August 8, 2009


Here's my submission for the Limited Supplies Challenge 232 on along with a close up of the REAL sugar frosting that I used.  The challenge was to create a food/beverage only theme and you could only use colours that were food related like Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, ect.

For this I challenge I was inspired by the Basic Gray Lemonade dp.  Just looking at those cherries is making me hungry.  I didn't have a cupcake die so it's all done free hand and to give it a little bit of dimension I pleated the cupcake holder and added dimensionals for the frosting part.  I wanted to use glitter for the frosting but then I wouldn't have been following the rules of the challenge so I decided to give sugar a try and it ended up working.  Using less glue is better so that it doesn't dissolve the sugar.  

The cupcake is sponged with purely pomegranate to give texture and the sentiment was given a fake layer by adding pomegranate ink to the sides just to help blend it in. If I had any Very Vanilla I would have used that for the sentiment. The buttons were the only thing that I thought might not fit with the challenge but then the encouraging ladies on SCS reminded me that Burgandy is type of wine.  I couldn't remember if the green buttons were Mellow Moss or Sage Shadow because that's how long I've had them kicking around my craft room.

Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Basic Grey Lemonade dp
Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Ink:  Purely Pomegrante, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Wild Wasabi ribbon, sugar, Basic Grey Lemonade rub-on (cherry), buttons, ticket corner punch.

August 7, 2009

Everybody Loves Goody Bags

Who doesn't like goody bags?  It's always nice being given something no matter how small or large.  What about something handmade?  I've made a few things to thank my guests for coming to my first workshop.  A couple of those gifts being a hand-stamped bookmark and a post-it note holder.  

The Post-it note holder was really fast and easy especially since I only used the butterfly dies to decorate them.  I thought about stamping "Thank You" on them as well but they looked so pretty I decided to leave them alone.  I had a hard time coming across the golf pencils but finally found them at Staples Office Supplies.

The bookmark was a little bit nit picky since I'm such a perfectionist.  For each stamp, except the butterfly, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure that the image was exactly where I wanted it.  Some people are able to free hand really well. Sometimes if I'm really familiar with the way a stamp set is mounted I can do it but this set is still new to me.

Anyhow, I hope the ladies like them and appreciate the time that went into making them.  I enjoy making little gifts even more than cards because they may just get some use rather than just sitting there looking pretty.

Paper:  SU Rose Red, Old Olive (as a substitute for Kiwi Kiss), Cameo Coral, Whisper White, Raspberry Tart dp
Ink:  SU Rose Red, Old Olive, Cameo Coral, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Old Olive & Rose Red grosgrain ribbon, golf pencil from Staples, post-it notes, and Beautiful Butterflies bigz die.
Stamps:  For all you do

August 6, 2009

Friendly Award

Today I was given this award by my friend Maureen who has been an awesome source of inspiration and encouragement since I became an SU demonstrator and started this blog.   Thank you Moe!!

I display this Award with pride for having such wonderful friends and family.  I AM BLESSED!!!

Tart & Tangy

Found a new colour combination that I love. Certainly Celery,  Regal Rose, and Rose Red. Those colours seem to make this stamp set even more yummy.  This may come as a shock but I'm actually NOT a Certainly Celery fan and you won't see me use it too often but it works with this colour combo.

I've included a close up picture so you can see that I applied glitter with two way glue on the strawberries to make them look like they've been frosted with sugar. I also clear embossed the word "sweet" to give more dimension.  Next time I think I'll top layer the circles instead of
matting them. It was really a pain in the butt the way it was done.

Stamps:  SU Tart & Tangy,  So Very
Ink:  SU Certainly Celery, Rose Red markers
Ribbon:  SU Certainly Celery
Paper:  SU Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Whisper White

August 4, 2009

No Stamps Needed

I love cards that I can make without any stamps at all!!  Saves me the time of pulling out the right stamp set, the inks, the cleaner, etc.  And I don't have to worry about chasing my kids away from a project. 

For this card, I was inspired by the Three Bugs in a Rug Bird-day collection.  The paper is double sided and cardstock weight.  All I had to do was edge punch the bird paper, add the sticker sentiment, and add the buttons.  Very simple but still memorable.

For paper only cards I also like to use Stampin' Up's Simply Scrappin kits. These kits take the guess work out of colour combinations and provide 6 sheets of stickers, 6 sheets of designer paper and 8 sheets of textured cardstock.  I made 10 open house invites with only a small portion of one kit and I only used one stamp (You're invited) along with some ribbon.

Edge Punch:  EK Success.  Loving their new punches that lock down for easier storage.
Buttons:  Stampin' Up! Designer Buttons.  2008-2009 In colours.  I was really disappointed that SU didn't come out with designer buttons for this years In colours.