Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Stampin' With Syd

My 12 year old great niece, Sydnie, spent the day with me and we did  a lot of stampin'.  We also make a roast with all the trimmings for supper (crock pot easy!) and some homemade bread (bread machine helped us out there).  It was a fun day and we have a lot of cards to show you.

For our first card, Syd said she liked one we saw that was a punch art pizza slice.   It was fun creating the toppings.  
Pepperoni- 1 inch circle of Cajun Craze stamped with 'specks' of Versamark ink
Green Pepper - 7/8 inch scallop circle punch
Black Olive - standard hole punch, 3/4 inch circle punch
Bacon - Cajun Craze card stock with some 'squiggle' lines drawn using a Cajun Craze marker, then cut around the lines.
Onion - Whisper White cut with the 1 inch circle
The cheese is Very Vanilla sponged with some So Saffron ink.  It was cut using a circle framelit.
The sauce (Cherry Cobbler)  and crust  (Crumb Cake) were cut using the large scallop circle die but could also be cut with the largest Circle Framelit.
Other items - Gingham Garden DSP, Melon Mambo card stock, Whisper White stitched ribbon, Perfectly Penned stamp set and Basic Gray ink

Syd's version

When I cut the Crumb Cake card stock for the pizza crust, Syd thought it looked like an ice cream cone, so we had to try that next.  The cone is scored every half inch using the diagonal Simply Scored insert. We then sponged the raised side with some Crumb Cake ink.  My ice cream is pistachio - I used Pistachio Pudding card stock and used some sprinkles from a retired set to give it some texture using Versamark ink.  The cherry is 1/2 inch circle of Real Red with a little highlight from a white gel pen.  I used Always Artichoke to add the stem.
Other items - Island Indigo, Real Red, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White card stock.  A Word for You retired stamp set and the corner punch.

Syd made Coffee Ice Cream with chocolate chips (bottom scoop) and Caramel Swirl with chocolate chips (top scoop).  She experimentd with the swirls to try to get something that looked realistic.  I took an old piece of the waste rubber from around the stamp images and cut a couple curved lines, placed them on the back of one of the wooden blocks and it worked beautifully.  I think it could slo be used to make some zebra stripes :-)  

Another idea we saw was a pop-up cupcake card.   I used a Crushed Curry card bask with Calypso Coral card stock and Marina Mist striped DSP.  I added the new Crushed Curry Chevron striped ribbon (love it!) and a couple Crushed Curry Candy Dots (love them too!).  The sentiment from the Crazy for Cupcakes retired set was stamped on Crushed Curry and mounted on Calypso Coral.  The picture does not do the colors justice.  They look so great together!

Open the card and a cupcake pops up.  I colored mine with some water color pencils and smoothed it out with a blender pen.

The front of Syd's card.  Soft Sky card base with Primrose Petals and Midnight Muse.  She also used a couple candy dots in Soft Sky.

And her cupcake.  She colored hers with the Marvelous Markers.  I love her striped candle :-)

Now it was Syd's turn to come up with some designs.  She looked through my book of all my stamp sets and wanted to use the Cottage Window and the hot air balloon from Ain't Love Grand.  The window is stamped using Baked Brown Sugar on Soft Sky.   Then we cut out the inside of the window.  After a lot of playing with the Stamp-a-ma-jig we got the balloon stamped just where she wanted in inside the card.

She stamped a second balloon on a scrap of card stock and colored it with the watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  The balloon was punched out with the 1 1/4 inch circle and placed over the image inside the card with a dimensional.  Cute idea!

My version.  I also stamped the window on Soft Sky using Baked Brown Sugar.  Cut the window out and placed balloons from Up, Up and Away set inside the card.  I used Melon Mambo, Pacific Point and Pumpkin Pie DSP to add some scallop trims along the bottom.  A piece of white baker's twine was tied around the card.  The sentiment was stamped in Baked Brown Sugar on Soft Sky and mounted on Baked Brown Sugar scalloped circle.

