Friday, July 30, 2010

Come to Bethlehem!

I signed up for a Christmas in July swap where we are only supposed to use the new Christmas sets.  I signed up excitedly for two spots, thinking it would be easy.  The trick is that it's a One Layer Card swap!  It sounded simple, but it's much harder than I thought it would be to come up with a nice card that only has one layer (that layer being the card base!).

So for this card, I CASEd this card by Allee.  She used some layers, but I adapted it to be just the card base!

I used masking, brayering and sponging for this card.  I stamped the images from Come to Bethlehem in VersaMark on the Whisper White card, then embossed with silver embossing powder.  Then I tore some scrap paper to have a curved edge and used it to cover the bottom portion of the card.  I then brayered Marina Mist ink across the top portion.  After that, I moved the mask down a bit and sponged some Sahara Sand ink across the top.  I kept moving the paper down and sponging more ink to give a sand dune effect.  Finally, to finish off the card, I tied some Whisper White organdy ribbon around it.

I'm pretty happy with how this card turned out.  Hopefully the ladies in the swap will like it too!

Blessings to you,

Sunday, July 25, 2010

July Scrapbook Club Layout

It's our final Scrapbook Club meeting of the year.  What a fun group of ladies this group is!  I'm so glad many of them are returning again in the fall!

For our final layout, we'll be making these kids' birthday pages.  I was very excited to see the Celebrations collection in the new Idea Book & Catalogue, so I went to town ordering the designer series paper, buttons, stamp set, anything I could get in these colours (Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red)!

Here`s the recipe:
Stamps:Party This Way
Paper: Celebrations designer series paper, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz
Embellishments: Candles Builder Wheel, Brights buttons, Bashful Blue 1/4" grosgrain, Naturallly Serif decorative strip die with Big Shot

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings to you,

Friday, July 16, 2010

Ooh Baby!

This is a card I CASEd from Christy Harsch.  I love the simplicity.  It uses the Baby Bundle stamp set - stamped the little images in Basic Black.  Then I used sponge daubers to add dots of ink over the stamped images (Melon Mambo, Marina Mist, Certainly Celery and Daffodil Delight).  To finish off, I tied some Celery satin ribbon around the card and added a layered piece with the sentiment.

Super quick and easy!  My favourite kind of card!

On a personal note, we got the move-in date for our house, finally!  On August 24, we will officially have our new house!  I will be so happy to be out of this apartment!  So now I'm going to get to work planning my New Catalogue Open House (better late than never!).

Blessings to you,

Sunday, July 11, 2010

July Stamp Club Cards

I am thrilled to have enough ladies in my Stamp Clubs that we can meet over the summer, although this is the last meeting for my Monday night club. I've had a great year with these ladies!  I'll be showcasing lots of our new catalogue products and colours at this month's clubs.

This first card uses a combination of techniques - I learned it from a very talented lady, Lynne Scratch.  It combines the bouncing brayer and dazzling diamond dust techniques, along with embossing with the Big Shot.

I used the Manhattan Flowers embossing folder to make the flowers in Whisper White, then used two brayers to apply Marina Mist and Elegant Eggplant ink randomly on the flowers.  Then I cut around the edges of the flowers, applied VersaMark to the whole piece and heat embossed it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. 

To finish off the card, I adhered the flower piece to a Marina Mist (LOVE this colour!) card base, wrapped some Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta ribbon around it and added a sentiment.

This second card is one I made for my sister-in-law, Wendy's, workshop this afternoon, but I thought it would be a great Stamp Club card because it uses all the new In Colors!

I used the new Level 1 hostess set Because I Care with my In Color Stampin' Write markers.  I coloured the different colours on the flower part of the stamp and Pear Pizzazz on the stem and leaf before stamping on Whisper White.  I then sprayed this piece with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz to give it a soft, shimmery look.

To finish off, I matted the flower piece on some Pear Pizzazz and Concord Crush cardstock, wrapped some Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain around it and adhered it to the Blushing Bride card base.  The sentiment is stamped in Blushing Bride and Concord Crush.

The final card is a Gate Fold card that I made using the new Greenhouse Gala designer series paper.  I pulled the colours from the paper - Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso.  The stamp set is Awash With Flowers.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow and Tuesday night Stamp Clubs!  Thanks for reading!

Blessings to you,

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Greenhouse Gala Butterfly

This is a card I made for a swap I'm in with my upline's group.  We had to use new catalogue items.  I can't wait to see what the other ladies came up with!
It's pretty straight-forward!  Here's the recipe:

Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Paper: Greenhouse Gala dsp; Early Espresso, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight cardstock
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Punches (Eyelet border, Modern Label, Word Window), Big Shot Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, crimper, Vintage brads, Early Espresso 1/8" taffeta ribbon

I ran the Daffodil cardstock through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, then rubbed the Early Espresso ink pad over it.  I also sponged Espresso ink around the butterfly wings.  For the Whisper White layer, I punched it with the Eyelet border punch, then ran it through the paper crimper.

Thanks for reading today!

Blessings to you,