Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Canvas Kissed Evergreens

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 24th - Hugs & Kisses

The challenge was to stamp an image using the kissing technique.  Splitcoaststampers has a great tutorial here.  I have never attempted this technique before but I love how the trees turned out.  I inked up the tree image with certainly celery and "kissed" the image on the canvas background stamped that was inked with garden green.  You can really see the canvas effect on the trees.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Scenic Season, Canvas Background
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Merry Moments DSP
Ink: Certainly Celery, Garden Green
Accessories:  Swirls Embossing Folder, Oval & Scallop Oval Nestabilities Dies, Brass Snowflake with Brad, Frost White Shimmer Mist

Chicken S-O-U-P

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 23rd - Chicken S-O-U-P

The challenge was to use a chicken (hens and roosters counted) on the card and elements that spelled SOUP.  I don't own any stamps with chickens, hens or roosters so I decided a card in the shape of a chicken would be the way to go. 

The elements I used that spelled soup are:
S - Scallop Heart Framelits Die
O - Overlay (the polka dot layer is acetate over the white card stock)
U - Upside down heart
P - Pearls (black pearls for the eyes)

No stamps or ink used to create this card.  What do you think of my Chicken S-O-U-P?

Supplies Used:
Paper: Whisper White, Ruby Red, Yoyo Yellow, Night & Day DSP (acetate sheet)
Accessories:  Scallop Framelits Heart Die, Full Heart Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Black Pearls, Mini Glue Dots

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Embossed Poppies

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 22nd - Stand Like a Flamingo

The challenge was to be like a flamingo and use only one of each supply (ie: one stamp, one button, one ribbon, one sheet of dsp, etc).  The card base, sentiment and ink didn't count.  I decided to keep things real simple and stamped the poppies in white craft ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  I wrapped the ribbon around the lower half of the poppies and adhered that to my white card base and added the sentiment with a simple pearl.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Pleasant Poppies, Thanks for Caring
Paper:  Whisper White, Pixie Pink
Ink:  White Craft Pigment
Accessories:  White Taffeta Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Pearl, Dimensionals

Clearly Blossoms

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 21st - Clearly Hopeful

This challenge was to create a card that incorporated something that was clear or that you could see through.  I found these printed acetate sheets that Stampin' Up discontinued several years ago and made a simple card.  The acetate was adhered to the card with the rhinestone brads and ribbon.  The sentiment is from the Perfect Day rub-ons (also a discontinued item).  A "clearly" clean and simple card with no stamps or ink.

Supplies Used:
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Gray, Pink Passion
Accessories:  Clearly Thanks Printed Window Sheet, Perfect Day Rub-ons, Pink Rhinestone Brads, White Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Miss You

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 20th - Hope Is In The Air

The challenge was to create a card with something that can be found up in the air.  I chose this airplane stamp from the "Ain't Love Grand" stamp set.  I think this is the first time I've used this set.  The clouds were created with the cupcake punch and embossed with the fancy fan embossing folder.  I like how the folder created little cloud embossed images in the "clouds". 

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Ain't Love Grand
Paper:  Whisper White, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Cutie Pie DSP
Ink: Black, So Saffron, Bashful Blue
Accessories:  So Saffron Ribbon, Cupcake Punch, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Paper Piercer, Paper Piercing Template, Mat Pack, Tombow Adhesive, Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Raspberry Baroque Motif

Taking a little break from the HYCCT challenges today but I'll post more of the challenges later this week.  This is the card I made for a very good friend who celebrated her birthday yesterday.  She loves anything that has a little sparkle and shine.  

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Baroque Motifs, Riveting
Paper:  Whisper White, Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss, Raspberry Tart DSP
Ink:  Rose Red
Accessories:  Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon, Scallop Border Punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Rhinestones, Rhinestone Brads, Felt Floral Fusion, Frost White Shimmer Mist, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pink Birthday Bliss

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 19th - A Birthday in Pink

This was an easy challenge - make a birthday card using pink.  There were inspirational pictures posted and I was inspired by this picture.  The cake on the pedestal cake plate is represented by the main image on the card, the cupcakes are represented by the polka dot paper, the pink and white layered squares are represented by the striped paper since they were laid out in rows and the glass bottles and jars are represented by the happy birthday sentiment which is placed vertically.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Birthday Bliss, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso, DCWV Background Paper
Ink: Black, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo
Accessories:  Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Framelits Label Dies, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Oval Punch, Dimensionals

