June 30, 2009
This card is one I made for SU!'s July contest. The category was that of the title of this post, and it was for projects featuring....butterflies. :) I figured it was okay to go ahead and post it because the entries had to be received by SU! by today. I thought I would show a little close-up of my little butterfly and her paper-pierced path. You can click on it to see it full-size, thanks to my friend Melissa for sending me a link to a tutorial on how to do that in WordPress!!! :)
I just LOVE Kind and Caring Thoughts, and can't get enough of it!!! I like the sentiments, the images - all of them! I also LOVE putting brads through the circle flower "embossed" buttons in the Designer Buttons assortments. I first did it on THIS card I made for Lydia. It's a "brad-in-a-button"!!! I hadn't seen anyone else do it yet, and I made that card back in March.
What do you think?
On a side note - I'm sorry for the lack in posting, but my little boy had some minor surgery done today. Two separate issues were taken care of, and without a husband (he's deployed for the Air Force for a couple of more months and has been gone since April) I've just been trying to keep afloat lately and stamping has been on the back-burner. I have some Stamps in the Mail cards to share with you, and will try to get them posted soon.
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Kind & Caring Thoughts
Paper: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Kraft and Whisper White CS
Ink: Old Olive and Summer Sun classic ink, Bashful Blue and Old Olive stampin' write markers
Accessories: Crafters’ Tool Kit (Paper-Piercing Pad, Paper-Piercing Template and Paper-Piercing Tool), Latte Designer Buttons, Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Tombow Mono Multi Adhesive
June 27, 2009
Speaking of the GSG group - you can check out the blogs of all of the fabulous ladies who are members of it by clicking HERE. I think that in the near future the two groups are being merged into one, so keep your eyes peeled for that, too.
I signed up for 2 spots in the swap and this card front uses Kind and Caring Thoughts (go figure, huh? I love this set!). I think it's a typical "Marie" card - pretty CAS. I hope the gals in the swap like it because I always adore their cards.
I used my lovely new Stampin' Write marker in Melon Mambo and my trusty Old Olive marker to ink the flower. The sentiment is stamped directly on to the Textured Melon Mambo CS in Melon Mambo classic ink. I did some distressing of that Old Olive CS layer with my fingernail, and also some paper piercing. The Old Olive CS is torn using the tearing edge ruler. I love that tool because when I tear, my CS tends to look uniform in the tear and not random and pretty. The DSP peeking out is some of the new Raspberry Lemonade DSP. I used my well-loved Scallop Edge punch to create the scallops on the Old Olive CS that's along the side of my image and that ribbon is the new Crushed Curry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon. I am really loving this new ribbon!!!
Stamps: Kind and Caring Thoughts
Paper: Old Olive and Whisper White CS, Melon Mambo Textured CS, Raspberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Melon Mambo and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers, Melon Mambo classic ink
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Crushed Curry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon, Tearing Edge, Paper Piercing Tool, Paper Piercing Template, Paper Piercing Pad
June 23, 2009
If you are interested in a paper or ribbon share with the new In Colors, Designer Series Papers and Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, please e-mail me for complete details. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
I WANT NEW DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SHARE:
I am offering the NEW Designer Series Papers (including the Write Stuff Specialty Paper which includes die cuts in addition to the papers) for $20. You get 69 sheets of 6x6 papers from each of the 12 new DSP packages.
I WANT THE REST PAPER SHARE:
If you want to add on the returning DSP, there are 6 pkgs that will be in the new catalog again. You will get 36 6x6 sheets for another $10.
I WANT COLOR PAPER SHARE:
For the In Colors Patterns DSP, you'll also be able to add them on (36 6x6 sheets) for $10.
I WANT RIBBON SHARE:
The 1/2" Polka Dot Ribbon share will get you 3 yards of each of the 6 new In Colors for just $10.
DETAILS (ie Shipping):
I will need 8 people to fill each DSP share and 6 to fill each ribbon share. I will be shipping via Flat Rate boxes for the DSP and via regular USPS for the ribbon, so your price will depend on what you order. 1 DSP share will be $5, and multiple orders of DSP will ship for $10. The ribbon I will charge $2 for, regardless of how many shares you order. Adding the ribbon on to a Paper Share order will not add on any extra shipping - it will fit fine in the flat rate box appropriately sized for your DSP order. I will order the paper packs and ribbon for the shares as soon as each group is full (your payment guarantees your spot). Any group that has filled by July 1st will be ordered that day. I will keep you informed of any delays in shipping but I highly encourage you to order before July 1st so that there is as little wait as possible!!
