Archive for August, 2009

Greatest gift Falling Leaves2Just a quick card using more of my new stuff.  Except for the Top Note die, everything on this card is used for the very first time.  I started with the Chocolate Chip striped grosgrain ribbon, and decided kraft works so well with it, and I do use it all the time, so I used my retired striped kraft card stock from the Taste of Textiles Specialty Paper, which I hadn’t even opened!  Then onto the little scalloped rectangle from the Framed with Love stamp set.  I inked it up only partway with Chocolate Chip, so it gives it that scratchy look when stamped.  Love that.  The Falling Leaves stamp set was next up to try out.  And last, but not least, I used the sentiment from the hostess set, Of the Earth.  As always, you can click on the photo for a larger view.

A lot of cutting on this one, so rest assured, my dear Stamp Club girls, we will NOT be making this one, ’cause I know you’d all hate me.  As for me, I love to cut out.

So I just can’t stay away from my favorite colors.  I really should branch out and maybe do some color challenges or something.  Hmmm….  And I really think we should all write in to SU! and beg for packages of this wonderful, striped kraft card stock to become a staple.  Hey, did you know that it’s only striped on one side…cool!

Thank you all so much for stopping by today!

{The greatest gift…ingredients}

Stamps: Of the Earth, Falling Leaves, Framed with Love

Paper: Taste of Textiles (retired), Naturals Ivory, vintage book print

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, & Ruby Red

Accessories: Chocolate Chip striped grosgrain ribbon, Top Note die & Big Shot by Sizzix, stampin’ dimentionals

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falling leaves stamp set Item #115368

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Talk about BLING!

Medallion by Jean3At stamp club, I issue a challenge each month, in hopes that the gals will actually use their purchases, lol!  This month’s challenge was to “bling it up” in some way.  I loved everyone entries – they were all different and creative!  But Jean’s card really got a WOW from everyone, and I asked if I could show it here on my blog.  I’ve seen a lot of cards made with the most popular stamp at the moment, the Medallion stamp.  But I’ve never seen it look this good!  You have to know that this photo (and I took several, both inside and outside, to try to capture the true sparkle, and failed) does not even begin to do this card justice!  Please click the photo for a larger view.

Jean first stamped in VersaMark ink, sprinkled with Heat & Stick powder and heat set it, then sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds while still hot.  Then, a quick heating again just to set, and voilà, instant bling!  Love it – thanks, my friend!  Edited to add by the designer: Just a quick clarification, especially if you want to CASE it. I used White Craft ink and not Versamark. I did try that at first but got more impact with the White ink.

Thank you all for stopping by today!

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Some funky flowers…

Jackies Cube…for my funky car!  I got this new Nissan Cube in July – I know it’s quite different, and to some, even hideous.  But I got it because it’s a Nissan (hubby works for a Nissan supplier so we get a deal) and they’re great, reliable cars, it fit in to our budget, and gets nearly double the gas mileage of my last car, the Pathfinder.  Talk about a huge difference!  But I LOVE the way it drives!  Anyway, I got out my Big Shot and some vinyl to spruce it up with some fun flowers.  I ran the vinyl through with an old Sizzix die – Large Daisies.  There are matching flowers on the opposite side of the car as well.  Yea, totally not the greatest photo of the close-up.

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Big Shot flowers close up

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Christmas Jingle sample2

I’m holding my Christmas Jingle card class on Wednesday, and while I won’t be showing you all of the cards, here’s one of them I liked a lot.  There’s no stamping on this one – I only used the stickers on the textured card stock, then added a bit of red polka dot ribbon.  I did have to use the old hammer & tool method to get the holes where I wanted them in order to put the ribbon through.

These kits come with so much…

  • 8 sheets of 12″ x 12″ textured card stock in Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive & Real Red
  • 6 sheets of 12″ x 12″ double-sided patterned paper
  • 6 sheets of 6″ x 12″ self-adhesive die-cuts (2 each of 3 designs). 

I did not even begin to use half of the items in this kit to make 10 different, adorable cards.  There’s so much left over to make more cards and/or scrapbook pages.  Or just use the kit as intended and scrap lots of Christmas memories with it.  Included in the kit are several great layout ideas.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the class!  Thanks for stopping by today!

