Thursday, January 31, 2008

So Very Cute!

My friend's daughter just turned two. This is the card I
made for her :) When the new catalogue came out last summer this was one of the sets I knew I HAD to have! With two little boys and lots of birthday parties in our future, I figure I'll get a lot of use out of it.


Pixie Pink, Lovely Lilac, Green Galore, discontinued DSP, watercolor paper - paper; Pixie Pink, Orchid Opulence, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Yo-Yo Yellow, Black StazOn - ink; All in the Family, All in the Family Accessories, Letterpress Numbers - stamp sets; Aqua Painter, blender pen, Orchid grograin ribbon, 1/2" circle punch, Basic Black marker - accessories;

I stamped & cut out the number "2". Then matted & trimmed it with Green Galore paper. The Green Galore matting is just eyeballed. For the watercoloring, after I'd finished with the Aqua Painter, I darkened up bits with the Blender Pen. Finally, I used my black marker to add grass lines and balloon strings. I think this card turned out very cute & cheery!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Valentines :)

I was looking for nice Valentine samples to CASE on and found one that made me laugh. I decided to use the idea with a different layout. Here's what resulted...The layout came from Atomic Butterfly's blog here:
and the "Pucker Up!" frog part came from here:


Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, Whisper White, Berry Bliss DSP - paper; Basic Black - ink; Unfrogettable, Rough Edges Mini Alphabet - stamp sets; Red striped grograin, Real Red brad, 1" circle punch, Crop-a-dile, 1/16" punch, Stampin' Pastels, blender pen - accessories;

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Very Bold!

Good morning again :) This is a card that sort of made itself... My husband loves it. I'm just liking it... not loving it. I wanted to make something with my new Bali Breeze paper & my new Time Well Spent set... here's what happened with them.
Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Bali Breeze DSP - paper; Appricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Sky - ink; Time Well Spent - stamp set; 1/2" circle punch, round Ice Rhinestone brad, Crafters' Toolkit - accessories ;
The two large flowers are cut out & attached with the brad & a glue dot in the center. After I'd pierced the row across the olive band, I was trying to find some ribbon or something to go across it... Didn't like anything I tried. Ended up stamping, coloring and cutting out the row of little flowers. Really like how that finished off the card!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Groovy Guava

Ever since I got my Ginger Blossom DSP I've been into making cards with Groovy Guava. This first little one (3x3) is a sample I made for my open house.
Also have a thing for Garden Whimsy, so this is the result :)


Ruby Red, River Rock, Cameo Coral, Very Vanilla, Ginger Blossom DSP - paper; Groovy Guava, Basic Black - ink; Garden Whimsy, All Holiday - stamp sets; Scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Sherbet Ribbon Originals - accessories;

This one is for my friend's little girl. She's very sweet & I think the card matches her perfectly!!
I've been testing out different "labels" made from punches. I think this one's quick & easy.

Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom, Whisper White, Groovy Guava, Groovy Guava Prints DSP - paper; Basic Black, Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom - ink; Time Well Spent, Fun & Fast Notes - stamp sets; Colluzle, 1/16" punch, VersaMarker, Blender pen, Corner Rounder, Lg Oval punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, gold brads - accessories ;

Notes: for the celery background I stamped the flowers from Time Well Spent in Certainly Celery & then went over the centers with the VersaMarker to make the background. The large Blush Blossom & Groovy Guava circle was cut with the Colluzle. Once I had the circle cut out, I created the scallops with the corner rounder and pierced each scallop with the 1/16" punch.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Rub Ons, Rub Ons! I love Rub Ons!

I'm not sure why, but I love rub ons. When they first became popular a couple of years ago, I couldn't get enough. Now that Stampin' Up! offers them, I'm in heaven!!! I got the new Occations mini catalogue the day before yesterday & I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE almost everything in it. More rub ons of course :) The demonstrator pre-order doesn't start until Feb 1, so I'll have to pretend I have patience until then.

Today I'll share some of my Rub-Ons cards....
This card is full-on RubOn usage!! I was looking at the Eastern Elegance RubOns just after I'd used the Three for You punch. I noticed that some of the rub-ons would fit inside the flower shape... hmmm... I just received my Flower Fusion felt flowers yesterday and noticed that they too matched the shape of the Three for You flowers. *Light bulb*.... wonder how well rub-ons work with felt?? Appently they work fine! It's a little harder than paper, but not much :) Next thought... what paper matches this flower? Bali Breeze! Hence the gorgeous card is born. The line of rub-ons with the three flowers rubbed over top was picked up from the new Occasions Mini catalogue.

