Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Peaceful Christmas

These are my cards for February's Christmas card challenge. I am making 16 Christmas cards every month so that come the first week of December I am ready to just mail them out! I used Mellow Moss which is a retired color. I am trying to use up some of my retired cardstock. Here's a group picture of all 16 cards.

Here's a picture of just one card. There is Dazzling Diamonds on the trees.

Stamps: A Wish for Peace, A Cardinal Christmas
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Scallop oval punch, large oval punch, sponge, Chocolate Chip marker, 2-way glue,
Dazzling Diamonds, dimensionals, Mellow Moss grosgrain ribbon, ticket corner punch

Friday, February 18, 2011

February Club Projects--Cupcakes, Cupcakes, Cupcakes!

We had our club meeting tonight! Look at that! I'm posting the same night that the goodies were created! Amazing!!

This first project was a little bonus project that I wanted to create with my ladies. I knew that they would enjoy it. We used the Petal Card punch to create this little box. Sorry the picture is blurry. I really had a hard time getting  a descent shot of this little cutie!

Stamps: Create a Cupcake
Ink: Perfect Plum, Not Quite Navy
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Rose Red
Accessories: Build a Cupcake punch, Petal card punch, dimensional

This next project has been all over the blog circuit! It's so cute! My ladies enjoyed this project but it was agreed that none of us would make too many of them! Too much sewing for a group that doesn't sew! That being said, they were still happy that I showed them how to do it!

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Pretty in Pink stripped ribbon, Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon, Jumbo
 brads, 2 1/2" circle punch, Perfect Setting die

I found this GREAT card on Lyssa's blog and had to share it with my ladies! I did change the colors that Lyssa was using to the blues so that this could be used as a little boy's card or a little girls or even older! Everyone in my club LOVED this card!

Stamps: Eat Chocolate
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop oval punch, Large oval punch, Scallop Circle die, Brights DSP, Glimmer paper,
Scallop Trim border punch, 1" circle punch, Crystal Effects, dimensionals

This last card was lots of fun to create! I knew that I wanted to use this stamp set, so I showed it to Abi and she went and got these colors. I was a little shocked at first as I wasn't sure how to use them and I know that I would have never put them together. Well I stared at them for quite a while, I searched the internet for a similar color combo, then I searched the stamp set for a layout! By this time I had wasted several hours of precious stamping time and was pretty frustrated with myself! I decided to just start creating and see what happened. I am really happy with the way it turned out! I think I might even use these colors again!

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, Music Notes
Ink: Stazon Black, Perfect Plum, Not Quite Navy, Rose Red
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Not Quite Navy, Rose Red, Whipser White
Accessories: Aquapainters, sponges, Finial press embossing folder, Rose Red
seam binding, 2-way glue, Dazzling Diamonds

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Occasions Mini and Sale-a-bration swaps!

In December I participated in a swap for the Occasions mini and Sale-a-bration stamp sets. These are the cards that I did for that swap!

The first one is pretty plain. I sponged the Soft Suede base as well as the Regal Rose layer. The best part of this card is that I got to use the brand new Create a Cupcake stamp set and the coordinating punch, Build a Cupcake! LOVE IT!

Stamps: Create a Cupcake
Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Regal Rose, Pacific Point
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Pacific Point, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Accessories: Build a Cupcake punch, whisper white grosgrain ribbon, Perfect
Polkadots embossing folder, dimensionals

Here's my swap for Punch Bunch. My oldest daughter, Abi picked out the color combos for all 3 cards. I just love pink and brown together!

Stamps: Punch Bunch
Ink: Early Espresso
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Finial Press embossing folder, Early
Espresso marker, Whisper White satin ribbon, dimensional

This last card was for the new jumbo wheel, In Stitches. This is a really cool wheel. I have been wanting a stamp set that has stitching markings on it. When I first saw the wheel, I was really disappointed. I wanted a stamp set! Then it dawned on me. I could cut the rubber off the wheel and then cut the stitching markers so that they are separate! And guess what, I now have my stamp set! I just use a little adhesive to put it onto one of my clear blocks and then I can stamp with it! The best part, I got a  6 piece stamp set for only $8.50! Gotta love that! 

Stamps: In Stitches, Butterfly Prints
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi
Accessories:  Butterfly punch, Basic Black grosgrain ribbon, twine, rhinestones, dimensional

Now you need to go find a swap and sign up! Go create something fabulous and share it with others!

