Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Valentines in December?

As every crafter knows, you always have to be working ahead. This means Halloween in August, Thanksgiving in September, Christmas in October and yes...Valentine's Day in December. So with that in mind, I've put away my Christmas supplies and brought out the LOVE!  Today's card uses the Greeting Card Kids stamp set and the colors of Melon Mambo and Real Red (both found in the Brights Paper Pack).

Stamp Set:  Greeting Card Kids (120633)
Ink:  Basic Black Classic Stampin Pad (1101179)
Paper:  Melon Mambo from The Brights Paper Stack (117155)
Card Stock:  Whisper White (100730), Melon Mambo (115320), Real Red (102482)
Ribbon:  5/8" Whisper White Satin Ribbon (114616)
Button:  Real Red Designer Button from the Brights Collection (119747)
Stampin' Write Markers:  Real Red, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Blush Blossom, Soft Suede
Punches:  Full Heart Punch (119883), Modern Label Punch (119849), Word Window Punch (119857)

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

My Digital Studio - You Gotta Love It!

I don't know if you took advantage of the awesome sale Stampin' Up! had on the My Digital Studio last week, but I did! And I have to tell you...I LOVE it! It's so simple to use. I only played with it for a little while and look what I've created. And guess what...I don't have a mess to clean up! I can just print this card off on my printer or have it professionally printed by Stampin' Up! for only $1.95 including an envelope.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Jolly Holiday Gift Card Holders

Only 16 days til Christmas! We're getting down to the wire. If you're like me you'll  be giving at least one person on your Christmas list a gift card. That's why today's project is a gift card holder. I've been selling a lot of these in my Etsy shop this week. This style seems to be especially popular.

  • Cut a piece of card stock to 3 1/2" x 8 1/2" (you can make 3 gift card holders from 1 piece of 8 1/2 x 11" CS)
  • Score CS @ 2 1/2" on one end and 2" on other end.
  • Use Rounded Corner Punch to round corners on the 2" end
  • Cut 3 pieces of Designer Paper
    • 3 1/4 " x 1 3/4"
    • 3 1/4" x 2 1/4"
    • 3 1/4" x 3 3/4"
  • Use Rounded Corner Punch to round corners on one side of 1 3/4" piece of Designer Paper.
  • Run adhesive along side edges only of 2 1/4" side of card stock and fold up to form gift card pocket
  • Attach designer paper to outside of gift card holder
  • Attach a small piece of velcro to 2" side and fold down.
  • Punch out 1 3/4" card stock Scallop, 1 3/8" card stock circle
  • Stamp greeting or image on Very Vanilla CS and punch out with 1 1/4" circle punch. (I used a images from the "Every Little Bit" stamp set
  • Layer circles and scallop and attach to front of card holder.



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Monday, December 6, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Jolly Jingles Simple Christmas Card

Today's card uses the Jolly Jingles Jumbo Wheel.  Talk about an easy card.  Just ink up the wheel with Real Red ink (I used a classic ink pad), roll it across some white card stock, and attach it to some card stock and designer paper. I thought it looked a little plain so I punched out a real red snowflake with the XL Snowflake punch and added some Basic Pearls.


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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wild Wasabi Snowflakes

It's cold outside today and Aubrey keeps asking if it's going to snow. The poor thing, she's dying to see snow, but living in Florida about the only place she's going to see even a snowflake is on my card.

I got my new snowflake punch in my last week but I didn't have time to play with it until yesterday.  I was a little worried at first because it seemed to stick and it was really difficult to punch. But after a few "test runs" with some scrap paper, it seems to have loosened  up and is punching well.

  • Stamp Set:  Occasional Quotes - Level 3 Hostess (120142)
  • Ink:  Real Red Classic Ink Pad (103133)
  • Card Stock:  Wild Wasabi (108641), Real Red (120482), Whisper White (100730)
  • Paper:   Woodland Walk (117389)
  • Punches:  XL Snowflake (119852), 2 3/8" Scallop Circle (118874),  2" x 1 3/8" XL Oval (119859), 1 3/4" Circle (119850)
  • Ribbon:  1/4" grosgrain - real red (109034)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Card Camp - Oh What Fun!

