Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Simple yet Elegant

I just wanted to do a simple and clean cut card and looking in the mini, I saw this one and decided to case it. I did not have the Patterned Pines hostess set, but I did have an old Stampin Up Stamp set called Laced Snowflakes from 1998 I think. Anyway, I used it and it still turned out quite cute. I did ad the shimmer paint to the star and to the center snow flake. Sometimes you forget to make it simple and it will still turn out very nice. It was one of those night where you don't have time to do very much, but at least want to put your hands on the stamps. (could that be considered an addiction) Thanks for looking.

Stampin Up products:

Stamp Set - Lace Snowflakes

Card Stock-real red and whisper white

Classic Ink-real red and old 0live

Craft Ink - white

Silver brad and shimmer paint

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Happy Anniversary

I love this stamp set and have had it for probably 3 years. It is so versatile and can be used for so many things. The name of it is Close as a Memory and is in the Stampin Up idea book and catalog. I decided to use it today when I saw this sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch and also knew I could use my shimmer paint again. You can't see it very well in the picture, but the flowers do shimmer nicely on the card. I also thought since my sister's anniversary was coming up shortly, I would make it an anniversary card. It also was a good reason to play with everything this afternoon.
Stampin Up Items used:
Stamp Set-Close as a Memory, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock-Sahara Sand, Rose Red, Whisper White
DSP - Thoroughly Modern
Ink-Soft Suede
Markers - Rose Red, Old Olive
Punch-Modern Label
Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon soft suede
Shimmer Paint

Christmas Box

What a relaxing afternoon this is! It has rained most of the weekend and yesterday I worked on getting ready for a card stamp-a-stack, and today I have just played. Playing is the most fun when you are stamping. You get to do things that you normally don't do. I saw this box over on Kerin Sylvester's blog, Stamps, Paper,Glitter, and had to try it out myself. I thought it turned out so cute, but when I finished I realized I should have turned the ornaments toward the front of the box. Oh well, I will use it anyway. Too cute not to and most people would not recognize the mistake. (I didn't, my husband told me. lol) To get directions for the box, click here.
I am thinking about doing this box at my next workshop. It is really easy and I think those girls would enjoy it. A friend of ours saw it and wanted me to make three for him for Christmas presents for his daughter and 2 daughter-in-laws. Thanks for looking.
Stampin Up Items Used:
Stamp Set-Delightful Decorations
Cards Stock-Sahara Sand, Ruby Red
DSP-Holiday Lounge
Shimmer Paint from mini catalog
1/4" grosgrain white ribbon
Silver Ribbon from the mini catalog
Ornament Punch

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Stamp A Stack

I have been working all day on a Christmas Card Class where we will be making 2 each of the above cards. I tried to get everything priced out and ready so I would be able to let everyone know on Monday what the cost is for the class. I thought I would share 3 of the new stamp sets from the "holiday mini catalog" from Stampin' Up! (actually 4) I did a class with these ladies last year and it was their first time stampin. It was a fun time, but a tiring time and we left Peggy's house trashed. I also did one with them this summer where we did some all occasion cards and a box for the cards. It turned out better, because they knew a little bit more. So I am really excited to do this one with them in October. I hope they like the cards. I am using the following stamp sets: "Holy Family", "Delightful Decorations", "Sweet Centers", and also for the sentiment I used "Four the Holidays". All of those are from the Stampin' Up! mini catalog. This is the best mini I have seen since I have been buying from Stampin' and of course selling. I also used one older set from the regular catalog called "A Flower for all Seasons". I use it quite often and actually made a fall card at my last workshop from this set. If you are interested in doing this class, please let me know by leaving a comment or e-mailing me and I will try to set a class up. I know I will be doing one more, but have not set a date at this time. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

More Shimmer Paint

I thought I would get this post up quickly before I had to leave this morning. I had to do one more card with the shimmer paint that is in the "holiday mini catalog" and I just love it. I also used a sketch from paper craft planet and the colors from Christian Paper Crafts color challenge. Who would have ever chose Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie and Close to Coco and yet the colors blend so well. I used the upsy daisy stamp set by stampin' Up! and sponge daubers to put the colors and shimmer paint on the stamp, the close to coco classic ink for the sentiment. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


