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Monday, February 23, 2015

Baby Bumblebee ~ Sketch Challenge


Happy Monday! It's time for another challenge with the Technostamper! I'm so glad to be back and creating - I've had some hectic family things come up and we've been house-bound due to an ice storm and snow storm here in middle-Tennessee. The kids have been out of school every day last week and it has been cancelled for today as well. I'm anxiously waiting to see when they can go back... Meanwhile I've had lots of time to get crafty! Here is the sketch for this week:


And here is my card:



Have you seen this cute little guy from the 2015 Occasion Catalog? I fell in love at first sight! I don't have any little babies (my youngest is almost 4!) and don't know anyone having a baby anytime soon BUT I will be prepared with this card when the time is right!

I used a card base of Soft Sky followed by a layer of Lost Lagoon card stock that I embossed with my Honeycomb  Embossing Folder. Then I used a pattern of paper from the Sweet Dreams DSP.

It's not so easy to tell from this picture, but what's great about this paper is that if it's a "girly" print on one side of the paper, you can flip it for the masculine version of the print!

I also used my favorite ribbon - Venetian Crochet Trim. It's so soft and looks delicate but is really very sturdy and so so beautiful! Then I used my Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and stamped the baby bumblebee in Memento Black ink and the greeting in Lost Lagoon. Before mounting the stamp set I separated the words from the picture to make it easier to stamp them separately. I colored the bee with Daffodil Delight Blendabilities. Then I used my two-way glue and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds - something I haven't used in FOREVER! I forgot how much fun it is to use Dazzling Diamonds on my projects. I finished off the card by making a bow with Hello Honey ribbon and adhering to the top of my layer with a glue dot.

Here is one more fun thing...


Have you seen the  this new photopolymer stamp set released last month? Better Than E-Mail is a great set that you can use to add that special "I made this!" touch to all your projects and gifts! I love to stamp the back of my cards with one of these stamps. Check them out!

We would love to see what you can create using this sketch! Head over to Mary Jo's blog listed below and enter your project using the sketch. Don't forget to check out all the other wonderful projects created by the design team this week!


Mary Jo Price-Williams - Technostamper
Nicole Tegrul - Be Creative with Nicole
Robbie Rubula - Inked X2
Tanya Bell - Stamping T!
Jonia Smith - Stampin For Me
Mary Brown - Stamper Camper's Corner


Product List

Product List
Stamp :
Baby Bumblebee Wood Stamp [137153] , Better Than E-Mail Photopolymer Stamp Set [140463]
Ink :
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708] , Lost Lagoon Classic Stampin' Pad [133644] , Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Daffodil Delight Assortment [130998]
Card Stock :
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock [100730] , Lost Lagoon 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [133679] , Soft Sky 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock [131203] , Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper [137782]
Tools & Adhesive :
2-Way Glue Pen [100425] , Fuse Fast Adhesive [129026] , Stampin' Dimensionals [104430] , Glue Dots [103683]
Punch :
Tag Topper Scalloped Punch [133324]
Ribbon & Trim :
Venetian Crochet Trim [134581] , Hello Honey 3/8" Satin Stitched Ribbon [133671]
Accessory :
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter [133751]
Big Shot :
Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder [129378]

Monday, January 19, 2015

TSSC350 - Giggle Greetings Congratulations




Happy Monday! It's time for another Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge! Here is my sample for this week:


And here is this week's sketch:


I have a friend who lost her job right before the holidays but she only now started to tell people about it. She was, however, able to quickly take that sad situation and turn it into something good. She has decided to pursue her dream of being a financial advisor! She has only a couple more licensing tests to complete before she can start - but she is almost there! I can already hear her laughing when she opens this card.

I really like the Giggle Greetings stamp set and love to hear everyone else laugh when they are reading a card I made from this set:


I chose to make my card on 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" Smoky Slate so it could fit in the standard medium envelopes, however, now that I'm done, I wish I would have made it a little bigger so I could have played with my envelope punch board too!

I stamped the image and greeting with Memento Ink onto Whisper White card stock and punched it out with my 2-1/2" Circle Punch. Then I stamped the bottom part of the greeting onto Smoky Slate card stock and cut out the greeting and flag-tipped the ends. I used the Moonlight DSP Stack and Blackberry Bliss ribbon on my card front and used a retired punch and rhinestone as an extra embellishment. I even took a little strip of the leftover paper to add a little extra to the inside of the card.





We would love to see what you can create using this sketch! Head over to Mary Jo's blog listed below and enter your project using the sketch. Don't forget to check out all the other wonderful projects created by the design team this week!


