Friday, May 29, 2009

Welcome, Adyson!

Well, since my last post and after 4 Advil and 3 ice packs, 1/2 of our windows are clean. It's worth it - they are so shiny! Today is a beautiful day to have the windows open and finish up. Don't you just love the feeling of accomplishment?
OK, on with the card. A friend of mine recently had a precious little baby girl, Adyson. Although I have a few onsie cards already made up (see this post), I gave her one at her shower. So...I got to create again. I really liked this sweet and simple card. Same little elephant stamp, but totally different card.
Tip: I used Pink Pirouette ink which is pretty light. To get the image to show up better, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig and double stamped. Another tip: When adhering textured layers, run your tape runner over whichever layer is not textured. Too much pressure on the back of a texture will smash the design. Trust me, I learned this from experience.

Have a great day!

Stamp Sets: Nursery Necessities, Congrats
Card Stock: whisper white, chocolate chip, pink pirouette, chocolate chip dsp
Ink: chocolate chip, pink pirouette
Accessories: dimensionals, pretty in pink taffeta ribbon
Tools: cuttlebug and embossing folder, scallop edge punch

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Baroque is Back with Black


I think the black on this card just makes the other colors pop. I am very pleased with how it turned out. I made it for no other reason than I love it. (TIP: To align and evenly space brads, use your mat pack and paper piercer).

Our house was finally pressure washed yesterday so now it's time for me to clean windows. But it's dark and looks like it will rain. Rats!

Hoping for sunshine ...



Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs, Sweet Little Sentiments

Card Stock: basic black, whisper white, old olive, old olive dsp

Ink: black staz-on, old olive, rose red, pumpkin pie

Accessories: black brads, 1/4" black grosgrain ribbon, glue dots, flower fusion

Tools: large flower punch (non SU), mat pack, paper piercer

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Anniversary Hearts

Happy Wednesday. Yesterday felt like Monday - I even referred to it as being Monday. But I think I'm back on track today. How about you?

Last week, I selected the birthday and anniversary cards to send in June. I ran out of Anniversary Cards. I love it when that happens!! (I bet I know what you're thinking). I knew exactly which card I wanted to CASE. I know I say this a lot, but it is even prettier in realy life. The hearts are popped up.

Have a super day!

Stamp Sets: Polka Dot Punches, Congrats, All Holidays
Card Stock: chocolate chip, whisper white, certainly celery, delicate dots dsp
Ink: craft white, chocolate chip, certainly celery
Accessories: dimensionals, certainly celery twill ribbon
Tools: SAMJ, full heart punch

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Always Again

Saturday I told you that I made 3 very different cards using the same stamp set, "Always". Here's the the third and final one. I can't quite decide on it, but it is definitely a lot different than the other two.
Have a great week!
Stamp Set: Always
Card Stock: whisper white, chocolate chip, sweet always dsp
Ink: chocolate chip
Accessories: dimensionals, brown brads
Punches: 1/2", 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" circles

Monday, May 25, 2009

God Bless Our Troops

Remember our troops everyday, but especially today. Thank them for the sacrifices they make that we may live in freedom. Offer gratitude and comfort to the families of those that paid the ultimate price. It is easy to forget the cost of doing the things that we so routinely do. And praise God that we live in a county where we can openly worship Him!

Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Always Mr. & Mrs.

Here's the second of the three cards I made yesterday using my neglected 'Always' stamp set. Again the hearts are layered - when I was assembling them, it dawned on me that the card would've looked more elegant if I had heat embossed the hearts. Next time!

Happy Sunday!

Stamp Sets: Always, All Holidays
Card Stock: whisper white, basic black, bashful blue
Ink: black staz-on
Accessories: white taffeta ribbon, dimensionals
Tools: scallop border punch (fiskars), cuttle bug and embossing folder.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Always Clean and Simple

My monthly stamp club with friends had to cancel today. Since I already had the time blocked off, I still stamped. I made 3 different cards with the same stamp set. It's fun to see the versatility you can get from one set. I used the set called Always. I stamped the heart image twice - once on the white and once on baja breeze. I cut out the baja heart inside the dotted line and popped it up over the white heart. I think this might qualify as a CAS card (clean and simple). I stamped a leafy twig and flowers from the same set along with the sentiment "you mean everything to me" on the inside.
Enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend!
Stamp Set: Always
Card Stock: baja breeze, old olive, whisper white
Ink: old olive
Accessories: 5/8" grosgrain old olive ribbon, dimensionals
Tools: paper piercing tools

Thursday, May 21, 2009

My Stampin' Area - Part 2

Ok, I'm back with more of my new organizing.

