Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve Sketch Frenzy Friday

Hi Stampers!
It's Christmas Eve but it's also Friday, so that means another Sketch Frenzy Friday post. Here is the sketch from Deb Currier:

And here's my card:

Of course I did it in My Digital Studio! MDS is great when you're short on time--like who isn't this time of year. AND this card wishes all of you a Merry & Bright Christmas. I hope everyone enjoys their holiday season!
To see more great samples, click HERE to go to Melinda's blog or HERE to go to the group blog. You can also upload YOUR sample to the group blog!

Friday, December 10, 2010

SFF 12-10-10--I actually stamped this week!

Hi Stampers:

Well, I actually stamped a card this week for the Sketch Frenzy Friday entry this week. NO MDS for me this week! Here's the sketch by Sharon Field:

Here's my card:

I changed it up a little bit: I used a button instead of the photo corner punch. I LOVE this new buttons. And instead of using brads, I punched the center strip with the eyelet border punch. The stamp set is the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set and the DSP is the Candy Cane Christmas. Too bad it's no longer available. I received an order this week with 2 packages of it--I think I got nearly the last two packages they had in stock!

For more wonderful samples, click HERE to go to Melissa's Blog OR click HERE to go to our group blog. And remember, you can stamp your own masterpiece and upload it to the group blog.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Sketch Frenzy Friday-12-03-10

Hi Stampers!

It's Friday, so we must have a new sketch. A GREAT and SIMPLE sketch courtesy of Tina Taves:

And here's my creation--using My Digital Studio:

Pretty simple and self explanatory: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Jolly Bingo Bits, Modern Label and Season of Cheer. It literally took me no more than 5 minutes to put together.
To see more hop on over to MELINDA'S BLOG or upload your own creation to our SKETCH FRENZY FRIDAY BLOG.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Day After Thanksgiving! Sketch Frenzy Friday

Hi Stampers:
Well, it's the Day AFTER Thanksgiving--time for shopping AND Sketch Frenzy Friday! Here is our sketch, brought to you this week by Tammy Baldwin:

And here is what I came up with:

I used MDS again to create my card. In MDS, I used Cherry Cobbler DSP and the text DSP in Always Artichoke. My colors are Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, and Cherry Cobbler. The stamp brushes I used are Bells and Boughs and A Holly, Jolly Christmas.
To see the other creations by our design team, visit our BLOG or click on MELINDA'S BLOG to go to the next stop on the tour.

Friday, November 19, 2010

SFF--Better Late Than Never I Hope!

Hi Stampers:
I have had a LOT of posting problems, but finally seem to have gotten this post to work. I hope better late than never is good!
Here's the sketch, courtesy of Melinda Couden:

And here's my card--made in MDS:

I used some new downloads for My Digital Studio--Holly and Jolly DSP, Bells and Boughs stamp brush set. I love Cherry Cobbler with Always Artichoke.

To see more: click on our BLOG or go to the next stop on the tour, MELINDA'S BLOG.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

SFF 11-05-10--An Early Post

Hi Stampers!

It's not QUITE Friday yet, but we're posting a little early because some of our artists are participating in the Late Nite Stampers Royal Blog Tour--be sure to check it out!

The sketch this week is by Tess Davis:

Cute, isn't it? Here's my interpretation using--what else?--My Digital Studio:

Since Halloween is over, I can now do Christmas projects! This project uses the Christmas Jingle Designer Series Paper which is alive and well in MDS! Colors are Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White. The stamp images are from the stamp brush set A Holly, Jolly Christmas.

Want to enjoy more? Click HERE to go to Melinda's blog or HERE to go to the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Sketch Frenzy Friday--More Autumn Spice

Hi Stampers!

If it's Friday, it must be Sketch Frenzy Friday--and it IS! Have we got a great sketch for you this week--created by ME!

