Friday, April 18, 2014

One Day Mini Retreat - Project 1 - Card Box

I few days ago I had a One Day Mini Retreat stamping class, this is the card box we made to hold our projects ....

Back in January I participated in an online Creative Convention by Maggie Patterson and Ronda Wade. We had so much fun!  This is the box from that class - with a bit of customization by me!  I will be sharing all the projects and the other goodies over the next few posts.  Hope you can come back and see them all!

  Stamps:  You're Lovely (SAB-R)
  Ink:  Early Espresso, Calypso Coral
  Markers:  Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding
  Paper:  Pool Party, Whisper White, Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB-R)
  Other:  Simply Scored Tool, Deco Framelits, Basic Pearls, Paper Doily, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Large Oval Punch (R), 1/8" handheld punch, Pool Party Seam Binding

I stamped the flowers on whisper white cardstock, then stamped them again on another piece, cut them out and popped them up on the top of the original stamped image.

Have a great day, and Happy Stampin' ..... 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Butterfly Birthday Card

A classic layout was used for this card, along with some designer paper ....

Need a quick card for a birthday party?  This one will fill the need.  It was super quick to make, and the pearls take it up a notch.  As I tell my stampers, Everything is better with Bling!!!

  Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri, Simply Sketched
  Ink:  Island Indigo, Melon Mambo
  Paper:  Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Gingham Garden DSP
  Other:  Elegant Butterfly Punch, Large Oval Punch (R), Word Bubble Die, Basic Pearls

If you used male colours, and a DSP with a male theme, you could totally change the flavour of this card.  Why not try the Specialty Designer Series Paper Natural Composition?  Hmmmm, maybe I have to go now and do some more creating!  LOL

Natural Composition Sp. DSP - #126917 $15.95 (click on the picture to go to my online store)
Happy Stampin' .....             

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Chick - Gift Bow Die

Hello, a bonus post for you today - a cute Easter Chick!!!

I saw this on Kirsteen Gill's blog last month, and it looked like a lot of fun to create.  So I purchased the tutorial and sat down to make it happen.  Isn't he adorable?  Here are more pictures . . . . .

As I had to purchase the tutorial, I can't comment on how to make it.  But I can give you some supplies I used:

  Gift Bow Die
  Circles Dies
  1/8" Cello Bags
  Googlie Eyes (non Stampin' Up!)

That's it, the only supplies required.  You could sponge each piece if you wanted.  It would look pretty cool, but I did not want to cuz I was too in a hurry to get it created.  So much fun, thanks Kirsteen, for sharing!

Happy Easter to you!   

Monday, April 14, 2014

Embossing Folder Holder meets Modern Medley Designer Paper

I took a class at the Stampin' Up! Convention last July, this is what we made ....

I changed the embellishments and designer paper a bit, but the basic design is the same. It is the original creation of Adela Rossol HERE is her blog ....

I did a class on this back in February, and a couple of days ago I held a Re-Do class for stampers who were not able to come the first time around.  The three "pockets" in the back of the picture fit inside the frame and when all assembled you can hold up to 30 Embossing Folders in this awesome projects.  It is made even more special by using the Modern Medley DSP, a bit of Silver Glimmer paper, and some Coastal Cabana Ruffled Stretch Ribbon ...

  Stamps:  None
  Ink:  None
  Paper:  Basic Black (12x12), Silver Glimmer, Modern Medley DSP
  Other:  Template from Adela, Red Liner Sticky Tape

Only a few supplies, but the copying and prep work for this product is a bit time consuming.  I am sure Adela still has the template for sale on her blog somewhere.

Happy Stampin' and Creatin' ...... 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Wetlands Beginner Card

Here is the second card we create in my Introduction To Stamping class .....

I absolutely LOVE the Wetlands stamp set.  It is so versatile and you can do lots of techniques with it as well as different layouts and themes.  Give this set a try, you won't be disappointed. . . . .

  Stamps:  Wetlands  (Wood mount #126695 - $26.95; Clear mount #126697 - $20.95)
  Ink:  StazOn
  Paper:  Basic Black, Whisper White
  Other:  Nothing (all flag ends are cut by hand)

Here is a picture of the stamp set.  Just click on the picture to go to my online store .....  (don't you just love those little sandpipers???)
Hope you are having a great day!
Happy Stampin ............................

