Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Blossom Builders

I really liked the Happy Birthday card on page 18 of the Occasions Mini catalog and tried to make it with my punches, but it looked terrible. I decided to try the Blossom Builders kit to make it and I was very pleased! And the pink rhinestones are so pretty!
Stamp sets - Happiest BirthdayWishes (Hostess)
Cardstock - Baja Breeze, Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit (Occasions mini)
Ink - Basic Gray

This card was so simple to make. The die cut flowers are on textured cardstock and so easy to mix, match, and layer.  I didn't add the linen thread to the bouquet. I tried, but I didn't like my attempt.  I also changed the greeting, as I didn't have the one in the mini. But that's what is so great about Stampin' Up!  Substitutions!!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Delicate Doilies #2

I used all 4 doilies in today's card. This set is fun to work with!
Stamp sets - Delicate Doilies, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Well Worn Designer Series Paper
Ink - VersaMark, Not Quite Navy, and  Not Quite Navy, Garden Green, and Cajun Craze markers
Accessories - White Embossing Powder, 3/8" Crumb Cake taffeta ribbon, Word Window and Modern Label punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, stampin' sponge

Monday, February 27, 2012

Delicate Doilies

Today's card is a case from Rita Stephens, which I received as a swap at leadership. I love the colors she used so I pretty much copied it. I wasn't sure I wanted the Delicate Doilies stamp set until I saw this card.
Stamp sets - Delicate Doilies, Perfect Pairs
Cardstock - River Rock, Not Quite Navy
Ink - VersaMark, Cherry Cobbler, Cherry Cobbler and Not Quite Navy markers
Accessories - White embossing powder, crimper, 1/2" Cherry Cobbler seam binding

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mixed Bunch #2

Today's card is a CASE from Sharon Field. I loved her use of Netting and EnFrancais. I wanted to use Pear Pizzazz so I got out my Color Coach to see what it suggested.  It suggested Rich Razzleberry, so I tried it.  I think I like it!
Stamp sets - Mixed Bunch, Field Flowers, Netting, En Francais
Cardstock - Pear Pizzaz, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink - Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories - Blossom punch, Pear Pizzazz 1/2"stitched poly ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, stampin' dimensionals

Check out your color coach for some new color ideas.  Don't have one? Ask me about getting one!

I'm waiting patiently for the Daytona 500 to start.  There has been a 3 1/2 hour rain delay so far - but I'm still hopeful they will race today.  In the meantime, back to my stamping room!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Inspired by Nature

I spent the afternoon reorganizing the shelves in my stamp room.  (Thanks, Jo, for the inspiration!) I came across an old set, Inspired by Nature, and decided to make a thank you card for my upline, Chris Schulz. She does such nice things for me, and I just love the sentiment with that stamp set.
Stamp sets - Inspired by Nature
Cardstock - Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla, So Saffron
Ink - Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
Accessories - Basic Pearls, Flower Trio punch (retired - but we have others that would work nicely) Stampin' sponges, Stampin' dimensionals

This is a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card,

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Congratulations, Lori!

My daughter received a promotion at the nursing home where she works. I took her a plant for her new office and this card. I'm sure she'll do well!
Stamp set - Word Play
Cardstock - Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment DSP
Ink - Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Accessories - Beautiful Wings Embosslits die, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, stampin' sponge

This card is 4 x 4.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mixed Bunch with Everyday Enchantment

I keep finding ways to use the designer series paper Everyday Enchantment.  It's so beautiful, I wish I could just buy it! But you can only get it FREE during Sale-a-Bration. If you haven't earned it yet, consider getting together a $50 order of stamping supplies you need and get the Everyday Enchantment DSP free. The offer is good until March 31.

Stamp sets - Mixed Bunch, Sincere Salutations
Cardstock - Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment DSP, Lucky Limeade
Ink - Calypso Coral
Accessories - Blossom punch, Blossoms Petals Builder punch (for the leaves), Scallop Oval and Extra Large Oval punches, Free brads from the Everyday Enchantment ribbon and brad pack (also a SAB item), Vanilla ribbon (from the Holiday mini catalog), stampin' dimensionals

Any of the ruffled ribbon from the 2011-2013 In Colors would work great too!  Try mixing some of the designer papers you already have to create a card. You'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I've been cruising!!

I haven't posted any cards for a while because I've been cruising in the Southern Caribbean!  The seas were smooth and the weather warm and wonderful! But I'm home and the weather here isn't bad for Feb., but I'm in the mood for flowers and springy stuff so I dusted off my Awash with Flowers set.
Stamp sets - Awash with Flowers
Cardstock - Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray, Peach Parfait
Accessories - Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin' sponge, Stampin' dimensionals, Victoria 5/8" crochet trim

Stamp sets - Awash with Flowers, Thank You Kindly
Cardstock - Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink - Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Basic Gray, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette
Accessories - Asst. clips, Pink Pirouette 3/8" taffeta ribbon

This is a 4 x 4 card. It still fits nicely in an A1 envelope. Awash with Flowers is a 2 step stamp set and is not really made to line up perfectly. That bothers some people (like me) but when you get your card finished and look at the "whole picture", I think you'll be pleased with the effect.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Masculine Get Well card

