Saturday, January 24, 2009

Stamp Club Thank-you's

I have some great gals in my stamping club, and wanted to show them how much I appreciate them. What better way to show them then with a handmade card?!

Here is the card I made with one of my most favorite
stamp sets, Simply Said. It is such a versatile set and actually has quite a few stamps in it that coordinate well with each other to do the 2-step method. I used the 2-step method on this card with the flowers.

The base of the card is Kiwi Kiss with a piece of Whisper White on top of it. I used the in colors: Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red and Tangerine Tango as the flowers. The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White with a piece of Pacific Point Ribbon running underneath it.

The sentiment is perfect for the occasion - as these club girls really are great, and make stamping so much more fun! I hope they like the card as much as I do, and know how special they are to me!

Stamp Set: Simply Said
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Pacific Point Ribbon, Dimensionals

And now onto the gift. I couldn't resist making them each a little set of monogrammed notecards. The little 3x3 notecards are the perfect size for a little handwritten note, and with it being monogrammed, it adds such a personal touch. The card I am showing to you I made with the initial "T" for Tiffany, but the cards that I made for the girls have the initial for their last name on the card.

These are the cards. They are 3x3, and I used the Illuminated Wheel and Versamark to give a watermark to the card and add a little interest.

The monogrammed letters are from the Lovely Letters stamp set which I just fell in love with when I saw it for the first time. A few layers of circles on top of the scallop, and they are together. I put the monogram up on blocks and on top of Old Olive Ribbon.

In addition to the cards, I also made a little 'sleeve' to put them in. This, I think, makes them more into a gift and a cute little pocket to slip inside a card.

To make the base of the pocket, I traced a 6 inch plate onto a piece of Old Olive cardstock, and then cut it out with scissors. I am sure there are other easier wayts to cut out the circle, such as the Coluzzle, or the new circle cutting system that SU! has in the new catalog.

I again used the Versamark and the Illuminated Wheel to add some dimension to the pocket. I scored the pocket at 1 3/4" for the bottom, and then 1 1/4" for each of the sides. I used my bone folder to make sure that there was a nice crease. The belly band uses the Ski Slope Designer Paper, which really isn't in season anymore, but I think has great color combinations. The belly band measures 1" by 7 1/4". I adheared to the back, and then wrapped a piece of Chocolate Chip Grossgrain Ribbon around to tie it all together. Just make sure that you insert the cards and envelopes inside the pocket card before you attach the bellyband to make sure there is enough room in there!
Hope the girls like the presents, and I hope you love the Lovely Letters stamp set as much as I do!

Stamp Set: Lovely Letters, Illuminated Wheel
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Baja Breeze, Ski Slope Designer Paper
Accessories: Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Ribbon, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you are intersted in joining my stamp club, or if you want to place an order!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Valentine Candy Bag

Alright, we are back to Valentine's Day. This is a cute little treat holder that would be easy to duplicate for the girls at the office, or friends or family, or for the kids at school.

You still have until January 31st to order the Love you Much Bundle at the 20% off. Contact me today if you want to order it!

When I bought the Valentine's candy at Target, the gal at the check-out says "You are buying Valentine's candy? I haven't even taken my Christmas Tree down yet!" Yikes! I would say she needs to get going!

The base of the treat bag topper is Pink Pirouette and folded in half. The front of the card is punched with the Scallop Edge Punch. Next to the Heart to Heart punch, this is my second favorite new punch!

The Love you Much sentiment is stamped on Kraft and layered on top of a piece of Chocolate Chip. The corners are rounded on the top with the Corner Rounder Punch. I colored the LOVE in with Riding Hood Red and the leaf in with Garden Green. I used the Heart to Heart Punch for the little Pink Pirouette heart in the middle of the O.

A small Silver Brad is the center of the flower. In amongst all the carmel filled Hershey kisses is some shredded paper that I ran through the crimper.

Hope you like my little treat bag!

Stamp Set: Love You Much
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Kraft
Accessories: Heart to Heart Punch, Dimensionals, Silver Brad, Medim cello bag

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Simply Birthday

Okay guys - we have one more birthday card. This is another simply MUST HAVE birthday stamp set! I initially bought it thinking it would be a great way to kids to do their own thank-you all know how I feel about sending thank-yous after receiving a gift! And then it occurred to me that I don't really know anyone with kids of writing age....oh, well. It is still a great stamp set!

It makes the most fabulous single image birthday cards, which is as great for kids and non-kids!

I did use some retired colors and I apologize up front for that! We first found the eyelets, and then went with paper that coordinated. The eyelets are non-SU!, but only because the only eyelets SU! carries are the metallic ones. Who else thinks that they should bring back the colored eyelets? ME!

