Wednesday, February 29, 2012

50/50 board


The last number was finally taken, and the lucky winner of my 50/50 board is Jennifer R.  Congratulations Jennifer on picking the lucky  number.  Jennifer will receive $50 in free Stampin' Up! merchandise.

A new board is being started today.  For every $50 you spend before shipping and tax you get to select one remaining number on the board.  When all of the numbers have been selected, the winning number which has already been randomly selected and placed in a sealed envelope on the back of the board, will be revealed.  The winner receives $50 in Stampin' Up! merchandise.

This is not a Stampin' Up! promotion, but one that I like to offer my customers, therefore, the merchandise needs to be purchased through me.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the last board, and good luck to the new participants.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

One design, three sympathy cards.


I posted a card in January that I made using a design inspired by Stampin' Up! demonstrator Michelle Wark.   I liked the layout and thought it would work great for sympathy cards.  Here is my take on three different cards all using the same design, just changing up the stamp sets and sentiments.

Each card has a card base of Bravo Burgundy and is layered with Very Vanilla and Wild Wasabi cardstock.  The Wild Wasabi cardstock was cut using the Top Note Bigz Die and then cut in half and sponged with some Bravo Burgundy ink, and then all of these layers were embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  From there I just changed my stamped images, placing them on more Very Vanilla and Bravo Burgundy cardstock, and either cut them down to size, or used a punch to get the best shape.  Some ribbon and my sentiment complete each card.  A really easy way to get extra cards made, while still making each one unique.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Bravo Burgundy #105123, Wild Wasabi #108641, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy #105214
Stamp Sets:  Faith in Nature #122490 wood or #122492 clear (Hostess), Nature's Pace #122660 wood or #122662 clear, Petite Pairs #122495 wood or #122497 clear, Thoughts & Prayers #113252
Ribbon:  Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Grosgrain #120930, Very Vanilla 1/2" Seam Binding #120999, Hemp Twine #100982
Punches:  2 1/2" Circle #120906, Large Oval #119855, Word Window #119857
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Top Note Bigz Die #113463, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175, Stamping Sponge #101610, Crop-a-Dile #108362

Monday, February 27, 2012

Upsy Daisy Birthday

When I need to make a masculine card, I usually go through my Well Worn Designer Series Paper to find a perfect background.  This is a great pack of paper to help you make all of your masculine themed cards.

I started with Very Vanilla cardstock, and stamped my Upsy Daisy stamp in Cajun Craze ink before I added my Designer Series Paper.  After adding the layer of DSP I tied Black Satin Ribbon around the layers for embellishment, while still keeping it a masculine card.   A really, simple and quick card to make, but one that was a big hit at my monthly stamp class.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Well Worn #122359
Ink:  Cajun Craze #119671
Stamp Set:  Upsy Daisy #111710
Ribbon:  Basic Black 5/8" Satin #117285

Friday, February 24, 2012

Bringing Baby


If you need some baby cards, the Bringing Baby A' la Carte stamp is a great choice for a quick card, and at a cost of $7.95 it is a great value too. Your not sacrificing anything on your design just because it doesn't take a long time to make, but because it is such a large stamp you don't need to add a whole lot more to your design to send your special wishes.

The first card uses Pear Pizzazz cardstock, and the second card is made with Blushing Bride.  Both also use Whisper White for a layer behind the Nursery Nest Designer Series Paper.  Once my layers were all attached, I ran them through my Big Shot and used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder to give the card more dimension.  My stork was stamped on with Soft Suede ink, and I colored in just a few of the details with either a Pear Pizzazz or Blushing Bride marker.  My images were placed on using dimensionals, and an additional sentiment was added to the bottom of each card as well.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz #119795, Blushing Bride #119796, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Nursery Nest #122347
Ink:  Soft Suede #115657   Markers:  2011-13 In Color Assortment #123002
Stamp Sets:  Bringing Baby #122905, Baby Bundle #118525 wood or #120576 clear, Petite Pairs #122495 wood or #1224097 clear
Punches:  Word Window #119857, Small Oval #120908
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Simple but Elegant Thank You

Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush coordinated well for today's thank you card.  I saw a similar design while I was surfing other blogs and liked the simple and clean layout. 

