Friday, October 31, 2008

Love Dreams du Jour

I know that these cards were inspired by so many I saw on SCS. There are so many lovely samples there, but (again) I am not sure of the exact cards these may represent. In any event, the products in the Sweet Bella Style Watch line have been a huge hit. The Dreams du Jour set is so versatile with the varying shaped stamps and it is so fun and easy to color. It really is a set for everyone and every season.
The Love card on the left is a Riding Hood Red card base with the butterfly image stamped in Riding Hood Red in a random pattern to create a subtle background. The focal element is layers of Pirouette Pink and the Bella Rose Designer Series Paper with the Love image mounted on Riding Hood Red squares. I hand trimmed the Love image and trimmed out the leaves to add a bit of interest and texture to the focal element. Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon finishes this card.
The Dreams card starts with a Chocolate Chip base with the bottom edge trimmed with the Scallop Edge Punch for added texture. The Dreams image is mounted on Riding Hood Red and layers of Bella Rose Designer Series Paper. I colored the images of both of these cards using Re-Inkers and blender pens. You only need a very slight amount of ink on your blender pen for these very rich colors. Too much ink and the result is too dark and it really takes away from the natural shadowing of the stamped image. I guess they say sometimes less is more.
Love Card:
Stamps: Dreams du Jour
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP
Inks: Brown Staz-On, Pink Pirouette & Kiwi Kiss Re-Inkers
Other: Blender Pens, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, 1-1/4 inch Square Punch
Dreams Card:
Stamps: Dreams du Jour
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP
Inks: Brown Staz-On, Riding Hood Rd & Kiwi Kiss Re-Inkers
Other: Blender Pens, Scallop Edge Punch
Have a great weekend and Happy Stampin'! EdieB

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hapiness Always

Hello Everyone! I hope you have been enjoying your week. My week has been hectic so I am looking forward to the weekend. I have no plans this weekend so I am going to stay in, enjoy a movie or two and rubber stamp :))

I would like to share this quick and easy card with you today. It features the Hostess set Happiness Always. You can earn this set by hosting a stamp party in your home or hosting a book party. If you choose to host a book party, you simply gather orders from your friends and family and contact me to place the orders for you or you can now place orders yourself at my Stampin' Up! website at - just click on Shop when you get there.

The card base for this card opens from bottom to top. That is a piece of cardstock cut 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches and scored in the middle. I punched notches using the Slot Punch at the top to hold the ribbon in place. Just push the slot punch halfway into the card to make a nice notch.

Here is the recipe:

Stamp Set: Happiness Always
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango and Naturals White
Inks: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Tangerine Tango
Other: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon

Have a great weekend and Happy Stampin'! EdieB

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bella Blossoms

Happy Monday Everyone! I had a wonderful weekend stamping and visiting with my friends. I had a fun stamp camp yesterday and we had a wonderful time. It was a beautiful Autumn day here in Erie, Pennsylvania. The leaves are in full color and the squirrels and chipmunks are running around like mad trying to get ready for winter. Roscoe is just having the best time chasing them from spot to spot. Of course, he is too big and slow to actually get close to one so it is all in fun.

Well, on with the stamping, this is a card that we did at stamp camp last month. It is a 5 x 5 card and is so fun to make. I love two-step stamping. It is fun and the look is great. While Bella Blossoms is not a two-step stamping set, it is a fun set to paper-piece. You stamp the part of the focal image more than once and cut out pieces in different ways to layer and pop up on Stampin' Dimensionals. The result is a terrific look with lots of color and dimension. It gives the eye a lot to take in.

