Showing posts from October, 2008

10/31 Such a Cute Romper!

I've never made a baby romper card, but when I saw this one that Cindy Malone made . . . I just had to try it! Thank you, Cindy! I started out trying to explain how I did everything and then I gave up . . . got the camera out and made this mini tutorial. A picture is worth a 1,000 words, right?

First I punched out three 1 1/4" holes from three scraps of Bella Rose DSP. The punched out holes I discarded.

Then, I flipped my Scallop Circle Punch upside down and going back over the punched out hole in my Bella Rose scrap I centered the Scallop Circle evenly over the punched hole opening.

When punched out, I was left with a perfectly even scallop circles with holes in them that I will use for the collar and the leg openings.

I used dots of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the circles onto my card as shown. I started the shape by measuring down 1 1/2" down for each sleeve and made a pencil line towards the center on each side for 3/4 of an inch. I did not make the long pen…

10/28 Christmas Dazzle!

This is a card I created for my clubs to do so that I could demonstrate the Dazzling Diamond Dust technique. It uses a stamp set that one of my customers (Hi Maureen!) borrowed to me called A Wish for Peace. I also used it as one of my swap cards for a demo only swappers group that I belong to.

This is how I did the Dazzling Diamond Dust that you see on this card. First I stamped and colored the image on Whisper White paper. I used my old stand by: an Aqua Painter and ink squished onto the lid of the ink pad. Then, cover the whole panel with VersaMark. Just flip your pad over and squish it all over your image panel. Give it a generous coat of Heat and Stick powder and shoot it with your heat gun until it turns just glossy - - - and very sticky! Then dunk it into your Dazzling Diamonds and give it one more shot of the heat gun to set the diamonds into the Heat and Stick. This second shot will seal up the Heat and Stick powder so it bonds with the glitter. That's it! It takes longer…

10/27 Santa's Stamp-a-Stack!

I've been busy stamping and planning out all the details for my 2nd Annual Stanta Stamp-a-Stack! A few of the cards were ones that I came across on the internet and they were so perfect that I pretty much "cased" them exactly!! I will provide the link to the original creators. A few of the cards I came up with all by myself! (I'll be sure to point those out, too! - heehee!) So . . . how does my Santa Stamp-a-Stack work? Well . . . it's pretty easy. Just pick any combination of your favorites for a total of 12 cards. All materials will be provided, including a beverage and a snack. Just bring yourself and you will leave with fabulous hand crafted holiday cards. You pick the day and time that work the best for you. If you wish, you can make samples for reference, stamp all your card stock and then assemble the cards at home. The price for 12 cards is $15. Here are the dates and times:Friday, November 21 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pmMonday, November 24 from 6:30 - 9:30 pmTu…

10/24 I've been RAK'ed with a Caribou!!

How lucky can a girl get?? One of my fellow demonstrators got in a big of a squish . . . her Big Shot was in, her Top Note wasn't and she needed Top Notes for an upcoming Stamp-a-Stack. All I did was help her out and then lookie what came in the mail today!! I've been blessed with another Caribou card!! I truly have the bestest of friends!! Thank you so much, Katie Christenson!! And my eleven year old daughter, Kasey, thanks you too. Katie paid Kasey for cutting all the Top Notes for her.

10/23 Summer Slips Away

I can't believe how fast time goes. It seems like I was just making this card for a Great Swaps Group that I belong to. Was it June? I don't remember. All I know is that I didn't want to post it until the swaps were mailed out. Then, it got put on the back burner. You know how that goes! I completely forgot about it!! lol!

Anyway, in the midst of all the Halloween and Christmas cards I am working with these days, this card reminds me how quickly time goes by. I love this set called Summer by the Sea. It's been in our product line for quite a while. I keep thinking it will be retired, but it seems to stay around via the dormant list. That's fine with me. The images are timeless.

Here is what I used to make this card. The design is based on a card that was in the Occassions Catalog.

Stamps: Summer by the Sea, Canvas
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Certainly Celery Prints DSP, Confetti White
Ink: Soft Sky, Bordering Blue, More Mustard, Blush Blossom, Orc…

10/22 RAK's that Made My Day!!

