Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sweet Scoops Gift Cards

This is a hostess gift set I made this week.  Isn't it so cute?!  It's a "Matchbook Cover" filled with 4 little 3x3 note cards and envelopes.  This is a fun size note card to attach to package or stick in a lunch box or on a desk or ...  you get the picture.

I followed the simple directions from Becky Robert's Inking Idaho blog here.  She is amazing!

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Sweet Scoops, Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Card Stock:  crumb cake, soft suede, early espresso, whisper white.  Ink:  crumb cake, marina mist, chocolate chip.  Accessories:  marina mist 3/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, staple.  Tools:  stapler, 1-3/4 circle punch, scallop border punch.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

More Kissing with Ice Cream

When I showed you the Peach Parfait ice cream yesterday, I forgot to show the same card I made with Pear Pizzazz - another new In Color.  But - again - that white space messes up my flash.  It really is a cute card and the color is much prettier IRL.

While I was practing my kissing technique, I gave pinks a try.  I think the ripples show up better when using these colors (pretty in pink and regal rose).  Although I like these 2 cards, I liked the peach and pear better, so these are each "one-of-a kind".

This bottom card is a cute little 3"x3" gift card.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Kissing Ice Cream

I had an in-home workshop last night and I was asked to demonstrate the "kissing" technique.  That sounds funny, doesn't it?  Kissing is when you ink 2 separate stamps into 2 different colors and "kiss" the 2 rubber images together.  You need one stamp that is a large solid image and one that is a small print.  I chose to use the Sweet Scoops stamp set that you've seen on my blog so much lately.  This is the first time that I used the patterned stamp in the set - it looks kind of like ripples in the ice cream.  I made a few different samples, but this is the one that everyone got to make at the workshop.

This card has a lot more white space than I normally leave.  However, I really like it - it's very clean and refreshing looking - perfect for summer, don't you think?

If you look at the inside of the card (photo below), you can see the the scoop of ice cream is solid (no kissing done).  The top two photos show the kissed ice cream.  I inked the "scoop" ink in the new Peach Parfait in-color ink.  I inked the "ripple" stamp in Pumpkin Pie, then kissed the two stamps together.  I stamped the scoop onto my cardstock.  Because  both stamps have 2 colors of ink on them, it's important to clean them before re-inking.

I have a difficult time photographing cards that have a lot of white space.  But this card looks more orange, rather than peach.  This was my first time to use the new In-Color stitched poly ribbon.  Love it!

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Sweet Scoops.  Card Stock:  peach parfait, whisper white.  Ink:  crumb cake, peach parfait, pumpkin pie.  Accessories:  peach parfait ribbon, dimensionals.  Tools:  scallop edge punch.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Sorry - Sweet Scoops

I just thought this card was so cute.  I only made a few because I'm not too sure when I would use them.  I know a cutesie "sorry" card isn't appropriate for sympathy and serious situations, so when would you use this card?  Maybe for a sprained ankle, miscommunication, failed driving test...?? 

The In a Word stamp set is fun the way it plays with a word within a word.  This and Sweet Scoops is only available in the summer mini catalog through August 31.

I CASEd this card from Judy Elting on the SU demonstrator's site.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Sweet Scoops, In a Word.  Card Stock:  real red, crumb cake, whisper white.  Ink:  crumb cake, early espresso, regal rose, pretty in pink, real red.  Accessories:  lattice weave embossing folder, dimensionals, 3/8" kraft taffeta ribbon (retired).  Tools:  big shot, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, distressing tool.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ice Cream in Bermuda

Ice Cream in Bermuda - I love that title - 2 of my favorites!

A few people recently ordered the Sweet Scoops stamp set from me so I wanted to make a few more cards with it to give them more samples.  I wish I had made them earlier - even though it is terribly hot and humid right now, I feel like summer is slipping away.

