Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wedding Shower Invites Part 3

The Wedding Shower invites are finally done! Here are the vertical style in all their glory.

I ended up with an extra card and stamped image from the first horizontal style half of the invites so I made one more version below:

Finally here is the Bachelorette Party insert for the top portion of the inside of the vertical invitations. A label will be placed underneath with the Bachelorette Party details.



Now I can move on to finishing up my Mother's Day cards!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Wedding Shower Invitations Part 2









Here is the second installment of the wedding shower invites that I promised, except it is a little later than intended. That heat wave over the weekend really slowed me down. My friend Rhiannon also designed these as well. She went through every flower stamp I had searching for just the right flower and ended up picking this one from the Eastern Blooms set.


Recipe: For the Bride and Eastern Blooms stamp sets, Pretty in Pink, Shimmery White, Brushed Silver cardstock, Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon, Silver Brads, Cloth flowers, Pretty in Pink Ink, Silver Encore Craft Ink, Dazzling Diamonds, Clear Embossing Powder, Stampin Dimensionals, BigShot Top Note Die

We are still trying to come up with a design for the inside for the Bachlorette Party invite. TBC...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wedding Shower Invitations...part 1



Here is a wedding shower invitation that my friend Rhiannon asked me to help her with. She designed the whole thing herself with my creative advice. I think she did an excellent job. Her enthusiasm for trying something new and stamping was so amazing. She made it fun, well she always makes everything fun. But it was so nice to get to share my hobby with one of my friends and have them really enjoy it too! She also made 3 other versions. I will post those later this week.



Recipe: For the Bride and Grand Soiree stamp sets, Pretty in Pink, Shimmery White, Basic Black cardstock, Pink Pirouette DSP, Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon, White Grosgrain, Halfback Pearls, Basic Black Ink, Dazzling Diamonds


My fabulous friend Rhiannon and I pictured below.






















Shoe Box Swap Playdate


We had lots of fun at our Play Date at my upline's house doing our shoe box swaps. Here are two of the projects my fellow demonstrators had us do. The first, Liz's project, was a Faux Crocodile purse shaped gift card holder. It is an embossing technique used on textured cardstock. So adorable.



The second was my upline Evelyn's card. It used the Saleabration set Botanical Blooms. It is very sparkly in person...glitter on the flowers and flowerpot. The flowerpot is made with the word window punch and the square punch and corner rounder. She taught me a new way to make bows (which I am terrible at). It reminds me of when you teach little kids to tie their shoes using bunny ears. Very cute! I love the colors in this card, baja breeze, chocolate chip, whiper white, kraft and sahara sand. I may have to make a few more cards with this color combo.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Simple Butterfly Card Tutorial


Here is the tutorial for the card I made yesterday, a modified CASE of card designed by Lynn - LW Designs that was was inspired by a Mojo Monday sketch. Above is an alternate version of the card from yesterday (this one uses the optional white gel pen on the embossed simple flower ).


Supplies:
Simple Friendship Stamp Set
So Swirly Stampin’ Around Wheel and Handle
Sizzix Embosslits Simple Flower
Bigshot
Close to Cocoa Cardstock and Classic Ink
Baja Breeze Cardstock and Classic Ink
Whisper White Cardstock and Craft Ink
Parisian Breeze DSP
Whisper White Craft Ink
Heat Tool if desired Snail Adhesive, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Piercing Tool
White Gel Pen (Optional) Kraft Taffeta Ribbon
Halfback Pearls from pretties Kit Pewter Brads
Bella Toile Background Stamp(optional) \Sanding Block (optional)


Optional- Follow the first three steps if you are not using patterned paper from the Parisian Breeze DSP collection for your 5 1/4" X 4" background panel as pictured above at the top of the post.




Sand the Baja Breeze 5 ¼” x 4” cardstock panel lengthwise and crosswise.

Ink the Bella Toile Background Stamp with Whisper White Kraft Ink.
Lay the Baja Breeze 5 ¼” x 4” cardstock panel on top of the Bella Toile Stamp and use a piece of scratch paper over top and rub the stamp with the heels of your palms.

Dry the panel with a heat tool or leave to the side to dry.

Ink the Swirl stamp with Whisper White Craft Ink and Stamp onto the Kraft 2 ¾” square. Heat with heat tool to dry or leave to the side to dry.

Ink the Edges of the Kraft panel with Close to Cocoa Ink

Mount the Kraft panel on Baja Breeze 3” square and Mount that on the Close to Cocoa 3 ¼” square.

Mount the 1”X 2” and 1” X 2 ¼” Parisian Breeze strip on 1 ¼” X 2 and 1 ¼” X 2 ¼” Close to Cocoa strips.

Put a piece of scrap Baja Breeze Cardstock inside the Embosslit.

