Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Growing in Unity Day 2 and Shaping Up! Winner

Hi! I'm back for Day 2 of my Growing in Unity week.

Before I get to my card, I need to announce the winner of my Shaping Up Blog Hop prize. Using Random.org, the winner is: Barb:

this is the perfect fun shaped card! love it!!! thank you for the chance to win...you are so generous! July 23, 2012 6:47 PM

Barb, please see the contact me at the top of the page and send me an e-mail with your address. Thanks!

Now for the GIU card. I mixed two sets together to get a more funky card:

For the card, I used Melody Ross's A Girl and Her Adventures and the sentiment is from the November 2010 KOTM. Here's a close-up of the cute camera stamp:

I struggled so much with photographing this card...for some reason the camera didn't like it (although it's probably the end-user-- ha ha).

As part of GIU, Unity sponsors a giveaway. One lucky person will win two Itty Bittys of his/her choice! To enter to win, leave a comment on this post. Each day, you can leave another comment on my GIU posts for additional chances to win. All comments must be received by 9:00 AM CST on Saturday, and I'll be randomly drawing a name on Saturday.

Thanks for looking! I'll be back again tomorrow for my feature day.

Stamps: (camera from A Girl and Her Adventures; sentiment from Picture Perfect November 2010 KOTM) Unity
Ink: (Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight) Stampin' Up
Cardstock: (Sweet Tooth) Stamp School
Patterned paper: (chevron papers from Monsieur collection) Pretty Little Papers; (woodgrain from 9 to 5) October Afternoon
Staples: (Tiny Attacher) Tim Holtz

Monday, July 30, 2012

Growing in Unity Day 1

Hi everyone! This week, I'll be showing cards using Unity stamps as part of Growing in Unity. I'm a big fan of Unity--they stamp so nicely and they have such a huge variety. Thanks, Unity, for the opportunity to participate. :)

For my card today, I went ultra CAS with my favorite gold embossing powder:

The card is pretty straightforward--I stamped the Born an Original roses on cream cardstock and heat embossed them in gold. I paired the image with a sentiment from {Wonderful You} Store Kit. I finished the card off with a green and gold double-sided satin ribbon. Here's a close-up:

As part of GIU, Unity sponsors a giveaway. One lucky person will win two Itty Bittys of his/her choice! With all the new CHA releases, I don't know how you'll choose. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post. Each day, you can leave another comment on my GIU posts to increase your chances to win. All comments must be in by 9:00 AM CST on Saturday, and I'll be randomly drawing a name on Saturday.

Thanks for looking! Have a great Monday.

Stamps: (flowers from Born an Original; sentiment from {Wonderful You} October 2009 Store Kit of the Month) Unity Stamp Co.
Pigment Ink: (navy) Fresh Ink
Embossing Powder: (gold) Judikins
Cardstock: (cream, navy) PTI
Ribbon: (gold/green satin) May Arts

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Deepest Sympathy

Wow, three days of posts in a row? I think that's a record for me. Next week, I'll be doing Growing in Unity week, and I'll have posts 5 days in a row. I guess I'm in training mode. ha ha

Today the Print Candee Creative Team is having a blog hop, and you should be coming from Lisa's blog.

Sadly, it's our last blog hop together. It's been a great year, and I have enjoyed working with my teammates tremendously. They are so uber-talented! Thank you to Print Candee for letting us serve on the Creative Team. I'm going to miss everyone!

Our theme this time is "anything goes." I made a card that turned into a sympathy card--kind of a downer, but good to have on hand. Here it is:

There is a smidge of inking on the edges, but the background and blooms are digital. I started with a green shape, loaded the Ethereal Bokeh overlay on top. I love how it looks like water droplets.

On top of the background, I used Flower Silhouettes digital brushes and stamped the flower image twice. I reduced the opacity way down to show the background through it. When I was done, I thought it looked like a sympathy card, and so I added a sympathy sentiment. Here's a close-up:

I finished off the card with some twine and a wooden button. I love that I can just print the card in a pinch, and even change the background color (wouldn't it be pretty in peach?) and stamp the sentiment.