Clear as mud? Please join me!! It's a great way to get a sampling of everything without breaking the bank!!!
The following text accidentally got published a week early ;) Today - the 23rd is the actual day we're traveling to the hospital. Here's what I said:
Today is an eventful day for me, so I scheduled this post about a week and a half ago. I am on my way to my little one’s pre-surgery appointment, and next week on the 30thhe will go in for 2 different surgeries. Neither are very “complicated”, but there can always be complications, so your thoughts and prayers are appreciated. The one surgery that I’ll share withyou – the other is something he wouldn’t want the whole world to know I shared about when he’s older – is he has been needing tubes in his ears for about 6 months now and we’re just finally able to get in to get that taken care of. He turns 2 next month, and has a noticeably delayed level of speech due to the fluid that is constantly in his ears. He averages at least one ear infection a month, and they are often double ear infections at that. So….in spite of a little worry over everything going okay, today is the beginning of hopefully some happier days for us, and more importantly, for him.
Now – on to why you’re really here:
I made this card for last week's Inspiration Challenge (IC184) which you can see HERE. I used THIS picture for inspiration. I changed the colors up, but used the circle patterns with my new stamp set, Circle Circus, to create the stamped images on this card. The sentiment is from Kind and Caring Thoughts - a level III hostess set in the new catalog - that I just can't get enough of. I'm very happy that I got that stamp set in my pre-order because I would never have earned it!!! That's one of the perks of being a demonstrator - being able to buy things that aren't normally for sale, or being able to buy them EARLY!!!
Anyway, I hope you like the card! I really do.
Stamps: Circle Circus, Kind and Caring Thoughts
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence and Kraft CS
Ink: Rich Razzleberry classic ink
Accessories: 1" circle punch, 1/4" circle punch, Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon, 5/16" silver brad, Stampin' Dimensionals, Corner Rounder punch
June 21, 2009
June 20, 2009
Well, as many of you know, I pre-schedule posts pretty far in advance, when I get a chance to sit down and stamp several cards. Well, while I'm happy to get to stamp today, the reason is that my little one is so sick he just wants to lay in bed. Being that he's 23 months old (basically two years-old), anyone who has, has had, or has been around a 2 year-old knows that that's highly abnormal. Especially with Daniel it's not normal. Anyway, because he was laying down and I got him all comfy with his paci, his monkey, and some Thomas the Tank Engine on Sprout, I was able to make this card for Inspiration Challenge 185 over on SCS.
To the right are the little shoes that I used as inspiration. HERE is the link to the Bugaloo site where you can see all sorts of cute little baby/kid shoes. I thought they looked really close to being Perfect Plum in color, so that's the CS that I used as my card base. I looked at the picture of the shoes and then went off to create my card.
I wish I had remembered the little white dots on the center of the flower, because as I was making the card I wished I had something to put in the middle of the flower to add some depth, but didn't have any handy embellishments that coordinated how I wanted. I think I would have punched a 1/2" circle out of Basic Black CS and woud have then either stamped or hand drawn some polka dots on it, and mounted it in the middle with some Stampin' Dimensionals. Oh well. I think the card is super cute. It's design is definitely CAS, but the time the stitching took was not very "simple". I used my Ornare piercing template for the holes that I got a year or two ago at Ellen Hutson's store. I hand-stitched between all of the holes I pierced. Maybe I'm just a slower sewer?
Well, I would love to hear what you think. Check out the challenge to get inspired and if you make something, let me know - I would love to see it!!!
