Thursday, September 30, 2010

Little Halloween Creatures

Here is another project that will be made at my Fall/Halloween Stamp Camp this month. To find out more about this camp and see one of the other Halloween projects, check out yesterday's post.

I've seen a few people making these, and decided to make some of my own. These little cuties are made with the Petal Card Double XL Punch (p. 202). Their eyes were made with the Two-Step Owl XL Punch (p. 200). A nugget-type candy bar fits perfectly inside these cuties.

This was the first time I got to use my Petal Card Punch. When I first got it, I thought it didn't work, and was ready to get a replacement. I called Stampin' Up!, and I found out that I wasn't using it right. This punch is a "double" punch, meaning it does two things at once. It cuts and scores the shape at once, and that means it needs a little more pressure put on it than the regular punches. When I did it the correct way, it was so easy, and worked perfectly.

What you do is lay the punch onto a table, and put the card stock or paper in it. Then, you need to stand up and put both of you hands onto the CENTER of the punching handle and push down. So, your hands go directly over the image of the shape on the punch and push while standing up. This puts the extra pressure needed for the punch to work without hurting your hands. It was so easy! I didn't feel like I was pushing down hard at all. It cut and scored the card stock perfectly! I'm so happy!

Stamps: None!

Ink: Basic Black Classic Pad and Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Old Olive, Basic Black, & Whisper White card stock

Accessories: Petal Card XL Double Punch, Two-Step Owl XL Punch, Silver Brads, Paper Piercer, Stamping Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals, & Sticky Strip.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

World Card Making Day is Saturday!

This Saturday, October 2, is my World Card Making Day Mini Stamp-A-Stack. It begins @ 10 a.m. and ends around noon. Come make 4 each of the above 3 designs for only $18. That's a total of 12 cards! Envelopes ARE included as always. I'll have all of my greeting sets out, so you can customize them to be birthday cards, thank you cards, get well cards...whatever you need. If you are in the Mooresville, IN area and would like to attend, please let me know by tomorrow (Thursday) @ 10 p.m. EST.

Halloween Side Step Card

You've probably been wondering, "Is that girl still alive?" Yes, I am! I've really missed posting the last 9 days. Too many things going on, and I hope I never go that long without posting again! I've just got to get more organized!

I finally got to work on projects for my upcoming Fall/Halloween Stamp Camp. I've got the Halloween projects finished, and now I'm getting ready to work on the Fall projects. Actually, today I need to make a birthday cake and card for my now 15 year old son first! Today is Alex's birthday, and I'm really feeling old! I can't believe my youngest kid is 15! Time goes by so fast! It won't be long and all 3 of our kids will be driving! EEK!

Back to stamping. Below is one of the Halloween projects being made at my Fall/Halloween Stamp Camp on Friday, October 15 @ 6:30 p.m. There will be 6 projects made (3 Fall and 3 Halloween) for only $15! If you're in the Central Indiana/Mooresville area and would like to attend, please LET ME KNOW by Wednesday, October 13.

This card also goes along with the SUOC2 challenge on the SU-Only Challenges site. It's a great site to go to for inspiration. Make sure you check it out soon!

I've been seeing these side step cards everywhere, and I've been wanting to make one for ages. I got inspiration for this one by seeing a few Halloween ones made by others. I combined different elements from the ones I've seen and put some of my own touches on it as well. It's my favorite project for this camp so far. The ghosts were made with the Two-Step Owl punch. You just punch out the owl, snip off it's legs, and turn him upside down. The eyes were made with medium-sized circles in the punch and my white gel pen. This card was so much FUN!

Stamps: Seasonal Sentiments (p. 15 in Mini)

Ink: Basic Black & Pumpkin Pie Classic pads; Whisper White Craft pad; Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, & Old Olive Stampin' Write markers

Paper: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, & Whisper White card stock

Accessories: Paper Cutter w/Scoring Blade, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Spider Web Impressions Folder, Little Leaves Sizzlits Die, 1-3/4" Circle XL Punch, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle XL Punch, 2 x 1-3/8" Oval XL Punch, Two-Step Owl XL Punch, Bitty Bat L Punch, Stamping Sponges, & uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen

Monday, September 20, 2010

Artistic Birthday

Here is a card I made last week. It could work for either a man or a woman. I used the Artistic Etchings (p. 125). This stamp set is great for making a collage effect. I really like it. I like this color combo, too. I think the Cherry Cobbler really pops!

