Thursday, December 3, 2009

Utah Diva Inspiration Challenge #

How could this lovely winter scene not inspire you to pull out the Dasher stamp set? It's perfect.

For this week's Diva Inspiration Challenge, I wanted to highlight the red of the reindeer's bows so I used Real Red Textured cardstock for the card base trimmed with the Eyelet Border Punch.
The focal image is Dasher (p. 208 IB&C) stamped in Soft Suede on Shimmery White cardstock, paired with the sentiment from the Christmas Greetings stamp set (p. 175 IB&C) also stamped in Soft Suede.

The focal image is layered on squares of Real Red, Whisper White and Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Mini Catalog and adhered to the card base using Stampin' Dimensionals. Finish this holiday card with a slip of 3/4" Real Red Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.

Stampin' Supplies:

Stamp Sets: Dasher, Christmas Greetings

Cardstock: Real Red Textured Cardstock (108698), Shimmery White (101910), Whisper White (100730), Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP (116770)

Ink: Soft Suede Classic Ink (115657)

Other: Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Real Red 3/4" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115608), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Diva Inspiration Challenge

I couldn't wait to prepare for this week's challenge. When I saw the daisies in the challenge picture, I knew I would try out the Flower, Daisies #2 Sizzix die and Swirly Sizzlits Decorative Strip die with my Big Shot. I saw this card on Andrea Walford's blog sometime ago and always wanted to make it. It is so clever the way Andrea used the Swirly die for the flower stems and leaves. As you can see, this week's challenge inspired me to give it a try; and, I love the results.

For my version of this design, I used Rich Razzleberry Designer Series Paper to make the daisies. There are two layers of petals on each flower. I slightly offset the petals to fill the flower in; give it more texture and dimension. The buttons are from the Playground Designer Buttons collection. You receive 30 buttons to an order-five different designs and four different colors. This is a very fun embellishment for both cards and scrapbooks. I used Mini Glue Dots to adhere the buttons to the cardstock. They don't budge with a glue dot, so don't fear losing them. I paper-pierced a frame around my flowers using the Paper-Piercer Tool and Mat Pack and finished the card off with a greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes. See below for all the supplies I used for this card.

Supplies used for this project:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)

Ink: Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink (115658)

Paper: Rich Razzleberry Textured Cardstock (115719), More Mustard Cardstock (100946), Kraft Cardstock (102125), Rich Razzleberry Patterns Designer Series Paper (115685), Old Olive Patterns Designer Series Paper (112160)

Other: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Flower, Daisies #2 Bigz Die (114520), Swirly Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die (113456), Decorative Strip Spacer Platform (113477), Decorative Strip Cutting Pads (113479), Playground Designer Buttons (116313), Paper-Piercing Tool (116631), Mat Pack (105826), Designer Label Punch (107590), Small Oval Punch (107304), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Snail Adhesive (104332)

Thank you for stopping by my website. Oh, I almost forgot...the first person from my Sunday Hostess Club to email me about this blog post will win the Christmas Punch Level 2 Hostess Stamp set! *Happy Dance*
Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Delightful Decorations

This is a fun project using Stampin' Up products from the Holiday Mini Catalog incluidng the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper (116770), the Delightful Decorations stamp set (116517) and the Ornament Punch (116794). See the complete list of supplies below.

I saw this card design on several blogs and thought I would give it a try. It's fun because you punch a window with the Ornament punch and then decorate the inside of the card with a coordinating punched ornament. The card to the right is done in Real Red cardstock with a band of Whisper White and the pretty Real Red flocked paper from the Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP pack. You can see an alternate version I did in Soft Suede below. I made very good use of this versatile pack of designer papers by making this same card design in different colors.
Consider picking up the Stampin' Up! Holiday Windows Magnetic Movers & Shapers (116821) to use with your SU Movers & Shapers Curly Label die and Big Shot machine too. If you haven't seen it yet, the Movers & Shapers die cuts the cardbase, scores the card fold and cuts a window shape of your choice wherever you want it placed. An added bonus to having this in your stampin' arsenal is that the die cuts remaining from the windows sometime layer other Stampin' Up punches. You will see that the Holiday Windows set has a slightly larger ornament that is great for layering with your new Ornament punch.

