The Twilight Challenge

Posted by Susan on Friday, November 20, 2009 in , ,
I'm so excited, this is my first EVER challenge card. I stumbled upon a card on splitcoaststampers.com that really caught my eye, and when I read the info it said it was for the Twilight challenge on StampinB. Well...being a big Twilight fan I thought I should check out this challenge.

Basically the challenge was to create a Twilight inspired card using red, black and white, the traditional twilight series cover colors, and a moon.

Well when I read the challenge I knew right away I wanted to try the checkerboard from the Breaking Dawn cover, but I didn't have any designer paper that looked like that, so I created it myself. A little time consuming, cutting out all those diamonds and then adhereing them to a cardstock backer, but I got the effect I wanted so I'm happy!

Paper: Red, Black and White bazzil cardstock
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo Delicate Branches Acrylic Stamps
Inks: SU Bravo Burgandy and Stazon Black
Techniques: Sponging


Another Gift Certificate Card

Posted by Susan on Friday, November 20, 2009 in ,

I got the idea for this card from this entry on SplitCoastStampers.com. I modified it a bit because I wanted to try and use it as a gift certificate envelope card where the half circles on the side serve to hold the front flap and back flap together, since the fold is on the bottom.
Paper: White and black card stock
Stamps: SU Symphony jumbo roller
Ink: Versamark
Other Supplies: Fiskars scallop scissors, black glitter embossing powder, Michaels ribbon, circle cutter, SU round scallop punch
Technique: Embossing


Gift Certificate Holders

Posted by Susan on Thursday, November 19, 2009 in ,
I had this idea to make cards that would actually HOLD gift certificates, rather than just throwing them in the envelope with a store bought card. Here's what I came up with:

On both this card and the one below, the card is sealed on three sides (bottom and both sides) and the top serves as a slot to hold the card sentiment (just stamped on a layered card stock piece in matching paper) and the gift card is tied to the back of the card sentiment piece with matching ribbon (which doubles as the pull out for the card).

Paper: Bazzil CS in Brick and Kraft, SU CS in Close to Cocoa
Stamps: SU Gingerbread Man roller, Parlour Victorian Gingerbread Man, SU Snow Swirled
Ink: SU Close to Cocoa
Other Supplies: SU Scallop round punch, circle cutter, SU Scallop border punch, American Crafts ribbon

This next card follows the same gift card holder premise, where the ribbon on the top pulls out the panel and card from within.

Paper: Bazzil CS in Brick, white CS
Stamps: SU Snow Swirled,
Ink: Glue Pad
Other Supplies: Glitter Ritz in Fire Red, Martha Stewart snowflake border punch, rhinestone stickers, fiskars embossing plate, celebrate it holiday ribbon


O Christmas Tree

Posted by Susan on Thursday, November 19, 2009 in ,
The patterned pines SU stamp set is a lovely little hostess set available from the current Christmas mini-catalog. When I saw the paisley prints on these tress I just wanted to try out the bandana technique in the background that I read about on Splitcoaststampers.com. So I dug out my SU Polka Dots & Paisley stamp set to give it a try.

Paper: SU cardstock in garden green and sage shadow
Stamps: SU Patterned Pines, SU Polka Dots & Paisley
Inks: SU garden green, real red and brilliant blue
Other Supplies: Organza ribbon, white acrylic paint


Gold foil christmas

Posted by Susan on Thursday, November 19, 2009 in ,
I saw the prettiest designer paper at Carsand Mosher and just had to buy it with some matching bazzil cardstock. At the time I didn't know what I wanted to use it for, so after sitting on my shelf for a few weeks I decided to make a set of 4 Christmas cards using it.

