Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Mashup!! Fan Favorite with Kites!

Happy Stampy Friday!! We have a great challenge for you this's our Fan Favorite!!! We're playing with kites, thanks to a challenge presented by Laureen...which is a lot of fun! I made this card in advance...then realized that I won't be flying a kite today, but I will flying on a plane! I am headed back from LA to my little home in Danville Illinois! I am probably exhausted after a full week of conference workshops. So, I'll look at your creations after I get some sleep!
  1. Make a project using colorful twine
  2. Or make a kite themed project
  3. Or make a kite themed projet using colorful twine
I don't have any kite stamps...but I want some! In lieu of stamps, I made my own kite. My card has very little stamping...just a sentiment from a new birthday set. My card base is black, and I added a little of each of this years in-colors. Pool Party for the sky background, with clouds drawn by a white gel pen. Then I made portions of the kite in wisteria wonder, lucky limeade, calypso coral, and indigo island. Each piece was embossed with a different folder, and a polka dot brad holds it together. I added baker's twine for the tail, and some on the card fold as well.
Check out this week's challenge, and play along! Link up your project on the Friday Mashup blog, and use keyword FM52 in your gallery.
Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Mashup!! #51

Hello and Happy Friday!! Great seeing you here again! Are you ready for another Friday Mashup challenge? Lisa is our hostess this week...check it out:
  1. Make a projected using the "Quilted card technique"
  2. Or make a project using "Something that's been forgotten" (in your stash forever!)
  3. Or Mash it Up and make a "Quilted card project using something that has been forgotten"

Well, let's face it...we all have something in our stash that has been untouched and perhaps even forgotten, right? For many of us, that includes stacks of pattern paper, which is PERFECT for the quilted card technique!

My eye caught a package of Bella Rose dsp. Love this stuff, and I will be sad when it is gone! I cut strips from 2 sheets, and used both sides of each to make a pattern, taping the strips down on a scrap piece of card stock. I then cut it out with my Top Note die in the Big Shot, then took my chocolate chip marker to make faux stitching. Note the stitching is uneven..that's what any real stitching would look like if I ever tried to sew! LOL! I placed my "quilt" on a riding hood red card base that has a layer of pink pirouette embossed with perfect polka dots. I also included a strip of the rose pattern of the dsp between the pink and the quilt. My image is from Simple of my first and favorite stamp sets! I don't know when I last used it. It is a 2 (actually 3) step stamp, which loksgreat when you use markers. The lined image was stamped in chocolate chip. The next stamp has pink pirouette and lucky limeade. The final stamp has riding hood red and pear pizazz. Love the dimension! I punched it out with a scallop circle, and layered on the larger scallop circle, highlighting with a white gel pen. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, on a word window punch. Finally, I added this fun, retired polka dot ribbon. Last I checked, you can get some of this on the Stampin' Up Clearance Rack!

I hope you join us this week! Dig deep in your stash...have some fun! Check out the other DT projects for some inspiration. Be sure to use keyword FM51 in your online gallery. Can't wait to see what you create!
Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Still Time for Blog Candy!!

Hey there Stamping Friends! I have had a busy weekend, trying to get stuff done before the 25th...when I will be headed out to LA!! I have a conference for work, and I am doing a presentation on the 29th. LOTS to do! I got the next 3 Mashup challanges done...but you have to wait to see them!
BUT you don't have to wait to enter your chance at Blog CANDY for Friday Mashup #50!! Just submit your own challenge entry on the FM blog, then comment on the DT cards. It's fun...and each of the 6 full-time DT members have candy!! Shipping is limited to USA & Canada...except sweet Kasey from Down Under, who has candy for someone in New Zealand or Australia!
Play along with us! Maybe I'll send YOU the stuff in the picture abov before I fly to California!
Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, March 16, 2012

Soft Colors with the Paper Players

Hi there, Stamping Friends! It's Friday night, and so I am posting a card for the Paper Players Challenge...just in the nick of time! (Edited: NUTS! I forgot that the deadline is Noon, not Midnight! Oh least I had fun!) The picture stinks with no natural light at this hour, but I just had to play! I love this color combo! So soft and delicate!
Once again, all products used are from Stmpin' Up! I started with a crumb cake base. I stamped the grass from Inspired by Nature in pear pizazz on whisper white, then sponged pear and pool party for the grass and sky. I layered it with wisteria wonder, punched with the scallop trim border punch. Next I added some butterflies, made with my Beautiful Wings embosslit and the Big Shot. The sentiment is from Oval All, colored with blender pens and punched with the scallop oval, layered over crumb cake seam binding in a bow.
That's it! Maybe next week, I'll play sooner!
Be sure to read my previous post for the Friday Mashup challenge've got blog candy this week!
Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday Mashup #50!! Blog Candy!!

