Thursday, April 24, 2008

Quick Card Thursday!



Here's my Quick Card for today. I really love being able to turn out a card quickly when I need to. Not that I don't enjoy spending a lot of time making cards when I have the time but you and I both know that lives are busy and we don't always have that luxury!

Today's card was created for a friend that did me a huge favor. I needed a thank you card and was anxious to try out my new Lovely Labels set. This card measures 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and took under 10 minutes to create! All products are available from Stampin' Up!

Stamp set: Lovely Labels Cardstock: River Rock, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White Ink: River Rock, Purely Pomegranate Other: Forever Flowers Wheel, 1 1/4 inch circle punch, 1 3/8 inch circle punch, Scallop punch, River Rock Stitched ribbon, dimensionals

*Scallop punch used to make the medallion!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Remodeling!

Everyone who knows me and my husband knows that we aren't afraid to tackle remodel jobs. Well, we are at it again. Last Saturday we went and ordered slate flooring for our entryway in our house. Monday Ron spent the day breaking out the exsisting tile and scrapping the mastic of the floor. When I got home from work, we spent a couple of hours removing the wallpaper (which I've hated since we hung it) from the walls. Our plan is to texture the walls with orange peel texture and paint. The slate is due in on Friday so we hope to get it laid down this coming weekend. I'll share pictures once it's done although it's such a tiny hallway that it's hard to photograph. I'm excited about this new project! If I don't post as regular, hopefully you'll understand that I'm probably up to my elbows in mastic, grout, or some other yucky substance!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Baby Boys!




My friend Jenni at work is a new aunt of twin boys! We are all so excited for her, her sister, and of course her brother in law. I knew the new Stampin' Up set By Ones & By Twos would be perfect for making a card for them but since I really didn't have a need for the set, I asked for help on a demo chat board. Sarah came to my rescue and sent me some stamped images from the set to help me create my cards for my friend and her sister! Sarah is a SU demo that lives in Austin, and I'm so thankful for her help. Not only did she send me stamped images, she sent all kinds of blue goodies to go with it. Sarah is also the Mom of twins! I made two cards from the things she sent. One for the proud parents and one for a very, very proud aunt!
All materials available from Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set: By Ones & By Twos
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Whisper White (Left had card also uses Rose Red & Certainly Celery)
Ink: Bashful Blue
Other: Left hand card: So Saffron Marker, Blue Grosgrain ribbon, Blue Buttons, Dimensionals
Right hand card: Stripped Bashful Blue grograin ribbon, small and large oval punches, dimensionals
Congrats to all on these precious babies and take my word, they are precious! Aunt Jenni has done a great job of recording their first week of life!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Some Name Frames



My good friend moved the first of the year and is getting ready to redo her boy's bedrooms. Miguel's will have all kind of transportation vechicle's in it. Kevin's is a Sooby Do room. So, I made these frames to go in their rooms. I had plenty of transportation stamps for Miguel's and I did it in the primary colors that match his room. I didn't have any Scooby stamps so I used the retired Toy Box stamp set for Kevin's and used the colors in his Scooby Do bed linens for his. I'm excited to have these to give to them. I really enjoy making name frames as I think they are such a personalized gift.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Quick Card Thursday



So for the past two weeks I've featured a 5 minute card on my blog. I've decided to change the name of the feature to Quick Card because some cards do take just a little bit longer. This one took me a little under 10 minutes from start to finish. It's a simple design and that's how it came to be. I was wanting to do a quick card that featured some stamping other than a verse. I was looking through some sketches and this one caught my eye. I decided to put it to the test.
All products available from Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set: Embrace Life
Cardstock: River Rock, Ruby Red, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Groovy Guava, Ruby Red, Old Olive
Other: Ginger Blossom DSP, River Rock stitched ribbon, Dimensionals, Blender Pen
The image was stamped in black and I used a blender pen to color in the flower.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tart & Tangy Post It Note

I just love the Tart & Tangy stamp set and the matching Summer Picnic designer series paper. It's just so cheery! Again, I used a square cardboard coaster for my backing. The top part is a medium binder clip that has been covered with the paper and ribbons attached to add some flair. All materials available from Stampin' Up!
Stamp set: Tart & Tangy
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Real Red and Old Olive
Other: Summer Picnic DSP, glue stick, Read Red striped grosgrain ribbon, Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, Old Olive Poly Twill ribbon

