Thursday, February 28, 2013

Paper Player's Challenge: Patterned Occasions Birthday Greetings

Good evening friends!  We've had a crazy week but the end of the week is definitely looking to end on the positive which is so great.  So I've decided to start participating in some more sketch challenges which are so much fun and today I wanted to share the card I made for the Paper Player's Challenge.  This was a sketch challenge and I love to see all the great ideas people can come up with based on the same basic design.  For this card I started with an Old Olive cardbase that I ran through the Big Shot with the Hexagon embossing folder (you know this is one of my new fav's).  Next I added a strip of designer series paper from the Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP.  The next flag is a strip of Pacific Point cardstock that's embossed with the new Cloudy Day embossing folder, and then a piece of Melon Mambo 3/8" Striped Organdy Ribbon.

The stamped image is from the Patterned Occasions stamp set, which is so versatile (I love that you can get it for FREE during Sale-a-bration!)  I used Stampin' Write Markers to color directly on the rubber and then stamped.  I used the 1 3/4" circle punch to punch the image out and then layered it with the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch in Daffodil Delight and used a White Gel Pen to add dots to each of the scallops.  Dimensionals are so perfect to attach the stamped element to the card so it pops.
No check out the sketch provided.  You'll definitely want to save this sketch idea, you can use it for any stamps, colors, and occasions to create a card unique to you.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed tonight's share.
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Petite Pairs Birthday Greetings

Good morning!  I was able to spend some quality stamping time this weekend and noticed after I finished all the cards that I was using a ton of Sale-a-Bration reward items (I love that during this awesome sale you earn a FREE, exclusive item for every $50 I spend, I definitely stock up during this sale to take full advantage).  This card actually uses four of the 19 items and was a breeze to pull together.  I started with a Pool Party cardbase and added a piece of designer series paper from the Sycamore Street DSP pack.  I also added a flag from other print from the same DSP package as well as the First Edition Speciality DSP.  Next I added a Tangerine Tango button (from the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button package, also FREE) and tied a bow with Island Indigo Baker's twine.  The stamped image is from the Petite Pairs stamp set and coordinates perfectly with the Petite Curly Label punch (both SAB items).
I must admit this is the first time I've used this stamp set and coordinating punch, they're so cute and have so many greeting options so you have lots of potential.  I'm also excited that the punch will be available after Sale-a-Bration (for purchase) so I don't have to say goodbye to it after a few months.  Make sure you add these items to your crafting tool box now during this awesome sale!

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Perfectly Penned Birthday Thank You's

I'm so glad it's Friday, looking forward to a great weekend.  As promised, I'm back to share the thank you cards I made for Aidan's birthday.  I love how easy it is to make perfectly coordinating items with the same stamp sets, designer series paper, etc.  This card uses the Your Amazing and Perfectly Penned stamp sets, along with the Basic Label single stamp.  I used the same Apothecary Accents framelits as the previous projects, just another shape.  I also decided to add the ticket border with the Take a Ticket wheel
To make the card nice and mailable I added two small circles punched out with the Itty Bitty Punches pack.  I once again used the World Spectacular designer series paper and just used several different patterns to change things up. Here's another one of the cards, just changed up the DSP.
These cards are perfect for the birthday boy to send out and I was able to pull them together nice and quick, LOVE IT!!  The other great thing is that you could use the same tools and layout and change this up with just different color paper, ink, and designer series paper.
Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Your Amazing Party Favors

Happy Wednesday!  We had a great weekend celebrating Aidan's birthday this past weekend so I thought I would share some of the items I made for the party.  Today I'm sharing the bag I made for party favors.  Aidan picked out the perfect Lego set to give each of his friends but I wanted a cool and easy way to wrap them.  I figured out that they perfectly fit into a standard brown paper lunch sack.  Of course I had to dress it up.  I decided to use the World Spectacular designer series paper and Your Amazing stamp set so it would coordinate perfectly with Aidan's birthday card.  I used the frame from the Your Amazing stamp set and stamped it in Island Indigo ink and then stamped the words from the Perfectly Penned stamp set in the center.  I love how these images fit perfectly into the framelits, this time the Apothecary Accents.  The matching paper piercing template is so fun and I was able to piece both around the tag and on the inside border of the tag. 
I add three little flags with the designer series paper and then a bow made with the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon.  These bags are perfect for having little details without being over the top.
Enjoy and check back later in the week for another coordinating project.
Happy Stamping,

