Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope you're all having a wonderful Memorial Day. Today, I'm sharing a couple cards that another one of my stampin' sisters made. Mandy H. made these great cards. She used the Fourth of July set on the top card and the Red, White & Blue jumbo wheel on the bottom one. They're both on p. 28 in the Summer Mini. I love this set and wheel. I'll be getting both of them soon, and I can't wait to play with them. Mandy also has a great blog, and you can see it HERE.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Monochromatic Elements of Style

I thought this stamp set would make a great monochromatic card. For those of you that don't know, a monochromatic card uses just one color, and it can be different shades of that color. I decided to use different shades of pink (rose) on this one.

I stamped the flowers in Rose Red ink, and then I brushed a wet aqua painter across the stamped flowers and leaves. Rose Red Classic ink isn't waterproof, so it bleeds a little when it is dampened. This makes the flowers look like they've been painted with a very pale shade of pink. I also used the sketch, SC276, from SCS (Splitcoaststampers).

Stamps: Elements of Style (Mini)

Ink: Pink Pirouette (coming back July 1) & Rose Red

Paper: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, & Naturals White card stock

Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch (coming back July 1), SU! Square Lattice Impressions Folder (Mini), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Vintage Brads, Pretty in Pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, 1-1/4" & 1" Circle Punches, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kendra's Swap Cards

Below, are three of the swaps that my stampin' sister, Kendra Jordan, made. All three of these stamp sets are from the Summer Mini, and they're all on my wish list. I think she did a great job on these cards.

Watercolor Trio

Sweet Scoops

Bouquet Bunch

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Another Black Magic Technique Card

I had a wonderful Sunday afternoon a couple days ago. I'm part of a swap group that includes me and 4 other wonderful friends, who just happen to be demonstrators, too. They all came over to my house Sunday, and we swapped our cards and made a few more. We also talked about what we're doing right now with our Stampin' Up! businesses. We always have so much fun together, and we are always helping each other. I would never have met these ladies if I hadn't become a demonstrator over 7 years ago. I'm so glad I did! They have become very special friends of mine.

The card below is the one I made for our shoebox swap. I came up with the card, and supplied everyone with the supplies needed to make the card. Once again, I used the Black Magic technique. There is a link to a technique video another demonstrator made in YESTERDAY'S POST. I used only one color on each flower and stem. The video says to use 2 or 3 shades. I think it looks great with just one color for this stamp set. I also used a Clean and Simple sketch from SCS. It's CAS39.

Stamps: Awash with Flowers (available again July 1st) & Teeny Tiny Wishes

Whisper White Craft Ink Pad, Basic Black Classic Ink Pad

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, & Basic Black card stock

Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, uni-ball Signo white gel pen, Melon Mambo Polka-Dot ribbon, Big Shot, & SU! Square Lattice Impressions Folder (Mini)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Black Magic Technique

My technique club made this card last week. I saw this wonderful technique, and just had to try it. You can see a wonderful video on how to do this technique, you need to go to Wendy Bell's blog, Wickedly Wonderful Creations. I really love this technique, and I know I'll be using it a lot in the future.

Stamps: Kind & Caring Thoughts (Level 3 Hostess Set)

Ink: Brocade Blue Classic Pad; Whisper White Craft Pad

Paper: Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Brocade Blue, Basic Black, & Whisper White card stock

Accessories: uni-ball Signo gel pen, Watercolor Pencils, Wide Oval Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Heat Tool, & Crushed Curry Polka-Dot ribbon

Friday, May 21, 2010

SCS Summer Mini Swap #5

This great Father's Day card was made by Sandy Hoefakker. She used the King of the Grill set from the Summer Mini (p. 29 She did a great job watercoloring on this one. She also used the new Impressions Folder, SU! Square Lattice. As you can see in some of the other cards I've posted this week, it's a pretty popular folder. I have it, and love it!

Stamps: King of the Grill (Mini)

Ink: Jet Black Stazon ink pad; Watercolor Wonder Crayons

Paper: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, & So Saffron card stock; Watercolor Paper

Accessories: Aqua Painters, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, SU! Square Lattice Impressions Folder, & Old Olive Striped ribbon

Thursday, May 20, 2010

SCS Summer Mini Swap #4

This cute card was made by Toni Turbide. She used the A Little Bit of Magic set from the Summer Mini (p. 21). I love how she used glitter on the fairy's skirt and wings. She also used the new Bitty Buttons with the coordinating Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack from the Mini (p. 11) She punched out the small flowers with one of the punches in the pack from Bermuda Bay CS and attached them to the back of the buttons. They make super quick & cute accents!

