Saturday, September 28, 2013

Two Challenges and Unpacking


I decided to join two challenges yesterday, 

I'm not sure if I am loving the way I put the Friday Mashup colors together, but it is what it is. I stuck close to the Case Study sketch but did not to add the flag banner, but adding the the Adorning Accents edgelit to the bottom. 

Listed are the SU products that I incorporated on the card. 
All SU products unless stated.

Perfectly Perserved 
( retired, but still loved)

Harvest of Thanks
Fabulous Phrases

Early Espresso, So Saffron,Cherry Cobbler CS

Early Espresso Ink

Heart Punch

Cannery Set- Framelits
 (retired, but still loved)

Woodgrain, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folders
Candy Dots (Neutral Collection)


The Truck

Our belongings from NC arrived yesterday and the truck will be unpacked today.  It's been 3 1/2 years in storage and gone through and moved several times. Well maybe 4 times!!! 

I think most of the boxes will be like opening "Christmas" gifts! Hopefully, things will go quickly and I'll get to craft today.

Have a blessed weekend and stay"CRAFTY".

BERNADETTE


Friday, September 27, 2013

The Lord is God



This is just a quick post today. I wanted to play along again this week with the Word Art Wednesday challenge and put this card together late last night.

 For the base of the card I used Pistachio Pudding. I just love it. It's such a  soft and soothing shade of green. I pulled the colors from the Birthday Basics DSP #130145, Summer Starfruit and Crisp Cantaloupe to tie things together. As you can see from the photo, I added some texture by using the Delicate Designs #127023 embossing edge folder along the bottom of the card front.

The flowers are from the Flower Shop #130942 set and punched with the Pansy punch. That set is so nice. Six very distinct flower designs to mix and match or use alone.

A little bit of Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon, which was my last little bit,
 and Rhinestone Basic Jewels along the scallops.

Make it a great day and stay CRAFTY!

BERNADETTE



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Manly Card







Yesterday I decided to play along with Retro Sketches challenge rs#82. I was  going to enter this into the ColourQ challenge also, but they had black, white and a pop of color as their color choices. I used Very Vanilla which coordinates with the background in the Modern Medley DSP. My pop of color
 was the very pretty Coastal Cabana.


I used the Wetlands #126697 image and sentiment, but only heat embossed  the shore birds with Black Stampin' Emboss powder. 

The sentiment was inked in Coastal Cabana and cut with the Framelits- Oval Collection #129381. With the addition of a few Black Candy Dots and some Stampin' Dimensionals my card was complete.

Make your day great and stay CRAFTY!

BERNADETTE


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Happy Day and MOJO312






Good Morning! Last night I worked on the new Mojo sketch for this week, MOJO312 It went together fairly quickly, but I'm not that happy with the quality of the photo.  I'm thinking that I need to learn about F stops and just learn overall how to take better indoor shots.

The colors used on this card were, Smokey Slate CS, oh, how I love this grey. 
I also used Whisper White CS and Blushing Bride CS. 
This color is such a soft, pretty pink, but the photo does not do it justice.

The DSP is from the Eastern Elegance collection and still one of my favorites.
 I finished the card off by using the medallion and sentiment from Happy Day.

Extras: Pearl Basic Jewels, SU Whisper White Bakers twine,
  retired SU button and Nestabilities banner die.

I hope you have a great Tuesday and do something CRAFTY!

BERNADETTE



Sunday, September 22, 2013

Psalm 91:2


I had a chance today to sit down and play with some paper.

I had recently seen this Freshly Made 104 sketch and decided that it would
 be perfect to use with the Word Art Wednesday challenge.












The color combination for the card was inspired by the Eastern Elegance DSP by SU. It was paired with Coastal Cabana CS
Calypso Coral CS, and Whisper White CS.

I used the free scripture word art over on Word Art Wednesday for the sentiment. Such a wonderful verse about God's protection. 

I stamped one of the flowers from Flower Shop in Calypso Coral ink, then sprinkled it with SU Clear Embossing power. With the addition of some two way glue, SU's Dazzling Diamonds was added for a little sparkle. The Calypso Coral candy dots finished off the bottom of the banner.

