Thursday, May 28, 2009

A fun and simple card holder

This is a card holder that we made at my last class. I got the idea from Becky’s website. They are fairly simple to make.

card holderThere is one pocket on the outside and two on the inside. I put cards in the outside one and one of the inside pockets, the other inside pocket holds the envelopes. Here is what it looks like open.

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I have made a few sets of these so far and on the first ones I colored in the labels, but I think that I might like them better left black and white. I love that the cards are reusable. The white part pulls out and is what you write on, then you can replace the white part and give it again!

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I have a sick toddler that I have been attending to that is crying yet again, so I will try to remember to get back later to post the supplies.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ribbons Anonymous

I love ribbon, especially Stampin’ Up ribbon.  I had a large ribbon collection even before I started using it for cards and crafts.  I mostly just used it to tie a bow around a ponytail or to decorate a package.  Now I use it all over the place.  I have been learning how to make the “boutique bows”, but my oldest is in a headband phase all of the sudden.  So, of course I had to learn how to make some with ribbon.  I found some instructions, printed them off and worked on it in the car while waiting at school for the kids.  The Stampin’ Up! ribbon was so wonderful for this project because the ribbon is wonderful quality and beautiful coordinating colors.  Here is what I made, isn't it fun?

     hb1hb2  Now it is not perfect, I had some difficulties in the beginning that I could not overcome where I had some puckering of the ribbon, but it will be tucked behind the ear so no one will know!  When Kaitlyn saw it completed and saw me taking pictures of it while she was getting ready for bed she was so excited and wanted to try it on and take a picture with it. 


Now the best part is that she knows what she wants to wear tomorrow already so that she can wear the headband!  No before school outfit conundrums!  I hope to get some actual stamping time in soon.

Supplies:  Certainly Celery and Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon and a plastic headband.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Clouds and Classic Ink Embossing

Sorry, I thought I would get a minute or two in the morning to hop on the computer and finish up things to post the video yesterday, but that didn’t happen.  I was running around trying to make sure that we had everything we could ever possibly need (yet never use) to spend the day at Discovery Kingdom.  Well I now have the video uploaded to YouTube and so here it is for your viewing pleasure.

Supplies used in Video are:

Stamps:  Upsy Daisy Stamp set

Ink: Versamark, Brocade Blue and Rose Red Classic Inks

Paper:  Whisper White and scraps of what ever

Accessories:  Clear Embossing powder

Tools:  Sponge and Heat Tool

Have a Stamperific Day!

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Blog Candy Winner

And the lucky winner of the paper, accessories and the card is comment #4 which was Jessica.  I will contact you about your prize.

I used to get the results, I was going to put it all on paper and let one of the kids pick one but I am out of time, so I attached a screen shot of the draw.  I was surprised because I have use that site a lot but it usually puts a number from the middle first, not something close to the beginning.

I also filmed a video last night because I have received quite a few emails about how to do the clouds and the versamark – classic ink embossing.  I will try to get it posted tonight. 




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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Upsy Daisy continued

Sorry I forgot to post this yesterday but here is the third set of Upsy Daisy cards that I promised after the blog tour.  This is a set of 3x3 cards.  I still need to make a box for them so I can give them as a gift, but here are the cards.

up3x3 I just love these little cards, they are so fun to stick in the kids (or husband’s) lunch box, or with a gift to a friend, or even to tuck in a handmade goodie for the neighbor.    To make the clouds I just drew a simple cloud on a scratch piece of paper and cut it out.  Then starting at the top you use a sponge to add the ink around the edge of your cloud mask, working at the top of the page going down.  The daisies are embossed by first inking up with versamark ink and then taking the inked stamp inking it up again in the color that I wanted.  The of course just pour on the embossing powder and heat away!

