Archive for June, 2009

CC225: Krafty Saffron Nights

The Color Combo Challenges over at Splitcoast are a vital resource for obtaining color combos! There are color combos in there that I would *never* put together on my own!

Today’s color challenge is Krafty Saffron Nights, using Kraft, So Saffron, and Night of Navy. Somehow (I have yet to figure out *HOW*), I don’t own Night of Navy!! What is wrong with me (adding it to my next order…)? I substituted Not Quite Navy for a similar effect. The ribbon on the card is actually Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon that I tinted with So Saffron Ink.

Kraft is one of my favorites to work with. I love using the Kraft cardstock as a base for my cards. It’s nice and sturdy, and matches practically everything!

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All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – Kind and Caring Thoughts
Colors -So Saffron, Not Quite Navy
Paper – Urban Garden, Parisian Summer (both retired)
Accessories – Taffeta Ribbon, Stamp-a-majig, Scallop Border punch, Earth Elements brads, Paper Piecing Tool

June 30, 2009 at 8:02 pm 9 comments

The yellow rose of friendship

This is the first year I’ve tried my hand at growing roses. I purchased a yellow rose plant from my local big box home improvement center, and thought for sure I would kill it in no time flat. To my surprise, it flourished!

This is my favorite photograph of my yellow roses (so far anyway!)…Enjoy!
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June 30, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

More Thank yous…

I *never* have enough Thank You cards. I’m totally old school when it comes to Thank yous. Mainly, that they should be sent!

For this set, I used retired Designer Series paper. My goal is to really make a dent in the 2 tons I have left over from previous catalogs!!!

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All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – Cheep Talk, Tenny Tiny Wishes
Colors -Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss
Paper – Hawaii Papaya, Ski Slope, & Frosty Day Designer Series papers, all retired

Accessories – Grosgrain Ribbon, Stamp-a-majig

June 29, 2009 at 8:00 am 8 comments

Something old, something new…

Today’s card is based on another SCS Challenge – Featured Stamper. I love the Featured Stamper challenges because they introduce us to so many artists we might not otherwise get to see!

I chose the following card from this week’s Featured Stamper – Dawn L. – Marvelous Things . I liked how Dawn made her own designer paper by repeating a stamped image. That inspired me to do something similar, only I chose to stamp on Designer Paper for a custom look! The “Something old, Something new” title comes from the fact that I showcased the old In Colors and Bella Rose DSP (which retire in 2 days! *sniff sniff*) with a new Hostess Level 2 stamp set (Get yours by hosting a workshop!).

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All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – Asian Artistry
Colors -Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive
Paper – Bella Rose Designer Series Paper

Accessories – Paper Piecing tool, Grosgrain Ribbon, Taffeta ribbon, Earth Elements Brads, Aquapainter

June 28, 2009 at 3:28 pm 8 comments

Who says you have to stamp?

Today I had a self-imposed challenge to make a card with NO stamping. I love the retiring Raspberry tart paper, so I dug that out to really showcase it. Adding in Die Cut Blooms and a rub-on sentiment and this card was done!

DSC_3219All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – None!
Colors -Old Olive, Real Red, Cameo Coral, Whisper White
Paper – Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper

Accessories – Paper Piecing tool, Grosgrain Ribbon, Chit Chat Rub-ons, Die Cut Blooms, Filigree Brads, Earth Elements Brads

June 27, 2009 at 8:00 am 7 comments

Sometimes, simple is better…

I can’t say enough about how much I love clean and simple cards. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love making detailed, complicated cards (like the last one I posted!), but sometimes, simple is better!

I achieved the mottled effect on the flower image by first stamping the flower head itself in Melon Mambo ink, then taking my Rich Razzleberry In Color Marker (helllloooo! In color markers!!!) and “thumping” it over top. I finished the flower off by inking the stem of the flower with the Old Olive Marker.

I started to use ribbon on this card, but I just wasn’t feeling the way it was looking. So I took out the new Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series paper, and from the one striped sheet, I cut out the pink and white flowery stripe and applied it. I really like the effect is has as “faux ribbon”!

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All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – Kind and Caring Thoughts, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors – Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Paper – Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series paper

Accessories – Paper Piecing tool, Scalloped Oval punch, Small Oval punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Markers

June 26, 2009 at 9:57 pm 5 comments

How does your garden grow?

This year we decided to do something a little different, and grow some tomatoes. I’m the only one that eats them, so I decided to get one of the “patio” variety plants, thinking that it would produce less tomatoes. Boy was I wrong!

Here’s my plant, as of this week:
DSC_3208I counted no less than 20 tomatoes! I suppose I’ll need to find some good sauce and salsa recipes…soon!
There was one red one – I plucked that off and ate it for lunch today. It was the best tasting tomato EVER! What I like most is knowing what all went into it – NOTHING. I did nothing more than put water on this plant. Organic eating at it’s finest!

Even my English Bulldog Ellie Mae tried to get in on the action:

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June 25, 2009 at 8:00 am 1 comment

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