Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Retirement Card For Linda

One of my co-workers retires this week. Yes, I had one retire about a month ago. We have several people retiring this year and probably next year also!
This card is all about the bling! I even put crystal effects on the glasses and microbeads on the rims of 2 of the glasses. And this was the first time I used the new Modern Label punch. It layers really nicely with the 1-1/4" circle and Curvy Label punches.
  • Stamps: Razzle Dazzle, Cheers, Party Hearty, Congrats
  • Paper: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
  • Ink: Basic Black, Bermuda Bat, Melon Mambo, various markers
  • Other: Rhinestone brads, Bermuda Bay ribbon, white gel pen, dimensionals, clear gem stickers, Crystal effects, Microbeads, Modern Label, Curvy Label, and 1-1/4" circle punches

I even dotted the inside and put more of the large image from Razzle Dazzle across the bottom. This is a Half-fold card, so it is really big- It has to be big enough for everybody at the hospital to sign!

My Daughter Made a Card With Me!

Now, I have to let you know that my daughter is a true artist, amazing talent. She think that papercrafting is too hard to learn, not her style. She starts her Photojournalism major at the Art Institute of Minneapolis in 2 weeks. Hoity-toity, I know. But guess what.... she LOVES this watercolor technique! Maybe I'll get her hooked yet. Na, won't happen, but a girl can dream. But she made this rose, loved making it, loved how it turned out, and then decided she needed to make it into a birthday card for a good friend of hers. I walked her through it, and she did a great job.

Here it is closed. I was surprised when she asked me take a picture and post it on my blog! So here it is :) Let's give her lots of positive feedback so we can bring her to the darkside ;)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Manhattan Flowers Trifold

Ok, so ignore my finger in there! I couldn't get a good pic of this closed without holding it! This is a trifold card using the Manhattan Flowers embossing folder and it is sooo cool! I found this idea on a couple of blogs , but originated with Barbara Jean Smith.

I changed mine just a little, and the next one I make will actually fit in an A2 envie, lol! This one is a little too tall.

Now, don't you love how the "happy birthday" from Teeny Tiny wishes fit in this stamp from Oval All?! I just used a Blush Blossom marker to stamp only the floral design, then used Going Gray ink and the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to put the happy birthday in instead of Best Wishes!

Here it is open. I used the Eyelet border punch on the top edge instead of rounding the corners.

  • Stamps: Fifth Avenue Flowers, Oval All, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Paper: Blush Blossom, Whisper White
  • Ink: Blush Blossom, Going Gray
  • Other: Manhattan Flowers embossing folder with Big Shot, eyelet border punch, scallop oval and large oval punches, paper snips, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Groovy Guava double stitched ribbon (I know, I know- it's retired! But it goes so well with this paper!)

Now, go and make one yourself!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

New Catties & Preview of Club projects for Thursday

The new catalog starts on Wednesday, July 1st! I am so excited, there is so much cool new stuff, you wouldn't believe how big my wish list is. Yes, even though I am a demo, I do not get everything I want out the catalog, and it is very hard for me to pick what I am going to get first cuz I have so many ideas for so many of the new things that I think I have to have, lol! Now, if I can just hang on to all of those fun ideas, and try them as I get stuff, it will be a miracle. Even writing the ideas down should help, right?

Ok, on to the card above. This is one of the projects we will do at stamp club this Thursday. How lucky were we that this meeting fell just after the new catalog came out! I have been dying to show my ladies this technique- I just had to wait because I didn't think that the guys wanted roses on their Father's Day cards, if you know what I mean! And this technique is so easy and fun, it could be addicting :) I call this technique Watercolor Spread. And I used 3 of the new In-Colors on it. You are going to LOVE them! I do already!

I won't tell all my secrets yet, I'll wait til after the club meeting. I do have to say that this is not my idea, I got it from Patty Bennet, who is one awesome lady for sharing this with us all, even thought I think she said she got the technique from someone at a Stampin Up! Leadership conference.

  • Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Paper: Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Green Galore, Shimmery White
  • Ink:Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Green Galore, Versamark
  • Other: Melon Mambo polka dot ribbon, distressing tool, embossing buddy, White EP, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry reinkers, spray bottle of water, Aqua painter, scalloped oval, large oval, and small oval punches, sponges, dimensionals, big shot and Little Leaves die

And this is the scrapbook page we will be doing. I may add to it yet, I haven't decided. I know, I know, I just can't leave well even alone! Oops! I just realized this picture doesn't have the giraffe I put on it! So there you go, I already added to it!

  • Stamps: Animal Stories
  • Paper: Ballet Blue, So Saffron, Old Olive, Tall Tales DSP
  • Ink: Old Olive, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
  • Other: small polka dot texture plate and big shot, distressing tool, paper piercer and mat pack

For all of the non-club members out there who visit my blog, I am willing to sell card and page kits if there is an interest. For this page and the card, it would be $10 US, including shipping, the materials to complete the project, minus the stamped images, and instructions. I can take Paypal, personal checks, and money orders.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fishin' Father's Day

What father in Northern Minnesota doesn't like to fish? I have used this now retired SU! set many times for masculine cards, it's always a winner. Too bad I can't sell it any more! I won't be parting with this set ever :)
I stamped the fish in Versamark all over the card front, and then in Choc Chip and Old Olive on Kraft cs, cut the fish out and strung them up on hemp twine. The fishermen and boat image is embossed in white EP. Attached the matted boat and the fish to the card front with dimensionals. I also matted the sentiment on the inside the same way I matted the boat on the front and did the same doodles around the edges inside.
  • Stamps: Angler
  • Paper: Brilliant Blue, Old Olive, Kraft
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Versamark
  • Other: Hemp twine, dimensionals, embossing buddy, white embossing powder, heat gun, Cutter kit, Chocolate Chip marker

I hope I have given you lots of ideas for Father's Day cards, I know that I need lots- I have to send cards to 4 fathers and do one for my hubby! Maybe one from the kids to the hubby! And I only have 2 stashed and haven't mailed any. Uh-oh! Maybe I should copy some of the one's I made for other people's dad's :)

Happy Stampin!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Another Father's Day card

This one is for a little girl to give to her Daddy. I just love that " I love my Daddy" stamp! These are all old stamps from Hero Arts I believe. I have saved them because you can't find good Father's Day stamps sometimes, and these will never go out of fashion, so to speak!

