Two Days Left of the Summer Mini and DSP Sale!

It seems like summer is just getting started but after looking at the calendar apparently September is almost here! Smile  So, while I guess that is cool because that means back to school, fun fall events are coming soon, and the new Holiday Mini is about to be released.  But…. That also means that there are only 2 more days to get your favorites from the summer mini or to take advantage of the buy 3 get 1 free promotion!

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I also thought I’d share a card I made using one of my favorite sets from the Summer Mini – Happy Greetings and the super fun bakers twine

You may remember that I had made this same card using the Strength and Hope stamp set back in July but I was wanted to use up some of the extra supplies I had from that card and so I changed it up to use the butterfly punch, some designer paper, and stamps.  I also adhered the butterflies using glue dots only in the center of the butterflies so that I could bend the wings out to make them look like they were flying off the page.

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Hello, Hello, Hello card recipe:
Happy Greetings, Punch Potpourri (retired hostess set), Dot Dot Dot
Ink: Pumpkin Pie classic ink, So Saffron classic ink, Chocolate Chip classic ink
Paper: Neutrals family pack designer paper, Pumpkin Pie cardstock, Whisper White cs, Chocolate Chip cs, So Saffron cs
Accessories: Early Espresso bakers twine, Butterfly Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Strength and Hope Pink Ribbon card

I’m back from my trip to California and I’m happy to share that my nephew’s surgery went well and while he has a lot of recovery ahead of him, he is doing great!  It really is amazing to me how advanced medicine has become these days and how much people go through on the road to a cure.  For example, my nephew was born with a heart condition that would have probably been fatal 20+ years ago but now you would never know he has now had heart surgery twice in his 3 years of life!  Its a lot of work for doctors, nurses, patients, and families; but all that work can lead to miraculous results.

So, with all this in mind, I thought I’d share with you a card that I received at convention that I thought was beautiful.

It uses the Strength and Hope stamp set from the Summer Mini – the one Stampin’ Up! is donating $2 for each set sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  I love the use of the ribbon over the stamped image and then the mixed of the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder with the Tulip Frame embossing folder.  Sadly, this card did not have the creators name on the back, so if you know who created it…let me know and I’ll give them credit!

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It’s All in The Details

Well, my adventures in California are coming to a close and I’m about to get back on the road to head back to Washington.  Its been a great chance to visit with friends, family, and my Stampin’ pals.  Thankfully, my nephew’s surgery went great and he seems to be recovering well (enough so that he was discharged on Monday after having a major 5 hr surgery on Thursday!)  So, its been a great trip.

Plus, while I was down here, I had a chance to participate in a class held by my downline, Bethani Semple  Let me tell you, her cards were great!  I’m so glad I had a chance to do them and try out some new stuff!  I’m still working on uploading the photos I took of the cards I made (I’ll share my faves on facebook when I’m done), but I wanted to share her swap from this years convention..

card designed by Bethani Semple

I love all the details in her card – from the inking of the embossed image on the Night of Navy piece – to the sponging and collaged images and rhinestone in the center.  Just goes to show that you don’t have to go over the top but just the right little details make a huge impact!

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Simple Button Buddies Vase Card

I’m still working on getting over my paper and embellishment hoarding tendencies.  I LOVE my pattern papers and all my cute buttons and brads but I always worry about using them up (reality check – its not like there isn’t more out there huh? 🙂 ).  So this is a step on my road to recovery:

When I saw the Button Buddies stamp set when the new catalog came out, I thought it was a pretty cute set; but then I realized it was perfect for helping me use my “collection” of buttons in lots of fun and cute ways!  So, this is one of the first cards I made with it. 

If you haven’t seen the stamp set, this is what the images look like:

image So, in each image, there is a circle or a flower that is *exactly* the right size to be covered by one of the Stampin’ Up! designer buttons.  So, you can have a cute pink pig’s nose or a button belly for your snowman.  I’m personally partial to the flower shaped buttons and thus my card.

If you want to play with this at home, I kept it really simple and just colored the vase with a Soft Suede marker and colored the flower heads and stems with the Old Olive marker – because you want to color the flower heads so you know where to put the buttons but it doesn’t matter what color they are since they will be covered up!  Also, my favorite adhesive to use when adhering buttons like this is glue dots, so one in the center of each button was perfect.  I’m loving this set; what do you think of it?

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Button Buddies Vase card recipe:
Button Buddies
Ink: Soft Suede marker, Old Olive marker
Paper: Flirtatious designer paper, Old Olive cardstock, Whisper White cs
Accessories: Rich Regals designer buttons, Bold Brights designer buttons, Glue Dots

Fancy Florets Embossed Card

Today I thought I’d share a card I got to make at an event this summer hosted by my way-upline, Julie Gunhus.  She is one of those demonstrators who have been around for over 10 years and now has a huge downline.  She is so sweet to put on big group get togethers a couple times a year and if you have the chance to go, you are in for lots of great project and business ideas.  This was one of the make & takes we did: 


I had a hard time photographing this card so you could see all the cool details.  Specifically the Polka Dot embossed black cardstock for the front of the card.  I also had to take a second picture so I could show you the embossed flower head. 

