Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Color Creation #8

I promised you one more new color card, and here it is. Using the SCS sketch challenge, I created this card featuring the last of the new colors: Concord Crush, one of the In Colors for the next two years. I used a color combination I found in the new catalog and paired it with Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, and So Saffron. This can be found on p. 123. I also borrowed the bird idea from a card on p. 17 of the catalog - it's one of my favorite samples in the whole IBC. (One more day!! No, I'm not excited at all!!!!)

First I stamped the floral block from For You All Do with razzleberry ink onto razzleberry card stock, then punched the bird's body from that. I added a plain plum wing and saffron branches on a panel of Very Vanilla card stock. The background is made up of a saffron card base stamped with the largest and smallest flowers from the same stamp set, a panel of plum DP, and a razzleberry strip embossed with the square lattice folder. I used Concord Crush card stock for all the layers. The sentiment is from On a Pedestal. It might be hard to see, but the scalloped layer was cut from the Pennant die, then I trimmed it to size and added the three saffron Button Latte buttons (tied with linen thread) in the scallops.

OK, so you've now seen all of the new colors on my blog. I hope you've enjoyed them - I've had a blast playing with them and it'll be fun to keep incorporating them into my work in the coming weeks. I'll be back tomorrow with the DDIC of the week!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

New Color Creation #7

I'm back with another new color combo, featuring one of the two colors I haven't shown yet. This card uses the new In Color called Poppy Parade. When I first saw this color I wasn't sure I liked it, but I think it's growing on me after working with it. I did a couple other new things with this card: my first easel card, which was today's challenge at the relatively new challenge blog Always Playing with Paper.

I used Beate's tutorial on SCS to make my card, following the variation for A2 size. The main panel starts at 3 1/8", with a 3 1/4" poppy square, a 3 13/16" Daffodil Delight square punched with the scallop trim punches, then finished with Old Olive on the base poppy layer. I stamped two flowers from Punched Posies in daffodil, then punched out poppy centers.

Here's a shot of the bottom of the card. To hold up the easel I used more scallop punched strips over the white sentiment panel, then I added the daffodil butterfly. I let the scallops and piercing be my "embellishments" - no need for anything else here. The sentiment comes from the new hostess set Occasional Quotes - just a few more days until the new catalog goes live on July 1 and you can get all these great products for yourself!

OK, one more color left to show you, so watch for that later this week - I promise to do that one card, at the very least!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Summer watercolors

Happy Saturday! It's another challenge day for Our Creative Corner, and for her final challenge Linda Coughlin asked us to use cool blues and greens for summer. I combined these colors with the Joseph's Coat technique on a card we'll be making at my club this weekend.

First I stamped the En Francais background with Not Quite Navy on a panel of Whisper White card stock. Next I sponged Marina Mist and Certainly Celery ink over the panel. The image from Watercolor Trio was stamped three times with Versamark, embossed with clear EP, then covered with Marina Mist ink with a brayer. Once you wipe off the excess ink the soft sponged colors come out - it's a very cool technique. To finish the card I added a strip of retired celery DP, a strip of Not Quite Navy punched with the eyelet border punch, a sentiment from On Your Birthday, and a button faux tied with Marina Mist ribbon.

I hope you'll visit the OCC and play along with our challenge - I just love blue and green on my cards and I can't wait to see some wonderful colors this week!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sunshine Award

Chanda Stehlik was so gracious to honor me with the Sunshine Award on her blog. This award goes to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspires others in the blogging world. Aw, shucks, thanks, Chanda! She has some lovely stuff on her blog so you should go check it out.

I know that I'm supposed to turn around and give this award to some other bloggers, but as I'm swamped getting ready for club tomorrow, I will just say thanks to everyone who inspires me - some are on my blog roll, and some are not, but there are so many wonderfully creative people out there that deserve this award and I just can't narrow it down right now! :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Color Creation #6

Are you having fun seeing all the new colors? I think I've used all but one and I'll try to get it in before July 1! This is a card that we'll make at my club meeting this week. I used two new colors, Blushing Bride and Cajun Craze, along with Very Vanilla, Old Olive and Soft Suede. I am loving all the fresh color combos that these new colors offer!