I hope you are having a restful day. Enjoy and stay CRAFTY!

 BERNADETTE



Saturday, September 21, 2013

Is TNT Thursday back?


Unfortunately, not yet. 

 I was hoping to be back doing the TNT projects way before now, but that has not happened. Hopefully, by November they will be up again.  
Consider this a TNT even though it's Saturday!

  I am also considering doing a post on Quick and Easy cards for , 
" I haven't got a lot of time to create" stampers. 
That's still in the formative stages as I'm gathering projects to post. 
So stay tuned

 But today I have a quick and simple little project that's been rolling around in my head all this week since I had been working with the Harvest of Thanks stamps.

This little pocket is a simple "Diaper Fold" that has been around for a number of years.
 I thought how cute would these be lying on a napkin on a plate for Thanksgiving used as a place setting for each person attending your holiday celebration.

This certainly could be made with any DSP for any celebration. 
Think Christmas, New Years, Easter, etc.


I have seen these so they can stand by dimpling the bottom, but I wanted them to just lay on the plate.

Below will be photos of the process



 Sweater Weather DSP cut at 6X6 (you can make these larger if you care to)


 The DSP is folded in a diamond shape.
 Point to point making sure you have the design that you want is on the outside.


Take one side of the opened end and fold down leaving a about 3/16 of an inch from the bottom fold.



Using the folded line from the top triangle, fold the right and left side 
of the paper to the center and crease.

There is NO GLUE needed for this project.

This is ow it should look when completely folded.




I stamped the turkey image from the Harvest of Thanks in Crushed Curry then punched just the turkey out using my 1 3/4" Circle Punch.  I completed the project by writing a guests name on Pumpkin Pie CS. I chose to use the flag die from Circle Card Thinlits.

I added glue dots to the flag and Stampin' Dimensionals to the image
 and positioned them on the pocket.

I didn't have any trail mix to add to my SU 4X6 Cellophane Bag, 
but I did have some Almonds and some dried cranberries! I closed the
bag  with a piece of Linen Thread since I am short on ribbon
that would match in my ribbon stash.  

I think a piece of matching ribbon would have made it really pop.
Oh well, that's on the next order!



I hope you give these a try. They really are so quick and would add 
a little WOW to your holiday table.

Have a wonderful weekend and make something CRAFTY!

BERNADETTE

Friday, September 20, 2013

Two New Challenges


I was going to wait to post this card, but decided against it since I am working
 on some other projects and didn't want to miss the deadline on these.

I came across Fab Friday and loved the sketch.  I immediately had a stamp set in mind.
I have looked at the colourQ  site several times in the past, but had not entered any challenges,
I don't believe on that site either.  Today was the day!

Here is my finished  card



Here is the sketch from Fab Friday that I followed.


And the colors from colourQ that we were to use.


I had the papers, but I didn't have the Night of Navy ink
for some unknown reason. I substituted it with, Not Quite Navy.

The cardstock is all from SU and so are the ink colors. I used the 
Flower Shop set #130492 and punched 
each flower out with the new Pansy punch #130698. 

 The Perfectly Penned #122892 sentiment finished off the card.
*the large pearl are from an unknown source*


Have a great evening and look for my post tomorrow morning on a cutte little project for the Thanksgiving holiday!

Stay CRAFTY

BERNADETTE

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Gratitude



Today is my last of the Harvest of Thanks cards. I have really enjoyed working with this set and will probably use it to make my Thanksgiving cards this year.

I had created a card yesterday, but struggled with the design layout and pattern selection.  I was going to remake it, but decided I would just leave it until morning.  Well morning came and I was still not pleased with it. So you might have guessed, it made it's way to the trash bin! Thus a late post!

I was up early to start again. I perused some sketches on line choose this one.  It is an earlier OWH 146 sketch, but I flipped it and used a different image shape. Finally, I was pleased with the outcome.

