Clean & Simple Monday Challenge

This is week 10 of our All-Star Holiday Season with design team alumni!

CAS 251 – Bling it up! CAS style with glitter, gems, pearls or liquid pearls, etc.

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I chose cardstock that came with the glitter already on it! I love when it’s that simple :) Christmas has already started here in my home. Busy, busy, busy… so clean & simple is just right!

Stamps: Gina K Designs
Paper: SU poppy parade, green glitter – unknown
Ink: Memento black, Copic markers, SU black marker
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities
Techniques: I used a SU marker to ink up just the “Christmas” portion of the sentiment. The inside says… is a fire that warms your heart.

SCS Featured Stamper Challenge

Featured Stamper this week is Sandie, a.k.a. sistersandie!

I was browsing through Sandie’s wonderful gallery bookmarking cards to make the hard choice later, but then I ran into this card and knew instantly it would be the card.

* I used the same theme, colors and image (although from a different company).
* I tweeked the layout to make everything fit.
* Instead of a border punch, I used die cuts. And I did repeated stamping instead of using designer paper.
* I put a sentiment where she had gems.
* I added a heart & bow… because I had stamping boo-boo.

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Stamps: unknown companies
Paper & Ink: black, ballet blue, wild wasabi & pretty in pink
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities dies, Creative Memories heart punch, Creative Memories Callipen
Accessories: ribbon

Techniques: The heart is actually 4 or 5 layers to make it thicker like a button. Before stamping the numbers on the main image, I stamped the footprints on scratch paper before stamping on the cardstock to get a shade lighter.

About the card: The reason why I knew I would CASE Sandie’s baby footprints card is because I bought this stamp for one reason… to make a scrapbook page for the March of Dimes ~ Walk for Babies 8 mile walk I did a few years ago. One in eight babies are born prematurely every year in our country. Many more are born with birth defects or are stillborn. March of Dimes helps families, doctors and researchers, etc. I can’t help them as much as I used to because I lost my job. But every little bit counts because it adds up. And because of that, more babies can be saved.

My story: My firstborn child was born 16 weeks too early and weighed 1 pound and 4 ounces and was 12 inches long. He is 18 years old now. He has cerebral palsy and high functioning autism, but he has a personality that makes it difficult for classmates, teachers and health professionals to forget. Two years before he graduated, Brian had major surgeries on his legs, knees, ankles and feet. It was a long recovery. He uses his wheelchair to go from room to room in schools, but he can walk short distances within a small room. He prefers his wheelchair. So it was a surprise when at graduation ceremonies, he chose to walk across the stage to receive his diploma (certificate of completion – special ed). His classmates gave him a standing ovation, followed by the teachers and then the whole auditorium full of families. It was unexpected and truly amazing. If Brian had been born 5 years earlier, there would’ve been no way to save him. But a new substance was made to mimic what our lungs have so the walls don’t stick together therefore allowing us to inhale air again. Without that chemical substance, a respirator wouldn’t be able to work. I’m positive there have been many more discoveries in the past 18 years that I’m unaware of but are so very important to many babies and families.

When Brian was 5 yrs old, I went into preterm labor again. Unfortunately, he died during delivery. There was no time for a c-section and 18 weeks early was too soon. He weighed one pound and was 11.5 inches long.

When I participate in a March of Dimes Walk for Babies, I have a special shirt that I had made. On the back it says, “Walking in honor of Brian and in memory of Blake.”

Clean & Simple Monday Challenge

This is week 9 of our All-Star Holiday Season with design team alumni!

CAS Challenge 250 – Holiday Parties or Shopping
(an alternative would be parties or shopping in general)

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Stamps: main image – Rubbernecker, sentiment – Gina K Designs
Paper: SU poppy parade dsp
Ink: Memento black, Copic markers, SU poppy parade markers
Tools: SU label punch

VSN on Splitcoast

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It’s been many moons since I’ve participated in VSN (Virtual Stamp Night) which eventually evolved into a whole weekend event and I just found out I have a whole week to do the rest of the challenges this time. So maybe I’ll do more.

