Saturday, January 26, 2013

Vintage in Pink

Going for a vintage feel with this card, and I did lots of sewing on it to. I really like to sew on my cards, it adds such a lovely texture and feel to them.

Does anybody else have a hard time mixing prints? I never am quite confident with it, but I am working on it. Don't you love how the Ferris Wheel nestles into the design of the DSP?
  • Stamps: Feeling Sentimental, Oh Hello
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Primrose Petals 
  • Paper: Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals Core'dinations, Print Poerty DSP pack
  • Other: Primrose Petals Stitched Satin ribbon, Victoria Crochet Trim, 1¼" Square punch, sewing machine and thread, sanding block
I think I should have gone with a darker ink for the Ferris Wheel, maybe next time.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

"Life... a daring adventure or nothing." I love that quote from Helen Keller. And yes, it does fit with the phone booth because I can't think of it as anything other than the TARDIS from Doctor Who. Time and space travel with the Doctor are always an adventure!

This was my first attempt at a swap and I honestly don't know why I decided not to use it as a swap... maybe I just wanted an excuse to play with this stamp set more :)  Then again, maybe I had done too much paper piercing on all of my other swaps, lol! My recurring tendonitis in my right arm does start to act up when I do too much of the paper piercing, and stamping too! Good thing I have a high pain tolerance and am stubborn because I would hate to give up this hobby!
  • Stamps: Feeling Sentimental, Daring Adventure
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, Old Olive
  • Paper: Old Olive, Pacific Point, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
  • Other: Big Shot with Lacey Brocade Embossing Folder,  Paper Piercer with Essentials Paper Piercing Pack and Mat Pack, Silver mini brad, Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Signo white gel pen

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Calling All Whovians!

SAB has started!! Time to get in on all the free stuff , and what better way to kick it off than with a Time Machine! What, you don't see a time machine here? Really? It's right there! The TARDIS from Doctor Who! I may have mentioned this before, but my family is a bunch of Sci-Fi freaks, and we love Doctor Who, so I had to get this set :)

I tried to give a little impression of the opening credits with the watercolored piece behind the main image. First I did a wash of Wisteria Wonder over the whole piece of watercolor paper with an Aquapainter, then while it was still wet, I dabbed the Aquapainter with Island Indigo reinker all over the paper. After I had all 10 of those done (for the swap) I decided I needed to add a little shimmer to the watercolored piece, so I stamped the TARDIS (phone booth) all over it in Illuminate ink. I had a great time making this card, and my boys already have plans for who to give my copies too, lol!
  • Stamps: Feeling Sentimental (SAB 2013)
  • Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Island Indigo, Illuminate
  • Paper: Naturals White, Wisteria Wonder, Watercolor, Whisper White
  • Other: Big Shot with Lacey Brocade embossing folder, Aquapainters, Island Indigo and Pool Party ¼" Satin ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Madison Avenue: SA SAB Blog Hop!

We are approaching the Christmas of Stampin' Up, Sale-A-Bration! All kinds of goodies to earn with your purchases from January 22 thru March 22, 2013! A bunch of us from Stampin' Addicts are here to show you a pile of great ideas to play with your haul from SAB too :)

If you are starting this hop at the beginning, I am the first stop! And if you started somewhere in the middle, you probably just arrived from Debra's blog where she featured the One Big SAB CD with all of the SAB exclusive material. Didn't she do an awesome job?!  Here is the link to the Blog Hop thread on Stampin Addicts in case you get lost :)

I am featuring the set Madison Avenue, which was not my first choice, but only because I wanted to do a bunch of TARDIS and Doctor Who stuff with a different set and someone beat me too it. I got over that once I started playing with this set. It is so cheery :) (Plus you will be seeing some TARDIS cards later next week)

I must confess, I got the MDS disc with all of the SAB content on it and this is a hybrid card. I printed the Sycamore Street paper and the Madison Ave flower off and cut and punched them out. Worked great!  I did get the actual stamp set also, since it is a little hard to emboss, and a few other fun techniques, with MDS  ;) This was also one of my SA swap cards. I get the best swap cards from these ladies!
  • Stamps: Madison Avenue
  • Ink: Rich Razzleberry
  • Paper:Naturals White, Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP
  • Other: Big Shot with Hexagons ef, Blossom and 1-3/8" Circle punches, Signo white gel pen, Occasions Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer and Mat

 Next I made a 4¼" square card and added a sentiment from the My Friend set. It may be hard to see, but I also did some dry embossing with the new Simply Scored Borders plate on each side of the main panel.

How about a smattering of flowers from corner to corner in some soft colors? I splashed some Bitty Buttons and Pearls on it too :)

Lastly, I tried to go a bit modern with this card. The Pool Party DSP is from the SAB Sycamore Street DSP and the Gumball Green DSP is from the Paper Poetry DSP pack in the Occasions Mini. The flower is also embossed with the Pool Party embossing powder!

That's all I have for you and now it is time to hop on over to Rhonda's  blog where she is using the Vines Embossing Folder. All I can say is wow!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Vintage Sympathy

A while back, I had a former co-worker die. I had no sympathy cards that I wanted to use for his family, so I made a couple different ones for me and my other co-workers to chose from. This is one of them.
I took my inspiration from Heather Nichols card. I changed it up just a little bit with different stamps and flipping the layout.

