Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Pals Blog Hop Dec 2011 - Birthday Cards - Up Up & Away and Sneak Peak...

Welcome to the December Pals Hop! This month, we're featuring Birthday themed cards and projects! I hope you enjoy the hop and the amazing creations that the Pals have come up with.

You've likely hopped over from Angela Richwine at Stampin' Away with Angela, I'm stop number 6 on the Pals Hop and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for Birthday paper projects from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you'll be back on track!

For this card, I used the stamp set called: Up, Up, & Away along with the DSP Big Top Birthday. To add some texture to the Real Red cardstock, I used the embossing folder, Dots.
For the focal point, I kept it clean by using only 1 ballon with a few clouds. The Ballon was embossed with black embossing powder and heat set. This added a nice touch to it on top of the Tempting Turquoise cardstock. Also used the 2 3/8" scallop punch (Real Red cardstock) and than cut a 2" circle in whisper white for the center focal point.
To finish off the card, I added 5/8" Whisper White Satin Ribbon. Almost forgot, I did use stampin dimensionals under the ballon to pop it up more. For the next card,... sneak peak at one of the newest DSP coming out in the Occasions Mini Catalog starting Jan 4th.
Just loving this paper called: Twitterpated which matches so nicely with the Riding Hood Red cardstock. Used the Finial Press embossing folder to add some texture to the cardstock and added 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon...Pool Party. 
This beautiful rosette was created with the Lace Ribbon Border which I had to make after seeing Mary Fisher's video on how to do this. You can click here to view the video on how to make this. Added glitter around the edges of the rosette and center.

The only difference for mine is I cut a strip (1" x 7 1/2") to obtain a smaller rosette which I attached to a 2 3/8" scallop punch with Island Indigo cardstock. The strip was scored every 1/4" across before punching with the Lace Ribbon Border.
For the sentiment, I used the stamp set: Friendly Phrases along with the ink Island Indigo. Love this Decorative Label punch. It's such a nice size to fit many sentiments. Last but not least, I used a sponge dauber to add some color around the sentiment along with a couple of basic rhinestones.

Hop along for more inspiring ideas from Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping stop number 7 on the December Pals Hop! Thanks for "hopping" by!
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Monday, December 12, 2011

PPA123 - Puttin' on the Ritz - Delightful Decorations with Frostwood Lodge

Another weekly challenge at the Pals Paper Arts website. This week's challenge is Putting on the Ritz and a chance to win some blog candy. Whether you choose to add a little or add a lot, show us the sparkle, shine, or decoration that makes your project just a little bit fancier.  The design team has created some beautiful cards to get you started.

It's easy to join the fun by clicking here to go directly to the challenge and link up your card. Here is mine below....
Love this set, Delightful Decorations, so to dress it up, I first embossed the little flower images onto the crumb cake cardstock with white embossing powder and heat set it.  But before that, I scored the cardstock into 1" squares for a decorative look.

Than I proceeded to stamp one of the ornaments in 3 different colors, Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, and Pretty in Pink. Than decided to add a little glimmer onto the ornaments by using the Northern Frost Decorative Strip and the silver glimmer paper. Added pearls in the form of a string on each ornament and in addition added some glue on top of the string to add some dazzling diamond glitter to add more sparkle to the card. 

Here is a close up of one of the snowflakes from the Northen Frost Decorative Strip that was added to 2 of the ornaments. Added some waxy flax for the little bows on each ornament.

To create the middle ornament, I cut out 6 ornaments with the matching punch, scored each one in the middle and glued them together. Love how it pops out to you. The sentiment comes from the stamp set:Cotempo Christmas in Soft Suede ink. I did use stampin dimensionals under the Marina Mist ornament along with the Pretty in Pink ornament.
Hope you enjoy!!

Delightful Decorations 117635 - W

Contempo Christmas Stamp Set (118734 W, 120594 C)

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Freshly Made Sketches#14 - Mixed Bunch with Paper Doily

When thinking of a sketch, I went over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog for my inspiration of today's card. Sketch designed by Jennifer Timko, week#14. The design team created some beautiful cards for inspiration based on this sketch that got me going. Easy to join, click here to go directly to the challenge. 