Stamps: A Little Bit of Magic (Mini) & Tiny Tags (Occasions Mini-still available)

Ink: Basic Black Class ink pad; Various Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, & Very Vanilla card stock

Accessories: Fine Cosmo Glitter, Bitty Buttons (Mini), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (Mini), Jewelry Tag Punch, Photo Corner Punch, Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, SU! Square Lattice Impressions Folder.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

SCS Summer Mini Swap #3

Today's card was made by LuAnn Johnson. She used the cute set, Sweet Scoops, from the Summer Mini (p. 10). This set is on my very long wish list! It's so cute! It's great for cards and scrapbook pages alike. I can't wait to get it!

Stamps: Sweet Scoops (Mini)

Ink: Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, & More Mustard Classic ink pads

Paper: Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, & Whisper White card stock; Melon Mambo Patterns DSP

Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, SU! Finial Press Impressions Folder, Melon Mambo Polka-Dot ribbon, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

SCS Summer Mini Swap #2

Here is the 2nd card I'm sharing from the SCS swap I was in. This wonderful card was made by Melanie Wysong. She used the Bouquet Bunch set from the Summer Mini (p. 21). The Sweet Pea designer paper she used is no longer available, but you can definitely use one of the other designer paper packs Stampin' Up! sells to make it. I love how she stamped the pots onto designer paper with Basic Black ink and cut them out. Very cute!

Stamps: Bouquet Bunch (Mini)

Ink: Basic Black and Soft Suede Classic Pads; So Saffron, Rose Red, Pixie Pink, Garden Green, Always Artichoke, & Mellow Moss Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Whisper White card stock and Sweet Pea DSP Pack (no longer available)

Accessories: Tag Corner Punch, Paper Snips, and Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon

Monday, May 17, 2010

SCS Summer Mini Swap #1

Happy Monday! I'm going to be working hard on my oldest daughter's graduation stuff this week, so I'm going to share some cards that I received from a demonstrator swap I was in through SCS (Splitcoaststampers). I really received a lot of great cards in this swap, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Since I have graduation on my mind, I thought I'd share one of the cards I received using the Go, Graduate set from the Summer Mini (p. 24). It was made by Mel Kulig. I've got this set, and I'm going to be using this set to make my daughter's Graduation Open House invitations. I'll post it as soon as I get it done.

Stamps: Go Graduate & Elements of Style (both from mini)

Ink: Basic Black, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, & Creamy Caramel

Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron, & Certainly Celery

Accessories: Medium Jewelry Tag Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Linen Thread, & Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon

Friday, May 14, 2010

Circle Circus Layout

These pages were made with one of the stamp sets that are part of the National Scrapbooking Month promotion this month. If you order this set, or any others on the list, and you can pick out a set of designer brads for free. To see the list of stamp sets and designer brads, please click on the "Scrapbooking Month Special" icon in the right column of this blog.

I really like the set, Circle Circus, a lot. Each circle can be punched out with a Stampin' Up! circle punch, which makes the set so easy to use. I used various circles from the set to make the circle collage on the bottom of the pages. I wasn't able to use all of the circles in the set, but I did use a few. I used another of the circles across the top of each page, too.

I made the flowers on the 2nd page of the layout by stamping a circle and then punching it out with the coordinating circle punch. I stamped the circles using the same color of ink as the card stock. I used the 1" circle punch on the flower petals, and the 1-1/4" circle punch on the flower center.

Stamps: Circle Circus (promo) and Just Perfect Alphabet Sets

Only Orange, Taken With Teal, Crushed Curry, & Pink Passion Classic ink pads

Pink Passion, Only Orange, Taken with Teal, Crushed Curry, & Whisper White card stock

Scallop Edge Punch, 1" & 1-1/4" Circle Punches, and 3/16" Corner Rounder Punch

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sweet 16 Scrapbook Layout

This is a layout that I just made that features both of my daughters turning 16. Stephanie (the brunette) turned 16 last August, and Whitney (the blond) will be turning 19 at the end of next month. I wanted to have a layout that showed them both at their Sweet 16 birthday parties. I really like how it turned out.

