Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Introducing... Dusty Durango

Here is Dusty Durango, the last color in my series of In Color introduction. When I made these cards, I keep thinking this is Marlene's color (smile...)
This is a simple one for a special couple, who discipled me and led me to Christ a long time ago. They are now retired in South Carolina. 

This next one is my thank you to you all. Wanting to make a summery card. I don't know if I will be able to create when I am on the road but I have packed my luggage and I have a little supply in it.
Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week you all.

Recipes (all by SU!)
1. Father's Day
Cardstock: Dusty Durango, Whisper White, Walk in the Park DSP
Stamp sets: Sense of Time, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Season of Joy
Inks: Going Gray, Dusty Durango, Basic Black
Everything else: Big Shot machine, Top Note die, Modern Label punch, brads, Stampin' Dimensionals

2. Thank you
Cardstock: Dusty Durango, Bahama Bay, Whisper White
Stamp sets: Razzle Dazzle, Flight of the Butterfly
Inks: Dusty Durango, Bahama Bay, Basic Gray
Everything else: Dusty Durango ribbon, 1" circle punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, spiral punch

Monday, June 15, 2009

Introducing... Soft Suede

The next In Color is Soft Suede, it will be my favorite neutral. The kind that goes with everything. 
My children picked one of the papers from my new stash, Tall Tales Designer Series Paper as their Father's Day card for Daddy. As you can see, I finished the rest :) This paper will be available in the new Stampin' Up! catalog starting July 1.

The next card was for CC222 last week at SCS which is to use white 1 layer cardstock with another ink color. It seems like a no brainer, doesn't it? But it took me 3 days to get this one :) I stamped around the card base with Razzle Dazzle to make some kind of a frame. Then added my sentiment and ribbon to finish. All in Soft Suede.

I also just want to let you all know, I will not be posting again for a while after this Thursday. My husband got his orders paper last week (he is a foreign service officer) and the movers are coming on June 18-19, this Thursday. They will be packing this computer to our next home, in Jakarta, Indonesia. I will have my essential supply in my luggage * wink* who can live without a paper trimmer, right? Hugo has been very gracious that I can put my favorite supply on the road with us. I will pack a choice few supply in our air cargo and the rest will go with our sea shipment of household effects. It will be a while until I see them all again (like 4 months, maybe... sigh...)

But I am excited that I will have my own craft space in our new home. We will be using one bedroom as my craft room/ family activity room (so they can all hang out with me when I create). I have been thinking of organizational ideas in my mind :)

We will be on the road starting this Thursday (hotel rooms, road trip, we will be driving cross country to San Francisco at which point, we will either sell the car or ship it to Jakarta). So I have a lot to do before Thursday. But we are all excited and looking forward the new adventures.

Thank you all for stopping by.

Recipes (all by SU!)
1. Father's Day
Cardstock and paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Tall Tales DSP
Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Everything else: So Saffron SAB ribbon, scallop edge punch, Modern Label punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, gold brads.

2. Birthday Wishes
Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Suede
Stamp sets: Razzle Dazzle, Elegant Cheer
Ink: Soft Suede
Everything else: Soft Suede ribbon, wide oval punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, corner rounder.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Introducing... Crushed Curry

Love this yummy vivid yellow :)
The cards today is Crushed Curry paired with Razzle Dazzle. As I explored this new set, I discovered possibilities for different kinds of DIY patterned papers.
Next one is the largest image in the Razzle Dazzle set heat embossed in white.
Hope you like this. Thanks for stopping by.

