Tuesday, October 27, 2009

TIOT41 - Metal Musings

It's Tuesady!! Do you love it?! We have another fantastic Try It Out Tuesday challenge from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design for you today! This week's challenge (TIOT41) is called Metal Musings - Suzanne wanted to see the metallic tools (Smooch, Creative Inspirations Paints, etc.) and the metal embellishments (brads, clips, charms, the works!).

I first chose my main image. I decided to pull out another of the Special Edition Ornament Collection by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD images -- this is called Surprise. I LOVE her hair!! When I grow up I so totally want Elisabeth Bell hair. ;-)

I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. After she was colored up, I cut and matted her and added my first metal pieces - silver brads on the main image. I set her aside and worked on the rest of the card. Patterned paper is from Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses. The card base is PTI Sweet Blush painted over with Fairy Dust Inspirations Paint to give it that SUPER SHIMMER! You can catch some of the background shimmer in the top left corner of the photo. I just painted it onto the entire card base, let it dry, and then assembled the rest of the card. The silver sentiment frame is from a hardware kit.

Be sure to check out the SCACD store blog for lots more metallic inspiration! I hope you play along with us, we LOVE to see what you create!

Monday, October 26, 2009

LPSC39 - Circle Sketch

Just another Manic Monday! heehee. The good news is, that it is time for {Little Paper Shop} Monday and another challenge! Today we have a sketch for you (above) making a CIRCLE CARD! This challenge uploading keyword LPSC39. Here is my contribution - I used {Merry and Bright!}, I am really feeling in the holiday spirit lately with all the Christmas and wintery cards! Here is the sketch:

Of course I have to be difficult and flip the sketch! I wanted to use this sentiment set today so it had to be done! The basic card deets - the colors are So Saffron, Always Artichoke, and Riding Hood Red. I made the circle with my Classic Circle Nestabilities. Patterned Paper is Basic Grey Wassil. You're seeing this ribbon a lot here lately, I know! But it matches the BG paper so well. :) I made the bow using the SUPER COOL Bow-Easy tool. You know how much I love this -- everyone needs one! I used a brad bar under the sentiment and I punched out the snowflake and mounted it onto the cardstock circle with an Artichoke brad.

Be sure to visit the LPS store blog and the other DT members to see all the inspiration with this circle sketch! AND, if you play along with our challenge this week you'll be entered to win your very own brand new {Merry and Bright} stamp set! You have until Sunday night to enter on this week's post on the LPS store blog and the winner will be announced there next Monday mornning. Happy stamping!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hoppin' With Lockhart {plus BLOG CANDY!!}

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Happy Thursday! We're blog hoppin' to celebrate the Lockhart! The holidays are coming and nobody does holiday stamps like Lockhart!! Susana has lots of great images at the SCACD store, so cruise over and check them out when you're done with the hop! We have a huge prize too so read on.

WELCOME all you happy hoppers arriving from Dianne's Blog! I'm hope you're having fun so far. If you are just joining us, you can head back to Suzanne's Blog and start from the beginning to catch all the Lockhart goodness!!!

You can see my Lockhart creation, featuring the beautiful Della Robia Tree, in the photo above. Sentiment is from the Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Special Edition Ornament Collection. Quick card deets - the colors are So Saffron, Always Artichoke, and Riding Hood Red. Patterned Paper is Basic Grey Wassil. I colored my image with Copic markers, added pearls, Inspirations Paints, and other glitz, just for fun. I made the bow using the SUPER COOL Bow-Easy tool. Love it -- everyone needs one!

Ok, candy info!! There are two parts to the fabulous blog candy - part 1, leave a comment on the store blog to enter the random drawing to win two handsigned & colored (by Karen) Lockhart stamps, along with a White Sparkly Fluff, Gold Inspiration Paint and Vintage Christmas Flower Soft! WOW!!! Be sure to leave a comment on the SCACD Store Blog (at the end of the hop) for that.

Part 2 of the fabulous blog candy involves the project photos. Do you notice anything special about mine? Maybe some hidden items? Count the hidden pink hearts in each DT member's photo as you go through the blog hop, and leave the total in your comment. There is only ONE WINNER, however, if that winner has the correct number of hidden hearts, they will also win a $15 gift certificate to the SCACD store (on top of the other prizes). WOW!!! Can you say generous?! Susana and Suzanne are amazing!

The contest runs thru Saturday night at 11 pm EST, and the winner will be announced on Sunday on the SCACD Store Blog.

Your next stop on the hop is Lorelie's Blog. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TIOT40 - Winter Wonderland Table Time

Welcome to this week's Try it out Tuesday from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design! This week our challenge is "Table Time" - create something for the holiday table {fall or winter} -- keyword: TIOT40!

