Thursday, November 6, 2014

Recover Rapidly: Get Well Card with Patterned Occasions

This is a cute and simple little get well card.  Since it says "Recover Rapidly", I think it's befitting for surgeries, too.  The stamp is from Patterned Occasions; a 2013 Sale-a-Bration stamp set.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Patterned Occasions
Card Stock:  crumb cake, real red, whisper white
Stamp Pad:  real red
Other:  perfect polka dots embossing folder, big shot, small heart punch, 1/4" whisper white grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, rhinestone.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Just Sayin' "hey there!"

Don't you just love cute, hip cards that can be used for just about any occasion.  

CASEd from Deb's card.

Stamp Sets:  Just Sayin', Gorgeous Grunge
Card Stock:  basic black, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  bermuda bay, daffodil delight, jet black stazon
Other:  word bubble framelits, big shot, dimensionals, rhinestones.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Star Frame Card

This card is on my list of all-time favorites!  I made a few for birthday and a few with the sentiment "amazing you".

CASEd from this card.

Stamp Set:  Express Yourself
Card Stock:  whisper white, real red, daffodil delight, silver glimmer
Stamp Pad:  real red
Other:  marina mist chevron ribbon, large polka dot embossing folder, star framelits, big shot, dimensionals.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween Eyes Note Card

When I was choosing a Halloween card for my Card Buffet, I came across this one.  I was excited to find the retired designer paper and ribbon on the Clearance Rack.  Bonus!

And I was also excited to use the new free hostess stamp set;  Good Greetings.  Great stamp set; only available through October 31.

Stamp Set:  Good Greetings
Card Stock:  pumpkin pie, basic black, very vanilla, witches brew dap
Stamp Pad:  pumpkin pie
Punches:  scallop border, 3/4", 1" and 1-1/4" circle punches
Other:  summer starfruit stitched satin ribbon

Friday, October 10, 2014

Starburst Sayings: Oh Happy Day!

I love this card for a masculine birthday card!  I really liked this original version, but I didn't have the Pacific Point ribbon.  But this cherry cobbler version was very popular at my Card Buffets.

Stamp Sets:  Starburst Sayings, Hardwood
Card Stock:  crumb cake, very vanilla, cherry cobbler
Stamp Pads:  crumb cake, cherry cobbler
Other:  cherry cobbler striped 1-1/4" grosgrain ribbon, 3" circle die, starburst framelits, dimensionals, big shot.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Flower Patch and A Dozen Thoughts

I have found that whether or not (or how much) I like a stamp set is directly related to the availability of a coordinating framelit set.  The Flower Patch stamp set has framelits to cut out all those flower shapes, therefore, I like Flower Patch.

Speaking of framelits.  I learned a couple of valuable lessons from this card.  It was offered at one of my Card Buffets.  The last buffet was on a Friday evening.  I was wrapping up my leftovers Sunday afternoon. Sometimes I put off making my leftovers for a few weeks and sometimes I just unassemble the kits and don't make them.  But, like I said, I was making these the same weekend.  When I went to cut one of the yellow flowers, its corresponding framelit was missing.  I keep them on a magnetic sheet on my Big Shot counter.  Not there.  I looked through the trash and my whole stamp room and couldn't find it. I bugged the last two people that made the card.  It hadn't jumped into their tote bags.  That evening, my hubby took his metal detector to the craft room trash bag and found it.  My hero!!  The last lady that used it at my Card Buffet tossed and her scraps into the trash bucket that sits on the Big Shot counter.  Later, I dumped that can into the trash bag.  

Lesson #1:  Deal with my leftovers and put all supplies away right away.  Did I mention that Sunday is trash night?  If I hadn't made my leftovers that day, I wouldn't have known the framelit was missing and it would have gone to the dump.  Also, since little time had passed, I could remember who made the card in case something accidentally went home with them.

Lesson #2:  Carefully go through the trash bins from Card Buffets before dumping them.  Accidents happen!

My hubby often saves the day for me (and I  let him know it daily), so I really can't say that was a lesson to me - but maybe it is for someone else.  Hug your hero!

CASEd from this card.

Stamp Sets:  Flower Patch, Gorgeous Grunge, A Dozen Thoughts
Card Stock:  blushing bride, calypso coral, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  blushing bride, so saffron, calypso coral
Other:  dimensionals, rhinestones, permanent markers (to color rhinestones), flower fair framelits, big shot.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pistachio Pudding and Starburst Sayings

A couple of weeks ago, I shared that I needed a lot of encouragement cards.  I used up my stash and needed more.  I made several of this card.  I thought the greeting, "You make the world a better place" was very encouraging.  

I used designer paper and baker's twine that I had leftover from Sale-a-Bration.

CASEd from this card.

Stamp Set:  Starburst Sayings
Card Stock:  pistachio pudding, pool party, sweet sorbet dap, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  crisp cantaloupe, pool party
Other:  decorative dots embossing folder, starburst framelit, big shot, summer starfruit baker's twine, dimensionals.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Marina Mist Flower Shop

A couple of months ago, I had two ladies signed up to attend their first Card Buffet.  Actually, it would be there first time for stamping or any paper crafting.  I invited them to come over the week ahead for a beginner lesson.  This is the card that I prepared for them.  I know it is NOT a beginner card, but it demonstrated many techniques that they would encounter on different cards on the Card Buffet Menu; background stamp, stamping/punching, dry embossing, framelits.  If I had it to do over again, I would keep it simple.

