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Friday, August 30, 2013

Use It Up Best of Birthdays & Another Thank You

OK, so the other day I told you I had new toys to play with, shared a card and told you I'd have more to show you soon. I finally finished what I was working on this afternoon, cleaned everything up, took pictures of the cards and am ready to share them with you!
This was the second card I made, using the same DSP as the one I shared the other day:
The inside:

The front of the envelope:

And the envelope liner that matches:

Stamps: Best of Birthdays
Colors: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Accessories: retired Designer Series Paper from SAB 2010, 2 3/8" and 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punches, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Envelope Liner Framelits (Holiday Catalog)
And this little card (2 3/4" square) was the last of that DSP:

Stamps: Another Thank You (photoplymer)
Colors: Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride
Accessories: retired Designer Series Paper from SAB 2010, retired Designer Series Paper from a hostess stack (I think), 1 3/4" Scallop Circle and 1 3/8" Circle Punches

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Butterfly Bundle & Best of Autumn- Available Now!

Stampin' Up! shared the September Special and new Best of 25 Years Stamp Set early!

Butterfly Bundle Special Offer

Dates: August 29-September 30, 2013

Offer: Get 15 percent off when you buy this bundled butterfly stamp set and punch!

Bundle ItemPage in Catalog DescriptionRetail Price15% Savings PriceAmount Saved!
Butterfly Bundle (Clear-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
Butterfly Bundle (Wood-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch

PS. I've been busy stamping and will have more projects to share soon! I have to take pictures of everything first...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

NEW Circle Thinlit Birthday Card & Matching Envelope

I have new toys to play with so I had to try them out! First up, the new Circle Card Thinlit (available now) and Envelope Punch Board (available September 1st).

The front of the card

The card open - I was playing with scraps so my card is 4 1/4 x 5" closed, 5 x 5 7/8" open
(I don't know why this is upside down!)

The envelope I made (which is also upside down!)

The envelope open, showing the liner I made with matching DSP. I wish I wouldn't have tried to round the corners on the sides- didn't quite work! The envelope measures just over 4 1/4 x 5 1/4".
Stamps: Best of Birthdays
Colors: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: retired Designer Series Paper from Sale-A-Bration 2010, Circle Card Thinlits, Envelope Punch Board, 1 3/4" Circle Punch
This was the first card I made with the new thinlits. I was in such a hurry to share it that I just used my cell phone to take the pictures- sorry they aren't the best quality! I'm going to play some more to see what I can come up with... 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Tags 4 You Designer Series Paper Washi Tape Halloween Swap

Trying to use as much of the Witches Brew Designer Series Paper as I can. I buy Halloween DSP every year, use some for a Stamp-A-Stack card and then never touch the rest. Not this year! I'm going to use it up!! This was the card I did for the swap at our August Stamp Share:

Stamp Set: Tags 4 You
Colors: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Witches Brew Designer Series Paper, Witches Brew Designer Washi Tape, Label Bracket Punch, Apothecary Accents Framelits
Every layer besides the Pumpkin Pie card base and the piece of Very Vanilla that the image is stamped on, are Designer Series Paper. Woohoo! 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Festive Flurry Pocket Fold Card

I love doing different folds for cards! This one is so simple, you wonder "why didn't I think of that?"

Check out the inside:

There's a pocket for a gift card, money, or whatever! The ribbon holds the pocket together- there is no adhesive on the sides.
Stamp Set: Festive Flurry
Colors: Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, Whisper White, silver
Accessories: Winter Frost Designer Series Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper, Festive Flurry Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, 5/8" Organza Ribbon, Rhinestones, 1" Circle Punch (for notch on the pocket flap), My Digital Studio (for greeting), Dimensionals
I didn't have a greeting that was long and thin, so I found one on My Digital Studio, printed it on Whisper White card stock, cut it to the size I wanted, notched the ends (with the Petite Pennants Builder Punch!) and attached it to the card with Dimensionals
CASE'd from Angela K./Michelle L.- gorgeous card ladies! This was probably the most popular card at the Stamp-A-Stack! I hope you'll join us for the next Stamp-A-Stack on September 21st!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ombre Yippee Skippee Butterflies

Ombre n. A French term meaning "shaded." Usually a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark.
While looking at Pinterest (way too addicting, so I have to limit my time on that site!), I found a card similar to this by Jill P. I made a few changes and it became a card for the August Stamp-A-Stack!

Stamp Set: Yippee-Skippee
Colors: Blushing Bride (card base), Primrose Petals, Strawberry Slush, Melon Mambo, Rose Red (from top to bottom)
Accessories: Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly and Corner Rounder punches, Illuminate Glimmer Ink, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals
The extra piece of Blushing Bride is 3 3/4" x 5", which is the perfect size to layer the four stripes, which are 1 1/8" x 3 5/8".

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Halloween Happiness Stamp-A-Stack Card

We really don't do much for Halloween since Chase is too old for trick-or-treating and we never had any trick-or-treaters at the farm. Last year, after moving to town, was the first year we had some. Click here to see what I made them- I LOVED the Googly Ghouls stamp set from last year's Holiday Catalog! So cute!

