I am a very lucky woman to be married to the amazing husband/soul mate/best friend. We have 3 terrific kids and 4 precious grandchildren. I started stamping in 1996 and haven't purchased a card since. Although I am merely a hobbyist Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would be happy to help anyone else enjoy this craft. Thanks for visiting!
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I offered this card for a Card Buffet. I intended it to be a monogram where every one could cut their own initial. Instead of my last name, most people thought the B was for birthday. Haha. That works, too!
After Christmas, I decided that in 2014 I would return to my plan of making my Christmas cards throughout the year instead of rushing to make them last minute. I made ten in January. That's it. It is now June and I still only have those 10 finished. I guess it's not too late to still get that plan rolling.
This was a quick and easy card - just what I needed. Stampin' Up! washi tape comes in 3 packs; one roll each of three different designs. I had used up all of one roll for a Card Buffet, so I planned this card to use the other two rolls. It all needs to come out even, right?! haha
Stamp Set: Just Sayin'
Card Stock: whisper white, melon mambo (inside)
Stamp Pad: pacific point
Other: gingham garden washi tape, word bubble framelits, big shot, rhinestone, dimensionals.
Last year, I made a quilt for our grandson for his seventh birthday. When organizing fabric scraps later, I realized that I had enough leftover fabric to make a matching pillow cover. So I made one (quilted, of course) for his eighth birthday.
I made this card for him that happened to go with the fabric.
Stamp Set: Made for You Card Stock: soft sky, basic gray, real red, pumpkin pie, whisper white Stamp Pad: basic gray Other: small oval, scallop oval and large star punches, square lattice embossing folder, big shot, dimensionals.
A few months ago, one of my BFFs (Hi Jo) introduced me to Smash Books and Project Life. Stampin' Up already had smash book/journal products. Jo inspired me to give it a try. I hadn't scrapbooked for several years and I wasn't interested in jumping into Project Life.
Fast forward to last month when Stampin' Up! announced its partnership with Becky Higgins (Project Life creator). I love the concept. Fast and easy. Becky's motto is "Cultivate a good life and record it". I have a great life but do a terrible job at documenting it. So I pre-ordered the products from SU! and gave it a try.
The pages aren't as fancy as some in books I've made before. BUT - I did them. It beats photos sitting in boxes (or in my case, on my phone). All you have to do is stick your photos in pockets then choose filler or journal cards from the great assortment available in the kits to fill the rest of the pockets. You can add as many or as few embellishments as you want.
In these pages, I cropped some of my printed pictures to 3" x 4". I've done two more double-page spreads and cropped them in Photoshop and added them to one 4" x 6" blank photo so I could print them as one. Fancy, huh?! haha. I think you all know how I don't care for photo editing.
All of these pictures are from my iPhone 4s. I now have a 5s. The camera is supposed to be better but it still doesn't come close to my Nikon DSL. But, hey, they are printed and where my family can enjoy them. I'm already thinking of more I wish I had said.
I probably won't be an over-the-top Project Lifer like many out there (there are some amazing blogs), but I would like to keep up and maybe even catch up some day. This first attempt has made me want to take more pictures, better pictures and make notes. I downloaded an app called Collect on my iPhone. It's a calendar that you can add photos and notes to. Multiple photos can be added to each day as well as notes which should help when I actually sit down to print pictures and journal.
Check out this inspiring video by Becky Higgins. The first 3 minutes are a little slow, but the end brings it all together.
I used the Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection.
The "Las Vegas" letters are stickers from the Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack.
"February 2013" is from the Project Life Day to Day stamp set.
I used the Make Note Rotary Stamp on the journal card in the top left pocket of the right page.
The 50th Birthday embellishment was made using the Memorable Moments stamp set and Labels Collection Framelits.
I adhered a 2" x 2" piece of Sycamore Street Designer Paper to the Island Indigo layer of card stock. After punching and piercing the Whisper White card stock, I adhered it with stampin' dimensionals. I think it looks so much better than when it's all mounted flat.
This is a great card for scraps of dsp, and if you need to mass produce, you can get 36 cards out of one 12" x 12" sheet of dsp. (Because so many of my cards are offered at Card Buffets, I have to think like that.)
I know I am way out of season, but I do have a reason. When I take (and edit) pictures of a card, I add it to my "to blog" list. My list is pretty long. Instead of jumping around the two-page list, I decided to go straight down the line. Sometimes simple beats over-thinking; a lesson that seems hard for me to learn.
To get the chevron strips to line up from color to color, I adhered the strips of card stock onto a piece of copy paper and embossed them as one. The embossing folder is vertical and I wanted horizontal stripes, so I had to run it though twice. It was easier than it sounds!
Other: chevron embossing folder, big shot, dimensionals, gumball green stitched satin ribbon, modern label punch, rhinestone, green permanent marker (to color rhinestones), gumball green marker (clover stem).