Stamps: Artistic Etchings & Sincere Salutations

Ink: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, & Wild Wasabi Classic ink

Paper: Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, & Naturals White card stock

Accessories: Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, SU! Scallop Rectangle Clearlits die, & Basic Pearls Jewels

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Simple, Elegant Card

Happy Friday, everyone! I'm trying to get all of my work done quick so I can pack up to scrapbook with my friends at church from 3 p.m. today until 3 p.m. tomorrow. I do come home to sleep, but go right back early in the morning. It's been a awhile since we've done this, and I can't wait!

Today's card is so simple! I only used one ink pad (Pear Pizzazz). I CASEd this card from Crystal Lenssen. I changed mine a little bit, but not much. After stamping the flowers on the right side of the Whisper White card stock, I punched the bottom edge with the Scallop Edge Border Punch. One change I made was to dry emboss the white piece by running it through the Big Shot with the SU! Square Lattice Impressions Folder. I love it embossed! The only other changes I made was to stamp the flower image only once, put the greeting on a separate oval layer (attached with dimensionals), and stamp the leaves along the bottom of the Pear Pizzazz card. I also stamped the leaves along the bottom inside the card. You can kind of see that in the picture.

Stamps: Just Believe

Ink: Pear Pizzazz Classic ink pad

Paper: Pear Pizzazz & Whisper White card stock

Accessories: Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Scallop Edge Border Punch, 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval L Punch, Scallop Oval XL Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, SU! Square Lattice Impressions Folder

Don't forget about this month's card kit. You only have until Monday, September 27 to purchase this kit. To find out more and to place your order, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Butterflies With Bling

I decided to make a card using the Flight of the Butterfly (p. 102) set. I hadn't made a card with this set for awhile, and decided to get it out. I love how the butterflies can be punched out with the Butterfly XL punch (p. 202). The colors look a little different in the picture than the actual card, but you get the idea.

I stamped the small butterfly and the outlined butterfly all over the Daffodil Delight card stock using the same color ink. I then stamped the butterflies on scraps of card stock (Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, & Old Olive), using the same color of ink as the card stock. I then punched out the butterflies. I put the adhesive on the center of the butterflies only so I could raise the wings up a little bit. I also put on rhinestones from the Basic Rhinestones Jewels (p. 188) pack. There are three long strips of little rhinestones in the pack (along with others). I cut the strips to the size I needed (4 rhinestones) and attached them to the center of the butterflies. I really like the bling!

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Old Olive, & Basic Black Classic ink pads

Paper: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, & Old Olive card stock

Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Butterfly XL Punch, Basic Rhinestone Jewels

Monday, September 13, 2010

Remember When...

I took a little time on Labor Day to scrapbook. It's been way too long since I've scrapbooked. I really enjoyed it. I've been working on a scrapbook for my husband for almost 3 years now. With moving into our house last year and other things coming up, it kept getting put on the back burner. I'm happy to say that I only have two more 2 page layouts to make, and it will be finished! I got most of it completed before my husband even knew I was making it. That's another reason it took so long. I could only work on it when he wasn't around, and that was very hard at our old house. My stamping was done on the dining room table, right out in the open. I did finally let him see it a little over a year ago, and he really loved it. I can't wait until I can give it to him completed!

I finally got to use my Distressing Essentials Kit (p. 195) on these pages. After stamping the flowers, swirls, hummingbird, and title, I tore around the stamped images and sponged the torn edges with Concord Crush ink. I then wrinkled them by wadding them up, and then opening them up again. I then rubbed the Tea Stain ink on with the flat rubber stamp in the kit. I then sanded them with the sanding block. I really liked how this distressed the images. It goes well with the pictures of my husband's mom, grandmother, great- grandmother, and other relatives.

The Basic Gray 12" x 12" card stock is textured, but I also wanted to add more to it to make it more vintage-like. I used the Mostly Vintage Decor Stencil (p. 224) to get the effect I wanted. I laid the stencil down and inked it up with Basic Gray Classic ink with a sponge dauber. I kept doing this until I had the card stock covered. A quick and inexpensive way to make your own designer-looking paper. If you would like to see a bigger version of any of the pictures, just click on them.