Stamps: Upsy Daisy Stamp set

Ink:  Versamark, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Night of Navy, Bravo Burgundy, Brocade Blue

Paper:  Whisper White, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Night of Navy, Bravo Burgundy

Accessories:  Stampin Dimensionals, Clear Embossing Powder, Chit Chat Rub-ons

Tools: Heat Tool

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Blog Candy Time

I hope you all enjoyed the blog tour over the weekend.  I wish I had more time to spend viewing all of the blogs.  As promised earlier I have a little treat for you as with the extra 800+ hits from the blog tour I have well passed the 20,000 hits mark.  So as a thank you I have a little package to offer to you.  The winner will get a package that includes:DSC_0004

40 pieces of Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper from several different paper packs  (6x6 in size)

DSC_0001Some of my favorite Stampin’ Up! accessories, various ribbons,  items from the pretties kit and Flower Fusion felt Flowers. 

ud 2-2And lastly, one of my favorite cards from the blog tour.

All you have to do is post a comment to this entry.  Say anything you want, as long as it is nice, or let me know something you would like to see me post in the future.  (I will not add emails in the contest this time, it was just extra time and effort that I do not have right now, so only comments on this post will count.  Also this is only for people in the US and Canada, if you win and are from somewhere else, I will send you any two cards from my blog tour post, your choice.)

I will draw a winner on Thursday!

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Take the tour with me


Welcome to

Tour #5

Stop #19

I have been having a lot of fun pre paring numerous cards for today’s big tour. I get to show you the Upsy Daisy stamp set, it is one of my all time favorites because I am a sucker for daisies! I also like this set because it is so versatile, I can use it for any number of occasions, so you will see I have left the sentiment off of many of the cards so I can just whip out a card when I need it and add a fitting sentiment.

I actually had 3 different sets of cards that I made to pick from, but I had a hard time because I liked each set for different reasons. So I enlisted my kids to help me pick. So I asked the 3 older kids in one at a time to choose and of course they each picked different ones. So today I will show you two of the sets and you will have to come back next week to see the one that my toddler picked! I will also be doing things a little differently on this post since there are so many cards I will post the “ingredients” under each card instead of a formal list at the end of the post.

This is the set that my boy likes the best, because it has “the least amount of girly on it”. I wanted to use the Urban Garden DSP and ended up using Baja Breeze and Basic Gray as the main colors. Here is what the set looks like:

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These cards are all pretty simple , I created these card with the idea of using them as part of a card class.

ud 1-1 Although it doesn't show up very well in the picture, there is a Baja Breeze Shadow created by stamping a second image slightly off center of the basic gray image using the stamp-a-ma-jig. I used Baja Breeze and Basic Gray ink, Urban Garden DSP, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, and Whisper White cardstock, Stamp-a-ma-jig, stampin dimensionals, the pretties kit for the half back pearls, button bouquet button, and white taffeta ribbon.

ud 1-2 This card also has a baja breeze shadow like the first card. I used Baja Breeze and Basic Gray ink, Urban Garden DSP, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, and Whisper White cardstock, ticket corner punch, scallop edge punch, stamp a ma jig, and Not Quite Navy brads.

ud 1-3Sorry this card looks like it is falling over on you, I was struggling with lighting and this is the best shot I got. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp two of the daisy images side by side to create an image large enough to cover the length of the front of the card. I used Baja Breeze and Basic Gray ink, Urban Garden DSP, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, and Whisper White cardstock.

ud 1-4 This card was my son’s favorite. It uses Basic Gray ink, Urban Garden DSP, Baja Breeze, and Basic Gray cardstock, and Baja Breeze Stitched Grosgrain.

For my second set of cards I tried my hand at the “Zindorf” brayering technique. This is the set that my 7 year old daughter likes the best.

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This was my first try at the technique. It is not bad but definitely has its imperfections. It was a great learning card.ud 2-1 This card uses Versamark, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and Rose Red inks, Whisper White, Regal Rose, and Basic Black cardstock, Pink Pirouette textured cardstock, black embossing powder, heat tool, brayer, and the Crafter’s Tool Kit for the paper piercing.

ud 2-2 This was my second attempt and definitely getting better. I figured out that the more ink I used the better. It really helps the colors to blend. This card uses Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, and Versamark ink, Kiwi Kiss texture cardstock, Whisper White, Basic Black and Elegant Eggplant cardstock, the eyelet border punch, brayer, black embossing powder, heat tool, and the Crafter’s Tool Kit.

