Thursday, July 29, 2010

Two Taylored Sketches

I have 2 projects to show today, both made with Taylored Expressions sketches - one for DTGD10, and the other is the "normal" Friday sketch. See you tomorrow, Taylor!!!!
The first is a digital one that I forgot to take a picture of the hybrid completed project before putting it in the box for my cousin. If you recall, in this post, I showed you the pencil box for her. This was just a little "good luck" I threw in the box, as well. I printed this out and mounted it on a 6x6 piece of Bashful Blue textured card stock. And, of course, this was made with My Digital Studio.
Stamp Sets: Always, Circle Circus, School Days
Ink: Only what my printed used :)
Paper: Sweet Pea DSP, The Write Stuff DSP, and Bashful Blue Textured "real" card stock on the finished project
Accessories: Staples, Chocolate Chip satin ribbon
Punches: Circle (made MEGA)
Big Shot: None
Challenges Used: DTGD10tayloredexpressions

The next one uses TESC122 for this week's challenge, only done miniature. Yes, I know I'm cutting it close to the deadline, but those DTGD challenges had me occupied. Only 5 more to go btw before I am DONE! Ok, back to the project... this is a gift card holder for my dog walker, who is going on vacation next week. She is SUPER fabulous. If you live in the NW Chicago 'burbs and are in need, let me know! She is even coming for the pups tomorrow evening, so I don't have to leave CHA Super Show early. Oh yes, I said it - I AM GOING TO CHA!!!!!!!!!! Don't know what CHA is? Check it out here. Ok, seriously, I am all over the place today... the gift card is a pre-made one from Stampin' Up! from a few catalogs ago (yes, I'm a hoarder!). The rest is self-explanatory, I think. Enjoy!
Stamp Sets: None
Ink: Nope
Paper: Elegant Soiree, Sweet Pea, So Saffron Gift Card
Accessories: Poppy Parade 1/2" stitched poly ribbon
Punches: 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle, Crop-a-Dile
Big Shot: Beautiful Wings embosslit
Challenges Used: TESC122

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Happy Birthday, LeAnne!

Today is LeAnne's birthday!!! LeAnne is a member of the Royal Court Design Team over on ColourQ. You can imagine my surprise when Arielle (THE Colour Queen) sent little ol' me an email asking for me to participate in the SURPRISE blog hop for LeAnne's birthday. I had to read it like THREE times! For LeAnne's card, of course I had to use the color challenge for the week: Peach Parfait, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Early Espresso, and White! Now, I must confess I do not yet have my Peach Parfait ink pad, which I realized AFTER I had designed the card in my head, so I substituted Pumpkin Pie.

Stamp Sets: Well Scripted
Ink: Pumpkin Pie (sponge the flower), Whisper White craft
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Early Espresso taffeta, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (little hard to see in the photo, but the flower is VERY shiny IRL)
Punches: Wide Oval, Crop-a-Dile
Big Shot: Manhattan Flower embossing folder, Texture plates kit # 4 (Friend)
Challenges Used: ColourQ43, DTGD10Edna15


Monday, July 26, 2010

Gandy & Latte's Birthday Party + Challenges

Saturday was supposed to be Gandy & Latte's birthday party, however, thunder storms decided it should be Sunday instead. It was SO relaxing to just sit and watch the puppies play. They had 2 puppy visitors, and of course, there were treat bags for them, as shown below. Inside was a ball and Beggin' Strips.
Stamp Sets: Tag Alongs
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Craft (to die the tag)
Paper: Regal Rose
Accessories: On Board chipboard tag, Pretty in Pink taffeta, chipboard stickers (can't remember who makes these), Champagne Stickles, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker
Punches: 1 3/4" circle, Crop-a-Dile
Big Shot: None
Challenges Used: DTGD10craftycaro, DTGD10gbedwright, DTGD10Toy, DTGD10LodiChick, DTGD10tiffguam

The next project is a thank you card for those who came out to celebrate and bring gifts for the birthday furrballs. Yup,
Stamp Sets: Very Thankful, Sweet Little Sentiments (on the inside), Paw Print (not sure who makes this)
Ink: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip (inside)
Paper: So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Basic Black 1/8" taffeta
Punches: Crop-a-Dile
Big Shot: Fiskers' Paw Prints texture plate, Lots of Tags Label 2 (inside)
Challenges Used: DTGD10rsalamon, DTGD10AmberDawn01, DTGD10suzannejdean, DTGD10kmahany, DTGD10KimHughes
Size: 3" x 6"

The last project for today is a birthday card for a team member of mine. He is a very strict vegetarian, so I thought the kiwi would be a cute alternative to a cupcake that he doesn't eat.
Stamp Sets: Medallion BG, Occasional Quotes
Ink: Early Espresso, VersaMark
Paper: Certainly Celery, Confetti White, Early Espresso
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, Old Olive striped grosgrain, Chipboard stickers (can't remember who makes these)
Punches: Crop-a-Dile (for stay-put bow)
Big Shot: None
Challenges Used: DTGD10KimHughes, DTGD10AmberDawn02, DTGD10melmel

Saturday, July 24, 2010

More Dirty Challenges!

