Friday, May 30, 2008

Two challenges in one

I read Beate Johns' blog and I love her weekend sketch challenges. I use her sketches all the time as inspiration when I am making cards, but this is the first time that I have actually participated in her Weekend Sketch Challenge. I also wanted to participate in Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration Challenge, so I decided to roll them both into one card. Kristina's color challenge was:

So Saffron, Not Quite Navy, So Saffron, Bashful Blue and Whisper White

For my card I used:
Eat Cake
So Saffron, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue and Whisper White Card Stock
Old Olive Prints Designer Paper
Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue and Old Olive Classic Ink
Old Olive 5/8 in Grosgrain Ribbon

One more scrapbook page

Where has this week gone? I cannot believe it's Friday already. Part of my week went to working on end of the year paperwork for my Girl Scout troop. I had to fill out our troop financial report and let me tell you that is not my strong point in any way!

Okay, on to the scrapbooking. I got one more page done last weekend. This one was pretty simple. I used some more of my Crew Kids Girl Simply Scrappin' Kit. The background is some of the patterned paper that comes in the kit. Even though it looks like I did a lot of paper piecing, I didn't. That is the design of the paper. So, after I mounted my photo on the Textured white and Basic Gray paper, I stamped my title in Wild Wasabi on Whisper White card stock using the Schoolbook Serif Alphabet. I decided to use the Whisper White, rather than the textured white because I wanted the solid stamped image, and not have the texture showing through. With all that was going on with the patterned paper, I didn't really want to add much more. I used one the die cuts tabs on my photo with the date on it and I used one of the strips underneath my journaling.

Even though I have a craft room, I have had my scrapbooking stuff on our dining room table this week. Partly because I had a friend over scrapping with me last Friday and I don't have room for two people to work in my craft room, but I also thought that maybe leaving it out where I could see it would help motivate me to work on more pages. Somehow that didn't really work. Now my hubby is a bit annoyed that the table has been covered in stamp stuff (and some Girl Scout stuff, too) for a week and we don't have anywhere to eat dinner. So today I will either scrapbook some more or clean it all up!

Friday, May 23, 2008

I got some scrapbooking done!

The other day I was going through pictures I had of my daughter and I realized that I had made very few scrapbook pages. Since she is nine months old, I realized that I had better get working or I was going to be behind on her scrapbook pages for the rest of her life! While that may still happen, I am going to try to get as many pages as I can done this weekend.

I got two pages done this afternoon while a friend was here to scrap with me. This page I actually started working on back in the fall (when all of the stamp sets were current). I stamped the leaves in VersaMark and embossed them with clear embossing powder. That is as far as I got until today.

Supplies for this page: Autumn Fest (Retired)
Letterpress Alpha (Retired)
Short Order Alpha
Versa Mark
Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pads
Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Close to Cocoa Card Stock
Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker
Clear Embossing Powder

This page uses:
Big Deal Alpha
Tempting Turquoise and Gable Green Card Stock
Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' Pad
1 3/8 in, 1 in 3/4in and 1/2 in Circle Punches
Coluzzle Cutting System
Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Write Marker

We'll see what else I get done this weekend!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Evolution of a Card

I wanted to make some birthday cards that were not necessarily masculine, but at least gender neutral. I was inspired by this card, but as I was working I decided to make a few changes. I wanted to make several of these cards, since we have a big family and I send (okay, try to send)everyone a card, so I didn't use glitter. Then I decided that I only wanted to use the birthday cake stamp from the stamp set. I tried using three cakes, but that was a little much.

So, here is what I came up with:

I ran out of the argyle patterned paper, so here is one I made using some another design in the East Coast Prep Paper:

Stampin' Supplies:

Bitty Birthday
East Coast Prep DSP
Real Red, Basic Black, More Mustard, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi Textured and Whisper White cardstock
Real Red, More Mustard, Tempting Turquoise and Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Markers
Red Gingham Ribbon
Jet Black Staz-on
1 1/4 in, 1 in a 3/4 in Circle Punches

Monday, May 19, 2008

Expand Your Toolbox!

Stampin' Up is offering a great way to expand your stamping toolbox. For the month of May, if you join Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator, you'll get 20% off the Starter Kit and a FREE tin of Hodgepodge Hardware from the Spring and Summer Collection 2008.

Hodgepodge Hardware assortment choices include:

105532 Aged Copper
105531 Antique Brass
105515 Pewter

The Starter Kit comes complete with all the tools you will need to start a successful business--$359 worth of stamping and business supplies for only $159! Your kit can be customized when you choose the stamp sets and wheels you want.

Why Become a Demonstrator?
Get a 20% discount on all your Stampin' Up! orders
Have the flexibility to do as little or as much as you want
Get a monthly magazine exclusively for SU! Demonstrators
Earn Free product
See new products before anyone else!

This offer is only good for the month of May, so contact me today to find out how you can become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

May Specials!

For the month of May Stampin' Up! has two great specials. Get 25% off all Chipboard products when you spend $35 or more. There is no limit to the number of Chipboard items you can order once you spend $35. Chipboard products are on pages 178-179 of the Spring and Summer Collection.

When you cover your Chipboard with Designer Series Papers or cardstock, you will want to have a Hobby Blade handy. You can get a FREE Hobby Blade this month when you purchase a Cutting Mat. I just recently discovered the Cutting Mat and it is a great product to protect your work surface when you are stamping. The mat has a grid and ruled edges to help you while you are working.