Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Missing Cards!

Here's my mistake post....

I posted cards from the last unit meeting and forgot one.  Sorry Abby, I don't know how I did that!

WHALE OF A GOOD TIME

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This is just too cute!  Abby used the Good Friend stamp set and just cut one of the feathers off the bird.  Now you have a whale!  A flower from from the same set made a great spout. The waves were made by the left over pieces from the Swirly Decorative Strip die.  Thanks for the cute card!

LADYBUG FUN

Ok, my second mistake is that I misplaced my friends sample of her party invitation for her daughter's 2nd birthday.  Sorry Connie!  But I did find it, actually, Megan did.

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This is the invitation closed.  I just love it.

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Surprise!...  The inside vellum that she printed her info on.  The wings rotate on a black brad.  What a special card.

OK, now I've owned up for all my mistakes.  Well, maybe just my stamping mistakes.!

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Man Card Class

Class Dates:

  • Saturday, June 6th  10am - Noon
  • Wednesday, June 10  7pm - 9pm

Here is a sneak peek of an upcoming class.  We'll be using the To The Nines Specialty Paper (SU!).  The colors are perfect for making masculine cards, and I love the texture on these papers. 

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These cards are perfect for Father's Day and Birthdays.

 

 

I haven't worked out all the details, but we'll be making at least 4 cards and maybe a coupon book for Father's Day or a birthday.

Be on the lookout for more information!

99 Days until Stampin' Up! Convention!!!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Wedding Butterflies

No, I don't mean cold feet!  I made this card for a friend that got married today.  I think I've only made one other wedding card.  I don't know why they intimidate me, but they do!

This card actually came together easily.  I was inspired by cards I saw at my last demonstrator meeting.  Stacey, a demonstrator that just joined us, brought cards from a swap she was part of.  The theme of the swap was black & white.  As soon as I saw them I knew it would be perfect.  My friend's wedding was black and white!

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I used the Taste of Textiles specialty paper.  It's hard to tell in this picture but butterflies and card base are done with the same paper.  It has a pearly sheen with tone on tone stripes.  It is gorgeous in real life!  The black has a linen texture to it and is also from that pack.  I used the Texturz plate for the big shot, to give the diamond embossed pattern. I punched the bottom with the Eyelet border punch.  Of course I used the  Butterflies die. :0)

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This paper is not double sided so I lined the inside with another piece.

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Here is the card and envelope.  You can see the stripes better in this picture.  I bet you're wondering about the envelope.......

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The card was so pretty and had lots of texture that it seemed a shame to put it in a plain Whisper White envelope.....I all of a sudden thought, if I can run the card stock through the Big Shot, why not the envelope!  Since I dotted the black card stock with the white gel pen, I decide to dot the envelope with a black marker.  I left a space in the middle to write their name.

Supplies:

  • Stamps - God's Blessings
  • Ink - Black Stazon, Basic Black Stampin Write Marker
  • Paper - Taste of Textiles (White pinstripes & Black linen)
  • Accessories - White gel pen, Texturz embossing plate, Butterflies die, Eyelet border punch, Whisper White Organza, Hodgepodge Silver ribbon slide, Pretties Kit pearls, Wire Works silver (retired)

Thanks for looking!

101 days until Stampin' Up! convention!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What Shimmers in the Sunlight?

Technique Club projects!  You thought I was gonna say Edward Cullen, didn't you! :0)

COSMO BUTTERFLY

For this card I was showing club members how to use heat & stick powder and Cosmo Fine glitter.  I also learned something in the process....If you over heat the heat & stick powder, it won't stick! 

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This really is an easy card to make.  Stamp your image using the versamark pad.  Make sure the pad is really juicy.  Pour heat & stick powder over stamped image, tap off, and heat.  Be very careful not to over-heat.  You'll see the powder melt and become glossy, as soon as it does, it's ready for the glitter.  Pour glitter over image, tap off, and heat again to set the glitter.  Then you're done.  The hardest part about making this card is cleaning up the glitter!

TART TOTE

The ladies' project was this "Box in a Bag" and 2 more ways to add glitter.  Click here for the tutorial on Splitcoast.  I've seen it all over the place and can't believe I haven't made one sooner.  It's really cute and not very hard to make.   P1050662c

The tag has Dazzling Diamonds glitter dotted on the ladybug.  The glitter is adhered with 2-way glue.  There is Chunky Essentials glitter at the bottom of the bag.  I just ran a Sticky Strip around the base and rolled the bag in the glitter.  I love the way this glitter looks, but it is the hardest one to clean up!  It sticks to everything.

