Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Sunny Garden for a Friend

I am rapidly falling in love with the Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper. Pairing it with a white space is one way to highlight the colors and vibrancy.

Stamps: Happy Greetings
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper
Ink: Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Big Shot,Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Modern Label Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Double Ribbon Punch, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Birds and Blooms Sizzlet, Pearls

I loved these cards so much, that I made some extras to put in some sets for my downline:

All I did was place 4 cards and envelopes in a Jumbo Flat Cello Bag and tie them up with a bow!
Each month, I give my team members three challenges-- A Business Booster, a Sketch Challenge, and a Color Challenge. Two lucky ladies are getting these for completing the May Booster Challenge!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Wild Party Hearty

Really, not that wild of a card, but it does use the new Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder!

Stamps: Party Hearty
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Marina Mist
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder, Marina Mist Brad, Paper Piercing Tool, Heat Tool, 3/4" Circle Punch

I was under orders for a male birthday card for Crafty Ladies Night in May and I designed this. I think it would work for a boy or girl. The Color Coach gave me the colors from the Wild Wasabi card.

I love the new triple layer punches, but I've learned I need to use them on a hard surface and press down on them, not hold them in my hand. I get much better results!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Greetings, Graduate!

Today I get to witness the graduation of many of my former students from Menominee Indian High School. I love going each year to help them celebrate. For some, I knew they would make it; some not so much. But, I always wish the best for them once they leave my classroom as 7th graders! Here's a fun card for the graduate in your life:

Stamps: Happy Greetings
Paper: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point Markers
Accessories: Star Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Circle Punch, Silver Brads, Paper Piercing Tool and Matte.

I wanted a fun card and I think I got it!
Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Christmas In May

WHOO HOO! This month was a tough one to find the time within, but I DID IT! I got 12 more Christmas Cards made! Proof:

A close up:

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Grateful Greetings
Paper: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Small Tag Punch, Large Tag Punch

Even though I made 12 cards, each one is unique as you can see in the close-up. Stamp placement, plus the fact I ran out of ribbon in my original color, and the fact the tag looks better on some in different places, make each one special.

Happy Stamping!


Monday, May 23, 2011

Happy Every Little Bit of Father's Day!

I seem to have found my wit again. Here's why that title works for this post:

Get it? I used Every Little Bit for a Father's Day Card!

Stamps: Every Little Bit
Paper: Designer Series Paper Pack Regals, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Baker's Twine, Postage Punch, Silver Smooch Paint, Aquapainter, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Although, this was an easy layout- I did add a few details for dear old Dad. I painted the hammer head with the Smooch paint. You know, the one that paints like nail polish. I also used my aquapainter to color the hammer handle by "pulling" the ink from the stamped image. Blurred watercolor is what we call it. Easy is what I call it.

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Graduation Motorboard Money Holder

I'm not sure I could make a more boring title, but it's been a long day. We got rained out at the Veterans Pow Wow and mowing the lawn, and anything else outside, so we worked on the inside--to get ready for Bubba to move up to our Shawano house. Whew! Anyway, enough whining, here is a money holder for that special graduate!

Stamps: Sincere Saluations
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Bone folder, Small Tag Punch, Large Tag Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Embroidery Floss

Where's the money, honey? Well, the bottom of the hat is a box with the lid attached to the top. Does the top even have a name? I bet it does. Hopefully, the graduate figures this out!

My favorite detail is that I added a circle punch piece to the top to make my own brad on the motorboard to attach the tassel, which I also made. Details on this can only be learned from my very own brain at my very own stamp camp! Wayyyyy too hard to explain in steps in words.

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Life's Just a Box of Pictures

You never know what you get until you try it." I think there's something wrong with my quote from Forrest Gump. But really, for a scrapbooker, life is full of pictures. Who wouldn't want a box full of them, neatly scrapped? Here is a tin scrapbook we made in time for Mother's Day:

Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Paper: Rich Razzleberry from the Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Soft Suede
Accessories: Chantilly Lace, Crop-a-dile, Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade, Corner Rounder, Paper Snips, Pearls Basic Jewels, Vintage Trinkets

Here are views of the pullout scrapbook inside:

and the other side:

I have to get some cute pictures of Clare, Nathan, and Tim printed for this one!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Baby Bibs, Oh my!

