Wednesday, January 28, 2009

In Color Best Wishes

Here is another card we did at the stamp-a-stack last Monday. I love the In Colors! The Kiwi Kiss/Pacific Point combination is really nice (in my opinion!).

This is made with the Best Wishes & More set that we got at Regionals in the fall. It's a set that I wouldn't have bought myself, but now I'm so glad I have it! It's really versatile, and I use it all the time now.

It's a pretty self-explanatory card, I think. We used the 1 3/8" and 1 3/4" circle punches for the flower, and we added some Riding Hood Red to complement the Kiwi and Pacific. I didn't use buttons at the stamp-a-stack because there were ten ladies, and we would have needed 50 buttons (I don't have that many!), so I added one to my sample after just to give it a little extra something. This one is from Fresh Favorites II, adhered with a mini glue dot.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Baroque Blooms

On Monday night, I had the privilege of doing a stamp-a-stack for a fun group of ladies. This is one of the cards we made. I love getting people using the Big Shot because it is so much fun and adds so much to your cards!

We used the scallop envelope die in Always Artichoke. The insert card is stamped from Eastern Blooms in Artichoke. We added some flowers from the Trio Flower punch in Bravo Burgundy and put some silver brads through them.

On the Naturals Ivory card front, we stamped the flourish from Baroque Motifs in Burgundy, and added the sentiment from Thank You Kindly in Artichoke.

I've been madly planning our church's Annual All-Day Scrapbooking event, along with my clubs and workshops, so I think I may crash on Sunday afternoon when it's all over! We have forty ladies coming on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. to scrap till they drop (or stamp till they cramp, if they prefer)! I'm really looking forward to it, but I will be exhausted when it's all over. I've been baking muffins this morning for the brunch tomorrow, and we're going over to the church tonight to set up the 40 tables, lay out the table gifts and door prizes and get the seating ready for supper tomorrow night! I will hopefully be back posting next week!

Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

Blessings to you,

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Silhouette Birthday

This card is another CASE! I just love browsing the gallery at Splitcoast Stampers. I am always amazed by how creative people are! I'm not very creative, but I like to borrow ideas from other people! As it turns out, my card is a CASE of a CASE of a CASE. I think I've traced it back to the original creator (at least I hope so!).

So I will, of course, give credit to Jessica for coming up with this card. Here are some of the other cards I found by Vera and mhewitt (which is the one I originally copied).

I used the Manchester designer series paper and took the colours from that. The card base is Baja Breeze, layered wiht Kraft, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla. The images are from Pocket Silhouettes, stamped in Always Artichoke. To finish the card, I wrapped some Baja Breeze double striped ribbon around it and stamped the sentiment from Sincere Salutations in Baja Breeze.

This is one of the cards my downline team could earn with their sales.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

January Stamp Club Cards

I've been wanting to try this dryer sheet technique for awhile, and I've seen a few done with the Lovely as a Tree (I think I may cry if they discontinue it!) set that look stunning, so here is my take on it. I am in love with the candy cane striped ribbon! I'm so sad that it won't be available after next week! I stamped the tree in Always Artichoke and Mellow Moss for the shadows, then covered the image with a dryer sheet, using glue stick, then sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds glitter over it. I love the shimmery look! I used Riding Hood Red to complement the ribbon and greens.

I also want to highlight the Valentine bundle this month, so I made the next two cards using the Love You Much stamp set. I saw this heart wreath on Jen's card, and I fell in love (and subsequently CASEd her card)! This is made using the new Heart to Heart punch and layering the hearts (Rose Red and Pretty in Pink). I added a little Pretties flower with a pink brad to the middle of the wreath. I layered that onto some Candy Lane designer series paper that I had wrapped with Rose Red ribbon. Then I made the little heart badge with markers and my 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches.

I CASEd the second Love You Much card from this card by Jaydee. I used the Big Shot Scallop Envelope with Real Red cardstock. It's pretty simple - tied with Whisper White taffeta ribbon and adhered to some Whisper White cardstock the I embellished with red eyelets. The sentiment is from Holidays & Wishes.