You can find the products at the Print Candee store. Thanks for looking! 

I'm the last one in the hop, but if you haven't started, you can visit (the amazing) Therese's blog. Thank you!

Digital stamps: (Flower Silhouettes digital brush) Pink Pueblo at Print Candee
Clear stamp: (sentiment) Hero Arts
Digital overlay (Ethereal Bokeh) Sonya DeHart Designs at Print Candee
Cardstock: (Sweet Tooth) Stamp School
Other paper: (ultra premium presentation paper) Office Max
Ink: (sentiment--Walnut Distress Ink; edges--Antique Linen Distress Ink) Ranger

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Play Date Cafe (and Exciting News!)

I've been dying to spill the beans and now I finally can. I'm joining The Play Date Cafe's DT! Holy moley, I still can't believe it! I'm so honored to be joining some really fabulous designers, including fellow newbies Anya, Angi, Lynn, and Veronica (and three more that will be revealed tomorrow so be sure to check out PDCC's blog).

To celebrate, I'm playing along with the current challenge:

And here's what I came up with:

Yep, I'm into quilting patterns lately. ha ha I used a Dresden plate template and cut all of the layers out on my Cameo. I mixed patterned papers from Studio Calico, Echo Park, and My Mind's Eye for the layers. Here's a close-up:

I finished off the card with a little wood veneer heart I stained with a mist and a Hero Arts sentiment. 

Thanks for looking! Be sure to check out the PDCC blog each Thursday for a new color story. 

Cardstock: (pink, kraft) Bazzill
Patterned papers: (green, bicycle, yellow grid, rose papers from Heydey collection) Studio Calico; (pink damask from Victoria Gardens) Echo Park; (mini rose, pale yellow diamond, green floral background from Miss Caroline) MME
Clear stamp: Hero Arts
Wood veneer: Studio Calico
Die cuts made with Silhouette Cameo

Shaping Up Blog Hop

Welcome to the Shaping Up Blog Hop! You should be coming from Wida's blog. If you want to start at the beginning or see the full list of the participants, you can check the order HERE. There is some serious talent!

After participating in the Paper Crafts Magazine's Gallery Idol competition this year, we wanted to do something together to say thank you to PC and the paper craft community for supporting us. Each of us has a giveaway as part of the blog hop, and if you participate in the entire hop, you have 20 chances to win! Details on my prize are below. ;)

We're all making shaped cards for the hop. I'm linking mine up to the Paper Crafts' July Gallery Challenge (summer shaped cards) Here's what I came up with:

Lettuce Ketchup

Yep, what's more summery than a BBQ? I cut all of the layers on my new Cameo (love it!) and inked the layers to add a little depth. For the sesame seeds, I added some Glossy Accents. I created my own punny sentiment using a Kim Hughes font. I was kicking myself for not tracking down one of those fancy toothpicks (argh!), but I made one using a little glitter. Here's a close-up:

Lettuce Ketchup Close-Up

Wondering about the prize? Here's a picture:

Shaping Up Blog Hop Giveaway

I'm giving away:
  • A copy of Paper Crafts Magazine's Card Creations v. 10
  • 6 sheets of Avery Elle cardstock
  • A Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink
  • Unity's "Motherhood is a Verb" stamp
To enter, just leave a comment by midnight EST on Sunday, July 29th. Thanks!

Next up in the order is the fabulous Miriam. 

Thanks for looking!

Cardstock: (cream, yellow, green) Bazzill; (Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate) PTI; (black, pink) Paper Studio
Distress Inks (Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Rusty Hinge, Mustard Seed, Walnut, Shabby Shutters) Ranger
Font: (Goody by Kim Hughes) Scrap-n-font
Template: (hamburger) Lettering Delights
Layers cut on Silhouette Cameo

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Little Happy

I hope you're having a good Friday!

