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26 posts from April 2010

April 30, 2010

FRIDAY'S FABULOUS STAMP SET - KIND AND CARING THOUGHTS

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With 31 colors retiring in just a few months I'm working on using up lots of that cardstock so I've been trying to do projects that use up that product.  Out with the old and in with the new!  Today's project was created with the Kind and Caring Thoughts stamp set which is a level III Hostess Set.  This ia a beautiful set with beautiful flowers and very nice sentiments.

Here's my card:

THINKING OF YOU

Again I used another Water Color Wash only this time I sprinkled it with salt while the paint was still wet.  The salt absorbs some of the color and leaves a tiny bubbling effect.  I just used table salt but if you used Sea Salt or coarser salt the effect would be more dramatic.  I love how this looks for creating ocean scenes.  Lots of fun experimenting for sure.

Once again I used the new embossing folder, Square Lattice which I just love!  For my color palette I used retiring colors, Lovely Lilac and Orchid Opulence, Brushed Gold and Very Vanilla.  The flower image was stamped with Encore Gold Metallic Ink and then embossied with clear embossing powder for a softer look.  I really wanted the greeting to pop so I stamped it with Gold ink and embossed it with gold powder.

To tie in the Vanilla texturized card stock I used a Very Vanilla Satin ribbon and a ribbon slide from the Pretties Kit.  The size of this card is 5 x 7". 

Thanks for droppig by and hope you all have a great weekend. 

April 29, 2010

FOND FAREWELL - DUSTY DURANGO

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One of the colors that will not be returning in the July 1st new catalogue is Dusty Durango which is one of the present In Colors.   Personally I love the warmth of this orange and love how beautifully it goes with many or our present collection of colors.  Here's a card I made and again I was experimenting with Water Color paint to create the background of the stamped image.

DUSTY DURANGO
The background was created by painting a wash of different colors and then I spritzed the paper with our Gold Glow Smooch Spritz.  Have I mentioned that I'm really liking this new product!  Let me tempt you to say that it's WONDERFUL!!!  lol

The stamped flowers image is from the Level III Hostess Set, Kind and Caring Thoughts.  I stamped it with a Versamark Ink pad and then embossed it wth Black Embossing powder.  I love how that makes the image stand out on the soft background.  I also used the Basic Black card stock mat and the Black Satin ribbon to really pop this out.  Other embellishments included 4 gold brads to make the Gold Glow Smootch Spritz more apparent.

If Dusty Durango is one of your favorite colors don't forget to stock up on card stock and re-inkers so you won't miss out.  You can order 24/7 on my website at:

http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/cynthiagrantham/

Also I wanted to remind you that there is only one day left to enter my FOR THE BIRDS CHALLENGE to win a free pass to the USTAMP BIG SHOT ONLINE CLASS.  You can find all the details here:

http://cindyloustampingguru.typepad.com/challenges/2010/04/for-the-birds-challenge-to-win-a-free-pass-to-ustamp.html

Have a great day and thanks for dropping by!

 

 

April 28, 2010

INSPIRATION IN ACTION CHALLENGE

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Today's card is for Gretchen's challenge at the Inspiration in Action Challenge.  Here is the sketch:

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Here's my version of the card:

GRETCHEN'S CHALLENGE

I chose a color palette of Chocolate Chip and Crushed Curry.  I used the designer papers from the Crushed Curry Patterns and from Razzleberry Lemonade.  The stamping was done with the Watercolor Trio set and the embellishments included the Crushed Curry polka dot ribbon and the buttons from the Neutral Collection. Feel free to play along by clicking on the link above!

SUNSHINE AWARD

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Wow I got a nice surprise today!  I received the Sunshine Award for being a blog that passes Sunshine along to other people.  Here's my award:

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One of my new found internet stamping friends, Sherry Dobreski, passed this along to me today so thanks Sherry!  She is a great stamper and a wonderful person so be sure to check out her blog. 

