Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Card/Two-step Bird Punch

I actually had seen these tulips on other cards on Stampin' Connection and really thought they were very cute, so I decided to make this card and with the tulips.  They are made from the Extra Large two-step Bird punch.  I needed one more Easter card and this is what I decided to do.  I just love punches.  The colors for the card, I got from the color challenge on Stampin' connection and they worked out great for for an Easter card.  The colors are Whisper White, Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Lavendar Lace and Certainly Celery.  For the sentiment I used the Well Scripted Stamp Set.  Thanks for looking!

Upsy Daisy/You're on my mind

I have always enjoyed this stamp set, Upsy Daisy!  It is so easy to use and in this case I used markers on the stamp itself to the effect I wanted which was a challenge technique on our stampin connection.  I also used Gretchen Barron's Weekend Skectch for this one.  I made it on Sunday, but just got around to posting it here.  I wanted to use a more subtle color than the taken with teal ink and that is why I added the pretty in pink.  Hope you like it and thanks for looking.

Recipe for Card:

Stamp Set: Upsy Daisy
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
DSP:  Sweet Pea Stack
Classic Ink:  Taken with Teal
Markers - Taken with Teal, Pretty in Pink
Ribbon:  5/8" satin whisper white

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Scripture Challenge Word # 6 and 7

I am doing the Scripture challenge from Triple the Scraps.  Perfect was week # 7.  We are none perfect, not one of us!  It would be nice to be perfect, never making a mistake.  But do you know that with God, he makes our way perfect.  Each and every day if we follow the example of Jesus Christ we are being perfected, not by our own means, but through His shed blood on the cross.  Without that, we would not have salvation as we know it today.  He was our sacrifice for sin and without Him, boy do our imperfections show.  As Patter said on her blog "We cannot perfect ourselves; only God can work in and through us to ‘carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 1:6).”

And week # 6 was Neighbor.  We should love our Neighbor as ourselves.  How many times to we get upset with our Neighbor over the smallest thing.  Maybe they don't keep their yard like we would like for them to or their dog barks too much.  God tell us to love our Neighbor and He is not talking about our next door Neighbor either.  He is talking about the person that we don't even know.  How much a better place would this world be if we all love our Neighbors as ourselves.  There would be no crime, no stealing, no adultery, because true love does not do those things.  Think about it the next time someone does something you may not like.  Love your Neighbor as yourself and as Leviticus 19:8 says, "do not seek revenge or bear a grudge."  Thanks for looking and if you would like to join in on this challenge, please go to Patter's blog here.

Garden From the Heart

This set is so versatile.  You can go fancy or you can tone it down and I went a little fancy on this one.  I actually used a sketch from the Christian Paper Craft Tuesday Chanllenge on this one and also the Fun On Friday Challenge to add a little bling.  And, as you see this is the outcome.  I was really happy with the final results.  I have been using a lot of the Sweet Pea DSP lately and have found it is one of my favorites.  There is so much to choose from and you can always find something to match whatever you have.

Recipe for Card:

Stamp Set: Garden From the Heart
Cardstock:  So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink
DSP:  Sweet Pea Stack
Classic Ink:  Basic Brown
Markers: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Close to cocoa, Old Olive
Punces:  extra large two-step bird punch, 3 flower punch (retired)
Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die
Prettiest Flower Kit

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Words of Wisdom

This is for the sketch challenge on Stamping 411.  I used the verse on this for a challenge on Christian Paper Crafts, the Bible Verse Thursday Challenge.  I thought it turned out so pretty.  There are times when you have it in your mind what you want to do, but you are unsure of the turn out.  Well this one actually went beyond what I had imagined.  I was so excited with the finished product.  Hope you like it also. 

Products used were all Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set:  Words of Wisdom (retired)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Barely Bannana, Certainly Celery
DSP:  Sweet Pea Stack
Classic Ink:  chocolate chip
Punches: Extra Large Two-Step Bird, Scallop Trim Border (sale-a-bration)
5/8" pretty in pink satin ribbon
Silver elastic Cord

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Bunny Basket/Easter Card

This was one of the projects we did last night at my workshop.  It was a lot of fun and each person put their own little touch to theirs.  That is what I like about working with this group of people.  They all have their creative side and we have a lot of fun.  I wish I could have taken pictures of all of theirs.

