Sunday, January 24, 2010

He's Home!

I don't have a stamping share today, but thought I'd share this picture with you in honor of TC's homecoming. This is taken in front of one of Suddam's palaces in Kuwait. His journey started last January when he had a month long training in Florida. He was back in Wisconsin in February (he deployed with the Wisconsin National Guard) and then left at the end of February for Fort Bliss in Texas. He spent the next three months there and at the end of April, I went down there and spent four days with him before he left for overseas. He was in Kuwait for a couple of weeks and then in Iraq until the beginning of this month. Two more weeks were spend in Kuwait until he arrived back in Wisconsin last Sunday morning. After a week of debriefing, he was released on Friday and we spend the weekend in the Wisconsin Dells and will be driving back today, just in time to watch the Vikings play.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

I Heart Tutorials

Here is another variation of the layout that I shared with you yesterday. Is it bad when I rather design a new card than clean up my scrap area to find the embosslit heart that I need to complete the cards that I already prepped? Well that's what I did for this card. Remember this card here? Well I have all the peices cut and assembled to make 6 of these for a swap, all I have left to do is cut out the three embosslit hearts and I can't find my embosslit heart. If you saw my desk, you'd understand why. Well, I really wasn't feeling like cleaning so I decided to create a new card instead, using the punched heart from the other card.  This card uses Sweet Pea DSP, Taken with Teal (2" x 2", 5.5" x 8.5" folded in half, 3.75" x 0.75), Pumpkin Pie (2.25" x 2.25"), Whisper White (2.5" x 2.5", 4" x 5.25", scrap for heart).

Now, as promised, here are the steps I took to cut the DSP for this layout. I gave the measurements yesterday, but I will repeat here again. The trickest part is making sure the triangles lay in the right directions when cutting and what sides you want up. I went through several pieces of paper before I got it right.

1. Cut two different designs of DSP into 3.75" x 4" rectangles, one will be the upper right hand triangle and the other will be the lower left hand triangle.
2. Now, place the rectangle in the cutter as shown here. Be sure to have the side you want shown up and the longer edge vertical. Place the upper left hand corner on the inch marker and the lower right hand corner on the cut line. This will result in 4 different pieces, but you will only use 2 of them, one of each of design.

3. Now take the triangle that will be in the upper right hand corner and turn it over. You will then cut the small triangle from this. Once you have the back side up, line the paper up as shown below. You will be cutting off an inch from the 4" side of the triangle.

4. Now to cut the small triangle, cut a rectangle 1" x 1.5". Then place this in the cutter as shown below and cut in half. If you are using double sided paper and place it as shown, you will want the front side up.

5. Now you have all the pieces cut and can adhere them to the 3.75" x 5.25" peice of cardstock and finish off the bottom strip as desired.

If you have any questions, please email me.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Birthday Share

Well I'm on the road to go get TC, but here is one of the cards that I worked on yesterday in my mad dash to finishing up my swaps. Of course I had to pick a (more) complicated design for the card that I had to make the most of (17). I used Party Hearty for the stamp set. And yes, that's my shadow again in the picture.

The dimensions are a little trickier for this one, given all the paper piercing, so I will give you the dimensions I used initially (but beware I have a lot of leftovers). I did find a maybe more efficient way to cut the pieces, but I haven't tested it yet. The two larger pieces of DSP (Thoroughly Modern) are cut from 3.75" x 4" rectangles, the small corner DSP(also Thoroughly Modern) is a triangle cut from a 1" x 1.25" rectangle, the Bermuda Bay strip is 0.5" x 3.75" and the Soft Suede strip is 0.75" x 3.75".  The image is stamped on a piece of 2" x 2.25" Whisper White and the other layers increment by 0.25".
Tomorrow I will have a tutorial of sorts of cutting the pieces, so stay tuned!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Vintage CASE

Sorry this is so late, but I've been stamping all day. I just got back from the post office where I mailed almost 50 cards for various swaps, more than half of which I made today. I took today off to catch up on my swaps and cleaning before I leave tomorrow for the weekend to pick up TC. Yep, he's back from Iraq now!

Anyways, today's share is a total CASE from my upline's sideline. The only things I changed were the saying used (she used a rubon) and the size of the Very Vanilla squares (mine are square, her's won't quite and each varied a little in size). I did stamp on the inside of the card too. Sorry about the shadow in the picture.

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip (5.5" x 8.5" folded in half, 3" x 5.25"), Taken with Teal (4" x 5.25") Very Vanilla (2.75" squares x 3, 4" x 5.25" for the inside)

I used the Rock-N-Roll technique, which is where you ink the image up in one color (usually the lighter color) and then roll the edges of the image in the second color. The primary color I used was Taken with Teal and the second color was Chocolate Chip.

