Reminders...

Just some reminders today...

*Today is the last day to save on products that were reduced for National Scrapbooking Month. Click products and SAVE!!!

*CAS Classroom registration is open for June. Click here for more information and to register.

*Check back tomorrow for SU!'s Last Chance List. Stampin' Up! is making room in their warehouse as the new Idea Book & Catalog 2011-2012 will be released on July 1st. Many items are only available while supplies last, so check back often for updates!!!

Bitter Sweet...

Today I am posting my last card for the SCS CAS Design Team. I can't believe how fast the past 3 months have gone! It has been an absolutely amazing & inspiring experience!!
The challenge: "Ruffled Ribbon" One of my favorites.

Supplies
Stamps: Aviary, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Black & Melon Mambo
Paper: Whisper White, Brights PP Pack
Accessories: Top Note Die, Basic Rhinestones, Neutrals Button, 1/4 Basic Black, Taffeta Ribbon

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The Outlawz, co-challenge

Hi there! I hope you are having a great start to the holiday weekend! We have a fun challenge this weekend at The Outlawz! The Scrapbook and CAS Design Teams have joined forces and come up with a co-challenge. Based on the sketch below we made cards & layouts!


First, my card...
I used the set "Grunge Rock", currently on sale during National Scrapbooking Month, and A to Z for some collage stamping on my focal image.


My layout...
My second layout in the past year. I used the same colors and stamp set on my scrapbook page as I did on my card. I love being able to incorporate stamping into scrapbooking!
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This was a really fun challenge! I hope you'll play along!

Stamps: Grunge Rock, A to Z
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Antique Brads, Mat Pack & Paper Piercer, Bakers Twine, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Sponges, Square Lattice Embossing folder

Doilies

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Doilies are all the rage in paper crafting! Doiliy stamps, die cuts, patterned paper, you name it, doilies are there! While playing around with the medallion stamp from Artistic Etchings last week, I stumbled upon a doily design :) I simply stamped the medallion once and punched it out with the Scallop Circle Punch, then I stamped it again in a coodinating color and punched it using my 1 3/8 Circle Punch. I layered the two, paper pierced them along the outside and adhered them with Rhinestone Brads! And, Wa-la, doilies!

I kept my card design really simple because I wanted to show off those doilies. For a little bit of interest, I did some faux stitching along the outside of the card.

What do you think? I hope you'll give it a try. Use some of your stamps to make a doily design all your own! Or, try mine and add a button & bakers twine, some bright colors and see how they come out. I'd love for you to share your work!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Stamps: Artistic Etchings, Fabulous Phrases
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso & Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories: 1 3/8 Circle & Scallop Circle Punches, Rhinestone Brads, Mat Pack and paper piercing tool, chocolate chip marker, sponges

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Mark your calendars!

Join us at The Outlawz for a week long party! Challenges posted every day & PRIZES, lots of fabulous PRIZES!!! Check it out, you aren't going to want to miss this one!

Chevron baby!

Did you know that you can take any striped patterned paper and turn it into a chevron stripe? It's true! I started with the Nursery Suite Specialty dsp and turned it into this :) I can't take credit for this brilliant discovery, I learned it from a video that my upline posted on her membership site StampNation. I thought The Chevron Chic Challenge at Moxie Fab World was the perfect chance to try it out!!!

Thanks for visiting!

Stamp: I {heart} Hearts
Ink: Regal Rose
Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Nursery Suite Specialty dsp
Accessories: Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Basic Pearls, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder

CAS Classroom

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CAS Classroom is a new kind of club, done on YOUR schedule. There are no time limitations, rearranging schedules, or jumping through hoops to get to card making classes… CAS Classroom is here for you, on YOUR time!

As a member of CAS Classroom, you will receive exclusive CAS strategies, techniques and sketches delivered to you monthly! Each and every Stampin’ Up! Catalog delivered right to your door, for free and more.

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CAS Sketch

**Please excuse my recent photos it has been raining, and raining and then raining some more. For about a week and a half with no signs of slowing down any time in the near future. I'm doing my best lightening my photos, but there is only so much I can do :( Click on images for more detail.

Hello! Happy Monday to you! It's time for a sketch inspired by one of the CAS DT girls at SCS. I had a lot of fun with this one. I finally got a chance to try the embedded embossing technique. This is how I did it:

1. Stamp medallion image from "Artistic Etchings" set in Crumb Cake in.
2. Using a circle punch (I honestly can't remember if I used the 1 1/4 or 1 3/8 circle punch, sorry!) punch out the center of the medallion.
3. Sponge edges of circles with Crumb Cake ink.
4. Adhere punched & distressed circles to your main panel.
5. Emboss using the Square Lattice Embossing folder.
6. Sponges outside edges with Crumb Cake ink.