As I stated on my last post, this week, the Dirty Dozen is hosting a TON of challenges for Fan Club members, so what are you waiting for?!

The first challenge was Kittie's Lost and Found Challenge where I made a pencil box for my little cousin to take to school. I also managed to squeeze in Caroline's All that Glitters, Dawn's Winged Things, and Debbie's Alter Ego. I should not have used crystal effects on the ribbon, and by the time I noticed it, everything else was already stuck down too. :(
Stamp Sets: Punch Potpourri
Ink:Marina Mist, Regal Rose
Paper: Very Vanilla and Some old, old, old DSP that had to do with travel
Accessories: Jewel Basics (in the middle of the butterfly), Marina Mist 1 1/4" striped grosgrain, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (on the heart and butterfly), Old SSK pieces, glittered chipboard letters from Archivers, Tulip from Taylored Expressions key ingredient kit, Crystal Effects
Punches: Butterfly, Full Heart
Big Shot: None
Challenges Used: DTGD10kittie747, DTGD10craftycaro, DTGD10flowergal36, DTGD10debbiedee

For my next two challenges, I used purse templates from Becky Roberts. They are SO cute! She sells this tutorial on her blog. With this purse, I knocked out quite a few challenges: Julie's Just Faux You, Amber's In Touch with Texture (again), Holly's Pretty Packaging, Deb's All Stitched Up, and Anna's Keepin' It Rural.
Stamp Sets: None
Paper: Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Basic Black Journal Pen, Sticky Strip
Punches: 3/4" square, Tag corner
Big Shot: Everyday Letterpress plate
Challenges Used: DTGD10justwritedesigns01, DTGD10AmberDawn01, DTGD10Toy, DTGD10debdeb, DTGD10SweetMissDaisy

For my last creation, I took the top of Becky's purse, but added Box #2 in the middle. I love how this turned out! I plan on putting Starbuck's Via in there to give to my new neighbor friend. For this purse, I was busy on the challenges: Strut Ur Stuff (again), Holly's Pretty Packaging (again), Tracy's Treats for all Seasons, Cindy's Dies and Punches, and Joan's Orange you Wonderful.

Stamp Sets: Morning Cup
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Welcome Neighbor DSP
Accessories: Bermuda Bay polka-dot grosgrain, Whisper White taffeta, Hodgepodge Hardware ribbon slide, Crop-a-Dile
Punches: Large Oval, Wide Oval, 1" circle
Big Shot: Box # 2 XL, Lots of Tags Label 2
Challenges Used: DTGD10gbedwright, DTGD10Toy, DTGD10LodiChick, DTGD10cindy_haffner, DTGD10joanervin

I still have 13 more challenges to do before August 1, so I can be a Challenge Queen contestant. Yeah, I've got goals!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dare to Get Dirty Challenges

Over on SCS, they have a BUNCH of challenges for Fan Club members, 33 challenges over the course of one week - WOW! But, you have to be a Fan Club member to see the challenges. Membership is only $25 a year, and the way I look at it - I know what it costs to keep a website up and running, and I definitely get $2 a month value out of the site. If you want to play along with the challenges, or just support this AWESOME site, you can join, and your membership is active right away.
Ok, now on to the cards... All 3 of the cards I have for you today are for co-workers who have chosen to move on to new positions in the company. They are not directly my team, but another team that reports to the same boss that mine does, and who I work closely with on a daily basis. For all 3 cards, I used 3 DTGD challenges each - look at me go! Unfortunately, we are not permitted to give challenge details in the blog posts, because you need to be a member to play.
For this first card, I used Strut Ur Stuff; Girls, Girls, Girls; and Rainy's Sketch, and the colors were based on ColourQ's #41 challenge.
Stamp Sets: Fundamental Phrases, Clickabella from Stamping Bella
Ink: Basic Gray
Paper: Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Sweet Pea DSP
Accessories: Basic Gray corduroy buttons, WaterColor Wonder Crayons, Basic Gray satin ribbon, Pretty in Pink gingham ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
Punches: none
Big Shot: None
Challenges Used: ColourQ41, DTGD10rainy, DTGD10gbedwright, DTGD10peanutbee

