Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stampin' Celebration + Design Team Call

Yesterday a new challenge went live on Stampin' Celebration and I almost missed it!   Yikes!  I'm glad I was able to get my card submitted just under the wire because I think this sketch has so many creative possibilities.

The sketch inspired me to look for an extra large stamp in my stash for the background "circle".  I inked up my stamp with distress inks, then sprayed it with water before stamping it on a piece of cardstock.  There was still loads of ink on my stamp so I stamped it again for the piece you see in my final card.

Doesn't this technique give the stamp a unique watercolored look?  I wished I had my camera turned on for this card, but I had no idea where I was going and it would have been a 60 minute video.  I love the stark contrast of the white and the watercolor, but I needed to subdue it a bit for my sympathy card, so I sponged on a soft pink.  When I was about to adhere the vellum I realized I had no place to hide the adhesive.   Luckily I had some very thin washi tape laying next to me on my stamp table.  It worked as a perfect mask.

Stampin' Celebration is having a Design Team call and a few changes to the guidelines of the challenge to make it easier for all of us to remember.  :)  Be sure to check out this post if you have ever thought of joining a design team.

Before I go I wanted to remind you that tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of the $1 StampNation trial. If you've been curious about StampNation and want to try it out before you buy a full membership, then hop on it before it disappears.

Tomorrow is also the last day to take part in the housewarming party blog hop.  Clicky to see my post for more details.

I can't wait to see what you are inspired to create!

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps: Gathering Together (Penny Black), En Francais (SU)
Ink: Dusty Concord-Milled Lavender- Peacock Feathers- Picked Raspberry (Distress Inks), Versamark, Basic Gray (SU)
Paper: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Vellum, Whisper White
Accessories: In Color Sequins (SU), Clear Embossing Powder, Washi Tape, With Sympathy Die (SSS)

Monday, September 15, 2014

From Our Home To Yours

Have you had a chance to take part in the Housewarming Party blog hop on Catherine Pooler's blog yet?  You can enter to win one of the prizes from her fabulous sponsors just by commenting, but it's more fun (and 3 more chances to win) if you make a project to share.  Here is my second card for her blog hop.  Even though I'm fairly certain I am NOT eligible to win anything.  I made this one just for fun.

Don't forget that you can try out StampNation for just $1 right now.  Clicky  Offer expires soon!  9-17-14

Which card do you like better?  The first one I posted last week (clicky) or this one?

Stamping Supplies
Stamps: Heartfelt Holiday (Wplus9)
Ink (SU): Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Springtime Mix Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Pansy Purple Sequins (PPP), Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Oval Framelits (SU)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sew Saturday ~ Update

September is a wonderful month to sew.  :)  I'm making progress on my sewing goal for September, to finish the backing on my Michael Miller fabric challenge quilt.  This is what it looked like last weekend.

This is what it looks like today.  The patterned fabric you see on my wall is all I have left.  I'm trying to decide how to finish it off, because there is not enough to have the row of color continue up the entire length of the quilt.  I'm thinking about leaving some blank rows of white between the remaining 3 strips of color.  What do you think?

I also went to work on the Block of the Month for our South Sound Modern Quilt Guild.  The block was created by fellow member, Kathy, from Eagles Nest Designs, based on her balance quilt.  It's actually a fairly easy, paper pieced pattern, but I couldn't remember how she showed me to do it, so I practiced on some scraps of fabric in my stash.  Now that I figured it out I hope to make the 2 blocks today and be ready for my guild meeting early.  (there's a first time for everything, right?)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Camouflage Dog Tags with Alcohol Inks ~ Video

Have you ever played with alcohol inks?  I picked up some at my LSS going out of business sale and they are fun to experiment with.

In the video below I will show you how you can create you own backgrounds using various colors of alcohol inks.

You can easily create different looks just by changing the color of ink you use and how much you "pounce" on your glossy paper.  They do stain, so be sure to protect your work surface.

On my card today I took the background piece and die cut out a tag.  What would you do with your background?

Stamping Supplies
Stamps: For Your Country (SU), Honeycomb Hello (SU)
Ink: Various Alcohol Inks from Adirondack, Pico Embellesher (Imagine Crafts-Tsukineko), Black Staz-On
Paper: Cartographer (Prima), Basic Black, Glossy Photo Paper
Accessories: Tags Bags Boxes and More (Cricut), Circle Punches, Black Twine (Pretty Pink Posh),

For Your Country
Honeycomb Hello

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Housewarming Party Blog Hop

Welcome to the Housewarming Party Blog Hop for Catherine Pooler's website makeover.   

My friend, and founder of StampNation, Catherine Pooler, had a "big girl" makeover on her blog recently and this week she is celebrating.  In the video below you will see how Catherine me while making this card for her blog hop.

Instead of getting gifts though, she is giving them away.  What?!  Yes, that's right.   Even better she is letting me give you a party favor or two!


Click on the link above and you can try out StampNation yourself for only $1 and see why I love it so much!  You can even jump right in and participate in the challenge going live today.  Here's a peek of what the design team did with this challenge.  If you saw my blog post yesterday you already know which one is mine.

That's not all.  One lucky person who leaves a comment on this blog post will win a FREE ONE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION TO STAMPNATION.

As if that wasn't enough, you have a chance to win some door prizes too!  Click on the picture below to go to Catherine's blog where the blog hop begins.  Then comment and link up for your chance to win one of the over $300 worth of prizes including...