Paper: Bazzil cardstock in kraft, blue oasis and brick, K&Company Christmas Cheer Stripe Foil Paper
Stamps: SU Delightful Decorations
Ink: Stazon Black
Other Supplies: SU Ornament Punch, Celebrate it red ribbon


Music for Christmas

Posted by Susan on Thursday, November 19, 2009 in ,

I had a lot of fun getting this card just right. I knew I wanted to use an image from the SU Symphony roller stamp, but beyond that I played a lot with paper, inking, and getting the look I wanted. Overall I really like the way it turned out.
Paper: SU Chocolate Chip card stock, Bazzil card stock Brick, Gold vellum, Paper Pizazz designer paper Music
Stamps: SU Symphony jumbo roller, SU Snow Swirled
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip, SU Bravo Burgundy, Versamark
Other Supplies: SU Scallop border punch, CM tear tool, Black glitter embossing powder, SU watercolor pencils with blender pens
Technique: Sponging


Fa La La La Lavendar

Posted by Susan on Thursday, November 19, 2009 in ,
I had the prettiest color glitter ritz glitter that I wanted to use, so I thought "how about making a Christmas card in non-traditional colors". And here it is!

Paper: SU Card Stock Lavendar Lace, White CS
Stamps: SU Season of Joy, SU Delightful Decorations
Ink: SU Lavendar Lace
Other Supplies: Glitter Ritz in Lavendar, Marvy Uchida square scallop punch, SU Ornament punch


More Christmas Blues

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 in ,

Well here are more examples I made using my new favorite color matches...baby blue, kraft and white. I went back to my SU Snow Swirled stamps for a great set of snowflake impressions, and pulled out my new EK Success snowflake border punch for the white edging.
I played around a bit with these cards, with white ink, then glitter. I think next time I'll try white rub-ons.
Paper: Cardstock in baby blue, white and kraft
Stamps: SU Snow Swirled
Ink: SU Night of Navy, Colorbox white, Versamark
Other Supplies: Martha Stewart white glitter, EK Success snowflake border punch


A little snow swirled

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 in ,
I think SU's Snow Swirled is one of my favorite Christmas stamp sets ever! I just love all the great things you can achieve with it's variations.

Here I tried some non-conventional Christmas colors, using a beautiful bright pink and white cardstock and a matching designer paper.
Paper: Bazzil cardstock in watermelon, KaiserPaperCrafts Cheerful DP, white cardstock
Stamps: SU Snow Swirled
Ink: Versamark
Other Supplies: Silver embossing powder, pink rhinestones, silver ribbon, Martha Stewart doily lace punch

Paper: Cardstock in bright blue and white
Stamps: SU Snow Swirled
Ink: SU Brilliant Blue
Other Supplies: diamond rhinestones and michaels stock ribbon

Paper: Cardstock in bright blue, grey and white
Stamps: SU Snow Swirled
Ink: Versamark
Other Supplies: Silver embossing powder, bright blue rhinestones, fiskars texture template


Hang the ornaments on the tree!

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 in ,
When I saw this punch and the matching stamps in the SU holiday mini catalog it shot straight to the top of my "must have" list. It is just TOO cute and so versatile, I can't wait to use it again...and again...and again.

This card also marked the start of my Christmas Blues phase. I saw this great color scheme...again in the SU holiday mini...the whole navy, bashful blue, kraft mix. I never would have thought to put these colors together myself but I think the match is really stunning.

Paper: Cardstock in navy and baby blue, designer paper (source unknown)
Other Supplies: SU Ornament punch, Glitter Ritz sky blue, stock michaels satin ribbon in baby blue.


Sparkling white and freshly rolled...

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 in ,
... the little snowman LOVES the cold!

This card and all it's glittery goodness reminds me of this little snowman book my son likes. The snow roller turned out really well on this card, rolled in not quite navy on bashful blue cardstock. I used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch, dipped in a glue bad and sprinkled with Martha Stewart white glitter. Then I added a strip of white, cut with the Martha Stewart icicle punch and also dipped in glitter. It turned out really well I think.
Paper: SU cardstock Night of Navy and Bashful Blue
Stamps: SU Snow jumbo roller, SU Snow Swirled (for sentiment)
Inks: SU Night of Navy, Versamark
Other Supplies: Martha Stewart snowflake punch, Martha Stewart icicle punch, silver embossing powder, silver ribbon, Martha Stewart white glitter.


Brrrr....it's cold up here!

