Monday, September 26, 2011

Today I would like to share with you a card we made at our last WCPSS stamping group.  We meet every other month and Sherri Barron always has a cute card for us.  This card was made using the Best of Everything Stamp Set  and two of our new in colors: Calypso Coral and Pool Party.  The front of the card was embossed in the Houndstooth Testured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The Whisper White Cardstock is cut 4 1/4 x 2 1/2. I used markers to color the tree limb Chocolate Chip and the leaves Pool Party.  Make sure to huff on your stamp before stamping when using markers.  This adds moisture so your image will be clear.  My bird is stamped in Calypso Coral and the small piece of Domestic Goddess DSP is cut 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 .  I think the paper pulls the colors together very nicely.  To finish it off I used a piece of the Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon and a gold brad for his eye.  You could bling it up by using a Rhinestone Brad or one of our Basic Rhinestones.  This card is equally cute when made with Pool Party cardstock as the base and the leaves and bird stamped with Calypso Coral.  The plaid paper from the Domestic Goddess DSP and Pool Party ribbon would complete your card.  I am going to make a gift set of cards and box using this idea with matching envelopes made from the DSP.    I love the versatility of the paper and the color combination is one of my new favorites.  TIP:  When using colored cardstock I like to cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock about 1/4 to 1/2 inches smaller that the card and using my snail, attach it to the back inside page so that my personal note and signature will be visable.  I think I will stamp my little bird on the inside before I send it.

I would love to see what you make using these colors!

 These are the products I used for this card:

Best of Everything Stamp Set ( I prefer the Clear Mount)
Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 
Whisper White Cardstock
Domestic Goddess DSP
Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon
Mini Brads 
2011-2013 In Color Markers

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Today I have a card for you that I am making for a swap on Saturday.  My inspiration for this card was Chris Austin's coffee packet gift card.  I have moved that butterfly numerous times and can't seem to get the balance I am looking for.  I have decided to leave it alone and move on.  My real red cardstock is cut on the 11" side of the paper at 5 1/2 and scored in the middle making the card size 5 1/2 x 4 1/4.  I cut my basic black cardstock 5 1/4 x 4" and layered it on to my red.  I stamped the First Edition Specialty paper cut 3 1/2 x 5" with a stamp from the Fabulous Florets stamp set in Basic Black . ( Normally I cut each layer 1/4" smaller than the previous layer on each side)  This time I left a larger space at the bottom of the black cardstock when I attached my First Edition to it so my ribbon would show up.  I cut my leaves from the Bird Builder punch.  I find the easiest way to do this with little paper waste is to cut a strip and place it under the leaf portion of the punch.  The flower was made using the faux suede technique and punched with the scallop punch.  I only punched three flowers as I separated the paper layers giving me 6 total.  To make flowers using this technique you must break down the cardstock so you can separate the layers.  I ran the cardstock through my crimper many times, crumpled it up it a tight ball and ran it through the crimper some more.  You will know when it is ready as it will begin to separate around the edges.   I carefully pulled the layers apart and used the inside portion of the paper, which looks like suede, up. My butterflies were cut using the beautiful butterflies die and dry embossed in the finial press embossing folder with my Big Shot.  I finished it off with a combination of Real Red and Basic Black ribbon.  There you have it,  Hope you enjoyed this card.  


PS:  I couldn't leave it alone.  I finally took the butterfly off and liked the simple appearance of the card.  Make one and let me know which one you like better.

Monday, September 12, 2011

When I saw the Timeless Portrait paper I thought;  It's cute, but so limited, what in the world would I use it for?  Well, have I changed my mind!  Below you will see my altered composition book.  