Thanks for reading!

Blessings to you,

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

More Sweet Stems!

I was very excited to play with my sneak preview items! This gorgeous designer series paper, Raspberry Tart, and adorable stamp set, Sweet Stems, will be available in the new Spring Summer Idea Book & Catalogue on January 19.

I CASEd this card from Jami, using the square scallop punch instead of the circle and switching up the colours and paper. I also added some Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon (one of my new favourite things!).

I have a feeling I will be using this stamp set a lot! It even has a matching Sizzix Embosslit so I can use my Big Shot too!

Thanks for reading!

Blessings to you,

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sweet Stems

I finally got a chance to do a sketch challenge just for fun! I used Splitcoast's SC207. I wanted to use the upcoming Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper, so I pulled colours from that. I used Very Vanilla as the card base, layered with Rose Red. I used Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon around the Rose Red, then layered on some Kiwi Kiss cardstock and Raspberry Tart dsp. The stamped image is from the new Sweet Stems set, stamped in Basic Brown and coloured in with Stampin' Write markers (Rose Red, Pretty in Pink and Always Artichoke). I then sponged some Pretty in Pink on the paper to soften it up. To complete it, I layered the image on some Pretty in Pink cardstock and stapled some more Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon to that before adhering it with dimensionals.

I think I'll make some of these for my downline rewards...

Thanks for reading!

Blessings to you,

Christmas Challenge Winner!

I have a challenge in each of my monthly e-newsletters, and last month's challenge was to create a Christmas card. I received several entries, and I entered them all into a draw. The winner this time is Dorothy! Here is the card she made! I love the sparkles! Dorothy wins an assortment of Christmas embellishments. Congratulations, Dorothy! Thank you to everyone who entered. I loved all your cards.

If you are interested in receiving my e-newsletter to participate in challenges, just click on the link to the right under "Stampin' Up! Stuff".

Blessings to you,

Monday, January 5, 2009

Love You Much Confetti Flinger

This is a card I CASEd from my former upline, Sarah Hunter (a very talented stamper!). She got the instructions for the confetti flinger card from Rachel Korpi. I have included them after my card recipe.

I used the Love You Much bundle to make this card. I love the new Candy Lane designer series paper! The stamp set is, of course, Love You Much, stamped in Basic Brown and coloured in with blender pens in Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss ink. I matted the "Love You Much" image on Close to Cocoa". Then I stamped the triple hearts in Riding Hood Red on Pink Pirouette and punched them out with the Three Heart Punch. The Candy Lane paper is matted on Pink Pirouette as well.

You can see on the inside of the card that there is a "flinger" for confetti. It actually springs out when you open the card and throws confetti! Here are the instructions for that (if you would like a printable copy, just email me and I'll send it to you):

1. Create a standard-sized card.
2. Cut coloured cardstock to 6 1/2 x 2" for the flinger.
3. Score 1/4" in from the edge of each long side.
4. Score at every 1 1/2" from the short side. This will leave a 1/2" tab on the end (your score marks will be at 1 1/2, 3, 4 1/2 and 6").
5. Cut notches at all intersections of teh scored lines.
6. Punch a 1/8" hole at the first and third intersections of the scored lines (the tab section being the bottom, and therefore the fourth intersection).
7. Fold in the 1/4" scores and adhere.
8. Fold in to create a box. Use the 1/2" tab to adhere it closed (you will have a box with no sides).
9. Press the box flat and attach a #2 rubber band through the punched notches.
10. Create a pocket using a 2 3/4" square of designer paper. Fold in the corners to create a 2" square. (This will hold your confetti.)
11. Adhere the bottom of the box, using sticky strip, to the inside of the card (towards the bottom right). The highest point of the rubber band should be toward the fold in the card, and the bottom of the rubber band should be toward the opening. This allows the flinger to fire in the right direction.
12. Adhere the pocket to the top of your box.
13. Fill with confetti and close the card.

I hope this makes sense! Thank you to Rachel Korpi for these instructions!

Blessings to you,