Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Daisy Kindness

I saw a version of this card and loved it.  It reminds me of daisies, which makes me think of my mom.  I had just had to CASE it, and it is one of my new favorites. Notice the embossed white strip on the bottom?  It was made with the new Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, which is available to customers tomorrow!

Stamps:  Blooming with Kindness
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Gumball Green, Garden Green, Whisper White, Polka Dot Parade DSP
Other:  Polka Dot and Lacy Brocade Embossing Folders, Brights Button and Brad, Glue Dots, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Large Scallop Edgelits, 3/4 inch circle, 1 inch circle, 1 1/4 inch scallop, Blossoms Petals Builder punches

Inspired by SU! demonstrator Sharon Burkert. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Perfectly Preserved

I adore this stamp set!  And when I saw a similar card to this on Pinterest, I knew I had to recreate it.  You will notice several sneak peeks of products coming out in the Holiday Mini--the Perfectly Preserved stamp set, the Cannery Set Framelits, and the Woodgrain embossing folder.  Ordering for customers starts August 1st!

Stamps:  Perfectly Preserved
Ink:  Craft White, Early Expresso, Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Early Expresso, Whisper White, Be of Good Cheer DSP
Other:  White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, dimensionals, Early Expresso Baker's Twine, Jewels, Cannery Set and Bitty Banners Framelits, 1 inch square punch, Woodgrain Embossing Folder

A huge thanks to Ladybug Designs for the sharing her creation and inspiring me to make this card!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tea for Two

Did you know you could use framelits to make a card base?  Simply fold your card in half, then run it through the Big Shot, being sure to leave the top out of the framelit so it stays connected and hinged. 

Stamps:  Tea Shoppe
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron, Gumball Green, Whisper White
Other:  Labels Framelits, Decorative Label Punch, dimensionals, Pearls

Thank you, SU! demonstrator Debbie Henderson for inspiring this card!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Emboss Resist Birthday Flowers

Emboss resist is one of my favorite stamping techniques.  First stamp your image in Versamark ink, then heat emboss with white embossing powder.  Next, use sponge daubers to color over your image.  The embossed area will resist the ink while the paper behind the image will be colored. 

Stamps:  Betsy's Blossoms Beautiful Birthday
Paper:  Whisper White
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Versamark
Other:  White embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, sponge daubers

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Four Seasons Summer

I decided to participate in a sketch challenge for the first time.  Here is the link to the Friday Mashup and the sketch this card is based on.  The Mashup gives three challenges, one-follow the sketch, two-make a project with a Lazy Summer Day theme, or three-mash it together to create a summer card following the sketch. 

On this card, I first stamped the summer bird stamp from the Hostess Four Seasons stamp set with Versamark ink.  I then embossed the image with Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi and Tangerine Tango embossing powders by carefully sprinkling different sections.  I punched out the entire image with the large scallop punch, then punched just the bird with a circle punch.  I also layered it onto a piece of Tangerine Tango that was also scallop punched. 

I layered a polka dot embossed piece of Wild Wasabi with dotted Melon Mambo ribbon (retired) onto the Melon Mambo card base.  The sentiment was stamped from the stamp set Friendly Phrases, punched with the Decorative Label punch, and sponged with Tangerine Tango ink.  Then I used the 2 1/2 inch circle punch to create the window for the summer bird. When the recipient opens the card, the summer bird is still on the inside of the card. 

Stamps:  Four Seasons, Friendly Phrases
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Ink:  Versamark, Tangerine Tango
Other:  Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango and Wild Wasabi embossing powders; heat tool; 3/4 inch, 1 inch and 2 1/2 inch circle punches; Decorative Label Punch; 2 3/8 inch scallop punch, sponge dauber, dotted Melon Mambo ribbon (retired)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Above and Beyond thank you

The inside of this card is stamped with "...that's where you always seem to go!  thanks so much."  I used embossing powder on the leaves to speed the drying process and to add a bit of shine.  

Stamps:  One in a Million, Bright Blossoms
Paper:  2012-2014 in Colors
Ink:  Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple
Other:  Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Clear Embossing Powder and Heat Tool, 2-Way Glue, Cupcake Punch, 3/8 inch circle punch, flower punch from Itty Bitty Punch Pack

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Flowers and Butterflies

This card could easily be customized with different colors and different sentiments.  In fact, check back this week to see another card with this similar layout using the 2012-2014 In Colors. 

Stamps:  Bright Blossoms, Friendly Phrases
Paper:  Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink:  Wild Wasabi
Other:  Boho Blossoms, 3/4 inch and 3/8 inch circle punches, Paper Piercing Pack Essentials, Paper Piercer, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Thank you to Georgeann Manning for the inspiration for this card! 


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Quilt Card

Here is another card made at our recent team meeting.  This would be a great way to use up scraps of Designer Series Paper.  And while I love the bright, summer colors, you could easily adapt this for spring, fall or Christmas cards. 

Thanks to team member Jill Broadwater for helping us make this card!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Christmas No Peeking

I love our Stampin' Up! team meetings.  No matter how much I know about stamping, there is so much more to learn and at our team meetings we are always trying out new techniques and products.  For this particular card, we used the Color Spritzer tool with the Stampin' Write markers.  It is a fun and easy technique; looks like the Color Spritzer will be on my next order! 

If you want to join this awesome team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators for just $99, click here to join today, or contact me with questions. 

Thanks to team member Jennifer Greenman for helping us make this card!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Up, Up and Away

Stamps:  Up, Up and Away, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Coral Calypso, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo
Paper:  Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White, DSP Specialty Sweet Shop (retired)
Other:  Itty Bitty Framelits, Baker's Twine, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Thanks to Stampin' Up! demonstrator Joan Jeffery for the inspiration for this card. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Birthday Cupcake

 The inside of this card is stamped with "It's not about how many candles you blow out but how many cupcakes you get!  Happy Birthday!"

