Thursday, July 29, 2010

PPA 53 - Purple!

Two posts from me today. Wow!

I made this card for today's Pals Paper Arts challenge. The challenge is to create a monochromatic card using purple. I haven't played along for a while (because most of the time I'm just a little on the lazy side) but today I realy wanted to play because I just purchased my Perfect Plum ink pad and hadn't come up with a reason to use it yet. Thanks PPA!!!

And the cute inside of the card.

I used:
* On Your Birthday and Friends Never Fade stamp sets
* Perfect Plum and Naturals Ivory
*Perfect Plum Designer Paper
* Basic Pearls (LOVE!)
* Two Tags die and Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder
*Corner Rounder and Ribbon Border Punches

Cannon's Thank You!

Here is Cannon's birthday thank you cards. He said he wanted orange and red and blue so I did my best to not make them look girly. They are also pretty simple, but I think that is a good thing sometimes.
This card design is a great standby when you're in a creative pinch. It's also nice because it's totally flat (for mailing purposes) and uses a bunch of scraps you have sitting around. See that Pumpkin Pie designer paper? I used one scrap for about 10 cards. Yay!

Tip: I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up all of the word stamps here. It would have been impossible, even on my best day, to line all four of them up perfectly!

You can't see it well in this picture, but the upper left corner is just punched out red circles layered on top of each other. I thought it added a little visual interest to the space and trust me, it looks cooler in person.

I used:
*Thank You Kindly stamp set
* Real Red, Tempting Turquoise and Pumpkin Pie
* Perfect Polka Dots impressions folder
* 1/2" and 3/4" circle punches

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Friends Never Fade Stamp Class!!!

Please join me on Wednesday August 18th at 6:00 for this fun summer time class!

Included in the price of the class:
* Friends Never Fade Stamp Set (in wood or clear)
* Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper
* 6 Projects, with instructions and measurements
(One card box, 4 cards and a treat bag with M&M's!)
* Light dinner and treats
* Chance to win fabulous prizes. Hostess sets anyone?
* Exclusive deals only for attendees!

Price of this class is $43.00 (clear)
or $47.00 (Wood)

Here is the stamp set, Friends Never Fade.  You can see the paper featured in the photo backgrounds as well as in each project shown. Isn't it soooo pretty?
Please sign up early to reserve your spot!

Because I need to place this order before the class, please send payment by August 11th.

I've been working and working trying to make the perfect projects for this and I think I've finally done it! The only down side is my stampin' room is a bit of a disaster. Ok, it's a big disaster but at least the cards came out nice right?

To see where I got my inspiration for these projects, please check out this, and this, and this!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Open House Wrap up!

I know it's been a while and I'm totally slow to post this but here is the rest of the cards I made for my open house a couple weeks ago.
Here was the entry table. All full of Stampin' goodies and sign ups. I'm still working on getting the last of it put away actually. Too bad it's WAY more fun to stamp than it is to do housework!

This is the baking dish of tank you gifts for everyone who came and either signed up for something or placed an order. There were single stamps or packs of 3 cards. I made WAY to much stuff of course, but I suppose it's always better to be prepared.

This was the most popular card design, and also the most labor intensive of the three. I've been dying to use my Beautiful Wings die with a grass background stamp. Yay!
I used:
* Inspired by Nature stamp set
* Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Whisper White
* Extra Large Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die
This was the least chosen card design of the bunch but it was my personal favorite. I was going for quick and cute and a little bit funky. Trust me, it looks even better in real life!
I used:
* On Your Birthday stamp set
* Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake
* Wide Oval Punch, Small Heart Punch, Pear Pizazz Ribbon
Oh, and here's the cute inside.

And last but not least, this classy little number!
This card is great because it takes about 4 minutes to make, has no bumps for easy shipping and uses VERY little product and so is very inexpensive but I don't think it looks cheap. You know?

