Saturday, September 28, 2013

Betsy's Blossoms Postage Squares

I just love how this card turned out!  It's a little of an "old fashioned" layout, but I still love it!  When I make cards, I line them up in the bay window in my kitchen until I photograph them.  Seeing this card and another one with made with the same stamp set just brightened up the room and made me smile.

I  CASEd this card, but added little tweaks from this card.

Stamp Sets:  Betsy's Blossoms, Lots of Thanks
Card Stock:  crumb cake, whisper white, island indigo, real red, daffodil delight, wild wasabi
Stamp Pads:  island indigo, real red, daffodil delight, wild wasabi
Other:  daffodil delight 1/4" stitched grosgrain ribbon, postage stamp punch, 1-1/4" square punch (retired), rhinestones, dimensionals.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Mosaic Madness Get Well

I had made a card with Mosaic Madness for my next card buffet.  While the stamps were still on my counter, I wanted to use it to make something for my personal card stash.  I must subconsciously think that if I use the same stamp set for two consecutive cards, it helps justify the purchase.  Haha!

I CASEd this bright and cheery card from Badabing.  The colors are actually soft; 2013-2015 In Colors coastal cabana, crisp cantaloupe with so saffron.  The original card photographed bright - and low and behold, so did mine.  Don't know what's up with that.  The card is more tranquil that it appears!

Stamp Sets:  Mosaic Madness, Express Yourself
Card Stock:  coastal cabana, crisp cantaloupe, so saffron, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  coastal cabana, crisp cantaloupe, so saffron
Other:  mosaic punch, mosaic embossing folder, big shot, dimensionals, crisp cantaloupe ruffled ribbon.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fifth Avenue Floral Thank You

I stumbled onto this card by Mary Fish on Pinterest and really liked it.  It happened to be during the few days I was setting up for my annual retirement sale and the stamp set used, Fifth Avenue Floral, was already priced and on the table to sell.  So I cut card stock, stamped, and returned the stamps to the sale table before it was too late.  ☺  That was 3 months ago.  I just got around to finishing them up last week.  I made 4 for Thank You and 4 for Anniversary.  

The designer paper and satin ribbon are also retired, but I still had a little bit in my stash.  Yay!

Stamp Sets:  Fifth Avenue Floral, Short & Sweet (both retired)
Card Stock:  real red, chocolate chip, whisper white, sweet pea designer stack (retired)
Stamp Pad:  chocolate chip
Other:  real red 5/8" sating ribbon (retired), real red marker, dimensionals, large oval and scallop oval punches.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lacy & Lovely

My very good friend is the Mom Mentor for the MOPS group from her church.  She sends a welcome card to new members and ordered the supplies to get her cards ready for the new school year.  Then lightning struck (literally).  Since she can't get to her supplies right now and no longer lives close enough for our play dates, I made the cards for her and mailed them to her.  She had already picked this card to CASE.  There aren't layers, so even though she needed 30, they didn't take long to make.

Stamp Set:  Lacy & Lovely
Card Stock:  raspberry ripple, summer starfruit, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  raspberry ripple, summer starfruit, tempting turquoise
Other:  raspberry ripple and/or summer starfruit 1/2" stitched satin ribbon.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Jelly Roll Quilt

A break from stamping ...

Last year I spent a lot of time (and money LOL) learning how to quilt.  I took classes, scoured Pinterest and YouTube, accumulated tools and gadgets.  I made a couple of tops as well as a flannel rag quilt.  I bought another sewing machine in January and set the goal of completing (piecing and quilting!) one quilt per month.  This is the eighth one and I finished it in August.  On target!  My new friend, Amy (works at the local quilt shop) and I decided that if I fall behind, the 2 tables runners, 4 window valances, 8 place mats, 9 hanging calendar quilts and tote bags should count for at least one quilt.  Don't you agree? 

The pattern is called May Flowers and it is from the book Jelly Roll Inspirations compiled by Pam and Nicky Lintott. The LQS I shop at makes their own black and white jelly rolls, so it's not any particular designer or brand.  The flowers are pieced from the strips and appliqued on the hot pink squares.  Then I just meander free motion quilted the whole thing.

