Saturday, January 22

Love you much Valentine

So that sketch challenge really got me going the other day.  I know I haven't posted but I've been busy!!  I decided to make 20 Valentine Cards in 2 days!  I did this to send over to Afghanistan to my husbands team for them to use.  I think the wives and girlfriends of these brave men will really love a personal card sent home for Valentines Day.  Here is one of the cards I made a bunch of, I will share more in the days to come! 
I'm not sure what kind of fold this is called, but it is soo easy and I love the look it.  My card base is basic grey and measures 8.5" x 4.25" and scored at 3".  I used a 5.25"x4" piece of Sending Love Specialty Designer Paper to put on the inside portion.  I made a mini card to put on top of the Designer Paper in Basic Grey measuring 8" x 2.75" and folded in half.  on the 3" flap I used my I {Love} Love wheel on a 4" x 2.75" piece of Real Red cardstock.  I got lucky with the heart being near the middle when I did this and took advantage of it by adding the punched hearts to make it pop.  I didn't get so lucky on all of my cards!  On the front of the card I used a 3.75" x 2.5" piece of Real Red, you can't really tell but I ran this through the Big Shot for some texture using the small dots texture plate.  I wrapped the piece with a strip of Real Red Satin Ribbon and topped it off with the whisper white piece using the Pinking Hearts Border & Corner punches and the small heart punch(with crystal effects and dazzling diamonds)  The love you much stamp comes from the Well Scripted Set. 
I hope you all are enjoying the weekend!

Happy Stampin'!

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Saturday, January 15

Blogger Sketch Challenge

I have dug out my stampin' supplies, dusted off my stamps and started my with this challenge as my first card in months!!!!  This Sketch Challenge was done by Lisa Somerville,  and this was just the thing to get me out of my funk!
 There is nothing better then a good sketch to get moving along!  Here is what I came up with.
The first thing I thought of was to use my Vintage Vogue set because I really need to let some friends now how special they are to me:)  I grabbed my color coach and picked this creative combo from the Wild Wasabi card.  It uses Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron and of course Whisper White.  I used the Very Vintage Jumbo wheel in So Saffron to create the background on the Whisper White, and the Friendly Words Wheel in Perfect Plum for the So Saffron strip.  I cut out the flowers in the Vintage Vogue set and finished them off with a so saffron brad in the middle.

So great to be getting my stamps inky again!  Thank you Lisa for the inspiration to get me stampin'! Hopefully I will be back with more soon!

Here are some other entries to this challenge! Check them out by clicking on the the pictures.

Happy Stampin!

Monday, July 5

Happy 4th! and a just buzzin by trifold card

I hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day, I know I did!  We had a great day with family eating yummy brats, doing lots of sparklers, and watching some great fireworks!  Independence day is one of my favorite holidays as we are quite patriotic and love our great country!  Sadly my husband missed out again this year celebrating with a little off time in the Middle East but hopefully he'll be home with us to enjoy the festivities next year!  

and is a card that screams summer to me!  I love the new Daffodil Delight color and Pear Pizazz in color!  These paired with Baja Breeze and Real Red just scream happy summer!  Trifold cards are so much fun and I knew right away that I wanted to use the Just buzzin' by stamp set with the zigzag paper in the new Greenhouse Gala designer series paper pack.  So here is what I came up with....
Its hard to tell but I used the Very Vintage embossing folder on the Pear Pizazz cardstock with the colorful bees punched out using the 1" circle punch.  I cut out the honey pots and layered the flowers from the Boho Blossoms punch and finished them off with a real red brad.

STAMPS:  Just Buzzin' By
ACCESSORIES:   Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, scallop trim corner and border punches, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, word window punch, real red brads, Boho Blossoms Punch, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder
CARDSTOCK:  Greenhouse Gala DSP, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Pear Pizazz, Pumpkin Pie

Happy Stampin'!

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Wednesday, June 30

Give those old cards another look!

