Saturday, May 29, 2010

Gender Neutral Baby Card

It doesn't seem to happen that often any more, but occasionally people don't know the gender of their baby before they make their big announcement.  For those times, I made a gender neutral baby card.  It's great to send when a pregnancy is announced or to use for a shower.

It's one of the cards I'm offering at the Occasions Workshop this weekend.

I found the idea in this gallery quite a while ago.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Nursery Necessities.  Card Stock:  kraft, pretty in pink, bashful blue, certainly celery, whisper white, so saffron dp.  Ink:  soft suede, pretty in pink, bashful blue, certainly celery, so saffron.  Accessories:  1/4" whisper white grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals.  Punches:  corner rounder, large star.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Pink or Blue Baby Card

I've had a couple of requests to make baby and wedding cards at a workshop.  I realize some of my attendees may not have a need for such cards.  I like to make these cards very "themed" instead of generic, so you can't really stick a different sentiment on them and use them for another occasion.   Instead of working them into a regular Satmp-A-Stack, I decided to offer an Occasions Workshop where people can make whatever occasion they choose and up to 4 of each.  The first workshop is tonight and this is the "Gender Specific" baby card available to make.

I combined the cards in one photo to make it easier to email to customers, and I forgot to take separate pictures for my blog.  Sorry for the funny angle, too - I wanted the texture to show.

I found this card on one of my favorite blogs that I follow in this post.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Bundle of Joy.  Card Stock:  whisper white, bashful blue dp, shades of spring dp.  Ink:  melon mambo, ballet blue.  Accessories:  whisper white, pretty in pink & bashful blue taffeta ribbon, dimensionals.  Tools:  perfect polka-dot embossing folder, big shot, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1-3/4" circle punch.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Way to Go, Kasey!

A sweet young friend of ours was recently inducted in the National Junior Honor Society.  This is the card I made to congratulate her.  I pulled out some retiring colors (some will be returning - can't wait!).  These colors are similar to those in her bedroom (and her Easter dress) so I thought she might like them.  Way to go, Kasey!

I used this card for inspiration, but made several changes.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Starring You.  Card Stock:  pacific point, baja breeze, kiwi kiss, whisper white.  Ink:  pacific point.  Accessories:  pacific point striped grosgrain ribbon, kiwi kiss corduroy brad, silver brad, clear circle rhinestone brad, dimensionals.  Punches:  large oval, scallop oval, star, large star, corner rounder.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bold Bright Birthday

I saw this card the other day and had to make one that night.  It is definitely bold and bright!  I used 2 retiring colors; green galore and only orange.  Although I like this card, I am not going to miss these colors.  The new color pallette is much better.

The cupcake is actually the top cupcake from the pyramid in the Crazy for Cupcakes set.  I just inked the single cupcake with my black Stampin' Up! marker.

I can't link you to the original card because it is on a site for demonstrators only - one of the perks that inspired me to sign up.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Crazy for Cupcakes, Tiny Tags.  Card Stock:  whisper white, real red, only orange, green galore, tempting turquoise.  Ink:  black staz-on.  Markers:  real red, only orange, green galore, tempting turquoise.  Accessories:  black/white gingham ribbon, white embroidery floss, dimensionals.  Punches:  3/4" circle, 1" circle, 1-1/4" square, tiny tag.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Starring New Colors

With the April issue of Stampin' Success (demonstrator magazine), we received five sheets of card stock; one each of five new colors.  I've been saving them (not hoarding) for just the perfect project.  I wanted to share the fabulous new colors, but had a very limited supply.  Hmmm... a dilema...

Then I saw this great card which solved 2 issues for me.  1) How to share this card stock and 2) My May order thank-you cards.  So these are the cards I've made to include with orders received in May.

BTW, I loooove these new colors:  Delightful Daffodil, Cherry Gobbler, Cajun Craze, Marina Mist and Espresso.  These photos do not do the card or colors justice!

Recipe:  Stampsnone {gasp}.  Card Stock:  whisper white, cherry cobbler, cajun craze, delightful daffodil, marina mist, espresso.  Tool:  star punch.

Friday, May 21, 2010

May 2010 Stamp-A-Stack Card #3 Flower Pot

This is the 4th and final card from the Stamp-A-Stack last week.  I saved the best (and most time-consuming) one for last.  It's very similar to the Mother's Day Flower Pot I showed in this post.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Sweetheart, Boho Backgrounds, Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Card Stock:  soft suede, whisper white, real red, bermuda bay.  Ink:  real red, bermuda bay, old olive, soft suede.  Accessories:  brown brads, 3/4" real red polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, linen thread (hemp twine used on others and I liked better).  Tools:  eyelet border punch, xl fancy flower punch, flower trio punch, word window punch, modern label punch, sponge, paper piercer and mats.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

May 2010 Stamp-A-Stack Card #3 Totally Tool

This is the 3rd card from the May Stamp-A-Stack.  It's still on the masculine theme, but we did step it up a little.  I offered the whole Totally Tool Set for the main panel - all of the images & sayings are all so clever (I won't dare call them "cute"). 

I was inspired by this group of cards.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Totally Tool, Woodgrain Background.  Card Stock:  chocolate chip, kraft, always artichoke, whisper white.  Ink:  staz-on black, chocolate chip, going gray.  Accessories:  5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, brown watercolor pencil.  Tools:  blender pen, aqua painter.

