Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Color Challenged?

Then give the SCS Tuesday color challenges a try. They are always a good source of inspiration and I've found myself sometimes creating things I never would have dreamed up without them.

Today I decided to combine yesterdays Technique Lovers Challenge with today's color challenge - the technique was the Jenn box, the colors are River Rock, Rust and Chocolate Chip. For those of you still on the fence with River Rock - you really do have to try it to like it. It's one of those colors that will surprise you, I promise.

This box was simple to create, you can find the directions here .

I stamped my River Rock base with the small flowers from the Fabulous Flowers set using Versamark and River Rock ink. Then I folded and created the box. The large flower was first stamped with Chocolate Chip, then Rust and again in Chocolate Chip. All three layers were cut and affixed to each other with dimensionals. Base flower is highlighted with Crystal effects, the rust is highlighted with Stickles, as is the small Chocolate Chip center. The Happy Birthday is from Everyday Flexible Phrases and the oval frame is from the Stampin' Up! Hodge Podge kit. The box is closed with the wide Chocolate Chip satin ribbon from the SU Holiday Mini Catalog.

I think this will make a pretty gift box for a special fall birthday girl!

Thanks for stopping by - Happy Stamping!

Busy with My Favorite Things

Woohoo! Love playing with new goodies. This selection of items was made using the Fright Night set from My Favorite Things...so cute and oh the possibilities.

I love the trick or treaters on this card - they fit perfectly in the Marvy Oval Punches for an added festive look. The edges of the oval are sponged with Pumpkin Pie classic ink from Stampin' Up! and not sure if you can see it or not, but the ghost costume is covered with very subtle glitter.

Other details: CS-Rust, Old Olive, Black, Paper Trey White, SU designer paper, Ink- Staz On Black, Pumpkin, Stampin' Up! markers, Accessories - Stampin' Up! Buttons, Marvy Scalloped Oval punch, Marvy plain Oval punch, Old Olive wide grosgrain.

This Halloween witch on her flying broom likes to remain anonymous, flying above the clouds so you cannot see her head - so clever don't you think? I think one of the things I like about Halloween cards is that I get to use purples, oranges, gray, black - colors I don't find myself using except at this time of the year. Oh and if you haven't tried the new Basic Gray by Stampin' Up! you must - the color is gorgeous - just the perfect shade of gray.

Other details: CS-Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Gray, PaperTrey White, Ink - StazOn Black, SU markers, Accessories - sewing machine, Marvy Punches, Polka Dot Sheer Organdy(Walmart), White Gel Pen.

This last project using the MFT set transforms a Starbucks bottle into a little treat for a favorite teacher, friend, mailman...so cute, quick, easy and we get to recycle. The Hershey nuggets labels were stamped using the pumpkin and Trick or Treat sentiment alternating black and orange. Oh and in case you're wondering, it took 16 nuggets to fill the bottle. I used SU Orange grosgrain around the lid, and the SU scalloped circle to create a festive cover for the lid. The outside is wrapped in designer paper from Stampin' Up! and the trick or treat witch is again from MFT - she is stamped using StazOn Black and colored with the SU markers.

So what do you think? Ready for Halloween? Hope you have a few ideas to inspire you and if you don't already own this set, you can go here to get yours!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New Stamps, New Toys, New Card

I'm on my Cornish Heritage Farms kick today...I'd been eyeing this Coneflower stamp for some time and now it's mine! It's such a happy image even though the coneflowers are all but gone with the rapid approach of fall but on a gloomy rainy day it's always good to "ink happy thoughts"!

What new toys you ask? Well, let me tell you - after much thought and thinking I didn't need one, I broke down and purchased the Janome Sew Mini machine. I already have a sewing maching and really don't use it much these days and when I went to use it discovered it is way overdue for a tune up. So enough procrastinating, a new machine was cheaper and faster than the tune up (don't you like my logic?). After sitting here for over a week, I broke it out of the box today. This little gem of a machine is super easy to use - sews at just the right speed for crafting - not too fast so it's a breeze to create nice straight lines on your projects - I love that!

So now that I have my new stamp and my new sewing machine I thought I'd create a new card...

Details: CHF Coneflower stamp, SU EveryDayFlexible Phrase, CS: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss, Paper Trey white, dp unknown, WaterColor crayons, stickles, Janome Sew Mini

Cornish Heritage Farms and Thomas Kinkade Series

Have you seen this series over on CHF? These are amazingly detailed stamps that create works of art whether stamped in a monochromatic theme or painstakingly colored...I chose this image because my hubby will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow and yep, you guessed it, he loves fishing. Fly fishing is his favorite and when he has time to go I know it's a real treat for him. I hope he likes this card, 'cuz it took me all day - ok not really, but a couple of hours to create. Had a little trouble photographing today as my task light is out, and we are having much needed rain today but the gray skies are not helping my photography! LOL!

Details: Stamp by CHF for Thomas Kinkade, sentiment SU Amazing to Zany, Linen BG on Cocoa and Blue CS, CS: Close to Cocoa, Blue Bayou, Paper Trey White, Inks: Black StazOn, Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou, Accessories: SU oval punches, Coluzzle, Vintage Brads, Prisma Color Pencils, Gamsol.

Thursday, September 6, 2007


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Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Welcome to today's Challenge post!

I've said it before, but it's worth repeating...the SCS sketch challenges are a great source of jump-starting your inspiration. The Wednesday sketch challenges have always been my favorite. Today's Sketch Challenge offers lots of possibilities - so I decided to do two today...the first sample uses almost no stamping for those that prefer to utilize the beautiful array of papers available to us.

Details: The papers are all from the K&Co. Bailey collection of double sided papers. The base is Soft Sky from Stampin' Up! Prima's adorned with SU rhinestone brads and half back pearls from the SU pretties kit. Sentiment is from Butterfly Kisses by Paper Trey, Ink.

This card was made with a focus on stamping. I really like being able to incorporate a variety of rubber stamps to create the finished product. I've noticed that even though Fall is rapidly approaching, we still have quite a few butterflies fluttering by so that was my inspiration for this Fall Butterfly.

Details: The base is Purely Pomegranite by SU stamped with the SU Paisley BG in Pomegranite, Wild Wasabi panel faux stitched and layered with designer paper Autumn Harvest by Flair Design. The butterfly is stamped in So Saffron and More Mustard using Butterfly Kisses by Paper Trey, Ink. The sentiment is stamped in Purely Pomegrantie ink using the Designer Label set and punch from Stampin' Up!

If you're a first time visitor to this blog you might be wondering why I have two blogs these days...I've decided to keep my blog Rubber Stamped Reflections as my Stampin' Up! site with samples and information all about SU! I hope you'll continued to be inspired by what you see there. This blog will be all about everything else - hope you ENJOY!

Happy Stamping and thanks for visiting!