Sunday, June 7, 2015

Occasions Catalog Card Swap

Hello again! One more quick post about cards made with items from the Occasions catalog. Better late than never, I guess! We were to send a dozen each of 2 cards. I decided to make one feminine and one masculine. Why not, right? I love the Adventure Awaits stamp set and coordinating paper stack. They were #1 on my preorder. I am so disappointed they didn't carry over, but the set will remain in my permanent collection! It's so great for graduation, retirement, weddings, encouragement, home decor pieces... YES to all of that. Can be used for either feminine or masculine projects!

Here is the variety of masculine cards I made with a single design but a variety of papers. I used the Perpetual Birthday Calendar splatter stamp (happy this carries over) and burlap ribbon for texture (more happy). The Starburst frame makes a great layer for the round sentiment. The center is Sahara Sand, stamped with Versamark and embossed with the retired Early Espresso embossing powder. I'll be honest, I was somewhat disappointed at the items that didn't live on in the new annual catalog, but I have a decent sized wish list anyway! Looking forward to making lots of lovely new projects with the toys I will acquire in the next several months.

The feminine cards I made used Sale A Bration papers and a sentiment from a SAB set, and the Love Is Kindness single stamp which I won in a catalog preview prize patrol. I'll be honest, this stamp doesn't really float my boat, but I wanted to use it at least once! I colored it with Blendabilities markers (RIP).

I got back lots of lovely cards in return. My upline is hours away but I was able to participate by mail at her last event. Hoping there will be another soon featuring the new annual catalog!

Have a great day!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Mom's birthday card - Look Who's Turning 60!

Hello everyone! Long time no post. Oops. I had hoped to get this posted before the end of the Occasions catalog but it just didn't happen. As you may have gathered, I make a special card for my mom every year. This year was a big one! She turned 60. Anything with a zero deserves extra attention, don't you think? I knew I couldn't top 40 or 50, so I decided to keep it a little simpler this time around. Mom lives 5+ hours away, so we don't see each other as much as I'd like. As it turned out, my stepdad had a pacemaker put in while we were scheduled to be in town, so it was good timing for all.

I decided to make an accordion-style card with a candle for each year. I had a lot of scraps (YES Mom is worthy of cutting into fresh paper but let's not get all crazy here) that would work well as candles. Lots of colors, patterns, finishes - and different lengths and widths. I used the Stampin' Up Bird Builder punch to make the flames - the wings are just perfect. I clipped out a few different yellows for flames. I had purchased a card kit from the Occasions catalog and the matching stamp set, Hooray It's Your Day. Perfect for the front.

These photos are all taken in Mom's piano studio. She teaches piano to a number of kids in her area, and has been playing since she was 9 years old. Plus, she has been an organist since she was 15! She's fantastic. The photo below was saved in a larger format, so if you click on it you should be able to see the details pretty well.

So, this is a cropped photo of the card extended across the keyboard of her piano. I love this piano. It was built in the 20's and it is gorgeous. Many, many years ago as a gift, my grandmother paid for a restoration. There were little pieces of the woodwork missing, and some of the keys were a little cracked, so they were refinished and new veneers added where necessary. Here is the full photo - you can see some of the intricate carving that adorns the face and some books, etc., that are out for the next student. Such a gorgeous instrument.

Here are a couple more photos of the card folded in a little, and turned on its back so you can see how thick it got. I delivered it in a little gift bag from Target. :)

Anyway, this was really fun to make (took longer than I thought it would - as usual) and Mom loved it. We gave it to her over breakfast at our hotel next to the hospital. She took it to the church where she works later to show it off. I love doing something just a little different for Mom. Making cards with the recipient in mind is so rewarding!

Have a great weekend! It's graduation weekend here and we are off to some open houses this afternoon. My daughter just finished her junior year, so we are in the home stretch and I'll be doing open house madness again before I know it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Catalog Open House Tonight!

Hi! I'm hosting a new catalog open house at my home tonight. I've been working feverishly on samples using my new toys, and there will be fun make and takes to give the new stuff a run, including the Blendabilities markers. Plus, I'm making a batch of my Baba's iced tea! If you're in town, drop on by!

Here's a quick phone shot I grabbed this morning on my way put the door of the table featuring items I've made using new stuff! 

I'd love to see your shiny, happy face! 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

News Flash

Hello! Just a quick post to say - I finally opened my own Stampin' Up website! You can find me HERE.

Bonus - since you are looking at a post, might as well be looking at a card...

More Eastern Elegance paper! This CASE is from the current catalog, page 81. I switched up the ribbon treatment and the little sentiment. I kind of feel like the cute ruffle trim gets lost against the print, but it does add some fun texture. Here's the story behind the catalog CASE session - I was traveling for work and took a small selection (ha ha, huge tote, extra suitcase, and my Big Shot) of supplies with me to do a little something in the evenings. I figured, where better to get some inspiration than the pages of the catalog? Works for me! I turned out several over the few days I was away. Lots better than lying around watching the tube!