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

January Club Projects

The first card that was done at my club meeting in January was also used for a shoe box swap that I did at my friend's house in Green Bay. Hi Kim!! We got together at Kim's house and we each brought a project for everyone to do. This was mine. The tops of the chocolates have crystal effects on it. Yummy!

Stamps: Eat Chocolate
Cardstock: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Rose Red seam binding, Designer Label punch, scallop square punch, square lattice
embossing folder, dimensionals, ticket corner punch, sponge

This card was inspired by another card but I'm not sure where my copy of the picture went! Oh well, I don't think they ended up that close anyway. This card really made my club ladies say WOW! I showed them how to brayer the inside of their embossing folders and get a good ink transfer and they really liked this idea!

Stamps: Punch Bunch
Ink: Perfect Plum
Cardstock: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, So Saffron
Accessories: Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, 1 3/4" circle, Scallop circle and 1 3/8" Circle
punches, So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Perfect Plum markers, brayer

When I first saw this stamp set, I knew that I had to have it! My youngest daughter was a flamingo for Halloween! She loves this set. I also saw this card when I saw the stamp set. The background is the embossed inlay technique. My club loved this technique too!

Stamps: Valentine Defined
Ink: Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Accessories: Heart to Heart punch, Full Heart punch, Heart embosslit, Scallop trim border punch,
 ticket corner punch, square lattice embossing folder

This is my version of the heart that you can create from the petal cone die for the Big Shot. I just love the red, black and gray color combo!

Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories: Petal cone die, Scallop circle #2 die, Circle #2 die, Glimmer brads basic,
Basic Black grosgrain ribbon, Chunky essentials glitter, Mono-multi

I'm always looking for new club members! Contact me and let me know if you would like to join!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, February 11, 2011

December Club Projects

Yes, I know that I'm behind on posting my projects! Trying to get caught up and then better at posting!

This card was a lot of fun to make! We started out with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, placed circle punched from copy paper and some copy paper that was torn for the ground were placed on the cardstock. Then we sponged Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy and stamped the snowflakes. Stamp the tree and kids. Then add some 2way glue and some glitter. Place it on the card, tie some ribbon and there you have it!

Stamps: Season of Friendship, Welcome Christmas
Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Accessories: Early Espresso ribbon, 2-way glue, Dazzling Diamonds, sponges

Next we created a mug out of paper. Then added some hot chocolate and candy cane and you have a great little gift to give! Isn't this cute?

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Organza ribbon, 1 3/4" circle punch, large oval punch, sticky strip

The last project we made was Tanya's adorable snowman! You can find the instructions HERE. He was so fun to create! Thanks, Tanya!

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Northern Frost die, Northern flurry die, Snowflake punch, button embosslit, word window punch, white gel pen, frost white shimmer paint, sponge dauber, rhinestone, Real Red satin ribbon, Basic Black marker

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Christmas Cards?

On my favorite site for chit-chatting with others that LOVE Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Addicts, I joined a group of ladies that have committed to making at least 4 Christmas cards each month so that come November and December we are scrambling to get them done or just crossing it off the to-do list!

I know that I have been guilty of not sending cards the last couple of years just because I didn't get them made on time. Well, that's not entirely true. Last year, 2009, I had the cards made and even address labels printed and ready to go. My hubby told me he would take care of them. He put family pictures in the cards, labeled them, and signed them. Then he placed them on the desk and never mailed them! The stamps were right there too! So there they sat for a whole year! He finished them up, wrote a Christmas letter and mailed them off this year! Well, at least they went out!

This is my set of cards that I made for January. I chose to make 16 cards. I tend to use over 100 cards every Christmas. My husband is a pastor and I need to give out cards to many of our members. They really appreciate the handmade cards too. I have little old ladies telling me how they are going to keep my card but not the others that they received!

This is an up close picture of the card so that you can see some of the detail. I did use some retired colors as I am realizing just how much cardstock I own! Definitely need to use it!

Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, Season of Joy
Ink: Basic Black, Ruby Red, Kiwi Kiss
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Ruby Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Petals a Plenty embossing folder, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa
markers, 1 3/4" circle punch, Blossom Party die

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine Goodies!

I know, I know! I've been MIA again! I just can't seem to get into the habit of posting on a regular basis. I'm going to work on it.

I have a class on Friday night that is all about Valentine packaging! Check these out! I just love the little owl! The ipod is pretty cool too. Want to create these projects yourself? Come to my class and learn how these are made! Contact me to reserve your spot!

These projects were inspired by several people! Thank you to everyone that posts their items online for the rest of us to recreate and tweak!

Happy Stampin' !