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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Scentsational Cut-Outs

I'm just loving the Be of Good Cheer designer series paper! The Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green are such cheerful Christmas colors. Although I used Very Vanilla card stock to make this card, I'm changing it to Whisper White for my Christmas in July class. The colors listed as being in the dsp are Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla, but this particular piece has no Very Vanilla in it. Plus, the textured embossing along the right edge reminds me of snowflakes.

Another thing I am just loving is the ability to cut out all these shapes with my Big Shot. I am thrilled we have framelits to fit every stamp in the Scentsational Season stamp set as well as the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set.Products Used:
Scentsational Season stamp set (6), @ 121026, $18.95; C 121190, $14.95
Snow Swirled stamp set (6), W 11690, $24.95; C 127799, $17.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Cherry Cobbler 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 119685, $5.95
Be of Good Cheer 12" x 12" designer series paper (12), 126896, $10.95
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, 126966, $5.95
Gumball Green Classic Stampin' Pad, 126861, $5.95
Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin' Pad, 126991, $5.95
Cherry Cobbler ½" Scallop Dots Ribbon (10 yards), 124138, $7.95
Holiday Collection Framelits Dies (6), 127814, $24.95
Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 117335, $7.95
Delicate Designs Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (2), 127023, $8.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Simpler "First Christmas"

After designing the Baja Breeze Christmas card using this stamp set, I decided I had to come up with an easier design for my Christmas in July stamp class. Similar but much simpler!
Products Used:
First Christmas stamp set (4), W 127988, $15.95; C 127991, $11.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Cherry Cobbler 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 119685, $6.95
Be of Good Cheer 12" x 12" designer series paper (12), 126896, $10.95
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, 126966, $5.95
Pearl Basic Jewels (150), 119247, $4.95
Large Pearl Basic Jewels (40), 125577, $4.95
Apothecary Accents Framelits (4), 127003, $24.95
Bitty Banners Framelits (3), 129267, $14.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95

Monday, July 23, 2012

Scentsational Season

Designing Christmas cards for my Christmas in July class has been so much fun! Although I prefer those with a Christian theme, not everyone does. This is just a fun card. Using the Holiday Collection Framelits to cut out the elements in the coordinating Scentsational Season stamp set and the Delicate Doilies Sizzlits made this card easy to put together.
Products Used:
Scentsational Season stamp set (6), W 121026, $18.95; C 121190, $14.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (24), W 115370, $36.95; C 127802, $26.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Gumball Green 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 126840, $6.95
Be of Good Cheer 12" x 12" designer series paper (12), 126896, $10.95
Gumball Green Classic Stampin' Pad, 126861, $5.95
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, 126966, $5.95
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, 126978, $5.95
Holiday Collection, Framelits Dies (6), 127814, $24.95
Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L, 126999, $21.95
Peppermint Sticks Scented Emboss Powder (½ oz.), 127830, $5.95

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Christmas Manger

While designing cards for my Christmas in July class, I created a card that I cannot use at the class. I love the way this turned out, but I just don't have enough of this sheet of designer series paper. I had never imagined that the Floral District dsp would include a design I would want to use for a Christmas card. Of course, the stamp set cannot be purchased until August 1st...

When I started working on this card, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I would use the Midnight Muse card stock and emboss in white two of the images from the First Christmas stamp set and cut it out with one of the Apothecary Accents Framelits, which I did. In the process of deciding what to put behind it, I found a scrap of the Floral District dsp and realized that it looks a lot like stars within the scallop circles (it's the reverse side of the designer series paper I used in a previous class). My thought to put white scallops along both edges of the dsp morphed into using the new Large Scallop Edgelit and the Delicate Designs Textured Embossing Folder. I just love the way this card turned out! Maybe I'll make it in a Fall class.
One of the things I love about this stamp set is the messages—they are so what I want to say! The stamp inside the card says, "This Christmas may you know Him more fully through the love and grace He so richly bestows."

