Thursday, November 19, 2009

Diva Inspiration Challenge

I couldn't wait to prepare for this week's challenge. When I saw the daisies in the challenge picture, I knew I would try out the Flower, Daisies #2 Sizzix die and Swirly Sizzlits Decorative Strip die with my Big Shot. I saw this card on Andrea Walford's blog sometime ago and always wanted to make it. It is so clever the way Andrea used the Swirly die for the flower stems and leaves. As you can see, this week's challenge inspired me to give it a try; and, I love the results.

For my version of this design, I used Rich Razzleberry Designer Series Paper to make the daisies. There are two layers of petals on each flower. I slightly offset the petals to fill the flower in; give it more texture and dimension. The buttons are from the Playground Designer Buttons collection. You receive 30 buttons to an order-five different designs and four different colors. This is a very fun embellishment for both cards and scrapbooks. I used Mini Glue Dots to adhere the buttons to the cardstock. They don't budge with a glue dot, so don't fear losing them. I paper-pierced a frame around my flowers using the Paper-Piercer Tool and Mat Pack and finished the card off with a greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes. See below for all the supplies I used for this card.

Supplies used for this project:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)

Ink: Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink (115658)

Paper: Rich Razzleberry Textured Cardstock (115719), More Mustard Cardstock (100946), Kraft Cardstock (102125), Rich Razzleberry Patterns Designer Series Paper (115685), Old Olive Patterns Designer Series Paper (112160)

Other: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Flower, Daisies #2 Bigz Die (114520), Swirly Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die (113456), Decorative Strip Spacer Platform (113477), Decorative Strip Cutting Pads (113479), Playground Designer Buttons (116313), Paper-Piercing Tool (116631), Mat Pack (105826), Designer Label Punch (107590), Small Oval Punch (107304), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Snail Adhesive (104332)

Thank you for stopping by my website. Oh, I almost forgot...the first person from my Sunday Hostess Club to email me about this blog post will win the Christmas Punch Level 2 Hostess Stamp set! *Happy Dance*
Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Delightful Decorations

This is a fun project using Stampin' Up products from the Holiday Mini Catalog incluidng the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper (116770), the Delightful Decorations stamp set (116517) and the Ornament Punch (116794). See the complete list of supplies below.

I saw this card design on several blogs and thought I would give it a try. It's fun because you punch a window with the Ornament punch and then decorate the inside of the card with a coordinating punched ornament. The card to the right is done in Real Red cardstock with a band of Whisper White and the pretty Real Red flocked paper from the Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP pack. You can see an alternate version I did in Soft Suede below. I made very good use of this versatile pack of designer papers by making this same card design in different colors.
Consider picking up the Stampin' Up! Holiday Windows Magnetic Movers & Shapers (116821) to use with your SU Movers & Shapers Curly Label die and Big Shot machine too. If you haven't seen it yet, the Movers & Shapers die cuts the cardbase, scores the card fold and cuts a window shape of your choice wherever you want it placed. An added bonus to having this in your stampin' arsenal is that the die cuts remaining from the windows sometime layer other Stampin' Up punches. You will see that the Holiday Windows set has a slightly larger ornament that is great for layering with your new Ornament punch.

Stampin' Supplies for Real Red card:

Stamp Set: Delightful Decorations (116517)
Ink: Versamark-for stamping background (102283), Real Red Classic Ink (103133)
Cardstock: Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730), Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper (116770)
Other: Ornament Punch (116794), Whisper White 5/8" Satin Ribbon (114616), Clear Rhinestone Brad

To the right is a Soft Suede (115318) version of this design. I switched out the Designer Series paper piece and matted it on Real Red cardstock. I traded the Whisper White satin ribbon for a piece of Real Red 1" Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon. Instead of the Clear Rhinestone Brad in the middle of the ornament, I used a Gold Brad (104337). I like the way the Gold Brad looks with the Soft Suede.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Diva Inspiration Challenge

Hi Stampers! My Diva Sisters invited me to play the Diva Inspiration Challenge (IC). I have to admit, I tried the IC before but didn't enjoy it. I stressed over trying to re-create the inspiration item instead of letting my own creativity take the lead. Once I became more comfortable stamping my own ideas, the challenge was FUN!

So, this card was inspired by this beautiful photograph of treetops and blue summer sky. I imagine the photographer was standing with her head way back, holding the camera up high to get this shot. She was likely inspired by the bright colors that remain at the end of summer and maybe a little dizzy too.

But, anyway, I wanted my card to reflect the feel of autumn in Erie, PA. The dominant autumn hues are the warm reds, oranges and golds which I translated to SU! colors: So Saffron, Dusty Durango and Soft Suede. For the focal image of my design, I chose the Medallion stamp set since it reminded me of the swirl pattern in the photograph. See the complete Supply List below:
Stamp Sets: Medallion (115223) and Grateful Greetings (Holiday Mini 116511)

Cardstock: So Saffron (105118), Soft Suede (115318), Very Vanilla (101650)

Inks: So Saffron Craft (105237), Dusty Durango Classic (115654)

Other: Soft Suede 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115612), Gold Elastic Cord (Holiday Mini 109867), Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (109130), Embossing Buddy (103083), Powder Pals (102197) Heat Tool (100005), Stamping Sponges (101610), Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads (109110), Stampin Dimensionals (104430)

To make this card, ink the Medallion stamp with So Saffron Craft Ink and stamp on Very Vanilla CS. Quickly sprinkle the image with Clear Embossing Powder and then set with the Heat Gun. Ink a Stamping Sponge with Dusty Durango Classic Ink and rub over the entire area of the Very Vanilla CS from the middle out toward the edges. Sponging in that direction provides the deeper Dusty Durango in the middle of the image and lighter shades toward the edges. Once you've inked to your heart's content, remove the ink from the embossed image by gently wiping with a tissue. This is the Emboss Resist technique since the embossed image resists the classic dye ink.

The sentiment is from the Grateful Greetings stamp set which is a must have for your sentiment collection. I used Paper Snips (103579) to trim the sentiment into a banner which I embelished with a Rhinestone Brad and popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.

I had fun making this card and playing along with the Diva Inspiration Challenge. Please post a link to your creation on the Diva page. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Stampin'!