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August 31, 2010

Color Blocking and the Color Coach

When I saw the Stampin' Addicts sketch challenge last week, I had an idea pop into my head and for once, I really feel like what I envisioned is what ended up happening on the card.  I decided to use Shelli's Creative Challenge for this month once again to come up with my color combination.  If you want to check out SASC 64 over at Stampin' Addicts, you can see it HERE.

My color combination came from the back of the Concord Crush card in the Color Coach.  It is Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait.  You can see in the close-up (you'll want to click on it to enlarge it) that I actually sponged the edges of the punched flowers to give them a little more depth.

I hope you like the card!

All items used are SU!

Stamps:  Funky Four, Apple Blossoms (Hostess Level 1)
Paper:  Concord Crush, Peach Parfait and Whisper White CS, Pear Pizzazz Textured CS
Ink:  Concord Crush and Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Markers, Peach Parfait Classic Ink
Accessories:  Itty Bitty Shapes punch, Basic Rhinestone Jewels, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, Concord Crush 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Corner punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Clear-Mount Blocks

August 28, 2010

FTL 104 #2

I made this card back on the 20th along with the card you saw in my last post (hey, I have to stretch out my posts if I want to appear to be a regular blogger!! ;)  LOL), and after making that first card I had the desire to make the spot where the bow is in the sketch to be a torn paper flower. I've done them in the past with good success in making the flowers but not the best success at utilizing them on the card. I am pleased with how this one turned out. For once, I had to stop myself though. I was going to add some Dazzling Diamonds to all of the rough edges on the petals. I think it would have looked pretty, but maybe a bit much. I settled with just the bling (I LOVE THE SELF-ADHESIVE JEWELS THAT SU! HAS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) in the center of the flower. This card also uses the FTL 104 sketch, found HERE.

All items used are SU!

Stamps: Because I Care (Level 1 Hostess)
Paper: Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White CS, Greenhouse Gala DSP
Ink: Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink
Accessories: Basic Rhinestone Jewels, 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, White Thread, Janome Sew Mini, Clear-Mount Block

August 26, 2010

FTL 104 #1

Here's a card that I made fairly quickly using the FTL 104 sketch from over at clean&simple stamping. Go check out the sketch HERE.

All items used are SU!

Stamps: Because I Care (Hostess Level 1)
Paper: Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White CS, Greenhouse Gala DSP
Ink: Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink
Accessories: Neutrals Designer Button (Whisper White), 3/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta ribbon, Clear-Mount Block

August 24, 2010

FTL 103

It has been a while since I have been able to play along with the gals over at clean&simple stamping. I was so glad to be able to use one of their more recent sketches for this card. If you want to check out the sketch, you can go see it HERE. I usually use a CAS myself, and I always love the sketches that are posted there.

All items used are SU!

Stamps: Funky Four, Just Believe
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White CS
Ink: Cherry Cobbler classic ink
Accessories: Basic Rhinestone Jewels, 3/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Clear-Mount Blocks

August 23, 2010

Mojo Monday 153

When Mojo Monday Sketch 153 came through in my Google Reader, I stopped what I was doing, grabbed some card stock, my SU! Color Coach, and came up with what I wanted to do. I have been inspired to use my Color Coach a lot since I've been able to start stamping again. Shelli even issued a Creative Challenge using it this month, and you should check it out! So, I came up with the color combination of Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise and Rich Razzleberry. Well, there are four "squares" in the sketch, as you'll see below, so I had to add in another color and decided to go with Not Quite Navy. I hope you like it, and I hope you have a fabulous Monday!!

All items used are SU!

Stamps: Just Believe
Paper: Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White CS
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Not Quite Navy and Tempting Turquoise classic ink, Black StazOn ink
Accessories: Basic Rhinestone Jewels, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Designer Button Brights (Tempting Turquoise), Stampin' Dimensionals, Clear-Mount Block

August 21, 2010

The Stampin' Up! Color Coach

I wonder if I am the only one? When I was younger and my mom would get one of those rings with all of the color cards on it, for kitchen counter tops I think, I really wanted to HAVE one. She also would have the paint swatch ones that have the different hues, and I would fan it out and play with it. Well, the new SU! Color Coach has an aesthetic similar to those nifty little things that my mom used to have, and I LOVE it!!

With the NEW SU! Color Coach, you can pull out one color here, another color there, and make up your own color combinations. OR, flip it over and you can look at the suggested color combinations on the backs of the cards. Each color has two color combinations on the back and about 97% of the colors also have a dynamic duo listed on the back as well. So far, I haven't noticed any duplicate color combinations either, so when you like a color in one combo and look up that color and flip it over, the combos on the back of it are not the same as the one you just came from.

You can see the SU! Color Coach in 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog on page 165 or online by visiting my SU! website by clicking HERE.

Where am I going with this? Well, I use the color coach all of the time when I need some color inspiration, and this month Shelli Gardner's Creative Challenge was to use the color coach to come up with a combination for a project. You can check out Shelli's Creative Challenge HERE. Next, I thought I would explain the evolution of the card and then share the picture with you.