This stamp set is just too cute and I have already had most of my customers to order it. It is called "Twick or Tweet." There are just so many options. (to see another card I made with most of the adorable stamps in the set click here) I used the MOJO Monday sketch for this card and thought the ghost were perfect for the sketch. I also love the circles. It just seems to add to the card. I guess that also qualifies me for another card for the Paper Makeup Monday Challenge.
I showed it to my husband and he said, "shouldn't you be using black and orange for Halloween." Men just don't get it! But, he did like the card, so I guess he is alright in my book. Thanks so much for looking.
Stampin' Up! products used:
Stamp Set- Twick or tweet
Card Stock - Basic Black, Basic Gray, Elegant Eggplant
DSP - Cast a Spell
Circle Punch - 1-1/4"
Ink - Craft, white
Ribbon is from leftovers of making a purse and came from Joanne's Fabric I think.

Delightful Decorations

I just love this set that is in the Stampin' Up! "holiday mini catalog". And, now I love the new shimmer paint that is in the mini catalog. I used the Champagne Mist. It just really brightens up a card, especially when you are using the DSP "Holiday Lounge." That Taken with Teal color is the best, so bright and cheery. I used the sketch over at Christmas and Birthday Cards. Isn't it a great sketch for this stamp set. And since I used 4 punches, I think I qualify for the Paper Makeup Monday Challenge, to get punchy. I also used the whisper white card stock and the Sahara sand. The 1/4" grosgrain ribbon is actually tempting turquoise, but it matched so I used it. The "Merry Christmas" came from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set which covers every event you would ever need. Thanks for looking.
Stampin' Up! punches used: 3/4" circle, 1" circle, ornament and modern label punch. (I am a punch person, love it)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Scapbooking/Cardmaking Day

A group of my customers and friends got together on Saturday to do a stampin event. We all just brought our own supplies and did whatever we needed to do. Some made Halloween cards, some scrapbooked and others just made general cards. It was a great time and I do believe we all got a lot accomplished. Everyone wants to make it a bi-monthly event and so our next date will be November 21st. I know what I will be finishing up that day, Christmas Cards. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Celebrate the Season

OK guys, I went back a year with the colors from stampin up to create this card for Christmas. If you remember this was some of the Christmas paper from last year using Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss. I can not remember the name of the DSP because I just had a few pieces left and had thrown away the cover for it. I guess I could have looked it up in the catalog from last year, but I was just too lazy. I did want to get the sketch done for the MOJO Monday, so I did this last night after church. The reason this paper was out is a group of us will be doing a stamp and crop or what we are calling it "A Scrapbooking/Cardmaking Day". We are just getting together to do what we want, but to enjoy company as we do it. So since I am planning on scrapbooking Christmas from 2008, I went through my old stuff to take with me and try to use it up. I used the circle scissor cutter for the large circles, the scallop circle punch and the 1-3/8" punch for the center. The stamp set is retired and called "So Many Scallops". Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Stampin Workshop

Have you ever had a workshop and thought you had it all together just to find out after you got there that you had not scored some of your paper for the cards. Well I did! I pulled out the items for the Halloween card and had not scored any of the card stock for the card. At least I did remember to cut them out and bring them. I guess that is one in my favor. That is another thing, I am always afraid I will leave something of importance at home. Oh well enough of that, the workshop turned out great and I think everyone had a good time. These are the two cards we made last night. The treat cup on the left and the hinged card on the right.
Stampin' Up! items used:
Stamp Sets - A flower for all Seasons (regular catalog), Sweet Centers (holiday mini catalog)
Card Stock - Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White (Halloween card), More Mustard, Old Olive, Really Rust, Whisper White (fall card)
Markers, Water Color Pencils, Basic Brown Classic Ink, 1/4" grosgrain pumpkin pie ribbon.

