Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tweet, tweet

No, not the twitter type of tweet. The chirpie, birdie type of tweet. I created this little tweeter using the Two Step Bird Punch. Isn't it just adorable? Colors used here are Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi and Sahara Sand for the neutral. The background is stamped with the flourish from Baroque Motifs, as is the sentiment. and that is all the stamping there is on this card. I let the chick-a-dee take all the focus, he's even popped up a bit with a dimentional. For a little bit of interest I tore one corner of the focal piece. I like how simple, yet elegant this card turned out.

Don't forget, if you are near me, I am having an Open House tomorrow night. Come by for a make-n-take, a FREE gift, great prices on retired stamps, ink pads, paper, etc. And take a look at the new Idea Book and Catalog. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Are you getting ready for Halloween?

As I looked through my stamps, I realized that I had no Halloween stamp sets. That is not really that surprising. I'm not the biggest fan of Halloween. The candy is great, but I tend to get annoyed with the hassle of picking and preparing a costume, whether for myself, or my kids. So anyway, I wanted to make a Halloween card for my sample basket. So what did I do? I got creative, that's what!

I started with a Pumpkin Pie card base (what could be more appropriate?) I stamped swirls around the edges from the Baroque Motif set. Next I punched a bunch of circles and ovals in Pumpkin Pie and layered them together to make just little pumpkins. I drew the jack-o-lantern faces on with marker. I added vines to the tops of the pumpkins with an old corner punch I had hanging around. I attached the pumpkins to a white layer that had been cut with the Top Note die for Big Shot. Next, I added some Garden Green swirls. At this point I was liking the card, but it need something more. So I cut a strip of Garden Green to go across the back of the card, but before I attached it, I spritzed some water on it and crumpled it like crazy. Once it was dry, I attached to the card. It was still missing something... a greeting. I do have the All Holiday set of greetings, so I added the Halloween sentiment and layered that on an oval cut from the crumpled Garden Green card stock.

I hope you are also inspired to make a Halloween creation!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Color Challenge

Today I visited Splitcoaststampers and decided to do today's Color Challenge. I liked the combo so I thought I would give it a try. I used Wild Wasabi, Cajun Craze, and Baja Breeze, along with a neutral of my choice: Whisper White. And the bonus challenge was to use strips for the sentiment. The sentiment is from a set in the Holiday Mini Catalog called Filled with Love. The medallion/flower is from Baroque Motifs. I also used two punches here: Scallop Circle and Eyelet Border. I am just smitten with this card. The color combo is so unlikely but I find it striking. If you would like to see more cards done with this combo, click here for the gallery on Splitcoaststampers.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Northern Hearts Wreath

I was in a stampin' mood today. I also had new stamps to play with, so that's always a good time to stamp! I love the Christmas Collage background stamp that is in the Holiday Mini. Here it is stamped with the Versamark Ink pad on Cherry Cobbler. Cherry Cobbler is one of the new colors in Stampin' Up!'s color line. This color makes me happy. I love it. I even dreamed about it last night, weird, right? I know, but that is how passionate I get over colors. Anyway, I was inspired by a card sample in the Mini Catalog. I didn't have all the products shown in the sample, so I improvised. The blue strip down the side is punched with Eyelet Border in Bashful Blue. The wreath is stamped in a new In Color: Pear Pizzazz. It is stamped twice, the second time I cut the wreath out and distressed it a bit and added two red brads. The whole thing is layered on a Whisper White card.

I love this card, I hope you do too! I did some more stampin' today, so you can expect those to pop up on here in the next few days. Happy Stampin'!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Holiday Fun Card Swap

Hey there! This month our card swap group decided to embrace the holidays. And we could not decide on just one holiday, so we just decided to each decide what holiday we were in the mood to do. So we got a nice selection here. Take a look!

Easter, by Breanna Kenyon
Butterflies, by Nickie Kenyon
Bewitching, by Becca Goodwin
Valentines, by Christine Fouts

Pumpkins, by Michelle Hansen
Thanksgiving, by Lisa Jones
Frankenstein, by DeeAnn Haworth
Merry and Bright, by Michelle Tweedy

Happy Stamping!