My bloggin friend, Nancy Riley, surprised mw with this sweet card. I have it propped up by my computer and I'm not sure I'll ever get tired of looking at it!! Thank YOU, Nancy . . . you are something sweet and I'm so glad we stampin' friends! Nancy has a wonderful blog . . . hop on over and check it out. She is so talented and I am always checking out her creations for ideas.

Isn't this the cutest pumpkin? My customer and friend, CindySue Eastenson, created this sweet treat box for me filled with candy corn and roasted peanuts. My kids gobbled it up in no time. She told me that she cut this template at a scrapbooking store. How fun! Thanks, CindySue! And then, if the pumpkin wasn't enough, CindySue pulled another surprise out of her craftin' tote! And, this one I didn't share quite as willingly with my kiddos!! lol! 16 fabulous mints, beautifully displayed in an acrylic box. She told me she used Martha Stewart Halloween stickers to decorate each mint. …

10/15 A Cardinal Thanksgiving!!

I have learned lessons through the years when it comes to buying stamps. Remember the set called Christmas Cardinal that debuted a couple of years ago in the Holiday Mini? Not this set called A Cardinal Christmas . . . but the other one called Christmas Cardinal! lol! Well, I didn't buy it . . . even though I really wanted it. But, it seemed like it was very popular so I was counting on it to come out in the big catalog - only it didn't. So I made the rounds trying to find it and never could or if I could . . . it was priced way out of my price range. (Well, not really but out of the range of Common Sense and thus I never purchased it.) When I saw this cardinal in our current Holiday Mini . . . I didn't hesitate for a second. If I really love something in a mini - I just get it. Lesson learned!

And now - - - about my card. Isn't it gorgeous?? It looks like I'm a wonderful water colorist. But I'm so not. ANYONE can do this when you own an aqua painter and stamp …

10/14 Autumn in the Country

I grew up on a farm in south central Minnesota so I am always drawn to stamp sets that remind me of my youth. This is one such set, long retired, called Country Pleasures. I recently felt like playing with it . . . one of those days where I was following my muse. I stamped and colored my image first and then I started figuring out how to create my card. I wanted to carry the hills into my card so I stamped Canvas texture with Chocolate Chip onto a piece of Close to Cocoa card stock, tore it into a "hill" and sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip. I adhered it to a base of Ruby Red. Then, I needed something to tone down the hill. It was looking huge! So I started going through my ribbon and found this wonderful thrift store treasure. Yards and yards of it for just 25 cents! Perfect! Now . . . what to do for a sentiment? Out came the Big Shot and the Sizzix die called Leaves #2. I sponged the edges of it and used a sentiment from another retired stamp set called Happy Harmony…

10/12 Boo Banner

How do you like my "Boo Banner?" So, so cute!!! At least I think so!! I used my Big Shot Machine and the Bigz XL Pennant Die to create the banner. The large pennant has a layer of Designer Series Paper from 2007. I layered the smaller pennant on top of it made from Whisper White cardstock with an overlay of red tulle. The letters are from Serif Essentials.

I learned how to make the dandling spider from SCS. It uses a combination of punches and he's just all the rage right now! I am always so amazed at how creative people can be with punches!! He's hanging from the pennant with a legnth of linen thread. It worked so perfectly.

Supplies I used to create this banner: Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Only Orange, Creepy Crawly DSP (retired) Accessories: Big Shot Machine, Bigz XL Pennant Die, Tulle, Earth Elements Buttons, Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots, Scallop Circle Punch, Photo Corner Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 1/…

10/9 Quick Anniversary Card

This is such a quick card to make . . . I'm always doing cards at the last minute it seems! My latest thing lately is to make backgrounds with wheels. On this card I used the Jumbo Wheel called Whimsy rolled in Pink Pirouette. The pink champagne was colored in with a blender pen from the lid of the ink pad. I sponged the edge of the punched out champagne glasses with Pink Pirouette. I'm always amazed at how much definition a little bit of sponging can add. Well, off I go - busy, busy, busy!! Have a happy day! . Supplies I used to create this card: . Stamps: Whimsy Jumbo Wheel, Cheers to You, Wonderful Words Paper: Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White Ink: Pink Pirouette, Basic Black Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Coluzzle, Big Shot Die Cut Machine, Pennant Bigz XL Die, Ticket Corner Punch, Pink Pirouette Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