Originally, I planned to go to IKEA to get the filing cabinet. Then I was going to order the Store & Style cubes from Oriental Trading. But when I walked around IKEA, I went nuts over the cubed style book shelves. They had them in different sizes and colors. I chose the 4x4 style - it's one big unit divided into 16 cubes. It's very heavy, sturdy and reasonably priced. It's also finished well - like furniture - which is nice, since our basement is pretty open and has a family room.

I was so excited to see the optional inserts. I could choose door units or 2-drawer units to slide into the square sections. I chose 4 of each. I wanted the drawers for my punches. Since my collection has had such a fast growth spurt, I've had trouble storing them. They are heavy so plastic tubs and/or bins didn't work out. I bought a plastic-coated wire cabinet insert - it worked ok, but not great. These drawers are perfect. They are sturdy and roll smoothly. Two instead of one per unit works nicely because they are more shallow. The punches don't have to be stacked making it easier to find the one I want. With 8 drawers, I was able to separate the shapes; ovals, circles, squares, borders, etc all have their own drawer. Because of the weight and aesthetics, I lined them up across the bottom.

That just leaves the 4 door units. They are pretty cool, too. They are symmetical, so you can slide them in to either open to the left
or the right. I have a hard time with random, so I did have to arrange
them in a pattern. Surprised? Anyway, they are great for storing stuff I want handy but may not want to look at all the time. I keep my binders of card samples/inspirations in one section. Another holds all the supplies for our 2009 Christmas cards.

With the open sections, I still have plenty of room for my Big Shot, stamp club basket, catalogs and a little decorating. I just love it when function and beauty can be combined. I'm happy with the results. But knowing me, there will undoubtedly be changes some day.

If you look at a picture I posted yesterday, you can see this new bookshelf on the wall to the left of the cabinets and work stations. Even though my stamping area is in the basement, it does not feel like a dungeon or shut off from the rest of the house. It is open, well lit, and even homey.

I have to give another special thanks to my fabulous husband, Jeff. He is so sweet, generous and patient. He spent a good bit of his precious time off work shopping and assembling. And he actually acted happy to do so. Yes, life is good!

I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour.
See you soon.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My Stampin' Area

A couple of weeks ago, I told you that I got a new cabinet/bookshelf for my playroom and I promised to show you when I had it all set up. Well, I'm done ...

Six years ago, we refinished our basement and I claimed this wall. I sat down with graph paper and cabinet brochures from Lowe's. I planned out how to get the most cabinet space with 2 work stations and a precut 10" counter. This is what I came up with and it has worked out great. The cabinets hold all of my stamp sets, tools, embellishments, card stash, 12x12 paper, dies, ribbon, photos, etc. Everything inside is pretty organized. We used to have an air hockey table where the table is now. A friend's son took it off of our hands a couple of months ago and it made a big difference. I only keep my scor-pal and cutter on it. No reason to put those things away. I can add another table for classes.

Card stock storage was what really got me wanting to make some improvements. Although I previously stored it in hanging file folders, it wasn't working out. I had a plastic 2-drawer file cabinet hidden in one of the pantry cabinets. The cardstock was too heavy for plastic drawers; they drooped when I pulled them out too far and I still couldn't reach the back folders. I wanted a heavy duty cabinet that also looked decent. I found one at IKEA. It's super! The drawers are heavy and slide so smoothly. They pull out far enough to reach everything without scraping my knuckles. I have 2 color family groups in each of the top 2 drawers and nuetrals and specialties in the bottom. I bought the file tabs on ebay. Each one is made from the card stock that's stored in that cabinet.

