Tuesday, July 31, 2012

One Last Reason to Smile

OK - this may not be my last card made with the Reason to Smile stamp set, but this is the last day to be able to get your own set. 

I am posting so late today.  It's been an odd day.  Do you ever feel like things are out of whack just because one appliance is on the fritz?  It's our dryer.  It's amazing how fast the laundry can pile up and we are even empty-nesters.  My ever-so-handy husband took it apart last night and tracked down the part for me to pick up after my haircut this morning.  Can you believe a part was $100 for a very expensive dryer that is only 4 years old?  Way to go Whirlpool!  Anyway, I walked into the appliance parts store this morning and the sales clerk was sitting at the counter reading his bible.  Cool!  With all the hostility towards Christians lately, this was great to see.  And who really cares about having a large appliance in many pieces and growing piles of laundry?!

CASEd from Rita's lovely card.

Stamp Sets:  Reason to Smile, Petite Pairs
Card Stock:  basic gray, melon mambo, lucky limeade, whisper white, neutrals dsp stack, cheerful treats dsp (retired hostess)
Stamp Pads:  basic gray, melon mambo, lucky limeade
Other:  3" circle die, scallop circle #2 die (retired), big shot, in-colors printed brad, neutrals button, glue dots, dimensionals, lucky limeade baker's twine.

Monday, July 30, 2012

International Bazaar Reason to Smile

I can't believe tomorrow is the last day of July already.  It's also the last day to order the Reason to Smile stamp set for only $5.

I really liked everything about this card from Splitcoast.  I had already used all of my medium sized pumpkin pie buttons.  The large ones were too large and the small ones were too small (sound like Goldilocks?), so I improvised.  I used a retired corduroy brad and retired SAB ribbon.  I think I like the original button and linen thread bow better than my version, but I doubt the recipient will think it looks bad (unless they read my blog). 

I also used a really nice new greetings stamp set called Sweet Essentials.

Stamp Sets:  Reason to Smile, Sweet Essentials
Card Stock:  whisper white, international bazaar dsp
Stamp Pad:  pacific island
Other:  tangerine tango, daffodil delight and lucky limeade markers, pumpkin pie brad (use current button), SAB lucky limeade ribbon (use linen thread), dimensionals.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Creative Elements Monthly Thank You Cards

During my Card Buffets this past weekend, I was able to sneak in a little of my own stamping and make my monthly Thank You cards.  I love it when that works out!

I CASEd these cards and chose Rose Red and Indigo Island for my colors.  Simple, elegant and I love them!

Stamp Sets:  Creative Elements, Apothecary Art
Card Stock:  whisper white, island indigo, rose red
Stamp Pads:  island indigo, rose red
Other:  beautiful wings embosslit, big shot, modern label punch, glue dots, dimensionals, pearls.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Just Add (Cup)Cake

I made this card a few months ago.  I was so excited when I made it and I can't believe I forgot to post it.  Looking at this card kind of makes me wonder how we (paper crafters) managed before all of these great punches came out.

CASEd from this card.

Stamp Set:  Create-a-Cupcake
Card Stock:  whisper white, riding hood red, so saffron, just add cake dsp (now retired), red glimmer
Stamp Pads:  riding hood red, pretty in pink
Other:  dimensionals, printed designer brad, polka-dot embossing folder, big shot, cupcake builder punch, 1-3/4", 1" & 3/4" circle punches, dotted scallop ribbon punch.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Birthday on The Open Sea

Any man that is on our card list might get tired of this stamp set, but I just love it.  I am so glad it's now one of our regular sets.  I've used it a couple of times for my Card Buffets, and the cards are always a hit.  That could have something to do with so many women stampers struggle to come up with man cards. 

This card was quick to stamp and assemble, but to get to that point, it did require several passes though the big shot.  Worth it, though!

CASEd from this card on Splitcoast.

Stamp Sets:  The Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  very vanilla, cherry cobbler
Stamp Pad:  early espresso
Other:  crumb cake 3/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, word window punch, modern label punch, 2-1/2" circle punch, nestibility (non SU), 3" circle die, 3-1/2" circle die, stripes ef, big shot.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Betsy's Blossoms & Curly Cute Thanks

This very cheerful card just rotated off of my Card Buffet.  There's quite a bit of hand-cutting but it went quickly. 

