Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Stampin' Up! Scallop Circle Gift Card Holder

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. My explanation is below the project for today. Saw a circle gift card holder in a You Tube video. Instead of a circle I used the Stampin' Up! Scallop Circle die for the Big Shot. I love how easy these are. You could hang them on the Christmas Tree.

To make cut one Scallop Circle from Real Red card stock. Next line up the Designer Series paper's edge inside the die cutting area. You want to place the paper in the middle of the die so it would only cut out a portion of the circle leaving the straight edge. Actually it was placed a little higher than the middle of the die. Hard to describe and I didn't have time to photograph. Next use Stampin' Up! Dimensionals around the outside edges of the Designer Series Paper, but not across the top. Line up and attach to the Real Red Scallop Circle. I used stickers included in the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' kit to embellish. Stampin' Up! Dimensionals were used on those as well. I threaded Sleigh Bells ribbon through the hole and knotted. This ribbon is from the Holiday Mini Catalog. It will be available for purchase until January 4, 2010. The money or gift card slides into the pocket created by the Designer Series Paper. Cute and fast!

I haven't been online much lately. We took two trips recently. Saw the Carolina Tarheels play in Chapel Hill and the next week went to Atlanta Georgia. We took our middle son to see the Dallas Stars vs Atlanta Thrashers hockey game. Both were exciting and we had a blast. Those trips, work, and preparing for Christmas took up all my time. Also I am in the midst of a fibromyalgia flare up. So anyway that is why I haven't posted in a while. I will be taking a week or so off to visit with family coming in for the Christmas holidays. I will be back in January with some new products from Stampin' Up! I can't wait to try my new goodies! See you then and have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Christmas Card Overload!

I love Christmas. It is my favorite holiday. I am sure I have told you that before, but it is true! I haven't had much time to do anything but stamp my Christmas cards. I kept making them and ended with 59 total. I am hoping that is enough. If not I will make some more simple ones to give out. I love giving Christmas cards and making them is more fun than giving. Just thought I would show you what I have been up to lately.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Stampin Up! Serene Snowflakes Christmas Card 2009

This is going to be one of my Christmas cards this year. I love the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series paper in the Holiday Mini. It is still available for order. I wanted something simple to mass produce. I used a Sheetloads of Cards template for this one. I cut everything out in around an hour and then stamped and put them together in about an hour. This template made 12 cards so I was very happy with the time used to make them. I give out a lot of cards at church and mailing them to friends and family. I still need to make a lot more. If I were going to mail this card, I would probably use a strip of Real Red instead of the ribbon so I would not have to spend extra to mail them.

I have more card stock cut out and waiting to be stamped and put together for a different card design. I will share that one later. I hope to have a few days next week to get them all finished and addressed and in the mail. I know I love to look at the cards I receive for as long as I can. I tape them up on a wall to use as a decoration. I love Christmas! It is my favorite holiday plus the celebration of the birth of my Saviour! All supplies are from Stampin' Up! and are listed below.

Supplies used:

  • Card stock - Whisper White, Soft Suede, Real Red, Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Inks - Real Red and Soft Suede Classic Ink
  • Accessories - Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Modern Label and Word Window punches, glue dot to hold the ribbon

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Stampin' Up! Blooming Hearts

Took a break from Christmas cards to make a card for a challenge on Late Night Stampers Yahoo email list. The theme is "Hugs and Kisses" or love. Baroque Motifs is such a pretty stamp set to work with. I punched the hearts out of Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper using the Heart to Heart punch. The swirly vines stamp was inked with Versamark on the designer paper and heat embossed with Detail White embossing powder. I love how you can change the look of Designer Paper by stamping over it or heat embossing. I used jumbo neutral brads and White Organza ribbon. I love how this turned out. The Bermuda Bay card stock made the embossing of the word "cherish" pop don't you think? Have a great day creating something!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Stampin' Up! Delightful Decorations Coke Can Ornament Punch

I stamped the small snowflake/flower stamp from the Delightful Decorations set in Versamark on the Designer Series Paper. Then I heat embossed using White Detail embossing powder. I also embossed Be Merry from the Warm Words set and the snowflake/flower at the bottom of the card front. I used the Movers and Shakers set from the Holiday Mini Catalog to cut the card from Taken with Teal. The Eyelet Border punch was used for the strip on the top. Tied a bow from White Organza ribbon and used a glue dot to attach to the top of the ornament window opening. I also used the reverse side of the designer paper to attach to the bottom of the card front. I punched the coke can with the Ornament punch and embossed with a Sizzix Texturz plate. This card is for my Monday Mailer NC Demo email list. Last one for November. Have a great stampin' day!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I tried to copy and paste George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation, but couldn't get it to paste to blogger. So here is the link http://www.earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/firsts/thanksgiving/thankstext.html

Very interesting to read.