You can see my table in full in the picture above. I used several images from the brand new exclusive stamp collection from the store called Victoria Case for SCACD - Winter Wonderland. Loving these sweet winter images! Even more so now that it's back in the 60's outside here, heehee. I used Kringlet and BFFs for the candles, Cocoa Puff for the menu and the snowflakes for the napkin garnish, along with a sentiment from the original Susanaments sentiment set. The snowflakes are only available if you purchase the full sheet of stamps, but remember, Susana offers a HUGE discount for doing that, 25% off!! It doesn't get any better than that.

All of the images were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers. Here are some closeups of the individual pieces so you can see the details:




The stamps are available now at the SCACD web store so head over and snag yours! Susana has the best customer service around and the fastest shipping I've ever seen! You won't be disappointed. Don't forget that big savings for getting the whole sheet at once. You know you'll eventually need them all anyway...so why wait?!

Monday, October 19, 2009

LPS Monday - Sketch Time!

The start of another week already - I can't believe it! That means it is time for {Little Paper Shop} Monday and another challenge. Today we have a sketch for you, drawn by Julia! This challenge uploading keyword LPSC38. Here is my contribution - I used {Boo!} again, Halloween is coming up fast! Here is the sketch:

I reached for the fun Basic Grey Eerie patterned paper again today. It's much spookier than anything else I had around and I love it! I stamped the spiders and web in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white cardstock, hand-drew the curly web coming down, and layered it all on with Perfect Plum cardstock. A really versatile and easy sketch to work with!

Speaking of - be sure to visit the LPS store blog and the other DT members to see all the inspiration. AND, if you play along with our challenge this week you'll be entered to win a the new {Merry and Bright} stamp set! You have until Sunday night to enter on this week's post on the LPS store blog and the winner will be announced there next Monday mornning. Happy stamping!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Prettie WSC102

Happy Saturday out there in blogland! I hope you all have some big stampin' plans! Today I wanted to share this card that I made yesterday, just for fun. I saw Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge {WSC102} and I knew I had to play along! I paired it up with this adorable Falling For You Sophia from Paper Pretties, added a fall theme and viola! I think that little Sophia is just adorable.

I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white cardstock, colored with Copic markers, and did some highlighting with the Ranger white gel pen. I cut out the main image and the mat using Classic Oval Nestabilities. As a finishing touch I added a dot of Lime Green Stickles to each scallop. Here is the sketch for comparison:

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Winter Wonderland is HERE!

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It's here!! Today is the day of the new release from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design!!! We previewed these yesterday and they are arriving TODAY - the new collection is called Victoria Case for SCACD - Winter Wonderland and they are full of winter goodness and FUN!!! Those who know me know that me proclaiming that is a pretty big deal as I am not a big fan of winter. Winter-themed stamps though? Bring 'em on! I love making pretend snow, heehee.

Without further ado...meet "Winter". Doesn't she look warm and happy? I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white cardstock, colored with Copic markers, and did some highlighting with the Ranger white gel pen when all the coloring was done. Best white gel pen evah! I think maybe I've mentioned that a time or two... I added white flock to all the fluffy parts of her coat, for those of you who don't love flock, you should try to Velvet Flock that Susana carries, it is less clumpy than other flock I've used and it goes on really well. Better yet, try the white Sparkly Fluff, it's flock with added glitz, you just can't go wrong there. As a finishing touch I made some glittery crystal snow with Frosted Lace Stickles.

I played along on a sketch challenge for today's card, this is MOJO108. You can see the sketch below (I rotated it 90 degrees clockwise). The paper is from Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses and the cardstock colors I chose are Ruby Red and Baja Breeze. The clouds are made by sponging with a template (see a tutorial here).

Thanks for stopping by today! I sure hope you're loving the new Victoria Case for SCACD - Winter Wonderland stamps as much as I am (how could you not??). They are available today at the web store so head over and snag yours. Susana has the best customer service on the 'net and the fastest shipping I've ever seen! You won't be disappointed.

That's all from me today, I'll see you tomorrow! TGIF!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's BLOG HOP Time!!

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Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you're having a great day! It's a busy one here on my blog as we are right in the middle of a fabulous BLOG HOP to celebrate the upcoming release of the newest exclusive stamps for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design!!! The new collection is called Victoria Case for SCACD - Winter Wonderland and they are just amazing. Each DT member is showcasing a different image today so be sure to complete the full blog hop to see them all in action! The collection will be available for purchase at the Susana's Custom Art and Card Design web store tomorrow - Friday, October 16th.

So....WELCOME all you happy hoppers arriving from Aud's Blog! She is so talented, isn't she?! And a tough act to follow, LOL!! Even so, I hope you enjoy my project, featuring Santa. :) He looks pretty jolly, doesn't he? I had a lot of fun with him.

