Thursday, May 30, 2013

Retiring Soon: Circle Circus and Curly Cute

I saw this card by Chiaki Haverstick yesterday morning and CASEd it yesterday afternoon.  It's an out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new kind of card.  The two stamp sets, Circle Circus and Curly Cute, are retiring Monday, June 3.  All of the inks used are new 2013-2015 In Colors that will be available June 1.

The new In Colors look so nice together.  Fresh.  Soft without being outdated pastels.  But 4 of the 5 names make me hungry (read the supply list below to see what I mean).




Stamp Sets:  Circle Circus, Curly Cute
Card Stock:  whisper white
Stamp Pads:  baked brown sugar, coastal cabana, crisp cantaloupe, pistachio pudding, strawberry slush
Other:  1-3/4" circle and scallop circle punches, dimensionals, rhinestones.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Stampin' Up! Fabric iPad Sleeve

We were out of town the past 5 days.  I had finished a quilt for our family room just before we left.  I still need want to make a baby quilt for a shower that's in 10 days.  I was in the mood to sew before leaving, but didn't want to leave an unfinished project so I decided to make this iPad case.  It's quick, easy and very cute.  

I stumbled onto this case on Pinterest and loved it.  And what a coincidence that it was made with Stampin' Up! fabric.  It's made from a purchased pattern from someone that is not a demonstrator. The pattern also includes dimensions for iPad minis and kindles. I like having the pocket; there's enough room for my charger and my iPod and ear buds.  Fusible fleece is used to add a little padding.  I leave my smart cover on and there's still plenty of room to slide it in.  

The fabrics used are Tea for Two (Spring Catalog), Floral District and Essentials collections.  

HURRY - Stampin' Up! Fabrics are only available through May 31 and are 40% off.  After that - you'll have to take your chances with the clearance rack.





Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Blossoms Reverse Punch Birthday Card

This is a card that I recently used for my Thank You card for qualifying orders.  I think it's a neat design and it's also cool that I now have a stack of Melon Mambo designer paper punched flowers to use on another card.


CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Perfectly Penned
Card Stock:  whisper white, melon mambo
Stamp Pad:  melon mambo
Other:  boho blossoms punch, blossoms punch, dimensionals, melon mambo polka dot scalloped ribbon.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sycamore Street Blue Ribbon Birthday

This card is one of those projects that I just couldn't make work out so I finally gave up.  I wanted a fresh and light birthday card for my card buffet.  I had stocked up on a few packs of Sycamore Street dsp (free during Sale-a-Bration) and wanted to use it on the card.  I took it apart, tweeked, changed orientation, changed colors and finally called it quits.  So why am I sharing it on my blog?  I'm not too sure.  But I do know that sometimes my least favorite cards are popular and vice-versa.  We all have different tastes.


Stamp Set:  Blue Ribbon
Card Stock:  whisper white, sycamore street dsp
Stamp Pads:  rich razzleberry, island indigo
Other:  chevron ef, big shot, 2-3/8" scallop circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, dimensionals.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Punched Out Butterflies

This card was really popular at card buffets a few months ago.


CASEd from this card.

Stamp Set:  Curly Cute
Card Stock:  marina mist, crumb cake, primrose petals, very vanilla
Stamp Pad:  crumb cake
Other:  fancy fan ef, big shot, bitty butterfly punch, postage stamp punch, 1-3/8" square punch, rhinestones, dimensionals, crumb cake seam binding ribbon.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Patterned Occasions - Cupcake Window Card

I love cupcakes for birthday cards.  Well - I love cupcakes. ☺  I also like window cards - the inside and outside are decorated all at once.

This stamp is from the Patterned Occasions Stamp Set that was free during Sale-a-Bration.


Adapted from this card.

