Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It's Coffee Break Time

Good Morning to ya all!! I hope is it getting near Spring and warm weather where you are... your little corner of the world. Guess we all are ready for some beautiful sunshine!!!

Well, as they say.... grab your beverage of choice and come along with us Diva's for some inspiration and to see some real creativity. Be sure and visit the other Diva's, there is just so many ideas out there. http://www.divacoffeebreakdesigns.blogspot.com

This week's challenge was a sketch challenge, and I didn't have any trouble with the sketch, but kept wondering about the colors that I picked. I tried to use something that I don't always use... to broaden my creativity..haha!! So here we go with the description.... The stamp set I used was Font of You, #113405. I used Tangering Tango CS and DP, Creamy Caramel,and Chocolate Chip. The second layer is embossed with SU's Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder... lots of fun to work with, and I liked the color it came out on the Creamy Caramel. I used SU's paper piercer and mat to pierce the DP, and then SU's brads for the top two layers and on the SU ribbon. I do hope you like the card, and believe me a card like this is great to have on hand simply because it can be used for so many different uses. The stamp set had several other stamps in it, and can be used for many events also... so IF you would like to pick it or anything else from SU, be sure and check out my website... you can look and shop 24/7... how great is that??!! I myself do my best shopping in the weee hours of the morning!!

Thanks for stoppin by, I do appreciate your looking and your comments, and your friendship!!



Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Coffee Break Time

Greetings ya all!! Yes, grab your beverage of choice... it's Coffee Break Time once again. This week, the challenge is a color challenge, using Bashful Blue, Rose Red, and Going Grey. I also added Whisper White for the base of my card. Since it is a color challenge, that means all the card creations will be completely different... WOW!! Great place for getting ideas!!

I used "Pretty Amazing" SU stamp set, #111006 on the inside of the card... I was wanting something a little different.. so I stamped the inside instead of most of the stamping on the outside of the card. Let me know how you like it. The card front was made as a curved card that kinda fits together... using that as the design for the card front. I also used some of the large white flowers, and added color using the Bashful Blue and the Rose Red inks, and used Bashful Blue Design Paper and Rose Red Design Paper for the layers on the card front.The flowers have brad centers, all from SU.

Well, all the Diva's would love you all to stop by and take a peak at the card creations... and join in with us and do the challenges. They are a lot of fun, and I have found, it makes me take time to stamp... and that's FUN in my book!!! Our Diva's have a lot of creativity, a lot of ideas.. try it you just might like it!!!! ;~))

Just a reminder... the SALE-A-BRATION ends 03/31/2009. Are you still wanting to take advantage of the free stamp offer... get your order in soon, before it's too late. You can order from my website, 24/7!!! How much easier could it be for you???! Lot's of things coming up real soon, keep posted to my blog for the information!!!

Enjoy your day, and remember... it's a gift from our God, so ENJOY IT!!!



Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Well, it's coffee break time again... so get yourself a beverage of choice.. mine is a carmel white chocloate mocha coffee .... and look around the Diva's blog. We also invite you to do the challenges right along with us, try them, they are a lot of fun!! I especially like the feeling of accomplishment when you get a few cards and a tag or two done.

This week we are using a sketch, and are also to use a stamp set from the SALE-A-BRATION Catalog. In my card, I'm using the Botanical Blooms. The colors I chose to work with are Barely Banana Cardstock, Whisper White and a few selections from the DSP Delicate Dots. My flowers are colored with the Stampin Up! markers... which IF you haven't tried them yet, you really owe it to yourself to give them a try. They are so easy to use knowing that they match all the cardstock and designer series paper packs... there's no guessing, or getting your mind made up and then to discover that the colors just don't work together.... guess we all have been at that point a time or two, UNFORTUNATELY!! While making this card, I also took the opportunity to use the 2" scallop punch, the border punch, and the mat and paper piercer.

Another thing I really like to do when finishing up a card, is to add parts of the design to the outside of the envelope. I think it just kinda finishes up the whole design process of making the card. It also really makes your reciever of the card, feel really special, just a little sooner when they recieve their card. Let's face it, it won't be like everyone elses!!

I also have come up with a logo to put on the back of my cards, just so that they can be identified as mine. Since I'm SO grateful for the talent that the good Lord gave me, I use the cross and a scripture verse, which is my life verse. A verse which gives me the strength to get through a tough situation, and just to get through the day, giving thanks to our God. I hope it reminds others to give this some thought when they turn my card over and look. I really like that they see my designed logo INSTEAD of halmark!!!! I hope I've given you a couple of things to think about for your card designs!!

I do hope you enjoy this card and will take the time to look at the other Diva's... there's lots of great ideas out there!!

