Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Inspiration Nation Week 3

All week long I have been showing you cards that didn't make the cut for my design team submissions.  These are cards that "I" deemed not worthy.   Today's card was a toss up.  I made 2 cards for this challenge.  You will see the one that didn't make the cut tomorrow.  Today I have a sneak peek of the card that I did submit for week 3 of StampNation's Inspiration Nation Photo Challenge month.

Can you believe I used a blender pen and colored on DSP?  You have to be careful if you are going to give this technique a try.  Patterned paper is very thin and it wants to pill up when you use a blender pen.

Check out what some of the rest of the team has come up with.  Want to join in the challenge?  It's up on StampNation.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Forever With You

Today I am taking our dog, Maximus, back to the oncologist for some tests to see if his treatments are working.  Praying his cancer has not spread to his lungs.  In the meantime, I thought I would share another card that didn't make the design team cut, since I won't have time to make a new card today to share.  

This is the card I originally designed in my head for the StampNation, Inspiration Nation Photo Challenge for week 2.  Unfortunately it didn't turn out exactly like I had envisioned it.  Does that ever happen to you?  I still like it, but I don't love it.

I colored the die cut the same way I did for yesterday's card.  The sentiment was a combination of stamps and embossing powders.  I really like how the mixed sentiment turned out, but I think I bent the end of the "u" a little too much.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps: The Big, The Bold and You (Winnie & Walter), ??? (I really should have written this down somewhere safe)
Ink: Pearlescent Watercolor Paint, Versamark
Paper(SU): Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Accessories: Kensington Border Die (Memory Box), Sequins, Silver Embossing Powder (SU)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Love You Forever

Have you ever wondered if all cards that Design Team members make it the final cut?  Wonder no more.  Many do not ever see the light of day, much less end up on the web for all to see.  Others end up on a random blog post, like the ones I will be showing you this week.  I liked these cards, but I LOVED the card I ended up using as my design team submission.

Sometimes you just have to roll where your creative juices take you, even when you don't end up with the card you envisioned.  For this card I die cut the gorgeous butterflies with black cardstock.  Then I painted them with some pearlescent paint I found at Fred Meyer (a grocery market/super store).

The sentiment came from Winnie & Walter's, The Big, The Bold and You set.  Winnie & Walter are our sponsors this week at StampNation.  They are giving away a $30 gift certificate to one of our members who participates in the current challenge.  Woot-woot!

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps: The Big, The Bold and You (Winnie & Walter)
Ink: Pearlescent Watercolor Paint, Versamark
Paper(SU): Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Accessories: Kensington Border Die (Memory Box), Sequins, Silver Embossing Powder (SU)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sew Saturday ~ Quilt, Knit, Stitch Portland

This weekend is the Quilt, Knit, Stitch Show in Portland, OR.  We will be passing through Portland on our way to a family wedding, and I was hoping to stop in.  Not sure if that is going to happen, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  Any ideas on what the guys could do while I wander the convention center?  If you are local, or within driving distance, it would be worth checking out this huge event.

While you are in Portland, I hear that the Fabric Depot is an awesome place to shop.  ;)   They have a huge outdoor clearance sale in the summer.  Depending on traffic we may end up driving right by it.  :)   Although I can't imagine my teenage boys wanting to stop and look at bolts of fabric.  It sounds like heaven to me.   If I don't make it there this trip, I think I will plan a trip by myself just to go shopping there and visit Multnomah Falls.   It's only an hour and a half away.  Sounds like a "back to school" plan for me.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Stampin' Celebration Sketch Challenge #85

It's my favorite time of the month.  :)  Each month on the 15th there is a new sketch challenge at Stampin' Celebration.  This month our sketch will help you use up your scraps.

Isn't that the best?!  It would make a fabulous scrapbook layout, which you will see when you check out what some of the other designers have made.   Below is my take on the sketch.

Do you have any scraps of paper that you like too much to throw away?  Why don't you give this sketch a try.  Clicky to go there now and be inspired by the rest of the design team.

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Hello There (SU-Hostess)
Ink: Surf Blue (SSS)
Paper: Hello, Sunshine (Lawn Fawn), Cotton Candy (SSS), Melon Mambo (SU)
Accessories: Stitched Rectangles (LID), Sewing Machine

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

StampNation + Winnie & Walter = AWESOME

Inspiration Nation continues with a new photo that will be sure to get your creative juices flowing.  This week StampNation has a new sponsor, Winnie & Walter.   It was so much fun creating with their stamps.  You can see a peek at my card in the upper left corner.  I tried some new techniques with this card and had a lot of fun.