For this card, I used Bella Blossoms accented with papers from the Haiku Designer Series Paper pack. When accompanied by Chocolate Chip and Tangerine Tango cardstocks, the Haiku takes on a true Autumn feel. Of course, I haven't yet used a paper in the Fall~Winter Idea Book & Catalog that I don't like. I think it is really great that the papers are so versatile, but anyway, I must get to work so here is the recipe for this card:

Stamp Sets: Bella Blossoms
Papers: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango & Old Olive cardstocks, Haiku DSP
Inks: Chocolate Chip & Tangerine Tango
Other: 5/8 inch Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon (retired), Scallop Edge Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by again and Happy Stampin'! EdieB

Friday, October 10, 2008

Inspired By Nature

Inspired By Nature is probably my favorite new set. It is a great set to use to stamp a card layout or a neutral-themed scrapbook page embellishment.
I believe I saw this layout on a Splitcoast post. Sorry, if you were the original stamper. Please email me so I can give you proper credit.
Anyway, this is a great layout for this set because it creates a basic card that is very versatile.You can easily change the look and feel of the images by changing up colors and papers. Stamp any type of sentiment on the inside for the occasion you need or stamp no sentiment at all and it makes a great little notecard.
For my version here, I used the papers from the Urban Garden Designer Series Papers with Kiwi Kiss and Not Quite Navy cardstocks and inks. I punched a hole at the side of the focal image and tied through a piece of Whisper White 1/4 inch Grosgrain Ribbon.
Thank you for visiting. Happy Stampin' Edie

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Nature Silhouettes

Here is a nice manly card for that special guy in your life. I am trying to do a masculine card at least once a month. Isn't that awful that we don't do more masculine cards and that we have to set a goal to do them? I'm guilt-ridden.

Anyway, this stamp set is a fun two-step stampin set. It also comes with a wolf stamp that you can stick in the woods to howl at the moon and a very nice sentiment. Click here to see the stamp set and to shop.

This card is done in Garden Green and Night of Navy to complement the colors of the Prestwick Designer Series Paper which I used as the background mat. The Prestwick is layered with Night of Navy and Brocade Blue cardstock.

The focal image is stamped on Whisper White cardstock and matted with Night of Navy. I used Stampin' Write markers to add color directly to the tree stamp: Garden Green for the grass and leaves and Night of Navy for the tree branches and trunk. The deer is also stamped in Night of Navy.

The embellishments are natural twine and silver brads. The brads are set in the centers of Night of Navy cardstock circles made with the 3/4 inch circle punch.

Stamp Sets: Nature Silhouettes
Cardstock: Whisper White, Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, Prestwick DSP
Inks: Night of Navy Classic Ink, Night of Navy and Garden Green Stampin' Write Markers
Other: Natural Twine, Silver Brads, 1/16 inch Handheld Punch, 3/4 inch Circle Punch

Thank you for visiting. Happy Stampin'! EdieB

Friday, October 3, 2008

Season of Friendship

Happy Fall everyone! It is freezing here in Erie, Pennsylvania. I woke up to a crisp 40 degrees this morning. If you can get past the cold weather, the Fall colors and smells are beautiful and inspirational. I tried to reflect the warmth and feel of Fall with the colors that I chose for this card.

The paper is a Sage Shadow print from the Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper you can find in the new Holiday Mini Catalog, as is the stamp set used-Season of Friendship. Check these out as well as all the other new stamps and supplies offered in the Holiday Mini Catalog on my website Hit the Shop link at the top of the page to place an order from the warmth of your home.

To make this card, start with a Sage Shadow card base and layers of Really Rust and Chocolate Chip mats topped off with Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper and Very Vanilla cardstock. Tie a piece of Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon around the mat layers before adhering to the card base.

The embellishment is a Sage Shadow square using the Scalloped Square Punch and Chocolate Chip using the 1-1/4 inch Square Punch. The leaves from the Season of Friendship set are stamped in More Mustard, Sage Shadow and Really Rust on Very Vanilla cardstock and trimmed down to 1-1/8 inch square each. These are adhered together and popped up on layers of Really Rust & Chocolate Chip cardstock using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Stamp a sentiment to finish this card off. I used the "So Glad..." sentiment from the Best Yet stamp set which is offered as a Hostess Gift.

Stamp Sets: Season of Friendship and Best Yet stamp sets
Cardstock: Sage Shadow, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Inks: Sage Shadow Really Rust, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip
Other: Scallop Square Punch, 1-1/4 inch Square Punch, Paper Trimmer, Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon

Thank you for stopping by and have a great Stampin' weekend! EdieB