Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Two More Days!!!

Stampin' Up's! Sale-a-bration promotion ends on March 31st.  So if you want to receive some free products, all you have to do is spend $50 before shipping and tax and you can select from over 70 products FREE - no shipping and tax on your Sale-a-bration purchase!  You can go to my on-line store to place your order and have it shipped directly to your home, or send me an e-mail if you would like me to do it for you, but don't wait, because Sale-a-bration won't be back until next January!

In addition, if you were ever thinking about becoming a demonstrator and sharing what you love to do with others, the Starter Kit, which is always a great value, is being offered at 15% off the regular low price, and comes with an extra $50 in products too!  You can read all about this when you visit my on-line store.  Join  my team and start getting your own discount on everything you order, have access to wonderful training, get sneak peeks on upcoming catalogs, and become part of a wonderful group of people who love to create with others.  Additional Starter Kit discount and bonus bundle also ends March 31st. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Post It Note Holders

I am always looking for new ideas for products to have at craft fairs and my monthly classes, and when I saw the template shared by demonstrator Jessica Schnoor on how to make these post it note holders I had to try it.  They were really easy to make, and I sold quite a few this past Saturday.  They are the perfect size to keep in a purse or school backpack.  When you become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator you have so many resources at your fingertips, and there is so much inspiration being shared.  Thanks Jessica!

If you would like to try them yourself, you need to start with a piece of 7" x 3 1/2" cardstock.  Score it at 3 1/4" x 3 3/4".  Before you decorate it, place a 5" piece of ribbon to the front and back using sticky strip.  When I placed my post it note onto the back piece, I placed it on top of a 3" x 3 1/4" of cardstock to add more weight, and put sticky strip on the back of the post it note pad, and then placed that on top of the cut cardstock.  I decorated the front, and as you can see there are so many great ways to embellish.

I used several different pieces of Designer Series Paper, as well as buttons and pearls to embellish and decorate.  Have fun trying your own.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Free is Fun!

Yes, free is fun.  The bitty buttons, and the stamped flower were both free.  I got them by placing $50 orders during Sale-a-bration.  If you want to take advantage of getting some really great FREE products, you have until March 31st to select what you would like at no charge.  No shipping or tax either on your Sale-a-bration selection -now how great is that.  Visit my online store, click on the Sale-a-bration catalog and you are ready to start shopping.  It's easy and fun. 

For today's card I started with Whisper White cardstock, a matte layer of Blushing Bride and a piece of Sunny Garden Designer Series Paper.  I added Blushing Bride 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon and then placed my stamped images.  For added fun, I placed two Ice Cream Parlor buttons to the flowers, and sponged Poppy Parade ink around my stamped images.  I also used dimensionals to pop them up. 

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Blushing Bride #119796
Designer Series Paper:  Sunny Garden #119831
Ribbon:  Blushing Bride 1/2" Stitched Poly #119267
Ink:  Poppy Parade #119782, Pear Pizzazz #119784
Stamp Set:  Sweet Summer #121849 wood or #123214 clear (Sale-a-bration) - Happy Easter from a retired set
Embellishment:  Ice Cream Parlor  Ribbon & Button Pack #123529 (Sale-a-bration)
Punches:  2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874, 2 x 1 3/8" Oval #119859
Accessories:  Dimensionals #104430

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fun Flowers for Easter

Sorry, no sunshine, just some snow and sleet again today, so the color quality is not that great.  I definitely need to invest in a photo light so the true colors of the card show up.  In person the Always Artichoke Ribbon and Rose Red cardstock are so much softer, and look better than they do in the picture.

I started with a base of Rose Red cardstock, followed by a matte layer of River Rock and Very Vanilla. Next, I took both Rose Red cardstock and a piece of Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper and ran them through my Big Shot using the Fun Flowers Bigz L Die.  I then layered the colors to create my flower, and took all of these layers and ran them through the Big Shot and embossed them with the Finial Press Embossing folder.  I placed a Sweet Stitches button in the middle, added some scrunched Always Artichoke ribbon, and sponged Always Artichoke ink to my sentiment which was put on with a dimensional.

