Thursday, June 30, 2011

Land of the Free...Take 2

This is another one of my 4th of July cards.  I made a faux button with the small circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  I think it really added something to the center of the Baker's Twine.

Stamps:  Land of the Free
Ink:  Real Red, Pacific Point
Cardstock:  Real Red, Pacific Point, Naturals White
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine,  Photo Corner Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (Circle), Stampin' Dimensionals


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Land of the Free...

This is my first attempt at a 4th of July card.  I wanted to use my new stamp Land of the Free from the Stampin' Up Summer Mini Catalog.  I used my Stampin' Write markers to get the effect of two different colors on the stamps.  The shooting star image is from the Sale-a-Bration set So Happy For You... it reminded me of fireworks.

Stamps:  Land of the Free, So Happy For You
Ink:  Real Red, Pacific Point
Cardstock:  Naturals White, Real Red, Pacific Point
Accessories:  Photo Corner Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Notably Ornate

This is my attempt at Shabby Chic Stamping.  I used several techniques to create this card:  faux suede on the punched flowers; paper tearing and distressing on the main ledger image; ribbon ruffling with the seam binding.  I also used some of the small images from the stamp set Clearly For You on the background of the card front.  I love the color combo of Baja Breeze and Soft Suede, don't you?

Stamps:  Notably Ornate, Clearly For You
Ink:  Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
Cardstock:  Confetti White, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Scallop Trim Border Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Modern Label Punch, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Stampin' Sponge, Soft Subtles Brad, Bone Folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Hello Pendant Park!

This card features the stamp set Pendant Park from the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalog.  I've had this set for a while but hadn't gotten around to using it until today.  I distressed the Soft Suede layer using my bone folder.  I stamped the border on the strip of Pear Pizzaz that I had cut off of the front of the card and then attached it... that sure took off the pressure to make it perfectly straight as I could trim it on the paper trimmer if I goofed.  After I stamped and punched the "Hello" sentiment, I scored and folded the edge of the oval under the Confetti White layer before attaching it.  I also sponged some Pear Pizzaz along the bottom to give the impression of grass.

Stamps:  Pendant Park
Ink:  Pear Pizzaz, Soft Suede
Cardstock:  Confetti White, Pear Pizzaz, Soft Suede, Peach Parfait
Accessories:  1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval Punch, Stampin' Sponge, Bone Folder

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thank You Friend

I spent a couple of hours perfecting this beauty, a thank you card for my best friend.  I think it turned out pretty good!  Do you see something new on this card???  Yes, that is a new border punch from the upcoming 2011-2012 Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalog!  It is called the Lace Ribbon Punch and is really pretty!  I added a bit of glitter with Dazzling Diamonds on the butterfly and small flowers, too.

Stamps:  Simple Friendship
Ink:  Pear Pizzaz, Concord Crush
Cardstock:  Confetti Cream, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzaz, Designer Series Paper In Color
Accessories:  1 3/4" Circle Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Lace Ribbon Punch, Silver Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds

Thinking of You

Here is a card featuring the retiring stamp set Blowing Kisses.  I loved this bunny the first time I spied him in the Stampin' Up 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog last summer.  Although this set is mainly a Valentines-themed set, I used it to make a "Thinking of You" card for my cousin.  I think it will bring a smile to her face!  I used the Decorative Label Punch for the Confetti White layer behind the Modern Label Punch and then trimmed it with my scissors.  I sponged the sky with Baja Breeze around the bunny.

Stamps:  Blowing Kisses, Confetti, So Happy For You
Ink:  Real Red, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzaz, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride
Cardstock:  Confetti White, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzaz, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Modern Label Punch, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponge

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day Dad!!!  Here is the card I made for my dad this year.  The stamp set is from the Occasions Mini Catalog so it is now retired.  Don't look too close or you'll notice my crooked stamping!

Stamps:  Plane & Simple
Ink:  Bravo Burgandy, Marina Mist
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Bravo Burgandy, Naturals Ivory
Accessories:  Modern Label Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Linen Thread

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Dad!

Here is the birthday card I made for my dad last week.  He's 39 again!  ;)  You'll notice that I used some new items featured in the Summer Mini Catalog.  I love the new Baker's Twine!!!

Stamps:  The Open Sea
Ink:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Marina Mist
Accessories:  2 1/2" Circle Punch, Early Espresso/White Baker's Twine

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Aviary ... a multitude of possibilities!