Mary Jo Price-Williams - Technostamper
Nicole Tegrul - Be Creative with Nicole
Robbie Rubula - Inked X2
Tanya Bell - Stamping T!
Jonia Smith - Stampin For Me


Supply List
118309s
Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack
Supply List
Stamp :
Giggle Greetings Clear Stamp Set [131065] , Giggle Greetings Wood Stamp Set [131062]
Ink :
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708]
Card Stock :
Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack [133701] , Smoky Slate 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock [131202] , Hello Honey 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [133678] , Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock [100730]
Tools & Adhesive :
Stampin' Dimensionals [104430] , Paper Snips Scissors [103579]
Punch :
2-1/2" Circle Punch [120906] , Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack(retired) [118309]
Ribbon & Trim :
Blackberry Bliss 3/8" Satin Stitched Ribbon [133668]
Accessory :
Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments [119246]

Monday, January 12, 2015

Groovy Love From the Heart


Happy Monday! It's time for another Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge! Before I get into the sketch challenge I am excited to share that I have been nominated by Mary Jo Price-Williams (aka The TechnoStamper) to be in a Creative Blog Hop. (Thank you Mary Jo!)


As part of this blog hop I will be sharing with you a project that I've been working on as well as answering four questions about my creative process. Let's go!



1) What are you working on? Currently I'm working on Valentine's cards and planning my Easter projects. I also have updated my planner to make sure that I send birthday cards to everyone I can - I have way too many birthday cards in my stash (and always making more!) and would like to make sure my family and friends know that I am thinking of them and want to share in their special day. Lastly (yeah right! It's a never ending list really...), I received a Silhouette Cameo as a gift (last year) and haven't really had the time to learn how to use it. This is the year!






2) How does your work differ than others in your genre? I like to say mine are clean and simple (but not with a lot of bare/white space). I like to make sure they are easy to mail without excess postage and are easy to reproduce by crafters of all skill levels.


3) Why do you create what you do? I have never felt (and will still tell you) that I was a creative person, but when I sit down with my stamps, ink, and paper - the creativity sneaks in! I LOVE LOVE LOVE to show others how easy it is to be creative without putting in a lot of effort (just a little practice!) Stampin' Up! shares the same philosophy I do - inspire.create.share


4) How does your creative process work? I like to start with a sketch - a road map of sorts! Then I look at what stamp sets I have that will work with the sketch and the type of project I'm working on. After I pick out my stamp I usually turn to my Designer Series Paper and choose my colors from the patterns in my paper. Sometimes I have a main color in mind which helps me narrow down my Designer Series Paper choices. Sometimes I have to immerse myself in pinterest for those subtle hints of inspiration - a technique, a color combination, a layering idea, etc....and I'm pretty good at CASEing as well!

Now for my final duties of this Creative Blog Hop I nominate:

Terri Antoniw @ Stamp With Ter

Bev Adams @ BevAdams.com

I have never met (in person) these two lovely ladies but have talked with them LOTS! I met them through Stampin' Connection - a demonstrator-only resource - and have talked about how/why we create what we create or find new ways to do things better! I must say that I would never have met these ladies if it hadn't been for Stampin' Up! and I'm so glad I did. They are both very creative and you will love what they have in store for you next week! 

And now we return to our regular scheduled programming...the sketch!


When I think of Valentine's Day, I think of how much I enjoyed crafting homemade valentine cards in school with paper, lace, stickers, and scissors! The paper always consisted of varying shades of pinks and reds with white or black. That, along with this sketch was my inspiration for this card.



I started out with Blushing Bride card stock and stamped with Real Red Ink the swoopy flower border at the bottom of the card. Not quite the curved edge from the sketch but it still has the swoopy curvy kinda feeling - right?

Bordering Blooms Photopolymer Stamp Set


Then I added a layer of paper from the newly released Stacked with Love DSP Stack:


I don't think you can really see the awesome patterns in the image above - but it incorporates all the colors I love about Valentine's Day - whites, pinks, reds, blacks! The black border was punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch.

I dug out my Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die and die cut and embossed the heart. I stamped the greeting from Groovy Love with Real Red ink onto Blushing Bride card stock and cut out the banner with the Bitty Banner Framelits and popped it up with  dimensionals. Then I added a couple of rhinestones at either end of the banner.




We would love to see what you can create using this sketch! Head over to Mary Jo's blog listed below and enter your project using the sketch. Don't forget to check out all the other wonderful projects created by the design team this week!

Mary Jo Price-Williams - Technostamper
Nicole Tegrul - Be Creative with Nicole
Robbie Rubula - Inked X2
Tanya Bell - Stamping T!
Jonia Smith - Stampin For Me


Supply List
Supply List
Stamp :
Bordering Blooms Photopolymer Stamp Set [133660] , Groovy Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set [134246] , Groovy Love Wood-Mount Stamp Set [134243]
Ink :
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad [126949]
Card Stock :
Blushing Bride 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock [131198] , Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock [121045] , Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack [137779]
Tools & Adhesive :
Stampin' Dimensionals [104430] , SNAIL Permanent Adhesive [104332] , SNAIL Permanent Adhesive Refill [104331]
Punch :
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch [119275]
Accessory :
Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments [119246]
Big Shot :
Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits [129267] , Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die [125596]