Thursday, February 16, 2012

Well, today is busy but I wanted to share the card I'm sending to my parents for their anniversary next week! You might recognize it as it was a card that I displayed in last week's class, although I "jazzed" it up a bit more with the new pleated ribbon!

This card is SO right for my parents! They're the cutest thing together -- if my dad's knees weren't so bad that he can't ride a bike anymore, they'd still be riding together like this! This year will be 48 years for them.

It's such a cute story! My dad pursued my mom for years. When there was the chance that he would be sent to Vietnam, she actually decided to pay attention to him! I fully support military service, but it would have been so wrong for my dad! That's the beginning ... and the end of the story! They've been best friends for 48 years!

Back to the card though. The paper is Twitterpated, and the stamp sets are Take It to Heart and Loving Thoughts. I used both the Baja Breeze and the Blushing Bride pleated ribbon. Oh yes, and I used the Big Shot with the Houndstooth textured embossing folder. I really don't think that I can make a card without using my Big Shot for something!

Hope your day is wonderful! Find a moment to stamp!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Valentines!

Well, another Valentine's Day has come and {almost} gone ... my goodness, the year is flying by! I wanted to share the valentines I made for my husband and kids. (You saw the one I created for my daughter yesterday -- she'll get the Up, Up and Away card since the balloons were pink!)

I found a tutorial from Lynn Pratt to create this cute little airplane. There's a story behind this card, or my reason for creating it, that is.

My husband loves to fly. He had his pilot's license before he had his driver's license when he was growing up. I always tease him that his head is in the clouds. I'm serious! If there's a plane flying overhead ... big plane, little plane, long plane, short plane ... he always stops to check it out. Way back when, when he was trying to decide what to do with his life, the military was very strict about perfect eyesight. He never had that perfect eyesight except corrected, which wasn't good enough back then to guarantee a pilot's spot in the Air Force. (Talk to me about great eyesight though -- he calls me his" right wing man" -- I have the perfect eyesight that he was lacking, still to this day!!). So, here's a card for my husband/pilot enthusiast! (The call numbers on the plane are from a favorite one that he used to fly, so he'll recognize that for sure!)

I used the Cupcake Builder punch for my clouds. The sentiment is from the Up, Up and Away stamp set. The paper is going to look familiar since I used it for two cards -- it's from the Sweet Shoppe DSP specialty pack.

My last card is a fun card for my son.

I wanted to do something special for him. A spinner card seemed to fit the bill! I used the Skateboarder image -- in actuality, this silhouette should have been a basketball player -- that's his real love! But, he still enjoys going outside with his buddies and roller-blading (occasionally skateboarding, although that's always a fleeting fad around here) so this card will hopefully work!

Here's a closeup if you need it:

I used the Up, Up and Away stamp set for the birds and clouds. The DSP I used is from the Sweet Shoppe specialty pack. It has yummy treats on the back, but the "masculine" hearts" on the front appealed to me for Chris's card. Of course, I couldn't resist a little "bling" with the red glimmer paper! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this paper! Oh yes, and the uber-cool sentiment up top comes from the P.S. I Love You stamp set (as does the one behind the skateboarder). That's the first time this particular stamp has seen ink this year! I hope they continue the set in next year's catalog! I loved it this season!!

Anyway, off to get the kids from dance and basketball again. No time for dinner tonight! Oh yes, please continue to pray for my mother-in-law. She's still having an awful time in transplant! We're hoping to see counts by the end of this week though!!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Last Night's Technique Class

Good Morning and Happy Valentine's Day! I was up early this morning, making treats and little cards/"love notes" for the kids' lunches. They're getting a bit old -- it embarrasses Chris (who will be 14 next monrth) but Lyndsey (16) loves it! Hard to stop even if my babies are growing up!!

I promised samples from last night's class and here they are! It was super-quick, and as always, super fun! (We did miss Martha though!).