I want to thank the Lord for my salvation and all His provision to me and my family. I thank Him for my wonderful husband, sons, daughters (soon-to-be), and rest of my family. Thank you Lord!

Here is an old card share.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Stampin' Up! Branch Out Masculine Birthday Card

Branch Out is on the dormant list so you want see it in the 2009/10 Catalog. I love how quickly you can create cards with this set. I needed a birthday card for my nephew. I chose Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, and Naturals White. The inks are Not Quite Navy, Close to Cocoa, and Old Olive. I used the Texturz Plates Kit #4 in the Big Shot. To get a deeper impression you can see the stack I used in this blog post here. I used Teeny Tiny Wishes for the sentiment. Modern Label and Word Window punches were used. Have a great day!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Stampin' Up! Medallion Christmas Card Case

I cased this card from here. I love the Medallion stamp set. I purposely did not get a good impression. I thought it added character to the card. I used the Modern Label and Word Window punches, Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry card stock, Teeny Ting Wishes stamp set, a jumbo brad, and the Polka Dot Rich Razzleberry ribbon. Isn't that ribbon cute and the other side is plain so you can use it either way! Love how Stampin' Up! products coordinate. Makes creating cards so easy.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Stampin' Up! Delightful Decorations Christmas Card in Old Olive

Using the same card idea as the post on 11/16/09, I changed the color of the card base to Old Olive. I like this one better than the Real Red, because I can see the background stamping more clearly. I used the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Paper available in the Holiday Mini until January 4, 2010. The flocking on this is so pretty! The stamp set, Delightful Decorations and the Ornament punch are also in that same mini. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, a very versatile set. I used Whisper White card stock to punch the ornament cap. You can see how I did that below. You can use this punch to make a vase. Just don't insert the card stock all the way in. Then it looks like a vase. I have seen other uses for this punch like making flowers. Great punch to have around. Of course, I love all my punches and don't think you can have too many. LOL The white line is drawn with the Signo gel pen and a ruler. Hope you have a great stampin' day!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Stampin' Up! Delightful Decorations Christmas Card

Christmas is my favorite holiday. Today's card is a simple card to make. I got this idea from Stampin' Success, a monthly magazine Stampin' Up! provides to its demonstrators. I used Delightful Decorations stamp set, Real Red and Whisper White card stock, Old Olive, Real Red, and Chocolate Chip inks. The white line is made with the White Gel Pen Stampin' Up! sells. I use this pen often. I love that I can use it in my scrapbooks on dark background papers. This would be a great card to make lots for all your friends and family.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Stampin' Up! Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper Pillow Box

I love this paper. The flocked texture feels and look so pretty! This is a very simple project to put together. I used our Whisper White organza ribbon, Hostess stamp set Christmas Punch, scallop oval punch, Ruby Red and Old Olive markers. What a cute little gift to hand out with candies or other small goodies inside. Have a great stampin' day!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veteran's Day!

To all our fine men and women who have served and are serving in the US military! You are all so special! Thanks for your service and Happy Veteran's Day!

Here is a My Digital Studio 12 x 12 scrapbook page. I used Garden Green striped Designer Series Paper and Garden Green card stock. I used embellishments from the Hodgepodge Hardware.

He is my hero!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Scrapbooking Retreat

Went on a scrapbooking retreat with a wonderful friend this weekend. It was so much fun and I was able to complete 63 12 x 12 scrapbook pages. I was so happy to complete that many pages and hope to be able to go to another one in the spring! Everyone was so nice and the place we were at was so pretty and on the lake. Loved it! I tried some of our Simply Scrappin' Kits and they are wonderful. I wished I would have tried them before now. Here is one of the pages I made. This one is not made with the kits, but I thought I would share it. I love the colors. I will be sharing more of the next few months. I can't wait to get back to stamping! I have to start my Christmas cards.

