Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Holiday Ornament card

I had a few really old DSP scraps laying on my table the other day and thought they would be perfect for creating this card I saw in Becky Roberts' tutorial.  I used several new items in making this card with old scraps! 
Stamps:  More Merry Messages, Ornament Keepsakes
Ink:  Real Red, Garden Green
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, Retired DSP
Accessories:  Lacy Brocade embossing folder, Apothecary Accents framelits, Holiday Ornaments framelits, 1" circle punch, Festive Paper Piercing pack
By, the way, you can get the Festive Paper Piercing pack for free this month!  Here's how:
Dates: October 1-31, 2012
Promotion Details: It's only October, but Stampin' Claus is coming to town! Get a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.
Choose from the following options:

Retail Value
Special Price
Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132261Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132262Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132263Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

Monday, October 15, 2012

Triple layer stamping

I tried this gorgeous technique called triple layer stamping this week. I have seen it all over blogs and galleries, but hadn't tried it myself. Really, it was very easy!
The white mat/card base images are 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, 3 3/4 X 5, 3 1/4 X 4 1/2, and 2 3/4 X 4.
The red mat bases are 4 X 5 1/4, 3 1/2 X 4 3/4, 3 X 4 1/4.
I just put a dab of adhesive on the white layers to adhere them together while I was stamping. I took those layers apart and adhered them to the red mats. It was really that simple!
And look how pretty it turned out!
Stamps: Snow Swirled
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Gumball Green
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Gumball Green stitched ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Merry Mini punches

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Candlelight Christmas ornament inspired by Becky Roberts

I decided to make one of these ornaments that I saw on Becky Roberts' 12 Days of Christmas tutorial last night.  I used the Candlelight DSP and some sparkling Champagne paper for a lovely effect.
While it was somewhat tedious, overall it was pretty easy to make!  The only thing I would change going forward would be to use Sticky Strip on every single piece - including the inside piece that holds it together.  Otherwise, I think it turned out quite lovely.
Here is another view - you can see the DSP much better here. 
Stamps:  Joyous Celebrations
Ink:  Early Espresso
Paper:  Real Red, Very Vanilla, Candlelight DSP, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  2 3/8" scallop circle punch, 1 3/4" and 1 1/4" circle punches, Snow Flurry die, Basic Rhinestones

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sparkling Evergreen

I decided to play with two of my new items last night after the kiddos were in bed.  I had a new Evergreen stamp set I wanted to use and some gorgeous Champagne shimmer paper I wanted to use.  I put the two together and made this lovely card!
Stamps:  Evergreen
Ink:  Gumball Green, Encore gold
Paper:  Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Champagne shimmer paper, Candlelight DSP
Accessories:  Scallop trim punch, Apothecary Accents framelits, Clear Embossing powder, Merry Mini punches

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger

Well, folks, today is a first!  It is my first time to participate in the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger.  Notice that it is not my first time to peruse throught the fabulous Moxie Fab blog.  I had several reasons to be inspired today - starting with my name!  Hello - the name of this week's Tuesday Trigger is Val de Victorian!  Being a Val myself, I just couldn't resist!  Plus, my daughter's friend is having a birthday party Saturday - a purple Justin Bieber party!  Since I just couldn't give in to the Bieber fever, I decided to allow this color scheme to inspire me.
So, here you can see the color scheme - I went with the pink, orange and purple colors as my main choices.  You can see in the card base pink is my gallon, orange is my pint, and purple is just my accent.
I watercolored the majority of the image using my blender pen and inkpads.  I went back to accent a few of the colors with my markers and used the blender pen to help it fade into the rest of the colors - you notice this in the hair and the pink dress especially. 
The purple dress I accented by paper piecing part of the dress.  I stamped the image onto a scrap of Wisteria Wonder DSP and then cut around the outside lines of the stamped image.
I love the way it turned out - the image nearly reminds me of my daughter and her friend!
Here is the inside of the card (since letting a 5 year old loose with a white gel pen could be a little disastrous!).  I just used the flower image from the Little Friends stamp set and a birthday sentiment with the same font from On Your Birthday.  The doily in the corner was literally a scrap that I just couldn't throw away!  I thought it would add a pop of color to the inside of the card!
Stamps:  Little Friends, On Your Birthday
Ink:  Early Espresso, Wisteria Wonder, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Blush Blossom, Black StazOn
Paper:  Early Espresso, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Wisteria Wonder DSP (retired), Pumpkin Pie DSP (retired), watercolor paper
Accessories:  Delicate Doilies sizzlit, 3/4" circle punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Basic Rhinestones, Dazzling Diamonds 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Afternoon Daydream

