Monday, September 27, 2010

Retired Stamp-a-Stack card

Here's another card from my retiring stamp-a-stack card class. This is a very simple card to make -- just a 1/2 inch wide strip of designer series paper along with a stamp punched out with a circle and layered onto another circle. I rounded the two outer corners with my corner rounder to make the edges a little softer. Colors are Certainly Celery and So Saffron, which are two of my favorite.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Wedding Bells Invite

Here's a card that I designed for my friend to use as a bridal shower invite. Mine doesn't have the "you're invited" stamp on it because I wanted to be able to use it for a congrats or for the bride card instead (and I figured I'd just stamp it when I need to use it). The colors matched the Save the Date from the wedding. We were glad that Stampin' Up! came out with the new Pear Pizazz (one of this year's In Colors) because it matched the wedding colors perfectly. The blue is Brocade Blue (now retired). We textured the background with a textured impressions embossing folder for the big shot and punched the wedding bells stamp (from the retired Sketch and Event stamp set) with a couple of circle punches and layered it onto the scallop punch. The white highlights on the stamp were made with the white Signo Gel Pen. The greeting spot is punched with the modern label punch.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Big Shot Thanks

Here is another card from my Spring Card Buffet. It uses the Top Note die for the Big Shot, along with the Cherry Blossom Embosslits Die (I love this one because it cuts and embosses at the same time). I used the 5 petal flower punch to make the leaves (just cut 2 of the petals off) and put a brad in the center of the flower. The "Thank You" is from the With All My Heart stamp set which debuted in the Occasions Mini Catalog, but is now in the current Idea Book and Catalog as well. I love this set! Check out some of the other cards I've made with it (and posted back in January and February).

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Whimsy Wheel & Flowers

This card uses the Whimsy Wheel and the Think Happy Thoughts stamp set (which is now retired). Yep, it's another from my retiring stamp-a-stack class. Colors are certainly celery and rich razzleberry. The greeting is from the current Heard from the Heart stamp set.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pale Plum Garden Whimsy

Here is another card from the retiring Stamp-a-stack that I held in June. The set is Garden Whimsy (greeting is from Sincere Salutations). Colors are all retired too--pale plum, mellow moss, and barely banana. I debated whether I should even post this since the products are retired, but the layout can be modified to fit about any set and color scheme.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Floral Butterfly

Here is another card from my Spring Card Buffet. It uses the Flight of the Butterfly set and the coordinating punch. Colors are Regal Rose and Almost Amethyst (now retired). The designer series paper is also retired, but you can really make this card with any piece of patterned paper. The ribbon is white taffeta. Another quick and easy card!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Jumbo Stars

Here is another card from the Card Buffet I held in the Spring. This is a quick and easy card featuring the Classic Stars jumbo wheel. The "celebrate" is from the Celebrate Everything stamp set, which is now retired, but you could easily substitute another greeting in place of it. I used Real Red ink and card stock and white craft ink.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Circle Four Square

I love the Circle Circus stamp set. It is so versatile and can be used for almost any occasion depending on what color scheme you use. It's also one of those stamp sets that can be used on more manly cards (as opposed to my many flower sets). This card uses a few retired colors of card stock and ribbon, but I wanted to share it anyway for the layout idea (since you can easily adapt it with other colors). I used the 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" square punch.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

One of a Kind

Here is one of the cards that we made at my Retiring Stamp-a-Stack class back in June. The set is One of a Kind which is now retired, but I still wanted to share the idea because it could be used with almost any flower set. We stamped the flower image and then cut it out, added a strip of Old Olive card stock and tied a bit of ribbon around it for the leaves. The white is textured with (you guessed it) a textured impressions embossing folder for the Big Shot. Colors are Old Olive, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, and Chocolate Chip.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Birthday Bliss

Here's a fun birthday card that I made. The background was done with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for my Big Shot. The fun thing about this folder is that once textured, the card stock has a different look on each side. I'll have to make a card with the other side showing so you can see what I mean. Anyway, I love the rich texture that it gives. I used the Birthday Bliss stamp set for the image on this card. I stamped twice, once in Marina Mist and once in Certainly Celery, then cut the rectangle from the celery image and glued it on top of the other. I added a couple of flowers from the Boho Blossoms punch and a couple of brads along with a strip of So Saffron and that's it. Pretty quick and easy!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Red & Turquoise Pizzaz

Here is a card that I had available at a card buffet back in the Spring (yes, I'm slow getting it posted to my blog). I used the Petal Pizazz stamp set for the flowers and the colors are Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, and Bermuda Bay (which is retired now). This is a quick and easy layout for stamping.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Next Stamp Class is September 30th

I've planned my next stamp class for September 30th. Let me know if you'd like to attend. We'll be making a dozen cards for Fall. There are so many fun new stamps and accessories that I'd like to show you, so come try them out! Bring a friend who hasn't come before and you'll both receive a FREE gift. The first 5 to RSVP will also receive a little something from me.

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Thursday, September 30th

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I hope to see you there!

Invitation Pocket for Bridal Shower Invite

This is a fun invitation pocket that is easy to make. I made 100 shower invitations for a friend and this is what I did. The pocket measures 4 inches high by 12 inches wide, so you can get 3 pockets out of a sheet of designer series paper. If you cut the paper correctly, you can actually get 4 invites out of a sheet (you have to cut it in an X if that makes sense--so that you have 4 triangles each with a 12 inch base, then cut 2 inches off the top of the triangle).

I used the 5 petal flower punch and the 1/2" circle punch to make the flower accent, which was punched from scraps leftover from the pocket. I secured the bottom of the pocket with SNAIL adhesive. Pretty easy.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Awash With Flowers--part 4

Here's another card featuring the Awash With Flowers stamp set. I think it still needs a greeting stamped on the red card stock, but I left it blank so I can stamp a specific greeting when I need to use the card. I love the Top Note die for my Big Shot machine, it makes easy cards and I like this layout. Colors used in this card are Basic Black, Rose Red, So Saffron, and Certainly Celery.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Simple Trendy Trees

This is a simple card that I offered at a card buffet class back in April (sorry I'm so slow to post). We used the Trendy Trees set along with the coordinating wheel. Colors are Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip. The white circle was made with the 1-3/8" circle punch.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

New product swap card

The new catalog officially debuted in July. As a demonstrator, I was able to take advantage of a special pre-order for some of the new products in June. Each month, I get together with other demonstrators to share ideas and to swap, and our June swap was supposed to use some of the new products that we could pre-order. This is my swap card. It features the new Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist markers, card stock, and ribbon. The large scallop punch is also one of the new products.

I textured the paper with my big shot (love those textured impressions folders) and I used the word window punch for the greeting. The cake image and greeting are from the Fun and Fast Notes set (a great all-occasion set).

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Awash With Flowers--part 3

Here is another use for the Awash With Flowers stamp set. I love how there are so many different flowers in this set, which makes creating several different cards easy (without feeling like they all look the same). I used Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, and Early Espresso on this card. It may be hard to see, but I stamped some color on color flower images on the celery card stock to add a little dimension to it. The greeting is from Sincere Salutations (a great set for many occasions).

Friday, September 10, 2010

Birthday Bliss and Builder Wheel

I'm always looking for new ideas for Birthday cards and I've been wanting to use the Birthday Bliss stamp set for a long time (but just haven't gotten around to it). Well, thanks to one of my friends, we got this stamp set out and spent some time creating some cards with it. Am I the only one who occasionally sits down for over an hour and struggles to come up with one decent card? Luckily after many tries, I came up with a winner.

The colors in this card are Certainly Celery and So Saffron--two of my favorites! I used the scallop-edge punch along the wheeled image. The birthday candle wheel is one of the new builder wheels called Candle Crazy (you can put up to 3 builder wheels on the jumbo handle and wheel them all at once) but for this card I just used one of the wheels. I love how the stamped candle image from the Birthday Bliss stamp set fits perfectly with the tag punches.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Awash With Flowers--part 2

Here is another card made with the Awash With Flowers Stamp set (with a little help from Sincere Salutations). I used the new Marina Mist (blue) ink and card stock paired with Certainly Celery. The outline of the stamp is done with the new Early Espresso, which is a great new deep brown. The ribbon is white taffeta. I used the scallop edge punch along the white card stock and I textured the Marina Mist card stock with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder for my big shot (the textured impressions folders are my absolute favorite tools for the Big Shot).

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Awash With Flowers--part 1

I LOVE the new Awash With Flowers stamp set that is in the Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. I've always liked the 2 Step Stampin' sets, but this one is especially fun. I like how the insides don't match exactly with the outsides, so you don't have to be exact because it doesn't make a difference. I've used the new Daffodil Delight (yellow) ink, card stock, and ribbon, along with good old Basic Black for this card. The greeting is from Sincere Salutations. Stay tuned for more samples with this great stamp set!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Holiday Mini catalog is here

The Holiday Mini Catalog is here. Check out all of the fun new stamps and accessories for Halloween, Fall, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! Items in the mini are available now through January 3rd. You can view it by clicking on the image on the right side of my blog or by clicking the link here: