June 30, 2012

Anniversary Rush

Hi there! It's been a while since my last post as I was having major 'blogger' issues that wouldn't let me post anything. Aggrrrr. I absolutely LOVE my PC but honestly, I  know NOTHING about the inner workings of this wonderful object I call my laptop. Thank goodness for wonderful  techy gal pals that always seem to get me through. So after a long evening of clicking around -Google, Google Chrome, Blogger with the help of a few glasses of wine....  my BFF saved the day. I was there for moral support only...8-)  
So I'm doing a short post of this card mainly to see if we succeeded! 
I was asked at work on Monday to make an Anniversary card for one of the engineers that he needed on TUESDAY!  ... Nothing like last minute, right?  Sure hope he liked it. (Since it is now Saturday I can say the wife loved it). Whew!
It's hard to see but the 5th Ave EF was touched with glue and glitter is added. I put a small calander with a heart on the date..nothing like the last minute for the request buddy! The "K" is for the last name. One in a Million, Fabulous Florets, Fifth Ave. Floral EF, A Word for You, Loving Thoughts, Clockworks,Occassional Quotes, Inspired by Nature were used. The BG music EF is non SU. 
Well that's it and I'm crossing my fingers when I hit "publish"... I'm back in business. 

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June 17, 2012

Serene Comfort - FMS #39 challenge by Jen

Well two posts in one day! Let me explain. I made this card the other day and just realized I didn't post it for the sketch challenge at "Freshly Made Sketches"! Oh my goodness.

Here is the sketch

 and here is my card.
It needs little explanation other than I tried to use some NEW things such as Summer Starfruit and Midnight Muse card stock with the New "Comfort Cafe" DSP... love that stuff and it does all the work for this card.
 I also used the NEW stamp set "Serene Silhouettes" and "Blooming with Kindness".
 I LOVE them both too!
I stamped my image in suede and just took a midnight muse marker colored over the birds with it. The coverage worked fine and it was much easier to do.  
The sentiment is from the NEW "Blooming with Kindness" stamped in midnight muse ink.
I tucked a few branches from the bird builder punch behind the little "hi".
Here's a peek at the inside.
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100th Challenge Celebration at The Paper Players

Wow! I was so excited this enjoying my coffee when I discovered....  It's the 100th Challenge celebration at The Paper Players; can you believe it? This is one of my favorite sites to visit because it was one of my first 'challenge' blogs to follow faithfully. I love all the designers and their inspiration is topped only by the friendliness of their comments.

I am going to choose sketch #3 as my starting point and here it is.
I like this sketch because it allows you to showcase some of the fabulous LARGE stamps, and the catty has a few I love, including the ones in "Blooming with Kindness". Here is my card.
I started with a base of Calypso Coral card stock folded into an A2 card. I added a strip of Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB) to the bottom. Then I layered another piece of the DSP on matted to basic black card stock. I know the DSP is from the SAB mini, but I the old IN colors are still current, and LOVED that DSP. 
I just love the large blossom in this set and I stamped it in Calypso Coral on WW cut with the large scallop circle die. I sponged the edges in the same ink, and added a large pearl to the center and popped up with dimesionals.
I die cut the sizzix large swirl in pool party and tucked over and under the focal piece.
The small sentiment was stamped on WW and punch with the scallop circle punch. These edges were also sponged in calypso ink and layered on a basic black piece die cut with one of the middle sized Floral Frame framelits, also added with a few dimesionals. 
A few Itty Bitty blooms with pearl centers and a tiny rhinestone complete the front.
  Here's a peek at the inside with elements from the front.
Well I'm off tomorrow morning to visit my grandchildren for a whole week! Can't wait to see them but I'll be whooped when I get home!
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June 14, 2012

Table Favor Treats

Just a quick post to show you the cute treat "surprise" boxes I made as table favors for my last class. They were so easy to make and I just followed the tutorial from Dawn Griffith at Dawn's Stamping Studio.  She has so many great ideas.
Here's my boxes:

