Sunday, January 22, 2012

Outlined Occasions Valentine (Sneek Peek!)

This card features a stamp set that will be released on Tuesday January 24th as part of the sale-a-bration event. The Biggest Stampin' Up! event of the year! Yay!
Oh, and it also shows off a bunch of the new dies that just came out on the Occasions Mini catalog. I can't say no to all the cute hearts!

I'm a little embarrassed posting this picture because its really so terrible, but the inside of the card is pretty cute. More hearts of course!

I used:
* Outlined Occasions Stamp Set
* Black Stayz on ink
* Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party, Certainly Celery and Pink Pirouette card stocks
* Pink Pirouette Taffeta ribbon
* Fashionable Hearts embosslits die
* Adorning Accents edgelits die
* Adorning Accents impressions folder

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Valentine Dinner Invites

I LOVE making Valentines! There's something about hearts and pink and red and love that make me so happy! 

I made these two invitations for a  friend who's hosting a Valentines dinner party. Since I'm not sure what she'll like, I figured I'd make two options as different as possible hoping one of them will work.
What do you think blog readers?  

Option 1: Red Heart Love
I was so excited to use my new stuff for this card! The boy and girl on the bike stamp have been eating away at me since I saw a sneak peek of them months ago and the new Hearts Collection of framelits dies are just way to cool for words! Such a good bargain for so many hearts!
Hearts hearts hearts!
I used:
* Take it to Heart and Pennant Parade stamp sets
* Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla card stocks
* Early Espresso designer paper
* Early Espresso Ink
* Hearts Collection Framelits Dies
* Polka Dots impressions folder
* Jewelry Tag punch and paper piercing tool
* Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon and Linen Thread

Option 2: Conversations Hearts
Easter has Peeps, Halloween has candy corn and Valentine's Day IS Conversation Hearts!
And now we have these lovely zero calorie stamp versions of them. Yay and yum!
 What could be better than this?
I used:
* Candy Conversations stamp
* Regal Rose, Pool Party, Delightful Daffodil and Whisper White Card stocks
* Regal Rose, Pool Party, Delightful Daffodil, Peach Parfait, Wisteria Wonder and Melon Mambo markers
* Stamp-a-ma-jig
* Small Heart Punch

Friday, January 13, 2012

Be Mine Valentine

I said I'd be back soon and look at me, I'm posting 2 days in a row! Woot!
Because February is coming up so fast, I got out ALL of my Valentine stuff tonight and...had a complete blank. Its hard to get back into things! But The Paper Players luckily has a great challenge going with a nice easy welcome into stamping for 2012. Thanks Paper Players!

The theme challenge is All You Need is Love and here's what I came up with:
Hopefully the first of many more Valentine cards coming in the nest couple weeks.

You can't see it but the whole thing is covered with Vanilla Smooch Spritz that adds a nice subtle shine. Also, I was going to watercolor the entire image but after I did her heart and bow I sort of lost interest :)

I used:
* Greeting Card Kids and Outlines Occasions (SAB 2012!) stamp sets
* Music Notes Stampin' around wheel
* Basic Black Craft Ink and Soft Suede Classic ink
* Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory and Soft Suede card stock
* Antique Wallpaper embossing folder
* Vanilla Smooch Spritz
* Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon
* Blender Pen and Stampin' Pastels

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Christmas Recap

I lost December again! AH! I do this to myself every year! I start planning Christmas in September, I forget about it and then all of a sudden its December 1st and I have nothing done. This is also about the time when I decided to start a new hobby (knitting this year) and decide to make everyone I know a handmade gift. Then you have all the decorating, parties, baking, shopping, family from out of town, school out...and here I am on January 11th feeling like a human being again. Whew. I love Christmas!
While I love December and the magic of Christmas, there are things that suffer. My waistline AND my blog. So here is ALL of the stuff I made but never had time to post:

This was out family's official Christmas card. Quick, easy and hopefully cute!

And of course the photo I tucked inside each one.

 (This card uses Petite Pairs and Pennant Parade)

This is the thank you note I made my kids (and myself) write to all of our loved ones:
And I'm so happy I finally got a chance to use the Sweet Snowglobe stamp!
(Perfectly Penned is in there too!)

Here's a fun little stocking pocket, perfect for holding a gift card and a candy cane!
I used Dear Santa stamp set with the Holiday Stocking Die and added some Smooch Spritz for a little sparkle.
I almost chose this card as our official Christmas card but by the time I got around to making my own cards, I didn't have time for it. I know. I'm lame.
But I got the idea for this on Kimberly Van Diepen's lovely blog. Check it out!

I really love this because instead of cutting all those tedious triangles, I used my Perfect Pennants die for all of them! Yay me!
I used Season of Joy and Many Merry Messages on this one. And Woodgrain.

Last but not least is this fun card using the new Micah Flakes. While I love the idea of them, I found them really hard to use on a card because they are just sooo big! But once I made this card I knew I found the perfect use for them. Big and messy! Don't they give the card such a nice shiny glow?
I got the idea from this gorgeous card but simplified it a little.
I used the Christmas Lodge set.
Hopefully I'll post some new stuff very soon. Valentines day is coming up!!!