My card is a CASE of this card, which I just thought was fabulous. I kept more of the original than I usually do - it was so great that I had to! The "notebook" paper was made with my scoring tool and spiral punch, then I took the Soft Suede pad directly to the card stock before sponging on a bunch more. I used With All My Heart and Sweetheart with the extra large flower punch to make my image - I just love these stamps together. I kept the A to Z image on the blush panel - the Soft Suede was stamped off once to keep it from being too dark. The faux ricrac is done with the scallop edge punch - I started with a 1" strip of Cajun Craze card stock, punched one side, then offset the punch to do the other side. I used a tab of 1 1/4" striped ribbon and a sentiment from All Holidays to finish it off.

I'm still working on what the other two club projects will be, so I'd better get back to it. Thanks for stopping by - I always appreciate those of you who visit!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

New Color Creation #5

This card will be going to my wonderful husband tonight. It features the new colors of Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso, along with Night of Navy. It's also for the Sweet Sunday sketch challenge.

I first stamped the Medallion with cherry ink onto naturals ivory card stock, then I inked the stamp again with the navy ink and stamped it a second time so I could punch out the center. I had the idea to stamp another cherry medallion on the cherry card stock to layer the image - what do you think of this effect? I used dimensionals to position the three separate parts in the right spot. In the corner I added three silver brads, then I used my Memory Box sentiment and the modern label punch and Movers & Shapers. The last touch was a strip of navy DP (from the current hostess pack) on an espresso card base.

I'm off to play with the kids in the sprinkler - Todd is taking a much-deserved nap and we will give him his gifts tonight. Happy Father's Day to all the dads - including my own! Love you, Dad!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

New Color Creation #4

I'm back with some more new colors - something bright and cheery this time! This is also my card for this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner. Our hostess Linda Coughlin asked us to CASE one of the other OCC team members. What a tough decision - so much wonderfulness to choose from! I ended up picking this card from Sarah Gough. It had the happy, summery look I was going for and I just love Sarah's style, whether clean and simple or full of vintage detail.

Looking at Sarah's card I immediately thought of the new hostess set called Apple Blossoms. The colors I chose are Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz, and Peach Parfait (another of the new In Colors - this was my first time trying it out). The flowers were inked with a faux rock and roll technique - I used the peach marker on the edge after inking them in daffodil. I flipped the layout to fit my flowers and simplified things a bit. Instead of stitching - I don't sew on my cards, or on anything, LOL - I used a little bit of piercing. I embossed the pear card stock panel with the finial press folder and added three strips of daffodil ribbon around it. The finishing touch was the sentiment, which I topped with a daffodil bow.

Be sure you visit the OCC blog to see all the creations from the team - I can't wait to find out who CASEd whom!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #30

Welcome to this week's challenge! For this time around I just fell in love with this retro-style photo from Nostalgia Organics. Isn't it just too sweet?

I'm taking a little break from my New Color Creations - sort of. I used three returning colors (former In Colors) on this card: Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, and Wild Wasabi, along with Real Red and Whisper White. I let the photo inspire my layout with the scalloped corners (done with an EK Success punch) and the Real Red ribbon band across the center. The strawberry is from Tart and Tangy, and behind it I used the new Homemade stamp that fits perfectly with the fabulous 2 3/8" scalloped circle punch. I love this punch - it's so, so great. The 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circles cover up the stamp's words so I was left with just the sweet border for the scallops. The sentiment is a rub-on by American Crafts, which I applied to a Wild Wasabi tag, then for a little more vintage fun I added three buttons. I used linen thread for the tag bow and to thread the buttons. The background uses retired Pink Pirouette DP that came as close as I could find to looking like fabric.

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 online forums will be DDIC30. Have fun and look for the next challenge on July 1!

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Color Creation #3

Here's a simple Father's Day card I made this morning to send to my father-in-law. My new colors I'm featuring today are Pear Pizazz and Cajun Craze. Pear Pizazz is one of the upcoming In Colors - and these five fun colors will be with us for two years! It's a pretty green, darker than Certainly Celery but lighter than Old Olive. Cajun Craze is a lovely rusty dark orange.