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Rose Red #102544, River Rock #108640, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage #121782 (Occasions Mini)
Ink:  Always Artichoke #105219
Stamp Set:  Something to Celebrate #121897 wood or #121955 clear (Level 2 Hostess - Occasions Mini)
Ribbon:  Always Artichoke Seam Binding #121000 (Occasions Mini)
Punch:  Scallop Oval #119856
Embellishment:  Sweet Stitches Fabric Designer Brad #121880 (Occasions Mini)
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Finial Press Embossing Folder #115963, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die #121812 (Occasions Mini), Sticky Strip #104294, Stamping Sponge #101610, Diimensionals #104430

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blossoms for Easter

Thank you to Stampin' Up! demonstrator Carla Bazhenow for today's inspiration.  What a great idea to use the Blossoms Petal Punch to create this beautiful flower.

I started the card with Old Olive Cardstock, followed by a layer of Old Olive DSP from the Brights Paper Stack.  Next a layer of Pink Pirouette and then a Square Lattice embossed layer of Whisper White.  I punched both the flower petal and leaves from the Blossoms Petal Punch, added some Old Olive 5/8" Satin Ribbon and a Whisper White 5/8" Jumbo Brad.  To the Easter Wishes sentiment, I sponged some Old Olive ink around the edges.  When I placed the flower petals on the card, the first layer was put on using snail adhesive, the top layer was put on with dimensionals.

Supplies used:
Cardstock:  Old Olive #100702, Pink Pirouette #111351, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Brights Paper Stack #117155
Stamp Set:  Something to Celebrate #121897 wood or #121955 clear (Occasions Mini)
Punches:  Blossom Petals #121808 (Occasions Mini), Modern Label #119849
Ink:  Old Olive #102277
Ribbon:  Old Olive 5/8" Satin #117292
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976, Dimensionals #104430, Snail Adhesive #104332
Embellishment:  5/8" Neutral Brad #112533

Monday, March 21, 2011

Top Note Die Easter Treats

I am getting ready for another Craft Fair this Saturday, and making treat bags is a must.  Last year I sold out of the little peep bags so I thought I would do them again this year, as well as the bunny bags, both made with the Top Note Bigz Die and small cellophane bags. 

Both bags started with a cut Top Note Die piece.  For the peep bag, the eyes were created by punching  with the 1" and 1 1/4" Circle punch, and cutting the circles in half.  The nose is a corner of the Extra Large Star Punch.  I made small slits for the eyes with the uni-ball Signo Gel Pen.  Holes were punched through both the Top Note piece and the cellophane bag with the Crop-a-Dile and tied together with 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon.  I added a Happy Easter sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set.  I purchased peeps in 5 different colors, and I made the Top Note Piece to coordinate with the color of the peep.  When they are all put together in a large basket they are really colorful, and brighten up the table. 

The bunny bag was also embossed with the Perfect Polka Dot folder for added dimension, and the bunny was stamped with Chocolate Chip ink and then punched with the 1 1/4" Square Punch and then layered over a punched Scallop Square.  This bag was tied together using Daffodil Delight 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon.  The Happy Easter sentiment on this bag is from a retired stamp set, but I loved it so much that I couldn't part with it.  It was punched out with the Scallop Oval punch. 

To make today's treats I used the following:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Pretty in Pink #100459, Basic Black #12104, Pumpkin Pie #105117
Stamp Sets:  Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370, Forest Friends #113748
Ink:  Chocolate Chip #100908, Pretty in Pink #101301
Punches:  1" Circle #119868, 1 1/4" Circle #119861, Extra Large Star #119875, Word Window #119857, 1 1/4" Square #119865, Scallop Square #119884, Scallop Oval #119856
Ribbon:  Pretty in Pink 1/4" Grosgrain #109032, Daffodil Delight 3/8" Taffeta #119766
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Top Note Bigz Die #113463, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder #117335, Crop-a-Dile #108362, Small Cellophane Bags #103104, uni-ball Signo Gel Pen #105021

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fun Flowers Happy Easter

The new Fun Flowers Bigz L Die offered in the Occasions Mini Catalog gives you perfect flower shapes for layering.  The Die has three different shapes and sizes of flowers, as well as two small circles.  I didn't use the largest flower today, instead I cut one medium and two of the smaller ones and  and just turned the paper over on the other side for a different look.