So my sister in law came over the other day and wanted to make a card for her brother...she came to the right place!! After lots of looking at ideas she decided she liked an old card I had made (pictured on the right)  She picked out some colors she liked and went from there!  I love the way it turned out and just had to share it!  Such a simple color change and such a huge difference!  Hers is a great masculine birthday card good for any age, I really like the colors she choose.   What do you think? 
STAMP SET:  Lots of Bots
ACCESSORIES:  Not Quite Navy Buttons, Kraft 3/8" taffeta ribbon, scallop punch, word window punch, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, ticket corner punch
CARDSTOCK:  Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, More Mustard, Urban Garden DSP(retired)

Happy Stampin'!
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Tuesday, June 29

Goodbye Nouveau Chic

Only 2 more days to get those last chance items on your list!  Head to my Stampin' Up Website to get those orders in!    Here is a card I made using the retiring Nouveau Chic Designer Paper and retiring color Sage Shadow.  

STAMP SET:  Three little words
ACCESSORIES:  Basic Black Brads, Black Embossing Powder and Heat tool
CARDSTOCK:  Nouveau Chic DSP, Sage Shadow, Basic Black

Happy Stampin'!

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Monday, June 21

Cottage Butterflies

I cased the layout of this card from the new catalog that will soon be available!  I love, love, love it! Its full of wonderful new colors, stamps and many new accessories!!  Let me know if you'd like to reserve a copy as I'm sure they'll go fast!  For this card I used my absolute favorite Designer Paper from our current catalog (Cottage Wall) as well as my favorite little butterflies!
STAMPS:  Picture This
ACCESSORIES:  Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Vintage Brads, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Scallop Border Punch
CARDSTOCK:  Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall DSP
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Sunday, June 20

I'm back, I'm back!!!!

Wow, I can't believe I've been on a 4 month hiatus!  I hope some of you are still checking in because I have a lot of great new creations to share.  I've done a craft room makeover and am ready to go!  Funny how a little organization can make me go from never entering the room to wanting to spend every spare second there!  I'll share pictures of my craft room soon. 

I made this card recently for a retired swap with the Late Night Stampers group.  I used soon to be retiring stamps and cardstock.   
STAMPS:  A Beautiful Life
ACCESSORIES:  Fresh Favorites II buttons,  Scallop Trim Border punch
CARDSTOCK:  Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Elegant Eggplant, Confetti White

I think this card turned out cute.  I have a hard time with the Kaleidoscope paper but really wanted to use it and this is what I came up with.  I love this caterpillar!  
STAMP SET:  Love Bug
ACCESSORIES:  Whisper White ribbon & my markers
CARDSTOCK:  Kaleidoscope DSP, Apricot Appeal, Pixie Pink, Whisper White

Stay tuned, I promise to have more tomorrow!
Happy Stampin'!

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Wednesday, February 3

Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge

This is the Saturday Sketch from Stamping 411.  I love challenges because they always have me doing something new and trying many cool different techniques.  If this looks like fun click the link and participate.

This is my take on the sketch.  Simple and cute, perfect for a new baby or a little one's birthday.  

STAMPS:  Fox & Friends, Whimsy Stampin' around Wheel
ACCESSORIES:  Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Punch, Perfect Polka Dot Impressions Die
CARD STOCK:  Kraft, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper Pad
Thanks for stopping by,
Happy Stampin'!


Sunday, January 31

Vintage Challenge

I made this card for the late night stampers vintage challenge. We were to make a card looking vintage using all current Stampin' Up product.  I love the vellum inside the scallop frame and the way the flowers turned out from the Birds & Bloom sizzlits dies.  I also sponged a little champaign mist shimmer paint onto the vellum to give a little dazzle along with the half pearls from the Pretties kit.  
STAMPS:  Vintage Labels, Embrace Life, Well Scripted
ACCESSORIES:  Birds & Bloom Sizzlits Dies, Champaign Mist Shimmer Paint,  Pretties Kit, Oval Scallop Frame Die
CARD-STOCK:  Mellow Moss, Ruby Red, Vellum Paper

Monday, January 25

New Blog Design

Hi everyone, I've been working hard today updating my blog design using Stampin' Up's new My Digital Studio!  I'm excited to be using some of my favorite stamps and papers digitally and to use them on my blog!  I'm still working out the kinks but you can see how it is going!  What do you think?

Of course I can't post without sharing a card so here is one that I made the other day using my new Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die!

Stamps:  Whimsical Words
Accessories:  Embosslits Beautiful Wings, Linen Thread
Card Stock:  Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzleberry, Mellow Moss, Orchid Opulence

      Thanks for stopping by today!
         Happy Stampin',

Saturday, January 23

Weekend Sketch Challenge

Happy Saturday everyone!  I've got my babies down for a nap and wanted to share some cards I did this early morning for Gretchen's Inspiration in Action Sketch Challenge.  I love the sketch she came up with and just had to do more then one!