The Cheer and Joy words are cut out from the Join in the Cheer exclusive to Stampin' Up! Sizzix Decorative Strip Die cut from Ruby Red card stock. I also used Swirly Sizzix Decorative Strip Die from Ruby Red card stock.
The ornaments are embossed with the Stampin' Up! Backgrounds #1 Texturz Plates and then punched out with the Ornament punch which is in the Holiday Mini catalog. The patterned paper is from the Holiday Lounge Designer Series Paper.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Stampin' Up Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper Dress Card

This is a dress card for a baby shower. I didn't want to use the tradition pink for a baby girl. I had this pack of paper and had not used it yet. The card base is made from Pale Plum. I used a pattern I found online to cut the dress from the Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper and the Pale Plum. I stamped a sentiment from God's Blessings stamp set on the inside with Perfect Plum. Love our White Organza ribbon. I punched the Large Oval on Pale Plum and lined up the Scallop Oval over that to make the collar. I also used the Eyelet Border punch on the bottom of the DSP. Easy, but cute card to give at the shower. Hope you enjoy! Have a wonderful stampin' day!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Stampin' Up! Thoughts and Prayers Sympathy Card

I cased this card by Ilina Crouse on her blog, My Creations. Her card is so pretty. I love her color combination.

Anyway on to my card. I love the Top Note Sizzix die exclusive sold through Stampin' Up! I use my Big Shot a lot. I love all the things I can do with it, like the textured Night of Navy card stock in the card. That is from Texture Plates Kit#4 available in the current Stampin' Up! catalog. The stamp set is Thoughts and Prayers. I used the wide Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon and tied Hemp Twine around it and through the button. The button is in the Button Latte collection. I used our corner rounder punch on the Night of Navy and Kraft card stock. The other card stock is Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip. Ink is Stampin' Up!'s Chocolate Chip Classic ink pad. Hope you enjoy the card. Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Stampin' Up Berry Christmas Snowflake Card

This is for a LNS Yahoo group challenge #43. We were to take our favorite candy and use the colors on the packaging and translate them to a card. I wasn't as happy with this card as the other one I did for TechnoStamper's sketch challenge, but I am posting it anyway. Maybe it can inspire you to use this color combo or the sketch.

I used the Berry Christmas stamp set from Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini. Card stock is Ballet Blue, Rich Regal, Green Galore, and Whisper White. Inks are Ballet Blue, Rich Regal, and Green Galore. Ribbon is White Grosgrain.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Stampin' Up Berry Christmas Poinsettia Card

Berry Christmas is available in Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini Catalog. There are so many great sets in that Mini. You can view the Holiday Mini by clicking on the icon in my right side bar. Just scroll down and click on the link. This card is for a sketch challenge on Mary Jo Price-William's Technostamper blog. I turned the sketch on the side.

I used the Stampin' Up! Perfect Details Texturz Plate on the Rich Regal piece. The white dots on it are from the White Gel Pen Stampin' Up! sells. I also used that pen on the fake stitching above the Merry Christmas sentiment. The sentiment is heat embossed with White Detail embossing powder. I tired to add Crystal Effects on the dots in the center, but it ran together and I stamped another one. I thought Diamond Dust would look good on them, but had already put the card together and didn't want to get it on the other pieces.

Ribbon is from Elemental Ribbon Originals. Stamp set is Berry Christmas. Card stock is Rich Regal, Rose Red, So Saffron, and Whisper White. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Stampin' Up Delightful Decorations

This set is so much fun. I think this will be my Christmas card this year. Stampin' Up! has an Ornament punch to make it easy to use the Delightful Decorations stamp set. I got the idea for this card from Martha Lucia Gomez. You can see her beautiful card here. She is also in a blog tour named Inkspired 09. You can hop on the tour on the right side bar logo. I have included the one I cased from her card below the close up. I found out that Lisa Freeman had made the original card I cased below a month ago to swap at Founder's Circle so I wanted to give her credit for her design. Here is a link to her design that inspired the above card. I love the bow she has on hers.

I wanted to show you the beautiful shimmer on the first card. I took an old Stampin' Mist bottle and rinsed it out. Then I added alcohol and a small amount of the Stampin' Up! Frost White Shimmer Paint. You need a fine mist bottle to make this work. It is so beautiful in real life. I wish you could see it. The shimmer is hard to photograph.

