Sunday, September 30, 2012

French Foliage & Wonderfall Cards

I have three wonderful cards to share.  These were among the cards taught at recent Stamp-A-Stacks.The first one makes great use of the Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies [on pg 30 of the current Holiday Mini catalog].  The Summer Starfruit color is so stunning on this card!  The  dies create a window on this card.  Very clever!  The main image is inside the card.  Lisa does such nice cards.

                                                      Lisa Gray - French Foliage

The next two cards are also great fall cards.  The first one was taught at our August SAS and the second one was taught at our September SAS.  If you didn't attend, you really missed out on some amazing cards!  Sharon's blog 

    Sharon Madsen - Wonderfall                                         Sharon Madsen - Wonderfall

Fall is a great time of year.  The leaves are so pretty...ON the trees.  I'm happy the temperature has finally come down.  It was one long and hot summer!!!!   :)

Happy Stamping!   Judy  :)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Halloween & Fall Cards

Here are a few cards I received  from the Upscale Swappers in August and September.  The first three are Halloween and the others I'm sharing are fall themed.  Vey nice cards indeed.  :)
             Lisa Gray - Googly Ghouls                                              Candy Leggett - Frightening Feline

Neida Salazar - Googly Ghouls

                  Laura Barto - Wonderfall                                     Lisa Horton - French Foliage

             Judi Cayton - Wonderfall                                        Deb Currier - Perfectly Preserved

Aren't these nice?  I just LOVE cards!!!!   :)

Happy Stamping!   Judy  :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

tour de FREAKS - Halloween & Fall Inspired Blog Hop

Welcome to the Control Freaks September Blog Tour. So glad you could join us. Our tour features some of your favorite Control Freak Stampers sharing projects made with Stampin' Up! products.  You may have just come from my fellow freaker, Sandy Mathis blog,  If you did, WOW, weren't her projects great?!?!? 
Our theme for this month is: "Halloween & Fall".  Sooooo, here we go...
I'm in love with the wonderful "Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit" in the Holiday Mini catalog on page 27.  It couldn't be cuter or easier to use!  I'll start out with a simple card using the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper.  This Tangerine Tango and Basic Black stripped DSP just screams "Jail House Rock" to me.  Did you notice the cute mummy peeking out over the edge of what looks like a tombstone?  This card was so easy to put together using the kit.  I used lots of Dazzling Details and Googlies of this card.  I love that Stampin' Up! has Googlies in the kit...and we are able to purchase more Googlies separately.  How cool is that?!?!?!?!?


Stamps:  Googly Ghouls  [pg 27 in Holiday Mini]
CS:  Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
DSP:  Howlstooth & Scaringbone  [pg 24 in Holiday Mini]
Ink:  Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade
Markers:  Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade
Accessories:  Ghoulish Googlies Bundle, Dimensionals, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Sponge Dauber,
          Dazzling Details Glitter Glue


I recently had a play date with my friend, Mary Carr.  We made lots of Halloween Treat Holders and a Luminary.  Using the Ghoulish Googlies Kit, we decorated lots of treat holders.  We took the 8" pieces of Pumpkin Pie Baker's Twine, folded them in half, threaded each through the hole on each of the tags and tied a bow.  They were the perfect length.  The inspiration for all these treat holders came from many blogs so decided to give them a try.

Stamps:  Googly Ghouls
CS:  Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
DSP:  Frightful Sight [retired from last year]
Ink:  Basic Black, More Mustard
Punches:  1 3/8" Circle punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle, Merry Mini Punch Pack-Star punch
Ribbon:  1/2" Basic Black/Basic Gray Striped Satin Ribbon [pg 26 in Holiday Mini], 
    1/8" Calypso Coral & Lucky Limeade Sheer Ribbon [from 2012 Sale-a-Bration catalog--retired] 
Accessories:  Big Shot, Petal Cone Bigz Die, Spider Web Embossing Folder, 
    Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit, Designer Ribbon Slide [pg 31 in Holiday Mini catalog], 
    Tiny Stapler,  1" x 8" Cello Bags, Candy [yummmm], Paper Snips, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, 
    one pair of non-SU googlies, Sponge Daubers, Scoring Tool, Dazzling Detail Glitter Glue


Luminaries are a favorite of mine and my customers.  A Halloween Luminary was top on my list. 
It took more time deciding what to do than it did to actually make it.   

Side 1

Side 2

Stamps:  Googly Ghouls
CS:  Basic Black, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
DSP:  Howlstooth & Scaringbone, Frightful Sight [retired]
Glimmer Paper:  Champagne  [pg 18 in Holiday Mini]
Vellum:  Paper Weight [retired]
Ink:  Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade
Ribbon:  1/8" Sheer Organdy Ribbon - Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade
         [from Sale-a-Bration catalog - retired]
Punch:  1 3/8" Circle punch; 1/4" Circle punch; 1/8" Circle punch;  1 3/8" Square punch
         non-SU cat, bat, ghost, grass trees punches
Accessories:  Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit, Scoring Tool, Dimensionals, 
         Battery Operated Tea Light, Sticky Strip Tape, Sponge Daubers, Dazzling Details Glitter Glue...
         about everything but the kitchen sink.  :)

Now it is off to the next stop on our tour, LeeAnn Greff's blog.  Wait until you see her great projects.  :)    Thanks for stopping by...

