Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dressing for Success!

Good Morning All!

I was checking out some of my favorite blogs this morning, and stumbled across Pals Paper Arts and their challenge of the week. Sometimes I need inspiration and a challenge to get to my projects, and this challenge was just the one to get me blogging this morning!

The challenge is titled "Dress for Success" -- the "challengee" is supposed to use one designer paper, one punch, and one sentiment on their card. I've been working on cards for my September classes, and decided that the card below fits just the mold!

I used one piece of Designer Paper -- but also paper-pieced the coffee pot and mug. Don't you just love the new Mocha Morning Specialty Paper?! Some of the pieces are flocked or shiny, while there are some regular two-sided designer sheets as well.

My punch is one of my favorite punches to use to jazz up a card -- the scallop edge punch. I believe this was the first edge punch that Stampin' Up! developed, and boy, do I use it a lot!

I firmly believe this sentiment -- of course, if there are errors on this post, it's because I'm still sleeping!!! LOL! The image and sentiment are from the Morning Cup stamp set.

Clear Mount Stamp
120489 Wood Mount 116988

Here's one more close-up view of the card I made. You can see I popped up my image after I stamped it in Black Staz-On ink on my paper and hand-cut it out.

If any of my class-people recognize this card, it's because I've advertised it as part of my Morning Cup Card Class for September, but that's another post that you'll have to wait for!

Here's What I Used (click on the shopping cart to be connected to my store!):

Morning Cup Stamp Set: Clear Mount Stamp 120489 Wood Mount 116988
Mocha Morning Designer Specialty Paper; Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla C/S
Black Staz-On
Tools and Embellishments:
Paper Snips, the Stamp-a-ma-jig (my favorite tool of all times for perfectionist moments!), Crumb Cake Seam Binding, the Scallop Edge Punch, Dimensionals (to pop up my image).

Now, to go get that cup of coffee I be needin'!!! Thanks for stopping by today!


Saturday, August 13, 2011

New Card Class next week and ... My Snowbuddy!

Hi everyone! I'm back!

I enjoyed a few weeks, on and off, in New York with family and friends, and in New Hampshire, with friends! What a wonderful reprieve from the everyday struggles of figuring out something to cook for dinner and taxi'ing the kids to their various activities!

If you live in the northeastern part of Massachusetts (or even west or south if you feel like coming for a class!), I'm holding my Pretty Postage Card Class next week:

Pretty Postage Card Class, August 2011
Dates and Times:
Monday evening, August 15th, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday morning, August 16ht, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (also Open Stamping time!)
Tuesday evening, August 16th, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. (again, also Open Stamping time)
Wednesday morning, August 17th, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

$20 per person -- includes all paper cut and scored, envelopes, my instruction

*You must RSVP (you can go to my website and click on events and RSVP through the RSVP tab on the date of your choice, or you can email me at jvn89@aol.com.). Please bring scissors and your own adhesive to class.

I bought the Snow Much Fun stamp set several weeks ago as I absolutely adore snowmen! I'm not sure if it was the preorder in June, or during the month of July when the new catalog made its appearance, but regardless, it took a while for this set to see ink!

I'm pretty sure that this card is self-explanatory, and I'm pretty sure it's not going to be a stamp class as the card itself took quite a while to complete! Lots of cutting and layering went into it!

I used the new Textured Impressions Stripes Embossing Folder with my Big Shot to make the "picket fence" -- after embossing part of a 4"strip, I used my Scallop Edge punch to make the pickets.

After that, it was just a matter of stamping the various images with Staz-On ink onto my white cardstock. It may or may not show in the closeup photo, but I used the white shimmer paper to stamp my images for a bit of glimmer and shine!

Closeup of the cut card

I knew right away that I wanted to use the new Pool Party cardstock color to make this card. I love the look of the Tulip border using the Tulip Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. If you look at the stamp set, I definitely did some rearranging of the images. For one, I snipped the ornaments off of the tree -- I liked them, but what a pain to cut around! The little birdie sitting on the fence is actually a part of the tree image -- it was perched on top of the tree but I decided I wanted one perched on the fence! That's the beauty of cutting out your images: you can definitely change the look!

The last thing I did was glitter up my tree to make it look like snow on the branches. I had a denser snow look in mind, but this works too!

Supplies: (click on shopping cart to shop now!)

Snow Much Fun (wood: 122560, $2 7.95; clear: 122562, $19.95)
Stampin' Up! White Shimmer, Pool Party cardstock
Black Staz-On
Other Supplies:
Big Shot, Framed Tulips and Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Scallop Edge Punch, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Two-Way Glue Pen, Markers (Pool Party, Garden Green, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Island Indigo, Basic Black, Basic Gray).

Anywho, thanks for joining me for a little bit of "cool art" on this humid day in August!