Supplies used:

Delightful Decorations and Holiday and Wishes (retired), Ornament Punch, Elegant Bouquet and Finial Press Impressions Embossing Folders. Old Olive marker, Real Red and Old Olive Classic Ink Pads, Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, and Brushed Silver card stock, Mistletoe Ribbon Originals, Fine Cosmo glitter.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Christmas Watering Can

I just love this watering can pattern and tutorial by Helen Orr for Splitcoast Stampers here. It is so cute and I can't wait to give some away for Christmas. I probably will fill it with candy or maybe a couple of drawer sachets topped with a few flowers. I have a photo of it unfilled at the end of this post. I used Baroque Motifs stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Silver embossing powder on Stampin' Up! Brushed Silver card stock. I thought it turned out very nicely. What do you think? You can click on the photo for a larger view.

Because my printer wouldn't let the Brushed Silver card stock run through it, I printed on regular copy paper. Then I used the mono adhesive to temporarily adhere it to the Brushed Silver.

I cut the pieces out leaving the pattern on top and then scored over the lines where indicated. I thought this would be a little harder, but it isn't and it makes such a cute box!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Stampin' Up Tree Trimmings Christmas Card

Tree Trimmings is such a pretty set. I love Christmas and Christmas trees and everything Christmas! This is a simple card with stamped background paper. You can make cards like this so quickly. I cannot remember who to thank for the inspiration for this card, but if it is you please let me know. This is one of the cards we will be making in my Christmas Card Stamp Camp this weekend. I used Old Olive, Ruby Red, and Chocolate Chip inks and card stock. Love that combo!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Masculine Birthday Card

Although this uses a retired set, I wanted to share it with you. I made this for my son's fiance to give to her dad for his birthday. This uses the Stampin' Up! retired stamp set Sporting Goods. The sentiment was printed on my computer and reads, "Golf teeing you off..." on the outside. On the inside it reads, "Relax and enjoy your birthday!"
Materials Used:
Card stock - Creamy Caramel, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Whisper White, Basic Gray
Stamp Set - Sporting Goods (retired)
Inks - Jet Black Stazon and Going Gray and Creamy Caramel markers, Blender Pen
Accessories - Silver brads, Texturz plates #4 and Stampin' Up Backgrounds 1 Texture plate, paper piercer and paper piercing mat
Punches - Small and large star punches

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Stampin' Up! Autumn Days Christmas Card

This is one of the cards we will be making at my upcoming Christmas Card class. It is a little more involved than the other three, but I loved how it turned out. I am a big fan of nature type stamps and love trees so this image was perfect for me.
I used Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, and Old Olive markers to color the image. The Stampin' Up! Finial Press Impressions Embossing Folder adds so much texture to the card.
The card base is Kraft, and the layers are Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, and Old Olive.
The ribbon is the wide Old Olive grosgrain. I used the Word Window and Modern Label punches. Sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Stampin' Up Christmas Card Class

I am having a Christmas Card Stamp Camp Saturday October 24th. If you are in the area and want to attend, give me a holler! LOL Love that Southern lingo. We are making the four cards shown in the photo below. Most are quick and simple and inspired or cased from others. Jan Tink (Janine Tinklenberg) and Angie Kennedy Juda. The pine cones card is my original idea. I loved how the coloring with markers turned out. Thanks to all the talented stampers out there for sharing your talent.

I haven't been posting regularly for a while and will try to get back into that. I will share close ups of the cards as the week progresses.

Happy Stampin' and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

12 x 12 Stampin' Up! Halloween Scrapbook Page

Did this Halloween scrapbook page as a challenge on an Yahoo group I am on. I love how the punched pumpkins turned out. The swirly design on the side was cute too I thought. So what do you think? I used the Sweet Centers stamp set. I heat embossed using Pumpkin Pie craft ink and clear embossing powder. I used the Photo Corners punch with Old Olive card stock to add some detail on the corners. The brads are our White jumbo brads which I colored with a Black marker. The scrapbook page is 12" x 12" piece of Close to Cocoa.
The pumpkins are made with the Wide Oval, Large Oval, and Small Oval punches and also the Swirly Sizzix Decorative Strip die. I punched 8 Wide Oval pieces from Pumpkin Pie card stock. I sponged around the edges of the ovals. I started gluing the ovals from the center out on the front. I clipped a small portion of a Swirly die piece of Old Olive card stock for the stalk. Gluing the stalk first, then I glued the remaining ovals on the back of the pumpkin. So easy and so cute. I made the other pumpkins the same way with the other two punches.
Have a great stampin' day!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Christmas Test Tube Holder