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Secret Garden Feel Goods Fab Friday Sketch Challenge

Good evening!  Another weekend has come to and end.  We had a great time celebrating Aidan's birthday but I know he's definitely happy to have an extra day off from school to recover, who knew a sleepover with friends could take so much out of you.  This evening I wanted to share the card I made for this weeks Fab Friday Sketch Challenge.  This challenge was lots of fun since it's a color challenge and given the colors I definitely wanted to make something cheery and Springy.  The card is so fun and uses lots of fabulous new products from the Spring catalog, including the Feel Goods stamp set, Secret Garden Stamp set and matching framelits (love that you can get the bundle for a 15% discount), as well as the Hexagon embossing folder (a must have item from the Spring catalog, the geometric patterns are a great contrast for the floral images).

After cutting out all the flower images I curled the edges with a bone folder and added Dazzling Details to the center of each flower so it has a little sparkle.  This card is so lovely and I love the messages in this stamp set, so uplifting.  We make a lot of cards but sometimes we get so busy that we only send them at major holidays and events and I'm working this year to send more handmade cards, just because since it's so awesome to receive a handmade and handwritten card and these messages are perfect for such occasions.  I hope you enjoy this weeks card, and feel free to play along and share your card as well.

Have a great week!

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Blue Ribbon, Your Amazing Birthday Greetings for My Little Man!

Happy Friday!  Today is a very exciting day in the Eichfeld house, its Aidan’s birthday.  Aidan’s so excited for his birthday (just like mommy) and he’s been getting ready for it all week, in fact yesterday was not only Valentine’s Day but “Aidan’s Birthday Eve,” too funny!  So I’ve had an idea in mind for what I wanted to do for Aidan’s birthday card ever since I saw the Blue Ribbon and Your Amazing stamp set that were released last summer.  I used MDS2 and the World Explorer Digital kit to make Aidan’s birthday party invitation so it only made sense that his birthday card would coordinate. For this card I made all the little elements first before determining the card size, which was a good thing since I ended up needing a 6x6 card to fit everything.  The cardbase is Daffodil Delight and then I added a piece World Spectacular Designer Series paper that was matted with Early Espresso.  I added a coordinating strip of DSP, also matted with Early Espresso that I punched with the Scalloped Trim border punch.  The greeting is from the Your Amazing stamp set and I inked the words in with Stampin’ Write Markers, and the border is one of the new single stamp sets, Basic Label (definitely one of my favorites and I love that it coordinates with the Apothecary Framelits).  I added a couple of Turquoise brads from the Brights Brads as accents. 

The medallion piece has lots of layers, including the Blue Ribbon “ribbon” stamp, Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon, Daffodil Delight tails and a lolly made with the same package of DSP and the Simply Scored board (love this!!!).  I changed the original card since I realized it said Happy Birthday twice so changed out the center of the ribbon and added a stamped circle and then a glitter “8” cut with the Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die since Aidan is turning 8 today.  The final touch was the small elephant from the Your Amazing stamp set, I stamped him in Island Indigo ink, cut him out with Paper Snips and colored him in with markers.  An Island Indigo Dalia made a perfect accent for the top of the party hat.  I even stamped a couple balloons from the same stamp set on the inside of the card.

Due to the size of this card I had to make a matching envelope with the World Spectacular DSP, Simply Scored board, and Diagonal Scoring Plate (you can get this FREE during Sale-a-bration so don’t miss out adding it to your tool box). 

I have to admit this card was a labor of love, I don’t know if I’ve ever spent this much time on one card, it must have been about 1 ½ hours to make all the little elements.  I really love how this card turned out and can’t wait to see how Aidan likes it.  We’re off to a busy weekend celebrating, we have our family celebration tonight and then Aidan is having some friends over for laser tag and a sleepover this week, lots of fun!
Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

One More Valentine Share, For the Kiddo!