Stampin' Supplies for Real Red card:

Stamp Set: Delightful Decorations (116517)
Ink: Versamark-for stamping background (102283), Real Red Classic Ink (103133)
Cardstock: Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730), Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper (116770)
Other: Ornament Punch (116794), Whisper White 5/8" Satin Ribbon (114616), Clear Rhinestone Brad

To the right is a Soft Suede (115318) version of this design. I switched out the Designer Series paper piece and matted it on Real Red cardstock. I traded the Whisper White satin ribbon for a piece of Real Red 1" Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon. Instead of the Clear Rhinestone Brad in the middle of the ornament, I used a Gold Brad (104337). I like the way the Gold Brad looks with the Soft Suede.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Diva Inspiration Challenge

Hi Stampers! My Diva Sisters invited me to play the Diva Inspiration Challenge (IC). I have to admit, I tried the IC before but didn't enjoy it. I stressed over trying to re-create the inspiration item instead of letting my own creativity take the lead. Once I became more comfortable stamping my own ideas, the challenge was FUN!

So, this card was inspired by this beautiful photograph of treetops and blue summer sky. I imagine the photographer was standing with her head way back, holding the camera up high to get this shot. She was likely inspired by the bright colors that remain at the end of summer and maybe a little dizzy too.

But, anyway, I wanted my card to reflect the feel of autumn in Erie, PA. The dominant autumn hues are the warm reds, oranges and golds which I translated to SU! colors: So Saffron, Dusty Durango and Soft Suede. For the focal image of my design, I chose the Medallion stamp set since it reminded me of the swirl pattern in the photograph. See the complete Supply List below:
Stamp Sets: Medallion (115223) and Grateful Greetings (Holiday Mini 116511)

Cardstock: So Saffron (105118), Soft Suede (115318), Very Vanilla (101650)

Inks: So Saffron Craft (105237), Dusty Durango Classic (115654)

Other: Soft Suede 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115612), Gold Elastic Cord (Holiday Mini 109867), Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (109130), Embossing Buddy (103083), Powder Pals (102197) Heat Tool (100005), Stamping Sponges (101610), Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads (109110), Stampin Dimensionals (104430)

To make this card, ink the Medallion stamp with So Saffron Craft Ink and stamp on Very Vanilla CS. Quickly sprinkle the image with Clear Embossing Powder and then set with the Heat Gun. Ink a Stamping Sponge with Dusty Durango Classic Ink and rub over the entire area of the Very Vanilla CS from the middle out toward the edges. Sponging in that direction provides the deeper Dusty Durango in the middle of the image and lighter shades toward the edges. Once you've inked to your heart's content, remove the ink from the embossed image by gently wiping with a tissue. This is the Emboss Resist technique since the embossed image resists the classic dye ink.

The sentiment is from the Grateful Greetings stamp set which is a must have for your sentiment collection. I used Paper Snips (103579) to trim the sentiment into a banner which I embelished with a Rhinestone Brad and popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.

I had fun making this card and playing along with the Diva Inspiration Challenge. Please post a link to your creation on the Diva page. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Twick or Tweet!

Halloween is just next weekend! I can hardly wait although we don't yet have a costume for little Ruby. I just can't decide which look is best for her yet, Superhero? Scary Monster? or Cute Skunk? I'm leaning toward the skunk outfit since she IS so stinkin' cute!

And here is a cute Halloween card we did at my October Stamp Club meeting using the Twick or Tweet stamp set found in the Holiday Mini Catalog here. To make this card, stamp the cute pumpkin image in Jet Black StazOn and color him in using a Pumpkin Pie Watercolor Crayon and Blender Pen. To emphasize the highlighting black lines of the pumpkin, I traced them with a Dusty Durango Stampin' Write marker. It gives the image a little pop. Color the stars and band on the pumpkin's witch hat with a Crushed Curry marker. If you don't have the In Color marker set (116329), you can use a Blender Pen and ink from the ink pad. Adhere the focal image to layers of Basic Gray, Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock and embellish with Silver Brads at each corner.

