Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams meets Definitely Dahlia

Welcome to Terrific Tuesday! :)
I trust you all made it through Monday and are on the countdown to the weekend.

Today, I'd like to share my favorite card from our last class. I've been wanting to die cut those dragonflies from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies in the Silver Glimmer Paper for a long time and I finally got to it! Aren't they beautiful against that Perfect Plum cardstock?!

The Definitely Dahlia flower stamp makes a bold statement inside the card and the So Saffron was the perfect color to make the card pop IMHO. 

I had trouble figuring out how I wanted to accent the card. I ended up popping some dots out of the glimmer paper with my 1/8" punch and adding some Clear Wink of Stella to the flower. I hope you can see the shimmer in the bottom picture. It's so pretty! :) 

That's it for now. We're having some BEAUTIFUL weather here in Illinois today. I think I'm gonna take advantage of it and find a pony or two to antagonize ride. 😄
We have to ride we can around these parts otherwise if you wait 5 minutes, the weather changes! 

Tomorrow, I will start sharing the cards we made at our Basket Swap on Saturday. Wait till you see the beautiful cards these talented ladies designed! 

Until then, Happy Stamping!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Beachside Support

Good Morning Happy Stampers! 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with activities that you love. I sure did and I'm so thankful for this blessed life I live! 

Today's card has been around the web a few times since the June 1st release of the new Stampin' Up! catalog. It's obvious that everyone loves it from the exposure it's gotten. It's all over Pinterest. 

We made this card in class last Tuesday and the ladies seemed to love it. 

I'm off to meet a couple of wonderful ladies that I don't get to see very often. One of them just bought a house so that she can keep her elderly horse at home. It's her first place in the country and I'm so happy for her!!!

I hope you all have a Marvelous Monday!

Cardstock: Marina Mist, Basic Black, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand
Ink: Memento Black, Sahara Sand, Old Olive
Stamp Sets: High Tide, Colorful Seasons Bundle, Heartfelt Sympathy
Other: White Stampin Chalk Marker

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wood Crate Class Project

Happy Friday Crafty Friends! :) 

I held a class at my house on Tuesday. I usually only make full cards, but I was dying to try this crate from the Wood Words bundle. I saw a project that Stampin' Up demos did at OnStage and wanted to try something similar. I was worried that my class participants would be disappointed in not having a regular A2 sized card. I needn't have worried. They all LOVED the crate!

I used the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack to make the crate and accent the cards. 

The Envelope Punch Board was used to make the perfect sized envelopes for the 3x3 cards. 

Isn't it cute?! It's so much more fun in person :) 
I hope you all have a crafty weekend planned!

Stamps & Dies: Wood Words Bundle

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lovely Friends Basket Weave Card

Happy Wednesday!
I had an awesome stamp class yesterday with some very lovely ladies that I am proud to call friends now. The friendships I've made because of ink and paper never cease to amaze me. These women are all so thoughtful and caring. I love the time we share together!
I will have more posts about the projects we made in the days to follow. 

Today I'd like to share a creative fold card I made after Splitcoaststampers featured an awesome tutorial.  It's called the basket weave card and you can find the tutorial HERE. I knew I had to try it and I knew I had to do it with one of my stamp sets from the new catalog. I chose to use Lovely Friends and I must admit, I LOVE the way this one turned out (pun intended)!

I also used the new Fresh Fig cardstock for the base. The sentiment is inked in Fresh Fig as well and the flowers are stamped in Fresh Fig, Wisteria Wonder and Wild Wasabi. I'm ecstatic with the way this color combination turned out! The final touch was the bow made with Very Vanilla Lace Trim

The fold reminds me of lattice in this pic. Lattice and flowers go together well, so I think this combination was a hit (of course I'm biased, but.... 😉)

Well, that's it for this crafty Wednesday. I hope you find time to be creative today! 

Happy Stamping! 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Piggy Bobble Card

***You have to see this! Click on the link to open!!!***

I am so excited about today's card share! I'm really biased on this one. I love the way it turned out! I am using Stampin' Up!s new This Little Piggy stamp set. Isn't the Piggy cute?! This is the card folded flat - coming out of the envelope.

Open it up and it turns into a pig pen. Viola! Flying bobble piggy!!!! 