We did two techniques last night -- bleaching and kissing! Perfect for Valentine's Day! I just love the card on the left -- great colors -- case'd but changed from somebody on Stampin' Connection I think!

So this is the kissing technique. Taking a solid stamp and inking it with a light color, then taking a second stamp (could be a background stamp or just one with some very interesting pattern to it like the doily stamp we used here) and inking it with a second, probably darker or bright, color. I used one of the stamps from I {Heart} Hearts stamp set which I inked up in Pool Party -- I then inked up one of my stamps from the Doily stamp set in Real Red. Laying the solid, inked stamp on the table, I took my patterned stamp and "kissed" it, or stamped the stamp, then proceeded to stamp my card. Does that make sense? The rest of the card is self-explanatory I think. I embossed the pool party c/s with the Dots embossing folder. The small red hearts scattered between the "kissed" hearts are from the Create a Cupcake stamp set.

This is my card which used the Bleaching Technique. The paper is from the Attic Boutique DSP pack. I stamped my image from the Elements of Style stamp set with black staz-on ink. Then, using an aqua painter pen, I dipped the brush into the bleach and "painted" my image. You can't see the actual technique here, but it lightened the crumb cake c/s enough to make it easy to color in the image with my markers. The ribbon is the Vanilla Satin Ribbon -- I cinched it into a bow with an Antique Brad.

Below, check out what I do for these Technique Classes:

Everybody gets a 6x6 piece of white c/x that I've printed up the instructions of the featured technique for. I've got it down to a science now -- I know how far down on my Word document I can write up the instructions for, then I cut and paste it down the page so I can print out two instruction sheets on one 6 x 12 piece of c/s. Each person gets a small piece of white c/s (or crumb cake as above since I needed to demonstrate the bleaching) which they practice the technique on after I've demonstrated it. They attach this sample piece at the bottom of the instruction page, then put their page into their 6x6 albums. We then make a full-size card using the technique. In the back of the scrapbook sleeve, they can put in their card or they can choose to use it.

Anyway, hugs and kisses to my faithful followers! Happy Valentine's Day! Do something fun today!


Monday, February 13, 2012

Up in the Air Over You!

Maybe this never happened to you ... or maybe, just like me, you have a picture in your mind, and the card you created turns out NOTHING like you pictured! Well, enter evidence # 1 !!!

Today's card uses the Up, Up and Away (Hot Air Balloon) stamp set and the Peekaboo Frames. I used the Peekaboo Frames die for Christmas with my Advent Calendar, but for nothing after that. I knew I wanted to do something with it, and had a picture of a long card in mind ... didn't work! Changed to a regular-sized card but up and down ... didn't work! Finally decided on this layout but ended up changing my "rolling hills" Designer Paper twice! Thought about changing my "balloons" once but they were really stuck there!

Here you can see a close-up view of the balloons:

And here, below, you can see my little messages -- the beauty of the Peekaboo Frame!

What do you think?!

Stamps: Up, Up and Away, Take It to Heart (banner), Loving Thoughts (sentiment in banner), P.S. I Love You (sentiments in the Peekaboo Frames {2}).

Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, Pool Party c/s; Everyday Enchantment (Sale-a-bration DSP).

Tools: Big Shot and Peekaboo Frames Die, Stamp-a-ma-jig (you don't really think I'd go to all this trouble and not line something up, did you?!).

That's all for today! I need to clean up my stampin' space before tonight's Technique Club! We're featuring "Date Night" -- primping for a date with "bleaching" (yep, I'm stretching it!), and the Kissing Technique! Perfect for Valentine's Day! I'll share my samples tomorrow!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Waterfall Card Tutorial

Good morning all! I promised a tutorial on how to create the waterfall card and here it is!

Your card base is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" -- score it at 4 1/4" on the 8 1/2" side. Next, I layered a Very Vanilla c/s piece (5 3/8" x 4 1/8") under a DSP piece of your choice (5 1/4" x 4", Sweet Shoppe Specialty DSP is pictured, available in the spring mini catalog).

