Friday, January 27, 2012

Sale-a-bration Blog Hop: Elementary Elegance

Welcome to Stampin' Addicts Sale-a-bration blog hop! If you are hopping in order, you have just come from Katherine's blog, My Magical Inky Tour and seen what she did with the Designer Frames Embossing folders! Didn't she do a FABULOUS job? 

If you aren't hopping in order, that's OK! You are welcomed to start anywhere along the hop! The hop is all linked together in a great big circle so starting here is OK!

If you have gotten lost along the way, you can always go HERE to see a list of all the participants and links to each blog.

I chose the stamp set called Elementary Elegance! I have to admit that I LOVED this stamp set in the catalog and then struggled to use it! After I just sat down and started working, it came pretty easy! I think some of my trouble was that I have seen this set used the the fantastically, marvelous Everyday Enchantment DSP and I really wanted to do something different. So I had a self imposed challenge with this set. I am confident that I have succeed  in this challenge! 

For my first project I created a birthday card. I used this card with my club last week and they really enjoyed it!

When you get this stamp set, the inside of the frame has a piece of rubber that you remove so you don't get any extra marks where you don't want them. KEEP THAT PIECE OF RUBBER!!! This card was created with that piece of rubber. I stamped with all the purples that Stampin' Up! sells. I love purple so this was made for me!

My next card I really stepped out on the colors but I LOVE the way this one turned out! Very unusual from what I've seen done with this set! (Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places! :) )

My last project is a Box in a Bag. These have been around for a while but I had never made one before so I thought this was a great time to give it a whirl! It was so much fun, I will be making these again!

I will be posting all the recipes and directions on Monday, so come on back, ya hear! 

Thanks for taking the time to see what I have created. Now you are off to Kim's blog: Stitchin' n Stampin' to see what she has done with this same stamp set! Even more ideas! Yeah! Or you can go to Katherine's blog and see what she created with the Designer Frames embossing folders.

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bright Mixed Bunch

And once again, I am sharing another swap! This one uses the stamp set Mixed Bunch. I'm LOVING this stamp set! It's hard to tell the colors in this photo. They are Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, and Calypso Coral. The Tempting Turquoise flowers on the white were stamped and then I used an aqua-painter to bring some of the color into the flower.

Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Calypso Coral
Accessories: Silver brads, 1/16" circle punch, Blossom punch, Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, aqua-painter.

Come back tomorrow! Stampin' Addicts is having a Sale-a-bration blog hop! YEAH!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Field Flowers

Here's another one of my swaps that I created. This is pretty simple and would make a great workshop card! Hhmm, I may have to use this for a workshop! Anyone interested in creating this at their workshop? Send me an email or give me a call! There is glitter on the center of each of the flowers but you really can't see that in this picture.

Stamps: Field Flowers
Cardstock: Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Stripes embossing folder, Pool Party ribbon, Small 
oval punch, 2-way glue, Dazzling Diamonds

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Once again I found myself doing a bunch of swaps! This is one of the cards that I had made for those swaps. This one uses the new Framelits and Edgelits dies for the Big Shot. I LOVED using the Framelits but was really struggling with the Edgelits. I couldn't get a straight cut with them! So frustrating! Then I starting looking online to see what others were doing to get a straight cut, after all, I couldn't be the only one that was struggling, could I? Turns out I wasn't alone! One suggestion was to lay post-it notes over the Edgelit die to hold it in place and it worked perfectly! I am now in love the the Edgelits too!

Stamps: Take it to Heart, Artistic Etchings
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Edgelits, Heart Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots
embossing folder, Neutrals DSP, Pearls, dimensionals, sponge

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Christmas Tree 12x12 Layout

Here's another layout from my Scrap Booking Night from this fall. This layout was inspired from last years catalog. It may look a little putz y but it really wasn't. To make this very easy, Stampin' Up! has a punch that matches this stamp set so cutting out all those ornaments went lickety split!

Here's a close up of the left side of the page. This is the page that was inspired by last year's catalog. I love keeping those "old" catalogs  because there are tons of ideas in them. It's so much fun to use the layout but change colors and/or stamp or to use the colors but change the layout.

And here's the close up of the right side. This page I created on my own.

Stamps: Delightful Decorations Spencerian Alphabet Upper
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Melon Mambo scallop ribbon, Lucky Limeade ribbon, Early Espresso bakers twine, ornament punch, Bights and In Color DSP, dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Stocking 12x12 Layout

I have my scrapbooking night on the fourth Monday of the month. These are one of the sets of pages we did this past fall. They were lots of fun to create. I did get lots of inspiration from Kay Kalthoff and her designs. This a picture of the full spread.

This is a close up of the left side. I just love making these lollies! They are so simple and have a  big impact!

And the right side. 

Cardstock: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Garden Green
Accessories: Holly Berry DSP, Holiday Stocking die, Stocking Accents die, 
Tasteful Trim die, Scallop Square die, Early Espresso taffeta ribbon, buttons

I have another class this coming Monday! Come and make 2 double layouts. Call or email to reserve your spot.

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Final Christmas Card...For Now

These are the final Christmas cards from 2011. You will still be seeing Christmas from me as I have joined the Christmas card group on Stampin' Addicts where we are all making our cards for 2012 a little each month. There is time for you to still join! Go to Stampin' Addicts and join our group!

I made 40 of each of these cards and then mailed them to some of my customers with a class schedule in them. They were quick and easy but yet striking. The white is actually the card and the Cherry Cobbler or Always Artichoke is just a base. These could still be used for thank yous or thinking of yous at this time of the year.