The inside- Melon Mambo, Pacific Point and Pumpkin Pie balloons.  Great idea Syd!  I may have to try some other ideas like this one.

For a while Syd designed and played and I just gathered items for her.  Her she did a hexagon card.  Notice the hexagon in the center is different and popped up with a dimensional.  Inside she wrote, 'Hope you're back to normal soon'

 Syd told me she wanted to try a shaker card.  She used the Branch Out set for the tree and the birds.   We cut the sun out using the 1 1/4 inch scallop of Crushed Curry.  The center was punched with the 3/4 inch circle.  She used the 1 inch Shaker Frame, Window Sheet and Crushed Curry to complete the shaker.

We dyed some mica chips with Calypso Coral, Peach Parfait and More Mustard re-inkers.  Added just a little inside the shaker.

Then she did some embossing.  The yellow embossed Flower Shop flowers are paired with some Perfect Plum square lattice embossed strips on Pink Pirouette card base.  Three little words... thinking of you. 

Some more embossed Flower Shop flowers with Basic Gray ribbon on a Whisper White card base covered with more flowers.  To get the lighter flowers on the card base, she stamped off on scrap paper then stamped on the card.

Butterflies --- these were heat embossed using yellow embossing powder on Basic Black card stock.  Some Pool Party ribbon wsa added and the butterflies are stamped in Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party.

Some blue crystal heat embossed butterflies scattered across Pink Pirouette and So Saffron card stock.  The retired ribbon is Melon Mambo.

I used a scrap from Syd's yellow and black butterflies and added some DSP behind it then mounted it on Always Artichoke and So Saffron.  I added a Rich Razzleberry ribbon and some rhinestones to accent.  The sentiment is from the Petite Pairs set.

Here is a close up of the butterfly.  You can just see the slight edge of the yellow embossing and the antennae. 

For the last card of the day I asked Syd to choose a card base color - Midnight Muse.  Then 3 other colors - Real Red, So Saffron and Pink Pirouette.     We worked on the inside of the card first. 

We used strips of Window Sheets of different lengths and adhered them between two pieces of card stock that had 1/2 inch scored at the end.   Then we added small stars in the different colors to the end of the strips.   This is the inside of my card.

And the front.  What fun to open the card and have stars popping up at you.   I would not have chosen these colors but it turned out nicely.

And the inside of my card.  Lots of stars.

And this is Syd's card. 

We had such a good time.  We ordered pizza delivery for lunch and I taught her how to use the bread machine (which her mom has but never uses).   Her mom and sister came to pick her up after they got off work and they stayed for supper.  A great day all around. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

More Madness of the Mosaic Sort

A few more Mosaic Madness cards from tonight.

Card Stock - Crisp Canteloupe, Early Espresso, Pool Party
Paper - retired Sweet Shoppe (I think)
Stamp Set - Perfectly Penned
Tool - Mosaic punch

 Card stock - Soft Sky, So Saffron, Midnight Muse
Stamp Set - Mosaic Madness, Bring on the Cake
Embellishments - Pearls
Ink - Midnight Muse
Tools - Mosaic punch, Mosaic embossing folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Punch Pack

 Card Stock - Whisper White, Pool Party
Paper - Gingham Garden
Stamp sets - Mosaic Madness, Simply Sketched
Tools - Mosaic punch, 2 1/2 inch circle punch, Finishing Touches framelit
Ink - Pool Party, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight

 Card Stock - Whisper White, Crushed Curry
Stamp set - Banner Greetings, Mosaic Madness
Tools - Mosaic punch, Mosaic embossing folder
Embellishments - Island Indigo baker's twine
Ink - Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Island Indigo

 Card Stock - Whisper White
Paper - Gingham Garden
Ink - Melon Mambo, Island Indigo
Stamp sets - Mosaic Madness, Banner Greetings
Tools- Mosaic punch, 1 1/4 inch square punch

Card Stock - Pool Party, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry
Stamp Set - Mosaic Madness
Tools - Mosaic punch, Punch Pack, Paper Piercing pack
Ink - Early Espresso

Still have more ideas from browsing through other demonstrators' blogs and online albums.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mosaic Madness

Stampin' Up has several bundles in the current catalog - you purchase coordinated products and get a discount on them.   The Mosaic Madness is one of those bundles.  You get the Mosaic Madness stamp set and the Mosaic punch.   I have been playing with mine today.   All of these cards are inspired by those I have seen from other demonstrators.