As I told them last night, I would try to post directions on the exact dimensions of the basket.  So here it is!

For the basket cut cardstock 8-1/2" X 10".  Score 2-1/2" on all sides.  On the long side of the paper cut on each side on the score line up to the 2-1/2" score line.  (Hope you understand what I am saying)  This is so you will be able to fold the flaps in.  The two short flaps will go on the inside of the long flaps.  Using sticky tape place on the edge of each long side flap.  Fold up, again with the short flaps inside, adhering the long sides to the short sides.  Maybe this weekend I will actually post a tutorial of this.  Now that the basket as been formed you will need to cut two peices of DSP (in my case I used Pawsitively Prints), one 12" x 2-1/2" and the other 6" x 2-1/2".  You will adhere these together at the very end overlaping about 1/4".  Using the scallop trim border (sale-a-bration item) punch down one side of the DSP (the whole 18").  Adhere this to the outside of the box as seen in picture above.  For the handle of the basket, cut cardstock 2" X 12" and cut a piece of DSP 1-1/2" X 12.  Again using the scallop trim border punch, punch both sides of the cardstock, not the DSP.  Then adhere the DSP to the cardstock centering it between the scallops.  Put each end inside of basket with each end at the bottom of the basket.  You can adhere the handles with eyelets or with brads on both sides.  Now for the bunny.  I have placed below a picture of what you will need to punch out.  Here are the dimensions of the punches. 
Large Circle is 1-3/4" punch 
the smaller cirle is 3/4" punch
the black is 1/4" circle punch
the large oval punch
 the scallop oval punch
The pink brad is for the nose
By the way, I did sponge the body and the cheeks with pretty in pink ink.  Put together as in photo above.  Cut ribbon to go around basket 18" and then enough to make a bow.  Adhere the ribbon and then the bunny to the basket in the center.  Then make the pink bow and adhere to the bunny.  This is it and it is done.  Again, I will try to do a tutorial if I have time this weekend, but hopefully you will understand what I have typed here.  See the card we also did below the punched out pieces picture.

This is the card we also made last night.  Quick and simple.  With this card I used White Card stock as the base cut at 12 X 3-1/4".  I folded in half at to make it a 6" X 3-1/4" front.  I cut barely bannana cardstock at 5-3/4" X 3" and used the SU Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folder.  I then adhered that to the card base.  I cut the whisper white cardstock 2" X 5" and using the pinking hearts corner punch, punched both sides of the top. I also punched all the corners of the base, barely bannana, and the smaller white with the corner rounder.  I then stamped the flowers (Happy Moments stamp set - sale-a-bration item) in the center close to the top of paper and colored in using SU markers.  Using the large oval punch, I punched out a piece of DSP from the Welcome Neighbor 6 X 6 paper stack (in the sale-a-bration) and sponged it with the shimmer paint.  Using the Well Scripted stamp set in the mini, I stamped the happy Easter in rose red classic ink.  Tied a piece of pretty in pink ribbon around the white and adhered to the barely bannana.  Done!  Thanks for looking and remember, the sale-a-bration items end on March 31st.  Wow this was a long post.  Hope I did not make many mistakes. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, March 25, 2010


I just love this stamp set, Messages for Mom," which you will find in the mini catalog and can purchase through the end of April.  There is just so much you can do with it.  And, of course the DSP is from the mini also and is called "Sweet Pea DSP Stack.  I just love all the paper in the stack and this is just one of many.  You can also purchase this paper stack until the end of April.  The ribbon is the 5/8" Pretty in Pink Satin, also in the mini and comes in quite a few different colors.  But really adds a lot to a very simple card.

This card is made up of a piece of So Saffron cardstock cut 5-1/2" X 8-1/2" then folded in half.  You then cut a piece of DSP at 2-1/4" X 5-1/4".  Cut the ribbon to about 6" and wrap around the long side of the DSP and adhere with adhesive.  Adhere this piece to bottom base of card.  Make a bow and attach to the middle of the ribbon with glue dots.  Stamp "MOM" stamp to top of card (or any stamp sentiment that would work) and viola, you have this nice and simple card.  How easy is that?  Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Refuge and Stregth #3

Well, as you can see I am having a lot of fun with this stamp set.  I knew when I saw the sketch on Stampin Connection that I would use this stamp set yet again.  I really think it turned out great.

