Teacher Appreciation Card for Cute Card Thursday

It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it is my final week as guest designer over at Cute Card Thursday.  This week is a fun challenge, the theme is

Too Cool for School

Now, since I’ve been out of school long enough, all I could think of were 80’s movies (like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) or the fact that we are nearing the end of the school year and I know enough teachers and how hard they work that they deserve a little appreciation.

So to all the teachers out there…. THANK YOU for your hard work this year!

When I started flipping through my paper and supplies, I knew I wanted to use my Storytime designer paper for the card.  I mean, look at these patterns, don’t they just scream school house to you? Smile

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It is totally a Dick and Jane book!

Anyway, this is one of those paper packs that I pull out and think… awww its so cute!  And then I argue with myself about whether I need more of it because it is so cute or if I’m ok with using the last few scraps and getting excited about new paper designs coming out soon!  I guess I have a few more days before it retires on June 3rd as long as it doesn’t sell out before then!

So while I ponder my final list of “have to haves” from the retiring Spring Catalog and Annual Catalog, hop on over to Cute Card Thursday to check out the other cute school-themed cards and even submit your own for the challenge!

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Card Supply List (all items Stampin’ Up! unless noted)

    • Stamps – Made for You**
    • Paper – Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Storytime designer paper**
    • Ink – Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
    • Accessories – Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon, Brights Designer buttons**, sponge daubers, corner rounder punch
      ** denotes items retiring by 6/3

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Button Buddies Send Off Event Samples

As I was looking through the new catalog sneak peek that demonstrators got yesterday, I was excited by the changes with the designer buttons and realized this meant that all of the current designer buttons that match the color families would be retiring.  What I didn’t realize at first was that meant that my beloved Button Buddies stamp set would be retiring too!

Sob!!

I loved the cute images in this set and how they perfectly matched the different shapes of the designer buttons.  I had been planning to run a Button Buddies class but it kept slipping off my calendar but now, I HAVE to run it!

It is my last hurrah with this stamp set.  Here are two of the cards I had created for this class:

I mean, they are totally adorable images, right?!?  Smile

Join me for a Button Buddies Stamp-a-Stack Event!

Come make 8 cards, each one focusing on a different image from the Button Buddies stamp set.

For only $25, make all 8 cards that you can use throughout the year!  Plus have fun spending an evening crafting with some fabulous folks!

What:  Button Buddies Stamp-a-Stack – 8 different cards with envelopes.
Where:  Panera Bread in Redmond, WA ~or~ order a kit by mail!
When:  May 10th at 7pm
Why:  Because it will be a blast and you’ll have some great cards to use the rest of the year!

Early Bird BonusRSVP with your pre-payment by May 5th and SAVE $5 plus be entered into a drawing for a free Button Buddies stamp set which I will be drawing for at the event!

Contact me at jennifer@nwstamper.com to reserve your spot or sign up here:

Button Buddies Class Options
Early Bird – Class Spot $20.00 USDEarly Bird – Class Kit (local pickup) $20.00 USDEarly Bird – Class by Mail with priority shipping $26.00 USD

 

I’ll post more samples soon, but hope you can make it!

 

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Supples Used
Stamps
– Button Buddies, Petite Pairs
Paper – Whisper White, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip
Ink – Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Basic Black
Accessories – Big Shot, Lattice embossing folder, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Scallop Edge Border, Decorative Label Punch, 1 3/4” circle punch, 2 3/8” scallop circle punch, Whisper White stitched grosgrain ribbon, Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon, Glue dots, Dazzling Details, Subtles designer buttons

Button Buddies stamp setDesigner Buttons - Subtles Collection - by Stampin' Up!

Scrapbooking Sunday: Butterflies & Tea for Two!

Ugh, I am terrible at titles for blog posts but I am so excited to share this scrapbook layout with you today!  I just LOVE how it turned out and hope you can use some of the ideas I had to dress up your own scrapbooking layouts and cards.  I used the Tea for Two designer paper and the Bloomin’ Marvelous stamp set as my inspiration for the theme of the page.

 

So, this is a layout that I had to create because each year I always go to the Stampin’ Up! convention and of course, the big celebrity is Shelli Gardner herself!  And so, I had to get Caitlin (and my) photo with her last year and document it.  Because if there aren’t pictures, it didn’t happen…. right?  Smile

So, let me show you some of my accents and details that went into this page so you can use them on your own projects later:

Heat Embossed Title

Ok, so, if you’ve been in my craft room, you know I’m obsessed with alphabet stickers and alphabet dies so I can create custom titles for my pages.  Well, sometimes I have stamps that fit just right for my title and when that happens, I love to do some heat embossing.

