Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Card: Up in the Air Over You!

When I saw this card, I knew I wanted to use it as an excuse to break out this set of stamps and finally use them!  Here's my CASE:

I changed up the base color from Basic Black and Chocolate Chip and the sentiment from "Happy Birthday" to "Up in the Air Over You!" :)

Do you think my husband will like this one when I give it to him?! :)

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  Up, Up and Away!
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Polka Dot Parade
Ink:  Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder, Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon, Real Red Marker and Chocolate Chip Marker

Monday, July 30, 2012

Card: LOVE

Good morning!  Looks like Monday is upon us again... and a new month will be here in two days... yikes!  This year is flying by... :)

I made this card using the Clean and Simple sketch #201:

Inspired of course by the iconic LOVE art in Philadelphia :)

It was a little simple for me... :) so I added this on the inside:

And I have to say that I'm in LOVE with that new Woodgrain Embossing Folder from the Holiday Catalog coming out on Wednesday. Definitely my new favorite!!! :)

Hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by to check out my card!

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  P.S. I Love You (retired) -- used inside of card
Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Whisper White
Specialty Paper: Red Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Real Red, Night of Navy
Punches:  Full Heart
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies

Friday, July 27, 2012

Scrapbook Layout: Red, White & Blue for a Swap

So this is my 6x6 layout I did for the Red, White and Blue swap with my team (both my immediate upline, Zarogina, and my downline, Kat):

Not sure yet what I will put on it, but probably a 4th of July photo of my niece and nephew.  I'll share Zarogina's and Kat's awesome swaps soon!

Hope you enjoy your weekend!! :)

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  Betsy's Blossoms, Betsy's Blossoms Wheel, A Fitting Occasion
Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink:  Real Red, Island Indigo
Punches:  Boho Blossoms, Fancy Flower, Scallop Oval, Small Heart, Owl (tiny heart)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Wheel handle, Big Shot, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Printed 2011 In Color Designer Brads

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Card: Papillon Just for You

I had fun making this one... I just wanted to try out my fun new butterfly stamps!

I tried to keep it simple and easy, so just stamp and go :)

And since the theme for this week seems to be pinterest-inspired....

I was clearly inspired by this color combo/pic!

What do you think?! :)

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri, Tea Shoppe
Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Whisper White
Punches: Corner Rounder, Modern Label, Word Window
Ink:  Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Night of Navy Marker

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Card: Thinking of You

I love how this card turned out!

One of my favorites... a little stitching, a little punching, a little stamping... happy colors :)

Once I was inspired by this photo:

Source: bhg.com via Amanda on Pinterest

I had to get it done ASAP! :)

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  Betsy's Blossoms, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Peach Parfait (retired), Pear Pizzazz (retired), Chocolate Chip
Designer Series Paper: First Edition
Specialty Paper:  Watercolor Paper
Punches:  Scallop Trim, Blossom, Bird, Modern Label, Word Window
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Other:Chocolate Chip Button, Chocolate Chip Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, sewing machine + thread

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Card: Sweet Friend

So more adventures in heat embossing... not perfect stamping... but I rolled with it.  Been wanting to play with the newer scented embossing powders -- they are so much fun!

First, I colored and stamped each popsicle separately, washing the stamp off in-between.  Then I went back and embossed each popsicle one at a time using vanilla scented powder on the top and Early Espresso on the sticks:

It was a little tedious, but worth it.  Fun and imperfect :)  A little bit of a learning curve, but being honest, not every card ends up perfect.... that yellow popsicle will bug me every time I see it!

Trying to embrace the imperfection... maybe it will line up right next time!

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  Mouthwatering, You are Loved
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Versamark, Markers (Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Pacific Point)
Punches:  Modern Label, Word Window
Other:  Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Ribbon, Paper Snips, Glue Dots, Vanilla Scented Embossing Powder, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

Monday, July 23, 2012

How To: Anemone Flower Punch Art

Okay, so I'm back to share how I made the anemone for my card :)

Super easy, so here goes...

 And a closeup as the flower was going together:

And finally, a finish shot :)

I sprayed it with some Vanilla Smooch to give it some dimension and help set the edges that I curled up a little bit.

Thanks for checking it out and let me know if you make one... I'd love to see it!! :)

Card: White & Blue Anemone Congratulations

Happy Monday!  I got lots of time this weekend to sketch out some cards and actually make some of them... I can't wait to share them with you. :)

Up first, this anemone flower punch art card:

I was inspired by this photo on.... where else.... pinterest! ;)

I'll be back later today to share how I made the anemone flower with punches.  Do you think I got pretty close to my inspiration pic?!

