Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Daisies #2 Bookmark Card

This card is a CASE (Copy And Share Everything) of an original design by Mary Fish which you can see here. I love Mary's card with its multiple layers of flower petals and decorative center. The In Color Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon is a fun accent. Mary finishes the look with a lovely lined envelope.

I'd been wanting to make a Bookmark Card which I found under the Resources section of SCS. I thought Mary's design would be perfect for the cardfront.
As you can see, I made my Bookmark Cards in a variety of colors: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Pacific Point - all accented with Basic Black & Whisper White. I added a layer of matching Prints Designer Series Paper to the cardfronts and two Basic Black leaves for more drama.
The card is a tri-fold. The right fold is scored using the Perforating Tool of the Cutter Kit so you can just rip and tear away the bookmark portion of the card! It is a perfect "gift" in a card.
Bermuda Bay Daisies #2 Bookmark Card closed.

I decorated the bookmark and inside the card to compliment the design of the cardfront. I used the Big Shot and the Stampin' Up! Birds & Blooms Sizzlits 4-Pack to make the flowers. I used the Crop-A-Dile to set a Jumbo Eyelet at the top of the bookmark and tied ribbons through the Jumbo Eyelet leaving a generous portion of ribbon
tied at the top.

Bookmark Card open.

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Card Shares

I received many beautiful cards when I was ill earlier this year. I can't thank you all enough for sending cards, prayers and words of encouragement. It really was wonderful to see cards in the mail every day. I am feeling better each day and hope to return to work soon. I miss my office family very much. In the meantime, I would like to share pics of a few of the cards I received.
This card is from my good friend Jennifer Bell. The Top Note is not only a beautiful quilt pattern, but Jen also embossed it using the Big Shot for extra texture. I love the colors of the Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper.
The next card is from Johanna & Whitney Frost and features the SU! Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die and Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, both available in the Occasions Mini Catalog through April 30. I love the ribbon through the heart and the double-scallop border. The colors are bright and cheerful. Just what the doctor ordered.

This next beauty came to me all the way from Australia from one of my UDI sisters, Alisa Tilsner. Alisa is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator down under. Check out her blog here. For this card, Alisa stamped the flowers from the Embrace Life stamp set with Staz-On ink on watercolor paper and then inked colored with a lovely combo of Rose Red and Real Red.
I will try to post more RAK's tomorrow. Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Friends 24-7

I would like to share with you two thank you cards I designed using the Friends 24-7 stamp set (113218). Both cards feature Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper accented with Not Quite Navy and Whisper White cardstocks, Not Quite Navy brads from the Earth Elements brad collection and Whisper White Satin Ribbon.

The focal images of both cards use the collage stamping technique which is simply layering a variety of stamped images. Rule of thumb, no matter the technique, is to stamp images using the lightest colors first and progress to darker colors. For the cards here, I first stamped the filigree image from the Friends 24-7 stamp set in Sahara Sand ink on Whisper White cardstock. I then inked the bird and tree limb image using Sahara Sand and Not Quite Navy Stampin' Write markers direct-to-rubber. Use the brush end of the marker when applying ink direct-to-rubber.

The scallop square die cut is four inches square and it is cut from Not Quite Navy cardstock using the Big Shot and the Stampin' Up! Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die (115950). This is an exclusive Stampin' Up die which you can order on-line on my Stampin' Up site. The Friends tag is stamped using the Tiny Tags stamp set available in the Occasions Mini catalog and only through April 30. Don't think I hand trim those cute little tags. I use the Medium Jewelry Tag Punch (117190) which is also in the Occasions Mini catalog.

The second card measures 3" x 6" and fits in Stampin' Up's small Open-End Envelopes. The focal image is stamped using the collage method as on the previous card. I first laid down a layer of Shara Sand filigree images and then stamped the sprig of flowers in Not Quite Navy over top. The Thanks (so much) sentiment on this card also is from the Tiny Tags set. I used circle punches to make the tag and popped it up using Stampin' Dimensional.
Thank you for visiting and Happy Stampin'!

Monday, April 12, 2010

More Sweet Pea Stitched Felt

As promised (although a few days later than intended), I am sharing two different takes on my card from the previous post using the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt and Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack from the Occasions Mini. The card recipe details are the same but the sentiments are different. "Hi There" is from Fundamental Phrases and "Thank You" is from Thank You Kindly.

Don't forget that these products and other products in the Occasions Mini catalog are available only through April 30. Shop on-line now!

P.S. Be sure to pick up your Stampin' Up! exclusive Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder when you place your next order too.

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sweet Pea Stitched Birthday

Today's card features an explosion of texture. The Rose Red flower and Old Olive leaves are all from the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt available in the Occasions Mini now through April 30. You can click on the photo to enlarge it and you will see that the dots accenting the large flower and in the middle of the sentiment circle are also felt accents that you receive in the Sweet Pea collection.

This collection of felt accents is easy to work with. It looks like you spent all day sewing with all the detailed stitching, but actually, you simply pop them out the package and adhere them to your project with glue dots.

For further texture and dimension, the background layers of Certainly Celery and Pretty In Pink cardstock were embossed using the Big Shot and Stampin' Up!'s Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder.

