Monday, October 20, 2014

Something with a Twist

As I started creating this card..... it took A LOT of time to get to this point.  Which, I am very pleased how it turned out.

I had originally thought just to use the flowers in a straight line with a sentiment on the top.  Easy.... and not a lot of though to the design.  As I was punching out the flowers, they reminded me of the flowers in Hawaii....and the coconut drinks that they have there. (My mind is constantly thinking of Hawaii.... we love it there!)

Anyway, back to my thought process, as I was using the Big Shot (to make the top portion of the Early Espresso cardstock curved and using the Woodgrain TIEF), I decided that the sentiment should go on the bottom rather than the top.  I used the 'Something to Say' heart stamp to create the leaf.

In creating the "straw" I used the 'Bloom with Hope' stem stamp and just drew in the oval for the top of the straw.  Cool - huh!

I finished the flowers up by adding Dazzling Details to the center of each flower!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Something to Say, Bloom with Hope, Itty Bitty Banners
Paper - Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink - Early Espresso, Tangelo Twist, Pear Pizzazz, Pistachio Pudding, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake
Accessories - Blender Pen, Big Shot, Woodgrain TIEF, Ovals Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch, glue dots, Dazzling Details, Bitty Banners Framelits

Autumn Love

 

I get inspiration from many things: color combinations, sketch challenges, many other talented demo's cards and also through perusing the card aisle at the store.  This is one such card from looking through cards at the store..... although, I did change a few words to suit my needs.  The design is my own....yet the colors, too, were from the card I saw.

I designed the card using my software from Stampin' Up!, My Digital Studio.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Background - Old Olive
Stamp Brush Sets - Autumn Harvest (branches - Old Olive); Anchors Away (border strip - Very Vanilla); So Happy For You (hearts - Very Vanilla)
Punch - Square (filled w/ Very Vanilla or textured Very Vanilla)
Font - AltastGreeting (Very Vanilla)


Friday, October 3, 2014

Festive Wishes

I saw a similar card using leaf framelits, so I thought I'd try it with my Festive Flurry Framelits.  I love how easy this card was to put together.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Endless Wishes
Paper - Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink - Soft Sky, Night of Navy
Accessories - Festive Flurry Framelits, Snow Burst TIEF, Big Shot, dimensionals

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gram - MDSM84

 

At first, when I saw the challenge on the MDS Monday Blog this week.... I thought I didn't have any "vintage" photos, so I couldn't participate in the challenge.  Well, I got to looking around.... and I saw a photo that my Aunt posted of my Grandma (her Mother) on her facebook page from way back before Gram was married.  Whoo-hoo! I have a photo!  I'm so happy to have this photo now on a scrapbook page -- I miss my Grandma.  She was 21 in this photo.

You may view challenge and all the pages created with it on thier blog here:

I decided to stick with the colors Very Vanilla and Soft Suede.....even recoloring some of the embellishments from Vanilla to Suede.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Background paper - Very Vanilla
Embellishments - Designer Rosettes (Very Vanilla recolored Soft Suede); Stitching (zigzag -Very Vanilla recolored Soft Suede); Soft Blooms (Very Vanilla recolored Soft Suede); Timeless Taffeta Trimmings (Soft Suede); Basic Pearls
Stamp Brush Set - Vintage Overlays (Soft Suede)
Punch - Square (Soft Suede DSP)
Font - England (Soft Suede)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wondrous Garland

When I saw Sharon Cheng's (poster CCC) garland card on SCS (Splitcoaststampers), I thought I'd take it a bit further with placing the garland on a wooden banister.  It reminds me of my parents house and the garland that we have going down the stairs.  Thanks Sharon for your inspiration.

If you'd like to view her card, click here:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2559979?&cat=25548

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Wondrous Wreath, Good Greetings, Hardwood
Paper - Cherry Cobbler, Mellow Moss, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Mellow Moss, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso
Accessories - Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Big Shot

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lovely Greetings

 
I saw this Christmas card (on the right) on Pinterest, and fell in love with the colors.  Thanks Cindy for your inspiration!  

On my card (on the left), I did not have Crumb Cake ribbon, so I used Soft Suede for the focal piece and the ribbon.  A bit darker, but I love the results!

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Lovely As A Tree, Good Greetings
Paper - Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink - Early Espresso, Versamark
Accessories - Heat Gun, White Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Big Shot, Northern Flurry TIEF, glue dots, Taffeta Ribbon (Soft Suede)

Good Wishes


I saw this card (on the right) on Splitcoaststampers (from poster - LateBlossom - Susan Raihala), and thought I'd try to recreate a card with the stamps that I had (my card is on the left).  Thanks Susan for your inspiration!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Good Greetings, Endless Wishes
Paper - Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink - Marina Mist, Night of Navy
Accessories - Basic Rhinestones

Fabulous Wings

A card created for a Fabulous friend on her birthday! She loves butterflies (as they remind her of her Mom), so I incorporated that into my design.

