Thursday, March 31, 2011

Daffodil Bliss

What can I say?   I really like this free Sale-a-Bration stamp set - Bliss!  March 31 is the last chance to get this FREE stamp set. 

This card was so fast and easy.  Plus I think it's really pretty. 

Stamp Sets:  Bliss, Fundamental Phrases
Card Stock:  very vanilla, daffodil delight
Stamp Pads:  basic black, daffodil delight
Other:  daffodil delight 1-1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon, crochet trim, linen thread (to gather ribbon), dimensionals, sticky strip, wide oval punch, modern label punch, sponge.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In Color Punch Bunch

This is another quick and easy card made with the Punch Bunch stamp set from the 2011 Sale-a-Bration collection.  I stamped the image once in Pear Pizzazz ink.  Then I colored the flowers with Poppy Parade and Blushing Bride markers.  I stamped them on scrap card stock and hand cut them and mounted them with dimensionals over the original stamped image.  The desinger paper is from the free hostess paper pack.

Stamp Set:  Punch Bunch
Card Stock:  whisper white, poppy parade, blushing bride and pear pizzazz dsp
Stamp Pad:  pear pizzazz
Other:  1-3/4" circle scallop punch, dimensionals, poppy parade ribbon, poppy parade & blushing bride markers.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Kind Thanks Bliss

After today, there are just 3 more days of Sale-a-Bration left.  I have 3 quick cards left to share with you that I made using free stamp sets.  Here, I am using my favorite  -  "Bliss".  But I do like all of the exclusive SAB stamp sets, and really like being able to get regular sets from the Idea Book and Catalog free with my orders.

Stamp Sets:  Bliss, Thank You Kindly
Card Stock:  very vanilla, basic black
Stamp Pad:  basic black
Other:  basic black 1-1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon, crochet ribbon, linen thread (to gather the ribbons), wide oval punch, modern label punch, sticky strip, dimensionals, pearls

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ice Cream Parlor Birthday Cupcake

I've been playing with that FREE Ice Cream Parlor designer paper again.  It's so cute with the Create a Cupcake stamp set and punch.  Perfect for spring and summer birthdays.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Create a Cupcake
Card Stock:  pacific point, daffodil delight, whisper white, ice cream parlor dsp
Stamp Pads:  pacific point, daffodil delight, melon mambo
Other:  build a cupcake punch, 1-3/4" circle punch, 2-3/8" scallop circle punch, old olive 1/2" satin ribbon, dimensionals.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Free and Easy Ice Cream Parlor

What a day.  Sunshine, then dark and tornado warnings, then downpours with hail.  Now, it is sunny again.  The saying, "If you don't like the weather in Ohio, wait 10 minutes and it will change" is definitely true today.

This cute card was so fast and easy to put together.  And even better - it uses free products.  Both the Ice Cream Parlor Designer Paper and buttons are free during Sale-a-Bration.  The Stamp Set (So Happy for You) is also a freebie.  Got to love all that free stuff!

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  So Happy for You
Card Stock:  pumpkin pie, whisper white, ice cream parlor dsp
Stamp Pad:  pumpkin pie
Other:  1-1/4" square punch, 3/16" corner rounder, ice cream parlor button, pumpkin pie 1/8" taffeta ribbon, glue dot.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

More First Edition Bliss

I'll be so sad when Bliss is no longer available.  I really love this stamp set!  I suspect it will remain in my personal collection for quite a while.

I am also really liking the First Edition Designer Paper.  It goes with anything!  Any color, any theme, manly or girly cards .... very versatile!    It's only available in the Occasions Mini Catalog through April 30.
CASEd from here.

Stamp Sets:  Bliss, With All My Heart (sentiment)
Card Stock:  crumb cake, old olive, very vanilla, first edition dsp
Stamp Pads:  early espresso, daffodil delight, peach parfait, melon mambo
Other:  dimensionals, rhinestones, scallop edge punch, early espresso 1/2" satin ribbon.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pear Pizzazz Bliss

Today's card features the Bliss Stamp Set.  If you don't own it yet, you have 10 more days to get it FREE.  The First Edition Designer Paper and Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon are available from the Occasions Mini Catalog through April 30. 