Stamp Set:  Patterned Occasions
Card Stock:  real red, whisper white
Markers:  early espresso, marina mist, daffodil delight, real red
Other:  square lattice ef, oval framelits, big shot, dimensionals, glue dot, daffodil delight 1/8" taffeta ribbon.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Bugs & Kisses

In yesterday's post, I shared a card I had made for a friend to send to an ill 3 year old boy.  She passed on the Lego card and chose this card.




CASEd from here.
Stamp Set:  Bugs & Kisses
Card Stock:  pacific point, real red, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie, brights dsp stack
Stamp Pads:  old olive (inside), pumpkin pie, real red, pacific point, black stazon
Other:  real red 1/4" stitched grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lego Punch Art Card

Yesterday a friend asked me if I had a card that would be appropriate for a 3 year old boy with a serious medical condition.  I did not, but offered to make one.  I told her I had seen a lego card and have been wanting to make one.  

She liked the idea so I made this up.  I sent her a picture and while I waited for her response, I made another.  Once the dimensions are figured out, a second card is usually so much easier and since the stuff was already out ...  She liked the card, but it wasn't quite what she had in mind.  So I added a "happy birthday" greeting to both cards and happily added them to my stash.

The sample I had seen had sponging around all of the circles.  It did look really nice like that, but I didn't feel like doing that.  26 circles in 4 or 5 different colors?  Pass!  I had seen one with little marks on each circle and I thought it worked to add dimension.  It was a lot faster and neater on my finger tips.



CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Best Dad Ever
Card Stock:  real red, basic black, whisper white, pacific point, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie.
Stamp Pad:  black stazon
Other:  markers to match the card stock, 1/2" circle punch, dimensionals.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Baby Bib Card and a Quilt

Someone at church is due to have a baby girl today.  I made a quilt and gave it to her on Mother's Day.  And, of course, I had to make a baby card to go along with it.

I CASEd the card from this one.  When I pinned it on Pinterest, I presumed the oval and scallop oval were framelits.  Well - they are, just not like I thought.  The scallop oval framelit in the set is too big.  So for this scallop oval, the original creator cut a plain oval and used the scallop edge punch and went around the edge; 2 or 3 scallops at a time.  I read that and thought "ugh! no thanks!".  But I wanted this card so I gave it a try and it wasn't that terribly difficult to do.  I don't want to do it often though!  Now that I've told you, you probably see how wonky my scallops are.  But did you notice before?



Card Stock:  pretty in pink (retiring), whisper white, subtles dsp stack
Other:  ovals framelits, perfect polka dot ef, big shot, small heart punch, 7/8" scallop circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, dimensionals, occasions paper piercing pack, piercing tool and mat.


And this is the quilt I made for her.  It was a sunny day - I might have gotten a little carried away with the pictures.  


I made it like this one on Craftsy.  Very simple!

The fabric is Tidbits by Kari Ramsay of Fresh Cut Quilts for Henry Glass & Co.  I bought a fat quarter bundle (12 fat quarters) at my Local Quilt Shop.  I bought a large enough cut of cream fabric that I wouldn't have to piece those strips.  That and the fat quarters produced enough leftovers that I have enough fabric to make another quilt (just need 2 yards for backing and binding).

I free motion quilted the flower pattern.  It's free hand (no template or pattern).  I followed this tutorial. I used a couple of big scraps of fabric with some batting to practice a couple of flowers.  Of course that always goes more smoothly than on the real quilt.  ☺  I have decided, though, that it's easier to take the plunge and try something new on a quilt top that is small and was quick to piece.  Not as much at risk.  

This is my first quilt to make and give away (except to my grand kids) and I always thought I would prewash them so they would be crinkly and soft and ready for snuggling.  But I didn't know if the mama was going to use special detergent for baby laundry.  So I warned her that it's normal for it to wrinkle up. 

I hope she loves it!









I started learning to piece quilt tops last year.  In January this year, I bought a quilting sewing machine so I could so the quilting.  I have now finished 6 quilts!   With stamping and quilting, I barely have time for cleaning and cooking anymore!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bootiful Occasions - Texas Bridal Shower

This is a big bridal shower, wedding, graduation and baby shower month for us.  Lots of parties and fun!  