Good evening!  I hope you’re having a fun day, showing all your friends and family how much you care for them today (and every day).  Valentine’s Day has a whole new meaning and freshness when you have kids.  I have so much fun making gifts for Aidan and other kids in our lives and have so much fun seeing how the kids embrace the holiday.  Aidan was up very early this morning and we had to exchange gifts first thing this morning (think of like Christmas) and was so excited about the cards and thoughts that people put into each item.  I thought I would hop back online and share with you the card and gift I made for Aidan this year.  First of all you have to know that Aidan loves glitter and believes you can never have too much (a kid after my own heart!)  So this card uses the Pool Party Coredinations cardstock and I ran it through the Big Shot with the Hexagon embossing folder (I love how you can sand this paper and see the core color of the cardstock for some extra dimension.  The scalloped heart is from the More Amore Speciality DSP and are laser cut.  I also added hearts punched from the same DSP with the small heart and large heart punches. 
I also used Red and Silver Glimmer paper and the Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die for the XOXO.  The greeting was from the valentine treat bundle and I thought it was perfect for a kid’s valentine and I used Dazzling Diamonds and a two way glue pen to add glitter round the edge of the heart.  Aidan was so excited and loved the card.
The second project I’m sharing is a little treat bucket that held all of Aidan’s Valentine’s treats.  I love to get the little pails from the Dollar Spot of my local store and while initially I would buy all the different holiday versions but now that I have so many I like to get plain ones that I can dress up as necessary so their more versatile so I got a silver pail with polka dots.  All I did was add a strip of More Amore fabric that I just tore and tied a big fluffy bow.  Nice and simple.  Aidan like it but I think he liked the Pokemon cards in the pail more than the actual pail itself.
Enjoy the rest of your special day! 
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Double Easel Valentine Card, Sending Loving Thoughts

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Today I’m sharing the card I made for my hubby that was so fun to make.  So when you make cards all the time there tends to be some pressure to make each card “better” than the one before and I wanted to make something fun.  I received one of these double heart easel cards at last months Leadership Conference and it had such a WOW factor that I immediately decided that I wanted to make a version of this card for Chris.  This card comes together quite easily with the Hearts Collection framelits and the Big Shot and there are several tutorials online.  Other products I used on this card are:

Stamp Set(s):  Loving Thoughts, Heart (Single Stamp Set)

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Real Red, Polka Dot Parade DSP, First Edition Speciality DSP, Red Glimmer Paper, Champagne Glimmer Paper

Ink:  Versamark, Basic Black

Embellishments:  Champagne Shimmer Paint (used to make shimmer mist), Large Heart Punch, Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon, Brights Glimmer brads, Silver Basics Designer Buttons, 1/8” Basic Black Tafetta Ribbon, Black Embossing Power, Heat Gun, Small Heart Punch

I even made a matching envelope for this card (so easy with the Simply Scored and Diagonal Scoring plate) and decorated to coordinate with the card so I can’t wait to see how Chris likes it.

I hope you have a special day and I want to let you know how much I love and appreciate each person who has touched my life.  Enjoy being showered with love by your friends and family!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Seasonal Sayings Valentine Greetings

Happy Wednesday!  I had so much fun making the projects last week for the Stylin’ Stampin’ Blog hop that featured fabric this month that I just couldn’t stop. Today I’m sharing one of the cards we made at this month’s Just Cards class that was a big hit with the ladies.  I decided you could always use another Valentine card and since I had a scrap of More Amore fabric sitting on my studio desk this card came together very easily.  I started with a cardbase of Very Vanilla and sponged around the edge with Crumb Cake ink, then added a layer of Basic Black underneath my Real Red main layer.  To this piece I stamped with the Seasonal Sayings stamp set (another great stamp set that carried over from the Holiday catalog) which Basic Black ink.  Then I ran a piece of Sticky Strip across the cardstock and just ruffled the fabric all along the front of the card and wrapped the edges around the back. 
The heart element was created with taking a piece of Basic Black cardstock and running it through the Big Shot with the Hearts a Flutter framelit for the scalloped heart and then added a heart punched with the Large Heart Punch and Silver Glimmer paper.  The small heart was punched with First Edition Speciality DSP and the Small Heart punch.
This card was definetely a hit in class and I reminded the ladies that while I don’t really sew I love the Stampin’ Up! fabric not only because of the fabulous designs but I like to use it like ribbon and it’s very economical considering that you get three large fat quarters in each package of fabric for only $9.95 and I just tear off strips to use like ribbon.  You should definitely check it out!
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Recycled Valentine Treat Tin

