Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Little Birdie Card

 Confession time! I have several stamp sets in my possession that have never seen ink, have only been used once or even worse, have never been mounted. *sigh* When this Stampin' Up!™ set called Aviary first came out I just had to have it and alas this is the only card I have made with it. My first New Year's resolution is to use every current Stampin' Up! set I own!
The card base is Pool Party and that cute little brad is from the In-Color 
brads pack; the ribbon is Crumb Cake seam binding. I used a stamp from a hostess set called Happiest Birthday Wishes.
  Finally, my Christmas tree is up, my cards are mailed, and I only have 2 gifts left to purchase. Next project is wrapping!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Clearance Rack Blitz!!!!!!!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Spicy Day of Gratitude?

   Pulled out my Day of Gratitude set and used the medallion to make the main image. I inked the stamp using daubers because I wanted a softer stamped image. The middle is one of those lovely Antique brads. The lacy border was is a piece of DSP from
Spice Cake (again!) that was punched with the Lace Ribbon Border Punch and threaded some Chocolate Chip grosgrain through it. 
  I am making progress on my Christmas preparations in spite of working 8 days in a row!!!! My Christmas tree is still not up but my cards are ready for the Post Office, presents are purchased (not wrapped...) and anyone who knows me knows I don't bake (Mrs. Smith's pies are as close to home baked as I get). I still need to make some ornaments for an ornament exchange. And I really need to get that tree up.......

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Well Worn Chairs

 I had to take a break from making Christmas cards and tags and make this easy card. The chairs are from a Stampin' Up! set called Have a Seat; the background stamp is called A to Z. Believe it or not I think this is the first time A to Z has been inked! 
   The pattern paper is from the Well Worn pack, (great versatile pack of paper!!) and I just added a couple of wraps of hemp instead of ribbon. 

  Soooo, everyone have their Christmas shopping done, cards made and mailed and tree up and decorated??? Not me! I have most of my decorations out, my cards are almost done, I have a couple of presents purchased but my tree is still in the basement. I have time right???

Friday, November 25, 2011

Putting Leftovers to Good Use

This flower was a leftover piece from the last card I made with the Triple Treat flower stamp. I added a silver flower brad to the center after layering it on a piece of Chocolate Chip and then Pear Pizzazz. The patterned paper is from the Spice Cake DSP pack and matches the Triple Treat Flower stamp. The card base is Pool Party

Monday, November 21, 2011

Lots of online bargains from Stampin' Up!

Lots of great bargains available from Stampin' Up! during their Online Extravaganza. Click on the link above and order online. For the preferred pricing simply list me as your demonstrator!!! 
For the pdf file of all the deals click on the link on my sidebar! 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Triple Treat Flower stamp

Just a little easy card today using the Triple Treat Flower stamp again. This time I heat embossed it using Versamark™ and Pewter embossing powder. The little button in the middle is a clear Bitty Button. I stamped the Triple Treat Flower stamp with Soft Suede ink on More Mustard paper and punched out the middle with the matching punch from the Punch Pack. The paper was adhered to the button using Crystal Effects™.
I had to have a little texture on the card so I embossed a piece of Crumb Cake with the Square Lattice embossing folder. The DSP is from Stampin' Up!™ Spice Cake.

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Little More Spice Cake Please!

I love the colors in Stampin' Up™ Designer Series paper called Spice Cake. They are More Mustard, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Very Vanilla and Pear Pizzazz. Pool Party is fast becoming one of my favorite blues! The stamped image is a Stampin' Up! a la carte stamp called Triple Treat Flower. The image fits perfectly in the 5 Petal Flower punch and the Fancy Flower punch (no fussy cutting!). No sentiment on this card yet-keeping it as a just-in-case card!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

October Stamp Club Cards

When I first saw the Peekaboo Frames die for the Big Shot I knew I wanted to make a card with an owl behind the door. These frames are so cute. Great for cards, scrapbooking or I am using them to make an advent calendar.
The paper is from Spice Cake available from the Holiday Mini catalog. The colors used here are taken from the paper; Pool Party, Soft Suede and Pear Pizzazz. The sentiment is from Petite Pairs and the luscious ribbon is Pool Party ruffled ribbon.

This is another card we made at stamp club last month. The stamp is from the Stampin' Up!™ set called Have a Seat; the paper is from the Well Worn paper pack. I painted some Champagne Mist shimmer paint just to give it a little shine. I still love that stuff-on my third bottle of Frost White!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Stocking in Marina Mist!

