Saturday, July 31, 2010

Color Splash

When I saw this week's challenge for the Play Date Cafe, I was a little confused because I didn't know what a color splash was, lol! I had to read further in the post to learn what it was (thank goodness they defined the word for me!) Color splash means using primarily black and white, but adding a "splash" of just one color. This week it was green. I hope it's OK that I included several shades of green!

I really don't have any images that would work using just one color, so I decided to use just a simple "Happy Birthday" sentiment from DeNami Design and make a pennant using various green scraps from my scrap file.

Cardstock by Georgia-Pacific and American Crafts; patterned papers by DCWV, Momenta, and Scenic Route; stamp by DeNami Design; gems by Creative Charms.

My first Wee Memories Challenge!

I'm so excited to share this card with you because it is my first assignment as part of the Wee Memories Design team! Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Cosmo Cricket. One lucky winner will get two paper packs and two chipboard alphas from Cosmo Cricket! You can also check out all of their products by clicking on their logo in the sidebar of my blog.

The challenge this week: use chipboard! I was so happy that my new "Cosmo Cricket & Unity" stamp set came in time for this challenge. I stamped the tag image onto ivory cardstock, them distressed it and stamped some random flower images using Creamy Brown chalk ink. I then used a glue stick to adhere the tag to thick, plain chipboard. Then I just trimmed around the image for a custom chipboard accent. I did the same thing with my blue flower and the stamped photo corners, using a thinner chipboard so it wouldn't be too bulky. These patterned papers are from Cosmo Cricket's Girl Friday collection. I also added some Heidi Grace rub-ons from my stash-they were the perfect match.

Will you be joining us for this week's challenge? Check out all of the details on the Wee Memories blog, along with the design team's fabulous creations. Thanks for stopping by today!

DeNami Projects

Sometimes I get carried away with my cardmaking and forget to do things-like post the finished cards. :) As I was using my DeNami stamps this morning, I realized that I had a couple of cards made using some DeNami images that were just sitting on my camera's memory card, waiting to be shared. Here are two projects that I haven't blogged yet. I will have at least one more card to share with you later today, using some supplies from the New Releases from July 1st.

The first card is one I made when I first got my new Halloween stamps. I just love the little Trick-or-Treat Chickies! I tried something different on this card by stamping the image on kraft cardstock instead of white, then coloring it with colored pencils. I think it gives it somewhat of a vintage Halloween look. I also stamped the little jack-o'-lantern face from the Halloween stamp set randomly on the bottom of the card, then added a glow around each face with some orange chalk. Leaf green cardstock and some of my favorite buttons (I used Tangerine on this card) add more of that vintage holiday look.

For my second card, I was inspired by Ayana's owl card to create a window. I haven't done one of these for a while and had forgotten how much I love have the image visible when you open the card. I used the Rosebud Trio, colored it with markers, then punched a mat using the same Leaf Green Cardstock. This color, along with the Amethyst Cardstock that I used for my card base, were both part of the new release from July 1st. These colors look so pretty together. I finished the card with a simple ribbon bow and an Amethyst Boutique Button.

I will also be back in a couple of hours to share my project for this week's Wee Memories Challenge! You won't want to miss out-Cosmo Cricket is our awesome sponsor this week!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Very excited...

to have been chosen as part of the very first Wee Memories Design Team! You can check out the Wee Memories blog HERE. I have the privilege of working with these uber-talented ladies:

Please join us tomorrow for our very first challenge. We have a fabulous sponsor-one of my favorite companies. I know you won't want to miss it! :)

Get Sketchy #49

Hey again! It's Friday, so that means it's time for another sketch challenge over at Get Sketchy! I loved the sketch this week because it allows for so many different papers-something I love and something that have an abundance of!

For my card, I used several scraps from a stack by My Mind's Eye. although my papers were all from the same collection, you could easily use whatever scraps you have in your scrap bin. Or why not use the scraps right when you're finished with another project? What a great way to have a spare card on hand. You could even leave the sentiment off until you are ready to give the card.

Speaking of sentiments, the one used on this card is so sweet. It is from {ippity}'s Fall for You stamp set. (If you know you absolutely need to have this stamp, please check out the {ippity} link in the sidebar to visit my {ippity} sales blog.)

I just love the addition of buttons on this card. They are really the focal point of this card. And they are from my favorite button source: DeNami Design. I can't get enough of these-the colors and mix of styles is perfect for cards like this.

