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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Just A Note

I really love this card I made. It's bold and it grabs my attention. It's masculine, but it's feminine. I'm a little indecisive when it comes to choosing a fitting occasion for this card. So for now, it's just a note!

  • Early Espresso card stock - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (fold)
  • Whisper White card stock - 3 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • Summer Smooches DSP (125409 - Available June 1st) - 3 pcs 1 1/4 x 3
  • Beautiful Wings embosslits (118138)
  • Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die (114507)
  • Basic Pearls

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Punched Flower Turns Patriotic

Started this card by creating a flower using the Summer Smooches DSP and the 1 3/8" circle punch.  To create the flower, cut out 7 circles using the 1 3/8" circle punch.  Fold the sides in towards each other until they meet to form a "V" shape or until they slightly overlap.  Alternate sides of the DSP you are folding together.  This way you can alternate the colors/designs of the DSP when applying the soon to be flower petals to the punched circle base.  Use one circle punch as the base and attach all the "petals" to it using glue dots.  Attach a Whisper White button to the center of all the flower petals using a few glue dots on the back of the button.  This will hold all the petals down.  If you want to make sure they can't open up at all, just adhere a bit of snail to one of the DSP sides before folding it down to form the "V" shape.
Up close of completed flower

As soon as I saw the flower with the red, white and blue colors I knew it would be perfect for the 4th of July so I added Real Red and Island Indigo card stock (texturized using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and the Big Shot) to the Whisper White card base.  Still haven't decided what greeting I want to put on it but I do know that it will be on a piece of Whisper White card stock to make it pop.  Enjoy!
A Patriotic or 4th of July card
1 3/8" Circle Punch #119860
Summer Smooches DSP #125409
Glue Dots
White button from Neutrals Designer Buttons pack #119743
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335
Real Red, Island Indigo and Whisper White color combination

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Farewell Season of Friendship

I have to admit, just because Stampin' Up! is retiring this set doesn't mean I am going to. It's definately a keeper!
  • Soft Suede card stock cut 11 x 4 1/4 (fold in half)
  • Everday Enchantment DSP of your taste #1(1/2 x 3 3/4) #2(3/4 x 3 1/2)
  • Strip of Poppy Parade  punched with "Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border" cut at 4 3/8
  • Very Vanilla card stock cut 2 1/4 x 4
  • "Season of Friendship" tree inked in Soft Suede, Leaves inked in Lucky Limeade, Bird inked in Pool Party.
  • Friends greeting is inked in Soft Suede from the set "Just Believe"
  • 3/16 Corner rounder punch

Monday, May 28, 2012

Handmade Gifts

I love when my mom says to me, "I need a $5 gift idea.  Do you have any thoughts?"  She is not a stamper but she appreciates a pretty handstamped item or card so I gave her some ideas.  She decided that monogrammed note cards were a great idea and I was excited to get started.  My go-to stamp set for monogrammed cards has always been Baroque Motifs but I have used it so much that I needed something else if I was going to be motivated to make 22 sets.  I decided to give Ornate Blossom a try and I immediately fell in love with my creation.  They are extremely simple but sometimes simple is best.  I love these so much that I have decided to make them for end-of-year teacher gifts.  You could recreate these cards with any color combination but if you want to copy mine,  there are a few things that you need to get quick before they retire on the 31st of this month.  The colors (Peach Parfait, Pear Pizazz and Blushing Bride) and stamp (Ornate Blossom) are both on the retirement list.  Lovely Letters and Early Espresso are not retiring, thank goodness!  I cut the card base from the color and then stamped on a whisper white layer (4 x 5 1/4).  I did use the Stamp-a-ma-Jig to make sure the blossom and letter were in the same place on each card.
I packaged them in groups of 6 with envelopes in a clear box and tied them up with soft suede striped grosgrain ribbon
 I really like how they turned out and was excited to see how the 22 sets looked all together.  Enjoy!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Everything Eleanor sneak peek!