Yesterday's Christmas Card Camp was a lot of fun! Thank you to everyone who attended. Each person made 20 cards and 10 tags. Multiply that by 12 guests and you can see that there was a lot of crafting going on!  

Each participant purchased a supply package for $40 which consisted of:
  • Jolly Holiday Designer Paper (117159)
  • Card stock - We did a paper share and each person received 6 sheets of Cherry Cobbler (119685), 6 sheets of Old Olive (100702) and 20 sheets of Very Vanilla W (101650)
  • Ribbon - We did a ribbon share and each person received 5 yards Old Olive 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119767) and 5 yards of Cherry Cobbler seam binding (120992)
  • 20 Very Vanilla Envelopes (107300)
  • And a matching Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write marker so their greeting and signature will match their card.
Then everyone brought a covered dish and their adhesive of choice. Once everyone arrived, they had use of all of punches and stamp sets. We used:

Stamp Sets:
  • Grateful Greetings (116511)
  • Every Little Bit (120558)
  • Delightful Decorations (116517)
  • and a couple of retired stamp sets for the tags.
  • XL Ornament (119847)
  • 1" Circle (119868)
  • 1 1/4" Circle (119861)
  • 1 3/8" Circle (119860)
  • XL Tag (119866)
  • Large Tag (119876)
  • Modern Label (119849)
  • Word Window (119857)

Here are a few pictures of the stampers in action!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Candy Cane Inspired

When I think of Christmas, I think of candy canes and nothing says "candy canes" like this simple red and white color scheme.  I used a piece of Real Red designer paper from the Brights paper pack, Real Red ink and the Delightful Decorations stamp set. To create the border element on the card I used the Baroque Border wheel.

TIP:  If you don't have an ink cartridge for your wheel in the color that you want to use, just roll the wheel across a classic ink pad to ink it up.  This method works well for an image not more than 5" long. The ink tends to run out on strips longer than 5".

  • Stamp Set:  Delightful Decorations (116517)
  • Stampin' Wheel:  Baroque Border (109675)
  • Ink:  Real Red (103133)
  • Paper:  Real Red designer paper from the Brights Paper Pack (117155)
  • Card Stock:  Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730)
  • Punch:  Extra Large Ornament (119847)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Make Merry!

Let's make merry with this simple and elegant Christmas card. To create this card  I used the Jolly Holiday Designer paper and the "make Merry" tag stamp from the Grateful Greetings stamp set. Stampin' Up!'s small tag punch is the perfect size for this stamp, and the large tag punch is the perfect size for punching out a coordinating mat for the tag. Add a bow made from Cherry Cobbler seam binding (holiday mini) and the card's complete.

  • Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings (116511)
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (119669)
  • Paper:  Jolly Holiday (117159)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (101650), Old Olive (100702), Cherry Cobbler (119685)
  • Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (120992)
  • Punches:  Large Tag (119866), Small Tag (119876)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Santa Owl Christmas Card

Who's ready for Christmas? This cute little Santa owl is! I love the Stampin' Up! owl punch there are just and endless number of possibilities for dressing the little guy up. This card uses the Woodland Walk designer paper along with some 3/4" Real Red Polka dot ribbon that is now on the Stampin' Up! Clearance rack.

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  • Paper:  Woodland Walk Designer Paper (117389)
  • Card Stock:  Garden Green (102584), Real Red (102482), Chocolate Chip (102128), Whisper White (100730)
  • Punches:  XL 2 Step Owl (118074), 1 3/4" Circle (119850), 2 3/8" Scallop (118874)
  • Ribbon:  Real Red 3/4" Polka-Dot Grosgrain (Clearance Rack)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sweet Snowglobe Shaker Card

What do you get when you combine the Sweet Snowglobe stamp, a Sweet Treat cup and some glitter? You get this cute snowglobe shaker card. I love the Sweet Snowglobe individual stamp from the Holiday Mini! It is made to coordinate with the Sweet Treat cups. Just add a little glitter and presto you have a snowglobe shaker card.

