Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Embossed Flowers Color Trends Challenge

For this card, I was inspired once again by our Idea Book & Catalog 2011-2012. I created this card for the Embellish Magazine Color Trends Challenge. The challenge was to add embossed flowers to your card because it gives it another texture, and I agree 100% with that. I love embossing and it really creates a different look. In this case, I clear embossed the flowers and I cut them out overlapping the petals.

Hope you enjoy my creation! Have a great day!

Cardstock: Crumb Cake (120953), Poppy Parade (119793), Whisper White (100730), Wild Wasabi (108641)
Designer Series Paper: Pocketful of Posies (122354), First Edition (121878)
Stamp Set: Flower Fest (W 122278, C 122280)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657)
Embossing Powder: Clear (109130)
Embellishments: Glimmer Brads (121005)
Ribbon: Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched-Poly (119265)
Punches: Scallop Trim Border (118402)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Softening the Edges at Pals Paper Arts

I created this card for the Pals Paper Arts Challenge "Soften the Edges."

It's a pretty simple card, and I think the design goes well with the whole theme of the challenge. I was inspired by our Idea Book & Catalog 2011-2012. If you are interested in the catalog, and you don't have a Stampin' UP! demonstrator near you, contact me and I'll be glad to ship it to you!

I hope you like my creation. Enjoy and have a great day!

Cardstock: Whisper White (100730), So Saffron (105118), Rich Razzleberry (115316)
Designer Series Paper: Pocketful of Posies (122354)
Stamp Sets: Elizabeth (117120), Fabulous Phrases (W 117002, C 120501)
Ink: Soft Suede (115318)
Markers: So Saffron (105114), Rich Razzleberry (100052)
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones (119246)
Ribbon: Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta
Punches: Scallop Trim Border (118402)
Cool stuff: Dazzling Details (124117)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Thanks for Being a Friend

I created this card to teach the "Joe's Coat" technique at my Friday Card Club. I like this technique quite a lot because you can create a very personal and unique background with just the stamps and inks you may have lying around at home. It's a very easy way to create an elegant and beautiful card with your products.

First, stamp a piece of Whisper White cardstock with any image you want. Try not to use solid stamps for this stage of the technique (i.e. use a stamp that is just the outline of what you want, or stamps that have a lot of "empty" space). Stamp the image randomly using different ink pads. Make sure to clean the stamp each time when you change colors. It's okay, and actually a little better, if you overlap the images in different colors.

Once you have covered the whole piece of cardstock, stamp any other image on the cardstock using VersaMark. In my case, I used the solid stamps from the Awash With Flowers Stamp Set. Clear emboss these images.

Now the fun part comes. Roll the brayer over a dark color ink pad several times. I used Not Quite Navy, but it could be any dark color, such as Night of Navy, Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Concord Crush, Bravo Burgundy, etc. Now roll the brayer on top of the cardstock several times so you can cover the images you stamped before. At this point, you should be able to see the clear embossed images showing up with different colors underneath. Once you're done, rub a tissue paper on top of the cardstock to clean off any excess ink and if you see that the clear embossed images are not very clean, you can dampen a Q-tip with water and rub it on the images.

Finally, add embellishments, a sentiment and you're done! Hope you like it. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Enjoy!

Cardstock: Pool Party (122924), Whisper White (100730)
Stamp Sets: Awash With Flowers (W 117062, C 120549), Happy Greetings (discontinued)
Ink: Calypso Coral (122939), Not Quite Navy (103008), Wisteria Wonder (122936), Daffodil Delight (119667), Pool Party (122938), VersaMark (102283)
Embossing Powder: Clear (109130)
Ribbon: Calypso Coral 3/8" Ruffled (122976)
Punches: Decorative Label (120907)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), Brayer (102395), Sponge Daubers (102892)
Cool stuff: Basic Rhinestones (119246)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Mojo Monday 205

Today I created this card, which to me came out very nice. I used the sewing machine to make the stitches on the card. To paint the leaf, I used Aquapainters and the ink pads. Because I used Whisper White cardstock, which isn't a paper that absorbs a lot of water, I had to use the Aquapainters only slightly damp, just enough to let the color run. I painted out of the borders on purpose, to give the stamp another look. I was inspired by Nichole Heady from {capture the moment}.

I hope you find inspiration with my creation also!

Cardstock: Whisper White (100730), So Saffron (105118), Early Espresso (119686), Poppy Parade (119793)
Designer Series Paper: Pocketful of Posies (122354)
Stamp Set: Faith in Nature (C 122492, W 122490)
Ink: Old Olive (102277), Daffodil Delight (119667), Chocolate Chip (100908)
Ribbon: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon (discontinued), Baker's Twine (123124)
Punches: 1-3/4" Circle (119850), Pinking Hearts Border (117649), Pinking Hearts Corner (118072), Scallop Edge Border (119882)
Cool stuff: Aquapainter (103954)

The Paper Players #60: Wishing you Xmas Cheer!

After a month of travelling to and from conventions, and vacationing with my family, I am back blogging.

First, I went to the SU! Convention in Utah, where I had a great week learning and sharing with friends.

When I came back, I spent one week in Miami and then back on the plane heading to Charlotte, NC, where I attended ICES (International Cake Decoration Convention). This was my first time at the convention, so as you can imagine everything was WOW! OOOH! AAAAAH! I modeled the Victorian carolers (as you could see from my last post, which has been up for more than two're probably tired of seeing the same pictures for days, lol). These carolers were on display at the convention, and I felt so proud to be able to make them and display them where people from all over the world could see them.

After I came back from ICES, I went on a cruise to the Bahamas with my family. My girls enjoyed this trip so much. But now I'm finally back on track. I really had a wonderful July full of information from conventions, surrounded by wonderful talent, and sharing with family and friends.

This is my card for The Paper Players. I stamped the background with three of the images from the Polar Party Stamp Set in Cherry Cobbler Ink. I placed the three images on the acrylic block and then stamped them randomly on a Real Red cardstock. Then I embossed the background using the Polka Dots Embossing Folder.

Hope you like my creation, and as always, don't hesitate to contact me for any questions you may have!

Cardstock: Crumb Cake (120953), Very Vanilla (101650), Old Olive (100702), Real Red (102482)
Stamp Set: Polar Party (C 122677, W 122675)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (119669), StaZon (101406), Crumb Cake (121030)
Markers: Old Olive (100079), Real Red (100052)
Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots (117335)
Embellishments: Glimmer Brads (121003)
Ribbon: Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon (124142)
Punches: 1" Circle (119868), 1-1/4" Circle (119861)
Cool stuff: Dazzling Details (124117), Sponge daubers (102892)

Friday, August 5, 2011

SU! Promotion and Cake Convention

Hi all!
Again I've been neglecting my blog, but I wanted to share with you today the reason behind it. I was busy modeling a Christmas scene to exhibit at the ICES Convention in Charlotte, NC. It's my first time attending the convention and my first time exhibiting something I modeled! I made everything by hand using modeling paste. The pictures don't show the finished product (I still had to finish some details, and the star), but you can get an idea of what it would look like.

Also I wanted to let you know about a Stampin' UP! promotion going on...for each three Designer Series Papers you buy, you get the fourth one for free! Let me know if you're interested, or click the link in the sidebar to the right for more info. This promotion is only for the month of August, so keep that in mind.

Hope you're all having a great summer! Enjoy!