Monday, August 31, 2009
Sorry about the oops!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
This is such a simple card to make, with a simple look, but I love it! I've decided to add this to my Christmas cards for this year. I used our new In Color Soft Suede and Very Vanilla for a simple, but beautiful design. The only other color is the gold in the star and around Baby Jesus head. I stamped the design and then cut it out using the clear circle die and the Big Shot. I used the cutter kit to rough up the edges and then sponged them with the Soft Suede ink. I, also, stamped the star image with the Soft Suede ink on the background.
The second card, is exacctly the same except I stamped the main image on Very Vanilla paper cut out with the Top Note die.
I stamped the star and punched it out with the large oval punch to hold the card closed. Again this is a simple card, but beautiful in it's simplicity.
Your turn, get out your paper and make one of these simple cards.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
As I told you yesterday I got the idea from Dayanna Donng when I saw it on her blog, but when I looked for instructions I found the layout for this one. I wanted to make a very special birthday card and so I jumped off the cliff and tried what I thought would be a very difficult card to make. Like I said yesterday, much to my surprise it looks much more difficult than it is. I was so new to this card that I didn't stop and see the difference in size in the panels until I was finished with the card and starting to put on the embellishments! Both cards are fun to make and although they're very different in looks I think they both are beautiful cards. I know this is the just the first of many of these cards. I already have my eye on a new paper for a sophisticated card, but for now we will wait until my next order. Thank God September is just around the corner as I've met my limit for August! LOL Stop laughing - I have a limit! Honest, I really do.
I used Tea Party DSP for this card, the flower is from the Pretties Kit (colored with Barely Banana marker), the butterflies were made with our wonderful and exclusive to Stampin' Up! butterfly punch and one of my favorite stamps from On Your Birthday - Live, Laugh & Love!
Hope you enjoy the card and I hope Sarah had a wonderful birthday!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
This card was not as difficult as I first thought it would be, but it still required more of my time than the average card. A lot of time in selecting paper and cutting all of those little pieces, but now tht I have the measurements I look forward to making more of these fun and beautiful cards.
I am showing two views - partially folded from the front and a wide open view showing all of the panels. Hope you ejoy this newest card. Papers I used were Lavender Opulance, Old Olive, Whisper White and Cottage Wall DSP. Pearls on butterfly are from the Pretties Kit, as is the white flower. Butterfly is punched using the exclusive to Stampin' Up! Butterfly die and the Big Shot.
My advice - try something new, it probably won't be as difficult as you think and well as you can see the results are worth the trouble! Happy Stamping.
Monday, August 24, 2009
I created this card from a sketch on SUDSOL today - Darla used for her Chat & Challenge. I join in on this as often as I can - it's fun to visit with other demos and it's always good to have a challenge. Try it yourself - find a card in the IBC and try to make it. Pick your own colors, paper and stamps, but use the layout. You will be amazed at how different your card will look and how it will give you that extra push to try something new. Work from my card today - but most of all have fun!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
It is what is known as a two-step stamping set - meaning you use two stamps to complete your image. This set comes with some really cute combos, flowers, hearts and a baby roo. There's a single heart, flower and gift that could be put in the roo's paw. I used the baby roo and the peek-a-boo-someone new! for a friend who recently had a new baby. You see how the big roo has her arms outstretched - well, there's a I love you this much stamp you can use with that and some hearts to be in her pocket! How cute is that? So this is a versatile set. I cased the idea from our current IBC, you can see the original on pg. 63. I used So Saffron , Chocolate Chip and Bashful Blue (looks different in picture) for my card colors. Ribbons are chocolate chip 1/2" grosgrain and So Saffron striped grosgrain. I used watercolor paper for the roo and cut her and her joey out separately. I adhered her joey with dimensionals so he/she popped out away from her, but still was in the pocket. This is a fun set to work with - you might want to think about adding it to your wish list!
Keep your eyes on my blog for more roo cards in the near future.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I don’t know about you, but there are times I see a stamp set and I just can’t wait to get it and then for some reason I wait a very long time to make the actual purchase. Well, I did that with A Rose is A Rose (pg. 99 - IBC.) To make matters worse, when it finally arrived I put the rubber on the wood and put the stamp set on the shelf. I must admit all of those pieces (it’s a two-step set) scared me a little.
Finally last week I got it out. I used a template from Mary Director for the Joy Fold Card to make this wonderful fold out card. She used Animal Stories and the coordinating Tall Tales DSP (pg. 181 – IBC) and my card was for an adult, so when I started thinking about stamps I was drawn to this beautiful rose set. Surprisingly, it was much easier to use than I thought it would be and with the Staqmp-a-ma-jig, the pieces lined up easily. If you don’t have the Stamp-a-ma-jig, (pg.191 – IBC) order one! You can place an order with me or your favorite demo, but it will make your life so much easier!