To make this card:
  1. Stamp the Sweet Snowglobe image in Soft Suede on a piece 2 1/4" x 2 3/4" Very Vanilla card stock.
  2. Stamp the Sweet Snowglobe image again in Marina Mist on an a piece of 2 x 2 1/2 piece of Very Vanilla card stock.
  3. Punch the snow scene out of the Soft Suede image with the 1 3/4" circle punch and insert a Sweet Treat Cup.
  4. Pour some white glitter into the Sweet Treat cup. Peal the backing off of the adhesive on the sweet treat cup and attach to the piece of card stock with the Marina Mist image. Make sure that the Marina Mist image is lined up to show through the Sweet Treat Cup.
  5. Mount the Snowglobe on a piece of 2 1/2 x 3" piece of Soft Suede card stock
  6. Cut a 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of Very Vanilla card stock & fold in half to create a card base.
  7. Cut a piece of  5 1/4" x 4" piece of Soft Suede card stock and mount on card base.
  8. Cut a piece of 5 x 3 3/4" piece of Elegant Soiree designer paper and mount on Soft Suede card stock.
  9. Cut a coordinating strip of Elegant Soiree designer paper, wrap a piece of Marina Mist ribbon around it and attach it to the card.
  10. Attach the Snowglobe assembly to the card.
  • Stamps:  Sweet Snowglobe (120868)
  • Ink:  Marina Mist (119668), Soft Suede (115657)
  • Paper:  Elegant Soiree (117163)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (101650), Soft Suede (115318)
  • Punch:  1 3/4" Circle (119850)
  • Accessories:  Marina Mist 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119965), Sweet Treat Cups (116802)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Amazing Deal on the Starter Kit - Save 50%

For 2 weeks only,
November 15th through November 30th
Stampin' Up! is offering our amazing Starter kit for only $87.50

That's 50% off the regular price of $175. 
You get $310 worth of Stampin' Up! stamps and accessories for only $87.50. 
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If you've been thinking about joining the Stampin' Up! family now is the perfect time.  The starter kit was already a fantastic deal and now it's unbeatable! 
  • Pay only $87.50 for $310 worth of Stampin' Up! Supplies
  • Choose either the Standard or Digital Starter Kit. You can customize the starter kits to include products that you want.
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  • 30% discount off your first demonstrator order
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  • Access to a demonstrator only website and publications
  • Under no obligation to sell anything. However, if you wish to remain active and maintain your discount on other demonstrator benefits, you must achieve $300 in product sales by March 31, 2011. (you can easily fulfill this requirement with your own purchases)
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The standard Starter Kit includes

•Four complete stamp sets (including a clear-mount set and clear-mount block)
•A Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge
•Assortment of Designer Series paper and card stock
•Four Classic Stampin' Pads
•Two Stampin' Write markers
•VersaMark Pad
•Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon
•Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
•Blender pen
•Stamping sponge
•Stampin' Scrub and Mist
•Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
•Business forms and tools

The Digital+ Starter Kit includes
•My Digital Studio software suite
•Three complete stamp sets (including a clear-mount set and clear-mount block)
•Assortment of card stock
•Four Classic Stampin' Pads
•Two Stampin' Write markers
•Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
•Brights Designer buttons
•Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
•Stampin' Scrub and Mist
•Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
•Business forms and tools

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas Candy Countdown Calendar

Is it Christmas yet? You and the kids will love counting down the days to Christmas with this cool muffin tin advent calendar. And the best part is you can make it yourself at the Christmas Candy Countdown Class.  I will be having 2 sessions of this fun class.  The kids class will me on Monday, November 22 from 1-3 and the adult class will me on Monday, November 22 from 7-9.  Click on the Christmas Candy Countdown Class tab for complete details.