My 4 yr old son helped me with the flower & brads and then had a great time making a large selection of stacked felt flowers with brads through them :) I can scrap & stamp with my son now!! Oh the stars have aligned themselves wonderfully {grin}.

I've also been working on Valentine cards. One card (that I'll post after Valentine's day) uses ribbon with rub-on over it. As you see below :)

I cut the two pieces of ribbon, transfered the Rub Ons and then tied them in a knot. Folded each end over the card front & Ta Da!! Pretty new ribbon :)

Last but not least is another Valentines day card. I CASE'd and altered the layout from Beate. I'm developing a "thing" for large square cards :) This is also the first time I've used one of my hat pins. Not sure why, but I didn't really like them at first. They've grown on me.
Rose Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Love Me DSP (discontinued) - paper; Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red - ink; All Through the Year, Canvas - stamp sets; Rose Red marker, corner rounder, 1" circle punch 1/2" circle punch, Crafters' Toolkit, Pretties Kit, white grograin ribbon, Cherished Memories Rub Ons - accessories;
Despite it being very *pink*, I think I'll give this one to my husband :)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Joel's 40!!

My dear friend Joel is 40 today!! This is his birthday card. I really like it - a maculine feeling cards! I was inspired by this card . It was made by atomicbutterfly - everything she makes is gorgeous!!


Basic Black, Creamy Caramel, Ruby Red, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla - card stock; Basic Black, Always Artichoke, Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, VersaMark - ink; Stamp of Authenticity, Rough Edges Mini Alphabet, Define your Life - stamp sets; Ribbon Originals, White embossing powder, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch

Happy Day to everyone!!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Cards, Cards... Oh, lovely cards...

I keep staying up too late, but I've been having fun making cards. Here's a couple from last night.

The January Stampin' Success magazine had a pretty card with three butterflies down the center. Here's my version of it :)


Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Very Vanilla, Ginger
Blossom DSP - paper; Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Groovy
Guava - ink; One Touch of Nature, All Holiday - stamp
sets; Hodgepodge Hardware, Sherbet Ribbon Originals,
1/2"circle punch (rounding the ends of the tags), ivory
                                                        crochet cotton - accessories;

I tried to make a masculine coffee card with this one. Not sure if I like it or not... The cup is embossed with Ultra Thick embossing powder, but it's kind of hard to tell in the scan. Brad says it's too bland, but I told him it's a little dirty-looking & slightly messy like most males.


Boardering Blue, Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa Prints DSP - paper; Close to Cocoa, Boardering Blue - ink; Like it a Latte (discontinued) - stamp set; gold brad, Theater Ribbon Originals, 1 3/8" circle punch, emboss enamel, Versa Marker, Stampin' dimensionals (under the sentiment) - accessories;

Happy stamping everyone :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Mr. Bean

Now I'm not really sure how my projects today will relate to Mr. Bean... but my day yesterday could have been a Mr. Bean skit!! Everything went wrong and, in retrospect, was like a comedy of errors! I think I'm going to make a more concentrated effort to find humour in the regular annoying things that happen everyday. My most favorite Mr. Bean skit was the one where he went to the beach & tried to change his clothes in front of the blind guy... The body contortions always make me snort :)

So for projects, I thought I'd share some cards I've CASE'd:

This card was CASE'd from: I loved this card! I needed some samples for my Open House. This card was made by cutting an 8 1/2 x 11" piece of Rose Red in half length-wise. I folded this in half and then folded down the top inch to make the envelope. Next I stamped the butterfly & flower image from the Happy Heart Day set over the bottom of the envelope in Rose Red ink. I made a scalloped edge on a piece of Wild Wasabi with a slit punch, embossed it with my Crop-a-dile and adhered it to the bottom of the envelope flap. Next I cut a 1/2" strip of Regal Rose and stapled it all the way through to finish the envelope. I inked just the sentiment, stamped it on the top of the envelope flap and rounded the top corners of the envelope.
The little mouse embelishment was created by stamping the mouse on Whisper White and then punching out just his head with the 1" circle. Next I punched out a Regal Rose scalloped circle, a 1 3/8" Rose Red circle & a 1 1/4" Wild Wasabi circle. I coloured the mouse with ink & blender pen then stamped the butterfly on a scrap piece of Whisper White. I cut out one wing to make the heart in the mouse's hand. After colouring the heart, I cut a slit & just around the mouse's hand to insert the heart so it would look like she's holding it.
The card insert was created by cutting a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White and rounding the corners. Next I punched a 1" circle from Regal Rose and folded it over the top. I set a Jumbo eyelet in the top & threaded it with Wild Wasabi dbl-stitched ribbon. The ribbon was tied off with a piece of linen thread to complete it. I stamped and coloured the elephant on the bottom. Voila!

