Thursday, September 22, 2011

Christmas CASE

This is a CASE from a card I first saw on Stampin' Connection.  I've since seen it virtually everywhere.  It is such a clean and simple, yet gorgeous card, I couldn't resist.  This stamp set lends itself beautifully to layering one sentiment on top of another.  Both of the bigger stamps in the set look wonderful on top of the star.  For those of you who don't already own the set, the star is filled with the lyrics of "Joy to the World". the nitty gritty...I stamped the star in Crumb Cake and then embossed the "Joy" in Cherry Cobbler.  The embossed portion at the bottom is done by painting the embossing folder (very gently) with champagne shimmer paint.  The effect is not apparent in the picture, but in person, it is just beautiful.  The two Very Vanilla pieces are divided with a piece of Cherry Cobbler punched out and then covered up with the NEW quilted ribbon.  Ahh!  I just love the way it adds such elegance to the card.  I hope you enjoy the card (if you haven't already seen a version of it elsewhere)  Have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Leaves

Well, this is a card inspired by one I saw on Stampin' Connection.  I changed it up quite a bit to suit my likings.  My parents have an insurance business in Las Vegas and I am responsible for making their greeting cards that they send out to their clients every year.  In years past, we haven't sent out Thanksgiving cards, but this year, that's what they wanted.  The card they are getting, doesn't have the sentiment on the front.  It has a personalized one inside that I custom ordered.  This one, however, has the sentiment from the same set as the leaves.
I love the look the two different embossing folders give this card.  I think it adds a touch of elegance to the card.  I am responsible for making 200, and I think I can.  Although it's quite a few steps.  The leaved are punched using the 1 inch square punch, so that makes it a little easier ;)  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Iced Coffee Pouches

Good morning.  We are finally getting into the swing of things.  My youngest has had an ear infection for a week, so sleeping, eating, and all else has been de-scheduled.  We are trying to get back into a routine, but it's almost impossible to push a 6 month old into anything she doesn't want to do.  Oh well.  
Here are some adorable pouches that I found.  I cannot remember where I got the inspiration, but I've changed them quite a bit since then.  The one on the left uses Soft Suede and Spice Cake DSP.  The one on the right uses Early Espresso and Pocketful of Posies DSP.  Quick dimensions:  The base is cut at 2 3/4 X 10 and scored at 7.  I ran the top part through the striped embossing folder (you can't see it in the picture, but it adds a lot to the pouch).  I used sticky strip to create the pouch and then wrapped the DSP around it.  The DSP is cut at 3X6.  I ran them through the Big Shot Ovals die to avoid having to cut them out and then used the new frames to create the ovals.  The inner oval is punched with the Extra Large Oval Punch (formerly known as the Wide Oval)  Both stamped images are from Morning Cup and they are stuck to the Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon with a safety pin from one of the embellishment kits...something Trinkets, perhaps.  Just the perfect size to stick a little iced coffee in and give as a little "happy" to someone!  Have a great day!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Retired Swap

As you all know, there's an abundance of retired product still out there.  For a demonstrator, the amount of retired merchandise is enormous.  Because we don't use it in any of our meetings or workshops, we are left with piles and stacks of leftovers.  I joined a swap on the Stampin' Connection where retired products are welcome.  I've been so busy creating...trying to make use of some of this stuff. The card stock is all current, the DSP and ribbon are just retired.  To create the image of the little girl (Greeting Card Kids), I stamped the image in StazOn ink on watercolor paper.  I used my watercolor pencils and a blender pen to create the watercolored look.  I hope you enjoy, and perhaps can make this card if you have stacks of old DSP!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The NEW Mini

Ladies and Gents, the new mini catalog is officially live!!!  You can go to my website and place your order now.  There are so many fun things to look at and play with, you won't be disappointed.  Don't delay!!! Click here for my SU! Site