Friday, May 29, 2009

Inspired by a store-bought (gasp!) invitation

My daughter received a birthday party invitation with this layout so of course I had to try it. This uses the True Friend Stamp Set and Dazzling Diamond Dust technique....Simple and sweet....Pretty sure I'm going to use this layout again too.

(Monday's post will be a More is More re-do of this card.)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Manhattan Tri-Fold

This is what my girls made tonight at my first downline meeting. It makes an impressive card, but is suprisingly easy. I used the Oval All set for the dot border, Very Versatile thank you, and butterfly from Great Friend all with white and Regal Rose.

My card is cut at the top at 5 inches tall after texturizing with the Big Shot. I was inspired by a beautiful card and tutorial by BJ Smith--I believe she invented this fab idea! Thanks for sharing BJ! (If only I had enough Pink Pirouette or Pretty in Pink 12X12 cardstock I would have used them!)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Father's Day

This card uses texture plates and the spotlighting technique for an interesting masculine design. This is the latest addition to my June technique class. Consider joining us on the 4th of June!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Rock N Roll--Sweet N Simple

This card is for today's Technique Challenge on Stampin' Addicts. I decided to go with Rock N Roll and the Petal Pizzazz flowers and leaves. The flower is ink in Blush Blossom and then edge-rolled in Rose Red. I popped the flowers up on dimensionals (after adding the Pretties Kit Half Back Pearls to the centers) to allow the chocolate chip sentiment layer to tuck under them to close the card.

Blush Blossom card base=8-1/2X4-1/4 (score at 3)

Chocolate Chip sentiment layer=7-1/2X2-1/2 (score at 4-the 4 inch side is glued to the Blush Blossom base and the 3-1/2 inch side has the layers and is tucked under the flowers)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Peaks and Valleys Fold Card

I ~love~ this fold I found on Tonya Allen's blog. Tonya found the idea on SCS by sheltyx1. She didn't say if she invented it or not. It looks difficult but is surprisingly easy to create. Tonya created a nice tutorial if I don't answer all your version is:
  • Cut a 5-1/2 X 12 inch piece of cardstock.
  • Score vertically at 2, 4, 8 and 10.
  • Cut horizontally 1-1/2 inches from the top and bottom edge from the 2 inch score line to the 10 inche score line.
  • The top and bottom rows should be folded Peak, Valley, Peak, Valley.
  • The middle row is creased Valley, Peak, Valley, Peak (Don't use the bone folder on this one as each fold isn't used).
  • The middle row is covered by the 2-1/4 X 3-1/4 inch image mats (shown in polka dot on my example).
  • Embellish as desired :)
I changed the height of the card also....My card is only 5-1/2 inches high, so that it will fit in a medium SU! envelope. That makes the center portion only 2-1/2 inches high rather than 3 inches, but it was still easy enough to use this way.

I used the Parisian Breeze Designer Series Paper and the coordinating Dreams du Jour stamp set. I also used JanTInk's ruffled scalloped edge around the 1-3/4 inch circle punch Old Olive mat layer. Butterflies, Kraft Taffeta ribbon and a flower and half back pearl from the pretties kit add interest, hopefully without competing with the lovely paper patterns.
Just for fun.....I had to cut this peony from my garden because the stem fell over...I had to share even with the bananas in the background LOL.

Can you find the bunny in this picture of my climbing roses? The hot pink one is about finished blooming, and the light pink 'New Dawn' is just getting started.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


I was inspired to try the basketweave technique because it was highlighted in our Stampin' Up! demonstrator magazine...I even used the same Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper because I have plenty of it. Finished off with some Die Cuts from the Big Shot (Little Leaves and Birds and Blooms) makes it a little more detailed while allowing the basketweave to shine. I also used SCS sketch challenge 228 (SC228).

Friday, May 8, 2009

Parade of Papers

Sorry you missed the blog tour!
Throughout the month of May, buy three packs of Designer Series paper (including our Specialty Designer Series paper) or 12" x 12" textured card stock and get one FREE!

First is the Scrapbook layout I made using the Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper.

