Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Birthday Birdhouse

I can't resist showing off the birdhouse card I made for my Mama's 87th birthday.
Jackie Topa designed this card and I saw her tutorial here.  

I love the way the card turned out!

 I added my message on the tag - just pull it out and read.

The stamp on the inside is from "For the Birds" stamp set.

Penguin Punch Art - Christmas

Hi everyone,  I have been busy with my events, but today I found a bit of time to make a cute card.  The idea came from Stampin Up! Convention 2012, where I saw a similar design on a display board.  Unfortunately I do not know who made it.
Here are the tools (punches) I used:
  • Blossom Petals Builder
  • 2 1/2" Circle
  • Blossom
  • Full Heart 
  • Large Oval
  • Word Window
  • Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
These are the pieces I punched out:
  • Whipser White cardstock
  • Basic Black cardstock
  • Pumpkin Pie cardstock
  • Dafodil Delight cardstock
  • Red Glimmer Paper
And that is the finished product:
 Before I punched, I embossed the two white pieces of the hat with the Square Lattice Folder.
Marina Mist and Bashful Blue are my choice of cardstock.  The mount of snow at the bottom was cut out with Adorning Accents Edgelits and embossed with the matching folder.  The peak was sponged with a bit of Pumpkin Pie.
I hope you like my little guy!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My "Hello Doily" for the Holidays

A few days ago one of my customers asked me for a card idea using the "Hello Doily" stamp.
I showed her my Christmas card from last year - embossed in pewter.

2011 Christmas Doily
 ... and then I started playing around and came up with this design embossed in white for 2012:
2012 White Christmas Doily

I am always looking more options and effects, so I used Heat & Stick powder and retired Stampin Glitter.  Antique Brads add the prefect finishing touch to my Christmas Doilies on brushed gold cardstock.
2012 Golden Christmas Doily

I am happy to answer questions about this project.  Just send me a message or leave me a comment.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Resist Embossing Technique

Gently Falling Sympathy Card
I embossed the images in Clear, inked Stampin Sponges by tapping on Classic ink pads, and gently rubbed in circles over the embossed leaves.  I then carefully wiped the ink off the images (leaves) with a tissue.  The embossed image will "resist" being coloured by the ink, leaving it to pop out from a background of colour!
I sponged in Old Olive, Soft Suede and Cajun Craze ink - all in moderation!

Supplies: Gently Falling & Closed as Memory (retired) stamp sets; 
Soft Suede & Whisper White cardstock
Old Olive, Soft Suede & Cajun Craze Classic ink, VersaMark
Stampin Sponges, Clear emboss powder, heat tool

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Embossing is my passion!

What's not to like about the great effects of embossing. Stampin' Up! has the perfect tools and accessories to take this technique to the next level.
For the background I used the NEW Holiday Frame Textured Impressions Embossing folder. It is ideal for impressive embossing of holiday card fronts.  

Three Trees for Christmas
Turn stamped images into glossy raised designs - all you need is a VersaMark pad, Stampin' Emboss Powder and the Heat Tool.
Heat embossing - (Gold - # 109129)

Supplies used:

Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Whisper White cardstock
Cherry Cobbler ink, VersaMark, Gold emboss powder
Petite Pairs & Scentsational Season stamp set
Holiday Collections Framelits Dies, Holiday Frame folder,  Big Shot
Scallop Oval and Large Oval punches

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

More Peekaboo Frames

This day has been quite busy, so I decided to take a break and work with tools and supplies I have not touched in a while, or ever before.  And here is what I used:
Scentsational Season Bundle (Holiday Catalogue, pg 16)

Peekaboo Frames Bigz L die (pg 192)

And this is what I made:

List of supplies:
Stamp sets: Scentsational Season, Christmas Lodge, Snow Swirled 
Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla CS
Window Sheet, StazOn white, VersaMark, Cherry Cobbler embossing powder, Satin Stitched Ribbon, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle & Decorative Label punch, and Peekaboo Frames Bigz die, Designer Rosette die and Holiday Collections Framelits & Lots of Tags Sizzlits

This was fun!  It took me a while, my room looks as if a storm went through, but I feel good and I do like my latest Christmas card.

Thanks for the visit.

Monday, August 13, 2012

First Christmas Card

Today I came across this beautiful Christmas card made by Kay Kalthoff
I liked it so much, it is such an elegant looking design, so I decided to make one just like Kay's.

My first X-Mas Card for 2012
Supply List: 
  • Midnight Muse and Glossy White cardstock
  • Midnight Muse ink
  • Big Shot, Northern Flurry folder, Floral Frames Framelits
  • Large Oval punch
  • Petite Pairs stamp set
  • Organza ribbon

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Masculine Cards - New Class!

