Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Today is the last day for FREE stuff, SAB ends!

Today is the last day for Sale-a-bration, which means the last day to get FREE stamps, ribbon and/or paper!

You're probably tired of hearing about it, but I just don't want you to miss out! Did you know that I signed up to become a Demo during Sale-a-bration last year? I made out like a bandit too!!! And, I've never had any regrets! 

If you'd like more information, please contact me! I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have!

This cute little Easter bag was so much fun to make! There are countless other's out there in blogland, and I was inspired by all of them. We made these at our stamp club last Saturday and my local group will make them this Saturday! I am making 25 of these for my co-workers too!!! I plan to fill them with Easter Candy and put them out on each gal's desk!

Recipe: 

Stamps: A Good Egg
Paper: Tea Party DSP, Certainly Celery, So Saffron and Whisper White
Ink: Black Stazon, So Saffron (to sponge edges of oval), and Pumpkin Pie SU Marker (for beak).
Embellishments: Small sacks (not SU), Big Shot Top Note Die, Ribbon from SAB Ribbon Bundle (A FREEBIE), Large Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch (NEW), and 1/4" Barely Banana Grosgrain Ribbon (Frayed for chick's head!)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Friends, 24-7!


This is my first time using our new Designer Series Paper, (DSP), Sweet Slumber Specialty and I'm in love! I especially love that it's textured and thicker than our other papers. The colors include Ruby Red, Baja Breeze, So Saffron and Sahara Sand!

Here I have paired it up with our stamp set, Friends 24-7 to create a pocket card! My inspiration came from the project on page 79 in our current catalog.
 
I love how it turned out! And, this weeks  Challenge#13  for LNSconvention09 @yahoo.groups.com states you must include either an owl or some sort of bird, in a card, 3D, scrapbook page, box, or whatever, as long as it has a bird!

Recipe

Stamps: Friends 24-7
Paper: Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla.
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, and Versa Mark
Embellishments: Round Tab Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch (NEW), Valet Ribbon Originals, Button Latte, 5/16th Neutral Jumbo Brads,  Dimensionals and Linen Thread!

If you have any questions, just ask!





Saturday, March 28, 2009

Cupcakes Anyone?


Good Morning Bloggers! Let me first appologize to those who are subscribed to my blog. I know you received notification that I had uploaded a new project. If you stopped by, you discovered it wasn't here. I have a reason for that!
I had uploaded the photo, but didn't get the journaling finished. Then I saved it. I had thought I'd get everything ready before it went public, but that just didn't happen.
Here is the original card I made! It is nice, bright and festive! Once I had the photo up, I realized it just looked too plain! So back to the stamp table I went!
With a couple of small additions I helped this card become more attractive! Can you see what changes I made?
The three brads and ribbon loops add extra interest and help give this card a completed look!
Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Crazy For Cupcakes
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose and Sweet Always DSP
Ink: Black Stazon
Embellishments: Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, NEW scallop oval punch, large oval punch, dazzling diamonds, scallop edge punch (for those little cupcake sprinkles!) and Neutrals Chocolate Chip brads.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Partying Pinata Style!


I just love this little burro from our Celebrando Creatvidad catalog! And being raised in the southwest, having a pinata party is a very common thing! So, I paired him up with my wild bat-swinging boy from the stamp set All In The Family. The bat and gifts are from the set Family Accessories!
Yes, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig! I can't live without it now that I have learned how to use it! It really helps to put your image right where you want it!
I used a small piece of post-it to keep the left arm from getting inked! Then I stamped my little boy image, remembering to take the post-it off first! (lol) Next, I used my black SU Marker and drew in his left arm to reach across his chest to hold the bat. 
I stamped the gifts, colored them using SU Markers and then covered them with Crystal Effects for a glossy look. Lastly, I applied a little dazzling diamonds to the ribbon area for some sparkle. When all this was dry, I cut them out and glued them in place.



Recipe

Stamps: All In The Family, Family Phrases, Family Accessories and Cumpleanos
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and Washington Apple DSP
Ink: Black Stazon
Embellishments: SU Markers, Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Super Gift Card Purse Holder


Isn't this adorable? It's a purse! It's a card! And it's a gift card holder! How clever is that?