Anyway, I decided I would buy 1 Halloween stamp set from this year's Holiday Catalog so I could use it for a Stamp-A-Stack. I thought the Halloween Happiness single stamp was cute so that's what i bought. Here are two slightly different versions:

Stamp Set: Halloween Happiness (Holiday Catalog)

Colors: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Garden Green, Whisper White

Accessories: Witches Brew Designer Series Paper, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder

For the top card, I colored the stamp with markers and then stamped it. I left the image as it was and layered it on the Garden Green with a piece of the Witches Brew DSP below it.

For the bottom card, I stamped the image in Pumpkin Pie ink, colored the stems and vines with a Garden Green marker and cut off the words before I layered it on the Garden Green. Then I trimmed the words, snipped the ends, layered it on a strip of Basic Black and snipped those ends. By cutting off the words, you could use an alternate greeting, too.

Did you notice the stripes? I did one each way to show the different look you get just by turning the embossed piece over.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Masking Tape Moose

The Masking Tape or Painter's Tape technique seems to be really popular right now, so I decided that we needed to try one for the Stamp-A-Stack. I was looking around on Stampin' Connection (the website for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators) and saw a card made by Kellie P. that I really liked. This is my slightly different version:
Stamp Set: Walk In The Wild
Colors: Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Accessories: Linen Thread, masking tape
The background is made by pushing the sticky side of a piece of masking tape on the ink pad to pick up the ink, then putting the tape on the card stock and rubbing over it with your finger. Pull the tape off and the ink is there with the texture of the tape. Very cool! Easy to do, but can be slightly messy if you get your fingers in the ink! The tape can be used over and over again.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit Cards

Have you seen the Thankful Tablescape Kit in the Holiday Catalog? It has some interesting pieces in it, but what if you really don't want to make the napkin holders and other suggested pieces? I decided to come up with some cards instead for my August Stamp-A-Stack:

Something different and very cool, I think! And everyone at the Stamp-A-Stack seemed to like them, even though there is no stamping on them. This is how I made them...

The napkin holders look like this when you take them out of the package:

This is the other side:


Start by cutting it apart:

Let's start with the larger piece- cut off the sides to make it 5 1/2" wide: 

Cut again to make it 8 1/4" long, which is just inside the next score line:

This piece is already scored at 3 1/4". Add another score line 3/4" from the other end:

Fold the larger side over:

Then fold the small piece to create the card base:

My finished card. The scalloped edge brown piece overlaps the little folded dlap on the bottom:

The inside:

Now for the smaller piece from the original napkin holder...
One end has rounded corners, round the corners on the other end:

Score at 4":

Fold card base, fold printed piece:

Wrap printed piece around card base, making sure it is centered:

Fold small end of printed piece up and into card base, attach with adhesive:

My finished card:

Stamps: none
Colors: Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit (napkin holders, belly bands, Chocolate Chip paper ribbon, Birch paper ribbon, die-cut printed leaves), Expressions Thinlits Die, Scallop Edge Border punch
I attched the "Thankful" die cut with the 2-Way Glue Pen. For everything else I used SNAIL. 
Now I need to come up with projects for the other parts of the kit!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

NEW Photopolymer Stamp Set: Another Thank You

Stampin' Up! introduced a new Photopolymer Stamp Set today: Another Thank You
Check out my "Specials" page to see all of the Photopolymer Stamp Sets!
Contact me to place your order or
click on "Shop Now" in the upper right hand corner

Monday, August 12, 2013

Razzleberry Splash Simply Scrappin' Kit Card Set

I'm donating this set of 20 cards and envelopes for a United Cerebral Palsy of Central MN fundraiser later this month. I thought I would share the cards in case anyone has this Simply Scrappin' Kit or a similar one and needs some ideas. I can't take credit for these- one of my sidelines, Debbie, designed them and our group made them at one of our monthly meetings. I did make them all, even though it took me awhile to complete them! Today I added the greetings to them and made the box, which is a sheet of Rich Razzleberry card stock for the bottom and a window sheet for the top.

Box measure 6" x 9" x 1" tall

Stamp Sets: various sets for greetings

Colors: Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White

Accessories: Razzleberryy Splash Simply Scrappin' Kit, various punches and ribbons

I hope this gives you some inspiration!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Stampin' Up! Shelli's Pop N Cuts Lovely As A Tree Walk In The Wild Card

This was probably my favorite card shared at Convention! Shelli (co-founder of Stampin' Up!) showed it during her presentation. These pictures are from her blog 

Here's the picture I took of it when it was on display:

LOVE the moose!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Building...One Year Ago Today

One year ago today, our Building in Rockville was hit by lightning and started on fire. You can read more about it here and here.
This is what the Building used to look like:


This is what it looked like after the fire:

This is what it looks like now:

Here are some comparisons of old, damaged and new:

Let's hope nothing like this ever happens again! We are so grateful that no one, especially the firefighters, were hurt.