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Perfect Plum, Basic Black and Whisper White CS
Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink
Accessories: SU! Rub-Ons (retired - sorry, don't remember the name), Ornare piercing template, Piercing Tool, Piercing Pad, Crystal Clear embossing powder (used on top of WW Craft Ink), heat tool
Here's the 2nd card I made for my SUFriends4Ever Swap Group for the month of May. Two of the ladies in my group got this card. It's basically the same LO as the first card (posted June 11th on my blog) but more of a fun and bright color combination. I've got SO MUCH paper to use before the new catalog comes out. I don't know what I am going to do to use it all!!!!!!!! Both of the cards I made this month used a good-sized piece as the background for just this reason ;)
Stamps: Trendy Trees
Paper: Bashful Blue, Riding Hood Red and Whisper White CS, Washington Apple DSP
Ink: Summer Sun, Riding Hood Red, Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip classic ink
Accessories: Bashful Blue gingham ribbon, Riding Hood Red Designer Buttons, Scallop Edge punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
June 18, 2009
I made this card for a monthly swap group I'm in where we were divided up into groups of 4-5 and we just mail the other gals in our SUFriends4Ever swap group a card that we made that month. It's really easy - no themes, and you can just make an extra of whatever you're making and send it out. Well, since I hardly stamp anymore with the husband deployed, I am not able to "just make an extra" so mine are actually made specifically for this swap. Thank goodness it's only 4 that I have to make, so I can keep up with it. This time I did 2 and 2. Two ladies will get this card, and 2 will get the card that I am posting in my next post on Saturday. To be honest - even though Baja Breeze is my favorite color ever, I like the other card better. It's more summery - bright and cheerful. :)
In case you hadn't noticed, the days I tend to post new posts on (unless something comes up that I just have to add in) are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It's working out pretty well for me so far, but I also will have to fill in Saturday with something other than my DT work for Card Patterns since my term is now up. It will be interesting to see if I can squeeze in some extra stamping when it doesn't have a "deadline" attached!! ;)
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kraft and Whisper White CS, Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze classic ink
Accessories: Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Scallop Edge punch, Baja Breeze and Kraft Corduroy buttons/brads, Paper Piercing Tool and Template, Stampin' Dimensionals
June 16, 2009
This card was made with mostly sneak peek items from the new Idea Book & Catalog that will be available to purchase from on July 1st. I used a hostess Level III stamp set called Kind and Caring Thoughts to stamp the silhouette image in VersaMark, and then I embossed it with White embossing powder. The paper that's so pretty is from the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP pack and the ribbon is some Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot grosgrain flipped over.
I am not a purple person, but I am definitely gravitating towards Rich Razzleberry out of all of the new In Colors. It does come off somewhat "marroon-ey" in pictures on blogs, but I think it's a little more purple than that. It's a lovely color!!
For the sentiment I used my Rich Razzleberryand my Oval All stamp set and I colored some of the flowers with my blender pen and Rich Razzleberryclassic ink. I also pierced some holes on the Scallop Oval CS that I punched. The close-up of it is above. I would love to figure out how to get pictures so that they work like in TypePad and even Blogger, where when you click on it, it opens to it's full size. Anyone know??????
Another question for ya.....Who else hyperventilates when they heat emboss? Am I the only one? After I use my embossing buddy, I usually still have a random speck or two (or a lot) that stick where I don't want them, so I get out something very pointy like my piercing tool, and I hold the piece of CS/DSP up after flicking it to get off as much "unwanted" embossing powder as possible, and I start blowing. Why do I blow on it you ask? Well, I blow, lightly, as I move my piercing tool gently around. If you gently touch all of the unwanted embossing powder as you also gently blow on the CS/DSP, then the unwanted embossing powder just blows away. It works really well. I tried using a brush like the one that they sell with the little embossing Powder Pals set in the IB&C, and I find that it's way too easy for a stray bristle on the brush to swipe at your image and ruin it. Usually, if the brush swipes the powder off of the embossing powder-covered image, it won't re-stick as well when you "dunk" it again in the powder (I store all of my ep in Ziploc sandwich containers so that I don't really even have to use my Powder Pal trays). I find that lightly blowing and simply touching the stray grains of powder gently with my piercing tool makes it all just fly off the CS/DSP and it works SO WELL. Anyway....that's why I hyperventilate (well, not really) when I emboss ;) How do you get rid of stray powder?
Hope you like it!
Stamps: Kind and Caring Thoughts (Hostess Level III), Oval All
Paper: Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White CS, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry classic ink and VersaMark
Accessories: Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon, Winter White ep, Embossing Buddy and Heat Tool, Blender Pen, Piercing Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals
June 13, 2009
Over on Splitcoast Stampers today, there is an inspiration challenge (IC184) where you were to check out THIS website and find something that inspired you. It is a site dedicated to how items are packaged. You might be thinking brown boxes and packing tape, but this is MUCH more creative and encompassing than that. It's a really neat site! THIS is the picture I used for the inspiration of this set of CAS cards.
I inked my stamp in each of the 4 colors that coordinated with the ones on the website, and then stamped them off and re-added color to some of the buds/blossoms using my markers to make those particular buds/blossoms darker than the others. I hope you like them!