This is what I made for the hostess gift. I made this bag and put the sample ribbon and the punched decoration in decorated cellophane bags and then put them into the gift bag. It was so easy, yet something that the person can use in their card making or scrapbooking. I stamped one of each of the four decoration stamps in 5 different colors in the stamp set Delightful Decorations (mini catalog). I then put them together with the clips you see in the picture which you can purchase from stampin up's big catalog, Clips assortment item #112580. They are really neat for scrapbooking and card making. The ribbon is also from the mini catalog and I cut a yard of each one. The gift bag is made from the incolor collection, crushed curry cardstock and razzleberry lemonade DSP. The stamp on the bag is from a hostess set "Of the Earth". For directions See my previous post here. Thanks for looking and forgive me for going on and on.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hubby's Birthday

Not only is it my Mother-in-laws birthday tomorrow, it is my husband's birthday on Monday. So I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday to do his birthday card. I used some retired DSP from last year and a retired in-color from last year, Baja Breeze. I still love that color. I also used the same stamp set that I used for my Mother-In-Law's card, Party Hearty. I thought it turned out very nice and does look like a man's card. I used Kraft card stock as the card and the other colors in the DSP or Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze. My husband is so great, even though he does irritate me at times and will probably check out my blog before his birthday. I am taking a chance but if he does, he will see how much I love him and appreciate the card that much more. I guess he will also see that he irritates me at time. Oh well, I am sure I irritate him also at times. lol Thanks for looking.

Welcome Fall

Fall colors! What is the definition of fall colors. While looking at the in colors in Stampin' Up!, these colors reminded me of fall, so I decided to do this card with the in-colors, Crushed Curry and Dusty Durango and use the DSP Razzleberry Lemonade. I also wanted to use something different as far as an image and of Course this stamp set "Beary Best Friends" seemed to work. Now does it look like fall to you? I sure hope so. I used a sketch from Paper Craft planet and chose the fall theme because of the Challenge over at Our Creative Corner.
Don't you just love this stamp set, the boy and the girl are so cute and of course Build a Bear's are too cute. Thanks for looking.
Stampin Up products used:
Stamp Set - Beary Best Friends, Of the Earth
Card Stock - Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry, Winter White
DSP - Razzleberry Lemonade
Ribbon - 1/2" polka dot grosgrain ribbon Crushed Curry
Modern Label Punch

Happy Birthday Bag and Card

Hello all, I decided to make a bag for my Mother-in-law's birthday gift to go with her card that I posted last week. Here it is along with the card. I thought it turned out so well and i used a 12 X 12 piece of card stock. I have a scarf and earrings to go into the bag. The bag measures 4" tall by 8" in length. I could have cut off some of the side and made it taller, but I wanted to see how it turned out using the whole piece of 12 x 12 paper. Not bad for not having a recipe. I of course used the Thoroughly Modern DSP from Stampin' Up! and the Stamp Set Party Hearty for the cupcakes and party hats. To make the bag, I scored at 5" and 7" on one side and then to make the 1" turn down to see the other side of the paper of for the top of the bag (on the same side) I scored 1" and at the 11" mark. Then I turned the paper and scored on the 2" and 10" mark.
Cut out to the two inch mark on each side to make the sides and that is about it. How easy is that. I then punched holes in the side and ran the ribbon through for the handle. I used the in color ribbon, Bermuda Bay.

I did finish off the card from the other day when I posted and have attached a picture of the inside of the card where I used "God's Blessings" stamp set for the message and also used the gift stamp from "Party Hearty" to complete it. For details of the card, please click here. Thanks so much for looking and please leave a comment if you like.

Friday, September 11, 2009

stampin Christmas

This is a card I did from the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge. What a great sketch and I thought it turned out great for this stamp set that is in the Stampin' Up! "holiday mini catalog". I am trying to figure out what cards I am going to do for two Christmas Card Classes I will be holding in October. So that is why I am making so many Christmas Cards. Takes a lot of stampin to come up with the right cards that look good, but yet don't take a lot of time. I have also posted two more cards that I put together last night. Some turn out great and others don't quite make it, but I am not one to throw out the "not so good ones". By doing this, I also end up with quite a few cards to send out. How great is that?

