Friday, October 30, 2009

Me Want Goodies!

Here's an adorable idea for a kid's treat bag. My friend and fellow demo Suzanne Askey traded these at our last downline meeting and I was lucky enough to receive one.

I added the candy popcorn - I know it's not cookies, which I'm sure Cookie Monster would prefer, but the colors were just perfect (plus, I didn't have any cookies!). Suzanne made this with the Scallop Circle die - she folded a 5 1/2" x 7 3/4" piece of cardstock in half and lined up the open edge of the cardstock with the bottom of the die. Next, she cut the fold at an angle and added the eyes and mouth. The cello bag is attached inside of the large scallop with glue dots. So stinkin' cute!

Stamps: None
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: None
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Circle die, Scallop punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, Coluzzle, cello bag

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Gearing up for Halloween

Today I thought I would share a Halloween card, since it's only 2 days away! Eek!

I demonstrated this card on World Card Making Day at our open house. I also used this card as an invitation for the Halloween party my kids are having on Saturday. I don't have a picture, but I swapped out the "Eek!" circle with a treat cup filled with crimped Old Olive cardstock and a black spider ring - very cute (and a little *spooky*). Wooooooooh! :)

Stamps: Sweet Centers, Sanded
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black
Accessories: 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Basic Black striped grosgrain ribbon

Monday, October 26, 2009

CAS38: Golden Flourish

I couldn't help myself! I had to make one more card for this week's CAS challenge, which is to use brads or eyelets on your stamped creation. I've been itching to use my new stencils from SU!'s Decor Elements, called Vintage Ornaments I. This set comes with several ornament stencils and different flourishes you can add to jazz them up. Very elegant and pretty... I'm hoping to play around with the stencils some more this week, so be on the look out for some more stencilled creations.

To create the golden look on this flourish, I used my sponge dauber to shade in the stencil with Chocolate Chip ink first, cleaned my stencil, and then used a small stencil brush with my Encore Gold metallic ink pad to add some gold shading over the top of the Chocolate Chip layer. It looks to sparkly and elegant in real life! I also swiped my gold ink pad along the edges of the card. I used three gold brads in the center of the flourish, which makes it look more like a flower. I can't wait to play around with this some more - so many possibilities!

Here's a close-up look at the stencilling:

Hope you are having a great Monday - see you back here soon! :)

Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Paper: Kraft
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Encore Gold metallic ink pad
Accessories: Vintage Ornament I stencil, sponge dauber, gold brads, Mat Pack, paper-piercing tool, Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon

CAS38 - Ways to Use It: Brads or Eyelets

Hello, all! I'm back in action after a CRAZY week last week - sorry about the absence here on the blog, but life kind of interrupted! We had family visiting for most of the week, and I had lots of kids around. We had tons of fun and my kids were so sad to see their cousins go home. We were out of town over the weekend, attending a family wedding, but now I'm back and settling in for a *relatively* normal week (as normal as it gets around here). :)

This week's CAS challenge on Splitcoast is to use brads or eyelets. I chose to use to brads, since I'm kind of brad fanatic (would that make me a bradanatic?). I like to hoard them, so this was a good challenge for me. I made myself use LOTS of them on this card. :)

I used my Starring You stamp set to create the star border and the birthday star embellishment. To create the line of brads, I used my Mat Pack with the piercing guide for perfect placement - easy peasy! This would make a quick and simple children's birthday card - I love the bright and cheery colors (Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore and Whisper White).

Stamps: Starring You
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Coluzzle, Scallops #2 die, Big Shot, Bold Brights Brads, Mat Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Real Red Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sharing in Your Sorrow - CAS37

This is the 2nd card I made for this week's Clean and Simple challenge on Splitcoast. I have had a heck of a time uploading photos on Splitcoast for the last 14 hours or so, but now things seem to be working - yeah! :)

I hope you enjoy this card - I really like these colors together. I pulled them from the Cottage Wall dsp , which I used on this card. So delicate and pretty - just right for a sympathy card.

I hope your week is off to a great start - I hit the ground running this morning and haven't stopped. We are looking forward to the arrival of some company tomorrow, which means I need to get my act together - easier said than done! :) Have a good one!

Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Old Olive, Cottage Wall dsp
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive
Accessories: Mat Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Whisper White Satin Ribbon

Sunday, October 18, 2009

CAS37 - Soft Suede Sympathy

I'm back with another CAS challenge - this week's challenge is to make a clean and simple sympathy card. I created this card to share:

Sympathy cards are some of the hardest cards to make, and this is the type of card that would be easy to make up a batch to have on hand to share with your loved ones when needed.

