Wednesday, April 23

It's Raining Today!


It is raining today and Stampin'UP! has released it's retiring stamp sets this week so take a peek.  I thought I would use some of the Designer Series Paper and Sentiments that will be gone all too soon as my inspiration for today's card!  I created the umbrella by cutting a few slips of DSP with an oval framelit and then using the scallop border framelit to make the edge. I also used the same oval to make a handle! Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 22

Mojo Monday Grunge and Butter!

Today's card uses the sketch over at MOJO MONDAY. I had created the Wild Wasabi block weeks ago and was waiting for a card to put it on and it works perfectly here. I used the Buttered Buttons technique for the roughly textured block and Gorgeous Grunge to perk up the Very Vanilla background panel! Enjoy!

Monday, April 14

Fundraiser Preps


Hey everyone, I have been M I A  because I am doing a fundraiser class for 50 people on Tuesday at the Blue Hills Regional Vacational School here in Massachusetts. That's a lot of paper cutting!

Many of you know I do classes in my home so I do not have the opportunity to forget anything...wish me luck that I do not forget the adhesive on Tuesday! LOL!

This is a pumped up version of one of the cards we will be making. I want to show the versatility of Stampin Up! stamp sets by using one set to create different styled cards. I'll show more over the week, but until then here is what I did for this card.

Here I used Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe to create a background inking up only once for each color. I also used the flower image and cut it out to pop and the psssst....to get the attention of the recipient. ~Enjoy you day!

Friday, April 4

PUNCH ART MERMAID


I have made two cards today but I am only posting one for today! I have made this card for two challenges. One was over at Card Concept   and they wanted a Butterfly Theme, so instead of a shell on my mermaid's bodice I used a butterfly and like the way it contours her shoulders even better! The second challenge was over at Just Add Ink and they wanted lots of layers and I did that with the scales of her tail!I finished her all off by rising from the sea with my buttered buttons technique~Enjoy!
Now for the punches that I used.

Heart -very venilla sponged in Pink Pirouette FACE
Window Punch-Crisp Cantaloupe sculpted for her right arm
Butterfly-bodice
Build a Bird- waist,hips, tail end
Pansy Punch-tail
1/2" circle - scales
Heart- sculpted for her left arm
3/4" circle hip
BUTTERED BUTTONS TECHNIQUE

Thursday, April 3

Wednesday, April 2

Story Book Friends Baby Card


I have a baby shower to attend this weekend and used the sketch over at Freshly Made for my card inspiration. I know Black is not a baby color but I loved how the Pistachio Pudding popped when I layered it with black. I also don't get to use the stamp set Storybook Friends too often and yet it is a favorite of mine! Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, March 26

Soft Spring FLower

Hey stampin' friends! Did everyone get into the theaters they chose for the catalog reveal?!!! I did and would love to know if any of you from Massachusetts are going!!!!

Today ,we had a lot of wind and some of the state got a huge blizzard. We also had a big fire in Boston in one of the historic district Brown Stones where two young and brave firefighters lost their lives in a fast backdraft, my prayers go out to their comrads and families. It is sad to see something like that happen in such an old and beautiful city. 

I did have time to create a texture card for the sketch over at Freshly Made. Sometimes ,I like to make a card using a sketch and doing it in monochromatic except for the focal point which in this case is done on the Spiral Flower Originals Die #129379 flower in the colors teased over at Color Throw Down! Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand and Pear Pizzaz   make a soft and pretty flower! ~Enjoy!

Sunday, March 23

POP UP FLOWER POT MINI


Hey Stampers Spring is officially here but can you believe,  here in this neck of the woods we may get another snow storm with 6 to 8 inches.....YIKES enough already I want to see flowers!  I guess the only way for that to happen is to make them myself. Sooooooo.......

 Today I grabbed one of those adorable little mini latte paper cups and turned it into a blooming garden pot. I made a sleeve  and decorated it to make it look like a terra cotta planter by sponging and stamping images, I added a cute bow and voila the outsdie was done pretty quickly.

Next ,I worked on the inside, first by creating a stage for all the flowers that are inside the pot to stand on. I used strips of card stock and window sheets and then attached the garden stick to lower and raise the stage. Once the mechanics were complete I added the flowers inside the cup so they all fit and POPPED open when lifted up. You can even make this an Easter themed pot with candy on the stage! ~Enjoy!




Saturday, March 22

THREE CHALLENGES ONE CARD!

Hey everyone, it is Saturday and I can actually take a bit of time to stamp! But FIRST I want to know how did you make out for the Catalog Reveal Party at a theater near you on April 28th? Luckily for me there is a theater located very close by and a lot of my Dauber Friends (orphaned luncheon demonstrators) and other local celebs will be going, so I am thinking it is going to be a blast! If you are in the Massachusetts area and are planning on going let me know!