I used the Sweater Weather DSP again. I paired it with Soft Suede CS and ink, Crushed Curry CS and ink, and Very Vanilla for the main card. 

I used the Deco Labels framelits #130102 for the first time on this card to highlight the turkey image. You can, of course, not do this extra step, but it does add interest to the card layout.

Also used was the Naturals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Square Lattice folder, and the Bitty Banners die cuts. 

The envelope was made using the Envelope Punch board, did I tell you I love this new tool! I think I did. :>}

I finished it off this time by cutting a 4x4 piece of coordinating card stock. 
Folded it in half, punched the end with using the EPB , 
glued one half with SNAIL. That was it!  

   I hope you enjoyed seeing ways on how to use this stamp set and DSP.
I would love for you to drop me a line and let me know what you think.

MAke it a great day and stay CRAFTY!

BERNADETTE

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

           Stampin' Up! Clearance Products
I thought I would put up a quick post today about the CLEARANCE RACK

There is always great products that are reduced here and are available while the supply lasts. So HURRY on over by clicking here CLEARANCE

 Take a look around and place your order before the product you may want is GONE!

Make your day great and stay CRAFTY!

Bernadette

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Harvest of Blessings


Today I am posting another card using Harvest of Thanks #131739.

I used the MOJO Monday 311 sketch, just flipping it.






I used the Sweater Weather DSP again and made a matching envelope from the Crushed Curry CS using the Envelope Punch Board.

The base of the card is Very Vanilla and I accented it with Soft Suede paper and stamped the image in Soft Suede ink. The corn was highlighted using Crushed Curry ink applied with a Blender Pen.

I cut out the sentiment with  a Apothecary Accents framlits that I used on yesterdays card. Just stamp, run through the Big Shot or other die cutting machine, and done! No fussy cutting. Love it!

I finished the card using the Square Envelop Lattice folder, Circle Punch, Ticket Punch (retired) , Adorning Accents edgelits, some cute little Candy Dots and Very Vanilla Ribbon Seam Binding. Finished...

Make it a great day and do something CRAFTY!

BERNADETTE




Monday, September 16, 2013

Thanks


Happy Monday everyone!

I am so pleased to be posting a card today. The weekend was full of some ministry opportunities and pressing and hanging drapes and pictures in our new home.  Of course, my husband mentioned it was about time!

 I wasn't sure I was going to be able to create, but managed to fit it in. My card layout was inspired by an older MOJO Monday sketch, MOJO 248



I hadn't used my new stamp set, Harvest of Thanks #131739 and
it seems I always need a thank you card. I will be creating two
 more cards from this set, so be sure to stop back.

I used Sweater Weather # 132184 DSP, Chocolate Chip CS, and Tangerine Tango CS . I thought they would be perfect for a Thanksgiving thank you. I stamped on Very Vanilla with Tangerine Tango ink. I then used the framelit that matched the stamp from Apothecary Accents #127003.

To complete the card, I added Candy dots to the Large Scallop die cut, Natural Trim Ribbon and embossed the solid piece of Chocolate Chip with the Perfect Polka dots folder to give it a little interest.

I hope you stop by again this week. Make your day great and stay
CRAFTY!
BERNADETTE

Friday, September 13, 2013

Butterflies a Plenty




Today is my last post featuring the Butterfly Bundle # 135311(clear)
 which you can order here by clicking here BUNDLE
I decided on using the punch a little differently on this card.  I punched the 3 small butterflies on the Gingham Garden DSP #129310 and used the Island Indgo layer as the peek-a-boo backing. 
The lager butterfly, Elegant Butterfly #127526, was punched and I then added a small butterfly to its center and finished it off by adding Basic Rhinestone Jewels down the center.

I added a doilie from Delicate Doilies Sizzlits #126999 layering it with a scallop and a sentiment from Blessings from Heaven #123052.
 I also added a liner to the envelope using the Envelope die. I just love the pizzazz  lining the envie gives.
I hope you enjoyed the week of BUTTERFLIES.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me @ bernadettebliss@gmail.com.
Have a wonderful and restful weekend.
Stay CRAFTY!
Bernadette

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Walk Down Memory Lane


Today I thought I would post some older cards that I created using Papillon Potpourri and using the larger butterfly punch, Elegant Butterfly 127526. At $15.95 it would be a great addition to the Butterfly Bundle.