Betsy's Blossoms is one of the new stamp sets that I thought I didn't need.  And you should see how many cards I now have pinned using it.  Ha!  Three on my blog already. 

CASEd from this card.

If you attended my buffet, I made minor changes to the colors from this original sample.
Stamp Sets:  Betsy's Blossoms, Curly Cute
Card Stock:  lucky limeade, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  lucky limeade, daffodil delight, rich razzleberry, raspberry ripple, primrose petals
Other:  dimensionals.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Penant Parade Ice Cream Card

This is a really fun, summer card.  One of the things that I think made it cool, is using two stamp sets for non-traditional uses.  The cone was made with a pennant stamp from Pennant Parade and the scoops of ice cream were made with the cupcake icing stamp from Create a Cupcake.

When I saw this card on Chic'n Scratch, I knew it would make a good summer Card Buffet card, but I thought it needed just a little something.  I added a large panel embossed with the new Argyle Embossing Folder and that did it.

Stamp Sets:  Create a Cupcake, Pennant Parade, Made for You
Card Stock:  real red, pool party, whisper white, red glimmer
Stamp Pads:  real red, pumpkin pie, pool party
Other:  argyle ef, big shot, cupcake builder punch, scallop edge punch, dimensional.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Just Believe Sympathy

I am getting ready for my fourth Card Buffet session in 3 days.  By the end, I am anxious to have it all cleaned up and put away.  But on Monday, I will probably starting planning the next one and be eager for my friends to come play again.  This really is a pretty fun job!

Here is the third of six cards that are rotating off of the Buffet Menu.

Based on this card.

Stamp Sets:  Just Believe, God's Blessings, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  crumb cake, very vanilla
Stamp Pads:  crumb cake, rich razzleberry
Other:  itty bitty shapes punch pack, pearls, tasteful trims die, very vanilla 1/2 seam binding ribbon.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Bring on the Cake

Today is day 2 of my July Card Buffet;  instead of VBS in the evening, I have a second session - yep - two today!  This is one of the cards that is rotating off of the menu. 

CASEd from Inking Idaho's card.

Stamp Set:  Bring on the Cake, Polka-Dot Background
Card Stock:  perfect plum, baja breeze, certainly celery, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  perfect plum, black StazOn
Other:  pumpkin pie, baja breeze, perfect plum and certainly celery markers, lucky limeade baker's twine, perfect plum 3/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

DSP Postage Square Scraps

This is a great layout to use up small pieces of designer paper.  It's one of the cards on my card buffet for June and July. 

My particular card uses Everyday Elegance that I have left over from Sale-a-Bration, but you can use any designer paper.  It's so nice how you get 12 different designs in the Stampin' Up! paper packs that all coordinate.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Pursuit of Happiness
Card Stock:  calypso coral, riding hood red, very vanilla, everyday elegance dsp
Stamp Pad:  calypso coral
Other:  postage square punch, baja breeze and cherry cobbler 1/2" seam binding ribbon, calypso coral baker's twine, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, dimensional.

Mixed Bunch Bookmark

This is the Make-n-Take from my new catalog open house in June.  It's a bookmark.

I followed Mary Fish's tutorial here.
Stamp Set:  Mixed Bunch
Card Stock:  crumb cake, whisper white, gumball green, raspberry ripple, first edition specialty
Stamp Pads:  raspberry ripple, summer starfruit
Other:  blossoms punch, simply scored and diagonal plate, dimensional, 3/4" circle punch.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bootiful Occasions - When the Rain is Done

When I first saw the Bootiful Occasions stamp set in the new catalog, I wanted it.  But, for some reason, it's one of those stamp sets that I felt like I needed to justify.  Be certain I would use it.  Well...when there's a will, there's a way.  It now resides in my stamp collection.  ☺  And do date I have pinned twelve samples for it.  Yay!

CASEd from Goin' Over the Edge.

The stamp set comes with 4 different boot images with a sentiment under each. 

