Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Word Play Wedding!

I had such a great weekend! Not only was it Easter, which is always awesome, my parents are in town too. Yay!!! 
When I put my daughter down for a nap today, my mom asked if I could make her a wedding card. OF COURSE!!! I needed to make some wedding cards anyway!

Here is the final project of the afternoon. I love it because it has:
A) A bridal touch (the tulip border on white)
B) A groomal touch (black card base and ribbon)
C) Something blue (the little blue frame)
I used:
*Word Play stamp set
* Basic Black, Baja Blue and Whisper White card stock
* Black satin ribbon
*Black Stays On ink
*Tulip Border embossing folder

In case you're curious about how I arrived at that card, here are the steps I took:
Card 1:
I can't put my finger on whats wrong with it, but its a little bit blahhhhhh. Looking at it made me bored and tired. Never a good sign.

Card 2:
Most things look better with ribbon and this card was no exception. Added a little ribbon and Voila! Instant elegance! BUT...still something not quite perfect about it.

Card 3
Ta Da!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sneak Peek - Triple Layer Punch!

This new punch is AMAZING!!!

As of May 1st you too can purchase this fantastic punch.
But its more than just a punch, its three punches in one!
Sooooo cool!!!

I used:
* Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
* Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Rich Razzleberry and Baja Breeze
* Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch
* Punch Pack
* Subtles brads
* Square Lattice Impressions Folder

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pendant Park for the PPA 90

The most complicated part of this card was taking a good picture of it! White cards are tricky that way. Also, my camera is crap.  

Its been FOREVER since I last submitted a card to the Pals Paper Arts weekly challenge, but I figured if I'm getting back into the swing of things, I should really start challenging myself again. So, here I am.
Its funny, when I saw this card in my mind it was a lot more complex. It had ribbons and pearls, hand cut images and textured layers. Well, sometimes things don't come out the way we imagine. I just couldn't do any of that with this card. It wanted to be plain and simple and white.
Sometimes I feel this way too.
Here's another picture of it. Like I said, its hard for me to capture the character of a white card. I'll let you decide which photo is best.
This would be a really fun card to demo at a workshop because it uses so few products. Its a perfect project for a brand new stamper to get started with. Now I just need to find a hostess!

I used:
* Pendant Park stamp set
* Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz card stocks
* Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz ink
* 1 3/4" circle punch

That's IT!!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lucky You!

You may have thought that after my last cowboy post, I would have gotten them out of my system. Not so!
In fact I ordered a new set, Afterthoughts (which is actually a hostess set) simply because it has this "Lucky You" greeting in it. It's perfect for the cowboy stuff! Yay!!!! Look how well it works together! Oh, and before anyone asks about the knot, I have no idea what it is or how to do it again!
This card was SO simple an fun to make. I'm not sure when I'll send it to someone, but I'm really digging it right now anyway.

What else am I digging right now?

Moving on,
Here is the inside of the card,  which reads "And lucky me for knowing you." Its actually part of the image for the "Lucky You" stamp except I cut it off and made two stamps out of it.

And because one card is never enough, I made another, WAY FUSSIER version of it here. Somehow I like the simpler version above better but I didn't want all that work to go to waste so I'm posting this one too.

I used:
*Out West and Lucky You stamp sets
* Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla
*Square Lattice impressions folder,
 * Hemp Twine
* Stampin' Sponges
* Blender Pen and Stampin' Pastels (bottom card)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring Card Class and Open House!!!

Spring Card Class and Open House!!!
Thursday May 19th 6:00-9:00 pm
Saturday May 21st at 10:00am - 1:00 pm

At My Home
3924 Parker's Place
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005

Cost is $20.00
Price includes:
*12 cards (4 each of three styles)
* 12 Envelopes
* Yummy snacks
* Prizes
* Class AND Open House prizes and goodies!

Open House:
* Yummy Snacks
* Prizes for bringing a friend!
* Door Prizes
* Cards and hand stamped goodies for sale
* Card to make'n'take

Everybody should come!
The class and open house will be held on both days at the same time. For those of you interested in making cards, the class is perfect! For those of you who aren't too sure about making cards, stop by to browse the for-sale items and enjoy the company!  

If you'd like to attend the card class, please let me know by May 10th.
All you need to bring with you is a pair of trimming scissors and some scrapbook adhesive. If you don't have any adhesive, I'll have some available for purchase.

Phone: 801-341-9048

These are some up-close images of the cards we'll be making for the class:

Card #1:
You'll make 4 of these but don't worry, there is no hand cutting! I have a punch for all the parts of the flower!

Card #2:
Can you see the glitter on the cupcake? Well, its on there, and its even cuter in person! You'll make 4 cards just like this one.

Card #3:
Instead of 4 identical cards, you'll make one of each of these 4 colors for this card! AND I'll teach you a trick to tie a pretty knot with your ribbons too!

Sneak Peek - Best Dad Ever

This is a handy little set from the Summer Mini Catalog which goes on-line on May 1st! Everything in this mini is adorable and if you haven't seen it yet, I've added a link on my right hand side bar.

Did you notice I finally updated my blog? Well I did and I feel soooo much better!

Anyway, I know Father's Day seems like a long way away, but June sneaks up on me, so I'm getting started now. And this set is so fun because it comes with lots of handy phrases as well as the fun ties image. It has "Happy Father's Day" "Best Dad Ever" "Happy Birthday" and "Thinking of You" all of which will be pretty useful. And did I mention the ties are about as manly as anything I've seen? Well, I like the cowboys sets too, but I know a lot more men who wear ties to work than I do who ride horses so I'm feeling pretty practical here.
I think my husband owns ties that look like all of these. He's an attorney so, you know, he has lots of ties.
And do you see that cute string? Its also in the Summer Mini and its called Baker's Twine. It comes in white, white and red, and white and brown. So fun!

Here's another version of the same card again but with a scrap of the new Nautical Expedition designer paper. Cute huh?

I used:
* Best Dad Ever stamp set
* Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy and Whisper White
* Polka Dots impressions folder
*Baker's Twine

Monday, April 4, 2011

Clearly For You

I bought this lovely set, Clearly For You, quite a while ago and this weekend was the first chance I had to play with it at all. It has a lot of tiny and pretty images that could be used for sooooo many things! My next project will be some Jane Eyre inspired bookmarks for my book club, but I thought I'd post these two cards now since who knows when I'll get around to that!
When I'm using a new set, sometimes its nice to copy something from the catalog. It sort of eases me into the feel of the images, their sizes and what I can do woth them. If this card looks familiar, its very simalar to a card on page 29 of the Occasions Mini. But so fun to make!
The colors I used are Marina Mist, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White.

And this card, while not being a copy really, is inspired by a little matchbox on that same page. Sometimes the Stampin' Up! ideas are just to good not to copy..at least a little!
The colors I used on this card are Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Naturals Ivory.