I almost forgot about the top layers of paper. Do you see the border of the paper? I got this effect using the Top Note die. I folded the paper accordion style every 4 inches. That gave me 3 sections of paper (the paper is 12" wide). When still folded, the 4" sections fit inside the long side of the Top Note. With the folds inside of the die's two short sides' blades keeps the paper in one piece. So, I was only cutting the bottom long side of the paper. After running it through the Big Shot, I unfolded the paper and had the wonderful border. I did it again on another piece of paper, and layered it. I'll definitely be using this technique again!

Stamps: Elements of Style & Word Play

Ink: Concord Crush, Pretty In Pink, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, & Pear Pizzazz Classic ink pads

Paper: Basic Gray textured card stock, Very Vanilla & Concord Crush card stock; Lap of Luxury DSP

Accessories: Distressing Essentials Kit, Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim, Pretty In Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Vintage Trinkets, Decorative Label XL Punch (Mini), Antique Brads, Basic Rhinestones Jewels, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle XL Punch, 2-1/2" Circle XL Punch (Mini), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, SU! Top Note Bigz Die, Mostly Vintage Decor Stencil, Stamping Sponges, & Sponge Daubers

Sunday, September 12, 2010

September Card Kit - Card #4

Here is the last card from my September Card Kit. To find out more about this kit (and see the picture of all 4 card designs), please CLICK HERE.

Once again, the colors used on this card, and the others are Cajun Craze, Old Olive, More Mustard, & Early Espresso.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September Card Kit - Card #3

Yes, it's another close-up of one of this month's card kit cards! To find out more about this card kit, and see a picture of the other cards in the kit, please CLICK HERE.

The colors used on this card, and all of the cards in the kit, are Cajun Craze, Old Olive, More Mustard, & Early Espresso.

Today is the 9th anniversary of 9/11. Please keep those that lost loved ones that awful day in your prayers. Also, continue to pray for our military who are still risking their lives for us.

Friday, September 10, 2010

September Card Kit - Card #2

Here is a close-up of another card in this month's card kit that I'm offering. To find out more about this kit, CLICK HERE.

This is my favorite Fall set that I own! The leaves are just gorgeous! I also love these colors together. I got the color combo from the Autumn Spice Specialty DSP from the mini. It's on p. 13 of the Holiday Mini if you would like to see it. The colors are Cajun Craze, Old Olive, More Mustard, & Early Espresso.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

September Card Kit

I've been wanting to offer monthly card kits for awhile, and I'm finally doing it! I figured that a set of Fall cards would be good for September. I really had fun coming up with these cards, and I hope you like them. I just love Fall colors, don't you?

My card kits consist of all of the consumable products (pre-cut & pre-punched card stock & accessories) needed to make 12 cards (4 designs/3 of ea.), 12 envelopes, & step-by-step instructions on how to make the cards. All this for only $18. You can pick your kit up when I inform you it's ready, or I can ship it priority mail to you for $5.

The first picture is a close-up of one of the cards. The colors and punches I used are listed in the add-ons list below. The neutral card stock I used was Very Vanilla. I also used Gold Brads and Stampin' Dimensionals. The card stock, brads, & dimensionals are included in the kit.

Below is the picture of all of the kids in this kit. I'll show a close-up of the other 3 cards every day for the next 3 days.

If you own the stamp sets, ink, etc., I used to make the cards, you're set. You can also make the cards using ink and stamp sets you already own, or you can purchase the add-ons you don't have. When you buy one of my kits, you can purchase the stamp set (or sets) I used at 10% off! Discount is on the sets only, regular shipping & sales tax apply. Because of Stampin' Up! rules, my card kits and the add-ons are only available to those in the United States.

Here are the add-ons this month. If you would like to order any add-ons, you'll need to E-MAIL ME your order for the add-ons. That's the only way you can get the discount for the stamp sets. The prices are before shipping & sales tax:

French Foliage Set (p. 14 in Holiday Mini)
--Wood - $17.96 (was $19.95)
--Clear - $13.46 (was $14.95)
Teeny Tiny Wishes (p. 157) - $33.26 (was $36.95)
Cajun Craze Classic Ink Pad - $5.95
More Mustard Classic Ink Pad - $5.95
Old Olive Classic Ink Pad - $5.95
Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad - $5.95
Paper Piercing Tool - $3.50
Mat Pack - $9.95
Stamping Sponges - $3.50

If you order any of the add-ons, they'll be shipped separately from the card kit. If you come to pick up your kit and order add-ons, I'll let you know when they're ready.