I am loving these divided protector pages! Yesterday I showed you the page that is on the other side of this protector. I filled this side with some pictures of my daughter enjoying the hands-on exhibits at Yorktown, Virginia.
Again I used 4X4 squares to fill up the 9 spots in the protector. As if that wasn't easy enough, I used the Afternoon Daydream simply scrappin' kit to make my extra spots - super duper easy!
Paper: Basic Grey, Afternoon Daydream DSP
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Afternoon Daydream stickers, Pool Party baker's twine

Monday, October 8, 2012

Making my own woodgrain paper

Today I decided to make my own woodgrain paper.  To do so, I used some of the fancy new Coredinations paper in the mini catalogue. This was Early Espresso paper to begin with.  To add the woodgrain effect, I held my paper over my woodgrain embossing folder and sanded away! 
Note to self.....there is a reason there is a new sanding tool in the mini catalogue!  I tore my old sanding block from the distressing kit soon after I began sanding.  By the time I finished this entire section of paper (10 3/4" square) my sandpaper piece was completely useless!  Guess I'll have to break down and get the new sanding tools, eh?
So, in case you're wondering...this what my woodgrain paper was for. 
You know what's funny?  I almost didn't buy the Orchard Harvest paper or the Perfectly Preserved stamp set because I thought I would never use them!  I guess I proved myself wrong today!
And the divided page protectors are very handy for getting lots of photos on a page and getting those scrap pages done quickly.  I don't know why I never really thought to use these before, but these are really just fabulous!  They are defiitely easy to use!  I just cut all of my photos down to 4" squares and added 3 little 4" square accent pieces.  How easy is that?!
Stamps:  Perfectly Preserved
Ink:  Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, More Mustard, Cajun Craze
Paper:  Early Espresso, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Orchard Harvest DSP, Early espresso coredinations
Accesories:  Cannery framelits, Early Espresso baker's twine, woodgrain embossing folder, In Color Brads

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Some Mummy Loves You!

I've been lurking around the Create with Connie and Mary blog for quite some time now, so I thought it was time I finally gave one of their challenges a go.  I decided to use this sketch to create a card this weekend.
So, here is the card that I made.  I used another one of my leftover pieces from my Googly Ghouls kit to make this card.  I hate to waste leftovers and I love having a quick and easy image for my cards!  Thus, I couldn't resist making a little banner card for this sketch.  Obviously, I turned the sketch on its side.  I used Border Banters to create the chevron on cotton ribbon and scraps of all of the pieces for the little banner pieces.
And since I'm such a cheesy little mama....I put on the inside,
Some Mummy Loves You!
Stamps:  Googly Ghouls, Border Banter
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Howlstooth and scaringbone DSP
Accessories:  Cotton ribbon, Googly eyes, Googly Ghouls kit

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Googly Ghouls mini cards

The Googly Ghouls treat bag sets come with enough supplies to create 10 adorable little treat bags.  In addition, you get an extra 10 of these darling little tags for your use on whatever other projects you may need them for! 
I decided to use some of my extras to make some quick and easy cards.  I made all 11 of these little guys in less than an hour last night!  Talk about quick and easy...and cute, too!
Stamps:  Googly Ghouls
Ink:  StazOn Black
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Howlstooth and Scaringbone
Accessories:  Googly Ghouls treat bag kit, Googly Eyes

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Yorktown layout

This layout was a snap to put together using the Afternoon Daydreams Simply Scrappin' kit!   I used several of the stickers for borders and accents around the layout.  I even used a border sticker to add a small border in between the pictures!  I love how I can make a quick layout while keeping the focus on my pictures! 
Paper:  Basic Grey, Pool Party, Afternoon Daydreams DSP
Accessories:  Afternoon Daydreams stickers, Basic Rhinestones, Thickers (American Crafts)