Wednesday, October 30, 2013

FINALLY! A newer card!!

Hello Stamping Friends!  

I am still on vacation, but I am showing you a card I made shortly before leaving.  This was for a splitcoaststamper "Hope You Can Cling To" challenge found HERE.  I was inspired by the cake with various shades of pink frosting.  These challenges run throughout October, often feature PINK, and promote breast cancer awareness.  In fact, stampers are encouraged to send their cards to a cancer treatment facility in their area.  I only did one HYCCT challenge, and it was for a friend who just had a new baby girl.   I gave the card to her at the baby shower...and Yes!  The baby girl was kickin' a lot!!

The card base is basic gray.  I used blushing bride pattern paper and rose red to make a large scalloped store "awning" using my Tasteful Trim sizzix die.  The image and sentiment are from My Favorite Things "Baby Bump" set.  I used markers to color the image, and I added a sidewalk to ground this mamma.  A touch of seam binding in pear pizazz adds contrast, and polka dot embossing adds playful texture.

Even this sentiment fit in the word window punch, paired with my modern label punch...perfect!

That's it for vacation-time posts.  No idea when I will post again.  But I do know I have a LOT of Christmas cards to make!  Yikes!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, October 28, 2013

Last of the DTGD...Finally!

Hello, my patient stamping friends!

FINALLY I am posting the last of my DTGD cards.  I wanted to do all of the challenges, but that did not happen.  As a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, I can say "There's always next year!"

The first card is quite clean and simple (CAS)...using just basic gray and sage shadow.  The DSP is retired Nouveau Chic from SU, cut out with the Beautiful Wings Sizzix die in my Big Shot, and embellished with a string of rhinestones.  I added white taffeta ribbon and the word window punch with Teeny Tiny Wishes.

The next card has a touch of whimsy.  I sent this to 2 of my volunteers (husband/wife team) who have not been able to come to the ministry lately because of some life changes.  Just wanted the to know I miss them!  The card is riding hood red, with an embossed layer of ruby red.  The plaid DSP is retired (feels so good to be using this stuff!)  I colored the image from For the Birds with markers, and added some sponging.  Brads add the final touch.

The last card today is a color challenge and DTGD challenge.  The colors are sahara sand, wisteria wonder and blushing bride.  The stamps are SU's By the Seashore, with sentiments from You're a Gem and Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I used blender pens and a LOT of sponging.  The sea shells were actually heat embossed before I colored them, then I cut them out to add dimension.  The embellishments include rhinestones, silver cord, and ruffled ribbon.

Thanks for hanging out with me through all of these old cards!  Hope to get some stamping done when we get back home!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, October 25, 2013

More cards from DTGD

Hello again!

I am almost done with my Dare to Get Dirty challenge cards.  Here it is, 2 months after those challenges were held, and many splitcoaststamper fans are in the midst of other challenges.  Oh well!  The dates of these posts are actually when I am on vacation in ITALY!  I hope next month I can get back into my stamping on a regular basis.

The first card was fun to make, because it involved making my own pattern paper...something I love to do.  It's quick, easy, and adds as much color as you want.  My card base is textured bermuda bay, and the other colors are pool party, baked brown sugar, and calypso coral.  The stamps are from Nature Walk, except the ever-present sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I also used my scallop trim punch and butterfly embosslit, both from SU.  The accessories are bakers twine and a button both in coral.

Here is another card featuring hearts, like my last post.  The colors are 3 new ones from SU:  baked brown sugar, strawberry slush, and pistachio pudding, all of which matched up with a SCS color challenge.  Love the new ruffled ribbon!  Once again I used the CB embossing folder and heart-to-heart punch, plus the regular heart punch.  I also used sponge daubers to color some of the background hearts.  The sentiment is from SU's Perfect Words.

This next card is probably my favorite from all of the DTGD cards  I made this year!  Love this sketch...and so I *must* use it for a Christmas card design!  The colors came from this retired SU DSP Elegant Soiree: Baja breeze, not quite navy, soft suede, crumb cake, and very vanilla.  I will be so sad when I finally use all of this up!  I cut off the lower portion of the striped piece, and used it inside.  Great way to carry on the design.  The image is from Friends Never Fade, colored with markers, using the "thumping" technique.  The sentiment is from Thoughts and Prayers, with a scallop punch and a touch of sponging.  

Always good to have you stop by!  See you again soon...

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Touch of Yellow

Hello everyone!  

2 more projects for the Dare to Get Dirty challenges...and once again, the second project also met a Virtual Stamp Night challenge.

I do not use yellow very often, and use it as a primary focus even less.  But these cards both came about the same weekend!

The first card just features a bunch of hearts, almost in a sunbeam pattern.  I have a plastic container of hearts punched out with my SU Heart-to-Heart punch.  Lots of colors, but I managed to find almost enough in yo-yo yellow.  Fortunately, I had a scrap of the same shade to finish them off.  Eventually, my stash will no longer have some of these retired colors!  The embossing came from a cuttlebug folder, and the polka dot ribbon is from SU.

