Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Daughter's Birthday Card

Yesterday was my oldest child's 20th birthday.  I can't believe my baby is no longer a teenager.  The time sure goes by fast!  This is the birthday card I made her yesterday.  Her favorite color is purple, so, of course, I had to put a lot of purple in it.  I CASEd a card made by Connie Babbert when making this one.

I used the sneak peek stamp set, Delicate Doilies.  This pretty set will be available to purchase beginning Friday, after 2:00 p.m. EST.  The greeting is a level one hostess set from the Summer Mini called Swirls & Curls Verses (p. 4).  I made the flower using the Island Floral Bigz Die.  The flower petals were made with White Vellum card stock, and embossed with the Finial Press Impressions Folder.  The leaves were made with Pear Pizzazz card stock, and embossed with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder.  The Wisteria Wonder (purple) layer of the card was embossed with the Framed Tulips Impressions Folder.  I think that's the most Impressions Folders I've ever used on one card!  The flower center was made with the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch (p. 6 in the Summer Mini) and a Pretty in Pink flower brad from the Subtles Flower Brads Pack.

It's hard to tell in the picture, but I did add a strip of designer paper from the Sneak Peek paper, Flirtatious Specialty DSP.  It's under the flower.  The flower petal layers are also separated with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I cut little strips from the scraps of the dimensionals and attached them below the flower center so they couldn't be seen.  Then, I attached the flower to the card with dimensionals as well.  I then attached the leaves underneath with Snail Adhesive. 

Stamps:  Delicate Doilies (Sneak Peek) & Swirls & Curls Verses (Mini Hostess Set)

Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, & Pretty In Pink Classic Ink Pads

Paper:  Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Pretty In Pink, & Whisper White Card Stock; Flirtatious Specialty DSP (Sneak Peek)

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Finial Press Impressions Folder, Square Lattice Impressions Folder, Framed Tulips Bigz Die, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Subtles Flower Brads, & Stampin' Dimensionals.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Strength & Hope MojoMonday

Happy Monday, everyone!  I finally had time to do a MojoMonday sketch!  This is MOJO197.  I really like making square cards.  This one measures 4-1/4" x 4-1/4", so it fits in one of Stampin' Up!'s regular medium envelopes (A2 envelope).

The set I used is Strength & Hope (p. 27 in the Summer Mini).  For every set sold through August 30th, Stampin' Up! will donate $2 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  So, not only do you get a beautiful stamp set, you help breast cancer research!  I'll be having a With One Stamp Set Class in July, and the stamp set that will be used is this one.  The class fee will include the Strength & Hope stamp set (choice of WM or CM) and 4-5 cards using the set.  This card will be one of the ones being made.  More information to come soon.

The designer paper I used is a new paper pack that will be in the new Idea Book & Catalog that comes out this Friday.  It's called Pocketful of Posies DSP.  The colors in this paper pack are really pretty together.  The colors I used are just a few that are in the paper.  The flower was made with the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch (p. 6 in the Summer Mini).  The bottom two layers were made with Rich Razzleberry card stock, and I ran the top of these 2 layers with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder (p. 214).  The 3rd layer was punched out of one of the sheets in the Pocketful of Posies DSP.  The flower center was punched out with one of the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (p. 200), and embossed with the same Impressions Folder mentioned above.  I put three of the smallest pearls from the Basic Pearls Jewels Pack (p. 188) on top.  The pearl on  the butterfly is one of the largest pearls in the pack.  I attached the whole flower with 2 Stampin' Dimensionals (p. 197).  The leaves were made with the Little Leaves Sizzlit die (p. 210).