Hello, and Happy Friday!! It's a great day, because we celebrating Challenge #50 at the Friday Mashup!! And a celebration isn't complete without some treats! So this week, we have Blog Candy on each Design Team members' blogs! More on that at the end of my post.
But first, Heidi is hosting this week's challenge, and it's a beauty!! We have a great sketch and a fun technique!
  1. Make a project using the "Sketch"
  2. Or Make a project using the "Faux Mother of Pearl Technique"
  3. Or Mash it Up! and Make a project using the "Sketch" and "Faux Mother of Pearl Technique"

    This is such a lovely technique that I had NEVER used before! (This DT gig has really expanded my horizons! LOL) If it is new to you, check out this tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.
My card is filled with fresh colors for spring! All products used are from Stampin' Up! After flipping the sketch, I started with a wonder wisteria card base, layered with lucky limeade and 2 sides of the same sheet of Cheerful Treat dsp (a hostess item in the Idea Book & Catalog.) I added some retired polka dot melon mambo ribbon, but you can get new ribbon with scallops! Next, I used shimmer paint on whisper white, and sponged with pink pirouette ink for the mother of pearl technique. I stamped this image from Bordering on Romance (from the Occasions Mini) with stazon black ink. Next I used my blender pens and re-inkers to color the image. After it dried, I punched it out with the extra large scallop circle punch, layered it with concord crush and popped it up with dimensionals. (Edited: The concord crush circle was made with the Sizzix Circle di found in the Stampin' Up catty) The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, stamped with concord crush ink on more of the sponged/mother of pearl paper.

Now...about the BLOG CANDY!! For my collection, I have 2 rolls of non-SU ribbon, an unused non-SU stamp set (cute, but I just never touched it!), a scallop circle chipboard "scrapbook", and lots of rub-ons, including Christmas and Valentine's Day sets. So, how do you win? First, submit your submission to the Friday Mashup Challenge #50. (Deadline is Thursday 3/22 at 12:00 a.m. EST) Next, go to each Design Team member blog, and comment on each of their entries. Every DT member has blog candy, so there are lots of chances to win!! (Just one blog candy bundle per person, shipping just to USA and Canada). We are excited to see what creative projects you create!!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Virtual Stamp Night...Again!

Here are the last 2 cards I made for the March 2012 Virtual Stamp Night Challenges at splitcoaststampers.

The first one was for a tough challenge...Steam punk! Hard to explain, but check out these cards in the SCS gallery. Turns out, last fall while visiting my mom in South Carolina, I purchased some non-SU items at a cute local stamp shop that worked perfectly. These gears and the embossing folder make a fun masculine card. Everything else is from Stampin' Up!

My next card uses the fabulous new Tea Shoppe stamp set with the lovely retired Urban Garden dsp. I'll never tire of this color combo!!

Thanks for stopping by again!!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Virtual Stamp Night!

I made these cards last weekend. Just wanted to post quickly. I love Virtual Stamp Night at splitcoaststampers....and wish I was organized to do all of the challenges! I have already posted 2 cards that were combined with blog challenges. I did 5 other cards, as well. Here's 3 of them:

The first card was for a "Love is in Bloom" challenge. We had to use hearts or the word "Love". I made this clean and simple card for my mom, allowing the retired Greenhouse Gala dsp to take center stage. She loves to garden, so the flowers are perfect!

The next card asked us to do some "Spring Cleaning" by using older, neglected products. This retired Bella Bleu dsp, along with the retired stamps and ribbon did the trick!

Finally, "Spring is in the Air" prompted me to pull out my Flight of the Butterfly and more retired Greenhouse Gala dsp. Gotta use this stuff!!

If you want more details...let me know. Everything is from Stampin' Up...I just want to finish posting before bed! LOL

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Saturday, March 10, 2012

VSN Meets Freshly Made Sketches!

Hello again! I am posting another VSN card...but in a different post since it fits a different blog challenge as well. This card is for the Sunny Colors challenge at VSN, but also for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #25. All of my products are from Stampin' Up...though some are retired.

I love this color combo! Daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, and pear pizzazz! Definitely sunny and citrusy! My card base is daffodil, and I used retired Greenhouse Gala dsp, along with pear pizazz and whisper white card stock. I stamped the sentiment from All Holidays, and added these flowers from "Friends Never Fade." The flowers were stamped with the rock-n-roll technique. The flower is nearly round, so I used it for the circle on the sketch, using a punch, of course!. My final touch is the pumpkin pie taffeta ribbon, and some dimensionals. Quick, bright...hope it brings a smile to someone's face! I may even mail it ths week!!

