Monday, June 29, 2009

A fond farewell

I know we are all going to miss the 2008-2009 In Colors - I thought I'd post one last card featuring some of them, and then I really will try to move on to the new ones!

I made this card for this week's Mojo Monday challenge. Julee has a great sketch this week - wow, #93! I based my color scheme around the gorgeous floral paper from October Afternoon, which works really well with baja breeze, pacific point, and kiwi kiss. My stamps are from the new Level 3 hostess set Kind & Caring Thoughts. I inked the flower with baja breeze, wiped off the stem, then colored the stem with an old olive marker (I know, I cheated). I used some textured cardstock in baja breeze and pacific point for the layers and card base, and very vanilla for the stamping. The background paper is from the kiwi kiss patterns, and my embellishments are from JoAnn's: crocheted trim in ivory and three buttons that match pacific point really well. How's that for a little vintage sweetness?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Flower Power

I'm back - sorry to disappear on you. We were having some technical difficulties with the new camera but I think we have it straightened out now.

My card today is for a challenge that is new to me - the Color Throwdown. These awesome stampers choose really great color combinations for their challenges, and I finally got to play along. This week's challenge is to use baja breeze, pink pirouette, and kraft - as a farewell to the retiring colors. (Sniff...) I resisted the urge to add chocolate chip in there - I wanted to keep it soft. I did find that a challenge, but I like what I ended up with.

I chose the Petal Pizzazz set and stamped all of the flowers in the set in the pink and baja breeze. I added buttons to three of the flowers and put them onto a kraft panel, with some of them on dimensionals. The sentiment (by Impression Obsession) was stamped with baja breeze on kraft, then circle punched and layered onto a baja breeze circle. The scallop circle was taken from the largest image in the Gallery set, and then scallop punched. To the bottom I added a pink strip that was punched with an EK Success border punch. One of my club members turned me on to them and I decided to try this one out - I think it's really sweet. I added some pink pirouette ribbon in the lower corner, mounted with dimensionals on a baja breeze card base, and called it done.

Thanks for visiting today - I know I still need to get on with making stuff from my new catalog goodies - so stop by again soon and hopefully I will have those for you!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #6

Wow, here we are at week 6! I hope you'll come and play - I think we have a fabulous challenge for you today. I found this photograph at Dandelion Ranch and just loved the colors and dramatic style of it. I combined my card with SCS sketch challenge #232 - a very cool layout.

I kept the background white to imitate the inspiration piece. My other colors are riding hood red, basic black, and kiwi kiss. I got my preview order from the new catalog and decided that Razzle Dazzle was the perfect set for this challenge.

For the center panel I first stamped the image in kiwi then in red, cutting out parts of the image to lay on top of the kiwi. I had to have green leaves, of course! I'm really excited that the new In Colors come in markers - if only they would go back and make them for the past ICs too... Anyway, I also colored over some of the kiwi with black marker. I should have just colored over the ink on the stamp, but by the time I thought of that it was already too late! (I don't know why my kiwi looks so washed out in the photo - it's a new camera and that's what I got!)

The small squares also use a stamp from Razzle Dazzle, and I layered all the squares with Nestabilities. I added a strip of DP from the Bella Rose pack, some kiwi ribbon, and a sentiment that comes from the new level 3 hostess set Kind & Caring Thoughts. I really love how it turned out - I think this is going to be a favorite set of mine from the new catalog.

Be sure to check out the cards made by all the Divine Divas for this challenge!






Hope you are inspired to come and play along. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on SCS will be DDIC6. Have fun and look for the next challenge on July 2!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

June stamp club

I had my most recent club meeting this past weekend - the final one of this session. We'll start back up in September with a four-month club to coincide with the holiday mini catalog. We had some really fun projects for this meeting and I wanted to share them.

For our 3-D project we made this fun Top Note purse. This was the SCS demo challenge project from last Friday and it's so cute! It would fit some 3x3 cards or some kind of small favor. We used the Top Note and scallop circle dies, Parisian Breeze specialty paper, chocolate chip ribbon, pewter jumbo eyelets, and a flower made from the scallop punch and a corduroy button. The design was greatly inspired by another purse that was made by zipperc98.

I really love this card. We did the background with the rolling marble technique and used one of the new hostess sets from the upcoming catalog called Wings of Friendship. The bird and flower stamp was partially inked with baja breeze and kiwi kiss, then the scrolls were colored with basic gray marker. This card also qualifies for last Friday's limited supply challenge - it was tough to work in brads so I had the idea of putting one of the larger brads through the bow. What do you think?

The last project was the flower pot pocket card that everyone has been making. We had a bit of a challenge with cutting the flower pots, so if anyone has a tutorial that shows cutting this with the tabletop cutter, please share! I used riding hood red, tangerine tango, so saffron, kiwi kiss, and chocolate chip cardstock and papers for the flowers, punched with the five petal punch. I wheeled the base of the flower pot with Lots of Dots, but one of my gals did her pot with the polka-dot paper and that was even cuter!

I'll be back posting club projects in the fall, but I hope to start showing you new catalog preview projects very soon - it's always exciting when the new catalog is coming and I can't wait to show you some of my favorites!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #5

Thanks for stopping by to check out this week's challenge! For this time around we have these cute tanks from Title Nine. I'm showing you both colors because between green and blue, I couldn't possibly choose a favorite. Feel free to take your inspiration from any or all of these colors!

I decided to pick and choose colors I saw in these tops: soft sky, blue bayou, mellow moss, and chocolate chip. It was fun to dust off these retired In Colors - I still love them.

For the background I used my B Line Designs damask, inked in blue bayou and stamped off once, then stamped on soft sky cardstock. I sponged the edges with blue bayou and just a bit of chocolate chip. The flower from Friends 24-7 was stamped in chocolate chip, then colored with mellow moss marker and blue bayou reinker and cut/embossed with Nestabilities.

I added a sentiment from Bella Blossoms, a layer of 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain and blue bayou double-stitched ribbon, and three white pearls from the Pretties Kit. The blue bayou bow was a last-minute addition, and I think it made a huge difference - this is still a simple card but the bow makes me say, "Aww..." I worked most of the day on this challenge card - well, not THIS card but on the challenge - watch closely and you may see my rejects show up in another form! ;) It's only been two weeks so how did I get so badly out of stamping shape?

Be sure to check out the cards made by all the Divine Divas for this challenge!





Keri (Keri is recovering from surgery so she may not be able to participate - please keep her in your thoughts!)

Hope you are inspired to come and play along. Just leave a comment here with a link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create! The keyword for uploading on SCS will be DDIC5. Have fun and look for the next challenge on June 18!