The Challenge Continues…

October 24th, 2007

Oops – I never got my post up last night.  When I finally got over here to do it SCS was down for maintenance.  The Dashing Challenge continues!  Scroll down to the previous post for all Challenge details and come PLAY!  I’ve revised the stamp set rule just a little bit so more of you can hopefully play – so please check it out again!

I have two more samples to share today.

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How is it possible that this *More is More* Girl is having so much fun making these very simple cards?  On the card above I had a little *uh-oh* when I realized I had used my artichoke marker instead of olive – oops.  I kept wondering why the color seemed so dark/muddy when I was stamping the images.  After the card was put together I saw that I had the wrong marker out on my table.  Oh well – close enough!  LOL!

On this next card I cheated just a tad when I used a Zig Painty Pen on the ornament top and scallop scissors for the red cardstock trim.  I didn’t actually cut those pieces from my card though – they were scraps left over from another project.

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Faux stitching was done with a Real Red SU marker.  Three holes were punched with the SU slot punch for a place to tie the ribbons.  (Yes Jenn I realize the holes show – sorry!)  Noel image is adhered with foam tape for a little dimension.

For all the supplies for both of these cards check out the supply list in the post below.

I have one more sample to share and although it totally follows the original rules, it isn’t a Christmas card.  You’ll have to come back to check it out!  Thanks for stopping by and please PLAY with us!

A Dashing Challenge

October 22nd, 2007

Are you up for a Challenge?  Well, here’s the deal – I’ve been working on samples for my upcoming *Dashing Christmas Class* which features Stampin’ Up! Dashing Designer Paper.  So I’ve had Dashing scraps on my table for the past couple of weeks and I’ve been having so much fun making cards with them along with a very limited array of other supplies.  So I’ve decided to issue my own little Limited Supply Challenge which harkens back to the very first LSC on Splitcoaststampers when I hosted a contest to come up with samples for a friend of mine who had purchased some stamping supplies.  I wanted to show her there were lots of possibilities with the Limited Supplies she had on hand!  It was such a fun contest and ended up becoming the regular Friday Challenge at SCS.  Of course with so many people wanting to play the original idea of playing from a specific list just isn’t possible and Jen does a fabulous job coming up with ideas for the challenge.

Here’s my Challenge to you…you may use any of the following items to create a card…you do not have to use them all…select what you like…but the main rule is that you may NOT use anything not on the list!  So here goes:

Stamp sets:

Holiday Tag Team

Perfect Presentation

Take Three

Merry & Bright

Big on Christmas

ETA:  Since a number of people have said they don’t have any of these sets I am making a slight revision to this list.  IF you do NOT have any of the sets listed above, you may play by choosing ONE IMAGE ONLY from any current Stampin’ Up! Christmas/Holiday set.  Now COME PLAY!!!

Ink:  Basic Black, Old Olive and Real Red Classic pads and markers (yep – that’s IT!)

Cardstock/Paper:  River Rock, Old Olive, Real Red, Vanilla, Dashing DP

Tools and Embellishments:  ribbon (any kind), punches (any kind), mat pack & piercer, any adhesives of your choice – that’s it…nothing else!  If it’s not listed, you can’t use it!

I have six samples made (can you believe it???) and I will share three of them with you tonight.  The first two are CASEs of other cards I have made recently.

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It just doesn’t get much simpler than this first one!  And although I’m not typically a simple girl when it comes to stamping, I really like this.  The wide grosgrain ribbon is perfect for this layout!

The next card is another one to add to the Chain of Inspiration described in this post.  I like this one so much I think I might make 10 or 20 up as one batch of our Christmas cards this year (I need 80-100 total and I generally work in batches of 20).

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And this third one is for Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #24.  I cannot believe this is the first time I’m playing her challenge.  As soon as I saw the sketch I knew it would work wonderfully in this series of cards I was creating.

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I don’t need to list recipes because everything I used is listed above in the Challenge list.  So anybody wanna play?  I’ll tell you what – for extra added incentive I’ll hold a drawing for everyone who plays (according to the rules of course) and I’ll send the winner a little prize.  Here’s all you have to do:

  • Create a card using only supplies listed above
  • Post your card to your blog and/or your SCS gallery with full recipe and a link to this challenge so others can play along too.
  • Come back here and post a link to your card in the comments section of this blog post (be sure to include what your entry # is in your comment)
  • If you post to your SCS gallery please use Keyword JDC1007 (for Jami’s Dashing Challenge October 07) with no spaces.

Deadline to post a comment to be entered in the drawing is Tuesday October 30th at midnight Pacific time.  If you have any questions please post a comment and I’ll edit this post to answer anything. I’ll draw sometime on Halloween.

So c’mon – come PLAY!!!  :)  I’ll have more samples to share with you tomorrow, so be sure to check back. 

On a serious note:  HUGS and prayers for everyone effected by all the fires in SoCal.  We are very fortunate to be about 45 minutes or more from the closest fire and yet my eyes have burned all day and our cars are covered in muck.  I can only imagine what it is like for those so much closer and for so many who have had to evacuate!  Prayers also for those amazing firefighters!