I took one of the stamps from Leaf Lines and stamped it three times with Chocolate Chip on naturals white card stock, then I colored it with Pear Pizazz and Cajun Craze markers. I added the sentiment (from Memory Box) in Cajun Craze and pierced a line under it for emphasis. In two corners I added retired Hodgepodge Hardware copper brads. Finally I finished off with a panel of Pear Pizazz embossed with the square lattice folder.

I hope you're enjoying seeing previews of the new colors as much as I'm loving playing with them. July 1 is just around the corner, right?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Color Creation #2

Let's see if I can manage to start a little blog series - I will try to keep up with it, LOL! Since we have so many new colors, the possible combinations are just swirling around in my head. So I'm going to make a point of featuring at least two new colors on my cards between now and July 1. I'm calling this one New Color Creation #2 because my ice cream card was really my first card in the series. Sounds like fun, right?

This is also another card for the featured stamper challenge for today. LeAnne had so many great cards that I couldn't choose just one! This card jumped out at me for the way she put the scalloped circles under the ribbon, and I just had to try something similar.

I picked the Tropical Party stamp set for my flowers. The large flower is done in Cherry Cobbler and the small flower in Marina Mist. These two colors are *swooooon* gorgeous! I used one of the old olive prints from the matching Island Oasis papers, then for my darkest color I chose Early Espresso. I added faux stitching to my strip of Marina Mist card stock since I don't have any wide ribbon in these colors (yet?). The sentiment comes from Perfect Punches, and I stamped it in Early Espresso then colored in "friend" with my Cherry Cobbler marker. It's layered on Early Espresso thanks to my Movers & Shapers dies. I added a Playground olive button threaded with Marina Mist ribbon. The bow is not actually tied through the button - I just used glue dots - but it looks like it is, doesn't it? Pretty cool trick that may have convinced me I *need* this ribbon in every color!

I dunno 'bout this one...

I made this quick card for the featured stamper challenge, which is honoring LeAnne Pugliese today. This is the card I chose - I loved the CAS style and the text going up the side. And I did intend to use text but somehow it didn't work out that way, LOL!

I broke out a stamp set that will be available in the new catalog - it's called Artistic Etchings. The vintage look has a strong presence in the new catalog, and I love that style. I did stick with CAS mostly, though. I inked the medallion with crumb cake, stamped off once, then stamped the three images on the left side of the whisper white panel. The "amour" sentiment and the Eiffel Tower were stamped in basic black. I loved the white space on LeAnne's card, but on mine it just looked like too much white. Did I go too far with the big flower? It's from the pretties kit - I streaked a little crumb cake marker on the petals to make it stand out more. In the center I put a black button from my stash and one of the big pretties kit pearls, then I added kraft taffeta ribbon. Tell me what you think - I honestly don't know if I like this or not!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Happy 4th

I have a triple-challenge card for you today, and it's my first-ever Fourth of July card. This week at Our Creative Corner, Linda wants us to do something to the corners of our cards. The layout comes from Taylor's latest sketch challenge. Finally, I'm entering this in Shelli Gardner's challenge to make something that sparkles. This just might be the sparkliest card I've ever made, LOL!

Knowing I was going for razzle-dazzle, I picked the July Fourth stamp set from the summer mini. All the images on my card come from that set. I stamped the fireworks onto pacific point cardstock, then I used heat and stick powder with dazzling diamonds glitter to make them sparkle. I did the same with the red punched star and the little stamped stars in the corner, using red galaxy glitter. I colored the sentiment with markers and then added more glitter with a glue pen. The large scallop border was made using 1" punched circles, then I added the real red panel stamped with firecrackers and embellished with rhinestone brads.

This was a fun card, and for even more fun, be sure to visit the OCC blog to see what the other super-talented DT members came up with. We can't wait to see what you do with your corners!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Chocolate Sprinkles

This week's challenge at Our Creative Corner is to make a card inspired by whatever summer means to you. I thought of a few different things but one memory that has always stood out from my childhood summers is riding our bikes to a local ice cream place that sold HUGE cones of the yummiest handmade ice cream for 25 cents. I loved going there as a kid and to this day ice cream is one of my favorite things in the world.