Adhere layers of Whisper White, Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie DSP cardstock and add a slip of Basic Black 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon around the middle. Mount the layers to the card base and then mount the focal pumpkin image using Stampin' Dimensionals. Finally tie off the Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon with a slip of Silver Elastic Cord which you also find in the Holiday Mini Catalog. All Stampin' Supplies are listed below and you can shop now on my Stampin' Up website.

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamp Set: Twick or Tweet (116497)

Paper: Basic Gray Cardstock (108692), Whisper White Cardstock (100730) Basic Black Cardstock (102851), Pumpkin Pie Patterns designer Series Paper (112159)

Ink: Jet Black Stazon (101406), Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons (106696), In Color Stampin' Write Markers (116329)

Accessories: Basic Black 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon 115605, Silver Elastic Cord (109866), Silver Brads (104336), 1/16" Handheld Punch (101227), Blender Pens (102845), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Autumn Thanks

This is the third card using the Autumn Days stamp set and Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper. I used the pine cone image from Autumn Days (p. 92 2009 IBC) and the Thanksgiving sentiment from Grateful Greetings (p. 8 Holiday Mini Catalog).

The layout is simple but spiffed up with a Circle Fire Brad, Soft Suede Ribbon and Gold Elastic Cord. A trim of Very Vanilla cardstock punched with the Eyelet Border punch is added just under the focal point and Gold Brads are accenting the trim and balancing the focal image.

I'm off to Founders Circle. Will post pics when I return. Tx & Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Autumn Birthday

This is a a nice masculine birthday card using the Autumn Days stamp set and On Your Birthday sentiment stamp set. The background paper is Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper. If you check out my post from Friday, you will see I've used the same stamp set and Designer Series Paper but achieved a totally different look.

A couple of things I want to note: I lightly roughed the edges of the focal layer of Very Vanilla cardstock with the distressing tool from the Cutter Kit (p. 191 of the Idea Book & Catalog) and then sponged Soft Suede ink on the edges. The Soft Suede ribbon is the opposite side of the Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon.

Here is the recipe:

Stamp Sets: Autumn Days, On Your Birthday
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper
Inks: Soft Suede Classic Ink
Other: Cutter Kit, 1/16 Handheld Circle Punch, Gold Brads, Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stampin'!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Autumn Days

It is fall in Erie, PA. The leaves are falling like rain. It seems like we didn't have a very long summer, but that's okay with me. I enjoy the cooler weather anyway and the smell and colors of fall are inspiring.

This card could be used for any occasion really. I used it as a birthday card recently but, as I mentioned, it is perfect for anything this time of year.

The leave image is from the Autumn Days stamp set (p. 92 2009 Stampin' Up! Catalog). I will be showing a trio of cards here over the next few days using this stamp set. The berry twigs are a rub on from the Autumn Harvest rub-on pack (p. 177 2009 Catalog). However, this image is also in the stamp set. With the rub-ons, you receive two sheets of images in each pack; one sheet of Chocolate Chip and one sheet of Whisper White. This is a variety of images and sayings that you could use for both card making and scrapbooking.

Here is the recipe for this card:

Stamp Sets: Autumn Days
Cardstock: More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper
Inks: Ruby Red, More Mustard, Always Artichoke
Other: Autumn Harvest rub-ons, 1" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1/16 Handheld Circle Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Gold Brads, Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy Stampin'!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Ruby's 5 Months Old

Isn't she lovely? How's that for a look. This girl has attitude and she's only 5 months old. We just love her!

Ruby now boasts a slew of commands in her repertoire including sit, lay down, and stay. She walks nicely on the leash and loves to play fetch with the ball. As you can see, Ruby has an appetite for fire wood too.

She is still easily excitable, but I believe she has a bright future as head of our household. :O)

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Join My Team!

Join My Team and become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for just $85. The special limited-time Mini Starter Kit is available only through August 31, so don't hesitate. The Mini Starter Kit contains many of the items you need to get started in your new business, including:

For All You Do stamp set
In Color Classic Stampin' Pads (6)
Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Business forms and tools

Or if you want to buy the standard $199 Starter Kit, in addition to the supplies listed below, you'll get all six of the new In Color Classic Stampin' Pads and one pack of In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")--a $43 value FREE! The standard Starter Kit (already a $350 value) includes:

Four stamp sets of your choice (within certain price-points)
A Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge
Stampin' Pastels
Card stock
Eastern Blooms D├ęcor Elements and applicator tool
Five Classic Stampin' Pads (again, you choose the colors)
VersaMark Pad
Stampin' Scrub and Mist
Blender pens
Business forms and tools

These special offers--the Mini Starter Kit and the In Color add-on to the standard Starter Kit--are only available through August 31, so you must act fast!

