Saturday, February 28, 2009

My Favorite Colors

As the title states, I was using my favorite colors, a turquoise and brown. This card is a regular invitation size card but scored and adhered down at the top with ribbon tied around it. When you open the card, it looks more square because of this. I scored the card at 4 1/4".

Stamps: Big Flowers, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze

Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip DSP, Whisper White

Other: Scallop Circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, Baja Breeze 5/8" striped grosgrain ribbon

Friday, February 27, 2009

Hostess Set

When you hostess a workshop in your home, you can earn free stamp sets depending on the sales. This card is made using a level 2 hostess set, Echoes of Kindness. I copied this card from one I saw on another site by Vivian. I loved the idea. I am using this for my Card Buffet as well. I think it is beautiful how you can use 2 colors of markers to get the shading on the flower.
Stamps: Echoes of Kindness
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White
Other: Pretty in Pink Marker, Regal Rose Marker, stamping sponges, dimensionals

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Baroque Elegance

This is a card that will be used in my Card Buffet. I needed simple but elegant. This is what I came up with. I love using Baroque Motifs because it does not take much to look beautiful.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Ink: Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant
Paper: Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla
Other: Scallop Circle Punch, 1/16" punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, rhinestone brad, stamping sponges

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Botanical Blooms

I love this card using another Sale-a-bration set, Botanical Blooms. I looked at our Color Coach to figure out what colors to use together. I chose Apricot Appeal and Pumpkin Pie. I added a little detail to the Scallop Edge by using the 1/16" punch. Then using my favorite accessory, I added ribbon.
Stamps: Botanical Blooms (SAB)
Ink: Old Olive, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Other: Old Olive Striped 1/2" grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Edge punch, 1/16" punch

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Masculine Lovely As a Tree

This was another attempt at a masculine card. This was a card that we did in my Birthday Card Class. The technique is "rock and roll" was to stamp the tree in More Mustard and then stamp it in the Garden Green pad to get the two tone look.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Sincere Salutations
Ink: Garden Green, More Mustard
Paper: Garden Green, More Mustard, Basic Black
Other: Gold Brads, Natural Hemp, Cutter Kit

Monday, February 23, 2009

Simple Thank You

Once again I saw this idea from another demonstrator. It is such a simple card but it makes a statement. Not all cards need to take a lot of time or effort. This card uses a background stamp, Pretty Petals.

Stamps: Pretty Petals, Sincere Salutations
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black
Other: Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mojo Monday on Sunday #74

I found a Blog that sets up sketches each Monday. I hope to continue to do this once a week to get my creative juices flowing. However, this was for LAST Monday and here I am posting it on Sunday. This may be a trend. We will wait and see.
It is hard to tell in the pictures but I used the texturz plates on the turquoise strips to give them a little something extra.

Stamps: Good Friend
Ink: Gable Green, Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal
Paper: Gable Green, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Rainbow Sherbert DSP
Other: Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, Button Latte, Linen Thread, Texturz Plates (Big Shot), 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, stamping sponges

Saturday, February 21, 2009

So Tweet

I love this new set, Good Friend. These are some cards I made as a thank you for a friend. I love the DSP paper and the little birdie. These were very quick and easy, one other reason I LOVE our Designer Series Paper.

By the way I want to thank my sister, the photographer, for explaining to me how to get clearer pictures. You can see the difference the past few days. The pictures are no longer blurry. Thanks Kym!!

Stamps: Good Friend, Trendy Trees (saying)
Ink: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Washington Apple DSP, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, So Saffron
Other: 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon- Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie

Friday, February 20, 2009

My New Look

Well, you can see the blog has had a face lift. I would love to hear your comments on what you think.

Bear With Me

Okay, be patient with me. I am trying to get a really cute background and it didn't work. Look forward to the coming days when I will be trying to personalize it some more. I am technologically challenged and I am learning as I go. Thanks for continuing to look.

Time To Sale-A-Brate

Time to Sale-a-Brate some more. Again, I used products you can earn FREE for this card. I also got to play with my new Latte buttons.