Recipes (all by SU!)
1. Friendship
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Stamp set: Razzle Dazzle, Think Happy Thoughts
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry
Everything else: Scallop edge punch, 3/4" circle, 1 1/4" circle punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Die Cuts Bloom Again, Crushed Curry ribbon

2. It's Good to Dream
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Stamp set: Razzle Dazzle
Inks: Whisper White craft, Chocolate Chip
Everything else: heat tool, White embossing powder, Big Shot machine, Top Note die, Crushed Curry ribbon, large oval, scalloped oval punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, 1/2" circle punch, corner rounder

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Introducing... Melon Mambo

The next In Color 2009-2010 is Melon Mambo. I like how bright and girly it is :) Are you ready?
This is Melon Mambo/ Kraft combo that I made for CAS18 at SCS here. When I was exploring how I can make Melon Mambo different, I thought of pink stars (stars are usually either blue/ masculine type). It is OK to have pink stars, right?
My next card is a vintagey feminine kind. Lots of distressing, swirly background, hemp twine, stacked buttons and flowers. I love all the prettiness to it... and I love the sentiment.
This last one is a simple Melon Mambo with the classic black and white combo. Just a simple one that I am going to pop in the mail later today for a friend who is going through some tough time right now. Love that tree, too.

I hope you like these. Thank you for stopping by.

Recipes (all by SU!)
1. Pink stars card
Cardstock: Kraft, Melon Mambo
Stamp set: Razzle Dazzle, Season of Joy
Inks: Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Everything else: Melon Mambo ribbon, eyelet border punch

2. A friend is... card
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip
Stamp sets: Bella Toile, God's Blessings
Inks: Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip
Everything else: Round tab punch, hemp twine, Boho Blossoms punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Button Latte, linen thread, Melon Mambo ribbon, Fresh Favorite 2 button.

3. Praying for you card
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Stamp sets: Polka Dot, Thoughts & Prayers
Ink: Basic Black
Everything else: Melon Mambo ribbon, wide oval punch, scallop edge punch, Basic Gray corduroy button, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hudson's birthday card

My son Hudson turned 5 last Saturday. I thought I would share with you what came in the mail along with his presents- this cute card is made by my sister in law, Sabrina.
She was the person who got me into paper crafting in the first place. My first Christmas as a mom, her Christmas present to me was a pack of different colors of cardstock, 3 little stamps and 3 little ink pads. I started exploring the possibilities... and the rest is history :)

Thank you for stopping by...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Introducing... Bermuda Bay

Hi! Next up in the 2009-2010 In Color is Bermuda Bay. Following is a few projects that hopefully show you how versatile it is. Enjoy!

I would like to achieve a "modern chic" kind of look. So I went with a tone-on-tone card with Bermuda Bay.  I stamped 2 rows of flowers from the Petal Pizzazz in Whisper White Craft Ink, and then filled in the spaces with a little butterfly from the Flight of the Butterfly set.

With this one, I wanted to achieve a kind of homey country look. I paired Bermuda Bay with Kraft and added the hemp twine. I pulled out my Season of Friendship set. Love that tree! Stamped the flowers in So Saffron, Sage Shadow and Bermuda Bay.

Next, I thought Bermuda Bay would look good for an elegant type of creation (think Tiffany :) ) so I embossed it with Manhattan Flowers. Swiped my Whisper White Craft ink pad over it. Added sentiment and ribbon. 

Since my friend/fellow demo Huey asked me how to do a pop up, I thought why not add a simple pop up to the inside of this Manhattan Flower card. Beate Johns did a tutorial at SCS some time ago where I learnt it here. I snipped the big rose from the Fifth Avenue Floral with my Stampin' Up! paper snips. This little scissors do make it easy to cut shapes.

And then lastly, I thought why not make the Bermuda Bay daisies (courtesy of Daisies #2 die and the Big Shot machine) do all the work here? To achieve a full looking flower, I layered all 3 sizes of daisies that come with the die twice.
To add layers and dimensions on this card, I do the following:
1. Stamped the plain daisies with the background stripe stamp from Razzle Dazzle. 
2. Pulled out my Color Spritzer tool and spritzed Bermuda Bay marker (awesome! Love it!) on a rectangle of Whisper White cardstock. It gives that splattered look.