For some reason, Splitcoast has been having some uploading issues tonight, so I resorted to posting my card here instead of my SCS gallery. I'll try to upload again in the morning, but for now, I'm off to bed. Have a great Sunday night - I'll be back tomorrow with another card for this challenge.

Stamps: None
Paper: Soft Suede textured cs, Whisper White, Vellum, Thoroughly Modern dsp
Ink: None
Accessories: Scallop border punch, Mat Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Butterfly punch, Button Latte, Chit Chat rub-ons

Friday, October 16, 2009

Christmas Card CASE

Happy Friday! :) I thought I would share two more cards from my Christmas card stamp-a-stack. These cards are case'd from some other fabulous stampers. This first card is based on a card I saw on Janine Tinklenberg's blog some time back. I changed up the colors, but kept the layout exactly the same (why mess with perfection?). You can view Janine's original card, along with all of her other wonderful creations, here.

Stamps: Delightful Decorations
Paper: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Rich Razzleberry
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Big Shot, Petal-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, Ticket Corner punch, Mellow Moss taffeta ribbon, silver elastic cord

This next card is a combination of two cards, really. I saw this card on Andrea Walford's blog and fell in love! I wanted to use it for my stamp-a-stack, but needed to cut down on the amount of dsp, to make it more economical. Then I saw another card on Splitcoast, by carole_k and kind of put the two ideas together. This is the card that we made:

Several people told me this was their favorite card of the class! I like the traditional colors and that little gingham bow. Makes me want to start singing Christmas songs... (I did actually buy a Christmas CD at Target today - never too early to start getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year!). Have a great weekend - see you on Sunday for the latest Clean and Simple challenge.

Stamps: Patterned Pines, Four the Holidays
Paper: Real Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Merry Moments dsp
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop border punch, Real Red gingham ribbon

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Silver Snowflakes

I have a quick lil' post for you today! This is another card from last Saturday's stamp-a-stack. This card is so simple and elegant! I stamped the snowflakes using the Platinum Shimmer Paint from the Holiday Mini - it's hard to see in the photo, but the snowflakes look dewy and sparkly. I'm impressed at how quickly this paint dries - it made stamping a bunch of these out quite easy

The Merry Christmas tag is from the Matchbox die - perfect fit! Thanks for stopping by - I'll have another Christmas card to share with you tomorrow.

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, All Holidays
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Platinum Shimmer Paint, sponge dauber, Big Shot, Matchbox die, silver brads, Whisper White satin ribbon,

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack

I held my annual Christmas card stamp-a-stack last Saturday and had a great turnout! I really tried to keep the cards sweet and simple - people who mass produce their Chrismtas cards need some quick and easy cards that still pack a WOW! This card was one of my favorites.

I added some sponging around the edges of the card and the designer paper, which gives the card an antique feel. I layered the Real Red textured cardstock onto the dsp and then I taped the right end of the ribbon to the back of the dsp. Then I placed the dsp/cardstock panel on the front of the card and secured the ribbon to the front with a little bit of adhesive. The final touch was the snowflake (made with my Jumbo Snowflake punch) which I added to the card with a Vintage Brad. Hope you like it as much as I do! ;)

Stamps: Four the Holidays
Paper: Soft Suede, Real Red Textured cs, Christmas Cocoa Specialty dsp, Shimmer White
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Jumbo Snowflake punch, Vintage brads, Soft Suede Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon

Sunday, October 11, 2009

CAS 36 - Technique Challenge

This week's Clean and Simple challenge on Splitcoast is a technique challenge: to use "thumping" on your card. I have to admit that this is not a technique that I have used very often, so it was kind of fun to play around with it. I think this technique works best with tree and leaf images and this is the perfect time of year to recreate nature's beauty, which is what I tried to do with this card.

I used my Trendy Trees set, stamping the tree trunk first and then I inked up the tree top with my Crushed Curry stamp pad and thumped the stamp with my Old Olive and Ruby Red markers. I really like these colors together - they are rich, warm and inviting.

