Sunday, September 1, 2013

My first Christmas card of 2013

I love how this turned out.  I used this card for a swap a couple of weeks ago and they all loved it.

Stamp sets used: Warmth & Wonder (2013 Stampin' Up Holiday catalog - Hostess set), Gorgeous Grunge (2013-2014 Catalog, pg. 109), Off the Grid (2013-2014 Catalog, pg. 108)
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White
Accessories used from 2013 Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog: Stylish Stripes embossing folder (pg 22), Gold Metallic Encore ink pad (pg. 28).
Accessories used from 2013-2014 Stampin' Up catalog: Tea Lace Paper Doilies (pg.156), cut in half; Extra-Large Oval punch, big shot.
Ink and Markers: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive.

I sponged Old Olive around the oval to help it stand out, and popped it up on dimensionals.  Stamping 'Off the Grid' with the gold Encore ink pad really helped make the front of this card 'pop'.  It shows up a little better if you enlarge the above photo.  I did not use the grid/gold ink on the inside for fear of too much smudging.

And the inside:

I really like this card.  And I hope you do too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

French Foliage one layer card

A one layer card.  I am liking the simpler, one layer cards more and more ...
This card is made using my very favorite fall foliage set.  I love any card that I am able to use French Foliage on.

Also submitting this card for the Less is More - Week 84 - One Layer Challenge

Stamp set: French Foliage (Stampin Up), and Thankful For [now retired], (Stampin Up)
Paper: Stampin Up Naturals White
Ink: all Stampin Up, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Less is More Challenge week 81

This week's challenge over at Less Is More is a theme.  Tearing.  I love the look of tearing on a card!  I recently did this card (below), before this challenge was announced, but I am going to enter it anyway.  It follows the challenge and it turned out to be one of my favorite Christmas cards that I have made.

It is hard to see, but there are also small snowflakes all over the background stamped with Versamark.  It shows up better in person.  If you click on the photo, you can see the smaller snowflakes a little better.

Supplies :
Stamps: Snowflakes (PSX), Sheet Music (Stampington & Co.), Many Merry Messages (retired, Stampin Up)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Always Artichoke (Stampin Up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: Gold brad, 5 petal punch (SU), Decorative Label punch (SU) and a sponge wedge.

I love the look of the burned edges on the sheet music.  I stamped the sheet music onto vanilla cardstock and tore the edges all the way around.  Then I used a sponge wedge to apply chocolate chip ink to the edges rather heavily.  This makes the cardstock appear to have been burned.  I also pounced the sponge all over the sheet music piece to give it an 'aged' look.

I also stamped the poinsettia pieces with the music stamp after punching them with the 5 petal punch.  I then crunched the poinsettia pieces into little balls then unrolled them to give them some dimension.

For the artichoke (green) piece behind the greeting, I punched it using the Decorative Label punch (SU), the same as I used on the vanilla piece.  I stamped the green piece with the sheet music stamp as well for dimension.  I snipped the points off on either end, then I then cut the green piece in half horizontally and spread them farther apart to appear to be larger layer behind the top & bottom to give the shadow layer effect.

I also used a vanilla piece for the inside that started as a 5 1/2" X 4 1/4", tore the edges just a little bit all the way around and applied the chocolate chip ink with the sponge just like I did on the vanilla sheet music piece.  Then stamped a Merry Christmas sentiment also from the Many Merry Messages stamp set (SU) on the inside.  Here is a photo of the inside:

And there you have it!  Now, I'm going back into the craft room to create my newest little masterpiece.  LOL.
Wishing everyone a GREAT weekend!  It's going to be sunny with very comfortable temperatures here in northern Indiana.  I hope it is just as beautiful in your corner of the world!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Cinnamon, watching the traffic go by ...

This is my baby, Cinnamon.  He is such a cutie, isn't he??  He likes to sit in the chair by the front door and watch the traffic go by, and the birds in the tree.  He thinks that everything happens just for his entertainment.  LOL!

CAS-ual Friday Challenge CFC63

I've started looking for different challenges to get myself in a more creative mood and start making more cards.  I've gotten into a slump.  I want to make cards, but my 'mojo' just isn't where I'd like it to be ...  So, I went looking around the web for a few challenges to get me started.  This is what I found today ...

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge this week is a color challenge, rather than a sketch or a theme.  CAS stands for Clean and Simple.  Not all cluttered up or fancy.  Lots of white space.  Very few, if any, layers.  I have trouble making 'clean and simple' cards.  Sometimes I don't know when to quit when I get started on a card!  {{Mental note:  Paula, you need to quit before your card gets all cluttered up!}}  These CAS challenges are what I need!  I hope to do a lot more of these CAS challenges in the future.

Actually, this is my second card with this color scheme.  The first card I made had a small bit of color where it shouldn't have.  No one would have probably noticed it, but I knew it was there.  So ... out it goes.  I'll cut it down as a panel and use it on a colored base one of these days.  I don't waste anything if I can help it!  This one has a couple of flaws too, but I'm done for today, so this is it.  Like it or not.  LOL.  I saw a similar card quite a while back, before I bought this stamp set that I really loved.  This is my take on it.

This was a fun color challenge.
Paper: Stampin Up - Whisper White.
Stamp set used: PTI (Papertrey Ink) Gracious Vases.
Inks: Stampin Up - Cool Caribbean (retired In-Color 2007), Lucky Limeade (In-Color 2011-2013) and Night of Navy.

I put a sheet of Amuse Studio - Bermuda cardstock behind it so the white card wouldn't be so washed out.