Grateful Heart

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 18th - Vital Signs

The challenge was to make a card using one of the four main vital signs (heart beat/pulse, temperature, blood pressure, and breathing) as inspiration.  I wasn't sure what direction to take for this card but I think the sentiment fits. I had originally stamped the sentiment and the swirls in black but thought it was to much of a contrast with all the soft pink and white so I decided to try embossing it in white and it looks much nicer.  It was very difficult trying to get a good picture with all of the soft colors.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Pursuit of Happiness, Baroque Motifs
Paper:  Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Unknown DSP
Ink:  Versa Mark, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Hearts Framelits, Pink Satin Ribbon, Frost White Shimmer Mist, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Monday, October 22, 2012

Butterfly Kindness

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 17th - Pinking Shears

The challenge was to use an embossing folder, scissors, border punches, edgelits, etc to create a decorative edge on the card.  I opted to create a decorative edge using a border punch not on the edge of the card but across the middle.  This card is basically a CASE of this card.  I changed the card size and colors but its basically the same card.  I've always admired Beate's work and appreciate all the tutorials and work she does for Splitcoaststampers.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Great Friend, Whimsical Words
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Kiwi Kiss, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Provo Craft Bitty Scraps Pad
Ink:  Kiwi Kiss, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories:  Eyelet Scallop Border Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Paper Piercing Template, Kiwi Kiss Double Sided Ribbon, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Frost White Shimmer Mist, Dew Drops, Dimensionals

Silhouette Sentiment

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 16th - Two Time The Fun

For this challenge everything used on the card there had to be two of but they had to be slightly different. They could be two different patterned papers, two different buttons, two different ribbons, two different stamps, etc.  Sounds simple enough but I had a difficult time with this challenge.  This is my list of twos that I used on this card: 2 different stamp sets; 2 different colors card stock; 2 different patterned papers; 2 different embossing folders; 2 different punches; 2 different sizes of pearls; 2 different colors of ribbons; 2 different colors of ink; and 2 different dies.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Silhouette Sentiments, On the Grow
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Elegant Soiree DSP
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Fancy Fan and Oval Frame Embossing Folders, Word Window and Extra Large Oval Punches, Nestabilities Scallop Oval Die, Framelits Bitty Banner Die, Large and Small Pearls, Dimensionals 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fabulous Glitter

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 15th - Shine It Out

The second challenge for October 15th was to create a card using lots of sparkle.  This card definitely has lots of sparkle.  I stamped the flower three times in rose red and cut two of the images to create layers and dimension. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Fabulous Flowers
Paper:  Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Rose Red, Raspberry Tart DSP
Ink:  Rose Red, Versa Mark
Accessories:  Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Two-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Reflecting in Peaceful Waters

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 15th - Peaceful Pink

The month is half over, so for October 15th there was a double challenge.  The first challenge was to create a card that evokes peace, calm, and serenity with a touch (or splash) of pink.  To me this image represents peace and serenity because I feel the most peaceful on or near the water.  I opted for just a "splash" of pink for this card. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer by the Sea
Paper:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Urban Garden DSP
Ink: Black, Various SU Markers
Accessories:  1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, Linen Thread, White Gel Pen, Versa Marker, Clear Embossing Powder, Brayer, Sponge Daubers

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Love Is: A Great Thing

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 14th - Read All About It

The challenge was to make a card that featured text in some way.  I decided to make my text the focal point.  I'm really trying to incorporate some of the items that have long been discontinued by Stampin' Up and this text if from the Love & Happiness rub-ons. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Canvas Background
Paper:  Whisper White, Early Espresso, Dusty Durango, DCWV Mat Pack Background Paper
Ink: Versa Mark
Accessories:  Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities Dies, Scallop Border Punch, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Love & Happiness Rub-ons, Dimensionals

Glittered Chickadee

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 13th - Hope Is the Thing

The challenge was to be inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem "Hope is the Thing with Feathers":

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

I kept my card clean and simple so that the glittered chickadees would really stand out.

Supplies Used:
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Christmas Cocoa DSP, Ski Slope DSP
Accessories:  Royal Langnickel Glitter Chickadees Rub-ons, Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities Dies, Dew Drops, Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 12th - Start Spreading the News

The challenge was to create a card inspired by a song from a musical or movie.  For some reason when I read this challenge the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from the movie "Meet Me in St. Louis" popped into my head.  I think this image portrays the era from the movie.  The sentiment was computer generated and printed on very vanilla card stock. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Welcome Christmas
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Festival of Prints DSP
Ink: Versa Mark
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities Dies, Scallop Border Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Dimensionals

Monster Mansion

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 11th - The Monster Mash

The challenge was to create a card inspired by the song "The Monster Mash"!  The inspiration could come from the lyrics, images or colors from the video that was posted but to keep it fun and not scary.  Obviously a Halloween card came to mind and since the "monsters" have to live somewhere I decided this image was their "Monster Mansion". 

