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Creative Crew Sketch

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This month, the Creative Crew at Splitcoaststampers is challenging you to play with a new sketch.  There are a lot of little details on this one and it was fun to use.

I started with the pocket portion of the layout and decided to create a little pocket for my tag.  My new Bright Hopes stamp set from the Holiday Mini seemed like the perfect choice to decorate both.  I found this cool marbled paper in the Well Worn DSP and knew it was the background I was looking for!  Basic Pearls and Very Vanilla Seam Binding were an easy choice for the sketch elements.

On the little tag, I stamped the snowflake in Frost White Shimmer Paint.  Just apply the Shimmer Paint to the stamp with a sponge dauber.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

I don’t put little tags on cards very often and I love that this sketch had us do that.  I hope you will give this one a try too.  If you post your card, don’t forget to add keywords CCREW0911HF and CreativeCrew so the design team won’t miss your fabulous project!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with a beautiful card that I received.  You will love it too!  See you soon!

Stamps:  Bright Hopes, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Well Worn DSP, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso; Ink:  Not Quite Navy; Accessories:  Frost White Shimmer Paint, Basic Pearls, Vanilla Seam Binding, Sponge Daubers, Tag Punch, 1/8″ Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

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Blueberry Jam

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Hope you are not too hungry because you are really going to want Blueberry Jam after this post!!  My third project for the Creative Crew was to create a gift, recipe or home-style item based on the Domestic Goddess Suite.  I immediately thought of Blueberry Jam!

I love blueberry anything so jam is awesome!  Conveniently, I found a great recipe for it in the July edition of Real Simple magazine.  I thought about using it as a gift and the rest came into place quickly.  I found these little Ball 4 oz. jars (wide mouth) that are just perfect for giving.  The ring on the lid is the right size for the scallop circles from my Perfect Pennants die for the Big Shot so I stuck to decorating just the ring.

See how easy it is to remove the lid without messing up any of the pretty decorations??  I layered the two scallop circles and popped the Daffodil Delight one up on Dimensionals.  The little flowers come from the Fruit & Flowers stamp set and were inked up in the Suite’s colors.  I added some Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon and cinched the bow with a Daffodil Delight button.  The ribbon was secured around the ring using Sticky Strip.  Of course I had to make a recipe card to match since anyone who tastes it will want to make it!

This fun little project is quick and fun!  I can see changing the colors and stamps to create wonderful holiday gifts for friends and neighbors!

I’m glad you stopped by today.  Don’t forget that if you make a project for this challenge, post it and use key words CreativeCrew and CCREW0911CF.  I look forward to seeing your “Domestic Goddess” side!

Stamps:  Fruit & Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White; Ink:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon, Bright Designer Buttons, Ball 4 oz. jars, Big Shot, Perfect Pennants Die, Scallop Edge Border Punch


Steampunk Inspiration

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As promised, I am here to give you a little more information on the scrapbook inspiration project for September’s Creative Crew Challenges, CCREW0911SF.  You are challenged to take this scrapbook page and convert it into a Stampin’ Up Only creation while keeping the vintage/chic/steampunk feeling.  I have to admit that I was a bit overwhelmed by this one at first!!  Then I started playing with My Digital Studio and finally came upon a solution.  The MDS cog punch.  That got everything moving in the right direction.

I was able to create gears in all different sizes and colors.  I simply printed them out and cut them out (using circle punches for the centers).  Basic Black and Cajun Craze are the final colors.  Next I created an overlay to print onto First Edition DSP.  I started with Vintage Overlays and chose the pattern with the eagle.  Then I added the ruler from Timeless.  Once it was printed, I started playing around with the layout and needed a few extra details.  The line art from the retired Plane & Simple seemed perfect so I used the goggles and the airplane.  The cogs were too plain so I embossed them with clear embossing powder to add some dimension.  Finding the perfect picture was the most important part of all, of course!  This is my oldest son and one of his very best friends at an airshow last year.  I edited the photo to ensure you could still see the airplane parts from the C-5 in the background and printed it in sepia.  Finally, I spritzed on some black spatters.

I love this shadowbox (and so do my son and his friend)!  I took pictures without the glass and it was still hard to photograph.  If you click on either picture you can see some more of the detail.  I can’t say that this is truly steampunk but I think you can see the inspiration.  I hope you will give this challenge a try too…you never know where the creative challenge will take you!!  Don’t forget to upload on Splitcoaststampers and include the keywords CreativeCrew and CCREW0911SF.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Whew…6 days in a row of posting!!  I will be back on Tuesday for the next SU Only Challenge.  I’ll give you a small hint…the challenge includes one of my very favorite things from Stampin’ Up!!  Until Tuesday, have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

Stamps:  Plane & Simple (ret), Timeless (digital), Vintage Overlays (digital); Paper:  First Edition DSP, Well Worn DSP, Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Basic Black, Basic Gray; Accessories:  My Digital Studio (MDS), 1″, 1 1/4″ and 1 3/8″ Circle Punches, Color Spritzer Tool, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Shadow Box (non-SU)

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Creative Crew Color Focus

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Well, as you can see I am lucky enough to have been chosen to be on the Creative Crew at Splitcoaststampers for the fall quarter.  Yippee!!!  I have posted all four of the challenges in the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew Gallery and will be detailing them here over the next few days.

