This was fun!!!

I never thought I could make a pop-up card. I'd seen them so many times on SCS and thought they looked difficult. I was very wrong. One of the challenges during VSN was to make a pop-up card, so I thought I'd give it a try. I went very simple with design since I was afraid I would screw up. I used Polka Dots & Paisleys and stamped the flower image all over the Yo-Yo Yellow piece, then stamped the sentiment in Tempting Turquois. I stamped paisleys all over the Tempting Turquois base and Happy in Yo-Yo Yellow on my Whisper White piece. Here's how it turned out.


Spring is Here!!!

It's a beautiful day. And a Sunday, which usually means I'm good for some blogging. It seems like the rest of the week just gets the best of me and I really only have time to blog on Sundays. Anywho, on SCS this weekend was VSN (Virtual Stamp Night). I had no idea it was this weekend and I wasn't prepared for it, but I ended up participating a bit on Friday night. It was a lot of fun. Every hour a challenge is posted and you have 45 minutes to complete the challenge. There were 5 challenges on Friday and several more on Saturday. I only had time/supplies to participate in 4 challenges on Friday. The first challenge was emboss resist. Basically you emboss an image using clear embossing powder. When it is dry you color the rest of your cardstock and the embossing will resist the color from the ink and your image will show through. This is really easy to do. Here's my sample.

I started with a piece of Pale Plum and using Versamark I stamped the large flower from Looks Like Spring and embossed with clear embossing powder. I then brayered Perfect Plum ink over it and wiped the excess off my embossed image. I layered it on a piece of Pale Plum, placed that on a piece of Perfect Plum, stamped my sentiment in Perfect Plum and added the white grosgrain ribbon.

I'll share one more with you tonight. I'll save the other two for another day. This one was a lot of fun as the theme was tie-dye. This used the wax paper resist technique. You start with a piece of glossy cardstock cut to the desired size. For my card I stamped the main images with Jet Black StazOn with the retired set Groovy. Then take a piece of wax paper and fold it and crinkle it. Place a piece of scrap paper under your cardstock. Lay your cardstock face up and the wax paper on top. Then another piece of scrap paper on top. You then iron your paper sandwich on a dry setting, melting the wax paper onto the glossy. I then stippled the Yo-Yo Yellow, Real Red, and Brilliant Blue on my piece of glossy card stock and wiped off the excess and mounted it on my card base. Viola, a tie-dyed card.


Punch happy part 2

I was having such a good time with the inspiration challenges on SCS last weekend. And I was punch happy, so when I saw an inspiration piece with retro squares I knew I had to use my new square punches. This time it was bright colors, though. I really wish I had a square stamp for the last corner, but a rectangle had to do.

My goal for this week (once I finish my distance learning class) is to work on my scrapbooks. I've been so into card making and doing the challenges that my scrapping has really taken a back seat. I just ordered the pics from the San Diego trip, which means I'll have 3 scrapbooks in progress. Time to get on it.

Punch happy

Well, this card got so many comments on SCS that I just had to share here, too. I recently bought the two largest circle and square punches from SU! to use on my giant paperclips. Talk about perfect timing because this week's inspiration challenge subject had layered circles on it. I immediately thought of my punches. This is what I came up with. The two smaller circles are from my SU! punches and the larger circles are from my Sizzix die. I'm really happy with the way it came out and apparently people liked it because I've never gotten so many comments on a card. I don't think all the comments from all my other cards even add up to the amount of comments I got on this one.
I also love the colors, so spring-y!!! Gable Green, Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, Barely Banana, and Perfect Plum.
I had to throw the Perfect Plum in there as it's my new favorite color. Enough blogging. I need to stamp some more!!!

It's feeling like spring outside!

I love spring. It's so cheery and bright. Not to mention that I can start getting out my cute sandals and flip flops. I've really been in a springy mood with my stamping, too. I'm using a lot of my Soft Subtles ink and paper. And Marigold Morning from the In Colors. Oh, and flowers. I love flowers. I wish this set wasn't retired because it makes great spring cards. I'm sad I never really got to demo this set. Oh, well, at least I have it to play with.
Also, in case you hadn't noticed, I really enjoy a simple style to my cards. Not that I don't love to look at some of the more detailed cards, but I myself have a hard time piling on the layers. I also don't want to put $10 worth of product on one card.


My stampin' space

I've really needed more storage in my stampin' space. Everything always seemed to end up on my work table so there was no room to work. I would slowly add things to the table, but never put them away. Now, thanks to the great desk I bought at Target yesterday, things are within reach, but off the table top. I love my new desk. I've been very creative the last two days with my new desk. It's a lot easier to work without the clutter. I also got some new stamps, ink and paper, which helps with the creativity. Well, without further ado......my new stampin' desk.