I made the flowers with my new Island Floral Bigz die that's in the Summer Mini (p. 27). The flowers looked pretty, but I wanted to add a little something to make them pop.

I decided they needed a little texture. So, after die-cutting the flower layers, I ran them through the Big Shot again using the new Square Impressions Folder that's also in the Summer Mini (p. 24). Once again, Stampin' Up! has another wonderful Impressions Folder that I love. It looks great with these flowers!

Greenhouse Garden

Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, Almost Amethyst, Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery, and Old Olive Classic Ink Pads

Apricot Appeal, Almost Amethyst, Cameo Coral, Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery, and Naturals White card stock

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, SU! Island Floral Bigz Die (mini), SU! Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (mini), Go Go Boots Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Dies, & Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Color Renovation Update

The retiring colors are going faster than expected! The ink pads will still be available through May, but some may be on backorder. After June 1, all of the retiring ink pads will be while supplies last.

The card stock is the hardest hit for the retiring colors. There are a few colors that are already out in the regular smooth card stock, so Stampin' Up! will be sending the card stock ordered in these colors in the textured card no extra cost! So, the card stock has had to be changed to while supplies last a little earlier than expected. Using the textured card stock, Stampin' Up! is hoping that they'll have enough card stock to make it through May as planned, but there may be a rare case where a color of card stock may disappear completely before May 31.

So, if you're wanting to stock up on some retiring card stock, you'll want to hurry! Place your ORDER ONLINE today! To see the retiring colors, click the link in the left column of this blog.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day Card

I wanted to post this yesterday, but didn't have a chance. I hope all you mothers had a wonderful Mother's day yesterday! Mine was wonderful. We had a beautiful day. My husband and kids gave me beautiful roses to plant in our front yard. I can't wait to get them planted!

The card I made my mom is below. I was so happy when she said she loved it. I had seen a lot of people use the Two-Step Bird punch from the last Occasions mini to make tulips, and wanted to do the same thing on my mom's card. The wing of the bird is used to make the tulips, and the branch is used for the stems and leaves. I did cut the leaves off of the branch, and then put them where I wanted them. I used the Ornament punch from the past Holiday Mini to make the vase. Both of these punches are not in a catalog right now, but they are still available to purchase.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Rich Razzleberry Classic ink pad

Paper: Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Pretty In Pink & Naturals White card stock; Cottage Wall DSP

Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch, Ornament Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Last Pages of My Sunny Day Album

Here are pictures of the last five, 6" x 6", 2-page layouts for my Sunny Day Album. I've also included a picture of the album it's in. This complete scrapbook album can be made (including the Polka Dot Album pictured below) at my upcoming National Scrapbooking Month class, called "Scrapbook Album in an Evening." To find out more, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.

Scrapbook Album

Pages 10 & 11

Pages 12 & 13

Pages 14 & 15

Pages 16 & 17

Pages 18 & 19

Monday, May 3, 2010

First Half of my Sunny Day Album

I'm so sorry that I didn't get any pages posted over the weekend. We only own one computer, and both of my high school daughters had big projects they had to work on all weekend, so old Mom didn't get to use the computer at all. We did just order 2 laptops Saturday, so that will change soon. The computer we have now is SUPER old (over 8 years old), and we've been needing a new computer for awhile. Our oldest will be going to college in the fall, so she'll need a laptop of her own, so we decided to use our tax check to get two. Not used to making such a big purchase at once, but it'll be worth it. I can't wait for the new computer!

I'm going to post the first five two-page layouts today, and I'll post the last five tomorrow. This is the album that I first planned out on My Digital Studio, and that made the making of this "traditional" album very quick and easy for me. I did make a few changes...added a little stamping and added a couple punched hearts, but that's it.

I am offering this album as my National Scrapbooking Month class. I'm offering it two different evenings...Friday, May 14 and Tuesday, Mary 18. It will be 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. both evenings. The fee for this camp is $35. Deadline to sign-up is early. In order to attend, I must know by this Wednesday, May 5. To find out more about this class, please CLICK HERE.

First and Last Pages

Pages 2 & 3

Pages 4 & 5

Pages 6 & 7

Pages 8 & 9
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