Thursday, March 31, 2011

Big Shot Baby Bib Card!

Last weekend I needed a card for a baby shower.  A soft lavender with yellow accents are the colors the mom has chosen for her new baby girl's nursery so those were the colors I used for her card.

I love these baby bib cards and they are so easy and fun to make!  Simply fold your cardstock in half and lay it on the Scallop Circle Die, with the folded edge inside the circle, leaving about eight or so of the scallops uncovered.  This insures your bib will have a fold giving a front and back to your card.  Run this through the Big Shot then for this bib, I used the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder to emboss only the front of the card.

Using the Wide Oval Punch, punch out the neck of the card; this will leave about 1/2" on each side of the "neck opening" for the "hinge" that holds the front and back together.  I placed the tiny bows of 1/8" Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon over the loop of ribbon that goes from hinge to hinge for accent.  (That narrow ribbon is just perfect for these bibs!)

Decorate and embellish the card as you wish.  I  used one of my favorite images for baby cards here; it is from a retired set called Punches Three, and is punched out with the Wide Oval Punch.  I actually stamped two, one in Amethyst and one in Saffron, then cut the center part from the Amethyst and laid it over the Saffron layer.  Several tiny self-adhesive Pearls embellish this also but are not easy to see in this photo.  The weather was so cloudy that my photo is not what I would like but I had to take the picture before I gave it away and didn't have any choice!

Between the Big Shot, dies, embossing folders and punches, this card is easy to make!  I love my Big Shot and all the dies and folders that go with it!!  It adds another fabulous level and opportunity for creativity to stamping and papercrafting!  If you don't have one, you need one!  : )

Thanks for visiting today!  Hope you visit again soon!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Just Believe Quick Card

This Just Believe set is such a favorite of many stampers and so easy to use, with lovely results!  Here's card #4 in the series of quick and simple cards for my class. Today's card also uses the technique of masking.
With the 1-1/4" Circle Punch, I punched a circle in a sticky note and placed it over the Very Vanilla layer.  I then applied ink through the circle with a Stampin' Sponge and removed the sticky note, leaving a "sun" image.  Next I inked up the flower and grasses stamp with the darker ink and stamped on top of that and layered this over a matching darker layer.

The bottom front of the card was stamped with another plant stamp in the same color, giving a tone-on-tone effect.  Over that came the image layer.  "Get Well Wishes" from the essential Teeny Tiny Wishes set of 24 greetings was stamped on Vanilla and punched out with the Word Window Punch then layered onto a Modern Label Punch punchout.  This was adhered to the upper right of the card.  The inside has a verse from the Curvy Verses set and a couple more tone-on-tone leaf stamps.

This is a simple card but quite effective; the masking technique gives it interest and depth.  I used two retired colors of cardstock for this card: Apricot Appeal and Dusty Durango; these could easily be exchanged for other color combinations.  One could also kick it up a notch by using more accessories such as brads, buttons, ribbons or such, but the simplicity here is elegant and met the needs of this class:  quick and simple!

#116948  Just Believe Stamp Set
#114948  Curvy Verses Stamp Set
#119861  1-1/4" Circle Punch
#119849  Modern Label Punch
#119857  Word Window Punch
#119969  Smooch Moonlight Pearlized Ink
#101650  Very Vanilla Cardstock

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Wonderful Friend Card

So glad to be back!  Last week was so busy that I didn't get my postings made to my blog!  That's TOO busy!  But I do have some things all ready to photo and post this week!

Today's card is #3 in my series of quick and simple cards; these were designed for a class of beginning stampers.  I used the "wonderful friend" stamp from the wonderful set "All Holidays"!  I have a friend who told me she liked this stamp so much she bought the set just for this stamp!  Of course, there are eleven other lovely and useful stamps in the set which are greatly desirable too!  I've used most all of them myself, and many times!