Recipe

Stamps: Great Friend
Paper: Whisper White and Sweet Always DSP
Ink: Regal Rose
Embellishments: Big Shot Top Note Die, White Organza Ribbon

Tip: When cutting your Top Note pieces in half, start your cutting blade in the middle of your piece and work it up thru one half of the die cut, then bring your cutting blade back to the middle and work it down thru the rest. That will prevent squishing the little pointed ends!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Adorable & Just In Time For Spring!


Are these not just the cutest cards? I love the simplicity of this stamp set and the cute little designs!  I paired them up with our Delicate Dots DSP and which is only available for 6 more days!!! 
Yes, that's right, only 6 more days left of Sale-A-Bration!!!  

These cute little cards are 3" X 3".
I used our Blender Pens and Stamp Pad ink in the lid to color in these designs. And of course some Dazzling Diamonds to add sparkle! (Can you see that I'm addicted to that stuff?)

Recipe

Stamps: A Flower For All Seasons
Paper: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Whisper White, and Regal Rose
Ink: Black Stazon
Embellishments: Scallop Cirlce Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, 1/16th Circle Punch, Ribbon Bundle from Sale-A-Bration and Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon.




Butterflies For A Friend!


Afternoon bloggin' buddies!!!

Here is a super easy card, that is alot of fun to make! I love the way it turned out, very dainty and delicate! I stamped the butterfly five times, three times on my card, and twice on an extra piece of white cardstock. These last two I cut out, edged with glue and dipped into dazzling diamonds. I then glued them over two of my stamped butterflies to give a 3-D look!

What do you think?

Recipe

Stamps: Great Friend
Paper: Whisper White and Sweet Always DSP
Ink: Regal Rose
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamonds


Monday, March 23, 2009

Room for more improvements!


Hello everyone! You will probably be seeing more of my improvements in the posts to come as I have had alot of time to stamp during our school's spring break! One thing I am finding out about myself is that sometimes you just have to walk away from the table. I get to a point where I'm finished working on a card. The inspiration is gone, or I'm just getting bored with it. Whatever the case, I have found I can walk away, and come back later and see where it could use a little something else.

Such is the case with this card. I first posted it as is on the top photo. I was happy with it and thought to myself, "Cool, now I can put it out there in cyberspace!" 

Well, in walking away from it, I discovered it really lacked something. Now I'm not claiming I have it perfected, not by a long shot! Oh no! But I did come back to the table and added a little ribbon, and feel much better about it. 

So, what do you think? Doesn't it just look more complete in my second photo?

I noticed I am fast approaching my one year blog anniversary. So, I've decided to put together a special Blog Anniversary package!!! Do you like candy??? Stick around, you won't want to miss out!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Taking your cards to another level


Earlier today I posted this card using the rocket stamp from SU's Pun Fun stamp set.

I thought I would share how I made some minor improvements to my card to give it a little extra pizzaz!

While this look may have been just fine as it was, I thought it just needed something more!














So, I brightened it up a bit using my computer's photo help. But I also added two more layers of cardstock using Bashful Blue and Real Red. That helped my main image and focal point "POP"! 

For additional interest I added three red brads which I also "POPPED" up by using our 1/2" circle punch and the crop-a-dile in Only Orange and Bashful Blue cardstock.

These additional elements turned this card from being okay and nice, to Wow!

What do you think? 

There are so many fun ways to add more interest to your cards, that are also easy and inexpensive! I'd love to see what you are making! Send me a link to your blog, or email me with your designs and I might post them here on my blog! 

2 Challenges: Thinking of You!

















This card was inspired by Challenge #11 on the yahoo group: 
latenightstampersconvention2008

The only requirement was to use ribbon! 
You should see all the other member's entries!!! 
Can you say gorgeous?
I invite you to come and join our group!

Also, my layout met the weekly challenge here on Splitcoaststampers!






