Friday, September 28, 2007

Elegant Flowers

This card was inspired by this Wednesday's sketch challenge on SCS. I chose Brilliant Blue for the base of this card in the normal A2 size, 4.25x5.5, the only difference being that this card opens on the left 4.25 side for a bit of change! The next layer is Rose Red and I stamped it with the Crosshatch (retired) background in Rose Red Classic ink for an added look of texture. On top of the Rose Red layer I laid a strip of Brilliant Blue and layered on that a wide strip of Black wide Organdy ribbon. This looks way prettier IRL than it reflects in the photo! Next is the Always Artichoke layer, which was stamped with the same flowers that are on the front of the card using Versamark. The next layer is Elegant Eggplant (isn't this just the most beautiful color?!) and then on top of that is Whisper White on which I stamped the flowers from the Close as a Memory set, using the markers directly to stamp method. I colored the flowers with Elegant Eggplant and the stems with Always Artichoke then used the ticket corner punch to finish it off! I added the sentiment from Happy Harmony (2007 SAB set) on a circle of Whisper White layering it on circles of Rose Red and Always Artichoke. It turned out so pretty and I hope to use this sketch again, it made for a very nice card!
Thanks as always for looking!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

New Fur Children Pictures!

This is Shelby with the red collar, a stray I picked up a year ago July who delivered 10 puppies 2 weeks later! That's a whole other story for another time. The one on the right is one of Shelby's babies, the only one of the pups that I kept, his name is Rodney (named after my little brother) and he is my little angel , I say that figuratively as he weighs about 75 pounds! Seriously though he is the sweetest thing, when he isn't busy destroying something, after all he is still a puppy! I guess when you help bring something into the world like I did him you can't help but be extra attached. In this photo, he's been bothering his Mom and she's gotten tired of it and is putting him in his place. They still have a mother/son bond after more than a year, I find that interesting as normally experts will tell you they don't retain that relationship.

I took these photos this past Saturday. When I get the camera out the pups usually have one of a couple of reactions. They either will not back up a enough to get a good picture, they want to actually stick their noses on the lens. The other is they hide!! In these Rodney is doing pretty good, he is actually trying to act like he doesn't know I'm even there!!

Here his resolve is beginning to diminish, as you can see him starting to cut his eyes in my direction trying to figure out what I might be doing all the time without actually letting me know that he is even interested.

In this one he has lost the battle, he can ignore me no longer. He looks as if to say, Mom that's enough, put the camera up!!!

I've got more photo's of the other dogs for you to meet, I'll post those another day. I don't want to overwhelm you all at once. That's alot of beauty to take in all at once!!! LOL

Elephant Walk

Yesterday was the Tuesday color challenge on SCS and this card is my attempt with the colors chosen for this week, Old Olive, More Mustard, Bashful Blue. I really love this set and miss that it's not in the current stamp line!
Okay on with the ingredients for this card - the card base is More Mustard the strip at the bottom is Old Olive and it has been stamped with one of the background stamps from the Looks Like Spring set. The Elephant is stamped on Confetti Cream card stock with Chocolate Chip classic ink, this is nested on Old Olive cs and then on Bashful Blue cs. I used two sizes of the circle punches and layered Bashful Blue and Old Olive then cut them in half I used half on each side of the card and added brads to each side. The sentiment at the bottom is from the retired hostess set Warmest Regards (This was a wonderful sentiment set) and is stamped on nested Bashful Blue and Old Mustard cs with a couple of brads added.
If you haven't tried your hand at these color challenges you should, it really makes you step out of your color comfort zones and stretch your creative muscles to design a card!
Thanks for looking and as always yell if you see anything you need to have for your very own! To get a look at the entire Stampin Up! line click here!

New Doggie pictures

I've had several of you ask when I was going to post more doggie pictures......well the pups and I had a photo shoot (LOL) this past weekend, they were all pushing for their time in the spotlight and I got some cute ones (just kidding on that, some of them are afraid of the camera and hide).....I hope to download those this evening and get them ready for posting. So maybe within the next day or so I will be posting a few. Thanks for asking!! I love to show off my babies!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Snowflake Spot

I thought today I would share with you a card that I made for a demo swap that I'm a part of with our extended local group. This is a new thing for this group, we will be swapping on a quarterly basis and should get some great ideas for classes from these!! Each quarter will have a theme and this one was Christmas/Holiday.

I just got my new scallop punch and could resist using it for this swap. One of the snowflake stamps from the Snowflake Spot set worked perfectly to mat on to the scallop punch. I used a card base of Night of Navy and matted on top of that a wavy strip of Brocade Blue. I used the CM decorative trimmer on this, it is great for making uniform swell or wavy cuts. The Brocade Blue strip has been stamped with the smallest snowflake from this set in versamark and then a a knotted strip of Night of Night grosgrain ribbon was applied. I stamped Cheer in Night of Navy on the Brocade Blue wavy strip. The scallops were cute from Bordering Blue and then layered with two circle punches in Brocade Blue and one Night of Navy. The medium snowflake was stamped on Shimmery White (this is the most beautiful paper in the world if you ask me!!!) and Dazzling Diamonds was added to the snowflakes using the two way glue stick (great stuff).

Very fun card to make and so easy! Give me a yell if you want to learn to make this card yourself or need any of the products listed here for your VERY OWN!!!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Lovely as a Tree - Bouncing Brayer

Only Orange, Old Olive, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip. Accessories - corner rounder, Earth Elements Eyelets and Chocolate Chip Classic ink pad. Sentiments from the Three for You set.
Really Rust, Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad. Accessories - Chocolate Chip grosgrain and Many Holidays.

Only Orange, Old Olive, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad and Earth Elements Eyelets. Used the CAD and the ticket corner punch

Really Rust, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip Classic Pad, Warm Regards.
Long time no see!! Here are the last of the cards I made up with the bouncing brayer technique that I tried back at the end of August. I had made the backgrounds at that time and stamped the Lovely as a Tree images but had made them into cards until last night! I thought this turned out very nicely and seem very elegant. I can think of lots of people who might enjoy these cards, both man or woman!
Thanks for looking everyone, I'll try to do better posting more regularly so don't give up on me!!