Cooking?

October 21st, 2007

I knew someone who did that once!

That’s the Inky Antics sentiment I used on this Ronnie card.  *grin*  I can sooooo relate!

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This card was done for the sketch challenge on SCS that is part of the Mini VSN held last Friday night.  There was no time limit (unlike the usual VSN format) and you have two weeks to play and upload.  The sketch was perfect for this image I had already colored with Copic markers (remember a few weeks ago when I got to use Joy and Taylor’s markers?  I still have images ready to use!)  This Ronnie image by Inky Antics available at eclectic Paperie was colored to coordinate with a sheet of SU Dashing designer paper.  I love this paper and you’ll be seeing a lot more of it here since I am designing my whole Christmas class around it!

Card base is River Rock layered with Real Red and Regal Rose (stamped with Doodle That in Regal Rose).  When I was in Portland Jess and I were thrilled to find River Rock brads by American Crafts at Paper Zone.  I could hardly wait to use them.  What the heck did I do before the ticket corner punch???  For the sentiment I just colored the one word with a red marker and stamped it for the front.  Then I cleaned the stamp thoroughly and inked the rest of the sentiment with red marker for the inside of the card.

Before I made a card with this image I used it to make a flyer to e-mail out about the Pampered Chef Cooking Show I’m hosting November 6th for my sweet friend Darla. 

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Click the thumbnail if you’d like to see it larger.  Hey – want to come to my party?  Even if you can’t make it here that night, you can still participate by placing an order through Darla’s website – Darla’s Diner!  It’s really easy and your order will ship direct to you.  Just put in my name, Jami Sibley, when it asks if you were invited to a party.  It’s a quick easy way to get top quality products for your holiday entertaining or gift giving needs!  :)  When you order I get notified by e-mail.  Thanks for looking!

I actually got some stamping done today and it felt great!  Now if I can just get some pictures taken I will actually have a few cards to share this week and I will have a challenge for you to play also – so stay tuned!

More About Portland…

October 17th, 2007

We were happy to get home last night and very exhausted.  I just had to share a little more about Portland before moving on.  I must say that my friend Bev (TexasGrammy) expressed so beautifully so much of how I feel about the trip – please check out the post on her blog Savor the Journey.

Our friends Jess (newtnewt) and Lisa (onestampinmama) went above and beyond picking us all up at the airport and coming to our hotel from their homes (30-50 minutes away) to be sure we had transportation everywhere!  *Smooches* girls!  You’re the BEST!  A bunch of us came in within about 2 hours of each other and there were plenty of screams and hugs to go around.

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Upon checking in at the hotel we were each given a treat bag by the desk clerk.  I thought I would die laughing when I opened mine to find the goodies in this picture along with an actual Depends!  Talk about rolling on the floor with laughter!

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How sweet!  I could hardly believe the time and thoughfulness that went into making our arrival so special!  That is a decorated tin (Paper Trey Ink) filled with nuggets (too pretty to eat!) and an incredible squash book to fill with photos.  Oh and shoot – I just realized my name tag isn’t in the photo.  They made each of us a name tag to wear to Regionals and to the SCS Dinner.

After the SCS Dinner it was pajama time as we all gathered in one laughter filled room.  I promised not to share any of those pictures, but I do have one I think I can get away with…

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This is Taylor with her Appletini (made by the one and only Queen of Appletini’s JulieHRR).  Unfortunately Taylor wasn’t with us on this trip so we called her on speaker phone to share a pretty green drink with us.  *wink*

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Here I am with my Royal friend!  *grin*

Leslie Miller (leslierich) and I go way back on SCS.  Back in the old days of less than 10,000 members we used to crusie the gallery just about every night around 10pm and we developed a friendship through PMs.  I have been a huge fan of hers from the very beginning.  It was so great to hook up with her again on this trip!

leslie-and-me.JPG   beate-and-me-portland-2007-small.jpg  Beate was the one person in the group I had not yet met IRL.  She is SO much fun and it was such a treat to finally meet and spend time with her!  For quite some time I have been involved in an on-going chat thread on SCS and have developed friendships with many wonderful women – there were four of us from that chat thread in the group this weekend.

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Lisa, Emily, Jess (my goodness – somebody tell Jess to update her blog!) and me.

It was such an honor to get to have dinner Saturday night with Daven and Tracy and the SCS technical team.  And oh my!  Tracy even made us each a little paint can filled with goodies.  How awesome is that?  Each one was different and so cute!

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I had the hardest time picking out a few (ok maybe more than a few) pictures to share tonight.  I just have to add a couple more…

Here’s one of Jess and Lori  (click on all the smaller photos to see a bigger version).

jess-and-lori.JPGsharon-joy-and-tex.JPG  And here’s Sharon, Joy and Tex.

And here’s one of all the Dirty Dozen Alumni in the group.

Back row:  Jenn, Beate, Leslie, me

Front row:  Cambria, Julie, Sharon

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 I’m starting to feel like a name dropper – how the heck did I fall into such an incredible group?  They are gems – all of them!

