Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Alligator Card~

 Hello everyone! Today is a card that I made for a friend of ours, who thinks he is so funny. Well, he is, but we try not to inflate him too much. :) Kevin is his name, and since my daughter moved to Louisiana, he teases her when he sees her by talking in "swamp people" talk. He actually is very good at it, but as I said, we try not to "encourage" him- LOL! So, I wanted to make him a funny card and this is what I came up with. I started by free handing the shape of an alligator, and then cutting it out of Old Olive card stock. I ran it through the Big Shot with an embossing folder that I cannot recall the name at this point- but it's retired. I then also used another retired product, the Banner Punch, for punching out his teeth. I used 1/2" circle punch for his nose and eyes.
For the inside, I just cut a long piece of Crumb Cake Striped Grosgrain(retired also) ribbon to resemble his tongue and then printed out some Swamp People (television series) clip art and taped it to the inside. I turned out cute and he liked it.
Well, I'm off to card class all day. I have one more day until I leave for Hawaii and so I may not be back for a bit.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Retirement Card #3~

 Here it is folks. Finally, the last card that I made for a customer. I used my favorite color combo (well for purple anyway- I don't care much for purple). I used Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky and Whisper White.

I stamped the circles in the background with the stamp set Playful Backgrounds stamp set in Wisteria.

For the celebrate panel, I ran my Happy Celebrations embossing folder through the Big Shot and while the paper was still in the folder, I took the dot stamp from Big Celebrations stamp set and stamped over the word with Soft Sky ad Wisteria Wonder. I then took it out of the folder and stampe the other sentiment. 
I finished it off with Soft Sky and Smokey Slate ribbons. 
Well, I am in the process of finishing up Father's Day cooking, so I hope you have a father or someone who is like a father to you to celebrate this glorious day with! 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Up and Away Retirement card #2~

 So, here I am today! I have another one of the cards I was asked to make. I did this one in one of the new In Colors 2017-19 Powder Pink and then with Soft Suede and Whisper White. I stamped out the balloons in the Powder Pink Ink onto Whisper White card stock and then again on a scrap piece and cut it out using the matching framelit and then cutting out two clouds also using the dies that coordinate with this stamp set. I then stamped a retired stamp set, in which is completely is not coming to mind right now and I'm not in range of looking.
I tied a piece of Smokey Slate Thick Baker's twine around it all. Well there is two down and one to go. I will be back soon to post the last one.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Up and Away Retirement card

 Hello everyone! I have some cards the next couple of days that I have made for retirements and birthdays. I will apologize in advance that this one and one other uses one retired stamp set (the "celebrate" sentiment) because I needed something to make the card pop and this was the perfect size. So, I made this pretty simply. I used two layers of Whisper White cardstock. On the front layer, I stamped out the clouds from the stamp set Up and Away in Soft Sky and then one more on a scrap and cut it out using the Up and Away Framelits.
 I cut out the square using the Stitched Shapes dies and cut it out of Crumb Cake card stock. I stamped the hot air balloon in Real Red on Real Red card stock and cut it out with the matching die.I tied some Night of Navy Baker's Twine behind it before adhering it to the card. I popped both the hot hair ballon and the cloud up using Dimensionals. I finished off that part by using a Soft Subtle Enamel shape(heart) on the front of the balloon.
And here's the retired "celebrate". I stamped it in Real Red and then stamped the other sentiment from the stamp set Happy Celebrations in Basic Black ink onto Crumb Cake card stock and just fussy cut it out.
I'm leaving for Hawaii in 7 days! I will do my best at getting the rest of my cards blogged for you before I go.
Have a great Thursday!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Graduation Party~

So, I forgot to add the photos of my daughter's Graduation party!  I meant to do that two weeks ago and I can't keep the days straight from one minute to the next.
So, here is how we set up her party, a lot of it is handmade. She wanted it to be a vintage theme so we did the best we could.

Project Life of course is the only way that I could have (and did!) gotten all of her photos into a beautiful display!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Graduation 2017 cards~

 When you husband is a teacher and he brings home lots of Graduation invites, well, as a stamper, you HAVE to make the cards!  This is only a portion of what I made, but I loved making them.
 Our school colors are Orange and Black, so I just decided to do that for all of them. I used Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White card stock and Silver Glimeer paper(for the squiggle). There's a few products going on here. I cut the squiggles using the Swirly Bird Framelits and attaching with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I cut the numbers from the Large Numbers Framelits out of Basic Black card stock and used the same adhesive.
I stamped the Congratulations using the stamp set One Wild Ride and stamped in Momento Black Ink. I punched out stars using a retiring punch from Pumpkin Pie..
We too, had a graduate in the house and she actually got her credits early, so she was done with school in January, but flew back from her new home in Loiusianna to walk with her class!

