Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan -

Monday, October 20, 2014

gift box adventure

Although they're no longer labeled as Idea Books, there are still many fantastic designs in the Stampin' Up!® catalogs suitable for CASEing, and the CASE-ing the Catty challenge blog has been encouraging us to do just that.  Recently they've moved from the annual to the holiday catalog, and most recently they suggested we look at gift boxes & bags.  Well,  of course the holiday catalog is chock full of boxes and bags, but I evidently didn't read the challenge quite carefully enough; I found a great box in the center at the bottom of page 20, but rather than making a gift box of my own, I turned it into a card.  Upon re-reading, I don't really think that's what they're looking for, but I'll share it anyway, and maybe I'll try to convince you that I meant to do that because I don't use many gift boxes or bags...
stamp set - Endless Wishes; ink - Lost Lagoon; card stock - Silver Foil, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon; designer series paper - All is Calm; punches - Scalloped Tag Topper 1" Circle 1-3/4" Circle; Big Shot with Bitty Banners framelit and On Point embossing folder; embellishments - 1/8" silver ribbon, Tea Lace doily, All is Calm charm, white Baker's Twine 
In addition to changing from a box to a card, I made several substitutions because I didn't have the ribbon or the stamp set used in the sample.  While I was thinking about the ribbon, I thought that the narrow Lost Lagoon card stock strips might stand in, and suddenly the layout looked familiar:
It's not exactly the same, I eliminated the twine/bow element from the bottom and moved the horizontal strip up and the circle down so they overlap, but I think I'll link up there, too, and hope for leniency at both challenges ;)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

a retro, pink Christmas adventure

Friday, Leena Girsa pinned this fabulous retro-design Christmas card which went straight to the top of my to-CASE list.  Yesterday while driving across Michigan and back, I thought about what colors to use.  I didn't want to copy it exactly, but I didn't want to change it much.  Finally I decided that pink would perfectly maintain the retro feel, AND would work for the Jingle Belles' Pink Christmas prompt in support of breast cancer research.  I was a little busy yesterday, so I left it for another day.  Today I was out during the morning, but when I got home early this afternoon, I noticed that the newest Watercooler Challenge had been posted - to CASE a Pinterest project!  Well, I cannot fight the universe - this card HAD to be created and posted today:
stamp sets - Kinda Eclectic, Sassy Salutations; ink - Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate; card stock - Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Silver Glimmer; Big Shot with Lucky Stars embossing folder and Stars framelits; 1/8"  ribbon - Silver; Frosted Sequins; Stampin' Dimensionals  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Homemade Holiday Home adventure

I made this card earlier this week; it may have been the same day that ColourQ posted their current challenge, but I got so busy preparing for Card Buffet that I forgot to post it:
stamp set - Holiday Home; ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight; Stampin' Write marker - Basic Black; card stock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight; punch - 1-3/8" circle;  Big Shot with Homemade Holiday Framelits; Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

In case some of my guests don't really need Halloween cards, they can make a Thanksgiving (or just a Thank You card) using the exact same supplies, because this stamp set contains so many images.  I had so much fun sponging the sunset that I made a second sample!

I usually schedule Card Buffet for the third Thursday and the third Saturday of each month, but I had a late change of plans this month and rescheduled the Saturday session for next week.  If you can't make it Saturday, you'll miss your chance to make these cards, but I'm fairly certain that the stamp set will make a reappearance next month on a Christmas card design.  I can hardly wait to stamp Santa and his sleigh in a night sky, or maybe it will turn out to be a day scene so we can see all the sweet little decorations on the homes...

Monday, October 13, 2014

non-traditional colors of Christmas adventures

The colors at Stampin' Royalty this week are so sweet together, they seemed evocative of a silent winter night snowfall to me.  I'm sure you noticed how cleverly I slipped in the Merry Monday prompt, and you know I couldn't put just two challenges together!  'Tis the Season has the perfect sketch and Less is More is looking for a one-layer card with 2 of something, so I drew two lines and added a two-word greeting:
stamp set: Endless Wishes; ink - Blackberry Bliss, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky; Stampin' Write marker - Soft Sky card stock - Soft Sky

In the spirit of non-traditional Christmas color schemes, I wanted to recreate the colors from the Christmas Chard Challenges inspiration photo, specifically because it includes pink.  Most of you know I don't really like pink, but not only is it *the color*  for Breast Cancer Awareness month, it also means that Stephanie and Lauren will be donating $4 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for every card linked up at Jingle Belles that includes pink; how can I not like that?  The design of this card is one I saw in the Stampin' Up!® demonstrators' magazine, Stampin' Success:
stamp set - Sassy Salutations; ink - Strawberry Slush; Stampin' Write marker - Rich Razzleberry; card stock - Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Baked Brown Sugar; washi tape - Watercolor Wonder; punches - Scalloped Tag Topper, Confetti Stars; baker's twine - Metallic Gold 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

adventures with older new stamps

I have a *big* order arriving tomorrow, but I haven't yet used everything I ordered last month - does that happen to you?

One of the stamp sets I hadn't used before today is the fabulous Wondrous Wreath, and the matching framelits.  I designed a Christmas card for the Card Buffet using both, but Katie Legge's Hello There Spring inspired me to try a wreath in fall colors for Shopping Our Stash and Color Throwdown:
stamp sets - Hello, There, Wondrous Wreath; ink - Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist; Stampin' Write marker - Mossy Meadow; card stock - Mossy Meadow, Naturals White, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss; punches - Boho Blossoms, Cupcake Builder;  Baker's Twine - Early Espresso, Stampin' Dimensionals

I really wanted this fun stamp set, too, but then I couldn't decide what to do with it.  When all else fails, I resort to CASEing (Copy And Share Everything) from the amazing card makers I see around the internet, and I loved Helen Read's card.  I changed the colors so I could play along at Color Me! and simplified it a little so it will work at my Card Buffet this month:
stamp set - Tap, Tap, Tap; ink - Cherry Cobbler, Hello Honey, Basic Gray; card stock - Hello Honey, Basic Gray; designer series paper - Moonlight; Washi tape - Epic Day; Big Shot with Alphabet Press embossing folder, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals
This is not one of my favorite cards, although Helen's is!  I've learned to offer cards that I don't love at Card Buffets, because a lot of times someone else loves them, but I'm going to recommend stamping the typewriter keys at the top and bottom before embossing, and possibly stamping off first.  I also think the Cherry Cobbler sponging at the top should be darker, but I'm not sure either of those things will really make me love it.  I'll just have to try something else!