Sunday, January 30, 2011

Valentines Card Class

I did the dry run today for my Valentine Cards Class. My daughter-in-law, Jess, came with my 6 yr old grand daughter and 3 teenagers and we made these cards that we will make in my classes being held the next 2 Monday nights. There will be 7 tomorrow and 5 next week. The class went well and we finished in the allotted time so I guess that is a good thing.

I did learn, though, that a 6 yr old is not patient enough to do a class with this many people, or this many projects.

 The first card was a direct case from Jackie Bolhuis;

We used:
Stamp sets: Filled with Love

Paper: Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Whisper White

Ink: Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black

Accessories: Big Shot, Small Heart and Large Full Heart punches, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Scalloped Heart of Hearts embosslit

The next card is also a direct case from Glrnda Calkins:
This uses the inlaid technique and everyone loved it.

Stamp Set: Filled with Love

Paper: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red

Ink: Rose Red

Accessories: Big Shot, Heart To Heart punch, Square Lattice embossing folder, Itty Bitty buttons, Linen Thread

Next is the punch art of Gretchen Barron.

I don't  have the glimmer paper yet so this is my take on hers.

Stamp set: Bugs and Kisses

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Read Red, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink

Ink: Real Red

Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, 1 1/4"and 1 3/4" circle, Wide oval, Small heart and Pinking Hearts border punches, Crop-a-dile, Real Red satin ribbon

This was a favorite of everyone. Thanks Gretchen!

 Lastly we used up some of my retired DSP and ran the Candy Wrapper die through the Big Shot.

We embellished it with the new oval punch and a small oval punch from Very Vanilla sponged with Real Red ink. The sentiment is from the All Holidays stamp set.

Next we filled them with....what else but... Hugs and Kisses from Hersheys.

Hope you've had a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Masculine Birthday Cards

 These cards are totally cased but I don't know who the original posted are so if you are out there give me a shout and I'll be happy to give credit where credit is due.
This first one I made for my brother-in-law who restores classic muscle cars, now that he is retired he does it full time.
I felt it was appropriate for him. I used Crumb Cake card base with a large rectangle cut from the front of the card. The center is held in place by the many cog gears that are scattered around. I used 3 screw head brads from my stash to embellish the sentiment. The cogs are cut using the 2 step cog punch in Crumb Cake and Brushed Silver, the cogs were sponged around the edges.

This card is for another brother-in-law he's a no fuss kind of guy, likes things clean and simple so I thought this card was appropriate for him........
Again a Crumb Cake base with one inch squares of Early Espresso and 3/4 inch squares of Not Quite Navy. The brads are from the Metallic Collection, Antique Brass, I think. The squares are popped up on dimentionals and the sentiment is stamped below. I rounded off the bottom corners too.

Two posts in one day! I'm still way behind though.

Check back to see the cards from  my Valentine Cards class.

Have a great day!


Bragging a bit....

Back in December I submitted this project

to Shelli Gardner's Creative Challenge,

Shelli is the Co-founder of Stampin'Up.

I won !! I am so thrilled and in awe of the others who entered this challenge as well. The usual winners are the Diva's of Stampin'Up. This proves that anyone can win and I would encourage you all to take the plunge and submit your projects to the challenges that are out there.

As a winner I got to choose any stamp set from any current catalogue.

OK, enough bragging! I'll post something constructive.....

Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Altered Tealight Birthday Cakes

 I have not been really impressed with any of the samples of these that I have seen before yesterday.

I was surfing about and came across this sample.

Boho Blossoms and Trio Flower punches and created my own using the same tutorial that I used to create the long stemmed roses, found here:
 Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Ink: Rich Razzleberry

Accessories: Boho Blossoms, Trio Flower(retired), Scallop Circle, Large Scallop Circle, 1 1/4" circle punches, Big Shot, Finial Press embossing folder, Piercing tool and foam mat, Basic Jewels Pearls and of course a battery operated tealight. I got mine at the local Dollarama 2 for $1 at least a year or so ago.
 This one is less formal, I used the Lap of Luxury DSP for all parts of this. Punched a border with the Scallop Trim border punch, used the Flower Trio again with some Basic Jewel Rhinestone centers.
I think these would make cute gifts for someone who has everything!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Calendar Post-its

 These were quick gifts I made for everyone at Christmas and I will be doing a few more too. Very easy to do using acrylic picture frames, DSP and some ribbon.

