Sunday, March 11, 2012

Stamp Club Challenge

We've decided to spice things up a bit at our Stamp Club by adding a monthly challenge! For our first challenge, MOJO Monday #227 was our sketch.

Everyone had a month to work on their designs, and here's what we all came up with.

First we have Jessica's card. She used Twitterpated DSP and the Love & Laughter stamp set.

Next, we have Melannie's card. She used retired the Cottage Garden stamp set and retired coordinating DSP. You can't really tell from this picture, but the Peekaboo die hides a shaker box window!

Next, we have the WINNING ENTRY, submitted by Michelle! She used the Nature Walk stamp set accented her sentiment with the Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder oval. Congratulations Michelle!

Next, we have Chris's entry. She choose the Elementary Elegance stamp set and Springtime Vintage DSP.

Next, we have Kaye's cards, using the Tea Shoppe stamp set.

Our final entry was submitted by me. I choose the Artist Etchings stamp set with retired Love Letter DSP.

Here are more sample cards using the MOJO Monday #227 sketch.

I used Well Worn DSP and Up, Up & Away stamp set for this one.

Here, I used the Rue Des Fleurs stamp set and Attic Boutique DSP.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Everyone did a wonderful job!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Just a quick post to share with you some of our favorite cards just in time for Valentine's Day! All of this evening's cards are clean and crisp, with a simple color palette using Stampin' Up! card stock in Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, and a splash of Red Glimmer. Our inks are Basic Black and Real Red.

For our first card we used the You Are Loved stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Our Red Glimmer Heart was die cut using the new Framelits Dies, Hearts Collection, featured in the new Occasions Mini Catalog, and then layered on top of a black Embosslits Dies, Scalloped Heart of Hearts. For an elegant edge, we used the new Edgelits Dies, Adorning Accents, on all three layers of our card stock. For a finishing touch we added the new coordinating Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Adorning Accents. For a bit of bling, we added a butterfly, die cut from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die. A single Rhinestone finished our card.

Our next card was stamped using the You're My Type stamp set. We embossed the bottom edge using the Textured Impressions Hearts Embossing Folder. Our hearts were die cut using the Embosslits Die, Fashionable Hearts. These sweet little hearts are simultaneously cut and embossed, and make the perfect accent!

The hearts on our next card were die cut using the Hearts Collection Framelits, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits, and the Small Heart punch. The red and white hearts were textured using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, and bottom edge textured with the Impressions Hearts Embossing Folder. Our sentiment is from P.S.I Love You.

More embossing using Textured Impressions Hearts and Perfect Polka Dots. Our cupid is from P.S. I Love You, and our sentiment from Candy Converstions. Plenty of Red Glimmer paper was used with the Pinking Hearts Border, Scallop Circle, and Small Heart punches.

The image on our next card was stamped using the Take It to Heart stamp set, and the sentiment if from P.S. I Love You. The Hearts Collection Framelits Die fit perfectly with all the images in the Take It to Heart stamp set!

Our last card is stamped using the You Are Loved stamp set, accented with hearts and butterflies Embosslits, and framed using the Framed Tulips folder.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Final Holiday Mini Post 2011

We had a few cards that Nanci did this fall that we did not get around to sharing with you!  Hope you enjoy them!   

You cannot go wrong with the Top Note die!

I love this combination - Natural White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso card stock with Cherry Cobbler accents!  It's absolutely gorgeous!

Punches add dimension and whimsy to your cards and they are quick and easy!

A vintage Christmas combo!
These cards and matching envelope were part of  a free class we offered with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool!  Have you tried the water color paper from Stampin' Up? 

 We will post pictures from our retreat last weekend soon!  Our guests created a scrapbook layout for each month of the year complete with photos and embellishments!  

It was unseasonably warm last weekend in Michigan.  Nanci spotted some Pansies blooming in the flower bed at the front entrance to Lake View Lodge.  

Yes, pansies in January, in Michigan!  Last Monday we had a snowstorm and this Sunday we have pansies! Even odder  . . . here is a photo of the same flowers with some of the leftover snow!  A little bit of spring in winter!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Holiday Mini 2011 Review

Happy New Year!  Nanci and I were at Lakeview Lodge this weekend preparing for next weekend's retreat - the first of 2012!  Monday morning we woke up to our first real snowfall of the winter season, so I decided to take some pictures of the fresh snow (through the screens on the porch).   

These are some cards we made earlier this fall. 
The door card design is cased from Jennifer Timko.  I love the simplicity of her design!
I love these two cards!  Nanci used the Natural White card stock, Cherry Cobbler embossing powder and Crumb cake Ink.  This color combination is fabulous-the picture just doesn't do it justice!

This card is cased from Sage Kimble's blog.  I changed the design slightly to make it easier and less costly to produce and mail!

The stocking is a gift card holder!

This card is also cased from Jennifer Timko!  The tree panel is Very Vanilla card stock sponged with Always Artichoke ink.  It looks like velvet!  
Nanci and I are looking forward to the creative possibilities in 2012.  We hope this season will afford you the opportunity to explore your artistic inspirations as well.  If you are looking for a craft weekend getaway, visit us at Lakeview Lodge!  We are running our Crazy Eight Special - bring your group of eight and the eighth guest is free - a $299 value!  
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