CAS Challenge

One of the many perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is access to an online community called Stampin' Connection. There are discussion boards, galleries, and you can become "Friends" with other Demos (kindof like Facebook for Stampers!!) This week on Stampin' Connection I was honored to hostess the first Clean and Simple Design Challenge. For the first Challenge we chose a Color Challenge to use only Basic Black, Whisper White, and Grey.

Here is my entry:

I just love the way this card turned out! My card base is Whisper White scored at the top. I then Layered Going Grey over this and used a Rubon from the new Chat Room Rubons (From the Occassions Mini) to add my sentiment. I stamped the gorgeous Bella Toile background stamp in versamark and heat embossed with Black Stampin' Emboss Powder. I then cut it up and matted on Basic Black to create a tiled look. This was then matted onto Whisper White and a Black Satin Ribbon finishes off!

I hope you like my Challenge Entry! If you're a demonstrator come join us on Stampin' Connection and play along! If you're not a demo YET, email me at saucystampin at Yahoo dot com to learn how to join, Sale-a-bration is the best time to take the Plunge!

Vintage in Vanilla (and Black!)

Here is another card I designed for the Late Night Stampers Vintage Challenge this week!

This simple card uses Basic Black and Very Vanilla cardstock. I used the FREE punch from the Sale-a-bration catalog as well as the I {heart} Hearts stamp set and Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Here is another view so you can see the texture on the hearts:

I stmaped the hearts in Jet Black Stazon, then snipped them out with my Paper Snips and crumpled them up before adhering them to the card.

I hope you like this card, I love the simple color combo!

Small Wonder....

Here is a baby card for one of my husband's coworkers who just had their first baby girl (after 6 boys!!) I thought it best to go super pink and girly for them!

This card was simple, I just used Whisper White and Pretty in Pink cardstock along with the new border punch from the Sale-a-bration catalog (FREE with $50!), Whimsical Words Sale-a-bration Stamp Set (FREE too!), and the Pink Satin Ribbon and Butterfly Sizzlet from the Occasions Mini Catalog! Too easy and so pretty!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Just for You

How cutey-patootey is the new Happy Moments set in the Sale-a-bration catalog? And what could be cooler than getting it for FREE with any $50 purchase? AND having your choice of wood or Clear-Mount? Too cool!

I love this little card! I started with a Whisper White card base and layered Rose Red and Pretty in Pink over that. My next layer is Old Olive that I ran through my Big Shot with my Texturz Plates (see my right sidebar for a video tutorial on "popping" Texturz plates!) I stamped my image and sentiment from Happy Moments in Jet Black Stazon on Whisper White and sponged the edges in Rose Red.

For my Flowers I also stamped the image in Stazon on three different pieces of Good Neighbor Designer Series Paper (another Sale-a-bration Freebie!) and cut it out with my Paper Snips and used this to Paper Piece my flowers rather than color them in. (I just love Paper Piecing!!) The last touch on my card was a Pretty in Pink Epoxy Brad and Pink Satin Ribbon from the Occasions Mini!

I love the way this one turned out, believe it or not it actually took me a lot longer than my normal card because I had an idea in my head and wanted it to come out just right! I hope you like it!

Lets Get Vintage

Here is my Design Team entry for this week's Late Night Stamper's Challenge to go Vintage!

My card base is Very Vanilla followed by a layer of Chocolate Chip cardstock which I crumpled up then smoothed out again to add some awesome texture. A layer of Very Vanilla was added on top of this....I sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink then embossed a stamp from Vintage Vogue with Pale Plum Craft ink and Clear Stampin' Emboss powder. A Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (New from the Occasion Mini!) adds a feminine flair. My sentiment from the Holiday Best Hostess Level 1 Set was again embossed with Pale Plum Craft Ink and Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder on Very Vanilla sponged with Chocolate Chip Ink. It was then matted on Chocolate Chip and both were punched with the Corner Rounder Punch and adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I hope you like my card, the vintage look is still pretty new for me but I'm starting to like it more and more! Hopefully you'll join us at Late Night Stampers and play the Challenge too!

Baby Shower Card

This card serves Double Duty, I needed to make a baby shower card and I wanted to make another card for this week's Late Night Stamper's Inspiration Challenge. You can see my inspiration photo here.

This is a very simple card, I started with a Whisper White card base followed by Rich Razzleberry Textured cardstock. I layered this with So Saffron cardstock I ran through my Big Shot with the Texturz Backgrounds 1 plates. (See my Video tutorial here for how to get the best impressions from your Texturz plates) My giraffes are from the Fox and Friends set, perfect for a baby card!

I hope you like this fast and simple card!

Fox and Friends Name Hangars

I made these name hangars for my sons using the Simple Letters Big Shot Alphabet set and Fox and Friends stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I love how they turned out! Thanks for looking!

Good Neighbor

Here's a little card I made with the some of my Sale-a-bration goodies! I hope you like it!

Divine Inspiration!

Doesn't this cake look divine?? It's the inspiration for this week's Late Night Stamper's Inspiration Challenge!

Here is my Design Team Entry inspired by this yummy cake:

I used the colors in the card to inspire my birthday card (made for my Grandmother's upcoming 80th birthday). I used So Saffron, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, and Orchid Opulence. But wait, I said it was for my Grandma, right? Well you know it had to be extra special then:

What do you think???? I love the way it turned out!

Get Whale Soon!!