{Fill the season…ingredients}

Paper: Chocolate Chip textured card stock (included in kit)

Accessories: 3/4″ polka dot grosgrain ribbon in Real Red, Crafter’s Tool Kit (retired), Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin’ Kit

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Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin Kit

Item #115696 – Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin’ Kit

Real Red polka dot ribbon

Item #115608 – Real Red 3/4″ polka dot grosgrain ribbon

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Stamp Club, August ’09

Inventory Wallet outside2We had our first stamp club meeting of the new year on Thursday. I hope I didn’t scare the new gals away with our project, as it was a bit challenging. Not so much the stamping, but rather in the identifying of ALL of the colors of Stampin’ Up! card stock.  You’ll see what I mean when you see the inside – I had to punch out 54 different colored flowers, and unfortunately for the girls, they were all put into one little baggie for each of them!  But they perservered! 

I purchased this adorable Inventory Wallet tutorial from my fellow demo in Canada – CeeCee. Man, this girl puts together top notch tutorials! I was so amazed at the precise directions and execution of the project! I wholeheartedly recommend checking out what she has to offer.Inventory Wallet inside2 Anyway, this is the one I made for myself, and then I made the ones for the others who weren’t able to attend, as I felt this is a tool that they will need as they amass all of their supplies throughout the coming year.  I did change up the closure a bit.  I attached a length of hemp twine about 1 1/2″ to the spine and covered it with the Chocolate Chip spine cover.  It hangs in the back and comes around to the front, where you wrap it around the circle/brad.  I have no idea what to call it, but you get the idea.

Inventory Wallet RPI used the Trendy Trees stamp set on the cover, but forgot to compensate for the spine cover, so my poor cute tree is partially covered.  (I used the word “cover” 3 times in that last sentence…sheesh!).  Oh well.  I made sure to warn everyone so they didn’t do the same thing. 

The 2nd one shown is one I stamped for Rose, who couldn’t make it (Hi Rose! – do you like your cover?)

Bermuda Bay Snowman2Finally, we made this adorable snowman card, which I CASEd exactly (except for the buttons – mine are punched, hers were black brads) from fellow demo Lynn Wegleitner, which was a Convention Swap I saw on someones blog. It’s just adorable, isn’t it? I think everyone liked this one.  You’ll have to excuse the poor photo – I had a heck of a time showing off the cute sparkle on the tops of the snow hills.

Thanks for stopping by today – I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

{Inventory Wallet Ingredients}

Stamps: Trendy Trees

Paper: Kraft & Chocolate Chip cs, + 1 of every 48 colors + 6  new In Colors (that’s 54, folks!)

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard & Summer Sun

Accessories: 1/2″ circle punch, silver brad, hemp twine, Trio Flower punch, Stamp-a-majig, lots of Tombo glue, sticky strip, CeeCee’s tutorial (see link above)

{Season’s Greetings snowman card ingredients}

Stamps: Many Merry Messages

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Whisper White & Pumpkin Pie cs

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: 1″, 1 1/4″, & 1 3/8″ circle punches, double circle punch (retired), Bermuda Bay polka dot ribbon, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Basic Black marker, sticky strip

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Moving and Shaping again

Welcome Little One star2I just had to do another card with my Movers & Shapers Bigz die.  This time I used the star shape, from the additional set of 4 dies, called Punch Windows Movers & Shapers.  I have a whole package of the retired Sweet Slumber Specialy paper and was dying to use it.  Its thicker weight and double-sided goodness make it a dream to work with.  As in my last card, I added a little bit of contrasting paper to the front before cutting it out.  And even though the paper is thicker, and I have 2 layers of it, because it is a Bigz die, it easily punches through with no problems.  You couldn’t do that with the punch!  I just love the soft, unisex colors of the Kraft & So Saffron.  I added a textured Whisper White border on the front (this time my card front is the same length as the back, lol!), along with sentiment and matching button & ribbon.  The inside, although is Baja Breeze blue, is really all about the clouds, so I still think this could be a unisex card.Welcome Little One star inside2  (click photos for larger views)

Tip:  The M & S dies are made to cut and score your card for you, when you place a 6″ x 12″ piece of card stock on it.  But I don’t always have 12″ x 12″ paper, and like to get 2 cards out of one 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet, so you can use a half sheet of card stock and just line it up where you see the cut lines.  It will fit perfectly.  Just make sure when you run it through the Big Shot that you send the back side through the machine first, and the cut out piece goes through last.  Then your paper shouldn’t move on you like I heard it can sending it through the other way.