Click HERE to shop now.

I used the Emboss Resist Technique on this card.  I stamped the large stamp on the designer paper with whisper white craft ink.  Then I heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then sponged over the embossed image with crumb cake ink.  The ink does not stick to the embossed image so the sponging actually highlights it. 

CASEd from here.

Stamp Sets:  Bliss, Apple Blossom (sentiment)
Card Stock:  crumb cake, pear pizzazz, basic black, very vanilla, first edition dsp
Stamp Pads:  black staz-on, pear pizzazz, white craft, crumb cake
Other:  dimensional, rhinestones, pear pizzazz seam binding ribbon, scallop edge punch, clear embossing powder, heat gun, sponge.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Punch Bunch Owl Returns

Last night we attended a concert by the Anderson University Chorale at our church.  They were awesome!  Very talented and very nice young people!  We volunteered to be a host family and brought 5 girls home with us.  We really had fun hanging out with them last night and this morning.  And in case you were wondering - an 80 gallon water heater is not nearly big enough for that many girls!  :o)

This was a busy week and I didn't get in much stamping time.  I ran out of projects to share on my blog.  So today's card serves two purposes:  it was quick and easy to make after I returned the girls to church this morning and it shows you another card for the Punch Bunch stamp set.  It's a FREE Sale-a-Bration set (ends March 31).  The Ice Cream Parlor designer paper I used is also FREE during Sale-a-Bration.

You know I love layering up my punched owls, but when time is short, this stamp is great.  Just stamp and punch once.  Not being able to leave well enough alone, I added googly eyes.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Sets:  Punch Bunch, Apple Blossom (greeting)
Card Stock:  crumb cake, whisper white, pumpkin pie (inside), old olive, so saffron, ice cream parlor dsp.
Stamp Pad:  early espresso
Other:  bird, owl, and 2-1/2" circle punches, linen thread, itty bitty button, dimensionals, sanding block.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Easter Tree

This is the final card from last week's Stamp-A-Stack.  I received the Holiday Happiness stamp set as one of my free Sale-a-Bration items (going on until March 31).  For this card, we turned a Christmas Tree into an Easter Tree.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Sets:  Holiday Happiness, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  soft suede, river rock, whisper white, springtime vintage dsp
Stamp Pads:  soft suede, old olive
Other:  old olive marker, small oval punch, 1/2" circle punch, bitty patterns punch pack, perfect polka-dots embossing folder, big shot, glue pen, dimensionals.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Jeff is off work today.  It's 60 degrees and sunny.  How's that for great luck?!  I hope you're having a lucky day, too!

I thought I would share the one and only St. Patrick's Day card I made this year.  It took a long time to make but was well worth it.  I did use a few retired things, but they could be switched out for current goodies.

Stamp Sets:  Holiday Blitz (retired), Teeny Tiny Wishes, Sanded
Card Stock:  wild wasabi, really rust (ret), whisper white, basic black, blush blossom (ret), daffodil delight, night and day dsp (ret)
Stamp Pads:  wild wasabi, black staz-on
Punches:  large oval, scallop oval, 1-3/4" scallop circle, 1-3/8" circle, 1/2" circle, bitty shapes pack, tab, word window, boho blossoms, scallop border
Other:  wild wasabi stiched ribbon (ret), dimensionals, perfect polka-dots embossing folder, big shot, pastels (pink chalk), white gel pen.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Springtime Vintage Quilt

This is another card from the last Stamp-A-Stack.  We used the Springtime Vintage designer paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  After choosing the sides and order to lay the dsp pieces, we mounted them on always artichoke card stock.  We then ran that panel through the Big Shot with the square lattice embossing folder.  That really changed the look a lot.  Some used the Happy Easter greeting.  Others used greetings from Sincere Salutations - they all fit in the same oval punch.  The card looks soft and soothing to me so I chose "Thinking of You" for mine.

Tweaked from this card.