Wednesday night, our wonderful group of demonstrators got together for a shoebox swap.  (Each person designs a card, and then cuts all the materials so that everyone who attends can make the card.  You show up with a 'shoebox' full of materials, then come home with your shoebox filled with beautiful cards designed by your friends and stamped by you!)  Quite a few of us went with the vintage style cards, like those that Deena posted yesterday.  I played around with a new set, Everything Eleanor, that will be available on June 1st with the new catalog.  It's a pretty stamp set, that really grows on you once you start playing around with it.  I also used one of the new in-colors, Primrose Petals, also available on June 1st.  Stampin'UP! has redesigned their ink pads, and let me tell you: THEY ARE AWESOME!  Ask your friendly neighborhood demonstrator to introduce you to them.  If you're like me, you'll be ready to replace all your pads with the new style.  

Sahara Sand card base
Everything Eleanor stamp set, stamped in Versa Mark on the background.  Flowers stamped in Marina Mist and Primrose Petals, two of the flowers are cut out and adhered with dimensionals.
Very Vanilla card stock cut to 5" by 2 1/2", 'roughed up' with fingernail, or paper snips on three edges.  Punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch
Sahara Sand marker used in the Color Spritzer Tool
Greeting stamped in Sahara Sand using Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
Antique brad, Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon and Chantilly Crochet Trim ribbon used for accessories.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Vintage Papaya Collage

My style is not normally vintage, although this style has definitely been growing on me. Sometimes it's a little tough for me to stamp outside of my comfort zone. (Here's a random thought...Isn't vintage supposed to feel comfortable?) So anyway, when I ordered the Papaya Collage stamp set, I thought this would be the perfect stamp set to attempt some vintage cards. The formula in my head for creating one of these lovely pieces of artwork was Vintage + Collage = Masterpiece! Translated... add many layers of random, old looking images, ribbon or other random stuff. It seems to work for everyone else! Here are the two cards I came up with.

  • Primrose Petals card stock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (fold for card base)
  • Soft Suede card stock - 4" x 5 1/4"
  • First Edition DSP (121878) - 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Papaya Collage stamp set (126610 wood/ 126612 clear - available June 1st)
    • Frame image stamped in Soft Suede ink, directly onto the First Edition DSP.
    • Leaves stamped in Crumb Cake ink onto Very Vanilla card stock, 2 1/4" x 3". Edges sponged with Soft Suede ink, then adhered to the frame.
    • Rose image stamped in Primrose Petals ink (126858 - available June 1st) onto scrap Vanilla card stock and cut out.
  • Fabulous Phrases stamp set, stamped in Primrose Petals ink, onto 1/2" x 4" piece of Very Vanilla, edges sponged with Primrose Petals.
  • Crochet Trim ribbon (ribbon pictured is retiring, but similar is available, Victoria 118481)
  • Secure bow with an Antique Brad (117273), and adhere to card using a glue dot.
Baker's Tip: The Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049) will be your fabulous friend, when stamping 'fabulous friend' or other sentiment on this little strip!

Vintage Birthday!

  • Cherry Cobbler card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (fold)
  • First Edition DSP - 3" x 5 1/4"
  • Basic Black card stock - 3 1/8" x 4 7/8"
  • Very Vanilla card stock 3" x 4 3/4"
  • Papaya Collage stamp set
    • Bird stamped in Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black marker for the eye
    • Butterfly stamped in Basic Black
    • Rose stamped in Cherry Cobbler
    • Hat stamped in Basic Black, cut out and popped with a Dimensional
  • Basic Pearls used to embellish the butterfly and to create fun necklace!
Baker's Tip: Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to perfectly place your frame, or cut a slightly larger piece of Vanilla card stock, stamp the frame, and then trim to size.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Girly Birthday Card

The Patterned Party stamp set has become a new favorite of mine.  It's so fun and really gets me excited for creating a birthday card.  While fellow demos from this blog and other local demos went on a Stampin' Retreat recently, we were challenged by the coordinator, Kim Allen to create 4 different types of cards (2 color challenges and 2 layout challenges).  As I was making a color challenge card, I began to feel the colors were definitely girly and I knew right away who I would be making this birthday card for...my daughter, Maddie.  This card is soooo her with the bright colors and playful stamp images.  I just had to add the number 4 on top of the Happy Birthday To You banner and some pearls to the ribbon on some of the packages.  What girl doesn't love some jewels on her birthday?  I can't wait to give her this card on her birthday even if her birthday isn't until December 31st!
What have you made with this color combination or stamp set?  Please leave a comment below.  I would love to hear from all of you creative girls (and guys) out there.  Have a "happy" day!