I figured I would often want to stamp them separately.  Rather than mask part of the stamp or use markers to color the rubber, I cut the sentiments away from the boots.  Essentially, my stamp set now contains 9 stamps as opposed to the original 5.  I bought it in clear mount, therefore, if I want to stamp them as they came, I can mount two stamps to my clear block at once.  I hope this makes sense.

Stamp Set:  Bootiful Occasions
Card Stock:  whisper white, real red, daffodil delight, polka-dot parade dsp (marina mist)
Stamp Pads:  real red, marina mist
Other:  bashful blue marker, dimensionals, 2-1/2" circle punch, corner rounder punch, brights button, whisper white baker's twine, glue dot.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Raspberry Ripple - Reason to Smile!

Raspberry Ripple sounds like a yummy reason to smile to me!  With Stampin' Up!'s color names, it's no wonder stamping makes me hungry.  For example:  Pumkpin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade... need I go on?

Anyway - here's another card with the July special promotion stamp set:  Reason to Smile.  With an order of $50+,  order this set for $5 through July 31, 2012.

I'm glad the close-up photos show the use of my very fun, new toys:  Apothecary Framelits, and the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack.  Can you see the piercing bordering the right side of the die cut?

CASEd from Stampin' Seasons.

Stamp Set:  Reason to Smile
Card Stock:  raspberry ripple, whisper white, twitterpated dsp
Other:  raspberry ripple and gumball green markers, apothecary framelits, big shot, essentials paper-piercing pack, stampin' pierce mat and paper-piercing tool, whisper white 3/8" taffeta ribbon, glue dot, dimensionals.

Monday, July 16, 2012

UP, Up & Away

I'm kind of rushed this morning, so this will be short and sweet. 

Here's a gender neutral card I whipped up the other day.  I love the all the textures on the banner thingies.

Have a great day!

CASEd from here.
Stamp Set:  Up, Up & Away
Card Stock:  midnight muse, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  midnight muse, old olive
Other:  hounds tooth, square lattice and chevron ef, big shot, 1-3/4" circle punch, 2" circle die, dimensionals, midnight muse stitched satin ribbon.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Reason to Smile Just $5

I just received my $5 Reason to Smile stamp set Wednesday.  Great deal!  Here's the first card I made with it.

I used a few more new goodies on this card.  Can you spot them?  Midnight Muse, Gumball Green and Summer Starfruit are new 2012-2014 In-Colors,  The 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon is available in those same in colors (Midnight Muse used here).  I also used the new Finishing Touches Edgelit (looks like an eyelet border punch) on the Summer Starfruit card stock.

To purchase this stamp set for just $5, place a $50+ Stampin' Order! order by July 31, 2012.
(Wood Mount 131274 or Clear Mount 131275)

CASEd from this lovely card at My Stamp Lady.
Stamp Sets:  Reason to Smile, Petite Pairs
Card Stock:  midnight muse, summer starfruit, whisper white.
Stamp Pad:  summer starfruit
Other:  midnight muse and gumball green markers, finishing touches edgelit, designer frame ef, big shot, dimensionals, corner rounder punch, midnight muse 3/8" stitched satin ribbon.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Petite Pairs Birthday Circles

Here's a bright, sunny birthday card!  I mail a lot of birthday cards, plus make them for our church choir and for various fundraising events.  So when I made a birthday card I like, I usually make several (as in this case).  There were a lot of steps to mass produce, but that's fun.  Must be my math brain that like counting, sorting and piling. 

I used my retired Triple Layer Blossom Punch.  I wasn't too surprised to see it retire - it can be a little tricky to use, and if you're not paying attention, easy to jam.  For this card, the medium flower in the Betsy's Blossom's stamp set would work great.  Switching to a stamp would also make this card more suitable for mailing.

CASEd from North Shore Stamper.

Stamp Sets:  Petite Pairs, God's Blessings, Betsy's Blossoms
Card Stock:  whisper white, riding hood red, so saffon, baja breeze
Stamp Pads:  riding hood red, baja breeze, so saffron
Other:  triple layer blossom punch, itty bitty punch pack, rhinestones, jumbo brads, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, perfect polka-dot ef, big shot, dimensionals.

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