Here's a video of the bobble. 
Stamp set: This Little Piggy
Designer Series Paper: Wood Textures & Fresh Florals
Punch: Tree Builder

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Graduation Card #2

I wanted to share one more graduation card that I made. This one was for a very dear high school friend's son who just happened to graduate from our Alma Mater. 

Thankfully, I had some leftover Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, but my biggest score here was finding the Rockridge Rockets designer paper that I bought many, many moons ago (like 15 😮!) I knew I kept it around for a reason! 😉

 I cut the numbers out of gold glitter paper using the Large Number Framelits. I made the tassel out of old Blackberry Bliss thick baker's twine and white embossing floss. I adhered the tassel using one of our White Perfect Accents popped up with a Stampin' Dimensional

I finished the card with the sentiment from the B.Y.O.P. stamp set.

To all graduates near & far...CONGRATULATIONS on your achievement! May life be everything you hoped for and more! 

Tomorrow's a BIG day for those of us who work for Stampin' Up! Our new catalog is being released to the public which means you all have the opportunity to see and buy new products!!! WOOHOO!

If you're already my customer and need a catty, please see me. If you're not, but would like to order, I would love to meet you and get a new catty to you. 

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Graduation Card

I hope everyone had a fun-filled, safe Memorial Weekend!

A friend of mine asked me to make a graduation card for her. The recipient of the card's school colors are the same as the Chicago Bears (Go Bears!!!) Thankfully I still had some leftover Pumpkin Pie Glimmer paper! I cut the numbers out of the glimmer paper with our Large Number Framelits.

I made the tassel out of embossing floss and used a Night of Navy Regals Enamel Dot to hang it. Then added rhinestones for more bling.  
I added the sentiment from the B.Y.O.P. stamp set.

Stay tuned tomorrow. I have one more graduation card for you.
Until then, Happy Stamping!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Succulent Garden

Yay! We made it to Friday! 😁
And it's the Friday before a holiday weekend! WOOHOO! I hope you all have grand plans!

Today I'll be sharing the last card from my most recent class. It's a Succulent Garden creative fold. Unfortunately at this writing, the Succulent Garden DSP has sold out, but you can use any Designer Series paper of your choice for the same effect. That's probably one of the best things I love about Stampin' Up! Everything matches! Just pick the Designer Series Paper of your choice, grab some coordinating cardstock, cut and viola! instant card! Believe it or not, this card came together quick and easy because of that. It looks time-consuming because all of the layers, but it wasn't. 

The succulent was made using the Blossom Bunch Punch which is 50% off right now while supplies last! Hurry and get yours before they run out! 
The sentiments are both from the Suite Sayings stamp set.

My nephew & I are headed for a fun-filled weekend of camping and horseback riding. I hope you all enjoy your weekend as well and don't forget to take some time to remember your loved ones who have passed.

God Bless,

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Candle Card

Today's card is so much fun! My class participants loved it! We used the Candle Border Punch on the front of the card and the envelope flap. It was a real hit once we added the Daffodil Delight Designer Series Paper behind it. And guess what...??? The punch is 40% off right now while supplies last! Get yours today before they run out! 

I used the Layering Oval Framelits Dies to add the sentiment from the Suite Sayings stamp set

The sentiment inside the card is from the Everyday Tags Stamp Set which is 25% off right now while supplies last! 

I hope you enjoyed today's care share. Please come back tomorrow or subscribe to my blog by placing your email address in the slot on the right. Then you'll be sure not to miss a post! 

One more day till the holiday weekend! 😁

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fun Fold Birdcage Card

Hello Wednesday! We're halfway through the work week! 😀 

Today's card share is one we made in class using the Badges & Banners stamp set and Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper.

One of the fun touches to this card is the Affectionately Yours Washi Tape. It really sets off the area to write in and brings the front of the card inside. 

Here's the card folded but not locked in. 

We have so much fun at our monthly card classes! Do you live in North Central Illinois? If so and you would like to join us, please contact me for directions and the date for the next class. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Special Reason Swap

Today's swap share was created by Sheryl Diemer (www.stampingclassroom.blogspot.com )  using the Special Reasons die cuts and the Succulent Garden DSP. Isn't that a cool effect putting the pretty DSP behind the cut-out? Easy-peasy and beautiful at the same time!

The background was done using our deep-impression Hexagon Embossing Folder. It really stands out when it's done!