Back to the card - isn't it just so cute!  I snuck in 2 retired colors (bermuda bay & creamy caramel) and 1 brand new color (peach parfait).  When I made this card, I liked it so much I made 7 more!  I had no idea why I would need 8 of the same card.  Then today a friend needed 4 last minute, summery, thank you cards.  Can't get much more summery than this!  I quickly changed the little "hello" tag to "thanks much" from the same stamp set and was able to help out.  Now I know why I was compelled to make extras.  ☺

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Sweet Scoops, Tiny Tags.  Card Stock:  Bermuda Bay, basic black, whisper white.  Ink:  bermuda bay, melon mambo, peach parfait, creamy caramel.  Accessories:  bermuda bay polkd-dot grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, dimensionals.  Tools:  tiny tag punch, 1-3/8" square punch.

The original card was made by Lisa Kmiec and I found it on the SU demonstrators' website.

To see all the cards I've made with the Sweet Scoops stamp set click here or scroll down the right side of my blog and see all stamp sets used.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #4 Bird Punch

This is the fourth and final card from the July Stamp-A-Stack.  I will be finishing up the Stamp-A-Stack kits today.  Then I hope to get in some personal stamping time and maybe I will have something new to show you tomorrow.

Below is actually the first version I made.  But since the greeting is retired, I didn't want to use it at a workshop  Then I changed the flower to daffodil delight and used a punch (saved me from running a die through the big shot 60 times).  For my extra cards, I distressed the edges of the crumb cake and the edge of the "hole" - this made it a more obvious hole in the tree.

Originally found here.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Woodgrain, Watercolor Trio (Well Scripted in the second photo).  Card Stock:  soft suede, crumb cake, old olive, marina mist, daffodil delight.  Ink:  soft suede, marina mist.  Accessories:  gold brad.  Tools:  sponges, xl bird punch, boho blossoms punch, 1-3.4" circle punch.

Monday, July 19, 2010

July 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #3 "Fox & Friends"

Happy Monday!

This the third card we made at the July Stamp-A-Stack.  Fox & Friends Stamp Set was in the Spring Mini Catalog, but I never got around to using it.  I was very glad to see it made it into the new Idea Book and Catalog.  Included in the set, but not used for this card are a monkey, giraffe, whale and fox.  So cute!

I also used the new stamp set Confetti for the letters background on the Marina Mist panel. 

CASEd from here with a few color changes.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Fox & Friends, Confetti, Trendy Trees, On Your Birthday.  Card Stock:  sahara sand, marina mist, chocolate chip, whisper white.  Ink:  chocolate chip, old olive, pumpkin pie, pacific point, marina mist.  Accessories:  3/8" whisper white taffeta ribbon, dimensionals.  Tools:  corner rounder punch, scallop trim border punch, stamp-a-ma-jig.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

July 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #2 "Sweet Scoops"

I hope you're having a great weekend.  Today is my youngest's 20th birthday.  To celebrate, he is going to be a group leader at Vacation Bible School.  I know - we're a wild and crazy family. 

This is the second card from this weekend's Stamp-A-Stack.; a great summertime card.  It was a pretty big hit! 

CASEd from here.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Sweet Scoops, Fundamental Phrases.  Card Stock:  pretty in pink, melon mambo, soft suede, whisper white.  Ink:  pretty in pink, soft suede.  Accessories:  pretty in pink 3/8" taffeta ribbon, melon mambo & soft suede markers, dimensionals, perfect polka-dots embossing folder.  Tools:  tab punch, eyelet border punch, big shot.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

July 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #1 "Pedaling Past"

I had 2 Stamp-A-Stacks yesterday and 1 today.  This is the first card that everyone made.  I love the new Cherry Cobbler color and it looks yummy with black and crumb cake.

CASEd from here.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Pedaling Past.  Card Stock:  basic black, crumb cake, cherry cobbler, whisper white.  Ink:  basic black.  Accessories:  basic black 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, silver brad, lattice weave embossing folder.  Tools:  big shot, mat pack, paper piercer.