I'd like to share this Sunshine award with friends and bloggers who's artwork I have enjoyed and so I need to share the rules with you!



1) Put the award on your blog

2) Pass the award on to other bloggers who bring sunshine into your life


3) Link the Nominees in your post


4) Let them know you nominated them by leaving a comment on their blog


5) Share the love and link to the person who gave you the award

Here are a few other blogs that make me smile!

Becca at Amazing Paper Grace

Julee at Poetic Artistry

Andrea & Sophie at Sunny Stampin' Inc.

Sandi at Sandi MacIver

Sherill at Late Night Stamper

I hope I've added a little sunshine and a big smile to your day!

April 27, 2010

TUESDAY'S TERRIFIC TIP - STAMPING ON DESIGNER PAPER

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Just wanted to point out that Designer Paper in itself is beautiful and full of color.  By itself it's certainly easy to co-ordinate perfectly with our matching card stocks.  Did you ever think about using your designer paper to stamp on?  It's really quite fun and easy to do. 

DREAM GARDEN

On this Crushed Curry paper from the Razzleberry Lemonade Collection I stamped a silhouette from the Dream Garden Stamp Set.  It really stands out in the Basic Black ink.  To really make it pop I then added complimentary card stock mats also in the Basic Black and Crushed Curry.

MOJO 124

In this instance I stamped the greeting on the designer paper which is Kiwi Kiss in color.

Nouveau Chic Card #1
 
This is the Bride Specialty Designer Paper and for this paper which is a white on white design, I brayered it with Sage Shadow and completely changed it's color!  This will only work with papers that have a foil or embossed finish on them.  The metallic and the embossed surfaces resist the ink while the rest of the paper absorbs it.

You can also create your own metallic patterns on regular designer papers by stamping them with a Versamark Pad and then embossing them with Silver or Gold Embossing powder.

Believe me that's just a few things you can do with your designer paper.  Love to hear your ideas and how you use it so be sure to leave a comment!


 

April 26, 2010

MONDAY'S MARVELOUS PROJECT - MOJO MONDAY 136

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That's right it's Monday all over again!  So of course I love to try and participate in the Mojo Monday challenge and the latest challenge on Late Night Stampers.  So this morning I created a card that fits the bill for both challenges at once!

First to the Mojo Monday Challenge, here's the sketch:

Now for the Late Night Stampers Challenge which is an inspiration challenge.  Basically how an inspiration challenge works is you are inspired by something else, in this case a picture.  Here's the picture:

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I was inspired by the colors in this photograph.  So here's the card I came up with to work for both challenges:

MOJO 136

The interesting thing about this card is that I made my own paper for the layer underneath the Chocolate Chip Scallop.  I took water color paper and did a gradient wash using different shades of oranges and yellows.  Once it was dry I embossed it with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder from the New Summer Mini Catalogue.  After embossing I gave it a light spritz with the new Log Cabin Smooch Spritz also from the same catalogue.

The stamped image was created with the New Watercolor Trio Stamp Set.  I simply colored it with markers and then stamped it, again and again without re inking it to get that faded out look.  I sponged the edges of that stamped circle with chocolate chip and mounted it on the Chocolate Chip Circle Scallop from the Scallop Circles #2 die cut.

Embellishments included Chocolate Satin Ribbon, More Mustard Buttons and More Mustard brads.  Thanks for dropping by!  Have a great Monday.

April 23, 2010

FOR THE BIRDS CHALLENGE TO WIN A FREE PASS TO USTAMP!