The above card was inspired by a card that was in the 2012-2013 annual catalog. I really love each and everyone of the butterfly images in this set.






This card was my FIRST make and take after I became a demonstrator. 
It is a 3X3 and so simple to put together.

Well I hope you enjoyed a walk down memory lane today and will be inspired to put your "wings to flight" if you have ordered this Bundle.

Stay CRAFTY!
Bernadette

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Butterfly #3 and MOJO310


Today's card is not only featuring some more of those sweet butterfly's
 available from the Butterfly Bundle #135311(clear),
 but the MOJO 310 sketch for the week.

I used one of my favorite SU papers, Eastern Elegance 130131.  I seem always to be drawn to the beautiful Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry.  I just recently received the Blessings from Heaven #123052 set that includes 6 uplifting sentiments.  I used one of the Ovals Collection dies for the sentiment and finished it off with three bitty butterflies and pearl accents.





 
 


Coastal Cabana CS
Crushed Curry CS
Coastal Cabana/ Crushed Curry Ink
Whisper White CS
Framelits Envelope Liners #132172
 

 Remember, this Butterfly Bundle promotion goes away on September 30. Just click here to order: Butterfly Bundle
Make your day great by doing something CRAFTY!
BERNADETTE 








Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Butterflies #2



 



 I'm posting another card today using Papillon Potpourri and the Bitty Butterfly that is part of the bundle offer that I mentioned yesterday. 

This is headed out today to my next door neighbor who was just in the hospital. She is such a sweetheart and I know she will love the colors in this card.

I also used the new Thinlits Circle Card #133480 and completed the set with a matching envelope using the new Envelope Punch Board #133774.
All I can say, I'm really loving these two new products from SU.
  


Flower Shop #130942
Teeny Tiny Wishes #127802
Blessings from Heaven #123052
Daffodil Delight CS
Whisper White CS
Gingham Garden DSP 129310
Pearls Basic Jewels
Designer Vintage Buttons 
Whisper White Bakers Twine
Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder

Make it a great day and stay CRAFTY!
BERNADETTE
 
                                                               

Monday, September 9, 2013

Everything is Coming Up Butterflies #1

This week I plan on showing sample cards using the Petite Butterfly Punch that is available bundled with the Papillion Potpourri stamp set until September 30th.

I have used this particular set quite a bit since I bought it in July of last year.  Butterflys never go out of style and are such a pretty addition on a card.


Bundle Item Page in Catalog Description Retail Price 15% Savings Price Amount Saved!
135311 90
183
Butterfly Bundle (Clear-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
$30.90 $26.27 $4.63
135312 90
183
Butterfly Bundle (Wood-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
$34.90 $29.67 $5.23

As always, you can hop over to my Demonstrator Website, click the ORDER button and enter Item #135311 for the Wood Mount  OR 
Item #135312 for the Clear Mount.


I chose the Note Cards and Envelopes Set (131527) feeling 
it worked well as a gift card. 


Stamping and punching 2 of the butterflys in the set, I layered them with a glue dot to give dimension, then placed them randomly on the stamped image from Chalk Talk 130634. I completed the set by cutting a liner for the envelope with the Framelits- Envelope Liner 132172.


Itty Bitty Banners
Crisp Cantalope CS
Soft Sky CS
Whisper White CS
Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon
Sweater Weather DSP
Adorning Accents Edgelits
Corners rounded using Envelope Punch Board
*card sketch inspiration-Stampin' Success Mag.(May/June)*

Check in tomorrow for another card using this bundled set.

Have a great and CRAFTY day!
Bernadette

Friday, September 6, 2013

Masculine Birthday Card






I posted this card over at Stampin' Connection and Linda Heller's Freebie Friday FB page and decided to post it here on my blog also.

