January 25, 2010

So I'm back at it again. I'm trying out another Sale-a-Bration set called Happy Moments. This time I thought I would make two cards that used the same color combinations and could potentially be a part of a card set. For the first card, I played with the presents stamp and the "Happy Birthday" phrase. I used some More Mustard DSP along with a large red button.

Here is a close up of the presents. I used some Stickles on the presents and around the cirlce punch to draw attention to this as the focal point.

The second card uses the birdcage and the "Thank You" stamps. I really enjoy this birdcage. It think it is cute. I roughed up and sponged the edges of the birdcage image. I really liked the way this turned out.

Here are the two cards together. You could make a set of four cards, using the flower stamp and cake stamp for the other two cards.

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bermuda Bay
Paper: More Mustard DSP, Bermuda Bay, Kraft, Whisper White
Stamps: Happy Moments
Accessories: Bermuda Bay marker, More Mustard marker, Real Red marker, Real Red button, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon, 1 3/8" Cirlce punch, Twine, Scallop Trim Border Punch

January 24, 2010

Good Neighbors Challenge

Hello everyone-
So I've been a bit skeptical about this year's Sale-a-Bration catalogue. The punch is amazing, but I wasn't "in love" with everything. I thought it was cool that if we didn't like what they put in the catalogue that we could choose from the regular catalogue. So needless to say, I hardly got anything from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue. Mom did though and of course I borrowed her stuff. Guess what? I think I'm a little sad I didn't get some of these sets. I guess it's a good thing that Sale-a-Bration lasts until the end of March.

My first card was inspired by Pink Elephant Challenge #50 and Color Throwdown #76.
Here's what I was working with...

Here is my card. I used the Good Neighbor stamp set and the Scallop Trim border punch from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue. The "Let's Celebrate" is from Family Phrases. I think this card would make a cute Housewarming card or invite. Enjoy!

Ink: Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron
Paper: Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Whisper White, So Saffron
Stamps: Good Neighbors, Family Phrases
Accessories: Aqua Painters, Photo Corner punch, Scallop Trim border punch, large Scallop punch, large circle punch, Soft Subtles watercolor crayons

January 18, 2010

A Challenge? Or Is It? Part 2

So it wasn't enough for me to stop at one card for this challenge, but I was inspired to make two. This second one had a little more whimsy which I thought would make a cute baby shower card. Here were the challenge details...

This time I actually made the stripes and I used the Fox & Friends set for the monkey. I am absolutely obsessed with this set. I used the button for his tummy.

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Fox & Friends (#117020), Warm Words (#115108)
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (#117287), Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons (#114339)

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January 17, 2010

A Challenge? Or Is It?

As I was searching through some of my favorite stamping blogs (I try to do this about once a week) I found a very cool challenge that I just knew I wanted to participate in. I haven't submitted anything to a challenge in quite a while and even though this time of year is hectic for me, I wanted to do it for me. So here was the challenge...use Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, and Kraft cardstock. Here's the kicker...I also needed to incorporate stripes into my card.

I thought these were interesting colors to put together. Dark and rich, but the part I felt would really be a challenge was the stripes. Yikes! Well here was my first card. Cute?

I also added a puffy flower which I found on Dawn McVey's blog. She is brillant and has amazing cards. I think the flower adds something special, don't you?

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Elegant Eggplat
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Short & Sweet (#115060)
Accessories: Modern Label Punch (#116630), Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon (#111367), Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons (#114339)

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January 13, 2010

Valentine Mini Mailbox

I was walking through Target the other day to get a new black printer ink, when my little eyes spied the Mini Mailboxes in the Dollar Spot. I bought some white ones last year to make for my sister's baby shower, but I thought I would pick up another and try a Valentine one this time.

I am seriously in love with the Sending Love Designer Paper, so I decided to put some of that on my Mini Mailboxes. I love that the glitter is built right into the paper. It gives my project a little glitz without the mess. So cute! Easy to make and the hardest part is deciding who to give them too!

Once I decide the lucky recipents of these lovely mailboxes, I will fill them with treats and make a tag to go over the flag. You never know the treasures that Target's Dollar Spot may provide.

