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Saturday, May 23, 2015

In my thoughts

Sympathy card using Stampin' Up! Best Thoughts


I'm excited to introduce my stampers to new sets and papers next week in my class. We'll be making this card, which mixes the old and the new and could be used for lots of occasions -- sympathy, get well, or just a note to say exactly what it says -- I'm thinking about you.

I've used this Something Borrowed DSP in a ton of cards. It's elegant and understated and gorgeous. I'll be sad to see it go when the spring catalog closes on June 2! If it goes onto the clearance rack after, snap it up -- the combo of sahara and white won't go out of style anytime soon.

The new Best Thoughts hostess set looks like it's going to be an early pick for best in catalog. It's easy to use and packs a ton of oomph.

Stamp sets

  • Stampin' Up! Best Thoughts (Hostess)

Paper 

  • Sahara Sand base
  • Whisper White at 4 1/4" by 5 1/4" and 3 3/4" by 4 1/4"
  • Something Borrowed DSP (through June 2) at 4 1/4" by 5"

Ink

  • Sahara Sand

Tools and accessories

  • Twine

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Classic baby

Baby card in shades of blue using Stampin' Up! Work of Art

This week's card went out to a mom-to-be in our marketing team at work. She went home from her surprise shower and went into labor. Her gorgeous baby arrived the next morning. Now, I'm not saying that this card will help babies arrive, BUT ...

This simple, classy card uses another favorite set that's carrying over into the new catalog (hurray!): Work of Art. The matching gift tag pairs it with Something for Baby. Gorgeous doesn't have to equal fussy!

Now, a confession: The white cardstock here isn't from Stampin' Up! I don't like to use the white cardstock for card bases, because it isn't heavy enough for my taste. I sneak in the PTI white when I'm making cards for other people and bend over backwards to avoid white cards in my classes. Other demonstrators use the SU! notecards, which are sturdier.

BUT...

My wishes have been granted and there's 100# white cardstock in the new catalog. Oh happy day!! It wasn't on the preorder list, but you can bet your bottom dollar it'll be in my first order. Yay!

Stamp sets

  • Work of Art
  • Sweet Essentials (retired)
  • Something for Baby (on the tag)

Paper 

  • White base and 5 1/4" by 4"

Ink

  • Soft Sky
  • Baja Breeze (retired; you can use any three blues or remix entirely)
  • Marina Mist
  • Memento Black

Tools and accessories

  • Dimensionals
  • Scallop tag topper punch (tag)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Butterfly wishes for Mother's Day

Mother's Day card using Butterfly thinlets

I was ridiculously happy to find that one of my favorite sets from the spring Occasions catalog is being carried over to the full catalog for next year. Here it is, in a CASE from a card idea I pinned off Leena Girsa's blog. Her version is absolutely gorgeous. Go take a look.

I swapped out the base and simplified her design to make it more my CAS style, but kept the stamped layout. I love the collage look, but I can never get the pieces to come together. I'm jealous of the folks who seem to do it effortlessly!

I made two of these -- one for my mom, and one for my MIL. These butterflies are bringing wishes for a happy Mother's Day!

Stamp sets

  • Butterfly Basics

Paper 

  • Early Espresso base 
  • Blushing Bride at 5 1/4" by 4" and 1 3/4" by 3", plus a piece for the die cut
  • Very Vanilla at 5" by 3 3/4" and 1 1/2" by 2 3/4"

Ink

  • Early Espresso
  • Blushing Bride
  • Pear Pizazz

Tools and accessories

  • Butterflies thinlets
  • Pearls

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Graduation already?


This graduation card uses the Stampin' Up! Class of 2015 stamp.

I'm not quite sure how this happened, but my firstborn is graduating in a few weeks. I'm totally sure that I am NOT ready, but my teen sure is!

I was inspired by the sample on page 45 of the spring Occasions catalog. This stamp was the first thing I ordered! I wasn't going to get the confetti punch, but I made a sample using the regular star punch and didn't love it. The teeny stars look fantastic with foil peeking through.

Wanna see the inside?
Graduation announcements made by hand

So cute, right? (The real thing does have my address, but I've blurred it here on account of INTERNET.) Now to make a couple dozen more :-).

I made the invite liner using My Digital Studio. I'm sad that this product is being retired, and so glad I bought it before it vanished.

Random digression: I don't ever list the Stampin' Trimmer as a tool, but it's worth a mention here, since clean cutting is key to making this card look elegant. I've owned probably half a dozen trimmers over the years, and most of them are just an exercise in frustration when you have to go back and trim fuzzy edges. Everyone who sets hands on the Stampin' Trimmer buys it. It's about $10 more than the ones in the craft store, and worth every penny.

Stamp sets

  • Class of 2015

Paper 

  • Basic Black base, plus 2 3/4" square
  • Gold Foil 3" square plus 1" by 4 1/4" strip
  • Whisper White for the liner

Ink

  • Versamark

Tools and accessories

  • Gold embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Confetti Stars border punch
  • Dimensionals
  • Non-SU! photo corner splits from a dark corner of my stash 
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