Saturday, October 31, 2009

Digital Card

I have been playing with My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! The birth and adoption of our granddaughter provided the perfect occasion for a card that would be professionally printed. I first tried it using a designer template. It was a beautiful card, but somehow the photo just didn't look right on it, so I decided to choose the option to create my own design. I chose the colors to coordinate with the nursery. I was able to "stamp" the elephant on the front because all stamp sets are available to me through My Digital Studio (MDS). I could never afford to purchase all the stamp sets in the catalog, although I certainly purchase enough of them! I chose the 5x7 size option simply so it could be framed. Inside the card I have the "vital statistics": birth date, weight, length and parents' names (October 24, 2009, 5 lbs. 4 oz., 18-3/4 ins.)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

November 2009 Card Kit

From Scraps to Design

After using the flocked snowflake sheet of Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper (116770, $11.95) for my Shimmery Snowflake picture (see older post), I had a narrow strip left that just had to be used. So I grabbed my eyelet border punch (113692, $15.95) and Whisper White card stock (100730, $7.50) to create a border on both edges. The card is a 6"x6" piece of Soft Suede card stock (115318, $$5.50) and the ribbon coordinates with that (Soft Suede Polka-Dot Grosgrain, 115612, $9.95). To provide a colorful accent, the "Merry Christmas" (A Cardinal Christmas stamp set, 111760, $23.95) was stamped in red on another scrap of the dsp, punched with the oval scallop punch (114889, $15.95) and mounted on Real Red wide oval (punch 112082, $15.95; card stock 102482, $5.50). I thought about making it a birthday card since there are so many winter birthdays...

Exciting News

I now have a new granddaughter whose photo will soon be added to the mini brag book I showed on an earlier post. My daughter and son-in-law are in the process of adopting a beautiful baby girl. They bring her from the hospital to their temporary home in the nearby hotel today. When the paper work for this stage of the adoption is completed, they can bring her to her permanent home and Grandma (Grandpa, too) can hold Kyah Nicole Williamson! That probably won't happen until next week, but it can't be soon enough for me or for them!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ready for Snow!

Spotting this shimmery white frame, I knew just what I wanted to do with my Holiday Mix Decor Elements (117675, $9.95). A flocked sheet of Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper (116770, $11.95) made a perfect backdrop for the word "SNOW", which I applied to the outside of the glass. I had a couple snowflakes left over in chocolate (117674, $9.95) and adhered them directly to the paper. I even used my 2-way glue pen (100425, $3.50) randomly on the designer paper and sprinkled it with chunky glitter (111343, $15.95)! A piece of 1/4" Real Red grosgrain ribbon (109034, $4.95) tied to one side of the frame and another real red snowflake decor element dressed up the frame a little more. I'm going to love keeping it out during the Christmas season and maybe beyond! After all, snow is a winter item...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Purse Boxes and Earrings

Do you need a cute box for a small gift - like a gift card or some jewelry? Try making one of these purses using designer paper and card stock. Or even make your own jewelry, like the earrings shown here in front of the Bravo Burgundy purse.

That Top Note die for the Big Shot is so versatile! As you can see, I used that to cut the card stock. The center box and the earrings were taught to me by Kriss Huells at a demonstrator team meeting. For that one, we used the faux alligator skin technique which required lots of clear embossing powder. The others are made with designer paper.

The products needed to make the above items are:
Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, 113439, $99.95
Top Note Die, 113463, $21.95
Card Stock and coordinating designer paper, pages 155-157 and 160-163 in the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog
Ribbon, pages 182-183
Jumbo Eyelets, pewter 108432 or antique brass 108431, $9.95 for approximately 60 eyelets
Jumbo Brads, 5/8", 112533, $6.95 for 32, OR Designer Brads, 112571, $5.95 for 16, 2 sizes
You'll also need to purchase some velcro spots to close the flaps.

The earrings are made with Metal Edge Tags (103374, $4.25) and card stock. The stamp set is Circle Circus (115778, $28.95). The design is stamped in Versa Mark and embossed with black Stampin' Emboss Powder (109133, $4.75), then colored with markers (pages 155-157). You'll have to purchase the jewelry hardware to complete them. Circle punches make it so easy to get perfect circles to attach to the tags (104401, 1-3/8", $15.95, and 109046, 1", $10.95) before poking holes for insertion of hardware.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mini Brag Book

I just love the mini brag book I've designed! The idea came from another demonstrator team member, Jen Rios-Raner, but this is my take on it. Made with the Top Note and Birds & Blooms dies for the Big Shot, designer series paper, Whisper White card stock, chip board, jumbo brads, and ribbon, this little book is perfect for my purse. All I need to do is add a few pictures and maybe even some journalling! Can't wait for my grandsons' latest school pictures to arrive.

