Archive for July, 2011

Just Add Ink have a Colour Challenge this week.  When I first looked at the colours I was thinking about making a Father’s Day card, as these colours would be perfect for a masculine card.  However, I decided that I  have been neglecting the displaying of photos of my children so I made a squash book.  The instructions for the squash book are on the Splitcoaststampers website. 

Stamps: Fox and Friends, Basic Phrases
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Haiku DSP (retired)
Ink: Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Owl Punch, I heart heart punch, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Extra Large Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Cropadile, Butterfly Punch, Itty Bitty Punches, Timeless Type Junior alphabet, Small Star Punch, Word Window Punch,Old Olive Ribbon, 9 x9 cm (3 1/2″) coasters, towbow glue

I started with two 9 x 9 cm (3 1/2″) coasters which you can get from most craft stores.  I had some laying in the drawer.  I adhered the Chocolate Chip cardstock to the coasters using Tombow Glue.  I scored 3 pieces of cardstock and joined them together.  I used Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand and Old Olive (I ran out of Certainly Celery).  Once I had folded the layers to form the squash book.  I added photos, punches, DSP and cardstock to decorate the inside.  I also added the first letter for each of my children’s name and the sentiment ‘family’ from the Basic Phrases stampset.


 For the front and the back of the squash book I added layers of Night of Navy, Old Olive, Sahara Sand and Haiku DSP.  When I adhered them to the front and the back I made sure that I did not adhere the ribbon to the base, so that it can slide when you open the squash book.  To finish of the book, I stamped the Owl from the Fox and Friends stamp set and punched it out using the 1 1/4″ circle punch.  I mounted this on a 1 3/4″ Circle and an extra-large Scallop Circle.

 There you have my take on this week’s challenge.  I hope you don’t mind that I substituted the Certainly Celery with the Old Olive.

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Clean and Simple have a new sketch this week.  I decided to make two cards for this Challenge, one light and one dark.

Stamps: Seeing Spots, Well Scripted

Paper: Concorde Crush, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Hostess In Colour DSP
Ink: Concorde Crush, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Itty Bitty Punches, Owl Punch, Devine Swirl embossing folder

For the first, I started with a base card made from Blushing Bride cardstock and added a layer of Blushing Bride DSP.  I then added a strip of embossed Whisper White cardstock, a piece of Blushing Bride DSP, Blushing Bride cardstock and finally a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I then stamped images from the Seeing Spots stamp set.  I added flowers and a circle punched out with the itty bitty punches.  I also used circles from the Owl Punch and finished off the card with the birthday sentiment from the Well Scripted stamp set.  For the second card I used Concorde Crush as my contrast colour.  I think I like the Concorde Crush card the best.

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Just Add Ink have a new sketch Challenge this week.  For my inspiration, I used the cold weather we have been having lately and it’s also my grand niece’s 4 th birthday and I thought she would love a penguin card for her birthday.

Stamps: Well Scripted (sentiment inside card)
Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Basic Black Marker, Dazzling Diamonds, Snowflake embossing folder,
Snowflake Die, Small Snowflake Punch,   1 3/4″ Circle punch, large Oval Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, 1/2″ circle punch, I Heart Hearts Punch, Owl Punch, White Gel Pen,    Glue Pen, foam pads

I started with a base card made from Bashful Blue cardstock.  I added a snowflake embossed piece of Whisper White cardstock, followed by a strip of Tangerine Tango.  Next, I added snowflakes and some left over pieces of cardstock from when the large snowflake was pressed out.  I used these to make the icicles.  Before adhering them to the base card, I touched some of the images with a glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds.

I then made an igloo, by punching out 2 1 3/4″ circles.  One in black and one in white.  I then cut the white circle to form blocks and then adhered them to the black circle.  I trimmed the base and repeated the processed for a 1″ Circle to form the entrance. To finish off the entrance I added a half 1/2″ Circle.  Before adhering the igloo to the base card, I again added some Dazzling Diamonds.