This is the Always Artichoke.

Stamps: Four the Holidays
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler or Always Artichoke
Ink: Cherry Cobbler or Always Artichoke
Accessories: Northern Flurries embossing folder

It's never too early to start your Christmas cards! Come join us and make yours all year long! (Much less stress in December!)
Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

More Christmas

Yes, another Christmas card! I didn't get these posted during December. I was just too busy! But I really wanted to share them with you anyway. 

This card was one of the Christmas cards that we made at my Christmas card class in December. It was lots of fun to make! The Pool background has been sprayed with Shimmer paint and alcohol mixture. I don't think you can really see the shimmer that's on this card. The words were spritzed with Pool Party marker with the Color Spritzer tool. It just added the right touch to this card! I'm LOVING the Silver Glimmer paper too! This paper is available too!

Stamps: Stitched Stockings, Jolly Jingles wheel
Ink: Real Red, Pool Party
Cardstock: Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White
Accessories: Snow Burst embossing folder, Frost White shimmer paint, Scallop border punch, Color Spritzer tool, Pool Party marker, Silver Glimmer paper, Jingle bells, White baker's twine, Stocking builder punch, dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Holly Jolly Christmas

I used this card as a Make and Take at my workshops in November. I know that this set or paper aren't available any longer but the layout and colors could be used for other card. The image is stamped with Black Stazon and watercolored. The background is embossed with Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder. I did add the brads on my card to step it up.

Stamps: Festive & Fun
Cardstock: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Black Stazon
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, Silver brads, 
1/16" handheld punch, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP, aqua-painter

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lovely as a Tree Christmas

Neglected  blog again! I'm trying to get organized and keep up on my blog. Please bear with me while I try to figure out how to get everything done and organized!

This is a card that we created at my Christmas card class in December. I know that we are pass Christmas but you still need inspiration for your cards for next year that you are going to be creating all year long, right? This card is pretty simple to create and it's flat so there's no chance of having to pay extra postage on it! Yeah! To make the oval area I die cut copy paper with oval frame die and then I taped the scallop frame back onto my copy paper so that I had just this oval opening. I sponged Wisteria Wonder in the opening and then stamped the trees with Concord Crush that was stamped off once first. Then I removed the mask and stamped the pine tree with Concord Crush full strength. I did put glitter on the pine tree but you really can't see it in the picture.

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Four the Holidays
Cardstock: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush
Accessories: Scallop oval frame die, Ticket corner punch, sponges, 2-way glue, Dazzling Diamonds

I have some more Christmas cards that I'm going to be showing over the next few days, as well as some new mini stuff! I'm loving ALL the accessories that are in the Occasions mini! Haven't seen it? You can go to my website HERE and see it or contact me and I'll get you a mini catalog!

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Occasions Mini Blog Hop Follow Up

First, I need to apologize for being gone so long and not posting! Life just got really crazy and I couldn't do everything. My blog isn't the only thing that didn't get done this last month!

Here's the first card from the blog hop. It has Melon scented embossing powder and boy does it smell yummy! I did use this card as a swap too.

Stamps: Mouthwatering, Short & Sweet
Ink: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, VersaMark
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Accessories: Perfect Polka dots embossing folder, Melon scented embossing powder, Early
Espresso marker, Whisper White grosgrain ribbon, Perfect Plum DSP, 1 3/4" circle punch, dimensionals

This card uses the new DSP from the Occasions mini called  Sweet Shop. Not a real difficult card but cute non the less! I really love the ruffled ribbon!

Stamps: Mouthwatering, Short & Sweet
Ink: Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade
Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
Accessories: Perfect Polka dot embossing folder, Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon, Modern label punch, Word Window punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, mini brads, Scallop border punch, Sweet Shop DSP, sponge, dimensionals

I think this is my favorite card of this bunch! I was so happy with the way this turned out. I used the Stripes embossing folder to make the gingham background. I cut a piece of cardstock to 4 1/4" square. I brayered Old Olive ink on the embossing folder and placed the cardstock in the folder and ran it through the Big Shot. I took the cardstock out of the folder and re-brayered the folder with ink again. I placed the cardstock in the folder again so the stripes were perpendicular to each other and ran it through the Big Shot again. I then cut the cardstock down to the sized that I needed for my card.
Stamps: Mouthwatering, Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Melon Mambo
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Stripes Embossing folder, Melon Mambo and Old Olive
markers, mini brads, Melon Mambo Scallop ribbon, dimensionals

And last but not least, the ice cream cone necklace! I got the most comments on this little gem of a project and it's so simple! I stamped the cone on Crumb Cake cardstock using craft inks. Then I cut the cone out of the cardstock and glued it down, cut it out again. Because the vanilla ice cream didn't show up well enough for me, I stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut it out. Now I know what you are thinking but Shelley, it will be backwards then! Ahh, my dear, I used some Dotto adhesive to place it on the vanilla cardstock again and cut it out again! The second one is the one that I glued to the cone. I punched a hole with the 1/16" handheld punch and covered the whole thing with Crystal Effects. Once it dried, I turned it over and put more Crystal Effects on the back. Then I put a jump ring in the punched hole and put it on my chain. See, easy peasy!!

Stamps: Mouthwatering
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Craft Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Crystal Effects, 1/16" circle handheld punch, jump ring
I hope that you enjoyed the hop as much as I did! There were so many great projects and I know that my wish list has grown! I wish my pocket book would grow as fast as my wish list does!!!

Happy Stampin'!