Friday, April 18, 2014

Vivid Vases

I finally broke down and bought the Vivid Vases stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.  I have come across so many cute cards using this set, I decided I did indeed HAVE to have it.  Last week I finally got around to using it:

Colors: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Crisp Cantaloupe, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron and Crushed Curry.  Stamps: Vivid Vases.  Big Shot: Deco Labels Collections Framelits.  Accessories: Many Marvelous Markers,Crystal Effects, Neutrals Candy Dots, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack.
There are a couple of details that are hard to tell from the photo. After coloring the vases with the Pool Party marker, I put a layer of crystal effects over the top to make them look like glass.  And it's a little hard to tell, but for the paper piercing I did a zig-zag pattern by piercing every other hole in three rows.

This is just one of the projects you can make at my Spring Fling Stampin' Buffet next weekend. This card could work for Mother's Day, Thank You, Friendship or really any time you want to tell someone she is wonderful!

And don't miss out on FREE SHIPPING next week only, just in time for the retirement list release beginning Monday.  No minimum purchase required but expedited shipping is not included.  Check back on Monday for even more details!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mr. & Mrs.

My customers are constantly asking for wedding cards.  Probably because most of them have children in their 20's and all of their friends are getting married. So for my Spring Fling Stampin' Buffet, I came up with this for a wedding card:

Colors: Very Vanilla and Basic Black.  Stamps: Mr. & Mrs., and Background Builders. Accessories: Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Basic Jewel Pearls. 
This card is both elegant and simple, perfect for you to make at my class.  So what are you waiting for?  RSVP today!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Card in a Box

Last week, I showed you my first Card in a Box I made using Heidi Bak's measurements. Today, I am sharing the Card in the Box that will be offered at my Spring Fling Stampin' Buffet:

Colors: Pear Pizzazz, Crisp Cantaloupe, Wisteria Wonder, Coastal Cabana, and Crushed Curry.  Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Flower Shop, Petite Petals and Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Big Shot: Little Leaves Sizzlets.  Punches: Pansy, Petite Petals, Elegant and Bitty Butterfly, Word Window, and Large Oval.  Accessories: Afternoon Picnic, Pearl Jewels, Window Sheet.
The fun thing about these cards is they fold completely flat and fit in a standard-size envelope,but when you open them up, they explode with color.  I put a Mother's Day greeting on this card, but the greeting could easily be changed to just about anything thanks to the more than 20 greetings in the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. 

This card features both the Flower Shop Bundle from the main catalog and Petite Petals Bundle from the Occasions Catalog.  Remember, when you purchase the bundles, you save and extra 15% versus buying the individual products.  These bundles are generally only available during their first catalog cycle, even if the individual products carry over into the next catalog.  So if you haven't purchased these bundles yet, now is the time. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tag It Birthday

It's almost time to be posting items for my next class, but first, I still have one card to share on my blog from my last class a few weeks back.  This time, it's a birthday card featuring the Tag It stamp set.

Colors: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Soft Sky, Coral Calypso, Real Red, So Saffron.  Stamps: Tag It.  Punches: Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Accessories: Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, I am Me Designer Series Paper, Epic Day Washi Tape.
Love this little lizard and all the other stamps in this set.  And the best part about it is that $3 from the sale of it go directly to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. If you haven't had a chance to purchase it yet, get to it.  It is sure to be on the retirement list that comes out in 10 short days since Stampin' Up! generally gives us a new Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set every year.  Here's a look at the entire set:

Tag It! Wood Mount (item number 130300) $22.95. Clear Mount (item number 130303) $16.95

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's a Box. . . It's a Card . . .