We stamped with Versamark ink and then embossed using the new Melon Mambo embossing powder.  I had forgotten how much fun it was to emboss with bright colors!  It makes the flower have a little bit of shine and really stand out.  Then we cut it out and popped it up on dimensionals.

The sentiment comes from the Word Play stamp set.  It seems like the perfect fit for this card, don’t you think?

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Fabulous Florets card recipe:
Fabulous Florets, Word Play
Ink: Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Versamark
Paper: Basic Black cardstock, Melon Manbo cs, Whisper White cs
Accessories: Melon Manbo embossing powder, Embossing buddy, Paper Snips, Adhesive Rhinestones, BigShot, Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, Stampin Dimensionals

Beau Chateau invitation Sample

I recently asked folks who visit my Facebook page if they had any requests for types of projects they would like to see, and one request was for a baby girl shower invitation.  Well, after creating my baby girl scrapbook page, I was inspired to try out a matching design for a shower invitation. 

So, I used more paper from Beau Chateau, Vintage trinkets, Antique Brads, and Lace ribbon.  But this isn’t your standard fold card.  I wanted to make it a fun sleeve to hold the details of the party. 


Yes, I know the inside is blank so this really could be a design for a number of parties – but i figured you’d get the ideal and I’ll probably convert this to be integrated in another scrapbook page for my baby book. :)   Oh, and if you are curious, the finished size of the inner card is 5” x 7” so you have enough room to add all your party details and the complete card should fit in your standard envelope for 5×7 cards.

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Baby Shower Invitation recipe:
Sincere Salutations
Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake (for sponging)
Paper: Beau Chateau designer paper, Very Vanilla CS, Soft Suede CS, Pink Pirouette CS
Accessories: Fabric Daisy (from retired pretties kit), Antique Brads, Vintage Trinkets, Chantilly Lace ribbon, 2-1/2” circle punch, Decorative Label punch, Scallop edge punch, 1” circle punch, Glue dots

A Baby Girl’s First Scrapbook Page

While cutting the paper for my designer paper share, I got a chance to really take in the different designs and was surprised to find myself drawn to the Beau Chateau pack.  See, normally I think vintage is pretty and all, but it isn’t usually my style.  Then I saw the pink patterns and since we had learned we are having a girl in December, I just had to make a scrapbook page with these papers.  So, here is our baby girl’s first scrapbook page:

I had seen this layout on the ScrapbookSteals blog and I thought it would be perfect.  The only problem was that I liked the bracket shape at the top of the page but I didn’t have anything I could trace to make that design.  But boy did I luck out since the back of the patterned paper was lined!   I laid out where I wanted my photo(s) to be and then drew a rough outline and used my ruler to space out where I wanted the curves to go.

Then once I was done cutting out my shape, I realized that the lines would make a cute background and because my shape was pretty symmetric I could actually just flip over and glue the left over paper (from where I cut out the bracket shape) up underneath my cutout and it fit great!  So no waste. 🙂

I also noticed that one of the other paper designs in the Beau Chateau had a pattern that included this bigger frame.  I thought it would be perfect to cut out and use as a journaling space.

      Finally, I had to show you my title – which was when it really hit me that we are having a baby girl! I used the Letter It alphabet, since it seemed to ft the feel of this page.  This was my easy method for using them but I like the effect.

I put all the letters together for a given word (I don’t have the biggest rectangle block so I had to squish them together on a smaller block) on one block and stamped them together.  Then I just trimmed around the letters for a quickie title.  Easy and Fun!

Alright, I know this post is getting long, so thanks for sticking with me.  This is my first detailed scrapbook in a while and I love how it turned out; especially with paper I didn’t think I would even like! :)  Tomorrow I’ll share a baby shower invite I created to match this page (based on a request from one of my facebook fans).  Hope you’ll come back and check it out!

And don’t forget, there is still the Buy 3, Get 1 Free designer paper promotion happening now, so you could get this paper free if you have your own vintage projects to make. 🙂

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My Girl scrapbook page recipe:
Letter It Alphabet
Ink:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake (for sponging)
Paper:  Beau Chateau designer paper, Very Vanilla CS, Soft Suede CS, Pink Pirouette CS
Accessories:  Island Indigo ruffled ribbon, Adhesive Pearls, Fabric Daisy (from retired pretties kit), Antique Brads, Vintage Trinkets, Chantilly Lace ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

On The Road Again!

When I was just out of school, my friends used to give me a hard time about the fact that I was always traveling.  They must have been right because its time for another trip!

