Monday, July 27, 2015

Camera Love

Hi All,

I feel like I need to apologize right from the get-go.  It has been a while {quite a while} since I posted last and it seems my breaks are becoming more frequent.  I'm finding it's hard to get back in the saddle once you've been away from the craft room for a while.  Of course, my craft room has become a catch-all for Goodwill donations as of late...and I'm sure that's not!  Once my space is my own again, I'm hoping I will be inspired to get back in there!

My card for today is one I made for my husband.  He is into photography so I figured this camera print would be perfect.

These prints are from the Flashback DSP in last year's catalog.  I *love* the vintage-y, retro feel that it has. I paired it up with Crushed Curry and Basic Black.  The colors really seemed to pop. The sentiment is from the Label Love stamp set.  I have the coordinating punch, Artisan Label, but didn't have larger ones to create mattes.  To create that effect, I punched two more out in Basic Black and Real Red.  I then cut each in half and adhered one half to the top and one half to the bottom.  Love how it turned out!  The card was finished off with a bit of piercing in the corners. Very gender neutral.

I have seen quite a few cameras on Pinterest built from punches.  Super cute!  I may have to give this a try too.

If there is anything you'd like to add to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Stampin' Up Online' icon in the top right hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Label Love
Paper: Crushed Curry, Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock; Flashback DSP
Ink: Basic Black Classic Pad
Accessories: Artisan Label Punch, Paper Piercer, Essentials Piercing Template and Pop-Dots

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Big Day

Hi All,

The card I have for you today is one of the cutest cards I've seen in a while.  It's an Easel card. After admiring from afar, I finally sat down and got to work on my own.

The inspiration for my card was this one by Michelle Last.  So stinkin' cute and actually pretty easy to make.

1. Cut a standard horizontal card base at 4 1/4 x 11 (fold in half)
2. Measure in 5/8" from each side and mark with a pencil (these are the legs)
3. Measure 1 3/4" up from the base and mark with a pencil (this creates the horizontal line)
4. Take your trimmer and cut vertically from the bottom edge of the card at the 5/8" mark up to
     the 1 3/4" mark on each side
5. Take your trimmer and cut between the two vertical cuts to create the horizontal cut
6. This will create your legs.  (A rectangle punch would work perfectly too)
7. Finish it off by stamping with the Hardwood stamp

The sentiment on the card is a stamp from the Sale-A-Bration catalog called Big Day.  Definitely my favorite Freebie!  It is heat embossed with White onto the Chalkboard Paper.  The banner was created using the Banner Punch and adhered directly to the card and finished off with some Linen Thread. Love it!

The stamp set and printed paper are no longer available, but everything is.  If you'd like to add any of these to your collection, pop me an email, click on the Item ID under the pictures or click on the Order icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!
Chalkboard Paper: 137786 $7.95

Hardwood Stamp: 133035 (Clear $13.95) 133032 (Wood $17.95)
Banner Punch: 133519 $12.95
Stamp: Big Day & Hardwood
Paper: Crumb Cake Cardstock; Chalkboard Paper; Print Poetry DSP Stack
Ink: Crumb Cake Classic Pad & Whisper White (sponged on the chalkboard)
Accessories: Banner Punch, Linen Thread, White Embossing Power, Embossing Tool, Sponge, Paper Trimmer, Pencil

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Thinking of You

Hi All,

Today's card uses a color that I haven't really used much, but I sure fell in love with when I saw it on Pinterest: Crisp Cantaloupe.  This is a CASE of a card designed by Dawn Olchefske.

I loved how fresh the color felt.  So spring-y and light. The printed paper is actually a special DSP that is all white at first, but once you sponge on some ink, a design shows through.  This paper is great, as you can make it any color you'd like.

The stamp set is from the Occasions Mini.  It was a bundle: Crazy About You Stamp Set (28 sentiments and 3 flowers) and Hello You Thinlits Dies (4 add'l sentiments).  They pair up perfectly together and offer so many options.  This flower also pairs up with the Scallop Circle punch, which most of us already have.  I hope they keep this for the next catalog.  It would make a great starter set.