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 in ,

I bought this great set at a special scrapbook sale. I had never gotten the chance to order it before it retired so it was a great find. And it makes the cutest little card, particularly for a busy family when the hats, skates and mits start flying.
Supplies: SU cardstock in summer sun and night of navy, SU Maine Blueberry designer paper
Stamps: SU Bundle Up
Ink: SU Night of Navy, Markers
Other Supplies: white pen (for stitches) and matching eyelets


Glitter Snowflake

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 in ,

I wanted to try a glittered, layered snowflake to see how it would turn out. I pressed my die cut snowflakes into a glue pad and then pressed on Martha Stewart glitter in silver and a dark blue. Then I ran the lower portion of my card with the SU Snow jumbo roller and versamark and then sprinkled it with hologram embossing powder.

I might try this card again with some variation, but I'm not sure what yet...I have to play.

Paper: SU Night of Navy cardstock, white cardstock
Stamps: SU Snow Jumbo Roller
Inks: Versamark and Glue Pad
Techniques: Embossing and glitter
Other Supplies: Martha Stewart Glitter, Martha Stewart drippy goo punch, Snowflake stencils, silver elastic cording, hologram embossing powder


A card for baby bubba

Posted by Susan on Monday, October 26, 2009 in ,

This is the card I made for the still...as yet...unnamed baby boy of a co-worker. This is actually attempt two, since the first card I started to make I didn't like AT ALL!

Paper: SU Night of Navy cardstock and SU Maine Blueberry designer paper
Stamps: CTMH First Impressions, CTMH Childhood Boy
Ink: SU Bashful Blue, SU Old Olive
Other Supplies: Marvy Uchida square scallop punch, Memory Makers Slice Noteworthy Design Card, Michaels stock ribbon in vanilla


More Halloween Goo-ness

Posted by Susan on Monday, October 26, 2009 in ,

This is just another version of the trick or treaters card with some variation on color and cut.

Paper: K&Company Halloween Whimsy designer paper, yellow, orange and black cardstock
Stamps: SU Haunting Jumbo Roller, Inkadinkadoo All Hallow's Eve
Ink: Black Stazon
Other Supplies: Martha Stewart drippy goo punch


Evil Pumpkins

Posted by Susan on Monday, October 26, 2009 in ,

This card turned out much more ominous than I thought it would, but I really liked the effect, and it was so simple. I just took the pumpkin from the SU House of Haunts set, stamped him multiple times at random on a piece of designer paper and embossed him in black embossing powder. I also embossed the Happy Halloween sentiment on the same paper but made it a tag instead. When it was all done I was going to attach it with orange ribbon but the green seemed to set it off just enough.

Paper: K&Company Halloween Whimsey designer paper, black cardstock
Stamps: SU House of Haunts, Inkadinkadoo All Hallows Eve
Ink: Versamark
Other Supplies: Black embossing powder and certainly celery ribbon


Commenty goodness

Posted by Susan on Thursday, September 24, 2009 in
So I just discovered thanks to a friend that my comments feature wasn't working. I have fixed it and believe it to now be functioning properly, so if you ever wanted to leave a comment on any of my posts, please feel free to do so.

Thank goodness, I was starting to wonder why no one ever left me a comment..I felt so unloved *sniff* :D



Posted by Susan on Sunday, September 20, 2009 in , ,
I found the most stunning stamp at my local scrapbook store on Saturday when I was looking for other supplies. I decided to give this a try with the Glitter Ritz warm highlight technique I learned in class the night before. I love the result:

Paper: Karen Foster Spooky designer paper, black card stock
Stamp: Inkadinkado Crow
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Technique: Glitter Ritz Warm Highlight
Other Supplies: Halloween ribbons - Michaels stock, Martha Stewart drippy goo punch


All that glitters...

Posted by Susan on Sunday, September 20, 2009 in , ,
I attended a class at my local scrapbook store this weekend called "Putting on the Ritz". The class was all about using glitter ritz, which comes in a variety of stunning colors. Here are the cards we made in the class.

Please note: These were designed by our instructor Kim Prince.


Early Valentine

Posted by Susan on Thursday, September 17, 2009 in ,

I wanted to play around with a few ideas, and this is the result. I think it works best as a valentine's card, so I'll probably put it away until then.
Paper: Black, white and red cardstock
Stamps: SU Always
Ink: SU Real Red
Other Supplies: Michaels stock ribbon in red.