To blend the two background colors I added a slip of Chocolate Chip polka dot paper from the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper pack and a border of Whisper White cardstock punched with the Pinking Hearts Border. These layers are tied off with Rose Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon.

The sentiment is from Think Happy Thoughts a collection of six inter-changeable circle stamps and accents that you can find in the Idea Book & Catalog. Very fun to mix and match this set.

I have two more Sweet Pea cards to share with you over the weekend. For now, here is the recipe for my Sweet Pea birthday card.


Stamp Sets: Think Happy Thoughts (115092)

Cardstock: Pretty In Pink (100459), Soft Suede (115318), Certainly Celery (105125), Whisper White (100730), Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper (117161)

Inks: Soft Suede (115657)

Other: Sweet Pea Stitched Felt (117266), Sherbet Designer Buttons (116312), Rose Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109034), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335), Pinking Hearts Border Punch (117649), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (104403) and 1-3/8" Circle Punch (104401), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430) & Glue Dots (103683)

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Trendy Trees & Sunshine Award!

My upline and good friend Max Conrad sent me the Sunshine Award recognizing my blog as one she likes to visit. Thank you Max! You're the best!

Max asked me to pay it forward and award it to ten of my favorite SU bloggers. Only ten?! It is so hard to choose. My list of favorite SU bloggers is very, very long. Click on the links below to see who I chose.

But first, my card today is featuring the Trendy Trees stamp set which is on sale this month as part of the Two-Step Into Spring promotion. See promotion details here.

This trio features a Kraft cardbase embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder available in the Occasions Mini Catalog now through May 31. Each Card highlights a different tree image and the colors used are Soft Suede, Ruby Red, Old Olive & Not Quite Navy. I added a row of paper piercing along the edge of each colored accent using the Mat Pack and Paper Piercer tool. The cards are each embellished with a flower-shaped Chocolate Chip button from the Button Latte collection. Shop Now.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Fifth Avenue Card #3

This is the third card in the my Fifth Avenue Floral series featuring the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon and 1/2 pearl accents from the Pretties Kit. Check out the two prior posts to see cards #1 & #2.

For the focal image of this birthday card, first stamp the rose from Fifth Avenue Floral using Night of Navy and position it in the left corner of the Very Vanilla cardstock square. Stamp the daisy image in Sahara Sand ink slightly overlapping the Night of Navy rose to add texture and interest to the focal image.

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Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Kraft, Night of Navy & Very Vanilla cardstock and Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper

Ink: Night of Navy & Sahara Sand Classic Ink

Other: Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Ivory half-pearl from Pretties Kit, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for visiting and Happy Stampin'!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Fifth Avenue Card #2

I'm a bit disappointed at the color of this photo. The Always Artichoke cardstock layers don't pop as they do in real life. I'm afraid the pic looks a bit drab and doesn't relate the elegance of the card. Unfortunately, I don't have the patience to fuss with either the camera or the imaging software. I'd rather be stamping or enjoying the beautiful weather here in Erie, PA.

In any event, card #2 in my Fifth Avenue trio is a simple sympathy card done in Always Artichoke and Sahara Sand Classic Inks and featuring the Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper. The focal image is tied off in Kraft Taffeta Ribbon which is finished with an ivory half-pearl from the Pretties Kit. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Please look for the card #3 tomorrow.

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Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Cardstock: Kraft, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper

Inks: Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede Classic Inks

Other: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Ivory half-pearl from Pretties Kit, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Hello Again & Fifth Avenue Card #1

Hi Stampers! I thought I would start off with a quick pic of myself & Ruby since you have not heard from me in three long months! There are many, many people I would like to thank for prayers, encouragement, cards & flowers; especially everyone at work, my stampin' friends, the Utah Divas, friends, family & neighbors. I do not have room here to post everyone's names, but please know you will be getting a card in the mail. I just started stamping this week. Did you know stamping is great physical therapy? ;-}

Enough about me. Let's get back to stamping. This is the first card in a set of three which I designed featuring Stampin' Up's! Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set which goes on sale for 20% off the catalog price now through April 30. Yes, Stampin' Up is sending us off into Spring with a sale on two-step stampin' sets. Today through April 30, you receive 20% off a selection of perfectly springy Two-Step Stampin' sets from our current catalog, including Fifth Avenue Floral, Greenhouse Garden, Flower Fancy, and Trendy Trees.

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As I mentioned above, my card share today is Card #1 in a set of three cards I designed featuring the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set and Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper.
The card base is Kraft cardstock and the accent matting is Bravo Burgundy. The larger rose image is stamped in Sahara Sand Classic Ink for a subtle background effect. Since we don't have Kraft ink, Sahara Sand goes nicely with Kraft cardstock. The smaller flower image is stamped in Bravo Burgundy and serves as the focal image for this card. It is blinged up with an ivory half-pearl from the Pretties Kit. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes (my current #1 must have set) and stamped in Bravo Burgundy. It is popped up with a Stampin' Dimensional to add texture and interest. Kraft Taffeta Ribbon finishes this card.
Stop by tomorrow for Card #2 in my Fifth Avenue Floral trio.


Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Kraft, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper
Inks: Sahara Sand & Bravo Burgundy Classic Ink
Other: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Ivory Half-Pearl from Pretties Kit, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thank you for visiting my blog today & Happy Stampin'!