I know you're anxious to continue the hop so I'll just hit the highlights of this project. It's a little hanging box (see the ribbon handle in the front of the photo) decorated with patterned paper and of course Mr. Claus. I stamped him in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I added white flock to all the fluffy parts of his suit, and I did that wonderful, crunchy crystal snow with Frosted Lace Stickles. Cut with Classic Rectangle Nestabilities and added to my box. Topped it off with some yummy Mint Milano cookies {for Santa of course} and it's a perfect gift!

To continue on the hop, head over to Anki's blog. If you are just joining us and would like to start from the beginning, zip back to Susan's blog and come along! Oh, and if you haven't already, BE SURE to go to the SCACD store blog, Follow Your Heart BEFORE 11 PM EST tonight and enter to win the super-generous blog candy that Susana is offering to celebrate this release. I'll see you back here tomorrow with another project to celebrate this Winter Wonderland!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Blog Candy from Susana!!

Ok blog readers, you MUST run over and check Susana's store blog, Follow Your Heart, right now for some FUN blog candy!! You could win a sheet of the new Victoria Case for SCACD-Winter Wonderland stamps that are being released on Friday AND one each of the Basic Grey Indian Summer and Eerie 6x6 paper pads!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! As always Susana is amazing with the blog candy.

Also, the DT is having a blog hop to showcase the new image so check back tomorrow to see all the amazing projects we have to share! It's going to be gooooooood!

Monday, October 12, 2009

LPSC37 - A Spooky Boo!

Welcome to another week! That means it is time for {Little Paper Shop} Monday and another challenge! Today we have a sketch for you, drawn by our very own Allison. This challenge uploading keyword LPSC37. Here is my contribution - I used {Boo!} to create a spooky scene!

My colors are Perfect Plum, Soft Suede and Green Galore. The patterned paper is Basic Grey Eerie. A simple card today, I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white cardstock, built up my headstone and colored with Copic markers. Sponged on some color to "dirty it up" a bit, added the PP and put it all together.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the LPS store blog and the other DT members to see all the inspiration. If you play along with our challenge this week you'll be entered to win a the new {Merry and Bright} stamp set! You have until Sunday night to enter on this week's post on the LPS store blog and the winner will be announced there on Monday monrning. Happy stamping!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

TIOT39, VLVOCT01 - Elisabeth Bell Ornaments!

It's Tuesady!! Do you love it?! We have another fantastic Try It Out Tuesday challenge from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design for you today! This week's challenge (TIOT39) is to use one of the new Special Edition Ornament Collection by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD images in a unique or non-traditional way. Put on your creativity caps!

I loved this fun sketch challenge with a twist from Verve this past week (VLVOCT01), so I decided to use that for today's TIOT. It was perfect for this gorgeous new image from Elisabeth Bell for SCACD - Partridge in a Pear Tree.


I decided to omit the ornament outline and the partridge from the image, just to be different. I did that, stamping the remainder of the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on PTI white cardstock and coloring with Copic markers. After she was colored up, I cut her out with Labels 4 Nestabilities and added sponging with More Mustard and Always Artichoke ink for that vintage/shabby chic look, it was the "twist" for this challege. A lil' lacy border punch, and cnce again I used the Bow Easy from the SCACD store to make my bow, have I MENTIONED how much I looooooove this gadget?! It has rocked my ribbon world!

Be sure to check out the SCACD store blog for lots more ornamental inspiration! I hope you play along with us this week, we LOVE to see what you create!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Cardmaking Day!

Just a note that there is a WCMD challenge up on the SCACD store blog, so check it out - prizes involved!!

Also, JessicaLynnOriginal clear stamps has some great blog candy today over on Jessica Lynn's blog, so visit her too!

My LPS Release Day card and post is below - don't miss it, big prizes there too!

Whew!! Candy, challenges and prizes EVERYWHERE, what a great day!

LPS Release Day!

Today's the big release day you've been waiting for!! Plus a look at the last set! ALL FOUR of the brand-new Christmas sets will be available at the {Little Paper Shop} now!! And from now until next Friday, October 9th, they are all 10% off. Seriously.

To entice you even more, today the DT is featuring samples from the fourth and as-yet unseen set; I guess it's not exactly a "preview" day, since they are now available, but still! This set is called {Merry & Bright}, and if you mosey over to the LPS store blog and leave a comment on the post for today, you will have a chance to win this set! Winner will be announced on Monday October 5th. You also have until Sunday night (winner will be announced on Monday the 5th) to play along with our LPSC35 sketch challenge from Monday. Winner of that challenge will receive a {Katie Caroler} stamp set!