I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamp: Crazy About You
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe and Whisper White Cardstock; Presto Pattern Specialty DSP
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe & Basic Black Classic Pads
Accessories: Hello You Thinlits Dies, Scallop Circle Punch, Sponge or Inking Tool, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Button and Glue Dot

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Lotus Blossom

Hi All,

Happy Weekend!  I have a few cards to share from my workshop way back in February.  I know, I know...they're a little late for the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration periods, but I'm sure you'll still find a bit of inspiration in them :)  You may have even bought some of these products and can pull them back out to play.

This card is a CASE straight out of the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  I liked that it used paper from one of the mini stacks and washi tape.

This stamp is called Lotus Blossom.  It's a 3-step stamp that you have to layer to get the different shades of the flower.  I chose to use Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry and Orchid Opulence for my ink colors.  It took lots of playing to find a color combo that I liked.  This paired an older color with a newer color. {Yes, I still have the original pads I bought years ago and often times pull them out.}

The background paper and striped strip both came from the Moonlight DSP paper stack.  These stacks are great because you get 48 sheets of 12 different double sided designs.  The packs are smaller in size: 4 1/2 x 6 1/2, but are perfect for mats or adding to standard size cards.

Item: 133701 $6.95
Item: 133000 $4.95

Although Lotus Blossom is no longer available, everything else is.  These could easily be paired with any flower you already have in your collection.  If you'd like to add them to yours, pop me an email or click on the Order icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: Lotus Blossom
Paper: Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White Cardstock; Moonlight DSP Stack
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry and Orchid Opulence Classic Pads
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Prep-Free Workshop

Hi All,

Back in January, I took a Sunday afternoon and joined a girlfriend at a fellow Demonstrator's house for some creative time at her Workshop.  How nice to not have to design, cut and prep for guests...I actually became the guest and it was so much fun!  I haven't been a guest since I became a Demonstrator a few years ago.  I forgot how much fun it is to share ideas and someone else's sense of design.

Gina designed some super cute cards for us using the Sale-A-Bration and Occasions products.  Loved all of these!

This card uses the Bow Builder Punch and pairs it with the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper. These bows were relatively pretty easy to put together and are just adorable!  The Best Year Ever DSP (Item ID: 138633) can be earned FREE by spending $50 in product until March 31st. The punch can be ordered with the details below.

Item # 137414 Bow Builder Punch $16.95

I had a lot of fun with this technique.  Looks complicated, but is soooo easy!  Pick out (3) different embossing powders.  I pour mine in separate ziploc containers and use plastic spoons for easy pouring.  Stamp your image/s with Versamark.  Holding over your container, pick your first color and pour the powder straight down the center of the image.  Then repeat with the remaining colors till the whole image is covered.  Heat & set and you are ready to go.  So quick and easy!

Item ID: 136835 Another Thank You $15.95

This card uses the Lotus Blosson Stamp from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  It's a 3-Step stamp that allows you to mix different colors to create the different shades you see on the flowers.  So versatile! You can earn Lotus Blossom (Item ID: 139143) for FREE when purchasing $50 in product until March 31st.

Item ID: 133739 Large Polka Dot $7.95

Sheltering Tree...that's the name of this stamp and exactly the feel you get from it.  So many options with this set.  You can use that tree for every season of the year and the accessory stamps are perfect for each of those seasons:  a rake, a swing and a bike.  Pretty sure this was one of the most popular sets from the Occasions Mini.

Item ID: 137163 Sheltering Tree $24.95
So thankful that I took the time to go get crafty with someone else's designs.  Hopefully you enjoy Gina's work as much as I did.  If you'd like to add any of these to your collection, pop me an email or click on the Order Icon in the top right hand corner.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Jolly Christmas

Hi All,

This is my last Holiday project....I promise :) I saved it for last, as it is one of my very favorites.  Last Christmas I had tried a snow globe card, but just never got it finished.  I loved how you could create a scene inside it.  Well, perusing Pinterest this Christmas, I saw tons of cards using a polaroid die to create a scene.  So, I had to give it a shot.  What I got was simply adorable!

I love this die cut and paired with this cute little's perfect!  My inspiration for this card was this gem by Geri at Paper Wishes.  I loved her snowflake background and moved on from there.  The penguin and tree were fussy cut and placed on a snowy hill edged with Diamond Dust.  This effect is just perfect for snow.  Stickles were added to the tree for just a bit more sparkle.