Stampin' Up! items used are:

Stamp Set:  Refuge and Strength
Card Stock:  Old Olive, Rose Red, naturals white, whisper white.
DSP:  Sweet Pea
Finial Press Embossing folder
Top Note Bigz Die
Sweet Pea Felt Flowers

Following is the sketch I used from Stampin' Connection for my card. 

Thanks for looking and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Refuge and Strength/Vintage Vogue

What an exciting set and so much you can do with it.  I have enjoyed playing with it so far and will try to make a few more cards before I have to give it back to its owner.  The inspiration from this card came from another demonstrator on Stampin' Connection.She is the featured artist this week and I cased her card.  Thanks Mary Jo for the inspiration of this wonderful card.   

Here I used So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Pretty in Pink. for the colors of the card.  I used three colors of ink, So saffron, Certainly Celery and Going Gray for the sentiment.  Of course the stamp sets used were Refuge and Strength and Vintage Vogue.  The small flowers are a retired stampin' Up! three flower punch and the large flower is made with the 5 petal punch.  Underneath the flower I used the 1-3/4" punch.  Thanks for Looking!

Monday, March 22, 2010

On Board Scallop Circle Books

I had been wanting to try these cute on board books from Stampin' Up!'s Mini Catalog and this was my chance.  You can get them in a heart and a bird also and they are a fairly large size.  The scallop is 6" diameter.  Anyway for this little book I used the scallop.  My brother just turned 60 and has downs syndrome.  So from what my Mom was told when he was born, he added another 30 years to his life and we are really thankful that God has given him such a long life.  So we really celebrated his 60th birthday.  He just loves pictures and so I decided I would make him a little keepsake of his birthday and decided to use this cute little book.  I actually traced around the scallop circle onto the paper and then cut it out and adhered it to the board.  I thought it turned out great and I know he will love.  He loves everything and everyone.  Most of what I used was from the Happy B-day Scrappin Kit from Stampin Up.  Thanks so much for looking and this is only a few of the pages I did.  

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Refuge and Strength

I had been wanting to get this stamp set, but never have and one of my wonderful customers let me use hers this weekend.  So, as you can see I have been playing with it.  With this card I used the Kissing Technique on the cross.  If you are unsure of the kissing technique, you take a light color of ink or a dark color, I used a light color here (pretty in pink), and ink the cross (in this case).  Then you take another stamp and ink it up with either a dark color or light color, here I used going gray.  Then you stamp directily onto the stamp (cross in this instance) with the gray stamped image covering the area you desire on the cross.  Then you stamp the image on the paper.  Splitcoast stampers has a great tutorial on this technique.

I actually used a couple of challenges to get the colors and the design you see.  I used two challenges from Christian Paper Crafts, Bible Verse Thursday Challenge and the Case Artist Challenge on Saturday. I also used the clean and simple challenge from Stampin' Sisters In Christ Challenge and the colors came from our Clean and Simple challenge on the Stampin Connection where you were to use Pixie Pink, Pretty in Pink and Gray with a neutral color.

So this is the outcome of those four challenges.  I hope you like it. 

Stampin Up Items used:

Stamp Set: Refuge and Strength
Card Stock:  Pixie Pink, Whisper White, basic Gray
Classic Ink:  Pixie Pink, Pretty in Pink, Going Gray,
Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folder

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 19, 2010

You're Too Kind

Punches are becoming a really hot item with me right now and also the die cuts.  I guess because they make it easier.  Not that I am still not into the coloring and images, I love to do that also.  But, time has been a very limited thing with me lately and I have tried to improvise by going with a easier method.  I am sure the coloring will be back.  This is a sketch that I got from our Stampin' Connection site for demonstrators and I thought it turned out great for this card.  Below is the sketch and it was done by one of our demonstrators, Diane Noble.  Thanks Diane for such a wonderful sketch!

