Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Stamping411 Challenge SSC183

I loved the Stamping411 sketch for this week. I needed to make a thank you card and the sketch was a great design for me to work from.

When starting I thought I wasn't going to like it, but once again the end result turned out great. That is what counts. I chose my colors from the Stampin' Up! catalog. Sometimes when I can't come up with the colors I would like to use, I will look in the catalog at the samples, find out what colors were used, and then make a card of my own.

Here is a close up of the butterfly. It is made 3D by using dimensionals and glue dots. I twisted 1/4" early espresso grosgrain ribbon around the middle. I should probably say I also used my Big Shot and the Bigz Beautiful Butterflies die. I am very thankful that I bought it.

All products used are Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: baja breeze, crumb cake, soft suede, and elegant soiree dsp
Ink: baja breeze, early espresso, and soft suede
Stamp set: because I care (sentiment)
Tools: big shot, beautiful butterflies bigz die, elegant lines embossing folder, perfect details texturz plate, stamping sponge, and scallop trim border punch
Accessories: 1/4" early espresso grosgrain ribbon and basic pearl jewel

Well, I hope you like it. I really do. If you have a minute leave me a comment!

Now go-n-stamp!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Tags (2)

Christmas, yes, Christmas will be here and gone before you know it. I pray that you and your families are all doing well and have a wonderful Christmas celebrating what the Lord did for us by sending His son, Jesus. Now that is the most wonderful gift anyone has ever given to us.

Have you been making cards, tags, and gifts? I sure do hope so. I try to work on things when I have some extra time to do it. I wanted to share with you 2 more Christmas tags I made. These are really fast and fun to make. Like I have shared with you before, my daughter's boyfriend is a hunter. I had to make a special gift tag for him with a deer on it. Do you suppose it would make him not want to kill a deer ever again? I doubt it. How could you shoot something so innocent, though? I guess, you have to love the sport.

These are the Stampin' Up! supplies I used to create these cute little gift tags.

Cardstock: marina mist, shimmery white, night of navy, and whisper white
Stamp sets: forest friends and snow swirled
Ink: night of navy and platinum shimmer paint
Tools: big shot, two tags bigz die, sponge dauber, boho blossoms punch, and snowflake XL punch
Accessories: clear and silver tinsel trim, filigree designer brad, and dazzling diamonds glitter

When visiting my blog, please take the time to leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Gift Tags for Christmas

Christmas will be here very soon! Have you been working on cards, tags, and little gifts? I hope you have found time to do it. Homemade items are so fun to make and give away. I am really going to try to get some other projects done and posted in the next few days/week.

Here are some gift tags I made using the Big Shot (113439) and the two tags bigz die (115954). They are quick and fun to make. I used quite a few punches to decorate them. You can tell me what you think by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post. I love comments!

I wanted to show you a close-up of one of the tags. This shows you the dimension and detail better.

These are some of the Stampin' Up! items I used to create these tags.

Cardstock: garden green, real red, night of navy, baja breeze, blushing bride, shimmery white, and Candy Land DSP
Classic Ink: real red and night of navy
Tools: big shot, two tags bigz die, elegant lines, petals-a-plenty, and northern flurry embossing folders, white gel pen, platinum shimmer paint, 5 petal flower XL, snowflake XL, ornament XL, eyelet border punch, dotted scallop ribbon border, and the two step bird XL punches, stampin' sponge, and corner rounder
Accessories: clear and silver tinsel trim, silver elastic cord (retired), and silver brads

Have fun creating home made papercrafts!

Now go-n-stamp!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Autumn Spice Favors

Sorry for being late in posting these Autumn Spice Favors. I had them done last week, but because of having family staying here I spent time with them as much as possible.

I made these up for fellow coworkers at my job. I figure the only way to try and sell Stampin' Up! is to promote it by making things. These were very fast to create. I may try to do something similar closer to Christmas.

To make these up I used Autumn Spice DSP. I used coordinating cardstock and ink. The punches used were modern label, word window, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle, scallop circle, scallop border, eyelet border, and scallop trim border punches. The 1/4" grosgrain ribbon was chocolate chip and always artichoke, of which, have been retired.

Thanks for looking. I hope these will inspire you to make up your own favors. You can use any kind of designer series paper for whatever occasion you need them for. Have fun!!

Now go-n-stamp!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

More Candy Lane Christmas Cards

My daughter, son-in-law, and grandson are here visiting over Thanksgiving. I have not been able to really spend much time working on any stamping projects lately because of it. I am enjoying their time being here though. There is plenty of time for stamping when they have to go back home. I need to spend as much time with them as possible. I do not know when I will get to see them again.

Here are a few more pictures that go along with the 60 Christmas Card Class post that is just below this one. I have found that for some reason I really like the blue cards. I did not realize it until I started hanging the samples up for my class.

I can't believe how quickly Christmas is coming up on us. Thursday is Thanksgiving!! I pray you all have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING with your family. This is also a great time to share your talent of crafting with you loved ones too. I pray you have time to do that. Homemade gifts are the best!!!

Now go-n-stamp!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Candy Lane Christmas 60 Card Class

Have you ever decided to do a class similar to what you have done before, but differently? Well, that is what I have done with this class. To be honest, I do not think I will ever do it again, though. Instead of using the simply scrappin' kit to do this class, I decided to change it up a bit and use Candy Lane Christmas DSP and Candy Cane rub-ons. I knew this class would be different because of not having the stickers to decorate with, but I didn't realize how much time and work the stickers saved. The rub-ons needed help. There were not many borders to use either. Needless to say, I have had to do a lot of punching and improvising. The cards are turning out very pretty, but it is taking quite a while to do.

I still have a lot more samples I need to make up, but here are quite a few I have done. I am glad that even though it is a lot of work, at least they are turning out great.
Tell me what you think? Have you ever experienced anything like this before?

Now go-n-stamp!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lovely Deer Birthday

Guess what? Someone is having another birthday. I bet you can't tell what their interest is. Just in case you can't figure it out, I will tell you. He loves to hunt with his dad.

This card was fun to make. I put a lot of detail into it. I cut out the pine tree (lovely as a tree) and the deer (nature silhouettes). I wanted them to stand out and look like they were in the front and the line of trees are in the background. I think it worked. I was not going to put the strip of dsp (autumn spice) vertically going through the background at first. I had cut it off of the mat to make it fit on the base of the card better. When I was almost finished I put it on the background scene and loved the look.

I wanted to add a little bit of "wow" to the card by adding crystal effects to the trees. I used the same effect on another card I did a few weeks ago for my husband. It just adds a lot to the card.

Here are 2 different views of the card which show the dimension. Like I said before. I had fun making this card. I always love to see the end results. I never know when I start what it will look like in the end. I think that is part of the fun of making a card.

As always, I used all Stampin' Up! products. I mentioned some of the items above that were used. Here is a list of some of the other things.
Cardstock: cajun craze, whisper white, autumn spice dsp
Stamp sets: nature silhouettes, lovely as a tree, and teeny tiny wishes
Ink: crumb cake, old olive, early espresso, more mustard, and cajun craze
Tools: stampin' sponge, modern label punch, word window punch, and crystal effects

Now it is your turn to tell me what you think. Please leave a comment!! I also pray this inspires you to pull out your stamps and cardstock and create a card or 3-d project for someone you love or has made a difference in your life.
Thanks for visiting my little part of the world.
Now go-n-stamp!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

STAMPIN' UP! Retired Items for SALE!

Here is a list of retired Stampin' Up! items I have FOR SALE. If you are interested in anything please email me. The cost includes shipping. I can only sell to people that live in the USA. I prefer to be paid by check. I still have not become brave enough to use paypal. Thanks for understanding.

Cardstock $8.00 ea. (New, 81/2 x 11, Unopened 24 Packs)
Blush Blossom
Orchid Opulence
Bordering Blue
Handsome Hunter
Apricot Appeal
Barely Banana
Sage Shadow
Really Rust
Ruby Red
Cameo Coral
Summer Sun

Stamp Sets (M: mounted, NUM: new unmounted)
Cute and Cuddly M $20.00
True Friend M $18.00
Christmas Punch M $20.00
To Have and To Hold M $18.00
Playful Petals M $22.00
Office Accoutrement M $25.00
Live Your Dream M $23.00
ABC Alphabet Upper NUM $25.00
Botanical Blooms NUM $17.00
Spring Solitude NUM $17.00
Make it Count NUM $16.00
Congrats NUM $15.00
Polka Dot Punches M $14.00
Yummy M $15.00
Boatloads of Love M $15.00
So Many Scallops M $14.00
Punches Three M $10.00
Close as a Memory M $13.00
Of the Earth M $14.00
Totally Tabs M $11.00
One of a Kind M $14.00
Flower Lines M $$6.00
Out of the Box M $10.00
Holiday Best M $9.00
Sweet Little Sentiments NUM $10.00
Organic Grace M $10.00
Forever M $5.00
Beautiful Baby M $6.00

I will be adding a few more things, but this is the majority of things I am selling.

Now go-n-stamp!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pumpkin Cupcake

My daughter had her 20th birthday just a few days ago. I wanted to come up with a cupcake that had a pumpkin for decoration around the cupcake wrapper. Well, you need to tell me what you think of the end result. I had to laugh. Instead of it looking like a cupcake, it kind of looks like a pumpkin with a fro. I was disappointed at first with the end result, but it has grown on me and I do like it.

These are the Stampin' Up! materials I used to make this card.

Cardstock: cajun craze, naturals ivory, more mustard, and autumn spice DSP; Stamps: autumn harvest and crazy for cupcakes; Tools: dazzling diamonds glitter and crystal effects; Accessories: 1/4" very vanilla taffeta ribbon; Ink: early espresso and cajun craze.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I would love for you to tell me what you thought of the pumpkin cupcake too. Leave me a comment!

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fall Anniversary

I finally got around to stamping again. I have some special occasions coming up. One of them is my anniversary. I do not believe my husband will see this card because he doesn't have facebook and he doesn't go to my blog. At least, I hope he doesn't.
Since we were married in the fall, I decided to make a fall card. I used the same colors that were in the fall cards in the previous post. I was even going to use some of the DSP, but I ended up changing my mind and didn't. You can't tell all of the detail that is in this card very easily. I cut out the leaf, pumpkins, acorn, and squash, individually. I put dimensionals behind them to make them stand out. Guess what? Then I wasn't happy with the trees. I had already stamped them twice, just a little off from each other to add dimension. I thought it would bring it out more if I used crystal effects. I did not want them to be solid though. Instead, I dabbed the tip of the bottle up and down all over the trees making clear dots all over. The other thing I did was I sprayed champagne mist on the cut-outs I had made too. I am pleased with the end result. I guess in a few days I will find out if my husband is.

Just in case you wonder what stamp sets and tools I used, here they are. As always, Stampin' Up! products are used.

Stamps: lovely as a tree and autumn harvest; Cardstock: more mustard and naturals ivory; Tools: big shot, embossing folder square lattice, bigz top note die, champagne mist all purpose ink, crystal effects, and watercolor crayons.

Thanks for looking! If you have a minute, please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Have a great day. Now it is your turn to go-n-stamp!!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Autumn Spice Card Class

These are the cards I designed for my next card class. I had to postpone the class for a week. I will be having it next week, instead. The nice thing about it is I can tell the ladies that are coming they can see what they will be making if they visit my blog. I usually don't have the cards done before I have the class. I do think it would be great if I did have them prepared ahead of time. I do believe it helps people decide easier if they would want to attend the class or not.

I still think it is funny, how a card that I think I am not going to like, ends up being my favorite. With that said, that is exactly how I felt about the very first card you see in this post. I just wasn't sure how I was going to get it to all go together. The other thing I was concerned about was the stamped image. I knew there wouldn't be a lot of time for the ladies to color it in. After I stamped the image I used the spritzer tool all over the image. Lastly, I used a stampin' sponge and went around the edge of the top note. I am happy with the end result.

I have seen some other demonstrators criss cross their ribbon on their cards. I wanted to try it sometime. That is exactly what I did on this card.

For this card, the Autumn Spice DSP is the main focus. I just added a few things to it to embellish it and make it into a Fall card.

Last, but not least, I tried to make it look like the stamped image is on a placemat. The new embossing folder "Square Lattice" gave it the textured look it needed, as well as, cutting the edges and making them look frayed.

This should be a fun class. As long as my class attendees are happy, that is what counts. As always, all supplies are Stampin' Up! except this time I used color pencils to color in the image on the last card.

Thanks for looking, leave a comment, and it is your turn to...........Go-n-stamp!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Blake's First Birthday Card

Finally, I am posting my grandson's first birthday card. I have been saving my cards and not posting them as soon as I am done, just for the sake of having something new to post each week. This card was made with the DSP Greenhouse Gala. I thought that the colors were great for a birthday card, especially for a one year old.

As usual when I am done I can think of other things I could have done to it to make it stand out more. For instance, I could have used crystal effects on the frosting of the cupcake. I could have used dazzling diamonds ep too. What is done is done though. I did give the letters and saying some dimension by adding two colors and making them just a little off centered to each other. I really like the look it leaves.

Just in case you are wondering.......I used crazy for cupcakes and the defining alphabet stamp sets. The cardstock colors used are real red, pear pizzazz, whisper white, baja breeze, and pumpkin pie.

I wanted this card to be a keepsake that his mommy will keep for him until he gets older. I am not sure if she did keep it, but that was up to her.

Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment, and it is your turn to.............Go-n-stamp!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Island Oasis Butterfly

Happy Labor Day! I hope you get to spend this day with family and friends. Some of us have to work on this day. I happen to be one of them. A special "thank you" to our health care workers though. I know they have to work a lot of the holidays. It is a very important line of work.