Products Used:
First Christmas stamp set, W 127988, $15.95; C 127991, $11.95
Baja Breeze 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 111352, $6.95
Midnight Muse 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 126843, $6.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Floral District 12" x 12" double-sided designer series paper (12), 126919, $10.95
Midnight Muse Classic Stampin' Pad, 126860, $5.95
VersaMark ink pad, 102283, $7.50
White Stampin' Emboss Powder (½ oz.), 109132, $4.75
Delicate Designs Textured Embossing Folders (2), 127023, $8.95
Large Scallop Edgelits, 127019, $7.95
Bitty Banners Framelits, 129267, $14.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95

Friday, July 20, 2012

Christmas in July

Preparing for my Christmas in July class, I designed these two cards. We probably won't do both of them since they provide the same technique. I just had to use the new Core'dinations Card Stock in the Holiday Catalog. I did find that I have to be very careful with the textured piece because it tends to tear easily—at least with the Woodgrain Textured Embossing Folder.

This first card was made with the Christmas Lodge stamp set in the core catalog.
This second card features the Evergreen stamp set from the Holiday Catalog, although it would look great with the tree in the Christmas Lodge set, as well. I added tags to the bow using "merry" from the Tiny Tags stamp set, but you could convert this card to a masculine birthday card.
By the way, my card classes are almost always $15 for 5 cards and one 3-D item. This class, July 26th, will include an ornament.

Products Used:
Christmas Lodge stamp set (6), W 123767, $33.95; C 123769, $25.95
Evergreen stamp set (5), W 127970, $25.95; C 127973, $18.95
Tiny Wishes stamp set (17), W 118091, $22.95; C 118592, $16.95
Early Espresso Core'dinations 12" x 12" card stock (12), 127848, $6.95
Crumb Cake 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 120953, $6.95
Naturals Ivory 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101849, $7.50
Cherry Cobbler 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 119685, $6.95
Garden Green 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 102584, $6.95
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, 126966, $5.95
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad, 126973, $5.95
Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad, 101731, $7.50
White Stampin' Emboss Powder (½ oz.), 109132
Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 127821, $7.95
Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies (6), 129021, $26.95
Labels Collection Framelits Dies (6), 125598, $26.95
Jewelry Tag Punch, 117190, $12.95
Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (10 yds.), 109070, $7.95
Linen Thread (15 yds.), 104199, $4.50

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Really? Sixteen?

I can't believe my grandson is turning 16 on Wednesday. Of course, he is so tall he has to bend over to give me a hug... And I'm not petite! Anyway, this is the card I made for him. I find it difficult to come up with ideas for a young man, something masculine yet not quite what I might do for an adult with a few years behind him.
Products Used:
Memorable Moments stamp set (18), W 126680, $29.95; C 126682, $21.95
Create a Cupcake stamp set (12), W 121915, $22.95; C 121982, $16.95
Sahara Sand 8½"x 11" card stock (24), 121043, $6.95
Midnight Muse 8½"x 11" card stock (24), 126843, $6.95
Very Vanilla 8½"x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Summer Starfruit 8½"x 11" card stock (24), 126839, $6.95
Comfort Cafe 12" x 12" designer series paper (12), 126898, $10.95
Midnight Muse Classic Stampin' Pad, 126860, $5.95
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, 126978, $5.95
Cupcake Builder punch, 121807, $16.95
Labels Collection Framelits (6), 125598, $26.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95
Twill Tape, discontinued

Thursday, July 5, 2012

For my Brother

Two more thank you cards for my brother. I love the new "Trust God" stamp set! Again, I find the Comfort Cafe designer series paper perfect for masculine cards. And, as you can see from my recent posts, I'm loving the new framelits, too!

On this first card, I found I had cut the Cajun Craze card stock too short so I slipped a scrap of Midnight Muse underneath. As I tell my customers, there's always a creative solution for mistakes.This second card was scanned crookedly, but you get the idea. Too many dimensions make it difficult to keep straight when scanning.
Products Used:
Trust God stamp set (7), W 126700, $19.95; C 126702, $14.95
Itty Bitty Banners stamp set (6), W 126255, $15.95; C 126257, $11.95
Papaya Collage stamp set (7), W 126610, $31.95; C 126612, $23.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Cajun Craze 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 119684, $6.95
Midnight Muse 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 126843, $6.95
Summer Starfruit 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 126839, $6.95
Regals Brads (120), 119737, $6.95
Labels Collection Framelits (6), 125598, $26.95
Apothecary Accents Framelits (4), 127003, $24.95
Bitty Banners Framelits, 129267, $14.95
Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 123128, $7.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439 $99.95

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Kindness Matters

My brother has been so blessed by the kindness of family, friends and neighbors during his time of illness that I thought I would make him some thank you cards. As he has been very weak, his neighbors have mowed his lawn, people have brought him food and given him money, his doctor even paid for some of his labs.