The next card again uses 3 challenges, and the colors were determined by my brand new Elegant Soiree DSP. I used Kim's Sketch; In Touch with Texture; and Passionate for Patterns.
Stamp Sets: Vintage Labels
Ink: Marina Mist, Night of Navy
Paper: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake (Kraft), Very Vanilla, Elegant Soiree DSP (LOVE THIS!!!)
Accessories: Marina Mist 1 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
Punches: Marvy Giga scalloped circle, Scalloped Circle
Big Shot: Elegant Lines embossing folder
Challenges Used: DTGDblondie090277, DTGD10AmberDawn01, DTGD10notimetostamp

For the last card, I had run out of ideas for another going away card, so I thought a little out of the box. This person has a pretty quirky sense of humor, so I think he'll get it. I used TV Dinners; Embrace the White Space; Jeanne's Color challenge; and In Touch with Texture again.
Stamp Sets: Fundamental Phrases
Ink: Basic Gray, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Basic Gray Textured, Pear Pizazz, Real Red, Summer Sun, Whisper White
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals
Punches: 1" circle, Corner rounder
Big Shot: None
Challenges Used: DTGD10AmberDawn01, DTGD10BevMom01, DGTD10rsalamon, DTGD10JeanneS

Lots more challenges, so more, more, more cards to come!

Monday, July 19, 2010

2010 Album - April

I have been knocking out some months on this 2010 Album! It is SO much fun because it is so easy.I got a new camera in May, so the page speed will probably slow, since there are SO many photos to sort through for May and June. I might even take a break to make a card or 3. I have 3 co-workers leaving the team for other opportunities in the company, so I need to make 3 cards before July 29. I think the scrap pages may be put on hold to allow for these cards to be made. In any event, let's talk about April...
I took quite a few photos in April, and they were so different that I needed to include more pages. Not complaining about that in the least. This month, I chose the Shades of Spring DSP and Cheep Talk stamp set for accents.
April meant the beginning of the growing season, as well as Spring Cleaning, both of which I participated in this year. I chose to grow herbs, while my husband was a touch more adventurous with the plants. I performed, what I call, a stamp room exorcism, since the only explanation for how my room got THAT bad was that it was possessed. I still have a touch more to do to get the room where I want it, but I do like the re-organization that I did. In any event, enjoy the April pages!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

2010 Album - March

As promised, here i s a NEW paper pack for the March pages of my 2010 album. These green papers were part of the Rock-a-Bye Simply Scrappin' Kit. Of course, you have to have Green paper for March, right? Just wait until you see April's paper - oh how cool it is! In any event, I used a few punches and matted a couple of pictures, and that's pretty much all I did to create these pages. There was a lot that happened in March, but most of it did not include photos, so I tried to sum it up in the photos I did have.

Friday, July 16, 2010

2010 Album - February

OMG I LOVE MY DIGITAL STUDIO!!! I created all 4 of these pages last night. Seriously, digital scrapbooking does not get easier than MDS. Even I can do it, and folks even like my pages! *gasp* Some of you have commented on my photo layouts, well, I have to say, MDS has done most of the work for me there. For all of my pages so far, I have used one of their photo layouts, and just tweaked it a bit here or there. For example, on the last page of February (bottom right), the layout was the 3 photos in the column on the left, and I just added the long photo of Latte attacking the Lorax (Dr Seuss toy from Kohl's), which one of the funniest pictures we of that silly creature we call Latte.
Ok, so I promised you a different paper pack for February, so I must tell you I did not deliver. These papers are from the same Christmas Cocoa II set, just the red side instead of the brown. They really didn't look "Christmas"-y to me at all, so they became February, not that I still don't have my Christmas decorations up in February, anyway, but that's besides the point. :)
I used the stamp set called Calendar Basics Kit for the accents - month name, hearts, etc. The 2nd page has a heart on it like the 3rd page on the ribbon. I realized I used an old photo share to post here, but the rest is the same. Ok, on to March, and yes, March DOES have a NEW paper pack!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Boo Boo Anniversary Card