Stamps:  Strength & Hope (Mini)

Ink:  Night of Navy Classic ink pad; Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, & Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Markers

Paper:  Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, & Whisper White card stock; Pocketful of Posies DSP(Sneak Peek)

Accessories:  Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon, Clear Rhinestone Brads, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Basic Pearls Jewels, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Square Lattice Impressions Folder, Little Leaves Sizzlits Die, Crop-A-Dile, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sneak Peek of a New Hostess Set

I hope you're all enjoying your weekend so far.  It's a beautiful day here in Central Indiana!  I used this week's color and card sketch challenges over at SCS (  The color sketch is CC328, and the card sketch is SC338.  I love learning new color combos that include one of my favorite SU! colors, Cherry Cobbler, and this is a good one.

The stamp sets that I used on this card are both hostess sets.  The greeting is from the Love & Care set (p. 5 in the Summer Mini) and the main stamp set is called Simply Soft.  The Simply Soft set is a new hostess set in the new Idea Book & Catalog beginning July 1st.  Stampin' Up! has some GORGEOUS hostess sets this year, and they've also changed the hostess benefits!  I believe that you'll LOVE the new benefits!  They're even better than before!  Be one of the first to earn free stuff from the new 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog and get your new catalog free by booking a workshop in July!  Just EMAIL ME, and I'll get you scheduled!  I do card workshops, scrapbook workshops, & a combination of both.  The hostess chooses the one she wants.

The big scallop circle was made with my Big Shot (p. 204) and the Scallop Circle Bigz die (p 207).  I cut the inner circle with my Circle Scissor Plus (p. 199).  I set the dial at 3-3/4", and cut.  I stamped the lined flower images with Night of Navy ink, the petals with Cherry Cobbler ink, and colored the stem in with a Crumb Cake marker.  The "splatter" effect on the circle was done with the same Crumb Cake marker and the Color Spritzer Tool (p. 195).  The texture on the Cherry Cobbler layer was made by running the card stock through my Big Shot with the Finial Press Impressions Folder (p. 214). 

The bow was made with a 8-9" piece of Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon (carry-over from the Occasions Mini, & in the new catalog in July).  It's called a Faux Bow, and I learned it from a VIDEO that Dawn Olchefske made.  You should really check it out!  It's the easiest way I've seen to make a perfect bow!  The brad I used for the center is an Antique Brad (p. 187).

Stamps:  Simply Soft (Sneak Peek hostess set) & Love & Care (Level Two Hostess set in Mini)

Ink:  Night of Navy & Cherry Cobbler Classic ink pads; Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker

Paper:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, & Naturals White Card Stock

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Finial Press Impressions Folder, Scallop Circle Bigz Die, Circle Scissors Plus, Color Spritzer Tool, Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Antique Brads, & Crop-A-Dile

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Open Sea Father's Day

Happy Monday, everyone!  I wanted to show all of you the card I made my dad for Father's Day yesterday.  I used the stamp set, The Open Sea (p. 9), from the Summer Mini.  The picture didn't turn out very well, because I had to take the picture inside.  The lighting in my office isn't very good.  The colors look better in real life, but I did adjust the picture some, so it's close.  The designer paper that I used is also in the Summer Mini.  It's called Nautical Expedition DSP (p. 8).  The paper really coordinates well with this set.  I also tied on some Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine (p. 10) from the Summer Mini along the bottom of the blue layer.  I also wanted some texture on the card base, so I embossed it with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder (p. 214).

Here are a couple tips about the card.  I got the burned-edge look on the Not Quite Navy layer by tearing the card stock and then brushing the Not Quite Navy Classic ink pad across the torn edge.  I really like using this effect.  If you look closely, you can see that I stamped the globe from the stamp set behind the ship.  I inked it up with Soft Suede Classic ink and stamped it twice on a piece of scrap paper before stamping it onto the right side of the white card stock.  I then stamped the ship onto it.