Isn't this a yummy color and so versatile? You can go from elegant, home country to modern chic look. I hope you like these. Thank you for stopping by.

Recipes (all by SU!):
1. Thank you card
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Inks: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay
Stamp sets: Petal Pizzazz, Flight of the Butterfly, Short & Sweet
Everything else: Spiral punch, corner rounder, large oval, Modern Label punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Bermuda Bay ribbon.

2. Season of Friendship card
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Kraft, Whisper White
Inks: So Saffron, Sage Shadow, Close to Cocoa, Bermuda Bay
Stamp set: Season of Friendship
Everything else: hemp twine, Button Latte, linen thread, scallop edge punch, paper piercer and mat pack, Stampin' Dimensionals

3. Thinking of you card
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Fifth Ave. Floral
Inks: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
Everything else: Bermuda Bay ribbon, silver brads, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, corner rounder, eyelet border punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot machine and Manhattan Floral embossing folder

4. It's good to dream card
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Basic Black
Stamp set: Razzle Dazzle
Inks: Bermuda Bay marker and ink pad, Basic Black
Everything else: Big Shot machine, Daisies # 2 die, 3/4" circle punch, Button Latte (white button), Bermuda Bay ribbon, Color Spritzer tool, eyelet border punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Introducing... Rich Razzleberry

The first one of the 6 new In Colors 2009-2010 is Rich Razzleberry. Yummy, isn't it? Enjoy the sneak peek. If you have any questions, just email me/ leave a comment. I will try to answer as best as I can.

The first 3 projects are using a sneak peek new set that will be in the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog called Razzle Dazzle. Also new is the Modern Label Punch that I have used twice to highlight a sentiment. On the first project, I layered Modern Label Punch over Curly punch.

Thanks for stopping by.

Recipes from top to bottom (all by SU!):
1. Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Basic Gray
Stamp set: Razzle Dazzle
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray
Everything else: Rich Razzleberry polka dot grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, Fresh Favorites 2 button, Curly Punch, Modern Label punch, linen thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop edge punch.

2&3. Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Naturals White, Barely Banana
Inks: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Stamp set: Razzle Dazzle
Everything else: Rich Razzleberry ribbon, Button Latte, linen thread, scallop edge, large oval, scalloped oval punches, corner rounder, Stampin' Dimensionals

4. Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Naturals White
Inks: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Stamp set: Fresh Cuts
Everything else: hemp twine, Button Latte, linen thread, Stanpin' Dimensionals, heat tool and white embossing powder, large oval punch.

5. Cardstock:Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Kraft
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss marker
Stamp set: Best Wishes & More, Bella Blossoms (sentiment)
Everything else: scallop edge punch, Modern Label punch, linen thread, hemp twine, Button Latte, Stampin' Dimensionals, Color Spritzer

Friday, June 5, 2009

Yummy, isnt'it?

So what did I unpack yesterday? These yummy colors!! Cardstock, matching ink pads and (get this!) matching In Color markers. Wahoo!!!

Off to work now. Enjoy, y'all :)


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Kiwi Kiss and Riding Hood Red kind of day...

Good morning! Yep, yesterday was that kind of day, Kiwi Kiss and Riding Hood Red. I am making a bunch of similar cards that I can wrap up as a set for my son's summer camp teachers. I thought it will make a fun gift rather than all the same ones. Though sometimes I make the same ones too. Depending what I feel like, I guess :) And of course, I am making room for the new In Color supplies coming up... yay!!! 

Here is one the trees. I love that corduroy button (a tip I learnt from Mary Fish's blog is to snip the brad prong with your Stampin' Up! rubber scissors and adhere the button with a glue dot.I did that and it turned out to be pretty easy. Not hard at all. Great tip!) 
Another thing I discovered that I love is that stamping on patterned paper is an easy way to add instant texture and layer. Love anything fast and easy! That's me...