It's quite hard to see but I used the flourish from the Bliss (SAB) set for the background on the Pretty in Pink cardstock giving it a tone-on-tone look.  Then I overstamped it with the greeting inked in Concord Crush, that beautiful deep purple In Color!  This was placed on a layer of Whisper White which has the right side treated with the Eyelet Border Punch.  A swath of Concord Crush Stitched Ribbon encircles the left border of this layer and is accented with a sparkly pink Rhinestone brad from the Circle Fire Rhinestone pack.

The Concord Crush background is also stamped with a flourish in the same color then adhered to the Pretty in Pink full card.  On the inside, I placed a mask down and then stamped with the Concord Crush again, giving a decorative border to finish it off!

Another quick and simple card to convey your heartfelt greetings to a friend!

#114916  All Holidays stamp set
#119853  Eyelet Border Punch
#119266  Concord Crush Stitched Poly Ribbon
#109110  Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads
#100459  Pretty in Pink Cardstock
#119792  Concord Crush Cardstock
#100730  Whisper White Cardstock
#119785  Concord Crush Stampin' Pad (Classic Dye Ink)
#101301  Pretty in Pink Stampin' Pad (Classic Dye Ink)

Thanks for dropping by today!  Here's wishing you a good week!


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Eat Chocolate Quick Card

I'm in the process of designing some fast and simple cards for beginning stampers class.  I posted the first one last Friday and here's posting #2 of this series.

This card features the fun Eat Chocolate set combined with Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride cardstock and Blushing Bride Designer Series Paper Patterns "in Colors" Pack.  (The In Colors Pack has 60 6"x6" sheets in them and is a Level One Hostess bonus!)  Another view:
Stamps:  Eat Chocolate
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride cardstock; In Color Hostess 6" x 6" Designer Paper Pack
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Accessories and Tools:  Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon (retired), Large Scallop Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch
I'm really liking the color combination of the Blushing Bride with the Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake.  Pinks and browns always seem to be a good combination!  This could be a fun birthday card or a Thinking of You card, or whatever sentiment meets your need.  I'm leaving mine blank for now until I have occasion to send it and then I'll stamp in my sentiment.

Thanks for dropping by!  I'm always glad you came!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Scallops and Flowers and Pompoms, Oh My! TSSC 165

Today's card is pretty girly-girl with scallops and flowers and pompom trim, oh, and some embossing thrown in too!  These wonderful large scallops are quickly, easily and precisely made with the Tasteful Trim Die (#120893) which thankfully has been carried over from the Holiday Mini!  I just love this fun look of layered scallops!

Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper is the source of this color scheme.  I used the Melon Mambo, Peach Parfait and Old Olive patterns from the package to cut the scallops, layering them onto Whisper White that has been embossed with a Finial Press Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.  Before you ask, I did cut the embossing folder apart so I could leave a level area for stamping the birthday sentiment from the Curly and Cute set;  I like the effect.  : )
The Daffodil Delight flower was diecut with the Big Shot and the Fun Flowers Die (#121812), using only the smallest flower of the three on the die.  (There are so many possible flower variations with three flowers of different sizes and designs on the same die!  Very much worth the money!)  In the center is a large button from the Springtime Vintage button pack to which I added a pink rhinestone brad from the Fire Circles Rhinestone Brad assortment.   A length of Melon Mambo Pompom Trim is the final touch to the card; isn't that trim cute?!
I used Technostamper Sketch TSSC165 for the design of my card.  See all the other entries in this week's challenge by going to

Thanks for visiting this weekend!  See you soon!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Ice Cream Parlor Birthday!

Yum, that sounds fun, doesn't it!  This Ice Cream Parlor is such bright and happy Designer Series Paper that it is just perfect for a celebration!  Use it with the Happy Birthday scalloped square image from the Punch Bunch set and the coordinating Ice Cream Parlor buttons and you have a great recipe for a celebratory card!  Oh, and guess what... you can get all of these things for free during Sale-A-Bration but you must hurry before Sale-A-Bration ends March 31!
The color scheme based on the Ice Cream Parlor DSP is Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and a touch of Old Olive.  On the inside I stamped birthday wishes from the ever-useful On Your Birthday set; it has a multitude of strictly birthday greetings (great set!)!   I then added a narrow strip of the same DSP to carry in the color scheme and brighten it up!
A colorful line of three Ice Cream Parlor buttons accent the front Old Olive tab which serves as a background for the scalloped birthday image.  The image was first stamped in Pacific Point then quickly punched out with the Scallop Square Punch... these punches make it so easy!!