Monday, May 17, 2010

May 2010 Stamp-A-Stack Card #2 Celebrate Today

In keeping along with the "male appropriate" theme,  this is another card we made at the Stamp-A-Stack this past weekend.  The card I showed Saturday and this one were very quick and easy, yet still have a bit of a "wow" factor.

This card measures 3"x6" and fits in the Stampin' Up! open-end envelopes.  The card base measures 6"x6" before folding, so it's great to start with 12x12 card stock.

I found this card here on one of my favorite blogs to visit.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Starring You, A Little Birthday Cheer.  Card Stock:  real red, whisper white, basic black, green galore, crushed curry.  Ink:  staz-on black, so saffron.  Accessories:  black brad, dimensional.  Tool:  large star punch.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

May 2010 Stamp-A-Stack Card #1 Lovely As A Tree

The May Stamp-S-Stack was last night and this morning.  In addition to everyone liking all of the cards, we really had a good time at both sessions! 

I was asked to make some cards that were "male appropriate".  This is the first one.  I offered a variety of sentiments for stamping on the outside.

the inside...

I found this and a similar card here.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Lovely As a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Card Stock:  naturals white, mellow moss, always artichoke.  Ink:  always artichoke.  Accessories:  dimensionals.  Tools:  texturz plate, impressions pad, silicone rubber pad, big shot.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mother's Day Card from Jeff

I know I've said this before, but I have the most wonderful husband.  Creativity is one of his many attributes.  Check out the Mother's Day card that he made for me.  No - that's not a typo - he actually MADE it himself. 

This is how the outside looked when I slid it out of the envelope.

Then when I opened the card ...

And when I flip it upside down ...

I told you - he's GOOD!!  ♥

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day Potted Pansies

Last week, a friend came over and we made Mother's Day cards together.  Not only did we have fun, but the cards were so cute, we didn't really want to give them away.  Kind of sad, aren't we.  ☺

I have seen these flower pot pocket cards all over and was excited to finally give them a try. 

Like I said, I've seen many of these flower pot cards.  This particular design (purple pansies) is from here.  If you want to make your own, Splitcoaststampers has video and printable tutorials here.  Or you can come to my May 2010 Stamp-A-Stack (hint).

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  With All My Heart, Sweetheart, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Itty Bitty Backgrounds.  Card Stock:  lovely lilac,eggplant envy, so saffron, really rust, whisper white.  Ink:  lovely lilac, eggplant envy, crushed curry, old olive, really rust.  Accessories:  whisper white satin ribbon, linen thread, dimensionals.  Tools:  ruler, pencil, paper snips, mat pack, paper piercer, xl fancy flower punch, three flower punch, word window punch, modern label punch, scallop edge punch.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Simply Said Panels

I made this card quite awhile ago and never got around to making more (or sharing it).  I'm very pleased with the way it turned out - might have something to do with all the blue.
For the 3 white panels, I cut one larger piece of card stock, stamped it, then cut it into 3 strips. 

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Simply Said.  Card Stock:  bashful blue, old olive, night of navy, whisper white.  Ink:  bashful blue, old olive, night of navy.  Accessories:  5/8" old olive grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, gold brads.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kind & Caring Thoughts - Thank You

I'm sorry about being an absentee blogger lately.  We're renovating a bathroom.  Although I am not doing the work myself, it's been distracting to say the least.  One more day of sanding and then I have TONS of cleaning to do!  While this has been going on, I have managed to do some stamping, but the cards are for Mother's Day and an upcoming Stamp-A-Stack - it's too soon to share.

This card really struck me when I first saw it.  I think the unusual color combination was part of it, but I like the shadowing also.  I was also reminded that my Kind & Caring Thoughts hostess stamp set had never been inked up. (I'm not sure if that's a felony or a misdemeanor). 

The card base is Basic Gray which I don't use too often.  It looks kind of brown in the photo, but it's dark gray.  I used Basic Gray and Going Gray inks for the speckling, but I still had to "stamp off" to make it light enough for the shadow images.  Normally I like things straight and neat, but the torn edge looks great!  You can see in the second photo that I decorated the inside and envelope to match the card front.

I made several to include with my orders in April.
Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Kind & Caring Thoughts, Itty Bitty Backgrounds.  Card Stock:  basic gray, old olive, cameo coral, whisper white.  Ink:  going gray, basic gray, basic black, regal rose.  Accessories:  5/8" old olive satin ribbon, old olive marker.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May 2010 Stamp-A-Stack Invitation

It's that time again - the May SAS is coming up. 

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 6:30  full
Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
at my home

$12.00  for 2 each of 4 different cards, including finished insides, envelopes and recipe sheet.
This workshop includes masculine cards.

Kits:  $12 unassembled or $14 assembled.  Postage willl be added for out-of-towners.

I sent an email to my customers this past Friday and the Friday workshop (May 14) is full already.  I still have openings for Saturday morning (May 15).  If a few people still need Friday, let me know - I would consider a repeat workshop on Friday, May 22.

I love holding Stamp-A-Stack workshops.  I spend a lot of time choosing the cards to make (so many choices) and preparing.  And then I get to spend time with friends that share my hobby and enthusiasm.  It really is fun.

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