Monday, April 16, 2012

Mini Monday - You're My Type

Hi there

Here's a card made with the You're My Type stamp set from the current Occasions Mini Catalog.  I think the images are pretty gender neutral.  Finally - a stamp set I can use for guy cards that isn't stars or trees.  :)  OK - maybe there are more options available and I just gravitate more towards florals and/or bling. 

If you like this stamp set, there are only 14 more days to order it.  If you want to make this particular card, it's one of the options on my upcoming card buffet.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  You're My Type
Card Stock:  very vanilla, real red, basic black, pool party
Stamp Pad:  black stazon
Other:  hounds tooth ef, big shot, dimensionsals, decorative label punch.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

2012 Retiring Stamp Sets

If you've been wanting to know what stamp sets will be retiring this year, your wait is over! 

Click HERE to download the list. 

Remember these stamp sets will only be available through May 31 (not June 30 as stated on the back of the Idea Book and Catalog).

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Seasonal Saturday - Elf Shoes

No one came to play this past Friday morning, but I stuck to my commitment and finished a dozen of my 2012 Christmas cards.  I am now up to 46 cards completed.  Still only 30 gift tags, though. 

I  like to have a few whimsical cards, especially for families with little ones.  So I CASEd this card from Becky Roberts.  I had seen similar cards several times, but I like Becky's and she showed how to made the shoes.  I was surprised - they were not quite as time consuming as I expected them to be.

Each shoe is 1/4 of a top note.  The stockings are from designer paper left over from last years Holiday Mini Catalog - but lots of papers would work.

Card Stock:  real red, old olive, very vanilla, red glimmer paper, dsp
Stamp Pad:  early espresso (for sponging)
Other:  old olive 1/8" taffeta ribbon, glue dots, stampin' sponge, dimensionals, top note die, big shot, snowburst ef, 1/2" and 3/4" circle punches, ornament punch.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Flashback Friday - Baby Onsie Cards

This post is a flashback in more ways than one.  For starters, I did use two retired stamp sets.  Secondly, I'm kind of repeating my very first blog post here.

A friend of mine attends my Card Buffets and shared some of her cards with co-workers; one of whom asked if she could make invitations for her baby shower.  She asked me for help and I sent her a few links to ideas which included the onsie cards I had made a few years ago.  She chose the onsie.  The colors I had used then have retired, so I made samples with current colors for her to make her selection. 

Have you ever looked back at old projects you've made and noted how your style has changed?  How you have grown?  Or even wondered what in the world you were thinking?  I can answer yes to all three!  Well, this onsie card is not like that - I love it as much as the first time I made it.

Stamp Sets:  Polka-Dot Background, Nursery Necessities (both retired)
Card Stock:  calypso coral, melon mambo, regal rose, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  calypso coral, melon mambo, regal rose, whisper white craft, black stazon
Other:  basic black marker, dimensionals.
Punches:  1-3/8" circle, 1-1/2" circle (not SU), 1-3/4" scallop circle

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Whatever Wednesday - Shadow Box Doilies

Today I made a monochromatic square card.  I like square cards - that should be no surprise since I like my things to be neat and tidy. But a problem with square cards is that they require extra postage.  It's also a little more cost effective to use 12x12 card stock for your card base and larger  layers.

For this card, I made a template out of acetate.  I cut a square piece of acetate and drew a rectangle in it using my quilter's ruler.  I cut out the rectangle with my craft knife - this made a window in the acetate.  I placed dotto on the one side of the acetate template and adhered it to the whisper white card stock, positioning it where I wanted to sponge the rectangle.  Then I sponged and stamped.  When I removed the template, there was a tiny bit of dotto left on the white card stock, but it removed very easily with my eraser.

The "pro" to using acetate for templates is you can see exactly where you are placing it on your card piece.  The "con" is ink does not soak into it and you have to be careful to not transfer the ink to unwanted places.  You need to try to keep your fingers clean and not lay the inked template on anything or where anything will be laid on it.  You can wipe it off and reuse it; start your own little library of hand-made templates.

CASEd from here.
Stamp Sets:  Delicate Doilies, Short & Sweet
Card Stock:  whisper white, concord crush
Stamp Pads:  concord crush, wisteria wonder
Other:  acetate, craft knife, dotto, eraser, stampin' sponge, dimensionals, rhinestone.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ten Minute Tuesday - Twitterpated Thanks

Although, I make plenty of cards that I consider to be quite involved, I also like cards that are clean.  I know "clean" sounds simple, but it can actually be a little tricky; some attempts at clean cards often look unfinished to me.  Cards from Simple & Sincere blog often catch me eye - she does a great job creating cards that are simple, yet not too plain.  Like this one.

I used Twitterpated Designer Paper from the Occasions Mini (available though April 30).  For mass producing, it's great to have layouts that use small pieces of dsp.  In fact, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to such cards.  I love the touch of the rhinestone in the center of the button.  The stamp is one of two in the Everyday Wishes set.  It's easily overlooked in the catalog, because it's shown with one of the Simply Sent kits (page 193) rather than with all of the other stamp sets. 

Stamp Set:  Everyday Wishes
Card Stock:  whisper white, island indigo, twitterpated dsp
Stamp Pad:  riding hood red
Other:  blossoms bouquet triple layer punch, corner rounder punch, brights button, rhinestone, dimensionals.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Mini Monday - Send Me Soaring

For today's card, I used two items from the current Occasions Mini Catalog.  The Send Me Soaring Stamp Set and one of the Adorning Accents Embossing Folders.  This is such a cheerful card.  With this sentiment, I hope it will lift the spirits of its recipient.

