Saturday, October 31, 2009

Double Embossed Mingle

This one didn't scan as well I I would have liked. The swap it's for called for embossing one sheet of cs with 2 different embossing folders. I chosed the Argyle and Happy Birthday folders. I embossed with the argyle first, then sponged with a little purple metallic ink. Then I embossed with the Happy Birthday and sponged with a little more purple metallic ink.

The base cs was a purple that is retired from Stampin Up. I found some purple ribbon in my stash. Then two more shades of purple from Stampin Up. The image and sentiment are from the Digital Girl set from My Favorite Things. It's colored with chalks.

Time Lottery

The card lottery theme this month was Time. I chose to do a shattered glass background. Choosing my main color from SU's color wheel (More Mustard), I used the inks that coordinated with it. I stamped images from Stampin Up's Antique Collectibles and from a collage sheet from I Brake For Stamps.

I used a layout from one of Stamper's Corner sketch challenge (193).

The layered "ribbon" is gold and cloudy white vellum punched with a lace corner punch with the corner guides taken out. For the focal image (again from the college sheet from I Brake For Stamps), I stamped in Not Quite Navy on More Mustard CS. The sentiment is Ecclesiastes 3:1 printed in an old English font with navy ink from my computer on More Mustard card stock. They are both matted on Not Quite Navy cs. I put the corner guides back in the punch to do the corners on the focal image and rounded the corners on the sentiment.

Thanksgiving ATC

I made this for a mingle that had a Thanksgiving theme. Since I didn't have a Thanksgiving stamp that was small enough for an ATC, I stamped a regular image on opaque shrink plastic. Then I colored it lightly with colored pencils since the colors intensify when you shrink the plastic. I shrank it, then stamped leaves and the sentiment in champagne metallic ink on designer paper. I mounted the shrink plastic (which I punched before it shrank) with brads to the paper, then mounted the designer paper on Pumpkin Pie cs. Then to finish it off, I used some antique looking hardware corners.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hearts Desire

A couple of weeks ago, I made a card for the September Card Lottery on Stamper's Corner. I had embossed a piece of Shimmer White cs in Cuttlebug's Tapestry embossing folder. Then I cut it with a frame die by Sizzix. That piece that came out of the center was a perfect ATC size and the creative monkeys said "You must make an ATC for a mingle with it" Ok, but which one? Then the new Technique Junkies newsletter came out and in it was the Faux Turquoise Stone technique. The creative monkeys saw that and said "That would make AWESOME photo corners." True, but I didn't have a crackle stamp the technique required. But the creative monkeys kept insisting I needed to try this techique, and I needed some autumn, pumpkin and thanksgiving stamps anyway, so I started looking around at I Break For Stamps. When I couldn't find the crackle stamp I wanted, I e-mailed Della, the owner and she pointed out her Grunge Backgrounds sheet. The creative monkeys insisted we get them. So I did. When the stamps came, I tried the technique. The monkeys were right, it did make awesome photo corners. Della always includes a free stamp in her orders. This time it was a beautiful heart shaped flower. When the creative monkeys saw it they screamed "That's it!! This one belongs in the Hearts Desire mingle." So I sponged the base card with some Tempting Turquoise chalks, mounted the turquoise stone corners and then stamped the flower on a scrap of Shimmer White cs and cut it out. The creative monkeys were very happy.

Glamor Shots ATC

I had some scraps left over from making an envelope for another ATC and the creative monkeys said "Those are too big to throw away, but just the right size for an ATC!" Then they said "Look here are two card stock scraps that you can cut with the smallest sizes of your rectangle nestabilities." Then they whispered "Look through your new stamps from Sparkle and Sprinkle, we saw a pretty lady that will fit, and isn't there a glamour mingle???" When they saw her all layered and stamped, the said "Silver!! You must sponge and emboss with silver!!" After coloring her with chalks, they were satisfied. At least for the moment.

Postage ATC

An ATC is a card the size of a playing card. I had scraps left over from the Thanksgiving Mingle and I started to see if I could duplicate the layout in miniature.

It started to come together when I found a pack of stickers I got from Creative Memories. In a grab bag of stamps from Third Coast Rubber Stamps was the small "postage" stamps, so the creative monkeys in my brain said "you have to enter this card lottery with it". So I stamped the postage on one sticker and the sentiment (from Stampin Up) on another, and there it was.

Pumpkins Mingle

The layout for this card was copied from one of the example cards for this technique from the Technique Junkies newsletter. The technique was Sepia Tones.

Base cs is Garden Green. Then a piece of embossed copper foil mounted on Creamy Caramel cs.

Pumpkin is from I Break For Stamps. Colored with chalks.

October Card of the Month

This month's theme was Autumn. I took a piece of copper foil from Spellbinders and used the AI Foil technique from Technique Junkies using Cranberry and Butterscotch inks. Then I embossed it with the Autumn Cuttlebuge embossing folder.

Base cs is Creamy Caramel. Next layer is Sage Shadow. Corners were done with a corner punch from EK Success. I stamped leaves from an autumn set from I Break for Stamps and cut out. Sentiment is from Stampin Up.

Thanksgiving Mingle

The layout is from a Stamper's Corner sketch challenge, but I can't for the life of me remember which one. The two bg papers were in a pack I got in a Tuesday Tip prize package along with a ribbon sticker from Creative Memories.

Started with Really Rust cs with a layer of Bordering Blue for contrast.

The image is from I Break For Stamps and is stamped with Really Rust ink on Natural Ivory cs. The sentiment is from Stampin Up. I sponged both with Really Rust too.

Heated Pearls

I saw that one of the mingles for the first part of October was for the technique Heated Pearls, which uses Pearl-Ex. I LOVE Pearl-EX. Well, anything with shimmer and sparkle, really.

I did the heated pearls with Duo Red/Blue and Duo Blue/Green Pearl Ex on black glossy cs.

Then I mounted it on plain black cs. The image is layered on Tempting Turquoise (one of my favorite colors) and Cameo Coral cs. The image is from I Break For Stamps and was stamped in Versamark and embossed with silver detail ep. Topped with a tied black organdy ribbon. The basic layout was from the Split Coast Stampers website and is one of the example cards they used for the technique.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

September Card Lottery

The September card lottery was Red and White with a touch of Green.

I used Stampin Up Real Red card stock for the base. The frame is Shimmer White card stock embossed with the Cuttlebug Tapestry embossing folder and cut with a Sizzix frame die. I dusted the frame with a little bit of green chalk.

The corners inside the frame are the new photo corners punch I got at the local scrapbooking store.

Flower is from Stampin Up's Rose Rhapsody set, and the sentiment is also Stampin Up. Both were stamped with Versamark and embossed with glitter white ep.

Halloween Mingle

This one was for a Halloween Mingle. I used a new stamp set from Stampin Up that I got at the yard sale at my local scrapbooking store.

The background papers are from Creative Memories. The corners are a new punch I got at the local scrapbooking store.