Ok Ok…I’ll stop with the pictures already!  Thanks for indulging me.  I should really spend some time trying to wrap text, etc. but to be honest I’m not very good at that and Curt is already in bed.  It’s also past my bedtime.  Back to work tomorrow.

I tried to make a card this morning to post, but it’s ugly.  Portland hangover is not good for stamping aparantly!  LOL!  I’ll try to have something to share with you tomorrow night.  Thanks for stopping by and may you have friends who make you smile till your face hurts!  :)

Portland ROCKS!

October 14th, 2007

Wow!  I mean really Wow!  I never could have imagined 5 years ago that I would have friends all over the country that would fly so many miles to be together and just LAUGH and love each other.  I am truly amazed.  There was a basic group of 14 of us that hung out together for 2 1/2 days.  Lots of these ladies had not met each other before in person and yet it was like long time friends just picking up where we had left off.  What an incredible blessing and a ROCKIN’ good time!  This was all made possible by Splitcoaststampers and the relationships developed there.

On Friday most of us attended the Stampin’ Up! Regional Seminar where I got my picture taken with Shelli Gardner (SU Founder) – may she live forever.  :)

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Cami gave an AWESOME presentaion – and she didn’t even need the pink barf bag Lisa decorated for her.  (oops – editing to say that Jess made the barf bag!)  I’m hoping someone else got a better group shot, but here’s the best one I have.

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TexasGrammy, StamperSharon, Beate, leslierich, me, onestampinmama (Lisa), newtnewt (Jess), elyoho (Leann), stamp_momma (Lori), Cambria, JoyOfStamping, jbacler, WaterPixie (Emily).  I realize I should hyperlink each one to their blogs but I’m still on vacation and that would take all day  – LOL!

There were some wonderful project ideas presented and I hope I took good enough notes to try them out when I get home. 

 We were on the go the entire time and it went by soooooo fast!  Curt flew in last night to join me and all the girls departed early this morning.  I think there were a few tears shed.  I’m supposed to be seeing my BFF Ruth today and tomorrow (she moved up here a few years ago), but the poor thing is sick with the flu!  So we’re playing it by ear.  Paper Zone and Craft Warehouse are calling my name at the moment.  Either that or a nap!

I have tons more pictures, so maybe I’ll share a few in the next couple of days while I’m still up here.   Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

October 12th, 2007

Today is my husband Curt’s birthday.  And where am I?  I’m in Portland Oregon attending the Stampin’ Up! Regional Seminar with a bunch of my SCS buddies.  I’ve set this entry to auto-post.

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When the idea of this trip first arose I wasn’t too sure about being gone on Curt’s birthday, but he assured me over and over again that it would be fine.  He’ll be joining me up here tomorrow and we have reservations for a wonderful dinner on Sunday night.  He’s a keeper that’s for sure!  (I love you Honey!)

Card details:

Card base is Not Quite Navy cardstock layered with Real Red and SU Dashing designer paper.  I thought these candy stripes would lend themselves to the old-fashioned look I was going for with the car and the fonts from Block Party.  I got the car stamp a long time ago (source forgotten) since Curt is an antique car enthusiast. It was stamped in NQN ink on vanilla cardstock, punched with a Marvy oval punch and then covered Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder.  That was layered onto a red punched oval and adhered with foam tape for dimension.  Some photo corners, hardware and just a touch of ribbon are the finishing touches.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to have some fun pics from the trip to share soon.

Chain of Inspiration

October 9th, 2007

In the midst of being totally busy yesterday I had to take a couple of breaks for a few minutes and calm my mind with some stamping.  I had scraps of SU Dashing Designer Paper out on my table and that was the perfect inspiration for a couple of very quick cards.

The inspiration for the layout of this card is kind of funny.  I was doing a very quick surf through the gallery for the Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS.  The featured stamper this week is Anna Wight (SweetMissDaisy) who I adore and even though I didn’t think I’d have time to play I wanted to at least look a bit.  Well, I came across a card by another adored friend Sharon Johnson (notimetostamp) that she CASEd from Anna as a tribute.  But when I saw Sharon’s card I thought “hmm….that looks like a Val card to me” (Valerie Stangle -11Valerie11).  Then I clicked on Sharon’s link to Anna’s card and in Anna’s description she said she had been inspired by Val and gave a link to her card.  So I clicked on that and it took me to a card of Val’s from last year that I had attempted to CASE myself!  LOL!  No wonder that card reminded me of Val.  I had studied it carefully when I first saw it.

Here’s the progression of cards I saw – and I loved each one of them!

Sharon

Anna

Val

And here’s mine

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I started with this yummy red and vanilla candy stripe paper and the Take Three image.  Then I hunted around to pick a color to go with the red/vanilla scheme and came up with soft sky.  I think this combo has such a soft retro feel to it – like the 1940’s.  I stamped the SU Polka Dot background in Soft Sky ink on Vanilla cardstock for the background.  I didn’t have any Soft Sky ribbon so I improvised with a strip of cardstock.  Finishing touches are a couple of prima flowers and some AMuse Twinkle Dots in blue.

I’m off to work.  Thanks for stopping by.

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