The outcome LOOKS like the medallions were actually a part of the paper, like dsp. I'm turning into a technique junkie, LOL! I just want to try all of them out there!!! It's so much fun!!

Head over to SCS and join in!!! I'd love to see what you create!

Stamps: Artistic Etching
Ink: Crumb Cake
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories: Circle Punch, Dotted Ribbon, Scallop Circle & Modern Label punches, E. Espresso Bakers Twine, Neutrals buttons, Basic Pearls, sponges

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One Layer Card

This weeks CAS Challenge at The Outlawz is One Layer Cards (OLC). I love one layer cards, but typically they all look pretty similar to the layout of this card. I always stand my OLC's upright and tie a ribbon on the fold. I stamp in the lower left corner and place the sentiment to the right. You'd actually be amazed how many different looks you can get with one layout just by changing up the stamps and colors.
For this particular card, I started with a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of Baja Breeze Cardstock and scored it at 5 1/2. Then I clear embossed two flower images from Fabulous Florets. I sponged each of the flowers first with Baja Breeze ink and then Whisper White Craft Ink. I stamped the sentiment from Thank You Kindly in the craft ink and well and adhered a strip of Basic Pearls below it. I finished the card off with a Whisper White Satin bow.
Easy Peasy. OLC are perfect when you are low on time and having a go-to sketch you like to use makes it even quicker!

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All supplies SU!
Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Thank You Kindly
Ink: Versamark, Whisper White Craft
Paper: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Basic Pearls, Whisper White Satin Ribbon

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Birthday Florets

**Warning...personal post, I didn't mean for it to happen, it just did, sorry!

This weekend my Gramma celebrates her 93rd birthday. WOW! My Gram is one strong lady. She beat Breast Cancer in 1974, I think that says it all!! Growing up, we always knew she loved us, she never said it, but she showed us in the things she did. She baked with us (letting us make a huge mess in her little kitchen), visited our school during recess, let us play dress up in her nightgowns and jewelry. She always made our favorites for dinner and made special pies & cakes for each one of us. Gram was chatty in her younger days, it always took us longer to go anywhere because she had to stop and talk to each person we passed along the way. When we lost my Grandpa to Brain Cancer 3 years ago, I was sure that Gramma wouldn't live a month without him...but here we are approaching her 93rd birthday.
The Gram I remember has been gone for a long time because she has Alzheimer's Disease. She has slipped away little by little over the years. She wonders where her 9 siblings are, when someone is going to take her home and she's cried for her Mommy :( It's sad and difficult to see her these days.
Although she may not remember all the little things, I do and I always will.
Love you Gram, Happy Birthday!

This card was made for this weeks Clean & Simple Sketch (FTL141)

Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Fabulous Phrases
Ink: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Stazon Jet Black
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Accessories: Mat pack & Paper Piercer, corner rounder, 1/4 in Black Taffeta Ribbon

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All about stamps!

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Hi again :) Happy Thursday!!! I hope you are having a good day.

Today I'm sharing with you a card I made for this weeks CASE Study. The inspiration card is by the uber talented Sarah Martina Parker. She has such a beautiful shabby vintage style.

You know what I love about this card? With just one stamp set I was able to do background stamping, make my own patterned paper, stamp my focal image & the sentiment! I didn't have to pull from 3 different sets, because Strength and Hope has it all! Not only is it a beautiful, versatile set, but SU! will donate $2 from the purchase of Strength & Hope to the National Breast Cancer Foundation!!! WOW!! Help support the NBRF today and purchase Strength & Hope.

Thanks for spending a bit of your day with me.

All supplies SU!
Stamps: Strength & Hope
Ink: Basic Black, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Peach Parfait
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Accessories: 1 1/4 & 1 3/8 circle punches, sponges, very vanilla taffeta ribbon, basic pearls

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CAS Florets!

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I was feeling a bit uninspired today. I bopped around a few challenge sites and nothing really struck my fancy. I usually have an idea before heading into my stamp room, but today...nothing. I really wanted to use my new Fabulous Florets set, so I grabbed my 2 favorites stamps from the set and inked them up and stamped them on Whisper White Cardstock. I then fussy cut (I need to work on my fussy cutting!) and adhered them to Crumb Cake Cardstock letting the ends stay loose for added dimension. Next, I stamped the sentiment from Thank You Kindly & sponged the edges with White Craft ink. A little bit of Linen Thread and some pearls and this CAS card was complete.

Thanks for coming by to visit me, I hope I've inspired you!!

