Sep 21 2008

Catch Up Post and Blog Candy

I was gone for only 2 days, but I’ve been trying to play catch up since getting back home. I’ll post my card first and there will be announcements at the end of the post, so scroll down. I’m a day late posting my Dirty Girl Challenge card, but here it is. Each month on the 20th the Dirty Girls, current and alumni, run a challenge amongst themeselves and this month the challenge was to make a 1 layer card (no other paper, no DP, no nothing, just your base card), you HAD to mask and there could be NO pink. Doing 1 layer cards is so NOT my thing, I struggle with that, but here’s my attempt:


This picture does not do these pinecones justice. They are truly beautiful IRL and I could not capture that on camera. They are covered with sparkly snow and really grab the eye! To make them I stamped the pinecone in the forground first, with Versa Mark, and then embossed with copper embossing powder. I then masked this pinecone, stamped the 2nd pinecone and embossed. I then masked BOTH pinecones and stamped my boughs. To finish off the pinecones I filled in the white space by coloring with abrown marker, dabbing up the markerink that would bead up on top of the embossing with a paper towel. I then put my snow on top using Liquid Applique and I sprinkled it withDazzling Diamonds before heating it up to puff it up.


Even this close-up view of the pinecones doesn’t do them justice — I just can’t capture the tremendous sparkle — I NEED photography lessons — LOL!!! Anyway, to finish off the cardI applied Versa Mark to the edges, direct to paper, and copper embossed. I then added the ribbon, and I did something here that I typically do NOT care to do. I cut a slit in the top of the card to run the ribbon through. It works fine, but I don’t ususally care to do it. Had I known when I started that I would run my ribbon this way, I would have made this card a side fold, allowing me to wrap the ribbon in this fashion without cutting into the card. Just my preference!

  • Stamps: Retired SU DD Pinecones and Season by Season

  • Paper: PTI White

  • Ink: Versa Mark, Versa Fine Onyx Black, SU Handsome Hunter, SU Chocolate Chip Marker

  • Accessories: Copper Embossing Powder, Liquid Applique, Dazzling Diamonds, 1.5″ May Arts Ribbon

Now, on to the announcements: Here are the winners of the last few Blog Candy posts that were chosen over the weekend. All Blog Candy posts now have been drawn and winners posted.

Blog Candy #18 isCLOSED,winner is Cindy H click hereand scroll down to the bottom of the post. (JustRite Christmas Ensemble with Stamper III)

Blog Candy #17 isCLOSED, winner is MaryC click hereand scroll to the bottom of the post. (JustRite Special Occasions Monogram Set)

Blog Candy #15 isCLOSED,winner is Natasha T click hereand scroll to the bottom of the post. (Scor-It Mini with Tote)

Blog Candy #14 isCLOSED, winner is Denise click here. (Kitchen Sink New Release Stamp Set)

And the winner drawn to be the Stamp Simply Guest Designer for the month of November was Cathy Tidwell, a/k/a catdidit. Huge Congrats! Cathy!!! It’ll be so much fun to work with you. Here’s a link to Cathy’s Blog.

And on Sunday (it is late Saturday night as I post this) Carolyn King, a/k/a Cammie has big doings going on at her Blog, all to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. I am abit lacking for proper details as her post isn’t up yet, but please go on over to Cammie’s Blogto see if she had it up yet. Lots of fun to be had with prizes to win, all fora very worthy cause. Please give Cammie and her cause your supportclick here. Thanks! (Editing:Cammie’s post is up — OH MY GOODNESS — this is the BIGGEST BLOG CANDYPACKAGE OF ALL TIME!!!!)

Now, about those little dress boxes I posted a week or so ago, see them here. I’ve been receiving a lot of requests as to where to get those boxes or the template. Well, they are cut on an AccuCut using an AccuCut die. Some scrapbook stores may have an AccuCut, so you could check in your local area. Here is the AccuCut site so you know what I’m talking about. Taylor, over at Taylored Expressions, has these cut for you and available for purchase — click here to see them.