And it's one of the items I'm teaching at my class Halloween morning.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Stamp a Stack Card Kits

I have decided to offer the cards from my Stamp a Stack of Christmas Cards class in the form of a kit. Mind you, it will not include adhesives, punches, or stamps, although all those items can be purchased through me. In fact, I'll even offer a 20% discount on the stamp sets. I will have to charge for shipping, however, unless you are able to pick the kit up.

So, purchase the pre-cut card stock, ribbons and brads for $15 a set - that's enough for 3 copies of each of the 4 designs for a total of 12 cards.

The stamp sets needed to complete all designs are:
Berry Christmas (116509, $22.95 for $20.65)
Delightful Decorations (116517, $21.95 for $19.75)
Serene Snowflakes (115438, $20.95 for $18.85)
Snow Swirled (111690, $24.95 for $22.45)

You will also need snail adhesive (104332, $6.95), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430, $3.95), and Mini Glue Dots (103683, $4.95).

The Ornament punch makes it so much easier to cut out those stamped ornaments (116794, $15.95)!

Finally, you'll want these inks, $5.95 each: Soft Suede (115657), Real Red (103133), Old Olive (102277), Ruby Red (102259), and Bashful Blue (105209). I also used the Platinum Shimmer Paint (116807) and uni-ball Signo Gel Pen (105021).

I will include a copy of the step-by-step directions for all four cards with the kit. Just contact me at to order.

There is a deadline for this order: October 28, 2009. It will take one to one and a half weeks for the order to come in after that.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Stamp a Stack of Christmas Cards

For just $15, customers came Monday morning or will come tomorrow evening to stamp a stack of Christmas cards, enabling them to take home a dozen handmade cards. Just four simple designs, three cards of each. So much fun!

The first card used a number of items from the Holiday Mini Catalog, which expires January 4, 2010. I don't think I've ever seen a mini catalog I like so much! The stamp set is "Berry Christmas", the specialty designer series paper is Christmas Cocoa, and the ribbon is from the Mistletoe Ribbon Originals - all from the mini catalog! Only the classic ink and card stock (Real Red, Soft suede and Whisper White) are standard items from the current catalog.

The card below also used paper from the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series in addition to Soft Suede, Real Red and Whisper White card stock. The stamp set, "Serene Snowflakes", is another set available only through the Holiday Mini Catalog, although the greeting on the bottom comes from the "Heard From the Heart" stamp set in the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog. The center of the snowflake is adorned with a half pearl from the Pretties Kit, but a rhinestone brad is a nice alternative. The lacy look is accomplished by punching both sides of the Whisper White card stock with the Eyelet Border punch. Real Red grosgrain ribbon added the final touch.

The "Snow Swirled" stamp set provided everything we need to stamp this card, including the verse inside (2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog). Colors used here are Old Olive, Ruby Red and Very Vanilla. The embellishments are gold brads and taffeta ribbon from the Mistletoe Ribbon Originals (Holiday Mini Catalog). The torn edge and the punched card stock (Scallop Oval) soften the otherwise straight lines of this card.

"Delightful Decorations" (Holiday Mini Catalog) is the stamp set used for this Bashful Blue and Night of Navy Christmas card. It was so easy to add dimension to this design because Stampin' Up! provided a matching Ornament punch. Merely stamp the image on Whisper White card stock and punch it out before mounting it with Stampin' Dimensionals. But before I did that, I used the new shimmer paint in platinum for the snowflakes in the background. The strings are simply drawn in with a white gel pen.

Quick and easy designs for a couple hours of fun stamping and advance preparation for Christmas mail. Any one of them could also be used for Christmas thank you cards.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New Color Combo Christmas Cards

I recently discovered a color card stock that I have been ignoring - Handsome Hunter. Determined to find a combination using this fogotten color, I found a combination I really love - Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter, Ruby Red and Cameo Coral. Notice the incredible texture added to the cards by using the Impressions Folder Petals-A-Plenty (holiday mini catalog) with the Big Shot. In both cases, I stamped images on Very Vanilla card stock and then cut them out. The first card is made with the Berry Christmas stamp set in the current holiday mini catalog, while the second card uses the Christ Is Born stamp set in the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

October Card Kit

Demonstrator Team

Just thought you might like to see a picture of the demonstrators on my team who gathered at my upline's home in Rochester for a day of stamping, encouragement and inspiration. I'm standing in the back - my head is in front of the mirror.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Christmas Swap

This is the card I designed for the card swap with other demonstrators on my team.  I wanted something without too many layers, something fairly easy to put together 17 card fronts!  The stamp set, Serene Snowflakes, is from the holiday mini catalog.  I used Rich Razzleberry, Pretty in Pink, Brushed Silve, and Whisper White card stock while the inks are Rich Razzleberry, Silver Metallic, and Bermuda Bay.  The word window and scalloped oval punches plus some brads provided the finishing touches.