Recipe: 
Stamps: SU Simply Sent Card Kit: No One Like You
Paper: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Rose Red, Whisper White and Tea Party DSP
Ink: Certainly Celery and Black Craft Ink
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Rhinestone Brads, Regal Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, SAB Ribbon Bundle, Big Shot Top Note Die, and Scallop Edge Punch

(The dark layer behind the flowers is Rose Red and is not that dark in real life! Another wonder of photography! Humpfffff!)

Rockets ala' Orange

What's not to love with this cute stamp from Pun Fun?
Paired up with bright colored paper, dry embossing, and finishing ribbon, it will delight any recipient!

What is dry embossing, you ask??? It's creating a raised surface. Here I used our large star punch! I punched out 4 stars, one I cut in half. I arranged them in the upper area of my card, then glued them in place. This adds interest and texture  and is a very easy way to take your card to the next level!


RECIPE
Stamps: Pun Fun
Paper: Only Orange and Washington Apple DSP
Ink: Stazon Black and corresponding SU Markers (Only Orange, Bashful Blue, Real Red and So Saffron
Embellishments: Large Star Punch and Pumpkin Pie 1/2" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon




Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Flowers for Easter

I'm always a tad leary of using layers for flowers, but am pleased with the results of this one.  I also tried something new with my sentiment!

RECIPE
Stamps: Easter Beauty
Paper: Tea Paper DSP, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, and So Saffron
Ink: Black Stazon
Embellishments: Big Shot Top Note Die, Paper piecing, and Button Bouquet



Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ladybugs On Parade

Here is a fun card using one of our new Hostess sets, Darling Dots! To create the row of Ladybugs I used my stamp-a-ma-jig. I think it turned out delightful!

Edited: I am not sure why the ladybugs appear to be a lighter shade of red. In real life, they are as vibrant red as the eyelet trim below! Just had to mention that!

RECIPE
Stamps: Darling Dots and sentiment from Many Happy Returns
Ink: Stazon Black
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White and Real Red
Embellishments: Eyelet Border Punch and Black Gingham Ribbon

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Rose For Mother

It's always fun to play with new toys as a child, and no different as adults. Here I have used the new Textured Impressions Die called the Manhattan Flower. I love how it leaves a raised embossed surface, which I lightly sanded using a SU sanding block.
My leaf is made using leftover paper from the previous distressed bird card. This made a soft and feminine looking card, just as I imagined!

RECIPE

Stamps: All Holidays & Friends 24-7
Paper: Pretty In Pink, Whisper White, and Regal Rose from the Hostess Patterns Pack DSP
Ink: Stazon Black
Embellishments: Manhattan Flower Die, Distressed paper leaf, and Eyelet Border Punch


Friday, March 13, 2009

More Butterflies

This was an extremely easy card to make! I love using my Big Shot! And I especially love the Beautiful Butterflies die!
Stamps: Embrace Life and Wonderful Watercolors
Paper: Mellow Moss, Pink Pirouette, and Bella Rose Designer Series Paper
Ink: Black Stazon, Mellow Moss marker
Embellishments: Linen Thread, Dazzling Diamonds, and Top Note and Beautiful Butterflies Die

I am finally feeling much improved. I haven't been sick like that for many, many years, thankfully! My family was so good about just letting me sleep it off for the most part! I am back to work and looking forward to a week of spring break!

Have a great weekend!

Distressing Challenge

This is my entry for this weeks Challenge on the latenightstampersconvention200809 yahoo group! I'd love to invite you to join us! You don't have to be a Demo! This is one of the best groups of stampers out there and we share our talents, and so much more!

The challenge for week #10 was to create a "distressed" or aged card. I enjoyed working on this one and hope you like it! Here are the details:

Stamps: Friends 24-7 and Friendly Words Wheel
Paper: Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Embellishments: 5/8” Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Vanilla Hodgepodge and distressing tool kit.