So there ya go!  
See you next time.  
Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs to all, Paula

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Triple Time Stamping - take 2

Here is another card that I've recently made using the Triple Time Stamping technique found here on a video from Dawn Olchefske,

Stamps used: 
Hero Arts:  Large Solid Flower, Large Open Flower, Small Solid Flower, Small Open Flower.
Stampin Up: Mixed Bunch, Kind & Caring Thoughts - inside of card - (retired Hostess set).
Amuse Studio: Essential Sentiments.
Paper: Stampin Up Whisper White & Daffodil Delight.
Ink: Stampin Up - Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz (retired In-Color 2010-2012).
Accessories: Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Seam Binding ribbon (retired).

I also like to decorate the inside of my cards too. 

Triple Time Stamping

Here is a card stamping technique that I am currently 'stuck' on.  I love it!  Sooo easy, and the finished card looks so great!  Here is the link for the video of Triple Time Stamping technique from Dawn Olchefske.

Stamp set: The Open Sea (Stampin Up), Contemporary Greetings (Amuse Studio).
Paper: Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up).
Accessories: crochet thread, stampin dimensionals.

The top 2 layers were adhered together and put on stampin' dimensionals onto the background layer. Very fun technique.  

Papertrey Ink - With Sympathy set

Just got this set a couple of weeks ago & I love it!  It's not just for Sympathy, really.  And I can see me using it quite a bit.  Love the clear stamps.  Sooo much easier to really see where your image is going.  I only have a handful of PTI stamp sets, but I can see my list is growing!

Stamp sets: Both sets are Papertrey Ink: With Sympathy and Inside Out: Birthday.
Paper: Stampin Up: Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla
Accessories: Herringbone embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Ticket Corner punch (Stampin Up), EK Success small butterfly punch, pearls.

Christmas Snowflake

I love snowflakes & snowmen.  This is your warning that you will see a LOT of those cards around Christmastime!  LOL

Stamp Set: Four the Holidays (Stampin Up, retired).
Paper: Stampin Up Marina Mist, Whisper White and Silver Glimmer paper.
Ink: Marina Mist (Stampin Up)
Accessories: Snowburst embossing folder (Stampin Up, retired), Martha Stewart Skyland Snowflake punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, and a silver brad.

Embossed just the top portion of the Whisper White card front. Used Stampin' Up Silver Glimmer Paper to punch out the Martha Stewart Skyland snowflake, then inserted the silver piece into the 1 3/4" circle punch to punch the outer circle. Punched a Marina Mist circle from same circle punch and attached them together with a silver brad. Snowflake piece is popped up on stampin' dimensionals. 'Four The Holidays' is one of my favorite stamp sets for Christmas greetings.

Hello Doily

I LOVE this card!  Looks vintage, like a doily my grandmother may have made.

Stamps: Hello Doily background stamp (Stampin Up), Watercolor Trio for the birthday sentiment.  Watercolor Trio is a (Stampin Up) stamp set that has been retired.
Paper: Stampin Up Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla.
InkL Versamark, Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up).
Accessories: Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (retired), Basic Pearls (one of largest size pearl on the sheet). 

Technique: embossing & sponging.  I stamped the doily in versamark and heat embossed using clear embossing powder.  Then, sponging Crumb Cake ink all over the doily in circular motion to get in all the little nooks & crannys.  Also sponged on the outer edge of the doily to make it appear to pop off the card.

Other cards I have made

I am posting other cards I have made just to show you some of my creativity.

Stamp set: Flower Fest (Stampin' Up, now retired), sentiment is from Wild Rose stamp set from Amuse Studio
Paper: Tempting Turquoise. Basic Black and Whisper White.
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz (retired In-Color from 2010-2012).

I love bright colors!

My very first Challenge!!

July 29, 2012

I am going to start making cards for several card/sketch/color challenges that I find on the web.  I need to get some creative juices flowing again!  Seems I go 'great guns' for a while, then all my mojo dries up.  Is it that way with you too?  Well, I have decided that to keep those juices flowing, I need to participate in some card challenges that I have found on the web.  So, here goes .....

I have been making cards for over 10 years - off & on.  More off than on, really.  I absolutely LOVE making cards, but as you know, we don't get enough time to do what we WANT to do most of the time.  I am going to set aside some card-making time each week just so I can make some cards and do what I love.  I have an online gallery at, which is a HUGE community for stampers all over the world.  LOVE SplitCoastStampers!!  I have made a lot of friends there from all over the world.  I am MrsOcean on that forum and here is a link to my gallery.  I don't know if I will keep posting to that gallery as much, now that I am beginning my blog.

So without further delay ....
My first challenge entry is (drumroll, please ... )

Less is More sketch #6 (week #78).

Here is the sketch that we have to (sort of) duplicate:

And here is my finished card for this challenge:

I used all Stampin' Up supplies:
Paper: Naturals White for base and leaf layer, Cajun Craze cardstock for accent layers.
Ink: Cajun Craze & More Mustard

I keep going to Less Is More challenge website to see if my link 'worked' being this is my first time.  And .....  by joe, I think I've got it!!  LOL

Well, my very first challenge is under my belt!  Yeah!  Look out world ... this is only the beginning!  LOL

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Wow.  I started this blog 2 years ago and then just left it.  Starting in August 2012, I am going to try to post at least once a week with a new card to show you as well.  I am going to start working on some challenges that I see on other blogs in the card making and/or papercrafting world.  Hopefully working on some challenges will make me want to post on my blog!!  ;)