HSS – No Stamping Challenge “To Die For” Challenge #56

Hello All!

Okay, this week’s challenge was to use any of the Sizzix Dies that we have in the Stampin’Up! Catalog.   And what a great opportunity to use those awesome dies we have.

Dilemma: So here I have a plethora of Sizzix dies at my disposal as well as Designer Series Paper & accessories, and I have a Challenge due on Monday night.  I’ve been known to purchase a “few” dies — but which ones do I use?????????   YIKES!  I fear procrastination coming on!!   I dislike when I’m procrastinating on doing a task.  Somehow I have laundry to do,  ironing, or worst of all — cleaning the kitchen floor tiles.  Well I have you know — that I decided to cook & bake also.

Yep! I made a homemade Marinara sauce with spinach pasta — and then went on to making Cinnamon Rolls from scratch because I just knew my husband needed to have a nice dinner.  And this morning as he had his coffee and Cinnamon Roll, he mentioned how lovely the kitchen tiles looked.  He knew I was procrastinating.  OH Yeah!   Not to mention, that  I had watched 5 hours of Hawaii 5-0 (that I had taped) while doing the laundry and ironing EVERYTHING that came out of the  dryer.   While still pondering WHAT was I going to create for the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge.

Somehow I thought watching the shows would give me some sort of inspiration for a card.  NOT!  I went upstairs to my craft room, pulled out dies, cardstock, etc. and my DVDs “Pride & Prejudice” and “Lost in Austen”.  Ta Dum!  I knew Jane Austen would come to my rescue.   So here are my creations — hope you like them.

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“A FRIEND IS….”– This card is dedicated to all my Stampin’Up! sisters.  You’ve been there for me in more ways than you will ever know.

Stamps:  Wording “A friend is….” from Simply Said stamp Set #115066

Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla

Classic Ink Pads:  Night of Navy (for sponging)

Sizzix Dies:  Frame Oval Scallop (#114521), Lots of Tags Sizzlits (#114508)

Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage (#121782)

Punch:  Scallop Trim Corner (#118870)

Accessories:  Big Shot Machine, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Daubers, Dimensionals, Jewels – Basic Pearls (#119247), Victoria Crochet Trim (#118481), Black Embossing Power (for wording), Versa Mark Pad

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“ALWAYS ON MY  MIND…”  – This card I created for Don, my husband.  I’m so blessed to say that I married my BFF (Best Friend Forever).  I showed him the card, but advised him that this card would be on my display board.  I used LOTS of bling on this card!!

Stamps:  Wording “Always on my mind….” from Always stamp set (#113620)

Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Very Vanilla

Classic Ink Pads:  Night of Navy (for sponging)

Sizzix Dies:   3″ Circle Die (#122125 – Occasions Mini Catalog), Lots of Tags Sizzlits (#114508), Tag from Matchbox Die (#114890)

Textured Impressions Embossing Folder:  Vintage Wallpaper (#120175)

Designer Series Paper:   Springtime Vintage (#121782 – Occasions Mini Catalog)

Accessories:   Jewels – Basic Rhinestones (#119246), Sticky Tape, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Build-A-Brad (#109128)

Ribbon:  Victoria Crochet Trim (#118481), Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta

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LATTICE CANDLE:  Hard to tell — but this really is a candle.  I’ve been wanting to use the Lattice BigZ Sizzix die (#115958) and the butterflies from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (#118138).  So at 10:40pm last night I decided to use a candle that’s been in my closet and create.  At this point, I stopped “creating” and went to bed.

Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage (#121782)

Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz

Sizzix Dies:  Lattice BigZ Sizzix die (#115958)

Accessories:   Jewels – Basic Pearls (#119247), Whisper White Organza Ribbon (#114319), Dimensionals (#104430 – to adhere butterflies)

Thank you all for visiting my site.  I usually don’t write long blogs (well that’s not really true — I’ve been known to write “novels” for letters) — However! I’ve had 2 cups of coffee and just came back from an errand where I stopped and purchased a Latte — so I’m totally loaded with caffeine.

If you get a chance, please hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and participate in their “To Die For” Challenge.  Wait till you see what my Stampin’Up! sisters have created!!!!