I didn't think I liked or needed the stamp set Aviary from the Stampin' Up 2010 Idea Book & Catalog... that is until I saw all of the cute ideas people had come up with!  Now I am finding that this stamp set lends itself to several different occasions, which makes it a very versatile set!  Here is a "Thank You" card I made:

Stamps:  Aviary, Nature Walk, So Happy for You
Ink:  Baha Breeze, Early Espresso
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Naturals White, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Curly Label Punch, 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval Punch

And I found that this stamp set makes cute birthday cards, too!

Stamps:  Aviary
Ink:  Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzaz
Cardstock:  Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzaz, Confetti White, Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Pear Pizzaz Seam Binding, 3/4" x 15/16" Oval Punch

Stamps:  Aviary
Ink:  Basic Black, Marina Mist
Cardstock:  Naturals White, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist
Accessories:  1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Trim Corner Punch

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sweet Baby

Here is a card that I made for a co-worker's baby shower.  She is going to have a little girl.  Congratulations Lauryl!  Unfortunately this stamp set retired with the Occasions Mini Catalog.

Stamps:  A Slice of Life
Ink:  Basic Black
Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink, Concord Crush, Marina Mist, Naturals White
Accessories:  1/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, Bitty Buttons, 1/4" Circle Punch (retired), Scallop Edge Border Punch, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Spring Birthday Cards

Here are a couple of birthday cards I made this past spring.  The first card was for my mom's birthday in March.  I really like how it turned out using the designer series paper, Vintage Flower Adornments, and ruffled seam binding.

Stamps:  Bliss (SAB)
Ink:  Baja Breeze
Cardstock:  Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper, Naturals White
Accessories:  Designer Label Punch, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Vintage Flower Adornment

The next birthday card was for one of my cousins:

Stamps:  Punch Bunch (SAB)
Ink: Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzaz Stampin' Write Markers
Cardstock:  Confetti White, Pear Pizzaz, Peach Parfait
Accessories:  Scallop Edge Border Punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch

With Sympathy

Here is a simple sympathy card that I made with the stamp set Thanks for Caring from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I used Marina Mist ink on Naturals White and Marina Mist cardstock.  I like how it turned out.

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad

I wanted to share the anniversary card that I made for my parents last week.  They were married 52 years on May 30th!  I knew when I got this stamp set that I was going to use it to make a card just for them.  Unfortunately this stamp set has retired as it was a hostess set from the Holiday Mini Catalog

Stamps:  Northern Hearts, Something to Celebrate
Ink:  Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Markers
Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Pinking Hearts Corner and Border Punches

Happy Mother's Day... a little late

Ok, I think I'm almost caught up on the spring holidays.  Here are two cards I made for Mother's Day.  First up is my mom's card:
Stamps:  Punch Potpourri, Bliss 
Ink:  Marina Mist
Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Confetti White
Accessories:  Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Full Heart Punch, 2 step Bird Punch

This is the card that I made for my aunt:

Stamps:  Punch Potpourri, Bliss
Ink:  Marina Mist
Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Confetti White
Accessories:  1/8" Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch

Happy Easter... a little late

Still catching up on this past spring's holiday creations.  Next up is Easter.  As you can see I used my favorite stamp set that was available in the Occasions Mini CatalogEaster Blossoms.  I really like how these cards turned out and the different colors really popped I think.

Ink:  Concord Crush, Early Espresso
 Cardstock:  Concord Crush, Crumb Cake, Confetti White
Accessories:  Pear Pizzaz Seam Binding, Scallop Trim Border Punch

Ink: Peach Parfait, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Peach Parfait, Crumb Cake, Confetti White
Accessories: Tangerine Tango Striped Ribbon (retired), Scallop Trim Border Punch
 Ink: Pear Pizzaz, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Pear Pizzaz, Crumb Cake, Confetti White
Accessories: Pear Pizzaz Seam Binding, Scallop Trim Border Punch

Ink: Baja Breeze, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Confetti White
Accessories: Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Scallop Trim Border Punch

Happy Valentine's Day... a little late

Well, I know that I haven't posted in a while but didn't realize how long it had really been.  So I have a lot to share with you to get myself caught up.  First up is Valentine's Day.  Sorry to say that the stamp set Valentine Defined that I used on all of these cards is no longer available as it was featured in the Stampin' Up Occasions Mini Catalog.  However, the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set, ribbons (5/8" Whisper White Organza and 1/2" Pretty in Pink Grosgrain), papers (Pretty in Pink and Whisper White Cardstock, Brights and Subtles Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack), punches (Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Curly Label Punch, Full Heart Punch, 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch), and ink (Melon Mambo) are still available in the Stampin' Up 2010 Idea Book and Catalog.

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