Patterned Party stamp set WM#123065 or CM#123067
Melon Mambo, Pool Party and Tango Tangerine ink pads and card stock
Scallop Trim Border punch #118402
Ticket Corner punch #119867 (retiring on May 31st so get yours' now!)
Pearl Basic Jewels #119247

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sweets for the Sweet!

I have come to realize that I am a sugar addict. Smarties are my best friend! For the time being, I have decided to give it up temporarily.  "Sweets for the Sweet" was the first thing that came to mind when it came time to post.

Ingredients :

  • Soft Suede card stock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 (Folded)
  • Pool Party card stock 5 1/4 x 4
  • Sweet Shop DSP 4 3/4 x 2
  • Island Indigo card stock punched with Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border
  • Pool Party card stock 3 3/4 x 2 1/4
  • Whisper White card stock 3 5/8 x 2 1/8
  • Sweets for the Sweet stamp set inked in Soft Suede and Pool Party
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes set "just for you" inked in Island Indigo and run through the big shot with the new Itty Bitty Banners framelit. Edges are sponged in Island Indigo.

Monday, May 21, 2012

More Ways to use Designer Series Paper

I absolutely loved Jen's cards from last week.  I am always looking for ways to use the designer series paper that I have.  I love how the designs within a pack coordinate so I love finding ways to use them together.  I first saw this card made with paper that I didn't have.  Surprisingly enough, I didn't rush to order it.  Instead, I thought of what I could use instead and came up with this combination.  The patterns are from the Pocketful of Posies DSP which will be retiring at the end of this month.  The DSP isn't the only thing retiring on this card, the stamp set Sweetly Said, poppy parade ink, poppy parade ribbon and butterfly punch will also be gone.

Ingredients: Whisper White cardstock base, Pocketful of Posies DSP, Sweetly Said stamp set, Poppy Parade ink, Butterfly Punch, rhinestones, poppy parade ribbon.  

Friday, May 18, 2012

So much Designer Series Paper, so little time?

I don't know about you, but May always seems to be crazy busy around this house.  School's ending, spring activities are finishing up while summer activities are already starting, Mother's Day, several birthdays, the list is never ending.  I love it when I'm able to check anything off my list quickly, including a hand made card!
There are so many ways to find inspiration out there, but checking out sketch challenges is a great way to find inspiration fast!  This week I went to the Freshly Made Sketches blog.  Their challenge for the week is an awesome one for showing off all that beautiful Stampin'UP! Designer Series Paper that you just can't resist buying, but maybe have a hard time trying to use it.  This sketch was so great, I was able to come up with 2 cards in a matter of minutes!

This card uses the retired Sweet Shop DSP, I loved it when I saw it, but had hardly used any of it.  Now I might have to whip up several card sets to give as gifts!

Pool Party card base
Poppy Parade cut to 3 1/4" by 3 1/2"
Sweet Shop DSP cut to 1" by 3 1/2"
Whisper White card stock cut to 1 1/2" by 4 1/4"
Soft Suede card stock cut to 1" by 4 1/4", then punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch
Designer Printed Brads in the 2011-2013 In Colors
A Word For You stamp set, Stampin'UP! stamped in Soft Suede

This card uses the Pocketful of Posies DSP, get it before June 1st!  The stamp set, Thank You Kindly, will also be retiring with the current catalog on May 31st.  