Added to my cardstock was a piece of Designer Series Paper from the In Color Paper Stack, and a piece of Concord Crush 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon.  My thank you is an A' la Carte stamp called Elegant Thank You, and to dress it up a bit I added some Little Leaves cut with the Big Shot, and embellished them with Wisteria Wonder flowers punched from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  A few pearls and I'm finished.  Now, it doesn't get much easier than that.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder #122922, Concord Crush #119792, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  2011-2013 In Color Paper Stack #122384
Ink:  Concord Crush #119785
Stamp Set:  Elegant Thank You #114484
Ribbon:  Concord Crush 1/2" Stitched Poly #119266
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Little Leaves Sizzlits Die #114511
Punch:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309
Embellishment:  Basic Pearls #119247

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thinking of You Hummingbird

Time to pull out a stamp set I haven't used in a while, Elements of Style.  I thought the hummingbird would be a nice way to say thinking of you.

I embossed my Very Vanilla cardstock with the Stripes embossing folder before I added my Blushing Bride and Twitterpated layers.  I inked my hummingbird twice, first in Blushing Bride, and then again in Pear Pizzazz to create a shadow effect.  My hummingbird was layered onto a piece of Very Vanilla and Basic Gray Cardstok, and the Very Vanilla edges were punched with the 3/16" corner punch. Dimensionals popped up my sentiment which was punched out with the Scallop Oval punch.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Blushing Bride #119796, Basic Gray #121044
Designer Series Paper:  Twitterpated #125406 (Occasions Mini)
Stamp Sets:  Elements of Style #118611 wood or #120045 clear, Sincere Salutations #115068
Ink:  Blushing Bride #119786, Pear Pizzazz #119785
Punches:  Scallop Oval #119856, 3/16" Corner #119871
Adhesive:  Snail #104332, Dimensionals #104430

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Everybunny Easter Baskets

I love all of the colors of Easter, and making Easter Baskets is just one way to show them off.

I used the Fancy Favor Box Bigz XL Die with my Big Shot to make the boxes.  I decorated them using the Everybunny Stamp Set, and stamped both the girl and boy bunnies on a Scallop Circle cut from the Scallop #2 Bigz Die.  I colored my bunnies in with a variety of markers, added coordinating ribbon, and attached the handle using brads.  I will fill them with candy later, but just getting a jump start on the upcoming holiday.

The following were used:
Cardstock:   All 12 x 12 sheets - Rose Red #124295, Certain Celery #124271, So Saffron #124297, Tempting Turquoise #124300 and Whisper White #100730 - (8 1/2 x 11)
Stamp Set:  Everybunny #122705 wood or 122707 clear
Ink:  Chocolate Chip #100908 and a variety of markers
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die #115965, Extended Cutting Pads #113478, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die #113469
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294, Dimensionals #104430


Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Easter Everybunny!


I know children love getting candy in their Easter Baskets, but I think they would really like these cute pencil filled Easter bags too.

The 1 x 8 cello bags are a carryover item from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I filled them with pencils I purchased at a local store.  The bags come with their own adhesive to keep them closed.  I stamped my bunnies in Early Espresso ink, and then colored them in using a variety of markers.  I punched them out and used Sticky Strip to keep them attached to the bag. 

I have also filled these bags with jelly beans and M & M's  so of course, there will still be candy in the Easter baskets.

The following were used:
Stamp Sets:  Everybunny #122705 wood or #122707 clear, Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370
Ink:  Early Espresso #119670  and a variety of Stampin' Up! markers
Punches:  Extra Wide Oval #119859, Word Window #119857
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294
Accessories:  1 x 8 Cellophane Bags #124134


Friday, February 17, 2012

Masculine Birthday Card

I saw this layout on a blog by Stampin' Up! demostrator Mary Fish, and liked it for a masculine birthday card.  Each month I try to have one or two masculine designed cards for the ladies to choose from at my stamp camps, because that seems the hardest for us to come up with.  Thanks Mary for your inspiration.

