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Phone: 207-829-6193 or 207-233-0137
Email: jnduchesneau@gmail.com

Sunday, August 18, 2013



PPA168

This is my PPA168 Challenge.  I hope you all like it!  Let us give thanks! :)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Challenges

"Card Challenge" is my topic of the day. The definition of challenge:  to arouse or stimulate especially by presenting with difficulties.

What is a challenge? How do I play?
"A challenge is simply an invitation to make a card! The “catch” is that your card must follow certain “rules”….the rules are outlined within each challenge. For example, in the Try a New Technique Challenge, your card must use the particular technique that was posted. Each challenge is not a race to see who can make one first, nor it is a contest to see who makes the “best” card! It is really fun to see all the different ways stampers can make radically different cards that still fall within the parameters of the challenges. Challenges are a great way to actually get stampin', and often helps us grow and stretch beyond our normal stamping comfort zones."  - www.splitcoaststampers.com

You will need to register with splitcoaststampers first, if you don't already have an account.
Read more: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/challenges-101-f123/all-about-challenges-t197375.html#ixzz2YH3oQN4i 


I enjoy participating in challenges.  It really does make you dig deep and come up with a design you like....and sometimes may not like.  I like to take a focal point, whether it's a stamp set, paper color or a technique and work my challenge around it.   Easy at times and not so easy at other times ... but it is challenging nonetheless.


My blog challenge is going to cover two different challenges.  One is the Mojo Monday (shown on the left) and the second is Splitcoaststamper WT434 Flower Trivia challenge with no restrictions except that you have to use the flower of your state.  Here is the link for the state flowers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_flowers

Maine's state flower is the white pine cone and tassel. I used Stampin' Up!
Watercolor Winter stamp set and Sassy Salutations stamp set for the sentiment.

Mojo Monday 300 and TW434
It's hard to see  the layout, but it is as follows:

Stampin' Up! Whisper White card base, Soft Suede is the next layer, a dark green strip is off center, followed by tan with the boughs and pine cones stamped on it.  I used the 2-3/8 scallop punch (SU) and punched two scallops, tan and green.  Layered them and stamped the sentiment on the tan as well as some pine cones.  I cut two pine cones out that I had stamped on extra paper and adhered them with SU dimensionals.  I added a red 1/8 inch red ribbon bow.  This could actually be used a Christmas card and just change the sentiment.

I hope you like it!  I enjoyed creating it.    :)

Enjoy!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Card Quilting

This "quilted" card was inspired by the wall hanging I made with my daughter at a sewing class together (below).  We had such fun!

Have fun with this card.  Use any papers and colors you like.

The measurements can be changed up.  You don't have to be too exact.  However, it is important to make sure the base of the quilted card (tan in my case) is square, if not, your design will be crooked.  My tan square base measures 4 x 3-14/16.

I chose the square size I liked and then went from there, so the overall size may vary.  I find if you use just a small amount of adhesive tape on the back of each quilted piece, you can lay it down and rearrange them without too much difficulty.  Once you have it the way you like, finish adhering it. I put the border trim on last, just as you would when sewing a quilt.

For this card I cut seven 1 inch squares out of a solid-ish red DSP.  Five are left whole and two are cut in half, giving you triangles.  I always cut more ... Just in case!  :)

I cut three 1/4 inch strips of red flowered (border) DSP.  A piece of tan card stock 4 x 3-14/16.

I started by placing the whole red squares in each corner, leaving a small area (approximately 1/4") around the edges (for the trim).  Then I placed the triangle red squares in next. I placed a whole red square in the center space.  

I measured the space between the center square and the other solid squares to cut the trim that goes around the center block .  It should be 1/4 inch, ... but, measure twice, cut once.  Or so that's what Bob (husband) says when building anything.  Adhered the four small strips.  I cut a small block out of the flowered DSP for the very center of the block.  I then measured, cut and adhered the outside border trim.  

I made the quilting effect by using an ultra thin black ink crafting pen and added the dotted lines.  Voila, you are now done with your quilt.  Next, I adhered the quilt to red card stock and then to the white card base.  I stamped my "Thank You" in Whisper White on the bottom of the Real Red  paper and added a paper rose made with the same flowered DSP matching the quilt.

