Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Happy New Baby!

Here's a simple and fun baby card you can create to have on hand if you know someon ewho has a baby... boy OR girl! The baby sentiment is popped up and the butterfly is further popped up, but the pic doesn't depict (pun not intended) it very well.... I thought to add glitter all over the place, but I decided that restraint in the name of simplicity was the game today. SO, here it is:

images (c) Stampin' Up!, 1990-2008

Sets: Time Well Spent, For a Friend
Colors: Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink
Other: Grosgrain in white, pink, and bluebird (still bumming that the colors all seem to have retired!!!), dimensionals

I hope you like this one.... AND, for those who actually read the words I include on these posts, I am letting you know that I won't be posting for the next almost 2 weeks, but I promise that I will be posting again AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!

Until then, be good and healthy and happy, everyone!!


Monday, February 25, 2008

Time Well Spent

Hi friends! I'm posting a card today because #1) I haven't posted in nearly a week, and #2) this is the first time I've stamped in a week! lol

So, here's the card I did, and if you're in the swap I'm in and you get this card, sorry I spoiled the surprise here!!

images (c) Stampin' Up!, 1990-2008

Oh, and can you BELIEVE the glitter showed up on this one? WHOOPPEEEEE!!!!!

Set: Time Well Spent

Colors: Purely Pomegranite, Pretty In Pink

Stuff: rhinestone brad in pink, dimensionals, SU! markers, 2way glue pen, dazzling diamonds, pink brads

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Easy Thank You

I was sooo excited to use my new scalloped circle punch, and with my coordinating stamp set also arriving, I was all excited to play with it, so this is the resulting card. I wasn't going for the "kitchen sink" on this one, because sometimes you need thank you cards when you least expect to, so you have to have something you can make ithout spending all day doing it. I still liked how this one turned out! And, this was my first card using the new wide grosgrain from SU!. Okay, so maybe it's not "new" new, but it's the first stuff I have gotten since it came out. AND, it came to me as an unexpected gift!!!! That's why a thank you card was CERTAINLY in order! Here's the card:

Oh, and when you're using a dark base layer, you have three options: 1) write with a light opaque gel pen on the inside, 2) add a light colored layer to stamp/write on, or 3) [and this is the one I chose to do] make the folded layer out of the 2nd layer, not the base (groovy guava layer on this card). This eliminates the need for more cardstock or a gel pen/craft ink. It's also the option most people don't think of doing. that's why I mentioned it today. Hope this helps someone!

images (c) Stampin' Up!, 1990-2008

Sets: So Many Scallops, Priceless, Lots of Thoughts
Colors: Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava
Other: Chocolate wide grosgrain ribbon, scallop punch, rhinestone brad (fire collection), dimensionals

Saturday, February 16, 2008

B is for Birthday

So today is another card I came up with during my stamping "therapy" session yesterday. I swear, my life has more drama in it than I can handle these days, so getting the opportunity to stamp was just what the "doctor" ordered! This stamp set is another one of my new ones, so it was a lot of fun to play with. Oh, and my addiction to the Cuttlebug embossing folders continues... why is it that things don't ever look complete without them?? lol Anyway, here's the birthday card I came up with:

(Note: I call stamping when I'm emotionally exhausted "stamping therapy" because it always makes me feel better, just like a regular therapy session would. A few comments here made me wonder if people thought I stamped during actual therapy, so I thought I'd explain that a bit. *smiles*)

images (c) Stampin' Up! 1990-2008

Sets: So Many Scallops, Just B

Colors: So Saffron, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi

Other: ticket corner punch, banana brads, Happy Birthday Cuttlebug embossing template, scalloped punch, 1 1/4" punch, dimensionals

Friday, February 15, 2008

Simple VDay

This was a simple card I did to use some of the old designer paper (Slumber Party - anyone remember that pack?!) I have had on hand for a LONG time but haven't used. I also recently purchased the SU! Basic Gray cardstock and ink, and I just HAD to break it out. Pink and gray together is such a fun combo that it really played well with the paper and this fun and funny Valentine's idea. Can you tell it's supposed to look like the elephant "dumped" the hearts? *snicker* Oh, and this card is for family members, not my sweetie - lol.

Here's the card:

images (c) Stampin' Up!, 1990-2008

Sets: Loads of Love, Wild About You
Colors: Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink
Other: Pink and white grosgrain, Slumber Party designer paper, paper piercing tool, dimensionals & glue dots

I will have more cards to share in the next couple of days, because I finally had the chance to stamp after weeks of not being able to. Life has been dramatic and exhausting, so today's stamping was a therapy session and a relief, seriously. I hope you enjoy the results.


Friday, February 1, 2008

Adventures in Dyeing Ribbon

So I've never actually done it before.... and I never actually looked at a tutorial before. I was just thinking of a way that would make sense, and I went for it. I tried it one way at first that DIDN'T work: I mixed reinker with water, but all that happened was I got wet ribbon that didn't have nearly ANY color. So, don't do it that way. Then, I decided it made more sense to try mixing the reinkers with rubbing alcohol. That did it! Just soak for about a minute and then dab it dry with a paper towel. Super easy. Just don't expect to keep your fingers clean. lol

My motivation - I have a friend who's in the hospital right now so I decided to make a get-well card for her. And, my all time favorite get-well stamp set is Happy Healing, which I've got but never used before (can you believe it?!). Here's what resulted:

image (c) Stampin' Up! 1990-2008

Of course I am not a pro photographer by ANY means... so imagine that botle label with glitter all over it, becasue it DOES. There's also a piece of blush blossom ribbon in that bunch but it got hidden in the pic too. Oh well. Okay, so what did I use? Here goes:

Stamp Set: Happy Healing (SU!, retired)

Colors: Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom, Groovy Guava (Saffron and Wasabi coloring in image), Natural Creme cardstock

Other: Grosgrain in Chocolate Chip, white (dyed guava and also blush), 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamonds, dimensionals, Cuttlebug texture embossing in Mesh, glue dots, blender pen

Am I forgetting anything? Don't think so. Just that the card says "Happy Healing" inside, and that I hope this helps my friend recover sooner, or at least makes her smile!

Have a great day everyone!