Monday, March 31, 2008

Hey Dude

Just a quick card I made using So cool set at open sample night at my friend Amy's house. Super fast just stamped and cut out with coluzzel added some brads and dsp. Since my boys are getting older this set is on my wish list.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Friday featured friend

I decided on Fridays to show you some great swaps or projects some of my fellow demos are doing.

Today, I am showing Jen Foley, her blog: She actually featured one of my swap cards. I am returning the favor, but actually wanted to show you this card she did, featuring a cool technique with markers.

The technique is to take a lighter color marker and dip it into a darker reinker. This gives a two-tone technique she achieved here. My first thought was, will you ruin your markers? And she assured me that it works like a blender pen and you just need to scribble it on the scrap paper until the color returns to normal. This goes in my ever-growing file of things I must try.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

recipe book

I created this for creative challenge for our Demo meeting tonight. The challenge was to use Stampin Up book basics- I used the small size.

I borrowed the "in the kitchen" set from my friend Holly to do cards inside. It is 3 x 5 for recipe card size and the small book basic is 5 x 7 1/2. So I stamped two recipes on a 5 x 7 sheet of whisper white. Using the round tab punch I created tabs that I put onto wild wasabi.

I used afternoon tea paper and lovely letters on the front with some chipboard hearts. I used the CAD to punch through everything!
Here's the inside

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Love affair with designer paper

I am in love with designer paper. At first, I was a hoarder and afraid to cut into the pretty sheet. Then, it would retire on me and I never used it. Now, I use it all the time. I don't know how I did cards with out it now.

My new personal favorite, afternoon tea from the summer mini. It is gorgeous in groovy guava, chocolate chip, soft sky and wild wasabi. I love any combination with chocolate chip, it's the new black. I might have serious withdrawals when new cattie comes out in August and we have new "in colors".

Anyways, for our demo meeting swap this month the theme was "Mother's day". For lent, I gave up buying new stamps. Thank goodness that's over! But, I do not have any current "mother's day" sentiment stamps.

So, this is what I came up with. I also gave up trying to use stamp-ma-jig.

card recipe:
cs: groovy guava, chocolate chip, very vanilla, afternoon tea dsp
ink: groovy guava, chocolate chip
stamps: wild rose, lovely letters alphabet
access: theater originals ribbon, gold brad

Monday, March 24, 2008

Bday for DH

Hubby's birthday was this weekend. Masculine cards can be tough sometimes, I decided to try using big and little pieces stamp set.

I went to the sketch challenge at scs and played around with it and my cuttlebug. the inside is suppose to be 3 different panels.

Not my favorite card, as Randy for American idol would say "it's just alright, dawg". Wasn't feeling it, but I like the new hodgepodge hardware I used from Spring mini.

I have some new stuff to post tomorrow, for upcoming swap and demo meeting. As well as my samples for upcoming card club.

I hope you all had a great Easter!!!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Spring! Happy Promotions

Stampin Up is currently running 3 great promotions.

1) If you are Host a $350 workshop from now until April 30, you earn an extra $25 in hostess benefits ( a $60 total)

2) *Wild Wasabi cardstock promotion. Somebody accidently miscut these pre-cut cards stock over by 1/4 inch. So, you can benefit in having 16 wild wasabi cardstock precut at 4 1/2 x 11 1/2 and prescored for $3.95. You will just need to trim 1/4 inch off side to fit into envelope.

3) Free wheeling promo- you get free jumbo wheel for cooridinating stamp set:

Wonderful You bundle-Includes Wonderful You stamp set and free Stems & Silhouettes jumbo wheel $33.95

*Life's a breeze bundle-Includes Life's a Breeze stamp set and free Something Fishy jumbo wheel
for $29.95

Pun Fun bundle-Includes Pun Fun stamp set and free Sweet Stars jumbo wheel $30.95

Year after Year bundle Includes Year after Year stamp set and free See You Around jumbo wheel -$30.95

Stitched Exotics bundle-Includes Stitched Exotics stamp set and free It's Beautiful jumbo wheel

Enjoy Every Moment bundle -Includes Enjoy Every Moment stamp set and free Daisy Dash jumbo wheel $29.95
Both the cards show case the wild wasabi textured cardstock from promotion.
I also used life's a breeze set, not the wheel (I don't own yet :})
card recipe #1:
stamp: life's a breeze
ink: appricot appeal, coral cameo, river rock, wild wasabi, chocolate chip
cs: wild wasabi textured, ww, coral cameo, appricot appeal, confetti cream
access: 1 3/8 & 1 1/4 square punches
card recipe #2:
stamp: older and wiser (hostess)
ink: black stazon
cs: wild wasabi textured, ww, pumpkin pie, brill. blue
access: ticket corner punch, wwc, pumpkin grosgrain
and touch to see but I used crystal effects on his shell

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

catching up

I can't believe I haven't posted any new work in almost a week. I spent yesterday busy stamping. I got some good things done, but now today behind on the laundry.