My card base of Whisper White was layered with Crumb Cake and Bashful Blue cardstock.  The Bashful Blue layer was embossed with the Stripes embossing folder.  The Designer Series Paper is Well Worn, a great set for masculine cards, and this small piece was layered on a piece of Early Espresso.  Another piece of Cajun Craze cardstock was added for contrast.  Early Espresso 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon brought it all together, and  a 5/16" Neutral Brad added some embellishment.  The sentiment was inked in Early Espresso ink and punched out with the Extra Large Oval punch and placed on top of a Crumb Cake Label Framelit.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Bashful Blue #105120, Cajun Craze #119684, Early Espresso #119686, Crumb Cake #120953
Designer Series Paper:  Well Worn #122359
Ink:  Early Espresso #119670
Stamp Set:  On Your Birthday #111664
Punch:  Extra Large Oval #119859
Ribbon:  Early Espresso 1/4" Grosgrain #120931
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Stripes Embossing Folder #123128, Labels Collection Framelits Die #125598 (Occasions Mini)
Embellishment:  5/16" Neutral Brad #112534

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Paper Clip Bookmarks

Sorry, it's another quick post today.  It is my stamp class week, and my granddaughters birthday today, so I don't have time for a long post, but I wanted to share this easy project.

These are mediumn sized paper clips that I attached with a variety of cardstock and Designer Series Paper.  I used a variety of punches to get different looks.  Most of the buttons I purchased on the Clearance Rack at a great bargain, and once again, this is a great project to use up some of your scraps.  For each clip I used cardstock for the back, and attached some Sticky Strip to hold it together.  I then placed sticky strip onto the Designer Series punched piece and placed this on the top.  The buttons were also put on with Sticky Strip. 

This also works great using the Owl and Bird punch for a different look.  They sell great at craft fairs too.

Supples used:
A variety of cardstock, designer series paper, designer buttons and sticky strip - All Stampin' Up! products.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Clothespin Refrigerator Magnets

Just a quick post today to show you some refrigerator magnets I am making for a craft fair.  They are a great way to use up your scrap papers, and will look really cute holding your favorite treasures.

To make the magnets, I covered the clothespins in a variety of Designer Series paper and then brushed over the paper with Modge Podge to create a good seal.  To put the paper onto the clothespin I used Sticky Strip to provide some extra hold.  I added some ribbon, buttons, and a tag for embellishment, and then added a magnet strip to the back. 

I made over 60 of them in a short period of time, and you can decorate them for any occasion.

This would be a great kids craft too.  Let them help you make their own to display their school projects or pictures. 

Stampin' Up! sells everything I used today except the clothespins and Modge Podge.  Use your scrap Designer Series Paper, buttons, and small pieces of ribbon to decorate, and have fun creating your own.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Party This Way

If you have a sweet tooth, you will like the cute artwork on the Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper.  Yummy ice cream and sundaes are just what we need to get the birthday party started.

I embossed my Pool Party cardstock with the Square Lattice Embossing folder before I added my layer of Calypso Coral and a piece of the Sweet Shop DSP.  Some Lucky Limeade 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon added some extra embellishment, and my sentiment which was stamped on with Lucky Limeade ink, is one of the FREE stamp sets you can choose in the Sale-a-bration catalog.  This stamp set is also available for purchase in the Idea Book and Catalog too. 