I used Rose Red cardstock for my card base, followed by a layer of River Rock and Very Vanilla which I embossed with the Finial Press folder.  After I cut the flowers, I placed them on with brads.  Sticky Strip was used as the adhesive for my gathered Rose Red seam binding and two small pearls embellished the sentiment.

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Rose Red #102544, River Rock #108640, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage #121782 (Occasions Mini)
Ink:  Rose Red #101778
Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Finial Press Embossing Folder #115963, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die #121812 (Occasions Mini) , Sticky Strip #104294
Ribbon:  Rose Red Seam Binding #121884 (Occasions Mini)
Accessories:  Pearls #119247, Subtles Brads #118738, Brights Brads #119740

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Easter Wishes

I love how inlaid embossing makes your two pieces of cardstock look like one.  Such an easy technique that brings a lot of texture and elegance to your card or project.

For today's card I started with Baja Breeze cardstock followed by a cut layer of Pear Pizzazz.  I placed the Pear Pizzazz onto the top of the card with snail adhesive and then embossed the front with the Elegant Lines embossing folder.  A few Itty Bitty Punches using Springtime Vintage Designer Paper  and matching buttons were added, along with some Baja Breeze Seam  Binding.  To get the binding to gather, I frayed one end and found a stray piece in the middle that I pulled until I got the amount of gathering I wanted.  I used sticky strip to keep the binding in place, and it works great when you want to add gathered ribbon.

I used the following for today's post:
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze #111352, Pear Pizzazz #119795, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage #12172 (Occasios Mini)
Ink:  Baja Breeze #111833
Stamp Sets:  Baby Blossoms #121927 wood or #122000, Something to Celebrate #121897 wood or #121955 (Hostess Level 2 - Occasions Mini)
Ribbon:  Baja Breeze Seam Binding #122331
Embellishment:  Itty Bitty Buttons #118761
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder #119277, Dimensionals #104430, Snail Adhesive #104332, Sticky Strip #104294

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy Easter

Easter is right around the corner, and I will be working on a variety of cards and gift items for several craft fairs as well as my Stamp Classes.  I hope you enjoy my ideas.

For today's card I started with a card base of Crumb Cake cardstock that when closed measures the standard card size to fit into a regular card envelope, but was cut lengthwise instead.  So when this card is open fully it measures 11" x 4 1/4" (instead of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2").  Either way works but like to change it up.

My two matte layers are Pretty in Pink and Old Olive.  The image was stamped on a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.  After I used my pastels and blender pens to color it in, I cut it into 1" x 3 1/2" pieces and placed them onto my layers.  Victoria Trim was tied onto all of these pieces and then everything was put onto the card base. 

Come back tomorrow to check out some more of my Easter designs.

I used the following to make today's card:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730, Pretty in Pink #100459, Old Olive #100702
Stamp Set:  Elements of Style #118611 wood 0r #120045, A Good Egg #114974
Ink:  Basic Black #101179, Old Olive #102277
Accessories:  Stampin' Pastels #120962, Blender Pens #102845
Ribbon:  Victoria Crochet Trim #118481

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Baby Bundle

I saw a pretty card by Andrea Munro that used the Scallop Circle Die for her baby card, so after changing things up a bit I borrowed her idea and came up with my own baby girl card.  In Andrea's card she cut up her background into squares, I just left mine one solid sheet and layered it onto another piece of cardstock. 

For today's card I started with Very Vanilla cardstock for the card base, followed by a layer of Early Espresso, and then an embossed layer of Pretty in Pink.  The scallop circle was cut with my Big Shot and the large scallop circle from the Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die.  The inner circle was punched with the 2 1/2" circle punch.  I stamped the image in the middle, and stamped and cut out the other baby items and placed them randomly over the circles.  Markers were used to color in the images.

For added dimesion to the scallop circle I sponged some Early Espresso ink on the edges.   And, glue dots made it really easy to place the cut images. 

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Early Espresso #119686, Crumb Cak #120953, Pretty in Pink #100459
Stamp Set:  Baby Bundle #118525wood or #120576 clear
Markers:  Blush Blossom #100037, Pretty in Pink #100045, Daffodil Delight #11677, Crumb Cake #120967
Ink:  Early Espesso #119670
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die #113469, Glue Dots #103683, Stamping Sponges #101610
Punches:  2 1/2" Circle #120906, Word Window #119857

Friday, March 11, 2011

Happy Thoughts!