Ready to play along? Check out this week's sketch and all of the fabulous cards from the Get sketchy DT right HERE. And let me add that the cards this week are gorgeous! All those beautiful patterned papers make me giddy. :)

Sweet Pea

Good morning! How about a clean and simple card to start your Friday?

I loved the "Little Me" stamp set by Unity. This little pea pod and "sweet pea" sentiment are from that set and fit the bill perfectly for a simple card. In addition, they were the perfect choice for the Etsy-Inspired Challenge this week. This week's EIC sponsor was EmenGee Designs. Be sure to check out the link because they have some super-cute stuff (including an adorable honeybee purse that is this week's prize!) So cute! So this is my submission for that challenge.

I also followed this week's sketch over at 2 Sketches 4 You. I am loving these business-sized cards lately.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New {ippity}-Thinking of You

I am still playing a bit with my new {ippity} stamps. This set, called Now & Always, is one of my favorites because of this flower. It's perfect for layering and paper-piecing.

I created this card for three separate challenges: H{ippity} Hop Sketch Challenge #17, Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #12 (photo inspiration), and Practical Scrappers' challenge to use 7 different supplies on a single project. My seven: acetate card, cardstock, patterned paper, stamps, ink, ribbon, and pearls.

If you love this flower stamp set as much as I do, I *happen* to know the girlie who can get one for you (wink, wink!) As a matter of fact, this is the stamp set that we will be using during my next Stamp Camp! See THIS POST for details about the class.

Are you on Facebook? If so, you can keep up with all of my class and card info right there. My FB name is Sherri Everett Thompson. Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Splash Dance Cards

Ever since I got my first Imaginisce papers and stamps years ago, I have loved making cards using those products. Their newest summer collection, Splash Dance, just makes me smile. I decided to use these stamps and papers to start making some cards for the Cards for Kids Drive happening on several different websites. I will have more info on that in a later post-something exciting will be happening soon, I promise!

I used the July sketch found on the Imaginisce blog as a starting point for these cards. I adhered pretty closely to the sketch, since it was perfect for cards. one thing that I loved about this sketch contest is that you could create either a layout or a card based on the sketch.

I paired the Imaginisce summer critters with little sentiments from Hero Arts and tried out my new Nestabilities Labels dies. Love this shape!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Get Sketchy #48

How about a sweet and simple card to end the week? This week's sketch over at Get Sketchy is super simple but packs a lot of punch. And versatile, too! You should see all of the beautiful cards that the Design Team came up with this week. You can see them all HERE.

Our sponsor this week is The Cutting Cafe, which has some adorable digital stamp images. I printed my flower bunch on white cardstock, then printed the vase on kraft cardstock and paper pieced my image. I paired this with some super-cute patterned paper from Pebbles, Inc. and some ribbon scraps. For my sentiment, I used a little "thinking of you" rub-on from Rusty Pickle.

Will you join us for our challenge this week? It's really simple to do: just check out this week's sketch and make a card based on the sketch. Then post your link at Get Sketchy. Super easy, right? Hope you can all join us!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

How Delightful!

Here's another card that I made using more new Lawn Fawn stamps and the same elegant color combo from Off The Wall Craftiness. Since I had my Club SEI paper out, I used a charcoal gray with pink glittery polka dots. How classy does that look with the chandelier stamp? I finished it off with a sweet sentiment from the same stamp set and an oversized gray satin bow.

Thanks for stopping by again! I will have more new cards to share tomorrow. :)

Lawn Fawn Dress Form

I broke open another new set of Lawn Fawn stamps this morning and decided that they were perfect for a couple of challenges I wanted to try. First, I thought that the dress form stamp from the Sew Lovely set would look great using the color combo from Off The Wall Craftiness, which was pale pink, grey and white/cream. The inspiration for this color scheme came from the inspiration photo above. I knew as soon as I read this color combo that I wanted to use this new pale pink glossy paper from Club SEI. It was perfect for the fancy little dress image. I also stretched the color scheme to include some silver cardstock from a Wausau paper ad. (After all, silver is a variation of grey, right?) Even though I stretched the color scheme that way, it doesn't detract from the card's color combo. It simply adds a bit of shine and visual interest.