I used:
* Thank You Kindly and Ornate Blossom stamp set
* Very Vanilla and Soft Suede
* Baja Breeze designer paper
*Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Christmas in July!

And you thought only QVC did this didn't you?

I know I'm a bit nuts for making and posting this card so early in the Season, since it's still summer, but I do like to get a jump on things and it's been 6 entire months since I last used all my Christmas stamps. That's a pretty long time considering about half my stuff is Christmas themed.
Anywho, here's the card I've been dying to make since the Basic Rhinestones came out in the new catalog. Can you see them on the tree? It's better in person. I promise.So, here it is...Merry Christmas!

I used:
*Snow Swirled stamp set
* Crumb Cake (the color formerly known as Kraft) Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla
* Ribbon Border Punch, Basic Rhinestones

Friday, July 16, 2010

Open House Make and Takes Part 2

And here is the other project I provided for my guests to make at the open house.
This card uses a variety of new products but was still quick and easy, which is nice when I can't stand right there to help.

Here is an up-close shot of the new Chantilly1/2" crochet trim ribbon. Which I love.

I used:
* Because I Care (hostess) stamp set
* Concord Crush and Pear Pizazz ink
* Naturals Ivory, Per Pizazz and Concord Crush card stock
* Scallop Edge Border Punch, Chantilly Crochet Trim

Tip: If you decided to make this card, try to stamp straight, unlike this card. Is that driving anyone else nuts?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Open House Make and Takes Part 1

Here is one of two of the projects I provided for everyone to came to my Open House last Saturday. Purchase of this set, Tag Alongs, benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities. I've known several families that have used this charity while their little ones have been treated at Primary Children's Hospital. It's a wonderful organization that I hope I never need, but I'm so grateful for it's existence. Also, this is a really fun little set so why not buy it, right?
I wanted to include this picture because it shows many of the products used. There are the clear blocks, which I still love, the Two Tags die, that made the little tags that open, and there in the back is the designer paper that now comes in a pack of 40 sheets for only $19.95!
Normally I'm opposed to penguins being a sign of Christmas, since they live at the SOUTH POLE which is as far away from Santa as you can get with out going to outer space, but in this case, this little dude is pretty cute in his scarf so I'll let it pass as long as I don't see him sipping Coke with polar bears. That might change my mind.
I used Early Espresso and Certainly Celery.
The wedding cake in So Saffron and Early Espresso.

Birthday Cupcake in Pink Pirouette and Early Espresso.

Baby Bottle in Marina Mist and Early Espresso.

I LOVE the new Early Espresso color. I love the way it stamps and gives such a dark inky brown color. I wasn't sure I'd like it as much as Chocolate Chip but it's official, I love it.

I used:
* Tag Alongs stamp set
* Early Espresso ink and card stock
* Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron and Certainly Celery Card stock and Designer Paper
* Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue Markers
* Early Espresso 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
* 1 3/4" Circle punch, Two Tags Die

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Mr. Cannon!

It's official. My little guy turns 6 years old today.

Happy Birthday Cannon!!!!

These are the party invites we gave out. He picked the colors and did the coloring himself. What a great little stamper huh?
Actually he wanted to use monsters stamps from an old halloween set, but we settled on these robots instead. This guy with the balloon seemed a bit more appropriate for a birthday in July. Maybe next year we should have a costume party instead. Hmmm.
Here's an up close of the hand coloring. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Stamp Sale!

Saturday's Open House was so much fun! Thanks to all of you who made it, I hope you had as much fun as I did!

For those of you who did not make it, I have posted a list of used and/or retired stamp sets that are still for sale. I made quick links for you to see what the set is, but please keep in mind, these are NOT images of the actual sets. All of the sets are wood, most are used. Most are very clean, some have some staining but that only means they were loved even more. They all stamp just fine. I'll miss them. Sniff sniff.

This is totally a first come, first served type of thing so if you see something you'd like, let me know as soon as you can so you don't miss out! I'll try to update as sets go away.