Friday, July 16, 2010

July Order Thank You Cards

I put a "thank you" card in with my orders.  This is the card I made for July.  I only made a dozen so I may need to make more before the end of the month - it will probably be something different though.

The base for this card is 4.25" x 4.25".  I normally don't make square cards because I like them to fit properly in the envelope and square envelopes require extra postage.  But this just wasn't as cute when I tried to change it to standard A2 size.

Each flower petal was made by punching a 3/4" circle out of a piece of card stock, then punching an oval from around the voided circle.  Another tip:  when you want to texturized a stamped panel, I recommend stamping before running the card stock through your Big Shot.

CASEd from here.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Thank You Kindly.  Card Stock:  whisper white, marina mist / cherry cobbler, daffodil delight.  Ink:  early espresso.  Tools:  perfect polka dot embossing folder, big shot, 3/4" circle punch, large oval punch.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thanks a Bunch with Sweet Treats

Last month, I asked a question of my friends on my customer email list.  This is a little gift I made for those that replied.  I CASEd it from page 170 of the new Idea Book and Catalog.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Thanks a Bunch.  Card Stock:  whisper white, old olive, marina mist, chocolate chip dsp.  Ink:  chocolate chip & marina mist markers.  Accessories:  sweet treats cups, white m&m's (from Walmart), old olive striped grosgrain ribbon, glue dot.  Tools:  1-3/4" circle bunch, scallop border punch.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Open House Projects

I held a "Catalog Launch Event" Saturday to share new products and clean out some old goodies.  Everyone attending was able to make these 2 projects. 

The full sized card was seen here.  I designed the gift tag card.

A2 Card Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Butterfly Prints.  Card Stock:  whisper white.  Ink:  poppy parade, staz-on black.  Accessories:  daffodil delight 3/8" tafetta ribbon, dimensionals, embossing folder.  Tools:  butterfly punch, wide oval punch, slot punch, big shot.

3x3 Card Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Got Treats.  Card Stock: whisper white, marina mist, pear pizzazz.  Ink:  early espresso, peach parfait.  Accessories:  gold brad, marina mist 1-1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon, dimensional.  Tool:  1-3/4" circle punch.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Retired Stamp Sets for Sale

In an attempt to make room for all of my new goodies (and those still on my wish list), I am selling off a bunch of retired stamp sets.  All are in great condition.  Many are new and unmounted (NUM).   I have  priced them very low.  If you live out of town and need a shipping quote, please let me know what stamp sets you are interested in. 
Cash, checks and paypal are accepted.

Thank you!

Spotlight on Christmas - NUM - $7.00 sold

Framed with Love - NUM- $8.00

A Happy Heart - NUM - $7.00

Eggroutrements (Easter) - $5.00

Happy Heart Day - $6.00

Tres Chic (background) - NUM - $5.00

Wandering Words - NUM - $6.00

Big Deal Alphabet - $7.00

Alphadots - $6.00

The More the Merrier (Level 3 Hostess) - $12.00  sold

Of the Earth (2 Sets) - (Level 1 Hostess) - NUM - $4.00 each 1 sold, 1 left

Event Full - NUM - $5.00

Love & Joy - $5.00 sold

Wings of Friendship (Level 2 Hostess) - $7.00

One of a Kind - $6.00 sold

Eight Great Greetings - $8.00

Pretty Princess - $4.00

Spring Gifts - NUM - $7.00

Refuge and Strength - NUM - $9.00

Wow Flowers - $4.00 sold

Happy Winter - $3.00

All About Occasions - $4.00

So Very (missing "sweet") - $3.00

Make It Count - $5.00

Once Upon a Time - NUM - $7.00

Say it With Scallops - $4.00 sold

Easter Egg - $5.00

Very Thankful - NUM - $6.00

School Set - $3.00

You & Moi - NUM - $5.00

Thankful Thinking - NUM - $5.00

Out of the Box (Level 1 Hostess) - NUM - $4.00

Holiday Best (Level 1 Hostess) - $4.00 sold

Calendar Alphabet and Numbers - NUM - $3.00

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

MY 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog

Yesterday, I promised I would show you what I did to my new catalog. 