Andrea Walford has a great blog and posted this idea of doing a box of cards with tart and tangy set and summer picnic paper out of Spring mini catalog. I played around with it to get a bunch made for upcoming craft fair. Of course I did not read directions right and was using 6 .5 x 11 piece instead of 6.5 x 11.5. So I wasted 5 pieces of cardstock.

I got the tutorial from Emily, she did it using berry bliss paper. You can check it out here if you want to play along.

I plan on doing this as one of the projects for a May class for mother's day and teacher gifts.
Here is my sample using Berry bliss and close up shot of the box to hold the cards.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

busy,busy, busy- plus one day special

I have had a busy last few days, and have not blog surfed in three whole days! Much withdrawal, oh no..... Don't worry I will catch up on Monday and see what all my blog roll friends are up to....

Anyways, I busy with our school auction and boy did it do great. I did get some great stuff from SU and came up with two baskets I posted for your viewing pleasure. Sadly, they are gone hopefully to a good home.

Hope to get some stamping done this week :}
Isn't Stampin Up a great company? Don't forget only one more day for Sale-a-bration. It ends on March 17th!!

*Place order by then and get free shipping and sales tax. (paid by me) for one-day only special!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

treat basket

I finally got around to playing with this box that Cambria showed on her blog and did for SCS this past week. I also played around with using markers on watercolor paper and then take off color and blend with aquapainter. It is fun technique, but need to play with it more to perfect it.
I am making these and some 6 x 6 pages next week for a girls (11 y.o) crafting club. I did have some peppermint patties, but chose to use some jelly beans to fill it.
Both boys home today, one with stomach flu and high temp! I am done with this sickness-flu season!!! I just went through this less than a month ago with them. Plus the hubby is traveling this week. Enough venting, back to sick kids :}

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

try a new technique

Yesterday's try a new technique challenge at SCS was faux cloisonne. It's a pretty cool technique and I had never done it. How to do it?
1) get magazine or calendar with landscape type photos ( you need the glossy paper).
*** my problem having mostly just card and scrapbook magazines, hard to find landscape photos. Note to self, expand your reading.
2) you need a outline image stamp. I choose time well spent. It is a hostess level 3 set Shelli gave us all for Christmas. I really have only used it twice. (note to self, play with free rubber more).
3) stamp with versamark on magazine page then emboss with gold emboss powder.
4) I used crystal effect over image and let it dry then cut it out. You can cut it out first, but as it is flimsy I wanted to give it some weight with doing crystal effects first.
5) then just decorate or design your card. It is best to use black cardstock for base, but the colors had more burgundy in it, so I went with that for my base. I did not have a sketch, this was a play and wing it one.
I paper pierced some holes to feed the gold string through. I embossed the vellum and colored with markers on backside of it.

Monday, March 10, 2008

quick one of a kind thank you cards

The top one is one I mass produced for some thank you cards for customers at my last workshop. I always like to send them a hand stamped thank you card when they place an order. This one was quick to mass produce using stamp set one of a kind and the punch that goes with them.
The other card I was playing with similar sketch my son used. I realized I probably need the label punch since my cutting of one of kind sentiment was not the neatest job.
I did start the "try a new technique" challenge at SCS, faux Clossione. However, I went scrapbooking, music lessons for kids, then I teach swimming late afternoon. I thought I could get it done after dinner, but the boys asked me to play a board game. So, the card can wait another day!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

weekend sketch challenge

This is my attempt at doing Beate's weekend sketch. I wanted to send a card to some longtime friends who had us all over this weekend. We had a blast and a few beers! I love this Hannah image of Riley holding the beer. So, I thought it would be perfect to send it off before St. Pat's day comes next week.

