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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #61 - Shadow Box CArd

This week's challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments is to make a Shadow Box Card.  Below I'll give you the link to the instructions I used so you can go make your own card for our challenge.  On this card I used my new favorite color Pink Pirouette.  I don't know why I hadn't used this color much before, but now that I have, expect to see a lot of it.  I can only imagine how luscious it will look paired with Early Espresso or Chocolate Chip.  But I digress, on to this card....I used the Happiness Shared Stamp Set for this gorgeous Wild Rose design.  I just LOVE using this set.  It give me the opportunity to "think" I am a watercolorist!  Is that a word?  Anyway I love to watercolor and the Stampin' write Makers and the Blender Pen make it so easy to create beautiful cards like this. This was a kind of tricky card to cut in the middle, it took a little while to figure out...I didn't want to cut the entire circle as I wanted some of the flower to edge over into the center of the circle so I could cut around it.  Make sense?  Kinda hard for me to put into words, but maybe you can see what I am talking about. On the back of the shadow box I stamped a sentiment form Occasional Quotes (a Sale-a-Bration set from last yr....bad Sherry, I know) and the single rose and leaf from the Happiness Shared set.  Then I sponged certainly Celery and Pink Pirouette in the opening.  I think it makes it look like light is shining in form above because of the light green tint at the top.  To finish off I stamped the Baroque Motif flourish in VersaMark ink and coated it with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and heat set to give the backgrounds some interest.  I added a little dazzling diamonds to the roses and strategically placed some pearls around to add a little more glamour.  The beauty of this card really doesn't show through in this picture.  You've really gotta see it in person to enjoy its outstanding beauty.  Here is the link I used for instructions.  This is a great tutorial by the awesome Dawn Griffith check it out.   It is super easy to do.  If you'd like any of the supplies I used to make this card, please let me know (, I'd love to be your Stampin' Up Demonstrator.

Monday, March 28, 2011

SNEAK PEEK - Paisley Petals

Isn't this the most gorgeous Designer Series Paper? It's the new DSP Paisley Petals from the upcoming Summer Mini. I took one sheet and cut out the image to use as the art piece and focal point for my card.  The background was spritzed with the Not Quite Navy Stampin Write Marker.  A 2 3/4" circle was masked off and sponged with Not Quite Navy. Layers are Not Quite Navy and Whisper White, then was punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch.  I added pearls to finish off the card.   If you'd like to be among the first tovhave this gorgeous paper, please email me at, I'd love to be your Demonstrator.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lovely as a Tree

This beautiful tree full of Spring flowers is the single image from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set. The image was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder. I used pastel colors of Stampin' Write Markers to pounce some colorful flower petals on the tree. Then I masked off around the tree and sponged the ground, blue sky and pink blush to the sunrise.  The background CS is Pink Pirouette and Springtime Vintage from the Occasions Mini. Because I used the black embossing powder, I decided to back the artpiece and DSP with black, then I wanted to use black tulle with the white organza ribbon that I died with Pink Pirouette as an embellishment. I just love pink and black together.  And I really love how this card turned out. If you need any of the supplies I used to create this card for yourself, please email me at  I'd love to be your demonstrator.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments -Blooming Blossoms - Challenge #60

I hope each of you that take time to visit my blog this week will join me at the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge Blog for this week's Theme Challenge #60 Blooming Blossoms.  I dusted off a stamp set that I hadn't used in a very long time, the Friends 24-7 set.  It has some great stamps in it besides the stem of flowers....a flourish, 3 sentiments, and  a bird (which I didn't use.).  I chose White Textured CS for the Fancy Favor Box and the Butterfly Bookmark (Sizzix Beatuiful Butterflies Die).  The card is embossed with the Elegant Lines folder.  A piece of the new Paisley Petals is SNEAKING A PEEK from behind the art piece.  Both pieces have 2 edges punched with the Scallop Trim Corner Punch.  Everything is sponged in Not Quite Navy and colored with Stampin' Write Markers.  Inspiration for the card came from a gorgeous Birthday card I received from Debbie Pike.

