Saturday, February 27, 2010

Happy Moments Birthday

This is the second card we made at my workshop Tuesday. I often CASE cards from the blog. I love her style! She did 2 versions of this card and I actually preferred the more plain one {here} so I chose it to recreate. Besides workshops are not always conducive to "jazzing up".
I used the Happy Moments Stamp Set that is FREE with a $50 purchase through March 31.

Recipe: Stamp Sets: Happy Moments, On Your Birthday. Card Stock: taken with teal, old olive, whisper white, sweet pea dsp. Ink: black staz-on, taken with teal. Accessories: dimensionals, old olive 1/2" satin ribbon. Tools: scallop trim punch, perfect polka-dots embossing folder, big shot, blender pen.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Get Well Butterfly

I had a Hostess Club workshop Tuesday evening. This is one of the two cards the guests got to make. When I first saw it {here}, I liked that it was simple but not too plain. I think the black ribbon adds richness and who doesn't love that pop of red?!

Recipe: Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Wellness Wishes, Great Friend. Card Stock: bashful blue, whisper white, not quite navy, real red. Ink: basic black, not quite navy. Accessories: 5/8" basic black grosgrain ribbon, glue dots, beatiful wings embosslit. Tools: big shot, eyelet border punch.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sweet Pea Thanks

Last week, I stamped with a couple of friends. We each prepare a card for everyone to make. This is the one I shared. I found it on {this} great blog. It's funny because this stamper was inspired by another stamper - and you can find the card on my blog {here}.
The squares are cut form the Sweet Pea designer series pack - my current favorite. I ran out of the Rose Red Stitched Ribbon, so I had to substitute Bashful Blue. This was a fun, bright, cheery card to make while we endured over a foot of snow...

Recipe: Stamp Set: Short & Sweet. Card Stock: whisper white, sweet pea dsp. Ink: chocolate chip pad, taken with teal, old olive & so saffron markers. Accessories: rose red & bashful blue 1" stitched ribbon, dimensionals. Tools: scallop trim border punch.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

February 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #4

For this card, we used a new stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. It's called Good Neighbors. It includes several different houses, roofs and trees, plus one cloud. At first, I thought it was cute but wasn't too sure I would use. But - hey - it's FREE. Now I'm glad I did get it. My first thoughts were of cards for people moving away or house warming, and how many of those do you need? But, like I said, the stamp set is free. Then I thought to use with the "You're Never More Than a Thought Away" sentiment from the FREE Whimsical Words stamp set. Very appropriate, I thought, and another occasion for the set. I love it when stamp sets come together like that! Recipe: Stamp Sets: Good Neighbors, Whimsical Words. Card Stock: soft suede, old olive, crushed curry, whisper white, ruby red. Ink: soft suede, bashful blue, ruby red, old olive. Accessories: 1/2" soft suede polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals. Tools: spiral punch, SAMJ, XL flower punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" , 1-1/2" circle punch (non SU).

Monday, February 22, 2010

February 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #3

This was a pretty simple card that I adapted from {this} one. The color combination is so different from the other Stamp-A-Stack cards. With all the snow we got last week, it was nice to think spring!
Recipe: Stamp Set: Well Scripted. Card Stock: whisper white, kraft, old olive, regal rose, rose red. Ink: regal rose, rose red. Accessories: 5/8" regal rose grosgrain ribbon, white brads (non SU), large glue dots, perfect polka-dots embossing folder. Tools: big shot, 1/16" hole punch, scallop edge punch.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

February 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #2

This is called an easel card. They have been all over the web lately. I wasn't all that interested in them until I saw {this} one. I finally decided to give one a try and I love it! The card that inspired me and the tutorial on Splitcoaststampers feature a square card. I don't usually make square cards because I don't like that they don't fit properly in rectangular envelopes and square envelopes require additional postage. So I adapted mine to a standard A2 size (4.25" x 5.5"). To balance the added space, I added the real red satin ribbon. That really improved the card!
Now I hope that the recipient of this card realizes it can stand up.

Recipe: Stamp Sets: En Francais, Flight of the Butterfly, Well Scripted. Card Stock: real red, chocolate chip, very vanilla. Ink: real red, chocolate chip. Accessories: glue dots, real red satin ribbon. Tools: scallop trim border, sponge.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

February 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #1

Good Morning and Happy Weekend!
Today is day 2 of my February Stamp-A-Stack. This is the first card that everyone is making. I really wanted to use this new Vintage Vogue stamp set and I found this set of cards on Jill's Card Creations {here}. I love blue and think everything goes with kraft (kind of like khaki pants☺).