Stamp Set:  Easter Blossoms (or Sincere Salutations)
Card Stock:  rose red, crumb cake, always artichoke, very vanilla, springtime vintage dsp
Stamp Pad:  always artichoke
Other:  mat pack, paper piercer, dimensionals, wide oval punch, sponge, always artichoke seam binding ribbon, chantilly lace crochet trim, square lattice embossing folder, big shot.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Elegant Lines Easter Card

This is the 2nd card from our March Stamp-A-Stack.  The elegant lines embossing folder is so pretty - when you use it, you don't need much else to make a beautiful card.

I tried this card out in several different colors and they all look pretty.  Here I'm showing Pink Pirouette and Marina Mist.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Easter Blossoms
Card Stock:  (just about anything), whisper white
Stamp Pad:  versa mark
Other:  white embossing powder, heat gun, elegant lines embossing folder, big shot, whisper white 3/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Emma's Spring Card

My sweet little granddaughter spends every-other weekend with us.  This weekend, she had to wait through 3 of my Stamp-A-Stacks.  After church yesterday, we finally had time to do what she wanted to do.  And, of course, she wanted to make a craft.  Something for spring.  I suggested a sheep with cotton balls.  She ran with that!  Once she made it, she wanted to turn it into a card (where does she get that?).  Once that was finished, she wanted to make another.  While making the second, she requested that I put it on my blog.  How cute is this?!

The card is big; 8.5" x 5.5".  She did use a lot of Stampin' Up! products.  Do you recognize the clouds?  (frosting part of the Build a Cupcake punch)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pear Pizzazz Tiny Teacup

It's 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning and I am ready for the third session of this month's Stamp-A-Stack to begin.  Those of you that know me well are probably now picking yourselves up off the floor after reading that I am up early AND ready early.  ☺

Here's the first card we're making.  The teacup and "hello" are on the same single stamp; available free during Sale-a-Bration (just 19 more days).

Slightly tweaked version of this card.

Stamp:  Tiny Teacup
Card Stock:  whisper white, basic black, crumb cake
Stamp Pad:  pear pizzazz
Other:  linen thread, dimensionals, white gel pen, pear pizzazz ribbon, perfect polka-dots embossing folder, big shot
Punches:  1-1/4" circle, 1-3/8" circle, 1-3/4" scallop circle, new smallest oval punch, 1/16" hole punch.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Because I Care - March Thank You Cards

This is the card I made to include with qualifying orders for March.  This flower for the Because I Care hostess set makes the prettiest cards and is so easy to use.  I have lots more projects planned for it before it retires June 30.  You only need a $150 workshop to receive it free (plus free Sale-a-Bration items before March 31).

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Because I Care
Card Stock:  concord crush, very vanilla
Stamp Pad:  concord crush
Other:  concord crush and old olive markers (pear pizzazz looks good, too), dimensionals, very vanilla 1/2 seam binding ribbon, vintage wallpaper embossing folder, big shot.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Daffodil Friends Never Fade

I needed some Thank You and Thinking of You cards.  Since I am so anxious for spring, I thought the Friends Never Fade Stamp Set and Greenhouse Gala Designer Paper would be good to pull out.  I used markers on the stamp and stamped the same image on the envelope. I stamped a daffodil pineapple thing that looks like the dsp (from the same stamp set) on the inside of the card. 

That same day, I made another card with the same pack of designer paper.  I just love it and think you will, too!  It uses small pieces of several different sheets of dsp, so it could be used for a Stamp-A-Stack card.  I think I'll save it for awhile. 

Stamp Sets:  Friends Never Fade, Silhouette Sentiments
Card Stock:  daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, whisper white, greenhouse gala dsp
Markers:  pumpkin pie, daffodil delight, pear pizzazz
Other:  dimensionals, certainly celery 3/8" taffeta ribbon, celery button, embroidery floss (non SU), glue dot, small oval punch.

Have a great day!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Get Well Bird Punch

This is the other card we made at my workshop last week.  We sprayed the bird with vanilla smooch spray.  It added just enough "ooh" to the card.  For the inside, we stamped the get well sentiment from curvy verses.  We also added part of the flourish from Barogue Motifs in soft suede and the little flower in marina mist ink to the inside and to the envelope.

The two cards for this workshop had very little stamping, but they highlighted newer products (punches, embossing folders, big shot).

