Monday, December 3, 2012

2012 Holiday Stamp-A-Stack

Each year I do a class where you pay a fee to stamp and assemble cards that I've pre-cut and pre-designed.  It also includes envelopes.  The following designs are what we did this year.  Everyone makes 3 each of the 4 designs for a total of 12 cards.

Merry Christmas Ornament Card

This card is on Naturals Ivory and Rich Razzleberry card stock.  It's hard to see, but I sprayed Gold shimmer mist on top of the Rich Razzleberry panel after dry embossing with Holiday Frame TIEF.  Simple, but elegant!

Ornamental Reindeer Card

This one happens to be my daughter's favorite and this year she decided she was going to make this card.  She makes her own cards, but has never done one that I've designed and pre-cut like this.  She did help me die cut the snowflakes for everyone, so perhaps that gave her a vested interest!  :)
The base card is Early Espresso with snowflakes stamped on Crumb Cake.  The Early Espresso strip is dry embossed on our new core'dinations card stock, lightly sanded to bring out the color.  

Peace on Earth Poinsettias Card

Please excuse the smudge on my sentiment!  In the chaos of preparation for the class, I put my thumb on the sentiment before it dried.  This card uses the Watercolor Winter set.  Card base is River Rock with the pinecone images stamped on it.  The flowers are Riding Hood Red ink 2 step, the inside stamped off once to get a lighter ink color and the flower outline full strength ink.  The fern/pine needle image is inked in Always Artichoke, stamped off once as well. 

Believe in Snowflakes Card

This one is Baja Breeze and Midnight Muse using the Snowflake Soiree stamp set.  It's based on a card I posted previously on my blog for a demonstrator swap.  I really like the "Mother of Pearl" technique used here.  It's shimmer paint on top of glossy white cardstock that has been stamped on and allowed to dry.  After the shimmer paint dries, you sponge on some Baja Breeze ink.  Very pretty!

It was a fun night of stamping, eating and socializing! 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ornamental Tree Card

Getting ready for the holidays!  I have a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack coming up and I have to come up with designs for it.  I did the following design for this month's swap group.  The theme was "Punch Art" where you take punched images and turn them into a design.  This was difficult for me.  Some people can take punched images and manipulate them into amazing works of art.  I decided to keep it simple.  I liked the idea of using punched out ornaments to make a Christmas Tree.

Please excuse the quality of the picture as I was rushing to get these out in the mail in time and almost forgot to take a picture.  I used Silver Glimmer paper for the ornaments and Champagne Glimmer for the star punched using the Merry Mini punches.  I used the tree stand from Embellished Events set stamped in Early Espresso ink.  The Merry Christmas sentiment from Pennant Parade set is stamped in Elegant Eggplant.  The base card is Elegant Eggplant and I embossed the Vintage Violet panel using the Framed Tulips TIEF. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October Holiday Mini Swap

I recently rejoined a swap that I used to be in that is a monthly commitment.  I haven't done this in a while, so I'm hoping to keep up a momentum of creativity.  This month's theme is a holiday card using sets from the Holiday Mini catalog.

I started with a basic card (you can see it in the background) that I will probably do something similar to for my Holiday Stamp-A-Stack, but I wanted to punch it up a little.  Really make it stand out.  I used glossy white cardstock, stamped the snowflakes from Snowflake Soiree in Midnight Muse and Marina Mist.  Then I used Frost White shimmer paint and dabbed it on to the glossy white using plastic wrap from the kitchen, giving it a random pattern.  Once dry, I sponged on some Baja Breeze ink.  The shimmer paint resists the ink, so it gives it a pretty Faux Mother of Pearl look.