I needed a get well card for my husband's uncle yesterday, but I didn't have anything masculine on hand. So I went to work and made him one.
Stamp sets - Baroque Motifs, Delightful Dozen
Cardstock - Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - Adorning Accents Edgelits and embossing folders, Oval and Scallop punches, 3/8" Early Espresso taffeta ribbon

Some people don't think a masculine card should have ribbon on it, but I disagree. I think this Early Espresso ribbon is very masculine.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Thoughts of You w/ Everday Enchantment

There are a lot of cards out there with the patchwork quilt design using Everday Enchantment DSP and the postage stamp punch.  I wanted to try one, as I love that designer paper!! I think it's my favorite designer paper ever, but you can't buy it. You can earn it free during Sale-a-Bration by purchasing $50 worth of product from now until March 31.
Stamp sets - Take It to Heart, Loving Thoughts
Cardstock - Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Pool Party, Everyday Enchantment DSP
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - Postage stamp punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Library clips, Basic Rhinestones, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad pack (SAB), Stampin' Dimensionals

I stamped the sentiment from Loving Thoughts inside the banner from Take It to Heart. Then I cut out the banner with my paper snips, leaving a small white edge around the stamped image.  That helps hide any imperfections in your cutting, making it look more even.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Celebrate - It's Super Bowl Sunday

If you're a football fan, I hope your team wins.  I know if I don't have a particular favorite in the Super Bowl, I pick who to root for based on how cute the the coach or quarterback is, or I will root for the team who doesn't have cheerleaders (like the Cleveland Browns don't!) Hey, I like to watch the game and you have to have someone to root for :) !!  But if your team wins, here's a card to Celebrate.  It was on display at Leadership and I copied it to share with you.
Stamp sets - Outlined Occasions (SAB)
Cardstock - Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Marina Mist, Wid Wasabi, and Daffodil Delight
Ink - Basic Gray and Real Red, Tangerine Tango, and Marina Mist markers
Accessories -  Daffodil Delight 5/8" satin ribbon, Stampin' Dimesnionals

The Outlined Occasions stamp set is free duing Sale-A-Bration if you spend $50.  Contact me if you are interested in earning it free.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Valentine Treat Holder

I had a Valentine Stamp Camp at my home today and this Valentine Treat Holder was the door prize.  Congratulations to Trudy. She was the winner.

I learned how to make this treat holder from Linda Heller at Stamping School.  Here are the supplies needed:
Stamp sets - Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock - Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink - Basic Black
Accessories - Hearts Collection Framelits, Elegant Bouquet and Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing folders, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits die, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits die, Riding Hood Red pleated ribbon, Basic Pearls, mini library clip, designer button and white baker's twine, 1/8" Black taffeta ribbon, crop-a-dile

Fill with your favorite candy and give to one of your favorite people!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Language of Friendship

Those of you who know me very well, know that I don't like birds.  Actually, I'm afraid of birds!  So I never really like stamp sets that have birds in them, especially BIG birds.  So I was quite surprised when I kept going back to the card in the Sale-a-Bration catalog made with the Language of Friendship stamp set.  I've owned the Bird Builder punch for a long time, but don't use it very often. So for one of the free sets I got to choose during Sale-a-Bration, I chose the Language of Friendship set.  I've always liked the verse that comes with the set and I wanted to make that card from the mini.  And that cute little songbird doesn't look too scary!
Stamp sets - Language of Friendship (is in the reg. catalog but is also free during SAB)
Cardstock - Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, So Saffron, First Edition DSP, Well Worn DSP
Ink - Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, So Saffron
Accessories - Bird Builder punch, Large Scallop Circle punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (SAB), Basic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

The great thing about Stampin' Up!'s catalog is all the ideas.  And it's great when you can just take one of their ideas and make your own card.  Why not go through the catalog again and see what you'd like to make?! Maybe you'll even get out of your comfort zone and stamp a bird or something!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Very Fresh Vintage

I've been working all day cutting cardstock and preparing for my Valentine camp on Saturday and wanted to take a break and make this card I've been admiring for days.  It was created by Diane Vander Galien and I copied it exactly, so she gets all the credit.  I just wanted to share it with you.
Stamp sets - Fresh Vintage (SAB)
Cardstock - Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink - Early Espresso and Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive markers
Accessories - Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing folder, Boho Blossom and Bird Builder punches,  Basic Pearls, 3/8" Blushing Bride Pleated Satin Ribbon,Victoria Crochet trim, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' sponge

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Fashionable Hearts

I was looking for a simple valentine card for my Valentine Stamp Camp on Saturday and decided to try an assortment of Fashionable Hearts from the Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die.
Stamp set - P.S. I Love You
Cardstock - Pretty in Pink, Rose Red
Ink - Rose Red
Accessories - Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die, Adorning Accents Edgelits Die, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folders,  Word Window and Modern Label punches, Pink Pirouette 3/8" taffeta ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals (lots of them!)

This card doesn't have to be a valentine with this sentiment. It has lots of uses!!