Ok enough chatting, let's get on to this card. I was inspired to create this from a few challenges. I saw a suggestion to make a card with three things on it! So I stamped 3 Bikes! I began by taking a piece of card stock and stamping the bike image 3 times in a row using Staz On. Then, I colored in the center bike so it would pop. Next, I masked the center with a piece of card stock and sponged the other two images in Crumb Cake! So easy.

My first challenge was over at CAS`Colors and Sketches using the colors Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Island Indigo as their color scheme, so I used an aqua painter and those inks for subtle changes in a kaliedoscope of hues on my bike spokes and punched flowers for the basket.

The second challenege was to amke a card for a special woman or Mother's Day over at My Time To Craft, so I used the Itty Bitty Banners, Masked the BABY sentiment and added MOM!

Finally, the last challenge was a picture inspiration of variegated blues on a hot air balloon over at Just Us Girls  . So, I chose to decorate the Bike Spokes in that fashion as stated above LOL!
~ ENJOY!

Wednesday, March 19

FLOWER POT CARD

Hey Stampers! I had a class last night and made an adorable set using a pop top fruit can as a gift receptacle. I got the idea from my sweet friend Laura over at Ladeedahday! She is a genius at making fun pucnh items and 3D gifts too!

In the meantime I actually had a moment to create something quite fun!

WOOOOHOOOO! I made this adorable spring FLOWER POT that stands alone upright and has a hidden message tucked inside that you can access with a garden stick. I posted this on another site recently and got lots of questions about a tutorial. But I teach this card in my classes! OH no you say...... I just heard the sigh...so can't come to my class here in Boston huh?.....then why not take it in the comfort of your home virtually! I won't charge you the regular fee of $15 because you aren't getting the pretty ribbon and paper....so how about a discount for my virtual class? You can check out the deets here!
Have a great Stampin' Day!~Enjoy!


Sunday, March 16

I need your blog address! PLEASE!

I am beat......life is crazy and chaotic for me lately and I am so sad that my Stampin' stuff is on the back burner because it is my favorite thing to do. That being said I try to steal away a few moments during the week to peruse blogs and make some cards. Today, I mean last night (LATE) I made this card using the chalk marker that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE.....it gives a soft gosmer look to an embossed images. Love it!!!!

Hey do me a favor will you?  PLEASE leave a comment with a link to your blog so I can see what you did this week. It makes it easier for me to see you, and I don;t waste time perusing the internet thus doing a lot more sight seeing...catch my drift. Love you! Hugs~Donna

Wednesday, March 12

Spring Time "OrphanedDemo" Luncheon


Hey stampers I am getting ready for my Spring  Demo Luncheon for all my demo friends who have lost uplines and are now orphans{( defined as 3. one deprived of some advantage)} Because we have no uplines or even other mentors for 5 generation! Therefore we do not get to have regular meetings or pyramid support so I invite anyone without an upline and without advantage of personal support to grow their business or hobby  to join us! We have lots of fun chatting and eating and then we finish by making some shoe box swaps! Anyone in the same shoes as me wanting to join some F A B U L O U S demos sharing ideas please email me! We'd love to have you join us!

Tuesday, March 11

OWL PUNCH BABY CARD

Hey stampers! Today's card is for two challenges. First is Mojo Monday and I used their scetch then the second is my color scheme of Pinks and Purples over at SU ONLY.  The colors are perfect for a card to herald the arrival of my newest niece and her mom has chosen Purples and Pinks for her room!

I used the Owl Punch for the little rompers hanging on a line of twine and the Cupcake punch for clouds.....Enjoy!

Friday, March 7

IMPROVISATION

CURTAIN CALL's PERFECTLY PEACHY CHALLENGE ....Hey Stamper friends! SOMETIMES things change....and sometimes styles change due to what products and embellishments are available to the person designing the card.

Lately, I have heard a lot of comments directed at me. A friend of mine who found my blog because of my BOWS said.....Donna, where are those pretty bows you used to make?  Another remark came this week as my girls in class were looking at my bookcase collection of newly made cards. I hear one say "Her style has really changed" ....I thought about it and it made me sad.....Lately I have not had as much fun as I used to have designing cards. As I pondered what was said and the comments that have been left I went to look for some luscious ribbon to make a card like I used to make. THEN it dawned on me! WE DON'T HAVE LUSCIOUS RIBBON anymore :(
When things change so do we need to change. Maybe it isn't always for the best but it can be fixed! 

When things change IMPROVISE!

 I needed to get back to my old soft cards and easy bows...so I grabbed the ribbon I could get my hands on and created a soft card around it.

EVENTUALLY, I will have to dye it for other cards but it will do for now...and my fingers are crossed that we will be getting some of those beautiful ribbons from our past back in our CATALOG!