Recipe: Stamp Set: Vintage Vogue. Card Stock: kraft, brocade blue, very vanilla. Ink: brocade blue, creamy caramel, close to cocoa. Accessories: kraft taffeta ribbon, brown brad (non SU), dimensionals.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Wrapping Up Valentine's Day

Since it is now February 19, I figured I out to finish showing my Valentine's projects.
This is a tin that I altered for a friend (and fellow stamper). I ordered it online from the Stampin' Up! clearance rack. I covered it with a piece of Sending Love designer paper. Then I opened it up and ran it through the Big Shot with my heart shaped magnetic die. I was so impressed - it cut like butter and didn't leave sharp edges. I added a piece of acetate on the inside of the lid to make a window so goodies wouldn't fall out. Then all I needed to do was add a few embellishments and fill it up.

Ribbon and chocolate; two must haves for any stamping project. ☺

As much as I have missed Kyle since he went to school, I must admit that being empty-nesters can be fun! Especially Thursdays (Jeff's 1/2 day off). Yesterday, we had 2 dates. And last Thursday, he actually baked and decorated Valentine cookies with me. Perfect husband and best friend - how blessed am I?!
Of course, we had to make some red "M"s to send in a care packaged to Miami.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day, yesterday. This is the card I mailed to some family and friends. I made a few minor changes to {this} card.
I thought old olive added a different twist to a Valentine card. Then I received a card from a friend who used the exact same colors. OK - maybe it's not as original as I had thought. ☺

Recipe: Stamp Sets: Love You Much, Teeny Tiny Wishes (inside sentiment). Card Stock: pretty in pink, real red, old olive, whisper white. Ink: real red, whisper white. Accessories: 5/8" old olive grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, quickutz circle embossing folder. Tools: big shot, heart to heart punch, 1/2" circle punch, scallop border punch.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine M&M Treats

Thought I would share a few little Valentine treats I made. They are "matchbook" treat holders. Who remembers matchbooks? These treat holders fold just like that - open them up to find a fun size bag of M&Ms. I found them {here} and thought they would be quick and fun to make. I was right. :0)

To make them: Cut card stock to 8.5" x 3". Score at 1" and 5". Fold the smaller end up, stick in the candy, and staple in place. If you want to add ribbon, lay it in place before stapling. Fold the top down and tuck under the small flap. Decorate for any occasion.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Khaki & Black Circles

This is one of the cards I "tried out" for my next Stamp-A-Stack. It didn't make the cut. A card on {this} blog caught my eye quite a while ago because I love khaki and black together. Although I like the one I made, I'm not happy the way the black stamped. If/when I make more, I will use black embossing powder and heat emboss it. That should but some pop and still keep the casualness.
I hope you're staying warm. Think Spring!
Recipe: Stamp Sets: Circle Circus, Trendy Trees (greeting). Card Stock: kraft, basic black, whisper white. Ink: basic black. Accessories: kraft taffeta ribbon, black brads, dimensionals. Tools: modern label punch, mover & shaper magnetic die, big shot, paper piercer, mat pack.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

February Stamp-A-Stack

You’re invited:

What: February 2010 Stamp-A-Stack
Make 2 each of 4 different cards, including envelopes
Cost: $12.00

When: Friday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.
or Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: My Stampin’ Space
637 Tara Oaks Drive
Middletown, OH 45042

RSVP: by noon Wednesday, February 17
513-422-5117 or
Please tell me which day you would like to attend and if anyone will be joining you.

Unable to attend either day? But don’t want to miss out on this month’s cards?
You have 2 options:
1. Purchase the card kit. You will receive all of the materials to make the cards and envelopes. The price is the same as if you had attended the workshop; $12. Limit 2 kits per customer*.
2. Purchase the completed cards. I'll do all the work for you. You can even add your own initials or personalized stamp to the back – your secret is safe with me. Price is $14 for all 8 cards and envelopes. Limit one (1) set per customer**.

Because seats are limited and I need advanced notice to properly prepare the materials, please RSVP as early as possible for yourself and any quests you're bringing. I will confirm your reservation and follow up with a reminder email the week of the workshop.

Thank you!