I used the finishing touches edgelits on the bottom of the Midnight Muse panel to dress it up.  Tied 1/2" Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon around it and adhered to a Baja Breeze panel with the sentiment "Believe" stamped in Midnight Muse ink. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Christmas Swap

We are still in August, I know!  But it is time to start to thinking about Christmas cards already.  I signed up for a spot in the demo swap I participate in.  I saw a really cute card by Andrea Walford on Pinterest and this is my take on it:

The sentiment is from Christmas Lodge stamp set in Baja Breeze on a Very Vanilla panel.  Since I need to make a bunch of these cards, I was trying to think of a way to mass produce the embossed snowflakes on the Baja Breeze panel.  I only want the panel partially embossed so it can be the mat for the vanilla panel.  I figured out where on the embossing folder I'd need to set my cardstock and drew a line using a Sharpie marker.  So now I just have to set my cardstock up to the line and put it through the Big Shot.  No remeasuring each time I do it. 

I had to use the new Illuminate ink pad on the embossed snowflakes.  Illuminate ink is like a VersaMark ink mixed with a shimmer paint.  It works very well on dark cardstock, but gives nice subtle accent to lighter cardstock, such as the Baja Breeze.  I used a sponge dauber to apply it directly to the embossed panel.  You can a bit of a difference between the inked version on the card and the non-inked panels that are laying down at the bottom of the photo. 

I mounted the Baja Breeze onto Not Quite Navy and popped it up on dimensionals to give it a little height on top of the Crumb Cake card base.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Providence Regionals 2012

Yesterday was the seminar in Providence, RI for Stampin' Up! I had my swaps prepared ahead of schedule and I was ready to go! It was so much fun seeing other demonstrators of all different levels of the business. Even more fun, swapping cards and seeing what everyone else made. Here is the main swap card that I made, the olive card:

This is similar to another card that I had posted not too long ago. I had to make some adjustments as the previous card had retired Stampin' Up! product used on it, which is a no-no for demonstrator swaps! I used Calypso Coral for the pimento parts and ribbon and I made the olives using the small oval punch because the other punch is no longer available. I think I like the way these olives turned out even more! I added some silver dazzling details to the bubbles.

Stampin' Up! has a basket that you can put your card swap into and they take it back to the home office and may use them for displays. They also pick a card from the basket that day and award a prize for best swap. I threw in 2 swaps that I did (I had none of the 3rd style left). I looked later during the day on the board where they hang them up so we can take photos of what everyone swapped. I saw one, but I couldn't find my olive card! I lamented a little to my friend Sara that I didn't see it and she hadn't either. Oh well!

At the end of the seminar, Pam Morgan from Stampin' Up! is on stage wrapping up the day and she says she has the winners for the swaps today. They revealed my Olive card on the big screen and announced my name! I got a hug from another Stampin' Up! royalty team member Bonnie Thurber (who is awesome!) before being told I had to go up to the stage (not on it, thank goodness!). Pam Morgan handed me a gift certificate for a $50 shopping spree with Stampin' Up! So exciting! I do this as a hobby and because I love the friends I've made through doing so. To be recognized by Stampin' Up! means so much to me! Now to start saving for next summer, convention in Utah!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Some more summer

Here are a few more summer cards as summer is nearing its end. I am already focused on wedding and fall themed cards. I should be thinking Christmas as well, but I just can't bear to yet! Stampin' Up! recently did a promotion where you make a minimum purchase and you can get "A Reason to Smile" stamp set for only $5. I had some trouble trying to come up with something, but ended up going simple. I used Whisper White and Daffodil Delight card stock and Daffodil ribbon. I stamped the flowers in Basic Black and filled in the center with the center image in daffodil ink.
For the following card, I wanted to use my new butterfly punch with coordinates with the butterfly stamp set. It is hard to see in the photo, but I punched out the butterfly in vellum and mounted it under the stamped and punched butterflies. The antennae were stamped in green on the white panel below. Used the scallop edge punch for the matting of the white panel in green. I embossed with my big shot in Wisteria Wonder and mounted it on a card of Elegant Eggplant.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Happy Hour

Some more cards done with the Happy Hour set. This time using punch art. I used the small oval punch in old olive and the small circle punch in poppy parade to make the pimento. After adhering them to the black panel, I ran it through the Big Shot using an embossing folder. It gives it kind of an inlaid look.
For the Strawberry Daquiri card I used the small hearts punch in Real Red and the small rounded cross in Gumball Green. Used the same technique through the Big Shot.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ready for Regionals