Paper: Sending Love Designer Paper (#117153)
Ink: None
Stamps: None
Accessories: Real Red Grosgrain ribbon

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January 12, 2010

Acetate Valentine's card

When I sat down on Sunday to make our last card/project for Monday's class (yikes) I thought about doing an acetate card. We haven't done these in class yet, even though my sister made them for her Christmas cards and I have done some in other classes. I love the Love You Much set and thought I would use the cute little birds. I have also been playing with the Sending Love DSP, which I also love. This was what I came up with. Nothing spectacular, but cute.

Paper: Melon Mambo, Sending Love Designer Paper, Chocolate Chip, Acetate Paper
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Well Scripted, Love You Much
Accessories: Corner Rounder, Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon

January 11, 2010

January Card Class

This month we focused on Valentine cards and treat holders. With all the new beautiful stamps available for this time of year, how could we not take advantage of it?

Our first card was a little involved, sorry Wendy. It is using Loads of Love, which I am sorry to say I have owned for 3 years, but never used until now. I think it is an adorable set, but I never know how to use it.

Our second card is a simple heart card, using the new I {Heart} Hearts. I love this set and it is by far one of my new favorites. I purchased the clear mounted set and I must admit that I really like them.

Our last project is courtesy of Splitcoast Stampers. It is a matchbook candy holder. I loved this adorable way to give one piece of chocolate. I need to keep a check on my sweets so this is a cute way to feed a sweet tooth without going overboard. What a "sweet" gift for a child, co-worker, or teacher.

Keep your eyes peeled soon to You Tube for our tutorials for this month.

January 8, 2010

Top Note Die Valentines Card Converted

See how just changing a few things like the colors can totally change the card!
I think I will use this card for an up coming anniversary.

January 7, 2010

Top Note Die Valentines Card

I made these cards for Valentines, but you could use them through out the year. Tweak them just a little and you could have an anniversary card, a wedding card, or just to let someone special know that you love them card. Change the color combinations and the sentiment. Tomorrow I'll give you an example.

Supplies Used:
Messages for Mom Stamp Set item # 117016 Wood Mount Set or 118580 Clear Mount Set, Melon Mambo Card Stock item # 115320, Pretty in Pink Card Stock item # 100459, Whisper White Card Stock item # 100730, Heart to Heart Punch item # 113694, Small Heart Punch item # 117193, Stampin' Up! To Note Bigz Dies item # 113463, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine item # 113439, 1/4" Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon item # 109025, Crystal Effects item #101055, Dazzling Diamonds item # 102023.
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January 6, 2010

Heart to Heart Punch Valentines Card

Again another very simple card. I love the look of glitter, but hate the mess it makes. My solution is to add a little bit of the glitter to the crystal effects. It may be hard to see here in the photo but I glazed over all of the small hearts. Now they have just a little bit of pop! Problem solved.

Supplies Used:
Messages for Mom Stamp Set item # 117016 Wood Mount Set or 118580 Clear Mount Set, Melon Mambo Card Stock item # 115320, Pretty in Pink Card Stock item # 100459, Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper item # 115673, Melon Mambo Classic Ink item # 115656, Heart to Heart Punch item # 113694, 3/4" Circle Punch item # 107217, Scallop Edge Punch item # 112091, Crystal Effects item #101055, Dazzling Diamonds item # 102023, Small Button.
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January 5, 2010

Love You Much Valentines Card

Here is a very simple, easy to mass produce card. The Love You Much set was from a mini catalog last year. I was happy when they decided to keep it and put it in the big catalog. Just goes to show you never know which one's will stay and which one's will go.

Supplies Used:
Love You Much Stamp Set item # 113756, Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set item # 115370, Heart to Heart Punch item # 113694, Real Red Classic Ink item # 103133, Real Red Card Stock item # 102482, Pretty in Pink Card Stock item # 100459, Whisper White Card Stock item # 100730, 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon item # 109034, Pearls from the Pretties Kit item # 109114, Crystal Effects item #101055, Dazzling Diamonds item # 102023.
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January 4, 2010

Valentines Day Cards

Amanda had the last week and a half off for Christmas Break, and was able to get her creative mojo going again. I haven't had a chance to get into my craft room to play since Thanksgiving. So I am more than over due for some quality stamping time. With all of the wonderful new stamp sets coming out in the new Occassions mini catalog on Tuesday, and the one's we currently have in the big catalog, I decided to concentrate on all Valentine's day cards. Over the next few days I will post them all. I hope you like them.
I {Heart} Hearts Card