And here's my card--actually 3 views--the full card, a closeup of the center and a closeup of the little embellishment on the bottom right corner:

I am so in love with the Autumn Spice DSP! And this card has a lot of texture going on: Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, DSP punched with the Dotted Scallop border punch, stamped off images from the Day of Gratitude stamp set, three little acorns colored with Early Espresso and More Mustard markers-mounted on a strip punched with the Word Window punch out of Naturals White cardstock and mounted on a punched Cajun Craze small oval. I also used Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon. It is not one of the colors listed with the Autumn Spice DSP, but I think it works very well with those colors. Here are the close ups:

Now, get out your cardstock, inks, and stamps and create your own interpretation of this sketch and upload to our BLOG. You can start at the BLOG to see all the creations OR go to the next stop on the tour, MELINDA'S BLOG

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sketch Frenzy Friday--More My Digital Studio

Hi Stampers!

We have another GREAT sketch for you this week! The awesome Sharon Field created this for us:

Although it LOOKS like a card, this IS the sketch. Isn't it lovely? Well I hope you like my My Digital Studio take on the sketch:

As you can see, I deviated a little bit from the sketch--I left out a layer and moved the ribbon to the back just on top of the card base. It pretty much speaks for itself AND goes along with my Autumn Spice theme this week! WOW! think I am going to make this up in a REAL card!
Want to see more? Click HERE for the main blog, or HERE to go to Melinda Couden's blog to see her fabulous creation.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cards for the Box-Part 4

Hi Stampers!

Last two cards for the fund raiser box of cards:

I must say, this has been a FUN project! IT also kind of stretched my creativity because I challenged myself to make each card a little different. On some I covered the whole front of the card with a piece of DSP, and on some I used smaller pieces and more elements. The Very Vanilla satin ribbon gave elegance to several of the cards.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Card for the Box-Part 3

Hi Stampers!

Here is the next installment in the fund raiser box of cards:

For each of these card, I used one of our embossing folders: the Early Espresso card uses the Finial Press embosssing folder, and the Cajun Craze card uses the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder. And I also used punches on each card. Between embossing folders and punches, Stampin' Up! has the easiest ways to make cards with ZING! And of course, I used more of the Autumn Spice DSP on each card. I also used the Very Vanilla satin ribbon on each of the cards.

Tomorrow, I will share the last two cards.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cards for the Box-Part 2

Hi Stampers!

Well, I am continuing with posting the cards I made for the fund raiser silent auction box of cards. Here are cards 3 and 4:

The card on the left is Old Olive with a layer of ANOTHER wonderful pattern from the Autumn Spice DSP on top. The sentiment is from Word Play, inked with Old Olive, Cajun Craze, and Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers. Again, I used Pumpin Pie ribbon, but this time it is the 5/8" grosgrain ribbon.
The card on the right is a base of More Mustard embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder . The sentiment is from another hostess set--the Level 2 set called Cute by the Inch. I punched it out to with the 1-1/4" punch, then cut a piece of 1-1/2" X 1-1/2" of the light colored striped Autumn Spice DSP to mount it on. The Ribbon is Very Vanilla Satin ribbon.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cards for the Box-Part 1

Hi Stampers:

Here are the first two cards I put in the box for the fund raiser silent auction that I talked about in my post yesterday:

For the card on the left, I used Old Olive for the card base and overlaid a piece of the small leaf print from the FABULOUS Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper. I scalloped the edge of it with the Eyelet Border Punch. The "Thanks" is from one of the stamps in the Level 1 Hostess Set, Afterthoughts--which can be yours with a workshop or an order totaling a minimum of $150. There is another line of text on the stamp, but I chose not to use it, so I inked just the "Thanks" with an Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker. The ribbon is the 3/8" Pumpkin Pie ribbon. Although Pumpkin Pie is not one of the colors that is supposed to coordinate with Autumn Spice I think it works very well!