Wow - these photos take so long to download. And I think I can hear stamps calling my name. I'll be back tomorrow to show you the rest of my new goodies.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Graduation Cards - Different School Colors

It's that time of year again - graduations! For us it's usually a whole bunch in one year or none. This year our kids are flooding everyone elses' mailboxes with announcements.
Don't you just love these cards? Simple, yet classy. The top 2 are for Miami University and Middletown High School. While I was at it, I made a couple in other local school colors. I have extras if anyone needs one. The insides are stamped "the best is yet to be". I wish I could photograph dimensions better. I stamped the cap twice, then cut one out and popped it up over the base layer - a fun touch.
Stamp Set: Great Grads
Card Stock: real red, brilliant blue, purple (from Marco's), brushed silver, brushed gold, whisper white
Ink: black staz-on
Accessories: assorted ribbon, dimensionals

I hope your day is sunny!


Monday, May 18, 2009

Fluttering in Pink

I was teased for pondering about blue trees in my last post, so we won't discuss the likelihood of pink butterflies. :0) I made this card the other day and just loved it. It's so sweet ... and pink. I like how the polka-dot background coordinates with the polka dot butterfly image. And the circles are popped up so it looks like they're floating above the paper.
I decided this would be a good card to give Emma for her last day of Kindergarten. Then we went on her field trip Friday to the Dayton Art Institute and our favorite exhibit had butterfly walls. That sealed the deal.
BTW, that was not a field trip worth repeating. The children's activity was not so great. Their favorite part of the day was the bus ride. Most of the children are car riders so it was their first time on a school bus. When the bus pulled away from the curve, they giggled and squealed. And when it turned the first corner, they really whooped it up. It was so funny! If we had just circled the block a few times, they would've called it a perfect day.
Have a super week!


Stamp Sets: Flight of the Butterfly, A Little Birthday Cheer

Card Stock: pretty in pink, regal rose, whisper white, pretty in pink dsp (hostess print packs)

Ink: pretty in pink, regal rose

Accessories: dimensionals, pretty in pink striped grosgrain ribbon

Tools: eyelet border punch (Michael's), 1" circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, paper piercing tools

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Blue Trees?

I know it doesn't really make sense to have blue leaves on the trees, but I really like this card. I like the images and the colors. It's so awesome how Stampin' Up! papers, card stock, inks and ribbon all match. This card would be suitable for many occasions by simply stamping a different sentiment.
We had a big pile of mulch dumped in our driveway last night and I'm ready to go buy flowers. Jeff is finally going to have some time off this weekend. And now it's raining. If the sun doesn't come out soon, I may be forced to work on my ebay listings this weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stamp Sets: Trendy Trees, Thoughts & Prayers
Card Stock: whisper white, maine blueberry dsp
Ink: chocolate chip, old olive, night of navy, bashful blue
Accessories: bashful blue striped grosgrain ribbon
Tool: SAMJ

Friday, May 15, 2009

Look Familiar?

This is basically the same card I showed yesterday. If you find a layout that you like, it's sometimes easy to change it for seasons or occasions. I just changed the colors. And instead of using a designer paper, I used a solid card stock and added texture with a cuttlebug embossing folder. If you look closely, you can see circles on the lighter blue layer.
In a few minutes, I will be meeting Erica at Emma's school. Because of 2 hour delays during bad weather, morning Kindergarten missed more school than the other students. To catch up, they will be attending school all day on Fridays for the remainder of the year. This is their first day for all-day school and their first day to eat lunch at school. After we help them through the lines and open their milk cartons, we will be chaperoning a field trip to the Dayton Art Institute. I figured I needed to do my blog post this morning because I will probably be too tired this evening.
Have a great day!
Stamp Set: Trendy Trees
Card Stock: night of navy, bashful blue, whisper white
Ink: close to cocoa, rose red
Accessories: cuttlebug and embossing folder, night of navy 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
Tool: 1-3/4" circle punch

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Quick & Easy

Although I like elaborate cards with lots of layering and embellishments, there's something to be said about quick and easy. After all, it's the thought that counts. Right? This card was fun to make (aren't they all), but it's also a good one for when time is limited and you need the feeling of accomplishment.
I used my 1-3/4" circle punch to cut a hole in the designer paper, creating a window. I then stamped the tree image on the white layer.