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Another clip


Here's another fun binder clip project like the one from yesterday only this one uses a different stamp set and different paper. This was made by one of my stamp clubs on Saturday, the other group made the one I featured yesterday.
Stamp set: Garden Whimsy
Cardstock: Certain Celery, Whisper White
Ink: So Saffron, Certain Celery, Rose Red
Other: Cutie Pie DSP, Dimensionals, Bashful Blue striped grosgrain, Bashful Blue gingham, Purely Pomegranate stitched

Monday, April 14, 2008

Picture Clip


Here's a fun little project that's great for Mother's day or for your favorite teacher. It's a huge binder clip on the bottom covered with decorative paper and then the top part is a cardboard coaster that was covered in more decorative paper and then decorated to match. It's not a time consuming project but looks oh so cute!
All materials available from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: One of a Kind Cardstock: River Rock and Whisper White Ink: Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, River Rock, Groovy Guava Other: Ginger Blossom DSP, Boho Blossoms Punch, corner rounder,burgandy grosgrain ribbon, Guava double stitched ribbon, River Rock stitched ribbon

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Beautiful Spring Sunday




Yesterday was a busy day for me. It was stamp club day which meant I was "working" from around 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. As always I had a very enjoyable day and I'll show some of the things we made yesterday later in the week. Today, I want to share a few pictures from my garden. I spent a good part of the afternoon working outside, trimming up and planting some annuals. Here's a few things that greated me as I walked outside today. Hope your Sunday has been relaxing!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Stamp Club Sketch Challenge






Every month I challenge my Stamp Club members with a sketch challenge. They get an envelope with cardstock and various other goodies in it along with the sketch for the month. Here are their very creative samples from our March meeting. The ladies will be here tomorrow and will be bringing their April samples then. I can't wait to see them. I feel very proud when they show me what they've done. I have some very accomplished and talented stampers in my groups!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another 5 minute card

I've decided that every week I'm going to feature a five minute card. Everyone is so busy these days and so it's nice to be able to still create a card for someone in a short amount of time. The one thing I suggest is that you keep your layout simple. This is a very simple layout but the card is still cute. It still features mutiple layers and some sparkles to boot! All products from Stampin' Up! Stamp Set:Smarty Pants Cardstock:Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Whisper WhiteInk:Brilliant Blue Other:Jersey Shore DSP, Die Cut Blooms, Chunky Sprinkles, Tombow Multi adhesive, Sticky Strip
The glitter strip across the top was made by placing a strip of sticky strip along the top of the DSP and the covering with the Chunky Sprinkles!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Card File Box

Here's a fun little project that I made this past weekend. I needed a box to organize and store cards that I've made. An online friend suggested using the Forget Me Not Keeper in the Stampin' Up! catalog. I ordered it and while it worked fine as it came, I decided it needed a little more pizzaz. Here's my finished project from left to right. Left is the side and top view, middle is the box closed, right is the box with the lid off so you can see inside.



All materials are from Stampin' Up! For this project, I used Bali Breeze DSP, Purley Pomegranate cardstock, Flower Fusion flowers, Fire and Ice Circle Rhinestone brads, 5/8 inch Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, and lots and lots of mini glue dots (love those things!)


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A little bit western








After playing around with so many girly looking projects, I decided it was time to do something a little more manly and rustic. I did two versions of this card, I like one better than the other but I won't tell you which one.

Both cards use the same products (with a few exceptions) and all products are available from Stampin' Up! Stamp set: Happy Everything Ink: Bayou Blue, Ruby Red Other: Western Sky DSP, white gel pen, River Rock stitched ribbon (card #2), small over punch, pop up glue dots, scoring blade, Styled Silver Hodgepodge hardware (card #1), Classic Stars jumbo wheel (card #2)
It's hard to tell from the picture but the large star has been scored to give it dimension. Two pop up glue dots are placed behind the star to give even more dimension. This was done on both cards.


On card number one, I used several piece from the new Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware. Here's some detail on it:

Monday, April 7, 2008

When live gives you lemons....

make lemonade. We've all heard that expression many times over. This weekend while I was working on some projects I ruined a Carousel Note. Now, that's not the end of the world but being a frugal person I hated that I messed up one of these cute scalloped beauties! Since only half of it was damaged, I decided to cut it in half and use the other half...thus the lemonade!

