Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sidekick Sayings (2) Christmas edition

Continuing on with the Stampin Up set, Sidekick Sayings, this is the Christmas stamp.

I used Crystal Effects on the bulbs but it was hard to get just a little.  Some of the dots were way too much.   The cardstock already had the scalloped edge.  It is something that I won a couple of years ago at Archiver's.    I had some left and thought I would use it for this card and try to use it up this coming holiday season.

One more stamp to go  in the Sidekick Sayings... stay tuned.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Operation Write Home & Sidekick Sayings (1)

This card I made for Operation Write Home Sketch #156 and decided to use one of the Sidekick Sayings stamps (Stampin Up retired).  Although I was suppose to work my way through the alphabet, this particular sketch would work for this elongated stamp. I had taken a little break from posting on this blog to get my cards made for Operation Write Home before the postal rates go up.

Until next time..

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Around and About - Part One

Next is Around and About from Stampin Up!   You can see the set here. 

I'm working on St. Patrick's Day cards for Operation Write Home.  I decided to combine projects.  Here is the first card

As most of you know when you are going to "mass" produce cards the first one is your beta and the rest tend to get adjusted.  Note that I used another Stampin Up product... I stamped the base with the background stamp Canvas.

This is another stamp from Around and About as well as the background stamp Geometric.  I ran the shamrock through the Swiss Dots folder.

I think that is is for this stamps set.  This may be one that will go on the "for sale" list at the end of this all. 

Next up will be the set "A Little Love"

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Alphabet Soup Complete!!

For anyone that is following, I have completed my first task.  I had wanted to start alphabetically with my stamp sets and use each one of them throughout the year.   I got diverted on a few challenges, but so far so good.  The Alphabet Soup was a little different because it had 4 different sentiments and I wanted to use each one.

So here is the final installment of Alphabet Soup the "Jingle All the Way" stamp.  

Stay tuned for the next stamp set...... it will start with an A! 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Operation Write Home Sketch #155 & Alphabet Soup Part 3

Here is my submission for the Operation Write Home Sketch #155, you can find the details here

The stamp is a retired set from Stampin Up! (Alphabet Soup).  You can see other stamps from this set in previous posts.    The paper is from Archiver's, ink is SU (Cherry Cobbler) and Ranger (Black Soot).  The sentiment is from the OWH Hero Arts set "Year Round Sentiments". The heart is from the Hero Arts stamp set "Cute Hear" that comes with a die.

This was a pretty easy lay out, so I think I will make a few of these and put them in the box I am working for St. Patrick's Day and Easter.... time is wasting away.

Have a great week! 

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Challenges ...

In efforts to continue to make cards and use my stamps sets..... I decided to explore a challenge list found here.

I had a Penny Black stamp and found a challenge that would work well for it. 

Then a sketch challenge and came up with this card.  I used white enamel for the dots and it came out a little heavier than what I wanted, but it still turned out fine.

The cardstock is Stampin Up and the designer paper is Echo Park So Happy Together.

I am amazed at the various challenges out there....... how does one keep up with it all?

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Operation Write Home Sketch #154

The first sketch for 2013! 

This is all Stampin Up paper, Very Vanilla base, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink and then scalloped squares of Sending Love Designer paper.  The ribbon is Stampin Up as well.

The stamp is Hero Arts Cute Heart that includes a die to cut out the heart.

Hope you had a great weekend! 

A diversion from Alphabet Soup

I'm working on St. Patrick's Day cards for Operation Write Home. During a year-end sale I purchased a digi from Bugaboo stamps.  Actually I purchased several (because they were 50% off), this is a card that I created with "Stella" for St. Patrick's Day.

The ribbon doesn't quite go with the paper, but it has the various colors..... so I went with it.
Stella is one of my favorite characters at Bugaboo, you should check their digi's out here
Hope you had a good weekend. Tomorrow it is back to work on Stampin Up's Alphabet Soup!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Alphabet Soup - Part Two

This is the "Happy Birthday" stamp from Alphabet Soup, part of a retired set from Stampin Up!   This did not turn at all how I planned, I think I was distracted by this and that and just didn't plan it out well.... which I why I do so much better with sketch challenges.

So, today I had quite the surprise, I was unable to upload this picture from my PC, so with a little google-help, I had to upload this picture to Picasa web album then use that as my "source".

After doing some searching it seems that other people had this happen to them "overnight".  There were many suggestions of upgrading browsers etc, but because I use my computer for work, I always have to worry about compatibility.  So this will work until the next hurdle.

Along with using stamps sets..... I'm attempting to use other supplies that I have accumulated.  I don't want to be on the next episode of hoarders.   I have lots of Spellbinder dies too, this is Lacey Squares.

This weekend  hope to get quite a bit of crafting done.  My husband is going to Green Bay for the playoff game.  While he is shivering, I will be hopefully working on cards for St. Patrick's Day and Easter for Operation Write Home.  I hope to also work more on this blog...

Tomorrow... the next episode of Alphabet Soup....

Until then..

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Alphabet Soup

My resolution is/was to begin with A and work my way through my stamp sets.  I will NOT say how many Stampin Up sets I have... let's just say, I have a bunch.  Earlier I posted a card using "All The Best" you can find that card here

Alphabet Soup has 4 stamps, the first one I am posting is "Thank You".  The paper is from a wonderful 6x6 pad called So Happy Together from Echo Park Paper you can see the entire pad samples here

The ink I used on the sentiment is an old color Soft Sky.  I decided to pop up the "u" in black and then some little flower brads.  Once again, I have a TON of stuff that I don't use.  Perhaps blogging will help me use some of my stash as well as get use to blogging.  

Tomorrow (hopefully) will be part two of Alphabet Soup...... what will the next one be? Here is an index for Alphabet Soup

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Happy New Year!

It's 2013 and like everyone else I have made a resolution.  On New Year's Day, I spent some time reorganizing and cleaning up my office/craft room.  I have LOTS of stamp sets and some of them, sad to say probably have never been "inked".  A friend of mine posted some old sets on a local on line garage sale site which made me think perhaps I should "purge" some of my stamp sets.   But before I do that I thought maybe I should get reacquainted with those sets.

So ..... I alphabetized my stamp sets (holiday sets not included) and made the resolution to use each one of the stamp sets.... starting with A. I will coordinate it with a sketch challenge, and the stash the cards in the box for Operation Write Home. Oh and this one qualifies for the Midweek Throwdown at Operation Write Home for spring flowers, okay... it's a flower maybe not really a spring flower!

Starting with my Stampin' Up sets

The A's are:

All the Best
Alphabet Soup
Around and About
A Little Love

First up is All the Best, a retired Stampin Up set.  I used sketch #153 for this from Operation Write Home.  It is hard to see, but "Thanks" is heat embossed. This will go into my box with other thank you notes that I have made.

Stay tuned for Alphabet Soup! 
Hope you had a wonderful holiday season!