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  Itty Bitty Banners
Cardstock:  Basic Grey, Whisper White, Night of Navy
Designer Series Paper:  Basic Grey Neutrals Collection
Ink:  Basic Grey and Night of Navy Markers
Punches:  Fancy Flower (retired), Blossom Petals, 1" Circle, 3/4" Circle
Other: Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz

Friday, July 20, 2012

Card: Sweet Baby

Happy Friday!  The last week has kept me busy... really looking forward to relaxing this weekend :)

This is a fun card I made with my friend Bri when she came over to play in the craft room a couple weekends ago:

I love the new chevron embossing folder and banner dies - so much fun to use!

I tried to use some neutral colors so it would work for any baby shower I attend next.  What do you think?!

Hope you have a great weekend! :)

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  Baby Bundle, Itty Bitty Banners
Cardstock:  Basic Grey, So Saffron, Pool Party, Raspberry Ripple
Specialty Paper: Watercolor Paper
Ink:  StazOn Black Ink
Other: Big Shot, Square Chevron Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, Labels Collections Framelits, Blender Pens

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Using up my stash...

So if you've ever had the pleasure of stepping into my craft room, you'd know that I have a small issue with collecting stuff and not getting around to using it fast enough.... some *may* call that hoarding... but I'm clean and organized about it so I call it "collecting"!  :)  Well, I finally used up an old card making kit I had taking up some valuable real estate for my stamps!  I thought I'd share with you all the cards I made a few weeks ago using the kit.... took about an hour....

Stampin' Up! Linen Thread, Corner Rounder punch and Swirls & Curls Verses stamps (retired).

Stampin' Up! Scallop Border punch, Corner Rounder punch and Small Heart punch.

Stampin' Up! 5-petal flower punch (retired).

Stampin' Up Bigz Tasteful Trim die, Signo White pen (faux stitching), Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Itty Bitty punch (small flower), Basic Rhinestones and You're My Type stamps (retired).

Stampin Up! Stamp-a-ma-Jig (to line up the bike image stamp)

Stampin' Up Heart to Heart punch (retired).

Stampin' Up 5-Petal Flower punch (retired) and Scallop Border punch.  Also used same stamp set as above -- Swirls and Curls Verses (retired).


Stampin' Up! Corner Rounder punch.
 Do you like to use kits?  Do you hoard collect them like I do?! :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Card: Raining Flowers Thank You

Hope the weather is nice in your neck of the woods today... we are in the midst of our summer gloom here... fog almost every morning that may or may not burn off.... sigh.  I miss my heat in Sacramento!! 

So I'm back today to share my "updated" version of yesterday's CASE-d card that uses Raining Flowers in place of the retired Eastern Blooms stamps:

And, quite obviously, I've changed up the color scheme and embossing folder in addition to changing the flower stamp set....

What do you think?! :)

Supplies for this project:
Stamps:  Raining Flowers, Easy Events (sentiment)
Cardstock:  So Saffron, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Concord Crush, Rich Razzleberry Marker
Punches:  Modern Label, Word Window, Dotted Scallop Border Punch
Other: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Pearls

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Card: Eastern Blooms Happy Birthday

Ever since I saw this card, I've wanted to make one and I finally did!

I used a retired set, Eastern Blooms, for the flowers. 

Love this card even more now that I've CASE-d it!! I'll be back tomorrow to show another version of the same card only using a current flower stamp set! :)

Supplies for this project:
Stamps:  Eastern Blooms (retired), Easy Events (sentiment)
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Concord Crush, Rich Razzleberry Marker
Punches:  Modern Label, Word Window, Dotted Scallop Border Punch
Other: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Pearls

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Card: Patriotic Hello

I wanted to share a fun, quick card I made last week messing around with the color scheme of red, white and blue... patriotic for 4th of July of course!

I've seen many cards that use this design -- punching out a shape and allowing patterned paper to show through.

So easy and simple... now I wonder why I haven't tried it sooner!

Hope you enjoyed the holiday!! :)

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:   Pennant Parade
Cardstock:  Pacific Point, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Summer Smooches
Ink:  Basic Grey
Punches:  5-Petal Flower (retired), Small Heart, Word Window, Modern Label
Other:  Subtles Buttons, White Baker's Twine, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot

Monday, July 9, 2012

Scrapbook Layout: Love This Kid!

A few weeks ago, I got a text message from my sister that my nephew asked to come to my house (a first -- we live quite a long way from them) and that I like Target (why yes, I do)... made my day that he was thinking of me!! :)

Had to scrapbook it of course!  Used a July PageMaps sketch (the one at the top!) and my Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper.  Love how this turned out -- so glad to be back in my scraproom!

