Sunday, November 9, 2014

Birthday Card for a Special Someone

I had the honor of working with one of the neatest, most classiest ladies.  She was by all definitions a true lady.  Her birthday is on the 19th and I was trying to figure out what type of birthday card to make for her.  I think the stars in the background say it all as does the circular statement.  I used Stampin Up's star embossing folder.  The tag and the circular statement are both from the Chalk Talk set from Stampin Up.  The orange DSU paper is currently on the clearance rack.  It is a great deal.  I used a piece of linen thread to tie on the ribbon.  A small purple embellishment in the middle of the bow, rounds out the look. 

Colorful Birthday Fun

Birthday cards can be hard, particularly when the someone is an 18-year old.  I wanted something youthful but not too young.  I think I may have hit the mark with this card.  I used Rich Razzleberry as the background paper.  The green is Pear Pizzazz and the blue paper is an older Stampin Up color.  The figured paper is from "Perfect Circles" from My Minds Eye.  I used a variety of Stampin Up framelit sets.  The Banner Framelit dye was used and the Word Bubbles Framelit set was used for the birthday statement.  I used the various sizes of the Stampin Up star punches and the birthday phrase is from A Muse Artstamps.  Ohhh...I almost forgot to mention the cute button.  This button and others were on the clearance rack from Stampin Up.  This one is Rich Razzleberry.  I love using big buttons...when something doesn't have to be mailed. 

Patriotic card for Veteran's Day

The idea for this card was cased from Pinterest.  The star punches are all from Stampin Up.  Some of you may remember a 2006 Stampin Up set called "Send a Celebration."  The celebration statement in the middle of the card is from that set.  The paper is night of navy, real red and a kraft paper.  The embellishments are from the Stampin Up Christmas catalog..the "frosted sequins."  My dear friend was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.  I made this card for her. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Retro Rubber Challenge Blog

Remember this Stampin Up set from 2003?  The house is from the "Heart and Home" set.  I absolutely love the chalk board effect.  I made this card for my secretary who will be leaving to relocate with her husband to Ft Lewis.  In the military we often say, "home is where the heart is"...because we move so frequently.  The statement is also from the same set.  I added the "good luck" to wish her well on her move and re-settlement.  The new item in this retro card is the use of the Word Bubbles Framelits.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Packages and a Card -- Matchy, Matchy

The best part of making your own cards is the ability to design a card that is the colors your want as well as the design.  In the case of the card below, I wanted the design to match the wrapping paper on the gifts.  The green and the pink were hard to match but I think I got it close enough.  The zig-zag design in the Work of Art stamp set worked perfect to create a card that matched the wrapping paper.  The flowers are made with the petite petals punch.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Decorative Dots and Big Buttons -- a great thank you

I love buttons especially large buttons.  I have had these buttons from Stampin Up for awhile, they were part of the In Color (2010-2012) accessories that matched pear pizzazz, concord grape and the non-In Color, rich razzleberry .  They look great in the middle of large ribbon.  They look even better when they can stand alone.  Using SU Decorative Dot embossing folder provides a great background.  Behind the white paper is the new SU Pistachio Pudding and behind this, a kraft paper.  The SU Word Bubble framelits have become my "go-to" item. The "thank you" looks perfect in a word bubble.  The thank you phrase I gained in a stamp store sell-out.  I am afraid that I cannot read the company.


Bread and Wine

While my husband was in Germany, he stayed with a long-time friend on the Mosel River.  He has a beautiful winery...great tasting wines and German food.  I wanted to make a simple, yet beautiful thank you for him.  I think this card fits the bill.  I used the SU Studio Sketches stamp set.  It was a hostess stamp set.  I then just stamped it on simple white cardstock with SU elegant eggplant cardstock framing the stamp.  The simple thank you stamp is from  I am always on the lookout for great little word stamps. 