Hope you can see my card in the sketch.  I just love doing sketches and putting my own design into the sketch.  As you can see the sketch used circles and I used the 5 petal punch and the beautiful wings embosslits die along with the focal point being the 1-3/8" round punch and the round scallop punch.

The stamp set used was whimisical words which is part of the sale-a-bration catalog.  You can get this stamp set free with a Stampin' Up! order of $50.  And, the embossing folder I used was Perfect Polka Dots which is in the Mini Catalog.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Beautiful Wings/Happy Birthday

I just love the way this card turned out.  It is for the Christian Paper Crafts Tuesday Sketch challenge.  As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew it was going to be a great one.  I just love this butterfly die which is called "Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die" and it is in the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog which is good through April 30th.  The paper is the Cottage Wall DSP and is really beautiful.  Hope you enjoy and thanks for looking.  Recipe below!

Stampin Up Products:
Stamp Set: Well Scripted
Cardstock:  Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
DSP:  Cottage Wall
Prettiest Kit
Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die
Punch Scallop Trim Border (sale-a-bration Free with $50 SU order)

Other products:

Rhinestones: Gina K

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Another Flower Pot Pocket Card

Here is another flower pot pocket card and with this one, instead of using the 5 petal punch, I used the round scallop punch.  How cute is that?  I also have not put a sentiment on this one yet, but may use "get well wishes" from Teeny Tiny Wishes again.  Which it would be a great birthday card also.  The leaves are still made from the 5 petal punch.  I also used the razzleberry lemonade DSP.  These cards will actually fit in a regular size A2 envelope, so there is no need to purchase anything differently.  Of course I still had to add my trusty little bird which is made with the new 2-step punch from the current mini catalog.  The mini is still in effect until April 30th, but time is passing quickly.

Other Stampin' Up! items used:

Square Ice Brads
Dusty Durango, crushed curry, rich razzleberry and Old olive card stock.
Scallop Edge Punch
Curshed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy St. Pactrick's Day

Well St. Pactrick's Day is tomorrow and I decided to make at least one card to celebrate.  So this is it.  Not sure who will receive it, who knows I may just keep it.  But I actually did it for the Christian Paper Crafts challenge Fun on Friday which was to make a green card in honor of St. Pactrick's day.  And, I also  used the Tuesday Sketch for last tuesday for this one.  I used a medium heart to make the clover leaf.  The paper is from the 6 X 6 paper stack I which is retired.  So It was great to use up some paper and get a cute card at the same time.  Thanks for looking and Happy St. Pactrick's day!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sweet Little Baby

What a great sketch for the stamping 411 challenge this week.  I have had this paper since last June.  Ordered two packs of it and used one, but never used this one.  When I saw this sketch and was going through my paper, I thought this would great for a baby card and so I pulled it out and started putting it together.  I actually think it turned out pretty good.  You can't see it very well, but I stamped "love" in the center of the ribbon holder.  I have never stamped on ribbon before and thought the new set from the mini " Tiny Tags, would work in there and it did.

Hope you enjoy and thanks for looking!

Stampin' Up! Items used:

Stamp Sets:  Tiny Tags, Cute and Cuddly
Cardstock:  So Saffron, Whisper White
DSP:  Tall Tales
Ink:  chocolate Chip
1/4" white grosgrain ribbon
Square scallop Punch
hodgepodge hardware

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Get Well Wishes/Flower Pot Pocket Card

This was so much fun to make and I found the instructions for this at splitcoast.  I was looking for something to do at a workshop with an Easter Theme, but when I finished, I thought this would make a great "get well" card.  It is so fresh and springy.  It made me smile and that is when I knew it would cheer up someone who was feeling under the weather.  Don't you think it makes a great "get well" card.  See below for inside of pocket.

I actually got quite a bit done yesterday trying to figure out what to do at my next workshop.  Of course you will see that after the workshop on Mar. 25th, so please come back and look for the outcome of my scrappin yesterday.

