Saturday, July 25, 2009

SUO Bloggers Group 8 Challenge #2

Here I am again, waiting until the last day to post my challenge card. Actually, I have had this card done, but didn't know if I would post it or not as I wasn't real pleased with the turnout. However, since the deadline was today, I knew I better go with it or I wouldn't have anything!!

The challenge for our group was to do a card that showcases SU ink, a stamp set, and card stock.

1. No designer paper. You can make your own with stamps though.
2. You can use punches and embossing folders if you like.
3. Keep it simple to show how anyone can make a beautiful card.
4. Keep the card creation process in under 15 minutes.

Well my card is super simple; no designer paper used, but did use embossing folder; and it takes less than 15 minutes.

Directions: Emboss the Nature Silhouettes tree image with Black Embossing Powder (because my panel was larger than the stamp, I had to over-stamp a little to enlarge the image). Used Big Shot embossing folder on the panel; brayed Creamy Carmel, Summer Sun, Really Rust, Ruby Red, and Brocade Blue ink over the panel (used torn sticky note to create blue water); and finally, used the Frightful Fence Jumbo Wheel wheeled with black ink cartridge. You can wipe off any ink that gets on the embossed image. Layered panel on Barely Banana card stock, then adhered to Ruby Red card base. There you have it -- an easy-peesy card.

I also wanted to share with you a picture of my deer that I have been watching every day from my studio. None of my pictures really turned out good when the fawns were first born -- but they are getting more used to me now.

Enjoy the day, and make sure you check out the rest of the group's submissions for the challenge.


Friday, July 17, 2009


I belong to a marvelous & talented group, consisting of 20 Stampin' Up Demonstrators, aka SUO Group 8. We use only Stampin' Up products on our Blogs (i.e., "SUO"). Our first challenge was to case something from the new Stampin' Up IBC by Thursday. Yes, I had this challenge done last night, but was too tired to post. I was doing a birthday project for my sister, and when I finished, decided to use the challenge to make her birthday card. This card is cased from page 121, of the SU IBC.


Stamps: Card Games and On Your Birthday

Card stock: More Mustard, Ballet Blue, Real Red, Old Olive, & W. White
along with Jackpot Designer Series Paper (Heart)

Ink: StazOn Black

Accessories: Chipboard Heart, Brad, Dimensionals, & Markers

Yes, my sister is a card player and all other games out on the market. I only changed one tiny thing on this card: I used a Real Red card stock layer on the More Mustard base instead of another layer of the More Mustard. I thought the red just added more "fun" to the card.

Thank you for the Challenge Jackie!! I love challenges, and next time I will be a little more timely instead of waiting until the last day.

Thanks for stopping by and take a few minutes to check out the other blogs in our group listed in the right panel!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Class Samples

Good Morning! What a beautiful Sunday today is -- praise the Lord! I was just out sitting on our porch having morning coffee with my DH, and all I could think of was how blessed we are. I wanted to just sit there and meditate with our Lord and Savior and thank him over and over again for all of my blessings. Don't you have days like that? Well I could go on and on about my blessings and thankfulness, but will not keep you in suspense any longer.

Here are a couple more of the projects we did yesterday at my card and scrapbooking classes. We all had a great time. One of the ladies brought some homemade apple muffins for brunch, and we snacked and created all day long. Then, I took a break around 4 p.m. and cooked some brauts (Sp?) on the grill (conveniently located right outside the door of my studio) so we could all get our second wind. Actually we all felt like taking a nap afterwards, but didn't.

The sympathy card was done using the new Level 2 Hostess Set, "Asian Artistry," stamped with Close to Navy on Confetti White cardstock, and layered on Close to Navy cardstock. We used SU's Watercolor Pencils to color and layered both panels on Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper. The base of the card is also Close to Navy cardstock.

My album pages are a case of pages I did at the last Clarkston Retreat, and designed by either Ronda Wade (Queen of the RubberQueens) or Melissa Roberts (Princess of the RubberQueens). I'm sorry ladies that I can't remember which of you designed these beautiful pages. I did change the base color from Baja Breeze to Kiwi Kiss. I know all the materials I used are discontinued SU products, but my ladies really wanted to do these pages so I made sure I ordered supplies before July 1. There was no stamping -- just accessories, accessories, accessories!! Products: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Kraft, and Black cardstock; Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper; Valet Ribbon Originals; Butterfly Bigz Die; and SoHo Designer Hardware.

Hope you like and thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Time to Razzle Dazzle Again!

This is one of my cards for my card class tomorrow. I had a request for some sympathy cards by one of my customers. I really like it when my customers call and tell me what kind of cards they would like -- I just wish my DH could be trained to tell me what he would like for dinner. Life would be so much simpler.

Anyway, this card is very simple (my type it seems like anymore), but still elegant. I used the new "Razzle Dazzle" stamp set, inked with Basic Black, on Very Vanilla card stock. Then tapped a little Basic Black ink on the background with my stipple brush to give a little texture. The base of the card is Kraft card stock, with Bella Blue designer paper. I know you won't believe this, but I still have a lot of my Stampin' Up Organza Ribbon left from 3-4 years back when we had a wide variety of SU colors available in the organza. I felt this card needed Black Organza, just because I associate it with Sympathy cards for some reason. So pulled it out, punched a couple of holes and tied the bow, then heated a tiny bit to curl the ribbon. The Sympathy sentiment is from one of my favorite sets, "Close as a Memory." I'm so glad it came off the dormant list.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back with more soon!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Still Having Fun!!!

A really quick post today, as I need to get the rest of my cards designed for my class this weekend -- plus clean house (that's a day in itself). My first card using the Medallion background stamp was done for our swap at the RubberQueen demonstrator meeting last night. I only had a couple hours before the meeting to get something done, so this is a 3-minute card (but isn't it elegant and perfect for a wedding/shower card). I brayered Mellow Moss on the Medallion to stamp on Glossy White cardstock. Then used one of the stamps from Circle Circus and punched out with Scallop Circle punch, applied half-pearl from Pretties Kit using Crystal Effects, and added to Medallion with dimensional. Sentiment is from the new Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

The Happy Birthday card using the Embrace Life stamp set is one of the cards we will be doing at my card class this weekend. I used the Watercolor Reinker technique (presented by the Queen of the RubberQueens at our monthly demonstrator meeting in June). I love this technique -- especially because you can use the same stamp set and it turns out completely different every time you do it. And of course this is our new Crushed Curry cardstock and Razzleberry Lemonade designer series paper. I am so totally in love with the new In-Colors!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Having Fun Again . . .

Well it has been a while, so sorry!! Here is my latest creation using the new SU Look Here Bigz XL Gift Card die. The card was made for my grandson's birthday using the Pun Fun, Just Jawing, and Kind & Caring Thoughts stamp sets. Card stock is Bordering Blue and Chocolate Chip, with Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper. I used SU's Watercolor Crayons to color and the Heart Punch (on front).
This was my first attempt using this die, and it had been a while since I viewed the video on our SU Demonstrator Web Site. Needless to say, I had a few difficulties and will be going back to view the video again. However, there was no way I was going to start over again, and knowing my grandson, he will be more interested in the gift card!! LOL
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!