I used my very first Stampin' Up! catalog (around 1996) so much that the pages began to fall out.  From then on,  I've always had them spiral bound.  I used to go to Kinkos by Sam's Club in Dayton and pay about $4.  Now I go to the Staples here in Middletown.

This past year was my first year as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and my catalog got a whole lot more use.  The back cover began to fall off (even with the spiral binding).  So this year, I had the front and page covers laminated.  That made them slightly bigger than the inside pages - maybe this will protect the pages from becoming rolled and torn. 

I was reading on the demonstrators' website and saw some ideas to enhance it even more.  I printed the supply list for all projects shown in the IB&C and had them added to the back of the catalog.  Here's the link to the supply list.  You can always find this link by clicking on the second button down on the left of my blog (Stampin' Up! Publications).

I also added a pocket divider.  I had one already that is clear and has a slash pocket on each side.  It was designed for a binder and was therefore too big for my catalog.  I asked the nice lady at the copy center counter if she could cut it down to the same size as the pages and she said yes.  You could also use a heavy sheet protector or folder with pockets - you know, like the ones used for school homework.  Just cut it in half and down to the size you want.

In one pocket, I put my Summer Mini Catalog.

And I'm using the back pocket for papers that I would normally stick in my catalog and they would be falling out all the time.

So, what do you think?

Last year, this cost me $4.00 plus tax.  This year it was $7.49 plus tax.
$2.00 to cut off the binding, $1.00 for each laminated page (front and back covers) and $3.49 for the spiral binding.  The binding was only $2.00 last year but it's now a 1/2" spiral as opposed to 1/4".  The new catalog is thicker plus I added 28 pages (could be 14 if you copy the supply list front/back) and the pocket.  I like the bigger much better!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Final Fourth of July Card

I know July 4th has passed - this is the last card.   I used the new Vanilla Smooch Spritz on the navy layer and it actually shows a little in the photo.  That's fun stuff!

If I get around to taking pictures tomorrow, I'll try to show you what I did to my new catalog.

CASEd from here.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  July Fourth.  Card Stock:  crumb cake, night of navy, real red, whisper white.  Ink:  real red, night of navy, sahara sand.  Accessories:  dimensionals, white gel pen, vanilla smooch spritz, real red marker.  Punches:  large star, 1-1/4" circle, 1-3/8" circle, scallop circle.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Mailed 4th of July Cards

You saw this card in my July 4th collage photo yesterday, but here's a close-up. This is the one I made to send to family & friends.  It was pretty quick, which is good considering I didn't start them until Tuesday evening, June 30.

CASEd from here, but I changed the colors a bit.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  4th of July.  Card Stock:  sahara sand, night of navy, real red, whisper white.  Ink:  night of navy, real red, versa mark.  Accessories:  whisper white taffeta ribbon, dimensionals.  Tools:  scallop border punch, large star punch, tag corner punhc, crop-a-dile.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!

I hope everyone is enjoying a safe and happy holiday!

I thought I would share a picture of the 4th of July cards that I have made or received.  Who needs decorations when your friends are stampers?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Mom's 4th of July Card

Since she mailed them a few days ago and I made her sample, I think it should be ok to show my mom's 4th of July card.  If I get in trouble, I'll let you know.  I actually like this card better than the one I made to mail out.  That just shows what a nice daughter I am.

Mom had some of the long ago retired red, white & blue striped grosgrain ribbon that she used instead of the red & white I used.  It looked really good.  Sometimes it does pay to hold onto old stuff.  I wasn't able to capture the dimension in my photo, but each of the stars is popped up.

I think I had originally seen it on this blog.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Warm Words.  Card Stock:  real red, night of navy, whisper white.  Ink:  real red.  Accessories:  real red striped grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals.  Punches:  modern label, star, eyelet border.

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