Oh Whale!

Over at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a sketch challenge this week. Today's card was so fun to put together. Mostly for the reason that I got to use some of my new goodies from the Spring catalog. I absolutely adored this little guy from the Oh Whale! set and the best thing is that he has a die that coordinates perfectly with him to allow a perfect cut around his "full" figure.

I have really been trying to incorporate more fabric into my projects. I love how it adds that extra element and texture to this card. The Summer Smooches fabric is so pretty. There are 3 different, gorgeous designs in the collection.

Here's a close-up of the little fellow. Wouldn't these make the cutest Valentine's? If you'd like to take a stab at this sketch, we'd love to see your end result:)


Fore!!! Golf Punch Card

Today I have an adorable card that has absolutely NO STAMPING!! Hard to believe, but it's true. I saw this cute idea from Joanne Press. I made this for a friend to give to a cute little guy on his special day (he's having a golf themed birthday). I began by printing the sentiment at the bottom of the card from my computer. 

The focal point was created with punches (the LARGE OVAL, PETITE PENNANTS, and ITTY BITTY SHAPES PUNCH. The "golf ball" was embossed with the PERFECT POLKA DOTS EMBOSSING FOLDER to create the divots. After these were adhered to a piece of WHISPER WHITE card stock, I attached it to the base with STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS to add some height.

I really loved how it turned out! If you have a special golfer in your life, I know they'd love to receive a card like this:)

Paper: Whisper White {100730}, Daffodil Delight {119683}, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (in Old Olive) {117155}, Regals Designer Series Paper Stack (in Not Quite Navy) {117154}, 
Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine {113439}, Perfect Polka Dots Folder {117335}, Large Oval Punch {119859}, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack {118309}, Petite Pennants Builder Punch {122361}


Keep Calm and ...Shop On?!

Happy New Year!! Isn't this post title just the best mantra?! You don't have to tell me twice. This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a color challenge for you. Basic Black, Primrose Petals and Pool Party. I was in love with the combo right away. 
I saw this adorable card idea on Pinterest and wanted to try to recreate it. I am so happy with how it turned out.

I've had the hostess set CARRY ON for a while now and this was the first time I've put it to use. If you know me, you know that's crazy since I have the Keep Calm poster in my home (along with other items bearing the famous sentiment). Now I can finally emerge from under my "rock of shame", lol.
PRIMROSE PETALS and WHISPER WHITE card stock were used as the bases. The bag was made from a piece of COMFORT CAFE DSP in POOL PARTY. I simply cut a rectangular piece and scored the bottom and edges to create the "sides" of the bag. a piece of LINEN THREAD was added to the top for the faux handle and PEARL BASIC JEWELS were placed on it for some added glam, it reminded me of a Tiffany's spree. I used a small piece of tulle to give the illusion of tissue paper.
Here is a close up view...

The final touch after stamping the sentiment in BASIC BLACK CLASSIC INK, was a bow tied from the DOTTED SCALLOP RIBBON in BASIC BLACK along the side.

Aren't these colors so fun! Come along and join us. From here on out the challenged at HSS will run for 2 weeks allowing you more time to participate. We'd love to see what you come up with.

Paper: Whisper White card stock {100730}, Primrose Petals card stock {126858}, Comfort Cafe DSP {126898}
Stamps: Hostess-Carry On {126647-clear; 126645-wood}
Ink: Basic Black {126980}
Tools: Stamp-A-Ma Jig {}, Simply Scored Scoring Tool {122334}, Stampin' Trimmer {126889}, Glue Dots {103683}
Accessories: Basic Black 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon {124145}, Pearl Basic Jewels {119247}


Snow Swirled Non-Traditional Christmas

I wanted to share a little card I put together using some scraps I had. I really like how it turned out especially with the non-traditional colors it's made of.   

I used Whisper White card stock for the image and sentiment background. These were stamped in Early Espresso craft ink and embossed with clear emboss powder. The snowflakes were stamped in Marina Mist and a stamped again with Frost White Shimmer Paint. The card stock layers are comprised of Close to Cocoa, which is since retired), Really Rust (also retired, but Cajun Craze would be a great substitute) and Not Quite Navy.

