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Summer kite…

kite

     A few months ago, feeling more crative – and brave – than usual, I have decided to try something way out of my “cardmaker” comfort zone. I picked up my collection of monthly “Stampin’ Up” publications, and quickly I have decided on re-creating one or both the kites tha were shown. I had to chose some patterned cardstock from a recent non-Stampin’ Up purchase, because I wanted the large base rosette to have more weigh that the Designer Paper Series Stampin’ Up is offering, but otherwise I kept with my all-time favorites: butterfly & flowers punches, color cardstock, background stamp, border punches, brads & ribbons, all SU items (some current, some long gone…)

     Although it did not turn out as pretty as the original, I was pleased with it and decided to hang it on my apartment’s door. To my surprise, I had a few neighbors from the complex stoping me and telling me how beautiful they thought my wreath was and asking where they could get one. Thery seemed quite amazed to hear I had made it myself… Maybe I should make some more and list them in my PaperMoons Designs shop… lol… Just noticed I have the wreath hanging all crooked in my photo – I am thinking that new eyeglasses are definitely in order!

     Gotta start gtting ready: I am leaving for the McGhee-Tyson Airport in a few short hours to pick up the “kiddies” – I can hardly wait!!!

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2013 in handmade, papercrafts, Stampin' Up, wall art

 

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Hello Hello Hello

Hello Hello Hello

   A couple of weeks of weekend overtime, a few days of not-so-great health, a few instances of feeling too “blah” to do creative thinking and what do we have…? A less that involved blogger, that’s what… LOL… Well, I’ve got one day off this week and intend to correct that, the best I can 😉

   I have to admit, in the past I have been too keen on using Designer/Printed/Patterned Papers when creating cards. It seemed like i was taking a shortcut from creating a card. However, lately I have been pushing myself in changing all that – even if only to make some use of all the patterned paper packs I have been hoarding for the last 2 years…

   And then, Stampin’ Up! comes up with this totally fantastic Specialty DSP pack, Mocha Morning. Two kinds of flocked papers, some double-sided metallics – all perfectly suited to work with most of neutral colors. And I am in love! So much so, that I will be buying a few more packs next week (just in case, you understand… LOL), even if it’s not part of this month’s “Buy 3, Get 1 FREE” exclusive DSP promotion to stock up…

   Using this particularly delicious paper pack, I have created a set of 4 cards – though one is going away to one of my dearest friend that’s been in my mind a lot lately… The colors of the DSP made me think of creating some masculine cards, something that I do not create nearly enough of. The card you see above was the first of the set, and it turned out quite pleasing. To take another look, please visit my Etsy card shop, PaperMoon’s Designs and take a peek on a larger image of the “Hello Hello Hello” card.

Supplies are Stampin’ Up!, unless otherwise noted: Cardstock: Early Expresso #119686, Crumb Cake #120953, Very Vanilla #101650; Designer Paper: Mocha Morning #122366; Ink: Close to Cocoa (retired), Early Expresso #119670, Distress Ink Antique Linen (Ranger); Stamps: Happy Greetings #123313; Accessories: Buttons (SEI – Dill Blossom), gold hemp cord.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in Cards, handmade, Masculine, papercrafts, Stampin' Up

 

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Stamping in Time & Creative Sketches Challenges

   I’ve made great plans for this long weekend, as I was working last night. On top of my list was to read my favorite creative blogs and get this old brain going. Imagine the pleasant surprise I had when I have realized that I could actually combine Our Daily Bread Designs’ “Stamping in Time SNTODBD38” challenge (that requested the creation of Christmas cards)  with Creative Sketches’ CS39 “Anything goes” challenge…

   The card is my first tri-fold and to get an idea of how the card looks, take a look at the trio of images I took in an attempt to capture everything I have done:

I really need to practice my almost non-existent coloring skills; maybe I should have worked with my Copics…

Tonight’s listening inspiration: Windham Hill ClassicsAngels” and Angie AparoThe American“.

Supplies used are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted: Cardstock Cherry Cobbler #119681, Whisper White #100730; Markers Stampin’ Write variety; Stamps ODBD Ornaments; Spellbinders 2010 Heirloom Ornaments; Accessories Basic Pearls (SU!), Sakura Stardust Clear Pen, gold corner stickers, 3D foam dots.

 

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Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge 209

   With relatively little free time on my hands due to working six days a week, I have to choose “wisely” which challenges to work on each weekend. It seems that “Stamping 411“‘s challenges do speak to my perpetually tired brain (or maybe are just using easy words so I could understand… lol).