I love this project. I found the pattern on Lisa Sommerville's blog. I used the new Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper found in the new Holiday Mini. This is a fun and easy project. My test tubes are 3/4" in diameter so I used a 3/4" circle punch. Also I use Stampin' Up!'s Sticky Strip on my boxes because it holds so well. On the first photo you can see how I punched the circles out and try to match them up and glue them the same way. One hint is to tie the ribbon on first and then glue the punched circle to the top. Much easier to line them up that way instead of trying to tie the ribbon in the front after the circle is glued down. I used a needle from the Crafter's Kit to thread the silver cord and thread it behind the knot after carefully punching through the snowflake. The snowflake is from the Hostess level 2 Stamp Set Christmas Punch. How smart for Stampin' Up! to make those snowflakes fit the Boho Blossoms punch. One of the perks of being a demo is the opportunity to purchase select Hostess sets before the catalog is released. I used the dots Impressionz plate from the Stampin' Up! Backgrounds I set. The snowflakes and sentiment were stamped in Real Red Craft Ink and embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I punched the sentiment out with our scallop oval punch. Isn't it great how the stamps fit the punches? The ribbon is one of my favorites, the Whisper White organza ribbon. Have fun today and create something.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio

Check out this video on Stampin' Up!'s new My Digital Studio software. It does so much more than just scrapbooking. I am having fun playing around on mine. I have a page I made on the software in this post.

If you have questions, please contact me at howe1472@bellsouth.net. I am learning about the program and taking classes to become certified.

Happy Stampin',

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Stampin' Up! Medallion Birthday Card

I made this card for my mother-in-law's birthday. I heat embossed the Medallion stamp (Item# 115223 $17.95 US) using Versamark ink and Detail White embossing powder on Bermuda Bay card stock. I used a Whisper White Basic Jumbo Grommet on the center of the Medallion. Tied a bow with the Whisper White Organza ribbon and adhered with a glue dot. I used the Stampin' Up! Perfect Details Texturz Plate on the Soft Suede and Real Red card stock. The base is 5 1/4 x 5 1/4" Whisper White card stock. She loved it and so did I!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stampin' Up! Bojo Blossoms Punch Card

I made this card for a very dear friend of mine. Her birthday was yesterday. Happy Birthday Sheryl! I used the new In Colors of Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry. I forgot to write the measurements down. I used the Swirly Sizzix die for the vines. The flowers are punched with the Boho Blossoms punch. The ribbon is the polka dotted Rich Razzleberry ribbon. Isn't it pretty? Also used was the Perfect Details Texturz plate. I love my Big Shot!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio Rocks!

I am loving this program. Isn't this cute? I see that I need to align one of the flowers a little better, but overall I think it is a great page. This is one of the first digital pages I have ever made. The page took me about 20 minutes to put together. This are my son and his fiance's engagement photos. These were taken at Kings Mountain National Battleground Park. I think it turned out well. I still love traditional scrapbooking, but believe I will use this program a lot. I think Stampin' Up! has done an outstanding job with this computer program. It will be available for sale on October 1, 2009 to customers. Demonstrators have been able to order this program since September 1st. That is one of the perks of being a demonstrator. I have the opportunity to buy products before they become available for customers to purchase. There are stamps, embellishments, designer papers, and much more in the program. You can make cards too. I think it is perfect for designing cards and pages. Anyway just wanted to share what I made tonight on the drive home from SC. Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Baby Girl Shower Card

I used retired Designer Series Paper from this year's Sale-a-bration freebie pack. I found the template online from a crafts magazine. I thought it made a cute card. Card stock is Certainly Celery. I used paper vellum for the apron. The button and ribbon are current. Just thought I would make a quick post with this card. I am giving this with a gift card for a young lady at church on Sunday. This card could be stepped up with more embellishments or using a Texturz plate on the vellum, but I am not feeling well and wanted to get it made quickly. Think she will like it?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Stampin' Up! Party Hearty B is for Birthday

This card is for our second son, Bobby's birthday on September 16th. He was born three years and a day after his older brother Randy. I tried to have him on Randy's third birthday, but he wanted his own birthday! LOL We were so happy when he made his debut. He was such a happy baby. The day after I was released from the hospital I had to go back with pneumonia. I cried and cried because I didn't have him with me. My sweet mom flew out to help take care of him. Russell didn't have any experience with a newborn as Randy was nine months old before he saw him. Russell was stationed in West Germany when Randy was born. Anyway back to the card...