Here is my card below.
Decided to start with a color I don't normally use, Rich Razzleberry but now I don't know why I haven't used before since it's such a pretty color and works so beautifully with this DSP paper called Flirtatious Specialty.

For the middle, I used a 2" circle in Old Olive as my base on top of the new large Sizzlits Paper Doily Die that will be available starting Jan 4th when the customer sales period begins for the new Occasions Mini Catalog along with the stamp set called Mixed Bunch. I couldn't resist but to use both of these together for this card.
Here is a close up of the paper doily that I cut out with black cardstock and later added basic pearls around the entire doily to add some color to the black and as an accent to the overall card.
Stampin dimensionals were used to pop up the flower in the center and used dazzling details for the glitter on top of the flower. Card measures 5 x 5 inches. Hope you enjoy!!

If you haven't stopped over yet at the Freshly Made Sketches, you can click here to go directly to their blog. Pin It

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mojo Monday 218 - Sketch Challenge - Sneak Peak Mixed Bunch

Once again, it's another weekly challenge at Mojo Monday , sketch designed by Julee Tilman, MOJO218. This week it's the start of a new month and it's Mojo Madness Contest where they will select 1 winner for every 50 entries to win some beautiful Verse Stamps. Easy to join, click here to go directly to the challenge. Here is my card below.
For this card, I got to play with some new products that arrived earlier this week. One of which is this beautiful new DSP called, Twitterpated along with the stamp set called Mixed Bunch that will be available starting Jan 4th when the customer sales period begins for the new Occasions Mini Catalog.
I love these colors and was able to use the 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon in Island Indigo which matched up very nicely with the Baja Breeze cardstock. Added a couple of basic pearls at the bottom for more embellishment.

Here is a close up of the upper left hand side. I started with an Oval in Island Indigo as my base and than used Pear Pizzazz for the middle. Hint....Hint....new punch. Last but not least, punched out this beautiful flower in Riding Hood Red ink. I did use stampin dimensionals to pop up the flower to give it a 3-D look and 1 large basic pearl for accent.

I'll be sharing more sneak peaks throughout the month of December, so be sure to keep a look out. Hope you enjoyed the sneak peak at what's to come and if you haven't joined the challenge yet over at Mojo Monday, click here to get started. It's a beautiful sketch design and fun to create.

Complete List of Supplies:
  • Stamp Set - **Mixed Bunch (125535) W (125537) C
  • Inks - Riding Hood Red (111836)
  • Cardstock - Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze
  • DSP - **Twitterpated (125406) 
  • Other- Stampin Dimensionals (104430),  Basic Pearl (119247), **Large Pearl Basic (125577), 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon Island Indigo (122974)
  • Punches - **Blossom (125603)
Asterisk (**) denotes products available for customer purchase in the Occasions Mini Catalog  beginning Jan. 4.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

PPA122 - Celebrity Color Challenge - A Dahlia Flower with Frostwood Lodge

This week the Pals Paper Arts is having a color challenge, PPA122 along with celebrity guest, Angela McKay, who is the guest artist of the week. The design team also has come up with some great looking cards to get everyone started on this color challenge of Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, and Very Vanilla. To join, you can click here and go directly to the challenge. 

Here is mine
I will say that this was quite the challenge for me since I don't normally work with this color combination alot, but the DSP, Frostwood Lodge from the Holiday Mini Catalog came in very handy for this week's challenge to get me started.

I started this card with the embossing folder, Framed Tulips and than used Always Artichoke ink and the brayer to add the color to it which shows off the impression more, which is pictured above.

Next, I cut another piece of Very Vanilla (4 3/8" x 3 1/8") and ran it through the embossing folder called Stripes and placed in the middle of the frame. Hopefully you can see the impression on this close up picture.