Thanks for stopping by and being patient. I will be out of town for the next three days, but I will try to schedule posts before I leave.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I Heart Friends

Here is a card that I made for yet another swap using I Heart Hearts and the new heart embosslit.

Paper: Sweet Pea DSP (3.75" x 4"), Basic Gray (4" x 5.25"), Taken With Teal (5.5" x 8.5", folded in half, scrap for heart embosslit), Whisper White (scrap for stamped image), So Saffron (scrap for heart embosslit), Pumpkin Pie (scrap for heart embosslit)
Accessories: Heart embosslit, Satin Basic Gray Ribbon, White Jumbo Grommet, Heart Punch, Dazzling Diamonds
Ink: Taken With Teal

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Butterflies, Butterflies, Butterflies

Once again I didn't get the pictures taken last night, so you're going to have to wait again, sorry. Today's post is a card that I made for a Butterfly swap. The only stamping I did was for the sentiment, which is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. The picture seems to be kind of washed out, I don't know why, but sorry about that.

Paper: Rich Razzleberry (5.5" x 11", folded in half, scraps for butterflies), Orchid Opulence (4" x 5.25", scraps for butterflies), Whisper White (3" x 2.75", scaps for butterflies), Old Olive (3.25" x 3", scraps for butterflies), and Cottage Wall DSP (1" x 3.75", 2.25" x 3.75", 0.5" x 3.75", 1" x 3.75")
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Up! Beautiful Wings Embosslit.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Another Snowflake Share

Sorry, I didn't get around to posting yesterday, nor have I gotten around to posting my BAB tutorial. This weekend went by in a blur. Hopefully tonight I'll have time to take the pictures and download them to my computer (I have the tutorial written up already). Anyways, here is another snowflake share. The stamps sets I used were Snow Swirled and Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Cardstock: Whisper White (2.25" x 2.25" and scraps for 3/4" punched circles), Tempting Turquoise (2.5" x 2.5", scraps for 1/2" punched circle and snowflake, and 4.25" x 11" folded), Green Galore (4" x 1.25" and scrap for 1/2" pinched circle), Kalidescpoe DSP (4" x 4"), Melon Mambo (scraps for 1/2" punched circles)
Accessories: White Organza Ribbon, brads

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

BAB Viking

If you've read my About Me, you know that I'm a Minnesota Vikings fan. I own season tickets and will be going to the big play-off game tomorrow. Today, I'm doing a BAB birthday party for a 9 year old and will have more information on that later, with a tutorial of sorts. This is one of the outfits that I made for the birthday girl (and of course one for me too). Sorry about the picture, the tin caused a glare with the flash.  Stay tuned for more information on how to do a BAB party of your own.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Hostess Club Share

Today I'm going to show you a card that we did at a Hostess Club that I'm part of hosted by another demo, Tracy, you can check out her blog here. I had another card that I designed all ready to show you, but I forgot to get the measurements to share, so that will have to wait for another day.

This months technique was brayering and this card utilized two tone braying (new to me too). I inked up the brayer half with Rose Red and half with Pretty in Pink and then brayered it on Glossy White cardstock. I have to work on this a little as you can see some lines, but overall, I think the effect is very pretty. We then used some of the Sweet Pea Stiched flowers and a saying from On Your Birthday in Chocolate Chip.

Cardstock: Glossy White (3.75" x 5"), Pretty in Pink (4" x 5.25"), Chocolate Chip (8.5" x 5.5", folded in half)
Ink: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
Accesories: Brayer, Sweet Pea Stiched flowers
Stamp Set: On Your Birthday

Don't forget, there is still time to join my Cyber Hostess Club. To join or for more details, email me. See this post for more details too.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Heart Punch Card Revisted

My posts just keep getting later and later, don't they? Sorry, maybe I'll have to try to type them up the night before. Anyways, as I mentioned yesterday, I was an angel for a swap that I was participating in and here is another card that I did. You may recognize this design from another card I did for a punch swap. I didn't have enough of the DSP I used last time, so I switched it up and that in turn required me to switch up the colors too. I also add more bling to met the swap requirements. Hope you enjoy!

