Cajun Double Back Sunflower

Happy Halloween all, somewhat late!! Hope you had a great night! I miss the days of trick or treating and handing out candy, yet it's nice just to be home and do what I need to do! Living in the country now, Trick or Treaters at the door have never happened. And, my boys are too old to go out! and, I'm OK with that :)

I played in the stamp room tonight-motivated to get a few cards done by ideas that have been running around in my head. That sounds like a bad thing-but trust me-it's all good!! :) LOVE being back in creative mode!! Gotta get "the" Christmas card on the to do list!!

Here is one that I did tonight! Inspired by Dawn Olchefske over at DO Stamping. She did a post recently on using Double Backgrounds. Of course she used the Sunflower so I HAD to give it a try!!

This is very similar to her card, but I did change a few things! My card base is Cajun Craze with an Early Espresso accent layer behind the Crumb Cake background. On the background, I stamped the saying from Pursuit of Happiness in Cajun on the lower right corner. Then, I inked the En Francais background in Crumb Cake and stamped on the left side of the card. Over that I stamped the Sunflower inked with Cajun Craze. I attached the Crumb cake layer to the Early Espresso. I then knotted a Crumb cake ribbon at the edge of the background stamps, and added 3 Metallic brads to the top right corner. Attach that layer to the background and done!

Pretty simple, yet VERY wow!!

Thanks for stopping by today! Back soon with more creations :)


HSS Artist Pick!

Woohoo-I was an Artist pick over at HSS with my Textured Folaige card!

Here is my card again

and a link to my original post HERE.


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Here is the second card I made last night. I tweaked it just a bit this morning and I guess it will do! I played along with the sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches. They always have great ones!! Here is my card

based on this sketch

I really didn't stamp much on this one! I let the Be of Good Cheer Designer Paper do all the work!! The card base is Cherry Cobber with a Gumball Green accent layer behind the Gumball Green print background. At the top right are 3 Very Vanilla brads per the sketch. The other DSP print is matted on Cherry Cobbler and attached to the background. My snowflake element is two of the medium snowflakes from the Snow Flurry die in Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla. In the center, the smallest cut from the Champagne Glimmer paper. The flakes are all attached together with a Very Vanilla brad and then set on a 1-3/4" Gumball Green circle. It needed something behind it and I tried all the colors in the card without really liking any of them!! The Merry Christmas from Teeny Tiny Wishes was stamped on a Very Vanilla banner that I cut with the Bitty Banners Framelits. I cut a second from Cherry Cobbler, split in the middle, and attached at the ends of the Very Vanilla.

Thanks for stopping by again today!! I'm off and running with son #2 to shop for winter clothes!!

Triple Foliage Inspiration

I needed to be creative tonight, so I found a few challenges to play along with! First, the Inspiration challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments. Fall HSSIC141. I always think leaves when I think fall, and ever since I saw the Triple Time Technique I've wanted to try texturing it. Love textured leaves, so here we go!!

I of course reached for French Foliage. I did consider Wonderfall, but French Foliage won out. Just love how well these leaves go together! The yellow in the inspiration photo really stood out to me, so I looked through my Color Coach until I found something fall-ish involving a yellow. The colors I chose: More Mustard, Old Olive and Bravo Burgundy. I ended up with more green than yellow, but I like the end result!!

Remember, the layers sizes are as follows:

Old Olive
4-1/4 x 5-1/2 (8-1/2 x 5-1/2 folded)
3-1/4 x 4-1/2
2-1/4 x 3-1/2

Very Vanilla
4 x 5-1/4
3 x 4-1/4
2 x 3-1/4

As per the technique, I attached (gently) my Very Vanilla layers together and then stamped them. I did the verse first in Burgundy, then leaves in More Mustard, Old Olive and Bravo Burgundy. I added a few splatters too (can't resist those!!) in Crumb Cake. While still attached together, I ran all the Very Vanilla layers through the Square Lattice embossing folder. Then I took them apart and layered onto their respective Old Olive Layer. Around the smallest, I knotted a More Mustard 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon. 

Thanks for stopping by! I have another card made, but I'm going to "sleep on it" before posting. Want to make sure I like it first :) See you tomorrow!!