Stamps: Kind and Caring Thoughts (Hostess Level III stamp set)
Paper: Whisper White CS
Ink: Melon Mambo, Dusty Durango, Soft Suede and Bermuda Bay In Color classic ink and markers
This is a simple card I made to congratulate the newest Eagle Scout in our Ward at church. He is also a neighbor, and my husband was responsible for working with him and the other young men at our church before he deployed. It was nice to be able to go with the kids - I just wish that the hubby could have been there with us. Of course, I wish he could be just about anywhere with us ;)
It was a very nice Eagle Court of Honor (unfortunately, I don't have anything to compare it to, but now it has raised the bar pretty high for the rest I will attend) and I thought a card of congratulations was something I should give the young man. I don't know what is "customary" at these things, so I thought a card would be appropriate.
I hope it's not girlie!!! :) I tried to keep the embellishments at a minimum (2 brads) and I did some paper piercing and popped up a few of the stars on the main image. You can't really tell, but two of the colors are the upcoming In Colors. I used the Soft Suede (the brown) and Dusty Durango (the rust). That Old Olive really makes the Dusty Durango look a little off-color, but oh well. I think it was a good color combo no matter how it appears on the screen ;) What do you think?
Stamps: Starring You
Paper: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango and Whisper White CS
Ink: Dusty Durango and Soft Suede classic ink
Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Piercing Tool and Template, Vintage Brads (Antique Brass), Piercing Tool and Template
June 11, 2009
ETA 1/21/10 - I'm working on adding pics in Nov 2008 - that's how far I've gotten up to now. I will remove this post when I have finished updating the missing pictures.
This is my first card using a Card Patterns while not being on the Design Team. I saw this sketch and immediately thought of my new stamp, Kind and Caring thoughts. I then scrolled down and saw that almost everyone had stamped an image on the central panel like I wanted to - a row of different images making up the whole panel. Also, most of the DT used flowers too. The sketch just lent really well to a repetitively stamped flower. I stamped off each image once before I stamped it on my Whisper White CS for the card. I didn't want the colors as bold as they are without being stamped off. It was a fun sketch and I suggest you check it out HERE, along with all of the gorgeous cards by the DT. Did you know that they have a a member of the male variety on the DT? I don't know of too many male stampers/scrappers out there, but it's pretty neat that the ones I have come across all see phenomenal and Peter is no exception. Maybe I'm partial to his name...it's the same as my hubby's.... ;) LOL
Stamps: Kind and Caring Thoughts, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White CS, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo classic ink
Accessories: Razzleberry Lemonade 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon, 5/16" White Brads, Janome Sew Mini, Stampin' Dimensionals
June 9, 2009
If you saw THIS post the other day then you've seen the little bulletin board and card that I made for a blogging friend, Lydia. I made this card for her too, and you'll probably realize that all three projects have some blue on them. Like me, she is a big fan of blue, and maybe even bigger if that's possible. I love all shades of blue, from Periwinkle on the purple side, to a Baja Breeze or even Teal Blue on the green side. Blue is GREAT!!!
For an awesome tutorial on how to make one of these lovely crimped envelopes, check out THIS link to in the SCS resources section.
Here's a view of the card inside of the envelope:
Hope you like it!
Stamps: Upsy Daisy, A Little Birthday Cheer
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, and Whisper White CS, Pacific Point Patterns DSP, Whisper White Medium Envelope
Ink: Kiwi Kiss and Pacific Point classic ink
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Crimper, White Taffeta Ribbon, Kiwi Kiss Designer Button, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals
June 6, 2009
I apologize for the HORRIBLE picture, but I FINALLY got this gift in the mail for someone I made it for MONTHS ago (in FEBRUARY!!!). She also is getting the card you saw in THIS post, and another little card I made that you will see tomorrow. For some reason the top and mostly the top right of the little board are out of focus and it bothers my eyes to look at it. I couldn't take another because it was already in the mail by the time I got on here to post it.
I love making these little bulletin boards. They're fairly easy to make and the little pebble pins are also fun and easy. I'm still playing around with getting the thumb tack to stick well to the pebble and DSP. Crystal effects works great for the DSP on the pebble itself, but I'm not having luck with applying the thumb tack. I'm sorry if they come apart Lydia!!! I think I'll try some of my E-6000 or whatever the name of that glue is next time. Maybe a pool of it will work? Anyone have any tips?
Not much explaining needed for the board. Recipe below.
All supplies used are SU! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Paper: Pacific Point CS, Pacific Point Patterns DSP
Ink: Pacific Point classic ink and Whisper White craft ink
Accessories: Glass pebbles (sack from Wal-Mart), Thumb Tacks, Crystal Effects, 1/2" Circle punch, Sticky Strip, Filigree Brads, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Pacific Point 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, 6x6 cork board piece (from the Dollar Tree), Black Thickers letters (not sure of name, sorry), backing for largest DSP is cut from the thin cardboard insert in a package of DSP
June 4, 2009
So, I got my sneak peek order of SU! goodies, and this card is what I came up with. I am LOVING the Rich Razzleberry and I thought that this color combo combined with this FABULOUS sketch from 2S4Y would just make a stunning card, and I'm really pleased with the results. You can see the sketch over at 2S4Y by clicking HERE. I made this card for their First Annual Ultimate Card Showdown. It is a great sketch with so many possibilities, and the creations of the other gals so far are simply gorgeous.
