Friday, August 31, 2012

Mirror Image stamping

Today's card uses the stamp set You're Amazing. I received this set at convention and we did Make-n-Takes with it but I haven't used it since.  I wanted to use the elephant stamp. My friend Marcia loves elephants and I told her I had a new elephant stamp and she was very excited. But when I told her he had a birthday hat on, she wasn't sold. So I just had to make a card to show her how cute he was! I used the technique, Mirror Image, on this card. I think it makes the elephant interesting!  I have included a video in this post to show you how to create the mirror image ( if  you don't already know).

Stamp sets - You're Amazing
Card Stock - Basic Gray, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink - Basic Black Classic Ink, Basic Gray (for sponging), Real Red,
         Basic Gray, Real Red and Daffodil Delight markers
Accessories -  Take a Ticket wheel, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Basic Black 3/8" taffeta ribbon, Stampin' sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals.

I did a lot of sponging with the Basic Gray ink, around the Whisper White focal point, the embossed Real Red, and the tickets.

Here's the video on how to creat the mirror image. Try it!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

SSC 270 Jack of all Trades

I participated in the challenge at Stamping411 today. It was a square card, which gave me a little less room to work with. I couldn't get the whole image on the focal point square, but I think it turned out OK. It gives it a different look.

Stamp sets - Jack of all Trades, Wicked Cool
Card Stock - Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla, Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP
Ink - Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories - 1 1/4" & 1 13/8" circle punches, 1 3/4" scallop circle punch,1/2" Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

This card really mixes the patterns-stripes, polka dots, and plaid. I usually shy away from such mixes, but I like it on this Halloween card. It's fun! And you don't have to be serious for Halloween!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Serene Silhouettes

I have to give a shout out to Sandy Murphy because I CASED her card. I saw it online and it was so beautiful I had to try it.
Stamp sets - Serene Silhouettes, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock - Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Summer Smooches DSP
Ink - Black Staz On
Accessories - Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Word Window and Modern Label punches, Daffodil Delight 1/2" seam binding, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber

When using the sponge daubers to color the flowers, don't press down too hard or you will just get a circle. It looks much more natural to sponge softly. I "sponged" off on scrap paper to lighten the color a bit.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit

If you haven't already, you've got to check out the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit on p 27 in the Holiday Catalog! Halloween fun has never been easier. The Designer Kit gives you tags, bags, and googlie eyes to make all kinds of Halloween goodies. Add the Googly Ghouls stamp set and you can't help but smile - at how easy it is and how cute it is!

Here's what the kit includes.
#126914   $7.95

The glassine bags are plain, but you can run them through the Big Shot with an embossing folder and it really dresses them up!  I used the Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  One bag I left open at the top and the other one I closed using a brad. You can use ribbon, clips, just about anything would be cute.

You get 20 tags so you'll have extra to make cards.  I made a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card with the Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series Paper, one of the tags stamped with the Googly Ghouls stamp set and the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set for the Happy Halloween. I knotted a little piece of the 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta ribbon. The inside is stamped with the greeting from Wicked Cool.

You can save 15% by purchasing the Ghoulish Goodlies Bundle. 
129853  Clear Mount Bundle  $16.95
129852 Wood Mount Buncle  $20.95
Check it all out on p 27 of the Holiday Catalog.

Have a wicked cool day!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Wish Big

I thought it was time for another "masculine card". I actually saw a swap at convention similar to this but I don't know who to give the credit to. I love stamping on the First Edition DSP. It has a great look!

Stamp sets - Bring on the Cake, The Open Sea
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink - Soft Suede, Night of Navy (sponging)
Accessories - Apothecary Accents Framelits, Decorative Label punch, Denim ribbon, Stampin'  Dimensionals, Stampin' sponges

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Papillon Potpourri for Friday

I just finished putting together all the packets for my Friday nursing home class. I make 4 cards for samples (because there are 4 tables of residents) and then I put all the supplies they each will need in zip lock bags so everything is in one place. I assemble 14 bags each week. This week we are making a card with Papillon Potpourri.

Stamp sets - Papillon Potpourri, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock - Baja Breeze, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink - Calypso Coral, Baja Breeze, More Mustard
Accessories - Elegant Butterfly punch, Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Word Window and Modern Label punches, Calypso Coral 3/8" ruffled ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Joyous Celebrations

Last night I held an in-home workshop (thanks, Becke!) and one of the cards we made was a Christmas card. It featured the stamp set Joyous Celebrations, the Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Holiday Frame and the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack. One of the Apothecary Accents Framelits works well with the Holiday Frame embossing folder. This card is CASED from Sandy Mathis.