Clean & Simple Eggplant Flowers

I created this card last night. My starting point was the Clean & Simple sketch this week, FTL214. I'm not sure my end result is clean and simple, but their sketch was a GREAT starting point!! Here is my card.

Purple is my favorite color and I was in the mood for some last night so I grabbed Elegant Eggplant as my starting point. The card base is Eggplant with a Lucky Limeade layer behind the background River Rock. I textured the River Rock with the Argyle Embossing Folder. An accent of Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was knotted around the background before attaching to the card base. The center panel is Elegant Eggplant again with Very Vanilla. Thinking of You from Sassy Salutations was stamped in the bottom corner. The flowers were made by punching Scallop Circles of Elegant Eggplant and then cutting "petals" and texturing them in the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder. Under the flowers are two sets of leaves cut from Lucky Limeade with the Little Leaves Sizzlit. The center of the flowers are circles of River Rock, Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight. Sizes 1", 3/4" and 1/2". I attached those all together then ran through the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.

Thanks for stopping by today!!


Open House Triple Betsy

Finally-card four from Open Houses last weekend!! I decided to show everyone the Triple Time technique that is so fun yet easy!! I started playing with colors, looking for a Fall feel, and ended up with this!

Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight and Lucky Limeade. The stamp set used is Betsy's Blossom and the saying is from Curly Cute. Remember the trick to this?? Start by layering all your Whisper White pieces together. Attach them with just a little bit of Snail adhesive. Stamp as desired with all the layers together. We started by doing the saying first at the bottom of the center layer. And, we made sure to leave an Indigo flower in the center of that layer for a brad accent. I like to stamp the larger images first, then work my way to the smaller. I did the large Daffodil flowers, then the Limeade leaves and Indigo flowers, and finally filled in with the small Daffodil flowers.

When you take them apart and layer on their Island Indigo layer you get a WOW!!! effect! One thing to note: while stamping, you will get some spots at the edges that don't look wonderful. But, remember you are adding an Indigo layer to the back of each Whisper White. Those "spots" won't show!! This sizes of the layers are

Whisper White          Island Indigo
2 x 3-1/4                   2-1/4 x 3-1/2
3 x 4-1/4                   3-1/4 x 4-1/2
4 x 5-1/4                   4-1/4 x 11 (base, folded to 4-1/4 x 5)

The final accent is a Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon that we tied into a bow and attached with a Glue Dot. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a GREAT weekend on tap! Looks to be a football day here! Our Kansas State Wildcats have a big game this afternoon, and Hubby's office has a Husker tailgate before their game this evening.


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Happy Friday all! Long week but I think I'm just about recovered from all the activity I had last weekend :) I always enjoy the time with my stampers but the work of it just about wipes me out!! Looking forward to a little more relaxing time this weekend!!

Here is my Sketch Frenzy Friday creation of the week!

based on this sketch by Tammy Fite.

My card base is Rich Razzleberry with an accent layer of Lucky Limeade behind the background of Whisper White. While running through ideas in my mind, I hit on this DSP print. It's from the Summer Smooches pack and I've always wondered what it would work good with. I decided it would be perfect for a couple of the "banners" on this sketch. I'm terrible at these by the way-if anyone has a great tip for cutting the corner ends of these straight, please let me know! I know I can't do it free hand, so I always reach for a square punch. But they never seem to come out quite right!!

I changed up the sketch a little again. I'm becoming quite the rebel aren't I? I'm usually one for keeping it as is!! My center banner isn't banner cut at all, I left both ends straight so I could fit more flowers on. I stamped the flowers/leaves from Bright Blossoms. Some I cut out, some I stamped direct. I added a couple Daffodil Delight brads and one Daffodil Delight button with some Whisper White Bakers Twine in the center. The saying is from Friendly Phrases.

The white background may be a little too white, but I didn't give myself any extra time to try something else! Probably should have made my "banner" layers just a tad wider! Oh well, it isn't terrible!

Happy Friday all! Hope you have a GREAT weekend on tap and you find some stamping time! Make sure you stop over at the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog to check out the creations of the other Design Team Members. AND, play along with us!!!


Open House Wonderfall

Card three from the weekend! Using this fun new Wonderfall stamp set and coordinating Bigz die!!

