Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Soft and Subtle Sympathy


Sooo...one of the most beautiful stamp sets in this catalogue is Pappillon Potpourri.  It wasn't the first stamp set I bought...sadly, I can't buy everything at once!!  ha ha ha...but i did finally get that and the matching punch (elegant butterfly).  wow!  that stamp set is soo beautiful, much more beautiful in real life, and the punch makes it soo nice to use! So...I was inspired by the colour combination over at Dynamic Duos today...phew you all know if you've been following that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Pool Party.  It is definitely my favorite colour.  The best thing about it is that it coordinates with soooo many of the other Stampin' Up Colours!  Anyways, the colour combo is Pool Party and Soft Suede.
I have played along a few times at this challenge blog, but this is definately one of the best colour combos!!  I also decided to play along with Stampin' Up! Only Challenges also.  This site is really good as not only does it have fun challenges, it is all Stampin' Up Product, so it's really good as a demo to get some inspiration from!!  To see all the different ideas and possibilities for all the stamp sets and products is really amazing!  SUO Challenges is a theme challenge this week, Animals!!  so throw in the little butterflies from Pappillon Potpourri and you've got the perfect mix!  Anyways, here is my card!
View from the top to show the double punching of the butterflies.

Stamps: Pappillon Potpourri, Petite Pairs.
Ink: Pool Party, Soft Suede.
Cardstock: Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Naturals White.
Accessories: Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread, Soft Suede 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon.
Tools: Elegant Butterfly Punch, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip, SNAIL, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch, Blender Pen, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Stampin' Spray Bottle, Rubbing Alcohol (Non SU).
I love the end result of this card, there are a few steps involved to get there, but it is so beautiful!  I am learning so much as I go along with my stampin' Club.  I am really enjoying it!  Anyways, thanks for checking me out again today! 

Submitted: Dynamic Duos - Pool Party and Soft Suede
SUO Challenges - Animals

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thank You Swap


Just a quick post today to show a swap card that I made a while ago. This is one of the most in depth swap cards I have made, but I had just gotten my mini preorder and was so stoked to use all my goodies, and I mean all of it! ha ha ha...and I love the finished effect! I couldn't stop adding elements.
Stamps - Curly Cute, Wonderfall.
Ink: Early Espresso, Versamark, Raspberry Ripple, Cajun Craze, More Mustard.
Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Raspberry Ripple, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, First Edition DSP.
Accessories: 3 1/2" Scalopped Early Espresso Tulle, Linen Thread, Naturals Designer Buttons, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Champagne Shimmer Paint.
Tools: Scallopped Edge Border punch, Glue Dots, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Stampin' Sponges, Sponge Daubers, Autumn Accents Bigz Die.
I used a technique called Rock and Roll, with a little twist of course! ha ha ha...I used my sponge daubers to get some champagne shimmer paint on the edges of my stamped leaves. The way you do this is, first you ink up your stamp in the lightest colour you are using (more mustard for me), then you roll around the edges of your image in the darker colour (cajun craze). Then I took my sponge dauber and just went around the image with the champagne shimmer paint. You can be as wild or conservative with the shimmer as you want. I think I was sort of in the middle on this one! But I love it. I did the same with the other leave only this time I used raspberry ripple as my first colour, and early espresso as the outside colour.
On the embossed background, i didn't brayer on my folder, I just took my early espresso stampin' Sponge and sponged across the entire card. You get a bit of an aged tree bark effect. Really happy with how it turned out!!
anyways, thanks for checking me out today! I'll be back with my other swap card in a few days!
Submitted at: SUO Challenges - Texture

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Christmas Stamp Camp Card #5