I had fun layering the little "medallion" from the sneak-peek set Circle Circus stamp set (it will be in the new Idea Book & Catalog - available July 1st), and using a Build-a-Brad for the very top-most layer. It was a pretty quick card to put together (which is why I even got to play along today, since I only had about 30 min of "me" time to do it!!!) and I think you should all play along with 2S4Y this week!!!
For the "happy birthday" layer I used the stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes (in the new Idea Book & Catalog ) and along with my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, I stamped the "happy birthday" sentiment all over. Rather than use Orchid Opulence, I stamped off the Rich Razzleberry for some of the images. This stamp set has TWENTY FOUR stamps for occasions, and includes pretty much every holiday I would ever want a stamp for, one for a birthday, thinking of you, thank you, sympathy, graduation, and on and on!!! it is a great stamp set, and the sentiments all fit in a punch that you will probably start seeing around that is also in the new Idea Book & Catalog called the Modern Label punch. Also, that textured Crushed Curry CS I used came in an 8-1/2 x 11 assorted In Colors package. Can you say 8-1/2 x 11 TEXTURED CS?!?!?!?! And that polka dot ribbon?!?!?!?! Yippee!!!!
I hope you like it!!! I really had fun making this card and really like this sketch. Don't forget to check out 2S4Y!!!!
All items used are SU! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Circle Circus, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Orchid Opulence and Whisper White CS, Crushed Curry Textured CS
Ink: Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry classic ink
Accessories: Scallop Edge, Scallop Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, 1" Circle, and 1/2" Circle punches, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon, Pewter Build-a-Brad (sanded to shine), Whisper White Designer Button (Latte assortment), Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, Paper Piercing Tool and Template
I made this first card to include in care packages for the 2 Airmen that I am sponsoring who are deployed with my husband. I kept them simple so that they would be more masculine because both of the Airmen I got are male. I kind of liked how my wheel didn't stamp the stars perfectly - they are a little more vintage-looking because the solid part has some texture.
Not all of the Airmen that deployed are married, so if they aren't then they are given a sponsor who will send them goodies occasionally. The two I was given say they don't need anything, so I'll be sending them some packages of blank cards to use (see the pictures below) and also some cookies and other small treats. I hope they like what I send and can use it all!!!
Here are the note cards I sent them several of to send home to the women that they love for various occasions:
All supplies used are SU! unless otherwise noted.
With Appreciation Card:
Stamps: Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel, Mega Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Night of Navy and Whisper White CS, Washington Apple DSP
Ink: Night of Navy classic ink
Accessories: Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
Assorted Note Cards:
Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Mega Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Cameo Coral and Whisper White CS, Raspberry Tart DSP
Ink: Cameo Coral and Kiwi Kiss classic ink
Accessories: Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
June 1, 2009
So, this is the last card I have to show you from April's Stamps in the Mail kit. I really love using the Damask image to make a background, like I did in THIS card for my Great Swaps Girls swap. I used THIS sketch, from Splitcoast Stampers. It was SC224 and I think I really interpreted this in my own way this time. I kept the two horizontal elements by using two pieces of ribbon, but I did alter it in that they are in front of the panel that the background is stamped on. I just love that you can take a sketch and use it for inspiration, and sometimes you stick exactly to the sketch, and sometimes not. That's what they're for, right???
To the right is a little 2-5-7-10 box that I made to hold some hugs and kisses for my oldest daughter's teacher. We were supposed to shower them with "hugs and kisses" on one of the days during Teacher Appreciation week. I kept the bag fairly simple, and let the Walk in the Park DSP speak for itself pretty much. Thought I'd throw it in on this post since I forgot to post it a few weeks ago when I made it.
All items used are SU! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Cute & Curly, Friends 24-7
Paper: Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla CS
Ink: Not Quite Navy classic ink
Accessories: Curly Label punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Very Vanilla 5/16" brad, Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
Stamps: Flowers in Silhouette
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White CS, Walk in the Park DSP
Ink: Cameo Coral (stamped off)
Accessories: Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Scallop Edge punch, Piercing tool and Template, Stampin' Dimensionals