Friday, 24 January 2014

As You See It Challenge #021 (Sweet Baby)

I've been having lots of fun playing with my new stamps from the 2014 Occasions Catalogue. What's on your "must have list" of new products??

As soon as I saw the cute images in Baby, We've Grown, I knew it needed to be added to my collection. Those cute grumpy owls (they're not meant to look grumpy, but they kind of do!) and that adorable little bunny were destined to be brought to life. 

This weeks' As You See It Challenge features a focal point right smack in the middle. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to break out some new rubber!

Here's the sketch that the lovely Amanda has designed:

Lots of fun! I have to admit, I didn't adhere to the shapes of the challenge, but the general idea is definitely the same.  I don't have all of my supplies with me so I had to just use what I have and this is what I came up with:

I didn't have a scallop square or rectangle so I went with the Deco Labels Framelits.  I had been antsy to use the new Arrow TIEF (textured impressions embossing folder) so I broke that out for the background of that. It's cut out and embossed on Smoky Slate card stock.  I then used the Circle Framelits to cut out that circle of DSP from the Fresh Prints paper stack. Love the fun and sassy designs in that super stack of paper!

I also used the new Fringe Scissors for the first time, too! I've seen some really cute cards using them on Pinterest so I'll hopefully be making lots of fringe-filled cards! The three red candy dots are in place of the sentiment on the sketch. I've been quite taken with Real Red and Coastal Cabana paired together. I'm not normally a red person, so I find this kind of odd, but fresh and new at the same time!

Now comes the best part!  Look at that rabbit! Isn't he the cutest??? I've fallen in love with him! I stamped him in Jet Black StazOn ink and then coloured him in with an aquapainter and Basic Gray and Coastal Cabana ink.  I went around the outline very lightly with crumb cake to create a bit of dimension. Then I added some beneath as well to ground the images. 

He even looks kind of fuzzy. I want to pluck him off the card and give him a good cuddle!

Here's a last look at the completed card.  what's your favorite addition? The candy dots? The fringe? Mr. Rabbit?  I'd love to hear your comments!

Enjoy and be inspired!


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Tamara's Top Ten from the 2014 Occasions Cataloge

I said I'd do this "soon". What does soon mean to you? Does it mean within a day? Within a week? Within a month? Depending on who I'm talking to and what it's regarding, my definition of soon changes. If my kids ask when the cookies will be done, I may answer, "Soon" and it means a few minutes.  If they ask when bedtime is, I might answer think to myself, "Not soon enough". 

I think it's been over two weeks since I said I'd share my Top Ten "soon". So, here it is! Keep in mind these are in no particular order. Just what popped into my head at the time!

10. Hexagon Hive Thinlits die (I don't have this yet hopefully will soon!) 

9. Fringe Scissors

8. Fresh Prints DSP stack

7.  Gold Sequin Trim

6. Burlap and Blooms Simply Created Wreath Kit

5.  Arrows TIEF

4. Hardwood Background stamp

3. Baby, We've Grown stamp set

2. Natural 5/8" Chevron Trim

1. Scallop Tag Topper Punch

To see all the great products in the 2014 Occasions Catalogue, click here to go to my online store!

I hope you have enjoy Tamara's Top Ten!

Enjoy your day!


Friday, 17 January 2014

As You See It Challenge #020 (AHOY!)

Another week snuck on me. I created my card on Tuesday with the intentions of writing my blog post Wednesday. Well, that didn't happen and now it's Friday! We found out our bathroom has a mold issue so we are staying at my inlaws for a week or two while we deal with it.  That meant Wednesday night was spent packing and last night was spent settling in. 

I have a fun card today! I really wanted to use my new Hello, Sailor stamp set so I set to work.

Here's the sketch challenge: As You See It Challenge #020

And here is my design team project!

 A close up...
 A cute banner...
 The final project!
I've been loving all things nautical and Real Red, Night of Navy, and Whisper White are just that. I added a pop of Coastal Cabana too, just for fun. After all, it is COASTAL Cabana so it has to, right? Right!

I thought this could be a cute valentine's card for my hubby. He's been working so hard on the bathroom fix, I'll have to think of a nice gift to accompany his card!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Be Inspired,

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Hello, Sailor, Banner Blast (SAB)
Card Stock: Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana
Accessories: Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Baker's Twine 
Punches: 1" circle punch, Ticket Punch, banner punch (SAB)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail

Friday, 10 January 2014

As You See It Challenge #019 (Lovely)

Well, I had to rush to get a sample together for the challenge this week. I have been looking forward to it for weeks now so I'm not sure why I left it to the last minute.  I've always been a procrastinator.  Even is school. I did an essay on time management and then handed it in late.  It wasn't really late though. No one was able to get it in on time and so the deadline was pushed ahead a few more days. But still....

Getting back on track...I love this week's challenge from Amanda. It's a colour challenge and the colours are Pool Party, Pacific Point, and Gold! Fun stuff! 

Here's the official challenge and inspiration photo:



I had thought about doing something fun with the Dress Up Framelits but didn't have a ton of time to tinker so I decided to join the Mojo Monday sketch this week. I had a seen the design Mary Fish did and loved it so thought I'd join the fun over there too!

Here's what my fingers came up with. My brain was somewhat distracted as I've been watching Downton Abbey on Netflix (can I get a woot woot from all the DA fans?). 

I will keep you in suspense no longer. I know you want to get back to your episode of Downton as well.. 

I wanted to use many sale-a-bration products as possible.  

How many new products do you see? You might be thinking three, but there are actually just TWO! I used the new Embossing folder as a stamp by rubbing ink on it and then putting my card stock inside and rolling it over and over with a brayer. It made that cute background behind the sentiment. I also used another technique (that I've done before) where you ink a clear block with Pacific Point and Pool Party ink and then spritzed it with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and shimmer paint.  I then smooshed the clear block onto the paper.  It gives it a fun watercolour look.
Sorry my photos still aren't edited. We're sharing our one computer and I don't have the editing program on this one. It was just on my laptop. I'm hoping to go laptop shopping this weekend!!

Hope you will join us and play along at As You See It Challenge this week!

Friday, 3 January 2014

As You See It Challenge #018 (playing with the NEW!!!)

I've been MIA over the holidays, but I'm happy to report I'm getting back in the saddle.  I spent some time in my studio last night working on today's post and some customer thank you's.

Here is this week's challenge: ARROWS! And I'd be remiss if I didn't share the cute graphic Amanda created!
I subconsciously used the colours as well, though that wasn't intended. I mostly just wanted to use some new product and the Fresh Prints DSP stack has Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White.

Here's my entry:
I know the arrow is subtle, which is what I was hoping to achieve. I had been flipping through this year's Sale-a-bration brochure (yes!! I have them!!) and saw a cute card with polka dots. I achieved the polka dots with a sponge dauber and ink pad.  I freehanded an arrow and then cut it out with an exacto knife and used that image as a mask. I then lightly sponged crumb cake over top to enhance the arrow shape.  

Some cute pennants finished off with Whisper White Baker's Twine. Loving these colours together, aren't you?

One last view. I used my iPad to take these photos. My laptop had an unfortunate mishap over Christmas. My darling daughter (2.5) decided to dump a full cup of eggnog on it! It hissed and popped and died. It will turn on now, but the keys are glued together and I haven't had the patience to carefully and gently work each key loose. I've been in the market for a new one for a while, but this will most likely speed up that process!

Anyways, I hope you leave feeling inspired to play with arrows! Have a look through the Stampin' Up Annual catalogue for inspiration. Can you find any projects featuring arrows there?

Have a great weekend!