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flower Shop Beginner Card

One of the classes I added to my line up is an Introductory To Stamping.  This is one of the basic cards we create .....

Sometimes it is nice to get back to the basics of simple but elegant cards.  Next post I will share the other card we make in my Introduction To Stamping class.

  Stamps:  Simply Sketched, Flower Shop, Petite Petals
  Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana
  Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush
  Other:  Decorative Dots EF (SAB - R), Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Basic Rhinestone

I will be back next post with the second card we make at my introductory class.

Thanks for stopping by today, Happy Stampin' ...... 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wildflower Meadow Thank You card ....

Thought I would share another March Thank You card with you today ...

This one is made using the Wildflower Meadow background stamp (well part of it anyways LOL) and the matching Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder.  These two products are available in a bundle at a 15% discount.  Here is a picture of the bundle, just click on it to go to my online store ....
Wood bundle is #132175 - $26.95; Clear Mount bundle is #132985 - $22.75
I love how Stampin' Up! has created co-ordinating products, and that they have bundled some of them together and then discounted them!!!

  Stamps:  Wildflower Meadow
  Ink:  Pool Party
  Paper:  Pool Party Co'oredinations, Whisper White
  Other:  Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 2 Way Glue Pen, XL Rhinestones

You can never have enough bling! So I added some onto the hummingbird.

Happy Stampin'... .... ....

Friday, April 4, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Kit - March 2014 - Glittered Greetings

I finally had a chance to make up the awesome cards that came in the March Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Here is what the instructions suggest you do with the supplies.  There are Thank You and Congrats wooden embellishments ....

Then one of my very talented stampers (Hi Louise B) shared with me that she used embossing powder on her embellishments, so of course I had to try that. This one has Silver embossing powder first, then while it was still hot I dipped it in Irridescent Ice embossing powder for some added bling ....

Then I brought out the Gold Glitter and applied it to the wooden piece and put some Basic Black cardstock behind it.  I rounded the corners with my Envelop Punch Board .....

Then I pulled out all the stops in the bling department.  I used Gold Glitter on the sentiment, then because I always cut off 3" of the Gold Foil Envelope Liner that is provided in the kit, I used that for the background.  I layered it on Basic Black cardstock, and cut a piece out of Basic Black with my Window Framelits Die.  I also used a slice of Calypso Coral cardstock for some contrast.

Then I had to do a Gold Foil Paper background for the Congrats sentiment.  I used Basic Black to layer the Gold Foil, then again to layer under the sentiment.  This time I did not alter the wooden accent at all.

I added Basic Black to a Coastal Cabana card base, cut the front off of one of the supplied cards, and layered the Gold Foil and Basic Black pieces cut out with the Window Framelits Dies again.  The wooden accent is left as is for this one.

Finally, for card #8 (yup that's right, you now get 8 cards in the Paper Pumpkin Kits), I used a Whisper White card base, layered Basic Black on it, and cut another card front off of the card supplied.  Then I used Black Embossing Powder on the wooden sentiment and some Gold Baker's Twine.

So there's some ideas for you while making up your March Paper Pumpkin Kit.  If you are a current Paper Pumpkin Kit subscriber, you can also purchase extra kits this month!  These were a lot of fun to make.

HERE is a link (or if you can't click on that here it is again ....
 to go to the Paper Pumpkin website and sign up for your very own subscription.  It costs $24.95 plus tax per month, and you get 8 cards, or other papercrafting projects to do.  That's only $3.50 per card (with BC taxes included).  And I have a LOT of Gold Foil paper left over.  My thoughts are that you don't need a liner in the entire envelope as you only see the top 2 inches or so.  So why not save it for another project???

Happy Creating ......

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Blessed Easter cards

Two ways to create this card for you today!

The top card was created by one of my downline, Carla Neville.  She does not have a blog so I can't share that with you.  But Carla is very talented.  Then I used the Blessed Easter stamp to recreate it.  This stamp comes as a single stamp and it has a sentiment attached.  I just cut off the sentiment and now I have an image that I can use for any occasion, not just Easter.  Here is a picture of the stamp, just click on it to go to my online store.