ud 2-3 I am really happy with the way that this one turned out. It had so much ink on it when I touched the card and looked at my fingers it looked like I had stuck my fingers on an ink pad. The sun was created by making a mask using the 1 1/4 inch circle punch and cutting out a circle out of a post it note. This card uses Summer Sun, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, and Versamark inks, Barely Banana, So Saffron, and Basic Black Cardstock, Washington Apple DSP, Stampin Dimensionals, Black Brads, brayer, black embossing powder, and the heat tool.

ud 2-4In real life the lines are a lot more subtle between the colors for some reason the picture enhances the lines. This card uses Summer Sun, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip and Versamark inks, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White cardstock, Good Morning Sunshine DSP, chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, dimensionals, horizontal slot punch, brayer, clear embossing powder, and the heat tool.ud 2-5 This is a close up of how the ribbon is fed through the card. I punched one slot in the top layer of the cardstock (originally whisper white before all of the brayering).

I hope you enjoyed these samples as I had a lot of fun making them to show to you. Be sure to come back on Monday to see the other Upsy Daisy set and check back soon for my blog candy!

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to bookmark me because the links will disappear at midnight on May 16th. And please leave me a comment to let me know how you liked my blog!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Just checking in

I am just checking in while I still can.  I have been busy working on several projects.  I have been putting some of the last minute touches on my projects for the blog tour on Friday and Saturday.  I have also been prepping for my little class tomorrow night.  Unfortunately I cannot show you either of these projects yet.  I did want to take the time to remind you to come back on Friday for the blog tour.  I will be showcasing the Upsy Daisy stamp set and each different “stop” along the way will show you a different stamp set.  All you have to do is come to my blog on either Friday or Saturday and there will be links to get you going on a tour through stamp sets currently featured by Stampin’ Up!.  Also I just looked at my counter for the first time in a looong time and I am close to 20,000 hits, something I didn't imagine would happen for me as quickly as it has (although I know many people have hit that and then some in less than a month).  Anyways I am excited about it so I will be offering blog candy soon.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Another Stationary Folio

I had about a half hour to whip something together that I wanted to give to a friend.  I just love making these things, they are so nice and easy to make and everyone can use some personalized stationary right? I just love this color combo, I think that I have even made one of these before using the same colors.  I will be so sad to see them go, but I still have another month and a half to enjoy them!

r-folio r-folio open This one is extra special because of my current paper shortage.  All of the white cardstock is shimmery white.

Stamps: Defining Alphabet

Ink: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red

Paper: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Shimmery White, Baja Breeze Patterns DSP

Accessories:  Ridding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain, real red brads

Tools:  1 1/4 inch circle,  1 3/8 circle, and Scallop circle punches

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Lemonade Stand Blog Award

I received this blog award from Dianne, what a surprise and honor.  I just recently started visiting her blog and I look forward to each new post of hers.   Head on over to her blog to check out her great projects.

Lemonade Stand Award I would like to give the award to the following ladies:

 Twila, June, Nicole, Christine and  Tonya

Go check out their wonderful blogs and leave them a comment or two, they deserve it!

The rules of the award (To pick up the Lemonade Stand Award):- Comment on this blog.- Save the award logo to your own computer and use it in your own blog.- Nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude.- Link to your nominees within your blog post.- Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.- Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.

My toddler is sleeping and the baby is content in her jumpy seat I am going to try and go stamp in the few minutes before I have to pick up the big kids from school.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Thank You sets

As I promised, I have the details on the sets of thank you cards that we gave to the teachers.  It was late on Thursday night and I was at a loss trying to come up with a simple and cute idea for mass producing some cards for teachers.  I decided to check 2 websites and I only allowed myself 15 minutes to find something then I would have to just do something else.  I was so low on time I didn't know what to do and knew that I could spend hours looking at all of the wonderful cards.  As it turned out I only needed one website and about 30 seconds.  I went to Angie’s blog and she had just recently posted a set of thank you cards that was perfect.  I completely cased them other than using different designer paper.    I couldn't believe how fast they came together, I made 36 cards in one hour and 12 minutes from start to finish.  That includes all of the scoring, cutting, punching piercing etc.  The only problem was I didn't realize how low my paper stash has gotten.  I am now down to just two full sheets of whisper white 4 sheets of very vanilla, 3 sheets of chocolate chip and I could go on and on, ack!   I just didn't have enough of the colors I wanted so I had to improvise and stretch things a bit.  The thank you images are stamped on shimmery white cardstock, one of the few things I am not too low on, so they have a nice little sparkle in real life.