Inspired by the wonderfully talented Connie Babbert. I've decided next Open House, I'm starting at Connie's blog when I need ideas. I know I got one in July and now here's another for October. I actually saw a case of her card on Stampin' Connection (a demo group) and then went looking for her card. I changed up the colors but left the layout very similar. You can see her card HERE

My card base is Elegant Eggplant with a Summer Starfruit accent layer behind the Very Vanilla background. On the background, at the bottom we added a piece of Old Olive Designer Paper from the Brights Collection Stack. On the right side of the Very Vanilla, centered up and down between the DSP and the top of the card we stamped the saying "Imagine the Possibilities" from the Word Play set. Across the top of the DSP we attached a Summer Starfruit ribbon on which we had placed a Ribbon slide

The leaves are cut with the Autumn Accents die before stamping. To stamp them, first ink your stamp well as it lays face up on the table. Center your leaf over and set it gently down on the stamp. Press in the center good with your finger, then flip it over and press down on the table.

Colors for the leaves: the largest Elegant Eggplant, then Summer Starfruit and Old Olive. Attach them all with dimensionals. The final accent, a small bow made from the Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today!! See you back here tomorrow for Sketch Frenzy Friday!!


Open House Midnight Ornament

Card two from the weekend! This one was fairly quick and easy too. In part because of coordinating stamps and Framelits!

The colors: Midnight Muse & Shimmery White. Love Shimmery White for Christmas!! Card base is Midnight Muse with the background Shimmery White that was embossed with the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder. This folder has great detail-all kinds of Christmas items are worked into that pattern!! The ornament from Ornament Keepsakes was stamped 3 times on another sheet of Shimmery White and cut out in the Big Shot with the coordinating Framelit Die from the Holiday Ornaments set. After cutting we used the Simply Scored to score each ornament down the center. Hint: I colored one of the recessed lines on my Simply Scored with the Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker (p. 19 Holiday Mini). This helps in centering the top and bottom of the ornament on the same line!! I was having issues before!!

After scoring and folding well using the Bone Folder, attach the three ornaments together. You should have one that lays fairly flat across the front, and one attached one each side. You should have a flat back to attach to the card base, half from each of the side ornaments. Hopefully that is a little clearer than mud! Sit down and do one and I think you'll see what I mean. Before attaching the ornament, attached a small piece of Midnight Muse ribbon over the top of the card, to the back of the background layer. Attach your ornament as desired over the ribbon, centering on the embossed background as desired. Tie another piece of Midnight Muse ribbon into a bow and attach to the ornament with a Glue Dot. The saying is from More Merry Messages and was punched with the Large Oval Punch. Attach to the card base with dimensionals.

That's it! Let me know if you have any questions!! Thanks for stopping by today!!


Open House Snow Flurry

Look what you're missing by not stamping with me today!! Here is card one for the World Card Making Day Open Houses.

My Stampin' Success (magazine for Demonstrators) arrived Monday just as I was working up cards. I was inspired to create this based on a sample and idea in there. Their colors were completely different, but the layout almost the same. My card base is Early Espresso. The background, Naturals Ivory that was embossed with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder. The "Believe" is from the Snowflake Soiree set in the Holiday Mini and was stamped in the bottom corner in Early Espresso. You will be seeing more of the Snowflake Soiree set!! Not sure why I resisted it initially, but the snowflakes are very pretty and the words are great too!

OK, the snowflake element. All three snowflakes were cut with the Snow Flurry Bigz Die from the Holiday Mini. The largest was cut from Silver Shimmer paper. After cutting, I dabbed Early Espresso ink over it. It gives it a very pretty brown hue to go with the rest of the card. You don't get tons of color this way, but it definitely adds something!! This idea was in the Stampin' Success. Thanks Stampin' Up!! The middle snowflake is Early Espresso, and the top Naturals Ivory. They are all attached together with a Metallic Brad and then layered onto the card with dimensionals.

Thanks all for stopping by today!! More cards to come this week from Open House!!


Sketch Frenzy Friday 101912

Happy Friday all! Crazy week here and FAR from over at this point! Looking forward to Open Houses with my stampers this weekend. Not so much to the concession stand I have to work tonight!

Friday means another round of Sketch Frenzy Friday!! Here is my creation

based on this sketch by Sharon Wheet.