For the penguin, I punched out 2 large ovals, the long heart from I Heart Hearts punch, an eye from the Owl punch, 1/2″ Circle and 1″ circle.  Once I put the penguin together, I added a pupil using a black maker and some white marking using the gel pen.  To finished off the penguin, I added Dazzling Diamonds to the wing and the belly of the penguin.

Inside the card I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock and the birthday sentiment from the Well Scripted stamp set.

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Christmas in July

Scrapbook Boutique has a new Challenge, “Christmas in July”.  I love making Christmas cards and for this card I decided to use my new Magnolia Tilda Reindeer stamp.  I stamped the image using StazOn ink and coloured in using various inks and a blender pen.  I cut out the image and placed to one side.  I then made a 5″ x 5″ base card using Whisper White card stock.  Next I added a layers of Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  I added an embossed Whisper White Fleur De Lis circle, which I had punched out using the Spellbinder Fleur De Lis die and embossed with a large Snowflake embossing folder.  I adhered the circle to the base card and then adhered the stamped image to the circle.  Next, I punched out 6 small snowflakes.  I sprinkled the snowflakes with Dazzling Diamonds, before adhering the snowflakes to the base card.  I also added Dazzling Diamonds to Tilda’s antlers.  To finish off the card, I stamped the Christmas  sentiment from the Delightful Decorations stamp set.  I punched out the sentiments using the Boho Blossom Flower Punch and adhered to both side of Tilda.

Stamps:  Delightful Decorations
Paper: Whisper White,  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, StazOn
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Fleur De Lis Die, Boho Blossom Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, Blender Pens

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I love the sketch this week at Clean and Simple.  I have been wanting to create cards with Tour de France in mind so I have come up 4 cards for this sketch, one for each jersey.  If you don’t already know, in the Tour there are 4 categories where a cyclist can win a jerseys for each stage of the race and at the end of the event. Yellow which is for the lead of the general classification, Polka Dot which is for the best climber, Green is for the best sprinter and White which is for the best youth in the general classification.

I started with 4 base cards made from Basic Black.  I then added a piece of Very Vanilla card stock to each card.  Next I added a strip that matched each jersey. So for the Yellow Jersey, I used a yellow strip, white for the white Jersey and so on.  I then added pieces of black card stock which had the lower edge punch with the scallop punch.  I then stamped 4 pieces of Very Vanilla card stock with the stamp “way to go” and adhered  them the base cards.  Next I punched out 4 owls and adhered the matching jerseys to them.  I then adhered the completed owls and Paris stamp to the base cards.

I am going to use these cards for my children when they get there next school report.

Stamps:  Starring You (retired), French Foliage
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight,Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Love Letter DSP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories:  Scallop Border Punch Die, Owl Punch, Glue Dots

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Just Add Ink have an inspiration Challenge this week.  For this Challenge I decided to make a Flower Birthday card.

I started with a Whisper White card made from the Sizzix Large Scallop circle die.  I then embossed the front of the card using the Victoria embossing folder.  Next I took a piece of one-sided Scrapbooking Paper and punched out 6 owls using the Owl Punch.

I then used a pattern that I came across when I was looking at LeaAnn Greff’s website. She has come up with a Dahlia fold for the Owl Punch which I thought was very clever and I have been waiting to use the idea with one of my cards. After making the flower and adhering it to the embossed card front. I adhered some of the small circles and hearts that I had punched out earlier when punching out the owls.

  Next I adhered Fuchsia pearls to the centre and on the small dots.  I finished off the card by stamping the birthday sentiment from the Happy Moments stamp set.

Stamps:  Happy Moments (retired SAB set)
Paper: Whisper White, Scrapbooking paper
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Large Scallop Circle Die, Victoria embossing folder, Word Window Punch, Owl Punch, Pearls, Glue Dots

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This week at Stampin Royalty they have a wonderful colour challenge.  Looking at the colours, I thought it would make a nice and bright baby card. 

I also decided to use the Sketch from CardPatterns as I thought it would be perfect for what I had in mind for the baby card.