Stampin' Up! products used:

Stamp Sets - Holy Family, Four the Holidays (both in mini)
Card Stock - Very Vanilla, Real Red, Soft Suede
Classic Inc: Real Red, Soft Suede
Scallop Round Punch, 1-3/8" round punch

Non-Stampin Up item- Stickles

Stampin Up items used for this card:

Stamp Set - A flower for all Seasons
Card Stock - Whisper White, Real Red, Green Galore
Classic Ink - Basic Black
Water Color Pencils for coloring

Non-stampin up items: Stickles and gold ribbon

Stampin Up Items Used:

Stamp Sets - Wings of Friendship (Hostess), Four the Holidays, Delightful Decorations
Card Stock - Confetti Cream, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry
Classic Ink - Crushed Curry, Soft Suede

Non-Stampin Up items: Stickles and ribbon.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Country Morning

I did this card this morning, but just now got around to posting it. It of course is what? MOJO Monday and this is the card I created from the MOJO Monday Sketch. I had kind of left the in-colors for a while and thought this was a good time to get back into them. I used the Crushed curry and dusty durango card stock along with the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP. It actualy turned out to look fallish which is what I was going for. I love it when things work out. I also used the Hostess Stamp Set "Country Morning". It all came together fairly easy. I may have put a little too much color in the rooster, but I do believe he could get a girlfriend looking like that, don't you!
Other items used from Stampin' Up! are:
1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Crushed Curry and Whisper White Card Stock. Stamped the saying in Basic Brown Classic Ink. Used the markers, crushed curry and dusty durango and water color pencils to color in the rooster and eggs.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Happy Birthday

My Mother-in-law's birthday is next weekend and they are giving her a birthday and so I decided to do a hinged card for her. I knew I wanted to use this stamp set by stampin-up,Party Hearty, and I also wanted to use the DSP, Thoroughly Modern. I am also doing a "Hinged card" for a workshop on the 15th of this month and decided to do the same for this card. As I was putting it together, I incorporated the sketch I had seen this afternoon, Sweet Sunday Sketch into the lower half of the card. I really like the look of the card and was really pleased with the finished results.

Just in case you are uncertain of what a hinged card is, I took a side view of the card. It is like a 4-1/4" square card with a top on it. I found the technique here on splitcoast. A wonderful way to make a different card. If you click on the card, you will get a bigger image and it will show the sparkle off a little more.

Items not named above by Stampin' Up! is:

Card Stock is Rose Red, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Markers: Rose Red, Bermuda Bay
Ribbon: 1/4" grosgrain Rose Red

Non Stampin' Up! is Stickles for the glitter.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Christmas in September

I am at it again. I am so hooked on stampin, that I can not get anything else done. After I finish this blog addition, I am going to do something in my house. I just happened to check and see the sketches the had for "Sweet Stop Sketch" (2nd card) and "card patterns sketch" (1st card) and of course I really liked the sketches and had to start stampin again. So here are the finished results. What do you think?
This card, I cut 5-1/4 X 10-1/2 making a square 5-1/4" card. I cut the squares 1-1/2" each and centered on the card itself. The cardstock for card is very vanilla and the DSP is "Merry Moments", back and front of one sheet. I used the stamp set "Delightful Decorations" from the new Holiday Mini Catalog and punched it out with the new Ornament Punch. How great is that. I put the ornament, popped dotted, on Chocolate Chip and Real Red Cardstock. Also used the Merry Christmas from the same set and used a 1" punch.

This card is a 4-1/4" square card. For card base, I used the Garden Green textured paper. I then cut two ovals, real red and used the "merry moments" DSP. Then I did the joy ornament and embossed it with gold on real red cardstock and layered Garden Green and Real Red under it. Also, I used the cuddlebug to do the strip of real red and used the snow flakes embossing folder. Very easy to do and makes it look a little more elegant. I embossed the Merry Christmas also, which I am sure you noticed, is not quite straight. Another one of those that gives it character as my daughter says. lol Used three gold brads to finish it off. Now get started making your cards. As you can see, I am ahead at this point. Thanks for looking.