Everyone who joins my team before August 31 will have a chance to win a free stamp set from me. The drawing will be held on Labor Day.

The cool thing about being a Stampin' Up demonstrator is that you can make it your own. Hobby demonstrators are basically in it for the discount, free stuff, resources, perks & fun. You do not have to hold any workshops or go out to do parties. Business demonstrators, take orders from friends, hold workshops and stamp camps. You set your own schedule and work at your own pace.

As a demonstrator, you receive an instant income discount on all orders and are eligible for monthly commissions too. Demonstrators can attend the annual convention in Salt Lake City, Utah and regional training seminars which are held at various locations across the country and Canada. I have been to convention twice and regional seminars. They are a blast.

In addition, demonstrators receive the same discounts on sale items as customers. You can earn free merchandise usually in the form of stamp sets or other supplies based on certain fun promotions, contests, quarterly sales, calendar sales, title promotions.

I would be your supervisor and show you how everything works. I am availabe by email 24 hours per day. I check my email often. I am available by phone during the day and early evening hours. As a member of my team, you would receive my monthly newsletter, be invited to my team meetings where we eat and stamp, have full access to the Stampin' Up Demonstrator web site and access to demonstrator support by phone. You would receive the Stampin' Success monthly magazine and be eligible to participate in sneek peeks. There are also many demonstrator only social network sites to join where everyone shares projects and ideas.

Email me at if you would like more information or just go to my website at and click on Start Your Own Business and Join Now! You will need my password ediestamps to join.

Happy Stampin', EdieB

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Stamping 411 SSC 113

Have you been to Stamping 411? The Stamping 411 blog is a plethora of information and inspiration. Saturday is their Sketch Challenge hosted by Saline Kempton. Check it out and when you are there don't forget to look over the How To buttons on the right.

So, this is my SSC 113 card. I have been dying to use this little guy from the Halloween Hoot set. Free kisses are not necessarily scary unless it's a frog giving them away, right?

Stamp Set: Halloween Hoot
Paper: Basic Gray, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock, Cast-A-Spell Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Black and Old Olive Classic Inks, Black Staz-On
Other: Billboard Alphabet Sizzix die, Big Shot, Ticket Corner Punch, Sliver Brads, White Satin Ribbon, Black Gingham Ribbon, Designer Jumbo Brad from Silver HodgePodge Hardware, Stampin' Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, Glue Stick, Snail

You can shop for this stamp set and other Stampin Up! supplies by clicking the Order On Linebutton on my sidebar at the right. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stampin'!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Razzleberry Lemonade Petals

The cards shown here feature the new In Colors and matching polka dot ribbons. Yummy! My inspiration was Maxine, my wonderful upline, who challenged us to create a set of cards using only one stamp set. My stamp set was Petal Pizzaz (p. 113 IBC). I took this challenge one step further using only the new In Colors, just one pack of Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper (p. 162 IBC) and just one sentiment set, Really Retro (which is still available on the Dormant List p. 132 2009 IBC).

What do you think? Check out the close ups.

My Fabulous Friend card:
Stamp Sets: Petal Pizzaz, Really Retro
Classic Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Other: Modern Label Punch, Photo Corners Punch, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brads, Jumbo Brads

Next card is done with Dusty Durango:
Stamp Sets: Petal Pizzaz, Really Retro
Classic Ink: Dusty Durango
Paper: Dusty Durango, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Other: Modern Label Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Dusty Durango Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brads, Jumbo Eyelet and Crop-A-Dile

Mellon Mambo:
Stamp Sets: Petal Pizzaz, Really Retro
Classic Ink: Melon Mambo
Paper: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Other: Modern Label Punch, Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brads, Jumbo Brads, Metal Edged Tag & Clips Assortment

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tall Tales Punch Art Book

Hi Everyone! I would like to share with you the Punch Art On Board Journal that my Hostess Club is making. I got the idea for this cute little book from Angie Kennedy Juda's blog Chic n' Scratch which you can find here. Look under video tutorials.