I was not able to go to convention this year, but fortunately they are doing a Regional Seminar in Providence at the end of August. It's a scaled down version of convention plus it's more local. I can't wait to go! I usually bring a couple different swap cards as I don't have the patience to do 100 of the same design. I like to do at least one WOW type swap with more detail and I submit it to Stampin' Up! I used the Everything Eleanor stamp set, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla for the colors. Played around with the new product Core'dinations that you can emboss with the Big Shot and then sand. That is what the banner is and I think it looks velvety. The sentiment is from Layered Labels.
I have actually accomplished a lot of card making lately, but I've had two obstacles to posting to my blog. One, I can't find my daughter's camera which I "borrow" to take photographs, and then we lost power a few weeks ago and it blew the power supply on my computer. Still waiting for that to get fixed! I hope to have more posted soon though!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer time

I needed to come up with a birthday card for my boss. With all these new stamp sets, there has to be something that is more masculine. I saw a card sketch on Clean & Simple that I liked, but it was square, so I turned it into an A2 size for this birthday card. This set used Serene Silhouettes. The colors are Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Crumb Cake. I threw an orange button on and tied with linen thread. Used the Woodgrain Background in Craft ink on the Crumb Cake card base. Summer time equals beach! I wanted to do a card that evoked the beach using the By the Seashore set. Dawn Olchefske recently posted a video on her blog about Triple Time stamping. It seemed a great technique for the theme I wanted! I used Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake cardstock, Marina Mist and Crumb Cake ink for the images. A little Pool Party baker's twine and a Vintage Faceted button.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Lots of new sets!

Now that I've had a little time to sit down and get some card making done, here is a bit of what I've come up with using the new Catalog stamp sets. This is the Happy Hour set. It replaced a retired set called Cheers To You which I really loved! This new set is a tad more versatile in that it has some Christmas elements to it as well. No beer mug included this time though, which I really liked to make masculine cards or even kid cards turning it into root beer float images. I used Tangerine Tango, Whisper White and the green is Lucky Limeade. The Designer Series Paper is the Floral District collection. I used the decorative label punch to cut out the drink image. Fun little detail, I used a two way glue pen and sprinkled dazzling diamonds on the rim to make it look like salt/sugar and then popped up the lime wedge with a glue dot. This card uses Betsy's Blossoms and the accent band in Gumball Green is from Summer Silhouettes stamp set. I was perusing my saved blogs looking for inspiration. I really didn't know what to make with this set and it seems to be a favorite set for stampers. Reading Jill Hilliard's blog, she had a card class offering and her card was what inspired this one. I used the same layout and similar color scheme, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse and Gumball Green, just changing up some of the details. I loved her idea of the pearl for the eye. I stamped the front wing in Midnight Muse, cut it out and popped it up with a stampin' dimensional. Used the scallop edge border punch as well as the dotted scallop ribbon border punch. This was a quick one using Blooming with Kindness. Definitely a new favorite! Stamped in Primrose Petals the sentiment and then in Versamark the flower image. Poured clear embossing powder on top and heat set. Using sponge wedges I rubbed the Primrose Petal ink around the flower which allowed the embossed part to emerge. The center is Summer Starfruit ink just to give it a little dash of color. Matted the whisper white onto Primrose Petal cardstock and then onto Textured White cardstock.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

New Catalog Preview

Stampin' Up! changed the catalog start date this year, moving it back one month.  It's typically in July, but with the holiday, ordering and shipping always prolonged getting new goodies!  And I'm already one week out via UPS shipping from Utah.  This also months a month earlier to play with some new sets!  I was definitely ready to see some new stamp sets. 

I also participate in a card swap with other demonstrators so I had to come up with an original design.  Sometimes I am just not in the creative mood, and other times I am so busy at work that I don't have room left in my brain to be creative!  This was one of those times.  I was working to the last minute, the night before the cards had to be overnighted, giving me the maximum amount of time.  I was cutting roses as I put my daughter on the bus that morning in fact!  But I got them done!  Phew!