I tweaked this card a little bit.

Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  very vanilla, soft suede, marina mist
Stamp Pads:  soft suede, crumb cake
Other:  very vanilla 3/8" taffeta ribbon, finial press embossing folder, big shot, bird punch, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, sponge, dimensionals.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Ice Cream Parlor Birthday

I had a traditional workshop this past Sunday.  Some of the guests regularly attend my Stamp-A-Stacks and are very current on products, tools and techniques.  The other guests had a lot of experience but have been away from card making for quite awhile.  So I wanted to demonstrate cards that wouldn't bore those current and would not overwhelm the others. 

This is one of the two cards that I demonstrated and everyone made.  It's easy and cute and also showcased a Sale-a-Bration item (Ice Cream Parlor DSP).  This is a perfect time to get back into stamping - free items!  Teeny Tiny Wishes is a great stamp set because it has sentiments for just about any occasion and holiday.  We used another versatile greeting set for the inside - Curvy Verses.  Although I used a lot of colors of card stock, they are all from the brights collection and can be purchased in one assortment pack.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes.
Card Stock:  whisper white, pacific point, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, melon mambo, old olive
Stamp Pad:  pacific point.
Other:  Ice Cream Parlor Designer Paper (free during Sale-a-Bration), daffodil delight 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, perfect polka-dots embossing folder, big shot, dimensionals, glue dots.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Punch Bunch Owl

This card uses my trusty ol' Owl Punch and the FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set Punch Bunch.  I like the Owl Punch and all of its layers and dimensions so much that I didn't think I would use the owl stamp from this set.  But it does make a great background stamp!  Love this.

I CASEd the first card from here and really liked it.  It could be (and has been) used for a man card.  But I couldn't help but think, "What if I ...".  Next is my stepped-up version.  Sometimes more is better and sometimes it is not.  Which do you like better?

Stamp Sets:  Punch Bunch (free during SAB), Woodgrain Background
Card Stock:  crumb cake, cherry cobbler, very vanilla, jolly holiday dsp
Stamp Pads:  crumb cake, soft suede
Other:  owl punch, scallop border punch, dimensionals, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, clip, cherry cobbler 1/2" seam binding ribbon.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Mario Birthday

Happy Birthday, JT!  Today is a little friend's birthday who loves to play Mario Brothers on the Wii and his DS.  When his sisters painted t-sirts for a Justin Bieber concert, he painted Mario on his.  And for Halloween --- you guessed it, he wore a Mario costume.

I think he's going to like his card.

For those of you that don't know, this is Mario:
I wish I had looked this picture up before making the card.  I see now that he needs oval eyes and eyebrows.  Oh well - still cute and fairly close.

Stamp Set:  Family Phrases
Card Stock:  daffodil delight, pacific point, real red, chocolate chip, whisper white, bashful blue, basic black, blush blossom (retired).
Stamp Pad:  black staz-on
Punches:  scallop circle, 3 different ovals, 1/2" circle, 1/4" circle, owl (for eyes), word window
Other:  real red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, real red marker, square lattice embossing folder, big shot.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Create a Cupcake Final 3

These are the last 3 projects from last weekend's Create-a-Cupcake Workshop.  I think everyone broke in their stamp sets and punches and are ready to go crazy for cupcakes!  (... oh wait ... that's a different stamp set ☺)

This card is fun because it shows the "frosting" part of the punch being used as scoops of ice cream.
CASEd from here.
Colors:  crumb cake, whisper white, wild wasabi, rose red, early espresso, so saffrom, tempting turquoise, red glimmer. 
Another alternate use:  Popcorn.  Wouldn't this be a cute card to include a gift certifiate to a movie theater?
CASEd from here.
Colors:  real red, whisper white, daffodil delight.

These gift tags are fun to make.  Some one suggested that we make a bunch of them ahead of time so we will have them if we need them in a hurry.  Also buy plain wrapping paper so they will show up.
Inspired from here.
Colors:  whisper white, concord crush, peach parfait, pear pizzazz.
We also used the To & From Tag Stamp - it's available as a single stamp (FREE during Sale-a-bration).

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