Monday, June 30, 2008

Celebrating You

Well, I have one busy weekend behind and a crazy day tomorrow so I haven't had much time for stamping. I have been working on a gift set over the past few days that has been using the Bali Breeze Designer Series Paper. This is one of the cards that I plan on putting in the set.

I just realized that I forgot to use the Bali Breeze paper but at least the colors are right. The large flower on the left didn't photograph very well because it is stamped on shimmery white cardstock, which is why it almost looks fuzzy in the picture. The flower was stamped twice once in pumpkin and rose then cut and mounted together with dimensionals. The card uses the Stitched Exotics and Celebrate Everything stamp sets. The colors are pumpkin pie, rose red and tempting turquoise. There is also a half back pearl from the pretties kit and a felt fusion flower with a brad in it.Pin It Now!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Another Birdie

I can't seem to keep the stamp set A Little Birdie Told Me, put away for very long. It always finds a way out to my stamping table. It is just such a versatile set.

I actually made this card earlier this week but was waiting to make sure that it was recieved before I posted it. After a recent SCS color challenge I have actually been using my kraft cardstock. This card was made with kraft, blue bayou, and soft sky. The circles were cut with the coluzzle and the scallops were made with the corner rounder punch.Pin It Now!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Worm Wishes!

This is a card is for a nephew for his 6th birthday. My kids were so excited that they got to watch me make the card, as I usually have to stamp when they are not around. I decided to let them help with the making of the card, so dont look too closely becuase it is not perfect, but it is the perfect card for one cousin to give another.

This is a case from the catalog. I do not think that I have ever really used the catalog as an idea book before. I decided I had better start using it as an idea book if I ever hoped to sell it as one. So all we did was change the colors a bit and add one more bug to the main image part, and created a wormy background.Pin It Now!

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Wow, yesterday was a busy day. I didnt get anytime to stamp. I guess I could have at the end of the night but I really wanted to finish a book that I have been reading. I hadn't picked it up in several days and I only had like 30 pages left to it, and I just had to finish.

I just love the retired edgy eloquence stamp, I was so sad when it didnt greaduate from the Mini Catlog to the main one. It will be one of those ones that I will probably not get rid of unless someone offers me some astronimcal price for it.

This card uses Big Flowers stamp set along with Edgy Eloquence. It also has some real red prints designer series paper from the Prints Hostess Pack. I decided that it was time to dust off some buttons, it feels like I have not used them in a long time.

This is pretty much a copy of a card that I recieved as a swap. I think that it was from back in 2006 becuase of the stamp sets that were used on it. I had to switch the flower stamp set and changed a little bit of the layout and added the buttons. I flipped the card front over today and there was no information on the back so I have no idea who to credit for this. That is why it is so important to include your information when you are swapping.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Gift Set Completed

Well this project took a lot longer to pull together than I had expected. These 5 cards will complete the gift set that I am making as a thank you for a friend that I had mentioned in yesterday's post. The card bases that came with the envelopes were 4 x 6 1/8. It proved for me to be difficult to work with becuase the ratios that I am used to making on a regular 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card base just didnt look right. Then when I went to make some sort of container to put it in, I realized I would have to come up with one on my own since none of the templates I had would work.

I am pleased with how the cards turned out. But next time to make things easier I will make the cards coordinate.

Here are single pictures of each of the cards.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Bloomin Beautiful

The dishes are done, laundry is folded, kids asleep in bed, so it must be time to stamp! I had a dear friend give me some blank cards with envelopes that she had around her house that she wasnt using so she passed them off to me. So of course to say thank you I am making a little gift set of cards to give to her with them.

This is the first in a set of atleast 6-8 cards for her. I watercolored the main image from the Bloomin' Beautiful stamp set as part of the SCS weekly technique challenge that is issued every Monday. I am watercoloring challenged, I really struggle to get images to look the way I want. This is actually my second attempt at the image and I am fairly happy with the way it turned out. I love the cute little bow, it is made with a fork!Pin It Now!