I love colouring and have discovered that the distressed look is my favourite.  Just colour as you would normally with a Stampin' Write Marker, but leave some white spaces - specially at the end of the petals.

  Stamps:  Blessed Easter, Simply Sketched
  Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, VersaMark
  Paper:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, 
  Other:  Labels Dies #3 and #7, Basic Pearls, Silver Embossing Powder (mine), Pewter Embossing Powder (Carla's), Blender Pen (Carla's), Stampin' Write Markers (mine) Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding

Hard to believe the cardstock in these two cards are the same, guess the lighting was different when I took each picture.  I love my camera, but sometimes it really distorts the colours.

Happy Stampin' ....       

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Open Sea - Masking Tape Technique

This technique is so simple and, boy oh boy, does it pack an impact!

It's hard to believe that the background on this card takes just a few seconds to create!  I did not have any masking tape in my craft room, so I popped up to the dollar store and bought a roll.  It worked wonderfully, showing that you don't need the expensive stuff to do this technique.  I received this card in a swap in October with some local Demonstrators.  Did I mention these local ladies are awesome!!!

  Stamps:  The Open Sea
  Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, Smoky Slate, Midnight Muse
  Paper:  Marina Mist, Whisper White, Smoky Slate
  Other:  Masking Tape, Linen Thread, Ovals Dies (#1 & #2),  Occasions Punch Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Regals Candy Dots, Neutrals Candy Dots, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

To do the background you need 3 pieces of masking tape wider than your ink pad (the long way).  Then lay the tape over the ink pads (Marina Mist, Smoky Slate and Pear Pizzazz) lightly push the tape into the ink pad picking up some colour.  Be very careful not to push too hard or your tape will stick to the ink pad surface and when you lift it up, it may tear your ink pad foam!!!! (Yup learned this is the hard way.)  Lay the ink filled tape on your Whisper White cardstock, one at a time, in colour progression.  You need to reink the tape after each time you apply it to the cardstock.  Also make sure you lift the tape back off of your cardstock very gently as that can rip as well.

Hope you get a chance to give this a try! . . . . . .

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Open Sea - Take 2

Hi!  I'm back again with the second card in my "The Open Sea" trilogy ....

 This was a card I received in a swap in October at our local Demonstrator Get Together.  It is by Mavis Slaby.  Another card that my customers loved!  I used the World Background stamp and some sponging on the main image.  The ocean part is just the Pacific Point ink pad swiped on the bottom of the cardstock in Direct to Paper technique.  Once that was dry, we skipped the Whisper White Craft Ink pad over the top to give some highlights and mimic the wave action.

  Stamps:  The Open Sea, Something To Celebrate, World Map
  Ink:  Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Whisper White, StazOn
  Paper:  Basic Black, Whisper White
  Other:  Square Lattice EF, Sponges, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Regals Candy Dots

To sponge the image piece:  First sponge Soft Sky all over, then sponge Marina Mist around the top edges leaving the very center just Soft Sky.  Then sponge Pacific Point around the very outside edges.  Voila, done!

Thanks for visiting, go get crafty!    . . . . . . . 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Open Sea - Ship In A Bottle Card

The first card in my trilogy using The Open Sea stamp set.

I received this awesome card in a swap at the Stampin' Up! Convention in July 2014 from Pat Zweber.  My stampin' customers bugged me long and hard until I included it in a stampin' class.  In March I had an entire class based around this stamp set called The Open Sea (click on the image to go to my web store) ......
This is the first card from the class.  In the next 2 posts I will share the other 2 cards with you.  They are equally as amazing as this one is.  Thanks, Pat!

  Stamps:  The Open Sea, Gifts of Kindness
  Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso, Pacific Point
  Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Pacific Point, Soft Sky
  Other:  Masks, Bottle Template, Clear Embossing Powder, Aqua Pen, Sponges, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, 1-1/4" Punch, Banner Punch (SAB), 1/8" Handheld Punch, Brights Candy Dots

I had to figure out how to get the bottle template.  I had customers searching their Cricut cartridges, online, and anywhere else I could think of. When that did not work, I just photo copied the card and cut out the bottle and the cork.  Worked like a charm.

Happy Stampin' and Creatin'  . . . . . . .