Supplies used:
I {Heart} Hearts Stamp Set item # 117010 Wood Block Mount,or item # 118571 Clear Mount, Soft Suede Classic Ink item # 115657, Melon Mambo Classic Ink item # 115656,Melon Mambo Card Stock item # 115320, Whisper White Card Stock item # 100730, Soft Suede 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon item # 115612, Small Heart Punch item # 117193, Paper-Piercing Tool item # 116631
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January 3, 2010

CATCH THE PREVIEW of the new OCCASIONS MINI CATALOG and SALE-A-BRATION promotion. The Customer sales period begins Jan. 5. Prefer a copy of the catalogs to curl up with while you create your wish list? Simply email me your name and address and I'll send both FREE (if you plan to order thru me, please).

Bye, Bye Holiday Mini Catalog

As we approach the launch of the Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Promotion on Jan. 5, don't forget that the Holiday Mini will be expiring on Jan. 4. If you haven't purchased or stocked up on your favorites, time is running out.
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GOOD HOLIDAY MINI NEWS! Stampin' Up will continue to offer the Shimmer Paints.

Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (116806)
Frost White Shimmer Paint (116854)
Platinum Shimmer Paint (116807)

One of my favorite sets will be going away on January 4th with the Holiday Mini Catalog. The Sweet Centers stamp set item # 116521. This set has been so fun and versatile. If you didn't get a chance to order, you'll want to get it before it's gone!

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January 2, 2010

Occasions Mini Catalog Sneaky Peek #6

Well I hope you have enjoyed our week of sneaky peeks in the new Occasions Mini Catalog. This last card I wanted to share with you highlights another new set in the Occasion Mini Catalog called Messages for Mom. This set would be perfect for mother's day, birthdays, or even for a special person in your life. There are lots of phrases to choose from that would make this set super versitle.

I also used the new Perfect Polka Dots impression folder and the Big Shot to dry emboss on the Old Olive cardstock. I rubbed some Old Olive ink over it to make the polka dots pop. This adds a little dimension to your cards.

I hope you have had as much fun visiting our blog this week as I did making all these amazing treasures. I will be posing more creations as I make them. Please feel free to share you comments or links to your cards as well.

Paper: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Melon Mambo
Ink: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Melon Mambo
Stamps: Messages for Mom (#117016: Wood, #118580: Clear)
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Impression Folder (#117335), Big Shot (#113439), Mini Library Clips (#109857), Scallop Edge Punch (#112091)

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Simple Color Challenge Week 1

I am often times stopped dead in my stamping tracks when I cannot think of a good color combination to use. The same goes for basic card or scrapbook page layouts. Well I decided to try to put together a simple color challenge. I want to help give all of you some inspiration to get creative and not get stopped because of lack of ideas about color combos.

Please be patient with me since this is my first try at all of this. Here are some general rules and guidelines when posting and sharing your creations.

What exactly is a Color Challenge?
Everywhere we go we see great color combos–and they’re simple and easy jumping off points for papercrafting creations.

How do I share my creations? Until we get everything fine tuned, you can leave a message in the comment box. Feel free to post a link in the comment to your blog or photo image.

Can I use non-Stampin’ Up! colors?Absolutely! Just choose colors that are similar.

So...here we go! This is Simple Color Challenge Week 1! Enjoy and Good Luck!

My card for this challenge is using the new Messages for Mom set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I love the simplicity of this card and the simple white border created by a white gel pen and a ruler.

January 1, 2010

Occasions Mini Catalog Sneaky Peek #5

Happy New Year everyone! Thanks so much for checking out our blog! We really appreciate it. Well today's sneaky peek is a quick and easy Valentine's Day card. I love how sometimes the most simple cards are the best ones.

I used the I {Heart} Hearts set to make the large hearts on the right hand side of the Kraft cardstock and also as a background on the Lilac cardstock. I love all the options I get to choose from in that set. For the smaller hearts, though, I used the new Small Heart punch from the Occasions Mini Catalog. This punch actually coordinates with one of the heart stamps from I {Heart} Hearts!

Paper: Kraft, Lovely Lilac, Very Vanilla
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: FYI, I {Heart} Hearts
Accessories: Small Heart punch, Scallop Edge punch

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