The base of the card is Groovy Guava, Whisper White and Wild Wasabi. The cupcake is then stamped twice - once on the white for the frosting, and then a second time on the 'wrapper'. The 'wrapper' in this card is from the Groovy Guava Designer Paper, and then crimped using the Paper Crimper to give it the rippled look - just like the real life muffin wrappers!

The sentiment is from the Party Hearty set, and whenever I see "you take the cake", it makes me laugh! It is punched out with the Word Window, stamped in Wild Wasabi, and tied onto the Wild Wasabi Ribbon with silver elastic cord.

I tried getting a close up shot of the sprinkles and the cherry, but I think the reflection of the sprinkles make a huge glare. I punched the sprinkles out and set the eyelets with my Crop-a-dile. The cherry was stamped on Real Red and then using the Two Way Glue Pen put some Red Chunky Glitter on. The Chunky glitter is just fantastic, and makes for a great cherry!

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Party Hearty, Simple Birthday Thanks
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Basic Black
Cardstock: Groovy Guava, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava Patterned Designer Paper
Accessories: Wild Wasabi Ribbon (retired), Silver Cord, Word Window punch, Dimensionals, (non-SU!) eyelets, Red Chunky Glitter, Two Way Glue Pen

Hope you liked my super big cupcake card!


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Crazy for Cupcakes Birthday

I thought I would stray from Valentine's for a day or 2 in case some of you are wanting a little change of pace - I know I am! My stamping pal Tami came over on Sunday to make some birthday cards since we were both running low in our 'stash'. Before we even realized it, it was 5 hours later! Boy how time flies! One of the better ways to spend a Sunday, if I do say so myself!

Onto the card. Now some of you may recognize this card from the Fall/Winter 2008 idea book. It was one of sample cards for the Crazy For Cupcakes stamp set. A few modifications, but here we go.

This card had some trials and tribulations, but we are both very happy with the end result! The base of the card is Whisper White, but only because I didn't have enough Real Red. :) The patterned paper is from the Hostess Designer Paper Pack, and with some Real Red and Pacific Point Ribbon, that makes up the base of the card.

The Top layer is Whisper White on top of Kiwi Kiss. Then we went to town with my Cricuit! Haven't broken out that in awhile, so I thought it was time. The colors of the letters are Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point and Kiwi Kiss. The Balloon and cupcake stand (which is think is THE most adorable image in the entire world) are both from the Crazy for Cupcakes set - which I love. I love everything about cupcakes, and when I saw this set, I knew I had to have it! The cupcakes are colored with Markers and then the cherries are topped with a little Crystal Effects to give them a little shine.

Here is a close up of the cupcakes, although I am not sure that you can see the Crystal Effects overly well. For some reason, they don't photograph well....We intended to use Liquid Applique on the cupcake tops, but apparently that is a thing of the past? We couldn't find any anywhere. If anyone knows where I can find some, I would greatly appreciate it. I think that the white liquid applique would make SUCH a cute frosting for these most adorable cupcakes!

Card Recipe:

Stamp Set: Crazy for Cupcakes
Ink: Black, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Real Red
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Real Red Hostess Patterned Paper
Accessories: Pacific Point Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals

Hope you liked the Crazy birthday card! I just love being able to use my Cricuit on this great birthday card!


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Valentine full of love

I simply cannot get enough of the Heart to Heart Punch, and just love how the stamp coordinates with the punch and there is no cutting involved! If you haven't purchased the Love You Much Bundle yet, please contact me so you can take advantage of the 20% off price! You get the stamp set, the fantastic punch and a package of the Candy Lane Designer Paper.

This I saw somewhere online, but cannot remember where anymore. They used the scallop envelope using the Big Shot. Well, since I don't have the Big Shot, I improvised

The base of this card is Kraft, which has a layer of Chocolate Chip over the top of it. The envelope is actually a small 3x3 envelope since I don't have the Big Shot! So, I traced the envelope and covered it in Candy Lane Designer Paper. Then I punched a whole bunch of the hearts out using the Heart to heart Punch on Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip. Then the sentiment is across the bottom. Super easy, but I think it is super cute with all the hearts!

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Love You Much
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Candy Lane Designer Paper

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for more Valentines!

Monday, January 19, 2009

New Catalog!

I am SOOOO excited! The new catalog is here, and there are some really great new items! From fantastic stamp sets to new designer paper, to cordouroy buttons - oh my! The list was very long! You can order from my website by going here and browsing the new catalog online. You can also order product directly from there.

Would you like your own catalog? Contact me today for your copy! All my club members get a FREE catalog, so if you are interested in joining my club, let me know!

I promise to have more ideas tomorrow and throughout the week! Some more Valentine's Day cards, and then hopefully some great new creations from the the catalog!