Good evening!  This is one of my busiest weeks of the year, not only do we have Valentine’s Day, which I love but the day after is my son, Aidan’s birthday so I’m busy trying to wrap up projects, gifts, etc. and I’m a little behind.  Tonight I thought I would share a tin I recycled to create this fun Valentine gift.  One of my co-workers is a huge tea drinker and the only tea he drinks comes in the great metal tins and recently I found a stash of several dozen empty tins in his office (apparently he has an equally large stash at home so if you’re local and would like some of these tins let me know and I can probably hook you up).  Anyway, I decided to decorate this tin for Valentine’s day.  I wrapped the tin with Pool Party Cardstock and More Amore Specialty Designer Series paper.  Next I took a piece of cotton ribbon (loved that this ribbon carried over so it’s still available) and I cut off both edges and tore it off so I had some distressed edges and layered this ribbon with the Real Red 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon and tied a knot.  The tag is one of the tags I made in MDS2 with the More Amore digital kit and I just added a red glimmer heart punched out with the small heart punch. 

For the top of the tin I wrapped around the edge with Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon and added a piece of Basic Gray cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and the Chevron embossing folder.  The rest of the decoration is one of the Real Red laser cut hearts from the More Amore Specialty DSP, layered with a large heart punched with the DSP and a Raspberry Ripple cardstock and the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit.  The final embellishment was made by punching two scallop circles with the new 7/8” scallop circle punch, crumpled them and sponged with Crumb Cake ink and I added a Primrose Petal Dalia for the center.
This tin is so cute and is full of special treats, which I can’t share so I don’t spoil the surprise for my special friend.  There’s still time to make a special gift or card for your loved ones to let them know how much you love them, I can help with any details you need, just let me know.
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Stylin' Stampin' Blog Hop: Fabric Madness!!

Good morning and welcome to another additional of Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad Blog Hop.  This month we’re featuring fun projects using Stampin’ Up! fabric.  Fabric is a great way to add texture and dimension to a project and even if you’re not a sewer (like me) you’ll still enjoy crafting with it and I love all the great patterns SU offers.  You may be joining me from Bree’s blog, doesn’t she do fabulous work?  If you’re just starting hear, don’t fear you can continue around and not miss any of the fabulous projects. 
The first project I’m sharing with you is a card that uses two different fabric patterns from the More Amore fabric package in the Spring catalog. I started by using my Big Shot to cut out the large scalloped heart with the Hearts Collection framelits and used the heart fabric.  I will warn you when you’re using the fabric you’re going to have to add an extra shim or two to cut through the fabric.  Since this heart is so big I ended up making a 6x6 card by taking a 6x12 piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and folding it in half.  I sponged around the edge with Crumb Cake ink to soften the edges (I love doing this and added this to every element on this card).  Next I took a piece of Pool Party Coredinations cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot with the Chevron embossing folder and lightly sanded to highlight the pattern.  Next I added a strip of fabric with the small print and hearts and just used sticky strip down the edge and then ruffled the fabric as I go.  I just like to tear the fabric when I’m using it on cards so it has frayed edges so I don’t have to worry about cutting straight and it adds texture.  Next I added the fabric heart and then layered it with a heart cut with the same framelits and First Edition Specialty DSP (crumpled the heart and distressed it with Crumb Cake ink and sponged with Primrose Petals ink around the edges.  I also spritzed the heart with Champagne shimmer mist I made so it lightly sparkles (hard to tell from the picture).  Next I cut a Crumb Cake heart out with the Scalloped Heart of Hearts embosslit. 