Stamps:  The Open Sea (Mini) & Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, & Soft Suede Classic Ink Pads

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede, & Confetti White Card Stock; Nautical Expedition DSP (Mini)

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Square Lattice Impressions Folder, Cherry Cobbler/White Baker's Twine, 1-1/4" Square Punch, 1-3/8" Square Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Vintage Trinkets, & Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Next Week's Technique Club Card

Happy Thursday, everyone!  Today's card is the card that my Technique Stamp Club will be making at their last monthly get-together.  The technique is called "Burnishing."  I really love this way of coloring in stamped images.  As I said, this is the last technique my current club will be learning, but I have a new one beginning in July.  I would like to get 12 people, if possible.  Right now, I have at least 3 spaces still open (possibly one or two more) for people that don't live too far from me (I'm in Mooresville, Indiana).  Here are just a few club member perks:
  1. Get the new 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog Free!
  2. Learn a new Stampin' Technique every month
  3. One month out of the 12, you get to earn the hostess benefits
To learn more about this club, please click HERE.

Stamps:  Flower Fest & Happy Greetings (both from the Summer Mini)

Ink:  Baja Breeze, Melon Mambo, So Saffron, & Old Olive Classic Ink Pads

Paper:  Old Olive, So Saffron, & Naturals White Card Stock; Greenhouse Gala DSP (retiring)

Accessories:  Eyelet Border Punch, Butterfly Punch, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Fancy Flower Punch, Sponge Daubers, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Top Note Bigz Die, & Paper Snips

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sneak Peek Stamp Set - Delicate Doilies

I finally got to play with my new toys!  I've had them for almost a week, but this is the first time I could actually make something with them.  It's been driving me crazy!  lol  I did use a sketch challenge on this card.  It's a new one I haven't done before at the Clean & Simple Stamping blog.  It's FTL144, and you can find it HERE.

This set is called Delicate Doilies.  The images in this set are so dainty and pretty.  I really like it.  I can't wait to use the set on a scrapbook page!  The other stamp set, Swirls & Curls Verses, is the level one hostess set in the current Summer Mini.  The other new item I used is the border on the right side of the card.  It's a punch called Lace Ribbon Border Punch.  It actually punches out a beautiful lacy wide strip.  I've only got about a third of it showing.

How do you like the colors?  Aren't they gorgeous?!  The colors are three of the five new 2011-2013 In Colors.  I'm in LOVE!  The purple color is Wisteria Wonder, coral color is Calypso Coral, and green color is Lucky Limeade.  I'll be using this color combo a lot!

Stamps:  Delicate Doilies (sneak peek) and Swirls & Curls Verses (level one hostess)

Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, & Early Espresso Classic Ink Pads; Calypso Coral & Lucky Limeade Stampin' Write Markers (all sneak peeks except for Early Espresso)

Paper:  Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, & Whisper White Card Stock  (all sneak peeks except for Whisper White)

Accessories:  Lace Ribbon Border Punch (sneak peek), Basic Rhinestones Jewels, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, & Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Last Two Cards for My Fond Farewell Camp

For those of you that get my newsletter, I'm sorry that I didn't get one of these posted yesterday like I said I would.  One of my daughters and I were food poisoned!  I made taco salad Monday night, and we had 2 bottles of taco sauce.  Steph and I were the only ones that had taco sauce from one of the bottles, so I'm sure it must have been bad.  Ken and our other 2 kids never had a problem.  We were both so sick that we felt like we were dying.  We knew we weren't...just felt like it.   We even got pretty high temperatures with body aches.  No fun at all!  Steph is completely better, and I pretty much am.  I'm just a little tired, but that's it.  So, I'm posting both cards to make up for not posting yesterday.