OK, I think that’s it for tonight!!! I got some new things on my shopping trip — quite a few more items from the $ Bin at Michaels to alter, plus a few other fun things, so hope to have something to interest you during the week ahead!!! Wishing you a great Sunday!!! Thanks so much for stopping in!!!

26 responses so far

26 Responses to “Catch Up Post and Blog Candy”

  1. ~amy~ says:

    Oh my goodness…what a gorgeous 1 layer card…the embossing and glitter is absolutely magnificent!

  2. Simply gorageous card! I love the embossing and glitter also. Really top notch.

  3. Carolyn King says:

    Wow…what a stunning card. THose pinecones are FABULOUS! WOOOOOOOW! You are amazing…truly amazing.
    Thanks for the shout out and the support too!!! ((((Sharon)))))

  4. jami says:

    Oh Sharon – I love the close up of the pine cones – wow!

  5. Jenny Gropp says:

    The pinecones are stunning! Looks like you put some time in on those — don’t know if I could part with that card!!!

  6. Oh such a beautiful one layer card Sharon. I love the snow look to the pinecones, wonderful card!

  7. Cindy H. says:

    Your card is gorgeous!!! It may be a one layer but your use of the copper around the perimeter gives it a two layer feel! The ribbon is the perfect accent!

  8. Carol says:

    Your pinecones are unbelievable!! Such detailed work on them really paid off too! fabulous ribbon, colors and design. Gorgeous gorgeous GORGEOUS!!!

  9. Tanya says:

    This is beuatiful!!! at first glance it didn’t look non-layered!

  10. Shirleyone says:

    Great card Sharon! Its that kind of weather. I love your embossing. I haven’t done that for a while and you are giving me the urge!

  11. Ruby says:

    The pine cones look great. Interesting technique with the copper embossing and liquid applique. Is dazzling diamonds a glitter?

  12. Linda C. says:

    WOW! That pinecone looks real! Beautifully done!

  13. Judi Farr says:

    This is a really beautiful card! It really is inspiring! Makes me want to get out my winter and Christmas stamps and get going. I have to try and copy your pinecones.

  14. Jerri Kay says:

    A beautiful card Sharon, the pine cones are beautiful! In the second picture, the detail shows up much better.

  15. Gorgeous, like the snow and embossing. tfs

  16. Amy Johnson says:

    This is beautiful. I love how you did the pinecones and the big ribbon.

  17. Danielle says:

    Wow, this is so elegant and beautiful!

  18. leslierich says:

    A gorgeous card, Sharon! I didn’t even think about it being one layer until you mentioned it. It has so much dimension with the embossing, the Liquid Applique and the ribbon. I know how sparkly the LA is with the glitter. I LOVE doing that! You’ve been shopping again? Oh, I can’t wait to see!

  19. sue m says:

    This is beautiful~ I would not have guessed at ALL that one layer cards were not your thing! doesn’t look like it to ME! LOL Have a great day!

  20. Charlene says:

    Oh, my goodness! This is truly a work of art, Sharon. Congrats, it’s a beauty.

  21. Becky says:

    Holy cow. That is just stunning. I have to try this. Very impressive Sharon!

  22. Jennifer says:

    Wow, those pinecones are stunning! I would love to see them in real life b/c I’m sure they are even more beautiful that way.

  23. DeborahLynneS says:

    You would never guess this is a one layer card– there is so much depth and dimension! I have always loved your pine cone creations– they are ALWAYS beautiful!

  24. Sue (suen) says:

    Wow, Sharon, your pinecones are just fabulous! I love the richness of copper! Great ribbon, too!

  25. Nancy says:

    Your pinecones are gorgeous! Can only imagine how pretty they are IRL! Another beauty of a card!

  26. nancyruth says:

    beautiful card sharon, you sent me running to EBAY where I found this set, I love pinecones and the simple elegance you have mastered in your card. Great job, thank you for being such an inspiration to us all!

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