It looked a bit plain, but after adding the rhinestones..... the card really turned out cheerfully fun and cute!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Million & One
Paper - Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Black Staz-on
Accessories - Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Basic Rhinestones, Black Twine (non-SU)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tulips - MDSM83


The MDS Monday has another sketch challenge -- along with a Technique Challenge this week (MDSM83).  This one incorporates "texting on a path" using the freeform tool.  You may view the challenge, all the pages created with the challenge AND videos on how to create a text on a path here:

I had a bit of trouble with my text on the corners -- the text overlapped where it had the 90 degree turn -- but I was able to place some spaces in to get the words to lay as I wanted them to. =)

I used the Watercolor Winter DSP behind the photos, but felt that the original color was just a bit too dark for what I wanted.  So, placing the DSP inside a photo box, I was able to re-color it a different shade of blue -- thus making it softer than the original color. Yay!

This page was from our trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in April 2014.  Since moving here (12 years ago), we had always wanted to see the many tulip fields.  It was so amazing to see all the many different varieties and the colors. I {heart} tulips!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background paper - Whisper White
Photo Box - Square (Watercolor Winter DSP #9 - recolored Brocade Blue)
Stamp Brush Set - Glimmer Kit (stripes overlay - Baja Breeze)
Fonts - CK Cutie and KG Eyes Wide Open (Baja Breeze)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Schwab Wedding

 

 


With these pages.....our 2013 scrapbook is complete!!!!! Yay! I finished it before the end of the year! It feels so wonderful to be "almost" up-to-date!!!!  To think that I could start designing our 2014 scrapbook -- IN 2014 -- is just awesome!!!! LOL!

In December 2013, my little brother got married the Saturday after Christmas.  It was great for us, since we came out for Christmas....we could just extend our trip to be there for the wedding.

In designing the first two pages, I used a sketch I found on the Sweet Shoppe website.  Here is the sketch:


Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used (on the first 4 pages):
Background paper - Very Vanilla
Embellishments - Taffeta Ribbon (Real Red); Glimmer Kit (word 'Love' and hearts); Basic Pearls; Designer Rosettes (Real Red)
Stamp Brush Set - Decorative Overlays (More Mustard)
Punch - Square (Very Vanilla); Flag (Glimmer DSP)
Font - Chancellor (More Mustard)

Supplies Used (on the last page):
Background paper - Whisper White
Stamp Brush Sets - Presto Patterns Overlays (Basic Black); Love Story (heart - Basic Black; Basic Gray; words 'You & Me' - Basic Black)
Punch - Square (Basic Gray, Love Impressions recolored Basic Gray); Perfect Pennants (Basic Black)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Christmas 2013

 

 

Wow! I have to say that I am so very pleased to be completing last years Christmas photos BEFORE this Christmas! Such a wonderful feeling!  When my family (my side) gets together, we always have a great time.....and there are so many photos.... it's hard to just choose a few.  Especially since we do so much -- Family photo, opening presents and games!

I wanted to highlight our family photo (and the photo with almost all our eyes closed too!). As you can tell we are a funny bunch! lol! I decided to use a template/layout I saw on the Sweet Shoppe Blog.  Here's the photo:
Hmmm... ok, well....that's a puny photo, but you can definitely see that's what I used to create the first page - right?

It did take me quite a while to figure out what colors/papers to use. But I believe the ones I chose work great for the photos.  One thing I want to share is how I created my background paper.  The background, itself, is Real Red.... I added the Natural Composition Overlay in White, but brought the opacity down to 10%.  <---See, creating your own DSP (Designer Series Paper) is a breeze! 

