Thursday, April 14, 2011

Our First Five Years

It's amazing how time just flies right on by!  Later this year, we will be hitting the ten year mark since we met! :)  So today I'm sharing the first five.... rapid fire in mini album form! :)

I haven't been around here much cause I'm just running around like crazy trying to keep up with life!  I have some posts I want to write, so maybe I should just quit thinking about it and get to writing them!!  And, I'm super behind on reading my favorite blogs in my reader.  I'm hoping to catch up in the next week or so.  Hope you have a great weekend! :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What Not to Do: Heat Embossing

Ever have one of those super simple "oh this will be a quick card" ideas, that quickly turns into an ordeal?  Yep, it happened to me while embossing recently.  To be fair, I went in with the intention of experimenting a little bit, but quickly learned a few important lessons!  I thought it would be fun to share so (a) you could learn from my mistakes and (b) it's fun to see craft fails! ;)

Before the fails, let's look at the final product:

Gorgeous, right?! :)   Here's the not-so-gorgeous..

(it's adjacent to the leaf on the flower....sigh...)

So I made my fourth and final attempt, which was a success!

I finished the card by using my stylus and paper cutter to dry emboss the lines around the edge of the card.  Have you ever photographed your craft fails?! :)

Supplies for these projects:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Versamark Watermark Ink, Cherry Cobbler Craft Ink Spot, Always Artichoke Craft Ink Spot
Stamp Sets:   Because I Care (Hostess Level One set)
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (for sentiment), Clear Embossing Powder (for flower), Stylus, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, April 11, 2011

Card: If you are what you eat...

When my good friend Andrea came to visit last weekend, we played with her new stamps and made this:

Isn't it cute?!  This is one of the Level One Hostess sets - only available until the end of June!

Supplies for these projects:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Ink:  Versamark StazOn (black)
Stamp Sets:   Cute Birthday (Level One Hostess set)
Ribbon:  Pretty in Pink 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Card: A Note of Thanks

I love these stamps!  So versatile.  I decided to make a quick little card using some of my circle punches and stamps. :)

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla 
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant
Stamp Sets:   Thank You Kindly
Punches:  Scallop Border, Circle punches
Accessories: Pearls, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Markers

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Card: Paisley Prints Thanks... another version!

Same supplies, different thank you card!  This is the third one I have made using the new Paisley Prints Designer Series Paper and Four Frames stamps:

Darn rain has made this card look a little darker than it is in real life!  I must say, I love this particular stamp set and patterned paper!  It will be in the new main catalog in July, but you can get it now as part of this month's promotion!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip 
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Bravo Burgundy
Stamp Sets:   Four Frames, Fabulous Phrases
Punches:  Decorative Label, Itty Bitty Shapes
Ribbon:  Victoria Crochet Trim
Accessories: Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, April 8, 2011

Card: Paisley Prints Thanks

Here's another card I made using the new Paisley Prints Designer Series Paper and Four Frames stamps!

I liked it so much, I made another one, changing out the patterned papers I was using:

To make the brown outline for the thanks label, I punch two decorative labels in Chocolate Chip, cut one in half lengthwise and the other in half widthwise.  I carefull glued them down to overlap, trimming a little bit in a few places.  I love how it turned out!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler 
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Bravo Burgandy
Stamp Sets:   Four Frames, Thank You Kindly
Punches:  Decorative Label
Accessories: Pearls, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Big Shot, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Card: A Friend is Someone Who Makes it Easy

I love how this card turned out! So bright and happy. :)   I used Clean and Simple sketch #104:

Also, love this stamp set! I need to play with it some more! :)

Supplies for these projects:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Patterned Paper:  Brights Designer Series Paper (Rich Razzleberry)
Ink:  Versamark StazOn (black); Melon Mambo, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, & Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pads (all used with a blender pen to color in the flower hearts!)
Stamp Sets:   Simply Said
Accessories: Stampin' Write Marker in Rich Razzleberry, Blender Pen