Now I need to get another one made for a co-worker with a fishing theme. I'm pretty sure I can handle that! I think I have at least 3 sets with fishing stuff :) Hopefully I'll have that one ready to post tonight, but I must got to bed now! I just came home a little while ago after a 12 hour shift.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Father's Day Nears

This card is a special request from a co-worker. Her dad likes books. Well, I don't have any book stamps, but I do have the Word Window punch!

I used the punch to make the books and strips of paper to make the shelf. I hope it looks like books to everyone else, lol! I used the Big shot and the Red Tag Sale dies for the letters along with some light weight coasters with Tall Tales SU! DSP glue stick to it for the "Dad" title. I also bought the Father Knows Best set form PaperTreyInk a while back as it has the most awesome Father's day sentiments. Now I finally got to use them :) I'm sorry SU!, sometimes I must stray...
The Always Artichoke paper behind "Dad" is faux sueded- I crumpled the paper up, flattened it, ran it over my bone folder (similar to the technique used to curl ribbon), then peeled the paper into 2 layers. I then glued it down with the inside on the paper showing, all soft, fuzzy, and distressed.
  • Stamps: PTI Father Knows Best
  • Paper: Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Whisper White, Tall Tales DSP
  • Ink: Soft Suede inkpad and marker
  • Other: Big Shot and Red Tag Sale die, dimensionals, gold brads, word window punch, light weight coaster, bone folder

Let me know what you think! I love comments :)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Stamp Club project #2

Father's Day is fast approaching and so we did a Father's Day card this month also.

This was actually a fairly quick card, even the coloring didn't take that long. I am trying to use up some of the retired Designer Series paper that I have been hoarding forever. I mean, really, I bought it to use it. Nobody is going to see it unless I use it on some projects! And the new stuff coming soon is just YUMMY! So, what did I use on this card? Some of the soon-to-be-gone stamps and colors. It is the month of the Last Chance List!
  • Stamps: And Many Mower, Sanded BG
  • Paper: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Ski Slope Designer Series Paper
  • Ink: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip
  • Other: Distressing tool from Cutter Kit, dimensionals, blender pens

Inside the card it says:


Happy Father's Day

June Stamp Club project #1

Ok, I know I haven't posted last month's projects yet, but the pictures are on the camera my daughter took with her this weekend. If I can remember which projects they were, I'll find them and retake pics of them :)

We had a really good turn out for club this month, and we had a really great time! This is the scrapbook page we did for this month.

I used some of the soon-to-be-retired In-Colors on the projects this month. I have become rather attached to them, again! By the end of the year, I LOVE all of the colors and am sad to see them go. But the new In-Colors, which I have already seen, are awesome too. Now, on to the supply list!
  • Stamps: Just Beachy, Lazy Days JW, Dotted Lines JW
  • Paper: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper from SAB this year
  • Ink: Bashful Blue, Tangerine Tango, Really Rust, Old Olive, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Basic Brown journaler
  • Other: Wheel Guide, Circle Scissors, 1", 1-1/4", & 1-3/4" circle punches, sponge, Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon, Billboard alpha die with Big Shot, dimensionals

The middle photo area is 4 x 8-1/2" and the bottom photo is a 4 x 6" photo. These pictures are of my nephew Austin and were taken last year. The journaling reads:

"These pictures were taken in July '08 after a big thunderstorm in Little Falls. Austin found a puddle in G'ma & G'pa's driveway & could not resist playing in it! He ran thru it, stomped & splashed in it, squished mud thru his fingers & between his toes. Ahhh... the joys of youth! I think it's time to go find a puddle of my own!"

Thursday, June 11, 2009

It been so long....

I'm sorry everybody! I have been so busy with my oldest 2 kids graduating from high school, I haven't had time to do anything with my blog. Now that both grad ceremonies and both grad parties are done, I can get back to my more normal life. Maybe. We'll see. But I'm going to try! But first, here is a pic of the 2 grads :)

Here is the one new card that I actually have a photo of. All the rest are still on my camera, which I have to share with my whole family! It has been out of my hands quite a lot lately. It currently went with my daughter to a tattoo convention. Hmmm... I wonder what kind of photos I will see.
Ok, back to stamping! Here is the anniversary card I made for my hubby. It was our 19th on June 2nd! I used all new stamps, and the new In-Colors that will come out on July 1st! I already love them.

  • Stamps: Razzle Dazzle, Circle Circus, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Paper: Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango
  • Other: CAD with copper eyelets, Large oval and heart punches, Lots of Tags die and Big Shot, Soft Suede ribbon, paper piercer and mat pack, white gel pen, distressing tool from cutter kit, dimensionals
This is also a big card, I folded a full sheet of paper in half to make it. I'm starting to really like this size :)
Hopefully I will be posting more goodies in the very near future as I have a few days off from my "real job", giggle!


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