Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sketch Challenge - Strength & Hope

Good evening!  Tonight I want to share with you the card I made for this weeks Stamping 411 sketch challenge.   I decided to use the Strength & Hope stamp set and make a one color card, in this case Blushing Bride.  To help make the card have dimension every piece of paper on this card is sponged with Blushing Bride Ink.  I also used the In Color DSP Level One Hostess item (this paper is only available through Thursday).  The panel on the right side is the word stamp set stamped repeatedly down the paper.  The ribbon is Whisper White organza ribbon.

I stamped the "H" and hope and punched it out with the 1 3/8" circle punch and then matted it with a scallop circle punch.  This card looks so pretty in person, very soothing.

The best thing about this stamp set (other than how pretty the images are) is that Stampin' Up is donating $2 from the sale of each stamp set through August 31 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, what a great way to give to a fabulous cause.  Make sure to pick up your set!

Have a great week!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

A Father's Day Card - Just in the Nick of Time!

Happy Monday!

We had a great weekend this weekend with friends. We hosted our annual neighborhood BBQ this Saturday and had a blast with our friends and neighbors which was a great way to kickoff summer (complete with a fire and smores in the evening!) The only downside to this full day is that I was a little behind in making Chris’ card for father’s day so I had to whip one up Sunday morning. Robin Merriman had made a great card last week that I really liked so I decided to CASE it, check Robin’s card out HERE.

This card highlights the Word Play and The Open Sea stamp set. I stamped the globe with Basic Grey ink that was stamped off for a lighter image. Then I stamped the words from Word Play with Not Quite Navy ink directly on top of the globe. I used Cherry Cobbler ink to stamp the words a on a scrap piece of paper so I could punch out the little globe with the ¾” circle punch which was then popped up with a dimensional. This piece was matted with a piece of Not Quite Navy cardstock. Next I matted a piece of Nautical Expedition DSP on Not Quite Navy (this corner piece was perfect with the palm trees. I wrapped a piece of Whisper White/Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine around the DSP and then tied a bow.

The final touch was to stamp a father’s day greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set in Cherry Cobbler, punched it out with the Modern Label Punch, and sponged the edges with Not Quite Navy ink before attaching it with dimensionals.
The card turned out great and Chris loved it, even if the ink was barely dry when I gave it to him!  Hope you all had a special father's day with your loved one's as well.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Heartfelt Thanks - Sketch Challenge

Good morning!  Today I wanted to share with you a quick and easy card I made for this weeks Stamping 411 challenge.  For this weeks card I wanted to showcase several items that are retiring, including the Hodgepodge Happiness stamp set, Greenhouse Gala DSP, Early Espresso 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Designer Label Punch, and Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware

I used Early Espresso and Marinia Mist stampin' write markers to color directly on the rubber before stamping on Whisper White Cardstock which was then punched out iwth the Designer Label Punch.  After matting the DSP to the Early Espresso Cardstock and then the Marina Mist card base I ruffled the Early Espresso 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon (used Sticky Strip, and Snail) I attached the greeting to the card with the designer label piece and brads from the Styled Silver Hodgepodge hardware it (these are such fun metal pieces and I rarely use them). 

I love how this turned out, full of texture and dimension.  Don't forget you only have until the end of the month get these retiring items before they are gone forever.

Happy stamping!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

June Stamp-a-Stack

Good morning! 

Just wanted to drop in to show this months Stamp-a-stack projects.  This month we're focusing on sets that are retired (time to use them one more time before they're gone) and the summer mini catalog, there's lots of different styles, perfect for any occasion.  Also, I have a special offer on the retired sets for those who attend upcoming events, you won't want to miss this!

Class is this Sunday and there's still time RSVP, just let me know!

Have a great day and happy stamping!

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sketch Challenge: Land of the Free

What a fantabulous weekend!  We had a great time this weekend with family activities and just spending time together, love it!  I did take time to create a card for this weeks Stamping 411 challenge and knew exactly what I wanted to do once I saw the sketch design.  I started with the Land of the Free single stamp (love how it has the song lyrics to make the stripes on the flag) and inked it with Real Red and Night of Navy classic markers.

For the back ground I cut various size stars with the Star punch (can't believe that one's retiring) and the Big Shot star die) in Whisper White and attached them to the Night of Navy cardstock before running them through the Big Shot with the Lattice Textured Embossing Folder so the stars became embedded into the design of the paper.  For the strip a used a piece of Real Red DSP from the Brights paper stack and layered it with a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was punched along one edge with the scallop border punch

 The final touch was to make a bow with Whisper White 3/8" taffeta ribbon and a star brad (the brad is retired but I thought it was perfect for this card).  Now check out the sketch we had to work with.

This card is fabuous!  I love how clean and bright it is. 

Just a reminder, there is still time to RSVP for this month's stamp-a-stack class which will be next sunday, the 12th at 2:00 PM, just email to let me know.

Hope you have  a great week and happy stamping!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It's Time to Say Farewell....

Today is June 1st and you know what that means...the day Stampin’ Up announces which stamp sets and accessories are being discontinued from the Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog to make room for all the new products in the new catalog coming out on July 1st! You can bet I was up at 5:20 AM this morning to check it out first thing.

Discontinued Stamp Sets can be found HERE.

Discontinued Accessories can be found HERE and updated daily.

Discontinued Definitely Decorative products can be found HERE.

Discontinued stamp sets, Stampin' Up! will manufacture to fill demand. However, the accessories are first come first served, so don't delay in ordering! You can place your order with me - online HERE.

As an added bonus, for every $50 order (before tax and shipping) placed in my online store during the month of June your name will be entered into a drawing for a FREE* stamp set of your choice from the new catalog that comes out on July 1. (* up to $19.95 in value).
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