Tuesday, April 1, 2008

~ . ~ . ~Sending Happy Thoughts~ . ~ . ~ With our Simply Sent Card Kits

Simply Sent Card Kits
Sending Happy Thoughts


All of the pictures in this post show cards that I made with the 'Sending Happy Thoughts' card kit. Being a demonstrator, and having most of the supplies in these kits, I didn't buy them when they were first introduced. I'm so glad I've invested in them now, as they are so much fun and so easy to use.
If you are new to Stampin' Up!, or simply pressed for time, nothing will get you started faster than our Simply Sent kits. Each kit offers a fast, easy way to create cards for a variety of occasions. The die-cut rubber stamps, pre-cut materials, a variety of inks and supplies and a great instructions booklet will help you to start stamping beautiful cards in just seconds.
Each card kit comes packaged in a beautiful box which would also make a wonderful gift. When you open your card kit, you'll be able to start stamping immediately. I started with the step-by-step instructions and made the two cards pictured in the booklet. After making the two cards featured in the booklet, it was so easy to design and make my own creations.

If you are interest in any of the five Simply Sent Kits, that are featured in Stampin' Up!'s Spring / Summer collection, I am offering these kits at a 20% discount till the end of April. Contact me today with your order.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Boho Backgrounds, RAK

OK, so I go out to my mailbox last week and see this clear envelope, you all know which ones I am talking about, I have them too, but I've never sent a card using one. Well I got this one last week from a dear friend, and of course a great stamper.
I just love it! Thank you so much, Deah. I hope you don't mind me sharing it with the world!
As you can see, she used the Stampin' Up!, Boho Backgrounds stamp set along with the Scallop Circle punch, Apricot Appeal, Regal Rose and Very Vanilla card stock, a Regal Rose stamp pad, glitter and some lace and oh, what a beautiful card. Again Deah, thank you so much!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Easter Center Piece

This center piece was so much fun to make. I saw an idea similiar to this on Splitcoast. The first thing is to find a container. I used a clay flower pot and painted it with an acrylic paint, then lightly sprayed it with Krylon® latex enamel. I added a rub on from the Love & Happiness Rub On's in Stampin' Up's, Sale-A-Bration brochure. Using the 5 Petal Flower Punch and the Trio Flower Punch from the Three for you Punch Box, I punched out flowers using Prints Designer Series Paper. Taking a styrofoam ball, I added the flowers using dress pins. I pushed a small dowel up through the bottom center and tied on a few Double Stitched Ribbons. I placed the dowel into the pot and added Easter grass and jelly beans. Any questions, leave a comment and I'll get back to you!

Photo Holder, Using Rub Ons

I found these great photo holders at a local craft store and couldn't resist buying them. I knew Stampin' Up!'s Rub On's would make a wonderful addition to an all ready cute item. I used the Sale-A-Bration, Love & Happiness Rub On's.
Don't forget, Monday March 17th is the last day of Sale-A-Bration! There is still 1 day left to earn free stamps with every $50.00 spent.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A Light unto My Path

No, this is not the same layout, but it is close! I borrowed my friends Scor-Pal and Scor-It yesterday to see which one I like best. While visiting the Scor-Pal's website I saw a grid card done by Judy Jackson. It inspired me to try this with my new Stampin' Up! set, A Light unto My Path. I first scored around the outside of a So Safron card 1/2" from the edge. I also scored a 3 x 4" piece of Confetti White card stock in 1/2" intervals. Seeing how this was a sample I did not think I would be finishing, I used my Elegant Eggplant Ink to stamp the lighthouse. (I did cut it down a bit to fit the stamped image) I colored it using my Pure Color Pencils, roughed the edges, added some layered card stock, Grosgrain Ribbon and the saying at the bottom. I love how it turned out.
What do you think? Also, what scoring tool do you like best? Any feed back would be greatly appreciated.


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Nursery Necessities, Baby Card

Another card using the same layout, this time with the Nursery Necessities Stamp Set. I'll give my card stock measurements on this one. Almost Amethyst, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" folded in half to make a card. Prints Designer Series Paper, 3" x 4 1/4", Rose Red, 2 1/2" x 3 1/4", Pumpkin Pie, 2 3/8" x 3 1/8" & 4 1/4" x 3/8", Whisper White, 2 1/4" x 3". Also a scrap of white for the saying punched out with the Word Window punch. Once again I used my Stampin' Write Markers along with the Almost Amethyst ink pad and then added two Vintage Brads. Oh yes, on this one I used my Ticket Corner punch on the layered pieces. Everything is by Stampin' Up! Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Big Bold Birthday card