This is one of the black and white composition books that are on sale this time of year with the school supplies for $1.00 or less.  I covered the entire front with a combination of the girl on the swing and the black and white flower patterned DSP.  The flower is made from the scallop punch, I believe I used 6 punch outs, scrunched them up real tight and put a brad in the middle.  The ribbon is the 1 1/4" striped basic black grosgrain ribbon.  I wrapped one end of the ribbon around a pony tail tie and stitched it with a needle and thread.  The other end is secured with the brad that went through the center of the flower.  I wrapped the ribbon around the book and put the loop around the flower.   The back of the book was a black and white stripe.  I used the DSP black and white patterned paper only in the middle.  The stripes on each side are the back of the composition book.  You can see the ribbon wrapped around the back toward the left hand side.  I covered my hand stitching with a scrap piece of the grosgrain ribbon.  Isn't this cute!  
The Products I used are:

122352 Timeless Portrait Designer Series Paper
115615 Basic Black 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
104045 Anywhere Glue Sticks
118874 2 3/8" Scalloped Circle Punch
needle and thread

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I am excited to share a card with you that was made with the new Spice Cake DSP 124003 and the
Gently Falling stamp set 123804, both items can be found in the new mini catalog.  The new Spice Cake paper is one of my favorite new items.  I made this card last weekend at Frances' house.  We used more mustard 103162 and pool party 122938 ink to stamp the leaves on whisper white cardstock.  I distressed around the edges of the stamped whisper white with the distressing tool which is part of the cutter kit 106958 in the large catalog and sponged the edges with soft suede ink 115657. This piece was mounted on  the Spice Cake DSP, soft suede card stock 115318.  The card base is Pool Party card stock 122924.  ( One of our new in colors)  Don't you love the Pool Party Ruffled ribbon down the side of the card and the leaf attached with linen thread? I mounted these on a strip of Soft Suede card stock. I had another leaf that I was going to pop up but I think the wind got it on the way to the car.  I love these colors and seem to be using them for many of my Fall cards.  I will post my notebook covered with Timeless Portrait which I really was not fond of until I bought some.  Love it in person!  I am still working on my advent calendar and a few surprises to stay tuned for more 



Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hi Friends,
Oh my gosh, I haven't posted in 4 months!  Time is flying by and Fall is almost here and the good news is that we can order from the new Stampin' Up mini catalog!  There are so many items that I love and had to have it was hard to pick my favorites.  If I had to choose I think I would choose the Simply Scored Scoring Tool which will score paper sized up to 12" x 12".  The Simply Scored has score tracks every 1/8 inch.  There are also place markers included so you don't have to count every time you need to make duplicate scores.  I will post later in week...well the week is almost over so maybe by the first of the week a comparison of scoring tools that was done by one of my colleagues.  Additional favorites from my fall picks are: the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper 124003 and matching fabric 124066, Gently Falling stamp set 123804 ( I prefer the clear mount) and the Always Thankful stamp set 123787.  Oh, I love, love the big Designer buttons 124113.  You will find a link to the mini on my side bar.

I have been working on theAdvent Calendar on page 36 with my friend Frances, Whew there are a lot of parts and pieces!  I hope to have a list of sizes, colors and number of each needed for you when I finish.  It has been hard finding a 12 x 12 frame, I decided to use a different size and make adjustments so it would fit.  I hope you like it when it is finished, I have had fun making it.   

Just a short side note on what has been happening in my household.  Hubby is still out of work but is in Baltimore with a company temporarily working on the power lines that were damaged in the storm.  The power at Lake Gaston, where we have a camper, has been out for almost a week now, it looks like Labor Day vacation will be at home.  ( Good time to get some stamping done :)  I hate to face the refrig when the power does come on.  I think a large leaf bag and nose plugs might be needed.  I finally have replaced my camera that was stolen along with my phone, which had to be replaced much sooner.  I have not decided if I will replace my i-pod.  My little buddie P-nut is not doing well.  He is having trouble breathing and sounds horrible.  My vet thought it was congestive heart failure and sent him to the vet school at NC State here in Raleigh to the Cardiologist.  It is not his heart however his lungs are not in good shape at all.  Those of you that are animal lovers know that it is hard when our furry babies are not feeling well.  He wants to play and is still my little man but he wheezes and coughs so we are trying to keep him calm.  My buddy is always glad to see me, loves me unconditionally and never judges.  I am having a hard time but would never let him suffer and will let him go when it becomes necessary.  It is heart breaking.  Losing someone you love whether through death or disagreement is painful as I have experienced both recently. 

I will wrap this up for today and hopefully will have some cards to share with you this weekend.

Stay safe and keep stamping,