IMG_2750We’ll be heading out tomorrow for the San Francisco Bay Area with my Mother-in-Law to lend support to my family as my 3 yr old nephew prepares for major surgery at Stanford later this week.  (That’s him on the left in the photo with Nicholas from earlier this summer…it was so cute, Nicholas wanted to hold hands the whole way home.)  But on a fun note, I’ll get a chance to visit with my friends and stamping buddies in the area. 

Don’t Miss The Fun!

So, as I finish getting ready for our road trip, I’m also putting the finishing touches on some blog posts and projects to share with you while I’m away from home.  I’ll have new blog posts scheduled to publish each day including some cards, some projects, and even the first scrapbook page for the new baby!

I’m also getting ready to send out my August Newsletter.  Like always, I have exclusive tips and projects to share with you.  So, if you aren’t a member of my mailing listsign up today to make sure you get a copy!


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A Little Watercoloring with On The Grow

I decided to participate in another challenge with week – again with the Late Night Stamper group.  This week was challenge #133 and you were to create a thinking of you card that has blue on it.  Seemed easy enough and so I grabbed my poor neglected On The Grow stamp set from the summer mini and got to work.

When I saw this stamp set, it screamed,”Watercolor me!”.  So, I thought I would try to get a little artsy with my card and pulled out the watercoloring paper, my aqua pen, and some inks and got to work.

A few watercoloring tips:

  • If you are going to use a lot of colors, make sure you use watercolor paper.  Because you will be going over the same area lots of times with a wet pen, most cardstocks and paper like Whisper White will start warping or pilling up on you.  Watercoloring paper is more fiberous and can absorb the water without a problem giving you a really nice image.
  • Use Staz-on ink for best results for your outlined image.  Staz-on won’t bleed as you go over the same area with a wet brush multiple times.  Stampin’ Up’s Basic Black and Basic Grey are water-resistant so they will work too for your watercoloring projects but your best bet would be to use Staz-on
  • If you want a really precise placement of color – grab your blender pen.  It uses an alcohol-base to pick up and place your color and the tip is firmer so you can be exact with placement and you won’t get extra liquid.
  • If you want to be more artsy – grab your aqua pen.  It is a refillable pen that just contains water with a more flexible-brushlike tip.  When you color, you can squeeze a little and make the pen more wet letting you color spread a little more or just get a more damp and traditional watercolor look.

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Thinking of You Watercolored card recipe:
From the Garden
Ink:  Stazon Black, Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum, Pear Pizazz, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Baja Breeze cardstock, Marina Mist cs, Soft Suede cs, Watercolor paper
Accessories:  BigShot die cutting machine, Lattice embossing folder, Paper piercer, Neutrals 5/8” brads, Aqua Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionalsimage

Easy Events Sparkly Fun Birthday Card

Happy Saturday!  Saturdays are for fun right?  I plan to head out to a local berry patch with my family to pick blueberries…which should be interesting with a 1 year old.  But I figure that given that he is so good at picking the berries off our bushes at home (especially the green ones!) I think he’ll do fine. Smile 

So, in the name of fun, I thought I’d share another card we made at my recent class that I think is a pretty fun card.  For me, it was fun to make and I think it would be fun for the receiver to get too.  Gotta love when that happens!

Fun Touch #1 – Tone-on-Tone punching

I always forget about using tone-on-tone die cuts or punches to add a more subtle but interesting touch to your project.  In this case, we used two different circle punches (I think 1-1/4” and 3/4” circles) to punch out extra Lucky Limeade paper.  Then we adhered them to the base strip of Lucky Limeade cardstock.  I made sure to have some of the circles hanging over the edge and just went around with my paper snips and trimmed them off at the edge of the base strip of cardstock.



Fun Touch #2 – Coloring with Markers

The birthday image, including sentiment, comes as part of the Easy Events stamp set.  All the images are line art which just begs to be colored in.  And in this case we broke out the markers and went to town.  I love the fact that Stampin’ Up! offers markers that are the same colors as the cardstock.  Makes it so easy to know your marker picks will look great with your paper!

Fun Touch #3 – Just a little bit of sparkle

Ok, after I was done punching and coloring, I still thought it needed something.  So, what’s a girl to do?  Why break out the glitter of course!  Just grab your handy dandy 2-way glue pen and color over where you want the glitter to stick (in this case, the frosting).  Then generously dollop with some Dazzling Diamonds glitter and tap off.  Easy Peasy!


So, what’s your favorite way to add a fun touch to your cards?  Leave me a comment; I’d love to hear your ideas!

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Easy Events Birthday Card recipe:
Easy Events
Ink:  Basic Black, Real Red Stampin’ Write marker, Pool Party Stampin’ Write marker, Lucky Limeade Stampin’ Write marker
Paper:  Whisper White cardstock, Pool Party CS, Lucky Limeade CS, Real Red CS
Accessories:  1-1/4” Circle punch, 3/4” Circle punch, 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

Easy Events Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!