Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Nature Walk Day!

Today I got out my Nature Walk stamp set! It's in the new Mini Occasions catalog, which is full of wonderful new sets and accessories!
I wanted to do some quick stamping, so I chose some sketch challenges to help me with my mojo. ;)
I used one sheet of Soft Suede cardstock (cut in half for my bases) and some scraps I had handy of my First Edition DSP. I enjoyed using my sponges and distressing with my scissors! I hope you like my newest creations!

Bird Cage: Clean and Simple sketch #127 I used Soft Suede for the bird cage image, and I wish it had come out darker, but it will do.

Birthday Wishes: InkSpirations Challenge #57 (again!) This card is for my husband's birthday next week. I think it's manly enough even for him. He doesn't like ribbon and such, so I compromised and used Linen Thread.

Cardstock: Soft Suede, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss (retired)
DSP: First Edition (newsprint), Night of Navy DSP
Stamps: Punch Potpourri, So Happy For You, Nature Walk
Ink: Soft Suede, Night of Navy, Mellow Moss (retired)
Punches: Scallop Trim Border, Word Window, Modern Label, Boho Blossoms
Big Shot: Scallop Circle #2, Circle#2, misc Cuttle Bug Embossing Folder
Other: Linen Thread, Brads, Sponges, Mat Pack (to punch my holes), Blender Pens

Saturday, February 12, 2011


I am having fun with the Bliss stamp set from Stampin' Up's new Sale-a-Bration catalog. I'm a little ashamed to admit that yesterday was the first time I had opened this set, and I have seen it used on so many gorgeous cards, you'd think I would have used it by now. Well, duh! I used it yesterday on my notebook, and just couldn't put it down today! No wonder everyone's been ooh-ing and aww-ing over it! It's marvelous!
Here are a couple cards using some great challenges!

I've also been trying to use up my retired DSP... which will take quite a while, but at least it's getting used!

Stamps: Bliss set (Sale-a-Bration) if you need more info, just ask!
Cardstock: Naturals White, Rose Red
Ink: Rose Red
Paper: Retired
Other: Basic Pearls, Rose Red Seam Binding, Decorative Label Punch, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (Big Shot), Sponge Daubers

Friday, February 11, 2011

Re-Decorated Notebook

Hello all! This week at MOPS (Mothers Of PreSchoolers), my table decided to schedule a stamp night! How exciting for me! Someone had seen a notebook I'd helped a friend decorate for a Bible Study group and she asked if she could make one... Another asked for invites for her little girl's birthday party, and yet another needs birthday cards. Hmm, a lot to ask for? I'm just going with it! Hey! I get to share my love of paper-crafting! I'm jumping in with both feet!

So today I decided to tackle the notebook, and this is what I came up with! I will let them pick their paper and any decorations they want, like butterflies, scallops, flowers, hearts, etc. Plus, I have quite the ribbon collection, so they will have lots to choose from.

I found a bin of $1 notebooks @ the craft store and knew I could bring them to life!
Stamps: Bliss set (Sale-A-Bration)
Paper: Love Letters DSP
Ink: Pear Pizazz, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Ribbon: Crochet Trim
Seam Binding: Pear Pizazz, Baja Breeze & Crumb Cake
Punches/Die Cuts: Fun Flowers, Boho Blossoms Punch
Others: Corduroy Buttons in Baja Breeze & Crumb Cake (retired), Color Spritzer, Very Vanilla 5/16" brad
Tom Bow to glue DSP, Mini Glue Dots for Ribbon, Buttons and flowers.

Please leave your comments! I love to hear from you!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine's Treat Bags

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! My son is having his class party next week, and is taking Valentine's cards this week... Better get him signing all his little cards (he found Toy Story ones, or I would have made him some to give)...

Here I've used the Top Note Die Cut to make a folded top for a bag of chocolates. I used quite a few different punches (I love punches!) for the little labels, and changed up the words.

I've used up a lot of my retired Designer Paper! As you can see, I've made a variety of them! I had so much fun with these! I ran out of candy, so I'm off to get more today!
These will be for my children to give to their teachers at school, Sunday School, and MOPS. I'm giving them to my good friends, hair dresser, and will drop one off at our dear neighbor's house.
I hope you're inspired to get crafty and cute with your Valentine's this year! Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Thinking of Spring

I liked the previous template so much, I used it again today. It's been a week since our blizzard, and I'm already sick of all this snow. As much as I'm trying to cherish each day, I'm ready for April!

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence (retired). Old Olive DSP, Cottage Wall DSP (retired).

Ink (used to sponge): Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive.

Ribbon: White Satin, 1/8" Rich Razzleberry Taffeta.

Other: Fun Flowers die cut, 5/16" brad.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Secret Sister Reveal Card

A customer recently asked for me to make her some cards for a secret sister exchange. She asked for a card to send on each holiday, a birthday and an extra special card to reveal who she was... She asked for hearts and question marks...

Matching gift tag and envelope...

What do you think? This took me a while to make, since I wanted to use a specific template, and then I just kept adding things. I'm so glad I took the extra time! Lots of sponging and punching and die-cut letters. Love it!Posted by Picasa