I was inspired by Allison's card, who was inspired by this card on SCS, to make an anniversary card for my parents. I really should have had more coffee before I started, because there are a few goofs in this card, but I actually like them that way. So to not be a complete copy cat, I used an oval instead of a rectangle. I used by oval nestabilities as the template, and I sponged a touch outside the lines, but it kind-of gives it a shadow effect, which I thought was cool (maybe I'm just making myself feel better for my laziness). I used the same sponge I did two days ago for the sympathy card, and for some reason, there was still some Cherry Cobbler on the sponge. Seriously wouldn't that have dried out - come on now! But, again, I liked the look, so it stayed. For those of you who don't know, I am NOT a sponge-lover, so two cards using sponging is something HUGE. I really like the look and have vowed to use it more, and obviously, I need practice! Ok, the last boo boo on the card - the leaves on the stamp. Those are supposed to be Always Artichoke, and I did use that colored marker, but I inked the whole stamp with Cherry Cobbler first. So, I have Stampin' Up!'s secret - Cherry Cobbler + Always Artichoke = Soft Suede. HA! I like the brown leaves - adds to the vintage look I was going for (again, something I need practice on!). In order to wrap the ribbon around for the stay-put bow, I cut a slit in the crease of the card. The rest, I think you can figure out. In any event, hope you like my boo boo card...
Stamp Sets: Because I Care, Hugs & Wishes
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake (sponging), Early Espresso
Paper: Confetti Cream
Accessories: Basic Pearls jewels (two sizes), Early Espresso taffeta ribbon, Big Bite (for stay-put bow), Oval Nestabilities (mask)
Punches: none
Big Shot: None

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sympathy Card

I found out yesterday that one of my team member's grandmother is at the very end of her life. She is 92 years old, and the family has been expecting this for some time, but that really doesn't make it any less sad. I was challenged trying to make a masculine sympathy card - I usually like to use butterflies for sympathy (not really sure why). I was inspired by Sweet Pea's Card, and I copied quite a few things from her design - the layout (a Limelight sketch challenge), the clear embossed dark brown panel, and the metallic embellishments on the main panel.
Stamp Sets: Great Friend
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, VersaMark
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Confetti White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories: Elegant Trio stencil, Mini Library clips, Crystal Clear embossing powder, Stampin' Dimensionals
Punches: none
Big Shot: None

2010 Album - rest of January

How quickly and easily the first two pages went together inspired me to keep going and finish January. I don't think I take enough pictures to do one spread per week, so I think I'm just going to let the pictures decide. These pages were created with My Digital Studio (did I mention how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE this program?!). I again used the Christmas Cocoa II paper. Don't worry - February will have something other than brown paper. :) Since this is going to be a year-long album, I decided to "unify" the months together with the same DSP set, so that way my whole album doesn't have to be the same paper - oh, I'd DIE of boredom with that! I love how Stampin' Up! keeps releasing new things for this program. I just bought some more last night (two new packs of DSP, among other things), and I will never ever run out of my favorite DSP - oh how I love that! I tend to hoard my DSP because I don't want to run out, but with it being digital - never fear, it will always be there!!!!
Ok, enough rambling, back to the pages... I used the "stamp set" called Torn Edges for the flourishes on both pages. I felt like I needed just a touch more, so I added the stitching on the 2nd page. Ok, January is done, on to February! I made a card this morning, too, but for some reason, my computer doesn't want to read the memory card. Oh well, you can see that tonight or tomorrow... oh the anticipation!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

2010 Photo Album - Week 1

I am CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY far behind on my scrapbooking. I think I have finally come to my senses and realized that I'm just plain, flat not going to do a traditional scrapbook. Splitcoaststampers has just begun (well, revived) a set of challenges for digiscrap items. The first challenge posted today to use distressed edges, so I took that as my kick in the butt to get my 2010 book done. My Digital Studio already has a "stamp" for that, and I downloaded an additional "stamp set" of Vintage Overlays that let me give the look of spray paint around the sides. When I saved the pic down to share, it doesn't look as splattered as it does in MDS. I also downloaded all the new colors - I chose Cherry Cobbler for the January dates, and Early Espresso for the text. The torn edge is done with Crumb Cake (formerly Kraft).
Here are the first pages of the 2010 Album that I will continue to work on each week. I need to catch up some weeks (like 27 weeks), but using the My Digital Studio photo layouts, made these two pages go together in a snap! I'm going to use one set of DSP per month, so even the background papers are picked out for me. Doesn't really get easier than that! For January, I have chosen Christmas Cocoa II DSP for the MANY snowflakes that graced us with their presence this winter.

