Monday, March 31, 2008

Let the cute begin again

Today I'm just playing with my Big on Spring cute stamp before putting it away, and made two more versions of the cute little pink baby girl card I made last week. My friends are very prolific and have delivered these newborns.

Seth ~ Beckham ~ Zachary ~ Lincoln ~ London ~ Riley

These are the names of little babies I know who have been born in the last month or so, whom I've been busy making cards for today. Now I need to get them sent off. I love babies.

  • Ink: Black, Pretty in Pink Stampin' Write Marker
  • Paper: Going Gray, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Prints Pack DP, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Basic Eyelets, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Pink Grosgrain, Black Hemp Twine
  • Tools: Large Star, Scallop, Slit, Photo Corner, 1/2 inch, 1 inch, 1 1/4 inch, 1 3/8 inch circle Punches, Crop-o-dile, Making Memories Instant Setter, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Stamps: Big on Spring, Nursery Necessities, In the Stars

Friday, March 28, 2008

The rest of the cards I made two days ago

Going to shoebox swaps is a fun way to get excited about stamping. I didn't include my own card project, but I posted it here. I thought it was funny that half of us incorporated the scallop punch in our designs. That has to be the number one punch by Stampin' Up! Celebrate today is from the Simple Sayings set.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

May all your dreams come true

Yesterday I participated in a fun little get together to make cards, a shoebox swap, and I botched the intended card, so abandoned the project, brought it home, then recreated this card using some of the elements from the original.
  • Paper: Confetti Cream, Very Vanilla, River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Cool Caribbean, Whisper White
  • Ink: River Rock, Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip
  • Stamps: Friendly Flowers, Always, In the Stars
  • Tools/Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch, 3/4-inch Punch, 1/2-inch Punch, Photo Corner Punch, My Way Punch, Staples, Ice Rhinestone Brads, Cutter Kit

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Let the cute begin!

Here's my creation of the day. It's amazing how much brain power one card design can take sometimes. Maybe because I'm trying to come up with one that uses exclusively Stampin' Up! materials that are current. It's so much easier to use what ever I feel like. Most of the new babies I know who have been born lately are little boys, but I was in the mood to make a girly baby card. The eyelets seem so frilly and cute with the pink papers, and you might recall my recommitment to using eyelets from a previous post, so voila! I used seven for one card.
  • Paper: Going Gray, Prints Pack DP, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
  • Ink: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink Stampin' Write Marker
  • Stamps: Big on Spring, Nursery Necessities, Sweet Shapes
  • Accessories: Basic White Eyelets, Pink Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Tools: Crop-o-Dile, Punches: slit, word window, 1-inch, 1-1/4 inch, Making Memories Instant Setter (okay, so this is my one non-SU item used)

Saturday, March 22, 2008


We decorated hard-boiled eggs today and I made egg salad sandwiches for lunch--I baked the bread too, using freshly ground red wheat from my food storage. Fun times! The kids are excited to have an Easter egg hunt. I like using real eggs for it.

Tender Bunny, you make me smile

Here's another card with my sweet little bunny stamp.

  • Paper: Stampin' Up! Kraft, Basic Black, Cool Caribbean, Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink: Basic Black by Stampin' Up!, White by Stampabilities
  • Accessories: Black Ribbon from Hobby Lobby, Linen Thread
  • Stamps: Tender Toile, Simple Sayings II, Spunky Spots Jumbo Wheel all by SU

Friday, March 21, 2008

Delicious Bliss

I bought a cute little Hero Arts cupcakes (clear design) set of acrylic stamps today, and it came in handy when I added the {delicious} sentiment to the top of this card I had made the day before, so it could hide a mistake underneath where I smudged the word lifetime. I was playing with some designer paper scraps, which you never know what you might end up with. Pink and black together make a cute pair.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Congratulations--I can set an eyelet properly!

Lately, I've had terrible results in setting eyelets, so I have gotten out of the habit. It's as if I've forgotten how to do it. So today I played around with my various tools and was thrilled to pinpoint what works best for me, my Making Memories Instant Setter. After messing around with scraps, I put this card together. I experimented with my Crop-o-dile, plus the old method I used, which was a handheld punch, then using all kinds of variations, made little progress until I found this video on setting eyelets. It made my day when I got my eyelet setting groove back. I prefer for the eyelets to "flower" out on the backside, rather than the smashed round finish that I get with the Crop-o-dile. So I am happy! Look for some cards made with eyelets in the future, now that I can do it consistently. Thanks to Melissa for being my sounding board!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Celebrate Spunky Balloons

This was my first time to use my Dotted Lines jumbo roller and I know it's going to be a fun one. I used the 3/4 inch circle punch to cut the balloons and like the short-cut three-dimensional effect.

Paper: Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red, Certainly Celery
Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie and Real Red grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
Stamps: Tag Time, Spunky Spots and Dotted Lines Stampin' Around Wheels

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tag Time Happy Easter

Oh, I love the way this springy Easter card turned out, which I CASE'd from Maxene on SCS, and changed a couple of colors and the sentiment. Can you believe Easter is only a week and a half from now?
  • Paper: So Saffron, Cool Caribbean, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
  • Ink: So Saffron, Cool Caribbean, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Basic Black, Black Stampin' Write Marker
  • Stamps: Tag Time, D.O.T.S. Happy Easter
  • Accessories: Black 3/8-inch Organdy Ribbon

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Americana Make a Wish

It's four months until Independence day, but I'm eager to use these colors together, so I couldn't resist. What a fun new stamp set this is going to's my first time to use it.

  • Paper: Brocade Blue, Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White
  • Ink: Whisper White, Real Red
  • Stamps: Birthday Whimsey, Spunky Spots Jumbo Wheel, So Many Sayings (Make a Wish)
  • Tools/Accessories: White Embossing Powder (for sentiment), Basic Eyelets, Real Red Striped 1/2-inch Grosgrain Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Glitter, Word Window Punch

If anyone who sees this is good at setting eyelets, I would appreciate your tips. I'm frustrated with all the methods I use, including the Crop-o-dile, Marvy Instant Setter, and using 1/16-inch handheld punch. Also, I realize I made a mess with my Crystal came out fast and I didn't have any toothpicks handy, so I have way too much.

Monday, March 10, 2008

It's your birthday, Sue!

"I'm having a big number birthday," says my friend, Sue! Happy birthday to you--I hope it's a wonderful one and wish you the best year ever.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Love in lilac

Karina got married last week in Arizona and last night we went to an open house at her parents' home to celebrate. Here's the card I made for her and her husband, Ian. The bride looked beautiful and her handsome hubby looked in love, so that was wonderful. I wish them the best together and hope for a lifetime of love and happiness. Congratulations to the newlyweds!

  • Paper: Gable Green, Lovely Lilac, Whisper White, and Orchid Opulence
  • Ink: StaZon Jet Black, Lovely Lilac, Green Galore, Orchid Opulence
  • Ribbon: Random--cannot recall where I got it
  • Stamps: Much Love, Quirky Alphabet Upper (for the E)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Tender Toile Easter

Toile patterns are so pretty, especially when there's a cute little bunny in the print. This Easter card I designed reminds me of the dozens of bunny hunts that my kids' Grandpa Dee has taken the little ones on when they're visiting grandma and grandpa's home. It's a tender moment to see their excited faces when they return and say how many bunnies they saw on their walk.

  • Stamps: Tender Toile and All Holidays by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: Stazon Jet Black
  • Paper: Whisper White, Kraft, Cool Caribbean
  • Accessories: Hobby Lobby ribbon, Linen Thread
  • Tools: Paper Piercing