February 23, 2011

Good Morning!  I'm posting early today beause I have lots to get done plus my son is home sick from school again today.  This cold is going through my enitre family now, it's that time of year I guess.  Today I wanted to share the thank you card I made for my daughter's birthday party last week.

I wanted to make cards that were quick and easy to make. I rarely make OLC (or one layer cards), but I thought it would be a good opportunity to give it a try.

This is a retired stamp set I purchased last year from the mini catalog. I just love this Watercolor Trio stamp set and I'm secretly hoping that Stampin' Up! will put this set in the new catalog- they probably won't but it's wishful thinking right?

There was no special technique to making these cards, I simply cut my sheet of card stock in half, folded them in half to make my card and then I just stamped the flowers, leaves along the bottom of my card.  The sentiment I stamped towards the top in the center and lastly I stamped the butterfly just above and to the right of my thank you sentiment.

I didn't even use my stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp these cards, I just inked up my stamps and stamped.  Seriously, these cards were so easy to make, I had 22 of them whipped up in just over an hour!

Stamps: Watercolor Trio, Thank You Kindly
Card Stock: White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Black Stazon Pin It

February 22, 2011

Hi everyone!  I often times receive emails asking if I ever do any scrapbooking and sadly I rarely do, not that I don't like to scrapbook, it's just that my free time doesn't allow me to scrapbook.  I make cards more often because it's a quicker project.

Anyway, as I promised yesterday this is the memory board that I made for my daughter's birthday party last week.  I chose pictures from when she was only 6 weeks old all the way up until her most recent picture (the one on the middle) from this school year.

I first layered the poster board with black card stock and then I randomly placed her pictures on the board.  Then I layered them onto Stampin' Up! card stock and then adhered them onto the poster board. 

Once I had the pictures where I wanted them I started punching out some flowers and owls.  I know it's hard to see in my photo (if you click on my photo it will enlarge), but some of the flowers are actually two layers.  The 5 petal flowers are two punched flowers layered and held together using a brad.

The extra large fancy punched flowers are layered with a circle center and a button.  All of the owls are sitting on a branch I punched using my 2 step bird punch.  The owls turned out cute because I used my white gel pen to make the owl's eyes appear like they are looking at several of the pictures.  I used the same SU DP for the flowers as well as on the owls.

Her memory board turned cute and towards the end of the party the kids started to settle down and they took the board over to a table and they started looking at the photos and talking about when my daughter was little.

Tomorrow I am going to post the thank you cards I made for my daughter, which reminds me she has to get those in the mail.  Those cards were one layer cards and I wanted them to be quick and easy and they were!  See you tomorrow!

Stamps: None
Card Stock: Black, White, Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink, Going Grey, Certainly Celery, SU DP
Ink: None
Supplies: Owl Punch, White Gel Pen, 2 Way Glue Pen, 5 Petal Flower Punch, Fancy Flower Extra Large Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Buttons, Glue Dots Pin It

February 21, 2011

Hi everyone!  I'm sitting here looking out the window in my kitchen and I can't believe all of the snow we got over night.  Just yesterday I was able to see the grass because a lot of it had melted and now today I spent the morning shoveling again...UGH! 

Anyway, I guess that makes for a great stamping day, right?  And so today I'm going to share wth you the birthday invitation I made for my daughter's surprise birthday party.  I wasn't able to post it until her party was over because she sometimes reads my blog.  She had a great time at her party and she was so surprised!

This is a picture of the front of her invitations.  I sponged the background using a scallop circle punch out and a sponge with bashful blue ink.  Then I stamped the tree image, but I stamped it sideways coming along the bottom of the card.  Next, I stamped the leaves using old olive and certainly celery ink.  I didn't even use my stamp-a-ma-jig for this, I just stamped away.  Then I stamped the flowers using pretty in pink ink and that completed my tree image.

The owl was really easy to make.  I simply punched out the pieces and glued them together.  I saved some time by not punching out an additional white layer for the owl's eyes and I just used my white gel pen.

The sentiment was computer generated and I simply punched them out and layered it onto a green scalloped layer.  The photo below shows the inside of her invitations.

I was so tired of stamping trees and so for the inside of her cards I decided to just sit the owl on a tree branch.  The branch was punched out using my Stampin' Up! 2 step bird punch.  The owl was again, punched out and simply glued together.  The owls were the same on the front and on the inside of her invitations.  Again, I sponged the background using a punched out scallop circle and my sponges.

Just in case you can't read the inside of the card is reads:

There's a birthday party and you're invited to show
But don't tell Danielle, because she doesn't know
So if you can make it, here's a word to the wise
Make sure to come early 'cause it's a surprise'

Please join us for Danielle (last name) party on (day of week)
(date of party) at (time of party)

(location and address of restaurant
and RSVP information)

Stamps: Season of Friendship
Card Stock: White, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, SU DP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue
Supplies: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Owl Punch, White Gel Pen, 2 Way Glue Pen, Scalloped Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, 2 Step Bird Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Sponge
Technique: Sponging, 2 Step Stampin'

Below are a few pictures from my daughter's party. I know some of my friends have been waiting for me to post a few pictures!  The first picture is of her walking into her party as everyone yelled 'surprise' and the second picture is of my daughter at the table eating with her friends.

