Saturday, July 31, 2010

Greenhouse Gala DSP & Word Play!

I love this beautiful Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper!!  The colors are beautiful and you can use it with so many different cardstocks and styles!  I received more swaps at the SU Convention last week using this paper than any other, partly because it is so eye-catching and versatile!

For this card I used a strip of the yummy Chocolate Chip background print (there are two different ones in the package) overlaying a Real Red piece that has the bottom treated with the Pinking Hearts Border Punch.

The flower was made by using the Five Petal Flower Punch to punch out two Daffodil Delight flowers; misted the flowers on both sides, scrunched each up into a ball then gently opened them up again.  Shape with fingers, perhaps pinching the petals to give them the desired shape.  Lay aside to dry.  When somewhat dry, layer the flowers with a Mini Glue Dot then adhere the center (for the center I punched out 1/2" circles of Marina Mist cardstock which had been embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.

Stamp the stylized artichoke with VersaMark ink onto the Crumb Cake layer then adhere it to the Chocolate Chip card.  Adhere the DSP/Real Red strip then with a Mini Glue Dot, attach the flower.

Lastly, I stamped the greeting.  I used this "Laughter" sentiment from the fabulous new Word Play, a set of twelve good-sized greetings!  By adding an appropriate verse inside, this card could be used for get well, thinking of you, humor, or many other  occasions.

Thanks for dropping by!  Have a stampin' good weekend!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Newsprint and Butterfly!!

This is a card I made for an organized swap I was at the Stampin' Up! Convention last week and it is just perfect for the Blogger's Challenge this week of Black, White and a Color!  (good timing for me!)  That vintage Newsprint Designer Paper immediately caught my eye and I pre-ordered it right away!  I love it with the So Saffron!  

Two strips of different papers are layered over the So Saffron background that was dry embossed with the Big Shot and Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.

The sentiment is from the Perfects Punches set, stamped in Black onto Very Vanilla cardstock and punched out with the coordinating Wide Oval Punch!  So easy and looks so great!

The butterfly stamp with alphabet letters covering it is from the Punch Potpourri set (level 1 hostess set for a $150. order).  I stamped it in Basic Black onto So Saffron and punched it out with the versatile Butterfly Punch.  Three tiny pearls from the new stick-on Jewels Basic Pearls embellishments were added to the center of the butterfly and also one larger pearl to the sentiment layer.  Gotta' love those stick-on jewels!  You need those!  lol!

TIP:  To easily transfer these jewels, both the rhinestones and pearls, that already have the stick-on adhesive applied, just take either a paper piercer, the tips of your fine paper snips or the tip of your Exacto knife blade and gently lift them off the resist paper they come on and place them onto your project.  Very easy and definitely easier than fingernails to which these little jewels will stick!!

Stamps:  Perfect Punches #120516, Punch Potpourri (hostess #118394)
Ink:  Basic Black
Paper:  Newsprint Designer Paper #117166; Basic Black, Very Vanilla, So Saffron cardstock
Accessories:  Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175, Jewels Basic Pearl #119247, Butterfly Extra Large punch #119848 , Wide Oval Punch #119859

To see what the other Blogger's Challenge ladies did with the Black, White and a Color challenge today, click HERE to see a list of the talented participants!

Thanks for dropping by for a visit!  Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Baby Tees Card

The Baby Tees Jumbo Wheel in the new catalog is SO CUTE!  I ordered it right away to use for what else but baby cards!  This is also one of my swaps for the Stampin' Up! convention last week!  (fun, fun!)

I wheeled the Baby Tees wheel with a Real Red ink cartridge onto the tiny polka dot paper from the Island Oasis Designer Series Paper (from the Summer Mini Catalog).  I then cut them out and added a little color to them with my Stampin' Write Markers. 

I love the new Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch!  You can use it to make coordinating "ribbon" for your projects or tuck it under a layer and let only half of it show for a pierced scallop border!  So many uses to let your creativity shine!  I used it to make the sweet Baja Breeze "ribbon" for this card!

I stamped several coordinating images from the adorable Itty Bitty Bits set in Real Red. and Daffodil Delight then punched them out with the circle punch from the coordinating Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  These were used to embellish the tees and/or the white layer.  We also have the cutest Bitty Buttons that coordinate with these stamps and punches!!

Stamps:  Baby Tees Jumbo Wheel (#118621)
Full of Life (sentiment, #111500), 
Itty Bitty Bits (#117056 w, or #120060 c)

Inks:  Real Red Jumbo Cartridge, Marina Mist ink pad, Real Red ink pad, Stampin' Write Markers

Paper:  Island Oasis 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper #117173; Whisper White, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight

Tools:  Big Shot; Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Scallop Edge Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (new), Circle Punch from the #118309 Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (of 3)

I will have much more to post from Convention.  It was absolutely the best time!!  The displays were amazing, the classes and general sessions were informative, inspirational and motivational!  And what fun to see friends I've made through Stampin' Up! from all over the country!!   And the swapping was great!  So many great ideas flying around all week!!  You really should sign up with Stampin' Up! on my team and go next year!!