Today I am starting with the Color Focus Challenge,  CC0911DF.  The September focus is based on the Timeless Portrait DSP.  You can use the DSP or you can use at least three of the colors:  River Rock, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Island Indigo.

My goal was to use all of the colors so that I could demonstrate the “feel” of the paper without actually using it.  I don’t have any of the stamps from the suite (yet) so I used the a set that has a similar bold image, Precious Butterflies.  I cut the large butterfly with the Big Shot and the Beautiful Butterflies die.  I overstamped it in Basic Black.  The little butterfly was cut using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit out of Island Indigo card stock.  The embossed pattern on the River Rock panel is from a Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate.  Don’t all the swirls and images go together perfectly??  Now, what are those black pearls??  Stampin’ Up doesn’t carry black pearls!!  No, they carry Basic Pearls and you can use them for almost everything!  I just took a black Sharpie marker to the ones I needed and made them black.  Cool, huh??!!  I scrunched the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding using Sticky Strip behind it.  This is a fast and easy way to add texture without adding a bow.  Finally, I put my whole layer on a background of  First Edition DSP.  Hard to see here, but I chose a print that talks about butterflies.  This awesome layout is courtesy of the Operators at Stampin’ 411.

I can’t wait to tell you more about my other projects so stop back by over the next week to see more.  Now it is your turn to play.  You have a WHOLE MONTH…there is no excuse.  You can use the key word CreativeCrew (one word) to any project you upload.  I can’t wait to see what awesome projects await!

Stamp:  Precious Butterflies; Paper:  First Edition DSP, River Rock, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Ink: Basic Black; Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Sticky Strip, Basic Pearls

Flower Blossoms

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What can be better than a new stamp set and coordinating Designer Series Paper??!!  An Open House where you get to use the stamp set and the beautiful paper!!  Sorry I was mostly absent last week.  I have been busy creating for all kinds of things THIS week.  First of all, I have an Open House to celebrate the new catalog tomorrow (Tuesday) morning and evening.  If you live in the Northern VA area and would like to take a trip to Warrenton to see some new catty products, just let me know!  I can’t wait to show my local stampers some of the fun things I have been creating.  Don’t worry, I’ll be showing them here later this week!

Here is our Make-n-take for the Open House.  Fruit & Flowers is already becoming an awesome go-to set.  Just look at how fun (and quick) this little card is.  The Berry Blossoms DSP is fantastic…I always find DSPs even better in person!  And of course, I just “had” to tie on a little of the lovely Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon.  Can’t wait to order it in all the colors for my ribbon share!  I thought this was a perfect card for the Creative Crew Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  This month’s challenge was to use the new In Colors and our favorite new products!

I’m posting this a day early because tomorrow I’ll be back with the latest SU Only Challenge.  Of course the card uses more new catalog stamps and DSP!  On Thursday I will have my ColorLab Challenge card, as always.  Finally (and please make plans to come back), I am in a Stampin’ Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop starting on Friday.  My projects are done and I can barely wait to show you all the fun things I have done with my set.  So now you see why I was absent last week!

Thanks for stopping in today.  See you tomorrow!

Stamps:  Fruit & Flowers, Short & Sweet; Paper:  Berry Blossoms DSP, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Ink:  Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon, Dimensionals

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Say it with Style!

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Happy New Year and welcome to my new followers!  I was so motivated by the weekend’s Stampin’ Addicts Occasions Mini Blog Hop and couldn’t wait to get stamping this week.  My first job this year to show you how to make the square frame from my hop cards.  While I would love to take credit for the idea, Sharon Field over at Created By You is the originator of the technique I used.  I had been playing around with ways to do this but she figured it out first!  I simply modified her instructions to make the square.  Since many people are visual learners, I have taken pictures of what I did.

Start with a 4 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ square and line it up so that you have equal spacing on three sides.  Roll it through the Big Shot and it will look like this:

Next, take the card stock and slide it down so that the bottom lines up with the bottom design of the folder.  You should be able to feel the design slide into the “grooves” and it will match up with the folder (except the unembossed bottom, of course).

It will look like this from the other side and you can check your placement.

As Sharon specifies, start to roll it through your Big Shot but only a little bit.  Estimate how much roll it takes to emboss only the bottom design (she says about 3/4 of a turn).  Then back the design out.  And here is the final square.  The pressure of the Big Shot flattens the previous design and forms the corners nicely!

My card from the Blog Hop was given away as a card set for Christmas so I “had” to create a new one, of course. 

I inked up part of the image from the Elements of Style stamp and then colored it in with Pink Pirouette, Rose Red and Basic Gray.  The sentiment is from the new set Say It Simply.  I brought in an Antique Brad because it went so well with the gray.  The ribbon, I must confess, is retired Basic Gray Taffeta.  Given that I have a ribbon “collecting” (okay, hoarding) problem, I am trying to use up some of my retired items.  To save you some time, the Basic Gray piece of the inner square is 3″ x 3″. 

This is also for the Creative Crew Catalog Focus Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  It is a challenge to use new items from the Mini.  Check out the link to see more fabulous projects from the Creative Crew.

Thanks for stopping in today.  I wish you a safe and happy new year filled with loads of creativity!

Stamps:  Say It Simply, Elements of Style; Paper:  Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White; Ink:  Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Antique Brads, Basic Gray Taffeta (retired), Blender Pen, Dimensionals

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