Paper: Sweet Pea DSP (3" x 3"), Rose Red (3.25" x 3.25"), Whisper White (3.5" x 5"), Old Olive (5.5" x 11" folded in half), scraps of Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, So Saffron, Rose Red, and Whisper White for the punches
Stamp Sets: I {Heart} Hearts, Well Scripted
Ink: Old Olive (sentiment), Rose Red (small heart)
Accessories: 3/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, 1.25" circle punch (Rose Red under jumbo grommet), small heart punch, Whisper White jumbo grommet, and Pretty in Pink Satin ribbon

The LNS challenge this week is Valentines, so this can be used for that too.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

With All My Heart

Sorry this is kind of late again. I haven't not had a very good morning. I didn't wake up and get to work until like 10 AM. I was up late last night working on some angel swap cards. I got word yesterday morning that at least 2 swaps were missing from a swap I'm participating in and I like to try to help people out and make sure their swaps are full. So off to work I went. Here is one of the cards that I designed and made 12 of in an hour and a half. Again, I had every intent of casing something, but again this does not look like what I had in mind or the card I was casing. Is this a sign of my ADD coming out? Anyways, I used With All My Heart stamp set from the occassions mini. The colors are Taken with Teal, So Saffron, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, and Pumpkin Pie. I also used the Sweet Pea DSP, SAB edge punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Pumpkin Circle Rhinestone, and Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon.

I am going to try something new with my blog and include everything (I hope) you need to know to recreate the cards that I share with you. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

The dimensions are as follows (in inches):
DSP:  3.75 x 4
Whisper White: Background is 4 x 5.25; Stamped image piece: 2.25 x 2.25
Pumpkin Pie: 2.5 x 2.5
So Saffron: 2.75 x 3.5; Scrap for punched flower
Chocolate Chip: 5.5 x 11, folded in half

1. Cut the the cardstock as indicated above.
2. Using the edge punch, punch the bottom edge of the DSP. Do the same with the So Saffron.
3. Adhere the DSP to the Whisper White.
4. Using the DSP as a guide, stamp the "Friend" image on the Whisper White cardstock in Taken with Teal ink.
5. Stamp the flower image on the smaller piece of Whisper White in Pumpkin Pie ink.
6. Using the scrap of punch the meduim sized flower in the Boho Blossoms punch.
7. Adhere flower to the center of the stamped image and insert the brad through the center.
8. Mat the stamped image with the Pumpkin Pie cardstock and then the So Saffron cardstock.
9. Cut a peice of the taffeta ribbon long enough to wrap arount the So Saffron cardstock and tie a bow or knot, as desired. Attach to cardstock.
10. Attached the stamped image and layers to the Whisper White background.
11. Attached the Whisper White to the folded Chocolate cardstock.
12. ENJOY!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

SAB is in the Air!

I am offering a new club for the three months of SAB (Jan, Feb, and March). It is going to be a Cyber Hostess Club. Each of the three months each member commits to purchase $50 and will earn a SAB set. In addition, each person will also earn the Hostess benefits one of the months (order will be determined by the order of sign-up), that is in addition to the SAB benefits. I will pay for shipping to me and each member is responsible for shipping to them (free local delivery available). If an order is placed for over $80, I will ship for free. Card kits will also be provided each month. I will (try to) design a card to go with the products you order and provide detailed instructions for you to recreate it on your own. The hostess for each month will also receive the completed cards that I designed that month. Please contact me to sign up or if you have any questions. Hurry, space is limited!

Let It Snow!

Today's post I'm taking a break from SAB and the Occassions Mini (for the most part). Sometimes I forget that I have other stamps and supplies to play with too :o) Anyways, I'm part of a group where every month we sent 1 card to someone based on the monthly theme. January's theme is snow. This is the card that I made. I used the Big Shot and Snowflake die and cut two snowflakes out of pop cans. The other colors are Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, and Whisper White. I also used Kaleidoscope DSP. I did use one stamp from the new Occassions Mini, Dot, Dot, Dot, and Teeny Tiny Wishes from the big catalog.

Stay tuned for an announcement about a new club I'm offering!

Monday, January 11, 2010

More Vintage Vogue

Here is another sample using Vintage Vogue that I made for a swap. Pretty basic, used Taken with Teal and Very Vanilla. The DSP is from SAB.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Heart Punch Sample

Sorry again for being so late at posting today's post. Here is a card that I made using the new heart punch from the Occassions Mini and the Good Neighbors DSP from SAB. The colors are Taken with Teal, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White. I also used the stamp set Well Scripted, the new border punch, and satin ribbon from the Occassions Mini.