Paper - Gingham Garden
Card Stock - Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Midnight Muse
Ink - Midnight Muse, Daffodile Delight
Stamp Set - Mosaic Madness, Pennant Parade
Tools - Mosaic Punch

Card Stock - Baked Brown Sugar,Whisper White
Ink - Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush
Stamp Sets - Mosaic Madness, Bring on the Cake
Tools - Mosaic Punch, Simply Scored

Card Stock - Gumball Green, Whisper White
Stamp Sets - Mosaic Madness, Petite Pairs
Ink - Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple and a gold pen
Tool - Mosaic Punch

Card stock - Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Whisper White
Paper - Gingham Garden
Ink - Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz
Stamp sets - Mosaic Madness, Petite Pairs
Tools - Mosaic Punch, Round corner punch
Embellishments - Candy Dots

Card stock - Daffodile Delight, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo
Paper - Gingham Garden
Stamp Sets - Mosaic Madness, Bring on the Cake
Ink - Island Indigo
Tools - Mosaic Punch, Mosaic embossing folder

Paper - Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Puddong
Ink - Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Pitachio Pudding
Stamp Set - Mosaic madness,
Tool - Mosaic punch

Card Stock - Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pear Pizzazz
Paper - Gingham Garden
Stamp set - Mosaic Madness, Bring on the Cake
Ink - Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar
Tool - Mosaic punch, Punch Pack
Embellishment - Pear Pizzazz seam binding

Card Stock - Baked Brown Sugar, Midnight Muse, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Paper - In Color DSP
Stamp set - Mosaic Madness
Tools - Mosaic Punch, Mosaic Embossing Folder, 3/4 inch circle punch, 1 inch circle punch, Punch Pack
Embellishment - linen thread

Catd Stock - Whisper White, Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple
Ink - Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green
Stamp Set - Mosaic Madness
Tools - Mosaic punch, Punch Pack, Mosaic Embossing Folder
Embellishment - rhinestones

Card Stock - Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Stamp set - Mosaic Madness, Petite Pairs
Tools - 3/4 inch circle, mosaic punch, small and medum oval.
Embellishment - pearls

Card Stock - Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush
Ink - Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush
Stamp Sets - Mosaic Madness and Bring on the Cake
Tools - Mosaic punch, Mosaic embossing folder.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

No recipe cooking

Some evenings I like to just experiment and throw things together - sort of like Chopped.  The other evening I had some leftover potatoes and a wedge of cabbage that I needed to use.  Here's what I came up with.  The whole meal was a big hit.
Salmon over a bed of sauteed cabbage
Baked potato cup
Asian green beans (just to have a green vegetable)

Salmon over cabbage - 
I sliced up the wedge of salmon and had about 2 cups total.  I sauteed that in a small skillet with a little salt and pepper.   I used the recipe on the back of the bag of frozen salmon as a start.  Mixed together chili powder, garlic powder, sugar, and salt and rubbed it on the salmon.  I pan seared the salmon and cooked until it was done.

Baked Potato Cup -
I diced up the leftover potatoes and mixed with some sour cream and cheddar cheese.  Spoon the mixture into custard cups and topped with a little more cheese.  Heated in the microwave until the cheese melted.

Asian Green Beans -
Drained a can of green beans and tossed them with some Ken's Light Asian Ginger dressing.  Heated  until warm.

My husband really liked the green beans.  And it was ready in under 30 minutes.  Guess it was a combination between Chopped and Rachael Ray.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Heat embossing workshop

I held a Heat Embossing Workshop this weekend and here are some of the items we made plus some samples I had to display. 