You'll see that one page of the book features the punch art image fully assembled and the adjoining page features the separate punched pieces needed to create it. This is not only fun to make but it is a great resource for your Stampin' Up! library.

I used a 5"x5" On Board Journal for my version. Since the book starts out with different punched animals I used the Tall Tales Designer Series Papers along with complimentary cardstocks for layering. All supplies are Stampin' Up! Check at the end of this post for a complete supply list.

I chose the frog for the cover because I love the flower design of this sheet of Tall Tales paper. The Old Olive cardstock frog is a perfect compliment to the Rose Red & Brilliant Blue posies. Keep a watch out soon for a Halloween card featuring this little froggie guy.

Punches used for the Frog:

One 1-3/8 " Circle
One Large Oval
Two Small Ovals
One small flower from Boho Blossom punch cut in three pieces for toes
Two 1/2" Circles for whites of eyes
Two 1/4# Circles for black dots of eyes.

The lion is punched from More Mustard and his mane is a Chocolate Chip Scallop Circle punched twice. By twice, I mean that you punch one Chocolate Chip circle and adhere it to a piece of copy paper using Tombow. Slide it into the Scallop Circle punch and turn it slightly so the scallops don't line up flush but instead the point of the scallop is at the top of the curve so that when punched the second time, you are left with the pointed lion's mane.

The tale is made from half of a large oval frame. To make the frame, first punch a Small More Mustard Oval, then punch a Large Oval around the hole left from the Small Oval punch. You will see that I arranged the small and large ovals on my reference page in a way that I will be reminded exactly how I did this.

Punches used for the Lion:

One Scallop Circle punched twice
One 1-3/8" Circle
One 1" Circle
Two 1/2" Circles
One Small Oval
One Large Oval
One small flower from the Boho Blossom punch
Two More Mustard 1/4" Circles
One Chocolate Chip 1/4" Circles

The Hippo did not have a body so I fashioned one for her in much the same manner as the Lion. I used a larger circle punch for her body since hippos are naturally a bit more voluptuous than lions. :O)

I wanted her legs to be longer so I used two Small Ovals which I placed back to back and then trimmed by approximately one-third.

She has a jaw line which is not easy to see in this photograph. Create the jaw line by layering two 1-3/8" Circles slightly offset. Place the Word Window teeth between the two circles for added dimension. Highlight the 1/4" Circle nostrils with a bit of White Signo Gel Pen.

Punches used for the Hippo:

One 1-3/4" Circle
Two 1-3/8" Circles
Two Basic Gray Large Ovals for ears
Two Basic Black Small Ovals for ears
One Large Oval for snout
Two Small Ovals for legs
Two Whisper White 1/4" Circles
Two Basic Black 1/4" Circles
Word Window

Supplies Used for this Project:

Punches as above.
Paper: Tall Tales Designer Series Paper, Old Olive, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, So Saffron, Basic Gray, Basic Black & Whisper White cardstocks
Classic Inks: Old Olive, More Mustard, Basic Gray
White Signo Gel Pen, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, 5x5 inch On Board Journal, Regal Rose, So Saffron & Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stamping Sponges

Friday, July 3, 2009

Ruby & Edie

Thank you for your well wishes for our newest family member - Ruby! Here is a picture of Ruby & I taken by my good friend Victoria. I will keep posting Ruby pics as she grows.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bella's Bloom

I CASE'd this card directly from the new catalog! The 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog will be available to customers beginning July 1. The samples are terrific and easy to re-create, just like this one. Would you like the new Stampin' Up catalog? Receive a free catalog from me just by placing a minimum $25 on-line order from my Stampin' Up! web site here or click on the "Order Online" button at the top right. This offer ends July 31.

