Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Thanks So Much from Oh, Hello

The Oh, Hello stamp set wasn't on my first draft of my wish list from the new Spring Catalog.  But it didn't take long for it to make its way on the list.

This is the card I am currently including with qualifying orders.  I accidentally stamped my name on the back (which I do not normally do for my order thank you cards).  It's become a force of habit.  I didn't realize this mistake until I had already free-hand stamped the chevrons on 12 cards.  Oops.  And I don't normally give cards that require extra postage.  I guess I was too excited to share my new goodies with customers.  

The Sycamore Street designer paper and Calypso Coral button used on this card are freebies from Sale-a-Bration.

I CASEd this card from ARTfelt Impressions; one of my favorite blogs.  

Stamp Set:  Oh, Hello
Card Stock:  whisper white, island indigo, sycamore street dsp
Stamp Pads:  sahara sand, island indigo
Other:  oval framelits, glue dot, dimensionals, whisper white baker's twine, sycamore street button pack.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Thoughts of you ... Rain or Shine

I've had this odd and inexplicable want for an umbrella stamp set.  Imagine my delight when there was one in the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog!  I know - it's weird - I don't like rainy weather and I don't go to many wedding or baby showers.  I've just seen umbrella stamps from other companies and wanted one. Now I have it.

Here are the first cards made with my new Rain or Shine stamp set.  I actually CASEd these from the demonstrator magazine Stampin' Success.  The idea is to demonstrate a simple card with few supplies then step it up in another card.  If you look closely, you can see the little hearts stamped in some of the circles on the designer paper.

Stamp Set:  Rain or Shine
Card Stock:  whisper white, pumpkin pie, polka dot parade dsp
Stamp Pads:  basic gray, melon mambo, pumpkin pie
Other:  itty bitty punch back, rhinestones, dimensionals, window frames framelits.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Got Green?

Holiday Cards have become pretty popular at my card buffets, so I try to think 2 months ahead to offer cards to be make in time to mail them. The January/February card buffet includes this St. Patrick's Day card.  

Stamp Set:  Got Treats?
Card Stock:  whisper white, garden green, certainly celery, dsp
Stamp Pad:  garden green
Other:  basic rhinestone, 1-3/4" and 2-1/2" circle punches, 2-3/8" scallop circle punch, perfect polka dots ef, big shot, whisper white 3/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Need for Speed - 4 Wheelin'

I have to make a conscious effort to make masculine cards.  Although I haven't found Need for Speed to be the easiest stamp set to work with, the images are a nice change from stars or trees for man cards.  And I do like this card.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Sets:  Extreme Elements (retired), On Your Birthday (retired), Need for Speed
Card Stock:  sahara sand, lucky limeade, basic black, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  black stazon, sahara sand
Other: square lattice ef, big shot, dimensionals.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Creative Elements - Simple and Classy

I love this card!  I didn't stamp a sentiment on it - it could be used for so many occasions.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Creative Elements
Card Stock:  whisper white, early espresso, pool party
Stamp Pads:  pool party, early espresso
Other:  early espresso marker, dimensionals, fancy fan ef, big shot.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Blooming with Kindness - Melon Mambo Birthday

This is a really fun card to make!  I really like the drawn frame look.  

I made a rectangular template from chipboard (backing from pack of glimmer paper).  After I stamped the flowers and sentiment (and allowed the ink to dry), I placed the template where I wanted the frame to be and traced around it with my basic black stampin' write marker.  I lifted my marker where there was stamping.    I added a think layer of dazzling details to the flowers.  I liked it so well, I repeated it on the inside (minus the sentiment and dazzling details).

 the inside:

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Blooming with Kindness
Card Stock:  basic black, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  melon mambo, black stazon
Other:  dazzling details, chip board, basic black stampin' write marker.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Moving Forward Sailboat

This cute little sailboat stamp is from the Moving Forward Stamp Set; this year's Ronald McDonald's charity set.