Just posted a new event: Cards for men!

It seems to be difficult to find cards specially geared for men, so here you go - join me for this card class and make 4 cards, suited for giving to the boys or men in your life.
  • Saturday, September 13th - Do we have a date?!
Check the Upcoming Events page above or my Events Calendar on the side bar for more details.
And here is one of the four cards you will be making:

Lovely as a Tree, my favourite stamp set

I found the idea for this card on Leena Girsa's blog.  Thank you Leena.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

It's Glitter Day in my workspace

I just could not resist testing my brand new "Holiday Frame" Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  It arrived in the shipment on Tuesday, so it was definitely time to start breaking it in ...
The card was quick and easy to make, and at the end I covered the front with glitter. 

Supply list
Occasions Alphabet (pg 145)
Melon Mambo & Whisper White cardstock, Silver Glimmer paper
Basic Gray ink
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (pg 158) and 2-way Glue Pen (pg177)
Extra-Large Oval punch (pg 184)
Big Shot and Holiday Frame folder (pg 7 Holiday Catalogue), Ovals die (rtrd)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wedding Wishes

I love making cards for happy events:  Today I used the Affections Collection stamp set (127949 Clear).
Pink and grey are one of my favorite colour combos,  adding tiny pearls makes a very nice cards for a newly married couple.

Supply list: Affections Collection (pg 35 Holiday Catalogue) and Teeny Tiny Wishes (pg 133) stamp set, Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray and Whisper White Cardstock, Basic Gray ink, Modern Label punch (pg 183), Framed Tulips Folder, Big Shot, Stampin Sponges, Baic Jewels - pearls, Dimensionals

Drop me a comment, if you have time.  Thanks.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Peekabo Bird Card

Today I made a card using the Peekaboo Frames Bigz L die.  I have been wondering what to do with this die, and guess what - I received a nice swap card from Linda Ostby, which helped me to create my card.  Thank you Linda!
This card will be one of 12 at my August Card Buffet - Friday, Aug 24 and Saturday, Aug 25, either at 9.30am or 6.30pm on both days.  Contact me soon to reserve your spot.  Check my Upcoming Events for more details.
Supply List:
Stamp set: Language of Friendship (pg 74)
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White
Inks: Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight
Punch: Bird Builder and Boho Blossoms (pg 185)
Accessories: Big Shot (pg 186), Peekaboo Frames Bigz L die (pg 192), Stamping Sponges (pg 179)
Love the way the little doors open up ...

View from top down

If you like this card, leave me a comment, and don't hesitate to ask questions either.
I wish everyone a very nice and relaxing long weekend.

Friday, August 3, 2012

August 2012 Q & A


Q: For what kinds of projects can I use My Digital Studio 2?

31% off digital for 31 days!

A: Well, I could say that the possibilities are limited only by your imagination! Or give
you the predictable answer and say scrapbook pages, photobooks, calendars, and more. But,
since we are celebrating the release of My Digital Studio 2 with 31% off 31 digital content
options and most print products for all 31 days of August, I’ll just go with the flow and
give you 31 inspirations!

1. Create a scrapbook or photobook to honor a friend using the It's All Me Kit (#128999).

2. Host an end of summer party for your friends and neighbors. Create invitations and table
décor using the Boardwalk stamp brush set (#129598).

3. Make a year in review scrapbook as Christmas gifts for grandparents this year. Using the
Year in Review Photo book Template (#125743) will make creating this special gift a snap!

4. Hold the most adorable baby shower without breaking a sweat using the Hello, Baby
Ensemble Kit (#126159).

5. Make Christmas cards that are as unique as you and your family using the Bright Year
Greeting Card Template (#131011).

6. Highlight your family in a one-of-a-kind family tree. Use the Bold Branches Stamp Brush
Set (#124212) as the beginning, add photos of your family members and print as a 12”
scrapbook page. Frame the printed page and show your family pride!

7. Give the best gift ever ... the gift of caring and time. How? Make a set of all-occasion
cards using the Celebrate Any Day Greeting Card Templates (#127757) to make a great set of
customizable cards. Print several copies of each and create bundles of assorted cards by
simply tying a ribbon around them. Then give them as gifts for birthdays, Christmas,
teacher appreciation, showers, graduations, and hostess gifts. When your friends use the
cards, they save time and share caring thoughts.

8. Doll up your office with elements from the Messenger II Embellishments Digital Download
(#124578). Too much time is spent at work for you to spend it in boring surroundings!