Stampin' Up! Items Used:

Stamp Sets:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Curvy Verses
Card Stock:  Pretty in Pink, Barely Bannana, Rose Red, Whisper White, Taken With Teal
DSP: Sweet Pea Pack
Ink: Basic Brown
Ribbon: 1/4" grosgrain white
Punch: 5 petal punch (for flowers and leaves), two-step bird punch, scallop edge punch
brads: square ice

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful Sunday!

Scripture Challenge Word #5 Follow

Patter has a great devotion for the word "follow" on her site and she is the one who is leading this Scripture Challenge.  This is the 5th word for year 2010 and I am having so much fun doing these and making a book for the year.  It is always something I can go back and look at when things seem a little down. 

Follow, what does that word mean to you.  There is a lot of following going on today.  You follow this person because you like what they do.  You follow this candidate because you think they are the best.  Kids follow other kids because they think it will make them popular.  People even follow their pastors because they think the pastor is like God.

But there is only one God and when we follow Him, we will never have to walk in darkness again.  I don't know about you, but I do not like darkness.  I love the light and when we follow Jesus we will have the "light of life."  Also, Jesus did not say it would be easy because we will have to deny the flesh and there are times that might hurt.  But I do know one thing, joy comes in the morning and it makes it all worth while.

Stampin Up products used on this page were retired Pattern Pack I hostess gift, Whisper White Cardstock, Beautiful Wings Embosslits die, round scallop punch.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Spring Happy Birthday

This is a card I made last night and actually was thrilled with the outcome.  It was actually inspired by three different challenges at Christian Paper Crafts.  Thier color challenge, Pink-Yellow-White, Fun on Friday challenge, use a flower, and case artist challenge.  I love it when you can do three challenges with one card.  I was a little scared of the yellow and pink, but after I started it seemed to work.  I also used two techniques on this card.  Paper Piercing and Faux Suede (the flower).  I will show you a close up of the flower so you can see a little more of the suede look.  Thanks for looking and see below for the items used.

Stampin' Up! Item list:

Stamp Set: Happy Moments
Card Stock: Pretty in Pink, barely bannana, whisper white.
Punches: Round Scallop, square scallop, 1-1/4" square
Soft Subtles Brads
Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die
Paper Piercing Tool
Mat Pack

Don't forget with a $50 merchandise order, you can get a free item from our Sale-a-bration catalog.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sunny Days Scrappin Kit Baby Book

I put this scrapbook together in just a few nights by using mostly the Sunny Days Scrappin Kit.  The girl I made it for was doing her nursery in flowers and birds and as soon as she told me this, I knew I would be able to use the Sunny Days Kit.  My daughter had also did a scrapbook a while back using the Moments and Milestones Scrappin Kit and I used some of what was left of that. I used whisper white cardstock and a few extra pages of the Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive and Pink Passion.  I also used a few stickers that my Daughter had purchased and not used to speed up the process since I only had a few nights to get it together.  Beth really loved the book and I thought it turned out great.  Following are the pages of the book in order of how they were placed in the book.  Other items used, than mentioned above, are noted at the end.  Thanks for looking!

Other Items Used were:
Bigz Die, Tope Note
Circle Scissor Plus
The Write Stuff Specialty DSP
1/4" grosgrain white ribbon
Extra Large two-step bird punch
Circle Fire Brads
Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch
Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die
Sizzlits Alphabets
Retired Alphabet
3/4" circle
1" circle
1/4" rose red grosgrain ribbon
1/4" pumkin pie grosgrain ribbon
1/4" tempting turquoise ribbon
Crystal Effects
Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals
Retired 3 flower punch
Stamp Set: Party Hearty

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Whisical Words/Sweet Pea

This week is going to be a very busy week for me, but I did want to post this card that I did on Sunday.  It was from the Case Saturday challenge over at CPC.  The artist to case was Marsha Fisher.  Anyway, this is the card I came up with.  I did this because it was so easy and I had already started my busy week.  The only stamping of course was the saying in the center.  The rest was just putting it together.  I love those kind of cards, easy!

Stampin' Up! supplies used:

Stamp Set: Whimsical Words (sale-a-brations item, free with a $50 merchandise order)
Cardstock:  Pretty in pink
DSP:  Sweet Pea Stack
Sweet Pea Felt
Top Note Die Cut

Thanks for looking!