A few of the items in the Sale-a-bration catalog are from the Idea Book and Catalog, but how nice it is to be able to get them for free during the  Sale-a-bration promotion period.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Pool Party #122924, Calypso Coral #122925, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Sweet Shop #125408 (Occasions Mini)
Stamp Set:  Party This Way #127726 wood or #127727 (if getting for FREE with Sale-a-bration), or #118744 wood or #120609 clear (for purchase from the Idea Book and Catalog)
Ribbon:  Lucky Limeade 3/8" Ruffled #122977
Ink:  Lucky Limeade #122935
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976, Dimensionals #104430

Saturday, February 11, 2012

50/50 board


I have one number left on my 50/50 board.  Who will be the lucky winner of your choice of $50 in FREE Stampin' Up! merchandise?  If you would like to have the last chance you can e-mail me with your $50 order, or go to my on-line store and place the order directly.  This order of $50 not only qualifies you for the 50/50 drawing, but also will qualify for one FREE Sale-a-bration product of your choice.

To read more about my 50/50 board click on the link in the left hand column.  A new board will be made up as soon as this winner is selected.  Good luck everyone!

Winners name will be posted on my blog as soon as the lucky number is revealed.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sunny Get Well

Some Daffodil Delight cardstock puts a bit of sunshine into my Get Well Card, and coordinates with my Designer Series Paper that was used to punch out my bird.

Pear Pizzazz cardstock and a piece of the Pocketful of Posies Designer Series paper were added to my card base, along with a piece of Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon.  My scallop circle was cut with my Big Shot and the Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die.  The Whisper White circle was punched with the 2 1/2" Circle punch and then embossed using the Square Lattice embossing folder.  Using a combination of Pocketful of Posies and Nursery Nest Designer Series Paper I punched out my bird and placed him on the circle. 

When I use a punch like the Bird Builder used today, I usually just punch out the whole image each time.  Even if I am going to use different pieces for the wing and branch I still find that the easiest way to do it, instead of just trying to punch out what I want.  I save the leftover pieces in a small container, and next time I am going to use the punch I sort through my miscellaneous pieces and see if I have anything that coordinates.  I have individual containers labeled for all of my builder punches, and since Stampin' Up! products coordinate so well together, I can usually find a piece I need without always having to do extra punching.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight #119683, Pear Pizzazz #119795, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Pocketful of Posies #122354, Nursery Nest #122347
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz #119684
Stamp Set:  Sincere Salutations #115068
Punches:  Bird Builder #117191, 2 1/2" Circle #120906, Scallop Oval #119856
Ribbon:  Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched Poly #119265
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die #112469

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Blossom Punch Beyond the Garden

I used the new Blossom Punch and some Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper to make today's card.  With paper this pretty I didn't need to add a lot of extra stamping.

My card base is Pacific Point cardstock, with a piece of the Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper.  Next I added a layer of Wild Wasabi cardstock that was embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder.  A different piece of Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper was punched with the new Blossom Punch, and to the middle I did stamp one of the small flowers from the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set, and added a Bright Glimmer Brad.  The thanks sentiment from the Sale-a-bration set Outlined Occasions, was stamped on using Pacific Point ink and placed on with dimensionals.

This is one of the cards that will be offered at my monthly stamp class, and hopefully it gets everybody in the mood for nice weather ahead!

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Pacific Point #111350, Wild Wasabi #108641, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Beyond the Garden #122342
Stamp Sets:  Outlined Ocasions #126014 wood or #126016 clear (Sale-a-bration), Mixed Bunch #125535 wood or #125537 clear (Occasions Mini)
Ink:  Pacific Point #111837
Punches:  Blossom #125603 (Occasions Mini), 1 Circle #119868
Embellishment:  Bright Glimmer Brad #121006
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Finial Press Embossing Folder #115963

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Happiest Birthday with alot of FREE Sale-a-bration products!

I love getting free Stampin' Up! products, especially when they are as pretty as the ribbon, brad, and stamp set I used for today's birthday card!

My card base is Calypso Coral cardstock, which I embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  I then added a layer of Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper.  I cut a Whisper White Circle using my Big Shot and the largest scallop circle in the Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die and stamped my Fresh Vintage Stamp (Sale-a-bration) with Lucky Limeade ink, and added a bit more color using my Calypso Coral marker.  The pretty ribbon and brad are part of the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack (Sale-a-bration).  The ribbon is nice and thin, so I was able to layer two pieces together without adding too much bulk.  The Happiest Birthday is from the Apothecary Art Stamp Set in the Occasions Mini Catalog.