When using stamps with a bolder or more solid shape, I condition my stamps first so I can get a better impression. There is a blog post on Stampin' 411 that talks about this if you want to go see it. Remember to hit the back button and come back here. LOL

Stamp Set: Party Hearty

Card Stock: Green Galore, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Green Gable

Accessories: Bold Bright Brads, Texturz Plates Kit #4, 3/4" circle punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Stampin' Up! Party Hearty Birthday Hats Card

First time I have used the Party Hearty stamp set. I love the hats and the option of coloring them with markers makes it versatile to match whatever colors you need. I stamped the middle hat on another piece of Whisper White and cut it out. Then I popped it up with a Stampin' Dimensional. I can't remember where I got this card sketch. My papers are in SC so I can't look at them. I had written the sizes of the pieces on those papers, but maybe I can add those later when I am in SC.

To make the sentiment pennant (LOL it rhymes), I cut a piece of Whisper White 1/4" wide by 2 1/4" (I think) long. Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig, I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy. Holding the 1 1/4" square punch upside down and aligning the corner of the punch at the end of the strip, I punched to get the look of a pennant. Then I added ink around the edges of the pennant using the ink pad.

I used the stack in the Big Shot which I talked about in an earlier post. It makes a huge difference on the way the texture looks. When making the background card stocks, make sure to align the design on both card stocks.

This is for our oldest son whose birthday is Tuesday. I will share another card I made using this set tomorrow. Our middle son was born three years and a day after our oldest. I went into labor on Randy's birthday, but Bobby didn't officially make his entrance into the world until 7 am the next day. When we went to the hospital in labor with Bobby, the doctor and nurses were happy to see us. We were the only ones there and they said there was nothing on TV. LOL Funny what memories we have.

Stamp Set: Party Hearty
Card Stock: Night of Navy, So Saffron, Garden Green, Whisper White, and Basic Gray
Markers: Night of Navy, So Saffron, Garden Green
Accessories: Bold Brights brads, Stampin' Up! Backgrounds 1Texturz plate, 1 1/4" square punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Chrismas Cocoa Specialty DSP Card

I love this paper. It is flocked and feels and looks wonderful. Christmas is an important holiday to me and I love using something special on my Christmas cards. I used Iridescent Ice embossing powder and Real Red Craft Ink on the sentiment. The ribbon is the beautiful Whisper White Organza ribbon. Although this is a simple layout, I think the paper and stamped image make it a special one. We will be making this one in my Christmas in September Stamp Camp on September 26, 2009. If you are in the Kings Mountain, NC area and want to come, please contact me soon. Happy Stampin'!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Stampin' Up! Serene Snowflakes and Big Shot Tip

Shimmery Snowflakes Card

Serene Snowflakes is available in the Holiday Mini Catalog. It has a unique take on snowflakes. You can make some quick cards and scrapbook pages with this set and punch. I am having a Stamp Camp this month and making some Christmas projects. This will be one of them. You should be able to click on the photo above and view a larger image. The shimmer paint Stampin' Up! introduces in the Holiday Mini Catalog is awesome. A link to the Holiday Mini is in my side bar. Just click on the photo of the catalog. For the background I used a Stampin' Sponge to apply the Frost White shimmer paint to the stamp and then stamped. You have to be careful with this technique to not get too much paint on the stamp because it will blur the image. The shimmer paint gives a beautiful shimmer and a unique background for your Christmas cards and you can also use it to paint images.

I found a blog with a tip to get a great impression with the Stampin' Up! Texturz plates, but I cannot find the link at the moment. If you know the link, please let me know and I will give her credit. I have included a photo of the set up for the Big Shot. This is fantastic! Don't have to spray water or alcohol, just run the stack through the Big Shot and you get this fantastic impression. It will be hard to turn the handle, but it is worth the effort as you can see above. I used Brushed Silver to show the impression a little better. On the card for the stamp camp, we will use Whisper White. Can you tell how much I use the Big Shot by the condition of the cutting plate? LOL I love the Big Shot. I believe that is one of the best purchases I have ever made. Seriously it is so versatile. You should consider purchasing one. I love mine and use it all the time. You can use all companies dies in it.

Order is:

Multipurpose platform use top of the platform.

Texturz Impressionz plate

Card Stock

Silicone Rubber Mat

Cutting Plate

Serene Snowflakes
Item# 115438
Price: $20.95

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