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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

TESC 109 - Happy Bird Day

Hi all,

I finally found the time to make a card for this week's Taylored Expressions Sketch challenge.  I must admit, I was a little intimidated by this week's layout, but once I got going on the design, it turned out to be quite fun. Here's what I came up with:

Stamps:  Picture This, Vintage Labels, Happy Moments sets all SU
Card stock: So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White all SU
DSP: Sweet Pea paper pack by SU
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Markers: Sahara sand, close to cocoa, summer sun all SU
Embellishments: SU Pretty in Pink silk ribbon, pink apple blossom, pink rhinestones
Punches:  SU extra large two-step bird and scallop border 
Other: Classic circle and scalloped circle nesties, the big shot, dimensionals, crafter's tool kit

Thanks for looking in,

Sunday, April 18, 2010

2 More Administrative Professional's Day Cards

For my second post today, I have the final two Administrative Professional's Day cards for my friend to give at work this week.

Card 1:

Card 2:

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps: Let's Do Coffee by Taylored Expressions
Card stock: Taylored Expressions
DSP: Material Girl by Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copic markers
Embellishments: Rhinestone flower, button, and ribbon by Taylored Expressions, fabric yo-yo, linen thread
Other: classic rectangle, large scallop rectangle and classic circle nesties, the big shot, dimensionals

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps: Watercolor Trio by Stampin' Up
Card stock: Stampin' Up Textured Rich razzleberry, crushed curry, dusty durango, whisper white
DSP: Basic Grey Indian Summer
Ink: Crushed curry, dusty durango and rich razzleberry
Embellishments: SU rich razzleberry and crushed curry polka dot ribbon, kaiser rhinestones in wine, crystal stickles
Other: classic oval, scallop oval and scallop circle nesties, the big shot, dimensionals

Time to get ready for the work week.
Have a good one,

Sweet Scoops for Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 65

Hi fellow stampers,

I hope you are all having a fabulous Sunday.  I am trying to get the remaining two Administrative Professional's Day cards done today, but I can't pass up playing in the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  As usual, Karen has come up with a fun layout to follow.  I did have a little trouble coming up with the circle element, trying different brads, flowers and buttons.  In the end, I just went with simple.  Here is my submission.  Enjoy.

Stamps: Sweet Scoops set by Stampin' Up
Card stock: Whisper white, taken with teal
DSP: Sweet Pea paper pack by SU
Ink: Soft Suede, creamy caramel, melon mambo, taken with teal
Embellishments: Bermuda bay and melon mambo ribbon, mint green and baby blue liquid pearls, green rhinestone stickers
Other: Classic square and scallop square nesties, SU scalloped border punch, the big shot, crafter's tool kit, dimensionals.

Thanks for looking in,

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

An Administrative Professionals Day Thank You

Hi all,

Each year for Administrative Professionals Week, my friend asks me to make cards for the three admins he works with.  As next week is Administrative Professionals Week, I needed to get started.  Here is card number one:

Stamps: Elements of Style, Itty Bitty Bits, Tiny Tags sets all SU
Card stock: SU Whisper white, green and pink from Taylored Expressions
DSP: The Girl's Paperie and October Afternoon
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Embellishments: Butterfly sizzlit die, clear rhinestones, lemon yellow liquid pearls, pink silk ribbon, mini vintage tag
Other: Nesties labels four, tiny tag punch, The Big Shot, dimensionals, crafter's tool kit

I have two more to make this weekend.
Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 64 - Let's Party

Good Monday evening everyone,

I didn't stamp this weekend, but that's okay, since we spent the weekend with friends who live in California's Central Coast wine region.  It's such a beautiful area of California. With all of the rain this winter, the hills are so green and the vines are just budding out with new leaves.  Everything is new and fresh.  We try to go as often as possible.  It's the best place to get out of the city and relax. Of course, the wine is fabulous.

When I got home from work this afternoon, I immediately checked out this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  I decided to pull out a retired Stampin' Up set and DSP for my card.  I think it came together nicely.

Stamps:  Stampin' Up set "Let's Party"
Card Stock: Regal rose and whisper white
DSP: Stampin' Up "Sweet Always"
Ink: Only orange, regal rose, chocolate chip
Embellishments: Stampin' Up chocolate chip silk ribbon, pink candy dots, star dust stickles
Other: Labels nine and classic oval nesties, SU 1 3/8" circle punch,
the big shot, dimensionals

Thanks for checking in,

Sunday, April 4, 2010

SSSC63 - Taking Time

It's Sunday and that means it's SSSC time.

At the start of my street, where it intersects with the neighborhood's main street running down to the ocean, there is a small vegetable and fruit stand. Close to the street on the property, is this beat up old pickup truck, all rusted, so much so that it's hard to guess what the original color is.  It's parked under a tree and the bed of the truck is filled with dirt and plants. Being spring now, the back of the truck is vivid with colorful flowers. I must pass this spot dozens of times each week. On my way to work, shopping, life's errands, hardly giving it a glance.  If I have given it a glance, I've probably thought, "why don't they get rid of that junky old truck?"  A few days ago while driving by, I happen to glance over, but this time I noticed the color.  Taking a much longer look, taking the time, it occurred to me why this junky old truck is there.  It's setting the scene.  The scene of "country" in  the city.  The scene of "garden" in the city.  The scene of slowing down and "taking time".

I decided that I would try to "paint" this picture with my rubber stamps. This week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge layout provided the perfect opportunity for me to take the time.

Supplies and recipe:
Stamps:  Stampin' Up Loads of Love, Lovely As a Tree and Teeny Tiny Wishes sets
Card Stock:  SU Not quite navy, old olive, bashful blue, whisper white and SU water color paper
DSP: SU Maine blueberry
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, SU really rust, not quite navy, night of navy, bashful blue, old olive, garden green, glorious green, certainly celery, close to cocoa, pretty in pink, lavender lace, sahara sand, summer sun and craft black
Embellishments: SU flower daises #2 die, earth elements button
Other: SU Scallop trim border and corner punches, crafter's tool kit, classic circle and scallop circle nesties, clear embossing powder, embossing heat tool, aqua painter, sponge and dimensionals.

The truck was stamped on watercolor paper with memento tuxedo black ink and masked.  The oak tree stamp was colored directly on the rubber with various green SU markers, spritzed with water a few times so the ink was almost runny, then stamped over the masked truck.  The truck and the rest of the image was colored with SU inks using the aqua painter.  The image was cut out with a circle nestie, then bashful blue ink was sponged in the top of the circle and old olive ink sponged in the bottom.  "Happy Birthday" was stamped with black craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

This is one of those card that, indeed, took time to create.  I'm pretty happy with my result.

I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Easter Sunday.
Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter-TESC107

Happy Easter weekend everyone,

This afternoon we are attending my good friend Vicki's pre-Easter brunch.  I made this card for her to go along with the hostess gift we will take.  I'm sure she will love it (and the gift).

I hope everyone finds all those hidden eggs tomorrow.

Stamps: Stampin' Up's "Well scripted' and "Eggcoutrements" sets
Card stock: Old olive, pretty in pink and whisper white
DSP: SU "sweet pea" pack
Ink: Old olive and pretty in pink
Embellishments:  green and pink buttons
Other:  Labels three, circle and scallop circle nesties, SU 1" and
1 1/4" round punches, the big shot, dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today,