July 19, 2011

Hi everyone!  We are in the middle of a heat wave here in PA so I hope you are able to stay cool.  I spent the day working on my Christmas in July card swap.  I made two cards for my swap that this is one of the cards.

I used a retired hostess set called The More the Merrier.  I simply stamped the image and colored it using my Stampin' Up! markers.  I kept the coloring of my image simple and I only used 2 blue markers and 1 orange marker for my coloring.

I was going to add some glitter along the bottom of the snowman image, but I decided not too because sometimes the glitter makes such a mess and I wasn't sure if the people who received my card would want that mess.

My background is embossed using my big shot and my Northern Flurry embossing folder.  This folder is only has an image on part of it so I made sure to place the embossed portion along the top of my card so that I could see it better.

I stamped my sentiment and punched it using my word window punch and that's about it, what a super easy card!   Tomorrow I will be posting the other Christmas card I made for my swap.  Have a great rest of the day and stay cool!

Stamps: The More the Merrier
Card Stock: White, Night of Navy, SU DP
Ink: Black Stazon
Supplies: Big Shot, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Word Window Punch, SU Markers,
Technique: Dry Embossing

Contact me today if you would like to place an order or to be added onto my mailing list!
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My email address- pebbles4@ptd.net
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July 18, 2011

Happy Monday! It was a busy weekend (as usual), but I'm taking a few minutes to share with you the card I made using the new Stampin' Up! Flower Fest stamp set. I made this card for a card swap I participated in a few weeks ago. I'm sorry that my photo isn't the best quality, but I have since mailed my swap cards and so I cannot retake the photo.

I used a technique called 'one sheet wonder' to create my card. With this technique all you basically doing is creating your own pattern paper which is very easy. All you need to do is to take a sheet of blank card stock and randomly stamp your images using any colors you wish. I try to stick with colors that I will be using within my cards. Also, when stamping your images you will want to stamp them close together because once you cut your card stock apart it won't look as busy.

This is a picture of the stamp set I used. It is currently available in our Summer mini catalog. You will find it on page 20 and it is $27.95 for wood mount and $19.95 in the clear mount option. This is such a great set because several of our punches coordinate with it. The 1 3/8" circle, 2 3/8" scallop circle, fancy flower, 5 petal flower, and butterfly punches all coordinate with this set. I love when stamp sets have punches that work with them!
So once my one sheet wonder card stock was stamped I cut it apart and then began creating my cards.  I was able to get 6 cards created using my one sheet of stamped pattern paper.

My main (larger) flower was stamped 3 times.  Twice I stamped in using rose red ink and then one time I stamped it using pretty in pink ink.  I cut out the smaller (pretty in pink) and the smallest rose red stamped flowers using my SU paper snips and then I placed them on top of the first larger flower using my dimensionals.

Lastly, I added my birthday sentiment.  I decided not to add any ribbon on my card this time.  I sometimes do this when I'm mailing my cards in order to help keep the postage down and I did that with these cards because I figured that the swappers who received my card might be mailing them.

Stamps: Well Scripted, Flower Fest
Card Stock: White, Certainly Celery
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Certainly Celery
Supplies: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Rhinestones Jewels, Scissors, Dimensionals
Technique: One Sheet Wonder

Contact me today if you would like to place an order or to be added onto my mailing list!
To place your Stampin' Up! order- http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx
My email address- pebbles4@ptd.net

Well that's about it for today, but before I sign off I promised (on Saturday) that I would share a picture of our new swimming pool. My yard isn't quite finished, but I'm almost there. What a ton of work it was to get our back yard together! Now I need to throw a pool party!  Hmmm...I think I need to purchase the new Sunny Fun and Summer Splash stamp sets (from our current mini).

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July 16, 2011

Hi everyone!  I first want to say a huge thank you for being so patient with me these past few weeks.  I've had so much going on that I felt I needed to take a break for a while.  I've been busy with the construction of our pool installation and during this process my husband ended up in the emergency room and he had to have his appendix removed.  He is doing much better now and he is since back to work, but he still can't lift anything over 10 lbs.  Of course you'd have to know my husband and how much he is enjoying the 'no lifting' rule because that leaves all the yard work from the pool installation for me to do.  And I never imagined how much yard work there would be once the pool was installed, but it's almost finished- thank goodness!  (I will have to post a picture of our pool tomorrow- it's dark out right now).

Today I'm taking the time to update my blog with our new Stampin' Up! catalog link.  Which reminds me, I have a few of our new Stampin' Up! catalogs available so if anyone is still in need of a new catalog they are only $10 each (which includes Priority Mail shipping anywhere within the US). I accept Paypal, money order, and cash.  Feel free to send me an email if you are interested in purchasing a catalog.  My email can be found at the bottom of this post.

The card I am sharing with you today is one I made for a card swap.  We were able to make any card we wanted and so I decided to make a wedding card.  This was a real quick and easy card to make.

I ran my white card stock layer through my big shot machine using my final press embossing folder, but I was sure to keep the lower 1/3 portion of my card stock outside of the embossing folder so that it would remain smooth (or unembossed).  I wanted the smooth portion below my ribbon so that I could stamp my sentiment in that area.

I colored in the dots on my embossed background black using my SU black marker.  I had to be careful to only color the dots- this was actually easy to do.

Next, I stamped my sentiment using my stamp-a-ma-jig so that I stamped it straight and then I added my ribbon and that's it!  A quick and easy wedding card!

On Monday I will be posting another card I made for the same card swap.  I used the new flower Stampin' Up! stamp set called Flower Fest.  This set is available in our current summer mini catalog (on page 20) and it's also in our newly released catalog.

Have a great rest of the day, see you Monday!  

Stamps: Well Scripted
Card Stock: White
Ink: Black Stazon
Supplies: Ribbon, Big Shot, Stampin' Up! Final Press Embossing Folder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, SU Black Marker
Technique:  Dry Embossing

Contact me today if you would like to place an order or to be added onto my mailing list!
To place your Stampin' Up! order- http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx
My email address- pebbles4@ptd.net
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