Thursday, March 31, 2011

Card: Birthday Wishes

I saved my favorite technique for last... what everyone seems to be calling Inlaid Embossing!!  You glue all your bits and pieces together, than run it all through the Big Shot in an embossing folder and you get this:


LOVE this technique.  It looks so cool!!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz (In Color)
Designer Series Paper:  In Color Collection Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz
Stamp Sets:   Bring on the Cake (from the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Punches:  Decorative Label, all circle punches
Other: Square Lattice embossing folder (from the Occasions Mini Catalog), Big Shot, sponge daubers, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Card: Not Just Another Year Older

The home stretch... the final two cards.  I hope y'all aren't sick of seeing all these birthday cards!!

I love how the little scallop shape from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack looks like a gift bow!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz (In Color)
Designer Series Paper:  In Color Collection Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Versamark StazOn ink in Black
Stamp Sets:   Bring on the Cake (from the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Punches: Scallop Border, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Other: In Color Glimmer Brads in Pear Pizzazz

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Featured Card: Hilda's Wish BIG

Another one of my students from the class got creative!  She decided she wanted to make my masculine card from yesterday more feminine, so she changed the color!  And I love it:


Isn't it gorgeous in Peach Parfait?! It's a perfect example of how much impact color can have.  For the sake of comparison, here is Hilda's card next to my sample card:


Isn't Hilda's version fabulous?!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Peach Parfait (In Color)
Designer Series Paper:  In Color Collection Designer Series Paper in Peach Parfait
Ink:  Peach Parfait
Stamp Sets:   Bring on the Cake (from the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Other: In Color Glimmer Brads in Peach Parfait, Framed Tulips embossing folder (from the Occasions Mini Catalog), Big Shot

Monday, March 28, 2011

Card: Wish BIG

It can be hard to make masculine looking cards.  This stamp makes it easy to make masculine birthday cards!
This card was inspired by LeeAnn Greff's fabulous card!  Thanks for the inspiration LeeAnn!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Poppy Parade (In Color)
Designer Series Paper:  In Color Collection Designer Series Paper in Poppy Parade
Ink:  Poppy Parade
Stamp Sets:   Bring on the Cake (from the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Other: In Color Glimmer Brads in Poppy Parade, Framed Tulips embossing folder (from the Occasions Mini Catalog), Big Shot

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Card: A Gift for You

Another of the ten cards... number six to be exact! 


Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Poppy Parade (In Color)
Designer Series Paper:  In Color Collection Designer Series Paper in Poppy Parade
Ink:  Versamark StazOn ink in Black
Stamp Sets:   Bring on the Cake (from the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Punches:  Heart to Heart
Other:  Elegant Lines embossing folder, Big Shot, Poppy Parade Stampin' Write Marker

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Card: Spoil Yourself Today

The In Color shade of pink (Blushing Bride) and red (Poppy Parade) are gorgeous! 

This card was inspired by this card by Becky Carafe - thanks for the inspiration Becky!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Blushing Bride (In Color)
Designer Series Paper:  In Color Collection Designer Series Paper in Blushing Bride and Poppy Parade
Ink:  Blushing Bride
Stamp Sets:   Bring on the Cake (from the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Punches:  Heart to Heart, Scallop Border
Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

Friday, March 25, 2011

Card: You Make me Smile

I originally made this card using this week's color palette from Color Throwdown #134, using Clean & Simple sketch #132.... but it ended up also meeting this week's flower theme challenge #60 on Hand Stamped Sentiments! :) 


Hands down, one of my favorite cards I've made to date.  Love the colors... love the stamps...  LOVE this card! 

Better hurry up and get this super cute, free Sweet Summer stamp set before Sale-a-Bration ends next week on Thursday.... you definitely don't want to miss out on it!!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Marina Mist
Designer Series Paper:  Brights Collection Designer Series Paper in Old Olive
Ink:  Old Olive, Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie
Stamp Sets:   Sweet Summer (Sale-a-Bration Catalog -- free!), FYI (for sentiment)
Punches: 3/16" Corner Rounder
Ribbon:  Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Other:  Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Markers, Blender Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

Card: Happy Birthday Cake!

Up next, this super cute card, with more marker coloring!


Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Blushing Bride (In Color)
Designer Series Paper:  In Color Collection Designer Series Paper in Blushing Bride
Ink:  Versamark StazOn ink in Black 
Stamp Sets:   Bring on the Cake (from the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Punches: Scallop Border
Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Other:  In Color Stampin' Write Markers

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Card: Happy Birthday!

This stamp is just fun!  I love to color it in.  If you didn't pick up this stamp set yet, you might want to soon, as it will be retiring along with most of the Occasions Mini Catalog items on April 30th!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Concord Crush (In Color)
Designer Series Paper:  In Color Collection Designer Series Paper in Concord Crush
Ink:  Versamark StazOn ink in Black 
Stamp Sets:   Bring on the Cake (from the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Other:  In Color Stampin' Write Markers, In Color Glimmer Brads in Peach Parfait, Scallop Border Punch, Top Note die, Big Shot

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Sick... Rainy Day...

wishing these were still alive and it was sunny... sigh.

Card: Monochromatic Happy Birthday

Before I show you the next in the series of ten cards, I thought it would be fun to share some pictures from our class earlier this month!  First, here was the full kit for 20 cards:

I used my Decorative Label punch and a sheet of old labels from our office to make cute labels for everyone's kit!  The kit contained:

*One sheet of each pattern in the In Color DSP
*Sixteen sheets Whisper White smooth 8-1/2"x 11" cardstock
*10 sheets In Color smooth 8-1/2"x 11" cardstock, 2 of each color (each split in half -- all used for card bases)

I set it up so there were ten workstations, one per card design.  It was great for everyone to get up and move around the room, comingling with each other!

