Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mmmm Cookies!

I love cookies, so when this cookie bouquet was the inspiration challenge in the SSUS group, I had to sign up!

When I looked at these cookies, I was inspired by:
  1. The Star Shapes
  2. The Colors &
  3. The affirming statements on each cookie.
This was a Stampin' Up! challenge, so I pulled out Starstruck for the stars since those are my only star images. The colors were also an easy match with Yo yo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise, Lovely Lilac and Certainly Celery. I thought the "Wonderful" from Wonderful Favorites matched the cookies perfectly. When you put it all together, this is what I came up with!

To kick it up a notch, I used Shimmery White card stock instead of Whisper White and I embossed a few stars with Iridescent Ice embossing powder as well. You can't see it in the picture, but the tempting turquoise layer and the Wonderful friend layer are popped up.

This was a fun challenge with bright colors that I wouldn't normally pair together. I hope my partner likes it!

Stamps: Wonderful Favorites, Starstruck, Dotted
Ink: Certainly Celery, Yo yo Yellow, Lovely Lilac, Tempting Turquoise, Versamark
Card stock: Shimmery White,
Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder
Tools: Stamping Dimensionals, Heat Tool

Monday, June 09, 2008

Mystery Image Swap

I joined my first mystery image swap on Stamp Girls Gone Wild. It's an anything goes off-shoot from the Sensational Stampin' Up! Swappers group that I'm in. Anyway, Kristen mailed us all 4 copies of a stamped image and challenged us to make a card with it. Let me tell you, this was definitely a challenge! Now I don't ordinarily need to re-stamp an image 4 times to make one card, but I think the pressure of not being able to make more if I made a mistake really got to me!

Anyway, I had so much fun with my last Mojo Monday card, that I dug into the archives and chose Mojo Sketch #38. I also decided to use the same Scenic Route patterned paper since it is so bright & festive.

The only thing that I don't like about this paper is that the teal color is more green than Taken with Teal. This severely limits my coloring choices since most of my supplies are Stampin' Up! I tried mixing some Taken with Teal & Glorious Green reinker to make a closer match. I picked up the ink with an aquapainter filled with rubbing alcohol instead of water hoping that it would keep the colors more vibrant. It looked like a better match before it dried. Next time I'll have to add more green.

Since this was an anything goes swap, I pulled out the stickles that I bought several years ago and only used once. I think the chunky glitter looks cute as sprinkles on a cupcake. (In person, the glitter is clear, not blue like it came out in the picture.)

Stamps: All images by Just Johanna
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal, Glorious Green, Mystery black ink
Paper: Papertrey White,
Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Patterned Paper from Scenic Route
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, May Arts Polka Dot Black Organdy ribbon, Stickles
Tools: Paper Snips, Aquapainter

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Birthday Mojo

The baby has been going through a cranky fit at night lately, so I have had no time to myself, let alone stamping time. I did sign up for the Birthday Card Challenge on the SSUS group though, so I was thrilled tonight when he went to sleep at 8pm!

I figured I would do two challenges at once since stamping time is at a premium, so this also fits into Mojo Monday Sketch #40. This is my first Mojo Monday sketch even though I've been collecting them from the beginning. I love Julee's style and hope I did the sketch justice.

Since this was a card for the SSUS I was supposed to use all Stampin' Up! products, but my partner gave me the thumbs up to do whatever I wanted. Thanks Rose! The patterned paper is from Scenic Route. It is double sided which is perfect for this sketch. I actually picked up this paper on the SSUS Cape Cod retreat in March. I've had this stamp set from the Madras Collection at Papertrey for just as long. To add a little sparkle, I embossed the images with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I hope you like it Rose!

Stamps: It's a Celebration from Papertrey Ink
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Palette Noir Black, VersaMark
Paper: Whisper White,
Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Patterned Paper from Scenic Route
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Teal Velvet Ribbon (retired from Stampin' Up!), Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder
Tools: Circle Nestabilities dies from Spellbinders, Heat Tool