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Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Thank You Kindly
Ink: Rose Red, Old Olive, Whisper White Craft
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Linen Thread, Sponges

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Fast & Fabulous

I'm off and running this Monday morning! After a hectic weekend, I'm really hoping for a quieter week!!! Maybe that will come tomorrow!

I'm popping in quickly to share with you the card I made for this weeks SCS CAS119 challenge to be inspired by a word: GIFT! What girl doesn't love flowers!!!!

I started by stamping the flowers in Stazon Black ink on Watercolor paper. Using my markers, I colors parts of the flowers & leaves, then went over them with my aquapainter. After that dried, I used Bashful Blue ink and a sponge to make my background. To finish my image, I added a bit of Dazzling Diamonds to the center of each flower.

Thanks for coming by, have a great day :)

All supplies SU! unless noted differently.
Stamps: Fast & Fabulous, sentiment (non-SU!)
Ink: Stazon black, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink & Old Olive Markers
Paper: Watercolor, Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Aquapainter, Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon, Rosette, Basic Rhinestones, sponge
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Weddings

Wedding season is officially upon us! So this week's CAS Challenge at The Outlawz is perfect! Create a CAS Wedding card! I chose to do lots of embossing rather than stamping. I used the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folder on Very Vanilla Cardstock and then Elegant Lines folder on Whisper White Cardstock. That is it! Some ribbon, pearls and punches and this card is finished!
It doesn't get much easier than this!!!
Why don't you come by and play along with us at The Outlawz Challenges! There are new challenges posted daily, everything from CAS to Greeting Card to Copics and POM! Something for everyone!

All supplies SU!
Stamp: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White & Very Vanilla
Accessories: Modern Label & Oval Scallop Punches, Elegant Lines & Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folders, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Basic Pearls

Brick Wall Technique

A few weeks ago, I set off on a journey to better my stamping and open myself up to new techniques. I came across a tutorial for the Brick Wall Technique. I have always admired the look of cards that use it, so this was the next technique I decided to try!

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I am SO excited about this card! I am completely in love with this technique. It was certainly more time consuming than a regular card, but the pay off is well worth the extra effort!!!

I started with a 3 x 4 piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I stamped the Hydrangea from the Because I Care set in Versamark and embossed it with Black Embossing Powder. Next, I stamped the script stamp from Strength & Hope in Crumb Cake ink, just around the edges of the hydrangea panel. Then, I sponged the edges first with Crumb Cake ink, then again with Early Espresso. Finally, I sponged over and around the entire Hydrangea image using Crumb Cake ink.

The next step involves cutting your brick wall pattern.
First, cut horizontal lines every 1/4 inch.
Next, cut vertical lines every inch, off-setting 1/2 an inch every other line.
Then sponge each "brick" with Early Espresso ink (or any color that fits your design).

The hard part is lining up all of those little bricks. I worked along the edges and then inward on mine. But, you may find something that works better for you.

The rest of the card was just layering and a bit more sponging. I decided to leave my card base clean & without distressing so that my focal image would really pop!

What do you think? Are you as excited as me? I hope you will give this a try. I promise, you will be so happy with the outcome!

One more picture before I go:


All supplies SU!
Stamps: Because I Care (hostess set), Strength & Hope, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Versamark, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Early Espresso
Accessories: Sponges, Large Oval Punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Linen Thread, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

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Thanks for all you do!

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I have a quick post for you today. I don't know where the day has gone, but I am quickly running out of time before picking up the boys and having the daily chaos begin again!! I had so much fun combining challenges last week, I decided to do it again today. For this card, I combined the SCS Color Challenge (CC322) with My Time To Crafts Challenge to use scallops! Although the picture isn't great (darn these white cards!), it's bright and cheery irl!!

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Thanks for coming by!!!

Stamps: For All You Do, Just Believe
Ink: Pretty in Pink, So Saffron & Certainly Celery
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron
Accessories: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Basic Pearls, Scallop Border Punch, Oval & Oval Scallop punches. Whisper White Satin Ribbon

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All eyes on banners!

I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day! I certainly did. I got to spend time with my Mom on Saturday and had a great day with Doug & the boys yesterday at a local park. I didn't have to cook OR clean either, woohoo!!! I also took a few unplanned days off from blogging, sorry about that!

Today, I have a card I made for the SCS CAS challenge...banners! Banner's are huge right now in papercrafting. I knew immediately that I would use Party This Way, I mean, how could I not? First, I stamped 4 of the banner images with Staz-on Black ink on Whisper White Cardstock. I chose the Stazon because you get a crisper image with it!!! I trimmed 3 of the banners out and then cut the inside out of the last banner to use as a tracer for the Beyond the Garden dsp inserts! After that, the rest fell into place quite quickly & easily!!

