Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sale-a-Bration Has Arrived! Elementary Elegance

Good morning and happy Tuesday!  I'm very excited because today is the first day of Sale-a-bration, Stampin' Up!s biggest sale of the year!  I love this sale and all the great products we can earn for FREE.  This card uses three of the exclusive items available during this promotion.  The stamp set is Elementary Elegance and I love it.  The scroll pattern in stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock with Soft Suede Ink.  Then I stamped the coordinating greeting on Very Vanilla with Calypso Coral ink, punched out with the Curly Label Punch, and sponged with Soft Sky.  I used Poppy Parade cardstock for the cardbase and used the new Adorning Accents embossing folder to emboss the scroll along the bottom.  Next a took a piece of Everyday Enchantment DSP and used the coordinating Adorning Accents Edglet die to cut the DSP with the same scroll.  The final touch was to punch a strip of Soft Sky cardstock with the Lace Ribbon Border Punch.  I threaded a piece of 1/8" Lucky Limeade organza ribbon through the punched paper from the Everyday Enchantment ribbon bundle.

I love this card, it definately has a vintage feel that's simple yet elegant, all at the same time.  I'm definately going to have fun using these great new items, so make sure you don't miss out. 

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Birthday Candy Treat

What an amazing week!  I've had a great time and feel so energized and can't wait to get back home and share all the great ideas I gained, you won't want to miss out.  Today's swap is a 3D candy box designed for birthday treats but can easily be adapted to any occasion.  I used the Petite Pocket XL die, added a few score lines and in no time you have this perfect box.  I decorated it with Big Top Birthday DSP and a cupcake from the Create-a-cupcake stamp set and matching cupcake punch.  A glittery cherry on top is the perfect finish!

As you can see when you open the flap you see the chocolates that a wrapped in the mathing DSP, love it!  These were so easy and fun to make, I definately see more of these in my future.  Enjoy!
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Valentine's Greeting

Good morning!  As you read this I'm on my way to the airport heading to San Antonio and Stampin' Up!s Leadership Conference, and I have to tell you I'm so excited.  Not only will I enjoy a few days with some fabulous ladies but the beautiful weather is definately something to be happy for.  Just like convention I thought I would share with you each day some of the swaps I made and will be sharing with my fellow demonstrators.  Today's card is another valentine (yeah I know!) and features the new P.S. I Love You stamp set from the Occasions Mini catalog as well as the new Hearts Collection cutters and edge embossing folders. 

This card has lots of texture, after cutting out the large black heart I embossed it with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and then sprayed it with shimmer mist. The smaller hear is Very Vanilla and was first stamped with the En Francis stamp set in Crumb Cake, then the edges were sponged with Crumb Cake, and then the cubid was embossed with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.
The designer paper is Timeless Portrait and was cut with the Scallop Trim border punch. The ribbon is Cherry Cobbler Polka Dot scallop ribbon and I flipped over so it was a solid color.

I created this card for an organized swap I'm in and I can't wait to see what everyone thinks of it because I love it!

Enjoy and have a great day,

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lovely Letterpress Plates

Happy Tuesday!  Today I have another Valentine to share with you from a team swap I participated in in November and forgot to share.  The key to this card is the letterpress plates and the Big Shot, where the letterpress plate debosses the image and pushes the ink into the cardstock.  Also, with all the guys in our house I really wanted to make a card that didn't have lots of pink, girly stuff.  This card uses the Lots of Love letterpress plate, Versamark ink, and Marina Mist cardstock.    The stamped image uses the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set and Petite Pairs (for the greeting).

Then I added a couple of tags with the Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, and 3 hearts punched with the Small Heart Punch and Red and Silver Glimmer Paper (I was so happy the Silver Glimmer paper was on the carryover list from the holiday mini catalog).  This card is pretty simple but has lots of textures that are fun.

Hope you enjoy and have a great day,

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

P.S. I Love You - Sketch Challenge

Good evening! What a start to the new year. We've enjoyed having the unusually mild weather this weekend and catching up with friends.  I've also been frantically working on swap cards for Stampin' Up!s upcoming Leadership Conference and still have a ways to go.  I also decided to get back into the routine with the Stamping 411 sketch challenges and loved the possibilities with this weeks sketch and decided it would be perfect to highlight the new P.S. I Love You stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I embossed a piece of Basic Gray cardstock with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder before adhering it to the Cherry Cobbler cardbase.  Then I took a piece of Twitterpated designer paper and matted it with Basic Black cardstock that was punched with the Scallop Trim border punch on both sides and  cut the "v" notch out of the bottom.

The main stamped image uses Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, and Blushing Bride ink to stamp the various images from the P.S. I Love You stamp set.  The strawberry image was colored directly on the rubber stamp with Pear Pizzaz, Cherry Cobbler, and Chocolate Chip ink before stamping.  Then I decided to add Crystal Effects to the chocolate parts of the strawberries to make them look wet and glossy, and the new Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to the tops of the strawberries for they sparkle (check it out in this close up image). 

Now check out the sketch challenge we were provided.  I love this card and it's so beautiful in person, the texture and sparkle is fabulous.  I've officially embraced Valentine's day, our decorations are up (yes, we even have red lights in Aidan's room and on the fireplace mantle), and I'm working on several valentine's projects right now. 
Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

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