Monday, January 24, 2011

Mini VSN

Last weekend, held a Mini VSN (Virtual Stamp Night); there were 6 challenges posted. A challenge thread is posted and you have 45 minutes to make your card. You don't necessarily have to take the picture & upload it within that 45 minutes, this is a fun night of challenges based on the honor system. All pics had to be uploaded by 8 p.m. tonight to be eligible for any prizes that may be awarded.

The Mini VSN was a prelude to next month's VSN Weekend. Lots of chocolate is consumed all over Stamping Land! Probably some wine, too, but we'll not talk about that!

This card is for the first Mini VSN Challenge, seen HERE over at This was a combination challenge - sketch,color, and punches or dies, and the only stamp is the sentiment.

I punched three hearts, folded them in half, and glued them together to make the flower. I used a sizzlet die to make the leaves and green under the petals. The stem was cut freehand. You can't see it in the pic, but I traced over the sentiment and along the edges of the flower petals with a clear glitter pen.

  • Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, Papertrey Ink white
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Riding Hood Red
  • Stamp: Inkadinkadoo
  • Accessories: Heart Punch, Martha Stewart border punch, Sizzlet, circle ounch, scallop circle punch, ribbon scraps, glitter pen

Sunday, January 16, 2011

FS206 Featured Stamper

This is my card for today's Featured Stamper at I chose THIS card of Tracy's to CASE.

I changed the theme of the card because I am burnt out on Christmas cards! So, I changed the sentiment, and used two heat embossed butterflies instead of the poinsettia & the dewdrops that Tracy used. I kept the layout and matted the layers. Except for fussy-cutting the butterflies, this card was quick.

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Hugs & Wishes, Beautiful Butterflies
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Night of Navy, Versamark
  • Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Night of Navy, unknown DSP's from my stash
  • Accessories: gold embossing powder
  • Technique: Heat Embossing

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Brother's Birthday Card

This is the first card I've made using a digistamp. I downloaded Gimp (a free photo editing program) and changed the color of the lines from black to this color which is pretty close to Stampin' Up!'s Riding Hood Red. I re-sized the image so that it was close to 3" square.

I used the Aged Tile technique from Technique Junkies on the image, then mounted it to Chocolate Chip cardstock. The card base was too bland and boring, so I inked up an 2-1/2" square acrylic block with PTI's Chamomile Tea ink & stamped it all over the card base to add some visual texture.

This card is going to my brother for his birthday.
  • Cardstock: Stampin; Up! Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip (sentiment), Close to Cocoa marker around the tiles
  • Accessories: acrylic block

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

MMTPT127 Winnie, Not Whiney!

This is my card for this week's Teapot Tuesday Challenge over at This card is going to baby Jon in Cody, WI. I hope his mama and grandmama like it. I sure enjoyed making it!

(yes, I used the same stamps & technique as in my previous post!)

  • Cardstock: PTI white, Stampin' Up! Certainly Celery, Night of Navy, Close to My Heart DSP
  • Stamps: Studio G sentiment, unknown image
  • Ink: Stazon Black, Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue
  • Accessories: Border Punch, Glitter Pen
  • Technique: Paper Piecing

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year! Wish-RAK Challenge Card

Happy New Year to all my Blog Friends! So far, 2011 looks like it will be a better year than 2010! Yeah, I know, it's still early, but I'm remaining positive. [grin]

This is the card I made for New Year's Cards For Troops baby card challenge. The link is to my gallery at Splitcoaststampers rather than the actual thread; you have to be a Wish-RAK member to see the threads in that forum. I will be sending the cards I made for all the challenges to Operation Write Home.

  • Cardstock: Georgia Pacific white, Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo & (retired) Razzle Lemonade DSP
  • Stamps: Studio G sentiment, unknown image
  • Ink: Stampin" Up! Rich Raszzleberry, Stazon Black
  • Accessories: Sakura clear glitter pen