These next 2 cards are almost identical.  The VSN challenge called us to make a card using a technique in our comfort zone, and one out of our comfort zone.  Well, I enjoy using markers to color images (I don't have fancy ones, so my shading is not impressive)...but I truly struggle with paper piecing.  I LOVE the look of paper piecing, but it is tricky for my hands.  My cards feature the classic SU stamp set Summer by the Sea.  The main colors are marina mist, daffodil delight, and garden green, with a touch of blush blossom and bashful blue.  It is hard to tell, but i used the Cloudy Day embossing folder, and the grass stamp from Inspired by Nature.  The only paper piecing is the girl's hat and dress, where I used pieces from Garden Gala dsp.  I also did some sponging to add dimension...and satin ribbon finishes it off.

Thanks for stopping by...again!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, October 21, 2013

Special Occasions

Hello everyone!  Another quick post with Dare to Get Dirty challenges!  

The first is a very funky (in my opinion) looks like I didn't know when to stop!  I made these non-stamped flowers and sun...hmmm.  Haven't mailed this because I don't know if I like it!  I used one of my sizzix flower dies (blossom builder??) with baja breeze and very-retired DSP from SU.  My other card stock is whisper white and kiwi kiss.  Two ribbons were used...taffeta kiwi kiss and daffodil delight, and flower brads serve as the center of each flower.  I also used my top note die and the circle and word window punches.  This card will either take extra stamps...or get hand delivered.

I like this next card much better...and it was mailed to my oldest brother and his wife.  The card base is early espresso.  The dsp is Nature Walk (I think), and I stamped sentiments from Word Play and Teeny Tiny Wishes on very vanilla.  I distressed the pattern paper, and even sponged the crochet trim and marina mist satin ribbon.  The large pearls were the final touch.  

Finally, here is a unique baby card, inspired by a photograph.  The color combo is different, but this card is for a young couple who have an amazing photography business together (Wright Photographs).  Their website actually uses gray and a yellow similar to this summer starfruit, and the pool party was just different!  The card has chevrons, ruffles and even a bit of polka dots! Kelsey & Blaine have taken photos of many of our clients at Women's Care Clinic (where I work) and Kelsey's mom was our first Nurse Manager.  I was so happy when they announced their baby was on the way...and she is adorable!  It was fun to make this card for them.

Eventually, I will get caught up.  Thanks again for peeking in!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I really like these!

Hello Stamping Friends!

Here are more cards from the Dare to Get Dirty challenges.  If you have not joined the SCS Fan Club, you should!  It's quite a deal!!

The first card features Fanciful Flowers, one of the first stamp sets I bought.  It is a 2-step stamp set, but I used markers to color the lined images (stamped in basic black.)  My colors are peach parfait, regal rose, blushing bride, mellow moss, and always artichoke. The card base is sahara sand, layered with very vanilla.The ribbon and punched out dsp are brocade blue.  The sentiment is from Well Scripted, punched out with the decorative label punch, and highlighted with basic pearls.

This next card is fun and bright and playful, don't you think?  The spotted dsp is from Hobby Lobby (don't know the specific brand.)  I used my Big Shot and scalloped envelope die to make the purse, embellished with a button and taffeta ribbon.  Teeny Tiny Wishes is back, with the duo of punches.  Also from SU's Best Yet, I stamped the other sentiment on a scallop circle, using old olive ink, sponging some tempting turquoise.  The card base is pumpkin pie, layered with daffodil delight and whisper white, embossed with a cuttlebug folder.

Finally for today, this card I made for my mom.  She LOVES blue and brown tones together.  The card base is baja breeze, with very vanilla and Elegant Soiree dsp.  The sentiments are both from Wonderful Mother, stamped in early espresso.  The feather is from Fine Feathers, colored with soft suede and baja breeze markers.  The ink well is early espresso, punched with the ornament stamp, tip end cut off.  I then embossed it with the elegant lines folder.  Circle and scallop circle punches and soft ruffled vanilla ribbon finish it off. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Are you still with me?

So, here comes several posts with cards I made earlier this year...quick posts, I hope!

These 3 cards were for the summer series of challenges on splitcoaststampers, known as Dare to Get Dirty.  I cannot give the details of the challenges, since they are just o-pen to Fan Club members.  I joined the Fan Club several years is very inexpensive, especially considering how often I hang out there!

The first card features new SU designer series paper (DSP) called Birthday Basics.  The card base is raspberry ripple.  The stamp is not SU, but instead Hampton Art's Eat Cheesecake.  I added starfruit dahlias and white grosgrain ribbon.   