I used the MOJO Monday 309 sketch from this past Monday and paired it up with the new SU Sweater Weather DSP - 132184 and used the new Wetlands stamp set - 126697.

 Since this is a card for a certain young man in my family who is having a birthday, a matching envelope was in order. I'm just loving the NEW Envelope Punch Board - 133774.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, it's so easy to use and you can create 66 different size envelopes!

Crushed Curry CS
Chocolate Chip CS
Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Naturals Designer Button
Linen Thread 
Nestabilities Circle Die 
Circle Card Thinlit Die 

 Have a wonderful and blessed weekend and stay CRAFTY!

BERNADETTE  


Studio B Tour


Well today is the day to debut my STUDIO B.  I tried several times to video tape this space, but things just didn't seem to come together. Videos will have to be another time and on another project.  I hope the pictures won't bore you!

The  photo above is walking into my Studio from off my hallway. It it is only an 11 X 9 1/2 foot space. Not large, but bright and organized. Just a tad more space then I had in my Motorhome. :>}


 This is looking straight on at the Ikea book case/workspace. Actually, almost all of the furniture in this room is from Ikea. It's my go-to place to shop for organizational products.

 I just love the size of the work area and yet, at times it still doesn't seem like enough.  I added 4 drawers to the unit which have proven very useful.  I'm not really a big fan of open shelving, but if it's not out, it will not get used. So it serves two purposes, storage and "use that" stuff incentive.
The baskets hold embellishments, glue dots, candy dots, pearls, ribbon, stamping blocks, envies, etc.  I put my heat gun in a wire mesh cup to keep it out an accessible.

The pictures below are just some things that are hidden away in the drawers. The one drawer that I didn't take a picture of holds my cords for my camera,phone and other electronics.






 Stamps, retired stamps and punches
  


SU Score board, New SU Envelope Punch Board, Paper Cutter, small punches and other necessary crafting tools.




This wall is across from the desk. I bought the 3 drawer chest, not only to add some height to cut and use my SU Big Shot, but it also provides me with extra storage. Did you notice the little white mirrored frames? I found those at Target and just had to have them in this room. 
Can I say, MOSAIC...

The rolling cart next to the chest is from Micheals which I bought several years ago.  It houses buttons, stamp pads, retired SU DSP, non SU paper and various sundry supplies.


This is the top drawer. Extra plates, Bigz dies, Cricut paraphernalia  and such.  The drawer below just has some journal supplies and Zutter supplies.  The bottom holds Chipboard and chipboard shapes.



The Ikea Mag Holders hold Avery supplies, project ideas, and catalogs.  I also have my SU Framelits, Edgelits and Embossing Folders. Behind the door holds my Glue Gun, Xyron cartridges, and miscellaneous crafting tools.


The large baskets on the bottom of the shelf hold mailing supplies and 3 ring binders with various Crafting information that I've gathered the past several years. The 3 tiered shelf is not Ikea. That was an online purchase from Amazon several years ago. It houses my printer, printer supplies, Cricut Expression and the fabric baskets hold unopened supplies which I plan on using as Hostess gifts and Freebies.


I fell in love with this cute Owl picture and it's advice. I knew it needed to be placed across from were I sit at the desk to remind me Forgive, Love generously and to do what makes me SMILE!
  Through my shopping adventures, I found the green Owl Vase and knew it needed to be added to the space, also. 


The only closet in the room houses some crafting supplies, but it is used mostly for household storage. 


I was able to find this cute window valance at Lowes.

 


At the suggestion of several crafter's, this rolling cart from Office Max, is the perfect solution to store my current paper.  It slides under my desk when not in use. The two drawers on the bottom hold my new DSP, whisper white/very vanilla card stock. The brown rug to the left is a mat my sweet Chloe lays on when I'm working in here. She's never to far from her "Mom". Now if I could just teach her to clean up after me when I'm finished crafting!


Miss Chloe





That's it! I hope you have enjoyed the picture tour and have been inspired by some of my storage ideas. I would love hear what you think of my new space.
 Have a wonderful day and weekend. 

And as always,
stay CRAFTY! 
Bernadette


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