For this calendar I used the Christmas Cheer Simply Scrappin Kit and added some Not Quite Navy card stock.  I think the next time, I'll use less of the blue and more of the reds and greens.

  • Christmas Cheer Simply Scrappin Kit
  • Punches: 2 3/8" Scallop Circle (118874), 1 3/4" Scallop Circle (119854), 1 3/8" Circle (119860)
  • Mini Muffin Tin
  • Magnets

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Card Making Night - The Third Card's a Turkey

This is the third card we made at the last Card Making Night.  Isn't he a cute little turkey? He's really quite easy to make too. 

  1. Make the feathers
    1. Punch 3 scallop circles in your choice of fall colors.
    2. Cut five scallops off the bottom
    3. Fold the scallops in half and open them back up.
    4. Fold each side of the flat bottom up to the center crease
  2. Punch the body from Chocolate Chip card stock with 1 3/8" circle punch
  3. Attach the feathers to the back of the body with a glue dot
  4. Punch the head from the 3/4" Circle Punch and attach to body
  5. Use a black Stampin' Write marker for the eyes and cut a triangular piece of Pumpkin Pie for the beak.
  6. Cut the hat from Basic Black card stock.
  7. Use the owl punch to punch the feet (the heart section of the punch) out of Pumpkin Pie card stock.
  • Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad (100908)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Basic Black
  • Designer Paper:  Old Olive from the Brights Paper Pack (117155)
  • Punches:  1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (119854), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (119861), 3/4" Circle Punch (119873), Owl Punch (118074)
  • Accessories:  Old Olive brads from the Brights Brad Asst (119740), Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker (100082)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Card Making Night - Card #2

Sorry the postings have been a little sparse recently. My daughter's high school swim team was hosting the District swim meet last week and it required a lot of my time. It was a tremendous amount of work, but it was definitely worth it. For the first time in history, her high school won districts for both the boys and girls teams. Katie came in 3rd in the 500 free and 5th in the 100 back and is moving on to regions in both events. Way to go OHS! Way to go Katie!

This is the second birthday card we made last week at Card Making Night. We used Elegant Soiree designer paper. This paper is great because it works well for either a feminine or masculine card. For a little added dimension we used Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the greeting.

  • Stamp Set:  On Your Birthday (111664)
  • Ink:  Soft Suede Classic Ink Pad (115657)
  • Designer Paper:  Elegant Soiree (117163)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
  • Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Card Making Night - Card #1

Friday night was our monthly card making night and we were honored with a special guest.  Kirsten Johnston came all the way from Scotland just to make cards with us. Ok, well maybe she didn't come to America just to make cards but it was certainly nice that she chose to include us in her vacation plans.  

We made four different cards this month.  Two birthday cards, one Christmas Card (the "Got Scraps" card from a few posts ago) and a Thanksgiving card.  Rather than feature all the cards in one post, I've decided to break it up into three different parts.   Today's featured card is a Bookmark Birthday Card.  The upper right corner of the card is a removable bookmark.

Instructions for bookmark:
  1. Cut a piece of card stock 2" x 4"
  2. Score at 2"
  3. Score on the diagonal from each bottom corner to the top of the center score line.
  4. Fold on the diagonal score lines and secure with a piece of tape.
  5. You should now have a triangular pocket
  6. Cut a square of coordinating cardstock 2.5" x 2.5" and cut in half on the diagonal
  7. Cut a square of coordinating designer paper 2.25" x 2.25" and cut in half on the diagonal
  8. Layer the triangular pieces of card stock and designer paper and attach to the front and back of the bookmark.
Mary Fish has a good tutorial with photos on her Stampin' Pretty blog.  You can click here to view it.