Happy Birthday Mom

Posted by Susan on Thursday, September 17, 2009 in , ,
Because you can never have too much glitter!

I had some K&Company trim strips that I wanted to use, so I added some Martha Stewart Florentine Gold glitter strips, a scalloped square with a stamped sentiment and voila!

Paper: SU Pale Plum, K&Company butterfly strips
Stamps: Studio G Happy Birthday
Inks: SU Lavendar Lace
Other Supplies: Martha Stewart Glitter in Florentine Gold, Marvy Uchida scalloped square punch


Hertzlichen gluch wunsche zum Geburtstag

Posted by Susan on Thursday, August 20, 2009 in ,
Okay spelled incorrectly I'm sure but it means "heartfelt wishes on your birthday" in German. So why German? Because it's my Mother-in-Law's birthday today and she is originally from Cologne, Germany.
Here is the birthday card I made her:

My favourite part of this whole card is the Frames with a Flourish border stamp from SU. I really liked this frame, but wasn't sure what shape to put it on, since SU doesn't have a corresponding punch in this shape. Then, as I was flipping through my MM Slice Noteworthy design card booklet I saw the perfect shape. So I cut it out, pulled out my stamp-a-ma-jig to see if it would fit and presto, it was perfect. I cut another of the same shape in a dark pink about 1/2 an inch larger to get the border. I think it turned out quite well!
Paper: SU Cardstock Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery
Stamps: SU Inspired by Nature, SU Frames with a Flourish, SU Flight of the Butterfly, Inkadinkadoo Birthday Wishes Sentiment
Inks: SU Old Olive, SU Bashful Blue, SU Pretty In Pink, SU Summer Sun
Other Supplies: Martha Stewart Lace Doily Punch, American Crafts Ribbon, Memory Makes Slice Noteworth Design Card


Witchy Poo

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 in ,

Inkadinkado has a great Halloween stamp set called All Hallow's eve. The images are really stunning. I went full out with the sponging on this one.

First I took a lighter blue card stock and sponged it all over with Night of Navy Ink from Stampin' Up. Then I sponged up the edges of my moon with a little Summer Sun Ink. A little masking magic to create the white tail of the stamp and the night of navy on the moon and bibbity bobbity boo - a flying witch.

When I was done I thought it needed a little something extra, so I used the Happy Halloween sentiment from the Stampin' Up House of Haunts set...are you starting to see a trend here? I stamped it on a little label and attached it with some yellow ribbon from Basic Grey and it's ready for an envelope!

Paper: SU Cardstock in Night of Navy and Summer Sun
Stamps: Inkadinkado All Hallow's Eve, SU House of Haunts
Inks: SU Night of Navy, SU Summer Sun
Technique: Sponging
Other Supplies: Basic Grey ribbon


Trick or Treat!

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 in ,
I just love these little spooky trick or treaters!

I used the Haunting Jumbo roller from Stampin Up for this card, along with some black and old olive card stock. Since I can NEVER seem to tear my edges correctly, I use the handy dandy Creative Memories Tear Tool to get an even looking tear on my card stock.

I then added some Halloween ribbon from Michaels...and their off to get their candy!

Paper: SU Cardstock in black and old olive
Stamps: SU Haunting Jumbo Roller
Other Supplies: Michaels Halloween Ribbon, Creative Memories Tear Tool.


Halloween colors abound

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 in ,

Sponging is my new "thing". I think it adds great dimension, and I owe thanks to my Stampin' Up consultant Anita over at the HoveyHut for tips on how to get this great effect!
Again, this set uses the House of Haunts Stampin' Up stamp set, some bazzil cardstock, and a great striped DP from the K&Company Halloween Whimsy paper pack.
I added some dimension to this card by popping up the stamped blocks with dimensionals! Can't wait to send these off at the beginning of October!
Paper: K&Company Halloween Whimsy DP, Bazzil Cardstock
Stamps: SU House of Haunts
Inks: Black Stazon, Colorbox Pumpkin Orange, SU Real Red
Techniques: Sponging


Haunted House

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 in ,
I think it's clear I like making Halloween cards. And this year Stampin' Up came out with some great Halloween sets. This card uses the House of Haunts stamp set which I love.

