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Monday, September 26, 2011

A rip and a tear...

 I am having so much fun with our new stocking punch!!
My Thought: I wanted to fill my stocking with some toys!
OK.  I went a little vintage on this card.  I didn't intend for it to be that way but...
I'm not so sure I am good at the vintage style? but I love the Well Worn DSP we have, so I guess that's where I steered vintage.  I love to make the new 'lollies' as the folks at Stampin' Up call them. You can find many video tutorials such as :(Stamping Madly Lolly Tutorial) on you tube on how to do these if you can't understand my ramblings ;)
To make a lolly: I use a 12" strip of dsp.  Using our awesome new simply scoring tool, I make score lines every 1/8". I like to give my lolly the look that I used 2 papers(which I don't!)To accomplish this I turn my paper and score a 1/4" mark on the 12" side. I then fold it over.  I fold all score lines in hill and valley folds(a little tedious but Love the effect of the smaller lines!!) If this is too tedious you can do your score lines in bigger increments. I glue my lolly together and allow to dry.
On to the rest of the card ;)
My card base is soft suede.  I embossed a piece of not quite navy with our new 'snow burst' embossing folder.  I sponged this in 1st, soft suede ink, and then in our champagne shimmer paint(this is the BEST stuff!!)I tore a little strip at the bottom with a piece of dsp peeking out from under.
 I 'ruffled' another piece of dsp(the opposite side of my lolly paper) and attached it across the not quite navy.  I made 3 jewelry tags using my tiny tags stamp set and our jewelry tag punch.  I attached to my ruffled strip with a vintage safety pin from our vintage trinkets.
   Now my lolly is ready for some adornments!!
I punched a stocking from our stocking builder punch in textured soft suede card stock. I thought since i was going vintage here that my stocking should be torn.  So I tore the heel a bit and 'darned'(heehhee-vintage terminology;)) it with some bakers twine that I sponged with some suede ink.
To fill my stocking, I used the baby from all in the family stamp set, a couple of hand made blocks and a button from my vintage trinkets too!
 To hang our stocking I used our 'Chantilly' Crochet trim. I sponged it a bit with my soft suede ink to give it the look of some worn lace. Behind the stocking is a soft suede scallop and a 'snow bursted' circle -both are distressed and well worn!

 I LOVE,how it turned out...
What do you think?

Until Next Thought,


Friday, September 23, 2011

Witchy Woman

THOUGHT: Think Fall!!
I am getting into the spirit of FALL!!
I have been playing with our totally wicked stamp sets this week.  I can't decide which 'witch' I love more!
Anyway, on to my witchy woman card ;)
I had this idea that the flowers from our blossom petal builders punch looks like a long witchy fingernail??  And don't all witches scratch their fingernails along something, CREEPY-almost like running your fingernails across the chalkboard!! 
Details for the card: Card base is cajun craze cs, with a layer of paper from our 'frightful sight' dsp, torn at the edge to reveal my sentiment.  This sentiment is on basic gray cs and embossed with the wild wasabi embossing powder(love this shtuff!!)

I  layered 2 co-ordinating pieces of the 'frightful night' dsp on basic black cs. My witchy finger was made with a strip of old olive cs. I rounded this at the end by placing it in the end of my lg oval punch:
 I punched a piece of rich razzleberry cs with my blossom petals punch:
 I stamped one spider from the 'Out on a Limb'(in our holiday mini)in basic black ink on witchys finger nail, and added a pearl(cuz a girl needs her bling;)) from our basic pearls, that I colored with a permanent marker in a dark purple.

  I sponged around both the fingernail and the finger itself, adding some lines for my finger bends. I stamped, in rich razzleberry ink, a piece of whisper white cs with the witchy hat from the 'wicked cool' stamp set. I used my markers to color in the brim.I embossed the spooky in black over top.  I punched that image out and layered it on another black circle. I punched a piece of cajun craze cs with our decorative label punch.  I used our awesome new scoring tool to create lines on my label and sponged it with some basic black ink. 
hmmmm. Why are itches fingernails never longer than 11 inches??
Because if they were 12 inches than they'd be a foot ;)
LOL, sorry I couldn't help the joke!

Hope you enjoyed!!

Until Next Thought,


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Get Well Cup of Tea

"The smallest deed is better than the grandest intentions"-unknown
I am dedicating this blog post to my friend Irene :)
Irene is one of my stamping GF's.
For some time now, Irene has been battling the ugly "C"word.
She is such an inspiring, beautiful, and resilient lady!!
Did you ever just meet one of those people that you can immediately call friend? That's our girl Irene.
I am awful! I put it on my back burner to send Irene a card, so here is my virtual smallest deed ;)
Irene, when you are ready, we got a card to make!!
So here are the details:
I used my tag punch, and the Paisley Prints DSP to create a 'cup' of tea. The handle is made with the same DSP flipped to the other side. Punch a 1/2" circle out of this dsp, then layer the large oval punch over the circle and punch again creating the handle(trim as needed).  Punch a large oval and use for the saucer.  I used my pear pizzazz marker to draw a base on the saucer.

For the tea bag: I punched a lg tag in both vellum and 1 in early espresso cs. The 1 in espresso is torn and layered behind the vellum one. Sponge around the vellum to give it that used look.
Add a square piece if dsp, some bakers twine,and staple!
For the card base, I used a piece of river rock cs and stamped the swirly image from the baroque motifs in river rock ink to give off the effect of steam.
Add tea bag and saucer to card front.
For my sentiment, I used the triple layer punch in early espresso, a scallop oval in marina mist, the modern label punch in river rock cs, and a word window with the saying 'get well wishes' in espresso ink on whisper white cs, from our teeny wishes stamp set. Layer together:
Add all elements and your Finished!!

