Thursday, February 23, 2012

My First Heaven Blessed Card

Hello, fellow stampers!  I hope you're all having a wonderful week.  Today's card is going to be one of the cards that will be made at my Hello, Spring! Stamp Camp next month (March 27).  I just got this cute set a week or so ago, and this is the first time I've had a chance to use it.  The set is in the Occasions Mini, and it's called Heaven Blessed (p. 20)  The images in this set are so cute.  The little boy and the bunny are two separate stamps.  You can stamp a different scene with this little boy, and the girl that is also in the set.  There is also a stamp with another bunny laying down, a stamp with little baby chicks, and 2 greeting stamps.  The "Happy Easter" I used on the card is one of the greetings.  The other Occasions Mini item I used was the designer paper called Twitterpated DSP (p. 13).

The white circle was die-cut with the 3" Originals Die (p. 220), and the scallop circle frame was die-cut with the Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die (p. 222).  I embossed the top of the Baja Breeze card stock with the Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder (p. 219).  The border was made from two strips of card stock (Riding Hood Red & Pear Pizzazz) punched with the Scallop Edge Border Punch (p. 211). 

Here's how I made the border.  I started with a 4" x 1" strip of Riding Hood Red card stock, and punched one long edge with the Scallop Edge Punch.  I punched a 1" wide strip of Pear Pizzazz card stock that was a little longer than the red strip (around 4-1/2" long).  I then lined the scallops in between the red scallops and attached the strips together.  I then trimmed the Pear Pizzazz strip so it was the same length as the Riding Hood Red one.  I then attached them both to the bottom of the 4" x 2" Twitterpated DSP strip.

The bow was made with a 9" strip of Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Seam Binding (p. 195).  I made the strip into a loop, squeezed the loop together, and put the center into a 2011-2013 In Color Printed Designer Brad (p. 199).  I then punched a hole into the Baja Breeze layer, and inserted the brad.  I learned how to make a "Faux Bow" on Dawn Olchefske's blog.  She has made a great video tutorial, and you can see it HERE.  I then added everything to the Pear Pizzazz card.

Stamps:  Heaven Blessed (Mini)

Ink:  Jet Black Stazon ink pad; Basic Gray, More Mustard, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red, & Blushing Bride Classic ink pads; Blush Blossom Stampin' Write Marker

Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, & Riding Hood Red card stock; Watercolor Paper, & Twitterpated DSP (Mini)

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 3" Originals Die, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die, Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder, Blender Pens, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Crop-A-Dile, Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Seam Binding, & 2011-2013 In Color Printed Designer Brads

Friday, February 17, 2012

Happiest Birthday Card

It's Friday!  Today's card is the card my technique stamp camp will be making next week.  They're learning the "Misting with Markers" technique.  I CASEd this card from a card that Brandy Cox made on SCS.  You can see her card, HERE.

As a lot of you already know, I love this stamp set and designer paper, and how they coordinate with each other.  For those of you that don't know, both items are Sale-A-Bration (SAB) items.  The only way you can get them is by placing a $50 order (before shipping & tax), or by hosting a qualifying workshop by March 31.  The stamp set is called Fresh Vintage (p. 6 in the SAB brochure) & the paper is Everyday Enchantment DSP (p. 7 in the SAB brochure).  I really love the different looks to this paper.  Even though there is a variety, they still go together!  I just love that!

There are also two items that I used from the Occasions Mini.  The pearls are from the Large Pearl Basic Jewels Pack (p. 26), and the greeting is from the beautiful Apothecary Art set (p. 24).  I just got this stamp set Tuesday, and I'm really looking forward to using it some more.  I wasn't going to get it at first, but I've seen so many beautiful cards made with it that I couldn't resist it any longer!

Stamps:  Fresh Vintage (SAB) & Apothecary Art (Mini)

Ink:  Lucky Limeade Classic ink pad; Lucky Limeade & Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers

Paper:  Lucky Limeade & Naturals Ivory card stock; Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB)

Accessories:  Large Pearl Basic Jewels (Mini) and water mist bottle.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Masculine Valentine Card

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you've been having a wonderful day.  Today's card is the one I've made for my hubby for Valentine's Day.  I wanted it to be a masculine card, so I stayed away from any pink & pastel colors.  I also used the great Mojo Monday sketch for this week (MOJO228). 

The Crumb Cake square was made with the Top Note Bigz Die (p. 222).  I've seen a lot of people make it like this, but this is the first time I've tried it.  It's really easy.  After running the Crumb Cake card stock through the Big Shot with the Top Note die, I rotated the piece 90 degrees, centered it over the Top Note, I ran it through again.  It looks like I used a whole new die!  I then ran the piece through the Big Shot again with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder (p. 218) to get some texture.

