Fall Fun!

I am participating in a fun little swap with some friends of mine – everyone is making a fall themed card! I’ve been kicking my idea around for awhile…and finally settled on this. It is a lot of work, but I am so pleased with the end result, the time invested doesn’t matter!

I designed the card in the “joy fold” style (see Beate’s awesome, easy to follow tutorial on her blog, here). I love this fold! My card base is Always Artichoke. I cruised through my ginormous stash of dp until I found these two complementary patterns – a print and a stripe in fall colors. I added my smaller panel in Close to Cocoa, and had the beginnings of a card! I must’ve auditioned five different images for the main panel, and none seemed right. Then I remembered this card I made, that I cased from Zindorf (her original is here). I was so wowed by the way the images turned out that I just had to do it again (and again, and again, and again….lol!)! I used an image from A Year in the Country and combined it with two trees from the Trees Three set. Each house scene image is colored (on the stamp) with my markers, then stamped on Naturals Ivory cardstock, and then colored with a combination of Watercolor Wonder Crayons (WWC), reinkers, and a blender pen. I sponged on Old Olive ink for the grass and Not Quite Navy ink for the sky. The large tree images were stamped in Close to Cocoa ink and darkened with WWC. 

I used my corner rounder punch on the top corners of the card. The sentiment and pumpkins on the small circle are from the Loads of Love Accessories set. I polished the card off with a Prima leaf. Hope my swap buddies like it!

Supplies:  

Stamps: Loads of Love Accessories, A Year in the Country, Trees Three
Paper: Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, Naturals Ivory, random dp
Ink: chocolate chip, pumpkin pie, always artichoke, old olive, really rust, not quite navy
Accessories: su markers – same as above, SU circle punches, corner rounder, prima leaf, sakura glitter pen, sponge, blender pen, dimensional
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A Big Chocolate Hug

Sunday was a lovely fall day at my house. Windows open, nice cool breeze, and the vague scent of someone burning leaves somewhere. So I decided to break out a “warm” stamp, that I have not used in a while. I also thought I’d catch up on some SCS challenges this week, and the sketch challenge did not let me down!

I made this card for a group of friends that I have — all of whom are “online” buddies. One I have met IRL. I have grown to depend on their friendship, and value it so much. Recently, one of us stated that she hopes she gives back to us what she takes (or something similar – I’m not quoting excatly!) — I could not think of a truer statement. I adore my friends, the conversations we have, the net they provide to fall back on, and the laughter (and tears) they share with me. BUT, I am lazy – so instead of making a card to send to all of them, I made this one and am posting for all to see!!! Ahhhh, the wonders of the internet! Saves me time, money, effort….ladies, you know I luvs ya!!

My card base is Close to Cocoa, stamped with two images from the Big Pieces set. My next layer is Bazzill Textured [dark] Grey — a combo I never would have put together were it not for the dp by Scrapworks. My hot chocolate is stamped on Whisper White (WW), using Chocolate Chip ink and a Close to Cocoa marker. I did the swirls by coloring the stamp with a black journaler, and stamping it off once. I stamped the whipped cream on a scrap piece of WW, added Liquid Applique, and cut it out (it is mounted on a dimensional). The peppermint stick is stamped in Ruby Red. The entire panel is sponged with Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa with a sponge dauber. I mounted this whole panel – grey and WW piece – on dimensionals.

To complete the card I put the sentiment (which reads: “Nothing’s better than a good friend with chocolate) on an unfolded punch from the Round Tab Punch (sponged the same way the other WW panel was). I used the Horizontal Slot Punch to make room for the stitched caramel and brown grosgrain ribbon. And simple as that, my warm fuzzy card was all done!

I do want to add a little funny — my DH thinks Liquid Applique is the neatest stuff ever!!! Gotta love those boys!!!

A Funny Thing Happened…

I started out this afternoon with the grand idea of doing two blog challenges on one card. The first challenge I picked was Jeanne S.’s JBWW challenge — all about some stitching. Next I stopped by Jen’s blog and checked out her Sketch For You To Try (SFYTT). I loved it! Once I had my ideas all worked out, off I went. I put my pieces together in my stamp room, and then came to get comfy on the couch and watch the Patriots play with DH.

I hand stitched my designer paper to the Always Artichoke cardstock using two different threads – olive and pink. I used them again to hand stitch around the Pretty in Pink Panel as well. When I got ready to adhere my sentiments to the card and add the Primas, a funny thing happened! I realized I like the card better using this modified layout rather than sticking exactly with Jen’s!! So I switched it up a little bit, and am quite pleased with the way it came out. (Ok, I’ll ‘fess up — I’m really pleased that DH said he liked it!!!!) I did want to make sure jen got the credit for the great sketch, though!

Supplies: Stamps – Floral bg, Happy Everything, Oh So Lovely; Paper – Always Artichoke, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Basic Grey dp (Infuse); Ink – Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Garden Green, Regal Rose; Accessories – Corner Rounder Punch, Key Tag Punch, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Thread (2), Primas (3), Crystal Brad (joanns.com); Sponge

Thanks for being patient with my lack of uploads last week! DD had a terrible cough (which means late nights for ommy and Baby), I had two late night meetings at work, and this past Friday was our 5th wedding anniversary!! So I was a little bit busy! I do have lots to upload this week, though!