Thanks for hanging out with me!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

VSN Meets the ColourQ!

Happy Stamping Saturday!! This weekend is Virtual Stamp Night (VSN) over at splitcoaststampers, and I have had fun making several cards and a big mess in my craft room! It will take a while to get them all uploaded, but this card also fits the week's ColourQ, so I *need* to upload before I go to bed! (My picture is dark, but you get the idea, right?)

One of today's VSN challenges was to make a sympathy card, and the overall theme is about Spring! All of the products used are Stampin' Up! I used chocolate chip for my card base, and added some calypso coral triangles that are embossed with the perfect polka dots and Big Shot. My whisper white layer was embossed with the impressions folder. I then used my blender pen and classic ink pads to color the images with the ColourQ palette. The sentiment is from "Thanks for Caring," and is colored with markers. I added celery flower brads and grosgrain ribbon. I lightly sponged the edges, and popped it up with dimensionals.

I was pleasantly surprised by these colors! Looks like a fresh palette I will need to use again! Thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Mashup! A Tisket, A Tasket

Hello Stampin' Friends! It's Friday, and that means it's time for another Friday Mashup challenge, and we are thrilled to have you join us! I'm the hostess this week, and, as you may know, I like to challenge myself right along with you! I rarely make 3-D projects, so I decided to give it a try. And with spring hovering right around the corner here in the Midwest, I decided some fresh spring colors would be perfect! I thought of "A tisket, a tasket, a green and yellow basket..." NO idea what the rest of that rhyme is! LOL Any way, here is your challenge:

  1. Make a project using the "Colors Green & Yellow" (any shade!)

  2. Or make a 3-D project that is a "Treat Bag or Treat Pouch"

  3. Or Mash it Up! and make a "3-D Treat Bag/Pouch using the Colors Green & Yellow"
My fellow DT members really stepped up their creativity with this one...and it encouraged me to stretch even more! How fun is that?!

I honestly had several ideas in my head. One was quite grandiose for my little hands, and so I failed miserably. I wanted to weave a basket together with strips of card stock. What a mess! Now, what will I do with so many 1" strips?? LOL! I'll never work for Longaberger! Then I remembered this Diaper-fold Pouch, which I found on splitcoaststampers years ago. It isn't very difficult...but I always struggle to get the sides folded in evenly. That's why LOTS of embellishments are fun! I used So Saffron dsp from the Subtles Pattern paper Stack for the pouch. I also used some Certainly Celery from the same stack. My Big Shot came in handy, with the Leaves #2 die, and this fabulous Folded Flowers die. I wanted a third color, so I added Calypso Coral to the mix. The flowers were sponged with so saffron and calypso coral, and the brad is from my previously-unused Sweet Stitches collection. Nearly gave these away! LOL! I also added some per pizzazz pleated ribbon. The sentiment is from On Your Birthday.

The chocolate is from Dove! YUM!

I hope you are up for the challenge...I can't wit to see what you create! Be sure to check out the Friday Mashup blog for some amazing inspiration! Use keyword FM49 in your online gallery.

Inky {{{HUGS}}}

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Mashup! Luck of the Irish!

Hello Stamping Friends!! It's Friday...WooHoo! I have had an intense week at work, so I a sooooooooooo ready for the weekend! I am doing a Stampin' Up workshop tomorrow, which will be a fun change of pace. In the meantime, it's time for another Friday Mashup challenge...and Rita is the hostess with the mostest! The theme is perfect for March, and truly perfect for ths little Irish gal! Hope you play along!

1. Make a project for St. Patrick's Day

2. Make a project using at least 2 punches

3. Or Mash it Up and make a project for St. Patrick's Day using at least 2 punches

I went back and forth in this challenge. I have 2 customers who have birthdays on March 17th, so I figure a birthday card would be good. Then there was this funky color challenge on splitcoaststampers. I decided to Mash it all up!!

I started with a river rock card base. My verse, the famous Irish blessing, is from another stamp company (Our Daily Bread Designs.) I stamped it in basic black on very vanilla. Next, I punched out 4 hearts, placed them down with dotto (temporary adhesive) and sponged all around with river rock ink, then garden green ink. I nearly forgot a stem...but it's barely there! I added this delicate ribbon in lucky limeade (FREE Sale-a-Bration goodie!). The sentiment is from On Your Birthday, in lucky limeade, mounted on very vanilla and garden green in the familiar duo of the word window and modern label punches. That's it...very quick, clean, and simple!

Be sure to play along...use keyword FM48 in your online gallery, and link up to the Friday Mashup blog, where you will see some very fun inspiration projects!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}