Where Do You Go for Inspiration for Your Cards?

Today is my day for sharing some fun ideas and inspiration over on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog.  And so I thought I would share one unusual place I have found for getting new mojo juices flowing…. my mailbox!  Crate & Barrel ads to be exact!

So, I show two samples using two different ads on the design team blog but I thought I’d give you a sampling of one of the cards I created.  Here is the card –

And here is the inspiration –

Do you see any similarities? 

I just loved the colors in this ad and as I started putting together my card, I kept pulling design elements that caught my eye and putting them into the card (like the rivets on the couch as an example). 

I love the idea of using “found” inspiration like these ads; but I’ve gotten inspired and snapped cell phone pictures while shopping in Target and other stores.  It gives you a jumping off point without guiding you to make the exact same thing other people are making.

And if you want to see more, check out the SSInkspiration blog for one more Crate and Barrel ad and a totally different look for a card (think gold, black, and curry!)


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Double Slider Card and Last Day for Reason to Smile!

Alright, this post is going to be a quicky because I have an unplanned dentist appointment I have to head out to (don’t you just love those!)  But, I wanted to share a card we made recently at my Fun Folds class and remind everyone that if you haven’t ordered your Reason to Smile stamp set yet, TODAY is the LAST DAY it is available!

But here is the card we made:


I know, it doesn’t look like much… simple and basic card layout.  But wait!  There is more!


What’s that?  Pull the ribbon and you start to see the cute image appear….

Ta Da!!  A cute message appears!  This card is actually really easy to make once you have the dimensions for scoring and folding your base card.  I used a slightly different dimension set than what is in this article but this shows you how to make your own!

And don’t forget!  Today is the last day to get your Reason to Smile stamp set… plus it is only $5!  Check out all the details and let me know if you want to get your set today. 🙂


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Got Paper?

Well, happy August everyone!  Can you believe it?!  But with a new month, comes a new promotion – and who doesn’t love a fun deal? Smile 

Pretty, Pretty Paper Promotion!

For the entire month of August, you can stock up on your favorite designer series papers and when you buy 3 packages, you get your 4th free!  And really, who doesn’t like free?  Check out this flyer to see all of your options and the details.

August 2011 designer series paper promotion

Still trying to pick which papers you like best?

Don’t forget, I still have a few spaces left in my designer paper share, which gives you a 6×6 sampler of ALL the patterns in the catalog including the awesome specialty papers. (wanna see the full list with pictures?  check it out here)

That means, you have plenty of paper to make a card like this:

And still have extra of the same pattern left off to make more fun cards, 3D projects, scrapbook pages, or whatever you can come up with! 

I’ll be sharing with you some of my favorite projects with the new paper this month and would love to hear which patterns you love the most!  So come back and leave me a comment and let me know which patterns are inspiring you! 

Until next time…

Shop now and start earning your free stamps with NW Stamper rewards!

Easter Bunny Punch Art Card

I finally participated in a sketch challenge, only to realize that I totally missed the deadline. :)  Oh, well.  I still LOVE my card I made.  I was so excited to be able to come up with a fun Easter card even though I had pretty much no Easter stamp sets.  What do you think?  Isn’t this bunny adorable?!

I made this card with my son in mind and had fun pulling papers, stamps, and punches to create an easy yet super fun Easter bunny card.  I had seen different cards out there using the Nursery Suite specialty designer paper for Easter because it has a couple patterns with bunnies on them. Let me tell you, that was one of those smacks to the forehead kind of moments! I was so fixated on this paper being “baby” paper that I didn’t even think about how it is so fabulous for so many other projects.  Just you watch, I’ll be pulling it out a lot more in the future.

Then I saw this punch art bunny on Jan Tink’s blog and knew I just HAD to make one myself!  So, I combined the paper, this bunny, and the Stamping 411 sketch from last week to make it.  So fun!

The bunny is made by punching 3 small ovals (one for the feet and two for the ears), one 1-1/4” circle for the body, one 1” circle for the head, and one small flower punch from the Punch Pack for the tail.

The ribbon is just a piece of Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon (have I told you how much the seam binding ribbon rocks?) that I folded in half and then knotted.

Make your own Easter bunny!  Get the supplies you need from the online store here, or grab the paper and punches you have and play around!  Have fun!

Don’t forget!  TODAY is the last day of my Tax-Free weekend! 
Check it out here.