We are so proud of you Sarah!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Graduation Invites~

 I'm sharing with you the Graduation invites I made for my daughter who will graduate in one month. She wanted to do a vintage theme party, because it's so her in all reality, so I decided to make her invites instead of purchasing them from the company that makes them.  I used the Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla and Gold theme. I cut two panels from Detailed Floral Framelits from Stampin' Up, did some scoring and then adhered it to another piece of Blushing Bride card stock that was folded in half.
I then printed off her party info and adhered it to the front of the folded piece and tied it shut. I actually think I stripped the gears in my Big Shot doing nearly 100 of these, but it was worth it to make them. She has overcome lots of obstacles to get here and I wanted her to feel that we were proud of her.
I will post after graduation all the decorations that I made to go with her party. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to go check out the RETIRING GOODS here:

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Basket Builder Easter projects~

Man! Where oh where has time gone? Either the days are flying by or I'm slacking...okay, maybe a little of
So, I thought I'd better squeeze in some Easter projects (better late than never) before the big day. I am sharing some workshop projects and a project from my big event I hosted in March.
This first one is a make and take I offered at a March workshop. I am in love with the Basket Builder Bundle. (Say that more than 3 times).  I think this one will stay in my stash for a while.
I did the little basket that holds a small treat (found on Pinterest) and a 3x3 card with handmade envelope. 

 I used the Envelope Punch Board to make the envelope and am using up some retiring DSP from the 2015-17 Pattern Paper Stack- Watermelon Wonder.
 The basket holds a Cadbury Caramel Egg just perfectly. The baskets are easy peasy to make. It actually took longer to cut out the grass, bow and bunny than it did to put the basket together.

 This adorable Easter egg crate was a project that my convention attendees made and took home. I used the So Succulent DSP and made a belly band.  Then wrapped a piece of the Gold 1/8" Ribbon around it, loosely, into a bow. 
 I cut out a basket in Whisper White, the bunny in Chocolate Chip, the two eggs in Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo, the grass in Pear Pzazz. I had them glue the pieces to the underside of the basket and then added another cut out basket to the backside.
 On the inside, I had them stamp and cut out the "peep" and chocolate bunny and attach them to toothpicks with hot glue. I love the sentiment from the stamp set.  I had them stamp that onto Whisper White using Chocolate Chip ink and then punch out with the Wide Oval Punch and adhere to a toothpick as well. To help them stay up in the crate, we used hot glue in the bottom of the crate and then stuck them into it, stuffing paper shreds around it for added support.
We had a great time and I plan to have another in October centered around Christmas! Well, I'm off to dye some eggs. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Oh So Succulent~

Hello Tuesday! Just wanted to share one of our cards from class this month. This one is bright and spirited and think this is one of my new favorite color combos. Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder and black. I used the Oh So Succulent stamp set to stamp the flowers from in Crushed Curry and Watermelon Wonder inks. 
I used the FREE Salebration offering called So Very Much and stamped it in Basic Black ink. I love how big the word is because so many times, I want to make a nice card to say thank you and this one is nice to have big and bold! I finished it up by punching out half circles with my 1/2" circle punches on each side and wrapped Linen Thread around it and tied a knot.
Next post will be some more cards from February card classes.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Happy Celebrations

 So, here we are again! Today I am sharing with you a fun and quick card that I did at the same workshops this week- I had TWO (2) WORKSHOPS IN ONE WEEK! Yay! Anyway, I started with some fun, fresh colors. I used Watermelon Wonder as a base and then layered Peekaboo Peach on top of that. To achieve this technique, I ran the Whisper White through the Big Shot using the Celebrations Duo (142760) embossing folder with the word Celebration on Whisper White card stock, and then the key to this technique is to LEAVE THE PAPER ON THE FOLDER and then use the two dot stamps from the Happy Celebrations stamp set and stamp directly onto the paper.
I used the larger dot with Watermelon Wonder and then the smaller one in Peekaboo Peach and Crushed Curry.  Then I wrapped it twice with the Crushed Curry Baker's Twine and tied a bow. Then I stamped out the words from the same stamp set in Whisper White ink onto Dapper Denim cardstock and trimmed the ends and popped it up with Dimensionals.
Well, I'm off for dental appointments and checkups. Have a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Window Box Bundle~