I also followed a sketch from the DRS Design Rubber Stamps blog. This sketch is very versatile and could easily be adapted for many different images. I like that there are nice clean lines in this sketch. I added a little bit of flair by using a Fiskars border/corner punch to the gray mat.
Thanks for stopping by tonight. Be sure to check out my next post, too, for another card that I made using this elegant color combo.

Time to Register for my next Stamp Camp!

I want to say "thank you" again to everyone who came to my last Stamp Camp. Of course we're our own worst critic, so I keep thinking about all of the things that I could have done differently. The response from the stampers that came, however, has been very positive. I'm so glad everyone enjoyed themselves and loved their stamps and projects!

In an effort to accomodate both new and experienced stampers, I am going to offer two sessions for the August Stamp Camp. Both will be held on Sunday, August 22. The first session will be from 9-1 and will be for "seasoned stampers". It will be relatively fast-paced and will be ideal for those stampers who know the basics and enjoy working independently on their projects. The second session will be from 2-6(ish!) and will be for new stampers or those who just prefer to work at a more relaxed pace. Both classes will include the Now & Always stamp set (retail $24-yours to keep) and all supplies needed to complete 6 cards. The cost of the class is $25. It's like getting the class for $1!

Pre-registration is required by Friday, July 30th, to reserve your kit. Class fee is due at the time of registration. You can call me at 474-6682 or email me at to register.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

DeNami Feature Product: Owls!

I think my owl stamps are slowly taking over my craft room. They are just so cute I can't help but buy them all! :) These little cuties from DeNami Design are no exception, plus they are the perfect size for creating fun scenes. The Owls Stamp Set is this week's Featured Product over on the DeNami Design blog.

For this card, I started with several tree images from DeNami. I used the Small Leafy Topiary, Round Leafy Tree, and Small Narrow Leafy Tree. Then I stamped one of the little owls (there are four in the set) on the middle tree. After coloring these images, I embossed this piece using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I then stamped my little owl on a scrap of cardstock and layered her using a pop dot. This just made her stand out a bit more. I "need" dimension on my cards! :)

I finished my card with the "love you" sentiment from the Assorted Greetings Stamp Set, some American Crafts valentine ribbon and orchid pearls by Queen & Co.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Please be sure to check out the adorable cards made by the other DeNami DT members using these cute little owls! Just head over to the DeNami blog to see everyone's creations.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It's Twins!

Not for me (thank goodness!) but for friends of ours. I made this card for them as a congratulations card. The babies are expected any day now-Mom's been to the hospital several times but they keep sending her home. :)

I used this week's sketch from the Unity Hippity Hop challenge, which also fit in perfectly with the Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #11. The challenge was to create a non-standard sized card. Basically, anything except A2 size. My finished card is 4"x8".

I used Unity's Little Me stamp set which I got a steal on a couple of weeks ago. $4! The set is adorable, and contains 8 stamps. I changed it up a bit by stamping the Mom/baby image twice, then using just the baby from the second image. Because our friend is expecting twins, I needed that second baby! So I put him in Dad's arms. This set was also perfect because it included the little boy and our friends also have a little boy, Oliver.
Other supplies on this card: "congrats" rub-on (congratulations, trimmed) by Pebbles, Inc., patterned paper by Creative Imaginations and Around the Block, ribbon (recycled from pj packaging from Target!), aqua button by DeNami Design. It's hard to tell from the photo, but I also added white flocking (Studio G) to the baby blankets.

Thanks so much for stopping by today (again!) I've been super-busy today creating cards for DTs, challenges and personal use. Now to put everything away, LOL!

Just My Type by Lawn Fawn

I just got these adorable new stamps from Lawn Fawn and I couldn't wait to use them! This set is called Just My Type and has the cutest little retro typewriter stamp. For this card, I paper-pieced the image using papers from Pebbles, Inc. The punched border reminded me of a notepad, so I added a little punched scrap to continue with the office-supply theme.

This card is my entry for several online challenges happening right now: Paper Crafts' Inspired By Challenge, Lucy's Card Challenge to use buttons, Practical Scrappers' Use Your Stash Challenge, and finally Let's Capture Our Memories' Use Your Stash Challenge. Even though the stamps are brand new, I won the paper several months ago and the ribbon has been sitting on my shelf for years (seriously!)

Up for a Challenge?