Okay, ths is the last card that we made at my Christmas in September Stamp Camp.  I had so much fun doing this, and I can't wait till Oct. 21 when I have my second Christmas Stamp Camp.  They will be another 5 different designs, so it's going to be a fun night!  If you are in the Calgary area, you are always welcome to join in the fun.  Check out www.brennaanderson.stampinup.net to RSVP for any of my events!!
Here is my card:
Stamps: Merry Minis, Tiny Tags.
Ink: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Holly Berry DSP (retired)
Accessories: 1/4" Grosgrain Whisper White (retired), Holly Berry designer buttons (retired).
Tools: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Glue Dots, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Merry Minis Punch Pack.
This card had two variations: there was a red strip and a green strip of DSP to cut into the banner, then you could change the buttons also.  Some of the ladies used the opposite sides of the DSP to give it a different look, and that looks really cute also!!  I am always amazed at the creativity everyone has within them.  Even those who think they aren't creative at all (they are lying to themselves!!  ha ha ha)!! 
I love this stamp set, the little merry minis are all soo cute, but I do have to say thank god for the punch pack!!  I would definitely have a hard time using this stamp set if I had to fussy cut all the little images!!  SOO cute....anyways...
I love the simplicity of this card.  It is minimalist, but not...definitely clean and simple!!  Anyways, I jst wanted to post this last card!  I think the ladies who joined me were just as happy with the card choices as I was.  Can't wait for Oct 21...yay!  Thanks for checking me out! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Christmas Stamp Camp Card #4

I am back...a few more christmas cards to go in this stretch.  I can't wait to share this card with you all!  This was one of my favorites!  It uses a stamp set that is in the main catalogue, and was new to the catalogue last year, so I had also played with it a little last year, but it is so cute!  I just love it!!  And...it also features blue as a holiday colour, another reason that I love this card. 
Stamps: Snow Much Fun.
Ink: Jet Black Staz on.
Markers: Island Indigo, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Peach Parfait (retired).
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Bashful Blue, Festival of Prints DSP.
Accessories: 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon in Island Indigo, 1/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta, (I added mini jingle bells -retired - after this photo, with Island indigo bakers twine in between the two ribbons).
Tools: Big Shot, Doilies Large Sizzlits die, Paper Snips, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Scallop Border punch, stampin dimensionals, sticky strip, SNAIL.
I love this card, it's soo cute.  When I colour my images in, I find that it's a bit of the "less is more" mindset, as I tend to get messy and colour outside the lines when I get bored of colouring, or it's to tedious and detailed.  So I just like to keep the colouring more to accent the image.  I don't know if I've said it before, but the stamp camp that I am doing in October will be all different cards.  I am still sorting out my options and deciding what I want to do for it.  But they will be neat!!  Thanks for checking me out again, and as always the more the merrier at my classes.  Check me out at brennaanderson.stampinup.net to RSVP for events or purchase any supplies you may need!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Christmas in September Stamp Camp #3

Phew!  Back again!!!  Love love love christmas!  crafts, candy and cheer in much abundance!!  ha ha ha...Anway, another one of my christmas stamp camp cards!  I love this one becuase it had a bit of the vintage/roughed up look!  but it was in the classic christmas colours, and a quick and simple card.  not clean and simple (i had a hard time with that), but quick and simple!  ha ha ha....Anyways, here she is!
Stamps: Merry and Type.
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso.
Cardstock: Naturals White, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Gumball Green.
Accessories: 3/8" early espresso quilted satin (retired).
Tools: Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF, Scallop Square Punch, Postage Stamp Punch, 1" Square Punch, Paper Snips, Stampin' Sponges, Sticky Strip, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals.
Love how Merry & Type lends itself to this stlye of card.  love it.  Some of the ladies added some stamping on the inside.  They used the same ornament stamp and stamped it off on the grid paper first and then stamped it on the inside of their card.  That way it was light enough to still write over for your christmas messages, but it was still a nice touch of stampin on the inside!
Thanks for checking me out again!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Christmas in September Stamp Camp Card #2

That sure is one heck of a tongue twister!!  ha ha ha...anyways, I am back today with another card that we did at my Christmas in September Stamp Camp.  I can't get over how much fun I had sharing all these cards with some fabulous ladies!!  This card was inspired by a sample that I saw on Stampin' Connection!  There is soo many crafty and creative ladies involved with Stampin' Up! 
Before I had the stamp camp, I actually changed the sentiment so that it used the "merry christmas" from Teeny Tiny Wishes instead of this guy from more merry messages.
Recipe: No Peeking, More Merry Messages (Teeny Tiny Wishes).
Ink: Chocolate Chip.
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Lucky Limeade, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade DSP.
Accessories: Lucky Limeade 1/8" Organza ribbon (everyday enchantment ribbon and brad pack-retired from SAB 2012)
Tools: SNAIL, Glue Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Piercer, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Stampin' Pierce Guide,  Corner Rounder Punch, heavy chipboard (for fork bow template), Big Shot, Chevron EF, Decorative Label Punch.
I really liked the simplicity of this card, and the ladies had some beautiful variations of the card using the sentiments from no peeking!  I saw some really cute "No Peeking" and "Jolly Christmas" sentiments on the cards!  Very cute!
Thanks for checking me out!  As always if you are in the Calgary area and would like to join in the fun, I have another Stamp Camp taking place on Oct, 21 at 6pm.  Please check out www.brennaanderson.stampinup.net to RSVP for this event!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Christmas Stamp Camp Card #1