Stamps: Polka Dot Punches (SAB), All Holidays
Inks: Certainly Celery, Sahara Sand
Paper: Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Delicate Dots DSP (SAB)
Other: Certainly Celery twill ribbon (SAB ribbon bundle), Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Button Latte

Thursday, February 19, 2009


This card is made with products you can get FREE during Sale-a-Bration. For every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax) you get to pick an item out of the Sale-a-Bration Brochure for FREE!! Don't forget, this promotion only goes until March 31, 2009 so don't hesitate taking advantage of it. The ribbon and the two stamp sets used on this card were from that brochure. Check out the link on the left to see what else you can get FREE!
Stamps: Congrats (SAB), Polka Dot Punches (SAB)
Inks: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Paper: So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Other: Ticket corner punch, Certainly Celery twill ribbon (SAB ribbon Bundle)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Masculine Birthday

I love these Mini Library Clips! I am always looking for boy and men cards. I love how this one turned out. It is a great birthday card for that special man/boy. Don't you LOVE the Chocolate Chip Designer Series Paper?

Stamps: Loads of Love, All Holidays
Ink: Chocolate Chip, VersaMark
Paper: Chocolate Chip DSP, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Other: Mini Library Clips, 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, ticket corner punch, stamping sponge

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Through the Seasons

This is a new Stampin' Up! set, Trendy Trees! I had so much fun with this set. However, I know I am one that says I never use the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I need it for this set to line everything up! I had to teach myself how to use it again. I played with my textured background again with my Big Shot and it shows up well in this picture. If you spray a small amount of water on your cardstock before you run it through the Big Shot it really brings out the embossed image better. I now have a spray bottle of water sitting next to my Big Shot.

Stamps: Trendy Trees

Ink: Close to Cocoa, Green Galore, Glorious Green

Markers: Only Orange, Real Red, Green Galore

Paper: Green Galore, Glorious Green, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White

Other: Antique Brass eyelet, Crop-a-dile

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sponging with Embossing

This card was so fun to make! I sponged in different colors on Whisper White cardstock and then embossed with black over the top of it. Look out Stamp Club. We will be doing something like this in March. You will LOVE it!
Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, VersaMark, Basic Black
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White
Other: Detailed Black embossing powder, silver brads, heat gun

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Card Challenge

I know I have just started this blog but I am sending out a challenge to my blog followers and your friends. By March 17th, send me a card or two in the mail with your information on the back(name, e-mail, address). On the 17th, I will have my stamp club vote on their favorite one. The winner will receive a FREE gift from me! I am always looking for new, creative, and simple ideas. You can enter as many cards as you would like. You need to make sure they are using only Stampin' Up! supplies (current supplies are preferable). Your cards will not be returned. I hope to post some of your cards on this blog, giving you credit of course! I look forward to seeing how creative you are and sharing your ideas. If you need my address, please e-mail me and I will get it to you.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

This is actually the valentine card I made for my husband. I know, a little girly, but hey he got a card! I just got in my BIG order and was playing with some of my new toys. You can't tell, but I used the new texture plates for the Big Shot on the red cardstock (so cool). I also used my new clear rhinestone brads for the middle of the hearts.
Stamps: Love you Much, All Holidays
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Other: Ticket corner punch, Clear rhinestone brads, paper snip scissors, aqua painter, Big Shot texturz plates

Friday, February 13, 2009

More Two-Stepping

Can you tell I have enjoyed playing with my Flight of the Butterfly stamp set? This is another simple card made with the two-step stamping technique. Have
you noticed that I don't do difficult projects? If it is going to take a long time, you probably won't see me doing it. Like many of you, being the mom of two takes up most of my time so I do things quickly.

Stamps: Flight of The Butterfly
Ink: So Saffron, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip
Paper: So Saffron, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Other: Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Spotlight Technique

Sorry for the fuzzy picture. I could not get it any clearer. I used the spotlight technique for this card. I stamped my image in Night of Navy. I then stamped again on scrap paper without reinking (each stamp pad has at least 3 colors) my image. That is the lighter color. Using the
1 1/4" circle punch I punched it out, layered it and laid it on top of the original image. I am "spotlighting" that part of the flowers.
Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Ink: Night of Navy
Paper: Night of Navy, Urban Garden DSP, Whisper White, Not Quite Navy
Other: Silver brads, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rose Red Butterfly

Once again, I copied the idea from another Demonstrator. I changed the colors. It is a simple card that you could add any sentiment to. This is using two-step stamping. The background of the butterfly is a lighter pink. I then stamped in a darker pink over top with the flowers.
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Inspired by Nature
Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Always Artichoke
Paper: Kraft, Always Artichoke, Rose Red
Other: Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Edge punch

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Big Flowers

This was a card done at my Stamp club. Again, I saw the idea posted and used the idea to make my own. It is a regular sized card with a few inches cut on top. You the 1 3/8" circle punch and only punch out half the circle. That will go underneath the Scallop punch. Put your Scallop punch on with a dimensional to make it stand out. Did I make this as clear as mud? It really is an easy card. Try it and see.
Stamps: Big Flowers, Season of Joy (swirls on the front of the card)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
Paper:Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White, Retired DSP
Other: 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Scallop punch, Dimensionals