Here is the link to the video.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Haunted House
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Basic Black
Ink:  Versa Mark, Black, Barely Banana, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Mellow Moss
Accessories:  Spider Web Embossing Folder, Black Embossing Powder, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Frost White Shimmer Paint, MS Drippy Goo Border Punch, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


HYCCT Challenge Dated October 10th - Ship Shape

The challenge was to make a shaped card - no circle, rectangle or square cards. I found a free quilt applique template on-line for this beehive and everything just came together.  I just traced the template on my so saffron folded card base and then traced it again on another piece to cut apart to add some dimension.  I sponged all of the edges with more mustard ink to add some depth.  The bees were created using the small oval punch (3/4" x 15/16") with barely banana and early espresso card stock for the body, 1/2" circle punch for the head in barely banana and the heart to heart punch for the wings with some glitter paper.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Very Vanilla, Barely Banana, So Saffron, Close to Cocoa, Early Espresso, DCWV Glitter Pack
Ink: So Saffron, More Mustard, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Small Oval Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Word Window Punch, Owl Punch, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Tombow Adhesive, Dimensionals

Caffeine Is A Vitamin

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 9th - You Had Me In Stitches

The challenge was to make a humorous card that incorporated stitching.  I don't actually own very many stamps with humorous sentiments but I love the statement "caffeine isn't a drug it's a vitamin".  I for one love my coffee to get me going in the morning.  I had originally planned to incorporate some faux stitching on the card but opted for double stitched ribbon for the stitching.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Morning Cup
Paper:  Whisper White, Green Galore, Pixie Pink, DCWV Summer Stack
Ink:  Black, Green Galore, Pixie Pink, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Pink Double Stitched Ribbon, Scallop Border Punch, Flower Rhinestone, Dimensionals

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hello, Dear Friend

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 8th - (Spelling Challenge)

This challenge was to use the letters HYCCT in your card or project.  I actually had a difficult time coming up with something.  The layout and idea for this card came from this card I saw on Splitcoaststampers.  I did modify some things but the basic idea is directly from that card.  Here is my spelling of HYCCT:

H - Hello (sentiment)
Y - Yoyo Yellow
C - Circles (wheels on bike) or Cutting (all of those flowers)
C - Crystal Effects
T - Twine

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Moving Forward
Paper:  Whisper White, Yoyo Yellow, DCWV Mat Stacks
Ink: Ballet Blue, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, Old Olive
Accessories:  Adoring Accents Edgelits, White Pearl Fabric Paint, Crystal Effects, Dew Drops, Bakers Twine, Dimensionals

Music Speaks

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 7th - Music Soothes the Soul

For this challenge we needed to use the color pink and any music related stamp or paper.  I actually had both and they worked well together.  The stamp image looks aged and worn so I wanted to incorporate that look for the entire card so I distressed the paper to make it look aged and worn and sponged it to give an even more aged look. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Musical Manuscript
Paper: Whisper White, Rose Romance, Basic Black, DCWV Background Stack #5
Ink: Versa Mark, Barely Banana, Rose Romance, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Swirls Sizzlits, Black Embossing Powder, Dew Drops

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Leaves

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 6th - 3 Dies/Punches and a Sentiment

So far with the HYCCT challenges I haven't done much stamping and for this card I only stamped the sentiment.  I actually made 2 of these cards and changed the sentiment on one of them to give as a birthday card to a friend of mine.  Since the challenge was to incorporate 3 dies or punches and a sentiment I wasn't sure if the leaves would qualify as only 1 die since they are all on the same die even though they are all different so that is why I used the word window punch and modern label punch for my sentiment.  I don't own the stamp sent that coordinates with this die because when I purchased the die I knew that I would use embossing folders with the various leaves. I really like the look of each of the leaves with the various embossing folders.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Ruby Red, Summer Sun, Close to Cocoa, Garden Green
Ink:  Early Espresso
Accessories:  Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Various Embossing Folders, Close to Cocoa Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Summer Sun Corduroy Button, Tombow Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Courage and Strength

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 5th - Courage

I thought this sentiment expresses just how strong women are, or can be when faced with a diagnosis of cancer and to me courage and strength are one in the same when it comes to facing the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.  I saw this card on Splitcoaststampers and thought it would be perfect for this challenge. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Favorite Thoughts, Morning Cup
Paper:  Bashful Blue
Ink:  Black, Craft White, Cherry Cobbler Marker, Marina Mist Marker
Accessories:  Silver Cord, Gingham Ribbon

