Sunday, July 29, 2007

Let it snow card

Big on Christmas is such a great stamp set. Here, the image was stamped twice, with just the snowman head cut out of the second piece of card stock, colored with markers and placed with a Stampin' Dimensional.

The strip of patterned paper is from Dashing. I'm really loving all the designs! This is a card one of my downline came up with to help out.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

A simple donut card...

Like a donut, this Always Artichoke card has a hole in it. It was made with a 1 3/8" circle punch. I added a strip of Purely Pomegranate and a bit of River Rock double-stitched ribbon and you're almost there....

Just stamp the "Do not open until Christmas" (Perfect Presentation, Level 2 hostess set), punch it out with a 1 1/4" circle punch and pop it up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Happy Holidays...

Isn't the new snow blossom punch adorable with a button on it?

Take Three is a 6-piece stamp set with something for every season, and then some. Here it was inked using Real Red, Old Olive and Creamy Caramel markers.

And check out the Dashing paper used... just one little strip adds a lot of personality.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Big Celebrations...

Love this set! There's something about the little people that is so adorable.

The colors used on this card are Blue Bayou (including the double-stitched ribbon), Soft Sky and Mellow Moss. The patterned paper is from Wintergreen.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sleigh Bells Ring...

A Dashing strip of pattern paper sponged with Chocolate Chip ink adds to the rustic feel of this Christmas card, which uses the new stamp set, Sleigh Bells Ring.

Technique: Spotlighting with a punch—stamp the image twice and punch out a 1 1/4" circle from one larger image to color in. The 1 3/8" circle punch mats the image perfectly (here with Chocolate Chip card stock). Adhere spotlighted area over the larger image for a fairly quick and easy card.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

the grand essentials of happiness...

Sidekick Sayings is a Level 1 hostess set that is great for beginning stampers since each stamp has an image and a saying. You just use markers to ink the different areas.

This color combo is growing on me—groovy guava (In Color), Really Rust, and Sage Shadow. Add a little groovy guava print paper and some hodgepodge hardware and you've got a quick and easy card.


Sunday, July 15, 2007

New scallop punch...

This pumpkin pie texture paper and patterned paper are both from the Level 1 Simply Scrappin' Kit Creative License. The colors are: Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Sky.

This card uses double-stitched blue bayou grosgrain, as well as the 4-piece stamp set It's All Good, a 1 1/4" circle punch, and the new scallop punch with each scallop dotted using the Uni-bal white gel pen. The word "birthday" comes from Happy Everything.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Same thing, only different...

This is the same idea as yesterday's card, only using a horizontal layout with a rhinestone brad and Flowers For You designer paper with Regal Rose and Rose Red card stocks.

Also, instead of rounding the corners of the card and the saying, I used the ticket corner punch to take off corners.

This is a great workshop make & take that uses a variety of SU! products in a simple way. Hope you like it!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Simple, but sweet...

If you're looking for inspiration the next time you sit at your stamp area, look no further than a SU! catalog!

This sample caught my eye (p. 139). I didn't have the set used, but did have Baroque Motifs. Everything else about the card is the same. It's stamped in River Rock on River Rock card stock. Add a 4 1/4" piece of fat chocolate grosgrain and an antique brass brad... plus this terrific saying from All Holidays, round the corners and you've got a very sophisticated and simple card.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

In Color love notes...

These love notes feature everything from white taffeta ribbon (oooh, so soft!), and the 5-petal flower punch, to rhinestone brads, double-stitched grosgrain and patterned paper. You can fit a lot in a little note!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A flower for a friend...

Pick a Petal is a great stamp set in that you can get so many looks with the different petals you have to select from. This card uses Soft Sky card stock and double-stitched ribbon, along with a few circle ice rhinestone brads. The dots and friend stamp are from the Three For You punch box. (Hint: There's an August special with this box, so save it for ordering till then!)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Misssss you...

Have fun with stamps! How cute is the snake from Zoofari hissing "Miss U" when it's adorned with double-stitched River Rock grosgrain (NEW!).

The new double-stitched grosgrain comes in all of the new In Colors and is 3/8" wide. Love it!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Party Punches sample...

Louise finally got off her tuckus to stamp a card! This one uses the new Level 1 hostess set Party Punches along with Baroque Motifs.