More soon!  Have a great day!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Studio Sketches with Newsprint DSP

Here's my second card with the new Studio Sketches set.  I love that you can color these images in but they also look great left uncolored too.  On this one, I light added some More Mustard ink with a Blender Pen just to give a hint of ripe pears.  By stamping the image  in the new Cajun Craze ink, this pitcher takes on the look of an old sepia tone print.

I used the Texture Wheel in Soft Suede ink to tone down the colors and give a sense of
age and visual texture to every layer, including the Newsprint Designer Paper.  I also sponged the newsprint with More Mustard ink and then wheeled it lightly with the Baroque wheel in Basic Gray to age it a little more.  The black cardstock under the layers help to define and give contrast to the layers also.

The "thank you" sentiment is from the wonderful and versatile All Holidays stamp set of 12 greetings, #114916.

Thanks for visiting today!  Hope you've had a good weekend!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Studio Sketches - Warhol Technique

Happy Saturday, everyone!  It is HOT here in Oklahoma today!!  I'm deep in preparations for the Stampin' Up! Convention next week, working on swaps, last minute errands, etc.!  I really look forward to convention; it's a wonderful time of inspiration, information and revelation, plus I get to spend time with my demo girlfriends from all over!

This card is made with the new set Studio Sketches found in the new 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog which could be pre-ordered by demonstrators (one of the nice perks of being a demo!).  The technique is called Warhol after the artist Andy Warhol who sometimes repeated the same design in different colors for impact. 

I used a number of the new Stampin' Up! colors on this card:  Concord Crush (deep purple), Peach Parfait, Marine Mist and Pear Pizzazz, along with the returning River Rock and Very Vanilla.  The River Rock background layer was run through the Big Shot with the "Friend" Texturz Plate then the edges had the River Rock ink pad brushed randomly over them to accent the texture.

Stamps:  Studio Sketches, Teeny Tiny Wishes (sentiment)
Inks:  Concord Crush, River Rock
Paper:  Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Marine Mist, Pear Pizzazz, River Rock and Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Silver mini brads, 1/8" Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon
Tools:  Scallop Square Punch, 1-1/4" Square Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Big Shot, Friend Texturz Plate

I know you'll want to get the new color inks, cardstock and other products!  Did you know that you can save money by purchasing these new items in Product Color KITS?  Just click on "Color Kits (new)"  on the navigation bar at the top of this page to see the information!!  Check with your demonstrator for more information, or if you don't have a demonstrator, I'd be glad to help you.  Just email me at funstampin @ cox. net  (remove the spaces).

Thanks for dropping by!  Hope you have your new catalog so you can see all the fun and lovely new products in it!

Till tomorrow...


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Presto Patterns, Extra Large Fancy Flower Punch

Recently the Product Focus for our INK demonstrators meeting was on the Presto Patterns Specialty Paper.  This is the Make n Take we each did using the all-over design that looks similar to the Bella Toile stamp.  Pink Pirouette ink was sponged over the Extra Large Fancy Flower punchout and centered with a white flower and Silver Mini Brad.  The leaves were die-cut with the Little Leaves Sizzlet (a must have!) and the Big Shot.  The white layer was dry embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and the Big Shot then the corners clipped with the Ticket Corner Punch.  

This sweet little 3 x 3" card is perfect to enclose in a gift or other uses when you just want to express a short message and the beautiful swirly paper brings all the elements together in a lovely manner.

Thanks for visiting today!  Hope your day is filled with joy!


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Presto Patterns, lattice design

Today I have two cards that I received in swaps that both use the same design of Presto Patterns cardstock, what I call the lattice pattern.  Both stampers applied ink to the cardstock with a brayer, instantly revealing the design, hence the name "Presto".

First is Gayle Enouen's card using the single stamp All A Flutter, also available in the Summer Mini Catalog.  Gayle stamped, colored and cut out two of the butterflies and mounted them on sections of the card.  What an attractive card, Gayle!  Love the layout and color scheme!  Gayle is a dear friend and fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

This next card was made by Jody Brechbill using the beautiful Elements of Style stamp set.  She chose a lovely color scheme of Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana and Not Quite Navy.  I love the layout on this card too!   Jody and I are in the same online swappers group.

Thanks to Gayle and Jody for the beautiful cards and to you for dropping by today!  Isn't it great to be able to share through the internet this way?!  Please visit anytime!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Presto Patterns #4 Fleur de Lis

Card number four in my series of Presto Patterns Specialty Paper projects features the P.P. sheet with the the large word "Paris" and other words as well as some swirls.  I couldn't resist using the fleur de lis stencil from the Elegant Trio Decor Stencils found in the Definitely Decorative catalog (#118262, $9.95); that paper just seemed to be calling for it!  : )

I spritzed the Log Cabin Smooch Spritz over the stencil and Presto Patterns paper;  I was a little too generous with it (live and learn!) so the ink was "bleeding" under the stencil.  I took a partially dry baby wipe and dabbed the excess then smudged it around the stencilled area for a real grunge look.  : )  Then I spritzed on more Smooch Spritz (only once this time) and let it dry, wiping the excess ink off the patterns of the paper with a tissue.  The edges were distressed with the Distresser Tool.  This was layered onto Soft Suede cardstock.