I know it is a little early to be making Christmas cards but I love the new Stocking Builder punch and matching stamp set Stitched Stockings. See the little jingle bells? Those came from the Holiday Mini catalog and are only $2.95 for a package of 48. The snowflakes were cut using
the Northern Frost die. I love
this die because the snow-
flakes are so intricate. The
snowflakes were glued to
the Marina Mist panel and
run through the Big Shot™
with the Square Lattice
embossing folder.

Friday, October 21, 2011

New Toys!

  At last, a chance to play with my new toys! The stockings were stamped with my new Stampin' Up!™ set called Stitched Stockings, and punched out with the new Stocking Builder Punch. Both of these are in the Holiday Mini Catalog. I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder to make the fireplace.  The logs were punched with
the Word Window punch 
and the flames are the 
wings from the Bird punch.

I used Dazzling Details™
for the touches of glitter on the stockings and tied a little piece of Cherry Cobbler baker's twine around the stockings. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Embossed Eiffel Tower

  I really love the texture that embossing folders add to a card. The background panel uses a technique called bisque pottery. Simply use a brayer to apply ink to the front of an embossing folder, I used Crumb Cake ink and Vintage Wallpaper EF, and emboss with the Big Shot. Here is a tutorial by Diana Gibbs and the inspiration for this card. I used the set called Artistic Etchings. The Eiffel Tower was heat embossed with the new Pewter embossing powder found in 
the Holiday Mini catalog. Don't you just love the ribbon? It is Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin ribbon also found in the Holiday Mini.

I am frantically trying to finish my Christmas cards before Halloween hits. Anyway, that's the plan...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Christmas Tags

 I made lots of these simple little Christmas tags to sell at the Apple Festival-a craft show that benefits Missouri Baptist Children's Home. The tag on the bottom was cut with the Two Tags Sizzix die from Stampin' Up!™. The snowflake was cut using the Northern Frost Sizzix die from Stampin' Up! I used some metallic string from my stash to wrap around the scallops and some retired Stampin' Up! colors (Kiwi Kiss, Taken with Teal, Ruby Red).  
  I am not sure why but I didn't sell all of them this year like I usually do-I thought these were better than last year but...? Maybe I can give them as gifts???? 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Little Doily Cover-Up!

What do you do when your extra large stamp doesn't stamp cleanly???? Cover it up of course!!! I have a confession to make; I am background stamp challenged! Yes, it's true I only own two background stamps (Medallion and Hello Doily!) and I struggle with them every time I use them. This time the middle of the doily stamp did not stamp cleanly so I used the Stampin' Up!™ set called Delicate Doilies and a punched scallop circle to create the piece in the middle.
  How do you like the ribbon? I used a Riding Hood Red Stampin' Write marker and a ruler to edge a piece of Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon. The embossed piece was made with the Stampin' Up! Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. So, don't throw away that mistake just cover it up!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Another CASE!

What do you do when you are short on time and uninspired?????? CASE (Copy and Share Everything) of course!!! I copied this card almost exactly but unfortunately I can't find who mad it!!! So if this is your card design leave me a comment so I can give you credit!!

This is one of the cards we made at Stamp Club this month. I love to color stamps with markers! It lets me pretend I am creating art! I am going to let you in on a little secret; I rubber stamp because I have the heart of an artist without the talent!

I used More Mustard and Cajun Craze Stampin' Write markers to color the flower and Garden Green to color the stem and leaves. When you use two colors on the same stamp be sure to use the lighter color first. The ribbon is the luscious Chocolate Chip Scallop Dots ribbon; it has polka dots on one side and solid color on the other with just a little ruffle on the top and bottom.

Off to unpack and sort the latest stamp club order! I have some new paper to play with-can't wait!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Zoo Review!

This handsome fella is from my newest Stampin' Up!™ set called Zoo Review. All the animals in this set are great! I pulled out my much neglected Stampin' pastels and blender pens to color the giraffe after stamping him on Naturals White with Black Stazon™. The card base is Soft Suede with a textured panel of So Saffron. My inspiration card was made by Jennifer Weide HERE.
I am busy getting the last of my cards made for The Apple Festival. The Apple Festival is a craft show and quilt auction that benefits The Missouri Baptist Children's home in Peculiar, MO. Each year I donate about 300-400 cards that I have made but this year I think I only have about 200. I am frantically making some Christmas tags to donate also! My basement and I are covered in glitter!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wild Wasabi and Melon Mambo Flowers

I for one am glad that our recent heat wave has ended! I am finally able to relax again on my deck without suffocating or falling over with heat exhaustion! I love sitting out on my deck in the evening but until recently it was too hot even at night!