A sketch challenge, that is, from DeNami Design. :)

This week's sketch was created by Jenny and is so versatile! I literally could have used any stamp I own (which is quite a few, LOL) to create a card. I chose the Fancy Butterfly from DeNami and paired it with Sky Blue Cardstock and white dotted swiss cardstock. I think it came out elegant, don't you?

We'd love to have you join us over at the DeNami blog for this week's sketch challenge! All you need to do is create a card using the Jenny's sketch. The prize? DeNami goodies, of course! Happy stamping!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ippity Class

This weekend I held my first class featuring Ippity's "Fall for You" stamp set and papers by My Mind's Eye. The class had a great turn-out...the house was a bit crowded and hot but I think (hope!) everyone had fun. My favorite part was seeing my scrappy friends. We just don't get together enough!

For those of you that would like to order a kit for this class (includes stamp set and all papers/embellishments) the cost is $25. I am currently sold out of this stamp kit, but I will be placing another order next week.

For those of you that attended but would like typed instructions, I will be emailing them to you soon. Thanks again for coming!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Get Sketchy Friday!

As many of you know, I just joined the Momenta Design Team during the last few months. I have been having so much fun playing with my new products! I used lots of them to create my card for this week's Get Sketchy challenge. It's a cutie, if I do say so myself! :)

I have to admit that I haven't been "in" to stickers for quite some time. If I use a sticker, it has to be super-cute and probably dimensional, too. This cute little puffy robot from Momenta fits the bill! The robot and gear stickers are made out of a puffy vinyl-like material, which is already layered and embellished with rhinestones. I learned something else cool about these stickers, too, while I was playing. The layers can be taken apart to create new looks-more bang for your buck! See the green "open" gear that is to the right of my robot? That was originally the top layer of the gear under the word "hi." This not only gave me a bonus embellishment to use on my card, but it also gave me a nice flat surface for my letter stickers (also "puffies" by Momenta.) The patterned papers that I used are from the Endless Summer paper pad by Momenta.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today. Hope you can join us for this week's Get Sketchy challenge! You can see the sketch and the amazing cards created by the DT HERE.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Laurie's Color Challenge

Sometimes figuring out which colors to use on a project is the hardest part, especially when you are using just solid cardstock. Patterned paper allows you to pull colors from the paper-the work is kind of done for you. Color challenges can also make cardmaking easier by doing this step for you.

It's the 5th of the month, so it's time for another challenge from DeNami Design-and this week it's a color challenge. Laurie from our design team came up with this beautiful color scheme to use-aren't those colors so soft?

I decided to raid my scrap folders for papers in these colors and found only small scraps. No problem-they were the perfect sizes to create this grid-like design. First, I stamped the Round Leafy Tree on different square scraps, then rounded one corner on each square. I also colored the leaves in with a marker and added little touches of white using a gel pen. I matted these on a single white mat and rounded all four corners. I also decided to try something different with my sentiment. I punched a strip of white cardstock with my Threading Water border punch, then punched it again (just the ends) with my Leave It To Weaver border punch. I then stamped "Thinking of You" in the space between punches. To finish off the card, I used DeNami's Sheer Emerald Ribbon and a Boutique Button.

Please head on over the the DeNami blog to see Laurie's fabulous color swatches and the other cards from the design team. Then break out your stamps and create your own to enter in our challenge! The prize is a fun package of goodies from DeNami!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Get Sketchy #45

I laughed a bit when I made my "For You" card featured in this week's Get Sketchy challenge. Why? Because I had already used the sketch by mistake a couple of weeks ago! So I actually have two cards to share made with this week's sketch-bonus for you!

The first card featured here is the card I made for my daughter's 15th birthday, which was Saturday. Crazy, huh? Seems like it was just yesterday that we were having a Tweety Bird party for her 5th birthday and here we are, 10 years later. All of the supplies are from Club SEI.

My second card is based on the same sketch, but looks very different because I used stamps and string in place of the die cut and ribbon. Stamp is by Hero Arts.

Please check out the other gorgeous cards by the DT over on the Get Sketchy blog. Hope you can play along with this week's challenge. The prize is a fun package of goodies from Kimosabe Scraps!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July issue of ScrapStreet is now live!

Please check it out-this month is so full of amazing ideas! I wanted to send out a super-big thank you to all of my contributors this month. My inbox was completely full of "summertime" card submissions. I had a really tough time deciding!

Please check out the new calls, including my call for "girlfriend" cards, HERE.