Ok, so here is yet another card using the same layout as the previous two post, only this one I used the Big Bold Birthday set. I started out with a Pumpkin Pie card and added Designer Series Paper. I hope to add one more card tomorrow using the same layout and will try and post the measurements as well. Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Close as a Memory, Sympathy Card

Here is another very quick and easy card that is very elegant. If you look at the card I posted on Friday, you'll see that they are basically the same, only they use different stamp sets and card stock. I used Close as a Memory stamp set and the Jumbo Watercolor Vine Wheel and Handle. Using a River Rock textured card, I added Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie and Confetti Cream Card stock for layering and stamping. Other accessories were River Rock Double-Stitched Ribbon, Stampin' Write Markers, Earth Elements Brads, Mellow Moss cartridge and Not Quite Navy ink pad. Have a great day and take time to make and then send a card.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Never Ending Joy

I think the set Never Ending Joy could be used for just about any kind of card, Easter, birthday, get well, sympathy, Mother's Day and I'm sure you could think of other occasions. The saying on this card came from the set, Holidays & Wishes. I started out with a Pretty in Pink card, added Gable Green Textured card stock and Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon. Coloring direct to the stamp with my Stampin' Write Markers, I stamped the image onto Whisper White card stock and then layered it onto Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip. I stamped the saying in Chocolate Chip and added Brads from the Bold Bright Collection. Needless to say, all products are from Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Rub-Ons, Eastern Elegance

I started collecting teapots soon after I was married 34 years ago. When I saw these Rub-ons in the new Stampin' Up! catalog, I knew I would be trying them on a few of my plain jane pots. On this black teapot, I put the fine stitching all along the bottom, I then added the flower in the middle, adding a smaller flower to the lid. It was perfect having both black and white rub-ons to use.

Now on this green tea pot, I just added the flower burst in the center with two smaller bursts on each side. I have several of this style teapots, and will have to pull out a few more to do.

This white teapot I just picked up in a pottery store last week in Greenville, SC. I bought it with the intentions of giving it away after decorating it. It was only .89 cents and I only bought one. What was I thinking?

Hope you've enjoyed these samples. What fun it was designing them and very easy to apply. I'm looking for a pitcher to do next. Thanks for looking and leave me your comments. I would love to here what you think!

Monday, January 21, 2008

A Valentine Mini Photo Album

This is a mini photo album I made for my husband on Valentines Day last year. I used 3 1/2" coasters for the cover. All of the stamps and papers used are Stampin' Up! Many or should I say most of the sets used are now retired. The LOVE on the cover was a hostess appreciation set, "Love is a Great Thing". It is from the 2001 Winter Mini Supplement. This was one of my first Stampin' Up! sets and one of the many reasons I signed up that February to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. I used Craft ink on white shrink plastic for the love, cut it apart and then used my embossing gun to shrink it.
All the other stamping is done with our Classic Ink pads or Stampin' Write Markers. After stamping the images or sayings, I covered them with the Versamark Pad and then with Clear Embossing powder. After heat embossing them it left a shiny finish which will protect them for many years to come.

To make the inside pages I used a 12 x 12 sheet of Basic Black card stock. I saw this technique on The Scrapbook Lounge, on TV Weekly.com

You can see that I had pockets where I added special notes. The tabs for these notes are stamped images that I also did with shrink plastic.
Also used on many of the pages are Punches. These pictures were taken in those vintage photo booths that were everywhere in the 70's. You would go in the both, pull the curtain shut and get 4 photos for $1.00. As you can see, more shrink plastic!
On these pages I used the highlighting technique. I like doing this to help the eye be drawn to the main image. Punch out the image with a smaller punch then punch out a coordinating piece of card stock 1/8" bigger and then layer onto picture.
These were all pictures of me from larger 4 x 6 in prints. Again I used the 1 1/4" punch and then the 1 3/8" punch for layering.
On this last page, here's Me and Ted at Stampin' Up!'s Manager's Reception in Houston, Texas last year. He went to Leadership with me in January, 2007. We took in other sights of Texas while there which included the Alamo.

I hope you enjoyed this mini album and I hope you give it a try. The hardest part to this entire album was going through all the photos looking for pictures of me. I'm the photographer in our family and there weren't to many to choose from. I would love to here from you, and as always, would love to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to E-Mail me!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Nursery Necessities, Another Baby Card

Here is yet another card using the new Nursery Necessities stamp set and Nursery Letters jumbo wheel. The is also made from our Textured Bashful Blue card stock. I used Real Red & Whisper White card stock along with Apricot Appeal Textured card stock for layering and stamping. I used my Stampin' Write Markers for coloring in images. The star is done using Whisper White Craft ink, White Embossing Powder and then heat Embossed. I punched it out with the new Large Star Punch. Other punches used for this card were Round Tab, 3/4" Circle and the 3/16" Corner Rounder for making the scalloped edge. Stampin' Dimensionals and Bashful Blue 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon were also used. I hope I didn't leave anything out, and as usual, feel free to e-mail me with any questions. Have fun stamping!!