Card: Hi Friend

Have you seen the new Four Frames stamps and Paisley Prints Designer Series Paper?  I love them both!!  Such beautiful colors!  And stamps for my favorite punch?!  I'm a happy girl!  Here's the first card I made with both:

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake 
Patterned Paper:  Paisley Prints Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Stamp Sets:   Four Frames, Fabulous Phrases, Because I Care (Hostess Level 1 - for small border images along bottom)
Punches:  Decorative Label, Scallop Trim Border
Ribbon:  Very Vanilla Seam Binding
Accessories: Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Card: Wishing You a Wonderful Day

So I loved this card so much, I made a two more with some small changes!  I swapped out the sentiment, added a few extra embellishments and altered the "frosting" top of the cupcake.

To make the "frosting" I punched the cupcake out, then took the decorative label punch and punched out a little of the top to make it look swirled.  Isn't it cute?!

Next I changed the colors around:

Supplies for these projects:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait 
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait
Stamp Sets:   Bring on the Cake (both are in the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Punches:  Build a Cupcake, Decorative Label (both are in the Occasions Mini Catalog), Owl Two-Step punch (used for heart)
Ribbon:  Linen Thread
Accessories: Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Markers in Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait

Wordless Wednesday: Loving Spring

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Scrapbook Layout: All You Need is Love

I've been wanting to use the Love Impressions Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog for a while now.  I pulled it out Sunday and realized that this week's Sketchy Thursday sketch would be perfect for it!

What a fun sketch -- I loved it and the layout went together so fast!!  Thanks for another inspiring sketch ladies!! :)

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Red Glimmer Paper, Love Impressions Designer Series Paper
Punches:   Small Heart, Heart to Heart, Large Heart, Owl (for small heart), Scallop Border, Decorative Label
Other: Stampin' Write Markers, Love Impressions Rub-Ons
Non-SU:  sewing machine + thread

Monday, April 4, 2011

Card: Happy Birthday... Penguin Style!

I love my punch stash... the owl punch has to be one of my absolute favorites at the moment!  Did you know that the Owl can also be a penguin?!  Check it out:

Did you know that the owl punch + small scissors = CUTE penguin!!  You simply chop off the ears of the cute owl and you get this!  Isn't he adorable?!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
Specialty Paper:  Red Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Basic Black
Stamp Sets:   Bring on the Cake (from the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Ribbon:  Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon
Other: Elegant Lines embossing folder, Big Shot

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Card: Woodgrain Somebody Cares

I made this card for a swap with the group of demonstrators I'm in.  I love how it turned out!

And here's what it looks like on the inside:

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Designer Series Paper:  Brights Collection Designer Series Paper in Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Stamp Sets:   Occasionals Quotes (Level 3 Hostess set!), Woodgrain background
Punches: Owl Two-Step punch, Build a Blossom
Ribbon:  linen thread
Other: Brights Designer Buttons, Big Shot, Top Note die for Big Shot

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Card: Spoil Yourself Today!

Another one of my favorite cards!  This is the third and final card from February!

So I saw this card somewhere, but for the life of me I can't remember where I saw it.

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Baja Blue, Pear Pizzazz
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Versamark (watermark ink),
Stamp Sets:   Bring on the Cake (from the Occasions Mini Catalog) and Dot, Dot, Dot
Punches: Owl Two-Step Punch, Bird Two-Step Punch, 5 Star Punch
Other: Rhinestones, Polka Dot embossing folder, Big Shot, Stampin' Write journaling pen, Versamark watermark pen

Friday, April 1, 2011

Card: So Many Candles... with a Cupcake!

Hope you didn't mind a lot of birthday cards... or aren't sick of them yet cause that's what I've been making lots of lately!  This is the second of three cards that I taught in February:

I love this color combo! 

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Real Red 
Stamp Sets:   Create a Cupcake, Bring on the Cake (both are from the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Punches:  Build a cupcake (from the the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Ribbon:  Certainly Celery 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Other: Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Rhinestones, Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker (to draw in stem on cherry)


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