Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Enjoying Fall Ya'll?

Hope you're all enjoying this lovely fall season! We are getting quite spoiled here in ND with very mild temps. I have a feeling we'll be in for a rude awakening come winter! Recently I hosted my "National Card Making Day Buffet". It was a lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoy having these gals into our home. This is what we did:

I rarely use my Perfect Plum, but with the new Paper Patterns it was a great time to pull it back out! The stamp image is from Say With Scallops (this year's Ronald McDonald set!), which works perfectly with the new scallop square punch. The "hi" image is raised with dimensionals. Simple and fast note card!

Another simple note card with the Parisian Summer papers! This is a great pack with such a nice color combo that I'd never pull together on my own. Great time to put my much neglected Pale Plum to use! It is paired with burgundy and apricot ribbon. The flower image is from the Together Forever stamp set.

Next up is a card using one of my favorite sets these days .... Upsy Daisy. The Haiku paper pack is great for fall! More Mustard, Old Olive and Tangerine Tango ... with vanilla ribbon and the scallop border punch.

Some cards just look better with a square layout. So this is a little 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 card. Cut the usual way, just trimmed down on the end. The paper is from Autumn Vine in the new Holiday Mini catalog. We used the scallop circle punch, 5-Petal flower punch, 1 1/4" circle and 1" circle punches. Buttons are from Earth Element with some hemp. Sentiment is from the "Hi & Hello" set.

Next is a card that used NO stamping. :) This would be a great layout to use up left over scrapbook papers! The Hawaii Papaya is such a fun paper pack for fall. The squares are with the 1 3/8" square punch. The Chocolate Chip card base is scored at 4 1/4" so that the matted section sits onto the 4 1/4" square. Then the Tangerine Tango striped grosgrain along the side, with a little white flower from the 3 Flower Punch with an Olive brad.

And just in case 5 "entrees" weren't enough, we had a total of 8 this time! :) This uses the same type of paper pack as Hawaii Papaya, but is all in blues and greens ..... Maine Blueberry! Not Quite Navy paper and brad, Old Olive ribbon, Cute & Curly stamp set with coordinating punch.

To go with the "Birthday Celebration" of Stampin' Up! this month, we had to use the Crazy for Cupcakes set ... one of my favorite sets! The paper is the Murfield pack with Pacific Point and Kiwi Kiss. The balloons were stamped twice on the cream piece, then stamped again on Pacific Point & Kiwi Kiss, cut out and matted on. Yes I got flack for cutting out images! :)

And the last card is using the new Seasons of Friendship set from the Holiday Mini with the coordinating Autumn Vine paper! This set is SO versatile. We'll be revisiting again next month at the next buffet with the winter theme! Can't wait. :) Card base is in Sage Shadow and we now have matching ribbon for that color! All the leaves were stamped with Versamark on Sage Shadow, More Mustard and Really Rust, then punched with the 3/4" circle punch and raised with dimensionals. The sentiment here is from the above set Upsy Daisy.

As usual, we enjoyed much coffee while stamping and to celebrate the fall season we had my mom's Pumpkin Bread. It is the best! To care of some business, I'll post the recipe here. Hope you're able to enjoy some yummy treats with those you love this season.

Mom's Pumpkin Bread

Just add these ingredients in order:

1 cup oil
3 cups sugar
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
3 1/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie spice
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 small can pumpkin
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Mix all together well. Put into two greased & floured loaf pans. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Pour glaze of milk, powdered sugar and melted butter & bit of cinnamon over bread while warm.

Count calories at your own risk!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Eastern Blooms

A simple card using an image out of Eastern Blooms. Fun set to work with, by the way! The papers are out of the Georgia Peach pack. Sentiment is out of Bella Blossoms!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bella Blossoms

At first I was very intimidated by this large flower image in the new Bella Blossoms set!! I really like the sketching design of it though and wanted to give it a try. The base image is stamped in olive, then I stamped the flower two more times, regal rose and pink pirouette. The pink ones are cut out and layered with dimensionals. A little dazzling diamonds glitter finishes off the flower center. The stripe paper is from the Georgia Peach pack. Fun paper!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Upsy Daisy in Pink

I decided to get the Upsy Daisy set since it's on sale through September. It is easier to work with than I thought. You can do so many techniques with this stamp, but I kept this simple .. just stamp and then glitter. The new Parisian Summer paper is SO nice. Finally a paper combo with burgundy!, as mine has been quite neglected. I really am liking the new soft Pink Pirouette color to work with!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Crazy for Cupcakes!

I've been waiting for a great cupcake set and was pleasantly surprised to find one in the new Idea Book & Catalog from SU! This is a simple card we did at my recent Papers & Punches class. The cupcake icing is finished off with dazzling diamonds glitter, which shows up much better in real life. The papers are Sweet Always and the scalloped edge is made so easily with the new Scallop Edge punch!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Baja Breeze Flowers

Yikes! .... two months of not posting. I doubt anyone still comes here! :) As many of you know, our family has gone through some major changes and find ourselves in a huge season of transition. While all that was going on, it was hard to even know what end was up some days. The Lord was certainly faithful and has been so gracious in showing us what's ahead. We are really excited and will share more soon.

Now that we know a little more about what the future looks like, things are feelin' a little more like "normal". That's almost funny to write because I'm not quite sure what "normal" is anymore! :)

Recently I had a "Papers & Punches" class. Having only two days to work with all the new things I was a little nervous!, but this is one of the cards that we did. SO many new papers! Love 'em! I promise there'll be more samples coming soon! I just uploaded a bunch, so come back and check in again. :)

Details on this card: New Eastern Blooms stamp set with the Green Tea papers. I'm really enjoying working with the new In-Color colors. This one is Baja Breeze ... notice the coordinating striped grosgrain ribbon! There are accessories that match every new color! Makes things easy for sure. Image stamped in Certainly Celery, matted on Old Olive. 3 Flower Punch with Baja Breeze and Bashful Blue, then using soft subtles brads. You can also flip this card vertically for a whole different look.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Guava Flowers

Here is another "entree" on the Card Buffet.  It is so hard to believe this is my last event with the gals here.  I've met so many great ladies!

The card has the upper front piece sliced off.  Then layered with the Groovy Guava prints papers, which retires very soon.  Remember to stock up on any of the "In Colors" from this last year that you enjoy using!!, as they'll no longer be available.  The flower is from the Stitched Exotics stamp set.  I tried REALLY hard not to tie too many ribbons for this last event.  I always get many fits for my ribbons.  Ha.  :)  Notice on this one, we'll just overlap the ribbon and adhere behind the flower for fast leaves!  

Have a great Tuesday!