 This is one of the cards we made.  I love the embossed colors on the dark card stock.  I used Melon Mambo and Wild Wasabi.  The stamp sets are Papillon Potpourri (butterflies), Simply Sketched (sentiment) and a retired Silhouette Sentiments (flowers).

 I used the clear embossing powder on the piece of Real Red and stamped the same flowers on using Real Red on Whisper White.  This was placed on a piece of Crumb Cake and Whisper White card base.

 I used the retired stamp set Elementary Elegance and DSP Everyday Enchantment on this one.  The ribbon is the new Baked Brown Sugar ruffled stretch ribbon.  I heat embossed Wild Wasabi powder on Wild Wasabi card stock then sponged over it with Soft Suede.

 I used Melon Mambo and Wild Wasabi again.  Basic Black was used to accent.  The butterfly punch works really well with the stamp set.  Most punches leave a little blank space around the design but this punch cuts right on the outer edge of the butterfly.

 Elementary Elegance again.  I did the frame in Gold on Basic Black.  The butterfly was done using black embossing powder on Whisper White. 

I then used a sponge dauber and added some Daffodil Delight to the very center and Melon Mambo to the wings. Very striking! 

 For this one I embossed the flowers on the Basic Black using Melon Mambo embossing powder and then stamped the flowers on Whisper White with Melon Mambo ink.

Another card we made at the workshop.  One of my favorite new stamp sets, Flower Shop.  The background is done by stamping the flower randomly using Smoky Slate.  I did one flower using Melon Mambo embossing powder on Whisper White.  The Pansy punch makes is so easy to 'cut out' the flower.

We made this card by embossing the Mixed Bunch flower on vellum.  The card base is Crisp Cantaloupe with a layer of Wild Wasabi. The large pearls add a finishing touch.

These Mixed Bunch blossoms were embossed on Whisper White using clear embossing powder.  I then sponged over the design and punched with the Blossom punch.  I used the Woodgrain embossing folder oon some Early Espresso for the background.

One of my favorite cards - the butterfiles are embossed with Basic Black on Whisper White.  I then colored them in with the Marvelous Markers.   The card base is Melon Mambo and the sentiment is stamped on Tempting Turquoise.  A couple Tempting Turquoise candy dots really set it off. 

These butterflies were also embossed with black on Whisper White card stock.  Using a sponge dauber I added a little Daffodil Delight to the center of the butterfly. Then I sponged the outside edges with different colors, from top to bottom, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie,  Tempting Turquoise, Pretty in Pink and Rich Razzleberry.

Another Mixed Bunch card.  I used Gold embossing powser and then painted the design with a blender pen, picking up ink from the lid of the stamp pads.  The colors are Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist.

Butterflies made from the Mixed Bunch stamp.  I embossed with Wild Wasabi and then sponged with Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight.  I cut off two of the petals and curls the others up a little before adding the 1/8 inch taffeta ribbon and basic pearls. 

The watch shape was embossed with Gold on Whisper White.  Then the numerals were stamped/embossed using Black embossing powder.  The clock hands were embossed using Gold and then cut out and added to the clock face.  Other images from the Clockworks stamp set are used in the background.

I also tried the Heat and Bond adhesive with the Dazzling Diamonds.  The Mosaic Madness stamp set and coordinating Mosaic punch were used on this one.   I don't usually use glitter because I always make a mess.  I have little bits of glitter all over the place.  I will put this card in an envelope before storing with the others.  :-)

And one last one I made after the workshop.   The Crazy for Cupcakes stack was stamped in Basic Gray and colored in using a blender pen.   I added some of the Versamark refill using a Q-tip to the icing areas.  Then added some of the Dazzling Diamonds.  The colors are Very Vanilla, Melon Mambo, Pistacho Pudding, Marina Mist and Sahara Sand.  I added a Marina Mist candy dot and some Very Vanilla seam binding to finish it off.

It was fun playing with ideas for the heat gun and embossing powders.  I need to use them more!