Sunday, April 20, 2008

Friendship Blooms

Here is a card that I cased from the Stamperiffic blog (there is a link to this blog on the side). I just changed the colors and added a bow. This set uses the Friendship Blooms set from Sale-a-bration this year. You do need a good pair if paper snips (the scissors with a real sharp pointed end) to make this card.


Paper - Whisper White, Bali Breeze designer paper

Ink - Pumpkin Pie, Purely Pomegranate

Accessories - Purely Pomegranate double stitched ribbon

Techniques - Masking


April Stamp Club Projects

Here are the projects we did at our stamp club this past Thursday. The pictures still aren't the greatest, so I apologize for that. I do have written instructions for these in a word document, so if you are interested in that, just send me an email.

The first card uses the stamp set Year After Year and the matching wheel, which is part of the wheel special offered this month. If you buy certain stamps sets, you get the matching wheel for free. Check out the link at the side under specials for more details. I used Elegant Eggplant and Summer Sun for this card as purple and gold are our school colors. We used the Watercolor Crayons to color in the graduation cap. We also used the distressor tool on one of the layers. To help fill in the bottom corner, I used circles punched out with the 1/4" punch. This would have been a good spot to put the graduation year "08", but I didn't have a current number set small enough.
This matchbook style card opens up to reveal a package of Lemonade and the saying "make lemonade". I used the computer to print out the sayings. The new Tart n Tangy set from the mini catalog was perfect for this. The colors used were YoYo yellow and Green Galore.

This last card is a 3x3 Scratch n Sniff card. I used a mixture of 1 part KoolAid and 2 parts clear embossing powder. If you can find the clear KoolAid, I would definitely suggest using it. We used markers to color in the strawberry, the Designer Paper is from the hostess paper pack. To get the embossing mixture just on the strawberry part, we used the Versamarker. The colors used were Wild Wasabi and Real Red. I think most of these cards are pretty straight forward, but if you like instructions, again just send me an email.

Friday, April 18, 2008

This is it...

OK, this is my new look for now. I was getting really tired of the pinks, so now we are off to blue and brown. I'm sure this will get old after a while too, but for now it's a keeper.

Do you recognize the stamp in the header? It's from the retired set Long Time Friend. I really like this set, but unfortunately, it's borrowed, and I really need to return it soon. If anyone has the set and would be interested in doing a trade or selling it at a reasonable price, drop me an email.

Thanks for looking

Another Card From My Stash

We had our stamp club Thursday night, Terri had a good party. We had a guest - Hi Lisa - who was a first time stamper, but she stamped like an old pro. I was going to post the cards we made, but my pictures didn't turn out very well so I'm going to wait and try to retake them in the morning, if we have some sunshine instead of rain.

So to hold you over, here is a card I made several weeks ago. I had considered submitting it for a contest, then decided not to. I used the Bud Basics set on this card. I stamped it on watercolor paper and colored it with markers. I used my new fine point quickie glue pen to outline the flowers then added Dazzling Diamonds. This card is very sparkly in real life.


Paper - Watercolor paper, pretty in pink, mellow moss
Ink - Stampin Up Markers: pretty in pink, mellow moss, regal rose, always artichoke, so saffron
Accessories - Dazzling diamonds, Mellow moss taffeta ribbon, SU rub-ons


Saturday, April 12, 2008

Sassy Suzie

Things didn't go as planned today, so I haven't had any time to stamp at all. So I'm going to post a card I did several weeks back. This card was made with the Sassy Suzie stamp set that is in the current mini catalog. I love the sayings that come with her. They sound like something I would say myself (she has a little bit of a smart mouth).

Anyway here are the details:


Paper - Watercolor paper, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Berry Bliss DS paper
Ink - Stampin' Up markers, Chocolate Chip

Accessories - Chocolate Chip twill ribbon, Cuttlebug, Large Oval Punch

Friday, April 11, 2008

Ohio Trip (part 3)

By the time we had finished at Target it was getting late so we drove on to Heath Oh and found a motel room and went and ate at Red Lobster. The next morning while my husband was at his meeting, I got up and went across the street from the motel to another Joann Fabrics. This wasn't one of the super stores, it was a smaller store like they have in Terre Haute and since I get there pretty often, I wasn't overly excited. But I did find these ribbons and embellishments in the dollar bin and the embelllishment were 1/2 off.

I also went to a Cord Camera store that was by the motel, but they didn't have a Scrapbooking or a Stamping section.

After my husband picked me back up, we had to drive to Lima Oh to look at a job site, then we headed for Dayton Oh. We drove around for a while until we finally found Marco's Paper. I had first heard of them when I went to the Heirloom show in Indy two years ago. They are also on the internet and they have a ton of stuff. But, again I showed self control and this was all I bought.