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For today's challenge I'm giving away a free Pass to the Big Shot 2010 event at Ustamp.  This exciting online class begins on May 7th and runs until June 4th.  Every single day new projects are uploaded, as well as challenges of all kinds, and swaps!  If you love the Big Shot and are looking for ideas to create some great new projects this is one event you don't want to miss.  For registration details go to:

http://ustampwithdawn.blogspot.com/

The exciting news is that you could win a free pass by entering my latest challenge!  All you have to do is create a project that contains birds!  I'm a bit of a bird fanatic so I guess you could say that I'm FOR the birds!  LOL

To participate in the challenge and get further details go to:

http://cindyloustampingguru.typepad.com/challenges/2010/04/for-the-birds-challenge-to-win-a-free-pass-to-ustamp.html

FRIDAY'S FABULOUS STAMP SET - FOR ALL YOU DO

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I was preparing for an upcoming class on Saturday and wanted to break out of the mold and change up the colors for this stamp set!  I love how rich this year's In Colors are and happen to love the combination of Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry!  Take a look at what I came up with:

FOR ALL YOU DO STAMP SET

For All You Do is such a versatile stamp set with wonderful images.  Take a look at the set:

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It has it all!  2 greetings, 3 flowers, a stem, a gorgeous butterfly and a shadow stamp and a background of tiny polka dots which is perfect for do the Kissing Technique.  If you don't know what that is, by all means leave a comment at the bottom of the post and I'll send you some instructions on how to do it.  You can also email me anytime with your questions at: cindy@cindyloustampingguru.com

Here's the supply list for this card:

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Punches: Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Trim Corner, Horizontal Slot

Inks:Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Basic Black

Embellishment: Rich Razzleberry Polka-dot grosgrain ribbon

and of course the Fabulous For All You Do stamp set!

April 22, 2010

ANOTHER SHOT AT IT!

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I'm back already. Spent the evening preparing for 3 upcoming classes and then had to stamp a few cards with the left overs!  LOL

I decided to take another shot at the EASY and DEMONSTRATABLE challenge #6 at Late Night Stampers.  The theme for the week is blue.  Good idea gals.  Lots of blues are going to be gone come June 30th, so it was nice to play with some of my favourtie ones again.  This is definitely much simpler than my last attempt!  LOL

ED #6 Blue Challenge

I think this card covers every blue in the book!  LOL  Let's see there is Brocade Blue and Bashful Blue cardstock,  Night of Navy designer paper, Night of Navy, Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue and Ballet Blue buttons and Brocade Blue Grosgrain ribbon!  You could proably sing this to the First day of Christmas my true love gave to me...... LOL  We can pretend that the birds are partridges ok?  I'm not sure who's happy together on this card, the buttons or the birds???  Can someone please leave a comment and let me know???  LOL

Confession is good for the soul right?  I acutually used Pumpkin Pie on their beaks... oops, not blue!  LOL  To give them a little sparkle I colored their wings with a sparkly gel pen.  It doesn't really show up well on camera.  Sorry!  I guess you might say this post is for the birds!!!  Have a great one!

 


 

ELEMENTS OF STYLE CARD

Today I made a raid on my stamp room!  Boy did it need it!  It looked like someone had thrown a grenade in it!  Usually when I go on the mad cleaning raid I get it all neat and tidy, then I feel like stamping again!  I vow every time I'm not going to be so messy but must be the artist in me because before I know it, everything is all our of sorts again!

Anyway after all that, I want to share my first creation from my clean stamping room.  This also somewhat fits the bill for the Late Night Stampers ED card.  I finally got to play with one of my new stamp sets from the Summer Mini catalogue, Elements of Style.  I'm in love!  It's beautiful images are a delight to work with.  Sensing a class for sure!

ELEMENTS OF STYLE CARD

The stamps were colored with markers and then stamped.  When coloring the stamps I started with the lightest colors first and then I ran the darker colors along the edge of the stamp to define the images.  Here is the supply list for this card:

Card stock: Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White

Designer Paper: Patterns Night of Navy and Bashful Blue

Markers: Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, More Mustard, So Saffron, Really Rust, Sage Shadow, Mellow Moss

Punches: Eyelet Border, 1" Circle, Large Oval, Oval Scallop 

Embellishments: Bashful Blue Satin Ribbon, small pearls

Did you know that you can shop online 24/7?  Did you know that my online set has a clearance rack with incredible deal?  Stock up today on your favorite colors and re-inkers before they are gone for good!
 


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