In this case, I pulled the convention-exclusive stamp set they handed out last year and stamped the flourish frame in Versamark and embossed with Basic Black embossing powder.  Then I stamped the words from the same set in Versamark and embossed again with white embossing powder.

And did you see those butterflies?  My mom suggested earlier this week that you could layer the small butterfly punch on top of the Elegant butterfly punch.  Well, I decided to give it a try by stamping the butterfly from the Bloomin’ Marvelous Sale-a-Bration stamp set and punching it out with the Elegant Butterfly punch.  Add a little Dazzling Details glitter glue in the center of each butterfly and you get this:

I wanted to add some texture and so I first added the Stitched Grosgrain Whisper White ribbon along the middle of the strip of chevron designer paper from the Tea for Two designer paper pack.  It was a perfect subtle touch.  And then (of course after I glued down my pictures) I decided I wanted to add a doily too.  So, I hacked up one of the paper doilies and gently pulled up the edges of my photos to tuck it under.

And then finally, even after sponging the entire edge of the page with Calypso Coral ink, I decided that the upper left corner needed something.  So I grabbed some scraps of the different patterns from the Tea for Two designer paper pack and snipped the ends into banners and glued/stapled them to the top of the page.

I am really happy with how it turned out and hope you got some fun ideas too!  I’d love to hear what you think.

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Last Day for Stamps Like on this Snowflake Thank You

Day 2 of the new year, and with the new year means more new things!  So, to get ready for the NEW Spring Catalog, that means it is the LAST DAY for some of our favorites from the Holiday Catalog and more promotions!  So, I just wanted to give you a chance to check out and make sure you didn’t have something on your list that was going away tomorrow.

Don’t Miss These Items (last day to order 1/2/2012) –

Single Stamps

Stampin’ Up! was trying out offering some extra single stamps as well as allowing you to pick and choose the stamps you wanted from a couple different sets.  They haven’t told us demonstrators how the trial went so I don’t know if they will continue to offer full sets broken up, but just in case not – here is what is available:

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I love that some of them match the punches too… like this cool Bold Snowflake stamp.

The Holiday Catalog

So, the Holiday Catalog ends today as well.  And though some of the items will still be available to purchase during the Spring Catalog period, there are some awesome things that are going away.  Here are my top 5 that are no longer going to be available:

1.  Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler Core’dinations Cardstock

2.  Champagne Glimmer Paper

3.  Frosty Friends snowman stamp

4.  Mitten Builder Punch

5.  Festival of Prints designer series paper stack

I really hope some of these come back in the next Annual catalog but there is no guarentee.  So, if you are like me and can’t get enough bling (sigh… champagne glimmer paper) or love those cutie patootie snowmen…. grab these while you can.

check out the holiday catalog items in the online store here

Holiday Packaging Bundles

These were great for the holidays but some – like the gussetted bags with tags would be cute at any time!  So, if you are looking for some easy gift packaging, these may be for you.

So check them out and don’t miss out!

I’ll be back tomorrow with all the deets on the new Spring Catalog and my first project share from the new catalog… and Spring Catalog Product Samplers!!
(I’ll have paper, ribbon, and embellishment samplers for you)

In the meantime, if you need anything that is going away today, let me know asap at jennifer@nwstamper.com or shop online now to grab them while they are still here.

See you tomorrow!

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Christmas Gift Tags from Scraps and No Peeking

Ok, so Christmas is only 2 days away!  Eep!  Are you ready and have all your presents wrapped?  I’ll admit, I have most of them wrapped but not all of them!

But wrapping presents got me thinking about gift tags and I was going crazy with the No Peeking set and had so much fun playing with my ribbon and paper scraps to make a variety of tags for this year.  Check out what I made:

It all started with me stamping a bunch of images on scrap paper and then picking up extra cardstock scraps from around my craft table and punching or cutting them into roughly tag shapes.

First I grabbed some Gumball Green and heat embossed the “No peeking” sentiment with white embossing powder.  Then I punched them out and added some ribbon and cut out stamped images

 

Next were some simple flap style tags.  I scored them so that the heat embossed sentiment (white for the “no peeking” and Early Espresso for the “Jolly Christmas”) would show when it was closed.  Then I decorated the flap with cut out stamped images and ribbon.