Stamp sets - Joyous Celebrations
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints DSP stack (p 20 in the Holiday catalog)
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Accessories - Holiday Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Large oval punch, 1" square punch (to make pennant ends), Rhinestones Basic Jewels, 3/8" Cherry Cobbler seam binding

Here's another card using the same set and embossing folder.

Stamp sets - Joyous Celebrations
Card Stock - Gumball Green, Whisper White,
Ink - Gumball Green
Accessories - Holiday Frame TIEF, Basic Pearls, 3/8" Gumball Green Sticthed Satin Ribbon, Large oval punch, Gold Stampin' Dazzle Marker (p 19 Holiday catalog)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Kindness Matters embossing on vellum

I received a swap at convention from Denise Pedersen that inspired me to try embossing on vellum with my new heat tool.  So I actually CASED this card from her. It uses a lot of the same materials and ideas from my 1st embossing on vellum post.
Stamp sets - Kindness Matters
Cardstock - Daffodil Delight, Raspberry Ripple, Vellum Cardstock, Whisper White, Floral District DSP
Ink - Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit
Accessories - Clear Embossing Powder, Heat tool, 3/8" Whisper White tafettta ribbon, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, White Baker's Twine, Modern Label punch, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die,Big Shot,  Glue Dots,

If you didn't see my video about embossing on vellum, check my blog entry for Thursday, Aug. 16.

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Pocket full of Posies

Today's card is the card I made with my friends at the nursing home.  I knew they'd love the bright colors and flowers - and I was right. They so look forward to "craft" day on Friday. They ought to just start calling it "card making Friday".
The original idea came from a swap I received from Lynnette Alvarez during convention. The purpose was to showcase all the In Colors. I changed the colors a bit by adding Island Indigo for one of the flowers, instead of having a Gumball Green flower.

Stamp sets - Everything Eleanor, Whimsical Words (retired)
Card Stock - Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo
Ink - Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo
Accessories - 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" circle punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, 3/8" Gumball Green Stitched Satin ribbon

A fun and quick card, as you can see.  Hope your weekend is as bright and cheery as the colors on this card!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Heat embossing on vellum

Today I made a card and a video tutorial about embossing on vellum with the new heat tool from Stampin' Up! which was new in the 2012 - 2013 catalog. It has two heat setting, low and high, and you can emboss on vellum with the low heat setting.  It doesnt' damage the vellum at all and it is hot enough to set the embossing powder.  Did you know that you can emboss with the new Stampin' Up! Classic ink pads?  They are wet enough for the embossing powder to stick.  Here's the card I created.

Stamp sets - Creative Elements, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock - Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White, Vellum Card Stock , Floral District DSP
Ink - Raspberry Ripple Classic ink
Accessories - Heat tool, clear embossing powder, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, 3/8' Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini glue dots

The Floral District DSP actually matches Rich Razzleberry, but the piece I chose went nicely with the Raspberry Ripple card stock. It had just a small amount of the Rich Razzleberry in the pattern.

Below is the video I created about embossing on vellum. I hope you'll try it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

SSC 268 Open Sleigh

Well, I'm going from Halloween to Christmas. I feel guilty because it's only August but I just can't help myself with all this new product in my hands!  I made this card for the challenge at Stamping 411. I have to admit that I purchased the Open Sleigh stamp set purely for the stocking. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it in the 2012 catalog. Hopefully I'll get around to using the sleigh too.

Have you noticed the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack on p. 20 in the Holiday Catalog?  It's not all Christmas designs or colors and the size is 4 1/2 x 6 1/2, which is perfect for your card making. I used the Apothecary Accents Framelits for my focal point on my card and used the new Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack with it. That was fun and gave it a nice effect.

Here's my take on the sketch.

Stamp sets - Open Sleigh
Card Stock - Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack, Whisper White
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Accessories - Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, new Paper- Piercing Tool, Large Scallop Edgelits, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TSSC234 Googly Ghouls

I participated in Mary Jo's Lunchtime sketch challenge. When I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use the new Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper from the Holiday catalog (p.24). And of course the new Googly Ghouls stamp set with the Googlies eyes!(p.27)  It may seem a little early for Halloween, but when you're creating your own cards, it's never too early to start.  And when you have new product, you just have to use it! :)

Here's my card.

Stamp sets - Googly Ghouls
Card stock - Basic Gray, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP
Ink - Black Staz On
Accessories - Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Googlies (eyes), Modern Label punch, 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Inside of card

Monday, August 13, 2012

Core'dinations Card Stock with Framed Tulips

I made another card with the Core'dinations Card Stock. This card was cased from Chris Smith. But not only did I make the card, I made my first video ever and put it on YouTube so I could share with you how to use this new product!! Cross your fingers that it all works for me when I get ready to upload it to this blog!!