Although this was one of my favorite cards from 2014, I don't think I was as productive as I have been in previous years with my card making.  I hope the coming year is full of creativity and more time spent in my craft room than last year.  Here's to spending more time doing what we love.  Happy 2015 All!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: No Peeking & Serene Snowflakes
Paper: Crumb Cake & Whisper White Cardstock; Candlelight Christmas DSP
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Bermuda Bay, Garden Green, Basic Black Classic Pads; Whisper White Craft Ink
Accessories: Instant Photo 2 Die Cut (or On Film Die Cut), Corner Rounder, Stickles, Crystal Effects and Diamond Dust

Be Joyful

Hi All,

Happy New Year!  Can you believe it's 2015 already?  It's a whole new year...full of all new possibilities.  Can't wait to see what it has to offer!

For my first two posts of the new year, I will be finishing up my holiday projects. Are we tired of Christmas yet????  I know....I promise to move on soon ;) My first project is a treat holder using the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die.

It was made using Raspberry Ripple Cardstock and this gorgeous Silver Glimmer Paper. It adds just the perfect amount of bling! Using the die, you cut out one side of the box in each color.  Adhere the bases together and bring them together at the top.  To finish it off, this die has 3 different styles of tags to choose from.  I chose the oval and paired it with a Snowflake Charm and some Raspberry Ripple ribbon.  The sentiment is from the Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set.  I thought this would be perfect for these tags, as the sentiments are relatively small. 

Project Life Holiday Cheer 135188 Photopolymer $15.95

All is Calm Snowflake Embellishment: 137383 $6.95

I was a bit uncertain about this die, as I wasn't sure of the size.  But, I gave it a shot.  It's actually a very nice size.  For scale, it will easily hold 5 Hershey Kisses or 4-5 Dove chocolates.  Perfect for party treats! This box is so versatile and can be used for any holiday, party or office treat.  It makes them so quick and easy to make.  If you'd like to add this to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die: 135853 $32.95

Stamps: Project Life Holiday Cheer
Paper: Raspberry Ripple and Very Vanilla Cardstock & Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Raspberry Ripple Classic Pad
Accessories: Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die, All is Calm Snowflake Embellishments, Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon and Linen Thread

Monday, December 29, 2014

Twas the Night Before Christmas...

Hi All,

This is the second card we made at my Holiday workshop and boy, it's a doozy!  I saw it and knew immediately it would be a show stopper.  It's a scene right out of a story book.

My card was inspired by this one on Pinterest: Christmas Postcard.  Truly Amazing!  I wish I had the link of the creator, but I couldn't find it :(  If you are she or you know who made this, please do share. Would love to give Kudos!  In the meantime, this card has a portfolio of awesomeness.

Holiday Home is the star of the show.  It's images include: the houses, the lamp post, the stars and Santa.  This stamp set also has Framelits Dies that coordinate to make cutting these houses super easy.  They can be bundled together and if you're getting one, you should definitely get the other. This set is so versatile and can be used for many other holidays or seasons.  It's a Must-Have in my book.  Below are the images you get with this set:

Holiday Home Photopolymer Bundle: Item 137631  $31.95
The background was created using the Post Card stamp and the Sunburst from the Kinda Ececletic stamp set.  The snow was added to the houses with Liquid Applique.  You dab it on and heat set it.  As it heats, it puffs. So perfect for snow and you can find it at any craft store.

Post Card: Clear 130369 $13.95 / Wood 130366 $17.95

Kinda Eclectic: Clear 135350 $19.95 / Wood 135347 $27.95
If you'd like to add any of these products to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Holiday Home, Post Card, Kinda Eclectic, Postage Stamp and Priority Mail
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar & Pool Party Classic Pads; Black Staz-On; Whisper White Craft Pad
Accessories: Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies, Postage Stamp Punch, Liquid Applique and a Heating Tool

Ornamental Pine

Hi All,

For my last workshop of the year, I held a Holiday workshop at the end of November.  I found quite a few cards on Pinterest this year that spurred me to purchase a few new Holiday stamp sets.  This was one of them that we used at the workshop:  Ornamental Pine

I was inspired by this card from Deb over at ARTfelt Impressions.  I loved the rustic feel...and the snow effect was simply amazing.  I just had to recreate!  Although I kept the same basic design, I switched up the finishing touches.  I added some Washi Tape for a pop of color and a simple sentiment.  The Washi Tape was a bit too wide, so I cut it in half lengthwise.  Worked perfectly!