Baja Breeze card base
Pocketful of Posies DSP cut to 1" by 3 3/4" strips, adhered to Poppy Parade card stock cut to 3 1/4" by 3 3/4"
Another strip of Pocketful of Posies DSP cut to 1 3/4" by 4 1/4"
Thank You Kindly Stampin'UP! stamp set, stamped in Soft Suede ink.
Denim Jean Ribbon

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Summer Afternoon

Summer Afternoon is a heart-warming new hostess stamp set that will be available in the new catalog, June 1st. I love coloring in an image, it's sooo relaxing! This set is a must for people who love nature and coloring. I have to say, the quote that comes with this set really touched my heart, and was the kicker that made me add it to my shopping cart!

  • Summer Afternoon stamp set (hostess only set - free after June 1st, with hostess benefits!)
  • Pool Party card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (fold)
  • Lucky Limeade card stock - 1 3/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (117335)
  • So Saffron card stock - 5 1/2" strip, cut with Adorning Accents Edgelits (127010)
  • Black Stazon Ink pad - a must for images that need to be colored in; it prevents streaking.
  • 2 1/2" circle punch (120906)
  • Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138)
  • Stampin' Write Markers - Pool Party, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Lucky Limeade
  • Blender Pen with Basic Gray ink pad

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Are You Ready for Summer?

I don't know about you but I am definitely ready for summer.  More laid back days, daily visits to the pool, kids playing in the backyard, beach trips, etc.

When I think of summer, I think of hot and humid weather here in North Carolina.  With this type of weather, you feel like you need a shower every time you go outside.  Most of the time my kids and I come home from the bus stop and have a popsicle to cool off right away.  This card reminds me of the fun times I enjoy with my kids and how sharing a popsicle break helps me learn so much more about their days.  To see that smile on their faces when they are having one just makes my heart melt (haha...melt like a popsicle does on a hot day).
I love punch art since I have so many punches.  I love to see how I can used them differently to achieve another effect.  Here is a fun punch art card that reminds me of hot summer days.  This card was CASEd from a Leadership Card Swap originally created by Susan Carpenter.  I chose to use all the Brights DSP colors instead of Pool Party like this card.  For our Stamping Club, we used Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Pacific Point.

Close up of popsicle
To create the popsicle punch art:
  • start with a 1 1/4" x 2" piece of Tangerine Tango card stock
  • round 2 of the corners with a corner rounder punch to create the bottom of the popsicle
  • feed a piece of card stock through the 1 1/4" circle punch so you only cut one end of the card stock creating the top of the popsicle
  • use the end of a scallop oval punch to cut out a piece of the card stock at the top of the popsicle which makes it appear as if someone took a bite out of it
  • sponge a bit of Tangerine Tango ink on the edges of the Tangerine Tango piece to add some dimension
  • punch out a 1" circle piece of Whisper White card stock using a 1" circle punch
  • use the end of a scallop oval punch to once again cut out a piece of card stock to create a bite mark on the Whisper White circle
  • attach this circle underneath the Tangerine Tango popsicle and layer it so the bite marks line up a bit
  • punch out a piece of Crumb Cake card stock using the Window Word punch
  • use an embossing folder to add texture to the popsicle stick if desired
  • sponge a bit of Chocolate Chip ink all over the Crumb Cake Window Word punched piece to add some dimension
  • add this piece underneath the popsicle and attach the whole popsicle/stick punch art to the card
3/4" Circle Punch #119873
1" Circle Punch #119868
1 1/4" Circle Punch #119861
3 1/2" Big Shot Circle Die #121811
3/16" Corner Rounder Punch #119871
Scallop Oval Punch #119856
Window Word Punch #119857
Pursuit of Happiness stamp set WM#121907 or CM#121970
Brights Patterns DSP Stack #117155
Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake and Pacific Point card stock
Chocolate Chip and Tangerine Tango ink pads

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Stampin' Up! Patio Party!

I was so excited to receive my new stamping supplies from the man in brown yesterday! Patio Party DSP features the new In-Colors, and Make a Cake stamp set coordinates perfectly! 

The new ink pads are fabulous! They are nice and flat and ink up the stamps perfectly without pressing into the pad.