Love you Irene, keep up the fight!

Until Next Thought, 


Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Pretty Stocking Sweater"

Thought:Every girl needs a sweater;)
Another sweater, made with our new stocking punch!

So, as in my previous post, create your 'sweater'.
I used our concord crush ink. I added a pocket.
  To do this, I used our jewelry tag punch and trimmed with my paper snips. And some pearls-cuz every girl need pearls!
For the skirt, I used 0ur 2-3/8" scallop circle punch with our in color concord crush dsp. I also used some of this dsp and our cupcake punch to create my purse bottom. I stamped another stocking and used our scallop oval and oval punch to create the flap and strap of my purse.

My card base is pear pizzazz cs. I layered a piece of very vanilla that I ran through my big shot with our new stripes embossing folder. I added a strip of concord crush dsp with a strip of peach parfait punched with our scallop ribbon punch,layered behind the dsp. I also used a strip of this peach to create a frame around my 'hello' circle.  This hello circle is stamped with concord crush on very vanilla cs and punched with our 1"circle punch. Add pearls:)

  I also used this same stamp set to create a peach parfait flower.  I stamped a peach parfait houndstooth flower on peach parfait cs, and then punched with our fancy flower punch.
Hope you like this one too!!

Until Next Thought,


Thursday, September 15, 2011

"Stocking" Sweaters

For Baby     

Ahh, the new mini catalog is here and in it: the stocking punch!!
I just absolutely love our punches!
I am always thinking for ways to use our punches.
Here is one I came up with that I hope you will enjoy :)
My thought: if you put 2 of these stockings together it could look like a sweater?
So, of course, I had to play;))
I stamped several stockings in our new in-color 'pool party'.
oh, let me put them together and see how they would look as that sweater. Well, duh Kris, one of them has to be a mirror image!
So, back to the stamping board ;).
To make my mirror image, I knew I had to pull an old trick out of my sleeve:)
I stamped my image,then used an old solid stamp and kissed the 2 together.  This will give me my mirror image.

"mirror, mirror"   
 Now, you know what to do,right?
"Huff" on this mirror image stamp and stamp on our whisper white cs.
other 'half' of pair of stockings
Ok punch out and enjoy,right??
LOL...not so fast.
In order to punch it has to be the opposite side.
So, I place my image up to my light and outline the stocking:
outline of stocking

Now, I can punch out my mirrored stocking :))
punch, punch :)

 Now, I put my socks together to form a sweater.
 I trim the sleeves and circle punch the neckline.
I made 2 little booties using the same stamp and a little bonnet as well(with the wide oval punch)
I ran all these through my Big Shot and the square lattice embossing folder.
Add pearls and a (non SU!)wooden hanger for my little sweater.

sweater and bonnet
For the rest of my card:
Base is so saffron cs,layered with pool party cs,and a piece of dsp from our neutrals dsp paper pack.
I used our absolutely gorgeous new vanilla velvet ribbon.
And using the bigz oval die and our new textured impressions designer frames embossing folder, created a frame for my saying from our occasions alphabet stamp set. Add pearls,here and there...
Put these all together for my finished product!!
Finish, Finish!!
Hope you enjoy!

Until Next Thought,

Sunday, September 11, 2011

In remembrance....9/11

This is another card with my Uncle Sam.

10 years ago today was an event that changed our lives and marked our generation.
I feel deeply for the souls who lost their lives that day.  Being a public servant myself, I feel particularly close to my comrades who chose to help with the event and continued to help with the event for sometime after.  My husband was among these volunteers who went to NY in a recovery mission.  Sadly, he was unable to save a life that day, but just the same I am proud of him. So to him and my comrades,I want you all to know "you're the best" and thank you for all your unselfish acts in helping.

God Bless and Until Next Thought,


Friday, September 9, 2011

Tags,Tags and more Tags

I am sorry I have been MIA! Most of my friends know that during the summer you can find me on the beach!  I know that boys like to run and run and run so I take them where they can have at it ;)

Anyway, I have stamped a little bit so I am here to show you what we worked on last month at our technique class.  I wanted to pull out something that I know I've neglected(just like my blogging!!!)
I wanted to teach everyone how to use something other than for its original purpose ;)
This card features tags as a background and as a page element.
My card base is in soft suede with the flowers and petals stamped randomly in the same color.  I used 8 small(Oops, I keep forgetting that this is actually our large tag punch :o -my bad!) tags that I had used for a previous card(which I hope to post,but gave away my sample so need to make another!)   I  used marina mist and ran through the big shot with our dot embossing folder. I used a strip of bravo burgundy and used our new stripes embossing folder,impressing both horizontal and vertical for a plaid look.  I also used 2 early espresso tags,embossed with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder,and a hole punched with my crop-a-dile through the ends. Wow, ok, enough tags already ;)
  Lets move on to our beautiful DSP called paisley prints: I used a strip of that behind my 2 espresso tags, and some espresso strips punched with our scallop border punch,behind our DSP.  I used a strip of our marina mist 1/8"taffeta ribbon to tie together my tags on the front.  I was going to make my marina mist tags into hexagons but I know my stampers would absolutely kill me for doing that!,so,we used them as a background to our strip that was inspired by our paisley prints DSP.  
Well, I hope you enjoyed these tags!! I will be back to try to show you the next 2 cards using our tag punches, and another Uncle Sam in remembrance of the 10 year anniversary of 9-11. So look for a new post in the next few days :D

Until Next Thought,