I played with the ornaments from Ornament Keepsakes this week in preparing for Open House and decided to go with that for my card today. Colors are Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla as determined by the background DSP from the Be of Good Cheer pack. I cut two Window Frames with the framelit set, one in Cherry Cobbler, the next smaller in Very Vanilla. I pierced the Cherry Cobbler using the coordinating Paper Piercing mat from the Festive Piercing Pack. Onto the windows I attached a Cherry Cobbler ornament. I first stamped this onto Very Vanilla, then cut it in the Big Shot with the coordinating framelit from the Holiday Ornaments set. Around the top of the ornament is a Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta ribbon. The ornament is attached with dimensionals to the Windows. The Windows are also attached with dimensionals to the card base. I couldn't make the element on the corner work like Sharon has on the sketch, so I moved it down and made it my saying. This is my favorite Christmas saying in my collection, from the More Merry Messages set.

Thanks for stopping by today!! Stop over at the main SFF blog to see the rest of the teams' creations and to play along!! We LOVE to see your creations!!


Club Snow Flurry

Finally-the last card from Club! This is a quick and easy one!!

Love this DSP-the Be of Good Cheer pack in the main catalog. This stripe was the perfect accent to the snowflakes. Card base Cherry Cobbler, accent layer of Gumball Green. The large and small snowflake are cut using the Snow Flurry die from Very Vanilla card stock.The center one is from the Champagne Glimmer paper. We attached the flakes together with glue dots, then to the card background with also with glue dots. A jumbo pearl is the center accent. The saying, from More Merry Messages was stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla and attached to an accent layer of Cherry Cobbler.

Ready for Christmas yet??


Summer Silhouettes Starfruit

Hey all! I decided to play a little tonight in the hope of getting some mojo flowing! Need to come up with four projects for Open House next weekend. YIKES! Spent more time on this than I should have, but I successfully combined two challenges with this card!!

Great fall colors, right?? and LOVE these images from Summer Silhouettes!! The challenges: Create with Connie and Mary CCMC222 with the colors Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green & Chocolate Chip. And Freshly Made Sketches FMS56 with the sketch.

I really like this sketch-you may be seeing it again!! My card base is Summer Starfruit. I textured the upper portion of it with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder in the Big Shot. The strip across is Chocolate Chip card stock with a Chocolate Chip stripe DSP layered on. A Summer Starfruit ribbon is knotted around. In the bottom right corner of the card front I stamped 'Happiness' from the Loving Thoughts set in Chocolate Chip. The images from Summer Silhouettes were stamped on Whisper White. Several of the flowers were cut out and raised for dimension. The Gumball Green layer is centered with the card, but is under the Chocolate Chip strip across. The Whisper White with Summer Starfruit accent layer is attached over the Gumball Green and the Chocolate Chip.

Thanks for stopping by today!! Hoping for a productive day tomorrow, both in the cleaning and the Open House prep departments :)


Sketch Frenzy Friday 101212

Happy Friday all! Hope you've had a good week and have plans for the weekend!! I see lots of work in mine, but I guess that's OK!!

Friday means another round of Sketch Frenzy Friday!! Here is my creation

based on this sketch by Robbie Rubala

I flipped the sketch on its side. The card turned out a little "busier" than I intended, but that's OK I guess. I stamped the background with the leaves from the Wonderfall set. Colors are Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Always Artichoke. After stamping I ran the panel through the Big Shot in the Square Lattice folder. The card base is Cajun Craze with an accent layer of More Mustard under the background. Across the top is a strip of DSP from the Orchard Harvest pack. I stamped the saying from Sassy Salutations in Cajun Craze on the left side, layered onto Chocolate Chip and attached. I layered over that two of the Wonderfall leaves that were cut with the Autumn Accents die. At the bottom of those is a Brushed Bronze Designer Button with Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta knotted in the center.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you stop over at the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog to see the creations of the rest of the team, AND to play along!!


Club Apple Thanks

Sorry to not have posted this sooner! I'm having one of those weeks, and especially today. Can't seem to accomplish anything!! So figured I might as well sit down and do this!! ;)

Here is card two from Club last weekend!!