Paper: Really Rust card stock {retired}, Whisper White card stock {100730}, Not Quite Navy card stock {101722}, Close to Cocoa card stock {retired}
Ink: Early Espresso craft ink {retired}, Frost White Shimmer Paint {116854}, Marina Mist {126962}
Stamps: Snow Swirled {127799-clear; 111690-wood}
Tools: Heat Tool {129053}
Accessories: Very Vanilla Grosgrain {retired}, Clear Emboss Powder {109130}


HSS Theme Challenge #148

I am so excited to share today's project with you. This week HSS is asking you to show us your best Thank You project. I was asked to come up with a craft project for my son's kindergarten class Christmas Party. I found some adorable owl felt bags on the Lillian Vernon site and just knew I could recreate them with paper, so that's how we got today's project:)

I started by placing a lunch paper bag into the Big Shot with the Adorning Accents Edgelits Die.

The scallop edge is the result. You'll also need a 4-1/2 x 5" piece of Real Red card stock and a 2 x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock.

The hat is made up of the small pennant from the Perfect Pennants die and the 1" circle punch. The eyes are created from the in 1" circle punch in Basic Black and the 1-3/8" circle punch in Whisper White card stock. The nose is from a piece of More Mustard card stock and the Bird Builder punch. 

You'll also need a 12 x 1" strip for the handle and a 2 x 5" pieces for the feet. I used a small plate to draw a curve and round the piece.

For the sentiment I printed it directly from the computer and used the oval punches to layer it on Whisper White and Real Red card stock.

The best thing about MDS, is that I did not have ANY holiday Designer paper and all I had to do was to print it directly from MDS and voila! Instant designer paper. Make sure you stop by HSS to check out the other designers projects.
Paper: Real Red {102482}, Basic Black {121045}, Whisper White {100730}, More Mustard {100946}, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper {126908}
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine {113439}, Adorning Accents Edgelits {125595}, Perfect Pennants Bigz Die {123126}, 1" Circle Punch {119868}, 1-3/8" Circle Punch {119860}, Large Oval Punch {119855}, Extra-Large Oval Punch {119859}, Bird Builder Punch {117191} My Digital Studio, MDS2 {Disc-130645, Download-130644}


HSS Color Challenge #147

Hello there, for today's card Hand Stamped Sentiments is staying close within the color ranges. For my card I chose to stay in the neutral zone. I started with a Crumb Cake base and added a Very Vanilla layer cut with the Big Shot and the Top Note die. I used the Beautiful Wings Embosslits to add some accents. These were cut with Crumb Cake and Early Espresso Core'dinations paper. I love this paper! It has a white core and is awesome to emboss and distress with. Accents of Basic Pearls and Taffeta Ribbon were added. The sentiment was stamped in Soft Suede as a final touch. 

Make sure you check out the other designers monochromatic creations at HSS this week.

Paper: Crumb Cake {120953}, Very Vanilla {101650}, Core'dinations Early Espresso card stock {127848}
Stamps: Made for You {126342}
Ink: Soft Suede {126978}
Accessories: Beautiful Wings Embosslits {118138}, Top Note Die {113463}, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine {113439}, Stampin' Dimensionals {104430}
Embellishments: Pearl Basic Jewels {119247}, 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon {119959}


HSS Inspiration Challenge #146-Christmas

This week's HSS challenge is really getting into the spirit of the holidays.
For this inspiration, I wanted to create a fast and easy card. We made this recently at our group meeting and I instantly fell in love, not only with the look, but with how quickly it was to assemble. 

The base is Whisper white card stock with a Real Red card stock mat. I used the Big Shot and the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder to add some texture to the base. The Holiday Collection Framelits Dies were used to create the frame and a piece of Candlelight Christmas Designer Series Paper was placed underneath. The embellishment was cut with the Snow Flurry Bigz Die from Real Red card stock and Silver Glimmer Paper.
Make sure to stop by the HSS site and see the other projects from the uber talented designers!

Paper: Whisper White card stock {100730}, Real Red card stock {102482}, Candlelight Christmas Designer Paper {126901}, Silver Glimmer Paper {124005}
Accessories: Framelits Dies {127814}, Bigz Snow Flurry Die {127813}, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine {113439}, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder {120902}
Embellishments: 3/16" Metallic Brads {119741}, Stampin' Dimensionals {104430}


HSS Technique Challenge #145

Good Afternoon Stampers,
I apologize for this post coming up so late. My little guy had the stomach flu last night. Luckily, I had already taken my photos and uploaded them, but was planning on typing the blog up last night until he came down with that bug. Seeing your kids sick, especially with stomach flu, is the worst. He's on the mend today just with an obvious lack of appetite.
But onto a more enjoyable topic...This week's challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments was Fancy Folds.

I made this card with instructions from the super talented Dawn Griffith. She has some great YouTube tutorials as well. She got this idea from a fellow stamper too:) I used the Day of Gratitude stamp set. I love that set! And isn't the NEW Champagne Glimmer paper gorgeous??!! For the image I used the new technique that I shared in this post to color it.