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Stamps: Lovely Labels

Ink:  Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi

Paper:  Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Shimmery White, Kraft, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Afternoon Tea DSP

Accessories: Wild Wasabi Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

Tools: 1 1/4 inch circle punch, scallop circle punch, crafters tool kit

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Today is the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week at the kids school.  They were all encouraged to write and bring a Thank You note to school today.  Of course I just couldn't stop there.  I had to make some goodies for them too.  The kids stamped their own cards for their teachers but they both had them sealed in their envelopes before I could get a picture of them. 

Kaitlyn brought her teacher a milk carton set, a set of thank you notes, hand sanitizer and a bunch of glue sticks.


The milk cartons were filled with paper clips and mini post it notes and of course one was filled with chocolate. kkta1She also brought one of the stationary folios that we made last year for her teachers, for her teacher’s aid this year.  She had me make one exactly like the ones from last year.  Here is what  it looked like, more details can be found here.


Spencer wanted something different for his teacher so I made him the drawer set from Becky’s blog.  He also gave his teacher Kleenex, hand sanitizer, glue sticks and thank you cards. 


Inside we filled it with matching paper clips, pens and post it notes.  We even found some on clearance that had her monogram on it! 


His other teacher’s aids got packs of thank you cards.

sta3 I will be back later to show you the actual thank you cards that are in the boxes for the teachers.

Have a stamperific day!  Kirsten Brown


Milk Carton supplies:

Stamps:  Cheep Talk, Best Yet

Ink:  Summer Sun, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Only orange, Chocolate Chip

Paper: Summer Sun, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Good Morning Sunshine DSP

Accessories:  Gold Cord, Dimensionals, Pacific Point striped grosgrain

Tools: Crafters Tool Kit,  1 1/4 in circle, 1 3/8 inch circle, and  Scallop Circle Punches, Corner Rounder Punch, Key Tab Punch, Slot Punch and small Tag punch


Card Folio Supplies: 

Stamps: Tart and Tangy

Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie

Paper:  Summer Picnic DSP, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Whisper White

Accessories:  Wide Real Red Grosgrain, Real Red Brads

Tools: 1 1/4 circle, 1 3/8 circle and scallop circle punches


Drawers Set:

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Bali Breeze DSP (retired)

Accessories:  Brass Build a Brads

Tools: 1/2 inch circle punch

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hello There

My goodness this week has been full of the crazies.  Here it is Thursday and I cannot believe it.  I have been so busy with other things that I have barely even started the teacher appreciation gifts for the kids and they have to bring them to school tomorrow.  ACK! 

This card is made to fit in the open ended envelopes.  I really have some work to do to use up a lot of my paper in the next two months before it retires.  It always amazes me how far one pack of paper can really go. 

Hello ThereFor the little birdie, I ended up inking him up in Pacific Point and then stamping him off on a scratch paper to give him a softer look.  He was just too dark and bold when he was stamped full strength.

Stamps: Cheep Talk

Ink:  Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip

Paper:  Whisper White, Pacific Point , Good Morning Sunshine DSP

Accessories:  Kiwi Kiss/ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

Tools:  Blender Pen, Crafters Tool Kit

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I have mentioned Late Night Stampers group several times before on my blog. It is a fabulous site for Stampin' Up Enthusiasts of all kinds, in fact recently it was opened up to everyone demos and non demos alike. We love to share our creations and love of stamping. One of the many wonderful things going on over there is a new "blogging stars" group. It is a way to share our talents with each other and to recognize the work of these other great stampers. I will be visiting each of these blogs at least every other day. I hope you will join me and leave comments for these ladies too!

Group 3
Sandi MacIver
Tina Taves
Chris Austin
Heidi Michel
Kelli Waters
Nancy Legate
Dianne Shiozaki
Holly Brown
Virginia Killmore
Kirsten Brown

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