Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dreams Du Jour, part II

I have a couple of cards to share with you today that I received in swaps. Both feature the Dreams Du Jour set, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper, a red and white color scheme and would be lovely Valentine's cards as well as for other occasions. That's the great thing about this set; it doesn't limit your use to just one occasion.

The first card was made by Nancy Kuhfuss using the Love image from the set and the Polka Dot Background, which is on the dormant list (it is not in the current catalog but can be ordered). The sentiment is from the stylish Sweet Serendipity set (#113626, p. 136). (I need that set! lol!) A vertical piece of the Bella Rose D P sets off the image layer and the polka dot layer is enhanced with scallops made with the Scallop Edge punch. She also used that punch on the corners of the image layer. Isn't that a great corner treatment?! Quarter inch red grosgrain ribbon finishes the design. What a sweet card, Nancy! Thanks!

The next card was made by Lisa Somerville. The Bella Rose Designer Paper really takes center stage on this card in a lovely pleated fashion This technique is from the Technique Junkie News Letter. If you love stamping techniques and/or are looking for a way to kick up your stamping efforts, go to to see a sample of Pat Huntoon's online tutorials. So many fun techniques and easy to understand presentation!

The verse on Lisa's card is from the Dreams Du Jour set. Old Olive cardstock and ribbon accent her layout. This is a simple and very attractive card which would be appropriate for many occasions. Thanks for the lovely card, Lisa!

Hope you enjoyed these cards. I was very happy to receive them in swaps and be able to share them with my friends and customers.

Have a stampin' good day! Stay safe and warm! I have a lot on my plate this week but plan to get back to stamping again next week!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Petal Card Die and Love You Much Bundle pt II

Yesterday I showed you a heart candy holder using the Petal Card die; today I have another one for you using the same basic materials. This holder is diecut from Real Red cardstock using the Petal Card die. I then cut just one scallop from a scrap of the Candy Lane Designer Paper and attached it to the red cardstock. Three of the petals were then folded up using the bone folder for a nice sharp edge and adhered with Sticky Strip adhesive. The fourth scallop, the one lined with the Designer Paper, was left unfolded and punched at the top with a 1/8" punch. and red gingham ribbon was threaded through this.

The large heart from the Love You Much stamp set was stamped in Real Red on Pretty in Pink cardstock. After cutting the heart out and highlighting it with the Signo white gel pen, it was attached with Dimensionals to the front of the envelope A red gingham ribbon bow embellishes the heart.

I added a Ghiradelli chocolate in the envelope and it fits just perfect! You could tie sweets to a bottle of soda, frappacino, or other beverage to make a "sweet" gift for Valentine's Day or other special days!

I cut another red petal card to sit my display bottle on and thought these would make cute paper coasters for a festive tablesetting also! There are many other uses for this die; these are just a few! I'm sure you'll come up with many more! Please share them.

Happy stampin'! Have fun!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Petal Card Die and Love You Much Bundle

I have been wanting to play with the Petal Card die for the Big Shot for some time and finally got to do so! One of the cool things to use it for is to make a heart pocket that will hold a treat or a note, even a Valentine note. : )

I used the delicious Candy Lane Designer Paper to cut the petal die, then all you do is fold in two of the four scallops (the die also scores them so that is totally simple) to form the bottom point of your heart. Tip: Since I was going to use mine to hold a chocolate square (chocolate, what else, lol!), I placed the chocolate on my die cut and folded the paper over it in order to accommodate the thickness of the candy. I sealed the flaps together with Sticky Strip to hold the weight of the candy.

Next I stamped the Hugs and Kisses image from the Love You Much stamp set, colored it with markers, added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the heart in the center and punched it out with the Scallop Circle punch. I adhered this with Dimensionals. On the top, I made a loop of the Riding Hood Red Tafetta ribbon and attached it with a small pink Fire Rhinestone Brad. Viola! Sweets for someone sweet! So quick and easy and what a great use for our beautiful double-sided Designer Paper!

Sorry I didn't get to post this sooner but I've been out of town for three days.

I will have another way to use the Petal Card Die I'll show you tomorrow.
Thanks for dropping by! Make it a great day!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dreams Du Jour

I have several cards to share with you today just as we are closing out the Fall/Winter Catalog. The set featured is Dreams Du Jour which is in the F/W Sampler and is currently (through tomorrow) offered for 20% off! This is a lovely set which can be used year-round, and is also perfect for friends and Valentine Day cards as well. And don't we loooove a sale!

The first two cards feature the Bella Rose Designer Paper and cardstock colors of Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss and Old Olive. Two of the image stamps from the set are used; the birthday sentiment is from Birthday Hugs and Wishes set.

Other accessories used are Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, Scallop circle punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Crafter's Tool Kit and paper piercing tools, Signo White Gel Pen and Olive brads.

This card by Rhonda Beadell used Basic Gray, Rose Red and Vanilla cardstock plus Vellum cardstock for the image. The Floral background is stamped on the Rose Red in the same color ink for a tone on tone look.

After embossing the image in white on the vellum and letting it dry, it is colored on the back with markers, giving it a soft ethereal look. Basic Gray taffeta ribbon around the band finishes the card with a lovely touch.

I hope you enjoy these cards! Have a great weekend!

Have fun stampin'!