It can be difficult to design masculine cards, but I think this one works. Some of the papers in the Comfort Cafe pack of dsp are especially conducive to masculine cards. This card is 6" x 3".

Products Used:
Kindness Matters stamp set (5), W 122900, $11.95; C 122902, $8.95
Comfort Cafe 12" x 12" double-sided designer series paper (12), 126898, $10.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Soft Suede 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 115318, $6.95
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, 126978, $5.95
Neutrals Designer Buttons (72), 119743, $8.95
Linen Thread (15 yards), 104199, $4.50
Bitty Banners Framelits (3), 129267, $14.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

From Scraps to Card

I still had some strips of Twitterpated Designer Series Paper left and just had to use them up. So I wove them once again, attached them to a piece of Basic Gray card stock and then cut it out with one of the Labels Collection Framelits. One of the stamps from Daydream Medallions and the two smallest coordinating Floral Frames Framelits formed the center of the focal point. I had just received the Bitty Banners stamp set that coordinates with the Bitty Banners Framelits and added that for my words.
Products Used:
Daydream Medallions stamp set (5), W 126465, $36.95; C 126467
Itty Bitty Banners stamp set (6), W 126255, $15.95; C 126257, $11.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Basic Gray 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 121044, $6.95
Baja Breeze 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 111352, $6.95
Twitterpated 12" x 12" double-sided designer series paper (12), 125406, $10.95
Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad, 126981, $5.95
Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Pad, 126968, $5.95
Labels Collection Framelits (6), 125598, $26.95
Bitty Banners Framelits (3), 129267, $14.95
Floral Frames Framelits, 127012, $26.95
Twitterpated Buttons, discontinued
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95
[And to think there was a time I didn't want the Big Shot!]

Monday, July 2, 2012

Triple Eleanor

I have a new follower and so I checked out her blog (and followed) One of Laura-Lee Doucet's posts was the inspiration for this card. I wanted a really special card for a special lady from a church where we lived while our children were growing up. I am sorry to have to miss her 80th birthday party, but my brother will be here this weekend and we get to see each other so seldom. He's coming from Indiana after his doctor's appointment, with a stop at our Aunt's home in Cedarville OH en route. Praying God will sustain him and that he will qualify for a liver transplant. He's also hoping to be moved high up on the list because he realizes that his medications are keeping him alive at this point. I'm also praying for safe travels.

As you can tell, I love this triple-layer technique. I even colored the flowers with a blender pen. Lots more going on with this card than my other samples using this technique. I'm wondering now if I could have added a fourth layer, using the label as the top layer. Then the petals of the flower would have overlapped the greeting portion. Products Used:
Everything Eleanor stamp set (8), W 124162, $36.95; C 124164, $26.95
Memorable Moments stamp set (18), W 126680, $39.95; C 126682, $21.95
Cajun Craze 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 119684, $6.95
Always Artichoke 8½" x 11" card stock (24) 105119, $6.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad, 126972, $5.95
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad, 119684, $5.95
More Mustard Classic Stampin' Pad, 126964, $5.95
Blender Pens (3), 102845, $9.95
Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 119976, $7.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Christmas in July

I just made a huge pre-order from Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Catalog in anticipation of Christmas in July. I am so excited by all the ideas floating around in my head. So be sure to join me on Thursday evening, July 26, at 6:30. I need an RSVP by July 15th, however.

My plan is one ornament and 5 Christmas cards. I know we will have a great time. Once I receive my supplies, you'll be seeing previews. Of course, I always design more than we actually can make in one evening... That's because I have so much fun designing! Why else would I be a demonstrator?