Here's a close-up of the sentiment and the Brushed Bronze Designer button. I really am using those like crazy lately.

And of course a close-up of the stamped image and that "blingy," (I know that isn't a very intellectual word), Champagne Glimmer paper...beautiful.

For all my stateside readers, I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving with your families. I am hosting here for about 15 relatives, so I am off to clean and make some fun place settings, which I will make sure to post. If you have a moment to stop by HSS and view the other designers projects, please do:) you won't be sorry!

Paper: More Mustard {100946}, Island Indigo {122923}, Champagne Glimmer Paper {127885}, Very Vanilla {101650}, Soft Suede {115318}, Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper {126895}

Ink: Early Espresso {126974}, Island Indigo {126986}, Raspberry Ripple {126859}, Lucky Limeade {126984}, More Mustard {126964}

Stamps: Day of Gratitude {120835-wood; 121148-clear}

Tools: Stampin' Trimmer {126889}, Mini Glue Dots {103683}

Embellishments: Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons {127833}, Early Espresso Baker's Twine {123124}, Stampin' Dimensionals {104430} 


HSS Theme Challenge #144

Good Morning Stampers and crafters alike! Today there is a brand new challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Last week at my demonstrator meeting we made these gorgeous Christmas ornaments. I was amazed at how easy and quick to put together they really were. (This is not the best picture, there is a yellow tint to it, unfortunately.)
I started by punching the snowflake and star with my Big Shot and our silver Glimmer paper. Then I ran a strip of First Edition DSP through the Designer Rosette Die to create the center. These were adhered together with hot glue. The sentiment was stamped from the More Merry Messages set in Basic Black ink. Two Basic Jewels were added to finish it off.

Here's a much better picture and closer up.

Make sure to go checkout the other designers; projects this week. We'd love for you to come join our challenge this week at HSS :)
Paper: Silver Glimmer Paper {124005}, First Edition Specialty DSP {121878}, Very Vanilla card stock {101650}
Stamps: More Merry Messages {126400-wood; 126402 clear}
Ink: Basic Black {126980}
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine {113439}, Designer Rosette Bigz Die {125594}, Snowflake die (this one is retired, but the new Snow Flurry die would be just as pretty) {127813}, Star die (retired).
Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels {119246}


HSS #143 Color Challenge

Good Morning! 
Hopefully you survived Halloween and the time change:) All the Halloween decorations are packed away already and the Thanksgiving ones are out and ready to be put up today. I managed to get my fall wreath finished and it's now hanging on my front door. It was so easy. All it is are strips of tulle tied around a wooden frame. My friend Liz found it on Pinterest, of course, and a bunch of girls from church made them. It is so much better in person. The gold tulle has specks of glitter on it, so pretty!

With Fall in the air, I wanted to incorporate the season with this week's challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments. 

I had seen this card on another demo's website and she admitted to seeing it on Facebook, but didn't list the original source. So whomever created this idea originally, thank you!

I loved the divided card front. I started with an Elegant Eggplant base (4-1/4" x5-1/2"), then added a Soft Suede layer of card stock (4"x 5-1/4"). My More Mustard strips were a little less than an inch each. I just trimmed and played around with the size until I liked how they looked and were spaced. I trimmed them down to 5" and then ran them through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder (new in the holiday catalog). After that I used the 1" square punch to create the banner effect at the bottom of each. These layers were adhered with SNAIL Adhesive.

The flower was modeled after one that Erica Cerwin made for me. I created it using the Fun Flowers die and the Spice Cake designer fabric. I had never used the Big Shot to cut fabric before. It was SO easy! I will definitely be incorporating more fabric into my projects. The addition of ribbon, thread and a button completed the look. (I used a glue gun to adhere these together.)

My sentiment was stamped in Early Espresso classic ink and I added Pearls to finish it off. 

Make sure you go head over to HSS and check out the other talented designer's projects.

Paper: Elegant Eggplant {105126}, More Mustard {100946}, Soft Suede {115318}, 
Stamps: Day of Gratitude {121148-clear; 120835-wood}
Ink: Early Espresso {126974}
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine {113439}, Textured Impressions "Woodgrain" Embossing Folder {127821}, Fun Flowers Bigz Die {121812}, 1" Square Punch {119865}
Embellishments: Pearl Basic Jewels {119247}, Spice Cake Designer Fabric {124066}, Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons {127833}, Old Olive 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon {124139}, Linen Thread {104199}