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Love You Much Swap Card

Here is the last of the swap cards I received in my Stamp Therapy group Love You Much swap. Jann McCollom made this LOVE-ly card!! (pun intended : )

Like the rest of us, Jann used the stamp set, punch and Candy Lane Designer paper and then added another element, chipboard, which brings dimension and texture to her design. Actually she has used the chipboard left from around the Scalloped Frames chipboard to form the basis of the design focal point and frame her hearts. The scallop of the chipboard is reflected in the scalloped edge of the Designer Paper; I love how she tied her ribbon on the chipboard also! What a great way to make the most of your chipboard purchase...use both the item and the empty shape it leaves! And so "green" too!

Stamps: Love You Much
Inks: looks like Basic Brown to me, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink
Paper: Candy Lane DSP; Pink Pirouette Textured cardstock, Rose Red, Whisper White; perhaps a Pretty in Pink marker to color letters, I'm guessing?
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Pink Gingham ribbon (retiring), Stampin' Sponge.

Beautiful card, Jann! Thanks, and thanks to all my Stamp Therapy friends for luv-ly cards! !

Have a great day/evening, everyone! Have fun stampin'!


Monday, January 12, 2009

TSSC #52 Parisian Summer

It's Monday and I got to participate in Technostamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge again! Here's the sketch Mary Jo gave us and it was kind of a challenge, lol!

I thought that Designer Paper would be the way to go to define the various area of the design. I wanted to do a Valentine but with colors that would be suitable for a card for my husband. I chose the Parisian Summer Designer Paper; the Bravo Burgundy, Sahara Sand, So Saffron and pale Pink combination work well for this card. I love this paper and will be sorry for it to retire this week. : (

I didn't use a stamp set for my card; the Designer Paper is the main "star", lol! I used the Go Go Boots Sizzix alphabet in my Big Shot for the "2" and punched the two hearts out with the new Heart to Heart Punch that is part of the Love You Much Special this month.

I used the Signo White Gel Pen for the dots around the two hearts and the sentiment is a rub-on from the Chit Chat Assortment, which has at least a couple of hundred sentiments. These are greatly useful because they can solve the problem of finding something that will show up on dark paper, ribbons and other materials. A tie of vanilla 5/8" grosgrain ribbon around the top of the card is the finishing touch.

Inks: Perfect Plum (for sponging around triangle shapes)
Paper: Parisian Summer DSP (retiring Jan. 18th); Bravo Burgundy, Pink Pirouette cardstock
Accessories: Chit Chat Rub-Ons, Heart to Heart Punch, Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, Go Go Boots Alphabet, Signo White Gel Pen, Scallop Edge Punch.

Visit to see her card and others who have participated in the sketch challenge this week.

Thanks for dropping by! Have a good week and have fun stampin'!


Sunday, January 11, 2009

More Love You Much!

Sorry it's taken me so long to post some more cards; we've had illness at our house this week. Hope you haven't caught anything (but maybe the stampin' bug, lol!)

I have a couple more cards from my Stamp Therapy group using the new Love You Much bundle that is a Sneak Peek Special Buy right now through January 31 from Stampin' Up! This bundle includes the Love You Much stamp set, Heart to Heart punch and the delicious Candy Lane Designer Series Paper! It's a great value at 20% off!

Gayle made this card using the stamp set and paper. To make the curvy decorative edge on the bottom of the Riding Hood Red card stock, Gayle used the Curly Label Punch!! How clever is that! What a beautiful effect!

Gayle used Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red and Close to Cocoa cardstocks with the Candy Lane DSP and coordinating inks.

Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose and Whisper White form the color scheme for Leslie's top fold vertical card. Leslie used the triple heart stamp for the background on the white cardstock.

She stamped the round image, cut it out and layered another heart in the center for dimension; this was then layered on a Regal Rose scallop circle punched with the round Scallop Punch which was tucked under the center panel. A Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon tie gives a luxurious finishing touch. Just lovely, Leslie!

I have one more card from this swap which I'll post later. Stay tuned!

Hope you have a good week! Thanks for dropping by.


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Love You Much cards! TSSC #46

Here are a couple of cards using the new Love You Much bundle that is a Sneak Peek Special Buy right now through January 31 from Stampin' Up!

This new Candy Lane Designer Paper is just adorable! Love the colors in it: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Close to Cocoa and Whisper White. They are just yummy together and perfect to make all kinds of Valentine cards, gifts and goodie holders, as well as other greetings throughout the year.

I used Technostamper's sketch TSSC#46 as the basis of my design, but as you can see I changed it up a bit to accommodate the size of the stamps in this set. The sketch is to the left.

For the little heart punches, I took a strip of red cardstock, rubbed it well with a VersaMark pad, sprinkled it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heated it. These make sparkly little hearts to embellish your projects. : )

Stamps: Love You Much
Ink: Basic Brown, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette; VersaMark
Paper: Candy Lane Designer Paper; Riding Hood Red, Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette cardstock
Accessories: Heart to Heart Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Blender Pens, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.

When our "Stamp Therapy" group of demo friends met in December, we each made cards to swap with the new Love You Much set. The above card was my swap and the one to the left is by Connie Stewart.

Doesn't Connie's layout of three strips of the Candy Lane DP layered on Close to Cocoa then a card of Pink Pirouette make a striking card? Connie also made good use of punches on her card, using the 1 1/4, 1/1/8 Circle, Scallop Circle, Large Oval and Small Oval punches. Love the touch of Ridimg Hood Red behind the "friend to friend" sentiment on her card!

I'll have more of the swap cards to share the next day or so.

Thanks for visiting today. I'm so glad to be back to posting again and I appreciate you sticking with me. : )

Have a good week!
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