Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Music Expressions

When I saw this Music Expressions stamp set and Symphony wheel in the Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalogue, they immediately jumped out at me and I impulsively ordered them without having a clear plan as to what I would do with them! I know you're not supposed to do that, but I just couldn't resist! I love music, and it's been a long time since Stampin' Up! has had a good musical stamp!

Anyway, for this card, I wanted the Symphony wheel image to stand out more than the stamped image, so I stamped off the violin stamp in Basic Black on scrap paper a few times before stamping it on my Whisper White cardstock. Then I wheeled the wheel in VersaMark and embossed it in black. I sponged Pacific Point ink over the embossed part and around the edges, then I used the cutter kit to distress the edges and give it a worn look. I adhered that piece to some Basic Black, then added the sentiment piece with a clip tied with Basic Black grosgrain ribbon. I then attached the whole thing to the Pacific Point card base.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Baroque Butterflies

This is a card I made for an Occasions Mini Catalogue swap that I'm participating in. I CASEd this gorgeous card by Lisa that I found on Splitcoast Stampers.

I'm loving this new Great Friend stamp set, paired with Baroque Motifs (is there anything you can't use Baroque Motifs for?!) I used Night of Navy, Baja Breeze and Barely Banana ink, then added a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter down the center of each butterfly.

The butterflies are cut out and attached with mini glue dots. Now, I don't think I will mass produce this card again! I cut out 90 butterflies to make 30 cards - my husband thinks I'm crazy (I think he may be right)!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings to you,

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Stamp-a-Stack Cards

Well, it has certainly been a busy Sale-A-Bration! I had the pleasure of doing a Stamp-a-Stack on the weekend, hosted by Christine (thank you!), for a wonderful group of ladies. Two of them are getting married in the next few months, so I had a lot of fun listening as they talked about their wedding plans! (Congratulations, Kristie and Erin!)

Here are the cards we made:

For this one, I took full advantage of all my Sale-A-Bration products, so I used the Delicate Dots designer series paper and the Certainly Celery ribbon that came in the ribbon bundle. I pulled the colours from there to stamp the hats from the Party Hearty set in Celery, So Saffron and Bashful Blue. The sentiment is from Hugs & Wishes. This next one is a card I CASEd from my friend, Sintra, which I believe she CASEd from an issue of Stampin' Success magazine! I love the Fifth Avenue Florals stamp set, which I stamped in Basic Black, Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss. We also got to use the new Scallop Oval punch that's in the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalogue!This card again uses the Delicate Dots designer series paper and the Polka Dot Punches SAB set. I again pulled the Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron and Certainly Celery from the paper. The sentiment is from Sincere Salutations, so the guests could make different types of cards with this one.Our final card is one I've used before at a stamp-a-stack because I love the retro look of the In Colors and the Best Wishes & More set. We also used the flowers Sizzix Texturz plate on the Pacific Point piece to add some texture to the card (I don't know if you can tell from the photo).

Thanks for stopping by, even though my entries have been sparse lately! I appreciate your loyalty, and I think I'll have some blog candy coming next month to celebrate Easter! Stay tuned!

Blessings to you,

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Accessories Swap

I recently participated in a swap my upline, Winona, hosted featuring cards with Stampin' Up!'s newest accessories. Here's a quick slideshow of the cards I received in the swap:

Monday, March 9, 2009

Birthday RAKs!

I received some gorgeous cards last week for my birthday, so I thought I'd share some of them. I love them all!

This one is from my friend, Sintra:
My mother-in-law, Margo, made this one:
My sister-in-law, Wendy, made this one:This one is from my friend, Cheri:
The "B is for Birthday" card is from my friend, Laina; the "Birthdays are the Best" card is from my friend, Treena; and the Soft Sky Flower card is from my friend, Susan.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March Stamp Club Cards

I wanted to use more Sale-A-Bration products this month, so we're doing a few cards using those. I also promised the ladies a wedding card and a baby card, so here they are!
This baby card features the SAB Ribbon Bundle. I learned this ribbon weaving technique from Susan Paterson at one of our large group meetings. It's really simple - I'll post a quick tutorial in a few days. Anyway, I thought it looked kind of baby blanket-y!

I used the Nursery Necessities stamp set for this one, and I pulled the colours from the ribbon (Certainly Celery and So Saffron) and added some Almost Amethyst as well to give it a bit more baby colour.

The second card showcases our Watercolor Wonder Crayons and the SAB Botanical Blooms set. It's actually a CASE of another card demonstrated by Susan Paterson (she's a genius!). The main outline images are stamped in black Staz-On on watercolour paper. I then spritzed the solid-image stamps with water and coloured on it with the crayons before stamping them into the outline.
I then made a Mellow Moss "tag" with a torn bottom, tied some Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon around it and added a Perfect Plum Key Tag punch piece to it with silver brads. I broke out the Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware for this one as well. I stamped the sentiment in Perfect Plum, then stamped the images over that in Mellow Moss and Pale Plum before punching it out with the Designer Label punch. Then I adhered it to the card and put the hardware over top.

Finally, for the wedding card, I used the faux metal technique with the Polka Dot Punches SAB set. I used four layers of gold embossing powder before pressing the heart stamp into it. Then I punched out the heart with the Full Heart punch. I added this to the Blush Blossom card and paper pierced around the square with my mat pack tools. I edged the card with the Scallop Edge punch (I think the Eyelet punch would look better, but I don't have that yet!), then added a strip of Brushed Gold cardstock along the side. The sentiment is stamped in Gold Encore ink.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope the ladies enjoy these cards!

Blessings to you,

Monday, March 2, 2009

Baja Blossoms

I guess it's been awhile since I've posted! I've been so busy with family and other stuff that I haven't had time to blog. I thought I'd have more time for fun being a stay-at-home mom, but it's a gong show!

Anyway, this is a card I made for a new accessories swap I'm participating in with my upline, Winona and her group. I think I may use it as a Stamp Club card in the near future as well! I love these colours together. For the flower, I used the Flower Blossom sizzlets to cut three flowers and I layered them together.

Here's the recipe:
Paper: Manchester dsp, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Kraft
Accessories: Ticket Corner punch, Latte Buttons, Linen Thread, Baja Breeze ribbon, Flower Blossom sizzlet, Stampin' Dimensionals, mini glue dots

Thanks to all of you who keep coming back. I'm starting to accept that I can't blog everyday during the school year, but I will try my best to post at least once a week, so don't give up on me!

Blessings to you,