Monday, March 24, 2014

Soft Sky Birthday Banner Card

These soft colours make this card stand out!

I will be very sad when Stampin' Up!s Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st. I've been having a great time playing with all the FREE products - embossing folder, designer paper, punch, accessories pack, and the stamp sets.  Don't wait too long to contact me to pick up your very own SAB products.  When they leave on Mar 31st, they will be gone forever.

I saw this card on the internet, it is by Nicole Tugrul. I can't find her blog to link to, but thanks Nicole!!!

A simple, quick and elegant card using the new Petite Petals Bundle from the Occasions Catalogue.  Boy do I hope they keep this bundle in the new Annual Catalogue when it is released on June 1st!  Meanwhile, I am getting lots of use out of it.

  Stamps:  Simply Sketched, Petite Petals
  Ink:  StazOn, Soft Sky
  Paper:  Whisper White, Soft Sky, Basic Black, Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB)
  Other:  Large Scallop Eyelette die, Soft Sky Seam Binding, Petite Petals Punch, Dauber, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (SAB)

I hope you get a chance to be crafty today!
Happy Stampin' .......................................

Friday, March 21, 2014

Bootiful Birthday - Pop Up Box Card (aka Card In A Box)

This is the second Card In A Box card ....

I bought this stamp set - Bootiful Occasions - with a specific girlfriend in mind.  We have been friends since we both moved to Salt Spring Island, BC way back in grade 9.  I won't tell you the year, cuz then you would know the BIG secret!!!  LOL  But let's just say it's been a "few" years.  She is the quintessential cowgirl.  She lives on acreage, has horses, and works on a cattle farm (in her spare time) as a cowboy in trade for hay for her horses.  She lives quite a ways away from me, but we have one of those friendships that outlasts time and distance.  So this card is to the cowboy boot (her), from the rubber boot (me).  I live on Vancouver Island where we get LOTS of rain all year round.  Her birthday is not for a couple of months yet, but I can't wait to send it to her.
This is the second card we made in my February Cool Moves class.  We had a blast!

  Stamps:  Bootiful Occasions, Just Sayin'
  Ink:  Real Red, Midnight Muse, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party
  Markers:  Island Indigo, Real Red
  Paper:  Pool Party and Real Red Core'dinations, Whisper White, Red and Silver Glimmer
  Other:  Arrows and Alphabet Press Embossing Folders, Sanding Tool, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 2 Way Glue Pen, Basic Rhinestones, Word Bubble Dies, Star die from Circle Card Framelits, "Hi" die from Label Card Framelits

These cards are super fun to make.  If you go to my last post HERE, I posted a link to the tutorial for it.

Happy Stampin' ... 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pop Up Box Card (aka Card In A Box)

I recently found a tutorial on how to make these awesome cards ....

Here is a link to the tutorial ....  it is on Splitcoast Stampers.  I had a Cool Moves class in February, and this is one of the cards we made.  I will be sharing the second one in my next post.

  Stamps:  Sketched Birthday, Another Great Year
  Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Raspberry Ripple
  Markers:  Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Pink Pirouette, Primrose Petals
  Paper:  Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Birthday Basics DSP, Polka Dot Parade DSP
 Other:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Petite Pennants Punch, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Window Sheet

These cards are quite time consuming to make because of all the added pieces.  But they are not difficult and so very fun to make.  I re-did the sizing so it would fit into a 6x6 envelope.  My Very Vanilla base was cut 12 x 6, then I scored it at 2-3/4, 5-1/2, 8-1/4 and 11.  Then flipped it and scored at 2-1/2.

Hope you get a chance to try one of these cards soon.
Happy Stampin' ...       

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Goodie Bags for a Cowgirl Birthday

These goodie bags were created by one of my downline, Carla Neville.

Carla's daughter is in 4H, and is "horse crazy" as my Mom used to say.  So Carla went to work and created this punch image horse  and scene for bags for her daughter's birthday.  Aren't they adorable?

Carla does not have a blog, but she does have a facebook page ....  Carla's Creative Cards.  I have very talented downline ladies, each one is special to me.  We have a small group - Craft Room Stampers - and we are always looking for new members.  Want to join us?  Contact me and we can talk!

Happy Stampin' . . . .        
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