Stamps:  Punch Bunch, On Your Birthday (greeting inside)
Ink:  Pacific Point
Accessories and tools:  Scallop Square Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Signo White Gel Pen, Ice Cream Parlor Buttons and Designer Series Paper, Tabletop Paper Trimmer.

This was a quick and simple card to do; I used a similar one for a card class primarily composed of beginning stampers earlier this week and it was well received.

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Thanks for visiting today!  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tree of Thanks SCIC#44

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all who celebrate it or enjoy the festivities!  Just last week because of my Lucky Shamrock card I was selected to be the Guest Designer this week on Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge #42 .  Here is the card I made:
The colors in the beautiful Inspiration picture were all very subtle, almost all neutrals with little bits of light green.  It was quite a challenge, lol!, literally!
The very pale pear-shaped shapes in the picture made me think of these two pears from the Studio Sketches set.  The Thank You greeting on the little banner is from the Curly and Cute set, one of my current faves.  I just love that type font!  I used a Texture Plate to get the subtle curves on the background River Rock cardstock.  The other cardstock colors I used are Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, and Sahara Sand.  The colors on the tree are Soft Suede trunk and Certainly Celery leaves.

Here is the inspiration picture for this week's challenge:

It was an honor to be selected to be a Guest Designer!  Thank you so much, Stampin' Celebration bloggers!!

Thanks for visiting here today!  Hope you have a good day!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Just Believe CCMC141 Color Challenge

The challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary is a color challenge using Real Red, So Saffron, Crumb Cake and Whisper White using all Stampin' Up! products.  I was also inspired by the sketch at Utah Divas International (I turned the inside portion on it's side). This is what I came up with:

The base card is Crumb Cake then Real Red embossed scallops behind So Saffron Designer Series Paper from the Play Date DSP package.  The scallops were diecut with the Big Shot and the Tasteful Trims die which has a number of various trim strips to choose from.
The flower is made by punching Real Red with the Fancy Flower XL Punch, a So Saffron DSP flower with the Fun Flower L Die and the So Saffron cardstock flower with my 5 Petal Flower XL Punch.  The Crumb Cake circle and Red Glitter Paper centers were both diecut with the Fun Flower Die also.  Love that glitter paper!  It totally eliminates any scattered glitter so I don't have it on my face and clothes when I finish a project, lol!
The sentiment is from the Just Believe set, which is so popular because of it's versatility.  It is stamped on Crumb Cake with Real Red, then punched with the Curly Label Punch and  layered on four Whisper White half punchouts of the same punch and adhered to the back.  I added a Rhinestone which I colored with a red sharpie marker.

For the ribbon under the flower I layered the 1/8" Real Red Taffeta ribbon over the satin middle of the 5/8" White Organza Ribbon.  To carry the color scheme to the inside of the card, I used a strip of Real Red "reverse" scallops along the bottom; it dresses it up a bit, making it more special for the recipient, I believe.

Hope you had a nice weekend!  I finally got my taxes in to the preparer and breathed a big sigh of relief!  Now I can work on my classes and workshop samples;  translate:  STAMP!!  YAY!!

Thanks for looking!  Hope to see you here again soon!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Easter Blossoms

I was glad to receive two swap cards recently featuring the Easter Blossoms set; it is such a gorgeous set  I want to share them with you today; I haven't had the opportunity to stamp the last few days as I am working on getting my taxes ready to turn in, deadline tomorrow, so this will be short and sweet then back to work.
The first card by Nancy Thompson uses Naturals Ivory Cardstock which I really like but don't use often enough.  The accents are Real Red Cardstock and Taffeta Ribbon.