It's both!  These cards became very popular a few months back and as always, I'm behind the curve with making one and sharing it with you.  But here is my take on it:

Colors: Basic Black, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, and Strawberry Slush. Stamps: Geometical, Yippee Skippee, Just Sayin', Peachy Keen.  Big Shot: On Film and Just Sayin' Framelits.  Punches: Small Oval, Banner, Triangle.  Accessories: Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper, Window Sheets, White Baker's Twine.
I made this for my birthday class, but it would also make a great card for graduation or anytime you needed a good, "Yippee-Skippee!"  It kind of feels like a party going on when you open this up.  And it's easy to leave up for the world to see too since it stands up on it's own.  Here's another view of it:

You've probably come across a few variations of this Card in a Box idea.  I used the measurements that Heidi Baks shared on her blog during the Chalk Talk Edition of The Stamp Review Crew.  I love hers because it fits perfectly into a regular envelope when closed.

Just this week I made a different version of this card for Mother's Day that will be featured at my next Stampin' Buffet on April 25 & 26. I will have all of these projects posted here and on Facebook this weekend so be sure to come back and check them all out.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Stamp Crew Review: Oh, Hello
It's the first Monday of the month.  That means it's time for The Stamp Review Crew to have another blog hop!  This time we are featuring the stamp set Oh, Hello.  And like always, this group is full of fabulous ideas for this very popular stamps set. Today, I have a couple of cards to show you featuring this stamp set.

Colors: Midnight Muse, Coral Calypso and Whisper White.  Stamps: Oh, Hello.  Big Shot: Banner Framelits, Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Accessories: Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Silver Glimmer Paper, Coral Calypso Baker's Twine, and In Color Dahlias.
I love Midnight Muse and haven't used it nearly enough lately.  I need to use it more before it retires at the end of May.  Here I also sponged ink on the cardstock after I ran it through the embossing folder to give it a little more dimension.  And since Midnight Muse is such a dark color, I decorated it the inside too:
Stamps: Oh, Hello and Sweet Essentials.

Here is the second card:

Colors: Primrose Petal, Basic Gray, Summer Starfruit, and Whisper White.  Stamps: Oh, Hello.  Big Shot: Banner Framelits, Chevron and Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Punch: Corner Rounder.  Accessories: Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon.
This one is a little more simple than the first one.  You can tell how much I love the Banner Framelits from both of these cards.  I am using them a lot right now.  The colors for this one came straight from the Color Coach which I do not use nearly enough.  Summer Starfruit and Primrose Petal are also scheduled to be retired at the end of May.  I'm always torn between being sad that the colors are going away and being excited to see what comes next. 

But I know what comes next today, it is the rest of the blog hop!  Use the buttons below to navigate through the hop or see the list of all hop participants below the buttons.  Thanks for stopping by.  Feel free to leave a little blog love (comments) or subscribe to my blog either here or on Facebook.  We'll see you again soon!
  1. Paula Wright
  2. Dawn Tidd
  3. Yapha Mason
  4. Deb Currier
  5. Nancy Smith
  6. Holly Krautkremer
  7. Rita Wright
  8. Kerry Willard Bray
  9. Shana Gaff
  10. Lisa Young
  11. Cindy Beach
  12. Jill Coleman
  13. Mike Funke
  14. Heidi Baks
  15. Betty Traciak
  16. Tanya Boser
  17. Mary Rindal
  18. Wendy Weixler

Monday, March 31, 2014

Last Day for Sale-A-Bration: Twisty Treats

Today is your last chance to take advantage of Stampin' Up!'s biggest sales event of the year.  At midnight tonight MDT, it's all over for another 10 months.  And of course I have one more Sale-A-Bration project to share with you today, this time featuring the Twisty Treats Kit:

Colors: Bermuda Bay.  Stamps: Yippee-Skippee.  Punch: Small Heart.  Accessories: Silver 1/8" Ribbon and Twisty Treats Kit, Silver Glimmer Paper.
This is another Pinspiration.  I saw that Leonie Schroder had made some simple boxes to go in the bottom of the Twisty Treat bags and thought it was a brilliant way to use these bags. The bags themselves are just so darn cute, but add a solid color behind them and those polka dots just pop!