 I used Greenhouse Gala DSP for these along with the  Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz ribbons

The DSP for this one is from the Autumn Spice DSP pk that was in the Holiday Mini catalogue. 

I attached a small calendar and a post it note pad to each frame with some sticky strip

Using an RSVP pen I inserted some co-ordinating DSP into the pen

This makes a quick and usable gift.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, January 8, 2011

The last of Christmas projects.....

 Hi everyone! I've had a crazy busy week...catching up after the holiday I guess. So here are the last of my Christmas projects and then we can move on to other things.

These are gift card/ticket holders that I had to create to accommodate tickets to a theatre show I had purchased for gifts.The conventional gift card holders didn't work; they weren't long enough.

They could be created for any occasion; just switch out the paper and stamps for the appropriate occasion.

Paper: Jolly Holiday DSP from the current IBC, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, .

Stamp Set: Occasional Quotes, Wordplay

Ink: Old Olive Classic

This is the inside, it has a flap on the pocket to hold the ticket.

Accessories: Snowflake, Scallop Circle, Large and Small Tags, Decorative Label, 1 3/4" and 1/2" circle, corner rounder, 1/16" hole punches, 1 1/4 Striped Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon, Linen Thread, Glimmer Brads

Inside of flap with circle punch to make access to the ticket easier

The DSP for this one, Deck the Halls, is now retires from the Holiday mini It was one of my favorites.

I used the Chocolate Chip 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and Basic Jewels Pearls to accent this one. I loved the look of it.

The inside uses the Decorative label punch and Crumb Cake card stock backed with a Cherry Cobbler Decorative Label Punch.

The last one uses:

Paper: Candy Cane Christmas DSP(retired),Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Real Red, Blushing Bride, Garden Green

Stamp Sets: A Cute Christmas(retired), Tiny Tags,

Ink: Baja Breeze, Real Red, Blushing Bride

Accessories: Real Red 5?8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin'Write Markers, Pinking Hearts Border, Med Tag, Word Window, Modern Label, Designer Label, 1 1/4" circle, Small and Large Oval punches

These were fun to make and really, when I actually sat down to do them, much easier than I expected them to be.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Thanks so Much!

 This is a tag I made to go on a hostess/thank you gift for my sister-in-law, Lorraine. She had us all (12) for Christmas dinner on Boxing Day; this is when my husband's family has always celebrated the holiday leaving Christmas day for family things etc.

Lorraine dubbed herself "Rainedeer" along time ago so this tag seemed to fit the bill. It's made with punches entirely except for the tag itself which is from the Sizzix Bigz Two Tags die. I cased the basic figure from Kelly Mayou's blog:             
The supplies are all SU:

Stamp set: Tiny Tags

Paper: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Very Vanilla

Ink: Whisper White

Accessories: Wide and small Oval, 1 3/8", 1/2" and 1" Circle, Word Window Punches, Two Tags Bigz die, Swirl Scribbles embosslet, 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon, white gel pen

This is what the gift was; a set of 12 dessert/appetizer plates with a Reindeer on them...... fitting I thought.

I hope you all had a safe Happy New Year!

Thank you for all your support in the past and I hope you will  keep stopping by in the future.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

The last of the cased cards......I think

 This cute card was cased from Kelly Mayou. She is a demo who's hubby is currently stationed in Germany but they will be moving back state side in the new year.

 The rest of my cards have all been cased as well and I don't know who made the originals; I'm sorry to say.

These next 2 are very simple using the Northern Flurry embossing folder, the greeting from Peaceful Season and a few Basic Rhinestone Jewels. This one is in Tempting Turquoise
 This one is in Real Red and for the envelopes I used the trio of snowflakes from Serene Snowflakes
 This cutie is on a Crumb Cake card base and it uses 1/2 of a Top Note Diecut in both Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler. A snowflake punched from Whisper White and a Basic Black Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border

I don't know who created the original of this but he is so cute! The sentiment is from Many Merry Messages.
 I love this stamp, but I'm not really happy with this particular card. I will have to play with this one some more.
 A beautiful card that I am thrilled with; so elegant!

 This one uses Peaceful Season sentiment, Bells and Boughs holly stamp that I colored with Stampin'Write markers, the piercing tool and mat pack as well as the basic jewel half pearls and the Tasteful Trim BigZ XL die for the Big Shot.

Please let me know if you are or if you know who the original creators of these are as I would love to give credit to them.

Thank you for coming by,

Happy New Year!