Initially the embossed panel was going to be larger but I accidentally forgot to heat emboss a couple of the flowers and then rubbed over them with my fingers and got embossing powder over that section of the paper. Yeah, it was a mess and I had to cut most of the bottom off. But at least I didn't get mad and throw it away! The flowers and leaves were heat embossed using Wild Wasabi and Melon Mambo embossing powders from Stampin' Up!™
Remember heat embossing is magic!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

More Double Embossing!

Here is another card using the double embossing technique. This time I used some Real Red DSP from the Brights paper pack and embossed it with Black embossing powder. The flowers were embossed using Real Red craft ink and Clear embossing powder, the leaves were embossed with Wild Wasabi embossing powder.

Anyone else glad the heat wave has lessened? We actually got some rain yesterday and again today, too late for my garden to recover but still nice.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Daffodil Delight Meets Love & Care

Whew!!! I am working way too many hours-it is definitely infringing upon my stamping time!!

I love the images in this Stampin' Up!™ set called Love & Care from the Summer Mini Catalog. I pulled out my much neglected Stampin' Pastels to color the flower and leaves after stamping them with Versamark™. Versamark is great to use with pastels and it sets them so they do not smudge. You can also use a blender pen to color with the pastels-great way to get all 40 of Stampin' Up! colors! Colors are Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, and Pumpkin Pie.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Double Embossing & Fabulous Florets

I love Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!® Each pack contains 2 each of 6 different double sided papers. I am a matchy-matchy girl and I love that all the papers co-ordinate with each other. However, in each pack there are always some designs that I love more than others and a couple that do not inspire me at all. This technique works great with those papers that you set aside because, well, they were challenging. This paper was from the Beyond the Garden DSP paper in the Summer Mini catalog and I just wasn't feeling the love, know what I mean? So I decided to experiment with a double embossing technique suggested in Stampin' Success, a magazine for Stampin' Up! demos.

I first brayed Versamark® on the recessed or smooth side of the Finial Press embossing folder, then I placed the DSP paper face down on the brayed side of the EF and ran it through my Big Shot®. I covered the entire paper with white embossing powder and heat embossed. I embossed the flowers also and sponged on Rose Red, Pink Pirouette and Tangerine Tango.

So get out that less than desirable paper and start embossing!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Set of Butterfly Cards

I saw these butterflies on the cover of Stampin' Success (a magazine for Stampin' Up! demos) and made a stash of them in several different colors (Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, and Melon Mambo). The butterfly stamp is from the Strength & Hope set. Until Aug 31 Stampin' Up! will donate $2 from the sale of each set to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I used Stampin' Write markers to color the butterflies; be sure to use the color markers first and then the Basic Black. The lovely punched trim was made with the fun new Large Lace Ribbon Border punch. The ribbon is retired Basic Black gingham that came in one of my grab bags from Stampin' Up! I used paper from the Brights Paper Pack and added rhinestones to each butterfly!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

White Sails and The Open Sea

Making masculine cards is easy peesy with this great Stampin' Up! set called The Open Sea.This is a CASE of a card by Sharon Field; click HERE to see the original.

To color the white on the ship and compass I used Whisper White craft ink and a Blender Pen or you could use an Aquapainter. The trim around the ship is Baker's Twine that I threaded through holes punched in each corner.
Card stock colors are Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and Not Quite Navy. Ink is Not Quite Navy, Whisper White craft, Early Expresso and Cherry Cobbler (hard to see but the globe is stamped on the Cherry Cobbler background.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Fabulous Rich Razzleberry!

The first stamp set I bought from Stampin' Up!™ was a flower set. (And I still have it.) I had never rubber stamped before and I had absolutely NO card making supplies. I used my kids' Crayola markers to color the stamps and I used construction paper (gasp!). Now I have many flower sets including this one called Fabulous Florets from Stampin' Up! and "real" markers and stamp pads and punches and... As they say, "You've come a long way baby!"
I used Rich Razzleberry and Regal Rose classic ink for the flowers. The Designer Series Paper is Old Olive from the Brights paper stack. The strip of Rich Razzleberry was embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder. The eyelet border was made with the Eyelet Border punch.
Here is a tip to make sure your solid image rubber stamps give a clean image. When you first get your stamps lightly sand them with a sanding block and clean them well. This will take off the chemical agent used on rubber stamps so they release from the molds.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Embossed Delicate Doilies!

How about some embossed Delicate Doilies???? The images are from the new Stampin' Up!™ set called Delicate Doilies (available July1!). I embossed them on Whisper White using Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi and Tangerine Tango embossing powders. The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up! Hostess set in the Summer Mini. I'm tellin' you heat embossing is addictive and fun-so get out your heat gun and start making some magic appear!!

(Hint: Notice the stray embossing flakes on the right? That is what happens when you don't swipe that Embossing Buddy on your paper first!)

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