These 2 cards above are a carry-on theme of the Riding Hood Red sets. The idea comes from this fabulous card here - what a fun way to use the Manhattan Flowers embossing folder! I tried it and I love it. Texture and pattern stacked together. I lightly rubbed the embossed flowers with Whisper White ink to give it more dimension. Sorry, it is probably hard to see on the photo. You can click on any of the photos to enlarge it.
I tied the ribbon on the left a little differently this time. I wrapped a piece of Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon. And then, I adhered a ribbon knot with a glue dot in the middle. I find it less bulky that way, too. Fun!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a happy creating day.

Recipes (all by SU!)
1. Kiwi Kiss set of cards
Cardstock and paper: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Walk in the Park DSP
Ink: Basic Grey
Stamp set: Thoughts & Prayers
Everything else: Eyelet Border punch, Basic Grey corduroy button, Stampin' Dimensionals, Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon, Basic Grey taffeta ribbon.

2. Riding Hood Red set of cards
Cardstock and paper: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Walk in the Park DSP
Ink: Basic Grey, Whisper White
Stamp set: Elegant Cheer
Everything else: Big Shot machine, Manhattan Flowers embossing folder, Basic Grey corduroy button, Stampin' Dimensionals, Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon, eyelet border punch, wide oval, large oval, scalloped oval punches.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

CC221, SC231

Thank you for the comments on yesterday's diaper cake. I will try Leann's suggestion of some lace next time :) Thank you! You are so sweet.

I think this is the first time I combine 2 challenges at once. Yesterday's color challenges at SCS was Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss and Tangerine Tango. Bidding farewell to the current In Colors. And today's sketch at SCS is this. The sketch has 3 panels in it, I think this is the first time I am doing panels like this, too. Mmm... lots of firsts today... Here is my take on it.

As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I get to see the new In Colors sneak peek so I pre ordered and hope they will arrive tomorrow. I think I won't be able to sleep tonight :)

Recipe: (all by SU!)
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Stamp sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Thoughts & Prayers
Inks: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Basic Gray
Everything else: Scallop edge, wide oval punches, Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon, Basic Gray corduroy button, Stampin' Dimensionals

These series of trees cards are for my friend Mary who is coming in town. She loves polka dot so I went through my paper stash and picked out a variety of polka dots and make some cards with it. I am hoping to supply her with a stash of new cards by the time she leaves town. So you might see some more polka dots in the coming week.

Recipes for tree cards: (all by SU! unless mentioned)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom, Whisper White
Stamp sets: Funky Forest (wheel), Sweet Little Sentiments, Bella Blossoms (sentiments)
Inks: Blush Blossom, Cameo Coral, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip
Everything else: Big Shot machine, Top Note die, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Button Latte, Stampin' Dimensionals, buttons from my stash, ticket corner punch, linen thread.

Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Diaper cake

My first diaper cake, which I learnt from here. Dawn Easton made the cutest one, didn't see? I had picked up a cake topper the week before, so the cake color combo goes with the topper. Pink, white and red. Hence, my paper and ribbon selection. This is for my friend Coline who is having a baby girl soon. This "cake" has been sitting on my desk corner for a week, I keep thinking something is missing from this cake but I can not figure out what is missing. LOL... so here is the photo.

I made a matching card with the scrap paper.

Then, I made more cards with the remaining of the scrap paper. 

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you like this. If you have suggestions on how I can embellish it more/ add something to the cake, leave a comment. I will try again the next time an occasion arises for another one :) Have a happy creating day, you all.

Recipes: (all by SU! unless noted)
Diaper cake and card
Stamp set: Polka Dot Punches, Flight of the Butterfly
Cardstock and paper: Textured Real Red cardstock, Making Memories paper
Ink: Whisper White, Real Red
Everything else: Real Red grosgrain ribbon, curly, 1 1/4" square punches, assorted buttons, Stampin' Dimensionals.