Stamp Set: Trendy Trees
Card Stock: chocolate chip, whisper white, delicate dots dsp
Ink: chocolate chip, pumpkin pie
Accessories: 3/8" white grosgrain ribbon
Tools: 1-3/4" circle punch, stamp-a-ma-jig

Have a happy day!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Talk is Cheep!

I've been in a bit of a funk the past few days and not in the crafting mood. My friend came over today to stamp and it was so fun. Now I don't want to quit. Thanks, Jo!
Birds are so popular lately in crafting and decorating. At first, this stamp set didn't do much for me. But I kept seeing cute cards made with it (including this one) and before I knew it, it found its way to my collection. Now it is one of my favorites. I'm sure you will be seeing more of it.
Stamp Set: Cheep Talk
Card Stock: pacific point, chocolate chip, whisper white, good morning sunshine dsp, pacific point dsp
Ink: pacific point, chocolate chip & old olive markers
Accessories: chocolate chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals
Tools: stamp-a-ma-jig

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, May 11, 2009

Two Girls - Two Graduations

Erica graduated from Rets College as an LPN. This picture was taken at the pinning ceremony on April 16. The commencements were the next night. Erica and Emma got sick so we all missed the cap & gown night. It was a long, tough year for her; being a full-time student and wife and mom. But she did it and did it well! Fortunately, Greg is supportive. His parents are, too - they babysat. Erica's plans are to stay home with the kids this summer and go back to school in August for her RN degree.

On May 9, Katie received her Bachelor's Degree from Miami University with a major in sociology and minor in criminology. Yes, that's right, just 3 years after graduating from high school. (I love Post Secondary Education Option). She plans to attend the Butler Tech Police Academy in July. Her graduation was as crazy as Erica's was calm. It was huge and outside on a very windy day. I took this photo when we just happened to run into her. If she hadn't been in the wrong place at the right time, we would not have seen her until we got home.
Kyle graduates from high school in 4 weeks. I'm hoping to get all three of them wearing their caps and gowns in one photo. Wish me luck!
Have a great week!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

This is the card I made for my mom and a few special friends that are also mothers. It reminds me of shopping. Another favorite hobby (behind card-making, of course). I saw this card almost a year ago when I first started blog hopping. And I actually kept it a secret from my mom all this time.

This card is a great example of coordinating card stocks and designer papers by Stampin' Up! . Remember the designer papers are buy 3, get 1 free through May 31.


Stamp Set: All Holidays
Card Stock: basic black, rose red card stock & dsp, certainly celery card stock and dsp, so saffron card stock and dsp, bashful blue card stock and dsp, cutie pie dsp
Ink: black staz-on
Accessories: dimensionals, gold brads, black gingham ribbon
Punches: small oval, large oval, word window, file tab
Enjoy your day!
P.S. Check back tomorrow. I'll try to get some graduation photos posted.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Praying for You ...

When the new catalog came out, I fell in love with this stamp set! This is the first time I used it, though. I think this card is pretty without being over the top. Even though the printed paper has flowers, I would still say it's gender-neutral.

The stamped panel is popped up. Inside, I layered white on black with the sentiment: "Sending thoughts of love and praying for the Lord to sustain you with bright and restful days."

Have a terrific day!

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Stamp Set: Thoughts & Prayers
Card Stock: sahara sand, basic black, whisper white, delicate dots dsp
Ink: sahara sand, black staz-on
Accessories: dimensionals, 1/4" black grosgrain ribbon, black brads.
Tools: paper piercing tools to align the brads

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Wedding Card ... Really!