I didn't time myself when making this card, but I think it would come close to qualifying for a "Ten Minute Tuesday" card.  It's very quick and didn't require getting a bunch of stuff out.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Send Me Soaring
Card Stock:  lucky limeade, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  lucky limeade, peach parfait, calypso coral
Other:  dimensionals, stamp-a-ma-jig, 1-3/8" circle punch, adorning accents ef, big shot.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Seasonal Saturday - Lattice Crosses

Here are a couple of cards I made to mail to friends and family this Easter.  The two shown use up the last of designer paper I had left from my card buffets.  After taking these photos, I needed to make a few more cards and used a piece of dsp leftover from last spring's Occasions Mini catalog.  So basically, I made several of the same card just different color combos. 

I made the cross the same way I did last year on this card using the Lattice die and trimming it down.  There are pictures there to show how to trim it.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Delightful Dozen
Card Stock:  peach parfait, very vanilla, pool party, lucky limeade, poppy parade, everyday enchantment dsp (2012 SAB)
Stamp Pads:  peach parfait, poppy parade
Other:  lattice die, big shot, dimensionals, boho blossoms punch, itty bitty shapes pack punch, pearl.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Flashback Friday - Punched Posies

Happy Good Friday!!

For today's flashback card, I used a retired hostess stamp set, Punched Posies and a current hostess stamp set, Perfect Words.

The larger flower was stamped with versa mark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  It's faint so I don't know if you can see it, but I also stamped a smaller flower image in each square using versa mark ink.  I added a black brad to the center of each flower. 

If you struggle to tie bows on cards, you might want to check out this video.  I could tie the bow fine on this card, but the skinny ribbon always loosens up on me.  So I tried this glue dot trick and it worked!  The card on the video is cute - but I'm linking you to see her bow trick so keep watching.

With minor changes, I CASEd a card from this blog.  I can't find the posting for it, but I know it was from this designer.

Stamp Sets:  Punched Posies, Perfect Words
Card Stock:  whisper white, basic black, peach parfait, pear pizzazz, baja breeze, riding hood red.
Stamp Pads:  VersaMark, StazOn
Other:  corner rounder punch, black brads, basic black 1/8 taffeta ribbon, whisper white embossing powder, heat tool, glue dot.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Whatever Wednesday - Mixed Bunch and Lattice Die

The intended idea for "Whatever Wednesday" is to make and share whatever suits my fancy.  Well, right now, my stamping area is a bit of a mess.  Too many WIPs (works in progress).  So for the "whatever", I decided to use whatever is already out.  I know - that's pretty sad.  But fortunately, I had several really cool things out!  And this is what I made with them.  The only thing that wasn't out from other projects from the past few days, was the First Edition Designer Paper.   I'm not sure if this is being efficient or lazy.  I think I'll go with efficient.  ☺

The card that I CASEd here is really pretty and I only made 2 very minor changes.  Instead of simply stamping the flower in black ink, I stamped it with versamark and heat embossed it with black embossing powder (oh yeah, that stuff wasn't already out).  I think it is sometimes difficult to get large images to be crisp when stamped in black.  Also - I very rarely stamp on colored card stock.  The main reason for this is that colored card stock is more porous than Whisper White and Very Vanilla so the ink soaks in and, again, the image isn't sharp enough.  I think that heat embossing solved both of those issues.  Instead of one larger pearl in the center, I used several smaller pearls.

Stamp Set:  Mixed Bunch
Card Stock:  very vanilla, pool party, basic black, pear pizzazz, first edition specialty paper
Stamp Pad:  versa mark
Other:  black embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, bouquet punch, build-a-blossom punch (for leaves), pearls, pool party ruffled ribbon, lattice die, big shot.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mini Tuesday - Enchanted Butterfly

I actually made this card in 6 minutes.  Honestly!  That includes rounding up the tools and even putting most of them away. Two things that I like most about it are (1) It's quick to make and mass produce and (2) It's a great way to use scraps of designer paper. 

I did use a couple of Sale-a-Bration items that retired this past Saturday (dsp and ribbon), but it would be easy to make substitutions.  I love the way the ribbon is tied around the butterfly and looks like antennae.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Thank You Kindly
Card Stock:  very vanilla, pool party, everyday enchantment dsp (2012 SAB)
Stamp Pad:  lucky limeade
Other:  1/8" limeade organdy ribbon (2012 SAB), postage punch, beautiful wings embosslit, big shot, dimensional.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Mini Monday

For today's card, I used the Mixed Bunch stamp set and Blossoms punch.  I love this set.  I could probably use it every day until the end of the mini and still not tire of it.  When I first saw the current Occasions Mini catalog, I knew I had to have this stamp set and coordinating punch.  They were actually the only things I liked .... at first.  As usual, that changed!

I stamped the small flowers on the white card stock, before running it through the big shot with the square lattice embossing folder.  The leaves are punched from the build-a-blossom punch and also texturized.

I CASEd this card from the talented Vicki Burdick here

Stamp Sets:  Mixed Bunch, Create-a-Cupcake
Card Stock:  melon mambo, pretty in pink, pear pizzazz, whisper white
Stamp Pad:  melon mambo
Punches:  blossoms, build-a-blossom, 1" circle, 1-1/4" circle, 1" square (to make the flag end of the banner)
Other:  silver brads, mat pack & paper piercer (for brad placement), square lattice ef, big shot.
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