This was our "cutting & scoring" station, just to the right of this table was a station for the Big Shot.

Everyone hard at work!  Well almost everyone...

Scarlet was only busy working on (a) her tan and (b) her beauty sleep! :)

Anyway, I had a great time, so thanks to my stamp class girls!! :)

And without any further delay... here's the next card... number 3 of 10!

This card was a case of a card I saw on our demonstrators only forum by Shannon Jaramillo.  Thanks for the inspiration Shannon!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Concord Crush (In Color)
Designer Series Paper:  In Color Collection Designer Series Paper in Concord Crush
Ink:  Concord Crush  
Stamp Sets:   Bring on the Cake (from the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Card: So Many Candles, so Little Cake!

This was absolutely, hands down, my favorite card from March's Stamp a Stack class.  Clean, simple and perfect!  It seemed to be the favorite of the girls who took the class too!


Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Peach Parfait
Designer Series Paper:  In Color Collection Designer Series Paper in Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride & Poppy Parade
Ink:  Peach Parfait
Stamp Sets:  Bring on the Cake (from the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Punches:  Build a Cupcake (from the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, March 21, 2011

Featured Card: Leti's Thanks

Remember the card from yesterday?  This is Leti's creative take on it!


Isn't it cute?! :)  I love it when students in my classes start unleashing their creativity - it's the most rewarding part of teaching a class for me!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Peach Parfait
Designer Series Paper:  In Color Collection Designer Series Paper in Peach Parfait
Ink:  Peach Parfait 
Stamp Sets:   Thank You Kindly
Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Other: In Color Glimmer Brads in Peach Parfait

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Card: Happy 39th!

This is the first of ten cards from my March Stamp-a-Stack class!  I love the Bring on the Cake stamp set -- this one in particular!  I made this card for my husband's birthday, which is today!! Happy birthday love!! :)

Check back tomorrow to see an alternate version one of the other girls made!


Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Peach Parfait (In Color)
Designer Series Paper:  In Color Collection Designer Series Paper in Peach Parfait
Ink:  Versamark StazOn ink in Black 
Stamp Sets:   Bring on the Cake (from the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Other:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Peach Parfait Stampin' Write Marker

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Card: Build a Blossom Happy Birthday

So let's try this again.  :)   I've been busy teaching classes and working, but I have a stockpile of cards to share on here, hope you're ready for them!  Thank you so much to everyone for all the comments and love!!  I am working on catching up and following all my new followers on here - I'll be around soon to check out & follow your work too!!

This is one of my favorite cards I've made to date and it was the most popular from my February stampin' class!

I am a punch addict and I'm in LOVE with the Build a Blossom punch (and stamps!).  I can't wait to make more in other colors! 

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Daffodil Delight 
Ink:  Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad
Stamp Sets:   Bring on the Cake, Build a Blossom (both are in the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Punches:  Blossom Petals, Decorative Label (both are in the Occasions Mini Catalog)
Ribbon:  Linen Thread
Accessories: Vanilla Shimmer Smooth Spritz, Pearls, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Day at the Beach

Can you find Scarlet in the picture?! (hint... bottom left-ish area next to the sticks!)

And this is Clark, Scarlet's boyfriend. :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Turning 31....

Was fun!  Until I realized it's been a decade since my 21st birthday celebration.... yikes! :) 

Image via here.

Ten years ago I was....
....living with Michelle in Davis.
....in my second quarter of my third year at UC Davis.
....about to embark on one of the coolest jobs I'd ever have in April working for the California State Assembly.
....studying lots.  And by lots I mean literally studying for a midterm on my 21st bday with my friend Johann instead of partying!
....single thinking about giving someone a third chance.  Which ended up being the last chance!
....thinking about what I wanted in life.... where I wanted to live.... what I wanted to do.
....didn't know that I was going to meet the love of my life later that year.
....enjoying my friends who celebrated my bday in style with me at TGI Fridays after my midterm.
....laughing now remembering what a crazy fun night that was!

Looking back at all the birthdays in-between....
....Brian has been there for each one, outdoing himself every time.
....I've accomplished a lot in the last decade.
....I have a lot more I want to do and I know that where I want to go in ten years is probably no where near anything I can possibly imagine.  And I love that about life.
....I have a great family who always calls, texts and/or mails cards on birthdays.  And I wish I was better at remembering.  I'm working on that.
....I'm lucky I have such great friends.  I love that I look back and every year that family of friends keeps growing.
....that in such a short time (ten years is short in my book!), there have been all these new babies in our world to love and watch grow.  Especially our nephew and niece, whom I adore (and so does their Uncle Brian!).

Looking forward at the next ten....
....I want the next ten years to be even better.
....love that I know I get to share them with Brian.  Good and bad, we are in this together baby! :)
....I want to do big things.  And I have no idea right now what they will be.  I love that.
....I want to move back to the Sacramento area, but my life is here now.  I know this will be an emotional decision if we finally do it.
....I want to travel somewhere exotic to us.  France or England or Scotland or Australia or New Zealand.... take the Alaskan cruise we've been wanting.  It may have to wait 14 years until the house is paid off, but we will do it.

I don't know....
....if we will ever have kids.
....how we will survive the day our beloved pets, Scarlet and Nala, are gone.
....when my brother and sis-in-law will be back from the east coast.
....what the future holds.  It's scary and exhilirating all rolled into one. 

All I can say is that this birthday I felt the love and I love my life.  I love my husband.  I love our home and our pets.  I love my family.  I love my friends. Life is good.

Special thanks to my husband for the best birthday yet.  Amazing date...amazing day off... the best birthday breakfast and dinner... most delicious cake yet.  You truly are the best and I love you so, so much sweetie!

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