I also embossed the background of my card front with my SU! Perfect Details Texturz Plate. It's kind of hard to see in the picture, so here's a close-up for you:

I finished the card off with a Playground Designer Button in Old Olive and I stamped the sentiment (from Teeny Tiny Wishes) in Soft Suede.
Want to play along? You can learn more about the thumping technique here and you can find out more about this week's CAS challenge by visiting the challenge forum. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Trendy Trees, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Ruby Red, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Ruby Red
Accessories: Curly Label punch, Matchbox die, Big Shot, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Playground Designer Button, hemp twine

Friday, October 9, 2009

Twick or Tweet Treats

Hey all! Sorry I've fallen off the face of the Earth this week - life has been a wee bit busy in the Sannes household. I have two stamp camps and a stamp-a-stack this week, plus I was organizing for a garage sale and we had my son's Kindergarten open house to attend. Whew! I'm hoping next week will be a little calmer.

Here's a quick and easy Halloween project. I saw this project by Lene'e Pearson on Splitcoast and modified it just a bit. I demo'd this at our last downline meeting.

I used my Horizontal Slot punch to create a spot to thread the ribbon through the top of the Scallop Bag - clever, huh? :)

Here you can see all the yummy candy goodness inside. This took roughly five minutes to put together, once you have all the paper cut. Super quick and cute! I hope you have a fabulous weekend - see you back here on Sunday for another Clean and Simple challenge.

Stamps: Twick or Tweet
Paper: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Night & Day Specialty dsp
Ink: Staz-On, Pumpkin Pie marker
Accessories: 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Horizontal Slot punch, Big Shot, Bag w/ Scallops die, cello bag, Basic Black striped grosgrain ribbon, Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon

Monday, October 5, 2009

CAS 35 Take 2

I was on my way to bed last night after posting my CAS35 Pillow Talk card and as I was cleaning up my work area I looked at my inspiration picture from Cost Plus World Market. I realized how much I liked the colors in the 2nd pillow in the picture and I sat down to make a card with the same layout, but with the alternate color pallette. Isn't it fun to create the same card, but in a different color scheme?

Another quick and easy card to put together! I love these yummy, fall colors together. It makes me want to go bake some pumpkin muffins! LOL! Have a great Monday!

Stamps: Thank You Kindly
Paper: Soft Suede, Dusty Durango textured cs, Very Vanilla, Thoroughly Modern dsp
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, Button Latte, hemp twine, Mat Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, 1 3/8" circle punch

Sunday, October 4, 2009

CAS35 - Pillow Talk

This is my card for this week's Clean and Simple (CAS) challenge on Splitcoast. The inspiration challenge is to choose a decorative pillow from Cost Plus World Market and design a card based on the colors, fabric, layout, etc. I chose the Moroccan Lumbar Toss Pillow for my inspiration for this card.

I really liked the colors, luxurious fabric and beautiful borders on these pillows.

This was a pretty quick card to put together. I combined Bermuda Bay, Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla, since I liked the color combo of the teal pillow so much. These colors have a warm, tranquil feel to them. I added some shading to the card base and my Thoroughly Modern dsp and I used my 1 3/8" circle punch to create the gigantoid scallop border. I topped it all off with some Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon with a button accent and a half pearl from the Pretties Kit. Love it! :) Stop by the CAS challenge forum and play along!

Stamps: Trendy Trees
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Certainly Celery texture cs, Very Vanilla, Thoroughly Modern dsp
Ink: Taken with Teal
Accessories: Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, Button Latte, Pretties Kit, Mat Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, 1 3/8" circle punch

Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Card Making Day

Happy World Card Making Day! I'm having an open house today, along with three other demos. I'm looking forward to celebrating WCMD with make-n-takes and cookies. I'm also celebrating the return of Deal of the Week!

I love Deal of the Week and it's back for the month of October! Yippee! From October 1st to October 12th, these punches are on sale:
Trio Flower Punch: $10.99

5-Petal Flower Punch: $10.99

My Way Punch: $11.99

Visit my demo website to place your order!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

SU! IBC Inspiration

Today's card was my trade for our downline meeting on Tuesday night. Our theme for the trade was to pick a card out of the catalog and change it in some way - I chose a card from page 142. I really liked the layout, but wanted to brighten it up a bit. I changed the colors and stamp sets and added some stamping to the middle panel on the card. Bright and cheery, don't you think?

This week has been flying by! I can't believe I'm halfway through Thursday already... So much to do, so little time - do you ever have weeks like that? I have a feeling the next month and a half may be that way - yikes!

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Crushed Curry, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Crushed Curry, Real Red
Accessories: Coluzzle, Butterfly punch, Mat Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Real Read Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon