Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Outlawz Scrapbook Challenge Page

Hope your day is as sunny as mine!  It's beautiful here in the north Georgia mountains.

This week at Outlawz the Sunday CAS challenge teamed up with the Saturday Scrap Booking Challenge.  We were asked to use the same sketch and create both a card and scrap book page.  Yesterday I highlighted my card and today I would like to share my scrap book page.

I love CAS cards but it was never my scrapbooking style so this really was a challenge for me!

The Avon Breast Cancer was also a big challenge!  I did the walk in 2000 and had the time of my life.  If you have ever considered it I say...GO FOR IT!

Scroll down to see the sketch on yesterdays post.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Embedded Embossed Card using the new Stampin' Up! Triple Layer Punch

I finally have the new Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch!  It's one of two triple layer punches in the new Summer Mini Catalog.  One of the first things I wanted to do with it was to create an embedded embossed card.  I used the Square Lattice Embossing Folder to obtain the effect.

At the same time I wanted a card for this Sunday's CAS (Clean and Simple) card challenge on The Outlawz.  This Sunday it is a sketch challenge.  They are teaming up with the Saturday scrapbooking challenge this week and challenging us to do both a card and scrapbook page with the sketch below.

Always remember that the sketch is a guide and does not have to be followed exactly.

I wanted this card to be bright and cheerful so it uses all card stock from the Stampin' Up! brights family.  Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo... I feel happy just saying the names!  Go ahead...say them.  Are you smiling?

How was the embedded embossed effect created?  By gluing the stripes and punched out shapes onto the Tempting Turquoise card stock and then running it through the Big Shot! using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  Don't you just love the effect?

Instead of an image I used a sentiment on Whisper White card stock, sponged the edges with Melon Mambo ink and layered it on Daffodil Yellow card stock. Popped up the sentiment layer with dimensionals and added the cute little buttons from the Occasions Mini Catalog. 

Here's a close up of the embedded embossed effect.

If you don't have a Big Shot! yet...think about having a Big Shot Stampin' Up! workshop.  Call or email me to set up a date.  We'll have a lot of fun!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Don't miss out on this birthday host set!

It's a beautiful day in the north Georgia mountains today.  What makes it even better is that my oldest is on his way home from ND to spend several weeks with us. Haven't seen him since Christmas and we have a lot to catch up on.

Today's card features the hostess set called Birthday Bakery.  The images are cute and I love the sentiments in this set.  I attached the card directly to the gift bag so no envelope was needed.

It was a quick and easy card.  The image was colored using markers and a blending pen.  The paper piercing tool is one of my favorites to add a little something extra. And...our new Baker's Twine comes in White, Early Espresso and the Cherry Cobbler used here.

Don't miss out!  Host a workshop before July 1 and earn this set free while it's still available.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What could be better then a punch?

Have you figured out what could be better then a punch?  The answer is a triple layer punch!  It's like getting three punches in one.  And Stampin' Up! has come up with two of them.  The Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch and the Doily Triple Layer Punch.

How does it work?  There is a slide on the end that tells the punch what layer to punch out.  This means no wasted paper.

The card I am going to share with you today was created by Monika Davis for a demonstrator meeting I attended.  She created it as an easel card so it can be used in a class or workshop to show the different punched pieces you get from the two punches.  Lots of combinations and lots of ways to use them.

I love easel cards!  So easy for someone to share your handmade card with others.

If you would like to learn to make an easel card or see the triple layer punch in action please call or email me to set up a workshop in your home.  We'll have a lot of fun!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Do you like a Challenge?

My son who is in a PhD program at Notre Dame asked that I make him a card so he can say thank you to a very special Latin professor.  He asked me to remember that it was coming from him and not from me.  I think that meant not too flowery.  :)

My inspiration came from the Saturday Sketch Challenge on Stampin 411.  This is a new site for me.  I'm excited I found it because only Stampin' Up! supplies are used on the cards you will see there.

You begin with the sketch below.  Think of the sketch as a starting point especially if you are having trouble getting your creative juices flowing.   But remember it's ok to make some changes.

I used the Paisley Petals DSP that we were able to order during a sneak peak.  It will be available in the new catalog coming out on July 1!  And since flowers were not an option for this card I used the bird from the Friends 24/7 stamp set.  It has been one of my favorite sets this year.

My first thought was to use Old Olive ribbon but am happy with the pop of color using the Marina Mist. I used the ribbon tab and brad because he requested no bows!

So...give it a try.  This is a fun way to be challenged.


A One Layer Card...Difficult or Easy?

Haven't been able to post for a couple of days due to some problems with my eyes. Had to have some laser surgery.  They worked on the left eye last week and will do the right eye on Friday.  I may not be as good as new but I am thankful for what they are able to do these days.

This is a card I made for the Sunday Clean and Simple (CAS) Challenge on The Outlawz.  You needed to make a one layer card.  Not as easy as it sounds.  :)  It was amusing to see everyone's comments as I think it was difficult for any of us to believe they really meant NO layering.

Give it a try and then join the challenge!

I used the owl from the Punch Bunch sale-a-bration set because I needed a card for my son at ND.  He has changed PhD programs and they are awarding him a masters for the work he has completed.  I thought a wise owl might do the trick.

The Punch Bunch is no longer available unless SU decides to put it in the new catalog coming out in July.  If not, I'm hoping they have a new owl to go with the owl punch.


Stamp Sets: Punch Bunch, Cheep Talk, Happy Greetings
Inks: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Real Red
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Accessories: 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Goggly eyes (non SU)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Strength & Hope Swap Card

Saturday night I attended a demonstrator meeting held by Monika Davis.  It was my first and I am so excited she invited me to become a member of her PAWS group.  It was so much fun!  I met some great Stampin' Up' ladies and came away with some wonderful cards from the swap.

Cindy Schuster did a presentation for us on My Digital Studio and we made two hybrid scrap book pages.  We did two "make and takes", one of them an easel card created by Monika using the new Triple Punches in the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog.  I'll have to show you that later this week.

First I would like to show you the card I made for the swap.  I call it a "flurry of butterflies".  :)

I randomly stamped the Strength & Hope butterfly on Very Vanilla card stock with Pretty in Pink and Perfect Plum ink. I stamped off once with the Perfect Plum to make it more pastel.  Both layers are torn.  The top layer was torn and sponged.  The Pink Pirouette layer was run through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder.  Ribbon and pearl are the final touch.

Stamp Sets:  Strength & Hope, Happy Greetings
Ink:  Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery
Accessories:  Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Certainly Celery 1/8" Taffetta Ribbon, Basic Pearls

I would also like to show you the the Strength & Hope hybrid scrap book page designed by Cindy.  All I need to do is add a picture of my friend and I when we did the Avon Breast Cancer Walk.  By the way the walk was awesome.  If you have ever thought about being apart of that walk I highly recommend it.  Just make sure you TRAIN!

REMEMBER...During the 2011 Summer Mini Catalog sales period Stampin' Up! will be donating $2 from the sale of each Strength & Hope stamp set and digital kit to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  It's a wonderful stamp and a great cause. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wedding Card

Happy weekend!  Did you get to sleep in... like I did?  If not, I hope you were doing something fun.

We have friends who's daughter is getting married this weekend.  I promised myself that I would make the card last night but ended up working on cards for a swap that I'm attending this evening.

This card is cased from a card on Splitcoaststampers SU gallery done by Mary Fish.  I thought it would make a perfect wedding card.  I changed the color for the wedding theme and used a different flower die with the Big Shot.  The DSP I used for the flower is no longer current but there are so many current papers that would work wonderfully.

The card was stamped in Perfect Plum on 1 1/4 inch squares.  The edges of the squares and the flower petals were all sponged.  Each image was stamped after stamping off once.

I will be scheduling classes soon.  One of them will be a Big Shot class.  Check back later this month for a  class schedule.

