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You've stumbled upon my escape from the daily grind! I hope you enjoy what you see here. I am a SU Demo who loves trying new techniques, holding card making classes, creating techniques of my own, and most recently blog design, I love anything stamping related! I hope you'll stay a minute and come again! I'd love to know you were here, so feel free to leave comments!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Sketch Challenge gone CrAzY!

I am so in love with the group I swap with online! I didn't think I would have time for it, and it's been a struggle, but I am having so much fun! This card is for a swap, the theme is a sketch. Basically, it's a strip behind the main panel, and one in front with a circle shape on the front panel. Well, the card got so awful busy that I cut the main panel and used just a band of ribbon. It helped, but I am still thinking this card is just too much. Is it just me?

I just got Bouquet Bunch in, and love it! It will be available in May in the New Summer Mini catalog. It's a wonderful set, I do believe I will reach for it often. I stuck with some current In Colors for this one, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo (glad those two are hanging around to become part of SU's regular line up!), and Crushed Curry. I added some Razzleberry Lemonade DSP (the homemade button uses that as well). The flower and pot are watercolored, and popped up, the pot on dots, the flowers on Dimensionals. I framed this with Large Ovals, the centers punched with the Small Oval, and DSP behind that. I was hoping for a flower effect, it came out looking like some sort of science prop...neuron or something...school's been a while...LOL!

All being said, I don't hate it, but it's certainly not my favorite either. I hope the recipient likes it, that's all that matters!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sometimes you just don't need color...

Ahhh...was this ever a hard one!!! I have only done a handful of all-white cards before. And, I actually enjoy it. However, this one is for a swap group, and the theme was White Only. Easy peasy, right? WRONG! I thought I had a full pack of Whisper White CS, I DID NOT! OOPS! I am COMPLETELY out! I had to scour my scrap piles and drawers to come up with enough white pieces to make the flower, and luckily found a wide strip in a card kit I had leftover from a workshop! The base is Glossy White CS, and I have also used White Mulberry Paper. This is completely inkless, although I was tempted to white emboss something on the base. I now have a few inches of white paper, and do not know if I can wait till Sat to order more at the club meeting. Anyway, I love the way this turned out. Sadly, I have to mail it out to my swap partner. Which is unfortunate as I have a wedding to attend on Sun, and can only think how perfect this would be! Maybe, just maybe I can dig around for a few more precious pieces!

Supplies are SUO! Whisper White, Glossy White, and White Mulberry Paper
Ornament Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, and Dimensionals under the flower.

===For a little texture the flower petals have veins drawn in the with the end of my Bone Folder. They are also slightly curled. I have no idea how this will fare in the mail, so I am taking a few minutes longer to enjoy it before it hits an envelope. I hope the recipient loves it as much as I do!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

April Stamp Club Class...

For April's Hostess Club Meeting, I decided to go ahead and focus on a gift set that would work well for Mother's Day gifts next month. After tossing out many ideas, I settled on a bath set. What Mom doesn't need a nice, quiet bath? The candle holder includes a PartyLite tealight, and is wrapped with Rich Razz ribbon, and a scallop circle with initial. We had a few women use DSP scraps in the circle to give it as teacher gifts, etc. Great idea! The jar is a Starbucks Frap bottle, and is covered in CS and DSP, the lid is wrapped with white ribbon, and decorated the same as the front of the candle holder. We made Faux Suede Roses, using the Smooshed Flowers technique. They turned out lovely, and I think that was everyone's favorite part of the class! The jar is filled with Green Tea bath salts, which are wonderful! I kept the card simple using the Scallop Square Clear Die for the BS. Some Orchid Opulence CS, and Scallop Sq punches of DSP, we then added a sentiment (again, a few used a different one) to the Wide Oval, and finished off with the bird and branch from the 2-Step Bird Punch.

Complete project (aside from glass items) are SU only! There is also a white lunchbag altered into a gift bag to match the set! This was such a fun class, I think 'set' classes are my fave. And using the same products the whole time makes it easier to plan and clean up! Win, win!

---CS is Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White, and Old Olive
---DSP is Cottage Wall
---Stamps are Whimsical Words and Lovely Letters
---Ink is Rich Razzleberry, and a White Signo Gel Pen
---Accessories are a few Circle Punches, Scallop Circle, Scallop Square, Wide Oval, 2-Step Bird. Also a Paper Piercer, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, R.R. Ribbon, Silver Brad.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Kids Easter Projects...

True to form, I am running behind☺ Easter morning is just hours away, and I finally finished these cards for my two little girls. SORRY for the bad pics...I JUST finished these and prefer to take pics in daylight. These cards were so much fun to make! We have already attended a couple egg hunts this year, and my girls are all about that. So, I decided to make Easter Eggs on their cards. The sky is sponged with Bashful Blue using a few scraps of DSP punched with the Scallop Circle as a stencil. Eggs are Wide Oval, in various Bold Bright inks. Paper is all Bold Brights as well. The sentiment is from Well Scripted.
These are the gift bags I made for my neice and my neighbors little girl, who is BFF to both of my girls☺ These are white lunch bags from Target and I promise they are super cute IRL! I stamped the chick and bunny from Eggcoutrements in YoYo Yellow and Lovely Lilac, then used the Hugs Notes in Glassine Envies to hold the tags. These are filled with punch balloons, Easter pencils, Peeps (YUM!) and a Hershey's Marshmallow Egg.
These are both extremely simple and low-key but I wanted to share what I did for the kids. I cannot wait to see my girls get up, dig through the baskets, put on their dresses and go to church!
I hope everyone will take time to remember that Easter has a real meaning. Let's celebrate what it's about!
He is not here, He is Risen....Luke 24:6...AMEN!