Here's a cute Get "Whale" card I made using the new Fox and Friends set and Chat Room Rubons from the Occasions Mini:

I also used the Tall Tales Designer Series Paper.

I got some great news today, I won the December Creative Challenge on the SoShelli blog, the blog of the founder of Stampin' Up! I'm so honored and excited! I get to pick a free stamp set, any suggestions?

You're a Fox!

I made this card for my hubby, I used the Fox and Friends set from the new Occasions Mini Catalog and the pieced together the "you're a" sentiment using two different stamps from the Whimsical Words Sale-a-bration set (I masked to get only the words I wanted.)

The card base is Whisper White followed by a layer of Basic Black and then textured Dusty Durango. A Black Satin Ribbon (also new from the Occasions Mini!) adds some contrast in texture and two scraps of Dusty Durango Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon decorate my Fox image! I hope you like my card!

Its a Girl!

I am the proud Mommy to two little boys and I've noticed that most of my friends also have all boys. So you can probably understand how excited I am for an old neighbor and fellow mom of two boys found out her third child is a girl!! I made this card to send her:

I saw the inspiration for this card on Gretchen Barron's Blog here! I hope you like it, it uses the new Butterfly Sizzlet from the Occasions Mini and the sentiment is a Sale-a-bration set so you can earn it free with a $50 purchase!!

Tote-ally Tess!

How's this for a girly-girl card? This one is my Valentine's Day card for my Mom and is also my Design Team Entry for this week's Late Night Stamper's Challenge.

I made this card by paper-piecing Tess from the new Occasions Mini Set Tote-ally Tess with the Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper Pack from the Sale-a-bration catalog, LOVE THE PAPER!! I also used the set Things I Love from the big catalog, but I got it FREE with my Sale-a-bration order! Here's the inside of the card:

How cute is that?

Want to participate in The Late Night Stamper's Challenge? Mosey on over to our Group Page to join! If you are a Demonstrator, we also have a Late Night Stamper's Demonstrator Only Page, you can join here! Both groups are great resources for idea sharing, project inspiration, and stampin' comraderie! I hope you'll all join!

Two recent cards

I just received my first Sale-a-bration order and received the sets Tote-ally Tess and Things I Love. Splitcoast Stampers was in need of Index Cards for these two sets so I signed up. To make an index card you have to use all of the stamps in a set on one here is what I came up with, I hope you like them!

Clean and Simple

Here's a nice Clean and Simple card I made with the Herb Expressions Stamp set.

I inked my Rosemary in Jet Black Stazon, and colored in with a Blender Pen and Bordering Blue and Old Olive inks. I then matted it on Bordering Blue and Kraft cardstock. My card base is Whisper White followed by a layer of Textured Bordering Blue and Old olive Cardstock. I distressed the edges of all my cardstock with my fingernail. I finished the card off with some hemp twine and adding my image on a slight angle and popped up with Stampin Dimensionals. i hope you like this simple card!

Criss Cross Card Tutorial

I had many requests for a tutorial on how to create my Criss Cross Card...I had a video tutorial all ready but my camera broke and so I apologize for taking so long to get this to you...

I started this card with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, Filligree Designer Brads, and adhesive.

First cut your Very Vanilla Cardstock in half on the short side creating two pieces of 11 by 4.25" paper.

Fold each in half and use a Bone Folder to create a good score line.

Line up the paper in your cutter from the top of the score line in the middle to the bottom right edge and cut.

Repeat on the other side lining up from the top of the score line to the bottom left corner.

Here is what you will end up with:

Apply adhesive to the bottom, top and sides of the rectangle portion of one piece.
Overlay the rectangle portion of the other piece on top to create your card base. Be sure that the long side of the triangle sections are both on the bottom.

Cut a 5" by 3.75" piece of Designer Series Paper (be sure the design on both sides match together as we'll be using both sides.)
Line up the diagonal corners and cut to create two equal triangles.
Flip one traingle over.
Apply adhesive to the bottom edge of your center rectangle area.
Fold over the left side.
Adhere one of your triangels of Designer Series Paper over the left side you just folded over.
Apply adhesive to the bottom edge of the already folded over triangle portion and fold over the right side and adhere.
Adhere second triangle of Designer Paper to top triangle.
Cut 1.5" by 12" piece of coordinating Designer Paper.
Center across card front.
Fold ends around back of card.
Adhere ends to form band around card.
Adhere end of Very Vanilla Ribbon to back of card band.
Bring across front of card, using adhesive to keep in place on left side.
Apply small amount of adhesive on top of ribbon and fold back over itself.apply adhesive just to the right of fold you just created.
Fold back over to the right and adhere to create small loop towards left. Repeat using adhesive to help hold folds in place.

Add Large Filligree Brad to right of folds.
I like to measure the depth of the interior of my card before cutting my insert piece (sometimes the placement of the adhesive applied on the inside can alter the depth of the card.)
Cut Bordering Blue cardstock to 5.25 by 3 3/8" (adjust if your depth is different) and Very Vanilla to 5" by 2 3/4". Adhere together.
Fold small scrap of Very Vanilla in half and hold ends behind card insert.
Use a filligree brad to hold ribbon in place (I use a paper piercer to help make the hole for the brad.)

Decorate the insert as you like, here i used the Vintage Vogue Stamp Set, Bordering Blue, and Not Quite Navy inks.
Your card is complete!