I made the hearts with the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies (p. 7 in the Occasions Mini).  After I cut them out, I ran the Cherry Cobbler heart through the Big Shot again with the Finial Press Impressions Folder (p. 219).  I then stamped the "love you" to the More Mustard heart with Cherry Cobbler ink.  I ran the Soft Suede piece through the Big Shot with the Heart Pressed Letterpress Plate (p. 217).  It's hard to see it in the big picture of the card, but you can see it in the small close-up picture below on the right.  I didn't use any ink on the plate, because I only wanted a subtle image of the hearts on the card.

I attached the Crumb Cake square to the Soft Suede piece, then the Early Espresso strip, and then the greeting piece.  The stamp set that I used was P.S. I Love You (p. 8 in the Occasions Mini).  I then wrapped the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (p. 194) around the piece three times, and then tied the bow.  I then attached a Metallic Brad (p. 199) to each corner of the Crumb Cake square, and then attached it all to the card.  I attached the More Mustard heart to the Cherry Cobbler one, and then attached them both to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals (p. 206).

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Stamps:  P.S. I Love You

Cherry Cobbler Classic ink pad

Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, & Naturals Ivory card stock

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Square Lattice & Finial Press Impressions Folders; Top Note Bigz Die, Heart Pressed Letterpress Plate, Hearts Collection Framelits Dies (Mini), Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Metallic Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Last Camp Card - Sprinkled Expressions

I hope you're all having an enjoyable Sunday.  I usually don't post on Sunday, but I wanted to show my last card for my Let's Sale-A-Brate! stamp camp this Thursday.  I used two items that are in the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) brochure on this card.  The stamp set is called Sprinkled Expressions (p. 8).  The greeting is also part of the set.  The other SAB product is the Striped Impressions Folder (p. 16).  I also got another chance to use the new Adorning Accents Edgelits (p. 7 in the Occasions Mini).

Stamps:  Sprinkled Expressions (SAB)

Ink:  Calypso Coral & Baja Breeze Classic ink pads

Paper:  Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Baja Breeze, & Whisper White card stock

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Adorning Accents Edgelits (Mini), Striped Impressions Folder (SAB), 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Camp Project - Kindness Matters

Today's card is another card that will be made at my Let's Sale-A-Brate! stamp camp next week.  To find out more about this event, you can go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.

This set is in the Idea Book & Catalog, but is being offered as an item you can get free during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 (before shipping & tax) order.  The set is called Kindness Matters (p. 13 in the SAB brochure).  It's such a pretty, vintage-style set.  I really like it, and really liked getting it free!

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Stamps:  Kindness Matters (SAB)

Ink:  Basic Gray, Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette, & Marina Mist Classic ink pads

Paper:  Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, & Naturals Ivory card stock; Beau Chateau DSP

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Framed Tulips Impressions Folder, Designer Frames Impressions Folder, Top Note Bigz Die, Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon, Blender Pens, Extra Large Oval Punch, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, February 10, 2012

Outlined Occasions Birthday Cake Card

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you've all had a great week.  I'm running a little behind, and that's why I haven't posted at all this week.  I just finished making the rest of the cards for my upcoming Let's Sale-A-Brate! Stamp Camp next Thursday.  If you would like to learn more about this event, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.

The card below is one of the cards being made, and it showcases the Outlined Occasions Sale-A-Bration (SAB) set (p. 10 in the SAB brochure).  I also used a few items from the current Occasions Mini.  The designer paper is called Sweet Shop Specialty DSP (p. 33).  I also used the Labels Collection Framelits dies (p. 6) for the white greeting piece.  I colored the letters in with Stampin' Write Markers.

The rest of the items I used are from the big catalog.  I made the candle with the Word Window Punch (p. 209).  After punching it out, I snipped off one of the curved ends to make the top of the candle.  The "flame" was made with the smallest petal in the Blossom Petals Builder Punch (p. 213).  The border along the right side of the DSP was made with the Pinking Hearts Border Punch (p. 211).  The pink "frosting" on the cake was made with the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die (p. 221).

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Stamps:  Outlined Occasions (SAB)

Ink:  Basic Black Classic Ink Pad; Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Blushing Bride,  Wisteria Wonder, & Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers

Paper:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, & Whisper White card stock; Sweet Shop Specialty DSP (Mini)

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die, Labels Collection Framelits Dies (Mini), Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Word Window Punch, & Blossom Petals Builder Punch

Friday, February 3, 2012

Fresh Vintage Valentine Card

Happy Friday, everyone!  Are you ready for some football?  We are here in Indiana!  It's so neat to know that the Super Bowl is less than a 30 minute drive away!  I think Indianapolis has done a great job hosting this year.  So proud!  Go Giants!