Play Date Designer Series Paper was the inspiration for today's card.  One of the sheets has pretty flowers on the one side, and all I did for today's post was cut one of the large flowers out and place it on top of an embossed piece of cardstock. 

I started with a base of Old Olive cardstock and then placed the cut flower on top.  To the center I added a stamped  small flower in So Saffron ink, punched it out and placed it on with a dimensional.  The sentiment is inked with Tempting Turquoise ink. 

Remember - your Designer Series Paper coordinates with the cardstock and ink.  Each package has those colors next to the item # in the catalog.  To help me remember what colors the paper coordinates with I always mark my packages with the color names.

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock  Old Olive #100702, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Play Date #117168
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise #100814, So Saffron #105213
Stamp Set:  Apple Blossom #118531 wood or #120139 clear (Hostess Level 2)
Punches:  Scallop Oval #119856, 1/2" Circle 119869
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335. Dimensionals #104430

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Happy Retirement

This is one card that could be used for a lot of different occasions.  Just change the sentiment and this would be nice for a masculine birthday, thinking of you, thank you, or Father's Day card.  So if you have any golfers in your life this a la carte On the Green single stamp would be nice to have.

I started with Garden Green cardstock which I layered with an embossed piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, and a piece of Presto Patterns Specialty DSP that was sponged with Garden Green ink to bring out the pattern.  A piece of Early Espresso 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon was added to these two layers before I placed them onto the Garden Green card base.  I stamped the golfer with Garden Green ink and matted this with another piece of Early Espresso cardstock.  I made this card a Retirement Card, but as you can see, you can add a variety of sentiments to this card  to make it suitable for the right occasion.

To make today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Garden Green #102584, Crumb Cake #120953, Early Espresso #119686,  Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Presto Patterns #117175
Ink:  Garden Green #102272
Stamp Set:  On the Green #117139, Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Punches:  Modern Label #119849, Word Window #119857
Ribbon:  Early Espresso 5/8" Grosgrain #119955
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976, Stamping Sponge #101610

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Inlaid Embossing Birthday Card

Can you tell that I really love the Inlaid Embossing Technique.  This is my third post this week, and all of the cards were made this way.  On today's card you can't see the embossing as well, but up close and in person you really get to see the polka dots coming through, and the layers look lik they are actually one piece of patterned paper instead of a piece of cardstock layered with DSP. 

I started with a card base of Soft Suede cardstock, and added a piece of Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper which was placed on using snail adhesive.  I ran the front of the card through my Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  The layered punch was made by punching a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock with the Decorative Label punch and then the Very Vanilla punch was one of the tags from the Lots of Tags Sizzlits die.  To finish the card I added the sentiment and a piece of Crumb Cake seam binding. 

To get the sentiment on the punch in the right place I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig.  This is another great accessory that saves me from making a lot of mistakes.

For today's card I used the following:
Cardstock:  Soft Suede #115318, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Elegant Soiree #117163
Ink:  Baja Breeze #111833
Stamp Set:  Afterthoughts #118388 wood or #120121 clear (Hostess Level 2)
Punch:  Decorative Label #120907 (Occasions Mini)
Ribbon:  Crumb Cake Seam Binding #122332 (Occasions Mini)
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder #117335, Lots of Tags #114508, Stamp-a-ma-jig #101049, Dimensionals #104430

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Inlaid Embossing Wedding Card

When you place a piece of cardstock or designer paper on top of your card base and then emboss both pieces together, it looks like the two pieces are one. 

Using Very Vanilla cardstock for the card base and a layer of Elegant Soiree Designer Paper which were then embossed with the Elegant Lines embossing folder, all I needed to add to this card to finish it was a Vintage Flower and a small strip or ribbon.  I think this combination makes a really elegant Wedding Card and it was so quick and easy to make.  

If you have your own Big Shot this is such a great technique to try.  The Big Shot was such a great investment and addition to my stamping supplies.  It is something I use in almost all of my cards and projects, and worth the cost for me.  If it is something you have had on your wish list for awhile, now with the Sale-a-bration promotion , this would be a great time to purchase one for yourself.  You would get a great product, and some free products at the same time.  Sale-a-bration runs until the end of March.  Contact me if you have any questions or would like to place an order.  My on-line store is open 24/7 so feel free to browse, shop, and leave any comments too!