Finally – It’s All Clean!

I’ve shared pictures of my space before, but I’m just so pleased with my re-organization that I thought I’d share a few more. I started this project with a goal in mind: make what I have work better fo rme. I’ve notice that I always end up with a mess after I stamp – which drives me bonkers. I didn’t want to spend any money on new stuff; I know what I have works fine as far as storing everything. I just needed to shuffle some things around to make them more accessible! You can click on the pictures to make them larger. The first picture is of my Prima/Ribbon/Embellishmnt Hutch. It also holds my *big* gadgets – like my Cricut and Wishblade. There is an automotive organizer full of brads, clips, buttons, and other fun stuff. To the left of the hutch is another, smaller one that has my Cuttlebug stuff, catalog and mags, clear stamps – -its a real workhorse! The next picture is of the closet – we never put the doors on it so that I could get in and out of there easily. Both dressers contain stamps in the top two drawers; the bottom ones have more gadgets, extra catalogs, etc. The fourth picture is a close up view of one side of the closet. The third one (I know – I’m so out of order) is my big corkboard — I hung all of my Lizzie Anne stamps, Bellas, and $1 clear stamps up so I could see them better. I also hung embellishments, cardstock die cuts, and other things I’d like to be able to see instead of store. The fifth picture is of a small CD shelf that holds my $1 wooden stamps and my SU backgrounds. On the lower shelves I’ve put my coils for the Bind-It-All, and all of my bottles/jars I’ve saved for altering. I didn’t take a picture, but there is an antique armoire for storing even more craft goodies, too. When I stamp I get out a really deluxe card table DH bought me a few years ago.

My stamp space does triple duty as the guest bedroom and exercise room. So making it all work together is tricky sometimes. And DD also has a table and chairs in there, so I had to make sure she was comfortable too.

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Delightful Friend

I made this card for Beate’s Weekend Sketch Challenge. What a great sketch it is!!!! I love simple and easy – this sketch will get loads of use! I made my card a 4.25″ square, just to do something different last night.

My base is Chocolate Chip. The fabulous patterened paper is from basic Grey’s Mellow line. I got it at Paper Manor, which is a great new store I’ve discovered! To highlight my main panel I chose Old Olive and Cool Caribbean cardtock. The Very Vanilla panel has two flowers on it – one stamped directly on the cardstock and watercolored with Taken with Teal reinkers, and the other is a popped up, clear embossed flower (I mixed clear powder and iridescent ice for a bit of sparkle). I like the offset look! I also used a sponge dauber to add some Tim Holtz Ranger Distresser Ink in the Walnut Stain color to the edges.

The sentiment in the corner is from a Studio G set I got a Michael’s – you just can’t beat those $1 stamps!!!! I got a little ambitious and decided to hand stitch the edges of the cardtock to the Mellow paper. It took awhile, but I am thrilled with the way it ended up looking. I’ve lsot a piece of my sewing machine, which is why I can’t machine stitch. Maybe I’ll look into one of those tiny ones (Heidi Swapp, maybe? Are they useful?)

This really turned out to be a quick and cute little notecard; I think I might make a set of them to give away!

Cute Little Hang Dog

I made this little quickie on Monday – I’m so slow with the uploads! DD really wanted to sit in my lap, so I knew whatever I made was going to have to be fast and easy, so we could get to the important stuff — playtime and stories.

I started this card with Jeanne S’s JBWW challenge for the week in mind. The challenge was to use a cute critter on your card. Well, I love this little puppy, but never use him. He is a $1 stamp from Michael’s. I recently picked up the other image, also a $1 stamp, and thought it would look cute hanging down from the bone. It says *Hang in There*. It really amuses me!

My card base is Chocolate Chip, and the dp is DCWV Far East. I sponged some Close to Cocoa ink on it. The mat for the Naturals White panel that the puppy is mounted on (and stamped on as well) is also from the Far East mat pack. It has Chocolate Chip ink dtp’d around the edges and sponged it on the panel. To color the puppy, I first stamped him in Timber Brown Stazon. Then I used Julie’s (reneejul1) fun new tutorial for coloring with SU Markers. She recommends watercolor paper, which I don’t have, so the effect isn’t perfect — but it still turned out well!

Ok, back to planning my stamp room redo!

A Major Overhaul….

I have decided to reorganize my stamp space, completely. Yikes. But hopefully, in the end, it will be wonderful. It functions pretty well now. And if I had the budget, I’d buy some new furniture (cubes and shelves) – but I don’t! So I’m gonna spend some quality time making my space work better for me, work better for my stamp space -roomie (DD – she loves to hang out in there), and somehow make my monster elliptical machine more accessible. And then maybe I’ll use it regularly!

So you might not see new uploads for a few days. I’m finishing up a project for my dad, as well. But I do have things to upload – just no time to do it! Thanks for being patient!