The card on the right is one of the other designs from Autumn Spice DSP, and it's the same one I used for the box bottom. The butterfly is punched from the extra-large Butterfly punch using another one of the prints from Autumn Spice. I also punched a strip of the paper with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch. The sentiment is from a 2010 SAB set that is, sadly, no longer available. I stamped it on a piece of Naturals White cardstock and punched it out using the Scalloped Oval puncxh and mounted it on a piece of Old Olive cardstock punched out with the Wide Oval punch.

Stay tuned on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for more of the cards.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Box and Cards for a Fund Raiser

Hi Stampers:

Our church was having a Trivia Night fund raiser to raise some money for repairs to a primary school in Tanzania. I was asked to donate something for the silent auction. I chose to make a box and fill it with 8 cards and envelopes. Here is the box I made:

I used two different prints from the Autumn Spice DSP to make the top and bottom. This Designer Series Paper is cardstock weight, so it makes a nice sturdy bos. Here's how I did it:

For the bottom, cut your paper to 8-1/2" X 9-3/4". Score 2" in from each of the edges of the paper. Cut on each score line 2" in from each corner on the short sides of the paper. Fold on all score lines into a box shape and use Sticky Strip to attach the small squares to the inside ends of the box. The box will be 2" deep.

For the top, cut your paper to 7-3/4" X 8-3/4". Score 1-1/2" from each edge, cut the same as above, fold and attach with Sticky Strip. Now you have the top for your box.

For this box, I used the Early Espresso sheet for the bottom and the plumey flower sheet for the top. The beauty of this paper is that the inside of the box is as pretty as the outside because the paper is double sided with different designs on each side. I tied a piece of Vanilla Satin ribbon around the box.
Stay tuned for the next couple of days and I will share the cards I put into the box with you!


Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Spooky Halloween Card

Hi Stampers:

Here's a cute card I made to celebrate Halloween:

I used Concord Crush as the base of the card, some Pumpkin Pie cardstock embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder for the Big Shot, and some Old Olive cardstock embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I also used the new Extra-Large Decorative label punch underneath the Wide Oval punch out which is stamped with the witch's boots from the Wicked Cool stamp set. I used Naturals White card stock for stamping. I colored the stockings with Concord Crush and Old Olive Stampin' Write markers, however it is a little difficult to see. Let me show you the inside of the card:

I stamped the spider web, bats, and the word Spooky from the Wicked Cool set. Isn't that font cute?


Friday, October 15, 2010

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye

Hi Stampers!

I am going to be part of the Late Night Stampers Royal Blog Tour which starts on Nov. 4. RIGHT NOW, Oct. 11-18 YOU can get a head start on the tour and possibly WIN a Big Shot or My Digital Studio software, or a $100 Stampin' Up! gift certificate by playing our Jasper Jester game. Just click HERE and you will go to the game on the Royal Blog Tour web site. Once there, unscramble the 18 words related to Stampin' Up! and submit your form. It's that easy! and good luck!


Sketch Frenzy Friday--Back to Autumn

Hi Stampers!

Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper is to die for! So that is what I chose to use for the card I made for SFF today. But first--here is Connie Smith's sketch for this week:

I think this is a FABULOUS sketch!!! Here's my card:

My tag shape is a little fat, but otherwise, I think the card works! I used Cajun Craze for the card base and various pieces of Autumn Spice DSP to make the layers. I used the Thank You from the Day of Gratitude stamp set instead of ribbon on the side. I just love this and I hope you do too! Why don't you play along with us? You can post your card on our Sketch Frenzy Friday blog, HERE and you can see more fabulous designs by clicking HERE to go to Melinda's blog next.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Summery Card

Hi Stampers!

The card I am posting today is kind of summery for a fall day. It is one I had guests at a workshop do for a make and take.

I am sorry the picture is so blurry--for some reason I couldn't get the camera to focus correctly. The stamp set I used is the fabulous Friends Never Fade. Colors are Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz. I used Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait card Stock and Greenhouse Gala DSP. The ribbon is Pumpkin Pie satin, but goes very well with the Peach Parfait, I think!