All products available through Stampin' Up:

Stamp sets: Live Your Dream and Full of Life Ink: Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Whisper White Other: Blender pen, sponge, Afternoon Tea DSP, Groovy Guava stitched ribbon, Scallop Punch, dimensionals, scoring blade, Pick A Petal classy brass template, carousel notes






A couple of things on this card. The medallion was made using the scallop punch. The carousel note was embossed and pierced using the Pick a Petal classy brass template. The bottom cardstock was emobossed using a scoring blade and the Fiskar's paper cutter.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Busy weekend!



The title says it all, I've had a busy weekend. The good news is a lot of it has been busy with stamping! Besides putting the finishing touches on my Stamp Club projects for next weekend, I sat down and worked on some projects that I hadn't had time to do all week. Here's one sample from yesterday and I have to say that when I started this project I wasn't sure where I was going with it. All in all, I like the way it turned out but for me it's hard not to like anything made with the new, yummy Afternoon Tea DSP from the Occasions Mini Catalog.


All materials available from Stampin' Up! Stamp set: Sweet Serendipity Ink: Chocolate Chip Other: Afternoon Tea DSP, Chocolate Chip Poly Twill Ribbon, Large Oval punch, dimensionals

Some of the flowers and the butterflies were cut out from extra pieces and popped up on the card using dimensionals. Here's a close up of that detail:





Friday, April 4, 2008

Hi & Hello





So, I bought Hi & Hello when the Spring & Summer catalog came out and hadn't done anything with it. I'm not sure why, buy I guess I just hadn't been inspired. I remembered I had also purchased the new sticky letters as well and thought maybe I could use them together. Here's what I came up with. I like this card a lot. I don't think it looks as good photographed as in person but I'm hoping you'll get the idea. All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp set: Hi & Hello
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Brilliant Blue, Wild Wasabi
Other: Jersey Shore DSP, Pumpkin Pie marker, Bashful Blue maker, Brillant Blue Marker, Old Olive marker, Sticky die cut letter "h", Chunky Sprinkles (Occasions mini catalog), photo corners punch
**I have to admit that the sticky letters were a little harder to work with than I expected but I do love the end result. I'm really not a "glitter person" because it goes everywhere but with these sticky letters it stays right where it's supposed to and I love that!



Thursday, April 3, 2008

5 Minute Card!




Sometimes you just don't have a lot of time to sit down and make a card. Yesterday was one of those days. I needed a card and I needed it fast. I like to keep some things on hand to whip out fast cards for just those occasions. I absoulutely love that Stampin' Up! has come out with products to help out when you want to make someone a card but just don't have time for a long process. This card uses two great new products features in the Occasions Mini catalog: die cut blooms and rubons! If you don't have a copy yet, email me and I'll make sure you get one.


All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Full of Life (Occasion's Mini catalog)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Die Cut Blooms, Summer Picnic DSP, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Old Olive Poly-Twill ribbon, and A Perfect Day Rub-Ons (all from Occasions Mini catalog), Orange Bead Duos, Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Happy Birthday Jenni!

Yesterday was my friend and co-worker, Jenni's birthday! Now before anyone says anything, she's no April fool! She took yesterday off so we celebrated at work today with Chinese Food and yummy cake! What I really love about Jenni is she has to be the most organized person in the world. When I grow up I want to be just like her! LOL! She also happens to be a fabulous teacher and I'm proud to call her my friend. I made this card for her because she likes really bright colors and she's got a sparkling personality. I wanted something that reflected that. All materials from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Year after Year and Sweet Celebrations
Ink: Pixie Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Versamark
Cardstock: Pixie Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green, Whisper White
Accessories: Irridescent Ice embossing powder, Tempting Turquoise marker, See You Around Jumbo wheel, Designer Label punch, 1 1/4 inch circle punch, 1/2 inch circle punch, turquoise grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

"Pretties Kit" Embrace LIfe

Every month I participate in a swap with some demo friends of mine. We have certain challenges each month and this month's challenge was spring or Mother's day AND Pretties kit or paper piercing. I've used the flowers and flat pearls out of my Pretties Kit a lot but haven't ventured out to use the hat pins, beads and full pearls so I decided to do a card with these elements. I'm pretty satisfied with the way it turned out. At first I thought it was a little simple looking but then decided it had kind of a classic elegance about it. Hope you enjoy it!




All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp set: Embrace Life
Cardstock: Lovely Lilac, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Lovely Lilac marker, Apricot Appeal Prints DSP (level 1 hostess), White taffeta ribbon, Pretties Kit, dimensionals