Happy Stamping!   Judy  :)

Friday, September 7, 2012

"Egyptian" Themed Jewelry Piece

Here is my latest jewelry piece made for my friend, Gail Scase.  Her September birthday theme is "Egyptian".  I had to research the Egyptian theme to get myself on the right track.  I spent almost as much time as I spent researching Steam Punk back in it is all a learning experience.

I purchased a wonderful art pendant image of the Goddess Bast which is perfect since Gail loves cats.  The original statue was part of the riches discovered in 1929 upon the excavation of King Tutankhamen tomb.  I can't wait to give it to her.  

Since I had some extra time to play, I stamped and decorated a gift box to present it. 

For my piece, I used some black ribbon from last year's Holiday mini.  I found some purple glitter tape  and used the scallop square punch to punch the two purple accents on the sides and I used a 1/8" hand-held circle punch to add a dot of color to the bottom and top of the piece.  I used two charms of lotus flowers and white pearls to represent Egyptian Lotus Flowers and Egyptian Pearls.  WaaLaa!!!!   :)

Happy Stamping!    Judy   :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

"Pearls & Lace" - I Received my Birthday Jewelry Pieces!!!

Here are three more of MY "Pearls & Lace" themed Birthday Jewelry Pieces.  It is wonderful to get spoiled by my friends!!!  I'm loving it!!!

My fifth piece was made by Kathy Klancic.  Isn't this great???  The piece will look perkier when it is hanging and not laying flat.  Kathy made an art person for each of our themes.  She is one creative lady.  I'm loving it!!!

My sixth piece was made by Nicole Webb.  She used a piece of antique lace for this piece.  Nicole also gave me an antique hankie...which I plan to use under the center of my shadow box.  The pink accent roses will help all my pieces work together.  Did you notice the corset charm hanging from the bottom?  I'm loving it!!!

My seventh piece was made by Pat Stevens.  Pat loves hearts and she does wonderful things with them.  Here is a great example.  Love the pink flowers and heart.  The pearls are a light pink...and Pat put a string of pink pearls on the packaging.  Those pearls will be placed around the shadow box to help pull all my pieces together.  I can't wait to have a finished project and can show it off.  I'm loving it!!!

My eighth piece will be made by Michele Templeman but she won't have it done until October I have reserved a spot in the shadow box for it.  :)

I just finished my September jewelry piece for Gail, who has an "Egyptian" theme.  I still have two more pieces to make for October birthdays, for Jane ---"Moose" theme and Michele --- "Halloween" theme.  

So to recap our year, we had themes of: Butterflies/Dragonflies, Steam Punk, Yellow Roses, Seamstress/Sewing, Birds/Bird Cages, Pearls & Lace, Egyptian, Moose, and Halloween.  Just go back in my posts if you would like to see the earlier jewelry pieces.  What a fun and creative year!

Happy Stamping!   Judy  :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Pearls & Lace" - I Received my Birthday Jewelry Pieces!!!!!!

The RUBBER DUCKIES are a wonderful group of ladies I am privileged to be a part of.  I received all but one of my "Pearls and Lace" themed Birthday Jewelry Pieces....and I'm absolutely loving every one of them.  The plan is to display them in a shadow box but I am waiting on a supply order to finish it.  So, in the meantime, I'll start sharing the individual pieces I received.

 My first piece was made by Dawn Free.  She melted embossing powders to swirl on the large center jewel.  This picture doesn't do it justice.  It will be in the center of my shadow box.  The rest of the piece has lots of pearls and lace. I'm loving it!!!  I'm so glad I selected this theme!

My second piece was made by Gail Scase.  Talk about beautiful.  I love "Girly" things.  Notice the gold hand charm has lace wrapped around it.  The detail is stunning!  I'm loving it!!!

My third piece was made by Jane Price.  Because it is all white, it is hard to see the detail but it is a beautiful white lace flower with a large pearl in the center with small pearls swooping around the outside.  I'm loving it!!!

My fourth piece was made by JoAnn Salmon.  JoAnn found this interesting round base piece that works great...and is the perfect size.  I love Pink and the Cameo looks so classy sitting in the middle.  I'm loving it!!!  Another winner...every one of these is a winner!!!!  

Tomorrow I'll share the last three pieces I received.  Stay Tuned!  I wish I had more birthdays each year!  It seems like it takes forever while waiting for MY birthday works of art...but making pieces for my friends seems to happen every month and it's hard to keep up.  In future posts, I'll show some of my previous year's projects.

Happy Stamping!  Judy  :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Birthday Wishes from Friends

A few cards to share that I received for my birthday from my Mile High Stamper friends.  Thank you ladies!  I love them all.

Crystal French - Black Magic Technique                    Joy Nelson - Great use of Circles

Sharon Madsen - Adorable Card                             Gini McCreary - Baby Wipe Technique

Sue Sterrett - Very glittery and pretty                    Kathy Robberson - Great use of Square Punch

Linda Pratt - Fun Wire Flower                                Jan Schoenfeld - Simple but Elegant 

Happy Stamping!   Judy  :)