I CASEd today's card from one I saw on SCS made by Diane Vander Galien.  I did change mine a little bit, but not a lot.  I used a different Impressions Folder, used a different greeting, made the  greeting a different shape, used both SAB ribbons, put "bow" in a different place, and added Pool Party card stock under the Pool Party colored DSP layer.  I also punched a border across the bottom of the added card stock with the Scallop Trim Border Punch (p. 211).

I used the 3 items that come in the bundle that hostesses receive for free when their workshop comes to $400 (before shipping & tax) during Sale-A-Bration.  The bundle items are the Fresh Vintage stamp set (p. 6 in SAB catty), Everyday Enchantment DSP (p. 7 in SAB catty), and Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack (p. 7 in SAB catty).   If you would like to earn all three SAB items free, you can either place a $150 order (before shipping & tax), or host a qualifying workshop.  If you would like to have a workshop and live in west central Indiana, I'd love to do one for you.  You have until March 31st to either choice. 

The greeting comes from the P.S. I Love You set (p. 8 in Occasions Mini).  The heart was made using the new Hearts Collection Framelits Dies (p. 6 in Occasions Mini).  I stamped the floral image before I cut out the heart with the framelit, and then I sponged it with Soft Suede ink.  I also sponged the greeting piece with Soft Suede ink.  The heart and greeting are attached to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals (p. 206).

The bow is actually 8 small ribbon pieces (4 in each color of SAB ribbon) put in between the SAB brad prongs, and then inserted into the card stock.  Each ribbon strip is about 2" long.

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Stamps:  Fresh Vintage (SAB) & P.S. I Love You (Mini)

Ink:  Soft Suede & Poppy Parade Classic ink pads; Lucky Limeade, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, & Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers

Paper:  Pool Party, Poppy Parade, & Very Vanilla card stock; Everyday Enchantment DSP

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Finial Press Impressions Folder, Hearts Collection Framelits Dies (Mini), Modern Label Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Bows Pack (SAB), Crop-A-Dile, Stampin' Dimensionals, & Stamping Sponges

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sale-A-Bration Set - Elementary Elegance

Here is a card that uses one of the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) sets you can get free with a $50 order (before shipping & tax) this month and March.  I love the frame and the font used on the greeting.  So pretty.  I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch for this one (MOJO226).  It's the last sketch of the month, and they always give a choice of making a circle or a square card.  I opted for a square one.

The SAB set is called Elementary Elegance (p. 15 in SAB catty).  The color combo matches the colors in the designer paper I used, Well Worn DSP (p. 185).  The greeting was stamped on Naturals Ivory CS in Early Espresso ink.  I then punched it out with the Curly Label Punch (p. 209), and sponged the piece with Soft Suede ink.  I then attached it to the center of the ornate frame with Stampin' Dimensionals (p. 206).  I love how the Curly Label Punch coordinates perfectly with this stamp set.  I made the border across the middle with the Lace Ribbon Border Punch (p. 211), and then put the larger pearls from the Basic Pearls Jewels pack (p. 198) across the middle.  The butterfly was made with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die (p. 216).  I also cut 4 of the pearls off of one of the strips in the Basic Pearls Jewels pack and put it on the butterfly for its body.  I then attached the right wing of the butterfly to the card, and folded it to raise the left wing to make it look like the butterfly is flying.

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Stamps:  Elementary Elegance (SAB)

Ink:  Early Espresso & Soft Suede Classic ink pads

Paper:  Soft Suede, River Rock, & Naturals Ivory card stock; Well Worn DSP

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Curly Label Punch, Basic Pearls Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals, & Stamping Sponges

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Last 2 Projects for My Valentine's Stamp Camp

Here are the last two projects that will be made at my XOXO Sweetheart Stamp Camp next Tuesday, February 7.  To find out more about this camp, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.  Here are links to the other 3 projects that will be made:

The first picture is a Two Tag Die Basket.  I learned how to make this from a tutorial that Julie Davison made.  You can find it on HER BLOG.  The second picture is a Lollipop Holder.  I learned how to make it from a video tutorial that Angie Juda made.  You can find it on HER BLOG.

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Stamps:  Candy Conversations (Mini) & P.S. I Love You

Ink:  Pretty in Pink Classic ink pad; Real Red, Pretty in Pink, & Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Markers

Paper:  Pretty in Pink & Whisper White card stock; Red Glimmer Paper & Brights Collection Patterns DSP Pack

Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Two Tags Bigz Die, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Decorative  Label Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Small Heart Punch, Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads, & Stampin' Dimensionals

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Stamps:  P.S. I Love You (Mini)

Ink:  Real Red Classic ink pad

Paper:  Real Red & Whisper White card stock; Brights Collection Patterns DSP Stack

Accessories:  1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, & 1/2" Circle Punch, Simply Scored Scoring Tool (Mini), Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, & heart lollipop

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