I wheeled Friendly Words in Chocolate Chip on my card base. My next layer is Chocolate Chip. For my third layer I took a sheet of Mellow Moss and crumpled it up! I had to smoosh it together and pound it alot! I never knew how stiff our cardstock was until I did this. Next I held it under the faucet and got it wet. I opened it up and laid it flat to dry. I did use my steam iron to help flatten it out a little before cutting it to size. I distressed the cut edges slightly.
I stamped my bird on Very Vanilla using Chocolate Chip and lightly colored some of the image with our colored pencils. I crumpled it up slightly, distressed the edges, and added ink smudges with the Choc. chip ink pad. I layered this on Choc. Chip cardstock.
The words were also stamped on Very Vanilla and smudged with Choc. Chip ink pad, and mounted behind the hodgepodge hardware. I assembled that over my ribbon and adhered all my layers together. Lastly, I distressed the metal hardware by slightly smudging it with the ink pad and used my heat tool to dry the ink.

What do you think?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

NO Fun being SICK!

This is the best description of where I've been and what I've been up to, that I could find. Only difference is that I'm a she and not a he! But when you feel this bad, it really doesn't matter! My bed is littered with tissues, my nose is swollen and raw, my eyes are puffy and weepy, I haven't eaten in days now, and all I can think about is how I wish I could be stamping! You should see the cards I am coming up with in my head! But alas, I am too weak to even sketch them out!
Do I hear violins playing??? Any sympathy out there?

As Arnold says: "I'll be back!"

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Easter, a Joyful Occassion!


Today's card is for this week's Latenightstampersconvention2008-09 challenge. We were given a basic layout to follow.
(If you are a demo and would like to join this yahoo group, we welcome you! We are a very active and supportive group, who challenge and encourage each other! There are so many talented ladies who care about each other and help each other succeed! Come and rub elbows with us!!!)


Recipe
Stamps: Boho Blooms Background Stamp
Paper: Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Almost Amethyst, and Pink Pirouette. The butterflies were made from textured cardstock in same colors. Tea Party designer series paper.
Ink: Almost Amethyst and Versa Mark
Embellishments: Heat and Stick Powder and Dazzling Diamonds, Sizzlits decorative strip die Join in the Cheer, Bigz die Beautiful Butterflies, Eyelet Border punch, Trio Flower punch, Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon, Pink Rhinestone Brad, and the stamen from Pretties Kit.


First I stamped my certainly celery cardstock with the Boho Blooms background stamp using Versa Mark ink. This give the subtle floral background image.
Next I cut two pieces of cardstock, one So Saffron and one Almost Amethyst 5 1/4 X 3”. I used the Eyelet Border punch along one side of each, adjusting the pattern so they could be layered. Once I positioned them the way I wanted them, I glued them together.
Next I cut a piece of “Tea Party” designer series paper and layered that on. I cut a strip of ribbon and used snail adhesive to glue it in place. I taped the ends down in back with regular tape. Now I glued my layers to my card.
Moving to my Sizzix machine, I cut out the small butterflies from my new “Beautiful Butterflies” die!!! I am loving this die, because I don’t have to hand cut those little designs now! I also cut out the “Join in the Cheer” strip and carefully cut the words apart so I could use just the word “Joy”. It was a toss up between “Peace” and “Joy” but “Joy” fit better in the given space! I used the Almost Amethyst stamp pad to add color to my Joy.
I stamped the butterflies with the Boho Blossoms background stamp using versa mark, applied the Heat and Stick powder, heat it with my heat tool and applied the dazzling diamonds. Again, I used the heat tool to “set” the dazzling diamonds.
Lastly, I brushed the edges of each butterfly with the corresponding ink color using a sponge dauber, to add shadowing to their wings.

For the antennae, I removed the stamen from the small flowers in the “Pretties Kit”. Since both ends needed the little ball tip, I had to create ones on the opposite sides. I used Crystal Effects and just dabbed it onto the end and carefully turned it until it hardened so it wouldn’t drip off. Once this dried I used my white craft ink pad to color them to match. I just tied them around the body of the butterfly and applied them to my card using dimensionals.

I wanted to pull out the flower design from the “Tea Party” designer series paper, so I punched out two flowers using the “Trio Flower” punch. I inked the edges with So Saffron using a sponge dauber, layered and glued them together and onto the card with Tombo glue. Lastly, I glued on the rhinestone brad!

This card was more labor intensive than most I have made, but the results were worth it!!! What do you think? I hope you like it!!!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

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