Tuesday, May 29, 2012

DD #4 Challenge Entry

I decided to try out a new challenge blog called Dynamic Duos.  The challenges are simply 2 colors that they have chosen for you to incorporate into a project.  Sounds easy, right?  Why yes, yes it is!!  :)  But how can one project stand out in a variety of entries?  I guess we'll find out.....  :)

My projects are "duplicate-able" in any class....that's always been my way of doing things.  I'm not big on over blinging a project either.  So, here's my blue on blue monochromatic card:

Here is a close up of the bird that I stamped, cut out then glued it to some Bashful Blue CS and then cut out a "shadow" of sorts.  Or, a border....whichever way you look at it.  :)

Also, you'll notice the big flower burst in the background is two tone....that's because I did the "rock and roll" technique.  It's always my go-to technique for monochromatic.  It gives a nice dimension.

I also embossed the edge embossing folder for a place for the bird to sit.  

I used some new products that will be available on June 1st with the new SU! Idea Book and Catalog.  The banner is from Itty Bitty Banners and the rest of the stamped images are from Besty's Blossoms.

Happy Stamping,

Put a Ring On It...

Since I'm the only girl in the house I get to be as girly as I want, but this week's challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments stumped me.  I actually got out every piece of jewelry, hair clip or pin that I could alter and sat with it for 2 days......staring.....

I wanted to make something simple....something that I would wear.  I wanted to make earrings, but I didn't have the plain backings.  So, a ring meant simple, easy and wearable to me.  Here is my "wearable art" for this week:

I got out my wire....the old stuff SU! used to sell back like 4 years ago....and I started bending and twisting and this is how it ended.  A simple bended wire with 2 of our Brights Buttons in Tempting Turquoise.  
I think it's cute, don't know if I would wear it out, but I'm not much a bling girl.  :)  But this will inspire someone I hope....get out your wire and start bending!!

Happy Stamping!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

I Love My Man!!

Join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments as we bring you some masculine energy.  Let's make some manly stuff for the men in our lives.

I had some wood blocks that I had used for a project a couple years back and this one was calling my name when we decided to do a man project.  What's more manly than using a hammer and nails for a project?!  :)
I made pennants on the nails and hammered them into the 2x4.  Then I wrapped the Navy Striped Ribbon around it (gonna miss this!!) then I added all the rest of the elements.

 Here is a different angle to see the pennants and the nails.

Here is a closer view of the nails.

Here is a close up of the new stamp set called Itty Bitty Banners.
I can't wait to get the matching framelits for it.....I had a hard time making a straight cut.  :)


Stamps:  Itty Bitty Banners, Family Reunion, Friendly Phrases and Little Letters (retired)
Colors:  Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquiose, Whisper White
Accessories: 1/2", 3/4" Circle punches, Labels Framelits, Clip, Pewter Brads, Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Nails, 2" x4" Wood Block

Happy Stamping and Hammering!  :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I'm "Resisting" The Retirement

Join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments for a Challenge you just can't Resist.  :-)

There are SO MANY things this year on the retiring lists for Stampin' Up!  I made my project this week using some of my favorite items that won't be coming back in the next catalog.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Satin Ribbon and one of my favorite sets....Flight of the Butterfly.  Oh well, all of my "resistance" to accepting retirement must pass.  I've seen the new catalog and I know you will all be so impressed!!!

Here is a close up of the stamped off butterfly that I punched out with the RETIRING butterfly punch that I seriously JUST bought about one week before SU! announced it's retirement.   Oh well, it's cute and simple.

Here is a close up of this week's technique.

Emboss resist in a nutshell:

1.  Swipe a Embossing buddy over White or Vanilla cardstock
2.  Stamp your image using a Veramark Ink Pad.
3.  Pour Clear Embossing Powder over the stamped image and pour off the excess.
4.  Heat your image with an SU! Heat Tool.
5.  Take a sponge or sponge dauber and dip into a color ink pad and rub the inked sponge over and around the embossed image.  I like to use multiple colors for a more dramatic effect.  See some of my other postings by clicking on the right side under "technique".

Happy Stamping,

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Rainbow You Can Touch

I joined a challenge this week over at Stampin' Celebration.  It's a monthly challenge blog, check it out here. Here is the inspiration photo for the challenge:

Ever dream that you can touch a rainbow?  Somehow I feel that it's soft and fluffy.....like a pattern of lovely ribbon!
Check out this card...it's covered in several different colors and textures.  Super fun and a great way to use up those scraps that you just can't bring yourself to throw away.  :)

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sophisticated Wedding

 Join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments and find the inner class and sophistication in you!

I don't have any weddings to go to in the near future.  You know how they come in waves?  I guess the waves are now calm.  But....now I have a card all ready to go for the next one.

Here is my entry....inspired by a card made by Kimberly VanDiepen a long time ago.  I love her work.  Check out her blog here.

For this card I used the Elegant Trio stencil and pressed the Versamark ink pad into the stencil image, added my silver embossing powder and then heated it to set the embossing powder. 

I spritzed it with Bashful Blue marker and the Spritzer Tool and added the button, the rhinestone and the little banner.

Before the final assembly I took the Cutter Kit and distressed the edges of the Bashful Blue and the Basic Black layers to give it a softer look. 

Sweet, simple, sophisticated.....right?  I think so.  :)

Happy Stamping,