I am here to share some of my Christmas in September Stamp Camp Cards!  woo hoo!!  I had so mch fn at this event!  It was my first stamp camp event, where everyone made ten cards each (2 each of 5 designs)!  I learned a lot of what works and what doesn't work for these events!  I'm glad that I planned it so that as little items as possible were having to be shared between the card stations, that was some good forsight!  ha ha ha...anyways, this was a set of cards I made, I just love the 2011-2012 In Colors so that was my hommage (spelling??) to them!  I saw a sample on Stampin' Connection, and I was totally inspired, I think it was a little 3x3 card or 4x4 card.  Dimensions are a bit hard to tell in pictures.  But I decided to make a standard sized A2 card ot of it, and once I made it in one of the colours, I couldn't stop until I had made them all!!  They are soo pretty!  The bling and the polka dot brads really add a lot to them!  You'll probably notice if you are familiar with Stampin' Up Products, I used the Northern Frost Decorative Strip for the snowflakes!  I just love these snowflakes, they are so beautiful and intricate and I find that they cut perfectly.  (tip - if you are cutting glimmer paper, cut it so that the white part, back of the glimmer paper, is against the die, otherwise it doesn't quite cut through the whole way and it's very difficult and tedious!!)  Definitely one of the items I had big time tears over retiring!!
Calypso Coral:
 Wisteria Wonder:
 Island Indigo:
 Lucky Limeade:
Pool Party: 
Stamps: Grateful Greetings (retired)
Ink: Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo.
Cardstock: Whisper White, Naturals white (card base, I find it is a bit sturdier then the whisper white), Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Silver Glimmer Paper.
Accessories: 3/8" ruffled ribbon in Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo; 2011-2013 In Color brads, silver brads, clear rhinestones (retired).
Tools: Big Shot, Stripes EF, Northern Frost Decorative Strip, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin Piercer, Stampin Pierce Pad, Simply Scored, Stamp-a-ma-jig.
ahh....Hard to say which one is my favorite, but I do love the Pool Party and the Wisteria Wonder!!  soo beautiful!!  Plus I *heart* the 3/8" ruffled ribbon!! 
At my stamp camp, the ladies were making two of each card, so they had a choice at this station which in colors they wanted to use.  They could pick two!  Everyone chose different colors and they were all beautiful!!  I am doing another Stamp Camp on October 21, 2012 in the evening at 6pm.  Check out: www.brennaanderson.stampinup.net to RSVP for this event if you are in the calgary area!!  have a great evening!!

Submitted at: The |Paper Players - Tic Tac Toe Theme Challenge

Monday, October 1, 2012

Snow Falling??

oh man!!  It is still early in fall, and I'm already starting to think about when the snow is going to fall!!  Some years it starts hard and fast and there is tons of it at Halloween, other years I can remember taking my daughter to the park in november without even a sweater or socks on!!!  Wow!  Hopefully this year is one of the latter years!!  Either way, we always have a beautiful white christmas!!
Well I made this card while prepping for my holiday stamp camp (I made about ten cards, and then chose between them for this stamp camp).  This one did not make the cut for this stamp camp...but I still love it.  I tried to get a good assortment of cards with some different techniques, colour combos and stamp sets, while trying not to have too many supplies that needed to be shared between cards (which is why this one didn't make it).  So...this is it.  This is also the first card that I made with the woodgrain embossing folder.  This embossing folder was one that I wasn't originally planning to buy, but it is quickly falling into my most used Embossing folder.  It is just soo versatile!
Stamps: Jolly Bingo bits, Snow Much Fun.
Ink: Pool Party, Midnight Muse.
Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, Whisper White.
Accessories: Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin.
Tools: SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallopped Border Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Stampin' Sponges, Modern label Punch, Big Shot, Woodgrain EF.
I love pool party, it just makes me think of a crisp cool snowy morning.  Thanks for checking me out today!