Oh! Last thing then onto the card! Also for today, we have another challege, and LISTEN UP FOR THIS ONE!!! You will have until Sunday October 11th to play along with us , and you'll want to get your stampin' clothes out because the winner of LPSC36 will receive ALL FOUR NEW RELEASE SETS!!! Woo hoo!! That is an awesome prize from the ever-generous Julia of {Little Paper Shop}! What is the LPSC36 challenge? Easy! Use non-traditional Christmas colors. Here is mine, featuring the new {Merry & Bright} set:

I decided to make a 4.25" square card today, just to be different. As you can see I used PTI's Aqua Mist and some Ruby Red from SU, paired with the fabulous new Eskimo Kisses line from Basic Grey. Perfect for that non-traditional Christmas! ;-) My image is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink on PTI white. The Curved Rectangle Nestabilities worked great with this to showcase the simple & elegant sentiment. I cut three of them and layered to get the look I wanted for mats. I used Labels 4 and a Cuttlebug folder on the Ruby Red panel in the background. Clouds, ribbon, dimensionals and buttons and it's ready to go!

Friday, October 2, 2009

LPS Preview - {Katie Christmas}

This is my second post today!! Scroll down for Try It Out Tuesday (on Friday!)!

We have another new preview for you today from the {Little Paper Shop}! Remember there are FOUR sets being released on Saturday and you are not going to went to miss out on these goodies! Today we're offering some sneak peeks at {Katie Christmas}.

I used sketch challenge SC247 (from last week) for this card. I started off by stamping Katie in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, masking her off and adding the stocking and fireplace. What a fun set for creating a scene!! I colored her with Copic markers and did some highlighting with the Ranger white gel pen when all the coloring was done. Added the mat and put the card together. Poinsettia is from Making Memories. The sentiment is from this stamp set as well.

Be sure to visit the LPS store blog today and enter a comment for a chance to win this set! As easy as that! And don't forget, you still have time to enter the sketch challenge from Monday for that extra chance to win {Katie Caroler}. Link up on the LPS store blog to enter. See you back here tomorrow for LPS RELEASE DAY and another challenge and chance to win even more fabulous Christmasy sets from LPS!!

Scroll down for today's Try It Out Tuesday (on a Friday!) post from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design!

TIOT38 - It's Fall, Y'all!

Due to the BIG HUGE AMAZING double-artist mini stamp release this past Tuesday, we are having our weekly Try It Out Tuesday challenge from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design on Friday! We wouldn't want to miss a week of fun so this was a good alternative!

This week's challenge (TIOT38) is to create a Fall or Halloween card. I decided to create a Fall card starring this Nuts For You image from the very first Victoria Case release from SCACD. I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I did lots of highlighting with the Ranger white gel pen when all the coloring was done. I gave her long sleeves since it's FALL not summer, heehee, and lots of Fall colors too.

Once again I used the Bow Easy from the SCACD store to make my bow, I just snipped off the tails when I was done to have a flat bow and then I added my punched out sentiment and punched branch embellishment underneath.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired to Try It Out with us today! And if you haven't yet, be SURE to check out the latest EXCLUSIVE STAMP RELEASES from SCACD!! Two fabulous new stamp lines -- The Special Edition Ornament Collection by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD and Everyday Gals by Victoria Case for SCACD. You don't want to miss out!

I'll be back in a bit with the latest LPS preview -- it's a 2-post day!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

LPS Preview - {Christmas Tags}

It's that time again! October previews for the {Little Paper Shop}! We have FOUR sets being released on Saturday and you are not going to went to miss out on these goodies! Today we're offering some sneak peeks at {Christmas Tags}.

This is a GREAT set! Really versatile and fun, you can make fast-and-cute cards or elegant creations easily, the ideas just flow. I had a lot of fun playing! My colors are Burgundy, Teal and Olive. Some Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, a border punch, and viola, instant Christmas!

Oh, and I have to add, I used a FABULOUS little invention to make my perfect bow on this card. Did you notice the bow??? Never in my cardmaking career have I ever created such a lovely bow! Here's how I did it -- the Bow Easy from the SCACD store. Susana even has a link to a video tutorial that Suzanne Dean made on how to use it. Perfect every time, and it is so easy. You've gotta check this tool out. :)

As always, the talented and generous Julia is giving away one set of these fabulous stamps JUST for commenting on the preview post on the LPS store blog; so get over there right away!

Don't forget, you still have time to enter the sketch challenge from Monday for that extra chance to win {Katie Caroler}. Link up on the LPS store blog to enter. See you back here tomorrow for another LPS preivew, as well as Try It Out Tuesday (on a Friday) from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. Have a great day!