This card uses the new set Papaya Collage and the labels frame and rose are the new In Color Raspberry Ripple. I used the Twitterpated designer series paper, but used Pink Pirouette since Blushing Bride is no longer in the catalog. I used a touch of Gumball Green on the leaf and the scalloped border, and Soft Suede to frame the embossed Very Vanilla panel which I stamped the leaves/branch image 3 times on in Soft Suede. I stamped off once so that the Soft Suede would not be as prominent.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wedding Cards

I wanted to make a wedding card for my cousin but was running out of time! I ended up having to finish it in my hotel room the night before, but I am glad I was able to finish it. I embossed with silver embossing powder the words after stamping the flower design and cut them out using a punch. Layered it on bashful blue and night of navy and then onto brushed silver panel. I embossed some shimmery white using Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and layered that on night of navy. The card size is a little over 3"x6" and it has a money pocket on the inside. This card used a lot of Big Shot embossing as well, with the flower border, the dots, the label collection die cut out and the oval frame embossing. All the cardstock used was Shimmery White which has a great sparkle to it. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it with Pewter embossing powder. I popped up many of the layers to give it some depth and dimension, resembling a wedding cake!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Cruising Pinterest the other day, I came across a clay pendant that was stamped. I've never been into jewelry, but I thought this might be a fun thing to try. Especially since my daughter is all about cute, girly embellishments!

My daughter wanted to help and make something appropriate for Easter. We started with Fimo clay, rolling it into a ball and squashing it down. I pressed the rubber stamp images once I had it into a flattened circle. I used a retired Stampin' Up! set called Holiday Blitz. I cut the flip flops out using a small fluted biscuit cutter that I have in my kitchen. For the bunny pendant I cut it free hand since I didn't have something on hand that worked for that shape. Cut my pendant hole before baking.

After baking them in the oven for about 1/2 an hour and letting them cool, we used Smooch Pearlized ink on the embossed images and wiped off, just to accent the images. I forgot to grab cord at the store, so we used silver stretch cord and added our choice of beads from the SU Pretties Kit.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Wishes

With tomorrow the celebration of Easter, I wanted to make my grandmother a card that she could hang on her bulletin board in her room. Unfortunately she doesn't remember me when I go to visit her, but I get my crafty side from her. She was always knitting, crocheting or crafting something. I still have a ton of blankets that she either sewed or knit and they are the best! I know if she were able, she would appreciate the card. Hopefully she will enjoy it anyway.

Stamp Set: Delicate Doilies
Paper: Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Doily Triple Layer Punch, Silver Brads

This card was inspired by one done by fellow demonstrator Melissa Davies on her blog. She always has such beautiful creations! I stamped the doily images first and then punched them, added a brad to the center and popped them up on a dimensional. I made a couple extra to sell to Karen at Tiny Boxes as well.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Another April Birthday

My good friend and upline's birthday is in a few short days. She is so sweet and encouraging and I am thankful to have met her! And because she likes to display the cards she receives to show her customers, I wanted to make something with the latest and greatest products. The stamp set (with the exception of the sentiment) and the Designer Series paper is from the new Summer Smooches suite of products that is available as a sneak peek now and will be in the new catalog. It is a very bright and sunny color palette.

For the main card, I used Daffodil Delight cardstock. The layout is from Clean and Simple Stamping FTL#143. Using Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight and Lucky Limeade markers to ink of the flower and vase images from Bright Blossoms set. I popped up the Whisper White panel with dimensionals (although it's hard to tell in the photo). Used the Summer Smooches DSP and edged the panel with Island Indigo punched using Scallop Ribbon border punch. Made a banner out of Daffodil Delight cardstock and stamped the sentiment in Island Indigo. Attached a green button to the banner and tied white Baker's Twine to the button. Added a rhinestone to the flower.

And I kept my promise not to use Baja Breeze this time! :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

November 2010: Art Contest Honorable Mention

Each month Stampin' Up! has a couple of categories that you can send in cards for in hopes of earning free stamp sets as well as being published in their monthly business magazine. Typically I don't send cards in, but I am part of a demonstrator card swap group where if you send in an extra card it will get mailed in to Stampin' Up!'s corporate office. I've seen my cards on the display boards at Convention and Regionals, which is a great honor, but hadn't ever won anything. So it was a complete surprise when I was contacted by Stampin' Up! about winning an honorable mention for November 2010. My name was featured in the magazine, I won a free stamp set of my choice and my card was featured on the online extras on the website.