When I got back in the truck (my husband stayed in the truck and waited on me this time), he said "all that for one bag?" Even though I didn't buy much, it was a neat store with a little bit of everything. Well that was pretty much my trip, we then headed for home. Now I have to go get all my stuff put up.

My Ohio Trip (part 2)

I couldn't fit all the pictures in one post so I'm splitting them up. After we left Michaels we spotted a Target. Again, no Target close by me and I am always hearing about what people find in the dollar bin, so I had to stop in and look. I got really excited here because I found some coordinating paper, stamps, embellishments and ribbons. I bought one of everything they had.
This picture shows the wedding paper, stamp set, pearls and embellishments that all match. The heart shaped box has buttons, ribbon and little tags in it that matches the paper.
This picture also shows albums that match the paper and embellishments. The little bottle has a lot of cute embellishments. They were sold out of the pink bottles that matched the little girl's paper and album.

This last picture is some more odds-n-ends that I found in the dollar bin. The recipe cards will make great recipe books using the Fat Chef from Voila for the covers.

My Ohio Shopping Trip

My husband had to go to Ohio for a business meeting on Thursday and he told me he would take me shopping if I wanted to go with him. So we left Wednesday morning and our first stop was in Columbus Oh. We went first to Archivers. We don't have one of those stores around here so this was my first experience with them. They had a very nice store. Lots of stuff and everything was organized very well but I didn't buy a whole lot. I like to stick with my Stampin' Up products for the most part, but I did buy these cute brads (notice the 1/2 off sticker) and some pearls. I think my husband was a little surprised that was all I bought.

The next stop was a Michaels store. The closest Michaels store to me is about 1 1/2 hours away so I don't get there very often. They did however have all their Cuttlebug stuff 1/2 off so I bought some more plates, some embossing folders and a die. I would have got more but they were really picked over. The long black thing is a strip for my paper cutter and Michaels is the only place I have found them so far. The nice clerk let me have it for 40% off. I also bought a few prisma color pencils. I'm working on completing a set of the 48 Stampin Up colors, but again they didn't have a lot to choose from but they were only 89 cents.

Here is a stamp set I bought from the dollar bin. I got it because my oldest daughter is expecting and I thought it was really cute.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Baby Notebook

Here is a mini baby notebook that my daughter and I made for a lady at her church who is having a baby shower. Everyone is supposed to write in it and give the mother to be tips on raising girls.

I used my bind-it-all machine to put it together. The paper is retired stampin up designer paper. I used the sale-a-bration set So Many Scallops and the scallop punch. I also used my cuttlebug to cut out "baby". Add some white taffeta ribbon from stampin up' and a little dazzling diamonds on the moon and you're done.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

No Copics, No Problem

Here is one more card for tonight, then I'm off to bed. I stamped the tree image on watercolor paper and used the Stampin Up Markers to color it. I just scribbled several different greens on the image and used my aquapainter to blend it all together. I tried to follow the tutorial that I found on a blog called No Copics, No problem. Copics are expensive artist grade markers that lots of people like to use to color in their images. You can get the same affect using your Stampin' Up markers and watercolor paper.

I also used the Outside the Box technigue again. I will try and post the links to these tutorials here soon.


Paper: Watercolor paper, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke
Ink: Stampin Up markers - Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Close to Cocoa, Garden Green, Old Olive
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Twill Ribbon

New Layout, What do you think?

I got bored with the old template so I picked a new one. What do you think? Do you like these colors better? Do you think it's easier to read? Send me an email and give me your opinion.

Does the bird in my header look familiar? I cropped it from one of the cards in an earlier post. It's the bird in the Stamp Set "Touched by Nature". I really like that set.

As I was reading some older posts, I realized I never posted any pictures of the coasters I made with the set Long Time Friend. So here you go.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Masculine Card

I think masculine cards are the hardest to make. This card was made from the stamp set Touched by Nature by Stampin' Up. This is a really good set and I love the bird. This same card could have been a very feminine card by just changing the colors a little bit.

I used a technique called "Out of the Box". If you look close you can see that the bird's feathers and part of the leaves are sticking out of the square piece of paper. I stamped the bird image in black stazon ink on watercolor paper, then colored with my SU markers. If you use watercolor paper with your SU markers, you don't have the lines like you do on other types of paper. Your image has a very smooth look to it. I used the leaf image and acorn image from the same set as background stamps. Throw in a little paper piercing, tie some twill ribbon on it and your done.


Paper: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Watercolor paper

Markers: Barely Banana, Summer Sun, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, Only Orange

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss

Stamp Sets: Touched By Nature, Strength and Refuge

Accessories: Twill ribbon, paper piercing pack


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