Stamps: Cheers to you, Picture this, Cheers stampin' wheel
Accesories:  Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Basic Black brads, word window punch, modern label punch, spritzer tool
Card stock:  Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade

Stamp Set:  Picnic Parade
Accessories:  Melon Mambo 1/2" polka dot grosgrain ribbon, Pattern 2 Texture Plate
Card Stock:  Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Welcome Neighbor DSP, Whisper White

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, January 20

Kaleidoscope Valentine

Yup... another Valentine!  This is a happy Valentine using the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper.  I used the kraft corduroy buttons and dyed them Rich Razzleberry easily by sponging the ink right onto them.  I love that I can pretty much make them whatever color I want!

Stamps:  A Happy Heart
Accessories:  Kraft Corduroy Buttons, Only Orange 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, corner rounder punch, Table setting Die
Card Stock:  Kaleidoscope DSP, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Pixie Pink

Monday, January 18

Non-traditional Valentine

I decided to go outside the usual Valentine color scheme for this one using So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant and Basic Black.  

Stamp Set:  Holiday Best, You & Moi, I {heart} hearts
Accessories:  Basic Black Brad, Eyelet Border punch, small oval punch, Matchbox Die, Black Embossing Powder
Card-stock:  Groom Specialty Paper, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black

Saturday, January 16

Dazzling Valentine!

Valentine's Day is around the corner, have you started thinking about how you are going to show that special someone that you love them?  A handmade card is the perfect thing!  This year I am sending everyone I love a Valentine's card!

For this card I put dazzling diamonds on the scalloped hearts to make them glitter like the paper does, it looks so pretty in real life.
Stamps: Well Scripted, I {Heart} Hearts
Accessories:  Embosslits Scalloped Heart of Hearts, Full Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Real Red Corduroy Buttons, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds
Card-stock:  Sending Love Designer Paper, Whisper White, Real Red, Pretty in Pink

Monday, January 11

bot love note

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and wish you an even better new year!  I'm sorry I've been MIA for the past few months, my family moved to Florida recently and we have been getting settled and enjoying the holidays and sunshine!  I'm back at it so keep checking back for new ideas and inspiration!
Here is a super easy little notecard I made to put in my sons lunchbox for school.  I love the little robots in this set and I think he'll enjoy getting a special note at lunch!

STAMP SET:  Lots of Bots,
CARDSTOCK:  To the Nines Designer Series Paper, Sahara Sand
ACCESSORIES:  Ticket corner punch, Old Olive Classic Ink, Earth Elements Brads

Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, September 29

Wandering Words Christmas

STAMP SET:  Wandering Words
CARDSTOCK:  Real Red, Very Vanilla and the retired DSP Ski Slope
ACCESSORIES:  1/4" Real Red grosgrain ribbon, silver embossing powder

STAMP SET:  Wandering Words
CARDSTOCK:  Ruby Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES:  Distressing tool, Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button, hemp twine, Christmas ribbon, Oval Punch

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, September 24

Its that time of year....

I love Christmas and making christmas cards! I imagine you'll be seeing lots of christmas from me over the next couple weeks! Here are 2 cards I made using the Home for Christmas stamp set.
I love the snow made with the gel pen on this card and I decided to not color too much, but looking at it now I think I'm going to go back in and finish coloring!
STAMPS: Home for Christmas
CARDSTOCK: Old Olive, Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Real Red and Ski Slope DSP(Retired)
ACCESSORIES: 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Top Note Die, White gel pen, stampin' dimensionals
This card is a case from the Current Idea Book & Catalog, I loved it so much it had to be reproduced!
STAMPS: Home for Christmas
CARDSTOCK: Night of Navy, Garden Green, Close to Cocoa, Watercolor Paper
ACCESSORIES: Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, White embossing powder, silver brads

Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, September 22

Big Shot Birthday!

Here's a big shot birthday card for you! Isn't it cute! I love my big shot and all of the things you can do!
I used the scallop square for the card base, make sure you put the folded end just a bit below the scallops and you have a perfect card base. After that I ran the card through the big shot using the dots backgrounds 1 texture plate. I made the cupcake using the big bold cupcakes sizzlits dies.