Designer paper Birthday

This has recently become my go to birthday card design. It really showcases wonderful designer series papers from Stampin' Up!. It is a simple design that I can change to each individual birthday by changing the paper that is used.

The background blocks are done with various Prints Designer paper colors and the Big Birthday Candle is stamped on to some scraps of Jersey Shore dsp. The flames are stamped on shimmery white cardstock so they have a pretty sparkle to them in real life. I found this sketch in my notes and it was so specific that I am pretty sure that this is practically a case of someone’s work, so if it is you please let me know so that I can give you the appropriate credit.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Cute, but no stamping

I have so many older retired Simply Scrappin' Kits that I just cannot bring myself to buy the news ones. I really want to try some of the newer kits so I had better get these old ones used up. This project uses the retired Island Blossoms kit. My MIL bought one of these scrapbook box things at a craft fair and wanted to know if it was something that I could make. I finally got around to getting one made. Mine is a little different from the original becuase I felt that the original was just to small.

So my box when it is all closed up is a 4 inch cube (the original was a 3 inch one). I also decided not to glue the three layers together as you can get more pictures in it and I like the idea of seeing each layer as a whole. It still folds up nice and neatly to fit inside the lid. I thought that this would be a fun way for my MIL to display some of her pictures of a trip to Hawaii.

Here are individual shots of what the pages look like. The 3 blank squares on each of the layers is for the photos and then the tags and white boxes are for journaling.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thoughts of You

This is a quick card I made this morning to send to a friend that I haven't talked to in a while. I just wanted to let her know that I was thinking of her. I tried to use some not too bright summery (is that even a word?) colors. I had the hardest time getting a decent picture of it because of the lighting right now in my stamping room and the shimmery white cardstock. I ended up with all sorts of weird colors, even one where the saffron layer looked like pumpkin pie.

This card uses the Just Celebrate stamp set. I colored the butterfly with an aquapainter and the regal rose, so saffron and bashful blue reinkers. The edges of the image were sponged with bashful blue. I used some of the so saffron designer series paper and I paper pierced a few of the layers. The brad elements are the word window punch that was cut in half because I had already adhered the layers to the card base and I didn't like the look of it overlapping the blue base.Pin It Now!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Exciting New Product Launch

Wow Stampin' Up has just announced a new product line available July 1st. It is Home Decor! They have started manufacturing vinyl wall elements. This is just phase one and they have several words and phrases, decorative elements (think flowers) and even alphabets. There are over 100 things to choose from. This is a wonderful idea. Here is the brochure.Pin It Now!

I love my little birdie

I love the the stamp set "a Little Birdie Told Me". It is so cute and has so many sayings for all occasions. It is a great all in one go to stamp set. So I decided this morning to do the SCS color challenge which was Soft Sky, Kraft and Black. Now soft sky and kraft are not colors I choose very often and after seeing this color combination I do not know what I was thinking. They are wonderful colors and I really need to use them more especially Soft Sky since it retires soon.

I thought that this color combo would make a cheery get well card that is not too overpowering. I am really trying to work on my water coloring to give it more depth so I made the parts near his belly and under his wing a little darker. I just use my reinker and the aquapainter to color the birdie in. I think that my favorite element of the card is the little flower in the upper right, I love how coloring it in with the uniball white gel pen makes it pop! Hope you enjoy it too.Pin It Now!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tart and Tangy Box

Lately, I have been really blessed by some wonderful friends in life. I have been really tired with this pregnancy and many people have offered to have the kids over to play and have even had a friend just show up at the door and take the kids to the park. I love having little handmade gifts on hand to give to show my love and appreciation in situations like this. So today I made this cute little love notes box.

I adore these cute little notes, they are so fun to make and really easy at that. I love being able to tuck them in lunchboxes, gifts and I even stuck one in my husbands pants that he found later in the day. This box has 12 little 3x3 note cards in it with envelopes. There are 3 of each design. The box and card use the Summer Picnic Designer Series paper, with the coordinating colored cardstock and inks with the Tart and Tangy stamp set. Both are in the Occasions mini that retires at the end of the month. This is just a fun perfect beginning of summer gift.Pin It Now!