Hope you enjoyed your weekend!!

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  Woodgrain Background
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo
Specialty Paper:  Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Black StazOn, Versamark
Punches:   Heart to Heart (retired)
Other:  Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelit Dies, Tasteful Trim Bigz Die, Stampin' Dimensionals, Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, office date stamper, sewing machine + thread, black foam letter stickers

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Brian's Squash Lasagna

Have a mentioned before that my husband is a phenomenal cook?!  Well he is!!  He has taught me so much about cooking fresh food by taste and today is no exception.  He made this delicious Squash Lasagna:

I'm so spoiled! :)  Here's his recipe...

Brian's Squash Lasagna
Makes:  One 8x12" pan of lasagna
3 large zucchini squash, cut length-wise into 1/4" slices
2 small onions, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1-2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
pinch of salt
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of tomato paste
1 can of tomato sauce
1 large tomato, diced
1 cup of water (or chicken, beef or vegetable broth)
1 ball of fresh mozzarella, grated
canola oil spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and pull out a 8x12 glass baking dish.  Heat a cast iron skillet sprayed with canola oil spray (we usually use Pam or Costco brand).  While heating, put all the sauce ingredients in a blender -- the onions, garlic, spices (Italian seasoning, pepper, crushed red pepper, salt), diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, fresh cut tomato and water -- and blend until combined (it will be chunky!).  Pan sear the slices of zucchini until lightly browned on each side.  Time to build your lasagna layers -- put about half the sauce in the bottom of the baking dish.  Layer about half of the pan seared zucchini slices next, then about half of the grated mozzarella cheese.  Your next layer will be the rest of the zucchini slices, then the rest of the cheese and top with the rest of the sauce.  Cover with aluminum foil (to protect your oven from splatters!) and bake at 425 degrees for 50 minutes.  Serve with your favorite salad and bread.  Enjoy!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Card: Thanks a Bunch!

Since I had the sock monkey out for yesterday's card.... I had to make another!! :)

I CASEd this card.  So cute!!  I love this set.  It was actually one of the very first ones I picked up when I joined Stampin' Up! a few years ago.

And it's so much fun to use the Watercolor Wonder Crayons... need to pull them out more often!

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  Sock Monkey (retired)
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Tempting Turquoise
Specialty Paper:  6x9 Watercolor Paper
Ink:  Versamark, Black StazOn
Punches:  1-3/8" Circle, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle, Scallop Border
Other: 1/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Neutrals & Brights Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter, Black Enamel Accents

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Card: Pink Sock Monkey Congratulations

So my cousin Sara recently had a little girl, Madeline!! She's a doll -- so cute!!  Congratulations to both Sara and Jacob!! I can't wait to meet my newest cousin :)

So I made this card to send with a little gift -- the baby quilt I didn't quite get done by her baby shower.

I hope she likes the card and the quilt!! :)

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  Curly Cute, Canvas (retired), Sock Monkey (retired)
Cardstock:  Regal Rose, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Floral District, Brights Patterns
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, Versamark
Punches:  Punch Pack
Other: Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder, Basic Pearls Jewels Accents, Paper Snips

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Card: Patriotic Miss You

Happy 4th of July!  I made this patriotic inspired card to trade with my upline, Zarogina, and my downline, Kat:

As a demonstrator, one of the perks is a monthly magazine from Stampin' Up! loaded with all kinds of goodies and info!  My favorite column is the technique based column in the magazine.  I CASE-d a card from the March issue that taught a technique called acrylic distress.  I used the same basic layout, ribbon type and placement -- the colors, punches and sentiment set used are my choice!

How do you do acrylic paint distress? I followed these simple steps:

First, paint your cardstock base and let it dry.

Then, run it through your big shot to emboss.

Next, sand the raised emboss to distress it.

Now at this point you can come back with a sponge dauber to add a little ink to where you sanded or choose to leave it alone.

I tested a little Basic Grey ink and a little Crumb Cake ink and didn't like the look on this particular card, so I didn't add any ink.

My final step was to punch out my flower.

I added my punched sentiment using some Stampin' Dimensionals to add some depth and finished the card off using some seam binding and my favorite white pen to add some faux stitching.

Wouldn't this make a great card to send to a friend or loved one serving in the military in celebration of Independence Day?!  I think so....

Happy Independence Day!! Stay safe!! :)

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  Up, Up & Away
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Specialty Paper:  Summer Smooches
Punches:  Blossom, 1" Circle, Corner Rounder
Ribbon:  Very Vanilla Seam Binding
Other: Big Shot, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Sanding Blocks, Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen, red acrylic paint, Stampin' Dimensionals


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