This second card was CASE'd from: I didn't have the 5/8" grograin ribbon, so I replace it with two strips of the 1/4" ribbon :) I love how the cut out butterfly's wings pop off the card!

Wishing you all a pleasant & restful day :)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Open House Party

This Saturday is my Open House for the new Spring/Summer 2008 catalogue. I've been madly working away to design Make & Takes, new samples, party favors, etc. Here's a few of the things I've been working on.

Guest Gifts

The little Valentine's cards were made from the Gift Card & Mini Envelope package that I ordered by accident a few months ago and the scalloped circles cover York mint patties. I just love this Happy Heart Day set.


Gift Cards & Mini Envelopes, Real Red textured CS, Regal Rose CS, Whisper White CS, 1/4" circle punch, Happy Heart Day stamp set, Basic Black ink, Regal Rose ink, Wild Wasabi ink, Real Red ink, Going Grey ink, Blender Pen

Scallop Punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Happy Heart Day, Real Red marker, Regal Rose maker, York mint patties

Make & Take
I'm absolutely crazy about this Easter/Spring card!! It looks great & it's so easy to make. I think I'll enter it into the Stampin' Up! Easter contest, so I may need to take this card down soon... I'll let you see it first though :)

Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Whisper White cardstock; Certainly Celery Prints Designer Series Paper; Garden Whimsy, All Holiday stamp sets; Scallop, 1 3/8" punches; Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue ink

This 2nd Make & Take is a little cello bag of cinnemon hearts.

Regal Rose, Bashful Blue, Whisper White card stock; Basic Black ink; Coluzzle, silver brads, 5/8" Real Red grograin, staples, crochet cotton, Slit punch, 1/4" circle punch, sm & lg tag punch, Stampin' Pastels, blender pen, small cello bags;

I've been working like crazy this week on samples I'll share with you too. We've been busy renovating our kitchen so I've left everything to the last minute!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

So Christmas is over...

Well, it's been busy, but I'm sure others have had busier Christmases. The boys were sick for almost the whole last two weeks... That sucked. I've been on vacation from my blog as well as work, so I'll add more samples to this post to make up for it :)

Hot Chocolate Snowmen

I really liked the hot chocolate holder from the Fall-Winter catalogue that was displayed with the It's Snow Time set. I made this card to go with it. I really like how it turned out.

Mellow Moss card base, topped with a Real Red background piece. The red was random stamped with the snowflakes in white ink, then pierce & faux stitched with the white gel pen. The snowman & the juggling snowballs were stamped on white with black ink and colored using the blender pen & ink pads. Next I used the VersaMarker to color the edges of the snowman and the snowballs & embossed them with iridescent ice. The snowman was matted on a piece of Soft Sky that was slightly longer & tied black gingham ribbon around the bottom. Final step was to punch out a Mellow Moss scalloped circle, a Soft Sky 1 3/8" circle and punch out the "Cold twigs - warm hearts!" with the 1 1/4" circle. Last was you color in the enclosed parts of the words with red ink & blender pen :)

These made such cute combos with the little hot chocolate packages and a candy cane!

Jumbo Snowflake
We also started a card exchange here in town. This is what I made for our "Winter" themed exchange. Card base is Basic Grey, topped with Bashful blue. I used a piece of patterned paper from the Wintergreen DSP and stamped the Supersize Snowflake in VersaMark & embossed with silver. Next I used my 1/2" circle to clip the corners (I still don't have the ticket corner punch...). Next I stamped the "Wishes" from the All Holiday set & embossed it with black. I punched out the word "Winter" using the Alphabits set and the 1/4" circle punch. I adhered them to a small strip of Bashful Blue, matted on another piece of Basic Grey. I rounded the ends of both of these pieces with my 3/4" circle punch. Last step was to add two rhinestone brads in the top right hand corner. So snowy!!

Mom & Dad's Anniversary card
This as my parent's anniversary card. I think this is a really cool card, but I'm not sure how much I like it.... Somehow seems very 70's. I used Sahara Sand for the card base & stamped it with En Francais in Chocolate Chip. I cut a partial circle from my Brocade Background DSP and matted it with a piece of Regal Rose. Next I embossed the flowers from Garden Silhouettes in white. The flowers were colored with Stampin' Pastels & a blender pen. (Regal Rose & Old Olive) Finishing touches were the word "Love" stamped in Regal Rose on Sahara Sand, punch out with the small oval punch and framed with a piece of HodgePodge Hardware and two white half pearls in the top left of the circle. My mom really likes it...

Happy New Year, everyone!