Supplies:
Paper:   Stampin' Up! (SU) Whisper White, Real Red, Crumb Cake, DSP Any style you like. I used a retired style
Ink:       Whisper White craft pad
Stamp:  Sassy Salutations "Thank You"
Other:   Glue Dot, Ultra thin Black (005) ink pen

The paper rose is very easy to make.  Visit Tania Gould's link at http://taniagould.blogspot.com/2010/07/rolled-rose-tutorial.html  She shows you how easy it is.  Rather cutting the spiral neatly, I chose to tear the paper.   Give it a try!  Thanks Tania!

I hope you all enjoy this ... and Go Create!  Share with me, I would love to see!

Enjoy and Happy Stamping!


 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Rumble Time

It's a challenge .... Wahoo .... Ready, Set, GO!    PPA 161 Challenge using squares, diagonals, and a circle ...  Makes me think of the Wizard of Oz tune,  "lions, tigers and bears, oh my!"

I certainly need to work on my photography skills, see the corner of the cutting board?  lol  I need to create an area that will be the right height and lighting.  Gotta research it - sounds like that's what I'll be doing on the weekend!   I would appreciate any ideas ya'll may have.  I would love to hear from you.
 
This is the PPA 161 sketch design.  This card is made using a base that measures 5 X5 folded.  I cut the triangles and the diagonal from Midnight Muse and DSP.  I made the flower, using Midnight Muse ink to color up the front and back of petals, curled and adhered together using glue dots and then used a dimensional to make it pop.  I added the pearls to give it a little elegance.  The supplies I used are listed below.
Paper:      Whisper White, Midnight Muse, and a sheet of the DSP pack in 
                 color (#12028)
Punches:  Blossom Party die, Boho Blossoms, and a circle punch 
Stamps:    Petite Pairs 
Odds & Ends:  Glue Dots, Dimensional, Pearls, Adhesives

Enjoy and Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tonight was a night for catching up on a couple of thank you cards.  I made the same design, but used different colors.  Pretty?

I used the coordinating inks to the papers.  I used SU old olive for the base of the card, whisper white for the background and for the inside of each card.  I created one card with pool party paper and ink, one with raspberry ripple and ink, one with primrose paper ink and the last one in cajun craze
and ink.  And all on shimmer white paper.  The stamps I used are SU Summer Silhouettes for the small flowers on the inside of the cards.  The thank you from SU Made for You, and a single flower stamp, Boutique Blossom.  I tied a small ribbon and attached with a glue dot.

Now aren't these pretty!   I hope the receiver like them!  It would make a great set to give away.

Enjoy and as always,
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Seaglass


Seaglass - Big Island, Hawaii 2013


I would love to say I've been on vacation in Hawaii (with no access to electronics) and that is why I have not posted since April .... but I guess, I will use the usual reply ... I've been super busy.  But honestly, the Hawaii excuse is much more exciting!

I made this card for a challenge in the CardMaker magazine.  Thanks to Lindsay & Bobby for the magazine!  It's fabby and full of lots of creative works of art.    We had to design a beach themed card using blues, tans and orange. 

This card is made using a technique that Connie Stewart http://youtu.be/JVjU56MIs04 uses.  Rather than using glossy paper, I used a shimmer paper.  It simulates how the water sparkles at night.    The stamp set is from Fiskers.  The inks and paper used are from Stampin Up!  The sea glass is from Maine beaches.  This was a fun, fun card.

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 21, 2013


CHICKEN PENNE


 
 
Posted by PicasaOh, what to have for supper.  Wandering through the grocery store isles .. looking at this and that.  Just how much cooking do I really want to do today I asked myself.  No very much, I said.  In that case I always head to the pasta isle.  It's very easy to make. Just buy a cooked chicken and cut it up.  Cook a box of penne, drain and set aside.  Cut up peppers, onions and mushrooms and saute until soft.  Add in chicken and the cook noodles and one jar (more if you like it moister) mix together and keeping heating on the stove top until heated through.  Sprinkle the top with mozzarella cheese and put in oven at 400 for 10-15 minutes until melted.  YUM!  The spices I used were salt, pepper, red pepper, garlic powder and italian seasoning.  I topped it with some chopped chives from the garden.  Can you believe I have chives growing already.  Just had to have something green on the top...makes it pretty and complete.
 
Enjoy!