Haunting Hill

Well, as you can see, I got up this morning and started playing. I pre-ordered this roller, Haunting Hill, from the Stampin' Up! holiday mini catalog and had not used it yet. So this morning, I decided to roll and see what happened. Of course, you can see the outcome and these cards were so easy. I rolled it on a 12 X 12 piece of cardstock leaving a little bit of white below the roller and a little above the roller. I then cut the piece out making it a 4 1/2 by 12. I took the whole piece and using a sponge and Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink, sponged the top part of the design. Then I used Old Olive classic ink for the bottom. I then used my water color pencils to color in the dirt, moon and other items very lightly. I then took the piece and using my "top note die" cut them out. I just love this die. It add a frame without doing much work. With this first card, I highlighted the House on the hill by taking a second image, coloring it in and using my 1" circle punch, punched it out and attached to 1 1/4" circle. Then adhered that over the house on the original. It takes that image and highlights it. Hope you see what I mean. Then I stamped the "happy halloween", stamp set - "Teeny Tiny Wishes", at the bottom.

With this second card, I did all the same as above, except I did not highlight, but took an image that I did not cut out with the top note die and punched it out and pop dotted it to the bottom of the image. I also cut the old olive card stock more to the size of the top note die. Hope you enjoyed looking and if you are interested in this roller, please check out my stampin up website and go to shop now.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Christmas is on the way!

Well I am definitely on the way to getting my Christmas Cards done early this year. Plus, I have a group of ladies who want to do Christmas Cards, so I have to start putting some together now so I will be ready to share with them. I think they want to get together in October. Anyway, here is another Christmas Card I made this afternoon. There are times I feel they are a little busy, but I guess it is OK. I do like this new stamp set that I got today. It was not one of the first I ordered out of the mini, but the more I looked at it the better I liked it, so I bought the stamp set and of course the punch that goes with it. How great is that? You don't have to cut it out, you can now punch it out. The sketch came from Truly Scrumptious Challenge. It was actually for a summer theme, but I wanted to use this set, so I did. I guess you could say this is a summer Christmas Card. What do you think. Thanks for looking.
Stampin Up Products:
Stamp Set: Delightful Decorations (mini catalog)
Card Stock: Real Red, Garden Green Chocolate Chip, Ivory
DSP: Merry Moments
gold thread
Classic Ink: Real Red
Decoration Punch
Cuddlebug embossing folder, Snow Flakes

Baskets of Wishes

I just loved this little girl and it seems to remind me of the fall in a way, so I decided to use it today to do the sketch for Sweet Sketch Wednesday. And, I used the colors from Color Throwdown. They really look great together and I thought the dress just turned out so cute. I didn't even use any DSP on this one. That is not the norm, but I really like it.
I did take the day off today to clean up my craft room and so by doing that only was able to make this card and one other which I will post next. I did get the room pretty much cleaned up. Thanks for looking.
Stampin Up products used:
Stamp Set: A Kind Word, Basket full of fun (retired)
Card Stock: Always artichoke, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip
Classic Ink: Basic Brown, and used Always Artichoke and a sponge dauber to color the white flower.
Markers: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel, Regal Rose
Pretty in Pink Brad
Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

You Grow Girl

I have a friend who just announced she is having a baby, so I thought I would use this sketch by Sweet Sunday Sketch. It just seemed to do the stamp set justice. And, again I used the stampin Up DSP Paper "Pawsitively Prints". I love this paper. I also did piecing where I stamped the image again on DSP and cut it out and adhered it to the image. I love doing this. This stamp set is also really cute, but retired. I keep it because you don't find many to congratulate someone who is expecting a baby. This one works great.
Stampin Up Products Used:
Stamp Set: Swell News (retired)
Card Stock: Ballet Blue, Whisper White
DSP: Pawsitively Prints
Markers: Ballet Blue
Water Color Pencils, Circle Scissor Plus

Pawsitively Perfect

This was the perfect sketch for this stamp set and this paper that was released today by Stampin' Up! I just love this set because I was already a fan of Build a Bear. This card is just too cute. But the paper and the stamp set are really what makes it and of course the sketch which is Saturday's Sweet Stop Sketches. Hope you all enjoy and if you are interested in this stamp or the paper, please go to my stampin' up! web site to purchase. Thanks for looking.
Stampin' Up! products used:
Stamp Set: Beary Nice Wishes, Beary Best Friends (mini)
Card Stock: Ballet Blue, Winter White
DSP: Pawsitively Prints (mini)
Classic Ink: Basic Brown
Markers: Pretty in Pink, Ballet Blue, Old Olive, Creamy Caramel.