I combined this with the SCS inspiration challenge (the colors and the dots in this bedding set). I used the fun stamp set called Sweet Scoops for my card. Along with that, I couldn't wait to break out some of the goodies I got with my new catalog preorder! The colors on this card are early espresso, crumb cake (formerly kraft), blushing bride (one of the new In Colors) and whisper white. The layout comes from the Sweet Sunday sketch challenge. I stamped the scoops with the reverse kissing technique and put them onto cutouts from the scallop oval die. Of course I had to have chocolate ice cream for this card. The crumb cake scoop needed some chocolate sprinkles - perhaps it's coffee ice cream? Yum... OK, moving on...

The background is a panel of whisper white embossed with Perfect Polka Dots, with a panel of crumb cake cardstock stamped with - what else? - more chocolate sprinkles. You can never have too many, right? Since I can't get ribbon in blushing bride yet, I made my own with a narrow strip of cardstock and some faux stitching. Finally I added the sentiment, from the new set Perfect Punches. The only thing that isn't SU is the button, which I found in my stash - and it's a perfect match so I'm sure I'll be using these again. I threaded it with the new 1/8" taffeta ribbon in early espresso - if you cut it to a very sharp point this ribbon threads through the button holes quite nicely. I think this will be a fun addition to our ribbon selection!

OK, now I really want some ice cream... I know you will enjoy seeing what all the OCC team members have come up with for summery cards this week. I hope you'll play along with us!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge #29

We haven't done a room challenge in a while, so here's a gorgeous one for you. This bedroom comes from Better Homes and Gardens. The colors are so calming - I wish I had this bedroom but Todd would never put up with purple, LOL!

I went with clean and simple since this bedroom has such clean lines. For colors I chose baja breeze, perfect plum, and chocolate chip. I didn't have any tulips so I chose this flower from Petal Pizazz instead, with a baja breeze corduroy button in the center and a couple branches punched from chocolate chip cardstock with the extra large bird punch. I used the same punch to make my background, inspired by the brown pillow with white leaves you can see on the bed. The duvet immediately brought to mind the new square lattice embossing folder, which I used on the baja breeze card base. A little piercing and a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes, punched with the curly label punch, and I was all done.

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 online forums will be DDIC29. Have fun and look for the next challenge on June 17!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June Card Kit of the Month

Here is my card kit for the month of June. With this card kit you’ll receive complete instructions and all the consumable supplies needed to make 6 of each of these card designs – a total of 12 cards. The price of this kit is just $15, including envelopes.

If you purchase the monthly kit, you will also have the opportunity to purchase the coordinating stamp set at 15% off retail price (tax and shipping not included). This month the featured stamp set is Elements of Style.

Elements of Style wood-mount stamp set regularly $27.95, with purchase of kit $23.76
Elements of Style clear-mount stamp set regularly $19.95, with purchase of kit $16.96

The rest of the products used in making these cards are given in the list below. If you have all of these then you’re ready to go, but just let me know if you’d like to order any of these items. You can also use the kit to make your cards with the supplies you already own. The original designs utilize a large number of punches, but the layouts are flexible enough that you should be able to substitute a variety of punches and dies.

Please get your orders to me by June 15. You will receive your kit before the end of the month.

Lori Rider

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Additional Product List

• Bashful Blue Classic Ink ($5.95) and reinker ($2.95 – optional but recommended)
• Chocolate Chip Classic Ink ($5.95)
• Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink ($5.95) and reinker ($2.95 – optional but recommended)
• Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write marker (from set of In Color markers, $17.95)
• Watercolor Trio stamp set ($22.95/16.95)
• Extra-large flower punch ($15.95) or five petal punch ($15.95)
• Boho Blossoms punch ($15.95)
• Large oval punch ($15.95)
• Scalloped oval punch ($15.95)
• 1 ¼” circle punch ($15.95)
• 1 3/8” circle punch ($15.95)
• Scallop circle punch ($15.95)
• Aqua Painter (medium; set of medium/large $16.95) or paint brush
• Stamping sponge (set of 3, $3.50) or paper towel
• Paper snips ($9.95)
• Bone folder ($6.95)
• Stampin’ Dimensionals ($3.95)
• SNAIL adhesive ($6.95)
• Mini glue dots ($3.95)
• Post-it Note

Please let me know if there are any questions about the kit and thanks for visiting!