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CCREW817INSPHere is my inspiration card.  We were given images to look at and asked to make a card based on those images.  I chose the beach scene as I was reminded of a vacation I took to Maine a couple of years ago.  I knew exactly what stamp set I was going to use.  High Tide.  This is an amazing set that will allow you to create a multitude of different beach scenes.  The image below (not sure why it’s so small) is one of the “grids” we were given.  Anyway, if you don’t have this stamp set yet, GET IT!!  It’s fantastic!!

final-product-mood-board-3-638So, what I did to create this card (and what’s really hard to see) is the Pool Party sky I watercolored onto water color paper.  I then stamped the “water” image, the sand, the sea grass, the birds and finally the sentiment.  On a different sheet of whisper white paper, I stamped the light house images.  I stamped off on the full image (Cherry Cobbler ink), then full on with the outline stamp.  I think this came out great!

Some of the products I used are:  Pool Party Ink and paper, Crumb Cake Ink and paper, Soft Suede Ink, Old Olive Ink, Basic Gray Archival Ink.  I used an aqua painter, Watercolor paper, Whisper White card stock, Stitched Shapes Framelits, the Stampin’ Up! stapler and the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.

Easy “Clutch” card holder!

CCREW717TECoutsideSo I have a great new project to show you!  I did NOT design this.  It is super easy and super fun to make.  The hardest time I had was designing the cards that went on the inside.  I have an idea why.  See, when I started this project, I had an order come in of some new goodies…. like Embossing Paste.  I wanted so badly to break into it that I couldn’t function! Wait until you see the fun projects I made with it though (they are coming a couple of days)…. I have so much to show you!!

CCREW717TECAnyway, I got the idea from splitcoaststampers.  Have you visited that site yet?  OMG! You could get lost in just the techniques section alone! There are tons!  As part of the Creative Crew there, one of my challenges was to use the “Summer Lovin'” theme and use one of the techniques in the tutorials section.  It uses 1 – 12×12 piece of DSP.  The embellishements are totally up to you!  The photo to the right is what the inside looks like.  The Clutch holds 4 note cards with envelopes.  It could hold more but I didn’t want to “damage” the clutch before I got pics of it.

The entire collection is made with Natually Eclectic Suite.  Oh So Eclectic Clear-Mount Bundle and Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper are what I mostly used.  I added a few embellishments outside the suite…. Coz… I just had to!

Here is a few pictures of the cards that I created:

 

Inspiration Challenge

We were given three images to inspire a card.  A sideline of mine made a card that helped me bring this card to fruition.  Her card was very different but still had a sunflower on it.  I was moved to make this card by seeing that card and this image.  This card uses a few different things.  I used the Layering Circles framelits for the flower’s center.  I used the Eastern Medallions thinlets for flower.  The stem uses the Flourish Thinlets.  I used Whisper White Thick card stock, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White.  On the sides, Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers were used.  I sponged the flower with Chocolate Chip ink and Wink of Stella Clear.  It gave the flower a gold-ish glittery look.    What do you think?

Hey, Chick!

heychickI got a chance to stamp an Easter card… well, it’s not really an Easter card is it? Eh, maybe it could be… right? Anyway, I like the way this card came out. I used the Sale-a-bration set, Hey, Chick! I used Stitched Shapes Framelits too! I stamped the images with Stazon and colored the chickens with blender pens. The colors used are Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight paper and ink.

Can I just say…. PLEASE can Spring come quicker!  hehehe.

Challenge accepted

makeawishThis morning, my amazing upline posted a challenge to our group page on Facebook.  The challenge was… Stamp!  LOL.  There’s 9 more challenges, I hope I can keep up as I am sure they will get harder and harder as time goes on…

Anyway, I ran downstairs to my craft room and stamped this little beauty.  NOW that the Occasion’s Catalog is out, I can post links again for you for the supplies.

This card uses the Window Shopping Bundle and some of the Falling in Love Suite.  Now the Window Shopping Bundle is meant for a box. I was trying to think OUTSIDE the box…. LOL. Maybe in the next day or two, I will actually use the box for the box! Wait. huh? That didn’t make sense, did it? Anyway…. I have to try and pull myself away from this color scheme!  I just can’t! But I promise to try in my next post!! hehehehe

List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)

Impatient… There’s always tomorrow

nuggetsWell, my light tent came in…. and… well, I put it together wrong.  Of course, my man came to the rescue and after 10 minutes or so, got it to …. well… figured out that the top was the bottom and the bottom was the top…. LOL  Anyway… I am going to try a few tips my niece gave me and see how that goes too!  Hopefully the pictures will be better.

These adorable nugget stacks are always a big hit at the craft fair.  I don’t exactly charge what I should for my goodies.  So, they sell like hot cakes!

There is a mix of retired stamp set and ribbon… plus current.  The current product will have links to my Stampin’ Up! website.

List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)

While I’m at the craft fair…

foxychristmas… I thought I would wow you with a card.  This is probably the second card I made all year.  YIKES!  Don’t worry.  This won’t happen again.  I intend to keep stamping!  At any rate, I got a phone call from a customer.  “I need a Christmas card with a fox on it.”  This is the result!

The customer calls me every year for a Christmas card for her dad.  She makes the cards for him and gets some product to boot!  This adorable fox came out of the Holiday Catalog.  It is the hostess set called, “Cozy Critters.” I’ll have another project for you using the same set later.  I am hoping to take better pictures of it with my new light box that can’t get here fast enough! I will just have to apologize for the poor lighting on the photos for just a little while longer. Sorry! hehe.

I used markers on the Fox because I thought his tail band and scarf should stand out.  I also thought that his eyes and nose should be different too.  I think it turned out really well!  Don’t you?  Below are a list of the supplies that I used to make the card.  It’s a pretty intense list but when you have been in this business as long as I have, you accumulate… horde a lot of stuff!

List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)