I started with a 14 cm x 14 cm base card made from Pacific Point cardstock.  I created layers of Whisper White and Pink Pirouette cardstock and then added four 1 1/4″ Pear Pizzaz Squares.  Next,I adhered a Pink Pirouette ribbon that I tied off with a grommet.  I adhered the layers to the base card and stamped the branch and one of the birds from the Cheep Talk stamp set.  I finished off the card with a sentiment from the Best Yet stamp set.

Stamps:  Cheep Talk, Best Yet(retired SAB set)
Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Pear Pizzaz, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Basic Black, Brilliant Blue (retired)
Accessories:  1 1/4″ Square Punch, White Grommet, Pink Pirouette Grosgrain

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Just Add Ink have a colour Challenge this week.  For my inspiration, I used quilting as my theme.

Stamps:  Happy Moments (retired SAB set)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Elegant Soiree
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories:  1 1/4″ Square Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Owl Punch (small dots), Pearls, Glue Dots

I started with a base card made from Basic Black card stock.  I then punched out 4 Cherry Cobbler squares, 2 Elegant Soiree squares and 2 Very Vanilla squares.  I cut the Cherry Cobbler squares in half diagonally and I cut the remaining squares into quarters diagonally.

I then proceeded to mount the triangles on to a piece of Soft Suede Card stock, adhered the triangles to form a Double Pinwheel pattern.  I trimmed the Soft Suede Card stock and adhered it to the base card.

I then stamped the birthday sentiment 4 times, from the Happy Moment stamp set and added small circles that I punched out using the Owl Punch.  To finish off the card, I added two Boho Blossoms which had pearls in the centre, to the quilted pattern and adhered the sentiment below the  pattern.

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I made this card  for the Scrapbook Boutique Challenge.  Scrapbook Boutique have asked for a card that has the colours white, lavender & purple on it.

I decided to be a little bit different and make a boy’s card using the colours Rich Razzleberry,  Lavender Lace, Early Espresso and Whisper White.  I started with a base card that was 14cm x 14cm.  I embossed pieces of Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, and Lavender Lace with various embossing folders.  I then coloured a Magnolia stamped image that I got from my sister-in-law using various inks and blender pens.  Using the Little Leave die, I punched out a branch of leaves.  With the Curly Label Punch and Decoartive Label, I punched out some cardstock for the backing of the sentiment.

Stamps: Magnolia stamp Is this Your Egg, Well Scripted

Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall DSP (retired), Early Espresso, Lavender Lace 
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, Basic Black, Really Rust, Soft Suede, Blush Blossom
Accessories: Swiss Dot, Stars & Square lattice embossing folders,  Blender Pen, foam pads, Little Leaves die

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Clean and Simple have a new sketch this week. I decided to made two cards for this challenge.

Stamps: Little Hellos (retired)
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake, Haiku DSP, Whisper White
Ink: More Mustard (retired)
Accessories:  Square Lattice embossing folder, Boho Flower Punch, 4 Petal Itty Bitty Punch, Neutral Brads, Swiss Dot embossing folder, 1″ Circle Punch

For the first card I used a striking orange.  I started with a base card made from Tangerine Tango.  I then added a layer of embossed Crumb Cake cardstock, followed by a strip of Tangerine Tango and a strip of Haiku DSP.  I then punched out 4 1″ Circles, three of which were embossed with the Swiss Dot embossing folder.  I then stamped the “Happy Birthday” from the Little Hellos stampset.  I also punched out three flowers using the Boho Flower Punch and three flowers using the 4 petal Itty Bitty Punch.  I adhered the flowers to the circles using brads and then adhered the circles to the base card.

Stamps: Little Hellos (retired)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Haiku DSP
Ink: old Olive
Accessories:  Boho Flower Punch, 4 Petal Itty Bitty Punch, Neutral Brads, 1″ Circle Punch

For the second card I used Crumb Cake for the base card and added some Very Vanilla cardstock.  I then added strips of Crumb Cake and Haiku DSP.  I punched out 4 1″ circles and 6 flowers.  I adhered the flowers to the circles using brads.  For the sentiment I used “Happy Birthday” from the Little Hellos stampset.

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