I wanted to play along with Unity's Friends with Flair and the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger:

So cool! The lines of triangles and the general color scheme inspired me. Here's what I came up with:

A Little Happy

I started off with one of Erica Hernandez's digital triangle template. I re-sized some different papers from Adrienne Looman Baers Garten and clipped them to the rows of triangles.

Then, I reprinted the image a second time to cut out the triangles. I layered the triangles on top of the template, stitched through them, and lifted the edges. Here's a close-up:

A Little Happy Close-Up

Finally, I stamped the Unity sentiment using my new Stampin' Up ink pad (thanks, Erin Lee!). I love this sentiment. :)

Thanks for looking. Have a wonderful weekend.

Cardstock: (Sweet Tooth) Stamp School
Stamp: (sentiment from May 2010 KOTM) Unity
Ink: (blue) Stampin' Up
Template: (Triangulation Template) Erica Hernandez
Papers: (blue from Blue Sky papers) Baers Garten; (yellow, floral, and peach from Petunia papers) Adrienne Looman

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Bit of Randomness

It's my second post of the day. To see my Deasy Designs post, click HERE.

I wanted to sneak in a card for the Play Date Cafe. Here are the colors:

I chose to do a pretty graphic, but funny card (my favorites!):

A Bit of Randomness

Hee hee. Randomness is underrated.

I used elements from two journaling cards from Erica Hernandez's 2012 Journaling Cards to make this card. I love this set!

Thanks for looking! Have a great day!

Deasy Designs

Happy Tuesday! Melania Deasy with Deasy Designs asked me to make some cards for her new digital release. I was so honored ( thanks, Deasy!). Of course I loved the super cute digi stamps she sent me that are available now HERE.

The first card I did layered one of the girls in the "Sweet Treats" set" with one of the window images in "Frame It," and here's what I came up with:

Day Full of Sunshine and Smiles-Deasy Designs

With just a little resizing of the images, they fit perfectly! I paper pieced the curtains, colored her in, and added a Hero Arts sentiment. 

For my next card, I used a different girl from the "Sweet Treats" set and the yummy margarita from the same set (yummy in my mind):

Cheers to You--Deasy Designs

This was a little more complicated, flipping the images, erasing the hat, layering the images, and creating my own sentiment. It was light-years easier than trying to mask everything with regular stamps. ;) I don't see a lot of people toasting with margaritas, but that's how it would work in my world. I love how she's winking. hee hee

For my last card, I made my own patterned paper using the burger image from "Sweet Treats." In a separate document, I layered the fries image on top of the billboard:

We Must Ketchup-Deasy Designs

I added a Paper Smooches sentiment that I thought worked perfectly with this set. For the background, I simply did a color fill for one burger and then copied the burger repeatedly to create a tile pattern. 

Like the stamps? Be sure to check out Deasy Designs--she's carrying clear stamps and has a digital line. 

I also wanted to add my exciting news from a couple of weeks ago. I was asked to join the Two Peas in a Bucket Digital Creative Team! I was so excited--you can't imagine. I started last week. While I'll share some projects on my blog, all of my projects will be in the Two Peas gallery (my gallery username is Jocelyn Olson--so original, right?).  

I have another crafty secret that I will be able to reveal very soon. ;) I know, I'm such a tease.... I'll keep you posted as soon as I can share.


Day Full of Sunshine and Smiles
Stamps: (girl from Sweet Treats) Deasy Designs; (window from Frame It) Deasy Designs; (sentiment from April Showers) Hero Arts
Cardstock: (white) PTI
Patterned Paper: (red from Paper Cottage) Basic Grey
Markers: Copics

Cheers to You
Stamps: (girl  and margarita from Sweet Treats) Deasy Designs
Cardstock: (white, True Black) PTI
Patterned Paper: (pink from Summer Soul) Fancy Pants
Markers: Copics

We Must Ketchup
Stamps: (burger and fries from Sweet Treats) Deasy Designs; (billboard from Frame It) Deasy Designs; (sentiment from Vegtastic) Paper Smooches
Cardstock: (white, red) PTI
Markers: Copics
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