Stamp Sets:  Clearly for You, All Holidays
Ink:  Perfect Plum
Card Stock:  Whisper White, DSP (not current)
Accessories:  Brad (brights)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Happy Together

Needed a cheery little thank you note for tomorrow and went straight for the Happy Together stamp set.  The mama bird and her three little chicks are just so cute.  This card features one of the baby birds and the little flower in the set.  The sentiment on the outside is from the Three Little Words stamp set.  On the inside is stamped "Thank You".

You can change the color of the card stock if Pumpkin Pie is too bright for you.  :)  I just know that it will be perfect for the person I'm giving it to.

Stamp Sets:  Happy Together, Three Little Words, Thank You Kindly
Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie
Markers:  Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Card Stock:  Pumpkin Pie,  Very Vanilla,
Patterns DSP (brights)
Accessories:  Brads (brights), Paper Piercing Tool, Stamping Sponges, Dimensionals

Fabulous Florets

Fabulous Florets is just that...FABULOUS!  It is one of my favorite stamp sets from the Summer Mini Catalog.  There are many ways to use this set and I just love the sentiment "the earth laughs in flowers" e.e. cummings.

I used Crumb Cake to stamp the background stems (stamping off one time) and then stamped the focal stem in Certainly Celery.  The flower color is done by first inking the stamp with  Daffodil Delight and then using a Pumpkin Pie marker to outline the petals throughout the stamp.  The flower and all layers of card stock were then sponged with Crumb Cake.  Popped the flower up with dimensionals.

Since I am new at this blogging thing and posting my cards online I am trying different ways to take pictures of my work.  Today I tried a black background and think it works well. Also learned how to make a watermark in Photoshop Elements which was way cool.  :)

Stamp Sets:  Fabulous Florets, Happy Greetings
Inks:  Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery, Daffodil Delight
Markers: Pumpkin Pie
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery
Accessories:  Metallic brads (antique brass), stamping sponge, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

More Butterflies

This butterfly card uses the Flower Garden textured embossing folder from the Summer Mini Catalog.  I just love it!

Decided to emboss it on whisper white card stock and then let the butterflies add the color.  They were stamped with a technique called rock and roll.  Click Here for directions on the technique or give me a call to set up a workshop.  

Gotta run.  Wednesday is church orchestra rehearsal.  Have a wonderful day!

Stamp Set:  Strength and Hope
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Not Quite Navy
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, 
Accessories:  Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon, Flower Garden Embossing Folder, Basic Pearls

Monday, May 9, 2011

Strength & Hope

It's another beautiful day in the North Georgia mountains today.  I hope everyone had a wonderful mother's day yesterday.

I was in the yard admiring my butterfly bushes this morning and came in wanting to make butterfly cards. :) This first one combines the butterfly in the Hope & Strength stamp set with the butterfly punch.  I added a rhinestone brad to match each one.  The colors are Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, and Rose Red which happens to be a creative combination from the Stampin' Up! Color Coach.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Occasions Mini Catalog Carry Over Items

Some of the fantastic products in the Occasions Mini Catalog are still available! Contact me today for more information.

Click Here to see all products on the Occasions Mini Catalog List.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Strength & Hope Campaign

Campaign Dates: May 1-August 31, 2011

As part of our Making a Difference program, Stampin' Up! is proud to partner with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the Strength & Hope Campaign.Throughout the 2011 Summer Mini Catalog sales period, Stampin' Up! will donate $2 from the sale of each Strength & Hope stamp set and Strength & Hope digital kit to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Click Here to see close up of stamp images and accessories.

Projects below created using the Strength & Hope Stamp set or Strength & Hope Digital Kit.

Monday, May 2, 2011

National Scrapbooking Month

Did you know that May is National Scrapbooking Month?  Well..Stampin' Up! is joining the 
fun with a great promotion.

Promotion Dates: May  1-31, 2011

Promotion Details: 

  You get 30 percent off a wide selection of scrapbooking products including:
  • Select Stamp Sets
  • Select Professional Print Products for My Digital Studio
  • Select Digital Download Bundles for My Digital Studio     
Click to Shop Now