The card body is River Rock, with Elegant Eggplant and the new designer paper Brocade Background. This also uses the designer label punch, as well as the 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Birthdays are good reason to celebrate...

Year After Year is truly a great all-around stamp set for beginning and advanced stampers alike. This is an easy workshop card to do – it uses one ink pad (Blue Bayou) and two colors of card stock (Blue Bayou and Soft Sky). It also shows how well SU! wheels coordinate with its stamp sets.

The scallop was made using a corner rounder punch, and Celebrate is from the Wonderful Words set.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Merry Christmas to you...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, at least it feels that way with Perfect Presentation. There's something addicting about this stamp set... maybe the smell of the purple rubber?

Merry Christmas is from Hugs & Wishes, and the celery print paper is now offered in specific color packs in multiple patterns (love that!).

Technique: Rock 'n' Roll - The tree stamp was first stamped in the lighter color (Wild Wasabi), then rock 'n' rolled around the edges of the rubber in the darker color ink (Not Quite Navy) for a bi-color effect.

The scalloped edges on the Not Quite Navy strips was achieved using a corner rounder punch.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Cherish the life we have...

Chipboard photo corners rock! These are from On Board Blossoms & Basics, covered with Purely Pomegranate card stock (using SNAIL adhesive).

The toughest part of this card was trying to freehand cut the black layer behind the big flower. Yikes!

Of course the stamp set is Baroque Motifs. Love it! It's difficult to tell by looking, but the flourish is embossed on River Rock card stock in black. And there's a circle ice rhinestone in the big flower. It's quite elegant in real life.

Trivia: The song Cherish was written and performed by Kool and The Gang. Many times it only takes a word to remind me of a song.

Here's the chorus:

Cherish the love we have

we should cherish the life we live

Cherish the love

cherish the life

cherish the love.

Do you remember this song?

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Wild about Wasabi...

Wild Wasabi is a great complement to Garden Green... and the ice circle brads add to the festive card. The poinsettia has Crystal Effects on it (shiny...) and that stamp is from the Level 2 hostess set in the Fall-Winter Collection 2007, Perfect Presentation.

This card shows SU!'s 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, as well as the designer label punch. Those layers are added to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Trivia: There are exactly 109 varieties of poinsettias available, but 69% of Americans still prefer red poinsettias, 7% prefer white, and 14% prefer pink. (The Poinsettia Pages, University of Illinois Extension).


Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Fourth of July!


This card has that "sparkle" with lots of Dazzling Diamonds glitter around the stars (from All Through The Year) and around the actual word (from Warm Words).

The white thread is actually grosgrain ribbon with one edge cut off so you're left with fringe and lots of threads.

Tidbit: Independence Day, 2007 — Two hundred thirty-one years ago, 56 brave men signed their names to a bold creed of freedom that set the course of our Nation and changed the history of the world. On this anniversary, we remember the great courage and conviction of our Founders, and we celebrate the enduring principles of our Declaration of Independence. Through selfless sacrifice and unrelenting determination, the patriots of the American Revolution ensured that our Nation's claim to liberty and equality would not be dismissed or forgotten. The ideals they fought for and the country they helped establish are lasting symbols of hope to the entire world. (From: http://www.whitehouse.gov/independenceday/2007/)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Mix and mingle...

and be merry! What a festive message from the Level 2 hostess set Perfect Presentation. This is going to be a favorite!

Stampin' Up!'s small and large tag punches make layering a breeze. The small snowflake is also from the hostess set. The pattern stamp (in Wild Wasabi on Wild Wasabi card stock) is from Background Sampler.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Going wild...

with stamping! The cheetah comes from Zoofari and works well with Chocolate Chip and So Saffron.

A cutter kit was used to rough up the edges of the Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip top layers. If you don't have the ticket corner punch, get it! It's easy to use and a great accessory to have if you love brads.


Sunday, July 1, 2007

On Board Blossom...

You can get loads of flowers of all shapes and sizes out of the On Board Blossoms & Basics. It's cool! On this card, the scalloped-edge flower is covered with Soft Sky print paper, while the leaves are simply covered with River Rock card stock.
The jumbo wheel is part of a Level 3 hostess bundle called All about Occasions. The wheel itself is called All about Birthdays.
The inks on the card are Blue Bayou and Soft Sky (Aida Print background on the entire card front, as well as the flower circle from Pick a Petal). The three little flowers are made using the Three for You punch box.