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Friday, January 27, 2012

Sweet Cake Card

Here is another card we made at my Valentine Class, although I chose to use the birthday greeting instead. Although you can't tell from the picture, the hearts on the Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper are embossed. After coloring the cupcake and the cherry and the heart with the VersaMarker, I used cherry scented clear embossing powder and heat embossed. I'm amazed how long the cherry scent has lasted. It's still going strong a week later! If you look closely, you will notice that parts of the Calypso Coral stamped image are somewhat brighter than the rest. Those are the areas that are embossed and scented.

Products Used:
Sweet Cake stamp set, W 125490 $18.95; C 125492, $14.95
Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper (12 double-sided 12"x12" sheets), 125408, $12.95
Whisper White card stock (8.5" x 11", 40 sheets), 100730, $8.50
Calypso Coral card stock (8.5" x 11", 24 sheets), 122925, $6.95
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad, 122939, $5.95
Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, 125601, $8.95
Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack, Sale-a-bration, 127279, Free with $50 purchase

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Twitterpated Elegant Bird

I am so pleased with the way this card turned out! You'll see my bird is almost the same as the one on page 10 of the Occasions Mini Catalog, but everything else about my card is different. The Twitterpated Designer Series Paper is so beautiful! And I just love the extra detail on the Twitterpated Designer Buttons. Products Used:
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Wood Mount only, 115370, $36.95
Elegant Bird, Bigz Die, 125593, $21.95
Adorning Accents, Edgelits Dies, 125595, $9.95
Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 117335, $7.95
Blushing Bride 8.5" x 11" card stock (24 sheets), 119796, $6.95
Twitterpated Designer Series Paper, 12" x 12" double-sided paper (12 sheets), 125406, $10.95
Twitterpated Designer Buttons, 125579, $6.95
Basic Pearls (150), 119247, $4.95
Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad, 101179, $5.95

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Valentine Box

We made this adorable Valentine box at my class, too. I only wish Splitcoast Stampers had come out with their tutorial before I struggled to figure out how to make it! We used the chipboard taht comes with the designer series paper to stiffen the dsp used for this box. I fear the love label is retired (Holiday Mini Catalog). I loved that set but never really had a chance to use it before the book expired.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Valentine Ornament

We made this Valentine ornament/gift box at my Valentine class. I was inspired by a Christmas ornament made very similarly and shown in Stampin' Success, the magazine for Stampin' Up! demonstrators. Of course, I used my Big Shot once again! The Music Notes wheel adorns the Petal Cone Die. The hearts are embossed and cut with the Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die in the Occasions Mini Catalog. What fun!
Products Used:
Sweet Cake stamp set, W 125490, $18.95; C 125492, $14.95
Music Notes Standard Wheel, 120327, $6.50
Standard Stampin' Around Handle, 102971, $3.95
Standard Cartridge, 101529, $5.25
Basic Black Classic Stampin' Ink Refill (for cartridge), 102512
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad, 103133, $5.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40 sheets), 101650, $8.50
Basic Black 8½" x 11" card stock (24 sheets), 121045, $6.95
Real Red 8½" x 11" card stock (24 sheets), 102482, $6.95
Petal Cone Bigz L Die, 121810, $32.95
Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die, 125596, $11.95
Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon (15 yards), 117286, $8.95

Monday, January 23, 2012

Love Doesn't Melt

Another Valentine—or it could even be an anniversary card! I love these little snowmen from the Merry Winter stamp set! The set is so versatile and could be used all winter long!

I used the new Edgelit Die in the Occasions Mini Catalog because I thought the scalloped scallops reminded me of snowballs. Such fun! I photographed rather than scanned this card because of the 3-D portion, but the camera (or the lighting) distorted the Pink Pirouette in the lacy rosette. I saw this snowflakey (is that a coined word?) rosette that I saw in my demonstrator's Stampin' Success magazine and had to use it in my design. The directions were to punch a 6-inch piece of card stock with the Lace Ribbon Border Punch and then score it every quarter inch. However, I found it much easier to score the card stock first and then punch. I also found it difficult pull together the ends of such a short piece and lengthened mine to about 8 inches. The little heart on which "love doesn't melt" is stamped was cut with the smallest heart framelit from the Hearts Collection.

By the way, this is one of the cards we made at my Valentine Class.