I also made a memory board for her party.  I have several pictures from all the years when my daughter was growing up.  It's so hard to believe that she's 16 years old already!  Where did the time go?  Anyway, her memory board is on the cake table (in the back ground) and I will share that with you all tomorrow.  It turned our really cute and I again used that super cute owl punch. 

Well, I'd better get going because I have lots to do today!  Make it a great day!  See you tomorrow!
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February 18, 2011

Hi everyone!  Whew!  What a week I have been having.  I tried to get these posted earlier, but I didn't have a chance until just now.  I wanted to share with you the cards I made for my class this past Saturday. 

I'll post the details below each photo.  Sorry that some of the pictures aren't that great, but I don't have these cards anymore to retake the pictures.  I hope you like my cards and thanks for stopping by!

This card is similar to one I made last week, but I just loved the idea of having the hearts coming out of the envelopes so I decided to tweak that card so that it would be easier for my class and this is what I came up with.

I made the envelopes by taking a square piece of dp and folding in the three corners- I used glue dots to hold the envelope together.

Stamps:  I (Heart) Hearts, Holiday & Wishes
Card Stock: White, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, SU Dp
Ink: Real Red, Black Stazon
Supplies: Ribbon, Dimensionals, Heart Clip, Scalloped Border Punch, Paper Crimper, Heart to Heart Punch, Glue Dots
Technique: Paper Crimping

I really like how this card turned out and it was perfect for my class because it wasn't too advanced.  This is such a cute layout too, I like using this layout when I have different dp that coordinates so well.

Stamps: Love You Much
Card Stock: White, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, SU Dp
Ink: Black Stazon
Supplies: Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Real Red SU Marker, Scissors
Technique: Paper Piecing

This was the one card in my class that everyone seemed to like the best!  They complimented that they really liked this color combo for Valentine's Day and I like it too because it's not the traditional red, pink, and white Valentine's colors that we always seem to use.

This card was a little more involved because I added two rows of paper piercing along the bottom portion of my white card stock and I added some dd glitter on the stamped heart that we colored and cut out. 

Stamps: Love You Much, Well Scripted
Card Stock: White, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, SU Dp
Ink: Real Red, Black Stazon
Supplies: Ribbon, Dimensionals, Scalloped Eyelet Border Punch, SU Markers, DD Glitter, 2 Way Glue Pen, SU Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool
Technique: Paper Piercing

For this card I got the idea to use this background stamp from a card I saw in the splitcoast gallery.  I liked that this card seemed to be more of a masculine card for Valentine's Day and the ladies attending my card class did as well. 

The 'Be My Valentine' sentiment of the main image was stamped twice.  Once using real red ink and again using black ink and then the black portion was cut out and pieced/placed over top of the main image.

Stamps:  Be My Valentine, French Script
Card Stock: White, Black, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Black Stazon
Supplies: Ribbon, Dimensionals, Scissors
Technique: Paper Piecing Pin It

February 12, 2011

Hi everyone!  I wanted to update a post before the weekend and explain where I've been.  Well, I wasn't able to post this because my daughter might have read my blog, but for the past two weeks I have been planning a surprise 'sweet 16' birthday party for my daughter and last night was her party.  She had no idea and she was so surprised!  I'll post a picture once I download them onto my computer.

I'm also preparing cards for my Valentine's Day card class tomorrow and I will be posting pictures of those as well next week.  Have a great weekend!!! Pin It

February 2, 2011

Hi everyone!  As I sat here today at looking outside all I could think of was the snow storm that we were in the midst of.  The ice is the worst part and thank goodness it's almost over.  While I was looking outside I happened to see a cardinal sitting on a tree branch.  I also saw animal tracks through my back yard going into my neighbor's yard, I think they were rabbit tracks and so that was the inspiration for today's card.

I started my card by first stamping the tree image and then I proceeded to stamp the snowflakes.  Some of my snowflakes are stamped lighter by inking up my snowflake stamp and then stamping off onto a scrap piece of paper and then stamping the snowflake image onto the tree.  Next, I added the red bird (be sure to use your stamp-a-ma-jig to help align the images better).

To create my snow along the bottom I simply took a scrap piece of card stock and I tore it along the edges.  Then I went along the edges using my 2 way glue pen and I lightly dusted on some dazzling diamonds glitter.  I did that for both layers of snow and then once they dried I adhered them to my card.

I stamped the deer and bunny images onto another piece of card stock and then I cut them out and placed them on my card using a dimensional behind their heads and their feet are tucked down behind the snow.

I punched the top part of my chocolate chip card stock layer using my scallop trim border punch and finally I decided my card still needed a little something and so I decided to add a small bow in the upper right corner.

Well, that's about it for today.  I hope you liked my card, it was hard to get a nicer photograph, but it's really glittery in person.  Stay warm and be safe in this ice storm!  See you tomorrow!

Stamps: Season of Friendship, Forest Friends
Card Stock: White, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Going Gray, Real Red, Close to Cocoa, Bashful Blue
Supplies: Ribbon, Dimensionals, 2 Way Glue Pen, DD Glitter, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Chocolate Chip SU marker- for the bird's eye
Technique: Paper Tearing, 2 Step Stampin' Pin It