Until next time... keep on Stampin Up!!


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

My Swing Card

Good mornin everyone!! Sure hope your week has been a good one. I'm real ready for Spring, how about you!! Somehow, with the sunshine and warm tempertures... kinda puts a smile in your heart and a bounce in your step!! HA!!

It's time again for the card of the week from the Diva's Coffee Break Team. Our assignment was to make a card using the Big Shot, which is from Sizzix. IF YOU don't have this tool, you should really consider getting one. First of all, all the die cuts and the embossing dies... fo course have their own machines. But if you're like me, I don't have th espace or want the expense of having several different machines. The answer (drum-roll, PLEASE) is the BIG SHOT!!! This machine is known for being able to use the various dies out there in the card making and scrapbooking world. IF YOU would like more information, Stampin' Up! has the machine and we are going to offer several exclusive dies just available from SU!!! That's really exciting!! WOOHOO!

My card.. my swing card was put together by using the Top Note die and the Flower Layers with Leaf die. I used Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set (#113734) on the background of th third layer and on the mailing envelope. I used the following colors: Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point and Whisper White. The card started with a base of the Whisper White at 51/2" square, then two more layers, each with an 1/8" smaller in measurement. I cut 2 Top Notes out of the Brilliant Blue and 1 of the Whisper White. The Whisper White Top Note, cut off the edge and then ink the edge with Brilliant Blue, and attach it to one of the Brilliant Blue Top Notes. The Bashful Blue is the smallest in the base of the card, and is stamped randomly with the Brilliant Blue ink and Bashful Blue ink, using the flower from the Fifth Avenue Floral set. I cut 2 sets of the Flowers and Leaf dies, and layered the flowers to make one, and used the leaves under the layered flower, with the bashful blue button as the center. The Brilliant Blue corduroy brad is put in the top right corner, then the whole top note unit is centered onto the card base.

I do hope you will take a look at the other sedign team members cards... we have a lot of creativity in our group. You could also try the challenge along with us... you'll have fun, I'm sure!! (http://www.divacoffeebreakdesigns.blogspot.com/)

Till next week, at Coffeebreak time.... take cre of you and those you love!!



Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Card Club

I had planned at the first of this year to start a "Card Club". Not a club to play cards.. no poker or go fish.. but a gathering of ladies to MAKE our own special cards. These meetings will be scheduled in April, with a daytime and an evening get together... twice a month.
There will be more information coming... but all interested, can contact me thru the SU website address... http://denisestoner.stampinup.net/ . Any questions, please let me know. Keep posted for more information!!! Hope to see you there!!


Another Card

Thought I would show you this card also. I just put some of the finishing touches on it, so take a look!!

I used the stamp set, "God's Beauty", #113222, along with the colors of Olive, Rose Red, and Whisper White. I used a square card this time, measuring 5.5 inches square. To color the stamped images, I used the SU's Watercolor Crayons... they are really lots of fun to use, especially along with an Aqua Painter, # 103954. The Aqua painter makes blending the colors so much easier, as far as getting the result that I was looking for. The butterfly was cut out, and I used Stampin Dimensionals to get the 3D look. I was also able to kinda roll the wings around a pen to get a further 3D look. The flowers were stamped, colored and cut out... then two flowers together made the flower blossom. I also usually ink most of the edges of all the papers that I use in a card, it gives the card a real finished look, in my opinion. This picture shows the envelope... I like to use a part of the design, and stamp it on the envelope to continue with the design. I think it sets the card apart from all the others!!

So happy card makin and scrappin!!

Stop back soon!!



The Diva's Coffee Break Designs/ Challenge #117

Greetings everyone!!

I hope you all have had a good week!! It's time again for our challenge over at DCBD. This time we had a sketch to follow.... so when designing a card, that's kinda half of the whole process. The colors I am using are: (all Stampin Up! , of course ;~)) Pacific Point, Sage Shadow, Really Rust and Very Vanilla. The stamp set I used was, A Kind Word, # 113194. When designing this card, I took the opportunity to use a few different tools, that I don't use just every day... I used the new Eyelet Border Punch, #113692, the Floral Frenzy Classy Brass Template, #111807, and a rather new embellishment the Pacific Point Corduroy Brads, #114341. I also colored the stamped image with the SU markers, and they worked SO WELL coloring this image... I felt like a little kid, coloring my picture. I hope you all do enjoy this card... it was enjoyable putting it together.

IF you are looking at the picture where I used the new border punch, and wondering how to use that punch... CALL, and let's get together for a workshop with you and your friends!!

Check back soon, and thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy your day, it's a gift!!