Have a FANTASTIC day!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Swappin' the Night Away

You may or may not be aware that the Stampin' Up! catalog year is coming to an end soon. Earlier this week, my friend and I hit the road to attend the new catalog premiere at a movie theater in Des Moines, IA. This is 8+ hours from home in good weather without many stops. Needless to say... neither direction took 8 hours. :) It was still a fun trip, but I really wish Minneapolis hadn't sold out so quickly!

At any rate, where there is a Stampin' Up event, there are swaps. I joined a group of 10 women who connected online beforehand. Got some beautiful cards and great ideas in return for my own set of cards! I made 2 versions of the same card since I had designer paper to use. I have been loving the Eastern Elegance papers!

Here is one... not a great pic, but I didn't realize it before I let them all out of my possession...

The other color scheme, with a sentiment added. (I didn't stamp sentiments on any of my swaps.)

I used the Banners Framelit die to make the bottom banner, a strip of card stock flagged using the Hexagon punch, a Label die shape, and the Butterfly punches. Stamps are Happy Day and Lovely Romance. I attempted a guess at stamp sets that wouldn't be on the retired list, but I failed. I knew I was using soon-to-retire paper anyway, so I will be able to sleep at night. :)

These cards are actually a CASE of my own creation from last summer, which is itself a catalog CASE. I really liked the sample on page 106 of the current catalog. I switched the direction of the layout but kept the layered idea and placement of elements.

This version uses stamps from Creative Elements (retiring favorite - sniffle!) and Epic Day This & That paper. I have been hoarding this card as I really like how it turned out. Maybe I should go ahead and Let It Go... because I need room for more cards!

Anyway, it is Prom weekend here in ND and there are many other events taking place in the next 2 days, so off to bed for me! Hope you enjoyed these 3-of-a-kind cards!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Club shenanigans

By popular request, I am posting some recent lovelies I made for fun along with the cards we made at our hostess club this week.

First, I made a set of 12 cards as inspired by a post about One Sheet Wonder cards at Operation Write Home. I enjoy the kind you make with lots of funky cuts, but sometimes the stripped-down approach makes the most sense. I did the option of cutting a 12x12 sheet of designer paper into 12, 4x3 rectangles, using Eastern Elegance. I dressed up each card differently using Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry ribbon, the Decorative Label, Scallop Trim, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, and Boho Blossoms punches, Hello Lovely and Happy Day stamp sets, and Basic Black and Smoky Slate solid card stock. A tip on the card stock - 2 sheets of 8.5x11 trim down to make 6- 4.25x3.25 mats of each sheet. It's a great way to use up DSP and stretch supplies at the same time. Weird. Here they are, in no particular order:

For club, I revised the design using Sweet Essentials, the Spiral Flowers die, and Venetian Romance paper with mats of Soft Suede and Tangerine Tango.

Here's the other club card - a simple valentine using a hand made stacked embellishment. I have seen a lot of these in the store and thought it would be even better if I made it myself! I also made one with the Bitty Butterfly and different papers. Any small punch would do. The sentiment is from Express Yourself. I've gotten a lot of mileage out of this fun hostess set.

I also showed our group a couple of simple cards I had made with new sets from the Occasions catalog, but had deemed not quite right for club night since one is too simple and we didn't have enough candy dots to go around, and the other was a LOT of watercolor but really not too bad for time, at least when I made it I didn't feel it took an excessive amount of time to complete.

Spiral Spins, Sweet Essentials, and Candy Dots

So Very Grateful and many ink pads, using Blender Pen to color

I'm being summoned to watch a baby in the bath! Have a great night!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fall Goody Bags

I work for a company with several branches, and I had to go to the main office this week for a meeting. I wanted to bring goodies for a special few who really help me out every day, since my position has always been held at the HQ until now, and I can do MOST functions from my desk but I need a little support. I didn't want to leave anyone out but I didn't have time or desire to make a special package for every single person there, so I also decorated a couple of baskets and loaded them up with candy.

For the large sunflowers on the baskets, I used Floral Frames Framelits and Royal Fiber Sunflower paper, sponging the edges with Crushed Curry ink. Garden Green makes the leaves, and Early Espresso embossed with the Fancy Fan folder makes the centers. I hot glued the flowers right onto the baskets and tied raffia bows on the handles. I loaded them up with tons of mini candy bars and Dum Dums.

The goody bags are some small lunch bags I had bought from my company a while back. They are the perfect size for a little treat. I put a generous handful of wrapped candy and a handful of candy corn in each one before tying it shut.

More raffia bows... I have the retired ribbon slot punch, which makes things like this easy peasy. The bow was tied before I hung the tags on the bags. The tag is the large bread bag tag from the Chalk Talk framelit set, cut from Royal Fiber Birch paper. I love the uber natural appearance of the flecks in this paper. The pumpkin is created by punching 3 XL Ovals from Pumpkin Pie, and sponging with Cajun Craze ink. I die cut the Little Leaves using more Garden Green CS. The pumpkin stems are punched from Early Espresso using the middle size Boho Blossoms. The little sunflower is similar to the big ones but just a single layer. These were really simple but they did take some time. Lots of gluing and popping with dimensionals!

I have to give my mother in law a shout out! These photos were taken on her deck, and required zero editing. She has a huge fall/Halloween display out including a little fireplace (non-functioning, I think) where I was able to set my items for some quick pics.

Happy Fall!