The front panel was cut using Oval Nestabilities and popped up with pop dots.  The pine needles were stamped on the background and the pine cone was cut out and adhered to the branch.  It adds even more dimension to the card.

I love how this turned out and it makes me wish I was holed up in a cabin for the holidays. We don't get snow here in sunny Phoenix, so this is the closest I get unless I'm going north to Flagstaff.  Hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did.  If you'd like to add any of these products to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Ornamental Pine: Clear 135107 $18.95 / Wood 135104  $25.95

Stamps: Ornamental Pine & Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Paper: Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Cardstock
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Sentiment) & Early Espresso (Pinecone) Classic Pads; Whisper White Craft Pad
Accessories: Garden Green & Chocolate Chip Markers, Oval Nestabilities, Season of Style Washi Tape, Sponge and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Holiday Swap '14

Hi All,

Earlier this month, I got together with the girls and we had our 2nd Annual Holiday Card Swap. Each designed their own card and brought all of the supplies for the rest of us.  I am always amazed at everyone's creativity...and it's so much fun to sit down and actually make cards I haven't designed :)

Below are the cards that my uber talented girls came up with:

This card was a partnership between Gina and Lana.  Gina designed and Lana cut.  {I sure wish I had cutting help each month ;}  I had always wanted to try one of these trees, so I was super excited to see that we were going to be doing one together.  It is surprisingly easy and is just 1/2 of a scalloped circle folded to create the different branches.  Here's a quick tutorial if you'd like to try it out: Folded Tree Techinique.  I also *love* the Lucky Stars Embossing folder used for the background.  Most of these products are in the Holiday Mini and are only available till January 5th.

Trim the Tree DSP Stack: 135824  $6.95

Lucky Stars Textured Embossing Folder: 135817  $7.95

Paper: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White Cardstock; Trim the Tree DSP Stack
Accessories: Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, Large Scalloped Circle Die, Cherry Cobbler 1" Sheer Linen Ribbon, Old Olive Baker's Twine and 1/8" Mini Brads.

This card was another partnership between Gina and Lana.  Gina designed this beauty of a card.  The first thing I noticed were the beautiful blue hues.  They are just gorgeous.  She used a Masking technique to create  the moon.  This was also something that I hadn't really done before.  I found a great tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers if you'd like to give it a try: Masking Technique.  This focal image is mounted on the Northern Flurry Embossed background, but you could also cut this circle out and place the focal image on the inside of the card so it shows through the front.  Either way, it makes a beautiful card!  

Lovely as a Tree: 127793 Clear $19.95 / 128655 Wood $27.95

Northern Flurry Embossing Folder: 120902  $7.95

Stamp: Lovely as a Tree
Ink: Marina Mist and Not Quite Navy Classic Pads; Black StazOn
Accessories: Sponge, Post-It Notes, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Circle Nestabilites, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

This is yet another card from Gina.  She is a fellow SU! Demonstrator and made these as card fronts for a swap.  She made more than she needed, so she brought them for us.  I believe, all in all, she made 25 of these.  That's a ton of work and many kudos to her!  All we had to do was pick one out and mount it on some cardstock.  All of these products can be found in the Holiday Mini and are only available till January 5th.  White Christmas is a super popular stamp set and these Snowflake Frosted Sequins were a Must-Have for my collection.

All is Calm DSP: 135823  $12.95

Frosted Sequins: 135835  $4.95

White Christmas: 135767  $15.95

Paper & Ink: Lost Lagoon Cardstock & Classic Pad
Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Red & Yellow Markers, Sponge

This cute little card was designed by Mary Beth.  She created a central focal image by embossing the top 1/3 edge of the cardstock and turning to emboss the other 1/3 of the edge of the cardstock.  Such a simple technique with a lot of punch. I adore snowflakes and snowmen, so this card was right up my alley.    