This newest quilt now lives with my daughter.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Betsy's Blossoms Thank You Cards

My very good friend was in need of some Thank You cards.  She didn't have time to make them and she didn't have access to her stamping supplies anyway.  She needed them quickly, so I raided my stash and sent a stash right away.  Then later in the week, I made some more to send to her.  I wish we lived closer so I help her more, but at least this made me feel a tiny bit less helpless.  I know receiving them made her smile.  

CASEd from here.  I didn't realize I took the picture just like the original until just now - funny!

Stamp Sets:  Betsy's Blossoms, Lots of Thanks
Card Stock:  whisper white, rich razzleberry, floral district dsp (retired)
Stamp Pad:  rich razzleberry
Other:  dimensionals.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Wild About You Alligator

One of my stamping friends that attends my Card Buffets requested a juvenile card.  There are two BIG reasons why I should not have offered this card; the stamp set is retired and the embossing folder is not Stampin' Up!  But it was so cute, and well ... I caved.  I am weak.  ☺

CASEd from this card.

Stamp Set:  Wild About You (retired - substitute Zoo Babies)
Card Stock:  wild wasabi, garden green, whisper white, real red
Stamp Pads:  wild wasabi, black stazon
Other:  basic black marker, small heart punch, some contraband embossing folder that is not nearly as nice as Stampin' Up! embossing folders, big shot, dimensionals.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tape It - Birthday Candles

Although this card wasn't hard, there were a lot of steps to it.  After stampers at my card buffets finished it, they were looking for an easier card with fewer pieces.  haha.  It's always so funny when someone proclaims that someone extra special will receive that card. This was one of those.

The background candles were stamped with the Birthday Candles wheel that I converted to a clear mount stamp.  The big candles were stamped with stamps from the Tape It set and the flames are wings from the Bird Builder Punch.  Definitely a "thinking outside the box" card.

I CASEd this card, but brightened it up a bit by changing Midnight Muse to Coastal Cabana.

Stamp Sets:  Birthday Candles Wheel, Tape It, Bring on the Cake
Card Stock:  coastal cabana, crushed curry, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  coastal cabana, crushed cabana
Other:  xl oval punch, bird builder punch, dazzling details, dimensionals.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

All Dressed Up Birthday Girl

Very fun card.  I just love it!  And so did lots of people at my card buffets.  Of course, the sample I photographed is the one I embossed crooked.  {sigh}

CASEd from here.

Stamp Sets:  Create a Cupcake, Confetti (retired)
Card Stock:  whisper white, basic black, melon mambo
Stamp Pad:  melon mambo
Other:  dress up framelits, delicate designs embossing folder, big shot, word window punch, whisper white 3/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Blooming With Kindness - Thinking of You

Simple cards that are also pretty are always popular at my card buffets.  This one was no exception.  And of course, Thinking of You cards are always good to have on hand.

 Sometimes I like to mimic the card front on the inside.  Although I typically put Whisper White on the inside, you can still see ink on Sahara Sand and I think it just looks classy.
CASEd from this card.

Stamp Sets:  Blooming with Kindness, Sweet Essentials
Card Stock:  sahara sand, midnight muse
Stamp Pad:  midnight muse
Other:  midnight muse 1/2" stitched satin ribbon, dimensionals.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Flower Shop

Isn't this card so cheery?  I think it's a little easier to make than it looks and it was a popular choice at my card buffet.  I used the "hi" stamp from Regarding Dahlias, but also offered "get well" from Delightful Dozen.  I think both are very fitting.

CASEd from this card.

Stamp Sets:  Flower Shop, Regarding Dahlias
Card Stock:  strawberry slush, whisper white, 2 different daffodil delight designer papers
Stamp Pads:  strawberry slush, pistachio pudding
Other:  honeycomb embossing folder, big shot, pansy punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, dimensionals.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

It's an Owl -- No, It's a Bat

Without looking at past blog posts, I would guess that I have used my Owl Builder Punch nearly as many times for something other than an owl as I have to actually make owls.  Whoever thought it would be so versatile?!

Inspired by this card.

Stamp Sets:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Delightful Dozen (inside)
Card Stock:  basic black, smoky slate, whisper white, daffodil delight
Stamp Pads:  black stazon, smoky slate
Punches:  owl builder, bird builder, 2-1/2" circle, bat (retired), 2-3/8" scallop (for stencil for sponging clouds)
Other:  sponge, dimensionals.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Happy Day Washi Tape

One of my friends/customers had asked me about washi tape.  She later attended a quarterly hostess club workshop.  So I made my Thank You cards for their orders using washi tape.  Everyone loved them!