The following were used for today's card:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Elegant Soiree #117163
Ink:  Baja Breeze #111833
Stamp Set:  Occasional Quotes #117048 wood or #120142 clear (Hostess Level 3)
Embellishment:  Vintage Flower Adornment #121879
Ribbon:  Very Vanilla 3/8" Taffeta #109071
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder #119277

Monday, March 7, 2011

Square Punch Birthday Card

Here is another square punch birthday card made with Play Date Designer Series Paper.  In a card I posted a few weeks ago I used the same design and paper pack, but just picked a different pattern of paper and sentiment for the center square.    I like the softness of the papers today.  They are not as bold as the ones I used before.

For today's card I started with a base of Old Olive cardstock, followed by matte layers of Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and So Saffron.  The larger squares are Chocolate Chip and the smaller squares are the DSP.  I put all of these layers together using snail adhesive, and then ran them all through my Big shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder.  I love this inlaid embossing technique.  It really gives your card a great textured, polished look.    The square in the middle and the sentiment on the bottom are the only pieces I did not emboss. 

The following were used for today's post:
Cardstock:  Old Olive #100702, Chocolate Chip #102128, So Saffron #105118, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Play Date #117168
Stamp Set:  Cute by the Inch #116992 wood or #120130 clear (Level 2 Hostess),  Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Ink:  Old Olive #102277
Punches:  1 1/4" Square #119865, 1 3/8" Square #119877, Word Window #119857, Modern Label 3119849
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976

Friday, March 4, 2011

SpringtimeVintage Part II

Original design with pearls added to center of squares

Flowers punches instead of squares

Matte layers reversed with different punches and ribbon
Today is my final post of my Stamp Class cards that were altered just a bit using the precut materials.  The original card is the one pictured first.  Today I just added a pearl to each square.  The second card uses the same matte layers, but instead of punching squares I punched the large flowers and used a different embossing folder for the background.  The final card reverses the matte layers - the Very Vanilla is on the bottom and the Not Quite Navy on top.  Again, a few different punches and ribbon and I have a very different card that didn't take much extra time because the materials were already precut and on hand.

I hope you like my week of time savers.  I know this helps me get a lot of cards prepared and ready.  I sell my cards at a hair salon and catering business, as well as craft fairs, and to friends.  So I like to have a large variety of cards on  hand, but want to make sure that they are something I would be proud to have my name stamped on back.  So I find that this really helps me achieve that goal.  I always prep for more cards than I think I will need at my classes and use the leftover materials to either make the same card, or to change it up with different embellishments and sayings.  Thanks for stopping by this week to take a peek, and also for your comments.  Have a great weekend!

To make today's cards I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz #119795, Very Vanilla #101640, Not Quite Navy #101722
Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage #121782 (Occasions Mini)
Stamp Sets:  Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370, A Word for You #117032 wood or #120528 clear
Ink:  Not Quite Navy #103008
Punches:  2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874, Fancy Flower #118073, Scallop Oval #119856, 1 3/4" Oval #119855, 1 3/8" Square #119877, Photo Corner #119878
Embellishments:  Pearls #119247, Vintage Flowers #121879 (Occasions Mini), 5/16" Neutral Brads #112534
Ribbon:  Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding #122330, Baja Breeze Seam Binding #122331 (Occasions Mini)
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976, Finial Press Embossing Folder #115963, Snail Adhesive #104332

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sunny Garden Cards

Original cards design for class
Alternate card designs

Today I am again showing how I turned the original card I offered at my monthly stamp class into two different cards.  The second card uses the same Designer Paper, I just turned it around and used the other side.  Having two designs to choose from on the paper really makes it easy to design a different card.  I also used a different punch on my Poppy Parade strip in the middle, and a new sentiment and ribbon.  The third card uses the same cardstock for the card base and matte layer, but a different piece of DSP from the same Sunny Garden pack for the top layer and the butterflies.  