Rain Boots

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 4th - Strip Please

For this challenge you were asked to strips of paper, fabric or tapes as a background to the focal image.  I just received the Bootiful Occasions stamp set and thought the sentiment with the rain boots would be appropriate for cards being sent to a cancer center.  I used Mojo Monday sketch #194 with a slight modification, I have my focal image on the right side instead of the left as shown in the sketch.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Bootiful Occasions
Paper:  Whisper White, Barely Banana, Brocade Blue, Sarah DSP
Ink:  Versa Mark, Basic Black, Barely Banana Marker
Accessories:  Blue Embossing Powder, Scallop Border Punch, EK Success 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Nestabilities Scallop Circle Die, Glitter Pen, Dimensionals

Monday, October 8, 2012

Wonderful, Perfect, Beautiful, Marvelous, Friend

HYCCT Challenge Dated October 3rd- Five Words 

The challenge was to incoporate 5 different words on a card.  After searching through all my sentiment stamps and not really coming up with anything, I remembered that I still had some rub-ons from Stampin' Up that I hadn't used.  When I pulled this out the words practically jumped out at me.  So now I had the words I wanted to use I just needed a sketch to make them work together cohesively.  I used sketch #75 from the Mojo Monday blog.

Supplies Used:
Paper:  Whisper White, Early Espresso, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss DSP, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Accessories:  Bright Delight Rub-ons, Boho Blossoms Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Rhinestone Brad, Dimensionals

Cupcake Wrapper and Cupcake Card

The Hope You Can Cling To (HYCCT) challenge for October 2nd was "Show Off Your Cupcakes"!  We had to make a cupcake wrapper/template or a box and a matching card or tag to go with it.  Luckily I was able to find a free template on-line for the wrapper and I have the cupcake punch from Stampin' Up so this was an easy one.  Can you believe it...No Stamping on this one either!!

Supplies Used:
Paper:  Whisper White, Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise, DCWV Paper Pack #5, DCWV Glitter Paper Pad
Accessories:  Cupcake Punch, Scalloped Eyelet Border Punch, Large Scalloped Circle Punch, EK Success Scalloped Oval Punch, Stripes Embossing Folder, Oval Frame Embossing Folder, Making Memories Flower w/Brad, Dew Drops, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Essentials of Happiness

The third challenge (HYCCT1201C) given on October 1st for the Hope You Can Cling To (HYCCT) challenges was titled "Rays of Hope".  The thought or idea is that when you or someone you love hears the word "cancer" you are frustrated, angry, sad...your world turns gray but that there is always hope and cancer does not always win.  The challenge was to create a card with mostly gray tones with a splash of color to represent the hope.  Since the cards will be mailed to the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas I wanted to incorporate a sentiment about hope as well and I think this stamp says it all.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sidekick Sayings
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Charbon DSP
Ink:  Versa Mark, Wild Wasabi Marker
Accessories:  Black Embossing Powder, Scalloped Oval Punch, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

Hello Kitty

I will be having multiple posts over the next couple of days because I'm trying to get caught up with the Hope You Can Cling To (HYCCT) challenges.  The challenges began October 1st and on the first day there are 3 challenges posted (A, B and C).  If you scroll down you will see my card for the first challenge (HYCCT1201A) and I will be posting the challenges in order so this card was created for the 2nd challenge given on October 1st (HYCCT1201B).  The challenge was to make a card "For Kids Sake".  Since I don't get the chance to make cards for little girls this was my opportunity.  When my daughter was young she loved Hello Kitty and I think most little girls still do.  I love creating punch art and I've seen various ideas for creating Hello Kitty using punches and this is my version.  I didn't use any stamps or ink in creating this card.

Supplies Used:
Paper: Whisper White, Pink Passion, Yoyo Yellow, Basic Black, Welcome Neighbors DSP
Accessories:  Oval Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Butterfly Punch, Full Heart Punch, Cupcake Punch, Early Espresso Twine, Love & Happiness Rub-ons, Atyou Spica Clear Glitter Pen, Tombow Adhesive, Dimensionals

I'm Finally Back!!!

Sorry for the lack of posts for the past 2 months.  I was enjoying the beautiful summer, my grandson, gardening and planning a family trip to Disney World.  We are back and had a wonderful time and now I am back in my stamp room making cards for the "Hope You Can Cling To" (HYCCT) challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  It is a great way to jump start creativity and helps me get back into card making to gear up for all of the Christmas cards that I still need to make. 

The first challenge was to create a card that "reflects the absolutely essential part of your style".  For me that would be anything with texture, dimension, multiple layers, patterned paper, embossing and throw in a little math calculation.  I'm definitely not a "clean and simple" card maker.  I love how this card came out and just by changing the colors, papers and sentiment it would be great for anyone.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Hope Is...
Paper: Confetti White, Crumb Cake, Rose Romance, Chocolate Chip, Rebecca DSP
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Nestablities Scallop Squares, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Pearls, Vintage Faceted Button, Linen Thread, Fantasy Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Tombow Adhesive, Dimensionals