As it says in the title, these are the last 2 cards being made at my upcoming Fond Farewell Stamp Camp.  If you would like to know more about the camp, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.  The top card was made with the soon-to-be retired stamp set, On a Pedestal (p. 55).  I also used the soon-to-be retired items, Early Espresso 5/8" Satin Ribbon (p. 191) and Jolly Holiday DSP (p. 174).  Yes, the designer paper is from a pack of paper intended for Christmas!  The bottom card uses the soon-to-be retired stamp set, Friends 24-7 (p. 138), and the soon-to-be retired Lap of Luxury DSP (p. 174)

Stamps:  On a Pedestal (retiring)

Ink:  Baja Breeze, More Mustard, & Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink Pads; Cherry Cobbler & Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers

Paper:  Baja Breeze, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, & Very Vanilla Card Stock; Jolly Holiday DSP (retiring)

Accessories:  Regals Brads, Early Espresso 5/8" Satin Ribbon (retiring), Basic Rhinestones Jewels, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Fancy Flower Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, & Mat Pack
Stamps:  Friends 24-7 (retiring)

Ink:  Concord Crush & Pretty In Pink Classic Ink Pads

Paper:  Confetti White & Pretty In Pink Card Stock; Lap of Luxury DSP (retiring)

Accessories:  Pretty In Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, June 6, 2011

Fond Farewell to A Flower For All Seasons

Here is another card that is going to be made at my Fond Farewell Stamp Camp.  I've changed the date of the Tuesday camp, but the Friday camp is still the same.  To find out more about this camp, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.  The main stamp set, designer paper and the ribbon are all retiring.  You can find the stamp set, A Flower for All Seasons, on p. 107, the paper, Greenhouse Gala, on p. 173, and the Daffodil Delight 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon on p. 191 (all in the big catty).

Stamps:  A Flower for All Seasons (retiring) & Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:  Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad; Real Red, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, & Daffodil Delight Classic Ink Pads

Paper:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, & Whisper White Card Stock; Greenhouse Gala DSP (retiring)

Accessories:  Daffodil Delight 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (retiring), Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch (Mini), Brights Collection Brads, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Blender Pens, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, & Framed Tulips Impressions Folder (still available from Occasions Mini)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fond Farewell Stamp Camp Is Next Week

Here are a couple of the cards that will be made at my Fond Farewell Stamp Camp next week.  There will be a total of 5 made at the camp.  All of the cards will be made with stamp sets that are retiring.  CLICK HERE for the links to the Last Chance Lists.  To find out more about this camp, please visit my EVENTS CALENDAR

Stamps:  Pick A Petal (retiring) & Afterthoughts (retiring level one hostess set)

Ink:  Blushing Bride & Pear Pizzazz Classic ink pads

Paper:  Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, & Whisper White card stock; In Color Designer Series Paper Pack (retiring level one hostess item)

Accessories:  Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1-3/8" x 5/8" Oval Punch (retiring), 2" x 1-3/8" Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Basic Pearls Jewels, Paper Snips, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps:  Simply Said (retiring)

Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad; Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, & Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Markers

Paper:  Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, & Naturals White card stock

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Petals-A-Plenty Impression Folder, Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Edge Border Punch, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Last Chance Lists Are Here!

I can't believe it's time for items to be retiring already! There are quite a few stamp sets, accessories, and Definitely Decorative items retiring this month.  The links to the lists are below, along with some information about each list.

Last Chance Stamp Sets List - Click Here
The retiring stamp sets are available until June 30th.  

 Last Chance Accessories List - Click Here
The retiring accessories are while supplies last or June 30th (whichever comes first).
The best way to order these items is through my ONLINE STORE. As in past years, the accessories sell out very quickly, and ordering them online yourself will better your chances at getting them before they're gone. Items are immediately taken out of the online store when they sell out. There are also accessories that have been discounted! Save 25-40% off some accessory items!

Last Chance Definitely Decorative List - Click Here
The retiring Definitely Decorative Items are available until June 30.
There are MANY Definitely Decorative items being retired. Beginning in July, the Definitely Decorative items will be included in the Idea Book & Catalog (not in their own catalog), so there won't be as many. Don't miss out on any wall decorations you've been putting off buying! They just may be retiring!

If you have any questions, please CONTACT ME.  Remember, the Last Chance Accessories are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST or June 30th (whichever comes first), and the Last Chance Stamp Sets and Definitely Decorative items are available until June 30.  Place your ONLINE ORDER today before it's too late!
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