I had actually forgotten all about this card, as I didn't make any extras. Surfing the web last night I came across my card on another demonstrator's website. Now that I have a blog, I figured I would post it.

Amour Card:

Fortunately the website lists all the supplies that I used to make it, so I don't have to remember from a year and a half ago! Stamp set is Artistic Etchings. Cardstock is Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Whisper White. I threw in some Newsprint Designer Series Paper that I distressed with ink and my distressing tool.

The one thing I used in here that I don't typically on a card was the Decor Stencils. It was a fairly new product for Stampin' Up! at the time and I wanted to see how it could be incorporated into a card. I like being able to use my products in more than just one way. Plus I was not about to start stenciling my walls! :) By tacking the stencil to the whisper white cardstock with removable spray adhesive, I sponged Crumb Cake ink. The stencil allows you to control how much or how little ink will appear.

In order to really make the Eiffel Tower and Amour sentiment stand out, I first inked the images in VersaMark, then in Early Espresso ink before stamping on the Whisper White cardstock. This allowed the images to have the color I wanted and the stickiness so I could emboss. I used Crystal Clear embossing powder and heated it with a heat gun which raises and gives it a shiny finish. Added a couple of brads and some 1/8" taffeta ribbon and Voila!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April Birthdays

Haven't had much time to create lately. Work has been very busy, which is a good thing, but at the same time stressful. I have a few birthdays to plan for in April, one being for my mother and another for a very good stamping friend! Even though my mother's is later in the month, I made her card first.

Using textured Pink Pirouette card stock for the base, I layered a panel of twitterpated designer series paper on top of Baja Breeze. Using the petal cone die I cut out the banner which I stamped the sentiment on in Cherry Cobbler. I finally used my free Triple Treat Flower stamp and stamped twice, once in Cherry Cobbler and once in Pink Pirouette and then punched them out with the five petal flower and fancy flower punches. Added a pearl on a bitty punch flower and layered it. I curled the leaves of the flowers around a blender pen just to give it a little extra dimension. Pretty quick and easy!

For my stamping friend's card, I am challenging myself to not use Baja Breeze anywhere in the card! :) That's all I have seemed to be using lately. Time to change seasons and go with some less muted tones. We'll see what I come up with!

Monday, March 26, 2012

A Cup of Thanks

Recently I have come to know a very special woman. We bonded over our stories of medical circumstances that no one should have to go through, let alone people at our age with young children. Fortunately we've made it through them and hope the worst is behind us. Since our daughters are the same age, we try to get together when we can. The first time she invited me to her home, she offered me a cup of tea. She is a tea connoisseur and had some really yummy, fresh loose leaf teas to choose from. She definitely reignited my love for tea and since then I have started to try all different kinds.

When I saw this stamp set, Tea Shoppe, I immediately thought of her. I wanted to make a card for her, but didn't really have an "occasion" to send her a card. I thought I would make her a set of cards with envelopes and package them up so she could use them. She really liked them and of course said that she wasn't sure about using them because they were so nice. I completely understand! Anytime I used to make my husband a card, I would write what I wanted to say on a Post-It note and stick it inside of it. Then when he was done reading it I made him give me back the card. He just laughs at me and hands it over! He seems to get my passion, or at least he forgives me for it!

