Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Happy Camper!

Two posts in one day is soooooo unlike me but I wanted to get this one entered before the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Summer ended!  Plus my boss had requested an anniversary card and I always like to give my "customers" at least two choices:)

I'm really interested to see which card he picks.  I thought this one was especially appropriate as he and his wife just upgraded to the biggest fifth wheel I've ever seen - I'm not joking when I say it's probably similar in square footage to my house!  LOL!

I fell in love with this Impression Obsession stamp as it reminds me of the sweet little camper I first started camping in as a little girl (even the white and aqua color combo!).  You know, back in the dark ages before campers came equipped with flat screen TV's and fireplaces and when the bed you slept on also functioned as the kitchen table:)

I embossed the image then water colored it with a combination of Ranger distress ink and Stampin' Up ink.  I popped up the awning for a little dimension and added some silver brads for hubcaps.  Had to computer generate the sentiment.
Other Supplies Used: Stampin' Up coastal cabana cs and twine, Echo Park dotted pp, Mama Elephant clearly creative cuts dies, My Favorite Things banner die

Thanks for taking a peek and for all your lovely comments!

You Float My Boat:)

The current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is Summer!  Here in the Finger Lakes in upstate NY thoughts of summer definitely conjure up images of time spent on or near the water:

Pardon the pun, but I used boatloads of product on this scene:)  The boat, seagulls, sentiment and heart images are from a sweet little Lawn Fawn set called "Float My Boat".  Cloud die is Papertrey ink while the sun die is Impression Obsession.  The waves were die cut from Stampin' Up island indigo cs using a wave die from The Stamps of Life Sandal die set.  I can't overstate how much I love my new Mama Elephant stitched and scalloped rectangle dies that are part of the Index Cards - Creative Cuts die set!  I was able to score them on a recent trip to my favie independent stamping store in Buffalo, NY called Buffalo Stamps And Stuff :)  
Other Supplies Used:  Papertrey ink white cs, Stampin' Up pool party, soft suede and so saffron cs and island indigo pp, Cuttlebug Hugs & Kisses embossing folder, My Favorite Things banner die

Love when a card turns out just like I envisioned it:)  Got an idea for another summer-related scene - gonna try to get it done today before the challenge closes!  I hope everyone's enjoying these last days of summer - here's a pic of a favorite way my hubby and I like to enjoy a warm summer sunset:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Do You Believe in Magic?

Happy Sunday!  Managed to squeeze some crafty time in and was inspired to play along with the current CASology challenge #108:

We've had some cooler temps the past few days and my thoughts are turning towards Fall and its associated holidays.  I definitely associate magic with Halloween icons and pulled out a Stampin' Up set called Googly Ghouls to create my card:

My talented blogging buddy Greta had recently sent me some Papertrey ink die cuts (Thanks again Greta!) and they were sitting on my desk - in a flash I knew how I wanted to design my card:)  Greta had cut the dies from white cs so I simply used a brayer and some black ink to color the frame.  Because this is a CAS challenge I resisted popping up this layer on the card base, using googly eyes (put glossy accents on the ghouls' eyes instead!) and using sequins (I used recessed die cut stars).  I also added texture to the card base by embossing a Mama Elephant stitched rectangle. 
Other Supplies Used:  sentiment (Hero Arts), baker's twine (Doodlebug Designs), star die (Impression Obsession), white cs (Papertrey ink)

Thanks for the kind comments!  I'm woefully behind on visiting everyone's blogs and hope to remedy that this week:)

Friday, August 8, 2014

SSS: Make it Sparkle!

I was so happy to see that one of my blogging buddies Joy was last week's challenge winner at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!  This week's challenge is Make it Sparkle!  I'm sharing another card I made using the kit materials from a recent Stampin' Up workshop I attended:

Instead of making a pocket to hold a gift card, etc. per the workshop instructions I decided to make a birthday card instead.  I don't think I would have thought to put these two colors together (rich razzleberry and soft sky) but this combination is really growing on me!  The sentiment is from the new SU set called Age Awareness and the fun, dotty pp is from the Sweet Taffy collection. Some scored lines were made on the bottom strip of SU rich razzleberry cs using a Martha Stewart score board.  And I added some sparkle with the addition of the banner die cut from SU silver glimmer paper and the silver sequins.
Other Supplies Used:  SU rich razzleberry ink, SU soft sky pp and cs, Martha Stewart score board, sequins and bakers twine from stash

Have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Simon Says Stamp (Already!)

Ack!  I can't believe it's the first week of August already AND that it's been a month since I last posted!  I hope everyone's been enjoying their summer - and their stamps!  LOL!  I noticed the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is "Anything Goes" and decided it would be a good opportunity to share a few cards I made at a recent Stampin' Up workshop.  At the workshop we used one of the new designer series papers called Sweet Taffy- love the color combinations in this collection!

One of the projects was a birthday gift bag and since I have more of a need for birthday cards I took the kit materials home and used them to "CASE" this fun card from Betsy Veldman.  And here is my card:

Supplies Used:  SU stamp set Big News (sentiment) and Dotty Angles border stamp, SU Sweet Taffy dsp and melon mambo, tempting turquoise and daffodil delight cs, SU daffodil delight, old olive and tempting turquoise ink, SU daffodil delight seam binding ribbon, SU flower punch, Papertrey Ink Ruby Rose stamps and dies, Doodlebug baker's twine, WR Memory Keepers corner rounder, Eyelet Outlet white enamel dot, Making Memories white eyelet, Martha Stewart border punch

I closely followed the workshop design for the next birthday card adding a panel of SU textured Bermuda Bay cs behind the dsp and stamped panels for more contrast and a googly eye:)

Supplies Used:  SU Zoo Babies and Just Sayin' stamps sets, SU Word Bubbles Framelits Dies, SU whisper white, pumpkin pie, bermuda bay and smoky slate ink and cs, Sweet Taffy dsp, SU smoky slate chevron ribbon

Thanks ever so much for your encouraging comments!!!