Monday, February 9, 2009

Cupcake with a Cherry on Top

I saw this cupcake and loved it! It comes with words on it for a thank you and I got it for when my daughter is old enough to use it. For this I stamped on Whisper white and stamped again on Chocolate Chip and cut them out. I flipped the Choc. Chip over so you don't see the words. I used the crimper to add some texture to the bottom of the cupcake. I also had to do something special with the cherry so I added Crystal Effects to make it 3-D and glossy and then sprinkled Dazzling Diamond Glitter over top while it was still wet to add some sparkle. This could be a birthday card for anyone you know.
Stamps: Simple Birthday Thanks
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Whisper White
Markers: Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Other: Crimper, Real Red striped grosgrain, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamond Glitter

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Big Shot Petal Card Heart Pouch

I love using my BIG SHOT! I used the petal card die and made a heart shaped goodie holder. Did I mention I LOVE my Big Shot! I saw this idea on another blog and had to try it. It was so easy.
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Ink: Regal Rose, VersaMark
Paper: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Other: Stamping Sponges, Scallop Circle punch, 1/16" circle punch, Big Shot with petal card die

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Upsy Daisy Two-Tone Color

This is a two stamp pad technique with the flowers. Stamp your image into a lighter color first and then lightly roll it around in a darker color and stamp. It makes a beautiful card. Then add ribbon and designer series paper and you are set.
Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy
Paper: Baja Breeze, Urban Garden DSP(designer series paper), Whisper White
Other: Stamping Sponge, Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

Friday, February 6, 2009

Inspired by Nature (Adding a Step)

This picture turned out slightly fuzzy but you can get the main idea. I used the same Inspired By Nature set as yesterday's post but added a step. I stamped the image in the bashful blue and then added close to cocoa with a sponge dauber onto the stamp. I stamped the image over top of the grass and used my aqua painter to blend the two colors together. Add some eyelets on the top and you are done!
Stamps: Inspired By Nature
Ink: Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel
Paper: Creamy Caramel, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla
Other: Aqua painter, Antique Brass eyelets, Crop-a-Dile

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I love this stamp set! Who said a beautiful card had to be difficult? I saw this idea on another site and fell in love with it. I changed it some but I love brown and using the two browns together is such a great idea! I think I will go and stamp a few more of these to mail out. (TIP: Stamp 4-8 of the same card at a time and don't add any words. When an occasion comes up you already have the card ready, you just need to add the perfect saying.)
Stamps: Inspired by Nature (on the dormant list: not in the current catalog but still available for purchase)
Inks: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa
Paper: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Choc. Chip
Other: 1 1/4" circle punch, gold brad

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Glossy Upsy Daisy

This is a technique that does not show up well in the picture. It uses Glossy cardstock and you use sponges to rub on color. I then stamped on top with Basic Brown and it is a beautiful card. I love this 5/8" grosgrain ribbon!

Stamps: Upsy Daisy

Inks: Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Basic Brown

Paper: Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Glossy White

Other: 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Stamping sponges

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Playing with Rub-Ons

I have had the Hidden Garden Rub-ons and have been waiting to play with them. I used the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set and the flower and thank you are the rub-ons. They were so easy to use and I can't wait to play with them some more.

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly

Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Whisper White

Other: 1/4" basic black grosgrain ribbon, Hidden Garden Rub-ons

Monday, February 2, 2009

Party Hearty

I love this Party Hearty set. Here is a card design that I saw somewhere else and tweaked it to make this one. I love the glitter to add just a little sparkle.

Stamps: Party Hearty

Inks: Only Orange, Real Red, Chocolate Chip

Paper: Only Orange, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

Other: Scallop Edge Punch, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, 2 way glue pen

Sunday, February 1, 2009


The time has come for Sale-A-Bration! This is one of my favorite times of the year!
What does this mean for you?
-For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping) you get to pick any 1 item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure FREE
There are stamp sets, ribbon bundles and Designer Series Paper this year!
-If you hostess a workshop and the workshop total reaches $300 you get to pick 1 item out of the brochure FREE
-If you decide to become and demonstrator and join my team the cost during Sale-A-Bration is ONLY $169
PLUS you get to pick ANY current stamp set (up to $47.95) out of the catalog for FREE
If you have any questions about this please contact me and I will get the answers for you.
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