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HSS Theme Challenge – Thinking of You Sentiment

Hello!  This week’s Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge was a little challenging.  I just could not come up with something to create.  However, I remembered that my Aunt Terry asked me if I could create a card with birds.  So Ta Dum!!!!  A “Thinking of You” card with a bird.

It was perfect because I had been wanting to use the Punch Potpourri stamp set for some time.  This set is a Level 1 Hostess set (#120124) and also one of Shelli Gardner’s Signature Collection stamp sets.   Being a collector of punches, I was able to use the matching punch (2-Step Bird #117191).

I tried to do something a little different — rather hoarding accessories (rhinestones, Designer Series Paper, etc.), I actually used them on my card. What a concept!!!  I have been known to purchase lots of accessories and not use them.  The wording “Thinking of You” is from the stamp set Three Little Words which by the way, is also one of free Sale-A-Bration stamps you can earn.  I hope you enjoy this card.

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The items used were:

Stamp Set:  Punch Potpourri, Three Little Words (wording)

Cardstock:  Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Old Olive (branches)

DSP:  In-Color Pattern Pack (Level 1 hostess item #121028) – Pear Pizzazz

Classic Inks:  Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black

Punches:  Scallop Border, 2-Step Bird, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch, Boho Blossoms Ex-Lg Punch

Accessories:  Whisper White Satin Organza, Rhinestones, daubers

HSS Challenge – Ribbon & Lace

These cards were created for another HSS Challenge (Hand Stamped Sentiments). Theme:  Ribbon and Lace.  Stampin’Up! has beautiful ribbons.  I had heard that the Seam Binding ribbons were hard to work with — but! to my surprise this was not the case.  The Seam Binding ribbons are so beautiful, so soft & sweet, and great to work with.  I know I’ll be getting more.

All day long, I just could not get started in creating my card for this challenge.   I only needed to create one card — but thanks to Colin Firth aka Mr. Darcy of “Pride and Prejudice”, I got my inspiration.    I thought of Miss Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy at the Netherfield Ball which was hosted by Mr. Bingly at his summer home/mansion.   And all the beautiful lace and ribbon on the gowns worn by all the ladies.  Anyway, I got carried away again and just couldn’t stop creating. Thanks to my friend Amy Lazzell, who let me use her new stamp set “Baby Blossoms”, I created the first two cards.   The first “blue” card reminds me of Mr. Darcy (his soft side and adoration for Miss Bennett).  And the second, of course, of Miss Elizabeth Bennett.  So here are my cards.  I hope you like them.

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The last card is just a 3×3 note card that was actually created from scraps.  The rainbow textured portion was a small scrap from a previous card as well as the ribbons – these were scraps.  Colors of inks are:  Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Pacific Point.  The seam binding ribbons are:  Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz and Baja Breeze.  I just used daubers with same ink colors and sponged diagonal lines of color for a background and stamped the wording.

HSS Challenge – Romantic Colors

Well according to our weather people, it’s supposed to be freezing cold in 3/4 of this country.  BURRRR!! — I don’t do well in cold weather.  So what better way to spend an evening by stamping and having a good cup of sugar-free cocoa; and of course, watching Castle.

This week’s HSS challenge (www.handstampedsentiments.blogspot.com) is Romantic colors using:

  • Any one of the SU Red cardstocks – Real Red, Ridinghood Red, Poppy Parade or Cherry Cobbler (my favorite),
  • Basic Black,
  • Either Whisper White or Very Vanilla

I decided to do booklets and use one of my favorite stamp sets “Just Believe”  and my most favorite technique — embossing.

The booklet is really simple.  I used Basic Black cardstock, DSP, Very Vanilla CS, “Just Believe” stamp set, and Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon.   The cover is actually embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This could actually be a great hostess gift.  Inside is a small tablet that can be used for a “To Do” list.

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The journal is actually one I got at a Dollar Store years ago.  I thought it would be something I could use — “one day”.  So today is that one day.  The journal background is red velvet and black leather.  So the only thing it needed was a simple image embossed in gold, some gold cording and a key charm.

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Tomorrow, I’ll clean up my crafting area — tonight, I stamp!!!