Products Used:
Merry Winter stamp set, W 122700, $19.95; C 122702, $14.95
Pretty in Pink 8½" x 11" card stock (24 sheets), 100459, $6.95
Pink Pirouette 8½" x 11" card stock (24 sheets), 111351, $6.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40 sheets), 100730, $8.50
Flirtatious Specialty 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12 double-sided sheets), 122360, $12.95
Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad, 115656, $5.95
Lace Ribbon Border punch, 122362, $19.95
Doily Triple Layer punch, 122465, $23.95
Adorning Accents Edgelits Die (2 dies), 125595, $9.95
Hearts Collection Framelits Dies (6 dies), 125599, $26.95

Friday, January 20, 2012

Love You Valentine

I noticed that every project I created for our Valentine class uses the Big Shot. I can't believe I was once so upset by the new line which I felt I needed to purchase as a demonstrator but just couldn't imagine using much at all. Ha! The joke's on me. Two elements of this Valentine were made with the Big Shot.

This card uses another of the designs from the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper. The pleated sating ribbon and the Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder used for the mini hearts are both from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Such a simple design made so easily with the help of the Big Shot and dsp.

Products Used:
Sprinkled Expressions Stamp Set, Sale-a-Bration, Free with $50 purchase
Blushing Bride Card Stock, 8.5" x 11" (24 sheets), 119796, $6.95
Whisper White Card Stock, 8.5" x 11" (40 sheets), 100730, $8.50
Twitterpated Designer Series Paper, 12" x 12" (12 double-sided sheets), 125406, $10.95
Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Pad, 111836, $5.95
Blushing Bride 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon, 125570, $6.95
Adorning Accents, Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, 125601, $8.95
Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits Die, 117332, $11.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Happiest Birthday

Today is my daughter Meredith's birthday. But she's in New Jersey awaiting the completion of paperwork so she can bring their newly adopted infanthome. Karis was born Monday morning (January 16) at 1:38 AM and weighed in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce. What an exciting time! Obviously, it will be a little late when Meredith receives this birthday card. Although this might be too flowery for her taste, but I just love it! Everything but the basic card stock and inks is from the Occasions Mini Catalog.

I just love the Twitterpated dsp and think the Apothecary Art stamp set coordinates beautifully with it. In fact, I think that even the Tea Shoppe stamp set coordinates well with it and you will soon see a card or two posted using that set. Of course, the Bordering on Romance stamp set was designed as part of the Twitterpated Product Suite and I did use that set as well in designing this card. And using the Apothecary Art stamp set meant I just had to use the Labels Collection of Framelits Dies!

I used the Blender Pens with Island Indigo and Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pads to color in the flowers on the border. But I used Stampin' Write Markers to color the stamp from the Apothecary Art stamp set (Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, and Riding Hood Red). I then colored the flowers on that image with the Blushing Bride Stampin' Write Marker. The greeting is a separate stamp in the set that was stamped with Riding Hood Red ink.

One of the new line of products in this catalog is the Edgelits Dies. They even have coordinating Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, although I didn't use them on this particular card. But I did use the Edgelit Die from the Adorning Accents set on both the dsp and the Island Indigo card stock. And the "scrap" remaining after cutting the Twitterpated designer series paper was a perfect addition to the flap of my envelope!
Products Used:
Bordering on Romance stamp set, W 125480, $27.95; C 125482, $21.95
Apothecary Art stamp set, W 125525, $34.95; C 125527, $27.95
Framelits Dies, Labels Collection, 125598, $26.95
Edgelits Dies, Adorning Accents (2), 125595, $9.95
Whisper White card stock, 8.5" x 11" (40 sheets), 100730, $8.50
Island Indigo card stock, 8.5" x 11" (24 sheets), 122923, $6.95
Twitterpated Designer Series Paper, 12" x 12" (12 double-sided sheets), 1254006, $10.95
Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad, 122937, $5.95
Blender Pen, 102845, $9.96 (coloring the flower border)
Stampin' Write Markers, 2011-2013 In Color Assortment (5), 119801, $14.95
Riding Hood Red Stampin' Write Marker, 120971, $3.50
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95
Stampin' Dimensionals, 104430, $3.95

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fresh Vintage Stamp Set

Here is the final batch of cards from the stamp night for our demonstrator team (Heartfelt Stampers). I knew as soon as I saw this set that it would be my favorite. Just love, love, love it!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Outlined Occasions Stamp Set

Here are five more cards using Sale-a-Bration products, this set featuring the Outlined Occasions Stamp Set.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sprinkled Expressions

Here's another set of cards made with a Salel-a-Bration stamp set. Remember, you can't purchase these cards; you receive them for free when you purchase $50 worth of product. My upline, Aly Schilling, comes up with such a variety of designs using the same stamps. My favorite card with this set is the very first one, but they're all great.

The only designer series paper used in these cards is also from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. We used Dazzling Details quite a bit on these cards, too. Another fairly new product (Holiday Mini Catalog) that I just love!