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background - Real Red
Embellishments(on page 2) - Hodgepodge Hardware (Jumbo Brad); Narrow Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (Soft Suede)
Stamp Brush Sets - Natural Composition Overlays (Whisper White at 10% opacity); Watercolor Winter (snowflake and snowflake border - Whisper White)
Punch - Square (Soft Suede, Christmas Cocoa II DSP #1, Whisper White); Circle (Soft Suede)
Punch(on page 2) - Circle (Christmas Cocoa II DSP #1); Tag (Whisper White)
Font - Lovers' Quarrel (Whisper White and Soft Suede)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Christmas 2013

 

Working again on our 2013 photobook with our Christmas photos.  We celebrated early at home since we knew we would be traveling to Ohio to celebrate Christmas with my family, as well as to celebrate the wedding of my little brother.  Family is so important....and life is way too short not to get together.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Background - Always Artichoke
Embellishments - Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (Cherry Cobbler)
Stamp Brush Sets - Natural Composition Overlays (cloth background - Mellow Moss); Modern Medley (stripes - Whisper White); Earth Laughs (flower - Whisper White)
Punch - Square (Cherry Cobbler behind stripes); Flower (Cherry Cobbler)
Font - Matura (Whisper White)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kauai Trip

 

 

 

 

Continuing work on our 2013 photobook with our trip we took to Kauai Hawaii in October.  I decided to complete all the pages of our trip before posting any of them, so that you would be able to see the grouping all at once.

We really enjoyed our time on the island of Kauai.... although, we LOVE every time we get to see the Hawaiian islands!!! We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott at Coconut Beach this time.  We did enjoy a luau too, at the Sheraton hotel, but do not have photos of that event. =)

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Background - My Sweet Pea DSP #29
Embellishments - Grosgrain Ribbon (Tempting Turquoise and So Saffron); Paradise Found (flowers - recolored Tempting Turquoise and Pumpkin Pie); Flower Brads (So Saffron and Tempting Turquoise)
Stamp Brush Sets - Paradise Found (leaves - Old Olive)
Punch - Scallop Border (Pumpkin Pie); Scallop Square (Pumpkin Pie); Square (My Sweet Pea #25)
Font - Lucinda Calligraphy (So Saffron)

Happy Moments - MDSM82

 
I decided to play along with the MDS Monday Sketch Challenge this week (MDSM82).  Tara created this wonderful sketch, and asked us to use white/vanilla with a touch of one color.  You may view the challenge here: 

I chose to Not Quite Navy as my touch of color.  The lovely patterned paper I used is from the Bella Bleu DSP set (Designer Series Paper #4).  I used the 'Rip Edges' tool on the photo with a Not Quite Navy mat.  The photo is of my parents enjoying the outdoors, sitting in their swing on their deck (taken in 2011). Hmmm.... I should probably add the date on my page - huh? LOL!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background - Very Vanilla
Embellishments - Designer Rosettes (Very Vanilla); Basic Pearls; Timeless Taffeta Trimmings (bow - Not Quite Navy)
Stamp Brush Sets - Piece of Cake (circles - Not Quite Navy); Endless Birthday (word 'Happy' - Not Quite Navy); Greatest Moments (word 'Moments' - Not Quite Navy)
Punch - Square (filled w/ Bella Bleu DSP #4)

Wishing Endlessly



I impressed myself by only using one stamp set when creating this card, as I tend to use more than one.

I was inspired by my own card -- 'Love Unconditionally', where I used hearts and words.  I wanted to see if I could create a card for Christmas just using the stamps that I had in the set 'Endless Wishes'.  The set has so many Christmas words or phrases..... it was great to utilize them on my card.

Hope you like the results too!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Endless Wishes
Paper - Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Ink - Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobber

Friday, September 12, 2014

Love Unconditionally

 

I saw a card in the store that had such a beautiful saying on it, and I wanted to try and create a card using it with software, My Digital Studio by Stampin' Up!
In my opinion, it is simple in it's elegance.....what do you think?  I know my husband will LOVE it!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background - Textured Cardstock (Very Vanilla)
Stamp Brush Set - So Happy For You (hearts - Cherry Cobbler)
Font - Amaze D and Gabriola (Cherry Cobbler)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thanksgiving Feast

I decided to design our Thanksgiving cards using My Digital Studio instead of the traditional way with stamps and paper. I was thrilled when the 'Feast of Thanks' digital kit came out, cuz I LOVE autumn with all it's beautiful colors....and this kit provided many different papers, stamps and embellishments! Yay!

I received my printed card today, and I LOVE how it turned out!

Supplies Used:
Background - Textured Cardstock (Early Espresso)

Embellishments - Feast of Thanks (leaves); Round Button (Early Espresso); Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (bow - Summer Starfruit)

Stamp Brush Sets - Feast of Thanks (word - Thanksgiving - Crumb Cake); Endless Birthday Wishes (word - Happy - Summer Starfruit)

Punch - Flag (filled w/Feast of Thanks DSP#8)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Framelit Fun

I wanted to play with the negative cut-out of the word 'Noel' in the Wonderful Wreath Framelit set. After running it through the Big Shot, I matted it with Whisper White.  I adhered the little pieces inside the letters before embossing the whole thing with the 'Northern Flurry'.