  • Stamp Set:  On Your Birthday (111664)
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip (100908)
  • Card Stock:  Chocolate Chip (102128), Garden Green (102584), Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Designer Paper:  Woodland Walk (117389)
  • Ribbon:  5/8" Satin - Chocolate Chip (retired)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Spooky Fun at the Halloween Kid's Class

There was some spooky fun going on at the Halloween Kid's Class this Sunday. The class maxed out at 10 kids but with the older kids helping the younger ones, everything went incredibly well. Some of my crafty little friends even brought Halloween cookies that they made to share with the class. Not only were they delicious but they were beautifully decorated as well.

We started with the Decor Accents Design-a-House. One thing to note about the Design-a-House is that they are flat packed and require sticky strips to assemble. I attached the sticky strips to the houses before the kids arrived. As soon as the kids got here they spray painted their houses black. Then they decorated them still flat. We used white vellum paper for the windows.  Once the houses were decorated we assembled them and applied black glitter to the roofs and attached flying bats with pieces of plastic coated wire.  All of the houses were gorgeous and as unique as each of the girls.

  • Decor Elements Design-a-House (120911)
  • Sticky Strips (104294)
  • White Vellum Paper (101839)
  • Bitty Bat Punch (119279)
  • Misc. Card Stock
  • Foam Halloween Stickers
  • Bat Border Punch (EK Success)
  • Black Spray Paint
  • White Glue
  • Black Glitter
  • Wire

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Got Scraps?

I don't know about you but I always seem to end up with a lot of small scraps of designer paper that I can't bring myself to throw away. But what do you do with them?  Here is a great layout to use up all of those odds and ends. I saw this sketch in Papercrafts Magazine a few months ago and it has become one of my favorites.

  • Stamp Sets:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370), Every Little Bit (120558 - clear or 117096 - wood)
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (119669), Old Olive (102277)
  • Designer Paper:  Jolly Holiday (117159)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (101650), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Old Olive (100702)
  • Punches:  Ticket Corner (119867), 1" Circle (1198668), 1 1/4" Circle (119861), Word Window (119857), Modern Label (119849)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Let's Celebrate!

Today is my friend Lisa's birthday and I created this card for her.  Since we are going to celebrate with a cup of coffee the Morning Cup stamp set was the perfect choice!  For inspiration I turned to the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge (SSSC89).  Sketches are a great jumping off point any time you need to create a card.

Happy Birthday Lisa! Hope it's a great one!

  • Stamp Set:  Morning Cup (116988 wood or 120489 clear), On Your Birthday (111664)
  • Ink:  Early Esspresso, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
  • Designer Paper:  Elegant Soiree (117163)
  • Punches:  Small Heart (117193), Scallop Border (119882)
  • Accessories:  Basic Pearls (119247)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Greeting Card Kids - Christmas

Here is another card using the Greeting Card Kids stamp set. I love this set!  The images are incredibly cute and you can coordinate them with any paper when you color them in. For the ribbon accent on this card I layered 5/8" grosgrain in Old Olive with 3/8" Taffeta in Very Vanilla. I thought the Old Olive ribbon alone made the card seem too dark; adding the Very Vanilla ribbon brightened it up perfectly.

  • Stamp Set:  Greeting Card Kids (119887)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Stamp Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (101650), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Old Olive(100702)
  • Designer Paper:  Jolly Holiday (117159)
  • Ribbon:  5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain (109054), 3/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta (109071)
  • Stampin' Write Markers:  Real Red (100052), Soft Suede (120973), Old Olive (100079), Daffodil Delight (119677)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

November Workshops

I have been planning my November workshops and decided that they will all be Christmas themed.  November is the perfect month for Christmas workshops.  Guests will get there supplies in plenty of time to create their Christmas projects and Stampin' Up! is having a great promotion from October 19th - December 16th (more details later).  These cards will be the "make and takes" at each workshop. Every guest will get to make a card and matching tag.  I will also demonstrate some great Christmas projects and everyone will get complete instructions and supply list.

