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Stamping 411!!

Hi and welcome back!  I am having so much fun seeing all your wonderful creations each week!!  I am completely blown away by the talent that's out there!!  I hope you'll continue to play along!!!  Be sure to leave a link on the home blog, Stamping 411.

Now, on to today's sketch:


Isn't this so pretty--so many possibilities!!  Here's one:


Can you believe that I don't own any oval dies?!  I know--shameful!  Maybe that will have to be on my next order!! LOL!  But, that's the nice thing about sketches--they are a starting point!!!  Let your inspiration take you where it will!!!

The base of the card is Old Olive, then Very Vanilla.  The scalloped background was done on Watercolor Paper--I used the Fancy Fan Letterpress Plate!  Dab on Old Olive Craft Ink, lay your watercolor paper down (very carefully--you don't want any smudges!), then send it all through your big shot!  The letterpress plate actually DEbosses the image--so the parts with no color are raised!  Very cool! 

For the "oval" image, I created a rectangle and stamped the large leaf from Gently Falling.  I stamped off for the background, then full strength for the outline of the leaf.  The "thank you" (from Perfectly Penned), was stamped in Elegant Eggplant. The card is finished off with some of our Chantilly Crochet Trim.


Old Olive:  5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4";  3 3/4" x 2 1/4"

Very Vanilla:  5 1/4" x 4"; 3 3/8" x 1 7/8"

Elegant Eggplant:  3 1/2" x 2"

Watercolor Paper:  5" x 3 3/4"

Don't forget to check out all the creativity on the Stamping 411 blog!!!


Sketch Frenzy Friday!

Happy Friday!!  It's going to be a great weekend--hope yours is, too!!!

Today's sketch is brought to you by Patrice:


I love it!!  Here's what I created:


I actually like this card!! LOL!!  It's not what it started out to be, but I like it!  I used the Four Frames Stamp Set for the "tag", punched out with the Decorative Label Punch.  It's stamped in Baja Breeze ink, and the sentiment (from Teeny Tiny Wishes) was stamped in Not Quite Navy.  It allows it to pop without being as harsh as Black!

For the Top Note die, the Baja Breeze was trimmed around the perforations.  Then, I used the Houndstooth Embossing Folder.  I applied Baja Breeze ink to one side of it before I put the cardstock in--cool, huh?!  For the "bow",  two small pieces of very vanilla satin ribbon are held together by a Rhinestone Brad!  For the other ribbon treatment, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon was adhered to the top note die.  I added a piece of sticky strip over the ribbon, then added the Baja Breeze Seam Binding--start on the left side, then twist the ribbon as you lay it down!

If you have any questions, please be sure and ask!!

Your next stop on the Sketch Frenzy Friday Tour is Tina's Blog!!!  Enjoy!!

Need Simple?

Here's a great, simple Christmas card--it would be so easy to make a bunch of these!!


The card base is Wild Wasabi (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2").  Strips of Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Designer Paper adds a little interest behind the main image.  The sentiment (from The Sounding Joy) is embossed using Wild Wasabi embossing powder--it looks so pretty in person!  Then I added a bow!  Very simple!

If you'd like to join me, my October Stamp-a-stack is coming up on October 16!!  It's a Sunday at 2pm!  I'd love to have you join me!  We'll make 12 cards (2 each of 6 designs), and the cost is only $20!!  Click HERE to see all the details!!!  Hope to see you there!

Stampin' Queens Sketch -- Week 6!

Hooray!  I managed to get my card done this week!!  It's amazing how much you can get done when you aren't feeling awful!! :-)  So, here's the sketch for today:


And, my card:


Are you tired of Gently Falling yet?!!  Not me!!  I love this set!!  I really hope it makes the "big" catalog next July!!  Maybe the Spice Cake Designer Paper, too!!!

Here are the supplies used:

Gently Falling and Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set

Ink:  Pool Party, More Mustard and Soft Suede Classic Ink Pads

Misc:  Decorative Label Punch, Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon; 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Big Shot


Soft Suede:  4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2", plus a scrap for the punch

Very Vanilla:  just scraps--one for the decorative label punch and one for the three leaves

More Mustard:  2 1/2" x 2 1/2" (for the scallop circle)

Spice Cake Designer Paper:  3 pieces, each 4" x 1 1/2"

Now, head on over to the Stampin' Queens Blog to see what the other team members came up with!


Fun Frame!


This is a quick and simple frame we made at our Stamp Camp on Friday!  The frame is from Michaels--just a $1!!  I painted them with a gold acrylic paint.  Then, we stamped the Medallion in Early Espresso Classic Ink.  Over that is a medallion we made out of the Spice Cake Designer Paper!  The ribbon is very vanilla!

Sorry for the short post--lots to do today!!!  Come back tomorrow for the Stampin' Queens Sketch Challenge!

Contest Winners!!

This morning, I wanted to share with you the wonderful creations that my girls came up with!!  We had contests at the Stamp Camp on Friday, and these are the winners!! 

