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Monday, January 26, 2015

TSSC351 - Apothecary Arts Thanks


Happy Monday and welcome back to the Techno Stamper Sketch Challenge #351 (TSSC351)!! I'm so happy to share my card sample with you!



Here is the sketch:


I had a lot of fun with this layout! I pulled out an oldie but goodie - Apothecary Art! I think this set has so many beautiful images in the set, but I usually pass over it for something newer - not today!

I seemed to have depleted my stash of thank you cards so I will be making multiples of  these! I normally try not to use more than one stamp set per card but I really like the Lots of Thanks stamp set for "thank you" cards.


I'm getting on a plane on Wednesday to head to Orlando for the Stampin' Up! Leadership Convention, so I've gotta run! Here are some quick card details (be sure to check the product list below for actual product names):


  • card base is Blackberry Bliss 
  • patterned paper is from Confetti Celebrations DSP
  • image is stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder
  • flowers are colored (quite quickly!) with light and dark Blendabilities markers and the light Old Olive Blendabilities marker then cut with the labels collection framelits
  • greeting is stamped with Memento Ink onto Old Olive card stock, where the ends were flag-tipped and I added pearls to accent the banner
  • The flower image is popped up with dimensionals and the Old Olive banner is also popped up with dimensionals

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

Product List
Stamps :
Lots Of Thanks Clear Stamp Set [129690] , Lots Of Thanks Wood Stamp Set [129687] , Apothecary Art Wood Stamp Set [128415] , Apothecary Art Clear Stamp Set [125527] , Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Melon Mambo Assortment [130994]
Ink :
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708] , Versamark Pad [102283] , Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Old Olive Assortment [130999]
Card Stock :
Blackberry Bliss 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [133675] , Old Olive 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock [100702] , Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock [100730] , Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper [133692]
Tools & Adhesive :
Liquid Multipurpose Glue [110755] , Stampin' Dimensionals [104430]
Punch :
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch [119275]
Accessory :
Black Stampin' Emboss Powder [109133] , Pearl Basic Jewels Embellishments [119247]
Big Shot :
Labels Collection Framelits Die [125598]

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]