Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Scrapdango GDT Search

Hola! I made this layout for the Scrapdango Guest Design Team Search and although I cannot get it to load on their site ( - go check them out, the members are awesome and I love their message board, gallery, and monthly kits) I thought I'd put it on here. I'm going to include the link in the thread about the GDT but we'll see if they accept me as an actual entry or not. Most times computers are amazing, but sometimes they overwhelm me with frustration!

Here's my info that goes with it...along with a little bit about the process (we had to ink/distress the papers, use chipboard, and do some type of stitching):

I had so much fun with this one!!! I inked the edges of every paper - mostly with SU! Chocolate Chip (I sponged it onto/into the KI lace) but inked the background one with a Colorbox Cat's Eye in Copper for some extra shine. I used acrylic paints to paint the "D" and "C" chipboard and left the rest of the letters as they came. Finally, I used my sewing machine to stitch for the first time!!! I used white thread straight down the red/green piece near the edges. I used brown thread around the green photo mat. I also used a bit of embroidery floss to hand stitch a bit on the edges of the journaling block. One additional fun thing I tried here - I printed my photo on textured cardstock (looks more worn already because of the ridges) and then I sanded the edges of the photo before popping it up with dimensionals on the green mat. Hope you like it! Thanks for looking!

Note: The name tag is something you have to wear at Discovery Cove and they attach a map to your lanyard which is what the thing under my name tag is. I really wanted to include them - I love actual souvenirs from any trip/place/event!!! :)

Brown, Green, & Red Patterned Papers - My Mind's Eye
Yellow CS - Stampin' Up!
Polka Dot Pattered Paper - Deja Views
Blue Dot Lace CS - KI
Ink - Stampin' Up! & Colorbox
Thread - Coats & Clark
Embroidery Floss - DMC
Journaling stamp - Scrappy Cat
Chipboard - "D" & "C": Provocraft & rest of letters (white): Heidi Swapp
Green Staples (hard to tell in photo) - Making Memories
Ric Rac - Hobby Lobby
Journaling Pen - Zig Writer

* Sorry the photo isn't super straight - my title really is (I'm a psycho about straightness so this drives me nuts) - I was having camera issues tonight!

Have a great day! Hopefully I'll be back with a card or layout using Kristina Werner's new Color Inspiration challenge!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration #12

Hi again! I love the colors in Kristina's challenge this week - So Saffron is one of my favorite Stampin' Up! colors (if not my very very favorite)! So here's my card - for my sister-in-law's 30th birthday as well!

I really wanted to stick with a mostly neutral color scheme and was inspired by the white circles in the photo so I made my own attempt at this one! Originally I started punching circles from vellum cardstock but was having adhesive issues so I abandoned that for the white circles in the finished product. Hope you like it!!!

The photo isn't so great but I used Wild Wasabi ink on the So Saffron piece and it looks gorgeous. Also you can't totally tell but the entire frame is popped up on dimensionals as is the sentiment. I really love this card!

Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron
Ink: Wild Wasabi
Punches: 1/2", 1", 1 1/4" circles
Other: Dimensionals (lots of them), White 1/4" grosgrain

Retired List

Hello! Stampin' Up released their list of retiring stamp sets (will not be in the Fall/Winter 2008 Catalog). Make sure you get these stamps before they are gone!!! Here's a link to the file with the retiring stamp sets.

You can either leave a comment here with your name and phone number or name and email or contact me at if you need to order any of these great sets! One of my personal favorite image sets - Year after Year is retiring - check that one out for sure!!!

I'll be back in just a couple with this weeks entry for Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration Challenge!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Fresh Cuts & Fresh Cut Notes

Hi! New set (available for order in June only until new catalog is released August 11th) making its debut in the brand new catalog!!! I LOVE this set despite my aversion to flowers (that's wearing off as I become more deeply entrenhed in card making & scrapbooking). It is such a fun set with 5 great stamps! Here's a link to my upline Beth's blog for her photo of the set as well as using it with the Fresh Cut Notes which are laser-cut so you can see through the petals! Worried about writing on the inside of the card? Just stamp your image (the large collage stamp is great for this) and cut it to just 1/4" smaller on each side than the acutal cards and glue inside with the image facing outward!!! Also then if you have a stamping boo-boo you don't ruin one of these gorgeous cards. Maybe I'll try and do a tutorial on that this week, once I recharge my camera batteries (I took today's photo on fumes). Anyway here's the card I made using this incredible set ($21.95 and you get the notes for $5 - they are regularly $8.95).