My Stamping Timesaver:  This is such a great way for me to get a lot of cards made each month, and shows how easy it is to create new cards with very similar materials.  I always try to cut the materials for more than one card at a time.  I find that once I find a design I like it saves time if I cut materials for several cards at once.  When making cards with the leftover materials,  I can just turn the DSP to the other side, add or subtract ribbons, change punches, sentiments, and embellishments, and I find it fun to see how I can create something different with the supplies I precut.  

To make today's cards I used the following:
Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight #119683, Poppy Parade #119793, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Sunny Garden #119831
Ink:  Poppy Parade #119792
Markers:  Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz #119801 - In Color Marker Pack
Ribbon:  Poppy Parade 1/2" Stitched Poly #119263, Daffodil Delight 3/8" Taffeta #119766, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta #109070
Stamp Sets:  Punch Bunch #123250 wood or #123213 clear (Sale-a-Bration), Full of Life #111500, All Holidays #114916, Create a Cupcake #121915 wood or #121982 (Occasions Mini), Just Believe #116948 wood or #120453 clear
Punches:  1 3/4" Scallop Circle #119854, 1 3/8" Circle #119860, Extra Large Oval #119859, Word Window #119857, Eyelet Border #119853, Scallop Trim Border #118402
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die #114507
Embellishment:  Pearls #119247

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Springtime Vintage Designs

These are the original cards I posted last week.  Look at the new designs below.
Ribbon should be placed on top of oval (didn't notice it wasn't attached to top before I posted picture)!

 Yesterday I posted how I change the leftover prepped cards I have ready for my Stamp Classes.  Today's three new cards show more examples of how you can take your original designs and materials and change things up to create new designs.

The cardstock, Designer Series Paper, and ink are all of the same.   I just layered different colors together, turned the oval in a different direction, and used both of the oval cuts on one card instead of splitting it up into two different cards, as well as using different embossing folders for my backgrounds. 

This is such an easy way to get a lot of cards done at once.  I come up with a design I like, precut materials for at least 8 cards, have everything ready for my Stamp Classes, and take the leftover materials and create new cards.  Try it sometime and see what you can come up with. 

For today's cards I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz #119795, Rose Red #102544, Very Vanilla #101650, Crumb Cake #120953
Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage #121782 (Occasions Mini)
Ink:  Rose Red #101778, Pear Pizzazz #119784
Stamp Sets:  Sincere Salutations #115078, Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370, Silhouette Sentiments #118474 wood or #120127 clear (Hostess Level 1(
Ribbon:  Rose Red Seam Binding #121884,  Very Vanilla 3/8" Taffeta #109071
Embellishments:  Pearls #119247
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Frame, Oval Scallop Bigz Die #114521, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder #121809 (Occasions Mini), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Crop-a-Dile #108362
Punches:  Word Window #119857, 1 3/8" Oval #119863, 1 3/4" Oval #119855, 2" Oval #119859, Scallop Oval #119856

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Greenhouse Gala Collection

When I do my stamp classes, I always prepare a few extra cards of each style for any last minute attendees.  When I have cards left over I take the original card and all of the prepped materials and either make duplicates of the same card, or take the precut materials and change the cards up a little bit.  Today's three cards show how just a few little changes with the same materials can create three different cards.  The original card which I posted last week was the same as the one pictured below with the exception of the new Photo Corner Punch I added in the corner.  All three of today's cards carry the same theme, but you can see how I changed each one just a bit, either by adding different embossing or borders,  placing fewer flowers, and adding different sentiments.  Now I have a larger variety of cards on hand.    
Photo Corner Added

Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border

Framed Tulips Embossing

For today's three cards I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz #119795, Baja Breeze #111352, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Greenhouse Gala #117167
Ink:  Baja Breeze #111833, Chocolate Chip #100908
Ribbon:  Baja Breeze Seam Binding #122331 (Occasions Mini)
Stamp Sets:  Full of Life #111500, All Holidays #114916, A Word for You #117032 wood or #120528 clear
Punches:  Photo Corners #119878, Fancy Flower #118073, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border #119275, Small Corner #119871, 2 x 1 3/8" Oval #119859, Boho Blossoms #119858
Embellishments:  Sweet Stitches Fabric Designer Brads #121880 (Occasions Mini), Subtles Brads #119738, Filigree Brads #112577
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder #121809 (Occasions Mini), Square Lattice Folder #119976, Finial Press Folder #115963, Dimensionals #104430