Well, on to my card. This is the 4th butterfly card I created. When I first began working on it I was not sure if I was even going to like it. To tell you the truth, it became my favorite of the 4 cards. I love the colors in this one. The butterfly is very pretty. No, I am not bragging about it either. I never know what a card is going to look like until it is finished. Even I am surprised with the finished look a lot of the times.

These are the Stampin' Up! supplies I used to make this card.

Cardstock: pumpkin pie, rose red, whisper white, so saffron, and island oasis DSP; Stamp set: teeny tiny wishes; Ink: pumpkin pie, rose red, so saffron; Tools: big shot, beautiful butterflies bigz die, backgrounds 1 texturz plate, and the scallop circle #2 bigz die, stamping sponge, word window punch, and the butterfly extra large punch; Accessories: pretty in pink 3/8" taffeta ribbon.

Now you know what you need to recreate this card, if you would like. I would love it if you would take the time to leave me a comment and tell me what you think.

Now go-n-stamp!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sunny Butterfly

Hello, once again. I hope that everyone in blogger world is doing great.
I have another butterfly card to share with you, today. This one I did not add a sentiment on because I thought it had enough as it is. I called this the "Sunny Butterfly" because when you look at it, well, it is bright and sunny looking.

For this card I used the stamp set, Upsy Daisy. I tried to make layers by stamping the flowers twice using daffodil delight and pumpkin pie classic ink. I used my beautiful butterflies bigz die and ran it through the Big Shot. For cardstock colors I used real red, chocolate chip, and greenhouse gala DSP. For the little butterflies I used the beautiful wings embosslit die and ran it through my Big Shot, also. The swirls is a sizzlit die called swirls scribbles. The cardstock I used for it was pear pizzazz.

I hope this will inspire you to get your rubber stamps out and create a card or 3-D project. Let me know if you do. I would love to visit your blog too. If you don't mind, please leave a comment telling me what you think. may think I should have put a sentiment on it. Tell me if you think so.

Now it is your turn to go-n-stamp!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

How are things going for all of you? For the most part, everything is going well in my world. God is good!

I am finally posting a card that I had made last week for my butterfly class. I have 2 others to post also. I will try to get them on here in the next few days. Back to the card. When I was finished with this card, it came in second place out of the four cards I made. Second place according to my own judgement. I am probably more critical of my own work than most other people would be. What makes you like or dislike a card? I think it is a lot of things. Color, stamps used, design, and there may be even more than what I am thinking right now that will determine whether or not you will like a certain card. What I think made this card "pop" was the use of the real red butterflies. The card stock I used is the shimmer white. I put them through my big shot using the elegant bouquet embossing folder. I then used a stamping sponge to apply classic real red ink. I like to rub and swirl my sponge on the paper. You can tap up and down with your sponge, if you like. You get a more even and thicker color when you rub, though.

These are the Stampin' Up! products I used to make this card.
Card stock: baja breeze, pear pizzazz, shimmer white, and greenhouse gala DSP
Stamp set: teeny tiny wishes
Tools: stamping sponge, big shot, elegant bouquet embossing folder, beautiful butterflies bigz die, eyelet border punch, boho blossoms punch, 1/16" hole punch, and word window punch
Accessories: clear rhinestone brads and 5/8" whisper white organza ribbon

Please take the time to tell me what you think by leaving a comment.

It is your turn to.......

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Beautiful Butterfly

I don't know about you, but for some reason my most favorite card in the new Stampin' Up! catalog is on page 132. I knew I wanted to make a card with a butterfly using the same technique they used to create their card. I do not like to case someone else's work. I had to do mine differently anyhow because I do not own the stamp set they used. Well, anyways I am very pleased with the end results. I did practice on some sample butterflies the technique. It took me a few tries to get it to look the way I wanted it.

This card is going to be one of the 4 cards being made at my next class, which is next week. I have a feeling I am going to hear when they make theirs that they won't want to give it away. Yes, I have heard that. It is pretty funny.

This is the recipe I used to make this card. All products are Stampin' Up!.

Stamp sets: priceless and teeny tiny wishes; Cardstock: rich razzleberry, elegant eggplant, and naturals white; Ink: versamark and elegant eggplant; Technique: poppin' pastels and clear embossing; Tools: scallop border punch, beautiful wings sizzlit die, beautiful butterflies bigz die, and big shot; Accessories: clear rhinestone brad.

I hope you have been inspired by this card to make one for yourself. Please leave me a comment of what you think. :-)

Now go-n-stamp!!