I had a request for a baby card at last month's Stampin' Celebrations Club and I immediately thought of a bib card I had seen once (and not bookmarked). I was all set with these:

Stamps: Fox and Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery.
Ink: So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Die, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Button Embosslit, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Big Shot

There was a so saffron with yellow one with a giraffe, but I gave that away. See, this was the first Stampin' Celebrations at Nancy's house and I forgot the embossing folder and die. Amazingly, Kim Bolzenthal was home and she loaned them both to me!, at two different times! Crazy night, but it did work out. Kim was godsend and I thank her!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Garden Party on a Card

I have to admit, the Garden Party Designer Series Paper overwhelmed me at first. How was I going to use it? Then, my friend Barbara had a fabulous card on her blog, "Creative Stampin' Spot," during the Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini Blog hop and I CASED (Copy and Share Everthing) it for my Stampin' Celebrations Club. Here is my version:

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Garden Party Designer Series Paper, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories: Melon Mambo Embossing Powder, Organza Ribbon, 3 1/2" Circle Die, Scallop Circles #2 Die, Modern Label Punch, Silver Brads, Itty Bitty Punch, Big Shot, Polka Dots Embossing Powder, 1/2" Circle Punch, Postage Stamp Punch

What I love about this card is the small details-- I used the postage punch to make the end of the banner. I added the little flower and brad on the tag. I used the Melon Mambo Embossing Powder instead of classic ink.

Thank-you Barbara for the inspiration!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, May 13, 2011

Happy Graduation, Owl!

Ever since I bought the Owl punch, I have wanted to make a graduation card with it and then had issues trying to work out the details the one night I had to plan my Mom's, Dad's and Grad's website. Luckily, I found Lorri Heiling's version at her blog Confessions of a Stamping Addict. I made a few changes to fit my style:

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (inside card)
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Newsprint Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Owl Punch, Early Espresso 1/4" Ribbon, Paper Snips and Paper Cutter, Basic Black Brad, Scallop Oval Punch

The Newsprint Designer Series Paper is just perfect for a generic card that could be customized with colors later. For the owl's hat, I used the a black punch out of the owl's vest for the underpart of the hat. I also liked the use of the larger circles for the eyes. Chasing those tiny 1/16" eyeball parts from this punch is hard for me and I appreciate how cute he is without the tiny eyes. The nose is the yellow heart that popped out from the punch when I made the legs. The wings are half of a Scallop Oval Punch (very clever, Lorri).  Here's a tip for those little legs, see how I used a strip of paper to get the legs. I left that entire oval-ly shape on the legs, which I  added adhesive to and stuck on. I cut off  the gray ones.

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

An Apron For Mom

My title sounds a little antiquated, but there is nothing old about this card:

 It's supposed to be a super funky, super fancy apron.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Whisper White, In the Garden Designer Series Paper
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Sticky Strip, Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Build a Brad, 1/2" Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch

I was totally inspired by Lisa Young at Add Ink and Stamp during the Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini Blog Hop. Thanks, Lisa, for sharing!

This was easier than I first thought. I just used my oval punch to get the arm holes right--and I punched until it was right.

Finally, wasn't it cool of the dollar store to have seed packets in Bashful Blue with Daffodil Delight accents?

Happy Stamping!


Monday, May 9, 2011

Inspiring Wedding Invitations

When my friend Carmen was thinking about custom wedding invitations, I went on and on with what we could do-- embossing, layers, heat embossing, shades of purple, fun folds, stamped images, customized stamps, My Digital Studio. However, she knew what she wanted:

--the ones I had used a few years earlier! They were easy, I owned the materials, so all she needed was cardstock and an ink refill and away I went!

Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Paper: Basic Gray
Ink: Whisper White
Accessories: Pastels, Sponge Daubers

When making 150 of anything, a person can get bored, so I perfected my chalkboarding technique. I found ways to add layers of color and added variety to her invites by my choice of Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, and Brilliant Blue (old chalks). That way, the monotony didn't get to me!

Here is proof why you need to clean your stamps, though, as my Whisper White looked like this before I started--

Ewww~! I cleaned and reinked my pad before I started, in the middle, and at the end. All the cards, therefore had a great quality of stamped images to apply chalk to.

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Knitter's Gift

A friend of mine named Char knits beautiful blankets, home decor, socks, and sweaters, probably most anything! She asked me to make her some gift bags for her treasures, so I designed these:

Stamps: Hand Knit
Paper: Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, So Saffron
Accessories: Two Tags Die, Pear Pizazz Seam Binding, Scallop Edge Punch, Cupcake Punch, Itty Bitty Flower Punch

I used Tombow Multi Adhesive for this project, which I don't usually use. Glue and I just get messy when we are together, so I stick to things that are less messy. I've found a little goes a long a way, a baby wipe nearby cleans my fingers, and I use the wide end of the tube to spread the glue out thin.

I love doing custom orders and seeing the recipient's face when I show them the creation!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Merry Christmas for April!

In case you were nervously wondering if I met my April goal for Christmas Card making, I did--just didn't have time to post! Opps! Here is proof:

A close-up:

Stamps: Every Little Bit
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Garden Green, Patterns Designer Paper Pack (Real Red)
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Heat tool, Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder, Tasteful Trims Die, Big Shot, Finial Press Embossing Folder, Oval Bigz Die, Scallop Edge Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Real Red Satin Ribbon, Silver Brads

I got my inspiration from Deb Burgin's strawberry card here at her Blog Heartfelt Inspirations. Not a case, but I loved how the strawberry was in the middle and the trim made the card sing.

 Wait, there's more! Reason #312 why I love Stampin' Up!'s clear stamps--Perfect placement and planning.

I just used my clear block by pressing down and got my stamps right where I wanted them!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bold Strength and Hope

Finally! I can show you this card I made in March. March, I tell you. I wanted a card that used the Strength and Hope set in an upbeat way:

Did it work? Just kidding. Actually, I worked on this for a swap at a Vendor Fair and someone bought my sample! Apparently, it did work!

Stamps: Strength and Hope
Paper: Melon Mambo, Pear Pizazz, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pear Pizazz, and Peach Parfait
Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Pear Pizazz Seam Binding, Basic Rhinestones

This stamp set is part of the new Summer Mini catalog, and even better, Stampin' Up! is donating $2 from the sale of each set to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 
Check out the promotion page on my Stampin' Up! website--Strength and Hope.

Happy Stamping!


Monday, May 2, 2011

Summer Mini Blog Hop Recap

I hope you had fun perusing the Summer Mini Blog Hop from Stampin' Addicts!
Is your wish list as long as mine? If you want to recreate my projects here's the 411. What I forgot to mention over the weekend is that I saw the surfboard card as an invite to a party, the centerpiece, the decorations, the gel fishty card a thank-you note, and the view finder a card for the host. A whole ensemble all together.

Centerpiece and Coordinating Card:

Stamps: Summer Splash
Paper: Brights Designer Series Paper Pack, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Fancy Favor Box, Island Florals Bigz Die, Big Shot, Clear Buttons, Baker's Twine, Melon Mambo Emossing Powder, Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder, Window Sheet, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 3/8" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Clear Buttons, Heat Tool

The 411: I layered circles under the bitty buttons to make them stand out. I adhered my blue strip onto my Melon Mambo favor bag before I completed the bag, so the folds would look right. I also covered up the sticks in the back with a circle punched piece to match the rest. To do the embossing, I stamped in Versamark and then used my small powder pal to douse the side I wanted Wild Wasabi. I shook this off carefully. I then added the Melon Mambo over my large powder pal and shook that off. It worked like a charm with very little mixing!

Fishy Card:
I love a good gel card. I used hand soap this time from the dollar store inside a little bitty plastic bag that I sealed shut and then sealed shut again with sticky strip. I then figured out how big of a matte I needed to cover the baggy up. I used a series of 4 dimensionals to pop up that layer, so it looks good.

Stamps: Summer Splash, Fishy Wheel
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango
Accessories:1 3/4 Circle Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Brights Brads, Paper piercing tool, gel, baggie

Fishy Card #2:
I was challenged to create a card using only the fishy wheel for a swap and immedately thought of the fishy's swimming in this kind of card. Little did I know that the fish would swim sideways at times! Opps! I still love it. I used the Tasteful Trims Die to make my floor and seaweed.

Stamps:  Fishy Wheel, Happy Greetings

Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point

Accessories:1 3/8 Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch,  Brads, Paper piercing tool, silver smooch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Crop-a-dile, Big Shot, Tasteful Trims Die, 3" Circle Die

I hope you had fun!

Happy Stamping!



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