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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Beautifully Baroque Sympathy

I've been slow designing a sympathy card for a man in our church who recently lost his beloved wife to cancer. She was a very special lady, serving in church until the day she was bedridden. Even then, she penned notes of appreciation to people in her life. Although we rejoice in her Home-going where she is in the arms of her Savior, we will miss her very much.

This card is a very simple monochromatic design. I actually used the punch portion of the envelope punch board for rounding the corners. So easy!

Products Used:
Beautifully Baroque stamp, W 130895, $14.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (24), W 128748, $36.95; C 127802, $26.95
Naturals Ivory 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101849, $7.50
Baked Brown Sugar 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131296, $6.95
Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin' Pad, 131174, $5.95

Saturday, October 26, 2013

My Granddaughter's Pick

I sometimes wonder if life can get any busier. Just when I think things are slowing down, I'm inundated once again. The past few weeks have been like that. But I finished sewing for my granddaughter's birthday the same day as our get-together, attended all the special events (like a Keith and Kristyn Getty concert) and now I'm trying to catch up on all those necessary things, like cleaning, so I can spend some time in my stamp room. Sigh!

When Kyah, my granddaughter, saw this birthday card I had made for one of my classes, she said she wanted it. So, of course, I gave it to her. My little four-year-old has strong opinions on what she likes and dislikes!  Anyway, I used the Thinlits once again—the Label Card Thinlits for the card plus one of the elements from the Circle Card Thinlits. Below is a scan of the card closed:

 Here is a photo of it standing open:

Aren't the balloons adorable? They are simply made with the Small Oval punch and the foot from the owl (Owl Builder punch), then popped out with Stampin' Dimensionals. The exact same card looks just as great with the candles in the pack of dsp as it does with the balloons.

Products Used: 
Remembering Your Birthday stamp set (8), W 131347, $23.95; C 131350, $17.95
Raspberry Ripple 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 126842, $6.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Birthday Basics 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper (12), 130145, $10.95
Raspberry Ripple Classic Stampin' Pad, 126859, $5.95
Label Card Thinlits Die (9), 133479, $32.95
Circle Card Thinlits Die (10), 133480, $32.95
Small Oval Punch, 120908, $12.95
Owl Builder Punch, 118074, $16.95

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Everyday Stamps for Christmas

Amazing what a change in colors will do for a given stamp set. Take the Daydream Medallions set, for example. It's a fun set to use for any occasion, but select one of our greens and add one of our reds, use the Floral Frames and Circles Collections (framelits) and you have a Christmas wreath. For this card, I used Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler. I usually scan my cards, but decided to keep the dimensions by photographing this one. The bow was tied using the finger method shown in my previously posted video. The Merry Christmas is from the retired Come to Bethlehem stamp set.

Products Used:
Daydream Medallions (5), W 131976, $36.95; C 126467, $26.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Cherry Cobbler 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 119685, $6.95
Season of Style 4½" x 6½" Designer Series Paper Stack (48), $6.95
Gumball Green 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 126840, $6.95
Gumball Green Classic Stampin' Pad, 126861, $5.95
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, 126966, $5.95
Cherry Cobbler ½" Seam Binding Ribbon (10 yards), 120992, $6.95
Bitty Banners Framelits (3), 129267, $14.95
Floral Frames Collection Framelits (5), 127012, $26.95
Circles Collection Framelits (10), 130911, $26.95

Friday, October 18, 2013

Finger Bow

I found this video on Stampin' Connection, a site for Stampin' Up demonstrators. Such a simple way to make a perfect bow! Hope you like it too. [I shared it with my class attendees Monday and they loved it, too.]

Ink Pad Background

I decided to try something different when designing this Thanksgiving card (it would make a great fall birthday card, too): I used the ink pads themselves to swipe color on my Very Vanilla piece of card stock. Then I randomly stamped the leaves from the Gently Falling stamp set with the Early Espresso ink. This card sports a retired Garden Green button, but the current collection includes Garden Green and they look just as good embellishing this card (class members used buttons from both my retired and new collections).

Products Used:
Gently Falling stamp set (12), W 128430, $39.95; C 123804, $28.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (24), W 128748, $36.95; C 127802, $26.95
Crushed Curry 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131199, $6.95
Cajun Craze 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 119684, $6.95
Garden Green 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 102584, $6.95
Very Vanilla 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $8.50
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad, 131173, $5.95
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad, 126965, $5.95
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad, 126973, $5.95
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad, 126945, $5.95
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, 126974, $5.95
Regals Designer Buttons, 130029, $7.95
Linen Thread (15 yards), 104199, $4.50
Modern Label Punch, 119849, $16.95
Apothecary Accents Framelits (5), 127003, $24.95

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Angel Ornament

We made this little angel ornament at my October stamp class. Isn't she cute? We used lots of punches along with the Gift Bow Bigz L Die in the Holiday Catalog. From another blog, I learned a neat trick for making the eyes: punch holes from scrap paper with the half-inch circle punch and trace the bottom edges. However, I changed it just a little and punched two holes next to each other and kept the scrap with the holes as a template and trace inside the lower edge of the holes. Then just add eyelashes after removing the templates. The templates are easy to keep for future projects. Although you can't see it, I did include a loop of Baker's Twine attached behind the head with another circle behind her face to cover up the ends.

Products Used:
Everything Eleanor stamp set (8), W 131987, $36.95; C 124164, $26.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (24), W 128748, $36.95; C 127802, $26.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Blushing Bride 8½" x 11" card stock (24) 131198, $6.95
Silver 12" x 12" Glimmer Paper (2), 124005, $4.95
Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad, 131179, $5.95
Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad, 126954, $5.95
Smoky Slate Stampin' Write Marker, 131898, $3.50
Gift Bow Bigz L Die, 129977, $32.95
Whisper White Baker's Twine (25 yards), 124262, $2.95
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (3)  (eyes), 118309, $16.95
1-3/8" Circle Punch (face), 119860, $15.95
Word Window Punch (greeting and hands), 119857, $15.95
1" Circle Punch (from inside halo and behind greeting), 119868, $12.95
1¼" Circle Punch (inside halo), 119861, $15.95
1¾" Circle Punch (halo), 119850, $16.95

Monday, October 7, 2013

Party More, Get More

Hurry because this great benefit expires October 31. Let's see if we can book an in-home workshop before the month ends!