This card kit is available until Monday, Sept. 27. Payment must be received by this date, also. All orders will be ready for shipment or pick-up within 10 business days of receiving payment. If you pay by check or money order, you'll need to e-mail me to place your order. If you want to pay with a credit card, you can pay for it through PayPal. You can do this by clicking the button below. This is the first time I've used a PayPal button, so please let me know if you have any problems.

September Card Kit Options

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack - Card #5

I hope you're enjoying your long holiday weekend! Here's the last Christmas card design for my Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack (SAS). I heat embossed the tree from the Snow Swirled set (p. 40) with Silver emboss powder (EP), so it's nice and shiny! It's hard to tell in the picture, but the red strip is stamped with one of the snowflake stamps in the set using Real Red ink. The tree top was stamped with the smallest snowflake stamp in the set, and then punch out with the 1/2" Circle S Punch (p. 202). The greeting comes from the Christmas Greetings set (p. 44), and it was stamped using Basic Black ink.

The rest of the card designs are pictured on the right. To find out more about this SAS, please CLICK HERE.

Stamps: Snow Swirled & Christmas Greetings

Ink: Real Red & Basic black Classic ink pads; VersaMark Pad

Paper: Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Real Red, & Whisper White card stock

Accessories: Silver EP, Heat Tool, 1/2" S Circle Punch, & Scallop Edge Border Punch

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack - Card #4

Here's card #4! The main set is Come to Bethlehem (p. 43) I just love silhouette stamp sets, and I really like this one. It also has 3 sayings that go with it, too. It is a little hard to tell, but I used the Sanded BG (p. 142) on the Bravo Burgundy. I stamped it using Bravo Burgundy Classic ink. I sponged the image piece with Bravo Burgundy ink, too. The saying was punched out with the Modern Label Punch (p. 202), and then layered on top of a burgundy piece punched out with the Scallop Oval XL Punch (p. 200), and then a mustard piece punched out with the new Decorative Label XL Punch (p. 25 in the Holiday Mini).

The rest of the card designs are pictured on the right. To find out more about this SAS, please CLICK HERE.

Stamps: Come to Bethlehem & Sanded BG

Ink: Bravo Burgundy & More Mustard Classic ink pads

Paper: Bravo Burgundy, More Mustard, & Crumb Cake card stock.

Accessories: Decorative Label XL Punch (Mini), Modern Label XL Punch, Scallop Oval XL Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim, Mini Glue Dot, Stampin' Dimensionals, & Stamping Sponges

Friday, September 3, 2010

Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack - Card #3

Here's another Christmas card design for my Christmas Card SAS. I used the Delightful Decorations (p. 35) set for this one. I also used Jolly Holiday DS paper (p. 174). The "Merry Christmas" stamp is from the Seasons of Joy (p. 33) set. I used the Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding (p. 21 in mini) again. I really love the Cherry Cobbler color!

The rest of the card designs are pictured on the right. To find out more about this SAS, please CLICK HERE.

Stamps: Delightful Decorations & Seasons of Joy

Ink: Old Olive & Basic Black Classic ink pads

Paper: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, & Very Vanilla card stock; Jolly Holiday DSP

Accessories: Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding (Mini) & Ornament XL Punch

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack - Card #2

Here is another card design that will be made at my Christmas Card SAS next Friday, September 10. I always try to use non-traditional colors on at least one of my Christmas cards, and this is the one. I used the new Northern Flurry Impressions Folder from the Holiday Mini. By the way, you can order from the Holiday Mini beginning today! It runs until January 3, 2010.

The stamp set I used is Serene Snowflakes. After I stamped them onto the Whisper White card stock, I sprayed it with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. It's hard to tell in the picture, but it really shimmers in person.

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes & Many Merry Messages

Ink: Concord Crush, Marina Mist, & Blushing Bride Classic ink pads

Paper: Concord Crush, Marina Mist, Blushing Bride, & Whisper White card stock

Accessories: Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads, Crop-A-Dile, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, & Northern Flurry Impressions Folder (Mini)

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