 Good Thursday everyone! Again, where has this week gone? Wasn't it just Monday? Anyway, I had a wonderful workshop this past weekend with wonderful ladies. My hostess asked me if I could show this adorable Window Box bundle. And of course, I needed to get it out and play with it, actually, more like justifying my purchase-lol. So, I cut it out using Calypso Coral card stock (you need two pieces to make the box as intended), and then ran one through using the pretty detailed die that also comes in the set, through the top piece and assembled the box as directed.
 Then I pulled out my Bold Butterflies die and cut the butterfly from the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP stack (142744) from the Occasions Catalog and used my Mono Multi glue to adhere it. I added some pearls to make it pop. For the banner, I used the little die inside the bundle to make this 3D. It cuts and scores it for you! And then from the coordinating stamp set, Window Shopping (143265) I stamped out the "friend" in Crushed Curry onto Whisper White.
 And then of course, I used FREE ribbon from the Salebration selections! LOVE this ribbon! It is so soft and easy to tie.  I made this box into a tea light decoration. I sold tons!
 So, I wanted to showcase the fact that all of our bundles that are 3D boxes, bags etc. the stamps can be used for cards as well. So, here are a couple of cards that I made from the same stamp set and DSP stack. Trying to show them that they can make more than just what something is intended for so that their money goes further. The first card, above, is using the same stamp set, dies, DSP and Bold Butterflies die sets.
 This one I cut the candles directly out of the front of the card and put a piece of the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP behind it and then another down underneath it on the front of the card. I used the Happy Birthday from the same stamp as well. (There's that FREE ribbon again!)
Well, I have my grandson today, so I am going to be away from my computer for a bit. Have a super Thursday!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sending Love Valentines Class~

 Good Saturday morning! I'm excited to say that today I am cropping all day with some friends, so I wanted to get this post up before they get here. This is a class I offered this month for Valentines Day. My customers order the Sending Love Bundle plus the Designer Series Paper and got to make these projects for free.
 I saw this on the SU! website and changed out the colors to my favorite-red! It's the Baker's Box made to look like a mailbox. I cut and assembled the box and then added the flag using just a flat toothpick and a piece of Whisper White flag with a heart punched out using the Owl Builder Punch. I stamped the Love out on Soft Sky and added to the front of the box that I had decorated with a piece of the Sending Love DSP.
 The bag is my favorite for a couple of reasons. One, I love coffee and these bags remind me of no really, it's because they are so nice to have on hand for quick gift giving. Two, they hold ALOT of candy (or coffee). I cut a piece of 2 x 6 DSP from the stack and flagged the end with the Banner Duo Punch. I assembled an envelope from the die set and then cut two hearts, one in Crushed Curry and one in Island Indigo and stuck them inside the envelope. I punched out a Silver Glimmer heart using the Large Heart Punch and tied the bow on the front. I used a Gold Binder clip to hold the bag shut and the tag on.
Lastly is the cute little note card and envelope. I figured you need a card to give with gifts, so why not. I started with a 3x6 piece of DSP and folded it in half. Then layered up another piece, contrasting the first one, and then Whisper White.  I used all the stamps and dies from the Bundle to finish it off and also used one of the Wooden Love Embellishments. I made the envelope with the Envelope Punch Board.
Well, sorry so short, but I need to go pull out my Project Life boxes and start working!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sending Love Card~

Happy Thursday! I'm gonna make this short and sweet as I am busy today with card class out of town tonight and working on some upcoming workshop projects. This is not my original idea. I cannot remember whose blog I saw this on, but I wanted to share it with my customers last weekend at a workshop, so I did one of my own. This is a fun bundle and Valentine's is one of my favorite holidays(is a holiday?-lol) so I jumped on this bundle quick! So, for this particular die, the hearts that go down in a strip, are meant to be a "border" die, it cuts off at the edge of your paper and leaves a neat edge of hearts. (See my blog post from Feb. 1st for a photo of what I mean). In this case, you don't want them to fall away from each other, so I cut my paper longer than the die so it stays in tacked. I just ran it through 4 times onto Whisper White.

 For the colored paper underneath, I cut a piece of Watercolor Paper and scribbled my Watercolor Pencils, Calypso Coral and Melon Mambo in swatches back and forth, then using my Aqua Painters, blended it all together. ( I wish I would have taken a photo of this step) I let it dry completely, then I laid the panel of hearts on top of it, trimmed around it and adhered it to a piece of Basic Black card stock and then to my base of Whisper White.
I cut out the adorable envelopes from Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral and then stamped the little insert and stuck it in the one envelope, I added a cute little clip to the side of the Melon Mambo one.  I adhered some of the FREE Ribbon from Salebration to the backs of the envelopes.  I used Dimensionals to stick it down to the front of the card so it wouldn't squish down the hearts. I gotta run for now, hope to be back soon to finish up this workshop showcase before the next one. Have a great rest of your week!