Supplies:

  • Stamps - Garden Whimsy, Curly Label Punch Bundle
  • Ink - Basic Black & Rose Red classic ink, Versamark
  • Paper - Cameo Coral, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, & Whisper White card stock, Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper
  • Accessories - Dazzling Diamonds, Cosmo, & Chunky glitter, Heat & Stick powder, Eyelet border punch, Tab punch, Black Hemp Twine, Regal Rose 5/8 grosgrain, Sticky Strip

FATHERS TOTE

I made this one up as a sample of a more manly version.  I really like the new specialty papers that Stampin' UP! has come out with.  I used the To the Nines Specialty paper.  It's a little heavier than the normal 12x12 Designer Series paper and is textured.

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My friend Kelly made this cute post-it note holder.  She is also a club member.  The flowers and leaves were done with Sizzlets on the Big shot.

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Thanks for looking!

102 days until Convention!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Embroidered ID Tags

These are just the cutest!!!  My friend Karen made these for me.  She makes some of the most amazing things.

I'm going to use this tag on whatever wonderful tote Stampin' Up! gives us at convention!  It also works great as a nametag.

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I think I'll put this one on my current craft tote.

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She made this one for may daughter.  I put it on her backpack.  Ok, can I say it again?  These are just the cutest!

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I know this has nothing to do with stamping (except for my new nametag!) but I just had to show them off.

If you are interested in having one made for you, just leave a comment on her blog.  You can also check out some of her other work, while you're there.

Demo Meeting Swaps

We got to play with the Big Shot, at our meeting today!  We made this cute matchbox candy holder.  It is so easy with the Matchbox Bigz XL Die from the new Occasions Mini Catalog.  You don't even have to glue the box base!  We also used the new Scallop P1050738cOval Punch & Oval All stamp set from Occasions Mini.  I think it took me all of 5 minutes to make.  This would make a great party favor or you could even use it as a place card at a table setting.

 

This cute little box holds 4 Hershey Nuggets perfectly!

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Here are the swaps I received at our meeting today:

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I love the way the top half of this card just swings up.

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"We've Moved" is stamped on the inside of this card and you can see it through the word window punch out.

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Ok, just too cute!  I'm seeing an Oval Scallop Punch theme going on here......

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Do you recognize this tree?  It's from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set!  The trunk was colored with our Stampin' Write marker and then the "leaves" were made using the Itty Bitty background set.  It gives the tree a whole different look!

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Elmo says "Happy Birthday!".  Who knew all the things you could with a few punches...

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Demonstrator Swap

This is a card I made up for our demonstrator swap.  Hopefully they won't see this post before we swap cards!  We meet every other month to swap cards, ideas, techniques and laughs.  My wonderful upline Mandy Grant, keeps us inspired and motivated to share what we love.  She also teaches us a new technique every time we meet.  Check out her Blog for more great ideas.  She has some great scrapbook layouts on her site. 

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I have to say this is an original.  I spend so much time on other blogs and see so many great ideas that I just have to copy, that I don't start from scratch very often.  I couldn't sleep the other night and finally gave up and got out of bed.  I had a bunch of card ideas floating around in my head (a very rare occurrence) and thought if I sketched them out I might get back to sleep.  When I looked at my sketch book I was shocked to see I had put down a couple of good ideas.  I figured what seemed like inspiration at 3am would look like scribbles in daylight.....This is such a simple card and is easy to make, but looks so elegant.  Ok, enough bragging, here's what I did:

I ran the Whisper White layer through the Big Shot using the diamond Texturz plate.  I stamped the grass afterwards, only because I stamped a different color first on the other side and didn't like it!  I'll stamp it first when I make the rest.  The vellum butterfly was run through the small polka dot texturz plate for a little texture (haha), but it doesn't really show up in this picture.  Both butterflies were cut from the SU! exclusive die.  The pearl is adhered to the butterfly with a mini glue dot.  I made the ribbon floweret by sewing a running stitch down one side of the ribbon and then cinching and tying it closed.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Inspired By Nature, Absolutely Fabulous

Ink:  Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand

Paper:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Kraft, vellum, Parisian Breeze Specialty paper

Accessories:  Kraft taffeta ribbon, Clear Rhinestone, Pretties kit 1/2 pearl,  Diamond & Small Polka Dot texturz plate, mini glue dots.