9. Make a swatchbook as a coach's gift. Get a photo of each child on the sports team, team
photo, shots of tournaments, views into the dugout or sideline, and other team events. Add
the photos to a simple swatchbook using the team colours and the Athletic Department brush
set (#121065). Once printed, have each kid sign the page with their photo and give as a
gift to the coach. Or make one for each team member and have the team autograph each
other's books.

10. It doesn’t matter if your babies are 2 or 20, you’ll still love having a special photo
collage of their baby photos and stats. Use the precious Baby Prints brush set (#130162) to
highlight those special memories!

11. Love to camp? Show off your outdoor fun with a photo collage scrapbook featuring the
fun images in the Happy Camper Memories (#130069) and Happy Camper (#126033) brush sets.

12. Love to travel? Make a special travel journal to help record your special trips using
the Adventure Awaits stamp brush set (#129871).

13. Use the Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers stamp brush set to make an A-Z swatchbook. Use one
page per letter listing your favourite thing, food, place, person, etc. for each letter.

Rivet Swatchbooks

14. Start 2013 off right with a custom calendar using the 2013 Month By Month Calendar
Template (#130874). This also makes a great gift!

15. Bring a little romance into your everyday when you print, frame, and display the In
Love Designer Template Page (#127343).

16. Planning a big event or wedding? Use the classically styled Meant To Be Designer Invitation
Templates (#129354) for creating invitations, RSVP cards, Save the Dates, and more!

17. Are your travel photos collecting digital dust on your hard drive? Just use the World
Traveler Photobook Template to drag and drop your photos, add your captions, and you’ll
enjoy your travels all over again in your photobooks!

18. Do you road trip? Capture the moments in a 12” x 12” photobook using the stylish Travel
Log Kit (#126022).

19. Need to tame some pirates? Use the Ahoy, Matey Ensemble (#130078) to create a bounty of
pirate party fun!

20. Go digital for your diva! Create a princess party of royal design with the A Royal Day
Ensemble (#130079). Crowns, treat boxes, banners, cupcake toppers, thank you notes, and
more – all fit for a princess!

21. Download, print, and frame our Can'ts Into Cans Framable Designer Template (#130077). A
fun décor piece with an inspirational quotation. Easily customizable to change the colours
to suit your style and space … or a friend's favourites.

22. Have holidays that are organized with the 12 Days of Christmas Swatchbook (#130985).
Record 12 family traditions in each of the premade templates and use it as a checklist.
Makes a great gift for your children to share the family traditions with their own

23. Make a personalized journal as teacher’s gifts this year using the A is for Apple Stamp
Brush Set (#127411).

24. Remember those school pictures growing up? How fun it was to reminisce and see the
changes from year to year? Make a childhood 8” x 8” album for your children. It’s easier
than you think when you use the A is for Apple Stamp Brush Set which has a 5” x 5” designer
template. Create one template for each year with the individual picture on the left page
and the class picture on the right page and duplicate for each year.

25. We could all use a little organization and daily dose of inspiration, right? Use the
2012 Daily Planner Photobook template and print a softcopy photobook to use for all your
appointments and reminders. Go ahead and add your favourite inspirational quotes that you
want to remember at the top of each month.

26. As a special gift, create and print Baby Announcements for a friend who just had a
baby. They will be so grateful for the thoughtful gift. See our Announcing Baby Postcards
Templates (#129593 boy) and (#129592 girl).

27. Know someone who could use a little encouragement? Maybe yourself? Create a desktop
easel gift with our Be Awesome Today Easel Calendar Template (#131008). It can be used as a
daily calendar or a perpetual birthday reminder list. This gift is so handy you will want
to print 10 copies and have them on hand for when you need them.

28. Never miss another birthday with our Book Of Birthdays Swatchbook Template (#129923)
Perpetual Calendar. Keeps all the dates handy in one place, so you don’t have to go
searching for them each month.

29. Are you a foodie? Publish your own recipe book using our Melt In Your Mouth Recipe Photobook Template (#131007). Share your love by printing several copies to give as gifts.
Who knows, you might get a request to publish a book each year.

Digital Template with MSD2

30. Create a personalized story and colouring book for a child or grandchild with our
Storybook Specialty Designer Series Paper (#131221). What child wouldn’t enjoy seeing their name, familiar places and cherished
storeis in their own book? Or help them to create their own stories.

31. Have a spooktacular Halloween when you download and print our Pick Your Poison
Embellishments (#125614). Add a quick accent to any project, or decorate your own bottle of
poison with these 38 embellishments!

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