If you just love the cards made with these Sale-a-Bration sets, be sure to place an order between January 24th and March 31st. Better still, host a workshop!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Elementary Elegance

Sale-a-Bration is just around the corner, so I thought I would share some cards made with products from that catalog. Remember, you cannot purchase these stamps—they are free! One item for every $50 you spend and you have just over two months to make your purchases. Sale-a-Bration begins January 24th and ends March 31st. These cards were made at our last demonstrator team gathering. Check them out and notice all the different ways you can use the stamps from the Elementary Elegance set! What's fun is that it coordinates with our Curly Label Punch. Notice the two different ways the punch was used with this stamp.

Even the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper is from the Sale-a-Bration catalog, as well as the brads, which come with narrow organdy ribbon and five different designs on the brads. That beautiful pleated ribbon is from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I had no idea I would like this set as much as I do after making these cards!

By the way, Sale-a-Bration is a great time to host a workshop because your guests will be anxious to receive the free items available to them. Plus you as hostess will receive some great extras, including a free tote just for hosting a $150 workshop!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

My Purse Album

Grandchildren are so precious! Wallets are not condusive to carrying photos anymore, so I have used my Top Note Die to make my own mini album. I just redid the cover because the embellishments I had had on the original cover were coming off. That one was prettier, but not when pearls began to be missing. So Idecided to keep this one simple. This image is part of the Sweet Shop Product Suite. I though the saying "You're So Sweet" was perfect when referring to my grandchildren. While I'm at it, I might as well show you my precious grandchildren. Kyah, below, is my youngest (for now) grandchild. She will have a baby sister any day now. She is now 2 years old (such a fun age) and just potty trained. Daughter and husband (Meredith and Adam) are ready for a road trip with Kyah as soon as the birth mom goes into labor. So exciting! Since I babysit while Meredith visits patients (she's a home health physical therapist), I can expect some busy days ahead!
This is my middle grandchild, Christian. He and his family live just over an hour away from us. I remember when he was Kyah's age. Seems incredible that he is now 13 years old and taller than I am.
Corban, my first grandchild, is Christian's brother. You would never guess they have the same two parents when looking at them! When they were little, one of the men in their church referred to them as salt and pepper! I'm not short, yet I have to stand on tiptoes to hug my 15-year-old grandson.
I could have shown you all the pictures but don't want to bore you. Other than the family picture, the rest of the photos are over a year old.

Each Top Note page consists of card stock and coordinating designer series paper (all the dsp is now retired). The pages are stiff enough to survive my purse, although I have a side pocket where I keep the mini album somewhat protected.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Valentine Ornament

I have been itching to play with my framelits dies a little more and preparing for a Valentine class provided the perfect opportunity! This Valentine ornament is made with the whole set of the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies plus our Small Heart Punch and a little Dazzling Detailsusing pinks in graduated colors from Melon Mambo through Pink Pirouette and back to Melon Mambo. Stampin' Dimensionals separate each layer.

You could easily make about 8 or 10 and put them together in a heart shape to make a Valentine wreath. Or use this on a card front. The scalloped heart is a little bigger than the standard sized card, but it would be great on a square card.

Join me to make them at my upcoming Valentine class January 21st. I charge $15 for two cards and two 3-D items, this ornament being one of them. Deadline to register for the class is January 11.

Products Used:
Framelits Dies, Hearts Collection, 125599, $26.95
Small Heart Punch, 117193, $5.95
Whisper White Card Stock (40 sheets, 8.5" x 11"), 100730, $8.50
Melon Mambo Card Stock (24 sheets, 8.5" x 11"), 115320, $6.95
Regal Rose Card Stock (24 sheets, 8.5" x 11"), 105130, $6.95
Pretty in Pink Card Stock (24 sheets, 8.5" x 11"), 100459, $6.95
Pink Pirouette Card Stock (24 sheets, 8.5" x 11"), 111351, $6.95
Dazzling Details, 124117, $2.50
Stampin' Dimensionals (300), 104430, $3.95
White Baker's Twine, 124262, $2.95

Thursday, January 5, 2012

My Christmas Wreath

Happy New Year, everyone! Although I've been "missing in action", I have not forgotten how to craft with paper and stamps! I pulled out my camera yesterday so I could take some photos of some of the things I have been doing.

Although this is a Christmas wreath, I'm leaving it up for a while because I don't think it is overtly Christmasey.

The bow was made with the Holly Berrry Bouquet designer fabric. I used the Fun Flowers Bigz L Die as well as the scallop circles dies, used up old and new embellishments for the centers of some of my elements. Although I used mostly Very Vanilla card stock, I also used Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Just had to share with you, even though most of the products used for this wreath are now retired. I hated to see the Holiday Mini Catalog expire!