Stamp sets - Pursuit of Happiness
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso Core'dinations Card Stock
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - Framed Tulips and Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folders,Stampin' Sanding Block, Riding Hood Red Seam Binding,, Stampin' Sponge

Oh my gosh!!! It worked!! I am so excited!  Remember, it was my first attempt. I'll get better.  :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Floral Frames in Core'dinations Cardstock

There is a new product in the Holiday Catalog called Core'dinations Card Stock (p.6). It comes in three colors, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, and Gumball Green.  The color on the outside of the card stock is one of the Stampin' Up colors and the inside layer is a monochromatic color. You sand, tear, or distress the card stock to revel the beauty beneath.  It is super easy to use a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and then sand the embossed image to get a beautiful effect. They also have a new sanding block and tacky cloth for cleanup to make the process super easy! (also p.6)

I made a card with the new Core'dinations Cardstock and the Floral Frames Framelits Die. This card was featured in the August Stampin' Success magazine that is sent monthly to all Stampin' Up demonstrators. I cased the card to share with you.

Stamp sets - Loving Thoughts
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and Gumballl Green Core'dinations Card Stock, First Edition DSP
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - Floral Frames Framelits Die, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Holiday Catalog p.33),
2 3/8" Scallop punch, Scallop Trim Corner punch, Naturals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

It's really lovely in person. It doesn't photograph too well.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Moving Forward

Today's card is made with Moving Forward, the exclusive Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set. For every Moving Forward stamp set sold, Stampin' Up donates $3.00 to the RMHC. It has always been $2.00, but they increased the amount this year. You'll find this set (and more info about their donations) on the inside of the back cover of the 2012 catalog.

I cased this card from Mary Fish. I tweeked it a bit but it's essentially her design. I have this set in wood mount and I cut the words from the bike and the boat and mounted them on the end of my wood block. I can still use the words if I want but they won't automatically be with my bike or boat. Make sense?

Stamp sets - Moving Forward, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock - Marina Mist, Real Red, Whisper White, Subtles Designer Series paper stack
Ink - Marina Mist, Real Red and Old Olive Markers (for the flowers)
Accessories - Square Scallops Duo Bigz die, Houndstooth embossing folder, 2 1/2" circle punch, Small and large oval punches,  Stampin' sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

This is a fun stamp set for a good cause. Consider adding it to your Wish List.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Just Believe in Everything Eleanor

Today's card is a CASE from my blog pal Shannon Angel! I took one look at her card last week and knew it was a perfect card for my ladies at the nursing home to make.  We did it today and they thought it was so pretty. I've missed stamping with them two out of the last four weeks and they let me know that they've missed me and the card making. But let me tell you, I've missed them!  Those sweet ladies have really gotten to my heart!

Stamp sets - Everything Eleanor, Just Believe, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock - Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink - Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
Accessories - Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Small and large oval punches, 3/8" Crumb Cake tafetta ribbon, Stamping Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

After embossing the Crumb Cake CS, I took my stamping sponge and rubbed Crumb Cake ink over the embossed image to make it stand out. You don't have to do this, but it makes your embossing pop. These colors go both ways, masculine and feminine. It would make a great sympathy, get well, or birthday card too.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

SSC267 Blue Ribbon

Alas, I'm back to blogging! Sorry, but I've been on vacation again! We went on a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean last week with some friends who were celebrating their 10'th anniversary. Yes, they were lots younger than us but we kept up pretty well :)  It's always a challenge to get caught up when you get home, so I'm just now able to stamp a little.

I haven't done a challenge in a long time,so thought I'd try the sketch at Stamping411. 

I ordered the new set, Blue Ribbon, when I returned from convention because we received the You're Amazing set there and Blue Ribbon goes great with it.  It makes nice cards for kids and males, but you could give it to your girlfriends too.

Stamp sets - Blue Ribbon, You're Amazing
Cardstock - Midnight Muse, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink - Midnight Muse, Real Red
Accessories - 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" circle punches, Perfect Polka Dots and Argyle embossing folders, 5/8" Real Red Satin Ribbon (retired), Stampin' Dimensionals

I added the # sign to the 1 with my Real Red marker. You could easily make the tail for the blue ribbon with cardstock.  I made the flag shape with my square punch. If you haven't tried it yet, give it a try on some scrap paper.

This stamp is from the You're Amazing set.  (duh!!)

Everything you need right there!