You can attach your DSP piece to the matted 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" piece -- *don't attach to your card base yet since you don't want to see your brads or eyelet on the inside of the card!

I then cut several c/s pieces of the same solid color -- (4) 2" squares, a 9" x 2" strip, and a 4 1/4" x 1 1/4" strip.

The reason I chose a width of 4 1/4" x 1 1/4" is because I chose to emboss my strip with the new heart embossing folder from the Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder set -- if you wanted to, I suppose your width could be wider or narrower, but not by much! If you're going to emboss the strip, now's the time to do it, using your Big Shot and the Tab 2 platform with the Embossing Folder. (I didn't show a photo of this step.)

You will score your 9" x 2" strip at 2", 2 3/4", 3 1/2", and 4 1/4" (in other words, every 3/4 inch from 2" to 4 1/4")

Your final preparation is to cut (4) 1 7/8" squares in a neutral color and stamp them with the image of your choice. My Valentine card used the P.S. I Love You stamp set, and I used a combination of the Party Hearty and Sprinkled Expressions (SAB set only!) stamp sets for my birthday card in Wisteria Wonder.

After you have stamped your 4 neutral c/s squares, you can mat them on the 2" solid color c/s squares.

Next, attach a piece of sticky strip to the "wrong" side of your 9" x 2" strip : in other words, when you score a piece of paper (as I tell my class members -- "monkey in the middle ... mountain in the middle ... fold into the "bump" of the c/s, opposite of what you would think when folding your paper) the indentations are facing up, your sticky strip is attached under the piece of paper that is a 2" square of your 9" x 2" strip (you'll see that you have a side that is a 2" square and the other side is going to have a remainder of 4 3/4". The sticky goes under the 2" square.

Your next step, before you attach your 9" strip, is to figure out where your 4 1/4" x 1 3/4" strip is going to attach to your card front. I placed my embossed c/s strip about 3/4" to 1" from the bottom of the card. If it's too high up, your waterfall is going to stick up over the top of your card and won't fit in the envelope. Too far down? Same problem -- your "pull ribbon" will stick out too much from the bottom and won't fit either! What I do to figure this placement out is fold my 9" strip on the score lines, and hold my strip where it will attach to the embossed strip. Your attachment will be at the very bottom of the strip, with the sticky facing down. This is what makes your 2" squares "fall" as they do. Check the photo for further explanation.

After you've figured out the placement of the embossed strip near the bottom of the card -- use your cropadile (or a punch or your mat pack) to punch a single hole on each side of the strip near the outside of the card front. Make sure that your hole stays on the card front!! You can choose to use brads or eyelets -- I chose glimmer brads on one sample, and rhinestone brads on another.

Now you can attach your 4 squares. Figure out how you want them to lay. Your primary image that you want to show on the top of your waterfall needs to be on the bottom of the pile. Start adhering your chosen "bottom waterfall image" -- the images are already adhered to the 2" square and you will see that the first one will fit perfectly into your scored 2" square on the strip. Take your next image and attach sticky strip (works a bit better than snail since you don't want to worry about it falling off) to the 3/4" strip directly above your attached first 2" square. Do this for the remaining 2 squares as well.

Now you're ready to punch a hole in the strip that's not attached to the card -- this is your pull tab. You don't want to yank on the ribbon if you're pulling it through -- it will come right through if you're too rough -- attaching a piece of c/s over that doesn't work too well since it won't slide as smoothly, so please be careful!

Your final step is to attach your card front to your card base! Test your card and see how cool it is! So much fun and a great wow card for your special someone!

Thanks for visiting again today! Until next time (which might be a day or two as I'm working overnight as a nurse all weekend!) ...


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Another Waterfall Card!