Now on to the card! The first thing you may notice is the paper color. Yes, both the green (kiwi kiss) and the pink (pirouette pink) and Bella Rose DSP are retired, but the recipient is a club member and these are some of her favorite colors and so I used them for her card! I may not demo with them any more, but I can still use them for friends and family!
This card was so much easier to make than I expected it to be and makes a wonderful presentation. The best part is you can change it’s look to be right for anyone at any age. I used one of my favorite sentiments from On Your Birthday (pg. 139 – IBC). This is a very versatile set!
Now it's your turn! Pull out a stamp set you knew you would love, but haven't used and use it! Copy this layout or find one you like more, but use those stamps - get ink on that rubber and discover the reason you bought the stamps in the first place - and most of all have fun!Happy Stamping,
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Today I want to feature a birthday card using the Humor in High Heels stamp set. This card was CASED (copied and selectively edited) from our 2009-10 Idea Book and Catalog. This is a fun set with so many different combinations, but I was late for a birthday this week, so I used the "I didn't forget your birthday, I'm just fashionably late. I stamped the dress on Razzleberry Lemonade DSP and cut it out, cutting of the hanger. I stamped the dress again on Dusty Durango and placed the cut out dress on top with dimensionals. The card is Crushed Curry, one of the in-colors for 2009-10 and Old Olive for the strip on the bottom punched with the eyelet border punch. Sentiment stamped on Whisper White and edges torn and highlighted with Dusty Durango Ink using a sponge dauber. The finishing touch - Crushed Curry polka dot ribbon. A fun card - that helps make up for being late!
We made the same card at our August club, using much more neutral colors. We used So Saffron, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla - same card, different colors - different look. The dress on this card used the So Saffron DSP and we added a little bling with a rhinestone brad for a belt decoration. I love how you can change a card so much by the color choices! I really like this set and you will be seeing more.
Be happy - make a card, make someone else happy - send a card!
Later . . .
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Enjoy, tomorrow I'll be back with an aniversary card - I don't want to post it until it's received! The best part n it is that I used "retired" stamps. I know we don't want to demo with them, but I believe those of you who own some of these sets would love to be reminded of the fun ways to use them!
Until tomorrow - pull out a stamp set and make two entirely different cards. It's a challenge - let me know how you did.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The small background snowflakes were stamped with the shimmer paint and a small stamp also in this set.
Enjoy and Happy Stamping!
Now it's your turn - find a card you love and try to make it. CASEing is a compliment - just be sure to give credit to the originator. Thanks again, Sandi!
Saturday, August 08, 2009
I made this template first. Then on the back side of the DSP I drew the squares on the paper and new exactly where to place my 1-3/8' square punch. The borders around the window panes are 3/8" and the cross pieces are 1/2". You can draw the pattern out on the back of the paper with or without making a template, but I suggest the template if you plan on making more than one box.
Friday, August 07, 2009
I stamped the tags using pads for the solid colors and markers for the red and green, adding a touch of orange to the snowman's carrot nose. I punched a 1/16" hole and used silver elastic cord with two of the designs and linen thread with the other two.
I've been working on some great ideas for Christmas presents and will have pictues up soon, maybe in a couple of hours, but I just had to tell you that I've added Google Follow with Friend Connect to my blog - check out the right sidebar! This makes it so easy to know what I'm up to on a regular basis. I hope many of you will click on the follow button and become a regular on my blog.
Check back later today for more updates.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Suddenly I thought of decorating Christmas tree ornaments. So I got out my Circle Scissors Plus(pg. 199 IBC) and cut a 3" and a 3 1/2" circle for the ornament base shape. I ran brushed silver paper (pg. 159 IBC) though my crimper (pg. 188 IBC) and then used the round tab punch (pg. 187 IBC) to make the top of the ornament. I placed my various shapes on the round circle. Glued on the top, punched a hole and used silver cord for the tie. Here are the results. The paper colors are Night of Navy, Real Red and Rich Razzleberry. I think they're pretty cool and I use all handmade ornaments on my tree so this will be a great new addition for this year. Now as a disclaimer, if someone else has already done this, please forgive me for taking credit. I know I've seen the ornament shape, but I think I thought of the lattice design - if not, please let me know so proper credit can be given!
I included a picture of the lattice in the shot so you can see how I cut it. I will be using just the lattice with a hanger as part of my ornaments - it is beautiful by itself.My next set will be made with the Brushed Gold cardstock (pg. 159 IBC) and some different colors and I'm going to make a card with this design. Check back tomorrow for the next edition.
I will also post a cutting tutorial with pictures soon. Must take the pictures and time is short today!
Happy Stamping . . .