Next, I added DSP Frostwood Lodge (4 3/8" x 1 1/8") along with cutting 2 strips of Cherry Cobbler cut with the scallop trim border punch for the middle before working on the Dahlia flower in the middle.
For the Dahlia flower, I used the 1 1/4" circle punch and cut out 8 circles and started to fold each one up before putting them together. Than used the Boho Blossom punch for the center along with a basic pearl. Added stampin dimensionals to the bottom of the flower before putting on top of the card. Below is the finished look. Hope you Enjoy!!

Complete List of Supplies:
  • Inks - Always Artichoke (105219)
  • Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke
  • DSP - Frostwood Lodge (124002) 
  • Other- Stampin Dimensionals (104430),  Basic Pearls ( 119247), Framed Tulip Folder (121809), Stripes Folder (123128)
  • Punches - 1 1/4" Circle Punch (119861), Boho Blossom (119858), Scallop Trip Border (118402)
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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Mojo Monday 217 - Posy Punch with Leter It and Mocha Morning Specialty

Once again, it's another weekly challenge at Mojo Monday , sketch designed by Julee Tilman, MOJO217. The important thing is to have fun! Easy to join, click here to go directly to the challenge. This week it's a pick of round or square. Here is my card below.

This was a fun card to make, especially with this DSP paper. I cut a black scallop circle using the Scallop BigZ Die and put that on top of a 4 1/2" circle card to get me started. Than, I cut a 3 3/4" circle in Very Vanilla and 3 1/2" circle with the DSP paper. 
Added this cute button from my stash of crafts and buttons. Cardstock used to create the T shape on the card was Sahara Sand and for the dots on the scallop circle, I used the white Uni-ball gel pen.

I than cut a 1 1/2" x 2 1/4" rectangle in Cherry Cobbler for the right hand side. Later added the Fancy Flower on top. Stamp set used was the Posy Punch and color used was Soft Suede.

Didn't want to stop there, so I used Crumb Cake ink and the Letter It stamp set for the "T". Stamp Set Fabulous Phrases and Cherry Cobbler ink was also used directly on top of the "T". Last but not least added stampin dimensionals to pop up the letter. Hope you Enjoy!

Posy Punch Item #122480 Wood or #122482 Clear

Fabulous Phrases #117002 Wood or #120501 Clear

Letter It # 122840 Wood or # 122842 Clear

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Thank You with Triple Treat Flower and Spice Cake

When looking for a sketch, I found this one designed by Nance Leedy over at The Paper Players and wanted to give it a try. It was created for challenge#69 back in Oct 23rd. You can click here and see all of the other creations made using this sketch. They are beautiful.
Here is what I came up with
My focus was to create a clean and simple card that could be used for many occassions. In this case, I needed a thank-you card, but the sentiment can easily be changed.

I love this stamp, called Triple Treat Flower and with the DSP, Spice Cake availble in the Holiday Mini through December 31st. You can really do alot of different color combinations, thereby making it very versatile. For the colors, I used Pool Party, More Mustard, and Old Olive for the center. Top it off with a Basic Rhinestone along with a few more rhinestone at random.

Here is a close up of the rhinestones spread out at random along with the embossing folder, Houndstooth for texture in the background. Cardstock used was Old Olive and the More Mustard cardstock was punched out using the scallop trim punch.
For the sentiment, I used Easy Events and used a marker to grab only the sentiment portion. Hope you Enjoy!! 
Item #122909
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Friday, November 25, 2011

The Paper Players #73 - Color Challenge - Mover & Shapers along with Word Play

Love the Mover & Shapers Curly Label Die and finally had a chance to play with it for this challenge at The Paper Players which this week is a color challenge along with a Clean and Simple look. If you would like to join the fun click here to go directly to the challenge.

For this card, I used 2 different embossing folders, Strips for the top of the card and the Snow Burst for the bottom half of the inside card.

For the snowflakes on the top, I used the snowflake punch and than used Shimmer Paint to create the Silver in it and used one basic pearl for the center of each one.  

Here is a close up picture of the middle of the card which shows better the sentiment. I  used the stamp set from Word Play and embossed it in Silver.

Since I love punches, I couldn't resist but to use the eyelet border punch for the top of the card which sits nicely over the snow burst embossing look that is on the inside of the card.

Hope you enjoyed!!
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