Aren't they the cutest! AND they hold a lot! You can actually get 4 Reese's in them, however, I did not know that until they were finished (last minute) so they each got 2 and the bottom was filled with shredded basket material.
Each place setting had a matching bookmark attached to a small cello bag with strips of colored vellum for them to take home and punch butterflies, flowers, etc. The cello bag looks flat, but there is about 20 different vellum colors, but it doesn't look it in the photos, so you'll have to trust me.  
I also give them a paper bag to put their finished cards in, along with any SU flyer or tutorials I prepared for them.
Each box gets a belly band to cover the center where the two sides come together.
The flower on top was make from the Fun Flowers die, and this was a great way to use up some of my retired card stock and papers. This box is very generous in size and could hold a candle, a small jelly jar, and many other little gifts. So go watch Dawn's video and give it a try... it really is a snap. Thanks for the inspiration Dawn!

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June 8, 2012

RED White & BLUE for the PPA 136 challenge

Hi everyone. Just returned from working in Mexico and glad to be home. I was still able to peek at few blogs during lunch and noticed the PPA was having a new color challenge. So this post is for the  Pals Paper Arts Color challenge 136...the colors are Real Red, Night of Navy and Whisper White.
 I just made this card before I left on my trip and think it will work just fine for the challenge. Such great colors and they make me feel like the Fourth of July! Here's my card.
Then sentiment is from Perfectly Penned, then I scored the card base at random angles.
The embellishment was made from the packing paper that comes in my many boxes of Stampin' UP supplies! I really like how it turned out so... This may become a habit. I stamped the paper with stars and stripes, then assembled the center with a brad. I also cut the sprial from a cardboard tablet back and used a few glue dots to attach to the card front.
Here's a peak at the inside... this photo is rather blurry but you get the idea...right?
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June 2, 2012

My FIRST MDS print project- Grandkids 2011

Hi there.
Seems I'm having trouble keeping up my blog posts lately and feel like I just can't catch up. I'm off to visit my grandchildren in a few weeks and needed to take my annual scrapbook gift. However, I didn't even have it completed... until today!
I've been busy, busy, busy at work and also must travel out of the country all next week so I was in scramble mode all day.  I did manage to finish and thought I'd take a few photos to share with you.
 As most of you know I started as a scrapbooker and annually I made a scrapbook for EACH of my grandkids.  I have to admit as each child came along it was more and more difficult to do layouts without the others in the background, so I began to combine them into ONE. Now that are three little angels, the photos have become more and more sparse as well coming from my sweet daughter. However... even with that excuse, I have been SO far behind since stamping has taken over my world, that I had to do some scrambling this year. Thank goodness for the MDS software purchase I made last year. What a time saver.
Here's what I ended up with.
I added CS for the Cover and covered that with retired DSP. These photos look rather blah, but I assure you it's much more bright & cheery in person. I embellished it a bit some wide-stripped and polka-dot ribbon, then added a few Fun Flowers die blossoms with glitter brad centers.
Here's a few close ups of my flowers and the year.
They usually get the scrapbooks for Christmas! Yes it does say 2011... I told you I was behind!

This was my first experience trying the SU printing for my MDS project. I ordered regular printing and stacked them back to back, then took them to Kinko's and had the edges bound. Then I used Tom Bow glue (dot dot dot) in the corners and along the edge to bind the blank pages together. Now when they turn the pages it will read like a regular scrapbook. Worked out perfectly. Here is a few samples of the 40 pages in no particular order.
This is the first page of my sweet family... Dena, Doug, Hannah, Becca & Brian.
Skating competition.
Easter Egg Hunt
Brian's train for mastering the potty. He struggled doing his business: it's a poop poop toot toot!
Summer visit to Michigan to see Gramma and Papa.
Trip to Uncle Larry's cottage.... fun on the lake
Driving the boat back to make our bonfire and roast marshmallows.
Thanks for taking a peek..... I hope they like it, even though it's digital this time.

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