I used the Big Shot Top Note die cut, sponged the edge with some Garden Green ink, and then used my black stazon for the image. Then I used my Stampin Up colored pencils and blender pens to color in the moon.

The background green paper is from the awesome Halloween Whimsy paper pack from K&Company. It's just too much fun!

Look for more Halloween cards coming out of this set very soon!

Paper: K&Company Halloween Whimsy paper, Black cardstock
Stamps: SU House of Haunts
Ink: SU Garden Green, Black Stazon
Other Supplies: Big Shot from Stampin Up, SU Colored Pencils and Blender Pens

Inspiration: I got the idea for this card from here.


Happy Birthday Jill

Posted by Susan on Sunday, August 09, 2009 in ,
Razzletini's and Marguerita's are on the menu!

This card turned out so summery I just love it. I used the Tart and Tangy stamps from Stampin' Up for the lemon and orange edge, and the Cheers to You Stampin' Up set for the images on the front of the card. The drink images I stamped with black stazon and then used my Stampin' Up colored pencils and blender pens to colorize. I then mounted them on orange cardstock cut with my Marvy Uchida scallop square punch.

I added a few strips of bright stripe designer paper in matching colors and voila! Let the celebrations begin!

Paper: Bazzil Cardstock, Designer Paper
Stamps: SU Tart and Tangy, SU Cheers to You
Inks: Black Stazon
Other Supplies: Marvy Uchida scallop square punch, SU colored pencils and blender pens.


Pumpkin stencils ...

Posted by Susan on Saturday, August 08, 2009 in ,
...aren't just for pumpkins anymore.

I got inspired last year with an idea for Halloween cards, which was to make them kind of like all those great pumpkin carvings from Pumpkin Masters you can buy around Halloween. So I went online and found a few free..simple...pumpkin carving templates and decided to give it a try with some cardstock and my trusty Coluzzle swivel blade. I think the results worked out pretty well.

This guy is one of my favorites, he turned out so well. Really spooky but fun too! I added a little Halloween ribbon I found at Michaels, and it was great because it included the sentiment too!

For the witch and the ghost below, I backed the cut out with a shimmery vellum paper rather than the orange cardstock. I think it adds a neat effect, almost like a shiny moon. And again I added a little Halloween ribbon from Michaels to the bottom.

Paper: Bazzil Cardstock, shimmer vellum
Other Supplies: Michaels Halloween ribbon


Happy Birthday Dad!

Posted by Susan on Friday, August 07, 2009 in ,
Make a wish Dad! No I can't afford to get you that for your birthday....try again :D

This was a fun card to make. I used my Not Quite Navy cardstock and a piece of Maine Blueberry designer paper from Stampin' Up for the card background. I ran some white cardstock over my fiskars texture template to get the dots effect and then joined the two in the middle with a great cupcake ribbon from Sugar and Spice for Michaels.

I used my Stampin' Up Scallop punch and the cupcake and candle from the Party Hearty stamp set in bashful blue and close to cocoa. I added some Doodlebug Design sugar coating glitter in swimming pool blue to add sparkle, cause you know I love the sparkle.

Finally, I used my super duper Slice machine and the Words & Expressions design card to create a diecut sentiment "Make a Wish".

Paper: SU Cardstock in Bashful Blue and Not Quite Navy, SU Maine Blueberry designer paper
Stamps: SU Party Hearty
Inks: SU Bashful Blue and Close to Cocoa
Other Supplies: SU Scallop Round Punch, Doddlebug Design Sugar Coating Glitter - Swimming Pool, Memory Makers Slice - Words & Expressions Design Card