Nursery Necessities, Baby Card

Once again I've been away. We were in South Carolina visiting our two sons Ted Jr. and Steve and their families. They live about 2 miles from each other and it is great that we can make one trip (640 miles) and visit both. We have 10 grandchildren and 5 live in South Carolina. Our girls live right here in West Chester and between them we have our other 5 grandchildren. I'm now back, and ready to stamp!
This card was made with yet another "new stamp set" from Stampin' Up!®. The set is Nursery Necessities and I also used a new jumbo wheel, Nursery Letters. I started out with a Bashful Blue Textured card stock and embossed the stars with Whisper White Craft ink and White Embossing Powder. I roller stamped the letters using a Bashful Blue Classic pad. I stamped the moon and boat using Stampin' Write Markers and then cut them out. On the moon I added stitching with a White Gel Pen. I added a strip of Whisper White card stock which I scalloped using a Corner Rounder Punch and then daubed the edges. On the 5/8" Brocade Blue Grosgrain I stamped the saying using a Whisper White Craft pad. I love the way this turned out. Any questions, feel free to ask!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Embrace Life, Card

I love the way this card turned out. I used a new set from Stampin' Up's!® Spring - Summer 2008 Collection called, Embrace Life. I used Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Basic Gray & Very Vanilla Card stocks. I stamped the card with Pretty in Pink & Whisper White. I used my Basic Gray pad to stamp the flowers & leaves. I used my blender pen to color in the images by lifting the color from my ink pads. The white is also from my Whisper White Craft Pad. I added Taffeta Ribbon to finish off the card. I love to here your thoughts on this one.

Have a Heart, Box with Flap

Another Happy Heart Day Project. This time I did a Valentine box. There is a great tutorial on Splitcoast which you can link to from here. 2-5-7-10 Box with Flap
As you can see, I first roller stamped a sheet of Pixie Pink Card stock using my Love Wheel with a Pink Passion ink cartridge. Stampin' Up! sells the un-inked cartridges and you just add a re-inker in the color of choice. You can basically have a cartridge in all of our 48 Colors, our In Colors & the Neutral colors if desired. I stamped the mouse with Basic Black on Whisper White Card stock & colored in with Stampin' Write Markers and a Blender Pen. I added Certainly Celery Card stock in my layering, scalloped the flaps using my corner rounder and added a Whisper White grosgrain ribbon to finish off the box. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Happy Heart Day, Party Favor

Whenever I think of elephants, peanuts always come to mind, so using these Circus Peanuts was just what I needed to make this valentine favor from the new Happy Heart Day stamp set. Using Whisper White, Real Red & Bordering Blue Card stock I stamped images with Basic Black and colored in using my Watercolor crayons and Aqua Painter. I also used Circle Punches, a Medium Flat 4 x 6 Cellophane Bag, Groovy Guava Double Stitched & 5/8 inch Real Red Grosgrain Ribbons. I also put Red Hots in the bag for added color.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Happy Heart Day

Today I stamped with a new Stampin' Up!® set, Happy Heart Day. I used Really Red, Whisper White & Bordering Blue Card stocks, along with the Basic Black Ink pad. I used my Water Color Crayons and Aqua Painter for coloring in. I added ribbon from the Jersey Ribbon Originals along with Black Gingham ribbon & a Black Brad. Once again, this is a new set from Stampin' Up!'s® Spring - Summer Collection, 2008.

Friday, January 4, 2008

A Beautiful Thing

Happy New Year! It has been awhile since I've posted, but I'm back and I hope to be adding new cards and projects on a regular basis again.

I've been stamping with new sets from the Stampin' Up!® Spring - Summer 2008 Idea Book & Catalog. Contact me for your copy! They are $5.00 or free when you set up a date for a workshop.

Both cards use A Beautiful Thing stamp set. I used Old Olive, Ruby Red & Whisper White Ink and Card stocks. After embossing with white powder I cut out the flower and added a ruby red brad. I punched out the saying with the Key Tag Punch, daubed it with Old Olive and added a Fire Circle Rhinestone Brad.

This is a 3 x 3 card that uses the same set, card stocks & techniques. I did add Bali Breeze Designer Series Paper and the saying is from Mark the Date.