Monday, June 16, 2008

quick 10 min project!

I could not believe it, this afternoon all 3 kids were down at the same time. The younger two were actually taking a nap (something my 4 year old only does once in a blue moon now days) at the same time and my oldest when in her bed to read books. I knew that my time was limited but I decided to head to my stamping table. I have been going through drawers and boxes to organize things lately and have come across a lot of odds and ends. The other day I kept finding random loose vellum tags , then I found an empty altoid tin, so I stuck the loose tags in there for safe keeping. Then I got the brilliant idea to make a little tag box. So this project was inspired from cleaning and to top it off, I completed it in 10 minutes, yep that's it 10 minutes.

I didnt like the original front so I just had to rip it off and start over. I am much happier but still think it is lacking something. The Christmas Gift Tags label was made using the Passing Notes font from the Write Me a Memory cd 2. The tags use the retired All The Trimmings Simply Scrapping kit and matching cardstock. It was really easy, just peel the stickers and place, then set some eyelets and you are done! Viola a cute little gift that any one would love (as long as they celebrate Christmas).
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The 2008 Spring Summer Collection Retirement List

It is that dreaded time of year again, when we must say goodbye to some of our favorite (and maybe no so favorite) stamp sets. Here is the retirement list.Pin It Now!

Father's Day

Yesterday was a nice relaxing Father's day. The best part was that the kids were on their best behavior and were little angels for most of the day! It was great. Here is the card that I made for Scott. The more that I look at the picture the more that I want to change it but it was already given away. He will never notice if I steal it and rip off the photo corners and mount them with the chocolate on top and the bayou one on bottom, right?

This card uses the retired classic pickups stamp set for the main image. I have started using the pallete noir black ink pad for watercolored images and I love it. The card base is wild wasabi, the classic stars jumbo wheel is stamped in chocolate chip on the river rock layer. The photo corners are done in blue bayou and chocolate chip and there is also some striped wasabi grosgrain ribbon. Now I am off to go see if I can hunt down his card and "fix" it.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

First Challenge

Well for some reason yesterday I decided that I am going to start doing some of the weekly challenges over on SCS. I don't know what it was that finally did it for me, I see people referencing the challenges all over the place, I get the weekly newsletter that has links to them. I have even gone into the archives to get some inspiration but I have never actually gone and done it. So I finally did it, not only that I did two in one! I combined this weeks sketch challenge (SC180) and color combination challenge (CC170). I did change the the layout of the sketch a little bit by rotating to its side. The blank spot on the side where the ribbon is was supposed to be on the top. I guess that I should actually read the rules for the challenges to make sure that is allowed. Anyways here is the card.

I have been trying to keep my cards simple so that they are easier to complete in a small class setting. The colors used for the challenge are Real Red, Regal Rose, and So Saffron. The flower image and the word come from the Just Celebrate stamp set in the mini catalog that retires at the end of the month. I tried to dye the ribbon slide because when I first put it on the card it was too silver. I put in a drop of so saffron ink refill and a small drop of crystal effects in the channel of the slide and mixed it together with a toothpick. It turned out on the dark side so next time I am going to try and mix it on something else and somehow get it into the grove, maybe with a small paint brush or something.Pin It Now!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Very Grateful

Yesterday, I finally got myself some real photo-editing software. I recieved a version of Photoshop elements free from a nice stranger. If you havent heard of freecycle it is an awsome coomunity/yahoo group. It is a wonderful place to pass on the things that you are no longer in need of but still have some useful value in them. It is so much better than throwing away your items and you can really bless someone's day. I have passed on many items that way including some retired Stampin' Up! catalogs which sprouted a new customer for a while until she moved away. Anyways yesterday I picked up my new program, becuase this kind person had updated to a newer program! I am so excited to actually start doing some of the fun things and maybe even try my hand at digital scrapbooking. Anyways to show a small token of my gratitude when I went to pick up the software I presented the gentleman with a little nugget tin. I made several extra when I was making last minute teacher gifts for any people I may have forgotten and this was the last one I had left. It was a fitting one too, the last one was pretty masculine looking.