If you want to receive free products too, remember that Sale-a-bration runs until March 31st.  For every $50 you spend you get to select one free item from the catalog.  You can shop my online store 24/7 and send me an e-mail if you have any questions.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Calypso Coral #122925, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Berry Blossoms #122350
Stamp Sets:  Fresh Vintage #125115 wood or #125117 clear (Sale-a-bration), Apothecary Art #125525 wood or #125527 clear (Occasions Mini)
Ink:  Lucky Limeade #122935, Calypso Coral #122939  -  Marker:  Calypso Coral #123002 (In-Color Pack)
Embellishments: Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack #127279 (Sale-a-bration)
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder #117335, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die #112469, Dimensionals #104430
  

Monday, February 6, 2012

Create& Keep Simply Sent Kit Samples


Here are two samples of cards I made using the Create & Keep Simply Sent Card Kit.  With the kit you get everything you need to make 10 cards, a box with dividers to organize your cards, and 10 printed envelopes.  The only thing not included is adhesive to assemble your box, and any additional embellishments, such as the pearls I used on my cards, or additional accents you may want to add.

In the first sample, the only additions added were the pearls, and the piece of Early Espresso cardstock that was punched and added to the side.  In the second sample the only additions were the pearls. This kit is great for your own personal use, or as a finished product to give as a gift, or for a new stamper who might want additional help with her designs.  But remember, you can make all 10 cards with just the products in the kit, and then the only additional product you would need would be adhesive to put the box together, and instructions are included to make it really easy to assemble it.

The following were used:
Simply Sent Create & Keep Kit #122380 - (Occasions Mini Catalog)
Early Espresso Cardstock #119686, Basic Pearls #119247, Scallop Trim Border Punch #118402, Sticky Strip #104294

Friday, February 3, 2012

Be My Valentine

A few more valentines using the Take It To Heart stamp set.  The hearts could be either punched out using the Full Heart Punch or cut using the Hearts Collection Framelits Die, since this smaller heart fits both of these tools so perfectly.

My card base is Riding Hood Red, which is layered with a piece of  Twitterpated Designer Series Paper, Blushing Bride and Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped my hearts on a separate piece of Whisper White and then punched them out with my Heart punch.  A small piece of Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon was placed behind the hearts which were placed on with dimensionals.  I also added a bow to the top along with a basic pearl.  My sentiment is from the Delightful Dozen stamp set and was embellished with a small punched Blushing Bride heart.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Riding Hood Red #111348, Blushing Bride 119796, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Twitterpated #125406
Ink:  Riding Hood Red #111836
Stamp Sets:  Delightful Dozen #122650 wood or #122652 clear, Take It To Heart #125520 wood or #125522 clear
Ribbon:  Real Red 1/8" Taffeta #119251
Punches:  Full Heart #119883, Heart to Heart #119881
Embellishment:  Basic Pearl #119247

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Nursery Nest Gift Bags


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Today I am posting a few more decorated gift bags.  These bags were made using the Nursery Nest Designer Series Paper and Quick Accents.  Now, it doesn't get much easier than that!

If you are like me, I hate spending a lot of money on a gift bag, and the ones I find in the stores are so expensive.  So, I find it not only economical, but a lot of fun to make my own.  They are more personalized, and show the gift recipient that you care enough to take the time to make the bag. They don't have to know how easy they are to do.

The following were used:
Designer Series Paper:  Nursery Nest #122347
Quick Accents:  Nursery Nest #122370
Punches:  Scallop Edge Border #119882, Extra-Large Oval #119859, Scallop Oval #119856, Large Oval #119855
Ribbon:  White Baker's Twine #124262, Retired Grosgrain Ribbon