  • One FREE year membership to StampNation
  • Some Odd Girl ~ $20 Gift Card
  • Ellen Hutson ~ $50 Gift Card
  • CASual Fridays ~ $25 Gift Card
  • Winnie & Walter ~ Home Themed Stamp Set
  • Penny Black ~ Shades Creative Die
  • Pretty Pink Posh ~ $50 Gift Card
  • Clearly Besotted ~ £30 Gift Certificate
  • Hero Arts ~ $30 Gift Certificate

I know, right?  Completely awesome.  So, make a Home card to celebrate Catherine's new home on the web, visit her site to see all the wonderful changes and enter for your chance to win.  Be sure to leave a comment here before you go to be entered to win a free 1 month subscription to StampNation.

Hop on over there now and don't forget to take advantage of the $1 trial for StampNation.  Clicky

Stamping Supplies:
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic (Stampin' UP!)
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Blackberry Bliss
Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo,  Stripe (Tattered Angels)
Accessories: Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Embellished Tag (Mama Elephant), Happy Die (Simon Says Stamp), What's Up Punch (Stampin' UP!)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Falling into Thank You

My long overdue summer thank you cards.  When I saw the Seasonally Scattered stamp set in the Holiday catalog I knew I would be using them to make my August and September thank you cards.

Isn't the Fall Thanks stamp scrumptious?  It looks so pretty all on its own, or decorated as I have done here.
***Note**** If you are reading this post in an email or reader you may need to go to my blog to view the video below.

I was so inspired by the stamp set that I made 2 more designs.  Here are the sneak peeks.  The first one should be up on my blog very soon.

The second one will be on StampNation tomorrow.  Speaking of StampNation.... there is a very special blog hop going on tomorrow and a chance for you to try out StampNation for $1.  Come back tomorrow for all the details.

Stampin' UP! Supplies:
Stamps: Seasonally Scattered
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadows, Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White (+ notecards), Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadows
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sew Saturday ~ ALYOF ~ September Goals

Lots of goals this month for sewing.  I love sewing in September.  The kids go back to school, and the weather cools down.  Ahhh...bliss.  :)   Here are my goals for September.

1. Finish backing for the MQG Michael Miller challenge.
2. Finish binding on MQG Modern Metallic challenge quilt.
3.Quilt Michael Miller challenge quilt.
4. Quilt Jelly Roll Race quilt.
5. Make another Jelly Roll Race Quilt.

My sincerest hope is that I will get the first 2 done.  There is less than an hour's worth of sewing on each.  I'm in the mood to really get these charity quilts done though, so hopefully I will have time for some serious quilting.

This is where my backing was on September 1st for my Michael Miller challenge quilt.

Wish me luck.  Linking up with Melissa and Shanna for A Lovely Year of Finishes.

ALYOF September 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

My Lucky Stars ~ Stampin' Celebration

New month, new challenge at Stampin' Celebration.  This month we have a wedding theme, with rich deep purples and gold.  Instead of a traditional wedding card I made a card that a bride & groom could give each other for their wedding or anniversary.


The background was created with distress inks, watercolor brush, gold embossing paste, and white embossing powder.  A little gold shimmer spray adds a nice sparkle to the entire card.

It doesn't show up in the photo, but I used white shimmer paper for my card base.  I wanted the entire thing to sparkle.   September=Sewing for me.  Every year in September I get the urge to start sewing again.  :)  So, I had to add some stitching to my card.  It's so easy to add this little touch to my cards.  If only my sewing machine was downstairs closer to my stamp room.  (first world problems, I know) 

Now it is your turn!  Head on over to Stampin' Celebration to be inspired by the rest of the design team and then create a masterpiece of your own.  Don't forget to link back up to the challenge by September 12th and let me see what you come up with.

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Lucky Stars (Wplus9), The Big The Bold & You (Winnie & Walter)
Distress Ink: Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Victorian Velvet
Accessories: Metallic Gold Embossing Paste (Wendi Vecchi), Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz ( Tsukineko), White Embossing Powder (SU), Heart Border Punch (SU)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sew Sunday ~ ALYOF ~ August

My sewing goal for this month was to applique my first block for the Holiday Chic quilt.  It went faster than I expected, and I was able to finish almost 2 weeks ago, but I haven't posted a picture yet.  Today is the last day to link up with A Lovely Year of Finishes party.

There is some embroidery work and buttons to add, but I am going to wait to do that until I have all the blocks done.  I really enjoyed my first applique, and learned a lot in the process.  I still have loads to learn, through trial and error, I am sure.
ALYOF August

This summer has prepared me to make better goals for next summer.  I don't sew much when the weather is warm, so I need to have smaller goals.   This month's goal was perfect.  I also need to sew on light or bright colors in patterns that I love so that I will be drawn to the sewing room.  Does the weather outside affect your sewing too?   What tips do you have for summer sewing goals?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Holiday Catalog

The 2014 Stampin' UP! Holiday Catalog is live!  What new goodies will you be bringing home?  Below are my some of my favorites.

Wondrous Wreath

My mom & I share a wreath tradition every year, so I love making her a Christmas card with a wreath on it.  I'm super excited SU came out with matching framelits and photopolymer stamps for this set.  

Seasonally Scattered

The Seasonally Scattered set was on my pre-order and I've already a video using it.  Stay tuned for that one soon.
Bright and Beautiful Stamp Set
Right now I am working on a Christmas class, so I am in a Christmas stamping mood.  The stamp set below is so trendy right now with the geometric trees.  I just had to get it with the matching punch, as you saw on my Monday post.
Festival of Trees Photopolymer Bundle
Are any of these items on your wish list?  What are your top 3 favorite items from the new holiday catalog?  Clicky Here if you want to see them all online.