My cousin's daughter is getting married in a couple of weeks. I bought their gift the day after we got the invitation but just got around to making the card today. This may be one of the more non-traditional wedding cards you've seen. But the invitation was also very non-traditional. The colors were rose and very bright orange. The newlyweds will be stationed in Hawaii, so I'm suspecting there must be some kind of tropical or luau theme to the wedding and/or reception. If that's the case, then this card should be just about right.
Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs, Short & Sweet
Card Stock: pretty in pink, purely pomegranate, whisper white, prints pack (patterned purely pomegranate and wild wasabi)
Ink: regal rose, purely pomegranate
Accessories: pretty in pink taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, green brad, white gel pen
Punches: small oval, large oval, scallop circle.
Thanks for stopping by!
Inspired by this card.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Enjoy Every Moment

There is a lot going on in our lives right now. I know that is true for many people this time of year. I haven't made too many new cards lately so I turned to my pre-made stash to find one to share today. This card stood out. Perhaps because I love it. Or perhaps because it's a reminder to not rush through all of the happenings and take the time to "enjoy every moment".

Thanks for visiting!

Stamp Set: Enjoy Every Moment
Cardstock: pretty in pink, whisper white, basic black, berry bliss dsp
Ink: staz-on black, pretty in pink
Accessories: dimensionals, black gingham ribbon, black brad.
Tools: 1-3/4" circle punch, 3-flower punch, circle nestabilities, big shot
I CASEd this card from one of my favorite designers. I love her style - very precise and neat.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

It's in the Stars

Besides the green grass and occasional sunshine, another way to tell it's Spring is that my parents are back. The snowbirds have migrated north. Friday, my mom and I stamped and went to Hobby Lobby & Michael's. We also squeezed in a 4 generation pizza lunch. You could say we're making up for lost time. I'm glad she's home!

About 13 years ago, I hosted my first Stampin' Up! workshop. I held it in a classroom at church. My mom went along, but she said, "I'm just coming to help you out (with refreshments, etc.). I'm not getting into this!". Well, her collection now rivals or exceeds mine. We will spend much of the summer getting card projects ready for her Florida buddies to work on next winter. This craft can be addicting!

Enough of my babbling? Isn't this card fun? We made 16 of them Friday. I've mentioned that manly cards aren't always easy - but this one works. Changing the stamps, would also make it a good congratulations card.

We made a little tab to hold this card closed. It was fun techinique and an excuse to use the crop-a-dile. The picture of the full card front is at an angle, so the tab didn't show.

I hope your day is sunny, too!

Stamp Sets: Starring You, A Little Birthday Cheer
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Whisper White, More Mustard, East Coast Prep DSP
Ink: Black Staz-On
Accessories: dimensionals, star eyelets (Michael's)
Tools: large star punch, small star punch, slit punch, sizzix star die, Big Shot, Crop-a-Dile

Monday, May 4, 2009

Punchy Birthday

Happy Monday!

It seems like we just started a new week a day or so ago. Wow - Spring & Summer fly so much faster than winter!

The card I'm sharing today uses a lot of punches and is a great card for a new stamper.

Short post today. I have a new cabinet and bookcase in my stamp area that are calling my name. I'll share pictures when I'm done. I just love to organize! .... but first my errands and chores .....

Have a happy day!

Stamp Set: Party Hearty
Cardstock: bashful blue, pumpkin pie, summer sun, riding hood red, whisper white, washington apple dsp
Ink: pumpkin pie, riding hood red
Accessories: dimensionals
Punches: word window, scallop edge, 3/4" circle, 1-3/8" circle, 1-3/4" circle

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Going in Circles

Whoever said going in circles can't be fun? This card makes me smile.
Have a great and sunny weekend!
Stamp Sets: Big Pieces, Little Pieces, Sweet Little Sentiments
Cardstock: real red, so saffron, whisper white
Ink: real red, brocade blue, so saffron, mellow moss, basic black
Accessories: real red striped grosgrain ribbon, circle clip, dimensionals.

Friday, May 1, 2009

May is National Scrapbooking Month

In celebration of National Scrapbooking Month, Stampin' Up! is offering a special promotion. Check it out:

I know that's hard to read, so let me explain:

  • Purchase any three packs of Designer Series Papers and/or Textured 12x12 card stock and receive one free. You can mix and match. The paper and cardstock are great for scrapbooks, but I use them a lot on my cards.
  • Get the new Jumble Alphabet set at a 20% discount. This is a sneak peek - the stamp set will not be available again until July 2009.
  • You can place an order 24/7 here. Be sure to log in for correct pricing.

I know I'll be taking advantage of these savings.

Happy Scrapping!


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