Last month, I attended a bridal shower for one of the weddings that's this weekend (yes, there are two in the same weekend) The groom is in the army and currently stationed in San Antonio, TX.  The shower was western themed.  The decorations and details were amazing; hats, boots, hay, chalkboard signs, bandanas - you name it, they thought of it!  Why am I telling you all of this?  So you won't think I'm totally nuts when you see that I used a cowgirl boot stamp for the bridal shower card.

For the crumb cake background, I first embossed the card stock with the wood grain embossing folder.  Then I rubbed my versamark over it, sprinkled that with clear embossing powder then heat embossed it.


CASEd from this card.

Stamp Set:  Bootiful Occasions
Card Stock:  midnight muse, crumb cake, whisper white, polka dot parade dsp.
Markers:  midnight muse, real red, crumb cake
Other:  wood grain embossing folder, big shot, clear embossing powder, heat tool, midnight muse stitched satin ribbon, linen thread, dimensionals.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Queen for a Day. Bling on the Crown

One of the things I like about the You Rule stamp set is its main image is a crown yet it's gender neutral.  I say that and then share a pink crown.  Haha!  However, a king-worthy crown is coming.

Check out all the bling!  The smaller two sizes are from the Rhinestone Basic Jewels (3 sizes per sheet) and the largest ones are Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (all the same size on the sheet).  I know some of you don't like to make cards that aren't "mailable".  This is mailable.  I will simply add a piece of that thick white packing/wrap stuff over the card front, stuff it in a Stampin' Up! envelopes, put 2 first class postage stamps on it and mail it off knowing the recipient will love it.  

This stamp set is in the Spring Catalog (ending 5/31/13).


CASEd from here.


Stamp Set:  You Rule
Card Stock:  whisper white, regal rose (retiring and out of stock)
Stamp Pads:  regal rose, soft suede
Other:  rhinestones and dimensionals.   Lots of both.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Button Buddies

I stocked up on the free Sycamore Street Ribbon and Buttons bundle during Sale-a-Bration this year.  The looming retirement of the Button Buddies stamp set along with a stash of buttons made this card seem like a great choice to make.  

These buttons came in an assorted pack with 12 each of 3 different colors (rich razzleberry, pool party and tangerine tango).  I like to keep the number of each color even whenever possible.  Is anyone else out there nuts like I am?  Anyway, this card was great to keep my button colors  "even".  ☺  Also, I had the white panels already embossed from leftover cards from a card buffet.  Using up leftovers and my button thing - ahhh - feels good!  I made 4 cards while I was at it.



Stamp Sets:  Button Buddies, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  whisper white, tangerine tango (inside), summer smooches dsp
Stamp Pads:  rich razzleberry, pool party, tangerine tango
Other:  perfect polka dots ef, bitty banners framelits, big shot, 2-3/8" scallop circle punch, sycamore street ribbon and buttons, whisper white baker's twine, glue dots, dimensionals.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Raining Flowers

It seems like every May, I scramble to give my retiring stamp sets some last minute love.  It's kind of silly because I don't HAVE to stop using them.  I guess I'm just helping you decide if you need to order them before it's too late.  Who know why I do what I do - but here's a card made with the soon-to-be-retired Raining Flowers and Perfect Punches stamp sets.  I really like this card.  A lot!

I tried using my color spritzer on this card (it's days in the SU catalog are also numbered), but it wasn't cooperating so I pulled out the very old Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set.



CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Raining Flowers, Perfect Punches, Kind & Caring Thoughts (long retired hostess se), Itty Bitty Backgrounds (very old)
Card Stock:  raspberry ripple, sahara sand, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  sahara sand, raspberry ripple
Other:  scallop edge punch, xl oval punch, raspberry ripple stitched satin ribbon, dimensionals.

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