Using Stampin' Up!'s Tea Shoppe set, I stamped the tea cup image in Marina Mist on a Very Vanilla panel and the sentiment in Marina Mist on another vanilla panel. I cut a thin strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and pierced it with the paper piercer across the length of it. The tiny flower was punched out using an Itty Bitty Shapes punch and attached with a silver brad. Using First Edition Designer Series Paper, I punched with the Scallop Edge Border. I put everything on a Sahara Sand textured cardstock and packaged it in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon. I made four of the same card and included vanilla envelopes. And then I forgot to take a picture before giving it to her! LOL! She was kind enough to take a quick pic with her cell phone camera and text it to me though! I hope she enjoys using them as much as I did making them for her!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

March Birthdays

We typically always celebrate adult family birthdays by having dinner together. And I, as the cardmarker, don't usually have a card ready for the recipient. I just don't plan that well, plus there is usually not much notice as to when we are getting together. This year I wanted to make a card for my sister-in-law to express how much she means to us. She has been very supportive of her brother (my husband) and their mother and father. We have all been going through a lot the past couple of years and she has really stepped up and been there for everyone. She is a very special person.

The card was inspired by a card made at leadership. I have not seen the exact card (I don't think) but the cards everyone else has been making with it. I wanted to stay vintage-y and use the Twitterpated paper. I just love the color combination, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette, and a dash of Pear Pizzazz.

I embossed with the Big Shot using Vintage Wallpaper folder the Whisper White panel and then punched out the flower shape using the Blossom punch. I had to rotate the punch so that the petals would be oriented the way I wanted. I stamped the image from Mixed Bunch stamp set in Cherry Cobbler and punched out with 1" circle punch and layered it on top of a Pink Pirouette 1-1/4" Circle punched panel. Added a Baja Breeze twitterpated button to the center, tied with Pool Party Baker's Twine. The Island Indigo flower was punched out using the Blossom Bouquet triple layer punch with a Cherry Cobbler Itty Bitty Bits image punched out with the Itty Bitty Shapes punch, all held together with a silver mini brad. The sentiment was stamped on a Whisper White banner using Friendly Phrases set colored with Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze markers. The tiny flower was punched out of Baja Breeze using another Itty Bitty Shapes punch and a silver mini brad was inserted into the center.

I didn't have a good sentiment that I wanted to use for the inside, so I left that to my husband to write something. He did a really nice job adding a hand written sentiment inside. I was impressed!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Birth Mother Card Option #1

My sweet friend has asked me to create a card to put in a care package to the birth mother of their baby. I really wanted to create something special and memorable. I decided to use the vintage trend as a starting point, which is not typically my style. I will probably make a few cards for her to choose from if she doesn't think this one has the right feel for what she wants to convey.

To get started, I was inspired by CPS 254. I used Stampin' Up! set Apothecary Art and Loving Thoughts stamped in Early Espresso ink. Cut out the apothecary image with the Labels Collection Framelits. Watercolored with ink and blender pen with Baja Breeze, Lucky Limeade and Cherry Cobbler. Cut out a couple extra flowers and popped them up using mini glue dots and filled the centers with Dazzling Details Cherry Cobbler. Added a couple of pearls. Used Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder on a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock and lightly dabbed with Early Espresso ink. Cut a tail on the bottom and rolled the top. Punched another piece of Cherry Cobbler with the dotted scalloped ribbon border punch and adhered it to the back of a piece of Morning Mocha specialty paper. Used the Cutter Kit tool to fray the edges. I spritzed the Baja Breeze Textured Card Stock base with Early Espresso.

I've been in my craft studio a lot lately with the intent of cleaning and organizing it. While some of that is getting done, it is slow going and I usually end up discovering something that inspires me. At least I am being productive in my procrastination. :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Happy Adoption Shower!

Today is the Adoption Shower celebration for my good friends that I made the invitations for. It is also a milestone as the grace period for the birth mother has passed and she can no longer change her mind about the adoption. I can't imagine what a hard thing she had to do, but I am utterly thrilled that she picked the best parents for her baby!

We picked up a cute little outfit for the baby to wear this summer, complete with matching sunglasses! Can't wait to hang out at the beach with them! The card I made for the shower gift uses some of the same motifs as the shower invitation, but uses a different images. I wanted to use similar colors as well to tie the two together, but still making the card unique.

Crumb Cake cardstock is the base card with a Pretty in Pink layer embossed with Dots. I stamped the carriage from the Baby Bundle set in Stazon Black ink and watercolored using ink and a blender pen. I die cut the carriage using the Labels Collection Framelits Die (getting a lot of use out of these). Then I popped it up off of the pink panel using dimensionals. I added 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon to the bottom, which is actually a throwback to the bridal shower invites I made her! Added a piece of crochet ribbon at the top corner and fastened with a chocolate chip brad.