Don't miss out on this adorable kit.  It comes with the bags, tags and twist ties to give 12 treats away.  And it is only available for free (with a $50 purchase) during Sale-A-Bration.  Tick-Tock. Go shopping now!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Sale-A-Bration: When Skies are Gray

Another look at a Sale-A-Bration exclusive stamp set today.  This time it's See Ya Later.  I have seen a lot of cute things made with this stamp set, (just go look on Pinterest) but the stamp I really wanted to get inky says: "You Make Me Happy When Skies are Gray."  I used to sing "You are my Sunshine" to my oldest when he was a tiny baby and it always made him smile which always made me smile.  Such good memories now that he is a surly tween.

Here's what I made:

Colors: Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White.  Stamps: See Ya Later (SAB exclusive). Big Shot: Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (SAB exclusive), Banner Framelits.  Punches: 1-3/8" Circle, Cupcake Builder (Clouds), Banner Punch (SAB), XL Oval and Decorative Label. Accessories: Rhinestones, Whisper White 1/8" Taffeta. 
This is another Pinterest inspiration.  (Making it a pinspiration, right?)  This time the original card was by Eileen LaFevre.  I loved how she used the largest of the Banner Framelits to make the card base and the cupcake punch for the clouds.  So cute.  So I just kind of ran with it from there.

I've seen several cards that have used the banner punch to make sun rays.  I have been singing the praises of this little punch since the beginning of Sale-A-Bration.  You can get this punch free through Sale-A-Bration, or it will be available in the next catalog. (But why not get it free while you still can, right?) 

And I can't count the number of times I've used the Decorative Dots Textured Impression Embossing Folder.  This is only available during Sale-A-Bration.  And I will miss having it as a current product.

Don't forget, Sale-A-Bration ends on Monday, March 31 at midnight MDT.  So don't miss out on your chance to get this stamp set or the embossing folder before it's too late.  Click the Shop Now button and get busy!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sale-A-Bration: Petal Parade

Sale-A-Bration is nearly over!  I can't believe it has just flown by.  Don't miss out on your chance to get free products just for purchasing items off your wish list.  But the biggest sales event of the year ends March 31.  So what are you waiting for? (Hopefully to see today's project).

I haven't shown a lot of Sale-A-Bration specific projects here in the past month or so but I have three more to show you between now and the end of the month.  Today's features one of the stamp sets and the coordinating Designer Series Paper:

Colors: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White.  Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB Exclusive) and Simply Sketched. Big Shot: On Film Framelit.   Punches: Pansy & Petite Petals, Oval and Scallop Oval.  Accessories: Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper, Naturals 5/8" Chevron Ribbon, & Rhinestone Jewels.
This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest by Amy Storrie.  I did change mine up with the addition of the On Film Framelit and the oval punches, but if you saw ours next to each other, you can definitely tell I was inspired by her creation.

So now, what are you waiting for?  Click on the Shop Now Button and buy a few things off your wish list and get your free items, TODAY!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Make a Wish Hexagon Card

I finally had a chance to play with the Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  At first I balked a little bit wondering if it was worth purchasing.  But I was hooked after one card:

Colors: Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White.  Stamps: Sweet Essentials.  Big Shot: Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die. Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper and Rhinestone Jewels.
To make this card, I actually cut the Hexagon Hive Thinlit three times: one in each color.  I adhered the white base over the Designer Series Paper first and then used the punched out pieces from the Daffodil Delight and Smokey Slate to cover the solid pieces that were left on the white, popping some of them up on Dimensionals to give it a little more, well, dimension.  Finally, I added the random rhinestones which I think give the card that extra special touch.

One tip to using this (and other) Thinlet die: place a piece of waxed paper between the die and your card stock before you run it through the Big Shot.  The waxed paper keeps the thin pieces from getting stuck in the die and will save you a lot of wasted ruined cuts.  Consider yourself warned.