I hope your week is off to a great start! See you soon!

All supplies SU!
Stamp: Party This Way
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Beyond the Garden dsp
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots, Top Note Die, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Basic Rhinestones, 1/4 Basic Black ribbon, Modern Label Punch

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Combining challenges


Hello there, TGIF :) Yippee!!

I love starting Friday mornings with a challenge, especially the Clean & Simple sketches. I was thrilled that it was posted early today. And, I thought it was about time I ventured outside of the CAS group at The Outlawz and try another challenge group...I decided on the Color Challenge! I didn't think I'd be able to pull it off, but, I don't think it turned out half bad! My card is a very loose interpretation of the sketch (FTL139) and using black, orange & white + twine was quite a stretch outside of Halloween, but it works! I never would have believed it!!!

Thanks for the inspiration ladies!!!

*Reminder: CAS Classroom for May has started. If you'd like to register for this month, please do so by Saturday, May 7th. Click here to learn more or to register!


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All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Artistic Etchings, Four Frames (will be available in July)
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Oval & Decorative Label punches, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Neutral button, Linen Thread, brads
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Sponged Sky Tutorial

As promised, I am back with a tutorial for the Sponged Sky Background. I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know if you have any questions! Please share if you give it a try!!!

Supplies Needed:
1. Ink for both the image & the sky
(I started with Classic Ink for my image, but found it was smearing and switched to Stazon)
2. Sponge
3. 2 pieces of cardstock.
One trimmed to size for your image and one HEAVY duty scrap
4. Bold Stamp

Step One:
Stamp image on pre-cut cardstock.


Step 2:
Tear the edge of your scrap paper. Make sure there aren't any loose fibers.


Step 3:
Lay your torn scrap paper over the stamped image.
Ink your sponge and start rubbing ink in a circular motion along the edge of your torn scrap.


Step 4:
Continue moving your scrap paper, turning it so that you get a different appearance.
Flip it upside down too.
If you find your paper fibers are coming off, give your scrap a new torn edge.

Step 5:
When you get close to the top, stop using your torn scrap as a guide and sponge the entire top portion of your sky. Then go around and sponge all of the edges.



The finished product:

I'm still working to perfect my backgrounds. The great thing is that no two will ever be the same, they are completely unique each and every time. You could use one ink as I did here or start with a light shade and gradually get darker. You can even do a sunset. Be creative and play around with it a bit until you find something that works for you :)

I hope you enjoy my tutorial today! Thanks for coming by!
Maureen

National Scrapbooking Month

Did you know that May is National Scrapbooking Month? To celebrate, SU! has a select stamps, digital products & downloads 30 % off, now through the end of the month! Woohoo!

Click here to view the products that are on sale!!!

You're on My Mind

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Did you check out the Summer Mini Catalog yet? Scroll down to my post yesterday for a link...
My card today is for the SCS CAS Color Challenge: Chocolate, Sand, Baby Blue & White.
I chose Upsy Daisy and stamped it twice (Shadow Stamping), once in Early Espresso & then again in Crumb Cake. I made a sponged background using Bashful Blue ink and some scrap paper (I'll be posting a tutorial tomorrow or Wednesday, so stay tuned!) I tied up a big button from the neutrals collection with some of the new Bakers Twine! You'll be seeing a lot of that, I'm in love :)

All supplies SU!
Stamp: Upsy Daisy
Ink: Early Espresso, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue & Early Espresso
Accessories: Bakers Twine, Square Lattice Texturz folder, Neutral Button, Corner Rounder

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Summer Mini Catalog is LIVE!

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Simple Birthday

Happy May :)

Today I am bringing to you my card for The Outlawz CAS Challenge, to use green, yellow & turquoise. I made another very simple card using the Line Frame technique. I think it's stunning in it's simplicity! First I stamped the balloon image from "Party This Way" in Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise & Old Olive and trimmed them with my paper snips. Next, I laid the balloons out on my center panel and stamped the happy birthday sentiment from the same set. Using my Basic Black Stampin' Marker, I drew the frame and balloon strings. I popped the balloons and center panel on dimensionals and finished it all off with three Basic Rhinestones.

I hope you have a wonderful day. I'm going to try to soak in every bit of sunlight we have today! Looks like another rainy week ahead.

I'll be back later today with the link to the Summer Mini Catalog, woohoo!

Stamps: Party This Way
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive & Basic Black Marker
Paper: Whisper White
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, ruler
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