Thursday, May 31, 2012

Last Day - Well Worn Father's Day

This card is from my May Simple Cards Class:

It features some of my favourite papers from the current catalogue - Well Worn. This is the last day to get them!

Stamps: Delightful Dozen
Inks: Not Quite Navy
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Other: Well Worn DSP (R), Neutral Button

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

One Day Left - Simply Soft!

This card is from one of my technique classes @ Western. I do a class there each month on the last Monday. This technique is called Layered Colouring with Markers, and the Simply Soft Hostess set is perfect for it!

Basically, you layer on darker co-ordinating colours, but colour less and less with each darker colour. To add a little pop, I also used the Signo White gel pen at the centre of each of the darkest areas. For the pink flowers, I coloured the whole flower with Pink Pirouette, then coloured half of each petal with Blushing Bride, then coloured a quarter up with Regal Rose, then added just a touch of Melon Mambo at the centre. For the purple flowers, I used Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum and Concord Crush. I also outlined each of the images with a Sahara Sand marker to add some dimension.

Stamps: Pursuit of Happiness, Simply Soft (R - Hostess)
Inks: StazOn Jet Black, Cherry Cobbler
Card stock: Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Stampin' Write Markers: Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride (R), Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Concord Crush (R), Certainly Celery, Pear Pizzazz (R), Old Olive, Sahara Sand
Other: Pretty in Pink 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Perfect Pennants Big Shot die, 1 3/4" Circle punch, Signo White Gel pen

Two Days Left - Clearly For You!

We made this Matchbook Card in my April Stepped Up Cards class...

It features the retiring Clearly For You stamps, the retiring Tickets & Tags Simply Scrappin' Kit, and the retiring Vintage Vogue stamps (stamped on the grid patterned paper). The Poppy Parade colour of the card base will also be gone after May 31st...

Stamps: Clearly For You (R), Vintage Vogue (R), Very Vintage jumbo wheel
Inks: Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze
Card stock: Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake
Other: Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval punch, Silver Brads (R), Adorning Accents Edgelit, Tickets & Tags SS kit

Two Days Left - Kissed Backgrounds

Another card from my Stepped Up Class this month... it features several of the small (single) background stamps that are all retiring May 31st!

I inked the Dot, Dot, Dot stamp with Crumb Cake ink and the Ornate Blossom with So Saffron ink, then 'kissed' the two stamps together before stamping the Ornate Blossom onto the front panel. This added the dotted pattern to the Ornate Blossom image.

Stamps: Fine Flourish (R), On Your Birthday (R), Dot, Dot, Dot  (R), Solid Stripes (R), Ornate Blossom (R), A to Z (R), Nature Walk
Inks: Soft Suede, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red
Card stock: So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Naturals White
Other: Soft Suede Taffeta ribbon

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

2 Days Left - Fifth Avenue Floral

There are only two days left to get this stamp set (and all of the other retiring products)... Fifth Avenue Floral is one of the few retiring products that I will be keeping to use for personal projects. It has been one of my favourites for a long time, and I just can't give it up yet.

This card is from my Stepped Up Cards class, and it shows the Faux Silk technique with tissue paper. I stamped the tissue paper, then coloured with Stampin' Write markers. I crumpled up the tissue paper, then flattened it slightly as I pressed it onto a glue covered piece of Whisper White card stock.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral (R), Happiest Birthday Wishes (R - Hostess)

Inks: Jet Black StazOn, Blushing Bride (R), Peach Parfait (R), So Saffron
Card stock: Whisper White, Blushing Bride (R), Peach Parfait (R)
Other: Scallop Circle #2 die (R), Scallop Border punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Paisley Petals (R) & Brights Patterns DSP

Last Chance - Pocket Silhouettes Waterfall Card

Two days left to order any of the retiring stamps and products! This card features Pocket Silhouettes and Wonderfully Worn and Heard From the Heart stamp sets. We made this Waterfall card in my Stepped Up Cards Class this month.

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes (R), Heard from the Heart (R), Wonderfully Worn (R), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard
Card stock: Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Whisper White
Other: Metallic Brads, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

Last Chance - Herb Expressions

Another card from my May Simple cards class that features retiring stamps (Thank You Kindly & Herb Expressions) and colours (Concord Crush & Pear Pizzazz). I used Stampin' Write markers to ink the stamps.

Stamps: Herb Expressions (R), Thank You Kindly (R)
Inks: Concord Crush (R), Pear Pizzazz (R)
Card stock: Concord Crush (R), Pear Pizzazz (R), Whisper White
Other: Rhinestones, Framed Tulips TIF

Monday, May 28, 2012

Last Chance - Inspired by Nature!

Another of my favourite stamp sets that will be gone in a few days - Inspired by Nature! This card is from my May Simple Cards Class. I stamped the flower on the card base with Old Olive ink, then stamped the grass on the vellum card stock with VersaMark and embossed with White Stampin' Emboss powder. The Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon will also be gone after May 31st.

Stamps: Inspired by Nature (R)
Inks: Old Olive, VersaMark
Card stock: Vellum, Pear Pizzazz (R), Naturals White
Other: Silver Brads (R), Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (R), Extra Large Oval punch, White Stampin' Emboss powder

Friday, May 25, 2012

Last Chance - Upsy Daisy!

This card is from my Stepped Up Cards class last weekend. I featured retiring stamps and other products, and some techniques I haven't shown for a while. This card features Upsy Daisy, Paisley Petals designer series paper and Hemp Twine. If you want any of these products, be sure to get them before they are gone May 31st! This card also features the Blackboard technique. I stamped the Basic Black card stock with Whisper White Craft Ink, then used the Sponge Daubers to apply Stampin' Pastels (also retiring) to the wet ink. I embossed the sentiment with White Stampin' Emboss powder.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Double Embossing - Herb Expressions

This is one of the cards from my April Big Shot class and it features the Double Embossing technique (with two different embossing folders). You can find great instructions on my friend Colleen's blog. The key is the chipboard shapes you use to only emboss in certain areas. I love the way the Designer Frame TIF gives a nice crisp transition between the two areas.

This card also features the Herb Expressions Stamp set (retiring - gone after May 31st) and the Rose Red Seam binding.

Stamps: Herb Expressions
Inks: Basic Black, Stampin'  Write Markers (Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red)
Card stock: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Other: Rose Red Seam Binding, Vintage Wallpaper TIF, Designer Frames TIF

Friday, May 4, 2012

Gold Stars, Ink. April Swap Cards

Our swap theme for April was Mothers & Fathers...

My card uses Pocket Silhouettes (retiring May 31st):

Pauline used the retiring Paisley Petals DSP & Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon and Family Reunion:

 Ila used the retiring Butterfly Prints and shows the Rock & Roll and Stamping Off:

Morgan's card features the retiring Butterfly Prints stamp set and the coloured Stampin' Emboss powder:

Nancy's card features the retired Sense of Time stamp set:

Susan's card features the retiring Floral Fillers stamp set and we inked the Flower Garden textured impression folder with Rich Razzleberry, then coloured some areas with markers.

Thanks for another great swap!!!