I rotated the sketch to make it work for the image. The paper is all SU pumpkin pie, wild wasabi and dsp from creative license simply scrappin kit from Winter cattie. The "cheers to you" is from the SAB set lots of thoughts. I just used a stampin spot to ink up part of image. I used some cosmo glitter on shamrock. Tough area to get it completely filled in the smaller spaces, so I grabbed my white gel pen to outline it.

Now I have one more card to show you that my 10 year old son Quinton did for his teacher's aid. Her birthday was on Friday 3/7. They sent him home with construction paper to make a card, please................ So we went upstairs, I let him pick color scheme and a sketch and I think he did pretty well. I did the cutting for him but he did the rest.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Card Club

Hello, it was a beautiful day here. Sunny and 50 degrees, puts me a great mood. Of course, it is New England it could snow tomorrow. I have been busy working on our school's class auction. Stampin Up the great company that it is sent me over $400 of supplies that I was able to split into two baskets.
I have 4 cards to share with you today. We made them at card club last night, featuring SU punches. I have some ladies doing this by mail, if you are interested in joining us contact me at We make 4 cards focusing on 1-4 techniques the first Wednesday of the month, the cost for the mail program is $12 in the US.

This one, I cased from SCS from Tillyhead. I changed up the colors but the design is hers. I was not as successful using word window for the center. However, the others did better than me.

I used crab and company stamp set on shimmering white cardstock.

This card was done using punches. Pretty simple you just use the larger punch 1 3/8 (square and circle) for the solid card stock. Then you use the smaller punch 1 1/4 (square and circle) for your patterned paper. This patterned paper was left over from crew girls simply scrappin kit. The circle is then scored and folded over to make your purse.

This card was something you may have seen before, from scs challenge card. I used same concept- window card. For the front, just used the 5 flower punch through various cardstock and vellum, small flower punch and a bashful blue brad.

The inside has scallop punch, then 1 3/8 punch, the 1 /24 punch circle then the 3/4 punch circle.

The bottom used the slit punch to hold the top part of card in.

This card I saw on Dannie's blog. It is a card she recieved from Gina Taylor. This is totally cased. Not sure what case means:
copy, and share, everything.
I have seen lots of bunnies done out of punches, but her layout was so cute right up do curled ear. It is okay to copy someone's work, as long as you give them credit. Heck, why do we spend so much time blog-surfing. Only to be inspired by another's work.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

hostess gift

So this is a pail I decorated for my hostess gift for Robin, who just hosted a workshop last Saturday for me.
Robin is getting married in about 6 weeks, so I decided to make the bathroom emergency kit for her. The pail contains hairspray, clear nail polish, emory board, mints, bandaids, motrin.
I used the coluzzel to make the top of pail.
I was able to use Tomboy multi glue- just a thin line and dab on corners and it held great. The paper is ginger blossum with flower from embrace life watercolored, cut out and put on with dimensionals.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Spring Occasion Mini

I first want to apologize to all my blog roll friends. I seem to be over scheduled in my responsibilities, so I don't have much time to leave any comments on all your blogs. I will catch up later this week, I can't wait to see all your creations.

The above is a sample of a project done with a stamp set- Tart and Tangy,summer picnic designer paper and hodgepodge ribbon slide available in Spring Occasion Mini that started on March 1st.

here is another example done by my friend Lois, she cased the idea from someone else. Looks like chocolate dipped strawberries-YUM. This is done by coloring crystal effects with choc chip reinker or marker.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

chipboard is cool !

This is a project we did at our Quarterly meeting. It is a take on the front cover of the Spring and Summer catalog.

The photo of my boys is from 7 years ago. Yikes, how time flies. It is a photo that was in my box of photos to be scrapped.

The project is easy- just cut out some ginger blossom dsp and groovy guava cs and snailed it onto chipboard. This is the small chipboard book available from SU. We used one of a kind stamp set and corner rounder punch to make scallops.

The eyelets were set using crop-a-dile, it goes through chipboard like "butter". Instant frame, you can take your scrapbooking to home decor.

The next example was done by Amy Czuba at Leadership and only using one piece of the small chipboard book.

It features the build a brad, star punch and jersey dsp.
This one you can hang vs. tabletop type frame.
We got another 6 inches of snow here today in Massachusetts! Today is March 1st, I need to start seeing a flower pop up.
Have a great weekend!