Back to this card. The base is Close to Cocoa cut 4-1/4 inches x 11 inches, scored and folded at 5-1/2 inches. The background is layered pieces of Whisper White cardstock, Walk In The Park Designer Series Paper and Cameo Coral cardstock. The flower in the focal image is from the Bella's Bloom stamp set. It is stamped in Cameo Coral on Whisper White and framed by one of the images from the Matchbox Messages set which is currently available in the Occasions Mini Catalog until June 30. The stamped frames were carefully trimmed and mounted separately to a swatch of Close to Cocoa cardstock using Stampin' Dimensionals. A bit of Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon is tied around the card for further embellishment and the sentiment from Bell's Bloom is stamped using Close to Cocoa Classic Ink. I added Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter with a glue pen to add a bit of sparkle. You could change the sentiment on this design for any occasion.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Introducing Miss Ruby

Hi Stampers,

I just wanted to take a moment to say hello and thank you for the many cards I received expressing your sympathies for the loss of my mother in February and Roscoe in April. Your thoughts & prayers are very much appreciated.

Ruby is the new addition to our family. She is just 8 weeks old and we were lucky to adopt her from Because You Care a no kill rescue organization in Erie, PA. We don't know much about her background but who needs to? She is just adorable and we love her.

Please stop back for more stamping soon. I am getting used to a new camera and will be taking pics to post. Happy Stampin',

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Petal Pizzaz for Max

As many of you know or have figured out by now, I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I have a wonderful supervisor, Max, who inspires me and excites me every day to share my love for Stampin' Up! This card is for Max, My dear Kind & wonderful Friend".

Max challenged me to create six stamped cards and envelopes with one of the new sets found in the 2009 Spring Idea Book & Catalog, Petal Pizzaz (you can find it on page 90). This is the first of those cards. She reminded me how fun it is to stamp a matching envelope with each card too. See below.

I really love how this card turned out. I wanted to use the Riding Hood Red Designer Series Paper that I had in my stash so I went with Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss for the color of my flower and leaves. I am already lamenting the loss of Kiwi Kiss on June 30 when this catalog retires. If you love it as much as I do, be sure to order the Kiwi Kiss Classic Stamp pad and the matching re-inker. Re-inking your Classic Stamp Pads make them last forever. Really. Of course, you will have to order matching cardstock, matching ribbon, matching buttons...LOL
So, anyway, the contrasting color is Basic Black. I have been stuck on using Chocolate Chip for my dark accent color lately, so the Basic Black is a refreshing change and with the matching Black Gingham Ribbon it has a Spring-like feel to it. Well, maybe that's just me hoping for Spring since I woke up to 10 degree weather for the 5th or 6th day in a row. ;O)
A couple of notes on composition. To achieve balance, I positioned this large sentiment toward the top and to the right of the card and the flower at the opposite corner toward the bottom and to the left. The tie of the ribbon is placed to the bottom right on purpose to balance the look of the large sentiment at the top of the card. Adding depth and dimension to your card adds interest for the eye. So much to look at it! I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the sentiment and one Pop Up Glue Dot to adhere the flower. I curled the flower with my bone folder so it wouldn't lay on the card flat.
I use only Stampin' Up! products, so everything I have mentioned here, including adhesives, is available in our catalog and you can shop directly from my web site at Order on line now and receive a FREE catalog with every order and a FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set when you purchase $50 in merchandise.
If you have questions about any technique or product, please email me at
Stamp Sets: Petal Pizazz, All Holidays
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black & Whisper White cardstock, Riding Hood Red Designer Series Paper
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss and Basic Black Classic Ink
Other: Kiwi Kiss flower button from the Button Bouquet collection, Linen Thread, Black Gingham ribbon, Silver Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Pop Up Glue Dots
Thank you for visiting. Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tangerine Posy

I am sharing with you another card featuring a retired stamp set, Stemming From. Stemming From is a two-stemp stamp set which allows you to layer lines and colors easily as well as switch out different petals and accents for the flowers.

This is a simple card, but the colors just pop. Tangerine Tango has taken a back seat to Riding Hood Red this year since RHR was the "it" color during the holidays. Now that we are all waiting anxiously for Spring to arrive, I think we should bust out more Tangerine Tango & Kiwi Kiss to really pump up the anticipation. This I say as the weatherman predicts 4-6 more inches today and overnight :D


Stamp Sets: Stemming From
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Versamark
Other: Slot Punch, Tangeine Tango Striped Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by and check out my Stampin' Up! website for special offers and my spring class schedule. EdieB