Run the Embosslit through the Bigshot.

Option A pictured above- Use the flower with the embossed raised side down and color the negative space white with a white gel pen or Option B- use the flower with the raided side up and sand until the raised edge turns white.



Place a half back pearl in the center with a glue dot.

Ink the Butterfly stamp with Baja Breeze Ink. Ink the Stampin’ Around Wheel with Close to Cocoa. Run the Wheel across the inked Butterfly Stamp.

Press the stamp down to the whisper white cardstock.

Cut out the Butterfly leaving a little white space around the edge.

Mount the butterfly on the Square Kraft panel.

Tie the Taffeta ribbon in a bow around the square panel.

Mount the Baja Breeze 5 ¼” X 4” panel on the Close to Cocoa card base. Then mount the Parisian Breeze Strips on the top and bottom of the card base.

Mount the Square panel in the center of the card.

Mount the flower onto the corner of the square panel using glue dots and a dimensional.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Simple Butterfly Card for shoe box swap

Ok I changed my mind and came up with an even better card for my upline's shoe box swap next weekend. It was inspired by a Mojo Monday sketch and a modified CASE of card designed by Lynn - LW Designs . This card is my first time using the Simple Friendship stamp set and trying the Kissing Technique. I really like how it came out.

Recipe:
Simple Friendship Stamp Set
So Swirly Stampin’ Around Wheel and Handle
Bella Toile Background Stamp
Sizzix Embosslits Simple Flower
Bigshot
Close to Cocoa Cardstock and Classic Ink
Baja Breeze Cardstock and Classic Ink
Whisper White Cardstock and Craft Ink
Parisian Breeze DSP
Whisper White Craft Ink
Heat Tool if desired
Snail Adhesive, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Sanding Block
Piercing Tool
Kraft Taffeta Ribbon
Halfback Pearls from pretties Kit
Pewter Brads

I will post a step by step tutorial tomorrow. Going to Easter Service and out to Red Lobster with our Pastor has made me very sleepy!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Saffron Friend



I was toying around trying to come up with a shoe box swap project. This may end up being it.


Recipe: Great Friend Stamp Set, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White Cardstock, BigShot Textures Background #1 Flourishes, Cameo Coral, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze Ink, So Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon, Half Back Pearls, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Great Friend!

I finally mounted this stamp set today and decided to play. It is much more sparkly in person, I just can't seem to get glitter to show up in my photos.

I decided to apply Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds just to the negative space of the butterflies. (Because every card needs a little bling!)

I pierced the edges of the Orchid Opulence panel and did the faux stitching with a white gel pen to mimic the double stitching on the ribbon.


The Baja Breeze Patterned Paper panel is popped up on dimensionals.


Butterflies were cut out and bent a bit to make them look more 3 dimensional then popped up on 4 dimensionals.


The sentiment was cut out and popped up on dimensionals as well. I used markers to highlight just the word "friend" in Orchid Opulence then colored the remaining words with a Night of Navy marker.


The Certainly Celery base card has the flower stem stamped lightly all over in Cotton White Stazon.


Recipe: Great Friend stamp set, Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence, Basic Grey and Whisper White Cardstock, White StazOn, Baja Breeze, Basic Black, and Orchid Opulence Ink, Orchid Opulence and Night Of Navy Stampin' Write marker, Baja Breeze DSP, Dimensionals, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Baja Breeze Double Stitched Grosgrain ribbon, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, White Unibal Signo Gel Pen

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Stampin' Up just brightened my day!

I was feeling kind of down today as things are a bit "stressyitus" at my day job on Wall Street. But then one of my sideline demonstrators Cynthia Delgado sent me this email with Stampin' Up!'s principles. It instantly made me feel better to know that I am affiliated with a company that takes all of these things to heart.

Stampin’ Up! Principles

Integrity
We build our businesses through trust, fairness, and kindness with the thought that people are more important than products. We encourage everyone to give their best effort every day, to provide positive support to those around them, and to exercise creativity in performing their tasks.

Relationships
We expect open, honest, and friendly communication between everyone. We appreciate and encourage diversity, knowing there is much we can learn from each other.


Balance
We are dedicated to those who strive to create balanced lifestyles centered on serving family and others while nurturing their own self-esteem and personal growth.


Personal Development
We provide opportunities for those who wish to develop their artistic creativity, expand their social interaction, and contribute to their family’s -financial security—while having fun. We believe that when we nurture personal and professional development in people, success will follow.


Positive Environment
We seek to oer fair compensation and benefits; ample training and educational opportunities; and an opportunity for everyone to share ideas with the company.


Growth
We are dedicated to healthy and responsible growth. We measure our growth and performance subjectively by focusing on principles and objectively by focusing on numbers. We seek to expand our influence in the craft, hobby, and decorating markets as we provide affordable, high quality products that stimulate creativity and enjoyment.