Monday, March 21, 2011

SNEAK PEEK - FOUR FRAMES meets Elements of Style and Frost Shimmer Paint

This is by far one of my favorite stamp sets, Elements of Style and one of my favorite techniques using Frost Shimmer Paint.  It is really hard to capture the beauty of the Shimmer Paint, so you will just have to take my word for it that it is just G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!!!  I used Night of Navy to a\sponge around the inside of the Sizzix 3.5" circle, then leaving the mask in place I stamped the Elements of Style Rose and colored it with my Stampin' Write Markers (Pink Pirouette, Pretty in PInk, a touch of Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, So Safforn, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz.) The Hummingbird is colored with the Markers also. On this card you're getting a SNEAK PEEK of the Four Frames stamp set that will soon be available in the Summer Mini Catalog. If you want to be among the first to get the new Four Frames Stamp Set, please let me know.  I would love to be your Demonstrator, so emal me at

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Birthday Bakery

This is a card I made for my Brother-in-Law.  I used Not Quite Navy and Bashful Blue mounted on Whisper White for the card base.  I stamped the Birthday Bakery (IB &C Hostess Gift) and the Happy Birthday from Bring on the Cake (New Occasions Mini) stamps on Whisper White in Black StazOn and colored it with Stampin' Write markers and a blender pen.  It is finished off with a piece of Marina Mist Satin Ribbon.  If you need any of the supplies I used to create this card with, please email me at  I'd love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I've been bakin' a cake!

Well as you can see I have been busy baking already this morning.  No, not really, but this has got to be the best of both worlds as far as cake goes....Loads of layers, lots of frosting (rhinestones), beautiful decorations (Elements of Style Flourish), and just a few candles.  Can you even imagine what would happen if there were 63 candles on this card left....all burned up!  LOL.  I thought this was a really cute card idea.  It turned out just like it was in my head.  So Happy Birthday to Me! (Doin' the Happy Birthday Dance).

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring Photo -Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #59

The challange this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments is "Inspired by Nature" showing an outdoor Spring photo.  I actually joined two photos together that I took last May in Sequim, Wa.  I'm not sure what the beautiful flowers are, but they were stunning in real life.  The seagull was also taken on the same trip to Sandi MacIver's Spring Card Event in Sequim. I thought it would be nice to add the blue flowers to the seagull picture because the sky was such a gorgeous blue color.  I used Night of Navy and Bashful Blue CS to mount the pics with.  I added a little fun by using the Scallop Trim Border punch along the edge.  I hope each of you will join me in the challenge this week.  Hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and give it a go! If you need any supplies from Stampin' Up!, please email me at, I'd love to be your demonstrator.
This is the same seagul, just with different flowers.  These flowers are all over Washington state in abundance. They are just breathtaking.  I used Basic Gray, Melon Mambo and Night of Navy to back these pics.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Go for the Green - Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #58

This was such an easy card to make.  I'm really into easy these days.  Life is just passing me by way to fast recently.  Hence, this is going to be my only post this week.  I am at a conference for my day J-O-B and will be extremely busy.  Luckily the conference is in town, so at least I get to sleep in my own bed each night.  Yea!  This is the card I created for the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge this week. The DSP on the card base is the new Springtime Vintage in the Occasions Mini.   For the Shamrock, I took some VersaMark re-inker and painted it onto a piece of Old Olive CS, sprinkled it with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and heat set it with the SU Heat Tool to create the awesome glittery Shamrock. I made the Shamrock by using the Large Heart Punch to punch the Shamrock leaves out of the glittery CS.  Then I freehand cut the stems for the Shamrock.  After asesembling the Shamrock onto the Very Vanilla and Old Olive CS I pierced a hole in the middle for a large Rhinestone brad.  The Sentiment is from the Afterthoughts Hostess Stamp Set.  Ribbon is Poly Ribbon in Pear Pizzazz. Please take time to joum over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog (link above) and join us this week for the challenge. 

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"So Into You" Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #57

I hope you are joining me this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments for our weekly challenge.  This week the challenge is to use Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride. I decided to use one of my favorite Stamp Sets Just Believe.  It is a great set to use the direct to stamp with marker technique.  I used Pear Pizzazz for the grass, leaves and stems.  I colored the flowers with Poppy Parade and some with a combo of Poppy Parade and Blushing Bride. My base layers are Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz backs the Glossy Card Stock that the images are stamped on. I used a brayer with Bashful Blue to piant the sky and created a rising moon by using Frost White Shimmer Paint inside a 1 3/4" circle punched out for a stencil.