If you are a StampNation member, you have a chance to win a prize simply by creating a card and posting it in the current challenge.  :)   Just wait until you see the inspiration photo!

Not yet a member?  New members are welcome to participate.  Plus, you will get to see my exclusive video coming to classroom on Friday.  ;)

See you in the forums!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Heart Colored Embossing Paste ~ PTI#176

Yesterday I was checking out a video on the Papertrey Ink blog and it so inspired me that I had to go down to the craft room and play with some embossing paste, ink and homemade cardstock stencils.

To create my own stencil I used my new Heart Border punch from Stampin' UP! and punched a row of hearts.   I adhered them the way Laura shows in her video.  Unfortunately the washi tape I used to adhere my "stencil" down ended up tearing my paper.  My plan was to make it more of a one layer card.  Happy accident though because I cut it down and added a strip of Lavender cardstock.  I might like this a little better than my original idea.  ;)

As I was playing with mixing colors I found that I had used WAY TOO MUCH embossing paste for the teeny tiny hearts.  I just couldn't throw all that scrumptiously colored paste away so I quickly grabbed another die cut that was laying on my messy desk and put it on a separate piece of white cardstock.  Now I have the beginnings of a brand new card.  Come back later in the week to see what I do with it.  Any suggestions?

Be sure to check out the link below for the video and challenge.

Make It Monday #176: Backgrounds with Embossing Paste

Stamping Supplies:
Stamps: Dress Form (PaperTreyInk)
Ink: Hawaiian Shores (PTI), Plum Pudding (PTI), Cadillac Pink Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Sea Glass (SSS),
Soft Lilac Shadow Ink for the sentiment (Hero Arts)
Paper: Lavender (SSS), Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Hearts Border Punch (SU), Dreamweavers White Embossing Paste

Hearts Border Punch by Stampin' Up!
Hearts Border Punch

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sew Saturday

My first applique project is going very well.  The block is over half done.  Unfortunately I'm not at the point where there are several small points to turn and stitch.  This could take awhile, but I have the rest of the month to meet my August goal for ALYOF.

Last week was the Thurston County Fair.  Our quilt guild had a booth and after my shift volunteering I was able to take some pictures to share with you.  Each member that entered a quilt earned a ribbon. I'm so proud of our ladies.

 Pictured below on the top left is our quilt guild quilt.  It won a blue ribbon.  :)

Unfortunately I wasn't able to get pictures of all the quilts because there was a demonstration at one end of the hall.  At the other end of the hall were presentations from "Quilts of Valor".  I was honored to see 4 quilts given away during my time working the booth and soon after.

Last, but certainly not least, one of our South Sound Modern Quilt Guild members, Kathleen Buchli, won people's choice on Thursday for her quilt pictured on the far left.  It inspired me to make the card you saw on my blog yesterday.  ;)

I never found the cards or scrapbooks.  By the time my shift was over it was too hot to go looking.  Next year, if I work up the courage, and keep one of my own quilts, I just might enter something.  Have you ever entered something in a local fair?  What was your experience like?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hello, Friday!

Friday is here at last.  Let's celebrate this special day with a colorful card inspired by CAS(E) this Sketch and the new Tag You're It challenge.


Hopefully it is pretty easy to see how I was inspired.  My rainbow of chevron stripes were created with my newest stencil.  Don't you just love them?  After I sponged on the Distress inks I sprayed them with a little water to get them to blend.  

***Simon Says Stamp is having a sale on all their Ranger products.  Save 20% by using code RANGERSALE.

Stamping Supplies
Distress Ink (by Ranger): Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries, Peacock Feathers, Picked Rasperry
Paper: Black (SU), Woodgrain Embossed (EH), Doll Pink (SSS)
Accessories: Zig Zag Stencil (SSS), Embellished Tag (Mama Elephant), Hello Script (Memory Box), Black Twine (Pretty Pink Posh)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Inspiration Nation Sneak Peek

All month long we will making cards inspired by the amazing photos Maureen has chosen for us.  She has a gift for finding photos that evoke emotion.   For the first photo I wanted to capture the whimsical feel of the dandelion fields.  Here is a peek at what I came up with.

We also have a new guest designer this month, the uber talented Gayatari.  It's going to be an inspirational month at StampNation!   Here is a peek at what the entire dream team designed.

Want to see more?  Head on over to the challenge forum at StampNation.  Not yet a member?  Join today by clicking the button below or click HERE to learn more about this amazing community of paper crafters.