For the inside star, I lost a battle with my Craft So Saffron ink spot when the pad popped off the plastic and onto my black pants.  So…I had to instead stamp in regular So Saffron ink first, then again in VersaMark ink, then applied my clear embossing powder and heat set it.  This makes it stand out much more.  I don’t have the large star punch (gasp!) so I just cut it out carefully and glued it onto the inside.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and sharing your comments, when you feel so inclined!  It makes my day!

{welcome, little one ingredients}

Stamps: Nursery Necessities

Paper: Whisper White textured & smooth card stock, Sweet Slumber Specialty paper (retired)

Ink: So Saffron & Sahara Sand, VersaMark

Accessories: Movers & Shapers Curly Label Bigz & Punch Windows Movers & Shapers dies & Big Shot by Sizzix, scallop edge punch, So Saffron grosgrain ribbon (retired), Button Latte, linen thread, stampin’ dimentional, clear embossing powder, heat tool

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movers and shapers set of 4 dies

Item #115953

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Eat Drink and Be Merry Curly Label2I bought the Movers & Shapers Curly Label Bigz die and finally used it yesterday.  For those of you unfamiliar with it, it’s easy to use, and makes a cute cut-out wherever you want it on the card.  It also cuts and scores your card.  I used the new Hallowe’en paper in the Holiday Mini catalog, which will be available Sept. 1st.  I just love this paper – it’s all black and white, with 2 printed window sheets – cool!  And it’s really hard to see on the patterned paper, but there is a perforated border around the cut out piece.

For my card, I started with an Old Olive piece of card stock and ran it though my Big Shot with the Movers & Shapers die and Curly Label moveable piece placed just where I wanted it.  Oh, I forgot to say that I had already adhered a piece of the Night & Day paper first.  Then, I scalloped the bottom edge.  I realized at this point that now my card front does not meet the bottom.  So I placed another piece of the Night & Day paper along the bottom of the inside so it would show below the scalloped edge.  It’s still not even, but it looks nice and is only an issue when you try to stand it up (say as in to take a photograph of the dang thing…but who’s gonna do that?  I already did).  Ok, so then I inked up my stamp with markers, stamped it onto Whisper White and punched it out with the Curly Label punch.  Because the shape on the card is slightly larger than the punched out one, all you have to do to get perfect placement inside is close the card and glue it in place.  Easy peasy.  Oh, the ribbon is retired, but I love it.  I like using my old stuff – it makes me feel good for hanging onto it!  Besides, I don’t have the new 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon in black…yet.

Thanks for stopping by today!

{you make me smile ingredients}

Stamps: Eat, Drink & Be Scary

Paper: Old Olive & Whisper White card stock, Night & Day Specialty DSP

Ink: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, & Basic Black markers

Accessories: Movers & Shapers Curly Label die & Big Shot by Sizzix, Scallop edge punch, Curly Label punch, retired ribbon

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Movers and Shapers Curly Label die  Curly Label punch

Item #114506                                           Item #112208

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I know I haven’t been around a lot lately.  I’ll just blame it on summer, which we finally started having around here!

hi friend big owl2This month’s theme for our card club swap (a fun bunch of local friends) was either, “just because” or “friends”.  I saw almost the same card by Melissa Phillips (LOVE hers, but for the life of me cannot find the exact one, but here is her blog link) and since I have that adorable owl stamp (I won it a long time ago) I decided to CASE it for the swap.  I used other papers as well, but here is the one I used with Stampin’ Up! papers.  (click photo for a larger view)

I got mad at myself when I was glueing all those small, skinny letters on there!  I won’t do that again – use these letters on a swap.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love this sizzlit die, and I even tried using my Zyron first before running them through the Big Shot, but it was such a pain getting the backing off of each one.  Sheesh!  Oh well, they are done and I’m happy with them. 

