, Scallop trim border punch, Stocking punch, Linen Thread, Mini Clothes pin, Dimensional dots, Sponge

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Live in Sunshine

Hello Everyone! According to the calendar, today is the first official day of Fall. WHOOP! My absolute favorite season! I love the colors, smells, and most of all those wonderfully sunny, crisp days that beg you to take a long walk, and absorb it all with each step. Turning your face upward to the sunshine, and feeling all the worries, and little things just melt away....Happy Times in the Sunshine! My card sample for you today is my way of welcoming in the Season -



I used the set called Pursuit of Happiness. Very fitting if I do say so myself. This card also fits the Ways to Use it challenge on SplitCoaststampers. We were to use a brown paper bag on our project. I punched some circles out of a lunch bag, and made my little flowers. For my flower centers, I used basic pearls, and colored them with an orange sharpie. Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! :) Details below -

Heather :)



Stamps - Pursuit of happiness, En Francais'
Paper - Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Naturals White, Brown Lunch bag, Dollie, Beyond the Garden DSP
Ink - Crumb Cake
Accessories - Big Shot, Perfect Pennants die, Coluzzle, Paper Piercing tool, Sponge, glue dots, Dimensional dots, Daffodil Delight 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Basic Pearls, orange sharpie

Monday, September 19, 2011

A New Favorite

Hello Everyone! What a weekend....Did yours fly by in a blink of an eye too?? I had grand plans of getting to some VERY needed yard work, but the weather was not in my favor, so I got busy inside with a toy room that also needed ALOT of attention. All the Lego's are in their proper places instead of in the laundry baskets, and under beds. :) I swear they multiply when the lights go out at night. ( Maybe I need to invest in some of those night vision goggles, and surprise them yelling "Yup the jig is up!!" )
So when all the work was left to two little boys, I took a break, and got a little stamping time! YEA!! I had yet to clean up my desk from the last 2 cards I made, so there were scraps on my desk, and I put them to use. Here is my card, using what I think might become a new favorite color of mine -



Can you believe I even said that!? Calypso Coral a Favorite? Well......I 'll give it a few more chances, and then I will give you a definite answer. :) For my border on the side I used the decorative label punch combined with a stamp from the coordinating stamp set called Four Frames. I punched out the Frame and attached it to a label punched from Soft Suede. I just offset it a little to create a frame. The flower was made with the Fancy flower punch, and the floral fusion sizzix die. I distressed the flowers with Soft Suede ink and water, then crumpled them to distress them a little more. I formed the flower center using basic pearls. I think the flower and frame I used paired nicely with the leaves from the set French Foliage, and the sentiment from Falling Leaves. That is all for me today, off to get the rest of the day complete....Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -


Heather :)

Stamps - French Foliage, Four Frames, Falling Leaves
Paper - Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory, Calypso Coral, Newsprint DSP
Ink - Versamark, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade
Accessories - Big Shot, Floral Fusion die, Fancy Flower punch, Sponge, Crochet trim, Decorative label punch, basic Pearls, Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, Dimensional dots

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Something Sweet

Hi Everyone! I have another quick post for you today, I am off to my Mom's to help her start to get ready for a big move from her home in Chicago. She has lived in this house for close to 40 years, and has a lot of stuff/boxes to sort thru before she moves her stuff and such closer to me and my Sister! Yay!! So that is my plan for today. This week is also my Beautiful Step-daughter's 16th birthday. Boy time sure has flew by... With that said I needed a Sweet 16 card. I looked at my stamps, and found that I had never once used the set Birthday Bakery from the last catalog. (how I managed not to ever ink it up, is still a little baffling to me!). I checked out Split coast for a little inspiration, and found an adorable card made by leighastamps which is actually a CASE from Di Gibbs. So Anyhoo, here is my version -

I just changed up the papers, and the colors slightly.(her card was perfect, so why mess with it!") I used my billboard alphabet for the "Sweet", and went over them with some crystal Effects for a little bit of depth. I used my SU markers to color the images, and added a little bit of crystal effects to the cherries on top. I think it turned out super CUTE! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -

Heather :)


Stamps - Birthday Bakery
Paper - Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride DSP
Ink - Black Stazon, Blushing Bride, Blush Blossom, Pretty in pink, Creamy Carmel, Melon Mambo, Going Gray, Versamarker, Early Espresso
Accessories - Scallop edge punch, Big Shot, Billboard Alphabet, Blushing Bride Poly twill ribbon, Crystal Effects