The lovely matching Baja Breeze Corduroy Buttons and Flower from the Pretties kit make it easy for even a novice like me to make a pretty page! The letters were colored with White Craft ink mixed with Baja Breeze Classic ink…I ended up with a lighter color, but I liked that. Photography by Kathryn Varner, Edmond, Oklahoma.
Paper: Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper, Old Olive and Whisper White Card Stock
Ink: Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad plus Chocolate Chip and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Baja Breeze Corduroy Buttons, Pretties Kit, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Big Shot Baskets & Blooms Die (Tag), Mini Glue Dots, Corner Rounder and Scalloped Square Punches, Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive, Scalloped Edge Punch, On Board Loads of Letters, White Craft Ink Refill, Baja Breeze Classic Ink Refill, Printer and Ink

This Scallop edged Mother's Day Card was fun to make. It was also the first time I used the Circle Scissor cutting system from Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Blooming with Love
Papers: Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper, Whisper White and Chocolate Chip Card Stock
Ink: StazOn, Chocolate Chip and Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Circle Scissors, 1-1/4 and Scallop Circle Punch, and Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon

This is a month by month card organizer you've probably seen many times, but since these are my favorite colors I had to include it!
Paper: Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper, Chocolate Chip Card Stock
Accessories: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Filigree Designer Brads, Corduroy Baja Breeze Button, Big Shot Flower, Daisies #2 Bigz Die

Here is a Father's Day card in which I used the Emboss Resist Technique.
Stamps: Thoughts of Father, Happiness is a Journey
Papers: Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper, Chocolate Chip and Kraft Card Stock
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic and Craft Ink pads
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Sponge, Wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread

This is a little Stationery Folio in a monochromatic color scheme...It would make a great gift if I can manage to give it away :) .Details-Instructions-Stampin’ Addicts Monday 3-D challenge (3/16/09)
Stamps: Dreams du Jour (floral images cut from designer series paper)
Papers: Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper, Baja Breeze and Whisper White Card Stock
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Dimensionals, Crimper, Scallop Edge Punch, 1-3/4” punch

I used the scalloped and crimped edging technique created by JanTInk-Thanks for sharing!!

Next is a purse made with the Once Upon a Time Purse Template available to demonstrators on the Stampin' Up! website. Guess what fits perfectly inside?

Ten Embosslits or Sizzlits dies!

Papers: Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Craft Magnets, Daisies #2 Bigz Die, Flower Designer Brad and Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, SU! Template, 2 Pop Up glue dots to secure brad

I made this card using the Mojo Monday sketch Mojo85.
Stamps: Wonderful Watercolors, Blooming with Love
Papers: Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper, Baja Breeze and Whisper White Card Stock
Ink: Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad plus Regal Rose and Certainly Celery Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Blender Pen, Scalloped Square and 1-1/4 Square Punch, and Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

Simple but cute:
This card is a CASE (Copy And Share Everything) -with changes- of page 3 in the Occasions Mini Catalog
Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers, On Your Birthday
Papers: Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper, Old Olive and Whisper White Card Stock
Ink: Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad plus Chocolate Chip and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Scalloped Oval and Small Oval Punch, and Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

For more information about the tour, visit Stampin' Addicts.

Friday, May 1, 2009

BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for the Parade of Paper!

Beginning next Friday at 8:00 a.m., each stop along our Parade of Papers tour will feature projects made with Stampin' Up's Designer Series Paper created by some talented Stampin' Up demonstrators. You may start at any post, stop and pick it back up later, or visit all of them in succession. You will eventually wind up back at the blog where you started. Remember though, just like Cinderella at the ball, the fun ends at Midnight EDT on Sunday night. The tour will be over then, and the blog links will be broken.

I will be stop #2 and will feature the Parisian Breeze DSP on page 158 of your current SU!catalog. We hope you'll join in the fun by clicking the links to visit all of our blogs and that you will be inspired by all the creative projects and beautiful scrapbook pages and cards. But the other part of my agenda is this: there is an awesome special at Stampin' Up! for the whole month of May! Buy 3 packs of Designer Series Paper OR Textured cardstock and get the 4th for absolutely free! How cool is that? You can click on over to my website to check it out and place an order.

Speaking (or is that typing?) of Designer Series Paper, my downline Valerie came over on Wednesday, and we worked on some DSP projects. I have to share a picture of the lovely stationery folio she made.


Stamps: Short and Sweet

Papers: Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper, Kiwi Kiss, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Whisper White Card Stock

Ink: Rose Red Classic

Accessories: Big Shot Sweet Stems Embosslit Die, Photo Corner, Scalloped Oval and Large Oval Punch, and Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain Ribbon