Stamp set:  Create a cupcake
Ink:  Riding Hood Red
Paper:  Pretty in Pink, Twitterpated DSP, Whisper White
Other:  Elegant Lines embossing folder, Dazzling Details, Build a Cupcake, 1 3/4 inch circle and 2 3/8 inch scallop circle punches, Riding Hood Red Pleated Satin ribbon (retired)

Inspired by Narrowroad Stamping card

Friday, July 13, 2012

Reflected Seagull using Bird Punch

When I first saw this card by Stampin' with Blythe, I knew I wanted to try to turn the bird into a seagull.  On my first attempt, I used the bird directly from the punch without altering it.  I decided the seagull needed a bit more of a narrower neck and beak, so I trimmed a bit to give it the look I wanted.  Which do you prefer?

Instructions on making reflection bird card:

*Start with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut to 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.

*Sponge the edges with Sahara Sand to give it a sandy look.

*Use a piece of blue 3 by 4.   (I used a Baja Blue DSP piece from the Subtles DSP Collection).  Tear the top edge and distress.  I sponged the top with more Sahara Sand and the edges with Baja Breeze ink to resemble water.

*Adhere the blue piece to the card. 

*Punch a bird from Whisper White and a wing from Basic Grey.  Save the piece of Whisper White with the bird outline for a template for the reflection. 

*Color the beak with So Saffron. 

*Add a dot for the eye with a Basic Black Marker.  I then very carefully and lightly traced around the black dot with a Sahara Sand maker to make the eye look more realistic. 

*Sponge the edges of the bird and wing with Basic Grey.  I did not go over the head of the seagull since I wanted it to be left completely white like the seagull I was trying to create (a Great Black-Backed Gull.  You could certainly make his head black to make him look like a Laughing Gull.  I did a little research!  :)

*Next, position the seagull where desired on the card front.  Draw two legs using a Basic Grey Marker.  Adhere the seagull slightly over top of the drawn legs. 

*Using a blender pen, draw two lines with Basic Grey ink for the reflection.

*Using the Whisper White piece that you punched the bird from as a template for the reflection.  Layer it over the reflected legs.  Sponge lightly with Basic Grey to create the reflection in the water.  **Note: When I trimmed the seagull's neck down, I traced the slimmer bird and cut it out so the reflection would match the bird.  If you don't mind a fat neck and you skip the trimming part, you can use the punched template. 

*Stamp with sentiment.  I used "Remember When" from the Word Play stamp set.  Perfect for the summers I remember spending at the Jersey Shore! 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Punched Thank You

This card was so fun to create!  First, I used the Adorning Accents Edgelits to emboss the bottom of the card.  To emboss with edgelits or framelits, open the Big Shot platform to Tab 1.  Place a cutting plate, a silicone rubber pad, and your card stock on top.  Position the edgelit where desired, with the cutting blade up.  Add a scrap piece of card stock on top to keep the edgelit from sticking into the top cutting plate, then add the top cutting plate.  Please note that this is the way my Big Shot works; each Big Shot may be slightly different in tightness.  You should be able to very easily roll this sandwich through the Big Shot. 

The next step in this card is to use the new Paper Piercing Pack.  I simply chose the design that matched the edgelit, lined it up with my embossed image, and punched away.  I stamped the image from Flowering Flourishes and the sentiment from the Lacy and Lovely stamp sets using the new in color Raspberry Ripple.  I chose the oval shape and punched around the "thank you" from the Paper Piercing Pack.    Finally, I used the Modern Label Punch to punch out the words, then again to layer with Raspberry Ripple cardstock.

Thanks to Dawn's Stamping Thoughts for inspiring this card!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Birthday Ice Cream

A special card for a special person's birthday!  Happy birthday, Alice!

For this card, I used the Petite Pennants, Cupcake Builder, Word Window, Large Oval, and Scalloped Oval punches.  I used the Perfect Polka Dots and Final Press (retired) embossing folders.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Floral District set and the cherry was punched with Red Glimmer paper.  
Inside, the sentiment is from the Sweets for the Sweet stamp set and the Apothecary Accents Framelits were used to cut it out.  I love the inside pop up, which is actually very easy to create!

Questions?  Just ask!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Embossed Vellum Mixed Bunch

 For this card, I stamped the Mixed Bunch flower on vellum and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I layered it onto a punched So Saffron flower and topped with a new Vintage Faceted Designer Button.  I stamped the Happy Birthday from the stamp set Itty Bitty Banners, and used the coordinating Bitty Banners Framelits to cut it out with the Big Shot. 

Stamps:  Itty Bitty Banners, Mixed Bunch
Ink:  Gumball Green, Versamark
Paper:  vellum, Whisper White, Gumball Green, So Saffron, Brights Collection DSP Stacks
Other:  Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Vintage Faceted Designer Button, Blossom Punch, Bitty Banner Framelits, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Crystal Effects

Thank you to White House Stamping for the inspiration for this card!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Happy Day to YOU!

A cheery card to brighten anyone's day! 

Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri, Friendly Phrases
Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango marker
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Polka Dot Parade DSP
Other:  Fancy Fan embossing folder, Labels Framelits, White Baker's Twine, Large Scallop Edgelits, Dimensional

This card is a cross between catalog inspiration and a card by Jill Hillard. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Reason to Smile

Now thru July 31st you have another reason to smile!  The Reason to Smile stamp set can be yours for only $5 when you place a $50 order during the month of July.  You can contact me to place your order, or to take advantage of this promotion thru an online order, fill your cart with $50 of merchandise, then be sure to enter code
131274 for wood mount
131275 for clear mount.