Made by Pam Jones-Litchenburg, this card is made with a Pretty in Pink and Early Espresso color scheme.  The tiny butterflies cut and embossed with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit are a lovely finishing touch.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you enjoy these two swaps like I have, and a big thanks to Nancy and Pam for sharing their artwork with us!


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Big Shot Bunny Basket

Whoa!  It's March already and Easter will be coming up before I know it!  I just love things made with my Big Shot so when I saw a bunny basket on a blog, I just knew I had to make a version of my own!

The basket portion is actually a white box cut with the Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die.  The bunny front and back are cut with the large Scallop Circle die, ears with the Wide Oval Punch and Large Oval Punch and feet also with a Wide Oval Punch.  The cheeks are 1" Circle Punches, eyes 3/4" and 1/2" Circle Punches and nose is the Heart Small Punch.  (All the punches are on pages 200 to 203 in the Idea Book and Catalog).  Thin white cardstock slivers cut with the SU Tabletop Trimmer are used for whiskers.
 All the white cardstock pieces were sponged on the edges with Pretty in Pink ink except the eyeballs, which I sponged in Bashful Blue.  The handle was punched out of Pretty in Pink cardstock with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border and adhered with Snail adhesive and 5/16" White Jumbo Brads.  On the back I added a white tissue "puff" made with a flower punch and mini brad for a little cottontail.  (oops, no picture!)
The white highlights on the eyes were done with the Signo White Gel Pen, the mouth with the Early Espresso Stampiin' Write Marker and her paws marked with the Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker.  The little pink bow was laying on my stamping desk, being made but unused from a previous project, so I just stuck it on her ear at the last minute for fun.  : )

This box is quite roomy at 2-1/4" deep, 3" wide and 3-1/2" tall so it will hold a nice gift or treats!  I already know a little girl who will love this one!  Now to fill it will something other than just paper shreds...

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Thanks to Chris Galbraith who inspired me with a bunny basket on her blog.
Thanks for visiting today!  Hope you enjoy your weekend!  We had nice sunshine today which was so warming even though the wind was still a bit chilly!


Friday, March 4, 2011

Lucky Shamrock!

Our holiday for the month of March is St. Patrick's Day, so if you celebrate it, have friends who do or you just enjoy the festivities, it's time to start playing with your shamrock stamps and greens!  (not your food, your stamp greens! lol! sorry!)
You'll find this Lucky Shamrock stamp on the inside back page of the current Occasions 2011 Mini Catalog!  Quite the bargain at only $6.95 (#121939) and it also coordinates with Stampin' Up!'s 1-3/4" Circle Punch, which means no tedious cutting trying to get a decent circle around the image!  Gotta' love those handy punches!

Garden Green cardstock, ink and Designer Series Paper (from Patterns Pack II, a retired Hostess pack; these come in so handy!) and the Textured Impressions Framed Tulips Embossing Folder are the basics of this card.  I also used sketch #140 from the Create with Connie and Mary blog (a fun sketch, too!) and the colors from the holiday and the Stampin' Celebrations weekly challenge blog.
Above is a close-up of the focal image of the card, the Lucky Shamrock image.  I've layered it over a Scallop Circle flower, which I made using two Designer Paper punchouts using the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch.  The center of the image is highlighted with a Rhinestone which I colored with a green Sharpie marker (It's so cool to be able to color these sparkly clear SU Rhinestones to coordinate with the colors I use!).  I also added some more bling with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and 2-Way Glue Pen.
I finished the inside of my card with a strip of the Designer Paper and a shamrock stamp from the Got Treats set and "happy St. Patrick's Day" from Teeny Tiny Wishes

Thanks for visiting today!  Have a great weekend!


Edited to add on 3-10-11:  I'm thrilled that this card was selected by Create with Connie and Mary for their Top Three Picks for this challenge, and also by Stampin Celebrations Weekly Challenge #42 for the top card (to be announced later!)!  Talk about Lucky Shamrock... I guess it really is!!  Thank you so much to both challenge blogs for picking my shamrock!  : )
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