 I really like some of the patterns of the wheel stamps.  Since I can't wheel straight to save my life and I don't scrapbook, I converted my wheels to clear mount stamps.  We sell the Clear Mount Cling Foam on page 197 of the annual catalog.  It's so easy to do!  I didn't get a photo if it, but I used the gingham jumbo stamp (former wheel) in daffodil delight to stamp on the inside of the card and the envelope - it's a great match to the top washi tape.

CASEd from here:
Stamp Set:  Happy Day
Card Stock:  whisper white
Stamp Pads:  daffodil delight, melon mambo
Other:  gingham garden washi tape, rhinestones.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Crisp Cantaloupe Chalk Talk

I needed a few Thank You cards.  I had the new Chalk Talk stamp set for a while, but hadn't used it yet.  This card really appealed to me and it's easier/quicker than it looks.  Score!

Stamp Set:  Chalk Talk
Card Stock:  whisper white, baked brown sugar, crisp cantaloupe, 2013-2015 In-Color designer stack
Stamp Pads:  crisp cantaloupe, baked brown sugar
Other:  xl oval punch, chalk talk framelits, big shot, rhinestones, dimensionals.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns

This is the last of the three Halloween sample cards that I made for my mom.  In case you are wondering, she loved all three.  She doesn't get bored mass producing the same card like I do, so she plans to make one each year.  Looks like I have the next two years off.   She also loved my idea of using stamps she already owns.  In fact, the day after I gave her the Halloween samples, she brought her Thanksgiving stamps to me.  Smart cookie, that woman!

Stamp Sets:  Jack-o-Lantern something (it's retired and I forget the name), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock:  basic black, pumpkin pie, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  pumpkin pie, black stazon
Other:  basic black chevron ribbon, chevron embossing folder, bitty banners framelits, big shot, dimensionals.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wicked Cool

This is the second of three Halloween sample cards I made for my Mom.  I think it's my favorite of the three.  It made me a little sorry I sold my Wicked Cool stamp set, but at least I know where I can borrow one now.

Stamp Set:  Wicked Cool (retired)
Card Stock:  pear pizzazz, basic black, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  smoky slate, pear pizzazz, black stazon
Other:  perfect polka dots embossing folder, big shot, basic black chevron ribbon, large oval punch, scalloped oval punch, dimensionals, rhinestones.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Halloween Spider Dropping In

My mom likes to make lots of holiday cards.  She loves making them, but not coming up with ideas so she usually duplicates something I've made.  (Since we have family/friends in common, I've learned to not let her see what I'm sending until she gets hers in the mail).  A month or so ago, she asked me for ideas for a Halloween card.  To save her money, I suggested that she give me her Halloween stamps and I would use them for her (I know - dumb business move).  I made 3 cards for her to choose from. 

This is one of them.  I meant to remember the name of the retired stamp set, but I forgot.  I think it might be Trick-or-Treat, but don't hold me to that.

Stamp Set:  Trick or Treat (retired)
Card Stock:  basic black, smoky slate, whisper white
Stamp Pad:  black staz-on
Other:  basic black 1/8" taffeta ribbon, 1-3/4" circle punch, 2-3/8" scallop circle punch, circles framelits, big shot, spider web embossing folder (retired), dimensionals.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Peace on Earth - Warm Up Christmas Card

Last year, starting Christmas cards in July was very popular at my card buffets.  I kept one on the rotation and when it got closer to Christmas, I added another (2 of 12 were Christmas).  I am doing that again this year and this is the first card (for July and August).  Another new one will start at the September buffet next week.

I had recently cleaned out and reorganized my retired designer paper.  I used some of that for this card. These particular papers are retired, and so are the colors (bravo burgundy, kiwi kiss, river rock).

Stamp Set:  Greetings of the Season (retired)
Card Stock:  crumb cake, very vanilla, retired dsp
Stamp Pad:  early espresso
Other:  apothecary accents framelits, lacy brocade embossing folder (retired), very vanilla seam binding ribbon, dimensionals, pearls.

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