I made the little flower with a die from Provo Craft I’ve had for a long time (not sure…is that a Cuttlebug die?  It only says PC on it), and the center is made with a 1/2″ circle punch folded around with my fingernail.  I just cut the stem freehand with scissors.  The ribbon is attached on each end with a few sewing machine stitches – the most nerve racking part for me!  The sewing machine is NOT my friend.  It is a bully and I’m terrified of it! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

{hi friend ingredients}

Stamps: Big Owl by Hero Arts

Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, & Crushed Curry card stock, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP

Ink: Black Stazon

Accessories: Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon, jumbo eyelets, crop-a-dile,  stampin’ dimentionals, Billboard sizzlit die & Big Shot by Sizzix, flower die by Provo Craft, 1/2 circle punch, corner rounder punch (larger retired SU! one), sewing machine & thread

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Fifth Avenue Thanks Kraft2For stamp club last month I needed a bunch of standard size cards, and would normally just cut my 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets in half for that, but had accidentally ordered the 12″ x 12″ kraft paper.  So after cutting up what I had to make several cards, I ended up with these leftover 3 1/2″ x 11″ pieces.  I cut off 1/2″ from the long side and scored them in half to make these 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ cards.  I needed several “thank you’s”, so I whipped up something simple and quick here.

I used my Rich Razzleberry marker to color dots in the centers of the flowers to add a little color.  A quick ribbon (LOVE this ribbon and probably will have to buy more!) and a sentiment and they’re all done.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

{Fifth Avenue Thank You ingredients}

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Kind Thanks

Paper: Kraft card stock

Ink: Whisper White craft, Certainly Celery & Chocolate Chip classic ink, Rich Razzleberry marker

Accessories: Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon

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Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set  Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon

         Item #113734                                       Item #115613

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Thoroughly Modern Lattice2I’ve been a bad blogger, and that’s because I’ve not been creating much lately.  I finally used my new Lattice Bigz Die and made a card, so here you go.  This was so hard to get the color right, and it still isn’t, but the Bermuda Bay lattice is on the Soft Suede square, both from the Thoroughly Modern paper pack, and it’s all on a Chocolate Chip base.  I couldn’t decide what to do with the lattice – I almost put half-back pearls on, but then thought of using these retired white eyelets instead.  I really like it. 

Both my hubby and son think the bow makes it not possible now to present this to a guy, so even though the colors are more masculine, I guess this will have to go to a female for a birthday.  That’s ok, I just LOVE these colors together!

I appreciate you stopping by today!

{Thoroughly Modern Lattice ingredients}

Stamps: A Little Birthday Cheer

Paper: Chocolate Chip & Whisper White card stock, Thoroughly Modern DSP

Ink: Soft Suede

Accessories: Bermuda Bay polka dot ribbon, Lattice Bigz die & Big Shot by Sizzix, Modern Label punch, mat pack, eyelet setter, white eyelets, stampin’ dimentionals

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Some gorgeous RAK’s

Here are 3 more RAK’s (Random Acts of Kindness) I’ve received of late.  I just love them all so much!  I’m so blessed to have made so many friends through blogging…and each of these gals I do consider friends.  So thank you all so much!  I hope you will visit their blogs to see more of their amazing creations.

This one is from Katie.  When I won her blog candy, she sent me this beautiful card, too!  Wow, a bonus…thanks, Katie!

RAK from Katie B

Here’s one from Cori.  She’s got some tough times going on right now, so for her to take the time to send ME a card, really speaks to her giving spirit.

RAK from Cori S

And this beauty is from Juanita.  She’s so encouraging to me – no matter what I post – she seems to like it!  How sweet is that?

RAK from Juanita Z

I’m sorry I haven’t posted any new creations in a long time, but I’m working on it!  I finally finished one of the projects we’ll be making for our next stamp club; I just photographed it and have to edit, etc.  I haven’t done much more than that, so I really need to get busy and create!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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just for kids campaign

Happy August, everyone!  Two new promotions from Stampin’ Up! start today!  Check ’em out on my right sidebar.  Also, the Country Living Summer Cookout Kit is ON SALE bigtime!

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