I was there for the very first VSN in May of 2005. It was a one night stampathon of fun and it was fast and furious! The challenges were listed every half hour! There weren’t really any rules; it was just a fun idea. A fun idea that stuck… and grew… and became a regular event that’s now a part of the SCS culture! I even hostessed a few times. Not sure I’d ever do that again, but it’s always fun to see the new ideas and cards that come from them.

My card was for this challenge…

Challenge Title: SNOW FUN
Hostess: KonaRose (Rosy)
Keyword: DEC13VSND
Date: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9 PM EST

This challenge is to make a paper creation depicting a snow SPORT.

Stamps: Stampin Up – retired set, sentiment – Gina K Designs
Paper: All Stampin’ Up
Ink: Memento black, Copic markers
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities, SU label punch, Martha Stewart snowflake punch
Accessories: Offray ribbon, Stickles (Ice – frosted lace & snowfake – waterfall), pop-up dots
Size: 4.25 square

Triple Challenge – All Tangled Up Reindeer

Friday Free 4 All – Holly Greetings

Saturday – Inspiration Challenge: Hollanders. I chose this holly paper.

Sunday – Featured Stamper: Anita Madden a.k.a. Zacksmeema. I was inpsired bythis gorgeous card!

My card:

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* I used the same layout but made an A2 card instead of a square card.
* I used similar images and embellishments.
* I changed the dp but wanted to keep the script. The lightest I found was daffodil delight and it made the card much brighter than it already was. That seems to be my main style this Christmas anyway :)

Stamps: All Tangled up Reindeer – Whipper Snapper, holly – DRS Designs, sentiment – $1 stamp
Paper: SU real red & daffodil delight dsp, Creative Memories holly dp (retired?)
Ink: Memento black, Copic markers
Tools: Martha Stewart snowflake punch
Accessories: half pearls, SU real red taffeta ribbon

Flashback Friday – Ways to Use Script

Thursday’s Ways to Use It challenge on SCS was all about using script. “You can use an old book page, music sheets, stamped script, or your own hand writing on your card.” Well, I wasn’t able to make a new card, so I thought I would browse my galleries and look for some ways I’ve used it in the past. Here are a few of my faves.

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Made sometime between 2005-2008 as jen70.

SU Stamps: Moose You, It’s Your Birthday, Short & Sweet

Paper & Ink: bashful blue, certainly celery, chocolate chip, white

Accessories: markers, Marvy scallop punch

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Made sometime between 2005-2008 as jen70.

SU Stamps: Angler, Warmest Regards, Weathered BG

Paper: close to cocoa, certainly celery, bashful blue, very vanilla

Ink: chocolate chip, certainly celerry, bashful blue

Accessories: WW crayons, brads, CM custom cutting system, dimensionals

Techniques: sponging, tent card/topper card

Size: The card base is 4.25 square. With the topper, it fits an A2 envelope.

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Made in July 2011 for the CAS Holiday Weekend Challenges.

CAS Holiday Challenge #12: Use stars on your CAS card.

Inspired by this card by mbelles.

Stamps: Lazy Days of Summer (Gina K. Designs)
Paper: white, SU Bermuda Bay
Ink: SU Bermuda Bay & Taken with Teal
Tools: Martha Stewart border punch
Accessories: SU white taffeta ribbon, pop up dots

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A double challenge card made in August 2011.

CAS131 – It’s CAS to some and not to others. Regardless, I wanted to show one example of a partial image where I purposely didn’t completely stamp the script background.

SCS Featured Stamper: pawallen142

* Same colors and layout (But I used more kraft instead of white and red.)
* Different script, flower images, and embossing folder
* Instead of taffeta ribbon, I used organdy ribbon.
* Instead of of a border punch, I used a Nestabilities die cut.

Rubbernecker Stamps: Wildflowers (496_01), French Script BG (448)
Paper: GP white, SU kraft
Ink: SU crumb cake, real red & wild wasabi
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities scallop rectangle die, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF
Accessories: white organdy ribbon

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And I made this one 2 months ago.

IC409 Challenge – Barnes & Noble – Loved it!

For this one, I started with one inspiration and then thought about another one and so I used both.

Stamps: DRS Designs, GKD, Gina K Designs, SU

Paper: white, black, SU dsp

Ink: Memento black, copic markers

Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 18