Happy Stampin'

Sunday, September 20

I'm back!

I'm finally back, sorry its been so long! I've been home enjoying having my hubby home! He left to go back to work overseas about a week ago and so I'm getting back into doing my favorite past time... stamping. I attended Stampin' Up's Cincinnati Regional Seminar for Demonstrators last weekend and I had soo much fun I've spent every spare moment since stamping, not that I have that many 'spare moments' but the ones I've had they have been spent stamping! I came back from regionals totally inspired! Good thing too, with Christmas coming up I'm going to need a lot of something to stamp out 100 Christmas cards!!

Here are a few cards I've done over the past few weeks,

This card uses the Petal Pizazz stamp set and the retired In Colors.
This card features the NEW In Colors and uses Bugs and Kisses and Eastern Blooms Stamp sets. This paper is from the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP.
Last but not least a very simple Monochromatic card using the new Medallion stamp and the Rose Red flowers from the Flower Fusion Accents & Elements Tin.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, July 31

B is for birthday

Just a quick post today as my kids are very impatiently waiting to go out and play. This is a card I made for my cousin's birthday this past weekend. Using Classic Stars Jumbo wheel and the Party Hearty stamp set this card was super simple and I got to use my new Jumbo Grommets and Star brads.
If you haven't tried out the new grommets from SU these are awesome and really easy, just poke it through and push the sides over kinda like you do with a brad. My smaller star brad fit perfectly in the middle, I can't wait to use it on some more projects and cards!

I'm off to go enjoy the sunshine! Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, July 26

Nouveau Chic

Hello again! This is a card I just made last week. I used the New Nouveau Chic Designer Series Paper for the first time and this is what I came up with!
The colors used on this card are Sage Shadow, Basic Black, Basic Grey and Whisper White. I used my Stamp a ma jig for the daisy's to get the shadowed look. I tied a piece of the Sage Shadow 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and taped the ends behind it, layering it on top of a Basic Grey Corduroy button with a glue dot.

Wednesday, July 22

I got a big shot!!

Man the days just fly by in the summer! I can't seem to keep up, I'm having too much fun in the sun! Since I've abandoned you all a little to long, I'll make it up with a few cards today! This first one is from a challenge I did where you can only use one embellishment and NO layers!! Kinda scary huh! Once I got started it wasn't so bad!
I used the neighborhood wheel and the welcome comes from the Warm Words stamp set. I used the wheel on a piece of scrap Whisper White and colored the house with Stampin' Pastels and cut it out. I used stampin' dimensionals to adhere to the card.
I just recently got the big shot!!! It is so much cooler then I ever could have imagined! I absolutely love it!! This is the first card I made using the big shot and the Elegant Bouquet textured embossing plate. I used a little crystal effects and dazzling diamonds for the flower centers and my white gel pen to make some of the lines pop a little more! I also used a flower from my pretties kit along with a half pearl for the center!
The tutorial to do this card comes from Patty Bennett. Click on her name to see how to make this beautiful card! This Manhattan Impressions Die is just gorgeous and makes last minute cards a breeze!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stampin'!

Monday, July 13

Friendly Words Swap

Here are the cards from the swap using the Friendly Words jumbo wheel as promised! I absolutely love this wheel, its probably my favorite wheel right now!

My swap card, using Kraft, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla and Bordering Blue.

This card was stamped by Barbara Dykhouse using Kraft, Night of Navy, Naturals White and Bella Bleu DSP.

This card was stamped by Julie Ramos and uses Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Whisper White and Razzleberry Lemonade DSP

This card was stamped by Hilary Reynolds using Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla and Bella Bleu DSP.

This card was stamped by Barbara Jean Smith using Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White and Flamingo DSP.

This card was stamped by Nancy Horn using Mellow Moss, Close to Cocoa, Night of Navy, Kraft and Very Vanilla.

This card was stamped by Lorraine Toll using Basic Grey, Whisper White, Almost Amethyst and Tea Party DSP.

Aren't these cards gorgeous!! So many different styles all from the same ol' wheel! It was so much fun being a part of these swaps, I can't wait until the next one! If you are interested in some amazing swaps check out Jeanna Bohanon's Website ~Stamp Time Somewhere~

Happy Stampin'