*For out-of-towners, Priority Mail shipping is $4.80 for 1 kit. Price for additional kits will depend on weight and zip code. Kit availability may depend on supply availability; occasional slight substitutions may be made.

**The completed kit is only available to those unable to attend the workshop. Unassembled kits are available to anyone.

Lots of Samples

I didn't want you to think I haven't been stamping. Here are some of the samples I've recently made for upcoming workshops. As the events come, I will show close-up photos and details.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Winter Wonderland 2010

What a beautiful snow! It was so peaceful today! This is enough, though. I'm glad we didn't get hit like the folks in the east. Wow!
I had an eye doctor appointment today. My pupils were dilated. When I drove home, the snow was blinding. And the roads weren't cleared so it was difficult to see exactly where they were and where I should be. On the up-side; no one else was crazy enough to be out so I had the roads all to myself.

This last picture is our pool. As pretty as the snow is, I'm anxious for it to thaw out!
Stay warm and safe!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Valentine Treat Box

This is a really quick and cute little box for Valentine's gifts or candies. I bought little lunch bags at Hobby Lobby and cut them down to 3" tall. Using my Big Shot and Top Note Die, I cut two top note shapes from regal rose card stock and adhered one to each side of the lunch bag. I then punched a "handle" on each side with the Wide Oval Punch. Simple!
I already had the red crinkle paper, but you can make your own by running card stock though a crimper, then cutting it into slivers on your cutter.
Recipe: Stamp Set: Love You Much. Card Stock: rose red, regal rose, whisper white. Ink: rose red. Accessories: rose red 1" stitched ribbon, white gel pen, small lunch bags (non SU). Tools: big shot, top note die, wide oval punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Simple Kraft Valentine

When I was looking for Valentine samples, I ran across {this} simple one and liked it. It has pinks, satin and a little glitter, but yet I still don't think it's too "girly". Probably because of the kraft card stock - I love how you can use it to mix styles. I used the new Perfect Polka-Dots Impressions Folder on just part of the card front. I didn't have any red buttons, so I punched a circle from real red card stock and stuck it behind a clear button.
Recipe: Stamp Set: Well Scripted. Card Stock: kraft, real red, pretty in pink, sending love specialty paper. Ink: real red. Accessories: clear button, pretty in pink satin ribbon, linen thread perfect polka-dots impressions folder. Tools: big shot, scallop trim border punch, 1" circle punch, paper piercer.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bella Bleu Bird

This is the other card we made at my workshop this past Saturday. I saw this square {card} and loved it. My version is standard size (4.25" x 5.5"). It's so natural, but not plain. Having the two-sided designer paper makes it easy to punch the bird and coordinating wing at once. This new XL Bird Punch is from the Occasional Mini Catalog; {here} is another card I made with this punch.
Remember from yesterday that my hostess had requested that we use the crop-a-dile? On this card, I used it to punch the holes on the hand-made button. The faux button on this card is made with 5 layers of very vanilla card stock circles and topped off with a designer paper circle. The crop-a-dile punched the holes through those 6 layers like butter.

Recipe: Stamp Set: Thank You Kindly. Card Stock: very vanilla, kraft, not quite navy, bella bleu designer paper. Ink: not quite navy. Accessories: kraft taffeta ribbon, linen thread, dimensionals. Tools: glue dots, sponge, 3/4" circle punch, crop-a-dile, xl bird punch.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Valentine Pocket Card

Happy Monday!
I had a fun workshop Saturday morning. My hostess requested that we use the Crop-A-Dile. I like to use jumbo eyelets on tags, so I came up with this pocket card. It's my first time to make one like this and I am tickled with the way it turned out. The base of the card is a "pocket" and the part that you write on is like a tag that you pull out of the pocket. It fits in the medium envelope (standard A2).

If you are a hostess club member and were unable to attend the workshop, you will receive one of these beauties with your order. They are ready and waiting.

We used a lot of new products from the Occassions Mini Catalog.
Recipe: Stamp Sets: Well Scripted, Teeny Tiny Wishes. Card Stock: real red, pretty in pink, whisper white. Ink: real red. Accessories: dimensionals, 5/8" pretty in pink satin ribbon, 1/2" pretty in pink striped grosgrain ribbon, red gingham ribbon, perfect polka-dot impressions folder, scallop heart of heart embosslit die, pewter jumbo eyelet. Tools: crop-a-dile, big shot, pinking hearts border punch, sticky strip.
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