The card base is Crumb Cake (formerly Kraft).  Over that is a layer of Concord Crush which has been embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.  The Concord Crush layer was also spritzed with the Gold Smooch Spritz.

The final touch is a brushed gold flower that was cut out with the Flower Fusion Sizzlit and SU's Brushed gold cardstock then assembled with a brad.

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope you are enjoying the series with this paper; come back tomorrow for more.  : )

Friday, July 9, 2010

Presto Patterns with AquaPainters

This is the third card in my series of using the Presto Patterns Specialty Paper found first in the Summer Mini Catalog and now also in the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  This paper today is from a sheet of the beautifully classic swirly pattern (there are two sheets each of six patterns per package).

I used my AquaPainter to add ink to the swirl patterns after I had misted the area with water.  After that, I sponged the ink all around the paper to add color and reveal all the lovely details of the glossy pattern that came on the cardstock.  As a third method for applying color, I used my Spritzer Tool and a Stampin' Write Marker to add the "sprinkles".

Unfortunately you can't see it in the first picture (perhaps you can in the other) but I also used the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz over the front layer.  That gives it a beautiful pearly sheen.  The left end of the layer was treated with the Scallop Edge Punch.

The greeting is from Perfect Punches, first stamped on white and punched with the perfectly coordinated Scallop Circle Punch then stamped again on Old Olive and punched with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch.  This was applied with Dimensionals over the sash of (retired) Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon.  However we now have new 3/8" Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon in the new catalog; I just haven't received mine yet.  : )

I hope you enjoy today's card using the Presto Patterns Specialty Paper and another option of bringing out the pattern with color.  I still have more cards to come using this gorgeous paper!

Thanks for dropping by!  Have a great weekend and come back soon!   : )


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Presto Patterns a la Medallion

This is the second card in my Presto Patterns series.  Today's card features the oh-so-popular Medallion stamp and the new color of Cherry Cobbler (yum!) with Regal Rose.

After stamping the Medallion with Cherry Cobbler, I sponged the remaining layer with Regal Rose ink then wiped a tissue across it to remove any ink on the Presto Pattern.  It's cool to see how the pattern "pops"!

I'll have more later!



Monday, July 5, 2010

Presto Patterns Specialty Paper

The Presto Patterns Specialty Papers showed up for the first time in the current Summer Mini catalog and are now in the new 2010-2011 Catalog as well!  They are 12 x 12" cover-weight cardstock sheets and have glossy designs already applied to them; when you add color, presto! the designs appear!  The package contains 2 each of 6 single-sided designs.

For this card, I used a piece of the all-over toile pattern cardstock.  The color was added using a flower stencil from the Elegant Trio Decor Stencils found in the Definitely Decorative catalog (#118262, $9.95) and a Stampin' Sponge and Marina Mist ink.  After the flower was sponged in Marina Mist, the edge was sponged with Daffodil Delight ink.  The corners of this layer and the Chocolate Chip underneath were treated with the Ticket Corner Punch.

The colorful background is the bargello-patterned print from the lucious Greenhouse Gala Designer Paper found in the new catalog!  This is layered onto new color cardstocks of Daffodil Design and Pear Pizzazz and trimmed up with a couple of new 1/8" taffeta ribbons, also in new colors.

There are many other ways to add color; I'll be showing more of them each day this week so come back by to see what's up each day!

Thanks for dropping by!


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Birthday, USA!!

The Blogger's Challenge this week was to use a patriotic theme.  That was perfect since I had ordered the new July Fourth set and the Red, White and Blue Jumbo Wheel from the Summer Mini Catalog! 

I rolled the wheel with Real Red ink twice onto Whisper White cardstock then cut the flag out from one of them.  I cleaned the wheel then applied Night of Navy ink with my Stampin' Write marker to the star portion of the flag, rolled that on a scrap, cut it out then adhered it to the flag.  The other wheeled strip had the bottom edge treated with the Scallop Trim Border Punch and layered onto Night of Navy cardstock.  

The Real Red card base was stamped with the fireworks stamps in Real Red, then Dazzling Diamonds Glitter makes them pop!  lol!  The wheeled strip was adhered to the card then the extra flag was added with Dimensionals.  The star was stamped in navy, punched out with the large Star punch and adhered with Dimensionals.  This was a fun and easy card to make once I had a plan!

I am thankful for all the freedoms we have in this country and for the men and women who currently serve or have served to help keep this country free.  God bless them and God Bless America!

Be sure and check out the other ladies who participate in the Blogger's Challenges.  Click here for links to their blogs and see what they came up with this week!

Thanks for visiting here!  Come back soon for a series of projects using Presto Patterns!!

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