Just 9 more days until the new catalog goes live! If you don't have a Stampin' Up! demo and would like a catalog, please contact me! :) If you have placed an order with me in the past year, you will be receiving the new catalog the next time I see you. Until then...

Happy Stamping!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Swap Cards

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. It was a wet one here in Illinois - perfect for craft room shenanigans 😉

I have two cards to share with you today from a recent swap. The first card was made by Kelly Irish using the Perfect Mix stamp set and guess what...??? The stamp set is currently 25% off while supplies last!

The next card was made by Linda Pohl using the Bloomin' Hearts Thinlit Dies & the Bold Butterfly Framelits

Aren't they great?! Please join me tomorrow for one more swap share. Until then, Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wild About Flowers

I received today's beautiful card in a swap. It was made by Bonnie Alexander ( http://aliveandstamping.blogspot.com/ ). I LOVE this card! Her choice of Watermelon Wonder & Early Espresso for color is amazing. The stamp set is Wild About Flowers.

The finishing touch is the Watermelon Wonder Striped Ribbon.
Isn't it pretty?!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2 More Swap Shares

Good morning :) 
I have two swaps to share with you today. The first one was made by Lynn Brinker using the Special Reasons die cuts.

The second one was made by Mary Heinzman. Mary used some retired DSP for her swap card.
Quick & Easy cards for your Tuesday. 
I hope you're having a wonderful day!


Monday, May 8, 2017

Sugarplum Succulent Garden

Yay Monday! Said no one EVER! 😜

I'd like to share this beautiful card made by my fellow Stray Duckling, Karen Frank. I received it in a swap. Isn't it pretty?! I just love the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper and the best part of all??? It's on sale for $6.60 right now! Get it before it sells out!

The green flourish & center of the flower are from the Flourish Thinlet Dies. The Sweet Sugarplum flower was punched using the Pansy Punch and the doily can be found HERE

And that's it for today's card. See ya tomorrow! :) 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Friday!!!!

♫♪ It's Friday! It's Friday ♪♫

Of course hubby would say everyday's Friday for me, because I don't technically "work". LOL! He's an ornery one! 😏

Anyhow, onto today's card. This is another one I received in a card swap. It was designed by Kathy VanAntwerp. Kathy used the beautiful Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP) on her card. 

The Mint Macaron lace ribbon is retired but adds a really nice touch to this card. 
Simple and pretty all at the same time! 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Beautiful You

Yes you are! 

We all need to be reminded how beautiful we are. Somedays, we don't feel so beautiful, but trust me, you are. This Beautiful You stamp set helps us remind each other of that. 

I received this gorgeous card in a swap. It was made by my fellow Stray Duckling, Gayle Kiesow. Gayle painstakingly cut the dress and hat by hand out of the designer series paper. Isn't that pretty how it matches the border? She has way more patience than I do! 

And that'll do it for my card share today. One more day till the weekend. Whoop! Whoop!

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Envelope Punch Board Slider

Happy Wednesday Morning! 😃

Do you have a bunch of Designer Series Paper laying around? I sure do and now that the new catalog is coming out next month, I need to use it up. Honestly, I'm a paper hoarder. I get it and it's so pretty. I tell myself I'm waiting for that "perfect" project to use it, then here we are at another catalog transition and it's all still sitting there. *Sigh*

Hence my card for the day. I wanted to use up some of that fun, vibrant Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper. I had seen this sliding gift card holder card all over Pinterest and really liked it because, well, 1. It's a fun fold card & 2. It uses the Envelope Punch Board to make a self-closing flap. How cool is that???

When you open it up, it slides and reveals the gift card. I popped some balloons made with the Balloon Bouquet Punch up on Stampin' Dimensionals to decorate the top panel. Fun! Fun!

The sentiments are from the Confetti Celebrations Stamp Set. The finishing touch is the addition of the Crushed Curry Baker's Twine & Party Animal Embellishments which are  both 40% off right now! Get 'em while they're hot! LOL!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. If you'd like to leave me some love below, I'd be glad to hear from you!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Terese & Sue's Swap Cards

I have two cards to share with you today that I received in a swap with my fellow Stray Ducklings. The first one was made by Terese Burdette using the Beautiful You stamp set.
I just love how Terese used paper piecing to make the dress & hat match the paper. Such a nice card!