My final card was designed by Linda.  She took this simple tree die cut and blinged it up to create an Easel Card.  Another technique I had not done before.  The card can be mailed flat, but when opened, the gifts at the bottom are 3 Dimensional and act as a base for the tree fold.  She also shared another trick with us.  The punch under the sentiment was cut out twice in two colors: white and green.  Since these are both the same size, she cut the green one in half and adhered each half to the edge of the white sentiment.  This gives the affect of a layer.  So Clever!

We had such a great time and we all came away with such great ideas.  It's so fun to share and I'm so thankful to have these ladies to share with.  Can't wait to create again in 2015! Hopefully you are inspired to try something new as well!

Truly Grateful

Hi All,

I'm a bit behind on my before I share my Christmas cards, I should definitely get caught up on Thanksgiving.  I'm not sure where the time goes between holidays, but I think it speeds up double!

This card is straight from the annual catalog (pge 153).

I loved how they used the stamp image from the Truly Grateful stamp set to create the print on the leaf.  So clever...and what a cool effect.  The leaves used on the card are from the Autumn Accents Bigz Die.  It has five leaves of different sizes and shapes.  From there, it's just lots of layers: burlap, lace, DSP and an embossed background. The original card used the Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon {super cute} instead of the lace, but I mistakenly ordered the Crushed Curry Striped Ribbon and it was a bit too busy to add.  **lesson learned, double check your Items before you confirm your order**  Ha Ha!

There is definitely more going on with this card than I normally would do, but it all works together pretty nicely.  If you have a love of leaves {as I do}, the Autumn Accents Bigz Die is a must have.  If you'd like to add them to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right hand corner.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Autumn Accents Bigz Die: 127812  $21.95

Truly Grateful: Clear 131733  $19.95 / Wood 131730  $27.95

Stamps: Truly Grateful
Paper: Crushed Curry, Baked Brown Sugar, Old Olive and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Newsprint DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip & Baked Brown Sugar (Sponged on Edges) Classic Pads
Accessories: Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Ticket Corner Punch, Burlap Ribbon, Victoria Lace, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Antique Brads, Crushed Curry Maker, Sponge, Glue Dots and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween Night

Hi All,

I hope everyone had a fun & safe Halloween night!  It was nice that it was a Friday this year and we didn't have to worry about school or work the next day.  We did have a community yard sale Saturday morning...and I think that may have been affected a bit by Halloween the night before, but we did alright, so I was OK with it.  The hubby got the garage cleaned out a bit, so it was a Win-Win.

The card I have for you today uses the Holiday Home stamp set and the Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies.  I got my inspiration from this card by Nichole Heady:

I fell in love with this Polaroid Die Cut.  So cute and can be used in so many different ways!  I got lucky to find this fabulous orange chevron print in the Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP.  Perfect for Halloween!  I die cut the polaroid and laid it on the card to stamp the light post, tree and bats behind it.  I then popped it up to give it some dimension with the background.  The house was embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock.  To finish it off, I added some Yellow Stickles to the lamp post and some Silver Stickles to the bats and windows.  Absolutely love it!

Stampin Up makes a Die Cut similar to this one in the On Film Framelits set.  It comes with a few more dies in addition to the polaroid die:

Item ID: 132969 $29.95

The Holiday Home stamp set is a photopolymer set, which means it is totally clear. It was designed to pair up with the Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies.  They can be purchased separately or together. If you bundle them together, you receive a 15% Discount.

Bundle: Holiday Home Stamps/Homemade Holiday Framelits 137631  $31.95

Holiday Home Photopolymer Stamp: 135095  $15.95

Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies: 135857  $21.95
Good Greetings: Clear Mount 135017  $17.00  Wood Mount 135014 $22.00
These houses can be used for all seasons of the year and would also be great for New Home or Welcome Home cards.  So versatile.  If you'd like to add any of these products to your collection, click the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner or pop me an email.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamp: Holiday Home and Good Greetings
Paper: Very Vanilla and Basic Black Cardstock; Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP (Retired)
Ink: Staz-On Black Pad; Versamark Pad
Accessories: Homemade Holiday Framelits Die, On Film Die (or Instant Photo 2 Die), White Embossing Powder, Yellow Stickles, Silver Stickles, Black Baker's Twine and Dimensionals