Of course, I couldn't just toss the positive cut-out of the word.  So, I chose to create another card with it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Wondrous Wreath
Paper - Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink - Night of Navy
Accessories - Northern Flurry TIEF, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Big Shot, glue dots

Stylish Wreath

I received a new Stamp set - "Wondrous Wreath" and wanted to play with it.  I really love Christmas colors... and with the wreath I needed two greens, so I paired Pear Pizzazz with Mellow Moss.  I really like how the two go together.

The stamp set is a Photopolymer and a two-step stamp (I guess mine was a three-step stamping), so it was a bit time consuming to place stamp on acrylic block, ink, stamp, clean stamp, pull stamp off acrylic block, repeat for second leaves and then again for the berries.

I really do like that the stamp set has the framelits - "Wonderful Wreath" to match, so that each element can be intricately cut (no fussy cutting involved!).

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Wondrous Wreath
Paper - Mellow Moss, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler\
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Mellow Moss, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories - Stylish Stripes, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Big Shot, dimensionals, glue dots

Monday, September 8, 2014

We {heart} Hawaii! - MDSM81

I saw this cute sketch on MDS Monday and wanted to play with it.  There are so many people, places and things "I Love" that it was very hard to narrow it down to just one! LOL!  Maybe when I get caught up with my photobooks I can create another one dedicated to "Things I Love".  What a great concept!  Thanks for the inspiration MDS Monday!

You may view the challenge here (as well as all the pages created with this sketch here:

In creating my page, I chose our love of Hawaii!  We fell in love with the beauty of the islands on our honeymoon trip.  We try and go every year to explore different parts of each island, so every trip is different and memorable.  We go in October to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background - Summer Sun
Punch - Square (filled w/Paradise Found DSP #6, Textured Cardstock - Early Espresso, Early Espresso and Whisper White)
Stamp Brush Sets - Enjoy Every Moment (dotted circle - Whisper White); Paradise Found (leaf - Whisper White); Love Story (heart - Whisper White)
Embellishments - Paradise Found (flowers - recolored Summer Sun or Early Espresso)
Font - Market (Whisper White and Summer Sun)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Purplelight

 

Our 2013 photobook is coming together nicely.  I'm working on October 2013 now, with my trip to Cleveland.  Back in June, we all brought awareness and support to those who have/or died from Pancreatic Cancer through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network walk.  Although, we couldn't all be together (as we lived in different states) -- we still walked together.  So, while I was there in October, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network raised awareness throughout the country with 'PurpleLight'..... a night to remember by lighting glow stick of purple to show our support.  It was an emotional night with many speaking about their disease and how it's effected them and their loved ones.  My Mom was not able to attend, but she was with us in spirit! 

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Background - Whisper White
Stamp Brush Sets - Ribbon of Hope (Concord Crush); Celeste Knight Watercolor Overlays (Non-SU, Concord Crush)
Punch - Fun Flower (filled w/Concord Crush); Square (filled w/Concord Crush DSP)
Font - Freehand (Concord Crush)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mom Birthday

 

Another two-page spread complete in our 2013 photobook! YES!
I do have to admit that in creating these two pages.... it was very emotional for me (as my Mom passed away Feb 2014).  I miss her so very much!

I saw this sketch on the Splitcoaststampers website, and it intrigued me with all it's layers.  Now, I'm sure I didn't add as many layers as the sketch shows, but I didn't want my page elements to diminish the photos I wanted to showcase.
Here is the sketch I used:
The name on .jpeg file is: "InstaMeWeekly1 - template3".

I did create my own Designer Series Paper to fill in the square punches.  It's relatively easy to do with My Digital Studio, and so very helpful when trying to match colors.  The DSP papers that I created are the Modern Medley white arrows on Lost Lagoon paper and the Wild Wasabi Happy Birthday text on Whisper White paper. To create your own DSP papers: 1) open a new 12x12 page; 2) add your background color; 3) add the stamp [ie:Modern Medley arrows in white]; 4) save file as a .jpeg on your desktop; 5) add this .jpeg file to the My Digital Studio software as a background [my computer/ program files/ My Digital Studio/ components/ backgrounds/ Designer Series Paper].

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Background - Lost Lagoon
Stamp Brush Set - Decorative Overlays (Whisper White); Modern Medley (arrows - Whisper White)
Embellishments - Festive Blooms (Whisper White and Old Olive recolored Wild Wasabi)
Punch - Square (filled w/Wild Wasabi DSP, Lagoon Arrows DSP, Wasabi Birthday DSP)
Font - Franciscan (Whisper White); Engaged (on the DSP -Wild Wasabi)
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