Texas Forever

My husband just returned from a trip to Germany where he stayed with friends and distant relatives.  He asked me to make some thank you cards and I thought it would be fun to make cards with Texas themes.  The following two cards were made using the Deadbeat Designs "Texas Forever" stamp.  I have used this stamp to create Christmas ornaments and endless TX-themed cards.  The background for the card was created using SU Gorgeous Grunge.  That stamp set is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  For years I have attempted to get a "splattered" paint look on my cards using various methods.  This stamp set is the best.  The paper forming the base of the cards is from Authentique..6x6 bundle called Pride.

The first card was stamped using SU Night of Navy and an older SU color...Ballet Blue for the TX stamp.  The red splatters were stamped with SU Cherry Cobbler and to get a bit redder color for the star, I used another older SU color...Ruby Red.  Added for sparkle were two red embellishments.

The second TX card is very similar...using a different paper from the authentique bundle and some slightly different SU colors that went better with the paper color.  The red within the splatters as well as the star were using SU Ruby Red.  The blue is SU Ballet Blue.  The stars are sticker embellishments.

Another Banner Thank You Card

I was able to get not one but two thank you cards made last night.  The second thank you card also uses the SU Banner framelits.  The stamp is from the SU Yippee-Skippee set.  A big thank you again to my demonstrator for lending it to me.  The paper is SU Pool Party and Basic Black.  The button that was from last year's Celebration catalog added the perfect touch with the black cord.  The velvet ribbon added a soft touch. 

Banners and Thank You

My stamp'in buddies and I were able to stamp last night.  We had a great time as always.  My focus was on creating thank you cards.  I created two cards using SU's Banner framelits; and while I thought it was going to be trying to come up with a masculine card, I am happy with the colors and final product.  I used Night of Navy and a kraft paper.  The ink is Night of Navy and the thank you stamp is from the SU bitty banners set.  The larger banner is embossed with the SU Decorative Dots. A special thank you to my demonstrator and dear friend that provided the perfect accent with the SU Candy Dots in Night of Navy and Crumb Cake. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Endless Wishes

I have been waiting on pins and needles for my Endless Wishes stamp set's arrival.  It is even better than I had imagined.  The stamps are simple and crisp.  It creates a nice whimsical snowflake.  To add to the fun, I used the  Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper.  It may be their best ever.  The expresso twine adds to the whimsical nature of the card as does the Frosted Sequins.  I think Stampin Up knocked it out of the park this year. 

Linen Ribbon and Embellishments

The Cherry Cobbler Linen Ribbon is the star of this card.  It is absolutely beautiful.  This picture does not do it ample justice.  The card also offered an opportunity to use the "Frosted Sequins" from the Stamp'in Up 2014 Holiday Catalog.  I am finding that the sequins work on almost every winter card. 
The holly stamp adds to the beauty of this card.  I borrowed the stamp from a friend, and did not catch the company. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

More fun for Halloween

I love making Halloween cards.  The stamps and the various cut-outs are so fun.  The cute paper is from Paper Studio and the tree and spider stamp are from Hero Arts.  The cute bat is a cut out from Martha Stewart.  Although they may not be readily visible, I used the "Cloudy Day" textured impressions embossing folder from Stampin Up for the sky.  I am considering using this card for a birthday wish too....October is a great month for a birthday. 

World Card Making Day Fun

My friend, visiting from Idaho and I have had a fun day of card making.  We have been making Halloween, Christmas and birthday cards.  Some of the Halloween cards are doubling as birthday cards as I have lots of family that are all celebrating birthdays in October.  I made this card for a birthday.  The little girl on the pumpkin is from the Stampin Up "Greeting Card Kids" set.  The background  is embossed by the Textured Impressions Stripes folder.  I am finding that the Word Bubbles Framelits set is my go-to set for creating the look.  The "for you" statement is from the "A Word for You" stamp set. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Festival of Trees at the North Pole

I am luv'in the Festival of the Trees stamp set.  The punch makes it easy and convenient to use.  I used a little of a lot of stamp sets to make this card.  The More Merry Messages (Do not Open Till Christmas) is affixed atop the banner from the Hearts A Flutter stamp set.  Cherry Cobbler paper is the foundation for the card with the textured impressions perfect polka dot background.  What a fun and fast card to make.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Festival of Trees