I'm having lots of fun with this jar now that I got it out and used it!! The card base is Early Espresso with an accent layer of Raspberry Ripple behind a DSP print of Raspberry Ripple from the Orchard Harvest pack. The strip of printed Lucky Limeade across the center is also from that pack. I used that to accent Window Frame of Lucky Limeade. That was cut with the Window Frames framelit and then I cut the outside edge of each side. Saw this online somewhere and loved it! Gives the frames an entirely different look!! The jar was stamped in Early Espresso, the apples in Raspberry Ripple, stems in Lucky Limeade and the jar cover in Raspberry Ripple. We stamped them all first, then cut out with the coordinating Framelit set. The thank you was stamped in Early Espresso and punched with the small oval. The lower apple is attached to the jar with snail, the upper with dimensionals. We attached the jar cover to the jar then tied an Early Espresso Baker's twine around. The jar is attached to the frame with dimensionals.

Using these framelits takes a little extra time to stamp them all, then cut, but the end result is so worth it!! 

Thanks for stopping by today!! Come back by for Sketch Frenzy Friday, and  I will try and get the last club card scheduled for Saturday!


Reminder: World Card Making Day Open Houses!!

It's that time again-World Card Making Day!! While the actual day was October 6, I had conflicts, so we'll be celebrating later.

WCMD Open House I
Saturday, October 20, 2012
10 am to 3 pm

WCMD Open House II
Sunday, October 21, 2012
2 pm to 5 pm

Both events at my house near Crete, NE.
I will get you the address and directions (if needed) when you RSVP.

***RSVP required***

As usual there will be 4 projects using products from the SU! Catalog.

Goodies to eat and drink
Fun with Friends
Door Prizes
SU! Product Display

Attendance is free if you meet any of the following requirements:
**Club member during the last year
**SU! Downline to me
**Hostess during the last year (catalog or regular)
**Spent $100 as a customer during the last year
If you don't meet any of the above requirements, there will be a $15 attendance fee OR $30 minimum purchase requirement. If you don't have the current SU! catalog, either of these options will include one for you.


RSVP before October 17, 2012
by email to jennifer@sunflowerstamper.com
or call or text me at 402-540-7403


Club Googly Witch

Howdy all! Today was club with my group! Always a GREAT time!! Not stressful today either, for some reason! Not that I started early or anything ;)

Here is card one using Googly Ghouls.

Colors: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black & Whisper White. The background print is Rich Razzleberry DSP from the Brights Stack. We stamped the spider at the bottom with Black Stazon. I cut the pennant with the Bitty Banners Framelit set. Boo was stamped on it before attaching just above the spider. The witch was stamped in Black Stazon on a Whisper White window cut with the Window Frames Framelits. Behind her is a Basic Black shape, cut in half, from the Apothecary Accents Framelit set. We added Razzleberry accents to the witch with the marker. We added brads for accent to the split Accent, either in Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White or Silver. We attached the black halves to the back of the Whisper White, then attached the whole element to the card with dimensionals. Quick and easy!!

Note: There are no Googlies on this card but you could/should add one or two sets! I only had one pack in my possession, and we'd used part of it last month. We had just enough for the girls to use one set each!! I will be ordering more this week!!

Thanks for stopping by today! More club cards to come this week, and of course, Sketch Frenzy Friday when Friday rolls around!!


Sketch Frenzy 100512

Happy Friday all! Amazing how fast these weeks zip by isn't it?? But, Friday means another Sketch Frenzy Friday sketch challenge-woohoo!!

Here is my creation this week

based on this sketch by Patrice Herrera.

I decided to use my new, and previously untouched set, Perfectly Preserved. Another GREAT set in the Holiday Catalog that has a coordinating Framelit set! It really doesn't get any easier than that!!

My card base is Early Espresso with an accent layer of Cajun Craze behind the print background from the Orchard Harvest DSP pack.I stamped the jar with Early Espresso, the "cloth" lid cover in Cajun Craze, the pear in More Mustard and the stem in Lucky Limeade. All colors that coordinate with the DSP. The thank you was stamped in Island Indigo and punched with the Small Oval punch. I attached the "cloth" lid to the jar, and then the pear and stem "inside" the jar. Lastly, the thank you set slightly off to the side. I attached the whole jar to the background of more DSP layered onto Early Espresso with dimensionals. Lastly, a Brushed Bronze button was embellished with Lucky Limeade ribbon and attached with a dimensional.

We hope you'll stop by the main SFF Blog and play along with us this week!! Thanks for stopping by today to have a look :)