Congratulations to Kathy and Dave and may you guys enjoy the journey of parenthood! You are one month in and already are amazing! I am so proud to call you my friends!

Friday, March 2, 2012

I was offered an opportunity to sell some of my cards at a retail shop in Plymouth. Karen at Tiny Boxes Boutique was kind enough to put them in her store for me! Here are a couple of examples of cards that are for sale.

The above card uses the Stampin' Up! set Bordering on Romance from the 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog. Colors are Baja Breeze, Lucky Limeade, Blushing Bride and Regal Rose. I colored the flower images using ink and a blender pen on Glossy White cardstock and cut it out using the new Sizzix Label Collection Dies, also in the Mini Catalog. Added a few Basic Pearls to the center of the flowers and raised the label shaped panel with dimensionals.

This card was made using the Sale-A-Bration set Elementary Elegance. The stamp set is free with a $50 purchase. It's a very versatile set with sentiments including "Happy Birthday." I used Poppy Parade Cardstock and Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (another free option when you spend $50 purchase). Stamped the fancy border image in Soft Suede ink onto a Whisper White panel and colored in the outline with a Calypso Coral marker. Stamped with Poppy Parade ink the "Hello" sentiment and punched with Curly Label Punch, adhering it to the frame using a dimensional so it is raised up. Embossed the white background paper with the Stripes embossing folder. Cut out a butterfly using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits in Pool Party card stock and stuck 2 rhinestones on it. I am really liking this color combination right now! I am starting to see it everywhere, in decor, clothes, etc. Makes me think spring will be here soon!

If you'd like to visit Tiny Boxes and see all the great things Karen has for sale:

Tiny Boxes Boutique
31 Main St
Plymouth MA 02360

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Baby Shower Invitations

My good friends were just chosen to adopt a baby. The whole process went a lot quicker than we thought. They had recently posted their profile to the adoption website and the birth mother chose them after giving birth. It's such an exciting time for them, however, this being their first child, they do not have much gear yet! They purchased a few essentials before making the trip to pick up the baby, but not a lot. We definitely wanted to celebrate this wonderful new family who are all lucky to have one another! Planning got under way for an Adoption Shower and I offered to make 60 invitations.

For the base of the card I used Crumb Cake carstock. I cut a 5-1/2" x 11" piece and scored it at 2-1/8" on each side. Then I cut from the 2-1/8" score marks at top and bottom towards the center of the 5-1/2" edge, again each side in order to create the flaps. I then used the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder to get the raised "bumps" on each flap. I cut out and adhered a Chocolate Chip panel to the inside of the Crumb Cake card, printed out the invitation info on Whisper White, cut and punched the bottom with the eyelet border punch and adhered it on top of the Chocolate panel.

For the Belly Band, I stamped the Rattle image from the Button Buddies set in Pretty in Pink ink. I used a 1-3/8" circle punch on one image and used the 3/4" circle punch to get just the top of the rattle. Using a Stampin' Dimensional I adhered it to the big circle, raising the top part. Added a little pearl to the rattle top and a linen thread bow to the handle (glued on with Tombow Multi). Using the scallop circle I punched out a Chocolate Chip piece to layer underneath. I cut out a strip of Pretty in Pink, wrapped it around the card and glued the finished scallop piece to it.

I am really happy with how they came out. Easy enough to make 60 cards, but not so simple that it is boring. My friend is so incredibly supportive of my card making habit, so it was my pleasure to be able to make a little contribution to the celebration. Welcome Little One!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

First Post

First official blog post! Let's see how this goes :)

I had to make some birthday cards for my nieces. They are both almost teenagers, so little kid cards don't work anymore for them. Flower image cards just don't seem right either though. I decided to keep it simple. One niece's favorite color is blue, so that was the inspiration for the color combo, Early Espresso and Baja Breeze. Used the new diagonal scoring plate to get the raised lines and the Basic Pearls.