Monday, November 15, 2010

1/2 Price Sale

WOW!  This is really hard to believe.  You can now become a demonstrator for $87.50.  That's $310.00 worth of Stampin' Up products for $87.50.   That is some kind of bargain.  Check it out HERE!

This would be a great Christmas gift for yourself.  Or tell your hubby!

Take advantage of this great deal now through Nov 30th!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Package Gift Card Holder

Hello everyone!  I went to my Rapid Stampers Stamp Club meeting last night and made this great little gift card holder.  Isn't it adorable?
Here's the inside (you just flip open the lid)

The red square in the middle is what the gift card is attached to.  You could also add money or any other flat or semi flat object to it.  This pattern would also be great for birthdays.  I love the bow.  I don't have the complete tutorial for this yet, but I can tell you how to make the ovals for the bow.  Using the SU small oval  punch, you punch out an oval.  Next, you take the same paper containing the oval hole and use the medium SU oval punch.  You center the medium punch over the hole and punch.  Voila!  You get one piece of the bow! Make as many as you want!

As soon as I get the tutorial from my up-line, I'll be sure to post it for you.  I can tell you these little tidbits:
 - base card dimensions:  cut 8"x4" strip. On the 8" side score @ 4" for a 4x4 card.
 - lid:  cut 3" x 4 1/4" strip. Score on the 3" side @ 1 1/2" for fold
 - bows loops were added using a brad.
 - When attaching bow loops to card adjust them so that the whole "package" will fit in a standard A2 envelope (4 1/4 x 5 1/2)
 - Velcro tabs were used to secure flap of lid.

That's it for me.  Again, I will post the complete tutorial once I get it!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Rose Birthday

I needed a birthday card for this week and realized it was my last one.  I definitely need to make a few to have in stock.  I always need birthday cards. I still had not made a card for this week's sketch challenge on Splitcoast, so I decided to use it to make my birthday card.  The sketch can be found HERE
Here is my card:
Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Happiness Shared
Paper:    Lap of Luxury DSP, Concord Crush
               Pretty in Pink, Vanilla
Ink:         Staz On Black, various SU markers
Other:     Pearls, Nestie Ovals

I did decorate the inside and used Birthday Wishes from Sincere Salutations.  I also sponged the outer oval with Pink Pirouette for just a hint of color.  I think it looked better than just the blaring vanilla.

This card can definitely be used for more than just birthdays.  I hope you like it!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Christmas Card #3

I just had to make another Christmas card. No, really. I had to.  This is the last card I had to make for the workshop  I am giving on Thursday.  We are making all fall cards except this one Christmas card.  It is just to whet their appetite for more to come later on. 
I'm sure you noticed right off the bat that the greens don't match.  Well, that was an inventory problem.  The base card is supposed to be Always Artichoke just like the ovals, but alas, I ran out.  In order to have enough Always Artichoke for all 15 cards I needed for the class members, I had to forgo using it for my tutorial card and scrounge up a different piece of green for my card base.  It's not an SU color, so I couldn't even begin to tell you what color it is.  It will have to work for instructional purposes!  But, you get the drift.  Here is the recipe: (the sentiment is popped up with dimensionals.)
Stamps:  Come to Bethlehem
Ink:         Always Artichoke
Paper:     Deck the Halls DSP, Crumb Cake
                  Always Artichoke 
Other:     Jewels, dimensionals
Punches:  Scalloped oval, small oval and modern label 
                   Nesties for the large ovals
I hope you'll try these colors.  It really looks lovely in person.  I kept trying to make this card using the blues like everyone else and couldn't come up with a better or different design, when BAM!  the thought came to me to use these colors. Go figure!  Again, in person, they really look nice. And I'm sure it will look even better with the same color card base, lol!


Monday, November 1, 2010

French Foliage

My new favorite set is French Foliage.  I didn't really think I was going to like it at first until I started seeing cards made using the stamp set and I was immediately sold.  Once you see the images on paper, with color, it tells a new story.  For me, I see images of cloudy days with the sun partially breaking through.  I see romantic get-aways (specifically Paris!); love found, then love lost.  The rain drops... are they rain drops or tear drops?  I think both. The rainy day bringing back those heart wrenching memories.  You pull out your post card or letter... remembering, and the tears fall.  I'm such a romantic.  Everybody say awwww...  Here's my card.
I unabashedly cased this from Darlene McCallum.  There are only two things I changed.  I didn't emboss my vanilla background and I put my Paris postage stamp in a different place and my card based is brown. I added the Cajun Craze as another layer.  Gotta have layers!!! :)))))  The small blocks in the center piece are made by using the smallest square acrylic block that SU makes.  Just place it in the ink (I used Sarah Sand) like it had a stamp on it and then stamp on your paper.  You may want to stamp off once before stamping onto your paper.  I don't think  I did this time since the color was so soft to begin with.
Here's my recipe:
Stamps:  French Foliage
Ink:        Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Early Espresso
              Sahara Sand
Paper:     Early Espresso, More Mustard, 
               Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Other:     circle punch
               small square acrylic stamp block
That's it for me today!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday. I'm volunteering at the hospital later today.  I'm going in later because I'm going to be volunteering in the ER and staying until 8 or 9.  My hubby is in Florida this week, so being out will give me something to do and it won't interfere with dinner, hahaha!

Blessings to all,