This is my first Christmas card of the year.   I had the punch for awhile but the stamp set was on back order.  It certainly delayed my ability to make something with this stamp set.
The cardstock is Stampin Up's Garden Green as are the base of the trees.  The Stampin Up textured impressions embossing folder, Northern Fury was used as a backdrop for the trees. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fussy Cut Eagle

I thought this eagle on a simple white background would make a nice going-away card.  The eagle is from Rubber Stampede and the statement is from Inkadinkadoo.  The slight texture to the background is created with the linen embossing folder from Papertreyink.  A simple blue satin ribbon and some embellishments complete the card.  The eagle and statement were stamped with Versafine, Onyx Black.  The eagle was colored with the Stampin Up water crayons.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sumthin Sumthin

The Happy Hi Stampin Up set was used as the basis for a first birthday card.  The sumthin sumthin offered the perfect message with the word bubbles.  Although no longer available the water color crayons were used to color the stamp. Candy dots from the subtles collection offered the perfect accents.

Work of Art

Stampin Up's new Work of Art is so versatile.  Stampin Up's So Saffron and Island Indigo provided the perfect colors for a vibrant card on Naturals card stock.  The star from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack with a brad accent offers the perfect embellishment.  There is no limit to the use of the Work of Art stamp set.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mixed Medley and Word Bubbles

We'll finish up today with a card highlighting Stampin Up Mixed Medley stamps (spiderwebs) and the word bubble.  Oh, and my favorite the Decorative Dots.  That should do it for today.

Ghosts and More Ghosts

More fun stamping with the Hampton Art stamp.  Stampin Up's Decorative Dots embossing folder adds to the whimsical nature of the card.  Stampin Up Word Bubbles worked perfect for the "boo" and the googlie eyes. 

Not Your Normal Witch's Hat

Another fun stamp from the same Hampton art set.  More fun embellishments....a spider and a witches hat.   I am ready for Halloween fun.

Time for Fall Fun and Halloween Cards

Anytime I can stamp with friends is a good time.  Cards with cute embellishments just add to the fun.
The following card is just such a card.  The chandelier and bats are from a Hampton art stamp set.  The gemstones and googlie eyes add to the fun.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Along the Same Lines

Along the Same Lines is an old Stampin Up set from 2005.   The card includes something old and something new.  The primary color is Wisteria Wonder.  The designer papers are from collections, Just Add Cake and Everyday Enchantment. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Wedding Card

Today's stamping was dedicated to wedding card creations.  My inspiration card is below, the beautiful Christmas card.  Utilizing similar concepts and various embossing folders the background was created.  Note, the itty bitty banner was used for congratulations and Sahara Sand was used as the foundational paper.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hearts Aflutter!

We normally see hearts around Valentine's Day right?  But, I think this card is year round expression of love.  It is whimsical and full of texture.  Keep the layout and change the card stock and designer series paper (DSP) to reflect the occasion or season.    For a more masculine card, use baker's twine instead of ribbon and swap out the colors...maybe Night of Navy and Elegant Espresso???

Air Force Retirement Work of Art

Using the Work of Art stamp set, I created this patriotic Congratulations card for a friend retiring from the United States Air Force.  The silver stars add a celebratory (and elegant!)  touch to blue and gold Work of Art splotches.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

My first Post!

Hello and welcome to my blog!  Today I created two soft and elegant sympathy cards.  I anchored this Early Espresso card with a beautiful organza bow and a Stampin' Up's Vintage Faceted Designer Button.

The second card in today's post was created using Lovely Lilac ink and a sentiment from the Simply Sketched stamp set.  Texture and dimension were added by using simple white card stock embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.

Here I am with my longtime friend Terry stamping away in Marlene's paper therapy room.  Visit Marlene's blog, So Many Toys So Little Time by clicking here!