Stamp Sets:  Flower Shop, Itty Bitty Banners
Card Stock:  crumb cake, marina mist, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  marina mist, crumb cake
Other:  scallop tag topper punch, pansy punch, bitty banner framelits, perfect polka dot embossing folder, big shot, dimensionals, rhinestone, marina mist chevron ribbon, whisper white baker's twine.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gold Washi Anniversary

Ugh - what a bad picture.  Hopefully you get the idea; it really is a pretty card.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Sets:  Gorgeous Grunge, Express Yourself
Card Stock:  very vanilla, marina mist
Stamp Pads:  jet black stazon, gold encore
Other:  gold sequin trim, beautiful wings emboss lit, gold metallic baker's twine, dimensionals, watercolor wonder washi tape.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mixed Bunch - Double Time Stamping

I call this the technique on this card Double Time Stamping; little sister to triple time stamping that was all over blogland a couple of years ago.  I've made a few of them at Card Buffets.  Here is one example.

To get the image to meet up on both pieces of Whisper White Card card stock, I put a tiny piece of snail adhesive on the back of the smaller piece and placed it on the bigger piece.  Stamp.  There was  a small blank area all around the smaller piece where the ink didn't get on the bigger piece.  That's ok because the Night of Navy mat covered that up.  

I used the same technique on the inside of the card:
CASEd from here.

Stamp Sets:  Mixed Bunch, Blessings from Heaven, Everything Eleanor
Card Stock:  night of navy, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  night of navy, old olive
Other:  blossom punch, 3/4" circle punch, rhinestone, dimensionals.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Everything Eleanor -- Thinking of You

So ... this card was not very popular at my Card Buffets.  But that's ok - I like it and I needed a big batch of "thinking of you" cards.  

CASEd from this card.

Stamp Sets:  Everything Eleanor, Four You
Card Stock:  coastal cabana, chocolate chip, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  crumb cake, coastal cabana, chocolate chip
Other:  essentials paper piercing pack, piercing mat and tool, pearls.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kinda Eclectic Card

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Kinda Eclectic
Card Stock:  lost lagoon, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  lost lagoon, tangelo twist, hello honey
Other:  elegant and itty bitty butterfly punches, rhinestones, dimensionals.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Age Awareness Birthday Card

This is my first photopolymer stamp set.  I love it!  I can't believe how well the stamps stick to the acrylic blocks!  And it's so nice to see exactly where I'll be stamping.  The "happy" and "birthday" are individual stamps, but I was able to place them on the same block and stamp at once.  No problems with laligning or spacing!

The ink does stain the stamps, though.  :0(

I looove the new Large Polka Dot embossing folder, too!  The size difference between framelits is often larger than I want for a mat.  So I cut the white card stock (after stamping, of course) with a labels collection framelit.  I adhered it to a rectangular piece of real red card stock and hand cut the red around the white. 

CASEd from this card.

Stamp Set:  Age Awareness
Card Stock:  lost lagoon, real red, whisper white, hello honey
Stamp Pad:  real red
Other:  itty bitty accents punch pack, large polka dot embossing folder, labels collection framelits, big shot, dimensionals, rhinestones.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Flower Shop and Sympathy Card

I added a little bit to this card.

Stamp Sets:  Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Betsy's Blossom, Gorgeous Grunge, Simply Sketched
Card Stock:  real red, whisper white
Stamp Pads:  real red, crumb cake, old olive
Other:  pearls, dimensionals, pansy and petite petal punches.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Six-Sided Sampler

Hexagons - another go-to shape / stamp set for guy cards.  Hooray!

CASEd from this card.

Stamp Sets:  Six-Sided Sampler, Gorgeous Grunge,  Banner Greetings
Card Stock:  whisper white, early espresso, wild wasabi, pacific point
Stamp Pads:  wild wasabi, pacific point, early espresso
Other:  hexagon punch, dimensionals, banners framelits, big shot.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Project Life: Road Trip to Washington, DC

This is the second layout I did with Project Life.  It's so fun and easy, plus I actually have photos documented and in a place my family can enjoy (other than just my phone).  I can't wait to add Project Life to my regular crafting routine.  

My cousin's daughter got married last year in Annapolis, MD.  It just so happens that our son lives in Silver Spring, MD and works in Washington, DC.   Perfect reasons for a road trip.  So Jeff and I loaded up my parents and our granddaughter and headed east for a long holiday weekend (Memorial Day).  While there, we went on a open top bus tour.

Stampin' Up! Products Used:  Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection and Photo Pocket Pages.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Strawberry Cupcake Birthday Card

I think cupcake cards are my favorite birthday cards to make.  Maybe it's just me, but I think cupcakes just scream, "Happy Birthday!"  Balloons make good birthday cards, too.

BTW, this is my 1,000th blog post.  One Thousand.  Wow!

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Create-a-Cupcake
Card Stock:  strawberry slush, pink pirouette, whisper white, real red
Stamp Pad:  soft suede
Other:  oval framelit, cherry cobbler baker's twine, dimensionals, decorative dots embossing folder, cupcake builder punch, elegant lines embossing folder, big shot.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thoughts of You ... Rain or Shine

I love this stamp set (and this card).  For some reason, I had been wanting a stamp set with an umbrella.  When Stampin' Up! offered Rain or Shine in the Occasions Catalog last year, I didn't even have to think about whether I would order it.  And when I last purged retired stamp sets, it stayed.

And I love the simplicity and cuteness of this card.  I offered it at my June and July Card Buffets and I've already used up the leftover kits and my samples.

CASEd from here.

Stamp Set:  Rain or Shine
Card Stock:  whisper white, night of navy
Stamp Pad:  night of navy
Other:  itty bitty punch pack, rhinestone, dimensionals.

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