10/8 Sweet Owl for WCMD

Here is my version of the cute punched owl that is all the rage these days. My customers REALLY enjoyed making him at my World Card Making Day Events. I just LOVE how sweet he turned out. On the inside I stamped, "I'm just so proud of you!" Won't that be perfect when my daughters bring home straight A report cards? I think so! . Here are the supplies I used to create this card: . Stamps: Warm Words, Canvas, Sweet Stars Jumbo Wheel Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Naturals White, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie Ink: Close to Cocoa to ink up the canvas background stamp, Chocolate Chip for sponging, Pumpkin Pie for sponging, Kiwi Kiss for rolling Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, BoHo Blossoms Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 1/8" handheld punch, Large & Small Oval Punch, Sponges, Fine Tip Black Marker, Mat Pack - for using with the…

10/4 Happy WCMD!

Today is the kick off for celebrating World Card Making Day. The card above is one of the cards I designed for my WCMD Stamp-a-Stack that I am having on Monday and Tuesday. I just love the corner punch and ribbon accent on this card - it's the little things, right? If you are one of my customers (or a local reader of my blog) and you are kicking yourself for not signing up for my Stamp-a-Stack . . . I still have two opening left. Just give me a call!!

My daughter, Kari, turns 13 tomorrow. We start the celebration today by going to the mall for the long awaited ear piercing. A friend of her plans to have her ears pierced at the same time so they will create a special memory today, I'm sure. I'm trying to decide where to go for a "treat" afterwards. I'm thinking perhaps an ice-cream shop or maybe a coffee house . . . I will let the birthday girl decide. Have a happy day. Kari had a friend sleep over last night so I'm off to make the traditional sleep over b…

10/03 Inspired by KWerner

Kristina Werner posted another Color Inspiration Challenge. This one challenged us to use Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss and Very Vanilla. The card I came up with is a little different from my normal style, but it was fun.

I decided to emboss the cone flowers from Inspired by Nature onto Pumpkin Pie Prints paper. I inked the stamp up with Very Vanilla Craft ink. . . but when I stamped it . . . there was very little of the ink that seemed to transfer. I embossed it with clear and watched the image completely disappear! Not what I had in mind. So I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the flowers again . . . a little more ink seemed to stick and I warmed it over with my heat gun. I had to do this two more times to get the flower to show up using the Very Vanilla Craft ink. It still didn't turn out quite like I wanted it to. But I decided to keep working with it.I grabbed a brown sharpie and outlined all the edges of the flower to give it some contrast. That helped a lot! The card …

10/02 Breezy Winter Day

It's a breeze to make a scallop circle card with the Big Shot! Below are a few pictures that show how you can hide the scallops that you have to cut off in order for the card to open. Pretty easy peasy!! I just LOVE this stamp set called Winter Post. I have a soft spot for anything vintage and this was the first stamp set I purchased from the Holiday Mini Catalog. The Ski Slope DSP is divine and I have to admit that my very favorite sheet is one with the decorative stripes. You can see just a tiny bit of it one this card . . . sometimes that's all you need to achieve perfection! lol! I put some dazzling diamonds on the dominate snowflake. The other snowflakes were stamped off once so that they barely show up. Hope you have a happy day and thanks for stopping by my blog!
Supplies I used on this card:
Stamps: Winter Post, Merry & Bright Paper:Baja Breeze, Ski Slope DSP, Confetti White Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze Accessories: Chocolate Chip Marker, Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling …

10/1 A Swap Card for GSG2

This is the card I made for a recent demonstrator swap. I really, really like this set called Say It with Scallops. It is this years exclusive set designed for Ronald McDonald House Charities. The set is only $17.95 and includes four stamps all compatible with the new Scallop Square Punch. For every stamp set that is sold, Stampin' Up donates $2 to RMHC. I love that!

I used Baroque Motifs to reflect the scrolls that are incorporated in the for you stamp. The circle behind the scallop square is from our newest circle punch. This punch is 1 3/4". The rhinestone is from the Pretties Kit. I just popped the rhinestone out of one of the rhinestone brads and used it on my card. Some of the rhinestones I used for the swap came from the Circle Fire rhinestone collection and they were pink . . . but I like the way the clear one looks, too.

Supplies I used on this card:

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Say It with Scallops
Paper: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Riding Hood Red