Oh, and of course, I have a ton of projects and sign-ups to post from Saturday as well, so check back for that!

Stamp Sale:
Around the Block - incomplete missing the "G" stamp (2005) $3.00
Berry Christmas $15.00
Bitty Banners (1998) $5.00 - Never been used and unmounted!
Borders Mini (1995) $5.00
Bow Bear (1998) $15.00 - Never been used and unmounted!
Christmas Punch $13.00
Friendship Blooms $8.00
Fun and Fast Notes $15.00
Fast Flowers Wheel $3.00
Grand Soiree $10.00
Happy Heart Day $10.00
Happy Moments (SAB) $10.00
Holiday Sampler (1999) $15.00 - This set is stained and well loved but still stamps fine.
Made From Scratch (2005) $5.00
Olive You (2005) $6.00
Perfect Presentation (2007) $15.00
Provencal (2005) $10.00
Quick and Cute (2002)
Season of Simple Grace $15.00
Sealed With a Kiss (2007) $8.00
Shape Ups (2004) $5.00
So Swirly Wheel $4.00
Speckled Wheel $3.00
Sweet of You (2004)
Under the Weather (2005) $8.00
Wishing you Cheer (2007) $8.00
You and Moi $8.00
Yuletide Christmas $15.00
Happy Shopping!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Baby Bundle Bags and Stamp Club!

This is the other project we made at Stamp Club this month.

For anyone who is curious, I'll be starting a new session of Stamp Club in September! It's open for anyone (in the Idaho Falls area) who is interested. We meet each month, every member gets a turn to be the hostess and receive hostess benefits, we make at least two projects each month and all you need to do is commit to spend at least $15 to $20 on products you love each month. What could be better? Just leave a comment or email me if you're interested!
Or if you're coming to the my Open House on Saturday July 10th, I'll have a Stamp Club sign-up there.
On a personal note, I love club for a lot more reasons than just stamping. Spending time with the women in Stamp Club is good for the soul. Thanks ladies!

If you can't tell, these are gift bags that I decorated with little die-cut tags at the top. I bought the bags at a craft store in white and craft colors for pretty cheap and just went from there. Don't we all need a baby shower gift from time to time? Maybe next time I'll be prepared. Maybe.

I used the new Baby Bundle stamp set for these as well as some other new products, including the Nursery Suite Designer Series Paper which really caught my attention because it features both baby boy colors AND baby girl colors. None of those androgynous neutrals either. Blech!
Here's the baby boy one. What could say "Boy" better than Old Olive, Baja Breeze and argyle?

And then the little girl version. I think I made the tag the wrong color here but I can't quite figure out how it should be. Oh well, use your imagination and pretend it's perfect. Ok?
The other new product I used here is the new Exta-Large scallop circle punch in the middle of the bag. You can really see a difference between it and the regular scallop circle that is on the tag at the top. Both cute but very different.

I used:
* Baby Bundle stamp set
* Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Baja Breeze and Whisper White
*Nursery Suite d.s.p.
Exta large scallop circle punch, scallop circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop edge punch
*Two-Tags die (love!)

I hope to see some of you on Saturday!


Here's the card we made at club last night. I know it looks pretty simple but it uses about 20 new products from the 2010-2011 Catalog. Can you spot them all? Ok, maybe not 20, but I did try to cram in as many new goodies as was humanly possible.

Here they are:
#1 - Elizabeth. It's a new single "a-la-Carte" stamp that only costs $9.95 and is just so beautiful! I love it. I also love that it's called Elizabeth.
#2 - Early Espresso card stock and ink. Love.
#3 - Basic Pearl. These little beauties come in a pack of 150 for only $4.95 and they're already sticky on the back! Yay! I can't imagine making a card without using either one of these or at least a rhinestone.
#4 - Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch. Love Love!
#5 - Log Cabin Smooch Spritz. Ok, this is not actually new because it came out in May with the Mini catalog, but it's still new-ish so I'm counting it!