This tin uses the SU! retired Four Seasons Designer Series Paper as well as the retired SAB set lots of thoughts. That set makes the perfect little tag for gifts when mounted with the scallop punch. I also used chocolate chip and so saffron cardstock and old olive twill ribbon, which will sadly retire at the end of the month. I love these little tins becuase they make a super cute, quick and easy, thank you gift that everyone loves becuase it is chocolate.Pin It Now!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Another wedding share

Here is a wedding card that I made. This is using the retired set Life's Special Moments and the retired wheel whirly twirly. I like the way the the bride and groom look in this stamp, you can really see the love in their embrace. The wedding colors were burgundy and yellow so I customised the colors to them. I also used some retired burgundy organdy ribbon. The couple is cut out and mounted with dimensionals. The wheel is done with craft white ink and the couple is colored with the pastels. Overall it is a very simple card but I like the way that it turned out.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

School's Out For the Summer

Well today is the offical second day of summer vacation. It means more hot days, time with the kids and less driving! (especially needed right now with gas at $4.47 here). Kaitlyn had her last day of kindergarten on Friday. She had a fun time but was seriously bummed that she would never see her teacher again, she is retiring. She was also disappointed yesterday becuase she thought that she was going to start first grade right away, she doesnt like the idea of having to wait unti August to go back to school. I showed Kaitlyn several projects to do and these are the ones that she picked.

The first is this neat little stationary holder that so many people are doing right now. The directions for it can be found here.

It was actually pretty easy to do even with a lot of "help" from Kaitlyn. Next time I have to remember to stamp on the plain cardstock before assembling, we kind of got ahead of ourselves so the base part of our box is pretty plain. We used the Flowers for you designer series paper, and the love and happiness rub-ons from SAB for the majority of the project.

The card organizer is a 12 month card organizer that has calendar pages on the inside with pockets to add in cards, we found it here. For this project Kaitlyn picked the Cutie Pie designer series paper, which doesnt look too pretty sitting next to the other project but on its own it is adorable.

And of course what is a gift with out chocolate, so there is a nugget tin decorated with the Flowers for You paper.

Kaitlyn also had the two morning kindergarten teachers helping out in her class. Well me and my forgetfulness completely forgot to make something for them and I didnt realize it until the middle of the night Thursday. So I got up extra early on Friday morning and went to my favorite blog for some inspiration. I found these cute little stationary holders with matching note cards and envelopes and whipped up two of them in less than an hour.

This is a complete case of her work, no orginality on my part becuase of the lack of time I couldnt think properly. Dannie has a great video tutorial on how to make these on her blog. This set uses the Tart and Tangy stamp set, Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper (my favorite), wide red grosgrain, and coordintating cardstock and ink.

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Spencer's Teacher Gifts

Today is the last day of kindergarten but last Friday was the last day of preschool for Spencer. The end of the year really snuck up on me. I had plans to be ahead of schedule which of course did not happen. With the end of the year here was of course a mad dash to get together some teacher gifts. The following are the gift sets we made for my son's preschool teachers. He helped with a lot of the work and had a blast.

The set includes a journal/notebook, beaded pen, post it note holder, magnets, nuggets and a bag that was supposed to hold homemade cookies but we ran out of time so all of the little gifts were stuffed inside.

We used the Jersey Shore Designer Series Paper, scallop and circle punches, Edgy Eloquence, Lots of Thoughts, So Many Scallops, Tags So Much, Little Pieces, and Holiday Blitz Stamp Sets, some pumpkin pie grosgrain, retired fancy fibers.

This set used the Retired Rebecca designer series paper, scallop and circle punches, Lots of Thoughts, So Many Scallops, Edgy Eloquence and Quirky Alphabet stamp sets, and retired chocolate satin ribbon. Pin It Now!