Monday, July 12, 2010

More Coffee

So, I apparently have coffee on the brain, because here is yet another coffee card. This would be my first card made with the new Early Espresso color, and OMG do I love love love love it!!!! The color is called Early Espresso, so of COURSE I had to make a coffee card. Either that, or I've been making my cards in the morning while I drink my latte...
I used another Taylored Expressions sketch to do this card. I used my Quickutz Letterpress plate to do the embossed flourish. Then, I sanded over it to make the image pop. The impression is VERY deep on the paper, almost to the point of ripping the paper. This is one of the plates that comes with the starter kit, which is cool. Now that I know I can do dry embossing on normal paper, be on the lookout for more!
Stamp Sets: Our Craft Lounge's Fueled by Caffeine
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Bashful Blue Textured, Early Espresso, Old Olve, Sweet Pea DSP
Accessories: Purely Pomegranate satin ribbon, Candy Dots and orange ribbon from Taylored Expressions, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Write markers
Punches:1 1/4" square
Big Shot: None - Scalloped Rectangle clearlit, Top Note bigz die, Quickutz Letterpress plate

Friday, July 9, 2010

Coffee Thanks

One of my team members went to Hawaii for vacation, and brought me back coffee and sugar... OMG I'm in HEAVEN! I had to make a thank you for her, so I used ColourQ's challenge and Taylored Expressions sketch to create it. It was a little weird to make a coffee card without any brown, but I think I like it! Hope she does also.

Stamp Sets: Paisley BG, Gel-a-tins' Coffee Break
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo
Paper: Barely Banana, Bermuda Bay, Cameo Coral, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Accessories: Melon Mambo polka-dot grosgrain, stampin' dimensionals, pop dots
Punches:1 1/4" square, 1 1/2" square, 1 3/4" circle
Big Shot: None - WOW!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Another CAS Challenge

I'm hooked on the CAS (Clean & Simple) style. What have I been doing?!?! These cards are SO much easier and more elegant. Going to search through the past challenges for some more sketches for more Christmas cards, FOR SURE! Ok, so I did CAS74, which was to use wedding cakes for inspiration. I honed in on THIS cake called Hillary. Wish I would have found this site when I was designing my wedding cake, but alas, I digress... The line across the top of the flower is made with a ScorPal, but I think the rest is self-explanatory. Here's the card:
Stamp Sets: NONE - can you believe it!? That's TWO in a row!
Ink: Certainly Celery (just along the edges of the flower)
Paper: Whisper White, Bo Bunny patterned paper (freebie from Archiver's)
Accessories: Certainly Celery satin ribbon, Epoxy brad, Pop dots, ScorPal
Punches: None
Big Shot: Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Flower is a very old Spellbinders set that I'm not sure the name of

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Completed Name Tag

Hope everyone had a very safe, happy, and FUN Independence Day! We decided not to deal with the bugs, so we skipped the live fireworks and opted to watch them on TV. We watched Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, and Boston. HA! I must say, my city needs to step it up a notch - they were not good, especially compared to the other 3. I'm having a hard time deciding a winner between NYC and Boston. In any event, we had fun!
Ok, so I promised to show you the completed name tag I made with the MDS circle, and here it is... Sorry the photo is not so great, but I took it while it was hanging on my cube at work. Item in its natural environment!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Two Clean & Simple Challenges

I have always admired the clean and simple (CAS) cards, but I always felt like my cards needed more, more, more, but I have decided to embrace this way, at least once a week for the challenges. :) My first card is for this week's challenge, CAS73, where you are use White (always a part of CAS), Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, and Certainly Celery. If it weren't a color challenge, I would have chosen to use black instead of blue for the birds, so they match the ones I see in my back yard.
Stamp Sets: NONE - can you believe it!?
Ink: Nope
Paper: Bashful Blue Textured, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Accessories: Certainly Celery satin ribbon
Punches: Two-Step Bird
Big Shot: The embossing folder is made by Sizzix, but I'm not sure the name of it.

This 2nd card is for CAS72, a sketch challenge based on this card. One of the criteria for CAS cards is that they can be easily reproduced, so I immediately thought - CHRISTMAS CARDS!
Stamp Sets: To You & Yours
Ink: Old Olive, Whisper White
Paper: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Our Holiday Traditions DSP Paper Pad by Me & My Big Ideas (got at Michael's during the after Christmas sale - SCORE!)
Accessories: None
Punches: Corner Rounder
Big Shot: None - WOW!
Quantity Made - 10

These cards were SO easy that I think I'm going to go through the rest of the sketches for the rest of my cards, so stay tuned...


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