Happy Easter Recipe
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Dot Dot Dot
Ink:  Crumb Cake classic
Paper:  Very Vanilla cardstock, Tempting Turquoise cardstock, Early Espresso cardstock, Nursery Suite dsp
Accessories:  1 1/4” circle punch, 1” circle punch, Small Oval punch, Punch Pack, Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, Scallop Edge punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Plane and Simple Father’s Day Card

I’m on a yahoo group called Late Night Stampers and each week they post a challenge for you to complete that week.  This week the challenge was to create a masculine card.  Well, I often fall back on Lovely as a Tree as a “masculine” set since I don’t have many stamps that are explicitly for the guys.  But then I thought of the Plane and Simple stamp set that just came out in the Occasions Mini. 

Plane & Simple Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

The style of this set is this cool mix of aged and masculine without the need for overt testosterone (like many of the grilling or motercycle stamps – which are not bad images, just less of my style).  Plus add in that my hubby and I are both pilots and I come from a family of pilots going back to my grandparents – and so you know I’m going to be a sucker for stamp sets that have airplanes in them. 🙂

Anyway, enough about me…. how about a card? 

I think my favorite thing about this card is the popped up airplane on the Whisper White cardstock that has been sponged with Baja Breeze ink so that it looks like it is in the clouds.  It was totally worth the cutting it in my opinion. :)  And the cutting wasn’t really as bad as you might think either.  You just want to make sure you have a pair of scissors with smaller blades so it is easy to manuever (some kind of paper snips like this).


Check out this stamp set and the rest of the great sets from the Occasion Mini online here.


Plane and Simple Father’s Day Card Recipe:
Plane and Simple
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Paper:  Baja Breeze CS, Whisper White CS, Soft Suede CS, Night of Navy CS
Accessories:  Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Paper Snips

Quick and Easy Glimmer Hearts Valentine

If you’ve read my newsletter, you got to hear me go on about how I love the new Glimmer paper and how I have all my fingers and toes crossed that we will see more of this in more colors!  Its true, I love this stuff!  So, I had to share it with others in my workshops so they could see it too.  I’ve seen so many cute projects with this paper but one of the techniques I think is so fun is this peek-a-boo design. 

In this card, I cut a strip of the Real Red Glimmer paper at 1-1/4” x 3” and then cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3/4” x 3”.  I then punched out three hearts from the Whisper White paper and then adhered it to my strip of Glimmer paper.  I free hand punched the hearts by punching the center heart first.  Then I lined up my punch along each short edge of the white strip and tried to horizontally align the hearts.  Add some Blushing Bride designer paper and a Basic Grey mat for a fun and quick card:

Tip:  Due to the texture of the Glimmer Paper, glue stick does not hold very well to it.  So, for a project like this, I would use your tape runner or probably more easy would be a liquid glue like the Multipurpose Adhesive.  These stronger adhesives will hold up much better long term.

Glimmer Hearts Valentine Recipe:
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Real Red Classic
Paper:  Real Red CS, Basic Grey CS, Whisper White CS, Real Red Glimmer Paper, Blushing Bride DSP (Hostess set)
Accessories:  Small Heart Punch, Multipurpose Adhesive

Want to make this card yourself?  Order the supplies online here!

Wonderful Friend Vintage Card

Today I thought I’d share another card I came up with while playing with ideas for the Valentine’s workshop.  I was figuring that not everyone would need four red and pink cards and so I was trying to come up with some more non-traditional cards.  That way they had something for a friend or husband that could be used for Valentine’s or really any time of the year.  In this case, I used one of my new favorite stamp sets – Wonderful Favorites.  I even won this stamp set which is even cooler!  Any who….this was my attempt at more neutral:

Don’t you just love how, when you spread the tines of the Vintage Trinkets brad, it looks like leaves on the flower!  I kept the card simple with the muted colors and let the designer paper and embellishments do the work.  The only other extra touch I added was to sponge Soft Suede ink along the long edge of the Very Vanilla/Elegant Soiree paper.

What do you think?  Would this work for a non-traditional Valentine?

Wonderful Friend Recipe:
Wonderful Favorites
Ink: Soft Suede Classic
Paper: River Rock CS, Perfect Plum CS, Very Vanilla CS, Elegant Soiree DSP
Accessories: Punch Pack, Vintage Trinkets, Victoria Crochet Ribbon, Sponge Dauber, Mini Glue Dots