Next I was on to some more simple tags.  I just embossed or stamped the images of the penguin and reindeer and cut them out, then layered them onto the Real Red scallop and Gumball Green circle.  Stamp the “To: From:” sentiment on the back and you are good to go!

Finally, my last set were my random experiments.  I had an extra reindeer on a scallop circle and thought it would look cute on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock (really like how this turned out) and I tried to leave enough space so you can actually write who it is to and from.  (I had thought this through in my head before seeing how much space there actually was!)

And finally, my ultimate in playing.  I had the scrap of Crumb Cake and Real Red and decided to do a twisted tag.  I stamped and then heat embossed the penguin in Basic Black (it looks awesome heat embossed by the way) and then colored in some of the spaces with my Real Red marker.  Then I stamped a little bird next to him also in Basic Black (you can see how much nicer it looks embossed this way).  Then I added some “snowballs” aka pearls along the side.

So there you have it!  Some quick last minute gift tags to add a touch of handmade to your projects.

 

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No Peeking Gift Tags Recipe
Stamps:
No Peeking
Ink: Basic Black marker, Gumball Green, Real Red marker, Early Espresso, Basic Black, Versamark
Paper: Gumball Green, Real Red, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Stampin’ trimmer, 1 3/4” scallop circle, 1 1/4” circle punch, Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon, Whisper White stitched grosgrain ribbon, Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, Cherry cobbler bakers twine, Embossing Powder (white, black, early espresso), basic pearls, Real Red 1/8” taffeta ribbon, 1/16” hole punch, heat gun, embossing buddy, Stampin’ Dimentionals

Two Styles of Card, One Stamp Set–Lacy and Lovely

I love when you get a chance to see how versatile a stamp set can be, not only in the different types of occasions that you can use the set for, but also when you can see it being used for a “girly” card as well as a “guy” card.  Well, thanks to convention this year, I was able to get some cool ideas for a set I had totally overlooked – Lacy and Lovely!

See, I’m not normally a doily and lace stamp set kind of girl, so I skimmed past that section of the catalog, but after continually seeing swaps that made me go, “what stamp set is that??” and them all being from Lacy and Lovely, I have to reconsider my stance. 🙂

Exhibit A:  the vintage card

card designed by Sue McQuiston

Sadly, my photo doesn’t properly show off the sponging and ivory/brown distressing the card, but you get the idea!

Exhibit B: the guy card

card designed by Daleen Pinder

I love the clean and crisp style of this card and the colors are bold too.  I think this totally works for a guy even though I initially thought that stamp set was all lacy.

Plus, I love that this stamp set comes with sentiments as well as the element images.  I so love having a variety of sentiments to choose from.

Anyway, I thought this was a fun example of how colors and techniques can really make a big difference in how the same images come across.

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Lacy & Lovely Wood-Mount Stamp SetVintage Card Recipe
Stamps:
Lacy and Lovely, Elements of Style
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake
Paper: Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Big Shot, Delicate Designs embossing folder, Stitched Grosgrain Rich Razzleberry ribbon, sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Guy Card Recipe
Stamps:
Lacy and Lovely
Ink: Basic Black, Lucky Limeade
Paper: Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones

Scallop Edged Reason to Smile

As I was working on cards for this month, I decided to grab my new Reason to Smile stamp set and start playing around again.  I was inspired by how the edgelits were used in the latest catalog and some ribbon I had on my shelf and found this new-to-me color combination:  Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, and River Rock.  LOVE!

I love how this card looks in real life and so I decided to use it, not only for my class on Friday, but this will be one of the cards in this month’s Cards to Go program

 

I’ll admit, this is my first time breaking out my scalloped edgelits.  However, I love the subtle lacy look they give the bottom of this card.  I also, started out without the extra layer of Whisper White (with the 3 flower images) and had a single flower image on the White cardstock below.  But it just needed something and after playing around with a scrap piece of paper, I thought the sponged edge gave the card an interesting look.

I wanted to leave you with one last tip about ordering your Reason to Smile stamp set (for only $5!).  If you are shopping online, you will need to look in the special offers box to add it to your order.  So, make sure you have selected $50 in product into your shopping cart and then you should see a link to select whether you want to add in the Reason to smile stamp set and in wood or clear mount.

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Reason to Smile Edgelits Card Recipe
Stamps: Reason to Smile, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Calypso Coral marker, Lucky Limeade marker, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Paper: Whisper White, River Rock, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Big Shot, Adorning Accents edgelits, Early Espresso stitched grosgrain ribbon, sponge daubers