  • Stamps: Field Flowers, En Francais, God's Blessings (retired), non SU sentiment
  • Ink: River Rock, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
  • Paper: River Rock, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake
  • Other: 1" Square punch, Calypso Coral Ruffled ribbon and Baker's Twine, butotns, dimensionals, Signo white gel pen
 Inside got some love too.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Easter Blessings

Another swap card today! This one features one of the great single stamps available. I know it is a bit early for Easter stuff, but not if you want to plan ahead to send out some lovely greetings to those special people we can't make it to see on Easter.

I also just realized that I used a SAB item on this card. See that luscious ribbon? That's it!
I paired this greeting with another beautiful set, Crosses of Hope. I think the Lacey Brocade embossing folder really helps tie the design of that cross into the rest of the card, don't you?
  • Stamps: Easter Blessings, Crosses of Hope
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Pool Party
  • Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party Core'dinations, Crumb Cake
  • Other: Big Shot with Lacey Brocade embossing folder, Ovals and Apothecary Accents framelits, Paper Piercer and Occasions Paper Piercing Pack with Mat Pack, Sanding Block, Pearls Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals, Signo white gel pen

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cloudy Thoughts...

Are you ready for some rain? Well, maybe just some clouds and fun umbrellas! I used a whole pile of new stuff on this fun card. I have been dying to share it with you all, but it is one of the swaps I did recently and I wanted everyone to have theirs first.

The Core'dinations card stocks are so fun to play with, and you know me, I love to add the distressed look to things. The Cloudy Day embossing folder is a must-have!
 This card is a bit of a nod to the show "How I Met Your Mother" Every time the lead hcaracter hints that he has just made contact with the woman who will be his wife, you see the top view of a yellow umbrella walking down the street. My sons are currently mowing through this series on Netflix :)
  • Stamps: Rain or Shine
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals
  • Paper: Primrose Petals Core'dinations, Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Print Poetry DSP pack
  • Other: Big Shot with Cloudy Day embossing folder and Labels framelits,  Sanding block, Paper Piercer with Festive Paper Piercing Pack and Mat Pack, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Summer Starfruit and Raspberry Ripple stitched satin ribbon, 1" Square punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
And a little rain falls inside the card along with anther polka dot banner from the Print Poetry DSP pack.

I have 3 more swaps to post, so stay tuned!

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Baby Time!

 So, this fall I worked really hard at filling a big box of cards for Operation Write Home, and then after I achieved that goal, I decided I needed to round out the selection of cards in the box I keep at work to sell. I had no baby cards in that box but I had a tab for them, so I got busy on that subject!

Bring on the ark! This is such an easy image to color! I used Whisper White paper and blender pens to color these, and I made 3 different styles.

So very blue on this one. I like to mix up the layered shapes too.

I had to get a little creative with the main image shapes on the yellow cards because I stamped them too close together on the paper before I cut them out. I know, rookie mistake! But I still make them sometimes, and then I either pitch it and start again, or find a way to make it work.
  • Stamps: Two by Two
  • Ink: Summer Starfruit and Cajun Craze or Midnight Muse and Crumb Cake, with various inks for coloring
  • Paper: Crumb Cake and Whisper White with either Summer Starfruit and Naturals white ot Midnight Muse and Bashful Blue
  • Other: Big Shot with Lacey Brocade EF, Apothecary Accents framelits, 2½" Circle punch, paper piercer with Essentials PPP, blender pens, Signo white gel pen, dimensionals, buttons, Baker's Twine

(Oh, and don't go hunting for that background paper, I stamped that with some contraband, and the buttons are not SU either. )

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Hearts a Flutter

This month's tutorial for the Virtual Stamp Club features a set of Love/Valentine projects and uses a few products from the new Occasions mini! The tutorial contains the instructions for a 12x12 scrapbook page, a large box to fill with goodies, and a card that will work for any of your sweethearts :) Check out the Virtual Stamp Club page for more details!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year, and and announcement!

Happy New Year! Time to take a moment and see if I have reached any of my goals and see if I need to set some new ones. Last year I lost some of my crafting momentum with all of the changes and challenges of work and family, so I did not do as much blogging as I intended. This year, I want to hit it again like I did in 2011!

I am also going to start a new program here on my blog. A virtual stamp club! I will put together a set of projects and write a pdf tutorial each month, and everyone that orders a minimum of $35 worth of product will get a copy emailed to them. I will have the first one ready by January 5th, and will have a new one available on the first of each month. These tutorials will only be available to those who order in that month, though.  More on this program later! And I will create a page for these tutorials in a bit :)

I have never made a New Year's card before, and I am not sure why! They are mighty fun, and you can send these to all of those people who you missed on your Christmas card list ;) Mine will be accompanied by family pictures since I was not able to get all of my family together until the holidays.

I did make 2 versions of this card, using a couple of die cuts that were laying on my desk just waiting to be used....
Supplies for both versions:
  • Stamps: New Year's
  • Ink: Illuminate 
  • Paper: Core'dinations Gumball Green, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Silver Glimmer paper
  • Other: Big Shot with Apothecary Accents and Oval framelits, Lacey Brocade and Honeycomb embossing folders, sanding block, Signo white gel pen, paper piercer and Essentials PPP, Little Labels punch pack, Silver mini brads, 1" Square punch, dimensionals, Embossing Buddy, Heat Gun, Gumball Green and Pewter embossing powders. 
 I love the Little Labels tabs on the sides of this oval, they really dress it up! I can't wait to pop these in the mail to a few friends and family!

I will be posting more on the new virtual stamp club in the next day or so! Please leave any suggestions or requests in the comments, which I read as soon as you post. I love getting comments :)

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