Now that I know how to create these, I just LOVE making waterfall cards! Check this one out! I used the new Sweet Shoppe DSP and the beautiful color purple to make a birthday card for my special friend, Mary! Mary is just 3 weeks older than me, and just like me in so many ways! Check out the card:

I used a couple of different stamp sets for this card: I used the Party Hearty stamp set as well as the new Sprinkled Expressions Sale-a-bration (SAB) set for the top image. For the strip of Wisteria Wonder c/s that I embossed, I used the hearts embossing folder (part of the Adorning Accents embossing folder set). Silver Glittered Brads were the finishing touch! What do you think?! Much prettier IRL, IMHO!!

Here's a few more views:

This last photo is the adorable penguin chocolate bar that I enclosed! I've been waiting to give this to the perfect friend! She's it!

Want the low-down on how to create this card?! Check back tomorrow for a quick and easy tutorial!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentine Card/Project Class

Good morning!

My ideas were bigger than my class time last night but I think my special ladies all had a grand time! Check out the photos for the projects we did (and 2 of them were missing!)

A ton of my inspiration came from Becky Roberts and her Inking Idaho blog if you want some fantastic samples! I think that's where the front right lollipop scallop envelope cover came from, as well as the Box # 2 in the back right corner! I saw the small Chocolate Kiss box (the chocolate covered-strawberry image project on the right) on my friend Roxy's blog -- she linked to the tutorial there as well!

Connie Babbert had the clothespin dragonfly candy sample (bottom left) on her blog -- I swapped out the clear cello bags for a ready-made M&M's package to simplify things! I also made my own DSP cover for the clothespin in the sample, but last night, chose to cut strips of last year's retired Valentine's Day paper. I hoarded it last year and I know why! I think it's been one of my all-time favorite papers! (*want to know 2 others?! I loved Parisian Breeze ... and this year's Sale-a-bration {SAB} paper is another favorite!!!! You can still get that with a $50 order, even if you can't get the retired Valentine's DSP or the Parisian Breeze!!!) You can see that most of my samples use the Everyday Enchantment SAB paper!

The sweet Waterfall card came from inspiration on Stampin' Connection (Patricia Barber -- not sure if she has a blog that I can link!). Stampin' Connection is my "demonstrator wealth of knowledge" site! Not only do I see samples using all of our SU products, but I also have wonderful demonstrators that share advice and/or tips from things that have worked in the past for them!! If you've ever thought about joining Stampin' Up!, talk to me -- it was the best decision I ever made when I jumped from the "customer" side of the fence to the "demonstrator side"!!

Okay ... so here's a closeup photo, and the next photo is a better "far-away" photo. I just love how it turned out! I used the new hearts Adorning Accents embossing folder for it. I did a search on "waterfall cards" and the instructions were extremely easy! Email me or comment if there's something you don't understand!

The 2nd full-size card that we did was also case'd from a fellow demonstrator. Sorry -- I searched and I searched and I can't find where I got the inspiration! Obviously I loved the card though! I DO think it was a blogger that I follow regularly, but you'd shake your head if you knew how many blogs I subscribe too (hence the problem finding the artist!! LOL!). The top Pink Pirouette cardstock piece was embossed with the houndstooth embossing folder (as was theirs!) -- the main image and the "banner" used stamps from the Take It to Heart stamp set. Then, my heart framelets finally got some use! Love them!

See the Petite Pocket with the two tags/bookmarks? Inspiration again from Becky Roberts! I used the P.S. I Love you stamp set and versamark ink for the subtle images, and used my small heart punch and the incolors of Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, and Calypso Coral. Stampin' Up! is going to have a hard time coming up with better colors than these when they introduce the 2012-13 InColor line in May/June!! Below is a better photo of the bookmarks. (I used the Two Tags die to make them in case that wasn't clear!)

Well, that's all for today! Can you guess the ladies' comments when they came in for the class last night?! Most expected to stay till Midnight! Happily, the last guest left at 10 ... with a little bit of cooperation between all of them to make the projects and the time fly by! I love my ladies!!

Until next time (I have another waterfall card to share tomorrow!) ...