A rose by any other name

Posted by Susan on Thursday, August 06, 2009 in ,

This is a birthday card I made for my mother in law. I actually copied the idea from the Creative Memories website sample projects. It was actually this project that made me order the Paisley Punch that I used on the card. It's a neat punch, although probably somewhat limited in it's usefulness. I also had a lot of trouble with the punch sticking, although my DH figured out a great way to get it unstuck when it sticks and not lose your punched image and waste a bunch of paper.
If you have one of these punches and have experienced this problem without resolution, all you need to do is push half way down on the lever a few times in quick succession and the springs seem to pop out without damaging your die cut.
I added a few glitter ladybug stickers to this one to make it sparkle, cause you can never have too much sparkle! Enjoy
Paper: Bazzil Cardstock
Other Supplies: Creative Memories Paisley Punch


Blue Butterfly

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 in , ,

Up until now I hadn't used any of the designer paper sets from Stampin' Up. This is my first card using almost all Stampin' Up products, and I think it turned out pretty well. It's also the first card I got to use my new Slice from Memory Makers on! I'm very excited because the Slice ROCKS!

So, the Stampin' Up cardstock is old olive and bashful blue, to match the designer paper Maine Blueberry from last years catalog. I used the Flight of the Butterfly stamp (bashful blue and not quite navy) and my brand new Butterfly punch which I loooove! I popped the butterfly up a bit with a dimensional sticker.

For the ribbon divider I used a scrap piece of certainly celery ribbon, and a thin strip of pale blue stock ribbon from Michaels. I thought it was a neat effect.

I did cheat a little and used a Studio G "Thank You" stamp, but the dots went so well with the paper and the butterfly I couldn't resist.

I think the recipient liked it because they called to thank me for the thank you card and how great they thought it was - so that was kind of nice! Hope you like it too!

Paper: SU Cardstock (Bashful Blue), SU Maine Blueberry Designer Paper
Stamps: SU Flight of the Butterfly, Studio G Thank you
Inks: SU Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy and Old Olive
Other Supplies: Memory Makers Slice, SU certainly celery ribbon, Michaels stock ribbon in baby blue, SU Butterfly punch


Autumn Leaves Thank You

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, August 04, 2009 in , ,
Another autumn pallette inspired thank you card. This one was really fairly simple, as I just layered different sizes of burgandy and beige cardstock for the background and then embellished with a few die cut autumn leaves from Me and My Big Ideas.

I thought the bottom was a little bland, but didn't want to stamp anything there, so I decided to tie a raffia bow instead.

Paper: Bazzil Cardstock, Me and My Big Ideas Die Cuts
Other Supplies: Raffia


Flower Thank You

Posted by Susan on Monday, August 03, 2009 in , ,
So I reeealllyyy liked the Fresh-Cut Notes cards from the Stampin' Up catalog, but I was too impatient to wait for an order to actually try them out. So I drew myself up a little petal template and used it to trace five petals on a piece of white card stock. I can tell you, getting them all even was NOT easy! Then I used my Coluzzle swivel blade to cut them out, creating the peek-a-boo flower. Then I used a Close to My Heart acrylic background stamp with all kinds of text on it, stamped in white on a tan cardstock, and placed it behind the flower cut out.

I embellished the center of the flower with layered burgandy and beige stars, and a burgandy button right on top. I think it turned out really well and I sent it off as a thank you card.

Paper: Bazzil Cardstock
Stamps: CTMH acrylic background stamp
Ink: Colorbox white ink


Autumn Gold

Posted by Susan on Sunday, August 02, 2009 in , ,

I sent out a lot of thank you cards last fall and I think I used autumn as my inspiration because all the colors and images I used seem to represent fall! The "thank you" I used on the bottom of the card was done with some Close to My Heart acrylic letter stamps that I got on a super sale and wanted to try them out.

Paper: Bazzil Cardstock
Stamps: SU Fall Whimsy, CTMH Acrylic Letters
Other Supplies: Gold embossing powder


Just Bee-cause

Posted by Susan on Saturday, August 01, 2009 in , ,

This is a simple thank you card I made for a friend who really likes bees. I used a yellow DP with white dots and I embossed the black card stock using my fiskars texture templates. Then I used acrylic stamps from studio g for the flower and the sentiment. Finally, I found a stock ribbon at Michaels that matched perfectly and added that as well.
Paper: Bazzil Cardstock, Memory Makers Designer Paper
Stamps: Studio G Stamps
Other Supplies: Fiskars Texture Templates, Michaels stock ribbon

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