Efficiency
We evaluate our operations capabilities to ensure productivity and continued support of our workforce. We understand that the client processes and structure encourage consistency and foster confidence; therefore, we strive to develop the best systems for giving the best support possible.

Change
We believe in exercising imagination and wisdom, in taking responsible risk, and in embracing change. We set challenging goals, always striving to "better our best."

Reading something like this makes me proud to be part of the Stampin' Up! family. Now is a great time for you to join the Stampin' Up! Family too! From now until April 30th SU is offering 3 easy payments on the demo starter kit in light of the current struggles that everyone is facing with the economy. This offer is available through mail only (not online as two forms must be submitted in order to take advantage of the payment plan).

3 Easy Payments (For a Limited Time)
Payment Breakdown for the Starter Kit $199 + tax (April 1-30, 2009)

Starter Kit Payment
Payment #1 $66.34 + tax
charged at the time of order

Payment #2
Charged around May 15th $66.33

Payment #3
Charged around June 15th $66.33

Total Payment $199 +tax

*Payments indicated are for the cost of the Starter Kit and, if selected, the Stampin' Memories add-on, including shipping. They do not include any applicable state taxes. (Please note that any applicable taxes for the total amount of the Starter Kit and, if selected, Stampin' Memories add-on, price will be added to the first payment.) If Stampin' Memories add-on is selected the first payment will be $116.34 + tax and the total payments will be $249 + tax.

Sign up with me and join my downline. I will show you the ropes and you will get to be part of our Super Stampinistas demonstrators yahoo group as well as the Definitely Stampers demonstrators yahoo group which both meet monthly to share tips and do make and take projects.

Egg-ceptional!


Here is a quick Easter card I made this morning before work. Only took 5 minutes since I prestamped and cut out a ton of little easter eggs using the pick a petal stamp set. Here I just cut fringe into a 2" X 5 1/2" strip of Certainly Celery Cardstock to look like grass and mounted on Bashful Blue Cardstock using dimensionals. I used the Eyelet Border Punch to punch a 1" X 5 1/2" strip of Whisper White cardstock to look almost like clouds. Then I glued down the easter eggs underneath the grass fringe. Finally I stamped the sentiment "Egg-ceptional" from the Wagon Full of Fun Stamp Set in the center. Viola! Quick easy Easter Card.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Duckie reduex!


Had to do another quick duckie Easter card. The inside says Egg-ceptional! Treat yourself to a wonderful day!
Recipe: Wagon Full of Fun Stamp Set, Tea Party DSP, Almost Amethyst Cardstock, So Saffron Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Timber Brown StazOn Ink, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Dimensionals.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Hidden Message Cards...


What better way to relax then to stamp. I made this card for my friend's bday. Here is the hidden message inside:

Recipe: And Many Mower Stamp Set, Urban Garden DSP, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, and Whisper White Cardstock, Black StazOn Ink, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Sage Shadow Markers, and Blender Pen and Kiwi Kiss Ink, Pewter Brad, Crop o dile, Dimensionals

Another Easter Card -

With a hidden message:

Recipe: Serene Spring Retired Hostess Set, Baja Breeze Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Mini Brad, Crop-o-dile, Dimensionals, Water Color Wonder Crayons, Black StazOn Ink, So Saffron, Baja Breeze Cardstock, Tea Party DSP

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Tasmine!



Here is a quick card I made for my very vivacious best friend Tasmine's birthday. I love using the BigShot Curly Label Movers and Shapers die and Butterflies die along with the Eyelet Border Punch to make quick cards. So Simple yet so cute.








Recipe: BigShot Butterflies die, BigShot Movers and Shapers Curly Label die, Eyelet Border Punch, Cameo Coral, Pretty in Pink Cardstock, Raspberry Tart DSP, Rhinestones, Regal Rose Ink, Curly Label Punch, Stampin Sponge

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hoppy Easter!



Here is a another cute Easter bunny card using the retired set Serene Spring.


Recipe: Serene Spring Stamp Set, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery and Whisper White Cardstock, Certainly Celery ribbon from the SAB ribbon bundle, Black StazOn Ink, Water Color Wonder Crayons, Stampin Dimensionals, Photo Corner Punch

My Anniversary!


(Forest Friends Stamp set from the Mini Occasions Catalog)
I got the cutest card in the mail from Kate Deignan for my anniversary as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!...Has it really been a whole year?


Got the Wagon Full of Fun stamp set today and just had to do a duckie easter card.

Stamp Set: Wagon Full of Fun, Tea Party DSP, Orchid Opulence, So Saffron, and Whisper White Cardstock, Chocolate Chip and Basic Black Ink, Water Color Wonder Crayons, Stampin Dimensionals