Card:  Winter/Christmas Theme


Card:  Fall/Thanksgiving Theme


Hostess Gift


Scrapbook Page (8x8)


Great job, ladies!!

Don't forget to sign up for my 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter--starts Saturday, October 1!!  Click HERE to sign up!  You'll recieve one email each Saturday morning for 12 weeks!  Lot's of fun projects!!

If you're interested in joining my team, and attending our camps, meetings, etc please click HERE!!  We'd love to have you!

Nacho Average Stamp Camp!!

Good morning!!!  I hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend so far!  Ours was alot of fun!  Friday night, I held my quarterly stamp camp for my downline--fun, fun, fun!!!  Yesterday, my son and I hung out at the state fair for a few hours!  It was a blast!! 

So, here is one of the projects that the ladies made on Friday night (I'll share more tomorrow!):


This is the faux tile technique--it's so easy, especially since we have our wonderful Simply Scored tools now!!  You just score your cardstock at certain intervals (we used 1/2") horizontally and vertically.  I advise using the smaller end of your scoring stylus--creates deeper scores.  Then, sponge lightly with your colors, then stamp!!  easy peasy!  We even stamped the inside:


Here are the supplies used and measurements:

Gently Falling and Word Play Stamp Sets

Ink:  Garden Green, Not Quite Navy and Pumpkin Pie


Garden Green:  4 1/4" x 11, scored at 5 1/2"

Pumpkin Pie:  2 1/8" x 5 1/4" (embossed with the Houndstooth embossing folder and Big Shot)

Not Quite Navy:  4 1/4" x 3 1/4"

Naturals White:  4" x 3", 4 x 5 1/4"

Hope you all have a GREAT day!!!

Don't forget to sign up for my 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter--starts Saturday, October 1!!  Click HERE to sign up!  You'll recieve one email each Saturday morning for 12 weeks!  Lot's of fun projects!!

If you're interested in joining my team, and attending our camps, meetings, etc please click HERE!!  We'd love to have you!

Divas Sketch Challenge #155

Hooray for the weekend!!  We're heading off to the State Fair--it's the last weekend, and we haven't made it yet!  Before I go, here is the sketch for this week's challenge at the UDI Blog!


Okay, I really don't know what I was thinking when I drew this sketch!!  It's kinda cool, but I had a hard time with it!!  I ended up turning it on it's side:


and, i reduced the ovals to three.  I couldn't get all five on there without it looking too crowded!!  Again, what was I thinking?!!  LOL!!  I can't wait to see what the other ladies came up with--see them HERE!!

Supplies used:

Pocket Silhouettes and Perfect Words Stamp sets

Cardstock:  Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White;  In Color Patterns Paper

Ink:  Chocolate chip ink pad;  Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait Stampin' Write Markers

Misc:  large and scallop oval punches;  Peach Parfait Ribbon

Have a GREAT day!

Stamping 411!

Good afternoon!!!  I hope you're having a wonderful Friday so far!!

Here's is today's sketch:


Don't you just love square cards!!  Just a hint--if you make it 4 1/4" x 4 1/4", it will still fit in a normal A2 envelope!!

Okay, here's my card--and it doesn't use Gently Falling OR Spice Cake DSP!!


I used the Artistic Etchings stamp set, along with Real Red, Basic Black and Basic Gray ink!  Very simple card--stamped randomly on the 3" circle of Whisper White cardstock (cut out with Big Shot and 3" Circle Die)  I layered this onto a 3 1/2" circle of Basic Black.  The ribbon is Real Red Satin--isn't it gorgeous?  I love ribbon--any kind, any color!!  Peeking out below the bow is a tag I punched out with the Jewelry Tag Punch.  The "love" is from Fabulous Phrases!

Be sure to head on over to the Stamping 411 Blog to see what the other Operators came up with!  They're all awesome!  Be sure to play along with us and post your link on the main site!  Can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

Sketch Frenzy Friday!

Are you surpised--an actual project for you today!!  It's been a rough couple of weeks, but I'm doing much better, and am back to posting daily!!! 

Today's card was made for the Sketch Frenzy Sketch, by Maria Vanderform:


I loved it!  It's got so many possibilities!  I went with the obvious:


Back to my current favorite set and designer paper!!  Gently Falling and Spice Cake Designer Paper!  The card base is More Mustard, with two scraps of designer paper and a piece of Soft Suede--it was punched out with the scallop ribbon border punch.  I'm hiding half of it under the designer paper!  The Pool Party ruffled ribbon makes up my two "stripes"!  For the main image, I stamped the small leaf in pool party and soft suede, then punched out with the 1 3/4" circle punch! 

I'm happy to tell you that Tina has joined us again!!!  She got married this summer, and we haven't heard much from her--aahhh, to be newlyweds!!!  I'm so glad she's back--check out her interpretation HERE!

As always, be sure to play along--and post your link on the Sketch Frenzy Blog!!!

Have a GREAT day!!