   I chose this week’s SSC 209 and one of my seemingly favorite stamp sets (Sail Away) and DSP (Nautical Expedition). The main image has been double stamped and pop-up on a seondary stamped panel, using 3D dimensionals. The panel behind it is only a bit larger – I have used Martha Stewart’s Circle Cutter (until I get myself round punches in all sizes imaginable…). However, in my trying to get the cutting blade in, I cut a gash deep into my thumb… I thought it won’t be a problem, but it kept on bleeding til I put Neosporin and a heavy Bandaid on it. Teaches me not to read my directions…

   I have used the sanding block from the Distressing Essentials to give the DSP and cardstock a weathered, distressed look and used some Craft Whisper White ink to soften the edges just a smidge… I hope you enjoy my latest card and drop me a note, if you care to… Enjoy your weekend – or the bit that’s left of it 😉

Supplies used are Stampin’ Up, unless otherwise noted: Stamps Sail Away #123013, Hello, you #117118; DSP Nautical Expedition #122343; Cardstock Not Quite Navy #119933, Basic Grey #119923, Cherry Cobbler #119690, Whisper White 100730; Ink Basic Grey 109120; Stampin’ Write Markers Cherry Cobbler & Early Expresso; 3D dimensionals;  Distressing Essentials #118762; Sakura Stardust pen.

 

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Stamping411 Color & Sketch Challenge

After a 45 min phone chat with my son Chris, I knew just what to do with this week’s Stamping 411 new Saturday Sketch Challenge #208 – a college graduation card for him! As he is active in the Army Reserves, it took him a little longer than most to get his Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts, but two weeks ago, his college days came to an end. He is a total History buff, but he decided that he will re-enlist this summer, therefore my choice of the sentiment I’ve used. Not sure how it happened though, but I’ve ended using Stamping 411’s Color Inspiration #159 as well (guess those colors stuck in my brain for some reason… lol)

It is 7am now; I had less than two hours sleep and I sure hope will stay awake through my CardMaker’s Dozen class I have this afternoon. Jim might take his godson to the Knoxville Zoo or to Zoomba today for a boys’ day outing, so dinner will most likely be a Turkey Bacon Avocado sandwich from Subway… Oh, so very yummy…

Supplies used are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted: Cardstock Whisper White #100730, Old Olive #100702, Not Quite Navy #101722, Basic Gray #121044; Ink Not Quite Navy #103008, Basic Gray #109120; Stamps Word Play #120651, The Open Sea #123032; DSP Nautical Expedition #122343; Markers Basic Gray #120966, Riding Hood Red #120971; Adhesive Snail #104322, Scor-Tape; Ribbon & Twine.

 

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Almost a Challenge…

Missed opportunity… lol

I’ve started this card almost a week ago, failing to mark down on my paper the due date… Of course, I’ve missed posting it in time, but I’m not really surprised as I am not really able to work on much after 8 hrs of production work… However, I kind of liked how the card turned out, so I’ll post it anyways 😉

I do have to tell you: I love the new SU! colors, with Wisteria Wonder, Indigo Island and Pool Party quick favorites. I inked the seam binding with Pool Party, but left it a bit blotchy to give it just a hint of tie dye. The stamp was pressed into the Pool Party ink pad, then I added just a hint of Indigo Island on the flowers to accent them. Added the pearls to the centers, and was done! But done too late and the challenge was closed… I’ll try to be on time next time around, work schedule permitting 🙂

Natural White #102316, Pool Party & Indigo Island (new colors, available in the upcoming “2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog”), Whisper White #100730; Ink Pool Party & Indigo Island (again, new color releases); Stamps Happy Greetings #123313 ( in the Summer Mini Catalog), Just Believe #120453, En Francais #109521; Ribbon Seam Binding in Baja Breeze #122331; Basic Pearls Jewel Accents #119247; Punch Decorative Label #120907; Adhesive.

 

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Color Inspiration #158 Challenge

   This week’s Color Inspirations on Stamping 411 was a real mental workout for me, as I do not usually create/design in bold, bright colors. So, I just had to give it a try and see if I could wrap my brain around the chosen colors of Real Red, Peach Parfait, Certainly Celery and So Saffron.

 

 

   My card result…

 

I had to laugh when Jim took a look at the card, then at me, then at the card and quietly commented: “These are NOT your colors, love… Must be one of them color recipes you’re doing…?”  The man sure knows me very well… LOL…

Supplies used are Stampin’ Up: Cardstock Whisper White #100730, So Saffron #105118, Peach Parfait #119794, Real Red #102482; Stamps Fabulous Florets #123025, Well Scripted, Four Frames; Ink Real Red #103133, Certainly Celery #105217, VersaFine Vintage Sepia (Tsukineko); Punch Designer Label #120907, Lace (Martha Stewart);Ribbon 1/8″ Taffeta  Real Red #119251; 3D foam; mini glue dots; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Markers.

 

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