I decided that I wanted to use one of the new colors, and when I had my Color Coach in front of me with the colors all fanned out, my eyes gravitated to Cajun Craze. It's kind of the "replacement" for Really Rust, and I really like it, but didn't have any ideas in mind so I flipped it over and looked at the combinations listed on the back of the card. It listed: Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Baja Breeze, or Cajun Craze, Perfect Plum and Always Artichoke. The dymanic duo that it showed was Cajun Craze and Tangerine Tango. So...as I sat there and looked at the combinations, I really gravitated towards the top one which was Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Baja Breeze. Any of you that have followed my blog for a while know that I LOVE Baja Breeze. So much so that my walls in my living room and family room are painted in it (you can see it sometimes in the background of some of the pictures I take of my cards). I didn't have any Old Olive handy though, and being lazy I decided to substitute Wild Wasabi for it. Next, I made my stamp choice, and I decided to use the Funky Four stamp set. As the name indicates, there are four little mushrooms, so I just had to add in a fourth color - Daffodil Delight. I didn't count the Crumb Cake (card base) as part of the combo because it's from the Neutrals family ;)

As for the details of the card, I colored the mushrooms with my Stampin' Write Markers. I colored an extra flower that is one the second mushroom from the left, stamped it, punched it out and added a little pearl for some bling. I added the little flower embellishment to the side of the sentiment and think it looks pretty cute, if I do say so myself ;) The recipe is below and I hope that you have a fabulous weekend!!!

All items used are SU!

Stamps: Funky Four, Apple Blossoms
Paper: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake and Whisper White CS
Ink: Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi and Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: 3/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearl Jewels, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Clear-Mount Blocks

August 19, 2010

Just a little hoot....

I just love the new 2-Step Owl punch from Stampin' Up! It makes for really quick, cute embellishments on cards, scrapbook pages, gift items, or whatever you want an owl on! I kept this one simple, but as usual there had to be some paper piercing.

Just to let everyone know, I'm not going to be unrealistic and say that with all that I have going on I'll be able to post every day, but my goal is to post Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday each week. I don't know if more than 2 people even still check my blog, but hopefully this will give you your "Marie fix" :) He he he.

Hope you have a great Friday!

All items used are SU!

Stamps: Apple Blossoms (Hostess Level 2)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White CS, Concord Crush Textured CS, Brights (Daffodil Delight) Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Black StazOn
Accessories: Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, ruler, Paper Piercing Tool, Template and Mat, 2-Step Owl Extra-Large punch, Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Mini Glue Dots, Clear-Mount Blocks

August 17, 2010

With Sympathy...

This isn't a traditional sympathy card, but I really liked that phrase that was in the Occasional Quotes (Hostess Level 3) stamp set. My husband's cousin recently lost her 4-year-old son in a tragic drowning accident. I wanted to send her a note to let her know that she and her family are in our prayers. I wasn't able to attend the funeral, but have heard from family members that the mother spoke at her son's funeral, and that she has shown such faith and a testimony in her Savior and Heavenly Father that everyone is comforted to know that even in such grief, she is strong and has the knowledge of the loving arms wrapped around her by her Father in heaven. I can't even imagine what she is going through. My own children are 7, 6 (well, in 2 weeks anyway!) and 3. I just can't imagine.....

I decorated the inside with a VERY subdued image that perhaps you can get the idea of in the picture below. I was inspired by a card on Stampin' Connection made by Ilina Crouse where she made her own interpretation of a card that SU! Convention 2010 participants got to make.

All items are SU!

Stamps: Just Believe, Occasional Quotes (Hostess Level 3)
Paper: Concord Crush, Old Olive and Whisper White CS
Ink: Concord Crush Stampin' Write Marker, Old Olive classic ink
Accessories: Clear-Mount Blocks, Concord Crush 1/2" Stitched-Poly ribbon, Basic Pearl Jewels, Paper Piercing tool, template and mat

August 16, 2010

I'm Baaaaack.....

Sort of :) I actually stamped two cards the other day (one is below, but I'm "hiding" it beneath a long post). I am sharing one of them today and then the other I'll share in my next post. I made this card for a very good friend for her birthday. I looked at my calendar at 11:20 pm last night and realized that I had lost track of what day it was with the hubby gone, the kids still on summer break, and my Master's class in full swing. I don't really have any need to know the actual date. So, after looking at the calendar I realized that her birthday (and mine - the day after hers) are in the next day or two. So unfortunately I am a terrible, slacker friend and she won't get the card in time. Sorry Melissa!! Oh, and don't continue reading if you don't want to see your card ;)

To tell you a bit about the card, I really wanted to use the new Apple Blossoms set and THIS old card of mine kept popping into my head as a potential rough layout to use. I also wanted to use only "new" colors (you'll see why I put "new" in quotes in a second), so I used Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler. As the card base and on the little punched out shape behind the sentiment, I used the "new" Crumb Cake (which to me looks just like the old Kraft CS, but I haven't actually compared the two side-by-side yet to see but it does for a fact replace the former Kraft CS in the SU! inventory).

Anyway, as you'll see below (sorry, I am typing a lot so that Melissa won't see the card right away if she checks my blog and hasn't gotten the card yet) it's a fairly simple card. The pattern on the Marina Mist CS at the bottom of the card was made using one of the stamps in the Apple Blossom set.

I tried out something new and used SU!'s glue-stick to adhere the ribbon to the CS. I REALLY like how flat it lays on the card using the glue-stick, and none of the glue goes through the ribbon, and you don't see little glue dot shapes, or anything like that. I recommend this technique to those that want their ribbon to really lay flat. It works well with the stain ribbons. I don't know that it would work as well with grosgrain or other more bulky/textured ribbons though.

So, without any more stalling, here it is:

All supplies are SU!

Stamps: Apple Blossoms
Paper: Marina Mist, Crumb Cake and Whisper White CS
Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight Classic Ink
Accessories: Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Clear Acrylic Blocks, Marina Mist Satin ribbon, linen thread, Stampin' Dimensionals