Sunday, September 11, 2011

An Elegant Thank you

Hello Everyone! I have a quick post for you today. I had a chance to play yesterday for a little while, and really wanted to ink up a new set from the main catalog, called Established Elegance. I have spied SO many amazing cards made with this set, I really wanted to join in the fun. Here is my card -



I also used the new color Calypso Coral. I would lying to you, if I said that I REALLY liked this color when I first received it back in July. It was one of those colors that I shielded my eyes from, but pairing it with the neutrals, it really isn't Glaring to me anymore. :) I made my own DSP using the set Friends Never Fade. I think it turned out really nice, don't you? OK, that's all for me today, gotta' run! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -



Heather :)


Stamps - Established Elegance, Friends Never Fade, Just Believe
Paper - Neutrals Ivory, Newsprint DSP, Calypso Coral DSP, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake
Ink - Calypso Coral, Island indigo, Lucky Limeade, Chocolate chip, Crumb Cake
Accessories - Big Shot, Oval Frame EF, Pinking heart border punch, Paper Piercing tool, sponge, Scallop circle punch, perfect pennants Die, Dimensional dots, Crochet trim, Essential Pearls, Coluzzle, Distressing tool

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Thankful Thoughts

Hello Everyone! Doesn't it always seem that when you really want to get to some creating, that the powers that be have something else in mind for you? That has certainly been the case for me lately, and I can't thank you all enough for sticking with me as my my posts have been getting a little scarce. So with that said, let me share a card with you that I made with all of you in mind -


I really like the outcome. I used the set French Foliage, and a sentiment from the set called Grateful Greetings. Both sets can be found in the Main Catalog. I am really looking forward to the fall, and the cooler weather, so I can hunker down and get to creating, and sharing with all of you. Thanks for stopping and taking a peek! :) Details below -


Heather :)


Stamps - French Foliage, Grateful Greetings, Woodgrain
Paper - Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Accessories - Big Shot, Perfect Pennants die, 1 3/4 circle punch, Cherry cobbler quilted ribbon, hemp twine, sponge, cherry cobbler button, dimensional dots, distressing tool

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sublime

Hi Everyone! I have a quick post for you today... As you know from yesterdays post, I have been on the look out for my Mojo.. I did catch a glimpse of it yesterday, and I thought it wise to continue on my search, and get a little creative, to help the juices flow a little more. When I am in a rut, I usually like to page through publications, and get inspired that way. Well Yesterday was no exception. I found this Uber fantastic card in a publication, and HAD to recreate it, but with adding my little touches here and there. This card also happens to fit the Free for All Friday challenge over on Split Coast, and I LOVE when that happens! :) Here is my card -


Isn't it "Sub-lime?!" (he-he) For the Body of the sub, I used the center of the Scallop Oval Frame for the Bigshot. I paper pierced around the oval to make it look like little rivets, and constructed my periscope using a 1/2" circle punch cut in half, and scraps left on my cutting table. The sentiment is from that old and trusty Loads of love Accessories. I just stamped it and cut it up to break up all the white. I think it turned out "sea"riffic! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -


Heather :)

Stamps - Loads of Love Accessories
Paper - Daffodil delight, Basic Gray Textured, Whisper White, Poppy Parade
Ink - Black, More Mustard
Accessories - Big Shot, Scallop Oval frame Die, sm. oval punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, Heart to heart punch, Paper Piercing tool, Sponge, Dimensional dots

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Badlands, a Sketch and a big wish

Hi Everyone! I have had some trouble getting going, and down here lately. My Mojo is missing, and I have looked everywhere! REALLY! Under all the beds, behind doors, even in the garage..(otherwise known as the Badlands) to find that elusive thing that chooses to take flight when IT wants to! But I think I saw it peek out from behind a box to let me catch a glimpse of it this morning! :) I checked out the sketch challenge on Split coast this morning, and felt inspired. Here is the card -



I used a new set to me called Established Elegance. I fell in love with this image in particular when I spied it in the new Catalog back in July. I also used a stamp from Bring on the Cake for my sentiment, and Just add cake DSP. I punched the "h" and "b" from the DSP and added some crystal effects to them to make them look like typewriter keys. So Do you think I found it? I hope so! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -



Heather :)


Stamps - Established Elegance, Bring on the Cake, A to Z
Paper - Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, Whisper White, So Saffron, Poppy Parade DSP, Just add Cake DSP
Ink - Poppy Parade, Black
Accessories - 1/2" circle punch, Spiral edge punch, Cherry Cobbler bakers twine, Crystal effects, Dimensional dots