Thanks for your patience.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Well Scripted Sample

Sorry I'm late getting this post on. I'm really trying to keep my blog up to date and today is the first day that I've slacked. And I don't have a card to share with you that I'm real proud of. It's a case, but I don't really like the changes I made. I'm still showing it because I like how the border punch was used (or really not used) to make the break and allow room for the ribbon to be wrapped around. I used Well Scripted, Abduntant Hope, and Tiny Tags. I also used the Sweet Pea DSP and the colors were Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, and Chocolate Chip.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 8, 2010

10 Minute Challenge Card

Two of my fellow LNS members have a 10 minute challenge every week where they encourage people to make a card in 10 minutes or less. This may seem to be an easy thing to do, but trust me, it's not. And this is actually the first time I actually had a card for this challenge, so I'm very excited. There is very little stamping, which is probably why it didn't take very long to make :o) I used the Send Love DSP and punches to create this. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. Colors are Very Vanilla, Real Red, and Pretty in Pink.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Another Vintage Vogue

So when I first saw this set, I wasn't sold on it. But when Stampin' Up said that it would be around for the next catalog too, I decided to buy. And now, I can't seem to put it down! I hope you're not sick of it yet. Anyways, this card I created using an older Stampin' 411 sketch that can be found here, along with others' interpretation of the sketch. Again, it was for a WOW swap and other than Vintage Vogue, I used the Sweet Pea DSP, new satin ribbon, and new SAB punch. Colors are Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Rose Red, and Whisper White.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Vintage Vogue

So once again, I signed up many, many swaps with the new Occasions mini and SAB stamp sets. Here is another WOW swap that I created using Vintage Vogue stamp set. Colors are Very Vanilla and Brocade Blue. I also used a pearl half from the Pretties kit and the new scalloped punch. Pretty self explanatory after that. Thanks for lookin!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tiny Tags

What better way to celebrate the new Occasions Mini with a sample from one of the new sets, Tiny Tags. Again, I cased this from someone on SCS, but I loved the use of the stamp set without the use of the tag punch. Yes, there is a new tag punch that coordinates with this set. This set also is part of the Simply Adorned collection. Visit my website for more information.  Anyways, the colors used on this card are Green Galore, Pretty in Pink, Crushed Curry and Very Vanilla. I also used the new heart punch, scalloped edge punch and satin ribbon, all available today in the new Occassions mini.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Sneak Peak

Today I'm sharing with you a card that I made for a swap and the thought process that went behind its creation. I blurf (blog surf) on a daily basis and save the samples that I like and want to CASE. I do not always save who originally created them, so if you see something that you originally created, feel free to leave a comment and a link back to your original work. I by no means mean to take credit for something that I did not create.

Anyways, the story of the following card. First, the sample that I found and planned to CASE is as follows.

I knew that I wanted to make a standard 4.25 x 5.5 card instead of the square, I did not have the saying and planned to substitute maybe something from Define Your Life, and finally I knew that I was going to be mass producing this card for a swap and did not have enough of the DSP used (especially the butterfly one) for the 12 cards. First, I picked the DSP that I was going to use. I wanted to use the Sweet Pea paper and colors that went together. From there I picked the colors of my cardstock to be used. Finally, I went to my Defining Life stamp set to find the perfect definition. And the creating began. Here is what I finally ended up with. It does not look at all like what I originally planned and I worried that it was too busy, what do you think?

Finally, since I used brads, it qualifies for the LNS challenge too.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Another LNS Challenge

Here is another card that I made that uses brads. You may recognize the layout from the New Year's card that I posted on New Year's Day. It's the same concept (CASED, of course), but this time I used paper from the new Occassions mini, Sweet Pea DSP. I also used a stamp set from the new Occassions mini, With All My Heart. Colors are Rose Red, Cameo Coral, and Whisper White.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

LNS Challenge

The challenge this week for LNS is using brads. I find myself using brads all the time on cards, especially cards I made for swaps, but this week it seemed that I wasn't using them as much. So this card I especially designed for this challenge, not something I do very often. Again, I used the Day and Night specialty paper (while I still can). I also used a new stamp set from the Occassions Mini, Vintage Vogue. There are a couple more sneak peaks too, a new punch (Sale-A-Bration), new satin ribbon, and new corduroy brads.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a safe and happy new year! I am back from my mini vacation from my blog. The 12 days of Christmas must have done me in :o) Anyways, one of the many New Year's resolutions that I have is to be better at updating my blog. That being said, TC comes home mid to end January from his tour in Iraq and will be home for about 3 months before he leaves for Afghanistan, so we will see how blog updating will go. I have noticed that when he is around, I do not stamp as much as I do when he's gone.

Anyways, here is is New Years card that I made last night using the Night and Day specialty paper that retires soon. I will definitely miss it. The first one uses the transparency that is included with the paper as the base and the second uses Basic Grey (better for mass producing). Until next time!