The greeting is from the newly released Best of Love stamp set, it’s so fun seeing what stamp images SU chooses to pull from the archives for us to use again and was stamped with Real Red ink on Primrose petals cardstock.  I was able to punch the greeting out with the Full Heart punch and used dimensionals to make the greeting pop.

Now this card is way too big to fit our standard envelopes so I made one to fit using the More Amore Speciality DSP, the Simply Scored, and the Diagonal Scoring Plate (so easy!).  To decorate the envelope I added another strip of the More Amore Fabric as well as two of the scallop laser cut hearts from the DSP package and cut out coordinating hearts with the hearts framelits and DSP. 

This card is so lovely I can’t wait to give it for valentine’s, do you think it’s a little too girly for my hubby???

I do have one more project to share with you, I decided to take two of the large scalloped hearts cut with the same fabric and made a little pillow.  I added a lot of the same elements so that it coordinates with the card.  The key was to fully decorate the top heart before sewing and stuffing it so that the brads, etc. could all be pushed through the fabric so they’ll stay in place.  I added another heart with the First Edition DSP that was distressed the same way as the card and added a piece of Victorian Trim and Primrose Petals Stitched Satin ribbon that were each ruffled.  Next I added a bow made with the Pool Party satin ribbon (that’s free during SAB) with an Antique Brad in the center. 

In the top corner I added two tickets from the That’s the Ticket stamp set that were punched out with the Ticket Duo punch (each ticket was also sponged with Crumb Cake ink) and attached with the heart with a 3/16” Metallic Brad.  The final touch was to add a Pool Party Button (also free during SAB, along with the ribbon) and tied a bow with linen thread before attaching it with a glue dot.

This pillow came out just as I pictured, nice and soft and very girly, love it!!!  Hope you enjoyed this month’s project and make sure to check out all the rest of the fabulously creative people on the hop, you’ll have lots of ideas on how to use fabric on your next project.  Click the link below to see Darcy's projects.

Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  3. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  4. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  5. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  6. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  7. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  8. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  9. Justin K of JK Cards
  10. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin'
  11. Jennifer B of NW Stamper
  12. Bree of Craft-somnia
  13. Diana E of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  14. Darcy J of Dj's Stampin Place



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Monday, February 4, 2013

Patterned Occasions, Get Well Greetings

Good morning friends!  Well the football season is officially over wow was that an interesting game last night, what fun!  Today I'm sharing another quick and easy card made with the Patterned Occasions stamp set. I have to admit that I overlooked this stamp set when the Sale-a-bration brochure was first released but it has quickly become one of my favorite sets since it has so many sayings and cute images, plus it's FREE and who doesn't like that?   For this card I started with a Crumb Cake card base and ran a piece of Basic Black cardstock through the Big Shot with the Chevron embossing folder before adding some 1/4" Real Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon.  I used Stampin' Write markers to color in the bandage and greeting on the stamp set and then used another marker to color in the heart.  This piece was punched out with the 1 3/4" circle punch and then layered on a piece of Real Red cardstock that was cut out with the Window Frames framelits and embossed with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder and then a piece of First Edition Speciality DSP that was cut out with the same framelits, crumpled and then sponged with Crumb Cake ink. 
This is such a cute card, it would certainly brighten up anyone's day who's a little under the weather.  You'll definitely want to make sure to add this stamp set to your collection so make sure to grab it before SAB ends.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Easy MDS2 Valentine Treats

Happy Friday, TGIF!!!!  I'm looking forward to a great weekend, I'm taking a photography class and can't wait to learn some new things to do with my camera but I'm kicking the weekend off tonight with an Introduction to My Digital Studio 2 class and I can't wait to share some of the fabulous new features of this program.  It really makes gift giving a breeze.  I love to give treats for Valentine's and have been working to get them all done early so I wanted to make something simple for Aidan's teachers so I used the More Amore Ensemble and took the little card elements and added some heart images and stamped greetings to make these cute little bag toppers (I love the ability to color and crop stamps in MDS2 so you can make just what you need).  Then all I did was attach the pieces to cardstock and stapled them to cello bags that I filled with different candies!

Who wouldn't love to get these little treats?

There's still time to make your valentine projects and with MDS2 it's a snap.


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