The second card was made by Sue Boerner (http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/stampinsueb/blog) Sue used the Moroccan Designer Series Paper on her card. 
And guess what??? The Moroccan DSP is on clearance right now. Get yours before it runs out!
And that's all I have for this first Tuesday of May. I hope you've enjoyed today's card share. Please leave me some love in the comments below if you did (It makes me feel like I'm not just talking to myself!) LOL ;)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Father's Day Tag Card

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It's been very stormy & rainy here, but we don't have it nearly as bad as our friends in the South. The area where we take our horses trail riding got hit very hard over night. We're praying for our friends and everyone affected by all the flooding. 

I have a really rad 😉 card for you on this rainy Monday. It was made by my fellow Stray Duckling, Greta Whittemore (http://getcreativewithgreta.blogspot.com/)

The Custom Tee set is so much fun. We also have T-shirt Builder Framelit dies so you don't have to cut everything out by hand. AND the best part of all, both are on clearance right now! Get them before they're gone! 

Greta used gold embossing powder to heat emboss the statement on the shirt and she used Playful Background stamp on the tag.
The sentiment is from All Things Thanks

Isn't this an awesome card?! 

I love it because it's something very different from other cards. 

Until Tomorrow, Happy Stamping! :)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fun Fold Card

I got today's card in a swap over the weekend. It was made by Lori Helvick (http://createwithlori2.blogspot.com/ )

Look at how fun this is! This is the front:

Then you fold the decorated flap back and viola! An ice cream cone! :)

Lori used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and the Party Animal Designer Series Paper (which is on sale right now!!!)  when she designed her card. 
And this is what it looks like totally opened. How cute is that?!

I hope you all have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Happy Stamping!

Blooms & Bliss card share

Happy Thursday!
I received this card in a swap on Saturday as well. It was made by a fellow demonstrator, Laura Roethle. Isn't it pretty?

Laura also used the stitched circle framelits and the Layering Circles Framelits. Those are a must have in any stampers tools IMHO. 

I hope you enjoyed today's card share. :) 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hero Card

I have a quick & simple card for you today. 
I made these for our local law enforcement agencies. Hubby asked what I did that made me have to suck up, LOL! Honestly, it was an idea that one of my fellow Stampin' Up! demos had. I liked it so much that I had to do it too. I think our law enforcement personnel are often under-appreciated and I wanted to share some positive vibes with them. 
I hope it brightened their day a bit :) 

The card base is Night of Navy cardstock. I used the Regals DSP stack, Silver Glimmer Paper and the My Hero & Timeless Textures to complete the card & envelope. The Hero sentiment was punched out using our Best Badge punch

And that's it! Easy-Peasy card :) 

I hope you're having a wonderful Tuesday!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Diarama Card

Welcome to another week! Today is the last card from our technique swap. It was designed by Sue Boerner ( http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/stampinsueb/blog ) . It's a diarama card made from the Balloon Adventures bundle. This technique makes a shadow box type of image. So cool! Sue used the Festive Birthday DSP. This DSP is retiring soon so get it while you can!

 And I love this diarama card so much, I had to embellish the inside by coloring the balloons and the banner, but I forgot to take a picture of it. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stained Glass Technique

Hello Weekend! 😁

Today I get to meet with my stampin' sisters, the Stray Ducklings. I just love my time with these women. They are inspirational, caring, supportive and of course they share my love of paper crafting!

Speaking of which, I have two cards today compliments of those gals. Both cards use the same technique - Stained Glass. 

The first card was made by me but designed by Mary Heinzman ( http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/marycarolscards/ ) Mary used the Playful Backgrounds stamp set. She stamped them on Vellum using Versamark Ink then heat embossed them with our Silver Embossing Powder. She used her Regals Stampin' Write Markers to color in the backside of her embossed image. Viola! Stained Glass! I just love this card! It's so bright & cheery! 

The second card was made by me but designed by Bonnie Alexander ( http://aliveandstamping.blogspot.com/ ). Bonnie used the recently retired and sold-out Stylish Stems thinlets die and the Petal Burst embossing folder for her card. We attached a piece of Vellum on the back of the cutout and sponged Sweet Sugarplum on it to get this effect. Soft, subtle and elegant all at the same time!

The finishing touches are the sentiment from the Special Reason stamp set & the Sweet Sugarplum ribbon (Hurry! They're on sale, while supplies last!

I hope you get to enjoy the rest of your weekend being creative. 
Happy Stamping!