  • Make a Cake stamp set (126740 wood/ 126742 clear - available June 1st)
  • Itty Bitty Banners stamp set (126255 w/ 126257 c - available June  1st)
  • Summer Starfruit card stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (fold)
  • Raspberry Ripple card stock - 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Patio Party DSP - 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" (126916 - available June 1st)
  • Labels Collection Framelits (125598)
  • Bitty Banners Framelits (129267 - available June 1st)
  • Midnight Muse ink pad
  • Midnight Muse and Raspberry Ripple Stampin' Write Markers

Monday, May 14, 2012

Bright Blossoms Sketch Challenge

This morning I was in the mood to attempt a card challenge, so I headed over to check out the MOJO Monday sketch challenge. It looked pretty simple, which was exactly what I needed this morning! That, and a little Bright Blossoms and Summer Smooches!

  • Whisper White card base 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (fold)
  • Summer Smooches DSP 4" x 5 1/4" (will be available June 1st! - 125409)
  • Daffodil Delight card stock - 2 3/8" x 3 3/4"
  • Bright Blossoms stamp set (available June 1st! - 125495 wood/ 125497 clear)
  • Thank You Kindly stamp set  (111700 - available only through May 31st)
  • 2 1/2" circle punch (120906)
  • 3/4" and 1/2" circle punches - to create the Daffodil flower and the flower pot.
  • Little Leaves sizzlit (114511) with Lucky Limeade card stock
  • Basic Pearls (119247)
  • Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon - adhered with Sticky Tap
  • 2 1/2" circle punch (120906)
  • Daffodil Delight and Island Indigo Stampin' Write Markers
  • Dimensionals
Baker's Tip: To make the Daffodil Flower, punch a 3/4" and a 1/2" circle. Use a bone folder to soften the card stock circles until they start peeling apart. Peel them apart, sponge edges with Daffodil ink, and adhere together.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Stampin'UP! Sunflower

I stumbled upon the "Less is More" challenge blog this week, and couldn't pass up a chance to highlight one of my favorite colors of the rainbow, YELLOW!  Although I'm usually most fond of the 'whoa that's bright' shades of yellow, whenever I pick up Stampin'UP!'s Sunflower background stamp I tend to use the more muted tones.  For this card, I used a good deal of sponging and some color spritzing to achieve a worn look to the background.

More Mustard card base
Daffodil Delight card stock cut to 5 3/8" by 4 1/8"
Confetti White card stock cut to 5 1/4" by 4", then sponged with Daffodil Delight and Chocolate Chip.
Sunflower stamped in More Mustard ink, and then sparingly colored in with the Daffodil Delight marker.  I then used the Chocolate Chip marker to dot in the center a little, and then sponged some more Chocolate
Also used the color spritzer with the Daffodil Delight marker, hard to see in the photo.
Chip to soften the look.
Bee from Stampin'UP! Nature Walk stamped in Daffodil Delight
Sentiment from Stampin'UP! Thank You Kindly is inked in Chocolate Chip, and then stamped off once.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Perfect For A Reader!

This card was made especially for my niece, who LOVES to read. When I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest, I knew I had to make one! This would also make a great gift card holder for a book store gift card.

  • Real Red card stock - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (fold for card base)
  • Whisper White card stock - 4 x 5 1/4
  • Variation of Real Red Designer Series Paper - Each piece started out 5/8" x 4 3/4", I used the 1" circle punch to round the edges as pictured below. I varied the length of each book, so there is no need to measure!
  • Soft Suede ink - beside stamping the sentiment, used for sponging all edges of books, and also with a blender pen to create a base for the books.
  • White Baker's Twine (124262)
  • Jewelry Tag Punch (117190)
  • Fabulous Phrases stamp set (117002 wood/ 120501 clear)
  • Blender Pen and Sponge

Baker's Tips:
  • After sponging all the edges of the books, adhere them to a scrap piece of card stock behind them to keep them together. Do not allow the scrap to show. This will make it easier to tie on the Baker's Twine.
  • To thread my tags, I use a paper piercing tool or 1/16" hole punch to create a hole. Then I used a needle threader (found at your local sewing or craft store), to help me guide the ribbon through. I LOVE having a needle threader. You will not regret the purchase!
  • Estimate where you will be placing the books, and use the blender pen to create a surface.
  • Adhere your book assembly to the card base.

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