Punch Art Challenge

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 5, 2007 in Cards

One more challenge…the demonstrator “punch art” challenge.  The challenge was to use only Stampin’ Up! products and include punched shapes on the card as well.  I looked at all the punched shape objects I’ve done before, and I just felt like they were too ‘cartoony’  for me today – I wanted the card to seem more elegant, but still use punched shapes.

So I came up with this:


I used the oval punches for leaves with a “Pretties” flower.  This card looks much nicer in real life – the flowers kept flopping over as I was trying to photograph them.

I also used my Build-A-Brad again as the center of the flower – I love playing with them!


"Try A New Technique" Challenge

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 5, 2007 in Cards, Crafts

Let’s just say that I was having more than a few blonde moments this morning.  I went to check the challenge board on SplitCoastStampers this morning and saw the Shopping Tote challenge at the top of the board. 

I assumed that was the challenge for today, and worked for quite a while to complete my Shopping Tote project:


I lined the inside of the tote, stamped the outside and even used my sewing machine to stitch around the edges and on the handles.  I added a stick pin and flower from the Pretties Kit and included a little tag on the handle, too.

When I went to post to the message board, I saw that the tote was NOT the challenge for today – someone had just posted to the tote challenge which moved it up to the top of the list!

So…I decided to do the actual challenge for today – a pocket card.  So I made this:


I used the Wintergreen designer paper for color inspiration and watercolored the images using ink and a blender pen.  I also used a scallop punch for the pull-tab on the card inside and thought I was happy with this design…until I went to post it and saw that the challenge was for a HORIZONTAL pocket card, not a vertical one.

Sigh…after that, I decided to give up on this challenge for today…


Emerging Colors Card Challenge

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 5, 2007 in Cards

For Sunday’s Featured Stamper challenge, we were to take a card from the gallery of SplitCoastersStampers member “jpmayo” and CASE it into a card of our own.

I chose this beautiful card of hers:

And used it as inspiration to make this card of my own:

Card - Featured Stamper

I just loved how she used the large flower in the Fabulous Flowers stamp set to reveal the colors beneath!  I changed the color palette to pinks and browns and found all this great ribbon that I thought really fit the phrase “dare to be fabulous”.  I added a little bling on the letters and in the center of the cut flower as well.

This technique is called “emerging colors” – it’s very simple to do. 

  • First, take a sheet of white or vanilla cardstock and stamp your design – in this case, several flowers in different shades of pink. 
  • Then stamp your large image right on top of your design using VersaMark ink. 
  • Heat emboss the large flower using clear embossing powder.
  • Next, sponge or brayer the darker ink (Close to Cocoa in my sample) over the entire white/vanilla stamped sheet.
  • Wipe the ink from the embossed flower -the clear embossing powder will resist the dark ink revealing the stamped images beneath.




Inspiration Cards

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 5, 2007 in Cards

After going away for the weekend, I got behind on my SplitCoastStampers challenges – I really missed doing them.  So I tried to catch up today…

These cards are for Saturday’s Inspiration Challenge.   For the challenge, we were to take a person who inspires us and make a card to reflect that person’s style.

First, I made a card inspired by my friend Denise.  When she scrapbooks, she tends to use very retro patterned paper and embellishments – very reminiscent of the sixties.  I saw the SEI line of paper called, “Hippie Chick” and I couldn’t help but think of her!  I also had this great stamp with an image of a woman with a very retro hair cut.  I thought I’d put the two together and here is the result:

Card - inspiration Denise

Pretty groovy, don’t ya’ think?  I also gave the woman some pink lips with a marker and blue eyeshadow with some pastels.  The sticker in the lower left corner says, “Feelin’ Groovy”- I layered it on some cardstock and popped it up with a Stampin’ Dimensional.   Fun, fun!

Next, I made a card inspired by my friend Marie (I’d link you to her blog, but she doesn’t have one!).  Marie was trying to use a particular non-Stampin’ Up! stamp the other night at a crop and was getting very frustrated – I can see why!  It took me 12 attempts to get it to stamp a decent image (see – this is why I love Stampin’ Up! stamps so much!).

Anyway, Marie loves to use layers and sparkles – and also inks the edges of all the pieces she uses on a card.  So, Marie, here’s my card inspired by you:

Card - Inspiration Marie

I chalked the stamped images and used some of Basic Grey’s Blitzen paper line for the background.  I also took a chipboard snowflake and covered it with heat-and-stick powder then added lots of Dazzling Diamonds for some major bling!  I also inked lots of the edges and stamped a simple sentiment on the lower right corner.

Thanks to you ladies for the inspiration – hope you like the cards!


Setting Up For The Winter At Otter Lake

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 5, 2007 in Family Stuff

Mike and I headed up to Otter Lake in Marshall’s Creek in the Poconos this weekend to set up camp for the winter.  That’s right – the WINTER!!!!  Our camper will be parked at Otter Lake from November through March and we can camp as much as we’d like to during that time.  Kind of like winter storage…but better!

Now…I’m not much of a winter person, but I kind of like the idea of having a little getaway to escape to when the winter doldrums set in.  Otter Lake Campground is set in the beautiful Pocono mountains and is open all year with an indoor pool and hot tub.  They also have a large lake that freezes for ice skating as well as snowmobile trails and access to other winter fun at the local ski resorts.

The only downside is that the campground turns off water to the campsites as of November 1st. Which means that whenever we need to use the bathroom, take a shower or even wash our hands, we have to use the bathhouse.  Fortunately, Mike chose a site that is really close to both the bathhouse and the indoor pool – here’s our site:

Setting up at Otter Lake

And, from our site,here is the pool/bathhouse:

From our site to the indoor pool

The field/playground/lake:

From our site to the field and lake

And a big old rock for the kids to climb!

Climbing rock

Mike and I went without the kids for the weekend – a VERY rare thing!  We took advantage of the time alone and went out for some nice meals, spent an afternoon antiquing and visited the little town of East Stroudsburg for a little shopping, too. 

So look for more winter fun with the Torrences to come this season!

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