My next card features retired SU paper, Love Letters, in basic black, cherry cobbler, and very vanilla.  I used my large scallop circle die, and on that I stamped the ice cream cone from SU's Mouthwatering (using cherry cobbler, blushing bride, and brown sugar markers).  The large sentiment is from long-retired Polka Dot Party.  I also used Teeny Tiny Wishes with the duo of word window and modern label punches.  Cherry Cobbler seam binding is the final detail.

And finally for today, a card with nice fall colors:  summer starfruit, soft suede, and cajun craze.  The main sentiment is from SU's God's Blessings.  Teeny Tiny Wishes and the punch duo shows up again. The dsp is Comfort Cafe.  I used the houndstooth embossing folder, a touch of ribbon, twine, and a button for detailing.

Hope to get some new cards done soon!  Thanks for stopping by!  

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Thursday, October 17, 2013

For Teens and Tweens

Hello again, Stamping Friends!

Today, I am posting 2 more Dare to Get Dirty projects.  The first also met a Virtual Stamp Night challenge for opposites attract.  We were challenged to use the same stamp set to make a feminine AND a masculine card.  I used my SU sets On Your Birthday and Extreme Elements sets.  Making my own designer paper, the girl card features retired bold bright colors (I still have the ink and a little bit of card stock!) of green galore, lovely lilac, and pixie pink.  The gem and ribbon are from a big craft store, but I have no idea what brands.  The boy card features not quite navy, bravo burgundy, and early espresso.  I actually prefer these colors!  Also, I used twine instead of ribbon.  Both cards were made using the ticket corner and decorative label punches.

Next is this one layer card that I made for a teen who had major surgery and an extended hospitalization this summer.  I didn't really care for it, but the DTGD hostess picked it as one of her favorites!  WooHoo!  The card stock is lucky limeade.  The main image is SU's Extreme Guitar embossed in black, and the sentiment is from Delightful Dozen.  I also used Extreme Elements with versamark for a tone-on-tone background. Heavy non-SU black twine, along with a simple circle punch finish it off.

Thanks for hanging out with me again!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Catching Up some more...

Hello again, Stamping Friends!

Here are 3 more Dare to Get Dirty challenge cards.

The first is a Christmas card which I intend to make 11 more of for my neglected Christmas card challenge, since it is pretty clean and simple.  I thought it also met a color challenge, but I was supposed to use midnight muse instead of night of navy.  Oh well!  The cared features my all-time favorite Christmas stamp from Miracle of Christmas, stamped with Versamark, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The white and marina mist layers were cut out with the Big Shot and apothecary framelits.  I used baja breeze and marina mist to sponge around the image.  The sentiment is from SU's Greetings of the Season, stamped in night of navy, and punched out with the decorative label.  A few rhinestones finish it off.

Next is a very clean and simple whisper white and gumball green.  I used the polka dot embossing folder on part of the white.  Polka dots continue in the patterned paper, and the jumbo brad.  The sentiment is from SU's Hello Again, on a small oval popped up with dimensionals.  The leaves are from Day of Gratitude.

The last card is more springy, which means it will sit in my box for next year.  The card base, ribbon, and dsp were actually an old card kit from my stamp club days.  Felt good to use up some retired stuff!  The base is almost amethyst, the ribbon is certainly celery.  I used the leaves die, large flower punch, and boho blossom punch, along with some apricot appeal, certainly celery, and regal rose pattern paper.  I embossed the flowers to add texture, added brads, and a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

It has been good to catch up on posting...thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Blast from the Past

Past stamping projects, that is.

Hello Stamping Friends!  Since I had not posted cards for quite a while on my old blog...and because I want to get this one up and running...I am going to post some cards from earlier this summer.  Hopefully, I will get to some newer cards soon!

The first card is a simple congratulations for a young friend with a new job.  The dsp is from Hobby Lobby, which I used for the arrow and the background behind the sentiment from SU's Word Play.  The card base is rose red, layered with whisper white, embossed with chevrons.  Wisteria wonder baker's twine and rounded corners finish it off.

The next card features lots of retired SU goodies...taken with teal card base and some dsp whose name I have forgotten.  The sentiment is from All Holidays, colored with teal, rust, and espresso markers.  I made a quilt pattern with the dsp, and cut it out with the top note die in my big shot.  A touch of striped ribbon and a wood look button finish it off.  

Finally, a birthday card for one of my many nephews.  Card base is night of navy; the first white layer is embossed using the belleek method.  This involves inking one side of the embossing folder before placing the paper inside.  I used night of navy, but it is hard to tell:  should have re-inked it first!  The embossing folder is divine swirls.  I used SU's The Open Sea to make my own dsp, using real red, night of navy, and bordering blue inks.  The sentiment is from On Your Birthday.  A few brads wrap it up.

That's it for today!  I will be back soon!!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Monday, October 14, 2013

You found me!

Hello Stamping friends!

So glad you found my new stamping address!  I'll be posting soon, so stay tuned!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}