**All products from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Stay tuned to see what swaps I get!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Early Bird Registration Deadline Tomorrow

Here's another sneak peek of the up coming Gift Set Class....

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Remember, deadline for early registration and a chance to win a gift from me is, tomorrow!

Class Date:

 Wednesday, May 6th*   10am - 1pm  or  6:30pm - 9:30pm

I'll be posting pictures of individual projects closer to the registration deadline.  This gift set is so beautiful you may not want to give any of it away!  The projects are easy to reproduce so you can keep the original for yourself and make another set to give away. 

Final Registration deadline: April 23rd

Class Fee:  4 projects - $18.00 or All 6 projects - $25

Projects:

  1. Candle Holder/Vase
  2. Key or Purse Fob
  3. Note Cards & Holder
  4. Corner Bookmark
  5. Double Top Note Picture Frame
  6. Top Note Journal/Friendship Book

*Date not good for you?  Get together with 3 or more of your friends on the date of your choosing.  I can teach a private class for you and your friends, at my place or yours.  Contact me today to set up your class.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Gift Set Class

Wednesday, May 6th      10am - 1pm  or  6:30pm - 9:30pm

I was going to call this the "Mother's Day Gift Set Class" but these gifts could be used for any occasion.  They could be used as a set, by themselves, or you may just want to keep them for yourself! 

Here is a little sneak peek...... :0)

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I have so many gifts in mind... you will be able to pick 3 or 4 of your favorites to make, or, if you're feeling ambitious you can make them all!

Registration deadline: April 23rd

Class Fee:  4 projects - $18.00 or All 6 projects - $25

Early Registration Drawing: Sign-up and pay by Friday, April 17th and be entered into a drawing for a free gift.

Projects:

  1. Candle Holder/Vase
  2. Key or Purse Fob
  3. Note Cards & Holder
  4. Corner Bookmark
  5. Double Top Note Picture Frame
  6. Top Note Journal/Friendship Book

More pictures to come!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Stamp Club Projects Stepped-up!

I stepped up my club projects to show the ladies how they could take it to another level.  Needless to say, I was in trouble!  They wanted to make those instead!

WINDOW BIRDIES

This is such a cute spring card.  It makes me want to get out and plant some flowers, feed some birds, or take a nap in the sun.  The third is definitely my favorite!  The technique for my clubs, this month, was a faux window.  The Cheep Talk stamp set was perfect for this technique.  Stamp your images P1050499cfirst then cut into 4 squares and then adhere to a darker piece of card stock.  The valence was made using the Eyelet Border punch scored and then adhered to the window. 
Cut out the leaves using the Little Leaves die.  Since the stem is so thin you can bend it to the same shape as the stamped branch.  I used the new Basic Jumbo Grommets from the Occasions Mini Catalog that just came out.  Punch out a 1/2" circle and pop a grommet in, tie a knot through the hole, and you're done!  The sun was made by punching out a 1 1/4" circle of the thin cardboard from a pack of the 12x12 card stock and then sponging Summer Sun and Apricot Appeal ink in the hole.

BLOOMIN' KEY FOB

These are so easy to make and are great gifts!  I used the Hodgepodge Hardware Styled Silver ribbon slide and designer punch holder.  I also used a Designer Flower BradP1050503cSlide the ribbon through the hole on one end and then put the brad through the same hole.  Stamp your image onto your card stock, I used Pink Pirouette Textured, and then punch out with the Designer Label punch.  I also punched out a second piece from thin cardboard (like the one that comes in the 12x12 paper pack) and adhered my card stock to it.  This makes it sturdier and able to last longer.  I found the easiest way to adhere it to the hardware is to use 2 mini glue dots at each end.  Trying to glue it in just doesn't work for me and I usually make a mess.  Use your paper piercing tool, or a long pin, to pick up the dot and then fold it in half as you put it on the hardware.  You can buy packages of clips and/or key rings at craft stores and Walmart also. The clip I used was off of something of my daughter's that was broken.  I love re-purposing things. 

All supplies are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Thanks for looking!  Now go create something!