I stamped the sail a second time on vellum card stock, cut it out and adhered it over the first image.  It took a very long time to dry and it still smudged.  Next time, I would use my heat tool to try to set the ink.  Still a cute card, though!  It's on my January/February card buffet without the vellum

CASEd from this card.  

Stamp Set:  Moving Forward
Card Stock:  crumb cake, real red, midnight muse, pool party, whisper white, vellum
Stamp Pad:  midnight muse
Other:  chevron ef, big shot, naturals buttons, linen thread, glue dot, dimensionals, scalloped dotted ribbon punch, silver brad.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Just Believe - I'm here for you

I think I've mentioned this before, but the ladies that come to my card buffets are a very caring group.  They are often in need of serene sympathy/thinking of you themed cards.  This one is for them.  

CASEd from here.

Stamp Sets:  Just Believe, Petite Pair
Card Stock:  early espresso, pink pirouette, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  early espresso, pink pirouette
Other:  early espresso 1/4" stitched grosgrain ribbon, beautiful wings embosslit, basic pearls, clear block E.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Curly Cute and Honeycomb Birthday

I have a couple of friends with their birthday near Valentine's Day and I thought this card would be perfect to send to them.  

The dsp is from the Print Poetry designer stack.  Each sheet is 4.5" x 6.5".  I ran a whole sheet through the big shot with my new Honeycomb Embossing Folder.  That made enough hexagons to make 5 cards.  The hexagons are hand cut (I sure hope SU makes a punch soon).  The solids weren't too difficult; mine probably would be neater if I hadn't cut them in front of the tv and if I had better lighting there.  The print paper was more difficult to see the embossing to cut along, but again, better lighting and focus would probably help.  

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Curly Cute
Card Stock:  whisper white, real red, primrose petals, print poetry designer stack
Stamp Pad:  real red
Other:  honeycomb ef, big shot, small heart punch, basic rhinestone, primrose petal 1/2" stitched satin ribbon.

Monday, February 4, 2013

More Amore Fabric Tissue Pouch

I made fabric tissue holders for favors for my workshop last week.  I used a pack (3 fat quarters) of More Amore Fabric from the Occasions Catalog and was able to make 10 pouches from one pack.  They were super quick and easy to make.  There are still some fabric packs on the clearance rack for only $.99.  Just think - 10 quick, cute and easy projects for $.99 (plus the tissues).

I realize the pictures below are small and the font may be too small to read.  If you click on the photo, it should open up to full screen where you can read and/or print it.

CASEd from here.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Chalkboard Birthday Card

This is the second masculine birthday card we made at the workshop I shared about yesterday.  

I had been wanting to try the chalkboard technique that I've seen all over blogland and Pinterest so I tried it here.  It can hardly be called a technique - it's so simple.  All you do is heat emboss your stamped image with whisper white embossing powder on basic black card stock, then rub whisper white craft ink over it.  I used a stampin' sponge on my stamp pad; I've read where some use a damp paper towel or just a tissue.  

I used the new Honeycomb embossing folder from the Occasions Catalog.  Love it!  I made another little chalkboard for the inside and will use my white gel pen to sign the card.

Stamp Set:  You're Amazing
Card Stock:  crumb cake, midnight muse, basic black
Stamp Pad:  versamark, whisper white craft
Other:  stampin' sponge, dimensionals, honeycomb ef, big shot, white watercolor pencil, whisper white embossing powder, heat tool.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Word Play Wish Big Birthday Card

The hostess club that I demo for had their quarterly workshop Tuesday evening.  I always ask the hostess if there are particular products or techniques she would like for me to use for the make-and-take projects.  Since I don't have the one stamp set she requested, she asked me to make masculine birthday cards.  Since they are very experienced stampers and already know how to do most things and masculine cards aren't the easiest to make, I think she had a great idea.  Thanks, Carol!

Here's one of them:

CASEd from this card.

Stamp Set:  Word Play
Card Stock:  very vanilla, crumb cake, first edition dsp
Stamp Pad:  cherry cobbler
Other:  cherry cobbler baker's twine, dimensionals, merry minis punch pack.

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