Friday, July 29, 2011

White on White

White on white sounds so easy, doesn't it? It can be challenging to make something that has enough zing power so all of the white elements work together. Thank goodness for embossing machines!

Today's card also serves two purposes. First, it is for the Blogger's Challenge, in which we were challenged to use Embossing this week. The LNS 131 Challenge this week was to make a white-on-white card. My card serves two masters! A tutorial on White-on-White can be found on the Emboss or Die CD

To make this card, I used Stampin' Up's Blossom Petals punch on a sheet I had embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. I punched the petals and arranged the flower on a piece I had embossed using the  with the Designer Textured Frames embossing folder (this is a hidden gem in the new catalog!). I used the Blessings from Heaven stamp set for the greeting. The flowers were colored with White Smooch ink -- and they are heavenly in person. Oh -- I added the punch on the bottom, too -- thought it needed a final touch for balance.

I had a really hard time getting a good photo of this card -- it is so pretty in person, and nothing I did seemed to capture that. I hope you get the idea!

You can join in the Blogger's Challenge below -- just follow the links. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sneak Peek with the Tool Shed

August is upon us and I am thrilled to give you a sneak peek into the August issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. This card uses the Back-to-Back technique from the soon-to-be-released August issue. 

To spice things up a bit with this card, I used the Deconstructed Collage Technique (December 2010 issue) on the tools to give it depth, too. I love this Stampin' Up! Background stamp -- in fact, I love all 4 of the stamps I used on this card.  Look closely for hints about the Technique! Here is a side view:

You are gonna LOVE this issue!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Burnished Doily

This Emboss Resist card (*see note below about this technique) was inspired by a card made by my friend Nancy Hill. Nancy's card (Look at it HERE) uses the SU Medallion stamp -- because Nancy HATES doilies.When stamping with her, I took the position of advocate for the Hello Doily stamp set... This card was the result of me trying to convince Nancy that the doily does have redeeming qualities (it is not just for Grannie's armrest anymore!). Nancy ALMOST likes this card; in her words "I would really like that if only it didn't have the doily on it..." Our aesthetic disagreement will most likely continue...

Nancy lives in California. I live in Connecticut. Nancy comes here for 6 weeks every summer. she looked me up 3 years ago -- and every year since, we have come to appreciate each other more and more. It is rare to find beautiful people in this world; Nancy is one of them. I am proud to call her my friend.

Plus...she makes me laugh. That alone is priceless!!

*About the Emboss Resist Technique: I have a tutorial already done showing how to use it. I had planned on posting it on my blog here -- but have not posted it because I think most people know how to do this. If you would like to see this tutorial posted, please leave me a comment and I will get it online within the week :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

More Daring Adventure

With my recent SU purchase (um, it was rather significant), I decided that I would not rest until I had used each stamp set at least THREE times...which is why I seem to be posting the same stamp sets every day LOL! This is the second card that I made from the Daring Adventure set. 

My card uses the Wisped Frames Technique from the February 2010 of the Technique Junkie Newsletter on the main image. I also used the Curled Corner Technique from the February 2011 issue of the Newsletter. The background papers I used for matting uses the Well Worn Designer Paper pack.

I hope you are not bored from me posting from the same sets...because there are more to come!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cherish Glitter Roll

I love this little bowl of cherries. It is so sweet! The stamp is from the Cherish Friendship set from Stampin' Up. I colored it with pastels and a blender pen.The hanging tag with the word "enjoy" is from the You're a Gem Set.

To create the Lace Punch border behind the front panel, I used the Glitter Roll Technique from the June 2011 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I wish you could see the pretty glittery shimmer it has IRL!   All of that was layered on a Herringbone embossed background before being matted.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Father's Day...a little late

I started a post a few weeks ago (um, maybe it was a month ago- yikes!) with this Father's Day card that I sent to my dad. Somehow it got lost in the shuffle! I hope it will inspire you for what looks like, rather than the sentiment itself.

The card uses the Non-Stick Color Technique from the June 2011 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. The cool fishing line stamp is from I Brake for Stamps (make sure to look on the sidebar to see the discount from IB4S when you order!!).

Happy Father's Day (better late than never, right?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Herringbone Kittens

Yes, you read that right. Kittens. If you know me, you know that I am not a cat fan (Dogs Rule!). I was in a swap a couple of months ago and I had made this card to represent the letter K. If you look closely you can see that the brads letters spelling  "Kittens" on them.  

The card uses the Herringbone Technique from the December 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. The stamps are from Rare Image Rubber Stamps and are available through I Brake for Stamps.  The brads with the letters have been in my stash for at least 6 - 7 years...I have no clue who made them!

The designer paper is from Basic Grey and all the solid Paper is from Paper Temptress. Enjoy your Saturday!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Blogger's Challenge - Summertime

Sloppy, Juicy Lollipops. Summertime fare, right? Well, today's Blogger's Challenge was to create a card representing summer. These lollipops, paired with the bright Stampin' Up paper (long since retired) just screamed summer to me.

The Pink Paislee stamps used here were layered on pieces using the Faux Stitching Technique from the April 2006 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I covered each of the lollys with a coating of crystal effects to make them look more realistic. The only thing missing is the color they leave on your tongue when you lick them!!
You can join in the Summertime Blogger's Challenge, too! Simply make your card and post it using the links below.  Have fun!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Daring Adventure - Torn Frames

I was in heaven when I first saw the Daring Adventure set from Stampin' Up!. As the mother of 2 teenage boys, I always find it difficult to stamp cards for them that they think will be cool. This set definitely has that cool factor! 

My card uses the Daring Adventure set with SU's Well Worn Paper pack, and Vintage Brads. The front panel has a Torn Frame  from the December 2008 Technique Junkie Newsletter.

I think I captured that teenage-boy X factor. What do you think?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Doily Delight

Warning! This card does not use a technique from the newsletter...but I hope you will appreciate it in any case!  The closest it comes is the Deconstructed Collage Technique from the December 2010 issue of the TJ let's say it is that :)

This Doily from Stampin' Up! just begged to be deconstructed and popped. I added SU's lace punch to the top, too, and used one of the new colors (Wisteria) which is gorgeous with the Concord Crush cardstock. If you like this card as is, believe me, it is 100 times prettier in person!  Here is a side view:

I was fortunate to stamp with some great stampers last week -- my dear friend Nancy Hill -- who has an infectious laugh and a wicked sense of humor -- and Rhonda Sands, who I have known online but just had the great fortune to meet. The two of them, along with their friends Lois and Donna, liked this card so much that they each made one before we left.  Oh, I should amend that -- Nancy did NOT make one. She HATES doilies. She did admit, though, that she almost likes this card -- if only it didn't have the doily on it! (You might want to click on Nancy's name to read about the first day we spent together stamping - she is a rascal!)

Have a great day, and take some time to laugh today!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sunflower Vintage Art

My Word! Where has the month gone? I have not posted for almost three weeks. Life has been crazy-busy for me personally, so things just fell off my plate.  I didn't stamp for three weeks straight -- and after I convinced myself that I still remembered HOW, I went on a stamping that is not over by any means!

Stampin' Up! just came out with a new catalog (although I am certain that most of you know that!) and I "pigged out" on buying SU stamp sets.  This one, Sunflower, caught my eye right away because of it's vintage feel.  I thought it was perfect to pair up with the Vintage Art Technique from the June 2011 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I hope you like it!

Strap in, my blogging friends...I have much to share with you over the next few weeks!