  • Stamp Set:  Delightful Decorations (116517)
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (119669), Old Olive (102277)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (101650), Old Olive (100702), Cherry Cobbler (119685)
  • Designer Paper:  Jolly Holiday (117159)
  • Punches:  XL Ornament (119847), Ticket Corner (119867)
  • Ribbon:  Old Olive 3/8" Taffeta (119767), Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (120992)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Card Making Night

These are the three cards we made Saturday during Card Making Night. We really had a lot of fun! In fact so much fun that I think it was midnight when everyone finally left. We had good food, great conversation and crafting. What more could you ask for? 

For the first card of the evening I wanted to create a Halloween themed card. I thought a pumpkin was the perfect opportunity to use the Sweet Treat Cups. The only problem I ran into was finding orange colored candy. I ended up buying a bag of Starburst Jelly Beans and a bag of Dark Chocolate M&M's and Aubrey sorted them by color. What a great little assistant she is!

  • Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings (116511)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock:  Basic Black, (121045)Tangerine Tango (111349), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730)
  • Designer Paper:  Rich Razzleberry from the Brights paper pack (117155)
  • Punches:  Bitty Bat (119279), 1 3/4" Circle (119850), 2 1/2" Circle (120906), 2 Step Bird (117191)
  • Accessories:  Sweet Treat Cups (116802)

The second card was a birthday card. We used Stampin' Write markers to color in the cake image to match the designer paper. The great thing about Stampin' Write markers is that the colors match perfectly with the paper and card stock colors.

  • Stamp Set:  Birthday Bliss (115442)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Stampin' Write Markers:  Daffodil Delight (119677), Melon Mambo (121074), Tempting Turquoise (100058)
  • Card Stock:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight (119683), Melon Mambo (115320), Tempting Turquoise (102067)
  • Designer Paper:  Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo from the Brights paper pack (117155)
  • Punches:  Scallop Square (119884), 1 3/4" Circle (119850), 2 3/8" Scallop Circle (118874)
  • Accessories:  Daffodil Delight 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (119761)

The final card of the evening was a Thanksgiving card. To make the pumpkin border we used the Fall Harvest Stampin' Around Wheel and colored it in with Stampin' Write markers.

  • Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings (116511)
  • Stampin' Around Wheel:  Fall Harvest (112478)
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad (100908)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Old Olive (100702), Pumpkin Pie (105117)
  • Designer Paper:  Old Olive from the Brights Paper Pack (117155)
  • Stampin' Write Marker:  Pumpkin Pie (105115), Old Olive (100079), Tangerine Tango (120974)
  • Punches:  Scallop Oval (119856), 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval (119855)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Beary Birthday - (MOJO 159 and PPA63)

Today's card was created for MOJO Monday Sketch Challenge 159 and Pals Paper Arts Challenge #63.  I love combining challenges especially when one is a sketch challenge and the other is a color challenge.

The little Build A Bear girl was stamped onto watercolor paper with Basic Black classic ink and then colored in with Stampin' Write Markers and a blender pen. I like to heat set my stamped image before I color it to prevent blurring and smudging. To create the balloons I stamped the balloon image on colored card stock and then punched them out with the 3/4" circle punch.  
  • Stamp Set:  Beary Best Friends (118052)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock:  Pear Pizzazz (119795), Peach Parfait (119794), Melon Mambo (115320)
  • Designer Paper:  In Color - Designer Series Paper Pack - Level 1 Hostess (121028)
  • Accessories:  1/4" Rose Red Grosgrain ribbon (retired), 3/4" Circle Punch (119873), Eyelet Border Punch (119853), Blender Pen (102845)
  • Stampin' Write Markers:  Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz (In Color Marker Asst - 119801), Chocolate Chip (100071)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Christmas Greetings

Still trying to come up with the perfect combination of cards for Christmas Card Camp on Sunday, November 28th.  I'm pretty sure that this one will make the cut.  It's simple, elegant and not to bulky for mailing. 

  • Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings (116511)
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink Pad (119669)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (101650), Old Olive (100702), Cherry Cobbler (105123)
  • Designer Paper:  Jolly Holiday (117159)
  • Ribbon:  Not Stampin' Up! - But my Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon (120992) is due to arrive by UPS this afternoon!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Delightful Decorations

I've been working on some Christmas cards for the Christmas Card Camp on Sunday, November 28th.  If you haven't registered yet there are still a few spaces open. You can find all of the details here. I have added a PayPal option if you'd like to pay for the class by credit card.

  • Stamp Set:  Delightful Decorations (116517)
  • Ink:  Old Olive (102277), Cherry Cobbler (119669)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (101650), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Old Olive (100702)
  • Designer Paper:  Jolly Holiday (117159)
  • Punches:  XL Ornament (119847)
  • Accessories:  Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (109054)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

All Spruced Up

Feeling Uninspired:
Since I've been feeling a little uninspired lately I decided to go out blog surfing to see if something would light my fire. But sadly — No. And it isn't because I didn't see a ton of gorgeous cards. There are so many talented paper artists out there that I'm envious.

I decided I am just in a slump. I went to the book store and checked out the inspiration. 

I wandered the isles of Joanne's and inspiration. 

I came back home and looked through old catalogs/idea inspiration.

I went through my stash of paper, looked at all the stamp sets on my inspiraaa...wait what's that set hiding back there? 

Fun Fast Notes:
It was Fun & Fast Notes. The good old standby that came in my starter kit. No one seems to use this set any more. I felt like it was crying "What about me? Don't forget about me".  Somehow this set seemed to fit my mood. I decided to take it out and like the stamp says, get it all spruced up.

Pals Paper Arts Challenge
As I was completing this card I new it needed a little something more. Then I thought about the Pals Paper Arts Challenge for this week, and decided it could use a couple of buttons. This was just the finishing touch it needed to make this card truly "All Spruced Up".

  • Stamp Sets:  Fun & Fast Notes (113500)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (101650), Old Olive (100702), Cherry Cobbler (119685)
  • Paper:  Jolly Holiday Designer Paper (117159)
  • Stampin' Write Markers:  Old Olive (100079), Cherry Cobbler (119681), Daffodil Delight (119677), Soft Suede (120973)
  • Accessories:  Old Olive buttons from Brights Designer Button assortment (119747), Linen Thread (104199)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

One Stamp - Two Looks

Today I am happy to welcome guest stamper Lisa Flanagan. Lisa and I had lots of fun playing with the Greeting Card Kids stamp set. It is amazing how many different looks you can achieve with one stamp. Just change the paper, color scheme, and accessories and presto, a completely different card.

My Card
 I went with an Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry color scheme. I used Old Olive designer paper from the brights paper pack and accented with Rich Razzleberry accessories. I also chose to use Stampin' Write Markers and a blender pen for a water color effect.

  • Stamp Set:  Greeting Card Kids (120633 clear or 119887 wood)
  • Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock: Rich Razzleberry (115316), Old Olive (100702)
  • Accessories:  Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon (retired), Rich Razzleberry Button - Brights Asst.  (119747)
  • Stampin' Write Markes:  Rich Razzleberry (120970), Old Olive (100079), Chocolate Chip (100071)
Lisa's Card
Lisa went with Very Vanilla and Real Red for her color scheme, using a sheet of retired Merry Moments designer paper. She also used Stampin' Pastels to color in the image. Stampin' Pastels can be used with a dry applicator for a subtle effect like the one Lisa achieved or for more vibrant color they can be used with a Blender Pen.

  • Stamp Set: Greeting Card Kids (120633 clear or 119887 wood), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
  • Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
  • Card Stock: Real Red (102482), Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Punches:  Word Window (119857), Modern Label (119849)
  • Accessories:  Stampin' Pastels (120962)